E3 09: Top 10 things you need to know about today - Thursday edition

6) No online co-op for New Super Mario Bros Wii
We were excited to see gameplay footage of New Super Mario Bros Wii in action. We liked the idea of stomping through the gorgeous side-scroller with three other players. But today we learned that there will be no online co-op. That may be fine for popular gamers like our associate editor, Chris Antista. He’s got a life. But what about all the other lonely gamers out there like our PC editor, Tyler Nagata? How’s he going to take advantage of all the four player co-op fun in NSMBW with no online play?

Above: New Super Mario Bros Wii looks great. Apparently, the price for the gorgeous visuals is the lack of online play

Above: This photoshopped image is the only time you'll see Tyler Nagata (shown actual height) in a room with other people

7) The most beautiful game on any system is Muramasa: Demon Blade… and it’s on Wii
Flying under the mondo-huge hype of E3 is Muramasa, one of the prettiest games you’ve ever seen. What’s Muramasa? Check it: Muramasa is a Wii-exclusive with zero motion controls - just side-scrolling action beat-‘em-up gameplay and some of the most gorgeous settings we’ve seen in a game. And it’s in 2D.

Now why should you be excited? You may not remember developer Vanillaware’s PS2 cult classic, Odin Sphere, but that was one of the best action-RPGs we’ve played on any system. We’ve played the game and it’s more jaw-dropping in motion than the screens make it out to be. Besides the spot-on action gameplay (it’s already out in Japan), the screen is vibrant enough to give your eyes a cavity.

8) Activision suing Brutal Legend developer Double Fine is most evil, unrocking dick move ever
Activision - the publisher that dropped game designer Tim Schafer’s hard rock magnum opus, Brutal Legend when it realized it couldn’t milk the shit out of the game with annual sequels - is suing Schafer’s development company, Double Fine. Why? Because Activision claims to still have the rights to release the game (which, you'll recall, it dropped). And it’s trying to block the game’s release by new publisher Electronic Arts. Um, what?

We get it, Activision: you invested 15 million dollars in the game, and it would be nice to have that back. But the typical method for recouping one’s investment is to RELEASE THE DAMN GAME. Instead, you tossed it aside, and when you made that colossally bad choice, you gave up your investment. Nobody owes you a damn dime, especially the fine folks at Double Fine whom you essentially fired. What’s wrong with you, Activision? Do you lack souls or something?

What does Schafer think of all this? According to Kotaku, he said “Hey, if Activision liked it, then they should have put a ring on it. Oh great, now Beyonce is going to sue me too.” Well played, Tim.

9) Metal Gear Solid is coming to PSN June 18
Yesterday we reported Final Fantasy VII had just been released for the PlayStation Network. Now we’re about ready to drop another bombshell on ya: the first Metal Gear Solid is hitting the PSN in just 2 weeks - June 18 - for the price of $9.99. Getting the best PlayStation games of all time within two weeks of each other isn’t bad at all. Mark your calenders.

Oh, something just occurred to us. Because the title is downloadable, you won’t be getting a CD case to go along with it. Unfortunately, unless it's been tweaked, one of the game’s biggest puzzles requires a solution printed on the physical case itself. Here’s the answer: 140.15. You’ll thank us in a couple weeks.

10) E3 2009 is officially over – see you June 15-17, 2010!
Now that E3 is officially back from the dead and the LA Convention Center is once again packed with a senses-shattering cacophony of flashing, screeching video games, silicone-smile babes in tiny costumes, and – let’s face it – body odor, just as God intended, the Entertainment Software Association wasted no time in announcing the date and location of next year’s event. Same place, 54 weeks later.

We’re actually cool with this announcement. The past two years, E3 has sucked, but this year is a nice return to form. The gaming world needs an E3, and even though it’s overwhelming, exhausting, and infuriating, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Actually, that’s not true. We would suggest two changes. One, we don’t care what it costs: get some decent internet access in the convention center. The current situation is useless. And two, move the whole damn thing to Vegas, where there are a million hotel rooms within easy walking distance of several convention centers (as well as everything else), cabs and parking are everywhere, and it doesn’t take an hour to get to the airport.

Jun 4, 2009

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  • Amnesiac - June 5, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    It's okay Tyler, we still love you. Oh, and FUCK Activision in it's stupid face. That's even lower than the old EA. I hope the gods of rock rain down fiery vengeance upon them for trying to derail Brutal Legend.
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 3:58 p.m.

  • oryandymackie - June 5, 2009 3:47 p.m.

    Moronboy, you have proven yourself to be a failure, a n00b, and most importantly, a moron. And is that a Cyberninja post that DOESN'T have a first?!!
  • Unoriginal - June 5, 2009 3:02 p.m.

    I need a bigger salary If Im going to be able to keep up. And wow, Muramasa looks awesome.
  • rxb - June 5, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    Tim Schafer seems like a top bloke. I dont see what the big deal about downloadable PS1 games when sony took out backwards compatibility...
  • alloallo - June 5, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    wow Activision are real bastards and to think they gave us cod4. Wat happened man?
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    Sorry about my repeated complains. But its just to many years of oppression against the working man,.....I have a dream where games are free.....I have a dream where Ps3 is have a dream where Xbox 360 gold subscription is free....(lol). I will stop now!
  • Awesomeitude1523 - June 5, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    But....but..... I thought GR said last year that E3 was DESTINED to suck this year!! Could it be that the almighty, laser shooting GamesRadar was wrong about E3(their predictions from last year)?
  • somerandomchap - June 5, 2009 3:37 a.m.

    aww i miss E3 alrady
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - June 5, 2009 3:10 a.m.

    "Above: This photoshopped image is the only time you'll see Tyler Nagata (shown actual height) in a room with other people" Lol at the Nagata comment. This was a cool article as well.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 5, 2009 2:50 a.m.

    Activision are officially one of the biggest bunch of tossers in gaming history. Back hand e-slap to them... and lets hope that told em O.o Old Republic and Boaderlands sound really, really, good, but I'm still skeptical about both since I hate mmorpgs, but them along with The Secret World and Possibly Star Trek Online and Champions Online has made me think ill go from some1 who owns guild wars but never plays it and has vowed never to be succered into touching the genre again until it sorts itself out and stops producing second jobs for people that they for some bizzare reason actually pay to play, to some1 who doesnt know which mmorpg is, out of the above mentioned (baring guild wars which thankfully I only had to pay for once and not montly), worth paying for more. And to add insult to injury I now feel a sudden need to go out and buy a PS3 to play Heavy Rain which sounds innovative and awesome, or an Xbox to play Monkey Island (for probably the 100th time, but hey you can never have enough monkey island), or both O.O... and I cant afford either to start with :'(
  • Vagrant - June 5, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    @ Brugal Legbone news: What the hell? That's ridiculous on so many levels. That's like...Old EA evil. That's like Square-Enix evil.
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    what a moron(boy)!!!!
  • moronboy - June 5, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    damn, not first
  • Cyberninja - June 5, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    this all good stuff i love e3
  • lovinmyps3 - June 5, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    and also i think PSN should start offering PS2 to download because my PS2 is being really werid the last couple days
  • lovinmyps3 - June 5, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    haha when i first played MGS it was with a CD that i just found lying on the ground so i didn't have the case. i figured out that the codec number was on the actual CD case but then i realized i didn't have it. then i started calling all the numbers until i found hers. luckily it only took me 15 tries.
  • GoldenMe - June 5, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    @alloallo- Infinity Ward made the game. Activision only published it. Screw Activision.
  • CortezCardinal - June 5, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    I wonder if you could use the eyeballs in borderlands as bullets.
  • pimlicosound - June 5, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    @Samael: I presume it refers only to player dialogue chosen in classic Bioware-style dialogue options, rather than to the illiterate junk written by Red Bull fuelled grind-whores.

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