Friday 1 September 2006
The developer of cult hit Psychonauts has been busily working on another slice of weirdness for a while now, but it's recently been confirmed that FEAR publisher Vivendi has snapped up the currently secretive title.
We can also expect as-yet-unrevealed Vivendi games from the hack-and-slash RPG outfit behind Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and Champions of Norrath, and from Chronicles of Riddick creator Starbreeze - perhaps continuing Riddick's far more interesting run on
Friday 1 September 2006
Fight Night Round 3 has been announced for PS3, which has left us reeling like a mind-sick fighter on the end of a 30th round uppercut, as it's not even two years since the game was originally unveiled to tout PlayStation 3's next-generation visual clout. But, fortunately, there's also some new features added to the Sony-bound version, which at least makes publisher EA's message newsworthy.
Most interesting is the Get in the Ring mode, which expands on 360's occasional
Nintendo wins at Japan
We all know the DS is kicking ass. It has excellent games that unite everyone from oldsters to little kids, and the DS Lite is the sexiest portable system around (sorry, PSP. Maybe the new PSP - see below - will reclaim the crown.) But this past week, in Japan, Nintendo has hit another milestone: every single one of the top 10 selling games across all platforms is for the Nintendo DS. From Final Fantasy III on down, including a Brain Age sequel, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and
When World War II titles play it straight, the US gets a grueling but triumphant ride - but when developers try a little alternate history, things get pretty bleak for the nation. Previously, Freedom Fighters saw America invaded by the Soviet Union, and now upcoming PC and next-gen console shooter Fall of Liberty sees New York falling to the Nazi war machine.
Prompted by a little history-tinkering - what if the taxi accident that hobbled Winston Churchill was fatal instead, and without him
Thursday 31 August 2006
Sony's attempts to storm the high-definition disc market with its Blu-ray format have seemingly hit a snag: its manufacturers can't produce enough blue lasers to support both stand-alone Blu-ray players and PS3 for the Christmas season. In response, the company is putting all its technological eggs into the PlayStation basket - shifting priorities so that the majority of Blu-ray lasers are assigned to PS3s, not players.
It's not the first time Blu-ray has caused trouble
Remakes you won't be playing
Gotta love blogs. Yes, they bring us cool news really damn fast. On the other hand, they're even less reliable than IGN. Today, Wii Fanboy posted a cropped scan of a Chinese magazine with Resident Evil for Wii on its on its cover - or so it claims. The artwork, however, is taken from the Resident Evil remake for the GameCube.
Let's stop and think about this for approximately 30 seconds. Let's begin with the source. Is Game Next - a Chinese mag we've never heard of
Wednesday 30 August 2006
Catalogue superstore Freemans has begun listing PS3 bundles for the console's rapidly-nearing 17 November launch - clocking in at a heftier price than Sony UK's previous estimate of around £425.
Freemans' bundles start at £549 for a PS3 console and Sonic the Hedgehog, then jump up to £609 for a console with Sony-published title MotorStorm - a leap of £60 over Sonic. We contacted the store to ask after the first-party title clocking in at twice
Wednesday 30 August 2006
PlayStation 3 gamers will be able to snap up Pro Evolution Soccer 6 next spring, despite Microsoft's recent announcement that next-gen versions of the footballing series would be exclusive to Xbox 360 for 12 months.
Microsoft's announcement was "misleading," according to series producer Shingo 'Seabass' Takatsuka. "We never said exclusive for one year on next-gen platforms".
Instead, it appears that Xbox 360 will only have the remainder of 2006 to enjoy the exclusive.
Red Steel stays offline
Word out of Nintendo of Europe's site - via an interview with Ubisoft's Stephanie Langlois, which you can't read, since you're not a European, have not purchased a European Nintendo game and thus have not obtained the code you need to do so - is that Red Steel won't have online play... at least, not at launch. Nintendo's online service Connect 24, which pushes new features to Wii games while you sleep (if it works, anyway) could change that... but who knows? Best to
EA announced today that its enslaving Criterion Games for yet another iteration of the famed car-crushing racer Burnout. In this latest installment (currently called Burnout 5) menus are completely eschewed in favor of an open, seamless city where the only thing that will limit the carnage is your imagination and the structural integrity of your automobile.
Touting the virtues of the next-gen hardware, Criterion exclaims that Burnout 5 will offer the most brutal smashups in the series'