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A lot can happen in gaming over the course of a week. But why sift through it all yourself when you can catch up on the most important stories right here? These are the news snippets that we've been talking about this week.
Nobody saw this one coming. Street Fighter IV is coming to Apple's handheld devices and it looks impossibly close to the PS3/360/PC versions. The touch screen controls only feature four face buttons, but that shouldn't hurt the gameplay too much, considering Alpha 3 runs beautifully on GBA. Quite how we're going to pull off charged Ultras on the touchscreen is anyone's guess, but the fact this exists at all is frankly awesome. And if iPhone can do it, surely PSP can too?
Above: Even if that background's flat, this looks incredibly good
Ubisoft has been threatening to do this for a while, but it's finally here. Digital Rights Management (an anti-piracy measure, for the uninitiated) that only lets you play your newly-purchased game if you're connected to the internet. If your connection drops out, so do you - from your game. Unsaved progress lost, teeth gnashed to a fine powder… bit of a mess, really. It's here right now in Assassin's Creed 2 on PC and will feature in all Ubisoft's future games. Ubi has responded to PC Gamer's questions this very day if you want to hear what's going on from the horse's mouth.
Above: Our mock-up of how Assassin's Creed 2 might look on PC
Another week, another fantastic fail video from Modern Warfare 2. That chat window is up for such a long time, especially if you can't be bothered to hook up a USB keyboard. We do wonder why so many people are recording video of their Xbox 360 while they play online to catch this sort of thing, though. Is it really 'just in case', or do they watch it all back later with a beer? Still, if it keeps on giving us as much entertainment as this, then carry on, we say.
A new shakycam video surfaced this week, showing an Alpha build of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1. Admittedly, it was a little hard to tell how the game plays because the guy playing it clearly has no idea what he's doing. Oh, and we're guessing the crying child won't be featured on the game's soundtrack. Interesting to see from the level select screen in the video that the special stage appears to be similar to Sonic 1's rotating maze. Interesting because that's the least ambitious design they could have possibly chosen. Meh.
Above: No wonder it moves like Sonic Rush - it's co-made by Dimps
A mini-war of corporate words between Sony and Microsoft broke out like a mild case of milk rash on a baby this week. First up, Sony man Rob Dyer had a bunch to say to Industry Gamers about PlayStation being a better platform for third-party publishers and that it bested Microsoft when it came to first-party developers. But then he would say that.
A few hours later and Microsoft man Aaron Greenberg said in an interview with OXM and CVG that Xbox 360 had more exclusives than any other platform. We guess Wii doesn't come under its definition of "any other platform". He also boasted that 360 had the most blockbuster titles coming this year. But then he would say that.
Game characters don't come much more pissed off and macho than God of War's Kratos. But, before the direction of the game had been nailed down, one of the early designs had him pegged as a little elf, complete with Disney-style animations.
All we can say is thank Christ that David Jaffe steered things in the much more appealing direction of a bald-headed man raging through ancient Greece and gratuitously sticking it to a few gods. Little Elf just doesn't sound as epic as God of War. And there's no way there'd be any wench shagging.
Above: Elf of War: Tights of Olympus. Coming to a wee platform near you
This story via CVG via a honking great 10-page God of War retrospective in the latest issue of the UK's Official PlayStation Magazine.
The week's most bizarre quote came from South Australia's Attorney-General and all-round moral guardian, Michael Atkinson. These are the words he said: "I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me."
What frightening turn of events brought him to this conclusion? According to Atkinson he had a "threatening note from a gamer" pushed under his door at 2 in the morning. Outlawed bikers - who also have a sincere disliking of him - have never perpetrated such a crime of out-of-hours letter delivery.
The kerfuffle comes from Atkinson's opposition to the introduction of R-rated games in Australia, which would stop the ban hammer being so readily used on games there. The R stands for restricted. At present, films can be given an R18+ classification, but games can't.
And what threatening message did the note deliver? If the one used in this video is an accurate mock-up, it was "O HAI MICK. I CAN HAS R18 RATING PLZ? KTHXBAI"
Above: Seriously, who could feel threatened by a Lolcat?
You can read more about the incident here.
Tekken. The movie. We've seen the trailer and were this week treated to a bunch of stills. Sure, it's destined to be a filmic craptacular, but it's still interesting to see the Iron Fist hopefuls make the jump to the big screen. Or maybe just straight-to-DVD.
Either way, we'll give it a watch. Just to see if Kuma puts in a cameo. And to respectively observe Candice Hillebrand going at it as Nina Williams.
You can find all the stills over at CVG.
19 Feb, 2010