Monday 18 September 2006
The latest weekly update on Halo developer Bungie's site references a new control scheme for Halo 3, designed to make better use of the Xbox 360 controller's differences from the original (such as its ditching of the black and white buttons).
With Halo's mechanics built so successfully around the first Xbox's controller, it's reassuring to see that the series' switch to a new console has also taken the controller into account. But if you've racked up years of
Microsoft announced today that they will publish the next installment of Kingdom Under Fire. Subtitled Circle of Doom, this new chapter swerves from the traditional action-strategy formula of earlier Kingdom Under Fire games into action-RPG territory. The press release (which unfortunately arrived with no accompanying art) flaunted the power of the 360 by proclaiming such features as randomly generated dungeons and landscapes and thousands of on-screen enemies.
Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of
Yeah, we appreciate your attention. We know that the big story today is the Nintendo Wii, so we're not going to bog you down with lots of fluff. Hell, there simply isn't much else to talk about, truth told. Microsoft sent out an embarrassing press release that we deleted without really reading - that may as well have been titled "Remember us! We're here!" Like we'd forget the 360 right as it starts to rock. Why attention whore on Nintendo's big day?
On that note, here are our big
Though it was revealed back in August, we've had to wait until now for the first screens of Battlefield: Bad Company to appear. Giving little away other than the well-defined features of your band of treasure-hunting soldiers of fortune, these screens - currently stationed on our Images tab above - are still a teasing glimpse at a series taking a U-turn from its predictable
Wednesday 13 September 2006
Plans for an updated version of Xbox 360 with an internal HD-DVD drive are being drawn up by Microsoft, with the intention of releasing the new Hi-Def enabled next-gen console in early 2007, according to industry sources.
This would be one way to combat PlayStation 3's in-built Blu-ray support, which will enable playback of movies in the new HD format, as well as giving much more space for game developers to use on each disc. Konami's Hideo Kojima - the man behind
Been wondering how PS3's online service can hope to compete with Xbox Live? We sure have. Looks like the answer has arrived: Next Generation reports that Xfire, a popular PC online game browser and chat system, is prepping a PS3 version - one that will be compatible with the upcoming Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, according to leaked info. Sony: making a smart decision today. If you can't develop it yourself, just buy it. When asked for comment, Ken Kutaragi, President and CEO of Sony
The presence of a full-blown expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was rumored today, when GameStop revealed preorder details for Knights of the White Stallion, claiming availability on November 21, 2006.
GameStop immediately pulled down the relevant page after Oblivion developer Bethesda was contacted for comment. The existence of the expansion is plausible, given that there is a quest to become a Knight-Errant of the Leyawiin-based order in the original
Among the Japanese support pledged for Xbox 360 recently was old faithful ninja sim Tenchu - and we've stealthed away two movies of Tenchu Senran, due for a Japanese release next month. Hit the Movies tab above to see six minutes of solo stealth killing.
The good news for Tenchu fans is that, apart from some more stylish moves (we love the through-the-screen-door execution), it's pretty much business as usual. Of course, if you're not a fan, the bad news is that it's much the same game as it
The Xbox 360 version of The Godfather is just a week away from release, so EA has been kind enough to send along some graphic new screens of criminals doing what they do best: terrorizing the neighborhood with Tommy guns, beating down victims with flaming 2x4s and murdering people in cold blood. They're yours to view in all their graphic glory simply by tapping the Images tab above.
In accepting this generosity from the fine upstanding men and women at EA, be advised that you now owe them a
Sony - bad at hardware. Official.
Don't take it from us - according to one of Sony's top executives, it is. Our brothers at Next Generation report that Ken Kutaragi, the man known as the "father of the PlayStation," has admitted that the component shortages - which have slashed the number of PS3s available at launch to next-to-nothing - prove that "Sony's strength in hardware is in decline." First, he told you you'd need an extra job to buy a PS3. Then, he compared it to a fine dinner in a