In the News #41 – 3/6/2008

Daily News for March 6th, 2008.

  • In celebration of the release of Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008, a major party is going down in New York City on March 11th. The #1 Guitar Hero player, Chris Chike, aka “iamchris4life,” will attempt to set a new record for highest score in Single Player. More information on this event can be found in the Comment Section of this post.
  • Damnation, a new shooter game brought to you by Blue Omega Entertainment, is coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC in late 2008.
  • New Guitar Hero III tracks are now available on Xbox Live and the Playstation Store. A free track will also be available for download on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Halo 3 has been updated. Several glitches have been fixed, along with a new event being announced. Double XP is a weekend event where players can earn double the points for winning teams. This event only takes place for the next two weekends.
  • The newest Crysis patch, 1.2, is now available. It has made improvements to multiplayer, mod support, and balance of weapons, AI and vehicles.
  • Valve has recently announced that it would release Half Life 2: Episode I/II, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 as individual boxes at retail outlets. Portal will cost $19.99, while Team Fortress 2, and Episodes I/II will both retail for $29.99.
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In the News #17 – 2/1/2008

Daily News for February 1st, 2008.

  • The Cobalt Blue/Black Nintendo DS is official. We reported on this earlier this week and classified it as a rumor; but it has been announced it will be arriving in stores February 10th, 2008.
  • Owners of the new Super Smash Bros. Brawl game are apparently having more problems than just the earlier reports of firmware update errors. Nintendo is now getting reports of disc read errors and choppy video playbacks. Nintendo says the problem is being caused by dust and tobacco build up inside the Wii system. It is very difficult for Wii owners to fix this dust problem themselves, so Nintendo is offering to clean the system for free.
    Those who need this service for their Japanese Wii will have to send their system, warranty card, and copy of Smash Bros. Brawl to a Nintendo service center in Kyoto. Nintendo will be paying for the shipping, so there’s no loss for consumers, except for a one week period without Wii. Go to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. error page.
  • Spore, the long awaited multi-platform title, may be coming out before the holiday season of 2008. According to Electronic Arts Chief Executive John Riccitiello,  “It’s going to be before the holidays.”
  • Jim Ward, President of LucasArts since 2004, is stepping down from his position on the staff. Ward says he is leaving due to personal reasons. He will be completing his tenure over the next two weeks. Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, will be filling in during the interim.
  • Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 will soon be available as individual games as oppose to one big bundle in The Orange Box. The individual titles will be released on PC sometime before March 31st, 2008. *Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 are already available as standalone retail packages.
  • A Conflict: Denied Ops demo is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

In the News – #5

  • Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind movies and hit shows like CSI and many more, is teaming up with MTV to create video games.
  • IGN has posted an interview with the lead game designer of Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Jean-Pascal Cambiotti, and discussed some new features for the upcoming Rainbow Six title. A new teaser trailer for Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was also released.
  • The long-awaited title, Duke Nukem Forever, is back in the news with a new teaser trailer. The devolpers are still promissing a multi-platform game, but has yet to announce which platforms and when the game might be released.
  • Another interview brought up some questions a couple of days ago regarding the Half-Life series. Kotaku interviewed Doug Lombardi regarding the future of the series. He says the series won’t end after Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
  • New features and info has been released for Saint’s Row 2. The city, Stillwater, is newly revamped and 45% larger with 130 playable building interiors. Helicopters, speedboats, jet-skis, and planes are new to the series. You can literally crash helicopters and planes into the inside of buildings. The story mode can be played entirely in co-op and you can chose to play as a male, female, or as an undecided individual.

Foxnews.com’s Best and Worst Games of 2007

Read the full article.

BEST GAME: “BioShock.” Available for the Xbox 360 and PC. $59.99. Rated M.

A first-person shooter turned morality play, a thinking person’s action game, a piece of electronic fiction with a soul.

There are many positive ways to describe this gripping game and they’re all true. There’s just nothing else like this eerie vision of an undersea social experiment gone horribly wrong.

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BEST DEAL: “The Orange Box.” Available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC for $59.99. Rated T through M.

For $59.99, the innovators at Valve Corp. have provided one of the best bargains in 2007. You get five games, and all of them are excellent.

“Portal,” in particular, seems destined for legendary status, having spawned a cottage industry for plush companion cubes. (If you don’t know what that means, you’re really missing out).

Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, $59.99, Rated T through M.

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BEST GAME THAT INVOLVES GETTING OFF THE SOFA: “Rock Band.”

Close the windows, lock the doors and warn the neighbors before you blare the volume.

“Rock Band” elevates music rhythm games to arena-filling levels in a game that gets better the more people there are.

For a true rocking experience you’ll at least need two guitars — lead and bass — plus a drummer and a singer to belt out the dozens of tunes. Groupies are optional.

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MOST TIRING CONTROVERSY: “Manhunt 2.”

OK people, it seems pretty obvious that “Manhunt 2” is not a game for the kiddies. So why all the uproar?

Ratings issues aside, if a game that lets you perform execution moves is a turnoff, change the channel.

Parents have a tough job keeping content like this away from their children, but it’s ultimately part of the responsibility. And this game is no more graphic than any number of R-rated movies I’ve seen — except they aren’t being altered to appeal to industry ratings groups.

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MOST OVERRATED GAME: “Halo 3.”

Yes, I went there. And I’m not saying “Halo 3” is bad. It’s a decent game, with some good fighting and excellent online modes, no doubt.

But don’t believe Microsoft Corp.’s marketing and PR hype machine. “Halo 3” changes nothing about video games.

“Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” has a more interesting multiplayer component. And “Halo 3’s” single-player story is baffling and leaves this supposedly epic saga feeling somewhat incomplete.

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Read more in the full article.

In the News – #3

  • Crysis has a new fan site. You can check it out at PlanetCrysis.com. This is the newest addition to the IGN/Gamespy Network.
  • The first public demo for The Orange Box is targeted for release on Xbox 360 on November 22.  This first demo for The Orange Box is dedicated to Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
  • The Halo 3 soundtrack was released on November 20th, and should be available for purchase at most online or retail stores that sell music.
  • IGN recently had a Q&A with Jay Panek, a producer at Rockstar San Diego. The interview was about Midnight Club: Los Angeles. You can find it here.
  • Brothers in Arms is making it’s way to the Wii console. Read an interview with producer Stephen Palmer over at IGN. Make sure you watch the first footage of Brothers in Arms on the Wii which is posted in the middle of the article.

Upcoming Site features and some news

Let’s start off talking about some upcoming site features.

One of the small upcoming features will happen every Tuesday. Every Tuesday, we will post a new post that lists all of that weeks video game release. Any game that is released between Tuesday and the following Monday will be listed in it. It will then start over on the next Tuesday with a new list of games.

Another new feature that has just been added is a page called “Featured Games.” Please go to that page for more details. The link to the page can be found on the left side of every page.
Some recent news for today while we’re at it:

  • Resistance: Fall of Man – Playstation 3’s 1st game – is scheduled to get a new map pack somewhere around the end of this month. Go to IGN to read more.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is expected to be a big one. Go to Rock, Paper, Shotgun to read the full article. 

Our Assassin’s Creed Launch Center has been launched. Go check it out.