In the News #50 – 3/19/2008

Daily News for March 19th, 2008.

  • GTA IV has been rated “M” in the USA by the ESRB. Haha. Grand Theft Auto IV has been rated Mature for: Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol, Blood, and Intense Violence. Ahh, the perfect game.
  • Guitar Hero is finally making it’s way to the Nintendo DS. The console spinoff has been cleverly named Guitar Hero: On Tour. IGN has all the details.
  • Microsoft announced today that three new maps and an update for the Forge are on the way for Halo 3 on April 15th. The new maps are: Ghost Town, Avalanche and a third, unannounced location. The Legendary Map pack will cost you 800 Microsoft Points (US $10) from the Xbox Live Marketplace..
  • The Sims 3 has been announced for a 2009 release. The announcement comes from the unveiling of the official website, which can be found right here.

We are sorry for the lake of updates lately. We’ll do better.

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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.

Xbox Weekly Review #2

Xbox 360 Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008. 

  • The Turok demo for North America’s Xbox Live has finally arrived. The demo was released on the Playstation Network and other Xbox Live regions about 2 weeks ago.
  • Ubisoft announced today the release of the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® 2 Co-op Collection. This download is a new downloadable content (DLC) package for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for the Xbox 360. It is now available on Xbox Live. Read more about the details on IGN.
  • A rumor that was crushed earlier today was that Halo Wars was going to have a port on the PC from the already scheduled Xbox 360 version. This is in fact just a rumor, and Microsoft has confirmed that there is no PC version in development. It is still an Xbox 360 exclusive.
  • A Conflict: Denied Ops demo is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

In the News #15 – 1/30/2008

Daily News for January 30th, 2008.

  • Scheduled for a release in October of 2009, a SAW movie tie-in game has been announced. The game will follow the Saw movie plotlines. A teaser trailer was released at a recent Brash Entertainment press event.
  • A rumor that was crushed earlier today was that Halo Wars was going to have a port on the PC from the already scheduled Xbox 360 version. This is in fact just a rumor, and Microsoft has confirmed that there is no PC version in development.
  • On a story that we have been following closely, we have more updates on the “PS3 80GB discontinued and 120GB PS3 coming” story. Sony has been contacted about these rumors, and responded by saying:

    “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation. Any rumors on separate PS3 configurations or package arrangements are just that — rumors and speculation.”

    I’m sure we will hear more about this soon.

  • The final add-on packs for Folklore have been announced and detailed. Read more.
  • Skype is now available in the United States for the PSP.

In the News – #6

  • A Gears of War prequel novel is coming soon. The novel, Gears Of War Pendulum Wars The Battle Of Aspho Fields, is written by Steven Kent and published by random House. It is expected for an August 26, 2008 release. It will be 352 pages long.
  • From the maker of the outrageously amazing recreation of the first 2 GTA IV trailers in San Andreas comes, “Move Up, Ladies,” in San Andreas. The user who made the remakes, Haris Sacic (Brotha), has had his remakes of the GTA IV trailers featured in PSM in one of their fall issues and his videos have had literally millions of views. You can watch his “Move up, Ladies” remake right here and view all of his videos right here.
  • A 20-year-old man from Saratoga Springs, New York has been arrested for allegedly stalking a 15-year-old girl in Spokane, Washington after the two met online while playing Halo. The man drove from his home in New York and drove by the girl’s house in Washington threateningher with text messages. When he drove by the girl’s house, he honked his car horn. The parents of the girl were able to get his license plate. Police tracked him down to a Spokane hotel where he was arrested. He was released 8 hours later on a $10,000 bond.

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.

Top 10 games for November 2007

  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (X360, Infinity Ward, Activision) 1.57 million
  2. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo) 1.12 million
  3. Assassin’s Creed (X360, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 980,000
  4. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (PS2, Budcat, Activision) 967,000
  5. Wii Play with remote (Wii, Nintendo) 564,000
  6. Mass Effect (X360, BioWare, Microsoft) 473,000
  7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, Infinity Ward, Activision) 444,000
  8. Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock Bundle (Wii, Vicarious Visions, Activision) 426,000
  9. Halo 3 (X360, Bungie, Microsoft) 387,000
  10. Assassin’s Creed (PS3, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft) 377,000