In the News #47 – 3/14/2008

Daily News for March 14th, 2008.

  • Manhunt 2 has finally been given the ‘ok’ to be release in the UK. The British Board of Film Classification rejected the game twice for certification. There is still no UK release date for the title. The US version was released last October.
  • It seems that Mass Effect 2 will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 only for a short time. “I believe we’ll be Xbox 360 exclusive for at least a short period of time,” BioWare senior manager Matt Atwood told CVG.
  • So much Grand Theft Auto IV news and info is rolling in. Check out GTA-Division.com for all of the latest details.

In the News #11 – 1/24/2008

In the News has a new format. Well sort of. The structure of each In the News is going to be the same. The change is is that it is now going to be a daily happening on Division-Gaming.com. By daily, we mean every week day (not weekends) of the week. So here we go, news for January 24th, 2008.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV finally has a firm release date:  April 29th, 2008.  Read more about it over at GTA-Division.com.
  • THQ’s recent financial report revealed today that upcoming videogame Frontlines: Fuel of War will not be coming to the PlayStation 3 after all.
  • Xbox Live has three new, classic rock downloadable tracks for Guitar Hero 3.
  • According to a post on PS3fanboy.com, the 80 gig PlayStation 3 is being discontinued. A ‘leaked letter’ states that electronic store Best Buy has been informed that the 80GB PS3 is being discontinued. Only the 40GB version will be available.
  • Rez HD has a release date: January 30th, 2008 for $10 on Xbox Live.
  • Inon Zur’s soundtrack for Crysis is coming out January 29th.
  • PS3 Haze delayed. The company expects the title to arrive during the 2008 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009.
  • Rock Band stand-alone instruments. The Rock Band drum set will ship on Feb. 12, for $79.99. The wireless Stratocaster guitar will ship April 1 and will cost $59.99. The PlayStation version of the game will be playable on both the PS2 and the PS3.
  • The Playstation Network has been updates with more downloads. Read more about it on our other post.
  • MANHUNT 2 BANNED AGAIN!!! It has once again been banned in Britain. Last month, the first ban was lifted after an appeal was made by Rockstar Games. The board ruled 4-3 that the game was ‘unlikely’ to cause harm to adults or children and gave it an aduls-only rating. Today, a High Court judge in London ruled that VAC’s decision was flawed by ‘a clear error of law’ when it came to the test for assessing the question of harm, and ordered the board to reconsider their ruling.

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.

Are these the Top 10 games kids shouldn’t play?

  • Assassin’s Creed
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
    Conan
    The Darkness
    Clive Barker’s Jericho
    Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
    Manhunt 2
    Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
    John Woo Presents Stranglehold
    Timeshift

Graphic scenes of gunshot victims spurting blood and a jailer urinating into a prisoner’s cell are included among the 10 video games that some media warns should be avoided by kids and teens under the age of 17.

A scene from Assassin’s Creed depicts an attacker plunging a knife into his victim’s back several times. A jailer in Manhunt 2 taunts his prisoner by urinating into the man’s cell. A fallen victim’s body is riddled with gunfire as blood spurts across the screen in The Darkness.

All of the games listed above are rated M – for mature.

“There’s an endless stream of new games that will never be suitable for children,” said Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn..

“M” is a rating by ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) which is intended for players 17 and older.

In the News – #1

In the News is what I am going to call the posts that just gather the small tid-bits of information. I will probably post this about once or twice a week, depending on the amount of small news.

  • A lot of unneeded confusion stemmed from Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick’s comments on Tuesday in regard to the release date of GTA IV. GameSpot put up a short article after speaking with Zelnick yesterday where he calmed the rumors that came out of his comments.
  • IGN has recently posted a new game guide for Manhunt 2. This is dispite all of the recent controversy with the game.
  • GamerGraffix has released a limited edition Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Xbox 360 skin.
  • The Official The Sims 2 website is offering a new car (and a car kit, including a driveway for it) – a Ford Fusion. Go here to get the download.

That is it for a short preview of In the News.

Please make sure you look back at recent posts to see the big headlines in gaming news.

Manhunt 2 taken off store shelves

One week after being released with a reduced ESRB rating of M, Manhunt 2 is being taken off store shelves.

Shortly after the games release last week, hackers immediatly started breaking into the game’s files and unveiled the content that got the game the original rating of AO (Adults Only.) This brought more heat onto Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. This was a bad reminder of what happened with Hot Coffee.

Controversy with parents, stores, and Take-Two arose quickly afterwards.

Some stores have gone as far as to taking the game of the shelves. One of the confirmed stores is Target. The Target headquarters contacted all of their stores and instructed them to put aside their shipments of the Manhunt 2 video game.