In the News #20 – 2/6/2008

Daily News for February 6th, 2008.

  • Age of Conan has been censored in Germany according to Funcom, developer of the game. Other European territories, along with the United States, get a full version with enhanced dismemberment, decapitation, over-the-top kills, and nipples. Yes, that’s right…nipples. More than 500,000 people have already signed up to join the Age of Conan community.
  • The first set of downloadable content has been announced for Mass Effect. The pack is called Bring Down the Sky and is scheduled for a release on March 10 at 2AM PST for 400 Microsoft Points (US $5.)
  • Ubisoft announced today that Assassin’s Creed is coming to PC at the end of March. This version of the game is called “Assassin’s Creed, Director’s cut edition” and will feature four brand new exclusive types of investigations.
  • A recent news letter sent out by ESRB states that only 6% of the 1,563 games released last year were rated M for Mature. Nearly 60% were rated E for Everyone.

    ESRB Ratings
  • The HD-DVD player add-on for the Xbox 360 has had a price drop of $50.00. It can now be bought for $129.00 in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Medal of Honor Heroes 2 may not have multiplayer after all. This feature has apparently been taken out of the game. More details are sure to come soon.

This week’s releases – #1

Monday, November 12th, 2007
Are you Smarter than a 5th grader? – DS
Blacksite: Area 51 – PC, Xbox 360
Boogie – Playstation 2
Spongebob: Atlantis Squarepantis – Wii

Super Mario Galaxy – Wii
Ultimate Mortal Kombat – DS
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command – PSP

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem – PSP
Assassin’s Creed
– Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Assassin’s Creed (Limited Edition) – Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Baby Pals – DS
Beowulf: The Game – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2008 – Wii
Contra 4 – DS
Cooking Mama 2: Cooking With Friends – DS
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder – PC
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 – Playstation 2 
EA Sports 07 Collection – PC
Everquest II: Rise of Kunark – PC
EverQuest: Secrets of Faydwer – PC
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns – Playstation 2
Geometry Wars: Galaxies – Wii
Imagine: Fashion Designer – PC
Jenga – DS
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
King of Fighters XI – Playstation 2
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary – Wii
Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 – PSP,Wii
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops + – PSP
Monster Jam 07 – Playstation 2, Xbox 360, DS
Need for Speed ProStreet – PC, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
Next Life – PC
Orcs & Elves – DS
Petz Catz 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Petz Dogz 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Petz: Hamsterz Life 2 – DS
Petz Horsez 2 – PC, Playstation 2, Wii, DS
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords – Playstation 2
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 – Wii, DS
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles – Wii
SimCity Societies – PC
Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back – PC, Xbox 360
Sonic Rivals 2 – PSP
Smarty Pants – Wii
Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake – DS
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 (Special Edition) – Playstation 3

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure – PC
Shadowgrounds Survivor – PC
Shrek-N-Roll – Xbox 360

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
America’s Army: True Soldiers – Xbox 360
Impossible Mission – DS
Left Behind: Eternal Forces Expansion Pack – PC
Super FruitFall – DS
WordJong – DS

Friday, November 16th, 2007
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None – Wii
Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity – Wii
Crysis – PC 
Crysis: Special Edition – PC
Ghost In The Sheet – PC

Monday, November 19th, 2007 
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Burning Earth – Xbox 360
College Hoops 2K8 – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Dark Motives – DS
Link’s Crossbow Training – Wii
Mario Party DS – DS
Medal of Honor: Airborne – Playstation 3
TimeShift – Playstation 3
Unreal Tournament III
– PC
Unreal Tournament III (Collector’s Edition) – PC
 

Next-Week’s Big Releases 
Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles  Playstation 3
Mass Effect – Xbox 360
Rock Band – Playstation 3
Rock Band: Special Edition – Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Playstation 3, Xbox 360

* All dates are based off of IGN.com.
* All dates are subject to change and may vary by store.
* Games highlighted in Blue are the highly anticipated games.

Medal of Honor: Airborne for Playstation 3

Medal of Honor: Airborne will soon be coming to the Playstation 3 Computer Entertainment System.

Get ready to get airborne! Medal of Honor Airborne™ for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system has gone gold and will be available nationwide on November 21, 2007.

Medal of Honor Airborne is the most recent addition to the revered series that has topped 31 million copies sold worldwide. Now, PlayStation 3 gamers are able to jump into the largest Allied Airborne Operations of WWII and become the hero that suppresses the Axis powers throughout Europe. Using an innovative approach to first-person shooter gaming, every level starts with the player’s ability to airdrop into combat from a C-47 airplane and choose where they land on the battlefield. The first step is everything and the player’s landing spot can change the course of battle. Conflict on the ground offers strategic choice in vertical, open battle spaces with a wealth of attack routes and flanking opportunities.

In addition to the unique game design, Medal of Honor Airborne delivers an immersive experience of WWII which is complimented by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino who has scored the soundtrack. An esteemed composer for numerous film and TV projects such as “Lost”, “Alias,” M:i:III (2007), The Incredibles (2004), and most recently Ratatouille (2007), Giacchino has been repeatedly recognized for his contributions to theatrical composition and score. As the original composer and creator of the memorable theme music for the Medal of Honor series, he helped set the bar for using music to bring emotion into gaming. Giacchino’s extraordinary talents and musical sensibility have been utilized once again to bring a new dimension to the WWII FPS experience of Medal of Honor Airborne.