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In the News #35 – 2/27/2008

Daily News for February 27th, 2008.

  • A price has been set for Wii Fit in the UK. The price is set at £69.99 in the UK and EUR 89.99 across Europe. It is coming April 25th in these areas, and May 19th in the US.
  • Capcom has announced that Resident Evil Zero is coming to the Wii.
  • Three seperate Metal Gear Solid 4 packages have been announced for a Japan release: The standard edition with the game and Metal Gear Online, the Special Edition which comes with a bonus Blu-Ray disk that has every MGS4 trailer and the making-of footage, and finally the Premium edition which has everything the Special Edition does plus PS3 unit. The Playstation 3 unit for the US is currently the 80GB, but the unit for Japan is being referred to as a “special model” by Famitsu which will unveil the model on March 21st. The Special Edition is currently only planned for a Japan release.
  • Disney has announced Ultimate Band, which is hopeing to be a strong competitor to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Coming this Holiday season.
  • Intel has recently acquired Offset Software, which is currently working on the upcoming FPS Project Offset.
  • The Playstation 3 The Best titles are coming March 19th to Japan. The list includes Resistance, FolksSoul (Folklore), Gundam Target in Sight, and Ridge Racer 7. Even though they are only announced for Japan as of right now, they will probably soon find their way over to the US.

Our first look at Resistance 2

Resistance 2 might very well be breaking some records with console video game co-op. Prove me wrong if you can.

Resistance 2, sequal to Resistance: Fall of Man, will support to different campaigns. It will offer mulitplayer battles of up to 60 players online via Xbox Live or Playstation Network. Also, it will offer multiplayer co-op of up to 8 players online. Seriously, prove it to me if I am wrong.

The 8 player online co-op will feature the full story-line. You can have up to a 2 player co-op locally. The online 60 player multiplayer features competitive modes which offers squad vs. squad battles. The battles take place on large United States landscapes.

More details:

  • 2 new enemies have been confirmed so far: Chameleon and Stalker (with total cloaking ability.)
  • For multiplayer, there are three basic classes from which you can chose:   tank with heavy weaponry, special ops for distance, and the all important medic.
  • Insomniac wants to fix problems with the first game. They are further tapping the power of the PS3 to give more enemies onscreen and improved AI. They are also working on a solution to the long checkpoints and health system.
  • Resistance 2 is scheduled for a 2008 release.

Today’s Site Updates

We have done a lot of network updates today. So we are going to list them all out right here to let you know what they are.

  • On our About the Network page, we have added some links to other pages on our site. They include: Coverage List, Featured Games, and MySpace. We will be adding more site links to that page in the next few days, and from now on. That is where you will find the links to pages we don’t have listed elsewhere.
  • Our Coverage List has finally been reposted. The link can be found at the top of our site and on our About the Network page. The lists includes the games, platforms, and companies we offer news coverage for here on the network.
  • We have done some major updates with our The Other Games page. We added the links for the games we actually have pages for. They are: Assassin’s Creed, Ghostbusters, Grand Theft Auto, and Mass Effect.
  • On our Assassin’s Creed page, we added the links for Trailers, Reviews, and Achievements.
  • On our Mass Effect page, we added the link for Reviews.
  • Our “Featured Game” for this week is Rainbow Six Vegas.
  • There is a new “This Week’s Releases” ready to be released tomorrow. This is the first “This Week’s Releases” since January 1st.
  • We have updated our MySpace Profile with an updated Featured Games list.
  • We will be releasing an updated “Launch Center” list to let you know when our launch centers are coming out.

We are currently doing much more; we just hit a few highlights. A new “In the News” is also coming soon along with “Our first look at Resistance 2,” which we will have tomorrow.

In the News – #9

This past week’s video game news that we missed out on while we were away. Video Game News for the week of January 10th – January 16th, 2008.

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been delayed by a month. Up until recently, is was scheduled for a release in February; but it has now been delayed until March 9th. The Japanese version of the game will be released on January 31st, a one week delay from the January 24th.
  • The makers of The Orange Box –Valve – have acquired (bought out) Turtle Rock Studios, the developers behind the upcoming Left 4 Dead co-op FPS.
  • A new map pack has been released for Strangelhold, which features 10 new multiplayer maps, 21 new characters, and 10 new achievements worth 250 gamerpoints total. It can be downloaded on Xbox Live or Playstation Network.
  • The 20 and 60GB Playstation 3’s have finally been discontinued in Japan. The only version of the Playstation 3 console that is available now in Japan is the 40GB one, which doesn’t have PS2 backwards capabilities. 80GB Playstation 3’s are not sold in Japan.
  • Ubisoft has acquired (yet again, bought out) Japanese video game development studio Digital Kids. Digital Kids is responsible for the DS game series Petz.
  • Details for the Assassin’s Creed DS game have been released. Go read Wired’s article on the details.
  • Which are you more tired of: Video Game adaptions of movies, or movie adaptions of video games? We have to admit though, this one might be a pretty good one if they ever go through with it. A BioShock movie may just be in the making. No details or official confirmations as of yet.
  • Take 2 has officially dropped the College Hoops franchise. Here’s what they told Kotaku:

    2K Sports has decided not to continue negotiations with the CLC for the license for its top-rated College Hoops franchise, which would have been released next in November 2008. We are committed to providing fans with high-quality, critically-acclaimed sports games, but given our disciplined approach to the business, we do not believe the current discussions would result in an acceptable outcome.

  • The sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man has been revealed. Early reports say that Resistance 2 will support two campaigns, multiplayer battles of up to 60 people, and eight-person online co-op play. Unconfirmed reports say the game will support three character classes–including a heavy weapons, special operations, and the all-important medic. It will also incorporate vehicles, including the alien-built Stalker, which will have cloaking abilities. We will have more info on Resistance 2 later.
  • Spore is apparently coming to PCs and Macs (yes, Macs too) in 2008 (this year.)
  • And here’s the list of the nominees for the 2008 Writers Guild Awards’s Honored Video Game Writers:
    • Crash of the Titans – Writer Christopher Mitchell (Sierra Entertainment)
    • Dead Head Fred – Writers Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan (D3 Publisher)
    • The Simpsons Game – Lead Writer Matt Selman, Writers Tim Long and Matt Warburton, Dialogue Jeff Poliquin (EA)
    • The Witcher – Lead Story Designer Artur Ganszyniec, Dialogue Sebastian Stepien, Additional Dialogue Marcin Blacha, writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole (Atari)
    • World in Conflict – Story Design Christofer Emgard, Story Consultant Larry Bond, Script Consultant Ed Zuckerman (Sierra Entertainment)