Monthly Archives: April 2010

Enslaved Screens

“Enslaved” – the newest project from the Ninja Theory, the team brought PS3 fans “Heavenly Sword” – is a post-apocalyptic re-telling of the classic Chinese story, “Monkey”.  Based on what producer Namco says, the game plays like “Ico” meets “God of War” – an ambitious goal, to be sure.  Then again, based on these screens, this is definitely going to be a game to watch.

SouthPeak Games Releases 3D Dot Game Heroes Character Creator

3D Dot Game Heroes’ european distributor, SouthPeak Games, has launched a nifty little website to promote the PAL release of the game.  Those of you looking forward to the game (or who have seen that crazy ad) probably know that you can make your hero look how ever you want via an in-game character creator:  Well, the guys at SouthPeak want gamers to get a jump on making their crazy adventurers.  The 3D Dot Game Heroes Character Creator is a very basic version of what’s going to be in the final game, but that shouldn’t stop you from designing that winged polar bear you’ve been dreaming of since you were 5.  Plus, once you’re done the site allows you to save your work as an avatar, an image or a wallpaper.

Unfortunately, You can’t upload your character to the game, but since it’s not the full character creator, why would you want to?  Instead, you should post your fantastical 8-bit ideas here at G4T.  3D Dot Game Heroes will be in stores on May 10th in the states, and May 14th in Europe.

How To… Build a Portable N64

How much do you love N64?  Do you get sad whenever you have to leave your house without it?  Well modder Bacteria felt your pain, and he spent four whole months devoted to fixing the problem.  Until…

Voila!

The portable N64 looks like one of those crappy Tiger handheld games, but it plays N64 Games!  It has a five inch screen, speakers and a built-in rumble pack.  One downside – it needs two camcorder batteries for three hours of juice.

As far as I know, Bacteria has no plans to sell these things, but he posted a series of videos showing you how to make your own.  All you need is a PSone screen, an N64, a rumble pack, a memory card, an N64 controller and a PSone controller… and some other stuff…  (making that case might be a little tough)

Still, it’s an awesome device.  If you have a spare N64 lying around, or if you REALLY want to play Star Fox and Smash Bros on the bus, it seems like an epic and worthwhile undertaking.  (Thanks, Gizmodo)

Manhunt 3 Gets Shut Down Before it Even Starts

Manhunt, Rockstar’s Saw-esque stealth murdering game, has always had a cult following.  Despite the series’ lack of critical support, there are just some people who really love the game’s brutal nature.  Chief among those fans were the games’ developers themselves, who had already begun pre-production on the third entry in the series:  According to Gofanboy, they had even begun working on a control scheme for the Playstation Move. Unfortunately for them (and every other Manhunt fan) Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two saw those ideas and have already told them that there is no chance of their being a “Manhunt 3”.  “Manhunt 3” would’ve been the first entry on PS3…

Well, technically it still could be, Rockstar hasn’t officially said anything about the future of the series.

Starcraft Kart – Best Starcraft II Mod Ever

Whats better than Starcraft II?  A Starcraft racing game!  Everdraed, a Starcraft II beta participant, built a map and organized a race, complete with “sweet-ass go karts”.

Genius.

Rumors Surface About New Goldeneye Game

Cannonized Nintendo 64 shooter “Goldeneye” may very well be getting a new lease on life.  According to Thatvideogameblog.com, Activision registered the URL “Goldeneyegame.com” this week.  Though the site currently sits empty, rumors are already flying about a potential sequel or re-make of the classic FPS.  Though Activision has said that they don’t plan to re-release the original, but they did not completely rule out the possibility.  Activision also said that they plan to release a James Bond franchise game during the second half of 2010.

Developer Bizzare Creations is currently working on an original 007 project, “James Bond: Bloodstone”.  Rumors have suggested that “Bloodstone” may be a 007 racing game.  Though it’s possible that “Bloodstone” is the “Goldeneye Game” the URL refers to, the title has nothing to do with “Goldeneye” and, though Activision has made mistakes in the past, the idea of tarnishing the “Goldeneye” legacy by making a racing game.

NCAA Football 2011 Box Art, Screens

Check out new screens from NCAA Football 2011.  This set of screens shows Alabama and Texas squaring off; running, throwing catching, etc.  Also, we’ve got Tim Tebow in the PS3 and Xbox 360 box art.  NCAA Football 2011 is set to hit stores on July 13th.

Metroid: Other M, Sin & Punishment 2 Delayed

Nintendo confirmed today that they will be pushing back the release of two high-level titles, “Metroid: Other M” and “Sin & Punishment 2”.  Rumors arose yesterday that the games would be pushed back after an employee at gaming retail chain “Play-N-Trade” said that the store planned to change their official release dates.  Unfortunately, the wait for “Metroid: Other M” just  got quite a bit longer; the game, originally set to drop on June 27th, won’t be in stores until August 31st now.  Meanwhile, “S&P2” has been moved back from June 7th into Metroid’s original date, June 27th.  Nintendo hasn’t given an official reason for the delays, but told Kotaku:

“this game [Metroid: Other M] is the product of a unique partnership between longtime Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto, Team Ninja and many other individuals and groups, all of whom have set very high standards for this latest installment in the series. Although it’s taking slightly longer than expected to complete the project, we’re confident that fans will find it to be well worth the wait.”

In other words, they’re just not going to finish in time.

Just remember kids; though the announcement is a real bummer, it’s true what they say; “Good things come to those who wait.”

Square Enix Announces Just Cause 2 “Black Market” DLC Packs

Square Enix London announced today that they plan to release two new downloadable content packs in the next month for their sandbox explosion extraveganza, “Just Cause 2.”   Dubbed “Black Market” packs, both downloads offer a set of weapons and/or vehicles to enhance your jet-crashing, building-crushing experience.  The first download, “Black Market Aerial Pack”, will be released next week.  As the name implies, it adds some new equipment for aerial combat.  The pack adds a new jet, a multi-lock missile launcher and mini-thrusters that attach to Rico’s parachute.  The “Black Market Boom Pack” will launch on May 25th, adding a cadre of über-powerful explosive weapons, including a “Quad Rocket Launcher” and an “Air Propulsion Gun” that can blow away enemy vehicles.  Both packs will cost 1.99 on PSN or 160 MS points on Xbox Live.

First Look at Madden 2011 – Drew Brees Gets The Cover

The results are in.  EA Sports announced yesterday that the curse-breaking vote to pick the next Madden cover star is all counted up and Super Bowel MVP Drew Brees will grace the cover of Madden 2011.  For the vote, EA allowed fans to pick between Brees, Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.  Given the choices, Brees’ doesn’t exactly seem like a surprising choice.  Talking to ESPN, Brees said he was happy to get picked, and isn’t worried about the Madden curse.  Brees said; “I believe in fate, and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” he said. “But destiny is stronger than any curse, and this team is destined for great things.”  Vote or no vote, Mr. Brees should be a little more careful about tempting fate, since he claims to believe in it.

Along with the cover announcement, EA Sports released a debut trailer for all you fans dying to see the game.  EA also announced that they will be releasing a demo in “late July” featuring the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.  Hope those two things can tide you over until the big M arrives in stores on August 10th.