Monthly Archives: May 2010

Rumor: Playstation Move Coming in July?

According to a circular from a South African video game retailer, PS3 owner may get to try their hand at motion-control gameplay sooner than expected.  BT Games’ June sales ad announces that gamers should “watch out” for Move during the month of July.  The possibility of this being true is weak at best:  BT Games has said nothing about a specific release date, and Sony made it very clear that they plan to release the Move and its initial software lineup in the fall.  Plus, the idea of releasing a piece of relatively expensive gaming hardware so far away from the holidays seems like a disastrous plan from a business perspective.

Still, BT Games has built a little of credibility in these matter, the chain broke the news about the 250 GB Xbox 360 in an ad months before Microsoft announced it’s existence.  It is possible that the BT ad refers to pre-ordering the controller, or possibly some kind of promotional event.  Regardless, the Move’s future will be set in stone in just over two weeks at E3.

(Via G4TV)

The Games of June, 2010

Because the month of June will revolves almost entirely around  E3 for the gaming industry, you would expect there to a drought of exciting new games coming out next month, right?  Surprisingly, there will be a bevy of intriguing new games to keep all you shut-ins from going outside and enjoying the warm weather.  While many gamers are going to hung up on this month’s most anticipated titles, “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” and “Green Day Rock Band”, there are a good number great-looking games flying somewhat under the radar.
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Marvel vs Capcom 3 Screenshots

“Marvel vs Capcom 3” fans, check out these screenshots.  If you were concerned that MvC3’s new art direction would not include enough hallucination-inducing explosions and effects… well, you can put your mind at ease.

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Splatterhouse Set to Rise From the Grave on Halloween

It’s going to be a gory Halloween.  Namco Bandai announced that their re-make of the Genesis action game “Splatterhouse” will drop on the spooky holiday…  Ok, well they weren’t specific as to whether the game would be in stores on the 31st (a sunday), or the Tuesday before, which is the 26th.  Namco told Gamespot that the game “just missed” their goal of third quarter release, but has been lined up for a Halloween drop – it’s not clear whether Halloween is being used as a reference point, or a hard date.

The point is, this year gamers can plan on playing a brand-new horror-themed game while eating all of the candy they should be giving to little kids.

Front Mission Evolved Suits Up This Fall

Square Enix sent a release today announcing that “Front Mission Evolved” will hit store shelves on September 14th. With “Evolved,” Square Enix looks to re-invent an old franchise that that has never been especially successful outside of Japan.  “Evolved” breaks away from the strategy RPG roots of Front Mission’s history, opting instead for a faster-paced action style.  “Evolved” is also the first game in the series to be designed by a western developer, Double Helix Games.  And lastly, Square Enix said that “Evolved” will feature some form of 3D effects.  All in all, the game is definitely looking to shake things up – look for it this fall.

EA Lands Publishing Deal with Insomniac

“Resistance” developer Insomniac announced today that they’ve signed an exclusive publishing agreement with EA.  The deal revolves around a brand new IP Insomniac is designing, which EA will produce for both PS3 and Xbox 360.  Insomniac has been in the business of pumping out Playstation exclusives since the days of the original Playstation.  After 16 years, Insomniac hopes bring this new game to Xbox 360, so they’re linking up with EA to make that happen.

Insomniac has not disclosed any information about the mystery IP, simply saying that they’ll disclose more info “when <they’re> ready.”  According to rumors, Insomniac is currently hard at work on “Resistance 3.”  Does the EA deal throw that news into doubt?  Realistically, no.  If anything, the timing of the announcement implies that we’ll be seeing “Resistance 3” sooner rather than later.

Bottom line; if there isn’t a big announcement from Insomniac at E3, I’m going to be VERY upset.

J Allard Walks Away From Microsoft

J Allard, the most iconic founding father of the Xbox, is leaving Microsoft after 22 years of faithful service.  As VP of design for Microsoft’s “Entertainment and Devices” division, Allard has had a hand in many of the company’s most recognizable hardware products:  In addition to both Xbox consoles, Allard helped design the Zune and the upcoming Kin smartphone.

The situation surrounding Allard’s transition is shrouded in rumor, with little concrete information being made public.  Rumors that Allard would be leaving the company started surfacing after Microsoft cancelled development on his last project, the “Courier” tablet.  Allard did tell Seattle-based tech site TechFlash that he does not plan to run to one of the Microsoft’s major tech or gaming rivals, such as Apple or Google.  Allard also said that his decision to leave was not based on either the “Courier” cancellation or the news that his friend and co-worker, Microsoft “Entertainment and Devices” president Robert Bach, is also planning to leave the company.

Rock Band 3 Adds the Piano

Surprise!  There’s going to be a new instrument in “Rock Band 3”.  If you check out the demo section on Xbox Live today, you can download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”.  If you download the demo for “Green Day: Rock Band”, you can get a tiny taste of Rock Band 3.  When you quit the “RB:GD” demo, a teaser for Rock Band 3 pops up.  “Ebony and Ivory”, playing as the teaser pops up (shown above), highlights what I’m assuming is the game’s biggest new feature – Keyboards.  The “Rock Band 3” logo features a new keyboard logo and a new triple mic vocals logo, representing the harmonies feature from “Beatles Rock Band.”

Keyboards seem a logical addition to the repertoire, even though not every rock song is going to use them.  Given that, will “Rock Band” fans who haven’t had to shell out the big bucks for a new instrument in a long time be willing to pay for an instrument that they won’t be able to use in every song?

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Killzone 3 Screens

(WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS “KILLZONE 2” SPOILERS)

Days after Gamepro broke the news that Killzone 3 is on the way, Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe made their own announcement via their blog.  Frankly speaking, SCEE’s announcement didn’t provide much new information about the game as a whole, but it did discuss the plot of the single-player campaign.  Killzone 3 picks up exactly where Killzone 2 left off – The team is stuck on Helghan looking for a way out.  Meanwhile, with Visari dead, the Helghast government is imploding as multiple factions fight for power.

The best part of the announcement, though, was that SCEE posted their first screens of the game.  Check ’em out.

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Gamestop to Offer New Premium Membership Program

Not a lot of people love Gamestop’s current rewards program, the Edge card.  It’s not a bad deal, really – For 20 bucks, Gamestop customers get 10 ten percent off used games, 10 percent more money for trade-ins and a subscription to Game Informer.  So it’s not a terrible deal, but nothing to get excited about either.  Well, Gamestop has caught to their customers’ lack of enthusiasm and a new rewards program is being tested as we speak.

The new “PowerUp” program is a points-based rewards system.  Members get 10 points for every dollar spent on new games, and 20 points for every dollar spent on used games and trade-ins.  Points can be traded in for coupons or even gaming accessories like controllers or headsets.  Of course, in order to get the good stuff you have to spend a ridiculous amount of money.

In addition, every purchase at Gamestop enters “PowerUp” cardholders into special drawings for “Epic Reward Giveaways” like trips or entrance to online betas.  Since each purchase counts as an entry, the program encourages members to shop frequently, but it also encourages them to buy one game at a time, even when they’re planning on buying more.

Lastly, the “PowerUp” program will also include a free option, which will allow more frugal gamers to use the “rewards points” system.  Paying members will get the “edge” discounts, coupons and gifts, and extra entries into the “Epic Rewards”.

“PowerUp” is currently in “beta”, being tested by customers in Ohio, Tennessee and Missouri.  The program is on track to nationwide some time in June.  If you want more info straight from the horse’s mouth, check out the “PowerUp” beta website.

(via Kotaku)