Weekly News Roundup: 8/30/2009
All you need to succeed
with Bayonetta is one hand to press all the right buttons.
Bayonetta will have a very easy automatic mode where players can
play the game with one hand as evidenced by this video. If I remember
correctly, a few of the Devil May Cry games did this, which makes sense
since it's made by the same guy. Not only is all the challenge taken out of
the game, but it's a little creepy.
trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DLC looks
like it will make the game better by adding classic Generation 1 Optimus
Prime, Megatron, and Starscream. Oh, it also has other characters and maps,
but the G1 characters are what's most important.
One of the
new PS3 ads jokes about all the rumors surrounding the slim console and
price drop before its announcement. It's pretty funny.
Command & Conquer 4's title has been chosen by the fans and is now
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight.
Movies / TV
Dollhouse will be getting some nice
guest stars in season 2 with Summer Glau from Firefly/Terminator:
The Sarah Conner Chronicles and Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber
and the awesome
Michael Hogan. Well, I certainly hope the show is good in season 2. Season
1 had some truly awful episodes in the beginning, but did get better in the
latter half of the season.
Gore Verbinski will no longer direct the BioShock movie.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the director of 28 Weeks later, will take
the chair. 28 Weeks Later turned out pretty good, so this is hardly bad
Figures / Statues
Cell phone straps are a rather pointless decor, but this
Okami phone strap is awesome. If I ever get my hands on one
I'll take off the strap part so I can just have a cute little Amaterasu.
August 25th held the
first wedding under Japan's giant Gundam. The groom was dressed in Earth
forces' bright dress uniform and their daughter's name is Sayla, after the
character from Gundam. I'm sure this is only the beginning.
- Shawn - 8/30/09
Weekly News Roundup: 8/23/2009
This is awesome!
The upcoming PS3 game from From Software and Silicon Studio,
3D Dot Game Heroes, takes 8-bit dot sprites and fully translates them into
a 3D world. The results look amazing. The story is that a king declares that
his 2D RPG kingdom should be 3D from now on, but something goes wrong. It's a
perfect set-up. Let's all hope it gets localized for a North American release.
The Behemoth has a new
Necromantic Pack DLC pack coming to Castle Crashers soon.
The DLC includes the new characters of the Necromancer and Cult Minion, the
new Dragonhead animal orb, and two new weapons: the NG Skull Mace and a
I hope you like playing the same four maps in Battlefield 1943
over and over, because DICE currently has
no more content planned for the title.
Midway Europe has been
renamed Tradewest Games on completion of the company's buyout. No word yet
if the new Tradewest will resurrect its old games, like Battletoads or
Water will be splashing into LittleBigPlanet, but before that
happens Media Molecule needs to...
test the water (with a beta!). If you haven't yet bought
LittleBigPlanet, you may want to wait until September 8th when the
Game of the Year Edition comes out. It will include $30 worth of DLC
Movies / TV
The Lost Season 5 Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD sets are
pretty damn cool. It's a
Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit which includes the discs in "floppy
Disk" sleeves, "vinyl" disc labeled as a Geronimo Jackson single, map of the
island, guides, patches, and a real VHS tape. I don't even own a VCR anymore.
Man, I need to catch up on the show before the ending gets ruined with the
final season coming up.
A man in Japan has spent the last eleven years building an
11 meter long, 15 ton robot rhinoceros beetle. The robot beetle can be
driven from the cockpit or by remote control, and can even carry passengers.
Just add some guns and he'll have the first unstoppable real-life Zoid war
- Shawn - 8/23/09
Weekly News Roundup: 8/16/2009
Movies / TV
A re-imaging of the
already re-imaged Battlestar Galactica is unwanted and unnecessary, but if
it does happen, it better bring back capes as a solid fashion statement.
Get ready for a cluster-frak of confusion.
Bryan Singer will be directing and producing a Battlestar Galactica
movie, but it won't be a part of the re-imagined series. His movie would be a
re-imaging of the original 70's series, which is what the re-imagined series
already did. What the frak?! It's way too soon to be re-imaging something that
was just re-imagined, especially when the first re-imagining still has a new
movie coming out of its own.
Godzilla might be getting a reboot. Not the lovable Toho
Godzilla, but the craptastic American Godzilla. If they can get a decent
director this might be okay, but Emmerich's American Godzilla was, and is
Phoenix Wright was originally be going to be
included in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. His main special move would have been
yelling, "Objection!" which would have damaged his opponent. They scrapped him
form the final game however, because the character difference between
and the Japanese term igiari would have resulted in a smaller speech bubble,
thereby completely changing the move. Well, here's an easy fix: just add extra
exclamation points to igiari to make it the same length as objection. That
would have been easy, right?
The Sega Genesis turned 20 this week. Happy anniversary,
Genesis! I was more of a SNES kid, so I didn't buy my Genesis until the system
started dying. However, I've accumulated (and still am) quite a collection of
great games for it.
In America, the lilac PSP is bundled with Hannah Montana. In Korea and
the lilac PSP is bundled with Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, with
Ivy being the central character on the packaging. Are Korean and Chinese girls
that much tougher than American girls that they get Soul Calibur
instead of Hannah Montana?
The Halo expanded universe keeps expanding as Tor has announced
Halo: Evolutions, a short story collection.
- Shawn - 8/16/09
Weekly News Roundup: 8/9/2009
Muramasa is too
unbelievably gorgeous to be limited to the Wii.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Vanillaware's George Kamitani
said that porting the gorgeous
Muramasa to an HD friendly system wouldn't be difficult because all the
art is actually double the size of how it appears in the Wii version. Make it
recent Iwata Asks column at Nintendo, Punch Out!!! Designer
Makoto Wada revealed that in the NES original, he drew Mario as the referee
without permission, but it was just accepted.
Zen Studios will be adding a
Super Street Fighter II Turbo table to Zen Pinball
for the PS3. Since they also made Pinball FX on the Xbox 360, I hope
it's not the exact same SSFIIT table that they added to that. At least they
should be able to add new Trophies since the PS3 has less restrictions on
Trophies than the Xbox 360 does with Achievements.
There were some intrusive ads during Wipeout HD's loading
screens for a short time, but people complained that the ads increased loading
ads have since been removed.
Valve is releasing the Left 4 Dead level
Crash Course will be arriving in September. Unfortunately, it will cost $7
on the Xbox 360, but will be free on PC. What the hell, Valve?
Square-Enix's latest countdown counted down to
Lords of Vermillion II, a card game featuring characters from Final
Fantasy IV, Romancing Saga 2, and Magic the Gathering.
Figures / Statues
Did you know Mega Brands is giving away
10,000 limited edition Spartan figures to help launch their Halo
Wars line? 9,900 will be steel colored with 100 being rare active camo
variants. Sign up and get a Spartan for $3.99 shipping.
- Shawn - 8/9/09
Weekly News Roundup: 8/2/2009
"This is for giving me a
broom as an accessory!"
Dimension Diver showed off some cool
Rockman figure kits at Japan's recent Wonder Festival. The kits are super
articulated, have interchangeable limbs and are very limited. And wow, that's
pretty bad that Roll's accessory is a broom. Ha! They also had a radical Samus
figure and some Persona kits.
TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled has been
re-priced to 800 points ($10). The original price was going to be $15. I
would expect it will also be $10 whenever it arrives on PSN.
Check out this concept art from what is being dubbed "Epic
Mickey." It's a dystopian steampunk take on Mickey Mouse and his friends.
Movies / TV
- Shawn - 8/2/09