Weekly News Roundup: 6/27/2010

Games

The conceptual awesomeness of Pac-Man.

  • Level 5 and Studio Ghibli's game Ni no Kuni: The Another World was originally for the DS, but now there's a version coming out for the PS3. Suffice to say, the PS3 version looks amazing.

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift will be out in August, however Aksys has already revealed a DLC character: a squirrel girl called Makoto. This chick had better be free because this seems like more than enough time to have gotten her into the regular game.

  • Stetson made a real cowboy hat from the in-game models of Ken's alternate costume cowboy hat in Super Street Fighter IV. Only three exist. One each is reserved for Seth Killian and Yoshinoro Ono, while the third will be given to the top Ken player at the EVO 2010 tournament.

  • The PlayStation Network in Japan will be getting a free-to-play game called Bakumatsu Revolution. The free core game will last around 10 hours, but special items and additional quests can be purchased. No word on whether this is heading to the U.S. PSN.

Figures

  • Of all the Transformers Generation 1 combiners, who would've thought we'd see the Seacons get re-released? The Seacon set was revealed at BotCon and will be an exclusive somewhere very soon. Tformers.com also has photos from BotCon 2010 of the SDCC exclusive blaster set, and tons of upcoming Transformers.

  • A Primus repaint is the latest in Takara Tomy's Transformers 2010 campaign. This Primus, who transformers into Cybertron, looks much better than the original.

Movies

  • Keiji Inafune's Dead Rising movie, Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun, will be available for free as eight downloadable episodes complete with a cheesy English voiceover.

  • After lots of rumors of different directors, Peter Jackson will be directing The Hobbit himself.

  • John Lithgow and Frieda Pinto have signed on for the Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel.

Awesome

  • The Make-A-Wish foundation installed a Millennium Falcon fort for 5-year-old Christen Bentley. That is seriously beyond awesome.

- Shawn - 6/27/10


Weekly News Roundup: 6/20/2010

Games

Metal Gear Solid: Rising had better have a Trophy/Achievement for slicing up a hundred watermelons.

  • E3 saw two particularly amazing speeches during the press conferences. First is the awesome speech by Kevin Butler at the Sony conference. The other, from the Konami conference, is amazing in that it's so painfully awkward.

  • Gran Turismo 5 is finally coming out on November 5th. The Collector's Edition will include a 1:43 scale 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V model, a 300-page book, a keychain, and 5 DLC cars.

  • GoldenEye is returning on the Wii. Except it has Daniel Craig as Bond instead of Pierce Brosnan. And the plot is different. But is uses the same levels. So it's GoldenEye, but it's not GoldenEye. Weird.

Figures

  • Masterpiece Grimlock will be on Toy 'R Us shelves on July 1st. That's way sooner than I thought we'd see it.

Movies / TV

  • There could be a new 3D Pac-Man cartoon where the original ghosts would be his friends. 3D and friendly ghosts? This is already off to a bad start.

  • The first few images from The Walking Dead show off a couple zombies and Rick Grimes walking on a road. So, nothing real exciting yet, but it seems to be going well.

  • Hugh Jackman is in a movie called Real Steel about robot boxers. This is hilarious, but why isn't this movie called Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots?

- Shawn - 6/20/10


Weekly News Roundup: 6/13/2010

Games

In the new Mortal Kombat, Kung Lao has a fatality for your balls.

  • Did you see the PS4 videos? If not, here's the PS4 viral video and the PS4 commercial. Turns out they were made by Han West, a guy working on his Master of Fine Arts and these videos were projects for a class. These are exactly the kind of things Sony would do, so give that man an A. And a job.

  • Those leaked screenshots were right: the next MotorStorm is MotorStorm: Apocalypse. I guess when the apocalypse hits we'll at least still have racing.

Figures / Toys

  • NECA will be making a sweet Claptrap figure from Borderlands. We can't tell how big it is in the photo. Will it be in-scale with their usual sized figures or will it be bigger?

Awesome

- Shawn - 6/13/10


Weekly News Roundup: 6/6/2010

Games

This is way too colorful for Contra, but that's why the Contra name isn't on it.

  • Contra: Hard Corps is kind of getting a sequel with Hard Corps: Uprising. It's a spiritual sequel in that the main character is General Bahamut, an enemy in Contra: Hard Corps. It looks way too bright and anime-looking for a real Contra, but that's probably why the Contra name isn't actually on it. This is being developed by Arc System Works and should be on PSN and XBLA this Winter.

  • Blade Kitten has been delayed, but now instead of being a PSN exclusive, it'll appear on PSN, Xbox Live, and PC. More pink-haired kitten chick for everyone.

  • The first Killzone 3 trailer shows off no shooting, but a lot of beating up Helghast. Then the dude puts on the Helghast helmet because he likes the smell of sweaty bald men.

  • If these leaked screenshots are what the source says they are, then Motorstorm 3 will be in a post-apocalyptic world. Racing after the apocalypse? What about the gangs in leather that murder for gas?

  • Here's the E3 trailer for Vanquish. How can this be the E3 trailer if E3 hasn't even started? Someone has to stop that from happening.

Figures / Toys

  • Tformers.com has the first blurry photos of the War for Cybertron Soundwave toy in robot and vehicle mode. It's a little disappointing that he's not actually a boom box like in the GameStop commercial, but at least the future van looks better than his Scion box car mode from Transformers Animated.

Movies

  • Wondering what's going on with that Metal Gear Solid movie? David Hayter wrote a script, but after that he guesses that deals couldn't get finalized. There is hope that it could pop back up in the future, hopefully with Hayter involved.

  • Guillermo del Toro is no longer directing The Hobbit movies due to production taking much longer than expected and scheduling conflicts. Peter Jackson might direct the movies himself.

- Shawn - 6/6/10