Weekly News Roundup: 10/31/2010

Movies / TV

What Caprica needed was more of this.

  • Caprica has been unsurprisingly cancelled. What is surprising is that SyFy won't even air the remaining episodes until 2011. Why prolong it, just finish it up! SyFy did, however, green-light a new Battlestar Galactica prequel series called Blood & Chrome. This would focus on a young Adama during the Cylon War and will hopefully have everything that Caprica didn't have.

  • Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie will be titled The Dark Knight Rises. It sounds weird. Anyway, the Riddler will not be the villain in the film.

  • John Carpenter is going to direct the Darkchylde movie.

  • The crappily drawn G.I. Joe Renegades will be aired online on HubWorld.com for those that don't have cable.

Games

  • The fancily packaged Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary bundle with the book will be coming to America. One thing the book reveals is that Super Mario Bros.' controls were once very different. Up was jump, B was running or rocketing if Mario has a rocket, and A was either kick, or shooting a rifle or beam gun. Shooting in a Mario game? It sounds so bizarre.

  • The Killzone 3 Helghast Edition has an awesome Helghast helmet, a cloaking Helghast Sniper figure, an  artbook, and a super voucher for lots of DLC.

  • While Sony likes doing HD remakes of classic games, Microsoft doesn't want to. Man, that could be such easy money for them.

  • That game where the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii were made into anime girls is actually coming to North America for the PS3. It'll be called Hyperdimension Neptunia.

  • The HD Doom was removed from Xbox Live and Microsoft didn't tell anyone this was going to happen. Seriously, we need to be told these things are going to happen before they happen. At least we got notice about Outrun Live Arcade.

Comics

  • USA Today has an exclusive online Mass Effect comic called Mass Effect: Inquisition. The comic is about Captain Bailey, who was voice by Michael Hogan in Mass Effect 2.

- Shawn - 10/31/10


Weekly News Roundup: 10/24/2010

Games

This is a mystery so mysterious that will take both Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright to solve its mysteriousness.

  • Rivals the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System both turned 25 this week.

  • The red Mario 25th Anniversary Wii and DSi XL will both be released in north America.

Movies / TV

- Shawn - 10/24/10


Weekly News Roundup: 10/17/2010

Games

Star Raiders is coming back, but probably without the extra control pad.

  • Atari is bringing back Star Raiders. You know, the classic space shooter that appeared on Atari's consoles and used the extra touch pad to do things like raise shields, activate the map, and hyperwarp. This was essentially the grandfather of series like Wing Commander and Colony Wars, among others. The new game will still have a galactic map, energy pool resource management, and space dogfights, but will also add ship transformations. It sounds interesting and it's been a while since there's been a good space combat game. The new Star Raiders should be out in 2011.

  • Outrun Online Arcade will be pulled form Xbox Live in December. Sega's licensing deal with Ferrari is ending soon and the game has already been removed form the European PSN Store, but Xbox Live gets to keep it available until December. Better buy while you can. It was never released on the US PSN and, obviously, never will be now.

  • The Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition will include a soundtrack, a lithograph, in-game Unitology suit and Force Gun, but best of all, it will have a replica Plasma Cutter with LED lights.

  • A Lego Wii Remote is coming out that you can customize with Legos. Cool, but wouldn't the extra Lego piece get in the way of pressing buttons?

  • Halo: Reach will get the Noble Map Pack on No. 30th. The pack will contain three new maps: Tempest, Anchor 9, and Breakpoint. Meanwhile, The next Halo novel, Halo: Cryptum, will be all about the Forerunners and is actually the first book in a new trilogy.

  • If you pre-order Dragon Age II before January 11th, you'll be upgraded to the Signature Edition for free. The Signature Edition includes $20 worth of DLC, including a new playable character. No fancy Collector's Edition yet, but you'd think there would be one in the works.

  • Techland has an interview with Tanya Jessen, the lead producer for Bulletstorm. In the interview we learn that the boob size of the character Trishka was a main point of discussion during development.

  • Red Dead Redemption will get all its add-ons on a disc. It'll include Undead Nightmare, Outlaws to the End, Legends and Killers, Liars and Cheats, and all the multiplayer free roam stuff.

Movies / TV

- Shawn - 10/17/10


Weekly News Roundup: 10/10/2010

Games

Sir Arthur: Fighting evil without his pants since 1985.

  • If Ninja Theory made a Heavenly Sword sequel, the game would have had Nariko fighting in hell. Plus one day in hell would equal a year on Earth, so Kai would go from a young girl to an old woman during the game. Ninja Theory no longer has the rights to Heavenly Sword, so who knows if a sequel will even happen.

  • Check out these screenshots from the cel-shaded Gundam Musou 3 (Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3).

  • With Dragon Age II focusing on a new character, how will save importing work with Dragon Age: Origins? Lead Designer Mike Laidlaw says that the Origins save will import the world in DAII. Who's in charge of what, which characters are alive, and stuff like that.

  • The latest Iwata Asks covers the Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary. We learn that before Mario was called Mario, Jumpman, or Mr. Video, he was called Ossan, which means Middle Aged Guy. The fancy 25th Anniversary Super Mario All Stars set will be released in Europe, so an announcement for the US shouldn't be too far off, eh? In Japan, there's also going to be a red Wii for Mario's 25th. The system will include a special version of Super Mario Bros. that has "25" on the coin boxes. No word on whether there is more to it than just the number 25.

  • The sprites in Disgaea 4 are receiving a huge upgrade compared to previous games. Check out the comparisons here.

  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta will include a downloadable Deimos skin for God of War III. Now you can play as Kratos' brother, who is apparently stronger.

  • Apparently the next part for StarCraft II won't be out until 2012. So, one game is going to be spread out across at least 3 years, probably more considering there's still a third part to the game.

Movies / TV

  • Optimus Prime has a mouth in Transformers Prime... and he looks creepy. Hasbro's The Hub promo fluff video shows a couple seconds of Optimus and his odd mouth. It could be worse.

  • We all new this was coming, but now it is official. The Star Wars films will be re-released in 3D in February 2012. The movies will start with Episode 1 and the others would follow in each year after, so it's going to be awhile before the good trilogy shows up.

  • Now DreamWorks is trying to get the Halo movie going again, but if they do it would use material form the books, which would be weird.

  • Zack Snyder will direct the new Superman movie and Christopher Nolan will be producing. Let's hope the villain is someone Superman can punch for a hour.

  • Oh hey, there's going to be a fourth Underworld movie and Kate Beckinsale will be returning. Neato. That third movie kind of sucked because all it was basically just the flashbacks from part 2.

Figures

  • The Masters of the Universe Classics figure for March 2011 will be Panthor. I've been waiting for this one.

- Shawn - 10/10/10


Weekly News Roundup: 10/3/2010

Movies / TV

If this is the new Voltron, it's off to a good start.

  • Supposedly this is the first look at the re-design of the Lion Voltron team for the upcoming Voltron cartoon. If it is, it looks great. It takes the old designs and makes them a little sleeker, curvier, and with much sharper claws. A couple things are added for additional flair, I guess, like the Yellow Lion's big under bite and the fins on the Red Lion. If this is the new Voltron, I'm all for it.

Games

  • There's finally a trailer for Outland, the platformer inspired by Ikaruga. It looks amazing and is definitely an "Ikarugian" platformer. I think the word "Ikarugian" should be a new way to describe a game, since it works so well for Outland.

  • The Super Street fighter IV 3D Edition trailer shows off some gameplay (not in 3D so you can see it) and a crazy feature that has your game fight another persons when you aren't even playing. Another video shows that the game has a new optional over-the-shoulder camera mode. That has to be quite a challenge playing Street Fighter in a completely different perspective.

  • The undead are heading to the old West in Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare add-on pack. Zombie bears!

  • Guybrush Threepwood is an unlockable character in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. This might be really cool to me if I ever played the Monkey Island games. Meanwhile, two G-Shock watches were created for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. The Darth Vader watch is black and looks like a normal watch. The Secret Apprentice watch is purple and ugly. You can't buy them however, you can only win them.

  • First of the North Star: Ken's Rage is out on November 2nd in North America. ATATATATATATATATATA!!!

  • Metroid: Other M has a bug that prevents players from completing the game. In Japan, Nintendo is asking players to mail in their save files so it can be fixed. An ability to allow game updates on the Wii would really help out here.

  • Dragon Age: Origins is being re-released in an Ultimate Edition. It'll include the Awakening expansion plus all seven of the DLC packs.

  • Gears of War 3 has been delayed at least five months. It will still come out in 2011. For now.

  • EA has buckled under the pressure and changed the name of the Taliban to Opposing Force in Medal of Honor.

  • Chocobo Racing is returning on the 3DS. Damn, now I have the Chocobo theme stuck in my head.

Figures

  • Bandai held a poll of what figures fans want to see with Mega Man X making the number 5 spot. There's no guarantee that the figure will be produced, however, Bandai made and painted a prototype of the figure.

- Shawn - 10/3/10