Weekly News Roundup: 10/30/11
I don't trust that
There are some
new details about Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die,
the sequel to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. The game plays a
bit differently this time. Everyone has a bangle that adds or subtracts points
when they cooperate with or betray others. Only when the bangle has 9 points
can the person escape. There are also some new character details, but they
could be spoilers if you haven't played 999 yet. I expect lots of
awesome puzzles and craziness from this game.
Diablo III Collector's Edition includes an art book,
soundtrack, behind-the scenes Blu-ray, in-game goodies, and most awesomely of
all, a 4 GB USB soul stone with Diablo skull base. I hope the console version
gets this kind of treatment.
Fox is planning to make
back-to-back Independence Day sequels for some reason. That
just sounds awful. Will the aliens have something to combat a Mac or will an
iPhone save the day this time?
- Shawn - 10/30/11
Weekly News Roundup: 10/23/11
Ezio better be a good
fighter because taking on Nightmare head-on is a little different then
blending in a crowd for a sneaky kill.
There's been a bounty of Souls Calibur V news this week. First
up, Ezio from Assassin's
Creed will be a
guest character in the game. This is way better than Vader and Yoda in IV
because Ezio is a perfect fit for Soul Calibur,
however there's no sneaking around for a quick kill in a fighting game. As a
stark contrast, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny's
Dampierre will be a pre-order bonus character, which actually sucks
because Dampierre is by far the worst character in the series. Even if you
don't use the code to get Dampierre, you may want still pre-order the
Collector's Edition. It's a cool big book case, with a soundtrack, making-of
DVD, art book, a piece of art, a letter on parchment paper, and black knight
and paladin DLC. The epic tale of souls and swords will continue on Jan. 31st.
Gears of War 3's
Raam's Shadow DLC will be out on December 13th for... $15? Ouch. The DLC
includes a 3-hour campaign set before Gears 1, new multiplayer
characters and weapon skins. $15 still seems like a lot, though.
- Shawn - 10/23/11
Weekly News Roundup: 10/16/11
What would make this
better are little figures Ryu and Kazuya playing the cabinet.
Street Fighter X Tekken's special edition has something new
for special editions: a build-it-yourself 5" tall arcade cabinet bank. This is
probably in-scale enough for some figures to make a cool diorama, too. I hope
it's made of plastic at least, and not cheap cardboard. It also has an Udon
prequel comic, and 36 gems + 9 bonus gems if you pre-order. Wait, what the
heck are gems? You'll be able to assign
gems to your fighter to help out their stats. Sounds like some Pocket
Fighter or Power Stone stuff there.
Batman: Arkham City's Catwoman content is locked behind an
"online pass." Why is it called an online pass if it unlocks single-player
content? Also, GameStop will be handing out the
"online pass" with used copies of the game, making the pass pretty much
pointless. There will also be
Nightwing DLC on November 1st for you Nightwing fans.
Rumors indicate there might be a
Jak and Daxter HD Collection for the PS3 in 2012. I'd say it's obvious
considering how many HD Collections have been coming out.
Die Hard 5 now has a title:
A Good Day to Die Hard. If that's not silly enough, the movie will be
released on Valentine's Day, 2013.
- Shawn - 10/16/11
Weekly News Roundup: 10/9/11
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future and Skeleton
Warriors will finally be on DVD on 12/6. I doubt the Captain
Power set will include a Powerjet you can shoot at the screen, but it
would be cool. I wonder if the shooting-at-the-screen thing will even work
with my old Captain Power jet. There were 22 episodes of Captain Power,
but I didn't realize that Skeleton Warriors only had 13 episodes. I
guess it felt like a lot more when I was younger.
If you've ever wanted to see a bunch of real-life videogame characters hanging
out in a bar that isn't a cosplay convention, then watch the
PlayStation Michael commercial. It
has a ton of game characters in a bar, the real life likenesses are
practically spot-on, and the original voice-actors are doing the voices. It doesn't just have Sony characters in it, but
also third party, which is really cool because it's not just a Sony
commercial, but for gaming in general. Also, Sweet Tooth playing Sackboy in
Chess is just awesome.
Resistance 3 and Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection have, and now
& Clank All 4 One is getting awesome reversible cover art. You can also check
PlayStation Blog to see all the rejected versions of the regular final cover
art which are all so much better than the actual final cover art.
This month is Tomb Raider's 15th Anniversary and with it is a special
Anniversary gallery with new art every Monday and Friday.
Here's a trailer for a game called
Gravity Daze for the Vita that has anime girls, gravity manipulation, and
a cat. It'll be
called Gravity Rush when it comes over to the U.S.
Monster Hunter Frontier, the Japanese Monster Hunter MMO,
Darkstalkers costumes of Morrigan and Demitri. Pretty cool,
now how about that new Darkstalkers game?
- Shawn - 10/9/11
Weekly News Roundup: 10/2/11
Back by popular demand is the weekly update. Enjoy
it when you can. It may not be all the time, but it'll still be around.
The Snake Vs. Monkey
mini-game was kind of like this, but with more flashing red lights.
King of Fighters XIII
has been delayed until November 22nd, but that's fine because it's looking
better than XII. There's a new trailer, too.
at Subway and you can get into the Uncharted 3 multiplayer a month early
and win cool prizes.
Future is considering ending Nintendo Power, PlayStation: The
Official Magazine, and the Official Xbox Magazine. I guess it was
bound to happen eventually, but it's still sad.
Skyrim voice cast includes Michael Hogan, Christopher Plummer, Claudia
Christian, Max Von Sydow, Joan Allen, Lynda Carter, Vladimir Kulich, and many
others. I'm sure Steve Blum is in there somewhere.
- Shawn - 10/2/11