The Monkey's News Box: 9/30/12
Saren is waiting... for
the PS3 players who don't mind already having all of Mass Effect's major
plot choices spoiled by Mass Effect 2.
Somehow, the first Mass Effect will be on the PS3. The upcoming
Mass Effect Trilogy will contain all three games and be on the Xbox 360
and PC on Nov. 6th, with the PS3 version coming later, possibly in December. Microsoft published the
first Mass Effect, so I'm not sure how this works out for it coming to
the PS3, unless there was some weird timed exclusivity deal.
There will also be a download version of the first game for $15, for those
that don't need to re-buy the sequels.
plot pints and decisions have already been spoiled by Mass Effect 2's
interactive comic, so how many people are actually going to sink in a ton of time
when they've already know what happens? Now only the Wii U only players are
screwed out of most of the storyline.
simultaneous home release of DoDonPachi Saidaioujou in Japan and out of
Japan. Apparently, they're talking with a mystery publisher besides Rising
Star to make this happen. It would be an incredible feat in the world of
bullet hell shooters if Cave pulls this off and North America and Europe get
this on the same day as Japan.
Xbox players can now finally get something for all those earned Gamerscore
Xbox Live Rewards. A 3000+ GS earns you a $0.25 birthday gift. 10,000
earns a 1% rebate on Xbox Live purchases. 25,000+ earns 2% back. It's not
much, but at least it's something.
There's a bug in Borderlands 2 that
resets your Badass rank, taking away everything you earned. Gearbox is on
it, but who knows how long it'll take to fix.
Dead Space 3 walkthrough showing 17 minutes of the game.
I'll hold off on watching so I don't spoil any potential scares, even if it's
just showing an early stage.
The Ezio storyline of Assassin's Creed is being repackaged as
Assassin's Creed: Ezio Trilogy for the PS3. This will include
Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations all on the
same disc. It will also include the DLC. That doesn't seem right that all
three games can fit on one disc.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky for the PSP is getting
HD Edition upgrade on the PS3. It's part of the PSP Remaster series so you
can transfer your save game from the PSP. Hopefully this will get released in
North America, at least a a download title. It got rave reviews, so maybe?
- Shawn - 9/30/12
The Monkey's News Box: 9/23/12
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is
already looking better and bloodier than Ninja Gaiden 3.
Team Ninja has teamed up with Keiji Inafune for the next Ninja Gaiden.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has zombies, is cel-chaded, and the playable
character is on a mission to kill Ryu Hayabusa. I think he's fighting a losing
battle and won't be able to kill Ryu in the end, but it could be cool with
Inafune involved. Meanwhile,
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is hitting Vita next year, so more Gaiden on the go.
DJ Max Technika Tune for the Vita is getting a
super limited edition with a two-disc soundtrack, visual book, game case,
pouch, screen cleaner, and a strap. It's limited to only 750 and pre-orders
start on Sept. 24th on Amazon and Pentavision.
Three more of 2013's Masters of the Universe figures were
revealed at PowerCon: Snake Face, Karatti, and Octavia. Octavia looks
pretty cool, so I may have to try to snag one. There will also be a Castle
Grayskull if they get enough pre-orders. Here's the thing, it's a $200
pre-order for something basically sight unseen save for one concept photo.
Awesome that there will be a new Castle Grayskull, but $200 for not even
seeing the final thing... I'm not so sure about that.
- Shawn - 9/23/12
The Monkey's News Box: 9/2/12
"Damn, I think I forgot
Kept you waiting, huh? The debut trailer for
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, an open world MGS game,
takes us back to the good old pre-Big Boss days. The 11-minute trailer is just
incredible and shows what Kojima's new Fox Engine is capable of. The graphics
almost look too good for the current gen systems, but according to Kojima, the
graphics will be comparable on the PS3. Ground Zeroes will also be a
prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5. Meanwhile, the Metal Gear Solid
movie is back on.
Instead of continuing work on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a game that
fans have been waiting for years upon years, Square Enix announced yet another
FFXIII spin-off that isn't Versus:
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. I'll play it, but why keep making
these new spin-offs when the first spin-off hangs in limbo?
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will have
two fancy editions. The Hardened Edition includes a Steelbook case,
physical challenge coins, soundtrack, two Nuketown maps, exclusive weapon camp
and player cards, and Xbox avatar crap or PS3 theme. The Care Package has all
that plus a remote control Dragonfire drone all inside a care package case.
Now, how well does that drone fly?
Kat from Gravity Rush is in Hot Shots Golf 6
to make your balls rise and drop in all sorts of directions. Hopefully also be
in the eventual US version.
Square is releasing a
Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box set. It includes all thirteen
regular numbered Final Fantasy games, on various PlayStation disc formats of
PS1, PS2, and PS3. For some reason, FFIII is the only one on a UMD. The
set is way overpriced at 35,000 yen, but it does have a special video disc, a
two disc soundtrack of select songs, an art book, replica Yoshitaka Amano
visual and stand, and a probably useless earring code for FFIV. Yep,
still way over-priced.
After unfortunate delays, I was still hoping that
Fractured Soul would still come out on the DS. Well, it's coming out on
September 13th, but only on the Nintendo e-shop for the 3DS. I don't own a
3DS, so I guess I won't be able to play this very cool looking
In more Final Fantasy news, Square Enix will be bring the
chip tune albums to North America soon. The five chip tune albums will be
of VII, VIII, IX, X, and XI.
- Shawn - 9/2/12