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‘Cops & Robbers’ Coming To Burnout Paradise by Anthony Barlow
February 7, 2009, 1:15 am
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[By Anthony]

Remember those screens we posted a little while back showing a Paradise City Police Car? Sure you do. Well, Criterion have announced today that a new ‘Cops & Robbers’ mode is coming for Burnout: Paradise.

According to the “Criterion Games Network” (viewable on the PS3 and PC versions),this DLC will arrive after all of the other previously announced packs (excluding the island). It’s apparently “dedicated to bringing the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.”. Sounds good, hopefully we’ll get more info soon. Nice job guys.

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Virtua Tennis 2009 Coming In May by Anthony Barlow
February 6, 2009, 9:03 am
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[By Anthony]

SEGA announced yesterday that the fourth, home console, installment of their popular arcade tennis game, Virtua Tennis, is to be released this May. The game will be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. All of the VT mainstays are there, singles matches, doubles and the ‘World Tour’ mode will all return, with the ‘World Tour’ now having leaderboards. The minigames are back too and are said to feature “crocodiles, pirates and fruit”. What would Virtua Tennis be without it’s minigames. So…anyone for tennis?



Konami Teasing Next Metal Gear! – Not Coming To PS3? [Update] by Anthony Barlow
December 5, 2008, 2:06 pm
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[By Anthony]

The image above has mysteriously turned up on the landing page for Kojima Productions.  The page contains nothing but the image above and the Konami logo, could this be a hint at the next Metal Gear game? Many people are speculating that the i could relate to DSi or that the ! could be something to do with Ac!d. There’s people also saying that the end logo is something to do with the PC and that the green is a reference to Microsoft. Bloody hell, that’s a hell of a lot being read into an image on a website, but I do agree it is strange. The exclamation mark is a symbol of the MGS franchise and seening as Kojima has said that he wanted to pass on the Metal Gear torch, so to speak. Maybe this ‘new guy’ wants to take Metal Gear in a new direction and on a new console.

The MGS fanboy inside me is raging at the moment, I would hate to see the next Metal Gear game not appear on PS3, especially if it was a continutation of the story in a major way. Come on Kojima, tell us, we need to know!

[Update]

Konami have responded to VG24/7 about the recently released Metal Gear teaser on the Kojima Productions site. They’ve not said too much though only:

“I am afraid that Konami does not comment on speculation,”

The classic line, as crushing as it is for Metal Gear fans, it isn’t a denial.



Sony: The Agency Is Not Cancelled by Anthony Barlow
November 19, 2008, 9:05 am
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[By Anthony]

Yesterday it was reported that, North American videogame rental site, GameFly had removed SOE’s upcoming MMO shooter, The Agency, from the website stating it had been cancelled. I was really looking forward to the game and was hoping Sony hadn’t cancelled it. Guess what? They haven’t!

SOE released the below statement about the game:

“Sony Online Entertainment’s game, The Agency™, is still in development for release on both the PLAYSTATION®3 and PC platforms. The game sku has been reinstated to GameFly’s website. Feel free to add The Agency to your GameQ!”

Another great Sony title for 2009, I think Sony would be stupid to cancel this. I wonder when we’ll hear some proper news about the game, it has been a while.



All SOE’s MMO’s coming to consoles by Anthony Barlow

[By Anthony]

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that all of their MMO’s from this point on are coming to the PS3 as well as PC. SOE president John Smedley spoke to MTV Multiplayer after the New York Games Conference and wanted to stress that the console versions of SOE developed MMO’s like The Agency and DC Universe Online will appear on PS3 at the same time as their PC counterparts. Another interesting tidbit from the interview was that Smedley said that Sony could adopt a free to play model for their MMO’s, saying:

Getting a console player to pay for a subscription, I think that’s an interesting question. I think it’s about making a great game, but we also believe that there’s a chance, maybe [the games] won’t be subscription-based. Maybe the free-to-play model is the right one to use there, too. We don’t know yet. We’re going to find out with “Free Realms,” and adapt as we see things go.

I certainly hope this turns out well for the consumer. Personally I wouldn’t mind paying a subscription if the game was good, obviously the free to play model works out better for everyone. The games aren’t out yet, and look like they’ll be a way off yet, here’s hopeful.



Fallout 3 Coming October 31st – Crap! by Anthony Barlow
August 21, 2008, 1:19 am
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[By Anthony Barlow]

Bethesda’s highly anticipated Fallout 3 has now been given a release date. Whoo! No, not whoo, crap! Yep that’s right I am dreading to pick and choose what to buy in October and this addition to the list doesn’t help things.

Bethesda announced today:

“We are very excited to let gamers get their hands on Fallout 3, the latest chapter in this beloved and highly acclaimed franchise,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “To meet the huge demand for this title by our fans worldwide, we are planning one of the biggest launches of any game released this year.”

There’s a ton of games out in October and this addition to the list dosen’t help. Maybe I can borrow the money off someone until I get paid. The other thing is that i’m at another event on the 31st so I might have to ShopTo this one and get it early. I’m still getting it though.



Batman: Arkham Asylum Details, Screens by Anthony Barlow
August 15, 2008, 6:07 pm
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Earlier this week it was announced (via Game Informer) that Eidos would be making a new Batman game. I tought EA held the liscence to make games based of the DC franchise, but alas I was wrong. EA only have the rights to make videogames based on the Batman movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and it now looks like Eidos have exclusive rights to the Batman graphic novels.

I can’t wait to see what Pandemic can do with the Dark Knight lisence but i’m noty expecting the best. This game on the other hand seems to have one key feature which could definitely have a major positive influence on the game, it’s writer. Comic book writer Paul Dini is going to be writing the story for the game and from what i’ve heard from comic book fans this is a really, really good thing. There were some other villains revealed (aside from The Joker) which sound like they could present some very interesting scenarios. Batman will be facing up agaist: The Riddler, The Penguin, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Herley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Personally i’m epecting more to be revealed closer to the games release.

The game, being developed by Rocksteady studios and publishe by Eidos, revolves around Gothams infamous Arkham Asylum which houses the cities most dangerous criminals. The Joker has taken over the Asylum and it’s up to Batman to obviously, save the day. Some details were revealed about the game along with the story and I was surprised to see that, unlike most new superhero games, it isn’t an open world game and confines the player to the Asylum itself. It seems like a great new direction for the superhero genre and, if it works out, could be something other franchises might adopt. Now I know you’re thinking that a superhero game set in one area sounds dumb but when the game was revealed earlier this week there were some pretty bold statements made. The game was said to be more like ‘The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay’ and ‘BioShock’, both of which were highly acclaimed by the press and gamers alike.

According to Kotaku, the game will not only be about combat but will include investigative sections (e.g. puzzles) which could break the manotony that many combat heavy games suffer from. It was also said that combat would focus on stealth and speed and that the combat would only use three buttons, this might sound simple but if it’s pulled off right it could be really effective. Boss battles were also mentioned, with some being combat based and others similar to those seen in the Zelda franchise, using particular gadgets and gizmos to bring down foes.

The game is set to be realeased sometime in 2009. This sounds like it could be a new and exciting approach to the superhero genre and seems like it could be a welcome change from past games in this genre. It seems like the game is a bit of a way off yet but juding from the screens that Rocksteady accidentally released today (luckily they were snapped up by a NeoGaf poster) it is definitely going to look great.

The game will be appearing on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

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