MadWorld Coming To PS3 (360 Too)? by Anthony Barlow
January 19, 2009, 2:09 pm
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[By Anthony]

It looks like Sony (and Microsoft) could be taking another exclusive here. It has been rumored that upcoming, black and white, Wii action game Mad World could be coming to ‘current-gen’ consoles. The game has been denied classification in Australia (like every game and their dog), but what people have noticed is it clearly notes that MadWorld is for the PS3 and 360 too. Of course this could be a mistake, but with the economy down the swanny it makes sense. It actually looks alright (not enough to make me buy a Wii, nothing will do that) but i’d be interested if it made it’s way onto a proper console.

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!


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.

Rock Band 2 Release Dates Revealed by Anthony Barlow
August 4, 2008, 9:17 pm
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Rock Band 2 was announced to be a timed 360 exclusive which really bummed me out. Now the other console releases seem to have been revealed. A Kotaku tipster sent them an image of release dates on what looked like a shop’s computer screen. Anyway here’s the release dates:

Xbox 360 – 14th September

PS3 – 19th October

Wii – 18th November

No PS2 date yet, but whoot! 19th October. It’s not confirmed yet so it’s going down as rumor but I hope it’s true.

Rock Band 2 – Tweak Away Harmonix, Tweak To Your Hearts Content by Anthony Barlow
July 16, 2008, 11:10 pm
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Whoo more Rock Band 2 info sweet! Harmonix have said that they’re latest iteration of the franchise is NOT about innovation (what!) it’s about tweaking the existing concepts (few, saved) and adding to them (better) to try and make the Rock Band experience a hell of a lot better (nice!). From the sounds of things these improvements will definitely make the game better.

With the disc content (84 songs) and the rest of the RB1 songs and DLC available that brings the count to a massive 200 songs. Now it’d be a real ball ache trying to find a song but no Harmonix have fixed this with some new sorting features. You will now be able to sort songs by artist, album and decade. Clicking these headers will bring you into a sort of ‘playlist’ kinda thing where you can see everything in that category (i.e. David Bowie takes you onto songs by David Bowie).

Instrument wise there’s no big changes to the microphone (makes sense), but the guitar and drums have both had both had some tweaks done to them. The guitar (as you might have seen) now has a new wooden look to it and now has an auto calibration system to measure the delay and adjust the settings accordingly.

At first look the drums don’t look that different, but when the extras are added they look a lot cooler. The new cymbals can be added and used if you want but they aren’t needed. You can plug in an add-on and make the controller into a fully working electronic drum kit (which, I guess is sweet if you want/need that). Other additions include a better bass pedal and a new ‘drum tutor’ feature which will get newbies (and me) into drumming.

One of the best soundlng new features is ‘Battle Of The Bands’ which basically pits two bands around the world against one another in online challenges. The challenges can range from playing certain songs/setlists or playing songs by certian artists. The challenges will be updated daily and if i could get another two people together then it’d be legen…wait for it…dary (sorry I went a bit Barney Stinson back there).

There have been some tweaks to the ‘Band World Tour’ mode too. The ability to hire staff has been added which will help how much money the band makes and how many fans your band gets which adds a new element of strategy to the main campaign. Not only that but Harmonix have added the new ‘no fail’ mode (pretty self explanatory) and a new ‘jukebox’ mode where you pick the band and the songs and watch it unfold (ok…then it sounds a little meh but it could be cool).

Thanks to Kotaku for the pic of Harmonix’s event.

Dead Rising Coming To Wii by Anthony Barlow
July 16, 2008, 3:07 pm
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Now this is just crazy. Capcom are porting the Xbox 360 version of the original Dead Rising to the Wii Famitsu have revealed. If they don’t make a PS3 port too they’re throwing money away. Hopefully we’ll here something about a PS3 version soon. If not Capcom have shot themselves in the foot.

Rock Band 2 – Full Tracklist Revealed! by Anthony Barlow
July 15, 2008, 6:42 am
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The best of the announcements so far at this years E3 (in my opinion at least) was this, the full tracklisting for Rock Band 2. Now you know how annoyed I was at the Madden Soundtrack announcement but, this is a music game the tracklist IS important!

Anyway here it is, the full 84 song tracklist for Rock Band 2:

1. AC/DC “Let There Be Rock” 1970s
2. AFI “Girl’s Gone Grey” 2000’s
3. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” 1990’s
4. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” 1990’s
5. Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man” 1970’s
6. Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy” 2000’s
7. Bad Company “Shooting Star” 1970’s
8. Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want” 1990’s
9. Beck “E-Pro” 2000’s
10. Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl” 1990’s
11. Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I” 1980’s
12. Blondie “One Way or Another” 1970’s
13. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” 1970’s
14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1980’s
15. Cheap Trick “Hello There” 1970’s
16. Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” 1980’s
17. Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain” 1990’s
18. Disturbed “Down with the Sickness” 2000’s
19. Dream Theater “Panic Attack” 2000’s
20. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” 1980’s
21. Elvis Costello “Pump It Up” 1970’s
22. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” 1970’s
23. Foo Fighters “Everlong” 1990’s
24. Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge” 2000’s
25. Interpol “PDA” 2000’s
26. Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” 1980’s
27. Jethro Tull “Aqualung” 1970’s
28. Jimmy Eat World “The Middle” 2000’s
29. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” 1980’s
30. Journey “Anyway You Want It” 1970’s
31. Judas Priest “Painkiller” 1990’s
32. Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” 1970’s
33. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” 1990’s
34. Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” 2000’s
35. Linkin Park “One Step Closer” 2000’s
36. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy” 1990’s
37. Lush “De-Luxe” 1990’s
38. Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen” 2000’s
39. Megadeth “Peace Sells” 1980’s
40. Metallica “Battery” 1980’s
41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go” 1990’s
42. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2000’s
43. Motorhead “Ace of Spades” 1980’s
44. Nirvana “Drain You” 1990’s
45. Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” 1960’s
46. Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon” 2000’s
47. Paramore “That’s What You Get” 2000’s
48. Pearl Jam “Alive” 1990’s
49. Presidents of the USA “Lump” 1990’s
50. Rage Against the Machine “Testify” 1990’s
51. Ratt “Round & Round” 1980’s
52. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away” 1990’s
53. Rise Against “Give it All” 2000’s
54. Rush “The Trees” 1970’s
55. Silversun Pickups “Lazy Eye” 2000’s
56. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” 1990’s
57. Social Distortion “I Was Wrong” 1990’s
58. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” 1980’s
59. Soundgarden “Spoonman” 1990’s
60. Squeeze “Cool for Cats” 1970’s
61. Steely Dan “Bodhitsattva” 1970’s
62. Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me” 1970’s
63. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” 1980’s
64. System of a Down “Chop Suey” 2000’s
65. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” 1970’s
66. Tenacious D “Master Exploder” 2000’s
67. Testament “Souls of Black” 1990’s
68. The Donnas “New Kid in School” 2000’s
69. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” 1980’s
70. The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway” 1980’s
71. The Guess Who “American Woman” 1970’s
72. The Muffs “Kids in America” 1990’s
73. The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)” 1990’s
74. The Replacements “Alex Chilton” 1980’s
75. The Who “Pinball Wizard” 1960’s
Bonus Artist Bonus Song Title Decade
76. Abnormality “Visions” 2000’s
77. Anarchy Club “Get Clean” 2000’s
78. Bang Camaro “Night Lies” 2000’s
79. Breaking Wheel “Shoulder to the Plow” 2000’s
80. The Libyans “Neighborhood” 2000’s
81. The Main Drag “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter” 2000’s
82. Speck “Conventional Lover” 2000’s
83. The Sterns “Supreme Girl” 2000’s
84. That Handsome Devil “Rob the Prez-O-Dent” 2000’s

All of the tracks are master recordings which is sweet, no bad covers!

This looks like a bit of a mix of both of the leaked tracklists from earlier this month. I really quite like it, there’s some good stuff here just a shame there’s no ‘Bad To The Bone’. It’d be some great DLC though. I think the highlights here are Motorhead’s ‘The Ace Of Spades’, Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding Pt. 1’ and The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’ (I wondered why it wasn’t in this months DLC pack). Obviously there’s some other really good stuff plus that rumor about the downloadable disc thing was also true with Harmonix & MTV stating that “almost” all songs from the original  Rock Band tracklist could be transferred. I hope they don’t loose any of the good ones. The press release also goes on to say that to transfer the songs will require some sort of fee to unlock the content. This unlock will apparently be “under $5”, which I guess is ok would’ve been better not to pay though.

Graphical Gordon? by Anthony Barlow
July 10, 2008, 4:02 pm
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‘Hell’s Kitchen The Video Game’. Just what you want to hear. No? Not me either. Is it me or does Ubisoft like making crappy video games of TV series? That’s a lot of questions but I bet we’ve all got the same answer. Yeah it might be coming to Wii & DS but this was so ridiculous that I had to post it. Apparently that game offers a three tiered challenge whilst you’re watched over by a virtual Gordon Ramsey. I wouldn’t think that Ramsey would allow himself to be tied in with such a potential piece of crap but I guess it’s a paycheck. He did say this:

“I had a great time doing the voice for my own animation,” said Gordon Ramsay. “Being in a video game is a new experience for me and I’m very pleased with the results.”

I guess if he wasn’t pleased almost everyone would know about it by now but money does do strange things to people. You can read the rest of the deets over at Kotaku.

It’s still a bit crazy and does sound like a piece of crap but who knows it could (definitely won’t) be good.

Is That Rooney Or Roper? by Anthony Barlow
July 8, 2008, 11:19 pm
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“Oh my god!”.I hear you cry “Barmelo is talking about the Wii” (other Nintendo shit is available) “the worlds gone all crazy and stuff”. Nope readers the world is not “all crazy and stuff” it’s just that I was browsing the IGN blog-o-sphere today and came across this.

According to IGN PlayStation editor Greg Miller, the new ‘All Play’ mode in the Wii version of FIFA Soccer 09 makes Manchester United star Wayne Rooney’s Mii (below) look like, IGN’s very own EIC (editor in chief) of the PlayStation team, Chris Roper (above).

To an extent I have to agree. I do hate what EA are doing with this ‘family friendly’ Wii stuff, but I guess they have to make everything appeal to Ninty fans and make it look like Mario. Ah Well.

More negative comments ahoy!

You can view the full post on Greg’s blog.

Help Wanted – Writers by Anthony Barlow
July 1, 2008, 9:33 am
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  • Hey i’m looking for three new writers for the blog. I want to add Xbox 360, PC and Wii sections to the blog but personally think it’s too much work for one guy. Please apply, all entries welcome the only requirement I have is that applicants provide a writing sample. Please bear in mind this is voluntary work.

        Cheers, Barmelo

        [Update] – Just realised i’ve not put an email address on the post. Send the stuff into anthonybarlow91@gmail.com