Hey, I bet you’re just obsessed with E3 videos of upcoming titles, aren’t you? No? Yes? Regardless of your answer, here’s another one for you.
This gem is of Super Mario Galaxy 2, something with is super fantastic and is looking like it could end up being a swell title. The worlds look splendid, the characters are doing all sorts of fun things, and there is no sign of any Haunted Mansions in sight…
Guess who is making the next Castlevania title? It’s not who you’d think – in fact, it’s Kojima Productions. It seems Hideo is addicted to being busy, and Lords of Shadow will become part of his production team’s upcoming production portfolio. Kojima himself will be a “support” to the development team, whatever that really means. The title was originally teased as MASK, but has been revealed as a brand new piece of Castlevania goodness. Koji Igarashi will not be involved with the project at all. This could certainly lead to a very different Castlevania than we’re used to. Hooray for East-West cooperation!
The game is to take on a 3D God of War feel. It is being developed by MercurySteam Entertainment (American McGee’s Scrapland, Clive Barker’s Jericho).
Patrick Stewart will be providing voices, so you Jean Luc Picard fans out there can squee with delight knowing that your favorite English baldie has a new job. The game is slated for a 2010 release on both PS3 and Xbox360.
In the flurry of E3 madness, one of the most discussed topics has been the Playstation Motion Controller. Sony is eager to perfect the controls of the Wiimote with their own gizmo. Here is a pretty long video for you to behold showcasing the gadget in action:
Starting in August, players will be able to download full Xbox 360 titles via Xbox Live. Currently, this ability is available only to XBLA and Xbox Originals games, and will soon be extended to complete 360 releases.
The games will be released weekly at comparable prices to what you’d be able to grab the game for off the retail shelves. Purchases will be possible via credit card or MS Points. The Xbox Dashboard will require some sort of upgrade to integrate the service with the existing games store.
The three titles so far confirmed for the service are Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed and Civilization Revolution. While nothing has been confirmed, the possibility of a rental system is also in consideration.
Now you can be lazier than ever, as you won’t even have to move from the couch to get new 360 games.
November 17th – that’s when you’ll be playing Left 4 Dead 2. That falls right around the one year marker for the first game, qualifying this as a very quick sequel.
The sequel takes place in the southern USA, has five campaigns, four new characters (high school coach, news reporter, mechanic, con man). The campaigns will tell a greater overall story as you move through them instead of being entirely separate like the first game’s scenarios.
The zombies are a little tougher, there are new enemies (The Charger!), and a few new gameplay tactics will be required that will force you to approach hordes of zombies and special infected (like the witch) in different ways than you’ve become used to with the first release.
Below is the first bit of art released for L4D2, the movie poster for “The Parish,” one of the new levels.
L4D2 will also feature melee weapons, like a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more yet-to-be-revealed blunt objects. A new feature from Valve called the AI Director 2.0 will have an impact on the game by not only maintaining control of zombie quantities, hordes and special infected, but will alter world objects, weather and navigational routes for the player. This will help make each play through even more unique than the first game, as all aspects will be ever-changing.
With all the E3 madness going on today, there are a billion news stories flying around, most of which are mere shoutouts to eventual bigger stories. That being the case, the next few posts will be quick, but important.
Today, Metal Gear Solid Rising was announced for Xbox360 – and we learned that it will not be exclusive. Nonetheless, it will be the first modern Metal Gear title to venture away from Playstation exclusivity at launch, which is pretty awesome for fans of the series who only own other consoles.
The playable character will be Raiden, and he looks all scary and tough. Tons more to come on this, I’m sure.
During Microsofts E3 Press Conference, Bungie revealed the details on a top secret project they have been working on called Halo Reach. The announcement came with a video of a planet being bombarded from space with smashed defenses. Not much else was revealed besides the “sometime in 2010″ release date.
If you are planning on buying ODST this fall, you will get early access to Halo Reach via the beta.
It’s time to pull out your buster swords, hop on a chocobo and say hello to your floating, legless grandfather. ESRB has given a rating to a PSN release of everyone’s favorite 1997 Squaresoft RPG, Final Fantasy VII.
Sometime soon, the timeless classic will be available for download and play on your PS3 or PSP console. FFVII was made available on Japanese PSN last month, and while no specific date is yet available, it won’t be long before those across the water can reminisce in what is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential games of all time.
Being that the game is so difficult (and expensive) to find as hard-copy these days, this will be a great way for players to get their hands on the title.
Perhaps Guitar Hero 5’s on-the-fly drop-in-drop-out difficulty changing gameplay has got you interested in the title. Perhaps you’re just a glutton for pretending to play music with a plastic instrument. Perhaps you are so excited that you’ve been dying for more information.
In that case, you’ll want to know the game now has a release date of September 1, 2009.
In that case, you’ll want to see a list of every band that will be included on the release. To your curiosity, I can provide. It is actually a fantastic looking list, and a beast to boot. 84 bands will be available for your jamming joy.
3 Doors Down
A Perfect Circle
Attack! Attack! UK
Band Of Horses
Children Of Bodom
Darker My Love
Eagles Of Death Metal
Face To Face
Grand Funk Railroad
Jimmy Eat World
Kings Of Leon
Love and Rockets
My Morning Jacket
Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde
Queen & David Bowie
Queens Of The Stone Age
Rose Hill Drive
Scars On Broadway
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Derek Trucks Band
The Duke Spirit
The Rolling Stones
The White Stripes
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
TV On The Radio
I’m very pleased to see APC, Bush, Johnny Cash and Rammstein in particular. After all my bitching, I’ll probably end up with this game… only to beat the thing on Expert in 2 days and feel completely unsatisfied.
In what's come across as far too amicable to be called a dispute, Notion Games has accepted Ubisoft's request and changed the name of its upcoming platformer to Super Ubie Land. The PC and Mac platformer, successfully funded through Kickstarter to launch later this year, was originally christened Super Ubi Land. Ubisoft then stepped in and asked for the name to be changed, which Notion's now done with little fuss.
By the way, that's our interpretation above of how Super Ubie Land's new logo will look. As if the sheer quality didn't make that obvious.
The PlayStation Japan website just unveiled a trailer for what's apparently a new game, possibly called Panopticon going by the page name. The unveiling followed a week-long countdown, which was more like a count-up with the timer eventually ticking up to "1,000,000 years." It reached that point at 6AM ET, with this trailer in its stead.
A website for a new fantasy MOBA called Dawngate launched this morning, listing EA and a company called Waystone Games as involved. As spotted by online sleuth superannuation, the site apparently launched early. Links to Twitch. Twitter, and YouTube on it lead to accounts either inactive or private.
"Dawngate is a new MOBA," the page reads, "Built from the ground up to look and feel familiar while offering a whole new way to experience MOBA gameplay. Dawngate empowers you to forge the champions you love for the roles you want in a competitive arena, shaped by ever-evolving, community-driven content and story."
Superannuation suggests Dawngate is the MOBA seemingly outed by Visceral Games job listings late last year, and that Visceral's free-to-play group has been renamed Waystone Games. Apart from the little that's on the site, there's no other info on the studio.
Earlier this year, it was speculated Visceral had undergone massive restructuring following below-target sales of Dead Space 3, claims which EA strenuously denied. EA recently announced 900 layoffs across its total workforce as part of organizational restructuring.
The Dawngate website has a page that allows users to register for a chance to take part in an upcoming beta. As far as we could see, signing up requires an Origin account.
We've seen plenty of Shin Megami Tensei 4 in Japanese, so here's a better, albeit brief look at how the upcoming 3DS RPG looks and sounds in English. North America passed the rite to receive the Atlus game on July 16, while Europe is still waiting in the wings with a summer release window.