Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Imagine the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Alien movies and add the slaughter of Resident Evil or Doom. That seems to be what awaits you in EA's Dead Space and it looks just amazing. It's going to be released Halloween 2008. Spooky. I hope in Europe as well.
The full Microsoft GDC 08 Press Conference in 7 parts. Witness the first Xbox 360 Press Event without Mr."Clap your hands", Peter Moore. See the new 360 boss John Shappert in action for the first time. Enjoy, internet folks!
Developer Epic Games, better known as the studio that brought your Gears of War, started a survey on their homepage about how you played and what you thought about Gears of War. The results will hopefully have influence on the second part. On the other hand the most questions are pretty surfaced. Well, everybody likes polls, so take the chance to get your opinion known!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
There is a mappack in work with tons of user wanted stuff. But no saying about if it's going to be free or not. Imagine 360 owners paying for it and PS3 users having it for free. You might think "hey, they are paying already for Xbox Live Gold, they just chose the wrong side, those fools." I think that would be pretty fucked up. Let's just wait and see.
Update: Since many people still look on this blog post I'll have to clear things. The map pack is out and contains 4 maps for 800 points (360) or 10 bucks (PS3). PC content is free.
Please have also a look on the rest of my blog and feel free to leave comments. Hans
Perhaps you know Diablo II. In one or the other way you do know this game. It had a huge influence on gaming and defined the Hack'n'Slay genre. There have been many tries to deliver an actual version of the Diablo II Concept, because Blizzard isn't thinking a second about doing the third part and better fool around with Starcraft II. So there have been countless good or bad Diablo clones like Nox, Titan Quest or Sacred.
Sacred belonged to the better ones and was created by a german studio. And this september comes Sacred 2, not only on PC, also on the consoles with a own Joypad Config and a two player coop mode and lots of other nice stuff.
I am very excited about this game, cause I loved Diablo II and Titan Quest and I am interested in seeing how this works out on a console. I think this game is going to be "Deutsche Wertarbeit".
Okay, graphics look near reality but gameplay seems to be as boring as usual. I am no friend of simulations. Guess I'll have to get warm with this game. But not with the Prologue, which is just a big demo for not so small money.
Americans next month get one of the biggest PSP titles in years. No, this time it's not about God of War: Chains of Olympus. Now we are talking about the sequel to
everyone's favorite Square title, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core.
Interesting thing is, the fights are much more action packed and it seems that you can control only one character.
Players control only Zack, whose actions are limited to attacking, dodging and defending. While this might seem too limited, his attack options aren't simply limited to sword strikes.
At the end of the day we will see if this game is a worthy sequel. Read the full preview and enjoy some of the GDC 08 videos.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
GDC again. This time it's John Hight, Head of Product Development for the Playstation Network. In his opinion it's better that the Playstation Network has few, but 'careful chosen' and so high quality PSN games. Asked about user created games he said that Sony believes in user created content but that they think about it as a service and want to give the people the tools to make good games. But he himself didn't know when that is to happen. He also compared Microsoft's XNA to a sledgehammer. Guess he was a little upset about Microsoft's announciation to give people the ability to upload their self made games.
So, 2007 is a real hard year to follow in gaming. Last year we had Blockbusters like Bioshock, Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy and even Halo 3. Can 2008 keep following it's predecessor? We will know that in 2009 but until then there are lots of nice games to find out.
My personal Numero Uno is GTA IV, what's yours? Feel free to leave a comment.
Gametrailers interviewed Mr. Ono who is the man in command of Street Fighter IV. Will there be more characters? Propably yes. Will this game make it to the Arcades? Yes, sooner or later even in Europe. Why did it take so long for Part IV to appear? Cause no one had the balls to do it. Till now. Watch the whole 6 minute interview:
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here you go with finally some real gameplay. The shown build was viewable at the GDC but is already 6 months old. The game gives the player some crazy and funny abilities. You can change your form into becoming a pedestrian, you can run on house walls, do some bad ass kung fu or ride a tank and even a helicopter. PLUS it's very gory. All this looks really amazing and very promising. Now give it a real good plot and it won't become a second Crackdown.
Get a first look of the beautiful world Far Cry 2 will contain. This tech demo shows the current status of the Far Cry 2 engine called Dunia. This powerful engine features dynamic clouds, day/night change, grass reacting to the wind and the possibility to bring trees to fall with your gun.
It looks very beautiful and you can guess that the levels in the final game will be as giant as the ones in the first Far Cry. Too bad this soil will be shattered with lots of pixelated blood.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This time the nerd takes on the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's unloved child. Personally I've been able to play this machine on last year's Leipzig Games Convention. I had the pleasure to play the Star Fox clone. Everything the nerd says about this piece of shit is true.
So here it is, the first God of War: Chains of Olympus review. 1Up gave 9.5 and confirmed what everyone guessed. It's the system seller or at least that what it should be.
Saying that Chains of Olympus is a breathtaking ride and more a straight forward game than a adventure title, it is also revealed how short it actually is. Your first playthrough will last you about six hours. Matt Leone, the author of the review, ensured on the other hand that with several higher difficulties he spend over 20 hours with this game.
I don't know if that works for me, but I want this game. Just what my PSP needs after a long time of just getting covered by dust since GTA:VCS.
Read the full review on 1Up.
Hell yeah, what a great day for 360 owners. With today's MS press conference and the official announciation of Gears of War 2 we also get a first teaser.
PLUS: Trailer, Theme and Picturepack for free on the XBL Marketplace!
Also watch the later part of this video to witness CliffyB's chainsaw bayonette performance on stage. Mark his words:
It's a funny thing about rumors on the internet. Once in a while they are actually true. Gears One was a setup. It was an apetizer for all the characters, the environments, the gameplay mechanics we introduced in the first. Gears 2 is going to be bigger, better and far more bad ass than the first game in every way. Today I am proud to tell you that Gears of War 2 will be available exclusively on the Xbox 360 in this november 2008.
This is a part of the Eurogamer GCC Live Coverage concerning the Microsoft Press Conference. Especially this is about Gears 2. Destructable Environments, yeeha!
Now we can blow stuff up, he says. Another Gears-based demo with blowing holes in wooden fences using the explody crossbow thing [Torque Bow, Tom. Tsk! - Ed]. Destructible environments in Gears of War? That'd be interesting. That's the end of Tim's presentation. He's cheered off rapturously. A lot of Gears-based tech demos there. John's back!
You can now do lots more things on-screen. Tech demo with "over 100" Locust enemies running around a typical Gears of War environment. Calm down. Water stuff has been improved, he says. Realistic specular and environment bits or something. More realistic splashes, sound effects. It certainly looks a bit special with rolling waves, etc.
You can add much more definition. Advanced character lighting is another thing. "We've done significant work on the character pipeline." "There's much greater contrast in the shadows, much greater specular lighting...much more detail on the character overall."
He's introducing Tim Sweeney, Epic's version of John Carmack. He's going to show us some of the things they've been doing since the original Gears of War. Ambient occlusion post processing filter - more realistic dynamic shadows off the back of THAT, says Tim.
BLOODY WELL SAY IT, MIKE. So it's been a while since Gears, he says. "We've been pretty busy since 18 months ago." He's still talking about the Unreal Engine.
He's showing off a trailer reel of Unreal Engine 3 games. BioShock is one, Mass Effect is another. Lost Odyssey, Gears of War.
Go on Mike. "That's not all we do - we make Unreal Engine." Yeeeeees.
Mike Capps, president of Epic you know. "You may remember a game we did for Xbox 360 called Gears of War."
"Dr Michael Capps from Epic Games." He's going to show off the next generation of the Unreal Engine running on Xbox 360. [Gasp, excitement - Ed]
This is the second dev diary about the sandbox mutant title Prototype. This time it's about the art directional main character - the city itself. The artworks look really kick ass, but the pre alpha in game sequences still have a long way to go. I wonder when this title will be released? No matter what and when, they hold what they say and FREAKIN DELIEVER!
There are plans that Microsoft will take over Gears of War and Unreal Tournament creators Epic Games. Microsoft wants to take over Epic in summer 08 for 1 billion US dollar. Now Mark Rein, vice president of the company, said:
"I have not seen the actual GamePro article but if they're going to make predictions about us selling Epic we would prefer if they started at $2 billion," he said. "Because we don't want anyone thinking that we're cheap. :)"
I hardly hope that Epic will stay independed. Why do I care so much? I've played their games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War right from the beginning and I am seeing them more in the PC sector as in the console sector and I think that a Big Boss company like MS will force Epic to release unfinished and uncreative games. Also, punches in Microsoft's face like releasing UT3 time exclusive on PS3 won't ever be possible. Epic has to stay independet. Let's hope for the best that they won't be eaten by the monster , devoured in creating shitty games and farted out with getting closed because not selling any titles.
Perhaps I am a bit too pessimistic, well, fuck that overtaking.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Everyone knew it in January but now Toshiba makes it official. HD DVD won't be produced anymore. Thank God that the Format War is finally at an end. Now I can buy meself a nice BluRay player (speak Playstation 3) with the Planet Earth documentary and a few of the few good PS3 exclusives.
TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.
HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.
"We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop," said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. "While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality."
Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition content. These include high capacity NAND flash memory, small form factor hard disk drives, next generation CPUs, visual processing, and wireless and encryption technologies. The company expects to make forthcoming announcements around strategic progress in these convergence technologies.
Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.
This decision will not impact on Toshiba's commitment to standard DVD, and the company will continue to market conventional DVD players and recorders. Toshiba intends to continue to contribute to the development of the DVD industry, as a member of the DVD Forum, an international organization with some 200 member companies, committed to the discussion and defining of optimum optical disc formats for the consumer and the related industries.
Toshiba also intends to maintain collaborative relations with the companies who joined with Toshiba in working to build up the HD DVD market, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation and major Japanese and European content providers on the entertainment side, as well as leaders in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP. Toshiba will study possible collaboration with these companies for future business opportunities, utilizing the many assets generated through the development of HD DVD
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 is now official. Interesting thing is, that it will feature a full cooperative campaign and three playable parties. Of course the two known parties are Soviets and Americans and, of course, the third party is still secret and going to be "as nothing before".
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The german videogame expo Games Convention moves from Leipzig to Köln. This year the GC will have it's last time in Leipzig and 2009 the GC will happen in Cologne. Unclear is if the name will have to change, cause it belongs to the Leipzig Messe.
I liked Leipzig and it's awesome convention center, but Cologne is much nearer to me and fuel for the car is very expensive, not to forget the costs of a hotel room.
Sry for losing my English, anywayyyyyyy No one reads this,Muthafuckas!! o_0
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Nice, there are new videos for the #1 title this year available. Only small definition though.
seems to be a crime boss from which Nico gets missions.
Manny Escuela is a TV moderator with a love for the ghetto.
The Steinway Beergarden is a german- irish pub with lots of nice visitors. Funny Add!
Roman Bellic is Nico's cousin and owner of a cab service. He likes drinking and gets involved in crimes. The movement animations look just incredible.
Whiz Wireless is the cell phone company for Liberty City.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Finally Bioware's hit role playing game Mass Effect gets it's first DLC. The new mission is called "Bring Down The Sky" and is set on an all new planet. The player will the first time ever see and meet the Batarians, a race that has cut all it's relations to the Citadel. A batterian terror group has chartered an (orbital?) asteriod station setting it on crash course with Terra Nova, a colonized world. Only your Shepard can stop the drama.
The expansion will bring 90 mins of fresh action and cost 50 MSPs.
I hope that this expansion will be worth the high price and the quality will be equal to the main missions and NOT suffer like the niveau of the always recycling side missions.
For 400 MPS I'd like to see my Shepard climb LVL 65 and learning some new bionic kick ass abilities. Though I believe that won't happen 'cause only 50 of 250 optional gamerscore achievements available are used and we will see some more not free download content. Shame on you. XBL.