Archive for May, 2007

Ubisoft plays the politician

Source: infendo.com

UbisoftUbisoft is in a great position now. They were quick to recognize the potential in the Wii and got a gob of games out for it in time for launch. A bit too quick, however, as many of the games lacked the polish and finish of some of the more robust Wii titles to date. Seriously, I think Far Cry didn’t even have an intro screen. It just started you off in level 2.

Regardless, they made bank off the Wii even if their effort was sub-par at best.

Even if their low quality fare dampened the system’s overall potential, Ubisoft is sitting pretty and can fire off statements like this one at Next Generation without worry of any real reprisal:

Speaking to German magazine Spiegel, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and the company’s European head, Alain Corre admitted, “We made mistakes,” having been over-eager to capitalize on the promise of the Wii. They stated that future titles would be of a higher quality.

The pair also reaffirmed their belief that Nintendo’s rivals Sony and Microsoft should drop the price of the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively in a bid to boost sales. “Sony should set a new price point soon if it still wants to sell a satisfactory amount of units this year. Microsoft, too, by the way.”

Ubisoft is a quality software company. There’s plenty of IP out there to prove that point ten times over. They knew exactly what they were doing when they released schlock for the Wii. Personally, I think it was lazy and they should pay for it in the long run. However, professionally I think it was a shrewd business move and showed they at least recognized the Wii had the chops to be a software seller even as the mainstream media and many gamers wrote the system off. They threw a buch of crap against the wall and some of it stuck.

All that said, I’m giving Ubisoft a second chance (I didn’t buy any of their games for the Wii). I hope their second crop is a bit more serious than the first. They made the money with round one, now they can make an effort in round two.

Published on May 31st, 2007 under , ,

Slight confusion over VF5 Xbox 360 release

Source: seganerds.com

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It seems that there has been a bit of confusion over when Virtua Fighter 5 will (finally) be released, for the Xbox 360. While Sega has not yet set a final date for the release, many online (and offline) retail stores have penciled dates into their diaries. Although all these dates seem to differ greatly from one another.

Among the culprits are, US store Gamestop, which has pushed its forecast back to October, while UK-based GAME has it written down for a November release. But both Play.com and Amazon.co.uk think it’s going to be out 28th September.

So which one is right? Well fortunately Eurogamer.com, did something intelligent and actually asked Sega when they thought they will be shipping the game;

“Sega has told Eurogamer this afternoon that, as far as it’s concerned, Virtua Fighter 5 on Xbox 360 is still due out in summer.”

So summer. Yeah would be decent to get an actual date – but at least we (Xbox 360 owners) shouldn’t be waiting until the christmas period before we can start putting the beat down on our mates.

Eurogamer also points out that Sega did not specify what has changed with the 360 version, but from previous articles it seems as though it will be similar to the version C arcade cabinets.

[Original - Eurogamer.com, via Xbox360Fanboy.com]

Published on May 31st, 2007 under , ,

Shining Wind drops out of top 10

Source: seganerds.com

070601shi.jpgI said last week, the big test for Sega’s Shining Wind would be how well it could sustain its sales in its second week of release. Unfortunately, the newest addition to the Shining series couldn’t even stay in the top 10, dropping down to the 12th spot.

Since Media Create only publishes sales numbers for games in the top 10, we don’t know exactly how big the drop was, but Wii Play sold only 18,000 copies at the 10th spot, so that should give you an idea.

Compare less than 18,000 sales against Shining Wind’s first-week sales of more than 78,000, and that’s a pretty far fall. However, Sega’s RPG was the highest-sold PS2 game for the week, so considering it’s a last-generation RPG, it’s not as bad as it looks at face value.

[Original - Media Create, via NeoGAF]

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Penny Arcade sums up Nintendo’s Media Day

Source: infendo.com

Penny ArcadeThe last post I’ll do on the now infamous Nintendo Media Day of 2007 is, fittingly, a Penny Arcade webcomic that diffuses (I hope) the situation with a bit of humor. It’s also a ringing endorsement for Mario Strikers Charged.

Charged is quickly becoming a must have title for me. I’ve played soccer literally all my life; I’ve loved the videos of actual gameplay over at GameTrailers and elsewhere; and this title just feels like a perfect arcade summer distraction to me. Plus it has bicycle kicks. There could be a game called bicycle kicks where all you do is perform these incredible football moves over and over (with Matrix-style slow downs) and I’d still be playing it this time next year.

Published on May 31st, 2007 under ,

Nintendo checkmate? Not yet, but closing in…

Source: infendo.com

225_fortune-wii.jpgOnce upon a time, either here on Infendo or in the clandestine back channels of the Infendo staff offices (read: gmail), I predicted that in 2007, we would see one of the major print magazines like BusinessWeek or Wired run a cover story about the resurgence of Nintendo.

It came a bit earlier than even my fanboyish self could have predicted. Fortune has a huge article on Nintendo up right now, and the cover is over there, to the right.

The gravy:

While game consoles typically attract youngish males with an antisocial streak, the Wii is bringing people of all demographics together: in nursing homes, for Wii bowling leagues, on cruise ships, at coed (!) Wii-themed parties and, of course, in lines – as hordes of consumers clamor to buy the impossible-to-find $250 machine. Nintendo is churning out over a million units a month and still can’t meet demand.

Game. Set. Match? Not quite, especially six months into the long haul. But damn, that’s some sweetness right der.

Published on May 31st, 2007 under , , , , ,

Call of Duty 3 Bravo Map Pack Released

Source: thexboxdomain.net

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Major Nelson has a posted all the details.

Price: 800 Points
Availability: Not available in Japan
Dash Details: The Bravo Map Pack unites three new multiplayer maps with two classic PC maps from Call of Duty and Call of Duty: United Offensive. Storm hilltop abbeys, maneuver alleyways for the perfect ambush, or battle in the nighttime shadows of a riverside town in three never-before-seen maps. Gare Centrale, one of the original Call of Duty’s most popular maps, brings its unique layout of warehouses, water towers and a train depot to Xbox 360 for the first time. Marseilles delivers United Offensive’s exciting blend of vehicles and vast, open combat to next-gen.
Size: 950.3 MB (approx)

I’ll pass on this. Bring on Infinity Ward’s COD4!

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on May 31st, 2007 under

First look at Guitar Hero 3

Source: thexboxdomain.net

Here it is folks. Guitar Hero 3.

Check out the tweaked HUD and is it my eyes or do the graphics look way better? The 1st video is “My name is Jonas” and the second one is “Slow Ride”. What do you think?

[Via Arrogantics]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on May 31st, 2007 under

The Rumor that just won’t DIE!

Source: thexboxdomain.net

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“Metal Gear Solid 4 CONFIRMED for Xbox 360!”

That’s the words that Xbox 360 Fans are dying to hear and Sony Fanboy’s dread. I love the Metal Gear Solid series. I had great times with MGS back in 1998 and MGS 2 and 3 afterwards.

I think it’s a great series which has great storytelling(Even though at times Confusing) and I can’t wait for Metal Gear Solid 4. One thing I’m sick and tired of hearing is that Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming to Xbox 360 because some website posted it or some random foreign mag said so. Look I really want MGS 4 on the 360 but we need to calm down a bit and wait for official details. Laying into False Rumors can drive a person crazy and what’s the fun of getting excited over something which might not happen?

This past couple of weeks the INTERNETS has been going crazy with this especially our friends at Destructoid.com. Look at Dtoid’s Post this past weekend which by the way has generated 944 comments as of today. You can kind of feel like this rumor has been spoken about so much that it must come true and only I and others can hope.

I know One day I will buy a Playstation 3 and the one game which would push me closer to buying it would be Metal Gear Solid 4. If by some chance MGS 4 would come to the Xbox 360 well then I just saved myself 600 Dollars and feel overjoyed.

To wrap up this post let’s just wait and see for an official annoucement from Konami. If Metal Gear Solid 4 does not come to Xbox 360 well then that’s something we will just have to grin and bare.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on May 31st, 2007 under

EA announces Need for Speed Prostreet

Source: thexboxdomain.net

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Another year comes around and you’ve guessed it, another Need for Speed game is in the works. This time around Electronic Arts brings Need For Speed ProStreet for every platform ever created. Well, not for every platform, but it is coming to the Xbox 360.

“Need for Speed ProStreet accelerates street racing culture by providing the ultimate stage for the pursuit of street racing supremacy,” said Executive Producer, Larry LaPierre. “This is a game about building the ultimate performance-tuned battle machine, taking it to multi-disciplinary showdowns all over the world and pitting your skills and reputation against the very best street racers.”

 

The game is being developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, B.C., and is being readied for shipment fall 2007.

 

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-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

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Published on May 31st, 2007 under , ,

Xbox 360 Elite coughs up a Sneak King

Source: thexboxdomain.net

It seems that humans and Xbox 360 Elite’s do have something in common. Eat Burger King and you get sick.

[Via Kotaku]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on May 31st, 2007 under

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