Archive for December, 2007

Happy New Year from VGB. What big games will be released in 2008?


FireworksHappy New Year everyone! Assuming you’ve been careful with fireworks you can still get your game on, 2008 is looking to be yet another great year for gamers!

In 2008 we hope to continue bringing you unbiased game news and the latest announcements and impressions from the industry. We very much appreciate the support from our readers, game publishers, and sponsors that we’ve enjoyed the past year; and hope to continue providing entertainment as well as working together with the too numerous to mention people from all around the world. You know who you are, have a great New Year!

The following list of so-far announced big upcoming games is sorted by publisher, from early 2008 releases (first) to late 2008 releases (last). This list answers what big games will be released in 2008. Have a look:

Pre-order Super Smash Bros. Brawl for WiiNintendo = Advance Wars 2: Dark Conflict, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit, Wii Music.
Microsoft = Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, Lost Odyssey, Rez HD, Castle Crashers, Ninja Gaiden II, Halo Wars, Fable 2, Alan Wake, Too Human, Banjo-Kazooie 3.
Sony = Patapon, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Twisted Metal Head-On, Hot Shots Golf 5, LittleBigPlanet, Secret Agent Clank, Killzone 2.
Pre-order Burnout Paradise for Xbox 360Electronic Arts = Burnout Paradise, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames, Battlefield Bad Company, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Army of Two, Left 4 Dead, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Fallout 3, Dead Space, Spore, Half-Life 2: Episode 3, Tiberium, SSX 4.
Konami = Metal Gear Solid 4, Silent Hill V, Darksiders: Wrath of War.
Rockstar (Take 2) = Grand Theft Auto IV, Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Duke Nukem Forever?
Pre-order Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for Xbox 360LucasArts = Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Indiana Jones 2008, Lego Indiana Jones: The Video Game, Fracture.
Activision-Blizzard = World of Warcraft: Wratch of the Lich King, StarCraft II, Call of Duty 5, Guitar Hero 4.
THQ = Worms: A Space Oddity, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Destroy All Humans 3, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Saints Row 2.
Ubisoft = No More Heroes, Haze, Brothers in Arms 3: Hell’s Highway, Tom Clancy’s EndWar, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Lost Video Game, Splinter Cell 5: Conviction, Tom Clancy’s Air Combat, Far Cry 2.
Pre-order Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates for DSSquare-Enix = Dragon Quest Swords, The Last Remnant, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles DS and Wii, Final Fantasy Crisis Core, Infinite Undiscovery, and lots of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest remakes.
Sega = Sega Superstars Tennis, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Samba de Amigo, Empire: Total War, Viking: Battle For Asgard, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Iron Man, Aliens FPS, Aliens RPG.
Pre-order Devil May Cry 4 for PS3Capcom = Devil May Cry 4, Street Fighter IV, Bionic Commando 2, Dark Void.
Sierra = Prototype, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, The Bourne Conspiracy, Brutal Legend.
Warner Bros = Lego Batman: The Video Game, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
Atari = N+, Alone In The Dark 5, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 4.
Pre-order Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures for PC2K Games = Mafia 2, Borderlands.
Namco Bandai = Soul Calibur IV.
Touchstone = Turok.
Eidos = Age of Conan.
Codemasters = Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising.
D3 Publisher = Dark Sector.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment = Stargate Worlds.

Keep in mind that popular games like Resident Evil 5 and Final Fantasy 13 don’t have release dates yet or won’t be released until 2009. Are any of your favorites missing?

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New video game releases week 1, 2008


If you don't mind missing the XBLA online co-op, Metal Slug Anthology has all 7 gamesHere’s a list of this weeks game releases. Since this is the last day of the year and the first week of next year there’s not much except for downloadable games. So we’ve got today’s Bubble Bobble, Light Crusader, Top Hunter on the Wii Virtual Console, as well as Metal Slug 3 on Xbox Live Arcade (updates Wednesday). No word on any PlayStation Store games yet (updates Thursday). Anyways, I hope you have a great New Years Eve and we’ll see you next year in 2008. I mean, tomorrow!

Bubble Bobble – $5 (Wii Virtual Console)
Light Crusader – $8 (Wii Virtual Console)
Top Hunter – $9 (Wii Virtual Console)

Classic British Motor Racing (Wii)
Kawasaki Quad Bikes (Wii)
Kidz Sports Basketball (Wii)
Monster Trux Offroad (Wii)
Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom (Wii)
Rig Racer 2 (Wii)

Metal Slug 3 – $10 (Xbox Live Arcade)

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The Best Games of 2007 on Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PC, DS, PSP and PS2


Halo 3 for Xbox 360Super Mario Galaxy for WiiChoosing “The Best Games of 2007” is no easy task. Here at VGB we’re still heavily playing all the top titles of the past year, we haven’t played through all and as a result not reviewed them yet. So I thought it best to take our time to play and review them all into next year and let Gametrailer’s videos do the talking of all the choices you have for each of the following platforms. Having played all the winners and most of the nominees I can safely say 2007 might’ve been one of the best years for gamers ever!

Find out which game is worth risking the Red Ring of Death for with our pick for the year’s best Xbox 360 title. The Best Xbox 360 Game = Halo 3.

Wave your Wii-mote with the greatest of ease in our pick for the year’s best Wii game. The Best Nintendo Wii Game = Super Mario Galaxy.

The next-gen powerhouse brings its A-game to this year’s competition with these hot titles. The Best PlayStation 3 Game = Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

These are the games that kept gamers clicking away night after night! The Best PC Game = Half-Life 2: The Orange Box.

Which game was able to master the unique controls and portability of the DS? The Best Nintendo DS Game = The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

Who came out on top with the PSP? The Best PSP Game = Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions.

With A-list games that stand toe-to-toe with their next-gen counter parts, what was the best on the console that won’t quit. The Best PlayStation 2 Game = God of War 2.

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On Wii Virtual Console today: Bubble Bobble, Light Crusader, Top Hunter


Get a Wii Points Card at AmazonToday Nintendo adds new classic games to the popular Wii Shop Channel. The games go live at 9AM Pacific time. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at stores like Amazon (see to your right).

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Thanks to the Wii Shop Channel, you’ve got some outrageous new options. We’ve included videos of each of today’s games for nostalgia’s sake or so you can see if it’s for you.
This week’s new games are:

Bubble Bobble on NESBubble Bobble (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points = $5): Bubble Bobble’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader on Sega GenesisLight Crusader (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points = $8): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy on NEOGEOTop Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points = $9): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?

New Blu-ray movies for the week 12.31.07


All these videos will be available new years day. Resident Evil: Extinction will be the first Blu-ray movie that offers PiP (picture in picture). You’ll need PS3 firmware 2.10 to use this feature. And we have 2 other great action movies as well. Celebrate the new year with buying a blu-ray movie )


* Resident Evil: Extinction (Sony Pictures)
* Resident Evil (Sony Pictures)
* Resident Evil: The High Definition Trilogy Blu-ray edition (Sony Pictures)
* Shoot ‘Em Up (New Line Cinema)
* War (Lionsgate Films)

Have a happy New Year everyone! Bring on 2008!

Published on December 31st, 2007 under ,

Virtual Console Monday – Bubble Bobble, Light Crusader, and Top Hunter


bubblebobblepak225.jpgIf you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions yet, allow Nintendo to suggest a few: pop more bubbles, battle more medieval beasts and try to save the universe a little more often. New releases for New Year’s Eve:

Bubble Bobble – NES – 1988 – 500 Wii Points
Bubble Bobble’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. (Developed by Taito)

Light Crusader – Genesis – 1995 – 800 Wii Points
Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. (Developed by Treasure)

Top Hunter – NEOGEO – 1994 – 900 Wii Points
Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe? (Developed by SNK)

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Preview: Nitrobike sounds promising on Wii


Nitrobike (Wii)
Being the Excite Truck junkie that I am, I’m looking forward to this one. Wikipedia previews the goods:

Nitrobike will feature gameplay that is somewhat similar to its predecessors Excitebike 64 and Excite Truck. The controls in this game will be very similar to Excite Truck, with players holding the Wii Remote on its side and twisting the remote to the right or left in order to steer.

The physics in this game, while still retaining some aspect of realism, will have a very arcade-like feel. According to the CEO of Left Field Productions, James Higgins, the game will be about five times as fast as Excitebike 64, and players will be able to perform more impressive jumps than in the game’s predecessors. Higgins also noted that by performing tricks while in the air, players will be able to boost longer, which in turn will allow them to finish tracks faster.

Nitrobike will feature online play allowing up to six players to race against each other simultaneously. Players can compete in random worldwide matches or exchange friend codes to play against friends. The game will keep record of the number of races friends have competed in and the number of first place finishes.

Nitrobike races onto Wii on January 15, according to Ubisoft. Newish screens and videos here.

Published on December 31st, 2007 under ,

CES 2008 Wishlist


The big consumer electronics show begins in one week on January 7th. Here are my top wishes for PS3 fans:

Better HDTVs

Most current TV models max out at 1366 x 768 resolution and there are only a very few models with LED back lights. I’m really hoping the selection of models with full 1080p support and LED backlights improves.


There are a few good HDMI receivers out there, but the selection is limited and the prices are very high. I’m really hoping this situation improves. An HDMI receiver is required to hear games run with full PCM 5.1/7.1 audio. I have yet to experience this and I’m very excited. Supposedly, this is noticeably better than regular DVD level Dolby Digital 5.1.

Mid-Level Speakers

Some users use the junky speakers in their TV and others use full blown speaker systems with dedicated amplifiers. But there is a middle-ground for users who want something better than integrated TV speakers, but cheaper and smaller than a full blown home amplifier/speaker setup. There are some good options such as this, but I would still like to see something more like this but one than can handle a full 5.1 PCM signal. Such an offering would be ideal for PS3 owners, and I don’t know why such a product hasn’t hit the market yet.

Sony Music Store

Amazon, Wal-Mart, and iTunes all have decent music distribution services. But they all seem to be missing features that I want. The DRM-free catalogs are still somewhat light, Amazon and Wal-Mart are stuck on the older MP3 format (I wonder why newer formats such as AAC aren’t an option), and I still can’t get SACD quality music and multi-channel music. I’m hoping Sony unveils their store and delivers on some of my most wanted features.

Any other wishlist items?

Published on December 30th, 2007 under

Reminder: Last Chance to Vote for PS3Blog’s Best of 2007!


If you haven’t voted already, please do so here. On Tuesday, we will tally up all votes and post.

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Rumor: Sega Xbox games coming to Xbox Live Marketplace



According to Surfer Girl’s blog, they expect over 100 Xbox orginals on the market place by the end of next year and list some upcoming Xbox games to hit the marketplace soon. The list consisted of a lot of games and some where Sega games that we all know and love.

  • Jet Set Radio Future
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Shenmue II
  • ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth

Its hard to actually condone buying these games again, since most of them are cheaper to get used and downloaded ones come with nothing extra. But seeing these great franchises in any form is good, means that Sega hasn’t forgotten about them.

Filed this under rumor because I don’t trust surfers or girls. Even if it is most likely true, since Microsoft announced they will put new games in a weekly basis.

[Via Butmac’s Blog]

Published on December 30th, 2007 under , , ,

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