Archive for September, 2008

de Blob review video (Wii)


de Blob for WiiAs de Blob, the player uses the city as a playground by rolling and bouncing through the streets crushing as many Leech Bots as possible. The Leech Bots are the machines/creatures that extract color from the city and carry this “liquid color” inside them. To restore color to the city de Blob crushes the Leech Bots, absorbs the pigment they carry, and uses the pigment/paint to color everything it touches. de Blob is forced to take on the evil INKT Corporation agents who want the world devoid of color because “color is a crime!” Constantly under attack, the Blob in his own quirky way fights back. Rolling, bouncing and crushing are his weapons.

The object is to color and/or stencil as many buildings in the city as possible while avoiding the enemy. Race against time moving at Blob speed, or choose your own pace. The city is a canvas and de Blob is your paint brush! Vast cityscapes and urban sprawl offers players the freedom to explore and make their own game-experience. Complete levels as a fun, animated superhero who transforms a hostile city into a vibrant, colorful, happy place. Creative activities and puzzles give immediate and continuous rewards throughout the entire city. Multiple challenges must be found and accepted, which can guide the player through to the next level – the destination and objective for one challenge can be the starting point of the next. Successful completion of challenges earns rewards such as points, time, environmental improvements, additional challenges, and liberating zones.

An intricate single player campaign, as well as a multiplayer experience that supports two to four competitors via split screen. Sprint challenges – short bursts of gameplay where the player attempts to accomplish a single skill-based objective. Replay sprint levels to earn higher achievement ratings, which enable the gamer to unlock additional content from the Art Gallery.

A quality platformer that proves third-parties can do so much more on Wii. Find out all about de Blob in this video review.

To quote the IGN video review: “I think de Blob is one of the best third-party efforts to come over to Wii in a long time. This is a fun, stylized 3D platformer that oozes atmosphere and shines with amazingly slick presentation and polish. All of the gameplay mechanics work very well, the challenges are enjoyable and there’s even good comedy peppered between the stages comprising the adequate 10-hour-plus experience. Meanwhile, if you want something to come back for, there are a variety of secondary sub-challenges and the spit-screen multiplayer mode, which enables you to compete in paint-off contests with a few friends, isn’t half bad, although I would much rather play a notably absent online component.”

Presentation — 9.5
Graphics — 9.5
Sound — 9.0
Gameplay — 8.0
Lasting Appeal — 7.0
Overall — 8.4

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Mario Super Sluggers review video (Wii)


Mario Super Sluggers for WiiMario Super Sluggers stars the ever-lovable Mario and his crew of friends. Players make a throwing motion with the Wii Remote controller to pitch the Newcomers to gaming or sports titles will be up and running on Mario Super Sluggers in no time. Simply swing the Wii Remote to smack a home run, or use a pitching motion to toss the ball over the plate. Two, three or four players can pick up Wii Remote controllers and challenge one another to a full baseball game or compete in a host of baseball-themed mini-games. There’s even a home run hitting contest. Mario Super Sluggers boasts more than 40 playable characters, all Nintendo favorites. The single-player adventure mode allows the player to explore Baseball Kingdom, tackle dozens of fun baseball challenges and unlock new characters that can be used in any mode. You can also play with your Mii characters in Exhibition, Toy Field and Minigame modes.

Does Mario Super Sluggers bring it home or get caught stealing? Find out in this video review.

Mario Super Sluggers features are:
* Modes: Whether by yourself or surrounded by friends, there’s a Mario Super Sluggers game for every occasion
* Characters: More than 40 characters from the Mario universe come together in Mario Super Sluggers.
* Special powers/items/moves/features: This isn’t your typical baseball game. From special moves to obstacle-filled stadiums, there’s always something new around the corner.

To quote the GT video review: “Mario Super Sluggers doesn’t look bad, but it’s hard to see any improvements from its GameCube predecessor from 2005-right down to its four-frame, 2D crowd animations. The mushroom kingdom’s personalities are brought to life with lively voices and animation, and there are even bits of subtle humor here and there. Goombas are great at pitching? Goombas don’t have arms. Mario Super Sluggers is fun to pick up and play for a short session with friends, but as a game to play by yourself it’s shallow. It also doesn’t make much use of the system’s capabilities with limited motion control and no online play.”

Design — 6.0
Gameplay — 6.9
Presentation — 7.0
Overall — 6.7

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed downloadable content includes new single player campaign and characters


The Force Unleashed DLC includes Luke Skywalker
LucasArts today announced that it is preparing two rounds of additional content for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed this Fall. This new content will be available for Xbox 360 owners through Xbox Live Marketplace and for PlayStation 3 owners through the PlayStation Network. Pricing and availability for these downloadable items will be announced at a later date.

1. The first piece of downloadable content will be comprised of additional costumes and character models that can used while playing through the single-player campaign, including Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and Kit Fisto.

2. The second round of downloadable content, due later this year, will feature an entirely new single-player mission, set in the Jedi Temple on the planet Coruscant. Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice turns to the Jedi Temple to learn more about his father, and while searching through the rubble of the destroyed building he must confront his inner demons.

Both sets of content are being created by LucasArts’ internal development team.

Additional themes and picture packs will also be released over time.

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Red Alert 3 Collectors Special Edition announced for PC


Pre-order Red Alert 3 Collectors Special Edition for PCElectronic Arts has announced a Red Alert 3 Special Collector’s Edition, which they are calling the Premier Edition, for the launch of the World War III real-time strategy game on October 28th in North America and October 31st in Europe. The PC version’s Premier Edition will set you back $64.99 or £44.99. No plans were announced for an Xbox 360 version. You’ll be able to pre-order the Premier Edition’s both at retail and online.

The Red Alert 3 Collectors Special Edition includes:
* Limited Edition collector’s tin
– Five exclusive multiplayer/skirmish maps
– Bonus DVD featuring the following:
– Full-length Raising the Iron Curtain making-of movie with exclusive interviews from the star-studded cast
– Concept art montage video “From Pens to Pixels”
– Bloopers and outtakes from the cinematics sessions
– Women of Red Alert 3 montage video
– An inside look into the future of Command & Conquer and Red Alert
– Tips on how to unlock the secrets of each side, directly from the developers
– Complete video walk-thru on one of the game’s most difficult missions
* Game Soundtrack including exclusive remixes of Hell March and Hell March 2 by From First to Last, plus the all-new Hell March 3
* Women of Red Alert 3 Poster
* Exclusive Beta Key to a future Command & Conquer game;
* An exclusive in-game item for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – Korssar’s Helm Description: This magical Kislevite helm is imbued with the spirit of the wild North and will magically transform the wearer into a ferocious bear.

If you pre-order at Gamestop, these extras are included:
* Free copy of Red Alert 2
* GameStop Exclusive multiplayer/skirmish map with in-game Gamestop
* Red Alert 3 Bonus DVD

Need more incentive to get the Premier Edition? This video shows all the women and men of Red Alert 3.

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Viva Piñata has rekindled my love for the DS


Months had passed since I last used my DS for personal gaming.

It certainly isn’t because I’ve lost interest in the handheld. Recent releases just hadn’t sparked my interest the way older games did.

Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise changed that, and I haven’t been able to put down my DS because of it.

I received the game from the good folks at THQ to review for another site, and I immediately fell in love with its beautiful visuals and addictive gameplay. Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise is the best game Rare has made since leaving Nintendo.

For those who care about superficial review scores as opposed to the full text, I gave the game an 8.5 out of 10. Not trying to pimp my wares, I simply want to spread the word about this great game.

If you’re also neglecting your handheld, Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise might help you rekindle your love affair with the Nintendo DS.

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Nintendo to reveal franchise revival this week


Gamekyo today dropped a preemptive Nintendo megaton.

The site formerly known as Jeux France reports today Nintendo will be making at least one major game announcement at its fall press conference later this week.

According to Gamekyo, the game is a revival of “an old franchise that everyone is waiting for.”

Nintendo announced this week’s press conference on Sept. 17. Nintendo officially commented that the conference’s content and announcements were still being finalized.

Fact or farce, we’ll know for sure in a few days. Nintendo’s fall press conference will be held in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 2.

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Tiberium FPS game cancelled by EA


Tiberium Command & Conquer FPS game screenshot
Electronic Arts today confirmed the cancellation of their Tiberium FPS Command & Conquer spin-off game. The tactical first-person shooter for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was to be set in the traditionally RTS Command & Conquer universe and was last month delayed for a 2009 or 2010 release.

According to EA “The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label. A lower quality game is not in the best interest of the consumers and would not succeed in this market.”

Mike Verdu, executive producer for Electronic Arts, further explained in a memo he sent out to EA LA: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce an end to all work on Tiberium effective immediately. I’ve consulted with Nick Earl and Frank Gibeau at the EA Games Label and together we have reached the conclusion that given the time and resources remaining, we will not be able to deliver this product to an appropriate level of quality.

The game had fundamental design challenges from the start. We fought to correct the issues, but we were not successful; the game just isn’t coming together well enough to meet our own quality expectations as well as those of our consumers.”

Personally I enjoyed the first Command & Conquer FPS called Renegade (2002). But when Tiberium was announced I always kept in mind that Renegade 2 (based in the Red Alert universe) was also in development and cancelled by EA.

Quotes via Kotaku

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Cancelled GCN title returns in Wii compilation


GameCube faithful will finally be able to get their hands on Radio Allergy, one of the system’s cancelled 2007 swan songs.

Only they’ll be playing it on Wii.

Ultimate Shooting Collection, the aptly named shooter compilation, will include Radio Allergy.

The localized version of Japanese shooter Radilgy, Radio Allergy was planned to be one of the final games released for GameCube before being cancelled in June 2007.

Ultimate Shooting Collection also includes 2005 GameCube shooter Chaos Field and Karous, a shooter that has never been released beyond Japanese shores.

The hardcore three-shooter compilation will be priced modestly at $29.99, and it is set for a November release in North America.

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Dragonball: The Movie Videogame planned


The Movie posterTwentieth Century Fox wants to make games out of their movies, starting with the Dragonball: The Movie videogame! To achieve these plans, they’ve put Senior Vice President of New Media Licensing Gary Rosenfeld in charge of their Licensing & Merchandising’s games development staff.

To quote: “Rosenfeld will explore opportunities in the growing PC online game space and investigate new business models and partnerships in the console publishing area. A handful of Fox properties will make it to the top of his list as he begins this new endeavor, starting with the studio’s major upcoming film releases and television brands, including Avatar, Night at the Museum – The Battle Of The Smithsonian, Ice Age 3, Dragonball, The Simpsons and Family Guy.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. But it’ll have to overcome the stigma placed on such low quality movie-based games as Street Fighter: The Movie game, which was also based on a live-action fighting movie like Dragonball: The Movie.

From DBthemovie, via Kotaku

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Time-traveling Professor Layton 3 trailer


Here’s the time-traveling Japanese trailer for Professor Layton 3. Shared with you for no other reasons than the series rocks, the music is awesome, and I know there are a few Professor diehards out there in the audience. Feast away.

Published on September 30th, 2008 under ,

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