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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves officially announced with teaser


Among Thieves artwork
While an Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune sequel Uncharted 2 was a sure thing according to its developers at Naughty Dog. It has now been made official with a teaser trailer, and confirmation that the PS3-exclusive action-adventure game will be titled Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

Drake's Fortune for PS3The sequel adds a free climbing mechanic and stealth gameplay to the existing run-and-gun exploration style of the original. The story revolves around the voyages of Marco Polo, which might explain the cold Tibetan Himalayas mountains seen in the video, as Polo spent many years in China during the legendary Kublai Khan’s reign, the Mongol ruler and founder of the Yuan Dynasty. So there’s definitely both history and treasure to be found there.

At the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards on Sunday, December 14th, at 9:00 PM we’ll get to see the full world exclusive unveiling of Uncharted 2.

Watch the icy-cold Uncharted 2: Among Thieves teaser.

More info in the Janaury 2009 issue of Game Informer when it hits stores mid-December.

Naruto: The Broken Bond review video


The Broken Bond for Xbox 360This sequel to Naruto: Rise of a Ninja features Naruto, who has now evolved into a well-respected Ninja, but his new status and abilities trigger the envy of his best friend and Ninja teammate, Sasuke. The enemy of the village, Orochimaru, takes advantage of the situation and convinces Sasuke to leave his friends and his village in order to join his evil clan and become more powerful. With the help of his Ninja friends, Naruto goes on a quest to retrieve Sasuke and save him. Naruto: The Broken Bond is also the only Naruto video game, other than Rise of a Ninja, that features an online multiplayer mode which allows players to compete against others in an online tournament mode.

With friends like these, who needs anime? Find out more in this Naruto: The Broken Bond video review.

Game features include:
* Play as a respected and heroic ninja: Enjoy being a hero and benefit from the newly acquired status gained from saving the village.
* Discover the importance of teamwork: An all-new feature to the series, use the abilities of your ninja teammates to overcome bigger obstacles and join forces in tag battles. Players can now team-up with multiple characters from the Naruto universe when in combat and throughout their heroic adventure.
* Explore rich open environments: Following the attack of the Sound and Sand ninja, participate in the reconstruction of the Hidden Leaf Village: enjoy its depth from a new perspective, adding a new level of detail never reached before in a Naruto game. Outside of the village, discover remote locations and enjoy making your journey through vibrant and imaginatively detailed settings.
* Witness and be a part of the series’ most epic battles: Engage in battle with some of the fiercest characters from the Naruto Universe, and use new techniques and jutsu to defeat your enemies.
* Take your teamwork skills online: With the only Naruto game to feature online multiplayer, you can now choose among 25 characters and play alongside friends and defeat other teams online via Xbox LIVE. Take your skills a step further and compete in online tournament mode.
* Live in an authentic Naruto world: Relive the best moments of the anime, adventure through the open village of Konoha, and enjoy voice-acting and music from the original series.

To quote the IGN video review: “Much of Broken Bond improves on Rise of a Ninja, but there are a few areas that seem worse. In particular, the lack of innovation in mission design hurts, as you will be sent on numerous fetch quests. It doesn’t help that the forest looks pretty much the same no matter how differently each area has its traps set up. Aside from some bad quests, The Broken Bond is a great game. I’m not a huge Naruto fan, but I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the story. And the end set of missions — which can take well over an hour to complete — are thrilling. A fun online brawler is just more reason to keep playing Broken Bond after you’ve beaten the main mode.”

Presentation — 8.0
Graphics — 8.5
Sound — 8.0
Gameplay — 8.0
Lasting Appeal — 8.0
Overall — 8.3

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 downloadable content coming mid-December 2008 (both free and paid)


Fable 2 for Xbox 360The epic journey begun in Fable 2 is not over. Starting mid-December 2008, fans will be summoned back into Albion’s service with the release of the Knothole Island downloadable content pack. The remote island of Knothole is dying: its golden sands and lush vegetation are covered with snow, its people freezing, its treasures buried. Only a hero can face the trials of the three shrines to bring back the sunshine.

Following its release on Xbox 360 on Oct. 21, more than 1.5 million units of Fable II flew off store shelves worldwide in the first two weeks, making it the most popular game, across all platforms, in the U.S. in October. With the release of the first Fable II downloadable content, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points, gamers will be invited to set sail for Knothole Island, where new quests, wondrous items and bizarre characters await.

Also in mid-December, fans everywhere will be able to enhance their Fable II experience with the release of a free Fable II downloadable pack exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. To engage in co-op gameplay with a player who has already downloaded the Knothole Island content, gamers will need to download the free pack. Both co-op players must download the Knothole Island (Premium) pack in order to play new quests and enjoy the complete Knothole Island co-op experience.

Free and premium downloaders will receive a show of gifts, including Knight’s Boots, Assassins Gloves, a special Weight Loss Potion, collectible silver book and more. Players will also be able to check their standing in over 50 new Leaderboards on

As an additional treat for Fable II fans, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Game Studios have created an all-new Albion dashboard theme in celebration of the launch of the New Xbox Experience. Fans who want to show off their Fable II pride can head over to Xbox LIVE Marketplace to download the Albion theme, available now for 250 Microsoft points.

Published on November 28th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Zero Punctuation reviews Dead Space


This week on Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee explores the USS Kill Beast Buffet and reviews the third-person survival-horror action-adventure game Dead Space (Xbox 360, PS3 & PC). As always, coarse language ahead.

Published on November 6th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fable 2 review video (Xbox 360)


Fable 2 for Xbox 360Set 500 years after the original, Fable II provides gamers with an epic story and innovative real-time gameplay, including a massive amount of freedom and choice to explore a vast collection of dungeons, catacombs and caves in the world of Albion. Fable II expands upon the scope and depth of the Xbox classic by adding incredible new features and creating a wider, more complex kingdom of limitless choices and consequences. Players have the option to play as a man or woman, get married, have children, and live a life of their own design.

Revisit the sprawling world of Albion more than 500 years after the events of the original Fable, where you are free to explore the landscape and openly roam the countryside. For the right price every house, hut, dungeon and castle is for sale. Players can witness how the world grows and changes in response to their decisions in incredible and unique ways as they rediscover Albion as if for the first time. Fable II pioneers a new combat system designed to allow players to truly master hand weapons such as swords and maces, ranged combat weapons such as cross-bows and guns, and an entirely new magic system. These three disciplines, while very accessible, are also amazingly deep, and allow players to mix combat styles and become everything from master swordsman to skilled ranger to evil magic welder, utilizing a single button on the Xbox 360 controller.

The fate of Albion rests in your hands. Find out more in this Fable 2 video review.

Game features include:
* Fight with ease. “Fable II” pioneers a new combat system designed to allow players to truly master hand weapons such as swords and maces, ranged combat weapons such as crossbows and guns, and an entirely new magic system. These three disciplines, while very accessible, are also amazingly deep, and allow players to mix combat styles and become everything from master swordsman to skilled ranger to evil magic wielder, each using a different single button on the Xbox 360 Controller.
* A hero’s best friend. This groundbreaking addition to the game is integral to the theme of unconditional love in “Fable II.” A player’s canine companion will act as friend, compass and protector. Players must merely feed their pooch and he will love unconditionally, creating a bond that sets up emotion-filled journeys throughout this magical world.
* Experience the world together. For the first time in the “Fable” series, gamers can experience the expansive and immersive world of “Fable II” with friends, either on the same couch or over Xbox LIVE together in co-operative mode.2 “Fable II” embodies the new Xbox experience and will extend the Xbox LIVE service further with the introduction of orbs. Orbs allow for seamless LIVE co-op play and interaction with other “Fable II” players.
* Xbox LIVE Arcade “Fable II” Pub Games earn major gold. Lionhead Studios is providing an unparalleled experience to gamers through Xbox LIVE Arcade. Gamers can start earning in-game currency for the “Fable II” world in August 2008, before the game’s release to retail, by downloading and playing an Xbox LIVE Arcade title, which contains three casino-style minigames titled “Fortune’s Tower,” “Keystone” and “Spinnerbox.” Gamers can win items such as dog tricks, potions and chocolates; unlock 15 pieces of concept art; and use the gold earned to purchase weapons, armor and more in “Fable II.” This is a first-of-its-kind experience for gamers that can only be found on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

To quote the IGN video review: “The past four years were well spent by Lionhead. Fable II has a great combat system, some excellent atmosphere, a smart experience system, and lots to do. It’s only when you start exploring the social aspects that things take a downturn. The expressions system is too goofy for the more serious tone of Fable II and almost every interaction feels artificial. The sandbox elements aren’t nearly as enjoyable as the adventure aspects.”

Presentation — 8.0
Graphics — 8.0
Sound — 8.5
Gameplay — 8.5
Lasting Appeal — 8.5
Overall — 8.8

Published on October 24th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Ace Attorney spin-off Turnabout Prosecutor shown for DS


Turnabout Prosecutor logo
Turnabout Prosecutor AKA Gyakuten Kenji, is Capcom’s latest single player adventure game in development for the Nintendo DS. The spin-off game to the Ace Attorney series will take the series out of the courtroom and to the crime scenes to collect evidence, thus it will be more point-and-click style.

It’ll be released in Japan in spring 2009. No word yet on whether or not it will be released outside the country or if it includes an English language option like previous games in the Ace Attorney series.

The star characters in this game are Miles Edgeworth and Dick Gumshoe and takes place around the time of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations. Edgeworth’s rival will be a new prosecutor called Makoto Yuuki.

Take a look at the Turnabout Prosecutor trailer:

Thanks to KupoVI for the English subtitles.

First Juusei to Diamond PSP adventure game TGS 08 trailer


The first trailer for Juusei to Diamond has been shown at the 2008 Tokyo Game Show.

The game is an upcoming adventure title for the PlayStation Portable, in development at Sony. In the game you play as a criminal negotiator, who must work with other detectives to negotiate hostage situations and kidnappings and solve the various cases.

Looks like PSP gamers will finally get some adventure-gaming love after the DS has hogged the market with excellent adventure games like Hotel Dusk, Another Code, Time Hollow, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and many others.

Here is a look at the game’s debut trailer.

Again: Eye of Providence adventure announced for DS by Hotel Dusk creators


Eye of Providence DS screenshot
The developers of Hotel Dusk and Trace Memory/Another Code, Cing, are back with Again: Eye of Providence; another point-and-click adventure (although more action is promised this time) on the Nintendo DS. Tecmo will be publishing their latest gritty adventure in spring 2009 in America and Japan.

First impressions reveal that in the game you play as FBI special agent Jonathan Weaver, who has a special power that allows him to see the past. What this does is show a crime scene in first-person book-screen-format in the present (on the touch screen) and the past (on the regular screen) at which point you must recognize when the past and present don’t match up and then investigate that area. You use the D-pad to move Jonathan around 3D locations in the game. By clicking on objects in the environment, you can trigger flashback sequences that’ll give you clues on how to proceeed.

See the past. Solve the mystery. Watch the English debut trailer, that shows the game’s live-action cutscenes and realistic characters, straight from the Tokyo Game Show 2008.

Last week Cing announced the sequel “Trace Memory 2: R, Gateway of Memory” for the Nintendo Wii, now another new DS game, it’s a good time to be a point-and-click adventure fan!

Info via IGN

First Professor Layton 3 Japanese trailer out


Professor Layton and the Curious Village for DSWhile we’re still waiting on Level-5’s “Professor Layton 2: Pandora’s Box” to be released outside of Japan, they are already getting the third game in the adventure/puzzle series titled “Professor Layton 3: The Last Time Travel” on November 27th, 2008. All that’s known about it is that the story takes place in the future London, England.

Layton and Luke travel through time and set out to solve a new mystery. Watch the first Professor Layton 3 Japanese trailer.

Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner review video


Strong Bad Episode 1 logoCharming. Suave. Awesome. These are the words Strong Bad would use to describe himself. In a world gone mad, only one man can be trusted to save the day. A man with an attitude. A man called Strong Bad. As the star of the Homestar Runner Web cartoons, Strong Bad has been answering e-mails (in boxing gloves), pranking his friends, pummeling his enemies, and making people with questionable taste snort milk out of their noses for years now.

Now he’s branched out to star in Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, a monthly five-episode series. In Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People — Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad’s plans to beat the snot out of Homestar backfire, and he ends up with an unwanted houseguest cramping his style. Now he needs to get life back to normal by any means possible. But wait, there’s more: Teen Girl Squad comics, achievements, funny costumes and arcade games. You can even send pictures and messages to Wii Friends using Strong Bad’s computer. So how about it? Can you handle Strong Bad’s style?

Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive people a series of episodic game based on the online animated series by Mat Mike Chapman for the Nintendo Wii’s WiiWare and PC, developed and published by Telltale Games. Watch this video review.

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

To quote the video review: “It’s the same stuff that any good adventure game is made of — travel between interesting locations, engage in conversation to receive valuable clues, and put everything together to form logical solutions — but in this world, everything’s firmly on the silly side. Strong Bad’s map is a colorful, nonlinear quick-travel button (you can place newly discovered locations on the map wherever you wish); discussions shun dialogue choices in favor of goofy icons (it’s much funnier when you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen); and oddball puzzle solutions make perfect sense when you start to think like a cartoon character.

Homestar Ruiner (and hopefully the balance of Strong Bad’s five-episode starting season) is a welcome evolution of everything Telltale learned from making Sam & Max, and Strong Bad’s quirky, colorful world is perhaps even better-suited to the format, in terms of both genre and storytelling structure. At times like this, it’s a wonder that adventure games ever went off the rails.”

Overall — 9.1

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