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Video: Burnout Paradise DLC Coming Soon


The first video shows a bridge leading to a new area on the map I assume. Plus there is a new car called “Dust Storm”. I’ll probably pick this up when it’s out. I’ve really enjoyed Burnout Paradise so far. But I still miss the crash mode.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

Published on March 7th, 2008 under , , ,

Criterion Games Interview


IGN has a new interview up with Criterion Games, the makers of Burnout Paradise. In case you didn’t know, the PS3 was the lead platform for Criterion as they developed the game, and IGN has some related questions. For example:

IGN: What aspect about PlayStation3 development and hardware is the most promising going into the future?

Sullivan: We like the whole package the system offers. We really like the DualShock3, which we use in Burnout to get the player closer to the feel of driving and the PSEye, which we use for capturing Mugshots and Smugshots online and sending them to your friends. The PlayStation 3 is a very powerful machine that we have just begun to unlock and we were super excited when we got the game to run at 60 frames per second on it.

The really interesting thing to us is that we’ve only seen a few games that are using all of these elements together. There is still a lot of space for many new ideas and exciting experiences in the future as it’s still a relatively new machine and we’ve only just begun pushing it.

Check out the whole interview below.

Criterion Games Interview

Published on February 13th, 2008 under ,

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed gameplay wrapped into one bundle of joy


Inside of me the hype I feel for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is slowly reaching a boiling point which hopefully will explode this summer. After so many subpar Star Wars games could this new title be a wonderful next-gen experience wrapped in Star Wars lore?

The only thing that could possibly worry me is could levitating enemies get a bit boring once the novelty has worn off?

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 29th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Burnout Paradise: No Splitscreen (Again)


Burnout Paradise Demo

Now that Burnout Paradise is making its way to stores, threads are popping up on the forums like this one and this one asking about splitscreen support. Lots of people (like me) want splitscreen support, but it also looks like lots of people just don’t care.

Here are the people that should and do care about splitscreen:

  • Families. If you have several kids all wanting to play a game, then splitscreen support in a racing game is vital. What else are you going to do, buy two TV’s and consoles?
  • Room-mates. If you’re just living with a friend after graduation or some college buddies in a dorm, wouldn’t it be great to sit down and race the tracks together?
  • Social people. This is the group that I fall into. I regularly have people at my place to play videogames. MotorStorm never makes an appearance because it has no splitscreen. And you know? MotorStorm is exactly the kind of game we like. If it had splitscreen, we’d be playing it all the time!

People that don’t care about splitscreen:

  • Gamers who live alone and don’t have gaming friends that aren’t online. Uh… what else can I say? This seems to be the group that developers are targetting, so it must be large.

So frankly, I don’t understand why there isn’t more people complaining about the lack of splitscreen. How can the latter group possibly be large enough to warrant developers dropping splitscreen support? Some people say that adding splitscreen support will (a) decrease the quality of the graphics and (b) increase development time. To those points I say (a) only in splitscreen mode which I’ll gladly accept, and about which nobody complained in previous generation games, and (b) I’ll wait for it, it can’t add that much time.

I really hope that developers rethink this strategy…

Published on January 23rd, 2008 under ,

FIFA Street 3 demo now available on XBLM



In great wisdom raining down from the EA BIG overlords, FIFA Street 3 can now be tried out by way of a demo found on the Xbox Live Marketplace. As the EA BIG Street/Tour Series winds down its debuts on “next/current”gen hardware, there’s only one question left. Where is SSX? SSX will be seen in glorious HD, right?

Content: FIFA Street 3 Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: [ESRB: E (Everyone)] Download the demo for FIFA Street 3 and enjoy the ultimate arcade football experience! Take the worlds best players to the streets and experience all the style, flair and attitude of street football like never before. Visit for more info.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 17th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Burnout Paradise Video Review


Looking forward to picking this up next week ) I’ve been a fan of burnout since the 3rd one. This one looks like the best yet. I do miss the crash mode though, that was fun at parties.

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , ,

FIFA STREET 3 video lot



The next in line of the EA BIG Street Series of games is FIFA Street 3. Interested parties most likely will want to see what’s in store. After critical disappointment when regarding NFL Tour, hopefully this one is a bit better. 2 new videos are after the break.

Release Date:
US: February 18, 2008
Europe: February 22, 2008

[Via Totally360]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

LIVE Activity for week of 1/7



Xbox 360 Top Live Titles ( based on UU’s)
1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Guitar Hero III
4 Gears of War
5 Rock Band
6 Assassin’s Creed
7 Madden NFL 08
8 Mass Effect
9 Forza Motorsport 2
10 FIFA 08

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
1 Omega Five
2 Metal Slug 3
4 Bomberman LIVE
6 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
7 TMNT 1989 Arcade
8 Worms
9 Arkadian Warriors
10 Marble Blast Ultra
The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.

Original Xbox Top Live Games
1 Halo 2
2 Battlefield 2: MC
3 Star Wars: Battlfrnt 2
4 Counter-Strike
5 Fable
6 Madden NFL 08
7 Call of Duty 3
8 Rainbow Six 3
9 Crimson Skies
10 Street Fighter Anniv.

Rhythm games it is. Rock Band and Guitar Hero III are in the top five. Aren’t peripherals supposed to be hard to sell? As far as Omega Five, has anyone bought and finish it here? If so, pat your self on the back. Ikaruga is up next whenever it releases if you haven’t already conquered that back on the Dreamcast or Gamecube.

[Via Major Nelson]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

X-Play’s Hands On with “The Bourne Conspiracy”



Any Jason Bourne fans? X-Play takes a look at The Bourne Conspiracy. The game features a whole new storyline(different from the movies) and aims to bring the Jason Bourne experience to your fingers….

Take a look after the jump.

[Via Kotaku]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Oh My… a Minotaur


I’m not sure if this is old or new but this video includes some game play from Legendary:The Box. This game is being published by Gamecock and developed by Spark Unlimited. The plot is a thief named Charles Deckard opens Pandora’s Box and all hell goes loose in New York City. Legendary:The Box is aiming for a spring 2008 release.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Published on January 16th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

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