The Trackmania 2 announcement trailer is out and it is looking mighty fine! The video has some serious amounts of motion-blur added to it, but it doesn't take away the fact that the game looks ridiculously fun. Check out the trailer below!
Nadeo (the group behind the game) are remaining very quiet regarding the release date, with the only form of a release date the following words: "coming soon... very soon".
Not a huge story, but if you've ever played this game you know how awesome it is. PopCap, makers of games like the insanely addictive office favorite BeJeweled, have released their highly successful and original title Plants Vs. Zombies for the Nintendo's handheld.
Basically, zombies are trying to attack your house. Whether it's your front door, your backyard (in which you somehow install a pool halfway through the zombie apocalypse), or your roof, the zombies are out to get you. And they'll attach you day, night, even when it's very foggy and visibility conditions are terrible. Especially when visibility is terrible, come to think of it. And they're in wetsuits, dressed like Michael Jackson from Thriller, riding zambonis and bobsleds, and totally out to eat your brains. The only thing standing between you and them is an arsenal of anthropomorphic plants ready to stop them, literally, in their tracks. From IGN's screenshots, it looks as though the DS version even gets some new levels.
Sony admits PSN is down, also admits your credit card details and other personal info may have been stolen
The Sony Saga is ongoing and while the PlayStation Network is still down, more information is leaking out on just how severe this hack has been for Sony. The intrusion started nine days ago and it [the PSN and Qriocity services] have been down for six days.
Sony have stated they've hired a "recognized security firm" to conduct a complete investigation into what happened and have taken steps to enhance security and strengthen network infrastructure.
I guess Sonic would be a sure thing for the 100m dash. Or you know, any running event. I guess Mario could high jump? The upcoming 2012 London Olympics will welcome the reuniting two of retro and modern gamers' favorite iconic mascots, Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. These two don't generally play together (miles and miles of red tape), but the Olympics (for some reason) means they're going to be hanging out.
Their suite of special games will be hitting the Wii (probably the Wii 2/Stream/Project Cafe by that point, no?) and the 3DS, so stay posted for more news on this.
Also, do you think the Sonic games will have Olympic rings everywhere? Just a thought.
TOKYO (April 21, 2011) - SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. today announced that the record breaking partnership of Mario™ and Sonic™ will once again join forces on the Wii™ home video game system and, for the first time ever, on the Nintendo 3DS™ . Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™.A host of exciting new headline events, including soccer and equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce...
If you haven't heard about Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, you probably live under a rock. Not like the "funny" GEICO commercial kind of living-under-a-rock (because seriously, who gives a damn about saving a measly 15% on car insurance, maybe? Make it 50%, and I'll leave my cave), but you must actually dwell in some kind of subterranean home, because no one can shut up about this. Ourselves included.
Either way, the new system, codenamed / referred to as Project Cafe, Wii 2, or even Stream (seriously? "Stream"?), will be completely playable at the Electronics & Entertainment Expo this June. Nintendo sources told Kotaku "Playable means playable for everyone".
Of course there will probably be mammoth lines and 30-60 second MAX time limits imposed (except for that one little @#$%- there's always one), but hey- still get to play!
Bad news everyone- despite all of our hopes that in the very least there would be a modicum of effort made to explain the recent PlayStation Network outages, The Official Sony PlayStation Blog managed to crush our dreams once again:
I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.
I don't know who's more frustrated- the PSN users unable to play their precious games or the Customer Support representatives that have to listen to their constant whining.
Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, faster than the PS3, will look like a modernized SNES
Nintendo's next-gen console codenamed Project Cafe, aka Wii 2 has had some leaked details, estimated pricing, release dates, console design, processing architecture and of course, the name. According to people close to the project, Nintendo's next-gen console should have a retail price of between $350 and $400 and will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn in October of this year.
Things of course could change at any time and Nintendo could choose to delay the release until 2012 to build a mammoth supply of the consoles so there would be no stock restrictions for salivating customers wanting a new Nintendo-branded console. The console is set to be powered by AMD's R700 GPU architecture which should throw some seriously large punches at the NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor in the PlayStation 3.
Hey San Franciscoans, if you bother to check your RSS feeds tomorrow when you're hungover from gearing up for the holiday weekend, make sure to swing over to Dolores Park in San Francisco's Mission District with your Nintendo 3DS and copy of Street Fighter IV in tow.
Capcom and Destructoid are teaming up for a day in the park together, with lots of SF IV swag and even SF IV themed pizza! Wait, really? Like pizza in the shape of Blanka's head or something? That's incredible. Full post after the break!
What does a half-elf smell like? According to Black Phoenix Alchemy, "White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk". That's right- all you players of Advanced Dungeon & Dragons, and any other fantasy-based role-playing game for that matter, now have an arsenal of scents to add to your battleaxes, maces and broadswords.
Black Phoenix Alchmey, purveyor and manufacturer of "dark, romantic Gothic" scent and oils, has expanded its catalog to include those inspired by old-school RPG experiences. The North Hollywood, CA-based "Lab" is offering a variety of scents for all sorts of classic races and classes to augment any gaming session. Or you know, to just hit some bars. Imagine the conversation:
"Hey, you smell good, what is that?"
"Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia. And sugar cane."
"Wow. What's that called?"
Because that's what it's called, along with Neutral, Evil, Chaotic, and Lawful. And let's not forget that they're offering Half-Elf, Elf, Dwarf, Mage, Paladin, Rogue, Warrior, and so many other wonderful concoctions. They can be yours for $17.50 each, or you can request some samples. Either way, check out this site and impress your party with you array of character-enhancing odors.
According to a report by IGN , the Super Nintendo classic Chrono Trigger will be headed to PlayStation 3 an PlayStation Portable. Chrono Trigger, originally published by Square Enix, has seen a few platforms since its SNES days, including the PlayStation in 2001 and most recently the Nintendo DS. Still, giving that amazing RPG a go on the PS3 is going to suck- all of your free time, that is.
IGN had noticed the following on the ESRB ratings site, and noted that it was listed for the PS3 and the PSP. As you can see, the ESRB listing is painfully empty of any information other than the systems for which Chrono Trigger has been rated, but we can imagine we'll see more news in the future. You know, as soon as the PlayStation Network is back up.
Microsoft and Sony looking at 2014 for new consoles, continue to milk the current consoles (and their customers) in the meantime
Looks like current rumbles are right, Microsoft and Sony will continue to milk the current generation of consoles for another few years at least - even though they're at the boundaries of what games can offer. Both companies are waiting the fight out and looking to Nintendo for the launch of their next machine by the end of next year. An insider who has worked with the first-party companies like Sony and Microsoft has said:
Both MS and Sony are telegraphing to each other that they're delaying, to milk the current [generation] and fill in previous craters better.
Kotaku's insider believes that any new Xbox in 2013 would only be a Kinect-upgraded 360 and not the next-gen console that would be expected in 2014. The same source says that Microsoft doesn't even know what parts will be put into the next-gen Xbox (which I find very hard to believe, surely things are being sourced or at least talked about now).
(Edit: found a Portal 2 video using Razer Hydra!) Razer's very cool looking Hydra motion controller has finally got a release date, June of this year. Pre-orders will begin in May and pricing looks to be around $140 for a Hydra bundle that includes Portal 2. The pack that includes Portal 2 will come with a special MotionPack DLC kit loaded with levels designed specifically with the Hydra controller in mind.
There's no info on the pricing of the standalone versions of the Hydra sold without Portal 2, but there is light at the end of the Hydra tunnel. For anyone who purchases the controller and already owns Portal 2, they'll get the MotionPack DLC for free.
Razer is stating that the Hydra controller is supported by 125 games, including big titles such as Borderlands, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mass Effect. This is looking quite interesting, definitely want to get my hands on a Hydra controller!
The original Mortal Kombat Legacy was a great near 10 minute clip of fighting, action and awesomeness and now part 2 is out. The video is NSFW as it includes swearing and obviously, violence. The episode synopsis is:
When Jax realizes time is of the essence to save Sonya, a fellow lieutenant in the Outworld Investigation Agency, from Kano's deadly hand, he holds nothing back in this action-packed, two-on-one battle to keep a shipment of stolen Robotic Defense Program material out of Kano's hands. But can Jax and Sonya do it? Kano is a ruthless, evil leader of the "Black Dragon" international crime organization, and anyone who's tried to take him down has never lived to tell about it!
Today, from the Official PlayStation Blog, a further update on the current PlayStation Network Outage:
While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.
Yesterday, PlayStation posted the following on the same site:
We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information. Thank you for your patience.
I couldn't help but laughing at the use of "aware"- that always indicates that 234282093 people or so have emailed them saying the same thing, and probably angrily considering the date. For all you non-Americans, April 20th, aside from being the birthday of both Adolf Hitler and one of my ex-girlfriends, and the day of the infamous and tragic Columbine school shootings, is also National Marijuana Smoking day. I can only imagine the amount of angry stoners pinging Sony complaining about how they can't play a multiplayer game with their buddies that could have easily been accomplished in person but they were probably all too high to drive to each other.
Thank you on
This gem popped up on the YouTube channel for Electronic Arts, and is certainly good for a laugh. Everyone likes to see the Royals acting a little wacky, so Prince Harry crashing his car at the red carpet, clearly strung out on something, arm in arm with a girl wearing only a towel was enough to draw me in.
As you all know, you can stream the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on YouTube, but why go through all that trouble when this is clearly the better version? As fun as it would be to create your own version, check out this asterisk from EA:
*Parody Video created using The Sims 3, The Sims 3 World Adventures, The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Ambitions, The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff Pack The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Generations and The Sims 3 Store.
Oops. Well, so it's a creative way to market and promote the Sims franchise. Here's the video for a laugh:
Capcom has officially announced the prototype version of the newest installment of the kinder, friendlier Rockman series, Mega Man Legends 3. It has indeed been a few years since we've seen anything involving the only Mega Man with hair (Zero doesn't count), but the game looks to be true to its predecessors, and will evidently add someone named Barrett to the roster of characters, who Capcom describes as "the reckless leader of a sky biker gang".
MML3 is the the first game Capcom has released that has been co-developed by fans of the franchise. Feel free to take a look at the Development Room and see how it's going. As soon as the Nintendo eShop "opens its doors" on the Nintendo 3DS, you will be free to enjoy this iconic game about another iconic game. Check out their promotional video, with press release to follow.
What is it lately that all of these video games companies are behaving like those EVERYTHING MUST GO carpet and furniture warehouses that seem to go out of business for years at a time?
SEGA has marked down a substantial amount of video games, the majority of which are marked down %50 from their original MSP. Like all of the recent downloadable offerings, this one is full of snoozers too. Ecco the Dolphin? Does that game have a cult following or something? I remember playing that game on the GameGear for crying out loud, and I don't particularly remember the game being that entertaining or popular- but hey. It's 200 MSP if you're into that kinda thing?
You can still grab all the classic Sonic titles for 200 MSP each, and there are a few others like Shinobi and Streets of Rage 2 that are worth the trip down memory lane, so you might as well check it out anyway.
If you haven't gotten enough button-mashing goodness of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, of if you just don't feel like shelling out the $60 for the brand new game, just get on your PlayStation 3 (sorry Xboxers) and sign into the PlayStation Network, where you will be able to purchase it for the astoundingly low price of $7.49, a %50 savings.
Capcom is also offering Lost Planet 2 on the Xbox Live Games On Demand service for $19.99, and though it's an entertaining game, it's nowhere near as solid as the greatest fighting game that existed until its sequel recently showed up in stores. Also, a simple Google search will probably reveal that a store near you probably has it for $12. This is somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo's mundane download announcement, but hey, at least we generally get one good grab.
Once again, sorry Xboxers. But if the urge to play Halo all the time hadn't stopped you from buying a PS3, you could be playing the predecessor that inspired the game that has so many flashing lights that Capcom is legally obligated to warn people.
Plus, MvC 2 has way more playable characters. And it's eight bucks! That's like a "value" meal at an American fast food restaurant.
Valve's Portal 2 is a smash hit, scoring virtually 100-percent in all reviews. There's not much to say about the game unless you haven't heard of it - if you're one of these people, there are some steps you require right now. Stop what you're doing, open Steam (and if you don't have it, GET IT), find Portal 2, purchase. This is all you need to do to enjoy happiness.
As for reviews, I've provided a bunch of links below:
Capcom announced today that they're rebranding Capcom Mobile as Beeline, which they evidently intend to be more of a social and/or causal gaming platform. Capcom mentioned that everyone's favorite, classic, extremely well-known Capcom games will continue to be released under the auspices of the Capcom brand, but something tells me that this announcement has more to do with non-Apple mobile platforms than Capcom is letting on. "Beeline"? Can anybody else think of any other apian-themed mobile platforms? Or I don't know- operating systems?
These days, everyone is trying to capitalize on social gaming in the wake of giants like Zynga, and I doubt Capcom is exempt from that temptation. I still see the rebranding as a harbinger of a future arrangement- but hey, who knows? It could all be a strange comical coincidence.
What do you think?
Valve's portal-shooting game, Portal 2 is now available. I have just spent the last hour or so pre-loading, decrypting and shooting portals around and I must say it's great. It's very funny, like the original and the graphics have quite a bit more polish applied too.
The game is available at under $50 and features co-operative play for portal fun with a friend. Grab it now! Now I said!