Sony has recently released that they will be releasing some classic Neo Geo games on December 21st on the Playstation network, and now SNK is looking to complete the retro gaming experience with their Neo Geo gamepad for the Playstation 3.
For me, the Neo Geo was the system that everyone drooled over but no one could get their parents to buy at the hefty $650 price tag it commanded in 1990. With a floating 8 way D-pad, the controller was and is a popular item and now SNK has a PS3 worthy equivalent, complete with PS3 button and USB connectivity. This gamepad is slotted to only be released in Japan for 3,129 yen. That comes to around $37 American, and Play-Asia will send you one Stateside for $45.
Crysis 2 is not far away (March 2011) and the closer we get to it's release, the more news, details, pictures and videos we see. It's been a long time since Crytek have pumped out another shooter and I'm beginning to seriously lick my lips at the thought of playing Crysis 2.
Head of Crytek, Cevat Yerli has said in regards to Crysis 2: "We didn't want to be Call of Duty, we didn't want to be Halo. We wanted to stay true to Crysis."
The Xbox 360 exclusive title, Alan Wake, has nabbed the number one video game by Time Magazine. The game was developed by Remedy Entertainment (the guys behind the more than awesome Max Payne titles).
The number two spot was nabbed by Angry Birds (hooray!), third was left to Red Dead Redemption, fourth went to Halo: Reach. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Limo and Super Meat Boy took fifth, sixth and seventh spots respectively. Super Street Fighter IV took eighth, Starcraft 2 nabbed ninth and last but not least, Mass Effect 2 came in at 10th place.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Kinect support for Forza 4. Forza 4 will still include support for the standard controller and various steering wheels, with Kinect being an optional bonus for those with the Kinect kit.
Forza 4 now stands as a confirmed hybrid title that will offer the Kinect support and is expected to be released in both standard and Limited Edition just like Forza 3.
Rovio's Angry Birds just can't keep out of the news! Angry Birds is just over 12 months old and has hit the 50-million download mark which is quite the achievement.
It sits up there with a select few gaming franchises that have hit this mark such as Bejeweled (50 million) and Legend of Zelda (59 million). So to be at 50 million within a year, this is something only a few companies can brag about.
I would be willing to bet that any gamer that was around when the Super Nintendo game system came out way back in the day spent time playing Super Mario Bros. That was the game to have and probably the title I spent most of my summers playing as a kid. It's hard to get away from the fact that Mario is turning 25 this year and to celebrate Nintendo has been offering up some special titles.
The latest of the special titles is called Super Mario All-Stars. The game is for the Wii and is a limited edition package that has four classic Mario games that you can play on the Wii console. Along with the games, the special bundle also has a soundtrack CD and a commemorative book with illustrations from the game.
Crytek have shown off some pre-alpha footage of the free-to-play CryEngine 3 based Warface. Crytek have teamed up with Tencent for the Chinese market release of Warface.
Warface will offer co-op multiplayer missions and a PvP system with different classes. Crytek are promising to continuously review the game with updates. The game is slated for the Asian market at the moment with no planned release date for the Western markets.
Want some free performance increases for WoW: Cataclysm? Don't want to buy anymore hardware? Own a DX11-capable card? Well, look no further! Blizzard has added some experimental support for DX11 in Cataclysm, it doesn't add to the eye candy but it's added for increased performance.
If you're an owner of DX11 hardware (AMD Radeon HD5000/6000 series or NVIDIA's GeForce 400/500 series) then you're in luck. To enable the DX11 performance increases, you'll need to do a bit of shortcut editing.
Elder Scrolls V has been rumored to use id's Tech 5 engine but this has proven false with the news that Bethesda will be using an in-house "all-new" engine.
There's no details of what the engine is capable of, but it will surely be great. There's not much else known about the game other than the teaser video above, but it will be launching on all 3 platforms - PC, PS3 and 360.
Activision Blizzard's latest game has gone crazy - selling 3.3 million copies in 24 hours! This has broken the previous record of 2.8 million units sold in 24 hours by non other than, Wrath of the Lich King.
Even though the product is digital, brick-and-mortar stores saw gamers lining up for hours before launch to get their grubby little hands on a copy. Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Gamestop, Bob McKenzie said "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm delivered even bigger day-one sales than we experienced with StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in July, making this a record year for Blizzard Entertainment at GameStop."
Mass Effect 3. Yes, it's coming. When? Holiday 2011 - it seems like a long time from now, but I promise it'll go fast. ME3 was revealed at the 2010 Video Game Awards with a teaser without gameplay (like all the rest of the teases).
Before the awards show, EA briefly listed the game on it's site with the following spiel:
iOS and Android based games are getting far more popular and with that popularity is coming profits - in large bags of money. Epic's first foray into iOS gaming comes in the form of Infinity Blade which was released last week.
Infinity Blade generated $1.6 million in the first four days on the App Store. The game sells for $5.99 and currently has 271, 424 users. Infinity Blade has pushed the great Angry Birds Seasons HD and Angry Birds HD to second and third spots for paid apps on the iPad.
Whoever is behind this is a huge fan of Quake 3 or the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Eraser. The Navy has been doing some serious upgrades to it's hardware, 3 years ago they were pushing 8 megajoule blasts and now, that number has improved somewhat to 33 megajoules accelerating them using magnets (as you do).
With this power, it can push at speeds of up to Mach 7 for the slug and a current range of 100 miles - with the hope of doubling that by the time these Rail Guns get mounted on decks of battleships by 2025. By that time they won't have such a large power draw and the dangers of exploding shells.
Zynga's new game, CityVille is officially the fastest growing game in the company's history. It had just on 300, 000 users in the first 24 hours and 3 million daily in it's first week.
Thought that was impressive? Well, two days after it broke through the 3 million user mark it is hitting the 6 million daily active users, a fact that Zynga is proud of. To put this into perspective - this achievement is four times quicker than FrontierVille and more than five times faster than FarmVille.
A break down in the games hitting the 6 million daily active users:
FarmVille: 46 days
FrontierVille: 32 days
CityVille: 8 days
Why is CityVille so big? It was the first game Zynga did an international launch of in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian) and also included a large marketing push and localized games in different countries.
Keeping the large group of Team Fortress 2 fans happy is no easy task, constant tweaks and updates to TF2 is a weekly thing and has been for years now. Now the guys at Weta Workshop have created a life-sized build of the Sentry Gun that the Engineer uses.
It's only the Level 1 Sentry Gun, so there'll be no remote control goodness - but it does feature a motion sensor for tracking anyone in front of it. Where can I buy one of these things?
Just don't whack a wrench into it...
Lots of gaming news today - mainly because these games are some of the best in a series of games over the last few years and very, very popular to boot. Anyone who played Uncharted 2 would agree with me, right? Nod if you agree, yes, thanks!
Entertainment Weekly of all places unveiled Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception this morning and since then PlayStation Blog has updated with information, images and box art.
Fan of the original, amazingly atmospheric Dead Space? Well, you're in luck! Dead Space 2 is set for release early next year and a demo for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is due out on December 21!
Unfortunately, no PC demo will be released. EA and Visceral have been kind enough to get their scares in before Christmas for the consoles with Dead Space 2 making it's debut on the Xbox Live Marketplace worldwide on December 21 with a PlayStation Network release the same day but for North America only. European PS3 owners will have to wait an extra day.
Sony has today unveiled the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter controller, a US$40 Killzone 3-compatible plastic housing for your Move and navigation controller.
The controller also works with SOCOM 4 and Dead Space Extraction and will obviously get more support for games in the future. Included with your purchase is an adjustable shoulder stock, a digital trigger, a firing mode selector and "realistic" pump action.
Epic's Infinity Blade is now available on the App Store. From the makers of Unreal and the ever-so-popular Unreal Engine 3 comes a hack and slash Action RPG on the iOS platform.
Infinity Blade costs $7.99 - has Game Center support, and Epic have promised more goodies in the future in the form of multiplayer updates, more areas, weapons and armor.
Tron was the coolest film ever when I was a kid and the movie is still really cool. I spent many a Saturday in the arcade in the mall playing the Tron video game when I was a kid. I loved the light cycle game and the one where the face was inside all the swirling tiles you had to destroy. I recall there were several different games you could play on the arcade game, but I forget what the others were now. Disney Interactive Studios has announced a new Tron: Evolution video game to go with the flick launching this month.
The game is on every game console and on Windows as well. Not surprisingly considering it's based on what will be one of the biggest flicks of the year, the title is offered in a few versions for other game systems. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, it will sell for $59.99, which is the typical price of a new game. The Wii Version is $49.99 and is called Tron: Evolution - Battle Grids. The DS and PSP versions are $39.99 and the Windows game is $29.99.
Angry Birds - it's in the hearts of casual gamers virtually everywhere. iOS, Android and now Nokia. Nokia's Ovi Store has just gotten Angry Birds and it is already popular.
Nokia have also announced they've been pushing out 3.5 million downloads per day with 250, 000 users signing up to the store daily. Angry Birds is currently the #1 downloaded app in Australia.