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XBLA get three games this Wednesday

Posted by Aaron on Monday, April 30, 2007

From the press release:

Triple threat! Catan, Centipede and Millipede invade Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday

Three great games will become available this Xbox LIVE Arcade Wednesday: “Catan” and the two-for-one Atari combo of “Centipede” and “Millipede”

Legendary board game “Catan” arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade

Brush up on your plans for expansion and hone your trading strategies because “Catan” is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 this Wednesday, May 2 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. Pacific).

“Catan” from Big Huge Games is the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition of the legendary multiplayer board game Settlers of Catan. With over 10 million units sold, Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular board games to hail from Europe, and has been translated into twenty-five languages from the original German.

“Catan” for Xbox LIVE Arcade puts players in the role of colonists on a newly discovered island, where they vie for control of valuable territory and resources through strategy and trading. The game can be learned in just minutes, but will challenge players of all skill levels, even the experts!

Klaus Teuber, creator of the original Settlers of Catan board game, had this to say about the collaboration with Big Huge Games: “I had no doubts that Brian Reynolds would do a great job, and the first version of the game exceeded my highest expectations. The AI is so clever that I even lost several games in a row! Hands down, this game for the Xbox LIVE Arcade is an amazing achievement.”

“Catan” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E for Everyone.

Game Features

* Learn As You Play tutorial, making the game instantly accessible even to players who have never played “Settlers of Catan” before
* All New 3D “Living World” Board
* Play against any combination of 13 historical personalities such as Alexander, Cleopatra and Tokugawa, which provide a range of play styles and difficulty levels that will test players’ wits and strategy
* Fans of the board game will enjoy the inclusion of popular house rules like Friendly Robber and Friendly Resources
* Multiplayer gameplay over Xbox LIVE for up to 4 players
* The ability to taunt opponents with engaging animations and use emotes to compliment (or belittle!) the opposition over Xbox LIVE
* Voice Chat enabled
* Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade and http://www.catanlive.com.

Arthropods Attack! “Centipede” and “Millipede” Invade Xbox LIVE Arcade

Two of Atari’s best loved coin-op classics, “Centipede” and “Millipede,” will be available for download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. Pacific).

The classic version of “Centipede” challenges gamers to defend their villages against an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, army ants and more. Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers will also have access to an “Evolved” version which features pre-rendered, high definition graphics, special effects like motion blur, trails and particle-based explosions that make this classic as enjoyable today as it was in the arcade decades ago.

In “Millipede,” the primary challenge is to obliterate chains of arthropods that creep down from the top of the screen. Scattered mushrooms are the gamers’ main tool to shoot, destroy and redirect the menacing millipedes. “Millipede” also offers up Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers an “Evolved” version of this coin-op classic.

“Centipede” and “Millipede” will be available worldwide as a joint download for 400 Microsoft Points and are rated E for Everyone.

Game Features

· Two games in one! Enjoy both classic and evolved versions of both “Centipede” and “Millipede”

· Dolby Digital surround sound

* Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade.

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Virtual Console Monday: Vampires and ninjas and Shockmen, oh my!

Posted by Aaron on Monday, April 30, 2007

Nintendo will be releasing three new classic games on the Virtual Console at 9:00AM PST. Here are the details:

Castlevania® (NES®, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Step into the shadows of the deadliest dwelling on Earth. You’ve arrived at Castlevania, and you’re here on business: to destroy the curse of the Evil Count, once and for all. Make your way through six monstrous floors filled with bats, ghosts, zombies and every kind of ghoulish creature you can imagine. Use the legendary whip Vampire Killer and a host of deadly weapons to battle your way to Dracula’s chamber and the ultimate duel of good vs. evil.

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja™ (Super NES®, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): In The Legend of The Mystical Ninja, take control of Kid Ying and Dr. Yang in an action adventure through feudal Japan. A curse has stricken the village of Horo-Horo, and its beloved princess has vanished. Together Kid Ying, a daring young mystical ninja, and Dr. Yang, master of the invincible spirit transformation, must overcome 10 levels of the Dragonbeast to save Princess Yuki. Each stage contains intense 3-D and 2-D zones where the duo must perform dozens of attack moves and solve magical problems and puzzles before advancing. Battle humorous enemies like the Carp Meister, who stuns victims with poisonous fighting fish, Tanaka-U-Out, a knockout artist who wallops opponents with a bone-crushing hammer, and the Sumo Tag Team, kings of the unbeatable belly-buster crunch. Collect coins to buy new equipment and to receive clues, spend some time playing minigames in the arcade or try your luck and increase your fortune at the Quiz House and Horse Races.

Shockman (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points): It’s been two years since Arnold and Sonya were made into Shockmen. A message from the professor to return to their bodies has them head to his laboratory, but they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy along the way. After narrowly defeating the enemy, they catch a TV news flash announcing the Ryo Empire invasion. They find that the professor has been abducted and set out to rescue him. Shockman is a side-view action shooter that has eight stages, including Action Stages, where you jump and use special techniques, and side-scrolling Shooting Stages. This game expands on the well-paced story from the previous version and contains cooperative elements like shared life and a powerful Team Shockbeam that can be used during two-player simultaneous play.

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New Heavenly Sword Info: Demo Confirmed

Posted by Jay on Saturday, April 28, 2007

Over at PSU, they did an interview with SCEA Santa Monica producer Kyle Shubel. He touched upon a lot of interesting info, most notably that a demo of the game will hit before the full game is released. When that will be, however, we don’t know. Here are more details from the interview:

  • The game will run at 720p, 30 fps.
  • There will be no online multiplayer as this is a strictly single person game.
  • There will be some integration with HOME.
  • Most of the enemies will be human, but there will be “surprises”
  • “There is a gladiator style arena fight that just rocks.”
  • Some environments planned are snowy hills, riverbeds, barren desert, shrines nestled in the mountains and a castle city amongst waterfalls.
  • He wouldn’t comment on how long the game will be (in terms of playtime), but did hint that there would be some unlockables and bonus features to increase the replay value of the game.

You can read the full interview here

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MotorStorm Update in mid-May

Posted by Jay on Friday, April 27, 2007

A MotorStorm 1.2 patch will be released next month, implementing fixes and adding a few new features. Most of these deal with the online play, but a thing to note is that all online rankings will be reset. With all the new features, it would be a nice clean start for everyone.

1. Game List Improvement: ‘Game Status’ is now displayed with the game list in the online lobby making it easier to find a session where you’ll be able to join and race promptly.

2. Host Identification: Within the game lobby the host is now clearly identified by a ‘host’ icon visible to all players and updated during host migration.

3. Boost Exploit: A bug involving the boost system that allowed a player to use boost in an exploitative manner has been resolved.

4. Buddy List Size: This has been updated to support up to 50 friends.

5. Text Cut-off: When playing in standard definition all messages will now display as intended.

6. Improved Stability Online: Online gameplay stability has been improved.

7. Audio issues: All known issues with 5.1 / 7.1 surround have been fixed. Audio issues within the front-end have been resolved.

8. Player Ranking: Players were found to be ranked incorrectly due to a bug. Because of this all online rankings will be reset and the ranking system should now function correctly. Evolution and Sony apologise for this measure but it will result in a fairer and more stable ranking system for all players.

9. Auto-Start: Races will be forced to start after a fixed countdown which should dramatically reduce the waiting times in lobbies. Hosts may delay this countdown up to three times.

10. Save Data Corruption: When quitting the game using the PS button it was possible to corrupt the save game data. This will no longer occur.

11. Lobby Information: Upcoming track and current lap details will be displayed in lobbies.

12. Vehicle Damage: When restarting a single player race during a death camera the damage wasn’t always reset at the start of the next race. This has now been resolved.

13. Missing Audio: Audio effects were missing from the death camera, these have now been reinstated.

14. Name Tags: Added ability to switch the player name tags on / off during online races using a single button press (L1).

Source: QJ.net

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U.S. Playstation Store Update Thursday Ninja Gaiden Sigma Demo & More!

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, April 26, 2007

w00t! Awesome stuff today on the U.S. Playstation Store! Check it out:

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Demo (free): Play as Master Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa and infiltrate your way into the Vigoor Empire destroying evil ninjas and demons as you attempt to overthrow the Empire, exact revenge on your enemies, and reclaim the Dark Dragon Blade.

Virtua Tennis Demo (free): The fun, addicting, award-winning series continues with Virtua Tennis 3. With ultra-realistic graphics and precise player control, gamers will hit the court and play as or against today’s tennis elite including Federer, Sharapova, Roddick, Nadal, and Williams.

Gauntlet II Video (free): Check out this video for Gauntlet II, where you can re-experience the classic dungeon crawler and play as the Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, or Wizard!

The Wheelman Trailer (free): Vin Diesel is The Wheelman, who must prove himself to the Barcelona underworld using his incredible driving skill.

Stranglehold™ Trailer (free): Continue the story of John Woo’s influential action film, Hard Boiled, engaging your enemies in intense cinematic gun battles.

The Godfather Trailer (free): Experience the excitement of the legendary films and work toward becoming a Don in America’s most powerful criminal organization—the Corleone Family.

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Calling All Cars! Comes out May 3rd on the PSN

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, April 26, 2007

Well I had my hopes up that Calling All Cars! would be released on the PSN today but it’s not. Coming from the man himself David Jaffe:

CALLING ALL CARS- FIRST REVIEW IS UP!

Here’s a link:

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/783/783536p1.html

But here’s the gist:

8.5/10!

Very happy with this first review.

Swamped right now but will wright more about what it’s like to get reviews, wait on reviews, get stressed and elated about reviews in a few days, when the other site reviews hit on Friday. But for know, three things:

1- Yah! 8.5 for a game that took 11 months and cost very little AND let us do the work we LOVE but still- for the MOST part- live normal lives (although some members of the team gave up SOOOO much time to get some aspects of the game working, so to them: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!)….and the best part is, 9.99 for what IGN- at least- says is fun. How can you beat that? We’re very happy!

2- Game is NOT OUT TOMORROW. It is out May 3rd. I am very sorry about this but we’re still in format, chasing a few bugs and we don’t want the game out until it’s bug free. But it WILL be out 5/3! I will let you guys know when it clears format.

Ok guys, heading out to dinner with the family. Will talk to you guys soon. 8.5! Sweet!

David

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Oh well maybe we will get the Ninja Gaiden Sigma Demo that was released on the Japanese PS Store earlier today 🙂

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New Crackdown DLC Screenshot

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, April 26, 2007

Crackdown Buggy

The guys over at Realtime Worlds have released this screenshot of the upcoming DLC for Crackdown. As you can see there are four buggies with weapons. Does this mean that there will be a multiplayer mode added to Crackdown? We will just have to wait and see. So what do you think will be in the new Crackdown DLC? Speculate away in our comments section 🙂

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A bunch of new content on the XBLM

Posted by Aaron on Thursday, April 26, 2007

There is a bunch of new content on the XBLM. Here are the details:

Two new arcade games called Pinball FX & Eets: Chowdown. They are 800 MS Points each.

5 BradyGames Gears of War COG Tag Locations strategy videos – 100 MS Points each.

Alien Hominid HD – PDA Euro Pack – 150 MS Points
Alien Hominid HD – Boss Picture Pack – 100 MS Points
Alien Hominid HD – Super Soviet Series – 100 MS Points

Marvel Ultimate Alliance: Trailer and in game content.

New Playable Hero and Villain Trailer – FREE
Playable Hero/Villain Pack Combo Deal – 800 MS Points
Playable Hero Pack – 500 MS Points
Playable Villain Pack – 500 MS Points

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Posted in demos, downloadable content, Microsoft, News, Trailers, Videos, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Picture Packs, Xbox 360 Themes, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Market Place, Xbox Live Video Marketplace | 1 Comment »

Bye bye EyeToy, Hello PlayStation Eye

Posted by Jay on Thursday, April 26, 2007

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Sony has announced the the PlayStation Eye, their next-gen camera, will be coming out this summer. Here’s the info from ThreeSpeech:

EyeCreate software
EyeCreate editing software, bundled free with PLAYSTATION Eye allows you to save photos, video and audio clips to your PS3 hard disk drive and apply eye-catching visual effects to your images. Different capture modes like time-lapse and slow motion open up a world of possibilities to be explored further in EyeCreate’s editing suite, where you can turn your media into professional looking movies.

New microphone functions
An all-new four microphone array, incorporating multidirectional voice location tracking, enhanced echo cancelling and background noise suppression allows for clear audio chat in even the most noisy of environments, without the need to hold or wear a headset.

Next-generation camera features
A frame rate of up to 120 frames per second allows for super-smooth video and sophisticated low-light operation means that the room doesn’t have to be brightly lit for the camera to deliver crisp, perfectly exposed video. The adjustable zoom lens features a 56º field of view to capture head and shoulders action for close-in audio-visual chat, and a 75º field of view to capture the whole body for a fully physical gaming experience.

Three Speech link
Press Release

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God of War for the PSP Revealed! Get a Free UMD Demo of God of War: Chains of Olympus Hurry!

Posted by Aaron on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The title for the PSP God of War has been revealed. It’s God of War: Chains of Olympus. Head on over to the official God of War: Chains of Olympus Website and signup for a free UMD demo of God of War: Chains of Olympus! But you have to hurry for supplies run out! To signup for the demo visit the Official God of War: Chains of Olympus Website 🙂

Official God of War: Chains of Olympus Website

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