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Volition, the developer of "Saints Row" for the Xbox 360, has responded to the complaints that have surfaced on many a message board regarding connectivity issues with Xbox Live, along with a few other bugs discovered in the online portion of the game.
In a post on Volition's site it is stated that the connectivity issues were a matter of heavier than expected traffic on the game's first night out, and they have since increased the capacity of their servers, which does seem to have fixed the problem. Regarding the other issues, Volition states that they are currently working on a patch to address the following:
CVG is today reporting that Rockstar's upcoming and controversial game, Bully, is getting a new name outside of the US. From here on out, Bully shall be known as Canis Canem Edit (Latin for "Dog Eat Dog", also Bullworth Academy's motto) in other territories.
There has been no explanation as to why Rockstar has decided to change the name. Yes, the game has received some "negative press", but I don't think changing the name in some countries is going to change that. Ah well.
In other Bully news, Eurogamer got its hands on the title and has written up its first impressions. As expected, the title is much tamer than what critics (or, shall I call them "pre-critics") were expecting. In the reviewer's words, "Bully" (or "Canis Canem Edit") is "about as morally deficient as Ferris Bueller".
As though it wasn't disappointing enough to learn that Sony's $499 PS3 won't come with the high-def support that the $599 model will, today we learn that the $599 model won't come with the cables necessary to enjoy the benefits of a high-def PS3. Expect to shell out another arm and a leg for these cables, as Sony is well known for the high price of its proprietary elements.
I've decided that Sony is actively trying to get people to NOT buy its PS3 console upon release on November 17th. Anyone else?
For more on what this means for the consumer, hop on over to BoingBoing.net
The video is taken at the Leipzig convention in Germany, and does a great job of showing the Wii's controller-game interaction. The host is just as disappointed as we were that he couldn't play "Zelda: Twilight Princess" nor "Metroid Prime 3: Corruption", but he did have fun with "Battalion Wars", "Super Mario Strikers", "Red Steel", and "Wii Sports".
I was quite pleased to hear the host tell us that the controller felt "intuitive" several times...and, for the first time, I could see that was true.
In the meantime, I completed the 'Drug Trafficking' activity and got up to lvl. 6 of the 'Mayhem' activity. I also spent some time clothing and accessorizing my character, who now dons a white/black clothing pallette, some platinum bling and a pair of large glasses. I'm also collecting CDs as I go, but it's currently not a priority.
Back in August, I wrote a story about the fact that Sony had yet to begin production of the PS3. At that time, I predicted only 11 PS3s would make it to market on launch day. Today we find out that Sony has halved the expected number of consoles meaning my new prediction is 5 and a 1/2.
Because of the manufacturing problmes that Sony is experiencing, they have announced a bombshell: the PS3 is to be delayed in Europe until March. The US and Japanese launch are also to be affected with 400,000 units available in the US and 100,000 in Japan on launch day (Joystiq).
Some new Wii info has surfaced. First, after yesterday's announcement by Sony that only seven PS3s will be available on launch day, NIntendo has announced that they are still on track to ship 6 million Wiis by March 31st, 2007. This is the same number that Sony claims they'll be able to ship in the same amount of time. However, A) Nintendo will actually be able to do it, and B) Nintendo will have more ready for their launch date, which is still TBA.
In other Wii news, it looks like the sensor bar, which sits atop your TV, will be about half the size as originally planned; there may be no DVD playback; there is no rechargable option for the sensor remote, meaning you are stuck with 2 AA batteries; the SD card will be able to save games and virtual console games but will have digital rights management which won't allow you to play the virtual console games on other Wiis; and finally 'Super Paper Mario' will no longer be a GameCube game and will instead be available for the Wii.
With the release of "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories" for the Sony PSP drawing near, Rockstar has launched the official "GTA: Vice City" website, along with the game's first trailer.
The site and trailer are both chock full of traditional "GTA-humor", with Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" playing in the background as violence ensues.
"Vice City Stories" is a prequel to the PS2 title, "GTA: Vice City", and stars Vic Vance, the militant brother of Lance Vance, whom we know from the first game. The game is expected to be released on October 17th.
Via BoingBoing, this amazing video of 'Quake 3' rocket jumping (using the rocket launcher, aimed at the ground or a building to propel you) is worth watching for at least 5 of the 20 minutes. The skill required by the player to not only time the jumps, but to set up jumps in advance by firing rockets a great distance is simply awe inspiring. Sure, this guy could have learned to play the piano or crafted a work of fine art, but instead, he spent countless hours perfecting rocket jumping for our pleasure. Bravo and well done!
This is the third walkthrough we are publishing via our publishing program, and it is awesome. In it you will find a complete guide to each of the game's cases, along with details of achievements, stickers, survivors, scoops, phots and unlockables.
If all goes according to plan, I expect to get the edited and published walkthrough up by tomorrow evening.
"The first chips are in our possession," said Genyo Takeda, the senior managing director and general manager of Nintendo's integrated research and development division. "Today’s milestone marks the final stage of our drive to reach both core and nontraditional gamers with an inviting, inclusive and remarkable gaming experience."
The chips Takeda speaks of are the first central processing units (CPUs), developed by IBM and codenamed "Broadway", for Nintendo's upcoming Wii console. This means all of the pieces are in place for mass production to begin on the Wii, if it hasn't already. According to some news sources, the first batch of CPUs actually arrived at Mario Factory in July, meaning it's possible that there are hundreds of thousands of Wiis ready to ship today.
The internet is abuzz today, as MCV, a dependable "interactive entertainment" magazine in the UK, is claiming to have details of the Nintendo Wii's launch date and price. While MCV acknowledges next week's Nintendo press events are where the details will be confirmed, they claim to have learned the next-gen Nintendo console will launch worldwide by November 24th, and will have a sticker price of £149 (US$280).
While this all looks and sounds like exciting news, the truth is, we all knew this. Granted, MCV claims to have a solid UK price, but that price is completely within the bounds of what we were expecting. What's more, MCV didn't provide a release date, but, instead, provided an end to a timeframe that we were also expecting. After all, the 23rd of November is Thanksgiving. If Nintendo decided to launch the Wii any time after that, they'd be morons. And, truth be told, if they don't do it before November, I'd also be willing to go on record for saying Nintendo missed a great opportunity.
We are pleased to announce the completion of our Dead Rising Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. In it you will find a complete walkthrough for all Cases and Scoops, along with details of all Survivors, Achievements, Unlockables, Endings and PP Stickers.
A special thanks to Michael Monette, the author of this fantastic walkthrough, for writing such a detailed and funny Dead Rising Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. It was a pleasure to edit and publish it.
This walkthrough, which covers the single player story mode, details every story mission, every stronghold mission, gives the locations of all CD and Tags, breaks down activities and stores, and gives general gameplay tips and advice. The guide is all you'll need to earn respect in your climb to the top of the criminal underworld of Stilwater.
Tell me if this sounds confidence-inspiring? "If you asked me if Sony's strength in hardware was in decline, right now I guess I would have to say that might be true." That was a statement made by Playstation head, Ken Kutaragi, after it was announced that the PS3 would be delayed in Europe and launch numbers would be drastically less than anticipated (story). I'm sure Kuraragi also had the dell and apple laptop battery recall in the back of his head.
There is a great disturbance in the Force. Using my Jedi powers I have determined that 'LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy" has landed on store shelves. This must be what I'm sensing. Further investigation is required. I shall hop into my snow speeder (Honda Civic) and head to Mos Eisley (GameCrazy). Here, I will attempt to use a Jedi mind trick on the listless storm trooper guard (employee) in hopes that he will sell me the Xbox 360 version for $40 instead of $50. If that doesn't work, then I shall engage him with my lightsaber (laser pointer). We'll see how many customers he can help with no arms!
Crud, I'm sounding more like a Sith than a Jedi. I must meditate and play LEGO Star Wars II all day. A LEGO Star Wars II Walkthrough, written by Princess Leia (Allison), will begin shortly. May the Force be with you!
I have a horrible singing voice. So, when Jer asked me what song I was singing this morning, and, after he still didn't recognize it after I told him the name (Earth Wind and Fire's "September"), I opted to sample it from iTunes for him. However, when I tried to log into the iTunes store, I was stopped by Apple's "we're currently updating the store" message. At that point I knew Apple was loading up its store with downloadable movies.
After some time (and after subjecting poor Jer to my voice over and over and over again), iTunes came to life, complete with movies and...what's this...games? That's right. Buried in its movie download area are iPod Games: Pac-Man, Tetris, Zuma, Bejeweled, Majong, Texas Hold 'Em, Cubis 2, Vortex, and Mini-Golf. The games are $4.99 each, or you can buy all nine for $44.91.
While i do find the price a bit obnoxious, I love this idea. Perfect for travel.
And, yes, Jer recognized the song once he heard it on iTunes immediately.
In a nice PR move, Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, is offering a three part interview with some of his own developers and engineers regarding why the Wii is the Wii. The original interview was posted on the Nintendo Japan site. Thankfully, a translation is now available on the European site here.
The interview offers some insight into why Nintendo chose to go for innovation rather than pure graphical power. The reason, as we all know now, is that the average gamer doesn't stand to gain much from a faster frame rate or more polygons. The average gamer wants to be able to pick up a one handed controller and play a game, dammit! The brilliance, of course, is that us hard core gamers also want that.
The interview also delves into how Nintendo shouldn't be seen as using old technology, but rather, as the title of the first interview suggests, "Using state-of-the-art technology in unprecedented ways."
Christmas. My birthday. The opening of the NFL season. September 14th. What do all of these dates have in common? They are amongst my favorite days of this year. Tomorrow, September 14th, Nintendo is set to announce the release date and price of the Wii for the US and Japan markets, with trade-only events in Tokyo and NYC. On September 15th, Europe will get the same treatment.
So, what do we think will be the price and date? Well, I'm going to guess $199 and October 30. Allison's guess is also $199 with a more optimistic October 4. Either way, we know for sure that it will retail for under $250 and I'd be very surprised if it was released any later than Nov. 15. Oh, boy! Oh, boy!
I'm not sure if I'm excited or scared to begin play of Rule of Rose, a pychological thriller/survival horror game revolving around pre-teen prep-school girls and their "rules". This game came out in Japan a while back and after struggling to find a publisher, has finally landed here in the States. It's truly creepy. I'll update you after I've played the game for a few hours and when I begin writing the Rule of Rose Walkthrough.
If you're up for it, here's the E3 preview of the game.
All information below has been confirmed by the official press conference, with one addition. The Wii will launch with one color: white.
While we are still without an official word from Nintendo (although it should be being spoken as I write this), it seems that various sources, from the New York Times to USA Today, have confirmed a price and date for the launch of the Nintendo Wii. Are you ready for it??? Are you sure??? OK.
The Nintendo Wii will launch on Sunday, November 19th for US$249.99. Before you get too upset about the slightly higher than we hoped for price point, you should know that the Wii is to be bundled with "Wii Sports", a game designed to show off the console's unique controller and features. (box art below)
According to all reports, there will be many more Wiis than PS3's available at launch (but, really, that only tells us there will be more than 5), with 4 million expected to ship by the end of the year.
Pardon my cynical nature, but I feel that today is a good day for opportunistic politicians everywhere. The tragedy that unfolded yesterday at a Montreal college is sure to be used as fodder for "family values" politicians after it was learned today that the shooter played First Person Shooters, named "Super Columbine Massacre (a homebrew game that got the attention of disturbed people) as a favorite game, and said on his blog, "Life is a video game, you gotta die sometime."
If this phrase sounds familiar, it may be because convicted cop killer, Devin Thompson, allegedly uttered the same words to the arresting officer in 2003 after his raid on an Alabama police station (story).
I have one more episode to go ("Return of the Jedi", my favorite), then I'll begin my hunt for Med-Kit Canisters and Red Power Bricks. Anyway, if you need and LEGO Star Wars II help this weekend, the walkthrough portion of the guide should be complete by tomorrow night (hopefully). All of the extras will come early next week.
Visions of a kitchen knife, a steel pipe, a bloody rabbit, and the creepiest little girls you've ever seen don't make for restful sleeping. I am now awake and aware of my surroundings, however, last night I was in a terrible orphanage. Today, I must re-enter it. Oh, the things I do for you people. Yes, the LB Rule of Rose Walkthrough is progressing nicely. Keep checking back for updates over the weekend...if I'm not in a mental ward by Sunday.
Nintendo today have revealed a release date and price for the European launch of the Wii. Drum roll please...Dec. 8 at a cost of GBP 179 and EUR 249. They also announced the Australian info: $399 (Australian Dollars) on Dec. 7. The overseas launches will include Wii Sports, will launch with about 15-20 games at a price between 35 and 40 pounds (50 to 60 Euros), and include one remote and nunchuck style controller. It was also revealed via Wired News that 1st party Wii games will not be region-specific; no PAL and NTSC crap to worry about. Third party games will still have to work that out, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
Last week I wrote about the shooting in Montreal and how the media is using the game, 'Super Columbine Massacre' as a scapegoat. It's good to see some decent journalism, out of Canada, of course, in this interview with Danny Ledonne, creator of 'Super Columbine Massacre'. The guy from the Toronto Sun, who is also part of the interview, takes a Jack Thompson approach, citing as fact, that Devin Thompson (the guy didn't know his name) killed three cops in Alabama because of 'Grand Theft Auto'. Danny Ledonne, on the other hand, spoke eloquently about his game and society's interaction witih games in general.
If you've ever wondered if "America's Army," the US Army's video game aimed at recruiting, is working, then you should read this article from the Christian Science Monitor. There are some surprising insights regarding how well the game is actually working. The Army's video-game development team recently did an "informal" study. The results? "About 60 percent of recruits said they've played "America's Army" more than five times a week. Four out of 100 said they'd joined the Army specifically because of the game. Nationwide, the game counts some 7.5 million registered users, making it one of the Top 5 online PC games." Yeah, I'd say that's working.
The article also details the newest version which, "includes digitized commentary from "Real Heroes" - a group of veterans from the war on terror picked by the Army to become modern-day Sergeant Yorks. Those soldiers will be available as action figures for the upcoming holiday shopping season."
Whether you think that this is a savvy way to get new recruits or is indicative of a desperate Army getting into the minds of 13-year olds, it seemst that it is highly effective.
In it we walk you through each and every level of the Original 'Star Wars' trilogy. What's more, we've included all Canister Mini-Kit locations, all Red Power Brick Locations, and tips for collecting all the Studs humanly (or LEGOly) possible.
Tomorrow I will put the finishing touches on the guide and make a downloadable PDF version. And, yes, screenshots are a part of it.
In addition to a comprehensive and easily readable full walkthrough, tomorrow I'll be publishing the PDF version which includes all secrets, all costumes, all record locations, all film canister locations, and info on all findable items. If you need help with this game, this guide is all you'll need. Stay tuned for the PDF guide tomorrow!
As the title suggests, Sony today announced a price cut for the PS3. However, it only applies to the base model (20GB HDD) and only in Japan. The reduction is 20%, meaning it will sell for 49,980 yen ($430). The high end model (60GB HDD) did not get a price cut, however, Sony is saying that they'll leave pricing up to retailers.
This move is being seen as a response to the announced Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on unit. The new PS3 price puts it in line with the price of an Xbox 360 plus the HD-DVD drive. This move is also meant to deflect the unanimous criticism that the price of the PS3 is too high.
As I write this, I am waiting for the F.E.A.R. demo to download. Seeing as it just came out today, I think the tubes are clogged (thank you Ted Stevens) because my download is stuck at 1% complete. In addition to the F.E.A.R. demo, Microsoft has been loading Tokyo Game Show content onto Xbox Live for the past few days under the title, "Bringing it Home". There's some good footage there and it's worth checking out. Ooh ooh...4%.
I'm really trying to keep a fair mind regarding the PS3. Admittedly, It's fun to bash the $600 console, as it's always fun to bash companies that once reigned supreme then made bad decisions that screwed the people who made them supreme and could, ulitmately, cause that company's demise. However, with that being said, my true belief is that the PS3 will do fine. Yes, it will take a price cut and a couple killer titles before it enters the console war, and no, it won't have the huge gap in sales that we saw between the PS2, Xbox and Gamecube, but, give it a year and people will be asking Santa for the console. Yet, because of this news tidbit from 1Up, I'm beginning to wonder if the console is seriously going to crash and burn.
The internet is abuzz today with a newly unearthed interview with Ron Bertram, vice-president and general manager of Nintendo of Canada, who told Vancouver-based Mackenzie Investments on September 14th that Nintendo expects there to be 1 million Wiis available for the North American launch.
Nintendo has previously stated that they expect to have 4 million units available by the end of the year. Sony, on the other hand, expects to have 400,000 units available on launch, with 2 million by the end of the year.
While Nintendo is certainly in better shape than Sony, I'm not quite comfortable with with the belief that everyone who wants one will get one at launch, as there are certainly more than 1 million people in the US and Canada who want one as much as I do, right? Perhaps it's a ploy by Nintendo to keep its Wii in the middle of the media buzz as Christmas approaches...after all, that's clearly why they stuck the release date so close to the PS3's.
Anyway, I'm even more anxious to pre-order mine. Come on Game Crazy...come on!
Toys "R" Us has unveiled their "hot toy" list (story) and the Nintendo Wii has made the cut. It's the first time a video game console has made the list. The reasoning, of course, is price ($250) and the fact that Nintendo has many kid-friendly franchises like Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. Putting the Wii on the list also means that Toys "R" Us expects to get enough Wiis to not anger the general public. Personally, I think they're going to be hard to get a hold of, even with 1 million ready at launch.
In a recent Wall Street Journal article (sub. req.), Square Enix senior VP, Michihiro Sasaki, said, "We don't want the PlayStation 3 to be the overwhelming loser, so we want to support them. But we don't want them to be the overwhelming winner either, so we can't support them too much." The article goes on to say that Square Enix is planning on supporting all three consoles evenly. Most interesting to me is that Square Enix has yet to decide for what system the next 'Kingdom Hearts' will debut. I see the Wii in its future. The keyblade and the Wii remote are a match made in heaven.
Yesterday, Allison was looking at the cover art for 'Zelda Twilight Princess' on Amazon. It was the old, black cover that was being used as a placeholder. Today, Allison happened to be looking at the product again, and this time, new cover art was in its place. I checked at EB Games as well, and sure enough, same cover art. So, it appears we have the official cover art for 'Zelda TP'!!!
One of the more exciting extra features of the Wii is the Opera Browser which will allow you to surf the web using the Wii remote. When this feature was first announced, it was to be free. Later, Nintendo said that the Opera software would cost an unspecified number of Wii Points. Now, Nintendo has compromised and is offering Opera free through June 2007. That has me singing! Oy.
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting on the X06 (big Xbox event in Barcelona) keynote speech and all of the info that has been revealed. Some highlights: Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are working with Bungie on a new 'Halo' game, unrelated to the current series. Ensemble studios is working on a 'Halo' real time strategy (RTS) game called 'Halo Wars'. The add-on HD-DVD will retail in the US for $200 sometime in November. 'GTA: IV' will have two exclusive episodes available via Xbox Live after the game debuts in Oct. '07.
I'll update this story if any more breaking news comes out.
I'm too early in the game to determine whether I like it or not, but I've played enough to know that the movie should have a somewhat successful run at the box office. So, if you or your kids see the movie and decide to play the game, hop on over to our "Open Season" walkthrough for guideance (and badge help).
If you haven't visited Wii.com recently, then you are missing out on some very interesting videos of the Wii in action. Today, I happened upon a new video of the Wii's photo viewing and editing capabilites and its movie viewing and editing capabilities. I am very impressed with the ability to insert one picture into another, complete with an eraser (ala Photoshop). I also think that the video editing software is very cool...making a video black and white. Granted, these are relatively simple things, but that's the point, right? To appeal to a broad audience, be they gamers or not.
With the launch of the PS3 less than two months it's about time somebody got some good hands-on time with the PS3. Such is the case with CNET and their review of the PS3. This is a good, no fanboy, point by point review of the 20 GB version of the PS3...the $500 version. The only difference between it and the 60 GB version is that the 20 GB lacks wi-fi and a flash memory reader, oh and 40 GB of hdd space.
Putting my normal hostility towards the PS3 aside, I do have to say that the hardware itself is very impressive. Now, if only the price and games were too.
Yes, for a measly $5.95, oops, make that 3.18 of your Queen's Pounds or 4.70 Euros, you can have the instantly downloadable, beautifully bookmarked, easy-to-navigate, and printer and environment friendly, PDF "Kingdom Hearts 2" walkthrough. Cheerio and oh zut!
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