Electronic Arts and Visceral Games (Montreal) have announced the ship date for the third Army of Two game, The Devil’s Cartel: March 26, 2013 (March 29, 2013 in Europe) for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Check your local retailer for pre-order incentives!
In co-operation with Liechtenstein Marketing “which promotes Liechtenstein as a tourism destination and a place to do business,” Microsoft and Xbox 360 recreated environments from the Halo universe in advance of the release of Halo 4. Including the take-over of Gutenberg Castle, the event is likely the biggest, most elaborate, real life re-enactment of a fictional game universe.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has announced a new “Digital Rating Service” which looks to streamline some of the aspects of being rated by the ESRB. Parallel to this, the non-profit self-regulatory body for the video game industry has introduced some new information symbols. Pay attention, there’s a test later!
“Consumers have grown accustomed to using ESRB ratings when making decisions about the appropriateness of the games their families play. With the explosion of devices from which consumers can access games today, our goal is to ensure that those same tools are available everywhere games can be found,” said ESRB president Patricia Vance. “More recently, parents’ concerns have begun to extend beyond just content to include the sharing of their kids’ personal information or location and interactions with other players. ESRB’s Digital Rating Service now offers all digital platforms, storefronts and networks the opportunity to empower their customers with consistent, credible, familiar and useful upfront guidance no matter where their family chooses to play games.”
Available for $9.99, Paradox Interactive and Zeal Game Studios has announced the launch of “Game of Dwarves.” Unfamiliar with the title? Here’s a quick run down:
A Game of Dwarves, a classic management and strategy title, which puts players into the metaphoric shoes of a dwarven prince who seeks to expand dwarvenkind’s prestige, underground dominance, and, of course, amass large amounts of treasure. Yay treasure! Utilizing a combination of strategy and management, A Game of Dwarves gives players full reign over a dwarven settlement as they dig, build, and conduct research to expand their underground empire. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, Electronic Arts and Danger Close Games announced that the latest instalment of the Medal of Honor series, Warfighter, is now available for PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. (Europe should be on the lookout on October 26, 2012.)
Using the Frostbyte 2.0 engine, Warfighter is “set to deliver this year’s only true modern military shooter experience. Introducing 12 Tier 1 units from 10 different nations including the Polish GROM, German KSK, Canadian JTF-2 and U.S. Navy SEAL, Medal of Honor Warfighter will deliver one of the premier multiplayer experiences of the year.”
To support Sleeping Dogs with additional content, United Front Games and Square-Enix have announced some new DLC available right now on Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam, including some free stuff. Here’s the rundown:
Sleeping Dogs DLC continues with the release of three new content packs for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Available to download from today, the Street Racer pack (320MSP, $3.99), Tactical Soldier pack (160MSP, $1.99) and the FREE Community Gift pack offer players more ways to enjoy the incredible open world gameplay which has been so well received in the months since release.
Some news that will be sure to please a handful of hardcore players and aficionados of weirdly cultish electronic entertainment, Rising Star Games has announced a “Director’s Cut” of Deadly Premonition set for release Q1 2013.
Here’s the full release:
Playing as special agent Francis York Morgan (just call him York — everyone else does), players must investigate the brutal murder of a young local beauty. Amidst the backdrop of soaring mountains and a small American town, York must solve the mystery of the Red Seed Murders and stay alive in a place where supernatural creatures and a killer seek to end his investigation.
This news might be a couple days old — making it ancient by Internet standards — but it’s worth noting it here.
On Tuesday, Capcom released the “Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collectors Set” is priced at $149.99US but this limited edition run is squarely aimed at fans with a long list of cool extras, not the least of which is a 8″ Ryu action figure “in mid-Shoryuken, with flames lit from below.”
Here’s the full list of included goodies: Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not watch-sized yet but given a dozen more years, I’m certain Sony will have the Playstation 3 down to the size where it will fit comfortably on your wrist or be easily lost in couch crevices.
“Completely redesigning the internal design architecture, the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 is reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20% and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3. By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved simple body design, which fits various places in the home [but not couch crevices] and enables users to enjoy an array of entertainment content.”
Today, at an event in New York, Nintendo announced the release date and pricing for its soon-to-be-released Wii U console.
On November 18, 2012 two models of Wii U will be available. The Basic Set is white and retails for $299.99 and the black Deluxe Set is $349.99.
Besides the 40 “launch window” titles — defined as the period between launch date and March 31, 2013 — Nintendo also announced details of TVii.
Full release follows:
Doesn’t everyone enjoy a good sizzle clip on a Monday morning? What about when it’s set to Puff Daddy & The Family’s “Victory? and features basketball? Courtesy of 2K Sports, welcome to this week!
The announcement does not affect the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 versions, but Gotham City Imposters is now free on PC (available on Steam). The move makes sense given that there’s plenty of microtransaction options available, it’s just a wonder it took so long.
I’m hopeful that it will boost the number of players because that’s what knee-capped the entire experience when it originally launched. Finding a game populated with more than a handful of people was often impossible. Read the rest of this entry »
At a recent event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Metal Gear series, Konami revealed the next game: Ground Zeroes.
There’s not much to tell about the game at this point, but it would appear to be a return “classic” Metal Gear sneaking and hiding without the use of fancy optical camouflage. In an open world setting, which boggles my mind. With a series so designed and crafted from level to level, I fail to see how cracking open the environment will be anything but maddening for the development team. Even with an open world environment as restricted as Batman: Arkham City, creating a game that rides on stealth and set pieces no doubt present some challenges for the team.
Some news just comes out of the nowhere and this is one of those items.
Rather than make an announcement at E3 or PAX, and just slightly before Gamescon, Tommo Inc. and SNK Playmore “confirmed that the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is scheduled for a worldwide release this December. Following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console, the NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system provides players with all of the features of a home arcade and the convenience of a handheld gaming device. The NEOGEO X GOLD entertainment system is set for a worldwide release on December 6, 2012 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 (USD).”
Though it’s a little vague on specifics — will this basically equate to a Google Docs type arrangement? An app store? — Valve released a seed of information regarding some non-gaming changes to Steam.
Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the first set of Software titles are heading to Steam, marking a major expansion to the platform most commonly known as a leading destination for PC and Mac games. Read the rest of this entry »