PS3 Preview Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a brand new, original, RPG that actually looks and plays very well indeed. We've played the demo of this title game and here's our initial thoughts of what to expect from this release due in a couple of weeks.
January 29, 2012
Konami have confirmed they will be releasing the Silent Hill HD Collection in Japan on March 29 on the PS3 (no mention of the XBox 360 version).
According to reports THQ Australia have apparently laid off 14 staff from their administration and publishing office. There are also reports that THQ's Japanese office may be affected, or even closed, but that's still to be confirmed.
PS3 Preview Grand Slam Tennis 2 is Electronic Arts' first foray into the tennis genre for, well, years. After one of the most epic Grand Slam finals last night it was time to preview EA's very impressive looking tennis title which is due out in a matter of days. Here's our preview.
January 28, 2012
PS3 Preview Soul Calibur V is the latest game in Namco's fighting game in around four years. Indeed this latest iteration looks fantastic and promises to play well too. We take a look at what to expect.
January 26, 2012
2K Games have released the launch trailer for The Darkness II which is a pretty cracking looking game. Check it out below...
January 24, 2012
Ubisoft have announced that their post-apocalypic adventure game I Am Alive will be released on the XBox 360 on March 7, 2012. Why do we care? Well the game is meant to be hitting PSN as well, although Sony's platform is missing from the announcement. We've asked for comment.
Well it's only a week or so away now and Konami have released a launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid HD Collection>. It looks great and with three games in the bundle is certainly value for money.
January 20, 2012
Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 6 is currently in development and according to subsequent reports the game has Capcom's largest ever development team with around 600 people working on the game which is due out on November 20, 2012. The press release states the following about the game...
Resident Evil 6 portrays a world where an escalation in bioterrorist attacks across the globe has led to widespread fear among the population. In an attempt to quell the panic and curb the bioterrorist activity the President of the United States has decided to speak to the nation but not before the very location of the address itself comes under attack. With the President’s safety compromised the situation for the rest of the world seems hopeless.
In a first for the franchise, Resident Evil 6 sees series favourites Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield come together to face this unprecedented threat. They will be joined by new characters, each with their own unique perspective and involvement in this relentless dramatic horror experience enacted on a global scale.
January 18, 2012
It't been a long time coming, but Rockstar has now confirmed that Max Payne 3 will be released on May 15, 2012 in North America and May 18, 2012 in Europe. For Max, the tragedies that took his loved ones years ago are wounds that refuse to heal. No longer a cop, close to washed up and addicted to pain killers, he takes a job in São Paulo, Brazil, protecting the family of wealthy real estate mogul Rodrigo Branco, in an effort to finally escape his troubled past. But as events spiral out of his control, Max Payne finds himself alone on the streets of an unfamiliar city, desperately searching for the truth and fighting for a way out.
2K Games has confirmed that a demo for The Darkness II will be released on the Playstation Network on January 24. The game, which is being developed by Digital Extremes (rather then Starbreeze who developed the original game) will be released on February 10, 2012.
January 16, 2012
THQ have announced the Tecmo Koei's Ninja Gaiden III will launch in Europe and Australia on March 22, 2012. In addition a Collector's Edition has been announced which is described in the press release in the following manner:
"The premium NINJA GAIDEN 3 Collector’s Edition - exclusive to EB Games - offers a truly deluxe package and includes an exclusive NINJA GAIDEN 3 “Unmask” game art book, the official game soundtrack CD, a unique collector’s “Duel of the Masked” figure, as well as the chance to play four characters in the DEAD OR ALIVE 5 demo stage."
It has been a pretty big day today for THQ with the company having to fend off rumours of financial strife and news that they have cancelled their 2014 slate of games. THQ Australia have put out a response to the rumours which are in full below...
THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO. As part of the ongoing review of our business, we have made decisions to ensure that the company is strategically addressing the most attractive markets. As we have previously announced, we have dramatically reduced our commitment to the kids' boxed games sector which leads to a significantly more focused release schedule moving forward. Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.
Additionally, we are thrilled with the great performance of Saints Row: The Third, which on a like for like period in North America has tripled in sell-through from Saints Row 2. In addition, WWE ’12’s worldwide sell-through sales are up almost 40% year-over-year for the same sales period with fewer platforms. According to NPD, for the month of December and the 2011 year, THQ was the #5 publisher overall, #4 third party, with reported sell through growing over 18% in a market that was down almost 6%. And coming up next, we have two great titles for the first half of the year including UFC Undisputed 3 and Darksiders 2.
January 11, 2012
There's not long to go now - only a few weeks in fact - until Square-Enix release Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the PS3 and they've just release a new trailer called "The Moogle" which is pretty impressive. Check it out below...
January 10, 2012
We were all pretty disappointed when 2K games announced that a new X-Com game would be released as a FPS, and then shattered when we heard it was PS3 and PC only. Well 2K games has made amends by announcing that X-Com: Enemy Unknown sees a return to the strategy styled game of the PC original, but it will also be hitting the PS3, and it's due this year. What's more the game is being developed by Firaxis - most well known for the Civilization strategy games. Huzzah!
Namco Bandai have confirmed that Soul Calibur V has gone gold and will be released on February 2 as planned.
Warner Brothers Interactive have announced Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The game is (as with all Lego titles) being developed by TT Games, and will be released in Winter 2012.
Capcom have released a new video for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City which is due out at the end of March. The game is certainly shaping up pretty well and we'll be very keen to check it out when it hits shelves.
January 7, 2012
Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has announced that Gotham City Imposters, the download only game which is a 12-player FPS, has been bumped back to February 2012. It's looking pretty entertaining so one to keep an eye on.
January 4, 2012
The Playstation Vita has probably provided the biggest news story over the Christmas break. In the first week on sale the system sold a respectable, but not sell-out, 325,000 units. The second week saw a collapse however with only 72,479 sales for the new system (which comparest to 482,200 for the Nintendo 3DS in the same week) - which means after two weeks Sony hasn't even moved it's initial 500,000 unit shipment. What's worse is that retailers are already reportedly slashing the price by up to 20% to shift stock!
Harmonix has had a big win this week with an arbitrator ordering former Harmonix owner Viacom to hand over $383 million in unpaid royalties to the developer for their Rock Band franchise. Furthermore Harmonix does not have to hand back the previously paid $150 million in royalties which Viacom paid in 2007. Viacom has not accepted the arbitrator's decision and has filed a law suit stating the investigation was 'not properly executed'.
According to Empire Magazine, and in what should be a shock to no one, Activision will be releasing a game based on the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall. No word on developer, but it's likely Treyarch or Eurocom who worked on recent Bond titles for the company while you can expect a release in December 2012 to coincide with the movie.
Rumours doing the rounds at the moment are that Disney's Epic Mickey 2 will be release on the PS3 and include split-screen co-op gameplay with the second player controlling Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The original game was a Nintendo Wii exclusive, but shifted decent numbers and is good news for PS3 owners. Of course this isn't official.. yet.
So it shows almost nothing but over the Christmas break Sega released the following teaser trailer for Sonic 4: Episode 2. Enjoy...
January 3, 2012
Yep we're back so expect plenty of Christmas news tomorrow, and maybe a review or two. Actually it's been very quiet on the game news front which is why we haven't posted. Stay tuned.