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MARCH 2012 NEWS

March 30, 2012

    R.I.P. Keith Warner 14/3/1938 to 28/3/2012
    What can I say. I'm absolutely shattered at the moment. Only a week ago I wrote about the loss of my nan which was a terrible event but on the day of her funeral, last Friday, my dad was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains. It ended up being that the cancer he was diagnosed with in January had taken hold and he passed away peacefully in the early hours of the 28th. Words can't express how I feel, just completely lost and gutted.

    Strength has to come from my mother who despite losing her own mum (my nan) and her husband of 40 years (tragically they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in the hospital on Sunday) is holding up so well.

    Anyway you'll understand the lack of site updates over the coming days as we get through this horrific time.

March 24, 2012

    Industry News
    Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has been rushed to hospital after falling ill following an lengthy worldwide promotional tour for Street Fighter X Tekken. Capcom's Japanese blog has stated the following...

      "I would like to bring something else to everyone’s attention. Shortly after the Street Fighter X Tekken promotion in Asia, Ono-san’s physical condition rapidly and heavily deteriorated and he had to be taken to the hospital.
      Because of his hospital tenure he will not be performing work-related affairs for a while. Ono’s well-being is very important to us, and we wish for his steady recovery.

    We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

    According to reports on Kotaku Sony are laying off staff at Zipper Interactive, possibly in order to close the studio in the near future. The company is most well known for their SOCOM titles as well as Unit 13 which just launched on PSVita.

    PS3 News
    According to rumours Bethesda have cancelled development of Prey 2 although at this stage there is no official comment. The game is/was in development at Human Head Studios.

March 22, 2012

    R.I.P. Gwen Hoffman 15/11/1923 to 17/3/2012

    It's been a pretty hard couple of days here at Futuregamez. On the day my cousin Michael got married in Melbourne, and my wife and I travelled to Melbourne for this wonderful occasion, my nan passed away in a Gold Coast nursing home only hours before the wedding. Fortunately my mum didn't tell me about her passing until the day after the wedding, but needless to say it put a dampner on a wonderful weekend (it was also my cousin's nan so has hit him as he heads off for his Honeymoon today). As such the updates may be a little sluggish over the coming days. Anyway, here's a little about my remarkable "nanny"...

      My nan, Geesje (Gwen), had a remarkable life and has been a cornerstone of my family for my entire life. She was born in Holland in 1923 as the second youngest of 11 children and met her future husband, Ernst Hoffman, during the Second World War. As I understand it Ernst deserted the German Army during the war and hid with my nan before marrying in 1945. After having three children (my mum, uncle and auntie) the family migrated to Australia in 1956 and despite not speaking a word of English my grandad, Ernst, insisted they only speak English.

      Within 5 years my nan ran the canteen at Niddrie High School, and made it so profitable that when she retired they named a hall she helped fund after her. Eventually she left Melbourne and moved to the Gold Coast where she lived with her husband until his passing in 1993 - only months before we were to move up and join them in this wonderful city. Sadly my nan suffered from dementia in recent years and passed away last Saturday.

      Rest in Peace Gwen "nanny" Hoffman.

March 21, 2012

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft have announced that their upcoming downloadable only survival game I Am Alive will be released on the Playstation Store on April 4 this year. I Am Alive follows an everyman’s journey to find his wife and daughter, who were lost during the “Event.” A year later, he finds Haventon, his hometown, in shambles. Buildings are destroyed, toxic ash fills the streets and society has been torn, causing inhabitants to take all necessary actions to survive.

    Capcom has announced that they will be releasing a free US Special Ops mission for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City which will be downloadable from April 11. The game will be released in Australia tomorrow.

March 19, 2012

    PS3 News
    Codemasters have announced that F1 2012 will be released on the Playstation 3 this September. F1 2012 will introduce a new Young Driver Test mode as one of the headline additions to the series that will take players even closer to the experience of becoming a F1 driver. Players will be introduced to the world of Formula One through a range of tutorials explaining how to handle racing’s most exciting and responsive cars, and challenged to earn a drive from a team for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Champioship. Here's a pretty cool little promotional trailer for the game...

March 16, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Binary Domain is Sega's latest third persons shooter which is out now. Michael has given the release a spin and what he discovered was a title that shouldn't be ignored if you like the genre.

March 13, 2012

    Blu-Ray Review
    TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a documentary which looks at The Isle of Man TT - one of the worlds biggest, and most deadly, motorbike races. This doco looks at what drives the men in the race, how they strive for glory, and in 3D too!

March 12, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is a release which fans of Konami's titles should take a look at. Take one of the biggest franchises of all times, take three of the best games, give them a HD update and this is the result. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is pretty special.

March 11, 2012

    PS3 News
    Warner Brothers Interactive have confirmed that Lollipop Chainsaw will be released on June 13 in Australia. Let's hope this school girl chainsaw weilding action title will be permitted into the country given the Australian censors!

    2K Games announced recently the October 19 release date for Bioshock Infinite and today they have released a video detailing the Heavy Hitters in the game. It's a pretty good look at the upcoming title...

    Ubisoft have posted the second part in their video series about elite soldiers to promote Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Titled "Believe in Ghosts #2" here's the video...

March 8, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts has announced that Medal of Honor Warfighter is currently in developent at Danger Close Games. The game goes beyond Afghanistan from the previous game, and takes the fight to the enemy in missions that have a dotted line to real world events. From rescuing hostages in the Philippines to eliminating the pirate threat on the Somali Coast, the game is an up close and personal look into the fight against today’s global terror threat. Expect a release in Australia on October 23, 2012.

    A pretty big day in gaming today with Electronic Arts releasing Mass Effect 3 to retailers with Europe getting the game tomorrow. Apparently the company has shipped an impressive 3.5 million units (on all platforms) worldwide. We've got our copy and will bring you our review as soon as possible.

March 6, 2012

    PS3 News
    Namco Bandai have confirmed that Ridge Racer Unbounded has been delayed until "later in 2012" in order to build more features into the game. Strangely according to Eurogamer it appears that the European version of the game is still scheduled for release on March 30.

    Industry News
    Marvel have confirmed that after five games, Sega will no longer be developing and publishing titles based on the Marvel brand. That's somewhat surprising, but perhaps not when you see that the five games are among the worst in recent years including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: Super Soldier (which was easily the best of the five games) and Thor: God of Thunder. Marvel games are still being made by other companies including Spider-man at Activision.

    PS3 Review
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a brand new, original, RPG that actually looks and plays very well. Michael has played through this latest game from Electronic Arts and has done up the review. In short, it's an impressive release that should turn into a new franchise. Here's a review if EA's latest.

March 5, 2012

    Blu-Ray Review
    Sorcerer and the White Snake is Jet Li's latest movie which is based on a Chinese legend. This film is filled with action, visual effects, and wonderful imagery. Asian film fans should check this out.

March 3, 2012

    PS3 News
    Irrational Games have announced that Bioshock Infinite will release internationally on October 19, 2012 - three days after America. The game will indeed support the Playstation Move controller while the US release will include the original game as a freebie! Hopefully Europe and Australia will also get the brilliant original as well.

    If you have an Andriod or iOS device you may be happy to leard that Sony have just updated their Playstation App to version 1.3 so you can now receive all the latest PSVita news as well as some other tweaks no doubt.

    Pixeljunk 4am has been given a US release date of Spring 2012 (that would be our Autumn in Australia. The game uses a Playstation Move controller in some form of game/music hybrid. Whatever it is, make sure you check it out upon release, it should be stunning.

    The US Playstation Blog has posted up the list of games which most people have received Platinum Trophies in. It's an interesting list but dominated by the biggest selling games - it would have been more interesting to see the percentage of game owners/players that receivd a trophy. Still, here it is...

      1.Assassin’s Creed II
      2.Modern Warfare 2
      3.Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
      4.God of War 3
      5.Resident Evil 5
      6.inFamous
      7.Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
      8.God of War (GoW HD Collection)
      9.Borderlands
      10.Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (The Sly Collection)

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