Archive for February, 2008

Big WillyAt last the next sequel in the Destroy All Humans series has been unleashed! To be redundant, it’s called: Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed! Yes, that’s right, kids. As of today you can order this tasty sequel for the PSP and the Wii (exclusively) and delight in the discontinuation of the human race.

You can again unleash destruction in an open world setting! But this time you can do it in 3 ways: on foot as Crypto, in the air (UFO) or in the Big Willy Mech! There are 5 different environments to explore: Harbor City, Fairfield, Vietnmahl, Fantasy Island & Antarctica.

As predicted by members of this site, the game takes place in the early 70s. Crypto and Pox have started a fast food restaurant and their mascot is a large boy called “Willy” and the secret recipe includes Soylent Green! OK, it’s not actually called Soylent Green as far as I can tell. However! The reference indicates that the recipe does call for people… or at least their flesh. And a new arch-nemesis has been created called: Colonel Kluckin. The Colonel finds out their secret recipe and Pox makes a Furon war machine disguised as a giant robot version of Big Willy (the aforementioned mascot of the restaurant).

There is another sequel already in the works entitled: Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon which will be set in the late 70s and is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PS3. It’s release date is Mid-June of this year.

Posted by Madaracs on 02.26.08
Posted under: Console, Handheld, New Games

Last October Electronic Arts out of Redwood, CA purchased two reputable game companies putting their company in the lead on the NY Stock Exchange. Recently that lead has waned with competition from Take-Two Interactive, another large player in the video gaming world. You might have heard of them. Under their RockStar development group they produce a little game called: Grand Theft Auto.

EA has just bid Two Billion dollars to purchase this rival.

Last year’s October purchase of BioWare and Pandemic Studios added the following games to EA’s arsenal:

From BioWare:

  • Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  • Dragon Age
  • Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO)
  • New Next Gen Game
  • LucasArts/BioWare Interactive Product
  • Neverwinter Nights Series
  • Mass Effect
  • Jade Empire
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Baldur’s Gate Series
  • MDK2 Series
  • Shattered Steel

From Pandemic:

  • Full Spectrum Warrior™
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • Triple Play 2002
  • Army Men RTS
  • Dark Reign 2
  • Battlezone II
  • Saboteur
  • Mercenaries Series
  • Destroy All Humans Series
  • Full Spectrum Warrior Series
  • Star Wars Battlefront Series

If the $2,000,000,000 take over were to go through, EA would have controlling stock in games like:

  • The Manhunt Series
  • Bully
  • Actually, Rockstar Games alone account for:
    • Table Tennis
    • Midnight Club Series
    • Grand Theft Auto Series
    • Smuggler’s Run Series
    • The Italian Job
    • Max Payne Series
    • The Aforementioned Bully
  • BioShock
  • All-Pro Football 2K8
  • The Darkness
  • and more…

Times Online Link
PSExtreme Article

Posted by Madaracs on
Posted under: Computer, Console, General & News, New Games

I’ve never played Portal but I was reading a blog entry by Pocket Frenzy on about an apparently lame game Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Death–or something like that–when she suddenly paused to give props to Portal. This video was featured on her site and I couldn’t stop laughing even though I’ve not seen the game. The War Games reference alone about made me pee. Be advised: You may want to turn your volume down or wear headphones if you’re at work.

Posted by Madaracs on
Posted under: Computer, Retro
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WiiFitAt the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last Wednesday, Nintendo announced a new game for its leading console: Wii Fit. What? A console which already battles sedentary gaming is adding a product that will improve your health too?

Wii Fit comes bundled with a wireless Balance Board “controller” with which you can stretch, exercise and even try out ya ya ya ya-Yoga! WiiFit includes mini-games that test your hand eye coordination with Soccer-related challenges, Marbles and Down-Hill skiing. Additionally, it adds the Wii Fit channel to the already large list of channels on the Wii Conole. The channel allows users to check in and track fitness progress by weight and body mass index (also known as BMI).

Although originally rumored to come out in January this year, WiiFit will be available May 19th. In addition to WiiFit, Nintendo announced WiiWare–a digital distribution game service set to launch May 12th allowing gamers to download new games directly to the console–some of which are said to include episodic content. This is different than the Virtual Console which has existed since its incept.

Posted by Madaracs on 02.23.08
Posted under: Console

Recipe for success: one part Pole Position, one part Bejeweled , one part Dance Dance Revolution, your MP3/CD collection then mix well and release on Steam as Audiosurf. I’ve been playing it constantly for about almost a week and have to say that I have not played a simple game that is quite this addictive in a long time.

The game play really is a mash-up of all of the influences I mentioned. You start by selecting a “Character” from a selection of 14 of widely varying types, then select a music track (MP3, AAC (unprotected), WMA (unprotected), OGG, Flac, or Audio CD) to generate the “track” that you will be playing on. The game analyzes the music file that you selected and the track that is built is based on the instrumentation, tempo, and volume of the music. Then you use the character selected to play the track in a way that is strongly reminiscent of Pole Position except in three dimensions with some pretty trippy graphics. The Bejeweled like aspects are a bit more difficult to describe accurately and you’re better off downloading the free demo and taking a few rides to see how you like it.

At $10 it’s well worth the purchase especially since it also includes the Orange Box soundtrack which will set you back about the same amount from most legal sources. To support such inventive game design it’s worth a whole lot more.

Posted by Cavorter on 02.22.08
Posted under: Computer, New Games