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3DS & PS Vita Go Head To Head At TGS, Final Fantasy X HD Confirmed And More

The Tokyo Games Show has been taking place over the last few days, and as one might expect, most of the big news has come from Japan’s two big hitters in the industry, Sony and Nintendo. With a lot of the focus being on the respective handheld consoles the two companies have on sale, this could be an interesting read fro those who like gaming on the go.

  • It was Nintendo who had their conference first, so I’ll start with them. It seems that the Big N are very keen to drive on with the recent rise of sales for the 3DS, following price cuts around the world, and address the lack of quality titles currently available for the system. Before the conference they confirmed Mario Tennis 3DS (which will make use of gyro controls), Monster Hunter 4 and a co-op Fire Emblem 3DS game, while during the actual conference Square Enix announced a new 3DS RPG (bizarrely called Bravery Default Flying Fairy…). Nintendo also revealed a new pink colour job for the 3DS – clearly designed to attract more female gamers methinks.
  • The big news as far as the hardware itself is confirmed is that the second analogue stick add-on is indeed real. The controversial add-on will be released in Japanon the 10thDecember for 1,500 yen, and will require one AAA battery to work…and a 3DS to attach it to. Not all of the titles that have already been released will be compatible with the add on though. Smooth moves Nintendo. You’ll also finally be able to record videos in 3D following a system update due this November.

    Really should have been implemented for a start to be honest
  • Nintendo also released a smattering of new information for titles already confirmed for the 3DS. Amongst the headlines, Metal Mario and Latiku have been confirmed as playable characters in Mario Kart 7, which will also include a first person mode not seen before in the Mario Kart series. Super Mario 3D Land, Paper Mario 3DS and Metal Gear Solid 3DS also got new trailers and gameplay footage. So basically, if you have a 3DS, it will not be until December time that you will really be able to start maximising the full potential of your console.
  • And so now onto Sony’s conference. The first big headline is the release date for the PS Vita: December 17th in Japan. The handheld will release with 26 launch titles, including Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Ridge Racer and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. On top of this, Sony have made the bold promise of having 100 titles available around the launch window. This would make it one of the strongest launches for any console that I can remember. In a disappointing side note, the PS Vita’s battery life will only last for about five hours before it needs recharging. For more details and all the tech specs for the Vita, hit this link.
  • And then suddenly out of nowhere – FINAL FANTASY X IS TO GET A HD REMAKE????? Yep, in a move that no-one anticipated, it was revealed that for the 10th anniversary of the game it will be getting the full HD treatment (as quite a few PS2 games are doing nowadays) and will be available on the PS3 and the PS Vita. Not worth buying a PS3 for, but I must say I am jealous. Click here to read my review of the original on the PS2.
  • To roundup Sony, they gave out figures of how many PS3’s have been sold worldwide since its release – the answer is 52 million. As a Xbox 360 owner, I find it very interesting to see how markedly the gap between the 360 and PS3 has dropped in terms of sales figures over the last two years – they are both still light years behind the Wii in this generation though in overall sales.
  • As I write, Final Fantasy XIII-2 has got its international release dates confirmed: December 15th in Japan, January 31st in America, and February 2ndin Europe. They are also releasing a special edition 320GB PS3 with the game in Japan; no word on whether anyone else will get their hands on it

    Looks pretty swish if you ask me
  • Halo Anniversary will be getting a Halo 2 map for its multiplayer mode, and that map is Headlong. It will be renamed ‘Breakneck’, and will get the visual spit and polish that comes with the Halo Reach engine. Could this mean the possibility of more Halo 2 maps in the future for either Anniversary or Reach?
  • THQ have revealed a bit more about how you will be able to customise WWE 12 to your own taste. Alongside the traditional creation modes for wrestlers, storylines, finishers and entrances, you can now also create your own arena – so if you want to recreate a vintage WCW or nWo arena, you now can.
  • The excellent Red Dead Redemption is to get a Game Of The Year Edition featuring all of the DLC released for the game, set for release on October 14th. If you can’t wait that long, then Take Two have announced that Civilization V will also be getting the GOTY treatment on the 27th September, with a full digital soundtrack and all of the DLC released for the game. 

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EA Impress At GamesCom With Battlefield, Mass Effect & FIFA, 20 Minutes Of Gears Of War 3 Footage + Six More New Stories

It’s typical. I decide to delay the news for one day, and then EA amongst others drop multiple bombs at the GamesCom conference in Germany. Oh well, means I’ve got more to write about – and believe me, this stuff is sehr gut (very good, as the Germans would say). Let’s crack on:

  • The most pertinent thing to discuss is Battlefield 3, and how it has played a massive trump card today. After announcing the addition of co-op gameplay (which seem to be missions separate from the main storyline retaining all the features of normal gameplay) and demonstrating a mission live to the GamesCom audience, they showed off some frankly unbelievable multiplayer footage: the amount of stuff going on in the video is crazy, featuring your standard gun and run action, but with plenty of tanks and other vehicles to keep you occupied.

And jets. So many jets. Continue reading EA Impress At GamesCom With Battlefield, Mass Effect & FIFA, 20 Minutes Of Gears Of War 3 Footage + Six More New Stories

Dazcooke’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Games For Winter 2011

After a long summer lull where Zumba Fitness has enjoyed a jaw-dropping eight weeks at the top of the game charts, the games industry explodes this fall in what must be said is the most promising, and certainly one of the most competitive, winter seasons for gaming in many years. There are some absolutely top quality titles coming out, and quite simply in this article I am counting down my Top 20 most eagerly anticipated games for the next few months.

Just a few of the games looking to take your money this year

20 – Need For Speed: The Run – 15th November

Once upon a time, Need For Speed was the undisputed king of the Christmas sales list; the two Underground games and the fantastic Most Wanted dominated their respective years, but then the series took a turn for the worse with Carbon, before ProStreet (which I had completely forgotten existed) and Underground performed poorly. Criterion’s reboot last year, Hot Pursuit, was a welcome return to form, and now we have The Run, the first game in the series to include on foot segments. Hopefully it will continue Criterion’s good work. Continue reading Dazcooke’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Games For Winter 2011

Nintendo Announces 3DS Price Cuts, Resident Evil HD Remakes Priced And Dated & Free DLC For Red Dead Redemption

Have some delicious gaming news (relatively) hot off the press

  • The big news for the week has been from Nintendo, who have announced big price cuts for its 3DS, the handheld console which was released earlier this year. On August 12th, the price in the US will drop from $249 to $169.99, while EU countries and the UK will get price cuts of ‘approximately one third’. This move comes after quite disappointing hardware sales of just 0.7 million units in the past three months, and 4.53 million units overall since its release in Japan in February, despite positive reviews for titles such as Ocarina Of Time 3DS. There have also been a recent spate of delays from 3DS games, including Metal Gear Solid 3DS, which have affected confidence in gamers looking to purchase a 3DS. Nintendo did rally back however, by telling everyone who has already bought a 3DS that they will be rewarded for their early support by getting 20 free games (10 NES titles including Super Mario Bros and The Legend Of Zelda, and 10 Game Boy Advance titles including Yoshi’s Island and Mario Kart: Super Circuit) if they connect to the Nintendo eShop before August 11th, and by announcing the release dates for two big 3DS titles; Super Mario 3D Land which will arrive in November, and Mario Kart 7 (previously called Mario Kart 3DS) which will be a December release. It’s certainly a bold move by Nintendo to cut prices so early in the console’s life span, clearly the 3DS hasn’t caught on as they would have hoped (compared to the DS which sold like hotcakes) and they have taken early evasive action. One wonders if the 3DS will be simply swamped out over the upcoming period of massive releases for home consoles though. Keep an eye on Nintendo’s balance sheets to see if it works out for them.
  • 343 Industries, the people who are handling the eagerly awaited Halo Anniversary HD in Bungie’s wake, have showed off a video showing the new graphics engine in action, with a quick run through of the famous ‘Silent Cartographer’ level. I do have to admit that it looks bloody good, and the opportunity to switch between classic graphics and the HD remastery is a very impressive feature and really shows how much of an improvement has been made over the past decade. You can pick it up on November 15th, £34.99 RRP.
  • Bioware have made some incredibly bold claims over the past week at Comic Con with regards to their upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. During an open panel, it was claimed that the game will still be going strong in 2025 (that’s over a decade away by the way), and that there will be over 500 world by that point; to put that into context there will be 19 main worlds when you get the game. Genuine aspiration or bullshit claims? I think the latter to be honest. It still hasn’t stopped people pre-ordering it by the shedload however, and it will no doubt be a challenger to World Of Warcraft in the short term at least. You can watch this video to see all the eight classes in action in game.
  • Resident Evil 4 HD and Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD have been given release dates and prices: they will be available in both digital and disc form on the 20th and 27th of September respectively, and will cost 1600 MSP on Xbox Live and £15.99 on PSN.
  • In order to build up hype for Batman: Arkham City (as if it needed any), some viral videos have been released over the last few days. They involve Professor Hugo Strange interviewing several of the Dark Knight’s enemies, including The Penguin, The Riddler and The Joker (in a similar way to the patient tapes you could find in Arkham Asylum). Not much in the way of plot has been revealed by these tapes, but one can at least appreciate the quality voice acting, even if Penguin’s cockney accent is a bit strange to hear for the first time.
  • As a reward to all its fans, Rockstar Games have announced that the excellent Red Dead Redemption will be getting another DLC pack in September; called ‘Myths and Mavericks’, it will involve new locations for multiplayer matches and reset the Undead Overrun multiplayer settings. Best of all, its free. Cheers Rockstar.
  • Finally (no catchphrase intended), anyone who pre-orders WWE ’12, THQ’s upcoming wrestling game, will get The Rock as a bonus character. The Rock has been a regular character in every Smackdown vs Raw game, and one would assume he will become standard DLC once the game is released.

Tonight I will finally get round to posting up my review of Crash Team Racing, and I will get round to reviewing Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence some time this week. Cheers for reading.