Monthly Archives: October 2010

Shippin’ Out Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Kinect, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, GoldenEye, James Bond: Blood Stone

Plentiful new release slate sees Microsoft’s full-body motion control tech and launch titles hit shelves; portable Kratos adventure, pair of 007 titles round out the week.

 

Last week’s new release roster included heavyweights Rock Band 3, Fable III, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. This week the ante is upped even further.

Leading the pack this week is Microsoft’s full-body motion control technology, Kinect, and a smattering of launch titles for it. The camera controller goes on sale Thursday, November 4 for $150 by itself (Kinect Adventures included), and in Xbox 360 bundles starting at $299. According to a recent poll, Kinect is pegged to be a “big winner” this holiday, with Microsoft expecting to sell more than 3 million units by year’s end.


Kinect is finally ready for its close up.

The list of launch titles for Kinect runs 17 deep, and includes titles like Harmonix’s Dance Central (see video at bottom), Microsoft’s Kinectimals, as well as games like Konami’s MotionSports and Sega’s Sonic Free Riders.

Also releasing this week is God of War: Ghost of Sparta. The latest PSP-exclusive installment in the multimillion selling PlayStation-exclusive franchise will also be available as part of hardware bundle. The God of War: Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack contains the game, a two-tone red and black PSP-3000, a download voucher for God of War: Chains of Olympus, a copy of recent comic-book action movie Kick-Ass on UMD, and a 2GB Memory Stick Duo.

Ghost of Sparta is the second God of War game to be released on Sony’s portable. The title was developed at Irvine, California-based Ready at Dawn, which also handled development duties for Chains of Olympus.


The ghost of Sparta comes to life on Tuesday.

While the fate of the James Bond film franchise remains uncertain, there are two video games attached to the series due out this week. GoldenEye 007 hits the Wii exclusively on Tuesday, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone comes to the PC, DS, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on the same day.

Although GoldenEye 007 bears the same title as the Nintendo 64 title it’s based on, the new Wii title is not a simple remake of the intensely popular original. On top of a new single-player campaign starring Daniel Craig, Goldeneye 007 will also include online multiplayer, a functionality its N64 cousin could not offer. In addition, players will be able to take part in 16 game modes, including GoldenEye 007 N64 favorites Paintball, Melee Only, and You Only Live Twice. On top of that, players can square off against each other in the game’s adversarial modes, with the roster including eight characters from the revered Bond classic, as well as 40 other unnamed virtual soldiers.

The other Bond game due out on Tuesday is James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Developed by Bizarre Creations (Blur, Project Gotham Racing series), the title stars Daniel Craig as the international superspy, and features hand-to-hand combat, cover-based shooting, and driving sequences.

The single-player game will feature a brand new story spanning Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, and Bangkok, with both land and sea-based action. Blood Stone also sports 16-player multiplayer modes based around spies versus mercenaries team play.


Joss Stone has a license to thrill.

Blood Stone will also feature the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Joss Stone. As well as appearing in the game, Stone will be providing an original musical track, titled “I’ll Take It All”, written and performed by her and Dave Stewart. Development of the DS version is being handled by n-Space.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Chuck E. Cheese’s Game Room–DS–UFO Interactive
Chuck E. Cheese’s Playhouse–DS–UFO Interactive
Haunted Domains–MAC, PC–Alawar Entertainment, Inc.
Hello Kitty Party–DS–Majesco Games
Learning to Spell–DS–505 Games
Monopoly Streets–X360, Wii, PS3–Electronic Arts
Pokepark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure–Wii–Nintendo
Robox–Wii–Dreambox Games
Sushi Bar Express–PC–Xing Interactive
Tommy Tronic–PC–Oasis Games
World Championship Spelling–DS–505 Games

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Back to School–Wii, DS–THQ
Art of Murder: FBI Top Secret–DS–City Interactive
Atari’s Greatest Hits Volume 1–DS–Atari
Auditorium–PS3, X360–Zoo Games
Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike–Wii–Ubisoft
Blood Drive–PS3, X360–Activision
Busy Scissors–DS–Little Orbit
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011–Wii–Activision
Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure–PS2–Take-Two Interactive
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2–X360, PS3-Namco Bandai Games
Eye Pet–PSP–SCEA
Family Party: 90 Great Games Party Pack–Wii–D3Publisher
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage–PS3, X360–Tecmo
God of War: Ghost of Sparta–PSP–SCEA
Goldeneye 007–DS, Wii–Activision
Imagine Fashion Stylist–DS–Ubisoft
James Bond 007: Blood Stone–DS, PC, PS3, X360–Activision
Jeopardy–DS, Wii–THQ
Megamind: Team Unite–Wii–THQ
Megamind: The Blue Defender–PSP, DS–THQ
Megamind: Ultimate Showdown–PS3, X360–THQ
Mercury Limited Edition Bundle–PSP–Ignition Entertainment
Minute to Win It–Wii–Zoo Games
Noah’s Ark–DS–SouthPeak Games
Penguins of Madagascar–DS–THQ
Petz Nursery 2–DS–Ubisoft
Pro Evolution Soccer–PSP, PS2–Konami
Remington Super Slam Hunting Africa–Wii–Mastiff
The Amazing Race–Wii–Ubisoft
Toy Story 3–PS3–Disney Interactive Studios
Wheel of Fortune–DS, Wii–THQ
Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament–PS3, X360–RTL
Witches & Vampires: Secrets of Ashburry–DS–Crave
Ys: The Oath of Felghana–PSP–Xseed Games

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match–X360–SNK Playmore

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Adrenalin Misfits–X360–Konami
Dance Central–X360–Microsoft Game Studios
Dance Masters–X360–Konami
Fighters Uncaged–X360–Ubisoft
Kinect Adventures–X360–Microsoft Game Studios
Kinect Joyride–X360–Microsoft Game Studios
Kinect Sports–X360–Microsoft Game Studios
Kinectimals–X360–Microsoft Game Studios
MotionSports–X360–Ubisoft
Sonic Free Riders–X360–Sega
The Biggest Loser Challenge–Wii–THQ
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout–X360–THQ
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved–X360–Ubisoft

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Babysitting Mama–Wii–Majesco Games
Football Manager Handheld 2011–PSP–Sega
Football Manger 2011–MAC–Sega

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Shippin’ Out Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Kinect, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, GoldenEye, James Bond: Blood Stone” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:26:32 -0700

Duke Nukem Forever Interview with Randy Pitchford and Steve Gibson

GameSpot AU sit down with Randy Pitchford and Steve Gibson to talk at length about showing Duke off, how much of Gearbox is in Duke Nukem Forever, their opinions on how the game will fare in the current era of shooters, and more.

 

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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 – Table Smack Gameplay Movie

From the ring to the floor, tables enter the match.

 

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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 – Diva’s Gameplay Movie

The ladies go flying out of the ring before a rope break.

 

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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 – Royal Rumble Gameplay Movie

Every man for themself as the Royal Rumble heats up.

 

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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 Review

Smackdown vs. Raw is showing its age, but there’s plenty of fight left in this old superstar.

     

Score: 7.0 / good

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WWE Smackdown VS Raw 2011 Video Review

Join us while Chris Watters jumps in the ring and reviews WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011.

 

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DC Universe Online Screens

6 new shots posted.

     

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This Week in New Releases – Oct. 31-Nov. 6

This week we Kinect, rage through mythology, and become international spies.

 

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The Last Word: October 25-29

Fable III and Rock Band 3 reviews, Donkey Kong and Dragon Age II previews, Sony and Nintendo earnings reports, and a marathon Kinect session in Now Playing.

 

The GameSpot office was abuzz with activity this week, which saw reviews of some of the highest-profile games of the year, including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and Fable III. There was news aplenty thanks to such events as the shock resignations of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Take-Two CEO Bed Feder. The previews crew got a look at upcoming titles from Nintendo and BioWare, and the video crew had a marathon session of Now Playing featuring Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system.


Keiji Inafune is now a free agent.

THE LAST WORD: OCOTBER 25-29

NEW RELEASES
Shippin’ Out Oct. 24-30: Fable III, Force Unleashed II, Rock Band 3
Red Dead Redemption zombies DLC creeps onto XBLA
Rockstar’s Red Dead zombies, Zombie’s Blacklight: Tango Down hit PSN
Bit.Trip Fate shoots up WiiWare

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NEWS
It was a busy week at the newsdesk, starting with write-ups from BlizzCon 2010 and ending with earnings from some of the biggest names in gaming, including Sega Sammy, Capcom, and Sony. Sandwiched in the middle was Microsoft’s own stellar earnings report, which revealed that Halo: Reach has generated over $350 million. Nintendo posted a rare loss, thanks to slowing Wii and DS sales and harsh exchange rates. Finally, the PSP Go got a $50 price cut the same week the PlayStation 2 celebrated its 10th anniversary in North America.

Nintendo posts six-month loss, Wii sales near 76 million

Sony posts $385 million quarterly profit, PSP sales down 50%

PSP Go now $200

Keiji Inafune resigns from Capcom

Take-Two CEO resigns, chairman taking over

ZeniMax acquires Shinji Mikami studio

320GB PS3 soon to be sold solo

Capcom’s six-month revs up, profits down

Killzone 3 limited edition packs in replica Helghast mask

First Kinect cost $30,000

PlayStation Rewards announced

Core Kinect games incoming

PS2 celebrates 10 years in North America

46,000 Wii Remotes sold every day in US

Diablo III design disassembled

Blizzard balances Starcraft II

How to play Starcraft II like a pro

Big in Japan Oct. 18-24: Super Mario All-Stars

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PREVIEWS
This week, the GameSpot previews team journeyed into the jungles with an extensive look at Donkey Kong Country Returns. The Super Nintendo classic is being reimagined by the same studio that brought people the Metroid Prime series, so hopes are high for this upcoming platformer. The team also ventured into the dark fantasy world of Dragon Age II with a preview focused on the changes made to the rogue class. And finally, be sure to have a look at GameSpot’s hands-on preview of The UnderGarden, an atmospheric 2D side-scroller with echoes of PixelJunk Eden and Flower.

Donkey Kong Country Returns Hands-On – Going Cross-Country

Dragon Age II Updated Hands-On – Spotlighting the Rogue

The UnderGarden Hands-On

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REVIEWS
The GameSpot reviews team has had another busy week, not only working on the reviews that you see listed below, but also getting started on reviews for a handful of the 12 Kinect games that are launching next week alongside Microsoft’s new hardware. Those reviews are under embargo until November 4, so apologies in advance for our not being able to deliver our verdicts on them in time for you to factor them into your preorder decisions. Other reviews to watch out for next week include GoldenEye 007, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, and The Fight: Lights Out. But forget about the future; get with the now:

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP)
Review


Fable III (X360) Review

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP)
Review


Just Dance 2 (Wii) Review

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm
2 (PS3, X360) Review

Red Dead
Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3, X360) Review


Rock Band 3 (X360) Review

Shaun White Skateboarding (X360)
Review


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PS3,
X360) Review


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PC)
Review


The Shoot (PS3) Review

The Sims 3 (PS3, X360) Review

Time Crisis: Razing Storm (PS3) Review

TV Superstars (PS3) Review

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (PS3, X360) Review

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VIDEO
The video team at GameSpot had another awesome week of video reviews. Kevin VanOrd brandished his lightsabers with The Force Unleashed II, Tom McShea jumped into the kingdom of Albion with Fable III, Chris Watters rocked his way through Rock Band 3, and Justin Calvert put the dead back in their grave in the Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare DLC review. GameSpot also talked with Tasha Harris about Costume Quest for an episode of Behind the Games. Today On the Spot featured games like Killzone 3, Section 8: Prejudice, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and more! GameSpot also got the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 and showed off a handful of games during our latest episode of Now Playing.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Video Review

Fable III Video Review

Rock Band 3 Video Review

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Video Review

GameSpot Presents: Now Playing – Microsoft Kinect

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The Last Word: October 25-29” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:29:15 -0700