Monthly Archives: November 2010

Venetica Screens

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Blimp: The Flying Adventures Screens

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Blimp: The Flying Adventures Screens” was posted on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:24:00 -0800

CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars Screens

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CellFactor: Psychokinetic Wars Screens” was posted on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:18:06 -0800

EA not interested in buying Harmonix

Publisher’s CEO likens theoretical purchase to catching a falling knife, says it would look like EA was “doubling down on yesterday.”

 

When Viacom announced plans to sell off Dance Central developer Harmonix earlier this month, speculation rose about possible purchasers. One oft-suggested suitor was Electronic Arts, distributor of Harmonix’s Rock Band games through its EA Partners program.


Yesterday, all Harmonix’s problems seemed so far away’

EA CEO John Riccitiello put an end to that particular piece of speculation this week in an interview with Bloomberg. The executive told the news service his company was moving in a different strategic direction for a number of reasons, one of them being the way investors would perceive such an investment in the flagging rhythm genre.

“We’re still out of favor,” Riccitiello said. “Moves that look like I’m doubling down on yesterday would make it harder still to convince investors that tomorrow is the Promised Land.”

After peaking at $1.66 billion in US retail sales over 2008, rhythm game sales deteriorated to $876 million in 2009. This year is shaping up even worse for the genre, totaling just $158 million over through September.

EA’s most recent acquisitions have been in upwardly trending areas, as the company purchased social game developer Playfish just over a year ago, and iOS publisher Chillingo last month. As for Harmonix, Riccitiello suggested that someone would take a chance on picking up the studio.

“I’m sure some smart investor will buy the business feeling that they can catch a falling knife,” Riccitiello said, “but more people have been cut trying to catch falling knives than have benefitted from getting the timing exactly right.”

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EA not interested in buying Harmonix” was posted by Brendan Sinclair on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:06:09 -0800

Splatterhouse Review

All the gore in the world can’t disguise Splatterhouse’s laundry list of clumsy mechanics.

     

Score: 4.5 / poor

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Splatterhouse Review” was posted by Kevin VanOrd on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:23:18 -0800

Crazy Taxi Screens

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Crazy Taxi Screens” was posted on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:24:00 -0800

Driver studio hit by layoffs – Report

Nearly 12 may be let go as Ubisoft Reflections reorganizes post-Driver: San Francisco delay.

 

Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced that it was delaying Driver: San Francisco, the latest installment in the long-running driving-action series. Now, it appears that there have been layoffs at the studio behind the game, Ubisoft Reflections.


Up to 19 Ubisoft Reflections staffers may be hitting the road.

According to a Develop magazine report, Ubisoft has confirmed that as many as a dozen studio members may be let go as a result of a reorganization. Sources inside the studio say the number of jobs in jeopardy may be as high as 19, and that management is still mulling where to make the cuts. Ubisoft acquired Reflections in 2006 when it purchased the Driver franchise from Atari.

Driver: San Francisco will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, and Mac sometime during Ubisoft’s next fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2011. It will also be a throwback to previous installments in the franchise, featuring a matchup between original protagonist John Tanner and Driver 2 antagonist Charles Jericho. Plot-wise, Tanner, a hard-boiled detective behind the wheel of a 1970s-era Shelby GT500, is on the hunt for Jericho, and the two engage in vehicular duels on the streets of the titular hilly California city.

As detailed in Ubisoft’s press conference, the game will include more than 100 licensed vehicles, all of which are subject to damage. The game will also feature a supernatural element, as Tanner is apparently pursuing his mark from the confines of a coma. Tanner’s situation impacts gameplay, as players will be able to pause time to hop to a new vehicle on the fly, as well as take a bird’s-eye view of the city to jump to various locations.

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Driver studio hit by layoffs – Report” was posted by Tor Thorsen on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:56:07 -0800

New Releases: November 28 – December 4, 2010

This week’s new releases include an epic mouse and some off-road racing!

 

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New Releases: November 28 – December 4, 2010” was posted by Jan on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:57:46 -0800

Shippin’ Out Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Epic Mickey, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

New release slate led by Junction Point’s Disney mascot platformer for Wii, DS role-playing game; other new titles out include Nail’d, Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos.

 

Last week’s new release schedule was championed by two hotly hyped exclusives: Gran Turismo 5 and Donkey Kong Country Returns. This week follows that up with two long awaited system exclusives of its own.

Leading the charge this week is Junction Point’s Wii-exclusive Disney Epic Mickey. Due out on Tuesday, the title combines elements of the action adventure, role-playing, and platforming genres. Epic Mickey sees Disney’s storied mouse braving the dreary bluffs of the Wasteland, an alternate dimension populated by a variety of characters from Disney’s stable. Mickey must restore the Wasteland with the aid of his trusty paint brush. With the tool, players are able to alter the way the world looks, painting in some areas while thinning others.


Mickey Mouse grabs the paint brush this week.

Carrying a $50 price tag for the standard edition, Epic Mickey will also be available in a $70 package. The collector’s edition includes a 5-inch Epic Mickey figurine, an Epic Mickey-themed skin for the Wii, and a behind-the-scenes bonus video.

Gamers looking to take their gaming on-the-go this week can pick up Golden Sun: Dark Dawn exclusively for the DS. Dark Dawn asks players to save a reborn world from impending catastrophe with the help of Djinn. The Djinn are magical spirits that can be used to call upon the power of gods, whether it’s to wipe out enemies or circumvent obstacles and solve puzzles. The third game in the Golden Sun series, Dark Dawn is set 30 years after the events of the original Game Boy Advance titles in the series.

Racing fans this week can pick up Nail’d, a multiplatform title due out on Tuesday from Deep Silver. Nail’d marks the publisher’s first foray into the offroad racing genre, and lets players speed around numerous environments either in the seat of an ATV or a dirt bike. Gamers will compete in areas like the Mediterranean seafront, a misty wooded forest, an arctic glacier, and an active volcano.


Nail’d it!

Those willing to put their life on the line to catch crabs can pick up Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos this week for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. From Crave, the title is based on the popular television show, and follows 2008’s coldly received Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm. Sea of Chaos sports 10 distinct campaign options, where players must tackle a number of feats including going head-to-head against Captain Sig Hansen’s Northwestern to see who can catch the most crab in a single season when there are no other boats on the water. The title also includes a number of minigames, where players will collect crab pots, unload the haul, and finally sort the crustaceans.

For further details on the week’s games, visit GameSpot’s New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29
7 Wonders II–DS–Avanquest Software
Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos–PS3, Wii, X360–Crave
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn–Nintendo
Sniper Elite–Wii–Reef Entertainment

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Create–Mac–EA Games
Dead Nation–PS3–SCEA
Disney Epic Mickey–Wii–Disney Interactive Studios
Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure–PS3–Take-Two Interactive
Dungeon Defenders–PC–Reverb
EVE Online: Incursion–PC–CCP
Frenzic–DS–The Iconfactory
Funky Lab Rat–PS3–Hydravision
Hello Kitty Seasons–Wii–Zoo Games
Mystery P.I. New York–PC–PopCap
Nail’d–PS3, X360, PC–Deep Silver
Shawn Johnson Gymnastics–DS–Zoo Games
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destinty–PC–JoWooD Entertainment AG
Super Meat Boy–Mac–Team Meat
Super Meat Boy–PC–Team Meat
WinX Club: Rockstars–DS–Namco Bandai Games

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1
Unbound Saga–X360–Vogster Entertainment LLC

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
RUSH–PC–Two Tribes

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Shippin’ Out Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Epic Mickey, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:38:14 -0800

PDC World Championship Darts: Pro Tour Gameplay Movie 6

Our match comes live from Bolton, UK. With fashionable entrances excluding beer.

 

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PDC World Championship Darts: Pro Tour Gameplay Movie 6” was posted by alastairs on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:32:17 -0800