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THQ Cleaning House And Closing Studios?
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Monday, November 03, 2008 4:56 PM

According to Wired's Game|Life, THQ is rumored to be shutting down five of its internal development studios. Wired claims:

"The official developer list has been removed without warning, replaced with a list that includes 5 fewer studios than the previous version. Presumably we'll hear some official confirmation on THQ's plans when the publisher reveals its quarterly financial reports this Wednesday."

 

THQ's critics point out that the company's recent offerings have been weak outside of its successful WWE and Nickelodeon games. An uneven portfolio combined with current economic conditions make this a tough time to be releasing risky titles, especially original franchises. It'll be interesting to see what announcements are included in THQ's financial report on Wednesday.

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Tecmo's Team Ninja Speaks On The Post Itagaki Era
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Monday, November 03, 2008 4:03 PM

Gamasutra has an interesting interview with two producers from Tecmo's Team Ninja (best known for the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive series). As many of you know, Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki left the company amidst scandal and controversy. The move was particularly unusual for a Japanese developer, where brash and outspoken personalities are definitely not the norm. Gamasutra talks with Hitoshi Hasegawa and Yosuke Hayashi about the post-Itagaki era at Team Ninja, development philosophy differences on the three major consoles, and its experiment on the Nintendo DS. Here are some interesting tidbits.

On what Team Ninja has been up since Itagaki's departure, Hasegawa said:

"We've been taking some time reformatting and reorganizing our team around, but one thing for sure is that we know what our focus and our concentration and our team goals and objectives are. We've been using time recently in order to make sure that that's what we want to do, and continue to work on existing and future projects."

On Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword's tepid reaction in North America, Hayashi said:

"As a product from a development, concept, and content standpoint, the team is very happy and satisfied with what we were able to achieve and put in the final product. However, we do feel that we fell a little short in trying to communicate that, and have more gamers play what we were able to put in that final product.

It just wasn't the right sort of natural chemistry. It wasn't enough. But we're up for those kinds of challenges, to provide a new and unique way of playing for a given console. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword was a perfect example of that, in providing a hardcore action game experience on a portable machine. That was our challenge at the time, but we'll continue to look at similar challenges in the future."


On developing games exclusively for one console, Hayashi said:

"I agree that if we work exclusively with one console that the final product will be a better game than if we were to create it simultaneously for multiple platforms.

Each system has its own philosophy behind it, so it's a matter if you can concentrate and focus 100 percent to adapt to that, or if you're going to have to balance that out with other titles."

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'Left 4 Dead' Intro Movie Runs Like Hell
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 6:55 PM

Valve would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween this evening by sending us a video treat. The following is the intro movie for the highly-anticipated (and heavily pre-ordered) zombie, co-op FPS Left 4 Dead. Join the 4 survivors as they make their way through the infested city 2 weeks after the first infection.

Left 4 Dead infects the Xbox 360 and PC November 18th.

Left 4 Dead Intro Movie 

 


X-Play Web Exclusive: 'Gears of War 2' Behind The Scenes - Voice-Over Sessions
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 5:54 PM

While you sit around all weekend waiting for X-Play's Gears of War 2 Special, check out this Web Exclusive behind the scenes video, which takes a look at what goes into a voice-over session for a project as massive as Gears of War 2.

You'll see the actors in the booth delivering the lines that you'll see in the game when it releases on November 7, 2008. The Xbox 360 exclusive is definitely one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Remember, the X-Play Gears of War 2 Special airs Monday, November 3rd at 8PM ET with exclusive footage and interviews. Check out the awesome teaser for the special right here.

SPOILER WARNING: This footage contains Gears of War 2 spoilers.

 


Parrots Demo 'Tom Clancy's EndWar's Voice Command Feature
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 2:40 PM

Meet Polly and Walter, two parrots who have a knack for commanding tanks and troops using the voice-command feature in Tom Clancy's EndWar. Now if only we can speak as clearly as they can while shouting orders over our headsets.

Tom Clancy's EndWar ships November 4th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP and Nintendo DS followed by the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Parrots and Voice-Command


'Battlefield: Bad Company' Community Choice Adds Free DLC Maps
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 1:58 PM

In times of economic woes isn't great to hear the word FREE as much as possible?

Check out the 4 new battlegrounds released by EA yesterday for Battlefield: Bad Company (PS3, Xbox 360)Selected through the BF:BC community these babies won't cost you a penny. As you know this wily FPS has been out since June, but if you're a fan free DLC (w00t!) head on over to the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live marketplace to score your game a couple of freebies.

Battlefield: Bad Company Par For The Course Map

Battlefield: Bad Company Acta Non Verba Map

 

 

Battlefield: Bad Company Ghost Town

 

 

Battlefield: Bad Company Crossing Over



'Guitar Hero World Tour' Getting 'Quantum of Solace' Song As DLC
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 1:23 PM

In a brilliant stroke of corporate synergy, Activision will be releasing Jack White and Alicia Keys' song "Another Way to Die", which will be featured in the upcoming James Bond Film Quantum of Solace, as a downloadable track in Guitar Hero World Tour.

The news comes out of the invitation to the Quantum of Solace midnight launch event being held on Monday, November 3rd at the West Hollywood Best Buy store.

"Additionally, those in line at 10:00 PM will get the exclusive opportunity to be one of the first to play the Bond song “Another Way to Die” performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys which is soon-to-be-released as downloadable content for Activision’s Guitar Hero World Tour."

There will be prizes given away and the 136 Best Buy's around the nation will be holding similar events.

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'Rock Band' DLC Gets Political With The Presidents of the United States
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 12:58 PM

Everyone is jumping on the political bandwagon these days and Rock Band has some special election-themed DLC for you to enjoy next week with a few extras thrown in for good measure.

As rumored, starting on Tuesday, November 4th (November 6th for the PS3) you'll be able to download the following three tracks from The Presidents of the United States as a bundle for $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points) or $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) for each track.

  • "Dune Buggy"
  • "Feather Pluckn"
  • "Ladybug"

Harmonix will also release a track from Fall Out Boy's upcoming album Folie a Deux, which is set to release on December 16, 2008. The track, titled "I Don't Care" will be available for $.99 (80 MS Points) for just one month as a special deal.

Additionally, a track from Hinder, titled "Use Me", will also be available for the $.99 (80 MS Points) discounted price for a month.

Finally, the 20 free tracks will be made available next week, which feature up-and-coming bands from across all genres. You can find the list here.


'Gears of War 2' Special On X-Play Monday!
Posted By: Mike D'Alonzo - Friday, October 31, 2008 12:15 PM

This Monday, X-Play's assault of new games and special events continues, as we finally get our hands on Gears of War 2, and see what Marcus Fenix is up against this time. There will be video, exclusives, and interviews, as we go deep inside the game and show you what it's all about.

Here's the official preview:

"G4 TV takes X-Play on location to Epic Games in Cary, NC for a behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster sequel and will officially premiere the opening cinematic of Gears of War 2 in full HD glory. The Gears of War 2 X-Play episode debuts on Monday, Nov 3 at 8pm EST and re-airs each night throughout the week exclusively on G4 TV."

In the meantime, check out this preview of what the show's got in it. We think you're really going to like it.


'The Lord of the Rings: Conquest' Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 9:53 AM

In this new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, Pandemic offers us a generous helping of actual gameplay footage.  Similar in gameplay style to the Star Wars: Battlefront games of the past, this outing throws us into the legendary theater of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world.

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest makes its way to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC and DS January 13th 2009.

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Trailer


'Guitar Hero World Tour' Drum Fix Requires PC And Obscure Cable
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Friday, October 31, 2008 8:12 AM

RedOctane has released a fix for Guitar Hero World Tour's faulty drums. That's the good news. The bad news? The fix requires a PC (Windows XP/Vista) and a midi-USB cable. 


While it's nice that the company is providing a solution, a more user-friendly method would have been preferred. I'm guessing most of you don't have a midi-USB cable lying around. It looks like RedOctane will be providing the cable, though the site requires you to fill out a support ticket to get "information about how to obtain that cable." Instead of dolling out lord-knows-how-much money to A-Rod, Kobe, Tony Hawk, and Michael Phelps, perhaps Activision should have allocated more funds to QA so that this issue never popped up. It's fun looking through the retroscope, isn't?

If anyone has tried this fix, please leave a comment about your experience. A lot of people would like to know how it worked out for you.

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Obama And Palin Coming to 'Mercenaries 2' As Playable Characters
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:05 PM

Turns out that the rumors were true! Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are indeed coming to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames as playable characters in an upcoming update.

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in Mercenaries 2

Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb revealed the news just moments ago on X-Play in the Gaming Update.

Tom Stratton of Pandemic Studios gave the following statement to X-Play:

"Mercenaries 2 is a game seemingly ripped straight out of today's headlines and fueled with the same type of over-the-top action found in the best summer blockbuster films. It only makes sense we inject the game with a spin on current affairs. The timing was too good to let pass.

If you missed the Gaming Update where the story broke, you can find that video under the cut.



'Mirror's Edge' Hands-On And All-Access Videos
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:04 PM

Haven't been able to get your hands on the Mirror's Edge demo yet? This might make things better or worse but we'd like to offer up our Hands-On with Senior Producer Owen O'Brien as he takes us through the game's tutorial level.  Filmed at this past Tokyo Game Show, Mr. O'Brien gives a very detailed explanation of the gameplay mechanics and features of the game.  After the cut, we've also provided an All-Access preview of the game.

Mirror's Edge is a unique, first-person, action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 arriving November 11th with the PC version planned for 2009.

Mirror's Edge Hands-On

 

 

Mirror's Edge All Access

 

 


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'LEGO Batman: The Videogame' Behind the Gotham City Cake Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 4:46 PM

How does one make a cake out of Gotham City? Additionally how does one make that cake a LEGO version of Gotham City?

We're more than month past the initial launch of WB Interactive's action-adventure game LEGO Batman: The Videogame. However, the publishers have released a behind-the-scenes video detailing professional cake designer Confetti Cakes meticulously creating a city block of the game in delicious detail.

Check out our review of LEGO Batman: The Videogame here and the "making the cake" video below. Enjoy!

LEGO Batman: The Videogame Gotham City Cake Video


'Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers' Ad Unwraps Squealing Girls and Gameplay
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 2:47 PM

If bikini-clad girls and zombie killing aren't enough to garner your attention, D3 Publisher would like you to watch their new ad below.  What starts out as an innocent birthday party ends up with a special surprise gift and a further glimpse into the gameplay of Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers.

If you can survive the giggling girls, keep on the lookout for bikinis, swords and zombies early next year on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Happy Birthday Party Ad



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