TGS News

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."


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

'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.


'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

Activision Gives Guitar Hero A Bad Name (Bad Name)
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:38 PM

Activision recently issued a press release unveling the complete song list for the upcoming Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades for Nintendo DS. Highlights include Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name", Boston's "Rock and Roll Band", Journey's "Any Way You Want It", and Queen's "We Are the Champions". Well, they're the highlights for fans of bands with ridiculous hair.

Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades features, "more than 40 years of rock's most celebrated artists with 28 master recordings." The game will be available on November 16, 2008. At last, everyone that's wanted to have Blondie (well, Debbie Harry anyway) in the palm of their hands will have their chance.

Check out the entire song list after the break.

  • Alien Ant Farm - “Smooth Criminal”
  • The All-American Rejects - "Dirty Little Secret"
  • Blind Melon - “No Rain”
  • Blondie - “One Way Or Another”
  • Bon Jovi - “You Give Love A Bad Name”
  • Boston - “Rock and Roll Band”
  • The Darkness - “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
  • Edgar Winter Group - “Free Ride”
  • Fall Out Boy - "The Take Over, The Breaks Over"
  • Foo Fighters - "The Pretender"
  • Free - “All Right Now”
  • Jimmy Eat World - “The Middle"
  • Joe Satriani - “Satch Boogie”
  • Journey - “Any Way You Want It”
  • Lenny Kravitz - “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
  • Linkin Park - "One Step Closer"
  • Los Lobos - “La Bamba"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - “Sweet Home Alabama (live)”
  • Paramore - "Crushcrushcrush"
  • Queen - “We Are The Champions”
  • R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Can't Stop"
  • Sammy Hagar - “I Can't Drive 55”
  • Seether - "Remedy"
  • Smashing Pumpkins - "Tarantula"
  • Stone Temple Pilots - “Down”
  • Veruca Salt - “Volcano Girls”
  • Weezer - “Buddy Holly”


'Tom Clancy's EndWar' Videos "GameDay" Spoof and Mission Types
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:31 PM

Ubisoft offers up an "alternative look" (a.k.a. spoof) at their voice-controlled strategy game Tom Clancy's EndWar.  After the cut, check out the different gameplay mission types including: Conquest, Assault, Raid and Siege.  Interesting... very. 

Start warming up your military cadence voice, Tom Clancy's EndWar is available for the PS3, PSP, PC, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 November 4th.

Tom Clancy's EndWar "GameDay" Spoof



Tom Clancy's EndWar Mission Types

'Tomb Raider Underworld' Gameplay Videos Detail Lara's Moto and Tomb Hazards
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:56 PM

Lara Croft forgoes culturual sensitivity and floors her chopper into the depths of ancient tombs in Eidos' action-adventure platformer Tomb Raider Underworld.  After the cut, check out the hazards that await her in the tombs that she loves to raid oh so much... karma maybe?

Tomb Raider Underworld ships November 18th for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, PS2, Wii, and Nintendo DS November 18th.

Tomb Raider Underworld Motorcycling Through the Jungle



Tomb Raider Underworld "Xibalba" Gameplay Video



'Call Of Duty' Departing Word War II?
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 20, 2008 1:03 PM

Treyarch producer Noah Heller touched on the subject that their upcoming FPS title Call of Duty: World At War may be the last game that will support a World War II setting. With the exception of Infinity Ward's massive hit Modern Warfare the Call of Duty game series have always faced-off against the Nazi regime.

In Heller's interview with Official Xbox Magazine, he said:

"Since World at War was in development for two years, it was still in development when Modern Warfare... well, it hadn't even come out yet," Heller explains. "So our path was a little bit set at that point but we also knew that we wanted to show the end of the war."

Modern Warfare's success was based on its gameplay mechanics and amazing multiplayer options, so WWII or not, as long as the title plays great, we have no complaints. Call of Duty: World At War will be out this November 11 for the PC, PS3, PS2, 360, Nintendo Wii and DS platforms.




Tom Clancy's Game Universe Colliding
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 20, 2008 7:50 AM

Ubisoft programmer Vinh-Dieu Lam said that the future installments of the Tom Clancy game series, which includes Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and EndWar, will interact with one another and create one universal game environment.

"In [later] versions [of Clancy games] you'll find, say, missions generated in the next Ghost Recon affecting the world map in the next EndWar (possibly EndWar 2)," said Lam, who is also one of the programmers in the first, upcoming RTS title from the Tom Clancy universe.

Tom Clancy's EndWar is set to release this November 4 for the PS3, 360, PSP and DS.




'Force Unleashed', Wii Take September Sales
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:06 PM

LucasArts's action title, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, made an incredible debut, leading software sales in the month of September 2008 according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Wii swapped spots with the DS last month as the top selling console.

Hardware (units):

  1. Nintendo Wii - 687,000
  2. Nintendo DS - 536,800
  3. Xbox 360 - 347,200
  4. Playstation Portable - 238,100
  5. Playstation 3 - 232,000 (*corrected)


  1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)
  2. Wii Fit
  3. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)

'Dragon Age' PS3, 360: Winter 2009
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:43 PM

BioWare's upcoming RPG, Dragon Age: Origins, will be arriving on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles by Winter 2009, the studio confirmed. The title was first announced only for the PC.

Appearing in Game Informer's November issue, Dragon Age's home console debut was already confirmed by game director Dan Trudge. A representative from BioWare said that the PS3 and 360 versions of the game would reflect the "core PC experience".

Dragon Age: Origins will be BioWare's first announced project on Sony's home console, since two of their recent releases were for the Nintendo DS with Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood and the Xbox 360, PC RPG hit, Mass Effect.



Best Games Of TGS 2008 Announced
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 9:36 AM

We bet that Japan's CESA had a hard time picking the "best" titles from last week's Tokyo Game Show 2008 because there were just too many good ones to pick. Here are the 12 titles that stood out among the stellar roster of games (via Kotaku):

What's your pick for the best title from Tokyo Game Show 2008?

Atari Making 'Ghostbusters' Game?
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:12 AM

The next-gen video game debut of Ghostbusters could be in the hands of Atari. Actor Dan Aykroyd, who starred in the Ghostbusters films, said that the video game is "a year away" from being released under the Atari name during his interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 KLLI.

The fate of Ghostbusters' debut was shaken earlier this year. The title is being developed for the PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, DS and PC platforms.


'James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace' Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:46 PM

James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace is touted as the best Bond game since GoldenEye on the N64. That's high praise, and so far it doesn't look like it will disappoint.  Ultimately, you'll be the judge when the game goes live on the PC, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, DS, and Wii November 4th.

James Bond 007 in Quantum of Solace Launch Trailer

'MySims Kingdom' Debut Trailer
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 1:18 PM

Everyone's favorite sim population takes the fracken-cute route once again with this debut trailer for EA's upcoming title, MySims Kingdom.

Embark on a journey as you try to help King Roland rebuild his kingdom. Kingdom features new building options, locations and much more. MySims Kingdom will be available this October 28 for the Nintendo Wii and DS.