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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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First Batch of 'LittleBigPlanet' DLC Dated and Priced
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 4:43 PM

The first batch of LittleBigPlanet has been announced and is set for a November 6th release.  PlayStation Blog has revealed both free and priced DLC in the near future.

To show fans some love after the bumpy launch, gamers will be treated to a pair of free costumes available for download off of PSN only from 11/6 - 11/19. (Don't forget!) In additon, the category break-down of future LBP DLC has been detailed:

  • Seasonal & Limited Time Only Costumes - FREE
  • Community Costumes - FREE
  • SackBoy Costumes - $0.99 each
  • Premium SackBoy Costumes - $1.99 each
  • RARE SackBoy Costumes - $?.??
  • Basic SackBoy Costume Bundle - $2.99
  • Premium SackBoy Costume Bundle - $5.99

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.


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Four 'LittleBigPlanet' Level Editor Instructional Videos
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Friday, October 31, 2008 10:20 AM

The thing that makes LittleBigPlanet so powerful when it comes to user-generated content is that every level in Media Molecule's game was created in the same editor that every player can utilize. This creates an environment for both casual tinkerers and aspiring developers, but the tutorials only cover the basics.

Here are four videos that begin to explore some of the basic devices you can make using what you learned in the tutorials.

Part 1: Elevators, Springs, and Pistons

Hit the break the next three parts and learn about things like swings, catapults, and vehicles.

Part 2: Hidden Passages, Windows, and Swings

Part 3: Catapults, See-Saws, and Emitters

Part 4: Vehicles


'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

 

 


'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


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X-Play Exclusive: 'Mercenaries 2' New Character Details
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:20 PM

We began hearing rumors of two new characters in Mercenaries 2: World in Flames earlier this week and tonight, X-Play has the exclusive details straight from Pandemic.

Tune-in to an all-new X-Play at 8PM ET to find out who you'll be playing as in Mercenaries 2 along with exclusive footage of the characters in action. Let's just say, one has a very expensive wardrobe.

Who do you think it will be?

Also, Adam and Morgan will review Midnight Club: Los Angeles and get a Hands On with Tomb Raider: Underworld.


'Mirror's Edge' Demo Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:02 PM

The demo of Mirror's Edge will be available today via PlayStation Network followed by its counterpart on XBLA tomorrow. To help promote the launch EA provides us with a new trailer below.  The demo will be touting:

  • The Prologue of the game
  • A Tutorial
  • and a segment of the Story Mode

Mirror's Edge tumbles and sticks the landing onto the PS3 and Xbox 360 November 11th, with the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Mirror's Edge Demo Launch Trailer

 

 


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