TGS News

'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.


'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.

'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

'Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3' Promo Rocks Out
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:58 PM

Telltale Games' point-n-click adventure, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 3, has been available since Monday, Monday, Monday! StrongBad just wanted to hammer home that point in this over-the-top promo for the game.  Download it now via the WiiWare Shop Channel,, and "participating Bubs' Master Ticket locations".

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People -- Episode 3 Promo

Atari Crosses The Streams
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:03 AM

Variety has reported that Atari has picked up the rights to Ghostbusters and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. The former is slated for a summer 2009 release to coincide with the movie's 25th anniversary, while the latter is set for a spring 2009 launch. Variety's Ben Fritz writes:

"Deal is one of the most significant for Atari since it came back from the brink of bankruptcy earlier this year by securing new capital funds and recruiting an experienced team of videogame execs."

It's not surprising that these games, both of which sport high-profile licenses, found a new home. What's surprising is that they ended up with Atari. Ex-Sony executive and current Atari president Phil Harrison has indicated that the company would focus on online and social gaming experiences. Picking up two traditional console titles doesn't really fit into that strategy. That said, Harrison is a very smart and very tall (and very bald) man. He has a distinguished history as a videogame exec and knows what he's doing.


Speculation: The Beatles Coming Exclusively To 'Rock Band'?
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 3:14 PM

Hold onto your hats because this could be major news in the rhythm game world. Tomorrow at 10am EST, Apple Corps Ltd. (not iPhone Apple, but The Beatles catalogue Apple) and MTV will announce an "exclusive agreement to develop unprecedented global music project."

While we have no hard evidence that this has anything to do with Rock Band, it wouldn't surprise us that part of the deal would include bringing The Beatles to the game in some form. We'd guess something closer to the AC/DC Track Pack over regular DLC, but we just don't know at this point.

The agreement, whatever it is, is exclusive to MTV, which would basically rule out The Beatles for Guitar Hero if any of the catalogue is even coming to the video game world.

We'll know more tomorrow.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that MTV has licensed music from The Beatles' catalogue for use in Rock Band, but does not yet know concrete details like price, date, or the form the music will take. Warning, the story is based upon the reports of "several people familiar with the matter" and should still be considered conjecture.

Thanks to user Firestorm76 for the tip!

'Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels' Deleted Scene Lives On Through Game
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:38 PM

LucasArts drops a unique glimpse at their upcoming, inevitable, Wiimote heavy adventure game, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels for the Nintendo Wii.

"This video is unique in that it’s taken directly from a deleted scene from the Clone Wars feature film. The development team took a deleted fight scene between Anakin and Ventress and turned it into a unique level and battle in Lightsaber Duels."

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels tests the limits of your mastery of the Wiimote November 11th.

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels Deleted Scene

'The Conduit' Team Looking For Alternatives To Wii Friend Codes
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:43 PM

High Voltage Software, the developers of The Conduit, are reportedly looking for an alternative to Nintendo's Friend Code System on the Wii.

The Friend Code System has come under fire from gamers and the press for being needlessly complicated. It makes multiplayer gaming with friends a chore on the Wii, unlike Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network.

Chief Creative Officer of High Voltage, Eric Nofsinger, says that, "It’s something where we need to continue to work with [Nintendo] closely, and figure out something that does hit what they need, but also hits what we need as gamers, you know?"

The Conduit: Shotgun Footage


Tags: Videogames, Wii
'Guitar Hero World Tour' Launch Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:08 PM

Activison brings musical revolution to the multiplayer rhythm game genre with the extravaganza that is Guitar Hero World Tour. In this launch video, artists and developers chime in with what they feel GHWT has going for it to make it a success.  

Available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Nintendo Wii... what's your favorite feature of the game?

Guitar Hero World Tour Launch Trailer

Treyarch: "We Have The Best Shooter This Christmas" In 'Call of Duty: World at War'
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1:52 PM

Bring on the politely worded, inter-developer smack talk!! Noah Heller, a senior producer on Call of Duty: World at War over at Treyarch, has some words for all the other FPS & shooter games in town this holiday season.

“There’s a lot of competition this year, but I feel very strongly we have the best shooter this Christmas,” says Noah. “There [are] a lot of people new to the Call of Duty franchise following COD4, and they won’t be disappointed.

He drops the hammer, by adding, “I’m looking forward to Gears of War, Far Cry and Resistance 2, and I’m sure they will be great games, but I am confident the consumer will come back to Call of Duty.”

Cliff Bleszinski: Gears of War 2 just got called out, PR style! Anything to add, Ted Price? Or are you too busy releasing Resistance 2?

Come on, devs. Throw down!


'Guitar Hero World Tour' DLC Announcement: More Jimi Hendrix!
Posted By: Brian Leahy - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 12:59 PM

Activision is getting ready to rollout their first two sets of post-launch DLC for Guitar Hero World Tour with some heavy-hitters.

On November 13th, you'll get a Jimi Hendrix pack for $5.50 (440 MS Points). The Jimi Hendrix tracks will not be available to purchase individually and will not be available for the Wii version of the game.

Jimi Hendrix Track Pack - $5.50 / 440 Microsoft Points

  • If 6 was 9
  • Little Wing
  • Fire (Live)

The following week on November 20th, three tracks from Jack White's The Raconteurs, will be released for $5.50 (440 MS Points).

The Raconteurs Track Pack - $5.50 / 440 Microsoft Points or $2 / 160 Microsoft Points for each track

  • Salute Your Solution
  • Hold Up
  • Consoler of the Lonely

Guitar Hero World Tour is now available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, and Xbox 360. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision.


New 'Castlevania Judgment' Screens Illuminate Trevor Belmont, Carmilla and Golem
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:26 AM

Konami delivers unto us the latest screens for their Wii fighting game Castlevania Judgment.  This batch illustrates:

- Trevor Belmont, the first vampire hunter to destroy Dracula.

- The voluptuous female vampire Carmilla, who worships Dracula.

- and Golem, "an artificial human being created by Carmilla. Perhaps due to a mutation, he awakens to self-awareness. He seeks the meaning of being alive."

...and yes we too think these three would make a great sitcom. Castlevania Judgment ships to the Nintendo Wii November 18th.

Click the image below for the Castlevania Judgment image gallery

Castlevania Judgment image gallery.

'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



'Wii Music': No. 1 In Japan
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:57 AM

Despite the title's mixed audience appeal, Shigeru Miyamoto's orchestra with his latest music title, Wii Music, received a warm welcome in Japan as it topped the sales charts in its first week of release.

Wii Music flew out of Japanese retail shelves with 92,000 units sold, outselling Pokemon Platinum for the DS, Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida for the PSP, and two more DS titles. We'll see how North American audiences reacted to Wii Music next month, when the NPD releases October's sales information.