TGS News

'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
'Bayonetta' Hyper-Provocative UK Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 27, 2008 1:11 PM

This UK trailer for Sega's new action game Bayonetta, features tons of provocative images and gameplay.  Director Hideki Kamiya, of Devil May Cry fame, helms this project with developer PlatinumGames which is scheduled for a 2009 release on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Go ahead you "little Cheshire puss", click play.

Bayonetta UK Trailer

'Empire: Total War' Campaign Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 24, 2008 11:02 AM

In the video below, Creative Assembly and Sega detail the Campaign mode in the RTS/turn-based strategy hybrid Empire: Total War for the PC.  Featuring stunning visuals, naval warfare, specialized agents, stream-lined gameplay, alternative territory-conquering options, and the largest campaign map yet... PC strategy fans will have a lot to look forward to when this baby ships in 2009.

Empire: Total War Campaign Trailer

'WAR' Enhances Realm Vs Realm Experience
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:22 AM

Mythic Entertainment further encourages players of their hit MMORPG, Warhammer Online, to participate in realm-vs-realm (RvR) battles with enhanced experience rewards. Killing enemy players in an Open RvR area will now grant players a 100% bonus experience rather than the previous 50%.

"With the addition of the new region-wide and RvR-wide chat channels we have seen a marked increase in Open RvR participation. In order to encourage this trend even further, we have made an additional adjustment to the experience awarded for killing enemy players in an Open RvR area. Previously we increased this amount by 50%. As of today, that bonus has been raised to 100%. With this change players killed in Open RvR will now be worth double the experience than those killed in scenarios!"

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is now available for the PC.


'The Old Republic', 'WAR' To Consoles?
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 22, 2008 9:08 AM

It may seem like publisher Electronic Arts is giving all the MMORPG love to PCs lately with Mythic's Warhammer Online and the upcoming BioWare MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. However, EA executive Frank Gibeau said that both titles are "under consideration" for home console versions.

In Gibeau's interview with EuroGamer, he said:

"We've got this product, and we've got Warhammer at play. So we're trying to look at the primary research required to understand how would you deploy it, what the client size looks like, how big is the back-end, what the play experience looks like... Once we've got some of those questions answered, we'll be able to decide which is the right play to go after."

Considering the home console roots of the Knights of the Old Republic titles, the universe of BioWare's upcoming MMO, a console version of the title could be possible. As for Warhammer, it would be an interesting take if console owners could play with the PC community online. But, let's say, if EA goes forward with bringing these two MMO titles to consoles, what will happen to the 360's Champion's Online or the PS3's DC Universe Online? Hmm...

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is now available for the PC.


'Valkyria Chronicles' Welkin Introduction Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 21, 2008 1:29 PM

Meet Welkin Gunther, the leader of your band of Gallian nationals in Sega's action, tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles exclusively for the PS3.

Step into his shoes, but more importantly his inherited tank November 11th for the PS3.

Valkyria Chronicles Welkin Trailer

'Alpha Protocol' CG Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 20, 2008 11:10 AM

Looking for a new fix of undercover C.I.A. activity to mix into your gaming diet?  Sega and Obsidian Entertainment are offering a new third-person, action-RPG supplement with Alpha Protocol for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Players will take on the role of Agent Michael Thorton who's been forced to go rogue.  The game will mold your version of Agent Thorton based on choices you make in the game.  Featuring globe-spanning locations and real-time dialogue "stance" systems Sega's seeking to give players a ton of trouble to get into in an undercover atmosphere.

Check out the short but sweet CG trailer, the game is scheduled for a February 2009 launch date.

Alpha Protocol CG Trailer



'Phantasy Star Portable' Coming To US
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:36 PM

Sega's hit Japanese action-RPG title will be making its way to North America with the arrival of Phantasy Star Portable. Exclusive to the Sony PSP, fans of the Phantasy Star franchise will be engaged in their own epic adventure anywhere, anytime.

Phantasy Star Portable features over 150 weapons and items exclusive to the PSP. The title also supports a multiplayer battle mode up to four-players offline, including co-op mode. Three different class types and four different races are also available.

Given the amount of success the title has received so far in Japan since its July 2008 debut, Phantasy Star Porable will be a welcome addition in our PSP library. Also, it's good to see the PSP getting its well deserved third-party support. Phantasy Star Portable will be available in North America this March 2009.

'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?

'Golden Axe: Beast Rider' Tyrus Flare Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:53 PM

In Sega's Golden Axe: Beast Rider for the Xbox 360 and PS3, you'll take control of the sexy and fierce Tyrus Flare, an Amazon with many axes to grind and a herd of beasts to ride. 

See if Sega and developer Secret Level make the legendary series proud as it makes its debut today.

Golden Axe: Beast Rider Tyrus Flare Trailer

New 'Sonic and the Black Knight' Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 13, 2008 5:28 PM

Sonic wields a blade and enters the Arthurian medieval world in the storybook Sonic series with Sonic and the Black Knight for the Nintendo Wii. 

The successor to the lukewarm Sonic and the Secret Rings, can Sega restore faith to the hedgehog faithful? Find out in March 2009.

Sonic and the Black Knight