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Wolverine

Marvel Executive Vice President of Global Digital Media Group Ira Rubenstein has a promise for worried gamers: No more crappy Marvel-based video games.

"We are not doing movie-based games anymore," Rubenstein told Joystiq after Sony's GamesCom press conference. "Actually, wait ... we are not doing crappy movie-based games anymore."

Based on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I'm inclined to believe Rubenstein -- while that game had its issues and problems, it would be hard to call it "crappy," especially in comparison to every other Wolverine game. On the other hand, based on just about every movie-based game in the history of video gaming, I'm inclined to not believe him. Remember, Iron-Man was a Marvel game.

Marvel movie tie-in games Iron Man 2 and Thor are on the way when their respective summer blockbusters hit theaters, so we'll all be able to judge the relative crap-it-tude of these titles, and Mr. Rubenstein will be proven either a liar or the white knight of gamers everywhere who just want decent games based on their movie heroes.

What do you think? Is it possible that future Marvel tie-in games won't be crappy? Or am I just an optimist here?

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Capcom Dropping Dark Void On January 12

Dark Void is no longer releasing in 2009, but Capcom isn't waiting long into 2010 to release their new high-flying action game. Dark Void is now scheduled for a release on January 12th. The publisher revealed the new release date for Dark Void as GamesCom 2009 is underway in Germany.

The delay moves Dark Void out of the busy holiday period, but with the glut of games following the same strategy, is the beginning of 2010 becoming the new Christmas?

Fable III Announcement Teaser Trailer »


It might not be in the form of a wedding announcement, but I guess it will have to do. Lionhead Studios has officially announced that Fable III will ascend the throne in Holiday 2010.

The announcement was made during GamesCom, and while the existence (and inevitability) of a follow-up to Fable II, the best selling RPG on the Xbox 360, have been assumed for awhile, this is the first official word to come from the game’s developer.

Over the past few weeks, Lionhead’s official website has featured prominent historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara and Alexander the Great, each of which was accompanied by a personal quote representing each of their particular philosophies on power, revolution, and strife. The teaser campaign was meant to show the disparate paths that leaders throughout history have taken to obtain and maintain power.

This very idea sits at the heart of Fable III, as players will have to face a kingdom in peril, and make the necessary choices to ensure its survival. Fable creator Peter Molyneux said in an official statement:

“Though I can’t give too much away right now, players should expect to have to make much tougher choices with far wider consequences than ever before in Albion — and with many more interactive adventure elements.”

The game takes place 50 years after the events of Fable II, and players assume the role of the either the son or the daughter of that game’s hero. As the king or queen, it will be up to players to decide whether their kingdom will crumble or thrive.

Any preliminary thoughts on Fable III?


There appears to be more than meets the eye to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The latest trailer for the game, captured by a fan at GameCom 2009 and published to YouTube, suggests co-op will play a much bigger role than perhaps anticipated. An excerpt from the trailer:

"A New MGS Experience…"

"…A Comrade?"

"SOLO NO LONGER!"

"CO-OP!"

The trailer demonstrates various ways players will work alongside one another in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. So far, however, the story hasn't explained how it's possible for multiple Snakes to be wandering the battlefield at once. Could this latest Metal Gear Solid be multiplayer only?

More details are promised at next month's Tokyo Game Show. The wait continues...

It definitely sounds weird to say, but the PlayStation 3 Slim is a reality, and will be hitting shelves in just two weeks. But as Sony Entertainment of America president and CEO Jack Tretton explained during a recent video interview, what's more noteworthy is the time table that Sony has established for the PS3 when compared to previous generations.

"With the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2, we announced revisions of the hardware in the third and fourth year. We're very please that, short of its third birthday, the PlayStation 3 has achieved tremendous milestones, which have allowed us to bring out this new form factor, and pass on those savings to consumers, giving them the opportunity to buy the state-of-the-art gaming system at half the price that it originally debuted at in October 2006."

Sony certainly has positioned itself quite nicely now that the PS3 has finally hit that "sweet spot" of $299. And turning around a redesigned, cheaper model so quickly, especially given Sony's upcoming lineup of killer games, puts Sony in a fantastic position going into the holiday season.

Anyone out there pre-order their PS3 Slim yet?

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Kangaroo BoxingSony announced a lot of exciting things at its GamesCom 2009 press conference yesterday, but here's something you might have missed: In Australia, PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to watch the Australian Broadcast Company's programs through their consoles.

The trial begins later this year, and offers "catch-up TV," through ABC iView via the PlayStation Network.

ABC’s Director of Television, Kim Dalton, says the trial is just the beginning of iABC's plan to bring its shows to bigger audiences. "Today’s gaming consoles, televisions and DVD players all have internet capability and we’re excited to be able to team up with Sony PlayStation, as the first step in integrating ABC TV content into new online platforms and technologies.”

The agreement between Sony and ABC is non-exclusive, so Australians will most likely get ABC programming on other platforms as well. Whether ABC USA or other channels are working on a similar deals in the US remains to be seen, but an important hurdle must be overcome before importing programs from Australia: All the pictures are upside down there. Also, a dingo ate my baby.

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Game Republic's Other New Name Is Majin: The Fallen RealmIn addition to partnering up for Clash of the Titans, Game Republic is also working with Namco Bandai on another project called Majin: The Fallen Realm.

Described by those who saw the game at the publisher's GamesCom 2009 press conference as The Last Guardian-esque, Majin: The Fallen Realm follows a thief who's teamed up with a giant creature named Majin.

Other than a vague release date of 2010, there aren't any other details available for Maijin: The Fallen Realm. Technically, the companies didn't even assign platforms to the game, but these blanks should be filled in next month at Tokyo Game Show.

Clash Of The Titans Picked Up By Namco Bandai

Yet another one of Brash Entertainment's lost projects has found a new home. Namco Bandai has picked up Game Republic's adaptation of Clash of the Titans, the company announced at hits GamesCom 2009 press conference in Germany. Clash of the Titans is a God of War-style adventure tied into he new movie, a reboot of the 1981 epic starring Sam Worthington.

Clash of the Titans is coming in spring 2010 near the release date of the film.


Ninja Theory Developing New Game For Namco Bandai

Just because Sony wasn't interested in moving forward immediately with Heavenly Sword 2 doesn't mean developer Ninja Theory has fallen off the map. At its GamesCom 2009 press conference, Namco Bandai revealed it would be publishing Ninja Theory's next game on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

There's no release date, no title, no other details about the game, only that Ninja Theory is working alongside Namco Bandai on…something.

Well, that's a start.

PS3 Slim

Internet blogger types are a persistent lot when it comes to figuring out what console a video game company has coming. While the word of Sony's PS3 Slim leaked months before yesterday's official announcement at GamesCom 2009, it wasn't for lack of trying on Sony's part. In order to throw laptop detectives off the trail, Sony filed the PlayStation 3 Slim's application with the FCC under the name of a dummy company: Sand Dollar Enterprises Inc.

Sand Dollar Enterprise, Inc. filed an application for a "Computer Entertainment System," and it passed right under the noses of people who scour the FCC's public filings for info. Nice job Sony.  But now that the Sand Dollar cat is out of the bag, some juicy info was revealed: Sand Dollar's application includes a second version of the PlayStation 3 Slim, one with a bigger hard-drive. PS3 Slim bigger brother will reportedly sport a spacious 250GB drive.

As for when/if the new version will be released, no one can say, but the conventional wisdom suggests it will be a holiday thing... so, you could wait to pick up a Slim, on the chance that a better version is incoming by Christmas. Or you could wait for the PlayStation 4 to hit the market in several years. It's your life.

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Raymond Padilla: I love this picture of Kaz Hirai showing off the PlayStation 3 Slim. The expression on his face is awesome and versatile. He could be thinking, "How ya like me now?!?" or maybe, "Eat it, bitches!!!" Is Kaz happy? Is he feeling smug? Does he feel ready to take on the world? All of the above? The possibilities are limitless! This morning, I ask you, dear reader of TheFeed, to come up with your own caption. What do you think is going through Kaz Hirai's head in this photo?
 

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Curious about how the DS companion to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is going to look? Be curious no longer! Released at GamesCom 2009, here is the gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized!

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized DS Gameplay Trailer »


 

Personally, I'll stick with the next-gen versions. What about you?



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Singer Adam Levine joins the cast of Activision and Neversoft's Band Hero as an in-game, motion-captured artist in this new featurette from GamesCom 2009.

Get a peak at Mr. Levine in a goofy motion-capture outfit as he shows off how he was rendered in the game.

 

Band Hero Maroon 5's Adam Levine Reveal Trailer »


 


Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time GamesCon 09 Trailer »


What would you do if your best robot friend was kidnapped by Doctor Nefarious?? I'd just find a new robot friend, but not Ratchet! Join his adventure in this new chapter of Ratchet & Clank Future as he searches to save Clank from the evil clutches of his kidnappers.

Check out the new trailer for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time from GamesCon 2009.




Dragon Age: Origins GamesCom 2009 Trailer »


From BioWare's Edmonton Studios comes Dragon Age: Origins, a RPG available for the PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360 that follows the battle between humans and the Blight in a fantasy-based world. In this trailer, we learn the story of the Gray Wardens and how they first saved humanity from the dark spirits. Now this responsibility lies within you to once again to gather allies and unite the lands to save the fate of humanity. You also get a swell British accent and some awesome dragons, too.

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