Posts By Chris Gullo
Mafia II is a hotly-anticipated open world crime game that casts gamers as a member of the Sicilian Mafia, familiar territory for any fans of The Godfather. Director of Creative Production Jack Scalici recently spoke about the game to the Official Playstation Blog, and we gleaned the most interesting bits from the interview.
Announced today and available only in North America, the Dead Rising 2: Zombrex Edition looks to be yet another beautifully packaged deluxe release. (In case you’re wondering, “Zombrex” is the fictional drug in Dead Rising 2 that can help stave off a zombie infection.)
EA announced that a “Limited Edition” of their upcoming Medal of Honor will be available for all major consoles with the game’s release this October. For $59.99, the same price as the regular edition, gamers will get early access to three weapons: two shotguns, the TOZ-194 and 870MC2, and the MP7 submachine gun. In a nice addition, PS3 users are getting an exclusive bonus, as that version includes a remastered version of the PS2 classic MOH: Frontline.
PS3 owners and movie buffs should be happy today to hear that in September, a firmware update will arrive giving users the ability to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on the popular console. The update will allow full 1080p 3D video to be played via Blu-ray disc over HDMI, in conjunction with compatible 3D HDTVs and glasses. It comes on the heels of 3D support for games, which became available in an update this June.
Rockstar Games announced pricing and details today for the four remaining DLC packs for their best-selling western game Red Dead Redemption, one of which brings zombies into the game. These paid content packs, available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, follow the free “Outlaws To The End” DLC released on June 22nd. The first, “Legends and Killers Pack,” hits in August for $10 and the rest will come starting in the fall. Here’s details on each of them from the PR:
Imagine playing any of the hottest new PC games instantly on a modestly powered desktop you bought a couple years ago. Or playing Crysis, one of the most graphically demanding PC games ever, on a MacBook — or your big screen HDTV. OnLive, a new game streaming service, promises all that and more. I’ve spent the last few days trying out the service, forming impressions on whether this really is as revolutionary as the company says it is.
Microsoft unveiled today a new subscription plan that gives families that have both gamer parents and children a great bargain. The Xbox Live Gold Family Plan features four one-year Xbox Live Gold Memberships for $99.99, the price of two regular subscriptions (and a savings of $100).
“Dead Rising 2” is one of the most anticipated games of the summer, so gamers should be happy to hear that they’ll be getting a prequel to the game before it’s released in the Xbox Live Arcade title “Dead Rising 2: Case Zero.”
Case Zero takes place two years after Dead Rising and three years before its sequel. Gamers play as Chuck Greene, the sequel’s protagonist, as he explores the small town of Still Creek, an environment completely different than the Las Vegas-like setting of Dead Rising 2. Greene, an ex-motocross rider, must traverse Still Creek in search of parts for his broken motorbike so that he may escape the town with his daughter.
Alan Wake, the Xbox 360 exclusive developed by Remedy that hit stores in May, left many fans hungry for more after completing the game’s main story. Now, two episodes of the game’s DLC (downloadable content) that further the game’s creepy storyline have been announced and detailed.
After rumors and speculation, Sony has officially announced PlayStation Plus, a premium version of their PlayStation Network online service. Unveiled today at Sony’s E3 Keynote, PSN Plus will offer a wide variety of content for its subscribers. Online multiplayer will remain free for all PSN users, a marked difference from Microsoft’s Xbox Live service.
Sony released today the first set of 3D capable games to the PlayStation Network: Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, Pain, & the Motorstorm: Pacific demo, ushering in what could potentially be a gamechanger for console gaming.
Just days after the one year anniversary of the release of the well-received Red Faction: Guerilla, THQ has announced its sequel, Red Faction: Armageddon. Taking place fifty years after the events of Guerilla, the game casts players in the role of Darius Mason, grandson of the previous game’s protagonist, who lives in an underground network of mines after the surface of Mars has been rendered unlivable.
Activision unveiled Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock today, the latest installment in their million-selling Guitar Hero franchise. Centering around a Heavy Metal theme, the game will feature over 90 all-new tracks spanning metal and beyond — the biggest ever selection on a single disc — as well as a revamped Story Mode featuring the voice talents of KISS’s Gene Simmons.
Rockstar officially announced a June 22nd release date for “Outlaws to the End,” a free cooperative multiplayer mission pack for Red Dead Redemption.The content will arrive simultaneously on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.
Basketball fans expecting NBA Live 11 to hit stores this fall are going to be sorely disappointed. Electronic Arts announced today that they’re retiring the Live series, and in its place releasing a new franchise called NBA Elite. Electronic Arts had used the NBA Live moniker since 1995’s NBA Live 95, though the company’s basketball games first started in 1989 with NBA Playoffs: Lakers vs Celtics.
Rumors have been stirring online recently that Sony’s readying a big announcement at this year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) for their PlayStation Network (PSN). The rumors are focused around a premium paid version of the PSN dubbed the PSN+. This would be a significant shift for Sony, who have used the free model of the PSN as a big draw for the console in their advertising against Microsoft.
When the box art for Fable III leaked online last week, gamers quickly noticed the “Only on Xbox 360 & Windows” stamp that apparently revealed the PC version of the game before its official debut. Microsoft confirmed the release today, in addition to announcing a 360-exclusive Limited Collector’s Edition.
Alan Wake was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 this week, a game over five years in the making. Billed as a “psychological action thriller,” Wake is special in a few ways: it is not the umpteenth iteration of a war game, or a sequel, or focused on alien warfare. Wake tries to create a film-like atmosphere to draw players into its world.
Last week, Valve launched the Mac version of Steam, their popular content distribution platform. Since its launch in 2003, Steam has allowed users to instantly purchase and download games in an easily organized and updated system. While Steam for Mac does not offer all the games the Windows version does, there are over seventy available now, with new titles being added weekly to the service. Any games developed by Valve will, from now, be released simultaneously on Mac and PC.