According to an interview done in Dengeki PlayStation, Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura has said that even though 2012 will mark the 10th anniversary of the first Kingdom Hearts game, there is no plan yet for KH3 to be out by then:
“2012 is the 10th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts, so we’d like to do something to celebrate. However, I’ll say this up front, just because it’s the 10th anniversary, we still won’t have KH3 out (laughs).”
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, RE: Coded, and 3D are all due out in the meantime, so it could just be that Nomura is that busy and wants to ensure the success of the prequels and side stories before moving on to a mainstream entry in the series.
SEGA recently announced the release dates for the downloadable Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. On October 7th it will hit the apps store in iTunes. Then on the 11th and 15th of October it will hit the Wii shop channel for the U.S. and Europe respectively, followed by an October 12th and 13th release date for PS3 owners in the U.S. and Europe. Finally it will get a worldwide release on the Xbox Live Arcade on October 13th as well. It will retail for $15 dollars U.S. across all platforms as well.
SEGA has not mentioned how many episodes there will be in total for download.
Sony recently announced on their U.S. blog that they are adding seven new titles to their “Greatest Hits” lineup. These seven new games bring the “Greatest Hits” total up to a little over forty in total. The new additions will retail for $29.99 in the U.S. and Canada, and include the following titles:
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
I’m surprised the two Call of Duty games just now made the list. Also curiously missing is Modern Warfare 2, but I expect that sometime well after Black Ops is released in November that it may show up in the “Greatest Hits” lineup, since it’s still very much popular online.
Still for $30 new you can’t beat the value you will get out of some of these games. If you haven’t picked up any of these yet and are interested now may be the time that your patience is rewarded.
I haven’t played a Civilization game in years (minus Civ Revolution for the DS), but the recent release of Civilization V this week has my support. It’s been getting excellent reviews, and looks amazing. IGN gave it a 9/10, PC gamer gave it 93/100, and a bunch of other websites are loving it as well. Graphically it looks amazing, and gameplay wise looks just as fun as any other Civ game. If you don’t believe watch the trailer and see what you’re missing out on-pc gaming still has it’s gems.
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Despite there being no laws that ban their sales to minors in the U.S., video games rated “M” for Mature are considered to be harder for minors to buy than it is for them to go see an R-rated movie, buy an R-rated dvd, or an explicit cd.
The findings are a result of the FTC, as reported by the ESRB. Nearly 80% of underage gamers are turned away instead of simply being sold a game with a mature rating. Furthermore it appears that the industry is self-regulating itself better now than it was only a few years ago.
So despite all criticism it appears that the video game industry does an excellent job of preventing games from falling into the wrong hands. Of course parents still have to do their part, but this at least helps prove that the industry does realize that some games are only for the 17+ crowd.
The Red Dead Redemption “Liars and Cheats” DLC was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 yesterday, for $9.99 and 800 Microsoft Points respectively. This new downloadable content includes a lot of new multiplayer tasks such as horse races, Liars’ Dice and Poker.
In addition there are 7 new gang hideouts, 4 new hunting grounds, 15 new multiplayer character avatars, a new explosive rifle weapon, new achievements and more.
You can hear my questions answered on air on Episode 49 of The Retro League-a podcast devoted to retro gaming, from Atari to NES to PC gaming and more. They talk about Mario’s 25th Anniversary, Metroid 64, Space Invaders, and loads of other cool retro games, news, and mods. During the last half of the episode they also answer my questions as to why they are retro gamers and what modern systems and games they play.
If you’re into Retro Gaming at all check out their podcast on iTunes, or visit their website to stream them or check out their forums at http://theretroleague.com. You won’t regret it, as they’ve quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. Let me know what you guys think of their show.
CEO Bobby Kotick of Activision announced today at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Media, Communications, and Entertainment Conference, that Activision is likely to sell cutscenes from video games as movies in the future.
Kotick suggested that Call of Duty: Black Ops has such advanced graphics and lip-syncing that in the near future they will be able to sell the cutscenes from their video games as stand-alone movies, for approximately $20-30. Kotick suggested that this would happen in the next five years, either by themselves or in a partnership with someone else. By bypassing traditional means of distribution, and by catering to a broadening video game fanbase he boasts that thy could have the biggest opening weekend ever.
But will gamers really pay $20-30 just to see 60-90 minutes of cutscenes that they can normally see by playing the game? Is there an actual audience large enough to support such an endeavor, let alone enough to produce such a huge opening weekend?
Personally I feel as if Kotick is definitely wrong. For one there is the whole price point-$10 for a movie is expensive enough for some people, let alone $20-30. Also the fan base for many of these games simply isn’t large enough, and even if they were not everyone who is a fan would go to see the movie; or if they wanted to they would simply pirate it, or play the games through fully. I feel as if Kotick tries something like this he will be shocked at the negative response from the community-that’s just my opinion of course.