Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 Trailer

A new trailer has been released of KOEI's latest Dynasty Warriors game, Gundam 2 which is due for release on March 31st 2009.

First Guitar Hero Metallica Screenshot

The first screenshot of Guitar Hero:Metallica is here take a look.

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Race Pro New Trailer Laguna Seca 2

A new trailer of Simbin's upcoming racer Race Pro have been released.

Race Pro is due for release on Xbox 360 in January.

New Rock Band DLC Hits Marketplace

This week the Rock Band DLC is something a little different, in the shape of 5 new country songs for you to rock out to (I guess). Anyway the individual tracks are priced at 160 points each with the track pack coming in at 680 points.

Country Track Pack - 680 Points
Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert
Hillbilly Deluxe by Brooks and Dunn
Free and Easy by Dierks Bentley
Sin Wagon - Dixie Chicks
Mud on the Tires by Brad Paisley

What you waiting for go get downloading.

The Wheelman New Trailer

An new trailer has been released by Midway of their newest title the Wheelman, check it out.

Midway Layoff Staff, Cancel Games

Midway are a company on the edge of financial ruin with spiraling debts and no real income with which to pay them. As a result Midway today announced that they have made 180 members of it's workforce redundant, that may not seem a lot but that accounts for over a quarter of their workforce. Midway have also closed their Austin Studio and have made cuts in both their Chicago and San Diego offices.

As well as losing a quarter of the workforce Midway have also announced that they will be canceling several unannounced games that were due for release in 2010 and 2011, however it is stated these cuts are not to any major projects that they had planned.

Matt Booty, President and CEO of Midway had this to say,

"The cost-reduction measures are vital for us to rationalize our operations and provide the resources necessary for our core properties to succeed."

"These initiatives, along with the other steps we have taken this year, are a response to the specific challenges we are facing at Midway, many of which have been amplified by the current economic conditions."

To add to their money problems as a result of laying off the 180 members of staff Midway will incur a loss of $1.6 million in redundancy package deals.

It is indeed a bad time for Midway. Can they survive this recession?

Wheelman New Screenshots

New screenshots have just been released of Midway's latest Vin Diesel game Wheelman.
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Rise Of The Argonauts Gameplay Trailer

A new gameplay trailer of the soon to be released rise of the Argonauts has just been released check it out. European gamers will have to wait till February t get their hands on this.

New Halo Wars Screenshots

Screenshots have been released of Halo Wars, however there is only one at the moment will update as more are set to be revealed later.

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New Resident Evil 5 Screenshots

Some new screens of Resident Evil 5 have surfaced. This game looks beautiful check them out. Resident Evil 5 is due for release in March on Xbox 360.
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Dragon Age:Origins New Trailer

A new trailer has been released by EA showcasing their title Dragon Age:Origins a release date is still yet TBC.

FEAR 2 Ban Lifted

Warner Bro's have today managed to get FEAR 2 a MA15+ rating in Australia meaning the game can now be released over there. The game was refused classification and banned last month by the Australian Classification board due to high levels of violence. However Warner Bro's appealed the ban and the board decided to give the game a MA15+ rating allowing it to be sold.

The game will be sold with no censoring and will be in it's original state.

FEAR 2 is set for release in Australia February 10th 2009.

Bomberman Live Reduced

As of tomorrow Bomberman Live will be reduced from 800 MS points to 600 MS points as a result of the December marketplace sale. So if you haven't already picked up your copy of this then now is the best time to do so.

Battle For Atlantis Screenshots

Screenshots of Battle for Atlantis have been revealed this game is due for release on Xbox 360 in Q4 of 2009.
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The Precursors Trailer

Check out the latest trailer just released for The Precursors.

Race Pro New Trailer

A new trailer showing a preview of the Laguna Seca track has been unveiled check it out.

Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 First DLC

THQ's Smackdown vs Raw 2009 is to get it's first DLC pack containing new playable characters, a first for the series.

Smackdown vs Raw 2009 DLC - 400 Points

- Evan Bourne
- Ted Dibiase Jr
- Charlie Hass
- Chris Jericho - New Attire

A release date is yet to be set for the DLC

New Halo Wars Artwork

Some new artwork has been revealed of Halo Wars.

Halo Wars is due for release 27th February 2009 in Europe.

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White Gold New Screenshots

New screenshots of Deep Shadows upcoming game White Gold have been revealed.

White Gold is due for release on Xbox 360 in Q2 of 2009

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Is Frustration In Games Increasing?

I have been a gamer for well over 10 years now and I'm beginning to see an increasing frustration level in the games that I play, I know you are probably thinking I'm just getting worse at gaming but this isn't the case I can still complete any game that I play I just seem to get frustrated more quickly.

When I was younger I could play the same parts of games many times until I got them right but now if I fail more than 5 times I can happily throw the controller down and walk away is this due to games being harder than they were? No I don't think so as it's not a fact that they can't be done just that very stupid things happen while playing. I'll start by looking at some of these frustrating things.

It seems no matter how hard developers try they will never eliminate randomness from their games, for instance Mirrors Edge. You can play this game fine until long jumps appear then the randomness begins, you will run up jump and think yes I've made it only to see the main character drop like a stone without even reaching out, when if she had would have caught the ledge, so you reload do the same again and she time she reaches out it seems completely random as to weather she will save herself or let herself drop to her death like a stone. Fallout 3 was another when it came to reloading, your probably thinking yes we all know reloading is frustrating right? Well the reloading isn't the frustrating part its the randomness that occurs just after, the main character will sometimes tap the gun or open the clip and put it back in, this
lasts a few seconds and isn't to bad if no ones around but when he/she starts doing it in the middle of a fight and you die as a result it gets frustrating as hell as their is no way to stop it and no reason why it happens, it doesn't happen everytime it's just random!

Computer AI in videogames has always lead to frustration with gamers and as the time has gone on more powerful AI has been introduced that can think logically and therefore avoid all those stupid running infront of machine gunner moments, however this is not the case AI has just found more cleverer ways to be stupid such as getting stuck in impossible to reach places just when you need them most, at that pivotal moment in a game where you require your partner for survival only to see him stuck behind a rock in a place you can't even reach as you see the game over screen fast approaching.

As your partners have got smarter so have your enemies the only problem is game developers seem to have given all of the intelligence to them. I'm going to fall onto Mirrors Edge again here and the SWAT team enemies these guys are super human and can rip you apart in seconds thy have amazing accuracy so even if you run away you will have bullet holes in seconds. The game developers give you a 2 second window to disarm them get it wrong and you will have more holes in you than a grater. Another AI annoying game is Midnight Club Los Angeles, mainly due to the AI in this again being not of this world, they always beat you off the start line and always have superior acceleration. However if you manager to catch them up and pass them even pull out a lead guaranteed they will catch you up no matter what you do and then one quick press
of the NOS and you see them taking you on the last corner. Thankfully a patch was released to address the AI issue in this game as even the developers released that they had created a monster.

Anyway these can all add up to an incredibly frustrating time that can have you flinging your controller across the room and accusing the game of cheating you within minutes. I say bring back Crash Bandicoot 3 and lets go back to a simpler lower blood pressure time.

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