The upcoming Star Wars-themed game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a title that a lot of console gamers are looking forward to, especially Wii owners who can’t wait to wield their Wii Remote as a lightsaber.
But, the new gaming platform on the block–the Apple iPhone–will be getting the game as well thanks to THQ Wireless.
Don’t worry–you won’t have to swing your iPhone around as a lightsaber and risk smashing your precious into something. The iPhone’s accelerometer will only be used to switch between portrait and landscape view.
You will, however, be able use the iPhone’s touchscreen to control the action o the screen and to navigate through dialog boxes.
CrunchGear got their hands on a video of the game in action–definitely worth checking out if. Beginning around the 2:42 mark things start to get a bit more interesting as you’ll see how to use the touchscreen to control action including the use of force powers.
You can watch the video here.
According to a story at Variety, another video game is heading to the big screen–Capcom’s Lost Planet.
The game Lost Planet takes place on a frozen world where you battle big spider-like creatures called Akrid–think Hoth mixed with Starship Troopers.
The movie will be written by David Hayter, a name you might recognize. Hayter was the writer on the first two X-Men movies as well as The Scorpion King.
No news on a planned release date yet, but we might hear a bit more at Capcom’s E3 press conference taking place later today.
Harmonix has released the first trailer for their upcoming sequel to their Rock Band video game named Rock Band 2.
The video doesn’t show the new instruments but it does give you an idea what the gameplay will look like.
Check out the video for yourself at Gametrailers.com.
If all goes will the game will be released in September; look for more info at E3.
The Max Payne series of video games have always been about over-the-top action–like playing the leading role in a Hong Kong style action movie. When it was announced that a movie was going to be made based on the games I personally had a bit of a mixed reaction.
Sure, the game was a lot of fun to play, but how would it make the transition to the big screen and still capture that adrenaline rush and, more importantly, could they keep the project out of the hands of directory Uwe Ball?
If the first trailer released for the film is any indication, we can breath a sigh of relief–looks like they did a pretty good job capturing the feel of the game AND the director isn’t Uwe Ball.
Look the movie to be released sometime in October of this year. In the mean time, check out the trailer below and see what you think:
While rumors of an Xbox 360 price drop in the US make their way around the Internet, a price drop has already hit Australia and New Zealand.
The price cuts are:
- Arcade: down $50 to AU$349
- Professional: down $180 to AU$499
- Elite: down $80 to AU$649
Readers in those countries probably caught this already but for the rest of us it’s worth mentioning that the price drop on the Arcade puts its price below the price of the Nintendo Wii which currently sells for AU$400.
Microsoft’s Xbox Group Manager Jeremy Hinton is quick to point out that each region is free to set their own pricing, so a cut in one region doesn’t necessarily point to a price cut in another.
Still, though, I’m thinking we’ll likely see a price cut in the US on at least one of the three Xbox 360 SKUs by the time E3 opens on July 15th.
At Worldwide Invitational 2008 in Paris, Blizzard Entertainment officially announced a new game: Diablo 3.
Fans of the first two Diablo games have been waiting years for the next installment, so as you can imagine this is very big news for many gamers.
Diablo 3 will feature a look and feel that is similar to the previous two Diablo games with it’s 3/4 perspective, but updated to modern 3D standards.
From the Diablo 3 FAQ, here’s the storyline:
“It has been twenty years since the events of Diablo II. Of those who faced the Lords of Hatred, Terror, and Destruction in the battle over the fate of Sanctuary, there are few still living who can bear to remember the horrors that the Prime Evils wrought upon the world. And of those who did not witness the terrible events firsthand, most believe the stories to be little more than myth. But something evil is stirring once again in Tristram, and it may already have claimed its first victim: Deckard Cain.”
The game will allow you to create male or female characters in one of five character classes, but only two have ben announced so far: barbarian and witch doctor.
No release info yet so it could be this year or it could be a year or two from now–Blizzard likes to take their time and get things right. They did, though, say that the game will be simultaneously released on both Mac’s and PC’s, but no mention yet of system specs required to run the game.
For more info or to check out either the cinematic or gameplay trailers, check out the official product page here.
When Nintendo released the Wii they knew that it would inspire out-of-the-box thinking and allow developers really try some new things but I’m pretty sure a pole dancing game wasn’t something that crossed their mind.
Ready or not, looks like Peekaboo Pole Dancing is serious about releasing this title and is actively seeking a partner.
Simon Kay, a representitive for Peekaboo, said via email that “Peekaboo will be all about fun and fitness for a new generation. Peekaboo wants to make the fitness benefits of aerobic pole dancing accessible to millions of Wii users. The goal is to encourage men and women of all shapes and sizes to improve their pole dancing skills while having fun, toning up and burning calories. Ultimately Peekaboo and AT New Media want to do for pole dancing what ‘Guitar Hero’ did for rock n roll!”
Hmmm…I guess it’s just another rhythem game so once you get over the “a what game???” factor I guess it sorta makes sense.
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue for the Playstation 3 is hitting on April 17th, and to make sure that we’re at the proper excitement level Sony has released the features list for the title.
- 60 vehicles along with 14 additionally tuned cars
- 6 race tracks, each with two layouts
- Split-screen racing to play with another player on one television and support for up to 16 players in an online race
- Drift mode where your drifting technique is measured based on drift angles, racing lines, and speeds within evaluation zones located at various turns on the course
- Car tuning (naturally–this is Gran Turismo, after all)
- Support for the upcoming DualShock 3 controller
The game will also feature “a new in-cockpit view features real-time gauges and human animations that accurately represent the true performance and handling of each vehicle…more dynamic and adjustable Artificial Intelligence, a user homepage called My Page and a new physics engine round out some of the other features players can expect in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.”
[Via Ars Technica]
If you’re in the market for a Sony PSP and can wait until June, you might want to check out the God of War PSP Entertainment Pack.
This June Sony will be releasing a Limited-Edition “Deep Red” PSP with Kratos (the protagonist in the God of War games) silkscreened onto the back for $199.99.
Also included in this bundle is the upcoming game “God of War: Chains of Olympus”, the movie Superbad on UMD, and a voucher to download “Syphon Filter: Combat Ops” from the PLAYSTATION Store for free.
If you don’t need the PSP but would still like the new God of War game it will be hitting stores on March 4th.
Today at GDC the next Ninja Gaiden game was officially announced during the Microsoft keynote.
Ninja Gaiden II will ship worldwide this June as an Xbox 360 exclusive, and be hitting retail in the US on June 3rd.
The game will include a new feature where you will be able to record a highlight reel onto your Xbox 360 hard drive and upload them later for your friends to watch.
Check out the video here.