New Pokemon Black & White Details Surface

April 14, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Nintendo

If you’re a Pokemon fan (let’s face it, most of us were at some point) then you’ll probably be pleased to hear that new information about upcoming Pokemon Black & White has been dropped in your lap. While the official site wasn’t due to update with the new info until tomorrow Coro Coro Comics managed to get the details in advance, along with the first screenshots.

The screenshots show newcomer Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark fighting it out on the battle screen. Also shown are some town and field sections, all of which I’m sure will be scanned and placed on the Internet in no time (which means they’re probably already on the net somewhere).

The game will also be the first in the series to go 3D; which means that areas such as battles, fields and towns will appear 3D – the towns and fields actually presented from a 3/4 perspective. We’re talking 3D polygons here, not the coming out of the screen 3D that the 3DS will have.

Towns are said to be more realistic, with high rise buildings and additional shops in the Pokemon Centre. Battles will be more heated, whatever that means, and there’s something about ‘Evolution 3’ that not even the magazine seems to know much about.

Hopefully we’ll learn a lot more soon, including the reveal of more Pokemon aside from the two we already know about. At least it seems like Nintendo is trying to revive a series that has effectively gone stale, at least in terms of gameplay.

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Green Day: Rock Band Set-List Revealed + More Details

April 11, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

Green Day: Rock Band will feature tracks spanning (most of) the band's 20+ year career

In a preview by Entertainment Weekly, a few new details, including the full set-list were released for Green Day: Rock Band – the latest in Harmonix and EA’s popular rhythm game series.

The game will feature 47 playable songs on the disc, just more than The Beatles: Rock Band, across three venues. The American Idiot, and Dookie albums will be included in their entireties, with all except the 6 tracks that are available as DLC from 21st Century Breakdown also playable.

Players will be taken to MK Bowl – the venue for their Bullet in a Bible live album – for a large portion of the songs in the game, including the American Idiot album. The other two included venues are The Fox Theatre in Oakland California (the band’s hometown) and the fictional, ‘hole in the wall’ venue called “The Warehouse”, designed to represent the smaller venues the band played in their earlier years.

Popular tracks such as Hitchin a Ride, Minority, and Brain Stew from Green Day’s back catalogue are also included in the game. However, there is notably no sign at all of the band’s first two albums, which is sure to disappoint many fans (myself included). Despite this little niggle though, the game is looking quite promising – especially if you are a Green Day fan.

Green Day: Rock Band will be released on June 8th on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.

Gears of War 3 Leaked + Another Epic Announcement Imminent?

April 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

Gears of War 3 had already been previously confirmed for a 2011 release

The internet had been buzzing with rumours about what Cliff Bleszinski’s big announcement was going to be on the Jimmy Fallon Show next Monday in the US, after his appearance had been pushed back from Thursday. Obviously the big rumour was Gears of War 3, the final installment in Epic Games‘ blockbuster trilogy.

Well that rumour was confirmed earlier today, though by complete accident. Perhaps it was timed to automatically go live after the original date of the TV appearance and somebody forgot to change it, or maybe somebody accidentally hit the big red ‘announce’ button, but it was confirmed on the Xbox 360 dashboard that Gears 3 will be released 12 months from now in April 2011.

While this announcement does please me more than just a little bit, I do have to feel sorry for Cliffy B and the team at Epic Games. I’m sure that a lot of work had gone into the announcement, only for it to just pop up in a completely non-spectacular way on Xbox Live. Even though it almost certainly wouldn’t have lived up to the almost ludicrously awesome Gears 2 announcement at GDC 2008, chances are they had something a bit more exciting planned to go with that TV appearance.

However, Cliffy B updated his Twitter not all that long ago, saying that there will be “two announcements about two upcoming games” on Monday. One of the other rumours below Gears 3 in the original hype around the appearance was the as yet un-named shooter from People Can Fly, a studio acquired not too long ago by Epic Games. Chances are that’s what it will be. Or maybe even Shadow Complex 2? We shall see…

Even though the main, big announcement has already been ruined, I’m sure it will still be worth tuning in to the Jimmy Fallon show (on YouTube most likely if you don’t live in the US like myself) to watch Cliff Bleszinski’s announcements next week. He is not the type to disappoint…