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.
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.
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…
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has announced the March 2011 launch of the Nintendo 3DS. The latest version of the Nintendo DS will be backward compatible with DS and DSi software, and will allow 3D handheld gaming without the need for any special glasses.
Nintendo will announce more details at E3 this year.
TikGames, have announced its action-packed, critter racing game Hamsterball for the PlayStation 3 Network will be available for download this Thursday (25th March) for $9.99 in North America. We have not heard any information about it being released outside of NA, but watch this space for more information!
In Hamsterball, players take control of a hamster-in-a-ball as they run the most frenzied race of their lives! The clock is ticking and EVERYTHING is out to stop them – with crazy obstacles around every turn, unexpected twists and dramatic drops, each level will immerse and challenge players in new and inventive ways! Gamers can race solo, play split-screen against a friend, or battle up to six buddies in Sumo Mode to determine whose hamster is “King of the Hill.” With over 50 levels and three different game modes, Hamsterball is sure to provide hours of non-stop, critter-racing action.
Ubisoft’s most recent release schedule has revealed a two week delay for the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.
It was supposed to be released on April 16th, the same day as the 360 version, but PC gamers will now have to wait until the 30th to get their hands on the game which 360 users have already had a demo of for a few days now.
Ubisoft really haven’t been doing their PC market any favours recently…
Developers Snowblind Studios, along with Warner Bros. today announced the latest addition to the growing list of Lord of the Rings games.
The new game, titled “War in the North” is being developed by the same folk as Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and will be an action-RPG featuring co-op support. It will feature locations and narratives familiar to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and their big screen-counterparts, as well as original storylines.
Martin Tremblay, president of Warner Bros. Interactive had this to say:
“With The Lord of the Rings: War in the North we are taking a mature approach to the widely celebrated property with authentic portrayals of battles and all new storylines.
Utilising the award-winning and passionate development team at Snowblind Studios, we are looking to evolve the RPG experience and deliver The Lord of the Rings game fans have been waiting for.”
The game is slated for a release in 2011 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Check the official website for more information.
Gameloft announced today that the iPhone remake of Earthworm Jim (there’s an iPhone remake? Damn, I’m going to have to check that out) will be released on DSiWare.
The remake includes updated graphics and audio; with redrawn sprites, brighter colours, improved audio and remixed tunes. There’s also an easy mode with hints and tips, plus a bonus mode where you repeat Jim’s various expressions into the DSi camera.
Gameloft hopes to stay as true to the original as possible whilst also making it easy enough for anyone to finish.
Pricing details are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for those in the near future.
The remake of Rare’s classic first-person shooter – Perfect Dark is now available to download from Xbox-Live Arcade for 800 points.
The game features all of the original single-player and multiplayer modes with updated visuals, as well as 8-player online versus modes. Fans of Goldeneye also get a little treat as there are various maps and weapons from the N64 classic included in Perfect Dark XBLA.
Download the trial and give it a go!
It was announced on Xbox Live’s Inside Xbox service that a playable demo of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction will be available this week.
360 players will be able to download the demo on March 18th (this Thursday) and get a taste of Sam Fisher’s latest, and possibly greatest game.
The demo features a ‘brutal’ interrogation scene, as well as a level from later in the game in order to give the player a good idea of the gameplay and story of the game without giving away any big plot points.
Judging by some of the previews that have been out and some of the announced features in Conviction, I would definitely suggest downloading this demo and giving it a try.