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.

Bioware ‘Reveals’ Dragonage Sequel Release Date?

March 11, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

There’s a nice little surprise watching in the package for the retail version of upcoming Dragonage: Origins expansion, Awakening. It contains a leaflet with a date of 02.01.2011 printed on it, which seems to hint at the release date for Dragonage 2. Well when we say ’seems’ we really mean ‘what the hell else can it be?’.

EA has already announced that they’re going to be releasing a new Dragonage next year, so when you put the two things together it’s pretty obvious. Given the early next year release date it’s also looking likely that we’ll find out more about the sequel at E3.

Awakening is available as a download and retail release for PC and 360. The PS3 release is download only, so no little leaflet for owners of that version. You can get it from March 16.

(picture from 1UP)

Square Enix Reports Large Profits; EA Announces Q3 Losses

February 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix's next blockbuster release, coming out in March

Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.

They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.

At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.

However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.

Last Chance to Get NBA Live 07 Achievements

January 30, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Xbox

The servers for many of EA's sports games are soon to be closed down, meaning that some Achievements will be locked forever

The last big effort to get the achievement for having 1000 players online simultaneously on NBA Live 07 will be held tomorrow by Xbox360Achievements.org.

The attempt will be held tomorrow at 6pm GMT (1PM Eastern, 10AM Western for the US) and was announced following the news that EA will be shutting down servers for many of its older sports games. This would of course mean that any achievements that require online play would become impossible to unlock.

So if you want to be one of the people who has this achievement before it’s too late, then head over to the thread on X360A.org here to learn what you need to do. I know I’ll be online (I haven’t bought the game for the occasion, I have actually had it all this time).

Good luck!

Mass Effect 2 DLC Details Surface

January 25, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, PC, Xbox

The DLC that launches with Mass Effect 2 will reward players who purchase the game new

A few tasty details have surfaced in the last few days about the Mass Effect 2 downloadable content ‘confirmed’ to coincide with the game’s launch.

Well now they have been 100% confirmed, and there’s plenty there to look forward to. There will be an in-game portal for Mass Effect 2 where players can receive new pieces of DLC as well as news about the series. This feature will come in the form of a one-use redeemable code with new copies of the game. Players who buy the game pre-owned will have to pay a small fee.

There are a few pieces of downloadable content already published on Xbox Live, including weapons, armour and what I assume is a bonus mission, which you can get queued up to download ready for when the game launches. Here’s the list with links to their locations on Xbox Live Marketplace:

Plenty to look forward to on top of the game itself which is already averaging a 97 on MetaCritic, and launches at the end of this week.

Free Mass Effect DLC From Day One?

January 18, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, PC, Xbox

Mass Effect 2

The hotly anticipated Mass Effect 2 is released in less than two weeks

Bioware recently posted on their Twitter in response to rumours that it would be releasing paid downloadable content at launch for Mass Effect 2.

They confirmed that they will “not be charging extra for any new Mass Effect 2 content on launch day”, and that there will be “More DLC details next week.” Not exactly a proper announcement as such yet, but at least we know that we will be getting DLC support from the release (which was an area that disappointed with the first game). Expect to hear more when more details are released.

Mass Effect 2 hits store shelves in the UK on the 29th of January on Xbox 360 and PC (including Steam).

FIFA 10 “Beating the Heck” Out of PES

January 8, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

FIFA 10 has been widely regarded as one of best football games of all time

FIFA 10 has been widely regarded as one of best football games of all time

The boss of EA for Europe,  Jens Uwe Intat today claimed that FIFA 10 was the far superior football (soccer) game in Europe last year.

He claimed that FIFA “beat the heck out of Pro Evo”, saying that FIFA had taken 75% of all football game sales across Europe. Apparently it was “neck and neck with Modern Warfare 2  to be the best-selling game across Europe [in 2009]“.

While I’m sure as usual they have used some kind of manipulated data and figures to turn this to their advantage, it is quite clear that FIFA 10 was far more popular than PES 2010. Just from being around people who play games, the majority of people this time opted for FIFA (including me, previously a PES loyalist).

Definitely worrying news for Konami…

Army of Two: The 40th Day Demo Lands This Week

December 14, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

armyoftwo-40thday

A demo of upcoming Army of Two: The 40th Day will be hitting PSN and Xbox Live this week, 17th December to be exact.

The demo will contain the majority of the game’s first level, with Salem and Rios shooting their way through Shanghai. Explosions, badda-boom and all that crap.

I’m looking forward to checking this one out, even though I haven’t got around to completing the first game yet (I blame my brother for never having the time for it). The trailer here certainly makes it look like more of the same fun that made the first one such a joy to play in co-op.

Dead Space 2 May Have Multiplayer

December 8, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Yum Yum!

I officially declare today ‘International Dead Space 2 News Day’, although I don’t want to be giving EA’s PR department any ideas. This time next week we’ll probably see a Dead Space 2 flag flying about Buckingham Palace, but don’t hold me to that.

Anyway, a job listing by EA seems to suggest that Dead Space 2 will contain some sort of multiplayer aspect. Part of the listing states that the successful applicant will “Own the level design for the online game, be able to work collaboratively with Creative Director and Online Producer to create extremely fun, satisfying and polished multiplayer levels.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean there will be multiplayer in the game, it just means that they’re building something that may or may not be scrapped at a later date. With a lot of developers thinking they have to shove some sort of multiplayer aspect into a game these days I won’t be surprised if Dead Space 2 turns out to have it, but I’m going to bet that popular opinion would want it to be some sort of co-op mode and not some crappy deathmatch against Necromorphs.

Well, that’s that then, although I’m pretty sure they’ll be some other Dead Space 2 related news sometime soon. Same time tomorrow then?

Dead Space 2 Officially Announced

December 7, 2009 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Dead Space 2

Rumour already had it that Dead Space 2 was in production – plus, we were teased about it just the other day – so there was little surprise when EA officially announced the sequel earlier today.

According to the press release Isaac Clarke, main protagonist of Dead Space, will be “taking the fight to the Necromorphs” this time around. New weapons, characters and “epic zero-G environments” will be packed into this new instalment.

“Like so many gamers worldwide, we love the Dead Space franchise and are very excited to announce a new game in the series,” said Nick Earl, Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA. “Visceral Games is quickly becoming known for delivering high-quality, action-packed games. Dead Space 2 is on target to deliver a jaw-dropping experience gamers won’t soon forget.”“We’re thrilled to jump back into the series, making the next chapter in Isaac’s journey,” added Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer of Dead Space 2.

“The infection continues to spread throughout space and our hero Isaac Clarke is the only person able to contain it. There are still loads of Necromorphs that need killing. In Dead Space 2, not everything is exactly as it seems. Expect plot twists that will surprise you and a huge cast of twisted, disgusting monsters that are sure to scare the daylights out of you.”

Hype machine, go!

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