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The Week That Was - week ending 27th July 2007
The Week That Was - week ending 27th July 2007
- Metal Gear is 20
Yes, Metal Gear was created in 1987. Yes, they had a party in Japan to celebrate (video gaming celebrites at the event included the head of Xbox Japan no less, who said he was there "because Kojima is an old friend"). Yes, they've confirmed three new titles in the process (not including the recently announced Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops +). Yes, here they all are, in an entirely different bulleted list! I'm so clever.
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Digital Graphic Novel has been confirmed. Again, surely, as I could have sworn I heard about it not that long after the first one was released. Still, it sounds like it will be much like the previous one, complete with Ashley Wood's art. The most significant change this time seems to stem from the fact it will come with a full voice track.
- Metal Gear Online has also been confirmed as a standalone title, so far again exclusive to PS3. Sounds like it's pretty much going to be much like the Subsistence's online mode except tarted up. And hopefully without pulling the plug on the server after a year.
- Metal Gear Mobile has been confirmed as a title for a Metal Gear-themed mobile phone in Japan that has been created by (surprise, surprise) Sony. Pictures that have appeared on the net seem to suggest more than a subtle hint of MGS2.
- In non-new-game related news, another character has been confirmed for MGS4! And it's... EVA! Seriously. I'm not joking. Look, here's a pic. I must admit, for someone who must be in their 70's-80's, she ain't looking too bad. And when you've finished gawping, here's a 15 minute video of gameplay, demonstrated at the event.
- "GTA better on 360" says people behind GTA
I really hope i'm not going to start a flame war with this one, but the only reason I am mentioning this is because Rockstar has said it. "They're identical games. We're not hardware makers, and we're not like a pawn between these companies, we try not to be as much as we can. We make great games for people to enjoy on whichever system they want. But I guess if you want the complete experience with the episodes, then yeah, you should buy the 360, I suppose." so said Rockstar spokesperson Hosi Simon, who I suspect will probably be ex-spokesperson soon enough. It sounds more like it was a slip-up more than anything, but it does seem to seal the deal mentioned a couple months ago where Microsoft allegedly purchased exclusivity on downloadable content - the aforementioned episodes.
- Sony preparing for frosty winter
In between Sony Europe's boss saying "It's not this Christmas that is critical to success, but the next one" and Sony Japan's chief financial officer saying "Actually, because the number of units sold was not as high as we hoped, the loss was better than our original expectation", Sony are obviously preparing for a rough ride. Indeed, Sony's entertainment division continues to make a loss according to their latest financial reports. Still, it's not all bad news as Sony is still in profit as a whole - mirroring Microsoft's recent financial report, where their gaming division was still making a loss despite the company as a whole remaining in healthy profit.
- Jaffe sets up new dev studio, apparently is not a cake
David Jaffe, the brains behind titles such as God of War and Twisted Metal, has set up a new company named Eat Sleep Play. They've already signed a three-title exclusivity deal with Sony, and it appears that their first title will be a PS2 port of PSP launch title Twisted Metal: Head On, replete with higher-res textures, 60 frames per second and mandatory extras such as a documentary on the series and several levels from an unfinished sequel to Twisted Metal: Black.
The Dynasty Warriors: Gundam demo is now available on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. The only reason I mention this is because I really want to play it, yet I dont own a PS3 and my 360 is still being tinkered with by a fat man who probably goes by the name of Steve. I am not amused at the timing.
- Ubisoft Convicted, tries to be Heroes
Ubisoft has been busy this week. Along with confirmation that the latest Splinter Cell title Conviction has slipped to spring next year, we've also heard that they're making a game based on James Cameron's latest film Avatar, and they're just tied up a deal around hit US series Heroes. Ubisoft released both the excellent King Kong adaptation as well as the lacklustre Ninja Turtles, and of course there's still no sight of their Lost adaptation, so the jury is still out on whether they can make competent games based on film and TV franchises. And X360 players of the latest Splinter Cell Double Agent will now find the formerly PS3-exclusive extras available for free on the Xbox Marketplace which includes two new maps and a new playable multiplayer character in the form of a spy girl (omg lol asl?)
- Uwe in bad video-game shock
Uwe Boll, director of such cinematic abortions as House of the Dead, BloodRayne and Alone in the Dark, films not even nudity could save, is clearly not content with trying to permanently ruin video game-film adaptations. Now he's looking to create a video game based on his own original creation, the Vietnam War based Tunnel Rats, currently in development at Replay Studios, whose games I have never heard of before.
- Xbox Live Arcade
Wing Commander Arena
- Wii Virtual Console
Kirby's Ghost Trap (SNES)
Devil's Crush (TurboGrafx-16)
American Chopper 2
Guitar Hero: Rock the 80's
Rugby 08 (no next-gen versions? hmm...)