SEGA Superstars Tennis includes several of the most memorable SEGA characters including Sonic The Hedgehog, AiAi from Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala of Space Channel 5 and Amigo from Samba De Amigo, each of whom have their own unique attributes, and superstar tennis skills. The game’s arcade style matches are played out on courts based on environments from Sega games of the past such as the lush tropics of Sonic’s Green Hill Zone or the street fair fiesta of Amigo’s Carnival Park to name a few. The game features 16 characters, 10 themed courts, and 4 different modes. I’m a huge fan of Tennis games, so I’m looking forward to see this over the top take on it.
The folks at Gametrailers did a interesting countdown of their most anticipated games of 2008. After yesterday’s MS announcements I’m sure Gears 2 would have to be on this list somewhere. Check out the video.
A few years ago I interviewed Scott Henson one of the big wigs for Microsoft’s X-Box Live service and we talked extensively about the future of the platform and the idea of user generated games for the service. Today that dream has become a reality as Microsoft announces the immediate availability of XNA created games are available on X-Box Live. “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone to share their creations with the world,” said John Schappert, corporate vice president of LIVE, Software and Services for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Our goal is to drive a creative and social revolution in games with the same transformative power that we’ve seen in digital music and video sharing.”
Demonstrating a look into the future potential of community-created games on Xbox 360, Chris Satchell, general manager and chief XNA architect at Microsoft, announced that seven games created using XNA Game Studio 2.0 would be available immediately for Xbox 360 owners to download from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. This move makes all of us who dream of one day creating that surprise "hit" game one step closer to reality. The one thing I would like to find out is if creators will also be able to eventually sell their games on XBL.
An Xbox 360 community game created using Microsoft’s XNA Game Studio software and XNA Creators Club membership will be able to be submitted for distribution on Xbox LIVE. Each community-created game must then undergo a thorough peer-review process and be evaluated for accuracy in representation and appropriateness. Community game developers will be able to beta test the process this spring and will be able to distribute their games on Xbox LIVE by the end of this year.
Microsoft also announced their 2008 slate of games, looks a bit skimpy at the moment. But it’s still early. We can look forward to Gears of War 2 in November, Fable 2, Ninja Gaiden II, and Too Human.
I saw this tech demo for the new Alone In The Dark game on Joystiq and thought it was really cool. Check out the end where we see the many joys of Sticky tape. The game is coming along very nicely and the it’s use of real time lighting effects is definitely intriguing. My only issue with the game is that I’m not much of a fan of the Horror genre, but this could make me a believer.
I love Wrestling Games, smacking people with a chair to the head is ALWAYS fun. But THQ has had a virtual monopoly on the genre with it’s WWE titles for several years now and the quality of the titles are getting progressively worse. Maybe with Midway entering the field with their TNA Impact! Title THQ will do better. Midway’s entry is looking better and better, they just released some new screenshots and it looks like the game is coming along nicely. I’m curious to see the game play mechanics. And word of advice to Midway – make sure we can turn off all of those annoying entrance videos and improve the load times. You do that and you’ll have THQ’s Smackdown Vs. Raw series beat.
It had to happen at some point, how many games are set in Vegas, or Vegas clones? But none have let us actually be “in” Vegas and hang out in “Vegas,” just race through, or do some car jackings. Midway games latest is actually going to let us “experience” Vegas, that is, if you believe the Press Release. The initial screenshots look gorgeous. Take a gander at the pretty pictures and press release.
Oh for Turok. Can this week’s release of Turok bring the franchise back to it’s former glory. One of the storied video game franchises of the “32-bit” error saved THQ from extinction it was a critical and commercial hit back in the day. Then the franchise hit a patch where THQ couldn’t shoot straight – both literally and figuratively. They eventually sold the rights to a new publisher/developer Touchstone. Can they breath life back into this franchise? From what I’ve seen of the new next-gen version it looks beautiful. I played the demo on X-Box 360 and this is a title I’m looking forward to. Killing Dinosaurs is always fun. The one thing I’m not sure of is if they kept the mode where you can eat humans. Here’s the press release and tasty images. Humans……yummy….
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Iron Man is one of the top 15 movies I’m looking forward to this year. I will say that I’m mixed on the first trailer. All of the Tony Stark bits were right on target. Exactly what I want and expect from an Iron Man film. But the in armor stuff with the planes at the end of the trailer looked terrible. I’m holding out hope that the movie will rock. Of course a big film like this has a video game attached. I watched the demo at Comic-Con and it looks gorgeous. Here are some brand new sceenshots from the game.
We have news on the video game for the Spiderwick Chronicles, including a ton of new screen shots. Players can choose to play as ANY of the three Grace children; each possessing unique abilities crucial to combating hordes of Goblins, hunting and capturing Faerie creatures and solving puzzles to successfully complete each mission. Players may also adventure through special tasks in the Spiderwick Estate as Thimbletack, the tiny Brownie who helps the Grace kids throughout their journey. Equipped with context sensitive controls for attacks and environment interaction, the game includes several combat elements, along with a creature collection component that allows players to log objects found during the journey into the Field Guide, earning the player new abilities, quest solutions or unlockable items.
It’s that time of the year again, where we check who were naughty or nice and reward accordingly, for the gamers in your life I’ve come up with a list of 10 titles that any good gamer must own. Here is part 1 of my 2 part guide.
The folks at Activision have hit it out of the park with, what I think is the best shooter of all time. Call of Duty 2 for the 360 set the bar on multiplayer shooting. Before COD 2, I absolutely HATED playing shooting games, they hurt my eyes, gave me a headache and were completely unbalanced in gameplay. Call of Duty 2 for the 360 changed all of that for me. So I was waiting with baited breath for Call of Duty 3 and frankly that game was a steaming pile. After that disappointment I wasn’t looking forward to COD 4 Modern Warfare, the first time I fired up the beta multiplayer I was in love again. And ran out and purchased a copy, I didn’t wait for Activision to send me one, I spent my own hard earned cash and have been addicted to this game for the last two month. I’ve played nothing but the multi-player aspect and it’s absolutely perfect. Graphically it looks amazing, the play mechanics are flawless and in one of the more unique aspects of the game, there’s a neat level up mechanic that is addictive as heck. Even if you are a mediocre Online death matcher like myself, it’s worth sticking with a match because you get rewarded for your efforts. The points let you level up your weapons, gives you special perks like steady aim, more powerful explosives, and more. The really cool thing about the system is you get all the good perks, great guns, and red-dot scopes after only a couple of rounds of play. When I first heard about this feature, I thought the game would be just as unbalanced as Halo but it works surprisingly well. This is truly a genre expanding game that even non-shooting fans will love. Continue reading Holiday Game Guide
The folks at Sega sent over the link to download the trailer for the upcoming Iron Man game. But I’m too lazy to download it and am grabbing this clip from one of my favorite sites on the web gametrailers.com. I had a chance to watch them play it at Comic Con last year and the game is shaping up really nice. Take a gander.