New Yorkers are invited to leave their 3D glasses at home this March 26th as Nintendo will be hosting a midnight launch spectacular at Best Buy's Union Square location for the 3D screen enabled Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo put out a media alert this morning inviting New Yorkers to join in the celebrations with 3DS samplings, music, games and other activities meant to hype you up about the new handheld.
Reggie Fils-Aime will be present at the launch event (yay!) along with Michael Vitelli of Best Buy of America (eh.) The first 300 people in line will be eligible to recieve a special carrying case free with the purchase of their 3DS, so if you are in the big apple and itching to drop a cool $250 on 3D gaming's new hotness it's definately worth checking out.
A teaser trailer for the newly announced title, Prey 2, has been released this past week. The trailer features an everyday airplane scene that goes horribly, horribly wrong. Prey 2 is being developed by Humanhead Studios, and published by Bethesda. Click the "see more" button to view the trailer. (more...)
Good news for PS3 owners who fondly remember or recall the 2003 cult classic adventure game Beyond Good & Evil. Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Sony has announced that the Playstation 3 will get an HD treatment of the game giving PS3 owners what Sony calls "...the best version of Beyond Good & Evil yet." featuring improved visuals and sound. Specifics on the exact release date are mum, but Sony expects the title to be available on the Playstation Store this May.
For the uninitiated, Beyond Good & Evil was developed and released by Ubisoft back in 2003 on the PC, Playstation 2, Gamecube, and Xbox. The title was highly regarded by critics and gamers alike garnering a metacritic score of 87%. Despite the high praise and cult like following, Beyond Good & Evil did not sell well leaving it to be labeled a commercial disappointment much to the chagrine of the game's fans.
For the official Sony release and a trailer, click here.
Great games often have great music and you could easily make the case that Hans Zimmer, the man behind the driving scores heard in some major Hollywood blockbusters including The Dark Knight and Inception, is a solid choice to pump up a game's musical score. That's exactly what's happening with Crysis 2. While most of Crysis 2's sound track was scored by Borislav Slavov and Tilman Sillescu, Hans Zimmer was brought in by EA to add a finishing touch to the game's acoustics. And, like the good publisher they are, they felt the need to trumpet this fact to the masses at the near-eve of Crysis 2's launch along with a sample bit that can be heard through the link provided below.
Crysis 2 will be hitting the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC this March 22nd.
Good news for trivia buffs who might be on the fence about Jellyvision's recently released You Don't Know Jack. Xbox owners can now get their feet wet with a demo for the game from the Xbox Live marketplace. You Don't Know Jack is best played with four players who have a deep seated desire to wreck up each other's day, though if friends are hard to come by you can take on the game's AI which may convincingly feign ignorance and maybe let you win, despite the fact it has all the answers. It's best not to think about that though. It might make you sad.
Futuremark Games Studio has released the Firepower weapons pack for Shattered Horizon on Steam. Firepower, which is free for all players, adds eight new weapons and three new grenades. To celebrate the release, Futuremark is offering Shattered Horizon for just $14.99 until Wednesday May 12.
"We believe players should be rewarded for supporting a game and that’s why we have released all our DLC packs for free," said Jaakko Haapasalo, Head of Futuremark Games Studio. "In fact for $14.99, the same price as 'that other map pack' released this week, PC gamers can now get the complete Shattered Horizon game, including both the Moonrise map pack and the brand new Firepower weapons pack, from a developer that puts players first." (more...)
Sony announced a new God of War game for PSP today. Developed by Ready at Dawn Studios (the same team behind Chains of Olympus), God of War: Ghost of Sparta will feature our beloved Kratos, depicting his rise to power sometime after the events of the first God of War on PS2.
"Excitement for the God of War franchise is at an all-time high and we're thrilled to continue that momentum with God of War: Ghost of Sparta," said SCEA product marketing VP Scott Steinberg. "This new adventure will showcase Kratos on PSP like never before in an experience that fans and newcomers can enjoy on the go, anytime, anywhere."
Ghost of Sparta supposedly boasts 25% more gameplay content than Chains of Olympus, and it will kick the number of on-screen enemies up a notch. It's expected to ship later this year.
StarCraft fans, rejoice! Blizzard announced yesterday that the hugely anticipated sequel, Wings of Liberty, will be available at retailers starting July 27 and directly from Blizzard itself shortly thereafter. The game has been in beta since February with a rather hefty update releasing just a few weeks ago, which included the custom map editor, achievements, and a number of other Battle.net additions.
"Thanks to our beta testers, we're making great progress on the final stages of development, and we'll be ready to welcome players all over the world to StarCraft II and the new Battle.net in just a few months," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO and co-founder.
Wings of Liberty will continue the StarCraft story arc, following Terran rebel leader Jim Raynor. The game will allow players to pick and choose the missions they run, creating a very customizable single-player experience.
A name and release date we already knew for Treyarch's next iteration to the Call of Duty series, but what we didn't know (for sure at least) was the when and where the game will take place. Gametrailers TV had their big reveal Friday night with the debut trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and while there were many hints indicating a Vietnam era war game, there were also some more modern elements thrown in than we expected. Take a look for yourself below.
For Gametrailer's breakdown of the trailer, hit the jump
Sick and tired of that boring old white Wii? Jealous that both Japan and Europe have already had their mits on an awesome looking black Wii for months? If you possess such ridiculous insecurities you'll be happy to learn that Nintendo will be offering the Black Wii state side May 9, with a few little bonuses over the plain old white color.
First off, the black model will come with two games. The standard Wii Sports title as well as the sequel, Wii Sports Resort. Guess what also comes with it? A Wii motion plus add on to go with the motion enhanced Wii Sports Resort. All this comes at the standard retail of $200, but one could argue that the Wii is technically $150 since Nintendo is throwing in another $50 game.