Brave New Gamer's Alex Rubens is going to get some one on one time with Modnation Racers (PSP) Lead Producer Vernon Mollette so if you have some questions for the man this is your chance to get them answered by posting them in the comments section. The interview is set to be held this Friday at 3:00 PM PST and we're going to be taking questions till midnight tomorrow so get 'em in.
There have been some rumblings over at bloomberg.com that Microsoft, along with previous News Corp. President Peter Chernin, is considering adding a subscription based TV channel to Xbox Live that would feature reruns of original television programs for a $1 to $2 subscription premium on top of the Live's annual fee.
Microsoft has refused to comment on the proposition but the idea is being discussed internally according to an insider who broke the news to Bloomberg. Chernin has also approached popular entertainment icon Conan O'Brien before he was picked up by Time Warner's TBS. Whether or not this new channel would fill a niche that Netflix or Microsoft's current media offerings couldn't already fill is arguable, especially with internet sites like Hulu already providing essentially free programming. Provide the service sans any type of advertising and wemight turn our heads a little.
Steam has another awesome sale on another great game. For a limited time you can get your hands on Ion Storm's innovative master piece Deus Ex (in addition to its less stellar sequel Invisible War) for the pittance of $5.
Featuring innovative gameplay and a deep, rich narrative Deus Ex is a masterpiece right up there with the likes of Half-Life. There are numerous ways you can play the game and so many distinct paths you can follow to make each playthrough unique and memorable. You'll have to deal with the game's somewhat fussy and antiquated Unreal engine but the experience is well worth the trouble so check it out.
No More Heroes is heading over to the Xbox 360 and someone, somewhere (probably here or something) decided to show off what sort of extra visual flair would be added to a game originally developed for the Wii after being ported over to the Xbox 360. Here's a hint: More shaders. It's worth mentioning however that the Wii iteration holds up surprisingly well, thanks in part to the cel-shaded art style.
There's word going about over at CVG that Nintendo will be releasing the 3DS, the 3D touch screen follow up to the DS, as early as October this year. This comes by way of "industry sources" who informed CVG that the company was prepping to launch the platform this October, putting it in line to directly compete with the launch of Natal this holiday season.
CVG mentioned that a long time news source noted how it was "... a surprise - we were expecting it much closer to Christmas. But I suppose it gives Nintendo the opportunity to get it front and centre in people's minds nice and early."
If the information is true, it would put the launch of the 3DS around six months earlier than expected. Of course this could still just be nothing more than a rumor unless Nintendo announces something at this year's E3.
A pair of voice actors for Rocksteady's sequel to 2009 Game of the Year winning Batman Arkham Asylum let slip, almost concurrently, the name of the villains for which they were lending their voices. Thanks to this information we now know that both Mr. Freeze and Talia al Ghul will be among the villains to make an appearance in Arkham Asylum 2.
After a spate of FPS madness, I recently returned to the raceway world of Forza 3. It is sometimes nice to break away from the shotgun-in-the-face stuff and play something with a bit more realism and challenge. Turns out, with Forza 3, I couldn’t have been more wrong if I’d tried to invest in a company that sold sandwiches made of poo while using the sales pitch of “tasty”.
Ubisoft's sword swinger Red Steel 2 is seeing some somewhat meager sales numbers for its first twelve days on the shelf. Kotaku provided the NPD numbers detailing the figures and as it stands now it doesn't look like a lot of people are sliding their plastic for the Wii-motion plus centered title, which is really a shame since the sword fighting mechanics of the game is something to be experienced.
Ubisoft commented on the matter making sure to mention that the figures only reflected twelve days worth of sales and that they would wait to see were the series stands in the long term. Hopefully some more substantial numbers will help bolster the game to success.
To catch you guys up on recent Sony news, a firmware update was announced that would enable 3D gaming on the Playstation 3 and was planned to go live sometime in June. A few select titles including Wipeout HD, Super Stardust HD, PAIN, and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift would feature the 3D update and other titles the likes Killzone 2, Little Big Planet, and Gran Turismo 5 were either rumored or hinted at. What the update doesn't let you do is watch 3D blu-ray movies.
Will 3D Blu-ray playback ever make it to the PS3? Yeah, probably. With the industries push to have more 3D television sets in consumer homes it would be invaluable to have a major video game console sport the new feature. As for more games sporting 3D other than the aformentioned? Can't say too much on that currently but expect Sony to be throwing all sorts of news around when the update hits this June.
Japan's Sunday morning kiddy show 'Pokémon Sunday' provided us with two things: further proof that Japan is bat-shit insane, and our first look at some Pokémon Black/White gameplay.