On a recent TSA podcast Peter discussed the Nintendo Direct broadcast and how his Twitter feed was split between those who were happy with more of the same and those who criticised the Japanese giant for constantly recycling characters and games. I fall into the latter group, I don’t like Mario and couldn’t care less about Zelda, what I need is new games, something that will make me buy a Wii U and Lego City Undercover may be that game. Check out the new trailer above.
Scandal of the Day #1: SimCity will have an in-game store to allow you to access “additional game content (both free and paid) that can provide you with new game play possibilities.”
“And make us more money by making you pay for stuff we cut out of the main game,” they most certainly did not add. They never said that. Ever. At all. Everyone clear? Good.
Metal Gear Rising Madeupword is to recieve classic style VR missions and they will be (to be said in the style of flash banner at the top of a Blu-ray pack) only on PlayStation.
“Featuring a mix of combat training, tactical maneuvering, stealth-based approaches and more, these missions will both provide practice in which to hone your skills in original stages not seen the in the game’s campaign,” said Dalton Link from Konami.
The exclusivity deal has only been announced for North America, no word on Europe so far.
Scandal of the Day #2: Gabe Newell has used some potentially inflammatory words as part of his talk at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. “Single-player games are like a feature film where your lead actor is retarded and autistic,” he said. It should be noted that whilst over here ‘retard’ is a rather unacceptable word in this context Americans seem quite happy to use the phrase.
In fact Peter’s favourite band The Black Eyed Peas originally sang the words “Let’s get retarded” but were advised to change the song title to “Let’s get it started”. There a couple of other words that we now find taboo but the US does not, take for example the Transformer on the right who was quickly removed from the shelves in the UK when someone noticed the problem.
The Mass Effect 3 sound track is now available on iTunes.
Ubisoft have announced that there will be a delay to the forthcoming Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game DLC. Yes, that Scott Pilgrim game from back in 2010, DLC for a game that is getting close to its third birthday. Ubisoft issued the following statement to Destructoid:
“The downloadable content for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game has been delayed for fine-tuning and to incorporate feedback from the passionate Scott Pilgrim community. Ubisoft is addressing feedback from the community on the best ways to honor retro games in the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game DLC in an accurate and respectful manner. Ubisoft, and the new team developing the DLC, respect creative properties and, of course, want to be sure to deliver a game experience that is a proper tribute to the Scott Pilgrim franchise.”
Congratulations to Ubisoft for making the PS3 Skyrim DLC delay seem the briefest of moments.
Any hope for the Darksiders franchise is fading fast, the development team have been disbanded with many moving to the new Crytek USA studio. However Crytek have no plans to use the team to continue the series, “We didn’t want to continue with Darksiders 3, since that doesn’t fit with our strategy” said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli.
Hey, remember the good old days when Activision took a hugely succesful franchise with peripherals and then ran it in to the ground with constant updates and extra gubbins to buy? Well say hello to Skylanders: Swap Force.
The USP this time is that each Skylander can be split in half allowing you to mix up the bottom and top of each figure with 250 possible combinations.
It’s being developed by Vicarious Visions.
Is Dead Space 3 the end for Isaac? Perhaps, but it’s certainly not the end of the franchise. In a Q&A session on the PS Blog John Calhoun, Associate Producer of Dead Space 3 was asked if the latest game is the final chapter. “While there is a lot more story to tell in the Dead Space universe, we can’t reveal what this may or may not mean for Isaac,” he said.
And finally, someone with plenty of time on their hands has ‘hacked’ the Steam database and found references to Halo 3, Fez and Dyad. This prompted creator Shawn McGrath to officially announce the PC version.