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News Snatch: Aliens, Minions, Q-Force Vita and Zowie Bowie

Plus a trailer for a game with a long name which won't fit here.

First up: a new trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines has been released which shows off the multiplayer component. A season pass has also been priced in the US: $30 will get you $40 worth of DLC. The trailer aims to show off the ‘tactical’ aspects of multiplayer.

The World Of Warcraft movie has got a new director and it is the rather fantastic Duncan Jones. He is the chap behind Moon, one of my favourite films of all time, and the slightly more mainstream Source Code. At this point (even thought he’s probably sick to death of it) I am obliged to mention than Duncan was previously known as Zowie Bowie and is David Bowie’s son.

The Asian PlayStation blog has revealed 18 new ‘minions’ for PlayStation All Stars Battleship Potemkin. The minions are unlockable characters who dance about in the background after reaching Rank 8 with a character. They are:

Ashelin (Jak & Daxter), Buzz (Buzz), Carmelita (Sly Cooper), Polyphemus and the Colossus of Rhodes (God of War), Elena (Uncharted), Eucadian Soldier (Warhawk), Kuro (Doko Demo Essyo), Lil (Escape Plan), Logan Graves (Starhawk), Lucy Kuo (inFAMOUS), Mr. Grimm (Twisted Metal) Ninja and Pirate (Fat Princess), Rico and Visari (Killzone), Suzuki (Hot Shots Golf) and The Professor (Ape Escape).

It’s almost here! You can could almost touch it, if it were not entirely digital and only exist inside computers as a series of electrical pulses. The PS3 Skyrim DLC has passed certification at Sony America and the European versions are being finalised.

ahahPatch Snatch: Bioware have patched the PS3 version of Mass Effect 3 with a wide ranging fix that solves a ginormous, spectacular two problems! Yes! Two! Or TWO if you are EA! TWO problems! One! TWO! Ah ah ahh! I love to count! Ah ah ah!

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct has had its US release date moved from March 26th to a week earlier, March 19th. This has absolutely nothing to do with BioShock Infinite also being released on March 26th. Nothing.

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Everyone loves a good line chart so here is one from Nintendo’s financial briefing which shows sales of the Wii U floundering badly after launch. They also stayed pretty much flat during Christmas week, the time which saw a spike of sales for PS3 and Xbox 360.

What has happened to the Vita version of Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal (a.k.a. Q-Force)? It was meant to be on the PS Store yesterday but never arrived.  Gamers pestered Insomniac (who have nothing to do with the Vita version) who are just as annoyed as everyone else. This was spotted on their Facebook page but has since been deleted:

“Insomniac cannot make any comment about the game. We have repeatedly asked Sony and Tin Giant for an update to share with our fans. They have not provided any update we are allowed to share.”

“We are sorry for any disappointment, but there is nothing we’ve authorized to release publicly. Trust us in that we share your frustration, and have been passing your comments on to Sony, we also advise you contact Sony directly to share your disappointment and frustration.”

And Finally, a new trailer for Injustice: Gods Amongst Us. Tata!

  1. Origami Killer
    Since: May 2010

    Aliens is really starting to look like something special. Money restraints means I won’t be getting it day one, even after waiting what feels like a decade for the game.

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 13:38.
    • Klart
      Since: Jun 2010

      Those sales of the Wii U are bad.

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 14:09.
      • matthangzhou
        Since: Sep 2010

        I doubt the Wii U sales are the reason for Origami Killer’s money woes ;-)

        Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 14:14.
      • Origami Killer
        Since: May 2010

        hmmm yes, slightly confused by Klart’s reply to my comment!

        Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 15:19.
  2. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    i read about Duncan Jones getting the Warcraft gig, Moon was fantastic, i’ve not seen Source Code though, so i have high hopes for the movie.

    good to see progress is still being made on the movie, it seemed to have stalled for a while there

    i had no idea he was Bowie’s son though, i guess talent runs in the family.

    have you seen the video for Bowie’s new song?
    the song’s pretty good, strange, but good.
    the video is quite mental though.

    so now they’ve revealed something about the story of Injustice, but i still want to how does somebody like Catwoman stand a chance against the likes of Superman or Wonder Woman?

    just how do they plan to balance such wildly different power levels?

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 14:44.
    • xdarkmagician
      Since: May 2009

      The same way Fat Princess stands a chance against Kratos. ;-)

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 16:49.
  3. mrfodder
    Since: Nov 2009

    From what I can see from that chart, Sony kicked MS and Ninty’s butt at Xmas in Europe and not a word is said.

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 14:51.
  4. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    how can they make a movie out of a MMO it won’t work…

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 14:55.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      The same way the made a movie out of Transformers and Street Fighter – completely ignore the original history and rich backstory and make up a load of new shit.

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 15:23.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      they made a movie out of a disney theme park ride, and it was actually pretty damn good, so who knows.

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 15:58.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Battleship says hello.

        Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 16:15.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Easy, ignore the source, get Anderson, Bay or Boll to direct it and treat the fans like crap. As it works for the Resi films and Transformers. That said, POTC was based on a ride and is a fantastic trilogy, the third was a bit naff and i’ve not seen the 4th one. But then again, Battleship was just a micheal bay gets too much cash thus explosions, bad dialogue, a sexy female lead(most likely, as MB does that), explosions, dubstep.

      They could base it on the pre-mmo games.

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 16:25.
  5. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    A film based on a MMO which is not known for it’s plot is a thing. And they expect it to be a success. Right. It won’t work and even if they make up their plot, the fans will turn their backs on it unless it’s excellent. The Resi films did borrow elements but from 3 onwards, made no sense and are generally crap. The films from 3 onwards are i mean. So this will bomb harder then the Super Mario movie.

    Knowing SCEE, the Skyrim DLC won’t be out untill a few months after the original release date due to some bullish reason. I don’t envy their PR department if that happens.

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 16:30.
    • McProley
      Since: Aug 2011

      Actually, I thought Bob Hoskins as Mario was amazing, And the Mexican Luigi was good too. I may have been on something when I watched it though

      Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 17:01.
  6. xdarkmagician
    Since: May 2009

    Someone email insomniac and see when Sony is releasing the Skyrim DLC.

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 16:56.
  7. OnlineAssassin77
    Since: Jun 2012


    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 20:06.
  8. zb100
    Since: Aug 2008

    Duncan Jones is a great director.

    Moon was monumental & Source Code was tres exciting.

    Comment posted on 31/01/2013 at 23:23.
  9. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    Count for the win!

    Comment posted on 01/02/2013 at 09:37.