Dust 154 – Eve online’s free to play FPS

Spaceship MMO Eve online has recently released a free to play online fps game called Dust 154 for the playstation, which will, interestingly, work in tandem with the EVE online MMO world, in this screenshot for example, you can see a Dust player on the ground requesting an orbital bombardment on an enemy position from a EVE online player in orbit. Interesting!

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Studio Ghibli videogame trailer

New trailer for the Studio Ghibli developed ps3 title Ni no Kuni. No news on whether it will be exported out of Japan but it looks gorgeous.

Studio Ghibli Presents the Great Collection – 18 Movies From Hayao Miyazaki

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Fat Princess – Online Rescue the Princess Gameplay

YouTube – Fat Princess – Online Rescue the Princess Gameplay.

Fat princess is a cool little ps3 game with multiplayer options. The offbeat gameplay objective is to steal the rival team’s princess from their castle (While killin’ their dudes) and drag her over to your own to stick her in the dungeon while making sure they don’t steal yours. In order to make the enemies task more difficult you can feed your princess to fatten her up, making her harder to move (Yes really!)

Incidentally, the game had problems in it’s Japanese release, not due to the feeding/fatenning aspects surprisingly enough, but because the character designs feature four fingered hands and this constitutes an obscure social slur on part of the population.  Weird, considering most western toons (Such as the Simpsons, Futurama and practically all classic toons) use 4 fingered hands for convenience.

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Battlefield: Bad Company metal gear parody

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Thoughts on GTA IV

Yesterday I had a chance to play GTA IV for a short while. It’s a wonderful looking game
and the graphics and world are much improved from the already impressive ones in GTA III. I only scratched the surface but at first blush the gameplay is identical to
previous entries in the series, it’s true that despite what the “murder simulator” critics say, you don’t actually have to do anything bad, but the controls are set up in such a way that it’s almost too easy to accidentally drag someone out of his car and beat him up if you click the wrong button. I kept beating up passers by unintentionally while looking for a “talk” button. And like in previous games your protagonist, while superficially realistic is in fact highly resilient compared to all the other NPCs and can literally get away with murder and mayhem with little to no consequences (You simply start again at the hospital or jail door). The possibility of dying (Sometimes suddenly and ingloriously as when a sniper takes you out in a FPS) has always been to my mind the great equalizer that compensates for all the violence you are capable of doing in videogames. The fact that your avatar is pretty much unkillable is the thing that I think makes GTA feel more morally bankrupt than other violent games, not so much it’s appearance of total freedom.

Lacking time to do any major plot  missions I just indulged in chaos and went amok in the airport (I wanted to steal a plane but it looks like that’s more complicated than just walking alongside and dragging the pilot out) The airport transport trucks made a nice consolation prize though, as they were hard to stop despite the best efforts of the Liberty City police, Swat teams and helicopters.

Finally, one reflection: I finally hit the nail on the head as to what was so strange about the city despite the virtuoso rendering of  inhabitants and environments: There are no children.

Of course there are no children. Can you imagine? The current controversy about the games would be a storm in a teacup if you could hijack a car from a mother and drive off with her kids in the back seat (You can do this now but the terrified passenger is always an adult), or kidnap a bus full of schoolchildren, or drive across the local  park running over toddlers or go on a shooting spree in a kindergarten.

I guess realism has it’s limits :)

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Doom 4 Announced

id Software today announced that it has begun production on Doom 4, and is now in the process of expanding its internal team of developers to work on the shooter sequel.

“Doom is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth,” — id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead

“It’s critical for id Software to have the best creative minds in-house to develop games that meet the standards synonymous with our titles.”

the game will be cross-platform and available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360,using the new id Tech 5 engine for the project.

id will also be hosting the 13th annual QuakeCon convention on July 31.

Awesome news, let’s hope you don’t have to drop your weapon to use the flashlight in this one, heh.

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Yoda and Darth Vader to appear in Soul Calibur IV

1Up reports that the new version of Soul Calibur will feature a couple of unexpected new characters, Darth Vader and Yoda. Yoda will be available on the Xbox version and Darth on the Ps3.



I guess the Kingdom hearts concept of mixing unrelated franchises is catching on!

Soulcalibur Legends

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Resident Evil: Degeneration trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil movie (Yes, that’s right, movie not game) from Capcom and Sony is out. It’s going to be a full 3d CG affair, none of this Mila Jovovitch wallhack nonsense.

Apparently the movie will be on blu-ray only so it will be playable in a PS3.

Nice to see Claire back, at any rate!!

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MGS4 delayed until Q2 2008

MGS4 delayed

Konami Japan has delayed the release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots by pushing it back to the second quarter of 2008 (April – June).

Hideo Kojima originally revealed at E3 this summer that it would be released simultaneously in spring 2008.

Metal Gear Solid 3?: Snake Eater(tm) Official Strategy Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))

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