Today’s news roundup sees Bayonetta being awarded a perfect score on the Xbox 360 by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Microsoft take their own stab at a rewards program on XBLA, and Lego Rock Band include deceased rock hero Freddie Mercury, in Lego-form of course.
Bayonetta Awarded Perfect Score on 360 by Famitsu, Not So Perfect On PS3
Famitsu’s review of Bayonetta was extremely favourable. In fact you actually couldn’t get more favourable with Bayonetta receiving a perfect 40 out of 40 on the Xbox 360, and a slightly lower 38 on the PS3. Apparently frame-rate issues are to blame for the poorer review on Sony’s machine.
Previews of the game have already been noted as having a slightly murkier appearance on the PS3, with a demo released earlier this month especially highlighting this. Sega may have been focusing more on the 360 version, leaving Bayonetta a little underwhelming on the PlayStation 3. Hopefully Sega can correct these issues before the games January release in Japan. [1UP]
Microsoft Looking Into Their Own XBLA Reward Program
Xbox Live subscribers may be in with the chance of winning a few prizes, thanks to a Microsoft rewards program. An e-mail has apparently been sent out to random subscribers, offering them the chance to join an “exclusive pilot rewards program.” If users register before October 21st (today!) they may be in with a shot of winning some really “cool stuff.” After the 21st though, “the doors close and someone else gets the cool stuff.”
The e-mail is likely to come in waves, so another batch will soon follow in the near future. The e-mail doesn’t reveal how to win an award, or what an award will be, but the general consensus sees discounts or free Microsoft points as the most likely. This program sounds vaguely familiar to Sony’s PS Thanks program, itself sounding like Sony’s version of Club Nintendo. [Kotaku]
Freddie Mercury Reanimated In Lego-Form For New Rock Band
Lego Rock Band sees release next month, bringing along with it mini Lego figures of Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, and even Freddie Mercury completing the classic Queen line-up. The figures will be playable during performances of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
An impressive list of Legoized rock stars has made it into the game, including Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Blur along with Queen. Following the extreme backlash Guitar Hero 5 received for including deceased grunge-hero Kurt Cobain, it will be interesting to see if Lego Rock Band will receive similar attention for including Mercury. Then again Freddie doesn’t have Courtney Love on his side. [1UP]