Interactive Comic Will Bolster PS3 Mass Effect 2 Story
The EA Presser at this year's Gamescom brought us the news that the previously Microsoft-exclusive Mass Effect 2 would be hitting the PS3 early next year. This is great news for Sony fans, but the fact that the storyline is so intimately linked to the events in the original Mass Effect has made many of us pundits wonder whether it's actually a particularly good idea. After all, not knowing the characters, backstory and premise makes Mass Effect 2 nothing more than a serviceable shooter! Not to mention that an original Mass Effect save file governs several key events in the narrative.
However, Bioware Commuinity moderator Nathalie Edelmann has suggested that an interactive Dark Horse graphic novel will bridge the gap- showing players the pivotal events of the first game and letting them choose how to proceed. Not only will this bring PS3 players up to speed, but it will also allow them to make the same moral choices and invest in the characters as much as their Xbox 360 counterparts. Outstanding.
The PS3 version will also contain the Kasumi’s Stolen Memory, Overlord, and Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC packs on the disc.
Nintendo Consider Localising Unreleased DS Library
Nintendo are planning a stonking launch lineup for the Nintendo 3DS next March; including the likes of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus and Super Street Fighter IV... but apparently this isn't enough for Ninty president Satoru Iwata. In order to maximise the list of Western launch titles, he's considering localising a number of previously-unreleased DS titles that have rarely been seen beyond Japanese borders.
The upcoming Fire Emblem remake is a serious contender for a 3DS revamp, as well as 7th Dragon, Blood of Bahamut, Soma Bringer and countless others. Seriously, a quality selection of launch titles will help the new handheld break free of its shovelware-addled reputation. [1UP]
Ninja Gaiden 3 Will Reboot The Series
We have a mixed relationship with the Ninja Gaiden series. The original games provided rock hard 2D platforming that put players through the wringer, whilst the original Xbox version provided an incredibly nuanced experience that was challenging without being cheap. Unfortunately Ninja Gaiden 2 turned out to be broken, boring and frequently bad. However, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that the Ninja Gaiden 3 will be a sequel in number only- providing a reboot rather than a continuation of the story.
We're developing it with the idea of restarting at the beginning, saying 'We'd like to make the action game that's most interesting for the current era,' With this meaning, it's going to be a game that's not bound by the past. - Hayashi to Famitsu Magazine
Hayashi also dropped some interesting hints about the latest gimmick... and apparently it's all in hand. Sorry.
He seems to be doing something with his right hand. Also, there's something not normal about this hand. It's covered in blood, but there's something unnatural regarding the blood.
Your guess is as good as mine, folks. Naturally we'll be keeping a close eye on Ninja Gaiden 3 over the coming months- and we'll hear more once their "internal prototype" has been thoroughly tested.