Sonic 4 Delayed, New SKUs Announced
I've got some good news and some bad news, Sonic fans. Let's deal with the bad news first.
Sonic 4 Episode 1, the downloadable return to the blue hedgehog's 2D roots, has been delayed until "late 2010." According to the press release, SEGA will be using the extra time to "...focus on ensuring overall high-quality throughout the game by continuing to tune, balance, and maintain the kind of polish that an important title like this demands, and ultimately providing fans with an unrivalled classic Sonic feel."
Basically, they're just making sure that it'll be the great Sonic game that its few diehard fans deserve- especially after the consistently disappointing 3D outings practically destroyed the franchise's credibility.
Now for the good news... if you're an Apple customer. Sonic 4 Ep 1 has now been confirmed for iPhones and the iPad, meaning that we'll be able to enjoy the new adventures out and about. Want to free some innocent woodland creatures from the evil clutches of Dr. Eggman? Turns out there's an app for that. Let's just hope that the touchscreen control scheme doesn't suck beyond all reason (as per usual). [1UP]
Resource Mining Stays for Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 2's resource mining provided geology enthusiasts with an exciting new insight into remote sensing techniques, but provided everyone else with an extremely tedious and flowbreaking way of buying ship and weapon upgrades. Whilst opinion and feedback ranged from mildly enthusiastic to downright pitchfork-waving hatred, Bioware has confirmed that it will be making an appearance in Mass Effect 3.
Listen up, Bioware. We didn't mind the mining minigame...but please let us sell our surplus cargo for money next time around! Seriously, carting a shipload of ultra-rare Platinum around the galaxy is extremely galling when you're flat broke. Or, you know, just scrap the resouce system altogether and let us earn money through a greater range of sidequests. Just my two cents. [Videogamer]
Killzone 2 Soundtrack Wins Ivor Novello Award
The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate the world's greatest songwriting and singing talent at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Paolo Nutini, Paul Weller, Sir Tim Rice and Lilly Allen were all honoured with an award this year, but joining the list is none other than PS3-exclusive shooter Killzone 2.
Killzone 2's soundtrack was voted "Best Original Videogame Score" thanks to its haunting and adrenaline-fueled arrangements that provided a perfect accompaniment to the gritty gunslinging. Game music is steadily becoming as impressive (and expensive to produce) as most movie soundtracks, and it's great to see our favourite entertainment medium being honoured alongside conventional musical accomplishments. [BBC via VG247]
Follow Up: Did Square and Yahoo Change Japanese History?
We recently reported that Square Enix and Yahoo teamed up to deliver an announcement that would apparently "Change Japanese History." We predicted that it would be a flash enabled browser game (as well as a cheap and desperate ploy for Yahoo publicity)... but brace yourself. This announcement changes everything. Square Enix and Yahoo's huge announcement is...
... a Sengoku flash browser game.
Oh well, at least we can return to our lives safe in the knowledge that history and the space time continuum will remain unchanged- and that Yahoo will do anything to regain some of its former glory. [Sengoku Browser Game Official Site]
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