Fancy getting your hands on this summer’s hottest titles before release? Of course you do. Northern gamers should get to Manchester Central (formerly the G-Mex arena) for the MCM Comic Con event taking place all day tomorrow for the only way to spend a Saturday.
While mainly focused on comics and anime products, there's a solid line-up of games to try out too. THQ's killer sequel, Darksiders 2 will be there in playable form and as an added bonus, a live panel will be hosted by lead designer Haydn Dalton and art director Han Randhawa around 1:30pm.
Still not sure about picking up a 3DS? Well why not try out the new and improved 3DS XL at the expo? You'll be able to play unreleased games like Super Mario Bros 2 and Pokémon Conquest. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance was released today, but why not try before you buy?Click here to read more...
How nice is the newly revealed white Sony Ericsson Xperia Play? So nice that O2 seem to have nabbed the PlayStation-fused phone as an exclusive. There's still time for the other carriers to pick it up, but O2 are the only ones to confirm so far.Click here read more about Sony Ericsson's winter beauty
THQ's Danny Bilson recently suggested that games ought to get cheaper in order to inspire greater sales and DLC potential, but a new report from MCV suggests that the exact opposite is more likely to happen. As many of you know, VAT is set to rise next month which will put UK retailers in a very difficult position. A few suppliers will be attempting to freeze game prices, but in the majority of cases, vendors may be forced to up their prices to absorb the new tax increase being passed on from wholesalers.
This could be as much as a quid for a £40 game, but consoles are another matter entirely. They're considerably more expensive (attracting a larger price increase due to the VAT hike) and will probably incur an added cost of between £5-£10 across the board. [MCV]
Finding the best deals will be more important than ever before. Keep your eyes on HUKD and our feeds... and be sure to take advantage of the boxing day sales!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of our most anticipated titles for 2011, but Square have announced that it will miss its Q1 launch window in favour of a post-April release. Godammit. [Joystiq]
Square Enix have stated that the delay will allow them to "further polish" the experience... and it's plain to see why. The publisher recently slashed its annual earning projections by a whopping 91% (blaming the hopeless Final Fantasy XIV debacle and weak console game sales), meaning that Deus Ex HR is going to have to be absolutely incredible in order to rake back some cash. From what we've seen, it's on course to do just that.
UK-based charity SpecialEffect is committed to adapting videogame technology to allow handicapped and disabled gamers to get involved. They've been making massive strides in the fields of webcam-based eye control and other alternative input methods. After a year and a half of hard work, they've opened the first ever accessible gaming suite at the Helen and Douglas House Children’s Hospice in Oxfordshire.
SpecialEffect's Dr. Mick Donegan explained that the new suite will open up gaming in a uniquely inclusive way, taking advantage of the charity's recent technological advances.
The new gaming suite contains a wide range of access technology, from eye-gaze devices to switches, to ensure that as many of the guests are catered for as possible. SpecialEffect hope to continue to work with the hospice by including the suite in our road show project next year and continue to work with the staff and guests at the hospice to help find a way for everyone to play.
We applaud SpecialEffect's work and wish them every success in their worthy cause. Stay tuned for our interview with Dr. Donegan!
Excited about Guillermo del Toro's recently-announced horror series? If not, you've got plenty of time to get psyched. We learned yesterday that inSANE will be a trilogy (and possibly a film), but THQ boss Danny Bilson has revealed that the entire saga will take the best part of a decade to complete.
This is an epic project. It’s going to take the next eight to ten years to build all three chapters of this game.
Guillermo del Toro has revealed that the project has only been in development for six months, justifying the projected 2013 release date of the first part. Apparently there will also be a learning curve as the dirctor gets to grips with the exciting new opportunities that our medium poses.
I think that what people need to understand, when you come from a medium like movies, is that the narrative medium of videogames is entirely different. The rules are different, the way you tell the story is different. You don’t come into this world and try to apply the same rules. I’m here to learn and try some crazy shit.
Luckily for us, we like crazy. [Stuff We Like]
Gran Turismo 5 packs a lot of cars onto the disc... but only around a fifth of them are actually modelled with the highest poly counts and fully-detailed interiors. However, Polyphony Digital auteur-in-chief Kazunori Yamauchi has announced that these 'premium' versions will start to phase out the standard cars over the next few months.
Apparently this gradual change will be facilitated through free updates rather than paid DLC. [andriasang]
In other GT5 news, Sony has announced that a Japanese gamers will be receiving a Christmas present of 3 special edition cars that were only attainable through limited edition packs. We'll let you know if they decide to extend this deal to the rest of the world.
In case you missed this morning's announcement, the latest Humble Indie Bundle is out to provide you with great games, an unbelievable saving and the opportunity to donate to some worthwhile charities. The promotion has only been open for just over a day, but we're delighted to report that it has already raised over four hundred thousand dollars! A significant part of this revenue has been secured from advertising rights, but it's clear that many thousands of gamers are willing to pay a decent amount for the five fantastic games on offer. They're worth it.
Let's try to make this the biggest humble bundle yet!
SEGA has confirmed that a bundle of classic Dreamcast games will be hitting coming "soon," likely hitting the shelves early in the new year. SEGA's sales and marketing VP Alan Pritchard has stated that the "devoted" Dreamcast fan community and excellent sales of the Ultimate Genesis Collection have inspired the decision, though he has yet to divulge the games that will be included in the package.
You have to wonder if the bare-bones downloadable versions of Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi will be included on the disc. A cynical cash grab would explain why so little has been done to update them...
RPGs powered by the Gamebryo Engine tend to follow in the same grand traditions. They're epic in scope. They're extremely addictive. And they're buggy as hell. Fallout New Vegas was no exception- and a hurried patch managed to contain a few very basic problems. There's still a whole mess of issues to fix, so luckily for us, the "comprehensive" New Vegas Update is finally live on PSN and will be hitting the PC/Xbox 360
Bethesda and Obsidian have been very busy indeed. Why not read up on Update 1.02 at the Bethesda Blog?
Remember Stuart Black? The foulmouthed, Lady Gaga-loving developer behind Black mysteriously quit Codemasters earlier this year... only to resurface at Polish studio City Interactive. The veteran FPS developer is reportedly working on a WW2 shooter that's designed to put the fun back into the sub-genre.
If I hear one more trumpet refrain over a somber front end or see another Thompson machine gun, I’m going to put my pad through the screen.
...we’re after; more rock and roll, spray and pray, slo-mo death, and glory, wrapped in a progressive metagame that you don’t usually see in a shooter. We’re opening a boutique design studio in Guildford to work on this and provide support or guidance to other projects in development. - Stuart Black to Gamespot
So there. We're delighted to see that Black's back in action and that another boutique studio will be opening in Britain's gaming nexus... but Stuart will have to get up very early in the morning to outgrow City Interactive's terrible reputation. City are known for biblically terrible PC shovelware and for squandering the few good ideas they have, so hopefully a veteran developer will help to set them on the path to redemption. [Gamespot]
Resourceful coders have been doing truly wonderful things with Kinect over the last few weeks; going far beyond the peripheral's novelty remit and creating genuinely impressive new applications. We've seen robots, OS control and even Stealth Camouflage, but the burgeoning scene is about to open up. Primesense, the company behind the Kinect technology, has released the official open source drivers to aid third-party development and... well... help awesome people to do more awesome stuff.
Microsoft is still missing a trick in our humble opinion. The PC market is an emergent powerhouse for Kinect development and an entirely new target audience for the peripheral.
This year's Video Game Awards have been unceremoniously hijacked and co-opted into becoming a Winter announcement platform and presser. Whilst I personally dislike the move, there's no denying that it's about to get real. Here's what you can expect tonight (and in tomorrow's roundup).
Did I miss anything? Let me know!
Sony fans have been wildly rejoicing over EA's decision to bring Mass Effect 2 to the PS3. As our own Brendan Griffiths put it: "It was like getting off with your best mate's missus." The latest intel (courtesy of IGN) states that the European release is set for January 21st.
As previously reported, BioWare is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Commander Shepherd's PS3 outing is nothing less than the definitive edition. Over £100 worth of DLC will be contained on the disc as well as the interactive digital comic that will generate a Mass Effect 1 save file. We can also expect a serious visual overhaul to bring the title in line with the PS3's hardware capabilities.
Don't fret, though, Microsoft. We'll always have Virmire.
Remember the Humble Indie Bundle? Several excellent Indie studios collaborated on a pay-what-you-want deal that generated thousands of pounds for charity as well as increased revenue for everyone involved. Despite the best efforts of despicable weaselly pirates, the Humble Indie Bundle was a roaring success- and another has been planned for this holiday season.
In the latest Wolfire blog post, John Graham informed readers that keys for the original HIB are now redeemable on Steam... and that "something weird" is happening "just in time for the holidays." This weird 'something' is set to be another Humble Bundle, though the games contained therein are as yet unknown. Watch this space.
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Gran Turismo 5 is out. Duke Nukem Forever is nearly upon us. But at least we've got a whipping boy to step into the breach and bear the brunt of our sarcastic anger. Final Fantasy XIV has been dogged by continual PC delays and a critical panning thanks to the blatant shoddiness of its code, and the first boardroom casualty has been given his marching orders. Hiromichi Tanaka has officially resigned as producer and Square Enix has invoked a massive reorganisation of development personnel. Tanaka issued a full and frank apology, falling on his sword in a grovelling press release.
First of all, I would like to apologise for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer. - Hiromichi Tanaka, ex-Producer
This employee reshuffle will cause the PS3 version to be delayed indefinitely. Which is arguably for the best.
The original CGI trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution might well be the best game video of all time, ever. We frequently watch it for hours at a time. However, an extended version of the trailer has now seeped onto the net that somehow makes the best thing ever... even better. [Thanks, VG247 & Eurogamer]
No gameplay I'm afraid. Just a little spectacle for your Friday afternoon.