I hate Season Passes, and so should you.
The past week of exclusivity chatter has been rife with points made about anti-consumer practices, but Season Passes are perhaps the worst, most vile form of cash bleeding. They are the greatest achievement of anti-consumer pre-order culture, managing to convince people to pay for content that hasn't even been announced for games that aren't even out.
The latest game to announce a Season Pass is Warner Bros' Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but there's a slight difference with this one. Not only will snapping up a Season Pass that costs almost as much as the game net you all of the vague DLC that is to come following the game's release later this year, but you'll actually get the full version of the game on release with some nice day one DLC.
Yep, that's right. It's a combination of two of the things we hate most: an unholy union of Season Pass and Day One DLC.Click here to read more...
This one's exactly what it says on the tin and combines the fun of hitting one coloured button after another in time to various pieces of well known music along with the humour of the Lego franchise. The set list is made up of over 40 songs including, "Song 2", "Ruby", and "Valerie". The Game Collection are currently parting with Wii copies of the game for £8.95, which should make you a saving of over £3.50 on the next best offers out there.
If you like to tap along to well known songs like Breakout, We Will Rock You, and You Give Love A Bad Name, on your plastic guitar peripherals but you've always wanted to throw in a bit of the charm that comes along with the LEGO games, then you might want to check out LEGO Rock Band. You can get hold of a PS3 copy of the game from ShopTo for £5.86, which should make you a saving of almost £6.50 on the next best offer coming in from Gameseek. Thanks to barky @ HUKD.
Everything's coming together for Kevin Tancharoen. First, his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth trailer sent fans into rapturous applause. It was fresh, it was cool, it was original. We wanted a film, and we wanted it now. But we didn't get it, instead having to settle for a miniseries of web shorts, made by Tancharoen, that (thanks to Machinima in particular) went viral. Now, it would seem, New Line Cinema are very interested in bringing Tancharoen's vision to the big screen.Click here to read more...
Warner Bros. has announced that the release of Batman: Arkham City will be pre-empted by an official album containing twelve original tracks from well-known artists including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Panic! At The Disco, Serj Tankian and conceptual rockers Coheed and Cambria. It's set to launch on October 4th, two weeks before the anticipated open-world title, and will be included in download form with the Collector's Edition.
We've got more details - including the full track list - below.Click here to read more...
We've all watched a superhero movie or two and thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool to have super powers!', well now you can in a way because this one'll let you design your very own hero from the ground up, before you release them into the DC Universe along with a load of established characters. CD Wow are selling PS3 copies of the game for £22.25, which'll make you a saving of over £2.50 on the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK.
Click here to check out Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Episode 1 after the jump
You remember the trailer/showreel for Rebirth. You remember how much it kicked some serious ass (and if you don't, you can watch it again above). Well, Kevin Tancharoen has brought his vision for Mortal Kombat to the net in webisode form, thanks to a partnership between Warner Bros. and Machinima. There are to be nine instalments for the live-action miniseries.
Sony have finally announced the Next Generation Portable at their Tokyo press conference- and we're all over it. Check out our blowout feature for full details and specs! Further to this earlier roundup, SCEE head honcho Andy House has suggested that the NGP will be priced at a competitive level when it releases either later this year or early 2012 in Europe.
I can’t put a ballpark on it in terms of figures, but what I would say is that we will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space.
However, House also suggested that Sony will be looking to make a profit on the device; as opposed to the initial loss made on each PS3 sale.
Really we would want to have our hardware be profitable, in addition to our software. We’ve experienced both sides and we know which one we like to be on!
Oh boy. For reasons beyond mortal comprehension, Quantic Dream's interactive movie is being crunched into a shorter, non-interactive movie with David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) charged with adapting the script. Warner Bros has "fast-tracked" production, meaning that Milch will start scribbling as soon as he's finished the first season of his current HBO series.
The way I see things, isn't it about time that games and films stopped cribbing off each other... and attempt to tell different parts of the same canon instead? Let's hope Guillermo del Toro's inSANE franchise will do just that. [EG]
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Ouch. On the same day that the 3DS' main rival makes its grandstand appearance, we've learned that two of its most important games will miss the launch window by a long way. In an interview with MTV, Ninty America boss Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the new Kid Icarus and the sublime Zelda: Ocarina Of Time will not release until late June at the earliest.
Mario, Zelda, all of those titles are coming. From our perspective, we like to launch titles when they're ready. And so they'll be ready, they'll be ready soon. Just not in that initial time period of late March to early June. - Reggie Fils-Aime
This might just put a few potential early adopters off a preorder. [MTV Multiplayer]
I absolutely adored Brink when I tried it out last August- and am delighted to report that it will be hitting European shores on May 20th. [Bethesda]
After teasing and trailering the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum at last year's VGAs, WB dropped us a line to inform us that Arkham City is on course for an autumn 2011 release date. Featuring an sprawling hostile Gotham City district, an entirely new storyline and some classic villains (including Two Face, Mr. Freeze and Talia al Ghul), we couldn't be more excited. Here's the press release for your delectation:
Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.
I'm so ready for this. Check out the official site and our news updates for the latest!
Good old Peter Molyneux's been acting as unofficial spokesman for Kinect, defending the peripheral from all comers while describing Fable III's motion control functionality as "wonderfully additive." Unfortunately, he's now revealed that Fable III won't support Kinect at launch during an interview on the Engadget Show. No touchy-feely stuff, I'm afraid.
Some sort of aftermarket patch might well add Kinect functionality at a later date... but this will require Fable III to be finished with room to activate/add the code later on since Microsoft has previously stated that retroactively adding Kinect support to older titles is impossible. [The Engadget Show]
Wonder why there aren't more female lead characters in videogames these days? According to leaked comments from former Activision employees, it's because they simply don't sell. Apparently, Activision execs may have called for culling of female leads from upcoming projects (including a nifty spy thriller starring a Lucy Liu-wannabe that's transmogrified into True Crime: Hong Kong) just because they didn't test well in focus groups. In fact, they were "given specific direction to lose the chick."
Ouch. These comments form part of a larger Gamasutra report that's lengthy but well worth a read. Activision almost certainly isn't the only company guilty of sidelining female protagonists... but it's certainly another piece of bad publicity that makes them resemble a Saturday morning cartoon supervillain even more than they do already. [Gamasutra via 1UP]
Update: Activision has refuted these allegations, stating that "[they respect] the creative vision of its development teams. The company does not have a policy of telling its studios what game content they can develop, nor has the company told any of its studios that they cannot develop games with female lead characters." Make your minds up, folks.
We'd love to get your thoughts on this one. Are you insulted by the current lack of female game protagonists... or do you feel that this is a storm in a teacup? Want to get stuck into yet another rant about Activision? Have your say in the comments!
For a story-driven experience, Bioshock 2 has received some truly shocking DLC. The first multiplayer content pack added an incremental upgrade that was actually included on the disc in the first place, and the recently-released Protector Trials pack adds an inexplicable challenge mode to the proceedings.
Luckily, 2K President Christoph Hartmann has announced a new DLC offering that will expand upon Bioshock's epic story and setting. Entitled Minerva's Den, it'll feature a new player character, new environments and some backstory centred around Tenenbaum's struggle for survival.
"Minerva's Den is a substantial addition that will give players more of what they're looking for: more story, more narrative, more gameplay and more of Rapture.Minerva's Den will be a fitting conclusion to the BioShock 2 saga."
About time too.
Nippon Ichi. The developers behind the wonderfully deep and anarchic Disgaea series seem to have gone of the rails in the aftermath of woeful 2009 profits. Their current project, known simply as Criminal Girls, is described as "the role-playing game where you punish young girls."
Yep, that's exactly how it sounds. Using a combination of healing massage and sadistic spanking, you'll need to erotically convince seven sinful buxom wenches to...
... I can't do this anymore. Criminal Girls will probably never reach British shores, though if you make enough noise you might just get your wish (you sick puppy). Whilst I can see this PSP title selling well in Japan (with no sweeping generalisation intended), I genuinely despair for Nippon Ichi- and hope that another Disgaea game may also be in the works. [Kotaku]