Shenmue HD? Yes, maybe.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 10:00 am
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If you like monumental worlds, compassed by murder mysteries, you probably didn't play Shenmue. But, damn it, you should have. This Dreamcast headliner was kind of like the movie Waterworld. It cost an ass-load to produce, and was met with underwhelming sales numbers.

But there is one key difference. Waterworld was host to Kevin Costner (read: supreme suckage), while Shemnue was this vibrant, crazy world that some believe to be a pivotal chapter-turn in our game development. Quicktime events folks. Goofy NPCs. A living world.

Shenmue pioneered that. And according to Sega, it is one of their most requested re-releases, and they "may or may not" be working on it. Also...

Skies of Arcadia.

So consider my pants pooped.

Gears Of War IV Might Start A Prequel Trilogy

Monday, November 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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It is no secret that there are going to be more Gears of War games. Probably many more. Epic's hottest-ever franchise has garnered three consecutive multiple-million seller iterations, with no drop-off in quality between the entries and a massive fan base willing to stand in the cool pre-Autumn air of a midnight release party for the next hit as it graces store shelves. That's a recipe for a "keeper," and I contend that Epic Games and Microsoft Games Studios are savvy enough to know they've got a chicken that lays golden eggs full of money.

But I don't expect they'll push forward with the story as it left in Gears of War 3 -- because, well, SPOILER ALERT, they tied it all together rather nicely. Well, they hashed together three 6-hour segments into a relatively cohesive narrative and ended it on a nice sentimental note that everyone can feel good about. I, personally, loved it. I bought into the over-the-top story and straight up GoW-mold storytelling and gameplay. Gears of War 3 is the best major game of the last half of 2011 for me. And no, I haven't played Zelda or Skyrim yet.

Anyway, besides all that, there have been some stirrings concerning the next game. Gears of War IV, we'll call it for now. According to Official Xbox Magazine, via CVG, it looks like we're going to be exploring pre-Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago story. Click on for more.


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Joe Danger Could Be Heading To Xbox 360s

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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All right folks. It would appear we are currently on RUMOR ALERT. Cue the buzzers, alarms, and flashing red lights. This one could potentially be quite nice. Especially for those that don't own PlayStation 3s.

Apparently, as the title of this blog states, everyone's favorite PSN downloadable title, Joe Danger, might just be dropping into the Microsoft console's downloadable portfolio. Which would be great, but up until now, it is just a bit of (sorta credible) hearsay. Hit yon link and I'll let you know what's up.

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Soul Calibur V May Feature Assassin's Creed Protagonist

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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Soul Calibur V 
featuring an Assassin's Creed character makes more sense than, well, every other Soul Calibur bonus character ever. Link was cool, Spawn, Kratos, and even Cole McGrath are cool, but something about Ezio or Altair fighting against Mitsurugi just looks right. 

Wait, did I say Ezio OR Altair could be in Soul Calibur V. Well, first off, it's a rumor. There has been no confirmation from Namco Bandai. Still, there's a provocative little picture after the jump that will determine which one of the two characters could potentially show up in the upcoming weapon-based fighter. 

Check it out if you want to, or simply be surprised. We'll love you either way.
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Arkham City: Nightwing Allegedly Playable In DLC

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Catwoman's playable, Robin's downloadable, and now Nightwing is joining the Dark Knight in his quest to spread justice all over the anarchy of Arkham City. 

PS3Trophies posted the trophy list for Batman: Arkham City, and two special prizes are reserved for those who earn several medals in "Nightwing Bundle Packs." At the time of this writing, Warner Brothers and Rocksteady have not confirmed the character's presence in the game. But this list certainly makes us wonder if he'll be a DLC character.

There have been rumors that a fourth playable character will be in the upcoming game--due October 18. Could Nightwing be this character?
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim To The Wii U?

Monday, September 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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It seems to me that the Nintendo Wii U isn't really an "8th Generation" console. At least not with the specifications we've seen thus far. It will fit happily in the realm of Generation 7.5 -- leading the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation for the year or so before they unveil and subsequently release their next generation consoles.

But the Wii U will open up a lot of the 7th Generation to owners of the Nintendo Wii. Big names are already hopping on its potential, citing that its power and unique tablet-like controller pose opportunities for development. Even Bethesda, who has notoriously skirted Nintendo consoles for their lack of power, is considering a port come mid-next year, when the device drops.

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Rovio Looking to Publish Games?

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 9:00 am
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The house that birds built
It appears Rovio, developer of the hit Angry Bird games, may be looking to dip its beak into the world of indie publishing.

 

If this turns out to be true, you've got to at least feel a little bit sorry for all the other indie publishers out there. Not because of the competition Rovio could pose so much as the way these folks do business. Try to muscle in on their turf and, boom, your office building gets turned into a pile of rubble courtesy of disgruntled avian projectiles.

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Xbox Live May Be Getting Cable TV

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 8:30 am
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​According to word on "teh internetz," 
Microsoft may be chatting with cable companies about bringing cable TV via your Xbox 360 console.

The news comes via a post at site Digiday, which cites multiple unnamed sources saying that Microsoft is in talks with both Comcast and Verizon FiOS. The reports indicate that the partnership that your Xbox 360 could potentially function as a cable box, bringing you cable television without another piece of equipment.

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Deadly Premonition Prequel, Sequel Planned (Among Other Things)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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I toyed with this headline for a while, guys. "Greatest News Ever!" "Best Day Of My Life!" "Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming!" were all initially competing for space. But I decided to let the headline remain unbiased. Now for the actual post. This is going to be quite a bit different, so consider yourself forewarned.

ARE YOU SHITTING ME? Swery65, AKA Hidetaka Suehiro, has announced his plans to bring fan + James Hawkins fave Deadly Premonition from pseudo-obscure budget standalone to full-fledged franchise. Which would be a really, really wonderful victory for the team that received an initial 2/10 from IGN (which instantly told me something about that mega-site). And an even bigger triumph for the fans that have been promoting, praising, and feeling the game so passionately since it released.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 Rumored For Vita Release

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Soon, through the wonders of portable gaming, you might be able to take Marvel Vs. Capcom for a ride.

The internet grapevine has shown that Amazon France is showing Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 for the upcoming PlayStation Vita. While the listing (shown after the jump) discusses the game, it's unknown if the title is a placeholder until Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is announced for the system. 

Still, it's pretty cool to hear that there's a possibility that the cross-over fighting game will be available on the impressive new handheld console.
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