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Analyst: Grand Theft Auto has 'peaked', points to lacklustre sales

Posted: 08.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Ben Schachter of Broadpoint AmTech is an analyst, and he reckons that Rockstar Games' mega franchise has past its zenith, well sort of.

He cites the underperformance of DLC and smaller GTAs like Chinatown Wars, though they're not "true new GTA titles" admits Schachter.

Dragon Age: Origins Patch 1.02 Released

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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Bioware has released patch 1.02 for the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins. Many of the fixes affecting balance, gameplay, or plot scripting are already included in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Dragon Age: Origins.

Download it here.

Making History II Design Report 5: Regions

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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By Ralph Gerth, Game Designer for Making History II.

In Making History II: The War of the World, the game map is divided into smaller territorial areas we call regions. Similar to a province, regions are the primary possession of every nation. One of our foremost goals for MHII was to increase the concept of the nation as a character in the game world. We wanted them to have a greater presence besides just responding to players actions or acting as a stiff scripted entity. Since a nation is defined by both the government and the territory it controls, the regions seemed like the fundamental location for generating and organizing the gameplay.

Quantum Theory goes Multi-Platform

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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Tecmo Koei has announced that Quantum Theory, the Sci-Fi action third-person shooter, is going multi-platform for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will come to Europe in spring 2010.

"Quantum Theory is Tecmo Koei Europe's newest original IP and the firms first attempt at the third-person shooter genre. Players take on the role of the massive, gun-wielding warrior Syd and will battle through intense action sequences in an unpredictable, shape-shifting battlefield, aided by the mysterious acrobatic Filena. In addition to single player campaign, Quantum Theory also supports four modes of online multiplayer, complete with voice chat for real-time communication." said Koei in a press release.

King Arthur Demo soon, modding tools aren't possible

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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Neocore has told Strategy Informer that a demo for King Arthur will be released soon, although no specific time frame was revealed.

We've also been told that due to the special set-up of the game, modding tools aren't going to be a possibility.

EA confirms Dead Space 2 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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Electronic Arts today confirmed that Dead Space 2 is in development at Visceral Games. Isaac Clarke returns for another adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature plasma cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless Necromorph onslaught.

"Like so many gamers worldwide, we love the Dead Space franchise and are very excited to announce a new game in the series," said Nick Earl, Senior VP and Group General Manager at EA. "Visceral Games is quickly becoming known for delivering high-quality, action-packed games. Dead Space 2 is on target to deliver a jaw-dropping experience gamers won’t soon forget."

Schafer 'wants more' Brutal Legend DLC, for single and multiplayer

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Double Fine's Tim Schafer reveals they've got desire for more content both off and online, plus "some tuning patches" for Brutal Legend.

The team admit some multiplayer units "might be overpowered," and how tough it is to avoid the "pendulum effect" of balancing stuff.

Mass Effect 2 Engineer Class Trailer

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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EA has released a new gameplay trailer for Mass Effect 2 that features the Engineer class.

View it here.

Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced.

SNK pledge Metal Slug XX, King of Fighters 2002 for XBLA in 2010

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Four new titles will be coming to XBLA from SNK Playmore, which includes Metal Slug, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum and two King of Fighters.

All these will release in spring of next year for Xbox 360, except for King of Fights 2002 which will arrive later. So that's three early next year.

NCsoft won't "confirm specifics" from Aion Vision trailer, or release

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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A glimpse of things yet to come for MMO Aion from NCsoft has interest piqued, but the studio isn't budging with much, except vagueness.

They say the devs are "hard at work" on Aion's future, but NCsoft "aren't ready to share" detailed specifics or "speculate on timeframes."

Rumour-mill: Sony's PSP Minis to launch on PS3 before Christmas?

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Those bite-sized creations, no bigger than 100MB for PSP, could be expanding their horizons on the PS3 - with resolution upgrades.

PSP Minis are Sony's own App Store adventure, except they can't have multiplayer or DLC. Sony "do not comment" on rumours, it's uncool.

Tony Hawk RIDE 'stacks' short of UK Top 40, Hawk "proud" of game

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Look at me totally using skateboard lingo there. Anyways, Tony Hawk RIDE has not managed to woo many UK gamers say charts.

The peripheral wielding RIDE has missed the UK's Top 40, entering at 32 for Xbox 360 and 29 for PS3 individually. It's around GBP 99.99.

Silent Hunter 5 3D Engine Demonstration Trailer

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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Ubisoft has released a new trailer that demonstrates the 3D capabilities of the graphics engine for Silent Hunter 5.

View it here.

Silent Hunter 5 ventures into uncharted territory and takes players behind the periscope of a German U-boat to take on the Allied Forces in famous battles across the vast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. For the first time in the history of the series, players can live the life of a submarine captain from a first-person view and lead a crew in a critical campaign.

Assassin's Creed II's hideout glitch "solved" with upcoming patch

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Ubisoft says the "upcoming patch" for consoles will address the 'sequence 11' issue in Assassin's Creed II. No more getting stuck.

The problem happens when gamers shut off their consoles when in "the present" as Desmond, unable to re-enter the Animus again.

Crystal Dynamics want dev leading online "vision" for "AAA title"

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is head hunting for a new 'Lead Designer', but most telling is the "distinct multiplayer" requirement.

The studio underwent staff cuts a while back so it's likely this is Tomb Raider related. Eidos have affirmed Lady Croft will be 'reinvigorated'.

Sony: White Knight Chronicles February 2nd in US, EU date soon

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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SCEA has announced that White Knight Chronicles: International Edition will be in the hands of American gamers come February 2nd.

Developer Level-5 has made some improvements since its Japanese release. Meanwhile an EU date will be given "in the coming weeks."

Mass Effect 2 ditches 'lift loading' for "interesting" loading screens

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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BioWare utilized lifts ferrying the player up and down as a way to disguise level loading in Mass Effect, but fans couldn't stand them before long.

They've promised the lift sequences are gone, replaced with loading screens that sport "interesting visuals and information" in their place.

Pre-order treat for inFamous now free DLC, Gigawatt Blades for all

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Developer Sucker Punch has much to thank fans for as their new creation, inFamous, has reached 1.2 million copies sold worldwide.

Sony now includes the Gigawatt Blades for free on the PlayStation Store. A sequel has already been blurted out but remains unofficial.

New Final Fantasy XIII Screenshots

Posted: 07.12.2009 by JamieSI

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The image gallery for Final Fantasy XIII has been updated with 22 new screenshots.

Final Fantasy XIII marks the dawning of a new era for the celebrated series, bringing the series to multiple hi-definition consoles simultaneously for the first time in its history.

VGAs premiere of Halo Reach all "in-game stuff", it's a "huge leap"

Posted: 07.12.2009 by Technet2k

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Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers has revealed that Spike's VGAs 2009 won't have CG or live action teases for Halo Reach, it'll be all in-game.

The footage will take us down "on the planet Reach" giving us our first peek, "which is phenomenal." It will be 2010's "biggest game".
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