Even though Rock Band 2 has braced some store shelves already, Harmonix today announced an update regarding the release date and pricing of the remaining PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii versions.
Interestingly, the Special Edition Bundle (made up of the microphone, wireless drums, wireless guitar and the game) will be available from October 19th on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately for Wii and PS2 owners, they'll have to wait until December for a full release of this exciting package.
EA has released 18 new screenshots for The Sims 3.
You can see those screenshots here
reports that Stan Bush, writer and creator of "The Touch" theme for the Transformers cartoon movie, is keen to get his classic cult track featured on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, and has sent a letter to Activision asking about the possibility. "Yes, it would be wonderful to get "The Touch" in either one of those games. I've written to Activision, but wasn't able to get anywhere on it. I'd really appreciate any help,"
We've prepared another competition for Strategy Informer members! Codemasters
were kind enough to provide some cool prizes to pack it with. The prizes that we have are: Xbox 360 Faceplate, Statue, Keychain and a T-Shirt. They're all themed with the upcoming multi-platform RPG game, Rise of the Argonauts
A class action suit filed September 22nd with the northern California District Court is asking for a judgment in excess of $5 million from Electronic Arts. The suit was filed by one Melissa Thomas and "all others similarly situated." The complaint sites that the installation of SecureROM as part of the Spore installation was not authorized by the Plaintiff and that SecureROM can have undesired effects on the consumer. A copy of the complaint is found on Courthouse News.
Almost lost in the uproar over the DRM complaints surrounding Electronic Arts Spore, are complaints concerning the online accounts for Spore. Contrary to what is stated in the manual Spore only allows one online account to be created per install – so on a multiple use system you can only have one Spore screen name regardless of how many users share the system.
Strategy Informer has a Call of Duty 4 game server running with Before the Dawn mod installed on it. Those of you that have played this mod will know what it is about, and for those of you that haven't, well lucky you, you will get to experience it for the first time.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has claimed that the company is currently stomping competition in the music genre, with the Guitar Hero franchise outselling its main competitor Rock Band by six to one.
The claim was made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVII Conference, were Kotick said; "We’re outselling (Rock Band) 6:1, when you think about the access we have to 30 percent of the world’s music at Universal, we have a unique advantage there."
Activision-Blizzards Analyst Day is generating comments from all over. One of the fascinating peeks from inside the new company comes from a report by MTV
. They quote Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision-Blizzard, as saying that the rock and roll band Aerosmith has made more money from the royalties they earn from Guitar Hero: Aerosmith than from any of their previously released albums.
The release of Electronic Arts Spore with the much maligned SecureROM anti-piracy system drew mass criticism from users on the Internet. Many forum posters complained about the restrictive DRM requirements and the average customer review of the game on Amazon.com as of this writing is 1.5 stars out of 5. Many of the reviews complain about problems installing the game and reaching activation servers in order to play the game. Others complain about the limit to the number of allowed installs.
Ok it's time for a new competition! We've managed to get approval for 5 free games from GamersGate for this competition. Hence, the winner of this competition will get to pick any game from GamersGate of his/her choice. They got a lot of great up to date games over there so be sure to check them out.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced today that SingStar ABBA is currently in development for the PS2 and PS3, and will be available for this Christmas.
Owners of either system will now be able to sing along with some of the most iconic pop tracks of all time including 'Mamma Mia', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', 'Waterloo' and 'Dancing Queen'.
SingStar ABBA is being developed in full collaboration with ABBA and Universal Music Group in Sweden, which manages the rights to the ABBA brand. The terms of the agreement include a window of exclusivity for disc-based PlayStation titles until December 2009.
EA announced this morning that a price cut for the European Rock Band Instrument Edition on the Xbox 360 has been made and sets a new price point of £109.99.
Full press release inside.
To celebrate the launch of the game on PC DVD-ROM our friends at SEGA have given us 5 e-GeForce 9600 GT 512MB graphics cards to give away. These high-spec graphics cards from EVGA feature NVIDIA® SLI™ technology, next-generation superscalar GPU architecture and full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 shader model 4.0 support.
EA announced today that The Sims 3 will be released globally on February 20th, 2009 for PC.
This information was announced at the Leipzig Game Convention during an EA press conference this morning. EA also revealed a Collector's Edition that will be available in retail stores on the same date, and will include the full game along with Sims merchandise and an in-game Italian sports car as an exclusive item.
Atari and Red Mile Entertainment are bringing Heroes over Europe, a realistic tactical flight combat game, to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2009.
The sequel to the mighty World War II flight combat game Heroes of the Pacific, Heroes over Europe takes aspiring combat pilots into the bullet-ridden heart of major World War II European air battles in glorious dogfight-friendly high definition. Heroes over Europe follows the Allied campaign from the attacks on London to the destruction of Berlin, with players under orders to strap themselves into the authentically rendered cockpits of the campaign’s iconic aircraft. Their mission: to survive the most ferocious dogfights ever seen in a flight combat game.
The online MMO simulation of the Football Manager series, which has been on the bench just itching to get on the pitch, is nearing 'completion' says Miles Jacobson.
In an interview with Evo Gamer, Sports Interactive's Jacobson says the game will likely "never be 'finished'" in the traditional sense, with content updates "every few months".
During Activision's unofficial E3 Press conference on Tuesday evening, two developers commented about future Guitar Hero games being compatible with other instruments that haven't been designed with Guitar Hero in mind, like Rock Band's instruments.
During Microsoft's E3 2008 Press Conference, it was revealed that Lips, the Karaoke/dancing game from Elite Beat Agents developer iNiS is in development exclusively to the Xbox 360.
Shane Kim promises that it will bring “A brand new party game experience," and will ship this fall, bundled with a pair of light-equipped, motion sensing wireless microphones. The game will also allow gamers to import their own songs from a Zune or iPod.
Following our string of live updates, we give you Microsoft’s announcement of a new interface coming this Autumn for all 360 users.
Dubbed the “new xbox live experience”, this new interface will be modelled along similar lines as the expected PS3 ‘Home’ system.
The new interface will include ‘Avatars’ (more realistic looking Mii’s), video and picture sharing, along with a load more community based options.