Konami's Press Conference - Detailed Summary

posted 16 Jun 2010, 15:55 by Knuckles Sonic8

Here's what you need to know about what went down at Konami's press conference. The conference began with a video teasing the Konami code that was used to open a vault of footage from various Konami properties. Showcasing their goals towards "immersive entertainment", the following IP's were shown: PES 2011, AAA Lucha Libre, The Cages, Deca Sports 3, Adrenalin Misfits, Def Jam Rapstar, Dance Masters, DanceDanceRevolution, Gormith, Oops! Prank party, Beyblade Metal Fusion, Lost in Shadow, Silent Hill, Nintey-Nine Nights II, Metal Gear Solid, Saw II, and Castlevania

The president of the company took the stage, stating that they would like to continue to work towards "connecting [their] passionate players with the content they want". And their existing properties have accomplished this very focus. A picture shows up on the screen showing original IP's: Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania, DanceDanceRevolution, and even Frogger! To that end, Konami has performed a "strategic partnership" with quality developers such as Hudson, Def Jam interactive, and Slang to produce quality titles in this growing market.

Soon after this point, the CEO of 4MM Games entered to introduce Def Jam Rapstar, a new music game that Konami is, evidently, really excited about. The representative states that they've "broken every rule in the book to make this game" to create a truly "revolutionary product". In what ways is it revolutionary? Apparently, it's the ways in which the game is so "integrated into your life". Using social-networking sites such as Facebook, Def Jam Rapstar becomes a game that's "constantly-connected" to bring about possibilities aspiring musicians could only dream of. 

Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam, says that the game will fill a "giant white space" in the market in allowing players to express themselves in creating music videos, rating other people's performances, and possibly even starting their careers in the music business. He feels that what they're doing is encouraging good mental development of kids, I suppose since it should build up people's self-esteem. He also says that the game will serve an important role in black culture, something that Obama has recently added to. Overall, they feel strongly about working with Konami, simply because they made music games what they are today. They're really sure it's going to be a success - after all, a million mics have already been ordered for the distribution of this product!

Next up was a trailer for AAA Lucha Libre: Heroes Del Ring. the director of Slang, Federico Bayer, claims that this is the first of several IP's that are based on Hispanic culture. A lot of promotion is going into this, as well. In addition to live wrestling matches at the Konami booth, a televised round will determine which of the 4 selected wrestlers will appear on the cover of the game. Probably most interesting about this is the fact that this is also heading to the DSiWare service! It'll be interesting to hear more about how they hope to accomplish this.

Zombie Studios then introduced their rather-creepy trailer for Saw II: Flesh and Blood. Supposedly, fans of the survival-horror genre will just eat this up. The entire game is well-rooted in the original movie, so much so that there are some licensed tracks to be included as well. There will be "difficult-to-master mini-games" along with traps that get you to think differently about everyday pieces of machinery. The game will be available on 360 and PS3 in time for Halloween.

Ninety-Nine Nights II is slated to release this June on the Xbox 360. Tak Fujii, the producer, stressed repeatedly that there will be one-million troops in this "extreme" hack 'n slash game. The game requires you to be tactical, meaning that if you choose the same strategy over and over again, you likely won't succeed.

Konami also announced Otomedius Excellent for the 360, a game rooted in Japanese manga that will be hitting the US. The rep made a point to say that they'll be satisfying many fans who thought Konami wouldn't bring the game over to North America. To release during the Winter season, you can join up to 3 other players via Xbox Live or local multiplayer. The shooter takes roots from games like Gradius and will even include a "slamming soundtrack. Although there were only females shown in the trailer, it's supposedly going to be really challenging.

Next up, Konami introduced Adrenalin Misfits, a racing title for the Xbox Kinect that requires full body motion interaction. There are three distinct characteristics to the game: intuitive gameplay, rush of speed, and variety (slaloms, trick competitions and normal races to name a few). Replayability will be "off the charts" but whether or not this will go beyond the main gimmick's appeal remains to be seem. Anyone of any age can play the game, with no need to memorize button combinations. Certainly looks like a lot of fun for families.

Naoki, the creator of the DDR series, then announced Dance Masters, their next Kinect-exclusive title. Once again, absolutely no controllers are needed, so players will no longer feel tied down, and you'll be able to do as Naoki said: "move your fat body freely"! Jokes aside, the demonstration looked quite fun. You need to match green silhouette poses and actually perform the actions to the best of your ability. The demo made use of INTO YOUR HEART from DDR Hottest Party 2. Naoki helped viewers appreciate that you can master real dance moves from a variety of music genres (including African, R&B and Jazz). Not only can you play online, but you can even save your dance sequences and use them later in replacement of the pre-programmed backup dancers.

The brand manager of Konami's music games next entered to show off Glee Karaoke Revolution. For the 10th release of this franchise, they've partnered with Fox to bring players 35 songs from Season 1 for the Wii platform. After the basics were discussed, a news video was shown about a nationally-recognized "powerhouse choir" that served as the inspiration for Glee. After the video fades, the real-life choir appeared on-screen to sing 'Somebody to Love' with a demo of the game running in the background. And they were quite good too, with some impressive control of the high notes!

Mike Pepe, the Director of Marketing from Hudson was there to show off 4 new titles. First up was Beyblade: Metal Fusion, the video game based on the cartoon show (which has become the highest-rated cartoon since its release in Canada). Not too much detail on this one except for the fact that you can customize your own Beyblade for tense competitions, and there's even planned interconnectivity between the Wii and DS versions. Deca Sports 3 was the next Hudson-developed game. This third iteration was decided on after they experienced "enormous success" with their previous titles. They've included mainstream sports, as well as some more unique activities (such as Kayak Slalom and Log Cutting) that promises to be the deepest release yet in the series. Deca Sports Freedom was then shown for the Kinect. They've included some of the best games from past releases as well as some new ones like Paintball - this one's very interesting; your gun is your actual hand, with your thumb raised and your index finger held out. Last was Lost in Shadow (glad it wasn't Oops! Prank Party), which used a trailer that looked really good. No highlights beyond that.

Since its inception on the Playstation, one of the more important properties for the company has been the Silent Hill series. That's why the developers are bringing a new one to PS3 & 360 for the year 2011. The trailer showed a character in what looked like an abandoned ghost town with some strange going-on's. The music is being done by the composer of the score for the TV Show, Dexter, which is quite impressive. They promise that there will be plenty of surprises waiting.

Never Dead
, a third-person shooter, was showed-off next for the 360. It basically involves a character who's parts get dismembered but can still live. This segwayed into coverage of the two new Metal Gear Solid titles. After a promising trailer, there was a lengthy explanation on such things as weapons, gameplay mechanics, which went on a bit long in my opinion. Next up were showings of two Castlevania titles. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is a 2D classic that will be the first multiplayer title in the franchise, sporting co-op a survival battle mode, and 5 playable characters. Dot art was a major inspiration for the visuals in the game, leading to some really nice motions. If the game sells well, Konami plans to expand this release with more players and stages. The second title was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, an upcoming 3D project that Konami and the other teams are very proud of. Not too much information was provided other than a trailer so give that a look on the Internet if you're interested.

The press conference closed with the president of Konami America re-iterating that they have 5 new titles in the works for the 3DS. And with that, the event was finished. I was quite disappointed over the lack of DanceDanceRevolution for Wii at the conference, especially with the reaction Naoki got last year when he demonstrated the Balance Board mode for Hottest Party 3. But overall, I'd say it was pretty decent despite the technical difficulties they had along the way. 

Nintendo 3DS - Full Software Line-up Unveiled

posted 15 Jun 2010, 12:43 by Billy White   [ updated 15 Jun 2010, 14:02 ]

Following their hugely successful E3 show, Nintendo have revealed a list of upcoming titles for it's 3DS handheld, from a variety of different publishers. Some of the titles, such as Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (EEEEP!!) were already made clear during the show itself, but some of them are completely new. We've highlighted some of the most notable titles from the list below.

  • Activision - DJ Hero 3D
Should be interesting to see how this is implemented via the touch screen instead of the deck accessory.
  • AQ Interactive - cubic ninja
  • Atlus - Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
  • Capcom - Resident Evil Revelations, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (working title)
A new Resident Evil game is big news, even if their quality isn't always guaranteed. Scares in 3D should be awesome. Also great to see Super Street Fighter IV make it to a Nintendo console finally - even more, a Nintendo handheld to play SSFIV on the move.
  • Electronic Arts - FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL, The Sims 3
  • Gameloft - Asphalt GT
  • Harmonix - Music game
  • Hudson Soft - Bomberman, Deca Sports, Kororinpa
Whilst it's always good to see Bomberman on the DS, Monkey Ball-variant Kororinpa should be awesome with the tilt-sensitivity that the 3DS is going to offer.
  • Konami - Baseball, Contra, Frogger, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D "The Naked Sample", Pro Evolution Soccer/Winning Eleven
I'm not sure I really need to explain why Metal Gear Solid should be awesome. Just think about it: Snake. In 3D. On a Nintendo console again. And on a handheld. AWESOME.
  • Level-5 - Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (working title)
It's Layton. Once again, we really shouldn't have to explain why these things should be amazing. Whilst puzzles in 3D are nothing revolutionary, it should still be great to have that extra layer of depth in the game.
  • Majesco - BloodRayne: The Shroud, A Boy and His Blob, Face Racers: Photo Finish, Lion's Pride: Adventures on the Serengetti, Martha Stewart, WonderWorld Amusement Park
Not necessarily because of the 3DS' features this time, and more because the game should be awesome by itself: A Boy and His Blob on the DS has some great potential.

  • Marvelous - Bokujyoumonogatari 3D (working title)
  • Namco Bandai - Dragon Ball, Gundam, Pac-Man & Galaga, Ridge Racer, Super Robot (all working titles)
  • Nintendo - Animal Crossing, Kid Icarus Uprising, Mario Kart, nintendogs+cats, Paper Mario, PilotWings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D, Steel Driver
The Animal Crossing world in widescreen 3D? Yes please. Kid Icarus revival in widescreen 3D? Yes please. Mario Kart in widescreen 3D with improved Wi-Fi connectivity and motion sensitivity? Yes please. 3D Kittehs? Yes please. Paper Mario in widescreen 3D? Yes please. Return to the world of Pilotwings in widescreen 3D with motion sensitivity? Yes please. Star Fox in widescreen 3D? Yes please. Steel Driver in widescreen 3D? Ye-wait, what?
  • Rocket - Crash-City GP, VS-robo
  • SEGA - Sonic, Super Monkey Ball (working titles)
2D side-scrolling handheld Sonic in widescreen sounds good enough already, although obviously details here are slim (I mean, since when does the word "Sonic" alone bring happiness into the hearts of gamers?). And, for the same reason as mentioned with Kororinpa above, the motion sensitivity should be great for Monkey Ball. Keyword: should. We're watching you, Sega.
  • Square Enix - Codename: Chocobo Racing 3D, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts
Once again, we shouldn't have to explain why the highlighted titles are gonna be awesome. Just hearing any of those Square Enix series' names should be enough to make true core gamers excited.
  • Take-Two - Carnival Games
  • Tecmo Koei - Dead or Alive 3D, Dynasty Warriors, Ninja Gaiden, Samurai Warriors 3D (all working titles)
Gameplay aside for one moment, imagine the girls of Dead or Alive in 3D. Softcore-geek-pr0n ahoy.
  • Tomy - Lovely Lisa 3D, Naruto Shippuden Action
  • THQ - de Blob 2, Kung Fu Panda Kaboom of Doom, Marvel Super Hero Squad Infinity Gauntlet, The Penguins of Madagascar, Puss N Boots, Saints Row: Drive-By
de Blob was highly acclaimed by critics upon it's original Wii release, and with the DS' motion controls and 3D capabilities, anyone that doesn't get motion sickness should be highly anticipating the handheld sequel.
  • Ubisoft - Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy, Battle of Giants: Dinosaur Strike, Driver Renegade, Hollywood 61 (working title), Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Whilst they might not end up amazing, it's great to see big names such as Splinter Cell, Driver and Assassins Creed hitting the 3DS, and hopefully their gameplay won't disappoint fans.
  • Warner Bros. - LEGO Batman

Nintendo's E3 Conference - Detailed

posted 15 Jun 2010, 10:55 by Billy White   [ updated 15 Jun 2010, 14:08 ]

From the off, I knew that this year's E3 conference from Nintendo was gonna be special. After having to put up with some wholly disappointing shows over the past couple of years (Wii Fit Plus, anyone? No, I didn't think so either), so when this year's show was precedented with loads of intriguing rumours (such as details of the 3DS and an upcoming GoldenEye remake), and when it kicked off with a new title in the Legend of Zelda franchise, things were starting to look up for Nintendo's reputation. In this feature, I'm going to try and cover all the highlights of the event. And just so you know, there weren't really any "lowlights" to speak of.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The new Zelda game uses Wii MotionPlus to it's fullest extent, with Shigsy demonstrating the controls on stage. They seemed flawed at first, although Miyamoto blamed this on people's interfering wi-fi connections. I blame the fact that they probably should've recalibrated their controller. Nevertheless, everything seems to work fluidly, from swinging the sword, to standing in the fighting stance with your nunchuck (shield) held out in front of you. When I said the technology is used to it's max, I wasn't kidding. You don't even need to point the Wii remote at the sensor bar, because all the aiming and menu selection is done based on the motion of the controller. Finally, one of the most striking features is the new cartoon-y style. Not quite Wind Waker, and not quite Twilight Princess, the graphics look great, but not lifelike in the slightest. Nevertheless, it looks awesome.

Party Games
  • Let's Dance 2 was announced, with around fourty songs available, and will be out later this year.
  • In the plumber's only game to be officially announced this year, Mario Sports Mix is gonna have a variety of sports themed titles such as Basketball, Dodgeball and Ice Hockey.
  • Also officially unveiled is Wii Party, sorta like a Mario Party title, but with Mii's. See it as a more awesome version of Wii Play.

GoldenEye 007
The N64 classic is reborn with all the old maps from the original, all with a nice new lick of paint. The graphics could be much better, but are still on par with what you'd come to expect from the usual Wii FPS titles. It also boasts four player split-screen multiplayer (YES!) and eight players online (YES!!) and stars Daniel Craig in the place of Brosnan.

Epic Mickey
Dubbed "Disney's Epic Disney" by Reggie (by accident, of course), the upcoming adventure title exclusive to Wii focuses on the technique of being able to paint and remove environmental objects in it's demo, with bridges added in by the gamer, and walls removed to reach hidden objects. It also boasts some 2D levels based on the Mickey games of old and the old Mickey cartoons, including a Steamboat Willie level, which looks great fun. Really impressed.

Kirby's Epic Yarn
As we pictured on our Twitter feed, the return of Kirby to the Wii (after appearing in Virtual Console and cameo appearances before) is a 2D side-scrolling adventure with a very unique art style which, as the name suggests, shows everything with a "yarn" theme. Looks awesome, both aesthetically and gameplay-wise.

Metroid: Other M
Looking as awesome as ever, Reggie confirmed a North American release date of August 31st for Nintendo and Team Ninja's joint effort.

Donkey Kong Country
Or possibly called Donkey Kong Country Returns. I couldn't tell if the trailer was just saying DKC was returning, or if DKC Returns was the actual name of the game. Nevertheless, Nintendo look to have done it again with yet another look at 2D platforming on the Wii, with once again a really cool art style, with things such as a silhouette-styled level, and a 2.5D visual aspect throughout the whole game.

Omissions from the Wii presentation
There were some amazing announcements this year, and Nintendo barely had to rely upon third parties for their info, but there still felt like there were some things missing. Sure, the hardcore and the casual gamers both got their own titles, but for some reason something was lacking in my opinion. Whilst I'm not entirely sure, I'm gonna pin this down to the Wii firmware itself. Nothing new was revealed with regards to the system or it's channels, never mind the Virtual Console or WiiWare services. Also a distinct lack of Balance Board, Wii Wheel, Wii Zapper, the Vitality Sensor and (unless you consider Zelda alone to be enough - and you'd be forgiven for thinking that), Wii MotionPlus.

Dragon Quest 9 and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Amongst the Wii reveals, Nintendo found the time to show off two upcoming DS games out later this year, showing off Dragon Quest 9's ability to search for other gamers in the local area even when the DS is shut, as well as unveiling the full name for the Golden Sun game shown off at last year's event.

...that it?
Believe it or not, the above titles were the only ones specifically revealed for Nintendo's existing handheld consoles, which has been steadily shrinking in popularity over the past few years due to a lack of decent, new content. Not a word of DSiWare or other downloadable services.

Nintendo 3DS
The reason for Nintendo's lack of support for the DS and DSi seems to be because most of their attention was busy focused on the Nintendo 3DS, which has kept it's tentative name thus far. The hardware features improved graphics (which, considering they'll be packed on a 3.5 inch screen AND in three dimensions, are pretty darned good), a widescreen, 3D upper screen which has no need for glasses or any other kind of technology, and an analog stick dubbed the "slide pad", which takes the place of the D-Pad, which is instead situated directly below the slide pad. In addition to these updates, it also (as you could've probably guessed) incorporates motion sensitivity, like the Wiimote and iPod, and has a slider to determine how in-depth the 3D effect of the top screen is.
    It also features an updated camera system, with one camera situated above the top screen, and two on the lid. That's right: three cameras. This means you'll be able to take photographs of your surroundings in three dimensions, and view them back as so. Nnooo's Nic Watt already seems interested in running his upcoming game "Spirit Hunters" (links open in new window) on the console, hopefully allowing for super-accurate depth of field when pointing the camera at your surroundings.

Firmware updates
In addition to the updated camera app, there are a couple new features that are worth noting. First of all, the console now automatically searches for wi-fi hotspots when left in stand by, as well as other 3DS systems, and will notify you if it discovers any such wireless devices. In a completely different theme, it also has the capability to show 3D movies, with films from Disney, Warner Bros and Dreamworks on display at the E3 show floor. Iwata (who was the one showing off the 3DS hardware) did make clear that they might not follow through with this feature though, and it is only a concept for the time being. In other words, Japan will probably be able to watch 3D content in the next year, and we'll be left as an afterthought for the time being.

Kid Icarus: Uprising
FINALLY, Nintendo reveal an all-new Kid Icarus game, which combines action adventure and flight elements to create an all new 3D experience, complete with some pretty snazzy looking graphics. This game seems to be at the forefront of all the upcoming 3DS titles, and should be hitting the stands at the same day as the 3DS' launch.


With the Nintendo DS, Nintendo helped gain millions of sales with their flagship title Nintendogs, which was the first game to really grab the attention of the female audience. With the 3DS, Nintendo are looking to do that once more, with Nintendogs in 3D... and with cats. Cheezburger unconfirmed.

Other 3DS software
Nintendo showcased loads of upcoming titles from third party developers really quickly towards the end of their conference, albeit with no footage or imagery to go alongside the names. Some of the most notable games to be unveiled include Kingdom Hearts, Saints Row (which was announced to laughter of the audience), DJ Hero (yes, on the handheld!), Madden, The Sims 3Resident Evil Afterlife, Riiiidge Racerrr!, Street Fighter IVAssassins Creed and Metal Gear Solid. Clearly, Nintendo are seizing the opportunity to grab the core gamers with their upcoming handheld console, especially due to the distinct lack of interest in the PSP from all parties. Also coming soon, whilst not third party, is a 3D Professor Layton title, subtitled The Mask of Miracle.

3DS Trailer Hints
When Nintendo showed off a trailer of what the 3DS can supposedly do (the trailer consisted of Iwata, Shigsy and Reggie all being sucked into the 3DS itself, which makes me hesitant to try it out for fear of leaving the real world), some other games were hinted by items scattered around the video's environment, including Zelda, Starfox, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart and a 3D Mario platformer. When it comes to their conferences, Nintendo are very good at missing out some vital titles (remember Sin & Punishment last year? No? That's because they didn't show it, even though it was playable on the show floor), but five major DS titles like those suggested? Maybe they thought the hints were good enough. Nevertheless, shortly after the event, Nintendo released a list of upcoming 3DS titles that we can look forwards to, which confirmed Mario Kart and Starfox, amongst the likes of Animal Crossing and (get ready)... Pilotwings!

And with that, I think I've covered just about everything. As disappointing as it was that we didn't hear more on the downloadable gaming side of things, or the non-3DS handheld gaming scene, Nintendo's show was brilliant compared to previous years. So, if you ignore feeling short-changed after buying the DS fat, DS lite, DSi and DSiXL (although, if you did, you're a fool) and focus on the greatness to come, the next year is looking great for owners of Nintendo consoles.

EA Turns Up the Heat With Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

posted 14 Jun 2010, 20:37 by Knuckles Sonic8

Los Angeles, CaliforniaJune 14, 2010 – Criterion reinvents Need for SpeedTM Hot Pursuit for the connected generation. Criterion Games, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that the award-winning development team is making the latest installment in the renowned Need for Speed franchise. Inspired by the classic game of the same name, Criterion will reveal Need for Speed Hot Pursuit for the very first time today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. 

Launching in November 2010, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit brings the franchise back to its roots with intense cops vs. racer chases. Criterion also ups the ante with the introduction of an all-new online network called Need for Speed Autolog where players compare racing stats and automatically get personalized gameplay recommendations from their friends– a feature that is poised to transform online racing for the connected generation.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The high speed busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in social competition.

Craig Sullivan, Creative Director of the game said, “At Criterion, we’ve been playing Need for Speed since it was first introduced on 3DO. We are honored and excited by the opportunity to reinvent the franchise for today’s connected audience. Our goal has been to create cops vs. racers pursuits that are so fun, fast and exciting it really brings to life the adrenaline and intensity of the high speed cop pursuit experience with your friends”.

Developed by Criterion Games, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will be available on November 16, 2010 in North America and on November 18 and 19, 2010 in Europe on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will also be available on the WiiTM and is being developed by Exient.

Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time revealed!

posted 14 Jun 2010, 19:42 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 14 Jun 2010, 19:51 ]

The Rabbids are back, heading to "where no rabbids have gone before"! Taking along a souped-up washing machine to travel through time and space, the Rabbids travel to different points in history causing mischief. The trailer showed them heading to Egypt, prehistoric times, and even during the days of King Arthur. It seems as though they don't understand that their mischievous actions are altering the very fabric of time and space! Or at least, that's what the trailer seems to hint at.

Dropping the "Rayman" in the title completely, Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time will be releasing in November exclusively for Wii.

Ubisoft announces Driver: San Francisco

posted 14 Jun 2010, 19:32 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 14 Jun 2010, 20:34 ]

With crime lord Charles Jericho now on the loose San Francisco faces a terrible threat. Only one man can stand against him. He has driven the streets of a hundred cities, spent his whole life putting criminals behind bars. But to take Jericho down, there can be no turning back, and he knows that this may very well be his last ride. His name is John Tanner. He is the DRIVER.

Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO is the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Gamers play John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. Thanks to a groundbreaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly shift between more than a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. With its timeless atmosphere, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER SAN FRANCISCO offers the free-roaming, classic, cinematic car chase experience.

Key Features
Rediscover the cinematic driving sensations of DRIVER: loose suspension, long drifts, sharp bends and high-speed pursuits in dense traffic. Drive over 120 licensed cars involved in some of the most intense chase sequences ever seen.

Uncover a thrilling storyline in which personal revenge fuels Tanner’s relentless manhunt for Jericho. Follow Tanner's survival race across San Francisco and discover how this chase will bring him to a point of no return. 

As Tanner recovers from a terrible crash, he realizes he has acquired a new ability that enables him to instantly change vehicles and take control: SHIFT. Experience unprecedented intensity, diversity and freedom; shift into a faster car, deploy civilian vehicles to destroy your enemies and even take control of your opponents’ car to force their demise.

Drive on more than 200 kilometers of road network, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and along iconic locations throughout San Francisco. Shift from one car to the next and dip into the lives of different residents, a head-spinning array of characters, each with a unique perspective on a city under siege.

Experience 9 different, frantic and addictive on-line modes, where the SHIFT feature allows players to be anywhere at any time. Ram, tail and overtake your friends in offline split-screen or online modes.

Record your best stunts and chases with the Director replay mode to edit and share your movies. Test your driving skills with 20 challenging races and 80 “dares” spread all across the city. Listen to over 60 music tracks with songs from famous artists, not to mention the original memorable DRIVER theme.

Ubisoft announces Michael Jackson Video Game

posted 14 Jun 2010, 19:05 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 20 Jul 2010, 20:25 ]

Los Angeles - June 14, 2010
– Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of an interactive performance-based video game, inspired by the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The game is family entertainment at its best and will provide an interactive experience that enables players to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson himself and re-live his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing. The upcoming game will include the most famous tracks from Michael Jackson’s extensive catalogue such as Beat It and Billie Jean, as well as an array of his awe-inspiring dance moves for players to learn and emulate within the game. Additionally, fans will be able to sing along and test their vocal skills while immersed in the performance.

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and the most popular global icons of all time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture. During his extraordinary career Jackson sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award. His album “Thriller” is the world’s best-selling album of all time with more than 110 million copies sold.

“Michael always pushed every limit when it came to technology to give his fans unforgettable entertainment experiences, whether it involved his videos, his recordings or his concerts. Now, with this interactive product, we have the chance to bring Michael, the artist, into households around the world in a perfect match of Michael’s artistry and the family entertainment which he always highly valued. Kids, their parents, extended family members and friends will now have an opportunity to all come together and experience Michael’s music and dance in an innovative, exciting and fun way,” said John Branca, co-executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson.

Added Michael Jackson Estate Co-Executor John McClain: “No artist can energize a dance floor in the spirit of fun like Michael Jackson. His God-given gifts for music and dance are something new generations of fans will appreciate even more. This game is a natural extension of what he would be doing today to raise his artistry to even greater heights for his fans of all generations. It is a game that the entire family can experience and enjoy together and this is something that would please Michael tremendously.”

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to develop a game based on the songs and moves of one of the world’s most incredible performers of all time,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “We expect the game to bring Michael Jackson fans, families and friends together with the energetic song and dance of The King of Pop.”

The game will be available for KinectTM for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 system with PlayStation®Move support, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo DS™ handheld system, for holiday 2010.

Rayman Origins revealed!

posted 14 Jun 2010, 18:46 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 14 Jun 2010, 19:38 ]

Easily the most exciting reveal in the entirety of Ubisoft's press conference, Rayman Origins is a revival of the classic Ubisoft mascot! Although details are very scaree at this point, the video that was shown was really, really promising. With only 5 people handling this digital project, the game's visuals look beautiful with hand-drawn character models and various aspects that pay tribute to the classic Rayman title. Even Globox makes a return, which may suggest a co-op feature of some sort but, of course, there's no confirmation of that. Platforms haven't even been announced as of yet, but I really really hope it comes to WiiWare otherwise, they'll be disappointing many fans, myself included.

KS8's E3 Predictions! (2010)

posted 14 Jun 2010, 13:50 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 20 Jul 2010, 20:16 ]

Nintendo's conference is coming in a few hours, which means it's time for me to post my list of predictions! Do you remember my list of predictions from E3 2009? Well, if you never viewed it, the list was giant. Quite a few of my predictions came true, and some didn't. Now I'm back again this year with some new leads and educated guesses. There's lots of talk going on right now with what Nintendo will do to satisfy their core audience, but here are my predictions for what may very well get focused on/announced over the course of E3. Naturally, this set mostly focuses on news concerning Ninty platforms.

- The current state of affairs on Cosmic Walker will be explained; the game may get a proper unveiling for the NA audience.
- A new Starfox or F-Zero for Wii will be announced.
- A new Mario Tennis game will be announced for DS/3DS.
- A new Paper Mario will be announced for Wii or 3DS.
- Nintendo could possibly announce a sequel to Mystery Case Files: Million Heir.
- Firmware update for DSi which may include SD Card support and/or gifting.
- First title that uses the Wii Vitality Sensor will be shown.
- One or more VC titles will be confirmed for upcoming release.
- Next Professor Layton title confirmed for NA; release date announced.
- VCA Support will be discussed; increased support may be promised.
- Chibi Robo NPC! and/or Chibi Robo DS confirmed for NA.
- Pikmin 2 NPC! confirmed for NA.
- More details on Line Attack Heroes.
- Band Brothers DX confirmed for NA.
- Wii Speak/Balance Board incorporation revealed for a previously-announced existing game/new title.
- New first-party WiiWare title announced.
- Despite evidence to suggest otherwise, a surprise announcement will occur, announcing a new Mario Party for either Wii or DS or both platforms.
- Nintendo will announce a fix for those who want to transfer games across systems.
- Wii Party shown off, new features showcased.
- The 'Wii no Ma' channel will be heading to NA; alternatively, a new Wii Channel will be unveiled.
- Nintendo will announce the return of WiiWare demos.
- A title from the JP DSiWare catalogue will be confirmed for NA.
- As I already predicted, a new Donkey game will be unveiled for Wii in the vein of something like DK64.
- Club Nintendo support discussed, new rewards may be announced.
- A Kirby game for 3DS/WiiWare may be announced.
- Kirby Wii will be shown.
- Pikmin 3 will make an appearance; a special feature will be unveiled.
- Another Code R will be confirmed for NA release.
- Hotel Dusk sequel coming to NA.
- Wii Chess may be coming to WiiWare in NA.
- Nintendo will unveil some plans to make improvements to their online support.
- Ambassador program will be coming to NA.
- New Starfy game announced for DS.
- New James Patterson game revealed for DS.
- Google/Nintendo search game confirmed for NA.

Third-Party Developers
- A new Super Monkey Ball title will be announced.
- Had a hard time believing Hudson was only showing off DECA Sports 3 & Oops! Prank Party; as suspected, a surprise title is in the works - could be Joysound localization, Mario Party, or something no one is expecting.
- Bomberman Battlefest WiiWare shown off.
- Konami announces the next DDR game for Wii.
- Elebits sequel revealed for Wii.
- Just Dance 2 announed by Ubisoft.
- Rayman platformer in-bound from Ubisoft.
- Raving Rabbids Travel in Time showcased.
- Kingdom Hearts game announced for Wii.
- New game in the 'FFCC' series is announced for Wii/WiiWare.
- SEGA coming out with a classic revival (e.g., ChuChu Rocket, Ecco) or bringing an existing game on other platforms to Wii.
- Sonic Chronicles 2 announced.
- Mario/Sonic collaboration coming once again - will not be an 'Olympic Games' affair.
- New info on Sonic Colors to surface.
- Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sequel revealed.
- In line with Sonic Adventure coming to XBLA: Jet Grind Radio & Sonic Shuffle will be hitting the same platform.
- SEGA announces a Dreamcast compilation for Wii, or perhaps something special for VC/WW.
- New Sakura Wars coming to NA.
- New SSX title for Wii.
- MonkeyPaw Games confirms one or more WiiWare games that they plan to localize from JP.
- Mini Ninjas sequel announced.
- New title from Gameloft for DSiWare/WiiWare.
- Upcoming title from Gameloft will get shown off (e.g., Crystal Monsters).
- New title to use the peripheral for Tony Hawk RIDE.
- Evolution revival incoming for Wii.
- New Pac-Man game coming from Namco.

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