Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Zero Punctuation - BioShock 2

This weeks Zero Punctuation is on BioShock 2. could the return to Rapture be enough for Yahtzee to like this game, or could this be just another unnecessary sequel?

Halfbrick Reveal Upcoming Mini's Title "Rocket Racing"

Halfbrick have revealed their upcoming Mini's game Rocket Racing. this game is set for release in Europe on 11th March and it will be compatible with both the PS3 and PSP. the game will cost €4.99/£3.99.Rocket Racing is a top down futuristic racing game.

The tracks have been designed with a unique twist and are set in different locations. The game has Challenge Modes, Grand Prix modes, and Party Modes. The game also has a unique game mechanic where you grind the vehicles rockets against the outer walls of the tracks to get a speed boost. Halfbrick have released screenshots for Rocket Racing that appear to be in-game and show in-game action from a variety of tracks as well as the grinding mechanic.

Rocket Racing

From EU Playstation Blog

Namco Bandai Announce Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Is Coming To The PS3 And Xbox 360 This Summer

Namco Bandai have announced that Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is coming out this summer in the USA on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is a action adventure game that is being developed by Game Republic. In the game you play a agile protagonist who has a AI-Controller monster. together you work together to battle enemies, solve puzzles, and conquer challenges.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is set 100 years after a darkness engulfed the world and nearly eradicated all of its inhabitants. from the darkness, warriors emerged and they went out to kill the survivors. You play as the Protagonist who has set out to restore the empire. on the way you meet with Majin and begin to unravel Majin's forgotten past.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

Press Release

Santa Clara, Calif., (March 2, 2010) – Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom™, a riveting action-adventure game for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Featuring an engaging storyline of enduring friendship, the game takes players through a seamless world where an agile protagonist and a powerful AI-controlled monster must forge an alliance to battle enemies, solve puzzles and conquer challenges. Developed by Game Republic, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom is scheduled to be released throughout North America this summer.

In Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, a once thriving society is suddenly engulfed by a dark force that nearly eradicates all of its inhabitants. Many tried to reclaim their fallen homeland but were annihilated by strange warriors who rose from the darkness. A hundred years later, a cunning young outsider is drawn to this forsaken kingdom where he encounters and befriends Majin, a mysterious monster-like being with incredible strength. Now in an effort to restore the empire, the two set out to uncover Majin’s forgotten past and the secrets that lie within the ancient land.

Wrapped in an emotional journey of courage and respect, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom takes players on a majestic adventure as a cunning individual who must rely on his agility to triumph over increasing obstacles. What he lacks in might, his AI-controlled companion makes up for with his towering size and brawn. Majin can assess the current gameplay conditions and act accordingly or follow commands with the press of a button. As players progress through the game's lush environments, Majin will continue to grow and acquire additional abilities that will provide access to previously obstructed areas.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom redefines co-op AI gameplay by delivering an accessible experience that offers the perfect mix of stealth, action, platform navigation and combat that is designed to keep the journey gripping and immersive. Though each character has their own objective, teamwork is essential for survival as the hero and Majin must fight in tandem to persevere over any challenge that lies in their path. This complementary relationship will only continue to deepen and evolve as the story unfolds.

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About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the PAC-MAN®, SOULCALIBUR®, TEKKEN® brands. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products log onto

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Sony Online Entertainment Announce PoxNora Has Recieved A Major Update In The Latest Game Update

Sony Online Entertainment have released a major game update to PoxNora which has improved and enhanced many aspects of the game as a whole. This game update is out now.

Sony Online Entertainment have also released new screenshots and a trailer showing the improvements to the game. the screenshots are in-game and show many different parts of the game, whilst the trailer is made from artwork and in-game action from many different areas in the game.

PoxNora game update features:
• New Rune Manager – A new, easier to use rune manager simplifies staying organized and managing collections
• New User Interface – Includes a sleek, streamlined rune dock, iconic ability buttons and a separate cool-down location
• New and Redesigned Maps – Over 20 new and redesigned maps provide uber replayability
• Updated Attack and Defense System – Efficient attack and defense system provides a clearer understanding of damage and statistics
• Restructured Leveling System – Updated leveling system makes customization easier and straightforward
• New and Improved Tutorial – New players can jump right into the action with the new and improved tutorial
• Redesigned Web Site – Players will see improved functionality with the completely revamped


Press Release

WHAT: Today, Sony Online Entertainment’s Tucson studio released the latest PoxNora® game update to better meet the needs of the online strategy gamer. Improvements have made PoxNora sleeker and more accessible, while still holding true to the incredible turn-based fantasy gameplay that originally captivated its dedicated player base. With enhancements to the user interface and a streamlined player experience, PoxNora also introduces the fifth midterm expansion, Heirs to Legend, where eight new champions add to the 800 iconic pieces already available in game.

FEATURES: PoxNora game update features:
• New Rune Manager – A new, easier to use rune manager simplifies staying organized and managing collections
• New User Interface – Includes a sleek, streamlined rune dock, iconic ability buttons and a separate cool-down location
• New and Redesigned Maps – Over 20 new and redesigned maps provide uber replayability
• Updated Attack and Defense System – Efficient attack and defense system provides a clearer understanding of damage and statistics
• Restructured Leveling System – Updated leveling system makes customization easier and straightforward
• New and Improved Tutorial – New players can jump right into the action with the new and improved tutorial
• Redesigned Web Site – Players will see improved functionality with the completely revamped

WHEN: The PoxNora game update and Heirs to Legend is now live.

For more information, visit

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About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games which have entertained millions of players around the globe. SOE creates and delivers compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchise EverQuest®, its successful online trading card game Legends of Norrath®, as well as the recent kids’ phenomenon Free Realms™, SOE continues to raise the bar for online gaming and players worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, with additional studios in Austin, Seattle, Denver, Tucson, and Taiwan, SOE has a slate of engaging, high-quality games currently in development across new genres for all platforms and audiences.

SOE, the SOE logo, Legends of Norrath and EverQuest, are registered trademarks and Free Realms is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Traveller’s Tales And Lego Systems Extend Partnership To Develop Lego Videogames Until 2016 [Update]

Lego Systems and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group have announced that Traveller’s Tales has the Worldwide Licensee Agreement to develop Lego based games until 2016. So far Lego based videogames have sold close to 50 Million units worldwide. The Next game to be released in the Lego series is Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, which is set for a 2010 release.

[ Update: Had Incorrectly said that it was Telltale Games when it was actually Traveller’s Tales. post has been updated with this change.]

Press Release

BURBANK, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 03, 2010 LEGO Systems and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) announced today a worldwide license agreement for TT Games Publishing to continue developing the highly successful LEGO videogames across multiple platforms.

Operating as part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of WBHEG, TT Games is the publisher and developer behind the award winning hit LEGO videogame franchises including, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman: The Videogame and LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, which have sold close to 50 million units worldwide.

“The LEGO Group is a brilliant and trusted organization with an extremely loyal fan base,” said Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. “We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to containue the successful partnership between this legendary company and the talented TT Games, which will enable us to further expand our slate of widely recognized, family-friendly games.”

“One of the things that sets the LEGO brand apart is that it allows kids to express their creativity, and the games we develop with TT Games are not just great fun but also inspire kids to play with their LEGO bricks, exploring our different play themes more deeply,” said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, vice president of LEGO Digital. “We are very excited to continue to work with TT Games because they take a distinctive approach to making games creative, social and non-violent, which makes them a valuable part of the broader LEGO experience.”

“We look forward to carrying on our excellent collaboration with the LEGO Group in building extraordinary LEGO videogame franchises, with both Warner Bros. and third party IP, that continue to resonate with consumers,” said Tom Stone, managing director of TT Games Publishing. “There is a tremendous future for LEGO games, and we are looking forward to working with all of our partners over the coming years.”

TT Games, which was formed in 2005 with the merger of the developer Traveller's Tales and publisher Giant Interactive Entertainment, continues to manage their existing relationships with other publishers. The next title from TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4in 2010.

About TT Games
TT Games ( is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit games LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, LEGO® Indiana Jones™: The Original Adventures and BIONICLE® Heroes. Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families.

About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group ( is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHEG oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHEG distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

Nintendo Have Released A New Trailer For Metroid: Other M

Nintendo have released a new trailer for Metroid: Other M. the new trailer appears to be made from in-game cutscenes and focuses on a young Samus and her thinking about her early life.

Bungie Have Released A New Multiplayer Trailer For Halo Reach

Microsoft have released a new trailer for Halo Reach. this is a multiplayer trailer that shows all the new features in the game. the trailer is made from in-game footage and shows in-game action.

the HUD is show in in the trailer, as well as new equipment like Jet Packs. Assassination Kills, Game modes like Headhunter and Awe And Shock have also been revealed. The Trailer ends with the final reveal that the Halo Reach beta will start on 3rd May 2010.

Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

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  • PS3: Sony has trademarked Arc in Japan. speculation is that is the name of the Motion Controller.

  • Activision are looking into “into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward.”

  • PC: Portal is updated. speculation is that GLaDOS tried to save herself before you killed her, could lead to Portal 2

  • A Picture has been found that people think is from Portal 2.

  • its been reported that a programmer salary in Japan is low, between ¥130,000-¥180,000 ($1,457-$2,017).

  • PS3: The Next Splinter Cell game could appear exclusively on the PS3, Conviction won't. No Deals done yet

  • QTE Blog: Sony Announce That The Playstation 3 Clock Bug Is Now Fixed

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  • Activision warns its staff and investors thats got preventive measures stopping studios from creating Hot Coffee content.

  • Ignition has announced that Blacklight: Tango Down is coming out on PSN and XBLA this summer

  • Street Fighter IV gamers can't play against Super Street Fighter IV Gamers. SSFIV has surprise for SFIV Gamers

  • Ex DICE boss, Fredrik Liliegrenm, has revealed that Mirror's Edge was in development for 7 years.

  • Canabalt devs, Adam Saltsman and Danny Baranowsky, have re-released a HD version of their game Gravity Hook.

  • 360: A Splinter Cell Conviction Bundle is coming for $399. it has 2 controllers, game, 250 GB HDD, Black Console

  • Blur is coming out in the EU on 28th May and May 25th in the USA.

  • QTE Blog: Microsoft Announce 4 Forza MotorSport 3 Game Add-ons

  • QTE Blog: Sony Computer Entertainment Announce They Have Acquired Media Molecule

  • Its rumoured that Infinity Ward has not been paid royalties for Modern Warfare 2. IW could look to work for someone else

  • PS3: ARM Syscon CPU blamed for Clock Bug, it had previous issues in other devices. 8/11 Fat PS3 SKUs effected

  • QTE Blog: Sports Interactive Announce Football Manager 2010 Update 10.3.0 Is Out Now

  • QTE Blog: Disney Interactive Studios Release Alice In Wonderland Boxart For The Nintendo Wii And DS

  • PS3: Sony is set to reveal a surprise sequel on GTTV this week. no hints as to what it could be

  • Sledgehammer Games have been confirmed as working on a Call Of Duty game set for a 2011 release. its a action title

  • 360: Ska Studios have announced that I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1. has sold over 200k units on Xbox Indie Games

  • American McGee has shown concept art for a Little Red Riding Hood game, hoping to get a publisher for it

  • Mac: TellTale have announced that Sam & Max, Wallace & Gromit, and Strong Bad are coming to mac's this year

  • THQ Have confirmed that Universomo, a THQ Wireless studio, has closed and gone into liquidation.

  • 360: GameStop has a listing for the 250GB HDD as a standalone. it has a price of $129.99