Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Namco Bandai Have Released The Second Behind The Scenes Look At Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom

Namco Bandai have released the second behind the scenes look at Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom. this video focuses on the art and style in the game. they talk about how they wanted a unique look, something different from the realistic games. they also talk about how they are using facial animations to convey emotion in the magical world they've created.

Sony Online Entertainment Have Released A New DC Universe Online Trailer Showing Metro Police Department

Sony Online Entertainment have released a new video for DC Universe Online. this video focuses on the Metro Police Department in the game and uses in-game footage to show many of its features and characters you can find there. the video describes the building as a safe house and a hub for quests and transporting to places.

Sony Announce Playstation Rewards, A Loyalty Program Coming First To The USA

Sony have announced Playstation Rewards, a free loyalty program thats coming first to the USA and the PS3. the initial launch of Playstation Rewards will be 28th October, but it'll be in a beta phase only open to Playstation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel Members. The Playstation Rewards program is designed to award those users who are actively involved with Playstation, and currently the PS3. the more users participate, the more progress you make through the 3 tiers in the program, Select, Pro, and Legendary. as you progress through each of these, the rewards you earn increase.

In the beginning the rewards will be Exclusive PSN avatars, Dynamic Themes and Home content. There will also be a chance to win exclusive merchandise and experiences, the first being an all expenses paid trip to CES 2011, Consumer Electronics Show. Future rewards. Sony have also revealed that whilst this program starts on the PS3, they hope to include the PSP in the future.

From USA Playstation Blog

This Weeks UK PSP Digital Comic Store Update

Sony's EU Playstation Blog has detailed the comics coming out today on the PSP Digital Comic Store. There do not appear to be any free comics this week.

5 Days to Die #3 - IDW
Atomic Robo Vol. 4 #4 - Red 5 Comics
Batman #680 - DC Comics
Betty and Veronica #203 - Archie Comics
Birds of Prey #61 & #62 - DC Comics
Boffin Boy and the Wizard of Edo - Ransom Publishing
Boffin Boy and the Lost City - Ransom Publishing
Boffin Boy and the Monsters from the Deep - Ransom Publishing
Dark Man: Danger in the Dark - Ransom Publishing
Dark Man: Destiny in the Dark - Ransom Publishing
Dark Man: Escape from the Dark - Ransom Publishing
Deadpool (2008) #1-#7 - Marvel
Dust #2 - Twistory
Fables #30 - DC Comics
Green Lantern #11 & #12 - DC Comics
Iron Man (1968) #287-#291 - Marvel
JLA #11-#15 - DC Comics
Midnight Kiss #4 - Markosia
Powers (2000) #29 & #30 - Icon
Sandman #7 - DC Comics
Singularity #1 - Twistory
Smoke & Mirror #3 - Markosia
Superman/Batman #34 - DC Comics
Transformers: Drift #2 - IDW
Trick ‘r Treat #3 & #4 - DC Comics
Wonder Woman Vol.3 #6 - DC Comics
Y: The Last Man #11-#13 - DC Comics

From EU Playstation Blog

New Zero Punctuation - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

This weeks Zero Punctuation is on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Castlevania games are not known for being great in 3D, but could this HD game break that mold or will Yahtzee relegate the game to nothing better than the N64 3D games.

Atari Announce Champions Online Will Become A Free To Play MMORPG From Q1 2011

Atari have announced that Cryptic Studios MMORPG Champions Online is to become free to play in Q1 2011. there will be items available for purchase, like adventure packs, items, powers, and costume pieces, from Cryptics C-Store. existing and new members can choose to upgrade to Gold Status, for $14.99, which will unlock most of the games content and include extra features.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Atari, Inc., one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, and renowned MMO developer Cryptic Studios have announced today that the superhero MMORPG, Champions Online™, will be free to play beginning Q1 2011. Players will be able to download and enjoy the game at absolutely no cost.

Champions Online free-to-play will also feature additional premium content for purchase. Adventure Packs, items, powers and costume pieces can be selected a la carte inside Cryptic's innovative C-Store. Additionally, current players may continue subscribing as Gold members, while new players may also optionally upgrade to Gold status, which unlocks most of the game's content and includes extra features for a set price of $14.99 per month.

"Transitioning Champions Online to the free-to-play model is a great opportunity to reach a whole new audience of PC gamers that view subscription fees as a barrier to entry," said John Needham, CEO of Cryptic Studios. "By taking care of our current subscription-based community and welcoming the addition of new players through free-to-play, Champions Online is poised to build upon its success and to establish a new leadership position as the first free-to-play superhero MMO."
Champions Online has been lauded since its launch for the customization options it gives players. The switch to free-to-play gives players even more control over their gameplay:

Unlimited Play Time – Play as much as you like, as long as you like, at absolutely no cost. No subscription or credit card required.

Your Own Hero, Your Own Story – Become a hero, encounter his or her Nemesis, and advance to maximum level at no cost.

Play Your Way – Utilize the optional web-based and in-game C-Store to purchase gameplay upgrades or additional premium content.

The Champions Online free-to-play closed beta test begins on November 9, 2010 and will be made available to a subset of current players, with potential openings for new users.

Champions Online brings epic heroism to the MMORPG genre with depth that challenges the most experienced online gamers, while its fast-paced action engages new entrants to the online superhero universe. Join with Defender and the legendary Champions to stop Dr. Destroyer and his minions in the ultimate showdown between good and evil.

To learn more about Champions Online Free-to-Play, please visit:

Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Atari's brands and content are available across all key traditional and digital distribution touch points, including browser-based and social online platforms, PC, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone, Android and RIM devices).

Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.

Atari benefits from the strength of its worldwide brand and its extensive catalogue of contemporary classic game franchises (Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Lunar Lander®), original owned franchises (Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Deer Hunter®), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek™ Online, Champions™) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters®, Rollercoaster Tycoon®, Dungeons and Dragons®). Atari also leverages the power of its franchises to deliver movies and merchandise to consumers around the world.

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Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online games committed to delivering the next level of MMO gameplay. Cryptic develops AAA titles for PC and consoles, including Star Trek Online and Champions Online. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at: Cryptic word mark and logo are trademarks owned by Cryptic Studios, Inc.

Telltale Have Released Behind The Scenes Looks At Back To The Future: The Videogame

Telltale have released 3 behind the scenes looks at their upcoming Back To The Future: The Videogame. The first video features Christopher Lloyd and Bob Gale talking about their feelings for this game and why they signed up to it. the second video focuses on getting the actors into the game, and it explains why Michael J Fox voice is not in the game and who replaced him. The third video focuses on the game itself. the team discuss how they tried to stay true to Back To The Future and the story they wanted to tell.

Konami Announce No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise Is Coming To The USA Exclusively On The PS3

Konami have announced that No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise is coming to the USA exclusively on the PS3 in 2011. new features have been added for the USA/EU release of No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise. more bosses have been added and so has Playstation Move support.

From USA Playstation Blog

Namco Bandai Announce Pac-Man Party Comes To EU Wii's On 26th November

Namco Bandai have announced Pac-Man Party is coming out in Europe and across Asia-Pacific on 26th November. Namco Bandai have also released 3 gameplay videos, each from a different mini-game, as well as in-game screenshots.

Pac-Man Party comes with 3 different gameplay modes. the story mode has you protecting Mr. Cookies secret recipe. Mini-Game mode lets you play mini-games straight away. the Party mode allows up to 4 player where the winner has the most points.


Press Release

CERGY-PONTOISE, FRANCE – 26 October 2010 – Leading video game publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. announced today that PAC-MAN Party™ has gone gold for Wii™. Set in a birthday party theme, PAC-MAN stars in this new venture packed with dozens of mini-games, challenges and surprises. Utilizing the Wii Remote™, the game's easy to pick-up-and-play controls will have players using their skills and reflexes to compete against one another as they move about unique virtual game boards. With something for everyone in the family, PAC-MAN Party will be packed with non-stop action when it is available throughout Europe and Asia-Pacific on November 26, 2010.

PAC-MAN Party continues the franchise’s legacy of providing engaging entertainment that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. With more than 50 exciting mini-games and eight characters to choose from including newcomers Woofa, Patra and Roger, players will be fully engaged using the Wii Remote's motion and button control capabilities in various time-based trials.
From dodging a cascade of blocks, to racing and sheep shearing challenges, there is non-stop action for everyone.

Depending on a player's mood, they can select three modes of play. Story mode provides the opportunity to explore all the game board worlds and protect Mr. Cookie’s secret recipe. Mini-Game mode offers a quick fix for those who want the sudden rush of competition without the commitment. Party mode provides a more in-depth experience that has up to four friends competing across different boards to collect the most points. Raising the stakes a bit more, property can be strategically developed on any given space which can increase wealth and provide the quickest route to victory. However unlike traditional board games, if someone lands on a spot that is already occupied, players will have to fight for ownership via challenges.

To help level the competitive playing field and encourage big comebacks, Power Cookies can be utilized during each mini-game to increase a characters size or put extra force and speed behind each effort. But the party doesn’t stop there. As an added bonus, PAC-MAN Party will also feature a Classic mode where players can experience the original arcade versions of PAC-MAN®, Galaga® and Dig-Dug®.

For more information on PAC-MAN Party, please visit .

Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 26th October

This is all the news from Tuesday 26th October.

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The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Tuesday 26th October

  • QTE Blog: The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Monday 25th October
  • QTE Blog: Hit X Podcast: All The News From QTE Gamers From Monday 25th October
  • 360: Microsoft say they are not forcing devs to add Kinect support to their games, its up to developers
  • 360: Microsoft say that even tho the Kinect camera is always on, its not "looking" at you when its not being used
  • QTE Blog: Pelfast Announce Bionic Swarm, An Upcoming Expansion Pack For Comet Crash
  • QTE Blog: NIS America Have Released New Screenshots, A Trailer, And A Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! Competition
  • Sega say they are reasonably encouraged by day 1 sales of Vanquish, want to see full week and 2 week sales
  • iPhone: White iPhone briefly listed on the Apple Store App but now removed
  • Android: its reported there are now over 100,000 apps in the Android Market
  • 360: Zenimax say Doom's removal from XBLA is due to expiring rights, it'll be back on XBLA soon
  • PS3: Koei Temco confirm Dynasty Warriors 7 is only coming to the PS3 and will be 3D compatible
  • Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime says their direct compeititor is Apple, not Microsoft or Sony. Says their games are better
  • QTE Blog: Sony Announce Over Half A Billion Video's Have Been Streamed Using VidZone
  • N64: its been revealed by Satoru Iwata that Pokemon Snap originally didn't have pokemon, but adding them was logical
  • Codemasters announce the F1 2010 patch has been submitted to Microsoft and sony, should be out soon
  • PC: A now deleted Blog Post from Microsoft Netherlands said Windows 8 is coming in 2 years
  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released A New Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Trailer Showing The Cops
  • 360: Microsoft's Don Mattrick says Kinect is being sold at a profit, just like Playstation Move
  • 360: Microsoft say re-doing old titles as HD remakes maynot be worth it for the consumer, not really worth doing
  • Ed Fries has talked about the time when Microsoft bought Bungie away from Apple and the issues and deals done
  • QTE Blog: Konami Have Released New Screenshots And A Trailer For Adrenalin Misfits
  • Team Meat say their next game is not Super Meat Boy 2. will take a break before moving onto next game
  • iPhone: A DOS emulator, called iDos, is out now on the app store. nearly any DOS code should run on it
  • iPhone: Apologies, unsurprisingly Apple have pulled the iDOS emulator app.
  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released New Screenshots And A Trailer For The Sims 3 Late Night Expansion
  • Cartoon Network announce a Battle game featuring characters from their shows is coming to PS3, Wii, 3DS, 360