Harmonix “Dying” to Release Rock Band

Who ever’s not looking foward to Rock Band are crazy! Even Harmonix are anxious about releasing it, here’s what Alex Rigopulos, CEO and co-founder of Harmonix, had to say:

All of the major systems are complete. As is normally the case in beta, there’s plenty of bug-fixing to be done, finishing off of various details, and lots of play-testing, polishing and tuning. We’re dying to cross the finish line and get this thing out into the world!

So don’t waste your time talking to the media, just get it done!

id’s Rage

John Carmack’s new engine in action! If you remember last June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, John along side Steve Jobs showed of id’s new technology, id Tech 5.

John also promised to have the same demo which would feature over 20GB worth of textures running in real time on PC, Mac, 360 and PS3 at E3. However by the time the expo was done, id Tech 5 was no where to be found.

Though yesterday, id Tech 5 showed up at Quakecon behind closed doors, id CEO Todd Hollenshead revealed the demo that was actually the first look at Rage, an all-new IP. The game is still coming to all the formats announced earlier, but the PS3 version will come on 1 BD while the other versions 2 DVDs. The game has been described as “60 percent shooting and 40 percent driving” on planet earth that’s been destroyed by a comet. It features extensive customization for the vehicles, stating “you can’t spell garage without rage”. It’s an open world environment letting you get out of your vehicle at any time you desire. He finished up by saying the game will be done, when it’s done.

Carmack also described his “inverted” approach to developing new intellectual properties, saying id started Orcs and Elves on a cell phone, and then moved it up to the DS. If it works there, Carmack said he’d like to bring it to the Wii as well. Such an approach to building new properties makes sense, Carmack said, because the initial investment put at risk is much smaller.

Unreal Tournament III for PS3 to Have Keyboard/Mouse Support

The good thing about this news is that it gives you the option, some people prefer the precision of the mouse while others just don’t give a shit. Here’s what Mark Rein had to say over at the Epic Forums:

I checked with Steve Polge and he said that YES we are supporting keyboard and mouse in Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3. He is confident we are doing it in a way that will be balanced without feeling “gimped” for either side. We’ll also allow people to choose whether or not they want to allow mixed controller vs. keyboard/mouse games or not.
I think you guys are going to love UT3!More details to come later.

Anyways this is good news for the PS3 version, let’s see if Microsoft will allow it (I doubt it).

Dragonforce Gameplay Video

Scorehero has scored an awesome gameplay video of Dragonforce’s through the fire and flames being played. Let’s just say that this is getting my hopes back up for Guitar Hero, while Rock Band will definitely stay on top, I see Activision are dead serious about GHIII. They haven’t screwed up on a song as of yet, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be My Chemical Romance and nor should there be! Any who good pick up by Activision to get this song and they sure nailed the difficulty for it.

Skate Gets Date – 360 Demo

EA has just announced the dates, yeah that’s right 4 dates for Skate. We’ve got the North American dates set at the 12th of September for 360 and 24th of September for PS3, then the UK dates set at 14th of September for 360 and October 2nd for PS3. So you heard it here first 360 timed exclusive! Either way game looks alright and we’ll get to give it a go on the Xbox Live Marketplace, 2 weeks for now, the 15th of August.

Smash Bros. to Feature a Sidescrolling Single Player Mode

Smash Bros. is actually going to have a single player mode!? Let’s get over it, it was never a heavy single player experience, but now the newest entry into the Smash Bros. world, Brawl will feature an adventure mode:

..we’ve managed to create a complete side-scrolling action game. It’s storyline isn’t overwrought–it’s hastened along by a bunch of quick movies.The Adventure mode also emphasizes character development. You’ll see many famous characters persevering under the weight of their personal histories, shouldering their unique burdens… It’s really something you won’t see anywhere else

Can’t wait for it, still kinda weird that Smash Bros will actually have an interesting single player mode.

Does Your 360 Have the New Heatsinks

So the new 360’s have new heatsinks which make your 360 less vunerable to the ring o death problem. Modding genuise Ben Heck has a very scientific and crazy way to find out. Put your 360 vertical but upside down, and grab a camera, point the lens down through the holes and snap a pic. If you can see your DVD drive, sorry you don’t have the new heatsinks, making your $500 console a ticking time bomb. If you can’t see your DVD drive, then congrats, you a winner hahaha!

Metallica’s One in a Rhythm Game?

If the list they release earlier today wasn’t even for you then this one should be enough to twist your nipples, Metallica’s One has been confirmed to be in Guitar Hero III. I dunno if I’m more excited that there’s Metallica songs in games now, or that Metallica is actually allowing them to do it now. Either way great grab by Activision, maybe their previous experience paid off after all.