News Wrap-Up: August 16th, 2011

Borderlands 2 has a teaser trailer up, it doesn’t really show much, but I do like the look of it.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition has been released today on Sony’s Experia Play (you know the PlayStation Phone), it costs $6.99. If you’ve played it before, you pretty much know what to expect.

GamesCom is happening as we speak in Cologne, Germany and a bunch of trailers has been released, so I’ll just list them all here. Soul Caliber V, Lollipop Chainsaw, Street Fighter x Tekken, Need For Speed: The Run, Devil May Cry, Dark Souls, Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, SSX, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2: Festival of Blood, Resistance 3 and UFC Undisputed 3.

EA has revealed a new FIFA Street will be debuting in early 2012. Continuing in EA news, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be released on February 7th, 2011.

After a Portuguese board game blocked the European release of Double Fine’s XBLA title Trenched, Microsoft confirmed today that the game will be released in Europe this September under the new title Iron Brigade.

Bastion is now available on Steam for $15, highly suggest checking it out if you don’t have a 360.

Announced during their press conference at GamesCom, Sony let word out that the Vita’s games will all be available to download. Ubisoft will bring a new Lumines and Assassin’s Creed to PS Vita. They also unveiled a new PSP model, that doesn’t have wifi and costs 99€, it will be available in Europe only.

Resistance: Burning Skies just got revealed for the PS Vita, it will take place moments before the 2nd game in the series. They showed off some gameplay footage on-stage, it looks good, finally dual analog sticks on a portable!

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 has been dated in Japan for November 17th. I’m guessing the North American release couldn’t be far off this date then.

Ninja Gaiden 3 has PlayStation Move support, I don’t know where the demand for it came from, but I’ll check it out.

Wow! The PS3 just got a world-wide price-drop effective immediately, you can go to your local shop and snap one up for $250. That’s insanely cheap.

News Wrap-Up: August 3rd, 2011

Ellen McLain, the voice of GLaDOS is currently at Valve recording for her famous Portal role. I guess this means more Portal-something is on the way, whether that’s DLC or a new game, remains to be seen.

Euclideon CEO, Bruce Dell has commented on the claims that their infinite detail engine is fake. He pretty much had to say that the engine is a work-in-progress and it isn’t a hoax. You can read about it at Kotaku Australia.

Borderlands 2 got officially revealed today via next month’s Game Informer cover. The sequel is scheduled to be released between April 2012 and spring 2013.

The 3DS is having even more problems, Nintendo has suggested that owners of their portable, place a peice of cloth between the 2 screens, when it’s closed. Why? Well turns out the 2 screens touch each other (news to me), and causes scratches on the top screen. Not content with that option, some users have pulled the rubber feet off their 360, and placed them on the top corners of the system… Curing the dumb hardware flaw.

Activision has confirmed today that the Wii will indeed be getting a version of Modern Warfare 3. It’ll be released before the end of the year. They’ve also announced the new DLC for Black Ops entitled Rezurrection. If you’re planning to attend Call of Duty Con, you will receive a voucher for a free copy of Modern Warfare 3: Hardened Edition. No details on what this edition will include, knowing that, the $140 price tag for the Con doesn’t seem that bad now.

News Wrap-Up: August 2nd, 2011

Today’s top story comes all the way from Australia. Brisbane tech company Euclideon posted this video today on Youtube, causing an uproar on the web spawning many different opinions. Minecraft Creator “Notch” posted this on his blog: “it’s a very pretty and very impressive piece of technology, but they’re carefully avoiding to mention any of the drawbacks, and they’re pretending like what they’re doing is something new and impressive. In reality, it’s been done several times before.” Then he points people to alternatives that he thinks could work, like this one. John Carmack, the king of nerds over at id tweeted this “no chance of a game on current gen systems, but maybe several years from now. Production issues will be challenging.” My thoughts on this are pretty much in line with Mr. Carmack’s, there’s no reason to believe it’s not possible. If you remember when OnLive launched, everyone was skeptical, however it works. At the same time though, they never go into details about how it works and why.

Square Enix has announced the price of the long awaited iOS port, Final Fantasy Tactics. That’s great news, although the price itself isn’t so great, it’ll set you back $16. In a world where you can buy similar titles for a dollar or two, it’ll be interesting to see how Final Fantasy Tactics sells. That being said, I don’t doubt the force of thousands of fanboys who will bite the wallet with this one.

Sony Computer Entertainment has acquired Sucker Punch, the studio responsible for titles such as Infamous and Sly Cooper. Fantastic news for Sony, surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.

Gears of War 3 was leaked onto the internet a while ago, and now there are videos popping up on Youtube, forum posts about the story, and more spoiling the entire game. Sad news, but Mark Reins, Gears executive producer is wondering the same thing I am, why would you spoil yourself? I guess if you’re not interested in the game, you wouldn’t care.

Satoru Iwata has an interesting letter addressing the people who feel “betrayed” about the 3DS price drop. It’s not anything surprising but at the same time, it’s not the typical spin companies try to put on price drops. You can go read the Kotaku article here.

Limbo was released on Steam today for $9.99, I’ve never personally played the game, however I doubt that all those great reviews I’ve read are wrong.

According to Eurogamer the sequel to Borderlands is in development and that an announcement from publisher 2K Games is coming soon.