Fresh Air is Over-Rated #148 – Disney Takes Over Souls… Again

On this week’s show we talk about G4 cancellations, GTA V dated, PS Vita, Assassin’s Creed 3, Need For Speed: Most Wanted & more. We also discuss Disney taking over LucasFilms.

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News Wrap-Up: September 14th, 2011

Yes, this is what a PSVita box looks like. It's so blue!
TGS is officially starting tomorrow, but Nintendo and Sony both had press conferences and we’ll discuss them here.

Nintendo basically confirmed and showed off the new 3DS expansion disc thing, whatever they call it. It’s just a 2nd analog stick attachment for the 3DS we’ve discussed previously on the site. The rumors of them revealing a new 3DS with that 2nd analog stick didn’t come through, but I’m still expecting them to do that, but when, that still remains the question. They decided to focus on software instead which was definitely the better choice, lots of people are still pissed about the price-drop. They showed off Paper Mario, Mario Tennis, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land amongst others.

The Sony conference focuses on the PSVita, they revealed some specs, some new games, and new trailers. They announced the Japanese date of release as December 17th. A bunch of HD re-releases are also coming to the Vita such as Konami’s Metal Gear Solid HD and Zone of the Enders HD, Sony revealed Final Fantasy X is coming to both the handheld and the PS3. Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Katamari Damacy, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Lord of the Apocalypse and Armies of Hell are all coming to the Vita. As for the specs, it’ll boast a ton of RAM and a 4-core A9 CPU, the battery life is expected to be 3 to 5 hours of gameplay and takes 2 hours to charge. That’s about even with the 3DS, although the 3DS takes about 3.5 hours to charge fully. You can check out the full specs at Destructoid.

The first footage of Dead or Alive 5 got released today, it looks pretty alright, that’s definitely DOA.

This is the Goldeneye bundle coming to PS3 on November 1st, still no price however.
Tecmo had another trailer in the form of Ninja Gaiden 3. Looks like the storyline for the title is going completely off the rails! I really loved the first game, the 2nd was also great, so I’m looking foward to this.

Street Fighter X Tekken has a TGS trailer out that showcases some new features such as “Pandora”. The feature allows you to sacrifice your tag partner for a “short, but powerful, boost in strength” and a weird character color change. They also revealed a 4 player scramble mode, which let’s everyone duke it out all at once or you can also choose to play the standard tag game 4 players. Lastly, the trailer shows off a new training mode called briefing that allows you to take it online, a nice way to train that should of been added to SF4 a long time ago.

Rockstar decided to release a Max Payne 3 trailer, why’d they wait this long, I’m not sure. In any case, it looks nice, the original voice actor does reprise his role and it’s running off a modified RAGE engine. Now I know it’s been awhile but that isn’t the id Tech 5 engine, that’s Rockstar’s engine used in GTAIV. I’m definitely interested to see how this turns out, without Remedy behind the scenes working on it.

I got to play Minecraft 1.8 for a bit, which is officially out now. The new lighting looks great, it’s the first thing you’ll notice. The 2nd thing I noticed were the new alien type things that disappear and appear out of no where. I’m not totally sure how I feel about this new update, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me with time.

News Wrap-Up: September 7th, 2011

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Indy game Fez just got a new screenshot today, and interestingly enough, it’s a video. This game plays in 2D side-scrolling style but you can rotate the world. It looks like fun; can’t wait to see this on XBLA.

WHAT!?

So… We called this on the last FAIOR. This is the “3DS Expansion Slide Pad”, it adds a 2nd analog pad to the system and apparently adds 2 more shoulder buttons. It looks ugly and it also blocks the game slot, meaning you’ll have to take it off to switch games. Oh well, I’m assuming this means the pre-TGS announcement Nintendo is scheduled to make is a new hardware revision for the 3DS.

Dead Island was recently released on Steam, however it wasn’t the finished product. People who bought it on the service received an older version, but the publisher Deep Silver has apologized and let us know that an update is incoming ASAP.

The system requirements for Rage has been released by Bethesda. The game is a little less than a month away, and I’m really looking forward to it. You can go check them out here, the specs aren’t that bad to be honest.

There’s a Persona 4 fighting game coming! Yes. You read that correctly. It’s being developed by Arc System Works, the same team behind Guilty Gear and Blazblue and it’s looking very pretty. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays and how it’s received by the public, you can check out some screen-shots here.

A bunch of PS Vita game announcements got leaked from the upcoming Famitsu Japanese magazine. They are:

• Lumines: Electronic Symphony
• Rayman Origins
• Michael Jackson The Experience HD
• Dark Quest
• Sumioni
• Dream Club Zero Portable
• Moe Moe Daisensou
• Ragnarok Odyssey

Interesting to see Rayman Origins and Ragnarok Odyssey on there. We already know what the Rayman game is, I’m just wondering if the Ragnarok game will be something entirely new.

G4 reports that all three Devil May Cry games have been rated by the ESRB for release on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.

A Japanese poster for Battlefield 3 might’ve revealed that the 360 version of the game will come packaged on 2 DVDs. Chalk up another reason to get the PS3 version, unless you have a beefy PC of course.

The latest entry in the Driver series has an “online pass” attached to it. Ubisoft fudged it up big time while the codes for these passes are non-functional, making it so no one could play online for a while. The game is now free-to-play, so go buy the game used! “Due to a printing error on the insert of some copies of Driver: San Francisco in North America, Ubisoft has elected to provide the Driver Uplay Passport content for free,” Ubisoft said in a statement sent to gaming news site CVG. “Although this problem does not affect players outside of North America, we have decided to mirror this offer to everyone in the world in order to be fair to all our players.”

Best Buy Site Leaks PS Vita Date?

Has the Best Buy site leaked the PS Vita date? It seems that way as the site says: “This product is scheduled to arrive in our warehouse on 03/30/2012”. March 30th, 2012 –Uh? For me the date doesn’t really matter as I will bite my barren wallet and make the purchase as soon as it comes out. No word from Sony as of yet, so this is all speculation right now. We definitely know the device won’t be out here in 2011, so anything in the first quarter is possible in my opinion.

NOTE: The 3G version is listed as the same date. Just in case they take down the link.

Best Buy Canada Site

News Wrap-Up: August 4th, 2011

PlayStation CEO Kazuo Hirai has revealed today that the PS Vita will not be ready to ship in Europe and North America in 2011. The slick looking machine will only be out in Japan this year. He also commented on the 3DS price drop saying: “We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable, there is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price.”

Microsoft is phasing out the glossy look to the new-ish Xbox 360 S. The matte finish that was previously available with the 4GB version of the console, will now be made in the 250gb variety as well.

The Doom 3 source code is set to be released after Rage is out. This is according to John Carmack himself, speaking at his keynote at QuakeCon. It’ll be interesting to see what people can do with that engine.

I don’t know why Sony keeps making this, but there’s a third season of The Tester coming to the Playstation Network. Yay?

Forza Motorsport 4 has a new trailer out, detailing the new Bernese Alps track. It has to be some of the best graphics ever seen on any console, you can check it out here.

Looks like Torchlight 2 is too big to fit under XBLA’s file size limit. According to the Runic Games CEO, Max Schaefer said the studio has shifted their focus on the MacOS port after the PC version is out. They haven’t ruled out a 360 release, even mentioning a possible retail release.

Peter Moore, president of EA Sports for the past four years, has been promoted to Electronic Arts’ chief operating officer. This position has been empty since April, after John Schappert left for Zynga. Congrats to Peter Moore, I think everyone will agree that he is a great personality and a valuable asset to EA.