News Wrap-Up: August 18th, 2011

Alright, we’ll begin the wrap-up the same way we have during Gamecom, trailers! Armored Core V, Cobalt, Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC, PixelJunk: Sidescroller, Burnout: Crash, Tera Online and Gravity Rush

Best Buy is known for selling tech stuff like TVs, games, iPods, sound systems and more, but now they’ll be known for one more thing, pinball machines. Yep, according to a press release by STERN Pinball, their top five selling machines are coming to the retail chain. They’re not cheap at all, expect to pay between $3,799.99 – $5,999.99. Ouch, my wallet.

Elevator Action Deluxe is coming to PSN and XBLA on August 31 in Japan. The classic 80s game remake is being developed by Square Enix, and I couldn’t be happier it’s coming back. No word on a North American release yet, but I wouldn’t see why not. The game has new weapons, faster elevators and ropes.

The iOS version of Rage had a Facebook promotion going on, that if it reached 100,000 likes, it’d go free. Well that day has arrived, and id has kept their promise, so go snap up the game for free, it’s only available for a week.

Valve announced the the first (and free) DLC for Portal 2 will be available mid-September. They originally announced it as a summertime release, so I guess they’re still technically not delayed as September 21st is the last day of summer.

New screenshots for Metal Gear Solid 3DS got released, and I have to say poo poo. Wow, do those look shitty, I’ve seen better looking PS1 games. Oh well, I’m just happy I played this already and won’t have to suffer through the 3DS port.

Speaking with Kotaku, Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve said that he wants EA’s titles on Steam. He even ended the conversation saying “we’ll try to work hard with them.” Maybe this isn’t all cut-throat politics after all.

Activision has been known to say some pretty crappy things in the past, most notably from the company’s president Bobby Kotick. Although now they’ve said something that completely makes sense, speaking at the Gamescom 2011 awards, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke about EA’s comments made towards the Call of Duty series. He had to say: “We shouldn’t be tearing each other apart, fighting for a larger slice of the pie. We should all be focused on trying to grow a bigger pie. If we as an industry act like there are a finite number of games in the world, then there will be.” You can listen to his conversation here, fast forward to 35:20.

News Wrap-Up: August 17th, 2011

The Gamescom news shit storm continues today! I’ll do like I did for yesterday and just post all the trailers together. Rachet & Clank: All 4 One, Need For Speed: The Run, WildStar, PS Vita LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Dead Rising 2 Off The Record, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, X-Men: Destiny, Prototype 2, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded, Guild Wars 2 and Sonic Generations.

A new screen for Borderlands 2 has been released to the public, it shows off what the gameplay might look like, stunning photo!

A new Wii has been announced, it’s been stripped of GameCube backwards compatibility. I guess it’s for Nintendo to save money, whatever the case may be, there’s no plans for it coming to North America (Europe region only). A photo has been leaked though, and seems like it’ll be bundled with Wii Sports and Wii Party.

Tekken 3D Prime Edition got unveiled at Gamescom, it’s coming to the 3DS (d’uh) and will come packaged with the Tekken: Vengeance CG movie on the actual game cart. No word on whether or not the movie will be view-able in 3D.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword got a firm release date today, mark your calenders for November 20th Wii fans!

Originally announced as a PlayStation exclusive, Silent Hill: HD Collection is also making it’s way onto the Xbox 360. It features HD versions of Silent Hill 2 and 3 with new voice acting and Achievements and Trophies.

A new patch for Warcraft: Cataclysm is coming that will allow you to battle Deathwing. It will also include three new five-player dungeons, a new raid and some cool new Ethereal-powered abilities.

Yesterday’s PS3 price-drop of $249 has also reduced the system’s 320gb variety. It’s already been spotted on Amazon and Newegg, it comes bundled with inFAMOUS 2, totally worth it in my opinion.

Blizzard game director Jay Wilson said during a Gamescom press conference today, that he expects the Diablo III beta to hit in September, if not sooner. The game still has no official release date.

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has challenged Bethesda to a 3v3 Quake match, after he got handed papers telling him to not use the Scrolls name. Bethesda is claiming that the name is too similar to their Elder’s Scrolls title. In any case, if Notch wins, he wants them to drop the lawsuit and if Bethesda wins he’ll switch the name. Good stuff Notch, gotta love him.

Gabe Newell spoke about the Half-Life 2: Episode 3 protesters that were outside his Valve offices a few weeks ago, while he was at Gamescom. “They wanted to know when Episode Three was coming out,” Gabe said. “I said ‘I can’t tell you.’ And they were, like, ‘Okay‚Ķ’ We then asked them how many sodas they had, they only had two, so we sent them some sodas and some pizza.” The group also got a tour of Valve’s offices and some hands-on time with Dota 2. “We needed people to test,” he explained. “The cops showed up after someone else in the building called the police. He rode up on his Segway, but it turns out [the cop] was a big Half-Life fan. So he completely understood where they were coming from and didn’t chase them off.” His last words about it were “We miss them,” funny stuff Mr. Newell.

Community manager for Infinity Ward, Robert Bowling confirmed that Modern Warfare 3 will indeed have support for dedicated servers on the PC. That’s great news for the competitive scene, as it was sorely missed in the last title.

News Wrap-Up: August 12th, 2011

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Check out this footage of the God of War: Origins Collection. If you didn’t already know it brings over the 2 PSP games over to a PS3 Blu-ray disc. It looks pretty fantastic, you can check out more details over at the PlayStation blog.

Developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi hit YouTube today, to let everyone know that his game Child of Eden will release on the PS3, September 27th. It’ll support the Move controller and also have 3DTV support.

Gotham City Imposters just released a new trailer showcasing the comical character customization. The concept of the game still confuses me a bit, but it’s looking fairly good.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rumors were both started and confirmed overnight it seems. Valve said that “CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO will introduce new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.” The game is slated to hit shelves in early 2012, and will be available for PC, 360 and PS3. “Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999,” Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said in today’s announcement. “For the past 12 years, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world, headline competitive gaming tournaments and selling over 25 million units worldwide across the franchise. CS: GO promises to expand on CS‘ award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac.”

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is getting hitched today. In celebration, everyone who buys the game over the weekend will receive another copy to gift to a buddy or significant other. You can go buy a copy for $15 over at their site.

If you want to play the full Rage experience, you’re going to have to buy it new! Yes, that’s right, id is (sorta) hopping on the “online pass” bandwagon. They’ve gone a different way with it though, there will be a sewer system in the game available to only those who purchase it new. No idea how it will work really…

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.

Alien Swarm Free On Steam This Monday

Valve hired the team to work on their games, this team came from a mod for Unreal called Alien Swarm. Those guys have been working on Left4Dead 2 and Portal 2, but they’ve managed to re-create their game with the Source engine. Not only does it look like a pimp 4 player co-op, over head, dual stick shooter, it’s also free.

You can choose between 8 characters, from 4 classes and battle through aliens with over 40 weapons. You’ll also be leveling up and unlocking goodies along the battle.

The game will be out on Steam this Monday for free, along with the game’s source code and modding tools!