Removed From Play #97 – The Best and Worst of the Last Generation of Gaming

On this last episode of the year we talk all about the last generation of gaming.

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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…’ 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.

Wii Price Drop Incoming?

So a question I’ve been asking for a long ass time is, where is the Wii price drop!? Especially with the recent drop for the PS3 and the kinda drop of the 360, I mean it was really more of a let’s make the 120GB hard drive standard, but still.

With those 2 consoles at $299.99 I see very little reason to get a Wii now-a-days and via this Toys ‘R Us flyer, looks like it might be happening soon. With the Tokyo Game Show so close, don’t be surprised if Nintendo announces the drop then.

Wii Motion Plus


This just got announced! Here’s the press release:

NINTENDO INTRODUCES THE WII™ MOTIONPLUS
July 14, 2008
Nintendo’s upcoming Wii™ MotionPlus accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote™ controller again redefines game control, by more quickly and accurately reflecting motions in a 3-D space. The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player’s arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play. The Wii MotionPlus accessory reconfirms Nintendo’s commitment to making games intuitive and accessible for everyone. Nintendo will reveal more details about the Wii MotionPlus accessory and other topics Tuesday morning at its E3 media briefing.