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New Fable II Achievements Added for Future DLC

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New achievements will be tagging along with the upcoming Fable II DLC, See the Future, due out in May. Some of the achievements require some interesting actions, such as making love 25 times or scoring 25 groin shots. Others require you to dress in a costume and scare citizens or make them laugh.

The total count will be 250 gamerpoints.

The Nutcracker 10
Score 25 groin shots, or see another Hero do so.

The Paramour 10
Make love 25 times, or see another Hero do so.

The Concierge 30
Open all the Demon Doors in Albion, or see another Hero do so.

The Visionary 50
Take a look into the future, or see another Hero do so.

The Con Artist 25
Find all 10 of Murgo’s statuettes, or see another Hero do so.

The Howler 10
Scare five people while dressed as a balverine, or see another Hero do so.

The Ghastly Jester 10
Make five people laugh while dressed as a hobbe, or see another Hero do so.

The Repugnant 10
Disgust five people while dressed as a hollow man, or see another Hero do so.

The Gladiator 30
Score a total high score of 20,000 points or more in the Colosseum, or see another Hero do so.

The Multiplicator 20
Achieve a multiplier of 10 or more in the Colosseum, or see another Hero do so.

The Combatant 20
Defeat the necromancer in the Colosseum, or see another Hero do so.

The Fowl Player 10
Dress as a chicken and kick five chickens during the Colosseum battles, or see another Hero do so.

The Colourist 15
Collect the dyes hidden in Murgo’s magical items, or see another Hero do so.

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Fallout: New Vegas Announced

Like this, but post-apocalyptic

Like this, but post-apocalyptic

At an event held in London, Bethesda announced the next installment in the Fallout world. Fallout: New Vegas will be released next year (2010) on PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Obsidian Entertainment will be developing New Vegas, while Todd Howard and his team still work on a mystery project (next Elder Scrolls, please!). Bethesda’s Pete Hines has said that New Vegas will not be a sequel to Fallout 3.

Unfortunately that’s all the information that was released from the event. As soon as more information is released, I’ll be jumping on it. In other-words, Ill be glued to Twitter for the next few weeks.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

New Bioshock 2 Details

Over the course of the day, rumors about the new Bioshock 2 details have been flying everywhere. The rumors said that co-op would be introduced and Big Daddies wouldn’t even make an appearance. Since then the magazine, Game Informer, and 2K have come out and said that they can not confirm or deny these rumors but we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the internet.

Now, a tipster on Kotaku has the magazine in hand and told them all about the first details on Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams.

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The rumor saying that Big Daddies not making an appearance in the game couldn’t be more wrong. According to the magazine, you will be one. Infact, you’ll be a renegade Big Daddy in search of your own Little Sister. Being one of the first, you’ll take out rival Big Daddies with your massive hand-drill and plasmid powers.  Just like the original Bioshock, you’ll be able to choose to either harvest or take other Little Sisters as one of your own.

In certain areas there will be corpses strewn about the area in Rapture which your Little Sister can harvest ADAM from, telling you a Big Sister is near by. Big Sisters are lightning fast and will hunt your character throughout the game.

More details can be found in the April issue of Game Informer which should be out now.

March 14, 2009 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

The Beatles: Rock Band Getting Never Before Heard/Released Songs

89_the_beatles09/09/09 is when The Beatles: Rock Band will grace our homes, and hurt and wallets, but we can’t wait for that to happen. Recently announced by Dhani Harrison on Billboard, son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison, that in addition to the many great hits that will be in the game, never before heard/released songs will be featured. No word yet as to what those songs will be.

The game will comprise of 45 songs in total. The standalone software will cost $60, software with individual guitars will be $100, and the limited edition, which is assumed to have every instrument, will cost $250. A setlist has not yet been released but Harmonix will be able to choose songs from Please Please Me (1963) to Abbey Road (1969).

March 12, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | 1 Comment

Big Sisters Appearing in Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams

Whether you like the idea or not, Big Sisters will now be a threat in Bioshock 2. The upcoming April issue of Game Informer has an exclusive look into the new Bioshock game – which is currently slated for Q3, 2009.

The issue isn’t officially out yet, so details are scarce, but Game Informer does say the game will make a return to Rapture.

925262-gi_bioshock2jpg_superPreviously, 2K launched a teaser site Somethinginthesea.com which has, atleast for me, generated enough hype to keep me interested in the sequel. They seem to be putting a lot of work into the teaser site, having torn out newspaper articles about missing girls, questions about a weird “red glow” in the sea, and sightings of a “phantom sub”.

One thing I keep hearing about Bioshock 2 is whether it will live up to the original, or if it even needs a sequel. While I’ll admit I do wonder this myself, the teaser site alone gives me hope that Sea of Dreams will be an interesting game, no less.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

Diablo III Specs and Release Date Leaked?

diablo3According to Product Reviews, the system requirements and release date have been leaked by designers who are working on Diablo III. The system requirements are listed for both PC and Mac.

Said to be in development since 2005, this third installment of the Diablo franchise is highly anticipated world-wide. The details say that there will be a online multiplayer beta on September 11 of this year. Also listed is a release date for the actual game, December 24, 2009.

Lastly, the system requirements are listed below:

The Specs

PC:
Operating System: Windows XP/ Vista
Processor: 1.4GHz or higher CPU.
RAM: 1Gb or more.
Video: 128Mb video card Dx9
Hard Drive Space: 4-8GB

Mac:
Operating System: MacOS X 10.3 (Panther) or better.
Processor:1.6GHz or higher.
RAM: 1Gb or higher, DDR RAM recommended.
Video: 128mb ATI or NVIDIA video card
Hard Drive Space: 4-8 GB

I personally find this rumor hard to believe. Since this is a Blizzard game that was just announced in 2008,  I think December would be way to early for them to release a game that met their standards.

Blizzard has yet to confirm this information so we’ll all see in due time.

March 9, 2009 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

The Days of Arcade starts March 18th

I just wanna wash some dishes!

I just wanna wash some dishes!

Much like last years Summer of Arcade, the Days of Arcade will feature seven big Xbox Live Arcade releases over six weeks. Continue reading

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nintendo DSi Launching April 5 in U.S.

If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of the Nintendo DS, or need yet to get one, chances are you’ve heard about the Nintendo DSi. Nintendo has put out a firm launch date for their latest release of the DS April 5, with a retail price of $169.99.

If you’re unfamiliar with what new features the DSi will have, it will come equipped with the Nintendo DSi Camera, Nintendo DSi Sound and Nintendo DSi Shop. Nintendo says the most noticeable features of the slim DSi is its two cameras – one on the external body, and the other facing the user. This camera will be the first to be on a gaming handheld system, allowing you to interact and manipulate photos, claims Nintendo.

The DSi sound application will feature voice recording and be a music player, allowing users to “play” with their music. There will be a number of audio settings for the user to mess around with and then save to an SD card if they want.

The DSi store will have downloadable games and applications available for a fee. Similar to WiiWare games, games will be made with the hardware/software features in mind. Games and applications will cost 200 points on up.

Originally posted on Endsights, February 19, 2009

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News | 1 Comment

E3 Welcoming Back “Glamour, Sizzle and Excitement”

The Entertainment Software Association said it’s ready to welcome back the “glamour, sizzle and excitement”of previous E3 events, such as 2005-2006.

Since the ESA is welcoming back what defined E3 as really the expo to be at, they’ve said that it still wont be the over-the-top show it use to be in years past.

“But is it going to be the over-the-top excess that you’ve seen in years past? No – but that goes back to learning what is manageable and what is sustainable, and hearing from attendees what it is they want, and creating something that meets their needs. It goes back to taking what was the best of the 2006 event, and what was good about 2007 and 2008, and creating something that has constituent elements,” said Dan Hewitt, senior director of communications at ESA.

Dan also goes on to say, “The E3 Expo is iconic, and everybody who’s anybody in this industry attends the event. It’s the one time when everyone’s eyes in North America – and really, those who shape computer games around the world – are on the newest and hottest titles that are going to be on the store shelves come the Holiday season.”

It sounds like E3 will return to its normal self for the most part. Personally, I can’t wait to see what E3 has in store for us.

Via GameIndustry.biz

Originally posted on Endsights, February 17, 2009

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

Rare to Restructure, Jobs May Be Lost

According to Microsoft, UK developer Rare is undergoing a review that may lead to job losses.

As part of the organizational refocus announced by Microsoft Game Studios in January, Rare will now have to focus on the following, according to a statement by Microsoft:

These are: “1) Expand the Xbox 360 customer base by delivering experiences that allow our customers to interact with our content in new and innovative ways”, “2) Better support efforts to extend the appeal of Xbox LIVE as a social entertainment network to drive greater adoption across the Xbox 360 customer base” and “3) Continue delivering AAA gaming experiences that excite both our current and future customers”.

It seems as though Rare is already helping Microsoft by bringing Banjo Kazooie to the Xbox 360 and designing the new avatar system for Live.

The statement also says: “As we restructure to successfully execute against our shared strategy within this framework, we will be implementing a new approach to current projects in the pipeline that could serve as an industry-wide model for how to achieve a more efficient and scalable development process. In order to achieve these goals, the company is reviewing the current composition of its development teams and there is the possibility that a small number of current positions could be lost as a result of these changes.”

Studio manager Mark Betteridge adds that the studio has also felt the need to restructure, saying “With four projects recently underway, now is the right time to make this change.”

Via Develop

Originally posted on Endsights, February 17, 2009

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News | Leave a comment