Misc. stories about games and gaming

Alan Wake DLC Already Announced!

Tag: Microsoft, Misc, Other Games Companies

It seems that Remedy, responsible for the Max Payne series and now the upcoming and very exciting Alan Wake, are full to the brim with confidence in their upcoming romp in the surprisingly sinister place that is Bright Falls in which you are going to play as the panic stricken author, Alan. So much so, it seems, that they already have prepared a DLC, boldly assuming that the game will leave players wanting more time in their tweed jackets within this so called ‘physiological action thriller’. I personally struggle to anticipate wanting anything else once the credits roll on Alan Wake myself to be honest, and so I feel confident that Remedy’s presumptions will turn out to be accurate and DLC will be on everyone’s lips soon after Wake’s release. It is for this reason that I am more than happy to welcome this very early news of DLC with open arms and a controller within one hand.

Fable III Revealed!

In the same way that they did with 'Fable II,' Lionhead are going to be releasing episodic 'Developer Diaries,' each revealing to us various differant aspects of their upcoming game: 'Fable III.' Within this first diary, you will find numerous hints as to what we might find when we return to Albion, just be sure to scan the backgrounds behind the talkers otherwise you might miss the hints at underwater levels and an awesome Albion version of the famous 'Your Country Needs YOU' poster.

As to the game, here are some of the facts revealed in this diary:

  • The loveable dog will be back.
  • The graphic style will be similar to 'Fable II's.
  • Loading screens are still here *sigh*.
  • There's going to be a new 'Extreme Morph' emotion.
  • You weapon's appearance will reflect the way it is used.

Here are some facts Peter Molyneux has announced additionally:

  • This game will not be entirely Natal based *phew*.
  • The touch mechanic will allow you to take the homeless by the hand and watch them resist as you lead them to the workhouse, or watch them obay eagerly as you take them to your home.
  • In co-op, you'll both get to play your own heroes.
  • Magic powers will be much more effective and spectacular.
  • The graphic style will be sharper, if similar.
  • There are two more cool features yet to be announced...

To me, this wait for 'Fable III' is becoming increasingly like torture. But the wait shouldn't be much longer, as Molyneux has confirmed that we will be seeing this game at some time this year.

Fable III Nears Completion

Cast your mind back a year ago, when you might have felt a large time gap in your day-to-day routine. This was quite possibly because you had just finished your hunt for the last of those pesky gargoyles in Lionhead's impossibly addictive Fable II and it was time to come to terms with the fact that you had finished the game. Whether or not you then had to attend Albionics Anonomous meetings is your business, not mine, but rest easy, for rumour has it that the production Fable III is drawing near an end, and soon enough you will once again be roaming the lands of Albion, but as its ruler.

You might already have a basic idea on what Fable III is going to be about, but for those who don't, you're going to play the child of your Fable II hero (if you have a Fable II saved game, of course) who has become the ruler of Albion, but has since been murdered for the throne. It is therefore your quest as his heir, during the first half of the game, to take back the kingdom that is rightfully yours from this tyrant. In the second half, you're going to go about having an awesome time as the actual ruler, making difficult moral decions which will shape your appearance, personality and even your entire kingdom dramatically! I know, I can't wait either!

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Teaser Trailer

The force is once again with us, it seems, as Lucasarts have announced their newest upcoming release. It was in 2008- the time when the caped crusader wowed us and Indy picked up his whip again- that another movie sequel slipped in, episode 3.5 of George Lucas' epic 'Star Wars' saga. I refer not to the god-awful 'Clone Wars' flick, however, but the awesomly cinematic 'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed' video game, of which a sequel is now on its way.

Selling fantasically and being met with a mostly positive critical response, it is not surprising that a sequel to this game is next on Lucasarts' agenda and it's already looking good with the release this great teaser trailer, which will leave you feeling as if you've just been the target of an extremely high voltage force lightening attack. For those who have played the original game, however, this trailer will raise many more questions then it answers, and Lucasarts , being greedy Siths, are keeping plot details entirely to themselves. So watch and ponder over this awesome trailer, thinking up questions which are currently set to be answered some time this year. May the force be with you!

White Knight Chronicles Preview (PS3) - Part Two

Tag: Game Industry, Misc, Other Games Companies, Sony

In part one, we looked at the gameplay. This time I’ll be looking at features that will should help White Knight Chronicles stand out, which is a fair bit since  Europe and North America will be reciving the international edition of WKC. That means were in for some nice extra treats that shows you how much Level-5 appreciates JRPG fans in the west.

The nifty extras we shall be receiving are over 50 disc-based online quests which can be done on your own or with friends, voice chat so you can praise and insult your team members, and live talking where conversations will take place during your travels (just like those in Dragon Age, which means this will either be entertaining or annoying).

But the most exciting feature is the inclusion of the Georama. Fans of the Dark Cloud series will tell you this is one of the best aspects of the games and it’s so cool to see it come into WKC. This time, Instead of building a village to satisfy the non-player characters, you do so because a) you can show off to your friends and b) more importantly you can go on quests can get some unique equipment.


White Knight Chronicles Preview (PS3) - Part One

Tag: Game Industry, Misc, Other Games Companies, Sony

White Knight Chronicles is the latest game from developers Level 5 and it’s the company’s first project for the PS3. Despite the PlayStation 3 being just under three years old, WKC will be the first major RPG developed for the console. But it couldn’t come from a better company, since Level 5 have a deserving reputation for producing amazing games. Part one will look at the gameplay aspects of WKC.

Leonard and the White Knight

Assassin's Creed- Two New Adventures for Ezio

Tag: Microsoft, Misc, Other Games Companies, Sony

If you are among the more observant of gamers out there, then you will have noticed a gap in Assassin’s Creed II’s memory sequences. For those who didn’t notice, you complete memory sequence 11, wake up as Desmond, but then immediately re-enter the world of Ezio years later in memory sequence 14. This leaves us with a mystery; what happened 12 and 13? Well, worry not for the mathematic skills of the guys down at Ubisoft Montreal, for they have just been planting some seeds for DLC releases.  That’s right, there are two DLCs planned for Assassin’s Creed II already, both of which are set to spring us back into the deep history of renaissance Italy.

Do you want a pat on the back for that headshot?

Tag: Casual Gaming, Lifestyle/Reality Gaming, Misc

Have achievements changed the way we game?

There was a time when the rewards we gamers got from our countless hours of playtime were simple, a time when all we needed from our games was a high score or flashy cut scene to make us feel like we`d accomplished something with our hours of effort. Literally hundreds of hours were spent by gamers on the likes Final Fantasy or Gran Turismo or even more old school endeavours like Mario and The legend of Zelda for nothing more than a very impressive game save that no one outside of their bedroom would ever see.


Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Video Trailer with Preview and FAQ

Prince of Persia : The Forgotten Sands will be on the shelves in May 2010 and Ubisoft are setting the launch gears in motion with a teaser trailer above and some of the first concrete details about the game.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the next chapter in the Sands of Time universe. Visiting his brother’s kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from an army bent on its destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince will embark on an epic adventure in which he will learn to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost. Game features will include:

PSN Video Delivery Store Launches in the UK: An In-depth Look

ImageWell, it took more than a while but UK PS3 owners can now rent and buy films over the PlayStation Store by downloading them straight to their hard-drives.


The new part of the store launched at a Soho London party this week with a live performance from Little Boots and a set from radio 1 DJ Annie Mac in what essentially felt like a massive house party complete with crazy decorations similar to the zany indoor locations seen between programmes on Dave. The free bar went some way to keep everyone in the party mood too. In addition to the DJ rooms there’re several smaller ones with a few demo screens displaying the new store facilities, and taster screens of The Watchmen and Wolverine. Free booze aside, we at Game Hub were on hand to grab all the important facts for the launch of this long awaited service. So here’s our run-down and early impressions.

Assassin's Creed 2 Developer Diary

The latest instalment in the Assassin's Creed Developer diary highlights the architecture of the game, the history accessible via an in-game database, the Assassin's Villa, Ezio on a horse and reinforces what an enormous project this game has been.

If you haven't already, check out our Assassin's Creed Preview and a look at Ezio's Da Vinci arsenal.

Few places in the world, or periods in history, have such spectacular architecture and if you were in any doubt about how well this was going to be presented in Assassin's Creed 2, check the video out.  What's even better for history fans, whether they know it yet or not, is the added depth and history available to the player via the in-game database.  The information on offer and the attention to detail in the recreation of the period goes to show what an enormous project making this game was.

The concept of Ezio's Villa looks great and is one of the aspects I'm most looking forward to.  In the villa you'll find everything you've collected in the game and through the in-game economy.  It also looks like you'll be able to upgrade and extend your villa and the town to enhance your income and surroundings.

As well as the actual features of the game it's also really interesting to see and “meet” the writers, producers, creative director and historian behind the game.

Finally of course while it's well known and been seen before it's good to see Ezio on a horse and will hopefully be included in the game with at least as much fun and effectiveness as Epona is in the Zelda games.

Borderlands (PS3 Review)

Tag: Game Reviews, Misc

Review of the rootin' tootin' Role-Playing Shooter Borderlands

Assassins Creed II- DaVinci's Arsenal

Tag: Game Industry, Misc

As you are probably well aware, it is the famous Renaissance Master, Leonardo DaVinci, who will be providing you with much of your equipment in your time as Ezio, the main man of Assassins Creed II. Of course, we all know about The Glider, but what we might not know so much about are the weapons, so here are four examples of what Leo is going to be giving us on November 20th.

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest- What's in Store?

Tag: Game Industry, Misc, Nintendo

When, after a hideously disappointing film adaption of Phillip Pullman’s ‘The Golden Compass’ was panned, New Line Cinema collapsed into its brother company Warner Bros., Warner decided they wanted more than just New Line’s film franchises, so they took The Lord of the Rings game rights off EA as well, no doubt hoping they might be able to spark a bit of interest back into old fans ready for 2011s and 2012s two film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit.’ And so, to start with, we’re going to have ‘The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest.’

In case six film free years have left your memory hazy, Aragorn is the one who goes from creepy looking, scraggly haired guy, to the slightly more combed King of Gondor. This makes him a great hero to star in yet another gritty LOTR game entry. But that’s not where Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are taking it; this game’s for kids!

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