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Red Dead Redemption Confirmed For 29th April 2010 Release Date On 360/PS3

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Forming the finale of what seems to be a stellar Q1 for mega-publisher 2K Games, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption, the sequel to 2004’s Red Dead Revolver, will hit the US on the 27th of April 2010, with a European release to follow on April 29th.

In the company of fellow big hitting Q1 2010 sequels Bioshock 2, Mafia 2 and Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption should still find its own niche; promising to combine the engine and tech behind GTA IV, with a gritty Wild West scenario to create the first real open-world Western title with the potential of actually being halfway decent.

There aren’t enough Western titles on the market and even less that can be considered anything other than mediocre. Red Dead Redemption though is slowly building hope inside me that the traditional Rockstar sardonic wit and savvy storytelling, combined with the peerless sandbox building tools that we witnessed in GTA IV will usher in at last the first AAA quality game that the neglected Western genre so badly needs.

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November 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Ubisoft Writer Accidentally Confirms The Existence Of Far Cry 3

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In quite the amusing blunder, Ubisoft Writer Kevin Shortt was speaking at a press event for the forthcoming Avatar movie tie in when he confirmed the existence of Far Cry 3. In reply to a question about whether or not he was working on a sequel to Far Cry 2, Shorrt said “No I’m not,” he said. “But I know the team are and what I’ve seen looks pretty exciting.”

All of this prior to an official Ubisoft announcement eh? Someone will get a stern talking to this morning methinks.

But look on the bright side, if you need to know more about the title, just go to the job centre and find him there.

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November 25, 2009 at 9:00 am

Bayonetta Demo Due Next Tuesday For 360 & PS3

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One of the most promising action adventure titles in a while finally gets a demo next Tuesday. Platinum Games’ Devil May Cry inspired shooter, Bayonetta will have a demo which will be available to download on 360 & PS3 platforms.

Finally, we’ll finally get to see if A) all the critical acclaim is justified and B) the PS3 version sucks ass as much as everyone says it does.

Sultry, gothic English witches with a gun for each appendage and a ludicrously packed screen full of enemies and retina melting effects?

Count me in.


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November 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Square Enix Officially Announces Kane & Lynch Sequel For Multiplatform Release In 2010

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Eurogamer is reporting that IO Interactive, under recently made parent company Square-Enix, has officially revealed that a sequel to 2007’s Heat-esque cover co-op shooter, Kane & Lynch is due to be released next year.

Known as Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, the title dumps the violent duo slap bang in the middle of the Shanghai underworld and shall be releasing on PS3, 360 and PC platforms sometime in 2010.

“Gamers are always looking for something new and that is exactly what they are going to get with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days,” according to Niels Jørgensen, general manager of developer IO Interactive.

Niels then goes on to say: “A special thanks to gamers worldwide for their feedback. They are certainly in for a shock as we, with immense pride, welcome back our two dear, violent and somewhat unfortunate friends.”

Whilst I appreciated the game for what it tried to do (It tried to make a videogame rendition of Heat. This is a win.), there was no denying that it just felt needing of polish in some places and completely unfinished in others.

Colour me interested though.

The original Eurogamer story can be found below:

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November 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm

No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise To Hit 360 & PS3 In Early 2010

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In finally making the leap from their traditional Wii development platform, cult Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture have confirmed that a new edition of the first No More Heroes title is due to hit 360 and PS3 platforms early next year under the moniker No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise.

Boasting extra content and updated HD visuals the title should at least be faithful to the original Wii release, although the seismic difference in control methods will certainly raise an eyebrow as to how well they can translate the core gameplay to a regular pad.

Additionally, Heroes Paradise also has an extra mode entitled ‘Very Sweet Mode’, where budding cyber-pervs can oogle a number of rendered ladies in various states of undress.


No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise is due to hit Japan in February 2010, but given the developers interest in the Western market and developing future No More Heroes titles for the Sony and Microsoft motion control systems, I would imagine that a Western release is a formality at this point.

Now if only they would get their collective talented asses in gear and develop a new Okami for 360 and PS3 using their motion control systems…

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November 18, 2009 at 11:46 am

Official Playstation Blog: Metal Gear Solid Coming To PSOne Classics On PSN This Thursday [UPDATED]

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Mike Kebby, he who posts official stuff on the EU Playstation Store forum has confirmed (in his roundabout way) that PSOne stealth classic and progenitor of the modern day MGS saga, Metal Gear Solid, is to hit PSN this thursday.

In the official forum Mike writes; ‘It’s official guys and gals – a certain Snake is coming to the store this Thursday…of the PSone Classic kind :)’.

Good news indeed, as Sony continues to Bolster their digital offering with some gems from the past.

The pricepoint has been announced as £7.99.

Metal Gear Solid on my PSP?

Oh yes please.

Additionally, Eurogamer are also reporting that PSP MGS titles MGS: Portable Ops, MGS: Portable Ops + and MGS: The Graphic Novel, will all be hitting the store on the same day, presumably as some sort of push prior to the forthcoming release of MGS: Peace Walker sometime next year.

Now Konami, about that English langauge Peace Walker demo…

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November 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Final Fantasy XIII Western Release Date Confirmed: March 9th 2010

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Yep, that’s right folks mark that date down in your diary, as the latest entry in Square-Ennix’s RPG magnum opus series is hitting Western territories on both 360 and PS3 in under a mere five months.

Wow. I am actually quite awestruck by this announcement as I, like presumably many others, had thought that we could be potentially be waiting up to a year for a localisation of the first Final Fantasy title on PS3, simply based on how long Square-Enix have taken to localise previous FF games in the past.

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November 14, 2009 at 10:07 am

MCV: Natal To Cost No More Than £49.99, Will Launch In November 2010 With 14 Titles

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According to a number of reports and ‘sources’ cited by UK industry trade journal MCV, Microsoft’s entry into the motion controller arena appears to have some solid details at last.

Costing no more than £50 and being released in November 2010 with a launch line-up of 14 titles comprising a mixture of first and third party titles, MCV also goes on to say that the highly anticipated add-on will also be featured prominently in various hardware bundles.

Obviously, none of this has been confirmed by Microsoft, but if true it does all sound very promising; the sub £50 price point especially.

The link to the original MCV article can be found below:

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November 11, 2009 at 11:47 am

Vagrant Story To Hit EU PSN This Year

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Later this year, Square Enix shall be re-releasing 2000 cult PSOne hit Vagrant Story onto the Playstation Network, allowing those unlucky masses who didn’t get a chance to play it the first time to do so now on their PSP and PS3.

Directed by and produced Yasumi Matsuno, the chap who made Final Fantasy XII (Quiet gambit haters!) and Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story actually shares the same setting as these titles, being set in the kingdom of Ivalice. That however, is where the similarities end, as Vagrant Story is more of a traditional dungeon crawl boasting an extensive crafting system, very unique combat mechanics and a very dark, pervading atmosphere throughout.

Trust me, this is one game you shouldn’t pass up.

No pricing or release details have been announced, but I would be shocked if it cost any more or any less than the £7.99 pricepoint that previous Square alumni FFVII enjoyed.

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November 11, 2009 at 9:37 am

EA Confirms Criterion Developed Need For Speed Title Next Year & New Medal Of Honor

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To let folks know that they aren’t resting on their yearly laurels, EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau has been discussing the need to revitalise many of EA’s core franchises.

To this end, a new Need For Speed title has been confirmed for next year with Burnout developer Criterion at the helm and a new Medal Of Honor title by an unspecified developer, which would mark a nearly three year hiatus for the once dominant WWII FPS franchise.

With Criterion handing the reins for the next Need For Speed title, it seems inevitable that the franchise will continue it’s trend of trying a different approach to the racing genre. A giddy prospect no doubt with Criterion at the helm, but also a somewhat sad one as the most recent title in the franchise, Need For Speed: Shift, was released to a decent amount of critical praise and seemed to indicate that EA had at last created a racing title that not only had found it’s groove at last, but could also compete with its contemporary peers.

As far as a new Medal Of Honor title goes, no details whatsoever have been released outside of a confirmation that the title IS coming. As far as potential settings go, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the WWII scenario hashed out again, given that the whole modern warfare schtick is already pretty hotly contested by a little title called Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare series and even by EA’s own Battlefield: Bad Company franchise. Personally, I would like to see a new Medal Of Honor title combining the best of Call of Duty and Brothers In Arms franchises; giving us a heady mixture of realistic jaw dropping set pieces and emotional situations, characters and dialog.

Surely its not too much to ask is it?

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November 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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