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Monday, May 16, 2005

Bombshell Announcement...
Posted by Anthony :: 5:41 PM

This is the game everyone has been waiting for at E3. The one that will send shockwaves through the asian-school girl filled booths. The game that will take us to the next generation of gaming as we know it....

Final Fight: StreetWise

What, you'd think I'd blow my load over something like Quake 4? Nuh uh.

Yes, the sequel everybody wanted in the back of their minds has arrived. It'll be out Q4 2005, in full 3-D glory. You'll take control of Kyle Travers, brother of original Final Fight character Cody Travers. No word yet on whether Mayor Hagar makes an appearance, spinning piledriver and all.

Yeah, I'm probably the only guy on the blog who cares about this. But soon, real posts will be made about actual bombshell announcements.


Welcome to E3 2005!
Posted by JayGo :: 2:48 AM

Hey everyone, it's E3 week! Woo!

Throughout this week, I'll be here posting highlights from the events over in LA.. but of course, you will have to go to other sites to catch everything. Even if some other AC members chime in during E3 with news and the like, none of us are actually going. So therefore, what I'm setting out to do with this first post of the week is recommend some other places you might like to go in order to check up on what's going on.

First up, the big two. Gamespot have their E3 homepage up already, and it's quite nicely set out with links to all their articles, previews and streaming videos. It looks like they'll be the most comprehensive this year, but IGN as always will be trying to give them a good run for their money. Page is a bit less tidy, though. There's also their 'other half', GameSpy, who will be.. a lot like IGN, probably.

As for the rest.. 1Up.com look quite impressive, GameDaily less so. The official E3 website, E3Insider, should be up and running later today. Eurogamer will be trying their hardest, bless 'em. ComputerAndVideoGames.com? Well, at least their address is nice. And TeamXBox will be hideously biased as always. :)

If you're after the official line on all the announcements, then you'll be wanting the official sites. Sony have a placeholder up at the moment, while all the XBox and Nintendo stuff looks like it'll be going on their main sites as of right now. Keep a look out in particular at the Sony and XBox sites, as it seems those two might be the only places to find live feeds of their respective press conferences..

Just after media from the show, like screenshots and videos? In that case, take a look at GameTrailers and Kikizo for starters. XBoxyde have also been particularly good at finding exclusive XBox related screenshots in recent weeks. And finally, if you're really lazy, try NewsNow. They'll be trying to bring you links to coverage from a huge array of sources. Oh, and Kotaku will be blogging away throughout, too.

So, there we go. Enjoy the week, and keep checking back here for more all throughout E3 2005!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Halo 3 due in Spring 2006
Posted by JayGo :: 11:20 AM

Anyone would think that Microsoft were promoting a new console or something. There's a big interview with Bill Gates in the new issue of Time Magazine, and yes, he speaks at length about XBox 360. Here's the edited highlights:
Note to the hard-core faithful: the next version of Halo will not, repeat not, be ready in time for the launch of Xbox 360. It will be part of the all-important second wave next spring. "It's perfect," Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. "The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3." Microsoft is expected to announce that Xbox 360 will play Halo 2 and other Xbox games.
Slightly ruthless of them, if not unexpected. And then there's this frank admission:
"We're not gonna get so everybody in the family loves this thing just with sports and shooters and racers," Gates admits. "We're gonna have to fund, both internally and externally, some high-risk genres and see if those can stick. We can't just stay with the tried and true."
Hurrah! And as for a potential killer app:
Right now you can use Xbox Live to talk to people you're playing with via voice chat—think free long distance over the Internet. Soon you will also be able to send e-mail and instant messages. If you have a camera peripheral, you will be able to send short video messages and even videoconference. And here's an important point: with Xbox 360, you don't even have to be playing a game. You will be able to chat with other people over Xbox Live when you're just plain watching TV. The words appear over the show, or you can chat aloud using a headset.
To read the full article, go to the Gaming Age forums by clicking here.

Friday, May 13, 2005

E3 Update: Project Gotham Racing 3
Posted by JayGo :: 1:37 PM

It's fancy pictures of cars day, here on Another Castle! Anyway, the above is allegedly the first proper screenshot of PGR3 on the XBox 360. Let's go live to Josh Hogan, fellow AC member, for his reaction:
That can't be in game. I mean - that looks Hollywood-level. I will gladly eat my doubting words on shards of hot glass however if I am wrong. I want that to be an in-game or real-time shot.. but I don't think it is.
We think negatively here on AC, as you can tell. But just in case, I'm getting the glass shards ready!


E3 Update: Test Drive Unlimited (XBox 360)
Posted by JayGo :: 10:37 AM

What with all the hype around the XBox 360 since last nights unveil, it seems some of the actual games for the console are going by unnoticed. Here's a case in point. Now I know all the Test Drive games of late have been a bit crap, but you've got to admire the effort being shown for this one. Here's some quotes from a preview over at IGN:
What's really exciting about this title is that it takes place in a persistent online world. Through satellite imagery and GPS tracking, Eden Games has recreated the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The geography is correct down to the smallest detail, and all of the street names are correct. This may have seemed like an outrageous claim, except that I have actually hiked across Oahu and was able to pin-point buildings, roads, and specific geography from the island. To give you an idea of just how impressive it was to see this take place in-engine, Oahu contains approximately 596 square miles with 112 miles of shoreline and a peak elevation of about 4000 feet.

We know that every Xbox 360 game will have custom soundtracks, but Test Drive takes things a step further. The car radio actually streams MP3 web radio stations when playing over Xbox Live. When driving online, players will see other 360 gamers driving around the island and can challenge each other by flashing their brights. There is a map editor that allows players to quickly mark a start point and an end point on the map and decide the rules of the race. Players can wager money or cars when setting up these challenges. Feel like creating a three hour race where the looser forfeits their ride? Press a few buttons and the work is done.
So let's just hope it's a good game, then. Saying that, the guys behind this one did make V Rally.. and that was quite good..

Thursday, May 12, 2005

E3 Update: Ghost Recon 3 (XBox 360)
Posted by JayGo :: 1:10 PM

Want more? Watch MTV tonight! Or maybe...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

E3 Update: Prey
Posted by JayGo :: 3:58 PM

Wow. Look everyone, it actually exists! Now all we need is Duke Nukem Forever, and.. wait, who am I kidding? Anyway, yes, Prey is back. Gamespot have posted a nice little Q&A on the resurrected game, which answers such questions as why the game has been brought back from the dead after all this time:

The decision to revive Prey was based on finding a talented studio that we thought could do the project justice. So when we found out that Human Head was interested in developing the game, it became an easy decision to pursue it once again. Prey's appeal was based on leading-edge technology, a strong, unique character-based story, and unique gameplay hooks. Over the years since Prey's original conception, there's not been a game that's stolen Prey's original thunder. So the door was wide open for us to revive the project.

Also, while the original ideas for Prey were mostly solid, Human Head and we have refined and improved most aspects of the game, and we've cut out some elements that weren't as strong. In effect, the concept, gameplay hooks, and story have benefited from years of consideration, giving the game a foundation that most projects simply cannot match.

If you want to read more, the article is here.


Calm Before The Storm..
Posted by JayGo :: 11:58 AM

So, tomorrow night, they unveil XBox 360 on MTV.
Monday, we get the E3 press conferences for both Sony and Microsoft.
Tuesday, Nintendo spill the beans in their press conference.
And then Wednesday, three days of E3 itself get underway.

Not surprising all the news has dried up these past few days, is it?

Monday, May 09, 2005

Is This Half Life 3? No.
Posted by JayGo :: 3:47 PM

This actually is the results of one man experimenting using real-world photographs, models from Half Life 2, and some fancy HDR lighting techniques. Don't know what HDR means? Me neither. For more information, however, you can always go look at this thread over at the interestingly named Facepunch Studios website.

In the meantime, here's some more, larger images:
One - Two - Three - Four - Five


E3 Update: Burnout Revenge
Posted by JayGo :: 3:18 PM

The trailer has been posted online over at Gamespot, and as much as I hesitate about making decisions based on one-minute clips of footage, it doesn't really look that different does it? A few more explosions, not quite as bright and primary-coloured, and that's about it thus far. Of course Burnout 3 was great, and so more of the same wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. It'd just be nice to get something other than the traditional EA yearly update. We'll see, I guess.


E3 Update: Is this Perfect Dark Zero?
Posted by JayGo :: 2:03 PM

(edit)No, no it isn't. But you'll get all the footage of Perfect Dark Zero you want on Thursday, when XBox 360 is unveiled on MTV! That image up there is a fairly-convincing fake, which actually comes from Half Life 2. Apparently.


E3 Update: Unreal Tournament 2007
Posted by JayGo :: 8:18 AM

Yep, time for another Unreal Tournament update.. only this one's a bit more than a few tweaks and new gamemodes. UT2007 is the first in the series to be based on Unreal Engine 3.0, and looks incredible as a result. Though admittedly, my PC is quaking in fear already at the prospect of trying to run it. There's a small screenshot above, but for larger ones you can click here, here and here.

So, what of the actual game? Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but it'll apparently be published in the second half of 2006. Long wait ahead, then. There'll be a new 'Conquest' gametype featuring enormous maps, team-based play and resource management aspects, together with the reappearance of old favourites such as Deathmatch, Capture The Flag and Onslaught. There's also the prospect of much improved bot AI, and voice commands coming into play to a greater extent, as this quote from lead designer Steven Polge reveals:
'You'll be able to ask the bots questions about their status: "Is there anybody down in the cavern?", "No, cavern's all clear". Or you could throw out warnings like, "There's a sniper on the tower. Go get the sniper." So if you're doing a flag run, you can hear what's going on back at your base because guys are shouting to each other where the enemy's coming from and what they're doing to prevent it.'
There'll be more weapons, more vehicles, and all the other stuff you've come to expect as a given with a FPS sequel. Only with much prettier graphics. Guess it's time for another new graphics card.. unless it appears on PS3 or XBox 360, at any rate. If you want any more information, try the PC Gamer UK forum.


E3 Update: Rockstar announce 'Bully'
Posted by JayGo :: 7:21 AM

Rockstar Games is proud to announce Bully for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft. Bully is the brutally funny debut title from Rockstar Vancouver and is expected to hit retail shelves in October 2005.

Bully takes the Rockstar tradition of groundbreaking, innovative, original gameplay and humorous tongue-in-cheek storytelling to an entirely new setting: the schoolyard. As a troublesome schoolboy, you'll laugh and cringe as you stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of school.
It's not the most obvious follow-up to Midnight Club 3, Manhunt and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is it? Still, this is what happens when you get Rockstar Vancouver on the case, I guess. Those wacky Canadians.

Oh, and yes, I will be attempting to keep Another Castle up-to-date with all the latest from E3, before, during and after the event itself. Someone needs to.

Monday, April 18, 2005

News: Gamestop & EB join forces
Posted by Ryan :: 3:31 PM

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

News: GTA Made Me Do It
Posted by Ryan :: 4:37 PM

Should the people who make and sell "violent video" games be held accountable if someone commits a crime because of playing them?

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