Well, Micah, I hope you’re happy. This game is pretty awful. Y’all will see for yourself with this week’s Go Round of Haunting for the Genesis. Watch as Polterguy tries to scare some family of snobs. Why does he want to scare them? I don’t know as we skipped the story and got straight to the riveting gameplay. This just casts a Shadow on the whole Go Round thing.
It’s been a slow news week. We cover a few stories but it really doesn’t take us long to talk about more AR cards, Japanese toys and a possible falling out between Nintendo and EA. After that, we decide to fill time with a few random scenarios. Feel free to play along at home and decide what you would do as well. Be warned, you might have to make some tough decisions.
Starring – Tony, Shannon, Micah, Shelby
Run time – 1:44:19
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We’ve all heard the rumors over the last few years. Nintendo should just get out the hardware business and go software only. People keep talking about how Nintendo is over and mobile devices are going to replace consoles. I don’t think we’re anywhere near that reality just yet, but one man, Bing Gordon, who used to work at Electronic Arts, thinks Nintendo should get out of the hardware business and just put their games on other devices.
“I think Nintendo’s already on track to become primarily a software company. I can imagine a day when Nintendo wonders – and maybe it’s generational change – when Nintendo wonders if they ought to take some of their best games and make them apps.”
The executives at Nintendo have said time and time again they’re not going to put their games on other platforms. They’re in the hardware business, and despite what the internet might tell you, they’re still doing pretty good in it. They’ve got cash in the bank, plenty of best selling IPs and a new console on the way. Mr. Gordon went on to say that, while unlikely, an Apple/Nintendo partnership would be a killer combination.
We’re not going to see that any time soon. Nintendo is all about their hardware and the games to go with it.
Unless you don’t own the internet you know there was a lot of controversy surrounding the ending to Mass Effect 3. The game is coming to Wii U later this year and EA and Bioware are hoping to make sure Wii U owners get the best experience they can. According to series producer Michael Gamble, speaking at Comic-Con, the game will include the ‘Extended Cut’ ending. This ending was released on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC as downloadable content and was made to ‘fix’ the problems people had with the original ending to the game.
Mass Effect 3 is set to launch alongside the Wii U later this year.
Not to be outdone by Activision and the Call of Duty franchise, EA announced today that Battlefield is getting a premium service. This is confirmation of rumors we’ve been hearing over the last month. According to Electronic Arts the new service, called Battlefield 3 Premium, will cost players $49.99 for a year and will include access to five expansion packs. These expansions will include things like new weapons, dog tags, and customization options.
The five expansion have been announced, End Games, Aftermath, Armored Kill, Close Quarters, and Back to Karkand. Each of these expansion packs, in addition to the items above, will include specific gameplay modes for each pack. It’s available now on PSN. PC and Xbox 360 users will be granted access next week.
If you haven’t heard, THQ is strapped for cash lately. The financially troubled company announced today they have transferred the license to Dana White’s UFC organization to EA for an ‘undisclosed sum of money’. Basically that means EA gets the license to help their MMA franchise, which could use the boost. In return, THQ gets a little bit of cash to help them out of the financial funk they’ve been in.
“We have relished our relationship with UFC over the last several years and believe that the UFC gaming brand is in great shape. THQ’s more focused strategy moving forward meant that transferring the license to EA made sense to all parties,” said THQ CEO Brian Farrell. “We would like to thank UFC for their great support and partnership and wish EA all the best moving forward.”
The UFC franchise has seen a number of different devs and publisher over the years. The THQ developed games were generally well received and EA Sports recently got into the MMA arena with the franchise cleverly titled, MMA. This new deal is for multiple years and was announced during EA’s press conference today.
What happens when we don’t play any games and there is no news? We make a short show. We barely manage to fill an hour this week due to the E3 drought and life keeping us from playing games. During the news we talk about how games don’t make any money unless it’s called Call Of Duty. Also, Micah almost ODs on food, Tony threatens to hurt his cats and I complain about bugs in my house. Oh gad, is E3 here yet?
Starring – Tony, Micah, Shelby
Run time – 1:08:41
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EA isn’t a company that looks like it will shy away from the recent craze of the online pass. They recently announced that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will include an online pass that unlocks seven quests in the single player campaign. It recently came to light that another EA published game, SSX, is also going to have an online pass, but the details were unclear.
EA has confirmed that there will be an online pass for the upcoming snowboarding game, but that it won’t lock players out of the multi-player portions of the game. Rather, it will unlock the in-game credits that are won while playing the game that allow you to purchase other in-game content. Used players will have to fork over $10 if they want to unlock these credits, which will be banked until the fee is paid.
An EA representative commented on the pass when asked:
“Economy balance makes it possible to unlock all available content and allows you to participate in all event drops across both Explore and Global Events, with credits earned solely in Explore.”
So, Online Passes really look like they are here to stay, but publishers are now going to play with what the pass gives you access to. I’m not a fan of locking single-player content away in any game and this version of the scheme seems to only make it faster to earn the items that you can acquire while playing the game.
After the achievement of Dead Space, I was curious to see where Visceral was going to take the franchise. Isaac Clark had escaped the Ishimura but may or may not have been eaten by his zombie girlfriend. After his silence in the first game, Isaac was now granted the power of speech. Since you can’t have Dead Space without hideous monsters it seems obvious the Necromorphs would once again be roaming the shadows. With the release of a couple animated features and some smaller games of varying quality I was concerned Dead Space 2 would not live up to the expectations I had for it. Then I played the game.
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As previously stated, Isaac Clark is back but he didn’t get the hero’s welcome he deserved. Instead, he was committed to an insane asylum after his escape ship was discovered three years earlier prior to the start of DS2. Being the universe of Dead Space you know things have to go bad. The game begins with Isaac awakening to his worst nightmare, Nicole (his late girlfriend) haunting him about her death. Isaac fights the illusion, telling himself she isn’t real but his guilt seems to powerful for his will to overcome. After struggling with these visions, a heavily medicated Isaac is awoken rather quickly by a man claiming to be rescuing him. Before anything can be explained, Necromorphs have slaying your fallen savior and are now bearing down on you. Isaac once again has to escape the horrific monsters while trying to discover what has happened during the last three years. The problem is, everybody says they want to help him but he has no idea who he can trust. The controls have been altered slightly, adding options for your waypoint system and improved controls for zero gravity. Unfortunately you may have to fight some muscle memory with the reassigning of the face buttons. All of the classic guns return with the addition of a few new toys. The developers also added a multiplayer, versus mode to add to your fun after you complete the campaign. Read more…
If you’re a fan of the Mass Effect series and you were going to be picking up Mass Effect 3 on the PC don’t expect that you’re just going to be able to head on over to Steam and download the game. Electronic Arts has confirmed that the game is joining the growing list of their franchises that will not be available on Valve’s popular gaming service but will be on “a number of other 3rd party digital retailers.” It will be joining the ranks of games like Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic that require you to have EA’s own Origin service on the computer. That goes for any version of the game, no matter where you purchase it, digital or physical.