Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #012 – I’mma Copy Riddles

That’s right, I’ll put a subtitle on my news feature too if I want to. Riddles isn’t the only one who can mooch ideas! Anyway, there’s not a lot of news, and I’m actually a little sick. Maybe I’ve got Pipher’s disease.

Big Daddies Stacked to the Sky

This is the big one. Irrational Games announced Bioshock Infinite, the Boston-based developer’s true follow-up to the original Bioshock. Ken Levine is involved again. This entry actually takes place before the original Bioshock – during the very early 1900s – in a flying city named Columbia. The name isn’t as intriguing as Rapture, sure, but this is a different tale, after all.

In fact, for all the similarities that the teaser trailer showed, Bioshock Infinite seems to be refreshingly different. Columbia is not nation-less, in fact quite the opposite. American flags are abundant in the trailer and even compose a major part of the logo’s design.

However, while the trailer was certainly intense and very intriguing, we didn’t see any gameplay and the game won’t be released until late 2012. Still, it’s a promising announcement, and this is the first time that I’ve been excited for a Bioshock title as Bioshock 2 did nothing for me. Check out the trailer for yourself and check IGN for a full 2 page article with more details, including mention of some sort of inter-city grind-rail system.

The 3rd Birthday Removes the HP Bar, Protagonist’s Clothing

That headline is a little deceptive because the HP Bar in the PSP Parasite Eye follow-up doesn’t actually appear to be taken out of the HUD. However, the lead character, Aya Brea does lose more and more clothing the more she gets hurt. Take a lot at the side-by-side comparison I stole from IGN.

Full health:

After taking damage:

While this is somewhat of a cool and innovative mechanic, I’m having flashbacks to Final Fantasy II and picturing gamers intentionally inflicting damage on themselves. Only this time with slightly more sad reasoning.

Also, how many fucking games is Tetsuya Nomura working on? The 3rd Birthday, Final Fantasy Vs. XIII, 8543975 Kingdom Hearts games. The guy is a regular, crazier, emo-er, Shigeru Miyamoto. Read his hilarious fake real blog, by the way. (IGN)

Bethesda’s Bane

In slightly random, but mostly hilarious news, Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard used a panel at Quakecon to admit that while you may have never noticed, Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls don’t have ladders. Apparently their engine can’t handle climbing a ladder without slapping the player with loading times.

The reason why this story is newsworthy to me is Howard’s quote at the end.

One day, we tried to figure out why we wanted ladders so bad because we don’t really need them. It just felt like we’re game development pussies because we can’t do ladders.

I never noticed, but now I will. (IGN)

QUICKIES:

Xbox Wins July- No surprise, really. They have that redesign if you forgot. I did.

PSP Phone Rumours Roundtable- Not news, really, that’s why it’s here. Read IGN editors discuss pros and cons of the newest PSP Phone rumours. Personally, I don’t give a shit about a PSP phone.

That’s that! I wonder if Riddles had read any Scott Pilgrim. I know I haven’t, so I wonder if he’s enjoying it. Everybody I know that’s seen the movie adores it though, so I’d better get on that. I’m feeling a little better today too, so maybe I’ll try the game some more…

We’ll see.

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9 Responses to “Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #012 – I’mma Copy Riddles”

  1. SiliconNooB says:

    BRB, I have to go shoot off my trousers …

  2. Andogo says:

    *sigh* I’ve been aching for some PE action… but this isn’t the news I was hoping for.

  3. SiliconNooB says:

    Well if it helps; Nomura said that the game “channels the spirit of DoC”, there, I bet you feel better already!

  4. Ethos says:

    How could this NOT be the news you were hoping for?

  5. SiliconNooB says:

    @Ethos: Reading the FF development journals is a little bit sadder this time around. With FFXIII I thought crazy Motomu’s development dairy was a joke blog … but then I played FFXIII and was disabused of that notion … :(

  6. Ethos says:

    Well look at this this way. The journal was far more enjoyable than the game was!

  7. Andogo says:

    自分はシャワーシーンが必須とは思わないですが、あれがどこまでリアルに表現されるのかは確かに見てみたい気はしますね。
    While I personally don’t think that we need a shower scene, I do believe we really need to demonstrate the “reality” (true to life detail/animation) somewhere.
    http://twitter.com/3rd_birthday/status/21171121613

    No shower scene, Nomura? Really?

  8. Andogo says:

    Also, I may have butchered that translation. My japanese is quite basic.

  9. Andogo says:

    Also, wow, 140 characters go so much further when you’re typing in an East Asian language.

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