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Hey! Look! Listen! #58 – I Don’t Get No Respect

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Holy shit, mono fucking sucks.

And damn, has this website ever gone to hell. Just look at that banner up there.

Normally I’d apologize to you all, but this time I’m ┬ánot going to, because I honestly feel like the universe needs to do some serious apologizing to me. These last few weeks have sucked an unholy dick, and I really don’t feel like I deserved all the pain and suffering that I’ve been unceremoniously gifted with.

However, as you may have gathered by the fact that I’m here right now, I’m feeling better. And I felt the hankering to write something. Before we begin, I should note the fact that, upon having finally given it a try, I think Left 4 Dead is a damn fun game. And also, Netflix on the 360 is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

That’s right, I bought three months of Xbox Live Gold. On impulse. I feel slightly dirty, but… it’s the only console that lets you stream Netflix without a stupid-ass disc. And it was only $9.99 for three months.


Batman: Arkham City Officially Revealed in Game Informer, First Details Rumored

I know Ethos already touched on this in his latest TTKL, and I don’t mean to upstage him; but I’m totally geeking out over this, and there have been some new rumors abroad, so I figured I’d go ahead and take a stab at the story as well.

Ah, who am I kidding, I totally mean to upstage him.

First, just take a look at this concept art/Game Informer covers. Are they not beautiful?

As you can see, DCs infamous femme fatale Catwoman is prominently featured, indicating that she’ll have a prominent role in the game. Co-op play, perhaps? Or maybe an ICO-esque team gameplay mechanic? Personally I’m hoping for the latter, seeing that co-op play tends to come at the expense of a focused narrative – and that would just be a shame, given how strong the storyline behind Arkham Asylum was.

As the title “Arkham City” implies, Batman will be taking down crime in the streets of Gotham this time around. Perhaps you recall the teaser trailer shown at the Spike VGAs, which showed a walled-off portion of the city, and an ending tagline that said “Arkham Has Moved.”

A hastily thrown-together site called Arkham.co.uk claims to have the first details on the game from Game Informer. Supposedly, Quincy Sharp, the man who was running for Mayor in the original game bought off a part of the Gotham slums and walled it off, making it the new detainment facility for Gotham’s colorful inmates. Why? Well, supposedly both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison were deemed “unfit” to hold said inmates. Why a walled-off slum could do the job when two maximum security detention facilities couldn’t is well beyond me, but hey, it provides the necessary fresh setting.

As far as actual storyline goes, it’s rumored that the infamous Two-Face has plans to execute Catwoman in order to gain respect of the Arkham City inmates. The Joker, of course, is still kicking around – but there’s something distinctly wrong with him. You might recall that the teaser showed him in pretty rough shape. One would assume that it’s due to the overdose of Venom that he took at the end of Arkham Asylum, but the GI article hints that this might not be the sole factor.

As far as gameplay changes, Batman is now able to counter two attacks at once, and he’ll be able to use his trusty smoke bombs. Arkham City will feature side missions, unlike the original game. There will also be more puzzles, criminal gangs to take down, and more riddler challenges. It’s too early to say, but it almost sounds like Rocksteady might be focusing Arkham City into a more sandbox-esque experience, which could be pretty damn cool if done right.

Anyway. Keep in mind that the above details are technically rumors; the source is hardly anything credible. Just be on the lookout for the upcoming issue of Game Informer for confirmation. What I can tell you in confidence is that we won’t be seeing Arkham City on store shelves until Fall of 2011. So. It’s time to play the waiting game. (IGN)

Nomura Provides Versus XIII/Agito XIII Updates

Woo. For those of you who are still waiting with bated breath for every Final Fantasy XIII-related piece of news, today is a happy day! Apparently both Agito and Versus XIII are currently undergoing the voice casting process. Which means they must be getting somewhere, right? If you don’t believe me, then believe Mr. Nomura. Here’s what he tweeted the other day: “Agito and Versus have different production styles and progress states, but they’re both presently undergoing voice casting. The 3rd Birthday’s recording will end shortly. Next up is Agito.”

He did go on to say a little more about Versus XIII. Apparently there’s a lot he could announce about the game, but due to Square Enix’s policies he cannot. However, he did comment on the nature of Versus XIII’s world map: “There have been many questions regarding fields. It’s not a completely open world. It’s like the 2D FF games in HD. Although, in terms of looks, it’s not a top-down view, it’s like the screenshots that have been released. You’ll move through the world from that view.”

Hm. Vague as that is, it already sounds more promising than Final Fantasy XIII’s abominable tunnels. In truth, I am still holding out for Versus XIII simply because it has the chance to be the game that Final Fantasy XIII failed to be. Obviously I have absolutely no reason to believe that it will be, but hope springs eternal. (IGN)

Please God Yes: Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia HD Collections Rumored

Oh man. I could care less about Splinter Cell, but an HD collection of the Sands of Time trilogy would be a literal dream come true. According to Joystiq, Amazon France is listing – or listed – trilogy collections for two classic Ubisoft franchises: Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia, both set for release in November. Below is visual evidence.

Obviously there’s no way of knowing if this is true or not. I’d like to say that Riddlethos has contacted Ubisoft for comment and will be back with you shortly, but we haven’t, because we don’t have any PR contacts with Ubisoft. Or anyone.

I can assure you, though, that we’ll be doing everything in our power to ensure that this is true. And by that I mean I’ll be kneeling at my bedside every night and offering up a prayer to whatever deities care to listen.

Well, that’s a wrap. Seeing that I’m still recovering from the dread mono, I have all of today off work. And tomorrow. Thursday, I believe, I make my return. In any case, I have some time to play games. Will I play anything aside from Modern Warfare 2? That’s yet to be seen, but for the record, I have been planning to re-start and finish Dragon Age: Origins. Also, I’ve been feeling an intense desire of late to re-visit an old friend, Ocarina of Time.

‘Till next time, you hateful creeps!

P.S, what the hell is a Scott Pilgrim Week?

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #009

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Yesyes, I haven’t done one of these since late May, I’m well aware. But hey, here’s one now!

More PS2 games in HD to collect on the PS3

Yup, although an ICO/SotC collection was not announced at E3, a Sony head honcho, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed that more PS2 collections were making their way to the PS3 in HD on Blu-Ray. I’m more than okay with that, because the announced Sly Cooper collection got my attention at E3, and those are PS2 games that I never would have played otherwise. No specifics were announced, but Yoshida talked about the positive reaction to the God of War collection and how he now hears a lot of requests.

Another point of note is that Yoshida was asked about the possibility of PS2 games coming to the PSN. His reply seemed to go away from the direction of PS2 HD collections, and more in the direction of making the PS2 library available for PS3 owners. Something I’m sure they’ve been thinking about the moment they axed backwards compatibility. Yeah, I’ll pay for collections (especially on games I don’t already own), but I’m not going to pay money to rebuy my PS2 games. I’m only stupid enough to do that with Final Fantasy IX.

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Final Fantasy XIII Versus Final Fantasy Versus XIII?

Bah-hahaha, it’s Squeenix’s fault I can make such a ridiculous headline like that. But seriously, while it’s hard to recover optimism out of that landslide of disappointment that was Final Fantasy XIII, these new screens that have surfaced look pretty gorgeous. Not just that, but it’s the fact that Tetsuya Nomura is saying that the game is open world with roaming monsters. Therefore I’m pretty sure it will not be Tunnel: The Game: The Sequel.

Still, we know nothing about the battle system, or mechanics, or anything really, so I really shouldn’t be hyping this up to be an urban, adult Kingdom Hearts. Still, redemption for FFXIII is way too appealing, and so my brain will likely hold out hope for this until we have more details.

PSN and XBLA Are Trying Really Hard to Get You to Cancel Cable

Or me, at least. With ESPN free for XBox Live Gold subscribers (it just became worth it again), and now Hulu in talks with PSN, I can’t imagine any reason why I should be paying for TV. Now, Hulu has been rumoured to be in cahoots with XBox before and nothing’s happened yet, so who knows when this PSN deal will materialize, but if it’s free with PSN+ then that’s $100 a year instead of close to the same price a month for all the TV I’d want to watch anyway. Game consoles are the new TV.

Infinity Ward Wants to be Your BFF

Don’t really want to go into detail about this – read the linked source if you do – but I wanted to mention this at least. Infinity Ward (not Respawn) is embracing the social internet and listening to tweets and Facebook comments and even opening up a phone line to call or text with concerns or suggestions. I know other companies do this to some degree as well, I just thought it was cool.

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EA Loves the PS3, but Especially Loves the XBox, but Especially the PS3

I like this article because it’s EA trying to pick favourites without upsetting Microsoft too much. Essentially, EA’s COO, John Schappert, spends his time talking about how well the PS3 is doing and how much EA loves it, but throws Microsoft a bone or two just in case the tides turn. My favourite quote was the following,

We have high hopes on the PlayStation 3 this year. Again, we like them all, but PlayStation 3 is doing very strong right now

Bah-hahaha! “We like them all”. It really is like a parent talking about their children.

See! I had a lot of shit to write. 5! 5 shit to write. That’s a lot for me, so I hope you forgive the delay. As for now? I’m hungry. See you fuckers later.