GameSpot has posted it’s review of Flagship Studio’s Hellgate: London and given it a 7.0 out of 10. This game was highly-anticipated for it’s procedural levels and enemy layouts but the actual execution is less-than-stellar.
From the article: Hellgate: London is a likeable action role-playing game that answers the question ‘What would happen if you took all the loot lust from Diablo and fit it into a first-person shooter?’ OK, maybe you weren’t asking that question, but Hellgate is an interesting game. It will probably come into its own after a few more patches, but right now, it has almost as many issues as strengths.
Joystiq is reporting on the downloadable content planned for Halo 3. According to the article, Bungie has hinted that there are several maps in the works. Though some are earlier in the development process than others. The first is ‘O.K. Corral,’ an asymmetrical medium-sized map that Bungie’s Luke Smith says has kind of a sunset feel with plenty of catwalks and alleyways. In addition to the briefly mentioned ‘Purple Reign’ and ‘Jodrell Bank,’ we’re also excited about ‘Vandelay,’ described as the
simplest map the company’s ever done, which has been crafted to show off the possibilities of the Forge system.
Gamespot reports that God of War III has been officially announced for the PS3 and is being developed in SCEA’s Santa Monica studio. However, this announcement comes along with news that Cory Bartlog, the game’s Directory, has left the company’s Santa Monica studio and , perhaps, the company altogether. There has been no official reason given for this, nor any reason given on his personal blog.
From the article: Unfortunately, the God of War III announcement was tempered by some bittersweet news. SCEA has confirmed Barlog himself no longer works at the company’s Santa Monica studio. ‘We are grateful for his work and creative vision for the critically acclaimed God of War franchise,’ the company said in a brief statement in which it expressed faith in the remaining members of the GOWIII and God of War: Chains of Olympus teams.
Engadget is reporting on Sony Ericson’s latest, the MD300 3G USB Modem for your PC or Mac. This little beauty will let you connect to 3G networks anywhere possible. This is, need I remind you, a relatively high-speed cellular network used by cellphones mainly, allowing access to the net from well beyong wi-fi ranges. The unit should be available Q1 of 2008 but here’s the catch: it could be Europe-only! There is no word yet as to whether it will be released here in the states. We will keep our fingers crossed!
Joystiq reports that this Wednesday’s South Park titled ‘Guitar Queer-O’ should be will see Kyle jealous over Stan’s superior skills at the game. South Park has recently taken on video gaming with their emmy-award-winning ‘Make Love, Not Warcraft’ episode, and the previews make this upcoming tale of video game geekdom look great too!
AICN is reporting on the current writer’s strike and the number of people picketting their own shows. Such folks include the ENTIRE cast of ‘The Office’, the writing staff (including Ron Moore) of ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and ‘The Unit’ showrunner Shawn Ryan and show star Robert Patrick!
Late night television has already been affected save for Jon Stewart who is paying his writer’s out of pocket for the next two weeks. At some point the studios will be hearing an echo from their piggybanks as viewers get tired of reruns, hack written replacement shows, and other crap. Ah hell, I say we just make every channel 100% commercials 100% of the time. Maybe then folks would get back to more important pursuits…like gaming!
Gizmodo has posted a news item on the winner of the ‘Best Home Theatre Install’ at CEDIA 2007. The home theatre was designed and built to look similar to the bridge of the USS NCC-1701E Enterprise. While not a direct recreation, it definitely works as a home theatre. Automatic ‘swooshing’ doors, LEDs, and even a red alert button top off this tasty cake. The owner wished to remain anonymous but with this much geek goodness floating about, we can’t understand why. A room like that is guaranteed to get you laid, right?
Gamasutra has posted their large interview with Turbine Executive Producer Jeffrey Steefel and Director of Communications Adam Mersk, both part of the Lord of the Rings Online team. In case you don’t know, the Lord of the Rings Online is a popular MMORPG from Turbine, Codemasters, and Midway. The two speak on the recently released expansion, Defenders of Eriador as well as their future plans (possibly even a console launch).
Steefel claims: ‘We launched back in April of 2007, and we’ve grown the game [in size of world]. Once we have the stuff that we just showed you, the game will have grown in size over 20 percent. We’re already the number two Western-developed MMO that’s subscription-based — basically number two to WoW’.
However, he doesn’t specify exact numbers or where he gets that information.
NintendoWiiFanboy has posted their review of Battalion Wars 2 for the Nintendo Wii, giving it a final score of 9 out of 10.
From the article: ‘Battalion Wars 2 is a very competent squad-based shooter. And, it has just about everything that fans of first-party Nintendo games are looking for. With compelling gameplay that effectively uses the control scheme, all of the action in this game is fun throughout. It even has an enjoyable online mode, although it’s fairly limited.’