Joystiq is reporting that Sony’s Games Division has fallen on some hard times as they have reported that in the second fiscal quarter of the year, operating losses
in that division rose to $841 million, more than double the $381 million
in losses for the same period last year.
Speculation from Sony is that this loss is due to selling PS3s at lower than cost price points and ‘the increase in PS3-related inventory write-downs’.
1up is reporting that Famitsu magazine has reviewed Super Mario Galaxy, giving it an out of this world 38 out of 40. Yes the Japanese review system is strange to us but for them it works. And it means that SMG is one damn good game. From the Famitsu article:
‘The game takes place in a 3D space where you could be walking on the ground or upside down. Normally that would look like it is difficult to control, but you can play this instinctively. The balance is just perfect and it is a game anyone can really play.’
‘Gimmicks and actions using the game’s unique gravity, and fun boss fights definitely delivers on the Mario name. It is even just fun to watch if you are not playing.’
‘The game’s pacing is very good, you get hooked more and more. I am glad that the game is not too easy or too difficult. Collecting the star piece by pointing the Wiimote is already fun in itself.’
‘The excitement of Mario 64 is back! Lots of features that are perfect for the Wii, and you get addicted wanting to know what kind of obstacles await you in the next stage. Difficulty gradually increases and the map layout is great. Every game fan should play this game.’
Joystiq has reported on the latest EGM magazine covering Ninja Gaiden 2’s over-the-top violence. It seems as though Team Ninja has added plenty of incentive for dismemberment, as removed limbs will stay on screen.
From the article: ‘Additionally, there will be ‘obliteration techniques’ that the player can activate by pressing Y after removing a limb. The details are unknown except that the camera zooms in, but we can only assume that entails protagonist Ryu totally flipping out and killing people in some stylish fashion. The techniques vary based on what weapon you’re using and what body part you just removed.’
PocketGamer.UK is reporting that after the game’s sordid past a new petition to resurrect Halo DS has been created. Apparently the game was in development but was canned for reasons that Cassamassina is reluctant to disclose. Nay sayers have been claiming the game being played in the video is a hoax and is merely a modded game made using the Goldeneye: Rogue Agent engine.
Engadget is reporting that a Toshiba spokesman told Stuff that the uber-speced, Toshiba-branded Xbox 360 console with built-in HD DVD
rumor is bogus. ‘It’s got nothing to do with us, ‘ says Tosh, ‘But we
know Microsoft doesn’t want to include the HD DVD drive so as not to
limit the user’s experience.’ Thats a real shame, was such a good idea if they could have done it without raising the price of the systems.
Joystiq is reporting that in a recent BBC radio interview, Wil Wright stated that Spore is ‘in final testing and was ‘roughly’ six months away from release’.
From Wikipedia: Spore is a multiplatform god game under development by Maxis and designed by Will Wright that allows a player to control the evolution of a species from its existence as a multicellular organism to a spacefaring sapient creature. The game has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its promise to simulate this development of a species through open-ended gameplay using procedural generation.
Joystiq is reporting that Turok is in the process of becoming an animated feature. Thats right, everyone’s favorite Native American dinosaur killer will star in the straight to DVD release in early 2008. Turok, Son of Stone is being produced as a 70-minute animated DVD for Classic Media by ex-Disney (Aladdin & Hercules) producer Tad Stones.
Gamespot is reporting that the rumor mill is a blaze with talk of Bioware’s next project being an MMO based in Knights of the Old Republic universe.
From the GameSpot article: However, rumors of a KOTOR MMORPG petered out, thanks to BioWare’s successful attempts to keep virtually every detail about the game under wraps. Now though, they are back, thanks to Primotechnology’s claims–which are the first to directly cite a source with knowledge of BioWare Austin’s inner workings.
‘A source close to BioWare confirmed to us today that the studio’s upcoming untitled massively-multiplayer online RPG will be centered around the Star Wars universe, specifically that of Knights of the Old Republic, which the developer released in 2003,’ read the report. Primotechnology went on to point out the popularity of Star Wars: Galaxies–which was released in 2003 and drastically revised in 2005–is waning. ‘It’s estimated that the game now has fewer than 100,000 subscribers and less than 20,000 active players,’ said the site without sourcing the numbers.’
The Escapist is reporting that Perpetual Entertainment is being dissolved after being acquired by a ‘major game company’ which is currently unnamed. Perpetual, who’s latest game Gods and Heroes was recently cancelled was also tasked with creating the far-off Star Trek MMO. It seems that the Star Trek MMO as well as at least ‘some’ of that team have been bought up by this new company as well. So it would seem the Star Trek MMO has been shook up but still in development.
1up is reporting that EA’s Army of Two has been delayed to sometime in early ’08. ‘Game quality is our top priority. Army of Two has potential to become a lasting EA franchise, so getting the first title right is essential,’ said President of the EA Games Label.
From Wikipedia: Army of Two (AO2) is a co-op third-person shooter with a focus on cooperative and coordinated strategies. Players will join up with either the game’s built-in ‘Partner Artificial Intelligence’ (PAI) or other players ‘to fight through war, political turmoil and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world.’ Story details are vague at the moment, but the game has been designed to necessitate teamwork; some missions may be close to impossible to complete without another player or cooperation with the PAI.