GamesIndustry is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment, butchers of the original Everquest (first given life by Verant Interactive), has drafted plans to open a game studio in Mumbai, India. The studio is scheduled to open early next year and will produce MMOs with ‘local content’ in order to grab the Indian gaming market.
From the article: ‘There are currently about 2.8 million online gamers in India, but developers expect the market to explode as broadband penetration grows over the next few years.’
Gamespot has posted its review of Blacksite: Area 51, for the PC, giving it a 6.5 out of 10 rating. I have to say, this is disappointing to me as the game had a lot of promise. Looks like the biggest problem comes from the game’s generic gameplay/design.
From the article: For the most part, BlackSite is a boilerplate first-person shooter that has a handful of good moments. As it stands, the game suffers from some annoying issues that make it difficult to recommend. If you’re a huge fan of first-person shooting, you’re probably better of with a rental because the lack of multiplayer competition means that the whole experience doesn’t last especially long.
Gamespot has posted a review of FPS Ghost Squad, for the Nintendo Wii, giving it a less-than-great 6.5 out of 10. Apparently I missed this light gun game as I only saw it in arcades within the last few years. It’s unique controller drawing me to it. Actually, it seems it came out a long time ago back in the era we old-guys call, ‘The 90s’.
From the article: ‘As a tongue-in-cheek homage to mid-’90s arcade light gun games, Ghost Squad is pretty successful, and players with some fondness for the source material, as well as those who appreciate random weirdness, should find it at least briefly enjoyable. The whole so-bad-it’s-good thing only goes so far, though, and even with its promise of unlockables, Ghost Squad is ultimately too short for its own good.’
Joystiq is reporting that the Xbox 360 is getting a rather large backwards-compatibility upgrade which will allow it to play 84 ‘new’ old games! This is on top of the current list of 381 old titles that will run on the console.
Gamespot has posted a review of the expansion for Flight Simulator X titled, ‘Acceleration’, giving it an 8.5 out of 10. The expansion features a number of new aircraft, including a F/A-18 Hornet, while also giving a plethora (and yes, I know what that word means) of new missions to undertake. Also touted is the game’s smoothing out of the DirectX 10 graphical features if you are using a Vista pc.
From the article: ‘…the added capabilities that Acceleration brings to the sim, such as the hoist and retrieval capability with the new helicopter, the carrier operations, and the new multiplayer racing missions, make this a very attractive and recommended expansion for any Flight Simulator X fan.’
AICN has posted some more photos from Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. They feature a more ‘rugged’ looking Shia, a weathered Harrison, and a whip…Oh, also a leather jacket, prepare to be riveted towards the bottom of this page!
Gamasutra is reporting that Eidos has announced Deus Ex 3 is in production at it’s Montreal studio. Hopefully it will return to the greatness of the original title and avoid Deus Ex 2’s craptastic gameplay. For those of you who don’t know, Deus Ex was a cyberpunk-themed first-person shooter/computer role-playing game developed by Ion Storm Inc. and published by Eidos Interactive. The game received almost universal critical and industry acclaim, including being named Best PC Game of All Time in a poll carried out by UK gaming magazine PC Zone. It was a frequent candidate for and winner of Game of the Year awards.
Set in a dystopian world during the 2050s, the central plot follows rookie United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition agent JC Denton, as he sets out to combat terrorist forces, which have become increasingly prevalent in a world slipping ever further into chaos. As the plot unfolds, Denton becomes entangled in a deep and ancient conspiracy, encountering fictional recreations of organizations such as Majestic 12, the Illuminati, and the Hong Kong Triads throughout his journey.
Ars Technica is reporting that popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, is under attack from three separate lawsuits. One lawsuit is from a Swedish prosecuter, Hakan Roswall, who will be filing his charges before January 31st, 2008. Peter Sunde, one of The Pirate Bay administrators says, ‘I’m quite confident we’re gonna win and I was expecting this to happen…Roswall is also a very biased man, so I’m glad to take it to court instead of letting him dig around my personal life for no apparent reason. Actually, it’s kinda funny.’ The second suit is from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and third is from Prince…yes, as in Purple Rain.