The Escapist’s Zero Punctuation segment this week focuses on Tabula Rasa, the forthcoming MMO from the mind of Richard Garriot. This episode is quite amusing and raises some pros and cons regarding the game too.
Author - Jerry Paxton
The Halo 3 Believe marketing campaign has drawn to a close with this last video. Beware, however, there are possible spoilers in this video although it is really too good to pass up and the ‘spoilerish’ nature of the video isn’t anything you probably didn’t think would happen anyway.
The campaign, which included multiple commercials based on a documentary of soldier’s talking about the climactic battle in the game has been extremely popular and has really taken video game commercials to a new level.
IGN has posted their review of Valve’s Orange Box, a collection of 5 titles including the Half-Life 2 add-ons, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Overall their impressions are favorable but I highly recommend reading the full reviews even at their long length.
Joystiq is reporting that Bass Fishing will return on the Nintendo Wii next Spring.
From the article:
‘Sega points out that this latest version will include ‘content developed exclusively for the Wii,’ though the company has not been forthcoming with what exactly has been added, only to note that Sega Bass Fishing will feature more than 20 different types of lures to entice the the game’s four different kinds of freshwater bass.’
Joystiq has posted the official system requirements for Crysis. They are, needless to say, pretty damn steep.
From the article:
‘Minimum System Requirements
* OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
* Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
* Memory: 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
* Video Card: 256 MB
* Hard Drive: 12GB
* Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Real Recommended System Requirements
* OS: Windows XP / Vista
* Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
* Memory: 2.0 GB RAM
* GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar
Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.
Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.’
1up has posted a great preview for the upcoming EA horror FPS, Dead Space.
From the article:
‘As EA executive producer Glen Schofield describes it, ‘Our goal is to make the scariest game ever,’ and his vehicle for that is a visual showcase sci-fi horror third-person shooter featuring elements such as Zero Gravity, Telekinesis and chop-off-able body parts. You play an everyman sent to fix the communications system on a mining ship digging around in space when — what else? — all hell breaks loose.’
GameSpot has posted a great ‘hands-on’ of the demo for Need for Speed: ProStreet. The racer will feature a load of cars to enjoy as well as beautiful graphics. The retail product is set for release November 13th.
GameDaily is reporting that Activision has announced a new Solider of Fortune game. If you don’t remember, the Soldier of Fortune FPS games were lambasted for their violent depiction of wounds and cheered by gamers for the same. Their hit location detection was excellently done and shooting a guy in the legs to see him crawl away for cover was never as satisfying again. The new game will be called Soldier of Fortune: Payback. According to the article, Soldier of Fortune Payback will release on PS3, PC and Xbox 360 in November 2007. However, something about that release date sounds fishy given how close it is to this announcement.
This video from YouTube is a leaked trailer (watch it before it is pulled). If this is any indication the game has totally lost it’s gore and looks VERY generic. The poster also claims it is being made my Activision Value…which is NOT A GOOD THING.
First Showing is reporting on a rumor that Charlie’s Angel’s director, McG and Vin Diesel are both in talks to take part in Terminator 4. Diesel is rumored to be in talks to play on of the Terminator models in the film.
May God help us all.
Wired News has posted an interview with Bungie’s content manager and spokesperson Frank O’Connor. Here are some of the highlights from the article:
‘WN: What’s Bungie’s relationship with Halo going forward? Are you guys committed to making the next major first-person shooter entry in this series, or is that still up in the air?
FO: We are definitely working on two Halo projects right now: the downloadable content and the Peter Jackson project. I’ve seen rumors that were literally just speculation that we were sick of working on Halo. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We always had and continue to have very tight almost control-freakish relationship with that IP, which of course belongs to Microsoft, but we’re still creatively associated with it and Microsoft trusts us to make cool Halo stuff in the short term. In the long term, who knows, if we have a cool story to tell in the Halo universe it’s certainly something we’d consider.’
‘WN: What’s Bungie’s relationship with Halo Wars?
FO: We consulted with them in the initial setup — Ensemble knows how to make RTS games, we just helped them with canon, and vehicles, and fiction, and that sort of stuff. And we continue to keep a close eye on it. But at this point we’re an interested observer. They’re making a fantastic product. And obviously we’re looking forward to playing it.’