Kotaku has broken a pretty big story in the gaming world. Apparently, according to their ‘trusted source’, Jeff Gerstmann (a long time writer for the site) was fired for giving a negative review of the game Kane & Lynch. Gamespot has often been the target of accusations that they pump up reviews based on advertising revenue from the game companies, but this is the first time something concrete has come up.
From the article: As our tipster points out, if the rumor is true, it could point to a distressing precedent at Gamespot and parent company CNet. ‘As writers of what is supposed to be objective content, this is our worst nightmare coming to life,’ wrote the tipster. Our efforts to confirm the story with Gamespot hasn’t proved successful. Our current requests with PR, Gerstmann and other CNet contacts have either gone unanswered or yielded a ‘no comment.’
Jalopnik has posted the first images of the latest incarnation of KITT in the new Knight Rider series. This time, KITT is a Shelby GT500KR smoke wagon. It is..interesting, a beautiful car but I am not all that impressed by the placement of the red chaser lights. The care has an intake there for a reason and something stirs deep within my body that says, ‘DONT PUT IT THERE!’. But I digress, it does fit into the design and all.
GamesIndustry is reporting on an interview between Midway Games Harvey Smith and Wired. To quote Smith, ‘This project was so f*cked up’. Apparently, the devs and publisher knew the game was no where near ready to release but was rushed out under publisher pressure.
From the article: ‘Asked why he was being so honest about all this – and his belief that they ‘deserved’ a critical hammering – Smith said: ‘I believe in personal accountability.’
It is nice to see a person from the inside come out with the truth. This fate befalls too many games these days. It is truly a downward spiral of pain as the publishers want the game out to start bringing in the dough, but when the games end up too buggy and get that bad reputation, fewer people will buy them.
Gamespot is reporting that the latest (and possible greatest) EVE Online expansion, ‘Trinity’, will be released on December 5th. This is the expansion that completely overhauls the graphics engine and brings it to the ‘next-gen’ level. DirectX 10 users will be happy as the game will fully support the advanced features that API has to offer. In addition to the graphical upgrade, Trinity will also add an assortment of new ships, items, and missions to the player’s experience.
FileFront is reporting that Nyko has released it’s entry into the Nintendo Wii lightfun area: The Perfect Shot. It is the most realistic of all Wii zappers out there. It is probably going to garner alot of ‘boo-hiss’ reactions from anti-gun groups though, so you may want to pick one up ASAP.
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.