Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This week in game releases | New segment

If there was a list, and this list could talk - it would tell you what we're about to. What new games are coming out this week?

Starting next Monday - we'll bring you the list of the upcoming games that are to be released that week, and we'll be sure to dig up any pre-order bonuses from the major retailers. Now, being that it's Tuesday, this week is already out of whack, I'm going to list what's of note, for the remainder of this week.

Week of March 30th - April 5th
*3/29 - Guitar Hero Metallica (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2)
3/31 - Air Conflicts (PSP)
3/31 - Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (Xbox 360, PC)
3/31 - Major Minor's Majestic March (Wii)
3/31 - Tokyo Beat Down (NDS)
4/1 - SkiDoo Snowmobile Challenge (Xbox 360)
4/2 - Dance Dance Revolution Disney Grooves Bundle (Wii)

Please note, there ARE better games coming...

Sony lowers the price on the PS2...

No, that is not a typo. Yes, the PlayStation 2 just received a price cut. What's that you say? You want Sony to drop the price of the (current gen) PS3? Get in line, as they've said that a PS3 price cut is not in any immediate plans. Considering the PS2 has been out since 2000, how many of you are excited about a $30 price drop for a system almost 10 years old? The news is/was presented as this huge announcement from Sony - only to drop the dud that is a PS2 price drop. Sony, though we applaud your "10-year life cycle" fluff, anyone who follows the industry has moved on from the aging platform to even care about saving $30. Sure, will you sell a few more PS2's? Yeah, probably, and by now, I would have to think that each PS2 sold is pure profit - allowing them to make up from the impact of the sluggish PS3 sales.

C'mon Sony - give the public what they want. They want a PS3, it's a great machine, but for being out for over 2 years, it's still $400.

[Source: Gamesindustry.biz]

Monday, March 30, 2009

Everywhere I look, there is Wolfenstein

Aside from all of the Wolfenstein coverage for the iPhone last week at GDC 09 and the news today regarding new screens and video footage for the cross platform FPS, it is safe to say I am excited for this release.

Being that Wolfenstein was probably one of the first PC games along with being the first shooter I had ever played, I am excited with hopes of good things for this game, even though I missed out on Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The video posted below from IGN teases of what this new entry to the classic franchise has to offer.

The screens look very dark while still focusing on Nazi killing and what appears and sounds like super powers, i.e. the veil ability available to the player.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Uncharted 2 leaked game footage | GDC 09

Once again, we have come across some more leaked game footage from GDC, this time of Uncharted 2. The first entry into the series was one of the best games on the Playstation 3, and still stands out as a superb action/adventure title, especially since it was a new IP. Following the info so far on the sequel, we find Nathan Drake up to his ears in another treasure adventure; Drake will definitely be somewhere cold, but at the same time, you can bet he'll be under fire. Think about that one!

So here is that leaked footage from one of the most highly-anticipated eagerly-awaited games of the fall season.

And the official trailer, in case you missed it.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Girls playing Wii? NSFW? Oh Yeah!

What more can i say but just press play, and hope no one catches you watching this, as I am sure there is some sort of creepy factor to finding joy in this clip.

Impressive gameplay footage of Batman Arkham Asylum from GDC 09

We're becoming more and more impressed with the possibility of this game kicking all sorts of ass. The more I see of it, it looks like Rocksteady is really upping the production on this game, and they're setting out to make a true Batman title. Not tied to any movie, just the lore of the comics, this is going to be one hell of a ride!

Game director, Sefton Hill is the narrator on the video, taking you through a bit of some "challenge rooms", which gives you a sense of how good this game looks, but more importantly, how it will play.

I can't wait to get my hands/batarangs on this one! Thanks to Kotaku for the vid, and be sure to check out the latest trailer of the game from earlier this month

Squenix is buying Lara Croft!

In a not so surprising move, Square Enix has been given the green light on their buyout of Eidos. In a meeting today, over 85% of the shareholders accepted the bid offered by Square Enix at 32 pence per share. Personally, I find it a little interesting that the Final Fantasy house, will take over the Tomb Raider, and Hitman franchises (to name the biggest hits). Will a Japanese Publisher be able to improve on these games with such an established legacy? Or will they start by giving Lara some spiky hair?

All joking aside, this is actually good news for fans, as too many developers have had to close their doors as of late, and that doesn't help any of us.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Did someone hear a tweet? | Now we're Twittering

Start following us on Twitter! Do it for your health and prosperity!

There's very little needed to be said here; you know what Twitter is, and we're doing it, so you should follow. Easy as 1...2...3

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway $8 (PC) $37 (Xbox 360/PS3)

Attention all gamers! We will always post on any good deals that we see on the interwebs for you. We don't get anything out of the deal, just letting YOU know when there's a worthwhile deal to be had.

Newegg has Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for the PC, for $8 including free shipping. (Thanks to SlickDeals for the tip)

Now we don't normally do a lot of posts on PC games, but this title is also available on Xbox 360 and PS3 - for only $36.99 with free shipping, either way, not a bad deal.

Modern Warfare 2 dropping names on November 10, 2009

In a world gone mad with name changes (Bioshock 2, is it, or is it NOT: Sea of Dreams), Infinity Ward and Activision have decided to zig, when others zag. Instead of adding a subtitle, they're just USING the subtitle!

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the first in the COD series to be, well modernized. To me, this made the game worth playing - as we've all been 'round the WWII horn a few times before. Well then they followed that up, but taking a step back, thematically at least with the release of Call of Duty 5: World At War.

Being that COD 4 was the juggernaut that it was, they had to do a sequel, but at this point, you surely can't call it Call of Duty 4:2, or Call of Duty 4.2, or even Call of Duty 4 squared. That would just confuse most people, and people might think it suddenly turned into a edutainment title about mathematics.

So they bucked the trend, and dropped the COD altogether, and now we wait for Modern Warfare 2. It's deploying on November 10th, so it will be sandwiched right in there before the holidays, and I'm sure it will sell a boat-load, likely on par with how many sands are on the beach or hairs on your head.

Check out the teaser site and trailer

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Act Quickly - God of War 3 footage!!!

There is no time for clever writing in this post, no way. Instead, time is of the essence, as we've come across some leaked footage of God of War III (from GDC) over on youtube. We're not sure how long this will be up, but since it's hosted on youtube and not our servers, we're fine sharing it with you. Embed away!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New 3D Bionic Commando in stores May 19th

Surely in a move to overshadow the Nintendo Press Release this morning, Capcom announced today that the eagerly-anticipated Bionic Commando will ship on May 19th for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. (A PC version will follow shortly after).

Many of you have probably played the fantasic remake of Bionic Commando: Rearmed that was released to both the XBLA and PSN last summer. This time, they're taking it to the third-dimension, and you'll get to bionically grapple and fly over your landscape taking out enemies with bionic precision. I must say that the game does look promising.

We'll post a review if we can get a copy from Capcom, until then, enjoy the screenshots, and don't forget to pre-order the game from the following retailers depending on the bonus you want!

GameCrazy - Preorder Bonus (Lunchbox)
Gamestop/EBgames - Preorder Bonus (Patches)
Capcom Online - Preorder Bonus (Comic book)

Wii owners, decorate your TV with Peeps for Easter

Yes, I am referring to the ever so festive Easter Peeps. The attached instruction video shows that the Wii sensor bar is not needed in order to use your remote. All you need at two peeps on top of your TV and you are ready to go.

Though it does not work quite as effectively as the sensor bar, it does in fact still work. So cheers to the guy with way too much time on his hands for providing the interwebs with this useless bit of information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Goodbye Rice, Hello Realism...Need For Speed Bringing it Back

So EA had announced a while back that the Need For Speed Franchise was getting a face lift. Well a few months have passed and no one seems to really care that more Need For Speed games were going to be targeting teenage boys hoping to deck out their Hyundai Tiburon or Honda Civic with neon lights and a cold air intake thinking it would transform into this amazing tuner that could somehow beat a Nissan Skyline.

With that rant aside, I checked the stories from GDC today to see that Need for Speed: Shift is one of the headlines of a very common blog site, and immediately think, "oh shit, not again", while pressing play to see the below preview of the new racing sim entry.

To my surprise, the game looks somewhat promising. Real cars without the neon lights and window tinting, could it be that EA is bringing the franchise back in the direction of Hot Pursuit? I can only dream.

Be sure to check out the clip, as you won't be disappointed. EA is also working on Need for Speed: World Online for the PC, a free to play MMO racer...really?!?!? Hey if its free to play can it really hurt to try?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Resident Evil DLC coming...eventually.

Out of all of the recent games that have been released, I have yet to see a company release a game with only a single player mode, only to release the multiplayer aspect "shortly" afterwards, at a fee to the consumer.

I can say that is a good thing that the DLC is only 5 dollars, as opposed to Gears 2 map pack available shortly after release for 10 dollars. The other issue with this, is that Capcom had planned on releasing the multiplayer pack "shortly" after release, but also stated today that it had been pushed back to April 9th in Japan, with no word on when it will be available in North America.

Lets hope that the singleplayer mode can hold me over until the DLC multiplayer is released, and the pack is worth the additional money, or else this will be yet another game to get traded into Gamestop for half of what I paid for.

Stand-alone Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock

On May 19th, it's time to revisit the classics. Classic Rock, that is! Harmonix and MTV games just announced the impending release of a new Track Pack titled "Classic Rock". The title will work with both Rock Band 1 and Rock Band 2, and is set to release on all major platforms. If you happen to have an Xbox 360 or PS3, (and why don't you?), then you'll be given the option of playing directly from the disc, or importing them to the hard drives so that they integrate directly into your Rock Band library. This is great news for owners of a PS3 with a 40+gb Hdd, an Xbox 360 with a 120gb hdd, or either with a hacked 1TB drive...otherwise, that's just more space being taken away for other more precious things, like demos. Check out the Full set list after the break

Here's the full set list (20 tracks), that can be yours on May 19th, for the low, low price of $29.99.

Complete Track List:

Artist Song Title Decade

1. Boston Peace of Mind 1976
2. Boston Rock and Roll Band 1976
3. Dead Kennedys California Uber Alles 1987
4. Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia 1987
5. Free All Right Now 1970
6. George Thorogood & the Bad to the Bone
Destroyers 1982
7. James Gang Funk #49 1970
8. Jethro Tull Hymn 43 1971
9. Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule 1989
10. Pat Benatar Hit Me With Your Best Shot 1980
11. The Police Can't Stand Losing You 1978
12. The Police Truth Hits Everybody 1978
13. Rush Closer to the Heart 1977
14. Rush Red Barchetta 1981
15. Siouxsie and The Banshees Kiss Them For Me 1991
16. Steve Miller Band Take the Money and Run 1976
17. Steve Miller Band The Joker 1973
18. The Stone Roses Love Spreads 1994
19. The Who Baba O'Riley 1971
20. The Who Behind Blue Eyes 1971

**All 20 tracks utilize original master recordings**

Price: $29.99 MSRP

XBLA Wednesday | UNO RUSH

Get ready to scream UNO! this wednesday when Microsoft releases the new UNO RUSH to the Xbox Live Arcade. The sequel to the number-one selling XBLA title UNO, and priced to move at 799+1 Microsoftian points, you too can play your family and friends and other casual players who do not cuss you out on XBLA. Seriously, these games are almost 100% guaranteed to not have children using the annonimity of the interwebs to verbally abuse your eardrums, as a title like this won't even show up on their radar.

That's good news for families, and Kirk Cameron fans!

***In full disclosure, Uno is actually alot of fun - play it, or else!

GDC Starts today (GDC)

There are a few key confrences a year in the industry that serve as platforms for big news and announcements. The first of which, begins today! The Game Developers Conference (or GDC for short) is underway at the Moscone Center, in San Francisco. Now, the press release indicates a number of key points that the conference will focus on, from lectures, panels, summits, even an Award Ceremony will occur on Wednesday. But in reality...we want the goods! What has Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony (alphabetically ordered fanboys) been holding back to unleash on us? Will we see a PS3 price drop? Will Nintendo have any new Mario or Zelda to show or annouce? Will Microsoft unveil new features to add to the current NXE?

Time will be our ally in this pursuit of knowledge, and we will be yours. Stay tuned to mashbuttons for all the latest and greatests of news and updates as they come in over the next week.

All GDC-related news will be indicated with a (GDC) designation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

House of the Dead: Over-effing-kill!

So Guinness decided to take the time to count the number of time the F-bomb was dropped throughout the game of House of the Dead: Overkill. Just shy of 200 times, HotD: Overkill, makes the player rather fluent to the already universal word.

For anyone interested, the game has your normal game mode and once you play through, the player has a director's cut, enticing the player to play through the game again. On top of that...dual wielding is available to the player after beating director's cut, with addition zombies, equalling hundreds upon hundreds effs.

What this means, is that mothers buying this game for their child, because they think the Wii is such a family friendly console, will be in for a big effing surprise. All kidding aside, this game is pretty effing fun, but after a while, this game even overuses the word, causing people to use the underused mute feature on their TVs.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Watchmen Game that could have been (NSFW)

This could possibly be the most NSFW 8-bit graphics you've ever seen! But, by the power of Greyskull, here's Dr. Manhattan swinging his giant blue dong as a weapon! That has to be illegal in at least 3 states.

In what appears to be an upcoming XBLA title*, you play as Dr. Manhattan, utilizing his magical skills of...wait, is that a light-saber dong? You'll just have to watch and see. Don't miss out on the Smurfette Cameo!

*This is NOT really an XBLA title, rather sarcasm was employed in this specific arrangement of words.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Is Mass Effect 2 an Xbox 360 exclusive?

So almost 1 year ago to the day, my house was broken into. You see, the little ne'er-do-gooder made off with some pretty nice stuff, my LCD TV, our laptop, and by shock, my Xbox 360. (They failed to take my PS3 though, strange?) Anyhow, in the disc-tray of my Xbox 360 was my copy of Mass Effect, probably about a third of the way into the game. Because of these unfortunate events, I've not gone back and played Mass Effect, but I've been told I need to.

Well cut to current day and we have news of Mass Effect 2 and it's imminent release in 'early 2010' as a "sorta" Xbox 360 timed exclusive. If Matt Atwood is to believed, (and he IS from BioWare), he says "I believe we'll be Xbox 360 exclusive for at least a short period of time. We're still working out the details on that, but we've had a great relationship with Microsoft and done very well."

That being said, I'll have to go back and finish the first game before I can even worry about this. Exclusivity or not.

Do you feel it's necessary for consoles to have exclusive games? Without it, I fear we'd all get along too much. Be sure to check out the Teaser Trailer below.

Bioshock 2 Updates - Big Sisters?

We got our copy of GameInformer today, and of course the biggest news is that the reader art is top-notch! Oh wait, you didn't come here to read about the excellent 7th grade-level art did you? What's that? You want to know more about a small little game, called Bioshock 2? So do we...so we'll read the article and post a follow-up with our impressions and facts for you to review.

In the meantime, check out some of our previous posts on somethinginthesea.com and other rumors.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Battlefield Heroes Beta Key Received And Activated!

So I checked my e-mail today after work and what did I see? It was my Beta key for the Team Fortress looking shooter from EA Dice, Battlefield Heroes!

EA Dice has created Battlefield Heroes, which is a first person shooter with cartoon style...and free to play! From the first fifteen minutes after I had gotten the Beta downloaded, I was able to customize my character to my likings, and get some practice with the controls.

I did not get into a multiplayer game, but while I was waiting for the multiplayer session I got an entertaining tutorial showing me controls, along with familiarizing myself with the vehicles available. Now it is time to get online to see how this toon war fps really is, and hopefully it will be open to all shortly.

Marvel to be MMO of the next decade

Ironically, to be announced tomorrow, but somehow all over the internet tonight is that Marvel has signed with Gazillion Entertainment to produce Marvel licensed MMO's for the next ten years.

Wall Street Journal made the announcement this evening stating all Marvel characters are part of this deal but will in no way affect games currently in production including licensed heroes, such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. The first of the decade of MMO's is set to release next year as a comeback to the Sony exclusive, DC Universe Online.

Now, if we all remember, there was a game similar to be released which included the mashing of MMO and Marvel licensed characters that just disappeared from the radar. Well, here is to hoping that this is a success for the mysterious publisher, and that we still get Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Keep your eyes pealed for tomorrows announcement.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Now who's looking for a Resident Evil Deal? (Gamedeals) (Update)

***Update: 3/17 - This deal is now expired***

If you're in the market for a brand new shiny game-disc that happens to have data burned on it of the Resident Evil:5 variety, you may want to point your compass to your local Toys'R'Us. They are offering a $20 gift card with the purchase of the game (on either PS3 or Xbox 360). So a free $20 gift card just for stopping in and saying hello to Geoffrey (the giraffe). You're going to pay full-price anywhere else, so if a Toys'R'Us isn't too far out of your way, walk right up and plunk down your $60, and use the $20 they give you back, to extend your Polly Pocket collection. Time if of the essensce, as you'll see this deal is ONLY good from 03/13/2009 - 03/14/2009. Godspeed to you!

Oh, and by the way...Tell 'em I sent ya. Trust me, they'll know what you mean.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Super Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Turbo HD Remix?

I just stumbled upon an interview with videogamer.com and Capcom's Christian Svensson, VP of Business Development and Strategic Planning. Little to my surprise, the fighter/comic fanboy wet dream was brought up, Marvel vs Capcom 2.

The fighter crossover that was was originally released to the XBox in 2002 has a large fanboy following and since the release of the 360, the question has come up numerous times as to whether we would see a sequel, XBLA release, or XBox original download. Well the people at Capcom must find it amusing to tease us with bringing up the game in interviews and not providing with a solid yes or no, however, fans of the series have found that the ESRB had earlier rated the game for both the XBox 360 and PS3.

From the interview, Svensson, does state that a sequel has large barriers to overcome but says that they are far from done making HD remixes. What this means is don't hold your breath for a sequel but you may want to hold your breath for a remix, but keep in mind how long we had to wait for SSF2THDR.

Until then, there is always the trusty Dreamcast version, the buggy XBox version on the 360, or the PS2 version to tide you over until this fighter rises again.

Batman: Arkham Asylum - NEW TRAILER

Because watching The Dark Knight wasn't enough, you want to actually play as the caped crusader. And who can blame you. Though this entry isn't based on the recent movie franchise reboot, but relying more on the stories of the Comics, rest assured it's dark!

The new trailer for the game is set to air on MTV tonight, but they've put it out early on the interwebs that we all love so dearly. Check it out while you can, this one is hotter than a stick that is on fire!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Download Crystal Defenders for an XBLA two-fer

Since today is XBLA Wednesday, we have come to expect a new game to add to our libraries. The best part of today's release, is it's a twofer! We've already posted on the rainbow-loving unicorn, ball-dropping awesomeness that is Peggle, earlier today, but does that mean we should neglect the latest from Square Enix?

From Xbox Live:

Crystal Defenders is a strategy game in which players deploy jobs from FINAL FANTASY Tactics A2 to fend off encroaching enemy hordes. Players can enjoy over 300 stages of action in one of three different game versions. W1will teach game basics. W2 introduces Power Crystals which allow for deeper, more detailed strategies. The complex maps of W3 will challenge even the most seasoned players.

While we've seen a number of these "build-tower/defend base from waves of attackers" games, a lot of them are of the generic variety. It's nice to see a developer come in and give us a solid strategy title that's easy to pick up and play, but challenging as well. More importantly, wrap that up in a familiar setting with familiar characters.

Like Peggle before it, Crystal Defenders will only set you back 800 points...so a good way to use up a 1600 point card today people. By the way, the title is also available for iPhone 3G/iPod touch for $7.99 through Apple's App Store - if you have to have this title on-the-go.

Queue it up here, or here

Peggle is out for XBLA TODAY!!!

The best game combining unicorns and rainbows is coming to an Xbox 360 near you Today! That's right, PEGGLE is now available for download on your Xbox, if you have access to the interwebs, which, if you're reading this message, you do. The game, which has been a PC and handheld staple for the past few years, is 800 of those Microsoft-ian points. That's $10 to the laymen among us.

Trust me when I say this, if you are looking for a puzzle-type game that will entertain you for hours, you cannot do wrong by getting this game. And really, who doesn't love games that feature unicorns and rainbows and other various magic. The game has been available for a while on the PC, which now is on sale through Pop-Cap for only $5, however, you won't get any multiplayer action with all your Xbox Live friends.

You can click on the following link and queue up your download, you won't be disappointed

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Boom Blox Bash, the reason wrist straps were made!

Anyone that has been to my place, knows that Boom Blox will most likely be whipped out and everyone is expected to participate. With what started as a "gift" for the child, ended up being the game played after a couple drinks, to settle a dispute, or even kill a little time while our wifes are at a baby shower along with rarely being ejected from my Wii.

Where am I going with this? Well, I recently stumbled upon the below trailer for Boom Blox Bash Party and that means more party games, more single player levels, and of course hoping our blocks and balls take out the cute little creatures.

The sequel to the EA/Spielberg original, Boom Blox, is scheduled to be released on May 19th, 2009. The new release boasts the destruction of over 400 new levels through the single player gameplays and the ever addicting multiplayer party games.gameplay.

"Survivor" being added to survivor horror?

Steam has previously made announcements of their free DLC to be coming to their frantic first person survival shooter, Left 4 Dead. Even though my copy of the game has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust, I am quite sure i will be shouting "reloading" into my headset soon enough.

The DLC pack is said to bring 2 new campaigns to versus mode and an all new game mode...horde!...wait thats not it...Survivor! Thats more like it. Survivor is similar to the horde multiplayer mode from Gears of War 2, except with out waiting for matchmaking, lag, and all the other suck included in Gears 2 multiplayer. For those unfamiliar with what I am laying down, survivor mode reunites the quartet again, except this time against the clock to see just how long a team can fight off waves of zombies.

Valve has not issued a release date as of yet, however it is rumored to be sometime in April. Until then, you can enjoy this little teaser clip of the awesomeness to come.

BioShock's Big Sisters?

Okay we've been talking about it the past few days, Bioshock 2 is all up on the proverbial radar. Each day reveals a new sweep over at Somethinginthesea.com, but today we've learned of some pretty damn cool news (confirmation). The new Big Daddy, is actually a Big Sister? Believed to be tall, thin and much faster than her counterpart, here is the first image from the upcoming cover of Game Informer's April issue.

Expect alot more information to start pouring in, this is huge, and we're excited. Keep checking out the viral site, and stay tuned to Mashbuttons.com for all the latest news as it develops on this one.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Something in the "Sea of Dreams"

If i could only be excited about one game this year, it would without a doubt be Bioshock 2, Sea of Dreams. Especially being that the original game was the sole reason of purchasing my 360, and having beat it within a week, Bioshock created a console fanboy.

With the game's new viral site, somethinginthesea.com, dropping subtle hints to the sequel's back story, it is hard not to check it daily for new content. Whether it be articles regarding red lights in the water, ghost subs, or a missing child, the viral site brings you enough to start pinching pennies to purchase the 3rd quarter 2009 release.

I am anxiously waiting for GDC just see see if there will be any news regarding this sequel, along with possible screen shots, and game play videos.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"The Pitt" release closing in

The newest of the Fallout 3 expansions, "The Pitt", is getting oh so much closer to it's March 24th release date.

With 4 to 5 hours of gameplay, the expansion will last less than a night after I learned by putting numerous hours into the base game the first time through. But with the price of 800 Microsoft Points, it is going to be hard trying to talk yourself out of this purchase. Throughout this gem of a city, you will have to pick a side, the slaves or the raider overlord, which will prove not dificult, yet highly entertaining, when executed with the rotary auto axe!

Looks like it is about time to pull the game out, blow the dust off, and kiss sleep goodbye.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SBK 09...Crotch rockets without the road rash

The new super bike racing sim for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 is due to hit the shelves March 10th, and with the very attractive price tag of $29.99, who needs a better reason to get their fix of 2 wheeled racing?

The newest racing entry from Conspiracy Entertainment and Black Bean Games is bringing racing enthusiasts fully licensed tracks, riders, parts, accessories and motorcycles in the form of arcade and simulation-focused gameplay. The cherry on top? Well how about getting on line with eight other bikers and wiping the floor with them.

Another feature that caught my eye is the ability to tune motorcycles in the form of suspension, gearing, tires, and braking throughout the racing championship to meet the needs of the courses and conditions.

Race fans; get ready to start your engines!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Why, oh why, does the PC get a Street Fighter 4/MadCats joypad bundle

Answer me this Capcom!!! Being the only fan of fighting games in Fungdark, I have been holding off on raving about Street Fighter 4, mainly because of the flaming to be receive shortly afterwards.

But here it is, almost 2 weeks after Capcom's Street Fighter 4 was released, I have logged a hefty 20 hours into brushing up on skills lost, unlocking characters and fighting people from all over.

My only gripe about the game is trying to perform an ultra combo repeatedly to finish my opponent, but the Xbox controller just won't recognize the move sequence. Shortly before the release of this game MadCatz release a couple fighter friendly entries in the form of a joypad and two joysticks.

Now these releases could not have come at a better time, but the price tag on the joysticks and the lack of bundles were just not incentive enough for me to save my thumbs from cramps and pains. Just a couple weeks too late, Capcom stated they are considering a bundle which includes the PC version of the game along with the MadCatz fighting joypad.

Thanks a lot Capcom, at least it was not a Playstation 3 exclusive.

Major Nelson (Major Nelson!)

Have you met Larry?

If you're an Xbox 360 fan, or really a fan of video games at all, you've probably heard of Xbox Live's Major Nelson. Larry Hryb's alter-ego dishes out Xbox information straight from Microsoft, and in the process, cements himself as the poster-boy for Xbox itself. He not only has his own site, www.majornelson.com, but he also finds time to twitter, record a weekly podcast and shoot videos for Xbox Live's "Inside Xbox" feature on your console. I mention him, as a precursor of sorts, as there will be many a future post directing you to his site, and/or he'll be referenced for some great news.

Today he provides this little nugget of info, This week on Xbox Live Arcade: Watchmen - The end is nigh. I'm not sure what to think of this one, as alot of the web seems pretty dissapointed, especially going into this Friday's huge release! As of now, we don't get any advanced copies of games to review, but we're hoping that changes, for you, dear reader, and for us as well.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Major Nelson's site, and since we're on the subject, make sure you watch "How I met your mother" tonight...unless you're Mike :)