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  • Microsoft: There will be a Halo Movie

    There will be a movie, Microsoft’s Frank O’Connor said at a Halo panel at the Future of Television East conference last week.

    “We want to have Halo on any screen we have access to,” said O’Connor. After the panel, a high level network executive came up up to O’Connor and said, “We want to do something with Halo,” and O’Connor shot back, “Bring piles of money.” The executive responded, “For Halo, we will.” Someone’s been reading Nukoda.

    Someone from the New York Video Game Critics circle approached O’Conner after the panel, the first thing O’Connor said was, “There will be a Halo movie.”

    O’Connor is adamant when he says Microsoft would allow high-profile directors to make Halo their own.”If Danny Boyle wants to make a Danny Boyle-style movie, that’s great. Let Danny Boyle be Danny Boyle. We would not constrain a director.”

    O’Conner reiterated: “There will be a Halo movie. We don’t need a movie. But we’d like a movie. We’d like the moms of gamers to see the movies because they would love our characters. Maybe we’ll even fund it ourselves.” (more…)

  • LOTRO is Taking the Hobbits to Isengard in Next Expansion

    Turbine have announced the next major expansion to Lord of the Rings Online will be paying Saruman a visit with the aptly named Rise of Isengard, appearing sometime in 2011.

    Considering that the fellowship have to deal with the White Hand forces in The Two Towers this comes as no surprise but nonetheless the prospect of a siege upon the tower of Orthanc has promise for the MMO.

    In this expansion The Grey Company are making their way south through Dunland and are met by resistance from Saruman’s rising army.

    “This is going to be another outstanding year for the game as we progress on our journey toward Mordor and it all begins with our upcoming November update,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of Lord of the Rings Online. 

    “The journey will carry through 2011 ending with our arrival in the epic region of Isengard where players will confront the raging war and shadow that has spread across Middle-earth.”

    As can be expected the level cap will be raised along with a variety of new traits, virtues and moves at your disposal. The better news is that Monster Play is getting another region to fight in as well as receiving a revamp to accommodate for the new wave of free-to-play players.

    Here is the official, yet brief, trailer. Try not to cringe at the voice of Saruman, few people can have a voice as powerful as Christopher Lee’s.

  • WWE Smackdown Vs RAW 2011, Reviewed [PS3]

    In the long-running yearly tradition, the holiday season sees a new addition to THQs WWE Smackdown Vs RAW series. After vastly improving the series with the 2010 edition, can THQ take the same sort of leap , or is it more a case of refinement and tweaking this year?

    Anyone who watches wrestling understands that the completely ludicrous plot lines, involving, beatings, backstabbings, broken promises and unholy alliances are just as much a part of the WWE experience as the wrestling itself. We can be thankful then, that after a number of years developing these titles, Yukes/THQ have got this balance down to a fine art. From the start, where you’re greeted with flashing ‘NEW’ signs everywhere, you can tell that the developer loves this sport just as much as you do.

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  • Rumoured Sequel to House of the Dead: Overkill

    The one thing my Wii gets used for is light gun games. It’s the perfect console for it. So rumours of a sequel to House of the Dead: Overkill is enough to get the Wii out of the cave it is stored in and actually use it once more.

    Sources at Nintendolife have hinted that development is underway and could potentially be out for sometime early or mid 2011.

    “Details on the game are still undisclosed, but what we’ve been told is that a title codenamed House of the Dead: Overkill 2 is being worked on, which we assume is for Wii and potentially PSMove,” according to the site.

    The original game by Headstrong Games was brilliant, perfectly parodying B movies and it was surprisingly well written for a light gun game; so good I feel obliged to buy its writer a beer. Just goes to show that a shooter can be witty and not explody.

  • European Lord of the Rings Online Free-to-Play Launches Today

    While American LOTRO users have been sitting back and questing throughout Middle Earth without a care in the world, the EU lot have had to endure up until now.

    Codemasters announced that the reason for the delay was a contractual dispute that has been resolved, allowing them to press on with the release of the F2P servers today (November 2) to coincide with the launch of Book 2: Ride of the Grey Company.

    Now EU players can experience LOTRO for free, with the option to buy additional items from the in-game store. Said items are entirely optional, though in some cases they can get around some of the restrictions imposed upon free account users. Micro-transactions seem to be a profitable business model nowadays. 

    Along with this is the chance to subscribe and pay for VIP status which removes a number of hinderances such as limited quest packs as well as giving you an extra 500 Turbine Points per month to spend in store.

    The last time Turbine introduced this for Dungeons and Dragons Online they saw a swell in the number of people playing. To accommodate for this two new servers have been added for LOTRO, namely Withywindle (an English server) and Anduin (a German server).

    If you had some time on your hands or are just curious, download the game at  community.lotro-europe.com.

  • Vanquish, Reviewed [PS3, 360]

    In an industry where sequels top the chart week after week, new IP announcements place a lot of pressure on the developers to deliver a game capable of holding its own against already successful franchises. Following on from one of the best new IPs of the year so far, Bayonetta, Japanese developers Platinum Games are once again giving gamers something fresh. Can Vanquish do for the shooter genre what Bayonetta did for Third Person Action?

    If by that last statement you mean breathe some much needed fresh air into the Shooter genre, then the answer is a resounding yes. Vanquish is a third person shooter in a similar vein to Gears Of War meaning big guns and even bigger enemies. What you might not expect though is the character you take control of. Sam is not your average Space Marine, a cross between Dead Space‘s Isaac (robotic suit in tow) and Solid Snake (he’s not impartial to the odd cigarette), the most impressive aspects about him aren’t his muscles, though there are plenty of characters you’d expect to find measuring up against Marcus Fenix, but his agility. (more…)

  • Valve’s Tale of Two Scares

    It’s Halloween and Valve are in the mood for horror. In typical fashion Team Fortress 2 has rolled out the carpets with its second spooktacular fragfest, but new to the scene is the Left 4 Dead’s version of Halloween. Who does it better then?

    Let us start with TF2’s update dubbed Scream Fortress running from October 28 until November 8. This year we have another halloween themed map (Mann Manor) that is suitably dark and littered with pumpkins of the explosive and non-explosive variety. To make things interesting they have released the first official boss character who roams the map looking for easy prey. He goes by the name of the horseless headless horsemann and he’s like Saxton Hale only on steroids. Every hit is a one-hit-kill and he has no qualms with which side he kills considering he is team purple.

    The map itself is simple yet fun to roam as it sticks to a traditional haunted manor setting, along with tapping into the established canon surrounding the Mann family.

    On top of this there are random spawning gifts that appear throughout the Manor which if collected reward you with one of nine paper masks. Collect them all and you get the fabled Saxton Hale mask usable all year round. It’s a good idea that adds a new scavenger hunt dimension to the game but at the same time it does also lead to broken hearts and squabbles over who should get the ghostly gifts.

    To go with this a few new limited edition Halloween themed hats are in the store as well as a new axe for the Demoman, giving Valve a way to cash in on those few who must have every piece of headgear available. And finally there are a few new achievements.

    So what does Left 4 Dead 2 have? A new haunted forest community map and some patches to the tank that were mentioned earlier this month. It’s better than nothing but as I’ve said before the L4D team shouldn’t try and compete with the willful imagination of the TF team. They just have the better game for seasonal adaptations and comedy.

    If those two games aren’t your thing then there is also a Halloween sale on Steam. Games of particular note in the sale include Amnesia, one of the few games that has scared me in a long time, Dead Space and, for some reason, Bioshock. Happy Halloween.

  • Alan Wake The Writer DLC, Reviewed [Xbox 360]

     

    An imagination gone wild can be a dangerous thing, something which Alan Wake finds out in the final piece of DLC, The Writer.

    In a similar vein to the preceding DLC, The Signal, you find yourself trapped in the dark place struggling to hold onto your sanity amidst a landscape of warped versions of past places in Alan’s life. Remedy should be commended for the unique twisted dreamscape that you have to roam as it manages the hard task of being familar and yet so different, though just as hostile as ever if not even more.

    Alan’s break down of reality gives the team a free reign to create a variety of strange setpieces that delight and confuse. With no restraints you just have to accept that a rowing boat can materialise from nothingness with the help of a flashlight. It is just like stepping into a Dalí painting. (more…)

  • 101 in 1 Megamix Sports, Reviewed [DS]

    If there was a prize for the title that defined value for money the most, 101 in 1 Sports Megamix would be a worthy contender. That said, here at Nukoda, we stand by the idea of Quality over Quantity in our videogames of choice. Can a DS owner really need 101 different sports games squeezed onto one cartridge.

    As many of you have probably assumed, each of the vast quantity of sports ‘games’ on offer here would best be described as a ‘microgame’ none of them lasting more than say 2 minutes to play through. Nearly every base is covered, different styles of swimming, tennis, boxing, football and archery all make an appearance across the very long list of available sports. Unfortunately, only 10 of the possible 101 sports are available from the start, more unlocked as you reach target scores in other events. This adds a slight sense of progress, and the game gives you the opportunity to retry all challenges until you master them.

    That said, no matter how much time you have on some of these minigames you’ll never be able to score highly. Some, such as the baffling swimming minigame, have you tapping or rubbing across the screen to perform actions that bear no resemblance to those of your stylus. The equestrian equivalent, where your horse must jump over sets of fences is controlled through frantic rubbing across the screen, the game failing to register your movements unless you hit a certain point on the touch screen. This game is near impossible to achieve a high score in, and to be fair, this is the case with at least half of the games I spent time with here. (more…)

  • Contest: Win a Gamebook Adventures iOS game!

    Due to the generous offer of Tin Man Games, we are holding a contest here on Nukoda and on the Touch of Gaming podcast to give some copies of the 3 game book apps away. If you are like me you remember playing Fighting Fantasy and Lonewolf books as a kid. I say playing, because these books had you using dice and keeping track of your stats on a sheet of paper. At their heart there were choose your own adventure books, but with plenty more awesome.

    Tin Man games has released a new series of gamebooks to help bring back the genre, and we are giving away copies of Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes, Gamebook Adventures 2: The Siege of the Necromancer, and Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema.

    To enter simply comment on this post letting us know if you’ve ever read a choose your own adventure book before, and which of the Gamebook Adventures titles you are most interested in. Remember, you need a US iTunes store account to claim the promo codes, Apple’s rules not ours. Be sure to leave your email in the comment form so we can contact you, the winners will be contacted by Friday November 5th. Good luck!