• Stranger’s Wrath to Get a Remake

    Just Add Water have revealed that they are remaking their previous classic, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, this time for the PS3 via the Playstation Network.

    The developers have worked closely with Oddworld creators Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna to faithfully recreate the 2005 award winning hit.

    Enhancements include 720p visuals, greater character details, re-mastered dialogue, self-shadowing and normal mapping, Playstation Move support as well as new bonus material that is yet to be revealed.

    “Since word got out that we’ve been working with Oddworld Inhabitants there have been many rumours circulating about what we’re working on,” said Stewart Gilray, Managing Director of JAW.

    “Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath is the first project in what we believe will be a long and fruitful relationship. Having the chance to update this great title and release it on PS3 is just a brilliant opportunity, not least for us, but for the fans too.”

    Sadly there is no word of an Xbox 360 release as of yet, ironic considering Stranger’s Wrath was a Xbox only exclusive. Still, Playstation owners better save up their hard earned moolah.

     
  • Official Nintendo Magazine Interviews Takashi Iizuka on Sonic The Hedgehog 4

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    Let’s be honest, SEGA hasn’t released a Sonic game with this much anticipation since the Dreamcast days. It seems to be well deserved as they are taking the franchise back to where it belongs, a fun and fast-paced 2D side-scrolling style similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Expect Sonic 4 to hit WiiWare, Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this summer.

    The Official Nintendo Magazine of Europe’s forum community posted questions to SEGA’s Takashi Iizuka, the Project Lead for Sonic The Hedgehog 4. Iizuka was the Director of Sonic Adventure as well as the Lead Game Designer for NiGHTS into Dreams.

    Read the full interview after the jump.

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  • Peggle, Reviewed [PSN]

    Ask what game I’ve played more than any other over the past year and the answer would have to be Peggle. As puzzle games go, the simple but addictive peg smashing gameplay makes a good first impression. 4 hours later, you’ll be addicted to the fast paced, but tactical game from Pop Cap-developers of the much acclaimed Plants vs. Zombies and Bejewelled. With versions appearing on every major platform, from iPhone to XBLA to Steam, Is there room for a PlayStation Network version of the puzzler?

    In a word, yes. If you’ve played any other version of Peggle before, don’t be expecting much new here. The adventure and challenge modes have been pulled straight from the PC version, direct copies ranging from the special abilities available in each stage, to the peg layouts themselves. The challenge mode still has you knocking huge numbers of orange pegs (The stage ending once you hit them all), or facing 1 on 1 battles against increasingly more difficult adversaries to name just two examples of the many challenges available.

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  • Massive Just Cause 2 Demo This March For PSN and XBL

    Coming soon to PSN and Xbox Live is the Just Cause 2 demo, which will be released on March 4th, 2010. It promises “a massive 35 square miles of the Lautan Lama Desert, a vast expanse of stunning, sun-scorched scenery taking up just one of the many islands in the 400 square miles of the Panau archipelago.”

    Square Enix also states that the demo is “packed with towns, villages, military installations, mountain ranges, missions and more, the demo will feature an astonishing amount of activities for the player… and opportunities for adrenaline-fuelled chaos are limitless.”

    Hunt down and assassinate one of the game’s 50 military colonels; devastate military bases, bio fuel chambers, government infrastructure and more; hijack tuk tuks, military 4×4s, armoured vehicles, mopeds, helicopter gunships, light aircraft, mini vans and numerous other military and civilian vehicles; freefall from desert outcrops or from burning planes at 20,000 feet; and unlock one full, multi-stage mission, traversing the mountains to a heavily fortified government radar station and ending in an unforgettable desert car chase.

    “The Just Cause 2 demo is simply massive and with so much to do, the replay value is enormous,” said Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studios. “It’s easily one of the biggest free roaming demos of all time and for fans of open world games, it’s unmissable.”

    Look out for the Just Cause 2 demo, available March 4th, 2010, on PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and Steam.

     
  • VidZone Impressions (PS3)

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    Since the release of the PS3, Sony has continued its push to expand PS3′s functionality through a mixture of hardware and software apps.  Over the last year we’ve seen the release of Home, Life With Playstation, PlayTV, and now we have a new on-demand music video service: VidZone.

    VidZone is a completely free application currently hosting over 10,000 music videos which are streamable directly to your PS3.  VidZone CTO Michael Russo describes it as “not just about giving music fans access to thousands of music videos, but offering a completely interactive and personalised music experience”.  It sounds good, but is it better than what the PS3 already has on offer?

    The download is a tiny 23MB from the PlayStation Store, and once installed it sits neatly at the top of the Music section on the XMB.  Initial setup is a bit of a laborious process, but within about 10 minutes you should be up and running, able to listen to the excellent selection of songs on offer.  Videos range impressively from live recordings of bands such as Metallica, to current chart-toppers like Dizzee Rascal and Lady Gaga. Read more ›

     
  • Flower Hits PSN on February 12th

    Thatgamecompany is set to unleash its serene, beautiful, utterly hypnotizing downloadable game on an unsuspecting chainsaws-and-zombies-obsessed public early next month, according to a posting from company president Kellee Santiago on the official Playstation blog.

    The Playstation Network has been host to a handful of unusually creative games, including thatgamecompany’s extremely successful title, flOw.  And it appears that the developer’s new offering doesnt’ stray far from flOw‘s weird and wonderful formula.

    Described by Santiago as “an exploration into the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity,” Flower defies easy classification. Each level of the game takes place inside the dream of a flower, with players given control of the wind. The objective is to collect all of the flowar petals as you soar through the air and between blades of grass.  See what we mean about defying easy classication?

    At any rate, Flower is gorgeous, different, and one of our most anticipated games of the first quarter.  Fans of flOw, Braid, and PixelJunk Eden just might have found their new favorite game. It lands on the PS3 on February 12th.

     
  • NHL 3-on-3 Arcade

    You remember playing hockey with the buddies on a frozen pond.

    That small-game scrum vibe, the 3-on-3 action, the goalie with pillows for pads to guard him against the speeding rubber puck.

    3 on 3 NHL Arcade is a no rules, fast-paced downloadable game coming to Xbox Live Arcade (800MS Points) and PlayStation Network ($9.99) in February, 2009.

    EA Sports promises ruthless checks, exaggerated player models, and the ability to lay a bodycheck down on goaltenders (something prohibited in hockey).  They’ve included 40 NHL stars, with representation from every team.  There are 30 teams in the National Hockey League, so we’ve used our limited math skills to deduce that some teams will have multiple players.

    Players can use the “Skill Stick” controls from NHL 09 or a button layout (no word on how many of the controller’s buttons will be used, but we are guessing EA will keep it to a minimum to accommodate new players).

    [3 on 3] NHL Arcade is perfect for sports fans who want to experience the thrill of NHL hockey at a great value without worrying about the rules of the sport,”

    said Dave McCarthy, Vice President of EA Sports.

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  • The Punisher: No Mercy coming Exclusively to PlayStation Network

    “We’re calling the game The Punisher: No Mercy because that’s exactly what it is – merciless. For the first time on consoles, you’ll see the Marvel Universe through a first-person perspective in some intense arena-based multiplayer action.”

    -Zen Studios.

    Zen Studios is making a first person shooter in Marvel’s The Punisher universe, using the Unreal Engine 3, for PlayStation Network. Downloaded games are increasing in popularity, and here’s another example of what’s on the horizon.

    No indication yet on whether a single player game exists or how long it is, but a multiplayer-only game is a smart move for a downloadable game, with endless replayability in a bite-sized package. Anyone who can download it is already connected to the internet, so there’s no barrier to entry on this experience (a fear of developers bringing multiplayer-only games to retail). If you hate playing online, maybe Zen will give us bots.

     
  • Mega Man 9, Dated

    Mega Man exploded onto the gaming scene in 1987, and will soon be exploding onto the scene again, in downloadable form.

    Mega Man 9 will be available through Wii Ware on September 22, PlayStation Network on September 25, and Xbox Live Arcade October 1.  Three unique dates for the major platforms.

    Capcom started a sentence in their press email with “Please have fun playing Mega Man 9, and when you inevitably ponder why this game is so freaking hard…”  They’ve admitted difficulty beforehand, you may be at home if old-school challenge is your cup of tea.

     
  • WipEout HD Coming Very Soon

    While it feels like the first HD incarnation of Sony’s exceedingly popular WipEout series was announced ages ago, the painful wait for the game is about to end. No, we’re serious.

    Over on the official PlayStation blog, Sony has announced that WipEout HD, the downloadable title to possibly end all downloadable titles, will hit the Playstation Network on September 25th. Yes, that’s this month. And no, it won’t punch a Siren-sized hole in your wallet in exchange for playing it. Priced at $20 US, WipEout HD comes in cheaper than WipEout Pulse, and at a fraction of the PSP-induced carpal tunnel discomfort.

    Hit the jump for the full press release and some gorgeous new screens.

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