Archive for May, 2009

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GameTrailers

May 29, 2009

Well E3 is coming up and I really should do some form a coverage but unfortunately I don’t have the time so I’m gonna have to tell you to go to GameTrailers to get all your E3 coverage. Sorry about that.

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Third time’s a charm…

May 27, 2009

Yes that’s right the Kojima countdown has finished again and is again replaced by another one. Though this looks like it will be the last one and ends of the first day of E3 and the day of Microsoft’s E3 conference. This time though, something more than a few letters have been revealed. Yes there were letters revealed (P and R) but a picture of Big Boss flashes up. A picture of a young Big Boss similar to the one from Metal Gear Solid 3 and Portable Ops.

Big Boss

 

This pretty much confirms that it is a Metal Gear Solid game and that it has to be a prequel to MGS4. It could be a sequel to Portable Ops. Of course it could just be a character who looks like Big Boss and is going to star in a new game. I wouldn’t put that past Kojima to be honest. Another picture of a character was revealed in Famitsu.

Famitsu scan

 

We see someone else there beside Big Boss there but who is it? You may be thinking it is Raiden because there are resemblances but I don’t think it is. First of all how could young Big Boss and Ninja Raiden ever meet? So unless this game is half prequel and half sequel it’s very unlikely. Secondly it looks similar to Raiden but not identical,you can see that it is someone else. Who else is blond and looks like a ninja? Gray Fox. I think it could be Gray Fox. [Spoilers] In Portable Ops Big Boss has to fight Null who was Gray Fox/Frank Jaeger. [Spoilers End] Famitsu also reported that there is a new MGS game coming to both PSP and PS3 so it would make sense to be Portable Ops 2. We will just have to wait until Kojima says something himself though.

Update: It could be a remake of Metal Gear or Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.

Update 2: Apparently the translated Famitsu scan reveals that it is actually a game set at the same time as MGS4 involving Raiden and it focuses on the picture of Big Boss who isn’t actually Big Boss. It is said to be set in a different place with no Metal Gears. I can’t confirm or deny this though, it’s just rumour.

Update 3: Normally I would type this out but Ineed to be doing some stuff. Check out what IGN have to say – here.

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Noby Noby Boy Review

May 26, 2009

Noby Noby Boy

Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Platform: PlayStation Network
Genre: Adventure (Not really but it’s the closest thing to it)
Players: 1
Release Date: 19th February 2009 (Worldwide)
Price: £3.19

Noby Noby Boy is an interesting game to say the least. It is made by the same people who made the Katamari games so you know that it’s going to be about something crazy. Yes, Noby Noby Boy is about something crazy; you control BOY who appears to be chewing gum. But what can chewing gum do? Well nothing really but BOY is different and can stretch and eat and fly and poop (kind of) amongst a few other things. It’s hard to describe Noby Noby Boy though because of how unique and different it is.

There is no main objective in Noby Noby Boy. After doing the tutorial, which is only a few minutes long, you will be able to do as you wish. You are just left in the randomly generated map to play about and have fun, without being told what to do. So what do you do? Well the first thing I done was moved about and tried to get to grips with the game. You control both the head and the (How do I put this) arse of BOY. You can move each one in any direction you choose, you can make one side of him tighten up so it doesn’t move, you can make them fly into the air and you can also eat items with the head and poop them out with the arse.  If you move one side (e.g. the head), the other side (the arse)  will follow when BOY has stretched out but if you make one side stick the spot, it will allow BOY to stretch and get longer. The same rules apply to going into the air; the side will follow unless it is stuck to the ground.

So that’s the basic mechanics of Noby Noby Boy. After I learned how to control BOY I was left to do what I wanted because, like I said before, there isn’t much of an objective. The only form of objective is to stretch and then upload your length. The one thing I like about this is that when someone uploads their BOY’s length, it will be added to the total length of GIRL. GIRL is basically a big, unplayable version of BOY. GIRL gets longer when people upload BOYS length. GIRL acts as a bridge between planets. Originally the only planet available was Earth but now the Moon is available and if enough players keep on uploading their score more planets will be added. Unfortunately though, there isn’t much of a difference between the Earth and the Moon. They are basically just different backgrounds with different looking items in the map. Stretching and uploading is the main part of Noby Noby Boy but if you just want to mess around and eat items/people then poop them out it can still be enjoyable.

The main appeal of Noby Noby Boy is the price which is an absolute bargain at £3.19. Noby Noby Boy will probably only keep you entertained for a few hours but it is still a great price. Even though it is a bargain, it won’t keep you busy for very long. Yes it may be extremely original and fun but after the first few hours the repetitiveness of the gameplay becomes more apparent.

After you have stretched BOY about for a bit, played a few of the randomly generated maps, played about with the inhabitants (If you are long enough, they will jump on you and go for a ride) and just generally messed around it gets a little boring. I need to point out though that some people won’t mind this and will happily continue to play it. If you enjoy being creative and finding new and wackier ways to stretch BOY then you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

One other feature I want to mention before finishing the review is the recording feature. You can record yourself as you play the game which I think is great little addition. You can choose the quality of the video and even set it for the YouTube settings.

Noby Noby Boy deserves credit for being original and unique. It doesn’t need to rely on other genres of gaming and it is a completely different experience from every other game out there. Its fun for the first few hours but the lack of a challenge (You can’t die), a progressive objective and repetitive gameplay bring it down slightly. It managed to get the score it got for being so unique and for being great value for money.

+ Incredibly original – unlike anything you have played before
+ A bargain at £3.19

– Gets repetitive after a while
– The gameplay isn’t anything special

7/10

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More Metroid Prime for the Wii

May 24, 2009

Samus_1

Nintendo have announced that they are going to release the Metroid Prime Trilogy onto the Wii. This Trilogy will contain both Gamecube games, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, along with the Wii game, Metroid Prime 3 :Corruption. It is currently scheduled for August this year. All the games will be released on the same Wii disc and they will contain 480p support, Widescreen and will utilize the same control system of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck.

The only Metroid Prime I have played is the DS one so I’m really looking forward to playing this.

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The countdown has finished… only to be replaced with another freakin timer!

May 22, 2009

The Kojima countdown finished at 2 a.m. this morning and has now started again. There were a few changes this time though. The “5” is still apparent in the countdown but a “3”, an “e” and an “E” are also there now. The “e” and the  “3” will probably mean e3 but I don’t know what the “E” could mean. This time I got pictures courtesy of Codey47 the fabulous moderator over at PlayStation Revamped so make sure you sign up and post to say thanks. He also came up with the title.

Note: To view the pics in full size, you must click on the thumbnails then click on them again.

I would also like to point out that the “April 2007” that popped up in the previous countdown meant nothing. When making the teaser site they used the teaser site for the film Grindhouse as a template which had April 2007 at the bottom of it. So they just forgot to remove it.

Update: A new theory with the letters are that the “e” could mean @ since it is a digital font. This could mean 5@E3. 5 games at E3? An E3 conference at 5? MGS5 at E3? Who knows?

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Project Trico – The new game from Team ICO

May 20, 2009

Finally! After a long wait Team ICO have released some screenshots and footage of their newest game, Project Trico. Here are some of the released screenshots and the rest can be found here.

As well as that there is a new trailer which looks magical.

This is definitely one to keep watching.

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Fallout DLC Galore!

May 19, 2009

The Pitt

Bethesda have announced that there will be two more Downloadable episodes of Fallout 3 coming this year. The first add on will be released towards the end of June and is called Point Lookout. Nothing much is known about what it will add to Fallout except for a big swamp. The second add on will arrive a month later and is known as Mothership Zeta. In this one you get abducted by aliens which sounds interesting. Both sets of DLC are timed exclusives to Xbox 360 and PC and will are priced at 800 Microsoft points.

As well as the new DLC Bethesda also announced that all of the DLC, old and new, will be coming to PS3. Operation Anchorage will be coming some time in June and The Pitt and Broken Steel will follow.

To top it off Bethesda announced a Game of the Year edition and DLC retail packs. The Game of the Year edition of Fallout 3 will contain all of the current downloadable content as well as the new stuff and will be available on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3.It is scheduled for October and will cost £40 on consoles and £30 on PC. The first retail DLC bundle will contain Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt and will be released on the 12th of June (Prototype also comes out in EU then). A second pack which will contain Broken Steel and Point Lookout should arrive some time in August.