Late Night Consoling

Well, Microsoft brought out some big guns today. Two additional Halo games in the works other than Halo 3, exclusive Grand Theft Auto content, and console exclusivity for the next Splinter Cell. That last one was a bit of a surprise, given Ubisoft's usual practice of bringing games to every conceivable platform. I wonder if they have a similar plan in the works for PlayStation 3, another "exclusive" Splinter Cell game that has different details but happens to share a good deal of details with the 360 game.
  • X06 Strikes


    Microsoft made several noteworthy announcements today during its X06 event in Barcelona. Some other details not covered in our earlier overview article follow:

    - Film director Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Forgotten Silver, The Making of "The Frighteners") and screenwriter Fran Walsh (Meet the Feebles, Jack Brown Genius, Dead Alive) will be partnering with Microsoft Game Studios to form new development studio Wingnut Interactive. Jackson and Walsh have signed an agreement to produce two Xbox 360-exclusive titles. The first will be a new game set in the Halo universe, to be co-developed by Halo creator Bungie Studios. The second will be an original Wingnut property; no details on the latter project were announced.

    - DOOM is not only coming to Xbox Live Arcade, it has arrived, and is available for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). It features four-player online and cooperative modes, both online and split-screen.

    - The Amiga version of Sensible Software's Sensible World of Soccer will be coming to Live Arcade at an unspecified date, courtesy of Codemasters. The game, first released in 1994, was a more ambitious followup to the original 1992 title Sensible Soccer.

    - Both Irrational's BioShock and Ubisoft's next Splinter Cell game following Rogue Agent were confirmed to be Xbox 360 console exclusives. Previously, it had been rumored that BioShock may be in the works for PlayStation 3 as well. Each of the two games will also be heading to PC.

  • Oblivion Engulfs PS3, PSP

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    After months of rumors that Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (X360, PC) is in the works for PlayStation 3 and PSP, it looks like confirmation has finally been obtained. According to 1UP, the November issue of Official PlayStation Magazine (published by 1UP owner Ziff Davis) contains the first preview of the games. The PS3 version will feature a new faction, the Knights of the Round, which Bethesda calls "the good Dark Brotherhood." This faction will provide a more tangible incentive for taking the moral high road, something executive producer Todd Howard pointed out as being lacking in the original game. The PSP version of the game will be entitled The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion, and will feature a new setting and story. "The Elder Scrolls Travels" is the brand used for previous mobile editions of The Elder Scrolls on cell phones and N-Gage.

  • Guitar Hero II (Officially) Coming to Xbox 360


    Publisher RedOctane today officially announced, finally, that Harmonix's Guitar Hero II (PS2) will be headed to Xbox 360. The game will feature microtransaction song downloads over Xbox Live Marketplace. No release date was given for the game; the PlayStation 2 version is slated to ship November 7.

Misc. Media/Previews


- Call of Duty 3 (X360, also PS2, Xbox, PS3, Wii).
- Crackdown (X360).
- Forza Motorsport 2 (X360).
- Gears of War (X360).
- Guitar Hero II (X360, also PS2).
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (X360, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, PS3, Wii, NDS, PSP, GBA).
- Tony Hawk's Project 8 (X360, also PS2, Xbox, PS3, PSP).
- Virtua Tennis 3 (X360, also PS3).

- Halo Wars (X360).
- Test Drive Unlimited (X360) walkthrough videos: video 1, video 2, video 3, video 4, video 5.


- Alone in the Dark (PS3, X360, PC).
- The Darkness (PS3, X360).
- John Woo Presents Stranglehold (PS3, X360, PC).
- Kane & Lunch: Dead Men (X360, PC).
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3, X360, PC, also PSP).

- Assassin's Creed (PS3, X360, PC).
- John Woo Presents Stranglehold (PS3, X360, PC).
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (X360, PC).
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3, X360, PC, also PSP).
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PS3, X360, Wii, PC).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine for the Sega Genesis. "The AI is fantastic, the gameplay is tetris-esque but with a phenomenal twist. It's just incredible." (submitted by lookitzpancakes)