All Points Bulletin

PC / RPG / Release: Mar 2, 2010 / ESRB: M

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APB Trailer Talks Crime and Punishment

Realtime Worlds' APB is the first MMO to really grab my attention. Maybe it's the open modern-day world with dynamic cops vs. robbers missions, or maybe I simply want to play a character who looks like she's just stepped out of an awesome music video.

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"why is that dyke looking whore only wear one thigh high stocking wtf"
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EA Publishing Realtime's APB

Electronic Arts today announced that it will publish Realtime Worlds' upcoming cops vs. robbers MMO "APB" under its EA Partners label.

No new details on the title, but a short trailer featuring in-game footage was played. We'll have the video shortly.

Update: The PC edition of APB will hit North America and Europe in early 2010, EA added in a later press release. No mention was made of the previously announced Xbox 360 edition.

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"I can't wait to make a super punky chick who just kills everyone."
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Realtime Releases APB Shot, Confirms E3 Attendance

All Points Bulletin fansite APB Evolved brings us one of the first screenshots (left) of Realtime Worlds' Grand Theft Auto-esque MMO.

The screenshot--which shows off the character customization that "will make up a large part of APB"--was also accompanied by the news that Realtime will be attending E3. Read more »

"They are still calling this an MMO? When the 1st bits of info came out it seemed like a ..."
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All Points Bulletin Gets PvP Arresting, Maybe Stealth

Crackdown developers Realtime Worlds are still making progress on their Grand Theft Auto-esque cops-vs-robbers MMO All Points Bulletin, or APB (PC, 360), and the game is set to soon leave alpha status.

The game has a system where players with law enforcement characters can arrest criminal characters. A game newsletter, reproduced on Kotaku, explains: Read more »

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Crackdown 2 Still Possible, Says Developer

Currently in development on the crime MMO All Points Bulletin (PC, 360), Realtime Worlds studio manager Colin MacDonald said that there may yet be hope for a sequel to its super-powered open world title Crackdown (360) sometime in the future.

"I don't think the door's closed [on a Crackdown sequel]," MacDonald told Videogaming247. "Obviously, right now we're tied up with APB and everything else, but hopefully in the future we'll have the resource and something can be worked out with Microsoft." Read more »

"I love Crackdown even more than Grand Theft Auto."
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Crime MMO APB Receiving Public Beta

Realtime Worlds today unveiled its plans to host a "full public beta of APB," its upcoming crime-based MMO due out on PC and Xbox 360.

Helmed by Grand Theft Auto creator David Jones, the studio's first release was the open world title Crackdown (360).

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Rumor: Realtime Wants To Sell APB as GTA MMO

Crackdown (X360) developer Realtime Worlds bought back the rights to its upcoming crime MMO All Points Bulletin (PC, X360) in hopes of selling it to Rockstar for use as a Grand Theft Auto MMO, according to a rumor reported by Eurogamer. Read more »

"This first thing I heard when I read this headline was "no shit Sherlock" but that might be a ..."
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Realtime Buys Back APB Distribution Rights

Flush with cash from its $50 million haul, Crackdown (X360) developer Realtime Worlds today announced that it has regained the worldwide distribution rights to its upcoming crime MMO All Points Bulletin (PC, X360).

Alternatively known as APB, the game is an Unreal Engine 3-powered massively multiplayer title that dynamically pits cops against criminals in a vast online city. Featuring extensive character customization and a number of missions, such as robbing an armored truck, the title is now expected to debut in 2009. Read more »

"Wow, this is great news! I remember finishing Crackdown, looking up the developers page to see ..."
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Crackdown, APB Developer Raises $50 Million

Independent and Scotland-based developer Realtime Worlds today confirmed that it has raised $50 million in funding for its current and future projects, a feat that required the company to sell off a minority of itself.

Founded by Grand Theft Auto creator David Jones, Realtime Worlds was responsible for the super-powered open world title Crackdown (X360). The company is currently working on All Points Bulletin (PC, X360). Read more »

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Ex-Blizzard Devs Raise Big Bucks

Last September, key members of Blizzard's World of Warcraft team including team lead Mark Kern, art director William Petras, and Blizzard Korea co-founder Taewon Yun, all of whom were also involved in previous Blizzard titles, founded the MMO-focused development house Red 5 Studios. Today, the company announced that it has secured $18.5 million in investment from Benchmark Capital and Sierra Ventures--unrelated to Sierra Entertainment, owned by Blizzard parent Vivendi--during its Series A round of funding. Previously, Benchmark has invested in the successful online world Second Life. "Historically, the winners in the gaming space have been publishers rather than independent studios. However, World of Warcraft is no ordinary game title and Red 5 is no ordinary team," said Benchmark Capital's Bill Gurley. "With the track record, talent and vision behind Red 5, it is positioned to become a unique creative powerhouse in the online games space." In addition to its founders, Red 5 employs numerous other former Blizzard developers, as well as former staffers from Myst developer Cyan, Ultima developer Origin, Oddworld series developer Oddworld Inhabitants, and elsewhere. Red 5 has announced that it is developing a new massively multiplayer game for Webzen, which is currently also working on the upcoming MMOFPS Huxley as well as Real Time Worlds' GTA-esque MMO All Points Bulletin.

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"Man has there been a brain drain from Blizzard lately or what?"
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All Points Bulletin Q&A

OGaming has an All Points Bulletin Q&A posted, talking to lead designer Stephen Hewitt about this massively multiplayer gang warfare game. Questions are about the game being a GTA clone, making the game appealing to play for months instead of days, research for the game, personalizing the experience, and the type of players they hope to attract.

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"Yay..another urban-themed crime simulator. Such innovation, such an interesting genre and ..."
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Late Night Consoling

Okay, so... I'm not really sure what kind of response I expected from that Electroplankton review, but suffice to say I didn't anticipate that. It's cool, though! Got some interesting feedback. I was gone the whole day (covering non-wacky games for you guys!) so unfortunately I didn't get to respond to the thread at all. One thing to bear in mind is that as of now I've only done one actual review for this site. Shack isn't even known for having reviews ever, so it would seem odd to take that lone exception as a precedent. I like reviewing games though, so if you guys want me to do it more often I can. Electroplankton was not chosen as "my inaugural review," it was just a game I wanted to play so I figured why not let Shackers know what I thought? Likewise, in terms of previews, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! is just one out of a whole bunch I've done here so far. Two titles do not a rule make. So, yeah! Hopefully that's sort of cleared up. Thank you to those in the comments who voiced either side, just remember that I'm not trying to lay down some manifesto one way or the other. Basically: I like games, lots of different ones. Sitting on my shelf next to Kirby Canvas Curse is Max Payne 2. Well, not right next to it, but you get the point.

  • Be Charitable, Buy Crazy Game Stuff

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    The Entertainment Software Association holds yearly benefits to improve the quality of life for children in America, aiming to create positive social impact by being a large contributor to such organizations as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Starlight Children's Foundation, and more. Right now, the ESA is holding a rather large eBay auction to raise money, and the items up for bidding range from the extremely rare (a Star Wars lightsaber signed by George Lucas) to the oddly mundane (an HP Photosmart printer). Other items up for grabs include two tickets to E3 along with a pass to Nintendo's private E3 party, two tickets to E3 along with a pass to Sony's private E3 party, an Xbox 360 signed by Bill Gates, and a six-foot-tall statue of Halo's Master Chief. Most of the auctions end in the next few days, so if you have cash to burn for a charitable cause, get on it!
  • Microsoft Worried About 360 Launch

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    For those who wonder why console manufacturers always take so long to launch their machines in certain territories, Microsoft's Peter Moore has this to say: "There's a reason no-one has done this before and we are figuring that out. If we knew what we were getting into, we might not have done it." A BBC report indicates Microsoft is getting rather worried about its ability to keep its upcoming Xbox 360 console stocked worldwide in a far shorter timeframe than has ever been attempted before with a major console. Moore seems determined to see the problem through, but don't ask him how he's going to do that; he doesn't know. "We're going to ship all around the world; how we're going to do that, I don't know," said Moore. "We're going to rent every 747 we can find." The article also brings up the issue of launch titles, a topic Microsoft seems to want to avoid answering conclusively until the last possible moment. In regards to Microsoft-published anticipated titles such as Rare's Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo: Elements of Power as well as Bizarre's Project Gotham Racing 3, Microsoft Chief XNA Architect J Allard said, "These games are not far from being done, and if they're three weeks after the launch or they're on launch day I don't think it makes a significant difference." Moore echoed those sentiments: "Games will arrive with a thousand bugs and get into the certification process. They make it or they don't. It's no big deal if a game takes another week. The consumer will get a strong line-up."
  • Real Time Worlds Licenses Unreal 3

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    Real Time Worlds, the studio founded by Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto creator David Jones, announced today an agreement with Epic to license the Unreal Engine 3 for use in any of the studio's games. The first title to take advantage of the deal is the upcoming MMO All Points Bulletin (APC) (X360, PC). Real Time Worlds is also working on Crackdown for Xbox 360, but it was not specified whether it will make use of Unreal technology. The game sports a very stylized visual aesthetic, in large part due to its atypical color palette. Webzen, the Korean firm publishing APB, has also obtained several licenses of the engine.
  • Nintendo Announces Two Bundles

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    Nintendo just announced two upcoming hardware bundles, one for its DS console and one for the GameCube. I've seen quite a few people ask about this in chatty, so here's your answer: Two weeks after Mario Kart DS hits stores, Nintendo will launch a Red Hot Nintendo DS bundle. Like the recently-announced Nintendogs bundle, it goes for $149.99 (the price of a standalone DS before its recent price cut), comes in a limited edition color scheme, and includes a full game. In this case, the game is of course Mario Kart DS and the limited edition color is a deep red. The deal also comes with a checkered-flag wrist strap as well as various decals. Mario Kart DS ships November 14, and the bundle will follow on November 28. Nintendo also announced another GameCube promotion, following the recent Super Smash Bros. bundle. November 7 will see the release of a bundle containing a GameCube, Mario Party 7, a GameCube microphone, and two controllers--all for $99.99. Separately, the items would retail for about $175, with the upcoming Mario Party 7 priced at $49.99.
  • 24 Hour Dance Dance Fitness Revolution Alpha Extreme

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    Konami has announced a deal with major U.S. gym club chain 24 Hour Fitness to include DDR machines in 24 Hour Fitness locations. The machines will be featured in grand openings of the chain, as well as in 24 Hour's Kids Club section. 30-day trial passes to 24 Hour Fitness will be included in copies of Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME 2 (PS2) and Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 (Xbox).
  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    IGN asks a few questions of Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack regarding the studio's upcoming Too Human (X360). 1UP has a developer interview with The Creative Assembly's Clive Gratton regarding Spartan: Total Warrior (PS2, Xbox, GCN). Iain Simons at Gamasutra has a feature up on the processes followed by Xbox 360 design director Jonathan Hayes.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2
1UP keeps going with day 3's coverage of Fumito Ueda's Shadow of the Colossus (PS2), today looking back on Ico (PS2). GameSpot previews Harmonix's Guitar Hero (PS2). Screenshots: Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends (PS2). Mobile Suit Saga (PS2). WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 (PS2, also PSP).
Xbox
Screenshots: Shadow of Aten (X360, also PC). Movies: Shadow of Aten (X360, also PC). Top Spin 2 (X360, also DS, GBA).
Portable
IGN digs up some info on Nintendo's Mario Kart DS (DS), Square Enix's Children of Mana (DS), and Mistwalker's ASH (DS). Eurogamer also scrounges some info on Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS). Meanwhile, GameSpot gets a non-exclusive look at the multiplayer in Raven's X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PSP, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC) as well as a preview of Sony Online's Field Commander (PSP). IGN checks out Sony Online's Untold Legend: The Warrior's Code (PSP). Screenshots: Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble (DS). Burnout Legends (DS, also PSP). Movies: Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble (DS).
Multi
IGN previews Rockstar's The Warriors (PS2, Xbox). Screenshots: Crash Tag Team Racing (PS2, Xbox, GCN, DS, PSP).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Chrono Cross for the PS1. "Innovative combat system, pretty graphics (for the time), and interesting characters, locations, and story made this my most favorite RPG of all time." (submitted by rotten element)

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"Anyone remember the PS2 shortages back when it launched? Those were crazy, at least in this ..."
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Late Night Consoling

So there are even more game announcements in tonight's LNC. If you like game announcements, you'll feel right at home. With the game announcements.

  • Xbox 360 in China in 2006

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    Citing Microsoft's 30% growth in China this year, Microsoft Greater China chief executive Tim Chen said in an interview that the company hopes to launch Xbox 360 in China next year. The country's software market, traditionally a legendary hotbed of piracy, has been growing at a 40% annual rate and is now worth $20 billion. Microsoft has been trying to claim a bigger piece of that pie with its Windows operating system, but the national government supports Linux. Last month, Microsoft announced that Xbox 360 will be built in three factories in southern China.
  • A Few 360 Announcements

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    Real Time Worlds, the studio recently founded by David Jones, has announced some specifics regarding its upcoming Xbox 360 title, Crackdown. The game is the second of two known to be in the works at the studio, the other being the urban MMO All Points Bulletin (X360, PC). While APB seems to be something of a massively multiplayer Grand Theft Auto, Crackdown is more of an online futuristic Grand Theft Auto. The game features three rival gangs: Cai-Shen Corp from Asia, known for hitmen and vengeance; The Volk from Russia, masters of unlocking firearms; and La Muerta from Spain, hot rod pros. The player, as some kind of superhuman vigilante, must take down these organizations and bring peace to the city. All signs seem to indicate that this is achieved not through clever subterfuge and corporate espionage, but more likely by way of driving around in vehicles and blowing things up. Jones was one of the founders of Scottish developer DMA Design, where he helped to create the venerable Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto franchises. DMA Design, of course, is now known as Rockstar North. Also, chalk up another RPG franchise heading to Xbox 360. SoftMax, developer of Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (PS2), and Banpresto, best known for its game adaptations of anime franchises, have announced their intention to release the as-yet-unsubtitled Magna Carta 2 for Xbox 360 in 2007. Korean developer SoftMax's Magna Carta was released on PC and PS2 in Korea and Japan, and is set for release by Atlus in North America and Europe this November. Microsoft has been attracting a surprisingly strong contingent of non-Western developers for its upcoming Xbox 360 console, a start contrast to its largely Western lineup for this generation's Xbox. In particular, there have been many announcements for Xbox 360 RPGs. Finally, developer iNiS also has a game in the works for Microsoft's system. Known primarily for its rhythm games, iNiS is responsible for the excellent Gitaroo-Man (PS2) and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (DS), but apparently the studio's Xbox 360 title will be a platformer, which comes as a bit of a surprise. The game will use iNiS' brand new in-house NFactor 2 engine, which features some advanced lighting techniques. It's a bit odd to hear that a developer such as iNiS is working on a platformer, but knowing that studio it probably won't end up run-of-the-mill.
  • A Couple of Mana Announcements

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    The most recent issue of the ever-announcement-laden Famitsu has revealed two new "Mana" titles (Seiken Densetsu in Japan) in the works. The first, entitled Children of Mana, is an action RPG coming to Nintendo DS. No details regarding the game are available, but Square Enix plans to ship it this Winter in Japan. The other game, currently only known as Seiken Densetsu 4, has even less information available: its platform hasn't even been announced yet, though PlayStation 2 at least seems like a good guess. It was not revealed if these titles are directly related to Square Enix's mysterious World of Mana project, other than belonging to the same franchise. Some have speculated that these two newly-announced games simply are World of Mana.
  • A Ys Announcement

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    The DS will be getting another strategy title in the form of what is currently known only as Ys Strategy. No details are available regarding this entry in the 18 year old Ys series, including a release date whether the game is real-time or turn-based. The Ys series will also be hitting PSP when that system's port of Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PS2) is released this winter.
  • Siren Movie in the Works

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    SCE's survival horror franchise Siren (PS2) is being adapted to film in Japan by director Yukihiko Tsutsumi. The movie has apparently finished principle filming, and is set for release next February along with the game's sequel, Siren 2 (PS2). It seems unlikely the film will be released in Western territories, but given recent trends don't be too surprised if an American director (such as Sam Raimi or Quentin Tarantino) decides to produce a stateside remake a year from now.
  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    IGN's Matt Casamassina interviews Tancred Dyke-Wells, creative director on Kuju's rather fun Battalion Wars (GCN). In regards to a possible Revolution sequel, Dyke-Wells notes that Kuju is "continuing to have positive discussions with Nintendo", and "we're very aware of how important multiplayer is for possible future versions of Battalion Wars." As one might expect given it is a daily week-long feature, 1UP has the newest installment of Team NINJA Week, in which Tomonobu Itagaki he reveals how much he friggin hates Tekken (and loves Pikmin! This guy's okay in my book). IGN has a video interview on Clover Studio's incomprehensibly gorgeous Okami (PS2). Edge Online has a feature up chronicling the developer relations strategy Sony pursued with its original PlayStation, which helped put the machine on top.

Misc. Media/Previews

Xbox
Screenshots: FIFA 06 (X360, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, DS, PSP, GBA, PC). Operation Flashpoint: Elite (Xbox). Movies: Dead or Alive 4 (X360).
Portable
GameSpot previews SCEI's PoPoLoCrois (PSP). Screenshots: Need For Speed Most Wanted (GBA, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, DS, PSP, PC). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (DS, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, PSP, GBA, PC). Movies: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (DS, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, PSP, GBA, PC).
Multi
1UP previews Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI: The Treasures of Aht Urhgan (PS2, PC, X360). IGN looks at Rockstar's The Warriors (PS2, Xbox), as well as Cat Daddy's Splat Magazine Renegade Paintball (Xbox, PC).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Micro Machines for the Sega Genesis. The reason this game sticks out in my mind is I loved the tracks, it was a nice departure from your normal road tracks to be getting the opportunity to race little cars around a desk or pool table. (submitted by Uncle Slappy)

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"Whoever makes a Mana game without co-op should be shot. Playing through 'The Secret of Mana' ..."
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Late Night Consoling

I'm ready to make a public confession: Final Fantasy X is my all-time favorite game. I understand that of all the Final Fantasys, it has the least amount of exploration and the combat can be quite lame at times, but even with those glaring flaws, the story, characters, and presentation made up for it completely. I picked it up on a whim when it became a Greatest Hit, not expecting too much out of it, but it immediately sucked me in and for the next two weeks I spent huge chunks of my day with it. It's hard to elaborate with such little space here, but I emotionally connected with the game and when it was all over, it was pretty depressing that I wouldn't be able to see those guys anymore. Auron, by far, was the star of the story. There were so many pivotal moments throughout the game, moments that have left unforgettable memories with me, but nothing tops the epic moment where, when faced with two paths with radically different directions, Auron offers the battle cry, "Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands!"

  • Politician Wants AO Rating for San Andreas

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    Every gamers' favorite politician (no, not Arnold), Tem Leland Yee, is once again at the forefront of a videogame political scandal. Since it was discovered that users can unlock a sex mini-game in the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Yee now wants the ESRB to give the game an Adults-Only rating. "Once again, ESRB has failed our parents," he said. " Plain and simple, parents cannot trust the ESRB to rate games appropriately or the industry to look out for our children's best interests. The ESRB and the video game industry cannot police themselves and this is yet another example of why we need legislation to limit these types of games to children." The ESRB has responded by saying it will conduct a "thorough and objective investigation."
  • PGR3 Tournament Details

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    Bizarre Creations revealed new details on how tournaments will work in the Xbox 360 game Project Gotham Racing 3. Multiple tourneys will be held each month over Xbox Live that include a qualifying and a knockout phase. The first two weeks of the month are all the qualifying races; then Gotham TV takes over and sorts out everything for the knockout round, telling players when to play. The finals can be viewed through Gotham TV, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me! Live gaming events!
  • Halo 2 Xbox Bundle?

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    Those sleuths over at GameGossip have discovered what could possibly be a new bundle from Microsoft that packages the Xbox with Halo 2. Over on their official site, the Canadian product catalog shows "Halo 2 Edition" priced at $259.99. The link doesn't go anywhere, but one could assume a new bundle is on the horizon. Now the question is.. is this bundle for Canada only?
  • Xbox to Get Fable's Lost Chapters

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    Okay, so Microsoft decided to port Fable over to the PC and gave it the sub-title of The Lost Chapters, adding in new regions, quests, and story elements. Well, today, Microsoft will be porting the port back over to the Xbox this fall. Fable: The Lost Chapters will have everything the PC version has but it'll sell for the low price of $19.99.
  • Square Enix Talks FFXI for 360

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    IGN had a recent discussion with a few peeps over at Square Enix and came away with some interesting details regarding the Xbox 360 port of Final Fantasy XI. All graphics work is done with the entire process at about 55% completion. Porting started this past February and they're basing the content off the Windows version. It was actually supposed to release on the original Xbox and be part of the Xbox Live launch, but it just didn't happen. No worries; Square Enix is confident FFXI will be ready for the launch of the Xbox 360.
  • Survey Says... DS pwns PSP!

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    A European market research group announced their findings on their study that tried to tap the pulse of gamers to see which new handheld they preferred. The results were a landslide in favor of the Nintendo DS. It beat out Sony's PSP in all the major categories: screen, games, quality, and value. Still, there were plenty of complaints for both handhelds; gamers don't like the huge amount of puzzle games for the DS but they also dislike the long drought of new games for the PSP. Check out the full details inside the link.
  • Extras Revealed for Xbox Pirates!

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    The upcoming Xbox version of Sid Meier's Pirates! will come bundled with new goodies not found in the original release. New to the version are 200 unlockable items that show off behind-the-scenes media and a new party game featuring ship battles. On top of that, downloadable content will be possible through Xbox Live and there'll be an online leaderboard.
  • Donny Deutsch is a Douche

    I think it goes without saying that the vast majority of cable news channel pundits are the scum of the earth, but here comes Donny Deutsch to outdo them all. His program lured journalist John Davison, former chief of EGM and current editor at 1UP, to talk about a wide range of gaming topics, including clans, tournaments, and also violence. However, Davison quickly discovered that he was lured into a trap to paint him as the evil defender of videogame violence. Read the whole tale from Davison himself here at his blog. Thanks to Kotaku.
  • Tecmo Announces Tokobot

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    Tecmo announced their first PSP game the other day and it's called Tokobot. "Players will take on the role of the young hero "Bolt", a quick thinking agent who has discovered some friendly, highly advanced robots called "Tokobots" during his explorations of ancient ruins. With the help of the loyal Tokobots, Bolt will reveal mysteries and save the world, as the Tokobots faithfully follow him on his journey, helping him on his way." Sounds a bit like Pikmin!
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Undergoes Reorg

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    Sony Computer Entertainment performed a ton of housekeeping maneuvers that shifted around personnel and created new divisions. The two new areas of SCE are Sony Computer Entertainment Asia and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio, with the latter overseeing all first-party games. Phil Harrison, who was the prez over in Europe, now is in charge of all SCE game developments. Also, Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, has been given a new executive position.
  • Another .hack// on Its Way

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    The "offline MMORPG" series, .hack//, will continue with .hack//fragment. However, with this baby, you can actually play online with it! It'll have a BBS, mail, and guild system and there'll be a matching server to make it easy to find people to play with. It won't require the PS2 HDD nor will there be a monthly fee.
  • New Chaos Theory Maps Coming Soon

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    Ubisoft has tipped off gamers to expect some of those promised Chaos Theory maps within the next couple weeks. In that time frame, the versus map Street Squat will be released. Not long after, two more versus maps will become available with the summer wrapping up with one last final map.
  • True Fantasy Live Online Trademark Renewed

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    The Japanese-style MMORPG that was canceled near its completion, True Fantasy Live Online, may not be as dead as we all thought. 1UP has learned that Microsoft has renewed the trademark on the game. This may not be saying much; I mean, really, it's not that expensive to renew the trademark, but it gives a glimmer of hope to its fans.
  • Poker on Your Consoles

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    This country definitely has caught poker fever and now fans of ESPN's World Series of Poker can play against the greats right from the comfort of their living room couch. Activision has announced they'll publish a game based on the TV series and it'll feature the likenesses of players that were at the 2005 tournament. Expect this one later in the summer for the consoles indicated above.
  • NHL 2K6 Cover Athlete Revealed

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    Take-Two Interactive announced that it has signed the goalie of the Dallas Stars, Marty Turco, to grace the cover of NHL 2K6. Turco has been voted twice to the All-Star game and won a couple championships in college. The game is slated for release this fall. I forget; will there even be a season this year?
  • Stoudamire on NBA 06 PSP Cover

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    Don't steal the spotlight, Turco! The Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudamire was also revealed to grace the cover of a sports game: NBA 06 for the PSP. The All-Star power forward was an integral part of his team reaching the NBA Western Conference Finals this past season. The game, however, is still slated to suck.
  • Viacom CEO Stocks Up on Midway

    It has been an on-going saga that the 82-year old Viacom CEO, Summer Redstone, has been wanting to gobble up Midway. Slowly but surely, he's been buying large chunks of Midway stock. Over the past week alone, he's made nine stock purchases worth nearly $7 million. With the recent agreement of Midway to partner with Viacom-owned MTV, it doesn't appear long before the two are one.
  • "Lost" Coming to UMD

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    ABC's megahit series, Lost, will have its own UMD release on the PSP later this year. Launching alongside the Season One DVD set on September 6, the two-part pilot will be available on UMD for an unspecified price. Considering the $38.99 DVD set contains about 26 episodes, I'm hoping the UMD is coming out at a bargain price.
  • Death, Jr. at Comic-Con

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    Planning to go to the big San Diego Comic-Con International this weekend? If so, you'll get the opportunity to see Backbone Entertainment's Death, Jr. The game will be playable and the staff working on the comic series will be on-hand. Check the link for event details.
  • EyeToy Mini Coming Soon

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    A new version of the EyeToy will be hitting store shelves in the near future. Sony Europe has signed Nam Tai Electronics, the original manufacturers, to build a new EyeToy that is smaller in size than the original. It will be made to sit alongside the upcoming satin silver PS2.
  • Mario to Ride Some Waves

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    Take a deep breath; it's not as bad as it sounds. Nintendo isn't pimpin' Mario in a yet another oddball sports game. Instead, the Big N is sponsoring the Rip Curl's GromSearch 2005, a national surfing contest. Surfers can win Nintendo prizes, such as GBA games. Also at the beaches will be Nintendo kiosks to try out their games. Cowabunga, dude! Radical!
  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    [ps2] [xbox]
    TeamXbox looks at the A.I. of Far Cry Instincts. 1UP briefly runs down what to expect at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Want to truly understand the interface of the new Xbox Live? Then click that link!

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2
Roushimsx promises on his delivery of more We Love Katamari videos. EuroGamer has shots of Heavenly Sword (PS3). GamesAreFun has images of Monster Hunter 2 and Tales of Legendia. Gaming-Horizon looks at Colosseum: Road to Freedom. WorthPlaying previews Makai Kingdom. GamerFeed offers the latest on Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.
Xbox
Shots of Painkiller at TeamXbox. WorthPlaying has a video of All Points Bulletin (X360). 1UP tells us about Dynasty Warriors 5 and Condemned (X360). GameSpot has some footage of Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike.
Portable
GameSpot hits over a couple dozen screens of Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP).
Multi
IGN has a quick preview of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2, Xbox) and a trailer for Burnout Legends (PS2, Xbox). Game Informer takes a big 'ol look at Sonic Gems Collection (PS2, GCN). Gaming-Horizon looks at 50 Cent: Bulletproof (PS2, Xbox). GamerFeed previews MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3 (PS2, Xbox), Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (PS2, Xbox, GCN), and 187: Ride or Die (PS2, Xbox). Videos of Rainbow Six: Lockdown (PS2, Xbox, GCN) are at 1UP.

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Final Fantasy X for the PlayStation 2. "This was one of the first titles for the PS2 I picked up and was simply blown away. The characters, story, and overall gameplay were close to perfect. I compare all of my relationships to the one I witnessed between Tidus and Yuna. LOVE ME TIDUS!" (submitted by cockoftehwalk).

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"Huge amounts of puzzle games for the DS? Meteos, Mr. Driller and...? Fucking nuts."
- Mad Brahmin Disease    See all 148 comments


Late Night Consoling

Hey, I have a few interesting stories for you guys to check out. We'll start with this review of the Atlanta concert of Dear Friends... I was so disappointed that I couldn't attend this at E3 due to scheduling, but maybe one day I'll take a trip up North and catch it. It's so geeky, it's awesome. However, this story is truly interesting. There's a library out there that actually has PlayStation 2 games you can borrow. Over six months, the collection has gone from six to forty titles and what's the most requested? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Right behind it is WWE Smackdown vs. Raw. In any case, it's been extremely popular for this library and it's cool to hear about a public service trying new things. They're even going to support the PS3 at launch!

  • Japanese Pubs Talk Next-Gen

    Another set of prominent members of the Japanese games industry has sounded off on the next-gen consoles. Square Enix's president, Youichi Wada, said Microsoft was "one step ahead" in the online games business and publishers need to adapt to this new revolution. Konami's president pledged support for original games on each console (and PC) whereas Namco's VP claimed that only one console will reign supreme in Japan and all publishers will migrate to it. Read the full quotes by clicking the link.
  • Analyst Weighs in on PS3's Price

    [ps2]
    Typically, I don't prefer to report on predictions from analysts but Merrill Lynch does their research and here's their latest findings on the PlayStation 3. They expect the console to cost Sony $494 per unit, forcing them to price it at $399. The Cell, RSX GPU, and the Blu-Ray drive each cost about $101 each. Ken Kutaragi hasn't confirmed a price, but he said a mark down from production costs would not be steep.
  • Far Cry Instincts Canned for PS2

    [ps2]
    If you were looking forward to playing the console version of Far Cry on your PS2, I have some bad news for you: it has been cancelled. Far Cry Instincts is now exclusive to the Xbox. Ubisoft hasn't stated officially why the decision was made to go Xbox-only. Xbox gamers, you can still expect this one in September.
  • APB to Release on Xbox 360

    [xbox]
    The driving MMORPG All Points Bulletin, from the mind of the creator of the Grand Theft Auto series, will also release on the Xbox 360. Previously a PC-only title, rumors surfaced that it'd have a console port when APB's developer, Real Time Worlds, revealed that they had partnered with Microsoft. However, expect to wait quite a while for this one; it's shipping in 2008, a year after the PC release.
  • Another Xenosaga in the Works?

    [ps2]
    The RPG series infamous for its German sub-titles appears to not be dead after all. Due to not-so-great sales, everyone thought that the episodic Xeno series ended with Xenosaga 2, but a voice actor on the series revealed on his personal site that he's been doing voice work on the third title. No official word from Namco yet.
  • DS Sells a Mill in Europe

    [ds]
    Nintendo's two-faced portable has surpassed one million units sold in the European territory. The handheld launched over there on March 11 and sold 500,000 units in the first three weeks. In the UK alone, sales are over 250,000. Although we just got Meteos, unfortunately for them, it'll take until September.
  • New Releases This Week

    If you're already bored with Battlefield 2 (what?!), here's what's coming out this week. The Xbox's sole release is King of Fighters: Maximum Impact. PS2 scores Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana and Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam. PSP owners can pick up Dead to Rights: Reckoning. Riviera: The Promised Land hits the GBA while Meteos arrives on the Nintendo DS.
  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    [ps2] [xbox]
    TotalVideoGames chats with Josh Sawyer about Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2
Images of Radiata Stories is at GameSpot. 1UP updates us on 24: The Game. GameSpy has a few shots of Tales of Legendia. GamerFeed takes a look at Urban Reign.
Xbox
TeamXbox goes hands-on with Sid Meier's Pirates! and posts a few shots of DogTag (X360). GameSpot has next-gen screens of NBA LIVE 06 (X360).
Portable
Game Informer goes hands-on with MediEvil Resurrection (PSP). EuroGamer has first impressions of New Super Mario Bros. (DS). IGN has screens of Burnout Legends (PSP) and The Sims 2 (PSP) along with video of Sonic Rush (NDS). GameSpot has impressions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (PSP).
Multi
Here at the Shack, we have the latest screenshots of X-Men Legends 2 (PS2, Xbox, GCN). GameSpot sticks up the latest trailer for NCAA Football 06 (PS2, Xbox, GCN) and goes hands-on with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (PS2, Xbox, GCN). TeamXbox digs up a few images of Evil Dead Regeneration (PS2, Xbox). GamesAreFun sticks up a few pics of Metal Gear Acid 2 (PSP). GameSpy has a few shots of True Crime: New York City (PS2, Xbox, GCN) and Hitman: Blood Money (PS2, Xbox, GCN). IGN hosts video of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS2, Xbox, GCN).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

The Empire Strikes Back for the Atari 2600. "The first home video game rendition of the battle of Hoth. And still one of the more challenging and mindlessly entertaining versions. Die blinking dot on the AT-AT's shoulder, die!" (submitted by Omaha).

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"Damn both consoles seem to have copped a major flogging , so much for that teraflop crap."
- hippolove    See all 76 comments





Top Games

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  4. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  5. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  6. Hearts of Iron IV
  7. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. DayZ
  10. Batman: Arkham Knight

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  4. Hearts of Iron IV
  5. DayZ
  6. Batman: Arkham Knight
  7. Survarium
  8. Kerbal Space Program
  9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  10. R.B.I. Baseball 14

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us