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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Officially Announced

Well at Ubisoft's expo of sorts Beyond Good & Evil 2 was sort of revealed, but it was revealed in 3 pictures where you can see two of the characters that were in the first game. I have to say that this is really exciting, well it was until I found out a bit more about the game, which turns my joy into concern.

Because of the latest trend of casual gamers taking to video games, especially thanks to the Wii, which is still in high demand in the US thanks to the failing dollar and as a result the poor supply, the director for the game was stated as saying that this game will be created for the new generation of gamers. After suffering an abysmal commercial launch with the game, and the game really not taking off until later, thanks to an underground type of movement, the push is to make the game more casual and user friendly. I personally think by doing this there is a good chance that what was in the first that made it unique will be swept away and what will be left is another casual game that will once again drive the core gamers away. I probably will still pick it up when it comes out, but I think that a lot of the other gamers will wait to see reviews, demos, and trailers of gameplay before making a move.

I do understand that it is a matter of dollar signs, and right now the casual gaming market is a huge chunk of the pie, but there are games out there that appeal to the core gamers that are excelling in sales. A couple of examples, which are franchise games, but BGaE2 will make it a franchise/series: Super Smash Brothers, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, Condemned (which I still need to review), and SSX. I know its a risk to go that route, and with the economy as it is now I think I can forgive Ubisoft for the move, but I really hope that they don't take too much of the complexity out of it and make it into a mindless game.


For Those XBOX Live Arcade Players

Well it would appear that Microsoft will be doing some spring cleaning soon to fancy up their shop, and it looks like they are going to be removing some games from the service to make it look prettier, and to also give the average score of a Live Arcade game a boost. So here's the list of games that are rumored to be on their way out, apparently if they scored lower than a 65% on some site and are six months and older they've got to go...

Crystal Quest
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
Hardwood Hearts
Texas Hold 'em
Fatal Fury Special
Marathon: Durandal
Missile Command
Time Pilot
Track & Field
Hardwood Backgammon
Hardwood Spades
Mad Tracks
Root Beer Tapper
Super Contra
Geon: Emotions
Soltrio Solitaire
Arkadian Warriors
Rush'n Attack
Double Dragon
Asteroids / Asteroids Deluxe
Battlestar Galactica
Centipede & Millipede
Spyglass Board Games
Tetris Splash
Ecco the Dolphin
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Wing Commander Arena
Street Trace: NYC
Word Puzzle
New Rally-X
Cyberball 2072


Street Fighter IV platforms announced

The rumor is that the newest version of the Street Fighter game is going to several platforms. These platforms include PS3, XBOX360, and PC. It looks like the Wii will be left out in the cold, though I don't really know if capcom would have ever been interested in getting fully functional controls, or how that would work on the Wii.

I'm excited to see that this series is coming back to the consoles, in a newer form not just another Street Fighter Turbo Alpha Advanced Hyper Fighting Special Limited Edition.

For more info you can follow the link of where the rumor started, but I have to warn you that the site is in French, though it does have some extra pictures and some footage if you are interested... CLICK ME


Leave of Absence

Well as anyone can tell its been about a week since the last update, I just wanted to quickly hop on and say that it is not that we are neglecting our audience is because we've had to get some other stuff done. I will be personally posting at least 4 game reviews and I'll try to get the comic thing back up and going soon. I had to take apart my wonderful setup in my office to get several computers reformatted and ready to be taken back to where they came from for some contract work. So hopefully I will be back tomorrow, I don't know how I'm going to do it with all the stuff on my plate for Memorial Day, but I guess I should say that we'll be, or I will, at least, be back by Tuesday ready to post a couple of reviews. To give you a taste of what I'll be writing about I'll just give you the 4 games.

Penny Arcade Adventures: Rain Slick Precipe of Darkness Ep 1


Wii Fit

and the other game eludes me at the moment, but once I find it and have time to write about it I'll tell you all about it, just remember that it is a PSP game and its an RPG Turn Base Strategy with real time battles.


MSG4. Special Edition. 

Sony is releasing a special edition Playstation 3 Metal Gear Solid 4 Pack for the launch of the latest MetalGear Solid game. I am a fan of the series for sometime now, and to be honest, I can't wait to get my hands on the game. There is only one problem here, the price of the special edition PS3 bundle. The package includes one special edition 40GB PS3 unit ( really nice color, BTW ), one Dualshock controller, and one limited edition game, as well as a 2hr Blu-ray on the making of the game. This is nice swag and all, but for 600 couldn't the system be a 80GB or 120GB??