So is Lips: Number One Hits an add-on, update, or a whole new product? And how many of these songs have we sung a hundred times before? Find out a wee little more in my post over at NfamousGamers.
Natsume, traditional publisher of all things farming with the evergreen Harvest Moon series, is branching out to a new kind of environment this year with two sun-drenched safari titles. Originally released in 2008 by Sony in Japan, Afrika on the PlayStation 3 has remained as elusive as a Liger on these shores but Natsume has finally wrangled in the rights and will be bringing the photorealistic photo safari to the U.S. this fall. I have personally been longing for this game for years; the idea of exploring the vast savannahs of Africa with nothing more than a camera sounds like a wonderful change of pace from the glut of gritty sci-fi shooters we’re currently trodding through.
Click through to NfamousGamers for more on Natsume’s Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Expedition for the Wii.
Project Natal looks amazing and more Halo is great but everything seems so far off in some distant time and space known as 2010. If only some exciting new Xbox 360 games were coming out sooner. Oh wait, here come five exceptional Xbox Live Arcade titles in what is shaping up to be the best Summer of Arcade yet. For five weeks this Summer (exact dates to be announced) Microsoft is releasing two highly anticipated remakes, one Epic adventure, and two mysterious (but promising) new titles.
Shadow Complex may be the most Epic of them all, making its debut at Microsoft’s press conference Monday morning and already on its way to our digital shelves. Created by Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, Shadow Complex is a 3D game played from a 2D perspective with an adventure on scale (in both design and layout) to Metroid or Castlevania. It promises hours of exploration and action as you discover and take up arms against an opposing military force set in Orson Scott Card’s “Empire” universe.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled brings a new 3D look to the classic Konami arcadegame as well as four player online co-op while Capcom updates their fan-favorite fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for a whole new era of three-on-three throwdown madness.
If you’ve ever taken pride in hurting your in-game character by way of a devastating crash you’ll find lots to enjoy in Trials HD. A whole lot, in fact, as players will be able to create and share their own devastating stunt bike race courses to complement the 50+ that developer RedLynx has packed in. Similar to Shadow Complex the game is 3D but played from an almost 2D view and allows players to race like expert motocrossers to complete courses or rack up points by causing bodily harm through explosions, crashes, and flames. I’m not crazy about motocross but I love ragdoll punishment and the prospect of an endless stream of devious levels has me intrigued.
Last up in the list is Splosion Man by Twisted Pixel Games, creators of The Maw. In another stylish and cartoony 3D adventure you play as Splosion Man, a scientific experiment gone terribly wrong. Using your ability to… explode, you’ll work your way through 50 stages of puzzling and platforming action to escape as a free (Splosion) Man. You can also take on another 50 stages in four-player online co-op and unlock Dashboard goodies like Premium Themes, gamerpics, and one of the first Avatar Accessories.
We hope to have some hands-on impressions with all of these games up by the end of E3 so stick around for more (hopefully some pricing and specific dates too).
Project Natal looks amazing and more Halo is great but everything seems so far off in some distant time and space known as 2010. If only some exciting new Xbox 360 games were coming out sooner. Oh wait, here come five exceptional Xbox Live Arcade titles in what is shaping up to be the best Summer of Arcade yet. For five weeks this Summer (exact dates to be announced) Microsoft is releasing two highly anticipated remakes, one Epic adventure, and two mysterious (but promising) new titles. Get a closer look at each title in my coverage at NfamousGamers.
First it was Retro Game Challenge, then Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard and now Bit Boy!! is taking gamers back through a beloved series of games they never knew existed. From the makers of some of the most noteworthy releases on WiiWare comes a new generation-spanning adventure where Kubi rushes through the whole history of videogames in order to save his pixel pals. More in my story at NfamousGamers.
Microsoft teased us with an Avatar Marketplace at their press conference Monday, saying that it would be available this fall alongside game-exclusive Avatar accessories, but a new Xbox.com game page may have revealed that it’s a little closer than expected. Being the generous, caring developers that they are, Twisted Pixel has been sure to reward players with more than just Achievements and downloadable content for their games, throwing in exclusive themes and gamerpics to boot.
Their latest game, Splosion Man, one of this Summer’s Xbox Live Arcade releases, may be the first to dish out exclusive accessories for our Avatars. There’s still no official release date but it’ll definitely be out this Summer and that’s a whole lot closer than Fall when it comes to shiny new things to stick in our Avatars’ hands.