Archive for April, 2009
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
What’s up guys? As you’ve heard by now, we’ve got a weekly show coming for you on The FAN590, starting this Sunday.
Just wanted to give you a little tease, as to what we’ll be covering on May 3rd.
On top of the latest news, we’ve already held interviews with folks from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as well as “Fight Night: Round 4″ – which is I where I want to pick things up.
Ken and I spoke to the production team from EA SPORTS – and the full interview will be posted here on this blog shortly after the abridged (for time) version goes to air.
In case you haven’t made yourself familiar with this game – and if you haven’t (shame on you!) , we’ll help.
The roster boasts 48 fighters (the largest roster ever assembled for a legendary Fight Night franchise). They’ve announced the first 21, with Lennox Lewis joining Iron Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali (the latter two share the cover), Smokin’ Joe Frazier and James “Lights Out” Toney (pictured above) among the heavyweights. As you’ll eventually hear in our interview, they’re still working on trying to get Evander Holyfield into the fold again (he was in the first three), and possibly could be included in some downloadable content – if they don’t get him in time (the production team is still crossing their fingers, and “will continue to send him flowers and chocolate”). The Griller, George Foreman is also in the mix… but that’s just a few of the heavyweights… there’s also Roy Jones Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and Vinny Pazienza, and obviously SO much more (announced, and still to come).
Be sure to listen for the interview, which digs deep into gameplay modes, online play, DLC, and much more… but until then… enjoy this video…
Talk to you on Sunday at 5pm EST!
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Toronto’s Sports Radio, The Fan590, is please to announce the creation of the first video game radio show in the Toronto Market.
Toronto, Ontario, April 28, 2009 – At 5 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 (EST) the FAN590′s Zack Cooper, Ken Rodney, Bryan Calhoun, and Momin Qureshi (aka – the FAN590′s Got Game? team) will be taking over the airwaves for 1 hour to bring you the latest in video game news, reviews, interviews, tips, tricks and more.
The purpose of Got Game? is to bring the important issues from the world of gaming into the forefront in an enlightening, entertaining, and easily accessible way. Every week Got Game? will bring those in the know forward to speak directly to our listeners about what they have seen or heard. Industry insiders will be a weekly staple of the show; along with the breaking down of newly released games, a look ahead at upcoming titles, and all the news that affects the video game world.
This week EA will answer our questions about the upcoming Fight Night Round 4, and Dan Vondrak, project lead for X-men Origins: Wolverine, will join us to talk about what everyone’s favorite “bub” is up to in his new game.
How can you listen? On Sunday May 5th at 5pm EST, simply tune into 590 on the AM dial if you are in Toronto, or listen anywhere in the world via our live stream at www.FAN590.com.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Xbox has announced more content for one of the best selling console based Real-time strategy (R.T.S.) games of the current generation: Halo Wars. There is no reason to trade in your discs for store credit just yet as a brand new add-on game pack titled “Strategic Options” offers you three new ways to fight for control of the universe.
According to a press release from Xbox Canada the new add-on pack will include:
1. A version of R.T.S. based capture the flag known as Keep-away Mode. In it “teams will battle it out to capture a free-roaming Forerunner Sentinel to score points before the other team. Capture three sentinels to claim victory.”
2. A contest of muscle and might known as Tug of War Mode was also added; the name of this game is to build the greatest army you can to win. Xbox Canada says that, “defeating enemies is essential, but success is determined by a combination of the army, buildings and resources left standing in the end.”
3. Finally Reinforcement Mode will show the world who the true generals are as extra soldiers “are provided in successive waves. Players must adapt their tactics and use the ever-changing set of units to outwit and outlast the enemy.”
There has been no official price or release date announced so far, but it has been confirmed that any achievement hunters out there can look forward to an extra 100 points worth of achievements.
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
It’s gaming system release day. The best day of all!
Changes made to the DSi (over previous versions) are:
- slightly changed case dimensions (but not so much that I think people will notice a change when they first hold the system in their hands)
- slightly larger screens (1/4 of an inch bigger than the DS Lite)
- a new power button replaces the old power switch
- the Game Boy Advance slot was removed in the DSi
- the ability to record and manipulate audio clips, or play music was added (however the DSi can only play media in the AAC format)
- the ability to take and manipulate pictures with the 2 built in cameras was added
- Wi Fi Protected Access was added
- a DSi Shop was created to allow people to download all sorts of software for the DSi
- a web browser known as DSi Browser is available on the DSi Shop.
The launch of the DSi is a nice technological upgrade, but it is also the sign that Nintendo is tossing their hat in the ring for a very crowded fight. The fight were tech-toy companies compete to create the most popular all-in-one portable entertainment unit. To quote J.R.R. Tolkien, “One Console to rule them all, One Console to find them, One Console to bring them all and in the darkness bind them…”
It’s a good idea, but nowhere near an original one. It could also be said that it’s an idea that has already been done better, but I wish to hold back on making a final judgment on that until we see what the DSi can do. This new version of the DS comes with many technological upgrades that will improve the system’s performance. I am just not sure if it will mean a better experience for gamers (but it has that potential).
It has also caused a major drop in the price of the DS Lite. You should be able to get a DS Lite for $100 if you shop around Toronto a bit. That is an amazing price for what the DS Lite offers. I love my PSP to death, but even I have to admit that Nintendo has the greatest library of games every created for any system ever made. There is something for everyone in the DS library. Also considering that many of the new Nintendo games coming out for the DSi can be played on the DS Lite as well, that library will just continue to grow for a while. If you are a gamer at all and you have been waiting to for the right time to pick up a DS (of any model)… well now’s the time.