Archive for September, 2009
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Prepared for glory?!
Well, while you are warming up why not check out the Got Game Podcast for Saturday, September 26th, 2009. As always it is in the audio file right below this sentence.
We’re getting closer to the holiday season, so it won’t be long until we are knee deep in new titles, and this week we got another one as we review HALO 3 ODST. We also look at:
- Sony’s new PSP GO handheld gaming system
- Wii’s new price drop
- Microsoft’s adding twitter and facebook to the Xbox360
- and much much more
One of those “more” things is a story of some Flordia cops getting caught playing Wii Sports in the middle of a drug bust, and we promised to post that video on our blog. You can find it below.
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
The latest update for Rock Band 2 comes with some brand new features.
Included is the highly anticipated “Rock Band Network Audition Mode”. It allows players to create and upload songs from their PC’S and then audition the songs in the game using the suite of song audition testing tools.
The update is out for the Xbox 360 and will soon be available for the PS3. According to Harmonix, the delay with the PS3 update has to do with its architecture and fixes for that specific version. No word if there will be one for the PS2 or Nintendo Wii.
Other new features are “Sort by Stars”. This feature allows the player to sort the songs by the song rating you’ve achieved on each song. You can also record your progress towards putting a gold star on every song in your library.
No more having to download one song at a time with the new “Background Downloading” feature. Now you can queue up as many songs as you want and download them all at once. A feature that is long over due and I’m sure all Rock Banders will love.
Xbox 360 Wireless microphone support, improved chord HOPO movements, and Velocity sensitivity are also included in the update.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
I really hope you were able to get to the HALO 3: ODST launch party in the distillery district last night, but if you were unable to make it then let this journal be your guide to the incredible world of ODST training.
I probably should start this post by admitting to you all that I was a little worried that this whole event would be a flop. Halo fans (and I know this because I count myself as a Halo fan) are extremely loyal people; but it rained most of Monday, so I was wondering how much of that loyalty would hold. Thankfully, my trust in you was greatly repaid as I was welcomed by a large line of people waiting for their chance to pistol whip a few grunts. From about 6 pm to at least 9:30 pm the line in front of the Fermenting Cellar was this long or longer; proving that we ODST are a tough group.
Like the people on the right side of the above picture, my drill instructors immediately recognized my skill and had me stand at attention while they drilled into me the rules of the ODST. However, I refuse to accept the fact that I am any less special because of the fact that they treated everyone this way.
We started off training with a stop in this classroom were we watched an instructional video made by everyone’s favorite Sergeant Major, Avery J. Johnson. We were not able to learn for the Sergeant for long though. The Sergeant’s a busy man after all, and we had loads to keep us busy ourselves. As soon as the instructional video was done my class of recruits were rushed into a large hall with other recruits to test the lessons our instructors had taught us so far.
For hours, we brave few… we band of brothers practiced…
Along the way ODST Drill instructors gave us tips and taught us neat tricks to help us defeat the Covenant.
We drilled under their hawk like eyes while the results of our efforts were placed on big screen monitors for all to see…
and to grade.
We made a lot of progress in a very short time, which was excellent news to our ODST Drill instructors, because little did we know that the Convenant forces were so very close to Earth already.
And if you are wondering about the game itself, well all signs point to get this one ASAP. I talked to a lot of gamers at the event that night, and overall everyone was digging the Firefight mode a lot. The general concensus seems to be that this game will not let you down when it comes to multiplayer, and after playing it myself I have to agree with that. Firefight is a fresh take on a multiplayer system that I honestly have to say was starting to feel a little done.
And I am sure that you are curious about how the single player campaign will stack up. Well recruits, the UNSC has dictated that, that information will be released during this week’s Got Game. Tune us in this Saturday at 5 pm on the FAN590 and www.FAN590.com for our ODST review and much much more.
Monday, September 21st, 2009
Hello there fellow gamers,
We’d like to invite you to the happiest place on earth, but we just like to call it the Got Game Podcast for September 20th, 2009. Which you can find right below this sentence.
This could be the most info packed show we’ve ever had. In this single episode we go in depth with:
- NBA 2K10
- NBA Live 10
- HALO 3 ODST
- Roger’s Ultimate Gaming Experience
- Matt Stajan’s thoughts on hockey video games
- and much much more
However, we were unable to get all of the Matt Stajan interview in during our show, so you can find the whole thing in the audio on demand section of our website.
Also, don’t forget about the HALO 3: ODST event that Microsoft is putting on in the Distillery District on Monday night. The details of that event can be found here.
Monday, September 14th, 2009
Still don’t understand the creepy appeal, but in case you’re interested… found this link on Twitter via our friends @Gamefocusdotca
Check it out, you night vision-wanting freaks…
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
Hello Got Gamers,
It will not be long now until we enter this year’s busiest season for gaming, and because gaming is getting more confusing the Got Game crew is working harder to keep the important things covered. This week we clear the mists of confusion by going over Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 in detail with one of the game’s creators (and you can look for that game in stores on Tuesday). We also strap on our skates for a little 1 on 4 with NHL10, and examine the second Beatles Revolution as we rock The Beatles Rockband to its limits. All that plus so much more on this edition of the Got Game Podcast (which you can find right below this paragraph).
And at the end of this show we talked about a number of subjects:
- Zack wants to remind you about the PS3 NHL10 league that we are starting. It looks like we are going to fill all the teams, so if you want in you should get your requests into us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
- I mentioned that I have the details for the HALO 3: ODST launch party/ODST Training, and like I promised you can find those details here.
- And Momin mentioned this video that his cousin sent him. I have watched the whole thing from start to finish and it is unbelievable that this is real.
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Hello fellow Halo Heads.
It’s almost time to drop on New Mombasa, and if this trailer isn’t enough to get you all pumped for HALO 3: ODST in a few weeks…
… then I know what will.
This event is opened to the public, but you have to be 18 or older to get past the door.
And if you live to far away, or just can’t afford to go then Microsoft may have you covered. That is if you enter and win their Facebook contest. I don’t know all the details about that, but you can find them for yourself if you check the Xbox Canada Facebook page.
Monday, September 7th, 2009
Well today we finally figured out that mystery when NaturalMotion, the studio behind Backbreaker, announced that they’ve partnered with mobile development veterans, Ideaworks3D, to make a game for the iPhone/iTouch called Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley.
This mobile version of the game is said to be inspired by a mini-game that could be found in the console version of Backbreaker, and focuses completely on grabbing the ball and running up field to see how far you can get before someone tackles you. According to NaturalMotion players will use the tilt and touch functions of the iPhone/iTouch to, “sprint, dodge and spin past waves of oncoming defenders, racking up point combos and score multipliers on their way to the end zone”.
On top of that, NaturalMotion is planning on using Morpheme, a animation engine that they call “graphically authorable,” to make this one of the best moving and looking games you’ll find on the iPhone/iTouch. According to NaturalMotion, using Morpheme in this game will allow players to experience a, “fluidity of motion rivaling that experienced on home consoles.”
However, with NaturalMotion’s main focus being the development and selling of game engines to other game and movie development companies, no one knows exactly how well a NaturalMotion football game will be. Only time can truly answer that question, but everything we’ve seen so far looks good.
One way or the other it will not be long until we know how good Backbreaker Football: Tackle Alley is as it will be available for purchase on the iTunes App Store this fall; and if you want you can get the trailer for this game right now. You’ll find it below this paragraph.
Monday, September 7th, 2009
This week’s episode of Got Game is available in super 3-D audio…. but you’d probably just call it common stereo. Whatever you want to call it, you can find the Got Game show for Sunday, September 7th below this sentence.
This week on Got Game we discuss:
- 3-D gaming coming to the PS3 by the end of 2010 (it looks like it will work along the same lines as the 3-D PC game technology that we checked out earlier this year)
- The fate of NASCAR video games
- Zack has some news about NHL 2010 hockey leagues
- We also review the new Batman game, a rag-doll cannon game, and a Super Mario Brothers rip off for your iPhone.
- plus a whole lot more
However, there has been 1 development regarding the PS3 3-D glasses since Got Game has aired. Sony has since said that 3-D gaming will still be coming to the PS3 by 2010, but Sony is NOW saying that it will be for new titles only. At this point no one can confirm exactly which titles will be playing in 3-D by this time next year, but as soon as we know you’ll know too.
Thankfully though, the news is not all bad. In my parting shot this week I talked about about an awesome live action trailer that Bungie had made to promote the new ODST game; well as you can see that trailer is right here. I suggest you watch it as soon as you’re done listening to Got Game!
Oh and before I forget we just found this on Ian Cummings’ (Lead designer for Madden NFL 10) twitter account. It looks like EA Sports is finally expanding into real sports.
Catch ya next game!