Welcome back to another edition of Hot Topics in the Gaming World You Need to Know About! I’m your host, Adam Stevinson, and… enough of that. Anyway…
After a relatively quiet few weeks, things are starting to ramp up in the gaming world. E3’s only a couple weeks away, so plenty of exciting news is on the horizon. In the meantime, the much-anticipated Diablo III and Max Payne 3 dropped last week to rave reviews. Mario hit the courts on the 3DS but to much less acclaim. The Big Three’s next-generation consoles have yet to be released–Sony’s and Microsoft’s have yet to even be officially confirmed–but they are already receiving discomforting news. The first details about Mass Effect 3’s upcoming DLC have emerged, and 343 Industries released some Halo 4 news.
Oh, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier hits store shelves this Tuesday.
General Gaming News
The latest Ghost Recon game comes out on Tuesday, and the folks over at IGN had a little fun and created a parody titled “Ghost Recon: Future Intern”. It’s pretty funny.
Diablo III was released last week, and if you own an Android phone, you no longer have to use your PC to check the status of the online servers. There’s an app for that.
Max Payne 3 came out last week, and if you’re undecided on whether or not you should purchase it, perhaps this glowing review will help.
Both Sony and Microsoft are working on next-generation consoles, but according to Wired magazine, developer Epic–the studio behind the Unreal Engine–isn’t satisfiedwith either console. Like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, Epic wants them to be more powerful.
That’s not all: some analysts are predicting that the next-gen consoles won’t match the sales of the current generation of consoles. They believe that mobile and social games will continue to eat away at the console market. .The good news is that gaming companies and already expanding to those areas, so the video game industry as a whole will remain strong.
After the uproar that surfaced over Mass Effect 3’s ending, BioWare announced DLC would be on the way to this summer to provide further closure. That content, titled “Extended Cut”, will include Admiral Hackett and EDI. Kaiden Alenko will also be back.
More bad news: Devil’s Third is in trouble.
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With NHL 13 set to be released on September 11 of this year, developer EA Sports Canada has added some features to improve the game.
A few more Vintage Collections from Sega are making their way to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network over the next two weeks.
A new Spider-Man movie is going to hit theaters this summer which means there is a new Spider-Man game on the way. Find out how developer Beenox has tackled the problem of web-slingin’ through “Web Rush”.
New trailers debuted for both Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 during the Champions League Final, and you can check them out here.
Dragon Age Legends, the companion Facebook game to the Dragon Age franchise, will be shutting down on June 18.
George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones book series has spawned a popular HBO show and now a video game. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t live up to the high quality of the books and television show.
In other fantasy-related news, take a gander at the first-look trailerfor Project Copernicus, the in-development MMO from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios.
Microsoft — Xbox 360
Halo 4 is coming out this fall, and like previous Halo titles, there will be multiple editions. Unlike previous games, there will only be Standard and Limited Editions for sale, so no $150 Master Chief helmet or Noble Team statue this time around. The Limited Edition will sell for $100 and comes with quite a bit of extras. The game’s boxart has also been revealed, and it looks awesome.
Sony — PS3 & Vita
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is making its way to the Vita, and you can take a peek at the trailer here. Also, the PS3 and Vita versions share one save file, meaning you can play on your PS3 and then transfer your game over to the Vita.
DUST 514 has been running a closed beta, but developer CCP is about to open it up to all… well, sort of. Anybody is now eligible to register and apply for a slot, but only limited numbers of people will be accepted.
Twitter is causing some speculationthat popular characters Solid Snake, Nathan Drake, and Infamous 2’s Cole will be in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.
Nintendo — Wii U, Wii, & 3DS
Mario Tennis was one of the best games for the N64, and now Mario & Co. are taking their racquets to the 3DS. Does it live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessor? Check out Joystiq’s review to find out. If you want a second opinion, here’s IGN’s take.
Rumors are flying that a Star Fox-Metroid crossover is in the works… yes, you read that correctly.
Check out the redesigned Wii U controller. It looks, um, unwieldy.
Peter Molyneux, former head of Lionhead Studios and the man behind Fable, was not impressedby the Wii U.
Spoiler alert (don’t say I didn’t warn you): there is a secret world in Diablo 3, and if you don’t want the surprise ruined, don’t click on this link.
Ever wanted to create your own game but didn’t know how to code? Well, you’re in luck: GameSalad’s game creation platform, GameSalad Creator, is currently in closed beta testing for Windows, and you can sign up.
The launch of the real-money auction house for Diablo III has been delayed until May 29.
Game Releases for the Week of May 20-26
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
- Dragon’s Dogma (Xbox 360, PS3)
- Mario Tennis Open (3DS) — May 20
- Sorcery (PS3)
- Men In Black: Alien Crisis (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
- Kids Learn to Think: A+ Edition (DS)
- Stronghold 3 (PC) — May 25
- Purr Pals: Purrfection (3DS)
- Haunted Legends 2: The Bronze Horseman (PC)
- Nightmare Realm (PC)