Games Roundup – Week Two, March 2010
We’re back to the ‘Roundup,’ folks! How about a big hurrah for consistency?
Here’s what’s making gaming news this week.
Now Playing: March 8-14, 2010 – Joystiq: Check out an amazing list of titles available to buy this week. I’ll give you a hint: there’s Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, some game called Final Fantasy XIII (never heard of it, have you?), and not much else.
Report: FFXIII On 360 “Isn’t Anywhere Near As Impressive” As PS3 Version – Kotaku: The gist of it? The gameplay looks the same, the framerate is better on the Xbox 360, but the cinematics on the PS3 version are far superior.
Aussie ratings board to discuss an R 18+ rating at April meeting – Joystiq: “Adelaide Now says that the Australian National Classification Scheme could finally take a look at the ratings issue when it meets in April of this year.”
The problem with this? If Attorney-General Michael Atkinson keeps his job after the SA elections this month, the meeting will serve no real purpose. He’ll block changes.
NHL 2K11 skips Xbox 360 and PS3, only coming to Wii – Joystiq: Take it from (Cool) Shite’s resident hockey fanatic: you’re not missing anything. EA’s NHL series is infinitely better.
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition not coming to North America – Kotaku: For once, Australia gets something cool and joins Europe and Asia as the only countries that will get a neat new 3D-compatible GOTY edition of Arkham Asylum.
First Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Screens, Details – Kotaku: Tomb Raider it ain’t! Check out the first screens from Lara’s latest adventure here. It’s retooled and looking good!
Ex-Infinity Ward heads claim “Orwellian” moves by Activision – Joystiq: Where to begin with this one? Activision releases the two heads of Infinity Ward. The heads claim they were released unfairly. Let the legal drama begin!
Portal 2 confirmed for Mac, most likely also for PC and Xbox 360 – Gizmodo: After changing bits and pieces in Portal, including the game’s ending, Valve went ahead and announced its sequel will be on Mac. Also, Steam will be fully supported on Macs as well. Friggin’ cool!
Xbox 360 news
Halo: Reach Beta Footage Looks Like A Blast – Joystiq: Halo: Reach. Do I need to say more? Check out the video in the link.
ESRB outs ‘Lips: I (Heart) the 80s‘ – Joystiq: As if you didn’t have enough add-ons already, the ESRB have confirmed that Microsoft will soon bring out the fourth title in the Lips series.
Microsoft demos platformer across Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and PC – Joystiq: Imagine playing a game on your PC, saving, then heading to your Xbox 360 and playing from the exact point you left off. Now, transfer that game to the PC or your Windows 7 Series phone and keep going. Sound cool yet?
Sony PlayStation3 and PSP News
God of War III Review: Olympic Glory- Kotaku: “Bombastic, titanic, brutally imaginative and even occasionally subtle, God of War III is the latest, best reason for a gamer to save money and skip action movies. The better thrills are on a disc on my PlayStation 3.”
Happy Birthday PS2! – Joystiq: Can you honestly believe the PS2 has been around for 10 years and is still going strong?
Nintendo Wii and DS news
With The Help of Friends, Blind Man Beats Legend of Zelda – Joystiq: If you can only read one story this week, read this one. It’s so heart-warming you’ll be smiling for hours.
PC, iPhone, and other news
Portal updated with extended ending – Joystiq: If you can’t be bothered going to Steam and replaying the game, the link has the original the new endings. Just sayin’.
What a circus. Read through the above three articles and draw your own conclusions as to how Ubisoft’s latest DRM scheme is working.
The fine print
This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive roundup of the entire week’s news. All stories are chosen for no other reason than that they got my attention and might capture yours. If something you think is more important, chime in on the feedback; we’d love to hear comments and have a conversation about it.
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