Archive for April 2011
After a violent jailbreak; mob boss Charles Jericho is on the loose. San Francisco is gripped by fear as the crime lord mounts a campaign of targeted kidnap and theft, but to what end? The Police department has no leads and the only man to ever catch him, Detective John Tanner, fights for his life after a brutal car cash.
Unaware that he is in a coma, Tanner must undertake a relentless manhunt, going deep undercover like never before to reveal Jericho’s real plan.
It’s a chase that drives him towards the secret behind his own recovery.
A chase between life and death.
Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, creators of the original title, DRIVER® SAN FRANCISCO is the return of the established action driving video game series that has sold 14 million copies worldwide. Gamers play John Tanner, a hardened detective involved in a relentless manhunt throughout the City by the Bay. Thanks to a ground breaking gameplay feature, players can now seamlessly shift between more than a hundred licensed vehicles, keeping them constantly in the heart of the action. With its timeless atmosphere, unique car handling and renewed playability, DRIVER® SAN FRANCISCO offers the free-roaming, classic, cinematic car chase experience.
Driver San Francisco
THE TRUE CAR CHASE EXPERIENCE
Rediscover the cinematic driving sensations of DRIVER: loose suspension, long drifts, sharp bends and high-speed pursuits in dense traffic. Drive over 120 licensed cars involved in some of the most intense chase sequences ever seen.
A CAR CHASE PLAYGROUND
Drive on more than 200 miles of road network, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and along iconic locations throughout San Francisco. Dip into the lives of different residents, a head-spinning array of characters, each with a unique perspective on a city under siege.
Earn the ability to SHIFT and experience unprecedented freedom, diversity and intensity like no other action driving game. Deploy civilian vehicles to block your enemies’ getaways, defuse bombs under trucks around the city or take down a convoy of juggernauts ploughing through cars on the highway.
Ram, tail and overtake in 19 different, frantic and addictive multiplayer modes including online competitive modes, split screen competitive modes and split screen cooperative modes, where SHIFT adds a completely new online gaming experience for players and their friends.
- Record your best stunts and chases with the Film Director replay mode to edit and share your movies online
- Test your driving skills with over 30 challenge races and 80 “dares” spread all across the city
- Listen to over 60 music tracks with songs from famous artists and remixes of the original Driver theme
- Earn cash to buy cars, and purchase garages around the city to store them in
- Collect 120 in-game collectibles to unlock 12 Movie challenges inspired by classic TV & Movie chases
Driver SF will release September 2nd 2011.
Of Orcs and Men is a great role-playing game, jointly developed for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC by Cyanide Studios (Concept and Production) and Spiders (Realization and Development). These first images give an early preview into a brutal world at war, where the Empire of Men’s oppressive threat looms over the territories of the Orcs and the Goblins. Goblins are systematically persecuted and slaughtered, while Orcs not killed in battle are captured and enslaved.
Of Orcs and Men first puts you into the role of an elite Orc soldier from the legendary legion of Bloodjaws, a league of warriors deeply involved in the war opposing the Orcs and Goblins on one side to their persecutors, Humankind. As a veteran warrior who has seen the most brutal of battles, you are appointed by the Orc commander to complete a mission that could change the course of the war: kill the one man responsible for all of this bloodshed, the one who has, for years, exhorted the human masses to loath and fight the green-skinned people: the Emperor himself.
A Goblin will soon join you to aid you in your mission… he is everything the Orc is not. But you find that this works to your advantage as you fight on the battleground and off. Making advantage of their natural traits, they have their own skill trees you will develop. While the Orc focuses on power, reflecting his incredible strength, the Goblin will benefit from darker powers and stealth abilities, making him the perfect assassin.
From the filthy alleys at the foot of the Great Wall, to the depths of the Empire of Men, your two infiltrated heroes will face the greatest dangers through their epic quest. They will commune with the Wizards, fight the assassins and soldiers of the Empire of Men, and oppose the powerful Sisters of Laments.
As the world falls into chaos and you face a cruel and merciless humanity bent on eternal persecution of Orcs and Goblins, your unlikely duo will have one last chance to change the course of History and, hopefully, bringing peace between your peoples.
Of Orcs and Men is scheduled for a Spring 2012 release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Of Orcs and Men
There aren’t many games that suddenly can make me jump in the couch, but this one can. This is because 2K have made this horror game just like they should, with sudden action or something that isn’t supposed to be there just pops up in your face.
The story starts in a plane that crashes close to a light house, and it seems like you’re the only survivor. It’s not before you enter the light house, the story will truly begin and you will discover the first elevator down to Rapture City.
What’s interesting is how they’ve made it seem like it’s the 1950′s – 60′s with a little twist, and as soon as you get down to Rapture you will in a way get a heads up for what to come. One of the cool features in this game is that you can use the devices for your own defense / help. This means that when you come across f.ex. a security cam, you can hack it so when a enemy enter the sight of the cam, you will get a notification / alarm and a couple of bots will come to fight for you. This is also the thing with every other device you come across through the game. Hack it and make a strong defence / offence.
So… You came out of the elevator… did you?? Well that’s good for now you will have a great journey in front of you with DNA manipulation for your body, creating devices / items and ammo, and at least get to know the little sisters and their Big Daddies…
The famous detective shows a little more of his latest adventure! You will discover on these images, some of the places you will get to explore during a particularly tricky investigation.
The Sherlock Holmes series causes here a real stir, with this adventure specially designed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles, and also playable on PC.
Discover now these 3 new screenshots, showing the sharpness of the scenes rendered by the new graphic engine. Lush, immersing and captivating environments will serve as Sherlock Holmes’ playground during his crime scenes investigation, fall 2011!
Sherlock Holmes causes a stir! For over ten years, millions of players have donned the hat and magnifying glass of the world’s greatest detective, in a dozen games for PC and handheld systems. This year, Sherlock Holmes makes a triumphant return in his very first adventure specially designed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game consoles! All the mystery and intrigue will also be available on PC.
1898, London. All the evidence of police investigation points at Sherlock Holmes as the main suspect in a case involving theft, fraud and double-crossings. Unable to prove his own innocence, Holmes is rapidly losing London’s trust as doubt spreads through the city like wildfire. Even Doctor Watson’s faith in his friend begins to waver, as the famous detective flees Scotland Yard and raises further suspicion; prowling around at night, destruction of evidence… would Holmes go so far as to commit murder?
A mainstay genre of console games, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is playable with a gamepad in a third person view, with controls thought and specially developed with consoles in mind. The new game engine was also specially built to display complex scenes and high-resolution textures. The game features lush, captivating environments and truly raises the bar for console adventure games.
The complex and decidedly-mature storyline surrounds a particularly tricky investigation, in which each and every puzzle will challenge both insight and wits! As Sherlock Holmes, you will use the detective’s full repertoire: handle and inspect clues, reenact crimes and use the game’s new deduction system to draw your own conclusions. Choose your questioning approach to catch characters off guard and gather valuable information. Players are facing an open investigation, and must decide which leads to follow and which to ignore.
You are Sherlock Holmes, and this is your investigation. Live a thrilling adventure and foil an incredible conspiracy on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC fall 2011!
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Copenhagen, Denmark – April 13th, 2011 – Ubisoft announced the development of PowerUp Heroes, a full-body combat game exclusively on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. Developed by Longtail Studios, PowerUp Heroes lets players transform their Xbox360 avatar into a custom superhero to face off in a fight against the forces of evil. PowerUp Heroes will be available worldwide June 2011.
Leveraging the Kinect technology, PowerUp Heroes is an ultimate super power-infused full-body fighting game. Players control each move in combat by using their entire body to launch projectiles, dodge strikes and counter deadly attacks. Players can unleash super assaults on their opponents in a two-player cosmic showdown online. Additional modes include local two-player versus and four-player tournament.
Power Up Heroes
Players use their unique Xbox 360 avatars to create custom playable superheroes in the game and prepare their avatar for battle by infusing their super suit with deadly powers and special abilities. After the player’s character destroys an enemy in battle, they will strip them of the super suit and wield their power for their next battle. There are 20 super suits to collect including the mighty Necromancer suit which allows the player to control a horde of skeletons, and the Mentalist suit that gives the player the ability to break into their enemy’s mind.
Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced that its acclaimed first-person shooter, Brink, will be available one week EARLIER than originally scheduled. Brink will now first be available for purchase in North America on May 10th instead of May 17th, and in Europe on May 13th instead of May 20th.
“Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn’t see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “It’s apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier – we’re going to.”
I usually don’t buy arcade games for my xbox, but this I just had to buy, and i have to tell you… this is one of the funniest games I have tried for a long time. I mean, just the title itself gives you a head’s up for a crazy game. The game itself is very simple, but yet well made, and as I said… a little crazy. When you start the game you have two characters to choose between, both with different starting points and different weapons to pick up as you go through the story. Either way you go as a kind of ninja for revenge and have to fight your way through monsters and so on, the fun part is that there are no limits of how bad you can go… just click on your fighter buttons as a mad hatter and go crazy, believe you me… it’s fun. Each level have its own boss and a harder difficulty for each level, you will also meet kind of “right hand bosses” along the way.
Also, you can play co-op in this game, something that make this game even better as you can compete with your friends to see who’s got the highest score/kills and so on. The only problem with the co-op in story mode is that you may experience some connection interuptions now and then, especially when you and your friend are fighting hordes of monsters.
They have also placed guitars and violines around in the game so you can play just like Guitar Hero/Rockband where you can earn money and/or gifts if you complete the songs within a certain amount of percentages. By the way… they have absolute added some irony to the game in the “Pretty Princes” difficulty, and I recommend you to at least take a look at it.
This is an arcade game I would recommend without any doubt.
The price are only 800 ms points.
Well… now will you get the chance to do so in your own living room.
Ubisoft unveils just a few of the phenomenal songs that players will be able to perform in Michael Jackson The Experience, the video game that will allow players to feel the magic of King of Pop by reliving his most iconic performances through their own singing and dancing.
Some of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs that will be included in the game are:
- Beat It
- Billie Jean
- Earth Song
- The Girl Is Mine
- Who Is It
- Workin’ Day And Night
- And many more…
The Power of Ubisoft’s Player Projection on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®
Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, Michael Jackson The Experience using the sensor for Kinect for Xbox 360, will give fans of the King of Pop the feeling of actually performing in Michael Jackson’s shoes. Ubisoft’s proprietary Player Projection technology projects the player on-screen and into the game itself, where their body will be tracked so they will see their true movements and steps reproduced in the game. This level of immersion has never been seen before and as players are surrounded by environments inspired by the music videos and live performances of each song, they will truly live the experience. The player’s performance will trigger effects, visuals and even the music itself as fans match their talent to that of the greatest artist of all time, whose music, lyrics and stunningly innovative dance moves continue to excite fans in every corner of the world.
Michael Jackson The Experience for Kinect™ for Xbox 360 sensor is more than just a game as it features a combination of dancing, singing and freestyle moves. The player’s full-on singing and dancing performance takes place in jaw-dropping sets with incredible lighting, special effects, and a completely energized million-strong crowd just waiting to cheer on every move.
The game releases April 14th 2011.
Michael JAckson: The Experience
- Moonwalk Into Michael Jackson’s World:Through Kinect technology, you can immerse yourself in the universe of the most successful entertainer of all time! Your full-on singing and dancing performance takes place in jaw-dropping sets inspired by his music videos and stage performances with incredible lighting, special effects and a completely energized crowd totalling in the millions, just waiting to cheer on your every move.
- Live The Experience: Feel the thrill of performing like Michael Jackson as never before. Trigger effects, visuals and even the music itself as you move around the digital environment and match the talent of the greatest artist of all time.
- Dance Like The King Of Pop: With innovative full body tracking, players will be able to really know if they can match the King of Pop’s moves. Fans will be taught then tested on his signature style, all without the need of a controller!
- Your Voice Gets An Upgrade: With the use of a microphone, Michael Jackson The Experience has pro-worthy technology that includes real-time professional audio enhancers, so your voice will be given the golden treatment to make you sound better than ever.
- Fun And Accessible: Follow Michael Jackson’s dance steps thanks to very intuitive game play styling that requires little training and provides loads of fun! Play with family and friends and challenge each other on who can become the ultimate pop star.
- Step up with the Michael Jackson School Mode:Wanna really step up your game? Always dreamed of performing a perfect moonwalk? Rehearse with your crew at the Michael Jackson School. You’ll be able to practice even the most difficult moves before you perform.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – March 15, 2011 – Ubisoft announced the development of Rocksmith, a new video game franchise that is set to revolutionize the music genre. Rocksmith is the first and only game where players can plug any real guitar with a standard quarter-inch input jack into an Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system or PC, and play through an in-depth library of music including everything from the latest hits to classic rock songs.
Featuring gameplay that automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level and innovative game design that makes reading music visually fun and intuitive, Rocksmith engages experienced musicians and those who are picking up a guitar for the first time. The game includes a sizeable library of music from classic rock bands to current artists, such as The Animals, The Black Keys, David Bowie, Interpol, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones,.
“Rocksmith is the most authentic and addicting music game ever created,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft U.S. “Whether a beginner or a seasoned guitar vet, players progress at their own speed and walk away from the game with the ability to play songs by memory. Rocksmith is the only video game that getsplayers stage ready.”
Rocsmith are set to be released in September 2011, a more specific date is yet to be revealed.
Whether it’s the guitar sitting in your garage, your cherished faithful steed, or the guitar you have yet to buy, Rocksmith lets you plug any guitar into your X360 or PS3. As long as your guitar has a jack, you can play.
You love a challenge, but hate being overwhelmed. Rocksmith understands this, and knows exactly how far to push to keep you entertained and addicted. With dozens of difficulty levels, you will automatically progress from single notes to complex chords without getting in over your head.
One of the most satisfying moments for any guitar player is hearing yourself play your favorite song for the first time. The game includes an amazing library of songs from the latest hits to classic rock allowing players to experience that moment first hand.
Use your TV as your amplifier and your X360/PS3 controller to select from a huge variety of different pedals (sounds) in order to customize and develop your unique sound.
The game will not only allow you to learn songs as you actually play the songs, but will also challenge you to step away from the notes on screen and play songs by memory. Imagine that. A video game that’ll get you stage ready.
You have 6 different starting histories depending on which race you are and which class you choose when you start a new game.
Each history will influence your character in one way or another, f.ex: you choose to be a human noble, later in the history you will catch up with the history where it began and you will get your revenge.
The history are well formed and seem very solid throughout the game, and your jobb is to gather allies as a greywarden to fight the uprising darkspawn. What’s interesting is that when you’re supposed to gather your allies, you have to help them first so they will be able to help you in the “Blight”, but here’s the thing… In some places when you do this you will get a choice, help them or turn around and get sided with the ones you’re fighting at the moment. How this will affect your gathering of allies, I do not know as I haven’t tried this option yet.
You will not just gather tribes with your treaties, but you can also gather single party members to fight beside you throughout the game, not just for the end game. But be aware, each character will respond to your actions either bad or good depending on the character and the situation. If they get to angry with you will lose them as an ally, whether you have to fight them or not you have to find out.
Upgrading your stats will also depend on which class you are f.ex: a rogue will depend on dexterity and cunning rather that raw strength and magica and so on, unfortunately there are no potions that will regain you stamina like you do with magica/mana. It could have come in handy some times especially when you’re in a huge fight and you have to wait for your stamina to recharge.
Remember, if you’re planning to play further with the DLC’s, sell all your equipment in your chest at Soldiers Peak (DLC) before you go for the main fight as you wont get to it afterwards.
As I stated earlier, this game have a solid story and gave me about 30 hours of fun.