FF XIII Coming to the 360

For those of you yet unaware, Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the Xbox 360.

Check out high resolution images, trailers, and character bios from the official site (http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/ff13/).

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News: Godfather, Halo, Ghostbusters

Compiled from various sources, here are the latest breaking game news stories from the CES 2009 convention:

The Godather 2 has a release date of February 27, for the PC, PS 3, and the 360. The second game based on the classic Mafia films will incorporate both top-down strategy and Grand Theft Auto-style street-level action.

Players who pre-order will receive an exclusive crew member, named Tommy Cipolla, to hire into their family. While the other soldiers start equipped with one specialty and level-one firearms, Tommy will possess two specialties – arsonist and medic – as well as carry a level-two double-barreled shotgun. With Tommy in your family, players will have a strategic advantage in the game, using his advanced skills either directly in battle, or sending him to take over and defend rackets on his own.

 

Microsoft announced that Halo Wars has been pushed forward to February 28, 2009. Furthermore, the publisher announced it will release a playable demo on February 5.

Unlike first person shooters like Halo, and Quake Wars: Enemy Territory, Halo Wars is an RTS, controlling armies and territories in an overhead view, very similar to the Command and Conquer series. Much of this is contributed by the development team at Ensemble Studios, whom brought the Age of Empires series to the real time strategy genre.

 

  Although we would have expected Atari to make the announcement, it was Sony Pictures that just revealed when Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be released June 16 for the PS3, and the 360.

For those of you that have been living in a cave, Ghostbusters has had a rough history of developer and publisher conflicts. The game itself is written by Harold Ramis, and Dan Akroyd, whom wrote the original two films. Bill Murray, Akroyd, and Ramis will reprise their talented vocal roles to the game, making it the closest we will ever see to a Hollywood adaption of Ghostbusters 3.

 

Jumper: the 360’s Worst of 2008

While Grand Theft Auto IV received the top game award of 2008 (at no surprise by countless sources), Meta Critic has also decided on the worst game of 2008. And the loser is:

Jumper: Griffen’s Story

JGS currently has a generous critic score of 2.9 and user score of 3.0 on Gamespot.

JGS has received countless bad reviews from all over the net and gamers alike. It is also the only game that shows up twice on Meta Critics worst games of 2008: one for the Wii, and one for the 360.

Of course we are used to great movies bombing in to terrible game adoptions. However, Jumper received bad reviews and scores for the movie itself as well… Lets pray there may never be a sequel.

GTA IV: the Lost and the Damned

Yep… There is an expansion coming to the 360. From M&C
Rockstar Games today announced that the first episode of downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV will be available worldwide on February 17, 2009, exclusively on Xbox 360. The first episode is titled “Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned,” and is the first of two episodes announced.

“Making these episodes has enabled us to expand the narrative and the experience of interacting with a game world in really innovative ways,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new
multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned requires players to have the full version of  rand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live membership to download. Further  details, including pricing, will be announced soon.

Watch the video at http://www.gametrailers.com/player/43632.html

Future 360, Wii, PS3 Emulator for PC?

With E3 boiling the latest and greatest tech demos and release dates, there has also been something else to brew with total surprise and absolutely no showcase at all: only rumors… Rumors of a PC emulator capable of processing Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii.

Taken from http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3168249

By now most of you have heard about the recent Intellisponse leak. The latest in the continuing series of speculations is a mysterious something known as Trioxide. First breached over on Kotaku, Trioxide is apparently a system of some sort designed to give PC players the ability to play (emulate?) the “latest console games” on their home computers.

The name Trioxide might imply that the system’s capabilities could theoretically encompass the current-gen trinity of Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. Besides the initial mission statement referenced above, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the way of technical specs or clarification leaking out, apart from a mysterious dual price point of $49 and $299. The prices seem to suggest two SKUs for Trioxide — perhaps one sold as just software with more limited capabilities and one with controllers and hardware included for a more complete experience. This is, of course, totally speculation for the time being.

Assuming such a program/piece of hardware/whatever-it-is does exist, would it even be legal to sell? How long would it take the big three to permanently shut it down? Given the marketing research website source, Trioxide could simply be a marketer’s wishlist for the next Bleem. On the other hand, if Trioxide is real and somehow survives the probable legal onslaught awaiting, it could shake the worlds of console and PC gaming.