Bioshock 2 Multiplayer Unveiled

Mr. B, Mr. B....Big Sister doesn't want you playing with me.

Mr. B, Mr. B....Big Sister doesn't want you playing with me.

Apparently 2K heard that yesterday was my birthday…because they finally leaked out details of the closely guarded Bioshock 2 multiplayer component. Just for me! Aren’t you all grateful to me now? 😛

There had been speculation that players would be set upon each other as Big Daddies or Big Daddies vs. players or even a compliment to the single player story where the second player would take over control of the Little Sister (Super Mario Galaxy style). The reality is that none of those theories were true. Luckily for us, the truth is far more badass. At least if you’re as obsessed with learning as much about any fake society as I am.  Side note: I’d be perfectly content with an entire game that just let me explore the history and lore of any fantasy universe, completely sans action. Yes. I’m that sad.

In multiplayer mode, players will be transported back in time; to the very beginning of the end for Rapture. According to 2K:

…assume the role of a Plasmid test subject for Sinclair Solutions, a premier provider of Plasmids and Tonics in the underwater city of Rapture that was first explored in the original BioShock. Players will need to use all the elements of the BioShock toolset to survive as the full depth of the BioShock experience is refined and transformed into a unique multiplayer experience that can only be found in Rapture.

Key features:

• Evolution of the genetically enhanced shooter– Earn experience points during gameplay to earn access to new Weapons, Plasmids and Tonics that can be used to create hundreds of different combinations, allowing players to develop a unique character that caters to their playing style.

• Extend the Rapture fiction– Players will step into the shoes of Rapture citizens and learn more about the fall of Rapture as they progress through the experience.

• See Rapture before the fall– Experience Rapture before it was reclaimed by the ocean and engage in combat over iconic environments in locations such as Kashmir Restaurant and Mercury Suites, all of which have been reworked from the ground up to deliver a fast-paced multiplayer experience.

• FPS veterans add their touch to the multiplayer experience– Digital Extremes brings more than 10 years of first person shooter experience including development of award-winning entries in the Unreal® and Unreal Tournament® franchise.

I get to play as a crazy, Adam addict? Fighting other crazy Adam addicts for space and supplies? In a fully functioning, non decrepit Rapture?! From the guys that did the Unreal Tournament franchise?! Glee!!

Best.

Birthday

Ever.


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New Overlord II Trailer Released

Overlord II

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As a huge fan of the original game in this franchise, I can’t wait to hop back into my evil shoes and send my minions out to die horrible deaths in my name.  Codemasters decided to release of few more details on their game today, along with a new gameplay trailer. Let’s take a look, eh?

In Overlord II the Minions return stronger, smarter, deadlier (and funnier) and are ready to fight in epic battles that will see them squaring up to the Legions of a new enemy– the Glorious Empire. Their horde mentality is as wild and outrageous as ever and their loyalty to their Overlord has not changed– they’ll do anything and everything that’s commanded of them (and then a bit more) to aid their masters’ quest to destroy or dominate the land.

During the Overlord’s onslaught, the savage pack will gleefully destroy the towns of the Empire and decide the fate of their denizens. Given the right instruction, they’ll even gather voluptuous mistresses for the Overlord and infiltrate the very heart of the Glorious Empire’s army badly (but passably) disguised as diminutive soldiers.

Delivering a whole new level of Minion control, players can equip the Overlord’s devoted brown, green and red Minions with mounts, unique and deadly creatures ready to raise hell. Forming the Minion Cavalry division, brown Minions can ride and control packs of vicious wolves (“Aw, lovelies wolfies”). On wolf-back, the Minions can be swept into attacks and knock enemies off their feet through sheer force and then bite and gore opponents in lupine finishing moves.

Red Minions ride fire salamanders, which become living flamethrowers that shoot fireballs as a primary attack. Green Minions can mount giant spiders, enabling them to climb walls to get to places where no other Minion can get. Meanwhile, the blue Minions, the more ethereal and Zen-like of the tribes, wouldn’t be seen dead on a creature’s back; but they will keep their eyes on their Minion pals and, should they take a tumble or get injured, they’ll dash to the rescue and make use of their unique healing powers.

“The Minions are the stars of the show and we’ve brought them back with bigger personalities and with more abilities than before,” said Lennart Sas, Creative Director, Triumph Studios.“Hilariously supercharged, the Minions can tear down scenery and destroy buildings, ride mounts and operate powerful siege weapons in massive battles with the Empire. They became hugely popular from the first game, so we’re upping their profile, abilities and unique characteristics.”

Spider mounts? Fire breathing salamanders? Wenches? Is there anything this game doesn’t have? Oh yeah, the ability to SHOW us any of that…except the spiders. Oh well, the trailer still looks spot on. They seem to be keeping the formula that worked last time, only upping the graphic content and number of minions you’re allowed to have at once. See?

Still no word on whether they fix players’ biggest gripe; the lack of a map system. Nothing is worse than being all dressed up in intimidating plate armor with a horde of minions and then wandering around in a big circle for twenty minutes.

Overlord II is slated for a Xbox 360, PS3 and PC release on June 26th. For the MASTER!

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Block & Roll: LEGO Rock Band Confirmed

TTgames, makers of the LEGO video game franchise are teaming up with Harmonix and Warner Brothers to bring together a meeting of two cash cow meccas. That’s right kids. Now you too can play Rock Band without having your parents’ look on in chagrin as you sing the lyrics to “Dani California”. Designed as family friendly, LEGO Rock Band is set for a 2009 release across all current gen platforms save the PSP. Look for little Lego Rockers on your Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Nintendo DS before Christmas this year.

Some more information from the press release:

The unique family-friendly music experience is currently in development by TT Games in partnership with Harmonix, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game, which will allow families, tweens and teens to experience a wild journey to rock stardom where they can“Build a Band and Rock the Universe”, will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™ home videogame console. LEGO Rock Band for Nintendo DS™ will be co-developed by TT Games and Harmonix in partnership with Backbone Entertainment, a Foundation 9 Entertainment studio. All versions are scheduled for 2009.

LEGO Rock Band combines the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band® with the fun, customization and humour of the LEGO videogame franchise packed with brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favourites suitable for younger audiences, including:

Blur:“Song 2”

Carl Douglas:“Kung Fu Fighting”

Europe:“The Final Countdown”

Good Charlotte:“Boys and Girls”

Pink:“So What”

Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also continuing the LEGO“build-and-play” gaming experience, players will be able to create their own LEGO Rock Band style as they customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew. LEGO Rock Band supports Rock Band instruments, as well as other music game controllers.

“LEGO Rock Band combines two compelling properties and creates an experience that family members of all ages will enjoy playing together as a group,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games.“Harmonix and MTV Games are the world experts in music gameplay, and we’re genuinely thrilled to bring the unique and humour-filled LEGO experience to their Rock Band universe.”


Upsides as far as I see them:

LEGO universe – hilarious and self-deprecating.

Accessibility – Thankfully the higher ups realized that while charging an arm and a leg for The Beatles is one thing, people with small kids might not have as much disposable income. So making the game compatible with already existing software was awesome.

Music – Hell YES, Kung Fu Fighting!

Customization – As if the custom options of the original product weren’t enough, LEGO is upping the ante by letting you customize damn near everything in the game.

Downsides as far as I see them:

Internet Whining – The purist, the cynic and the childless will all be whining that this is a blatant attempt to cash in on a hot property and nothing more. Gamers with kids (or parents) will not care.

Backwards Compatibility – So far there has been no word on whether songs from Rock Band and Rock Band 2 will be playable on this new version. While that might not necessarily mean anything, it might mean the upper brass aren’t as smart as I just gave them credit for.

So as far as I’m concerned the positive (so far) outweighs the negative by a mile. But that’s just one blogger’s opinion. Feel free to leave your own, differing or like-minded, in the comments section.

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Square Releases Spanking New Final Fantasy Trailer

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Is there no gaming genre that developers WON’T shoe horn Hitler into? I mean, I know he’s the embodiment of evil but when he’s using swords and steampunk aircraft to destroy a replica of the Space Needle on top of a city behind the Great Wall of China…that’s a stretch. Oh wait, it’s the new Final Fantasy game for PSP. Now it all makes sense.

Originally slated to come out as an mobile application, somewhere along the way Square decided not to sell their dignity entirely and took a sharp right turn. The new look, for PSP, is right on par from what you expect from a Final Fantasy game. Take a look!

Sorry I couldn’t embed the video straight to the blog, but I can’t use Flash with my wordpress account and the video is so new that no one has stuck it up on YouTube yet. However, I did find some nice screenshots.


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Batman:Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition

Batman has had a bit of renaissance lately. And if any superhero of badassery needed to be revitalized after Hollywood ditched their raped and mutilated body in a back alley, it’s Batman. For God’s sake, they gave the man fake nipples. FAKE. NIPPLES.

That shit ain't right.

That shit ain't right.

And if apologizing for all the horrible things they did to him by making a bad ass reboot of the series wasn’t enough, the entertainment industry is about to unleash Batman: Arkham Asylum on the world this June. If you’ve been living under some sort of rock, on Mars, this game is highly anticipated by anyone that’s ever wanted a Batman game that involved more finesse than punching guys in the face and racing the Batmobile in circles.

There are A LOT of trailers, videos and screenshots for Arkham Asylum and if you’ve found me than you clearly know what a Google search is. If you’re too lazy to utilize that, here is the official trailer for the game, followed by one of some of the awesome sneaky badassery gameplay.

Now that you are all properly hyped, let’s get to the real meat of this post. The collector’s edition. We all knew there would be one. The Collector’s Edition can either be the pinnacle of fan service or the bottom of the barrel. Which way would the Eidos marketing people go? Crappy artbook or some shoddy pen with “Batman” embossed on it? Hell no! Eidos doesn’t half ass Batman!

Holy Mother of God!

Holy Mother of God!

That’s right. You get a bloody batarang! The complete collection includes:

■ 14″ Batarang with stand – Matches the Batarang’s in-game design

■ Arkham Doctor’s Journal – 48 pages of notes on Arkham’s inmates, Embossed leather dust jacket

■ 2 Sleeve Digi-pack, including: Game disc, Behind-the-scenes DVD

■ Code for downloadable Challenge Map – Exclusive “Crime Alley” map, available immediately

■ Full-color Manual

I haven’t been this psyched about a collector’s edition since I found out I’d get a genuine Big Daddy figurine with my copy of Bioshock. Of course, all this awesome doesn’t come cheap. If you want to attack your pets with a replica batarang, you’re going to have to shell out $100 USD. Not sure what the conversion for Britain or other countries is; but I’m guessing it’ll run about the same. A little pricey for this economy but for those that can afford it, a feather in their cap.

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Look Over There! It’s Bioshock 2!

Big Sister Doesn

Big Sister Doesn't Like Subtitles.

I know, I know. I didn’t post a damn thing yesterday. In my defense, the “Easter Bunny” somehow managed to forget that Easter was this Sunday and had to make a last minute dash to Wally World so my kids wouldn’t be disappointed.

By the way, those pre-made baskets might look fancy with their cheap plastic toys, but there is approximately two pieces of candy in them. Lame.

Then, my shiny toy came in the mail today. A mini-laptop/early birthday present from my husband who loves me. In fact, I stopped enjoying browsing the internet from the comfort of laying prone on the couch to bring you this half-assed post. From my adorable, me-sized netbook.

But anyway, to soothe your savage rage (imagined in my head) have some shiny Bioshock 2 gameplay footage.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that even though you are a Big Daddy your vision isn’t impaired. One of the shittiest things about the first Bioshock to me was the lack of peripheral vision once the helmet went on. I don’t care if it was realistic, it bothered the crap out of me.

I was a tad disappointed to not see more of a fight between the Big Daddy and Big Sister, especially after Game Informer built her up to be such a bad ass of badassery in their cover story last month. But I’ll just have to settle for her skipping and acrobatic-ing around like a spider on meth. For now.

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Minion Impossible: Overlord To Set Minions Loose On DS

Cute but evil. Things even out.

Cute but evil. Things even out.

The original Overlord game, released in 2007, was one of the most amusing games I’ve ever played. In a genre filled with do-gooders and hero types, Overlord let us release our inner megalomaniac and rewarded us for it. And while it certainly suffered from its share of problems (most notably the lack of a bloody map!), the stinging wit of the dialogue and plot helped smooth over the bumps. Of course, when Rhianna Pratchett (daughter of renown author Terry Pratchett) is writing the script, satire and dry wit are to be expected.

And while Overlord 2 is in the works for 360 and PS3,  a different story is being penned for Overlord: Dark Legend on the Wii. Nintendo DS owners will also get a chance to explore this hilarious world with the release of Overlord Minions, which is set to run parallel to the Wii plot.

Quite frankly, I’m tickled that the minions are getting their own game. They were a joy in the first game, with their dog like loyalty and borderline combination of cunning and stupidity. A press release by developer Codemasters earlier today gave a glimpse of what gamers have to look forward to:

In Overlord Minions the player assumes the role of the great Overlord and commands his crack commando team remotely. In this 100% touch screen controlled game, the Nintendo DS Stylus is truly mightier than the sword as players use the stylus as an extension of the Overlord’s evil will, commanding and combining the Elite Minion team through devilish puzzles and a huge range of warped enemies to prevent Silas, the head of a new Cult, from resurrecting an almighty Dragon and threatening the Overlord’s totalitarianism.

The Minion Special Farces Team

• Giblet: A brown minion and the main fighter, brave, willing, and a little dumb.

• Blaze: A pyromaniac red minion who throws fireballs as a powerful range attack.

• Stench: A sneaky green minion whose obnoxious‘fart dart’ gases are not only flammable, but can overpower enemies with their sheer toxicity.

• Zap: A blue minion and the mystic shaman of the unit. He channels magic through this body and can heal the other minions, should they be injured.

Whether they’re going into battle, combining to perform increasingly powerful attacks or solving puzzles, the Minion quartet’s on-going banter and playful-yet-ferociously-violent nature perfectly compliments the unfolding carnage of Overlord Minions.
Prepare to battle a huge range of new enemies from infected sheep, goats, spiders, paladins, infected dwarves, mutated trolls, scorpions, winged elves and many more as Overlord Minions launches this June.

Now, if the gameplay sounds familiar its probably because on not-so-close inspection, the mechanics are almost identical to the Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass. This becomes even more obvious when you watch the actual gameplay trailer.

Upon inner reflection, I decided that this is not a bad thing. LoZ:PH was a great game and imitation is the best form of flattery. You are welcome to form your own opinion however. And while Link is the epitome of the lone, silent hero (even when he accepts help, it’s only from clones of himself), the minions are a loosely cohesive unit that never shut the hell up.

With all three games set to release this summer, I know I’m looking forward to saving the world from other peoples tyranny. After all, mine is the best tyranny there is.


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