Today’s releases, March 29, 2011

  • Shift 2 Unleashed (EA Sports) Racing title for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
  • Tiger Woods PGA 12: The Masters (EA Tiburon). Golf title for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
  • WWE All Stars (THQ San Diego) Wrestling title for Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and XBox 360.
  • NASCAR The Game 2011 (Eutechnyx/Activision). Racing title for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
  • Country Dance for Wii (High Voltage Software/GameMill Entertainment). Dance title for Nintendo Wii
  • Mayhem 3D (Zoo Entertainment/Rombax Games) Demolition derby title for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

Recruit Hideo Kojima

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The upcoming MGS game on the PSP, Peace Walker, will allow players to capture and recruit mercs they encounter in the game. And according to Andriasang, one of them will be series creator, Hideo Kojima, who is apparently called a “god” by other NPCs in the game.

According to his stats, he’s a god that’s really good at intelligence gathering and healing, but not so much at cooking or fighting. The article also notes that his profile states “”My body is made up 70% of movies. You can decide what to do with the remaining 30%.”

That actually makes sense given Kojima’s love for film early in his career and the influence it has had on his work, not to mention the heavy emphasis on technical geekery that his titles love to inject into their dialogues.

It also makes me wonder what other games would be like if their designers did the same thing. For example, would John Carmack moonlight as a secret designer of uberweapons in Rage? Or would the discovery of Shigeru Miyamoto in Mario Galaxy 2 unlock a galaxy containing all of his games as a bonus? We can always hope.

Only in Japan: Virtual Pop Star Sweeps through PS Home

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Most PC gamers know the film “Wargames” and chuckle at seeing Matthew Broderick hook up a synthesizer speaker to hear what a PC would sound like if it could talk. At the time, though, the crude, halting sounds were state-of-the-art stuff.

Now, more than two decades later after WOPR nearly gave everyone a permanent orange afro and Max Headroom had entered our living rooms, we have synthesized pop divas.
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Review: Ghostbusters – The Video Game

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Don’t cross the streams. Go get her, Ray! Back off man … I’m a scientist.

If you remember those lines, then you might be ready to believe “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” is the perfect title for you. But if not … the experience will haunt you.
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