2233990511_c7ce09d294 I’m not about to criticise what Newsboy does during his working hours, but I did wonder how he came across this link he sent me.
From the people that brought us Dance Praise, Dance Praise Party and Dance Praise 2: The Remix comes Guitar Praise, a guitar rhythm game coming mid September for all those kids whose parents are too crazy to let their children listen to the songs in regular rhythm based games. Now, as someone who once attended the Christian music festival "Parachute," I don’t think I need to play this in order to tell you it sucks – the setlist doesn’t even include Kumbaya or Michael Row Your Boat Ashore – but, I do kind of want to give it a try.

Just announced, for mobile phones by Gameloft, is this new action game starring Chuck Norris, I don’t think I have ever posted about a mobile game as that is usually Sparky’s area of expertise but check out these screen shots.

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My first question when seeing this is, what type of phone will I need to play this? well I don’t have the answer yet but check out this description.

Unleash moves inspired by Chuck Norris’ real-life powers including flaming fists, roundhouse kick takedowns, and throwing cars.

Embedded past the break is a video of the action that Kotaku has posted.

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bluemouse Engadget and a few other tech sites have posted info, that their readers have found trawling the internet, of a new mouse technology that Microsoft teased at only days ago with a flash animation on their Hardware site. According to the teaser, the mouse is/was set to be unveiled on the 09/09/08 but things may be brought forward with the discovery of these leaks. Here is a translation of the description given by an Italian site that has listed the info early.

Microsoft is pleased to announce the launch of a new mouse tracking technology more revolutionary than optical and lasers. … Microsoft Bluetrack offers excellent performance and accuracy on most surfaces (raw wood, granite and carpeting included) allowing you to control your computer from anywhere you want. … This mouse is ideal for notebooks for its small size. Its elegant design, the blue luminescence and metal finishing side will give an exclusive style. Accurate and fast, it is rechargeable through the appropriate base.

Microsoft hinted at an event for “something new” coming up in September so hopefully any possible gaming application will be revealed shortly.

Together at last If PlayAsia is to be believed (and it usually is,) then both Tiger Woods 09 and Madden 09 NTSC-US versions are both region free. Why this is post-worthy is because This is the first instance of this (to my knowledge) happening – an EA studio developed game without region coding – since before I cared about such things. So anyone who wants to save a couple of bucks on these two titles has complete freedom of shopping options available to them, and more importantly, maybe this is a sign for the future for their other studios… (maybe I’ll be able to borrow Brian’s review copy of Mirrors Edge after all…)

Kudos to Tyepo for the heads-up.

There’s been great interest since we started local races in Forza 2 – so good in fact that we’ve organised a Forza 2 race weekend on Sunday 07 September.

Competition starts at 8pm and will consist of one semi-final and then a final as follows:
Semifinal – 2 Races of 10 laps each. Maple Valley and Sunset Peninsula Infield (Max 6 cars per race)
Final – 10 Laps Suzuka full course (Max 6 cars per race)
Depending on how many entrants, either the Top 2 or Top 3 will go through to the final

Head over to the forums for more details and sign up.

If you listened to the last podcast you would have heard Wugga and I talking about a new game announced at Leipzig that we didn’t know the name of, that game was Savage Moon, and it is a cross between Pixel Junk Monsters (or tower defence based games in general) and Starship Troopers.

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An update on the PSBlog has given more details and confirmed most of what we said (which wasn’t much)

To defend the mines, you start off with machine gun towers and can expand your arsenal to include wide range of weaponry and heavy artillery. This is where your strategizing skills come into play. It’s up to you when to upgrade, add new towers, or save your money, and your strategies will make the difference between escaping unscathed and watching the mines go up in flames. You have to place the tower defenses in areas where they will be most effective in killing the different kinds of Insectocytes before they make it to the mining facilities. And as you kill the Insectocytes, you earn valuable points that you can use to upgrade the size and firepower of your defences, and to develop new weapons and technologies.

I want to be Rico.

wallpaper_killzone_06_1024 Killzone 2 has been in the news for a long time now. People have been excited for it, but until the start of this year, I was not. I played the first game, and it kinda sucked, so I had no reason to have high hopes for the sequel. However, over the last year previews have been almost universally positive. Also, it looks pretty. Until last week though, I had not even thought about what it’s multiplayer might be like. It turns out it might be good. I have read quite a few previews, each focusing on different elements. I have compiled the key points below for your easy to read pleasure.

Killzone 2 supports up to 32 players, and has eight maps that are designed for between either 2 to 16 players, or 16 to 32 players.

There will be eight different maps to choose with more coming as DLC post-launch. The maps have a mixture of open and confined areas, staircases, and windows.

 

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Activision host an annual event called Activate to show case their games to media and retailers, the US version of the event was held earlier in the year and the Asia Pacific event kicks off on Monday the 1st of September. The event will run over three days and will no doubt include the Activision end of year line up, so expect a few previews popping up on the site as well as interviews and perhaps even some announcements.

This one has been a long time coming but tomorrow will see Castle Crashers released to the world via Xbox Live. Created by The Behemoth, the same people that made Alien Hominid, it will cost 1200MS points.

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Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this red-hot arcade adventure from the award-winning development studio, The Behemoth! Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers® delivers unique hi-res illustrated visuals like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Play with up to three friends locally or over Xbox LIVE® and discover the mind-boggling magic and mystery in the amazing world we have created just for you. Save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles! Play with more than 20 unlockable characters, 40 weapons to customize your hero, and an arsenal of combos and magical attacks to choose from

sc4_pub_ss_Vader_Mitsurugi_001 Soul Calibur IV represents many things, some good, some bad, and which is which will largely depend on your perspective. I’ll back it up before I get all introspective on the nature of fighting games. The short of it is that Soul Calibur IV is a fighting game, so if you already know definitively that games of this genre are not your bag, then put it back on the shelf and turn away. The hallmark fundamentals of fighting games are still present core in spite of its innovation, and while there’s plenty of shine visually, it certainly doesn’t do enough to transcend its genre, so don’t expect this title to be the rule-breaking exception.

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