aitd This is a hard review to write, because few other games have split the gaming community quite so much as Alone in the Dark. Sites that normally give generous scores are giving this game scores as low as three out of ten, while other sites known for marking harshly are giving it eight out of ten. What kind of game is this? What kind of game would rate at two extremes of the scale and divide opinion at such an unprecedented level?
Alone in the Dark is an old school action adventure in the same vain as the early Resident Evil games. In fact, the ‘Alone in the Dark’ franchise pioneered the survival-horror genre in 1992, a full four years before Resident Evil graced Playstations and PCs around the world.

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Madden is on it’s way folks and to keep all the wannabe football players amped about it’s release, EA have revealed a 26 track song list for this years installment. EA announced that this years game features a  multi-genre roster of superstar acts and soon-to-be breakthrough artists. Unfortunately there are very few superstar acts and plenty of soon-to-be’s.

EA Celebrates 20 Years of Madden Music with Announcement of the MADDEN NFL 09 Soundtrack

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 8, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) today unveiled the music track listing for Madden NFL 09, set to release August 12, 2008. The new soundtrack features 26 songs from a multi-genre roster of superstar acts and soon-to-breakthrough artists, including Franz Ferdinand, Good Charlotte, Airbourne, From First To Last, The All-American Rejects, Rev Theory, K’Naan, and Kidz In The Hall. Madden NFL, the biggest-selling sports franchise in videogame history, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a full slate of live music events, tributes and television appearances leading up the game’s street date.

Full press release and track list after the break.

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thelastguy Never heard of it? Well neither had I until today. It is a game that will be published on the Playstation Network at some point and a teaser site for it has appeared on the Japanese Playstation site.

From the information I have found I understand it to be a top down rescue based game with realistic models of city-scapes. The music is hella catchy, check it out here. More information is promised on the 11th of this month, that is T-minus 2 days. 

Eric Lempel over at has informed us that the update for PS3 is now available (again). Update 2.4 saw a number a number of users unable to access the XMB after installation, so it was quickly pulled offline.  The problem has now been solved, so jump online and grab the new update!

We want to extend our apologies to the PlayStation community for any inconvenience. Now we’ll be looking forward to seeing everyone online and racking up those trophies!

Ubisoft have released a developer diary video of Tom Clancy’s HAWX. The diary discusses one of the key gameplay features titled “Assisstance”. I know it sounds weird, but do you have to do anything in this game or does the computer do it all for you? Also, is it just me or does Thomas Simon enjoy fondling? Check it out below.

On my way to work this morning I was listening to the always entertaining (but never frequent) Bungie Podcast.  As you are probably aware, “Bungie Day” was a couple of days ago and a lot of the discussion was about that and the free (ish) Cold Storage map.  However at the end of the Podcast an interesting little exchange happened.

Brian Jarrard: “Isn’t there something going on July 14th, or something like that?”

Luke Smith: “Yeah, around then.”

Brian Jarrard: “Somehow that’s sticking in my head for some reason. Guess we’ll have to see,”

Luke Smith:  “Yep, we’ll just have to.”

July 14th just so happens to be the day Microsoft will hold its E3 press conference.  Will this be the Peter Jackson Project mentioned so long ago?  Or perhaps a new project altogether?

With Diablo 3’s existence (if not its release date) confirmed, the intertubes have been becoming clogged with discussion on this new iteration of Blizzard’s classic action RPGs.  Just not how I’d expected.  Fans are having massive arguments on message boards around the world about the quality of the graphics in the videos and screenshots released thus far.

There are even photoshopped versions of official screenshots showing how it “should” be done.  Never mind that the title is still at least a year away from release, and that all the old school Diablo and Diablo 2 players appear to be looking back at those games through rose-tinted glasse…  er…  brown and grey tinted glasses, at any rate.

The complaints are that Diablo 3 is too bright, cartoony, and overall WoWish.  I feel they’d have to scale the happy tree of hippy elves a fair bit higher to approach the levels of happy-go-lucky gnome-bopping that’s prevalent in World of Warcraft, but that hasn’t stopped Diablo fans from going fairly batshit in their condemnation of the latest instalment.  There’s even a petition, as reported by Kotaku.
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projecto While that may not be the exact name of Cing Inc’s upcoming Wii title it is at least a hint at something those lucky bastards at IGN recently discovered. The American publisher, Xseed, recently disclosed a whole bunch of information to Matt and the gang. The most exciting thing, well it’s exciting to me, is that there are seven kingdoms you have to overthrow/punish, one of which belongs to King Duvroc from the Kingdom of Drunkards.

King Duvroc believes it should me Mardi Gras every day of the year and for some reason keeps his daughter inside a pot. Add this to the fact that the game will play like a beautiful mixture of Pikmin and The Settlers with the fact that I loved Cing’s last title — Hotel Dusk on the DS — and I can almost guarantee that this will be a must have title for the Wii, and about time too.

I imagine the Vodafone head office was a tense place to work yesterday.  With some of the most extortionate iPhone pricing in the world announced, and an impending interview on Campbell Live, who would draw the short straw?  Who would have to face John Campbell and be torn to shreds on television for the overpriced plans?

It was Mark Rushworth who drew the short straw.  He turned up to Campbell Live with a grim face, a clenched jaw, like a soldier marching to war; determined to do his duty, hoping but not expecting to survive.

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