Weekly News Roundup: 3/27/2011

Games

Considering Duke Nukem Forever actually took forever to come out, an extra month of waiting won't be so bad.

  • Everyone should have seen this coming, but it's still kind of funny that it happened: Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed one more time. The new date is June 14th, but for some reason Europe gets it before the U.S. What the hell?

  • There's going to be a new Resident Evil game called Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City that will take place during RE2 and 3. You play as an Umbrella agent who may have to kill survivors and can actually alter RE history. Meanwhile, if you want a ridiculously complete history of Resident Evil, here is the extensive 61-page Chronology of Evil. Resident Evil: Code Veronica X and Resident Evil 4 will get the HD re-mastered treatment in Resident Evil: Revival Selection.

  • Mortal Kombat isn't out yet, but there's already a DLC plan for new characters. The first two DLC characters are Kenshi and Skarlett. Skarlett is based on an arcade glitch that would turn Katana, Mileena, or Jade, red. Kintaro is also being planned as DLC.

  •  Toro and Kuro will be free DLC for Disgaea 4 in Japan, where they'll be applying for Congress. You have to have already beaten the game to see them, though.

  • Hideo Kojima might have two announcements at E3 this year. Yeah, that's about it for now, but you can speculate what he'll be announcing.

  • There's a new trailer for Jamestown, the shooter that puts 17th Century soldiers in a bullet-hell shooter on Mars. Epic.

Movies / TV

  • The greatest cartoon ever, The Venture Bros., will have at least two more seasons, a 60-90 minute special, and an extra 11-minute special. Awesome!

  • The first Captain America trailer has a very brief shot of the Red Skull's face, even though everyone has already seen Red Skull's full face a couple weeks ago.

  • G.I. Joe: Renegades is going on hiatus so Hasbro can focus on the second movie. However, Transformers Prime doesn't seem to be going on hiatus because of the new Transformers movie. Strange because Renegades is much better than Transformers Prime.

  • There will be another Donkey Kong documentary called Doctor Kong, but this is a short, not a feature-length film like The King of Kong. This one if about Hank Chien, the plastic surgeon that came out of nowhere to claim the DK world record. That laugh of his could get irritating, though.

Toys

- Shawn - 3/27/11


Weekly News Roundup: 3/20/2011

Games

"What are you looking at, Bruce? My cleavage is right here. See?"

  • The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Reverie DLC will be out on March 30th. This will give us some insight on to what mind-blowingly happened after the end of the game.

  • Arrival, possibly last DLC for Mass Effect 2 will, uh, arrive on May 29th. This should bridge the gap between ME2 and ME3.

  • Square Enix has canceled the crazy looking Gun Loco.

  • Beyond Good & Evil HD will be on PSN in May and those who buy the game within the first two weeks will get two free PSN avatars. Yay avatars?

Movies / TV

  • Darren Aronofsky will no longer direct The Wolverine because he would be away from his family for too long. Couldn't he have just brought them with? I'm sure he's got millions to do that.

  • The enemy in the Red Dawn remake will be changed from China to North Korea because MGM doesn't want to offend the Chinese. MGM will digitally alter all the flags and such.

Toys

- Shawn - 3/20/11


Weekly News Roundup: 3/13/2011

Games

Darius Burst: Another Chronicle knows what real widescreen gaming is.

  • The Darius Burst: Another Chronicle super ultra ridiculous widescreen arcade machine will be getting an update. The Unlock A update adds over 500 new areas, new areas for the Second Silver Hawk, and new bosses. I wonder if this will ever see release on a home console. It certainly needs one.

  • The creator of Shenmue, Yu Suzuki, describes the incredible and hilarious events of how Shenmue was meant to end. It's even better that he says it all with a straight face.

  • Moonshot Games' (the developer of ex-Bungie employees) first game is 2D action platformer Fallen Frontier. Sounds like there's a little Halo in the music.

  • Did you know the Capcom logo uses the same font as the answers on Jeopardy? Amazing.

  • DrunkNES is a breathalyzer made from a an NES cartridge and is just genius.

  • The big villain in Uncharted 3 is some mean old lady named Katherine Marlowe. And she has Jason Statham as a henchman.

  • East Asia Soft's next title will be a strategy RPG called Rainbow Moon. I enjoyed the S÷ldner-X games so I'm looking forward to what they do for this.

  • Record of Agarest War Zero will have a Limited Edition, but it won't have a booby mouse pad or suggestive box art. What it does include a deck of playing cards, a deck of skill cards, a character guide, a soundtrack, and a lovely blue box.

  • EA was able to ban a player from playing his legally purchased copy of Dragon Age II because he called EA the devil. EA has since lifted than ban saying it was an accident. Riiiiiight.

Movies / TV

  • There will be a Tomb Raider reboot with a younger Lara Croft to ride the hype from the Tomb Raider videogame reboot with a younger Lara Croft.

  • Universal is planning a Doom reboot. Uh, because the first one did so well?

  • Sylvester Stallone will not be directing The Expendables 2, but he will still star and produce. As long as it's still the manliest movie ever, it should be fine.

  • Marvel could be bringing an Inhumans movie after this whole Avengers thing.

Figures

  • There will be a two-pack of Batman: Arkham City Batman and Two-Face. Batman is finally in his all black and gray outfit and not that ugly blue with black and gray the Arkham Asylum figures inexplicably were.

- Shawn - 3/13/11


Weekly News Roundup: 3/6/2011

Games

"Sub Zero murdered my teddy bear, that's why I hate Sub Zero. And teddy bears."

  • Mortal Kombat will have a Challenge Tower consisting of 300 missions. This type of thing is nothing new to fighting games, however, the Challenge Tower is a little different because it'll include fights with modifiers (like having no arms), mini games like Test Your Might, Test Your Sight, Test Your Strike, and Test Your Luck, and just general ridiculousness. In one mission Mileena made a teddy bear for Scorpion, but Scorpion doesn't want it. So they fight. Yep, ridiculous and somehow awesome.

  • The Gears of War 3 beta begins on April 18th, for those of you who bought Bulletstorm: Epic Edition. For everyone else, the beta starts on April 25th. There are lots of nifty unlockables to get during the beta and if you want them all you'll be playing a lot.

  • In the latest Iwata Asks, this time about Steel Diver, Shigeru Miyamoto said he was mortified when Capcom released Steel Battalion with its massive controller because it was something he had wanted to do.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is in early development... wait, shouldn't it be almost done by now? It's gonna be a long time before we get to play more of this game. Episode 2 will fix some issues from Episode 1 and will have brand new stages.

  • Skullgirls is a 2D fighter with skulls and girls headed to PSN and XBLA.

  • PlayStation 3 shipments to Europe are being seized because of LG's preliminary injunction against Sony.

Movies / TV

  • A Devil May Cry movie is in the works from Screens Gems, the same studio that made the Resident Evil movies less and less about Resident Evil.

  • The Earthworm Jim cartoon might be arriving on DVD soon. A listing for the 4-disc set has appeared on a random retail website, so hopefully we'll see an official announcement soon.

  • For some reason each Resident Evil movie sequel has made more money than the one before it, which means there is going to be a fifth Resident Evil movie. It'll be out on September 14, 2012.

  • G.I. Joe 2 will be out on August 10th, 2012. So far only three cast members are returning: Lee Byung-hun, Ray Park, and Channing Tatum.

  • Star Wars Episode 1 will be in theaters in 3D on February 10th, 2012. The others will be released one a year. So, don't see any Star Wars movies in the theaters for a while, or at least not Episode 1.

Figures

- Shawn - 3/6/11