The Week In Gaming - June 16 - 22
It's Friday! Kick up your feet, relax, and phone it in while reading this recap of this past week in gaming news.
Let's start with what is obviously the biggest, most important, game-changing news of the week: Gameloft is bringing My Little Pony to mobile devices. Indie developer "Mane6" stirred up some interest in the franchise by creating a 2D MLP fighter based off of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, so the powers that be decided to make their own licensed MLP game to bring to the masses. Not much is known about the game yet, but Mark Blecher, Hasbro SVP of Digital Media and Marketing did say at least SOMETHING about it: "Creating highly inventive and accessible digital play experiences based on our world-class brands continues to be at the core of Hasbro's mission and we envision Gameloft to be a key player in the ongoing execution of that global strategy". View the press release here.
Critically acclaimed Journey by thatgamecompany is now getting a collector's edition, featuring the developer's first two PS3 games: Flower and Flow. TGC is keeping quiet about the project, but has confirmed that it's "a thing", which means not only that becoming "a thing" makes it a noun for use in MadLibs, but also means gamers without credit cards or access to PSN currency cards can buy these incredible games on a disc, which will hopefully be packed full of bonuses for those that have already played the games into the ground. Play-Asia is listing the combo-pack for release in August, and so was Gamefly until the listing was removed. Until then, read our review of Journey, and buy the dang thing already! It's worth it!
Another 3-Game pack has been confirmed, this time it's Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil HD, From Dust, and Outland, and is scheduled for release sometime in September, with a price tag of around $20.
Xbox has released it's Xbox Live "Summer of Arcade" list, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD as an Xbox exclusive, for a month at least, starting on July 18th. Read Matt's article on the list, but I think we can all agree that it's a very lack-luster schedule, given how few Xbox-exclusives have graced the shelves this year so far. This is followed by their announcement to give out rewards for earning achievements, most likely using free Microsoft points. Nothing else is known about this system, or about Sony's which was beta-tested this past winter.
Capcom has announced an HD version of Clover Studio's hit PS2 (and eventually Wii) game Okami, and it will be a PS3 exclusive, with regular Dual-Shock, and motion-control Move support. This is not a game to be missed by any stretch of the imagination, especially since it will be priced at $20, and will feature a full list of trophies, including a Platinum. Read our Okami HD article here for more details, and a trailer.
Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima is always good for some news, right? Right! Kojima has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 5 will not only be happening, but, oh, that's about it. But he did mention that it will feature much of the espionage we've come to love, and hinted at some social elements, a la 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution', but was quick to stop there, later confirming that the series is not done with Solid Snake yet. Let's face it, none of us fans of the series will ever be done with him. Read Matt's article on the confirmation of MGS5, featuring word from Kojima himself regarding the game, as well as a bit about the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
In other "Matt wrote an article about it" news, Nintendo announced the 3DSXL last night, with a few other features to distance itself from the regular 3DS. It's bigger, has a longer battery life, and will not be packaged with an AC adapter to charge it from the wall, if you live in Europe that is, North Americans will be receiving one. Nintendo has also mentioned that the Wii U's Miiverse social network will not connect to Facebook or Twitter, instead becoming it's own social network, eventually connecting to Nintendo's consoles, mobile phones, and computers.
THQ has recently scrapped a major DLC pack for Saints Row: The Third, in favour of using it in the next sequel to the gang-war series. THQ's president Jason Rubin was so blown away by what he saw from the DLC titled "Enter The Dominatrix", and had offered them more time and resources to expand on what they were working on to incorporate into the fourth game of the series. This is incredible news, even for those who aren't fans of the series, as, even though it means waiting longer for more Saints Row content, it proves that some are more willing to create a full experience, instead of charging fans more than the original $60 for just another quick story. Read the press release here for more info on what has been tentatively titled “The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise.”
Bruce Campbell is returning! ... To the Spider-Man franchise ofcourse. In The Amazing Spider-Man, the game, Bruce will be voicing a man in a blimp that gives Spider-Man challenges to perform, almost like The Riddler in Arkham City, but not necessarily as murderous, and less Batman. Combined with the ability to play as Stan Lee, this game is shaping up to be a very Spider-Man experience, hopefully a good one at that.
Finally, Arkane Studios has shed some light on their upcoming game Dishonored, and it's various ports from PC, to Xbox and PS3. Co-designers Raphaël Colantonio and Harvey Smith stated that the PC version will have a different interface all-together, stating that the PC die-hards are working on that version, while the Xbox lovers are working on things like Achievements, and the Sony lovers will be working on the trophies, letting those who love specific consoles to work on the ports of Dishonored. Ports going wrong can be one of the worst things in modern gaming, and Arkane seems to be trying to avoid that.
Upcoming releases for the week of June 24th, 2012:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard (Xbox 360) - June 26 - Vampires in Skyrim?
The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, DS, iOS, Android) - June 26 - Spider-Man returns! Play as Stan Lee, and beat up bad guys! Excelsior!
London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - June 26 - Do these games ever do well?
Battlefield 3: Close Quarters (Xbox 360, PC) - June 26 - DLC for B3 that came out last week for the PS3, featuring 4 new maps, 2 new game modes, and 10 new weapons.