As I will inevitably be handling some of the daily posts in the future, it might be helpful to establish some definitions. Actually, only one defintion really needs to be defined: news. I believe that “news” is not what is current/interesting, but what I find entertaining. Bearing that in mind, shall we continue?
A broken demo, not so broken now
So fresh off the presses comes a work around to the restrictive match-making in the Bionic Commando Demo. I mentioned that I was able to get this to happen on the podcast, but I have since not been able to figure out how I did it again. Now you can try this the next time your playing if you wanna play with some friends.
In part one I discussed the video game industy as a whole, as well as the fate of the big 3 hardware manufacturers. Part two examined the relatively rosey outlook for the industry’s two biggest software publishers: Electronic Arts and Activision/Blizzard. In part three we’ll take a look at more of gaming’s publishers. They all speak loudly, but who will carry a big stick?
While the majority of you may be out purchasing your copies of Resident Evil 5 at various retailers tonight, three of us will be working hard to bring you your weekly fix of PNG Audiophile. I’m packing this daily with lots of RE flavor and a dash of grids at the end.
Capcom is making my brain boil. The DLC that was announced for Resident Evil 5 that adds various multiplayer modes will be released in few weeks per Kotaku and other reliable sources. That’s fairly sweet to be putting out new content for a game so soon after it’s release. It’s kind of like how Lionhead Studios added the multiplayer patch on day one to Fable II for free.
Well… almost, kind of, sort of like that.
Capcom actually wants to charge you $5 for content that probably should have been on the disc in the first place or else released as a free update. They should probably learn a thing or two from Valve and Lionhead Studios.
Capcom’s big Resident Evil reveals that they had hinted at for Wii owners earlier in the week are detailed at Joystiq here. It looks like a sequel to Umbrella Chronicles and ports of the Gamecube games Resident Evil and Resident Evil 0.
The feeds have been kind quiet as of late with grids news. Days of Wonder launched the official site for Small World where you can find all sorts of info on gameplay and a link to their store to preorder the game. It looks like it’s due to ship out around May 5th. You’ll see where PNG linked to some information about it back in our very first Daily post.
My how you’ve grown into such a strapping young lad PNG Daily. You’re mother is so proud of you.
I’ve taken the liberty of playing James’ high school English Teacher. -Logan
There is a dearth (dearth means a scarcity or lack of, it sounds like you are trying to say just the opposite of that) of news concerning one of my own personal most anticipated game of 2k9, Resident Evil 5. 1up is reporting that not online is the campaign co-op (what?), but the mini-game, Mercenaries, will also be online for the 360 (huh?). Joystiq has a tip that 5 lucky people that who buy RE5 at Game Crazy will win a trip to the haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium. And finally, Kotaku is reporting(insert space here)that Capcom will announce a new game at the official RE5 release party at Union Square Gamestop in San Francisco. Speculation is that it’s probably going to be a Code Veronica remake for the Wii.
Onto the typical week ahead that I so enjoy letting you in on here at PNG. Logan planning on getting serious this week with a review of 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and a possible editorial. Jim should have a review of the GTA IV DLC The Lost and Damned. I’m hoping to get and editorial up concerning Games for Windows – Live along with a First Impressions of Quake Live, the free web based version of Quake 3/Quake Arena. In addition, I might try to convince Logan to play a couple of co-op missions and multiplayer maps on Dawn of War 2 for a short review on that. Finally, we are probably going to get some author bio pages up by the end of the week.
The first red game console since... uhhh......
Hot on the heels of my 2/22 podcast bashing all things Microsoft and Capcom comes news of an unholy union between the two. Today Larry Hyrb (aka XBOX Live’s Major Nelson) unveiled the newest addition to the 360 console family, a Resident Evil 5 version of the 120GB Elite Unit.
The system will come in red and come bundled with all the standard components of the elite: a wireless controller, 120 GB hard drive, wired headset and component, HDMI and Ethernet cables. In addition, this new red version will also come with a copy of Resident Evil 5, a Resident Evil theme and a free voucher to download (pause for breath) Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
All in all a good deal for the literally tens of Resident Evil fans who don’t yet own a 360 considering the system carries the same $399 price tag as the standard elite minus all the Capcom goodies. More likely though, this is a great deal for the tens of thousands of gamers with broken 360’s that need a replacement. Those fortunate souls can trade in RE5 towards a game that is actually good.
So this begs the question: why a red 360 for this “extremely limited” console that coincides with RE5’s March 13th release? Neither Microsoft or Capcom would say. It can be assumed however, that red was chosen so that the ominous three red rings adorning the system’s faceplate would blend nicely into the background.