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MGS4: Guns of the Patriots September 16th, 2005

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Solid Snake MGS4More news from the Tokyo Game Show, Kojima has announced the name of the fourth installment in the Metal Gear Solid series will be titled, “Guns of the Patriots.” Originally dubbed as Nowhere to Hide at E3 several months ago, the game has been eagerly awaited by impatient fans of the previous games. There is a 60 megabyte trailer available that Kojima have been showing throughout the convention today. Aside from being classed by Kotaku as Freddie Mercury, Solid Snake looks set to rock:

With the fourth installment of the MGS series, the storyline is once again set in the near future. The next-generation PlayStation 3 platform will be infiltrated by an all-star cast and loaded with shocking new scenerios. The secret behind winning the warfare of the next-gen is not found in any “place” but rather in “Sense.”

The game once again puts the player in Solid Snake’s feet, set in a storyline post-MGS2, making this game the furthest into the future. And from the screenshots, it looks like time has taken its toll upon our poor old Snake, who is now looking rather old (and donning his “Freddie Mercury” moustache). Details of the game at PS3 Today, GameSpott, IGN and 1up offer’s their impressions.


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children September 16th, 2005

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My views on the movie basically mirror what pretty much everyone is saying so far. The plot stinks, the characters have little development, but the animation, the soundtrack and the glorious action scenes are a big reason to love this movie. I have to admit, that I have never played the game, (don’t hit me!) but I know the general idea of the story, and I know how greatly respected it is. Apparently, the movie does very little to add to the storyline and barely expands upon the ideas, but it was still incredibly enjoyable to watch, no matter on it’s downsides. The animation isn’t on-par with that other CG movie, ie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but you can’t really expect it to be, since it’s not as big, yet it’s still damn impressive.

Warning: A few slightly spoiler-ish pics when reading the full article.


Revolution’s “revolutionary” controller September 16th, 2005

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Nintendo Revolution controllerSo, Nintendo has released details and pictures of their revolutionary controller for their next-gen console at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. There’s been masses of mockups and rumours, ranging from tilt controlling controllers to some absolutely absurd ideas courtesy of HowStuffWorks. Well, now its here. And it looks like an iPod-inspired remote control. Seriously, what the hell?

Have you ever tried playing those crummy little games on the digital television sets? If it’s going to be anything like that, it’s going to suck. The control also comes with a small expansion socket, where a second controller can be attached that includes a swivelly control stick. In a sense, this would make the more convential games still playable, but its mighty bizarre. There are some more pics on 1up’s article which show every side of the controller.

My thoughts? Well, to be honest, I’m still confused. But perhaps I’m too stuck with the more convential ideas. Nintendo certainly did say they were doing something outright “different” and they wouldn’t be following the pack (ie, Sony and Microsoft) in the next-generation console race, and they certainly are right. Whether its going to be a good thing is yet to be seen. At the conference at the TGS, Nintendo showed off how the controller works with “crude” demos, but I’m going to wait until we can see how it performs with games before I can make any comments.

Pretty much every popular gaming news source has already covered this news, so looking for professional opinions is easy. You might even want to check Google’s latest venture, the new Blog Search service, for “revolution controllers“.

Games blog Kotaku has posted a roundup of the impressions on the Revolution controller on their blog linking to some of the bigger gaming sites reporting on the news. IGN has created a mockup over on their site on how a “shell” controller might look like to enable more traditional gamers feel much more at home. Of course, it’s completely unofficial, but it gives you an idea of what Nintendo might be planning.