284w ago - Ninja Gaiden II has become a significant title over the past few weeks. If you've been following the gaming news you would have heard of Tomonobu Itagaki's departure from Tecmo as a result of some alleged incidents within the company.
So, in a way, Ninja Gaiden II has become Itagaki's swansong title; as the last game made by one of the bigger gaming personalities out there.
Once again you're thrown into the shoes of master ninja, Ryu Hayabusa - member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. That's pretty much all you need to know about the story. It's a nonsensical mess, only really serving to move Ryu from location to location.
But this doesn't affect the game in any way. If you come into NGII expecting a deep and engaging narrative, you're in the wrong place. NGII is all about chopping people up. The story just gives you a reason to.
The original Ninja Gaiden had little story, yet it was one of the best action games to greet the big black box way back in 2004. It managed to maintain the intensity when it made its way onto the PS3 - in the form of Ninja Gaiden Sigma - a few years later. NGII sticks close to its predecessor's winning formula, providing high octane action with a stiff difficulty curve.
However, NGII has dumbed things down a bit to appeal to the mass...
284w ago - Peripheral manufacturer In2Games has announced it is developing a Wii-like motion-sensing controller for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Gametrak Freedom will, according to its manufacturer, be "the most advanced motion-sensing controller yet".
Describing the technology, the company's website states that the "system does not rely upon the gamer pointing a controller at the screen or restrict the gamer to limited movements".
"Instead, it combines patent-pending ultrasonic and RF technologies with three-axis accelerometers to track the precise absolute position and orientation in 3D space of almost any wireless accessory such as golf clubs, baseball bats, tennis racquets, and bowling balls".
The first title in development for the new system is entitled Squeeballs, but no further details of the game are available as yet. A release date for both Gametrak Freedom and Squeeballs is yet to be announced, but In2Games confirmed it will be 'soon'.
284w ago - Per Master X of HighDefDigest, according to an ad circular from retailer K-Mart for the week beginning July 6 the Xbox 360 Premium will carry a price point of $299.99, a $50 reduction compared to the current MSRP of $349.99.
Sounds like a smart move, especially since this would go into effect the week before E3. It's unknown at this point if the Core and Elite models will receive a similar price cut as well, but I don't see why not.
If Microsoft cuts off only $20 from the Core model, it'll effectively match the price point of the Wii.
Obviously, Microsoft has yet to officially announce any price cuts, so we're filing this under rumor for now, but expect official word soon.
284w ago - Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb brings word that the Xbox 360 DRM transfer tool is now available. This allows folks to transfer digitally purchased content between any two Xbox 360 units – useful if you have purchased a new 360.
The simple two-step transaction can be performed only once in a twelve month period. Additionally, rented movies cannot be transferred, according to the Major.
In case you're wondering, you probably won't need to use the DRM tool if you've sent in your 360 for repair, as Microsoft automatically transfers over licenses from your purchased content as part of the repair process.
284w ago - Alan Wake has been "coming soon" to the Xbox 360 since before the console even launched. Billed as a "psychological action thriller" which finds its roots in dramatic television, the story follows the titular horror novelist as he copes with the sudden disappearance of his fiancée.
Plagued by writer's block and an inability to sleep, Wake sequesters himself at a clinic in the small town of Bright Falls, Washington. Terrifying nightmares give the writer fresh inspiration, but things take a turn for the sinister when the horrific visions begin to manifest in his waking life.
More screenshots can be seen via the link at the top of this article!