293w ago - Yesterday, I talked about some games that I'll be buying for the 360, that I feel may be a bit overlooked with all of the GTA IV and Gears of War 2 Hype. Today, I want to bring to light three PS3 games that I believe are being overlooked with all of the hype surrounding MGS 4 and GTA IV.
While there's a dearth of PS3 exclusives right now, this fall, Sony is going to be churning out exclusives in their attempt to capture the hearts and minds before Christmas. Let's take a look at three exclusives that should be at the front of the hype train, but are riding in the caboose.
SOCOM: Confrontation Release date 9/18/08
Description: (thanks IGN!)
"SOCOM breaches onto the PS3 in high-definition with the ultimate next-generation online combat experience. SOCOM Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans that support it. With support for Tournaments, Clan Ladders, Leader Boards, this fourth title in the multi-million unit selling franchise is exactly what SOCOM fans have been clamoring for.
Additionally, players will be able to modify their appearance through facial and physical customization. A global-scale experience, SOCOM Confrontation gives players the opportunity to battle against the best and brightest from the U.S., Europe and Asia....
294w ago - Can you feel it coming? With less than a month until Conan's release, the pressure cooker of excitement building for the new MMOG by Funcom is about to blow its load. At least part of this excitement stems from the fact that Age of Conan deals with mature themes.
Unlike the cartoony World of Warcraft and cutesy Hello Kitty Online, Age of Conan is embracing what they call a "dark, decadent, twisted and corrupt version of Euro-Asian history." Aside from the prominent head lopping and blood letting we're also getting a side dish of sex; something we haven't really seen before in a prominent, commercial MMOG.
The idea of sex in video games is not new. You can go as far back as text based adventures like Farmer's Daughter on the Commodore 64, crude, arcade-style games like Custer's Revenge for the Atari 2600, or the multi-platform adventure game series Leisure Suit Larry that first kicked off back in 1987. Many early titles were so graphically crude that they left absolutely everything to the imagination.
But as technology has evolved, so have the dirty minds of developers. And where dirty minded developers have come up short, many gamers have created modifications to fulfill their fantasies. Would you like some hot coffee while you wait to download the Lara Croft nude patch?
294w ago - Our friends at Blizzplanet sent along a mysterious little tip. Diablo3.com is not actually a Blizzard site (at least currently) – it appears to be somehow affiliated with Blizzplanet's network (there are also links to WoW Radio, so we're checking with them to see what's up as well).
But on both Diablo3.com and Blizzplanet, there is now a countdown leading up to thirteen days from now, which lands us squarely on May 1st. On Blizzplanet, there is a note that says "The Church of the Triune will be shaken in..." On Diablo3.com, the message is much more practical: "The number of days until half the web links to Diablo3.com. But why???"
So what's happening on May 1st? Best case scenario, of course, is the official announcement of a third title in the Diablo series. I wouldn't hold your breath on that one, however – while it has been rumored for a long time, it seems unlikely that Blizzard would break the news on an unofficial site.
But then again, maybe it won't be an unofficial site by then – if diablo3.com was sold to or otherwise obtained by Blizzard (they obviously own the trademark), and is switching over on May 1st, that would definitely be enough reason for "half the Web" to link to it, even without an official announcement of the game.
294w ago - Below is a list compiling the Top 10 Most Difficult Games I found on the Internet, althouh I don't completely agree with the list personally, it's still a good article. Anyway, on the the show...
10) Alien Hominid HD
What began as a tough flash game became a legitimate phenomenon on several consoles, staying very difficult throughout.
9) Ikaruga by TREASURE Co., Ltd.
In a nod to classic top-down shooters, Ikaruga brings in all of the elements that has made the genre popular, including the steep difficulty.
8) R-Type by Hudson
The original shooter in the beloved franchise, the first R-Type is extremely difficult for all but the most hardcore fans.
7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nintendo
The first game that helped make the turtles a household game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is tough from the get-go, with overly precise jumping puzzles and tons of enemies.
6) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos by Tecmo
The sequel to the NES smash hit is also one of the toughest of the bunch, which is a feat considering how they're all nearly impossible.
5) Shinobi by SEGA
SEGA's ninja franchise stormed the PS2 with a fury when Shinobi launched, easily one of the hardest...