Weekly Video Game News – 10/07/2011
By Patrick Newman
UFC on Xbox Live Brings the Octagon to Your Living Room
Step into the Octagon and experience the energy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship like never before with the launch of UFC on Xbox LIVE on Dec. 1. Order live UFC pay-per-view events in stunning high definition, access a library of live and on-demand video content, connect with friends to predict fight results, compare fighter stats and records, and more, all from one “ultimate fight center” – your Xbox 360.
The ultimate destination for UFC fans, UFC on Xbox LIVE will broadcast its first live pay-per-view fight, UFC 140, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Dec. 10. Catch all the pre-fight excitement in one place with weigh-ins, interviews, event previews, and press conferences, and share your predictions with fellow fans on a friends’ leaderboard, only on Xbox 360.
Headlined by an epic light heavyweight title fight between the devastating Jon Jones and elusive knockout artist Lyoto Machida, and featuring the much-anticipated rematch between former heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, UFC 140 promises to deliver a memorable night of action-packed fights to celebrate the premiere of UFC on Xbox LIVE.
Play the Caspian Border map this weekend on the Battlefield 3 Beta
PC players currently enjoying Battlefield 3’s multiplayer beta should be happy to read DICE community manager Ian Tornay’s post on the official Battlefield Battlelog, announcing the addition of a new map. Called Caspian Border, the large-scale map will be playable until the beta ends for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC users on October 10th.
Wii U News
The Wii U, Nintendo’s next non-portable console, is coming together nicely in more ways than one, according to EA COO Peter Moore. Anticipating a flight to Japan next week to learn more about the system, Moore told Reuters “There are no indications that there’s anything that feels like it’s off target,” and that EA’s key franchises should expect full support from Nintendo for the Wii U.
Orcs Must Die – Launch Trailer
Bad News for Halo Fans
A French press release for the upcoming novel Halo: Cryptum marking Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks as being onboard for a big-screen adaptation of Halo has proved false. Since the triumvirate of Peter Jackson, Alex Garland and Neil Blomkamp came closest to getting a green-light for the project years ago, the subject of a Halo film has been the target of intense fan speculation ever since. Alas, Microsoft told IGN earlier that “The information in the press release in question is inaccurate. We have no plans for a Halo feature film right now. Our focus is on developing Halo: Anniversary and Halo 4.”
Yakuza – Dead Souls
Called Yakuza: Of the End in its native Japan, the newest Yakuza title is finally coming to the US, under the title Yakuza: Dead Souls. Available exclusively on the PlayStation 3, SEGA’s teaser campaign has already re-ignited domestic interest in the franchise. On the PlayStation blog, SEGA Associate Brand Manager Aaron Webber formally announced: “The version we’re bringing to the west features the entire storyline, as well as its brand new mini-game: Pachislot. Yakuza: Dead Souls returns you back to the streets of Kamurocho, which is now under attack by hordes of Zombies. Though you won’t be restricted by Zombies as your only threat, as you’ll also face powerful mutants, and, perhaps most dangerous of all, members of the Japanese underworld.” The game hits stores in March 2012.
Crysis 1 “Console” – Launch Trailer
Mad Hatter in Arkham City
Yet another of Batman’s extensive rogue’s gallery is joining Penguin, Riddler, Bane, Two-Face and Harley Quinn in the forthcoming Batman: Arkham City – spotted fleetingly in gameplay footage screened at SCEA’s Qore show. The villain in question is Jervis Tetch, a.k.a. the Mad Hatter, who has obsessively internalized the hallucinatory fictional worlds of Lewis Carroll, and creates all kinds of disturbances for crime-fighting Bruce Wayne to sort out.
PSN Sales Data
September’s PSN game sales were impressively topped by the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, undoubtedly reminding Sony of the drawing power classic titles have over gamers. Six of the top ten PSN titles were retro ports, in fact, including the HD re-release of Resident Evil 4, and even the ancient, revered Final Fantasy VII.
NBA Jam “On Fire” – Launch Trailer
Xbox Live Expansion Updates
Xbox Live is in talks with nearly 24 content providers to bring new music, TV and films to their library, according to a Bloomberg report. The biggest names on the list are Comcast and Verizon, which will bring more than 10,000 episodes of on-demand TV to home viewers when the services go live. According to Microsoft, premium applications and services such as HBO GO, DailyMotion and Bravo will require an Xbox Gold Membership.
Ice White 3DS
Nintendo recently announced that a 3DS is on the way with a new, “Ice White” color variant. The new model will first be available in Japan for 15,000 yen ($196). Nintendo has also slated a new Wii bundle for release, this time with a new, pink Wii Remote Plus and a copy of Wii Party. This bundle is scheduled for a late November Japan release, for 20,000 yen ($261).