Weekly Video Game News and Game Trailers – 01/11/2013
By Patrick Newman
Sequels Hurting Innovation?
In an interview with The Official PlayStation Magazine, Heavy Rain mastermind David Cage said out loud what many of us have long been thinking: Consumers’ urge for the familiar that drives so many sequels up the charts is also tempering huge innovations that the industry might otherwise be making. “Many people want the same and if that’s what you offer them, they will gladly buy it,” Cage told the publication. “The result is very simple. Gamers invest money in publishers having no interest in innovation. [Gamers] encourage [publishers] to keep making the same game every Christmas, and everybody’s happy.” Curmudgeonly though Cage’s attitude may be, he is certainly playing by his own rules as it concerns Quantic Dream’s upcoming Beyond: Two Souls. According to Cage, “We don’t give people what they expect. We want to give them something they want without knowing they want it.”
Blizzard Helping American Red Cross
Though the pursuit of profits will eternally remain top priority for any self-respecting business, there is no reason companies can’t also accommodate social justice and some humanitarian effort, even in the gaming industry. Blizzard Entertainment proved as much with their recent announcement, that they raised more than $2.3 million in support of the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy relief. Back in December, a free in-game pet for World of Warcraft (the $10 Cinder Kitten) went on sale, with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards victims of the devastating superstorm.
Tiger Woods Golf ’14 – Golf’s Greatest Legends Trailer
Far Cry 3 DLC
A new DLC for Far Cry 3 – the first for the critically-acclaimed open-world FPS – will arrive on the PlayStation 3 next Tuesday, January 15th. Called High Tides, the new material brings to the table two new co-op chapters: Jailbreak and Redemption. The DLC is advertised as having new missions, more challenging combat and competition. The PC and Xbox 360 versions of High Tides do not yet have a release date.
The 360 Remains #1
During the apex of 2012’s holiday shopping season, when most of the industry’s most ambitious endeavors are out in force, the Xbox 360 finished its 24th consecutive month as the top console on the market. According to Microsoft, the 1.4 million units sold of their Xbox 360 in December (with $1.27 billion in accompanying Xbox 360 retail) is more than double the second place console’s earnings. We’ll wait to see if 2013 proves equally bountiful for the gaming juggernaut.
Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel – Close Combat Trailer
PlayStation Store North America Update
At long last, the web-based browser version of the PlayStation Store is coming to North America, after debuting in Europe and 15 other countries last month. Sony Network Entertainment COO Shawn Layden said as much to CNET, detailing how the browser is being designed so that content purchased on the web could be delivered automatically to the console. Layden says the new service should be active by the end of January.
More Video Game Scrutiny on the Way
Crusading senator Jay Rockefeller’s bill, calling for a study of the correlation between violent video games and the violence on behalf of the gamers who play them, has been squashed. The West Virginia senator introduced the bill soon after the Sandy Hook massacre, asking the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to form a panel to more comprehensively explore the issue. According to Polygon, Rockefeller still plans to bring the bill before Congress by the end of the month, language unchanged.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – Concept to Game “Alien Hive” Trailer
Halo to Just Get Better?
In a commendable display of modesty, Halo director Frank O’Connor said in a recent blog post that he considers the widely appreciated and sold Halo 4 to be a learning experience, not the cut-and-dry success that many gamers have already marked it to be. “We have a lot to learn. We made a lot of mistakes. We can do better,” O’ Connor said, in a quote that also doubles as a preview for the unannounced but inevitable Halo 5.
Walking Dead: Survival Instincts on the Wii U
Though The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts wasn’t initially planned as a Wii U release, game producer Glenn Gamble has confirmed with Digital Spy that the shooter is on its way to that platform. A major addition that the Wii U is bringing to the title is a better inventory management system, courtesy of the U’s GamePad. “With the Wii U,” remarked Gamble, “You have access to your backpack at all times, so you can tap what weapons you want, you can drop stuff. It’s a lot more streamlined.”
Anarchy Reigns – Character Trailer “Max”
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