Weekly Video Game News and Game Trailers – 11/30/2012
By Patrick Newman
“Wii U not Great” – Molyneux
The much-ballyhooed gaming visionary Peter Molyneux is once again weighing in on the state of our contemporary gaming industry, this time with sharp criticism of the recently debuted Wii U. “”I think the Wii U is good, but I don’t feel it’s great,” Molyneux said. “I’ve played the experience, I’ve played Nintendo Land, I’ve played ZombiU, and they’re good. I find holding the device in my hand–looking up at the screen and looking down at the device–slightly confusing as a consumer. It’s good, but it’s not great.” Molyneux’s opinion has the ring of truth. Since the degree of competition has heightened since the arrival of gaming-capable devices like the Kindle and iPad, the weight is heavy on Nintendo’s shoulders to maintain game industry control in the hands of console makers.
InSane isn’t dead Yet!
Never underestimate Guillermo del Toro. As his track record proves (with the possible exception of his ill-fated stab at adapting The Hobbit), the award-winning director’s visions have a way of tenaciously making their way in front of audiences against all odds – a trend that has continued recently with the revival of InSane, a del Toro-conceived gaming project dropped by THQ this August. Recently, del Toro optimistically relayed to IGN that, in regards to the project’s agreed-upon developer, “I can’t disclose where it was, but we went to a great developer on the first meeting and it seems that they’re picking it up because they love the package.” According to del Toro the majority of the game’s assets, including the environments, the creatures, the levels, and the story are fully realized and ready to be put into action.
Miner Wars 2081 – Launch Intro Trailer
New Destiny Details and Rumors
Though the soon-to-be phenomenal Bungie project Destiny released its first piece of concept art this week, the first hints of Destiny’s genesis were in fact dropped three years ago within the gameplay of Bungie’s Halo 3: ODST. This revelation came about when a Twitter user sent former Bungie developer Vic DeLeon an image connecting the projects. DeLeon, likely elated that his baby’s clues and Easter eggs are still being uncovered after so many years, tweeted back, “It’s finally been found!” Details are still sparse about Destiny, but by most early accounts it will closely resemble Halo’s story of interplanetary war and feature lush alien environments, this time with a Star Wars-level of depth and detail in its mythology, as well as a strong social component.
Battlefield 3 and Mirror’s Edge 2
In Battlefield 3’s latest expansion, titled Aftermath, DICE has begun hinting at definite future adventures in the parkour-driven world of Mirror’s Edge. The iconic red shoes of free-running Mirror’s Edge hero Faith Connors can be seen atop one of Aftermath’s buildings, accompanied by the unmistakable sound of the Runner’s panting. DICE employee Ben Cousins, who develops the majority of these projects from Stockholm, has remarked that it is “general knowledge” that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in development. The only question that remains is when that official announcement is going to hit, and for anybody who gave Faith’s first outing a chance, that announcement couldn’t come any sooner.
Battlefield 3 – Aftermath DLC Launch Trailer
Kojima Looking to Expand His Legacy
Any committed artist aware of their own legacy can admit to a fear being typecast or pigeonholed into being their medium’s one-trick pony. Speaking recently to EGM, gaming guru Hideo Kojima expressed just that sentiment, admitting his urge to move away from Metal Gear to try his hand at different material, proving to audiences that his potential to tell thrilling stories is vast. “I’ll admit that I hope my future endeavours are thought of as ‘works by Hideo Kojima’ rather than ‘from the creator of Metal Gear’,” he told the publication. “I haven’t really shown the world what else I might be capable of yet. This may sound pretentious, but I don’t like being thought of as the Metal Gear guy. There’s a lot more I can do.” As one of the industry’s titans, it’s inevitable that whatever new entertainments Kojima can bring to the table, his fandom will be there.
God of War Film Update
Surely in reaction to the lukewarm-to-awful critical reception of recent filmic forays into Ancient Greece such as Clash of the Titans and Immortals, God of War writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are doing whatever they can to distance themselves from past works, emphasizing the need to forge in new directions. In an interview with Dunstan on ShockTillYouDrop.com, he describes his attitude towards those earlier works in the genre thusly: “Not to join those ranks, but to stand head and shoulders apart like other reinventions have done within that genre. The satisfying element is to look at those movies as a commentary on the genre, and now say something different.” Other details about the Charles Roven/Alex Garnter produced Universal picture, such as a release date, directors, or stars, are still being kept under wraps.
Anarchy Reigns – Dog Fight Trailer
Halo 4 DLC News
Four new Halo 4 maps, as well as the new “Extraction” mode are due on the online marketplace December 10th. Free to those gamers who own a War Games Pass ($25) which enables them to obtain the expansions for free, while other Halo fans will need to fork over the requisite 800 MS Points ($10). The new maps are titled Shatter, Harvest, and Wreckage. Extraction is a multiplayer mode, in which five players square off against five others to complete objective-based missions. Additional Halo 4 expansion packs are expected to arrive in April.
New Details about canceled Battlefront III
As with all things Star Wars, we take the vinegar with the honey. Though George Lucas has finally allowed his legendary property to sail to newer, possibly smoother waters with Disney, the cancelled Star Wars game Battlefront III was actually in its final stages of completion when LucasArts pulled the plug. The effortlessly entertaining third-person action series that aimed to put players on the ground of Star Wars’ expansive universe was all set to produce a third installment in 2008 that would have been it’s most accomplished yet, but according to Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis, “We had a 99 percent finished game that just needed bug fixing for release. It should have been our most successful game, but it was cancelled for financial reasons.” Money. As ever, it continues to be the answer to 99 out of 100 questions.
District 187: Sin Streets – Steam Launch Trailer
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