In 2001, after the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved, Bungie co-founder Jason Jones dropped the following bit of wisdom during a postmortem Q&A:
There should be a stage in every product where the ludicrous is thought possible, where the team blazes trails right to the edge of the abyss in a hundred directions. Only through great risks are great things truly achieved.
Today, Jones’ team is ready to take their next step into the future with the announcement that Destiny will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 9, 2014. This is a bit beyond the game’s originally projected “Spring 2014″ launch, but its in keeping with Bungie’s desire to only ship a game they can be proud of.
To that end, Community Manager David Dague has revealed that the game’s multiplayer beta is currently set for a Summer 2013 start date on the PS3 and PS4. In the more immediate future, Dague has also confirmed that Destiny will appear that Destiny will make an appearance during this weekend’s VGX Awards show and that “a new detail or two” will be announced.
You gotta love small, independent developers. Like previous critical darlings Braid, Limbo, and Fez, The Bridge is a stylistic and innovative puzzle game that will keep you engrossed in its unique, exquisite, and mind-bending world. (more…)
Microsoft has added three new Xbox 360 games to their Games On Demand service today. Be on the lookout for the rebooted Zoo Tycoon, the good vibrations of Rocksmith 2014, and the Indiana Jones-esque Deadfall Adventures:
Zoo Tycoon ($49.99)
Let your imagination run wild with Zoo Tycoon on Xbox 360! Build your dream zoo from over 60 visually stunning animals and a large, detailed selection of environments, then manage and maintain your creation with intuitive, easy-to-use controls designed for Zoo Tycoon fans of all ages. Whether you’re designing the ultimate zoo experience for your guests or getting up close and personal with the animals you love, the gates are open – the only thing missing is you!
Rocksmith 2014 ($59.99)
Rocksmith 2014 Edition is the fastest way to learn guitar. Plug in any real guitar or bass and join over 1 million people who have learned with the award-winning Rocksmith method. This official sequel is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience new modes, vastly improved features, a new look, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more.
Deadfall Adventures ($39.99)
You are James Lee Quatermain, descendant of the legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain. Reluctantly, Quatermain agrees to help the US government find a powerful artefact before the Nazis or the Russians do. Its pieces are hidden in ancient temples across the globe, protected by deadly traps and raging mummies. Ready your guns, because the hunt is on.
Capcom has continued to narrow the release window for Ultra Street Fighter IV. To ensure everyone has enough time to practice ahead of Evo 2014, the publisher plans to release the PS3 and Xbox 360 upgrade download in early June. The update has been priced at $14.99 (€14.99) and can be applied to Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.
If you’d prefer a boxed copy of the game, the retail disc version of Ultra Street Fighter IV for the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be released in August. The retail edition will be priced at $39.99 (€39.99).
Finally, PC players that want to join the fight will also have to wait until August as both the upgrade download ($14.99/€14.99) and full-game download ($29.99/€29.99) will be released at the same time.
Ultra Street Fighter IV will also be available in limited quantities as an arcade cabinet and Capcom has more details about arcade edition location tests at the Capcom-Unity blog.
Capybara Games previously revealed that their Xbox 360 shooter, Super Time Force, would be released in 2013. Today, the developer has some good news for us as well as some bad news.
The good news is that Super Time Force is also in development for the Xbox One. The team at Capy hopes to the release the game on next-generation consoles at the same time as the Xbox 360 edition. What this means is that the bad news is that Super Time Force won’t be released in 2013. In order to build both versions of the game, Capy had to move Super Time Force’s launch to “a few months into 2014.”
You can check out the new Super Time Force trailer above and consider the quick look at Capy’s other in-development project, Below, as a bonus.
Another Wednesday, another handful of new Xbox 360 games are now available on the Xbox Live Game Store:
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief ($9.99)
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is a thrilling crime adventure in three episodes from the creators of The Book of Unwritten Tales. Full of twists and turns, it immerses you in both sides of the story, combining thrill-of-the-chase whodunit with the risk and reward of a heist story. Paris, 1960. Europe is in the grip of the gentleman master thief The Raven. His burglaries are spectacular and he always emerges unscathed. Young hotshot investigator Nicolas Legrand stuns the public when he confronts the master thief and fatally wounds him. London, 1964. An ancient ruby – one of the legendary “Eyes of the Sphinx” – is stolen from the British Museum. At the crime scene: a raven feather. Is somebody trying to follow in The Raven’s footsteps?
Young Justice: Legacy ($39.99)
One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die. Experience Young Justice like never before. The creative forces behind the smash hit TV series have joined forces with Little Orbit to bring the ultimate in fan service – an interactive bridge for Seasons 1 & 2. Find out what happened during the missing years and be a part of the story in the action packed, RPG styled game. Assemble your team, level up and take on cunning villains in Young Justice: Legacy!
Zumba Kids ($29.99)
Jump in and have a blast with Zumba Kids, the ultimate dance-fitness party that gets kids moving together with fun, high-energy rhythms across 20 international dance styles. Feel the beat with 30 rockin’ tracks including hits from Justin Bieber and Willow Smith, and express yourself in creative mini games that mix up the fun. Unlock cool rewards, customize the game to fit your personal style and party with friends in multiplayer mode!
Black Friday may be over, but Amazon always saves the best deals for Cyber Monday. And this year is no exception. I suggest swinging over to Amazon’s Cyber Monday Deals page and checking out some of the great all-day deals they’ve got going on (including The Last of Us for $35, Call of Duty: Ghosts for $45, Grand Theft Auto V for $40, and Batman: Arkham Origins for $40) as well as this interesting schedule of Limited Time Deals:
8:10 AM (Eastern)
- Skylanders Giants – Portal Owner Pack (3DS)
9:10 AM (Eastern)
- Rage (PC)
- Family Party 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade (Wii U)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition (PC)
10:10 AM (Eastern)
- Resident Evil 6 Archives (Xbox 360)
- Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)
11:10 AM (Eastern)
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Vita)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii)
12:10 PM (Eastern)
- Eve Online: The Second Decade (PC)
5:10 PM (Eastern)
- Dead Space 3 (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device (PC)
- The Secret World (PC)
- NCAA Football 13 (PS3/Xbox 360)
7:10 PM (Eastern)
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS3)
- Brave (PS3)
8:10 PM (Eastern)
- Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure – Starter Pack (Wii)
- Skylanders Giants Triple Pack
9:10 PM (Eastern)
- TriMount (PS3/Xbox 360/Wii)
3:00 AM (Eastern)
- Moshi Monsters: Moshings Theme Park (3DS)
I admit, the Limited Time Deals are less than stellar (though Amazon has promised to add more throughout the day), but the all-day deals feature some of the best prices you’ll see on some of the biggest games of 2013 this holiday season.
Would you like a little ridiculousness for your Sunday? TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan is planning to sue Rockstar Games over the unauthorized inclusion of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V.
TMZ’s sources didn’t know which game character the actress believes is based on her, but they point to a few possibilities, though none match up very well with Lohan:
- The “Blonde Girl” used in a lot of the game’s advertising. TMZ discounts this choice as the blonde bikini model is based on a real person named Shelby Welinder.
- Lacey Jonas, a blonde actress who stars in “romantic comedies and cheerleader dance-off movies.” Jonas appears in an optional mission where she asks the player to drive her home after an encounter with the paparazzi. It’s unlikely Jonas is meant to be Lohan as she never rises above the level of “generic actress” during her scant three minutes of screentime.
- Poppy Mitchell is probably the best (and worst) guess. She is a tall, dark-haired actress described as “America’s Sweetheart.” When the player meets Mitchell in the game, you learn that she is dating a blonde-haired teen heartthrob named Justin (a rather obvious Justin Bieber stand-in) and that she is staying at the Gentry Manor Hotel, which is based on the real Chateau Marmont Hotel. The mission ends with Mitchell crashing her car into a construction site. While Lohan has crashed her car several times and has previously lived at the Chateau Marmont, she’s neither tall nor dark-haired. And I don’t think she’s ever dated Justin Bieber.
Since Mitchell’s appearance in the game doesn’t resemble Lohan in the slightest, the only thing Rockstar could have “stolen” from the actress is a few facts from her life. And sadly, she isn’t the only actress in Hollywood with a poor driving record.