|Hey, ever played this fun game called TrackMania on the PC? Well I have! Quite a while back I played the free (yes, free) TrackMania Nations, with crazy custom loops, jumps and weird weird tracks. Well, as you may know (because we posted about it), TrackMania is coming to Wii, and now they have released a debut trailer for it.|
Looks like everything that made TrackMania what it was on the PC is also in the Wii version. Yes, that means track editor as well. I wonder what kind of plans they have for custom tracks though. On the PC you could just run dedicated servers with your own custom tracks and let people join in, but with the way Wii handles the whole internet gaming (friendcodes, gah), it's interesting to see what kind of set up Nadeo is cooking up for this.
The game is going to support Wiimote + Nunchuck combo, Wii Wheel and a "gamepad". Presumably this means only Classic Controller, and not GameCube controller, but the jury is still out on that one. I'd personally instantly opt for the classic pad option, steering a car with a floating wheel just isn't my thing, Wiimote + Nunchuck sounds even less appealing.
|For the past two days, we have been completing some maintenance on the Magicite server (which hosts our torrent tracker and IRC chatroom, as well as a few sub-sites) to try and recover data from a damaged hard disk. I did manage to recover some data, but the disk is now toast, and new hardware has been installed. Unfortunately this has also caused the server IP to change, but DNS changes should already be propagating for our domains, and there should be no further downtime regarding this situation.|
I also just wanted to post a little blurb letting you all know that we are actually making some progress with the control panel and site back-end. Although most of the changes in the last few weeks are not visible to our general readers, we have been making many fixes and tweaks around the site. For instance, you can now search the news at the bottom of each news page, and can also subscribe to our RSS feeds. Custom feed options such as category sorting will come soon as well. The lyrics search function has also been re-written and works a little better. The control panel is coming along, and has also been given a bit of a facelift. Hopefully we can have it fully functioning soon. (I won't dare guess a date, or we certainly won't make it!) Anyways, just wanted to say that we are not dead!
|Couple weeks ago Ubisoft announced that it would push the release date of Splinter Cell Conviction back a few months, but didn't give any specific date to when exactly. The reason for the slight delay was, and I quote "The game looks brilliant, but we want it to be awesome". There is just no way I could argue with that, the quote alone speaks straight to my own heart, which is filled with awesomeness. So basically they though it could benefit from more polish, which never has hurt anyone. The new release date has now been revealed to be April 13, a little over two months from now.|
If you haven't been following, Conviction is the 5th game in the tales of Sam Fisher, and without spoiling any of the things that happened in earlier games, some things went badly for Sam, and now he is very angry. From all the footage I have seen, this game takes a significant direction change from the earlier games, with much more action oriented gameplay. And in truth, the changes are welcome. The earlier games didn't really evolve from the first game all that much, with only refinements from the concepts to make them work better. In that sense it reminds me of the Hitman series, which had great ideas and concept right from the first game, but the gameplay execution took some time to catch up.
I'm excited about this game, it looks like it will be super awesome and tons of fun. And Michael Ironside is still the voice of Sam Fisher, and he still delivers.
|Well, looks like Nintendo is coming out with a great RPG line-up for the Wii this year, with The Last Story and Xenoblade both announced. Both games don't really have a lot of information on them right now other then names and producers to back them up.|
The first game I will talk about is The Last Story by Mistwalker. When visiting the site you get a teaser page, telling us that the game is a role playing game and not a lot else. The Founder of Mistwalker being Hironobu Sakaguchi the creator of the legendary Final Fantasy Series, is co-producing this game with Nintendo and will be exclusive for the Nintendo Wii console. So that being said, this game will hopefully be great. The background music on the teaser site is also quite nice. Hopefully there will be some videos on Youtube soon to show this game off.
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|For fans of the forty-year-old Star Trek franchise, yesterday was a red-letter day... or perhaps that should be a red-shirt day. Star Trek Online went public yesterday, and offers fans the chance to step into the Federation-issue shoes of a starship captain, or the pointy metallic boots of a Klingon warlord -- in the latest virtual world to hit stores.|
If you were one of the lucky beta testers of this game then you have seen and felt all the headaches that beta games have to offer: more lag then waiting for Q to give you a direct answer, random server crashes, and a lot of 2 hour emergency maintenance periods (they should really put in a warning message system). The game play and graphics are great and will still improve. I know that it's no Final Fantasy, and it's only a MMO game, but you do get to play some storylines from the old shows (ST:TOS, ST:TNG, DS9, Voyager and even Enterprise). I really do like the game as I myself am a Trekkie, and from my experience so far it's a great game (more advanced then Eve Online). In the coming weeks there will be improvements and upgrades to the game and the lag as Asian and European servers are being brought online. (Hopefully they fix those lag and crash issues)
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|Gottacon 2010 is coming up fast in Victoria, BC, Canada. Hosted in the Garden City, This is the second annual Gottacon, where gamers from all walks of life come to play various types of games, including board, video, card, RPG, etc. More variety then you can shake a +5 bastard sword (which are sold) at.|
The convention is divided into slots, and if you participate in every event you can, that means you can hit a total of 10 different events, with breaks between to check out the vendors, grab some food, and maybe even catch a cat nap.
There are a variety of 'learn how to play' events, beginner's tournaments, draft and sealed events - all of which do not require you to bring your own deck or army to the table, and many if not all of the events include prizes.
Advance purchase ticket sales are now closed, but don't fret! There are plenty of tickets available for sale at the door. I attended the last Gottacon and was quite happy with my experience there. Click here for a recap of my experience there. I will be attending again this year as a volunteer, if you make it out, just look for me at the tournament reporting table. I will again be taking pictures and perhaps video if there are some willing people at this years event. I personally am looking forward to this years events and hope to see you there.
If you would like to take a look at the program, you can view it in pdf format here.
PS: If you drop by to see me, say you are from RPGamers.net so I know you where you came from, as I am a member of other sites.
|Our friends over at Focus Home Interactive have sent us some new images and information about the upcoming release of their latest game, Runaway: A Twist of Fate. This title may sound familiar, as we posted about it last year when the trailer first came out.|
We now know that the game will be released a little later then first predicted. The PC version is scheduled to arrive in March 2010, while the Nintendo DS version will be coming a month later in April.
For the first time in the series, this game offers players a funny and inventive help system. Presented in the form of the "players in distress" office managed by Joshua, one of the series' crazy characters, players can call for help finding their way through the various puzzles of the game. Joshua's interventions will point the players in the right direction.
They have also dialed up the graphics thanks to a new game engine, which is said to have largely improved things visually. Offering high resolution backgrounds, more detailed characters, livelier animations and more expression during dialogs, it gives gamers the impression that they are watching a great animated movie. Check out some of the new screens below.
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|Better late than never, right?|
The release date for the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 has been revealed to be March 16, and the game will come prepacked with the two DLC's that the console versions are going to get soon. Apparently there is also something special in store for the digital only "Black Edition", but at this point no one seems to know what that special something actually is. I guess we'll have to wait and see. The regular version will retail for $59.99, and the Black Edition will be $64.99
I own the game on Xbox360, but haven't had the time to even touch it yet. Depending on what the special sauce in Black Edition is, it's quite possible that I may even get PC version and play that first. It comes with the DLC after all. But it all depends. If it's some dumb costume for Ezio, then no thank you Ubisoft. I can't actually think of anything meaningful that would be worth the extra dough, so surprise me!
You know, if the special thing would turn out to be a playable demo of Beyond Good & Evil 2, I'd instantly buy the Black Edition. Just saying.
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|Trackmania, a fun-filled racing game played by millions of players worldwide, is getting ready to make its big entrance in the console world on the Nintendo Wii. Using your Wiimote and your Nunchuk, your gamepad or your Wii Wheel, pilot racing cars at incredible speeds on spectacular tracks full of ramps, loops, turbo boosts, and other crazy track-blocks. Race on more than 200 tracks divided into six drastically different environments, and numerous game modes!|
We have some of the first images available of TrackMania Wii, read on to check them out.
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|Over 20 years since the original releases, FINAL FANTASY and FINAL FANTASY II are coming to iPhone / iPod touch! These are the words I found across the latest entry of the Square Enix DLG facebook fan page. It seems the Final Fantasy game line will never rest, as it is again remastered for another device. No word yet if the game itself has been changed or if any new content has been added, but the graphics are fairly top notch. No release date has yet been announced. I've included a few of the posted screenshots below.|
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