Cover Athlete for NBA 2K10 – Kobe Bryant #24

The 2K Sports team announced today that the cover athlete will be Kobe Bryan #24 on the LA Lakers.

The official announcement on the 2K sports news feed:

2K Sports today congratulates cover athlete and spokesman of NBA 2K10, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, on his fourth career NBA championship after recently defeating the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals. Bryant, who averaged over 32 points, five rebounds, and seven assists during the series, was named NBA Finals MVP and this fall will lend his championship pedigree to NBA 2K10, the #1 selling basketball video game* and #1 rated NBA simulation.

Full release

Platform(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PLAYSTATION 3, PSP, Wii, PC

Rogers Plus Now Accepting Trade-in Games

Rogers Plus is the latest in a series of stores (along with BestBuy, Future Shop, and BlockBuster) that has begun accepting used trade in games.


Rogers is also offering premium value trade ins for games like UFC (37$ @EB Games), Halo Wars (40$ @EB Games) and Resident Evil 5 (40$ @EB Games) – topping in at 40$ each which based on a quick comparison is in line with other vendors. But to add to the trade in you also get the bonus of Star Rewards for each trade in meaning discounts and free rentals are in your future.

Store credit also seems to apply to the purchase of DVD’s and other Roger’s services (I’ll confirm this the next time I’m in a retail location).

Review: Ghostbusters

Platforms: PC, PS3 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, PSP and DS

Join Egon, Venkman, Ray and Winston as they bring in a new recruit to the Ghostbuster Crew… That you by the way – the new recruit known as the “rookie”. Travel to many of New Yorks finer establishments in your pursuit of Gozer and the oculist that are trying to bring forth “the destructor” all the while trapping ghosts, blasting animated statues and melting a ton of marshmallow (man). That’s right Mr. Stay Puft is back and he is not very happy after his last visit with the Ghostbusters.

Having grown up with the Ghostbusters I was really looking forward to this game, and I was not disappointed. From the first mission strapping on my proton pack, being warned about the streams and the introduction to the trapping systems I was hooked. The voice acting, the game play, the story all stuck true to the moves of my childhood. My only major beef with this game was the time to finish the game I was finished in less then 10 hours (I almost consider this a mandatory time limit for games now) and it felt like a rather abrupt ending.

It’s not often when a movie franchise successfully makes the jump from the big screen to your console, especially with out an accompanying movie release, but I feel the Ghostbusters were successful here. Bringing back all the original actors to voice their characters as well as a number of the supporting characters. Sticking true to the original movies Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis assisted in the writing of the games storyline giving it that true Ghostbusters feel.

Single player gameplay is your typical third person shooter, but with a pack shooting accelerated particles instead of bullets. Your standard proton stream is your primary weapon, but you’ll receive and purchase useful upgrades as you progress throughout the game. Things like the Stasis Stream, the Meson Collider and the Slime Blower will become available to you, along with upgrades to deal with overheating and trap advancements. You will easily be able to purchase all of these well before making your way to the final level of the game, you will also have plenty of money left to spare in the end. During the course of the game you’ll make plenty of use of your PKE Meter to identify precious spiritual artifacts, hidden objects and build your ghost database – pay attention to this as it will help you identify the weaknesses of your enemies.

Multiplayer is online only – no local multi-player – and takes the form of a Hoard mode style ghost hunt. The clock ticks down as you and three other players fight and trap ghosts or defend precious artifacts. This is a good way to extend the life of the game but gets old quickly. Maybe some DLC will give some new life to this portion of the Ghostbusters the game.

Graphically you will recognize the streets and locations of New York City, from the Library to Sedgewick Hotel and even central park. Making good use of the enviromnes your find transitions between indoors and outdoors are flawless and require no load time. Cut scenes are full of humour and information on what to expect next and how to use your newly acquires upgrades.

Even though I enjoyed this title the length of the game play makes me say – this is a rental for most people, unless you can find it on sale for under $40.

Pros:

– True the the original Ghostbusters stories
– Easter eggs fr fans spread throughout the levels
– Voice acting and writing from the original movie cast
– You feel like a ghostbuster

Cons:

– Game felt short
– no local multi-player
– multi-player gets old fast

Feed Your Console gives Ghostbusters a 7.5 out of 10.

Developer: Terminal Reality (single Player), Threewave Software – (multi player) PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Red Fly Studio – PS2, Wii, PSP[2]
Zen Studios – Nintendo DS

Publisher(s)
Atari
Sony Computer Entertainment – (Europe only, PS2 and PS3 versions

ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software

ZeniMax announced today that the have acquired id Software, bringing in to their publishing library major titles including; DOOM, Quake and Wolfenstein. id Software will continue to operate as a separate company and will retain the current staff and existing pipeline for upcoming releases.

John Carmack, id Software’s Technical Director, had this to say:

“This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward. We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them. We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am.”

Release:

June 24, 2009 (Rockville, MD) – ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has completed the acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned games such as DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, and its upcoming title, RAGE. The acquisition by ZeniMax Media joins together two of the finest, most respected videogame developers in the world, combining the first person shooter (FPS) expertise of id Software with acclaimed role playing game (RPG) developer Bethesda Game Studios – creators of the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout 3, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Bethesda Softworks will publish the titles of id Software other than upcoming releases previously committed to other publishers.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures

Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures! An RPG experience without dice, paper or hours of time spent playing in a dark and dusty room (not that there is anything wrong with that). No longer do you need a DM or other players – just choose your adventure and quest away. Choose from 16 different adventure classes and a dozen character races; half-elves, Dwarfs, Halflings, Humans, Dragonborn and Drow are all among the choices.

Progressing through a series of encounters and adventures you will earn money and find new items to equip. Reaching level 11 with any of your Hero’s will result in their retirement, thus allowing you to begin on a new adventure. Bring your friends along; help them while questing with buffs and heal them when they are between adventures.

Here is a sample encounter my level 10 Drow Ranger Nirz bin ra recently had to face:

The royal army recommends one not take on an orc warrior. They suggest you run to the nearest fort and let ten or twenty soldiers take care of it. Nirz bin ra doesn’t take recommendations from the royal army.

Nirz bin ra made an Armor Class check with a difficulty of 35 . . . and rolled 38

He doesn’t take recommendations from orcs either, and certainly doesn’t take any hits from orc battleaxes. Armor Class check:

d20: 9
AC Bonus: +28
Buffs: +1
Total: 38
Difficulty: 35

Nirz bin ra received 149 XP and 83 gold.

If your a D&D fan and your on Facebook your going to want to play this.

While this will not fulfill the same feelings as playing D&D with your friends, it’ll get you through long stints of not playing at all.

Two New Indie Yitles From Meridian4

Montreal based Meridian4 has been busily working away to bring you the latests in indie gaming titles with two announcements this past week.

First up the driving simulator Big Rig Europe, from SCS Software. A cross between a Tycoon style game and a transportation sim you will be dealing with heavy traffic, hauling the right goods and keeping to a tight schedule in order to build your trucking empire. Make your deliveries on time and access to new countries and improved trucks.

Maybe driving sims are not your thing… How about Puzzle games? I have good news for you too them – Meridian4 announced a deal with 2D Engine to distribute the title Chains. Gameplay consisting of building links between adjacent bubbles of the same color to burst the chain – longer chains = more points (go figure!). This looks highly addictive to me and a casual gamers dream.

Chains Gameplay video:

Ovechkin: Cover Athlete for NHL 2K10

Washington Capitol Alex Ovechkin – 2009: Winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award (twice) and Calder Memorial and Art Ross Trophies; Leads the league in goals, points, plus/minus and shots; tied for third in takeaways and in hits; holds the Caps record for points in a playoff season and has the best plus/minus in Caps playoff history; an Olympian and now the cover athlete for 2K’s NHL 2K10. Not a bad list of achievements for a 23 year old from Moscow with only 4 years experience in the NHL.

New York, NY – June 16, 2009 – 2K Sports announced today that Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, the 2009 Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award winner and Hart Memorial Trophy candidate, will be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for the next iteration of the popular NHL 2K franchise, NHL® 2K10. While leading the National Hockey League (NHL) in goals scored for the second consecutive season, Ovechkin has become one of the most recognizable faces of the NHL in only his fourth season, and will bring his electrifying personality and unmatched passion for the game to NHL 2K10 this year.

NHL 2K10 will be available this fall for Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.

June I’m Still Waiting on Summer

Ok so it still feels cold most days – is it summer yet? No, still another week to go. Could this be the reason I’ve spending so much time in side gaming? Lets hope the sun remembers to come and heat up the place I need outdoor exercise and it’s so wet I can;t mow the lawn… It’s a foot tall – OI!

Big shifts this time to the TOP 10 for the Wii… Wii: Music drops right off the charts from #1 all the way down and right off the end of the list – while Punch out Shoots into the top spot! A #1 premier for little Mac. Everything else stays the same – talk about holding on.

Wii:

1. Punch-Out!!
2. Animal Crossing: City Folk
3. Mario Kart Wii
4. Wii Fit
5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
6. Super Mario Galaxy
7. New Play Control! Pikmin
8. New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis
9. New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
10. Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

What Happened to the Nintendo DSi? Last months #1 – gone Woah! Just like the Wii we have a new player in the #1 slot along with the reemergence of Brain Age 2 – in the number ten spot.

Nintendo DS:

1. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
2. Personal Trainer: Cooking
3. Personal Trainer: Math
4. Pokémon Platinum
5. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir
6. Kirby Super Star Ultra
7. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
8. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time
9. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
10. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day