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    Tuesday, 21 April 2009

    Lego Rockband Announced

    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The Lego Group, Harmonix, and MTV Games have all teamed up together, and came up with was Lego Rock Band. Here’s the official reasoning from Tom Stone, Managing Director for TT Games:
    “LEGO Rock Band combines two compelling properties and creates an experience that family members of all ages will enjoy playing together as a group... we’re genuinely thrilled to bring the unique and humor-filled LEGO experience to their Rock Band universe."
    We have a different, simpler explanation: cha-ching! But all kidding aside, that doesn’t mean we’re ready to write this project off yet—let’s face it, Lego-based video games have always been a ridiculous concept, made acceptable by their humor and solid, creative gameplay. Despite being made and aimed squarely at children, Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones were both titles that were entertaining for adults as well, even if it was on a, “Oh, that’s funny in a cute sort of way” level.
    On the surface however, Lego Rock Band is missing two of the elements that have made Lego games fun in the past: the distinctive characters of a solid IP, and enough variety in the gameplay to offer creative twists. We’re eager to see what the creative teams behind Lego Rock Band come up with to win over gamers.

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    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Announced

    Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today unveiled the latest iteration in the popular Silent Hill franchise scheduled to launch this fall on PlayStation 2, PSP (and Wii). Featuring an interactive user interface, improved puzzle system, and a psych profile that changes the experience based on the players gameplay choices, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories conveys the most fluid and realistic gameplay of the series to date.
    "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories returns to its roots in this re-imagining of the original Silent Hill with the most interactive and frightening installment of the decade-old series," said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "With a deep storyline, eerie music and a psych profile that watches its players and evolves to expose their innermost fears throughout the game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is sure to evoke fear in both franchise newcomers and longtime survival horror fans."
    In this terrifying survival horror experience with an all-new soundtrack by acclaimed series composer Akira Yamaoka, players follow Harry Mason, the maladroit protagonist who is searching for his missing daughter, Cheryl. While Harry wanders the snowy streets of Silent Hill searching for clues of her disappearance, he must face twisted creatures from the depths of his frozen nightmares.
    In the Wii™ version, players will be drawn into the mysterious town using the Wii Remote™ as a flashlight and cell phone as they search for clues. The cell phone can also be used by players as a user interface which acts as a story telling device, map, camera and much more, providing seamless flow with no interruption in gameplay. Additionally, through a very unique feature in the game, an advanced psych profile watches and adapts to players actions to acclimatize Harry and the people he meets, the places he visits, and the enemies he encounters to create an intense and gripping experience like never before.
    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is scheduled to launch this fall for the Wii video game system from Nintendo, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and PSP system.

    Brutal Legend Release Date Confirmed

    Ahh the magical world of Twitter has once again given us some gaming news before any other website (it's turning into a Twitter Exclusive world!). Yes Brutal Legend, the third person game where you play a groupie has had it's release date confirmed by EA on their Official Twitter page. It's due for a release of 'Roctober 13' in North America and 'Roctober' 16 in Europe.

    Metal Gear Trophies?

    Konami is still on the fence about Trophies, despite having ten months to work on the addition. Brandon Laurino of Konami Online leapt on numerous posts on the official PlayStation Blogs and responded by saying "On the subject of MGS4/MGO Trophies and Konami ID - we hear you. We have been circulating these issues internally, and we will report back as soon as we are able". Konami need to get this done quickly with all the amazing games coming up!

    LBP 2 to be Cartoonised?

    Media Molecule has already begun crafting a sequel to its long-awaited PlayStation 3 platformer LittleBigPlanet, which makes its official retail debut in the US this week. Speaking with BBC News, the studio confirmed that a sequel is in development for the game, and could be created as a completely cartoonized game (think Prince of Persia PS3). Beyond the sequel, Media Molecule and publisher Sony are investigating various spin-offs, such as LittleBigPlanet-branded comics, cartoons, and action figures. In addition, technical director Alex Evans noted that some of the user-created levels seen in the recent beta--all of which will be available for download when the servers switch on--were better and harder than some of those made internally by the team.

    We also knew that there will be a LittleBigPlanet edition for the PSP & now know that LittleBigPlanet 2 could be coming straight to PSP, and possibly before the PS3 version is released.


    Kojima Won't Remake MGS1 or 2

    The iconic Metal Gear Franchise has spanned over a dozen games across 20 years. Most gamers, however, have only followed the franchise since it's reemergence on the PlayStation in 1998.

    And though the original 2 games were rereleased in the limited edition of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, many still haven't played the original games, leaving them clamoring for some sort of a remake. Metal Gear game designer Hideo Kojima addressed the subject of a remake.
    "I think creating that now wouldn't really be 'cool'. I'm not saying that I shouldn't do it, but I think that I probably won't," admits Kojima. "I personally don't think it's on the cards."

    Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima

    However, he does go on to say that if a third party wanted to remake the games, similar to how Silicon Knights handled the GameCube remake of Metal Gear Solid, that could be a possibility. " If I get an offer from an overseas company saying they really want to do it, that could be an option".