Archive | March, 2013

This new mural will reveal the official box art of GTA V

31 Mar

covert art gta5 grand theft auto v nyc

Graffiti is becoming quite popular among video games marketing, indeed earlier today someone snapped the picture above in downtown Manhattan. It looks like Rockstar Games is going to reveal the official box art of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V through this huge mural in NYC.

If you look closer you can also notice the Rating Pending ESRB logo in the lower left, so it seems kinda official, but Rockstar said nothing yet, so it could be just a fan art made by some rich supporter. We’ll see.

covert art gta5 grand theft auto v nyc

*** UPDATE 31 March 2013 (23:38) ***

Ok, Rockstar confirmed that the mural is original…and we’ll be able to admire the official box art tomorrow

*** UPDATE 1 April 2013 ***

Almost complete…

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Yu Suzuki is still thinking about making Shenmue 3

31 Mar

Mark Cerny Yu Suzuki shenmue 3

Yes, we know. You heard this a gillion times, but every time the name Yu Suzuki meets the magic word Shenmue 3 everyone gets super hyped!

So here we are. In fact seems like Yu Suzuki (you know, the creator of Shenmue, but also of Out Run, After Burner and other SEGA evergreens) is still thinking -or let’s say, trying- to make Shenmue 3. Indeed Suzuki-san has been caught talking (and posing for the picture above) with Mark Cerny, that is PlayStation 4 lead architect…so maybe…well you know what we mean.

Here’s the original tweet by Meggan Scavio, that suggests Suzuki and Cerny are talking about some kind of strategy for the game:

But this is not all folks, indeed here’s another tweet by Brandon Sheffield that met Yu Suzuki during last week’s GDC:

So, looks like something is happening…we’ll see. Stay tuned and finger crossed!

Cliff Bleszinski will be one of the firsts to try Google Glass

30 Mar

Cliff Bleszinski

The video games and twitter celebrity Cliff Bleszinski – the guy behind Unreal, Gears of War and the never mentioned (but we like this game a lot) Shadow Complex – is one of the 8000 lucky bastards selected to try a pair of Google Glasses. How did he manage to be selected? Participating to the Google’s twitter contest and replying:

“#IfIHadGlass I would take my pair on a Zero Gravity flight and record it in order to share the experience with the world. I’d also shower.”

We are quite curious and interested in what this Glasses should really do as we are sure, beside you like him or not, he’ll talk no bullshit in his own review and looking forward to read it.
By the way if you’re living out of the world a quick reminder on what Google Glass is:

Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Good luck CliffyB, looking forward to see your shower report!

David Hayter won’t be the voice of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

30 Mar

David Hayter

Seems like the new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won’t feature the iconic voice of  David Hayter, voice actor of Solid Snake since the beginning of the series. Kojima, in an interview with GameTrailers said that this choice has been taken to refresh the series.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is [to] recreate the Metal Gear series. It’s a new type of Metal Gear game and we wanted to have this reflected in the voice actor as well.”

David Hayter is obviously a bit disappointed by this, but at least:

Another great Loading Soho event!

29 Mar

loading soho bioshock infinite

A couple of days ago we told you about the new Loading Soho event, with the partecipation of 2k Games UK, let’s say a sort of Bioshock Infinite edition!

Well, we’ve been there today to check the situation and possibly to get some free drinks and free stuff (by the way…mission complete!)

As usual the atmosphere was great and we really suggest you to jump in before it finish, you got time till Monday 1st! But for now, here’s some pics.

We loved this window while we queued

We loved this window while we queued

All the Bioshock Infinite swag waiting for us!

All the Bioshock Infinite swag waiting for us!

mmmm free drink!

mmmm free drink!

Devil's Kiss & Possession...our new favourite drinks

Devil’s Kiss & Possession…our new favourite drinks

loading soho bioshock infinite

loading soho bioshock infinite

Columbia calls you!

Columbia calls you!

loading soho bioshock infinite

So...what's inside those bags?

So…what’s inside those bags?

All our treasures! Thanks Loading Soho and 2K Games!

All our treasures! Thanks Loading Soho and 2K Games!

First concept arts from the upcoming Grasshopper Manufacture’s game

28 Mar

grasshopper manifacture, gungho online, suda51 goichi suda

Nop, now we’re not talking about Killer is Dead anymore. This is beyond that!

Do you remember the news about Grasshopper Manufacture being acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment? Good, this will their first project together!

Goichi Suda spoke to Weekly Famitsu about it, and here we go!

“The game will obviously have Grasshopper Manufacture’s signature forte of hack and slash action at its base, but we hope to incorporate GungHo’s power and know-how in areas we don’t have.”

パンピーが見てんじゃねぇよ (What are you looking at, 'normal person?)

パンピーが見てんじゃねぇよ (What are you looking at, normal person?)

We don’t really know much about the game, but both Suda51 and Kazuki Morishita (GungHo bossman) confirmed that the protagonist will be a female (thankfully they don’t give a fuck about publishers), that the game won’t be on smarthphones and/or tablets (thanks x2) and that the plot will be set in some asian environment. While the title, the release timing and the platforms remain unknown. Stay tuned!

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Suda51 talks about Killer is Dead

28 Mar

goichi suda suda51 killers is dead gdc

During this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco XSEED Games (publisher for the NA region) and Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda51 showed to the press Killer is Dead. But beside some super secret in-game footage, Suda51 talked to Destructoid about the game and how it is deeply influenced by his previous works.

ON THE NAME KILLER IS DEAD

“I’m a fan of The Smiths, the band, and they have a song called “The Queen Is Dead”. This was just a tentative title and I just switched out the Queen with Killer. There was talk that let’s change the title to something else as it was sort of vague that it really doesn’t describe anything. And then grammatically it might be incorrect, but I thought it gave more uniqueness that really matched what the gameplay was about so we decided to leave it.”

ON THE SOUNDTRACK

“In the very beginning I explained what the concept of this game is about and what I’m trying to do within the game. After that we came up with a few ideas of what to do, and did some idea exchanges. But other than that I just threw the whole thing at Akira Yamaoka. At this time he’s still working in the Tokyo office, still chugging away.”

ON THE FLOWER, SUN AND RAIN CONNECTION

“There is some kind of similarity because Sumio Mondo was wearing a suit as well, and I just like that character. I don’t know, they just look similar. And then I liked the name Mondo so I decided to make him in a more action game this time. Originally I was thinking about Mondo Smith, but it’s a little close to Sumio Mondo so we decided to change it.”

ON THE VISUALS MATCHING PROJECT HEROES

“I’m surprised you’d remember that, I sort of forgot! That was something that I really liked, and I wanted to put that in a HD format and I think in Killer Is Dead I was able to achieve that.”

suda51 goichi suda killer is dead

ON THE JAMES BOND INSPIRATION

“For this title, there isn’t specifically a Bond movie, it was just that 007 as a series. He’s a British agent that goes into different places, different countries to solve something. That was the backbone of how we created this.”

ON THE INFLUENCE FROM KILLER 7

“I wasn’t really specifically thinking about Killer 7 when I was doing [Killer is Dead], but I think it’s just a compilation of all the stuff that I was creating. This theme of executioner and the Killer 7 kind of matches. There’s a lot of stuff that I’m utilizing from the back catalog, and ideas that I had. Nothing really specific that connects those two together.”

Said so, we can add that we really can’t wait to put our hands on this game! Also there’s a new trailer of Killer is Dead with English voiceovers, but remember that Deep Silver announced that the European version of the game will have both the original Japanese audio and the translated one (for each country).

New GTA V screenshots from Rockstar Games

27 Mar

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

Enjoy those ten absolutely stunning new screenshots about Grand Theft Auto V released today by Rockstar Games!

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

gta5 gta v screen rockstar games sunset seas skies and so

Kojima has just revealed that Ground Zeroes is Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

27 Mar

metal gear solid 5 the phantom pain

New trailer at Hideo Kojima‘s GDC keynote confirms Metal Gear Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are together actually Metal Gear Solid 5.

Here we go with the first reveal trailer!

Loading Soho will be back with some Bioshock Infinite frenzy

27 Mar

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Good news folks! Do you remember our report about Loading Soho, the gaming pub event in London? Did you miss it? No problem, because they’re having another Loading London gaming event and it’s this weekend! And this time will be even more awesome thanks to a 2K Games collaboration! Read the official disclaimer:

In conjunction with 2k games, we bring you our second big event, combining the same venue, atmosphere and good times with the awesome Bioshock infinite.

Yesterday we revealed our new Bioshock cocktails, lovingly crafted for 2K, which had until now been held captive under the watchful gaze of the Embargo Bird.

We decided that offering up these drinks pictures was nice, but we could do MUCH BETTER. We have launched plenty of tie in drinks but never made it easy for you to come and try them in person.

If only there was a way we could do what we did last week with our first Loading Soho party but make it on a weekend and go one (of a few) better…

So rather than one pop up night, Loading Soho in MADD is launching the first of our “open beta testing” events for not one, but four days.

We will be offering up Bioshock Infinite to play on 5 swanky new 32″ screens with the original Bioshock playable for anyone who wants to experience the game that started it all.

We’re not just stopping at that, the heroes at 2K have decided to support us, so the first 50 attending on Friday night from 5pm will receive:

1x ‘Vigor’ cocktail/our non-alcoholic equivalent
1x Song bird poster
1x Lanyard
1x FREE TSHIRT!

But 2K didn’t stop there, everyone that buys a drink gets a ticket to enter the prize draw to win one of the following:

1 Xbox Collector’s Edition (Ultimate Songbird Edition)

1 PS3 Premium Edition

1 PC Premium Edition

1 Xbox Premium Edition

2 Skyhook replicas

2 Elizabeth figurines

2 Boys of Silence figurines

If you don’t already follow @2KUKPR give them a follow/send them a tweet and say how amazing they are for helping make Loading Soho happen full time!

See you there! Join us from Friday @ 5pm until Monday @ 11pm

Free Entry, drinks at normal prices. (ID required for any drink redemption)

Tweet @2KUKPR account some Loading love and hashtag #loadingsoho for the chance to win extra free cocktails and coffee from Loading for the rest of the 3 days.

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So, it sounds pretty awesome! Here’s the Facebook event and…see you there!