I was never really a fan of the Splinter Cell series until I saw the video of Splinter Cell: Conviction from E3. It was never revealed at E3 when the game would be coming out. Well, now we shall all know thanks to the new trailer Ubisoft showed at TGS. Included in the video are some scenes of Fisher taking down bad guys, my personal favorite being him shooting someone in the hand.
Tokyo Game Show is happening this week! To kick off TGS, Sony had a mini-press conference and showed off a Team Ico retrospective followed up with some new Last Guardian footage during it.
The next Final Fantasy MMO, Final Fantasy XIV, got its own brand new trailer for Tokyo Game Show. Compared to the first FFXIV trailer, this one seems to show more detail on what to expect. I’m glad to see that all the races from FFXI are present in the trailer in action. Also, if the graphics are what they show in the trailer for the bad guys, FFXIV will truly be a badass MMO to play. Now, I only hope I can get into the beta, about which they post info at the end of the trailer.
The Xbox 360 is not the only console with a recent special game edition console now. At Tokyo Game Show Final Fantasy XIII developer Yoshinori Kitase revealed a FFXIII-theme limited edition of the PS3.
The FFXIII PS3 will include all the regular bells and whistles that come with the new PS3 slim but will also have a 250 GB hard drive, a white Dualshock 3, and an awesome pink “Lightning” theme. It will be available for purchase December 17th (unfortunately so far only in Japan).
Yoshito Usui was found dead at the foot of a cliff near the Gunma prefecture’s Mount Arafune. He was a 51 years young.
Usui was most famous for creating the manga Crayon Shin-chan, a weekly serial published in Weekly Manga Action. First debuting in 1990, the series follows the comedic adventures of five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his family, friends and neighbors. The manga and its 1992 anime adaptation have been regarded by some as Japan’s equivalent to The Simpsons, and is popular worldwide, aired in Spain, the US, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Vietnam and other countries.
At the moment it is not clear what will happen to the future of the series. Hopefully it will continue on in some fashion. Even so I will surely miss Usui’s work.
Ever wish you could be a high school student in Japan? Ever wish you could kick your fellow students’ asses? Well, Atlus is about to give you the opportunity to do both in their upcoming game Kenka Bancho Badass Rumble for the PSP. In preparation for its November 10th release, Atlus has released a trailer of how to be “Bancho”, which I find kinda funny and definitely piques my interest in this game.
It looks like Microsoft will be joining Mad Catz with the announcement of a MW2 themed Xbox 360. The Xbox will have a 250 gigabyte hard drive, 2 wireless controllers, a regular copy of Modern Warfare 2, and a special paint job, all for $399.99. Personally, I would totally buy this bundle if I did not already have an elite. You may be wondering, as I was, if you’ll be able to buy the 250 gigabyte hard drive separately.
Microsoft’s Larry Hryb has confirmed that Microsoft has no plans on selling the 250 gigabyte hard drive by itself. What a pity; however, I have feeling though that will change some day.
[Source: Major Nelson]
That’s right. 30 oh-so-cheap dollars for Windows 7; well, at least if you are an American college kid. If you are a student in an American university and have a .edu email, you are eligible. So even those that just graduated and still have their email addresses can probably pick this up. The box only shows Premium, but you will also be able to pick Pro, if you want [Note: you need to click the link by “Need to join your school’s network domain?” when selecting your version to get professional]. Microsoft has already started running the program and will continue it until January 3rd next year. With a savings of $90 off the original price, I for one will definitely be utilizing this sale. Anyone else going to be picking this up on the cheap?
One day, sooner than you may think, everyone could have cyborg powers enabling them to move around with much more ease. This could mean vast life improvements for the disabled.
Cyberdyne has been working on exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) for some time and have finally released it to the public in Japan. If you need the extra help to carry heavy objects ,or get around with less effort, Cyberdyne will rent out different parts of the skeleton (legs, arms, torso) for a monthly fee. However, it has not been announced when HAL will be available to the public for permanent purchase.
The HAL exoskeleton has robotic limbs that strap to your arms and legs — providing much fuller mobility than a wheelchair. The suit’s backpack contains a battery and computer controller. When a HAL-assisted person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles, and very weak traces of these signals can be detected on the surface of the skin. The HAL exoskeleton identifies these signals using a sensor, and a signal is sent to the suit’s power unit telling the suit to move in synch with the wearer’s own limbs.
This is some very cool technology that will hopefully one day be available to the public for permanent purchase. It will help the disabled, and make everyone look like futuristic cyborgs. You can check out a video of the legs in action below and Cyberdyne’s website here.
That is one sick looking controller. What makes it even better is that you won’t ever have to take your thumbs off the sticks! All of this in the name of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
As anyone that has played an FPS on a console knows, you usually have to take your thumbs off the controller to jump or do some other task. For that split second, you’re defenseless. No longer, however, thanks to the two additional buttons (even semi-programmable on the fly) on the back of the controller. The controller also has a nice rubber grip for your sweaty hands. It is a shame that the controller is not wireless, given how much they improved it overall. You’ll be able to pick up this sweet-looking controller for $49.99 when it comes out.
Mad Catz will also be releasing a MW2 themed keyboard, mouse, Xbox 360 skin, PS3 controller, headset, and throat communicator, all of which also look pretty awesome. You can check out the gallery of said items and the presser below.
Mad Catz® Announce Licensed
Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 Accessory Range for Consoles & PC
Range to Include Combat Controller, Throat Communicator, Elite Keyboard and Sniper Mouse
San Diego, August 24, 2009
Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading worldwide third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, today announced a full range of licensed Modern Warfare® 2 accessories for Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION® 3 and PC, which are expected to ship across North America and key European territories with the release of one of the year’s most anticipated games in November 2009.
Developed by Infinity Ward and set for worldwide release by Activision Publishing, Inc. on November 10, 2009, Modern Warfare 2 is the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game in history, Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare®. The title is rated “M” (Mature) for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language.
The products expected to ship as part of the range include:
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Combat Controller – Xbox 360
Complete with a host of features designed to customize the in-game experience, the Modern Warfare 2 Combat Controller has Rubber Grips and a soft-touch finish for extended gaming sessions. Featuring two unique buttons located on the rear of the Controller, players can re-map Action Button or Thumbstick commands empowering players to shift melee or sprint to the rear buttons in order to maintain full motion control on the analog sticks. Immersive Analog ThumbStick Backlighting enhances the in-game atmosphere while Dual Vibration Feedback allows the user to experience every shot and explosion. Lastly, the fully braided connection cable provides a robust and latency free connection with the console.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Throat Communicator – Xbox 360
Based on authentic military design, the Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator allows gamers to comfortably communicate with teammates and other Xbox LIVE® players. Fashioned in authentic graphics, the unique microphone design reduces background noise and allows gamers to clearly communicate with each other, bringing them closer to the field ops experience. The Throat Communicator is fully compatible with the official Microsoft® controller as well as the Mad Catz Modern Warfare 2 Combat Controller.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Faceplate and Console Skinz – Xbox 360
Featuring custom Modern Warfare 2 artwork, both the highly collectible Controller Faceplate and Console Skinz allow gamers to customize their Xbox 360 and official controller. Depicting official in-game art, the Console Faceplate attaches simply and safely, transforming your console in seconds and the removable Console Skinz wrap around the sides of the Xbox 360, providing a fully immersive themed landscape.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Wireless Combat Controller – PS3™
Modern Warfare 2 Wireless Combat Controller for PLAYSTATION 3 utilizes a secure 2.4 GHz wireless link to connect with the console for accurate wire-free action. Featuring two unique buttons located on the rear of the Controller, players can re-map Action Button or Thumbstick commands empowering players to shift melee or sprint to the rear buttons in order to maintain full motion control on the analog sticks. The Controller features Immersive Analog ThumbStick Backlighting and an internal Rechargeable Battery that allows for charging directly from the console’s USB port and provides up to 60 hours of game play from a single charge.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth® Technology – PS3
Sophisticated, discrete and fashioned with Modern Warfare 2 graphics, the Headset for PLAYSTATION 3 allows for wire-free communication with teammates and PlayStation Network™ (PSN™) users. Featuring a high-quality, noise-reducing microphone, ideal for frantic game play, the Headset utilizes Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology, and operates at a range of up to 30 feet from the console.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Controller Faceplates – Xbox 360 & PLAYSTATION 3
Depicting official artwork from Modern Warfare 2, the highly collectible Controller Faceplate allows gamers to customize their official Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 controllers in style. Highly durable and featuring a high-gloss finish, the safe and removable Controller Faceplate attaches in seconds to the official controller and features authentic artwork to support the game (Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 Controller Faceplate sold separately).
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Combat GamePad – PC
For those who enjoy gaming on their PC but prefer the feel of a gamepad over a keyboard and mouse, the Modern Warfare 2 Combat GamePad provides a comfortable and highly ergonomic method of play. Featuring full analog control, the Combat GamePad is fashioned in authentic Modern Warfare 2 artwork and comes complete with a complement of four Action Buttons and four Trigger Buttons as well as a stable eight-way D-Pad delivering precision and accuracy where fast response is crucial to survival. Pre-programmed for Modern Warfare 2, the Combat GamePad ships with software that allows gamers to reprogram the four Action Buttons to suit their personal preferences or for use with other software titles. The Combat GamePad is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Sniper Mouse – PC
Fine-tuned for razor-sharp assault, the Modern Warfare 2 Sniper Mouse allows for precision in-game control. Instantly adjustable DPI (‘Dot Per Inch’) allows gamers to adjust the speed of the mouse cursor at any time, ideal for a multitude of missions and varying styles of play. A built-in weight cartridge allows gamers to add or subtract weights from the Mouse tailoring the feel for personal preference. Fashioned in fully authentic graphics, the Sniper Mouse is certain to be the weapon of choice for PC enthusiasts. Pre-programmed for Modern Warfare 2, the Mouse ships with software that allows gamers to reprogram the Mouse Buttons to suit their personal preference or for use with other software titles. The Sniper Mouse is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Combat Keyboard – PC
The Modern Warfare 2 Combat Keyboard features ‘Anti-Ghosting’ in key action areas and a Windows Key Lock to prevent accidental disruption to game play. Easily accessible Media Keys provide instant access to volume control, play/pause and other essential media-related functions and a weighted base with strategically placed large rubber feet that prevent the keyboard from slipping off the desk. Pre-programmed for Modern Warfare 2, the Combat Keyboard ships with software that allows gamers to reprogram Function Buttons to suit their personal preference or for use with other software titles. The Combat Keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP.
o Modern Warfare™ 2 Elite Keyboard – PC
Built on the successful ‘Cyborg™’ Keyboard platform, the Modern Warfare 2 Elite Keyboard is ideal for those who take their gaming seriously and will prove to be an essential ally in the field. Multi-Color backlighting, including adjustable brightness and ‘Tru-Vu™’ illumination, provides gamers with the ability to set ambient lighting, ranging from red through to amber and green. Touch-Sensitive Back-Lit Dashboard controls provide access to keyboard lighting and media functions. Further aiding in the custom nature of the keyboard, the WASD, cursor, ‘Cyborg™’ and NumPad keys can all be lit independently from the rest of the keyboard, allowing players to highlight keys commonly used in-game. One-touch ‘Cyborg’ mode instantly disables the Windows™ keys and adjusts the keyboard illumination to desired settings for simple set-up and no fewer than twelve Cyborg keys can be programmed to replicate any sequence of keyboard presses in a single button. Durable Metal-Plated key caps provide reinforced strength on the most commonly used gaming keys and gold-plated connectors for USB and microphone inputs allow other accessories to be passed through the keyboard without accessing the PC. Pre-programmed for Modern Warfare 2, the Elite Keyboard ships with software that allows gamers to reprogram Keyboard Buttons to suit their personal preference or for use with other software titles. The Elite Keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented, “This new range marks our first full line of licensed PC products launching alongside the console accessories. The Saitek and Cyborg names are brands respected by PC gamers worldwide and we believe that consumers will respond enthusiastically to these high quality licensed products. Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most anticipated software titles this year and we are excited to support it with a comprehensive range which is certain to enhance the gaming experience.”