Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Assassin's Creed Goes 360...Could Other PS3 Exclusives?

Although UbiSoft is not confirming the worst kept secret in videogaming, Computers and Videogames came out with an Assassin's Creed Preview...for the Xbox 360. They also branded it with the Official Xbox Magazine logo, meaning it will probably be in the next issue of OXM. Of course, Ubi isn't saying whether it is true or not, but honestly this is the worst kept secret in gaming.

"PS3 only" were the words floating around Assassin's Creed at E3 (although no one announced exclusivity to the PS3, it is just that only the PS3 was named for the game). The game was previously shown at X05 (a Microsoft event) as Project Assassin. Several sites, whether true or not, say that the game was shown at E3 on an Xbox 360 with a sheet over it, hiding the fact it was running off of that and not a PS3 prototype. In the end the fact is that Assassin's Creed will most likely come to the 360, whether it be the same day as the PS3 version or after a timed exclusivity agreement. This kind of thing made me think about another game that may teeter on the multiplatform edge considering the amount of bad press Sony is getting and the general unexcited attitude of many developers about the system.

That game is the 3rd party crown jewel for Sony and the PS3: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

You guys are probably thinking I'm crazy, but this could possibly happen. Kojima said MGS4 was PS3 only at the "current time" in June 2005 and that he had no plans to port it. However, his tune may change given how news of the PS3 has hit here in North America and Europe, the two countries where the MGS series sells very well versus the Japanese market. Given the fact that this game probably won't see release until the latter half of 2007, Kojima and Konami could find that the Xbox 360 has a stranglehold on overall system numbers everywhere outside of Japan. They may release it PS3 only in Japan and release it multi-platform here, possibly giving the PS3 version a more special treatment...or they could make a 360 version as the base system from where to make the PS3 version.

I don't know if the 360 will ever put a dent into Japan, but if enough of the Japanese developed 360 only games are of high quality they may start to make headway. I'm not saying MGS4 will be coming out on 360, but who really knows. I think Sony has created its own possible catastrophe everywhere outside of Japan (and possibly in Japan to when put up against the Wii).

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Civil War #3 Discussion (SPOILERS)

So, Civil War #3 came out this past week. If this issue teaches me anything it is probably that Marvel has little to no hope of outdoing the nuclear bomb from the reveal at the end of the second issue unless there is another big event that revolves around Spider-Man (such as Aunt May or Mary Jane meeting their maker). The big thing from this issue is that Thor shows up at the end and is evidently with Iron Man, but who really knows. His SHIELD codename is "Lightning"...lame.

It is also revealed that Daredevil (or Fakedevil as many are calling him) is not Matt Murdock. The person may look like Murdock somewhat, but it is obvious this person can also see. Supposedly Fakedevil's identity will be unmasked this week in Daredevil #87. I find it funny how this identity reveal is left in the main book, but Spider-Man's unmasking happens in Civil War instead of Amazing Spider-Man.

Another thing I have learned is that Civil War has a problem I was afraid of a long time ago (in this post). Unlike the majority of DC's Infinite Crisis, the whole story of Civil War is not self-contained and almost pushes you to pick up the other tie-ins to totally understand what is going on. I figured ASM would be the only tie-in worth it, but I've found almost every Civil War tie-in helps catch you up for when the next chapter of the main book comes out. There is also the Frontlines issues as well to understand things even more. Bottom line is that this series will be far more expensive to comic book readers than IC was.

I have to believe Spider-Man is going to pay for his unmasking. My money is on Aunt May dying simply because IF Marvel kills Mary Jane I'm done with them. Aunt May deserves to die for pushing Peter toward unmasking and I think all the signs point to it. I think Joe Quesada's whole Peter/MJ anti-marriage argument is a red herring for us to think about her being the one eliminated. Then again, maybe Marvel isn't going to eliminate either, but I rather doubt it. Like I said earlier, they have to do something to outdo what happened last issue or they blew their load way too soon in my opinion.

Console Gold/GamingTrend Wikipedia Article

Yeah, it's been a long time since my last blog. I really haven't felt like writing anything or I find myself too busy to find time to sit down and type out my thoughts on things. So, my first post back is going to be about the site I used to work for.

Before I begin, I'm saddened to say that someone picked up the CG domain and turned it into a porn link site. I had been regularily checking to see if the domain was becoming available, but the day it was switched I was out of town. I think it happened on a Saturday because I know I checked the status on Friday. It does kind of piss me off to know the site I helped work a lot on has been changed into this, but I guess that's the way the ball bounces.

I don't think I've made it a secret that I still lurk around the GamingTrend board, but I refuse to contribute in any way to it. I noticed that one of the users set up a Wikipedia article on GamingTrend. This is all fine and dandy, but it seems the article is up for deletion (but may yet survive). My problem with the article is that it is skin and bones. There is a vast history on CG/GT that is not even touched on in the article. The main reason this was probably written is because of Ron's stance on the Starforce copy protection software and that he will take 10 points off of the final rating if a game contains Starforce because one of the games destroyed his computer.

To me I think this whole idea comes by as too little, too late. If GT wanted to strike its own path it would have done this a long time ago when Starforce was at its high point. Nowadays most publishers have eliminated using Starforce (UbiSoft and CDV being the big ones), but this was brought up because of the last game CDV sent out to GT had Starforce in it (along with a game from Midway, who really doesn't release that many PC games). This is akin to jumping onto the Titanic after it started to sink. GT wants to make this big news (Ron posted it in Starforce's board and on Evil Avatars board from what I've seen), but it's just too little, too late in my estimation.

I personally would have put the idea that someone was thinking of putting an article up on the forum and then have everyone contribute to it, including the staff. There isn't a whole lot of staff left that can comment on things before around 2001 outside of Ron, but a more broad history could have been made. I personally would delete the article simply because there isn't a whole lot of information on it. Of course, maybe that is a problem with Wikipedia in itself because many of the articles don't contain enough information. Then again there are many comprehensive gaming related articles as well, such as Penny Arcade or 8-Bit Theater (which, granted, are both webcomics). For a gaming website perspective there is a site younger than CG/GT, Gamers With Jobs, that has a larger article.

Bottom line is I would be more happy if there was more information, but as it is now the article really doesn't add anything to the information superhighway.