Video Game Music of the Week - 8

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


VGMoftheWeek

Read More...
Comments

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 news.

It’s been well over a year since we saw the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and fans have been waiting for a word (any word) on the upcoming Episode 2. Finally we have heard some news. During an interview with Gamespot, Ken Balough, Digital Brand Manager for SEGA, it was revealed that the game will be coming sometime in 2012 and a teaser trailer was also released.

You can check out the video below:



It seems the team working on Episode 2 have taken on a lot of what the fans have said about the first episode and are making adjustments to the second episode, even changing the graphics engine, as well as the physics engine. This is a strange concept, to fully change the engine considering it’s an episodic game, but I believe this is will be a welcome change. Personally playing and completing Episode 1, I felt that the physics and the control of Sonic didn’t feel how it should. The fact that Sonic stopped dead in he’s tracks when you stopped holding the right button felt completely foreign to me, and it shouldn’t, considering i’ve played many Sonic games. I think they hit the nail on the head with the classic levels in Sonic Generations and am hoping that Episode 2 has more of a feel that is present in Sonic Generations.

Source:
Gamespot
Comments

Podcast Episode: 007 - It's Called A Rainbow Road

Episode 007 of The VG Island Podcast is now up. Thats right. You best check it out!
Comments

First Party Nintendo title to have Paid DLC

During ‘Nintendo Direct’, a pre recorded video presentation by Satoru Iwata, it was announced that the upcoming Fire Emblem 3DS game will have paid DLC. This is extremely interesting as Nintendo titles don’t have Paid DLC. This is a first for the company, in terms of First Party titles and opens the door to many possibilities for the future of the 3DS and, undoubtably, the upcoming Nintendo Wii U.

During the direct feed video, it was also announced that the upcoming Fire Emblem game is titled Fire Emblem: Kakuse, for the Japanese release. No info on a name for its english release.

FireEmblem3ds
Comments

Video Game Music of the Week - 7

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


VGMoftheWeek

Read More...
Comments

Fortune.. Er.. I mean Boom Street hitting Australia in January 2012.

The upcoming collaboration, money game, featuring characters from the Mario universe and the Dragon Quest universe will be on shelves in Australia on the 5th of January. The game will be titled ‘Boom Street’ as opposed to it’s North American name “Fortune Street’. The game is being said to be similar to Monopoly, but with more options and detail. Make sure to check out this game when it is released.

BoomS
Comments

Ragnarok franchise breathes new life through PS Vita Release.

You can now check out the opening video to the upcoming game Ragnarok Odyssey below. The game is being developed by GameArts (Grandia) and will be overseen by GungHo and Gravity. Gravity are the creators of the hugely successful Ragnarok Online MMORPG. The upcoming game has been described as a ‘Hunting Action-RPG’. The game will be hitting shelves in Japan on February 2nd. No word on an American or Australian release as of yet.

RagOdy



Comments

Final Fantasy XV rumoured to appear at E3, May be on Wii U

Next year is Final Fantasy’s 25th anniversary and there is a rumour circulating that the next main instalment in the series, Final Fantasy XV, will be revealed at next years E3. The interesting part about this rumour is that it appears it may be coming to the Wii U, as well as PS3 and Xbox 360. This news doesn’t come to a surprise because Square-Enix now has a fine relationship with Nintendo and the Wii U is appearing to be just as powerful as current generation consoles. This years E3 is looking to be an interesting one, with many Wii U related news to be revealed. E3 will begin next year, in June.

FFlogo
Comments

Podcast Episode: 006 - Ash Catch Up'

Jump straight on over to the Podcast section to check out the latest episode!
Comments

New Pokemon game coming to Japan. Maybe not what you expect.

A new Pokemon game has been revealed in Japan, with a trailer to accompany it.

The game is a crossover game entitled ‘Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition.’

Check out the trailer below to get an understanding of what type of game it will be. It is being released for the Nintendo DS in Japan. No word on any other releases as of yet.



Source:
GamesRadar
Comments

Australian Classification Board strikes again.

EA’s upcoming reboot titled ‘Syndicate’ has been refused classification down under in Australia. A statement from the company can be seen below.


“It’s regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate. The game will be not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans. We were encouraged by the government’s recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. However, delays continue to force an arcane censorship on games – cuts that would never be imposed on books or movies. We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today’s market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices.”

This is sad news for those looking forward to this game. Syndciate has fallen to the same fate as many games that have been refused classification in Australia, like the recently, well received internationally, Mortal Kombat.

Syndic

Comments

Skyward Sword game breaking glitch. Fix offered by Nintendo of Australia.

A certain game breaking glitch that was discovered by The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword players around the world, now has an official fix to the devastating error. Nintendo of Australia recently issued a statement on their website outlining how to avoid the glitch, and how to repair your save file if you have already activated the sequence in which the save file becomes corrupt.

It’s good to see that Nintendo of Australia has followed in the footsteps of Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe and are offering players the chance to fix their save file if needed, so that players do not have to start their save file again, which would be bothersome, as the glitch appears close to the end of the game.

ZeldaGlitch

Jump inside to check out the full statement from Nintendo of Australia. Read More...
Comments

Video Game Music of the Week - 6

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


VGMoftheWeek

Read More...
Comments

Top 5 Games of 2011

To celebrate the 5th episode of The VG Island Podcast, The VG Island will be listing ‘The Top 5 Games of 2011.’

The year 2011 saw the release of some of the most fantastic game releases of all time. It was a year that included new releases in a number of beloved video game franchises that not only raised the bar for future entries in each series but provided games that stood on the merits of them in itself. This list is the opinion of a single person and may or may not include your favourite games of 2011.

Hit the jump to check out The VG Island’s ’Top 5 Games of 2011’

Read More...
Comments

Playstation Vita restrictions [UPDATE 2]

[UPDATE]
16.12.2011

Looks like the original statement was more accurate. The PSN account is linked to the memory card AND the hardware. A full system restore is required to change accounts. This is a bit of a downer for those wishing to share a Playstation Vita.

[UPDATE]
9.12.2011

The PSN account restrictions are linked to the Memory Card. By removing the memory card, and placing another one in the system, you can then be able to have another PSN account. More specifically, the accounts are tethered to the Vita’s memory card.

8.12.2011

Looks like the upcoming portable console from Playstation, The Playstation Vita, will restrict users from using multiple PSN accounts on the device. The console will be tethered to a single PSN account, and if the user wishes to change the account, they must first perform a full restore on their portable gaming device. This won’t affect single users really, but may be a burden for those who wish to share the device with brothers/sisters or anyone else. The Playstation Vita is due for release on February the 23rd, early next year, retailing at AUD$349.95.

vita-playstation
Comments

Podcast Episode: 005 - VGA's and VGI

Jump on over to the Podcast section to check out episode number 5 of The VG Island Podcast.
Comments

All you need to know about Final Fantasy XIII-2

A video primer has been unveiled that shows everything that you need to know about the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2. You can check out the informative video below.


Comments

Complete List of GBA Ambassador titles announced.

A Spot Pass message was sent out to Japanese 3DS owners that confirms that the games will be available for download this week. In this announcement it was revealed that the remaining four games that have yet to be announced are:

- The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Wario Land 4

These games complete the list of 10 games that will be available, joining:

- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Micro Game$
- Mario vs Donkey Kong

Stay tuned for a release date for these ambassador games for Australia.

3DSA
Comments

A bunch of Nintendo titles have been confirmed for Europe (quite possibly Australia too).

A recent press release from Nintendo of Europe has confirmed a number of releases for the upcoming year, 2012. PokePark 2 and Mario Party 9 are being released in March sometime for the Wii, as well as a number of other titles that will be released during the first half of the year, including, Boom Street and The Last Story. Pandora’s Tower has been confirmed to be releasing in the second half of 2012 and Rhythm Paradise Wii will be released sometime during the year, with no specific time slot given.

On the 3DS side of things, Kid Icarus: Uprising will be coming to Europe in March, as well as the 5th Layton game being announced to be released sometime during the year.

3DSWii
Comments

Metal Gear Rising 'was' cancelled.

When Metal Gear Rising was first shown, fans of the series were most likely expecting to hear some news about the game in the coming months after. It had been a long time since we heard any news related to this game, before the VGA’s of course, and the reason for this was apparently the game had been literally canceled at one point. The team at Kojima Productions loved the gameplay element of being able to cut anything in any way the player wanted, but found it difficult to incorporate this into a full game with a fleshed out story. It wasn’t until Platinum Games offered to take reigns on the development of the game, that it was then considered ‘not cancelled’. The team also decided to rename the game, to give a more distinct difference from this game to the Metal Gear Solid series.

Apparently, The game was also planned to take place between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4, but now, after Platinum games took control, the game will take place
after Metal gear Solid 4. No reasoning behind this has been explained, but we can now rest assured knowing that the game is definitely going to see release at some point in the future.

MetalGRR
Comments

Podcast due sometime before the weekend.

The podcast will be up sometime before the weekend, Game of the Week and VGM of the week will be posted just after. Because the podcast hasn’t been done, i’m delaying Game of the Week and VGM of the Week. In order to catch up, i will record another podcast in time for early next week.

VGI-Site-Logo
Comments

[VGA's] New Tony Hawk game to be announced at the VGA's

[UPDATE]
At the VGA’s, Tony Hawk announced that there will be a Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding HD game. It will combine select levels from the first and second Tony Hawk’s games and be available on a number of digital platforms sometime next year. No word on a release date as of yet.

10.12.2011

Over the past years, the Tony Hawk video game franchise has mellowed down from a sports video game phenomena, to a repetitive, lack luster series. The year 2011 was the first year that the video game series did not see a release of any kind. But alas, fans of Tony Hawks skateboarding may be in for a treat as rumour has it that a new Tony Hawk’s game will be revealed at the upcoming Video Game Awards. Tony Hawk recently announced over a twitter post:

‘I’ll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.’

This is a pretty big hint as to what he will be announcing. Stay tuned for more information as the Video Game Awards is just a day away.

TonyHawk
Comments

[VGA's] Diablo III trailer.

You can check out a new trailer for Diablo III, that was shown at the VGA’s, below. The game will be released sometime early next year. Stay tuned for a release date.



Source:
Game Trailers
Comments

[VGA's] First trailer for 'The Last of Us'

The trailer that was revealed at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards for ‘The Last of Us’, as well as a number of new screenshots, can be seen after the jump.

Read More...
Comments

[VGA's] Highlights from the recent 2011 Video Game Awards

The Spike Video Game Awards has recently concluded and the main highlights of the show, as well as the winners, can be seen after the jump. The awards revealed a number of games and trailers, more information on ‘The Last of Us’ and, of course, the winner of Video Game of the Year. Hit the jump to check out everything.

vga2011

Read More...
Comments

[VGA's] Metal Gear Rising - New Trailer

Not much has been revealed about the spin-off series to Metal Gear Solid named Metal Gear Rising since the first trailer was shown while back. Coming as early news from the Spike Video Game Awards, GameInformer has posted a new trailer which reveals many things about the upcoming game. The game is now named Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and is a collaboration between Kojima Productions (The production company behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise) and Platinum Games (makers of Vanquish, Bayonetta and MadWorld).

You can check out the new trailer
HERE

MetalGearRisingR
Comments

Mega Man infiltrates iPhone in Japan

The Mega Man franchise has been relatively dormant in the past year or two, with the cancellation of two games, Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3. As of today, Japanese iPhone owners are able to download Mega Man X with touch controls and a number of new challenges. The game is based on the previous mobile port of the game, as opposed to the SNES port and its important to note that the game seems like it may be a difficult game to play on the iPhone, as tight controls are necessary to succeeding in Mega Man X. Nonetheless the game has seen release.

MegaManXiP

No word on a release date for Australia, or North America for that matter, but stay tuned.
Comments

Ninja Gaiden III arriving in March.

Ninja Gaiden has finally been given a more accurate release window. The third iteration of the Ninja Gaiden franchise will hit the shelves in North America sometime in March of 2012. Yosuke Hayashi, the lead for Team Ninja, announced at an event in San Francisco that the game will be available at this time for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Ninja Gaiden II received a later release date for the Playstation 3 then the Xbox 360, but it appears this won’t be the case with Ninja Gaiden III.

NinjaG

Comments

Video Game Music of the Week - 5

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


VGMoftheWeek

Read More...
Comments

Chrono Trigger hits the iPhone this year [UPDATE]

[UPDATE]
9.12.2011

As of today Chrono Trigger has been officially released for iOS. The game is selling on the app store for AUD$10.49.

2.12.2011

Chrono Trigger is often listed near or at the top of 'Best SNES games of all time' lists. The reason is because Chrono Trigger is definitely one of them. Now you will be able to replay, or play for the first time, this classic and superb RPG, originally created for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on your iPhone.

ChronoTrigger

Read on for more info and the currently released screenshots of the game.
Read More...
Comments

The Last Of Us [Update]

We reported a few days ago about a new PS3 exclusive that is being announced at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. We now have a really small tidbit of info on this release. This comes in the form of two screenshots. You can check one out below and both after the jump. We will have more info about this game in the next few days. Stay tuned.

TLOU_image_2-1 Read More...
Comments

New 3DS update is live!

The new Nintendo 3DS update is Live as of today. The new update, with version number 3.0.0-5, is one of the most substantial updates to the 3DS as of yet. This update includes a number of new features, such as:

- Updates to the 3DS camera.

- Updates to Streetpass Mii Plaza, introducing Find Mii 2/Steetpass Quest 2.

- Updates to Nintendo eShop, including the ability to download demos and dlc.

- Ability to transfer software from one system to another.

- And many more minor updates.

3ds_Update

Make sure to connect your 3DS up to the internet and download the new update to take full advantage of your Nintendo Handheld.
Comments

Podcast Episode 004 - Who's Rapping?

Go now! To the Podcast section and check out episode four of The VG Island Podcast!
Comments

Video Game Music of the Week - 4

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


VGMoftheWeek

Read More...
Comments