Thursday, November 10, 2011

Simpsons Arcade Game Might Be Coming to XBLA

The Simpsons Arcade Game may finally be in line for its first console port. As reported by XBLA Fans, the Australian government’s Classification Board has updated its database with a listing for The Simpsons Arcade Game on multiple platforms.

Originally released in 1991, The Simpsons Arcade Game was a four-player beat-’em-up from Konami. The game allowed players to plow through side-scrolling levels as Bart, Lisa, Homer, and Marge, pummeling generic suit-wearing bad guys, Matt Groening Life is Hell extras, and recognizable residents of Springfield alike. The arcade game was ported to the PC and Commodore 64 the same year, but never made it to the consoles of the time.

In 2009, Electronic Arts released a mobile phone game called The Simpsons Arcade, but the new classification suggests that the project is unrelated. Handed down yesterday, the listing details Konami as the publisher and retro specialist Backbone Entertainment as the developer. The Emeryville, California-based studio has previously released downloadable versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. It also developed Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, a compilation of 40 games from Sega’s 16-bit system, for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

The Simpsons is another in a line of downloadable console ports for Konami’s licensed coin-op games of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Last year, Konami and Backbone teamed up to release X-Men: The Arcade Game on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The publisher also worked with Ubisoft for 2007’s Xbox 360 release of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and in 2009 saw the French publisher remake the game’s arcade sequel, Turtles in Time.

Full article: http://www.gamespot. … le-platforms-6344641

Friday, October 28, 2011

10 best scary video games of all time

By Dave Herndon & Dave Scanlan

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins alike will be coming to your door Monday night trick or treating, earlier this week we published lists of films to enjoy between visitors, but if movies aren’t your thing, here are the top 10 horrifying video games, many of which can still be played on modern gaming consoles.

10. Dead Rising 2 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC)— This is a zombie game, no this is THE zombie game, set in the fictional Fortune City, the game follows Chuck Greene as he fights off zombies while accomplishing goals around the city. Various weapons can be picked up, and even customized to as the play makes their way through the game. Up to 7,000 zombie characters can appear on screen at a time.

9. Resident Evil —(Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC, remade and revamped for GameCube and DS, the latter being known as Resident Evil: Deadly Silence) – As a member of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Service), it’s up to you to go to Raccoon City and fight your way through hordes of infected creatures to find your comrades.

8. The House of the Dead (arcade) —One of the best arcade shooter’s I have ever played, not so much scary as creepy, this is just as the title suggests set in a house filled with ‘dead’ things, or rather the inhuman experiments of one very mad scientist.

7. Ghostbusters (Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2 & 3, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PSP, PC) —The movie franchise from my youth became a fantastic game a couple of years ago. The game play is fantastic, the story is wonderful and the voice cast is all the originals from the film, what more could one ask for when hunting down the ghosts and ghouls from the netherworld?

6. Uninvited (Atari, Commodore 64, NES, PC) — Your sibling’s left the car after its crashed in front of an old mansion, and you have to find them. A tricky game, not unlike a choose-your-own-adventure, in which strange and horrifying deaths are not uncommon. Keep your wits about you.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Take A Tour Of Video Game Developer Rare’s Never Before Seen Museum

Most gamers know Rare for its work on such classic Nintendo games as Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, though the company’s history goes back further than the SNES and Nintendo 64. It was founded in 1982 by brothers Chris and Tim Stamper, and was originally known as Ultimate Play the Game, where it released titles for the deceased ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64.

That said, there’s at least 29 years of history in the developer’s Twycross campus, neatly arranged within a glass case in the cafeteria.

Here, curious folks can get an inside peak at Rare’s humble beginnings and go all the way to its Xbox 360 days. It’s a fan’s paradise.

Full article (with photos): http://www.businessi … -perfect-dark-2011-9

Monday, September 12, 2011

EA and Starbreeze Studios Announce Revival of Cult Classic Franchise Syndicate

Redwood City, CA – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Starbreeze Studios today announced the reinvention of Syndicate, a storied franchise at EA. Created by an all-new development team from the awarding-winning studio that brought gamers The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness, Starbreeze Studios delivers a unique and brutal sci-fi first-person shooter experience set in a not too distant future, where business is war. Players take on the role of Miles Kilo, Eurocorp’s latest prototype agent, and embark on an epic action adventure full of corruption and revenge.

“Fans of the franchise will recognize many weapons and environments in the game, but in a whole new way. The game also provides a separate and deep 4-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience.”

“We are excited to finally reveal what we’ve been working on the past couple years,” says Mikael Nermark, CEO of Starbreeze Studios. “It’s been a great experience working with EA, and an amazing opportunity for us to use our expertise in the first person shooter and action genres to bring back, and reignite, the signature action/espionage gameplay of Syndicate.”

Set in 2069, Syndicate takes players into a dark, Machiavellian world run without government oversight with many syndicates vying for total dominance of their local market place. With no one to question their intentions or actions, three mega corporations – Eurocorp, Cayman Global, and Aspari – are at the forefront of this brutal war for control of the pivotal American market. In the world of Syndicate, everything is digitally connected, including the people. Players aren’t limited to the weapons in their hands. Through DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics. Syndicate’s blend of fast-paced, futuristic, action shooter settings and story combined with innovative chip breach gameplay instantly immerses players in a unique digital world.

“Our goal with Syndicate is to provide a challenging action shooter for today’s gamers as well as fans of the original. I’m sure they will enjoy and recognize the legacy that made it such a classic,” says Jeff Gamon, EA Partners Executive Producer. “Fans of the franchise will recognize many weapons and environments in the game, but in a whole new way. The game also provides a separate and deep 4-player co-op mode featuring missions from the original cult classic, which adds another layer of depth to the overall experience.”

Syndicate will be available in early 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and the PC. For more information on Syndicate, please visit … yndicate/#more-34824

Friday, August 19, 2011

First Details of Upcoming Game PROJECT MERCURY

COLOGNE – August 17, 2011 – Centauri Micro Games, a new development team obsessed with retro gaming, is revealing the first details of their upcoming space epic, PROJECT MERCURY. The game will release for iPhone / iPod Touch in November 2011, with versions for XBOX 360 (XBLIG) and Commodore 64 following in Spring 2012.

Deep Space. 25th Century. In a distant solar system, a civilization of humans lives on a series of planets known as The Ten Colonies. They are part of Project Mercury, a project created by Earth scientists to colonize other planets. Zoe was a trading vessel in charge of delivering a very important message to Earth Embassador Graystone. While cruising through space, the crew detected a derelict ship. Duram was the only crew member allowed to investigate the abandoned ship. While searching for clues that could explain what happened, Dahlz raiders appeared on the viewscreen and managed to ambush and destroy Zoe. As the only surviving crew member from Zoe, the player in the role of Duram swears revenge! But it’s a big and dangerous Universe, and the battle has just begun…

PROJECT MERCURY combines old school RPG-inspired gameplay with strategy and action elements. Its epic plot, retro graphics and chiptune music, make PROJECT MERCURY a retro gaming feast for iPhone / iPod Touch / XBOX 360 (XBLIG) and Commodore 64.

Full article: http://www.gamasutra … _PROJECT_MERCURY.php

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rush ‘N Attack Ex-Patriot for Xbox 360

Classic Game Room reviews RUSH’N ATTACK EX-PATRIOT for Xbox 360 (also for Playstation 3 PS3) from Vatra Games published by Konami. Shank’N Go returns as Quick Stab (or IHOS, the International House of Stabbing)!

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