Battlefield 3 and Jay-Z – “99 Problems” TV ad

96, 97, 98… 99. Yup, 99 Problems.

EA hinted a while back that a new cinematic trailer for Battlfefield 3 would be released soon.

Well, the wait is finally over.

EA have teamed up with Jay Z to produce their latest TV spot for Battlefield 3 which features the track “99 Problems” – and it’s pretty impressive to say the least.

Those of you stuck on the fence as to your allegiance to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3,  this might just be the edge you were looking for.

As often as the track has been used in advertising campaigns in the past, we’ll let this one slide considering it’s a backdrop for gunfire and explosions.

You’ll likely be seeing this advert over and over again once the holiday season hits, but here you can see it before the advertisment bombardment begins.



Greg Lockley


Star Wars: The Old Republic release date announced

Bioware have confirmed their latest MMO will hit the EU two days after its launch in the US.

Whilst Europe will receive the game on December 22, our neighbours across the pond will get it a full two days earlier on December 20.

Fans were growing increasingly worried that the release date for the game may be pushed back into the beginning of 2012; missing its original target of Q4 2011.

Last month, Bioware announced that the release date of the game depended entirely on the reception it received from players beta testing the game.

With a release date now officially announced, it would seem that the developers are happy with the responses received from testers and are happy to schedule a release for the game.

EA and Bioware are preparing the games release to be the biggest online game launch ever.

Whilst it’s a bold ambition, clearly they are looking to capitalise on a Christmas launch and benefit from the festive spirit.

“This is an incredible moment for everyone at BioWare and our partners at LucasArts who have dedicated their lives to build this extraordinary game,” said BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka.

“We appreciate the patience from the millions of fans who have been waiting for the game’s release.”

[Source: Star Wars: The Old Republic website]

Greg Lockley

Dead Island takes No. 1 spot in UK chart

Zombie kill-fest enters the chart at the top; beats out Space Marine and Resistance 3

Despite lackluster reviews, Deep Silver’s Dead Island has taken the top spot in the official weekly UK game charts.

Dead Island is one of three new entires in the top five of the chart with THQ’s Warhammer 40k: Space Marine debuting in the UKIE sales list at No. 2.

Ubisoft’s latest title – Driver: San Francisco – drops one place to No. 3 whilst Sony’s Resistance 3 makes it in at No. 4 in the multiplatform chart.

Last week’s No. 1 – Deus Ex: Human Revolution – drops down the list to No. 5.

Whilst proving to be a success amongst consumers, Dead Island struggled to make a good impression on critics, receiving a largely mixed reception.

Though the game was originally revealed at E3 2006, its release was pushed back to 2011 due to development issues.

One critic of the game in particular is controversial magazine, Edge.

According to their review, Dead Island bares all the hallmarks of a game conceived in 2005, pinching ideas from Left4Dead, Borderlands and Oblivion. The review continues to argue that “only Banoi Island itself remains Techland’s own”.

Edge’s relentless criticism of the game progresses, saying it is “complete with all the texture, audio and animation glitches we’ve come to expect” from Technland’s Chrome Engine.

The game has already faced a number of issues following its release.

Publisher Deep Silver first posted the incorrect version of the game on Steam, leading to the release of the game’s first patch which corrected over 40 different bugs.

As a result, numerous gamers were left fuming after their game’s save file became incompatible with the updated version of the game, leaving them with no choice but to start over.

Developers of the game came under fire again when a Steam user uncovered an alternative name for one of the playable character’s (Purna) skills entitled – “Feminist Whore”.

Whilst the skill itself did not feature within the game, developers left it within the game’s code which was subsequently found.

Deep Silver addressed the issue, stating “It has come to our attention that one of Dead Island’s leftover debug files contains a highly inappropriate internal script name of one of the character skills. This has been inexcusably overlooked and released with the game.”

“The line in question was something a programmer considered a private joke.”

The company have since addressed the issue by removing the offending code and issuing an apology, saying “We deeply regret that fact and we apologize to all our customers or anyone who might have been offended by that inappropriate expression. The person responsible for this unfortunate situation will face professional consequences for violating the professional standards and beliefs Techland stands for.”

Whilst the game still faces a mediocre reception from critics and resolves its numerous in-game issues, its popularity continues to grow with gamers.

Here’s the full UK top ten for the week ending September 10:

1. Dead Island (Deep Silver)
2. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (THQ)
3. Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft)
4. Resistance 3 (Sony)
5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix)
6. Zumba Fitness
7. Rugby World Cup 2011 (505 Games)
8. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney)
9. Star Fox 64 (Nintendo)
10. Gran Turismo 5 (Sony)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2011 UKIE Ltd

[Source: Tracey John]

Greg Lockley




Pokémon: ‘Massive shock announcement’ next week

Pokémon director Junichi Masuda set to appear on Japanese television to make the announcement

Game Freak – the firm behind the Pokémon series – is set to make a ‘massive shock announcement’ on Japanese television next week.

The report comes from the official summary for next week’s episode of Japanese Pokémon show, Pokémon Smash.

The TV network behind the show, TV Tokyo, says in it’s list of highlights for the following week’s show that Game Freaks’s Pokémon director Junchi Masuda will be appearing on the show to reveal the ‘shock announcement’.

No other details have been revealed surrounding the announcement, however, the episode airs on September 18 – this Sunday – so there’s not long to wait.

Many are speculating the announcement will introduce a new Pokémon game – a new series based on the 3DS – however this is highly unlikely.

Nintendo are set to hold a 3DS conference on September 13 and whilst some of the scheduled announcements are already well known – such as the 3DS’s second circle pad – it will be interesting to see if there is anything Pokémon related unveiled.


Greg Lockley

Wii U hardware ‘does not work’ says insider

Nintendo are in ‘development hell’ with their upcoming Wii U hardware according to an insider as devices supplied to developers ‘still don’t work properly’

The informant – who released the information to Nintendo leak site – listed a number of issues developers are facing with the hardware, claiming the product has been ‘rushed through the door’.

“According to our source, it seems that the final architecture has been rushed through the door, with undesirable consequences,” says 01net.

The main chipset of the Wii U controller – which handles all key features and functions of the innovative device, including its streaming and wireless capabilities – has been described as ‘cheap’ and ‘inadequate’, leading to speculation surrounding the quality of the technology.

As a result, developers are having to work with a wired version of the controller, which even then ‘still does not work properly’.

“Many developers are feeling lost, their progress impeded by a distinct lack of visibility, their working hours by the quasi-paced daily software updates,’ the report continued.

‘In those conditions, many feel unable to properly exploit the system’s most innovative and promising features, those very features they have not been able to test properly so far.”

Sources at 01net believe the console will likely be released in June next year, however, developers have expressed their concerns towards the scheduled release date, fearing they will struggle to have the device’s architecture functioning in time.

Other speculation has indicated the possibility of delaying the release until September.

Following yesterday’s leak of Nintendo’s plans to release a second circle pad for the 3DS, 01net are certainly making a name for themselves as a thorn in the company’s side.

With the poor reception that has met the 3DS as far, matched with reports of the Wii U having quality and functionality issues, should Nintendo consumers be worried?


Greg Lockley

Star Wars: The Old Republic still slated for 2011 release

An official release date announcement expected this month or next

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau spoke on the subject last month, highlighting that the game’s release date is tied to data being derived from beta testing. With this in mind, the plan remains to have the game released before Christmas.

“We have a date set internally [for calendar Q4], with a lot of assumptions around it” he told Gamasutra last night.

“We’re not done until we’re done… We’re not going to know with enough certainty to publicly announce a release date until later this month or sometime in October”, he added.

However, EA has reportedly factored a possible delay to 2012 into its financial guide.

It follows news earlier this week that BioWare has postponed EU beta testing program for The Old Republic.

The announcement has led to mounting speculation as to whether the game will make its 2011 release or be delayed into 2012.

[Source: Gamasutra]

Greg Lockley

New 3DS product and Monster Hunter 3DS leaked?

Famitsu unveil first-party peripheral along with ‘Monster Hunter 3G’

Following rumours that began circulating last month, it has been confirmed that Nintendo is set to introduce a second circle pad to the 3DS.

The addition will not be introduced via a new 3DS model, but rather as a attachable peripheral.

It was revealed yesterday that Nintendo would be hosting a “3DS new product announcement conference” on September 13 ahead of the Tokyo Game Show.

It would appear that this conference will host the official announcement of the first-party peripheral.

A Nintendo UK spokesperson has reportedly confirmed the announcement to Edge magazine, stating: “We can confirm that Nintendo does plan to release the attachment but that any further announcements on the attachment will be made at some later time by Nintendo.”

The peripheral itself, dubbed “Kakuchou Slide Pad” or “Expansion Slide Pad”, is similar in size to a 3DS charging cradle and will incorporate shoulder buttons for the device, in addition to the second circle pad.

Judging by a scan of the Famitsu article, it appears the peripheral will considerably increase the size of the 3DS, adding around an inch to the rear for shoulder buttons and extending each side of the device, with the second circle pad sitting to the right of the face buttons.

Famitsu are set to reveal the first-party peripheral in their upcoming issue, which will be joined by a first look at Monster Hunter 3G, also for the 3DS.

It will be the latest game in the Monster Hunter series and will be the first time the game has featured on a handheld device other than the PSP.

Many already had suspicions for the announcement after Capcom CEO Haruhiro Tsujimoto hinted back in January that the franchise’s next release could be on the 3DS.

Andriasang have reported the game is tipped for release at the end of the year.

[Source: Andriasang]

Greg Lockley