Gaming News August 2007

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BioShock PC Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, August 31, 2007
TTGamer have today posted a review of BioShock for the PC. Does the “spiritual successor” to the System Shock series live up to the hype? Perhaps the better question is, just how easily does it eclipse it?

X-Arcade Tankstick Arcade Controller Review
I4U :: Friday, August 31, 2007
“In addition to the dual joysticks there are the one and two player buttons along with eight buttons arrayed near each joystick and a trackball that feels like it came right out of a Millipede game. There are also pair of buttons on each side of the Tankstick that are ideally suited for flippers if you are into pinball games.”

Jeanne D’Arc (PSP) Review
Gaming Heaven :: Friday, August 31, 2007
If you love turn-based strategy and tactical games the PSP so far hasn’t been exactly the handheld of choice. With several high profile yet unsuccessful knockoffs of games like Advanced Wars and Final Fantasy Tactics from Nintendo’s camp, owners of the black device were left craving for more. And while D&D: Tactics delivered all that tactical goodness for D&D fans, the rest of the player-base remained unmoved. Will the adventures of Joan of Arc be what the PSP needed to satisfy them?

Games Convention 2007: Hardware
techPowerUp :: Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Games Convention 2007 had some very interesting hardware product launches. We have scoured the halls, snapped pictures and collected information on all the interesting new releases at the show.

Super C, BREATH OF FIRE II and Ghouls’n Ghosts Now Available on Wii Shop Channel!
Nintendo News :: Thursday, August 30, 2007
Three New Classic Games Announced

Nintendo’s Epic Trilogy Concludes with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Nintendo News :: Thursday, August 30, 2007
Immerses Players Like Never Before

BioShock Tweak Guide 
TweakGuides :: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
After a fair bit of research and experimentation, I’ve been able to prepare the BioShock Tweak Guide as a compilation of all the important information for the game: all the tips, tweaks, fixes and descriptions you need to make sure your BioShock experience is as good as it can possibly be.

Bioshock (PC and Xbox 360)
Gaming Heaven :: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Coming from one of the most consistently innovative and exciting developers out there: Irrational Games (now 2K Boston), Bioshock is, on the face of it, a conventional shooter. Compared to games like STALKER with its A-Life AI and open-ended structure, Bioshock’s confined environments and set-pieces might look old fashioned and tired. You might also consider the 5 or 6 distinct enemy types boring and a bit stingy. With most shooters you’d be right, but Bioshock transcends all of these concerns by being the most compellingly immersive shooter since HL2.

Call of Juarez – PC Review
Game Pyre :: Monday, August 27, 2007
All in all, Call of Juarez is a pretty fun game. The poor online multiplayer community hurts the replay value, as the game itself is very linear. The story is enough to keep you going through till the end. If you’re looking for a different FPS game from the repetitive WW2/Futuristic/Modern Warfare, give this one a try. But as I said, if you are buying a game for a purely multiplayer experience, this isn’t going to be at the top of your ‘must buy’ list.

Games Convention 2007: Girls
techPowerUp :: Monday, August 27, 2007
After running wild search patterns through the halls of Games Convention Germany we are proud to present you the finest collection of booth babes from Europe’s biggest gaming show. You will find 300 high-res photos to get an impression of what you missed.

Apple iWork 08 Reviewed 
The TechLounge :: Monday, August 27, 2007
“One thing you find after you install iWork ’08 is that, when you start, you’re offered quick tutorials. If you have time, I’d strongly recommend the initial tour of iWork ’08, as well as the video tutorials on basic features and, also, the various features that set the iWork ’08 applications apart from their competitors. Apple offers a 30 day free trial of iWork on their website. So how do the new versions of Pages and Keynote compare to their ’06 counterparts? How does the suite stack up against Microsoft Office for the Mac?”

Leipzig GC 2007 – Day 3 coverage
YouGamers :: Monday, August 27, 2007
Day 3 was just as busy as the previous, and here’s what we’ve picked up on:> Sega Rally > Universe at War > The Chronicles of Spellborn

Leipzig GC 2007 Day 1 & 2 Coverage
YouGamers :: Monday, August 27, 2007
Two days in and our legs are still holding up… I think. Anyway, a bit late with the coverage due to some code problems but we’ve got some good stuff to browse through:

This Week in Xbox: August 1-8, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

The BioShock Experience
Xbox 360 Games :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
2K Games’ Bioshock is a masterpiece of exploration, action and first-person narrative. We detail precisely what to expect from your time in Rapture.

Saling The World: BioShock Rocks First Week On Shelves In U.S., UK
Gamasutra Columns :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Saling The World” charts see a leading debut for the Xbox 360 and PC versions of BioShock in both the U.S. and in the UK, while previous sales leader Madden NFL 08 fights to keep up, and Brain Age 2 sees its own smart debut.

Take a Jump into Combat with Medal of Honor Airborne Demo
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Take a combat jump with the 82nd Airborne in the demo for the game Medal of Honor Airborne, now available through Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

A Guide to Surviving BioShock
Xbox 360 Games :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Survive the dangers and unravel the mysterious world of Rapture in BioShock with our essential game tips and strategies.


Shoot ‘Em Up Theme
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Preview the Shoot ‘Em Up theme available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

PGR 4 Cars and Release Date Announced
Xbox 360 Games :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Catch a sneak peak at even more of the iconic vehicles that will be featured in the upcoming racing game. The game will launch on October 2, 2007 in North America with an estimated retail price of $59.99. The team is putting the finishing touches on the game to ensure it crosses the finish line at retail as the best title yet in the PGR racing franchise.

Shoot ‘Em Up Gamer Pics
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Preview the new Shoot ‘Em Up gamer pics available on Marketplace.

Wil Wheaton giving Keynote at PAX
Seattle Times :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
The makers of Penny Arcade, the Web comic strip spoofing the video-game industry, will host their annual video-game convention Friday through Sunday … at which they’ll preview their own new video game.

Ageia – An Insight
XS Reviews :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
“In the past XSReviews has worked quite closely with Ageia, reviewing their hardware and testing out some of their supported games to see how PhysX effects gameplay and ultimately, to see if that extra add-in card is worth it. Recently I had the pleasure of conducting a lengthy interview with Dan Forster who is the PR and Marketing manager for Ageia in Europe and he was able to answer some of our questions on upcoming games like Warmonger, using the PhysX SDK, competition from the Havok engine, and what we can expect from the Ageia hardware in the future.”

Saitek Cyborg Rumble Pad Review
i4u :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
“The most interesting feature of the Saitek Cyborg Rumble Pad is the Cyborg-module which is a silver module on the left side of the gamepad that can be removed and flipped around. This allows you to put the D-pad and joystick on the left side into two configurations.”

YouGamers Leipzig GC 2007 Coverage
YouGamers :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
Like most other sites, we’re also at this year’s Leipzig GC 2007 event and we’ve picked up some nice little snippets and scoops so far:

Dave Mirra BMX Challenge PSP Review
Tweak Town :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
TTGamer have today posted a review of Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the PSP. This arcadey extreme sports style BMX’r won’t be taking any crowns, but it’s still a fun title well suited to the PSP.

Bioshock Demo First Impressions
Game Pyre :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
This game is one not to be missed by fans of FPS games. Great graphics, great controls, and even the demo offers up some cool ways to kill your enemies, such as electrocution and fire. The setting offers a very creepy feel, such as games like FEAR, but also sets it in an alternate past. The only complaint I have about the demo is it was so short, leaves me wanting more. But then again, that is exactly what a demo is supposed to do, and this one does it very well. I can’t wait to play the final game.

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s 
Bona Fide Reviews :: Thursday, August 23, 2007
Guitar Hero II rocked so hard with cult hits like Trogdor and Thunderhorse that fans were BEGGING for more. So Harmonix hopped in their time machine and did some research and lo and behold we have Guitar Hero Encore: Rock the 80’s.

This Week in Xbox: August 1-8, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

The BioShock Experience
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
2K Games’ Bioshock is a masterpiece of exploration, action and first-person narrative. We detail precisely what to expect from your time in Rapture.

A Guide to Surviving BioShock
Xbox 360 Games :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Survive the dangers and unravel the mysterious world of Rapture in BioShock with our essential game tips and strategies.

Nintendo’s ‘Month of Metroid’ Builds to Awaited Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Launch
Nintendo News :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Metroid Prime 3 Preview now on Wii

The China Angle: Lawyers And IPOs
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In Gamasutra’s latest China Angle column, Pacific Epoch’s Shang Koo examines the increasingly lawsuit-prone Chinese online game market, with publisher 9you and developer T3 Entertainment clashing over smash hit music title Audition, and a Romance of the Three Kingdoms battle sparking another suit.

Desert Island Games: Ignition Entertainment’s Ed Bradley
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In Gamasutra’s latest Desert Island Games, Ignition Entertainment’s Mercury studio manager and publishing acquisitions manager Ed Bradley gives us a run-down of his top five titles, including launch-era Everquest, X-Com: UFO Defense, and a handful of Miyamoto hits.

Critical Reception: 2K Games’/Irrational Games’ BioShock
Gamasutra Columns :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to BioShock for the Xbox 360 and PC, a unique and groundbreaking first-person shooter that critics call “an essential gaming experience.”

MetropolisMania 2
Sony Games :: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
You’ve been given the job to create and maintain an entire city! You must create a city that attracts new residences, while at the same time keep your approval rating in good standing! To do this you must interact with each and every citizen of your town. Of course some of your citizens have other ideas, so you’ll have your work cut out for you making everyone happy!