Gaming News November 2007

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Ageia’s PhysX Delaying UT3 For Linux?


Phoronix :: Friday, November 30, 2007
“Last week Ryan “Icculus” Gordon had confirmed that the Linux client and server ports of Unreal Tournament 3 were caught up in a legal issue regarding some middleware used in this latest PC title from Epic Games. However, what is the middleware that Unreal Tournament 3 is caught up in? There is a strong possibility that it deals with the PhysX licensing from Ageia Technologies.”

Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 Review
Gamepyre :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
This is an easy enough game for anyone to pick up and play. However the slow narrative will make all but the truly dedicated give up quickly. The killer in most RPGs is the repetitive battles but Eternal Sonata over comes that with team leveling and the active blocking that keeps every battle moving. The shame is that this could have been a truly great game if the story had been stronger and moved as fast as the battles do. Only for hardcore role players.

Critical Reception: Sierra’s/Kuju’s Geometry Wars: Galaxies
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Geometry Wars: Galaxies, a popular minigame and Xbox Live Arcade title turned full Wii retail release, which critics describe as “so unbelievably fun that you can?t put it down.”

Release This: Wii Fit, Layton Headline Busy Japanese Schedule
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” explores a week that will find Japanese store shelves stocked with anticipated titles like Wii Fit, SD Gundam G Generation Spirits, and Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako.

Critical Reception: MTV Games/Harmonix’s Rock Band
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Rock Band, Harmonix’s groundbreaking multiplayer band simulation that critics praise as “immensely fun and consistently rewarding.”

The China Angle: ‘IPO Gift Giving’
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
In the latest China Angle column, Pacific Epoch’s Shang Koo looks at the latest in Chinese industry news, including real gold for MMO players, The9 partnering with EA for FIFA Online 2, and NCsoft’s rocky history that’s led it to strike new ties with Shanda.

Release This: Rock Band, Mass Effect Helm Holiday Release Blitz
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” sees a week packed with major releases for all regions, including Harmonix’s all-singing, all-drumming Rock Band, BioWare sci-fi RPG Mass Effect, and Japan’s DS remake of Dragon Quest IV.

Saling The World: Mario, Assassin’s Clash for U.S. Sales Leadership
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Saling The World” charts see Super Mario Galaxy debuting to stellar sales in North America, while Assassin’s Creed ranks high in the U.S. and in the UK, and gun game BioHazard: Umbrella Chronicles leads in Japan.

Critical Reception: Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Super Mario Galaxy, the long-awaited Wii entry in Nintendo’s flagship franchise that some critics are calling “an exceptional game by any standard.”

Release This: Mario, Assassin’s Head Major Release Week
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” details a week that brings a flood of new releases to the United States and Europe, including anticipated heavy-hitters like Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin’s Creed, and SimCity Societies.

Saling The World: Call of Duty 4 Tops Multiplatform Charts in U.S. and UK, Mario Party DS Leads in Japan
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gamasutra’s “Saling The World” covers the top five sellers for every available platform in the United States, Japan, and Europe, with this week’s charts seeing Call of Duty 4 cleaning up across multiple platforms in both the U.S. and the UK, while the just-released Mario Party DS outpaces Super Mario Galaxy in weekly sales in Japan.

Critical Reception: Activision’s/Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Gamasutra Columns :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
This week’s edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, a present-day take on the Call of Duty series that some critics regard as both “the best entry yet in the highly successful franchise,” and “one of the best war-based shooters ever.”

PAIN™
Sony Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
PAIN™ boldly tackles a rarely explored area of video-gaming… comedy. The unique mechanic of the game allows the player to load a character into a human-sized, ultra-powerful slingshot, and fire the character into an active, physics-controlled environment, filled with precarious and humorous situations. Players receive points by stringing together painful collisions and inducing chaos in the environment. KEY FEATURES Multiple playable characters each with a very unique personality and attributes as well as character specific in-flight poses. Plenty of ways to play in both Single and Multiplayer, including modes like Spank the Monkey, Mime Toss, PAIN Bowling, Fun With Explosives, and even more to come in future releases. Relive every cringe-worthy smash and crash with the replay system in PAIN™. Use the free camera to get the best angle on your best ouchies. Unique physics model created on Havok powered events, allow for amazing ragdoll animations, while ensuring that duplicating incidents is almost impossible. Keeping gameplay fresh over and over no matter how many times a player is launched into the same environment. Robust online community feature set lets you compete with other players around the world on Global Leaderboards, track your friend’s scores, and connect to the upcoming PAIN™ website, where you can participate in polls, get developer updates, and provide feedback to make for a more PAINful experience in future expansions.


Syphon Filter®: Combat Ops
Sony Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Rated 8.5/10 by IGN! Syphon Filter®: Combat Ops delivers an unrivaled online multiplayer experience, exclusively on the PSP® system. Use the all-new Mission Modifier feature to customize maps, missions, and then upload it for intense 8-player online action! Battle online with Syphon Filter: Combat Ops. Customizable Online Experience: New Mission Modifier provides map editing features letting you edit objectives, spawn points, zip line locations and more Online Community Features: Upload missions and maps to share with PSP users worldwide via infrastructure mode and rate them using the new ranking system Intense Online Multiplayer Action: Five gameplay modes, including the new Retrieval and Sabotage modes, playable in Wi-Fi mode via Ad Hoc and Infrastructure

It’s Altair’s World
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Ubisoft’s latest masterpiece, Assassin’s Creed, places you in the living, breathing cities of the Third Crusade, and requires you to learn the art of assassination.

Get the Band Back Together
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
We peek inside Harmonix’s Rock Band and reveal its treasures. Unleash your inner rock star, and save room for some friends.

Xbox Originals Play & Win
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Register your gamertag, and then download any Xbox Originals game between December 4-5 to enter the sweepstakes. You could win a cool VIP Accessories Kit or other prizes!

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Play & Win
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Just register your Gamertag and play LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga online between December 7-9 and you could win prizes including Microsoft Points and LEGO Star Wars kits.

Backcompat Update
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
The November 2007 update is now available. See the new list of original Xbox games that are playable on your Xbox 360 console.

This Week in Xbox: November 14-21, 2007
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what’s going on this week on Xbox.com.

Xbox Originals Play & Win
Xbox Live :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Register your gamertag, and then download any Xbox Originals game between December 4-5 to enter the sweepstakes. You could win a cool VIP Accessories Kit or other prizes!

I Am Legend Gamer Pics
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Check out the new gamer pics from the movie I Am Legend, available on Xbox Live Marketplace.

I Am Legend Themes
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Check out the new dashboard themes from the movie I Am Legend, available on Xbox Live Marketplace.

Ambition of the Illuminus Expands Phantasy Star Universe
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
The new Ambition of the Illuminus downloadable content pack available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace expands the Phantasy Star Universe game world to provide a more personalized and interactive game experience.

Halo Theme Available for Guitar Hero III
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, November 29, 2007
The iconic Halo theme composed by Martin O’Donnell is now available as a free song track for the Guitar Hero III game, via download from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.