Gaming

With E3 off and running this week, we're getting a ton of new game announcements. We've known that Guitar Hero 5 has been in the works for a while, but we now have some information on some of the music that will be featured. Unfortunately, they didn’t announce the songs specifically, but instead a giant list of bands has made its way online. This leaves me with more questions then answers though. Sure you can guess that the Queen/David Bowie song will be "Under Pressure", but what about Elton John? Will it be "Tiny Dancer" or "Benny and the Jets"? What the hell is Bob Dylan doing there?

E3 is in full gear and announcements are coming in from all angles. So far, the buzz seems to be the strongest for XBOX 360's "Project Natal," a set of technologies that allow for full voice, face, and movement detection without the use of a controller. As usual, they've compiled a cheesy "demo" to put it in Kindergarten terms that my feeble brain can understand...

Despite recent DLC related issues, no one can argue that "Fallout 3" was a huge success. With great sales and considerable critical acclaim, Bethesda Softworks find themselves in a position to generate some spectacular hype. Capitalizing on this, they have promised to announce their newest title tonight (Thursday, June 28th) at 11PM EST on Spike TV's early E3 kickoff c/o GameTrailers, now with more Rose McGowan!

So it looks like Rockstar may not even bother making another GTA and just continue to make add-ons to their last installment, GTA IV. If you’re like me and played “The Lost and the Damned” update that came out a few months back, you may not see this as a problem. But if biker gangs isn’t your thing maybe you can get into “The Ballad of Gay Tony”. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I reported some weeks ago about the upcoming "interactive haunted house" game for the Wii based on Ju-On (The Grudge), noting that a US release was unconfirmed. Well, that all changed as the now titled "Ju-On: The Grudge" is slated for release stateside this October. Included in the press release are some general details about the projects release including a bit more insight into the game play.

This is a bit of old news (in Internet time), but I thought it was well worth sharing for those of you that missed its first runaround. Fascinated by the pre-Mortal Kombat days of gaming, flickr user Steven Lefcort (tastypaints.com) materialized what he had always imagined when he was offing baddies in the innocent 8-bit days.

Welcome to my new project: 8-Bit Fatalities. The idea behind the project stems from growing up at an arcade, and my eventual love affair with Mortal Kombat.

Although we often talk about film remakes, we don't devote nearly as much attention to game remakes. Part of the reason is that aside from Nintendo's NES rehashes on the Wii, they aren't that commonplace. Thankfully though, SEGA had enough sense to port the very well received "Aliens Vs. Predator" PC game to the PS3 and Xbox 360 with some updates.

I really can't get enough of this "Ghostbusters" gameplay footage. If this game plays anywhere near as well as it looks, it should be a blast.

Nazis are a pretty solid game staple these days, but the original "Wolfenstein" game and its sequels really deserve the credit for providing the gaming public's first opportunity to crush the bastards. Thankfully, the series has also shirked historical accuracy in favor of various supernatural, sci-fi, and horror elements to spice things up a little bit. Keeping in that tradition, the upcoming "Wolfenstein" title for XBOX360, PS3, and PC, slated for release in July, will feature a beast of a weapon called a "particle cannon." Guess what that does...

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not really an action movie guy. Yes, I loved "Star Trek" and "The Dark Night," but I treat most action flicks with the same indifference that I would a romantic comedy staring Dane Cook. The real standouts in the genre to me over the years have been the "Con Air"s of the bunch, who embraced the ridiculousness of the genre and exceeded everyone's standards for entertaining hyperbole. I have a feeling that the upcoming film "Gamer" might provide just the sort of action experience that I've been looking for.