Tuesday, January 22, 2008

EGM let slip PS3 Ninja Gaiden II?

Recently a page in an issue of EGM seems to have let slip the fact that Ninja Gaiden II is coming to PS3. Is this true? Well yes and no.

While it is true that Tecmo/Team Ninja owns Ninja Gaiden and can technically do whatever they want with the IP Microsoft is publishing Ninja Gaiden II. That alone makes the chance of Ninja Gaiden II coming to PS3 very unlikely.

Now that being said I am certain Ninja Gaiden II will be coming to PS3 at some point in time. Ninja Gaiden Sigma II anyone? Remember all Ninja Gaiden Sigma was, was a remake of the Xbox exclusive Ninja Gaiden. And like I said Team Ninja does indeed own the Ninja Gaiden IP so taking into account their tendency to re-release games it's almost a certainty.

So what of EGM? Well the whole thing was in a listing not a article so it is very likely that it was simply a typo. Considering the popularity of the Ninja Gaiden series it's easy to see why there has been such a fuss.

UPDATE: As predicted EGM has stated that the PS3 listing for Ninja Gaiden II was simply a mistake.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Heads Up: Prototype

Prototype ring a bell? No? Shame on you! Prototype is the next game coming from Radical Entertainment of Hulk Ultimate Destruction and Simpsoms Hit and Run.

Have you played either of those games and thought "Hmmm I wonder what this would be like without the license holding it back?" Well we are about to find out as Prototype is just that. Radical Entertainment are Open World masters and its just the type of game environment that they thrive at creating. And for the first time they are making a Open World game not being held back by a license. What should you expect from Prototype? Well you should expect it to be the new standard in Open World gaming. You can also expect it to make games like Crackdown look shallow by comparison.

IGN recently published a article previewing the game and I highly suggest it for a read as it is very interesting. Radicals goal isn't to throw you into a world and build you up as you deal with bigger and bigger problems. No they are going to give you all that power from the very beginning see how you use it to adapt to the situations you may face. What do I mean by power? The better question would be what don't I mean. There is almost nothing you won't be able to do. Wanna just go commando style sure, Use mutant like powers to destroy all foes? no problem, Use super human speed, strength and agility to out maneuver enemies? You got it!!!

I could sit here all day and praise what Prototype is attempting to accomplish but I don't have that kind of time. If you wanna know more I highly suggest you check out the IGN preview of the game.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Rumor: MGS4 Comming to 360

Rumors of Metal Gear Solid 4 coming to Xbox 360 are nothing new. However today oddly enough on the 1st day of the new year Xbox Family brings this rumor back up yet again.

Today Xbox Family has reported that a Konami distribution representative has personally said that Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming to Xbox 360. And not only does the rep reveal that but also says that the Xbox version has been in development for quite some time and will be coming 12-14 months after the PS3 version.

Now I don't know about you but I refuse to believe this rumor until Konami themselves have a official press release regarding the subject. Kojima-san has stated many times that Metal Gear Solid 4 will remain a PS3 exclusive as have others involved in the project. Kojima-san has also stated that if a Xbox 360 version of the game was to be made it may suffer in quality as they have been designing the game for the PS3. Storage alone would be a issue as the game is on a Blu Ray disc. Thats not to say that the folks at Konami couldn't find a way to get MGS4 on the 360 as I'm sure they can. But a series famous for its quality might be better off remaining on the console it was designed for.

To anyone who has read this story I say take it with a very large grain of salt. Even though the article states multiple times that it is not a rumor in my eyes it is in fact just that. Like I said earlier I won't believe this until Konami themselves have a press release.

UPDATE: As I thought Konami has stepped forward and denied rumors that Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming to Xbox 360. Not only that they seemed baffled that this rumor got started. You can check out Konami's response here.