Archive for December, 2009

GOONL!NE Advent Calendar 2010: #15 – Crackdown 2

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 22, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

Nearly three years ago, Real Time Worlds released a game that’s biggest selling point was a beta code for the multiplayer beta of Halo 3. However, in it’s own right, Crackdown was a fantastic game. It showed a crazy side of open world games, not even seen in either GTA: Vice City or San Andreas.

It was just a downright bonkers game: full stop.

Now, three years later – with RTW handling the release of their PC MMO APB next year – development duties for the sequel has been handed over to upstart developer Ruffian Games, who actually pretty much consist of former RTW staff.

But can Crackdown 2 be twice the game it’s prequel was in 2007? In one simple word: yes.

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GOONL!NE Advent Calander 2010: #14 – Mafia II

Posted in 2k Games, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 21, 2009 by Chris Hawke

By Will Swabrick.

Yeah, you know the deal. Basically, this is just an excuse to use all the Godfather quotes we know, which turn out to be very few (“I’m going to make you a very good offer that you would find hard to turn down”). But Mafia II seems to be about more than just cool quotes. To call it GTA in the ’50s would be lazy, but basically true; you’ll drive, shoot and steal around Empire Bay, in the crispest of suits and the coolest of hats. Who needs iPods, eh?

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GOONL!NE Advent Calendar 2010: #13 – Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Posted in EA, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags , , on December 20, 2009 by James Love

By James Love.

It’s a hard life for Battlefield: Bad Company 2, it’ll be the first shooter with a modern setting to come after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and inevitably comparisons between the two will be drawn. After a recent hands-on with the beta trial on PlayStation 3 however, BF: BC 2 is shaping up to be more than a match for Infinity Ward’s MW2.

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New Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer Shown at Jump Fiesta

Posted in PlayStation 3, Square Enix with tags , on December 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

According to Andriasang (via, a new trailer of Final Fantasy Versus XIII was shown at Jump Fiesta overnight.

Not much details of the trailer is known thus¬† far, but from what has been said already. The trailer does start with main character Noctis been picked up from the highway before the car speeds away. We don’t know more then what’s already been said other then that.

However, there are three important things to consider:

1) The trailer was shown in real time.
2) It was shown at Square’s Closed Mega Theatre.

But the most important thing of all is what was said at the end of the trailer:

“Revelation will come next time.”

We want this next trailer… NOW!

Final Fantasy Versus XIII will release when the world is coming to an end, exclusively to the PlayStation 3.

GOONL!NE Advent Calendar 2010: #12 – Alan Wake

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Xbox 360 with tags , on December 19, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

By Jonathan Cullen.

There has been many games in development  for a long time, with several of them announced in 2oo5. Arguably, Gran Turismo 5 and Red Dead Redemption is two of them games, but probably the biggest of the lot is almost certainly Alan Wake.

While Gran Turismo 5 has had several demos and GT5: Prologue released, with Rockstar working on several projects before RDR, Alan Wake was probably the game that has gone MIA the most this generation. But finally, it seems, we WILL get our hands on Remedy’s new IP next year.

The question is can Alan Wake really be the game it promised to be four years ago?

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Concept Shots of PS3 ‘Wand’

Posted in PlayStation 3 with tags , on December 18, 2009 by James Love

First shown off at E3 2009, the Sony motion control ‘wand’ has been subject of much interest, with it being recently rumoured to be called Gem after a leak by EA.

Now gadget magazine T3 (you may remember their PS3 Slim concept) have weighed in with their concept pictures of what Gem could look like.

Pics are after the break.

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Final Fantasy XIII Smashes 1 Million Mark in Japan

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Xbox 360 with tags on December 18, 2009 by James Love

We all knew Final Fantasy XIII would be big, and today Square Enix have announced the sales figures from Japan to back it up, with the game shifting over 1 million copies in its first 24 hours of being on shelves.

The sales figures though don’t include the Lightning Edition PS3 bundle, so if you were to include those the figure would be slightly higher.

[via Kotaku]