Developer: Trickstar Games
Console Played On: Xbox 360
Also on: Playstation 3
Release Date: Friday 18th June 2010
Age Rating: ESRB: E for Everyone
Reviewed by: David Pitchforth
Archive for the Codemasters Category
Developer: Trickstar Games
Codemasters have announced that ex-Sony VP Jamie Macdonald will be joining their ranks as of May 4th.
Macdonald has presided over many notable franchises including The Getaway, EyeToy:Play and SingStar, as well as PSN features like SingStore, MySingStar Online and PlayStation Home.
“Joining a company with such a rich heritage as Codemasters is a real honour,” says Jamie Macdonald, SVP Production “This is an incredibly exciting time to become part of the Codemasters family and I am relishing the opportunity to work across the company’s globally appealing content on multiple platforms while exploring new delivery methods and revenue models.”
A pretty damning statement wouldn’t you agree? Well that’s the thoughts of Codemasters Studios VP Gavin Cheshire about Sony’s portable console.
Speaking to Edge Chesire said “Well, speaking as a person who bought a PSP, the problem was that I always thought, because it was a better screen than iPods, that I’d be doing more with it.” However he went on to say “but it was such a bollocking useless waste of space; just getting stuff on it was ridiculous. That was its downfall.”
He went on to say “Relatively speaking, we didn’t do too badly on F1 PSP. Regarding the future, PSP Go’s a lovely device, but our senior VP bought one the day it came out and has a great story, because he ended up on some customer support line just trying to do basic stuff. He had to re-download his software, do an immediate firmware update, and that’s your user experience.”
His final criticism was brief but to the point, “Sony just hasn’t got it right. Stuff like that will make people leave it alone.”
After having been revealed to be working on a brand new shooter Stuart Black, creator of Criterion’s Black, has labelled many modern shooters as “f***ing boring.”
His blunt assessment came when speaking to OXM about the state of many shooters now, with Black being peeved at the fact that many follow a repetitive structure of “when a guy hunkers down behind something, you’ve just got to sit there and wait for him to pop his head up. Pops up, couple of bullets to his head, pops back down again.. and I’m waiting for him to pop back up again?”
Codemasters has confirmed to CVG that it has a new shooter coming from the man behind Criterion’s Black.
A rumour of Stuart Black’s appointment first appeared in this month’s OPM UK, and today Vice President of Codies development Gavin Cheshire also confirmed Black won’t be working alone, he’ll have two other big wigs from the industry with him too in Tom Gillo fro SCE London and Andrew Wilson who was Senior Producer on Split/Second.
“With Stuart Black directing the vision for our new IP in production, deployment of EGO and key development figures heading up a highly skilled team, our Guildford facility offers great potential for development talent based in the South East who want to join a growing studio and work on original titles” said Cheshire.
The ‘Next Month’ part of in the current issue of OXM UK says that the mag’s next edition will feature: “The world exclusive reveal of the shooter that everybody asked for…”
That quote will certainly get the rumour mill into overdrive.
It’s that time of year, folks.
The time where we sort the men from the boys, the wheat from the chaff and find out which is better: Coke or Pepsi? Daddy or Chips? But in our case, Uncharted 2 or Modern Warfare 2.
These are just two of the game that are in the running for Game of the Year 2009, alongside Batman: Arkham Asylum and Street Fighter IV.
We do have other awards too though, you know. So, let’s not waste any other time, and let’s get cracking. All of the awards are below.
Just one thing though: all of the staff involved in the process, both full-time and freelance, had a clean slate. They were free to pick any game that was on the consoles as their nomination. Basically, you picked Left 4 Dead 2 as a nomination in GOTY, it would also go down as your vote for GOTY. Same for all the other categories.
This could mean you may only see one game completely run away with it in one category, while it becoming very close in others.