The long awaited new chipset, codenamed “Jasper,” has finally been confirmed by Microsoft as shipped in Arcades and unleashed on store shelves near you. Jasper, a larger and cheaper 65nm GPU chip differs from its predecessor, the Falcon chip, in that it allows the 360 to run much cooler and quieter. The easiest way to spot one? Look for Arcade 360s without the memory cards, as they are preloaded with 256MB internal memory storage. So, for those of you who either crapped out on your current 360, or haven’t had the gale to purchase one as of yet, you might want to keep that in mind while you’re doing your Christmas holiday shopping.
Looks like this years VGA (Video Game Awards) might actually be worth watching. For one, they’re replacing long-time badass host Samuel L. Jackson for musician/actor Jack Black, who also happens to be working on Tim Schaffer’s game, Brutal Legend. For another, long waited news of the PS3-exclusive God of War III will be revealed during the awards ceremony, along with another sequel to a strong PS3-exclusive title, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. And just to add icing on the cake, news of purpotedly publisherless title Brutal Legend will be announced during the show. Also to be announced during the show are some add-ons to Gears of War 2, FIght Night Round 4, Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, and MORE. December 14 at 9, TIVO IT!
And the sequel trail just keeps on rolling. After the mild success achieved from GRID and Colin McRae: Dirt, Codemasters have decided to team up again with the McRae family and develop a second iteration of their nasty, dirty, muddy car racer. The sequel, aptly named Colin McRae: Dirt 2, will continue to focue on off-road racing and FUN (I hope). A Yahoo! interview reveals that the more info will be revealed in the coming months.
Bioware and Lucasarts have announced a new MMO for you to be sucked into and possibly die from: Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO will take place in the Old Republic, 300 years after KOTOR 2 and 3500 years before the films. There will be two factions to choose from, the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic, each with their own sub-classes. EA will publish the games, and a release date has not been announced.
If you all remember Bioshock, then you’ll remember the kickass time that you had playing it on your Xbox360. PS3 owners, however didn’t get their Game of the Year 2006 until now, and it looks like 2k has a special treat for them. Above is the teaser for Bioshock 2: Sea of Dreams. Yeah, I just came in my pants am just as excited as you guys are.
Fans of the Ghostbusters series have been through alot. First they hear that they’re getting their game, then they hear it was dropped because of the Activision Blizzard merger. But through trials and tribulations, those same Ghostbusters fans will be rewarded for their continued support for the release of this game. Dan Ackroyd of Ghostbusters fame, who is closely tied to the game, stated on a radio station that Ghostbusters has been picked up by Atari and that it was coming “a year away.” Now here’s a question. Why did THQ pick up 50 Cent instead of Ghostbusters?
The big f!@#ing atom bomb news was dropped today that Microsoft made millions of Halo addicts take a collective s!@# announced a new title in the Halo franchise, Halo 3 Recon, during their TGS 2008 press conference. The only details that were provided is that the title will be a prequel to Halo 3 and the player will be in the perspective of an ODST recon soldier. No other details have been announced other than that will be coming out in Fall 2009.
That’s right! Suda 51 is taking another swing at No More Heroes with No More Heroes 2 or No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle (is that enough No More Heroes?). No word on whether it will still be a Wii exclusive or if it will head to other consoles. Also a sequel to the very meh Ninety-Nine Nights has been announced for the Xbox 360 during Microsoft’s TGS press conference.