See if you can picture it: a Final Fantasy game featuring space marines and gangstas, riding Chocobos and airships across a desolate landscape to drop a bomb-fueled Summon on a resurrected Adolf Hitler.
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The folks at GRIN, best known for their recent work with Capcom's Bionic Commando franchise and the recent Terminator: Salvation video game adaptation, would seem to have little reason to live up to their company's moniker at the moment. Following rumors of massive layoffs earlier this year, word has come from Gamasutra that the company closed its Barcelona and Gothenburg offices in June.
If that weren't enough, the main office in Stockholm could also be in dire straits, as "sources indicated to Gamasutra that employees have apparently been told not to show up for work, and the company may be undergoing some kind of closing or facing difficulty staying afloat."
The company, founded in 1997, saw its star rise in recent years, but it seems to have fallen back to Earth just as quickly. VG247 attempted to get comment from the developer, but were only told by a rep that "At the moment we have no comment to anything [related to] that matter," and "No, we're not commenting" when asked if there was any truth to the initial report. Read More
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Mere days after the release of their latest title, Bionic Commando for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, rumor has come from a number of sources that developer GRIN has been hit by cutbacks, laying off between 100 and 160 staff members.
According to Kotaku, the Sweden-based developer is in the process of shutting down its branches in Gothenburg and Barcelona, while the home-office in Stockholm is rumored to number about 30 casualties.
In addition to Bionic Commando, the studio also developed the recently-released video game based on the movie Terminator Salvation, which was met with mixed reviews, as well as Wanted: Weapons of Fate and Bionic Commando Rearmed, both of which were shipped over the last year.
"While layoffs that occur after a major title ships are not uncommon in the industry," Kotaku says, "the alleged closure of studios is more telling of GRIN's situation."
Neither Capcom nor GRIN have yet to comment on the rumors, but Kotaku believes that with all the sources who wished to remain anonymous tipping them off, something must be up. Read More
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What, you thought that just because Grandma and Grandpa are playing Wii Sports, that the mainstream has accepted video games as a viable medium? Ha! As if.
Apparently, the latest thing in Hollywood is to use the word "video game" if you're going to put down on a movie you don't like. Okay, so that may not be exactly "new," but it certainly seems to have reached a new level of prominence and consistency as critics tried to find something to say about last weekend's release of Terminator Salvation.
Just a small sampling of what critics are saying includes "looks less like a movie than a hybridized video game," "the film proceeds with video-game logic," and "they seem to have been designed for video games and Toys R Us spinoffs rather than for movie sequels."
You can find a smattering more over at Kotaku, where they even went the extra mile to learn that this actually is not only not new, but was even applied to 1991's Terminator 2, which itself had an NES game.
I've yet to see the movie, but I'd love to hear who thinks the criticisms are founded, or better still, might be apt in a way that doesn't seem to demean our beloved hobby. Read More
Last month, following the recently-released sales figures for the likes of MadWorld, I expressed concern that The Conduit would perhaps not fare any better in the Wii marketplace. There was also some stuff about Red Steel 2, but I'm not going to get into that here.
Anyway, it would seem that High Voltage Software, who are developing The Conduit, do not share my concerns. Chief Creative Officer Eric Nofsinger told VideoGamer.com that their game would in fact avoid a similar fate to that of MadWorld or SEGA's other hardcore Wii offering of the year thus far, The House of the Dead: Overkill. His reasoning is that The Conduit is not only appealing to core gamers, but accessible to the mainstream as well. Read More
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Halcyon released a new video from their upcoming Terminator: Salvation movie tie-in game dubbed the "Ground Enemies Combat Trailer", showing one-on-one battles with the machines, shown below courtesy of GameTrailers.
While obviously I haven't seen the film yet, I don't seem to remember any of those machines in any Terminator ever. Sure, there's never been a film set "in the future", but this still looks less like Terminator than another Gears of War clone. And that's fine, because the movie will suck. Read More
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Warner Brothers released a new gameplay trailer today for Terminator Salvation, which will be released on May 19th on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 in conjunction with the movie.
Even though the trailer is just some gameplay footage strewn together with some music from the Terminator soundtrack, we can see a lot of how the game will play. The Game will have rail sequences with you in a car and with some sort of machine gun (always a plus), a co-operative element will also be involved and that we will be able to fight the big monstrous machines we have seen in the movie trailers.
As we all know, movie games like this are usually not the best quality, but from what I can see the graphics look good (my guess is that they used the PS3 Gameplay footage from the look of the trailer) and the combat looks pretty straight forward. Hopefully in May we will be able to see if this game is worth playing or just another rushed game for the movie masses.
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March is looking like a bad month for humanity, as that's when GamePro pulls the lid off Terminator Salvation, the latest in the line of movies which now stars Christian "Batman" Bale in a multi-page cover story.
But, being GamePro, they don't just look at the movie, but also the game which shares the same name, but not the same plot. The Terminator Salvation video game will act as a prequel to the movie when it lands on the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC. Read More
Brutal Legend, Uncharted 2, Fight Night Round 4, God of War III, Mafia II, Watchmen, Gears of War 2, Terminator Salvation... Spike TV is making sure that their 2008 Video Game Awards are not to be missed, even if people may be relatively indifferent to the awards proper. And they aren't stopping there, as another premiere has been announced: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is poised to debut during the Jack Black-hosted awards show.
Check out the full press release after the cut, though to be honest, it's not exactly bubbling over with new information. Read More
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