8-Bit News: Week of August 15th


8-Bit Mickey and Mr. Black bring you the hottest gaming news from this past week! From a real life version of Rapture to new info on Diablo 3, We have it all!

Here are this week’s gaming headlines:


Batman Arkham City Challenges Modes Revealed

Get your capes and cowls ready folks, it’s looking like October’s going to be very batty!  Rocksteady released a slew of information on Arkham City’s challenge modes at Germany’s Gamescon this past week.  It seems they’ll be very similar to Arkham Asylum, just bigger and better.

Here’s the list of modes:

  • Combat: Survive waves of enemies and try to keep combos going as long as you can.
  • Stealth: Clear all enemies in the area without being seen.
  • Speed: Reach a city landmark as quickly as possible.

Players can play these challenges either as the Dark Knight or Catwoman.  Robin will also be featured, but only if you pre ordered the game at Best Buy.  Results will be uploaded to an online leaderboard which will indicate which character you used to complete the challenge.

I’m not going to lie; I’m extremely excited for this game.  Batman: Arkham Asylum is probably my favorite game from this generation so to say I’m pumped for the sequel would be a huge understatement.  Everything I’ve seen and heard about Arkham City just makes me wish it was October 18th right now (the game’s release date).  I just hope Rocksteady can deliver on all my hype. Now off to beat Arkham Asylum one more time!





Silent Hill HD Collection Won’t be PS3 Exclusive

Due to fan response the Xbox 360 will also be getting the Silent Hill HD Collection, which was originally exclusive to the Playstation 3.  The collection will include Silent Hill 2 and 3 with HD graphics and new voice acting (which is apparently pretty badly done) and will also have achievements/trophies to unlock.  No release date has been given to the collection, but it’s expected to be out late 2011 to early 2012.

Personally, I haven’t played any of the Silent Hill games as they mostly came out when I was in college.  I really didn’t have much time or money for gaming back then.  I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the series, especially Silent Hill 2.  I may have to pick up this collection if the price is right.  I’ll just have to fight through the terrible voice acting…




Modern Warefare 3 Getting Dedicated Servers

I can hear all the PC Elitists cheering in victory now.  Infinity Ward announced dedicated servers will be returning to the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 3.  This means that private game servers, mods and custom maps will be featured in the game.

Infinity Ward received a ton of backlash from PC gamers when it was announced that  2009’s Modern Warfare 2 wouldn’t feature dedicated servers and all games would be hosted by a proprietary server known as IWNet.

There is a concern with the return of private servers cheating will be more rampant.  Activision and Infinity Ward are working on a new anti-cheating solution for the platform to be launched alongside the game.

Now, why the sudden change of heart to allow dedicated servers?  My guess is with Battlefield 3 planning to take a big bite out of the PC gaming community this fall Activision wants to try to keep as many current players as possible and try to win back those who left after the Modern Warfare 2 debacle.  Allowing private servers and mods is a good way to try and keep PC players on Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits store shelves November 8th.






New SSX Challenges Players to Global Events

In case you didn’t hear the E3 announcement a few months ago, SSX is returning.  What you probably didn’t know is it’ll be getting a ton of new social features.

Every time a player records a personal best a “ghost” of the run will be uploaded to challenge your friends to attempt to beat your time.  Players will be able to set up customizable events and even make them global.  How many players will be able to access these global events?  According to EA up to 100,000 will be able to compete simultaneously in real time.  Don’t ask me how that’s supposed to work or how you can organize 100,000 people, but that’s certainly a neat feature.

Finally an Autolog service called Ridnet will be included in the game, which will allow you to track the progress of your friends, recommend courses etc.  This is similar to other EA race titles like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Shift 2, both of which included Autolog.

Still no release date for the game, but it’s expected to be out in early 2012.






Diablo III to be “Infernally” Difficult

Players should be prepare themselves for Diablo III as it will bring a whole-new level of difficulty to the series.

The game will introduce a fourth difficulty level titled “Inferno” which is set to test the might of the most dedicated Diablo players.  How difficult will it be you ask?  Well all

monsters will at least be a level 61 and will get more difficult as the game continues (obviously).  Compare that to Diablo II, where the highest level monster was an 85.  Players wanting to take on the Infernal challenge should prepare for a world of pain.

For those willing tough through the Inferno difficulty will be able to collect the best in game rewards, like visually-distinct armor and elite level drops. Blizzard also mentioned a beta for the game could be coming in September.

Oh, and if you’re hoping for a release date, don’t hold your breath.  If you know how Blizzard works, the only response you’ll get to that question is “it’ll be out when it’s ready.”






Goldeneye: Reloaded Getting MI6 Ops

Last year the Wii got the reimagining of the classic Nintendo 64 game, Goldeneye.  The game was well received, but there was one problem:  The Wii isn’t really the platform of choice for most shooter fans.  Well at this year’s E3 it was announced Goldeneye: Reloaded, an HD version of the previous Wii title, will be coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 this fall.  It seems Reloaded is also getting some new features.

MI6 Ops will be included, which is an arcade challenge mode featuring three different mission types:

  • Elimination: Kill a set number of enemies as fast as you can
  • Stealth: Complete a mission without being detected by enemies
  • Assault: Attack an enemy base, shooting anything in sight.

Sounds fun to me, but I miss the mission-specific challenges from the original N64 game.  They were very tough but extremely satisfying to complete, but I guess this MI6 mode will have to do.  Oh, and the PS3 version will be getting Playstion Move support, so get your plastic guns ready to defend the honor of England!

No release date has been given for Goldeneye: Reloaded, but it’s expected to be out in time for the holiday season.




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