8-Bit News: Week of August 22

30
Aug
2011

Mr. Black brings you another look a this past weeks gaming news! 8-bit Mickey's video quick look is coming later today.




Bloodrayne:  Betrayal Release Date Moved for Xbox

A few weeks ago it was announced the downloadable game, Bloodrayne: Betrayal, would be coming to Xbox Live Arcade on October 6th, one month after the Playstation Network release.  Well Xbox owners may now rejoice, the release date has been moved up to September 7th, one day after it comes out on PSN.

For those of you who aren’t aware of Bloodrayne: Betrayal, it’s a 2D revival of a terrible, terrible 3D game series.  If you haven’t played the original games, count yourself lucky.

So why should you care about Betrayal if the other games weren’t any good?   Well it looks like one of the most gorgeous 2D action games I’ve ever seen, not to mention it has a classic Castlevania feel and look to it.  For that reason alone this game is on my radar.  Any game that reminds me of classic Castlevania automatically gets me pumped.

Just to recap, Bloodrayne: Betrayal will be available September 6th on PSN and September 7th on XBLA at the price of $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft points.

Sources:  http://www.joystiq.com/2011/08/25/bloodrayne-betrayal-bumped-up-to-september-7-on-xbla/

Sonic CD to Finally be Rereleased

Over the years Sega has released a large amount of the Sonic the Hedgehog catalogue on many different downloadable platforms.  However, arguably the best Sonic game hasn’t been available… until now.

The 1993 Sega CD game, Sonic CD, is coming to pretty much every current generation gaming platform. It will be available for Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, PC, iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.  It looks doubtful for a WiiWare version of the game as it apparently surpasses Nintendo’s storage limit.  No release date was given but Sega says it will be available sometime this year.

For those of you who are too young or if you’re one of the many people who never got to play a Sega CD I highly recommend trying out Sonic CD.  It was the most fun I’ve had playing a Sonic game and the soundtrack is just amazing.  I promise once you hear the starting theme it will be stuck in your head for days.  Look it up youtube and I promise you’ll be singing it moments after.

Sources:  http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-08-23-sonic-cd-heading-to-xbox-live-arcade

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-08-25-sonic-cd-console-mobile-release-coming

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/119/1190641p1.html

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/08/25/sonic-cd-out-on-almost-everything-this-year-with-japanese-sound/

New Counter Strike to Have a Verity of Playing Options on PS3

Like Portal 2 which released earlier this year, the upcoming Counter Strike: Global Offensive is extra support on Playstation 3.

Not only will you be able to play the game with your standard Dualshock 3 controller, but it will also support the Playstation Move controller as well as mouse and keyboard for you “purists”.  It also looks like the PS3 version will support Steamworks, which makes the game playable cross platform with PCs and Macs with Steam.

Good to see Valve continuing its support of the PS3.  It’s unfortunate Xbox 360 owners don’t get the same kinds of options and support thanks to Microsoft’s crazy platform restrictions.  Hopefully this will change in the future.  We know Mr. Valve himself, Gabe Newell, hopes the restrictions will change.

Sources:  http://ps3.ign.com/articles/119/1190911p1.html

http://kotaku.com/5834542/an-hour-with-counter+strike-go

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Getting Sandbox Mode

Capcom’s finally giving its zombie-murdering fans something they’ve begged for: A sandbox mode in Dead Rising 2.

The feature will be coming to the upcoming Dead Rising 2: Off the Record; which is a reimagining of Dead Rising 2 starring the original game’s protagonist Frank West.  Finally players will be able to do whatever they want without having to worry about a timer constantly ticking down for your objectives.

To go along with the mode, optional challenges have been added.  For example: killing as many zombies as you can in a set timeframe.  There will also be photography challenges so Frank can show off his skills.

Typically I make fun of Capcom’s constant milking and rehashing of its franchises, but this is a really smart move.  Finally opening up their zombie playground to allow players to do whatever they want will more than likely help sell a few copies.  The $40 price tag helps too.

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record hits stores October 11th.

Sources:  http://kotaku.com/5834783/dead-rising-2-off-the-records-new-sandbox-mode-is-all-i-ever-wanted

http://www.gameinformer.com/games/dead_rising_2_off_the_record/b/xbox360/archive/2011/08/26/sandbox-mode-is-back.aspx

Bethesda Once Again Giving Timed Exclusives to Xbox

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of this years most anticipated titles.  If you’ve seen any gameplay footage you can easily see why.

The game’s developer, Bethesda announced at least two downloadable installments are on the way post launch.  They also announced the chapters will be timed-exclusives to the Xbox 360.  Playstation 3 and PC owners of the game will have to wait 30 days for the content to be available on their platforms.

This isn’t too surprising considering the same thing was done with Bethesda’s other franchise Fallout, allowing Xbox 360 owners first dibs at getting DLC.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be available for purchase November 11th.

Sources:  http://kotaku.com/5834729/guess-which-platform-gets-skyrim-dlc-first

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/08/26/skyrim-dlc-coming-to-xbox-360-first.aspx


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