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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Locks and Loads for First Person Adventure on PSN

Originally Posted  by  on January 2, 2012 at GamerFitNation

Please be aware of the following correction by @JAWltd

” EA did NOT publish Stranger’s Wrath HD. Oddworld Inhabitants self published it.”

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Locks and Loads for First Person Adventure on PlayStation Network


–press release–

The Fabled Oddworld Series Makes its Return in High Definition via PSN

 It’s time for gamers to scrape together “moolah” and step back into the boots of Stranger, the most fearsome bounty hunter in all of Oddworld. Just Add Water, developer of the hit retro arcade game, Gravity Crash, has completed production of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD in collaboration with Lorne Lanning, the original creator of the Oddworldfranchise. The HD version of Stranger’s Wrath is now available in native 720p resolution, running at 60 frames per second on the PlayStationNetwork $14.99.

Stranger’s Wrath follows the story of Stranger, a fearsome bounty hunter that captures outlaws to raise “moolah” for a mysterious surgical procedure. After encountering the backwater town of the Grubbs, Stranger discovers that there are a few too many secrets about the past and his future as a bounty hunter.

Just Add Water worked with Lorne Lanning to preserve every nuance of the original while making sure that the new game took full advantage of current generation hardware. The updates include:

  • Gorgeous Characters – The game’s 84 character models have all been beefed up with increased polygon counts and high resolution textures, including Stranger’s unique “Live Ammo” system for fluid movement
  • Beautiful Environments – All the game’s locations feature upgraded, high resolution textures, along with reflective surfaces and textured vegetation
  • Upgraded Audio – All in-game audio was up-sampled to 16-bit, 44kHz stereo, with support for 5.1 DTS/Dolby Digital surround sound
  • Trophies – Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD has 37 trophies, including a Platinum

“The original Stranger’s Wrath was very significant for us since it broke out of the traditional Oddworld mold and took us into the world of FPS. It was a tough labor of love for the original team,”

said Lorne Lanning, Co-Founder of Oddworld Inhabitants and creator of the Oddworld series of games.

“Remaking the game with a polished look and new content while remaining true to the original was not an easy task, but Stewart and the team at JAW did an incredible job and delivered a great complement to the original team’s creation. I’m looking forward to working with them on our future titles!”

“The Oddworld franchise represents one of the pinnacles of achievement in the canon of video games, andStranger’s Wrath is such a unique game that we felt it needed to be represented on the next-generation consoles,” said Stewart Gilray, content director for Just Add Water. “We knew the only way to do justice to the original was to work with Lorne Lanning, one of Oddworld’s original creators. Together, we’ve dug up some new concepts that were passed over for the 2005 original to give gamers an amazing Oddworld experience on the PlayStation 3.”

I love the current trend of bringing some of my favorite titles to HD and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD is continuing the trend with gusto!

Source: Electronic Arts UK Press Release
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Is your Family Ready for Disney Universe?

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

 

 

—-Disney Press Release—

Disney Interactive Studios’ Disney Universe is now available for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.  In Disney Universe, players can experience non-stop action in the first video game that brings together characters and worlds inspired by both animated and live-action films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.

Disney Universe offers a four-person multiplayer action experience, with frenzied gameplay that appeals to players of all ages. The game features 45 classic and contemporary iconic character costumes inspired by well-known and legendary properties, such as the Disney•Pixar hits WALL•E and Monsters, Inc., Tim Burton’s Alice in WonderlandPirates of the Caribbean, and the Academy Award® winning classics, The Lion King and Aladdin.

“The dynamic multiplayer gameplay experience that takes place in Disney Universe is designed to engage every type of gamer, from the enthusiast to the casual,” said Javier Ferreira, Senior Vice President of Publishing, Disney Interactive Media Group.  “Disney fans in particular will love the various film and character elements we’ve incorporated into the game, which take place alongside fast-paced adventure and quirky humor. Disney Universeis truly a title that everyone will enjoy.”

Longtime Disney enthusiasts will be delighted by some of the most iconic character costumes in Disney Universe, including ones inspired by Sam Flynn, Quorra and Clu (TRON), Baloo (The Jungle Book), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Sulley (Monsters, Inc.), Nemo (Finding Nemo) and everyone’s favorite fairy, Tinker Bell (Peter Pan). Dozens of other character costumes are also featured in the gameincluding Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald.

Players will be able to journey to the enchanted city of Agrabah, sail the high seas in Jack Sparrow’s beloved Pirate ship, or witness the majesty of Pride Rock as they suit-up to battle some of the most fearsome villains in the Disney catalog, all while using special power-ups that change and expand in influence as the game continues on.

Disney Universe is now available at all major retail outlets. Several select retailers are offering purchase incentive programs that will provide consumers with additional exclusive characters, such as Cinderella and Peter Pan, to download into their game. The game will also be expanding post-launch with new downloadable content, including worlds, costumes, and more available for download, giving Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system owners an ever-evolving gameplay experience. Available in November, the first downloadable content will be the “Disney Villains Costume Pack” with five new character costumes based on Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations), Hades (Hercules), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), The Evil Queen (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs) and Ursula (The Little Mermaid). Individual costumes will be available for download for 99 cents on PlayStation®Network or for 80 Microsoft Points on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, and the complete package will be available for $2.99 on PlayStation Network or for 240 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE.

Editor’s Note: During a recent Playstation event GamerFitNation contributing writer, @NicFurlong, and myself had the opportunity to demo this game. Disney universe is full of characters your kids will love and promotes team building that the whole family can get into.  This would be a great addition to any family library. 

Be sure to check out the official trailer:

Do you love Disney?Are you planning to add Disney Universe to your collection? Do you already have Disney games in your collection? Tell us what you think. 

 

More on RockSmith: GFN talks with Ubisoft

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

Recently we lost our very own @nicfurlong to the thrills of stardom with Rocksmith by Ubisoft.

Before Nic began his hands on experience with the game, and during his demo time, we had the chance to talk to Nick from UbiSoft about the title and some of the hard work that went into the game. After 4 years of development you can bet he was thrilled to be showing it off on the floor.

Nic of GamerFitNation and Nick of Ubisoft going over the Rocksmith UI

You can bet with two DJ’s and an open bar that this event was loud! It may be a little hard to hear but be sure to check out our brief recording of our talks with UbiSoft about Rocksmith  

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN —>rocksmith

While we may have only recorded a small bit of our conversation Nick talked to us more about the game and how great it will be for learners.

Let me tell you a little about the specifics (source):

Can I use any guitar with Rocksmith?
Most likely, the answer is yes. If your guitar has a standard ¼ inch jack for you to plug in a cable, then yes, your guitar will work. If your guitar does not have a jack (for example, many acoustic guitars), you can go down to your local music store and buy a pickup, and your guitar will be ready to plug in and play.

Will I need an amplifier to play the game?
Nope. All you need is a TV, a guitar, and our game. With Rocksmith, your TV or home theatre system becomes your amplifier. You plug your guitar directly into the console, and play. It’s that easy.

I’ve never played guitar, and it seems difficult and intimidating. How do you expect me to play this game with no prior guitar knowledge?

Unlike other music games with only 4 difficulty modes, our game adapts to your personal skill level in real time, making it possible for you to play and have fun. If you’re a beginning guitar player, the game will treat you as such, and constantly challenge you to improve without overwhelming you.

I’m an experienced guitar player, and am not interested in a game for beginners. Why should I own this game?
If you’re an experienced guitar player, it will recognize this, and feed you the amount of notes that you’re able to play. If that’s 100% of what the actual guitar is playing in the recorded song, then good for you. You’ve just learned a new song while playing a video game. Plus, what other video game out there allows you to plug in your own guitar? None! This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you are guaranteed to enjoy.

Will Rocksmith have rhythm or lead guitar in the gameplay?
Both. You will be able to choose rhythm or lead before you begin playing a song. Basically, whatever guitar parts are featured in the actual recorded song, we will have available for you to play.

Are there effects pedals in the game?
There are loads of effects pedals built into the game, and they are all the real deal. You’ll get to tweak your sounds, and string them together with nearly infinite combinations until you’re satisfied. Whether it’s a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you’re looking for.

Will there be multiplayer?
Absolutely. We will have split screen multiplayer where you and a friend will be able to rock side by side.

Will there be chord charts?
Yes! And they are interactive. Rocksmith includes over 1,000 chords in the game.

What is this I’m hearing about mini-games?
There will be a wide variety of mini-games that will challenge you to hone in on specific skills. Whether its scales, or finger dexterity you want to improve on, our mini-games will have you covered, and addicted.

What is the price of the game?
Rocksmith is $79.99, and includes the game, along with a 1/4 inch to USB cable that plugs any guitar into your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC.

What is the price of the bundle?
The Rocksmith bundle is $199.99, and includes the game, the 1/4 inch to USB cable, and an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar.

What’s the Rocksmith guitar cable?
Rocksmith will include a unique quarter-inch to USB cable that is the first of its kind, and will allow users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC. Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this revolutionary 11.25′ cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles or PC for the first time.

Will there be bass in the game?
Bass will not be included on the disk since our primary focus is on guitar. However, we realize that there is a high demand for bass guitar, and we are working to release this as downloadable content soon after launch.

Can I put my own music into the game?
Currently, no. The intended goal of Rocksmith is not to be recording software. We want people to focus on playing the guitar and having fun.

Will there be latency issues with Rocksmith?
If you experience any noticeable latency with Rocksmith, then it’s more than likely due to the specific setup you’re using. Since everyone has a unique arrangement with their home entertainment systems, we’ve outlined steps you can take to avoid this issue (you can troubleshoot through the steps by visiting the Official Site of Rocksmith).

During my chat with Nick from Ubisoft (while Nic from GFN rocked out in front of a growing audience at the event) I asked him a little about the tracklist that has been used in the game and much to my surprise a lot of thought and consideration has gone into the tracklist. Including songs and artists that newcomers to the guitar want to learn Rocksmith also will feature some songs never before included in a music genre game. When asked about the lifespan of the game and how the game will continue to live on in living rooms and mancaves beyond the initial tracks, I was informed that indeed
“There will be DLC available at the launch of this title and more to come after that.”

Right now the track list for Rocksmith is impressive as it is and I can’t wait to see what will be added with the DLC.

Tracks include:

“House of the Rising Sun” The Animals
“When I’m With You” Best Coast
“I Got Mine” The Black Keys
“Next Girl” The Black Keys
“Song 2″ Blur
“Step Out of the Car” The Boxer Rebellion
“Sunshine of Your Love” Cream
“We Share the Same Skies” The Cribs
“Boys Don’t Cry” The Cure
“Rebel Rebel” David Bowie
“Slow Hands” Interpol
“Well OK Honey” Jenny O
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“In Bloom” Nirvana
“Breed” Nirvana
“Where is My Mind?” Pixies
“High and Dry” Radiohead
“California Brain” RapScallions
“Number Thirteen” Red Fang
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones
“The Spider and the Fly” The Rolling Stones
“Panic Switch” Silversun Pickups
“Outshined” Soundgarden
“Me and the Bean” Spoon
“Vasoline” Stone Temple Pilots
“Mean Bitch” Taddy Porter
“A More Perfect Union” Titus Andronicus
“Burnished” White Denim
“Icky Thump” The White Stripes
“Chimney” The Yellow Moon Band

 

Because the game adapts to your specific skill level this is a great way to learn and rock at your own pace. I’m told that the hope is that this game will help push learner over “the hurdle” that is so easy to get caught in. And Nick’s right! i too am a victim of guitar learning discouragement. And while my learning has been basically on the acoustic, learning to Rocksmith is about to increase my cool quotient.  But don’t get me wrong this game isn’t just for beginners.

Have a look at this video about Rocksmith’s Dynamic Difficulty.

 

During the game I also noticed an enthusiastic in game crowd of people cheering on fellow GFN contributor Nic, so I asked Nick (of Ubisoft) about them. It turns out that the crowd cheering you on is in response to your skill level. The better you get, the larger the venue and therefore a larger crowd! Cool huh?!

Rocksmith released earlier this week (and is available for PS3, 360, and PC) and we couldn’t be more excited for the development team at UbiSoft. We want to say a HUGE GamerFitNation Thank You to Nick for taking the time to talk with us at this recent event.

 

 

 

Special Edition Battlefield 3 Themed Consoles.

While I don’t have too much information for you just yet, Battlefield3 Blog is claiming that

“The console stands are made in plastic and fitted with lots of cool features, such as a Claymore mine and LED lights. The “Vault Cases”, as they’re officially called, are available for the Xbox 360 for $90 and for the PlayStation 3 for $100. Both are now available at your local GameStop store.”

 

Edited Update: Joystick has posted the official press release HERE .

The press release states

The Battlefield 3 Vault for the Xbox 360 Slim and PlayStation 3 Slim will be available at http://www.calibur11.com, as well as all major online retail outlets this fall with a MSRP of $89.99. GameStop will also offer a bundle that includes a copy of the Battlefield 3 for the PlayStation 3 console, a code to download the Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack on the PlayStation 3 and the Battlefield 3 Vault for the PlayStation 3 Slim for an MSRP of $99.99. Battlefield 3 Vault customizable nameplates are also available for an MSRP of $17.99.

 

So what about you? Are you looking to trick out your console by way of Battlefield 3 themed “vaults” or is your love strong enough that you don’t feel the need to dress it up? Has following your favorite franchise become a collector’s hobby?

 

Get Ready to Jump into the Octagon

Get Ready to Jump into the Octagon

Originally posted  BY  MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation.com

UFC UNDISPUTED RETURNS TO VIRTUAL OCTAGON ACTION IN JANUARY 2012 WITH INTENSE TOE-TO-TOE COMBAT AND INCREASED ACCESSIBILITY

THQ recently announced the new installment in the critically acclaimed and best-selling mixed martial arts (MMA) videogame franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Poised to take players inside the virtual Octagon® with extensive focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE® Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters, UFC Undisputed 3 is currently in development for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, with a scheduled release of January 2012.

“UFC Undisputed 3 is on track to deliver an incredible virtual MMA experience unlike any other,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ.  “This product is intense, engaging and highly competitive while still being extremely accessible, making it a must-have for millions of UFC fans, traditional fighting game enthusiasts and more casual sports fans around the world.”

And you know that we, at GamerFitNation, love the level of fitness that the UFC Undisputed franchise is bringing to gamers.

“We are excited to launch UFC Undisputed 3 in January 2012 and expect it to be the best version yet,” UFC President Dana White said.  “We’ve added two new weight classes and several new features to the game that will bring UFC fans closer to the Octagon than ever before.”

In a recent press release THQ promised us that UFC Undisputed 3 will mark the debut of PRIDE Mode, enabling players to fight for the first time in the renowned Japanese MMA organization.  The mode will include official commentators Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros, authentic environments and notorious MMA rules, including the ability to execute soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head.

Finishing an opponent will be more important than ever through devastating new moves, responsive striking controls, refined visual presentation and the introduction of a brand new submission system.  In addition, players will now enter the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options, enabling them, regardless of skill level, to experience the intensity of UFC and nuances of MMA combat while executing simple standing strikes or more complex ground and transition mechanics.

Players will also experience the excitement of a live UFC event through significant visual improvements, including the introduction of much-anticipated fighter entrances, new camera positions, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance.  They will enter into battle with an unparalleled choice of more than 150 playable UFC fighters, including talent from the newly added featherweight and bantamweight divisions.  Rounding out the virtual UFC experience with a significantly revamped online experience, as well as a variety of new and returning gameplay modes, UFC Undisputed 3 lets players have their fights – their way – to deliver the most intense, competitive and engaging experience to date for the franchise.

This sounds like an amazing UFC experience making its way to Xbox 360 and PS3! UFC Undisputed 3 will be available in January 2012, just in time for your new year’s resolutions.

Key Features Include

  • PRIDE MODE – Compete for the first time within the legendary PRIDE environment featuring official announcers and renowned Japanese MMA league rules, including soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head.
  • FINISH THE FIGHT – With punishing new moves, a brand new submission system and increased focus on presentation, players will have more options than ever to take advantage of a downed opponent.
  • FROM BROADCAST TO CAGE-SIDE – Experience the intensity of UFC with new camera positions, compelling fighter entrances, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance.
  • GAMEPLAY ACCESSIBILITY – Get inside the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options, enabling players of all skill levels to experience the intensity of UFC while executing simple standing strikes or more complex ground and transition mechanics.
  • EXTRAORDINARY ROSTER – Go head to head with more than 150 prolific UFC fighters, including the addition of Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions.
  • EXTENSIVE ONLINE OFFERING – A significantly revamped online experience, including both new and updated features, rounds out the best competitive fighting experience to date for the franchise.

 

F1 2010 Review @ GirlGamer

To say that I was excited to recieve my review copy of Codemasters’ racing title F1 2010 would be an enormous understatement.

Immediately upon receiving my review copy I posted to my twitter, stating my excitement about being a part of what is still the ongoing action of the Formula One 2010 season.

 

As I played through the game I was surprised by just how thorough this game really is.  A racing game experience that is beautiful, extensive, and satisfying?  How would you rate it?

 

Find out how I reviewed F1 2010 at GirlGamer.com

Click here for the full review and I will see you on the track!

 

Poll: Motion Gaming


While at Fan Expo Canada at the end of August 2010, I had the opportunity to try out the
major 3 console party's motion gaming controls.
I most assuredly formed some opinions about the titles and the responsiveness of
the controls.

I've come to the conclusion that whether willing, or kicking and screaming, my
anticipation of all households containing one system with motion gaming is a
confident one. 

My question is: which one will you buy into?

Have you tried any of them?