Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Today in the World of Games for 8/9/11

Yeah this is an old video, but Final Fantasy Versus XIII is in the news again as Nomura says it won't be at the Tokyo Game Show next month. This is pretty much not surprising since this game is still on development for a while (its about five years since its announcement by the way). This is just another reason why I don't know what in the world is going on with the Japanese side of Square-Enix. They have claimed in the past they're going to put out more big games not having a long development window, but Versus XIII continues to be in development hell with no release than likely the end of next year or even 2013 at this rate. Who knows if the game will be even worth the long wait considering Squenix's track record on this current generation of consoles (Final Fantasy XIII for instance and yet XIII-2 gets announced for an early 2012 release). I can see that they are focusing on XIII-2, Kingdom Hearts 3DS (also the other big franchise Squenix doesn't know what to do with besides put more side games), and other stuff for TGS, but the way Versus XIII is positioned as for the company, this better be their big money maker worldwide. Some would call it the Japanese "Duke Nukem Forever" and that could be the case, but generally, its definitely been a hard time for Final Fantasy fans these days. The franchise's 25th anniversary is coming up, but I can see Squenix screwing it up somehow.

Freddy Krueger is now out today to download in Mortal Kombat and it looks like he has easy bread and butter combos for good damage as expected. It is still early to tell how good he is on a tournament level since he's only out for a few hours, but from what I seen, he's at least better than the other guest character Kratos. As of this writing, I'm still waiting for him to come out on PSN, so you might expect something more later here.

A new trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit the interwebs showcasing the Spec Ops Survival mode. I'm sure the fans will like this trailer from the new things they will see gameplay-wise, but cmon Activision, why are you trying to rip off that dumb sound Transformers-like effect from the Battlefield 3 trailers? Seriously, this BF3/MW3 face-off feels so childish at times in terms of talking trash how the opposing game sucks and trying to one up each other with reveals. Anyway, the Call of Duty XP convention will debut actual multiplayer footage, so stay tuned for that if you're still excited for MW3.

Dead Island is out next month and I'm wandering if people are still excited for it especially it is nothing like that emotional debut trailer earlier this year. As I seen more coverage on the game, it became just another co-op zombie game to me. I would be interested to try a downloadable demo before its release if it changes my mind, but it could of been something special and it probably still is if the developers get things right.