Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gamescom 2011 News Part 2

Updated at 10:10 PM CST!

Good morning, chaps! It is another glorious day here at Aristogamer as we continue with our Gamescom coverage. We will be updating this post throughout the day with news and will update the line above every time we update this post. As always, the trailers and videos are in the post, but after the Read More button, so click there if you would like to see them. So much news, so little time; let's get to it!

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Link's latest adventure will be released for the Wii on November 20 in the US. We tried our hand at it at Comic Con and it's certainly one of the most exciting titles this year. November is already a busy month for games with the new Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Battlefield and more being released, and with Nintendo adding a Zelda title, the Colonel and I should be quite busy this Thanksgiving!

Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Do you enjoy Silent Hill games? How about Silent hill games that have nothing to do with the story of Silent Hill, have a focus on multiplayer, and have an overhead camera? Oh there is not a Silent Hill like that yet? Well, now there is. Book of Memories will be released for the Vita in 2012, along with a collective sigh of "Why?" from fans.

Playstation Vita Social Networking Features

The Vita is a strange machine. It is a game console at heart, but seems to do many of the things smart phones to, including download small games, use 3G for data, and now connect you to your social networks. Sony has announced that the Vita will come bundled with the Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Foursquare, and three first party social apps to make you feel connected to your friends as you're bludgeoning baddies. The three first party apps are called Near, Party, and Live Area, which allow you to find Vita players near you, make parties, and receive updates about your friends and games, respectively.  I am not quite convinced these added features will be useful, but we shall see when the console launches in the US next year.

Little Big Planet for Vita

LBP keeps its Sackboy-toting, level-creating, silly-object-using magic as it moves to the portable console. The latest trailer below shows of some of the wonderful new creation features including importing objects and skins from pictures you've taken with the camera. I was never much one for creating levels in Little Big Planet, but knowing that those features exist makes me smile nonetheless.

DMC: Devil May Cry

This title was announced last year, but just got its latest trailer. Fans are quite furious over the change in Dante's looks and I cannot say I blame them. Enough DMC-esque games have been released that the combat no longer sets it apart, the characters do. The only encouraging thing about the game so far is that the developers are working on it with Ninja Theory, the development team responsible with one of my favorite PS3 games Heavenly Sword. The trailer certainly looks like a Devil May Cry game, but only time will tell whether the new entry in the series will be worth a buy or deserve a place in the same dark hell Devil May Cry 2 now lives in.

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Everyone's favorite robot and furry mammal combo is back in a game that focuses on multiplayer. We were first intrigued by this game when it was shown off at E3. At the time, the gameplay had been delved into quite a bit, but the tone and characterization of the title seemed lacking. The latest title corrects that with two minutes of footage from the new game and not one bit of gameplay. I must say, I have never been a Ratchet and Clank fan, I was always more of a Jak and Daxter chap, but all the buzz around this game is getting me excited. View the latest trailer below.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Arguably, one of the most visually stunning and anticipated titles for the Vita released a new trailer today. Uncharted: Golden Abyss puts players back in control of Nathan Drake looking for treasure, but he has a few new acquaintances this time around including Marisa Chase and Jason Dante. The new video below also shows why this title has already been dubbed the best looking game for Vita.

Last Story and Pandora's Tower to be Released in Europe

Despite the desperate pleads of the proletariat consisting of RPG-starved Wii owners, Nintendo refuses to bring Last Story, Pandora's Tower, or Xenoblade to America. However, in a shocking move, they will localize the titles for Europe. The most frustrating bit of this news is that Nintendo still has no plans to bring them to US soil despite the hard part of the job, translating the games into English, being done. I shake my head disappointingly at you, Nintendo, like so many other fans whose Wiis have been collecting dust.

Assassin's Creed Revelations

The final chapter in Ezio's trilogy will be closed this Fall, and just to remind us all that we are itching to get back to wrist-stabbing evil, Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed Revelations. Watch all the zip-lining, dubstep action of Ezio and Altair below.

Prototype 2

Did you not play Prototype? Would you like to get more information on the game before you attempt to play the sequel? If so, watch the trailer below before rushing to preorder the superpowered morality game slotted for an April 28, 2012 release.

 Sonic Generations

You already know how I feel about Sonic Generations. The game is everything I hoped it would be and more. To seal the final nail in my wallet's coffin, Sega has released a new trailer for the bifurcated hedgehog adventure. Unfortunately, the trailers do it little justice as it's hard to properly articulate speed and tension via Youtube.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda confirmed today that Skyrim will not be using Games for Windows Live, as previously speculated. The newest title in the Elder Scrolls series will be using Steamworks, which has favorable implications for not only PC, but PS3. Precisely what services will be integrated and how Steamworks will be used is yet to be detailed, but gamers can breathe a sigh of relief now that they have dodged yet another GFWL bullet.



Little Big Planet



DMC: Devil May Cry



Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One



Uncharted: Golden Abyss



Assassin's Creed Revelations



Prototype 2



Sonic Generations

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