Daily News Roundup: April 1, 2009


Today at TGR…

Fallout 3 The Pitt DLC Review
TGR reviews the newest DLC for Fallout 3, and Nick McCavitt lets you know how good it really is.

Very British Gamer: Kitchen Nightmares DSi
TGR’s resident British gamer waxes about successes and failures in the market of cooking games.

Elsewhere in gaming news…

Most Harmful Video Game Genre: Racing?!?

It seems yet another research study has snuck into the gaming industry, and is making huge claims. The study claims that racing games create more agitation and aggression than violent games did. The politicians may have not seen this coming, but I’m sure a lot of gamers did. I’ve played many racing games in my day, and each one brings out a little more anger inside of me.

Drs. Simon Goodson and Sarah Peterson, Huddersfield University for the British Psychological Society, conducted the study. They said, "Previous researchers have made sweeping generalizations about the nature of videogames. This study is one of the first to use one of the latest games consoles that have a much higher level of realism. Surprisingly the results showed that the driving game made participants more agitated and aggressive than the game with graphic violence. Given the high levels of realism in modern games a re-evaluation of the relationship between videogames and violence is needed.”

It looks like violent video games now have a study that will help their case. Racing games are the new victim. The study will be featured at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference on Thursday.


EA Offers DRM Reversal

With the recent backlash and controversy dealing with EA and its DRM policies, EA has decided to take a different approach. EA has decided to offer a DRM “deauthorization management tool.” This resets the game’s authorization and it allows it to be played on other machines.

This news comes after the anger that consumers had with DRM being put on popular EA titles such as Spore and Crysis. Gamers have been quite public in displaying their anger with the DRM policies.

This seemed to prompt EA to take a different approach and policy to the DRM, also announcing that The Sims 3 would be without DRM, and a security code would be used with each game.

Godfather II DLC Announced

I know what you are thinking. Well, Godfather II isn’t even out yet. Why are we even talking about DLC? It may not be out yet, but EA has already announced the DLC that will be released for the movie-based game.

So far, four “packs” have been announced. The Pentangeli Map Pack, level 4 weapons bundle, the Corleone bundle, and jack of all trades. The Pentangeli map pack includes Cuba and Junkyard multiplayer maps, the weapons bundle includes the modern Dillinger, the MG-S1 Sniper Wolfe, the .700 Magnum Impact, Street Sweeper, and the Herzstopper. Jack of all trades is another character for your family with all kind of abilities. The Corelone bundle includes all three of the other packs including in one bundle.

Godfather II will be released in the US on April 7th.

Syberia 3: Playable across Platforms

One thing many gamers want to see more of is cross-platform games, and some developers feel similarly. Thus, the developers of Syberia 3 have decided to implement this in their new game, Syberia 3.

Syberia 3 is a point-and-click adventure game that will be available on PS3 and PC. Players of Syberia 3 will be able to collaborate across the two platforms and play with each other.

Microids, Syberia 3 developers, didn’t stop there either. They also said they will be doing the cross platform play on every game they develop.

Sony reveals new Jak and Daxter

Sony has had a number of smash hits on their PlayStation consoles, and Jak and Daxter has been one of those. There have been multiple Jak and Daxter games, and Sony has just announced a new one that will be coming to the PSP and PS2.

The game will pick off right where the trilogy left on. It is called Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, and it reunites the classic duo for another awesome adventure. The game will be released sometime in the fall. Precursor Orbs, here we come.

Tri-Ace teases a new RPG

Star Ocean developers Tri-Ace have released a new teaser site for an upcoming project they’re working on. Seeing as how Star Ocean: The Last Hope was responsible for single-handedly uplifting Xbox 360 sales in Japan, I think we can rest assured MS is going to see to it that they make another.

Although there is much mystery surrounding the new RPG, one thing is known. The game will be released for Xbox 360 and PS3, and it times like these, it is nice to see more RPG’s coming to PS3.

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