There was only one new Virtual Console game this week, Friday April 18th, in Europe.
Phantasy Star III: generations of Doom Mega Drive – 1991 by Sega – RPG – 2 player – 800 points – age 7+
As Rhys, the Crown Prince of the Orakian Kingdom of Landen, you are engaged to be married to Maia, a woman from a rival kingdom . but on your wedding day, maia is kidnapped, setting you on a quest filled with twists and turns that will re-introduce you to people and places from previous Phantasy Star games.
This epic spans several generations of characters, and your choice will dramatically impact the way the story unfolds, which makes it a great game to play more than once all the way through.
In Phantasy Star III , things aren’t alwats what they seem . check it out and watch the mysteries unfold!
Major Nelson announced that a system update (firmware) is available today. Quote: “This update contains code to ‘prepare for future growth of the service.’ There are no other changes or enhancements in this update…in other words no new features.”
He also wrote that Xbox Live will be down on Monday April 21 from 0200-1000 PT for maintenance. That’s 11.00 am to 19.00 for us in Europe. (Source: MajorNelson.com)
In the latest firmware update, v2.30 (read more here), the Playstation Store was updated. The new store on Playstation 3 does play better than the old one. But as of now, it load the icons real slow. Sony knows about this and they are working on the problem.
Here is a Youtube video I made of the new PS Store, with slow loading icons.
The next installment of the critically acclaimed stealth-action franchise, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Chaos Theory™ sends Sam Fisher on a perilous mission to stop a cyberterrorist plot that threatens worldwide war.
Unprecedented realism: State of the art graphics and sound technology collide to produce the most breathtaking gaming experience on any console. Advanced physics modeling enables rag doll physics, particle effects, and seamlessly dynamic environments.
Staggering replayability: Achieve primary and optional secondary objectives and negotiate missions with multiple pathways. Strive for ultimate stealth and rank yourself with the all-new post-mission statistics and scoring system.
Tomorrow’s stealth arsenal: Inflict devastation on America’s enemies with the most advanced prototype weapons and gadgets, including electronic jammers and the newly customizable SC-20K modular weapons platform. Get up-close and personal with the vicious new combat knife.
Deadly agility: Take command of an incredibly fluid and expanded variety of stealth maneuvers, including covert combat knife kills, crushing submission holds, and swift assault moves.
Hunt or be hunted: Take on enemies with clever A.I. that enables them to flank your position, take cover, and remember past events.
White-knuckle thrills: Unbearable, gut-wrenching moments of tension that will leave you gasping for air. A twisting story line in a world threatened by a new brand of warfare.
Top-notch talent: World-class performances include Michael Ironside (reprising his role as Sam Fisher), electronica genius Amon Tobin (providing a driving, atmospheric soundtrack), and cinematics director Andy Davis (director of The Fugitive, Under Siege, and Collateral Damage).
Cooperative stealth: Play the first-ever cooperative stealth action game. Coordinate infiltration missions with a partner against the A.I. over Xbox LIVE®, System Link, or split screen. Innovative joint strategies take teamwork to the next level.
Award-winning Versus mode: The universally acclaimed Spies versus Mercenaries mode from Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow makes a triumphant return with all-new gadgets, cooperative moves, humiliation moves, and new multiplayer modes. Dynamic, evolving environments with elements like destructible walls and actionable triggers ensure that no two matches are ever the same.
Exclusive features: Including downloadable content over Xbox LIVE. Extend your game with future releases of extra premium content.
Blast your way to victory in Metal Arms as Glitch, the gun-slinging, half-ton menacing bot of Droid City. Found as scrap metal, but transformed into destructive machinery, Glitch is determined to free his people from the evil clutches of General Corrosive and his maniacal army of Mil bots. Unleash a world of pain and salvage the robot race as you annihilate the General’s sinister plan to dominate the world!
Unique world of Iron Star: In a land inhabited by robots, it’s Glitch’s job to travel throughout the mechanical world of Iron Star and search for General Corrosive, experiencing more than forty missions including sneaking, sniping, non-stop shoot-’em-up action, and mini-games.
Upgradeable weaponry: Many different and lethal weapons can be acquired and upgraded for more firepower.
Possess your enemies: Use the Tether Gun to possess your enemies and make them do your bidding.
Multiplayer: Pummel your pals with powerful ammo and devastating power-ups in three unique multiplayer modes including Death Match.
Voice work of Dan Castellaneta: The master voice actor behind Homer Simpson, Castellaneta provides the voices of Agent Shhh, Krunk, and Hosed.
Awards: Metal Arms was awarded Best Shooter Game of E3 2003, and received a 9/10 rating from OXM.
Mario Kart Wii is now available in Europe, since Friday April 11. I bought the game this weekend and have played as much as my time has allowed me. So here is my small review/test of the game.
The game is in no way revelutionary, but that is not a bad thing. Mario Kart is a good game. Nintendo gives us 32 courses, 16 new ones and 16 taken from previously versions from SNES, N64, GameCube, GBA and the DS version.
You can play alone in Grand Prix, Time Trails, VS Game and Battle. Or you can play with up to three of your friends on the Wii (localy). If that is not enough, then you can go online and play with up to eleven other players. A 12 player online is great.
To controll the game, you have some choiches. You can use the Wii-mote, Wii-mote and the Nunchuck, the Classic Controller or a GameCube controller. When playing multiplayer, you can offcource use a combination of all of this.
I will recommand this game. You will have a great time. More players, the better.