Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Wii: Created by SSB Team

Nintendo fans absolutely love their Super Smash Bros. Brawl, so the latest bit of news from Ubisoft will be music to millions of gamers' ears: a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) video game is on the way for the Wii, and it's being developed by– Game Arts, the team responsible for Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. Scheduled for release this fall, the game will be one of the few recent TMNT releases not tied into a movie. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a surprise hit in the current generation of … [Read more...]

World of Warcraft + iPhone = Chocolate & Peanut Butter

I've been an iPhone owner for almost two months now and a World of Warcraft player for almost two years...sort of. I've actually been on and off WoW for a while, and most recently I started playing it again to check out the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack. In Lich King I felt that the grind from level 70 to 80 was significantly easier than from 60 to 70 in The Burning Crusade. The new dungeons all feel shorter, and this time I could fly at epic speed at level 77, making it much faster to get around for the final … [Read more...]

Female Gamers to Slowly Go Away, Says Analyst

Companies like Ubisoft are trying to get a piece of the female demographic with games like Fashion Designer, Movie Star and Babyz, and it's hard to deny that Nintendo is going pretty hardcore after the mommy blogs and female demographic too. But that strategy may turn out to backfire, if they have been putting all their eggs in one basket, according to research from an industry group. According to industry research firm IBISWorld, demand from the female demographic is expected to slow in the not-too-distant future. By … [Read more...]

D-BOX GPH-120 Combines Game, Movie Functions

For several months now we've been covering Blu-ray movies with D-BOX Motion Control, and a few weeks back we informed you that D-BOX was breaking into the video game scene with a contract with Electronic Arts that lets gamers literally feel every corner and boost in Need for Speed. Now D-BOX has announced a new hybrid system that will let you experience motion in both games and Blu-ray movies using the same machine. The new product, called the GPH-120 Hybrid Motion System, motion-control features two robotic motion … [Read more...]

PS3 Firmware Update 2.60 Details

The PS3, like the Xbox 360, is no stranger to firmware updates. In fact, the PS3 arguably sees them more often, as Microsoft's Xbox 360 generally sees larger Dashboard updates on a quarterly basis. The next PS3 firmware update, version 2.60, includes a slew of new features designed to enhance the PS3's overall appeal as a piece of entertainment hardware. Most notable in the PS3 software update 2.60 -- available today (Jan. 21) -- is a new Photo Gallery application that lets PS3 owners organize and view photos stored on … [Read more...]

Into the Wild Blu-ray Review

So this rich, smart guy gives up all his money and travels to the Alaskan wilderness, where he end up dying because he didn't know what he was doing. Not exactly a pick me up story, is it? Interestingly enough, Into the Wild is a rather good story, although it is a bit on the depressing side, but it's complemented by a haunting cinematographic beauty that makes up somewhat for the depression-inducing plot. Intellectually, I have no sympathy for the explicit expression of the character's ideals, yet the film's cinematic … [Read more...]

Prince of Persia Review

I've always been a fan of "Acrobatic platformers," and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time reunited me with that love of the genre. The new Prince of Persia for PS3 and Xbox 360 is enjoyable, but in a more laid-back way. The fighting system is redundantly redundant and a touch frustrating, but thankfully you don't spend much time doing that. Instead, the rest of the game is a light rollercoaster ride, easy but fun with lots of levels to cruise through. The tricks are all smoothly strung together with little effort from … [Read more...]

Ghost Town Blu-ray Review

It's pretty safe to say Ghost Town didn't make many fans among the dentistry crowd. The main character, a dentist (as you likely guessed), is a reclusive, unsocial jerk who'd just as soon live alone on Earth as carry on a conversation with another person. Then again, maybe his ability to see dead people -- and then help them into the Great Hereafter -- intrigued a few folks with DDS after their names. After dying for seven minutes during a routine medical procedure, Bertram is revived and suddenly has the ability to see … [Read more...]

Killzone 2 and the Problem with Public Betas

Killzone 2 is one of my most anticipated games of 2009. I didn't need the beta to come to that conclusion; I've known that since I got my hands on the game at E3 2008. Killzone 2 is the best-looking game I have ever played. It's got intense scripted moments a la Infinity Ward's Call of Duty games, its gunplay and AI are a sheer joy, and its multiplayer action is as deep and robust as any you've played to date. So why did the Killzone 2 beta leave me with a sour taste? It wasn't the beta itself; that was fantastic … [Read more...]

Eagle Eye Blu-ray Review

Eagle Eye asks a question we all wonder about but hate to ask: is a higher power watching our every move? No, the film isn't religious; it explores the much more timely topic of the modern-day Big Brother, asking whether a "higher power" is monitoring our cell phones, computers and all other electronic devices. Theoretically this could be an intriguing topic and film, but director DJ Caruso deep-sizes it all into a series of cliches and improbable action sequences that just require too much willing suspension of … [Read more...]