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The Fallout at 38 Studios Continues

By Tim Janson     May 31, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Curt Schilling loses $50 million in collapse of game company...


Well here’s a cautionary tale for you…if you’re a former athlete stick to broadcasting or coaching or maybe opening a bar and grill…the videogame industry is not for the faint of heart.  The former Red Sox pitcher responded to critics, pointing out that he stands to lose as much as $50 million dollars if his troubled 38 Studios can't be saved. Specifically, he took aim at Rhode Island's governor, saying Lincoln Chafee's negative comments about the company "scared off" potential investors who could have saved the studio.


"The governor is not operating in the best interest of the company by any stretch, or the taxpayers, or the state," Schilling told The Providence Journal. ""We're trying to save this company and we're working 24/7…I've never taken a penny out of this company," he added. "If this company fails, I will be financially devastated, and so will other people."


38 Studios laid off all 379 of its employees last week. The workers, who received no warning about the cuts, also reportedly have seen their health benefits expire.


Sony Online Entertainment Announces Bullet Run 


Sony Online Entertainment announced that it will be challenging gamers to battle to the death in Bullet Run, the online game company's upcoming new free-to-play first-person shooter (FPS). Developed by ACONY Games and available later this summer for the PC, Bullet Run is a team-based multiplayer game that puts players in the ultimate reality TV game show, where contestants showcase their deadly talents in the name of fame. 


Set in the near future, the game features the hottest new reality TV game show, Bullet Run, where performance is everything -- simply gaining the kill does not win your character fame. Style and attitude, combined with a hair trigger and cat-like reflexes, will bring contestants the fame they crave. Players, also known as "Contestants," battle to the death with ammo, weapons and attitude. With fame on the line, an array of customization options will allow players to create unique looks for their characters and ensure the style system spotlight is on them. Matches take place in a variety of settings, each of which provides a different mix of tactical options, play styles and equipment options. Through a revolutionary "Synth" technology, these reality stars will die, re-incarnate into a new body, and jump right back into the action until the match is complete. Death becomes a mere setback as players compete for fame and glory. Bullet Run is currently in development by ACONY Games and will be available for the PC later this summer. 


Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Dinobots Unleashed Trailer 


The successor to the highest-rated Transformers game of all time and in development by the acclaimed team at High Moon Studios, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they vie for control of their dying home world. Fans will fight through both sides of the Transformers' most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from Cybertron. With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character's unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK's nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS. Taking the franchise's competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron lets fans go head-to-head in blistering AUTOBOT vs. DECEPTICON matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a Transformers game.




Ubisoft releases Far Cry 3 Teaser Trailer for E3 


Step into insanity this E3 as Far Cry 3 takes you into the depths of your psyche in this lawless and disturbed jungle island. 





2K Sports Announces NBA 2K13’s Triumphant Return 

2K Sports today announced that NBA 2K13, the next installment of the top-rated NBA video game simulation franchise* for twelve straight years and the follow-up to the award-winning NBA 2K12, will be available on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in North America for the Xbox 360,PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii and Windows PC. Fans that pre-order NBA 2K13 for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will receive a new downloadable NBA All-Star content package presented by Sprite. This add-on content will be set in Houston, the site of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game and will allow fans to stage their own NBA All-Star Game, including three NBA All-Star events - the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest featuring all-new intuitive, pick-up-and-play controls. 

Gamers can pit the NBA’s current superstars against classic players in both the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Rosters for both the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and 2013 NBA All-Star Game will feature the 2012 All-Stars, with dynamic updates to the 2013 rosters once the participants are announced. 

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Pre-order incentives 

There are a couple of retailer exclusive offers available for the highly anticipated Transformers: Fall of Cybertron video game, which launches on August 28th. 

Starting today, nostalgic fans who pre-order the game at GameStop will receive a unique unlock code for the G1 RETRO PACK. This exclusive content will let fans play as the legendary G1 Optimus Prime from the original 1980s animated television show (both in single player and multiplayer), and also wield the powerful G1-Megatron Gun and Shockwave Blast Cannon weapons (in single player campaign). 

Fans who pre-order the game at Amazon will get a unique code for the G2 Bruticus skin that will be available in the epic single player campaign. True Transformers fans will instantly recognize the rare and vivid colors of this classic Bruticus toyline model. 

Madagascar 3 (D3) Rated E  PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, 3DS

In Madagascar 3: The Video Game, adventure with the entire cast of Madagascar including Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe while you find a way home under the perfect cover: a traveling circus. Experience the excitement of the circus as you complete challenging and sometimes suspiciously zany missions given to you by the Penguins, perform amazing publicity stunts on some of Europe's most notable landmarks, and dazzle the crowd with extraordinary acts fit only for a Madagascar-style circus extravaganza! All the Madagascar friends are along for the ride in this comedic circus adventure including King Julien, Maurice and Mort, the Penguins, plus their new circus pals Stefano the sea lion, Vitaly the Siberian tiger, Sonya the bear, and Gia the jaguar.

Inversion (Namco) Rated M  PS3, Xbox 360

Take on the role of a young father and husband, Davis Russel, who finds himself thrust into war when his peaceful city is invaded by an unknown enemy. With his daughter missing and conventional weapons and tactics all but useless, this ordinary cop and his partner Leo Delgado will rise up to heed the call of duty, master the fundamental forces of gravity and save the world.


Prototype 2 (Activision) Rated M  PS3

inFamous 2 was one of my top games of 2011 and it was great to be able to play it again in Prototype 2.  Ok, Ok I am being sarcastic but so much of Prototype 2 reminds me of infamous 2 from its style of play, to the open world style, to the way the hero gains and increases his powers.  Prototype 2 is set 14 months after the events in the first game.  Sergeant James Heller returns from a tour in Iraq, and discovers his wife and daughter are dead. He rejoins the military in the fight against the Mercer Virus, vowing to kill Alex Mercer the man believed to be responsible for unleashing the virus.  He tracks Heller down but is defeated badly by the genetically-enhanced mutant.  Mercer infects Heller with the virus and claims to be innocent, blaming the shadowy organization known as Blackwatch for unleashing the virus.  Heller now gains super powers and Mercer tells him he will meet him later once Heller gains his full powers. 

Prototype 2, like inFamous 2 feature a large, open world to explore with numerous main and side missions all wrapped up in one large campaign to defeat Blackwatch and stop the virus.  Blackwatch is using it to turn people into mutated monsters so much of Heller’s story surrounds making raids on these various facilities and destroying them, the monsters, and the scientists responsible.  Heller starts off with basic powers enhanced strength and jumping capability as well as the power to literally run up the sides of buildings.  While you utilize power lines as your main mode of locomotion in InFamous, here you will find yourself scaling buildings and then jumping and using Heller’s ability to glide to travel quickly from point to point.  Throughout the game as you gain experience you will be able to increase your ability to run faster, jump higher, and glide for a longer period. 

Heller’s main ally is a local priest named Father Guerra who constantly feeds Heller intel as to where to go and what to do next.  One of Heller’s main powers is the ability to consume a person.  The effect of this is three-fold: first, consuming, i.e. absorbing someone will increase your health meter; 2 consuming a person or monsters can allow you to absorb their memories for important plot info, or can provide new abilities; three when you absorb the person who immediately take on their form.  You can have three forms at any one time, a military form, a civilian form, and Heller’s standard form.  You can switch between them and turn into whichever one you last absorbed.  This is important as you will often be under siege from enemy forces and this power lets you duck around the corner and change shape so you can lose your pursuers.  This stealth ability also is your ticket to infiltrate enemy bases once you change into an enemy soldier or scientist. 

Button control is simple with buttons to attack, jump, and pickup items.  R2 allows you to sprint or run up buildings.  The direction pad is used for shape changing.  L3 sends out a radar pulse that you can use to hunt down a target.  You can fight hand to hand or pickup firearms.  Normally you’re find with your powers but rocket launchers come in handy against tanks and very large monsters.  But once your powers increase you’ll have no need for weapons.  You are the weapon. You get Wolverine-like claws that slice and dice; tendrils that can shoot out and grab all nearby enemies and then slam them all together in a blot; and even more gruesome and bloody tactics.  In addition to the campaign missions there are a variety of optional challenges (just like infamous 2) that offer XP and other perks.  These are essentially mini-games that have no effect on the campaign but they do allow you to practices come of your techniques such as gliding and slamming down with a massive shockwave attack. 

Despite its open world quality, there’s the distinct feeling of being led around as you navigate from one mission to the next.  While there’s a nice mix of mission types they essentially boil down to killing the enemies so there’s a little redundancy to the game.  Prototype 2 isn’t much of a challenge.  The enemy is not very smart and other than the fact that they can overwhelm you with sheer numbers, there’s little for Heller to fear.  The graphics are nice oozy and gory, maybe too dark at times but fitting of the tone.  There’s not much character development.  The bad guys are stock and you don’t learn much about the endgame.  Prototype 2 is what it is, a button-mashing, gut-ripping action-fest that is fun and satisfying in the short term. GRADE B


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ultrazilla2000 5/31/2012 3:28:26 AM

War for Cybertron was the Transformers game I've always wanted...and I'm really looking forward to Fall of Cybertron.  The newly designed Dinobots are freaking AWESOME!

jedibanner 5/31/2012 9:32:59 AM

Do we know why the studio was that bad to close it? What games did they create?

tjanson 5/31/2012 12:47:29 PM

Jedi...the only game they released was Kingdoms of Amalur.  A good game but not a blockbuster.  My question is how the hell did they have 379 employees?  I'm not sure if they were actually manufacturing and packaging the games (which would be really stupid) but it just seems incredible that there would be that many employees.

scytheofluna 5/31/2012 7:06:13 PM

 Amalur was a solid game, weighed down by pretentious writing & bolstered by great character design & fun combat.  Even a Mass Effect 3 tie in couldn't get enough copies sold to be profitable.  A shame...



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