Upcoming Games this Week

There is going to be a lot of new games released in this upcoming week. New games are being released for the PlayStation 3, the Wii, the Xbox 360, the PSP, the Nintendo DS and the PC. Whether you are looking forward to a music game, a shooting game or just a good fun game in general, this week is definitely going to be a big sales week. Personally, I am looking forward to the release of Guitar Hero 5 the most. This game, which is being released to all major consoles, has been a long awaited game by many people. Some of you may be looking forward to the more adventurous games that are being released. Well what ever type of game you are looking forward to, this is a great week for getting a new and exciting game. The following list is a list of each of the games being released under their console.

PS3

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures 2010
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas

Wii

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures 2010
Cruise Ship Vacation Games
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas

Xbox 360

Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures 2010
Gears of War 2: Game of the Year Edition
Guitar Hero 5
Mini Ninjas
Section 8

PSP

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny

Nintendo DS

Mini Ninjas

PC

Champions Online
Mini Ninjas
Section 8

25 “Must Plays” of Guitar Hero

Out of the many different songs that have been included in the Guitar Hero set lists, there are twenty-five of them that are “must-plays”. These twenty-five tracks come from all five of the different Guitar Hero games that have been released. Give these twenty-five songs a try and try to master each of them. Then you can look forward to the release of Guitar Hero 5.

Guitar Hero

Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult

Take It Off – The Donnas

Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

Spanish Castle Magic – Jimi Hendrix

You Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest

Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

Cowboys From Hell – Pantera

Killer Queen – Queen

Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Guitar Hero II

Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight – Spinal Tap

YYZ – Rush

Dead! – My Chemical Romance

Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jessica – The Allman Brothers Band

The Beast and the Harlot – Avenged Sevenfold

Less Talk More Rokk – Freezepop

Guitar Hero III

Through the Fire and Flames – Dragonforce

Cult of Personality – Living Colour

One – Metallica 

Knights of Cydonia – Muse 

Reptilia – The Strokes 

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

Hotel California – Eagles

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

Walk This Way – Aerosmith feat. Run DMC

Top 5 Stories of the Week

If your past week has been a little bit too busy to keep up with all the important gaming information, then continue reading. These are the five biggest gaming stories that occured in the past week.

5. The game Batman: Arkham Asylum sets a Guinness record (August 28th) – This game received the title of ‘Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever’. With a score of 91.67, it beat out Marvel vs. Capcom 2 which only averaged a score of 90.

4. A lot of stores are already selling the PS3 Slim (August 25th) – Although the planned date for the PlayStation 3 to be released to the public was supposed to be September 1st, many retail stores already began to sell them. The were able to do this because the delivery trucks dropped them off early.

3. Halo series may not be done yet (August 26th) – Bungie earlier had said that Halo: Reach was going to be the end of the Halo series. However, recent comments have led people to believe that they are not going to be done.

2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 gets dualies. (August 24th) – Many of you are familiar with dual-wielding. For those of you who aren’t, you will learn to love it.

1. Price cut on the Xbox 360 (August 27th) – Responding to Sony’s price cut on the PS3, Microsoft matched the same price at $299.99.

Possible Wii Price Cut

While Microsoft and Sony battle it out at $299 for console domination between the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, some people begin to wonder how Nintendo is going to react with the Wii console. For all you deal goers, you know that $249  for the Wii seems like a rip off compared to what you get with the other competitors. Even though it gives you a new unique experience with the motion controls, the other features are pretty far behind the other two consoles including the horsepower and multimedia capabilities. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich strongly believes that Nintendo needs to cut the price of the Wii down to $199.

He said: “Essentially, Nintendo stole potential PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consumers from this hardware lifecycle three years in advance. In order to maintain this position Nintendo should drop their Wii console down to $199, not because the current Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 pricing structure poses a threat; rather, because they will eventually pose a threat. Nintendo’s strategy should be to capture as many consumer dollars as possible while their competitors are still weak in their offerings to the casual audience and price sensitive consumers.”

At first thought this may seem like a pretty decent deal. However, some would say that a $50 price cut isn’t enough. Many consumers could easily be enthused by a $100 price cut even though everyone should realize that you are getting more bang for your buck with the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

New Tracks for Rock Band

In this past week, several new tracks have been released and are now available to you as downloadable content. If you have already completed one of these games, don’t worry, there is still more songs for you to rock out to.

Rock Band Unplugged

Only two new releases have been made for Rock Band Unplugged.

The Zombies – “She’s Not There” ($1.99)
White Zombie – “Black Sunshine” ($1.99)

Rock Band

Rock Band has come out with a lot of new releases for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii.

Xbox 360/PS3

(160 Microsoft Points, $1.99 per track)

Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”
Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
Fleetwood Mac – “World Turning”
Jet – “She’s a Genius”
Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

Wii

(200 Wii points)

Blind Melon – “No Rain”
Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
Dropkick Murphys – “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”
Eve 6 – “Inside Out”
Foo Fighters – “All My Life”
Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”
Foo Fighters – “Lonely as You”
Kaiser Chiefs – “I Predict a Riot”
Belly – “Feed the Tree”
Ghost Hounds – “Wind Me Up”
Godsmack – “I Stand Alone”
Grateful Dead – “Cold Rain & Snow”
Grateful Dead – “Doin’ That Rag”
Grateful Dead – “Don’t Ease Me In”
Grateful Dead – “Fire on the Mountain”
Grateful Dead – “Hell in a Bucket”
Grateful Dead – “Uncle John’s Band”
James Gang – “Funk #49”
Mute Math – “Typical”
Rob Zombie – “War Zero”
Turbonegro – “Wasted Again”
White Zombie – “Black Sunshine”
White Zombie – “More Human Than Human”

World Poker Tour Texas Hold ‘Em for iPhone

Even though poker is definitely not as popular as it has been in the past, there are still many players and fans of this game who are still dedicated to it. Hands-On Mobile is coming out with a game for the iPhone called World Poker Tour Texas Hold ‘Em. This game will soon be debuting in the App Store. This game is complete with online multiplayer and persistent profiles. On the iPhone,  many features have been Incorporated with the iPhone’s touch screen including flicking the cards if you wish to fold and you can place your bet by sliding the virtual wheel.

The first thing that will happen when you begin a game will be that the announcer, Mike Sexton, will greet you. This really helps for you to get into the game like it is real. There are going to be a couple of recognizable players at the table. One of these famous poker players you will notice is Chris Ferguson. There are a couple modes you can play. One is a single player mode fitted with free play and uses the last man standing setting. However, the more exciting mode is the online multiplayer. Since you will not be able  to read their faces, you will have to find your own unique strategies to win. With the online multiplayer mode you will be able to chat with the other players. Another mode that will be available occasionally is live tournaments. This will be a way for you to really test your skills.

For any poker fans, I strongly recommend buying this interesting and exciting game.

PS3 making no profit?

Word on the street is that Sony will be losing money with every PlayStation 3 that is sold. This inside information became known when London’s The Times interviewed the head of Sony, Kaz Hirai. This intriguing interview took place at GamesCon 2009.

After Kaz Hirai was asked the question on whether or not Sony will lose cash on every PlayStation 3 Slim that is sold, Kaz responded by saying, “If you’re just talking about the hardware alone, the quick answer is yes.”

Sony does not seem to be worrying to much about this problem though. Kaz said, “[Losses per console sold] makes good headlines, but I don’t actually know that that’s the true nature of the business that we’re all in, whether it’s PlayStation, Xbox or the Wii. I think the better indicator is to look at the business as a whole platform, to ask: Are you profitable in terms of the hardware, software and peripherals. And the answer to that question is yes on a gross profit level since the last fiscal year.”

 All in all, Sony is going to be taking a small money loss on each console that is sold. However, they are overall going to be making a profit. Confusing? Yes. It was never made clear just how much Sony would be losing on each console sold.