Prepare to go in all guns blazing. Electronic Arts today announced that BLACK™ is now available at North American retailers for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. The game is rated M for Mature with descriptors: Strong Language, Violence, by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.95.
A hotly-anticipated first person shooter from Criterion Games (creators of the Burnout™ franchise), BLACK delivers explosive Hollywood-style gun battles and destruction set against the modern war on terror. BLACK casts players as Sgt. First Class Jack Kellar, the leader of an enigmatic Black Operations team sent in to Eastern Europe to eliminate a traitor.
BLACK challenges gamers to master and exploit erodeable cover in a game world where bullets affect every surface, and nearly everything can be destroyed.
Conceived following a trip to a Las Vegas gun range, the game’s intent is to deliver the loudest, most thrilling weapons and gunplay ever in a videogame … which has earned the game a reputation for being “gun porn” among industry press.
“Guns are loud, exhilarating and utterly terrifying things,” said Alex Ward, creative director, Criterion Games. “BLACK delivers a deep shooting experience that captures the paralyzing sensation of pulling the trigger of dangerous and exotic automatic weapons.”
The latest Ubisoft release schedule makes for interesting reading. When dates change it’s mostly for the worse, but I’m happy to report today that Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for Xbox 360 has been shuffled forward and will now be released on March 10th, yes that’s next week.
There’s less pleasing news if you?re looking forward to the PC version as that has now slipped to Q2, so it looks like a summer release for the game.
EA Ships The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II and The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-
earth II Collector’s Edition has word that the Lord of the Rings RTS sequel is hitting stores:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 28, 2006–Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS – News) officially
announced today that the highly anticipated, The Lord of the Rings(TM), The Battle for Middle-earth(TM) II has shipped to retailers nationwide and will be in stores on March 2, 2006.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings(TM), The Battle for Middle-earth(TM), this real-time strategy (RTS) game offers the chance to experience Middle-earth in a
way you have never seen.
Developed at EA’s Los Angeles (EALA) studio for the PC under the EA(TM) brand, The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II includes
all new content from J.R.R. Tolkien’s original fiction, and allows the player to delve deeper than ever before and engage in new battles that go beyond the award-winning movie trilogy.
The development team at EALA have brought The Lord of the Rings(TM) world to life in accordance with an agreement with The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises that
grants EA the rights to develop games based on the books, in addition to a separate agreement that allows for games based on the New Line Cinema films.
Secret Six is a six-issue mini-series. It features Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and Scandal from Villains United with two more members to be added to the super-villain team in the first issue.
Despite my disappointment that it won’t last forever, it’s understandable how a book featuring a team of bad guys would be difficult to sustain. If anyone can do it, it’s Gail Simone, but c’est la vie. Maybe it’ll prove popular enough to warrant a “series of mini-series.”
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Kong DVD to hit March 28th
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the DVD version of
href=”http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001392/”>Peter Jackson’s King Kong is set to destroy your living room on March 28th. Like with practically every DVD released today, you will have a choice between a single disc version priced at about 30 bucks and a special two-disc set for roughly the same exact price.
While neither one comes with an option that helps trim a good hour off the film (Oh, you know you want it!), the two-disc special edition will feature an introduction by Jackson, nearly three hours worth of post production diaries and two featurettes focusing on Skull Island and 1930′s New York. From the looks of it right now, it appears we’ll have to wait a bit longer for Jackson’s six hour version of Kong. Ya know, the one in which Adrien Brody and company accidentally land on Middle Earth before heading over to Skull Island? Oh, I’m already saving my pennies for that buried treasure.
The CEO of id Software has revealed that the Xbox 360 will be the primary development platform for the next-generation Wolfenstein game.