I don’t know of anyone else crazy enough to do this, but EA (that’s Electronic Arts for you) and Need for Speed have announced the M3 Mission Sweepstakes, a Twitter-based contest with the main prize being an actual, honest-to-goodness BMW M3!
If you have finished picking your jaw up from the floor, here are the contest details:
M3 Missions Sweepstakes
Date: Monday, Sept. 21st – Friday, Sept.25th Time: All day! 12:00am PST 9/21 through 11:59pm PST on 9/25 How to Enter: Follow @NeedForSpeed to be eligible. Check @NeedForSpeed and http://needforspeed.com/web/nfs-na/blogs/need-for-speed-news/-/nfsblogs/125474 every day next week for each mission. We’ll send them your way as well. The more missions you complete, the greater your chances of winning the M3 and other great prizes. Prizes: Copies of Need for Speed Shift, an Xbox 360 + wireless racing wheel, free EA games for a year, concert tickets, and more!
The more missions you complete, the greater your chances are of winning the M3. You will have a choice of either completing these missions the day they are posted (up to 5 entries per person if you complete all 5 missions), or doing them all at once, just as long as you get them in before 11:59pm PST on Friday, September 25th, 2009.
It’s a long weekend and yeah, I’m going on holiday for a couple of days. Gaming wise, I’ll be bringing the Nintendo DS, having just cleared the dust off that thing. Games to check out are Scribblenauts and Mario and Luigi 3.
The iPhone will be coming along too, naturally, since not only it’s a gaming console, but my primary phone as well. I know I’ve got tonnes of games to play and write about, so clearing this backlog is pretty much imperative during this holiday.
I’ll be doing back to my hometown, and that’s pretty much synonymous with the word Dreamcast. Looks like I’ll be bringing back my Sega Dreamcast from its exile in my hometown.
To all my Muslim readers and friends, Selamat Hari Raya! And to the rest of you who are out enjoying this long weekend as well, drive safe!
One Piece fans, unleash your inner pirate with the One Piece 10th Anniversary Pirate Flags. Released to commemorate 10 years of adventure and the high-sea hijinks of Luffy and his Straw Hat crew, there are four designs to choose from, and each measure 120 centimeters in length and 70 centimeters in width. Pretty cool eh? It’s like having your own Jolly Roger.
The four designs are:
One Piece 10th Anniversary Pirate Flag: Straw Hat Flag (USD 9.90) ~ Click here for details
One Piece 10th Anniversary Pirate Flag: Shirahige Flag (USD 9.90) ~ Click here for details
One Piece 10th Anniversary Pirate Flag: Red Head Flag (USD 9.90) ~ Click here for details
One Piece 10th Anniversary Pirate Flag: Chopper Flag (USD 9.90) ~ Click here for details
It’s has been long time coming, but come next week, Fallout 3 owners on the PS3 will finally get to enjoy what PC and Xbox 360 gamers have been playing, the Fallout 3 DLCs (a.k.a add-ons)! According to GameSpy, the release schedule is as follows:
September 24th: Broken Steel
October 1st: Operation Anchorage & The Pitt
October 8th: Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta
In order to prepare for this, launch Fallout 3 today and you’ll be required to install an all new update (version 1.6). What this does is to add new trophies for ALL the add-ons and also add a download option to the menu. I’ve not downloaded it but some sources mentioned that it weighs in at a mere 21 megabytes.
But if you are new to the game and simply don’t want to go through the hassle of updating the game twice (first update was to install trophies for the original game) and then download the DLCs, or you just simply want an all-in-one pack, the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition is the one for you!
This features the original game and all 5 add-ons and is scheduled to be released on the 13th of October. The game is available for pre-order over at Play-Asia for the Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and PC platforms (click on the respective platform names for details).
I think I’ll be going for the GOTY edition. What about you guys?
Blackest Night and Captain America: Reborn are two limited series from DC and Marvel Comics respectively and both happen to be two of my favourites at the moment. Both series had their third issues released recently around the same time.
While Blackest Night is technically a Green Lantern limited series, it features deceased heroes and villains from across the DC Universe coming back as undead Black Lanterns,bringing heartbreak (literally!) to their loved ones.
Among the highlights of Issue #3 would be the debut of the Indigo Tribe (resulting in undead Ralph and Sue Dibny being pwned), the death of one-half of Firestorm, and of course, the newly raised undead from the JLA’s vault (seen in the final shot).
But of course, with Sue Dibny out of the picture, the question on what happens when an undead Sue Dibny (a Black Lantern at that) meets an undead Dr. Light, (read Identity Crisis for a bit of their history) he being one of the villains raised from the vault, will remain unanswered.
Captain America: Reborn remains to be a rollercoaster ride for Steve Rogers. There’s still no inkling on how he is going get himself back to his own time, and with 2 issues left in this limited series, will it be a hack job? We’ll know soon enough.
Despite its apparent popularity in the States, I’ve not seen a Skee-Ball machine over here in Malaysian arcades or amusement parks. No matter, as Freeverse’s latest game, is set to fill in that gap, albeit virtually and on my iPhone (not that it’s a bad thing).
Check out the video below, and the following press release for Skee-Ball. Gotta admit, it looks pretty darn good:
OFFICIAL SKEE-BALL GAME ANNOUNCED BY FREEVERSE FOR iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH
Brooklyn, NY – Sept. 16, 2009 – Freeverse is pleased to announce its newest title for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, Skee-Ball! Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Skee-Ball has been enjoyed by generations of players from boardwalks to arcades, and now Freeverse brings the fun to your iPhone!
Developed by Graveck, the game’s excellent physics and 3D graphics make rolling the signature Skee-Ball an extremely fun and exciting experience.
Skee-Ball‘s authentic gameplay and irresistable bowling action set it apart from any other game of its kind. Taking advantage of the flawless touch screen controls and featuring bright, colorful graphics, Skee-Ball brings the enjoyment of the great arcade pastime to life in your hands.
Roll the ball up the incline with a simple flick of the finger to land in one of the high value holes to rack up points for redeemable tickets! In addition to more than 80 hilarious in-game prizes, players can challenge themselves by working their way up the Skill Star levels to earn more tickets per game.
The official game of Skee-Ball features online leader boards with Plus+ integration. Challenge friends and family instantly and keep up to date with achievements, news, and highlights always at your fingertips.
Last night’s 1 hour play through of Terminator Salvation for the PS3 netted 2 gold trophies in a span of 1 hour. I was literally stopped in my tracks at the end of the “Angie” level after my huge machine got blown to bits.
GameFAQs is pretty thin on this, but if you are looking for a walkthrough, check out the one on IGN (click here). Hopefully I can get over this speed bump tonight.
War…war never ends. And indeed it doesn’t, especially when it’s made into a fun little package in the form of AddictingGames’ recent release for the iPhone/iPod Touch, World Wars.
Gameplay takes place, board game style, on a map with the objective of defeating the opponents and conquering the entire map. Players can face up to 7 AI-controlled opponents. The player can launch any number of attacks on enemy countries/territories during each of his/her turn and the outcome of each battle will be determine by a dice roll.
With that kind of premise set, the game actually sounds pretty simple but I found it pretty hard to master as well. Earlier in the game, I felt inclined to attack as many enemy territories adjacent to my troops. While this tactic results in more territory to be conquered per turn, it also thins out my troops (you are bound to lose troops when attacking a territory).
Reinforcements do arrive throughout the game but the number of reinforcement is determined by the largest area of countries a player has. So instead of surrounding enemy territory, try breaking up the connections between their countries by conquering the contries in-between.
I don’t know why, but the casual games that I’ve been reviewing lately are really top notch, with World Wars being no exception. The game does have some kinks, the lack of any multiplayer options, and occasional dubious combat results come off as slight disappointments in otherwise a really great game with a 99 cent price tag.
Click here to purchase and download World Wars from the App Store.
It’s a device slightly bigger than a GBM that plays everything from NES games right up to GBA, Neo Geo and even Capcom CPS 1 & 2 games. ThinkGeek calls it the Pocket Retro Game Emulator while DealExtreme calls it the “Dingoo A-320”.
But if you are looking for a bargain for the device with such an impressive feature set (look out for the expanded list below), you are better-off buying it over at DealExtreme (click here for details) since the site is selling it for just USD 82 with worldwide free shipping compared to USD 99.90 on ThinkGeek.
Check out the following video from ThinkGeek putting the Dingoo through its paces.
There’s one thing about the 16-bit video games era that I totally forgotten until 30 minutes ago, and that is I totally suck at 16-bit games. Be it Mario or Sonic, I had two left thumbs on the controller.
And the game that reminded me of all that was the compilation that arrived yesterday afternoon, Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PS3. I only had the time to try out the games just now and it turned out to be an embarrassing experience.
Blame it on rust or anything, but I didn’t manage to finish a level in any of the games that I tried, except for Sonic The Hedgehog.
The list of retro games in this compilation is really comprehensive (click here for a breakdown) and I think I’ll probably take some time to go through all of them. But if you are a retro game nut (honestly, I prefer playing old games on a handheld console), especially one who covets SEGA stuff, this is the compilation for you.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection is available at USD 29.90. Click here for details.