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200px-lego_logosvgAnd you thought Lego Indian Jones was bad.

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has confirmed they will release a version of the popular party game Rock Band to incorporate the LEGO universe.

The game, LEGO Rock Band, is being created by TT games ( LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman) in partnership with Rock Band developers Harmonix, says a statement from Warner Bros.

So far, the publisher has released five of the songs that will be available when it releases this Christmas:

  1. Blur – Song 2
  2. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
  3. Europe – The Final Countdown
  4. Good Charlotte – Boys and Girls
  5. Pink – So What

Players will be able to “customize their minifigure avatars, band and entourage, including roadies, managers and crew.” The games will appear on the Nintendo DS and Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

According to an article on IGN, managing director of TT games Tom Stone said, “Lego Rock Band combines two compelling properties, and creates an experience that family members of all ages will enjoy playing together as a group.

I guess there is no end to marketing a product.

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Electronic Arts sent out brass knuckles to promote their newest video game: Godfather II.

Electronic Arts sent out brass knuckles to promote their newest video game: Godfather II.

To promote their new game, The Godfather II, Electronic Arts mailed a set of brass knuckles to video game journalists together with other goodies including a cigar, a silk handkerchief and a book of matches in attempt to complement the game’s mafiosi theme.

 

There is only one problem.

Possession of brass knuckles is illegal in many states and can carry hefty penalties which would make the recipients of the promotional tchotchkes common criminals.

According to a Yahoo games article, “the publisher began a flurry of hush-hush phone calls to arrange the return of the weapons. EA declined to comment beyond expressing a desire to assist journalists in proper disposal of the items.”

Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if the game didn’t suck so hard too. I rented it from Blockbuster from Friday and played for maybe a couple of hours before I gave it up. Their attempt at mixing strategy and action failed miserably and totally ruined the Godfather franchise in less than one day. 

Read GameInformer’s review of Godfather II, here.

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Wanted: Weapons of Fate allows the player to play as Cross.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate allows the player to play as Cross.

Video games based on movies hardly ever do well. Point and case: Catwoman. Of course, that was a pretty bad movie to begin with so it is no surprise that the video game stunk as well. The only thing appealing was Halle Berry.

Recently I downloaded a demo for the new game Wanted which is based on the movie of the same title starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.

The game is not just a retelling of the movie, which is encouraging because it means more time and effort could of been put into this game. Especially since it wasn’t released the same time that the movie was.

In the demo, you play as the father of McAvoy’s character and you have to shoot, stab and break necks through an airplane as you make your way to the cockpit. It’s a fairly short demo, as most are, but for the most part I did like the game.

If I had to rate it, I would give it about a seven. Which seems rather low, but there were just key things that I didn’t like.

  1. Curving the bullet (which is one of the key points in the movie) takes too long in the game. You have the aim the curve and try to highlight the enemy before you shoot. And it may or may not kill the target
  2. As far as I can tell, the voice acting is not done by McAvoy which is kinda disappointing because if you are going to do a video game based on a movie, you would like to see the actors reprise their roles.
  3. Shooting is just too sporadic. You can aim but the bullets seem really inaccurate unless you use the special ability to slow down time. (As seen in the Max Payne series)

One thing I did like was the fact, that there were three levels of difficulty. The lowest difficulty was entitled Pussy. That just makes you want to play on one of the harder settings.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate is probably a rent only game.

Check out an interview with Pete Wanat who is the executive producer behind Wanted: Weapons of Fate on gameinformer.com

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