The Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA 4) video game comes out for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 tonight at midnight.Â I was one of the suckers lucky ones that was able to reserve the special edition versions for the 360 at Best Buy for only $90 (pictured above – Vaseline not included).Â I am admittedly happy and yet still sad because I will not see all of you.Â I will likely see less of Call of Duty 4, and Halo 3 may not even know me anymore. (here we go again)
I am hoping the Xbox Live service can hang tough this time.Â If it does, the game that IGN rated a 10, will be a slam-dunk for the 360 over the PS3 just for the online play.
The Rick Rolling (definition of Rick Roll) phenomenon is no surprise to the Soupy Trumpet crew. In fact Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” is one of our favorite songs that we jam out to on the regular. One thing that I like to do when playing Halo 3 with Spanky and random douchebags is to play the song through the headset, breathe heavy and tell them I am “just getting some reps in”. The responses generally range from confusion, annoyance, and mostly homosexual slander. For my part that cracks me up, although I am provoking it. Even more funny to me is finding other jams to rotate in like “She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals or the Brian Adams Robin Hood song.Â Tay Zonday (aka Chocolate Rain guy) has a tight version of Astley’s jam too.
Check out You Got Rick Rolled for more on the internet craze or for a browser shaking – impossible to close – experience check out Rick Rolling and hate me when you are done.
Xbox 360 Fanboy found a scan of the upcoming issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) that depicts Master Chief and the Halo crew in a new game based off of the hit Lego series of games.Â They have since updated their article to say that this is not an actual game, but an April Fool’s joke.Â I wish it were true, this would be a fun game… the cartoony controls would probably be the same, but the frame rate and graphics would likely be a tad better.Â I can’t wait for the Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones games that are coming.
Gotta love when journalism follows rule #1 – Go to Print With Anything.Â (see Fox News for more of this rule in action)
Fast forward to early 2008, just a few months later and then “Hero” Lewis Bennett has now been busted for joining other teens in a robbery. Bennett and others went through the unsecured window of another student and ripped off an Xbox 360, an iPod, and some air guns. Bennett got caught when he sold one of those $50 Xbox 360 controllers for a measly $20 at school and then tried to peddle his other goods like a pawn shop. Attorneys are chalking this up as fame and attention causing him to lash out. At least they aren’t saying he was “under the influence of Grand Theft Auto“.
* Note: This is not Lewis Bennett, this is a photoshop of President George W. Bush pinning a medal on The Fugitive played by Harrison Ford. This is intended to imply George Bush is honoring a criminal. This is meant to be funny.
Most modern action games, including popular first person shooters such as Halo 3, run around 30 frames a second, while others, such as Call of Duty 4, run at 60 frames a second.”
Of course, I never know when to trust Wikipedia, but this explanation seems pretty plausible.
One’s brain does seem to adjust to the Halo 3 framerate after delivering a few teabags, but I now always feel the urge to make Master Queef sprint (one suspects that he has consumed too many Krispy Kremes….) just as my homeboy in COD 4 can.
Very odd–why does Master Chief have supreme basketball-dunking-ability, but he’s slower than your grandpa at family reunion flag football? Makes no damn sense.
At any rate, Bungie seems not to have taken full-advantage of the 360′s hardware, but I doubt I know what I’m talking about. As Pumpkin has noted, Bungie seems to be doing a lot of mopping up on itself to stop the hemorrhaging of gamers. Maybe there’s somthing they can do to fix the drunkass Master Chief phenomenon…
The more I think about it, the more COD 4 seems to rock. But something is still missing… More to come on this.
Bungie has released information on a new Halo 3 map called “Ghost Town”.Â This map has been referred to as “O.K. Corral” during it’s 4-5 month development.Â Bungie had a “q & a” session with artists and designers that worked on the map and included screenshots of the visually stunning new map.
Bungie, the makers of Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, have released a patch for the game that will automatically be downloaded the next time players connect with Xbox Live. This AutoUpdate was described in full in a post on Bungie.net. Many fixes are listed, but most notably is a fix for the troubled “melee attack system”. In Halo 3 prior to the patch, there was an outcry for a change to this system. The problem was that two players would go to “punch” each other at the same time and one usually died where the other walked away. The cause of this often time was due to the different connection speeds of the users and the “host” player had a huge advantage over the “clients”.
This system is half the reason why I primarily play Call of Duty 4 (COD 4) now as 2000+ games of frustrating online Halo 3 wore me down. It would tend to get extremely frustrating to fill an opponent with a clip full of bullets, go to strike him, and get smacked down while they walk off just fine. That being said, this fix really may entice me back to Master Chief, Microsoft, and co. Additionally we are looking forward to the new maps that are close to being released (“purple reign” delayed, “moonlight sonata” instead?) and finally releasing our map, “The Pumpkin Cage” built on Foundry to the world for their enjoyment.
Also scoring big hits today for team Xbox was the announcement that Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4) will have downloadable content (DLC) on the release date of April 29.Â This is exclusive content available only on the Xbox 360 and available the same day the game is in stores.Â The sequel for Ninja Gaiden will be released June 3 and will have “recording” features similar to Halo 3.Â Â The XNA Game Studio is now set to beta test user created games and distribute them via Xbox Live… these games were shown being played on Xbox, PC, and even the Zune!Â Fable 2 and Too Human were showcased as well, bolstering the already strong Microsoft lineup.Â More Xbox Live Arcade titles were added too.
The session was adjourned for a mandatory food run and a micro-session followed.Â Spanky left for the night… but Pumpkin stayed and canoodled with the game for a couple of hours.Â Things have been somewhat rough on Pumpkin over in Halo 3 land lately and questions like “is this as good as I am going to get?” started to show up.Â COD4 welcomed the scorned gamer with open arms and offered fun and new found success.