The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland began grounding flights in Northern Europe almost a week ago, but the giant ash cloud it produced has been impacting supply chains across the globe. Sadly for Australians, the video game industry has not survived unscathed. Wii games from Konami may be among the hardest hit, with "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories," "Scene It? Twilight" and several other titles looking at a few question marks where there used be release dates.
After giving "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories" a try on the Wii, Konami appears to have turned their attentions back to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for an all new chapter in the horror series. The new follow-up to 2008's "Silent Hill: Homecoming" made itself known this week with little info publicly available beyond Konami's plans to explain more at E3 in June.
"Six Days in Fallujah," the war game set in Iraq that Konami cut ties with last year, may still see publication after all. After giving the press a peek at the project, which was intended to be more compelling than fun, Konami decided "Six Days" wasn't exactly its cup of tea, and its fate has publicly been somewhere between limbo and deceased ever since. A new report, however, claims it's complete.
I've seen "Alan Wake" at a few preview events over the years, and it's definitely unique. It's clear the developers are trying to take the feel of a network TV thriller and bring it into the game space. Because of their goals, I was curious what the driving inspirations were for the game. Sam Lake, the lead writer of "Alan Wake," talked with me about his specific inspirations for the story.
Konami launched a new casual rhythm game on the iPhone's App Store today. Titled "RhymePlayer," it basically tasks players to tap the lyrics of songs in time with the music. Not exactly super involved, but it does feature a handful of well-known artists. Here's the full track list:
Lady Gaga - "Just Dance"
Lifehouse - "First Time"
Jackson 5 - "ABC"
Bel Biv DeVoe - "Poison" (Woo!)
The Cover Girls - "Show Me"
Konami passed along 3 codes for giveaway to promote the game, so head on over to the MTV Multiplayer twitter feed for a chance to nab one.
While I fully admit that I am not the target audience for a game like "Walk It Out," I can't possibly comprehend the tween that would be overjoyed to see this game in the hands of a loving parent or relative. It is a rare specimen of game that would (based on the box art, at least) appeal to exactly no one. That's not to mention the innumerable people in wheelchairs that would just be pissed off just to learn of its existence.
I give you..."Walk It Out," a new game from Konami:
And yes, I am judging a game by its cover. But with a cover like that, it's pretty hard not to.
The original "Silent Hill" is a bona fide classic. It isn't the first example of a survival horror game, but it's one of the best. And it spawned a series that still continues to today, right up to Konami's recently released "Silent Hill: Shattered Memories." A return to the first game's story, "Shattered Memories" allows players to relive the initial trip to that creepy town with new, Wii-powered visuals and a fresh approach to the gameplay.