Video Game Rumours 27/10/09

Posted by WhenYourGodGivesYouLemons On 4:56 PM

There are always huge rumours flying around the internet especially around the video game industry. Whether or not they should be believed or not is another issue but until they are confirmed or denied they make for some interesting reading. Here's a rundown of some rumours that have sprung up lately:



Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Have 3rd Person Perspective?: This rumour surfaced yesterday as some footage was leaked online from some people who have managed to get a hold of an advanced copy. The video shows someone playing COD with the camera following them. It was said that the mode was available in multiplayer and looked rather authentic. Since then Infinity Ward have indeed confirmed that the new game will feature some 3rd person action. The new perspective, for the series, is available only in certain private online matches, the leaked video shows 3rd Person Team Deathmatch and Cage Match 3rd Person, and can be toggled on or off similar to the 'Hardcore' settings. So this rumour has turned out to be true and according to Infinity Ward's press release on Joystiq some form of real trailer will surface soon detailing the 3rd person perspective. Personally I think I'll stick to first person as I feel it gives the action more immediacy and greater realism but it is nice to know I have a choice.


New James Bond Game Titled 'GoldenEye 2010': Anyone who knows anything about gaming remembers Rare's GoldenEye for the Nintendo 64. It is regarded as the father of first person shooters on the console and one of the best games ever made. It seems that the old favourite is getting a second shot, of sorts.

A resume has appeared online from an animator called Craig Peck who was employed by Eurocom a UK based studio. In his resume he says that the studio is working on a title called "GoldenEye 2010" for the Nintendo Wii.The fact that a James Bond game is being developed by Activision, who are linked to Eurocom, is already known as CEO Mike Griffin confirmed earlier year that a title was being made gave out no details.  The rumours are now flying around whether it will be a remake of Rare's GoldenEye or whether it is attempting to cash in on the GoldenEye similarly to what EA tried when they released 'GoldenEye: Rogue Agent'. Comments from Rare make the possibility of a GoldenEye remake unlikely as they have stated that, that time has passed. On the other hand EA's use of the GoldenEye title did not breed success, it was a critical and commercial failure, so it seems strange Activision would now try to cash in on the brands status. Either way this is still definetley a rumour but from a fan point of view I'd like to see a next gen remake of GoldenEye because there hasn't been a decent James Bond game since.


New Nintendo DSi: The DS brand has sold over 100 million units worldwide but that's not enough for the people over at Nintendo whose goal is to reach a point where every person owns a DS or in other words world domination. To achieve this the Japanese newpaper Nikkei is reporting that the company is gearing up to release another version of its popular DSi.

The model will feature a 4" screen which is three quarters of an inch bigger than the existing DSi and that is all that's been leaked so far. The new DSi will supposedly retail for the same price as the existing DSi and supposedly the reasoning behind the new DSi is not to offer players a better gaming experience through a larger screen but to attract older gamers, ie your grandparents, who are adept at using phones with large numbers and reading clocks with larger than normal numbers. The new design will supposedly launch in Japan this year with a worldwide release still under discussion over at Nintendo. This rumour seems real given the fact that it was released in the Nikkei newspaper a somewhat respectable publication and the fact that it follows a similar release schedule to the original DSi, teased then confirmed for a Japanese release before going international. Anyway it will be interesting to see if it is actually meant purely for older people, because that may result in some sort of added magnification of the image to make it easier to view, or if it will be a proportional increase like buying a bigger TV which may appeal to regular gamers as well as older gamers.


Assassin's Creed II Achievement's Leaked: Massive spoiler here because we all know that achievements and trophies are linked into completing the game so if you want your Assassin's Creed II cherry intact before you play the game then stop reading. On the plus side this list is still an apparent rumour so even if you read it they may not be in the game anyway. The list as follows:

• Master Assassin - Unlock All Trophies (Platinum)
• The Birth of an Assassin - Be reborn as Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. (Bronze, 20G)
• Arrivederci Abstergo - Break out of Abstergo. (Bronze, 20G)
• Welcome to the Animus 2.0 - Enter the Animus 2.0. (Silver, 20G)
• The Pain of Betrayal - Complete DNA Sequence 1. (Silver, 30G)
• Vengeance - Complete DNA Sequence 2. (Silver, 30G)
• Exit the Son - Complete DNA Sequence 3. (Silver, 30G)
• Bloody Sunday - Complete DNA Sequence 4. (Silver, 30G)
• Undertaker - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside the catacombs under Santa Maria Novella. (Silver, 20G)
• The Conspirators - Complete DNA Sequence 5. (Silver, 30G)
• An Unexpected Journey - Complete DNA Sequence 6. (Silver, 30G)
• Bleeding Effect - Complete training and reenter the Animus. (Silver, 30G)
• The Merchant of Venice - Complete DNA Sequence 7. (Silver, 30G)
• The Impenetrable Palazzo - Complete DNA Sequence 8. (Silver, 30G)
• Masquerade - Complete DNA Sequence 9. (Silver, 30G)
• Bianca's Man - Complete DNA Sequence 10. (Silver, 30G)
• The Prophet - Complete DNA Sequence 11. (Silver, 30G)
• The Vault - Complete DNA Sequence 14. (Silver, 30G)
• An Old Friend Returns - Escape the hideout. (Gold, 100G)
• Myth Maker - Find the 8 statuettes in Monteriggioni. (Bronze, 5G)
• Vitruvian Man - Unlock all 20 pieces of Subject 16's video. (Bronze, 20G)
• Street Cleaner - Hide 5 dead bodies in a Bale of Hay. (Bronze, 10G)
• Fly Swatter - Kick a Guard while using the Flying Machine. (Bronze, 5G)
• Messer Sandman - Stun 4 guards at once by throwing sand in their face. (Bronze, 10G)
• Doctor - Perform an Air Assassination on a Poisoned NPC. (Bronze, 20G)
• No-hitter - Kill 10 enemies while remaining in conflict without being hit. (Bronze, 20G)
• Kleptomaniac - Pickpocket 1000 Florins. (Bronze, 10G)
• Lightning Strike - Sprint for 100 meters. (Bronze, 10G)
• Sweeper - Sweep 5 guards at once by using a Long Weapon. (Bronze, 10G)
• Venetian Gladiator - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside Santa Maria della Visitazione. (Bronze, 20G)
• I can see your house from here! - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside the Torre Grossa. (Bronze, 20G)
• Hallowed be thy name - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside the Basilica di San Marco. (Bronze, 20G)
• Prison Escape - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside the Rocca di Ravaldino fortress. (Bronze, 20G)
• Choir Boy - Discover the Assassin's Tomb inside Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo). (Bronze, 20G)
• Assassin For Hire - Complete your first assassination mission for Lorenzo Il Magnifico. (Bronze, 10G)
• Macho Man - Defend a woman's honor. (Bronze, 10G)
• Steal Home - Win a race against thieves! (Bronze, 10G)
• Show your Colors - Wear the Auditore cape in each city. (Bronze, 10G)
• Handy Man - Upgrade a building in the Stronghold. (Bronze, 10G)
• I like the view - Synchronize 10 View Points. (Bronze, 10G)
• High Dive - Perform a Leap of Faith from the Top of Florence's Giotto's Campanile. (Bronze, 10G)
• Mailman - Intercept a Borgia Courrier. (Bronze, 10G)
• Tip of the Iceberg - Use your Eagle Vision to scan a Glyph in the environment. (Bronze, 10G)
• A Piece of the Puzzle - Unlock a piece of Subject 16's video. (Bronze, 10G)
• Art Connoisseur - Buy a Painting from Florence and Venice. (Bronze, 10G)
• Podestà of Monteriggioni - Reach 80% of your stronghold's total value. (Bronze, 30G)
• Perfect Harmony - Tint your clothes with those colors: Wetland Ebony and Wetland Ivory. (Bronze, 10G)
• In Memory of Petruccio - Collect all the Feathers. (Bronze, 30G)
• Red Light Addict - Spend 5000 florins on Courtesans. (Bronze, 10G)
• Man of the People - Toss more than 300 florins on the ground. (Bronze, 10G)
• Victory lies in preparation - Get all Hidden Blades, Item Pouches and Armor upgrades for Ezio. (Bronze, 10G)

I'm interested by the upgrade one building in your Stronghold achievement. What role exactly will your Stronghold play in the game and how will upgrading affect your gameplay ie new weapons, armour, gadgets (the logical assumption)? I also look forward to completing the Macho Man and Messer Sandman achievements just for a bit of fun. Overall it looks like the world of Assassin's Creed II, according to this unconfirmed list of achievements, will provide lots more for your character to do like buy paintings, upgrade your Stronghold and colour your outfit. Once again this is an unconfirmed list of achievements but unless an actual list or this one is confirmed by Ubisoft before November 19 then this list could be legit and on the money. 

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