Straight Scoop Vol.1 No. 9


posted 11/4/2002 by Michael Askounes
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Thursday, October 31

As expected, Infogrames’ Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 shot to the top of the sales charts in no time flat, making it the must-have game for the holiday season. Sources are also predicting that it will be at the top of the “returned games” list next week, when consumers realize that there is pretty much no difference between Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 and the original. We waited almost 4 years for what?

Eidos Interactive has announced that it is going to take advantage of the gaming public’s thirst for games in which they can simulate being a murderous sniper by porting Hitman 2 over to Nintendo’s Gamecube console in Spring 2003. Game play should be similar, although in the GC version the protagonist (known only as “47”) will wear big red shoes, overalls, and use a water gun instead of live ammo. Players will collect coins and play mini-games to upgrade their weapons. There no truth the rumor that I just made up stating the game will be renamed The Legend Super Hitman Party Prime Advanced 2. Although that would be funny, wouldn’t it?

Friday, November 1

Bethesda Softworks has announced that the expansion pack The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind: Tribunal has gone gold, and should be appearing on store shelves within weeks. The add-on – apparently targeted to unemployed persons who have a lot of free time – includes a new central plot that meshes seamlessly with the original, new cities and dungeons to explore, and new weapons and monsters to experience. If you want “bang for your buck,” there no doubt that Bethesda will deliver. If you want “stable relationships” or “physical health” you may want to look elsewhere…

Ubi Soft announced that it is working on a sequel to the popular Batman: Vengeance console title, and it shooting for a Fall 2003 release. The title will be an action/arcade affair where Batman will get to use his wide variety of weaponry to fight off Gotham City’s villains. Philippe Erwin – Vice President of Incoherent Sentences – stated, “After the success of Batman: Vengeance, the popular Batman franchise will continue to make strides in the gaming world with a sequel.” When I figure out what that statement actually means, I’ll get back to you.

That’s all for this week, check back next Monday morning for the next edition! Same Game Time… Same Game Channel!

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