2008 saw the release of No More Heroes for the Nintendo Wii, a bold game from the Suda51 team. While other developers were releasing party games and shovelware, Suda51 brought us a game that had a bit of everything, retro appeal, pop culture references, and more importantly a game that was made for teenagers and adults.
Unfortunate for many hardcore gamers out there who steer clear of the Wii’s kiddie appeal you all missed out on what really was a unique title that truly needs to be played to understand and appreciate it.
Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Suda51 wanted to bring the next installment of the series to HD consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the PS3, but those rumours have some substance now with the announcement of No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise, a prettier version of the Wii original launching for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Texture quality has been ramped up, more pixels crammed in and advanced lighting techniques will make this play like a dream on the more powerful consoles. Launch date has been stated as 25th of Feb 2010 in Japan, but still waiting for a North American and European release date to be confirmed.
The question is will they censor it like they did for the Wii version in Australia. While American and Japanese audience members had sprays of blood across the screen due to Australia’s harsh censorship laws we only saw black squares as enemies were killed. While this was in no way detrimental to the overall experience of the gameplay, the fact the OFLC is so in inconsistent when it comes to these matters, I wouldn’t be surprised if the gore is re-instated on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
While speculation has been running wild with the recent developments on the war between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD a interesting piece of information has been leaked to the press…
Digital Bits reporter Bill Hunt is saying that his “second to none” sources informed him that both Paramount and Universal are currently in the process of jumping off a sinking ship and joining the Blu-Ray wagon.
Paramount recently denied the rumour that they were going to the Blu camp, but this is due to the contract they currently hold with HD-DVD, that is keeping them from switching right now, and to confirm these rumours
BUT word on the street is while Paramount can announce any day now that they are making the switch, we will be waiting until at least Feburary 2008 for Universal due to contractual obligations
This sure will be the last nail in the coffin for HD-DVD.
Seems to be that all my posts of late have been to do with the HD Format war, and yet again another blow to the HD-DVD camp with rumours that Paramount are also leaving the format, right after Warner Bros jumped off the now sinking ship and got on the Blu-Ray wagon
But it seems these could be much more than just forum speculative rumours, word has it that Paramount actually had a clause to get out of the exclusive format contract, which involved if major studios (like Warner Bros) jumped ship, that they could have the chance to do the same.
If this is true, surely New Line would follow leaving the HD-DVD format officially dead
IF you got a HD-DVD player for Christmas, I’d be trying to take it back…….now
Quite hillarious how a few days after I write my piece on Blu-Ray winning the HD War, that Warner Bros announce moving across to Blu Ray exclusive, and HD-DVD cancelling their CES Conference! This is definately a HUGE blow to the format, and sure signals the end of HD-DVD in 2008
With only two studios backing HD-DVD exclusively (Universal and Paramount) I think we will see them jump from this sinking ship early this year
So perhaps a Blu-Ray Xbox in the future is not such an impossible dream after all
It seems like the war being raged between Blu Ray and HD has seemed to quieten down, and maybe it’s because HD is off in a dark corner slowly and peacefully dying?
Everywhere I got lately there is Blu Ray advertised. All Sanity stores have now started stocking blu ray movies, as have Target, Big W and EB Games, and Video Ezy stores nation wide have Sony Bravia screens with Sony PS3 displays and Blu Ray Movies for sale, but where is the same exposure for HD-DVD?
I went to JB Hi-Fi in the city to purchase a HD Drive for my Xbox 360 and some movies, and when I got there they had 21 titles, and only 102 HD-DVD movies in stock. I looked at the other shelf where Blu Ray was sitting and there was over 40 titles and just over 280 movies in stock. I said casually to a salesman who was helping me out “HD must be selling heaps this christmas” to which he laughed and said “we can’t seem to give these away, we’ve actually stopped ordering them”. The blu-ray titles were selling like hotcakes, and ultimately I put down my HD purchase and just bought $250 worth of surround sound and blu ray movies
This seemed to be the trend in every store I’ve gone into since, and my blu ray collection is growing at a steady rate. With the new Macbook Pro rumoured to have Blu Ray drives, it seems that HD may have finally lost the war