Friday News Recap: 6/16 – 6/22

Matching the dry weather, news has been equally as arid. Because of this, I can’t guarantee writing one of these every week because only one or two stories doesn’t warrant the space on the site.

Mass Effect 3‘s Free Extended Cut DLC is Releasing on June 26th

How long has it been since everyone and their gaming grandmothers complained about Mass Effect 3’s ending? A few months, right? BioWare’s promised Extended Cut DLC is coming fairly soon, June 26th to be exact. Weighing it at a heft 1.9 gigabtyes, this will not change the ending, but just show you what happened after the credits rolled based on your crucial decisions. I wasn’t asking for this but I’m content with this happening. Most people won’t be as pleased because I’m positive this will ignite the Internet with rage somehow. I’m hoping it is a twenty minute video of Commander Shepard flipping the bird to the whiners while riding a unicorn in space.

Okami HD Heading Exclusively to the PS3

Despite being on both the PS2 and Wii and critically acclaimed on both, Okami didn’t sell too well. Capcom smells the potential money that could ooze from and HD remake, hence why they announced Okami HD exclusively launching on PSN this fall. It will have Move support, be in widescreen, support high definition (duh), and contain a full trophy list including a platinum trophy. How much would you pay for this? Capcom is asking $20 for this release. I have a strong chance of visiting this game for the first time this fall because I can’t get over how gorgeous it looks. Too bad there isn’t a Vita version, but I’m not complaining.

Quantum Conundrum Finds Release Date for Consoles

This neat little puzzler has been flying under the radar as of late, so a release date was a good thing to announced to remind gamers that it existed. Coming from a few minds from Portal and the team behind the shit fest that was Dark Void, this first-person dimensional puzzle game is coming out on PSN and XBLA on July 10th and 11th respectively. It is already out on PC, but the console audience doesn’t have to wait long.

Solid Snake Might Return in a Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid 4 looked to be the last that we’d see from Solid Snake, but Hideo Kojima thinks otherwise. He says “We have not yet finished with Solid Snake, despite the fact that I wanted to let him die at the end of Guns of the Patriots.” That’s heavy stuff considering what Snake went through and how it was basically said that he was on his last mission. Kojima is a brilliant man so I trust him, I just hope we aren’t milking an old hero for some cash.
On the subject of MGS5, he also said, “About Metal Gear Solid 5, I can tell you two things. There will be much question of infiltration, espionage, and convincing people to give you ‘a favor’ like in the last Metal Gear Solid.” His grammar is a little odd, but it sounds like it will not conform to the action game standards and remain a stealthy franchise. Nothing has been officially unveiled but anything Metal Gear is worth a mention in my book.

Nintendo Announces 3DS XL

Reggie Fils-Aime must have left a few of E3 note cards at his mansion because Nintendo has announced a new 3DS. Rather than making it wafer-thin or adding that second nub, they’ve opted to make it bigger, hence the name. The top screen is now 4.88 inches and the bottom screen is now 4.18 inches. The SD card is now 4 gigabytes, the battery life should be longer, and it will come out August 19th in America at $200 which is more expensive than the vanilla 3DS. An odd move, but I’m sure they’ll a few of these.

Saints Row: Enter the Dominatrix Being Rolled into a Sequel

Instead of releasing as an expansion pack this fall like initially planned, Saints Row: Enter the Dominatrix is now going to just morph in with the sequel that will come out in 2013. THQ’s president Jason Rubin was impressed with the ideas so they made the call to make this a bigger project. I found this to be a better move because it gives everyone a chance to breathe with the franchise. THQ’s financial situation is pretty poor so I’m glad they are showing restraint and not trying to milk one of their few successful franchises. Maybe this can pull THQ out of the pit when it comes out in 2013.

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