NewsSpots: Chains of Olympus, FIFA 08, LOTRO, Pardo

Portable Kratos getting two demos, FIFA 08 gets new features, Tolkien MMOG gets updated, Rob Pardo speaks at movie and games conference.

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PSP God of War has two demos on the way

Kratos getting a double shot.

Two months ago, God of War: Chains of Olympus was revealed for the PlayStation Portable, in part via a viral marketing Web site, islandofrhodes.com. This week, many of those who subscribed to updates from the site received word they will be getting a special-edition demo UMD for the PSP GOW this September. Sony reps also confirmed that a second demo UMD will also be distributed, though information on when it will go out has not yet been released. For a gameplay trailer of the upcoming action adventure, check out the official Chains of Olympus' Web site.

Focus shifts to new features for FIFA 08
Tweaking the formula is what keeps annual sports games in business. This year, EA Canada will focus on gameplay features for its flagship soccer franchise, FIFA 08. Listed as part of the new feature set are improved artificial intelligence, a more realistic shooting mechanic, user-defined moves, and the inclusion of 620 rosters, 30 leagues, and more than 15,000 players. In addition to its manager mode, FIFA 08 will pack in a new mode, titled Be a Pro. Gamers will work to improve the skills of a single player on their roster, in what sounds similar to superstar mode from recent Madden iterations.

Free update headed to Lord of the Rings Online
Turbine's Tolkien-inspired massively multiplayer role-playing game is set to get its first free update come June 13. Titled Book 9: Shores of Evendim, the update adds a new region--the titular Evendim--as well as more than 100 new quests, a new raid encounter, new monster types, and a revamped music system. Turbine has planned similar free updates, to be unrolled at regular intervals. In its first month, LOTRO topped PC sales charts, followed closely by rival World of Warcraft and its expansion.

Blizzard exec speaking at Hollywood and Games Summit
As Hollywood continues to intertwine with the video game industry, conferences mingling the two are getting more attention. This year's Hollywood and Games Summit, taking place June 26-27, has landed at least one speaker sure to garner attention. Rob Pardo, vice president of game design for Blizzard Entertainment, will be speaking on how the World of Warcraft team built its multimillion-player-strong community. Also slated to speak at the conference are Jesse Alexander, coexcutive producer and writer on NBC's freshman hit Heroes, and Brent Friedman, scribe of EA's Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars as well as other game, film, and TV scripts.

Discussion

54 comments
Mummyman400
Mummyman400

I enjoy all the god of war games. This idea about begging(GOW: chains of Olympus) middle(GOW:1&2) and the End(coming soon).But lets say His story doesn’t end in Part three it goes on to 2 more games. Just a Idea what if we could expand his story lets say the titans betray Him there a few other places he can turn to like go to Egyptian Gods get powers to control mummies or have stones of fire fall from the sky. Then there the Norse God where he is able to wield Thor’s mighty hammer or able to control the armor of Odin

teohyx
teohyx

Looking forward to FIFA 08

Edcase
Edcase

LOTRO is better then WoW i rekon. Ive played both...esspecially WoW (it almost made me fail my college coures lol) i justr enjoy LOTR alot more

Doolum
Doolum

man if only i could get my hands on that God Of War demo.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

Chains is going to be great too bad september and they moved MHF date to October....

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

I can't wait for GoW, i hope its good. FIFA 08 also, except i noticed that EA always hype up fifa games, and they turn out being tweaked versions of last year's game. Oh, and WoW is soooo much better than LOTRO, i have WoW and played LOTRO in my friend's house, and i was disappointed. I showed him WoW, and he thinking of switching to wow.

dannyabal85
dannyabal85

probably one demo has like a developer interview and a trailer or something i doubt it has an extra level.

GC4ever
GC4ever

can't wait for my demo question is which one??

mark1202
mark1202

MaximusDM: the idea behind "free" is that it is a substantial update to the game with a new area, quests, raid, etc. and is not being released as an xpac that you have to pay for outside of the monthly fees...which a lot of other developers do...seems like trolling since anyone that plays MMOs understands the pay-to-play business model. Okassar: The 8.3 rating from GS is a bit low IMO. It's better than other higher rated MMOs that have come out in the last few years. If you like MMO's and are tired of the others that have been around awhile, then it's worth giving it a try. I quit WoW after 2.5 yrs. to play the beta and never looked back.

shortmerv1
shortmerv1

this game is going to be bad ass

rolento88
rolento88

god of war in the palm of your hand... thats just awesome...

cjthemaster
cjthemaster

chains of olympus is going to kick ass

mblsd8
mblsd8

They need to work on the sorry online play. Online gamers use the same types of play to score the goals. Although it's improved from previous versions it's got a ways to go.

gagan21
gagan21

cant wait for chains of olympus

lil-maxy
lil-maxy

fifa 08 sounds awsome i might get it.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

I can't wait till the Lord of the Rings Online update comes out. That game is a great MMORPG, I have been playing since the beta.

methedemon
methedemon

Chains of Olympus looks even better than the PS2 god of war I am really excited

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Why cant we get a downloadable CoO demo ? :(

jmangafan
jmangafan

Gonzoguy, GOW: CoO isn't a port. Ports are full games reworked to be able to play on a different system. This is built from the ground up using Ready At Dawn's proprietary PSP engine.

wjuk
wjuk

I wonder if you can play as the goalie. If you could, I'd like to see how you save shots.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Though I have to say I was also really impressed with (and addicted to) the psp's GTA Vice City Stories. (we used to be able to edit posts didn't we? What happened with that? I remember putting up a couple of polls. Why can't we do that anymore here either?)

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Yea I got the heads up from PSU that the umd would be coming in a couple of months but I didn't see anything about a second one. I'm glad they're finally porting a game that could work on the psp. This should really kick ***.

MSE369
MSE369

GoW will beee sooo damnnn good!!!!

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Congrats Lord of the Rings Online

wenbin09
wenbin09

hope to see some fifa 08 vid soon

wenbin09
wenbin09

hope to see some fifa 08 video soon

G_Tizzle
G_Tizzle

Couldn't agree MORE wtih werner 73 :D well said

sunwong101
sunwong101

@MaximusDM: Well, Blizzard charges you a fee and then also for an expansion... This is a free new region and about 100 quests... I am not playing any of them, but anyhow I know when I am being a bit too cynical... My 2 cents.

MaximusDM
MaximusDM

LOTRO gets its first "free" update? YOU ARE PAYING MONTHLY FOR THE DAMN GAME!

Werner73
Werner73

It is time that EA looks at their sport games and not only change the annual title of the game but do a decent upgrade to the games. One might ask what is there that can so drastically be updated and upgraded with each new release - in that case just release it as an expansion and not as a new single title. I'm not talking about graphic upgrades here, that's a given. Each year there is a new FIFA, new Rugby, new NHL, NFL, PGA etc released and sold at the full price of a new game, yet for someone who follows a particular sports discipline it isn't really worth it to buy each new release as the content and therefor true game play isn't something new to look forward to. Why not bring out updates/expansions when the overall game itself isn't about to be upgraded? That's my 2 cents (or $20 it would seem more like it).

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Somehow I think the demo disc will be the same one at E3.

ahdotx
ahdotx

let the games come already!!! =p

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

finally Xbox 360 gets a full FIFA game - only took EA 4 other releases.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Chains of freakin Olympus. Anything and everything God of War is awesome. Cant wait for the demo i got the email yesterday

Theempire30
Theempire30

I'm exited about this demo. Cant wait, looks good so far.

okassar
okassar

There should be a Lord of the Rings Online for 360 too,the last game was(Battle for Middle Earth 2,which by the way was good).I might get the game fro PC,it would be pretty sweet to explore the Lord of the Rings universe online....one thing,it got an 8.3,so I'm not too sure.

abw1977
abw1977

Not a soccer fan, not by a long shot, but its good to see EA sports giving one of its sports games a decent update… Maybe the other sport games will follow suit? Oh wait… Exclusive contract. Not happening.

Pete5506
Pete5506

ooo fifa 08 just sounds so good

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

can't wait for the GoW demo!