NewsSpots: Rainbow Six Vegas, Madden, World in Conflict, Xbox Live

Long-delayed Ubisoft shooter storms PS3; Madden-maker offers free football; Sierra offers piece of history; <i>Austin Powers</i> on XBL.

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Rainbow Six Vegas infiltrates factory
Initially anticipated to be part of the PlayStation 3's launch lineup, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas was bumped to January 30 last November. Though that date came and went, Ubisoft sends word today the game's got its kit together and has finally gone gold and will be available on PS3s come June 26. Exclusive to the PS3 retail version of Ubisoft's modern-day tactical shooter are 10 multiplayer maps and two game modes, bringing its total maps to 20 and modes to 10. Rainbow Six Vegas is rated M for Mature and will retail for $59.99.

EA Tiburon fantasizes football
Football fans are anxiously counting down Madden 08's August release now have a new way to bide their time. EA Tiburon, developer of the Madden series, announced earlier this week a free fantasy football service for its faithful fans. The service allows users to create leagues, organize teams, and trade players. EA Tiburon developers who participate in rating players and creating playbooks for the Madden games will also be available to dispense advice. Interested armchair quarterbacks can head over to the league's Web site to sign up.

World in Conflict CE brings down Berlin Wall
Sierra Entertainment is pulling back all the stops for getting Massive's World in Conflict into gamers' hands. Two weeks ago, the publisher announced a handsome preorder package that namely includes a beta-invite key and a History Channel DVD. Today, the publisher has announced a collector's edition for the PC version of its civilization-ending action strategy hybrid. Aside from the standard assortment of extras, including behind-the-scenes footage, special packaging, and a bonus History Channel-produced DVD titled Modern Marvels: The Berlin Wall, packed in with the collector's edition will be an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall. Pricing information for the collector's edition isn't currently available.

McDonalds sponsors Austin Powers on XBL
Quietly appearing on Xbox Live this week was a free download of the Mike Myers-starring James Bond spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. According to Videobussiness.com, Microsoft has partnered with McDonalds and New Line Cinema to bring the film to its online service in an effort to test the waters for advertisement-supported movies. The download will be available through June 28 and again from July 13 to July 19.

Discussion

141 comments
rl_41
rl_41

Madden might be good this year. 2K has done well in making their own game, both for giving an alternate experience and in forcing EA to step their game up.

crippla87
crippla87

This year's Madden is sounding more and more like a worthy purchase ...finally.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

Austin Powers if free? how nice! I've never seen any of them.

livinglegend305
livinglegend305

MADDEN AND RAINBOX SIX VEGAS...I ALREADY RESERVED MADDEN. I PROBALLY WILL RESERVE THE RAINBOW 6

KingSigy
KingSigy

Madden better be online for Wii

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

I hadn't caught the free XBL movie yet...Thanks GS!!

peyo670
peyo670

is it only in us the free austin?

qiwihead
qiwihead

BigDaveyDogz et al.: Live for Windows does have both Gold and Silver, but they don't work quite the same as on the 360. On Windows you can play others with just a Silver account, but you can't do cross-platform play, and I think you also don't get voice chat or matchmaking. M$ realized that PC gamers are used to getting online play for free, so they opened up the free Silver account for them.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Down with Madden. Bring on 2K8!!!

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

"SkeletalKnight @ Rahstar i could be wrong but i believe Windows Live does require a paid subscripton just like XBL on my 360. Im pretty sure i heard some things about it while researching my awesome Shadowrun game...i could be wrong of course lol. can you give a link to any info?" I works just like Xbox Lives Silver & Gold memberships...so yeah if you want to play with other people, you need the Gold.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Xbox Live continues to lead the way!!:D

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@scytheoflune "...so grow up, knock off the fanboy crybaby crap and admit that you wish you had all three consoles and both handhelds, because quite frankly, there are at least 5 fantastic, must have games on every system available." Amen to THAT. Dispute it if you can.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

"GTA5Addict: @pathogenb Updates are coming my friend.... updates are coming. " Well, as they don't seem too bothered in getting any games out they have plenty of time, and plenty of glaring online omissions, to include in the updates... with Sony this time around it seemd that everything is coming... if you just wait, go on wait, its all coming.... wake me up when something worthwhile arrives.... 2009 methinks. I'm tired of waiting for games, Sony ask us to buy the console early to help support it and in return we get.... sweet fanny adams, play fair Sony.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I forgot how great that movie was. I just thought that Seth Green was a voice for Robot Chicken.

345669
345669

Wot!? We Need All The Vegas Maps on 360 To Please,.. And We need them Now for Free Please...

Rentago
Rentago

no it has no fee, unless you want one. Its free but you get more when you pay :P

SkeletalKnight
SkeletalKnight

@ Rahstar i could be wrong but i believe Windows Live does require a paid subscripton just like XBL on my 360. Im pretty sure i heard some things about it while researching my awesome Shadowrun game...i could be wrong of course lol. can you give a link to any info?

Lostfile
Lostfile

A peice of the Berlin Wall? Interesting...

lordreaven
lordreaven

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh come on i am not a fanboy i say the facts and if one system is supirer to another then it is, i don't realy care what system is better other than if it has good games. If the PS3 had good games then it has good games, every system is equal, why/ because if there were no games for the system (like that would ever happen) then each system would be a useless piece of junk. And i dout you even read what i said,.......... or maybe you did but i'm not a fanboy. I wiil defend each system equaly cause each system has its own advantage.

Freshprince221
Freshprince221

Scytheofluna should get a medal..he spoke like a real mature person ...unlike lordreaven saying how much he hates fanboys when hes one himself

lordreaven
lordreaven

scytheofluna.. you are a true gamer. You have just earned those wings you been asking for. In a salute to you I shall slay the Killer Rabbit with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

benjo89
benjo89

Freudian...not Froidian...as in Sigmund Freud. *watches arguement go down the pan because of stupid error*

scytheofluna
scytheofluna

I feel I must reiterate my concerns about the brand loyalty among the so oft called "fanboys". Something so petty shouldn't propel people who have never even met to insult each other. You're young, you've got too much testosterone, and you're hormones make you feel the need to be competitive about which gaming console is your console of choice. Perhaps there's some Froidian connotation there. The bottom line, in regard to which console is better: All of the current gen consoles have something unique or exclusive to offer. There are great games on all of 'em, so grow up, knock off the fanboy crybaby crap and admit that you wish you had all three consoles and both handhelds, because quite frankly, there are at least 5 fantastic, must have games on every system available. Sure it sucks when you can't afford all of them, but it in no way diminishes the value of the system or it's library of games. You just feel insecure because you don't have one, so you attempt to compensate by trashing every platform you don't have. Nearly every hard core gamer that loves sniping Chimera in Resistance: Fall of Man is going to equally relish the thought of chainsawing the Locust Horde in Gears of War. Great games are great games, and brand loyalty is for brainless drones. Play games because they're excellent, not because of which multi-billion dollar corporation wanted your money badly enough to put a quality product out for a change, or to see talent in a third party developer and fork out the cash so that they can profit from said developer's labour. Go get a girlfriend or a job kids. Defending Sony won't bring back Kutaragi San, or earn back Sony's lost billions or maligned fans. Only good games can solve their problems, not teenagers and male posturing.

scytheofluna
scytheofluna

In regard to the specific controversy over the XBOX LIVE service versus Sony's online service: In the past Sony's free service has been laggy as hell. Perhaps they've taken sufficient steps to ensure that their user base will have access to lag free play, at no charge, but until they start pushing some consoles there aren't enough PS3 users online to really test those waters. I've paid my 50 bucks for LIVE this year, and I thus far feel it was money well spent, but under no circumstances do I want to have to purchase downloads by credit card, so if that's my only option once I get a PS3, that's a strike against them. I'm perfectly happy buying a Microsoft "points" card when I pick up a download laden game, and if Sony took a similar approach it would be a wise move on their part.

scytheofluna
scytheofluna

Jeez kids, enough with the fanboy crap. Both systems have their advantages, and drawbacks, but lets face the fact that the PS3 at this point has a smaller built in community due to slower sales, and waaay fewer stand out games than it's competition. I've been a happy Sony consumer for years, but I went with Microsoft in '07 because Sony just didn't have enough first party goods this year. When Heavenly Sword, Ratchet and Clank, and Metal Gear Solid 4, and Warhawk, are out, it will be a more reasonable proposition to spend 700 bucks on a machine. I'll pick one up in September. Also I'd really love to know where all the third party support is. Okami, Ico/Shadow of the colossus, Sly cooper, and Jak and Daxter should all be getting next gen sequels, but no word form any of Sony's in house greats. Give me some of that stuff and I'm sold. I got a psp just for Ratchet and Daxter alone. Make me a believer with more than one great game Sony. I have to buy a Wii now just for Resident Evil 4. I already have it for two systems and I'll buy it again. It just takes a few good games to get my console buying dollar, but Sony hasn't done it for a lot of us just yet.

lordreaven
lordreaven

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willz822
willz822

George_Gameguy: 7. From a 100% neutral point of view, the PS3 version is being released SEVEN MONTHS later than the Xbox 360 version! That really is crappy, and it NEEDS to be taken into consideration, especially because the Xbox 360 version has become a best-seller, and as a result often sells for $39.99, compared to the overpriced $59.99 that the PS3 version will be released for when it launches. So you mean to tell me that when the game first came out for the 360, it was only $39.99? You are a moron and a fanboy at it's best. So what if the game was released 7 months earlier for your problem-prone system. It was $59.99 when it first released. Then you had to pay extra for the additional maps and modes. PS3 owners are getting the game plus the extra content for the same price as the 360 version when it came out. This game is not being released for those that have already played it on the 360. It is for PS3 owners who would like to play the game. In 7 months when it becomes a best-seller on the PS3, the price will be reduced to $39.99 with the extra content still free of charge. Your arguement on this point is worthless. Your blind fanboyism is amazing. How you have gotten through life to this point being the ignorant person that you are is unbelievable.

EPaul
EPaul

mars plz the cube outselling the ps3 they barely release one game a month for the cube

redskinStu
redskinStu

Mars188: By Cube, do you mean the Wii? the Wii is nothing more than a cube with new controls.

mars188
mars188

ps3 is in 4th place even the cube is out selling the ps3 gosh

AbstractTerror
AbstractTerror

I watched Austin Powers on my Xbox last night (hadn't seen it in years) Oh and I want a piece of the Berlin wall :D

dkell2
dkell2

They look like Blue Ray cases. I guess those look stupid??

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Hmm... I want a piece of the Berlin Wall. That would be cool to have.

calvins488
calvins488

They don't look stupid at all. They are space saving for a start and don't copy what Xbox, GC, and Wii did with the PS2 game cases. I love how they are clear instead of boring coloured plastic, and I love how the PS3 logo down the side always looks different.

rahstar
rahstar

xbox live users how do you feel about the pc not being charged for the same service you guys have to pay for. Xbox live is better but not $50 better!

MoeSyslak
MoeSyslak

I dont really get what live has over ps3 online i understand it goes in to a little more detail with communication but apart from that i dont know why live users are charged so much when you get exactly that same online play as a ps3.

EmptySki
EmptySki

I like the history channel thing for World in Conflict. That is pretty awesome.

revil2
revil2

I'm shocked that I don't own the first Austin Powers movie already. I guess I'll rent it free on xbox live marketplace. Sweet... *walks away singing* Transformers! More than meets the eye!

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

free online play for the PS3 is sweet. instead of paying £30 on live I play all my online games on the PS3. this means I can use that money on downloadable stuff and new games. sorry 360 owners but I do not care about the Xbox live capabilites as all I need it for is to play other people on resistance or the upcoming warhawk.

byronman91
byronman91

Free worthwhile stuff and Microsoft never go in the same sentence! Im in shock

GTA5Addict
GTA5Addict

@pathogenb Updates are coming my friend.... updates are coming.

pathogenb
pathogenb

"By the way, Resistance is lag free with 40 people in the same match" i love Fall of Man, but Xbox Live is more than worth $50 a year. can you see what games ppl on your friends list are playing? can you invite them to your game even though they are playing something else? can you chat with someone on your list even though they are playing another game? can you do anything other than chat/message someone playing the same game? no. i like my PS3, but Sony's online model still blows. Give up the "but you have to pay for it" arguement. WAY beyond a dead horse... and was years ago. get a better job and enjoy both consoles.

Vyce3
Vyce3

Eltorro, why does mine allow me to have private chat?!? Hello baseless comments! By the way, Resistance is lag free with 40 people in the same match