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Even though E3 has just concluded, for which you can read our detailed wrap up here, the gaming industry just won’t stop pumping out delicious pieces of information. So, what happened this past week?

Capcom, who didn’t have a very strong showing at E3 this year, have released a ton of news about Resident Evil 5. The story will revolve around Chris Redfield, who is now part of a group called the BSAA, and will take place 10 years after the events of the Spencer mansion. Fans have wanted to slaughter zombies in a true Resident Evil sequel, but it seems they may be disappointed yet again as the enemies Chris will be fighting will not be zombies. One of the more interesting features of RE5 will be the environment, and more particularly the lighting effects. Just like in real life, if you go from a dark place into the broad daylight, it will take time to adjust (and vice versa). Still not satisfied? Check out this slideshow of screens. Most of them are ingame too.

Rumors of a DS version of Halo have always been in circulation. Two top guys in Bungie, Rian Gerard and Frank O’Connor have finally come out (no, not in that sense), and revealed the truth about Halo DS. Though it would be possible to make the game, Microsoft would allow it, the folks at Bungie simply feel that the DS is just not the right platform for a Halo game. Oh well…

Will there be a new Sixaxis? On Yahoo’s Star Wars: Force Unleashed site, a picture of a new type of PS3 controller was shown. Sony did not deny or confirm that it will be a redesigned Sixaxis. Here’s the pic:

Rockstar has announced their plans to extend and re-release Bully. Rockstar’s controvertial game will be re-released on the Wii and Xbox 360 as Bully: Scholarship Edition. The game will contain the PS2 version of the game with some added content. Could this re-release be a way to make up the possible losses from Manhunt 2?

In other industry news, Peter Moore has left Microsoft and headed to Northern California citing “personal reasons” as his motivation for departure. Shortly after the intial release, it was announced that Moore will start fresh as the president of EA Sports. Who will be replacing Moore? Strangely enough, ex-EA president, Don Mattrick will. Most probably as a result of Moore’s departure, there will not be an X07. The X0 conventions were gaming related conventions (what a surprsise!), held for the European audiences. Instead, a smaller convention will be held in the UK, which will target audiences there, instead of the whole European market.

THQ joined the line of developers releasing games on Valve’s Steam network, following Eidos. The games that are already available via the PC based delivery system are Company of Heroes, Titan Quest along with it’s expansion, and Full Spectrum Warrior. Games such as Supreme Commander, STALKER and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War.

That’s all for this week. If there was something we didn’t report, well, it probably wasn’t worth reporting anyways. See you same time, same place in one week!

This week was certainly hectic in the world of video gaming. With the E3 on our doorsteps, many companies revealed new things to keep us occupied, while the really important news, at least we hope, will make itself known during the annual show. So what did happen this week?

First of all, the camera for the Nintendo DS has been revealed. The device will be inserted into the handheld’s GBA slot. For the sake of convenience, the device will be mounted, and the first title to be confirmed for the new device is a game called Face Training. Essentailly, the game, such as it is, will illustrate various silly faces on the screen, which the player will then try to mimic in real life. Let’s just hope that in future games, the camera will be used in more intelligent applications.

Moving on, it appears that force feedback technology may finally be making its way to the PlayStation 3. With the fiasco between Immersion and Sony settled, talks have started about re-integrating the essential technology into the PS3 through a feature called A

It’s been a while since we did this, so forgive me if I’m a bit rusty. However, with the newly relaunched Snackbar Games, we thought it would be as good a time as any to revisit our weekly look back at video game news, gossip, and all around happenings. So without further ado, we present… The Week in Review!

Things aren’t going too well for Rockstar games. As we have previously reported, Manhunt 2 was denied an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the UK, essentially banning the game from sale in that region. Since that initial report, the as yet unreleased game was also banned from sale in Ireland, and was similarly branded with the scarlet AO (Adults Only) rating in the states.

As things went from bad to worse for the studio, Nintendo and Sony quickly responded, stating that they will not allow a game with an AO rating to be released on their consoles, a move that quickly prompted Take Two to suspend the sequel’s release until things can be sorted out. We eagerly await what the higher-ups will decide. Will they waste millions of dollars and cancel the project all together, or try to edit the game?

But things were not just doom and gloom for Rockstar this week, with the company unveiling their upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition. The pack will cost a whooping $90, but in return, fan’s will net a duffel bag, a customized GTA branded metal safety deposit box, a keychain (for box’s keys), an art book, a soundtrack CD, and of course the game. The Special Edition will be available for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

Staying with GTA IV, Rockstar has also released the second trailer for the game, and two new screens, all of which can be seen on the game’s official website. The game is looking great.

Elsewhere, officials from Nintendo announced that the company plans to release downloadable games for the Wii, in a fashion seemingly not all that different from Xbox Live Arcade of the PlayStation Network. The upcoming service, called WiiWare in the US and Wii Software in Europe, is described as a A

It was revealed this week that [i]Manhunt 2[/i] has been effectively banned in the UK. The local rating board, the BBFC, refused to give the game a rating, and since games without ratings cannot be sold, Manhunt 2 will not be available on store shelves. It’s unlikely that Rockstar will censor their game. It’s also probable that the ban is a result to the controversy in 2004, when a 17 year old, who was supposedly obsessed with [i]Manhunt[/i], killed his 14 year old friend. For a time, the game was removed from shelves, but can now be found.

[i]Manhunt 2[/i] will be released in other countries in September for the Wii, PS2 and PSP.

Ubisoft has revealed the list of games they will release this fall. Of course, some are bound to be delayed (hopefully [i]Splinter Cell[/i], as the last one is not even a year old!!), but so far, the list looks like this:

-Dark Messiah: Elements (Xbox 360) – Sept 7
-Settlers VI (PC) – Sept. 7
-Brothers In Arms: Double Time (Wii) – Sept. 21

-Naruto: Rise of a Ninja (Xbox 360) – Oct. 19

-Assassin’s Creed (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – Nov. 9
-Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) – Nov. 16
-Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii, DS) – Nov. 16
-Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (PC, Xbox 360) – Nov. 16
-Haze (PS3) – Nov. 23