Febraury 2008 (Issue 225)
Hey look! It’s Sonic in a Nintendo game! Anyway, let’s check out Quarterman’s predictions for this issue.
Rumor #1: Two more GUITAR HERO sequels are on the way (on top of GUITAR HERO 4 and GUITAR HERO: AEROSMITH). One of these sequels will star a band that rocks in mysterious ways.
Result: TRUE and FALSE.
Although 2008′s GUITAR HERO releases included GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR (a.k.a. GUITAR HERO 4) and GUITAR HERO: AEROSMITH, the two rumored GUITAR HERO sequels never materialized during that calendar year. Then, for better or worse (hint: it’s for worse), 2009 brought us GUITAR HERO: METALLICA, GUITAR HERO: SMASH HITS, GUITAR HERO 5, GUITAR HERO: VAN HALEN, and BAND HERO. I’m going to be generous and give Quarterman credit for the first half of his prediction.
But the second half of the rumor clearly points to U2. As we have yet to see GUITAR HERO: U2 or any U2 songs in the GUITAR HERO franchise for that matter, Quarterman only earns half credit for this rumor.
Rumor #2: Microsoft canceled the port of the Nintendo 64 classic GOLDENEYE 007 to Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) even though it was “cocked and ready to go.”
According to this story at 1Up, the death of the GOLDENEYE 007 port simply came down to problems with money. “[T]he conversion was a mere two months from completion, but Microsoft and Nintendo couldn’t agree on the financial side of things.”
Oh well. At least you can download the very enjoyable port of PERFECT DARK for XBLA.
Rumor #3: Sony inked a deal with a major Japanese third party publisher to develop exclusive remakes of its classic games for Playstation Network (PSN).
The major Japanese third party publishers that have supported PSN include Capcom, Konami, Namco, Sega, and Square Enix. Of these companies, only Namco has put out exclusive titles for PSN since February 2008 – NAMCO MUSEUM ESSENTIALS and NOBY NOBY BOY. But since NOBY NOBY BOY isn’t a remake, Namco doesn’t appear to be the third party publisher in question.
We have seen a slew of remakes from these third party publishers (like this week’s FINAL FIGHT DOUBLE IMPACT from Capcom), but these games are appearing on both PSN and XBLA.
Rumor #4: A secret unannounced first party sequel originally set for the Xbox 360 is now being held back for the next Xbox.
Let’s run through the Microsoft first party (and first party partner) games that would likely see sequels:
HALO? HALO: ODST was released in 2009 and HALO: REACH is coming later this year.
GEARS OF WAR? GEARS OF WAR 2 was released in 2008 and GEARS OF WAR 3 is coming in 2011.
FABLE? FABLE 2 was released in 2008 and FABLE 3 is coming later this year.
CRACKDOWN? CRACKDOWN 2 is coming later this year.
FORZA? FORZA 3 was released in 2009.
PERFECT DARK? Hahahahaha. No.
It’s safe to say that there aren’t any sequels that Microsoft is saving for the next Xbox, especially now that the Natal is intended to extend the life of the Xbox 360.
Rumor #5: PERSONA 3 FES is coming to the US. Also, the next PERSONA title will be on the Playstation 3.
Result: TRUE and FALSE.
PERSONA 3 FES was released in the US on April 22, 2008. Good call, Quarterman.
PERSONA 4 was released in the US on December 9, 2008. Unfortunately for Quarterman, it was released on the Playstation 2.
Rumor #6: One or more skateboarding games will incorporate the Wii Balance Board in 2008.
EA’s SKATE IT for the Wii, released in November 2008, made use of the Wii Balance Board as a control option. I’m sure there’s also some terrible shovelware that did too, but one confirmation is all Quarterman needs.
Rumor #7: The previously reported SIN CITY game won’t be ready until 2009.
This rumor was eventually substantiated by publisher Red Mile.
Now I know what you’re saying. “These rumors are from the February 2008 issue of EGM! That statement from Red Mile came in January 2008! I call shenangians!” But since the February issue was sent to the printer in December for publication in January, Quarterman still gets credit. Sorry, pedants.
QUARTERMAN ACCURACY INDEX
With a total of 5 TRUES and 4 FALSES, Quarterman remains at a total of 3 Carnacs out of 5. You’re floating right above that 50% mark, Q-Man.