News Archive - October 2006
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Released In Europeby Gambid on Oct 28, 2006 :: 1
In a press release Midway Games Ltd announced the official release of the PAL PlayStation 2 version of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon in Europe:
THE END IS HERE AS MIDWAY SHIPS MORTAL KOMBAT®: ARMAGEDDON™
THE FINAL GAME IN MIDWAY'S BEST–SELLING FIGHTING FRANCHISE FOR CURRENT GENERATION SYSTEMS
ALSO ON THE WAY:
MORTAL KOMBAT®: UNCHAINED™ FOR THE PSP™
London – October 27th, 2006 – Midway Games Ltd, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), today announced that Mortal Kombat®: Armageddon™, the final chapter of the Mortal Kombat franchise for current generation gaming systems, has shipped for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in Europe. In addition to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Midway is also scheduled to release Mortal Kombat®: Unchained™ for the PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) in November of this year.
"Mortal Kombat: Armageddon marks a significant milestone in the franchise as it's the final Mortal Kombat title to be released on current generation systems," said Al King, European Marketing Director of Midway Games Limited. "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon also contains gameplay features that series co–creator Ed Boon and team have always wanted to implement, such as create–a–fighter and create–a–fatality modes, and the option to choose from over 60 of the most popular Mortal Kombat fighters."
For more information about Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, please visit http://www.midway.com.
About Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon –– the latest chapter in the award–winning video game fighting franchise. With the most complete roster ever, including every character from the Mortal Kombat fighting universe, revolutionary Create–A–Fighter and Create–A–Fatality modes, plus a new Konquest mode, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon promises to be the most complete, intensely lethal, fighting experience ever!
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at http://www.midway.com.
MORTAL KOMBAT: ARMAGEDDON, MORTAL KOMBAT: UNCHAINED and MORTAL KOMBAT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. "PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
This press release contains "forward–looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward–looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the performance of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the current console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and in other filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward–looking statement, including, without limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward–looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances, except as required by law.
Enjoy Mortal Kombat: Armageddon!!!
Thompson starts another fight as...by Gambid on Oct 27, 2006 :: 17
GameSpot has published the following article:
Judge recuses himself from Bully case while Florida lawyer turns his attention to Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for "an unauthorized commercial exploitation" of his likeness.
Those who thought the denial of Jack Thompson's attempt to have Take-Two's Bully banned would leave the Florida attorney quietly sulking in the corner apparently don't know Jack.
While Thompson couldn't stop Bully from being released, he did have choice words for the judge who heard his case, and he was made to appear before the court yesterday at the request of Take-Two's lawyers to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt of court. The hearing began with Judge Ronald Friedman engaging in a series of sharp exchanges with Thompson. As can be seen in video of the even posted on Destructoid.com, at one point Friedman summoned a bailiff when Thompson attempted to display a large white cardboard sign.
Friedman then proceeded to tell Thompson that he felt "the statements made to this court about this court by Mr. Thompson, I find inappropriate for a member of the Florida bar, unprofessional, and contemptible." Friedman then read several excerpts from letters from Thompson, in which he called the original Bully hearing "a disturbing abortion of justice" and threatened to sue Friedman personally.
Another tense verbal exchange between a visibly agitated Thompson and an oddly serene Friedman followed. Friedman then said that he had filed a complaint with the Florida bar and that he was going to recuse himself from the case. He warned Thompson that the next judge "might not be as kind" as he had been. Thompson quickly countered with a brief verbal fusillade of his own blasting Friedman's decision while declaring respect for his office.
While Thompson is still in the thick of his Bully battle, he made time today to fire off a cease-and-desist order to Midway Games. He wants the publisher to stop distributing Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, but contrary to what one might expect, he didn't cite the game's over-the-top violence as a reason to stop selling it.
"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently [sic] Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game," Thompson wrote in an e-mail addressed to Midway president and CEO David Zucker and carbon-copied to several news outlets. "You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content." (Emphasis in original.)
While Armageddon does boast a roster of more than 60 characters, Thompson isn't among them. Judging from a photo of the game included with Thompson's e-mail, he is referring to a character made using the game's kreate-a-fighter mode. The photo was part of a feature on Gaming Target yesterday, which contained formulas for making a number of unlicensed characters from the game's various customization options. Other familiar faces in the feature included Hulk Hogan, Ash from Army of Darkness, director Kevin Smith in his Silent Bob alter ego, and Friday the 13th antagonist Jason Voorhees.
A similar issue went to court in 2004 when Marvel Comics sued City of Heroes publisher NCsoft and developer Cryptic Studios claiming that the game infringed on its trademarks by allowing players to re-create trademarked Marvel characters using the game's create-a-character tools. The parties settled out of court in December of last year, and earlier this year it was revealed that the comic company is now working with Cryptic on Microsoft's new massively multiplayer online game based on the Marvel Universe.
As of press time, Midway had not responded to a request for comment.
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Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Reviewsby Gambid on Oct 27, 2006 :: 8
Both, IGN.com and GameSpot have reviewed the newly released Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for XBox 360. Below are parts of the articles:
Now on Xbox Live Arcade, UMK3 is a decent game, a faithful port of a fun yet flawed game that longtime fans will love. Others, well, they hate this game.
The Kakoon of Doom.
That's mostly because it's a quarter-stealer. The rubber band AI allows you to win a match and in a fashion that's usually way too easy. Then, feeling confident, the next opponent guesses your every move, reacting to projectiles and jumps and combos faster than any human could ever do. After pumping in a few more quarters and losing terribly again and again, the AI will let up on you and give you an easy victory. Until your next opponent.
In the early 90s, before first-person shooters became the competitive genre of choice for video games and the rise of the Internet removed most of our reasons to actually leave the house, you used to have to go outside to find good video game competition. And when you got out to those arcades, the genre of choice was the fighting game. The halcyon days of arcades are way behind us now, and the 2D fighting game has all but gone with them. The burgeoning retrogaming movement, combined with the power of the Internet, offers a lot of potential for the fighting genre, but there haven't been very many fighting games with online play at all, and those that do have it usually haven't worked very well. Now, Midway and the emulation wizards at Digital Eclipse are taking another crack at 2D fighting on the Xbox 360 with the release of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the last 2D Mortal Kombat game to hit arcades. It's a terrific version of the arcade original, and on top of that, the online actually works really well.
The Xbox 360 version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 is an accurate rendition of the original arcade machine, which, surprisingly, hasn't been done before. Other Midway classic compilations have often botched the MK games, but you won't be bogged down with between-fight load times, and things like Shang Tsung's morphing abilities also work just fine, with no hitches. About the only thing you'll notice is that occasionally the music pauses for a moment if you end a fight without doing a finishing move. But, overall, the sound is actually better than it was in the arcade version. The developers must have gone back to the original source files for all of the music and sound effects, because there's a clarity to them that simply isn't in the original game. There's some great music in UMK3, and it's nice to be able to hear it at full fidelity.
Click here to read GameSpot's Review and here for the one published by IGN.
Ultimate MK3 Released For Xbox Live Arcadeby Gambid on Oct 22, 2006 :: 13
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 has been released for Xbox Live Arcade yesterday. The XBox 360 version is an arcade perfect port of the game. This was confirmed by Major Nelson, a member of the Xbox Live team. He also gave a few game details:
Xbox Live Members can now download ‘Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3’ demo from the Xbox Live Arcade. The full version of the game can be purchased for 800 points.
Here are some game details:
Enter the world of ULTIMATE Mortal Kombat 3 and discover 22 playable characters, classic fatalities, brutalities, friendships and babalities with tons of environments, and multiplayer Kombat Mode as you fight to defeat Shao Kahn!
Players can choose from 22 fighters with different abilities. You also have secret methods to allow playing additional fighters.
Classic Fatalities, Brutalities, Friendships and Babalities! Finish Him!
2 on 2 kombat mode
Tons of environments to fight in including: Scorpion's Lair, Jade's Desert, Kahn's Kave, River Kombat, Noob's Dorfen and more.
Each character, has their own good or evil motives and a common goal. THE DESTRUCTION OF SHAO KAHN!
A variety of multiplayer modes including the new Challenger Versus Mode which allows you and 3 other friends to battle it out in a "winner-stays-on" style tournament.
Detailed Leaderboards: Captures the player's win and losses both for all time and for the current week.
Challenger Versus Mode: A new multiplayer mode which allows up to 4 players to play in a "winner-stays-on" style tournament. Statistics are recorded to allow for maximum bragging rights!
12 achievements: The UMK3 achievements offer rewards for both the novice and expert players.
Click here to read the official announcement.
New Mortal Kombat Action Figuresby Gambid on Oct 22, 2006 :: 13
Cinder of Action-Figure.com posted four new Mortal Kombat action figures:
Click here if you want to purchase them.