The Reboot

PodTech’s Rio Pesino on anything and everything gaming. Point blank period.

Xbox 360 Spring Showcase

Microsoft showed off some of its upcoming 2008 titles at the Xbox 360 Spring Showcase, held in San Francisco, CA. The highlighted games included Gears of War 2, Fable 2, Ninja Gaiden 2, Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Too Human and Penny Arcade Adventures. I’ll have video highlights of the event in the very near future. In the meantime, enjoy pictures from the event.

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First Metal Gear Solid 4 Review Hits the Web

The very first Metal Gear Solid 4 review has leaked, courtesy of the N4G Forums. Official UK Playstation Magazine gave MGS4 a perfect 10 out of 10. The game is scheduled to be released next month. I can’t wait!

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The Reboot: Xbox 360 Blu-Ray in the Works?

A new Xbox 360 Blu-Ray rumor is circulating around the Web. Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News claims a subsidiary of computer hardware firm Asus has been chosen by Microsoft to produce internal Blu-Ray players for the Xbox 360. Also in this episode of The Reboot with Rio Pesino, the Grand Theft Auto sales war between Sony and Microsoft rages on, fans of the PC version of EA Sports’ Madden series get left out in the cold for the second straight year and a pole dancing game may soon be coming to the Nintendo Wii.

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Another Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Rumor Hits the Web

Chinese newspaper Economic Daily News is reporting that Microsoft has struck a deal with Pegasus Technology to produce internal Blu-Ray drives for the Xbox 360. The newspaper also claims that the Blu-Ray 360’s are scheduled to be released between July and September of this year. Now before you get all excited, keep in mind that Microsoft is once again denying the latest rumor, telling that they have “no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360.”

A few months back, Microsoft discontinued the production of its external HD-DVD drives due to Toshiba’s decision to concede the HD-Format war to Sony’s Blu-Ray.

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The Reboot: Grand Theft Auto IV Launch Party

Videogame chain Game Crazy held a number of Extreme GTA Experience Parties to celebrate the launch of one of the most anticipated games for 2008, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV. GTA IV has received rave reviews from just about every video game Web site out there, including Gamespot, Gametrailers and IGN. The Reboot’s Rio Pesino was at one of Game Crazy’s GTA IV Launch Parties, where hundreds of gamers waited until midnight to purchase their copy of the game.


Madden 09 Super Bowl Trailer

Here’s a new trailer from EA Sports’ Madden NFL 09. It looks like the player models were given a minor facelift and it’s an improvement from the bulky, cartoonish look of past Madden’s. The TV-style presentation is a bit polished up as well, but when it comes to Madden, it’s all about the gameplay. I also noticed some sort of “assist” mode underneath ballcarriers, giving the gamer advice on what button to press in the heat of the action. Hardcore Madden fans may not like this..I sure don’t. I’m interested in seeing what EA Sports has in store. Every year it’s “too much of the same” old Madden with updated rosters and a new gimmick or two. Hopefully 09 gets a major overhaul this time around.

Video from Gametrailers.

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Grand Theft Auto IV Launch Party

I was at Game Crazy’s Grand Theft Auto Launch Party last night in San Bruno, CA..crazy stuff. An estimated 200 people reserved a copy of GTA IV, including myself. Wild 94.9 and the CW were also at the event, giving away free prizes, including GTA IV Xbox 360 Faceplates and San Francisco Giants tickets. Game Crazy put on a great party all the way until midnight.

On another note, Game Crazy also held a NBA 2k8 Dunk Contest Tournament during the GTA IV Launch Party. The winner…yours truly! My prize? An Xbox 360 Elite! Dunking over a car sure paid off. You can view the pictures of the event and my new 360 Elite here. Shout out to the Game Crazy staff, the CW and all in attendance. Keep an eye out for coverage of the event on the next episode of The Reboot.


The Reboot: Wii Smashes March Hardware Sales

The Nintendo Wii brawled its way to the top of the hardware sales list in March. It was the highest single-month unit sales of any platform outside the holiday timeframe, according to market research firm NPD Group. In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino breaks down the Wii sales numbers and other gaming news for the week, including Midway’s latest Mortal Kombat game, a delay of another Midway title and Pro Gamers in the Olympics?

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New Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer

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The Reboot: Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero - Six Months Later

There’s no doubt Rock Band and Guitar Hero have changed the way videogames are played. The casual and hardcore gamer are paying big bucks for plastic guitars, drums, mics and downloadable content and both games have been hugely successful at retail since they were released late last year and the music industry has taken notice. Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock were given rave reviews by game critics at the time they were launched to the masses, but how are they rated today? With the continued release of DLC and durability of the equipment, one question that comes to mind is which game reigns supreme now? In this episode of The Reboot, host Rio Pesino answers those questions and gives you his hands-on experience with both games…six months later.


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