Gran Turismo 5 Demo comes early

Sony’s much announced and expected driving sim gamers Gran Turismo 5 seems to be getting near. The european demo has been set for release in PSN December the 17th. The demo will feature a Nissan 370Z and a still unannounced circuit.

Alongside the demo, sony has announced the GT academy 2010. This is basically an online contest which will qualify the 20 best times in the GT5 demo of each country into a final national event. A position in the GT academy 2010 ace driver is in play.

After Gran Turismo HD, Gran Turismo 5 prologue and whatnot it seems that the real thing is finally arriving and we will be able to check out what the guys of Polyphony Digital have in store for us.

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New Call of Duty to be set in Nam?

Treyarch is looking for level & builder designer that apart from knowing the competences of level design and good mission mapping must be able to “research subject matter for history and look of the level.”

This shows that there is no intention by Treyarch to follow Modern Warfare’s actual setting and that the next CoD will be historical. It seems that Activision Blizzard back in may wanted to license music of the Vietnam era plus also some Cuban and soviet. This gives us an idea of the era ( 60s 70s). From there we can come out with any of the Cold War conflicts (how about the Cuban missile crisis?) and with a special notice for Vietnam.

It is still to be seen what the next CoD will be but we can expect a great game with a great multiplayer and campaign.

Spike Video Game Awards and exclusives

Spike’s VGAs of 2009 are ready to start December 12th and in the meanwhile a couple of world exclusives have been announced that are bound to be more in the next few days plus 2 secret revelations.

The game exclusives announced are those of Crackdown 2, a new Star Wars game, Tron, Halo Reach and the new Medal of Honor. Halo Reach needs no presentation by now and will be probably be one of the most successful previews of the show.

Crackdown 2 is being developed by Ruffian games which is a studio founded by 2 ex members of Realtime Worlds (the studio responsible for the original Crackdown that is now working on APB) and for what it seems it will follow the gameplay style set by the original adding a mysterious virus outbreak that will surely spice things up.

The new Medal of Honor seems to have learned from the Call of Duty 4 modern setting and will be set in Afghanistan  and will be featuring “an intense single player campaign” which is being developed by EALA, aka Pandemic leftovers, and a “compelling multiplayer” which has been given to EA Dice.

Apart from these already known announcements there have been two mysterious trailers without title.

The first one reminds of an I am Legend or Fallout set out of devastation and apocalypse. My first guesses where for Fallout MMO or Fallout: New Vegas but that isn’t possible since the only thing we know is that it’s a 2K Games shooter so after doing some checking out I think we might be finally announced the new Duke Nukem game although we could be talking about a new IP altogether…

The second one I think is quite obvious so I will state my bet on Stranglehold 2 due to the Hong Kong police badge and the trailer’s visual style. If you have any thoughts feel free to comment!

If you want to air your opinion about which games deserve to win you can still vote in Spike VGA web.