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Word of Adam is the home base of Adam Riley.  However, who is Adam Riley?  Many will know him as the purveyor of writing expertise at UK-based website Cubed3, rising from a mere contributor when the website launched in 2003 to becoming Operations Director at the end of 2011.  On the side, though, Adam has been building up work in other areas.  Other than writing for numerous websites and doing editing for scripts, male voice over work has become a strong feature, whilst working alongside developers to provide feedback on new videogame projects in a project consultancy role, offering new ideas to further games. Also, he works as a Track Design Engineer at Network Rail. Oh, and from 2013 he became a radio DJ, hosting and producing K-Pop Corner...sorry 'K-Pop Korner'! Europe's only show dedicated to Korean music...and more!



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Resistance is Futile for Sony's Series?

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

Sony may be closing the book on its Resistance series, if reports are to be believed. Daniel Brooke, SCEE's online producer, told Official PlayStation Magazine that "The Resistance franchise has been exciting to work on but as for the future we have no definitive plans." This is backed up somewhat by Insomniac's revelation earlier in the year that it had no plans to make any more Resistance games.

Considering the stuttering sales of recent releases, especially the latest edition PS Vita, perhaps it is indeed better to let it rest for now and perhaps reboot it further down the line.

Ubisoft Confirms Just Dance 4, Far Cry 3, Rocksmith Dates

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

Ubisoft has provided updated release dates for some of its biggest titles being launched this year. Far Cry 3 will now be released on 30th November in the UK for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Just Dance 4 will be released on 2nd October in the UK for Wii, Kinect for Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation Move for PlayStation 3. The game also will be released on the Wii U during the console's launch window.

Rocksmith, now with new content that allows players to plug in and play with a bass guitar, will be released in the UK on 28th September for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version will then be released on 19th October.

Along with the revised release dates, Ubisoft also is reaffirming its previously communicated financial guidance for 2012-13.

Pokemon Black and White 2 Off to Flying Start in Japan

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

Nintendo has just released Pokemon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2 in Japan, and Famitsu has now released the sales information for the first ever direct sequels to a mainline entry of the Pocket Monsters series. In its initial two days on sale, 1,619,000 copies have left retail and firmly found their way into eager gamers' hands.

Although this may fall extremely short of the mammoth 2,637,285 achieved by Pokemon Black Version and White Version in Japan when it launched in the third quarter of 2010, it fares considerably well against its peers, with sales as follows:

  • Pokemon Red / Green (Game Boy) - 109,000
  • Pokemon Gold / Silver (Game Boy) - 1,430,000
  • Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire (Game Boy Advance) - 1,250,000
  • Pokemon FireRed / LeafGreen (Game Boy Advance) - 955,000
  • Pokemon Diamond / Pearl (Nintendo DS) - 1,590,000
  • Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver (Nintendo DS) - 1,410,000

As can be seen from the above, Pokemon Black and White 2 have become the second fastest selling Pokemon games ever, which is stunning when the Nintendo DS is all but dead in Japan (although the 32,855,000 existing userbase clearly helps!) and the Nintendo 3DS is only up to 6,288,000 units sold so far.

Other statistics that may interest people: this is the first million-plus seller of the year in Japan, and it is the third biggest start for a DS game, with Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies being the second at 2,343,440 in its first week.

Exclusive Deal Struck with Nintendo for Disney's Wreck-It Ralph

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

Get ready for classic arcade video game action with a whole new modern look and feel as Activision and Disney Interactive have announced a collaboration to produce and distribute a Wreck-It Ralph video game. As a story extension to the highly anticipated upcoming blockbuster film of the same name from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Wreck-It Ralph video game is set to inspire a whole new generation of young gamers as a classic, arcade-style side-scroller featuring Ralph, the misunderstood villain of his own arcade game who sets out to prove he can be a hero, too.  Debuting this Autumn in the US tied to the movie release, Wreck-It Ralph will bring all the fun from the big screen right into the living room for Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS.

"Wreck-It Ralph, as a brand entity, is perfectly suited for video game stardom," said David Oxford, Executive Vice President, Activision Publishing.  "With the fantastic characters and creative atmosphere envisioned by Walt Disney Animation Studios, we know fans are going to love seeing their newfound favourite characters embark on an all-new side scrolling adventure."

From the mind of Director Rich Moore ("The Simpsons" and "Futurama"), the film chronicles the journey of Ralph, the bad guy in an arcade game who sets out to prove he can be the hero after all.  However, Ralph mistakenly reverts to his clumsy nature and "wrecks" everything once again, unleashing a deadly enemy threat onto his video game neighbours.  The movie hits theatres on 2nd November, 2012 in the US and features an all-star voice cast, including John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch.

The game picks up where the movie leaves off as Ralph partners with Fix-It Felix and sets out to save their friends and home from a huge Cy-Bug invasion.  Pounding through all-new levels in the "Wreck-It Ralph" universe, like Sugar Rush, Hero's Duty, and Fix-It Felix, Jr., players will have to use Ralph's destructive strength to beat by the Cy-Bugs, while switching back to Felix to repair the damage.  With story campaign and two-player co-operative on the Wii platform, players can switch between Ralph and Felix to solve action-packed puzzles and collect "Hero Medals."

Medal of Honour for Nintendo 3DS?

by Adam Riley on 06/26/12

A rumour has emerged thanks to a listing on Game Informer that was quickly removed. The game? Medal of Honour: Warfighter for Nintendo 3DS. Whilst Electronic Arts has confirmed the existing of Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC editions in October, nothing has been even hinted at regarding a portable iteration. However, given the popularity of the Nintendo 3DS, and its considerably increased power compared to the humble Nintendo DS, it is certainly not out of the question.

Game Informer also had the new Tomb Raider down for Wii U at one point, a title that had indeed been suspected as coming to Wii U, but the publication stated the database entry had merely been an erroneous posting.

Nintendo Europe Starts 3DS eShop Sale

by Adam Riley on 06/25/12

Nintendo has announced a special sale on eShop titles downloadable via the 3DS eShop. Don't miss the opportunity to get some of a variety of downloadable games available for Nintendo 3DS at a reduced price, when the Anniversary Sale to celebrate one year of Nintendo eShop enters its second and final week.

Special offers, only valid from 28th June to 5th July:

  • Dillon's Rolling Western for 8 Euros / GBP7.20 (from 10 Euros / GBP9)
  • Freakyforms Your Creations, Alive! for 4.80 Euros / GBP4.30 (from 6 Euros / GBP5.40)
  • Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! for 4 Euros / GBP3.60 (from 5 Euros / GBP4.50)
  • Mighty Switch Force! for 4.80 Euros / GBP4.30 (from 6 Euros / GBP5.40)
  • Super Mario Land 2 6 Golden Coins for 3.20 Euros / GBP2.90 (from 4 Euros / GBP3.60)

Check out all the latest offerings which are available for download this Thursday via Nintendo eShop.

Create Pottery and Play Fruity Sudoku on the Nintendo DSi and 3DS!

by Adam Riley on 06/25/12

Available on Nintendo DSiWare in Europe this week is Let's Create Pottery, making crafting ceramics and pottery easier and more fun than ever before. Simply throw the clay on the pottery wheel and unleash your artistic side by taking advantage of dozens of materials available in order to create your own designs. If you are looking for some colourful Sudoku fun then you will love Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku, also available on Nintendo DSiWare this week. By working with Lola the Panda, kids from a wide range of age groups will learn logical thinking through fun and colourful Sudoku puzzles designed especially for them.

Let's Create! Pottery (Infinite Dreams) - Nintendo 3DS (DSiWare) - Nintendo eShop 5 Euros / GBP4.50 (UK Only) / Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) Nintendo DSi Shop 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Free your creativity with "Let's Create! Pottery." Making ceramics has never been more simple and fun. Become a true artist and create one of a kind pottery items and share them with your friends.

Marvel Pinball 3D Blasts onto Nintendo 3DS eShop in Europe

by Adam Riley on 06/25/12

Some of the most powerful Superheroes from the Marvel Universe come to Nintendo 3DS this week in Marvel Pinball 3D, available to download from the Nintendo eShop. Created by Zen Studios, the premier videogame pinball makers, the critically acclaimed Marvel Pinball is now available for the first time in 3D, only on Nintendo 3DS. Bringing together the exciting Marvel Universe including some of its most famous heroes and frantic arcade action, Marvel Pinball 3D is a must buy for comic book and pinball fans alike.

Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios) - Nintendo 3DS (Download Software) - Nintendo eShop
7 Euros / GBP6.30 (UK Only)
Marvel Pinball is now in stunning 3D. The premiere pinball experience from Zen Studios has arrived on Nintendo 3DS. Marvel Pinball 3D is the ultimate Super Hero pinball experience, featuring original tables based on characters from the Marvel Universe.

Hitman Absolution Update - Hope News Times

by Adam Riley on 06/25/12

IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, released the new edition of the "HOPE NEWS TIMES" covering the latest strange occurrence in town. A string of inexplicable deaths has happened all over Hope. Today, the HOPE NEWS TIMES reports Sheriff Skurky and Hope police have a lead on what now appears to be related deaths. The latest incident was the messiest yet, claiming the lives of 14 innocent citizens.
HOPE NEWS TIMES is a weekly publication reporting the latest news from Hope, South Dakota, and reveals a brand new chapter in HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. For additional Hope level assets, or to catch the latest edition of the HOPE NEWS TIMES, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/Hitman and http://www.barcode-society.com

The Dark Eye Available on PC Now

by Adam Riley on 06/25/12

The Dark Eye - Chains of Satinav, the new Adventure from Daedalic Entertainment and Deep Silver, is now available online for PC. Geron and the fairy Nuri take the player to a stirring adventure in order to save the lands of Aventuria from the threat of a downfall. Players take on the role of young trapper Geron, who gets involved into an uncanny intrigue. The kingdom of Andergast, whose inhabitants are well known for their superstition, is in clinch with the neighbored Nostria, but first steps into the direction of an enduring peace are taken. However, a mysterious plague of crows disturbs all upcoming hope. The birds are getting more and more aggressive and even attack people.

To get rid of this plague, the king seeks a skilled bird catcher - an opportunity for Geron to prove that the reputation for ill luck, that has followed him since childhood, is undeserved. Following an audience with the king, the prestigious task is assigned to him. However, not only does this quest prove to be unexpectedly difficult, but it also turns out to be the first step into the greatest adventure of his life, which will lead him to the uncharted lands of Aventuria and beyond. Be prepared for stunning hand-drawn backgrounds, elaborately animated characters in HD resolution, clever puzzles and a gripping story.

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is now available online exclusively on PC.

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27th February, 2012: Adam Riley, Operations Director at Cubed3 Limited joins Podcast Editor Ross Marrs, and Retro Editor Rudy Lavaux, for a discussion on PANG: Magical Michael, the Nintendo Network, 3DS Demos, Resident Evil: Revelations, and more.  Following the live chat is a special pre-recorded segment on favourite games ever.
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31st March, 2012: Adam Riley takes the reins as a one-off for the Cubed3 N64 Month retro podcast special. The console anniversary chat is broken up by three impressions from Adam - two from Conker's Bad Fur Day and one from Banjo-Kazooie. Yes, all voices done by him!
April 2013 Onwards: Join me as host of the tech/gaming show, Glass to the Wall, The Hour Father: 60 Minutes of Worship, and Europe's ONLY Korean Pop show, K-Pop Korner...
2013 Onwards: Europe's ONLY radio show dedicated to Korean music and more, K-Pop Korner, was the No.1 show on its networks in 2013 and 2014, scoring exclusive interviews with Lim Kim, Crayon Pop, Nell, Sam Hammington, and many other great stars from the world of South Korea. With over 360,000 monthly uniques, it truly has become a phenomenon!

Onwards and upwards!