Are Ratchet & Clank coming to a 360 near you?

In all honesty, it's highly unlikely that Sony won't use all of their weight to keep the Lombax and his mechanical buddy a Sony-only franchise, but it's an outside possibility with Insommiac signing a potentially ground-breaking deal with EA to go multi-platform and make a game for both the PS3 and 360. The most likely product to come out of this deal will be a brand new IP altogether, though I'm extremely hopeful it will be in the vein of a 3D platformer rather than some fps or big action title. The 360 has tons of the latter, and the few attempts of the former have been pretty abysmal, so it would be nice to have something of that genre besides the underwhelming Banjo Kazooie or craptacular Sonic & Crash games to play. Whatever it is, the deal is currently only for one game, so clearly Insomniac is just testing the waters. I hope its successful and we see then try things on other platforms (I would love to see them put out a quality Wii title, for instnace).

In other potentially ground-breaking news, the father of the Xbox (and official Microsoft pirate) J Allard, along with Robbie Bach have left the company. How much this will affect the direction of the company remains to be seen, but much like Sony's Ken Kuturagi, he was a very public face of the company for many years, probably much more associated with the gaming side than any other MS bigwig including Bill Gates himself. I doubt the gaming division will suddenly tank or anything, but shakeups like this usually have some bonehead maneuvers come afterward, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see a few of those in the near future.

So, the original Mario Kart came out 18 years ago, and despite all the advancement in technology, it hasn't really changed all that much (and its still a lot of fun after all the years, so its hard to argue). Many challengers have come, but most seem to be decent knock-offs at best (personally the only kart racer I thought ever stood up to it was the original Crash Team Racing) but Sony and United Front games are taking a genuine crack at it with Modnation Racers, out today. The hook is being able to design your own racer and tracks, making it more or less a racing version of Little Big Planet. Most reviews are saying the actual racing doesn't top the current king but obviously the ability to make the tracks you want has a huge appeal all its own, not too mention friend-code free online racing.

That's really it for today, but I will try and post tomorrow. For now, here's your TRAILER OF THE WEEK:

Resident Evil: Afterlife

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