Friday, August 31, 2007

PSU Reviews Warhawk 9.5/10

PlayStation Universe has reviewed Warhawk and has given it a 9.5/10. Here is a list of their Pro's and Con's of this PlayStation 3 multiplayer game.

  • Simplistic menus and descriptions will help anyone become a server host and ranked pilot.
  • There's a ton of ranks, ribbons and medals to earn.
  • Graphics are beautifully enticing.
  • Steep learning curve without documentation or tutorials.
  • Only works on one PSN account if you download it.
Read the site's full review at the link.

[Read Warhawk Review]

IGN Reviews Tekken 5 Online 7/10

IGN has reviewed Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection with it's latest online patch. They scored it a 7.0/10. Their closing comments.

It's great to see Dark Resurrection Online rectify the missing online component from March's launch of the title with an added patch. However, for what you pay for the patch, you're not really receiving a huge return on your investment. Apart from the offline Survival mode, there's no additional content to be found or unlocked. Online play, while fun, is relatively generic and nothing that you haven't seen before. It's still a decent thing to have, but you're not really experiencing the best add on packs that the PSN has to offer.
Read the full review at the link.

[Read Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online]

Official Japan PlayStation Home Site Live

Just in case you haven't noticed, the official Japanese PlayStation Home site is live. It's been open since July 17, 2007. I personally, never seen anybody mention it. The site is at the link.

[Via PlayStation Home JPN]

GameSpot Reviews Lair 4.5 out of 10

Hear comes another roaring Lair review. And.. you guessed it, it's another bad one. GameSpot scores lair a disappointingly low 4.5 out of 10. The only goods they stated was 'Strong production values.'. They had many bads though:

  • Abysmal controls and targeting are a constant struggle and crush every aspect of gameplay, from flight to combat
  • The cinematic camera causes you to lose your bearings by zooming around every which way
  • Timed mission objectives require too much precision
  • Action is shallow and unrewarding.
Read the full review at the link.

[Read Lair Review]

Stranglehold: PS3 Release Moved to September 25, 2007

Yes, it's true. The PlayStation 3 release for John Woo's Stranglehold has been pushed back to September 25. The PC has been pushed to September 18. Thats really all their is to say.

[Via QJ.NET]

Killzone 2 "Impossible" on any Other Console

Due to memory demands on Killzone 2, it is impossible to bring it to a console using standard DVD discs:

"Xbox 360 doesn't have Blu-ray," Hermen Hulst, managing director at Guerilla explains, "PlayStation 3 does. [A single level] is 2GB. We really need Blu-ray to make the game. I don't know how you could fit it on Xbox 360 without taking some shortcuts".
[Via Games Radar]

PS3 Playing Backups from HDD or USB

If this video is legit and the news is correct, the PS3 can play backups from HDD or USB with the Ottom@n Team PS3 loader. To be released 9 September.

If this is true, then thats right around the corner. When it's released, we give you the update!

[Via XboxKings]

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Leaked Videos & Screens

We have a new video and new screens of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. The video is a leaked opening sequence with English credits. Enjoy the video and enjoy the screens.

[Via NeoGAF]

Loot Ninja: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Scores 4/5

Loot-Ninja has reviewed Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and they scored it with a great 4/5. They claim the 360 version has a higher advantage though only because of the achievements, which I understand. Other than that, both versions are exactly the same.

Puzzle Fighter HD Remix was a much anticipated release that has been talked about for months. The release of it on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 poses a dilemna for those that have multiple systems and can’t decide.
Read the full review at the link below.

[Read Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Review]

1UP Tells Kojima "Go Suck a D8ck"?

Yeah, according to the video. It was during the Metroid Prime 3 review at around 33-34 minutes into the video. Give it a watch.

[Via GameVideos]

onAXIS: Want to be a Writer?

Do you want to blog for onAXIS? We are an upcoming blog hoping to soon be in touch with company's like Sony, Square Enix, etc. once we are able to get noticed. We've just started doing just that. If you want to blog, make sure you have these requirements:

  • You know how to post a story in good manner with proper grammar, title, and tags.
  • You know how to leave sources.
  • Your over 16 years old.
  • You have knowledge of Sony and other gaming related companies.
  • You know how to upload images on blogger in the right way.
  • You own a PlayStation 2, 3, or Portable.
  • Before posting, you search if the story has already been posted.
Anyway, if you have all of these, send an e-mail to with these details:
Date of Birth:
Gaming Platforms:
PSN ID (if one):
Past Blogs (if any):
Submission of Your Work:
Additional Comments:
Thank you for taking your time to read this.

[Comic via Glasbergen]

Haze 'Abandoned Resort' HD Video

A new developer Walk through of the Abandoned Resort single player map, giving insight on some of the weapons available to the player as a rebel.

[View HD Version]

Tekken 6 Development Interview

In the August issue of Arcadia Magazine, the Tekken 6 development team was interviewed and they gave their thoughts about the upcoming game and why the changes were made to the current system. We have the interview here, translated by SDTekken. Here are the highlights:

- Tekken 6 is currently 60-65% complete.
- Can improve graphics by 20%, performance by 30%.
- Uses LCD display, but no lag.
- Sound system is the most advanced in recent history as well.
Read the full interview at the read link below.

[Read Interview]

Loco Roco Details: A Screensaver/Game

Like we said two days ago, the game will be released on September 21st in Japan. The price of the game will be ¥800 which is around $6.90 in USD. The file will weigh in at around 191MB. Now we have details about the actual game.

The game is an interactive screensaver with over 200 Loco Rocos on the screne at once to play with, using the SIXAXIS of course. The point of the game is to collect as much as you can and lead them to the goal.

There are three mini-games to multiply the number of blobs you have. There will also be online leaderboards, to see how your Loco Rocos are doing around the world, including a time attack option.

[Via Loco Roco JPN]

Final Fantasy VII: Kaz Hirai Says the "Best" Is Yet to Come

To celebrate the Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary, Square Enix had a Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition is on display until September 2nd in the Spiral Garden and features original art and illustrations for Final Fantasy VII and its spin-offs. Sony Computer Entertainment honcho Kaz Hirai was also in appearance and wrote an English note on the message board (above), which reads:

Congratulations on 10 fantastic years! The best is yet to come.
If by "best" they mean a game that is not a spin-off, then put me in line for that. Hopefully this means a remake. But we cannot assume it just from that. Perhaps Kaz knows something we don't? Gallery at the link.

[Via Kotaku]

EU PlayStation Store Update August 31, 2007

Weird day to update, usually Europe gets their updates on a Thursday. They seemed to receive it today though. Anyway, heres the update:

  • Colin McRae: Dirt (Demo)
  • Jed Ashforth Interview (Video)
  • All the Kings Men (Blu-ray Trailer)
That seems to be it, kind of a bad update again for Europe. Come on Sony, stop giving them crappy updates. Make it fair for everyone.

GC 2007: 9 Minutes of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is back with these long and gigantic gameplay video filmed last week at the Leipzig Games Convention 2007. Enjoy the video.

[Via GamerSyde]

Lair & Heavenly Sword GameZone Reviews

GameZone has given in it's reviews for Heavenly Sword and Lair, here are their scores:

Lair - 7.5/10
Heavenly Sword - 8.8/10
It's good to finally see an "ok" review for Factor 5's Lair. Read the full reviews at the links below.

[Read Lair Review]
[Read Heavenly Sword Review]

Haze: Now Fully PS3 Exclusive

Ubisoft has told GameSpot that First Radical's sci-fi first-person shooter Haze is now being planned solely for Sony's PlayStation 3 platform.

The game was originally slated for a PlayStation 3 release with the Xbox 360 and PC release following. Ubisoft announced that the PS3 had become the "lead platform" for the title and that the game would be released in November only for the PS3.

The Official Haze Site right now only shows the game listed as a PlayStation 3 title.

[Via GameSpot UK]

1UP: Lair Scores Another Low 6/10

We have another review for Lair just coming in from 1UP and it seems it is another low one, scoring a 6/10. 1UP concludes:

As you'd expect of a fantasy-flight sim brimming with volcanic vistas and foreboding cumuli swarming with winged reptiles -- and all from the tech-Jedi developers of the Rogue Squadron series -- Lair fills you with swoony wonder. Unfortunately, it'll also make you wonder what the hell's going on. Because along with the clash-of-thousands battles and Peter Jackson-esque production values comes strictly nonstick motion control and a confounding combat system.
Read the full review at the link.

[Read Lair Review]

GamingTarget: Another Warhawk Review 9.2/10

GamingTarget has reviewed Warhawk today, and it received another good score, a 92. out of 10.

"You’ll finally be adding PSN name after PSN name to your barebones friends list as if it were an Xbox Live account. Warhawk brings social networking to the PS3 with 32 players interacting and teams communicating via wireless headsets, a combination that screams multiplayer 2.0."
Read the full review at the read link.

[Read Warhawk Review]

GameSpot: Haze Developer Walkthrough 4

Here is a new developer walkthrough of Haze, a highly anticipated upcoming PlayStation 3, straight from GameSpot Video. Enjoy!

[Via GameSpot]

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Valkyrie of the Battlefield: New Screenshots & Scans

Here, we have some new images of the PlayStation 3 title, Valkyrie of the Battlefield. The style in the game looks like it's from an anime or a manga. All in all, this looks like a great game, enjoy the screenshots.

We also are lucky enough to have two new scans of the game straight from Famitsu:

Heres some background information on the game. The main character is the brave, yet not very soldier-like platoon commander Welkin Gunter, with platoon member Alicia Melkiott being the game's female lead. The duo finds itself in the middle of the Second European War between the Empire and the Federation. The story of this war, which has engulfed the whole of Europe, is being told from Welkin's perspective.

System-wise, Valkyrie of the Battlefield combines third person shooting and strategy RPG elements. In command mode, players will watch a map and then decide how to proceed, whereas in action mode they will have direct control over their characters. Each character has a certain amount of Action Points (AP) assigned to him or her. These AP are required to move around and execute commands.

[Via NeoGAF]

Lair Is On Sale Now!

Despite it's September 4 release, the anticipated PlayStation 3 title, Lair is now on Sale. EBGames and GameStop managers have received e-mails to put the game on sale, such as other multiple sources. I called up my local Game Planet (open till 11 due to feast) and they also had Lair in stock.

If you get the game, drop by onAXIS and give us a quick review, lets hear what you got to say, because the reviews have been going up and down.

[Via PS3Forums]

IGN: Lair Scores a 4.9/10

IGN reviewed Lair today. They gave it a 4.9/10 with the opening headline of "Look up in the sky -- it's a SIXAXIS suckfest!". I'm not too disappointed, I wasn't really looking forward to the game, I will try out the demo when it is released though. Heres their starting:

It was somewhere in the neighborhood of my fourth pass over a bridge filled with two warring factions and a bunch of evil rhinos that I went from thinking Lair wasn't that bad to wondering if Lucifer himself pressed this Blu-ray disc in the pits of hell.
Read the rest at the read link.

[Read Lair Review]

US PlayStation Store Update August 30, 2007

Wow, this seems to be the biggest update we've received yet. Check out the newest content we received.

  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix ($9.99) w/ demo
  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection Online ($9.99; with game $29.99)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 (free)
  • All-Pro Football 2K8 (free)
  • NASCAR '08 (free)
  • Heavenly Sword "Episode Four: The Sound of Combat" making-of video (free)
  • Heavenly Sword "Episode Four: The Divine Birth" animation (free)
  • Folklore "Surviving the Netherworld" (free)
  • Clive Barker's Jericho (free)
  • Beowulf (free)
  • Bee Movie (free)
Seems like a great update to me. But where is skate and Stranglehold?

[Via PS3Fanboy]

1UP: Heavenly Sword Scores 8/10

1UP has reviewed Heavenly Sword and has given it an 8/10. They start off their review:

If you were to look at Heavenly Sword in a series of glimpses -- or, say, videos that appeared online prerelease -- you'd be forgiven for not knowing exactly what kind of game it is. Clearly, it's "action" and features a lot of fighting, but is it a God of War clone? Is it a Dynasty Warriors clone? A Sniper Elite clone? In short, yes. But the long answer is a little more complex....
Read the full review at the link.

[Read Heavenly Sword Review]

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix in Today's US Update

Loot-Ninja received a press release today confirmed Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is being released PlayStation Store today:

"Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo® HD Remix is now available on PLAYSTATION®Network for $10.00. One of the most addictive games of all time has just gotten better! Capcom’s incredibly popular puzzle game is updated for the new generation with newly created 1080p HD graphics, several new games modes, improved game balance, new stage background courtesy of Udon Entertainment, online play and more.

In Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, players compete in intense versus battles of wit and speed. As a linked pair of gems descends from the top of the screen, players move and rotate them to form groups and piles of the same color. By destroying these groups of gems with either a crash or rainbow gem, players can send counter gems to fall onto their hapless rival. When the opponent’s screen is filled up and no more moves are available, the player wins the game."
[Via Loot-Ninja]

Mafia vs. Mafia II Graphics Comparison

German PC Gaming site, compared the graphics of Mafia and Mafia II. See how far the graphics of Mafia has evolved since 2002. If you ask me, the evolved very much.


IGN: Haze Co-Op Driving Hands-on

IGN has a hands on of the Haze Co-Op Driving where one guy drives, one guy kills. They start off the hands-on with this:

Part of Haze's appeal lies in the game's drop-in, drop-out 4-player campaign play. On the Quarry level (squished in between the Mantel and Rebel sections of the demo), this was best demonstrated with the two Trooper Carriers situated in the opening bay area of the level. Free Radical, the game's developer (and masterful team behind the Timesplitters series) have taken the right approach to what is essentially cooperative multiplayer mayhem in a story-driven mission.
Read the rest at the read link below.

[Via IGN]

Japan PlayStation Store Update for August 30, 2007

Well, today Japan received their update. They got 14 new PSone games. Here is the list of content they received:

PSone Games
  • Ape Escape
  • Athena –Awakening From The Ordinary Life-
  • Crash Bandicoot 2
  • Gakkou de Atta Kowai Hanashi S
  • King's Field 2
  • Major Wave Series : The Conveni 2
  • Major Wave Series Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special
  • Memorial * Series: Sunsoft Vol. 2: Route-16 Turbo & Atlantis no Nazo
  • Ore no Ryouri
  • Prismaticallization
  • Sanyo Pachinko Paradise 5
  • Shinsou Kaiten: Wanwan Umi Monogatari: Sanyo Pachinko Paradise DX
  • WipEout
Downloadable Content
  • Ninja Gaiden Survival Mode
  • Folksole DLC
  • My Summer Vacation DLC
Thats their update, pretty good one I must say. Why don't we ever get any PSone games?

[View PSone Game Screens]

Newest OPM Scores October 2007

We have the latest Official PlayStation Magazine UK scores here thanks to NeoGAF:

PS3 Reviews
Lair - 6
Heavenly Sword - 7
Stuntman Ignition - 7
Stranglehold - 8
Singstar PS3 - 9
Warhawk - 9
Colin McRae Dirt - 8
NASCAR 08 - 4
All-Pro Football 2k8 - 7
NCAA Football 08 - 8
Gauntlet II PSN - 2

PSP Reviews
Crazy Taxi Fare Wars - 7
Worms Open Warfare 2 - 8
Tony Hawks Project 8 - 7
PQ2 Practical Intelligence Quotient - 6
Monster Hunter Freedom 2 - 7
Final Armada - 2

PS2 Reviews
Singstar 90s - 7
Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s - 7
Obscure II - 6
Premier Manager 08 - 3
Seems like Lair & Heavenly Sword have been canned again. The reviews we've been seeing for these two games have really been going up and down, right? But look at that, SingStar on the PlayStation 3 received a 9/10. Thats amazing. I'm looking forward to this, as long as it has rap.

[Via NeoGAF]

Square Enix: No Kingdom Hearts PSP for Now

Lately it seems everyone has been about Petitions, whether it was Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, or this new one. One petition is about getting a Kingdom Hearts title on the PlayStation Portable, Square Enix responded.

According to petitioner Rafael Bernard, he sent Square Enix an email the other day and pointed out to the company the online petition he started. Currently, the total number of signatories is around 1,700 but Bernard mentioned that he is planning to gather some 18,000 more. He got a reply from a Square Enix representative:

Our parent company, Square Enix of Japan, has no current plans to create a sequel to Kingdom Hearts at this time. This is not to say that it will never happen, it's just that their development teams are currently focusing on numerous other projects, Namely Final Fantasy: Crisis Core and a few others.
Just on another Kingdom Hearts note, at this years Tokyo Game Show, Tetsuya Nomura will be revealing the next Kingdom Hearts.

[Via DCEmu]

Killzone 2 to Have Extensive Multiplayer Features

Killzone 2, a much anticipated upcoming PlayStation 3 title, has been in development for nearly three years. Killzone games have been released on the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation Portable and were very successful. What does that mean? Killzone 2 has a lot to live up to.

Mathijs De Jonge, Killzone 2's director confirmed today that Killzone 2 is going to be getting multiplayer features. They were very secretive about it for a while.

For those of you who want co-op may be sad to hear this "Co-op we're not talking about at the moment. We will have extensive multiplayer features. We're saving that for later". Just kidding, he said at the moment, so it's probably going to come.

As of now, there is no definite release date for Killzone 2, all we know is it is just coming sometime in 2008.

[Via QJ.NET]

Warhawk Now Released In Europe

Warhawk is now available to download on the European PlayStation Store and retailers. The price is £19.99 and it is 798MB in size. So if your reading this in Europe, stop reading, and go play some Warhawk!

[Via PlayStation Store]

PlayTV Gets Estimated Price in Europe

In the latest issue of UK's Official PlayStation Magazine, gamers are given an estimate of the price you need to pay to get one of these nifty PlayTVs.

'While you could easily sink £60 - 100 each on a Freeview receiver, PVR and Sling Box, the rumour is that Play TV will cost around £70'
[Via TechDigest]

EuroGamer Reviews Warhawk 8/10

EuroGamer has reviewed Warhawk and has given it an 8/10, not bad, not bad at all. They start off their review with:

Let's be honest here. WarHawk owes more than a small debt to Electronic Arts' supreme Battlefield series, its premise being very simple: get a large bunch of gamers into a huge virtual warzone, give them a range of weapons, vehicles and bases and essentially let them blast the living daylights out of each other. Sure, there's a whiff of strategy about it, and a well-organised unit is going to wipe the floor with a bunch of out-for-themselves mercenaries, but the core experience is very similar. It's all about the experience of being one man caught in the middle of all-out carnage.
Read the full review at the link.

[Read Warhawk Review]