Friday, November 30, 2007

Three New KILLZONE 2 Screenshots

It seems like its been ages since we've seen anything from KILLZONE 2, but it's actually been only about a month. Anyway, today Sony Computer Entertainment revealed some new screenshots of Guerrilla Games' upcoming FPS title, KILLZONE 2.

View them to the left and below.

[Via PSU]

Gran Turismo 5 Trailer Preview for Spike VG Awards

Are you getting excited for Spike TV's upcoming Video Game Awards? We are. With promising awards to be given, a few days ago we were told we are also getting new trailers for three upcoming and anticipated games. Those trailers are Borderlands, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. And above, you can see a preview of the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue trailer to come.

Time Crisis 4: "Say Hello to My Lil' Friend"

A new add for Time Crisis 4 has surfaced on GameTrailers featuring the Cuban guy we all know and love, Scarface. Well, some Japanese dude is playing him at least. The trailer is actually pretty funny, so do yourself a favor and give it a watch.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Post Mortem Interview Part 3

The third part of the GameTrailers Post Mortem interview reveals some Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction secret easter eggs. They asks about co-op play, and find out what the future has in store for the the team behind Ratchet & Clank.

They were asked about things they had to cut from Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, which results in them giving some interesting hints at Ratchet & Clank Future 2.
"There were certain things in the story, characters that I wanted to address more in this part of the story arch that we’re not going to address until a later part of the story arch. And more of the background with the Lombaxes and what happened to them. It’s things we hint at. The Zonie and the history of the Zonian and who they are."

Pay To Inflict PAIN On the Claus & Cookies

Travis Williams, developer of the PLAYSTATION Network title, PAIN, updated us today on the situation of the game. Mainly considering the errors received by Santa & Cookie.

"When we posted PAIN, Santa and Cookie were not uploaded to the PlayStation Store," Williams wrote. "Once the store has Cookie and Santa, they will appear as purchasable characters. Sorry about this confusion everyone."
So yeah, Destructoid misguided us. The two characters will be available for download today. He also hints that online play is coming for PAIN as well.
"When I said if you make enough noise we have to listen, I mean it. If online multiplayer is very important for you guys then I will have to take it to the development team and figure out what we can do. I would personally like this feature too. It would allow me to "represent" on some of you personally."
He also mentions PAIN themes are coming to the PLAYSTATION Store as well, official ones. So expect them soon too. I don't know about you, but I like this guy.

[Via PAIN]

PAIN Is Still PAINful In the UK

This new trailer that was released on the European PLAYSTATION Store shows no matter how it happens, PAIN is still, well, painful.

PAIN Removed from the PLAYSTATION Network, Coming Back Soon

Update (3:18 PM): PAIN is back online on the PLAYSTATION Store.

Original Post: For you guys who downloaded the new PLAYSTATION Network title, PAIN, yesterday, you may have noticed a few issues in the game.

Problems include things such as the characters not loading, giving players an error message which told me to re-download and install PAIN to correct the problem. As well as issues with the online leaderboards, and a broken video on the community.

So as of today, PAIN was removed from the PLAYSTATION Store, but fear not, as it is coming back shorty. "It is something that should be working today," said Scott Groyl, PR specialist with Sony Computer Entertainment.

When it's back up, we will inform you.

[Via Destructoid]

Dylan Jobe Chimes In On Warhawk's Operation: Omega Dawn, Priced

Dylan Jobe updated us today on the official PlayStation.Blog with some information Warhawk's first piece of downloadable content, Operation: Omega Dawn.

Jobe wanted to create an expansion that changes the gameplay of Warhawk and enhance it's replayability status, not just some add-on that takes advantage of the player's wallet. This new expansion will come with three new features:

- A night-time battlefield with 6 layouts called the “Omega Factory”. It's huge.
- New 7-player aircraft called the KT-424 Combat Dropship.
- And 5 updated bonus layouts for battlefields from the original game so that you can play using the new Dropship.
He explains the new battlefield. He says that since many players wanted a level in the night, they listened and did it. The battlefield takes place at early dawn, with Jobe making ot more challenging and visually improved than the previous Warhawk levels. The level involves more building layouts and structures, platforms and detailed spaces for ground troops.

There are some places in the level only accessible by flying there, which is really cool for transporting vehicles.

He goes on talking about the Combat Dropship, saying that it's "pretty damn sweet". They integrated the new Dropship in the 5 biggest layouts from the original Warhawk game. He says "it really changes the way those levels play which is good ‘cause it gives them a fresh feel".

The expansion will be releasing this December after they pass and go gold. The price of this expansion will be $7.99 on the PLAYSTATION Store. He questions the one penny off rule.

[Via PlayStation.Blog]

GT-R Video On Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's GT.TV

Yesterday, we posted about the new video coming to the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo's GT.TV feature. Well, today Sony released the video on GT.TV like we said. The video is 11 minutes long, unveiling a bit more of the beautiful GT-R on the Nürburgring. You can watch the video above if you do not have the demo.

It's in Japanese by the way. Though it is obvious.

Assassin's Creed: PLAYSTATION 3 Patch Live In the Next Few Days

UbiRazz, a UK Community Manager for Ubisoft, has announced on the forums today that an update for Assassin's Creed on the PLAYSTATION 3 has been made, and you should be able to download it today, or within the next few days, depending on your location. His full post.

"Following consumer feedback regarding some issues while playing Assassin’s Creed for PlayStation 3, a corrective update has been developed and will be released worldwide on the PLAYSTATION® Network over the next few days. You can proceed to installation simply by launching your Assassin’s Creed game. Please note that release times of this update may vary depending on your location. Thank you again for your patience."
[Via Ubi Forums]

Stranglehold Goes Gold on PLAYSTATION 3 In Europe

Midway Games has just announced that Stranglehold has went gold on the PLAYSTATION 3 for Europe.

The title has shipped to European retailers and is now available for the suggested retail price of €69.95. For those who want to try out the action that is John Woo's Tequila, then head over to the PLAYSTATION Store and download the demo.

The press release below.

Midway Announces Stranglehold Has Gone Gold for the PlayStation®3 in Europe

Midway Games Ltd today announced that Stranglehold has shipped to retail for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in Europe. Developed by the team behind the critically acclaimed Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Stranglehold is now available for a suggested retail price of €69.95. PlayStation® 3 owners can get a taste of the cinematic action shooter by downloading the Stranglehold demo via the PlayStation® Store. Stranglehold is available now for the Xbox 360 video game system and PC.

A collaboration with world renowned action film director John Woo's Tiger Hill Entertainment, Stranglehold allows players to experience the excitement of true next-gen action as you take on the role of Inspector Tequila created by John Woo for his influential action film, "Hard Boiled" starring Chow Yun-Fat. Ensnared by a crime boss with a gripping secret, Inspector Tequila is forced to cross the line from sworn duty to renegade cop. Engage your enemies with intense cinematic gun battles and cause massive environmental damage in real-time or revolutionary slow-motion Tequila Time.

God of War III Fan-Made Teaser

KazamaFury of GameTrailers posted up a fan-made trailer of the upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 title, God of War III. There is no footage of God of War III to be found, as that would be impossible at this state. The professional quality of it is astounding though. If you didn't know it was fan-made, you'd think it was the real deal.

Rumor: Tomb Raider Undworld Rising Soon?

On November 21, 2007, video game developer Eidos Interactive filed to protect the trademark Tomb Raider Underworld in relation to a video game.

Currently, sites have been listing the game as Tomb Raider 8, in development by Crystal Dynamics.

The storyline is rumored to be based around the Mayan Calendar. During five nameless and dangerous days at the end of the calendar called Wayeb’, portals between the mortal realm and the Underworld dissolve, allowing ill-intending deities to causing disaster and mayhem.

Propheices, sounds like a great story for the upcoming Tomb Raider.

[Via Trademork]

HAZE GamerTV Special Airing on Bravo This Weekend

A special episode of GamerTV is airing this weekend on December 1, 2, and 3rd featuring the upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive, HAZE.

The program will show exclusive demos of 4 player co-op, new levels and weapons including the flamethrower and a look at the engine running the game.

The press release below.

30th November, 2007

A special edition of GAMER TV dedicated to forthcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive HAZE airs on UK satellite and cable channel BRAVO this weekend.

The half-hour show features exclusive demos of 4 player co-op, new levels and weapons including the flamethrower and a look at the technology driving the game. It also reveals a brand new twist in the HAZE storyline.

GAMER TV’s HAZE special is hosted by key Free Radical design team members Dave “Big Cheese” Doak, Derek “Big Brain” Littlewood and screenwriter Rob “Big Mouth” Yescombe.

Producer Jason Kilshaw commented, “This is everything you need to know about HAZE then some! ”

The programme airs in the UK at the following times.

Saturday 1st December 10.00 am BRAVO 2
Sunday 2nd December 11.30 am BRAVO
Monday 3rd December 4.30 pm BRAVO

Viewers in the US will be able to see it the following week on leading premium movie channel STARZ.

The US transmission times are:

Saturday 8th December 11.00 am (ET) STARZ EDGE
Wednesday 12th December 8.30 pm (ET) STARZ EDGE

PLAYSTATION 3 Finally Ladders The Wii In Japan

According to Enterbrain, the PLAYSTATION 3 climbed to the top in the monthly sales over the Nintendo Wii for the month of November, pushing 183,217 consoles to Nintendo's 159,193.

This is the first time that the PLAYSTATION 3 has come out on top since it's launch in November 2006. Could Sony be returning to it's former glory? Analyst Hiroshi Kamide of KBC Securities isn't convinced.

"It's nice to see the system selling much better than six months ago. But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."
I'm hoping it keeps up as well, I mean I like the Nintendo Wii as well, but the PLAYSTATION 3 is a great system that isn't getting the sales it deserves. But in my opinion, a new beginning is starting.

[Via Kotaku]

Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot Is Fired

Yesterday, a rumor surfaced on the internet that GameSpot editor Jeff Gerstmann was fired due a negative tone in his Kane & Lynch: Dead Men review, which received a 6.0.

Shacknews today confirmed via its own sources that Jeff Gerstmann was fired yesterday from his position at GameSpot. The source declined to comment as to whether the firing was directly related to the reported Eidos situation, but the circumstances are suspicious at the least.

[Via ShackNews]

2.01 Turning Your Console Into Brickstation 3?

Firmware 2.01 was released last week, and some PLAYSTATION 3 owners started to report their console would not read Blu-Ray discs, along with some not reading DVDs at all. The reports started hitting when gamers upgraded to PLAYSTATION 3 firmware 2.01.

“I inserted Blu Ray Disc into PS3 for first time and movie appeared under video tab. It started to play and i started skipping previews and then all of a sudden screen went blank. I went back to PS3 home screen and tried ejected and inserting Blu Ray movie back into PS3 and the icon fails to appear under the video tab. I then tried DVD and that did not appear either. PS3 Games still work. Please help!”
I am currently on the 2.01 update, but have yet to experience anything. Riptens own Derek Matias upgraded as well, and his PLAYSTATION 3 is half-bricked.

Hopefully, Sony is working on a fix. If this happens to you, and you still have warranty, head to your local store and go switch it out if you can't wait. Or call Sony.

[Via Ripten]

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Uncharted: Tech Dive: Making The Game

Naughty Dog tells us how they pushed the PLAYSTATION 3's processing power with their new title, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, exclusively released recently for the PLAYSTATION 3.

Dark Sector Webisode #3

IGN has a new webisode for Digital Extremes' upcoming action title, Dark Sector. The video shows some of the gameplay elements of the title, from shooting to slashing. Enjoy.

Madden 08 Patch Coming Soon for the PLAYSTATION 3

A patch for Madden NFL 08 was just released on the Xbox 360 version of the game, and is on it's way to the PLAYSTATION 3 version.

This new patch fixes the following issues.

Fumble Fix - Reduced fumble chances in certain situations. This has been tested thoroughly and we feel that people will be happy with a more realistic (and more fun!) number of fumbles. This was priority number 1 for us.

DB Reactions- changes to the way that DBs play man coverage. Defenders in man coverage won’t be able to react to passes that they cannot see. This should make it easier to throw against man coverage.

Favre “Moonwalk”- I love the names that you guys come up with for issues such as this one. You can rest assured that you won’t see Farve (or any QB) dancing toward the sideline anymore.

Hook Zone Flip Bug- I saw a post on a community forum talking about this bug and it turns out the fix was very minimal risk. You can now flip plays with hook zones without the players leaving their zones.

Franchise - Fixed NCAA import issue where players would turn 26

Franchise - Fixed bug where HOF Unlocked players cannot be released in Franchise.

Franchise - Fixed bug where the FA pool would run out of certain positions

Online Game Reporting- fixed a number of issues where games weren’t being reported correctly or people weren’t getting the right number of ranking points for a win. This will also make stats more accurate.

EA SPORTS World- Accomplishment ‘20 consecutive completions’ not awarded when completions ends up under 100%

We will remind you when it's available for download.

[Via Pasta Padre]

Harmonix Working on PLAYSTATION 3 Rock Band Fix

Harmonix, developer of the new Rock Band, has released a statement today based on the PLAYSTATION 3 version of the game.

In the statement, they address the issues of the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band.

"Some of you have contacted us about the PS3 edition of Rock Band - from issues with guitar compatibility to frustration that stand-alone guitars and drums for Rock Band have not yet hit stores,"
They continue on.
"We are committed to providing the best play experience possible and working hard to ensure that we solve these problems as soon as possible. We promise to keep you updated and, in the meantime, we thank you for your patience."
They've also added that the issues of the PLAYSTATION 3 version have "our [their] full attention". We will keep you updated when we know more about this fix.

[Via Games Radar]

Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?

A new rumor has surfaced today of long-time GameSpot reviewer Jeff Gerstmann has been fired. Normally, that wouldn't be worthy of a news post, but the reason for him being fired makes it worthy.

It seems it was due to advertiser pressure for his review of Eidos Interactive's Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.

Jeff reviewed Kane & Lynch: Dead Men with a not so nice score of 6.0, which is a fair in GameSpot's scale. The reason for Jeff's firing wasn't the score, but the "tone" of his review.

If the rumor is true, it could be a sad thing to see from a great site such as GameSpot. Bad publicity too.

[Via Kotaku]

PLAYSTATION Home 24 Minute Walkthrough

Veoh has surfaced with eight new videos of the PLAYSTATION Home Beta, the main video, shown above, is the 24 minute walkthrough of the beta. You can view the other videos, which are breakdowns of the above videos at the link below. Remember, this is a beta, meaning a work in progress.


[Via N4G]

PSP Firmware v3.73 Arrives

In a new press release released by Sony, it reveals firmware update 3.73 for the PLAYSTATION Portable. The update is only a fix however.

The update improves the operation of the UMD drive. Before, in certain cases, the drive would suspend and fail to load data properly off the UMD, so this issue is now resolved.

You can currently download it over Wi-Fi or PC, whatever method you choose.

[Via IGN]

Ex-2K Boston Employees Forming New Studio?

Gamasutra's job board showed a job listing for a development studio being established in Bay Area of northern California by "creators of the award-winning 'Bioshock'." It seems now though, that the listing excludes the BioShock game reference.

To add to that, Surfer Girl blogged that many creators of the game did not want to work with Ken anymore saying "a good chunk of the BioShock team did not want to work with Ken [Levine] ever again" and that publisher 2K "let them set up a new studio so that they can make Bioshock 2, leaving Ken with Project X."

What does this new studio have to bring?

[Via Kotaku]

Namco Bandai: "We are Looking for Other Publishers to Make Titles for Guncon 3"

In a new interview with Namco Bandai Time Crisis 4 producer Teruaki Minami, they talk about the game, along with the Guncon 3.

Some interesting Guncon 3 related information is brought up after they ask Minami his thoughts on Japan PLAYSTATION 3 marketing.

He ensures that the market is still growing and that they plan to release new titles for the PLAYSTATION 3 using the Guncon 3. He also mentions that:

"By the way, currently we are looking for other publishers to make titles for Guncon 3. I know that the number of titles which work with Guncon 3 is not enough for consumers, and we definitely need more titles that work with Guncon 3. As you can see, we only have Time Crisis 4!"
That means more PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive titles are on their way. You never know what could be the next system seller, right?

[Via Gamasutra]

HAZE: Possible Downloadable Content, PLAYSTATION 3 Thoughts

In a recent interview with Rob Yescombe and Derek Littlewood of HAZE, they talk about working on the PLAYSTATION 3 console.

Yescombe is very proud of the HAZE, as he says "Well, with four-player hot-swap co-op, the Nectar gameplay system, two unique factions with totally different skills and abilities, as well as the 16-player multiplayer story maps, we’ve got a top notch package". He ensures us that we will get the value for our money.

Littlewood spoke on Blu-Ray necessity for the PLAYSTATION 3. He says it's not clearly a necessity, but it's a great addition to the conosle. Developers can add an increased amount of content that you can't do on normal DVDs.

Yescombe comes back explaining that some developers don't utilize the storage capacity due to multiplatform titles. If your developing exclusively for the console, then there is no reason not to use the space, but multiplatform needs to be equal on both consoles.

He continued on, explaning why they dropped HAZE on the Xbox 360 and PC. He explains that dropping those two consoles allowed to work and focus on one platform, and that the entire HAZE team has been able to work very closely with the PLAYSTATION 3.

The reason they chose the platform is because the company has a history of good results from PLAYSTATION hardware. They wanted the PLAYSTATION 3 to get some recognition.

On downloadable content, Yescombe says that he would like to, but he cannot comment anymore on it at the moment. When asked about dedicated servers for the game, he could not comment at all either.

Yescombe starts to talk about clans and friends. You'll be able to send in-game messages to your friends, or co-op them into your multiplayer game. He wasn't allowed to say more after that sadly.

He ends it with saying that they are using what they've learned from HAZE for TimeSplitters 4 development, and that you need to buy the games.

[Via PSU]

New GT.TV Arrives on Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Demo

Starting tomorrow, users who have downloaded the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo from the Japanese PLAYSTATION Network will be receiving some new content from the demo.

Demo players will be able to download a new and free video clip for the demo's GT.TV mode.

The new video is titled "The GT-R Legend Inside Story I". The videp is an original production from the Nissan GT-R development team and the Gran Turismo staff. It includes HD footage of the GT-R's development and of Gran Turismo producer Kazunoru Yamauchi test driving the car at Nurburgring in Germany.

Expect a part II and III in the coming weeks.

[Via IGN]

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Dated for Japan

Capcom Japan has announced today the final release date for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. The game will be arriving on February 21, 2008, with a reduced price of 6,290 yen (approx. $57.00).

Remember, the PLAYSTATION 3 version will include all the downloadable content for the PC and the Xbox 360 version making it a complete set. It will include the secret characters in the PC version, online play, and 16 hours of gameplay.

[Via IGN]

Rock Band Special Bundle Just Got Better & Sexier

A new eBay auction that just went up for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band features more than just the special pack bundle and two Guitar Hero III Gibson SG guitars.

It comes with a girl named Chloe.

What will Chloe do you ask? On Christmas Day (December 25, 2007), she will personally deliver your copy of Rock Band. She will open presents for you and take pictures with you while wearing the same outfit on in the picture to the left.

Her occupation? Model. You can view her MySpace here.

[Via Destructoid]

Race Driver: GRID: The First Six Screenshots

Codemasters is working on a new, and visually appealing racing title named Race Driver: GRID. If your a fan of the Midnight Club series, your going to love the type of cars featured in this game.

Coming mid 2008, Race Driver: GRID is set to capture every moment from the starting grid to the chequered flag and concentrate those moments into an intense and dramatic race experience. Race Driver: GRID is being developed for the PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC gaming systems.

The first six screenshots of the title, are shown below. Looking a little too fast and furious, don't you say?

High Stakes on the Vegas Strip Now Playable on PSP

It seems when 2.01 was put out for download last week, it enabled you to play High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition on your PSP via Remote Play.

I'm told that the game "works flawlessly over Remote Play allowing the player to use your PSP to also play the game online against real players".

I do not own the title, so I can't confirm it, but if you guys can help me out and give this a try, report here.

[Thanks Scott & Chris!]

SEGA Announces "The Club" Website Is Live

The official website for SEGA's upcoming brawl title, The Club, has just gone live and online.

Visiting the website, you can check out members of The Club, see the game enviorments, information about the game, watch the game trailer, and even sign-up to receive the latest information on the game.

Visit the site at the link below.

[Visit: The Club]

Burnout Paradise Producer Loved Working from PLAYSTATION 3 At Start

In a new interview with producer of Burnout Paradise, Nick Channon, we find out the good side of Electronic Arts. CVG quizzes him on several questions, then asks:

Everyone seems to be leading on Xbox 360. Why did you decide to make the PS3 your main SKU for Burnout?

Channon: We've always led on the Sony platforms. Historically at Criterion we've always done that and we didn't want this year to be any different. We've always loved Sony machines and we've loved PS3 from the start, we think it's a fantastic machine. We felt very strongly about that.

So from the beginning we were always going to lead on PS3 and our transition between the two machines has been really seamless and straight-forward, where as other people have lead on 360 and found it hard to get on PS3.

We've had none of those problems. We really like 360 and if you get the opportunity to play it the two versions are exactly the same. I think we've really reaped the benefits of leading on PS3 because of that.
I think we can agree here, you wait and see how nice Burnout Paradise will look on the console. It will be "fabulous".

[Via CVG]

EU PLAYSTATION Store Update: November 29, 2007

The US update was just announced, now lets take a look at what Europe receives on it's PLAYSTATION Store today. The content below.

- TimeShift demo (free)

PSone Classics
- Destruction Derby (£3.49)
- Kula World (£3.49)

- MotorStorm Crazy Samurai & Quick Foot Liveries (£1.49)
- Resistance: Fall of Man Map Pack 2 (£2.99)

-Sonic The Hedgehog Add-Ons
-Very Hard Sonic Mission (£1.49)
-Very Hard Shadow Mission (£1.49)
-Very Hard Silver Mission (£1.49)
-Boss Attack Shadow (£1.49)
-Boss Attack Silver (£1.49)
-Team Attack Amigo (£1.49)

Game Videos
- Assassins's Creed "Altair Was Here" trailer (free)
- Blazing Angels 2 "Racing Trailer" (free)
- PAIN Video (free)
- Smackdown vs RAW 2008 Video (free)
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune "Making the Game" video (free)
- This Is Living: Blu-ray (free)
- This Is Living: Gaming (free)
- This Is Living: Evolving Entertainment (free)
- This Is Living: Faster Processing (free)
- This Is Living: TheMaking Of (free)
Enjoy your content Europeans, at least there are some PSone titles to give a shot too.

US PLAYSTATION Store Update: November 29, 2007

Today is Thursday, meaning we have another PLAYSTATION Store update. Let's take a look at what this new week brings us. Our verdict? PAIN is good, the rest is a disappointment.
  • PAIN ($9.99)
  • TimeShift Multiplayer Demo (free) (it seems to have been removed from the online store for some reason and never showed up on the PLAYSTATION Store)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man Map Pack Bundle (includes #1 & #2) ($7.99)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man Map Pack #2 ($4.99)
  • Motorstorm Vehicles & Skin Pack #1 ($1.99)
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Boss Battles Track Pack (free)
  • Rock Band David Bowie Pack 1 ($5.49)
    • "Heroes" by David Bowie ($1.99)
    • "Moonage Daydream" by David Bowie ($1.99)
    • "Queen Bitch" by David Bowie ($1.99)
  • The Elder Scrolls Oblivion: The Shivering Isles ($29.99)
  • PAIN Add-On Character Santa ($0.99)
  • PAIN Add-On Character Cookie ($0.99)
Game Trailers
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction BTS - Weapons (free)
  • TimeShift FPS Video 2 (free)
Theatrical Trailers
  • Stop Loss trailer (free)
Blu-Ray Disc Trailers
  • Memoirs of a Geisha trailer (free)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction trailer (free)
  • (6) PAIN Wallpapers (free)
  • (5) Resistance: Fall of Man Wallpapers (free)
  • (1) Aquatopia Wallpaper (free)
The add-ons are a great addition to the store, but barley any demos or such were released. Even missed ones such as SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 or such would have been nice.

PLAYSTATION Store Worldwide

LittleBigPlanet Due To Hit This Year?

The Sixth Axis, a European PLAYSTATION 3 gaming site, have obtained a bit of information for people who tested Warhawk. They write:

"...beta testers lucky enough to have sampled Warhawk early can perhaps look forward to something a little bit special in it's place. We're going to go out on a limb and guess that it will be in the form of a LittleBigPlanet beta but don't get your hopes up, and there's no word on a date yet or indeed anything even remotely official."
I was one of the lucky few who was able to test Sony's Warhawk, and if this means we get LittleBigPlanet as well, than lucky us.

[Via TSA]

Devil May Cry 4 Demo Hitting the Network This December?

Two days ago, French gaming website, Jeux France, reported that a Devil May Cry 4 demo will be coming out soon and exclusively for the Xbox 360. Many Devil May Cry 4 fans weeped, but I'll gladly say it, it is untrue.

An angry PLAYSTATION 3 fan posted in the comments: “Why the hell won’t it be on PSN!?” And a Capcom representative replied to him kindly with:

“Wait a little while longer and the demo strategy will be clear.
I’ll say this: The information printed above and in that article as written is incorrect.
The news you’re looking for is not far off... a little more patience please.”
The official website for Devil May Cry 4 is going to update December 5, 2007 with news on the demo. A demo was shown playing on the PLAYSTATION 3 a few days back as well.

Could a demo be coming this December?

[Via Ripten]

Warhawk Omega Dawn First Screenshots

Sony has just released 28 new screenshots of the Operation: Omega Dawn pack for Warhawk. This pack will be releasing soon on the PLAYSTATION Network.

The Operation: Omega Dawn pack for Warhawk features an enhanced level of teamwork, tactics and coordinated aerial assaults with the new KT-424 Combat Dropship.

- Omega Factory battlefield includes 5 new map layouts featuring advanced building complexes and huge
industrial towers.
- KT-424 Combat Dropship transports 1 pilot, 6 soldiers and 1 ground vehicle; and features a deadly new
weapon – the MBEC-3 Heavy Support Cannon.
- The 5 large layouts from the original battlefields have been modified to include the KT-424 Combat Dropship.
View more screenshots at the link.

[Via InsideGamer]

Project Origin (F.E.A.R 2): New Information & Screenshots

Gameplayer has spent some time in front of the sequel to F.E.A.R which will now go by the name Project Origin thanks to the contest they held a while back.

It goes into detail about the story, new gameplay features and how the graphics are shaping up. It also features a bunch of screenshots.

"She may still be psychically emanating her appearance of herself as a child, but Alma is very much on the loose. She slowly walks over, solemnly intones “We all fall down…” and then the action really begins."
Read the full article at the link below along with some new screenshots.

[Via GamePlayer]

Overlord Coming to the PLAYSTATION 3?

Triumph Studios recently put up a job posting stating that it is looking for PLAYSTATION 3 programmers able to port over coding from the Xbox 360 and PC to the PLAYSTATION 3.

Considering that their only title on the Xbox 360 and PC together is Overlord (which received a metascore of 81/100), could this mean a port of the game is making it's way to the PLAYSTATION 3?

Or could it just mean they are beginning a new project and need PLAYSTATION 3 porters? That would make sense, but why would they need to be able to port over Xbox 360 AND PC coding?

[Via Jeux France]

Night Note: New Site Launching A Week Later Than Expected

To: onAXIS Readers
From: onAXIS Administrator
Subject: Site Update

Alright, time to give you guys a little site update on thew new site. I've managed to get the site looking almost similar in both browsers with only little differences, which I'm currently fixing up. I should get the hosting account up next week, so expect the site by at least Sunday.

Anyway, other than that, the day's been a news full day, not necessarily the best news that you'd see, but let's have a look below, shall we.

Important Articles for November 28, 2007
The 2007 for the PLAYSTATION 3

Hot News Stores for November 28, 2007
GameSpot Previews The Orange Box
Borderlands, Rainbow Six 2 Trailer Coming to SpikeTV
EA Making More Money on Mobile Than PLAYSTATION 3
KILLZONE 2 Beta Coming 2008
First Details on PSN Game, flOwer
Resistance Map Pack Press Release
Home Beta Not Arriving Tomorrow
GTA IV Boxart Revealed | Video Reveal
Rock Band Song Schedule for DLC
Tekken 6 Heapload of New Videos

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

PLAYSTATION Bling: We Wish We Had It

Wouldn't it be pimpin' walking around with a PLAYSTATION 2 remote on your chest, reppin' your game, and steppin' up with pride? We only got one thing to say for this bling.

"If I could bling with a circle, square, try-angle, and X//
Then I'd certainly be wearin' the controller 'top my chest//
Though we got silver buttons, we diamonds, correct//
We bling with a PS (Pee-Es), we ain't one to neglect//

-onAXIS Administrator"
Nuff' said.

[Via Ruliweb]

GameSpot Previews The Orange Box: "Not Necessarily Throw Your SIXAXIS Against the Wall Bad"

GameSpot finally got it's turn with Valve & EA's The Orange Box for the PLAYSTATION 3, and they tell their side of the story. The game is not as bad as IGN says, being "virtually unplayable." GameSpot speaks:

"First, let's get the frame-rate thing out of the way. Yes, Half-Life 2 has its slowdown troubles, and occasionally they are ugly. Not necessarily "throw your Sixaxis against the wall" bad, but certainly noticeable. Fortunately, these laggy moments are relatively few and far between; for the most part, the game runs just fine on the PS3."
Looks like it won't be as bad as people thought it would be. Although it would be nice to get those problems out of there for the final release. Knowing EA, it won't happen.

[Via GameSpot]

Borderlands & Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Premiere During Spike TV VGAs

This year's Spike TV Video Game Awards, airing on December 9, 2007 at 9:00 PM, will feature a bunch of new gaming goodies.

The awards will feature the first trailers for Borderlands and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2. There will also be new trailers for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, TNA iMPACT! and a few other trailers that have yet to be leaked. The show will also feature first footage from the new downloadable content Halo 3 Maps hitting next month.

[Via Kotaku]

EA Makes More Money On Mobile Than the PSP & PLAYSTATION 3

Electronic Arts managed to make a hefty US$ 640 million in revenue. However, there is something strange in the breakdown of EA's sales. Take a look for yourself below.

- Xbox 360 - US$ 218 million
- PlayStation 2 - US4 73 million
- Nintendo Wii - US$ 59 million
- Nintendo DS - US$ 47 million
- Mobile - US$ 37 million
- PSP - US$ 21 million
- PLAYSTATION 3 - US$ 17 million
If you cannot see it, the PLAYSTATION 3 only made US $17 million and the PSP US $21 million. Although, the mobile device made US $37 million, US $2 million less than both Sony systems added together.

Electronic Arts have been putting together some crappy PLAYSTATION 3 ports lately, and thats why you see the low numbers. We're usually not one to criticize anything other than the PLAYSTATION Network, but we're trying to figure out whether Electronic Arts plain doesn't like the console, or if there is some inside deal.

Who knows.

[Via QJ.NET]

KILLZONE 2 Beta Coming 2008

We've all been wanting to know when the beta for KILLZONE 2 is coming. The game dazzled us at E3 2007, but all we really want to do is play it.

Earlier this year, Guerilla Games' lead tester, Seb Downie confirmed that fact earlier this year on KILLZONE 2's official forums:

"Of course there is going to be a public beta. I have always said that any game that has an online mode needs to go through a public beta to ensure it works as intended,"
We've all been waiting for this Beta, hoping it would hit us in 2007, but sadly, it's not happening this year. So in order to find out what was going on with the beta, PSU contacted SCEA's Alex Armour to get an update on the situation.
"We are hoping to do a beta but I don't think we'll have anything ready before this year is over... it is something we are working on for next year,"
Hopefully, the KILLZONE 2 beta will follow a mid-2008 release with full support of PLAYSTATION Home.

[Via PSU]

Rat Race: Q&A With Victor Varnado

IGN caught up with Victor Varnado, a New York City comic who has been on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, who is also working on the upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title, Rat Race.

Rat Race is simply put as a comedy-adventure game in third person view. The game is to come in episodes, with each being about three hours long, if you find all the hidden goods and such.

Each episode of the game is a collaboration. They wanted players to get the feeling of playing a sitcom such as NBC's The Office.

The game is a combination of cutscenes and emergent gameplay that blends nicely together. The player can interact with all of the characters in the world at any time, and the story isn't linear. The experience is deeper and more engaging than one might expect. You'll need to keep the controller in your hands for the vast majority of the experience.

Don't worry people, the game has nothing to do with the movie titled Rat Race. Varnado thought that was horrible as well.

[Via IGN]

PLAYSTATION Store Japan Receives More PSone Classics for November 29, 2007

Tomorrow, the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store is receiving some more PSone Classic titles for us to cry over. Among these classic includes games like Wild Arms 2 and Armored Core Master of Arena. The full list below.

- Seireiki Live Red (Winky Soft) (600 yen)
- Poitter's Point (Konami) (600 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Port no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Bouhatei no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Hama no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- Wild Arms 2nd Ignition (SCEJ) (600 yen)
- MediEvil (SCEJ, PSP-only) (600 yen)
- Arcade Hits Frisky Tom (Hamster) (600 yen)
- Formation Soccer '98 (Hamster) (600 yen)
- Armored Core Master of Arena (From, PS3-only) (600 yen)
Hmm, if we are able to get titles from Konami, why not toss us over some Metal Gear Solid action huh Sony? The US Store needs some new and good classics compared to the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store.

[Via IGN]

Backbreaker: Morpheme Technical Demonstration

IGN has some new videos of the tech demonstrations of the upcoming football back breaking game, Backbreaker. The game's major focus is tackling, but it focuses on all the other elements on football as well. Enjoy, and visit the official site as well.

Upgrade Your PLAYSTATION 3 HDD In Minutes

One of the great things about the PLAYSTATION 3 is the ability to change your hard drive whenever you want by simply buying another 2.5" HDD off the store shelves. Changing the hard drive is quite simple, but there are people out there who don't know how to do it. So if you want to make your PLAYSTATION 3 storage size bigger, watch the video above and learn how.

I'm Colorblind! See Your Rock Band Drums Easier

Rock Band is a great game that I sadly do not own yet, but plan on owning a copy soon. Though it is a great game, one may argue that the colors on the drums are a little hard to see due to them surrounding the drums as borders, and not fully engulfing each drum.

So what to do? Generation Gamer has you covered. Visit the link below to find out how to see your Rock Band drum set the easy way.

[Learn How to Color]

First Details On Upcoming PLAYSTATION Network Title, flOwer

At the Montreal International Games Summit, Kellee Santiago revealed new details on the development of thatgamecompany's upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title, flOwer.

Santiago described the game as "first game outside the safety net of academia." Based on her statements, it's obvious the game will be about raising flowers alongside some new gameplay elements, such as we saw with flOw.

Santaigo states that the genesis of flOwer is a search to "give the player a visceral perspective, surreal and dreamlike" and "to experience a field in a way you couldn't in real life." In a break from most games, flOwer will "focus on micro and close up moments as well as the macro -- this relationship would be part of the experience."

You can expect to see some new game elements in this upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title.

[Via Gamasutra]

Deus Ex 3 Official Site Launches

The official site for Eidos Montreal's upcoming Deus Ex title, Deus Ex 3, has just gone live today.

The only thing the site features at the moment is the debut teaser for the game. You can stream it, or download it in HD, and watch it in your HD glory.

You can even code it for your PLAYSTATION 3. Visit the official site below.

[Visit: Deus Ex 3 Site]