Thursday, September 27, 2007

GameSpot Reviews NBA 07 a 5/10

GameSpot recently reviewed Sony's NBA 08. They gave it a low 5 out of 10. They stated:

"NBA 07 for the PlayStation 3 was a mess, clearly rushed out the door to make it to stores in time for the PlayStation 3's launch. SCEA has had 10 months to straighten things out for NBA 08--not a lot of time in the world of game development. There's no question that this year's game is better than last year's, but its gameplay is so laden with problems that it's still not worth your time."
Read the full review at the link below.

[Read: NBA 08 Review]

TGS 2007: Assassin's Creed New Features Interview HD

GameTrailers sits down with Jade Raymond to talk about the new cities, gear, viewpoints and achievements for this much anticipated title.

[Via GameTrailers]

Eye of Judgement Overview HD

Learn everything you need to know about this unique online card game in this new Eye of Judgement Overview in HD.

[Via GameTrailers]

Gran Turismo HD to be Removed from Japan's Playstation Store

Sony has announced that the free game, Gran Turismo HD Concept, will be removed from the Playstation Store in Japan after September 30th.

The Japanese site for the game will also stop listing the rankings at that time, but the in-game ranking system will still continue to work fine.

Apparently, this is in preparation for the release for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue later this year. Basically, if you’re in Japan, and you haven’t already downloaded the game, you better get it soon. No word yet on if the U.S. store will do the same.

[Via FileFront]

PlayStation 3 Bundle with Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Coming!

Today in an interview with Georges Fornay, Chairman of PlayStation France, it was confirmed Sony plan to launch a PES 2008 PS3 bundle in November. Confirmed as an exclusive bundle for Sony, right now no one is too sure if its an offer that will stay in France.

[Read: Interview]

G4TV: Big Announcement Delayed

Unfortunately, that so called "big announcement" that was supposed to be told today on G4TV's Attack of the Show! was delayed. More news as it comes. Here is the statement from Attack of the Show!:

Um…. sorry. We know we’ve been hyping a big surprise all week and there’s been a ton of speculation as to what it could be. Some thought we’d start broadcasting in 720p, while others believed it had something to do with the launch of Halo 3. Good guesses, but neither of them is correct and though we can’t tell you what the answer is, we can assure you that the announcement will be huge!

Ultimately, the delay is the result of a legal thing that we honestly thought would be worked out by now. You know how it is, the lawyers in the fancy suits with the big briefcases have to cross every "T" and dot every "I" before anybody can do anything.

Don’t worry everything’s still happening, just not today. Be patient. The surprise will be worth the wait and we’re sure it will make a lot of you very happy. Again, we’re sorry.

[Via Attack of the Show!]

The Wheelman Exclusive Preview in EGM

In the latest Electronic Gaming Monthly, they had an exclusive first look of Midway's upcoming 2008 title, The Wheelman. View the scans above and below, enjoy.

[Via PlayLipse]

TGS 2007: Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 Trailer

Here is another onAXIS (& Ruliweb) exclusive trailer. This time it's for Namco Bandai's upcoming PlayStation 3 game, Eternal Sonata, with added features as compared to it's Xbox 360 counterpart. Enjoy the Tokyo Game Show 2007 trailer.

Sony Submits New PS3 Model to FCC

Straight from IGN.

Adding more fuel to the rumor that Sony is planning to release a new PlayStation 3 model soon, a new FCC filing surfaced today showing that the company has submitted a new unit to the agency for testing.

First reported by the technology site DailyTech, news of the filing rippled throughout the intertubes Thursday, leading to more speculation that Sony is planning to release a 40 GB PS3 before the holidays. Much of the information about the model is blocked from public view at Sony's request, but a label image posted on the FCC web site contains the PlayStation 3 logo and includes the model number CECHG01, which is consistent with past PlayStation 3 model numbering (the 60 GB units carries the number CECHA01 and the 80 GB unit's number is CECH01).

According to documentation filed with the FCC by Sony, the new model will have 802.11b/g wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and the same system specs as its siblings (3.2GHz CPU, etc.). Hard drive space is not mentioned in the filing, and although the FCC only mentions testing two USB ports, the documents do now show how many total USB ports, I/O ports and card readers are built into the unit.

Recent speculation that Sony would slash the price of the PlayStation 2 to $99 and release a slimmed-down $399 40 GB PS3 fizzled a bit when no such announcements were made this month at the Tokyo Game Show.

Was Sony waiting for its competitor's Halo 3 buzz to die down before making an announcement? Is the new PS3 SKU actually a model with a larger hard drive and a coffeemaker attachment? Only time, and Sony, will tell.

[Via IGN]

Dissidia: Final Fantasy Coming Next Year?

That scan right there supposedly claims that Square Enix's Final Fantasy: Dissidia won't be coming out this year as expected. Japanese magazine Famitsu has asked Tetsuya Nomura on how the Dissidia project is going along, and while he did state that "the game is in full production mode now" and that the production team is giving it all they've got, it is unfortunate that they won't make it to this year's deadline.

Earlier, Nomura was reported as saying that the game can not be released later than this year as it is a 20th anniversary offering. Releasing it at a later date would prove the celebration futile. However, it appears that a release next year is precisely the scenario we're looking at.

The reasons cited for this delay were high expectations and quality controls. For a guy like Nomura, it's not surprising that he'd demand nothing else than perfection.

[Via QJ.NET]

Go! Sports Ski Adrenaline Rush Trailer

Here is a new trailer for Go! Sports Ski, the adrenaline rush trailer. Hit the slopes and become one with the mountain!

[Via GameTrailers]

JP PlayStation Store Update for September 27, 2007

As usual, Japan receives a heapload of PlayStation games for their store. Lets take a look at their update for September 27, 2007:

PSone Games
  • Ganbare Goemon: Uchuu Kaizoku Akogingu - ¥600
  • Memorial Series Sunsoft Volume 3 - ¥600
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (or Flying! in Japan) - ¥600
  • Blue Breaker - ¥600
  • Popolocrois - ¥600
  • Azito - ¥600
  • Michinoku Hitou Koimonogatari Kai - ¥600
  • Shadow Tower - ¥600
  • Armored Core Project Phantasma - ¥600
Hm, I wonder if the Visa Gift Cards work on the Japan store.

[Via PlayStation Store]

Rumor: Echoblack, Echowhite, & Echosepia Coming?

The Official PlayStation Magazine of UK is reporting that Sony of Japan has patented 3 other game names, related to the Echochrome franchise.

The patented names are entitled Echoblack, Echosepia and Echowhite. Echochrome was first shown at E3 2007 and has been intriguing fans with it's geometry based puzzles. What are these three new games? Guess we will find out when they are officially revealed.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Goes Gold

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is finally gold, and ready for it's October release. Greg Phillips, SCEA's Line Producer writes:

"I’m happy to report that we’ve gone gold! The game is finished and will hit a store near you on October 30. As some of you know, this is a week later than the Oct 23rd date stated previously, but the extra wait will be worth it."
On the demo, Phillips states:
"I am also happy to report that we are wrapping up work on an updated and optimized version of our E3 demo (which is also available at Gamestop if you pre-order RCF) as I type this, and should be available via PSN in North America by October 11. The demo will be of Metropolis, the signature level in the Ratchet & Clank franchise."
That didn't make me happy. Although I have the demo from GameStop, what about the people that don't? Whatever happened to the October 4, 2007 demo release?

[Via PS.Blog]

Beowulf: The Forge Trailer

Will you follow the heroic path of a noble king, or the remorseless path of a brutal monster slayer? The choice is yours.

[Via GameTrailers]

Saints Row 2 EGM Scans


The latest issue of Electronic Gaming reveals information on a highly anticipated sequel, Saints Row 2. There are around five pages of information and pictures, so enjoy the scans.

[Via Xbox-Gamer]

OPM UK: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Scores 9/10

The Official PlayStation Magazine UK has a gigantic review of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 on the PlayStation 3. Covering over 6 pages in the magazine, its a fantastic review that covers every aspect of the game. In the end, it received the amazing score of 9/10!

"...Theres no other game on PS3 that you're guaranteed to be playing obsessively this time next year. PES is magic because it is football in all its glory and madness, and as such you're never really finished with it."
Thats what I'm talking about, this is something that makes me wish we had the demo even more!

[Via Winning Eleven Blog]

EU PlayStation Store Updates for September 27, 2007

Here is the PlayStation Store Update for Europe for September 27, 2007:

  • Folklore demo (free)
  • SEGA Rally demo (free)
  • Motorstorm Capitano and Varjack vehicle pack (£1.49)
  • Motorstorm Arizona and Patriot vehicle pack (£1.49)
  • Ninja Gaiden Speed Master game pack (£2.99)
  • Spider-Man 3 New Goblin game pack (£3.99)
  • Warhawk wallpapers (free)
  • Heavenly Sword wallpapers (free)
Game Videos
  • Feel Ski trailer (free)
  • inFAMOUS trailer (free)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 trailer (free)
We know what your thinking about the whole little Folklore demo, it's not new, but it's listed as new, so we had to include it. So enjoy it... again.

US PlayStation Store Update for September 27, 2007

Here is the newest PlayStation Store update, for September 27, 2007.
  • Clive Barker's Jericho demo (free)
  • NBA 2K8 demo (free)
  • Motorstorm Capitano vehicle pack ($0.99)
  • Ninja Gaiden Speed Master game pack ($unknown)
Game Videos
  • NBA 08 Upside Progression System tutorial video (free)
  • Eye of Judgment overview video (free)
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock trailer (free)
Film Trailers
  • Iron Man film trailer (free)
  • We Own The Night film trailer (free)
Now, I like the fact about how we got a video for Guitar Hero III, because thats third party. But I don't like the fact that we did not receive a Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 demo. Thats the soccer highlight of the year for me.

Oblivion: GOTY Edition Release Details

Bethesda has released information on several upcoming products which will be available on store shelves this week. The Japanese will get the PlayStation 3 version of Oblivion, the Xbox 360 version was released several months ago and has been reported to be selling well so they hope the PS3 version will do the same.

Secondly, the Oblivion Game of the Year edition for the Xbox 360 is shipping this week throughout Europe. It was released last week in the UK and will be in stores towards the end of the week.

The US will also be getting the Oblivion GotY edition for the PS3, which is set to be released in North America during mid October. Bethesda aren't certain if this date is going to be a fixed one yet but hopefully they'll confirm it to us soon.

[Via Strategy Informer]

TGS 2007: Phil Harrison Interview Video

Here is a Phil Harrison interview video from the Tokyo Game Show 2007. Phil talks Lair, Heavenly Sword, Home, and the future of the PlayStation 3. Enjoy.

On Heavenly Sword's short gameplay time, Harrison expresses how the story has been well told and well produced. People enjoy the experience and the quality so "we shouldn't criticize a game for being a story, which has an arc with a beginning, a middle, and an end."

He also clarifies that Lair's decision to require the SIXAXIS controls weren't forced by Sony. He explains:

We've always said all along that the use of the SIXAXIS is something that should be decided by the developer in tune with their creative vision for the game, so it's not something we would mandate

[Via GameTrailers]