Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Orange Box: Portal Puzzling Gameplay

Find your way through a maze filled with tricky traps and perplexing puzzles. Enjoy.

[Via GameTrailers]

Half Life 2: Episode Two: Two New HD Videos

Be careful when facing down a nest of vicious Antlions, that head butt can be quite a doozy! With the help of your faithful companion, Dog, taking down one of the towering Striders proves to be a much easier task.

[Via GameTrailers]

TimeShift: Multi-Weapon Rampage Gameplay HD

Grab a weapon right out of the hands of your enemy and add it to your arsenal. Enjoy.

[Via GameTrailers]

Plat4mer: KILLZONE 2 Interview: Your Quesitons

Want to know the details and scoop about Guerrilla Games upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 title, KILLZONE 2? Want to get your question answered by a developer at Guerrilla Games? Lucky for you Plat4mer can help.

Plat4mer is doing an interview with an unnamed (to be named in actual interview) developer from Guerrilla Games and instead of asking their own questions, they want to know what you want to know.

Head over to the Plat4mer forums and ask your heart out. So far the main basis of questions seem to be "Will there be a beta?", "How long will KILLZONE 2 be", and "Will it make use of the SIXAXIS"?

To ask your questions on KILLZONE 2, which will hopefully be put into the final interview, visit the link below.

[View: KILLZONE 2 Questions for Plat4mer Interview]

Legendary: The Box: New Screenshots

IGN has some fresh brand new images of Gamecock's upcoming game, Legendary: The Box. View the images at the link below.

[View: Legendary: The Box Images]

Team Fortress 2: Ignis Solus HD

Ignus Solus is Latin for "Burn Alone" this witty little machinima should stoke the flames of any would be Pyro in Team Fortress 2. Created by Lit Fuse Films. Enjoy.

[Via GameTrailers]

G4TV: Lair Director Responds to Critics

Factor 5 President and Lair Director, Julian Eggebrecht, discusses game development for the PS3 and responds to harsh criticisms against Lair. Enjoy.

[Via G4TV]

Prince of Persia IV: Screenshots and Information

According to Surfer Girl Reviews, the above are in-game screen shots from the forthcoming Prince of Persia 4/0/Ghosts of the Past, currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal.

The game, scheduled for release in the second half of next year (for PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, and PC), will feature younger prince than previous trilogy saw and will serve as a prequel to those titles and the start to a new trilogy (the second title scheduled to come out in summer 2009 to capitalize on the release of The Sands of Time feature film). Stylistically and gameplay-wise, the game has abandoned the dark edginess of the last two titles in favor a fantastical cross between The Sands of Time, Ico and Zelda.

We are not sure if this is a truly reliable source. When official confirmation comes, we will give you a notice.

[Via SGR]

MegaTV: Presentation Video

Here is the presentation video for MegaTV from the post we made earlier today. View that at the link below.

[View: MegaTV Announcement]

Imabikisou: The Making Of (Japanese)

Go behind the scenes with Chunsoft and see what went in to making their next-gen horror game. Be warned, its in Japanese.

[Via GameTrailers]

GamePro: New Details on inFAMOUS & LittleBigPlanet

The latest GamePro sports some information from two upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 titles, LittleBigPlanet and inFAMOUS. View them below.

  • The enemies are mostly built things.
  • You can essentially create your own enemies.
  • The enemies that will ship with the game will be more complex.
  • The ways you beat them will typically be with physics and the environments.
  • The game will have bosses as well.
  • There is not a health system, but there will be ways to die.
  • You will have different powers based on how good or evil you are.
  • There are powers that affect people, which affect property, and some that will unravel the story line.
  • The boss you seen in the trailer was in the middle of the game.
  • The section you see in the trailer is only a tiny fraction of the whole game.
  • You can go on a rampage, exact revenge protect the innocent or do of both, its all about the choices you make.
  • There will be more enemies, and interesting characters.
  • You can use the city terrain, not just the ground.
  • The city is like a character it evolves as you play.
Thanks to LoudNinja from the PS3Forums.

[Via PS3Forums]

Rumor: Fear Effect 3 Announcement Soon

French gaming site, Jeux France has the latest rumor:

"The magazine in Hollywood line To defer advertisement, during a file devoted to the film Fear Effect, the development of Fear Effect 3. ' Eidos develops third Fear Effect for the consoles of the news génération'. It will now be necessary to have patience until the confirmation of Eidos Interactive before being delighted by this advertisement."
It basically states that Fear Effect 3 may be in development for next-gen consoles (most likely multiplatform). We'll keep you updated.

[Via Jeux France]

TimeSplitters 4 Official Site Goes Live, Teaser

The official site for TimeSplitters 4 has gone live, and it features a logo, and a little video teaser, along with some text.

It's back! Featuring even more crazy characters, devastating weapons and heart pounding hot sweaty action. It's funny, it's frantic and it'll do things you've never seen before! No, not naked girls, even better than that! We can't tell you the details yet, the monkeys have a loaded banana pressed against our skull, but this game will take the first person shooter to gaming nirvana. Save the world or die laughing, Timesplitters 4 is coming to getcha!
[Via TimeSplitters 4]
[View TS4 Teaser]

PLAYSTATION 3 CECHH00 Series: Press Release

Thanks to the corporate site for Sony of Japan. We have a press release for the upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 model series CECHH00. We also have some tech specs, view those below:

Product Name PLAYSTATION®3
Product Code CECHH00(Black)
CECHH00 CW(Ceramic White)
CPU Cell Broadband Engine™
Audio output Dolby Digital 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch, LPCM 7.1ch, AAC, others *1 *2
Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM,
Hard disk 2.5” Serial ATA 40GB*3
Inputs/outputs *4 Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) 2
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) ×1
IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
Controller Wireless controller (Bluetooth)
AV output Resolution 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
HDMI OUT connector *5 1
AV MULTI OUT connector 1
Digital out (optical) connector 1
BD/DVD/CD drive
(read only)
Maximum read rate BD x2 (BD-ROM)
CD x24 (CD-ROM)
Power AC 120V, 60Hz
Power consumption Approx280W
External dimensions
(excluding maximum projecting part)
Approx. 325×98×274 mm
(12.8 x 3.86 x 10.79 in)
(width x height x length)
Mass Approx. 4.4kg (9.7 lb)
And here is the press release:
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would launch a new PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) model in Japan on November 11th at a recommended retail price of 39,980 yen (including tax). The new PS3 is equipped with a 40GB hard disk drive (HDD) and comes in two color variations of “Clear Black” and newly introduced “Ceramic White” to meet a variety of users’ lifestyle and preferences. Along with the introduction of the new model, the company also announced that effective October 17th, 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD models currently available in the market will have a recommended retail price of 44,980 yen and 54,980 yen (including tax) respectively.

Moreover, DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller which was revealed at Tokyo Game Show, will become available in the Japanese market on November 11th in two colors of “Black” and “Ceramic White” at a recommended retail price of 5,500 yen including tax.

While holding the state-of-the-art technologies which define PS3 as an advanced platform to enjoy next generation interactive entertainment contents on Blu-ray Disc as well as via broadband network at home, new PS3 comes in the market at a highly attractive price. Reflecting both the increased efforts to improve software development environment and the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles, the new PS3 will no longer play PlayStation®2 titles.

On the software front, more than 40 disc based software titles for PS3 as well as more than 30 of downloadable new PS3 games and demos via PLAYSTATION®Store in Japan have been released to date in the Japanese market since the system’s launch in November 2006 and more innovative and exciting new titles are expected to be released toward the holiday season, which include “Dynasty Warriors 6” (KOEI Co., Ltd.), “WORLD SOCCER Winning Eleven 2008” (Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.), and “TIME CRISIS 4 with GUNCON3” (NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.) as well as key upcoming first-party titles such as “GRAN TURISMO 5 Prologue”, “Ratchet and Clank FUTURE:Tools of Destruction” and “Heavenly Sword”.

Additionally, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment(Japan)Inc., SCEJ will give a complimentary copy of the original Blu-ray Disc movie, “Spider-Man™ 3”, to 200,000 purchasers of the 20GB HDD and 60GB HDD models that are currently available in the market from October 17th as well as new PS3 from November 11th as part of its marketing campaign.

SCEJ will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment with innovative and exciting new titles and an enhanced line-up of PS3 systems.

[Thanks Kaddas!]

SingStar Pushed Back, Possibly 2008

SCEA has confirmed the news to 1UP and refused to specify a new release date, even one within a "end of 2007" timeframe. Here's their official comment:

"In an effort to provide consumers with the most robust experience on the PlayStation 3, and access to a diverse catalog of downloadable content, the date of SingStar PS3 has been pushed back. We hope to have a new launch date confirmed in the near future. With a strong lineup currently available for the PS2 including SingStar Rocks, SingStar Pop, SingStar '80s, SingStar Amped and the limited edition SingStar Pop Ceramic White PlayStation 2 bundle, the franchise will continue to provide fun for the entire family this holiday season."
Well, I guess thats not news, there has been so many delays for the PLAYSTATION 3, it's not even funny.

[Via 1UP]

The Orange Box: Video Roundup

Valve Software's upcoming game, The Orange Box provides you with five games at a great price: Half Life 2, Episode 1&2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal.

Xbox Kings were nice enough to do a video roundup so we can enjoy them as we wait for the game to arrive (whenever that is).

[Via Xbox Kings]

MegaTV: Sony's TV Service

It seems a new service was announced by Sony called MegaTV, here is a rough translation:

"SCEK and KT introduced the new "Mega TV for PLAYSTATION ® 3" service. This service was developed by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) software using a "Broadcasting Engine" based on the enabling technologies. "Broadcasting Engine" is the quality of HD PS3 ™ streaming software that enables playback. The "MegaTV for PLAYSTATION ® 3" service to the world's first commercialized in the United States.

The Cell / Broadband Engine ™ is used for optimal operation of the power and graphics capabilities, such as the PS3 RSX ™ to take advantage of the excellent performance of the hardware. Full-HD IPTV even responds. Using "MegaTV for PLAYSTATION ® 3" at the same time to use a Web surfing is also possible, such as top points you can not enjoy the Zone feature enables set-top boxes."
Video upload coming soon.

[Via Ruliweb]
[Download: MegaTV Images (17 in Total)]

Team Fortress 2: Meet the Demoman

A new video from Team Fortress 2 from The Orange Box about the Demoman. So Demoman, tell me, what makes you a good demoman? Enjoy.

[Via GameTrailers]

PSP: 7 Games Being Developed for the PSP Store?

According to some leaked and unofficial news, Sony will be releasing at least 7 downloadable titles through their PSP store following its launch in 2008. Said to be one-half to one-third the size of a UMD, the games will offer anywhere from 2 to 10 hours of play. According to GamesIndustry.biz, the titles will consist of:

...three action games, two music-based games, one racing title and a shooting game...
All titles are being developed internally, which has a lot of promise if we see the same level of creative talent on these projects as we have in PSN downloads.

[Via Kotaku]

PSU: Exclusive SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 Interview

PlayStation Universe did an exclusive interview with Dan Ryan from THQ for the upcoming title, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. The details include:

  • New Game modes with edition to ECW Extreme Rules Match
  • Xbox 360 vs PS3 versions (Xbox has custom songs, PS3 uses SIXAXIS)
  • Talk about using PlayStation Network to hold tournaments
  • 1,400 unique Create-A-Superstar parts
  • 720p resolution
  • Xbox Live demo on the way
It's actually pretty weird, when they asked about the demo, they said:
"Will there be a Xbox Live and PlayStation Network demo before the games release and if so when?"
And when Dan responded, all he said was:
" Yes. There will be a demo available for download on Xbox Live shortly before the game ships in November, so definitely keep an eye out for that and any further news on the subject. "
Seems pretty odd to me. Read the full interview at the link.

[Read: SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 Interview]

DUALSHOCK 3: Ceramic White in Japan

On November 11th, Sony is also releasing the DualShock 3 in Japan. The force feedback controllers will retail for ¥5,500 (US $47) and come in Black (model number CECHZC2J) and Ceramic White (model number CECHZC2J CW). These will not be packaged with the 40GB PS3.

[Via Kotaku]

Time Crisis 4: Trailer 2

Here is the latest trailer for Bandai Namco's upcoming sequel, Time Crisis 4. The US Government has rolled out the red carpet in the form of a top secret mission. Now this is a game for the living room. Enjoy the watch.

[Via GameTrailers]

Game Informer: White Knight Story Q&A

Game Informer was able to do a Question and Answers on Level 5's upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive, White Knight Story:

"When Sony showed off White Knight Chronicles for the first time at TGS 2006, it was one of the biggest things that came out of the show. The developer for the recent Rogue Galaxy was cooking up a huge RPG for the new system, but little else was known about the game. At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, surprisingly, Level 5 allowed players to get their hands on it. We took some time to meet with Level 5 CEO/President Akihiro Hino and Senior Vice President Yoshiaki Kusuda to get a complete video walkthrough of the demo and find out more about how the game worked."
View the videos at the link below.

[View: Q&A Part 1 | Q&A Part 2]

Sony Explains Decision to Discontinue 60GB PLAYSTATION 3

Straight from MCV.

SCEE has given the reasons behind its decision to phase out the 60GB PS3 in Europe.

This morning, the format holder told MCV that once remaining stocks of the SKU had sold out in the territory, the 40GB PS3 would be the only model available to consumers.

The firm comments that the ‘missing’ features lacking in the 40GB SKU are ‘easily upgraded’, and that it believes backward compatibility with PS2 – a function the 40GB model lacks – is ‘less important now than when we launched’.

The firm explains in a statement:

‘Our offering in the UK market place for Christmas are the two 'sku's announced on Friday, but as the 60GB stock is depleted the £299 40GB SKU will be the only version available going forward.

‘The 40GB machine represents all the power and potential of PlayStation 3 at a very compelling price.

‘Whilst the feature set of the 40GB is a result of extensive feedback and research, all the 'missing' features should some consumers require them are easily upgraded with USB memory card readers, USB hubs, or bigger external USB or internal HDs.

‘The only functionality that is being removed is backwards compatibility - and this is because we believe this less important now than when we launched - as there will be 65 PS3 games available by Christmas.

‘Furthermore we believe we should now be devoting our resources to the future of PlayStation gaming and delivering next generation experiences.’

[Via MCV]

Uncharted: Rumble to be Included on Blu-Ray Disc

In a chat with Line Producer Sam Thompson, of Naughty Dog, he told GameSpy:
Instead, as Line Producer Sam Thompson told us, rumble support will be included on the Blu-ray disc. No need to wait for the US launch next spring to feel the effects of gunshots on the game's hero, Nathan Drake.
Thats good that rumble will be in the game right off the bat, so we don't need any pesky updating. Read the rest of the Uncharted hands-on at the link below.

[Via GameSpy]

Famitsu: New Afrika Screenshots

Famitsu has a smattering of new screens for the PlayStation 3's upcoming "lions, tigers and bears, oh my!" safari title Afrika. The screens show off the tremendous rendering power of the PS3 -- each of those animals looks good enough to hunt to extinction for their precious bones and furs -- yet how exactly this whole thing is going to play remains a mystery.

[Via Destructoid]

Call of Duty 4: Authenticity and Leveling System Interview HD

GameTrailers hang out with the team behind Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and talk about the online leveling system, the authentic gaming experience, and the lack of testicular electrocution.

[Via GameTrailers]