Monday, November 5, 2007

Call of Duty 4: PS3 vs. X360 Comparison Images

KillerSnake from the SonyProtectionGroup has provided us with some PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 comparison images. The Xbox 360 images are on the left and PLAYSTATIOn 3 images on the right. Enjoy.

Note: This is a very bad comparison, I know, but it's the only one available at the moment till someone gets brave and makes one of their own. =]

[Via SPG]

PLAYSTATION Network Downtime November 6, 2007 (8-10am PST)

Robert Bowling, a friend of mine from Infinity Ward, posted on the official Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare PLAYSTATION 3 forums that the PLAYSTATION Network will be having a downtime tomorrow from 8-10 am PST, which is 11 am - 1 pm EST time.

No word on what this downtime will be about, but hold off on your Call of Duty-ing for about three hours. You'll live.

[Via Infinity Ward]

onAXIS: New Site Name! I Need Your Help!

Okay guys & gals, I'm having a serious issue here with the site. We are moving soon, like I've stated so many times to a new site that will be multiplatform but still under my ownership.

For all the PLAYSTATION 3 only lovers, don't worry, I'm seperating the site down into sections so you can stick with the news you only want.

Anyway, I've been struggling lately thinking of names for this new site. It's very hard to think of something completely original, heres what I thought of so far:

New Site Names
  • P3 GAMER
Those are basically it, and to tell the truth, they only sound descent. I want something great, incredible, and has a little ring to it. It's up to you, help me out guys, drop me a comment or an e-mail (

onAXIS Poll Results: Which Title Are You Getting This/Next Month?

Our polls have closed down and we've managed to get a high 743 votes. But nobody cares about that, lets get down to buisness. Which game took home the prize of most wanted? Lets give out the medals:
1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Infinity Ward - 205 Votes (27%) - Gold Medal
2. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune - Naughty Dog - 169 Votes (22%) - Silver Medal
3. Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft Montreal - 118 Votes (15%) - Bronze Medal
Seems that the most wanted game is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, coming out on November 5 at retailers. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune takes the second most wanted by PLAYSTATION 3 gamers, releasing the 19th of this month. And finally, Assassin's Creed takes the third most wanted releasing the 13th of this month.

Turning Point: 32 New Screenshots

WorthPlaying has thirty two new screenshots of Codemasters & Spark Unlimited's upcoming shooter, Turning Point: Fall of Libery for the PLAYSTATION 3 and other next-generation consoles. View the images at the link below.

[View: Turning Point Screens]

Rock Band Is Gold

Rock Band, the Guitar Hero-like title developed by Harmoix, has gone gold today.

The title comes packed with a guitar, drum kit, and a wired microphone. Individual instruments will not be available for purchase at launch, however Harmonix states that the Rock Band PLAYSTATION 3 guitar can be used with the PS2 edition.

Alex Rigopolous, CEO of Harmonix, states that:
“Rock Band is a true symbol of Harmonix’s vision, dedication, and passion for music and after two years of development, we are thrilled that Rock Band is finally ready to get in the hands of rock fans everywhere.”
He continued:
“We have a small army filling our warehouses with final product. Now, our focus is putting together an amazing selection of downloadable music content for players so players can continue to further customize their Rock Band experience post launch.”
EA CEO John Riccitiello said that:
“We won’t be able to put up enough inventory to meet the demand of this fiscal or calendar year.”
Of course your local gaming goods store will have to copy in, but your going to most likely have a pre-order if you want to get a copy of the title.

Rock Band comes with 58 tracks out of the case and new songs are to be released weekly which you can get from the PLAYSTATION Store.

[Via PSU]

SSFIITHDR Early Character Sprites Leaked

A number of leaked early character art sprites for Capcom's upcoming downloadable title, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, have been leaked onto the internet.

The leaked artwork includes in-progress drawings, complete with design notes and hitbox, artwork for Guile, Cammy, M. Bison, Zangief, Blank, Ken, Ryu, Akuma, Dhalsim, E. Honda, Fei Long, Sagat, Balrog and Vega guides.

View these leaked sprites at the link below.

[Via STHD Sprites]

Son Hires Hitman To Kill Parents After PS3 Is Tooken Away

Due to poor grades in school, a young boy named Cory Ryder was banned from his television and his PLAYSTATION console until he received better grades. In anger and hate, he plotted to murder his parents.

Due to some threats he made to his parents, they decided to organize a sting operation where a police officer would play the role of a hitman. Naturally, Cory found his way to that very hitman and offered his dad's truck as payment, allegedly saying "two bullets is all it takes". He was subsequently arrested.

If your here, you obviously love PLAYSTATION, but who would go that low as to try and kill their parents? Cory Ryder is one crazy guy if you want to go ahead and ask me. Thats just loco.

[Via Digg]

GameTrailers: Call of Duty 4 Reviews a 9.4/10

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one of the most anticipated shooters to be released this year, and GameTrailers will tell you if it's good or not. They score it a 9.4 out of 10. Here is the breakdown:
Story: 8.0
Design: 9.4
Gameplay: 9.1
Presentation: 9.8
Overall Score: 9.4
A pretty impressive score, for a pretty impressive game. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will be available at retailers November 5, 2007.

Call of Duty 4's Hood Part 2

This is a follow up of this post here.

In this Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare feature, Infinity Ward takes us through the different stages of rendering a level.

PS.Blog: Creating the Guncon 3

PS.Blog writes: Hello, everyone, this is Takashi Satsukawa, the director of Time Crisis 4.

Today, I would like to discuss our development process in creating Time Crisis 4 and the Guncon 3 controller. Four years have passed since I first came up with the framework of Time Crisis 4. In the autumn of 2003, after the completion of the PS2 version of Time Crisis 3, our development team started to examine what our next big step for the series should be. After kicking around some ideas, we decided to work on a new concept in which the player has full control over their on-screen actions, moving independently through the stage and shooting at enemies with an entirely new Guncon.

In most traditional arcade shooting games such as the previous installments of Time Crisis, players don’t have full control over their movement. Instead, the camera movements are directed precisely by the developer, while enemies show up quickly on the screen. This allows the player to focus on one specific action – shooting. As the basic premise for this type of game has broad appeal and is instantly engaging, we’ll continue to make these games in the future, but wanted to investigate a new path for Time Crisis 4.

[Continue Reading: Creating the Guncon 3]

White Knight Story: New Scan & Images

Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed some new images of White Knight Story for the PLAYSTATION 3, developed by Level 5.

This is Level 5's first PLAYSTATION 3 title. In this fantasy RPG, you take control of a boy who comes into the possession of an ancient artifact. The artifact gives him the ability to transform into the White Knight of the title, a 7-meter warrior from a time when such creatures nearly destroyed all of civilization.

[Via GT Forums]

Test Drive Coming to PS3, Afrika "Non-Violent"

In Surfer Girl's latest post, she reveals some PLAYSTATION 3 related insider facts:
1) Eden Games is currently working on a new Test Drive title for a release late next year/early 2009 on PS3/360/PC, the game will use the open-world gameplay and online features seen in last year's Test Drive Unlimited.
2) Afrika is a "nonviolent game" with "positive social themes." Something certain to appease those who have always wanted to spell doom to fictional poachers without violence.
3) Three Wario games are in development.
4) Itadaki Street DS will see a release in the states sometime next year.
So we get a Test Drive and a nature animal game. I like the Test Drive, not the animals.

[Via Surfer Girl]

Guitar Hero III Invades TVs With Commercial

Activision & RedOctane's Guitar Hero III can now be seen on your TV, in commercial form. This TV spot brings a whole new way of looking at game interaction.

Assassin's Creed: 33 Second PLAYSTATION 3 Commercial

The first 33 seconds commercial taken from a TV displayed footage of Assassin's Creed for the PLAYSTATION 3. Enjoy.

[Via GamePlanets]

Call of Duty 4: Solo Campaign Is 5 Hours Long

Yahoo! France has reviewed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from Infinity Ward a very good score of 17/20. One thing pointed out though is:
"Yet, despite all his qualities, including technical, Call Of Duty 4 has some default . The first of, its life: 5 hours! That, as it is said, quick and painful as they say. 5 hours is about the time it takes to complete the game in medium difficulty."
I'm just in it for the multiplayer is what I always say.

[Via Y! France]

GT5 Prologue Coming to the US February '08?

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, just like the previous installment in the hit Gran Turismo series, will launch in December for Japan. The latest installment will appear on the shelves and PLAYSTATION 3 on December 13, 2007 in Japan. In the US Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will be available possibly early 2008 (February).

Sony and Polyphony Digital also announced that the demo of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, which was originally due to be removed from the Japan PLAYSTATION Store on November 11, will now be up until November 30, 2007.

Get the demo while it's still available.

[Via GT Center]

Time Crisis 4: FPS Action Trailer

Time Crisis 4 is surely shaping up as a great looking exclusive for the PLAYSTATION 3. Namco Bandai's latest installment includes an FPS mode were you move around freely unlike most the game. Take a look for yourself.

Epic Talks Multiplayer in Unreal Tournament III

Unreal Tournament III may be bringing a solo campaign with it when it releases, but of course it's bringing the big bombs known as multiplayer. Epic's Unreal Tournament series are known for some of the best multiplayer amongst games.

James Brown, lead level designer of Unreal Tournament III at Epic Games, talked with Local Tech Wire about what fans can expect from the new multiplayer game.

Can you talk about your goals with the multiplayer in Unreal Tournament 3?

Many FPS (first person shooter) games today are slower tactical shooters, and that just isn’t Unreal. We are aiming for fast-paced combat with crazy fun weapons and new and interesting vehicle designs. Unreal Tournament is a game that you can play competitively, or just hop online and have fun with friends.
Read the full interview at the link below.

[Read: James Brown Interview]

Bethesda Talks Elder Scrolls MMO

Ever since was registered by Bethesda Software, much speculation arose about an Elder Scrolls MMORPG.

SPOnG caught up briefly with Bethesda’s Pete Hines late last week who told us the following about the recent $300 million cash injection into Bethesda’s new MMO group:

“This investment allows Bethesda to continue to grow and pursue our previously announced initiatives. That includes work now going on with our new MMO group (ZeniMax Online Studios), as well as the titles that we are working on.”
He added:
“I don't think that this funding changes our focus in terms of what we are about and are trying to accomplish. The additional resources will allow us to expand our publishing efforts-both our own titles and those of other studios-and to pursue development of more titles, working with internal and external development teams.”
When we find out more about this mystery MMO, we will keep you informed.

[Via SPOnG]

Ceramic White Ratchet & Clank Future Commercial

A new Japan based commercial advertising the new 40GB Ceramic White PLAYSTATION 3 along with a great game by Insomniac known as Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Enjoy.

Devil May Cry 4 Collector's Edition Announced

Capcom® Entertainment, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the contents of the Devil May Cry® 4 Collector’s Edition package, which includes volume 1 of ADV Films’ Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, a Steelbook™ case and a bonus DVD filled with extras. The $79.99 Devil May Cry 4 Collector’s Edition will be available February 5, 2008, for both the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The Devil May Cry: The Animated Series anime disc will be packed with the Steelbook case, and will include the first four episodes of the 12 episode anime series. Volume one of the four-disc DVD anime series will be available from ADV Films at the same time the game launches. Inside the case will be a second bonus DVD alongside the game that users can slip into their computers. The bonus DVD will contain a “making of” feature on the game, music from the Devil May Cry 4 soundtrack, a digital art book with images and sketches from the development team, wallpapers, icons and screen savers.

The highly anticipated Devil May Cry 4 immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with series mainstay Dante. As new leading man Nero players will be able to unleash incredibly powerful and stylish attacks and non-stop combos using a combination of the Devil Bringer arm and the Exceed system, both of which are new gameplay mechanics for the series. Fans of Dante won’t be disappointed as he too will be playable during the course of the game.

Devil May Cry 4 is an epic story where the lines between good and evil are constantly blurred. Taking full advantage of the advanced graphical and processing power of the next-gen systems and Windows PC it draws gamers into the rich and highly detailed world of Fortuna and its surrounds with more enemies than ever before and some of the most breath-taking bosses ever conceived.
Devil May Cry 4 includes the following features:
  • From the producer of the original Devil May Cry® and Resident Evil® 4
  • 2 playable characters – take control of both Nero & Dante
  • High-definition visuals moving at 60 frames per second
  • Blend of familiar and new: newcomer Nero clashes with veteran Dante plus appearances from Trish, Lady and others from the DMC series
  • Exceed System allows Nero to easily charge up his sword with a throttle effect, revving up to three levels with powerful and varied attack options
  • Deep combo system rewards stylish dispatching of enemies
  • Unique "Devil Bringer" arm opens up a range of never seen before combo options
  • Distinct set of weaponry and moves for Nero and Dante
  • New active style change system for Dante allows him to switch styles and weapons on the fly, producing crazy combo possibilities
  • Numerous new characters and environments
  • Signature blend of guns and swordplay

Devil May Cry 4 Collector’s Edition contains the following extras:
  • Volume 1 of ADV Film’s Devil May Cry: The Animated Series on DVD, including four complete episodes of the anime (a retail value of $29.99)
  • Unique Steelbook™ metal case
  • Bonus DVD
    • Making of Devil May Cry 4
    • Music from the soundtrack
    • Digital artbook
    • PC content (screen savers, wallpapers, icons)

South Park: New Episode to Feature Guitar Hero

South Park always does video game related episodes. Whether its the Wii or the World of Warcraft episode, they are always funny.

Titled "Guitar Queer-o," this new episode will center on Guitar Hero. According to the episode synopsis, "Stan and Kyle are hooked on Guitar Hero. But Stan's superior skills on the video game damage his friendship with Kyle."

Looks like Stan's Dad takes a liking to the game as well. Stick to your TV for the premiere of the episode.

[Via GamerNode]