Saturday, November 24, 2007

PLAYSTATION 3 Rising In North America

When the 40GB PLAYSTATION 3 launched in Japan, it was an immediate success. Then on November 2, 2007, the 40GB PLAYSTATION 3 launched in North America. Was it a success?

Since the launch, the PLAYSTATION 3 sales have rose greatly. However, Sony never officially came out and gave confirmation on the 40GB PLAYSTATION 3’s success in North America.

Sony has revealed that sales of the 40GB and even 80GB models have “more than doubled” overall in North America. Highlighting on the exact numbers, Sony mentioned that the sales has increased by 192% in the top ten retailers in North America. This is all great news for Sony, but it must be noted that Sony should definitely increased the number of units shipped per month. In October, the Nintendo shipped 519,000 units of the Wii while Microsoft shipped 366,000 units. This is in comparison to the mere 121,000 shipped PS3 units.

Lets see how it does this time for Christmas 2007.

[Via PSU]

Assassin's Creed Video Spoof

From the creators of the Metal Gear Solid spoof we all know and love, comes the Assassin's Creed spoof, telling the story of the game in the funniest way. Warning, it contains spoilers.

New UK PLAYSTATION 3 Commercial Is Even Weirder

Just a few days ago, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe released a new PLAYSTATION 3 ”This is living” commercial in Europe. The new commercial however, has clips from previous commercials from Sony along with a new ending. It's pretty weird, once again.

NiGHTS Remake Coming to the PS2

In the recent issue of Famitsu magazine, SEGA announced that an enhanced remake of the beloved game, NiGHTS.

The title is slated for release in Japan on February 21, 2008, will support 16:9 widescreen, graphical improvements, and bonus videos and images from the original game, with a price tag of 3990 yen ($36 USD).

A North American release date was not mentioned, but expect to see it.

[Via GamePro]

PSM3: Resistance 2 Coming 2008, Syphon Filter PS3 Coming 2009

The latest issue of PSM3 magazine features reviews and some interesting news. First off, let's take a look at the reviews:

Assassins Creed - 81
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - 94
Need for Speed ProStreet - 79
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - 80
Beowulf - 41
The Simpsons Game - 70
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men - 58
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - 90

Crash of the Titans - 62
Thirllville: Off the Rails - 69
Jackass: The Game - 60
Singstar R&B - 70
The Sims: Castaway - 55
High School Musical: Sing it! - 32

Silent Hill Origins - 82
SOCOM Tactical Strike - 78
Now for the juicy stuff, which includes the recently announced Warhawk downloadable content to EA working on a next-gen snowboarding game, which could be the next-generation version of SSX.

But there is even more. Infinity Ward are rumoured to be working on an all new IP, expected to hit in shores in 2009. Second, a next-gen Hitman title should be coming in the Summer of 2008, and thirdly Ubisoft Montreal are bringing the Far Cry series to the PLAYSTATION 3 in 2008, could even be early 2008, but at the moment are working on a new Prince of Persia.

To make things even bigger, Insomniac Games are in full motion with Resistance: Fall of Man 2, and are planning to make a global unveiling next year with a late 2008 release. Finally, PSM3 states that Sony is busting their butts to have Syphon Filter for the PLAYSTATION 3 ready to release in 2009. That is crazy.

And to dumb it all down, their remaining insider news:
- Street Fighter 4 won’t look like the teaser trailer.
- NBA Ballers 3 in April 2008.
- Sega have selected Eurocom to develop the official 2008 Beijing Olympics game.
- Lego Indiana Jones to tie in with the new movie release date.
That's all, talk about exciting.

[Via Ripten]

Beowulf: PLAYSTATION 3 vs Xbox 360 Comparison

The PLAYSTATION 3 vs Xbox 360 comparison is one that will never stop. The gap between consoles continues to grow thinner as you really can't tell the difference, graphic wise, between the two Beowulf versions. Enjoy.

Ratchet & Clank Post Mortem Interview

GameTrailers caught up with Insomniac Games' Brian Hastings (cheif creative officer) and James Stevenson (community relations manager). They discuss Ratchet & Clank's biggest outing and see what they think about the current state of gaming.

Rock Band Drums Work on Your PC

When your not rocking out in songs in Harmonix's newly released Rock Band title, you can rock out on your computer. Take a watch at the video above. We are still aching to receive a copy of Rock Band here as well.

[Via DXProg]

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Is Coming to PLAYSTATION 3

Yesterday, there was a rumor about Rainbow Six Vegas 2 not coming to the PLAYSTATION 3, due to the Ubisoft UK site only listing the game as PC and Xbox 360.

Today, a forum member of the Ubisoft forums made a post, asking:

"Why is it only listed as 360 and PC? This is 4 PS3 as well right? Obviously that's the assumption since you're announcing it here. Could you confirm because the rumors are already flying that this is a 360/Windows exclusive."
MS-Kleaneasy, a forum manager, replied to his post saying:
"This weeks press release………"
He goes to show the press release for the announcement of Rainbow Six Vegas 2, bolding the part that states:
"announced that it is developing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Vegas 2 for next-generation consoles and PC"
There you have it PLAYSTATION 3 owners, so fear not, as Rainbow Six will be invading your PLAYSTATION 3 as well as the other consoles.

[Via Ubi Forums]

Win an 80GB PLAYSTATION 3 With Six Games

Sony wants to know if you love the PLAYSTATION 3, and to reward you for the console love, they are giving away three PLAYSTATION 3 80GB bundles along with five games and the Motorstorm packaged in the 80GB. All you must do is:

• Create a two-minute video explaining why the PLAYSTATION 3 is the best next-gen gaming console.
• Be as creative, original and enthusiastic as you can be.
• Upload your creation to your favorite video hosting site.
• Don't use any copyrighted materials.
• Email the link to your video, plus your name, street address and email address to:
• Make sure you include PS3 PDA in your video title so it can be easily found.
If Sony picks your video as one of the lucky three, you are going to win:
• 80GB PLAYSTATION 3 w/ Motorstorm
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Heavenly Sword
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Anyway, good luck all you PLAYSTATION 3 lovers, start showing your affection at the link below.

[Enter: PS3 Contest]

Assassin's Creed Patch for PLAYSTATION 3 On It's Way

UbiRazz, an Ubisoft forum manager, made a post late yesterday about Assassin's Creed for the PLAYSTATION 3. He wrote:

"Following our recent statement regarding the freeze issues that some consumers are facing with Assassin’s Creed on PlayStation 3, we can confirm that we are actively working on a game update. This update will help improve the stability of the game and will be released as soon as possible. In the meantime thank you for your ongoing feedback and patience."
Seems like you'll soon be able to play Assassin's Creed again without a problem. No mention an a date for this update's release.

[Via Ubi Forums]

Is This The PLAYSTATION 3 Birth Place?

Ever wonder where your shiny, glossy PLAYSTATION 3 was created? Well, if these pictures from a Chinese forum are real, CSR Asia says that they allegedly show a Chinese PS3 factory in action.

That means our PLAYSTATION 3's where made in what looks like a deluxe garage. Me, I've always pictured robotic arms putting all the pieces together, but I guess I was wrong.

[Via Destructoid]

Konami Not Set-Up for Multi-Platform

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is a great game, although it does have some major issues on the PLAYSTATION 3 due to bad porting from the Xbox 360 version.

They are starting to rethink their actions from here on. Pro Evolution boss, Seabass Takatsuka admitted they're a little behind the times:

As a developer, we've worked the same way since the days of the SNES. We're simply not set up for multi-platform development.
Seabass promised that Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 will bring major improvements, hopefully making them equal for both consoles.

[Via Kotaku]