Monday, November 26, 2007

IGN's The Orange Box Preview

IGN has received it's preview copy of Valve & EA's The Orange Box for the PLAYSTATION 3. It seems nothing has changed from the 1UP preview of the game. IGN tries not to make a big deal of The Orange Box's biggest problem on the PLAYSTATION 3 as they write "Unless you require your games to never dip below 30fps, you should not strike The Orange Box off your PS3 holiday wish list". Below 30fps? On my list, thats a no-no. For now, enjoy these videos.

[Via IGN]

Home Beta Build 0.7.7 Released for Testers

Good news for all you PLAYSTATION Home beta testers. The Home Beta Build version 0.7.7 has just been released. According to the users over at the PS3Forums, it contains a few new features.

These features include a new building in the Home Square, you are now able to place your own pictures in your Home, there is a game launching option on the PSP, and more.

When we find out more on this update, we will keep you informed.

[Via PS3Forums]

Update: An onAXIS reader has tipsed us with all the newest features of PLAYSTATION Home. For one, you can now customize your characters Bone Structure & Body Shape.

The tile in your apartment now shows reflections as well, adding to the realism. Two extra windows where added in the apartment as well, showing a cruise boat outside. The apartment window doors now have dots on them, and you can go on your balcony and enjoy the view of the Home City shown below. You now have the ability to add in your own pictures from your hard-drive in picture frames.

On your PSP, there is now an option named "Create Game" where when you click it, you can launch the game you have in your system, or a demo you have o n your system. There is now a region selection under Locations on the PSP XMB.

In the Home Square, there is a new building, covered with pink, making it look like it's under renovation. He sent us in a picture along with the information.

This building looks like it is some sort of convention building. Perhaps a virtual home for the next batch of events such as E3 and the Tokyo Game Show 2008?

The movie theater now has all it's showings on the first floor, with the second floor containing nothing but posters.

That's about it.

Time Crisis 4: Setup Screenshots

We just received Time Crisis 4 in the mail the other day and are having a blast with it. I don't understand why it received so many bad reviews, it's just like the arcade, which already had my quarters flying out of my pockets.

With Time Crisis 4 for the PLAYSTATION 3 comes a set-up as well. You need to place motion sensors on your TV screen as well in order to tell where the gun is. Take a look for yourself at the link below.

Be sure to read our Time Crisis 4 review upon the opening of the new site, which should be happening anyday now.

[Via GT Forums]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Patch Not So Successful

Today, the Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 patch was released for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of the game.

However, despite the excitement and anticipation surrounding the updates it appears they are only mildly successful. Console owners are reporting that while the patches do improve matters online somewhat, there is still warping, teleporting and lag, despite the updates.

Hopefully, Konami will patch the patch.

[Via VideoGamer]

PLAYSTATION Sales Rise 300 Percent

Since the PLAYSTATION 3 40GB launched on November 2, 2007, the sales have rose greatly, and today in this new press release, Sony lets us know.

PLAYSTATION 3 sales have risen 245 percent this Black Friday compared to last, although last Black Friday was the launch of the PLAYSTATION 3, and they were having stock issues.

The Sony press release:

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that overall PlayStation brand unit sales during the week including Black Friday increased by 178%, sales dollars increased by 154%.

Below are the sales figures for each PlayStation platform for the week including Black Friday for the top 10 retailers in North America:

PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) hardware sales increased by 245% when compared to Black Friday sales last year.

Since November 2nd, and the availability of both the 40GB and 80GB PS3 models, PS3 hardware sales have increased by 298%.

PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) hardware sales increased by 136% when compared to previous week sales.

PlayStation®2 (PS2) hardware sales increased by 287% when compared to previous week sales.
The sales have been rising for all the PLAYSTATION consoles, and its good to see. Now let's see some onAXIS subscribers rise 300 percent.

[Via GamaSutra]

MTV Games Has a Big Announcement Coming

In a recent interview with Jeff Yapp, executive vice president of program enterprises at MTV Networks Music Group, he talks about the success of Rock Band and taking on Guitar Hero III.

At the end of this interview, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos states:

"We're pretty optimistic about what this game is going to do, but our next big announcement, which is coming up fairly quickly, is a move to a whole other realm."
What could this next project be? I guess we will find out soon according to him.

[Via Reuters]

Two Worlds: The Temptation Port for PLAYSTATION 3

Set several years after the original, The Temptation is an add-on that will put a greater emphasis on the Elves, a race that played only a marginal role in Two Worlds.

The expansion will feature all-new regions to explore, new enemies (giant spiders, flying demons, etc.), improved AI and NPC behavior, reworked Drak'ar and Oswaroh environments, the ability to actively repel hits with your shield and much more.

Developed by Reality Pumps, The Temptation, originally the name for the PS3 port, is currently scheduled for Q2 2008.

[Via WP]

Ghostbusters Game Informer Scans

The December 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine features ten pages worth of information on Ghostbusters, the upcoming video game taking place after the second movie for next-generation consoles.

There is also a more cartoony version coming to consoles with a bigger children base, such as the PS2 and Nintendo Wii. A preview for this version is shown on the last page, with about two screenshots.

Anyway, enjoy the scans, if your a hardcore Ghostbusters fans, you better get out your zapper-like things.

[Ghostbusters GI Scans]

PLAYSTATION Creator Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has named Sony Computer Entertainment honorary chairman and Sony senior tech advisor Ken Kutaragi as the recipent of its 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed at this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony on February 7, 2008 in conjunction with the annual D.I.C.E Summit 2008.

Kutagari, also known as “Father of the PlayStation" will be honored for his contribution to the global in-home entertainment market with the success of the PLAYSTATION console, which has sold more than 100 million units worldwide.

Truly a great honor for a member of the PLAYSTATION family, and on behalf on onAXIS, congratulations for your award Kenny.

[Via Gamasutra]

Guitar Hero III's Wireless Gibson Coming Early 2008

Activision announced today that they'd be rolling out the wireless Gibsons sans Guitar Hero III for all platforms early next year. So for your pals rocking the guitar in Rock Band, you'll soon be on equal foot with their guitars.

It would be nice to see the guitar in different shapes, colors, and variations as well.

[Via JoyStiq]

Deus Ex 3 Confirmed, Teaser Trailer

Today, Eidos Montreal has announced Deus Ex 3, their first title which shall be a FPS /RPG Hybrid, which has been rumored since May 2007. Gamasutra spoke to Eidos Montreal GM St├ęphane D'Astous, who spoke about AAA titles.
"We're only working on AAA, major titles. We're going to be developing only major AAA games, using only next-gen technology."
Who really knows if this sequel will be AAA? We will find out when the time comes.

Japan Excited About Upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 Exclusives

The latest Japanese charts are in and they are full of PLAYSTATION 3 title love. Coming in at second most wanted game in Japan is Final Fantasy XIII, with third and fourth being Resident Evil 5 and Metal Gear Solid 4. Take a look at the list below.

01. Dragon Quest IX (DS, 2,544)
02. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 2,525)
03. Resident Evil 5 (PS3, 1,894)
04. Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3, 1,498)
05. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, 1,327)
06. Dragon Quest IV (DS, 1,018)
07. Lost Odyssey (360, 998)
08. Dragon Quest VI (DS, 973)
09. Devil May Cry 4 (PS3, 861)
10. Final Fantasy VI (DS, 818)
11. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii, 743)
12. Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako (DS, 737)
13. Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Gaiden (PS2, 724)
14. The Last Remnant (PS3, 701)
15. White Knight Story (PS3, 690)
16. Animal Crossing (Wii, 652)
17. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP, 652)
18. Final Fantasy Versus XIII (PS3, 586)
19. Dragon Quest V (DS, 566)
20. SD Gundam (PS2, 562)
Crazy for the PLAYSTATION 3 much? Japan is.

[Via Gamer.TM]

PLAYSTATION 3 Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Patch Released

Konami has finally released the much anticipated patch for Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.

Players of the title have reported that upon starting the game this afternoon, a patch is automatically downloaded, which will hopefully solve the online lag problems and maybe even the framerate issues in the single player game.

There is yet no word on what this patch fixes, but hopefully it's the problems stated above.

[Via PS3Center]

Unreal Tournament III Shipping December 10, 2007

Although we already knew the shipping date of Unreal Tournament III, thanks to my main man Mark Rein, it's always good to hear the official announcement.

Midway and Epic Games today announced that Unreal Tournament III will be shipping on December 10, 2007 and available at retailers December 11, 2007. Though the game does not have an official street date, meaning if stores receive it earlier, then they can sell it right away. The Midway Games press release below.

"Midway Games Inc. and Epic Games today announced that the PlayStation® 3 version of Unreal Tournament 3 is scheduled to ship to retail outlets in North America on December 10th. It is expected to begin arriving in stores in limited quantities the following day, with a U.S. suggested retail price of $59.95."
[Via Gaming Bits]

Bioshock Developers Again Shunning the PLAYSTATION 3?

Bioshock developer 2K Boston is yet again shunning the PLAYSTATION 3 for its next title, if an internet job listing is anything to go by.

The ad, which can be found on games recruitment site Gamasutra, calls out for a handful of art-centric jobs including lead artist, level builder and animator positions.

Crucially for internet conspiracy theorists though, 2K Boston only lists Xbox 360 and Windows as platforms for the title in question. So unless it's keeping quiet, PLAYSTATION 3 owners are yet again going to miss out.

[Via Gamasutra Jobs]

Square Enix Jump Festa 2008 Site Officialy Opens

Square Enix have launched their Jump Festa 2008 website today. They haven't listed any of the products/trailers they are going to feature at the show, but word on the Japanese message boards is that the new Fabula Nova Crystallis trailers that were featured at TGS 2007, are going to be available for the wide public during this event.

Jump Festa 2008 runs for two days, December 22 and 23, and will be free of charge. The official website of the event will open on December 3rd.

[Via SE Jump Festa]

PixelJunk Monsters: New Screens & Information

On December 6, 2007, Q Games (creators of PixelJunk Racers) is bringing their newest PLAYSTATION Network downloadable to the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store, PixelJunk Monsters. The price of the game is 900 Yen with the North American release to follow.

The game is a puzzle game. You must protect the puzzle simulation using the monsters. You can build towers and such as well, which ranks with the attack inside the monsters. It's hard to understand from our rough translation.

The game will feature online leaderboards as well as multiplayer, not sure if it's online multiplayer or just two-players. The game will also have something to do with the PLAYSTATION Portable as well.

[Via Dengeki]

Yakuza: Kenzan! New Screenshots

Famitsu obtained some new screenshots of SEGA's upcoming Yakuza: Kenzan! also known to us as Yakuza 3.

Enjoy the screenshots below.

[Via Ruliweb]

Amazon Lists Different Dates for Console Grand Theft Auto IVs

Amazon of UK recently changed the listings for it's two system versions of Grand Theft Auto IV, the next big title in the franchise from Rockstar Games.

For the PLAYSTATION 3, it lists the release as April 25, 2008. For the Xbox 360, it lists the release as March 31, 2008. Could the PLAYSTATION 3 seeing yet another delay for a multiplatform title?

[Via Amazon UK]