Wednesday, November 28, 2007

PLAYSTATION Bling: We Wish We Had It

Wouldn't it be pimpin' walking around with a PLAYSTATION 2 remote on your chest, reppin' your game, and steppin' up with pride? We only got one thing to say for this bling.

"If I could bling with a circle, square, try-angle, and X//
Then I'd certainly be wearin' the controller 'top my chest//
Though we got silver buttons, we diamonds, correct//
We bling with a PS (Pee-Es), we ain't one to neglect//

-onAXIS Administrator"
Nuff' said.

[Via Ruliweb]

GameSpot Previews The Orange Box: "Not Necessarily Throw Your SIXAXIS Against the Wall Bad"

GameSpot finally got it's turn with Valve & EA's The Orange Box for the PLAYSTATION 3, and they tell their side of the story. The game is not as bad as IGN says, being "virtually unplayable." GameSpot speaks:

"First, let's get the frame-rate thing out of the way. Yes, Half-Life 2 has its slowdown troubles, and occasionally they are ugly. Not necessarily "throw your Sixaxis against the wall" bad, but certainly noticeable. Fortunately, these laggy moments are relatively few and far between; for the most part, the game runs just fine on the PS3."
Looks like it won't be as bad as people thought it would be. Although it would be nice to get those problems out of there for the final release. Knowing EA, it won't happen.

[Via GameSpot]

Borderlands & Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Premiere During Spike TV VGAs

This year's Spike TV Video Game Awards, airing on December 9, 2007 at 9:00 PM, will feature a bunch of new gaming goodies.

The awards will feature the first trailers for Borderlands and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2. There will also be new trailers for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, TNA iMPACT! and a few other trailers that have yet to be leaked. The show will also feature first footage from the new downloadable content Halo 3 Maps hitting next month.

[Via Kotaku]

EA Makes More Money On Mobile Than the PSP & PLAYSTATION 3

Electronic Arts managed to make a hefty US$ 640 million in revenue. However, there is something strange in the breakdown of EA's sales. Take a look for yourself below.

- Xbox 360 - US$ 218 million
- PlayStation 2 - US4 73 million
- Nintendo Wii - US$ 59 million
- Nintendo DS - US$ 47 million
- Mobile - US$ 37 million
- PSP - US$ 21 million
- PLAYSTATION 3 - US$ 17 million
If you cannot see it, the PLAYSTATION 3 only made US $17 million and the PSP US $21 million. Although, the mobile device made US $37 million, US $2 million less than both Sony systems added together.

Electronic Arts have been putting together some crappy PLAYSTATION 3 ports lately, and thats why you see the low numbers. We're usually not one to criticize anything other than the PLAYSTATION Network, but we're trying to figure out whether Electronic Arts plain doesn't like the console, or if there is some inside deal.

Who knows.

[Via QJ.NET]

KILLZONE 2 Beta Coming 2008

We've all been wanting to know when the beta for KILLZONE 2 is coming. The game dazzled us at E3 2007, but all we really want to do is play it.

Earlier this year, Guerilla Games' lead tester, Seb Downie confirmed that fact earlier this year on KILLZONE 2's official forums:

"Of course there is going to be a public beta. I have always said that any game that has an online mode needs to go through a public beta to ensure it works as intended,"
We've all been waiting for this Beta, hoping it would hit us in 2007, but sadly, it's not happening this year. So in order to find out what was going on with the beta, PSU contacted SCEA's Alex Armour to get an update on the situation.
"We are hoping to do a beta but I don't think we'll have anything ready before this year is over... it is something we are working on for next year,"
Hopefully, the KILLZONE 2 beta will follow a mid-2008 release with full support of PLAYSTATION Home.

[Via PSU]

Rat Race: Q&A With Victor Varnado

IGN caught up with Victor Varnado, a New York City comic who has been on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, who is also working on the upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title, Rat Race.

Rat Race is simply put as a comedy-adventure game in third person view. The game is to come in episodes, with each being about three hours long, if you find all the hidden goods and such.

Each episode of the game is a collaboration. They wanted players to get the feeling of playing a sitcom such as NBC's The Office.

The game is a combination of cutscenes and emergent gameplay that blends nicely together. The player can interact with all of the characters in the world at any time, and the story isn't linear. The experience is deeper and more engaging than one might expect. You'll need to keep the controller in your hands for the vast majority of the experience.

Don't worry people, the game has nothing to do with the movie titled Rat Race. Varnado thought that was horrible as well.

[Via IGN]

PLAYSTATION Store Japan Receives More PSone Classics for November 29, 2007

Tomorrow, the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store is receiving some more PSone Classic titles for us to cry over. Among these classic includes games like Wild Arms 2 and Armored Core Master of Arena. The full list below.

- Seireiki Live Red (Winky Soft) (600 yen)
- Poitter's Point (Konami) (600 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Port no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Bouhatei no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- SuperLite Fishing: Hama no Tsuri-hen (Success) (300 yen)
- Wild Arms 2nd Ignition (SCEJ) (600 yen)
- MediEvil (SCEJ, PSP-only) (600 yen)
- Arcade Hits Frisky Tom (Hamster) (600 yen)
- Formation Soccer '98 (Hamster) (600 yen)
- Armored Core Master of Arena (From, PS3-only) (600 yen)
Hmm, if we are able to get titles from Konami, why not toss us over some Metal Gear Solid action huh Sony? The US Store needs some new and good classics compared to the Japanese PLAYSTATION Store.

[Via IGN]

Backbreaker: Morpheme Technical Demonstration

IGN has some new videos of the tech demonstrations of the upcoming football back breaking game, Backbreaker. The game's major focus is tackling, but it focuses on all the other elements on football as well. Enjoy, and visit the official site as well.

Upgrade Your PLAYSTATION 3 HDD In Minutes

One of the great things about the PLAYSTATION 3 is the ability to change your hard drive whenever you want by simply buying another 2.5" HDD off the store shelves. Changing the hard drive is quite simple, but there are people out there who don't know how to do it. So if you want to make your PLAYSTATION 3 storage size bigger, watch the video above and learn how.

I'm Colorblind! See Your Rock Band Drums Easier

Rock Band is a great game that I sadly do not own yet, but plan on owning a copy soon. Though it is a great game, one may argue that the colors on the drums are a little hard to see due to them surrounding the drums as borders, and not fully engulfing each drum.

So what to do? Generation Gamer has you covered. Visit the link below to find out how to see your Rock Band drum set the easy way.

[Learn How to Color]

First Details On Upcoming PLAYSTATION Network Title, flOwer

At the Montreal International Games Summit, Kellee Santiago revealed new details on the development of thatgamecompany's upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title, flOwer.

Santiago described the game as "first game outside the safety net of academia." Based on her statements, it's obvious the game will be about raising flowers alongside some new gameplay elements, such as we saw with flOw.

Santaigo states that the genesis of flOwer is a search to "give the player a visceral perspective, surreal and dreamlike" and "to experience a field in a way you couldn't in real life." In a break from most games, flOwer will "focus on micro and close up moments as well as the macro -- this relationship would be part of the experience."

You can expect to see some new game elements in this upcoming PLAYSTATION Network title.

[Via Gamasutra]

Deus Ex 3 Official Site Launches

The official site for Eidos Montreal's upcoming Deus Ex title, Deus Ex 3, has just gone live today.

The only thing the site features at the moment is the debut teaser for the game. You can stream it, or download it in HD, and watch it in your HD glory.

You can even code it for your PLAYSTATION 3. Visit the official site below.

[Visit: Deus Ex 3 Site]

Ratchet & Clank Future: Post Mortem Interview Part 2

GameTrailers comes back with the team behind Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, also known as Insomniac Games, to see what they have to say about the game's content - what is, what was, and what could have been.

[View Part 1]

Resistance Axbridge & Bracknell Map Press Release

Insomniac Games & Sony has released a press release for the upcoming map pack for Resistance: Fall of Man containing the Bracknell and Axbridge maps. View the press release below.

Bracknell/Axbridge Maps

The Chimeran onslaught continues in these two additional multiplayer maps for Resistance: Fall of Man™. Fight for survival in the gloom of an abandoned railway system at Bracknell, or struggle to repel the enemy from a network of bases spanning the valley at Axbridge. Download the pack now for a chilling new combat challenge.

Continue the fight to save Britain – and the human race – in two incredible new locations, with additional multiplayer maps for Resistance: Fall of Man™.

In the Bracknell map, the struggle against the Chimera comes to the cavernous spaces of an old railway system – now a Chimeran node. Expect intense close-quarters fighting as you explore three storeys of dimly lit spawning rooms and disused train carriages.

The Axbridge map, meanwhile, consists of two resistance bases spanning a valley strewn with rocks and Chimeran structures. Find yourself a secret perch among the cliffs on either side or brave the walled ‘theatre of combat’ on the valley floor, and prepare for battle: the enemy will show no mercy.

Unreal Tournament III Mark Rein Interview: Home Integration, 'Trojan Horse' Strategy

In an new in-depth interview with Epic Vice President Mark Rein, the executive discusses Unreal Tournament III for the PLAYSTATION 3, praising the possibilities for upcoming Home integration and Sony's 'trojan horse' strategy of including Blu-ray in the PLAYSTATION 3.

Rein discusses the future use of Home for Unreal Tournament III.

"We're planning that you'll be able to get a party together in Home and then file into the game from an Unreal space. Home's pretty cool, so we're planning to do that. That'll make it easy for... what I like about that is that you'll be able to form without us having to build a party system. It won't be as detailed as a real party system, but the idea is that we could all meet up in a room and go together in the game."
It would be really great to see some Home integration in the title. Read the full interview at the link below.

[Read: Rein Interview]

Home Beta Not Arriving Tomorrow

There has been some speculation lately due to the latest PLAYSTATION 3 commercials to a PLAYSTATION Home open beta arriving November 29, 2007. Today, a moderator on the EU PLAYSTATION Forums has revealed it's not coming.

"Hi Guys

This is totally rumour and speculation.

Home will not be available to the masses tomorrow.

That is confirmed.

Hopefully, we will receive it by year's end.

[Via PS EU]

Grand Theft Auto IV Boxart: The Video Reveal

The final Grand Theft Auto IV from Rockstar Games boxart has been revealed. What is it? Yet again, another iconic boxart showing a special message. Enjoy the video reveal, or picture reveal, whatever suits you best.

Also, for those waiting for the next Grand Theft Auto IV trailer, we can expect the next trailer on December 6, 2007 at noon PST.

Grand Theft Auto IV Boxart Revealed

Here it is, in all it's shining glory, the boxart for the highly anticipated game, Grand Theft Auto IV. Rockstar sure made the box nice, while keeping the classic Grand Theft Auto style. Just by the box, you can tell this is going to be one hell of a game.

Rock Band Bringing In 12 More Songs Through December 18, 2007

The schedule for the upcoming Rock Band downloadable content was obtained by GameRevolver today. This highlights the content coming till December 18, 2007. Let's take a look.

Week of November 27, 2007
3-Pack for $5.49 or Individual Tracks for $1.99 Each
(160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per pack for Xbox 360)

David Bowie Pack
"Moonage Daydream" - David Bowie
"Heroes" as made famous by David Bowie *
"Queen Bitch" as made famous by David Bowie *

Week of December 4, 2007
3-Pack for $5.49 or Individual Tracks for $1.99 Each
(160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per pack for Xbox 360)

Black Sabbath Pack
"N.I.B." as made famous by Black Sabbath *
"Sweet Leaf as made famous by Black Sabbath *
"War Pigs" as made famous by Black Sabbath *

Week of December 11, 2007
3-Pack for $5.49 or Individual Tracks for $1.99 Each
(160 Microsoft Points per track and 440 per pack for Xbox 360)

Punk Pack:
"Rockaway Beach" - Ramones
"I Fought the Law" - The Clash
"Ever Fallen In Love" as made famous by Buzzcocks *

Week of December 18, 2007
Individual Tracks for $1.99 Each(160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360)

"My Iron Lung" - Radiohead
"Buddy Holly" - Weezer
"Brass in Pocket" as made famous by Pretenders *
[Via Game Revolver]

Tekken 6: Fight Your Way to the Finish With New Videos

Ruliweb has over five new videos of Namco Bandai's upcoming and much anticipated arcade fighter, Tekken 6. The video above is the final fight, and you can view other fights at the link below. I'm really curious to see how well this game will handle online play over the PLAYSTATION Network.

[View: Tekken 6 Videos]