Friday, November 30, 2007

Three New KILLZONE 2 Screenshots

It seems like its been ages since we've seen anything from KILLZONE 2, but it's actually been only about a month. Anyway, today Sony Computer Entertainment revealed some new screenshots of Guerrilla Games' upcoming FPS title, KILLZONE 2.

View them to the left and below.

[Via PSU]

Gran Turismo 5 Trailer Preview for Spike VG Awards

Are you getting excited for Spike TV's upcoming Video Game Awards? We are. With promising awards to be given, a few days ago we were told we are also getting new trailers for three upcoming and anticipated games. Those trailers are Borderlands, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. And above, you can see a preview of the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue trailer to come.

Time Crisis 4: "Say Hello to My Lil' Friend"

A new add for Time Crisis 4 has surfaced on GameTrailers featuring the Cuban guy we all know and love, Scarface. Well, some Japanese dude is playing him at least. The trailer is actually pretty funny, so do yourself a favor and give it a watch.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Post Mortem Interview Part 3

The third part of the GameTrailers Post Mortem interview reveals some Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction secret easter eggs. They asks about co-op play, and find out what the future has in store for the the team behind Ratchet & Clank.

They were asked about things they had to cut from Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, which results in them giving some interesting hints at Ratchet & Clank Future 2.
"There were certain things in the story, characters that I wanted to address more in this part of the story arch that we’re not going to address until a later part of the story arch. And more of the background with the Lombaxes and what happened to them. It’s things we hint at. The Zonie and the history of the Zonian and who they are."

Pay To Inflict PAIN On the Claus & Cookies

Travis Williams, developer of the PLAYSTATION Network title, PAIN, updated us today on the situation of the game. Mainly considering the errors received by Santa & Cookie.

"When we posted PAIN, Santa and Cookie were not uploaded to the PlayStation Store," Williams wrote. "Once the store has Cookie and Santa, they will appear as purchasable characters. Sorry about this confusion everyone."
So yeah, Destructoid misguided us. The two characters will be available for download today. He also hints that online play is coming for PAIN as well.
"When I said if you make enough noise we have to listen, I mean it. If online multiplayer is very important for you guys then I will have to take it to the development team and figure out what we can do. I would personally like this feature too. It would allow me to "represent" on some of you personally."
He also mentions PAIN themes are coming to the PLAYSTATION Store as well, official ones. So expect them soon too. I don't know about you, but I like this guy.

[Via PAIN]

PAIN Is Still PAINful In the UK

This new trailer that was released on the European PLAYSTATION Store shows no matter how it happens, PAIN is still, well, painful.

PAIN Removed from the PLAYSTATION Network, Coming Back Soon

Update (3:18 PM): PAIN is back online on the PLAYSTATION Store.

Original Post: For you guys who downloaded the new PLAYSTATION Network title, PAIN, yesterday, you may have noticed a few issues in the game.

Problems include things such as the characters not loading, giving players an error message which told me to re-download and install PAIN to correct the problem. As well as issues with the online leaderboards, and a broken video on the community.

So as of today, PAIN was removed from the PLAYSTATION Store, but fear not, as it is coming back shorty. "It is something that should be working today," said Scott Groyl, PR specialist with Sony Computer Entertainment.

When it's back up, we will inform you.

[Via Destructoid]

Dylan Jobe Chimes In On Warhawk's Operation: Omega Dawn, Priced

Dylan Jobe updated us today on the official PlayStation.Blog with some information Warhawk's first piece of downloadable content, Operation: Omega Dawn.

Jobe wanted to create an expansion that changes the gameplay of Warhawk and enhance it's replayability status, not just some add-on that takes advantage of the player's wallet. This new expansion will come with three new features:

- A night-time battlefield with 6 layouts called the “Omega Factory”. It's huge.
- New 7-player aircraft called the KT-424 Combat Dropship.
- And 5 updated bonus layouts for battlefields from the original game so that you can play using the new Dropship.
He explains the new battlefield. He says that since many players wanted a level in the night, they listened and did it. The battlefield takes place at early dawn, with Jobe making ot more challenging and visually improved than the previous Warhawk levels. The level involves more building layouts and structures, platforms and detailed spaces for ground troops.

There are some places in the level only accessible by flying there, which is really cool for transporting vehicles.

He goes on talking about the Combat Dropship, saying that it's "pretty damn sweet". They integrated the new Dropship in the 5 biggest layouts from the original Warhawk game. He says "it really changes the way those levels play which is good ‘cause it gives them a fresh feel".

The expansion will be releasing this December after they pass and go gold. The price of this expansion will be $7.99 on the PLAYSTATION Store. He questions the one penny off rule.

[Via PlayStation.Blog]

GT-R Video On Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's GT.TV

Yesterday, we posted about the new video coming to the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue demo's GT.TV feature. Well, today Sony released the video on GT.TV like we said. The video is 11 minutes long, unveiling a bit more of the beautiful GT-R on the Nürburgring. You can watch the video above if you do not have the demo.

It's in Japanese by the way. Though it is obvious.

Assassin's Creed: PLAYSTATION 3 Patch Live In the Next Few Days

UbiRazz, a UK Community Manager for Ubisoft, has announced on the forums today that an update for Assassin's Creed on the PLAYSTATION 3 has been made, and you should be able to download it today, or within the next few days, depending on your location. His full post.

"Following consumer feedback regarding some issues while playing Assassin’s Creed for PlayStation 3, a corrective update has been developed and will be released worldwide on the PLAYSTATION® Network over the next few days. You can proceed to installation simply by launching your Assassin’s Creed game. Please note that release times of this update may vary depending on your location. Thank you again for your patience."
[Via Ubi Forums]

Stranglehold Goes Gold on PLAYSTATION 3 In Europe

Midway Games has just announced that Stranglehold has went gold on the PLAYSTATION 3 for Europe.

The title has shipped to European retailers and is now available for the suggested retail price of €69.95. For those who want to try out the action that is John Woo's Tequila, then head over to the PLAYSTATION Store and download the demo.

The press release below.

Midway Announces Stranglehold Has Gone Gold for the PlayStation®3 in Europe

Midway Games Ltd today announced that Stranglehold has shipped to retail for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in Europe. Developed by the team behind the critically acclaimed Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy, Stranglehold is now available for a suggested retail price of €69.95. PlayStation® 3 owners can get a taste of the cinematic action shooter by downloading the Stranglehold demo via the PlayStation® Store. Stranglehold is available now for the Xbox 360 video game system and PC.

A collaboration with world renowned action film director John Woo's Tiger Hill Entertainment, Stranglehold allows players to experience the excitement of true next-gen action as you take on the role of Inspector Tequila created by John Woo for his influential action film, "Hard Boiled" starring Chow Yun-Fat. Ensnared by a crime boss with a gripping secret, Inspector Tequila is forced to cross the line from sworn duty to renegade cop. Engage your enemies with intense cinematic gun battles and cause massive environmental damage in real-time or revolutionary slow-motion Tequila Time.

God of War III Fan-Made Teaser

KazamaFury of GameTrailers posted up a fan-made trailer of the upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 title, God of War III. There is no footage of God of War III to be found, as that would be impossible at this state. The professional quality of it is astounding though. If you didn't know it was fan-made, you'd think it was the real deal.

Rumor: Tomb Raider Undworld Rising Soon?

On November 21, 2007, video game developer Eidos Interactive filed to protect the trademark Tomb Raider Underworld in relation to a video game.

Currently, sites have been listing the game as Tomb Raider 8, in development by Crystal Dynamics.

The storyline is rumored to be based around the Mayan Calendar. During five nameless and dangerous days at the end of the calendar called Wayeb’, portals between the mortal realm and the Underworld dissolve, allowing ill-intending deities to causing disaster and mayhem.

Propheices, sounds like a great story for the upcoming Tomb Raider.

[Via Trademork]

HAZE GamerTV Special Airing on Bravo This Weekend

A special episode of GamerTV is airing this weekend on December 1, 2, and 3rd featuring the upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive, HAZE.

The program will show exclusive demos of 4 player co-op, new levels and weapons including the flamethrower and a look at the engine running the game.

The press release below.

30th November, 2007

A special edition of GAMER TV dedicated to forthcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive HAZE airs on UK satellite and cable channel BRAVO this weekend.

The half-hour show features exclusive demos of 4 player co-op, new levels and weapons including the flamethrower and a look at the technology driving the game. It also reveals a brand new twist in the HAZE storyline.

GAMER TV’s HAZE special is hosted by key Free Radical design team members Dave “Big Cheese” Doak, Derek “Big Brain” Littlewood and screenwriter Rob “Big Mouth” Yescombe.

Producer Jason Kilshaw commented, “This is everything you need to know about HAZE then some! ”

The programme airs in the UK at the following times.

Saturday 1st December 10.00 am BRAVO 2
Sunday 2nd December 11.30 am BRAVO
Monday 3rd December 4.30 pm BRAVO

Viewers in the US will be able to see it the following week on leading premium movie channel STARZ.

The US transmission times are:

Saturday 8th December 11.00 am (ET) STARZ EDGE
Wednesday 12th December 8.30 pm (ET) STARZ EDGE

PLAYSTATION 3 Finally Ladders The Wii In Japan

According to Enterbrain, the PLAYSTATION 3 climbed to the top in the monthly sales over the Nintendo Wii for the month of November, pushing 183,217 consoles to Nintendo's 159,193.

This is the first time that the PLAYSTATION 3 has come out on top since it's launch in November 2006. Could Sony be returning to it's former glory? Analyst Hiroshi Kamide of KBC Securities isn't convinced.

"It's nice to see the system selling much better than six months ago. But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."
I'm hoping it keeps up as well, I mean I like the Nintendo Wii as well, but the PLAYSTATION 3 is a great system that isn't getting the sales it deserves. But in my opinion, a new beginning is starting.

[Via Kotaku]

Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot Is Fired

Yesterday, a rumor surfaced on the internet that GameSpot editor Jeff Gerstmann was fired due a negative tone in his Kane & Lynch: Dead Men review, which received a 6.0.

Shacknews today confirmed via its own sources that Jeff Gerstmann was fired yesterday from his position at GameSpot. The source declined to comment as to whether the firing was directly related to the reported Eidos situation, but the circumstances are suspicious at the least.

[Via ShackNews]

2.01 Turning Your Console Into Brickstation 3?

Firmware 2.01 was released last week, and some PLAYSTATION 3 owners started to report their console would not read Blu-Ray discs, along with some not reading DVDs at all. The reports started hitting when gamers upgraded to PLAYSTATION 3 firmware 2.01.

“I inserted Blu Ray Disc into PS3 for first time and movie appeared under video tab. It started to play and i started skipping previews and then all of a sudden screen went blank. I went back to PS3 home screen and tried ejected and inserting Blu Ray movie back into PS3 and the icon fails to appear under the video tab. I then tried DVD and that did not appear either. PS3 Games still work. Please help!”
I am currently on the 2.01 update, but have yet to experience anything. Riptens own Derek Matias upgraded as well, and his PLAYSTATION 3 is half-bricked.

Hopefully, Sony is working on a fix. If this happens to you, and you still have warranty, head to your local store and go switch it out if you can't wait. Or call Sony.

[Via Ripten]