Monday, December 3, 2007

Jack Tretton & The PLAYSTATION 3 Comeback

Jack Tretton of Sony Computer Entertainment America sat down with MSNBC for an interview discussing Sony's strategy for the PLAYSTATION 3 for 2008. Jack describes the PLAYSTATION 3's first year as "the first inning of a nine-inning baseball game ... You're not going to win many baseball games if you panic when you're down 1-0 in the first inning." He talks of how the price cut boosted sales greatly, the upcoming exclusives, and other stuff we already know.

Tretton says the system is designed to last a decade, and by then, everyone will love what the console has to offer.

He ends it speaking about the arrogance that has been said about them on the internet, saying that they aren't arrogant. He says that bloggers and press started the idea, so it stuck with people.


Kane & Lynch Site Lies About Review Scorese

As if things couldn't get messy enough for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. The official site is now displaying incorrect review scores as well.

The site shows five stars flash by with a good quote for the GameSpy & Game Informer reviews. When in reality, Game Informer gave the game a 3.5 and GameSpy gave it a 3.

Something has seriously been going on with Eidos over the past few days.

[Visit Kane & Lynch: Dead Men]
[Via Kotaku]

Uncharted: Google Map Your Fortune

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Naughty Dog, and Google Maps teamed up to bring us Drake's Trail, based off the the hit PLAYSTATION 3 game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

Drake's Trail is an online game where the objective is to find Nathan Drake. You follow clues and use Google Maps to track Drake.

First prize winners of this online game will receive a seven night trip for two to Mexico, while runner up winners can receive a 26" Sony Bravia HDTV.

So, if your in Europe, start playing at the link below.

[Play: Drake's Trail]
[Thanks PS3Mods!]

Dark Sector Progress Report

Hayden Tenno is the upcoming hero of D3 Publisher's Dark Sector. He comes with a huge metal arm with a giant ninja star on the tip. That spells blood. His arm wasn't always the cool blade that it is though.

At the beginning of the game, Hayden's arm is just a gooey open wound, but when a guard catches him trying to escape from his abomination, his hand turns to metal. As Hayden discovers his abilities, the metal follows through his body till he is surrounded in metal.

In the demo, the PLAYSTATION 3 version featured some SIXAXIS motion sensing. If you want to throw your implement of death, you use your SIXAXIS controls.

Read more of the progress report at the link below.

[Read: Dark Sector Progress]

Game Informer Wants Sony To Amp Up The Online As Well

Game Informer has a nice little wish list for the year 2008 for Sony Computer Entertainment. It's concerns? The PLAYSTATION Network. Thats right, they feel the same way we do.

They even made a few concept images of what they feel should change as well.

They discuss the main factor of course, XMB in-game, achievements, better store layout, background installing, and more. It's a good read, and everything they said can be put on our wishlist as well.

[Read: GameInformers Network Thoughts]

EA Is Ready For the Storm That Is Activision Blizzard

EA, one of the biggest gaming megacorporations, aquired Bioware/Pandemic Games earlier this year. In an e-mail this morning, they stated they are ready for the newly formed storm that is Activision Blizzard.

In the e-mail, they stated that they are always ready when they have a clearly defined competitor. Their strategy is not changing, and the whole company has been encouraged to think like challengers.

Activision & Vivendi's transaction deal was the biggest deal in gaming history, valued at $18.9 million. Now the newly formed Activision Blizzard is the biggest megacorporation in the gaming industry. With franchises such as Call of Duty, Crash Bandicoot, and Guitar Hero all under one roof, can EA take the challenge?

[Via Nex-Gen.Biz]

Killzone 2: E3 2007 Demo Images Released

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe released some KILLZONE 2 screenshots today. Though we may have seen some of them, there are some that are pretty new as well. These screenshots are from the E3 2007 expo's gameplay demo.

[Via GamerSyde]

Tekken 6: It Gets Snowy Down In Devil Jin

Today we have a treat, some new screenshots of Namco Bandai's upcoming Tekken 6. The screenshots showcase an indoor level with Chinese like style, and snow arena with the all powerful Devil Jin fighting. Enjoy.

Uncharted: Drake Can Talk Japanese Too

A new Uncharted: Drake's Fortune commercial recently hit Japanese TV's. The ending of the commercial kind of makes the game sound horrific with his "UNCHAHTED" chant. But then it goes into the nice robotic "PLAYSTATION 3".

Activision: Guitar Hero IV, Call of Duty 5, New Tony Hawk, & More

A new press release from Activision Blizzard reveals the future of the company.

In the pipeline, Activision Blizzard has Guitar Hero IV, Call of Duty 5, James Bond, a new Tony Hawk, new Dreamsworks titles, new Marvel titles, and a new racing entry with Bizarre Creations.

Not to mention that all these titles are under the same roof as the next World of Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Diablo, and Starcraft. The future is looking good for the newly joined Activision Blizzard.

[View: Press Release]

Turok Multiplayer Stabbings

GameVideos has posted a new multiplayer video of Turok, the upcoming dinosaur game by Propaganda & Touchstone. A quick video, but it shows a man desperate for a stabbing. Enjoy.

European Create-a-Folk Contest Winner Revealed

Even though the contest for the US's Create-a-Folk contest was over in October, Europe's contest just ended. The new creature that will most likely be coming as downloadable contest is going to be the Malion.

The Malion (Spore Lion) runs circles around the enemy whilst creating an intoxicating spore cloud from its tail and thorny mane. When the prey is dazed The Malion jumps in for the kill. The tail and claws are primary attacks, but this Folk is highly poisonous... wear protective gloves! The Malion fears fire.
The creator of this fine creature is Jeff Read from the United Kingdom. Many other entries were submitted, but only won was able to win. Congratulations Jeff!

Harry Potter To Be Packaged With the PLAYSTATION 3

On January 14, 2008, Sony will be releasing a 40GB PLAYSTATION 3 package (in France it seems) bundled with a Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix blu-ray disc movie.

This new bundle will cost €399, with the movie releasing individually on January 11, 2008.

[Via HDN]

Lord of the Vermillion: Special Movie

The guys at Forever-Fantasy obtained a new video of Square Enix's new card-game title, Lord of the Vermillion. I'm still not sure whats going on with the PLAYSTATION 3 version or if there even is one. If anybody wants to clarify that to me, drop a comment.

Dead Space: 24 New Screenshots

Strategy Informer has revealed 24 new screenshots for Dead Space which is set to be released on the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 sometime 2008.

View the screenshots at the link below.

[View: Dead Space Screenshots]

Square Enix: Jump Festa 2008 Titles Revealed

Square Enix's official Jump Festa 2008 mini-site has been updated today. The site now lists the titles to be featured in the upcoming event.

· Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (Playable)
· Dragon Quest IV
· Final Fantasy IV (Playable)
· Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (Trailer)
· Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Trailer)
· Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (New Trailer - Closed Theater)
· Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (New Trailer - Closed Theater)
· Kingdom Hearts: Coded (New Trailer - Closed Theater)
· Fabula Nova Crystallis (New Trailers - Closed Theater)
· Final Fantasy VII AC: Complete (New Trailer - Closed Theater)
· Star Ocean: First Departure (Trailer)
· Front Mission 2009: Border of Madness (Trailer)
Square Enix will not give the public any new trailers of the "hot" titles, but rumor has it that new release dates will be revealed during the event. Hopefully someone will sneak in with a video camera.

[Via Forever Fantasy]