Thursday, December 6, 2007
Looks like Sony is testing out it's in-game XMB work on it's games before they throw it all out at us. The today released High Velocity Bowling includes the ability to play a custom soundtrack.
To add to that, the TimeShift multiplayer demo that was released today includes in-game messaging as well. They've done this in games like Resistance: Fall of Man.
If they are able to do this so easily, why can't we just get our in-game XMB with all those features now? Perhaps for Christmas Sony?
GamesEnjoy Japanese people! I guess.
- PixelJunk Monsters (900 yen)
- Mainicchi Issho themes (2 of them) (free)
- PixelJunk Monsters theme (free)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 was featured in the latest issue of the Official Xbox 360 Magazine. Due to law, I can no longer post scans from U.S. magazines though. You can view the scans at the link below.
[View: RSV2 Scans]
PSU was able to get an interview with Creative Director, Jim Steifelmaier, to get some details on the highly anticipated alien blaster, BlackSite: Area 51.
To sum it up, the main details of this interview include the below.
- No use of SIXAXIS abilities.Well, there you have it. For those alien busting fans, make sure you check your store the 20th.
- 10 player Mulitplayer, 3 online modes.
- 9 weapons .
- Squad Artificial Intelligence.
- PLAYSTATION Store demo arriving December 20th, 2007.
While we received the "The Kidnapped Folk" and the "Bottom of the Sea" Folklore add-on packs today, Japan received a new Folklore goodie.
Until December 27, 2007, the Japan PLAYSTATION Store is offering a Folklore Christmas Pack. The pack includes new Christmas costumes for Ellen & Keats and a Rare Monster is also included. I guess they are new monsters.
Since we are expected to receive Folklore content throughout this month, we might see this Christmas pack next week.
- Beats ($4.99)
- UMD Legacy Titles
- Wild Arms ($5.99)
- SOCOM FTB Trailer (free)
- Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 2 (free)
- Heavenly Sword Anime 1 (free)
- Heavenly Sword Anime 2 (free)
- Heavenly Sword Anime 3 (free)
- Heavenly Sword Anime 4 (free)
- Heavenly Sword Anime 5 (free)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Trailer 1 (free)
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Trailer (free)
- LocoRoco Holiday Wallpaper (free)
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (2) (free)
Enjoy your Beats!
We can't really accept any of this information until we get confirmation from Capcom. But then, Blogeek goes and gets something better, two new screenshots, showing the same style from the 1UP image we received earlier today. Enjoy them above.
The graphics aren't the way they are in the teaser that everyone watched. The game's still pretty, but it has nothing of that ink-splashing or anything. Art direction is interesting. Unlike all the other 3D fighters, Street Fighter IV is not meant to be photo realistic.
Street Fighter IV runs at 60 frames per second.
Street Fighter IV will have online play.
The game takes place after Super Street Fighter II Turbo and before Street Fighter III. The good news is that the character roster will be made of many old-school brawlers and some entirely new ones. There are two new girls on the list. We will probably not see any Street Fighter III characters.
The stage you saw at 1UP, if you didn't figure out, is Chun-Li's Stage from Street Fighter II.
The excellent Parry system form Street Fighter III is gone. The new system seems to be called Saving or Revenge (we're not sure about the name). We don't know exactly how it works, but it's built around cancels. And we do know we'll have another gauge to activate the Saving/Revenge stuff, besides the usual Super Gauge.
Supers are there (although they didn't decide yet if it will be like in Street Fighter II Turbo or Street Fighter III), and now they've put another moves called Ultras. These makes your character throws a auto combo with tons of moves. It's like a custom combo ... except by the custom part.
Shen Long may appear in the game. We are NOT kidding.
The consoles are not decided yet, really. But, assuming that Street Fighter IV will have online play, we can obviously think of Xbox 360 and PS3 (duh). It's very likely that we'll see an arcade version without online mode too, and our sources told us that Capcom could put some test machines in Japan arcades in Q2 next year.
Set on a vast oil-rich island, located off the eastern coast of Russia, north of Japan, Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising's fiction occurs during a time of tension between Russia and China over the island's disputed ownership.
SouthPeak Edges the Twilight
Thursday 6th December/...SouthPeak Games has announced early details of its latest acquisition, an epic third-person action adventure called Edge of Twilight.
Developed by FUZZEYES, Edge of Twilight promises to deliver spectacular cinematic action and involved exploration when released for next-gen consoles and PC in 2009. This sees SouthPeak’s catalogue expand beyond releases for 2008, cementing the publisher’s plans for continued growth throughout the next 18 months.
“Edge of Twilight appealed to us because of its exquisitely original vision,” said Katie Morgan, Executive Vice President at SouthPeak Games. “We look forward to working with the talented team at FUZZYEYES on this incredibly ambitious title.”
Edge of Twilight is set in a post-apocalyptic dual universe where light and dark no longer co-exist, but are instead fractured into two separate planes of existence. With the player’s character, Lex, as the only ‘halfbreed’ left who can travel between the light and dark worlds, the scene is set for a truly vast adventure taking place within parallel realms, both rich enough to become living, breathing universes.
“Edge of Twilight has been our labour of love for some time now and we could not be more excited to partner with SouthPeak to bring it to market,” said Wei-Yao Lu, CEO of FUZZYEYES. “There is still so much to reveal about the game that we can’t wait to share more.”
Edge of Twilight will be released on next-gen consoles and PC in 2009.
EastAsiaSoft has released a new trailer for the upcoming PC and PLAYSTATION 3 downloadable game, Soldner-X: Himmelssturmer. The game is set for a Q1 PLAYSTATION Network release. Enjoy.
- Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Demo (free) (840MB)
- Motorstorm (2 cars: Domino & Adventure) (AU$3.95)
- Folklore (The Origin of Belgae Pack: 4 missions, 1 Folk & 1 Ellen Costume) (AU$3.45)
- Mesmerise Theme (free)
- Tori Emaki Theme (free)
- Heavenly Sword Theme (free)
- Motorstorm Theme (free)
- Snakeball Theme (free)
- Lemmings Theme (free)
- Killzone 2 Theme (free)
- SingStar Theme (free)
- Metal Gear Online TGS 2007 Trailer (free)
- Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer (free)
- Blazing Angels 2 Trailer (free)
Enjoy the update!
Today, Midway announced a new downloadable map pack for their PLAYSTATION 3 October 2007 release, Stranglehold.
The upcoming map pack will be massive, containing 10 map packs from Kowloon Market to the Chicago rooftops. Also in this map pack is 21 new multiplayer character skins.
No word on the release date, but it's coming soon. The press release below.
MIDWAY ANNOUNCES STRANGLEHOLD DOWNLOADABLE MAP PACK COMING SOON
Midway today announced a downloadable map pack for the acclaimed 3rd person action adventure title, Stranglehold, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game systems. The map pack features 10 additional multiplayer maps ranging from the Kowloon Market to Wong’s Estate Grounds to the Rooftops of Chicago, as well as 21 all-new multiplayer character skins. The Xbox 360 version will include 10 new achievements worth 250 points. Rated “M” for mature by the ESRB, the Stranglehold downloadable map pack will be available soon in North America via the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE.
Today's PLAYSTATION Store update has arrived. We have a nice new selection added to the online store. Let's see what we have in store for us today.
DemosTheres your update. The videos and add-ons are great, but one demo? What about the cheapos? It'd be nice to give us some new demos or fill in missing spots such as SmackDown vs. Raw 2008, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (US), NCAA March Madness 08, BlackSite: Area 51, or Half Life 2: The Orange Box.
- TimeShift Multiplayer Demo (free)
- Wild Arms ($5.99)
- High Velocity Bowling ($9.99)
- MotorStorm Falfer Domino ($0.99)
- Folklore Add-On Bundle 1 ($5.99)
- Folklore Add-On 1 ($3.99)
- Folklore Add-On 2 ($3.99)
- Rock Band Black Sabbath Pack 1 ($5.49)
- "N.I.B."* ($1.99)
- "Sweet Leaf" ($1.99)
- "War Pigs" ($1.99)
Blu-Ray Disc Trailers
- Grand Theft Auto IV "Move Up, Ladies" Trailer (free)
- Metal Gear Solid 4: TGS 2007 Trailer (free)
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune "Enviorments" Video (free)
- TimeShift FPS Video 3 (free)
- Turok Interview Trailer 1 (free)
- Battlefield: Bad Company "Frostbite" Video (free)
- The Legend of Zorro Trailer (free)
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Theme (free)
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Theme (free)
PLAYSTATION Store Worldwide
Here it is, the day we've been waiting for since the week began. Rockstar Games has released the new "Move Up, Ladies" trailer for the Grand Theft Auto IV blockbuster game.
The trailer shows Niko arriving in America to greet his cousin. Niko came to America in search of happiness, thinking his cousin had a mansion. Together, Niko and his cousin are going to work their way to the top.Enjoy the Russian music, it's pretty good actually. We get to hear how Niko speaks as well.
Naughty Dog's Evan Wells spoke with Three Speech on a new post from their blog today. They spoke about the engine for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Evan Wells spoke of how they want to use it in there next game (Jak & Daxter anyone?).
"We will most definitely continue to build on the Uncharted code base with all of our future titles for the PlayStation3. We have a lot of very sophisticated systems that are general purpose and could be used for a wide variety of genres. It's very exciting to think what we can do with this tech now that it's in place and we can focus on accomplishing something even more ambitious."Jak & Daxter is somewhat confirmed slash not confirmed. Who really knows? But knowing Naughty Dog, it's probably next.
While checking up on my Capcom access, I noticed a new Street Fighter IV press release. The release confirms the 2D/3D cell-shaded graphics & talks about new gameplay elements and fighting arenas as well. The full press release below.
CAPCOM® KICKS OFF THE NEXT GENERATION OF FIGHTING GAMES WITH STREET FIGHTERTM IV
The Next Round of the Definitive Fighting Game Experience Combines 3D Graphics with Classic Street Fighter Feel
Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today officially announced development of Street Fighter™ IV, the next iteration of the genre-establishing fighting game series. This marks the first new entry announced in nearly eight years, following the acclaimed Street Fighter III Third Strike.
In its amazing twenty year history, Street Fighter has revolutionized the fighting genre and created a global legacy like no other. Few details have been released on the new game, outside of a heart-pounding preview trailer that set the gaming community on fire when it was released in October on the official website, StreetFighterWorld.com.
Capcom is proud to announce the return of four classic “World Warriors” in Street Fighter IV: returning favorites Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Dhalsim. The characters and environments are rendered in stylized 3D computer graphics (CG), while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. The traditional six-button controls for the game will return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the input system. Mixing tried-and-true classic moves and techniques with all-new, never-before-seen gameplay systems, Street Fighter 4 brings a brand new fighting game to fans the world over.
Everything that made the legendary Street Fighter II a hit in arcades, living rooms and dormitories all over the world has been brought to bear here, with even more surprises. With the inclusion of Capcom’s latest advancements in new generation technology, Street Fighter IV promises to deliver an extraordinary experience that will re-introduce the world to the time-honored art of virtual martial arts.
• 2D/3D fighting environments
• Classic Street Fighter characters re-imagined for a new generation of gamers
• New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan’s wildest imagination
• Amazing locations never seen before in a Street Fighter game
• New gameplay elements provide new challenges for both newcomers and the most seasoned Street Fighter pro.
The Official Xbox Magazine has revealed some new information on Ubisoft's upcoming sequel, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2. The game is planned for a first quarter 2008 release of March for the PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The magazine's summed up information.
- The game will have 11 new weapons.[Via Xbox 360 Only]
- Rainbow Six Vegas 2 will also feature 11 new multiplayer maps, of which a few remakes from Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.
- There will also be 2 new multiplayer modes.
- The Xbox Live part (possibly the PLAYSTATION Network as well, since this is an Xbox Magazine) is also expanded with a new 'Search' function, for quicker results in match findings.
- You will also be able to join matches that have already started, so that you don't have to wait until the round is over for you to start.
- Ubisoft has also strongly modified the enemy A.I. for the singleplayer part.
- You will also be able to choose between a male or female character in the singleplayer. Plus you will be able to customize your character in lost of different parts and ways.
- Every cutscene in the game is real-time, like for instance Half Life.
- The singleplayer portion is partly sequel and partly prequel.
- The framerate is much higher, which results in a smoother and better image.
- Planned for release in the US in March 2008.
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Sign up for a Sony card and receive a $100 gift-card when you buy your PLAYSTATION 3. Meaning, your paying $300. The offer at the link below.
[Via Sony Style]
We told you it was coming today, didn't we?
The game's graphics are polygonal but the gameplay is strictly 2D. There will be new moves, locations, and gameplay features, while the standard six button control scheme remains. So far the character roster is Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Dhalsim. The roster beyond that is unknown.
More information on Street Fighter IV is going to be arriving in the January 2008 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. We will be sure to keep you updated.