Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Warhawk: Omega Dawn: 15 New Screenshots

Sony Computer Entertainment of America has just released some new screenshots of Warhawk's upcoming expansion titled Operation Omega Dawn. This new expansion is arriving to the PLAYSTATION Store this Thursday December 20, 2007 and will cost $7.99.

Turok: PS3 Version Indistinguishable from Xbox 360 Version

GameSpot finally got some time alone with the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Propaganda's upcoming dino revival, Turok.

In the site's preview, GameSpot editor Justin Calvert writes "We should also mention that this was our first opportunity to see Turok running on the PlayStation 3, and we're pleased to report that it's practically indistinguishable from the Xbox 360 version."

It's good to see the gap of multiplatform games keep getting closer and closer. Soon enough, (maybe not with EA Games), we will see games looking exactly the same on each platform.

[Via GameSpot]

Famitsu: Star Ocean PSP Reviewed, HAZE, Devil May Cry 4 News

The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu comes in today with new reviews and news. Lets start with the reviews.

Star Ocean: First Departrure: 8, 7, 8, 8
- Movies and characters done well, will please fans.
- Battles are easy for the first half, start to require skill later.
- Can take a while to do everything.
- Limited field of view and long map movement times make it seem like a poor fit for the PSP.
- Map expanded too much, and you can't save on it.
- Interface is unusually convenient.
- Story has its charming points.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: 10, 9, 9, 9
This weeks issue also brought us news on some upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 titles such as HAZE and Devil May Cry 4. You can view this information below.
HAZE (Spring 2008) (PS3)
- First person action-shooting game.
- Using the wonder drug "Nectar" to enhance one's mind and spirit, one can increase one's strength and focus.

Battlefield: Bad Company (2008) (PS3/Xbox 360)
- To survive on the battlefield, you have not only weapons but an abundance of soldier's tools.
- Up to 24 players.
- 90% of objects are destructable.
- Can poke holes in cover to fire through.

Frontlines: Fuel of War (Spring 2008) (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Your gear is near-future weaponry modeled after that of a modern soldier.
- Due to playstyle, various unusual skills may be usable.
- You can customize a character with gear and skills.
- Vehicles and aircraft are usable.
- Up to 32 players.

Mystereet Portable: Yasogami Kaoru's Challenge (Spring 2008) (PSP)
- Adding to the PS2 ADV, a collection of short mysteries called "Yasogami Kaoru's Challenge." This mode focus on Kaoru using quizzes to crack the culprits' secrets, and is good for play in free time.
- Adds "Scenario 3.5" to the main game.

Devil May Cry 4 (January 2008) (PS3/Xbox 360)
- Nero's demonification isn't like Dante's; instead, a blue and white demon grows out of his back and helps with attacks.
- Nero's abilities and their effects are improved when demonized.
Sadly, thats all the real information this week's Famitsu brings us.

[Via NeoGAF]

Downloading Videos from Stage6 to Your PLAYSTATION 3

Stage6 is probably the best resource for finding DivX videos. PS3 Fanboy set up a little guide to getting videos onto your PLAYSTATION 3 from the site.

Lets use the PLAYSTATION 3 Universe of Entertainment ad for the example. Edit the URL in your PS3 browser by pressing START.

URL displayed by browser:
To download this DivX file to your DivX-enabled PS3, you're going to have to edit the video as such:
Then press start, and the download will commence. After that, just use this formula for getting the videos onto your system: http://video.stage6.com/VIDEO-NUMBER/.divx

[Via PS3 Fanboy]

Final Fantasy VII: The Reason for PSone Remote Play

The new update we received yesterday included more than just DivX and WMV support. This new update came with PSone remote play, meaning any downloaded PSone title, or any PSone disc we had in the system, we can play it from our PSP using remote play. The game that is going to be played the most? Final Fantasy VII. Now we just need it in the PLAYSTATION Store. Look above, and see how real remote role playing is done.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Launching Between February & March, PS3 No DLC

Take-Two reported today that the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto IV will launch simultaneously between February and March 2008. With the bad part being the Xbox 360 will receive it's own downloadable content in the 2009 fiscal year.

They also announced despite the solidness of titles like NBA 2K8, their sports titled barley made income this year. Twenty percent of their total percentage was in sports titles. Hopefully next year will be better.

Update: It seems that Rockstar has stepped in and corrected this, there is currently no planned exclusive downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV.

[Via GameSpot]

Persona 4 Coming to..... the PS2!?

According to a confusing news story just made on Jeux France, Atlus has just announced that it's next Persona title, Persona 4, will be arriving on, not the PLAYSTATION 3, but the PS2.

Hopefully, this is some sort of mix-up. It would be ashame to see the next title in such a great series on a last generation system.

They said more information will arrive soon.

[Via Jeux France]

Warhawk: Omega Dawn FAQ

Dylan Jobe updated us today on the upcoming Warhawk: Omega Dawn expansion pack coming to the PLAYSTATION Store this Thursday December 20, 2007 for $7.99. A quick reminder that the v1.2 update will be hitting tomorrow as well.

He posted up a FAQ answering the users many questions. Some of the questions he answers is if it will be available from the in-game store as well, how the dropships will work on old maps if you don't have the new pack. It's a quite interesting read. Visit the FAQ at the link below.

[Read: Omega Dawn FAQ]

CLOUD: Fabula Nova Crystallis Scans

The lucky editors over at FinalFantasy-XIII.net received their copy of the recently released Square Enix book, CLOUD, in their mailbox today. So they did the liberty of scanning all the pages related to the Fabula Nova Crystallis series.

The scans sadly show no new images, and we can't really decipher the information due to the fact that its in Japanese. You can view the Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy Agito XIII scans at the link below though.

[View: Scans]

Street Fighter IV: Teaser Trailer Official Screenshots

We know what your thinking: "Why would Capcom just now release images of the teaser when we've already seen images in-game?". The answer: "We don't know". But Capcom releases them, we post them, it's how the system works. So enjoy the images from the Street Fighter IV teaser video we've seen a while back.

Devil May Cry 4: Final 2007 Trailer

A new trailer of Devil May Cry 4 has surfaced. To tell the truth, we have no idea where it came from as Capcom didn't release it to any of it's press. Anyway, enjoy the final 2007 Devil May Cry 4 trailer.

Call of Duty 4: PS3 Connectivity Patch Coming

Robert Bowling, social relations manager of Infinity Ward, updated the Charlie Oscar Delta forums today about an upcoming patch making it's way to the PLAYSTATION 3 version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The new PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive connectivity patch will include the following.

US Data Center For NAT Server
Will make all US players connect to US data center and EU users connect to EU data center. This will optimize performance for all users in those areas.

Fixed 'Downloading Game Settings' Error
Fixed error with conflicting packet interaction.

Port 3095 Issue Corrected
Players were required to have port 3095 open in order to host. Now players who have port 3095 blocked can still host matches.

Matchmaking Optimization
Server search will end upon acquiring a certain number of good servers. Added "prefer" servers with best ping, this will optimize and expedite players finding and joining good matches.
The patch is set to hit sometime in the year future. No actual date was mentioned.

[Via Charlie Oscar Delta]

Saints Row 2 Detailed: Co-Op, Building Interiors, Flying & Water Vehicles

A new feature over at Gameplayer brought in some new details on Volition's upcoming Saints Row 2.

The game will be adding a full story co-op multiplayer feature, meaning you and your friend can go through the entire game as a team.

Volition is throwing in a load of new vehicles including planes (hell yeah!), helicopters, jet-skis, speedboats, and of course, new cars. Best thing is, we can crash the planes and watch the concerned citizens scramble.

The city will focus majorly on building interiors as well, with over 130 of them throughout the city (which is 45% bigger than the city in Saints Row). Expect a review from us when this game is released, it sounds just too awesome.

You can now also take in hostages, and use them as human shields, and you can wield two weapons, or take things out of the environment for melee use.

Finally, the character customization has been enhanced greatly. You can even make transsexuals, pretty spooky though if you ask me. Makes you wonder about the developers.... just kidding.

[Via GamePlayer]

Burnout Paradise Soundtrack Revealed

Electronic Arts revealed today the soundtrack of their January 25, 2008 release title, Burnout Paradise. The game's soundtrack contains 40 tracks to be plain about it.

Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA, says “Burnout is one of the world's most popular racing franchises and demands a soundtrack that matches the game's intensity at every level. We believe we've crafted a truly volatile mix of rock's most dangerous tracks -- beginning with the iconic 'Paradise City' -- for an audio fuel as explosive as the game itself."

The complete in-game soundtrack is listed below.

Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver
Agent Blue - Snowhill
Airbourne - Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
Alice In Chains - Would?
Army of Me - Going Through Changes
Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
Brain Failure - Coming Down To Beijing
Brand New - The Archers Bows Have Broken
Boomheads Jacket - Fight Music For The Fight
Depeche Mode - Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)
Faith No More - Epic
Guns N’ Roses - Paradise City
Innerpartysystem - Heart of Fire
Jane's Addiction - Stop!
Jimmy Eat World - Electable (Give It Up)
Junkie XL - Cities in Dust (feat. Lauren Rocket)
Jupiter One - Fire Away
Kerli - Creepshow
Killswitch Engage - My Cursee
LCD Soundsystem - U V. Them
Make Good Your Escape - Beautiful Ruin
Maxeen - Block Out The World
Mexicolas - Come Clean
N.E.R.D. - Rockstar (Jason Nevins Mix)
Never Heard Of It* - Finger On The Trigger
Operator - Nothing To Lose
Permanent ME - Until You Leave
Saosin - Collapse
Seether - Fake It
Senses Fail - Calling All Cars
Skybombers - It Goes Off
Soundgarden - Rusty Cage
Sugarcult - Dead Living
Swervedriver - Duel
The Photo Atlas - Red Orange Yellow
The Pigeon Detectives - I'm Not Sorry
The Styles - Glitter Hits (J.J. Puig Mix)
Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock

Devil May Cry 4 Gets Upskirt

A picture was sent in to MAXCONSOLE earlier today with a freeze shot from a Devil May Cry 4 trailer. The screenshot is on the left there, clicking it uncensored it though.

I'm pretty sure that internet perverts would refer to this as "Hot Upskirt Action" and then drool.

Not safe for work.


Guitar Hero III: Linkin Park, Mastadon Coming In Holiday DLC

Activision has just announced a new downloadable pack for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The Warner/Reprise Track Pack contains "No More Sorrow," by Linkin Park, "Sleeping Giant," by Mastadon and "Pretty Handsome Awkward," by The Used.

Single song downloads will be arriving as well with new songs "So Payaso," from Extremoduro, "Antisocial" from Trust, and "Ernten Was Wir Säen" from Die Fantastischen Vier.

The press release below.

SUNNYVALE, CA - December 17, 2007 - Master recordings from Warner/Reprise artists Linkin Park, Mastadon and The Used will be available as a downloadable track pack for Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, during the month of December. Additionally, Activision will offer single song downloads from such popular European bands as Extremoduro, Trust and Die Fantastischen Vier, as well as a free, exclusive rock rendition of the holiday classic "We Three Kings," recorded by Steve Ouimette. The Warner/Reprise Track Pack, single song downloads, and free holiday classic will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

The Warner/Reprise Track Pack includes master recordings of "No More Sorrow," by Linkin Park, "Sleeping Giant," by Mastadon and "Pretty Handsome Awkward," by The Used. The single song downloads offer such popular singles as "So Payaso," from Extremoduro, "Antisocial" from Trust, and "Ernten Was Wir Säen" from Die Fantastischen Vier.

After downloading the new tracks, Guitar Hero® fans are encouraged to visit www.guitarhero.com to enter fret-bending competitions with the opportunity to win various prizes.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock contains explosive new content and features including a multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a host of exclusive unlockable content and visually stunning rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer game modes allow axe-shredders worldwide to compete head-to-head for true rock status. The game features a star-studded soundtrack including master tracks by legendary artists such as Aerosmith, Guns 'N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam, as well as original songs by guitar icons Slash and Tom Morello. While continuing to retain all the key features from their prior legendary performances, fresh downloadable content will be available on multiple platforms, and players can now shred to a killer set list from many of the most popular rock songs ever recorded.

For the first time ever, Guitar Hero fans are able to thrash and burn with new wireless guitar controllers available for each platform, including exclusive Gibson Guitar's Les Paul model for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo, and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system gamers also get to shred on a new exclusive shape, Gibson's Kramer guitar, popularized by hard rockers and known for its body design, pickups, electronics and construction for furious finger fretting.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, developed by Neversoft, is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB, and is currently available at North American retailers. For more information about the Guitar Hero franchise, please visit the dedicated community site: www.guitarhero.com.

Electronic Arts Officially Announces Tiberium

Electronic Arts has officially announced their upcoming title, Tiberium today. This new Command & Conquer title takes players on an adventure through a devastated Earth and places them in the heart of an epic battle for control of a powerful energy source. Along with the announcement came the first official screenshot, on the left. The full press release below.
CHERTSEY, UK - December 18, 2007 – Electronic Arts today revealed it is developing Tiberium™, a new game that brings a rich, original fiction to life through intense tactical action and visceral first-person shooting. Set in a stunning sci-fi world with spectacular visual effects and dramatic environments, Tiberium takes players on an adventure through a devastated Earth and places them in the heart of an epic battle for control of a powerful energy source.

Tiberium is a mysterious extraterrestrial crystal that shatters the energy output of traditional fossil fuels. It has the power to save our civilization; it also has the power to destroy it. For eleven years, an alien tower has stood dormant, looming like an unholy mountain over a wasteland once known as the Mediterranean Sea. The tower was thought to be a relic of the Third Tiberium War; a devastating war fought for control over Tiberium crystal. It is not a relic. It is not dormant. Deep within the tower, plans are in motion for an alien invasion. This is where the Tiberium adventure begins.

Players step into the shoes of Forward Battle Commander Ricardo Vega and will assemble an assortment of elite squads to combat the global crisis. Armed with an arsenal of weapons including a transforming personal weapon system, multi-launch homing missiles, capital ship bombardments and tactical ion cannon strikes, Vega will lead the fight from the front lines.

Featuring a unique blend of first-person shooting and tactical squad combat, players will control multiple infantry, armour, and air squads as the fight escalates. In Tiberium, Vega is the most powerful presence on the battlefield, and the squads are his most decisive weapon. Players can take multi-squad control combat into single-player or bring the action into online multiplayer battles.

Chris Plummer, executive producer at EA Los Angeles, said: “After two years of pre-production, it is exciting to finally reveal this game and its rich fiction to the world. We’ve put a lot of effort into evolving the tactical shooter experience by taking core gameplay compulsions like commanding, choice and dominating your enemies and delivering them in first-person. Some of the weapons and mechanics are truly innovative for a first-person game. We’re very proud to be part of a project that has the potential to really make a mark on the canon of sci-fi fantasy fiction.”

Mike Verdu, VP and General Manager at EA Los Angeles added, “EALA has a long history of developing groundbreaking real-time strategy games with the Command & Conquer series. That series also originally introduced the Tiberium universe to gamers worldwide. Now, we are growing Tiberium from a simple backdrop to a fully realized universe with its own unique, hybrid squad-based shooter gameplay. This is the birth of a new franchise - we couldn’t be more excited.”

Developed at EA Los Angeles, Tiberium will be available worldwide in autumn 2008 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, and PC. The game has not yet been rated by PEGI.

Quantic Getting Hollywood Actors for Heavy Rain

Quantic Dream told GamesIndustry today that is's trying to secure some of the biggest names in Hollywood for their upcoming PLAYSTATION 3 exclusive, Heavy Rain.

The developers beleive that with the new in-house motion capture studio, they can truly portray the actor's emotions and physical movements.

[Via Games Industry]