Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Orange Box: PLAYSTATION 3 vs. Xbox 360

GameTrailers compares all five games from Valve & EA's The Orange Box for the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360. The difference isn't really in graphics, but in framerate. Thats where EA messed up.

Rainbow Six Vegas 2: New Details from Interview

A new interview IGN had with Jean-Pascal Cambiotti, Lead Game Designer for Rainbow Six Vegas 2, reveals some new details on the upcoming sequel.

He explains the gameplay mechanics, saying they are extremely similar to the gameplay mechanics from the first title. They did some improvements to the weapons mechanics, such as re-balancing the weapons and adding bullet penetration to the mix.

They also enhanced the storyline as well, to make it feel like your really playing tactically as you customize and evolve your character.

The character customizaton is you create one character that continually evolves and unlocks new gear. This applies whether your playing alone, co-op, or online.Female characters are an option as well now. Body-armor can be equipped as well.

The enemy AI has improved greatly. Some enemies are now equipped with night vision making them harder to defeat in dark areas.

He explains briefly the storyline: "RSV2 sheds light on what happened before Las Vegas was under attack. So you will lead your team in a very unique and new location outside the US before ever going to Vegas. In addition, the player then arrives in Las Vegas and plays through different mission in Vegas while Logan is in Mexico in the first game. Finally, you will be able to conclude the story in an exotic location that should prove to be thrilling and satisfying."

He says players will be rewarded for playing the game with A.C.E.S. rewards, with rewards such as 11 new weapons not found in Rainbow Six Vegas.

Read the full interview at the link below.

[Read: RSV 2 Interview]

Rock Band: Site Updated: Rocker's Home

The official site for Harmonix's Rock Band was revamped today. The new update includes new community features in the rocker's home part of the site.

You can view the latest rockers that are just joining the phenomenon that is Rock Band, you can view the newest bands, leaderboards, etc.

Visit the site at the link below.

[Via Rock Band]

Develop Forever: Dukie Could Be Coming to Consoles

Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms told MCV, a United Kingdom magazine, that it is planning to release Duke Nukem Forever multi-format.
The title, which was in development for nearly ten years, was supposed to be PC Exclusive. 3D Realms CEO Scott Miller told us: “We plan to have a multi-platform release if possible. We're not nailing down a date yet, but we're excited about the game's progress.”

The first trailer was released today, and we figured since it's a possibility for it to come to the PLAYSTATION 3, we'd post it. Enjoy it above.

[Via MCV]

The Club: New Gameplay Video

Jeux France was able to record some off-screen gameplay of Sega's upcoming action title, The Club. The beginning of the video really reminds me of one of the maps from Gears of War, if anybody here played it, you'll know what I mean. The Club is scheduled for a February 2008 release on the PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Mainichi Issho: Toro Receiving Christmas Items

Mainichi Issho, the Japan exclusive PLAYSTATION Store title featuring the Sony cat we all know and love, Toro, will be receiving some Christmas & New Years items December 20, 2007. So while your playing your Japanese trivia, gathering up your Myale, you can use it towards a purchase of some new Christmas items such as a Santa suit, decorations, and more. There also seems to be a new Santa sled mini-game as well.

If you want to try this game out, create a Japanese account and give it a download. The game itself is free.

Pre-Order God of War III on Amazon Now

A page for Sony Computer Entertainment and SCE Studios Santa Monica's upcoming semi-announced title, God of War III, has just went live on Amazon. This page allows you to pre-order the game now.

God of War III is the third installment of the game to be on a console, and should be arriving sometime 2008.

Visit the link below for the pre-order.

[Pre-Order: God of War III]

New Features Coming to Folding@Home

With firmware 2.1 also comes new features for PLAYSTATION 3's Folding@home, which will soon be automatically updated by just clicking its icon.

The new update includes a sleep timer, background music, and more. View the list below.

- Go to Settings menu, select Automatic Shutdown and then After Current. You will see a little clock appearing on the top right hand corner of the screen. When this clock reaches zero, the machine will power off completely so you can sleep quietly through the night. In this option the machine will power off after sending the data back to Stanford University so your contribution to the project is maximized.

- You may also choose to shut down after a limited period of time (for example, 3 or 4 hours). To do that choose the Automatic Shutdown option and click on the “In 01h:00m” timer. You will now be able to change the timer settings. After rotating the timer to a new time, you should now see your selected timer appear at the top right corner of the screen. This timer will count all the way down to 0 and then power off the system.

- To disable active timer at any time, go to Settings, choose Automatic Shutdown and then Disable.
The music features has it's own list. Which you can see below.
- To activate the music player select Music and then a channel. The channels are automatically populated with songs you have stored on your Hard Disk Drive! For holiday music I prefer to choose Dramatic (yeah!) and voila - music is playing.

- If you wish to skip to another track, just use a combination of X + left or right arrow. You can also change the channel by choosing X + up or down arrow. Happy listening!

- To stop music from playing, select Music again from the main menu and choose “disable.”

- Your music playback selection will be saved between consecutive runs of Folding@home.
[Via PlayStation.Blog]

Stranglehold Collector's Edition for $40 on Amazon

If your ready to save $30, and want to play John Woo's latest adventure, then head over to Amazon because they are having a special deal where you can get the collector's edition of Stranglehold for only $40.

The collector's edition includes the High-Def Blu-Ray version of John Woo's hit movie, Hardboiled.

Head over to buy it at the link below.

[Buy: Stranglehold Collector's Edition]

It's A Folklore Christmas: Screenshots

While Japan may have received it earlier, that doesn't mean we still don't get it. A free Christmas themed Folklore pack will arrive on the PLAYSTATION Store tomorrow as a part of it's weekly update.

The pack will come with 2 new winter outfits for our heroes Ellen and Keats, a new quest to play with Keats called “Holy Night Visitor”, and a brand new Folk for your collection called “Grab Bag” who you have got to play to believe.

Ellen's new costume is a red snow-bunny outfit complete with the earmuffs, while Keats will sport a slick white trench, festive beanie, and a holiday sweater. This will be sure to make your Christmas a little jollyer.

[Via PlayStation.Blog]

Rainbow Six Vegas 2: New Trailer, Interviews

GameSpot has obtained an exclusive trailer for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 along with the privilege to interview the game's developers. Enjoy the videos.

V-Jump: Dragonball Z Burst Limit Scan

The latest issue of the Japanese magazine, V-Jump, contains new information and screenshots of the upcoming Dragonball Z Burst Limit title for the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360, in development by Namco-Bandai. Enjoy the brawl.

[Via NeoGAF]

Dissidia: Final Fantasy: New Scans

The latest issue of the Japanese magazine, V-Jump, contains some new screenshots of Square Enix's upcoming PSP title, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, starring Zidane (FFIX) and Sephiroth (FFVII) and other Final Fantasy characters. Enjoy.

[Via NeoGAF]

MX vs. ATV: Untamed: Guilty of False Advertising

The official website and GameStop for MX vs. ATV: Untamed display the game's online as "12 Player Online Racing" when the actual amount of online players is "8 Player Online Racing".

The tipster of this story also wrote regarding the title "the gas and brake are supposed to be analog, as specifically stated in one of the in-game tips. They are not. From what I’ve heard, it is analog on the Xbox 360, but for PS3 it’s either on or off."

He states the game is just a bad port of the Xbox 360 version. We will let you know how it is when we review it.


Valkyrie of the Battlefield: New Trailer

Sega has released a new trailer for their upcoming action strategy title, Valkyrie of the Battlefield. There is still no word on whether this awesome anime looking strategy game is coming to the states though. Enjoy the new trailer!

Jack Tretton: PS3 Has Become Lead Platform For 3rd-Party Developers

In a new interview with Jack Tretton over at IGN, Jack Tretton, Sony Computer Entertainment of America boss, says companies are shifting to the PLAYSTATION 3 for the lead platform to stop the shitty ports. It will soon be over.

"Developers are telling us that they are starting to create their games on PS3 first and take advantage of the hardware capabilities and then port down to other platforms so we are seeing tremendous progress from the third party community in terms of what they are able to do with our development kits."
He doesn't state which developers are doing this though. We do know that Criterion, the Burnout Paradise developers are doing it though.

[Via Kotaku]

Warhawk: European Booster Was Available Free, Now Costs

The Warhawk Omega Dawn booster pack appeared on the European Warhawk store today and was free for a limited time. The new v1.2 patch came today and included an in-game store. This booster pack was released a day early.

Sadly, the booster pack is free no longer, but users are reporting that it is still available for download.

Update: Dylan Jobe has confirmed that it is now in the US Store as well.

[Via Ripten]

Rumor: God of War 3 Late 08', Mass Effect for PS3, More

The latest rumor mill on VideoGamer reports some new PLAYSTATION 3 rumors. These new rumors include God of War III and Mass Effect.

Next winter is looking like being one to remember for video game fans. Sony's Santa Monica studio is said to be hard at work on Kratos' next-gen debut. God of War III is most likely on it's way, according to VideoGamer. They rated it as a 3/5 chance of happening.

The next rumor is about Mass Effect. Speaking while on panel show Bonus Round, industry analyst Michael Pachter gave his opinion on where Mass Effect will end up in the future - not only on the Xbox 360. "Trust me, Electronic Arts, when they threw out the 300 million that is multiplatform that is not 360 only... I wouldn't be shocked if Mass Effect 1 came to PlayStation 3." They believe it will eventually come to the PLAYSTATION 3, but not before the Xbox 360 has seen a period of exclusivity.

The last rumor is about PLAYSTATION 3 Rockstar exclusive, L.A. Noire. Take Two released its results for the fourth quarter of its financial year. Missing on a forecast for titles for 2008 is Rockstar's LA Noire, causing people to believe that the secretive title won't be out until 2009. They write "While it's true that the game is missing from the forecast, Rockstar's financial year runs from November 1st to October 31st, meaning LA Noire could still see a release in November or December 2008."

[Via VGamer]