Wednesday, February 20, 2008

GDC 2008: Top 10 PLAYSTATION Network Titles Downloaded Since Lauch

Sony Computer Entertainment released a list of the top ten downloaded PLAYSTATION Network titles since launch, and that list is below.

1. flOw
2. Mortal Kombat II
3. Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection
5. Warhawk
6. High Velocity Bowling
7. Super Stardust HD
8. Calling All Cars!
9. Aquatopia
10. Everyday Shooter
Yeah we know, it's hard to believe that Aquatopia outsold Everyday Shooter. It's also hard to believe how well Mortal Kombat II did. You'd of never guessed.

They also threw out the list of the top ten downloaded demos, lets take a look at that below.
1. Gran Turismo HD Concept
2. Uncharted
3. Ninja Gaiden Sigma
4. Heavenly Sword
5. The Simpsons Game
6. Need for Speed ProStreet
7. Ratchet and Clank
8. Burnout Paradise
9. Motorstorm
10. Turok
Yeah, Turok's downloads must of been a lot because it seems to have risen fast to make that list. They also have a list of the top 10 European downloaded games which you can view at the link below.

[GDC08: The Top 10 PSN downloads since launch]

North American Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Gets Extra Content

Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that the North American version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue will contain some extra content that was not in the Japanese version of the game.

Sadly, Sony hasn't revealed what the extra content is. Of course, it could be a race track, extra cars such as the ones from the Detroit Motor Show or Motor Toon Grand Prix, or even extra game features such as car damage.

When we find out what it is, we will be sure to update you.

[Sony adds content to NA version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue]

GDC 2008: WipEout HD Trailer

The Game Developers Conference of 2008 brings us this new WipEout HD trailer from Sony Computer Entertainment and Studio Liverpool. As you know, the upcoming futuristic racer is a PLAYSTATION Network title. Enjoy the trailer!

GDC 2008: Details on Upcoming Call of Duty 4 "Feature Patch"

Infinity Wards communications manager, Robert Bowling, confirmed some of the upcoming features for the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare PLAYSTATION 3 patch.

- Optimized servers
- New Kill cams (grenades, RPG's, airstrikes, claymores, and more)
- Quick Mute (allows user to mute annoying players by pressing X on their gamertag in the lobby)
- Addition of "Recently Met Players" for the PlayStation Network
- Improvements to the Sniper Rifles and Acog attachments (no more delayed shots)
"(With the new kill cams) you can watch from when the grenade leaves the enemies hand all the way to the explosion that kills you," said Robert Bowling.

PLAYSTATION 3 gamers can also expect servers to run smoother. The four hour "Downloading Game Settings" bug was due to DemonWares servers having to handle the massive amounts of PlayStation 3 users logging in. With the new optimizations, no more problems should occur anymore.

[GDC: Call of Duty 4 "Feature Patch Details"]

Dragonball Z Burst Limit: New Scans Reveal Boxart

Some new scans of Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit released today reveal some new characters along with the game's boxart (first scan). The boxart looks great, and some of the new characters include Trunks and that guy with the eye (forgot his damn name). Enjoy the scans!


Tales of Vesperia (Possibly Timed) Exclusive for Xbox 360

The latest issue of PLAY Magazine sadly reveals that Namco Bandai's upcoming Tales of Vesperia, which is the first Tales game to be made in HD, will be an Xbox 360 exclusive.

PLAY Magazine, being the PLAYSTATION 3 fanatics that they are, interviewed Yoshito Higuchi on why it was exclusive to the Xbox 360. He stated when they started the project, the Xbox 360 had a more complete development environment. When they asked if they would see Tales of Vesperia ported to the PLAYSTATION 3, Higuchi replied with "Yes, I won’t deny the possibility. But we’re not thinking about it yet-there are so many other things to concentrate on first."

This really gets me angry in a way since I'm a huge fan of the Tales series. They will probably port it to the PLAYSTATION 3 when sales don't go so well in Japan.

[Tales of Vesperia (Timed) Exclusive for 360]

GDC 2008: PLAYSTATION Store Coming to PSP

Chris Eden from Sony Computer Entertainment is currently at GDC 2008 and mentioned a PLAYSTATION Store on the PSP in his GDC session. Currently, players need to have a PC in order to access the store for the PSP. PSP owners will soon be able to download games straight to their systems from within the actual PSP itself. "Access native PLAYSTATION Store on PSP via wireless hotspot," the slide notes. "Purchase and download content direct to PSP (no USB cable)." As of now, the release is currently TBA, but we will update you when we find out more.

[GDC08: Wi-Fi PSP Store promised]

Nippon Ichi Software Creating New Titles for PS3 & PSP

In a new interview with Nippon Ichi Software's Souhei Niikaw, he talked about Disgaea 3 and his NIS's plans for the future. Currently, the company is working on a few other adventure titles. They are even thinking about branching off to other genres rather than adventure and RPG. Niikaw states to look out in the future for more PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP titles they are working on.

[NIS Planning New PSP, PS3 Games]

GDC 2008: Insomniac Careers Video

A new (and quite funny) careers video for Insomniac Games showed up on the internet today. It's really a fun watch. If you notice on the computer screen towards the end of the video, it displays 0708. Could this be the release or first showing date of Resistance 2? I guess we will find out when the time comes.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's Official Wheel

Logitech today revealed the Logitch Driving Force GT, which is labeled the "official wheel of Gran Turismo". This wheel will be available in May in the United States and Europe for a high price of $149.99. Logitech's Director of Marketing, Ruben Mookerjee, says that "with the Logitech Driving Force GT, you're not playing games anymore – you're racing!"

Look forward to it, it is going to present at GDC 2008 as well.

[GDC08: Logitech reveals the "offical wheel of Gran Turismo"]

Metal Gear Online: 14 New Screenshots

Thanks to Ruliweb, we have 14 new screenshots of Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Online. Take a good look around, because our good friend Snake makes an appearance. The screenshots are looking really nice and personally, I can't wait to give this game a spin. Enjoy!

THQ Announces Red Faction: Guerrilla

This really isn't much of a secret since their last conference call. Today, THQ officially announced the development of Red Faction: Guerrilla, developed by THQ.

The game is a 3rd person, open-world action shooter set on Mars, 50 years after the events of the original Red Faction. Players will take the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Full details in the press release below.


Third-Person Action-Shooter Re-Defines Destruction and Open-World Game-Play

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. February 20, 2008 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that Volition, Inc.’s critically acclaimed Red Faction® franchise will make its open-world, next-generation debut with Red Faction®: Guerrilla™. Set 50 years after the climactic events of the original Red Faction, this third-person open-world action-shooter will return to Mars and once again re-define the limits of destruction-based game-play. Red Faction: Guerrilla is currently in development for Microsoft Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Sony PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system, and Windows-based PC, and is scheduled to ship in THQ’s fiscal year 2009.

"Red Faction is one THQ’s most successful and critically acclaimed original franchises to date, with a huge global base of loyal fans waiting to join the new revolution," said Brad Carraway, director of global brand management, THQ. "With the game’s unique pairing of true physics-based destruction, fast-paced guerrilla warfare style combat, and a massive world to explore – Red Faction: Guerrilla will redefine the limits of open-world gaming.”

“Red Faction: Guerrilla expands the signature destruction elements of the series and pushes the boundaries of next-gen gaming on a massive, terra-formed Mars where gamers can literally tear down the enemy EDF presence brick by brick,” said Mike Kulas, president of Volition, Inc. ”With a new 3rd person perspective, a full cover system that allows for guerrilla style tactics and a diverse planet to explore we’re excited to revitalize the gripping world of Red Faction for high-definition platforms.”

About Red Faction: Guerrilla

Red Faction: Guerrilla is a 3rd person, open-world action shooter set on Mars, 50 years after the events of the original Red Faction. Players will take the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Throughout their fight for freedom, players will carve their own path, wreaking havoc across the vast, open-world environment of Mars, from the desolate mining outpost of Parker to the gleaming EDF capital city of Eos. Utilizing improvised weapons, explosives and re-purposed mining equipment and vehicles, Red Faction: Guerrilla allows players to tear through fully destructible environments in an unforgiving Martian landscape swarming with EDF forces, Red Faction resistance fighters, and the downtrodden settlers caught in the cross-fire. Red Faction: Guerrilla will also feature a robust multiplayer component, including several modes focused on destruction-based gameplay. Currently in development for Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PLAYSTATION 3, and Windows PC, Red Faction: Guerrilla is expected to ship to retailers worldwide in THQ’s fiscal year 2009.

Rumor: The Witcher Coming to PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360?

It seems CDProjekt has let the cat out of the bag on whats going on with The Witcher. Tomasz Jonarski, a CD Projekt employee, mentioned that he’s working on technology for porting The Witcher to PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 on GoldenLine, a social networking website.

Shortly after his post was made, it was deleted. Whoops!

[Rumor: The Witcher Coming to PS3/360]

X-Play: Legendary & Fracture Hands-On

Over at G4TV's X-Play, they were lucky enough to get a hands on with Codemasters' upcoming Legendary. In this title, your a hired art thief who accidentally opens up Pandora's box. That unleashes all the mythical creatures that society thought was fake. The game really looks interesting. X-Play also got a hands on with LucasArts' upcoming Fracture, which was on their GDC 2008 special. The game is really looking fantastic and I really want to try it out myself. The terrain deformation is looking really good along with the textures in the game. Give the videos a watch!

Codemasters Speak on Overlord for PLAYSTATION 3

Yesterday, we reported that a dutch gaming site supposedly confirmed Overlord will be coming to the PLAYSTATION 3. Today, Codemasters speaks on what the Dutch website supposedly confirmed.

When VideoGamer contacted them, a spokesperson for Codemasters said: "After the release of the Overlord: Raising Hell expansion pack on Xbox Live Marketplace last week, there's been a definite increase in interest surrounding the dark adventures of the minion master. However, although we won't comment on rumour and speculation, I can certainly confirm that you haven't seen the last of the Overlord just yet."

Sounds a lot like a tease to me. Keep your fingers crossed though, because it sounds a whole lot possible to me.

[Codies: "You haven't seen the last of Overlord yet"]

Devil May Cry 4 Sells 2 Million Worldwide

Well it seems releasing Devil May Cry 4 on both the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 was a success for Capcom. They've announced today that the game has sold 2 million copies worldwide.

What they didn't release however of how many of those sales were PLAYSTATION 3 sales and how many were Xbox 360 sales. But anyway Capcom, congratulations on making yourself $120 million!


Fastest Selling Game In the DMC Series to Reach This Milestone

SAN MATEO, Calif — February 20, 2008 — Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Devil May Cry ® 4, the latest installment in the Devil May Cry series, has shipped over two million units worldwide since its recent release for both for Sony Computer Entertainment’s PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. A PC version of the game will be released in the coming months.