Thursday, February 28, 2008

Battlefield: Bad Company Teaches You to Explode Buildings

A new trailer for DICE's upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company has surfaced today. The new trailer is quite explosive, as we witness constant destruction of the buildings in the environment. Enjoy!

Guitar Hero III: No Doubt Song Pack Trailer

Here is a video we should of received on today's PlayStation Store update, but only received the content, not knowing what it was. Anyway, for those interested in the new No Doubt Song Pack for Guitar Hero III on the Store, listen to this, and see if it's worth a buy. Enjoy!

Konami Details Metal Gear Solid 4 Pre-Sell Program, Information

Well, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is hitting us June 12, 2008, and we are all excited. Today, Konami officially announces it, and also tells of us the pre-sell program for the Metal Gear Online beta.

The program will start in April while supplies last. Those of you who pre-order it will receive a Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD, which recaps the series and comes with the trailer collection for Metal Gear Solid 4. The beta key for Metal Gear Online will be in the package, and thats all we really care about. The press release below.


EL SEGUNDO, CA - February 28, 2008 - Following opening remarks made during the General Session at the 2008 Destination PlayStation retailer event in Scottsdale AZ, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. confirmed several new initiatives related to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, including a North American street date, online multiplayer, and pre-sell program.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is the final chapter in the saga of Solid Snake which sends him around the world in pursuit of his arch nemesis, Liquid Ocelot. Armed with new gadgets and abilities, Solid Snake must shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America, and other corners of the Earth to foil Liquid Ocelot's plans for total world domination.

Street Date

Opening remarks revealed that the final chapter in the saga of super spy Solid Snake is expected to arrive in stores in North America on Thursday June 12th, 2008. "Blockbuster events and premieres are a tradition of the summer," said Kazumi Kitaue, Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. Chairman and CEO. "We anticipate that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots fits that bill perfectly, and consumers will be waiting in line to get their copy of the game just like it's a hit Hollywood movie."

Metal Gear Online Starter Pack

It was also confirmed today that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will launch with the Metal Gear Online "Starter Pack" supporting online gameplay. In addition to the single player experience, gamers will also be able to take the action online with up to 16 players and battle it out using the latest weapons and stealth techniques.

Pre-Sell Program

Beginning April 2008, consumers that pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will receive the Metal Gear Saga 2.0 DVD, containing a Prologue that recaps the Metal Gear franchise, a 20th Anniversary retrospective, character bios for Big Boss, Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake, and Solid Snake, plus a collection of international trailers of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. This pre-order package also contains an insert with a download code and special instructions for accessing the Metal Gear Online beta test when it goes live in late April. This special pre-order package will only be available while supplies last.

Dark Mist: Japan Version Getting Expansion

While Dark Mist still has not been released in the US or EU, Japan will be receiving an expansion to the game titled Dark Mist: The Depths of Darkness. The expansion will be ¥500 ($4.75) and will add three new characters and a four-player online mode.

Hopefully, when this hits the US and EU stores, we won't have to pay the extra cash and have the update already in the game.

[Japanese PSN game Dark Mist gets expansion, still no Euro version]

Essential Collection Metal Gear Solid NOT a PS2 Port

When we saw the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection, we were excited. Not only do we get to buy Metal Gear Solid 4, but we get the other games as well. In this collection was Metal Gear Solid, in a PS2 case. Is it a remake or just the game put onto a PS2 DVD?

Konami PR Andrew Kelly confirmed that Metal Gear Solid will be released with the collection on a PS2 DVD, meaning no disc swapping, and no more PSone memory card. Other than that, the games are both the same with visuals, sounds, and such.

[Metal Gear Solid Confirmed As A PS2 Port]

Update 2/28/08 @ 5:51 PM: Well, there seems to have been some confusion, turns out it is not a PS2 Port, but the exact same game.

"So it looks like there was a miscommunication about the format for the games. I recieved this note from Konami's Michael Shelling - ' be clear, MGS1 is not a port; it’s the original game on 2 CD’s not a DVD.' The original Metal Gear Solid will be appearing on PS1 discs. What this means for saving the game, etc, I am not sure.

My apology for the confusion."
There you have it.

[Metal Gear Solid NOT a PS2 Port]

Metal Gear Solid 4: 6/12/08 Launch Official, Website Relaunch Tomorrow

Straight from Hideo Kojima's mouth, he confirmed Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be releasing on June 12, 2008.

The game will come in different versions, normal and limited edition. Pricing on these will come on March 29, 2008 and the TGS 2007 trailer will be on the Japanese PLAYSTATION Network on February 29, 2008. The special edition disc will contain trailers and making-of videos.

The Metal Gear Online started pack will have five maps. New expansions for the game will come with new character packs and maps.

Stay tuned tomorrow, as the official site for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots should be seeing a relaunch. Countdown.

[MGS4: Official Worldwide Release 06/12, Website Relaunch Tomorrow]

Update: The official site is live! [METAL GEAR SOLID 4] [Thanks Commenter #1!]

Street Fighter IV: 3 Minute AOU Trailer in English

Capcom released a new trailer of Street Fighter IV showcased during AOU 2008 about a week or so back, but now in English. The new trailer displays all the fighters currently announced for the game, along with showing off some of their greatest moves. Clearly a good three minutes. Enjoy!

Rumor: Gladius 2 In the Works?

LucasArts artist James Zhang has many pieces of art for games he's worked on on his website. Well, there is a bunch on the site, and some listed under Gladius 2. Gladius was a Roman Gladiator game that came out on the PS2.

Could Gladius 2 be in the works?

[Rumor: Gladius 2 considered in the works]

Grand Theft Auto IV: New Information & Screenshots

Those new site previews for Grand Theft Auto IV happened today, and we have ten new screenshots along with some new information. Thankfully, summed everything up for us. Lets take a look.
  • Each site got to play Grand Theft Auto IV for two full hours. Kikizo were the first to do so. Four missions were played.
  • The build that the sites got to play is exactly three weeks old as of today.
  • Once you die and end up in hospital, you receive a text on your phone offering you to retry the mission.
  • Only one island (Broker/Dukes) is unlocked to begin with. The other areas are blocked with police blockades. The second area (Bohan) will open up "sooner than it has in previous GTAs."
  • You can drop grenades and molotov cocktails out of the car window at high speed. Headlights can be put on full beam or dipped, but cannot be turned off.
  • You can pause and select a destination on the full-size map, which is then reflected on the radar. This marks the route out in blue.
  • You cannot store items/objects inside vehicles.
  • Cars are not customizable, but you can still save them at safe houses.
  • There are eighteen radio stations in total. One is called The Vibe, which is RNB and soul. The other genres on offer include funk, reggae, jazz, dance, modern Jamaican, pop, hardcore, hip hop and a specific Eastern European station.
  • Dropped weapons and other items have a yellow halo around them, and the mission markers are now yellow arrows floating in the air, pointing at the ground, as opposed to the cylinders we are used to in previous GTAs.
  • A hands-on multiplayer preview will (probably) arrive next month.
And last but not least, we have the new Grand Theft Auto IV screenshots, which you can view below. Enjoy!

The Orange Box Patch Coming in March

A PSN@Home writer contacted EA today about a patch for the PLAYSTATION 3 version of The Orange Box, which is a bit inferior to the Xbox 360 & PC versions. He received a reply.

"Our engineers have finally provided details regarding the issue you are experiencing. Currently, this is a known issue and our engineering team are creating a patch which should resolve the issue. Unfortunately, the patch has yet to be tested and will be released sometime in March. Other issues will be addressed but unfortunately we do not have a list at this time. If you have anymore questions please feel free to respond back to this email or please visit our website and review our extensive Self Help Knowledgebase ( Have a great day!!!"
Well lets hope this patch coming in March addresses the issues we are experiencing while playing the game such as skipping frame rate, server disconnections and such.

[Orange Box (PS3) Patch to come in March]

Europe Getting Gran Turismo & Movie Bundles

Unfortunately, two of the upcoming bundles for Europe will not be featuring Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Instead, Europe is getting a Gran Turismo 5 Prologue bundle and a Movie Pack bundle.

The Gran Turismo 5 Prologue bundle comes with a copy of the game, and the console. The Movie Pack bundle comes with three Blu-Ray disc movies: Spider-Man 3, 300, and Casino Royale. Both are to release in Europe by March 29, 2008 with a €399 price tag.

[GT5 Prologue bundle set for UK]

US PLAYSTATION Store Update: February 28, 2008

Well, here it is again, this week's PLAYSTATION Store update. Once again, it's nothing like exciting. Lets take a look.
  • PAIN: Scurv Dogg Character ($0.99)
  • Rock Band Songs
    • “March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
    • “The Collector by Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
    • “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
    • Nine Inch Nails Track Pack 1 ($5.49)
  • Guitar Hero III: No Doubt Track Pack ($6.25)
Game Videos
  • MLB 08 The Show My MLB Music Video (free)
  • MLB 08 The Show Blog Video (free)
  • NBA 08 Amare Stoudemire Bio (free)
  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot Trailer 1 (free)
  • Lost Planet Trailer 2 (free)
Theatrical Trailers
  • Star Trek Teaser Trailer (free)
  • PAIN: Scurv Dogg Theme (free)
  • (4) Rocketmen: Axis of Evil Wallpapers (free)
Well, there is your smelly update. You'd think after the past few weeks of bad updates, we'd get a good update this time. Guess not.

UEFA Euro 2008: Four PLAYSTATION 3 Screenshots

Electronic Arts released nine new screenshots of the PLAYSTATION 3 version of UEFA Euro 2008. The new screenshots showcase the stadium along with the cheering and jumping teams. Enjoy!

Grand Theft Auto IV Will Take About 100 Hours to Complete

If your worried that your going to be over and done with Grand Theft Auto IV too fast, then don't be. During a Rockstar London visit, VideoGamer asked a spokesperson how long it would take to complete the game. They responded that it would take about 100 hours, if you take your time.

"If you're not in a rush and you answer the phone when it rings it'll take about 100 hours to complete", they were told. "It's harder to distinguish between main and side missions - there are loads of both. But there are more main missions than side missions. It's not as clear cut as it used to be because of the phone."

The days just keep getting closer and closer. April 2008 people, April 2008.

[GTA 4 will take roughly 100 hours to finish]

Initial D: Extreme Stage Coming to PLAYSTATION 3

Yeah, the latest Famitsu issue featured a preview of the upcoming Initial D: Extreme Stage for the PLAYSTATION 3, which is also the first revelation.

Unfortunately, the game, developed by Sega, will probably not be coming to the US or Europe due to well, every other Initial D game not coming to US or Europe.

[Initial D Confirmed For PS3 - First Images]

Shadow of the Colossus 2: First Image?

The guys at PS3Informer claim that one of their "secret agents" was able to extract this from Sony Computer Entertainment's Team Ico studio. They claim that it is from Shadow of the Colossus 2, or possibly the other Team Ico title. You tell us your thoughts.

[Exclusive Screen of Shadow of the Colossus 2]

Update: Yeah, it's fake.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Japanese Boxart Revealed

The latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation featured many new pages on Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots. It also featured the boxart for the normal and limited edition, which you can view on the left.


[MGS4 Boxart]