Thursday, March 13, 2008

Battlestations Developer Interested in PlayStation 3

Atilla Soross, the Senor Developer over at Eidos Hungary, stated in an interview that although the Battlestations series have only appeared on the Xbox 360 and PC, that the developer isn't ruling out bringing the series to the PlayStation 3.

"We are certainly interested in PS3 as major current-gen platform, but at this point I cannot reveal more about our plans with the brand," explained Soross.

He offered some insight of what the series could lead into in the future, saying: "... the team has several ideas about the settings of future Battlestations games and the modern era is one of them. However, currently we are focusing on realizing the potential in Battlestations: Pacific."

You never know, we could hear about a Battlestations: Pacific announced for PlayStation 3 sooner or later.

[Battlestations dev is interested in PS3]

Monolith Launches Project Origin Community Website

Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith Productions launched the official Project Origin community website today. As you know, Origin is the seqel to the critically-acclaimed supernatural first-person shooter, F.E.A.R. The new site features the story, some back story, along with a forum for fans to discuss the game. Enjoy!

Grand Theft Auto IV Features: Saturday Appointments & Slow-Mo Driving

MTV Multiplayer has revealed two new features for Grand Theft Auto IV. Those features are "Days of the Week" and "Slow-Mo Driving".

The Days of the Week feature basically means Grand Theft Auto IV has it's days of the week (unconfirmed if seven). All we know so far is that it has Thursdays and Saturdays. No seasons or months, although.

A RockStar PR explained that in a mission titled "The Final Interview", Niko Bellic has to assassinate a lawyer. You apply for the job from one of the game's internet cafes, and your called into an interview only on Saturday. Any other day of the week, Niko cannot access this.

The other feature is Slow-Mo Driving, meaning you can drive slowly in the game even while driving fast. The game will borrow from Max Payne and Burnout and let you ride the whip in slow-motion. We have no idea why this feature was added, but any new feature is a good one.

[‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ Surprise Features: Saturday Appointments And Slow-Mo Driving]

Elefunk: Debut Trailer

Here is the debut trailer for Sony Computer Entertainment and 8bit's upcoming elephant game, Elefunk. The game's objective seems to be to rescue the elephants. Sounds like fun... sort of. Enjoy!

Grand Theft Auto IV Multiplayer to be Revealed Soon

German gaming magazine, Games Aktuell, is reporting that on it's next issue, it will have the first details on Grand Theft Auto IV's multiplayer mode. The new issue will go on sale March 19th. Grand Theft Auto IV will feature multiplayer game modes called "Team Deathmatch", "Cops n' Crooks", "Deal Breaker", "Bomb da Base" and "Hangman's Noose", and others we may learn about as well. The magazine was able to play two of these modes. We will update you when the issue is released.

[Multiplayer Details Revealed Soon]

US PlayStation Store Update: March 13, 2008

Well, time for another PlayStation Network Thursday. Lets take a look at what we've got today.
  • MLB 2K8 demo (free)
PSP Demos
  • WipEout Pulse demo (free)
  • Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
  • PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
  • PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
  • Guitar Hero III: Dropkick Murphy’s Track Pack (free)
    • “Famous for Nothing” by Dropkick Murphy's
    • “Flannigans Ball” by Dropkick Murphy’s
    • “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” by Dropkick Murphy’s
  • Rock Band Add-Ons
    • “Shockwave” - Black Tide ($0.99)
    • “Beethoven’s C***” - Serj Tankian ($0.99)
    • “CrushCrushCrush” - Paramore ($0.99)
Game Videos
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds - Characters & Courses (free)
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds - New Shot System (free)
  • Viking: Battle for Asgard Teaser Trailer (free)
  • Viking Episode 1 - Skarin’s Calling Trailer (free)
  • Viking Episode 2 - Siege of Caldburg Trailer (free)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus Theme (free)
  • PAIN: Ginger Theme (free)
  • PAIN: Muffy Theme (free)
  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 1 (free)
  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 2 (free)
There is the update. I must say a mighty better one than the previous weeks. I will be enjoying that new Guitar Hero III content.

PLAYSTATION Store Worldwide

1942: Joint Strike: New Capcom Downloadable Title

Capcom yesterday announced 1942: Joint Strike, which is a vertical arcade shooter. Gameplay is in 2D, utilizing a 3D engine.

It takes place during a World War II like era, meaning the locales, vehicles, and weapons have the feel of that particular war. However, the world in which this game takes place is not our own world.

The game will feature classic arcade style gameplay, new Joint Strike attacks, 2-player local or online missions, and of course, it is a top down vertical shooter.

The Incredible Hulk: First Three Screenshots

SEGA released the first three screenshots of their upcoming Edge of Reality developed super-hero title, The Incredible Hulk. The screenshots are looking marvelous, and I cannot wait to see some gameplay. Enjoy!

More PSN Integration: KILLZONE 2 Official Website

Somethings going on over at the PlayStation Network. First the Sony EU forums were integrated, and now the official KILLZONE website is as well. Straight from the KILLZONE Command Center.

" is currently undergoing important changes behind the scenes. We're joining forces with the PLAYSTATION®Network to offer you new and exciting functionality. To take full advantage of future upgrades to the website, and to preserve your current profile, please link your account to your PLAYSTATION®Network account. It's a simple one-time procedure:

If you DO have a PLAYSTATION®Network account:

1. Sign in to your account.
2. When the dialog box prompts you to link your accounts, click on "yes".
3. Sign in to your PLAYSTATION®Network account.

If you DON'T have a PLAYSTATION®Network account:

1. Sign in to your account.
2. When the dialog box prompts you to link your accounts, click on "sign up here" to open the sign-up form in a new window.
3. Follow the instructions to create a new PLAYSTATION®Network account.
4. Return to the previous window and click on "yes".
5. Sign in to your PLAYSTATION®Network account.

You're done! Click on "OK" to return to"
Hmm. Like I've said in the EU forums post, this is probably all in preparation for the big April PlayStation Network overhaul.


Burnout Paradise to Get Free Downloadable Islands

Criterion Games' Alex W. confirmed today that they will be releasing free downloadable islands for their EA published Burnout Paradise. Yes, thats write, free. "I think we'll make you work for some of these. And one more thing, the islands will all be FREE." said Alex. When more comes in on these islands, we will be sure to update you.

[Criterion Forums]

EU PLAYSTATION Store Update: March 13, 2008

Well, the European store was updated once again today, and its no better than last week (or the week before), unless your a Guitar Hero fan. Lets take a look.

  • Guitar Hero III: Modern Metal track pack (€5,99)
    • "Avenged Sevenfold" by Almost Easy
    • "Thrice" by The Arsonist
    • "Deftones" by Hole in the earth
Game Videos
  • Elefunk Trailer (free)
  • PixelJunk Monsters Theme (free)
Nothing better to do but get that Guitar Hero III content. Stay tuned for the US update.

1UP/EGM's Bryan Intihar Joins Insomniac Games

Bryan Intihar, the guy who said that Left 4 Dead was going to come the PlayStation 3, has left the 1UP Network on March 6, 2008. Instead, now he's joined up with Insomniac Games, developer of the Resistance & Ratchet series, as Community Manager. He mentions he's going to be a regular on their Full Moon Podcast as well. Congratulations Bryan!

[Now it's time to say goodbye...]

Home User-generated Content Is the "Holy Grail" says Home Team

PlayStation Home Creative Director, Ron Festejo says that user-generated content will be the "Holy Grail" for Home. They will include tools to assist us making our own content, and they hope to provide more involving tools as time goes on.

As for moderation for these creations, Festejo spoke. "We've got some moderation tools in there where you can report people, but I think we've got to do this in baby steps - see how people react to the clothing that we give them, and we're working with partners to provide a huge variety, to appeal to different types of people," Festejo said.

[User-generated content the "Holy Grail," says Home team]

First Details on The Incredible Hulk Arrive

The big green guy we know and love as the Hulk is coming to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PC and DS in the Summer. Thats right, SEGA and developer Edge of Reality are going to release The Incredible Hulk for all the stated consoles. Here are the first details.

Edge of Reality claims that the console version will tear down buildings with their bare hands, use these blown-out structures as access points to previously unreachable areas, and even pick up the chucks of concrete or passing cars to use as weapons. All of this chaos will feed the Hulk's rage, which he'll use to learn powerful new moves, cause more damage and upgrade his existing abilities.

The game will feature key moments from the film as well as characters from the comics and other plotlines. It takes place in New York City playing as Bruce Banner.

The game's graphics are looking amazing. We cannot wait to see some in-game footage of this one.

[The Incredible Hulk Details]

Unreal Engine 4 Targeting Consoles

The Unreal Engine began as a cutting-edge PC graphics tech, great for PC developers. The future is now though, and now is nex-generation (weird how that works, right?). Unreal Engine 4 will be aimed towards consoles, not the PC, according to Epic boss Tim Sweeny.

"There is a long life ahead for Unreal Engine 3. Version 4 will exclusively target the next console generation, Microsoft's successor for the Xbox 360, Sony's successor for the Playstation 3 - and if Nintendo ships a machine with similar hardware specs, then that also. PCs will follow after that."
Epic seems to have gone crazy with console fever. I guess that just means more good out of it for us.

[Unreal Engine 4 Targeting Consoles, Not PCs]