Thursday, March 27, 2008

Guitar Hero III: Aerosmith Trailer

Well, here is the first train of the upcoming Guitar Hero III spin-off, titled Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The game features Aerosmith music along with his favorite bands. Enjoy!

X-Play: Race Driver: GRID Gameplay Footage

The latest X-Play featured a preview of Race Driver: GRID. The upcoming Japanese drifter from Codemasters is looking great, featuring a 3rd-person car view and a cockpit view, it's one game you'll want to check out. Enjoy!

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: Cars in Video Mode

Well, Europe should have just gotten Gran Turismo 5 Prologue by now, and we already have a new video. A user on GameTrailers made a video of all the cars in the game. If you don't want to spoil your rides, I suggest you don't watch it. Enjoy!

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009: First Five Screenshots

Thanks to HardGame2, we have the first screenshots of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009. Now, I'm not much of a wrestling fan, but why does John Cena always have to be shown first. Eh, I dunno. Enjoy anyway!

Armored Core: For Answer Demo on Japanese PlayStation Store

Checking out the Japanese PlayStation Store may bring you upon the new Armored Core: For Answer demo that was just made available today. The demo weighs in at 517MB and can be downloaded now. Enjoy!

[Armored Core: for Answer demo out in Japan]

Sony Liverpool Working on Stunning PlayStation 3 Title?

The latest issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly comes with a very brief rumor. Supposedly, Sony's Studio Liverpool is working on a "stunning" action game called The Protector. Thats it, the rumor ends there. Oh, how we hunger for more.

[EGM #228, May 2008: SOCOM hits the PS3, BioWare's Sonic RPG revealed]

Grand Theft Auto IV: Three New Screenshots

Rockstar Games has released three new screenshots of Grand Theft Auto IV. These screenshots were previously exclusive to Evil Avatar and MTV for their preview sessions, but now here they are full sized, and un-watermarked. Enjoy!

Grand Theft Auto IV "Good Lord, What Are You Doing?" Trailer

Here it is, the fourth trailer in the Grand Theft Auto IV series of trailers. The new trailer is titled aka "Everyone's a Rat". The game is looking fantastic, and they sure know how to make a trailer exciting. Only 32 days and counting people. Download the HD version here.

MTV: New Alone in the Dark Trailer

Here is a new trailer of Atari & Eden Stuidos' upcoming Alone in the Dark. The new trailer shows a bunny on fire. I seriously cannot wait for this game. Enjoy!

Microsoft Fine With Master Chief on PlayStation 3's Unreal Tournament III

Buisness Week spoke with Microsoft in regards to the new Master Cheif character modification for Unreal Tournament III for the PlayStation 3. Microsoft attorney Don McGowan had this to say about the situation.

"Actually it's nothing more than the Game Content Usage action. When these were developed, people all thought they were focused on machinima. The truth is that while they do address machinima they also allow for a lot of other things. Mods like this are one of them."
He continues on, getting more personal.
The developers aren't selling the mod, they're not monetizing Microsoft's IP, they're just creating something to share their love of the Master Chief on a new platform...And no one is taking characters from PlayStation games (do they even have any games?) and putting them on our platform...
"Oh no he didn't!". Come on Sony, lets here a good comeback for the guys at Microsoft. Perhaps nobody is taking characters from PlayStation games and putting it on the Xbox 360 because they don't allow community modifications.

[Microsoft Fine WIth User-Generated Master Chief on PS3]

Rockstar Officially Announces Social Club

Well, Rockstar has just confirmed it. The new Social Club will be computable with the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Players can register on the site on April 15, 2008 and start tacking all the stuff they can do for Grand Theft Auto IV's release of April 29, 2008. The site will rank players by time to single player completion, tracking the first to complete 100% of the game, and something titled the LCPD Police Blotter where a virtual map lists every single-player crime committed in the game. The full press release below. [Kotaku]

On April 29th Rockstar Games will release the most anticipated game of 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV. In addition to the game, the company is launching the Rockstar Social Club, a new website that will extend your experience of Grand Theft Auto IV and all future Rockstar Games titles.

The Rockstar Social Club is more than just a standard gaming site. It features all of the statistical leaderboards that gamers have come to expect, and combines them with performance-based competitions and awards.

Registration for the Rockstar Social Club begins on April 15th and anyone can sign up with their Xbox Gamertag and/or a PlayStation Network ID.

GTA IV, the first game featured on the Rockstar Social Club, has exciting features beyond multiplayer leaderboards, including:

* LCPD Police Blotter — A virtual map and tracker of single-player criminal activity logged in Liberty City from the aggregated data of millions of connected players - showing the most dangerous areas of town, most commonly used weapons and more.

* The Story Gang — This special single-player leaderboard recognizes players who complete Niko Bellic's main story arc of Grand Theft Auto IV - The leaderboard ranks players according to the total amount of playing time it's taken to complete the story, as well as a historical rank by who has completed it first. Members of this club will receive special online widgets and merit badges marking all of their in-game accomplishments.

* The 100% Club — Watch to see who will be the first to complete 100% of the game. The first ten people to be identified on the Social Club as reaching 100% will be sent an ultra-rare commemorative 'key to the city' to mark their accomplishment. In the future, the 100% Club will then carry a historical leaderboard showing rankings of who has completed 100% of a game in the shortest span of playing hours.

* The Hall of Fame — This area will dynamically recognize those singularly elite players who have reached the top of the hill on various statistical leaderboards, and will also contain a personal awards display of special in-game landmarks and successes in Social Club competitions.

* The Liberty City Marathon — A ranking of special physical milestones achieved in the game - from the amount of miles walked, driven, or swam - to the number of bullets fired and stunt-jumps jumped. There will be additional special marathon-based competitions in the future from this area as well.

The Rockstar Social Club doesn't stop there. With special competitions, leaderboards and challenges rolling out regularly in the weeks and months following the game's release, this is just the beginning of an on-going Liberty City experience and is a small taste of what's to come from Rockstar Games for GTAIV and beyond...

Rockstar Games Launching Social Club

Rumors about Rockstar Games opening a new community site a few weeks ago seem to be coming true. Rockstar updated their official site today with a link to the "Rockstar Social Club", which seems to be some sort of community site. When it launches, we will update you on what it is exactly.

[Rockstar Social Club] [N4G]

US PLAYSTATION Store Update: March 27, 2008

It's that Thursday again, you know the one where we get a store update. Lets see what we have coming our way today.
  • flOw Bundle ($8.99)
  • Warhawk Price-Drop ($29.99)
PSP Demos
  • R-Type Command demo (free)
  • High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition Multiplayer Video Chat (free)
  • Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore Downloadable Songs
    • "How You Remind Me" - Nickelback ($1.50)
    • "ABC" - The Jackson 5 ($1.50)
    • "All My Ex's Live in Texas" - George Strait ($1.50)
    • "Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears ($1.50)
    • "Beat It" - Michael Jackson ($1.50)
    • "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson ($1.50)
    • "Bizarre Love Triangle" - New Order ($1.50)
    • "Boot Scootin' Boogie" - Brooks & Dunn ($1.50)
    • "California Dreaming" - Mamas & The Papas ($1.50)
    • "Chain of Fools" - Aretha Franklin ($1.50)
    • "Chattahoochee" - Alan Jackson ($1.50)
    • "Crawling in the Dark" - Hoobastank ($1.50)
    • "Crazy" - Patsy Cline ($1.50)
    • "Don't Know Why" - Nora Jones ($1.50)
    • "Everything You Want" - Vertical Horizon ($1.50)
    • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper ($1.50)
    • "Hey Jealousy" - Gin Blossoms ($1.50)
    • "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Pat Benetar ($1.50)
    • "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops ($1.50)
    • "I Hate Everything About You" - Three Days Grace ($1.50)
    • "I Heard it Through a Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye ($1.50)
    • "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5 ($1.50)
    • "I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men ($1.50)
    • "It's the End of the World as We Know it" - REM ($1.50)
    • "Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield ($1.50)
    • "Just My Imagination" - The Temptations ($1.50)
    • "Kiss Me" - Sixpence None the Richer ($1.50)
    • "Like a Virgin" - Madonna ($1.50)
    • "Love Shack" - B-52'S ($1.50)
    • "One Week" - Barenaked Ladies ($1.50)
    • "Oops!...I Did it Again" - Britney Spears ($1.50)
    • "Please Mr. Postman" - The Marvelettes ($1.50)
    • "Save Tonight" - Eagle Eye Cherry ($1.50)
    • "She Talks to Angels" - Black Crowes ($1.50)
    • "Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire ($1.50)
    • "Son of a Preacher Man" - Dusty Springfield ($1.50)
    • "Take my Breath Away" - Berlin ($1.50)
    • "Virtual Insanity" - Jamiroquai ($1.50)
    • "When a Man Loves a Woman" - Percy Sledge ($1.50)
    • "You Really Got Me" - Van Halen ($1.50)
    • "Fame" - Irene Cara ($1.50)
  • Rock Band Downloadable Songs
    • Boston Pack 01 ($9.99)
    • “More Than A Feeling” by Boston ($1.99)
    • “Peace of Mind" by Boston ($1.99)
    • "Smokin'" by Boston ($1.99)
    • "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston ($1.99)
    • "Something About You" by Boston ($1.99)
    • "Hitch A Ride" by Boston ($1.99)
  • Turok Multiplayer Map Pack 1 ($4.99)
  • Unreal Tournament III Map Pack (free) (Morbias, Facing Worlds, Searchlights)
Game Videos
  • Grand Theft Auto IV Trailer 4 - "Everyone's a Rat" (free)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus - TV spot (free)
  • Winter X Games '08 Play the Pros (free)
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Mars Volta Video (free)
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Thin Lizzy Video (free)
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Weezer Video (free)
  • Warhawk Update v1.3 Trailer (free)
  • PURE Gameplay Trailer (free)
  • PURE CG Trailer (free)
  • Jean Wyclef’s “Fast Car” Music Video (free)
Blu-Ray Disc Trailers
  • SPHE Fall 2007 TV Spot (free)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Blu-ray Disc Trailer (free)
  • Eye of Judgment Theme (free)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots SNEAK OUT Wallpapers (free)
There is the update, ashame to see no PlayStation 3 demos although.

High Stakes Poker Adding Camera Support

Dave Connelly of Coresoft updated us today on the PlayStation.Blog about a new update coming to High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition. The new update will allows up to six players to see and hear each other with real-time simultaneous audio and video. While of course, playing some poker. Now, if I can just get $10 bucks on my account.

[High Stakes Poker Adding Camera Support]

Metal Gear Solid 4: Special Pre-Order Gift from GameStop

GameStop has now received these special Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots pre-order discs in today. The DVD comes with a beta code for Metal Gear Online, going from April 17, 2008 to download, and April 21 until May 5, 2008 to play. The DVD also comes with these sections, showing the saga of the game.

Chapter 001 - Prologue
Chapter 002 - Metal Gear 20th Anniversary
Chapter 003 - Big Boss - The Origin of Snake
Chapter 004 - Liquid - The Second Snake
Chapter 005 - Solidus - The Third Snake
Chapter 006 - Solid - The First Snake
[Got my Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2 / Online Beta disc]

Own the Resistance Chimera Skull (You Know, from the Box)

Are you in love with Insomniac's Resistance: Fall of Man? Getting psyched for Resistance 2? We are. The Chimera skull from the first game's boxart is now up for auction on eBay. It was originally used in an early TV advertisment for the game.

The auction begins on March 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM for those who want to buy it. Unforunately, we want it, and it is starting at a good 2.5K. Oh well.

[1037:Chimera Skull from Playstation 3 game TV ad] Officially Launches

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment launched the official site. David "Point Man" Brothers was here to greet us. He is the guy SCEA brought in to give us the lastest on SCEA, Slant Six Games, Zipper Interactive, and people part of the SOCOM development. Visit the official site at the link below.


WTF: Ubisoft Retracts Date for HAZE

Ubisoft has released a statement today stating to retract the date they released yesterday for their upcoming HAZE.

“Please note: Change to HAZE release date is MAY release,” said a spokesperson. “Confirmation of the release date soon.”
I know it is still in May, but Ubi, you've got to be kidding me.

[Ubisoft retracts May 22 date for Haze]