Friday, April 25, 2008
Well, the first video review for Grand Theft Auto IV is finally here, and it is from IGN. The written review also has the "better-looking version" section. Lets take a look.
"For those wanting to know which version looks better, the edge goes to the PS3. The textures and framerate are comparable, but the PS3 has far less pop-in. The 360 has richer colors, but the PS3 has better anti-aliasing making it look a little cleaner. Because GTA IV can preload onto the PS3 hard drive, the in-game loads are faster. Don't worry Xbox owners, the load times are rarely more than 30 seconds and don't occur very often. The slight visual edge goes to PS3, but the 360 is no slouch. Either version will do you proud."Yeup, the PlayStation 3 won that, but I'm sure both versions of the game play exactly the same. Tuesday cannot come any sooner.
[Grand Theft Auto IV IGN Review]
[Madden NFL 09 Interview]
The latest issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly comes packed with content. They revealed a new Splatterhouse retro revival title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, along with showing some other previously seen retro revivals due to hit consoles.
Their rumors column was interesting this month. Lets take a look.
- Bioshock to hit PlayStation 3 in September 2008 with better visuals and all the downloadable content, around the same time that they will reveal some of Bioshock 2.We are excited about these rumors for the most part.
- Max Payne 3, Red Dead Revolver 2, and a Grand Theft Auto MMO (possibly) in the works.
- L.A. Noire is no longer a PlayStation 3 exclusive.
- Persona 4 to hit North America before 2008 ends. Persona for PSP and PlayStation 3 in the works.
- Rock Band 2 is in the works with new game modes.
- 3D Castlevania for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is in the works.
- Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle to be very limited. Pre-order while you can.
The ne wissue also reviewed the one and only Grand Theft Auto IV, giving it all perfect scores, besides one (A+, A+, A). Regarding which version of the game is the right to buy, they said "360 for DLC, PS3 version looks slightly more vibrant and sharp". I guess those reports are true then.
[EGM June 2008 Reviews and Rumors]
Update: IGN has contacted 2K Games on the Bioshock for PlayStation 3 rumor and they responded with a "No Comment." That usually means they have something to hide.
The latest episode of the 1UP Show featured some new gameplay of SOCOM: Confrontation. Right now, I'm totally in the Grand Theft Auto IV hype mood, so I'll save this for another day.
The US Beta for Metal Gear Online is finally live. I'm happy, and so should everyone else be. Since the beta was delayed, it was extended as well. The beta starts today and ends on May 11, 2008.
Enough talk and go play the beta.
We all know and love the Euphoria engine, the engine running Grand Theft Auto IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and Backbreaker. Lets take a look at the physics in Grand Theft Auto IV thanks to the engine. Watch as Niko dives out of the car and be amazed.
[Grand Theft Auto 4's Physics Impress]
Rockstar Games released a new trailer today for Grand Theft Auto IV titled "Niko Trailer". The new trailer shows us Niko's past and thoughts with him on the narrative. Enjoy!
The latest issue of PlayStation World magazine in the UK features a new preview on Motorstorm 2. The game is set on a tropical island with 16 tracks to race on. The new feature revealed some new information on the game.
The game will feature beach races, swamps, high mountain encounter and possibly some snow levels. A new feature in the game is that you can cool off your nitro by riding in the water. It could also slow you down at the same time although.
The game will also feature 4-player splitscreen so you and all your friends can enjoy it. It will sport Home support, custom race modes for online play, and more.
[A first look at MotorStorm 2, details and info]
Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that SingStar, already released in Europe, will be hitting the PlayStation 3 in North America on May 20, 2008.
SingStar will also be playable later today at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California. You'll be able to get up on stage in-front of a live audience and sing your heart out. After, players will be able to check out the SingStore and view all the songs to be available upon the game's release.
[SingStar Hits PS3 May 20]
We are beginning to wonder if we should keep posting up these reviews as we know they are all going to be perfect or just-perfect. PlayStation World magazine has reviewed Grand Theft Auto IV and has given it a 10/10, adding to it's pack of perfect scores.
The review confirms the SIXAXIS controls as well. You can use it for driving vehicles, flying, and driving boats. They also say you can use the SIXAXIS to reload your weapon by simply giving it a flip upwards. Remember, these are all optional. If your looking for scans, hit the link below.
[PSW Review - 10/10]
Grand Theft Auto IV should be hitting retail stores on Tuesday April 29, 2008. If you are picking up the special edition, you may want to know what the contents inside your special box are going to look like. Well, hey, here is a video. Enjoy!
The first trailer for EA Sports' upcoming Madden NFL 09 has been released today. The new trailer shows Madden through the years from the first to the most recent. The end of the trailer shows the box (unsurprisingly, only the 360 box) along with the August 12, 2008 release date. Enjoy!
If you are wondering why we keep on posting these series belonging to The Orange Box petition, it is because we are fed up of going into a server in Team Fortress 2 and find moving weapons or weapons stuck in the walls. Or going in to get disconnected hundreds of times. Or playing Portal and getting killed only to wait 30 seconds to respawn. Or playing Half-Life 2 and dying due to that crappy frame-rate. Or once again playing Team Fortress 2 to realize we don't have all the features we should. Watch this new video from the petition above, and you'll realize why EA is slacking, and we need a patching.
[SIGN THE ORANGE BOX PETITION]
First, people who pre-ordered Metal Gear Solid 4 received redemption code errors (such as 9-digit codes, etc.) for the Metal Gear Online beta (people like me). Second, we had to sit through a download lasting hours for the v.101 patch for Metal Gear Online. Third, there was problems with registering for a Konami ID. After that, the beta was delayed. One problem of a beta if you ask me.
Wait, there is still hope, only one more patch (v1.02) until freedom. This one is smaller than the last and the release notes offer an apology for the "inconvenience and frustration" that most of us experienced. The patch will "modify the way in which the beta client connects to our server."
Hopefully by tomorrow, the game will be up and running.
[Oh look, another Metal Gear Online patch]
Well, the Siren: New Translation demo is live on the Japanese PlayStation Network, so you are probably wondering how it looks and plays. If you don't want to play and prefer to watch, KurowaSan of NeoGAF has made a video for us to enjoy. The game certainly is a dark game, we can tell you that much. View the demo video above or download it here.
[SIREN PS3 Demo impressions thread]