Archive for July, 2006
Just in-case anybody has missed this or hasn’t had a chance to check out the videos yet, you can see footage of SingStar, Resistance: Fall of Man & MotorStorm in high-def on the official PS3 website.
Resistance & MotorStorm definitley catch my eye. They both look great & a whole lot of fun & I bet they will be two of the top sellers during the first couple of months of the PS3′s life.
GamesRadar.com has 4 new images from Mercenaries 2: World in Flames that I haven’t seen before. They look quite impressive with a nicely rendered jungle & good shadow effects from the trees, helicopter & other surroundings. My favourite though is the image of Mattias Nilsson firing a RPG with a nice smoke trail following the rocket’s path.
I’m looking forward to seeing this game in action. My hopes are high after enjoying the original Mercenaries on PS2 & from what I’ve seen of the little snippets of in-game footage on the Mercs 2 website, I’m sure I won’t be dissapointed.
Thanks to Dav for the heads up!
Gamasutra has an interview from ‘Video Game Journal’ with Ted Price of Insomniac Games, makers of the PS3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man. It’s a long interview, well worth the read, though there’s not anything really earth-shattering in there.
It looks like Insomniac has a great emphasis on innovation, including lots of interesting weapon types. Price explainis. “We can do things like having Auger projectiles that tunnel through objects. We can have Bullseye bullets that not only bend around corners to track enemies but can be collected in “traps” that can be detonated when enemies approach. We have a rocket launcher where you can stop the rocket in mid-air and have it hover above cover positions – essentially converting the projectile into an artillery shell.” I have Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal for the PS2, and it too contains a wide variety of weapon types. I’m looking forward to checking out the ones in Resitance.
Price also talks about online, noting that you’ll be able to go online on day one and play with up to 40 people on a map. Even though I’m not the best at FPS’s, I do enjoy them, so I might give that a whirl, because online is free! What interests me, of course, are the modes other than deathmatch. My friends and I have fun playing King of the Hill in Halo 2. And playing Call of Duty 2 on the PC my coworkers and I really enjoy Search and Destroy. I wonder what kind of interesting modes Insomniac will have for Resistance.
The last interesting thing I’ll comment on is their engine. Insomniac is creating their own proprietary engine for Resistance that they hope to use and build upon in subsequent PS3 games. Price believes that in order to get the most out of the PS3, you’ll need an engine tailored to the PS3′s hardware, and not a cross-platform doit-it-all kind of engine. I’m doubtfull – we’ll have to see. There’s nothing stopping engine developers from tailoring their engine for each supported platform on the bottom end, while at the same time providing the same gaming API on the top end. On the other hand, developers might need more of a connection to hardware than that. As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and we’ll see how well Resistance stacks up on the PS3 once released.
SCEA PR manager Ryan Bowling informed Next-Generation that a number of development kits have shipped to studios, saying:
“The best and brightest development teams are hard at work creating familiar franchises and original IP for the PS3 including – EA, Konami, Sega, Rockstar, Activison and our own internal studios just to name a few,” Bowling stated.
He also offered the latest PS3 dev kit shipment figures, in an effort to exhibit Sony’s commitment to developers. “To date we have shipped more than 10,000 development systems to 208 companies in 11 countries, the largest number ever for a PlayStation platform.”
Let me see – 10,000 dev kits to 208 companies means an average of 48 dev kits per company. That’s a lot of developers! I wonder if artists need dev kits too, or just the programmers?
At any rate, an average of 48 dev kits to 208 developers means there’s a lot of people working on PS3 games. Of course lots of those will be for evaluation only, or go unused, but still. These are the kind of numbers I like to see!
There is to be no Smackdown v Raw 2007 on the PS3. The rumour appeared on the official THQ German forum on Saturday night after some eagle eyed fans noticed the PS3 logo had mysteriously disappeared from the official SvR2007 website.
THQ’s Max Stellar apparantley posted in the thread & allegedly confirmed that the development team wanted to concentrate on the three other platforms (Xbox 360, PS2 & PSP) as the PS3 version wasn’t going to be finished in time.
Then yesterday THQ Europe released the following:
The next installment in our perennial SmackDown franchise is slated for release across multiple game systems this holiday. The highly anticipated WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 is scheduled to ship for Xbox 360, PSP and PlayStation 2 in November. Consistent with our goal of delivering the highest quality content across all next-gen platforms, we have decided to postpone the debut of the SmackDown series on PlayStation 3 until the holiday 2007 timeframe.
So there you have it. No PS3 Smackdown v Raw 2007 on PS3 this year.