Archive for February, 2008

Home Integration Sounds Awesome

Kotaku is reporting that Sony is showing off just what Home integration could mean for PS3 videogames.

First up, Kotaku mentions this:

Resistance is said to provide Home visitors with an interesting room to explore, one that will let PlayStation 3 owners visit unseen areas of the game and tap into bonus content in the form of “intercepted” radio communications between European and U.S. forces.

These hidden transmissions will help to flesh out the Resistance story, giving players a better understanding of the game’s conflict. We hear that Home avatars will have free roam of unpopulated levels, not unlike a virtual Resistance museum.

But it gets better! Uncharted will supposedly get a similar feature – allowing your avatar to walk through Uncharted levels, but they also add this:

According to our sources, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune comes to Home armed with a side-scrolling 2D arcade game, described to us as reminiscent of both Contra and Out Of This World. Sounds kind of like Capcom’s 2D remake of Bionic Commando in its execution, full of enemies and exploding barrels to shoot.

But it gets even better! Warhawk / Home integration sounds the coolest of all:

Sure, you could do that with text or voice chat, but it sounds like the developers have gone the extra mile to make planning your battles even cooler.

Using a three-dimensional “sand table” replication of the level, Warhawk players are said to be able to lay out their strategies in a properly scaled space. They’ll even be able to place little army men avatars around the map to envision their formations, something we hope they can also do with teeny tiny Warhawk planes, tanks and Jeeps.

The Warhawk war room is said to also serve as a launchpad for games, thankfully, so jumping into a match shouldn’t require leaving the Home interface.

I’ve admitted before to being somewhat skeptical about the actual usefulness of Home. But if this is a portent of things to come, I’m totally there!

[via PS3 Fanboy]

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Two New PS3 Bundles Coming to Europe

You’ve all probably read about the MGS4 Bundle that hasn’t been confirmed for Europe yet.

Well there are two new bundles coming soon to Euro land, both priced at £299.99 (399.99 euros) :

PS3 MOVIE PACK, AVAILABLE MARCH 19TH:

PS3 Blu-ray Movies Bundle

GRAN TURISMO 5 PROLOGUE PACK, AVAILABLE MARCH 25TH:

PS3 Bundle GT5 Prolouge

They really should put a remote and HDMI cable in the movie pack. It would make it a lot more enticing to people looking for a cheap Blu-ray player.

Two New PS3 Bundles Coming to Europe

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Forthcoming PSOne Titles Bound for PSN

Seems as though European ratings board, PEGI, has leaked a list of forthcoming PSOne titles that are heading for the Euro PS Store:

# Bust a Groove
# Crash Bandicoot 3
# Colony Wars
# Cool Boarders 2
# Cool boarders 3
# Destruction Derby 2
# Devil Dice
# Everybody’s Golf
# Klonoa
# Kurushi Final
# Motor Toon Grand Prix
# Namco Museum
# Namco Museum 2
# Namco Museum 4
# Omega Boost
# Ridge Racer
# Ridge Racer Type 4
# Rollcage
# Spyro: Year of the Dragon
# Tekken 2
# Tekken 3
# Twisted Metal
# Vib Ribbon
# Wip3out
# WipeOut 2097

When these titles are due is anyones guess but I wouldn’t hold your breath. I’m still waiting for Resi 1, Vagrant Story, FFVII (I have it on disc but still…) etc.

I’ve been tempted to get a PSP again (sold my last one to a friend) just for the PSOne games that I can put on it!!

PSOne Titles Headed for Euro PSN

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Haze to be Released this May?

I’m finding it really hard to get excited over a game that’s been delayed so many times. If it wasn’t for the pedigree of developers Free Radical Design (Timesplitters) then I would’ve stopped caring a long time ago.

Gamasutra are saying Haze is now due out May (that’s 2008 not 2009 :wink: ) so I hope the extra work done on Haze has been worth it.

To be honest, I’m quite sick of FPS at this moment in time. I’ve played CoD4, HL2: The Orange Box and Resistance over the past 6 months and beyond and I’ve had my fill of FPS. It’s an over saturated genre anyway, so it’s going to be interesting to see if Haze can make the grade.

Haze Given May Release Date

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