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The Weekly Recap (September 13-19)

September 19, 2009 | | 12 Comments

Not too much going on. This week consisted of a few editorials, interviews, contests and upcoming trailers and analyst predictions. Nothing stuck out in the news, except for reviews coming in for Uncharted 2, perhaps this year’s most anticipated game on the PS3. Thus far, it’s received a 9.5/10 from IGN, 10/10 from GamesRadar, a perfect 5/5 stars from PlayStation: The Official Magazine, and a 21/20 from the French publication PSM3. Uncharted 2 will undoubtedly be a worthy contender for Game of the Year, and I got my TV fixed just in time to enjoy it! The game will be released October 13th.

As for the community, we got quite a few things to discuss here. First and foremost, we gave away a few Uncharted 2 demo access codes, and the winners were Antman, Caleb Gayle, movement, King32 and Starbuck. Congratulations! I hope you’re enjoying it! Also of note, Azure had won the contest for the Need for Speed SHIFT Los Angeles Launch Party. Haven’t heard anything about how that went yet, so let us know dude.

Also, I’m sure everyone’s noticed, but we have a new feature at the top of the page showcasing some of the more noteworthy articles from the past few days. I seem to have quite a bit in there :P. We didn’t get any articles sent in today, because, apparently, a lot of us will be busy gaming this weekend :P. Now, onto the awards section!

Out of 28 entries, ‘Contributor of the Week’ is a tie, and is awarded to Trev and I at 8 articles a piece. I thought for sure Trev posted more than I did lol. As far as the ‘Most Liked’ article, that is a 4 way tie, with 6 Likes a piece. They go to, as follows:

Has Next Gen Gaming Lived Up To Previous Gens? by fleakitten
First Uncharted 2 Review In by JimmyMagnum
LittleBigPlanet Water Beta codes out now. by Trev
BBC Watchdog Fiasco by JimmyMagnum

Probably won’t see another 4-way tie like that for a while eh? As for the final contest, we have ‘Most Comments’ in an article, and that is awarded to fleakitten with his post Has Next Gen Gaming Lived Up To Previous Gens?, netting in a total of 13 comments.

The Uncharted 2 Giveaway both had more Likes and Comments, but since that was a contest, it was excluded from the results. Sorry!

Now beyond fancy questions and brain teasers, this one is optical. Tell me, what is the object hidden in this stereogram? Not so easy this time is it :P. Also, to make it even harder, describe the shape for me. I can see these so I’ll know if you’re right or not! Now for the bread and butter:

Gears of War on PS3 eventually, says analyst
NunoDavesh – September 13th

Stop Screwing Sony users!!
Trev – September 13th

Has Next Gen Gaming Lived Up To Previous Gens?
fleakitten – September 13th

3D Dot Game Heroes Trailer
Darrin – September 13th

New PixelJunk Shooter Trailer
Eddie – September 14th

iPlayer on PS3
Trev – September 14th

Nothing Daft about this video game appearance.
Trev – September 14th

First Uncharted 2 Review In
JimmyMagnum – September 14th

Star Ocean 4 International Revealed by Famitsu.
fleakitten – September 15th

WipEout HD coming to Blu-Ray.
Trev – September 15th

MAG Euro Beta Sign-up.
Trev – September 15th

Activision CEO: “The goal […] was to take all the fun out of making video games”
Darrin – September 15th

Some Japanese Devs Using 360 Games as Betas for the PS3 Version?
fleakitten – September 15th

New Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines Interview
JimmyMagnum – September 15th

Capcom’s Takeuchi Expects Wii Ports to Come to Sony Motion Wands
Eddie – September 16th

PS3 XMB (Improvement Ideas)
Tosh – September 16th

New Ninja Gaiden Advert bounces out.
Trev – September 16th

PlayStation Network Emails and Promotions
JimmyMagnum – September 16th

Exclusive Lost Planet 2 Co-Op Demo Next Week
JimmyMagnum – September 16th

250GB PS3 Slim Uncharted 2 Bundle [Update]
Tosh – September 16th

LittleBigPlanet Water Beta codes out now.
Trev – September 17th

Uncharted 2: Lessons Learned From The First Game
JimmyMagnum – September 17th

Get Dizzee in your Home.
Trev – September 17th

Wireless Multiplayer and Downloadable Content A No Go For PSP Minis
JimmyMagnum – September 17th

Yakuza 3 Not Being Released Outside of Japan? False, says SEGA.
fleakitten – September 17th

PS3 Sales Drop in 2nd Week of SLIM launch.
fleakitten – September 18th

BBC Watchdog Fiasco
JimmyMagnum – September 18th

SCEA Research & Development (Part 3)
JimmyMagnum – September 18th

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SCEA Research & Development (Part 3)

September 18, 2009 | | 9 Comments

The Official Blog has up part three of the R&D delving into the capabilities and possible game applications of the PS3 motion controller. Here’s what this video is about:

In the third part of the motion controller Blog series, … Read More

BBC Watchdog Fiasco

September 18, 2009 | | 7 Comments

I’m sure a lot of you may have seen the video on YouTube, or elsewhere, where BBC was investigating the cause of the infamous “Yellow Light of Death” and how Sony demands money for the consoles to be repaired. … Read More

PS3 Sales Drop in 2nd Week of SLIM launch.

September 18, 2009 | | 4 Comments

The PS3 SLIM and price drop are going on their 2nd week of sales. While we won’t be seeing any official NPD numbers from the US for a few weeks, sales in Japan have declined dramatically from the massive 150k … Read More

Tales of Vesperia ( PS3 ) sells 147K copies on opening day

September 18, 2009 |

Early reports suggest that the PS3 version of TOV sold 147,000 copies it’s first day in Japan. Selling 2x the 360 version sold in the same amount of time, which eventually settled at 140,000 units before dropping off charts 2 … Read More

What are you playing this weekend?

September 18, 2009 | | 9 Comments

There are a few beta’s that come out recently like Uncharted 2, MAG and the Water LittleBigPlanet Beta. Plus a lot of games came out this week too. Myself I’ll try to play a little of MAG tonight. Then some … Read More

PlayStation Store Global Update 9.17.09

September 17, 2009 | | 7 Comments

If you want to try out the Ninja Gaiden Σ2 Demo it’s on the Japanese PlayStation Store. If you don’t have a Japanese account it’s coming next week for the rest of us. There is also a NBA Live 10 demo that may be interesting. It’s a remake of the classic NBA Jam I guess. But it’s 5 vs 5 which I don’t like. What made the original NBA Jam unique is that is was 2 vs 2. Plus I doubt they say boomshakalaka anymore, lol. A strange game(?) called .detuned is out in Japan. Here is a clip of it in action. Trine is also out in Europe. So anything for you this week?

United States

USA Flag

BOMBA

► Novastrike
○ Now $4.99

► Unbound Saga
○ Now $9.99

DEMOS

► FIFA 10
○ 995 MB

► NBA LIVE 10
○ 799 MB

GAMES

► Interpol: The Trail Of Dr. Chaos
○ $9.99

► Switchball
○ $9.99

► PSone
○ Final Fantasy Tactics ($9.99)
○ Tomb Raider III ($5.99)

► PSP
○ State Shift ($9.99)

ADD-ONS

► Batman: Arkham Asylum
○ Insane Night Map Pack

► Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce
○ Pack 5

► Guitar Hero 5
○ AFI Track Pack ($5.49 or $1.99 each)
♪ Beautiful Thieves by AFI
♪ Girls Not Grey by AFI
♪ The Missing Frame by AFI

► Rock Band
○ Anvil Pack 01 ($5.49 or $1.99 each)
♪ 666 by Anvil
♪ Metal On Metal by Anvil
♪ This is Thirteen by Anvil

○ Singles ($1.99 each)
♪ Hand Me Down World by The Guess Who
♪ No Time by The Guess Who
♪ Pick Me Up by Dinosaur Jr.
♪ Rock Your Socks by Tenacious D
♪ The Wagon by Dinosaur Jr.
♪ Tribute by Tenacious D

► Rock Band Unplugged
○ Singles ($1.99 each)
♪ Back From The Dead by Spinal Tap
♪ Bring Me To Life by Evanescence

VIDEOS

► Demon’s Souls
○ Premiere Trailer

► FIFA Soccer 10
○ Official Trailer

► GT PSP
○ Creator Interview

► Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
○ E3 Video
○ NYCC Trailer

► Modern Warfare 2
○ Multiplayer Vignette – AC130

► NBA 2K10
○ Teaser 1

► Need for Speed SHIFT
○ Welcome to Need for Speed SHIFT Video
○ Drift in SHIFT
○ Exclusive Driver Profile Feature Video

► WipEout PULSE
○ Trailer

THEMES & WALLPAPERS

► PS3 Themes
○ Batman Arkham Asylum: ‘Joker Theme’
○ Katamari Forever and NOBY NOBY BOY Final Theme

► PS3 Premium Themes ($1.49-$1.99)
○ Ghost Skulls Theme
○ Bloody Escape Theme
○ Natasha Yi Theme
○ A Pirate’s Booty Theme
○ Light and Shadows Theme
○ Star Trek – Terran Empire Theme
○ Star Trek – Original Series Theme

► PS3 Wallpapers
○ Fat Princess Wallpaper 2

► PSP Premium Themes ($1.49-$1.99)
○ My Bloody Valentine PSP Theme
○ Transporter 3 PSP Theme
○ The Godfather PSP Theme
○ Star Trek – Terran Empire PSP Theme
○ Star Trek – Original Series PSP Theme

► PSP Wallpapers
○ Fate/unlimited Codes PSP Wallpaper 1

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Yakuza 3 Not Being Released Outside of Japan? False, says SEGA.

September 17, 2009 | | 2 Comments

It was rumored earlier this year that a North American release of Yakuza 3 wasn’t on the table by SEGA as a result of poor sales of the first two games outside of its native Japan. However, posting in the … Read More