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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]