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New Yakuza Game Announced For PS3 (Another One!)

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Right so we’ve had the feudal period set Yakuza Kenzan spin-off, Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 for the PS3, not to mention the newly announced Yakuza: Project Panther for the PSP.

Yet somehow, someway, there is still room for more Yakuza goodness it seems.

Famitsu/Kotaku today have broken a story that the next Yakuza title for the PS3 will be different from the previous iterations in that you’ll be playing the series’ resident Yakuza crackpot Goro Majima.

The title isn’t officially being called ‘Yakuza 5’ however, so it could be that is just a spin off and not a primary entry in the series.

More on this soon with any luck.

Below is the link to the Kotaku article:

http://kotaku.com/5576152/there-is-another-new-yakuza-game-endless

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June 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Eurogamer Has 5,000 Beta Keys To Give Away For EA’s Need For Speed World

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Eurogamer this morning has confirmed that they have 5,000 beta keys to give away for EA’s online PC racing title, Need For Speed World.

Allowing gamers to build up persistent online identities through a levelling system which in turn unlocks extra tracks, vehicles and other items, Need For Speed World at least looks interesting enough to warrant a crack at the beta.

All you need is a free Eurogamer membership and a fairly specced PC to get in on the beta goodness.

Once you’ve signed up wih EG, go to the link below to claim your free beta key:

http://gamers.eurogamer.net/giveaways.php?id=87039

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June 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

Exclusive Kane & Lynch 2 Demo Due To Hit 360 On July 1st

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Square-Enix have today announced that lucky 360 owners will be able to get their hands on an exclusive campaign/multiplayer demo of the forthcoming Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days on July 1st.

As with everything however there is a catch; you must subscribe to their YouTube channel to be in for a chance to receive a demo code.

Luckily for you folks, i’ve provided a link to their YouTube channel below:

http://www.youtube.com/kaneandlynchofficial

Get subscribin’.

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June 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Level 5/Studio Ghibli Joint Developed Title Coming To PS3

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Ni no Kuni, the joint developed title between Dragon Quest IX/Professor Layton developer Level 5 and anime wunderkinds Studio Ghibli, is due to be released on the PS3 as well as the NDS.

Described as an RPG that mixes action and puzzle elements, one which requiring the player to consult a hard bound book that comes with every copy, the title is said to be epic in scale and faithfully recreates the atmosphere of a Studio Ghibli movie.

You know you want this.

Below is a link to a trailer which was released last year for the NDS version of the game:

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June 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

Reminder: Crackdown 2 Demo Hits Xbox Live Today

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Even though the game may not be out until July 9th, eager anarchists can get a taste of the highly anticipated sandbox shooter early as the Crackdown 2 demo hits the Xbox Live Marketplace tonight.

Weighing in at over 1GB, the demo has accelerated agent leveling; allowing you to try out some of the funky new abilities early, four player co-op and ‘demo achievements’.

Achievements.. in a demo? Riiight…

Anyway, it’s quite possibly the most packed demo we’ve seen in recent times so there should be enough content to give you an idea of the awesomeness to expect come July.

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June 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

E3 2010: THQ Working On UFC Fitness Game

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EA has one, Ubisoft has one and now THQ is working on one. The difference though? EA’s and Ubisoft’s efforts are being designed with fun, happiness and a sense of wellbeing in mind, whereas THQ’s effort is being worked on by guys who could physcially ruin you beyond repair.

Due for the Playstation Move, Kinect and Wii, UFC Fitness (a placeholder name it seems) the title will be available at the start of 2011.

Best get working on your sprawl.

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June 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

E3 2010: Warhammer 40K Space Marine and MMO Dark Millennium Bring The Goods

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Console owners! No more do you have to tie your experience of the Warhammer 40K universe down to that immeasurably dull Fire Warrior title that came out years back. THQ and developers Relic are bringing us a new 40K title that does not disgrace the source material it’s based on; far from it.

Due for release on 360 and PS3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is a third person action adventure in which you must guide your space marines through different worlds, fighting hordes of orks, Chaos and other evil bastards as you shoot, stab and hammerswing your way to victory.

Visually at least this looks frickin’ superb and makes me realise that perhaps Too Human should have been more like this and not, well, y’know shit.

Take a look at the trailer below:

No release date has yet been given.

PC owners! Your clamouring for an MMO based on the Warhammer 40K universe has been heard and at E3 we got the first taste of the forthcoming title, known as Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium.

Visually the game looks competent enough – mixing in the more mature stylings of the Space Marine title mentioned previously with some of the softer World Of Warcraft visual stylings.

Outside of this, little is known about the title, but it does look like it will do the franchise justice with a large gameworld, decent combat and of course, lots and lots of questing.

Take a look:

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium is due in 2011.

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June 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

E3 2010: Fallout MMO Accepting Beta Sign Ups

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After a massive hold up due to various legal problems and of course, a protracted development cycle, Interplay’s Fallout MMO is now finally accepting beta sign ups.

Hit the link below to start your app:

http://www.fallout-on-line.com/

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June 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

E3 2010: Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time Confirmed For 3DS

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In what appears to be an emerging trend of converting older titles from their library into 3D, Nintendo have confirmed that Legend Of Zelda Ocarina of Time will arrive on the 3DS handheld.

No further details have been given.

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June 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

E3 2010: Sony E3 Media Briefing Live Report

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Like all the other highlights I shall be doing, this will be done in a shorthand-esque format style to ensure a timely delivery of the briefing highlights.

-Media Briefing Starts

After a inital montage we get Jack Tretton on stage. He talks about coming to E3 with momentum on their side. He talks about Sony’s ten year vision.

Kaz Harai comes out and goes straight into 3D talk. Yay. He talks about content justifying the medium, and of course, pimping out Sony 3DTV’s.

We then get a runthrough of current 3D supported titles. Wipeout, Pacific Rift etc…

Killzone 3 now gets a demonstration. Presumably in 3D.

The development lead for Killzone 3, demonstrates a level seen in Northern Helgan – basically a frozen shithole. The crowd is told to stick on the glasses.

Demo starts with a big ‘Pre-alpha code’ disclaimer at the top. We see Helghast on jet packs and various flying ships and robots admist an intense firefight. So far, so Killzone 2 largely. Still looks stunning however, a testament to the visual quality of it’s predecessor.

More snow levels. Now we go ice-berg hopping with a jetpack and then into another firefight on an oil rig.

This does look (and sound) very good indeed. Wish I could see it as intended though 😦

The crowd is stunned. Simply stunned, with perodic gasps erupting every so often. You might not agree with the implementation of 3D into gaming at this point, but you can’t deny the choice of poster boy to show it off.

Demo finishes. Lots of whooping and clapping.

Killzone 3 is due worldwide in Feb 2011.

It is also fully compatible with Playstation Move functionality at launch. Good stuff.

Kaz is back out.

He says Killzone 3 will do for 3D gaming what Avatar did for 3D films.

Big push on 3D titles. GT5, Motorstorm Apocalypse, Sly Cooper collection(!) and many more.

Many Playstation Move titles to be in 3D also. Nice crossover.

Another 3D game video is up and folks are told to stick the glasses back on.

Hmmm, appears to be a montage at this stage. And that’s exactly what it is. Ah well, all new tech/hardware needs a good montage in my book.

Lots of games shown as well as sports and movies to reinforce the idea of 3D being a key part of the ‘Playstation Family’.

Video ends.

Tretton is back. Telling us that 3D takes us one step closer to immersive gaming.

He talks about how many ways you can be relevant in people’s lives. He says that this year is the 15th annivesary of Playstation. He starts quoting facts and figures in regards to PS2 and new markets.

He talks about PS3 owners using their PS3 for more than games online; net browsing, netflix etc… More living room invasion talk it seems.

Now he talks about Playstation Move. He specifies about the accuracy of the device.

‘What happens in your hand, happens on screen’ he says.

Playstation Move is described as moving the Playstation brand forward.

Playstation Move will offer core and casual games. O RLY?

Now we’re onto how the device works. Basically it’s Eye Toy + Wand = Move. Accurate as hell though.

More focus on core gamer support. Don’t let us down!

He talks about the three sensors that the Move has and how this makes responsiveness almost instaneous. Now we get developers talking about it; all good as you might imagine. Dev’s seem properly excited about it though.

Kevin Butler comes on says that buttons are important and pokes at Kinect. Meow!

Montage ends.

We get more stuff about how important buttons are and how they aren’t ‘stirring the pot’ by talking about it. Yeah right.

Move and Standard versions of every game will be on the same disc. Yay for Blu-Ray!

He is talking about new Move titles.

Here we go!

Sorcery is announced. It’s a third person action game and the hero has a wand. Looks like Harry Potter so far. He shows us movement with the wand and it is indeed uber responsive and 1:1. Very cool.

He pulls out a potion to drink it and shakes the bottle using the wand. Gimmicky, but effective.

All spells are cast using the controller, and I have to say it looks like a lot ‘o’ fun. A whirlwind is created and then ‘steered’ using the wand. Looks great.

Actually, I fail to believe that EA isn’t all over this with a Harry Potter title in mind.

It’s big boss time, and like most demonstrations these days it ends abruptly.

Good stuff though.

Next we get a mention about how Move will ‘revolutionize’ your sports experience.

On comes Andrew Wilson from EA Sports. Tiger Woods 2011 is shown and again, precision of the device is pimped out.

The demonstration begins and we shown just how 1:1 the movement of the device is. Again, staggeringly precise.

He keeps getting the ball in the bunker. We’re told it’s ‘all about feel’. He putts and gets it in. Yep seems decent enough to me.

The functionality will be available as a downloadable patch for the existing version of the game and will be featured on a purported ‘Move Demo Disc’. Cool.

Another Move title is about to be announced. Heroes On The Move is announced. It appears to have Ratchet, Clank, Sly, Bentley. Jak & Daxter in a platforming style game. Seems competent enough indeed. Early in production though.

The Move apparently is meant to be geared toward all audiences. Coca-Cola is supporting the Playstation Move marketing campaign. The biggest brand partnership they have ever had apparently. Screw you Pepsi!

Kevin Butler is on stage! Says that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Refers to the Kinect event and the acrobats and sale on blue ponchos. Funny guy 🙂

Talks about the motion control battle and says it is time to focus on what really matters: The games. Yep, go for it.

Talks about how gaming is about staying up to 3AM to earn a trophy that isn’t real… but is. 🙂

This guy is a superb speaker.

He said that the Move was made so that everyone on Earth can get to ‘taste the PS3 sugar’.

He says not to hate on the casuals. Further piss taking out of Kinect.

Big cheesy promo with cheesy music about Move and talks about gaming – ‘Forever may he reign!’. Awesome. This guy is like the Jack Black of gaming.

Kevin Butler leaves and this briefing suddenly becomes 25% less entertaining.

The Playstation Move will launch in Europe on September 15th. The motion controller will be sold for $49.99 if you have the eye and $29.99 for the controller. There is also a bundle that has both of those items and sports champions for $99.99. A PS3 bundle with all of the above will cost $399.99. THere will be 25 titles by the end of year for it.

Ooooh, he name dropped a new Time Crisis title for Move!

Many games, such as Heavy Rain and Resi 5 will be patched up to allow Move functionality.

Another Move montage video lights up our screens.

Mr. Tretton returns to the stage. He refers to the ‘living room concept’ once again, about how it follows you everywhere.

Now he is talking about PSP. New campaign to ‘Step up’ the PSP. Funny advert follows, with Kevin Butler and a charasmatic kid called ‘Marcus’. Nice underlying theme of the ‘Full flavour’ gaming experience PSP gives versus ‘those crappy apps’ :). Quite well done I thought.

Back to Tretton and he talks about Peace Walker and how well people are doing with developing for PSP. Next up, is the camera driven ‘Invizimals’ and then God Of War: Ghosts of Sparta.

Quick tease incoming! Ghosts of Sparta is indeed a full prequel the footage is pre-rendered however. Good looking but a bit annoying when you think how good the game looks in-game.

More than 70 new titles due to hit PSP by December this year. Impressive. Glad they are still supporting it so well.

LBP2 is shown, looks good but I wonder who will spend all that time creating content?

PSN+ has been announced. Gives ‘free’ minis and PSone titles for a fee. Seems kinda pointless.

EA’s John Schappart is being brought out to talk about their ‘Sony future’.

He talks about the history of EA and playstation.

Now he talks about two games with exclusive content on Playstation. Medal Of Honour is up.

New character ‘Deuce’ is introduced. We are then told bout how good DICE is for the multiplayer in the game. A brand new multiplayer map is shown. It’s Diwagal Camp in Afghanistan. Looks nicely designed with narrow canyons, huts, installations and sniper friendly cliffs.

The limited Edition version of Medal Of Honor is exclusive to PS3 and will have an HD remastered version of Medal Of Honor: Frontline packaged in with it. Nice.

Dead Space 2 is up now.

The on-screen demonstration continues from the EA one shown earlier on. Holy hell does this look frantic. The big monster at the end of the cliffhanger is literally smashing through *everything* to get to Isaac. Again, visuals look superb. Crap! Now he just got shoved out into space with the monster holding onto him. Brilliant just brilliant.

Limited Edition version of Dead SPace 2 is exclusive to PS3, with a remastered version of Dead space: Extraction with Move support thrown him. Me like.

Tretton comes out and announces the arrival of… Holy Shit It’s Valve!! There is a surprise after all! It’s Gabe ‘I hate PS3’ Newell! What the fuck!

Newell apologies for his comments towards PS3. He then goes onto say that games are evolving. Portal 2 logo is shown on the monitor…

He announces that Portal 2 is coming to PS3! Great news! He wants the PS3 version to be the best version on any console. About time!

Here we go with first Portal 2 footage on PS3.

No more boxy rooms. More organic environments and a creepy GlaDOS voice over. Looks brilliant.

It is due sometime in 2011.

Tretton is back talking about Final Fantasy XIV. Trailer is on.

Looks very nice and all real-time too. Very nice indeed.

Trailer is done and Jack is talking about Mafia II, specifically PS3 exclusive day one DLC that has unique missions and gameplay.

Now onto Ubisoft. Assassins Creed will have an exclusive package of DLC missions for PS3.

Multiplayer beta for the title is PS3 exclusive also.

In game footage is shown, with teams of players taking out targets, special abilites and more. Could be good 🙂

Jack says ‘exclusive’ is his new favourite word. He talks about the quality of exclusive content and then we get a montage games due out for the platform. Assorted third party titles (Mafia II, true crime, marvel vs capcom 3, dead space II etc..), and Move stuff too.

And Gran Turismo 5. Looking sublime as always.

Jack is now talking about GT5. New trailer for it too.

Very nice trailer, but I have problems telling the difference between the pre-rendered stuff and the real-time visuals with this game.

Ah bollocks, my stream is looping.

Ok now.

Gorogeous trackside detail I must say, especially the tokyo night time track with the pink blossoms falling, illuminated against the moon.

Hopefully we’ll get a date. Tell us we’ll get a sodding date!

November 2nd! Yay!

Infamous 2 is shown now. Lots of rooftop running, ledge shimmying and lighting is back. It seems the whole system has turned against Cole, our hero. ‘Some shit never changes’, then he starts using ice powers ‘Maybe somethings do’. Cool. This does look very nice indeed.

One last surprise…

An advert about car combat game… Looks like we’re up for Twisted Metal…

Oh yes! It is! Twisted Metal ice cream truck comes on stage! Complete with topless machete wielding maniac in tow. David Jaffe is up there!

Twisted Metal PS3 is due in 2011. Gameplay footage! He is in a helicopter, firing missiles at other cars below as they are trashing Main Street. 16 player online is confirmed, along with 2-4 offline multiplayer. Graphically it doesn’t look that hot, but it does look very intense indeed. It is early though. Oooh, people can ride shotgun and snipe other folks from other vehicles. Nice.

A new play mode is shown. It’s called ‘Nuke’ and is all about faction play (sweet tooth faction, doll faction and so on). The mode involves destroying the opposing factions statue before they ‘nuke’ yours. Every faction has missle launchers and what you have do is grab the faction leader and ‘sacrafice’ him to it so that you can do a missle launch which is player gudied. It takes three hits on a statue to win the match. It all looks crazy intense.

Jack is back and finishes up, talking about their commitment to content and innovation.

And with that we are done.

No Square-Enix bug unveiling or anything, no Last Guardian (cry) and no ICO/Shadow HD collection. Surprising. Not a bad show though, not bad at all.

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June 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

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