Sony no longer backing Cell Processor *GASP*

November 9, 2007

I’m at a lost for words! Just read the article below taken from Gamespot.

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Last week in Gaming … Consoles?

November 6, 2007

What’s going at the WII camp - not that much, not that little either. I think that GT should go easy on the Mario Galaxies trailers, I use to actually enjoy seeing a new mario stage for the first time but I may see the entire game online if I’m not careful. Hmm what else is there - table tennis got announced. You know … that rockstar game that was almost impossible to play on a 360 controller has finally found a home worth living in. If it aint broke bring it. XBoX360 - echoes of Ninja Gaiden continue to reverberate as Ps3 fanboys are continually bullied by 360 fanboys, and eventually spawn a WII fanbaby that thinks they are wasting time and should spend more time with their games. [Read more]

This Week in Gaming

October 27, 2007

What constitutes good research? How do you protect your intellectual property? Who is responsible for aiding in you in that action? How much effort will suffice to protect it? Hasbro and its partners did not see this one coming …

Apparently you can print Eye of Judgement cards that will work with the new PS3 title of the same name. Perhaps this does not fall along the lines of what to do but you have to wonder with the way kids are these days just how blurred are the lines of morale actions. Vidoes of putting their BluRay game DVDs in a microwave to later see if it will run are examples of the extent gamers go. Nor do the new found abilities to HACK HD DVDs, copy them, make backups of some 20 gigs of data via ISO images and the like. There’s no limit it would seem. Think of the strain a R&D department must go through, and resulting thoughts for the above news - ” we didn’t see that coming guys, sorry.” What’s it all for if your creative perspective can’t survive two weeks in the see of customer appreciation deviousness.

And with the bad, there’s always some good; no matter how small it may be. My breathren believe that I am ignoring the 360 world but I perhaps have more exposure to it than they would ever think. I have to admit, that taking a look at XBLA always leaves me impressed, especially with the rescent announcement of Omega 5. For those that know me well, I am a huge shooter fan, and if you didn’t know, XBLA has tons of that. Omega 5 looks to fit the bill very nicely.

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Another adage in life is - “if it aint broke don’t fix it.” True to the core. Even more apparent with those Dual Shock Rumble ads that have been hitting PS3-dom lately. The most recent incarnation comes in the Motorstorm with the new 3.0 Patch, that not only adds more elements to online play but rumble support as well. Perhaps owning up to the fact that your motherboard still melts falls in this realm as well, even when you take an elite-est approach to the matter. Interestingly, every angle has scratches, bad points, good points, so-sopoints, and more, but then masses pick sides, or shells out untolds amount of cash and picks all sides. Is this the only way out, or into, gaming? What’s the real driving factor an action like that?

Perhabs not the $841 million loss that Sony posted not long ago. Still, the firm also reported total sales up to $9.2 billion. Hmmm. It’s hard to take in these numbers right? I found much harder to accept another game to approach the space horror genre though, Dead Space. This is a realm that has been explicitly claimed by System Shock and perhaps one of those AVP games. Still it looks impressive but can they deliver on that promise?

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Let’s hope so because the genre hasn’t been tackled in a while.

Official - MGS4 Rings Death Toll for Snake

October 21, 2007

The Raven hating MG fans out there may be crying their hearts out at the official announcement that Snake will tell his final story in the MGS saga but they can be guaranteed to hear every nook and crany of his annoying voice when MGS4 dawns on PS3. Out with the old and in with the new, its the way of the world kiddies, get used to it.

Still, fans shouldn’t be disappointed as the game will receive reasonable treatment and take full advantage of the 50Gig storage that the PS3 media will provide. Most likely this may only appeal to audio/video-philes like myself. In a recent interview at E4All, MGS US based members said that fans shouldn’t just expect tons of cutscene dramas and but will get the uncompressed PCM audio treatment as well. A step up, if your recievers [or 4000$ TV's can handle it directly] can handle those types of signals, that may be appreciated by a those of us who have gone that far with our game rigs. Oh, as a reminder, do get your hands on those new HDMI 1.3b Specification cables since we’re talking HD components. No, it’s not cheap, as an 8FT cable hits the $200.00 barrier easy. Trust me, it makes all the difference until the next best thing comes out. It’s tough knowing that my $20.00 HDMI cables no longer holds the bar, and in addition may actually be hurting my HD LCDTV. What’s 1.3b? Here’s a brief explanation -

General HDMI specification requires enough bandwidth to support all current HDTV formats; however, the HDMI version 1.3b specification increases its bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support future HD display devices that could provide higher resolutions, Deep Color and higher frame rates. HDMI 1.3b provides the highest audio quality as it enables the full, lossless audio data of Dolby TrueHD to be transferred digitally to AV Receivers.

As if the Home Theatre world wasn’t expensive enough :D. If you’re an audiophile/videophile pick up these at your local electronics retailers.

Capcom Poors it on Some More

October 19, 2007

combosoup

As if serving up SFIV, and the PS3 version of Lost Planet wasn’t enough for this clandestine group, they had to drop an entirely new IP on us. Capcom recently pushed out videos of a new game called Dark Void. The titles’ expected release is either mid 2008 or late Christmas 2008. The premise of the game goes like this -

Something is consuming out the universe, a vast and ancient force almost beyond our comprehension. Millions of years ago, the minions of that power found their way to the 3rd planet of an unremarkable yellow star. Ours. The race they created came to call their masters “The Watchers. For a millennium we knew them as Gods and served their dark purposes, but a few humans developed extraordinary powers. They were known as the Adepts and they rose up, banishing The Watchers into a parallel universe, where they have manipulated and schemed from afar. Until now.

And so, everything comes in combos from Capcom. Take a peek at the video below:

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PS3 Fanboy Hits Sony Hard … Original XMB was Killa App!

October 16, 2007

I’m going to have to go with PS3Fanboy on this one. The below video, and I’m sure Sony will jump to say that it was just a demo, showcased what the PS3 XMB may work like. A closer look at the in game portion was a little questionable, but who was selling that anyways? Still the commentors say it was sanctioned by Sony.

Okay, so why tease us like that? Every flicking gamer I come across the PSNet absolutely despises the fact that you can’t access the System XMB in-game a’ la xBox. Some things should just be copied and you should just put your tail between your legs and call it a day. Ah well, better that than melting motherboards and soder I guess. :)

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BT & Sony?

October 15, 2007

I think I may run into some conflict of interest … especially after hearing that Sony and British Telecom have partnered to bring you more than just TV to your PSP.ÂÂ Think PS3 meets iTV, to birth PlayTV.ÂÂ Don’t laugh. It’s flicking hard to come up with names for these kinds of things, my brethren can vouch for that, GameStew and all.ÂÂ Looks like the boys across the pond will have something to brag about this January 2008 in the form Go!Messenger.ÂÂ I’m sorry but I’m more impressed with that new Drake’s Fortune box art - damn that’s the best one on for PS3 yet!!!

Ummm yeah … ^_^

September 27, 2007

Uhhh yeah, so I don’tÂÂ know what to say .. just check this out.

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Why the naughty post? Oh just celebrating that Nomura-san, Producer of FF XIII officially stated that FF XIII will only appear on PS3.

Recently in Gaming …

September 26, 2007

It has been a while since I did a perspective look on things, so I decided to take a shot at it and see if I could pull together all good and the bad that’s happened from late this summer till now. I’m not sure where to start but E3 may be fitting. What a shit event that was, and clearly dominated by Sony. They needed to move that much clout to since the on-going rumor of that 40G PS3 is still being ushered around the net today. This a unit that was rumored for release in the UK. Kill it if you see it - it’s BS. Why? What’s the point in Sony releasing a SKU that will not support Guitar Hero, Eye Toy and other peripherals? If they do, God help them.

Sega doesn’t need any help convincing me that I need to get a copy of Yakuza 3 though. It would seem that the production expenses incurred by Team Ninja for Heavenly Sword haven’t swayed other producers to cut back on spending for game production. Sega has also announced that they to will use an all star cast to do the voice over [maybe mo-cap] for Yakuza. Perhaps Sony got offended and drop a Hakitori Yakuza Bomb on Home recently in fears of spending too much money on an ambitious thing. Funny thing about Home is that we didn’t know it was coming, and it was promised, went to beta, and went right back to the drawing board after beta testing started. Users who are lucky enough to take part in Home Beta were not happy with it and Sony, it would seem, in rare form, took that to heart; subsquently holding off the release of Home till it reaches mass appeal.

What, or who, is more appealing though is Masata-San, Maegawa Masata that is - head huncho over at our favorite shoot’em up [Great Movie!!!] house, Treasure. Having made impressive things like Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, and Guardian Heroes is not enough and so he has promised that previous and new titles will hit PSN soon enough [maybe]. Soon enough for Julian Eggerbrecht of Factor5 to start to pointing out the bad in Warhawk. Considering how Lair got trashed by yours truly, and several other game sites out there, its only fair he defend his title [a beautiful title that is]. What’s not beautiful is the following quote -

“I see motion-sensing as a complimentary, additional new step in terms of control … “

I’m dying to know why you can’t use the analog sticks then??? Better yet are those stick characters from Flow, who are due for an update. It will be interesting to see what they can come up with for my Hooka-smoking sessions. Dante may need more than a toke on the Hooka after that drop kick he got in the jaw from Neo; the new bad boy in DMC. If Capcom was trying to let us know that Neo was/is no Raiden, a la MGS, they have clearly made their point - this boy has problems and kicks some seeee’rious hass. Too bad you won’t get your Rumble on with Neo though. Maybe in Spring 2008 PS3 controllers will shake your world. Never saw a need for that feature but hey, my girlfriends like it. They all wonder if it were circular what it would mean …?

If you can say “Quick Response Time Is What I Got” ten times as fast, that’s how fast MS responded to those horrible-horrible Halo 3 discs that got shipped out by who knows who. We can’t really blame MS here, but hey everyone else is … sooooo they decided to fix the problem themselves [suspicious right?]. MS swiftly provided a return policy to its faithful in the form of a full replacement, no extra charge. It would be shameful not to mention that the peace of gaming greatness cost $140.00 [e'Note: $69.99]ÂÂ Halo SE Sets. Hmm, $140.00? So I guess a lot of people will be buying those GTX cards after all?

If that’s a trend for game prices then titles better look as hot as FF XIII Versus. The new FF XIII currently has a very strong hold on the Top Ten List over at Famitsu Magazine as the second Most Anticipated Game. Trumped by Dragon Quest-Sama of course. What does it all mean? Hell if I know, especially after those play tests comments about White Knight Story. I’m really impressed with the lush environments in that game - it may set a standard.

The results for that play test have all been positive and its good to hear that FF won’t be the only thing to go home early for. Still, they can’t release that Jericho Demo soon enough for my tastes, even though its due Thursday of this week. I just want to play it so badly. Its’ no crysis killer but the enemy designs in that game appeals to my darker nature and hopefully yours.

Don’t get me wrong there are tons other great looking games that we don’t know about yet. No not Crysis. No one will be able to play that thing without having deep pockets in my opinion. . I’m talking about Dead Space, a new title by Electronic Arts that may just turn your eyes away from Jericho for a minute or two. As long as it has nothing to do with that yet another telekinesis and time pausing powers, I’m good. Check out the site. What’s that? Master Chief you say … never heard of ‘em. Good co-op stuff though. ^_- Laterz.

Screw Attack Took the Words Right outta my Brain :D

September 25, 2007

I love these guys … and of course their top tens are great .. but even more so when they give you reasons to ignore Master Chief!

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That’s right b1t7he$! :D

Pure Pulse - Part III Leach Beam to Return in Wipeout

September 25, 2007

Ahh the leach beam, a bane in my side. Sir-G had me on that one many a moons ago, and its only now I think that I catch up to his insane hand eye coordination skills to capture a gold against him one on one. Though my mentor may disagree and confirm his lapse of interest in the series as of late, [mostly due to that horrible Fusion release], I am constantly reminding him of how redeeming Pure was for the PSP. Don’t mind my fervent itch to re-live that experience on PS3 of gold status winnings, and perfect laps, on every track [and all those before that on EU and US versions]. Consider what Tony Buckley and the boys at SCE Studio Liverpool are offering from the purest the series has yet to offer -

  • Community Sites can be made by everyone [customizable]
  • Photomode [nothing new really but think of it as those GT money shots]
  • Online battles and online 2 man team battles within a total of 8 man slug fest
  • 8 tracks total, 6 from Pure, and 2 new ones from pulse
  • Downloadable content - new tracks, music [for your 5.1 sound system], and more

The more news I hear about this game, the more I get amped; Keep in mind that Mr. Buckley is not the only one that would take up Wipeout Piloting as a profession. Still the burning question, will they ever make a pure release for PS3 - Tony Buckley thinks so, and so should you.

The Eye of Judgement Get’s Priced

September 24, 2007

Well, several of us who were actually interested in this game [the D&D Fanatics perhaps] were waiting for a price on this mother. Why? Well lets put it this way, you get a camera, the game mat, and box of special cards to play with this game so I had originally guaged this title at $99.99 but looks like Sony had to shut me up and put me in my place as the Eye of Judgement, with all its add-on gear [TV NOT INCLUDED] will total $69.99. See the full post here on theÂÂ PS3 blog. It’s still pricey but then again I bought games for $9.99 back in the day, so I’m sure I sound like I’m bitching right now.

Cheapness knows No Bounds for HALO 3 Discs

September 24, 2007

Other than taking over our lives, several gamers, and owners of the new and improved, graphical OMG greatness that is Halo have been reported to arrive D.O.A. That’s right, I said it and I’ll reprint it if you want. Sad thing is, it shows that Microsoft, its Vendors, and/or Distributors [whomever is to blame, or combination of them all] knows no bound in delivering something that’s not always quite functional. Light of the discs being received scratched have of course gotten much fan mail to MS. People before you jump to conclusions though, it would be nice to investigate further don’t you think? Still a lot of the blame has been pointed at big M$.

Ah well, at least its not as bad as Rotting Blue Ray Discs, a phenomenon that has plagued certain Blue Ray Movies earlier this year. At TrueGameHeadz we point out the follies of everyone so dont’ feel bad M$. What happened to the times when a man could buy something and be assured that it would last him a decade or two? Gone are the days of quality.

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O_- Looks Good!

September 20, 2007

Wow, while my earlier reports on this game were hopeful at best, I didn’t expect the Combat System to look this good. What’s even better is the fact that this one will hit the Box and PS3 at the same time. It’s a world of gamer choice, pick your system / systems if you can afford them all.

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