No pressure, but many are looking to Soul Sacrifice as some sort of PS Vita messiah. Brilliantly, you don't have to take my word for whether this Monster Huntery, Dark Soulsy action game will deliver or not, since there's a massive demo on the PlayStation Network. Expect talking books, an unpleasant gothic vibe but very pleasant magical combat.
Tesco Direct are rocking a fairly impressive saving (just under £5 by my reckoning) thanks to their TDX-KPWM voucher code.
Oh man. Playstaton Vita is getting added to Playstation Plus, officially making it even better value for money...which is difficult, because it was already pretty damn good to begin with.
SCEE announced today that System Software Update 2.00 for the Vita will bring with it Playstation Plus on November 21st at no additional cost.Click here to read more...
Superbot Entertainment reckons that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be good for "hundreds of hours" of playtime, due to numerous challenges, trials and character-specific unlocks.Click here to read more...
Just a quickie: Sony has confirmed that the Killzone Trilogy Edition is headed to British shores on October 24th. You'll get an HD remaster of the original Killzone, Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 along with six downloadable multiplayer map packs. More details on the EU PlayStation blog.
The bundle has a suggested retail price of £40.84, but we daresay that online stockists will undercut as silly season gets into full swing.
The folks over at the SCEE blog have just unloaded a massive video blowout of Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force goodness from Gamescom, featuring an interview with Insomniac's Shaun McCabe. Expect crossplay, new features, and some tower defence elements to get discussed in this vid.
Q-Force hits PS3 and PS Vita this Autumn, and you can catch up with Brendan's recent preview right here.The Vita trailer is up top, click here for the detailed interview >>>
SCE UK chief Fergal Gara has admitted that the Vita's sofware library isn't as strong as it should be, but that great things are afoot "in the next few months."Click here to read more...
After the lacklustre Resistance: Burning Skies released on PS Vita last month, Sony may be calling time on Insomniac's FPS series.Click here to read more...
David Jaffe has taken to NEOGAF to inform us that Twisted Metal will, to the best of his knowledge, be delayed until March 1st in Europe. This is apparently due to a number of content cuts that SCEE plan to make, including removing some of the most graphic moments from the deranged cutscenes. We've got the full statement below.Click here to read more...
SCEE boss Jim Ryan has said that in order to widen the appeal of the Playstation brand, Sony will actively be targeting a younger demographic, although he also took pains to stress that the core gamer would 'absolutely not be neglected'.Click here to read more...
SCEE has announced that they'll be changing their policy regarding sharing games between consoles on the same account. Players will be able to activate a PSN game on up to two PS3 or PSP consoles via an online tool, which may eliminate the aggravation associated with upgrading consoles and calling up customer support to reactivate your downloadable library. However, it's a sharp decrease from the usual five, suggesting that this may be in response to the recent financial tribulations. You can check out a comprehensive guide through the link.
This new policy will go live as of November 18th, and will only apply to games purchased after that date. It will not affect titles you've already bought.
Sony's new 'Only On Playstation Network' initiative, which sees the company releasing a number of PSN exclusive titles - alongside some rare PS2 classics - every week this month, will not be making its way to this side of the pond, Sony have told Eurogamer. It's not all doom-and-gloom however, with a spokesperson also stating that "the majority of content" will be making its way to SCEE regions too.
TSA has just received confirmation from Sony about an strangely-timed period of server maintenance that will only affect games published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The outage will take place tomorrow morning from half five until half past ten; including titles such as Killzone 3, Uncharted 2... practically anything published by SCEE. You'll still be able to log in to the PSN as normal - and all other games will remain unaffected.
Sony hasn't given a reason for the downtime as yet, so it's time for some rampant speculation. It's likely just a security overhaul... but many fans are wondering whether cross game chat could be in the pipeline for first-party titles. On the other hand, it could be something to do with the recently-revealed PSN Pass (hopefully it won't be a retroactive move to lock online content as I frankly can't see how it would be possible to implement). Either way, we'll know more tomorrow.
Ray Maguire, SCE UK's managing director, has decided to call time on his 17 year career at the company and is moving on. Maguire signed up just as the original PlayStation was launched and has been responsible for helping to establish Sony's gaming brand across the UK, Ireland and Mediterranean regions.
Despite being confirmed for a March 31st release date after being delayed due to the Japanese earthquake tragedy, there has been a lot of online confusion about whether Motorstorm Apocalypse would be releasing today or next week.
So, just so you're clear, Motorstorm Apocalypse is on store shelves now. You can find the cheapest prices here if you're in the market.
Why not check out our hands-on preview to whet your appetite - and let us know whether you'll be buying it in the comments!
Sony have confirmed the UK release date for Motorstorm: Apocalypse to be March 31st, report MCV and VG247. Delayed out of respect for the situation in Japan in the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the racer is now due to hit British shelves next Thursday.
Speaking last week, a rep for SCEE had stated the following:
'We are shocked and saddened to see the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and our thoughts are with all those affected, including our colleagues within the Sony family, living and working throughout Japan.
'We are very conscious of the parallels between these events and the underlying theme in Motorstorm and are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation. Although the game itself is already in distribution, we are ceasing any further shipments and removing as much of the marketing materials as possible.'
The US version is still delayed indefinitely at the time of writing.
Developer: Polyphony Digital
All good things come to those that wait. Not just an adage for the long wait that's preceded this much delayed game, but a piece of advice for getting through a rough start with Polyphony Digital's driving simulator.
There have been a few patches already to fix the online issues, such as packed servers infecting the single-player game. So now after the storms have settled following GT5's release, we can provide a proper verdict of the game as it stands today.
Gran Turismo 5 is a great game when you hit the track and for those players who will enjoy tinkering with a cars settings to optimise performance. In many other areas though, GT5 is seriously average. Let's have a look through the rough stuff and see if the good can overcome it though.
The menus are sluggish and poorly laid out, making navigating the career mode a real chore. Even the car showrooms are problematic as comparing a list of different cars stats is too slow as each tech sheet loads after the car, making it a slow process looking for the most powerful ones. There's still no option to test drive a car from the showroom, instead you have to try and hunt it down in the long, uncategorised list in the Arcade mode.
Most annoying though is the lack of shortcuts. Many of the career tournaments are very specific as to what car you can use, so it would be good if you could go directly from the 'allowed cars' list straight to that section of the showroom if they're available to buy. At least the loading times have sharpened up a bit since the v1.02 patch.
They're just menus though right? Well a few of the races have crumbled beneath the weight of expectation too. The Rally events are really poor, the cars feel under-powered and handle like milk-floats in treacle. For some bizarre reason, the map is moved to the middle of the screen for these races, which is really distracting. It's so badly placed, I thought it was a glitch at first.
If you've been looking forward to taking on The Stig's and other celebrity lap times on the famous Top Gear test track then brace yourself for disappointment. The track isn't unlocked from the start and you're forced into a Volkswagen Bus (think Little Miss Sunshine) race around the track. It couldn't be duller. Once you do unlock the track, you can't gauge a comparable lap time because you can only perform a rolling start, the TV show times a lap from standing. Polyphony Digital have completely missed the point of including the track. If they're going to patch anything else, let it be this. That's PATCH, not paid DLC.
Rockstar has just announced that Red Dead Redemption's downloadable expansion packs will eventually be available as a standalone disc. Confusingly entitled Undead Nightmare, this disc will contain the upcoming Undead Nightmare DLC pack (which shares the same name) as well as the Outlaws to the End Co-op Mission Pack, the Legends and Killers Pack, the Liars and Cheats Pack and all the Multiplayer Free Roam modes released so far. The success of Tales From Liberty City GTA has likely prompted this similar move- though we're also very likely to see a complete edition emerging somewhere down the line.
No news on a release date as yet, but we do know that it will retail at £24.99. You won't need the original game disc to play it.
The Undead Nightmare DLC Pack will contain new quests, challenges and events; and is set for release on October 26th. [Rockstar]
Game Room, Xbox Live's retro marketplace and virtual arcade, has been a source of constant disappointment and aggravation for most gamers... and now it appears that its troubled developers may be on the ropes. Krome Studios have been in an extremely weak position since 50 employees were laid off earlier this year- and poor reviews of Blade Kitten have done little to consolidate their shaky financials.
New rumours are now strongly hinting that Krome is set to close on Monday- meaning that Australia's biggest developer is about to bite the dust. We'll miss the likes of Way of the Exploding Fist... but their recent catalogue has been surely lacking.
We don't know what this will mean for Game Room in the long term if these rumours pan out, but I assume that Microsoft will run the service in-house along with a few retained Krome employees. Considering the fragile situation at Krome Studios, I'd suggest filing this story under very likely.
Yesterday's announcement that the long-awaited Gran Turismo 5 has been pushed back into the "holiday season" was greeted with a few amused titters and some resigned groans of exasperation. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, SCEE have promised that it will be a "short one."
There are numerous reasons why we need a little more time, but I’m not going to go into them. What matters is that the delay will be a short one and the game will live up to expectations. - SCEE rep to VG247
Good good. In other news, a new trailer and some info has emerged from a Taiwanese gaming site (via GAF). Apparently GT5 will ship with global servers and a facility to change drivers' clothes/gear. Oh, and the Chinese Special Edition will contain a cognac glass- thus making it the classiest Spec Ed of all time.
You lucky, lucky PS3 owners. The original Medal of Honor has, of course, been revamped in shiny HD and included with the Limited Collector's Edition of the recent series reboot. We thought you might like to take a peek at the new trailer for it. There's more info on the Dealspwn YouTube channel.
Motion controllers – 1 for single player, 2 for multiplayer
Well that didn’t take long, on the same day PlayStation Move arrives and impresses with a mighty 9/10 for Sports Champions, we get our first stinker for the motion control device.
The concept is sound for a game idea, if not a little barmy. You slide down busy Hong Kong-esque streets on an office chair, baby seat or some other inappropriate device, aiming to get to the escape van at the bottom of the hill, while collecting cash and points along the way by kicking Yakuza thugs and performing tricks. If you can remember Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, you’re in the right ball park.
The game is controlled with one motion controller for everything. Sports Champions showed that there is nothing wrong with the device, but it’s been poorly utilised here. Tilting steers, forward shaking accelerates, a sharp forward stab gives you a turbo boost and a vertical lift will make you jump. It’s a shame that for the most part these controls are really unresponsive resulting in crashes into scenery, vehicles or the Yakuza.Click here to read the rest of Brendan's review.
Realtime Worlds' Cops & Robbers MMORPG has been highly anticipated- but has also been receiving some severely lukewarm review scores. According to Dave Jones (RW Dev), this is our fault for having such high expectations.
“Some people had too high expectations. The game years ago was initially tagged as GTA MMO, which we’d never said. I think that’s set huge expectations. That’s not what we were building, so I was expecting that."
Bizarrely, Jones then went on to compare APB to GTA 1- stating that reviewers were expecting a very different experience, but grew to love it after getting to know it. Apparently, we're also judging APB for what it isn't rather than reviewing the product for what it actually offers.
Well, that's us told then. By this logic, remind me not to get at all excited for Crackdown 2! We wouldn't want our high expectations to ruin our enjoyment of the game... [VG247]
You a fan of Sony's brave and complex Trading Card Game? Unfortunately, you'll need to squeeze the most out of your expensive and lovingly-crafted deck over the next couple of months, because Sony Europe will be dropping the hammer on the Eye of Judgement Servers. You've got until September 20th to score some wins and net the trophies, folks!
Offline play will still be available- and I can see a dedicated cult following starting up for this one. [SCEE]
The first gameplay footage of inFamous 2 has emerged... and it might just shock you. Deplorable pun aside, the leaked video focuses on brutal physical combat, improved wall climbing/running and some seriously big explosions rather than Cole's trademark zappy powers. Actually, you might be forgiven for confusing it for Prototype from the first couple of minutes! It's well worth a watch- and by the looks of things, it's shaping up nicely. [Thanks, Gametrailers]