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Friday, 18 January 2008

PlayTV video demonstrates ease-of-use

Watching this video, you be forgiven for thinking that finally your grandmother will be able to record a TV programme! People have struggled with video recorder instructions for years, but there really couldn't be anything simpler than this.

Take a look for yourself.

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US PS Store updates for January 17th

Courtesy of a lack of clarification either on our part or on the part of Touchstone, we ended up with a sizeable amount of egg on our faces yesterday when we stated that the Turok demo wasn't coming until February. It still isn't, if you don't have a US account that is.

So whilst European PS Stores lack a Turok demo, it did appear yesterday for our friends in the US.

Here's the list of what else arrived in the US yesterday:

Demos (all free)

Turok
FIFA Street 3

Games

Mesmerize: Trace - requires PlayStation Eye ($1.99)
Tori Emaki - requires PlayStation Eye ($1.99)
Blast Factor bundle ($12.99)

Add-ons

"Double Track" - Motorstorm ($2.99; Eagle's Nest and Diamondback Speedway tracks)
Rock Band tracks ($1.99 each; includes Sweet's "Action", The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" and Blink 182's "All the Small Things"

Trailers (all free)

PixelJunk Monsters
Syphon Filter: Combat Ops
Lost Planet
Brother In Arms
: Hell's Highway
Dynasty Warriors 6
Borderlands

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Thursday, 17 January 2008

European PS Store updates for 17th January

If you're after some extra Guitar Hero III goodness, today is your lucky day. There's a total of six new tracks to rock out to included in the update.

In addition we get two demos, another Folklore add-on and a smattering of trailers.

Still no Everyday Shooter or PAIN though. Hmmm. I wonder if they will ever turn up.

Here's the list in our handy new 2008 format:

Demos (all free)

NBA 08
FIFA Street 3

Add-ons

Warner Track Pack - Guitar Hero III (£3.99; includes No More Sorrow by Linkin Park, Sleeping Giant by Mastodon and Pretty Handsome Awkward by The Used)
Die fantastischen Vier track - Guitar Hero III (£1.49)
Extremoduro track - Guitar Hero III (£1.49)
Trust track - Guitar Hero III (£1.49)
Visions of the Tower - Folklore (£1.49)

Trailers (all free)

GT5 Prologue
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway
Borderlands 'Debut'

Movie Trailers (all free)

Cloverfield

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Yakuza 3 gains another exclusive; noodles!


In one of the more bizarre marketing link-ups we'll see for a while, you will soon be able to buy Yakuza 3 noodles in Japan!

Priced at around 97p (¥210) a cup the noodles go on sale next month. The game, known as 'Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!' in Japan, is due out around March 6th in Japan.
Sega are only just bringing Yakuza 2 to the US this year, so don't expect a US/European release of this title until 2009 (if ever).

[via Kotaku]

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[UPDATE] Turok demo to arrive on 7th February

Turok is due to be launched on 8th February in the UK and elsewhere. On Tuesday this week a single-player demo arrived on Xbox Live. A number of people were clearly expecting the same demo to arrive on the PS Store today.

The news is that you'll have to wait until launch week to 'get your dino on' if you're a PS3 owner. Touchstone have confirmed to PS3 Attitude that the Turok demo won't arrive until the 7th, one day before launch.

Whilst Turok is another FPS in a PS3-world full of FPS titles, it does have its differentiators. I mean, where else can you get to shoot both human and dinosaur enemies in one game?

Of course, that's if you go around shooting enemies. The game has recently courted a mild amount of controversy for delivering a 'reward' (named Grab Bag) for shooting teammates. The developers are ready for any issues though - they have a patch available to disable the achievement should it kick up a real fuss after release.

We'll have more on Turok as we get closer to the release of both the game and the demo.

[UPDATE] It appears that Touchstone's UK office gave us information for the EU PlayStation Store update only, and it looks like we got our wires crossed since the demo arrived in the US today.To clarify, then, Turok will not appear on the EU PSN until February 7th.

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Frag Doll 'Jam' gets the inside info on Brothers in Arms

The Frag Dolls have just put up a video where Jam gets to speak with Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software.

The video was made during his Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway press visit to London. He discusses amongst other things how they got the best out of the Unreal Engine, and why Hell’s Highway is much like The Empire Strikes Back!

You can watch the video at the Frag Dolls' site by clicking the link above.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

PlayStation 3 Events Calendar



This is the official PS3 Attitude Calendar. We will update with this calendar on a regular basis with various events including game releases, exhibitions and other key dates. Basically, if it is happening in the world of PlayStation 3, it will be on the calendar.

You can access this calendar at all times by visiting http://www.ps3attitude.com/2008/01/ps3-attitude-calendar.html - bookmark this page now for easy access.

If you know of an event we're missing, add a comment to this post. We can't promise to put them all on the calendar but we'll try our best!

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The Agency; a game where your Q*Bert skills matter

Looking much better than we frankly imagined it would, The Agency has now grabbed a decent slice of our attention.

Our friends at PS3 Fanboy have posted a great behind-the-scenes video and we suggest you check it out. Once you get past the out-and-out shooting aspect, The Agency promises some really interesting and fun gameplay. Even Q*Bert could be important to your progress!

The Agency: Behind the Scenes

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Resistance 2 details emerge earlier than expected

Insomniac are on a short break at the moment and are due to hit us all with an announcement about their next title on Thursday 17th.

So how is it that everyone already knows what is going to be announced!?

I can only assume that the Resistance themselves got to Insomniac and made them talk.

With every man and his dog giving out details of Resistance 2 it was no surprise that ThreeSpeech put out a post about the forthcoming sequel. Here's their rundown of the new features Resistance 2 sports:

A huge co-op component featuring eight player story-driven campaigns over PSN
(two player local) alongside single-player campaigns.

Sixty player competitive modes with a focus on squad-versus-squad combat set in huge United States landscapes.

New enemies including Chameleon and Stalker with total cloaking ability

Multiplayer class system. Three basic templates - tank with heavy weaponry, special ops for distance (bullseye modified with zoom) and medic.

Online matching - standard difficulty discarded for scaled challenges for team skill.

Partially randomised geometry making levels different with each play through.

Insomniac have been listening to players complaints about the first game and are also further tapping the power of the PS3 to give more enemies onscreen and improved AI. They are also working on a solution to the long checkpoints and health system.

The 'partially randomised geometry' is an interesting one. I know FPS fans like to learn every nook and cranny of a map so having the map change with every play is a good way to level the playing field for those more casual gamers.

We'll have more details soon. The game is due for release this year.

Of course, it would be even better if Insomniac announce a completely different title this Thursday, such as the next Ratchet & Clank game. We need to find out how the story continues, dammit!

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Monday, 14 January 2008

UK gets a PS3 Pick 'n' Mix

This Friday sees the launch of a new PS3 bundle in the UK.

SCEE are allowing you lucky people to pick up a PS3 with two premium games for only £350, which is a great deal.

Dubbed the 'Pick 'n' Mix' bundle, you can choose from top games such as Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, Motorstorm and even Singstar (with microphones).

So if you were thinking of buying a PS3 in the next four days, we recommend you hang on an extra day and save yourself a bundle.

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PlayTV is priced and dated


PlayTV, which turns your PS3 into a twin-tuner Freeview PVR, is expected to be priced at £99.99 and ship on the 28th March.


PlayTV allows you to record programmes from the Freeview network, which only requires an aerial and doesn't require a subscription, on to the PS3 HDD. Of coures, you can also watch live TV and record another show at the same time thanks to the twin-tuner capability as well as all that good 'pause and rewind' goodness that comes with such devices.


Through Remote Play you can also watch live TV or any recorded programme via your PSP, and PlayTV also promises to be able to transfer recorded programmes to a Memory Stick Duo so you can take you favourite programmes away with you to watch on the PSP later.


Although £99.99 does make it one of the most expensive Freeview set-top boxes on the market, it certainly has the most functionality. If you already own a PSP, this would save you the circa £150 you'd need to spend on a Slingbox (or equivelant) and a Memory Stick encoder box to get the same features, so it is actually pretty good value.


As with all Freeview systems, your aerial may need an upgrade and you should check if Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is available in your area.

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