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Friday, 21 March 2008

Good Friday news wrap-up

As we're taking a short break for Easter, here's a quick summary of the news:

1. In the comments section of a post on the Official PlayStation Blog, SCEA's Takau Imasaki said of GT5: Prologue "Private races with buddies and in-game chat are all in the works... but will not be ready from day one. Will keep you posted on the progress!"

2. Staying with the PS Blog, the new official logos for Resistance 2 have been posted there as well as concept art for the multiplayer classes.

3. The new maps for Call of Duty 4 will be on the Xbox 360 for 21 days before appearing on the PlayStation 3. There's a chance this exclusivity will backfire on Infinity Ward, since this places the release of the extra four maps close to GTA: IV's arrival - we suspect CoD4 will be put back on many people's shelves for a while around that time.

4. Motorstorm 2 gets a proper name - Motorstorm: Pacifica. We know game developers are fond of their colons (make up your own joke) so it's no surprise to see one appear in the title of the next Motorstorm game.

That's it for today. Have a great long weekend and we'll keep an eye out for the best stories on Easter Monday for you.

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Thursday, 20 March 2008

Final GTA: IV trailer coming next Thursday

The final GTA: IV trailer before the game's release will be launched next Thursday, 27th March.

Entitled "Good Lord, What Are You Doing?" AKA "Everyone's a Rat", you'll be able to watch the trailer in the 'video' section of the recently updated GTA: IV site.

In addition, today sees another update to the GTA: IV website with new radio station reveals, downloads, screenshots and more.

Keep an eye on the Official GTA: IV website today and next Thursday for these updates.

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Have a great PS3 Easter

We'll still be looking out for important news, but PS3 Attitude is also going to take a chill-pill and relax for a few days.

Don't forget that two of the PS3 Attitude Big Three for March hit the stores next week.

If you haven't already pre-ordered GT5: Prologue, you owe it to yourself to ensure your copy arrives on launch day.

And Everybody's Golf World Tour is also on the horizon. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the link.

Now that PAIN is finally here in Europe, I'm sure you'll find something PS3-related to do over the long weekend. If you're playing online, we'll no doubt see you on CoD4 and Burnout Paradise too.

Have a great Easter.

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European PS Store updates for 20th March



Let the bone crunching begin!

PAIN has finally arrived as expected on the European PS Store. We're really pleased to see it has made it's way over here and can't wait to start tossing mimes (no, that's not a euphemism for anything else, before you ask).

So what else came our way today in what Sony are saying will be "the end of poor EU updates"?

Here's the full list:

Games

PAIN (£4.99)

Add-ons

PAIN - Cookie character (£0.69)
PAIN - Hung Lo character (£0.69)
PAIN - Santa character (£0.69)
PAIN - Scurv Dogg character (£0.69)
PAIN - Muffy character (£0.69)
PAIN - Ginger character (£0.69)
PAIN - Fun with Explosives Pack (free)
Stranglehold - Map Pack (£9.99)

Videos (all free)

Motorstorm is Back - Motorstorm 2 trailer

It's nice to get a decent update. In fact it's the best one of the year so far, and that's just because PAIN is finally here with all it's extra add-ons as promised. Admittedly, the rest of the content is still a little lacking, but we're not complaining too much - the Strangehold Map Pack is welcome too.

Let's hope SCEE will keep to their word and ensure that future weekly PS Store updates will be as good, if not better!

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PS3 Easter Eggs for your delectation

It's that time of the year when everyone's thoughts turn to the holiday season immediately following the one that is actually happening. So whilst real Easter Eggs started appearing in the shops around Christmas, we're going to keep things traditional and give you ours today.

Here's a run down of our three favourite PS3 Easter Eggs so far:


1. The gnome in Resistance: Fall of Man

Found by a chap calling himself Microdot (maybe he works for MI5), this little fella is reminiscent of the Travelocity Gnome. You can find him "in the area just after you get dropped at the gorge on the rescue mission", according to the aforementioned 'dot.



2. God of War armour in Heavenly Sword

This one was found by XxBigP123xX (heaven knows how you pronounce that) and is seen in Kai's mission. It's nice to see that the people at Ninja Theory gave a little nod to that other great swords-n-sandals epic.




3. Hidden interviews during E3 2007

SCEA played games with us all during E3 2007 and hid away a bunch of videos on the PlayStation Store. For example, by visiting the Super Rub-a-Dub folder, you were treated to a LittleBigPlanet interview; a Ratchet & Clank interview was hidden inside a Ridge Racer 7 folder. In all SCEA treated us to seven interview videos scattered around the PS Store.

Have you found any Easter Eggs in PS3 games or on the console? Tell us about your favourite finds in the comments section...

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Firmware 2.20 brings BD-Live; PSP playlist and remote audio output features

Planned for release in late March, Sony have just announced firmware 2.20 for the PS3.

2.20 will add Blu-ray Profile 2.0, which is also known as BD-LIVE. BD_LIVE brings the opportunity to take full advantage of interactive features, such as downloadable video content, ringtones, games and more.

In addition to BD-LIVE support, the update will enable photo and music playlists on a PS3 to be copied to a PSP as well as other new features, such as a new audio remote control feature for the PSP. This will allow the PSP to switch the audio output to the PS3 under Remote Play, giving it the ability to act as a remote control for your listening pleasure.

As well as BD-LIVE and PSP playlist features, here's a full list of the other updates 2.20 brings:

  • “Resume play” will enable PS3 to start playing a BD and DVD video at the point it was stopped, even if the disc had been removed.
  • “Audio Output Device” will be a new Remote Play setting, enabling PSP to serve as a remote control for music played through PS3.
  • PS3’s Internet browser will be enhanced: Video files directly linked from a Web page will be able to be streamed, and the browser’s view speed will be improved.
  • DivX and WMV format videos that are larger than 2GB will be playable.
  • “Mosquito Noise Reduction” will be added as an AV setting in the control panel of the DVD/BD player for improved movie playback.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Call of Duty 4 v1.2 now available in Europe

Just a quick update to our story from yesterday... the CoD 4 feature/variety patch is now available in Europe.

The patch was made available in the US on the same day we featured the story, but Europe had to wait an extra day.

Enjoy the new features, and don't forget to add the clan tag PS3A if you happen to be clanless right now.

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Square-Enix Members site is opening; pre-register now

Square-Enix have had a Members area of their Japanese site for quite some time now. But never before have we had an English version that delivers news of their games in our native tongue.

But now that is all about to be changed.

Launching on 24th March, the new Square-Enix Members site for North America is on the way. You don't have to be in the US to register, of course, but the key difference here is that everything is in English.

No longer will you have to use the terrible Google Translation services to read the latest news on Final Fantasy XIII. I know it's fun reading stuff like...


Your avatar "at the city's forgotten" what it takes to play! In the city, people from the city to hear the latest information on the game, the big screen movie promotional screenings will be held.

...but it's not very helpful, so bringing everything to us in English is welcome.

If you pre-register now to be able to gain access immediately on 24th March, so head over to the Square-Enix Members website and get your name on the list.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

PAIN and Call of Duty 4 'feature' patch on the way this week

It seems like an eternity has passed since PAIN was first launched in the US, but the wait is finally over.

Not only will PAIN be released in Europe this week (on Thursday as usual) but several of the expansion packs that have been trickling into the US Store over the last four months will be released with it, ensuring we gain as much PAIN as we can handle.

In fact, this may be a turnaround for the EU PS Store as Sony were quoted as saying that last week's update would be "the last bad one for a while". Let's hope that's true.

We also have heard word that the Call of Duty 4 feature patch (officially being called the Variety Patch for some reason) will reach us this week as well. We know the patch has already been in the certification process for around a week and a half, so we would expect it to be made available towards the end of this week.

We already covered the details of the CoD4 patch in a previous story, so go and have a read to make sure you're familiar with all the changes.

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GameFlirt Most Wanted chart for March

Exclusive to PS3 Attitude, we bring you the monthly 'most wanted' PS3 charts at GameFlirt

GameFlirt are one of the UK's top games rental companies, and you won't find this information anywhere else - not even at the GameFlirt website.

Like the often seen Netflix charts for US movie titles, it's a great indicator of what's hot in the PS3 community.

This month sees the biggest shift of the year so far. Call of Duty 4 has dropped out of the chart altogether. It would seem that our favourite game of the moment is so impressive, people have stopped renting it and have bought their own copy instead. That means for a second month running, Assassin's Creed takes the number one slot.

In fact, Assassin's Creed is the only title to make it on to this month's chart. Other new entries include Devil May Cry, Ridge Racer 7, Oblivion and Army of Two. Everything there makes sense to us except for Ridge Racer 7 arriving in third place! We reckon all the people who picked up a PS3 over Christmas have just found out about game rentals and are trying some old school racing...

Metal Gear Solid 4 remains the number one pre-rent title, of course! Devil May Cry 4, UT III and Blacksite has moved out of the pre-rent chart since their release, so Haze is joined by Monster Madness and Mercenaries 2. The difference this month is the pre-rent list is a top four instead of a top five, as March is always one of those transition months on the gaming calendar whilst new titles get ramped up for the Easter break.

Here are the charts in full.


Top 5 current rentals year-to-date:

1 - Assassin's Creed
2 - Devil May Cry 4
3 - Ridge Racer 7
4 - Oblivion
5 - Army of Two



Top 4 pre-ordered games for February:

1 - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
2 - Haze
3 - Monster Madness
4 - Mercenaries 2



Many thanks to GameFlirt for providing the data.

Click any of the links to visit GameFlirt for more details and to rent or pre-rent the titles. As a thank you to our readers anyone who signs up for the GameFlirt service via these links will receive 10 days free rental.

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Monday, 17 March 2008

Play.com Live 08; photos and final thoughts

If you didn't manage to follow the show coverage over the weekend, you can catch up here:

We have two more articles in us about this years Play.com Live 08. Let's get one of them off our chest right now.

The photos from the show are now available in a slideshow below. If you hover over the bottom-left corner of the slideshow and click the name of the show, it'll take you to the PS3 Attitude account at Picasa Web, where you can see high-resolution versions of the pictures.

Our final thoughts? Let's categorise them as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good

The great people at Play.com and Hill & Knowlton for their support
Race Driver: GRID actual gameplay video
Far Cry 2 demonstration and our exclusive developer interview
Playable previews, including Soul Calibur IV, Haze, The Bourne Conspiracy and others
The racing pods for GT5: Prologue on the Sony stand
Buzz! for PS3 (what a laugh!)

The Bad

No Ghostbusters playable demo despite advertising it would be available
Venue was too small for 20,000 people
If you don't like hot dogs, you were out of luck for lunch options
No Street Fighter IV or Bionic Commando playable demos
Complete lack of new title information, but then it is March so that's no surprise (the show would be better in June next year!)

The Ugly

Being battered by every single passer by
The smell of 20,000 people in a hot room
When Soul Calibur IV crashed for the first time in the middle of the £20,000 final (being played on the Xbox 360 version, naturally)
Losing all our chips in the Rainbox Six Vegas 2 casino in less than three minutes

Thanks again to all the people that helped make Play.com Live 08 what it was. The UK is in need of a single show that can rival the likes of Leipzig, so hopefully they'll go from strength to strength in the future.

Look out for our final Play.com Live 08 article later this week - you won't want to miss it.

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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Play.com Live 08; Day Two wrap-up

As you're blissfully aware of by now, PS3 Attitude were at Play.com Live 08 to cover the event and find out as much as possible about forthcoming PS3 titles as we could.

Day Two saw much of the same action as Day One. The fact is, the show was relatively small. Having said that, this was the first ever Play.com Live event and I'm sure they'll take feedback from this to ensure it's better in years to come. The UK certainly needs a single retail event right now.

We did get a chance to look round the areas we missed on the first day, which included watching the video footage of Ghostbusters and Prototype. Unfortunately, neither title was available to play. Vivendi did, however, have the Bourne Conspiracy for gamers to get their hands on. The people I spoke to were impressed with the gameplay, which combines close-quarters combat with third-person shooting and driving.

We also finally got a chance to play with GT5: Prologue properly using the new Logitech wheel. Playing the London track in a new Mini, the graphics are as stunning as you'd all expect. It's the wheel that really grabbed me. The accuracy and feedback you get from the steering wheel is almost perfect. If only the pedals had a little more 'bite' to them...

The highlight of the day for us was interviewing Patrick and L-P about Far Cry 2. Out of everything we saw at the show, this title really impressed us the most. We'll have much more on this survival-FPS in the not-too-distant future.

We haven't mentioned the additional entertainment across both days. There were number of great music acts on across the event. On the first day, Vincent Vincent and the Villains were great, as were 'headliners' We Are Scientists today. In addition there were loads of competitions with over £90k worth of prizes up for grabs, and to promote FIFA Street 3 EA brought in a World Record street football juggler doing the most insane keepy-uppy tricks I've seen. And of course there were the usual array of unnervingly good looking people giving out bags of goodies to the punters.

So - Play.com Live is over for this year. There will be more from us over the next couple of days, so keep checking back. We have a stack of pictures and an extra video to put up, plus we'll be running a little competition for all our readers.

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Play.com Live 08; Exclusive Far Cry 2 developer interview

Direct from Play.com Live 08, we just spent 12 minutes or so with Patrick Redding and Louis-Pierre Pharand about their forthcoming FPS title, Far Cry 2.

The few details we know from the demonstration at Play.com Live leave us wanting more. Watch our two-part interview to discover more about the features that really make this FPS shine out above the competition.





Our thanks to Patrick and L-P for their time, and we look forward to finding out more about this intriguing survivalist-shooter in the near future.

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