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Friday, 2 May 2008

April Competition; a few words for our email subscribers

It's nearly time for us to draw a close on our first competition of 2008. The winner will be picked on May 5th.

This is the first of a number of competitions we have planned for this year, and if you stay subscribed to our email news summary (using the 'Email' button in the left sidebar) you will be entered into every competition automatically!

So let me just explain what 'stay subscribed' means.

If you decide to unsubscribe before or after this month's competition has finished, you will rule yourself out of any other competitions we run in 2008 - even if you re-subscribe later.

In conclusion, not only do you get a daily summary of what Thesixthaxis call "awesome blog-style site with stacks of rapid, exclusive, well written content", but if you continue to receive the email summary you'll get a chance to win some really great prizes through the year.

You won't want to miss our next competition - the prize sweeter than honey.

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

European PS Store update for 1st May

So far since the launch of the new PS Store, European has seen it's fair share of good quality updates. Certainly, the situation appears to be much better than before and SCEE seem to be coming good on their promise that they would 'sort the situation out' by the Summer.

It would be a shame, therefore, to see a lacklustre update this week, wouldn't it?

Here's the full list of available items:

Games

Ape Quest (£8.99)

Add-ons

Need for Speed Pro Street - Bugatti Veyron (£1.99)
Need for Speed Pro Street - Mclaren F1 (£1.99)
Need for Speed Pro Street - Premium Car Pack (£3.49)
Need for Speed Pro Street - Premium Car Pack 2 (£3.49)
Snakeball - Team Mode Pack (£1.99)
Kane & Lynch - Fragile Alliance Maps (free)

Demos (all free)

Ape Quest Starter Pack

Videos (all free)

Ironman movie trailer

Wallpapers and Themes (all free)

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Theme
Dark Sector Theme
Haze Theme
Haze Wallpaper

Obviously, anyone still playing Kane & Lynch can't complain about the value for money the extra map pack represents, but the big news of the week has to be Ape Quest.

Including the instantly recognisable characters from the Ape Escape franchise, this is an RPG-style quest that sees you battling evil in the kingdom of Toqsica. You can download a starter pack and then pick up the full game if you like it.

There are also a good range of extra vehicles for Need for Speed, although we're wondering if anyone is still playing the 'street racer' since the release of Burnout Paradise. One point though - to use the car packs you must own the version of Need for Speed: Pro Street that has the disc ID BLES-00175 (you'll usually find this printed on the disc under the PlayStation logo).

So on balance, another good update from SCEE. Here's hoping the momentum carries through for the foreseeable future.


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GTA breaking records; were we right about the numbers?

In our news wrap-up 7 days before Grand Theft Auto: IV hit the streets, we came up with some projected sales figures for worldwide week one and lifetime sales.

We did this by comparing, analysing and averaging out the best analyst predictions for the ground-breaking game, and here's what we came up with:


PS3 - 7.4 million units
Xbox 360 - 11.5 million units
Total sales - 18.9 million units

Week One sales will make up an astonishing 25% of those totals, leading us to expect a combined 4.75 million units will hit the streets next week.
So how are we doing so far with our predictive skills?

ChartTrack announced that 600,000 copies of the game were sold in the UK on day one. 45% of these were on the PS3.

In the meantime, VG Chartz have put their sales estimates up and expect 1.7 million units in Europe (with the PS3 taking 60% of the overall sales) and a staggering 2.5 million in the US (with the PS3 taking 40% of the overall sales).

Adding this all together means that GTA: IV has so far reached 4.2 million consoles. 1.93 million of these are on PS3, just over 45%. For our prediction to be right, the rest of the week should see another half-a-million copies shipped.

Somehow, we think there's a chance the analysts we based the numbers on may have underestimated! Without the Asia Pacific region figures being added in, and despite the fact that many people didn't pre-order and are buying their copies this weekend, we feel that the results could break the 5 million mark quite easily.

Check back next week for the official week one figures, since the VG Chartz figures above are considered an estimate rather than fact.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

May mayhem; PS3 Attitude Big Three

This is certainly going to be one of the more interesting Big Three features we've done, simply because many of you will automatically be thinking 'but GTA: IV is out, why would I buy anything else?'.

And to an extent, you'd be right.

The GTA effect means that many publishers are not releasing titles in early May as there is really no point in competing with 'the big one'. But that doesn't mean May can't offer us three great titles to pick up or rent later in the month.

Here's the rundown on the Big Three for May. Remember, the Big Three is based on UK and European titles that will launch in May only...

1. Haze [pre-order] [pre-rent]

With a confirmed release date finally in our hands, it's time to revisit a former Big Three title. Yes, back when we thought Haze would hit the streets in time for Christmas, it was one of the games we thought you should spend your hard earned cash on.

Although a few months have passed by since then, our opinion hasn't changed. In fact, we're even more certain about this game then we were back in 2007. Why?

After being invited up to London to get a sneak preview of the co-op and multiplayer modes that Haze has to offer, we can tell you that the gameplay is sublime. The multiplayer mode is as good as any FPS we've been playing to death recently (CoD4, if you hadn't worked that out).

In terms of the single-player campaign, Haze is a game that dares to treat us like the adults we are, with political themes that resonate well against the current world climate despte being set in a sci-fi future.

We will have a lot more to say about Haze before it launches, but I promise you this is one game you definitely should pick up in May - in between GTA fixes, of course!

2. Race Driver: GRID [pre-order] [pre-rent]

When we got hands-on with this new racing game from Codemasters we must admit to having mixed reactions.

On the first hand, it is as good as any of the TOCA series that Codemasters did so well with on the PS2. The action is fast and furious, it looks fantastic (especially the race replays) and sounds wonderful. For an 'arcade racer', as opposed to the simulation tag GT5: Prologue enjoys, you really can't beat it.

On the other hand you may have noticed we're big fans of Burnout Paradise here at PS3 Attitude, and we can't help but think that everything Race Driver: GRID has to offer can also be had in Paradise City, only with more race-type variety, better crashes and ridiculous stunts.

There is no denying that Race Driver: GRID is a polished game that delivers more on the out-and-out racing scene than Burnout, and it certainly does a 100% better job than games such as the recent Need for Speed effort.

For me personally, this is more a 'rent' than a 'buy' title, but that's just because I'm still into Burnout in a big way. You may be less of a 'gimmick racing' fan and more an 'arcade racer' purist, in which case Race Driver: GRID is worthy of your attention.

3. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars [pre-order]

You didn't really think we'd put Top Spin 3 or Iron Man in the Big Three, did you? So that means that we only really had one choice left as May is certainly a sparse release month.

Does that mean Quake Wars doesn't deserve to be here? Certainly not.

Firstly, for those of you comparing it to Haze, here's a few statements:

Is it another FPS? Yes.
Is it another FPS that has asymmetric teams? Yes.
Is it another FPS that has asymmetric teams and various vehicles to control? Yes.

But it does have one thing that the other FPS in this month's Big Three hasn't, and that is the Quake universe.

The follow up to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Quake Wars really acts as a prequel to Quake II and that alone will have series fans clamouring for the release of this game.

Already out on the PC since Autumn 2007, Quake Wars has done universally well in reviews. In our opinion, it doesn't play as well as Haze or have the interest level of that new IP, but Quake devotees will certainly enjoy the latest foray into the franchise that has sold over 4 million copies.

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Criterion pile on more Burnout features

Where do we even start? The fact is, we thought we'd been spoilt all this time with free and chargeable DLC for great launch titles like Motorstorm and Resistance, but Criterion seem to be taking things to a whole new level.

Along with all the incredible new features coming along in their Cagney and Davis updates, the promise of an additional area to drive around which will arrive within the Eastwood update (and, apparently, won't be the last map expansion), Criterion are set to announce another big news update this Friday.

There's a lot of discussion regarding what the big announcement might be, with the smart money going on the addition of a driveable 18-wheel truck or weather effects, such as snow. But the fact is, nobody really knows - you'll just have to check the podcast on Friday to find out!

In the meantime, Criterion have also announced a 'save game analyser' is coming for PS3 Burnout Paradise gamers.

The idea is ingenious - transfer your game save data to your PC, upload it to the web-based analyser and it will produce a report for you of everything you are missing so that you can get to 101%. This certainly ranks well in comparison to some of the other PS3/website integrations already available in titles like Resistance and the MGO Beta.

We think it's safe to say that Paradise City is going to be one of two virtual metropolises we'll be spending a lot of time in this year.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

GTA: IV freezing on 60Gb PS3 models?

Has this happened to you? Let us know in the comments...

There are lots of reports coming in from forums and websites around the world that GTA: IV is freezing on some 60Gb launch models.

Although we're absolutely certain that a patch will be released to fix the problem (that is what has happened every single time something like this has come along, so we'd expect the same again), it does mean that a number of people aren't able to enjoy their new purchase on launch day.

If you've had this problem, let us know in the comments section...

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Monday, 28 April 2008

GameFlirt Most Wanted chart for April

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.

Assassin's Creed continue to be the number one rental. In the course of running these charts, we've noticed that critically acclaimed games don't tend to stay around for too long since it would appear people would rather buy the game instead. What does this say about Assassin's Creed? It's too early to say, but the general consensus of opinion appears to be 'great look, repetitive gameplay, worth renting'.

In the meantime, Oblivion and Army of Two have dropped off the chart altogether.

Metal Gear Solid 4 remains the number one pre-rent title and GTA: IV has finally made an appearance, although coming in at fourth place suggests that most people will be buying their copy outright. Which makes us wonder if consumers are just a little wary of MGS4 and whether it really is as good as the preview videos would suggest.

Here are the charts in full.

Top 5 current rentals year-to-date:

1 - Assassin's Creed
2 - Blacksite
3 - Unreal Tournament III
4 - Devil May Cry 4
5 - Ridge Racer 7


Top 5 pre-ordered games for April:

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



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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Capcom announce six PSN titles in Europe for 2008

We've been excited about Capcom's Bionic Commando: Rearmed for some time now. The re-imagining of a classic 2d action-platformer, BC:R is a perfect example of the type of 'classic game reuventation' we had in mind when ThreeSpeech featured our guest article.

Now, Capcom have confirmed titles and release windows for a whole range of PSN titles, available this year on the PlayStation Store.

As well as BC:R, which is due to arrive any time now, they have announced 1942: Joint Strike will appear this Summer. Another update to a classic top-down shooter, this could be another exciting update.

In addition, you can expect to see Plunder and the long-awaited Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix arrive in the Summer months. Plunder is a real-time strategy game developed for Capcom by Certain Affinity.

Finally, Capcom also announced two titles that have no current launch window - Wolf of the Battlefield and Talisman.

Talisman is the videogame version of the classic board game from Games Workshop. Apparently, this title was meant to coincide with the release of the 4th edition of the popular board game when it launched late last year, but Capcom halted work on the title to seek a new developer.

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Tomorrow is GTA-Day, or is it?

As you can see from the countdown timer above, there are less than 24 hours to go until GTA: IV hits UK streets and doorsteps.

But as we expected would happen, some people have managed to get their copies of the game early.

The Xbox 360 version of the game has been available in PAL and NTSC format via BitTorrent for over four days now, so some people may have chosen to break the law to get their copy early.

In addition, a number of stores across Europe have broken the street date for GTA: IV. We've seen pictures of receipts for copies from Asda, to which Asda have stated that "this is an isolated incident, we had a clear message to stores not to sell early, and so any copies that have gone on sale are miniscule. We have no policy to sell before the street date, and we’ll make sure this doesn’t happen again."

One such store is in The Netherlands, where one gamer has been banned by Sony from the PSN for one week for playing GTA: IV early. He alledgedly bought the game from a store called Futurezone in Rotterdam and 'had been playing it for 4 days' before receiving an email from SCEE.

So if you have managed to precure your Grand Theft Auto experience legally and early, fight the urge to break the date yourself or you could end up banned. If you've gained your copy using less socially acceptable methods, please play it as much as you can whilst connected to the PSN...

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