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Saturday, 23 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 1

Another year, another Leipzig. It's time to re-visit our on-site coverage by our guest writer Alexander Chalkidis with some new info from the Leipzig aftermath. Let's begin with part uno:

New 160 GB PS3 SKU
The new SKU comes as a bundle for North America this November for $499.99. The Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 bundle includes:
  • 160GB PS3 system (same specs as the current 80GB model)
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
  • PAIN PLAYSTATION Network voucher
  • DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless controller
Europeans will enjoy this SKU the 31st of October for €449. Exactly the same specs as the current 80GB offering but will include €70 of PLAYSTATION Network content (expected to vary by territory).

PlayTV launch Dated
As we reported earlier, 19th of September is the date you lucky Europeans can (finally) enjoy PlayTV. You may want to check out this recent unboxing for more info.

Little Big Planet
Launching on the 29th of October for Europe and in the mysterious date of "October 2008" for America. Join us in our longing for all things LBP here, here, here and of course here.

PS3 Wireless Keypad
Great potential that both first and third party developers will surely overlook (*cough* Touch pad mode*cough*). I hope someone notices. Key features include:
  • QWERTY keypad designed for fast, thumbs-only typing.
  • Touch pad mode turns the main key area into a touch pad. When touch pad button is pressed, user can not use the keys for character input but can slide her finger on this area to select something on the screen. On the internet browser, user can see a cursor when this mode is set on.
  • Dedicated short cut keys provide instant access to text-based communication applications on the PLAYSTATION®Network.
  • Automatic pairing with the PS3™ system via a USB cable.
  • Charges by connecting it directly to the PS3™ system using a USB cable.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0
  • Up to 33 feet (10 meters) operating range
  • USB 2.0 full speed (for battery charging and Bluetooth® pairing only)
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery (Capacity – 610mAh)
  • Approx Weight: 60g

Free Streaming Music from VidZone
VidZone will deliver free streaming music videos to the PlayStation 3. A trial service is scheduled for launch in early 2009 for Europe, Australia and New Zealand (no yankee love). You will be able to stream VidZone’s music videos for free on your PS3 or your PSP via Remote Play. You can even make your own playlists from their vast library. Apparently all of VidZone's features (maybe even more) will be available for PS3 users. There will be a small fee if you want to download songs, music videos or ringtones to your mobile phone though.

Sources [,, Engadget,]

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A Demo by any other name, Part 1

Have you noticed something funky with certain demos as of late? Some do not say "Demo" or "Trial Version" in their name as they should. This effectively gives the impression to the unsuspecting PSN buddies in your list that a full version game is being played instead of a demo.

Recent culprits include but are not limited to:
(these are the names shown in your PSN now playing status)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Bionic Commando: Rearmed
  • 1942: Joint Strike
  • Elefunk
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  • Hail to the Chimp
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

I was going to amuse both you and I with a cleverly written rant, complete with conspiracy theories and a stern finger pointed at SCEA and all game makers involved. But because it's late at night (or early in the morning) and I need my beauty sleep, I'll just kindly ask: "What gives?"

I'll leave it to you (for now) to speculate how deep this rabbit hole really goes. I will return with an in-depth look in the near future.

Thanks Creation_J!

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Friday, 22 August 2008

History of Resistance

A new trailer for Resistance 2 has been released on Eurogamers.
This trailer shows no gameplay or in-game cutscenes, yet reveals the twisted history of Resistance and what is about to happen in Resistance 2.

See the trailer here.

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Burnout Bike Update

Jeremy Chubb, producer at Criterion Games, has posted on the PlayStation Blog about the upcoming Burnout update. Codenamed Davis this is the update also known as "The update that lets you burn around Paradise on bikes!"

Check out the entire article for the full details (and luscious screenshots) but here's the main points in brief:
  • The FREE update adds roughly 10 hours of new gameplay
  • There are 70 new Freeburn Challenges (half regular and half timed)
  • Poppin' wheelies is CONFIRMED
  • "With bikes, you also get a fresh new map of the city, filled with the bike equivalent of Burning Routes (against-the-clock races)". There are 38 new routes which is pretty awesome
  • Day and night gameplay is touched upon but more will be detailed next week
Despite the fact that this blogger was a little disappointed that the bikes don't come apart in glorious slow motion detail (akin to their four-wheeled counterparts), we can't complain with this comprehensive (and free) update.

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EyePet release date gives real pets one last year of dominance

Pets are great. Offering companionship and an endless source of enjoyment, there's just so many positives to having a furry friend occupy your home. From walking them, playing with them or just simply rushing them to the vet when they've somehow gotten their paws on your anti-inflammatory medication*, pets just keep on giving.

Sony have other ideas however and have recognised the negatives of pet ownership (a Tamagotchi has never peed on anyone's rug for example) and believe a virtual version of your cute companion would be a great addition to your already decimated living space.

With the announcement of EyePet at Leipzig this week Sony's press centre have divulged some minor details about SCEE's upcoming impish interloper. Developed by SCE London Studio, the tech junkies of you out there will be pleased to know the technique of having the little mite run around a representation of your living room is called "augmented reality". The press release also mentions how the developers have made advances in the "animation [of] facial reactions, lifelike fur and incredibly intelligent interaction with you, your environment and anything you choose to place in front of it."

Anything? Really? Oh this is going to be fun. What happens when you put your REAL pet in front of your EyePet? We're thinking both your real and imaginary living rooms are not going to come out unscathed.

The game is still over a year away and can be seen as yet another key cog in Sony's plans to tap the youth market so dominated by Nintendo over the last 18 months. We shall have to wait and see.

*Don't worry, she's fine now.

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Demo and DLC material for Heavy Rain

While Quantic Dream denies to unveil any details about the scenario of Heavy Rain, they kindly decided to let us know some other details about the game (you devils!).

The announcements were made during Sony's press conference at Games Convention 2008 (Leipzig). David Cage (founder of Quantic) stated that there will be a demo before the release of the final version of the game. But that's not all. Cage went a little further by saying that DLC for Heavy Rain will be available via the PlayStation Network.

Despite the tempting questions (most of them about the storyline) he was asked, none of them were answered. All he said was that Quantic Dream has spent an enormous amount of time in the sector of the scenario, with many Hollywood scriptwriters contributing in the development.

[Thanks to George for the tip]

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

American PS Store Update 08/21/2008

Without further ado:

Downloadable Games
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty ($14.99)
EA SPORTS Live Score Tracker ($0.99)

Add-on Game Content
Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds: Kratos Character ($1.99)
HAZE Domination Pack (free)
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Dragonforce Track Pack ($6.25)

Rock Band
“Through Being Cool” - Devo ($1.99)
“Girl U Want” - Devo ($1.99)
“Rio” - Duran Duran ($1.99)
“Girls on Film” - Duran Duran
“Get Your Rock On” 1 The Janitors ($0.99)

Game Demos (free)
The Last Guy Demo
STAR WARS The Force Unleashed Demo
NFL Head Coach 09 Demo

Leipzig Game Videos (free)
SCEE Leipzig Software Compilation
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Launch Trailer
inFamous Leipzig Trailer
Warhawk Fallen Star Video

Game Videos (free)
The Last Guy Cities Trailer
PAIN Clown Toss Mode Trailer
PAIN Hot n’ Cold Mode Trailer
Vampire Rain Altered Species Trailer 5
Vampire Rain Gameplay Trailer #2
BiA Hell’s Highway Making of #1: Operation
Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway Making of #2: Roll Call
Madden NFL 09 Backtrack Video
Madden NFL 09 Rewind Video
Madden NFL 09 Virtual Trainer Video

PS3 Themes (free)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Theme
inFamous Theme

PS3 Wallpaper (free)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty Wallpaper
Motorstorm Pacific Rift Leipzig Wallpaper
TNA iMPACT! Wrestling Wallpaper (x3)

Now I'm off to force choke some fools, wish me luck!

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European PS Store update 21/08/2008

I don't think anyone can complain about this week's European PS Store update, 4 games, 1 demo a bunch of addons and a ton of trailers, some very nice ones at that.

If you need me, me and Kratos will be slaying golfballs all across the interwebs tonight!

Playable Content
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
International Track & Field - PS1(PSP)
Sid Meiers Pirates(PSP)
Medal of Honor: Heroes(PSP)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Demo (Free)

Buzz! - National Geographic Safari Quiz
HAZE Domination Pack (Free)
Everybody's Golf - Kratos(playable character)
Guitar Hero III - DragonForce Track Pack

Leipzig Trailers
PLAYSTATION Network Showcase
VidZone TrailerPlaying Games Trailer
Sony Online Entertainment Trailer
WipEout HD Trailer
Warhawk: Operation Fallen Star Trailer
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty Trailer
MotorStorm Pacific Rift Trailer
LittleBigPlanet Trailer
Killzone 2 Trailer
inFamous Trailer
Heavy Rain Trailer
GTI Club+ Trailer
Far Cry 2 Trailer
PlayTV Trailer
Fatal Inertia EX Trailer
Bionic Commando Rearmed Trailer

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PS3 Attitude Joins Facebook

Just in case you couldn't get enough PS3 Attitude, we've gone ahead and created another hotspot for you to visit. If you have an account on the highly popular Facebook, then join our Fan Page and start discussing anything and everything Playstation 3. There you will find news, discussions, etc. We want to hear what you, the readers, have to say so drop by and give us a visit. We promise we won't bite...

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Kratos Appearing in Hot Shots Golf

That's right, the god slaying warrior Kratos will be swinging golf clubs rather than his Blades of Chaos this time around. Atlthough it's no Soul Calibur IV, seeing him cause destruction on the green will be just as satisfying. 

The team over at Clap Handz have done all they can to integrate Kratos into Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds. That means they worked alongside the God of War team as well as got T.C. Carson to do the voice over.

Available at the PS Store this Thursday (today!), Kratos will be a fine addition to the Hot Shots family. Let's just hope he doesn't tear up the green too much. 

Source: [Playstation Blog]

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The Truth About Girl Gamers

As PS3 Attitude's resident girl gamer I am going to be writing a series of articles entitled The Truth About Girl Gamers. I don't assume to know everything about female gamers, however I can draw on a lot of the experience of both myself and my friends. I'm keen to answer any questions that people have about girls who play games and also to hear people's opinions on the subject.

Over the next few months I'll be revealing what it's like to be a girl gamer in this male dominant industry, interviewing such gamer aficionados as Violet Berlin and finding out what girls really want from games.

The Rise of Female Gamers

My love of games began at the age of eight when my Dad brought home a BBC Micro, I used to spend hours playing Dread Dragon Droom and Felix in the Factory. Growing up I never really found that I could share my love for games with my female friends, most of the girls who I've known have thought that games are for teenage boys. In recent years though this trend has been changing. 80% of my PSN friends list is made up of female gamers, most of whom spend their time on Call of Duty 4 and Metal Gear Solid 4. I've met these girls online through forums and in game, and the thing that unites us most of all is that we want to be treated as any other gamer would be treated. In my offline life I have also found more girls getting into games and have been able to introduce some of my friends to gaming. The reason that I have found my friends changing their opinions has mainly been due to the release of Singstar. Girls like to sing!

The Entertainment Software Association in America reports that 40% of all gamers are women, with 33% of gamers being both female and over the age of 18. The number of girls playing games has risen greatly in the last few years; I consider that this is partially down to the release of the Wii. The Wii has been advertised as a console for everyone, however it doesn't appeal to me but it is doing a great job at getting non gamers into games. I asked DolphGB for his opinion on why the number of girl gamers has been rising: "The Wii has had a serious effect. It has a much broader demographic than the PS3 or Xbox 360 and that's a good thing. My view is that a percentage of Wii-girls will migrate to hardcore gaming in time, so Nintendo are in fact helping to increase Sony and Microsoft's user base over time." The other reason we're seeing more girls on consoles is surely down to the release of party games such as Singstar, Buzz, Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Magazines such as Heat and Closer which mainly have a female demographic sometimes contain adverts for games, and I was impressed to read a review recently in Heat Magazine about Singstar. It is important however to remember that girls don't just like party games. I love playing Rockband and Singstar but I wouldn't play them exclusively. You are much more likely to find me on something like Call of Duty 4 or a Square Enix RPG. The girls on my PSN friends list are usually playing shooters and are often coming out as the top player in the room.

Over the years male friends have often asked me what I want from a game as a girl gamer and for me personally there are a few things. I want the opportunity to be able to play as a girl in online games. It's great having character creation options but it feels a bit lazy not to put in the option of the ability to play as a girl within that. Take Metal Gear Online for an example, I took part in the Beta and loved it, however the comment that I made to the developers was that there should be the opportunity to play as a girl. The game was released with a male only character available online, it wasn't until I'd paid to download a patch that I could make my character look like me.

I also like to see a strong female lead in a game. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was excellent in that Elena looked real. She didn't have a huge chest, she didn't wear skimpy clothes and she acted like a real woman. Meryl Silverburg in Metal Gear Solid 4 was an amazing character, I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but there is a point towards the end of the game where I just sat back and said "Oh WOW".

Something I have realised from personal experience is that the female gamers I know don't want special treatment because they are girls. They just want to be accepted as gamers. We want to be able to go online and to enjoy our games without constantly hearing:

1. "You're a girl right? Are you hot?"
2. "Look there's a girl on the other team she'll be easy to kill."
3. "How did a girl get MVP, she must be letting her boyfriend play."

I don't want to paint a bad picture here of guys, I have met plenty of male gamers who love to play alongside a girl. It's great to be in a COD4 room with a group of people who accept me as a gamer. Hopefully over the next few months I will be able to share with you some of my experiences as a lady gamer, and maybe change some people's perceptions about girls and games.

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A new trailer of Valkyria Chronicles

God bless Leipzig! Since the convention opened its doors, we've been bombarded with news about games (and not only)! But, let's cut to the chase. A new trailer for Sega's upcoming title Valkyria Chronicles, has made its appearance.

As I've mentioned before, Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical JRPG, which successfully manages to mix real time combat with RPG elements. It's also a PS3 exclusive; no kidding. It seems Microsoft didn't get the chance to "time-exclusive" it (stop it, James!).

For those who are really interested in this game, you can watch the embed video and -in case you missed it- read some more details about Valkyria Chronicles, here.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

WipEout HD to Resurface this Fall

It's finally coming, WipEout HD is taking over the PSN this Fall.

Word came via PlayStation.Blog to get us in the 1080p/60fps futuristic racing mood:
  • Best tracks from previous versions reworked for the PS3 game.
  • Online (up to 8 players) and offline racing modes.
  • 2-player split-screen mode.
  • Trophy support (yay).
  • SIXAXIS support (for the masochist in all of us).
  • Remixed 5.1 surround sound soundtrack.
  • Custom PS3 XMB playlist support (yay x2).
Now your WipEout dreams of racing to that hot new Ricky Martin CD can be fulfilled in your PS3, just make sure there is nobody around. Stay tuned for more info on price, release date and trophy details.

So Sony, how about a demo? We swear we will sell our firstborn (or start working on them ASAP) to meet your ransom demands.

Source [PlayStation.Blog]

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This week's SingStore update

The SingStore is usually updated on fridays...but tomorrow is the day apparantly.

According to Sony this is the SingStore update for 21st August.

In English
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
Billy Joel - River of Dreams
Britney Spears - Overprotected
Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me
David Bowie - Jean Genie
Evermore - It's too late
Five Star - System Addict
HIM - And Love Said No
Jamiroquai - Alright
Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
Levellers - What A Beautiful Day
Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It?

In French
Amel Bent - Tu N'es Plus Là
Bebé Lilly - Les Cowboys
Neïman - Viens
Soha - Tourbillon
Soprano Ferme - Les Yeux Et Imagine Toi

In German
Jennifer Rostock - Kopf Oder Zahl
Luka Neuser - Zeit Für Helden

In Italian
883 - Sei Un Mito
Max Pezzali - Lo Strano Percorso
Vasco Rossi - Siamo Soli

In Spanish
Aerolíneas - Federales No Me Beses En Los Labios
El Arrebato - Duele
Jarabe de Palo - Depende

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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Information

Ubisoft has revealed some new info about Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. High Altitude Warfare. H.A.W.X is a combat flight simulator which is set in the year 2014. The world is increasingly depending on Private Military Companies (PMCs) and one of these PMC groups has attacked America. You will play as a US Air Force pilot who is tasked with defending America from this attack.

The game introduces the Enhanced Reality System (E.R.S.) which allows the player to issue orders to their squadron, view a tactical map and gives the player the ability to detect incoming missiles. A 4 player co-op mode where your friends can jump into the action at any time to support you is also included. The game will include a dog fighting mode where you can fight in eight player rooms, with a choice of up to sixty planes.

H.A.W.X is down for a Quarter One 2009 release, from the screenshots already released it looks like it's going to be fun.

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...and apart from my notes

I think the overall feeling was not really much excitement. The only applause (more like respect) came when the Heavy Rain director showed his stuff.

For sure it was the biggest crowd compared to the other press events here in Leipzig but it was after all on their booth. It all started with a quote of "The times they are a changing", the Bob Dylan song and ended with the pledge that the war in the gaming arena will continue and PS3 is far from losing the battles. "The entire industry is booming" so everyone can do well, developers, Sony and most of all the gamers. PSP 3000 was launched, much improved screen, includes a microphone so you can Skype people. 15th of October launch 199 euro pricetag, 8 different bundles (Fifa, Harry Potter, etc)

Sony online entertainment playstation games, including PC games, full collaboration between units.

1DC Universe online
2The Agency
3Free Realms

All adding a different dimension to PS3 gaming. This is not just a new revenue stream, smart move in terms of streamlining Sony operations and squeezing the most out of the setup.

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Sony announcements at Leipzig

As of Friday the 80GB PS3 will be available at 399 euro
“Compelling all encompassing system”
160 GB PS3 will launch on the 31st of October. Exactly same spec, just extra HD space. 449 euro price point and will include 70 euros of additional downloadable gaming content which will vary by territory.
19th of September PlayTV launch
Little Big planet launch on the 29th of October. “Will change people’s perceptions of gaming”.
Later this year a wireless keypad for PS3. Attachable to other controllers. It also includes touchpad mode which enables mouse mode for browsing or a new interface for games.
Vidzone video and music streaming service, available to PS3 early next year. Easy access music service, access to unlimited streaming of music on demand, totally free of charge. You can also download stuff to your mobile phone.

Roadmap of upcoming download services, video and music to PSP and PS3 to as many markets as possible.
“Singstar has been a phenomenon, especially in Germany” 60% of owners accessed MySingstar online, 2.2 million downloads to date. Soon possible to play your PS2 discs in PS3. Vol3 includes Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, The Ting Tings, Lionel Richie, Queen, Katrina and the Waves,
Singstar Disney version, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Jungle Books, 101 Dalmations, Little Mermaid, PS2 this autumn
Queen packs with 5 songs each for 6.99 euros from September. Dedicated Queen title later this year.
Great year for social gaming.
From the London Studios something new. EyePet, your virtual pet. You can watch as it comes to life in your living room. Stroke, speak, draw toys for it to play with, all in 3D. Change its look get it to interact with you. On Playstation 3 next year.
Heavy Rain. “A truly groundbreaking game”. David Cage of Quantic Dream introduced it as writer and director. The Nomad Sould, Fahrenheit. The Casting was a demo using a virtual actress. People are eager for something emotional and different. Not based on repetitive action but centered on narrative. No longer just for kids or teenagers. More complex stories, mature, accessible, no guns or cars, no puzzles, emotional experience, decision making. Story driven, decisions have consequences. A dark thriller with a mature ambience evoking themes never used before in a game.

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LittleBigPlanet EU Release Date Confirmed at GC

David Reeves is currently on stage at Leipzig announcing some juicy Sony tidbits. Apart from some sales figures and a new 160 GB PS3 SKU coming on October 31st (priced at €449) what else has been revealed so far?

How about an official date for the arrival of Sackboy?

Guys and gals, best book October 29th off from work/school/life in general. In fact, you may want to book the month of November off as well. LittleBigPlanet is finally just fingertips away.

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BioShock release dates surface for PS3

Despite previous assurances that this day would never come, release dates for BioShock on the PS3 have now been confirmed. Fans of Big Daddies and subaquatic art deco nirvanas will now be able to enjoy the experience on the PS3 on October 21st in North America and three days later for the rest of us.

As already documented, the PS3 version has new and exclusive non-canonical content in the form of Challenge Rooms (read: subgames and tasks that do not affect the original plot of the game that are all the rage at the moment), and beautiful glorious trophy support.

Released to universal acclaim, the game is highly recommended to fans of immersive story-telling and a slightly different perspective (pun intended) on the overcrowded and somewhat generic FPS genre.

[Source: Edge Online]

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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Massive Entertainment Talks Soviet Assault on PS3

So I was thinking what should my first original piece for PS3Attitude be...I quickly came to think of Massive Entertainment and their Soviet Assault which will arrive on the PS3 later this year.

It did'nt hurt either that they happen to be situated right here in my hometown of Malmö, Sweden.

I love World in Conflict for the PC and it would be awesome if Massive could pull the same game off on consoles. I decided to try and get some answers from them on their upcoming game and here they are for your enjoyment!.

The following questions were answered by Magnus “Soundboy” Jansén, Lead Game Designer at Massive Entertainment.

Q: Hello Massive Entertainment, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions from, could you tell us briefly about whom Massive are and what you have done / are doing?

A: Massive Entertainment has been around for 11 years now, and our main game titles include Ground Control, Ground Control II and of course World in Conflict. At the moment, we’re working on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 release of World in Conflict, which is called World in Conflict: Soviet Assault.

Q: How did you come to the decision to develop Soviet Assault for the PS3?

A: We started to work on the console versions some 9 months before the release of the initial PC version. The decision was always to try to get it out on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

Q: We have heard a lot from different developers doing a first project on the PS3, how has the experience been for the team at Massive, have you encountered any difficulties?

A: It’s been very different from what we’re used to. The biggest difference between the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 is how much time it takes to really use their full power. In our case, the PS3 was especially challenging since we started with a PC-game code base. The tech engineers from both Swordfish and Massive have done a tremendous job adapting our old PC game engine.
I'm sure you've heard about the PS3 being “difficult” to program for many times, and it's 100% true. But it's also true that the power is there, and there are games out there that prove this. We like to think that World in Conflict: Soviet Assault will be one of those games when it's released.

Q: I play World in Conflict on my PC, I love the game and I would definitely play it on the PS3 but I'm worried about one thing, the controls. How have you managed to marry the controls of a Real Time Strategy game with the controls of a console?

A: This is of course one of the biggest challenges with developing a strategy game for console, and we’ve been aware of that challenge pretty much from day one. Our ambition has been to work to the controllers’ strengths and avoid attempting to mimic the PC. Thankfully, World in Conflict is very different from most strategy games, so we’ve probably had an upper hand in terms of adapting the controls to the consoles.

We’ve got a camera that works a lot like an FPS camera, so we started by nailing that and have since tried various methods to put the players in full control. The fact that we've had the time to do a proper full adaptation of the game for consoles (not a mere port) really shines through in the interface in my opinion. We've iterated it many, many times...

Q: Why did you decide to do a Soviet campaign in the World in Conflict Universe, such "bad guy" campaigns seems to have been a bit taboo in the past?

A: When you play the campaign you'll switch back and forth between the US and the USSR perspectives. You will find misplaced patriotism, desperation and true heroism on both sides. The Soviet state may be the aggressor, but when you dive into the lives of the people in the trenches, such black and white facts quickly fade to gray.

Q: Will there be trophies in Soviet Assault?

A: It’s too early to say. We’ll have to wait and see.

Q: Will there be a demo of Soviet Assault for the PS3?

A: Whether or not we’ll do a demo won’t be decided until we’re closer to release, so as of now it’s still undecided.

Q: Do you have any plans for a Collectors Edition of Soviet Assault? If so, what might it include?

A: Same as above – it’s too early to say.

Q: How have the recent announcements by Activision regarding their involvement with Massive Entertainment affected you, do you have a new publisher lined up?

A: It’s a pretty complicated situation for us, naturally, but we’re very optimistic about the future. That said, we don’t have anything to announce about any new publisher at this point.

Q: Are you working on any new projects as of now?

A: Oh, we’re looking ahead, of course, but we don’t have any new projects to announce right now.

Thanks for answering our questions Massive and I hope you out there find this information interesting, I'm definitely curious on learning more about the campaign!
Hope we hear from Massive Entertainment and Soviet Assault soon again.

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FUEL; Codemaster's new 4 letter title

It seems that "Codies" is in the works of something rather interesting. FUEL -which is being developed from the French Asobo studios- is a new open world racer that features huge environments, never seen before in a racing game. Chronologically, it is set in an alternate present, where Global Warming has affected Earth dramatically.

The world of FUEL will unfold at about 5.000 square miles (that's 14.000 km²), giving players the opportunity to drive anywhere they want; no boundaries or invisible walls. It will support 16 player online mode and you'll get to choose between a variety of 2 or 4 wheeled rides, such as buggies, trucks, big rigs, and of course bikes.

During the races, real-time weather phenomenons will take place, so don't get surprised if you see a sandstorm or even a tornado breaking out in front of you. Responsible for all these weather changes, is the all new dynamic weather system.

Further details are yet to be announced, but the game is going to be presented in Leipzig. Of course, no release date yet, but I'd say somewhere near mid 2009. You can watch the first video of this upcoming title, here (for HD quality) or for those who are in a hurry, in this embed video from Gametrailers.

[Thanks to George for the tip]

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Killzone 2 Receives Back-story Update and Tech Discussion

When the invasion of Helghast was postponed until February 2209 (give or take a few hundred years) in order to make way for another pesky encroachment, many citizens shook their fists in anguish at the overcrowded invasion period.

Others of course were more than happy as the delay allowed Guerrilla to make Killzone 2 even more awesome, if such a daring feat was even possible. And it's not like we're not busy fighting other wars at the moment anyway.

For the former discontented few who wish to keep the upcoming advancement into Alpha Centauri fresh in their minds we recommend checking out the updated site. The additions will allow those interested in interstellar politics to brush up on their Helghan history as previously lost chronicles have appeared on the blossoming Storyline feature detailing such epochs as the Vektan Era (2129-2155). Also unearthed is a fascinating propaganda piece detailing the Helghan outlook on the invasion of Vekta. Bipartisan it is not.

For those of you not intrigued by back-story (or fancy fabricated timelines) there is also an interesting tech discussion regarding the smoke and destructive effects utilised during the Corinth River mission accompanied by a video of the building coming down over in the media section. The video in question is the last one in the series but do check them all - they're a great recap of this upcoming PS3 exclusive.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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PS3 Last Remnant sets sail for 2009

The very well-known magazine Famitsu, in its latest issue (Famitsu PS3 Vol.XIII DKΣ3713 EX.Report), informed us that Square Enix's Last Remnant will be released simultaneously on both systems (PS3, Xbox360).

Sadly for us PS3 owners, Famitsu took back what they said, by posting a correction on IGN. According to that post, Last Remnant is still coming out in November 20 for the Xbox 360, with the PS3 version to be released in TBA 2009.

Why do you think that happened? Is it a matter of timed exclusivity or due to problems in development with the PS3 version? Last Remnant is the first Square Enix's game developed with the Unreal Engine 3.

Click on the pictures for Hi-Res screenshots.

[Source: Joystiq]

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Bionic Commando: Rearmed's Secretly Challenging Secret Challenge Rooms

If you ran out of challenge rooms to swear/throw blunt objects at, have no worries. Capcom has outed two secretly secret codes for two insanely insane challenge stages for Bionic Commando: Rearmed. It has not even been a week since both American and European releases and here they are throwing more challenges at us. What are we, bionic?

70's pop culture references aside, it appears that the unlocking method is as challenging as the rooms themselves:
"Put in the code during the splash screen of the game (where only the logo and the words “Press START” are shown). If the intro starts to run again before a code is punched in it, you fail and you must go back to the splash screen to start again."

GamesRadar Challenge Room

R1, Triangle, Square, Square, Up, Down, L1, L1, Up, Down, Start

IGN Challenge Room
Up, Down, Triangle, Square, Square, Triangle, Down, Up, L1, L1, Start

Those room names are somewhat familiar, wouldn't you say? I wonder which one is the most difficult of the two. Give them a go, come back and leave us a comment. That is if your hands survived the ordeal.

Source [Capcom-Unity Blog]

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Monday, 18 August 2008

Behold the Halls of Leipzig

The last time this writer went to Germany he nearly crashed a very expensive (and very rented) Mercedes by driving up the "wrong" side of the autobahn so feelings about this week's GC, currently kicking off in Leipzig, are of a "Will admire from afar" kinda nature.

That's not to say we won't be covering the event and (dare I say it) we may even have a few PS3Attitude spies roaming the halls and sending back news to Attitude HQ. Of course, we understand not everyone is going to be able to visit Germany to witness the electronic overload glory that is GC. With this in mind, we're hoping the images posted on the official GC blog of some of the superbly constructed game areas might sate your appetite for German based gaming conference delights. Apart from the above LittleBigPlanet display we're also thinking that the Killzone 2 area looks very appealing.

Check out the pics and the site in general for more information about Europe's answer to E3. We've already covered what we think might be announced at this year's conference so make sure to check back regularly this week as the news arrives thick and fast to see how accurate we were. (No pressure Captain Panda!)

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New Rock Band and Guitar Hero Peripherals will be Compatible

Rock Band and Guitar Hero sitting on a tree. R-O-C-K-I-N-G. Well, not yet, but it's going to happen.

The hard working folks at Sony have felt our collective outrage and have taken steps to have some kind of cross software peripheral compatibility between top music simulator franchises Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Also, the upcoming Rock Revolution was thrown in the compatibility mix for good measure. The results (so far) are:

Guitar Hero: World Tour
  • Compatible with Rock Band 2's guitars and drum sets.
  • Compatible with Rock Revolution's drum set.
  • Compatible with SingStar microphones.
Rock Band 2
  • Compatible with Guitar Hero: World Tour's guitars and drum sets.
  • Compatible with Rock Revolution's drum set.
  • Compatible with SingStar microphones.
Rock Revolution
  • Compatible with Guitar Hero: World Tour's guitars and drum sets.
  • Compatible with Rock Band 2's guitars and drum sets.

Compatibility for Rock Band and Guitar Hero games out in the wild is being worked on as well (yay).

There is one catch to all this compatibility goodness. Specific game features may not work on the competitor's controller, but that is reasonably understandable.

As an owner of 4 fake guitars (PS2 GH x2, PS3 RB x2) one fake drum set (PS3 RB) and one mic (can you guess for which game?) this is music to my ears. (horrible pun...I know, so sue me)

Source [PlayStation.Blog]

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New Tomb Raider video shows gameplay, swimwear

Here's the very latest Tomb Raider gameplay trailer, show our heroine (that's Lara Croft, if you didn't know) battling with crocodiles, giant tarantulas and a kraken-like squid.

What do you think?

Can Tomb Raider: Underworld resurrect the series, or is it already six-feet under?

Let us know in the comments...

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Eye Of Judgment Tournament is already underway!

What's better than being universally renowned as a turn based card battle game maven? How about having an in-game card in ‘Deck Builder’ mode based on your awesomeness for all to see and worship? Funnily enough this is the prize currently up for grabs to the winner of the first official Eye of Judgment Championship.

Details have emerged over at the official PlayStation community site outlining how EOJ card commanders can enter the tournament and commence in furious turn-based sorties with fellow CCG fans. So what are you waiting for? The contest is already underway and will finish this Thursday - get your skates on!

And hey, if the adulation of having your face adorn a custom card is not enough to sway you, how about the privilege of engaging in card-on-card combat with the creator of the game itself, Watanabe-san from Japan Studios?

Check out the link for more details, good luck and remember - fight fair.

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NovaStrike coming to EU store with Trophies; everyone to get easier version

There are a few things we absolutely love here at PS3Attitude. We've already openly declared our adoration/addiction to that elusive and delectable chime when a hard-earned trophy is bestowed but another thing we can't get enough of is super tough top-down PSN shooters. So when news reached us that Tiki Games are finally going to release NovaStrike on the EU Store, and with the added bonus of trophy support, well, we immediately stocked up on some polish and extra virtual chammies in preparation.

We announced NovaStrike's imminent arrival back in March and, while it's great to hear more details emerge regarding its European release, there is also some good news for our U.S. readers. For those who have already taken the plunge with the sci-fi shooter (and possibly have thrown controllers at T.V.s/loved ones/pets in relation to its unforgiving learning curve) the update will also address the issue of some of us lesser mortals abandoning the game in frustration.

Recognising NovaStrike's onerous difficulty level, Tiki have revealed that the update will also include some fine tweaks which will allow the game to be more "accessible" to those of us who don't possess the reaction times of a puma or the prescience to know where those ground to air missiles will magically appear.

The update (with the aforementioned Trophy support) will hit the U.S. PS Store this month with a EU release of the whole kit and caboodle either at the same time or, at the latest, next month. We're working on getting an exact date and will keep you posted.

If you're looking for some more information about Novastrike there's a great interview over at The Sixth Axis with Kevin McCann, President of Tiki Games.

[Update] The aforementioned Kevin McCann took the time to respond to our request regarding release dates to state that the updated U.S. version (with more accessible difficulty modes, trophies, etc.) should be available for download at the end of August. The EU edition will be exactly the same though it is taking a tad longer so expect to see it around mid September. Kevin wanted to ensure European gamers eager to get their hands on NovaStrike that Tiki Games are working hard on the EU release and can't wait for the game to hit Europe. Fingers crossed the wait is nearly over.

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Sunday, 17 August 2008

The Force has Unleashed a date for PSN Demo

We told you the month, now we can tell you the day. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. It's 21!

Lucasarts promises a demo for Star Wars The Force Unleashed will be in our PS Store August 21st. That's 4 days until you can force choke your way through a TIE Fighter facility while hunting down a general for dear old Vader.

I hope The Force Unleashed continues to make the Star Wars franchise relevant like the Battlefront and Lego games did. They need all the help they can get after that other thing they unleashed.

Sources [PS3Fanboy, Press Release]

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