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Thursday, 16 October 2008

Call of Duty : World at War footage revealed

Let's face it: there appears to be some people a tad bit worried about the quality of the next Call of Duty game considering the franchise's perpetual ping-pong between development studios Infinity Ward and Treyarch. Despite statistical fact to prove otherwise, these factions espouse a certain theory that COD games pretty much follow the "Star Trek Model" (even numbered sequel titles good, odd numbered - not so good).

With our very own Commander-in-Chief DolphGB recently checking in on Treyarch's other holiday-season big hitter (Quantum of Solace), we're confident that the studio are going to knock one out of the park for Mr. Bond but what about Call of Duty's return to the killing fields of World War II?

Well, the salient point about Call of Duty: World at War (aka COD5) is that it is built using COD4's engine so those aforementioned fears should be automatically allayed. Naysayers still might claim that the new campaign is purely a re-skin of COD4 but we ask: even if this is true (considering how awesome COD4 is) would this necessarily be a bad thing?

C&VG has posted up some video footage captured during the COD:WAW beta with one such glimpse displayed here.




It does have that distinctive COD4 feel to it; albeit with the flavour of the Pacific setting. Let us know what you think about COD's latest venture in the comments.

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Thursday, 11 September 2008

COD4 Variety Pack Half Price / Double XP - next weekend

Already reached level 55 on Call of Duty 4? Perhaps you've taken the prestigious route and now tire of sniping noobs across the Bog. What you need is some new maps soldier and what's better than four new areas to master than getting them at a cut-rate half price?

Those lunatics over at Infinity Ward have announced that next weekend (September 20th) will see the record breaking Variety Map Pack slash to half its original price (€4.99/£3.99/$4.99 - prices to be confirmed). For those wondering about where you'll be headed, the pack contains the stages "Killhouse", "Creek", "Chinatown", and "Broadcast".

To celebrate the price reduction IW have also announced (yet another) double XP weekend letting people earn double points while checking out the new maps. The 360 version sees its price cut this weekend allowing the developers to engage in some Player-Ownage on both consoles over the two weekends. The developers will be online (unceremoniously killing everything in sight no doubt) at roughly 4 p.m. PDT which is around midnight in Europe.

[Source: Eurogamer.net]

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Friday, 5 September 2008

PS3 misses out on UK Call of Duty: World at War beta programme

Activision and Treyarch have announced their plan to launch multiplayer beta programmes for UK Call of Duty: World at War gamers in October.

Unfortunately for those of us who own the PlayStation 3, these beta programmes only extend to the Xbox 360 and PC in the UK.

The game, which has a lot to live up to after the massive success of Call of Duty 4, will be released on 14th November 2009. Let's hope the lack of a PS3 multiplayer beta element doesn't leave us with a lesser experience over our Xbox and PC-toting compatriots.

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Friday, 27 June 2008

Call of Duty: World at War is looking rather nice

Do you want to see seven new screens from Call of Duty: World at War?

You're in luck, as that's exactly what we have to offer for your viewing pleasure!

Suffice to say, it is looking very nice indeed. Click the gallery to view all seven screenshots now.

Call of Duty - World at War

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Thursday, 26 June 2008

European PS Store update for 26th June

So, you downloaded the MGS Database from the US or Japanese stores and then realised it doesn't recognise your PAL game save data, huh?

Fear no more, as the EU version of the database wings its merry way onto our PS3s in today's update.

We also get the Commando 3 demo, a free WoW track for GH III, a new character for PAIN and Pursuit Force for the PSP.

There's a whole lot more PAIN content coming over the next few weeks, with new areas to smash through and additional characters, so 'Nigel' is just the beginning.

Here's the full list:

Games

Metal Gear Solid Database (free)
Pursuit Force - full PSP game (£14.99)

Demos (all free)

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Add-ons

Guitar Hero III - World of Warcraft track pack (free)
PAIN - Nigel character pack (£0.69)

Videos (all free)

Call of Duty: World at War trailer
Prince of Persia trailer
PAIN Characters trailer
Prince Caspian movie trailer

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Monday, 23 June 2008

Call of Duty; news wrap-up [UPDATE]

There has been more CoD thrown around today than you'll find at Billingsgate Market, so we thought we'd give you a quick wrap-up to help you get all the tasty news morsels in one bite.

Firstly, Call of Duty 5 developers Treyarch say they want to make the best game ever. Call of Duty: World at War is being managed by Treyarch this time around after the phenom that was Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Call of Duty: World at War goes back to a WWII environment, much to the annoyance of many gamers, but Richard Farrelly (Treyarch's creative boss) is pitching the game high.



“We knew we had to approach the WWII genre different as it was getting a little stretch.”

“We had to hit the reset as to what people would expect from it. We took a lot of tips from the success of Modern Warfare, in terms of how they presented the game, the pacing, the different approach for the music and the way the characters speak in the game… right down to the level of maturity of the content. Which really sets a different tone for any WWII game.”

He added: “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. But a two year cycle now enables us to test the game and make sure what goes in the game is real quality. We want to make the best game ever made.” - Robert Farrelly, Treyarch.
Whilst this news hit the streets, Mr. Farrelly teamed up with his colleague Noah Heller to inform Develop Magazine that the engine Infinity Ward developed for Call of Duty 4 is better than the Unreal engine for developers, leading to speculation that IW may licence the technology for other companies to use outside of the CoD camp.



"I’ve worked on plenty of engines in my career, including Unreal. And I’d say the big difference with this engine is how close it allows designers to get their vision into the game. You’ll be startled to see how close the concept art is to what was replicated in the game. If an artist wants to make a bottle in the game, he designs it and hits a button and a minute and a half later it is in the game." - Noah Heller, Treyarch
In addition to the various Treyarch soundbites, we also heard today from Activision that CoD: WaW (as it will be no doubt shortened to by everyone) will feature two-player split-screen co-op play modes, which will allow allows players to rank up and unlock perks in competitive multiplayer by completing challenges and earning experience points.

[UPDATE] Activision have now revealed this will be four-player split-screen co-op, both offline and online - which is frankly even better!

As if all this news of the fifth CoD game wasn't enough, finally we were told by TalkPlaystation today that Call of Duty 6 - which will be back in the hands of Infinity Ward - could be a sci-fi shooter, propelling us far into the future of warfare. The news of this radical departure has since been removed from the TalkPlaystation website - read into that what you will. I guess we'll find out in 2009 when the CoD marketing machine winds up for the sixth installment.

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Thursday, 24 April 2008

European PS Store update for 24th April

It is the second week since the PS Store got it's shiny new look and we're treated to our third update already. Both the 'launch day' bonus items and the regular weekly update brought Europe a good amount of new stuff to get our teeth into - so what about this week?

The big news is the CoD4 Variety Pack has arrived. The pack, which brings us four new multiplayer maps - Broadcast, Creek, Chinatown and Killhouse - appeared on the store (after a short delay - it wasn't there initially). Speaking of CoD4, don't forget that this weekend is 'Double XP' weekend in CoD4, and Friday is 'play with the devs' day between 19:00 to 22:00 UK time and from 01:00 to 04:00 UK time on Saturday morning.

There is also a CoD4 v1.30 patch that is available now when you launch the game. The patch adds two new game modes that take advantage of the Variety Pack maps.

Here's what is included in the update:

Games

Bishi Bashi Special (PS1 game for PS3/PSP) (£3.49)
Command & Conquer (PS1 game for PS3/PSP) (£3.49)
Flow (PSP version) (£4.99)

Add-ons

Call of Duty 4 Variety Pack (£6.99)

Demos (all free)

Rocketmen: Axis of Evil - PS3 Demo
God of War: Chains of Olympus - PSP Demo

Videos (all free)

Resistance 2 announcement trailer
Warhawk Broken Mirror trailer
Viking trailers (2 videos)
Timeshift trailers (3 videos)

Wallpapers and Themes (all free)

MGS4 Sneak Out wallpaper
Dark Sector wallpaper
Motorstorm wallpapers (7 images)

The release of two new PS1 games will appeal to some gamers who like their fix 'retro-style'. The Rocketmen demo is the same as the one we played from the US Store a little while back, and you may remember our review of the game.

It is nice to see a full game and a demo for the PSP appear, further showing the improving bond between the PS3 and its little brother.

As far as the Variety Pack in concerned, some may argue that £6.99 is a lot to pay for four new maps. The Xbox 360 version of the Variety Pack was 800 MS points I believe, which equates to about $10. $10 in local money is £5.10, so £6.99 does appear slightly inflated.

Having said that, you can't buy a coffee for you and your mates in London for less than that, let alone a few beers. We still think it's reasonable value, but it would have been nice to see some price parity.

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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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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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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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Thursday, 21 February 2008

GDC 08; Call of Duty 4 'feature patch' on the way

Speaking at GDC to the chaps at PSU, Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling was gracious enough to explain the forthcoming features that will be downloaded to PS3s all over the world soon.

This CoD4 'feature patch' does bring a number of much-needed additions to our favourite online experience:
  • Optimised servers
  • New 'kill cams' (grenades, RPGs, airstrikes, claymores and more)
  • Quick Mute (mute annoying players - an absolute must have)
  • Show 'Recently Met Players' in the PlayStation Network (finally!)
  • Removal of 'delayed shots' for Sniper Rifles and Acog attachments, improving their usefulness
"(With the new 'kill cams') you can watch from when the grenade leaves the
enemies hand all the way to the explosion that kills you," said Bowling.
The patch is supposed to fix the 'downloading game settings' bug that could leave you with a four-hour wait to play online, and will generally make the whole game joining operation much smoother.

What with this and the planned DLC that will include new maps, I can see we'll be playing CoD4 just as much as we already do over 2008!

Which reminds me - if you want to show some PS3 Attitude love, add the clan tag [PS3A] to your profile in CoD4. If we end up playing in the same room we'll be on the same team. Not that this is a guarantee of success mind you!

[via PSU]

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Tuesday, 5 February 2008

GameFlirt Most Wanted chart for February

Exclusive to PS3 Attitude, we'll be bringing you the '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 a shift in the year-to-date rentals, with Call of Duty 4 dropping two places. Our guess would be that more people have decided to buy that particular title rather than rent it. That means Assassin's Creed takes the number one slot.

Metal Gear Solid 4 remains the number one pre-rent title with Devil May Cry 4 and Haze holding their positions. Blacksite is a new entry and sneeks into the number four slot.

Top 5 current rentals year-to-date:

1 - Assassin's Creed
2 - Rainbow Six Vegas
3 - Call of Duty 4
4 - Fight Night Round 3
5 - Virtua Tennis


Top 5 pre-ordered games for February:

1 - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
2 - Devil May Cry 4
3 - Haze

Like last month it is interesting to see Haze above Unreal Tournament III, but Blacksite as well? It would seem that UT III is more likely to be bought by the masses, whereas maybe the jury is still out on Haze and Blacksite - they're more likely to be rented. We might agree regarding Blacksite, but Haze is certainly good enough to gain our £50 when it launches.

Many thanks to GameFlirt for providing the data - look out for next month's chart as we start rolling into a steadier stream of PS3 releases.

Click any of the links to visit GameFlirt for more details. 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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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Official: Tiscali aren't blocking Call of Duty on purpose


There has been a minor news meltdown recently on the subject of Tiscali alledgedly 'blocking' PS3 Call of Duty 4 players from enjoying their favourite FPS title online.

The fact is, many ISPs block or 'throttle' certain types of traffic at certain times of the day due to network strain issues. If they didn't then the majority of customers would suffer as a result of activities carried out by the minority.

The ports and type of traffic Call of Duty 4 uses would appear to be similar to the kind of P2P traffic generated when downloading files via BitTorrent, and so Tiscali (like other ISPs) limit this kind of traffic for the good of the majority of their clients.

Certainly there is one thing that is true - Tiscali are not blocking CoD4 players on purpose. We asked Tiscali to put the record straight:



"Reports suggesting that we were deliberately blocking specific games are
incorrect. We are constantly working to upgrade and refine our network to ensure
our customers can enjoy their favourite applications. Work is currently underway
on routine updates and we will keep you informed." - Tiscali UK
We'll keep you up-to-date on the results of these 'routine updates' but I would suspect that this issue will go away soon for Tiscali PS3 gamers.

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

European PS Store updates for 24th January

A short list of updates today.

Whilst it would have been nice to see the Devil May Cry 4 demo appear in Europe, you can download it right now using a Japanese account and we expect to see it on the US store later today.

What we did get however is Pixeljunk Monsters. If you're not sure whether you'll like this real-time strategy title and you have the aforementioned Japanese account, they have an English language demo in their store right now.

Here's the list:

Games

Pixeljunk Monsters (£3.49)
Judge Dredd - PS1 for PSP/PS3 (£3.49)

Trailers (all free)

CIV Revolution

Themes (all free)

Call of Duty 4

Wallpapers (all free)

Call of Duty 4 (x5)

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Friday, 11 January 2008

GameFlirt Most Wanted Chart for January

Exclusive to PS3 Attitude, we'll be bringing you the '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.

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

Top 4 current rentals year-to-date:

1 - Call of Duty 4
2 - Assassin's Creed
3 - Rainbow Six Vegas
4 - Virtua Tennis


It's no great surprise to see MGS4 and DMC4 at the top of the pre-order chart, but it sure is interesting to see Haze above Unreal Tournament III. Is this because the game is already released in the US and we already know so much about it? Maybe the promise of something new and slightly mysterious is stronger than the pull from a game we already know, warts and all...

Many thanks to GameFlirt for providing the data - look out for next month's chart as we start rolling into a steadier stream of PS3 releases.

Click any of the links to visit GameFlirt for more details.

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Monday, 5 November 2007

European releases for week beginning 5th November

I can't stop myself. There I was, trying to think of some way to describe this week's PS3 releases without making some sort of reference to Mr. Fawkes, but I just can't pass up the opportunity.

The fireworks are really flying this week. Yes, European PS3 releases are about to go with a bang as the titles you've been burning to play finally explode onto our shelves.

There. I've got it out of my system now.

If you can't find something to play in this lot, there's something wrong with you. By 'something to play', I mean Ratchet & Clank, which is PS3 gaming perfection. And if that doesn't float your boat one of the standout titles of E3 is here - Call of Duty 4.

Here's the list:

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2008
Lair (finally hits our shores - is it as bad as the reviews say?)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam
The Simpsons
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

This week's 'Colon Index' is 57%.

Seriously, is it law now that your game has to have a colon in the title? I would like to see more semi-colon action. Those guys are underated; never getting the attention they deserve.

Will Lair ship with tweaks and fixes to make it a better experience? Who knows. I'll probably be too busy playing R&C to even know.

Pre-order any of the above by clicking the links.

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Sunday, 28 October 2007

November fireworks; PS3 Attitude's Big Three

The PS3 Attitude Big Three is here, so let's count down the titles we think you should be aiming for this November.

1. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Quite simply, this game is close to perfection. We've played the demo and we've had a view of the finished product and I have to tell you, it's superb in every way. Ratchet & Clank have always been favourites of mine, but the PS3 really takes them to the next level in every way. A must for PS3 owners.

2. Assassin's Creed

Whether you buy the regular version, or the special edition, Assassin's Creed should make it's way into your collection without fail. Beautiful graphics and awesome gameplay where everything has a reason. Every crack in the wall is something for Altair to climb up and your actions change the way other characters respond to you, including the crowd. Take a look at the latest trailer to get a feel for the game.

3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

It was a hard choice to pick number three, especially with Call of Duty 4 and the possibility of Haze still coming in November (despite the fact that it hasn't yet gone gold). But in the end it had to be Guitar Hero III. It simple. Haze and CoD are both different and yet brilliant FPS titles. CoD was the toast of E3, and Haze looks quite incredible. But since Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II were incompatible with the PS3 I've been suffering huge withdrawal symptoms! Get your rock god on this coming month.

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Monday, 20 August 2007

Latest UK release dates for upcoming PS3 AAA titles

In an attempt to add to the general level of joy that has been created by this week's GRAW 2 release, I thought it would be a good idea to get the latest release dates for the PS3 AAA titles I listed recently to help show how much we've got coming along in the next few months.

I got these by comparing the GAME UK and Amazon UK dates and picking the most pessimistic of the two dates. I've purposefully not gone to the rumour-mill or other news sites to pick up the latest 'guaranteed' dates (which rarely prove to be right, including my own past predictions!).

I'm also not saying these are the final dates for any of these releases. In any case, I still think this list is pretty close to the truth and will help you work out how much overtime you need to clock up to afford your favourite titles!

And in case you're not up to speed on these titles, you'll find video links against all of them - just click the [vid] link. Enjoy!

Army of Two 16 November 2007 [vid]
Assassin's Creed 16 November 2007 [vid]
Call of Duty 4 30 November 2007 [vid]
DiRT 21 September 2007 [vid]
Eye of Judgement (and the PS Eye in general) 30 November 2007 [vid]
GRAW 2 24 August 2007 [vid]
Haze 23 November 2007 [vid]
Heavenly Sword 14 September 2007 [vid]
Jericho 26 October 2007 [vid]
Juiced 2 25 January 2008 [vid]
Kane & Lynch 16 November 2007 [vid]
Lair 26 October 2007 [vid]
Ratchet and Clank Future 30 November 2007 [vid]
Skate 12 October 2007 [vid]
Stranglehold 28 September 2007 [vid]
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 23 November 2007 [vid]
Unreal Tournament 3 30 November 2007 [vid]
Warhawk* 14 September 2007 [vid]

*Warhawk listing is the retail version - we already covered the supposed date for the download version of Warhawk

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Monday, 6 August 2007

Upcoming PS3 releases for 2007

To help illustrate just how much there is to look forward to I thought I'd dig around and pull out some of the forthcoming joyfulness that will hit the PS3 before the end of the year (in alphabetical order):

Army of Two
Assassin's Creed
Call of Duty 4
DiRT
Eye of Judgement (and the PS Eye in general)
GRAW 2
Guitar Hero III
Haze
Heavenly Sword
Jericho
Juiced 2
Kane & Lynch
Lair
PlayStation Home
Ratchet and Clank Future
Rock Band
SingStar
Skate
Stranglehold
Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA 08
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Unreal Tournament 3
Warhawk

Kind of makes the delayed GTA: IV seem like a bit more of a non-issue, don't you think?

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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Call of Duty 4 looks almost too much fun

Another video of Call of Duty 4 - one of the best received titles at E3 this year - shows the immense amount of fun that can be had blowing things up with C4 explosives.

C4 is one of the multi-player 'perks' you'll be able to get your hands on, along with extra abilities such as 'sleight of hand' (which allows faster reloads) and 'deep impact'. This allows you to penetrate through objects that would usually be classed as 'hard cover'.

Watch the video of how much fun C4 can be in multi-player mode. Naturally, I've speeded it up a little to add to the comedy effect!



Call of Duty 4 is coming to the UK in November.

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