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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Firmware 2.30 arrives, along with a PS Store update

Sony sure do know how to make us happy right now.

Not only does firmware 2.30 hit the network before most people have woken up, but the nice new PlayStation Store has a few updates included in it as well.

The first thing you notice is just how fast the new store loads in comparison to the old one. And the zoom 'n' fade between windows is much better in real life than it showed up on the walkthrough video.

In terms of new content, there is an awesome update for Super Stardust HD that adds four new game modes and a retro soundtrack, amongst other things.

We have some new Guitar Hero III content from the band Dropkick Murphys and then there's the Sega Superstars Demo we were expecting to hit on Thursday.

Finally, we get a Bionic Commando Rearmed trailer and a second Lost Planet trailer.

This is good, but it's going to get better this week with the arrival of Metal Gear Online and the next Warhawk expansion - Operation Broken Mirror.

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Thursday, 21 February 2008

European PS Store updates for 21st February

Sparse.

Let me just say that again.

S-P-A-R-S-E

That's what the update says to me today.

There's the Lost Planet Demo that was already on the US store (then off again, then back on, thanks to bugs). There's some video for Assassin's Creed (which has been out for months) and Conflict: Denied Ops (which is a disasterous FPS) and there are a couple of DMC4 wallpapers and a theme.

The only minor saving grace is that Snakeball is finally in Europe. It's fun, but the gameplay is way over-complicated to be a classic. At a shade under five quid, I'm passing thanks. If it was £2 or less like LocoRoco Cocoreccho was, it would be a no brainer.

Here's the full list:

Games

Snakeball (£4.99)

Demos (all free)

Lost Planet - Online

Video (all free)

Conflict: Denied Ops - Launch
Assassin's Creed - Developer Diary 'Altair'

Wallpapers (all free)

Devil May Cry 4 (x2)

Themes (all free)

Sports

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Friday, 8 February 2008

US PS Store updates for 7th February

Continuing our new format, we'll be discussing the US update each week rather than reporting it due to the time difference.

Looking at the update this week, details of which are available on the Official PlayStation Blog as usual, it seems fairly even-handed versus the European update.

Both sides of the Atlantic got the Sky Diving game, both got the free add-on for Motorstorm and both got a trailer or two.

The US did get the Lost Planet online demo, which we have yet to get to work on our UK machine (we fear it may not have worldwide servers yet). Personally, I'm not that worried about Lost Planet - it didn't excite me when Capcom announced it was coming to the PS3 so I'm not going to feign excitement now.

Other differences include another PS1 game for the US (yet another Crash Bandicoot title) and there was the obligitory Rock Bank DLC as promised by MTV but other than that it seems that we had a week where both the US and Europe got a pretty decent update.

It will be interesting to see what happens as the year progresses, especially with news that Sony are committing to solving the problem of disparate regional releases within six months. There still seems to be a big list of titles available in the US that haven't shown up over here yet (such as PAIN and Everyday Shooter to name just two), and I for one would like to see that fixed sooner rather than later.

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Thursday, 7 February 2008

European PS Store updates for 7th February


Not a bad update today in our opinion.

As well as a full game we get two demos (both of which had appeared in the US already) and two free add-ons.

The game in question is Sky Diving and will also be released in the US today. It's nice to see a game appear in each store at the same time.

On the add-on front, not only is there a Motorstorm skin in honour of the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Rat), but you get the Folklore competition winner's folk (the Malion) to download as well.

I just hope they don't forget to release the two final Folklore add-on packs in Europe, since they're already out in the US.

Here's the full list:

Games

Sky Diving (£3.49)

Demos (all free)

Turok
Conflict: Denied Ops

Add-ons (all free)

Motorstorm - Chinese New Year Gift
Folklore - Malion Pack

Trailers (all free)

Lost Planet

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Friday, 18 January 2008

US PS Store updates for January 17th

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

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

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

Demos (all free)

Turok
FIFA Street 3

Games

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

Add-ons

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

Trailers (all free)

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

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Capcom's big PS3 announcement; Lost Planet

At various points today as we reached the zero hour, Capcom Unity was down. Clearly, there's a reasonable amount of interest in what the Japanese developer/publisher is up to - enough to bring their servers to a halt at least!

So, what was the big Capcom announcement for PS3 fans we've been leading up to all this week?

Up until about 10 minutes past zero hour, I was still none the wiser. The servers were still down.

And then it appeared. Lost Planet is coming to the PS3.

So we lose Devil May Cry 4 exclusivity and then the Monster Hunter franchise and they give us Lost Planet. Wow.

The PS3 version will at least feature all the unlockables and extras from the PC and 360 versions. Gosh.

Why am I so under-whelmed. Lost Planet is yet another FPS that looks like Resistance/Area 51/FEAR/whatever. Whilst Resistance does the whole 'alien-infected wasteland' theme quite well and offers 32-player online, Lost Planet will offer 16-player online instead.

At the Capcom Gamer's Day in London today they also announced Streetfighter 4 and the aforementioned Dark Void but wouldn't confirm which consoles they would appear on.

Remember, Christian Svensson at Capcom said "let's see how they [PS3 owners] feel at the end of next week about us" after the Monster Hunter removal.

I have to respond, 'not great'.

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