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Friday, 5 September 2008

House of SingStar Singing Marathon

Give it up for Southampton, UK. About 50 brave souls will sing every SingStar song on the PS2 and PS3 discs in the order in which they were released. All of them. One after the other. Non-stop.

Before phoning the loony bin, hear them out (get it?). They are doing it to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The singing marathoners will be comprised of friends and family of the organizers, but we can all get in on the fun (and donate of course) through their website houseofsingstar.co.uk.

In what may very well be one of the last words she will vocalize a-melodically for a long time, hostess Lucy Calvert commented:
Never have the words ‘I wonder’ led to such an undertaking. What started out as an idea to bring a group of friends together for a night of SingStar, has now turned into something much, much bigger. The support we have been receiving is fantastic and we can’t wait to get going.

Neither can we. It appears it is all about charity this month. First our own DolphGB jumped out of an airplane for GamesAid (spoiler: he made it), Rock Band offered the PAX Track Pack for Child's Play, and now House of SingStar sings their hearts out for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Never has September been such a good month for charity.


Source [SingStarGame.com]

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Sunday, 24 August 2008

PS3 Attitude's Comprehensive Leipzig Review, Part 2

Part dos of our Leipzig review:

SingStar Vol. 3 Party Edition
With 2.2 million downloads to date, no wonder SingStar is getting a big push. SingStar's PS2-PS3 compatibility was announced and later explained for the PS3 version. Vol. 3 artists includes: Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, The Ting Tings, Lionel Richie, Queen, Katrina and the Waves, among others. Officially announced tracks are:
  • Barry Manilow, Copacabana
  • David Bowie, Space Oddity
  • Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney, Ebony & Ivory
  • Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, The Way I Are
  • Coldplay, Viva La Vida

Wish upon a SingStar
PS2's SingStar Singalong with Disney was announced for PAL territories only. Songs from Aladdin, Toy Story, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, The Little Mermaid, and more will be made available in local languages across PAL territories.

Introducing EyePet
Read our recent post of this promising PlayStation Eye game. I wonder which pet will try to hump the other first...


Heavy Rain
This is a game I'm truly looking forward to. Actually this is the only game I'm looking forward to. And not just because of the graphics...that's just a bonus. A demo was confirmed by Quantic Dream's founder David Cage, a gameplay trailer was released, and the developers are touting an immersive and emotionally-engaging experience. Yum, yum. Normally I would scoff at all this fancy talk from a game developer, but this is Quantic Dream. The people responsible for Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit are not to be taken lightly.

New PSP Hardware
The rumors were (somewhat) true, a new PSP was officially announced. The PSP-3000 improves the LCD allowing for higher image quality and more definition when in sunlight. This new PSP also comes with a built-in microphone, perfect for you Skypers out there. Available in PAL territories (Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand) from 15th October 2008 as a bundle, including one software title valued at €199. For NTSC regions the PSP-3000 will also be offered as the Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters bundle (including a 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack) for $199.99, while a core pack will be available later this year at $169.99.


Will there be a part tres? Come back and find out.

Sources [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, PS3fanboy, EuroGamer]

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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 [us.playstation.com, uk.playstation.com, Engadget, Stuff.tv]

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

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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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

European PS3 releases for week beginning December 3rd

There's much to be happy about this week in Europe. Two major titles are headed our way, both of which feature in December's 'PS3 Attitude Big Three'.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune makes it's welcome debut this side of the Atlantic, having already been released in the US. This has to be one of the most incredible games available for the PS3 thus far and is bound to result in a new franchise that is set to run and run.

And SingStar finally becomes available. Whatever you think of party games, SingStar is one of those titles that everyone should have available in their library for those days (usually during Christmas) when you want to show off to all generations of relatives what fun having a PS3 can be.

Here's the full list:


Whereas the World Series of Poker game is more for a niche market, Medal of Honor: Airborne is also worthy of a mention. Whilst it may get lost in a sea of FPS titles, the unique gameplay element that sees you parachuting into the battlefield will win some fans. You get to choose whether to land in a flanking position, on a rooftop for sniping duty or wherever takes your fancy. Whilst it might be a challenge, we wouldn't recommend landing right in the middle of enemy territory!

Click the links above to pre-order these and have them delivered to your door on launch day.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

December treats; PS3 Attitude's Big Three



Yes, it's that time of the month when we pick out the three titles you should be buying this coming month. Of course, it's that special time of year when we drink too much, eat too much and pretend we like everything our relatives bought for us...

So what better than earmarking a short list of three great titles you can pass to your nearest and dearest so they know what you really want this Christmas! As ever, we're focusing on UK and European release dates...

1. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Without a doubt this is one of the two absolute 'must have' titles for the PS3 this year in my opinion, the other being Ratchet & Clank from last month's Big Three. Sure there's loads of really great games out there now (CoD4, Motorstorm, Resistance, Folklore, Eye of Judgement, Guitar Hero III, Heavenly Sword, Assassin's Creed) but Uncharted and Ratchet are as close to gaming perfection as you'll find on our favourite platform.

Not only are the graphics literally revolutionary (I love the way your clothing changes when you walk in water or under a waterfall) but the gameplay is slick and varied. You have action, gunplay, platforming and puzzle solving all rolled into a great pulp-fiction inspired storyline with excellent characters that have so much detail they move and react fluidly at all times.

This really has to be your number one purchase for the holiday season.

2. SingStar

One of the seminal party games of the last decade, SingStar has had more than a cosmetic makeover for its first appearance on the PS3.

The interface and music are completely customisable through new songs (the SingStore) and new downloadable skins. You can build your own playlists and download the entire back catalogue of 3,000 PS2 SingStar favourites in addition to a continuing list of new material as the months progress.

And in a social network style, you can capture your best performances (with or without using the PS Eye) and upload them for all the world to see, as well as transferring them to your PSP for offline viewing and sharing.

It's the gift that keeps on giving!

3. Half-Life 2: The Orange Box

Much has been written about the woes of the PS3 version of The Orange Box of late. There is the obvious delay between the release of this version and the PC/X360 titles, and there are stories of framerate issues and bugs.

Let's be clear about the reality for a second. Unless you fully expect your games to never, ever drop below 30 fps for even a moment, you will be perfectly happy with The Orange Box on PS3. The issues have been blown out of all proportion.

So what do you get for your money? Five games - HL2, HL2: Episode 1, HL2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal. That's great value for money if you're an FPS fan, but the real pull is the non-FPS title - Portal.

Portal is a marvel of three-dimensional puzzle solving and, by all accounts, is the absolute star of the show. Addictive, compelling and mind-altering, Portal will have you fully occupied for hours on end. And then you can go shoot things. What more can you ask for?!

Click the links above to pre-order any of the titles.
As an aside, there's still a chance (despite reports to the contrary) that Haze will be released before Christmas. If it is, then it's worthy of your attention as the build I played was stunning - click to read more about my impressions of Haze.

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Miser's Paradise: PS3 SingStar with mics for less than £40


Whilst trawling around the 'net, I spotted that GAME are taking pre-orders for PS3 SingStar with two microphones for only £39.99 including delivery. Add to that the fact that it will be on your doorstep on the day of release, and it looks like a pretty good deal.

GAME card holders get double points for pre-orders, so that means you'll get an extra £2.00 to spend on your next purchase.

I don't usually feature 'low price deals' here, but I thought this was a particularly good one! Other companies are matching the price tag, but the extra rewards points make GAME the cheaper option...

Pre-order PS3 SingStar by clicking the link.

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Friday, 23 November 2007

PS3 at the O2


If you're around the O2 Arena (formerly know as the 'big white tent that somehow cost us £860m', or Millennium Dome by any other name) between now and the 18th December it might be worth your while popping in, even if you already have a PS3.

Why?

Well as part of the PlayStation 3 UK Tour the O2 Arena is also host to a live demo of Singstar. Following on from the success of the Singtar Studios earlier this year SCEE have repeated the exercise in Greenwich.

Budding X-Factor wannabes should stump up the ridiculous O2 Arena parking fee now for their chance to shine. You can always go watch a movie there to get your parking fee back anyhow!

The SingStar Studios are open from 16:00 to 22:00 weekdays and 12:00 to 22:00 weekends.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

PS3 SingStar delayed again; X-Factor rejects weep


It's becoming a bit of a tired refrain.
SingStar has been delayed yet again.
The karaoke hit title is still being tested.
Our patience has once again been bested.

I should promise not to sing songs.
About SingStar, that would be wrong.
But I can't help myself at this time.
So I made up this silly rhyme.

Oh SingStar
Where have you been
Oh SingStar
In which year will you be seen
Oh SingStar
I can't wait any more
Oh SingStar
Someone show me the door

[Repeat until head explodes]

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