It Came From Japan #4 – Xenogears
Submitted by Brodiesan | Sun, 9/08/09 – 23:36 | One Comment

After the phenomenal success of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, many Western gamers — now enthralled by this new found wonder of the Japanese RPG — found themselves wondering just what else Square (soon to be SquareEnix) had up their sleeves.

In response, Square released Xenogears on the PS1 in February of 1998.

Considered high-brow, deep and, to some degree, irreverent, a section of the gaming public were shocked that, instead of another tale of huge swords, friendship and personal sacrifice, they got a convoluted and abstract story that questions the existence of God, waxes on about philosophical doctrine and wonders aloud about man’s evolution.

To this day, Xenogears is held very dear in the hearts of its many fans, seen as a work of immense complexity and acute intelligence. When Famitsu rates a game #16 in a list of the greatest games of all time, you know you have something special on your hands.

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Rock Band 2 Dated for Europe
Saturday, 28 Feb, 2009 – 0:35 | 2 Comments
Rock Band 2 Dated for Europe

Finally after a long wait, Rock Band 2 has been dated for Europe.

If you are a fan of music games then you may be pleased to know that there is only less than a month before this baby comes to town – or the week of March 23rd to be exact…

Get ready for Dead Space 2
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 17:43 | 5 Comments
Get ready for Dead Space 2

In an interview at Gamesindustry.biz, general manager of EA Redwood Shores Glen Schofield, more or less confirmed the existence of Dead Space 2. More specifically, he stated…

Killzone 2; Guerrilla thwart rank-up abusers
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 16:39 | 14 Comments
Killzone 2; Guerrilla thwart rank-up abusers

Guerrilla have already spotted that a number of players have been setting up games where real players take on an army of low-end bots in order to increase their experience points artificially.

Nintendo get behind the Edinburgh Interactive Festival
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 16:12 | No Comment
Nintendo get behind the Edinburgh Interactive Festival

The Edinburgh Interactive Festival today confirmed that Nintendo has become a partner of this year’s event. Taking place in the heart of Edinburgh between 10th and 16th August 2009, with the Conference running on 13th and 14th, Edinburgh Interactive combines industry and public facing events, including conference, screenings, free game play and Protoplay, the University of Abertay’s showcase of new games design talent.

Sony Super Shuffle; Stringer becomes president
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 15:56 | 3 Comments
Sony Super Shuffle; Stringer becomes president

Sony have announced a number of upper-management changes today that include Sir Howard Stringer taking over as President of the company.

In addition, Sony have announced two new business groups, one of which sees the gaming division merge with the Vaio PC division. This new group is to be headed up by Kaz Hirai, whilst the second group will look after consumer electronics such as TVs and cameras.

Warhawk Price Cut and Game Space details
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 15:25 | 3 Comments
Warhawk Price Cut and Game Space details

The PS Blog reveals some info regarding the new Warhawk game space and a promotional price cut of the game itself (and its packs) for a limited time only.

Act fast!

Criterion Games Network Launched
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 4:29 | 2 Comments
Criterion Games Network Launched

Do you eat, sleep and breathe Burnout Paradise? If you answered yes, then boy do we have news for you. Criterion Games have officially announced the launch of the Criterion Games Network on all platforms.

Now you can stay connected with your Burnout pals wherever you are… provided you have an Internet connection of course.

Look at Trophies on the go with PS3 Trophy Guide
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 3:21 | One Comment
Look at Trophies on the go with PS3 Trophy Guide

By now, there are millions of you out there who own either an iPhone or iPod Touch. Browsing the App Store today, we came across a new one called PS3 Trophy Guide.

With this App, you are able to view all available and upcoming trophies for your favorite games. Want to see what it takes to get the gold in Resident Evil 5? They’ve got it.

We downloaded the App and tested its wheels. Let’s find out how it runs…

North American PS Store Update – February 26th (Flying High Edition)
Friday, 27 Feb, 2009 – 1:35 | No Comment
North American PS Store Update – February 26th (Flying High Edition)

PS3 Attitude will be flying high tonight. And we won’t make routine landings for funions and twinkies, not that kind of high flying; the HAWX demo is finally upon us. So is the Killzone 2 demo but a little birdie told me that a lot of people were playing it already in the US…a-ny-way; if reading is not your thing, you can get the Killzone 2 strategy guide videos. Not that you would need them, we know our readers both rock and roll at the same time.

Get ‘em now and get ‘em often, after the break.

European PS Store Update – 26 February
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 22:31 | One Comment
European PS Store Update – 26 February

We got them HAWX flying high today! Aside from that is not much else for our European crowd to enjoy…unless you saved all that Christmas money to buy that hot new LOTR: Conquest add-on. Street fighter IV’s costume packs continue along with a new Buzz quiz pack testing your knowledge of years past (well, year).

Read on for the full update.

Home 1.11 Details plus news on Game Spaces
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 20:31 | 2 Comments
Home 1.11 Details plus news on Game Spaces

TedTheDog has posted over at the PlayStation forum some new details about Home. Release 1.11 gets documented along with some new content coming plus a wealth of new Game Space information.

More Lord of the Rings: Conquest DLC coming. This time at a price.
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 15:22 | One Comment
More Lord of the Rings: Conquest DLC coming. This time at a price.

EA announce a new batch of Middle Earth content for their recent Lord of the Rings: Conquest game. The first batch, in a gracious display of altruism, was totally free.

This time however they want you to part with some cash for the privilege.

Designer’s C.V. reveals penchant for “long walks” and “Aliens game cancelled”
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 13:56 | No Comment
Designer’s C.V. reveals penchant for “long walks” and “Aliens game cancelled”

When we reported last month that yet another Aliens game was coming our way (this one featuring a certain other dread-locked extraterrestrial) we flagged how we weren’t sure just what impact this would have on SEGA’s other two xenomorphic* projects, Aliens: Colonial Marines and the fabled Aliens: RPG.

Well, we know now. And it’s not good news we’re afraid.

Killzone 2; the PS3 Attitude Review
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 11:34 | 22 Comments
Killzone 2; the PS3 Attitude Review

In what we hope will be the last Killzone 2 review you have to read, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the game that was four years in the making.

So did Killzone 2 arrive just in time for the PlayStation 3, or has the hype train missed the station?