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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The Homerun – 30th April 09; Game Items, Xi and Q&A
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 22:00 | 2 Comments
The Homerun – 30th April 09; Game Items, Xi and Q&A

This week’s Homerun is here and we have a few things to talk about.

Have a read of our weekly run through of the goings on in the ever expanding world of PlayStation Home.

European PS Store Update For 30th April – Return To Normalcy
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 20:47 | 2 Comments
European PS Store Update For 30th April – Return To Normalcy

Europe was a different story. The return of the familiar add-ons of LittleBigPlanet, Rock Band and Guitar Hero comforted him, but the lack of any demos made him ponder. “Maybe they are all still playing those two demos from last week” he reasoned, “I sure am.”

Hong Kong PS Store Update For April 30th – Where Is It?
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 19:02 | 2 Comments
Hong Kong PS Store Update For April 30th – Where Is It?

Hong Kong is on the horizon, so is an eerie feeling that he cannot fully understand nor describe. As he sets foot on the once bustling city he knew things were not right. Our humble yet brave staff writer is met with nothingness, something he did not expect to find this day. “This cannot be” he thought to himself, “there must be something. Anything.”

Uncharted 2 Beta with inFamous pre-order from Play.com
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 18:38 | No Comment
Uncharted 2 Beta with inFamous pre-order from Play.com

On Monday we heard the exciting news that lucky North American gamers were getting treated to a beta for Uncharted 2’s multiplayer when purchasing a copy of inFamous.

At the time, there were no details for when people outside of NA were to hear a similar deal, or if the beta would be distributed via a different manner.

Battlefield 1943 Producer answers some questions; all of them in fact
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 18:28 | One Comment
Battlefield 1943 Producer answers some questions; all of them in fact

One of our favourite features over at the official PlayStation blog is when they get a Producer to talk about an upcoming game and he or she sticks around and gives some instant feedback to the commenters.

Gordon Van Dyke, Producer of upcoming PSN multiplayer only title Battlefield 1943, has taken the proverbial biscuit however and now officially holds the record of most answered questions over at the PS blog.

Japanese PS Store Update For April 30th – The Awakening
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 17:59 | 3 Comments
Japanese PS Store Update For April 30th – The Awakening

Out of the caves a staff writer emerges, freeing himself from a ghastly spell. Once out of that dark and awful place, his senses come back to him ever so slowly. Finally realizing just how long he was imprisoned away from the Tower, his colleagues, friends and his public; he bows his head in shame. “I have failed them all” he mutters, clinching his fist in anger. He knows what must be done. He knows only he can do it. And so begins his quest for redemption, first stop: Japan.

EXCLUSIVE! Are you ready for Inferno Pool?
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 17:11 | 4 Comments
EXCLUSIVE! Are you ready for Inferno Pool?

When a cannot-be-named-at-this-time developer contacted us wondering if we’d be interested in breaking the news of their new title, we thought about it for all of two nanoseconds and then promptly cleared our schedule.

We’ve been hinting at it over on Twitter for nearly a week but, thankfully, we can now finally reveal what all the secrecy has been about.

Ubisoft add Ghost Recon 4 to their “flagship” title list
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 14:51 | One Comment
Ubisoft add Ghost Recon 4 to their “flagship” title list

Ubisoft have discussed their financial plans for this year (being a financial one expect it to end just before April 2010) and have highlighted the existence of a title previously unannounced.

Quoted as one of its “flagship titles”, Ghost Recon 4 is confirmed as in development and, though technically unconfirmed for the PS3 at this time, considering its predecessor Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 graced the PS3, it would be a shock of massive proportions for this new Recon to not feature on our console of choice.

Music videos coming to a European PS3 near you
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 12:26 | 2 Comments
Music videos coming to a European PS3 near you

We’ve mentioned Vidzone, the free music video service coming to the PS3, in the past but there hasn’t been much of an update as to if this feature was even still in development…until now. The official UK Playstation website has updated to included news regarding this free application.

Katamari Forever rolling out this Autumn
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 11:49 | No Comment
Katamari Forever rolling out this Autumn

If you have never played a Katamari game before, our excitement about the announcement of the next game – Katamari Forever – will probably be lost on you completely.
But for those of you who have played any of the Katamari games before, you know why we’re stoked, right?

DC Universe Online: Meet Doomsday, he wants to eat your face
Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 – 10:38 | No Comment
DC Universe Online: Meet Doomsday, he wants to eat your face

If you’re up to date on your comic lore, you’ll know that the Doomsday character was created back in the ’90s with one blatant task in mind, to kill Superman – a feat he accomplished after a prodigious battle across Metropolis.

Fans of the mute Superman-slayer may be wondering how he will appear in the upcoming DC Universe Online MMO. We’re happy to say that, unlike other media (we’re looking at you Smallville), Doomsday’s origin, powers and motives are pretty much identical to how he first appeared back in 1992.

MAG Screenshots
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 21:01 | One Comment
MAG Screenshots

Just in case a brand new gameplay trailer isn’t enough for you, we thought we’d deliver some juicy screenshots for your eyes.

Sony have upped their game lately with the amount of news and info coming out on the title, which is a very good sign and promising for a potential release by the end of the year or beginning of next.

MAG Gameplay Trailer Released
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 18:57 | 6 Comments
MAG Gameplay Trailer Released

You know what awesome truly means after watching a new official gameplay trailer of one of the most hyped PS3 games released as part of Sony’s Gamers Day 09.

Massive Action Game (MAG) is a 256 player MMO coming to the PS3, and of course we at PS3 Attitude have been excited for this game for a long time, in fact since its announcement at E3.

Singularity gameplay videos show off environments
Wednesday, 29 Apr, 2009 – 16:32 | 4 Comments
Singularity gameplay videos show off environments

Another title that was announced at a former E3 (2008, if you must know), Singularity has been gaining a lot of interest lately.

The latest gameplay videos show us a number of interesting mechanics, making this more than just your usual run-of-the-mill FPS title.

But with the poor success of (possibly) similar titles such as Fracture and Timeshift, will Singularity have enough gravitational pull to make it really stand out from the burgeoning shooter crowd?