Article Archive for June 2009
After years in the making and months of developmental uncertainty, we finally have the Ghostbusters game we didn’t know we wanted so badly. Back in 2006, Slovenian developer Zootfly lit the five alarm fire that had the internet in a frenzy over a next generation Ghostbusters video game. Sony realized that they had a potential hit on their hands; they just needed the right developer to make this game shine.
But how well can a 25 year old movie franchise translate to a next generation video game and more importantly, to a totally new audience? There are many questions surrounding Ghostbusters: The Video Game but the most important is this, who ya gonna call?
Ever wondered exactly how much those VidZone videos are eating at your internet connection? Many people these days, particularly from some countries in Europe, have bandwidth limits on their internet from small to large.
They can be a real pest and ISPs often demand additional payments for every GB that users go over.
If you’re looking for a good read with your coffee and Twitter feed this afternoon, we highly recommend Brian Ashcraft’s piece on Chen Jenova and studio extraordinaire ThatGameCompany over at Kotaku.
The article covers the precocious Jenova and how we started out on the long road to game development along with an intriguing insight into how ThatGameCompany approach the tricky topic of ethics and gaming.
Other interesting tidbits found in the article include talk of the studio’s third in their three game deal with Sony. Having already impressed us with fl0w and what we like to deem “yoga for the eyes” Flower, Chen reveals the team are hard at work on their next challenge.
After enjoying an extended stay on the 360, we’ve known for a while now that Namco Bandai’s RPG ship-jumper Tales of Vesperia was coming this fall for the PS3.
Not content with a vague seasonal release date, we know now that the latest edition in the colourful Tales series is coming, to Japan at least, on September 17th.
A little while ago we gave news that PAIN will be getting a Blu-ray release in Europe this month. No specific date or price was given until now.
SCEE Product manager for PAIN on the European PlayStation Blog has revealed all the details on the Blu-ray release for people who have yet to dive into the wonderful world of character catapulting on the PS3.
Though some sources are currently only quoting a PSP release, it’s a safe bet that when the sequel to Echochrome, Echochrono (working title and known as Replay in Europe), hits Sony’s hand-held, a PSN version won’t be far behind.
You might recall our February article where we reported the terrible news that, according to the resume of an ex-Obsidian Entertainment designer, and after a big alien-themed feasibility study performed over at Sega HQ, the publisher had decided to cancel their upcoming RPG featuring acidic xenomorphs, burly marines and wonky “Artificial Persons”.
Reports of the game’s demise may have been exaggerated however and, in fairness, we really should have known better. After all, who doesn’t lie on their C.V.?
After the success of Final Fantasy VII finally landing onto PlayStation stores in North America – and then a few days later in Europe – another Final Fantasy has been submitted and reviewed by the ESRB rating board for the US and Canada.
Final Fantasy Tactics will be published by SCEA in North America and has received a Teen rating by the board, as did the original PSOne release, for the PS3 and PSP platforms.
It is Tuesday, and you know what that means, don’t you?
Yes, today and repeating every Tuesday, PS3 Attitude is becoming PSFree Attitude
Speaking on the Kojima Productions podcast, host Sean Eyestone revealed more than a few surprises regarding New Gear on the Block, Metal Gear Solid: Rising.
Though it’s nice to hear how the game will be handled by the “new blood” in Konami while the older crew take care of Peace Walker duties, it’s the somewhat bombastic statements about the graphics of the new game that may shock a few.
June 18 marks a special day for our little black and white dimension defying friend as echochrome will be receiving an update to version 1.02. The last time the game was updated, we received trophy support. This time, we will see the ability to share our creations with the world…
We love Vidzone, and we know that there are a lot of other people who like it too. In fact the team behind the service are fully aware of this and that’s why they want pictures of you guys enjoying the free music video service.
On their @VidZone twitter account, the developers had this to say…
Genius, in a diligent attempt to prove that their upcoming turntable sporting beat-a-thon Scratch: The Ultimate DJ game is not merely a DJ Hero clone, (which would be difficult considering DJ Hero isn’t out ’til the fall) have released a new video highlighting the tricks and treats on offer from their patented SCRATCH DECK device.
The PlayStation 3 has been lacking in the traditional JRPG department since its infant days as a console. With the release of Cross Edge, we were hoping for a break though game featuring five top developers; Capcom, Nippon Ichi, Namco Bandai, Gust, and Idea Factory, after all, there is a certain excitement about controlling your own personal Prinny, Morrigan Aensland, Meu, and Aurica Nestmile army.
In reality, the game is like a complicated calculus equation. The road to the solution can be long and arduous, but upon arrival, there is a certain satisfaction. That, and the fact that there were probably hundreds of times we wanted to hurl our controller at the television screen and call it quitsâ€¦
As MGS4/MGO’s first anniversary loomed, more and more people voiced their wishes regarding how they thought Konami should celebrate this massive milestone. With new content and packs for MGO appearing since the game’s initial launch, it was a safe bet to assume that the powers that be at Konami would have at least something up their sleeves for the big “I am one” event.
Unfortunately, if you (like everyone else) were hoping the new content would be trophy support for both MGS4 and MGO – we have some bad news. If, on the other hand, you have a penchant for breasts – this just might be your lucky day.
Vidzone is a welcome addition to the six countries that support it from the PAL territory and it offers console owners something never seen before – free, legal and easy access to high quality music videos.
When we first heard about the application coming to Europe last year, it sounded very impressive but as with many new concepts, nobody knew if it could live up to the high expectation behind it.
You may recall how we applauded EA last year for taking a small step away from the safety of sequelitis and investing in new IPs such as the chilling Dead Space and the free-running spectacle of Mirror’s Edge.
Both games, received well by (most) critics and (nearly all) gamers alike, now have the opportunity to see what life is like on the other foot with the previously announced Visceral Games developed follow-up to Dead Space now joined by the inevitable – Mirror’s Edge 2.
Another week on Twitter – and what a week it was.
On Tuesday we kicked off our Uncharted 2 multiplayer beta key contest and saw an explosion of new followers. Welcome to one and all.
Nothing really else happened on the feed this week so, if you want to see how the contest went – blow by blow – read on.
Not to be outdone by Europe, the North American store update is even bigger. It may not have Vidzone, but it does have the likes of three new downloadable titles, another PSOne classic, a couple of demos, and an uncountable number of add-on content.