Article Archive for July 2009
The tattoos have barely healed since their last encounter with gruff Japanese mobsters, and already Japan is set to get a new Yakuza game.
Entitled Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu wo Tsugu Mono (Yakuza 4 : Heir to the Legend), series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi will stick with a modern setting while focusing on an area in Tokyo called Kamiyacho.
At last week’s Develop conference Eurogamer had a private interview with Peter Edward who is the Home platform director for SCEE, and they talked about various aspects of the online universe including development and moderation.
First off, they discussed developing PlayStation Home. Peter admits that Sony did not know exactly what they were getting themselves into when they started the project, but he compares it to other projects in the industry that can have similar surprises and difficulties along the way.
Sit back and enjoy some new footage of Obsidian Entertainment’s spy RPG Alpha Protocol.
Brimming with new information, we get to check in with super-spy Michael Thorton while dreaming up what kind of thrilling international incidents we’d love to get into.
The Tokyo Game Show is around two months away and is one of the major conventions on the gaming calendar.
Every year a senior industry figure gives the main keynote speech and this time around it is none other than Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai.
His speech is entitled ‘Sony Computer Entertainment’s New 2009 Strategy’, which is interesting in itself sincethe year will almost be over by the time he speaks!
As is our want here at PS3 Attitude, we like to get involved with the politics of gaming every now and then.
On reading the report that Nathan Hartley, an 18-year-old from Maryland in the United States had been sentenced to seven years in prison for an act we’d never heard of before – ‘door-checking’ – what sparked our interest was the insistence that this activity is an integral part of Grand Theft Auto.
But rather than tow the sensationalist line, we asked the prosecutor in this case, John Mark McDonald, what really happened and why GTA was even brought into this courtroom, since we don’t remember seeing this activity in the game at all.
Considering pretty much everything is copyrighted by now, it’s no surprise to hear that developers can experience some difficulties when it comes to naming their new properties.
Just when you think you have a kick-ass name for your game, it turns out some band in Romania called their fifth album the very same thing and now want a slice of the action.
Caught up in such a legal wrangling, Australian developer FuzzyEyes are happy to now report that, after some cordial discussions with another company, their upcoming steampunk game Edge of Twilight will launch without a name change.
Selling 1.5 million copies, EndWar turned out to be a bigger success than most people thought. Besides Halo Wars, it was deemed â€œthe biggest new RTS in the last four or five yearsâ€ according to Ubisoft creative director Michael De Plater. Naturally, we can assume that we shall be seeing more of EndWar in the future.
Currently a smaller team from Ubisoft Shanghai is developing the RTS sequel with focus on the single player story and depth. While we have no idea when we might see EndWar 2, be assured that the team knows exactly where they are going with it…
You guys and gals know about Shatter, you were waiting for Napalm & Cordite, ready for the Fury add-on but there’s just so much more.
Call of Duty: World at War gets a demo for those too busy playing Call of Duty 4 to care about it at launch, WILD ARMS 2 is the star of the two PSone Classics released today, Cross Edge keeps throwing free packs at you while Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires tries to keep up.
Seemingly unperturbed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′s apparent grip on the holiday season, 2K Games have confirmed that cel-shaded FPS with a twist, Borderlands, will hit in North America on October 20th and “elsewhere” 72 hours later.
Isn’t that the same period some other high profile publishers are pulling their games from?
Arkham Asylum is home to the most dangerous villains in Gotham City, all of which have quite the hatred towards our caped crusader. It looks like the Scarecrow just might get the chance to extract his revenge with the help of his skeleton army.Exclusive to those who pre-order the game, players be able to download the Scarecrow Challenge Map and face your fears against the undead.
Now that we know when it’s coming, expect a deluge of Uncharted 2 footage to emerge over the coming weeks in an effort to tide us over before the big day in October.
First up: a new multiplayer video.
Insomniac are at Comic-Con09 showcasing everyone’s favourite lombax and metal side-kick, Ratchet & Clank. Check out some new screens on offer of the duo’s latest adventure: A Crack In Time.
Now this is more like it. Games, demos, and add-ons that everyone can enjoy! And by ‘demos’ I mean only one of them. Of course you could argue that any update that has new content for both WipEout HD and Killzone 2 would be a good one regardless of what else comes out that week, but nobody likes a smart ass. Maybe a donkey with math homework would like a smart ass, but that’s another story.
So there’s WipEout and Killzone 2 DLC, but what else is worthy? How about new downloadable games Shatter and Crystal Defenders; the latter beating the North American PS Store to the punch.
The UK government is creating a new video games committee where representatives from different departments will meet to consider changes in policy to help the industry.
Departments involved include the Department Of Media and Sport, Business Innovation and Skills, Culture, the Department of Health, the Home Office and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Although there is no update in Sony’s online universe this week – content tends to arrive every other week now – we do have a roundup of news on PlayStation Home that we haven’t managed to pick up on the site so this article will tell you all about it.
We had the opportunity to talk with Mario Wynands, the Managing Director of Sidhe, about their upcoming PSN title, Shatter. The game, developed and published for the PlayStation Network by the team, is a re-imaging of the retro brick breaking genre. What sets it apart from the rest is the ability to ‘suck and blow,’ giving the player more control over the course of the ball.
In our exclusive interview with the team, Mario talk about the creation of BAT1138, our hero of the story (yes, there is a story involved), and what makes Shatter so different for all the other games out there. By the end of it all, you’ll be itching for some brick breaking action.
We’re big fans of SingStar here at PS3 Attitude, and the already burgeoning song catalogue is about to take another leap forward.
Today, Sony have announced a deal that will bring a whole slew of Universal Music UK tracks to the SingStore for download over the next few weeks.
So what can we look forward to warbling along to?
Guerrilla Studios have announced a brand new bundle releasing today called with the original name of the ‘Map Pack Bundle’ . This bundle combines all three Killzone 2 map packs together for an undisclosed discounted price.
One of the map packs included also releases today and that’s the Napalm & Cordite expansion.
Castle Crashers has been a bit of a ‘diamond in the rough’ on Xbox Live Arcade since it became available for download last August.
The game, best described as a 2D sideways scrolling brawler, has even managed minor cult status, along with the obligatory ‘fan art’ movement, thanks to the quirky art style and characters.
Now, Castle Crashers is coming to the PSN and if you’re in San Diego at Comic-con, you can get your hands on the game at the event.