Article Archive for July 2009
In November 2008 Joris de Man took Killzone 2 to Abbey Road. He asked independent producers Open Book to document his experience and in the film Joris tells us how he has made the music for Killzone over the years.
Learn where in the world the Helghast March was born, the somewhat unusual instruments used in the Killzone 2 score and the amazing talent behind it all. Don’t think that the lengthy history of the famed Abbey Road Studio is lost on Joris or the team involved in the recording process, in fact it was a source of inspiration and drive for everyone involved.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a sequel to a popular PS3 title scheduled to release everywhere before the end of this year, and this game is set to get even better with a new feature that has been announced: Co-op!
The co-operative mode called Team Mission is an online add-on that will offer a selection of special missions outside of the main story for you and one other person.
Announced today, EA have set the release date for their perennial FIFA installment as October 2nd.
Sporting all new features such as curved runs, players getting into space better and a new 360 degree dribbling system, FIFA 10 promises to be the most realistic football game yet.
Continuing their tradition of bringing some of the more popular of Japan’s franchises to the West, Ghostlight have announced today that the latest in a long line of Japanese games heading our way will be Agarest: Generations of War.
Those of you in Europe hoping for a handful of content in PlayStation Home tomorrow will be disappointed to hear that this won’t be the case.
However, European gamers will see a delightful return of the Buzz! HQ space that features quizes submitted by users on the mybuzzquiz.com website.
Activision and Luxoflux are busy working on a batch of new content for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Scheduled to launch later this summer on the PSN, the DLC will bring new characters, maps, campaigns, and more to the movie-based game.
Speaking at the Develop Conference today, Dave Ranyard has been outlining what the SingStar community has taught Sony through interaction with the game, and what developments we can expect in the future.
One of the big issues for Sony is balancing the features the existing users require – small, monthly updates – versus the big new additions that would bring new users to the SingStar franchise.
So here’s what they’ve come up with.
Speaking from the Develop Conference, Peter Edward of SCEE has been discussing PlayStation Home’s ‘first term report card’.
Included in his speech were all the latest facts and figures from the first seven months inside Home, and the numbers stack up quite impressively.
The PSN has a ton of content from the classic PlayStation games to even PlayStation Portable ones. Today marks a new step for the network as PC Engine, aka TurboGrafx to us, games have been added for your playing pleasure.
The titles to appear are Bomberman ’94, New Adventure Island (Takahashi Meijin no Shin Boukenjima), Sengoku Mahjong, and Devil Crush. While they are currently only available on the Japanese PSN for Â¥600, we imagine that this could become a more worldwide occurrence.
David Jones of Realtime Worlds gave a keynote speech at the Develop Conference this morning in Brighton, UK.
During the impressive speech, he showed the technology behind their forthcoming title, APB. This open world ‘cops and robbers’ game looks impressive, as is the server-based technology behind it.
But the question on our lips was the most obvious – could this PC-based MMO come to the PS3?
It is no secret that the PS3 is a monster of computational whizz-bangery.
Indeed, with the Folding at Home project directly integrated into the PS3 XMB, Sony have been keen to get academics taking the power of a multi-PS3 cluster seriously.
The latest demonstration of the collective ability of the PS3 comes from a collaborative project between individuals from Switzerland, the USA and – get this – Microsoft Research!
Popping up in the latest edition of leading Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, it would appear that Sega have not been too disgruntled by the early sluggish sales of luscious strategy RGP Valkyria Chronicles and are planning a sequel.
Considering the game is an unappreciated gem and is finally getting the recognition it deserves, we’re not that shocked.
However, what did take us by surprise is that it’s currently only planned for the PSP.
Everything comes in twos. Knowing and Push. Napalm and Cordite. This guy and Trophy Whoring. Too bad no one told Harmonix. Three bands, three songs, three packs. Three is the new two.
Judas Priest, Big Dipper and The Dead Weather drop original master recordings (some live) this Thursday in the Rock Band Store. The big story here is the alternative rock supergroup The Dead Weather; their three pack will (almost) coincide with the band’s debut album Horehound.
Killzone – as you all no doubt know by now – is about to get the next round of DLC air-dropped in by the affable peeps over at Guerilla Games.
The 1.28 update is pretty much all about the upcoming map pack.
In fact, it is almost exclusively about the map pack. Note we say ‘almost’.
The global recession is affecting most of us and it is a shame to say that even developers in the growing gaming industry can suffer too.
Today it was announced that Midway Newcastle Studios has been put into administration after boss Craig Duncan failed to find a buyer following the aquisition of the majority of Midway by Warner Bros.
Proving that when it comes to where (or more accurately when) to set your game there’s nothing quite like blasted buildings and destroyed cities, id Software will keep the post-apocalyptic torch burning with upcoming big hitter Rage.
Revealing a new website today, we get a fresh glimpse at what the enigmatic studio famous for such FPSs as Doom and Quake have planned with their new property.
In the past we’ve talked about how Collector’s Editions are either a hit or miss. With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, it is a hit of epic proportions.
Dubbed the Prestige Edition, CoD:MW2 will include fully functional night vision goggles. Yep, you heard us correctly. Now instead of squinting to see what appears to be a shadow in the house next door, you can put these bad boys on and become the peeping Tom you’ve always wanted to be.
Progamming for the PS3 has been a bit of a hassle for many developers. In an effort to teach’em while they’re young, Sony is rolling out a new PS3 Academic Development Programme.
Currently in a closed beta, the academic PS3 dev kits, referred to as mini-devs, include a consumer sized PS3 with a low power function, two USB ports, and a full SDK.
Music has become an integral part of video games; sometimes becoming more popular than the game itself. Every gamer probably knows the tune to Super Mario Bros. or recognizes the heavy metal found in the Devil May Cry series. There are even entire concerts dedicated to the music of these games.
Now, gamers can listen to their favorite video game music via a new social website, Playnit. If the name sounds familiar, itâ€™s probably because youâ€™ve seen its advertisements up on N4G but have yet to click the link. Perhaps you should give it a try, what could it hurt?