Article Archive for August 2010
We’ve known that Planet MiniGolf was going to include motion controls for quite some time but today we have received word that the patch update for the game will be released to coincide with the launch of the Move controller.
Isn’t this the most beautiful FightStick you’ve ever seen?
FirstPlay has been with us for a few months now and it’s really starting to get into its stride, with great content appearing every week. But what can you find in this week’s episode?
The Madden videogame franchise really all started with some cards and a dice.
Back in the day Trip Hawkins copied the Strat-o-Matic sports simulation game he was so fond of, where players were represented by cards and a roll of the dice determined what happened next, and put the concept into a computer program on a PDP-11 computer at Harvard.
From that slightly plagiaristic and humble beginning Electronic Arts was born and after a couple of false starts, he and Joe Ybarra eventually landed a suitable icon for the American Football game they had created. His name was John Madden.
MTV Games and Harmonix have confirmed the entire 83 song setlist for Rock Band 3. The news comes after rumors certain songs from the game being leaked on the internet. Rather then give the typical “no comment” response, the developers have gone ahead and revealed every song included. It’s a win-win, right?
iPhone and iPod touch favourite Angry Birds has finally been formally announced for release on the PlayStation Network with fresh details.
Angry Birds has dominated the iTunes App Store chart for many months and has rarely dropped from the top spot for paid apps.
During Gamescom last week, we reported on the newly announced features coming in FIFA 11. One of these was the ability to play as a goalkeeper, and the subsequent new Be a Goalkeeper mode. EA have just released the tutorial video for this mode, which gives an idea of what’s involved – it looks quite challenging to say the least.
SEGA’s latest trailer for the upcoming sci-fi action shooter Vanquish shows off the three weapons you’ll receive should you pre-order the game from GameStop.
This is a pretty solid week for the PSN.
Make sure you download the oversized Shank demo. It’s a really fun game that gives you the ability to lunge at enemies and stab them with a chainsaw. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
The Joe Danger demo is finally available in Europe after being delayed for a week. Be sure to let us know what you thought of the game. There’s also a demo for Naruto UNS2, but it’s a bit underwhelming once you get past the awesome eye candy.
Don’t forget about PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap. This is an updated version of the original Racers that adds trophy support and makes the game quite a bit easier. Motorstorm 3D Rift will give gamers a taste of 3D gaming. The demo/game hybrid uses ten tracks from Pacific Rift and is available at a somewhat cheap price.
Street Fighter fans will be pleased to know that the Super Street Fighter IV avatars are finally making their way to Europe. The first batch includes characters such as Chun-Li, M.Bison, and Guile.
In another move designed to give greater incentive for PSN users to subscribe to PlayStation Plus, SCEA has announced a brand new addition to the service.
US PlayStation Plus subscribers can now purchase a two year protection plan, which extends the PS3 warranty from one year to three, for a discounted price of $44.99, that’s 25% off.
While PC owners only have to wait until late September for the release of Final Fantasy XIV, PlayStation 3 owners have to wait another six month before they can sink their claws into the game. The reason for the delay? It’s all down to memory issues.
Namco Bandai has released new screenshots of the completely reconstructed anime included in all copies of Raging Blast 2.
This week has a lot of content for everyone. PS Plus members can download Mushroom Wars, 2Xtreme, and Vempires for free. Perhaps the best deal is the Soldner-X bundle pack. It’s only $10.79 and includes both games. Alternatively, you can just buy Soldner-X 2 for $9.09. You can’t go wrong with a great game.
PlayStation Plus members can also buy a 2 year PS3 protection plan for $44.99. Normal PSN users only get one year protection and that costs $59.99. Perhaps this isn’t the best use of the PS + benefits.
You want new games to play, right? Well, you’re in luck. Shank, Press Your Luck, PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap, and Motorstorm 3D Rift are now available to everyone on the PSN. There isn’t a demo for Press Your Luck, but there is one for Shank. Motorstorm 3D Rift acts as a bit of a demo in itself, but it’ll cost you $9.99.
The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 demo finally hit North America today. There isn’t much in this demo aside from a boss battle. There’s no versus mode so you’re stuck using Naruto. There’s also a new beta for MAG out now and you’ll need the full game in order to participate. Oh, and there’s already an update. Yay!
Arriving later this year on PSP is The 3rd Birthday, it’s the long awaited third game in the Parasite Eve universe – the first two games arrived on PSOne. If Tetsuya Nomura’s comments are anything to go by, it sound as though Parasite Eve 1 & 2 will be arriving on the PlayStation Store at some point in the near future. This will no doubt be great news for all those dedicated fans.
Kane and Lynch are back for round two in Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. It seems the two have spent some time apart and grown a little older since their last journey. If you’re thinking that means they’ve gained some maturity and are maybe just a touch less quirky, think again. If you’re also thinking that this sequel has to be better than its flawed predecessor… think again.
Like lovers reunited, Sony and Valve are in heaven. Ever since their announcement at E3 that Portal 2 will be coming to the PlayStation 3- and that it will be the best console version available – we’ve had non-stop chat from Valve telling us how excited they are to be working with Sony.
Sony has announced PSN title Motorstorm 3D Rift will be available on the PlayStation Store tomorrow in the US, and on the 25th for Europe.
The title features a collection of 10 tracks and several vehicles from the full retail game Pacific Rift, and is designed to give gamers a taster but also in the third dimension on 3D TVs.
SEGA has announced that a demo for their upcoming sci-fi action shooter Vanquish will be released on August 31st in North America and on September 1st in Europe.
The demo, entitled Velocity Attack, will allow players to chose one of two difficulty levels, Casual or Normal. As a refresher, you’ll take on the role of Sam, a US government agent equipped with ARS battle suit.
One upon a time in a video game, outlaws ruled the roost, but that was before Rockstar came to town and declared war on these cheaters and rogues. Yes, as of tomorrow, everyone identified with a hacked save game on their console will run the risk of being kicked off Red Dead Redemption’s multi-player forever.