Articles by Phreaky
Huge hulking supersoldier. Ace spacecraft Pilot. Ass-kicking female parkour expert. These are things I am not. Not in real life, at least. In the digital age, however, things are different. I command legions, leap between buildings and kick seven shades out of any oncomer. Sometimes. Games are the Yin to the Yang that is my daily grind of a job. I get to release all my stress and catch up with near and distant friends. And best of all, I get to inflict my opinions on all things game on people I don't know. Some people even like what I say. Result!
In the latest in the series of now-controversial PS3 advertising campaigns, Sony are pushing their platform with another stellar reason to buy the console.
But with Kevin Butler doling out the advice, it’s never a straightforward message.
Ah, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. How we love the unique way in which their releases play out.
Even the hype is subtle, building gradually and gracefully until the whole community is set to fever pitch.
Assassin’s Creed was derided following release for being too repetetive.
It could certainly be argued that the missions were quite similar and lacked the depth that some other sandbox games vaunted. This one issue seemed to marr the otherwise undeniable success of the game.
Since the reveal of the sequel, this has been the major concern of both the media and public alike. Now it seems that we can start to put these concerns to bed once and for all.
That’s right, folks – there’s a new Uncharted Demo in the pipeline.
It’s not just a re-run of that beta demo that some managed to wangle their way into, either.
This will be a fully fledged demo open to everyone, and will available sooner rather than later to boot.
How soon is that?
In July we got hold of the first shots of a remake of the classic, Alien Breed.
Not content with just getting only the latest screens, we contacted Team 17 – the people behind the project – to squeeze out as much info about the game as we could.
Bioshock 2 is coming.
With the single player mode set some time after the original game and the multiplayer aspect set prior to the first game’s story, we don’t mind telling you we were concerned about the continuity of the game as a whole.
That and we were worried the game would lose the Bioshock ‘feel’. Note we said were; past tense.
Remember we all got super-excited about the prospect of getting the original God of War goodness in 720p on out PS3s in time for Christmas?
Well, cool your Blades of Chaos and prepare yourself for bad news if you live in Europe.
Demon’s Souls is shaping up to be a pretty awesome game, judging by this latest walkthrough trailer.
We have to admit, we were a bit concerned after early footage seemed to portray the player as a character with little strength, who died if anything heavier than a dust particle hit them.
Thankfully, we can put those fears to one side now.
Remember in our EyePet preview we revealed the system by which you can clean your rat monkey critter?
Well, now there is a video showing this off.
High quality cam footage from the floor at GamesCom 09 lets us all see the creature (and the game) being put through its paces in real time; no smoke and mirrors here. It’s at the end of the video, for the impatient out there.
The PS3 re-design was recently revealed by Sony at GamesCom in Cologne.
While we were not surprised to see the new PS3 unveiled, it struck me as somewhat odd that no-one had thought that a re-design of the PS3 would look like the model that was unveiled.
Heavy Rain has been making waves at GC09 this past week.
One of the snippets which has come to light is the length of script, and boy is it a mammoth. Not literally, obviously… That would just be ridiculous.
No, Heavy Rain has one of the largest scripts of any entertainment medium we have ever heard of.
For comparison, the average script is between 95 and 125 pages long.
Heavy Rain, on the other hand?
The PlayStation Network is going to have some maintenance work done later today, Tuesday 25th August.
Unfortunately, this also means that we will not be able to get onto the network between 4:15pm and 9:05pm (BST).
But what does this mean for us gamers?
With the likes of Project Natal and the motion controller making waves at E3 earlier this year, it seemed that EyePet took something of a back seat.
With all the smoke and mirrors that can be done with computers these days, it was with some trepidation that we recently sat down with the EyePet to see what the monkey-rat could really do when halfwits like us were in control.
Tamagotchi 2.0? The ultimate kid-friendly, odourless pet?
ModNation Racers was first revealed at E3 earlier in the year.
It was there we first got a glimpse at this, the next in the PlayCreateShare series of games.
And it wowed the audience with the innovation it demonstrated.
GamesCom was the perfect place to show off the new trailer for the game, highlighting the ease with which a track can be laid down and adjusted.
But there are some neat new things worth noting in this latest footage.
The Big Debate was the round-off to the conference on the first day. It was a massive success, and took in some of the biggest names from the day, pitted them against each other and saw who was left standing at the end.
What followed was a funny, interactive, intuitive and often tempestuous ride through the thougts of some of the biggest names in the business. The topic..?
It’s GamesCom this week, which means that we have a special store update for you!
As with E3 before it, Sony have graciously provided us with a raft of new content in honour of the start of GamesCom, and their incredible Press Conference! Be sure to check out the news here.
Check out the list of videos you can now get on the PlayStation Store in EU regions…
High praise for Edinburgh Interactive 2009 from leading games industry luminaries
As Edinburgh Interactive drew to a close on Friday, some of the industry’s key decision makers in videogames and interactive entertainment, who attended and participated in the Festival, have been quick to offer high praise for Edinburgh Interactive this year and hail it as a triumphant success for the seventh year running.
At Edinburgh Interactive, we got to speak with Nathan Vella about the game Critter Crunch. He was like a kid in a candy store when it came to talking about the game, and rightly so. This game just exudes cute from every pixel.
But also has a massive element of gross-out ickyness, when you think about it.
Nathan was awesome to talk to, so let’s get on with it, eh?
We all know about the G25. The steering wheel of the elite. At £125, it featured everything except an F1 driver in the box to drive your games for you.
Long has it been the pinnacle of design and style in the world of gaming peripherals.
But no more! The suitably-named G27 has come out of the pits fighting and is now careening towards stores worldwide in time for a release in September.
And what will you get for your (wallet-emptying) £329?