Articles by Sean O'Connor
A gluttonous consumer of culture and an editor for PS3 Attitude. When I'm not getting overly excited about my gaming destiny, I tend to be playing guitar, reading a book, following football or watching a film. www.twitter.com/sean_o_c
Match of the Day pundit Mark Lawrenson has been dropped by Konami for PES 2011 to be replaced by ITV pundit Jim Beglin. This will be music to the ears of the many PES fans who accuse the former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender of putting in wooden and half-hearted performances while commentating in the game.
This month, we’ve been skinning everything in sight in Red Dead Redemption, demonstrating our construction skills in ModNation Racer and making our boards do the work in Skate 3. But as much as we enjoyed these titles, our thoughts kept drifting to the future as we got excited about news of sequels to massive PlayStation exclusives. Here’s the rundown of May’s highlights…
Sony has set a release date for the first batch of updates to convert existing games into stereoscopic 3D. On June 10, updates for Wipeout HD, Star Super Stardust HD and Mr. Pain will be available on the PSN.
The great news is that updates for Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD will be absolutely free, the bad news is that you will have to pay ¥300 (£2.26/$3.28 if converted accurately) to play Mr. Pain in 3D.
We thought our anticipation for the release of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge couldn’t get any higher, but that was before LucasArts released this web-doc video which details everything you need to know about the process of remaking this classic title. It’s fanboy-tastic, and after watching it, we can feel our love of adventure games starting to rekindle after all those years of neglect.
Arriving late at a party can be a daunting experience; already, everyone will be overly familiar with each other, they’ll certainly be drunker, and the conversations will usually revolve around some crazy incident you’ve missed. There’s only one thing to do; throw yourself in the mix, drink quickly and hopefully figure out what the hell everyone is on about.
Thankfully, arriving late to the PS3 party isn’t quite so much of a struggle, thanks to the platinum (read: greatest hits) range. This selection of classics separates the wheat from the chaff, making it easier for you to know what is essential. What’s better, they’re dirt cheap, so you’ve got no excuse not go on a massive gaming binge.
While our American readers can enjoy quality programming such True Blood, Entourage and Flight of the Conchords – thanks to a new partnership between Sony and the premium cable-television network, HBO – us here in PAL territories won’t be so fortunate.
We contacted SCEE to ask if there was any chance that we would be getting similar treatment, either by bringing the HBO deal over the North Atlantic Ocean or through a similar deal with another provider. Sadly the answer was a confident no.
When it comes to gaming, the bigger the screen the better. So if you have been waiting for that right moment to invest in a new LCD television then Argos might have a deal that suits you.
The Sony KDL-55EX503, 55″ model, currently has £150 off, and with another voucher supplied by us (see the end of this post), you can save a further £200. This means you can pick up this spectacular television for just £1149.99, that’s £350 less than its usual price at £1444.99. With those savings you could buy a second PS3 and still have some money to spare.
Griff Parry, director of Sky OnDemand, has revealed that talks are ongoing to bring Sky Player, which is currently available on the Xbox 360, to other mainstream consoles. The obvious conclusion here would be that they are speaking to Sony and Nintendo with a view to bringing Sky Player to the PlayStation 3 and Wii. We would like to think so at least.
As of today, premium programming from HBO will be available on the American PlayStation Network for you to purchase and play on your PS3 and PSP systems.
The partnership with HBO will see hit series such as True Blood, The Wire, Entourage and the The Sopranos become available to PlayStation users. The PlayStation is the first console to offer content from HBO. Nice.
Knights Contract is a new IP from Namco Bandai Games America, it’s a stylised third-person adventure game which sees a witch and an executioner team up to rid the world of supernatural enemies who are spreading a black spell of death.
The last 24hrs has seen the internet become awash with Killzone 3 news after scans made it online from the upcoming GamesPro issue which featured exclusive details.
It’s no secret that there will be a Killzone 3 coming at some point – SCEA boss Jack Tretton said so himself – but we’re now starting find out more information, and we’re getting very excited indeed.
Joris de Man, Killzone 2′s composer, left the Grosvenor House in London yesterday with an award for the “best original video game score” at the 55th Ivor Novello awards. It’s the first time the prestigious award ceremony has celebrated the video games industry. Does this mean games are now part of the establishment?
Modern Warfare 2’s Stimulus Package contains five new multi-player maps, two of which have been reused from the first Modern Warfare, and it’s retailing at a pricey £10.99. This surely falls into the “I want, but not at that price” category. Right? We maybe not…
Eurogamer have managed to find out more news from Sony for the MUBI film streaming service which was announced earlier today. Sony representatives revealed to the gaming site – probably while being tortured – that MUBI will be coming in Autumn and that a subscription package will be available to users.
505 Games and NaturalMotion have today released another “training camp” video for their upcoming American Football game, Backbreaker. The video shows off Backbreaker’s simplified passing mechanics which maps movement to the left analogue stick and the passing mechanics to the right.
Screenshots have emerged for the Call of Duty game that never was. The cancelled WWII title would have been called the ‘Devil’s Brigade’ and was set to appear on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Backbreaker is the upcoming high-impact American Football title from NatualMotion which they claim will outrun, out-hit and flat-out dominate the games of the past. It uses the studio’s euphoria motion synthesis engine, which the developer believes will consign to the past the repetitive, canned animations that are present in other sports titles.
We have never doubted Final Fantasy XIII’s credentials as an RPG, it’s never crossed our minds to do so. After all, the series it belongs to is widely regarded as one of the most influential in RPG history. But when you put Final Fantasy XIII under intense scrutiny, does it live up to its classification? Daniel Erickson, Writing Director of BioWare, has been telling Strategy Informer that it doesn’t.
Ignition Entertainment have today announced that Crytek’s much trumpeted CryENGINE 3 will be powering the “flagship game” for its London-based studio. The mystery title is “a uniquely crafted combat action-adventure” and it will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360.