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
Sony have revealed the full list of third party developers who have pledged to support PlayStation Move. The extensive list contains several major players such as Activision, EA, Sega and Konami.
Recently Rob Dyer, SCEA’s Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations boasted that he wasn’t “having any trouble getting third-party support.” Dyer was right to be boastful, as this is a very long list.
They’ve done it, they’ve finally done it; the Motion Controller has a name, and that name is PlayStation Move. Not Arc, not Gem, but Move.
Sony unveiled the name for its motion sensing device at the …
Sony are expected to release its firmware update in June that will enable the PS3 to run 3D games. The timing is set to coincide with the launch of Sony’s first range of 3D tvs, with the first being released in Japan on June 10 with plans to distribute to the rest of the world at about the same time.
Sony see success in the 3D market as key to dominating the flat tv market. A large proportion of early adopters to the 3D market are expected to be gamers, so Sony with the PlayStation platform, has an advantage on its competitors Samsung and LG.
Codemasters have announced plans to release F1 2010 this September on PS3, Xbox360 and PC, and have unveiled two stunning screenshots to wet our appetites.
F1 2010 will feature all the official drivers, teams and tracks from the 2010 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – meaning player will have the chance to race on the all-new Korean circuit as former World Champion Michael Schumacher. Promising to be a stand-out, will be the spectacular night race in Singapore which players will be able to experience for the first time in HD.
Last month, EA were behaving very braggartly, crowing that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 was about to become their most downloaded demo. The Bad Company 2 demo has been an astonishing success with it being downloaded over three and half million times. Patrick Bach, Senior Producer on Battlefield heralded the “massive rush to experience the game” as being indicative that “action gamers are looking for more.”
We had our doubts; it’s only a free demo after all. Well the figures are in and Bach can rub them in our doubting faces. Bad Company 2 has topped the UK chartsand it shows once and for all that demo download figures are indeed a valid measure of anticipation for an upcoming release.
The latest press release for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has revealed details about the gameplay, a fresh batch of screenshots and concept art.
The game is expected to mark a significant shift away from the origins of the series: for a start, it will lead with the Lara Croft brand in favour of the traditional Tomb Raider title; it’s going to be distributed as a downloadable only title; it’s the first Lara Croft game with co-op; a fixed camera will also be used for the first time; and it’s expected to be a lot more action packed than previous Tomb Raider games, with concept art showing Lara sporting a flame thrower and other screenshots picturing Lara facing up to a cluster of giant spiders.
Age of Zombies is the latest mini from Halfbrick, the Aussie team behind PSN title Blast Off. The game has Barry Steakfries, the badass protagonist, travelling through various ages of time, blasting through hoards of zombies as he attempts to stop his evil nemesis Professor Barry Brains.
There is nothing particularly remarkable about Age of Zombies that sets it apart from the overabundance of zombie games around: dressing the zombies up as mummies or cavemen does not hide the fact that it’s another typical zombie shooter. Yet, Age of Zombies is still an incredibly moreish game that keeps clawing us back for more.
A trailer for SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs has been posted on Gamestrailers. It follows on from IGN’s announcement yesterday, that revealed that the “surprise sequel” that has been getting hyped all week was indeed a new SOCOM game.
Suda-51, the charismatic CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, the team behind the hit No More Heroes games on the Wii, has revealed he is planning to introduce a new IP that will take advantage of Sony’s …
2K Sports will not be releasing its NHL franchise this year.
Instead, the company has revealed that they’ll be having a year off to work on improvements. The idea is that they’ll come back in betting shape to tackle their rival from EA in 2011.
Welcome to our monthly feature were we tell the world what’s been happening over the last month at PS3 Attitude.
New evidence has emerged that Sony are planning to name its new motion sensing controller as “PlayStation Arc.” The latest evidence comes via Siliconera, who spotted that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan had filed a trademark for the title.
Sony regularly file trademarks with little intention of using them but there appears to be substance behind this speculation.
Massive Japanese publication Famitsu have listed their favourite games on the Japanese PlaySation Store.
At the top of the pile sits Valkyria Chronicles 2 then second is Phantasy Star Portable 2, both available on the PSP. Coming in at third place is Wizardry: The Labyrinth of Lost Souls, the highest rated PS3 title.
Famitsu also list their favourite PSOne classics with Final Fantasy VII unsurprisingly taking top spot.
Many of the selection are sadly not available in North American and even fewer make it as far as Europe. Are we missing out?
Make no mistake, zombies are fun to kill. We’ve had years of pleasure dismembering these lumbering sacks of meat. They allow us to become murderous fiends without our consciences ever getting in the way, but should we feelguilty about all those heads we’ve blown off with a rusty sawn -off shotgun? Of course not; zombies don’t have feelings – we’re doing them a favour by freeing them from the undignified situations they are in.
Nevertheless, maybe they deserve a break because they are being so over-used they’re starting to lose their impact.
Digital Battle has formulated a list of the top ten most expensive game budgets of all time, proving that this generation of gaming is by far the most expensive ever.
There are five titles representing PS3 on the list through Killzone 2, L.A. Noire, Metal Gear Solid 4, Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Theft Auto IV. With a budget of 100 million dollars, Grand Theft Auto IV is way ahead at the top. Final Fantasy XII is the only representative from the PS2 era listed.
Sales figures for the PS3 are on course to meet the fiscal year target of 13 million, according to Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment of America.
It has been a good year for Sony with a price drop and the release of the Slim model sparking a large upsurge in sales from September. The number of units sold on week 36 was up 999% from week 35. It just goes to show the difference a competitive pricing point can make.
You know those firmware updates which seem like they never do anything? Well apparently they bring about astonishingly good benefits for developers. Indeed, recent updates managed to cut down the operating system’s memory footprint enough to free up 70MB of RAM for developers to use.
The PS3 is fitted with 512MB of RAM so if our maths are correct, that is a whopping 13.67% that Sony has freed up for developers to play with.
Christer Ericson has confirmed, via Twitter, that God of War III won’t require a mandatory install.
Ericson is Director of Technology at Sony Santa Monica, the team behind the brutally gory, but exhilarating action-adventure title.
This will come as good news to those short on space on their hard drive, and for anyone who finds waiting for an installation excruciating.
Sony and Microsoft are about to embark on a motion sensing war to end all wars, but so far Sony have been remarkably low-key in their promotion of the Motion Controller.
Traditionally, we expect a lot of fanfare and proclamations of a new world on the horizon. It hasn’t exactly been the case so far with our exposure mostly coming from a few relaxed test demos.
Well for Rob Dyer, SCEA’s Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, the gloves are finally off: statements, in an interview with IndustryGamers, claiming Microsoft are thrashing Sony at a PR game provoked a lengthy response from Dyer, during which he stated how “proud” he was at the way the PR campaign is being led.