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
LOVEFiLM has signed a multi-year contract with Twentieth Century Fox which will see the service get exclusive on-demand TV and film content, starting next month.
A new broadcasting app from the BBC launched today on the PS3. The BBC Sport app is designed specifically to cover live sporting events where there are simultaneous activities or multiple camera angles, such as Wimbledon, F1 or the Olympics.
It’s not the sequel we crave, but Capcom is doing the next best thing by giving us a glorious HD remaster of Ōkami. It will be launching on the PS Store in autumn for $19.99.
It’s the same game that won critical acclaim on the PS2, but it will now feature new smooth HD graphics, a 16:9 aspect ratio, trophies and PS Move support.
PS Vita was tragically undersold by Sony during their E3 keynote speech. An early leak spoiled the Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation announcement, so our only “surprise” came when we got a title for an already announced Call of Duty game. Oh, we got a logo too.
We’ve scanned the list of confirmed upcoming games. Here are some of the most noteworthy
Fears that Dead Space 3 is leaving behind its horror roots have been addressed by EA Labels president Frank Gibeau. In an interview with CVG, Gibeau admitted that the studio is trying to make the game “more broadly appealing” – a clear indication that it is softening – but he also said “[we] definitely do not want to piss off our fans”.
Originally imagined as a visualizer, a living extension of the PixelJunk Eden world, this product was considered too passive for public consumption. That was until January last year when Q-Games got hold of the PS Move controller. They put the device through its paces and came across sorts of creative ideas. Thus beginning the evolution process from a simple visualizer into the game we now know as PixelJunk 4am.
It seemed like Ubisoft was content to end its brilliant E3 keynote on a chilled-out note with a cheerful eSports promotion with ShootMania. We already had the eye-catching Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3, alongside some fan-pleasing footage of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Backlist and Rayman Legends. It was a solid performance, but it would have been an odd way to finish considering all the great stuff that we had seen.
Jack Buser was in excellent form in an interview with venturebeat.com, celebrating all things Sony and digital. The senior director of PlayStation Digital Platforms at SCEA had a few choice words for Sony’s competitors, who he says are “losing the plot, forgetting what built this industry” – the gamers.
Sony announced before E3 that they would unveil the “future of PS Plus”, and that is exactly what they did during their keynote speech. It wasn’t quite as revolutionary as some of the rumours had predicted. There was no cloud streaming service announced, for example.
What we did get however, while not as headline catching, was fantastic news for all PS3 owners. As of today in the US and tomorrow in the UK, an Instant Game Collection will be available for all PS Plus members. This is an ever-expanding library of free games – worth over $260 (in the US at least).
Castlevania was one of my highlights of 2010. It was a fantastic reboot of the series, offering an engrossing story, great voice acting and brilliant combat. So naturally the reveal of Lords of Shadow 2 has me bounding about with joy.
Note: spoilers ahead for those who haven’t finished Lords of Shadow 1.
It’s less than 24 hours now until the start of Sony’s E3 conference. The show will see Sony outline new games and services, and judging by a message on us.playstation.com, a new PlayStation Plus.
Sorcery is one of those rare breeds: a PS Move exclusive. This wand-waving adventure from The Workshop was unveiled at E3 2010 with an initial spring 2011 release advertised, which changed to autumn 2011, before finally arriving last week. So Sorcery has been a long time coming, but the question is, was it worth the wait?
Lara was one of the highlights of E3 2011. Her pre-show CG trailer captured the imagination and proved that the old – now young – First Lady of Games was still relevant. The live demo at the show also offered a lot of promise.
This slick third-person shooter from Rockstar is the latest instalment in a series which began in 2001. The first two games were developed by Remedy Entertainment, but the Max Payne series is now in the hands of Bully developer Rockstar Vancouver.
NeoGAF forumites are an observant bunch, at least one of them is. Yesterday contributor OnQ123 posted a link to a Sony patent designed to pause a game for an advert. You can read all about it here.
Sony is determined to prove to the world that just because PS Vita is small, it doesn’t mean it can’t offer those big game experiences. This not only applies to controls, visuals and gameplay; sound also has a huge part to play.
PS3 Attitude caught up with Kevin Riepl and Jason Graves, composers on Resistance: Burning Skies, to discuss their approach to composing a score for a handheld game that befits a AAA PS3 blockbuster.
Well, isn’t this a neat mini surprise? As is often the case with the Minis, I was content to let Velocity slip through my net. Let’s face it, there isn’t a shortage of them and most aren’t worth more than a fleeting glance. However, Velocity has received some rave reviews and some much wiser people than me have highly recommended it, so I thought, “Why not?”
BBC iPlayer is possibly the best app for the PS3 at the moment; it’s stylish, fast and easy to use. So it’s good news that BBC is teaming up again with Sony, this time to bring a BBC Sport app to the console.
Sniper Elite V2 received number ones across the world last week, and it is now sitting on a healthy 77 Metacritic rating. This is a remarkable achievement for developer Rebellion and publisher 505 Games for a few reasons.