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
L.A. Noire is a crime procedural drama from Australian studio Team Bondi, which is looking to recreate the mood and melodrama of classic Noir films of yesteryear – think Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. But unlike most developers who have looked to Hollywood for inspiration only to find a shaven-headed meathead, Team Bondi has used its lessons to create a game that actually has a cinematic quality.
You may know him as a PS3A Hero, a dispenser of justice and a slayer of demons, or even the man who defeated Lord Von Prong and wore the Thongs of Justice, but who is the real DeathSpank?
Check out this feast of trailers from EA at Gamescom 2011. Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3, SSX and FIFA 12 are the highlights, but we also have trailers for Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning, Need for Speed: The Run and NHL 12, not to mention the first footage of FIFA Street 4.
EA’s Gamescom 2011 presentation is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s event, and you can watch the action unfold live on the EA website.
Game Group today announced a partnership with SCEE to release PS3 titles, DLC and subscriptions to the PSN in the company’s Game and Gamestation stores.
The newly redesigned BBC iPlayer has been live on the PS3 for a few days now, giving us plenty of time to dig through all of the changes (and watch a fair bit of TV).
The new design takes full advantage of HTML5 to create an interface that is “visually rich”. This new design will be rolled out to several BBC iPlayer compatible TVs, set-top boxes and blu-ray players in the future – but for now it’s only available on the PS3.
So what’s so good about the new iPlayer?
A new annual PSN event is being introduced by Sony called PLAY for users in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The event will showcase four PSN titles, and offer people the chance to pre-order “PLAY” titles to gain DLC content and themes. Those who pre-order all PLAY titles will get PayDay: The Heist for free.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is all about giving you several options to tackle a situation. However, many gamers find it hard enough to master straightforward games never mind ones that like to complicate things. Unsure if Deus Ex is going to be too fiddly for your liking? Check out this trailer from Square Enix because it should make things clearer.
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The first batch of DLC for Brink launches today on the EU PSN Store. It was out yesterday in the US. The Agents of Change DLC will add two new maps, Founders’ Tower and Labs, as well as five new player abilities, two new outfits, and two weapon attachments. And the great news is that it is free. You can’t knock a freebie.
Phil Rogers, Sony Europe R&D Manager, has been explaining the various ways PS Vita could connect with the PS3.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment today unveiled the Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition for UK release. The special edition will launch alongside the standard version on 21 October 2011.
It includes all the usual stuff that you expect to see in a Collector’s Edition: a figurine, music album, artbook etc. but it is a nice package and should appeal to Batman fans.
Pre-order the European Limited Edition version of Ace Combat Assault Horizon and get the F-4E Phantom II and other attractive things.
Namco Bandai today announced details for the Limited Edition version of Ace Combat Assault Horizon. The air combat sim is due for release in Europe on 14 October 2011, but if you get in early you can get exclusive content, including the F-4E Phantom II, a CD soundtrack and a notepad signed by the development team at Project Aces.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have released a bio and artwork for Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face. The acid-scarred criminal is set to appear in Batman: Arkham City, and we can’t wait to take him on. We consider Two-Face to be one of Bob Kane’s most interesting creations. This is why:
PES has a decent level of support, and last year’s showing was actually pretty good, but for most football fans, hardcore or casual, there’s only one football series for them.
FIFA’s success is partly down to shallow reasons: it has a huge marketing budget, high production values, 500 plus officially licenced clubs and 15,000 plus players. But underneath the Wayne Rooney adverts and Sky Sports presentation lies great gameplay, gameplay that claws you back every time for one more match.
When you play Battlefield 3 later this year, admire the soldiers’ realistic movements, and then acknowledge the FIFA development team for helping DICE to implement this superb animation technology. However, whatever you do, don’t suggest that EA Sports designed the animations for Battlefield 3.
We speak to FIFA producer David Rutter, and discuss the notion of games as a service.
We learn about the new services coming to FIFA 12, including EA Sports Fooball Club and Support Your Club, and consider the possibility that this new focus on services will lead to a change in the FIFA business model, with it possibly moving away from yearly iterations to an ongoing live service model.
At a recent press event, David Rutter, producer of FIFA, took a pack of journalists through some of the improvements and changes his team at EA Sports are making for FIFA 12’s career mode. This is what we discovered.
EA Sports is calling FIFA 12 a revolution, not an evolution, due to the number of changes being implemented this year. It’s not your standard yearly FIFA iteration, that’s for sure.
At the top of the list are several gameplay innovations – including a new Player Impact Engine, Tactical Defending and Precision Dribbling – and each of them add a new dimension to the gameplay, changing completely how we experience FIFA.