Friday, June 19, 2009

Naughty Dog 50 'Uncharted 2 Beta Codes' For EU.

Naughty Dog has posted 50 'Uncharted 2 Beta Codes' for EU PS3 users on there facebook page. To redeem code goto 'Playatation store' and enter code under the 'redeem code' function. Be quick. Enjoy!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bits & Bytes ebid Store Now Open

Hi, the Bits & Bytes ebid Store is now officially open. Check it out for all the new games releases on PS3 at great prices. At present we can supply games to only the UK & europe.

Be sure to bookmark our site. Thank You.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

E3 2009: Castlevania : Lords Of Shadow Trailer

E3 2009: Split/Second Trailer

SingStar: Take That Is Heading to Sony's PS3 & PS2

Featuring a collection of new and classic tracks from their multi-million album selling career, SingStar Take That is packed full of those tunes that will tug on your heartstrings and have you delivering the performance of your life.

Grab your Wireless SingStar Microphones and get your mates together for a harmonious performance of uplifting, chart topping single Shine - or serenade your loved one with the heartfelt Back for Good and Could it be Magic.

Press Release: Let it Shine with SingStar Take That!

London, 5th June 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced SingStar® Take That is coming to PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) on Blu-ray Disc and PlayStation 2. Take That fans are in for a treat this year as one of Europe’s hottest acts comes to SingStar.

Set to launch late 2009, SingStar Take That will have fans and music lovers singing along to classic pop hits and soulful ballads that span the group’s hugely successful career. You can get practising this summer when the Take That SongPack comes to SingStore™, giving you five exclusive tracks so you’ll be ready to impress when SingStar Take That arrives later this year!

Whether Take That stole your heart in their early days or won you over with their latest releases, prepare to put on a performance you’ll Never Forget and perform the hit ballads of one of the world’s hottest groups when SingStar Take That launches on PS3 and PlayStation 2 later this year.

As proud sponsors of the band’s record breaking UK stadium tour which sees the band perform to an audience of some 1.2 million people in just twenty shows, there’ll be the opportunity for fans across the country to warm up their vocal chords early, in dedicated SingStar sampling areas, at many of the concert venues.

For those with a PS3 there will be a taster Take That SongPack to download from SingStore, these tracks will be on the disc, but for those that just can’t wait – this SongPack is sure to get you singing.

Breaking News: UK Gets 80GB PS3 InFamous bundle

There’s one thing Sony UK like more than anything its bundling First party titles with a PS3 at no extra cost and today is no exception. Following on from previous bundles which included Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Killzone 2, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and LittleBigPlanet we now have the 80GB PS3 with the rather excellent InFamous retailing at £299.99 in most stores now.

Available at Amazon

Sony PLAYSTATION 3 80 GB Console with inFamous (PS3)

for Only £279.99

Uncharted 2 Beta Has Been Updated

For some lucky people, and I'm one of them. I have little news about the multiplayer beta of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. There is a persistent bug that your PlayStation 3 suddenly restart when the beta closes. Naughty Dog is already aware and will fix this very soon. The matchmaking problem will be solved too.

The Limits of both the Deathmatch and Plunder games, has been increased. The kill limit Deathmatch has gone from 25 to 50 and looting limit of 3 to 5 gone. This extends the game naturally, making it more enjoyable.

I'll keep my readers upto date with any tweaks the Uncharted 2 beta may get over the next couple of weeks, the time the beta runs. Overall Uncharted 2 is shaping up to be another solid game.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

E3 2009: EyePet Preview

Virtual pets have been tried time and time again. From Tamagotchi to Pokemon, these imaginary creatures have been amusing some and inspiring thoughts of torture in others for over a decade now. Be that as it may, the concept of Eyepet is nothing new, but the way that it is presented is. Using the Eyetoy camera and a paper thin object known as the magic card, Eyepet lets you interact with these furry critters in every way imaginable, offering all new dimensions of functionality to these cute little varmints.

The goal of Eyepet is to bring the virtual pet into your living room and make them just as interactive as an actual pet. You start by aiming your Eyetoy towards a surface, placing the included magic card down within the camera's view and tapping that area to bring your pet to life. The demo that we witnessed had him jaunting forward from the middle of the card and beginning to prance around. The creature looked like an amalgamation of a monkey, dog, and cat, happily running to and fro within the camera's view. The woman sitting behind the table began to wave her arms near the pet, and he reacted to them realistically. When she swiped her hand across the surface, the pet leaped to avoid getting smacked. When she waved her arms over the table, the critter jumped upward attempting to nip at her fingertips while waving his tail incessantly. When she waved her arm over the pet's back, the little guy smiled and purred like any regular household pet would. This level of interactivity is astonishing, and there was plenty more to be revealed.

Placing the magic card on the floor and tapping it brings up the toy menu, which is full of fun activities to entertain both you and your pet. One of these is a bubble machine that sends a ton of bubbles flying in your pets direction when you press the button on top of it. Your pet will be overjoyed at this development, jumping at the bubbles and smiling when one pops. The developer then created a trampoline toy, which has the magic card appearing as a trampoline that your buddy can bounce on. You have to move the card underneath the bouncing pet so that he doesn't land on his rump, which the developer promised would be one of many available toys for both of you to enjoy.

The Eyepet needs nurturing just like any other animal, so you have to pay attention to their face to see how they are feeling. The creatures are very expressive, as it was visibly upset when the developer removed the trampoline from the screen. You can turn the magic card into an X-Ray, which shows you the innards of your critter as you wave it in front of him. This presents you what the creature is feeling, be it happy, sad, hungry, weak, or dirty. We were also shown the customization options, which allows you to change the fur color, fur length, skin pattern, clothing, and almost anything else. This insures that every single pet can be completely unique. I officially call dibs on the turtle costume, as it makes the little dude look totally rad.

There are over 250 outfits and toys available within the game, and they are unlocked by completing various challenges. You will be given new toys every day, giving you reason to check in with your pet as much as possible. If you get tired of the preset toys, it was revealed that you will be able to create new ones in a unique way. Using an ordinary piece of paper, you can draw an object and your creature can bring it to life for you. The example that was shown was an airplane, which was scanned in by holding the paper near the Eyetoy and recreated in-game by the pet. A 3D plane then popped out of the pet's notepad, which he was able to hop on and ride up into the sky. This drawing feature was very impressive, but I am afraid to think of what more deviant minds will create. After flying through the clouds for a bit, a minigame launched that had the pet popping a certain number of balloons within a time limit. This is just one of what the developer promised would be dozens of available minigames to try.

From what I saw, Eyepet looked remarkably impressive, though the limitations of what they showed—like the drawing feature—were not discussed. Eyepet will be launching in October 2009 for Europe, but no US date has yet been determined.

E3 2009: Fat Princess Trailer

Coming to PSN sometime in June.

European PS Store Update 04/06/09

As was reported here first, this week's Playstation Store update gives us PSOne Classic Final Fantasy VII, just a few days after our cousins on the other side of the Altantic received it.

Elsewhere on the store this week we also get a demo for Fight Night Round 4 and the downloadable game, Trash Panic.

A great week for content really.

PS Store Update - 04/06/09

PS3/PSP Add On's

GTI Club+ Content
•Car Pack 1 (£2.39/€2.99)
High Velocity Bowling Content
•Don Carlos Caliente Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
•Milan Travallage Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Motorstorm Pacific Rift Content
•VooDoo Signature Livery Pack 4 (Free)
Resistance Fall of Man 2 Content
•Grim Skin (free)
•Malikov Skin (free)
Rock Band (PS3 Content)
•A Favor House Atlantic by Coheed and Cambria (£0.99/€1.49)
•Shimmer & Shine by Ben Harper (£0.99/€1.49)
•Steady at the Wheel by Shooter Jennings (£0.99/€1.49)
•The Running Free by Coheed and Cambria (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wilson (Live) by Phish (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio (£0.99/€1.49)
•Bonnaroo Pack 01 (this combines all the above tracks in one pack) (£4.99/€7.99)
Rock Band Unplugged (PSP Content)

•Crushcrushcrush by Paramore (£0.99/€1.49)
•Feed The Tree by Belly (£0.99/€1.49)
•Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd (£0.99/€1.49)
•Hysteria by Muse (£0.99/€1.49)
•Inside The Fire by Disturbed (£0.99/€1.49)
•Just A Girl by No Doubt (£0.99/€1.49)
•The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars (£0.99/€1.49)
•Typical by Mute Math (£0.99/€1.49)
•Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (£0.99/€1.49)
•Wonderwall by Oasis (£0.99/€1.49)

PS3/PSP Demos

Fight Night Round 4 Demo - Free

PS3/PSP Games/PSOne Classics

Trash Panic (£3.99/€4.99)

Tokobot (PSP) (£9.99/€14.99)

Final Fantasy VII (PSOne Classic) (£7.99/€9.99)

PS3/PSP Themes / Wallpaper (Free Unless Stated)

infamous – Red Wallpaper

PS3/PSP Trailers/Videos (Free Unless Stated)

E3 Video Content•Gran Turismo 5 Trailer
•White Knight Chronicles Trailer
•Pain Museum Trailer
•The Agency Trailer
•DC Universe Trailer
•Final Fantasy XIV Trailer
•Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island Trailer
•Split Second Gameplay Trailer
•Castlevania: Lords of Shadows
•Assassin’s Creed 2 Cinematic Trailer
•Assassin’s Creed 2 Commented Gameplay Trailer
•Tekken 6 PSN Trailer
Weekly Video Content•Trash Panic Tutorial Trailer
•inFamous Behind The Scenes Story Trailer
•Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time Teaser Trailer
•Terminator Salvation Launch Trailer

E3 2009: Metal Gear Solid Coming To PS Store June 18th

Konami has announced that the original Metal Gear Solid will finally be heading to the PlayStation Store in America -- and pretty soon, too.

You'll be able to replay Solid Snake's original adventure on June 18 and, similar to previous high-profile PS1 releases, will cost $9.99.

As for Europe? No word, yet.

E3 2009: Sony's Koller Talks Motion Control Rivalry, Core Vs Casual

When assessing the head to head between Microsoft and Sony's E3 briefings this year, there may be something of a role reversal visible.

Whereas Sony once stressed the PlayStation 3's potential as a multimedia device, this year it gave a very software-focused, core-targeted presentation, while it was Microsoft talking more about the "future of home entertainment" than it has in years past.

Even some analysts seemed to think that Sony's gesture recognition scheme debut was more 'gamer-oriented,' while director Stephen Spielberg's comments about accessibility and broader audiences led attendees and industry-watchers to peg Microsoft's Project Natal as having more relevant implications for wider or more casual audiences.

But Sony director of hardware marketing John Koller says that although capturing the core audience is certainly a goal, there was no deliberate attempt to refocus on prioritizing that market, and that Sony, too, remains interested in being "expansionary".

"Most of the games you saw... there are certainly others we didn't get into, some things the Xbox 360 got into -- for example, Rock Band: Beatles is coming to PS3 as well,".

"We didn't want to wave the defensive flag for every single game".

When it comes to those motion control solutions, Koller says Sony is "intimately familiar" with Microsoft's approach and how its own differs.

"Microsoft's is impressive because it does a full-body scan," he says. But he claims Project Natal has "depth issues on the Z axis" that Sony's PlayStation Eye-tracked solution avoids. "The PlayStation Eye is more accurate and more precise," he adds.

Taking a wider-lens view of both solutions, the largest question becomes whether or not it is preferable for the player to have an object in hand. At its briefing, Microsoft said controllers and their buttons were the last barrier between video games and "everyone else".

Sony counters that argument with the assertion that there are some gameplay experiences that require an object in hand or a button to push. "It's not necessary for every genre," says Koller. "But without it, you can't play every genre".

"Microsoft's [solution] is going to have issues with shooting games, for example," he suggests. "We want to be as diverse as we can; the controller that we're looking at will be open as possible".

With both technology concepts in such early stages, there are few definitive conclusions to draw about the merits of one approach versus the other. Analysts suggest the concepts are different enough that, alongside a lengthening lifecycle, it might drive opportunities for more individualized audiences for each console, as it could become more relevant for users to own both.

The first to market will also be a factor. "It's not going to be this calendar year," says Koller of Sony's plans. He suggests the company is currently working on having a strong lineup of software to support the peripheral at launch.

"Developers are looking at it now," he says. "The halfway answer is that there are a number of first-party and third-party games that will launch, and the idea is to have both franchise-type games [that are] very familiar, and to have new IP".

PSP Go pre-Orders Begin (US)

Pre-orders for the new PSP Go system have already begun. Just announced at E3 2009 this week, the new PlayStation Portable is available for pre-order now at $249.99.

Some of the main features of the PSP go include 16GB internal flash memory, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, 3.8 inch screen (16:9 format), 5.56 oz weight, USB 2.0, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Analog Video Out, built-in speakers and microphone. An AC adaptor
, USB cable and CD-ROM with Media Go ver.1.1 is also included.


Rumour: PSP Go! Priced For The UK - £229.99 (Not £179.99)

We were slightly miffed when Sony announced the PSP Go! the other day. Not because of any great disappointment at the hardware - we knew all about that prior to the official announcement. Rather, we were annoyed at the lack of a UK price for the unit.

We discovered that the US and European PSP Go! will retail at 250 Dollars and Euros respectively, and the fear was that the '250' policy would extend to Sterling, too.

Interestingly, a sneaky peek over at two of the largest video game retailers in the UK, Game and GameStation, shows that the PSP Go! can be preordered for the sum of £229.99. Earlier today, it was listed as £179.99, which would have made it the same price as the original PSP when it was released back in 2005.

So, educated punt? Or do they know something we don't?

E3 2009: Check Out The Sony E3 Booth

Credit to the YouTube uploader.

Cool stuff!

E3 2009: We Could Release GT5 Now , Says Yamauchi

Gran Turismo's dad Kazunori Yamauchi has told Eurogamer that Gran Turismo 5 is "at a point we can release it any time we want".

"I want to release it as fast as I can," Yamauchi told us, "but GT5 for us, when you talk about its status, it's at a point we can release it any time we want, but we can always keep working on it. It's very important for us to make sure everything is done perfectly and everything is done in detail."

Yamauchi also discussed possible connectivity between Gran Turismo PSP - due out with the PSPgo on 1st October - and GT5. "We're hoping maybe to make it so you can share the garage with the PSP version so that cars you unlock on PSP will be available immediately on GT5," he said.

Elsewhere, Yamauchi said the PSP version would hopefully be about a gigabyte in size when it's released for digital download, but it's unlikely to receive any downloadable content afterwards.

E3 2009: HOME Gets Picture Frames Feature

The highly touted promise of picture frames in Home has finally come to fruition, but at a price...

Yes, you can now display pictures from your PS3 HDD, in the form of picture frames, in your personal spaces in Home.

The only downside is that there are no starter frames whatsoever, so you must drop $2.99 for the initially released frame in the Home Mall.

Here are a few limits to consider as well, regarding the amount of frames which can be used in each personal space:

Harbor Studio - 4 Frames Max
Summer House - 2 Frames Max (Why? I have no idea.)
Lakeside Cabin - 6 Frames Max
Chamber Apartment - 12 Frames Max
Loot StageSet - 0 (!?)

Also, for some odd reason, this feature was not implemented into the club system, at least not yet, so you're confined to only using them in your personal spaces. Guess that club logo will have to lay low for awhile, eh?.

Overall it's good to see this feature finally hit Home, but c'mon Sony, you could have at least gotten us started with a freebie frame or something because $2.99 is a steep price to pay for a static image that few people will probably end up seeing.

E3 2009: Sony Hits Many Highlights At E3 (Recap)

Sony took the stage Tuesday during E3 to announce a laundry list of games. Some of the most impressive were on the PSP and the recently announced PSP Go! There are several exclusives, new IPs, and the suddenly popular motion control. Also know that the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves beta started 2nd june, at midnight. Let me just say that God of War III looks sick.

Take a look at the recap.

Sony focused a chunk of its presentation on the PSP brand. The PSP Go! was leaked over the weekend. But not many details were known. Sony announced during E3 that the new PSP model will be available Oct. 1 for $249.

It will have the same operating system as the PSP-300, built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will be 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the original PSP. Though it will only use downloaded content, Sony promises it won't replace UMD.

The PSP-300 will continue to get support, Sony said. Both versions of the handheld will have access to the upgraded Playstation Store, which will allow direct downloads to the PSPs.

After going though the PSP hardware, Sony announced a string of new portable games.

Grand Turismo - Oct. 1- It will feature 800 cars and 35 tracks with 60 different layouts.
- Users will be able to share vehicles with friends.
- It will have an Ad-Hoc mode where four people can race together.
- There will be several single-player modes, including the license skills tests.
- It will run at 60fps.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - 2010
- Hideo Kojima said this is the sequel to Metal Gear 3.
- It takes place in the 1970s, 10 years after MGS3.
- Kojima is writing the script.

Sony then showed a montage video of the other games coming for the PSPs. Included was Resident Evil, Fat Princess, Jak & Daxter and PixelJunk Monsters.


God of War 3 - March 2010
The demo included the first few minutes of the game. It featured a mix of small cutscenes and typical God of War gameplay. The game is going to be very violent.

Final Fantasy XIII, XIV
So we all know about Final Fantasy XIII and its migration to the XBOX 360. Well, Sony announced today that Final Fantasy XIV: Online will come exclusive to the PS3. Both games will come in the Fall.

The rumors of a Rockstar exclusive are confirmed. Only a few details were given and no trailer was shown. But the game will be set in the 1970s and will center around an assassin.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
The demo showed a new level with very intense gameplay. The game still looks like a Game of the Year contender.

MAG - This Fall
Zipper Interactive did a very cool demo of the game. It had 256 live players and really showed what this game will be about. Players were split into eight player platoons and carried about small objectives as part of the bigger battle. Respawn points were dynamic and changed as the platoon advanced. Nothing about a price was given. Nor did they talk about what type of game modes there would be. They also didn't talk about how the communication system would work.

ModNation Racers
This is going to be a new racing IP that the developers said would allow users to share content. Think Mario Kart mixed with Little Big Planet.

Last Guardian
I'm not going to lie. By this point of the press conference, I was working on the recap. All I got was that it's an exclusive game.

Motion Control
Last but not least, Sony showed us their version of motion control gaming. It was a prototype presentation, but it has great potential. The video will do it more justice than my words. But it uses a controller to play off of the Playstation Eye.

The kid playing it was able to do many things, including shooting an arrow into the head of some hobbit looking thing. He also grabbed virtual items, turned the screen into a first-person shooter, and created a makeshift strategy game.

All in all, PS3 users have loads of really cool stuff to look forward to in 2009/2010.

E3 2009: Metal Gear Solid: Rising Confirmed For PS3, 360 And PC

Konami has announced Kojima Productions is working on a new Metal Gear Solid title, which will mark the series’ first simultaneous multi-format release. Entitled Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the game will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The first Metal Gear Solid game in the series’ history to be released simultaneously on three platforms, Metal Gear Solid: Rising stars Raiden – one of the most popular characters within the MGS universe. Raiden made his debut as a playable character in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for PlayStation 2, and appeared as a non-playable cyborg in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for PlayStation 3.

Martin Schneider, European Marketing Director for Konami

"The Metal Gear Solid series has always pushed the bar with its cinematic visuals and entertaining story line. Now even more gamers can immerse themselves in the franchise and experience the groundbreaking series as Metal Gear Solid: Rising heads to the platform of their choice".

Killzone 2 Patch 1.27 Is Now LIVE

Patch weighs in at Patch is 76mb.

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Killzone 2 v.1.27 Patch Now Available06/04/2009 Written by Louis EdwardscloseAuthor: Louis Edwards Name: Louis Edwards
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Killzone 2
Now available to Killzone 2 gamers around the globe, Guerilla Games has released v 1.27, their 9th patch for their flagship title.

The patch adds new functionality that has been requested by the Killzone community and addresses several other issues as well. The patch is 75MB in size (272MB for Asian release).

Here are the details:

•DLC - Enables support for downloadable content pack #2 “Flash & Thunder”, released on June 11th on the Playstation®Store
•Network errors – Improved handling of large message groupings to decrease network errors on heavy loads. Should decrease some instances of network errors
•Stability - Fix for potential Quick-join stability issues when DLC pack “Steel & Titanium” is not installed
•Stability – Removal of DLC could result in stability issues when using game pre-sets
•Stability – Crash fix for potential Search & Retrieve issue
•Stability – Fix for infrequent hang on loading when using spectator mode
•Exploit – Search & Destroy objective exploit fix
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP04 – Visari Hammer
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP07 – Blood Gracht
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP07 – Blood Gracht (2)
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP08 – Corinth Crossing
•Exploit – Collision fix for map MP08 – Corinth Crossing (2)
•Stats – Fix for clans not always receiving the clan match win medal
•Controls – Addition of High precision mode option for both Single Player and Multiplayer. New accounts will have this mode set as standard and existing users will have to enable it manually.
•Feature – Players will be automatically placed on the same faction, if they are friends upon using the ‘Join Friend’ option
•Feature – Players will be automatically placed on the same squad, if they are friends upon using the ‘Join Friend’ option
•Feature – Squads will remain constant over multiple rounds unless disbanded.•Feature – Faction balancing only checked when entering the game to the pre-game lobby or spawn-select New faction select screen on spawn-select
•Feature – In-game faction changing now allowed on heavily unbalanced factions
•Feature – Skirmish – All Badges and Abilities are now unlocked for Skirmish mode to allow users with lower bandwidth network connections to experience the full range of weapons and abilities available in Multiplayer mode
•Gameplay – Invulnerability when spawning on a deployable spawn-point outside of a base-camp is now disabled
•Gameplay – Armor of Assault class reduced from 100 to 50 hit-points
•Gameplay – AI and health of the flying Sentry Bots has been tweaked upwards
•Gameplay – Firing rate of the Sentry Turret’s rocket system has been reduced slightly
•Bug – Cooked grenades dealing friendly fire damage despite the option being disabled
•Bug - DLC Pack 1 “Steel & Titanium” front end text fix for Japanese sku
•Moderation – Enhanced moderation tools for SCE Moderators
• – Revived players now appearing correctly in Battle Replays
•Misc - Various minor bug fixes

E3 2009: Call Of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2 Trailer

E3 2009: VidZone Trailer

E3 2009: Jack Buser Discusses New Home Spaces Coming Soon

Director for PlayStation Home SCEA, Jack Buser, discusses and demos what new spaces we can expect to see in the near future as well as what features and games they'll convey.

Well, that's three new spaces right there, looks like Sony just might live up to their promise of several new Home spaces each month.

Credit to the YouTube uploader for the video.

E3 2009: VidZone To Have 10.000 Videos At Launch, And Get 100's More every Week

Today the producer from VidZone has confirmed at the E3 that VidZone will have 10.000 music video's at launch. Also it will have a weekly update with every week more than 100 new music video's.

"Our ultimate dream is to have every music video ever made on the service, as well as classic live performances dating back to the 1950s, in their entirety.” Our ultimate dream is to have every music video ever made on the service, as well as classic live performances dating back to the 1950s, in their entirety".

VidZone will be released on 11th June in UK, Ireland, Australia, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.

E3 2009: Persona 5 Coming To PS3

Fans of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei Persona series have been anxiously awaiting a next-gen update to the cult favorite series. That wait might not be too much longer.

Today, Atlus told our E3 reporting team that Persona 5 "probably won't be on the PlayStation 2," and will likely be making the jump to the PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360. It's much too soon to talk about release schedules, but just the notion that the game is in development is good enough for me.

The PlayStation 2 versions of the series were highly enjoyable, and if Atlus gives the same love and attention to this next entry, you can be sure they'll have another critical darling on their hands. Be sure to check back later for more on Coop and Sarah's visit with the publisher.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

E3 2009: Final Fantasy VII Comes To PS Store 4th June

Get ready to return to Midgar. Final Fantasy VII, one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed Role Playing Games of all time, makes a long-awaited return this week, via digital download on the PlayStation Store.

The original PS one release has long been out-of-print and unavailable to a new generation of console owners and Final Fantasy fans. Now players will get another chance to own and experience the original adventure that brought us such memorable characters as Cloud Strife, Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gainsborough, Barret Wallace, Vincent Valentine and the fearsome Sephiroth.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix. comments, “Final Fantasy VII is the most highly-respected entry in the history of the Final Fantasy franchise, possessing possibly the most memorable storyline in the history of videogames. It brings me great pleasure to see Final Fantasy VII available to play once again and I am sure that it will create a whole new generation of fans.”


- One of the most critically acclaimed Final Fantasy games ever made returns

- Experience a classic storyline with some of the most shocking and memorable moments the Final Fantasy series has ever delivered

- A cast of legendary heroes and villains that have become fan favourites of players around the world

- The game that introduced Limit Breaks, spectacular near-death special moves to shock your opponents

- Master the Materia system to make your attacks stronger and unleash greater summons

- Playable on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP)

Final Fantasy VII is available on the 4th June in all PAL countries where the PlayStation Store is available.

E3 2009: EyePet Trailer

E3 2009: New Uncharted 2 Trailer

E3 2009: VidZone Hits PS Store 11th June

Today Mike Kebby (PlayStation Store Team Europe) has confirmed that we will be able to download VidZone on 11 June. If it's coming on this day to America is unknown at the moment. But in Europe can download VidZone free on 11 June in the PlayStation Store.

E3 2009: God Of War III Gameplay Blowout

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Awesome stuff!

Breaking News: Uncharted 2 Beta Gameplay Footage

Uncharted 2 BETA (co-op mode)

Uncharted 2 BETA (deathmatch mode)

Credit to the YouTube uploader, awesome stuff.

E3 2009: FREE Playstation HOME Items

Free Playstation Home items for E3 conference, the codes are:

Presentation Podium:

* NPLH (No place like Home) Grey on Red T-shirt (Male) code: N4GI-6NBC-JPHH (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

* NPLH (No place like Home) Blue on Yellow T-shirt (Female) code: N4GI-6NBC-JPHH (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

Central Plaza:

* NPLH (No place like Home) Red on Blue T-shirt (Male) code: AH6D-5CB4-3NMD (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

* NPLH (No place like Home) Pink on Blue T-shirt (Female) code: AH6D-5CB4-3NMD (Removal Date: 6/5/09)

Grab them why ya can!

Breaking News: Uncharted 2 Beta Available To Download NOW

That's right, confirmed reports are coming in now of EU residents being able to download the Uncharted 2 beta. Get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

E3 2009: PS Store Content Update


E3 Content:

Buzz! Quiz World


Fat Princess

Gravity Crash

Heavy Rain

Hustle Kings


Pixel Junk Shooter

Ratchett & Clank: A Crack in Time

Replay (Working title) trailer

VidZone Trailer

Battlefield 1943 Wake Island Trailer

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Squad Story

Brutal Legend

Dante's Inferno Announcement

Dragon Age Violence

Red Dead Redemption trailer 1

Front Misiion: Evolved


Batman Arkham Asylum 'Play as Joker'

Gran Turismo PSP trailer

MotorStorm Arctic Edge trailer

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe trailer

SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 trailer

LittleBigPlanet PSP trailer

Besure to check out the PS Store daily for more E3 content!

E3 2009: Lost planet 2 Confirmed For PS3

Sneaked into Jack Tretton’s briefing, he announced that Capcom’s Lost Planet 2 would be coming to the Playstation 3 this year. There had been some confusion as to whether the game was an XBOX 360 exclusive; apparently not.

E3 2009: PS Store Revised

While everyone has their eyes on Sony’s E3 conference, the EU and US PS Store’s have been given a little freshen up.

No major new features; however there is a darker shade of blue to the background and new borders to each segment (e.g. Latest, PS3 Games etc). The load times of the content is swifter and there is a new noise when scrolling through the products available.

Overall, it looks fresher and is an improvement over the older style, but this is not a massive change by any means. We will let you know if there are any improvements other than purely cosmetic as soon as we find anything.

E3 2009: God Of War III Coming March 2010

Sony Santa Monica showcased a decent chunk of God Of War III at this year’s E3, and typically the game looked absolutely amazing. However, they also announced that the game will be released March 2010, somewhat missing optimistic expectations the game will be available this year.

To say it looks incredible would be an understatement.

E3 2009: Final Fantasy XIV Online trailer

Sony dropped a JRPG bombshell when they announced that Square Enix's next next Final Fantasy will be PS3 exclusive. The trailer is below.

E3 2009: New Sony Motion Controller

E3 2009: Gran Turismo 5 Teaser Trailer Revealed

After all the last minute speculation that Gran Turismo 5 may not have been coming to E3, it is finally here. For now we just got a great tease but no details.
What now seems to be confirmed is the damage model, as we saw a Subara with a little bit of damage on it.

E3 2009: Square Enix Reveals Final Fantasy 14 PS3 Exclusive

Square Enix has officially announced their PS3 exclusive Final Fantasy 14. It'll release in 2010.The game will have online play and new modes not seen before in a Final Fantasy title.

E3 2009: Sony Announces Rockstar’s Agent, A New PS3 Exclusive IP

Jack Tretton has just announced at E3 that a brand new Rockstar IP called Agent is heading exclusively to PS3.

The game takes players across world of late 70’s and Sony wants the game to become another GTA in terms of importance.

E3 2009: Sony Reveals Media Go!

Sony have unveiled Media Go!, A new way to access the PlayStation Store content - via your PC!

Breaking News: PlayStation Home v1.22 Now LIVE

The newest version of PlayStation Home is now LIVE on the PlayStation Network. We're not sure if there are any new features, but we do think it is related to the E3 Press Conference.

E3 2009: Prototype Trailer

E3 2009: Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 trailer

E3 2009: Ghostbusters: The Video Game Trailer

E3 2009: Need for Speed Shift Trailer

E3 2009: Mafia 2 Trailer

E3 2009: The Saboteur Trailer

E3 2009: Batman : Arkham Asylum

E3 2009: Crysis 2 Trailer

E3 2009: Nier Debut Trailer

E3 2009: Tekken 6 Trailer

E3 2009: Colin McRae: Dirt 2 Trailer

E3 2009: PSP Go Leaked Via Early Release Of US Qore Mag

Monday, June 01, 2009

Watch Sony’s E3 Press Conference Online

If you are not attending this year’s E3, there is no need to miss out on Sony’s Press Conference. You can catch the big announcements online from 7:00PM BST (11:00AM PST) tomorrow at IGN and GameSpot, and from within PlayStation Home. The Pavillion Space is all setup within PlayStation Home, though we’re not sure wether the conference will be streamed live into PlayStation Home.

Make sure your alarm is set for the relevant time. We’ve included the times for the Microsoft and Nintendo Press Conferences below too.

Monday, 1st June 1009

Microsoft: 6:25 PM BST, 10:25 AM PST

GameTrailers (HD)
Official Xbox Site

Tuesday, 2nd June 2009

Nintendo: 5:00 PM BST, 9 AM PST

GameTrailers (HD)

Sony: 7:00 PM BST, 11 AM PST

GameTrailers (HD)

UK Software Sales Charts PS3 Week Ending 30th May

1. InFamous
2. UFC 2009: Undisputed
3. Guitar Hero: Metallica
4. Virtua Tennis 2009
5. Terminator Salvation
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
7. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
8. Fifa 09
9. Killzone 2
10. Bionic Commando

Nice to see 'Infamous' top of the chart. If you hav'nt already checked out the PS Store Infamous demo, I'd recommend it to anyone.

Rumour: Secret Game To Be Unveiled At E3, Says BBC Reporter

Darren Waters, the BBC reporter that wrote of a PS3 exclusive game he saw last year as, "step change in what games consoles are capable of in terms of story-telling and immersion." Believes it might be unveiled at this years E3.

E3 2009: WipEout HD Fury Expansion Pack Details And Trailer

Today Sony announced the first expansion for WipEout HD, WipEout HD: Fury on the PlayStation Blog. Fury will add 8 tracks, 3 new game modes and 13 new ship models. Also Sony has released the first trailer from the expansion.

Sony's Shockers Inbound

The PSP Go(pictured above with the existing PSP model)seems to have already rocked the cradle, with a whole bunch new games being announced for the new hardware revision of the handheld platform including Jax and Daxter, Warhawk, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo one would see this as a major pre E3 victory for Sony, but this piece of information is only the tip of the iceberg, since the company plans to announce a whole new bunch of shockers at E3 2009.

All the rumors seem to falling in line one after another, so a virtaul bloodbath is practically confirmed this E3.

PlayStation®Home: Presentation Podium Space Now Available

Log into PlayStation®Home and check out the new Presentation Podium. PlayStation®Home E3 has started.

So far all you can do is watch a few trailers on the big screen and sit on this nice covered patio area with cool hanging lamps and S shaped couches. I”m sure more things will be added over the next few days as E3 gets going.

E3 2009: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time Trailer

Crytek Announces Crysis 2 For Consoles And PC

Today EA and Crytek announced Crysis 2 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

The next instalment of Crysis will be the first game built on Crytek's CryENGINE 3 and will be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. EA will publish the game.

"The development of Crysis 2 marks a major stepping stone for our studio," said Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, who had hinted at a multiplatform console game in April.

"This is not only the next game in the Crysis franchise, it’s the first title we are developing for consoles and the first title being built on CryENGINE 3. We are excited to have the support of EA Partners again as we work together to make the launch of Crysis 2 a huge event."

Following the announcement of CryENGINE 3 for consoles, it was inevitable that Crytek's next game would be for multiple platforms, but it wasn't obvious that it would be Crysis 2.

"Nothing speaks more to the success of the EA Partners program than when a studio the calibre of Crytek continues to work with us," said David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA Partners.

"Crytek is already one of the elite PC development studios in the world and we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with them in bringing their award-winning technology and gameplay to more platforms and a wider audience with Crysis 2."

As soon as we hear more about Crysis 2 we'll let you know.

Fat Princess Confirmed For June

The European PS Blog has just confirmed that Fat Princess will be with us this month. The game will land “late June” and will come with the lovely 32 player multiplayer mode we loved from the beta.

The Blog also confirms that Trash Panic will be with us soon, alongside Numblast, the cute puzzler, and the exclusive Ghostbusters demo will appear “shortly after E3″. Great stuff.