Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dominate the dance floor - DJ MAX Portable 3 comes is October and is available for preorder now!

DJ MAX is building a steadily growing fan base both within Korea and overseas with their cute characters, hot dance beats and stylish graphics. Those who live in the Korea could go to the arcades to enjoy this touch screen phenomenon, but those who are overseas, as long as you have your Sony PSP consoles, you are part of the community.

Come sway to the rhythm and play out the tempo of the hottest Korean and Japanese pop songs - DJ MAX 3 will come this October. The best composers are back to contribute their work, look forward to more of: Planetboom, NieN, makou, myagi, DJ Keri, PIA and Vanilla Unity!

Besides new songs and sexy background dancers, the newest installment has the challenging Remix Mode where you get to feel the excitement of being behind the turntables, dominating the beat of the dance floor.

And instead of just pressing buttons, you'll have control of the analogue stick, give it a swing when you're given the cue to change gears.

Those who've mastered Black Square, come take up the challenge again.

Like all Limited Editions in the DJ MAX series, this box set comes with an ample amount of exclusive items: The twin disc Original Soundtrack album comes with all the music to sate your DJ MAX addiction, there's also a beautifully color printed art book and a special UMD package.

The First Print Regular Edition features a different cover from the usual Regular Editions that comes after this. If you want to set your game apart from the masses, this is the copy to get!

Experience Games in Three Dimensions right out of your pocket: Nintendo™ 3DS announced, available for reservations now!

Here is a console that will win you all the bragging rights in the world: Nintendo™ 3DS. This little gadget opens a vast array of gaming possibilities and all the challenges you need to keep you captivated. Announced during the E3 conferences earlier, the console has finally scheduled for release in February 2011.

The lower touch screen is 3.02 inches wide with 320 x 240 pixels. With this new dimension comes new controls: a slide pad, a motion sensor and a gyro-sensor.

There is a game cartridge slot and an SD card slot, the 3DS cartridges are the same size as the previous cartridges and the console is backwards compatible. There are three cameras on this console, 2 on the outside and 1 within the clam shell. To accommodate people with large hands, the touch pen attached is stretchable.

Networking gets an upgrade in security, 3DS™ gamers can play together through the adhoc network mode and the access to the internet becomes even safer.

Please see this special news about the reservations system. And be sure to go to the Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black product pages to show your interest!

Games waiting for your preorders! Tales of Graces F & The 3rd Birthday!

Two really hot games are announced and are waiting for preorders, they are are Tales of Graces F and The 3rd Birthday - a continuation in the Parasite Eve series.

Tales of Graces F is not a mere port of the original Nintendo™ Wii version, it expands the Efinea world and includes the epilogue of the game. This brand new branch of the plot takes place half a year after the great war, where Richard and Asbel become King and mayor respectively.

Everyone has found a place in the new system, yet, not all is good and well. A new mysterious force is threatening the world. Come again, even if you've saved the world once.

Monsters - the Twisted, that spawned in the far future devoured all the humans, and when they destroyed the whole earth, they spiral time backwards to the past to repeat the carnage. In 2012, the authorities created the Over Dive system, a weapon that could perhaps save the future and the past. However, there is only one person who's compatible with this technology - Aya Brea, the girl without a past.

Travel through time and eliminate the horde of Twisted. Take over the bodies of the people who inhabits the time frame to battle. The Over Dive system offers you one chance to turn the situation around when it reaches the full gauge, your attack power rises several times fold. But one mistake, you'll be gone, and the world will go with you.

Both Tales of Graces F and The 3rd Birthday come this December, you have a very busy holiday season before you indeed!

Here's a trailer of the 3rd Birthday, see if it matches your expectations of the game!

Japanese 3DS Price and Launch Date Revealed

The price and release date of the 3DS for the Japanese launch was revealed today at the Nintendo 2010 conference. Nintendo 3DS consoles will be available for purchase in Japan on the 26th of February 2011, with the west getting their units in early March. Priced at 25,000 yen, or USD $300, it's not exactly cheap. However, it's possible the North American and European editions could be slightly cheaper as this is the pricing for the Japanese 3DS's only. It will ship in two colors, Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

God of War: Ghost of Sparta Demo Imminent

Can't get enough of God of War? Played the trilogy, the PSP game and even the cell phone game? You'll be glad to know that with Ghost of Sparta's November 2 release date looming closer, a free demo will be available tomorrow for download on the PlayStation Network. So dust off your PSP if you haven't already and prepare for some more God of War goodness. The sequel to Chains of Olympus is sure to impress.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nintendo 3DS Specs Leaked?

Apparently a source close to IGN has leaked the specs of the Nintendo 3DS handheld. While one can take a lot of rumors with a grain of salt, the fairly low specs seem very plausible and the hardware seems in line with what one would expect as the follow up to the DS.

266MHz ARM11 CPUs
133MHz GPU
4MBs dedicated VRAM
64MBs of RAM
1.5GBs of flash storage.

As expected, once again we see two ARM CPU's, although newer editions with a higher clock speed. It was rumored Nintendo would use the superior Nvidia Tegra chipset, but that was confirmed false even before E3. Apart from that, the other specs also seem fairly inline with the slightly better graphics than the PSP, if the Kid Icarus game shows us any indication.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Revealed at TGS

Tekken fans rejoince, not only can you look forward to the Tekken X Street Fighter (and vice-versa) crossovers, you'll now also be able to play the long awaited sequel to Tekken Tag Tournament! Prepare to fight two-on-two with a huge roster of Tekken characters. Something that hasn't been done since the PlayStation 2 launch title many years ago.
Katsuhiro Harada made the announcement at TGS and will be working on both Tekken Tag and the Street Fighter crossover simultaneously. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will incorporate Tekken 6's gameplay and physics and is already slated for a 2011 Japan release. Must have been kept under wraps for a while now. Check out the teaser below:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Think the Halo franchise is stagnant? Think again! Halo: Reach, Bungie's latest release (number 5 if you don't count Halo Wars) of the very successful series has managed to rake in a whopping US $200 million dollars in its first day on sale. Microsoft proudly made the announcement at TGS and apparently, it's more than any entertainment product this year. Considering it's an Xbox 360 exclusive, it's quite a feat. Can Call of Duty: Black Ops steal the show? It's got a multiplatform advantage on its side.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus for PS3 Revealed at TGS 2010

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus fans rejoice, Japanese gaming magazine first confirmed the long rumored Team Ico collection for the PS3 yesterday. Today we have the first footage from the Tokyo Game Show. Not sure why, but each game is being released separately in Japan, while leaked boxart from a European retailer (see right) thankfully shows that the game will be released as a collection just like the God of War collection. I'm sure plenty of people are eager to play the game with updated graphics and smooth 60fps gameplay. I know I am!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nintendo's Next Console Will Surprise

It's interesting to see someone from the Nintendo crew be the first one to talk about a new console. Metriod co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto spoke to 3DJuegos about a new console from Nintendo. The google translation gives us the following:

"At Nintendo we always have the obligation to surprise users with a new console. We have never done what others. We prefer to create something new that catches attention, and I think this will continue at this time. Surely the new Nintendo machine will leave you all with mouth open".
Some people speculated that a "Hi-res" Wii would be announced at E3, but that didn't happen. But was that due to not wanting to take the limelight asay from the 3DS? It's possible, but unlikely that the new console would be unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show. Not to mention the Wii is doing perfectly fine, even with the amount of shovelware that is being released. My bet is on E3 2011 and that this time Nintendo will be the first company to usher in the next generation of video game consoles.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Still no cross-game chat for PlayStation Plus

A lot of PS3 owners envy the cross-game chat available on Xbox Live. Many thought the feature would be included on the PS3 once the PlayStation Plus service became available. But the PlayStation Plus service launch has passed and no cross-game chat function was revealed to many online gamers dismay. PlayStation Plus subscribers want this heavily requested feature to be implemented in the service.So we have another Q&A response, posted on the PlayStation blog as follows:

"We are constantly working on new services and features to enhance your PlayStation experience; however, Cross-Game Chat was not announced as a part of PlayStation Plus’ features. We know that Cross-Game Chat is a functionality our fans are extremely interested in and we are always striving to improve the PlayStation Network experience and services."

Sounds like there is either an issue that needs to be worked out or cross-game chat is not possible on the PS3. I'm sure they've tried to start implementing it after all this time, but if looks like we won't be seeing it for a while yet.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Move Patches Might Cost You

Remember when the Dual Shock 3 came out? Quite a few patches were released, although most of them from Sony titles enabling you to enjoy rumble in games that had already been released before the controller was out in the wild. All those patches were free. With the PlayStation Move controller though, it will be up to the publishers to decide if there is a fee for the patch. We can assume the Sony published titles will have free Move patches, but other companies like Capcom and EA, could very well charge money just for a patch to enable Move support.
From the US PlayStation blog:

Q: Will I need to update my games to enable PlayStation Move support? If yes, will it be free?

A: Most PlayStation Move games you'll play will be designed specifically for the motion controller, though some game publishers have chosen to add PlayStation Move support to their existing PS3 games. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Heavy Rain are two well-known examples of existing games being adapted for PlayStation Move. In these cases, you will download an update over the PlayStation Network to add PlayStation Move support. Whether these updates are free or will require a fee will depend on the game and publisher.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Duke Nukem Forever Coming 2011 - I kid you not!

Last year 3D Realms finally went bust and closed its doors, bringing the never ending development of Duke Nukem Forever to a close after 12 years. Having been a longtime source of jokes about its vapourware status, it seemed like an act of mercy to finally put it to rest. Nothing was really expected, as 3D Realms and publisher Take 2 went to court over who owned what. However, the sudden showing of the game at PAX along with a playable demo has clearly surprised many. Myself included.

Gearbox Software persuaded Take 2 to let them finish the game and have continued developing the game in the last year or so, hence the quick release date of 2011. It seems that Take 2 managed to wrangle the rights to the game from 3D realms after all, but bankruptcy will do that to you. Anyway, Duke Nukem Forever is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and no it's really real this time and will definitely be completed and released this time. I'm serious. The jokes will finally stop...oh, who am I kidding?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Classics HD Collections - PS2 Remastered Games

It was really disappointing to see Sony drop PlayStation 2 backward compatibility support on the PS3. The PS2 had an incredible library of great games, but not everyone had the chance to play a lot of them and backwards compatibility would have allowed anyone with a PS3 to play or relive some PS2 classics. The high cost of putting in the PS2 hardware into the PS3 along with the already high cost of the PS3 hardware created a system which was just not commercially viable. But at least now we have some sort of compromise.

Although the idea of backward compatibility coming back is an impossibility, the success of the God of War collection showed that there was a viable market for Blu-Ray disc collection of PS2 classics, upscaled in HD. Apart from the higher resolution and widescreen support, the collection also featured 60fps gameplay, anti-aliasing and trophy support.

The next collection to be released will be the Sly Racoon trilogy. Three PS2 games on one disc in HD with also some 3D and Move support for $39.99. I think that's great value, especially if, like me, you've never played the games before. You may also notice in the picture that there is a new "Classics HD" tag on the box. Hopefully, this will mean many more collections will be released. Here are just some of the collections I would like to see:

Devil May Cry Collection - Dante's trilogy needs a collection asap.

Ico & Shadow of the Colossus - The most requested PS2 collection. Need I say more?

Jak & Daxter Collection - Naughty Dog may have moved onto Uncharted, but this fantastic platform series needs a place on the PS3.

Metal Gear Solid Collection - This one would require some extra work, but Konami could port the updated Metal Gear Solid from the Gamecube to go along with MGS2 and MGS3. I'm sure it would sell plenty of copies.

Onimusha Collection - Another bunch of games by Capcom, which would be great to have on one disc.

Ratchet & Clank Collection - A no-brainer really, Ratchet & Clank are some of the best platform games around.