Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Moving the Blog

I'm in the process of moving the blog.

New link is


Monday, July 7, 2008

Firmware 2.41 out by Wednesday?

According to computerandvideogames.com(click the link in the title above)2.41 should be out by this Wednesday.I think this is probably a fair assesment.Hopefully,update 4.00 for SuperStardust HD will be re-released at the same time.Keep a check on the official Sony Blog at www.blog.us.playstation.com for further information regarding the next Firmware release.

The Future of Infinity Ward

According to the blog post in the title above(click the title folks)Infinity Ward isn't resting on their laurels with the highly acclaimed Call of Duty 4.They have recently renegotiated their deal with Activision and it's allowing them some freedom it seems.Apparently,they are going to be working on their own independent IP that they will have control over.Will this be a space sci fi shooter that has been rumoured lately? I hope so,because if it's half as good as COD4 then it's twice as good as anything else out there.I'm looking at you Halo.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Playstationlifestyle.net has a sneak peek at E3

According to Sev and the guys over at Playstationlifestyle.net there will be a few nice surprises from Sony at the upcoming E3.From what my friend tells me,he thinks they get inside info from a PSN related SCEE source.But,that's just a good guess.These guys are a definite good site to check out.Hit the link in the title above to see what is coming from Sony for E3.

I'll add a little

I expect to hear what Naughty Dog has been doing and the LBP major feature? Remote play,fluids or youtube connectivity.Your guess is as good as mine.

Dylan Cuthbert/Q games considering Trophies for Pixel Junk Monsters


According to this post on the official forums,they are looking into trophies for Pixel Junk Monsters.I still haven't picked up this title.I'm kind of waiting on Pixel Junk Eden personally.If you want to see a little more of Dylan,check out the 1up show:RSVP 01 on itunes.It's a roundtable discussion with Dylan,Gabe Newell from Valve and Johnathan Mak(I might not be remembering his name,but he created Everday Shooter)

Pain Movie on Official Blog Monday.Trophies will arrive when Amusement park is ready

Travis Williams has posted on the official Pain blog some interesting information regarding trophies and a video will be up on the official blog Monday showing what the Amusement Park has in store.

Click the link in the title to check it out.

What I played this weekend

Xbox 360:
Battlefield Bad Company
Gituar Hero:Aerosmith

Nothing much this weekend,still waiting to get 2.40

Nintendo DS:
Brain Age

Not very much this weekend with the Holidays and all.Look forward to a busy week this week though.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Burnout Paradise gets retroactive Trophies in future patch

According to Criterion designer for Burnout(Simon Phipps).Apparently once the patch uploads any progress you have made will also unlock trophies.Great idea!

"Okay, here’s what we can say about the details:

* Trophies will be retroactive, so, if you’ve achieved something today, the day the update arrives (not Cagney, we want to emphasise) that will be reflected in your Trophies.

* Your Burnout Paradise save game has always been locked to your PSN id - so there’s never been any chance of trading save games - your progress is your progress (we have a way of thinking ahead for this kind of stuff!)

* The Save Game Analyser works with a special export file that is exported when you do a manual save from the game, not your encrypted save game file - so there’s no chance that anyone could hack that

* That’s as much as we can reveal right now - if you know us and our site, we’ll let you know as soon as we are confident to do so

Thanks for all of the support and positive comments, guys - we really appreciate it.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2 videos of 2.40 Firmware on Official blog before 12am PST

Jeff Rubenstein on the official blog has commented that 2 videos will be available
tonight before 12am PST.One video will be for in game XMB and one will before trophies.Check out www.blog.us.playstation.com for further updates tonights

Friday, June 27, 2008

www.mybuzzquiz.com is up! Check it out

Sony has setup www.mybuzzquiz.com today.You can go there to setup questions that will be available to play on your PS3.Looks like a neat setup.The game releases next week.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Life after 2.40 and some PS3 News tidbits

Hi folks.Let's get to the news roundup first.

1.Europe can expect Echochrome and Commando 3 next week in the PSN update.
2.Poster Consoul on Neogaf(he has some reliability) says Sony will put up the video and list for 2.40 on Monday
3.Sony's mid term meeting reveals a Video Store with PSP compatability,White Knight before April 09,a new weather and news channel called Life with Playstation.

So,we know that 2.40 is coming out pretty soon and I've come up with a few things I think will be needed or would be very much appreciated after 2.40.What do you think?

2.RSS feeder
3.Internet Radio(see a PSP theme don't ya?)
3.Apple Ipod support
4.BC compatability emulation

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rumour(More PS3 Gamercard pics? You decide

Looks like www.ps3fanboy.com has some new information on Gamercard pictures from
their inside sources.This looks to have a similar setup as what Xbox Live has.Take a look and see if you think its real or not.It will be a nice addition if it is indeed true.

Rumour(The features of in-game XMB in 2.40)

It seems as though computerandvideogames.com got some inside information on what you can access from in game in the new firmware 2.40.They are also saying it won't be available till at least July 15th at E3.I'm still thinking we'll see it before then.
Here is the list:

Friend category
View, send, receive messages
Manage downloads
Set the vibration feature of the controller
Sign in to PlayStation Network
Register friends
Manage Bluetooth devices
Terminate the game
Music category
Use the system BGM
Work the system BGM operation panel
Settings category
Assign controllers
View profiles
Game category
Set audio devices
Use the voice changer

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Review of Space Invaders Extreme PSP

Many times,we all get caught up in Next Gen graphics,co-op,multiplayer and more.We tend to lose sight of games that are geniunely fun to play.Space Invaders Extreme for the Sony PSP is exactly one of those games.

Space Invaders is a game that my generation grew up playing in Arcades when we were young.I used to spend tons of quarters or tokens playing games like this,but as I've gotten older I've become more of a current player.I play first person shooters and sandbox games and really don't look back on those games like I should I guess.

So,I picked up Space Invaders Extreme and it's a game designed to work well on a portable system.It's easy to pick up and you can play for small amounts at a time.I dare you to put it down after just a few minutes though.The basic gameplay is that you slide left or right and shoot enemies.It's not a goverment plot or you trying to take down to newest Alien overlords.No,it's a simple game with some added features.
Want a devastating laser beam? check
Want a bomb thingamabob that blows stuff up? check
Want Boss fights? Check

The game adds nice new background graphics along with special weapons,Boss battles and mini game levels.I plugged my PSP up to my tv and recorded a little video.Sorry,it isn't the best in the world,but you get the idea.So got pick up this little beauty and plan on using your psp for other things than updates.

Space Invaders Extreme
Sony Playstation Portable
Grade: A
Played for several hours each day for the last week.Continues to be a great experience

Metal Gear Solid 4 is a hit! 1 million in a week

The following press release from Konami indicates that MGS4 did exactly what they wanted it to do and that was to sell over a million in a week.See below

Metal Gear Solid 4 blows retail away!
Huge first week sales as Hideo Kojima’s epic PLAYSTATION®3 title enjoys storming first week
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced that sales of its newly-released Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots title for PLAYSTATION®3 have exceeded one million units within the first week.

Konami has shipped over one million copies of the game to retailers across Europe to meet the exceptional demand, with high sales confirmed in all European territories and securing the Number One position in the relevant sales charts.

Released globally on June 12th, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots marks the final adventure for series hero Solid Snake. With his body failing and ageing at an accelerated rate, Snake is called on one last mission to halt the plans of his long-term nemesis Liquid Snake. Liquid has seized control of a series of private armies for his own nefarious needs and, in a mission that spans the Middle East, South America and returns to Shadow Moses, Snake must stop Liquid at all costs. Also included on the disc is Metal Gear Online, a dedicated online game featuring locations from and inspired by MGS4.

In addition to the high sales across Europe, Konami has also confirmed that the limited edition MGS4 sets that comprised a ‘Making Of’ Blu-Ray, soundtrack CD and ‘Old Snake’ mannequin. 25,000 sets were made available across Europe, but were snapped up almost immediately by fans of the series.

“The Metal Gear Solid series has again proved its huge potential, and we are delighted with the fantastic response the game has enjoyed at retail,” commented Martin Schneider, Sales and Marketing Director Germany for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “MGS4 is nothing short of a masterpiece – an epic conclusion to the Solid Snake story. We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback we have received from retail and consumers alike, and will keep satisfying their needs with updates to the game’s ‘Extra’ option, and via new content to Metal Gear Online.”

Monday, June 23, 2008

Possible Pics of Trophy Screens?(Rumour)PS3fanboy has it!

www.ps3fanboy has gotten some images from some tipsters reportedly of the trophy screens from 2.40.Go on over to check out the story,but take it with a grain of salt for right now. The layout is pretty nice if I do say so myself and if its not real then they need to get a job over at SCEA.

Why is every spy photo blurry? :)

PSN service down 6/24/08..Nothing to do with 2.4

The Playstation Network will be down tomorrow from 8am to 2pm PST.It doesn't look like it will have anything to do with the 2.40 firmware.They are working on a demonstration video of what 2.40 entails,but I can't see it coming this week.By,July 17th I'm thinking. So get in your gaming tonight folks.

Want a MGS movie?

Well,the voice behind Snake(David Hayter)wants you to sign a petition to Sony to get the ball rolling on a MGS movie.I've been hearing of rumours that Christian Bale(Batman,Equilibrium,3:10 to Yuma fame) is in the running.Mr.Koijima has been in Hollywood off and on during the making MGS4 so who knows.I"m gonna sign,what about you?


What I'm playing this week.

So, it looks like a week for gaming and here's my list.Look for a review of Space Invaders Extreme on PSP up before the weekend too.

Sony PS3
Resistance(finishing it off)

Xbox 360
Battlefield BC (if the 360 comes back this week)

Space Invaders Extreme
Socom Fireteam Bravo 2

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Qore:Episode 2 Contents Revealed

Theres a playstation underground email going around with the list of what you can expect in Qore episode 2.I'm not much of a Naurto Fan,but I'm sure some will like it and it does look like a good copy of the anime.
Anatomy of a Game: The making of Resistance 2 Pt 1
In-depth look at Silent Hill:Homecoming
Featured Story: We Love Madden
Exclusive Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Demo

www.n4g.com has got this up..so check out the line in the title above.

Little Big Planet will have a story,private levels and plush figures?

www.PS3fanboy.com will have the founder of Media Molecule on the PS Nation podcast this week discussing several topics on LittleBigPlanet including private levels,the story mode and soon to be realized plushies?? I want one kinda bad now.For the girlfriend of course!!

So I urge you to check these guys out.I listen to their podcast every week and I'd say it's one of the better ones out there along with pretty much everything 1up does.

SCEE PSN Store update for 6/19/2008

Ok,my European friends.Here is your update(it's late I know right?)
For the MGS database,just download it from the US or Japanese store.

Civilization Revolution
Dark Sector


Warhawk (Combo Booster) - £4.99
Guitar Hero III (Coldplay Track Pack: Violet Hill, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, Yellow) - £3.99
Everybody's Golf World Tour (Oceania Resort Course) - £2.99
High Stakes Poker (3 new modes) - Free


High Velocity Bowling
Pain: Nigel

GT Academy
Bad Company

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sony's games at E3 July 15th-17th 2008

Here's is what Sony is officially announcing will be at E3.We of course know there will be more.

Killzone 2
MotorStorm Pacific Rift
Resistance 2
SOCOM Confrontation
Buzz TV

I expect to hear what Naughty Dog has been doing.What does LBP and the PSP have in common?More about the content of Curse. What's the deal with Infamous? and some PSN title news.
Should be exciting all around for Sony Fans.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Heavenly Sword 2 canceled by SCEE

According to Kotaku sources,Heavenly Sword 2 has been canceled by SCEE.This will make the thrid title canceled by SCEE.Personally,I thought the game was fun,but I couldn't quite see a IP that was a clone of God of War.Will there be more cancellations?

Thanks to Kotaku

PSP Firmware 4.00 available soon

The official Sony Blog has up some info on the next PSP firmware.It doesn't look like much will be available.From Eric Lempel(Director of PSN operations)below:

I wanted to give you all a heads up that a new PSP system software update, v4.00, will be released soon, adding Google Internet search directly to the XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface.

This new upgrade replicates the Google Internet search experience, delivering the same search results that you’d get at www.google.com. And with a search history recall of 20 items, Web searches couldn’t be easier.

After you download and install the firmware on your PSP, click on the XMB’s Network icon and then the new Internet Search icon. Enter your keywords and then let Google’s algorithms do the work. You’ll need to be connected to the Internet via a wireless access point or Wi-Fi hotspot. Googling something on the go has never been more convenient on your PSP.

Another new feature delivered through the 4.00 update is the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos stored on your Memory Stick PRO Duo, so you can speed through or slow down what you’re watching. To do this simply press the up or down directional buttons while playing a video. Enjoy!

Spore Creature Creator Demo

Saw this on www.videogaming247.com.I'm going to be downloading this today as it looks like a load of fun.

Here's the link:

I think Robbie Bach is right.My Xbox 360 story

Earlier this week,I read a interview with Robbie Bach(Head of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Group)that said that despite the hardware failures,customers were still brand loyal. Here's the quote to be accurate:

"In the ordinary course of something like this, you would expect it to show up in the customer reaction data. We just haven’t seen that. It speaks to the fact that they love their games and Xbox Live. Does it frustrate them? Yes. On the other hand, they know we’re taking care of them. People have a certain amount of respect for that. If it had happened on a product that had less baseline customer satisfaction, it would have had a bigger impact. We really haven’t seen that."

I will have to agree with Mr Bach on this assessment and that leads to my story.

I purchased my Premium 360 in April 2006,and it has worked flawlessly until just about two weeks ago.I was playing GTA4 and the 3 red lights came up.I contacted Microsoft support and received my coffin(box to ship it back in).I tracked the package and they received it on a friday.

Well,I got my 360 back on the following Tuesday.Three days?? That is amazingly fast for any kind of turnaround.Yes,I checked to make sure it was the same box.I had a ink mark on the side and it was still there.

Fast forward to this past Friday and my 360 started flashing 2 lights.That's the code for overheating.So,I can only assume that it wasn't completely fixed the first time.Yes,I was a little irritated as you might imagine.So I logged in to Xbox.com and order another repair order.Now,my 360 is going back for repairs again.That's twice in two weeks basically.

Now here's the strange thing.As Bach said,yes it is very irritating,but I'm still ready to get my 360 back to play.I have a PS3,PSP,PC and I play all of those just as much,but I'm just not mad enough at Microsoft yet to give up...Yet.

Haze was terrible.Will Star Wars Battlefront 3 be better?

I think we are all in agreement that Haze was a pretty bad title.I don't think it was Superman 64 bad,but I couldn't get farther than a hour or so into the game. Since,I'm hearing that Free Radical(rumour) will be getting their hands on the Lucasart's title Star Wars Battlefront 3.Will it come out as a better game and will they put more effort into it than Haze. I was a big fan of SW Battlefront on PC and hope that they can take their time and make it what it should be.Big freaking space battles and no Ewoks.

Many people feel Haze was over hyped or that it was a peace offering between Sony and Ubisoft to get their feet in the door of exclusivity.I rather feel it's a big pot of both.That Haze had to live up to a lot of expectations and fell rather flat in all departments.

I would ask that if a new Star Wars Battlefront comes to fruition,that it would have a good community site with Rankings and Stats.That's all I want.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Firmware 2.36 coming to PS3 soon

Getting reports this morning from the blogs that 2.36 is coming.Just a security and title update as it looks like.Nothing yet on 2.4,sadly.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

360 getting Mii like Avatars??

According to 360fanboy,it looks like Microsoft will be changing your 360 gamerpic over to a more realistic avatar of what you look like.It looks pretty interesting,but I think the 360 could use some better changes than this.Look for this to show up at E3 next month.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pain 1.67 coming in June.More Trophies,Launcher locations,Modes,custom soundtracks

The official Pain site is reporting a patch is coming out soon.More trophies,modes and more importantly new launcher locations.You can also access your music in game after the patch..Great News indeed!!!I may have to revisit Pain after the update.Click the title above to get to the link.

Pixel Junk Eden demo coming soon along with Youtube uploading

The sixthaxis.com is reporting that Pixel Junk Eden will have a demo in July along with Youtube uploading of your gameplay.Dylan Cuthbert(Q games head honcho and cool guy!Watch the RSVP 1up show cast to see him) says they want to release the demo before the game actually arrives.Great News!! Also,they want to do a free Pixel Junk Monsters patch..

email them pixeljunk@q-games.com to suggest some things.

Also check out www.thesixthaxis.com for more info.

Metal Gear Solid 4 sells 300k in one day in Japan

Definitely,great news for Konami/Sony.I imagine that worldwide,they easily went over a million or more.I've never really gotten into Metal Gear myself,but this game is so well done.I played for four hours straight last night and I never really sit down for one sitting like that much anymore.

Wii crushes all,PS3 ahead of 360

NPD numbers were released and the Wii continues to destroy all in it's path.It' actually going to pass the 360's US user base this month.Wow.Sony pulled ahead of Microsoft by 22k consoles and I expect it to be even more in the month of June.Sound's like this is the year of the playstation.That's 3-2 for Sony in months leading in console sales in the US. Congrats Guys!

Wii - 675,100
Nintendo DS - 452,600
PlayStation 3 - 208,700
Xbox 360 - 186,600
PSP - 182,300
PS2 - 132,000

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

360 Redlights: Part 2

Well,the 360 was up and running for maybe a few days. I guess I'll have to call Microsoft again and get it sent back again..What is going on???

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

MGS4:This is going to be a good week for Sony

Although,I've never really played much of the Metal Gear series,I'll be buying MGS4 this Thursday.From what I've seen(and I'm not trying to spoil myself)the game looks pretty good and alongside the main game,you get Metal Gear online.I won't have much time Saturday,but I intend to put forth some time on Thurs,Friday and Sunday and report back with what I like and dislike about the game..

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Is this 2.4 Firmware footage?

Hmm,what do you think? I don't think it is..lol
Please don't hack your playstations..

Thanks to www.playstationlifestyle.net for putting this up.You really
need to check those guys out if you haven't.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Qore:The review and is it worth your money

Yesterday or this morning(however you want to look at it) Qore was released on the PSN.You can buy a episode(what I recommend) or purchase a yearly subscription for $24.99 and get a free copy of Calling All Cars. Qore contains
videos,art galleries and some info on the following games. Soul Calibur,Afro Samurai,Force Unleashed,Socom Confrontation,Secret Agent Clank.There is also a trailer for the Incredible Hulk(I'm going to see this movie!!)

In this first interration of Qore,you get a spot in the Socom Beta(which I hear is two weeks after it officially starts,but that may change) and a very cool Socom Theme. Now,the question that you are going to ask is it worth my $2.99.This is kinda iffy in my opinion,because I've seen all of the Qore content in one way or the other.Many others,will find this as new info and very appealing.This is why I recommend buying it by the month,because some may be better than others.

I don't think this is Sony's step into charging for PSN( it's not) but a lot of nay sayers will want to make you believe it is.Once the video store goes live,you will see all sorts of content and Qore is really just the beginning.So what you have to ask yourself about the first episode is if the Socom Beta will be worth 3 bucks..My money says yes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Novastrike hits the Sony PSN June 5th

Looks like a interesting title..I have a feeling that
tomorrow is going to be a really really busy day on the PSN.

Resistance 1 and 2 will have trophies and Home support

Today in a chat on Eurogamer Ted Price,CEO of Insomniac said thats plans are to incorporate
Trophies and Home support into Resistance 1 & 2.Great News!

Haze : I couldn't play it any longer.

My original idea was to do a in depth review,but I couldn't make it through the game.While the graphics aren't really bad,the cut scenes and voice overs are some of the worst I have ever seen. The idea of a drug that helps you play better,but would inhibit you,were you to over dose seemed like a good idea.The problem is that you really don't need the nectar and it doesn't really play the role you would think it would.
I may try to play it again,but it is pretty bad..I had high hopes for the game too.
I will probably try to give it another shot,but it left a bad taste.

Insomniac opening Studio in NC nearby

Insomniac games,the creators of Resistance:Fall of Man and the Ratchet and Clank series are opening up a studio in the Raleigh Durham area in 2009.The studio will employee 30 employees apparently. This is great news for the local economy.I wonder if Insomniac will need community people??? I'm available :)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Qore:New downloadable PSN show available June 5th

See below for the text of what Qore is or check out http://blog.us.playstation.com
I'll be downloading the first episode and giving a review of it to others who may be curious.Thanks

Introducing Qore: Taking you behind the curtain with PlayStation

+ Posted by Susan Panico // Sr. Director, PlayStation Network
Today we are announcing that Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network, a highly interactive, monthly lifestyle gaming program covering the world inside PLAYSTATION is on its way to PS3. Qore has been developed to give PS3 users early access to game related content at a level of quality, interactivity and depth. Everything is filmed in HD. Qore will feature exclusive news, developer interviews, in-depth game previews and behind-the-scenes looks at PlayStation games and special access to game demos, special beta invitations, game add-ons and other downloadable game-related content.

Our premier episode will be available on Thursday, June 5. The premier episode includes in-depth exclusive and never-before released content on upcoming PlayStation titles such as SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Secret Agent Clank, Soul Calibur 4 and Afro Samurai, as well as the latest Blu-ray Disc trailers, an exclusive SOCOM: Confrontation theme with an invitation to the SOCOM: Confrontation beta, art galleries and other surprises. We also know that many of you are big fans of Veronica Belmont, the widely-known host of numerous online video programs and podcasts and an avid gamer, so we’ve chosen her to be your host.

To get Qore, simply log onto PSN and go to the PLAYSTATION Store, as you would purchase any other form of downloadable content. Once the single Episode or annual subscription is purchased, that month’s episode will be downloaded under the “Game” heading on the Cross Media Bar (XMB). Users who purchase the “Qore Annual Subscription” will notice only that month’s episode is available to download. The following month, the new episode will automatically appear in your download list. The introductory price for Qore is $2.99 for a single episode and $24.99 for an annual subscription of 13 episodes, using your PLAYSTATION Network wallet.
As Peter Dille mentioned in a previous PLAYSTATION Network post, the broader service and community initiatives launching on the PLAYSTATION Network this year such as Qore, PlayStation Home and the Video Download Service are all evidence of our dedication to delivering an all-encompassing entertainment experience for PS fans. Qore is the first in a series of planned original programming specifically created for the PLAYSTATION Network community and we hope you enjoy it.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Unlocking accolades =Trophies in MGS4

Today,Brandon Laurino posted up 12 tips for MGS4,but what was very
informative is this little tid bit.Wanted to be the first site to bring this info and we were..

"MGS4 is a game built from the ground up for repeat play. As the story draws to a close, you are awarded with one or more secret emblems that acknowledge (and, in effect, rate) your performance and style of play. Usually, even veteran gamers only unlock one, perhaps two on their initial playthrough. There are a ton of these accolades in total"

Sounds like rewards,trophies to me...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

So I play Haze next week..

I guess we'll see if it's as bad as everyone seems to think or if it's a case
of the mob mentality of reviewers.I'm working on Dark Sector,which isn't a bad game.It does have a case of the Gears of War syndrome(with the color pallete)but it's still a fun game so far.

Friday, May 30, 2008

What I'm playing this weekend.

Well,the 360 made it into the repair station in Texas yesterday,so probably two more weeks of no Xbox :(..So,I'm gonna play the PS3 as much as I can.I just picked up Devil May Cry 4 the other day and I have Dark Sector sitting here,so I'm going to try to play through those this weekend.I might also download PixelJunk Monsters,it gets a lot of good reviews btw.

2.4 PS3 Firmware in Action

Click on the link in the title or below


Cellphone pics of the trophy screen,clock,etc.
Apparently,2.4 is getting even closer.I reported on this earlier in the month(yes before a few websites said they did)

2.4 is shaping up to offer PS3 users in game XMB,music,clock,multiple user log ins on the same PS3 and more.The pdf file indicating 2.4 is floating around to devs now and Insomniac has hinted at it also.
Will it make it before June 12th and will we starting seeing trophy patches?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

PSN update 5/29/08:Come back next week.

This weeks update was terrible,nothing really to download at all for the US.I had to go to the UK store to even find anything to look at.In other news,some websites are starting to pick up on the news of firmware 2.4,so that's good.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ubisoft to broadcast in Home today!

Looks like Ubisoft will be the first to take advantage of Sony's new Media event setup in Home.A email was sent out to all Beta testers to be on the look out for this today.Ubisoft will be showing their newest games coming out.

Click the link in the title for the details.Thanks to www.videogaming247.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pre-order Secret Agent Clank..get a cool little figurine

You can download the demo from the store,but if you pre-order now
from a gamestop,then you can get a neat little Secret Agent Clank figure.

Youtube to have direct PS3 uploading of video

See below..and great news.The capability to do this was first made aware in the 2.35 Firmware update

Back in March, we launched the new YouTube APIs and Tools, with the goal of making YouTube an open video services platform and available for use by any website, desktop application, or consumer device. Today, we are announcing a new partnership that takes advantage of the YouTube APIs in a new and interesting way.

We are happy to announce that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3TM) has integrated the YouTube APIs to allow game developers to create games that enable direct upload of in-game video captures to YouTube. This YouTube upload functionality can be incorporated not only into new PS3 game titles, but also existing PS3 titles that have the ability to receive network updates. Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has added YouTube functionality to Mainichi Issho, a popular game with PS3 users in Japan. Gamers will now be able to upload their in-game video captures to YouTube. We're excited at the opportunity this presents and look forward to more and more games to be enhanced with YouTube.

The YouTube APIs are available to all developers and we hope that game developers everywhere will use the YouTube APIs to make video an integral part of their game experience. Whether it's showing off that fantastic touchdown pass, car slide, or karaoke sing-along, we hope that more user-generated content from games will make their way to YouTube and connect with the gamer communities.

Let the games begin!

* PS3 system software must be updated to the latest version.
* “PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark and “PS3” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Kotaku user has pics of PSN cards in the wild


So a reader named "Josh" from Kotaku has taken some photos of a setup for PSN cards at his local Meijers.This is pretty good news.Although,some PSN cards have been available at Military bases for quite a while.The reason for this is that the AVS certification in the PSN does not accept P.O.Boxes or APO boxes. When I talked to Sony in January,they told me they were beta testing them and they would be released soon.Can't wait myself,due to the fact that I have a PO box myself. Let's get it going Sony!!

Memorial Weekend:Not much time for games!

Well,this weekend was pretty busy with family and doing stuff with the girlfriend.We went out and got some things for the baby coming in October. I did go by Gamestop and checked on my stepdaughters Pink Nintendo DS.I'm just going to wait a few days before her birthday and pick it up.I almost picked up a Nintendo Wii,but I feel like I'll just wait a little longer.I did pick up Devil May Cry 4,which looks beautiful.It plays just like the original versions I played on PS2,but looks much better. I also put down my preorder for Metal Gear Solid 4,so I can't wait for that and I'm not the biggest Metal Gear fan.Other than that,it's been a pretty lax weekend for the games.So,hopefully next week it'll pick up! See ya soon.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Star Trek Conquest PS2 gameplay

Some of the first video ever for Bethesda's Star Trek Conquest.Got it last year and just setup youtube for the blog.

Pixel Junk Eden Gameplay

Check out Jeff Rubenstein showing how Pixel Junk Eden works.
A very unusual game.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

SCEE store update for May 22nd,2008

Here's the list of what SCEE is putting up.

Bourne Conspiracy demo (free)
Iron Man demo (free)
Everybody's Golf 2 "Beginner's demo" for PSP (free)
Everybody's Golf 2 "Intermediate demo" for PSP (free)
Ultimate Board Games Collection demo for PSP (free)

High Stakes: Poker Video Chat pack (free)
8x Go!Explore map packs (£14.99/€19.99 each)

Haze music video

High Stakes: Poker trailer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer

pixel junk monsters:encore wallpaper and theme
echochrome wallpaper

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Uncharted:Drake Fortune..A great thrillride.

How can a game be this good?
Uncharted is one of the few games that I've really enjoyed to the end.It plays
very much like a movie and is just as entertaining.Yes,it does resemble Indiana Jones,Tomb raider,the Mummy and other shows,but is that a bad thing? Some people
will say that the Zombies at the end,doesn't really make much sense.I think that
the entire storyline is great and you really have to play through to the end to
get the entire story.

Uncharted has a great mix of action,puzzle solving and platforming and is well worth a 9-9.5 score.The only problem I have with the game is that weapons seem a little weak except for the grenade launcher.So,if you never played Uncharted,go pick it up and enjoy.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My 360 finally went RROD

I purchased it in 4/26/06 and I never really had issues other than disc read errors till last week.While playing GTA4 it red lighted and I reset it and it went away.Well,today I wanted to play a little GTA4 and it wouldn't come on except for three blinking red lights.I called Microsoft and after having to repeat my address and info several times I think he got it right..Sigh..I usually don't like to give in to the RROD,but Microsoft needs to do better.How about a trade up program for the Elite??
I'm so into my 360 I can't just leave it and forget it..26 Xbox arcade games,over 40 360 titles on it and video,movies,etc plus Rockband.
I guess I won't be playing 360 much for the month of June afterall..

SCEE to start posting in the SCEA blog.

The following comments from Jeff Rubenstein.

"We’re working on some plans to get SCEE contributing to this blog. Stay tuned"

This is basically in line with what I reported the other day from what I heard.I think the SCEE traffic through the SCEA blog might have turned a few heads.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Konami pushing for Trophies before June 12th?

Sev is saying (from his sources) that Konami is pushing Sony to get 2.4 up and running before June 12th.From my sources(it's a decent possiblity) and that the Open beta in November for Home isn't really the final release..hmmm
Also expect something better on the information front for Sony's official blogs in regards to the SCEE reigon.Yes,Threespeech(better spell it the proper way instead of joking or the dorks wont' get it..lol) isn't pulling it's own. Stay tuned for some more info tomorrow on Sony happenings!

PSN store update for 5/15/08

Sony's official blog has put it up.(Sorry,I didn't put advance of what was coming out as usual)

Hot Shots Golf New Characters
Slip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PLAYSTATION 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds. Rip a 300 yard drive down the middle the fairway or go pin hunting on those tricky par 3s. No mulligans needed as Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds is all about having fun and enjoying the most entertaining and over the top golfing experience imaginable. So come on, step up and give it your best shot.

Gloria - Expert Skill Level ($0.99)
Alex - Intermediate Skill Level ($0.99)
File sizes: 100 KB

Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus!
Saturn is in the clutches of the Legion of Terra and it’s up to YOU to stop them! Continue the story with your original saved characters.
File sizes: 27 MB

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

“Kool Thing”—Sonic Youth ($1.99)
“Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”—The Clash ($1.99)
“Hanging on the Telephone”—Blondie ($1.99)
File sizes: 20.5 MB - 26.8 MB

Rock Band price promotion: “Shockwave” & “Sugar Magnolia” are reduced to $0.99 for a limited time.

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore Downloadable Songs ($1.49 each)
Plug in the microphone and live out your dream as a singing sensation! Expand your Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore library by purchasing tracks from the in-game store. For music credits, visit the Karaoke Revolution section of www.konami.com. Full list of tracks (21) after the jump.

Game Demos (free)
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit Demo
The next generation of Dragonball Z fighting. Heroic battles of good versus evil, powered by explosive energy and raw emotion lie ahead.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 477 MB

Overlord Raising Hell Demo
Think evil, breed evil and control all (with lots of laughs along the way) in the PLAYSTATION® 3 demo of Overlord Raising Hell – Codemasters’ twisted Action RPG adventure. In this demo, players don the Overlord’s illustrious armour, assemble a team of fighter minions and head off for a session of serious destruction in the once tranquil area of The Mellow Hills.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 857 MB

Game Videos (free)
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja Storm Announcement Trailer
Experience the stunning Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm announcement trailer! At last, the line between NARUTO Animation and Gaming will truly disappear!
File size: 78 MB (1080)

MK vs. DCU Gamers’ Day Trailer
For the first time ever the Mortal Kombat warriors battle with DC Universe Super Heroes. Choose your side and challenge your opponents with a new fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat along with dynamic multi-tiered environments.
File size: 32 MB (HD)

Movie and Blu-ray Disc Trailers (free)
Pineapple Express Red Band Trailer
RideTheExpress.com. Next summer, the guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express.
File size: 164 MB (1080)

Having fallen in love at first sight, a shy musician attempts to win the heart of a beautiful young woman, unaware she’s awaiting the return of her own true love.
File size: 71 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes (free)
HAZE Theme
Customize your PS3™ system with a cool HAZE theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 1.69 MB

Overlord Raising Theme
Customize your PS3 system with a cool Overlord Raising Hell theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size: 4.13 MB

echochrome Themes
Customize your PS3 system with cool echochrome themes. These themes allow you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons. Download today!
File size:504 KB - 651 KB

PS3 Wallpaper (free)
Overlord Raising Wallpaper (x5)
Customize the background of your PS3 system with this new Overlord Wallpaper.
File size:77.2 KB - 360 KB

Here is this week’s content release for the PLAYSTATION Store for PC. To download these games to your PSP, navigate to http://store.playstation.com. There, you’ll find descriptions of the content and directions on how to get started. For more on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, please click here.

Game Demos (free)
* Secret Agent Clank Demo (also downloadable via PS3)

PSP Themes (free)
* echochrome (File size: 105 KB -81.7 KB) (also downloadable via PS3)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2.4 firmware sdk to devs in June(trophies?)

Well,apparently the sdk for 2.4 will be going out in late June(the firmware might come sooner).The capability to do 2d trophies on the xmb and some communication upgrades should be available.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Home:Beta extended in July and open beta in Fall

I think we all know that Home will be getting a open Beta in the fall.SCEE will be extending the Beta in July and even opening it up to European Press.Later this month,they are supposed to show off some of the gaming spaces. So,if anybody at SCEE is looking at this.How about a Beta invite :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

PSN Store Update for May 8th

The Bourne Conspiracy [Demo (FREE)
Guitar Hero III DLC - Muse Track Pack ($6.25)
Haze [Demo] (FREE)
PixelJunk Monsters ENCORE! [Add-on] ($5.99)
Race Driver: GRID [Demo] (FREE)
Rock Band DLC ($1.99 each, $5.49 pack)

- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds [Demo] (FREE)
- SOCOM: Confrontation Theme & Wallpapers (FREE

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Oh Noes!!! LittleBigPlanet delayed one month


Well,LBP is pushed back a month. This is not that big of a deal compared to what many people think about Killzone 2 getting bumped to 2009. From what I understand,Media Molecule is trying to pack in plenty of content for the creation part of the game. The single player game seems to be really up to snuff,with harder obstacles,bosses,enemies and plenty of ways to die.You are timed on your completion of the board.There are checkpoint orbs,so if you do die or get left behind you restart at that point.I'm really excited about this game. I guess it's because I want to build a Mario board(who doesn't right?)

Review of the Haze Demo

First off,the Haze demo is not bad at all. The guns feel a little akward,but I get a very Haloish vibe when playing the game. One thing I noticed and it's a sort of in game XMB. From the profile screen in the game,you can bring up a menu that has friends(that menu is the XMB friends list).So in game XMB should not be a problem.
Not much of a storyline to begin with.Your dropped in the Jungle to fight Rebels.There is a tutorial on using the drug Nectar.Basically,it helps you see your enemies,makes you faster and melee like the Hulk. The graphics aren't bad,either.So,I think this game is definitely going to be worth a look.

Happy Playstation Day!!!!!!

I will have some updated info of all the coverage from the show
today in London. Also,expect a review of the Haze Demo and
some thoughts about what to expect later this year from the PS3/PSN .

Friday, May 2, 2008

SCEE updates PSN store May 6th and May 8th

May 6th
Playable content
Condemned 2 demo
Haze demo
Blast Factor Advanced full game
High Velocity Bowling full game
Street Skater PS1 game
Add-on content
Blast Factor Advanced Research
High Velocity Bowling Character - Mike
Buzz! Quiz TV
Secret Agent Clank
Siren Blood Curse

Playable content
Bourne Conspiracy demo
Race Driver: GRID demo
Add-on content
Army of Two
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Def Leppard Track Pack
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Muse Track Pack
Echochrome Apple trailer
Play Compilation
Press Conference

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GTA4 is going to take up some time.

So I sit down to play for a few hours last night and I have one thing to say about Rockstar's game..


I feel like I'm playing a episode of the Shield/Sopranos or something.I'm playing the 360 version now and I'll be playing the PS3 title some this week too. Only three achievements so far,but the story is very engrossing. I'm not spoiling it,but it keeps dragging me back to play it. Although,one of the characters sounds like Watto from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones..jeez

I'll get the PSN info up today. This game is dragging me away from some of the PS3 stuff I was working on,but I'll get back into it(blog) this weekend hopefully.

Now the step daughter(Mikayla) wants a Nintendo DS(great!!!!) and some games. Wish I had kept mine,but she wants pink one.I'm glad she likes games.

Monday, April 28, 2008

May 1st PSN Store Update

I'm going to be changing this one quite a bit this week..It's getting Hazy..or maybe not
Red Tandy" by the Mother Hips
"Time Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear" by the Mother Hips
"Zero" by Smashing Pumpkins

Echochrome PS3/PSP
Dark Sector Demo

The PJM DLC should be this week or there will be yelling at the official blog and it will explode under the weight of a million or so screaming Monster fans! (it's gonna be May 8th..ugh)

The Hotshots Demo(been playing it..it's good)The UK got it first.
Echochrome theme/wallpaper!

American Idol Karoke:
I'm Coming Out
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
American Woman
Born to be Wild
Careless Whisper
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
The First Cut is the Deepest
Greatest Love of All
Love Will Keep Us Together
New York, New York
Proud Mary
Stand By Your Man
Straight Up
Sugar, We're Goin' Down
The Real Thing
When The Sun Goes Down
You and Me

I have to look some more..there is more btw.
Stay Tuned..I'll be updating as I find out. so don't get all mad if something changes..:)

Games I'm looking forward to..Later this year.

Well,after GTA4 then you have MGS4 and it's not a lot after that..So let's look forward and I'll tell you what I'm looking forward to later this year. There is some real expectation for these games and there are some more I'm missing that I'll probably start checking out.

Sony PS3:
Resistance 2
Socom Confrontation

Xbox 360:
Gears of War 2
I was going to put Too Human,but after hearing them whine about this freaking game..no
I'm in the frame of mind ..it's going to suck bad..
Yeah,it's starting to look a little weak on the 360 side..whats the deal?

I'm going to start back doing reviews too..so stay tuned. The gloves come off on some games and gush about others!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

It's time for GTA4...Let's rock!


So it's time for GTA 4 and yes I'm really wanting to play this game.Never been the biggest fan of the franchise myself,but after all the hype..I must check out this game.I'll be playing both versions in the coming weeks and I hope to put up a side by side comparison of both copies..This will really be interesting for the fans,the fanboys and the slightly interested..So stay tuned!

Since the PSN store isn't reigon locked..go sign up

I would suggest a Hong Kong and UK account.I haven't really looked at the SCEJ side,so not sure whats there.The UK side has some nice themes and some other stuff,so check them out.Just google up a address in London or either Hong Kong and setup a new email account on hotmail and your ready to go!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Trying to secure a interview/questions

Just sent a message to a community manager for a company.Not gonna say which one or anything until he says yes or no,but hopefully I'll be able to get a few questions answered about their major game release this year.They are a good bunch of folks(appreciate the games!)so if he says yes,then I'll put it up to the readers for some questions.

May PSN Store Content "rumors"

This is what I'm expecting for May.I may be a week or so off in there so don't
kill me! lol I'll try to put in some kind of order

Pain DLC character Nigel(yes another one)
The Bourne Conspiracy Demo
Pixel Junk DLC(this might go next week..?)
Bionic Commando rearmed(probably mid may)
Haze Demo(this has to hit before the 22nd at least.
Elefunk(end of may?)
Wipeout HD
There are some more PS1 games down the pipeline too.But I'm guessing it'll be drawn out.
Rayman,Streetfighter Alpha,Wipeout XL,Syphon Filter 3

Will the Hot Shots demo hit?? UK got it.
I think the next couple weeks for the SCEE and SCEA stores will get noticeably better!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 24th US PSN store update

Iron Man Demo (PS3)
Echochromo Demo (PS3)(PSP)
LocoRoco (PSP) Full game
Kingdom Of Paradise (PSP)
Full Game COD4 Map Pack (PS3)
Eye of Judgement Add-On (PS3)
Resistance 2 TEASER(PS3)
PSOne Classic - R-Type
Also look out for some new wallpapers and themes, along with GH3 tracks, Rock Band tracks, and Karaoke Revolution tracks.

I was also expecting the Pixel Junk expansion...hmm
Have to see tomorrow afternoon

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Home Delayed...

Yes,it was announced today that Home will be delayed. Guess it takes a little more time
to sort it out.I'm more concerned with in game XMB and playing some decent titles
in the coming year.I really hope I can get into the closed beta.I hear they will release
some info on this.Should be interesting to see what is required.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The week in Review of my video games

So,this week has been a busy week on the personal front.I picked up GT5P this week,after getting rid of Burnout Paradise.I believe I made it to the A license on the game and it pretty much was the end of what I found exciting about the game.I've been more interested in what Sony has been releasing lately.I really do believe that this year is going to be the year of the playstation 3. I'm picking up GTA4 next week on 360,to see how it's going to be.

I picked up the new update to Stardust HD and I have to say this is one of the best
downloadable games on either PSN or Xbox Live. I know it's just a shmup,but it really keeps
you involved and keeps you coming back.I recommend picking it up.

Played some more COD4 on 360 and yes,it's the best game on 360.I'm really glad that Infinity Ward made this game.It's better than Halo 3 and is the Counter Strike on the console generation.

I might pick up the Warhawk booster packs this week,so expect a review of those.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I've got a copy of GT5Prologue on my desk..

I've never been the biggest Grand Turismo fan,but I figure I'll give it a whirl tonight
and report back.It will be on the PSN tomorrow and hits retail today/tomorrow depending
on where you live.There are about 70cars in the game with 6tracks with alternative routes/mirrored. Should be fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Today was a busy day for Sony

So,the official Sony blog has posted up a State of the Playstation Nation report.Say that three times fast..

PSN Cards coming out soon..(knew this in December,but what was dragging it out)Home,XMB and Accomplishments are coming..Flower( A game from the creators of FLOW is down the road.
I won't bore you to tears so..
You can read all about it over on http://blog.us.playstation.com.

The main thing is the new redesign of the store.You have to love it.It's fast and
really easy to use and find what you need.Gotta give them some credit on some hard work.
There is some content in the store like a Lair update,Super Stardust Update(I have this on my system and it rocks)The only thing is if you don't immediately see it in game,then reload the update and restart and it will boot back up. The rest of the other content will hit Thursday.I can then download the client for Metal Gear Online.(I got a code from Konami yesterday..Thanks!)

Haven't tried GT5P,but I'll play it some tomorrow..Been a long day and I need some sleep.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I won a free code for the Metal Gear online Beta.

So,I was on the official Sony blog...http://blog.us.playstation.com and I saw the new
Metal Gear Mondays post.In the post,was a link to Konami to sign up for the Beta.I signed
up and four mins later and I was in.Well I can download it on the 17th of April,but it doesn't actually start till the 21st.

I'm excited about this.Yet another Beta to play..lol

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I don't like RPGS..but I think I'm going to like Fallout 3.

So,the more and more I hear/see of Fallout 3..The more I want to play it.I'm thinking about picking it up ,just for the bobble head figure on the collectors edition. Well,the game is in a playable state apparently, and we're seeing more and more screenshots,with hopefully some video gameplay down the road shortly. I've never played any of the previous games,so maybe I can go into this with a clear mind and take advantage of the game without being previous Fallout player.I hear those diehards are pretty rough.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

PSN Store Video up and some questions answered..

A new video went up this morning on the official Sony blog for the new store update.I hope my idea of putting firmware update videos on the store makes it Jeff...I'm taking credit for that.
Well the new XMB interface looks pretty neat and it goes live April 15th.Store updates will be on the 17th and will continue to be on Thursdays..HD trailers for Movies will still be available(I know some people have been worried that just clips in the preview screen were it..

The Store will not be reigon locked..Good news,Europeans and anybody looking for unusual content not in your area. I'm seeing all kinds of reports of what may show up in the store from Home(not going to happen,sorry...) to others..SSHD update,new boards for Pixel Junk,etc

So check it out,but you may want to try youtube as the site has been experiencing some issues.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Home: Can it save Sony?

We all know there are private betas currently active for Home.We all know that we should see it sometime in 2008. But,is it the answer to Xbox Live? No,maybe..possibly more.I think Sony is trying the social aspect to bring gamers into a bigger picture.Yes,on Live you can send messages,see what your friend is doing and all that.Well,that is basically what Home will do also,but I think it's going to be more.I think the whole Xmb issue(which I understand the assets are already in the updates)should be resolved pretty soon. So,will we get what we want?

No, we won't. Point being is that you can't please the average gamer.I'm sure there will be some functionality that isn't up to par in someone's mind,but we'll get the base of what we need. After looking at the interactivity that Uncharted,Resistance and Warhawk get...I can't help,but be excited. I just can't wait to see how it evolves from first release to later revisions.

Once they get to the point where you hit the PS button,bring up a friends name(see what level he is on,his accomplishments) and you can join the game he is playing..Then I think Sony has come a long way.

The other thing about Accomplishments/Home I want to mention is the need for a total score/bankroll.I have thought about the idea of having a Accomplishment total score and using the points to be able to buy extras for Home. Extra furniture,outfits,different apartments,etc.
Here's what you do..Have a total Accomplishment score,but have seperate bankroll with the same amount.It subtracts the points when you buy items,but still shows you have 10k accomplishment points to your friends..

Just a idea Sony!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Video of the new PSN to be up this week and other PS3 rumors

Keep an eye out on the official sony blog this week for some new video of the new store upgrade.From what I hear it'll be before Wednesday,so keep checking http://blog.us.playstation.com.

Bioshock 2 on PS3?? Seems like it's going to happen .
Kotaku has a story up on it now,but they have been posting job postitions for a while now.

Whats going to be on the PSN store after the 15th?
I've keep hearing rumours of a psn original game,some more PS1 titles,GT5P of course and a larger content amount.My money is on Echochrome(but I've heard May-June)

PS3 getting Fallout 3 exclusively?
No,it's going to be mulitplatform...I've asked..give it a rest folks.It's for PC,360 and PS3.

Infinity ward is plugging away on the PS3 maps for COD4,so expect them not long after store release.Go buy them,they are worth the money.

DLC for Ratchet and Clank..Yes,but when??
I think the PSN release chart was not a fake after all..Bring it on guys.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Quick review of the COD4 Variety Pack Maps

Well,I was off work today to go to the doctor with my gf.We're expecting our first child,so that was fun.But,I woke up early to check out the new maps and downloaded them off Xbox Live.
It took about 45 mins for the full 446mb download.There seems to be three map variety rotations.Deathmatch,Objective and Hardcore.So here's the run down.

It's sniper heaven.The map leaves a nice section of high ground for an assault,but this map is really made for sniping.There is a riverbed and a tunnel network along with a small town to fight in on the top of the hill. If you like the sniper rifles,then this is your map.It's my second favorite

2. Broadcast
My favorite map easily.It wide and varied in it's size,shape and options. This is basically,the TV station from the single player game,but much larger.It has a parking lot and multiple entrances.Very fun and some good close quarter combat in this one.

3. Chinatown
It's supposedly,a remake of Carentan from COD2.The map has plenty of stores and buildings to fight in and city streets.I like it,but it doesn't really go along with the COD4 theme. Keep your claymores handy on this map.

Haven't played it yet.I think it's either not setup correctly,or I'm not choosing the right map selection.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Podcast Review Central #2 Major Nelson's Podcast

Major Nelson's podcast is another that I listen to on a weekly basis.Although,I would like for it to contain more discussion about titles and what is going on,it is very informative.The interviews are a nice touch as you get a insight into the gaming world. Larry Hyrb(gamertag Major Nelson)
does a excellent job in communicating the updates/marketplace info on his official blog and does mention some content in the podcast also. He is routinely joined by "E" who is also a Microsoft employee(but he still hasn't beaten COD4)..so make sure to download the podcast and check them out.It's definitely worth a listen.

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Pics of the PSN store revision

Eurogamer.net has the first pics of the new PSN.Looks pretty good.They keep the similar colors but change it to a more centralized designed.The upgrade should hit before the end of the month.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Weekend Ramblings

So I traded in Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Army of Two today.I tried to get Condemned 2,but it was sold out.So I picked up the PS3 eye camera. You can do videos and there are several neat games out there on the PSN for it.So I'll try those out. I also preordered GTA4 for the xbox 360.I've never really been a grand theft auto fan,but this looks appealing. Now,it looks like Sony will be updating Home with GTA features(kinda wish I had gotten it on PS3)

I also picked up a 50 dollar visa card to buy some items on the PSN,since Sony will not let my credit card work since its a PO box address.

Well of to watch I am Legend with the GF.Should be fun!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Socom Confrontation:Release date of Sept16th

1up is reporting that Socom Confrontation is going to be released Sept 16.A socom website will also go live soon.Check it out.
Should be a fun PSN game and from the pics I have seen,pretty too.

Army of Two/360 : Definitely Rental Material

I can't stand it.Sorry,but I'll be blunt about it. The game irritates me to no end.If you are looking to pick this up and play the single player campaign..Forget it! The AI is completely useless.For example,I was wounded and the AI decided to drag me around the entire board and I couldn't do anything until it decided to stop and heal me. I may try to play it some more,but this may be a trade-in.I usually can handle some problems,but it's just so frustrating. Also,when you switch the difficulty to Contractor..It's really really tough. The gun sounds are terrible,etc.
I guess the only saving grace in my mind is that you can play with a friend and that makes a much better game.But,so far I'm not impressed..Save your money folks.

Army of Two
Xbox 360
EA Games
Played through second level so far.
Grade: C-

Monday, March 24, 2008

2.20 PS3 update is out!!

Downloading it now..Pick it up
Includes some new BD functionality.

Gaming Website Review #1 PS3forums.com

This week we look at a favorite of mine and you dont have to be a PS3 owner only to enjoy it.They cover everything from old school consoles to the 360 to everything else under the Sony umbrella. The forum is moderated very well and they don't suffer from too much of the rampant fanboyism seen in other sites. You can get updated news(I've seen it pop up there faster than Kotaku),you can even get a custom signature made very quickly. Technically,the site loads slow on occassion,but it could be traffic issues.So check em out when you get a chance at www.ps3forums.com

My name over there is RMoore,so if you see this hit me up.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Star Trek gaming..

There really is a need for a game for Star Trek that is a RPG.Look at Oblivion,and you can imagine Trek in that scenario. I understand,most people don't like the starship battles(I like it)but,lets get a RPG. Come on!! Bethesda knows how to do a RPG,so it's not a problem...Fallout 3 is starting to get playable and is going tobe a great game.I know they have the abilty..It's just that the fanbase has a certain loyalty..I want a RPG..Let's get it going!!!~!

360/PS3 Random thoughts.

360 Thoughts

The new update for RockBand became available this week.The store is perfect.The worst part before was trying to see the songs available on Marketplace and now you have it together in a well designed setup.Great Job!

Call of Duty 4 continues to soak up most of my time.Looks like I'll be downloading the new map pack available on April 3rd. It's going to be 800MS points,but well worth it.

I have been playing some Army of Two and it's very fun with a buddy,but the AI partner is completely retarded.I play on professional level and I was wounded..Well the AI dragged me around the whole board before healing me.Yeah,I think I'm just playing for achievements now..

I'm going back to playing a little Star Trek Legacy. Some of the better players like (gamertag:)
XXTC,Surlaw the Mai,Terrabtyz are playing in a tournament.I'm definitely not good enough to play those guys,but the tips are very helpful.

Xbox Live Arcade has been sucking majorly lately.Nothing really I want to play. Come on Bionic Commando!!!

Burnout Paradise has been fun,but it's a major time sucker trying to find all of the jumps and billboards.I continue to play it and it's a ton of fun.Pick it up if you get a chance.

Be sure to check out pick and play on Xbox Live.It's on the inside Xbox channel .Interesting little show.I listen to achievement junkie podcast and I love it!

PS3 Thoughts
If you aren't playing Uncharted Drakes Fortune,then you should. It really is a great game.

The Warhawk 1.3update should be available soon if it isn't already.Using a wrench to blow up a tank??? How can you not love that shit...really

PSN cards??? Where are you?
I'm having to use a generic credit card that you buy from walmart to buy games.Looking forward to getting SuperStardust HD.The demo is fun.

Downloaded Condemned 2,but haven't tried it yet.Maybe today.

GT5 Prolouge should be out soon.Not sure,if I'm getting it,but I'll be looking at the community opinion first.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

PS3 update 2.20 very soon

According to press releases Sony will dropping 2.20 very soon.Maybe as early as today.
Here is some of what is in the update.I expect some hidden stuff too to get it up to snuff for Home/XMB(which I think will be Sony's announcement at E3)

See below:

The ability to copy PS3 Music and Photo playlists to a PSP system. We introduced the ability to create Music and Photo playlists on the PS3 in firmware update v2.0. Now you can easily export your playlists to your PSP.

You can now play DivX and WMV format files that are over 2 GB.

Resume Play - begin playing a DVD or BD disc from the point where you previously stopped it, even if you eject the disc and insert a different movie or game.

Use your PSP as a remote control to play back your music files on your PS3 without turning on your TV.

The Internet browser now displays some web pages faster.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Game Giveaway: Star Trek Conquest

With the start of the new blog we want to have a contest and give away a game.
First off,this is a relatively new game from Bethesda(I purchased this one) and I will give it away to the person who has some graphics talent.What we need is a new logo and a banner for the top of the blog.It needs to be in HTML for the blog and incorporate Well Rounded Gamer as the title.
So send me what you have to gnewton@nc.rr.com. Put Game giveaway as your subject thread.
I know the trek fans will probably go for it,but anyone is welcome.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Review of Pain/PSN

Pain is one of those games that you either love or hate (like a relative).Even though the game is out in the US,it should be hitting Europe this week or next (hopefully and according to gossip).First the bad things. It is lacking in content and value.The game costs $9.99 and you get basically one section of a city to send your guy flying into objects ala The Greatest American Hero.If the game was say $5.99 I could understand it,but nonetheless I still enjoy it. It's a good family game also,but don't expect to play it for hours on end. Three levels and the game would have been golden,but this feels setup to burn your for extra content on PSN. You can also buy extra characters,but I still feel ripped off at this point.
Well,you ask what are the good things? It's damn fun. You have got to laugh at someone falling into a smokestake or getting their nuts smashed into a pole. Yes,it is a test of what the Havok engine can do and it does have a lot of failings. But,I think if you have the extra coin and want a little time waster,then why not. Although,don't blame me when you say "That's it?"
There are extra modes such as Mime Toss,Spank the Monkey and the free dlc fun with explosives which adds some extra play time.There is also a mp selection to the game,but I rarely play that much. So is it worth your money?

Yes,if your money was 5-6 bucks,but at the current price point I don't think so.

Sony PS3 PSN game
Grade: B-

Army of Two Co-op

EA's Army of Two Co-op is very,very fun. I played this with my girlfriend's brother Saturday and it rocks. I can't say anything about the single player yet,but if you have some friends then this game is for you. So go buy it and ignore your family for a while.

Burnout Paradise/xbox 360

I have been playing this game for a while now and it's quite fun.I'm just trying to figure out
the perfect park achievements and how to do showtime.It's hard to get 1.5m on showtime.Any hints? I need about 15 more events to make it to A license.With all the games to review and play how will I make the time.

Burnout Paradise/xbox 360

Saturday, March 15, 2008

EA: Army of Two

Just picked this up so we'll see if it's any good.Probably
play a little tonight and tomorrow.Just need to see who's
online and what the co-op is all about.Look for a review
down the road.

Call of Duty 4:New Chinatown map

Gametrailers has a new video up with the release of the new map for call of duty 4.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Podcast Review Central #1

This is the first in a little review of my favorite podcasts. So go to itunes and download achievement junkie.It's only about 30 minutes long,but it's quite enjoyable. Nelson and Natalie are the hosts and you feel like your listening to regular people talking about their favorite games.The podcast is 360 specific so dont' plan on hearing any playstation discussion,but it's worth a download.
You won't hear anything new or amazing,but if you want to hear some relaxing talk about games.You found the right podcast

Burnout DLC free??

I really enjoy Burnout Paradise so any content that is free is good..Keep it coming
Story below from shacknews.

Some of the upcoming downloadable content for Criterion Games' open-world racer Burnout Paradise (PS3, X360) will be free, creative director Alex Ward has revealed.
"The [new] islands will all be free," Ward wrote on the developer's official forum. The island environments are expected to provide owners with new challenges and tracks.
"That's not to say all of the downloadable content we are working on will be free," he later told videogaming247. "We will charge (price TBC) for some stuff."

Ward remained tight-lipped on the specifics of the content that could incur a charge, noting that the company sees DLC as a way of "continuing to develop the game which we worked on....almost to the point of making a new game.
"New game modes are very important to us, but it's about more than that," he teased

GTA4: New MP modes.

Some new info popping up on gta4.net. I'm not really interested in GTA4,but I might still pick it up based on its popularity..Now which platform to go with..hmmm
Copied and pasted below for easy reading.

The latest issue of PSM Spain has a new article on Grand Theft Auto IV, with 20 new screenshots and the first details on GTA IV's multiplayer system. Here is a list of the new information, which is being updated constantly:
There are 15 multiplayer game modes in GTA IV. PSM had an opportunity to play 7 of them. The rules of each game are determined by the host.
Multiplayer supports upto 16 players.
Your online character is fully customizable. You can alter his race, sex, hair, clothing etc.
PSM Spain has all the first details on GTA IV's multiplayer system.
The game modes featured are as follows:
Hangman's NOOSE
Car Jack City
Bomb da Base
Bomb da Base II
Mafia Work
Team Mafia Work
Team Deathmatch
Turf War
Cops n Crooks
GTA Race
Deal Breaker
Free Mode
In Race and GTA Race, the host gets to decide which vehicles are involved, and the number of laps to be played. You can shoot and throw molotovs from the window, and even steal your rivals' car.
In Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, the host gets to decide whether the police can intervene or not. The host also gets to decide the number of pedestrians, the amount of traffic, and the type of weapons.
In Cops n Crooks, one team play as cops and the other play as criminals. The cops must stop the criminals from escaping. They can monitor the locations of the criminals on their GPS systems, while the criminals have no idea where the cops are.
In Mafia Work and Team Mafia Work, you play as one of Kenny Petrovic's mafia henchmen. You must complete hits ordered by the boss (via the cellphone) before your rivals are able to do so.
A single-player mission called "Hangman's NOOSE" features co-op. You and your friends will be able to escort a mobster, while being pursused by a SWAT team.
The map used in multiplayer is the same map that is used for single player.

What I'm playing this weekend. 3/14 edition

Proably not going to be doing much tonight,but I hope to get in some Rock Band this weekend with my friends.Sunday will be some COD4 on 360 and I'm going back and playing what I didn't finish on Uncharted:Drakes Fortune. It's still the best looking game on the PS3. Reminds me of Indiana Jones if he only wore better clothes.

US PSN Store Update 3/13/08

Yesterdays store update was unremarkable,but I did download a few themes and videos.I also got the Wipeout Pulse demo.It seems pretty fun,but here's the list of what is on the store.
It's a slow time in terms of new games,so I didn't expect a lot of demos.

Add-on Game Content
Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.File size: 100 KB
PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)PAIN can hurt, but be careful - Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.File size: 7.42 MB
PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)“Gimme a ‘P’! Gimme an ‘A’! Gimme an ‘I’! Gimme an ‘N’! What does it spell!?!?? Umm…Can someone tell me what that spells, please?” Yeah, that’s Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.File size: 4.68 MB
GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy’s Track Pack (free)“Famous for Nothing”, “Flannigans Ball”, “Johnny”, “I Hardly Knew Ya”, as performed by Dropkick Murphy’s. For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.comFile size: 41.7 MB
Rock BandBuild your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit www.RockBand.com.
“Shockwave” - Black Tide ($0.99)
“Beethoven’s C***” - Serj Tankian ($0.99)
“CrushCrushCrush” - Paramore ($0.99)
File sizes: 20.3 MB - 23.7 MB
Demos (free)
Major League Baseball 2K8 DemoThis is a 3 inning demo of baseball gameplay from Major League Baseball 2K8. It features 2 teams (Boston and Colorado) and 1 stadium (Fenway Park).ESRB Rated EFile size: 952 MB
Game Videos (free)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds - Characters & CoursesSlip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.File size: 41.6 MB (HD)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds - New Shot SystemSlip on the golf shoes, step out on the course and tee it up on the PlayStation 3 with Hot Shots Golf Out Of Bounds.File size: 64.5 MB (HD)
Viking: Battle for Asgard Teaser TrailerYou are Skarin, a rage-fueled Viking warrior hell-bent on revenge. The goddess of death has resurrected a legion of demon warriors to overrun mankind and begin the apocalypse. Wage all-out war to annihilate the enemy and free the Earth from the grip of the Underworld.File size: 70.3 MB (HD)
Viking Episode 1 - Skarin’s Calling TrailerThe invasion of Hel’s Dread Legion. Midgard is brought to its knees, its sons and daughters murdered or imprisoned. Is there no one to stand against her? Have the gods deserted us?File size: 84.7 MB (HD)
Viking Episode 2 - Siege of Caldburg TrailerCaldburg, The Jewel of Galcliff, now overrun by Hel’s monsters and corrupted by the horrors committed within its walls. Skarin knew its importance to our people, and we marched on the city with a grim determination.File size: 76.5 MB (HD)
PS3 Themes (free)
God of War: Chains of Olympus ThemeCustomize your PS3 system with a cool God of War: Chains of Olympus theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.File size: 8.19 MB
PAIN: Ginger ThemeCustomize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Ginger theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.File size: 2.53 MB
PAIN: Muffy ThemeCustomize your PS3 system with a cool PAIN: Muffy theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.File size: 2.58 MB
Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 1Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.File size: 25.5 MB
Condemned 2: Bloodshot Theme 2Customize your PS3 system with a cool Condemned 2: Bloodshot theme. This theme allows you to change up the look of your background and XMB icons.File size: 14.2 MB
Here is this week’s content release for the PLAYSTATION Store for PC. To download these games to your PSP, navigate to http://store.playstation.com. There, you’ll find descriptions of the content and directions on how to get started. For more on the PLAYSTATION Store for PC, please click here.
Demos (free)
* WipEout Pulse Demo
PSP Themes (free)
* God of War: Chains of Olympus Theme
PSP Wallpaper (free)
* God of War: Chains of Olympus Wallpaper (x4)
Hope you enjoy!

Enewtabie's review: Call of Duty 4/Xbox 360

I wanted to start my reviews with a game that really has taken a hold of my personal time. First off,let me give you a disclamer.I'm not a professional reviewer,but I will give you a straight opinion.

The single player campaign will rock your ass from beginning to end.Although,the plotline feels like a Michael Bay movie(which isn't a bad thing or is it?) you can't help,but be sucked in. I won't spoil the ending,but it's one of the best in modern video games. Listen up Infinity Ward and make a few more single player missions as DLC.I will spend the money. The SP missions are well rounded and vary from locations all over Europe and the Middle East and Russia. You will spend your time playing as either a British SAS commando or USMC Marine.I personally would have liked more time with the Marines. The graphics are also very impressive and I only suffered slight framerate slowdown,but that could be the 360s fault.

Now to the bread and butter. The multiplayer slaps you in the face like a cheap prostitute. From the perks to the challenges to the wide variety of maps. The level system maxes out at rank 55,but you can go over to prestige levels 1-10. I'm on level 45,but I will be stopping at 55 so I can keep all of my weapons. I've played most of the types of games and I find Headquarters to be my favorite.Probably the combination of high scores , unified goal and I like stabbing people in the neck who are protecting the HQ. The multiplayer will definitely pull you away from other things. Just don't forget to dump the trash or wash dishes(hmrph)

Infinity Ward will be releasing 4 maps as a part of a pack this spring/summer.No idea about price yet,but many are hoping for free. I'll gladly pay up to 800 MS points myself. I also think downloadable missions and weapons would be a good idea. Listen up fourzerotwo..

So in Conclusion,if you don't have this game. Go buy it. You'll thank me. You wife,partner or significant other will curse me to no end. You'll be smiling while singing "Frag out!"

Call of Duty 4
Developer: Infinity Ward
Platform version reviewed:Xbox 360
Single Player played to completion on Normal, just started Veteran
Multiplayer: Currently on Level 45