PS3 Still Has 6+ Years Left According to Sony US CEO

February 27, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

The PS3 launched back in November 2006

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton has dismissed any claims that there will be a follow-up to the Playstation 3 anytime soon.

He said that he believes that we are still currently “in the first 25% to 30% of this generation”. Agreeable, given that Sony and Microsoft are still to release their motion controllers that should add another few years to their respective lifespans.

This is what he told Fast Company:

“I would say we’re sitting in the catbird seat. We’ve just passed the third year of the PlayStation 3 and we’re just hitting our stride. And I don’t think anyone is saying, ‘This is a five-year cycle; what’s new on the horizon?’ I can’t even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future.

I can’t say that I have even really given a thought to what or when the next generation will be yet. I suppose that the motion controllers the two companies are coming out with could almost be said to be generation 7.5 as it will add so much to both systems. But they have both said before that there is still a long way to go in this generation. Personally, I’m in no rush to move on just yet…

Love Star Wars? Well That Avatar Of Your’s May Look Better As a Stormtrooper

February 25, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Xbox

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed may have come out a while back now, but that doesn’t stop some items for the game coming to the marketplace anyway. So if you want to dress that Xbox Live avatar of your’s as a stormtrooper then now you can – provided you spend between 80-400 MS Points anyway.

There’s also some props, such as the light sabre, which are guaranteed to up your nerd cred.

Come to think of it the timing of these is probably due to the release of the Hoth DLC pack for SW:TFU, which is available now for 800 MS points.

New Screens for Red Dead Redemption

February 25, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

Rockstar has released five new shots for the upcoming westerner Red Dead Redemption. They show some of the characters you will meet during the game, including Jonah the deputy and a teacher from Mexico, Luisa.

I simply can’t wait for this game, and every little shot, video and piece of information released just makes me drool for it even more. Lets hope Rockstar can meet my expectations, although I’m pretty sure they will.

Read Dead Redemption is out April 27 in the US and April 30 in the UK for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

New Borderlands DLC Delayed Until Tomorrow

February 23, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Xbox

Yesterday we mentioned that the new Borderlands DLC, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, would be out on Xbox Live today. Unfortunately this is no longer the case, with the release date instead being moved to tomorrow.

No reason has been given, but AceyBongos announced the move on his Twitter.

So looks like the new Borderlands DLC will be hitting tomorrow after all – keep an eye on the man himself over at @GeneralKnoXX – @AceyBongos

General Knoxx himself also had this to say:

Well, time tables got all moved around. Looks like the invasion is on tomorrow. Be seeing you (and killing you!) then. – @GeneralKnoXX

24 hours is no big deal, and you can look forward to some mid-week Borderlands fun sometime tomorrow. The PC and PSN releases are still set for Thursday.

This Week’s New Releases (21 – 28 February)

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

I and the monkey finally made up this week, and as I write this he’s currently enjoying a cigar and listening to Mozart. He’s a cultured monkey at heart, it’s just that his natural tendencies took over whenever I’d absent-mindedly left a Word file open on my computer. We now enjoy each other’s company while watching Frasier repeats on Comedy Central.

So, enough about the monkey, what’s out this week? There are two big games of interest; Heavy Rain and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The former makes me long for a PS3, and just might make me buy one, while the latter might actually make me turn on my Wii again; although I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to find my Wii under the mountains of dust.

Here are all of this week’s releases:

  • Heavy Rain (PS3)
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (PS2, PSP, Wii)
  • Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess (PSP)
  • Superstars V8 Next Challenge (PC, PS3, X360)
  • Bit.Trip Void (Wii)
  • Theatre of War: Afrika 1943 (PC)
  • Water Sports (Wii) – The…temptation…to…make…a…pun…too….strong!
  • The Farm (PC)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (DS, PC, PS3, Wii)
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie (X360) – Like that’s going to tempt me to buy it!
  • Sail Simulator 2010 (PC) – Game of the year!
  • Adventures to Go! (PSP)
  • Lips: Party Classics (X360)
  • Puzzle Chronicles (DS, PSP)
  • Gamehits (DS)
  • Echoshift (PSP)
  • Safar’Wii (Wii) – So apparently this didn’t come out the other week after all.
  • Pop’n Music (Wii)
  • Undead Knights (PSP)
  • Casual Mania (DS)
  • Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS) – When I was at school I knew someone who loved this series. He looked like an Orc. True story!
  • Napoleon: Total War (PC)
  • White Knight Chronicles (International Edition) (PS3)
  • Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3, X360)
  • Crash Time III (X360)
  • Dawn of Discovery: Venice (PC)
  • Driving Simulator (PC) – Game of the year runner-up!
  • The Stronghold Collection (PC)
  • The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Wii)
  • Dante’s Inferno (PSP)
  • Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle – Episode Three (PS3)

First Ten Minutes of Final Fantasy XIII In English Now Available to View Online

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

If you’re not too bothered about having the first 10 minutes of Final Fantasy XIII in English spoiled for you then you’ll be pleased to know you can now watch it online.

I know that some people are still undecided on whether or not to buy the game, so the intro may grab their attention. For everyone else I’m not sure why you would want it spoiled, as the games out on March 9.

I won’t be watching it, but my obsession for blogging compels me to post about it anyway. Happy viewing!

New Borderlands DLC Released From Tomorrow

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Just a heads up that the next piece of Borderlands DLC, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, will be released tomorrow on Xbox Live. PC and PSN will get the content on Thursday.

The DLC will set you back 800 MS points on XBL, and $8.99 on PC and PSN. The latter amount is in dollars because the UK pricing is yet to be announced, but we’ll be sure to find out before Thursday.

The new content raises the level cap to 61, along with new enemies and locations to plunder.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Still “Pretty Unrealistic”

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

People have been going on about a Final Fantasy VII remake for ages, and it doesn’t help that Square Enix likes to tease us with PS3 tech demos. Unfortunately it still doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a remake anytime soon, with Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase providing yet another blow to millions of fans worldwide.

Speaking to TechDigest Kitase explained that Square Enix isn’t totally against a remake; it’s just that the development time required for such a large project makes it “pretty unrealistic”.

“If it were possible that we had all the right facilities and the right environment to be able to make and prepare a Final Fantasy VII remake within a year, we’d very much like a go at it,” Kitase said, “But even Final Fantasy XIII has taken over three and a half years to create. If we were to recreate final Fantasy VII with the same level of graphical detail as you see in Final Fantasy XIII, we’d imagine that that would take as much as three or four times longer than the three and a half years it has taken to put this Final Fantasy together! So it’s looking pretty unrealistic to happen!”

Kitase makes a good point, plus developing the remake would mean less time spent on other projects. Do you want new games, or do you want a remake of one of most loved RPG’s of all time? I personally want new games and stories, because as much as I love FFVII I’ve played it, I know the story, and I’m not sure I want anything to ruin the original experience. It’s a game that made me fall in love with RPG’s, but it’s a great memory that should stay in the past whilst we look forward to an exciting future in gaming.

Bioshock 2 Multiplayer DLC Announced, With Single-Player DLC to Come Later

February 22, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

2K has announced that Bioshock 2 will get its first piece of DLC next month. The “Sinclair Solutions Test Pack” will be multiplayer focused, extending the level cap to level 50 with more rank rewards thrown in.

Two new playable characters, Louie McGraff and Oscar Calraca, will be lining up to get shot in the face whilst concurrently being set on fire. Plus, there will also be 20 new trials, a third weapon upgrade for each weapon and five additional masks.

The DLC will go for 400 MS points on Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live, and £3.19 on PSN. No exact release date has been given, but we’re sure it won’t be long before one is.

If you’d rather have more single-player content then 2K assures you that some will be on the day. This will include “more narrative, new tools and new challenges that extend the lore and fiction of the failed Utopia under the sea.”

Check out three screenshots from the upcoming DLC in our gallery below.

Ubisoft DRM to require Internet connection

February 22, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under PC

Ubisoft have finally confirmed the rumour that’s been doing the rounds for a few weeks: their new PC DRM will require an always-on Internet connection in order to play their games. And if the connection drops in the middle of a game, you’ll lose your progress. And if the servers go down, you won’t be able to play your game.

The new DRM will be in all announced Ubisoft PC games , including Assassin’s Creed II, Settlers VII, Splinter Cell Conviction, Silent Hunter 5, Prince of Persia and Ghost Recon. Ubisoft have confirmed that they “plan” to keep the servers up for all games in the future, but would not say they were “committed” to it.

Maybe the best way to defeat pirates is to ensure that no-one plays the PC version of your games?

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