New Pokemon Black & White Details Surface

April 14, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Nintendo

If you’re a Pokemon fan (let’s face it, most of us were at some point) then you’ll probably be pleased to hear that new information about upcoming Pokemon Black & White has been dropped in your lap. While the official site wasn’t due to update with the new info until tomorrow Coro Coro Comics managed to get the details in advance, along with the first screenshots.

The screenshots show newcomer Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark fighting it out on the battle screen. Also shown are some town and field sections, all of which I’m sure will be scanned and placed on the Internet in no time (which means they’re probably already on the net somewhere).

The game will also be the first in the series to go 3D; which means that areas such as battles, fields and towns will appear 3D – the towns and fields actually presented from a 3/4 perspective. We’re talking 3D polygons here, not the coming out of the screen 3D that the 3DS will have.

Towns are said to be more realistic, with high rise buildings and additional shops in the Pokemon Centre. Battles will be more heated, whatever that means, and there’s something about ‘Evolution 3’ that not even the magazine seems to know much about.

Hopefully we’ll learn a lot more soon, including the reveal of more Pokemon aside from the two we already know about. At least it seems like Nintendo is trying to revive a series that has effectively gone stale, at least in terms of gameplay.


Earthworm Jim Remake Coming to DSiWare

March 17, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Nintendo

Gameloft announced today that the iPhone remake of Earthworm Jim (there’s an iPhone remake? Damn, I’m going to have to check that out) will be released on DSiWare.

The remake includes updated graphics and audio; with redrawn sprites, brighter colours, improved audio and remixed tunes. There’s also an easy mode with hints and tips, plus a bonus mode where you repeat Jim’s various expressions into the DSi camera.

Gameloft hopes to stay as true to the original as possible whilst also making it easy enough for anyone to finish.

Pricing details are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for those in the near future.

(Via Nintendo Life)

GAME Coming to Playstation Home On, Erm, The Moon

March 15, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

If you’re into retailers creating their own ‘virtual spaces’ then you may be interested to know that GAME, the British retailer, is coming to Playstation Home. I know that might not be many of you, and I also know that many of you will probably have only touched Home for five minutes, but let’s talk about it anyway.

The new space, launching on 18th March, is apparently a way of finding out about upcoming releases and activities across the Playstation brand. Of course, there’s always been GAME’s website and, erm, the rest of the Internet but you don’t get to visit a TOTALLY AWESOME Moonbase if you do that, do you? No, I didn’t think so!

So, there you are on a virtual recreation of Earth’s Moon walking around in a branded Moonbase, what the hell is there to do? There’s poster sites, video screens, a dance floor, billboards, meeting places and four internet browser terminals. Did I mention this is also on the MOON? THE FREAKING MOON! Screw Obama cancelling plans to go back to the Moon, GAME has got us covered!

In case that’s not enough (you want more? We can’t please you people can we?) there’s also a ‘Lunar Leap’ game where players boost themselves in zero gravity across a giant crater. If you successfully land your avatar on a designated pad you can win an exclusive GAME astronaut outfit (see above). Isn’t this just the best thing EVER?

(this post may not entirely be devoid of sarcasm)

Bioware ‘Reveals’ Dragonage Sequel Release Date?

March 11, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

There’s a nice little surprise watching in the package for the retail version of upcoming Dragonage: Origins expansion, Awakening. It contains a leaflet with a date of 02.01.2011 printed on it, which seems to hint at the release date for Dragonage 2. Well when we say ’seems’ we really mean ‘what the hell else can it be?’.

EA has already announced that they’re going to be releasing a new Dragonage next year, so when you put the two things together it’s pretty obvious. Given the early next year release date it’s also looking likely that we’ll find out more about the sequel at E3.

Awakening is available as a download and retail release for PC and 360. The PS3 release is download only, so no little leaflet for owners of that version. You can get it from March 16.

(picture from 1UP)

Mass Effect 2 Gets Free Arc Projector DLC

March 9, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Xbox

Bioware released some more free DLC for Mass Effect 2 today, this time in the form of a new weapon for the game.

The Arc Projector ionizes targets with a non-visible laser to ready them for a high-voltage electrical attack. As the lightning-like bolt hits its first target, a sophisticated auto-targeting system paints succeeding targets with the ionization laser, allowing the electricity to take the path of least resistance and arc between them. An entire enemy strike team can be shocked to death with a few pulls of the trigger. Careful aiming will also allow the user to arc shots to nearby explosives as well.

You can get the new DLC through the Cerberus Network, which is located on the games main menu.

If one weapon isn’t enough for you then you’ll be able to download the ‘Firewalker Pack’ later this month, which includes five new missions and a tank.

R.U.S.E Public Beta Now Available For Pre-Load

March 8, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

If you’re looking for some hardcore RTS fun on that PC of your’s then you might be interested to know that Steam has now made available the R.U.S.E public beta for pre-load.

All you have to do to join in on the fun (well, in 19 hours anyway) is go to this link and download the public beta. You will then be ready to play the beta straight away from tomorrow, meaning you don’t have to sit and wait for the download to complete.

R.U.S.E is a World War II based RTS coming to the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year.

New Fallout: New Vegas Screenshots Released

March 8, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Some new Fallout: New Vegas screenshots were released by Bethesda today, and we’ve got the full gallery below.

The game uses the same engine as Fallout 3, hence the similar look, although apparently the game will have more varied plant life.

Sony Acquires Little Big Planet Developer Media Molecule

March 2, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

In an announcement that will be little surprise to anyone Sony has said that they have officially purchased Little Big Planet creator Media Molecule.

The announcement came via the official Playstation Blog, with Michael Denny, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios Europe, releasing a statement on the acquisition.

“The decision was an easy one after meeting five young, talented people with a massive ambition to redefine video games as we know them and create and grow a fantastically talented team at Media Molecule. This was followed by a fantastic exclusive relationship that culminated in the launch of one of the most innovative PlayStation games of recent years. Of course, LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction here, as it was thanks to you that it became a best selling PS3 title when it released in late 2008.

The acquisition will enhance the talent pool within SCE, protect past and current investment and ensure a solid base for future investment. Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.

The most important thing is that nothing will change from your perspective; Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games. Welcoming Media Molecule into the PlayStation family will allow us to better support their future titles and ambitions.”

Obviously this means that all future Media Molecule titles will be exclusive to PS3 and PSP, so sorry to those people hoping to see Little Big Planet on other platforms.

Sony Trademarks ‘Playstation Arc’ In Japan

March 2, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation, Uncategorized

The wand like motion control device that Sony revealed at E3 last June is yet to be given a proper name (other than “Sony Motion Controller” anyway), but a trademark filing and previous reports have put us one step closer to finding out just what Sony intends to call its new controller.

Siliconera noticed that Sony has previously filed a trademark for the name “Playstation Arc” in Japan. While companies seem to file trademarks for random names all the time this one is particularly intriguing because VG247 said earlier this year that an anonymous source had told them “Arc” would indeed be the final name.  The domain has also been registered by Sony, whilst THQ’s CEO has referred to the device as “Arc” a number of times.

If we put everything together then it may seem fairly obvious that the device will be called “Arc” when it is released later this year. Of course, we could all be wrong and Sony may just be registering the name for another idea they have in the pipeline. In the end I guess the only thing we can say is to place your bets now and hope that all the evidence is correct.

GDC is coming up next week, so hopefully we’ll find out more details then.

“Don’t Connect PS3 to PSN”, Says Sony

March 1, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Playstation

Earlier today we posted about a bug that is currently affecting millions of PS3 owners around the world. In an attempt to alleviate any further damage to consumers Sony has issued a warning.

“We would also recommend not connecting any consumer units to the PSN to the network for the remainder of today.”

Sony have also sent out an official statement on the matter, saying that speculation the consoles internal clock caused the bug is indeed correct. Sony hope to have the problem fixed within the next 24 hours, so you’ll just have to hold your horses until then. Also bear in mind that PS3 Silm’s are unaffected.

The full statement is below:

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:
* The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
* When the user tries to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
* When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.”
* When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
* Users are not able to playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, Please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please check either the PlayStation blog (for SCEE: SCEA: or

UPDATE: Sony has said that the problem is now fixed and you can connect to PSN again.

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