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PlayStation Store updated, slim pickings alongside Chinatown Wars

Posted: 23.10.2009 by Technet2k

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If you expected to be dazzled by the EU PlayStation Store sometime soon, you're out of luck. However today does see the digital launch of GTA: Chinatown Wars for the PSP.

Beside Grand Theft Auto's migration from DS to PSP, not much else is happening on the EU Store front. There's the usual Rock Band and Guitar Hero goings on, but that's about it.

Brother in Arms fans can "probably expect" Gearbox team to return

Posted: 23.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Developer Gearbox is fresh from celebrating the launch of Borderlands, where in the US the game is in short supply, but they're not shirking their past glory like Brothers in Arms.

Brian Martel, Gearbox VP, has said we can "probably expect at some point" they will return to the WWII franchise. Another instalment will "be in the future for sure." Until then, Borderlands.

Modern Warfare 2 PC demands out, wants 16GB of your hard drive

Posted: 23.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The PC specifications to run Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in a comfortable fashion are out, and they're moderate in expectation, unless you've jam packed that HDD.

Providing you're living this side of the millennium, meaning you have XP or Vista, and have a graphics card that at least looks like it's flexing some biceps occasionally , then you're okay.

Microsoft "don't foresee" Xbox Live hike, "no plans" for Blu-ray

Posted: 23.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Recently Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, commented that Blu-ray drives "as accessories" would be coming to the Xbox 360 console, but Major Nelson affirms there's "no plans".

Microsoft has also addressed analyst Michael Pachter's comments that they'll be increasing Xbox Live subscriptions to around $100. They "don't foresee a scenario" in months ahead.

Operation Flashpoint to get patch and DLC, expected month's end

Posted: 23.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher Codemasters has said they hope to update the game and give out new content at the same time for Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, which is by October end.

Their intention "is to align" the two to hopefully do the"whole thing in one." For the developer it's "not a lot of fuss" to work on new content, in fact it's "actually quite easy" to do; open-ended.

THQ unveils 4A Games' Metro 2033, first person shooter due 2010

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Publisher THQ announces that next year from Ukrainian developer 4A Games, Metro 2033 will arrive for Xbox 360 and PC. It's based off Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel of the same name.

It plunges gamers into a "terrifying vision of the future" and has the most "advanced graphics and PhysX effects" there are to have. Players star as Artyom, who must save mankind.

Team ICO's Ueda says this generation "is about expressing ideas"

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Fumito Ueda, head of Team ICO, has told Famitsu magazine he believes this generation is more about expressing ideas, about "what you do" with the tech at your disposal.

Ueda-san also said Japan was "pushing Western titles hard" as a "new 'genre'" to try. He's looking forward to Modern Warfare 2, as there's a "serious sublime beauty" to Infinity.

EA: Need for Speed "best-selling racing brand", clears 100m sales

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The collective might of the Need for Speed franchise cannot be denied as publisher EA reveals it has screeched past 100 million sales worldwide, topping $2.7 billion revenue.

EA Games' Frank Gibeau says it's "a huge honor" to have such a franchise, and thanks the millions of fans for "driving us to this milestone." Need for Speed began in '94, and now has 15 titles.

Interplay countersuits Bethesda, cites terms violated and bad faith

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Fallout IP holder Bethesda brought legal proceedings against Interplay for contractual breaches, no less than ten apparently, but now Interplay is angry enough to countersue.

They allege Bethesda went around blabbing to business partners that Interplay had no licensing rights, in bad faith, causing them a lot more financial hardship. Wants IP back.

Xbox 360 Blu-ray drives "as accessories," reveals big boss Ballmer

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has commented he doesn't know "if we need to put Blu-ray" in Xbox 360 consoles, but adds you'll "be able to get Blu-ray drives" as accessory add-ons.

A spokesperson for Microsoft clarified that their "immediate solution for Blu-ray-quality" media is this fall's instant-on HD streaming, and Zune Video. Remains quiet on "future plans".

Sony patent unknown "hand held game controller", maybe for Buzz!

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The PlayStation 3 motion tech is yet to be given an official name, and has so far been dubbed 'PS3 Wand', but Sony is still busy with other controller patents it would appear.

A nameless "hand held game controller", as documents refer to it, has appeared on the US patent database. Its odd design makes it a possible peripheral for quiz videogame Buzz!

Molyneux gives nod to Natal, micro-transactions store for Fable III

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Lionhead Studios is busy working Fable III, which sees the player's hero become the reigning King or Queen of all Albion. Boss Peter Molyneux has confirmed it'll have Natal.

Not only will the latest Fable have motion tech, but an in-game store with micro-transactions will likely make an appearance. It would offer items, but features haven't been nailed down yet.

PAIN developer Idol Minds cuts staff count, sheds 26 developers?

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Developer of PSN title PAIN, Idol Minds has supposedly trimmed its employee roster in a bid to survive "Sony budget cuts," as the platform holder is their only income avenue.

That's according to sources, who also say 26 of the total 46 developers have been laid off. Idol Minds is based in Louisville, Colorado. It's been open for 11 years selling over 5m games.

Rebellion's AvP supports DX11, gives unexploited "opportunities"

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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British developer Rebellion has announced that PC Aliens Vs Predator will fully support DirectX 11 technology, which features "multi-threaded rendering" and other top stuff.

It lets the team provide "exacting detail" in the game with "absolutely no" frame rate trouble. They're pumped to be giving fans a game they've "been waiting for", with Rebellion "very proud."

Kane & Lynch stars Bruce Willis, calls it one of "best action scripts"

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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The Hollywood types have gotten their mitts on Kane & Lynch, with news that action man Bruce Willis will be filling the role of Kane. Lynch's role has just opened for casting.

Producer Adrian Askarieh says Willis called it "one of the best action scripts he's ever read," and that man knows his action scripts. Askarieh reveals it'll follow the videogame's premise.

Gearbox "very pleased" with Borderlands PS3 fix, co-op okay now

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Borderlands has released on Xbox 360 and PS3 but the latter was found to be stricken with a serious bout of anti-social behaviour. The PS3 game wouldn't recognise PSN friends.

Players were also waiting long times for public games. Developer Gearbox has fixed the PSN friends list issue, with a solution "released invisibly" so gamers don't have to do anything.

Ubi: If motion tech "enhances" videogame quality, then "we'll do it"

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Yannis Mallat, Ubisoft Montreal boss, has revealed they're "experimenting" with Project Natal and PS3's motion technologies right now. Ubi's "golden rule" is game quality.

If those motion techs don't pull their weight in making stuff fun, then Ubi won't touch them. If they like what they see then "new IPs" and "our own brands" likely have a future with them.

Mallat: There's "always hope" Splinter Cell could return to the PS3

Posted: 22.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Speaking at the premiere of Assassin's Creed: Lineage in London, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat teased that there's "hope" Splinter Cell: Conviction could reach PS3.

Currently the latest upcoming instalment of Sam Fisher is due only for Xbox 360 and PC. Mallat says it's "good to hear" those that can't play, want to. Conviction releases February 2010.

Acti reveal Brit launch event for Modern Warfare 2, has 'VIP party'

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is having a launch bash thrown in Leicester Square, "home of the 'Hollywood Premiere'". Activision say it'll "invade the capital" on November 9th.

The premiere will be "compered by a celebrity fan" and gives all a glimpse of the game "on the big screen" ahead of release. An "epic midnight opening" runs at HMV's Trocadero Store.

Datel: Microsoft restrains consumer "freedom" with third-party ban

Posted: 21.10.2009 by Technet2k

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Microsoft recently announced that all unlicensed third-party storage devices for Xbox 360 are to be banned. This starts when the November dash board update hits Xbox Live.

Third-party manufacturer Datel has said how "disappointed" they are that Microsoft has taken these steps to prevent customers "exercising their freedom of choice." Cue the violin.
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