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JULY 2009 NEWS

July 30, 2009

    PS3 News
    So call us crazy, or call us stupid, but somewhere in the last couple of months a sports title was announced that we missed. We're not sure if theres a publisher yet - we assume Sony - but Big Ant Studios in Melbourne have confirmed they are working on AFL 2010 for PS3 (As well as 360 and PC). Little else is know other then a 2010 release date, and 2-players online or 4-players offline gameplay. You can check out the games official page here.

    Sadly Sega has yet again confirmed that there are no plans to bring Yakuza 3 to America which pretty much rules out any hope of the game coming to Europe as well.

    According to IGN the latest issue of Famitsu has confirmed that a sequel to Level-5's White Knight Chronicles is in development. The original game is out in Japan and will hit the rest of the globe in early 2010.

    Movie News
    inFamous was a pretty awesome game and word has just come through that Sheldon Turner has been signed up to write a movie screenplay while Avi and Ari Arad will produce the movie. There is no release date as yet so don't hold your breath.

July 29, 2009

    PS3 News
    Sony has confirmed tehy will be releasing "Deep Red" and "Metallic Blue" Dual Shock 3 controllers in America this October. As yet there's no price and no word on European releases either.

    THQ's Brain Farrell has confirmed in a Q'1 Earnings call that the company has sold an impressive 1 million units of the quite brilliant Red Faction Guerrilla.

    Naughty Dog has confirmed that contrary to rumours there is no install required for Uncharted 2. The rumours started with an error on temp boxart which listed a 1.7GB install.

July 28, 2009

    PS3 News
    Activision has confirmed that DJ Jazzy Jeff will be appearing in the upcoming DJ Hero game. DJ Jazzy Jeff will bring the party to life with his own set list featuring two exclusive mixes hand created by the legend himself – Tears for Fears "Shout" vs. Eric B. & Rakim "Eric B. Is President" and LL Cool J "Rock the Bells" vs. The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra "Bittersweet Symphony". The game is due out in Australia in October with a price still to be set.

    Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 will be released in America on September 29, and according to Eurogamer the game has now been scheduled for release in Europe on October 2nd.

    Top Cow has confirmed that there will be a sequel to The Darkness released, but that the original developers Starbreeze will not be working on the game as they are currently working on two projects for Electronic Arts.

    Industry News
    THQ has won a legal case against Jakks which will see the royalties for the WWE Smackdown titles from 10% down to 6%. The ruling will be retroactive and go back to July 2006 and will see THQ reportedly make $US23 million from the ruling.

    PS3 Preview
    Tekken 6 is certain to be one of the biggest brawlers of the year, and we've decided to have a look at what to expect. It looks great, and should play wonderfully too when it hits shelves in late 2009.

July 27, 2009

    Blu-Ray Review
    Knowing is Nicolas Cage's latest movie and is sure to be one that will divide opinions - in particular regarding the ending. One thing is certain though, this is a cracking audio and visual transfer - in fact - reference quality. Here's our Blu-Ray review.

July 26, 2009

    PS3 Review
    Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood is the sequel to a PC/Xbox game from a few years ago. Set in the Wild West this action game from Ubisoft is a pretty impressive effort with up to 12-players online and a decent single player story. Here's our full review.

July 24, 2009

    Pink Concert News
    For those who asked, yep the Pink concert was pretty damn impressive and while females outnumbered male attendees by a large margin (not that I'm complaining mind) it was just as entertaining for the guys too! Most of the 58 concerts around Australia are sold out now, but if you can get tickets, I recommend it.

July 22, 2009

    PS3 News
    Sony has confirmed that Uncharted 2 will be released in America on October 13, while European (and we assume Australian) gamers will get their hands on the game on October 23rd.

    Movie Industry News
    Sam Raimi, the director behind that little movie franchise called Spider-man has been confirmed as the director of the World of Warcraft movie. While not directly linked to Sony systems we know a lot of you are WOW gamers, so this will be of interest, and as a fellow gamers I'm very keen to check this out. Don't expect it too soon though as Blizzard and Legendary Pictures have only just signed Sam up and there is no filming dates or even cast set yet.

    Site Updates News
    I have to apoligise for the lack of updates/reviews/previews this week. I've had a massive week at work with some major issues on my schools network. A virus, and somewhat faulty anti-virus software, has seen the IT guys working flat stick to keep the network running since last week. Good news is that those issues are almost over, so normal updates should resume soon. Having said that I'm off to the Pink concert tomorrow night with the wife, so we'll see you on Friday.

July 21, 2009

    Site Affiliate Specials
    If ever there was a great special which PS3 owners should consider picking up - and primarily those interested in photography - it would be Hakuna Matata which is the Asian version of Afrika. We have the game here, its pretty cool, and the Asian version is in English. The best news is the price - it's only $AU24.81 at todays exchange rate. Help out Futuregamez by ordering it here.

    PS3 News
    Activision has today confirmed that Carlos Santana is set to appear as an exclusive in-game artist in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5. The game will feature Santana's hit song "No One to Depend On". The game is due out in September.

    Activision has confirmed that the latest map pack for Call of Duty: World at War will be released in August. The pack will include three main maps - Battery, Revolution and Breach. Additionally a new zombie map called Der Reisse will be included.

July 20, 2009

    Blu-Ray Review
    Appaloosa may not be what you'd call a 'mainstream' movie these days - few Western's make an impact. With a cast including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger and Jeremy Irons this movie is still quite worth a look in our books. Here's our full Blu-Ray review thanks to Village Roadshow Australia.

July 19, 2009

    PS3 News
    A couple of weeks ago Firmware 2.80 was released for the PS3 and everyone asked what it did. It wasn't mandatory making many believe it was something for developers to play with. In the last couple of days Sony's awesome musiv video service Vidzone has been updated to version 1.03 - and running it then prompts you to install Firmware 2.80 as well. Still, no exact details have surfaced as to what it does.

    Sega have confirmed that their upcoming action game Bayonetta has been pushed until January 2010 in Western markets, while a pre-Christmas Japanese launch is still scheduled. The reason; to get out of the Christmas crush.

July 18, 2009

    Blu-Ray Review
    Transformers - The Movie isn't the Michael Bay movie of recent years, but rather the 1986 animated movie which was based on the animated TV series from the same era. This Blu-Ray release is the first from Madman and the release is quite impressive.

July 17, 2009

    PS3 News
    Well go to the Playstation Store today and you will find an update for one of the most overlooked PSN games to date, The Last Guy. For a paltry $3.45 you'll get three extra levels. If you already own the game you will be pleased to know that the Trophy Patch has also been released so give that a shot.

    Frederic Lefrancois, a producer at Ubisoft, has confirmed that Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines for the PSP will unlock content on Assassin's Creed 2 on PS3 while the PS3 game unlocks content for the PSP title. Both are due in November.

    PSP News
    According to Swedish rock band Opeth Saint's Row will be coming to the PSP in March 2010. Their website has the comment "We may not like playing videogames all that much but we do like it when our music is featured on them! Makes us a bit proud even when it's a game as big as Saints Row for the PSP... So if you love playing videogames: the game is expected to hit the streets around March 2010."

July 15, 2009

    PS3 News
    Certainly one of the biggest games due this year is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We now know the game will come in three versions - Standard, Hardened, and Premium. The video below details the three versions. Did someone say night vision goggles!

    Update: We can now confirm that the Hardened Edition will sell in America for $US80, and the Premium Edition for $US149.99.

    Been waiting for the damage update in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue? Well keep on waiting, in fact, don't. It won't be coming as Polyphony Digital have responded to the question with "the team's main focus at this point is making sure GT PSP (and GT5) are in your hands".

    Industry News
    Midway has confirmed that their Newcastle studio in the UK has been closed. The company was recently sold to Warner Brothers - including the rights to their franchises - but the Newcastle development studio was not a part of the deal. The studio most recently developed Vin Diesel Wheelman and was working on a new IP called Necessary Force.

    PSP News
    A few more bits of information have come to light regarding Gran Turismo PSP on, well, the PSP. The game will include over 800 cars and 35 tracks, will not include damage and there won't be downloadable content - with so many cars and tracks why would you need it? The developers are limiting the cars on track to four - your car plus three others to maintain the 60fps frame rate. The game will hit stores on October 1st, the same day as the new UMD-less, more expensive, PSP Go!

July 14, 2009

    Site Affiliate Specials
    We thought we'd highlight some of the current bargains at Play-Asia for you - and there is some pretty good stuff for PS3 owners. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (US Version - see our review) is available for $US24.90 ($AU32.27 at today's exchange rate) and you can order it here. Other great deals include Eternal Sonata (US Version) for $US34.90 ($AU45.23) which can be ordered here, and John Woo Presents Stranglehold (US Version - see our review) for $US14.90 ($AU19.31) which can be ordered here.

    PS3 News
    Well it's official. Take-Two has confirmed that Bioshock 2 will not be released in fiscal 2009, but has been pushed back until fiscal 2010. The game is one of the most anticipated of the year. Take-Two's fiscal year starts in November, however the company has since clarified that the game would launch in the first half of 2010.

    Take-Two have also confirmed that Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption will also be released in Fiscal 2010. While we could still see November or December releases, I wouldn't put too much money on it.

    Quantic Dream have confirmed that Heavy Rain will be released 2010 so as to give the new IP a chance of big sales with pre-Christmas sales dominated by known franchises and sequels. Quantic Dream exec Guillaume de Fondaumiere confirmed that an Alpha build was delivered "on April 15 - on time, on budget".

July 13, 2009

    PS3 Preview
    Ashes Cricket 2009 is a game which Australian sports fans will be thrilled to get their hands on. As we're all aware England poached/stole a draw from the first Test Match and Australian but now you can replay the game in this PS3 title from Codemasters. Here's a look at what to expect.

July 10, 2009

    PS3 News
    If 2K Marin, 2K Australia and Digital Extremes weren't enough we have now got word that a fourth development studio has joined the efforts to polish off Bioshock 2. That other development team is Arkane Studios who worked on Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.

    Well this is somewhat surprising but Sidhe are apparently set to launch their new PSN downloadable game Shatter in two weeks time. The game looks like Breakout on steroids and should be well worth checking out.

    Good news for those looking forward to Beatles Rock Band is that the tragic death of Michael Jackson won't see any delays to the game. Why would they be related? Well Michael Jackson's estate owns much of the Beatles catalogue and their is almost certainly going to be a dispute over the estate in the coming months. Now if Australia could get Rock Band 2 released we might actually be happier!

    Activision have pushed the release of Singularity back into 2010 so the titles release does not clash with their other upcoming FPS, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - and yes, it seems the Call of Duty name is back on the title.

July 9, 2009

    PS3 Review
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game has had us excited since first being announced many moons ago. The 1984 movie remains one of the most loved comedies of all time and this game was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The results are, well, somewhat mixed. Here's our review.

July 8, 2009

    PS3 News
    Some great news for fans of the Katamari series. While we previewed the latest PS3 version a couple of days ago Australian distributers Namco Bandai Partners Australia (Read about that below!) have advised me that the retail price is not $AU99.95 has I had listed, but rather $69.95! That means there should be absolutely no reason not to pick up this game when it hits shelves in Q'3 2009 (with our retail sources pointing to a September 28th release date).

    PS3 News
    Atari Australia have sent through word that they have not officially changed their name to Namco Bandai Partners Australia. This follows Namco Bandai's Games Europe S.A.S. today announced the completion of its purchase of Atari's global PAL distribution operation

July 7, 2009

    PS3 Preview
    Need for Speed Shift is a game that quite a few of you have been asking about. Indeed September will see Electronic Arts release the latest in their long-running racing franchise and this game, from a new development team, looks pretty impressive.

July 5, 2009

    PS3 News
    Get excited folks as Ubisoft have just trademarked the title Just Dance. There is no word yet on platforms, Wii seems obvious but could we also see it on the PS3 with the PSEye and upcoming motion wand? Here's hoping, or perhaps not...

    According to reports out of the UK Activision's DJ Hero will have the very hefty price tag of £108, or the equivalent of about $AU220. That's an extraordinary amount of money for a game with the turntable peripheral, but in typical style Activision aren't commenting.

    PS3 Preview
    Katamari Forever may have a strange name, but gamers will know how exciting this is. Indeed one of the most enjoyable games of the PS2 era is being updated and given 1080p visuals for a PS3 release. This has shot to the top of our 2009 most wanted list.

July 3, 2009

    PSP News
    There was a bit of confusion over the last day or so as rumours abounded that the PSP GO would see a CPU speed increase to 480Mhz. That report is false as that speed actually refers to a USB port speed or similar. So we're still going to be paying a shitload more cash, for a reduced capability system. Hmmm...

    PSP News
    Naught Dog have confirmed that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will include 90 minutes of cinematics, and a release date will be announced very soon.

    PS3 Review
    Guitar Hero: Metallica allows you to play all the bands biggest songs on the full Guitar Hero kit including two guitars, drums, and mic. In short, this game rocks and is an essential purchase for fans of heavy metal, or the band. Stunning!

July 1, 2009

    PS3 News
    According to rumours and a report in the Economic Daily News the PS3 Slimline has commenced production in Taiwan with Hon Hai one of three companies contracted to build the units. Strangely though the report suggest shipment will commence in July - although it is unclear if this refers shipment to retail or Sony's warehouses. If true we expect Sony will have to make an announcement sooner rather then later - perhaps to coincide with a price drop? One can hope...

    PS3 Preview
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has really crept up upon us. In fact the movie is due to hit cinemas in a couple of weeks so we did up this preview, not realising the game is due out tomorrow. Harry Potter fans will love this, no doubt about it.


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