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FEBRUARY 2010 NEWS

March 1, 2010

    PS3 News
    With the start of a new month comes, well, a dead Playstation Network. Apparently anyone with the older fat PS3's will have noticed that your PS3 will not be connecting online today and displays a 8001050F error. This failure will revert your clocks to 12/31/1999, won't time sync, shows most Themes as corrupt, and most concerningly won't allow you to play many PS3 games (online or offline) or allow you to see Trophy information. Sony are aware of the issue (it seems to be worldwide) which started around midday AEST today. The latest issue on Sony's Playstation Twitter account (available here) states "PSN status update: We're narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them." We here at Futuregamez advise all readers to leave your PS3 turned off, or at the very least, don't connect online until the issue is resolved - that's our advice, not Sony's.

February 28, 2010

    PS3 News
    As we all know Gearbox were working on Aliens: Colonial Marines before that title was delayed in favour of Rebellions Aliens Vs Predator. Well now Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has confirmed that their title was put on the backburner so the company could finish off Borderlands and now Aliens: Colonial Marines is being worked on again.

    Sega has confirmed that a demo of Yakuza 4 will hit the Japanese Playstation Store on March 5, two weeks before the retail release. A word of warning though, expect plenty of Japanese text so we suggest it's only for those that speak the lingo.

    Industry News
    CESA has confirmed that the Tokyo Game Show will take place on September 16-19 2010 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba. Expect plenty of major annoumcenets to be made at Japan's biggest games show.

February 26, 2010

    PS3 News
    Fire up your Playstation 3 and go into the Playstation Store folks because Sony have not put online the brilliant demo of God of War III. While the demo weighs in at a hefty 2.6GB it's well worth the download.

    PSP News

    Tecmo has confirmed that Dead or Alive: Paradise will be released on the PSP in Europe on April 2, 2010. As yet we don't have a confirmed date for Australia, but we don't expect it to be too far off that date.

February 25, 2010

    PS3 News
    Disney Interactive have confirmed that Black Rock Studio's upcoming Split/Second, which will now be called Split/Second: Velocity, will be released in May 21st in America.

    Sega has confirmed that Alpha Protocol will be released in America on June 1 while Europe will see the game hit shelves on May 28. We're still awaiting an Australian release date.

    PS3 Review
    Heavy Rain is a title so many have been awaiting since Quantic Dream's tech demo back in 2006. The final game is here and it's a triumph of game design, with a brilliant storyline (or, indeed, multiple storylines) some wonderful visuals. But is this really a game? Or an interactive movie? Whatever the case may be, we loved it.

February 23, 2010

    R18+ Submissions
    Get your asses into gear and make sure you put your submission in this week!
    R18+ submissions are due in by the end of this month so if you haven't filled out a submission - and make it somewhat intelligent - we ask that all our Australian readers consider submitting something (there are documents on the right hand side of the page) to go into the process. You can see the details here. As at February 1, 2009 there have been 6,239 submissions: 5,465 have been by email, 447 by fax and 327 by post. As at January 28, only 11 of the 1,084 submissions processed to date had been against the inclusion of the rating.

February 22, 2010

    Special Feature
    UFC Undisputed Media Event was a special do put on by THQ to showcase their upcoming brawler. Chris went to the event and besides meeting some UFC fighters got plenty of juicy details about THQ's upcoming brawler. Check out this exclusive report now...

    PS3 News
    Something we forgot to mention the other day is that THQ has confirmed a MASSIVE demo of Darksiders will be released on the Playstation Store on February 25. The demo contains the entire first dungeon encounter from the game, the sprawling Twilight Cathedral and takes around 90 minutes to complete. Best of all the demo will weigh in at only 1.4GB which is pretty light for such an impressive amount of content.

    Sony's Santa Monica studio has confirmed that their upcoming God of War III takes up over 35GB of space on the Blu-Ray in America, while the European version, with nine languages, pushes over 40GB of data! The game, due on March 16 in America, is expected to be released in Europe around the same time, with no set date yet. Oh yar, the game has gone gold and is now in manufacturing too!

February 21, 2010

    PS3 News
    Check back tomorrow where Chris will reporting back from the UFC Undisputed 2010 media event which he attended on Friday thanks to THQ. Not only did he meet some of the fighters, including the winner of UFC 110 today, but also had a pretty hefty demonstration of UFC Undisputed 2010 with plenty of new details. Stay tuned...

    Sega have sent through their latest release schedules and there's a couple of new dates on the list. Yakuza 3 has been moved forward a week to March 11, the JRPG Resonance of Fate has been set for a March 25 release while Iron Man 2 is pencilled in for April 2010.

February 19, 2010

    PS3 News
    Yesterday we mentioend that Super SFII Turbo HD & Marvel vs Capcom 2 would be discounted on the European Playstation Store for only 6.99 each, and we just wanted to confirm that these two games are available on the Australian Playstation Store for only $AU11.45 so get in quick, its only on sale for a couple of weeks.

    Something else that hit the Playstation Store in this weeks update is a demo of Yakuza 3 which lokos might tasty in our books so make sure you check out out. As Sega's press release states "In the demo, players will take on the role of Kiryu Kazuma as they explore rich and realistic Japanese environments and complete a series of side missions from the game. They will also be able to try out the new deeper combat experience with two brutal and intense boss battles". The full game is due out March 11.

February 18, 2010

    PS3 News
    Capcom has confirmed that MotoGP 09/10 will be released in EUrope (and we assume Australia) on March 19, 2010. The game will include online racing for up to 20 racers apparently - now that's increased our interest significantly!

    Capcom has announced some PSN price cuts for Europeans (and we're not sure if this will filter to Australia but we hope so). Starting today February 18 and running until March 3, European PSN subscribers can get Super SFII Turbo HD & Marvel vs Capcom 2 for just 6.99 each. Between March 4 and March 17 Super Puzzle Fighter & Age of Booty can be picked up for 4.99, with 1942 available for the same price from March 18 until April 1.

    PS3 Review
    Bioshock 2 is is sure to be one of the biggest games of 2010 and this sequel isn't too dissimilar to the first game, but that's not a bad thing. This is an impressive sequel to a great game and one which we highly recommend.

February 17, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Lost Planet 2 is, unsurprisingly, the sequel to Capcom's hit title from a couple of years ago. Due out in a couple of months is this pretty epic looking third person shooter from Capcom. The original game was pretty good, this sequel looks a lot more polished overall.

February 16, 2010

    PS3 News
    All Interactive have confirmed that their upcoming brawler BlazBlue will ship with a free Arcade Stick in Australia. The game will be released on March 25.

    So it was off, then back on, and now it seems that Square-Enix have no plans to develop DLC for Final Fantasy XIII. Yoshinori Kitase stated to the Playstation Blog that "Regarding the DLC content, we feel that the final product is 100 per cent enjoyable... it's the complete package. So we're not planning any DLC at this time."

    Australia and Europe has the brilliant PVR PlayTV and now Japan is getting a similar device called Torne. The PVR add-on will be released in that territory on March 18 for 9980 yen (or about $AU124).

    Blu-Ray Review
    Gamer didn't come to cinemas in Australia, but did overseas. If ever there was a movie which suited the Futuregamez audience then this should be it. Starring Gerard Butler this action movie was quite fun, and had a great transfer.

February 15, 2010

    Blu-Ray Review
    Charlie & Boots is the latest movie from Australian legend Paul Hogan. Here he teams with Kenny star Shane Jacobson as they travel from one end of Australia to go, well, fishing. But this is a whole lot more then that with some great, amusing, moments and plenty of heart. A great transfer and plenty of extras make this release well worth checking out.

February 14, 2010

    PS3 News
    Get in Quick! For 24 hours, which by out count started early today, the pretty awesome game FlOw is completely free. Get on those US PSN accounts folks and snap this up (while it lasts!).

    We all know that, visually at the very least, Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XIII is going to be a stunning title when it hits shelves March 9th. With all the hoopla at the moment about 3DTV's, and Sony set to patch the PS3 firmware for 3D movies and games mid-year, Square-Enix's Yoshinori Kitase has said they are "interested" in doing a 3D version of their epic RPG. In fact, a 3D trailer for the game is showing in Japan before Avatar at cinemas.

    As many of you have noted there are issues with the demo for Aliens Vs Predator. The developers have updated and put online a new demo so if you want to check it out, we suggest you re-download. We have to say it's slightly disappointing there isn't just a patch but thems the breaks. The game looks pretty hot.

February 11, 2010

    R18+ Submissions
    Just a gentle reminder that the R18+ submissions are due in by the end of this month so if you haven't filled out a submission - and make it somewhat intelligent - then get to it as there's only a couple of weeks left. We ask that all our Australian readers consider submitting something (there are documents on the right hand side of the page) to go into the process. You can see the details here. Submissions close on February 28 2010 so don't delay.

    PS3 Preview
    Gran Turismo 5 is a game which millions of gamers the world over are eagerly anticipating. It should be out sometime this year, we hope, but the current info, screen and impressions are impressive. We've waited for 5 years for this stunning looking PS3 title. A preview.

February 10, 2010

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft have annouced their new big title, it's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, a name that was trademarked late last year. There are currently conflicting reports about platforms but the PS3 is a near certainty.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Up was one of the biggest movies of 2009 and this latest movie from CG gods Pixar is now available on Blu-Ray. The transfer provided on this erlease is flawless and there's a swag of extras too. We've checked out the release and give you our review.

February 8, 2010

    PS3 News
    It has now been confirmed that the once PS3 exclusive game L.A. Noire Will indeed also be heading to the XBox 360. The game, first announced 3 years ago, will be unveiled in the March Game Informer, and is set in 1947 and uses a new motion capture technique which transfers the entire performance into a 3D game world.

    Ubisoft are set to make a "Big announcement coming up next week" with rumours circulating it's something to do with Red Storm and possibly a new Ghost Recon title being rumoured.

    With Aliens Vs Predator due out in a couple of weeks Sega have sent word that the Hunter Edition, with the Face Hugger replica, is nearly sold out. W would suggest you get out to shops and pre-order it now.

    PS3 Preview
    God Of War III is going to be a monster title. If you were to pick a game to help Sony shift systems in the short term it would have to be this jaw-dropping game from SCEA Santa Monica. The first two games in the franchise were just a warm-up to this epic title which is due out in March.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Two Hands is a 1999 Australian movie starring Heath Ledger, but with a swag of other impressive actors also making an appearance. This Blu-Ray, from Icon, is available now, and we've taken a look at the release.

February 7, 2010

    Affiliate Bargain!
    Our affiliates Play-Asia have a pretty awesome bargain on at the moment with the Asuab version (which is in English) of Red Faction Guerilla for the awesome price of only $AU22.91. Do us a favour and help support Futuregamez.net by ordering it through here.

    PS3 News
    Released in Europe a couple of months ago the PSN downloadable title Blue Toad Murder Files has been classified PG, G and G for the first three episodes at the Australian Classification Board. As yet we don't have a release date for the games, but it probably won't be too far away.

    Rebellion has confirmed that they are looking into issues with the PS3 demo of Aliens Vs Predator where the matchmaking service doesn't work for everyone as intended. The final game won't use match making (that was set up for the multiplayer demo) and shouldn't encounter similar issues. The PC demo had similar issues and has been fixed already.

    Blu-Ray News
    Seems we stuffed up a bit a week or so ago an uploaded an older draft of The New World on Blu-Ray. The final version is online now so check it out if you didn't already.

February 6, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sega has again delayed Alpha Protocol, this time until Summer 2010. The game, originally announced for October 2009, was aiming for a March/April release. A few more months to go then eh...

    Bethesda has finally confirmed Fallout: New Vegas is being developed and will be released in Fall 2010 (Q'3 2010).

    Blu-Ray Review
    Speed Racer is one of the biggest theatrical missfires of recent years, but this Wachowski Brothers movie isn't actually too bad at all. A great visual style and editing makes this movie, aimed at kids, one that adults should enjoy too. What can we say but, Go Speed Go!

February 4, 2010

    PS3 News
    THQ has confirmed that Red Faction Guerilla II, and Homefront will be released on PS3 during the publishers next financial year (which runs from April 2010 to March 2011). Expect a lot more details at this years E3 show.

    Sticking with THQ in their financial year from April 2011 to March 2010 the company expects to release Darksiders 2 and Saint's Row 3.

    Sega has confirmed Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be a PSN downloadable title for release in American Summer (Q'2-Q'3) 2010. The game, which will see Sonic return to his 2D gaming roots, will run at 1080p on the PS3 and Xbox 360 (and only 480p on Wii as expected), and as previously announced will only have one playable character - Sonic.

    PS3 Review
    Dragonball: Raging Blast. So we're not the biggest DragonBall fans here at Futuregamez, but a fighting game is a fighting game and Chris took up the duties to check out this latest brawler. Unfortunately the results were somewhat mixed.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Forrest Gump is one of my all-time favourite movies, and Paramount have delivered one of the best Blu-Ray releases we have ever seen. The transfer, the extras, and the movie are all superb. This is an essential purchase...

February 3, 2010

    PS3 News
    Visceral Games has confirmed that at this stage they have no plans for Dante's Inferno 2. The first game is due out, ermm, tomorrow actually!

    It has been revealed that the rather awesome looking Heavy Rain will have a 4.2GB install. You won't be twiddling your thumbs but rather Quantic Dream have included an origami puzzle to complete. Game's due out in late Feb around, well, Earth.

    PS3 Preview
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International is game which RPG fans have been longing for. Not only is the series a great one, and this fourth game looking fantasic, but it also breaks a horrendously long JRPG drought for the system.

February 2, 2010

    PS3 News
    Tecmo Koei has confirmed that they have postponed the release of their upcoming action game Quantum Theory until an undetermined late 2010 release date.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The New World is quite an interesting experience on several levels. Some people really love this movie, but for me it was a long, slow borefest. Still this Extended Cut is, at times, quite breathaking visually but at others disappointing. A review...

February 1, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Super Street Fighter IV is the latest in Capcom's long-running brawler. As you would be aware Street Fighter IV is already out on the PS3 but in a few weeks time we will see this upgraded version with new fighters, new backgrounds and new game modes. It looks pretty awesome.


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