|The Prodigy, Gold Coast, 2010|
Playstation Move Announced
Sony has today, at the Game Developers Conference shown off their motion controller previously rumourd to be called "Arc" or "Gem" with the official name Playstation Move. The unit contains two parts, the main "Playstation Move Motion Controller" unit with glowing ball for motion tracking, as well as a second "Playstation Move Sub-controller" contains an analogue stick to move the characters around if the game requires it. The controller will ship as a bundle with the main Playstation Move controller, Playstation Eye and a game for around $US100. Playstation Move willbe released in Fall (Australian Spring) 2010. If you already have the required Playstation Eye camera, the controller will also be available on its own. In terms of lag, it was mentioned that this would be less then one frame.
|The two Playstation Move Controllers.|
In terms of games Sony had quite a few on display Gladiator Dual (Working Title) arena combat game demonstrated using 2 controls at once, one for weapon, the other for shield to block... Table Tennis (Working Title) allows you to put topspin, backspin on the ball etc... Move Party - video for face tracking gameplay looks like a series of party styled mini-games... LittleBigPlanet has motion controls now... Eye Pet to include Move support (not sure if the Australian/Euro version will get a patch, or it will be a sequel)... Motion Fighters (working title) is a fighting game, includes things like headlocks... Finally SOCOM 4 will be playable with motion controller from start to finish.
WB Games has confimed that The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest will be released in Spring 2010 but also that the game will include full support for the just announced Playstation Move controller.
Activision have announced a new Eminem/Jay-Z pack will be released on the Playstation Store March 25 for $AU12.95 which is still a little pricey for our liking, but the three mixes sound great. The pack includes "Shake That" by Eminem Mixed With "Show Me What You Got" by JAY-Z, "Without Me" by Eminem Mixed With "Encore" by JAY-Z, and finally "Can I Get A..." by JAY-Z Mixed With "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.
All of you retro gamers out there may want to head to the Playstation Store today with MegaMan 10 becoming available for download for €9.99/£7.99.
March 11, 2010
Sorry about the lack of updates today. We're off to see my favourite band The Prodigy play at the Gold Coast Convention Centre tonight which should be absolutely wicked and even better as I have never seen them live. Despite only deciding to go today it seems some extra tickets in the front section were released, so time to party on! Expect updates to resume tomorrow...
March 9, 2010
So what does it cost to make a blockbuster game these days? Well we don't know about most games, but Sony's director of product development John Hight has confirmed that God of War III has cost the company $US44 million to develop, which is right within budget.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International 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.
March 8, 2010
Don't forget to head to the shops tomorrow folks as a certain Square-Enix RPG hits the shelves. That's right at long last Final Fantasy XIII is due to hit shelves.
The Broken is a new Blu-Ray release starring Lena Headey (from The Sarah Connor Chronicles) this is a suspense/horror movie directed by Sean Ellis. Sadly after watching this movie there really is little to recommend here unless you're a die hard fan. Here's a review of this latest release from Icon Films...
The Butterfly Effect 2 is the second movie in the trilogy and is certainly the weakest. In all honesty we only recommend this release, albeit with a decent transfer, to fans of the movie.
March 7, 2010
Crystal Dynamics have confirmed they are developing Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light for release on the Playstation Network. The game, if rumours are to be believed, may be played from an isometric viewpoint, but we've had conflicting information on that. Expect more news in the coming weeks.
That spat between Infinity Ward and Activision has just got a lot more real with Jason West and Vince Zampella filing a lawsuit aginst Activision seeking $US36 million in damage and unpaid royalties, as well as forcing Activision to cease any more Call of Development titles (except the one due in late 2010 being developed by Treyarch). IGN has posted up the full 16 page claim which you can check out here if you wish.
March 5, 2010
So what was Sony's surprise announcement today? Well Sony has confirmed that SOCOM 4 is in development at Zipper Interactive, who we all know are currently riding a pretty good wave at the moment with MAG. Let's hope that SOCOM 4 restores the positive nature of the franchise after Slant Six's rather average SOCOM Confrontation. SOCOM 4 will include 14 single player missions and 32 players online. The game is due out around Q'3 2010.
March 4, 2010
Sony are set to announce a new Playstation 3 game in the next few hours with speculation running rife of the title being Resistance 3 (the game ad was on a billboard for an upcoming movie, but Insomniac have today denied that game will be announced), Motorstorm 3 (Sony recently registered the domain name) or LittleBigPlanet 2 which may fit given the announcement yesterday of Sony purchasing Media Molecule. Expect confirmation tomorrow.
All Interactive Entertainment has added a couple of PS3 games to their release schedule. Backbreaker, a NFL styled sports game, is due out on May 21 while Naughty Bear will hit the system sometime in June.
Namco Bandai has announced that Eden Studios are currently working on Test Drive Unlimited 2 which, unlike the first game, will also be hitting the PS3. As yet there is no release date set.
March 3, 2010
Wow! Talk about a spat between Activision and Infinity Ward. According to Bingegamer (available here) there is indeed a major issue between the two companies. Apparently, yes, both president Jason West and studio head Vince Zampella have been sacked by Activision due to "insubordination", but having said that apparently Infinity Ward have not seen a cent of royalties related to the billion dollar selling Modern Warfare 2. Rumours on the website point to the Infinity Ward bosses shopping the company around with their publishing deal with Activision due to expire in October 2010. Further complications surround Infinity Ward having a partial ownership of the Call of Duty Intellectual Property.
Update: Things still aren't overly clear but Activision has confirmed that Sledgehammer are working on an action-adventure game set in the Call of Duty universe for release in 2011. As for the 2011 FPS game it now seems that Infinity Ward may not be working on that game, but another developer will take it up. The only good to come out of this so far; a lot of attention is diverted away from Sony's PS3 calendar/kill-all-systems issue from Monday/Tuesday.
Sony has today announced that they have purchased developers Media Molecule. The England based developer were the creators of the PS3 and PSP title LittleBigPlanet. The studio now becomes a part of SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).
Aliens Vs Predator sees two of the most loved movie franchises brought together in this latest PS3 game (and indeed the latest in a long line of games for both franchises). While it doesn't do too much new, it is quite entertaining and worth checking out.
March 2, 2010
While Sony's PS3 outage has hogged the headlines today there are a couple of other bits of news so let's get to it.
In what could be a massive shakeup for one of the hottest companies in the games industry Infinity Ward president Jason West and studio head Vince Zampella have apparently been sacked from the company by Activision. According to reports security was seen around the companies offices yesterday. Nothing is official, and there is no official word from either company, however although Kotaku found the comment "Jason West is drinking. Also, no longer employed." on Jason West's Facebook page. Infinity Ward had mentioned in recent times they would like to try somehing other then Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but with sales approaching 15 million for Modern Warfare 2 you can understand what Activision may prefer. Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling tweeted at around 4pm AEST that "I should also say, while I appreciate all the calls, tweets, messages and hearing my ringtone a lot. They're in vain - as I have no info." Stay tuned...
While official numbers are still tricking in early indications are that Sony's Heavy Rain has sold some 500,000 units around the globe in the first week. Impressive numbers for such an unique game.
PS3 Issues (Now Resolved)
Good news folks, you can again use your PS3's as the calendar issues have now been resolved and your system should work as per normal again. We suggest you sync up your clocks to the Internet, but all should be good. Here's the official work from Sony
We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units, other than the slim model, recognised the year 2010 as a leap year. Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally. If the time displayed on the XrossMediaBar is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the internet. If we have new information, we will update you through the PlayStation blog or PlayStation.com.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Sony have put up an official statement regarding the current Playstation 3 issues. Rather then babble on, here it is...
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.
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 apologize for any inconvenience caused.
For the latest status on this situation please continue to check either the PlayStation.Blog or Playstation.com.
March 1, 2010
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.
Update (9.55pm AEST): So this is pretty scary. When I got home from work today at around 6pm I reset the clock on my PS3 to the exact time. Now, at 9.51pm I just logged onto the system and discovered that the PS3 clock, while still having the correct date, was now set at 8.30pm - it had lost over an hour. How? Why? Who knows, but I've sent it to Sony Australia...
Update #2 (10.05pm AEST): Apparently it's all a promotional stunt for the movie Hot Tub Time Machine to take us back to the past... Actually, no, I'm kidding. But it now appears it may have something to do with February 29, leap years, and incorrect calendars within the PS3 itself and not the Playstation Network.
Our Advice - Don't turn on your PS3 until a resolution is found (although even those not online with a fat PS3 are affected to).
B-Girl. I was pretty hesitant to review this release, but given the massive PSN issues today, and our lack of ability to finish our Aliens Vs Predator review as a result we thought we'd present you with this review of a, well, pretty shit movie in our books. Check it out while you wait for Sony to wake up in America and do some work!