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May 31, 2010

    PS3 News
    According to SCEE Studio Cambridge's Senior Producer Mark Green the development team is currently working on PlayTV 2. Nothing is known but we suspect this update - which may be a hardware update - will be useful for those in the UK where HDTV is broadcast in DVB-T2, a format not currently supported by the current PlayTV.

    Sony has announced that PS3 Firmware update 3.20 will be released Friday June 10. The update is the long awaited 3D update for games. Of course you'll need a 3DTV to view 3D games (and we aren't sure yet when the patches will be released) but it's not far off now.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Toy Story i's one of the most loved movies of all time, and I'm not just talking about CG movies, but any form of movie. The Blu-Ray transfer here is simply sublime with and equally gorgeous audio transfer as well as a tonne of extras. This disc deserves to be in every Blu-Ray collection.

May 28, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Mafia II is the sequel to 2K's hit game from a couple of years ago and is due to be released this August. There is certainly plenty of polish to this game from what we have seen and we tell you what to expect.

May 26, 2010

    PS3 News
    It's probably the biggest kick to Sony in recent times but Insomniac Games (makers of Ratchet & Clank and Resistance) have announced they have signed a deal with Electronic Arts to develop a new multi-platform title. This will be a new IP from the development team, however as yet genres and release dates have not been announced. Sony fans may well be disappointed by this news however Insomniac has confirmed they still have a very close working relationship with Sony (we are hoping/believe/expect Resistance 3 to be announced at E3 this year).

    So everyone really loved God of War Collection on PS3 - it was a title we never reviewed, but we have it here and the upgrades to the first two titles in the franchise upgraded for PS3 to 720p visuals is a cracker. Now we have potentially better news. Better? Yes, BETTER. If rumours are to be believed in Q'1 2011 we may be playing a Team Ico double pack with upgraded versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. Drool factor set to 11...

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Fourth Kind is a horror movie starring Milla Jovovich. Apparently based on real-life events of alien abductions this may not be real, but it's still a pretty gripping, and scary, movie. Luke has checked out the Blu-Ray disc for review...

May 25, 2010

    PS3 News
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    October 1st for Gran Turismo 5?
    Of course everyone is eagerly awaiting official word on the release date for Gran Turismo 5 on PS3, and it could be possible that Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi has put the date right out there with at least one of their stores plastering the games with an October 1st release date. Now of course this could be speculation, but I asked the person there and they said that was the date given to them... Hmm given to them by who? Sony? We still expect the games date to be confirmed at E3.

    Speaking of Gran Turismo 5 reports are surfacing that much of the delay for the game has been so the developers can include support for the Playstation Move controller (although we don't know how this would be implemented in-game), and more importantly support for 3DTV's.

    According to rumours Sony German has hinted of further adventures for Nathan Drake. What is it, who knows but it's possible that we may be seeing some single player adventures, most likley in downloadable content form. Eveyone look to E3 now...

May 24, 2010

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Empress and the Warriors is yet another Chinese film finding its way to Australian Blu-Ray drives, and with Donnie Yen starring it is certain to find an audience. Luke has checked out and reviewed this disc which turned out a decent movie worth a rental if you like similar films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

May 23, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Blur is a game which millions have been waiting for since it was first announced years ago. From Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing) comes this all new multi-platform arcade styled racing game. This game certainly looks stunning and should play well too so check out the preview before the game hits shelves this week.

    PS3 News
    If you're keen on checking out those super sexy 3DTV's, and perhaps buying one, you may be keen to know that Sony will be doing the 3D updates on several games including Pain, Motorstorm, Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD. The upgrades will be free so if you own the games you're in luck. If you don't own them there will be 3D demos released. Expect more details closer to the release of Sony's 3DTV's which is when we expect 3D games to start hitting shelves.

May 22, 2010

    PS3 News
    Over the last couple of days some details have come out about Killzone 3. Developers Guerilla Games have confirmed that the gameplay will remain largely the same (which isn't a bad thing we must add) however characters will now have small jetpacks which will act like a "double jump" allowing you to reach new heights or distant locations. The other big news though is that technology from Naughty Dog is being included in the games graphics engine. Naughty Dog? The developers of the brilliant Uncharted 2 of course. Oh yar, the game will also have 3D visuals if you have a sweet 3DTV.

May 21, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sega has confirmed that Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, which was due mid-2010 will now not hit Playstation Store (or other systems) until late 2010.

    PS3 Review
    Super Street Fighter IV has been out for a little while now, but here's our review. The original Street Fighter IV came out on PS3 in March 2009, but a year later this upgrade adds new characters, improved online games and plenty of tweaks. Here's a review from Chris...

May 19, 2010

    PS3 News
    Oh, My, God!! Here is the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops and it looks spectacular. Don't worry about the XBox 360 logo at the end, this is certainly coming to PS3 as well and if Treyarch get their shit together we may be asking... "Infinity Ward who?"

    Blu-Ray Review
    In The Electric Mist is the latest movie to hit Blu-Ray starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman. Unlike the American Blu-Ray Australians are treated with the (short) US version of the film as well as the much better Director's Cut. Luke gives us his opinion of this disc which is out now.

May 18, 2010

    PS3 News
    It has been a long wait but Sony Australia have finally confirmed that the video delivery service will be available in Australia for PS3 and PSP from 1am Thursday May 20th. Rather then rattle on, here's the full press release:

      PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service to launch in Australia Available on PS3 and PSP
      Hundreds of movies available, to rent or to own, at the click of a button

      SYDNEY, 18th May 2010: Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) further expanded its PlayStation® entertainment offering today with the announcement of the imminent launch of the PlayStation®Network video delivery service for Australia on Thursday 20th May 2010. The service, available to PlayStation®3 (PS3™) users from 1AM on Thursday 20th May, allows film fans to download hundreds of movies, including the latest releases, straight to their PlayStation 3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable).

      Hundreds of movies will be available to rent in High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD) (from AU$3.99) or purchase (from AU$7.99) in SD. The films come from major movie studios and distributors including 20th Century Fox, ContentFilm, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios, Universal, Roadshow Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

      Titles available at launch include Avatar, Capote, Dreamland, Inglourious Basterds, Up In The Air, Ninja Assassin, Sherlock Holmes, Surrogates and Twilight New Moon. Additional content will be added on a weekly basis.

      "The launch of the PlayStation Network video delivery service in Australia this week extends the PlayStation entertainment offering and provides our consumers with another way to access and enjoy their favourite movies, whether at home or on the go," said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, SCE Aust.

      Michael Aragon, General Manager, Global Digital Video Distribution and Operations for Sony Network Entertainment commented, "The launch of the video delivery service in the Australian market marks another milestone for Sony in delivering the most popular video content to our customers globally. We are excited about delivering high quality entertainment directly to our Australian consumers’ PlayStation-connected TVs, portable gaming devices and personal computers."

      The video delivery service will be fully integrated within the PlayStation Network, using the same log-in, wallet system and user-interface. Users can search for movies by name, or can browse categories such as "new releases", "genres" and "most popular downloads". PS3’s progressive downloading allows viewers to start watching a film shortly after the download begins. They can also access certain games or other content on their PS3 while the download is taking place.Consumers who choose to rent have up to 14 days to watch their movie, and once playback is started, they have 48 hours to watch the content. Purchased movies are stored on the PS3 hard disk drive and can be accessed at home via PS3 or transferred to PSP for content on the go.

      Michael Ephraim added "The video delivery service launch in Australia is another addition to PlayStation’s strong entertainment credentials, alongside our on demand content that includes streaming music video with VidZone®, Catch Up TV services and free digital TV viewing with PlayTV™. With games, movies, music, TV, Internet, and photos, alongside major PlayStation innovation this year in the form of 3D and PlayStation®Move motion controller entertainment in Australian homes never looked better." To find out more, visit:

    Sony Australia has confirmed that they have sold 850,000 Playstation 3's in our little land down under. That still puts Sony behind the 1.7 million Nintendo Wii's, and the 1 million XBox 360's but with a strong lineup of games including the Playstation Move and todays announcement of the online video service Sony are anticipating bursting through the 1 million unit mark by Christmas.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a dramatic movie from writer/director Rebecca Miller. Starring Keanu Reeves, Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Monica Bellucci and Winona Ryder we had high expectations for this movie to be something special. Our review of this Blu-Ray disc tells all though...

May 17, 2010

    PS3 News
    Breathe a sigh of relief. Remember how we mentioned yesterday that Split Second has a 7GB install? Well it does not. Apparently it's a typo on the back of the US case and it should read, and has been confirmed by gamers, to have a 3.7GB install - that's better.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Nowhere Boy is the first Blu-Ray review from our new reviewer Luke Van Leuveren so make him welcome. Admittedly this isn't the best movie ever but John Lennon fans may want to see this film which is based on his early life from 1955-58. Here's Luke's first review.

May 16, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Red Dead Redemption is the latest game from Rockstar (think GTA) and is an all new open-world title set in the Wild West. It looks amazing and is set to be a massive game in 2010. A last minute preview before the release late this week...

    PS3 News
    No doubt Split Second is one of the most anticipated racing games coming out in the near future (this week in fact) and apparently the game comes with a hefty install too - according to the back of the US game box it weighs in at 7GB in fact. Wouldn't be a problem if the game was crap, but the demo is actually pretty damn impressive so you better free up some space!

    While we have plenty to dislike about the OFLC (well, not actually them, but the Australian ratings for not having an R18+ for games) checking their site today came up with a couple of unknown EA titles - Project Red (rated MA15+ - Strong violence; Gaming experience may change online) and Deathspank (rated M - Violence and drug references) which we have found out is an Action RPG being developed by Hothead Games. Expect them to be unveiled at the E3 show in the coming weeks.

    One of the big games unveiled in part over the last couple of days is Activisions Call of Duty: Black Ops which is set during the Vietnam and Cold Wars and is due out on November 9 2010. To save you the effort, here's the teaser trailer:

    While you're up for some video watching you may want to check out Developer Diary #3 for Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands which looks pretty special (and is due out this week we might add). Check it out:

May 15, 2010

    PS3 News
    Capcom has confirmed that Lost Planet 2 will be getting two PS3 exclusive downloadable skins for the game - they being Helghast characters from Killzone. This is in addition to the PS3 exclusive Monster Hunter skin due late this month too.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs may have a pretty strange name, but this CG film from Sony Pictures is actually quite a delight. While I had seen this movie in trailers I really didn't know what to expect from this release. It turned out to be a great film, but also had a nigh on perfect transfer to Blu-Ray...

May 14, 2010

    I'm Back... But not really functional!
    I'm still battling this wicked flu and feel like shit at the moment so I apologise for the lack of updates since my return from holidays. Anyway here's some news tidbits to keep you going with full updates to resume around Monday.

    PS3 News
    United Game Front has confirmed that the slow loading times in their upcoming ModNation Racers as noticed in the Beta is something they were aware of, but is caused by the way they store the data for levels to keep them extremely small for downloading - rather then pack in all the visuals making large downloads. The good news is that the developers are working on a post-release patch which will considerbly reduce load times. Huzzah! Now, where's our copy of the game for review?

    The big news while I was gone was the announcement of LittleBigPlanet 2. The game will greatly expand on the original title (which we absolutely loved as you can see in our review here) and allow you to creat many genres of game including RTS games, action titles and of course platform titles. The games tools have expanded providing better physics for vehicles and an ability to program the AI of characters in the game. Visually the game has several enhancements and even uses some tech from God of War III for depth of field. Finally the game will support the upcoming Playstation Move controller, but will be limited at the games launch with support to be added later. Expect plenty more details from E3... Oh, we're going to guess, as it's not confirmed yet, that 3DTV support will be included too...

    PSP News
    Sony has confirmed the PSP will be getting an "Essentials" range of titles for £9.99 in the UK (we haven't seen a press release for Australia as yet but suspect it will be coming soon). The range will kick off with 20-odd titles including Daxter, Everybody's Golf, LocoRoco, Secret Agent Clank, WipEout Pulse, Patapon 2, and Buzz! Master Quiz. The range will hit stores on June 4th, and we hope these prices will also be on the PSN downloadable versions.

May 12, 2010

    I'm Back!
    Well I'm back from an awesome cruise on the Pacific Dawn which went to Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Wala, Champagne Bay and Port Vila. Despite being a fat bastard I managed a few hours of snorkling at several ports which was simply amazing. I drank a heap of booze, watched some awesome shows on the ship and even bought some artwork! Upon our return we got stuck in Morton Bay for 3 hours this morning due to massive fog in Brisbane thereby making the 70,000 tonne ship impossible to navigate up the river and didn't get home until 4pm this afternoon. Sadly I got a mega flu this morning too so updates will resume in the next day or two as I recover and sort through the hundreds of e-mails.

May 2, 2010

    Site Update News, Well A Short Break
    Yep the title says it all really. We don't take a lot of breaks here but we're taking a little over a week off updating the site as my wife and I head off on a holiday. Enjoy the peace and quiet. I'll try to update if I can, but I doubt it seeing as I'll be on a ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Anyway we've left you with a great review yesterday, and when I return my little slave army should have a couple more reviews ready to go. Back on May 12 folks!

May 1, 2010

    PS3 Review
    GTAIV: Episodes From Liberty City is a release that many didn't expect to see on the PS3 due to the Microsoft deal, but it's here. Indeed you need not have the original Grand Theft Auto IV to even play this realese as it runs as a standalone product. Here's our review.