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JULY 2010 NEWS

July 30, 2010

    PS3 News
    Those of you looking for some shooter action, with or without Playstation Move, will be disappointed to hear that Sony and Zipper Interactive have delayed the release of SOCOM 4 until an unspecified 2011 release. Damn...

July 29, 2010

    PS3 Preview
    Vanquish is the lastest game from the creator of Resident Evil, and the development team of Bayonetta. Indeed this very slick third person shooter certainly looks the part and we can't wait for the October release. Check out our preview with latest screens now.

    PS3 News
    Activision have confirmed that release of the DLC for Transformers: War for Cybertron. Released for $15.95 the downloadable content pack includes five distinct playable Transformers characters (Scattershot, Onslaught, Shockwave, Demolisher, and Jazz) and four all-new maps for online multiplayer game modes.

    We thought we'd leave you with another great video from Rockstar today, this time for the Making of the soundtrack for Red Dead Redemption. Check it out...

July 28, 2010

    PS3 News
    Early August will see version 1.07 patch released for the very popular online shooter M.A.G.. The patch includes a new "Happy Hour" Double XP bonus, Suppression as a new "Faction Neutral" gameplay mode, faster downloading and patching, redesigned versions of the Flores Basin (Raven) and Alyeska Terminus (Valor) Domination maps, and new lighting effects among other fixes.

    PS3 Review
    Blur is the latest racing game from UK developers Bizarre Creations and is out now on multiple platforms including the Playstation 3. Indeed this game looks, sounds and plays superbly, but the PS3 version has MAJOR online issues. Get the details in our full review.

July 27, 2010

    PS3 News
    Codemasters have gone announcement happy today and confirmed that they are working on sequels to DiRT, Race Driver GRID and Operation Flashpoint. Besides that the company is working on a "massive" new game using the EGO2.0 engine which powers Codemasters franchises, and September's upcoming Formula 1 2010.

    Fire up your PS3 today and you'll notice there's a new Firmware update - 3.41. All that we've seen so far is a new second which will (at the end of July or so) give you other games "You May Also Like" when looking in the store. We're sure there's more tucked away in the background to be detailed as people discover them, or perhaps some extra 3D trickery which is all the rage on the PS3 of late.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Daybreakers is a movie which I know quite a few of you have asked or spoken to me about. Vampire movies are all the rage these days, primarily due to the Twilight phenomenon, and this 2010 movie with Sam Neill, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe is a decent release on Blu-Ray worth checking out.

July 26, 2010

    PS3 News
    Yesterday we told you about Street Fighter X Tekken which was a massive announcement, but that is only half the story. While Capcom are developing that game Namco is working on Tekken X Street Fighter!! The difference is that Namco's game will be in a similar 3D style to Tekken titles, whereas Capcom's title is like their Street Fighter IV game. A release date is now rumoured for Capcom's title - 2012. Don't hold your breath.

    One of the big announcements at E3 was that for inFamous 2 which looked spectacular, except Cole underwent a makeover which wasn't received well, and we didn't like it either. According to IGN developers Sucker Punch have reverted Cole to look more like the original design in inFamous.

July 25, 2010

    PS3 News
    Capcom has announced they are currently developing Street Fighter X Tekken. The game will have a similar style to the brilliant Street Fighter IV and is confirmed to include characters such as Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams from Namco's franchise. A release date has not been announced.

    Sony has confirmed that LittleBigPlanet 2 will be released in America on November 16. A Collector's Edition will be available for $US79.99 and will include the game, a 7" Sackboy plushie, themed bookends, all of the different pre-order costumes, exclusive Jak and Daxter costumes, and five exclusive PSN avatars. Not bad. Let's hope this edition makes it to Europe too...

July 24, 2010

    PS3 News
    Eat, Sleep, Play has re-confirmed that there will be no Playstation Move nor 3D visual support in their upcoming Twisted Metal. Given comments about how character levelling up also changes the balance of games, don't expect that either. Still, this looks kick-ass!

July 22, 2010

    PS3 News
    Some disappointing news today with AFA Interactive confirming they have canned the release of Trinity Universe here in Australia. No reason has been given, and given the niche, limited market, nature of the title we'd be surprised if it turns up elsewhere. Time to import guys...

    We thought we'd leave you with something pretty cool today, that being a live performance of Jose Gonzalez with an acoustic rendetion of "Far Away", the song which plays when you get to Mexico in Rockstars awesome game Red Dead Redemption. FYI: The song is being played on top of Rockstar's Offices!! Check it out...

July 21, 2010

    PS3 News
    Konami has confirmed not confirmed that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be released this October. Previously Australian distributer Mindscape had listed the title for release in early September. Adjust your calendar's accordingly. (Update: Konami are denying the date saying a date will be announced in Cologne at Gamescom.)

    Electronic Arts have confirmed that their UFC, ermm I mean, MMA title will be released in the US on October 19th and in Europe on October 22nd.

    Sticking with Electronic Arts the company today revealed it, along with American McGee, are working on a new action adventure game, Alice Madness Returns. The game is due out on PS3 in 2011.

    PS3 Preview
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is a game which I know many of you will be very keen to check out. This is the sequel to one of the most violent video games of all time, and is only weeks away from release. It's certainly looking pretty special, not only due to the visuals on offer. We take a look and tell you what to expect from this big release.

July 20, 2010

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts has confirmed that Rock Band 3 will be released in America on October 26, and in Europe on October 29th. No word yet on the Australian release date, but it should be released at some stage... The big new addition to the franchise is that of a keyboard instrument.

    Also from Electronic Arts today is the announcement of Fight Night Champion which will be released on the PS3 sometime in 2011. The game is rumoured to include 60-65 boxers but nothing else is known. Will Playstation Move controls be supported, we're certain it would certainly be looked into at the very least.

    PS3 Review
    Transformers: War for Cybertron is the third Transformers game released on the PS3 to day, but fortunately, unlike the other two this third title doesn't suck hairy balls. In fact this is a damn fine game with plenty of entertainment, both online and offline. Check out our full review now.

July 19, 2010

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Howling is now considered a classic horror movie, with a cult status. This was a very low budget production but the transfer on Blu-Ray is quite acceptable. Indeed this film is out now on Blu-Ray and we bring you a review of the disc.

July 18, 2010

    PS3 Review
    Split Second: Velocity is the latest racing game from Black Rock Studios (who previously developed the under-appreciated Pure). This is a bit different and is an arcade styled racing game. It's over the top, but also plenty of fun and is certainly worth checking out. A review...

July 17, 2010

    PS3 News
    In an interview with Eurogamer Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be released on the XBox 360 on August 18th, and that Microsoft have a 4 week exclusivity agreement for the game. That means we can expect the PS3 version to land on PSN around September 15th.

    2K Games has confirmed that the first of two DLC for Mafia II will be called "The Betrayal of Jimmy" and will be released exclusively on the PS3 the day the game launches. If you buy the game new the DLC will be free, if you buy the game second hand and the voucher is used, it will cost you $AU12.95. A second DLC pack called "Jimmy's Vendetta", which will hit PS3, 360 and PC, will be released soon after.

    Rebellion has confirmed that there will not be any further patches for their recently released Aliens Vs Predator game. A bit of a shame to see it's no longer supported as it was a fairly impressive game. (On a similar topic we quite enjoyed the new Predators movie just released in cinemas, and suggest fans of the franchise check it out).

    Industry News
    According to industry reports Electronic Arts has decided to sell their stake in Ubisoft. The company currently owns 14.8% of the French developer and publisher. There was rumours of a takeover a few years ago when EA bought the shares, but that amounted to nothing and EA have seemingly lost interest in a takeover.

    Seems to be the week for layoffs with Sony Online Entertainment laying off 35 employees this week, a number which represents just over 4% of their entire workforce. This is a bit of a surprise given teh company is currently working on The Agent and DC Universe online

July 16, 2010

    Industry News
    Ready at Dawn, who are currently putting the finishing touches on God of War: Ghost of Sparta has confirmed they have laid off 13 staff as they are currently between projects.

    Rockstar has confirmed that 40 staff have been laid off with the Rockstar Sand Diego, the development team that just finished working on Red Dead Redemption. Obviously that project is finished so as is normal with developers between projects there is some downsizing.

July 15, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sony has announced that they have sold over 1 million Minis - those small, bite-sized games playable on the PSP as well as the PS3. PSP Minis launched in October 2009 and with over 80 titles available this is a great result for Sony.

    Blu-Ray News
    20th Century Fox have announced that Alien Anthology will be released on November 3 as a six disc box set. The set will contain over 60 hours of bonus features (4 hours of which is new to this Blu-Ray set, while the rest has been ported from previous DVD releases) and 12,000 images. Each of the four movies will include the original Theatraical version as well as the Special Edition versions.

    Warner Home Video have just released their release schedule for the remainder of 2010 and there are some very interesting Blu-Ray releases. Clash of the Titans is due out on August 11th, Goonies and Ace Ventura 1&2 are due on October 27, Lethal Weapon 1-4 Collection is due out on November 10, and Inception is due on December 8.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Precious was a movie which came out of nowhere last year and became a massive hit critically and commercially. The movie has just been released on Blu-Ray and it looks and sounds pretty good making this a disc worth checking out.

July 14, 2010

    PS3 News
    Square-Enix has confirmed they are bumping up the release date of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days by a week. The game was due out in America on August 24 and in Europe on August 27, and will now be released on August 17 in America and August 20 in Europe. (Update: Australia has been confirmed for an August 19 release now).

    Sega has confirmed that they have two 'major' hardcore games currently in development for release in 2011 and 2012. The company is currently focusing their 2010 efforts on the very slick looking action game Vanquish (which we hope to preview soon). As for the two new games, not a hint of what they will be.

    PS3 Review
    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the latest game in Ubisoft's long-running and very successful action franchise. This latest iteration has just been released on the PS3 and looks and sounds pretty good. Gameplay too is quite fun, but is it worth a purchase? We let you know...

July 13, 2010

    PS3 News
    Quantic Dream's David Cage has confirmed that the company is currently working on two new projects. The company recently released Heavy Rain. The company is currently adapting that hit game for Playstation Move support, but details on the two new games have not been announced at all.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Out of Africa was a spectacular release some 25 years ago now. Indeed the film was the winner of seven Academy Awards and is now out on Blu-Ray. While the movie is a brilliant, must-watch experience this Blu-Ray doesn't provide the best transfer ever seen. Having said that fans may want to check this release out.

July 12, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sony has confirmed their upcoming plans for the PS3, and in particular the 3D compatability. We know the system has been patched with 3D Game compatability has of a couple of weeks ago and Sony has now confirmed that 3D Blu-Ray compatability will be added in September 2010. New though is the news that a further update will allow 3D pictures from a still or camcorder viewable later in the year, as well as 3D Videos from Youtube within the next year or so. Plenty to look forward too. Ohh, and the brilliant PlayTV will also be 3D compatable, however we are unsure if this refers to the mysterious 'PlayTV 2' which was mentioned, but never detailed, some months ago.

    Industry News
    Oh Microsoft, we just can't help laughing sometimes. When the PS3 launched with the SixAxis it didn't include rumble technology and Microsoft played it up shouting it was integral to gameplay. Now that is reversed with the Microsoft Kinect motion control using a camera only. Kudo Tsunoda, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios, had the following to say:
    "The overwhelming thing we've discovered is that rumble is such a rudimentary form of haptic feedback. It's not like a little rumble in your palm is your whole way of interacting with the world it's not like, oh, I stubbed my toe and I get a little rumble in my palm. It's almost laughable the way people hold on to rumble as the Holy Grail of haptic feedback. We've gone so far past anything that can be done with rumble, or that kind of restrictive thing you have to hold. It's been creatively liberating to work on this stuff."

    PS3 Preview
    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Sonic is back, and when we say back we mean BACK. Forget all the recent 3D Sonic crap, this latest game is returning to the series' 2D roots. It looks spectacular too.

July 11, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sony studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the company will not be selling the Playstation Move controller for a loss. That's good news for the company who has only in the last month confirmed that they are no longer making a loss on the Playstation 3. That's right. Sony were losing money on every PS3 sold in the world up until only a few months ago. Let's hope Sony pour some of these profits into even more great titles. Playstation Move, and a tonne of compatable games, will launch in mid-September.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Red Sonja was a starring movie for Brigitte Nielson, but in reality Arnold Schwarzenegger was the main drawcard. In this film he played a Conan-like role in everything but name but even he can't save this pretty poor movie. Still the transfer is above par and fans may want to have a look.

July 9, 2010

    PS3 News
    At the recent E3 show Ubisoft announced, via some dancers and music, that they were creating a Michael Jackson game. It has now been confirmed that the game will be called Michael Jackson: The Experience. The game will be released in November and will have seperate parts using the Playstation Move controller (no doubt for dancing) and the SingStar Microphones (no doubt for trying to sing!).

    A lttle update on yesterday's news. Sega Australia has today confirmed an October 21st release date for Vanquish in Australia, and October 22nd for New Zealand. As an added bonus those who pre-order will get exclusive access to a three-weapon pack.

    PS3 Preview
    The Sly Collection is a compilation of the three Sly Raccoon games from PS2 brought together and updated for the PS3. Announced at E3 2010 The Sly Collection includes all three games remastered in HD, with one in 3D as well, Playstation Move Support and Trophies. It's looking hot...

July 8, 2010

    PS3 News
    So why was Final Fantasy XIV delayed by six months from the September release for the PC version? Well according to producer Hiromichi Tanaka Square-Enix have run into "technical problems" with the PS3 version - but he doesn't elaborate on that. Could it be the paid model? Could it be the PSN? Could it be the PS3 hardware itself? Who knows. At this stage they are aiming for March 2011, but hoping to still release earlier then that.

    Bioware has confirmed that Dragon Age 2 will be releasing in March 2011. The game will again be published by Electronic Arts.

    Sega has confirmed that Vanquish will be released in Europe, and we expect Australia, on October 22nd this year. This action shooter made quite an impact at the E3 show so we expect it should generate a lot of interest in the coming months.

    While it may have only sold 122,000 units in the US in launch month Activision's DJ Hero has now shifted a much more impressive 1.2 million units worldwide showing the title had some long legs, and perhaps some assistance via discounting too. Still, that shows potential for this years sequel.

July 7, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sega has confirmed that due to low sales there will not be a sequel to Alpha Protocol, the Action RPG recently released. Oh well...

    Blu-Ray Review
    Suburban Mayhem is an Australian film that came out in cinemas a couple of years ago now but has just been released on Blu-Ray thanks to Icon Films. It's a pretty decent film with a fairly decent transfer too. Here's our latest Blu-Ray review for you to check out.

July 6, 2010

    PS3 News
    Sony Japan has confirmed the launch lineup for the Playstation Move controller in Japan which is due out there on October 21st, around a month after Europe and America. The games launching with the controller are EyePet, Sports Champion, Beat Sketch, High Velocity Bowling, Kung Fu Rider and Big 3 Gun Shooting (Which is the Time Crisis compilation).

    PSP News
    Square-Enix has confirmed that they will be bringing The 3rd Birthday out in Europe. The game is a spin-off to Parasite Eve which, from memory, we never saw released in Australia when it was released years ago.

    PS3 Preview
    R.U.S.E. is a strategy game which has been in development for quite a while now however recently delays have also seen the developers have time to add support for the new Playstation Move controller. Here's a preview.

July 5, 2010

    Blu-Ray News
    It's been a little while since we updated the page but we have done a major update on our upcoming Blu-Ray Release Schedule Page. There's some pretty major releases in the coming months so check it out.

    PS3 News
    Not to be out we've also done a pretty hefty update to our PS3 Preview & Release Schedule Page with plenty of titles added since announcements at the E3 Show recently. There will be a lot of changes in the coming weeks, but for now, this is as accurate as it gets.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Kundun isn't a movie a lot of you would have heard of. Directed by Martin Scorsese this film was essentially dropped by the distributer Disney following complaints from China. Why? The film is about Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dali Lama. It's a brilliant film given a very good Blu-Ray release.

July 4, 2010

    PS3 News
    Quantic Dream's David Cage has confirmed that they will no longer be working on DLC for Heavy Rain. The development team is currently implementing Playstation Move functionality into the game which will be available via a patch for current owners. David Cage has stated he want to move onto "next generation of technology and future concepts". Does this mean new hardware, or Playstation Move game? Time will tell, but we suspect it's the former. PSP2, PS4? It's anyone's guess.

    PS3 Preview
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow sees one of the most loved game franchises of all time being rebooted by developers MercurySteam, with the help of none of then Hideo Kojima. It certainly looks impressive so here's a preview for you to check out.

July 3, 2010

    Affiliate Special
    Thought we'd let you know that Play-Asia have a pretty damn good special going for Disney/Pixar's Up on PS3. You can buy the Asian version (in English and playable on all PS3's) for the next couple of days for only $AU16.74 (around $US13). If interested click on this link to ensure Futuregamez gets a little commission too - it really helps us. It's not a terrible game either, certainly great for the kiddies.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Raw Deal is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's earlier movies, but has just been released on Blu-Ray thanks to Universal. While it's not a spectacular release fans of the movie may do well to check this release out.

July 1, 2010

    PS3 News
    Well this news is certain to make plenty of PS3 owners quite upset and dismayed. Square-Enix have confirmed that their MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV will be released on PC on September 22nd in Europe. The game will cost 8.99/12.99 per month to play. What's so bad about that news? Well sadly the PS3 version has been postponed until March 2011 - a full six months after the PC version. Why? No explanation given.

    Sega has stated that they are "thinking" about porting some of their Sega Saturn games to the PS3 and XBox 360. Good news for fans of the console, but given the number of classic Dreamcast games that they could port we'd rather they concentrate on them for the short term.

    PS3 Preview
    Twisted Metal was Sony's big surprise at the recent E3 show with David Jaffe's studio, Eat Sleep Play, confirmed to be handling development of this game. While the in-game visuals may not be spectacular, this game is sure to be a winner with a major focus on online multiplayer. Here's a very early look.


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