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FEBRUARY 2011 NEWS

February 28, 2011

    PS3 News
    After what seems like an eternal wait, and following the aborted 2010 release Big Ant has just released their first trailer for AFL Live. The game still doesn't have a release date other then "first half 2011". Still here's the trailer to get you excited.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Paintball sees a group of paintball players suddenly thrust into a desperate struggle for survival as someone starts hunting them with real guns and ammunition with deadly consequences. We've taken a look at this latest Icon release on Blu-Ray...

February 25, 2011

    PS3 News
    Sad news for Australian fans of Mortal Kombat with the latest game, due out in April, being Refused Classification by the Australian Classification Board. Essentially the fatalities were too much and as a result the game can't be sold here.

    PS3 Review
    DC Universe Online is the PS3's first MMORPG (in fact, the first on any Sony console) is out now. The game includes a monster list of DC comic book characters including Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman and The Flash to name a few. Michael has played through the game, reached the maximum level, and provides a review of this latest SOE release.

February 23, 2011

    Blu-Ray News
    A couple more bits of news from Paramount today. Firstly at this stage there are no plans for Megamind to be released on Blu-Ray 3D. Save that for a later date. Also today though Paramount confirmed that Little Fockers will be released on Blu-Ray on April 21st.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Dinner for Schmucks is the latest Paramount movie starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Indeed this comedy has a lot of potential but can these star comedians put together a great movie worth spending your time with? We take a look and give you our thoughts...

February 22, 2011

    Blu-Ray News
    Paramount has confirmed that Dreamworks Animation's MegaMind will be released on Blu-Ray in Ausrtalia on April 7th. We recently saw the film in 3D and it was pretty entertaining so we suggest you check it out. Only disappointment, it doesn't appear the 3D version is coming to Blu-Ray but we've asked for confirmation.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Buried is one of the most unique Blu-Ray's, or at least movies, we've reviewed on Futuregamez. Spending 90 minutes in a coffin may not sound interesting, but this movie is quite engrossing.

February 20, 2011

    PS3 News
    Executive Producer of the latest Medal of Honor Greg Goodrich has confirmed that Danger Close is currently working on another game in the franchise. With over 5 million copies of the most recent game sold a sequel isn't a surprise, and a 2011 release is possible.

    NGP News
    According to an SCE press release the NGP certainly has quite a few game engines supporting the new handheld. Apparently Crytek's Cryengine is running as is Epic Games' Unreal Engine, Terminal Reality's Infernal Engine and plenty more. In terms of physics both Havok and NaturalMotion are running on the handheld.

February 19, 2011

    PS3 News
    Sony has released a pretty major update for LittleBigPlanet 2 which despite being update 1.01 adds in plenty of bug fixes. In fact the list is so extensive you may as well just read it on the official site here.

    Codemasters have confirmed that Operation Flashpoint: Red River is due out on April 21st in Europe. The game supports 4-player co-op, and a ten mission main campaign (it may sound short, but we expect the missions to be quite long as they were in the previous game). As yet we don't have confirmation of an Australian release date, but we expect it within days.

    Industry News
    It's a sad day today for gamers as one of the worlds brightest development teams, Bizarre Creations, is no more after shutting their doors (or, well, having them shut by Activision). The company is most well known for the Project Gotham Racing franchise in recent years, but did put on the rather fun Blur on PS3, and years ago developed several games for the Sega Dreamcast as well. You can check out a pretty gorgeous farewell video here.

February 18, 2011

    PS3 News
    Sony America has confirmed that inFamous 2 will be released in the United States on June 7, 2011. The game will come as a standard edition as well as two special editions with several pre-order bonuses for different retailers. No word yet on an Australian release date, but we suspect it will be around the same date.

    According to Japanese magazine Famitsu Konami has canned their PS3 port of Gradius. No reason was given for the cancellation.

    Contrary to rumours doing the rounds Valve have confirmed that Portal 2 does NOT include Playstation Move support.

February 15, 2011

    PS3 News
    Well we don't normall promote competitions from other websites, but this is too cool to ignore as Sony Australia are running a major Killzone community event in Sydney on February 22nd. Unfortunately we won't be there due to other commitments, however if you want to check out the game, and in 3D with the Playstation Move Sharp Shooter peripheral too, then you may want to enter the competition. Need I say more? If you're a fan of Killzone then enter here but be quick as entries close at 11am tomorrow!

    In very unsurprising news Disney has confirmed that a game based on the upcoming Pixar movie Cars 2 will hit shelves at the same time as the movie. The game is currently in development at Avalanche Software.

    PS3 Review
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is, as most of you would be aware, the sequel to one of the PS3's biggest hits to date. This sequel hit shelves in Australia a couple of weeks ago and after plaything throught title we can say that Media Molecule have improved the game in almost every single area. We love this game, and you will too!

February 13, 2011

    Industry News
    Take this with a massive grain of salt but according to rumours doing the rounds Activision, who we must remeber just killed off their Guitar Hero franchise among others is looking to spend some cash. The target is apparently none other then Take Two! Very rumour-worthy, but last time Activision went spending it ended up with Vivendi.

    Confirmation today that Dragon Age II has gone gold with the game now in manufacturing for the early March release.

    United Front Games has released a statement about the cancellation of True Crime: Hong Kong by Activision last week. UFG had the following to say:

      "We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why. We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less. Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sights on a different horizon. You can keep up with the latest developments at UFG here on our site."

February 10, 2011

    PS3 News
    In some somewhat shocking and disturbing news today Activision have confirmed a restructuing of their brand which has also see the cancellation of True Crime: Hong Kong as well as the entire "Hero" frachise which means no more Guitar Hero, Band Hero or DJ Hero titles. Apparently the company has laid off some 500 workers and intends to focus on major brands such as Call of Duty, Starcraft and World of Warcraft. It's a sad day for music game fans, but declining sales year on year leaves the company little option.

    2K Games has confirmed that The Darkness II is currently in development for a Spring 2011 release. The first game (reviewed here) was developed by Starbreeze Studios and was a game we enjoyed. This sequel, which is set two years after the original game, is being developed by Digital Extremes.

February 9, 2011

    Industry News
    The big news of today doesn't concern Sony, but rather the Nintendo have announced their new 3DS handheld console will launch in Australia on March 31st this year and sell for $AU349.95 which is a little lower then some predictions. Still, if you're interested just remember the system, unlike the PSP and PS3, has region locks on the software.

    PS3 Review
    Mass Effect 2 was one of the most acclaimed games of all time on XBox 360 and this this PS3 port is every bit as good, and includes the expansion packs as well! Here's a review from Mike who absolutely loved the game...

February 8, 2011

    Industry News
    LG are trying to put a stop to Sony selling the Playstation 3 in America due to patent infringments with relation to the Blu-Ray drive or something similar. Interestingly Sony slapped LG with patent infringments over their phones a couple of months ago. No doubt tit for tat...

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Greatest was released in 2009 and is a pretty good dramatic movie starring Pierce Brosnan. Sadly this release has a transfer to Blu-Ray that doesn't show the format at its best, and lacks any extras. Still it's probably worth a rental.

February 6, 2011

    Industry News
    Last week we had the announcement concerning the PSP, and today Sony have continued their surge to domination with the announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - essentially the long rumoured Playstation phone. This won't be anything near the power of the PSP2, but offers Sony an opportunity to break into the phone market, with a strong games platform as well.

    PS3 Review
    Faery: Legends of Avalon is a downloadable game from Focus Home Entertainment which is visually fairly impressive although the entire game is a little disappointing overall. Still, it will have its fans and it has some charms.

February 5, 2011

    PS3 News
    Namco Bandai have announced that Ridge Racer Unbounded is currently in development for the Playstation 3 at Finnish developers Bugbear Entertainment. Little is known about the game other then it will hit shelves in 2012, and as yet there is no NGP (aka PSP2) version planned. nor any version of the franchise at this stage.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Last Airbender is the latest movie from director M. Night Shyamalan (who brought us The Sixth Sense). Fans of the animated series may have checked this out but for others, the advice is that this isn't really worth spending your time, or money, on sadly... Still here's a review.

February 3, 2011

    PS3 News
    THQ has confirmed that Saint's Row 3 will be released in (American) Autumn 2011. The game will have a "proper reveal" in the near future.

    Namco Bandai have confirmed that worldwide sales of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West have only reached 480,000 units. That's a disappointment for a game which has received overwhelmingly postive reviews - we'll put the poor sales down to a lack of a review copy for Futuregamez.net! (or, perhaps not).

    PS3 Review
    Spare Parts is the latest downloadable title from EA's Bright Light studio. While it looks pretty good, and certainly somewhat Ratchet & Clank-ish, this game ultimately fails to live up to the potential. Michael gives us his full opinion on the game...

February 1, 2011

    PS3 News
    UbiSoft has confirmed that Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD will be released in America on March 22 this year, and that that territory will also see the Blu-Ray retail version of Prince of Persia Trilogy as well which had only been available via PSN in America. As for the European release date for Splinter Cell Trilogy in Europe and Australia, expect an announcement soon.

    Sega has confirmed that Sega Rally Online Arcade is indeed in development for release as a downloadable title on PSN. The game was outed with a rating listed with the Korean Ratings Board.

    PS3 Preview
    Bulletstorm is the latest game from People Can Fly and, possibly even more excitingly for a mjority of gamers, Epic Games. This is an intense, over the top, shooter which puts skills ahead of killing. Check out our preview now.

January 31, 2011

    PS3 News
    According to reports Crytek are currently discussing options to develop TimeSplitters 4 according to Cevat Yerli. Apparently the developement team will decide their next move after the release of Crysis 2.

    According to rumours doing the rounds, and these are rumours with no confirmation from Sony as yet, Firmware 3.60 has support for "Cloud Saving" for Playstation Plus members. This would allow you to upload save games to the internet for safe keeping. Nice... if true but the potential to transfer save games from PS3 to NGP is very tempting. Apparently developers have an option to opt-out with each game if they wish. Expect to hear more someday, hopefully.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Shrek Forever After will apparently be the last movie in the franchise the question has to be asked... Is the franchise running out of legs? We've watched, and reviewed this Blu-Ray disc and tell you if it's worth your while.

January 27, 2011

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    The NGP from a front/low viewpoint.
    PSP2 OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED
    News doesn't really get any bigger then this (well, until Sony announce the PS4 in a few years), but Sony has today lifted the lid on the heavily rumoured PSP2 which has been dubbed NGP (Next Generation Portable). To say that the console is impresive is an understatement and our interest has gone from mild at best to damn near fever pitch!

    If anything the games shown, announced or teased (but we must stress may never be fully developed) included Uncharted, Killzone, Monster Hunter Portable 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Wipeout, Resistance, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf and (this final one is confirmed) a Call of Duty game.

    Some of the unknowns about NGP include the amount of internal storage space, the release date for each territory other then 2011, and the price with Andrew House stating the device will be "affortable".

      SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES ITS NEXT GENERATION PORTABLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
      Ultimate Portable Entertainment System Makes Its Debut This Year,
      Further Expanding the PlayStation® Business in the Portable Gaming Market

      Tokyo, January 27, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which delivers the ultimate portable entertainment experience. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011.

      NGP is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®. This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE’s experience from both PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®3 (PS3®) entertainment systems.

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      The NGP with Screen turned on.
      Deep and immersive gaming is at the core of PlayStation’s DNA, and NGP is the latest embodiment of this vision. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are. Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.

      * Stunning OLED and Revolutionary User Interface
      NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display. A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content. The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.

      * Super Oval Design and Dual Analog Sticks
      While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users’ hands. For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.

      * LiveArea™
      Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network. Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

      * Near
      SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

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      The back of the Sony NGP.
      * New Game Medium
      NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.

      NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.

      PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP. The newly developed and released game content for Android™ based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP. As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.

      SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.

    PS3 Preview
    Dragon Age 2 is going to be one of the biggest sellers of 2011, and there's little doubt about it. This is a sequel to one of the biggest RPG's in recent years and the developers BioWare are promising improvements in nearly every area. Check out our preview now...


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