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JULY 2011 NEWS

July 30, 2011

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Green Hornet has been released on Blu-Ray in both 2D and 3D versions, but besides that this latest comic-book adaptation is a decent movie. We've reviewed the 2D Blu-Ray and fans of the film won't be disappointed.

July 28, 2011

    Affiliate News
    Our affiliate Play-Asia has put up a pretty impressive special this week. Duke Nukem Forever is available for only $AU17.81 (plus shipping)! Order the game through this link which helps fund this site. Get to it!

    PS3 News
    THQ have confirmed that due to disappointing sales the Red Faction franchise will be discontinued. That's a shame as while the recent Red Faction: Armageddon was disappointing, the previous game, Red Faction: Guerrilla was very entertaining indeed.

    Industry News
    One of the shock announcements today is that Nintendo have slashed the price of their portable, the Nintendo 3DS. Launched only a couple of months ago sales have been sluggish at best and as a result (and we're sure the PSVita had a big input here) the price will be slashed from $AU349 to $AU249. That's still a rip-off in our books. In America the price has dropped from $US249 to $169 (about $155), in Japan from 25,000 yen to 15,000 yen and in Europe, while not disclosed formally also by about a third.

    PS3 Review
    Captain America: Super Soldier is the latest movie tie-in game to hit shelves. With the film hitting cinemas worldwide this week, Sega have launched a game at the same time - what a surprise. The question is; Is this game actually any good? Here's our review...

July 27, 2011

    PS3 News
    Codemasters have today announced the X Games 17 add-on pack is now available for DiRT 3. The release of the new DiRT 3 X Games Asia Track Pack coincides with X Games 17 which begins 28th July in Los Angeles, with Ken Block and Tanner Foust, who both star in DiRT 3, going for gold in Rally and Rallycross. The X Games Asia Track Pack extends DiRT 3's Rallycross content with two multi-surface, mud-spattered circuits set in stunning Shibuya, the neon heart of Tokyo. The pack is available from today for $US4.99 or £3.19.

    THQ has announced that The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again! will be released on the PS3 on September 13. The game, which features the voice cast from the TV series, will utilize each penguin's individual abilities, players must thwart Dr. Blowhole’s diabolical plan by overcoming obstacles, rescuing friends and conquering unique and hilarious mini-games like "Julien’s Dance Party" and "Mort Bowling". Sounds like fun...

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Warrior's Way is a movie not many would have heard of due to a box office failure, but this $US45 million production is well worth checking out - if you like something a little different.

July 26, 2011

    PS3 Review
    Shadows of the Damned is one of the most vulgar and grotesque games you'll ever play, that's if you can deal with what's here. It's fair to say that this game is not for everyone, but we quite enjoyed this release from Electronic Arts.

July 24, 2011

    PS3 News
    According to rumours doing the rounds Resident Evil 6 will be announced by Capcom at the Tokyo Games Show in mid-September. The rumour comes about from a blurry image from Comic-Con which shows a logo and a date - 15.09.2011. Stay tuned.

July 23, 2011

    Industry News
    Epic have mentioned two interesting things of late. The first is that the People Can Fly developed game Bulletstorm has not made any money but president Mike Capps has said they don't regret greenlighting the project. The second is that Mike has admitted Epic has neglected the Unreal series in favour of the Gears of War titles. Perhaps an indication that a new Unreal may be in development. We can hope...

    PS3 News
    Frontier boss David Braben has confiemd that Elite IV, rumoured for either this generation or next generation, is being developed but "very slowly" while The Outsider, which was announced in 2005, is currently "on hold". The company is currently developing Kinect Disneyland Adventures for the Kinect.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Tourist is a box office blockbuster starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. One would have expected this to sizzle in more ways then one. Unfortunately it's actually a bit of a missfire for all involved.

July 21, 2011

    Industry News
    Sony Computer Entertainment have announced that game development studio, Double Eleven, had signed a deal which would see the company, currently working on LittleBigPlanet for PSVITA, developing games exclusively for SCEE and Sony platforms.

    PS3 News
    Playstation Store has been updated today, as it does on every Thursday, but today's gem is Limbo which is available for $19.95, or about a fiver less if you're a Playstation Plus subscriber. Highly recommended we say. There's also a pretty big sale on multiple items too.

    Capcom have announced that Street Fighter III: Third Strike will be released on PSN on August 23 for $US14.99. No confirmation as yet on the Australian release, but we expect it to be pretty soon after.

    Sticking with Capcom the company has also announced Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 for released this November as a mid-priced games. The game will include "new iconic characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes, a refined fighting system, eight new stages and new modes".

    While Shadows of the Damned has struggled to sell at retail - and the game is very good, expect a review soon - Grasshopper Manufacture has announced their next game will be Lollipop Chainsaw which sees you playing a student called Juliet who also happens to be a zombie hunter.

    2K Games have confirmed that The Darkness II is due to be released on February 10, 2012. The game, which is in development at Digital Extremes, was originally due for release this October but has seen the slip.

July 20, 2011

    PS3 News
    Activision and developers Radical Entertainment have confirmed that Prototype 2 will be released in America on April 24 2012.

    According to Respawn concept artist Iain McCaig the development studios's first game won't be released until at least 2015! Speaking at an even it Brighton he stated "I'm having the most fun working with Respawn Entertainment right now, and I hate that I can't show you guys what I'm doing there until 2015." Respawn Entertainment are made up of ex-Infinity Ward Staff who left due to their issues with Activision - something which will be hitting courts soon.

    PS3 Review
    Puzzle Dimension is a game we had no idea about prior to receiving a download code (it's available on PSN rather cheap). What we discovered was one of the most entertaining puzzle games we've seen for some time.

July 18, 2011

    Blu-Ray Review
    Dinoshark, which is available now as a rental with no retail release set yet, Roger Corman's DinoShark is B-Grade horror with plenty of poor acting but also gore. If the name gets your interest that may be enough to check out this release.

July 17, 2011

    PS3 News
    Konami have announced a new game, Blades of Time will be released on PS3 in early 2012. As the press release states "Blades of Time stars a female bounty hunter called Ayumi who transports herself to Dragonland in search of unimaginable treasures. However she soon realizes that Dragonland is a hostile world, ruled by a demonic being, wreaking havoc and incarcerating the other bounty hunters who have previously found their way there. Armed with a pair of swords, Ayumi is charged with toppling the evil overlord and escaping whilst evolving her fighting skills and magic abilities in order to proceed."

July 16, 2011

    PS3 News
    Well the Uncharted 3 Beta has sadly ended, but the stats are quite astonishing. Over the 2 week Beta period, with one week being exclusive to Playstation Plus members, 1.53 million unique players tested the game, 1.9 million kills took place with 48 million shots fired. That's 22 million matches which would have taken 362 years to complete. Pretty good stuff and it just makes November seem so much further away.

    PS3 Review
    inFamous 2 is a game we have been dying to get our hands on. The first title released a couple of years ago was an absolute cracker that came out of nowhere and the development team at Sucker Punch have been working on the sequel for some time. Have they improved greatness?

July 14, 2011

    Personal News
    Don't fear we haven't run away but I have been struck down with the mega flu - you know the one where getting out of bed is a chore. Anyway hopefully I'll be back in the swing of things soon.

July 11, 2011

    Industry News
    Playdead Games have confirmed that Limbo will be hitting the Playstation Network on July 19 in America and July 20 in Europe (which we expect includes Australia). Besides the hit game which launched on XBox 360 a year ago the developers have a little surprise in store as well. Ohh... do tell.

    PS3 Preview
    SSX is a game we're dying to get our hands on, and rightfully so as the previous games were among our favourites on PS2. This PS3 game is bringing the series back to its roots, and with six months until release it's already looking fantastic. Here's a preview.

July 10, 2011

    PS3 News
    Activision has confirmed they will be unveiling a new James Bond video game at the upcoming Comic-Con later this month. No word if it stars Daniel Craig, or will be tied into the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie due in late 2012.

    Movie Industry News
    Following the news a couple of months ago that David O. Russell had left the Uncharted movie - and given his choices we think that's a good thing - Variey is no reporting that Limitless director Neil Burger is now attached to direct the film. Apparently the film will be reworked to remain more faithful to the PS3 games. No word yet on a start date, or indeed who will now star in the retooled movie.

July 7, 2011

    PS3 News
    Yesterday a packshot of Resistance 3 showed up in America with a strange logo on it "PSN Pass". Rumours have speculated, and Sony have now confirmed, that this will grant "Full Online Access" to participating games with this shooter being the first. Sony have also confirmed to Eurogamer that "This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title." This is certainly a scheme similar to the Online Passes from other companies - once the pass has been redeemed the game can't be sold off and re-used online unless a fee is paid. It's not something we totally disagree with as developers can then get a small slice of the secondhand market.

July 6, 2011

    Blu-Ray Review
    Faster hit the shelves this week and sees Dwayne Johnson return to the action genre after a few years of kiddie/more pedestrian pics. This movie isn't quite what we expected, but it is quite good. Here's the review...

July 5, 2011

    Industry News
    Well L.A. Noire is getting positive reviews, and solid sales, but it seems Rockstar are less then pleased with the happenings at Team Bondi in Sydney with reports of very unfair work conditions. Now, its seems, the conditions, and work quality for the studio isn't good enough from Rockstar with reports that the publishers won't be publishing their next game - whatever it is. For a fascinating read about the working conditions at the developer check out this article on Gameindustry.biz (after a free sign-up).

    PS3 Preview
    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is a very impressive looking game which, while seperate from the story seen in the motion pictures, interweaves a seperate storyline where characters cross paths. With Snowblind Studios developing the game there is a lot of potential here for a hit. We check it out.

July 4, 2011

    PS4 News
    Take this with a very large grain of salt but an article on DigiTimes (available here) the Playstation 4 will go into production in late 2011 for a potential release in 2012. The system will apparently have full body detection similar to the Kinect and will be manufactured by the Foxconn and Pegatron Technology who make the PS3, will have a planned shipment of 20 million units. Time will tell if that's true, Sony certainly won't comment and in the past have only stated the PS3 has a "10 year lifespan".

    PSN Outage News
    We hope you were quick enough as Sony have today taken down the Welcome Back package allowing you to download two free games due to the network outage. Today, therefor, marks a month since the Playstation Store came back online.

    Speaking of which those in Japan have had to wait for the government to approve the service coming back online. The good news - the Playstation Store will be turned back on in that territory this Wednesday.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Devil is a low-budget horror film which is actually quite an impressive film. Luke has checked out the Blu-Ray disc and gives us his thoughts on this recent release from Universal.

July 3, 2011

    PS3 News
    In an interesting bit of news the original Crysis has appeared on the Korean ratings website (for XBox 360) and the ESRB (for both PS3 and 360). Time will tell if/when it's released, or if it's retail or downloadable.

    THQ has confirmed that Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will be released in Europe (and we suspect Australia) on September 9.

    PS3 Review
    Beyond Good & Evil HD isn't a sequel to the hit PS2 title, but an updated version for PS3. In a year that looks set to be full of HD remakes this latest Playstation Store release from Ubisoft brings back one of their most loved PS2 titles. Is it worth your time?

July 1, 2011

    Affiliate News
    We haven't really been checking Play-Asia on a regular enough basis, but will start to again, put up some of their great deals. As you know we get a small percentage of any sales which goes towards the site hosting. Anyway this week - until Tuesday night - they have Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition for a phenomenal price of only $AU19! You can order the game through this link. Get to it!

June 30, 2011

    Mouthing Off
    Locking Game Saves is the topic in this all-new semi-regular column/rant. This week saw the Nintendo 3DS receive a new Resident Evil title from Capcom and while this would be cause for celebration there was a major cause for concern, and one which could eventually spread through the industry.

    PS3 News
    Codemasters has confirmed that their upcoming shooter, Bodycount will be released in North America on August 30, in Australia and New Zealand on September 1, and in Europe on September 2.

    Mindscape have confirmed that, like America, Australia will also see the Silent Hill HD Collection released in Q'4 2011. Sticking with Konami titles the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be released in November 2011.


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