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OCTOBER 2011 NEWS

October 30, 2011

    PS3 News
    Capcom has confirmed that Asura's Wrath will be released on PS3 in America on February 21, 2012. We expect the European and Australian release to be around that date as well but await confirmation.

    Another Capcom game dated is Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City which has now been scheduled for release in America on March 20. Again, we're awaiting the Australian confirmed date. Capcom has scaled down expectations for the game from 2.5 million sales to an anticipated 2 million.

    PS3 Preview
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and certainly the biggest RPG. Bethesda are putting the finishing touches on this game due in a couple of weeks and we take a look so you know what to expect.

October 29, 2011

    PS3 News
    Those of you enjoying Battlefield 3 may want to know that the Back to Karkland DLC expansion (which includes 4 classic maps - Strike at Karkand, Wake Island, Gulf of Oman and Sharqi Peninsula) is currently slated for a December release.

October 26, 2011

    PS3 News
    Mindscape have confirmed that Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will release in Australia on February 2, 2012. The compilation was originally expected to be released pre-Christmas, but that's not happening obviously.

    One of the most contraversial games of 2011 has officially hit the shelves. Sega's House of the Dead: Overkill was originally given a Refused Classification rating by the Classification Board before Sega were successful in their appeal. The Playstation Move light gun game has been in our PS3 for a little while now, and quite entertaining indeed.

October 27, 2011

    Affiliate News
    We thought we'd update with a couple of impressive prices at our Affiliate Play-Asia at the moment. The online retailer currently has the Asian version (in English) of Battlefield 3 for only $AU56.87/$US58.90 plus shipping. To help us fund Futuregamez purchase it through this link.

    If EA's title isn't your thing then perhaps you'd be more interested in pre-ordering Modern Warfare 3 from Activision. Play-Asia currently have the Asian version of that game (again, in English) for $AU53.01/$US54.90 plus shipping. Again, you can help fund Futuregamez by purchasing it through this link.

    PS3 News
    So Electronic Arts have clarified the missing Battlefield 1943 situation. As the wonderful rep from EA stated "Thanks to an exclusive Sony partnership, PS3 players will have one-week early access to Battlefield 3 Expansion Packs, starting with the post-launch Back to Karkand digital expansion pack. Back to Karkand is included in the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition at no extra charge."

    Sega have confirmed that while Yakuza 5 will return to Kamurocho the game will also feature a second city to explore which may be based on either Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka or Fukuoka. No word yet on returning, or the number of, playable characters. There's still no release date for the game so don't expect it soon.

    According to a rumour published in the latest Xbox World magazine Avalanche Studios are currently working on Just Cause 3 for a 2012 release. No other details but a PS3 release is almost certain.

    PS3 Review
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is KOnami's latest release in their long-running soccer franchise. After a few average years at the start of this generation the franchise is finally hitting it's stride again. Michael gives us his full verdict on this latest release. In short, he liked it quite a bit.

    Industry News
    Not really game related, but Sony has confirmed they have bought out Ericsson's remaining 50% share of the company for $US1.45 billion dollars. That gives Sony full control over the Playstation certified Xperia Play phone.

October 26, 2011

    PS3 News
    So we just got our copy of Battlefield 3 and it is indeed a wonderful game - phenomenal even. Now we got a review disc which means no manual, and no packaging. But one thing that seems to be AWOL from all reports (and from our review version) is Battlefield 1943? WHAT THE FUCK! Yes, that fantastic free bonus for PS3 owners that was given bells and whistles coverage by Sony and EA at the E3 Show this year isn't even on the disc. In compensation EA will make the BF3 DLC on PS3 exclusively available early (remember EA had already announced the PS3 DLC would be a week earlier then other systems anyway). Very, very disappointing. At least EA, and Sony too, could, and should, have been up front about this weeks ago. Electronic Arts have Tweeted the following:

      In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers.

    The other big news for today is that Rockstar have updated their website (viewable here) with a logo for a new upcoming game. Grand Theft Auto V. Huzzah! More importantly a trailer will be released on November 2.

    PS3 Review
    God of War Collection 2 is, unsurprisingly, the second PS3 compilation of earlier titles in the franchise. This time we have the two PSP games given a big upgrade including HD Visuals, Trophy Support and much more.

October 24, 2011

    PS3 News
    WB Games Australia has confirmed that Lord of the Rings: War in the North has been delayed in Australia from November 2 to November 16. No reason for the delay, but getting away from several other major releases that week may be a part contributer.

    With Battlefield 3 only a couple of days away now some people grabbing the game early (reviewers we suspect although we don't have ours yet) have discovered a card in the package with a Medal of Honor logo. Seems there's another game in the works - not that there was ever any doubt really.

October 23, 2011

    PS3 News
    According to reports the Closed Beta for Starhawk will be commencing next month. This Beta will be limited to developers and select people invited while a more public Open Beta should commence a little further down the line.

    PS3 Review
    Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is a title which many PS3 games have been keen to get their hands on. Indeed we've always loved Namco's flight sim here and this latest outing is actually the first on the PS3. We tell you if it still manages to impress after a 5 year Sony hiatus.

October 19, 2011

    PSVita News
    Sony have today announced the release date and price for the PSVita. The system will hit Australian and New Zealand shelves on February 23 (the day before my birthday conveniently too!) for $349.95 or $449.95 which is a little higher then we hoped (the US models are $249.95 and $299.95 for 3G). No need me babble on, but here's the details...

      PLAYSTATION®VITA LAUNCHES IN FEBRUARY 2012 IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
      The Ultimate in Handheld Entertainment, PS Vita to launch in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and North America in February

      Sydney, October 19, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand confirmed today that PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) will launch on 23rd February, 2012. This follows an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirming that PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) will launch throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia from 22nd February, 2012. Available in Europe from €249.99 (RRP), Australia from AUD $349.95 (RRP) and New Zealand from NZD $449.95 (RRP)for the Wi-Fi model, the 3G/Wi-Fi model will retail for €299.99 (RRP), AUD $449.95 (RRP) and NZD $549.95, respectively. PS Vita will offer uncompromised portable gaming experiences, anytime, and anywhere.

      “PlayStation Vita is a revolutionary device, which will offer the best possible portable gaming experiences available on the market. Its impressive feature set is designed to provide the ultimate gaming experiences on the go. This, combined with social connectivity means there will be not only innovative new ways to play, but also new ways to connect with others,” said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand. He continued, “We are incredibly excited about the upcoming launch of PlayStation Vita.”

      Leveraging PlayStation’s legacy of delivering deep and immersive gaming experiences, the PS Vita system will bring to consumers new ways to play through a unique feature set such as a stunning OLED front touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, motion sensors, and dual cameras. With more than 80 games currently in production from first and third party studios including “LittleBigPlanet,” “Wipeout 2048,” “Resistance: Burning Skies™,” “Uncharted Golden Abyss™,” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed,” EA Sports’ “FIFA”, Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’, and many more, the PS Vita is poised to deliver gameplay experiences unmatched by any handheld or mobile device on the market.

      In addition, with both 3G and Wi-Fi support, PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the gameplay experience and enable them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners through native PS Vita applications – near, and Party. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, foursquare, Skype™, and Twitter will also be available on PS Vita.

October 18, 2011

    PS3 News
    Capcom has today announced that a Devil May Cry HD Collection will be released on the PS3 (and XBox 360) in early 2012. The release will include the three original PS2 games together with added bonuses, Trophies and of course HD visuals. No price for Australia as yet, but the game will sell in America for $US40.

    Sega has confirmed that a new demo of Sonic Generations will be released on October 19. The demo will include modern level gameplay (as opposed to the classic 2D gameplay in the first demo).

    Electronic Arts has confirmed that they have reached "a couple of million" pre-orders for Battlefield 3. The game is due out next week and from what we've seen, including the demo at the EB Expo, it's one that is certain to impress.

    Sticking with EA's shooter, developers DICE have confirmed that 8 million people played the recent Beta of Battlefield 3. The Beta has now closed.

October 17, 2011

    PS3 News
    According to some reports Batman Arkham City's street date has apparently been broken in Australia with Electronics Boutique apparently selling the game 2 days early.

    Sony have posted up their latest TV Spot for Uncharted 3 and it's pretty damn impressive. Check it out below...

    PSVita News
    Sony have announced that the PSVita version of Modnation Racers will be officially named Modnation Racers: Road Trip. The game is due out next year, and we're guessing if not at launch, certainly within the launch window.

October 16, 2011

    PS3 News
    Well we went to the EB Expo today, and we had quite a bit of fun at the event. All the big publishers were there including Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Activision, WB Games, Mindscape/Konami, 2K Games, Ubisoft, Sega and a few more. There were some positives and negatives to the event, but for a first off it was very impressive overall. Oh, in 2012 the event will be in Sydney - so gamers down south can rejoyce over that news!

    Looking at the positives it was great to see a wide variety of games on display, many of which aren't due until well into 2012. It must be said the live arena, which was only meters away from the expo floor was superb, with some great demonstrations from publishers including EA (which was the keynote from Peter Moore on Saturday - hence we missed it), THQ, Sony, Bethesda, Ubisoft among others.

    There were some negatives though. The lineups to play some of the games were ridiculously long. Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Uncharted 3 often had 2 hours lines to get about 5-10 minutes of game time. Still that's where the demand was. Another negative was the lack of food venus - we ended up bailing over the highway to Broadbeach - while there were a couple of games that weren't really shown despite being listed. Another disappointment is that while Sony did a on-stage demo of Vita which showed off LittleBigPlanet (which rocked) and Reality Fighters the showcase strangely lacked any other games even in trailer form, and while we were hoping to see the hardware on the show floor up close - even behind lock and key - we were out of luck. Finally we were a little annoyed with some publishers putting their games behind closed doors so you had to line up to see them - Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim, Batman: Arkham City and Halo were those games. At least EA with Battlefield 3 and Sony with Uncharted 3 allowed you to stand and watch other people play the game.

    Anyway all-in-all it was a fun event, fairly well organized (although audible announcements about special events starting would be welcome) plenty of things to see and do, but I certainly wouldn't want to see a boost in visitors next year without a major boost in playable games/setups. Still, I'll be back next year - even with a trip to Sydney required!

October 13, 2011

    Industry News
    A reminder to all our Aussie readers that the EB Expo takes place on the Gold Coast this weekend with two sessions on Saturday, and one on Sunday. There's some awesome stuff that will be playable or shown at the event including Modern Warfare 3, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Lollipop Chainsaw, The Darkness II, Skyrim, Move Fitness, Mass Effect 3, Soul Calibur V, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Saints Row The Third, Rayman Origins and Sonic Generations to name just some. It's going to be awesome, but tickets are selling fast so get in quick by booking here or, if there are tickets left, paying at the door.

    PS3 News
    Sony have confirmed that Uncharted 3 has gone gold for manufacturing. More exciting is the news that the retail game includes an invite to the Starhawk Beta when that launches as well as four behind the scenes videos detailing the games development. The game hits shelves in early November.

    Ubisoft have confirmed on their Facebook page that Rocksmith will not be released in Europe until 2012 due to licensing issues. Furthermore while the PS3 is region free this game won't work in PAL systems while the DLC won't be available in Europe.

    PS3 Review
    NHL 12 is a game we were pretty keen to get our hands on. Indeed it has been a few years since we reviewed a NHL title from Electronic Arts, but Michael has taken this latest game for a spin. It's an impressive game well worth a look.

October 11, 2011

    PS3 News
    Sony have released a major update for Gran Turismo 5 which includes in-car viewpoints for standard model cars, the ability to save during endurance races, 11 new Nascar vehicles, and preps the game for new DLC due soon among other things. In fact the changelog is so extensive for the 1.3GB patch you may as well just check it out here.

    Konami have confirmed to website Beefjack, that Silent Hill: Downpour has been delayed from November to Q'2 2012.

    PS3 Review
    From Dust is the latest game to be released by Ubisoft, and it's only available through the Playstation Store (no retail release). Still this cheap strategy game certainly has some impressive aspects. Fans of the genre would do well to check out this game, or at least our review.

October 9, 2011

    Blu-Ray Review
    Boogie 3D isn't a film which we were familiar with prior to receiving the Blu-Ray for review, but this Argetinian animated film is a violent, bloody, but entertaining film. Rated R18+ this isn't for kids, but is worth a look.

October 7, 2011

    PS3 News
    This is, we think, simply the best video game advertisment ever. 'Nuff said. Check out the clip below.

    PS3 Preview
    Need for Speed: The Run is the latest in EA's long-running racing franchise, and is back for yet another year (actually it's the second title this year!). Title latest game, which uses DICE's Frostbite 2 engine, looks like pushing the series further then ever. Here's a preview of the game...

October 6, 2011

October 5, 2011

    PS3 News
    About 8pm Queensland time tonight our we were automatically logged out of the Playstation Network. It's not us though with many people reporting the same issue with the system returning an error code 80710092. Sony have confirmed they are looking into the issue. [Update: It appears the Playstation Network is back online as at 9.30pm]

    Namco Bandai have announced that the demo for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon has been downloaded 1.2 million times. We've had the full game here for a few days now and indeed it is an impressive title so we suggest you check out the demo before the game releases in about a weeks time.

    Industry News
    Treyarch have confirmed that they are working on a new version of Call of Duty for "a new console". Given they release last years Call of Duty: Black Ops last year the new game will likely be released in November 2012. PS Vita? Wii U? They both seem possible with our money on Sony's handheld given the dual analogue sticks.

    We don't usually cover XBox stuff here, but XBox World is reporting that several games are already in development for XBox 720 (or whatever it's called). The game include Alan Wake 2 which will likely be an exclusive, but Saints Row 4 is also mentioned, and we're guessing it may also appear on Sony's next console as well. We can hope...

    PS3 Review
    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is, quite unsurprisingly, set in the Warhammer universe. Indeed this latest action game, developed by Relic, and published by THQ is a decent effort with some impressive aspects. Check out our review of the full game now.

October 4, 2011

    PS3 News
    It seems that the Australian Privacy Commissioner has cleared Sony over the Playstation Network hack earlier this year. The commissioner was somewhat critical of the delay in getting information out, but praised Sony for their subsequent steps to remedy the situation. You can read the full report here.

    PS3 Preview
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is almost certain to be the biggest selling game on 2011, and Activision, with the three development teams, are putting the finishing touches on this great looking FPS. Check out our preview now...

October 3, 2011

    Blu-Ray Review
    Thirteen probably isn't a movie many of you would have heard of as it was extremely limted in theatrical release. But what a cast... Sam Riley, Jason Statham, Ray Winstone, Mickey Rourke, Alexander Skarsgard, and 50 Cent. This is a unique film probably worth a rental. A review...

October 2, 2011

    PS3 News
    BT Games, a South African online retailer, has listed Jak & Daxter HD Collection for release on January 20, 2012. There has been no comment from Sony, but you can see the listing here.

    PS Vita News
    According to reports Sony will limit the downloadable game size to 20MB on the Playstation Vita when using 3G. This is the same as Apple limits the iPhones to when downloading through 3G as well. Of couse, this could change in future, and doesn't mean games are capped at that size as many, if not most, games will be much larger then this, but you will need to connect to Wi-Fi to download.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Fast Five is a TV series which sees Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their friend Karl Pilkington, also referred to as the "idiot", around the globe to look at the wonders of the world with hilarious results.

October 1, 2011

    PS3 Review
    Dead Island is a melee based zombie action game set in a large open world environment. Indeed, there is plenty to like about this game from developers Techland, but also some annoyances. Still the game is worth a look.


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