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FEBRUARY 2012 NEWS

February 29, 2012

    PSVita News
    Sony have confirmed that the Playstation Vita has now sold 1.2 million units worldwide. The system launched in Japan pre-Christmas, and in Europe, America and Australia only last week.

    PS3 News
    Sega have announced that they will be releasing a HD update for their classic Dreamcast game Jet Set Radio. We loved that original (check out our review here). The game should be released on PSN in the coming months.

    PS3 Preview
    Yakuza: Dead Souls is a new take on an existing franchise. There's no doubt that the Yakuza franchise has been a big success for Sega, in Japan especially. Now they are blending that franchise with shooter gameplay and zombies. A potential winner? Here's a preview...

February 28, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Grand Slam Tennis 2 is an interesting title as it is the first tennis title that we can recall on a Sony system, ermm, ever. The original game in this series appeared on the Nintendo Wii, but this sequel ups the realism in all departments and is a decent PS Move game to boot. Here's a review if EA's latest.

February 27, 2012

    Blu-Ray Review
    Staten Island & Brooklyn Rules is a double feature on Blu-Ray with the feature film, Staten Island, impressing and then the disc including an equally impressive Brooklyn Rules. A good value release with two decent films but lacking extras.

    PS3 News
    2K Games have just released a trailer for Borderlands 2 with the launch date. It's one of the most kick-ass trailers we've seen in some time and the game looks phenomenal. I love the music too - I've asked 2K who the artist is. Just enjoy... Oh, September 21 is the date.

    We missed this one a couple of days ago but Rockstar have released Official Trailer #2 for Max Payne 3 which really is looking pretty impressive. Check it out below...

February 25, 2012

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft have released a new trailer to promote Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Titled "Believe in Ghosts #1" the trailer details real-life special ops missions. Check out the trailer below...

    PS3 Review
    UFC Undisputed 3 is a game which has millions of fans around the globe - indeed the early sales figures attest to this. The UFC has become the combat sport of choice for this generation with boxing now a side show. This latest UFC game from THQ also includes Pride FC for a more complete experience. A review.

February 23, 2012

    PSVita News
    Well today is the day that handheld gaming in Australia just went next-gen with Sony unleashing the Playstation Vita. It's a phenomenal piece of kit and below is the press release from Sony.

      MEDIA ALERT - A handheld revolution: PlayStation®Vita launches in Australia today

      SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 23 February, 2012 – Following a launch event held on Sydney Harbour this week, headlined by Empire of the Sun DJs, the highly anticipated PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) officially launches in stores nationally today.

      PlayStation Vita offers uncompromised portable gaming experiences and provides the convenience of a small yet powerful device that you can use on the go. The launch draws on years of PlayStation® gaming expertise and leadership; it is the fifth major hardware launch and the second true portable launch for Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.).

      "Innovative, rich and immersive gaming experiences are in the DNA of PlayStation and we've drawn on years of expertise to create PlayStation Vita. This new device is a revolutionary step change in the portable games category, and offers the gold standard for active gamers on the go. PlayStation Vita also provides compelling cross connectivity benefits for PlayStation 3 owners,” said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia.

      "There’s real anticipation for the introduction of PlayStation Vita, as it is a truly unique device. Growth in the overall mobile category means we now have more people in Australia enjoying playing games on the go. Now, with PS Vita, we are offering these customers one step better – uncompromised portable gaming experiences with the added benefit of being able to stay socially connected to the world around you.”

      Packed with innovative hardware features, immersive games content and a range of social applications, PlayStation Vita will provide new ways to play and interact.

      PlayStation Vita features powerful hardware innovation such as; a 5 inch OLED screen, physical PlayStation gaming buttons, dual analogue sticks, motion sensor (SIXAXIS), front and rear cameras and a rear touch pad. PS Vita has multiple social applications that will allow active gamers to be constantly connected to their PlayStation life and the world around them. The hardware launch is enhanced by the solid range of games content available and further connection to PlayStation®Network – a portal to a world of digital entertainment on demand.

      Backed with significant support from industry publishers and developer partners, PS Vita has one of the strongest games line-up of any new console launch. The stellar line up of games to purchase for PS Vita, includes over 25 titles such as Uncharted™: Golden Abyss, WipEout™ 2048, Everybody’s Golf®, Lumines™, Virtua Tennis™ 4: World Tour Edition (SEGA) and FIFA Football (Electronic Arts). The games portfolio is set to expand with the introduction of major franchises confirmed for PS Vita such as LittleBigPlanet™, Resistance™: Burning Skies, through to Bioshock™ (2K), Assassins Creed™ (Ubisoft) and Call of Duty® (Activision). Australian based game developers such as Nnooo, Tantalus, Red Ant and Torus have also confirmed they are developing for the platform. PS Vita “ticks the box” on social applications that people now expect from a portable device, such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. In addition, bespoke PS Vita social applications* like "Near", "Party” and “LiveArea” will provide gamers with new ways to connect with each other.

      The PlayStation Video Store, that offers blockbuster movie content on demand from all the major Hollywood studios, will also be available on PS Vita from today in Australia.

      PlayStation Vita launch will be supported with a new creative advertising campaign entitled ‘The World is in Play’. The emotionally charged creative campaign signifies the passion people have for gaming and the role it plays in their lives.

    PS3 News
    2K Games have announced that their upcoming shooter Spec Ops: The Line will be released on June 29, 2012. In addition to the single-player campaign, Spec Ops: The Line features an expansive, class-based multiplayer experience. The multiplayer mode features squad-based games that take place in the visually stunning environments of a sandstorm ravaged Dubai. Those who pre-order the game will receive in-game bonuses.

February 22, 2012

    PSVita News
    Well if you live in Europe or America then today is a very exciting day with the Playstation Vita finally launching. The system, as you would know comes in Wi-Fi or Wifi + 3G forms and a swag of titles. The Australian launch is tomorrow so get prepared.

    Industry News
    Kojima Productions has put up a mini-site (available here) in which they are looking for people to work on the "next" MGS. What makes ths site interesting is that they are looking for "Project engineers for the latest Metal Gear Solid targeted for high-end consoles and PC" and also "Engineers to help develop next-gen game engine technology for use with the FOX Engine." It seems Metal Gear Solid 5 may be heading to next-gen consoles!

    PS3 Review
    Asura's Wrath is the latest game from Capcom and developers CyberConnect2. Indeed this is an all-new, very unique game that blends action segments into an anime styled game. It's looks and plays fantastic. But...

February 20, 2012

    Blu-Ray Review
    Transformers 3: Limited 3D Edition is the ultimate edition of this release with 5 discs including both 2D and 3D versions, an extras disc, a DVD copy and Digital Copy. We love this film, but no matter your thoughts the transfer in terms of audio and visuals is stunning, and the extras collection is also extremely impressive. A great release.

February 19, 2012

    PS3 News
    According to Amazon France Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is currently in development for release in 2012. It wouldn't be a surprise given the phenomenal sales of the first game. Adding oomph to the "rumour" an employee at Nerve Software, where Activision contracts work to, has listed the game on his CV.

    Electronic Arts has announced that the demo for their snowboarding game SSX will be released on American PSN on February 21, and in Europe on February 22.

    PSVita News
    According to Guy Longworth, Sony’s SVP of brand marketing for PlayStation, the Playstation Vita Call of Duty title will launch in American Autumn this year (Q'3 2012). There's no details on the games content, if it's new or recycled content, but it's certain to sell systems.

    PS3 Review
    Gotham City Impostors is a download-only game from WB Games and developers Monolith and while the game certainly has a very fun premise and setting, Michael found this isn't quote the prefect game we hoped for. Still, it's decent and with promises of patches and is worth checking out.

February 17, 2012

    PS3 News
    So the Playstation Vita launches in Australia this week, Thursday in fact, but you may not notice a massive amount of hype at retail. Indeed many of Australia's biggest retailers including Target, K-Mart and BIG W will not be stocking the device - apparently Sony will be focusing on hardcore game retailers such as GAME, EB Games, Dick Smith at the initial launch. If you want the system you may have to shop around, but some stores are running out of pre-order stock so you may want to be quick.

    CD Projekt has confirmed they currently have at least five titles in the works, two of which will be released in 2014 and 2015 on PC and "next-generation" consoles. It wouldn't be a stretch to imagine most companies would have titles for new consoles by 2014 - a rumoured date for the PS4 with Wii U confirmed for 2012 and XBox 720 rumoured for 2013.

February 15, 2012

    PS3 News
    Finally the Australian games industry is getting there with a Bill now before the Australian Parliament which would introduce an R18+ rating for games here in Australia. There's no timeline as yet for the bill to come into effect, but hopefully it would allow R18+ games by January 2013. You can check out more details here at the News.com.au website.

    PS3 Preview
    The Last of Us is from the makers of the little franchise known as Uncharted on the PS3. Indeed this is an all-new, stunning looking franchise and IP which will be a PS3 exclusive. It's still a long way off (maybe Christmas, maybe 2013) but even now this is a stunning looking title. Take a look.

February 13, 2012

    PS3 News
    Namco Bandai have confirmed that Ridge Racer Unbounded has been pushd back 4 weeks so the development team has more time to polish the title. Instead of March 2, the game will now hit European stores (and we suspect Australia) on March 30.

    PS3 Preview
    Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is the first release in what should be a massive year for the Resident Evil franchise with two PS3 games and a new feature film (among other things). This game kicks off the party and it kicks off this March with this action-oriented squad-based shooter. Here's a preview...

February 12, 2012

    PS3 News
    So the game has been Refused Classification and won't go on sale in Australia but Electronic Arts in America has announced a very impressive voice cast for their upcoming shooter Syndicate. Actors involved include Brian Cox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, RED, Troy) as Jack Denham, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Seven Pounds, Unstoppable) as Eurocorp exec Lily Drawl and Michael Wincott (The Crow, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) as senior Eurocorp agent Jules Merit. The game is due out everywhere except Australia in late February.

    Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that Sony "dropped the ball" in not publishing From Software's Demon's Souls in Europe and America with Namco and Atlus picking up those territories.

    PSVita News
    Well the Playstation Vita is only a couple of weeks away now and Sony has confirmed that 275 (yes, two hundred and seventy-five) games will be available for download at the systems launch. Of course there will be 2-dozen odd PSVita games available as well and even more PSP games will be added post-launch. If you downloaded the games for PSP, you will be able to download the same title onto your PSVita.

February 10, 2012

    PS3 News
    Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment have announced that Batman: Arkham City has shipped 6 million copies around the world. That's pretty impressive numbers for any game but fortunately this title truly deserves it.

    We don't have confirmation directly ourselves yet for Australia however it appears Capcom have pushed back the release date of Asura's Wrath in Europe from February 24 to March 9. No reason has been given for the delay.

February 8, 2012

    Industry News
    Being an Australian games website we generally have close tabs with the industry here, and in what will be a major shock to many on the outside, but perhaps less so for those in the know, MVC Pacific are reporting here that essentially all editorial staff at PALGN will be quitting the site this Friday. Essentially battles between the owners and staff about the sites usability and focus have caused major issues. Expect more news soon, but you can check out some very interesting, damaging and enlightening exchange between owners and editors here.

    PS3 News
    Sony have release a new Playstation 3 Firmware which brings with it an improved browser experience. We haven't tested it as yet, but yar, enjoy. Perhaps much more important (for PlayTV owners especially) is the ability to set the PS3 to automatically sync with Internet Time Servers. Oh Firmware 4.10 also brings the change from PSN to SEN as we detailed the other day.

    According to Famitsu Magazine Grasshopper Manufacture's gory zombie slasher Lollipop Chainsaw will be released in Japan this May. Here's hoping the American and European release isn't too far behind.

    According to American retailer Future Shop Gamer Square-Enix will be releasing Sleeping Dogs in August. What makes this so interesting is that the game is supposedly the reboot of True Crime: Hong Kong which Activision dropped and sold off (well they sold off the game, not the rights to the True Crime IP) to Square-Enix a couple of years ago. United Front Games are handling development.

    PSVita News
    Sony has confirmed to Kotaku (in this article) that there will be no way to migrate games purchased on PSP UMD's onto the PSVita. In Japan Sony are offering discounts to upgrade to digital copies for Sony's new handheld. Sigh...

    PS3 Preview
    Binary Domain is the latest third person shooter from Sega which has one very big attraction - voice control for your squadmates. Not only that but the way you interact and respond to them can alter their attitude towards you. If this works it really could be a fantastic release in a few weeks time.

February 7, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    SSX is a game we have previewed already, way back in mid-2011, but we now know so much more and have some new screens that we thought it was time for new look at this snowboarding game from Electronic Arts which will hit shelves this March.

    PS3 News
    A couple of bits of news surrounding Twisted Metal today. First of all the European version of the game will contain very slightly modified cut-scenes (David Jaffe has stated it's a few frames here and there) to suit the ratings boards and as such the game has been pushed back a couple of weeks until March 7. Secondly David has also confirmed he will be leaving the development company he co-founded Eat Sleep Play to build a new team closer to home. He has promised to see through the development and post-release support for Twisted Metal. As he has stated At the same time I will be opening a game studio here in San Diego because I really miss internal game development. But if I may clear this up: I was not laid off. I co-own the company. There were a few lay-offs and they were very painful to do for all involved. I'm leaving because - again - games are just getting 2 big to direct from 300 miles away & I miss the day 2 day of working direct w/team."

    The other day we mentioned that there was an update incoming for Gran Turismo 5 and now we have the full changelog for the 2.04 update. Here we go..

    • Improved the performance of online races to provide a better racing experience. However, please note that using voice chat by 12 or more players can reduce screen refresh intervals.
    • Reduced wobbling of the screen when using the Chase view. (The Chase view is when the car is viewed from the rear during races and replays, selected by switching views using the SELECT button)
    • Electric cars (opponent cars and your cars in B-Spec) will now pit-in automatically to recharge the battery.
    • Reduced the amount of steering pull when using force feedback steering wheel controllers in banks of tracks such as the Special Stage Route X Oval.
    • The initial force feedback of Logitech steering wheel controllers when driving formula cars, has been made milder, and was adjusted to make it easier to drive in a straight line. Applicable controllers: Driving Force GT, G25 Racing Wheel, G27 Racing Wheel, GT Force Pro, GT Force, Driving Force, GT Force RX and Driving Force Wireless. Applicable cars: Red Bull X2011, Red Bull X2010, Ferrari F10, Ferrari F2007, Formula Gran Turismo
    • Fixed an issue where speedometer, position and/or best lap time is sometimes not displayed on the 2nd player side of the 2P Split Screen.
    • Fixed an issue where exhaust noise is heard even after changing from a combustion engine car to an electric car in the same online race.
    • Fixed an issue where if the game is started without signing in online and then saved, the cars and tracks included in the Racing Car Pack and Course Pack would become unusable.
    • Fixed an issue where electric cars would not recharge in the pit and become immobile.
    • Fixed an issue where when the oil of the Toyota Prius was changed in GT Auto, the motor ceased to function correctly.
    • Improved the force feedback of the Guillemot Thrustmaster T500 RS, where the 10 level adjustment of feedback force (Especially when using the X2010 and X2011) was not working effectively. Also improved a condition where it was difficult to drive in the intended path.
    • Improved the force feedback for the Logitech Driving Force™ GT, G25 Racing Wheel, G27 Racing Wheel and GT Force®Pro, where the 10 level adjustment of Feedback Force (Especially when using the X2010 and X2011) was not working effectively.

February 5, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sony has confirmed that the PSN (Playstation Network) is no more... Don't fret though as the service is only being given a rename to Sony Entertainment Network (SEN). There will be no need to change usernames or passwords, but users will need to agree to the new terms of service.

    PS3 Preview
    Silent Hill: Downpour is an interesting game for a number of reasons but the biggest of these is that Konami have handed development over to Czech developer Vatra Games. At this stage the game is shaping up very nicely indeed and we've taken a look at the games progress.

February 4, 2012

    PS3 News
    According to Kaz Yamauchi's Twitter feed a new update for Gran Turismo 5 will be launched on February 7. We're not sure what the update will included, but if you haven't checked out th game for some time you may be surprise with the amount of changes since launch.

    Ubisoft have today announced that Rayman 3 HD will be coming to Playstation Network this March. We loved the game when it originally released so getting a HD update should be pretty nice. Check out the trailer right here...

February 3, 2012

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft have released a new trailer for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and it must be said the game is looking pretty slick indeed. Check it out below...

February 1, 2012

    PS3 News
    Capcom have confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma will be released on the PS3 in North America on May 22 and in Europe (and we assume Australia) on May 25. Perhaps even more exciting is the news that the disc will include a demo for the recently announced Resident Evil 6 which is schedule for release on November 20.

    PS3 Preview
    Street Fighter X Tekken brings together two of the worlds biggest fighting franchises into a single game. It's remarkable given these two franchises are from two seperate companies, but this is a game which should please fans of both game series'. Here's a preview...


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