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APRIL 2012 NEWS

April 30, 2012

    Personal News
    As many of you may have noticed the updates on this site over the last 5 weeks have been less then timely, and for that we apologise, but as many of you would be aware losing two immediate family members puts you in a spin. I can't stress enough just how important it is to spend time with family. As well as that opening a new building at work (and having to prepare all the network and computer equipment) and putting in place a new $90,000 storage server has seen some frantic days. To top it all off reviewer Michael decided to head off to America for a couple of weeks. Long story short, Michael is back, work is calming down and while it's still a struggle over the loss of my father and nan on a daily basis, I'm starting to hit up the games again - fortunately it's a quiet time of the year.

    PS3 News
    Sega has announced that Europe and America CEO, Mike Hayes will leave the company this (American) Summer. Mike joined sega in 2004 and has seen the transition from hardware to software developer and while the company hasn't strung together a long line of hits he has seen the purchase of Sports Interactive and The Creative Assembly.

April 29, 2012

    PS3 News
    Major US retailer Target has seemingly spoilt Activisions big May 1 surprise by putting out some pre-order cards for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which will be, according to the cards, released on November 13. Expect confirmation in a couple of days.

April 27, 2012

    PS3 News
    It has been rumoured for some time now but Sony has finally confirmed that Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is currently in development for the PS3. As the press release states...
    "Developed by SuperBot Entertainment, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is the ultimate four-player brawler, influenced by some of the greatest PlayStation themes and characters of all time. Spanning the entire PlayStation catalogue, players will control the likes of iconic characters such as Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Parappa, Fat Princess, Colonel Radec, and Sly Cooper among others. Additionally, players will have access to top third party gaming heroes to use in battle. With a host of playable characters, special attacks, themed stages, and mash up music, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale pits players in a deep fighting game that draws inspiration through the colourful PlayStation universe."

April 24, 2012

    PS3 News
    A couple of weeks ago Call of Duty community manager and creative director Robert Bowling left his role at Infinity Ward with no word on his next move. Well we now have the news that Robert has formed a new company, Robotoki, which (as you can see from the website here) is already hiring staff to develop console, PC and mobile games.

    Sony have announced that since the first game was released in 2007 the Uncharted series has now shifted 17.32 million units. Furthermore Sony have announced Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition which includes the Classic Skins Packs 1-3, Mulitplayer Accessory Pack, Flashback Map Packs 1 & 2, Drake's Deception Map Pack, Fort Co-Op Adventure, Co-Op Shade Survival, Doughnut Skin Pack, and Rogues Skin Pack 1 & 2. There's no date yet for this edition, so might be a few months off still, or perhaps next week. Who knows...

    In what should be a shock to no one at all Konami have announced Pro EvolutioN Soccer 2013 will be released in Q'3 2012. The game will hit pretty much all platforms with the one notable exception being PSVita. Konami have confirmed the emphasis on this latest game is that of individual skills.

    Activision may have something rather new and secret up their sleeves (perhaps an E3 reveal?). The company has filed a trademark application for The Blast Furnace. A game? For sure... But we have no idea what it is.

April 23, 2012

    PS3 News
    Ex-Sony Studio Cambridge staffer Martin Binfield has revealed in his CV that work was indeed being undertaken on Heavenly Sword 2 with work commencing in 2008, but halting soon after. His other projects that were scrapped includ The Getaway 3, an untitled 2011 Science-Fiction game and untitled lifestyle game from 2007. You can see his showreel of projects worked on at Youtube right here.

April 20, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts and Crytek have announced that Crysis 3 is in development and is scheduled for release in 2013. Apparently Crytek are pushing consoles (PS3 and XBox 360) to their absolute limits and are even pushing in some features from DirectX 11 into the now 5-year old hardware.

    Sony have announced that God of War: Ascension is currently in development for the PS3. The game is a prequel to the current games, and despite no showing gameplay, the teaser trailer below is pretty fantastic...

April 18, 2012

    PS3 Review
    I Am Alive is Ubisoft's downloadable survival game which is out now on the PS3 (and XBox 360 if that's your flavour) and the game offers something quite different from the usual action fare. Check out our review now.

April 16, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Mass Effect 3 really should need no introduction for any modern gamer. One of the biggest franchises of this generation concludes with this third game (the second on PS3). Bioware have crafted a stunning title that everyone should check out now.

April 13, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts have released a trailer for their upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter and it's a pretty impressive looking game from teh short gameplay snippets shown. Check it out...

    Rockstar have released a new trailer/behind the scenes look at Max Payne 3. Titled "Bullet Time" this is a nice look at the bullet time functionality in the game.

April 12, 2012

    PS3 News
    Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 6's release date has moved forward from November 2012 to Octber 2, 2012.

    Capcom have announced that Lost Planet 3 is currently in development by Spark Unlimited and is due for release in early 2013. As the press release states:

      Players take on the role of Jim, a utility rig pilot who has left Earth to take on a hazardous but lucrative contract on E.D.N. III. Delivering a diverse range of gameplay, including third-person on-foot battles and intense first-person utility rig action, players will need to brave the uncharted terrain, hostile climate and threat of indigenous Akrid creatures. With a number of multiplayer modes and a compelling single player experience, Lost Planet 3 will delve deeper into the Lost Planet universe, uncovering hidden truths.

    Namco Bandai have announced that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be released on the PS3 in September 2012. As the press release states...

      Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will feature more than 50 characters with expanded fight arsenals and move sets to do battle in new stages set in different countries from around the world. In addition to the tag-based battle that Tekken pioneered, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will feature both one-on-one fighting and solo fighter vs. a tag-team battle, upending the current fighting game standards and making the game accessible for fans and newcomers alike.

      In Pair Play mode, up to four players can each control a character in the ultimate team battle, while in the all new Fight Lab mode, players can customize the moves and appearance of new training character, Combot. Players that clear the innovative Fight Lab will have mastered the complexities of Tekken and own their own customized Combot.

April 10, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Jak & Daxter Collection includes all three PS2 hit titles in a single compilation, but given a kick up to HD resolutions as well as trophy support. This is a release for older fans as well as newcomers to the franchise.

April 6, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts and developers Bioware have announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG will be released for free in Winter 2012. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes.

    THQ has confirmed that as well as WWE '12 due in November the company will be releasing WWE '12 WrestleMania Edition which includes the following extras...

      Playable Characters
    • The “most electrifying man in all of entertainment” – The Rock®
    • WWE Hall of Fame inductees Shawn Michaels, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross
    • Former WWE Greats “Macho Man” Randy Savage™, Trish Stratus and Batista®
    • Current-Day WWE Personalities Mick Foley, Brodus Clay, Michael Cole, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Vickie Guerrero, Kharma and Alicia Fox
      Alternate Attire
    • Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal, Edge, Christian

April 4, 2012

    Industry News
    Grasshopper Manufacture have announced that they are currently developing a new game, Killer is Dead. Apparently the title has no relation to their earlier title Killer 7 and platforms are to be confirmed.

    PS3 Review
    Twisted Metal was one of the most highly anticipated titles as soon as it was announced at the 2010 E3 Show - albeit via a live-action trailer only. Developed by David Jaffe at Eat Sleep Play there were high hopes for this game, but does it deliver the goods?

March 30, 2012

    R.I.P. Keith Warner - 14/3/1938 to 28/3/2012
    What can I say. I'm absolutely shattered at the moment. Only a week ago I wrote about the loss of my nan which was a terrible event but on the day of her funeral, last Friday, my dad was rushed to hospital with severe stomach pains. It ended up being that the cancer he was diagnosed with in January had taken hold and he passed away peacefully in the early hours of the 28th. Words can't express how I feel, just completely lost and gutted.

    Strength has to come from my mother who despite losing her own mum (my nan) and her husband of 40 years (tragically they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in the hospital on Sunday) is holding up so well.

    Anyway you'll understand the lack of site updates over the coming days as we get through this horrific time.


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