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JULY 2012 NEWS

July 31, 2012

    Blu-Ray News
    Paramount Australia have confirmed that Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 will be released on Blu-Ray here on August 22 - a 3 week delay from the original August 1 release date. The discs have been delayed due to an audio error on a few episodes. Fortauntely Paramount in Australia realised the error before the discs hit retail - in America the company is having to undergo an disc replacement scheme.

    PS3 News
    Mindscape Australia have confirmed they have picked up the rights to distribute Tecmo Koei's upcoming Dead or Alive 5. This is a one game deal with the title set to hit shelves on September 28.

    PS3 Preview
    Sleeping Dogs has had quite aninteresting history, and lengthy development. While Activision dumped this game from their roster only months before release, Square-Enix quickly picked it up and now look to have a gem on their hands with this fantastic looking open-world action game set in Hong Kong. Here's a preview.

July 30, 2012

    PS3 News
    Capcom has announced that Dragon's Dogma 2 is currently in development with series creator Hideaki Itsuno confirming only 60-70% of the ideas for the first game made it into the title. One possible inclusion for this sequel, which isn't dated, is the ability to create quests. The original Dragon's Dogma has now shifted over 1 million units.

    Limbo creator PlayDead have confirmed that their Project 2 won't be available for at least another two years. No word if it will be a sequel to their current hit game.

    PS3 Preview
    Darksiders II looks like taking the already impressive original game and expanding it in almost all areas. This game, due out in weeks, from Vigil Games and THQ certainly looks impressive. Here's a preview.

July 28, 2012

    Movie Review
    Contraband is actually a remake of an Icelandic film. The film which sees Mark Wahlberg smuggling goods back to America on a cargo ship, while his family faces some dangers back home. Our review gives you all our thoughts on this action/drama...

July 27, 2012

    Blu-Ray News
    It's certain to be one of the best Blu-Ray releases of 2012, but unfortunately Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1, has been delayed from August 1 for an unspecified amount of time (JB Hi-Fi is listing September 5). The reason are some audio glitches on some episodes where dialogue comes out the Left and Right channels as well as the Center channel. We've got the set already for review and confirmed the issue ourselves, but needless to say this set is phenomenal. We are expecting a new official date in the coming days.

July 26, 2012

    PS3 Review
    The Amazing Spider-man is a game certain to generate a lot of interest if the success of the recent film is anything to go by. While we're still unsure about the need to reboot the Spider-man film franchise, there is no doubt that this latest game from Activision is worth checking out. It's an impressive licensed game.

July 24, 2012

    Industry News
    Thanks to THQ holding their share price above $1 for 10 consecutive days the company has confirmed they will retain their NASDAQ listing. In order to avoid delisting the company did a reverse stock split where 10 shares were combined into 1 to increase their value. The company has also appointed Relic COO Ron Moravek as Executive Vice President of Production.

    PS3 News
    Some great news for Final Fantasy fans with Square-Enix's Yoichi Wada confirming that Final Fantasy Versus XIII hasn't been cancelled.

    According to reports the PS3-4000 "Super Slim" model may not be announced at next months Gamescom after all. The unit, which is rumoured to include a flip-open lid to access discs, will reportly have 16GB SSD, and no HDD with a focus on the console being a media player. Still, with sony offering a usual "no comment" it may still appear. Time will tell.

July 23, 2012

    Movie Review
    Safe House sees Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds headline in this action film which sees a CIA agent trying to protect someone in custody while mercenaries try to take them out. Here's our Blu-Ray review...

July 21, 2012

    PS3 News
    Organisers of Gamescom have commented that Grand Theft Auto V will not be shown at the event running from August 15-19, and nor, in fact, would Rockstar be attending. Confusion arose after the game was brifly shown in a Gamescom promotional video.

    Kotaku are currently running a story, well a rumour, that Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been canned in recent weeks. The game hasn't been seen for quite some time, nor even mentioned, however Square-Enix are set to make a Final Fantasy announcement on September 1. You can read Kotaku's report here.

    PSVita News
    Capcom have announced that Street Fighter X Tekken will be released on the Playstation Vita on October 19 with America following on October 23 and Japan on October 25.

    PS3 Review
    Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is the latest in Ubisoft's third person tactical shooter. We've taken a little longer to review this game then we expected, but that is, in part, due to the way this game drags you in and doesn't let up. This is a great action title well worth a look - although it's a little more action and a little less strategy then previous games in the franchise. Be warned.

July 17, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sega has announced that the main character from Disney's upcoming video-game based animated movie Wreck-it Ralph will be a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed. The game is due out in November.

July 16, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sony have announced that Jak & Daxter are back - well sort of... They're coming back as characters in Sony's Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and also announced to make an appearance in the game is Cole MacGrath from the inFamous games. The line-up keeps growing. Check out the Jak & Daxter announcement trailer below...

    One of my most anticipated movies this year is The Expendables 2, not least of which because it signals (in a large cameo way the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen). While we knew it was coming due to a listing on the Classification board some weeks ago Ubisoft have now released a trailer for the video game tie-in which will be a 4-player action game (sadly, not including Arnie). Check out the trailer below...

    PS3 Preview
    Watch Dogs was a surprise announcement from Ubisoft at the recent E3 Show was one of the best games shown at the event. It's out on PS3 next year (as well as PC and XBox 360), and is certainly a game to keep an eye on.

July 15, 2012

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft has announced they are developing Spartacus Legends, a fighting game based on the hit TV series. Due in 2013 Ubisoft have stated that "primeval gladiator moments, from training inside the ludus to brutal battles in the arena, all while striving to become a legend."

    2K Games have released a new trailer for Borderlands 2 called "Wimoweh" which is another look at this cracking title due out in a couple of months. Check it out now.

July 14, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sega has announced that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released on November 16. The game will have some pretty stiff competition with LittleBigPlanet Karting also due towards the end of the year. Let the battle begin!

    Sticking with Sega at the Comic-Con event in America this weekend the company confirmed that Sonic Adventure 2 - given a boost to HD - will be released on PSN this Fall (which is Spring in Australia).

    PS3 Preview
    South Park: The Stick of Truth is a game millions of people the world over will be watching. With 16 seasons of the TV show it is somewhat surprising that there has never been a great South Park game however this latest from Obsidian looks set to break the trend and could be a standout game. A preview.

July 12, 2012

    PS3 News
    As a part of the franchises 25th Anniversary celebrations Konami have confirmed that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be getting a trophy patch - yes, more then four years after the game was released. The patch, which includes 34 trophies, will be released sometime in August.

    PS3 Review
    Starhawk is the successor title to Warhawk and is out now. Developed by Lightbox Interactive the game includes a single player campaign however it's the very deep online multiplayer where you'll be spending most of your time, and having a lot of fun. Here's our review.

July 11, 2012

    Industry News
    Well here's something which is sure to put the fear into Sony and Microsoft - the launch of a new console. With funding being raised through Kickstarter this is an Android based console selling for $US99 which allows developers to create games without license fees. Called OUYA (means nothing, but quite catchy) the console is based on the Tegra 3 mobile chipset, runs Android and will be download only for games, or programs. The company hoped to sell 22,000-odd consoles via Kickstarter and raise $US950,000 in 30 days - that goal was reached in about 12 hours! Right now, after 3 days and 27 to go the company has raised $US3.87 million and sold around 28,000 consoles already! Yes, we jumped onboard (delivery is expected in March 2013) and you can check it out here.

July 10, 2012

    PS3 Review
    According to Amazon UK Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be hitting shelves on March 29, 2013 in the UK. Mark your calendars.

    Industry News
    Getting tired of the current generation? Want next-generation? Well it seems that worldwide technology director Julien Merceron from Square-Enix tends to agree, well at least that Sony and Microsoft have been holding onto this generation "way too long". That's not from a game perspective but from the viewpoint that developers, and gamers, have moved onto smaller bite-sized titles. In an interview with GamesIndustry he stated...

      "This generation has been way too long, and I say this because you have a lot of developers that work on a new platform, and perhaps will not succeed, so they will wait for the next generation, and will jump on that platform. You could not do that with this generation though.
      So these developers went elsewhere to see if the grass was greener. They found web browsers, they found iOS, they found other things and a lot of them won't come back to the hardware platforms. So you could look at it that thanks to Microsoft and Sony and the length of this generation, it helped the emergence of other platforms and helped them get strong before the next hardware comes out."

    Not really console related but Microsoft have announced that Windows 8 will be launching this October. Expect plenty of XBox integration, and support for tablets. Prices are yet to be set.

July 8, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Dragon's Dogma is an all-new IP from Capcom. After seemingly coming out of nowhere with very little buzz this latest RPG from Capcom is quite a lage game, but also quite an impressive title too. If your a RPG fan you should check this game out - or at the very least read our review.

July 7, 2012

    Industry/PS3 News
    Well the day has come that Playstation 3 owners never thought they would see coming - a company has region locked a PS3 game. Up until now all PS3 games are region free meaning you can import from any territory to play the game however Atlus has confirmed they are going to region lock Persona 4 Arena. Surely Sony could step in to stop this couldn't they? DO NOT buy this game from another territory - it won't work! In fact, we would go so far as to suggest you don't buy the game all together in protest.

    PS3 News
    A couple of bits of news for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale this week. First of all two more characters have been unveiled and unclude Tekkenís Heihachi Mishima and the Japanese "Sony Cat" called Toro Inoue. Furthermore the game has been given the following release dates; October 23 in America, October 24 in Europe, October 25 in Australia/NZ, and October 26 in UK/Ireland.

    Dragonís Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno has hinted that those with Dragon's Dogma may wish to hang onto their copies of the game with more "play updates" intended in future... Whatever that means.

    Played the original Borderlands? Well if you have an if the save file is still on your console you'll be pleased to hear that Gearbox has a treat in store with exclusive heads and skins available for the upcoming sequel Borderlands 2. Randy Pitchford has also stated while there are no plans at the moment, and his team is too busy to do it themselves, he woud find a PSVita version of the game "exciting". Hmmm... Sony... Get onto that.

    Sony have confirmed that LittleBigPlanet Karting Beta will begin on July 10 with those selected receiving codes via e-mail in the coming days. The Beta ends on July 31.

    Namco Bandai have confirmed that Tales of Xillia, which is out now in Japan and the sequel of which is due in November, will be released in America and Europe in 2013. Should the game sell well enough there's a good chance the sequel will also be released outside Japan at a later date.

July 6, 2012

    PS3 News
    Announced last year it has now been confirmed that Rambo: The Video Game will be shown off at Gamescom next month. As yet there's no release date or info, but the promotional poster points to the game being based on the first three games (here's hoping the latest action-packed movie is included too!).

    Sega have announced that NiGHTS into Dreams HD will be released via the Playstation Store this Spring (Q'3). The game will included updated 16:9 HD visuals, trophies and leaderboards as well as an option to play the game in Saturn mode which emulates the original Sega Saturn visuals. Huzzah!

    Industry News
    It's official all GAME stores will cease trading from this Sunday, July 8. The video game retailer hit financial trouble about a month ago and has gone into liquidation. It is believed a couple of hundred people lost their jobs due to the demise of the retailer. In related news THQ Australia has announced they will honor a pre-order deal from GAME Australia giving pre-orders an exclusive piece of DLC. To get your bonus content, youíll need to email a copy of both your original GAME pre-order receipt and a new one from a solvent retailer to enquiriesau@thq.com.

July 2, 2012

    Industry News
    The big news today is that Sony has apparently bought cloud based gaming service Gaikai for $US380 million. This is an interesting purchase as it raises questions about the Playstation 4, if it will be a regular console or move to a cloud based model of some kind. The suspense builds...

    Site News
    Head on over to the Blu-Ray Release Schedule Page and you will see that we have updated the page with a tonne of new Blu-Ray movies announced for release in Australia until the end of the year. There's some big titles coming soon and here's our picks of the bunch (no, we don't list every small movie or TV Show, nor re-releases or price-drop items, only the big upcoming titles).

    PS3 Review
    Sorcery was announced a couple of years ago now (at E3 2010 in fact) as one of the first Playstation Move titles, but after going awol for a while the game is available now. Making good use of the motion controller, we tell you if the game is decent enough for a purchase.


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