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SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWS

September 30, 2012

    PS3 News
    Starbreeze Studios, the company behind The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness has announced a new downloadable title called Brothers – A Tale Of Two Sons. The game has some gorgeous visuals, as you cans ee in the trailer below, and is due out around Q'2 2013.

    PSVita News
    In a recent interview Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has mentioned his surpise at the lack of third party PSVita development support since the system launch. In an interview with Gamasutra he stated that "One thing that was surprising and disappointing to us was the number of third parties to come out after launch". Well I think we can detail the problem sir, perhaps the fact that Apple sell more iPhone 5's in one day then the PSVita sells in eight months. It doesn't take a genius - or perhaps it does!

    In some better news for the PSVita publisher eastasiasoft has confirmed that their PS3 exclusive game Rainbow Moon will be coming to the PSVita in 2013. The game, which was released on PS3 through the Store in July this year is certainly one to chew up the hours - Michael has been hooked on the game for weeks.

    If you're a FIFA 13 gamer, when you may want to be aware of reports online that the PSVita version of the game is apparently very much based on the FIFA game that launched with the console in February, which was already criticised for being based on FIFA 11. Users aren't pleased, and you'd have to question the need to purchase the game as a result. It must be pointed out this doesn't affect any other games, and we have the PS3 version of the game and it's very impressive indeed. Expect a review of that version soon.

September 29, 2012

    PS3 News
    If you're keen on getting Resident Evil 6 and live in Australia you may want to check out your local game shop as many retailers, including EB Games, have broken the street date for Capcom's latest title. We're already working on our review which we hope to have up in the next week or so, needless to say, early impressions are very positive.

    Here's a rather neat trailer from Ubisoft for Assassin's Creed III which details one of the main events that started the revolution. Here's the "Official Boston Tea Party Trailer" for this great looking title.

    Ubisoft have also released a trailer for Far Cry 3 called "The Savages". It runs for over 3 minutes and gives a fantastic idea what to expect from the companies open-world shooter. Check it out.

    Blu-Ray News
    Twentieth Century Fox have confirmed that Prometheus will be released on October 17 as a 4-disc Collector's Edition which will contain the 2D version of the film, 3D version of the film, DVD and Digital Copy. Extras are highlighted by a commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, a documentary called The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus and much more. If 3D isn't your thing a 2-disc Blu-Ray version will also be released with many, but not quite all, the extras. Only 3 weeks to go...

September 28, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts have scrapped plans to release NBA Live 13 this October. Apparently in recent days internal reviews of the game haven't shown the game meeting expectations and as such, rather than delay the game into the second half of the NBA season, this year’s game has been scrapped with work continuing on the game for next year (we expect they mean NBA Live 14). This isn't such a surprise seeing as the game was a no-show at E3 2012, the game had never been fully announced as a retail release (recent months pointed to download only) and the game hasn't been seen at other recent shows.

    According to rumours doing the rounds Madden NFL 14 may even include referee likenesses - now that's authenticity. Apparently referee's faces have already been scanned. We're taking a guess here, but could this be a "next-gen" feature being prepped? (There's no reason why current-gen couldn't do it too though - but it makes a nice bullet point!)

September 27, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts has today announced the release of Mass Effect Trilogy on PS3 (as well as PC and XBox 360). This compilation will include all three games - and for the first time the first Mass Effect will be on Sony's console - with that original game available in the trilogy, or as a standalone downloadable title. That's the fantastic news, the bad news is that the Trilogy hits PC/360 on November 8, with the PS3 version "available at a later date". We'll guess in order for EA to release the original game on PS3 (it was published by Microsoft), EA had to give XBox a period of exclusivity - we hope only 30 days. Still, wow, what fantastic news.

    For those of you wondering Tokyo Jungle is out now on the PlayStation Store. This is an amazingly unique title in which you play a variety of animals trying to survive the streets of Tokyo after mankind has been wiped out. Yes, you scavange for food, explore the lands and have to fight other animals. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the original pitch to the game from Sony's Japan Studio to executives was "It was bad. Initially. It wasn’t received so well at the very beginning." Over time however the game grew and when European audiences reacted so positively to early footage not only was the game given the green light to complete production after a mid-development review, but was also given the go ahead for European, and then American, release. The game is available for just under $20, and a bit cheaper if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Dark Shadows is in fact the eight time that director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp have teamed up for a film and this time it's a vampire movie based on a 1960s TV show. As always, Burton presents a visual treat, but how is the film? Here's the Blu-Ray review...

September 25, 2012

    PS3 News
    THQ have announced that Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package will be released on November 8 in Australia, and November 9 in New Zealand. The release includes Saints Row: The Third as well as the three downloadable mission packs Genkibowl VII, Gangstas In Space, and The Trouble With Clones; and more than 30 bonus DLC items from such hits as the Shark Attack pack, Witches & Wieners pack, Special Operations pack, and the Genki Girl Vehicle pack.

    PS3 Preview
    Resident Evil 6, which is due out in a couple of weeks, is Capcom's latest in their long-running Survival Horror franchise. It has been almost 4 years since Resident Evil 5 came out, and with Capcom working on this sequel since then, the final product is almost here. It looks stunning.

September 24, 2012

    PS3 News
    The game has been in Beta for a while now and now Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Jack Tretton has let slip that CCP's Dust 514 would be "coming out next month" - which would mean October. The game is a free to play MMO FPS, that links in with the PC game EVE Online.

    Industry News
    Well the Nintendo Wii U, their next-generation console, is only a couple of months from release, and Nintendo have now confirmed the console will be region locked. One of our loves for Sony and the PS3 is that the console isn't region locked - you can import any games from any territory. Let's hope Sony don't follow Nintendo's lead.

    PS3 Review
    Warzone: Anomaly was released on PC, Mac and iOS over a year ago now, and it has been a long wait for a PS3 appearance, but Anomaly: Warzone Earth is out now and it's a cracker of a release on PlayStation Store.

September 23, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sony have announced that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time will be released at retail and via download on the PlayStation Store on February 5 in America. European, and Australian, gamers will need to wait until an undisclosed March 2013 release.

    PS3 Preview
    God of War: Ascension is the latest game in Sony's much loved, Kratos starring, action franchise. This latest game is actually a prequel to the main trilogy, but it looks absolutely spectacular. We take an early look at what to expect.

September 20, 2012

    PS3 News
    According to an unnamed developer talking to Kotaku (available here), despite the no-show at TGS, The Last Guardian is still in development. First announced in 2009 the game has undergone some development issues with the studios boss, Fumito Ueda, leaving Team ICO (but still working as a consultant), while Sony has confirmed the game has encountered "technical issues". This led to speculation the game was moving to the PS4, however Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the game is still coming to PS3 (what about dual platform release we say!).

    Sega have announced that Yakuza 5 will be released in Japan on December 6. As eyt there's no date for America or Europe but I wouldn't hold your breath. While it may come out previous games have taken around a year to be ported.

    PSVita News
    As many of you may be aware when the PlayStation Vita launched in Australia the system was not sold through three of the countries biggest retail chains - Target, BIG W and K-Mart. Well if you pick up the latest BIG W catalogue you will now see that the retailer is now selling the PSVita Wi-Fi model in the LittleBigPlanet bundle. Vita hitting mainstream at last?

    PS3 Preview
    Injustice: Gods Among Us is pretty much a comic geek/fighting fans dream game. Take all the best characters from the DC Comics universe, throw them into a fighting game from the Mortal Kombat develoeprs and this is the result. Preview time...

September 19, 2012

    NEW PS3 ANNOUNCED

    As you can see from the image above, this is the new PlayStation 3 system - which many had in recent months dubbed the "PS3 Super Slim". Announced today at the Tokyo Game Show the console will be released in 3 different flavours, a 12GB Flash Memory System (available in Europe/Australia), a 250GB System (in Japan and America) and a 500GB system (in Japan, America and Europe/Australia). Other key details announced by Sony are as follows...

      Completely redesigning the internal design architecture, the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 is reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20 % and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3. By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved simple body design, which fits various places in the home and enables users to enjoy an array of entertainment content.

    The 12GB system will, this coming November, have an optional 250GB Hard Drive which, unlike other PS3 systems will require a proprietory Playstation Hard Drive (no price set for Australia yet). The systems have staggered launch dates but will first hit shelves next week. Below is a table detailing systems, and release dates.

    Tokyo Game Show News
    There were several other tidbits from Sony at their Tokyo Game Show conference today. PlayStation Plus will be coming to the PlayStation Vita this November as well as the ability for automatic updates as a result. The other big surprise at TGS was the non-appearance of The Last Guardian yet again. Will the game ever be released? Who knows.

    PS3 Preview
    Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will generate massive interest this Christmas - it's the perfect family title. While the original game was a Nintendo Wii exclusive, despite being perfectly suited to the PS Move controller, this sequel is PS3 bound and it looks superb.

September 18, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sega have announced the both NiGHTS Into Dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 will be released on the PlayStation Store on October 3.

    Capcom have confirmed the latest Resident Evil 6 demo (which weighs in at well under 1GB) is now available on the PlayStation Store. The full game is due out on October 2 and, as announced today, not only will All Interactive Entertainment be publishing the title in Australia, but One To Another will assist with marketing and PR on the title.

    Well yesterday on the official Wipeout 2048 page a somewhat cryptic message was posted stating that "WE. ARE. ALIVE.". Today another update has gone up with the following message which, at the very least, suggests continued support for the franchise. It stated...

      Good afternoon Pilots
      As you may be aware; Studio Liverpool shut its doors on the 22nd of August 2012.
      It was a very sad day- the end of an era and will never be forgotten. While we wait for news on the future of WipEout, Online play will continue to be supported and there will be plenty of WipEout community events, giveaways and goodies to look forward to!
      WipEout’s passion will live on - Together we are stronger and together we will keep WipEout alive.
      WE (heart) WO!

    PS3 Preview
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is going to generate a lot of interest, and sales, when it's released this November. With many favourite characters, and tracks inspired by Sega's most loved franchises, this game looks great and is worth check out. Here's a preview.

September 17, 2012

    PS3 News
    In a major turn of events for Australian gaming THQ have seemingly lost distribution rights for Capcom titles here in Australia - something which they have done for many years now. Distribution will now be handles by All Interactive Entertainment - with Resident Evil 6, due October 4, the first title to be handled by the company. We are awaiting confirmation if this is a short-term or long-term deal.

    PSVita News
    If you live in America and own a Playstation Vita you may be pleased to know that LittleBigPlanet has officially been released almost two weeks early. The online component won't go live until Tuesday, but the other components are playable if you pick it up.

September 16, 2012

    PS3 News
    Well Electronic Arts still haven't pinned it down, but it is believed NBA Live 13 will not be released in October as had been rumoured. The game has now been pushed back to an undetermined date, while there are also rumours of a digital release only.

    If you've been waiting for Counter Strike: Global Offensive on the European and Australian Playstation Store we can, sadly, confirm that the game has been delayed for the fourth week in a row. Unfortunately Sony are not able to provide any details or updated release date. So, next week then. Perhaps...

September 15, 2012

    Industry News
    Well Nintendo have announced the details of their next-generation console, the Wii U. The system will be released in America on November 18, in Australia/Europe on November 30 and in Japan on December 8 - yes, Japan is the last territory! The console will be released in two versions a Standard Edition which has 8GB storage and stylus and sensor for $US299.99/$AU349.99 and a Premium Black model which has 32GB RAM and adds in controller stands and Nintendo Land game.

    The Premium model will sell for $US349.99/$AU429.99. Other details announced include the fact the console supports 1080p video, has 2GB RAM (split into 1GB for system and 1GB for games), and allows SD Card or USB HDD storage expansion. Let the next-generation begin...

September 13, 2012

    Industry News
    Well the Australian Classification Board has today released the "New Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games" (available here) which includes the new R18+ rating which comes into effect on January 1. That's the good news, but the bad news is that the guidelines are quite restrictive and still ban reward based drugs and sex in video games (which means Fallout 3, with realistic drugs, would still be banned). Below are the details for R18+ classification, the actual implementation of which we won't see until next year to see how everything is interpreted...

      R18+ - RESTRICTED
      Impact test

      The impact of material classified R 18+ should not exceed high.
      Note: Material classified R 18+ is legally restricted to adults. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community.

      Classifiable elements:

      THEMES
      There are virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes.

      VIOLENCE
      Violence is permitted. High impact violence that is, in context, frequently gratuitous, exploitative and offensive to a reasonable adult will not be permitted.
      Actual sexual violence is not permitted.
      Implied sexual violence that is visually depicted, interactive, not justified by context or related to incentives or rewards is not permitted.

      SEX
      Depictions of actual sexual activity are not permitted.
      Depictions of simulated sexual activity may be permitted.
      Depictions of simulated sexual activity that are explicit and realistic are not permitted.

      LANGUAGE
      There are virtually no restrictions on language.

      DRUG USE
      Drug use is permitted.
      Drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.
      Interactive illicit or proscribed drug use that is detailed and realistic is not permitted.

      NUDITY
      Nudity is permitted.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Act of Valour is is a film about the US Navy SEALs and despite a fictional plot, this is made interesting by the use of real SEALs in the film. As a result the action, tactics and even weapons are authentic, and real, and action fans will probably enjoy this film.

September 12, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    FIFA 13 is the latest release in EA's long-running sports franchise is back in yet another annual update. With 15,000 players and 500 clubs this game is massive. We tell you what to expect before the game hits shelves on September 27 - yep, only two weeks away now!

September 11, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    DmC Devil May Cry will be a very interesting release in January 2013. With a new developer in Ninja Theory, but with Capcom still overseeing the project, there were some concerns about where this franchise was heading especially when the new artistic style was unveiled. From early impressions this game seems in safe hands.

    PS3 Trailers
    Ubisoft have today sent across a rather neat promotional video showing off what's included in the Assassin's Creed III Join or Die Edition. The game is due out October 30. Check it out...

    2K Games have today released the rather cool "Momentus Trailer" for NBA 2K13. Looking slick.

    Codemasters have today released the "F1 2012 - Demo Gameplay Trailer" whic his very ncie looking with fantastic detail on the cars and track. The demo for the game drops this week on the Playstation Store with the full game due on September 18 in America and September 20 in Australia. Huzzah!

September 10, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    Puppeteer was one of three new games announced at the Gamescom show recently, and this title, being developed at SCE Japan Studio, certainly looks unique. If the developers nail the gameplay then this will be a game worth watching. We take a peek at what to expect.

September 8, 2012

    PS3 Review
    Transfomers: Fall of Cybertron is the sequel to Activision and developer High Moon Studio's 2010 Transformers: War for Cybertron. That original was a fantastic Transformers title and now, two years later, Michael has put the sequel through its paces. A review.

September 6, 2012

    PS3 News
    Well here's an awesome deal. For the next two weeks (until 19th September 2012) Sony are taking 25% off the PlayStation Plus subscription price - which means you can get a full year’s subscription for $52.45 and, if you already have a subscription can extend by a year. PlayStation Plus gives you content for free (this month Sony have added the full version of Rockstar's brilliant Red Dead Redemption for free!). There are plenty of other free games, discounts and other items.

    According to reports Konami have set Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 for release on September 21st.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Battleship is based on the Hasbro board game. But describe Battleship the film you ask? Well, Transformers on water is probably the best answer. If you like Michael Bay's action-packed efforts then this Peter Berg directed title provides plenty of (similar) thrills - and stunning visual effects.

September 5, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is certain to be one of the biggest games this year - and that's not surprising given the previous game is this generation's biggest seller. Already this game looks very impressive and one which FPS fans should love. Check out our preview now.

September 4, 2012

    PS3 News
    If you live in Poland keep your eyes open as it has been confirmed that copies of Resident Evil 6 were stolen recently and are now on sale. Of course purchasing stolen goods will give you a criminal record, but Capcom have confirmed that, unfortunately the theft of the game due out in over a months time, is true.

    Gearbox have confirmed that there will indeed be a playable female character in Aliens: Colonial Marines - in the multiplayer and campaign modes. Earlier this year it had been mentioned that there were no female characters in the game.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Hunger Games 4-disc Deluxe Edition is the ultimate Blu-Ray set for this massively popular film. Indeed while the Suzanne Collins book has been a massive success, no one could have predicted the popularity of the film starring Jennifer Lawrence. This 4-disc Blu-Ray set is phenomenal.

September 3, 2012

    PS3 News
    Konami and Kojima Productions have announced a new game is in development for current generation consoles - Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Directed by Hideo Kojima the game will serve as a prologue to Metal Gear Solid 5 and will contain an open-world styled gameplay. The game will be the first to use the new Fox Engine at Kojima Productions but is targeted towards current generation consoles. A release date? Not even Snake could get that info from Kojima!

    2K Games have announced details of the Borderlands 2 Season Pass which will include all AU $63.80 of add-on content for the one low price of $AU39.95. Once purchased, the Borderlands 2 Season Pass enables gamers to download all of the announced add-on content campaigns for free as they become available on the PlayStation Network. All four add-on content campaigns are scheduled to be available by June 2013. The game is due out September 20.

    According to reports Insomniac Games have reworked and renamed their upcoming multi-platform game, previously known as Overstrike, to Fuse. The 4-player action game, which will be published by Electronic Arts, doesn't have a release date, but late 2013 seems likely.

    PS3 Preview
    007 Legends isn't a surprise release this year. Indeed with the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, due out later this year in cinemas Activision have put together a "best of" game which includes segments from six movies in the franchise, including Skyfall. Here's a look at Activision's "other" shooter due this Christmas.

September 2, 2012

    PS3 News
    Square-Enix have announced a third Final Fantasy XIII game. Called Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (no, not Final Fantasy XIII-3) there isn't much known about the storyline other then it is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2 and takes place several hundred years later when Lightning awakens in chain of islands known as Novus Partus. Lightning has 13 days to save the world which is again under threat. The game is due out in 2013 (in Japan at least).

    Capcom have announced that Marvel Vs Capcom Origins will be released on September 25. The game offers both the one-on-one gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes with its unique Infinity Gem system and the two-on-two carnage of the original Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, featuring a tag system, assists, and the wild Duo Team Attack. Bringing forth a host of features never before seen in these games, Marvel Vs Capcom Origins adds GGPO-enhanced online play with 8-player lobbies and spectator mode, HD graphical upgrades, dynamic challenges and replay saving.


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