Force demo is Unleashing next week

Posted on August 16, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, Gaming, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

The new Star Wars game, Force Unleashed, will be “unleashing” onto the PS3 and the Xbox 360 marketplace August 21st. According to LucasArts, the demo places you in the TIE Fighter Construction Facility level that has been taken over by a Jedi general named Rahm Kota. Your mission? Kill everything (though you aren’t a crazed killer [the game isn’t as dark as it sounds]).

Not only that, but LucasArts is also throwing a tutorial level into the demo as well (which according to them, is very important [not that any other demo we’ve played has not had a tutorial level in it]).

The full game releases September 16th for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

Spike TV will be running a dedicated night to the release of the new game (much like they did for Halo 3).

Stay tuned.

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Sony Game Exec resigns

Posted on February 26, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS2, PS3, PSP.

Phil Harrison, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios’s (abbreviated as SCE from now on as SCEWWS is just annoying) current President is resigning from his 15 year run as the head of SCE.

According to Sony, his official resignation occurs on February 29th. Phil is leaving the company, but has not said if he plans to work for another game company. Kazuo Hirai, current president of Sony Computer Entertainment International (SCEI) will be taking over for Phil in addition to his current job.

SCE is tasked with the creative, technical and strategic elements of development and production of the PlayStation and games. SCEI is in charge of sales and Research and Development of PlayStation consoles.

PSP Skype details update

Posted on January 6, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Sony has offically announced that Skype is coming to the PSP Slim. They also let out other important details about the new update. I formatted it as a list for easy reading:

  • The update will be included in a firmware update that will be available towards the end of the month.
  • Skype In and Out are both supported. Skype In allows people to call you (so the PSP could replace your cell phone, if you decided to change providers). Skype Out allows you to call landlines
  • You can login to PSP Skype with your existing Skype account or create a new one

And that’s about it. Not much stuff that we already knew, but then again, it’s still something.

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PSP to have Skype

Posted on January 4, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Sony is apparently planning to take over the communication world as well as make you spend more money to buy a new PSP Slim (the one that’s not advertised on TV or in magazines much) because the old PSP (the one that’s advertised the most) won’t have this functionality. The first time I heard a handheld console was going to have phone like abilities came from a Nintendo booth at E3 way back when. Though this DS software never showed up (it could still be in development, who knows), Sony seems like they want to be the “actual” first handheld console to support telecommunications.

PSP Skype will be free, which is a good sign. But it’s not going to replace your cell phone anytime soon, PSP Skype only calls PSP to PSP and PSP to PC.

PlayStation 3 Version 2.0

Posted on November 7, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, PSP.

PS3 Updates iconSony announced that PS3 Firmware version 2.0 will be releasing soon. There are several new features and little additions to the PS3.

One of the new features is the ability to turn and turn off the PS3 wirelessly with the PSP using the Remote Play function. Besides the ability to simply turn on and off the machine using the PSP as a remote, you can also listen to music, look at photos and watch videos that are saved on the PS3 Hard Disk Drive, anywhere in the world. A global connection. Another new feature, which you think Sony wouldn’t alert you on, but now they will is like a Updates feed of the PS3. The icon on the top right of this article will be added, the icon, called the Information Board, will display news on games, PS Store updates, hardware, accessories and more (in other words, ads) in the upper right hand corner. Each item displayed will be able to be clicked on for more details.

Also, Sony has finally allowed customization of the XMB (Cross Media Bar [for those who are bad with acronyms or just really don’t care]). With version 2.0 you can change the color and brightness of the bar (oooooh la la), or you can go totally stylin’ with a custom theme (with more available on the Store in the future). Music and Photos can now be managed in personalized playlists.

Lastly, though not really important, Sony has added Trend Micro Web Security to the update. Why it’s needed, I don’t know but it is supposed to be free*.

*not really a free full version. Free means a no price trial version until the end of April, 2008. Some restrictions apply.

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Reminder: Madden 08 tomorrow, launch parties tonight

Posted on August 13, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Yup, today’s the day: August…13. You know, the day before Madden 08 comes out. If you want to preorder, today’s your last day to do it- and preorders are selling like hotcakes for the 08 installment. If you already have it preordered, your store probably has a launch party, so I suggest calling them.

I don’t know what else I can say. Uh, buy Madden?

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EA puts 49 online games to rest

Posted on August 2, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox360.

Earlier yesterday, EA put up a small notice on their website announcing that 49 of its EA Nation online games would be shutdown in the next three months. The notables are all of the EA Sports games pre-07 (that goes for Madden, NCAA Football, NBA Live, March Madness, Tiger Woods…). Also, Need for Speed Most Wanted and Underground will be put down, along with Burnout Revenge.

September 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Arena Football for PlayStation 2
Arena Football for Xbox
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox 360
FIFA Soccer 06 for PC
FIFA06 for PC
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation 2
FIFA Soccer 06 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA Soccer 06 for Xbox
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PC
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation 2
FIFA World Cup 2006 for PlayStation Portable
FIFA World Cup 2006 for Xbox
Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation Portable
Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox 360
Madden NFL 06 for PC
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation 2
Madden NFL 06 for PlayStation Portable
Madden NFL 06 for Xbox
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for PlayStation 2
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects for Xbox
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for PlayStation 2
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball for Xbox
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for PlayStation 2
NASCAR 06 Total Team Control for Xbox
NBA Live 06 for Xbox 360
NBA Live 06 for PC
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation 2
NBA Live 06 for PlayStation Portable
NCAA Football 2005 for Xbox
NCAA Football 2006 for PlayStation 2
NCAA Football 2006 for Xbox
NCAA March Madness 06 for PlayStation 2
NCAA March Madness 06 for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PC
NFL Head Coach for Xbox
NFL Head Coach for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for PC
NHL 06 for PlayStation 2
NHL 06 for Xbox
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 for Xbox

November 1, 2007 Online Service Shutdown
Burnout Revenge for Xbox
Burnout Revenge for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PC
Need for Speed Underground 2 for PlayStation 2
Need for Speed Most Wanted for PlayStation Portable
Need for Speed Most Wanted for Xbox

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Sony releases PS3 1.90 and PSP 3.52 firmware updates

Posted on July 24, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PS3, PSP.

Today, Sony released updates for PS3 and PSP firmware. The PSP firmware only includes security upgrades and support for more titles on the playable network.

The PS3 firmware update has more features then the PSP update. The new update includes messaging smilies (emotions), support for custom wallpapers for the XMB (Cross Media Bar). New AVCHD video playback (whatever that is) support from external devices, better DMB hard drive game sorting. It also includes improved CD audio quality from HDMI or digital audio out. A cool new eject disk function (an option you can do via the controller), and 1080p24 HDMI output for Blu-Ray media.

So nothing super exciting, but nonetheless some new features.

New screens arrive from Madden 08

Posted on July 17, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, Mac OSX, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

EA unleashed seven new screenshots from the next installment in their (exclusive) NFL football video game franchise, Madden 08, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic- if it’s real-time, and I don’t think it is. Click the first image to see the gallery.

Madden 08

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New PSP announced, but still sorely lacks right analog

Posted on July 11, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: E3 2007, Gaming, PSP.

Yeah, that’s right- Sony announced a new PSP today at their E3 Press Conference, which shares all too much with another company’s redesign: it’s 33% lighter and 19% slimmer, and now comes in white. Yeah, it’s a Sony PSP Lite (ok, it’s still called the PSP). The redesign will maintain its 4.3-inch LCD Screen and UMD disk format…and the one-analog control scheme.

The PSP could greatly benefit from a second analog, and many PSP owners would agree- we’ve been waiting for a newer PSP with an analog. Wasted opportunity! It does, however, support video out, so theoretically you could watch your UMDs and play your games on your TV set- that’ll actually be real nice, as long as the graphics don’t get blown up and look ugly.

Anyway, it’s slated for October, and will also sport improved battery life and *gasp* faster loading times.

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EA Reveals Madden NFL 08 soundtrack

Posted on June 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Madden NFL 08 Soundtrack listingEA Tiburon (the EA studio in Florida), has just released a list of songs to be featured in the newest Madden NFL game that releases this August. This year’s game will be the series 18th game. A random fact about the series is that it has sold 60 million copies, which nets around $2 billion dollars for EA Tiburon Studios. The game is supposed to feature 27 songs, yet EA only gave us 15 songs in the list. Nice counting EA.

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