Archive for June, 2008

New Footage of Resistance 2 in Iceland

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

New footage has emerged of Resistance 2 tonight. 3 videos emerged from the European gaming website GamerSyde but we’ve put one of the videos on our YouTube in HD so that you can see it below.

The video we’ve put up is only 30 seconds long but we can confirm that the level in question is from Iceland and is infact from the first level of the game. Shown in the video is the Chimera in a massive battle with a massive looking monster of a ship (Literally) with a Chimera soldier fighting with a Human before sinking his teeth into him. We then see that exact Chimera soldier running towards Nathan Hale, the main character of the game as you see the video in Hale’s perspective from FPS.

We’ll put the other two videos on YouTube throughout the night but until then, here is the video from Iceland.

inFamous Delayed Until 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

In a statement released by Sony yesterday which pretty much went under the radar till now, its been announced that inFamous will be delayed until 2009. The game, been developed by Sucker Punch who made the Sly Cooper series for the PS2, was announced at last years E3 with a 2008 release projected for the PlayStation 3.

Full statement below:

24th June 2008 – If society collapsed tomorrow and you found yourself with unique powers that could either help people or hurt them, which would you do? That’s the question at the centre of inFamous, the forthcoming PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) title from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, this open-ended, free-roaming game puts you in the shoes of Dylan, an everyday guy and urban explorer, in the aftermath of a huge disaster that destroys his hometown of Empire City. As Dylan, you must first learn to use new found powers and then decide how you will use them.

After the explosion, Empire City falls into chaos and Dylan must use his new powers and climbing agility. Along the way he will unravel an evolving mystery, experience fame and/or infamy, and battle powerful, iconic villains. inFamous gives you the freedom to play how you want, whether that’s aggressively, tactically or stealthily – be warned, however, that the city’s people and environment will react to what you do. Events will unfold based on the role you take and your actions will create broader reactions in the citizens and landscape around you.

Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, the studio who gave PlayStation® the acclaimed “Sly Racoon” franchise, inFamous brings you a new type of superhero – an uncertain man with the weaknesses of a normal human being. What will you turn Dylan into? The choice is yours when inFamous for PS3 arrives in 2009 for PAL Markets.

We’ve also put up the E3 trailer from last year of inFamous onto our YouTube in HD. You can though view it below.

God of War III to Be Shown at E3 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

It’s been announced at the French Game Developers Conference by Sony Computer Entertainment that God of War III will be shown at E3 2008. Nothing else was mentioned but a plausable guess will be that a few tidbits of info followed then by a teaser will be shown at Sony’s E3 Conference 3 weeks from today with it playable behind closed doors.

It’ll be interesting to see how GOW3 does now that David Jaffe and Cory Barlog are now gone from Sony’s Santa Monica studio who handles the development of the series. So far, the game has been given a 2009 release date but rumor maybe true that it could be coming as early March 2009, just a month after another of the big 1st party games is released, Killzone 2.

Still, we’ll all know about Kratos next adventure in a couple of weeks (Hopefully) and when (and if) it does come out, we’ll bring it to you.

Killzone 2 – 4 New High Res Screens

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

European Game Releases [27/6/08]

Posted in Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 on June 23, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

On Friday, the game that convinced me no matter how to get a Wii finally hits Europe. After a hands on in March with US verison, me and Brendan walked away very impressived with the game.

Now, after the game’s release in Japan in January and in America in March, Super Smash Bros. Brawl finally comes to Europe and the UK this Friday so if you imported it from America, best put it on eBay now.

BUT…if you arent into a massive brawl but instead like a big massive battlefield well then, EA and DICE return with Battlefield: Bad Company for your pleasure. I highly enjoyed Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for the PS2, playing it off and online play as either US or Chineese forces. However, after playing the demo of Bad Company on Single Player, I’m not impressed with it but multiplayer was OK.

It was OK but it convinced me not to get it right away. Maybe its something I’ll wait on till the price drops. Also, Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy hits the PS3 and 360, Bejing 2008 on PS3 & 360, Command & Conquer: Kane’s Wrath for the Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PS2.

There are so many games out this week, there are too many to name especially for the Wii so instead, we are just gonna mention those that may just be important.

Battlefield: Bad Company (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360)
Bejing 2008 (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360)
Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath (Xbox 360)
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii)
Kung Fu Panda (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii)
NASCAR 09 (PlayStation 3)
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy (PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo Wii)

Our 3 to Look Out For

Super Smash Bros. Brawl: This is it. The reason why I got a Wii is finally out and it’ll be kicking ass more then ever. A story mode, a first for the series, called The Subspace Emissary with 35 different characters to play, a couple of them making their bows in the series including Sonic, Pit from Kid Icarus, Wario and of course, good old Solid Snake. Think you seen the last of him in Guns of the Patriots? You thought wrong my friend. Also, 29 stages unlocked from the get go including brand new ones, one of which I got a hands on with in March was Shadow Moses from Metal Gear Solid.

Plus, with drop in drop out online play (If you drop out, the computer will play for you and you wont even know if that person has dropped out)

Overall, if you have a Wii, get this game.

Battlefield: Bad Company: It could be anything like Battlefield 2 Modern Combat for the PS2 but sadly it aint, instead you in B-Company. Hopefully, the online community has stayed the same from BF2 to BF:BC.

I wasnt too impressed with the story mode but of course, that was just one level so that could change but this isnt one I’m gonna get at laucnh. But I really like the fact that everything (or least most things) is now completely destructable.

Credit given to DICE, they really have taken a long time to perfect this game and push it out the dorr and let Bad Company live on its own two feet and have done a decent job for it. Lets hope that they make an even better game this year in Mirror’s Edge.

Robert Lidlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy: He maybe on the box but sadly, there is no Matt Damon in the game, voice or likeness wise because he though the game was too violent.

O RLY? Try Gears of War.

Anyways, if you watched the movies before (I havent sadly, may ask for a DVD boxset of them at christmas as I heard they are all very good), you’ll know that the game is based on the 3rd move The Bourne Conspiracy.

So far, the reviews for the game have been…mixed. According to the meta on N4G, the web reviews for it are at 7.5 while the user meta has been at 8.0 (No trouble for MGS4 then at 9.6/9.9) but maybe The Bourne Conspiracy is what is needed to break the mold of bad movie tie ins? We’ll see.

Oh, interesting fact for you. Brian Cox who plays a character in two of the Bourne movies, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy? He played Emperor Scolari in Killzone and will play him again in Killzone 2.

Next week…well, it is starting to dry up for a bit. For the first time since the release of Ninja Gaiden 2, there is no big massive blockbuster release. The only big release next week is Buzz: Quiz TV for the PlayStation 3 with the only other big release bing for the PSP, echochrome.

Oh dear.

First Screens of Pro Evolution Soccer 8 Hit

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Me? I’m a Fifa man but I have the odd fling with PES every once and a while. That last every one and a while was a while back with Pro Evolution Soccer 4 for the PlayStation 2. But now, along with Fifa 09, my fling may be back on for PES 2009.

In scans released over the weekend over on xboxkings, the screens come from a German gaming magazine with the issue containing the game not due out till this week but it had hit subscribers early.

Other then that, nothing much else confirmed. But the full scans are below for you to see.

XBK Score Exclusive First Pics Of Pro Evo 09 [XboxKings]

GOONL!NE Review: Singstar Vol. 2

Posted in PlayStation 3, Reviews on June 20, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Developer: Studio London
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Also On: N/A (1st Party PlayStation 3 Exclusive)
Console Played On: PlayStation 3
Release Date: Friday June 20th 2008
Rating: PEGI 12

I’m so tempted to give this game a 10 right now and let this just be a short review basiclly because of the fact it has Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out) in the game plus 2 other songs on the SIngStore, High & Dry from The Bends and Creep from Pablo Honey as well as No Surprises from the original Singstar, but what fun would that be?

This is Singstar Vol. 2 for the PlayStation 3, the 2nd PS3 Singstar title to have come out since the release of the PS3 verison of Singstar last December. The game is one of the biggest music games in the market right now alongside Guitar Hero and Rock Band and it has shown us why it is with great reason with an extensive line-up of songs extending from the series debut on the PlayStation 2 from Jameila, Avril Lavigne, Westlife and where would we be with Rick Rolling without Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up to the present verison with Radiohead, Morrissey, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines, Mamas & The Papas, George Michael, Eminem (Yes, that is indeed correct), Paul Mc’Cartney and Blur.

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European Game Releases [20/6/08]

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

The storm is now gone at long last. Metal Gear Solid 4 is now out and out of the way. We loved it, it was immense in every way but as sad as it is to have seen possibly a Metal Gear game on sell for the last time ever, we mus move on and forget about the past..and this week is the start of that processs. Big names such as Alone in the Dark for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Oddly enough, no PlayStation 3 verison but the PlayStation 2 verison is coming out this week which is odd…well, not really. The PS3 verison has been slated for November (Last time I checked) but hasnt been seen so has it been canned?

Anyways, there is also the Wii verison of Ferrari Challenge which will be coming to the PlayStation 3 soon enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian for all formats, the PS3 verison of The Increidble Hulk, Top Spin 3 for PS3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, Singstar Vol 2 for the Playstation 3 which is a must for me, just based on Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out) been in the game (That reminds me, must download High & Dry and Creep btw) and for one week only, the listing of a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP which is a direct prequel to Final Fantasy VII. Many other have tried to fil the void of Final Fantasy VII beforehand (Advent Children? Bleh) so this has been the closest and, by far, the best attempt so far to do so. I, for one, can’t wait for its release as it certainly is a must buy (Plus, my PSP is in need of a new game, hasn’t had one since MGS: Portable Ops last year)

Here’s the full line-up.

Friday June 20th 2008

Alone in the Dark (Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii)
Ferrari Challenge (Nintendo Wii)
Overlord: Raising Hell (PlayStation 3)
SingStar Vol.2 (PlayStation 3)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo WIi)
The Incredible Hul (PlayStation 3)
Top Spin 3 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation Portable)

Our 3 to Look Out for.

Alone in the Dark – Its the big game of the week for the Xbox 360. Its also the first AitD in years (7 years to be specfic) and it’s from Eden Studios who are known to make a great game or two an example of which, while unreleated to AitD, is Test Drive: Unlimited which was one of the first games I got with my Xbox 360 in Xmas 06 alongside Gears of War.

Judging on video evidence, this one looks great and you’d be a fool to doubt this game’s abilty to scare. If it does indeed do well, could it be the underdog to the horror crown Resident Evil and Silent Hill have been fighting for over a decate? We’ll see.

Singstar Vol.2 – OK, they could just release all the songs on this disc and release it on the SingStore (They’ll be aload of people who’ll buy this game feeling ripped off if this happens) but instead Studio London release it ona Blu-Ray. That said though, it does contain a decent list featuring Morrissey (*shivers* I hate Morrissey…mind you I like The Smiths…weird), Blur, The Libertines, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs (RUBY, RUBY, RUUUUUBY!), Maximo Park and…pretty much the reason why I’m getting this, Radiohead with Street Spirit (And Fade Ouuuuuuuut agaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain!!!)

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII – My most anticpated portable title of the year, maybe ever. Before the time of when Metal Gear Solid took over my life, there was Final Fantasy VII which is one of the best games of all time with Zelda: OOT, Super Mario 64 and, most recently (And I mean very recently), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots?

But what happened before the events of Final Fantasy VII? You’ll find out now in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII for the PSP. Set 7 years prior the the events of FFVII itself, you play as Zack Fair, a 2nd class SOLDIER hoping to be a 1st class soldier. When a team goes missing during a mission, it’s up to Zack to find out what happened to them. During the game, you’ll form you an important relationship with Cloud Strife and also start to see the dark side of Sephiroth in the game.

Be sure to get this game if you have a PSP and loved FFVII because quite frankly, until Square Enix get started on the remake of Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 3…thats if it ever happens, this’ll be the closest we’ll get to a new Final Fantasy VII game which is brillant.

Next week, it’s Battlefield: Bad Company, Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath for the Xbox 360, The Bourne Conspiracy, Bejing 2008 and, at long long last, the European release of Super Smash Brothers Brawl for the Nintendo Wii.

GOONL!NE Review: Metal Gear Online

Posted in PlayStation 3, Reviews on June 15, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Also on: N/A (PlayStation 3 exclusive)
Console Played On: PlayStation 3
Release Date: Thursday June 12th 2008 [Released along side with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots]
Rating: BBFC 15, PEGI 18

2 years ago, Friday October 7th 2006, Konami released Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence for the PlayStation 2. Subsistence was a re-release of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which was only released a year and a half after Snake Eater itself in March 2005 in Europe.

Part of the re-release was a new 3D camera for MGS3 which was tested in the game for MGS4 but also the original Metal Gear games from the late 80′s and early 90′s respectfully along with a 3 hour movie verison of Snake Eater and a Secret Theatre containing humorous videos including Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eraser where Raiden attempts to be the main character of MGS4 (You quite frankly need to see for yourself, its quite humorous, check YouTube)

But the biggest addition to Subsistence was, for the first ever in a Metal Gear game, online play. Metal Gear Online was shipped with the 2nd disc of Subsistence (3 discs were part of the package in total) when it was released in Japan in December 2005, in America in March 2006 and, like I said, in Europe in October 2006.

But soon after the release in all 3 regions, after a year, the servers closed. In December 06 for Japan, March 07 in America and on Halloween night in Europe. Of course, there was Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops for the PSP and its online mode but it wasn’t until late April where we finally got our hands on Metal Gear Online 2 in an open beta which closed in early May and despite the updates and things that clogged up the few days of the beta, surfice to say, public opinion of the beta was very well recieved.

Now, with Metal Gear Online released inside a fantastic storywise game with Metal Gear Solid 4 [It was very impressive hailed as one of the best games ever as you'll find out in our review], how does MGO2 fair up?

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GOONLINE Review: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Posted in PlayStation 3 on June 13, 2008 by Jonathan Cullen

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Also on: N/A (PlayStation 3 exclusive)
Console Played On: PlayStation 3
Release Date: Thursday June 12th 2008
Rating: 15 BBFC, 18 PEGI

I said it for Grand Theft Auto IV and I’ll say it again, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is awesome. But unlike GTA IV, I’m also gonna say this, it’s one of, or just maybe, the best game of all. Kojima-san finally his his masterpiece at long last after 3 attempts at it. 20 years ago, he made Metal Gear for MSX and it won critics over, same for the true sequel , Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 3 years later but both were no masterpieces. It only took 8 years later and the PlayStation for Kojima’ potential to be finally seen for real this time with Metal Gear Solid.

Again, no masterpiece but Metal Gear Solid, while most likely the best game on the PSX (With Final Fantasy VII), showed that there was some promise with Kojima and that something big was on the rising. It didn’t come with Metal Gear Solid 2 (Raiden and the somewhat confusing story had to do with it most likely) as good as it was but it nearly came for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Sadly, there was something not there with MGS3 to call it a masterpiece.

But, at long last, Hideo Kojima has made a game he can finally call a masterpiece (Yes, I’m aware of how many times I’ve said the word “masterpiece” but its true) but just how spectacular and brillant is it?

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