Xbox 360 Passes 10 Million Units in EMEA

Posted in Microsoft Games Studios, Project Natal, Xbox 360, Xbox Live with tags , , on November 12, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

xbox-360Microsoft Ireland has revealed to GOONL!NE that over ten million Xbox 360s have been sold in the EMEA regions, including Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The company told us that it was the only console this year to see a YoY growth increase across the three territories.

The news comes as the company also announced tonight that the new dashboard featuring Twitter, and Facebook will be publically released as of next Tuesday. A slight hardware push might have occurred this week also, with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

“Reinventing entertainment through, play, watch, connect and share. This is the vision that we have for Xbox 360 and today that vision is the reality for 10 million Xbox owners. European consumers are very discerning and demand a connected entertainment experience. That’s why we focused on providing content that is right and relevant for them and entertainment beyond just gaming to movies, music and social networking,” said Microsoft’s vice president of interactive entertainment business in Europe.

We have delivered on this promise and next week will bring real innovation into the living room through instant streaming high-definition movies, connecting with friends on Facebook and Twitter and a personalised music channel. Together, this represents a real shift in the way people are entertained every day.”

The press release is after the break.

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EPIC Final Fantasy XIII Announcement on Friday

Posted in Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Launch Portal, PlayStation 3, Square Enix, Square Enix Europe (Eidos), Xbox 360 with tags on November 11, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Final Fantasy XIIIEPIC, you say!

Oh yeah, epic. Square Enix has promised that an epic Final Fantasy XIII announcement will be coming on Friday.

“In just a few days, on Friday 13th November (we choose our numbers carefully!), you’ll see a very special announcement from the game’s development team, introduced to you on this very blog by the words of Yoshinori Kitase – FINAL FANTASY XIII’s Producer,” said brand manager for Square Enix Europe Antonio Marfuggi.

Announcement. NAOW!

From the EU PS Blog.

GOONL!NE Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [PS3]

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3, Reviews with tags , on November 11, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Also on: Xbox 360
Release Date: Tuesday November 10th 2009
Age Rating: BBFC 18

[Disclaimer: This is the first of two reviews for Modern Warfare 2. This one focuses on the PlayStation 3 version, with our second on the Xbox 360. Read that soon. Find our full PS3 review below.]

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Modern Warfare 2 Shifts 1.23m Copies First Day In The UK

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags , on November 11, 2009 by James Love


It’s the game that’s on the lips of everyone, and with the amount of copies it’s shifted, it’s no surprise. On it’s first day in the UK, Modern Warfare sold 1.23 million copies according to GfK-ChartTrack, making it the fastest selling game in history in the UK, far surpassing Grand Theft Auto IV which sold an around 631,000 copies on release.

Thanks, VG247.

New Modern Warefare 2 Patch Imminent

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3 with tags , , on November 11, 2009 by James Love

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Robert Bowling announced via his page that this Friday the PlayStation 3 version of MW2 will be patched to resolve the trophy problems that has been plaguing many users. Moreover, the patch also brings an update to the party invite system too, which should get the game back to the excellent online play the series is known for.

Screens From Next PS3 Firmware Emerge

Posted in PlayStation 3 with tags on November 11, 2009 by James Love

ps3 slim

Some new screenshots have emerged which show some of the new features that’ll be coming in the next PS3 firmware update.

The screens, which are actually posted on the Sony UK website now, show Facebook in the account management section of the XMB, the ability to change the colour of your profile/gamercards and a new layout for looking through your own photos.

The Firmware could come as early as next week, as the EU Video Store opens next Wednesday, it’s possible the FW could come Tuesday.

Pics are after the jump. Thanks to .

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Call of Duty: Classic Now Available from PS Store

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Store with tags , , on November 11, 2009 by James Love

call of duty classic

Activision has put live Call of Duty: Classic on the PlayStation Store for £11.99. The game features a full 24-mission campaign, along with a set of trophies to accompany it.

It’d be an ideal download for those interested in how the Call of Duty series began in 2003. The game is also available free if you purchased the Special or Hardened editions of Modern Warfare 2.

Assassin’s Creed II – Developer Diary 6

Posted in PlayStation 3, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 with tags , on November 11, 2009 by James Love


With only 9 days to go now until it’s EU release, this latest video, the last in the developer diaries series, reveals the amazing environment and architectures featured in Assassin’s Creed 2, painting a realistic Italian atmosphere in 15th century. Also in the video is ‘Discover the Villa’: a family heritage that Ezio will use as a secret landmark and which will evolve along with the player’s actions.

Assassin’s Creed II launches on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 17th in North America and on November 20th in Europe. In the meantime, you might have heard of a niche game release this week that might tide you over until it’s release. Modern Warfare 2 anyone?

Video after the jump.

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Two Modern Warfare 2 Reviews Coming Soon to GO

Posted in Activision, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 with tags , on November 11, 2009 by Jonathan Cullen

Modern Warfare 2By Jonathan Cullen.

So Modern Warfare 2 is now out.

Ain’t that great. So great that we’re doing two MW2 reviews.

One for PS3, one for 360.

We feel that Modern Warfare 2 is so important, that we have decided to do two reviews for the game. I will be handling the PS3 review personally, and our own reviews editor David Pitchforth will be handling the 360 version.

This is the most antcipated game of the decade, but the question though is can it also be the game of the decade, let alone game of the year?

All will be revealed shortly. Expect our review in the fourthcoming days.

Dante’s Inferno Demo Coming Next Month

Posted in EA, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Store, Xbox 360, Xbox Live with tags , on November 10, 2009 by James Love


Visceral Games of Dead Space fame today announced a demo for Dante’s Inferno will be coming this December, the ‘Gates of Hell’ demo includes the entire opening level and gives gamers a taste of Visceral’s adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy.

“Our main goal from the start of this project has been to create a journey that will make gamers truly feel like they are going through hell,” said executive producer Jonathan Knight. “The demo will give everyone some insight into how we are treating the story and a taste of the gameplay. And with nine more circles of hell to explore once the game comes out in February, we are literally just scratching the surface.”

Gamers will get to go to hell in North America beginning February 9th 2010 and in Europe on February 12th 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.