Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Saints Row's gonna let you do lots of things....

Saints Row 2 is veering off on a very different path compared to Grand Theft Auto, it seems.
Whereas GTA was more about a narrative storyline and progressing through the game by developing relationships with other characters, Saints Row 2 seems to be more of an open environment where the world is your oyster.
Here is just a small taste of things you should be able to do in the finished version:
Buy stuff for your apartment
Dress as a ninja....
Or a pirate
Roast people with the flamethrower
Take over a chain of supermarkets
See your face appear on billboards in the game
Dress emo
Drive a monster truck
Wear women’s underwear (!)
Well, some of those may take your fancy, others may not, but it certainly looks like it will be a very varied and open game.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Is Home on its way??

The word is out - Sony's online Home community appears to be set for a release in October - finally!!
It has been let slip that the 2.50 firmware update on the PS3 is due sometime next month, and one of the Home development team have let slip that the Home network should form part of it.
This would also tie in with the fact that the much-anticipated and highly hyped game Little Big Planet - probably THE most important online game to hit the PS3 since it was launched - will also hit the shelves in October.
The game is believed to have a strong tie-in with Home, so with all these bits of information tying up together, hopefully we will be right at Home on the PS3 in the next few weeks - fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

More trophies please!

Come on, Sony and games creators, please sort out your trophies!



The long-overdue trophy system is now up and running, but unfortunately there is a distinct lack of support for PS3 gamers who have been faithfully spending their hard-earned cash on games over the past couple of years.

To be fair, Pain now has trophies, Warhawk has trophies - which are great fun trying to get hold of - and others are in the pipeline, including the forthcoming WipEout HD.

But it is very sad that companies won't spend a bit of time and cash from their profits back-dating trophy support for games released over the past year. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune has now got trophies, but you can't have them backdated - so as someone who has already completed and got rid of the game, I do feel a little bit cheated.

Hopefully games companies will now take on the trophy system with full gusto and realise that it is an extra selling point. Some people do own both systems, and if they have a choice, they will by the Xbox 360 version to get the achievements.

So let's have trophies galore please!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Win a Console!


Get your creative talents at the ready - and you could be in with a chance of winning a next-gen console!
A design a t-shirt contest is being held online, with some great prizes for the best designs, including your choice of a Ps3 or Xbox 360 console. So what if you already have one - why not win another one, or one of each!
For full details and rules (it's only open to US residents), have a look at the link below:

http://www.brickfish.com/Entertainment/Stacker2

And your chances of winning seem relatively high - so far there are only just over 300 entrants online. It looks like a good bit of fun, and you might win something!
(*Always read the rules and small print of competitions.)

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Fancy some PS3 file sharing?

I've found an interesting link on a gaming website that helps friends with PS3's share their games, saving on cost and meaning you can both play the same games. Here it is:

http://sarcasticgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5664&highlight=file+sharing

There are some restrictions, but most downloadable games look as though they can be shared, particularly add-ons.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Something completely different!

I know this is strictly speaking meant to be all about the Sony PS3, but I thought I would just share with you this strange vid I took at an aquarium in Wales - it seems these watery creatures are growing inside a strange kind of womb!

My next post will be about the PS3 - I promise!

video

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Are you one of the lucky ones?


So, I received an urgent call from a mate on my answerphone, telling me he had some really important news to tell me.

I quickly rang him back, thinking he was going to tell me his wife was pregnant, he was emigrating, something like that....

No, he rang me to gloat that he had received an email from Sony giving him a voucher to play the new Motorstorm Pacific Rift demo!

The lucky guy was one of a fortunate few who had been randomly sent an invite to download the demo, while the rest of us - yes, to his great joy, that includes me - had to sit and stew that we hadn't been invited to the party. I wouldn't mind, but he is also a big Xbox 360 fanboy!

To be blunt, I think Sony have dropped a clanger as I, for one, have been put off taking interest in the game if I can't even download the demo now while others can. Looks like new racing game Pure may be a better buy, as the demo is great (and I can play it!).

Friday, 12 September 2008

Anyone figured out the PS3 chat time delay problem?

I don't know if it is just myself and my friend who seem to be stuck in some time vortex, but whenever we use the PS3 chat we can't help but notice the time delayfrom when you speak to when your friend hears it.
Now, he only lives about a mile and a half away, it's not like I'm in the UK and he is in the US, so why hasn't this problem been solved? As a pro-PS3 user, I am ashamed to say that the Xbox 360 chat (which also has the benefit of a headset included with the hardware) is by far and away more impressive and has no time lag.
Come on Sony, get this problem figured out - and how about making it easier to have a chat with a buddy, and be able to then join a game without having to quit chat first? These are the basics. Anyone else got a view on this? Post me!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Fans of the original and hugely popular Resistance game will be pleased to hear they may be able to get their hands on Resistance 2 earlier than its November 4 release date.
SCEA has announced that a worldwide competitive online multiplayer and co-op beta of the game is to get underway in early October on the PlayStation Network - so keep an eye on those weekly online updates for your chance to join the resistance movement ahead of schedule!
Thee beta will provide PS3 owners with an opportunity to experience new levels, modes, and weapons.

Having played the Star Wars: Force Unleashed demo on both the PS3 and Xbox 360, this long-awaited game is starting to draw concern from many avid game players who, much to their dread, fear it is going to be a big disappointment.
The game is all about using the Force, as the title suggests, but many are complaining that trying to use the Force in the game is as easy as playing tennis with a spoon instead of a racquet.
Not long to wait now, so let's hope they've got it wrong and that the Force is strong with this game!
Watch the trailer and see what you think....