Update: Courtesy of CrunchGear.com we have some gameplay footage of Assembly from PAX '08. Enjoy!
The latest installment in maps for Halo 3 was announced by Bungie today at PAX. Assembly is the map formerly known as "Purple Reign" and is a medium-sized covenant themed map. More to come when information is available.
Ubisoft has a great deal going on for Far Cry. If you plan to get Far Cry 2 on PC and you pre-order through Ubisoft's Online Store within the next three days you will get the original Far Cry for PC free! As an added bonus, all PC games are $10 less than their console counterparts. Not only do you save $10 but you get Far Cry for free!
Fresh from Seattle, WA and the Penny Arcade Expo 2008 we have five new Fallout 3 demo videos courtesy of Bethesda Studios. After all it is Friday, and what would Friday be without screenshots and videos?
The first video is below, the rest after the jump! Enjoy.
Fresh from the Playstation Blog we have the box art for the U.S. version of LittleBigPlanet. Notice the new marketing scheme with "Only On Playstation" at the top. Along with the Playstation Network logo mimicking the Xbox 360 boxes.
This game looks to be one of the best of the year. If you haven't heard much give oir site a search for "LittleBigPlanet" to view some videos.
Have you been meaning to get a box that looks like it has a gun in it? Well then the recently announced Saint's Row 2 limited edition is for you. As you can see in the image, the box appears to have a gun built in. No word on if the gun can be removed (I can just see the backlash on Fox News). The edition has been confirmed to be exclusively for the Xbox 360 as well. Stay tuned for more content-related information soon.
Big news this morning, Square Enix has announced their plan to gain a majority stake in Tecmo. Square is planning to offer stakeholders a 30% premium over the closing price on August 28. Last week Tecmo president Yoshimi Yasuda left the company but the loss did not affect the talks says Sqaure president Yoichi Wada.
According to a press release (via IGN); "Wada addressed the possibility of synergy between the two companies. He noted that Tecmo has strong global titles, something that has attracted his attention for some time. He also noted that Square Enix is an RPG-focused company, and one wouldn't call action it's strongest field. Wada explained that with this in mind, he's hoping not for cooperative development but for the two firms to "inspire" one-another."
Stay tuned for more information on this developing story at GamePlay Unlimited.
EyePet is a game that will use the EyeToy for the Playstation 3. It allows you to interact with a virtual pet in your own environment. We don't know much about a release date yet but it is a very interesting concept. To get a better idea how it will work, check out the footage below.
The fall release for Far Cry 2 is quickly approaching. We've seen some footage of the amazing map editor and now we have some footage of the gameplay. Voodoo Extreme (VE3D) has a console gameplay trailer here. Below is GameVideos offscreen footage of the game from Games Con 08.
The newest installment from the team behind the legendary PC Sim racing series GTR, Race Pro, is looking every bit as good as the previous games. While it may not have the GTR name, the game remains true to its predecessors with more customization than you can shake a stick (gear shift) at. The GT and Forza series' have some serious competition.
"Atari is revving it up with the announcement of the revolutionary racing video game RACE Pro. The ultra realistic simulation racing game is scheduled to speed into stores in November 2008 for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Developed by renowned AAA game developer SimBin, a leading creator of PC racing simulators, RACE Pro brings SimBin’s formidable skill and know-how to the console for the very first time."
Here are a few of the game's features: • Thrilling Driving Experience: Players will feel every bend and burst of acceleration as well as every emotion from pre-race tension in the pit lanes to exhilaration on the podium.
• Unrivalled Racing World Realism: Users will be deeply immersed into the racing world with ultra realistic car models, official championships and tracks. Participants work their way up the leader boards through intense training, winning key races and securing valuable sponsorship deals.
• ‘Hot Seat’ Feature: Brand new to RACE Pro, this feature brings social racing to the living room for the first time as players are put in the ‘hot seat’ for a limited amount of time before passing the controller to the next player in the ‘hot seat,’ accelerating the pace of the game with quick reactions and precision driving. • Wide Variety of Cars: Players can choose from vehicles ranging from 200 to over 1000 horse power, GT cars, WTCC extreme cars, formula and production cars.
• Real Life Tracks: Gamers can experience the thrill of sport racing with over 15 real life tracks covering all continents, of which Macau, Porto and Pau are exclusive to RACE Pro.
First, more on the KOTOR MMO front, Amazon.com has a new listing for the game. No information is present but an odd listing, quite possibly done by someone bored at work, still interesting. Even more interesting is the platforms listed, Windows XP and Vista. Surely this is just a random fake, an occurance to bait those anticipating the game, but a good rumor mill entry!
Second, a rumor has presented itself tonight stating that Microsoft has hired Gearbox to develop Halo 4 for the next Xbox. Joystiq reports that Gearbox's Randy Pitchford had teased that their next game is something "big." Stating ""When you find out what this is, you'll likely agree that I can't oversell this one."Do people want a Halo 4, well, the field is split, but do real gamers that care about quality want a Halo produced by someone other than Bungie? The answer is yet to be seen, for now this remains a rumor.
That is the rumor mill for today, more to come as more rumors continue to show.
A few sources have come up stating that the new dashboard update for the Xbox 360 announced at this year's E3 will launch this November. First, RPG-TV managed to get a preview of the new Xbox experience at Microsoft's London office;
"I'm not sure if this has been confirmed already or not but I was told the new dashboard would arrive in November."
Also, in the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine (pg. 64 & 67) there is a preview of the update and they mention that "come November, Microsoft's biggest 360 gambit since the launch itself will be shared with -- and judged by -- the public at large," as well as "questions may remain unanswered until November" all but confirming with the company that the new software will drop then.
It is still to be seen whether November will be the month, but more and more signs are pointing to the New Xbox Experience launching along side your Thanksgiving dinner.
PSX Extreme is reporting on a rumor that was circling the internet last week that SCEE President David Reeves let slip a hint that Mirror's Edge would be a timed exclusive to the PS3. EA has come out and fully denied the rumor;
"according to the PR manager for the game, Peter Nguyen, the potentially innovative title will ship "this winter on PS3, X360, and PC." He goes on to say that "Mirror's Edge will not be a timed exclusive for PS3." Can't get any clearer than that, folks."
So 360 owners fear not, you will be able to go running with Faith at the same time as your PS3 brethren.
Kotaku reports that the huge Team Fortress 2 update that recently came to the PC version will soon make its way to the Xbox 360. Date and cost is yet to be announced.
"Owners of the Xbox 360 version of Team Fortress 2 will be scarfing down sandviches and delivering payloads later this year, as Valve is finally bringing all the updates delivered via Steam to the Xbox Live Marketplace. That means new, class-specific Achievements, new unlockable weapons for the Pyro, Medic and Heavy, new gameplay modes and new maps, all on your Xbox 360."
Not mentioned is the PS3 version, which does make sense begin that Gabe Newell has always has a bit of a grudge with the system. More news to come, stay tuned to GPU!
Coming "sometime in September" the Xbox Live Arcade adaptation of Duke Nukem 3D just got a bit more interesting. On top of the already added co-op and multiplayer, Duke 3D will feature a rewind function (think Braid but not to that extent) and a saved films feature (think Halo 3, but not to that extent).
These are two interesting adds, it is great that the team has added so much more to the classic game. Stay tuned to GPU for the official release date when it is announced.
Want to redgister to vote but have no idea how or where to do it? Want to get the latest on the presidential race and each convention but don't know where to go? Microsoft and Rock the Vote have teamed up to help you out. Check out the official release below.
REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 20, 2008 — A leading gaming and entertainment platform just became a leading platform for change. Microsoft Corp. and Rock the Vote today announced a groundbreaking partnership that will allow Xbox 360 owners to register to vote, participate in presidential polls and voice their opinions to the presidential candidates. It will all happen through Xbox LIVE starting Monday, Aug. 25, the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
“Xbox is a natural partner to help us reach out to youth voters,” said Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote. “To realize our goal of registering 2 million young Americans by this fall, we need to go where young Americans are, and there’s no doubt in our minds that many are on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE.”
This is the first time that Rock the Vote has joined forces with an entertainment partner such as Xbox to reach voters under 30. Xbox LIVE is the largest online social network connected to the television, with membership totaling 12 million — if Xbox LIVE were a state, it would rank as the country’s seventh largest, giving it approximately 20 electoral votes.
“The Xbox LIVE community is active, vocal and passionate,” said Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox LIVE. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rock the Vote to make it easier than ever for youth voters — and our members — to register and be heard.”
Through the Rock the Vote partnership, Xbox LIVE members will be able to register to vote, voice their opinions to the candidates through an exclusive forum and participate in potentially election-predicting polls. They will also be able to download Rock the Vote public service announcements.
Xbox also will have a presence at both the Democratic and Republican conventions, promoting the Rock the Vote partnership and educating delegates about creating a safer entertainment environment on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE using the built-in parental controls known as Family Settings. These industry-leading settings allow parents to limit their children’s access to video games and movies and manage their activity and communications on Xbox LIVE. For more information on Family Settings and other safety-enhancing gaming tools and resources, delegates can stop by the Xbox on-site kiosk or visit http://www.xbox.com/isyourfamilyset.
Just in time for Halloween Bethesda's Fallout 3 will be releasing in the United States on October 28th. Europe will actually get the game on Halloween, October 31st. Nothing like some post-apocalyptic action to put you in the mood.See the official release after the jump.
August 20, 2008 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company, announced today that its highly anticipated title, Fallout® 3, will be available on store shelves and online in North America on October 28, 2008 and in Europe on October 31, 2008. Developed at Bethesda Game Studios – creators of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® – Fallout 3 is slated for release on the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows.
“We are very excited to let gamers get their hands on Fallout 3, the latest chapter in this beloved and highly acclaimed franchise,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “To meet the huge demand for this title by our fans worldwide, we are planning one of the biggest launches of any game released this year.”
Fallout 3 features one of the most realized game worlds ever created. Set more than 200 years following a nuclear war, you can create any kind of character you want and explore the open wastes of Washington, D.C. however you choose. Every minute is a fight for survival as you encounter Super Mutants, Ghouls, Raiders, and other dangers of the Wasteland.
Hailed as one of the most anticipated games for 2008, Fallout 3 has already won numerous awards including Best of Show from the official Game Critics Awards at E3 2008, a selection voted on by an independent group of journalists from 36 leading North American media outlets that cover the videogame industry.
Fallout® 3 has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on Fallout 3, visit http://fallout.bethsoft.com.
Sony has just announced that a bundle will be released for the Playstation 3 that contains a 160GB PS3, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a voucher for Pain, and a Dualshock 3 controller all for the low price of $499 coming this November.
For our European brothers and sisters, you can get the 160 GB PS3 without the bundle as well, although I am not sure why you would want to miss out on this great deal.
The details of the system are still up in the air although Joystiq is reporting that it looks as if this PS3 will just have the 2 USB ports and no backwards compatibility. Still a great deal for those of you looking to get a Playstation.
Hit the jump for the entire press release with specs.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces Limited-Edition Uncharted: Drake's Fortune(TM) PLAYSTATION(R)3 Bundle Featuring New 160GB PS3(TM) System
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced plans to introduce a new 160GB PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system in North America as part of the limited-edition Uncharted: Drake's Fortune(TM) PS3 system bundle. The increased storage size enables entertainment enthusiasts to store even more movies, television shows, and games downloaded from PLAYSTATION(R)Network, as well as more videos, music, and photos from their personal collection. Slated to launch in November for $499.99 (MSRP), the 160GB PS3 system will come bundled with the hit game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune(TM), a PLAYSTATION Network voucher for PAIN, and a DUALSHOCK(R)3 wireless controller. The previously announced 80GB PS3 system ($399.99 MSRP) has started shipping to retailers.
"As PLAYSTATION Network continues to evolve with our recently launched video delivery service and more exclusive games, PS3 owners are demanding more storage capacity," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. "Consumers also are utilizing PS3 as an entertainment hub for their digital media, placing content such as their entire music collection on the hard drive. The 160GB PS3 system addresses this growing consumer demand in a compelling bundle that delivers significant value."
The Uncharted: Drake's Fortune PS3 bundle includes the following components: — 160GB PS3 system — The 160GB PS3 is a complete entertainment system comprising a Blu-ray(TM) Disc player, HDMI output, an integrated Wi-Fi connection, and Cell Broadband Engine(TM). — Uncharted: Drake's Fortune — A 400-year-old clue found in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake sets a modern-day fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The search turns deadly when Drake becomes stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets hidden on the Island.
— PAIN PLAYSTATION Network Voucher* — PAIN boldly tackles a rarely explored area of video-gaming ... comedy. The unique mechanic of the game allows the player to load a character into a human-sized, ultra-powerful slingshot, and fire the character into an active, physics-controlled environment, filled with precarious and humorous situations. Download PAIN from PLAYSTATION Store (http://store.playstation.com) to your PS3 system with the included voucher. — DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller — DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller provides the most intuitive game play experience with pressure sensors in each action button and the inclusion of the highly sensitive SIXAXIS(TM) motion sensing technology.
The additional storage space of the 160GB model will benefit consumers, as several highly anticipated PLAYSTATION Network and PS3 games along with add-on content will be available for download soon, including PAIN Amusement Park, Ratchet & Clank(R)Future: Quest for Booty(TM), SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, and The Last Guy(TM). The bundle is also a great option for consumers who want to utilize PLAYSTATION Network's video delivery service, which offers new blockbuster movies and popular TV shows for download on an ongoing basis. PS3 momentum has soared in 2008, starting with Blu-ray becoming the high-definition standard and following the launches of key franchise titles, including Gran Turismo(TM) 5 Prologue, Grand Theft Auto(TM) IV, and Metal Gear Solid(R)4: Guns of the Patriots. That momentum will continue into the holidays and beyond, as PS3's software lineup will offer the most depth and breadth of any platform across the industry, delivering highly anticipated exclusives such as BUZZ!(TM): Quiz TV, LittleBigPlanet(TM), Resistance(TM) 2, MotorStorm(TM) Pacific Rift, and Killzone(TM) 2.
PLAYSTATION(R)3 160GB Specification
Product name PLAYSTATION(R)3 CPU Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (Cell/B.E.) GPU RSX(TM) Sound Dolby 5.1ch, DTS 5.1ch , LPCM 7.1ch, AAC, others *1 *2 Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM HDD 2.5" Serial ATA 160GB I/O USB 2.0 x2 Communication Ethernet X1 (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 b/g Included Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR) Included Wireless controller (Bluetooth) Included AV Output Screen size 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p HDMI OUT x1 *3 AV MULTI OUT x1 DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x1 BD/DVD/CD Maximum Read Speed BD 2x (BD-ROM) Drive DVD 8x (DVD-ROM) (Read Only) CD 24x (CD-ROM) Dimensions Approximately 12.75in(W) x 3.86in (H) x 10.8in (D) Weight Approximately 11 lbs
*1 A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch. is required to output 7.1 Ch. audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI OUT connector. *2 This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel. *3 "Deep Color" and "x.v.Color (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver1.3a are supported.