Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Max Payne 3 Looks Just Like Uncharted

Straight out like Uncharted. So here we have a title we haven't seen in some time, Max Payne 3, is looking interestingly familiar to a game we all love and can't wait to get our hands on. Well, is that a bad thing or a good thing? We don't really know actually, I suppose it could be great if they can pull it off, but then again, people don't like look-a-likes. Either way, lets get back to business. Rockstar has unleashed a hand-full of screens of its latest title. Apparently our main character ends up in the same place where Uncharted 2 takes place, no, really! Or maybe it's Resident Evil 5? Okay, well one of those where there are, well, lets just leave it at that.

Check out these screens that we know might have you wondering, but it is really Max Payne 3 and not Uncharted 2 or 3 or Resident Evil 5.5? Though I haven't played a Max Payne game, I keep thinking this isn't really the setting it should be taking place in, is it? Let us know what you think, and don't forget to check out the screens.

Friday, June 19, 2009

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Natal? That's so PS2 and early PS3 Stuff Called Eyedentify

Until the two new technologies from Microsoft and Sony aren't deployed on the market, we will definitely won't know (with facts) who will come out on top, and who will have the better specs. Of course we could wait for them to come out, or in this case for our personal enjoyment, we could jump back in time when this technology was actually thought of. Yeah, you read correctly, the technology used rather awkwardly on our creepy friend Milo, actually existed in games for quite sometime. Let me jump to the PS2 era for a bit.

Back in the PS2 days, there was a peripheral called the Eye Toy. The Eye Toy was said to create innovative ways of playing video games. This was clearly not something gamers were so hot about, thus the Eye Toy never quite took off as the big thing it could of been. Because of that fact, Sony did not exploited the Eye Toy's potential further. Here we can start to presume where the Wii got its motion ideas from. Maybe?

In early posts you have clearly seen that Sony's "new" motion technology dates back to the Eye Toy's date, yet greatly perfected. You can clearly see a demo of it in this video that came on the Game/DVD disk on any copy of the Official PlayStation Magazine (OPM) when it used to be published.

Clearly, the technology existed way before Natal, PSEye, and the Wiimote. Interesting?! We think so, but this is not the end of things.

Now, we know Natal's supposed advantage over the PSEye or the Eye Toy is the fact that it can read depth. Okay, thats pretty cool, though not much of a technology advance. So since we can't really tackle that part, we move forward to Natal's supposed voice recognition abilities. I believe it was stated before that Natal did not recognize voice by itself, but rather the game or the software, or the Xbox 360 OS would recognize the voice. (With the help of an update of course). Well thats funny, the PS Eye is able to get voice feedback from the players, and is able to recognize voices when games utilize its ability. Interestingly enough though, many games use voice to control action. Zulu commands on some Rainbow 6 games, and the latest game using this being End War clearly showcase this fact, but to actually interact with a creepy kid with voice? Now thats amazing... Actually, if the PSEye had not created this before, it might have been great, but unfortunately, PSEye along with the PS3 were pushed out with a very interesting game that seems to mimic what Milo tries to do. The main differences being: less creepy, and back a few years ago. Here is the video of what I mean, and the game is called Eyedentify.

Well thats interesting, isn't it? The game recognizes when the player comes to screen, and uses detailed voice controls and recognition. I wonder if this is where Milo, Natal and all those odd names were derived from?

Of course, Sony has not exploited all the PS Eye capabilities. Just imagine if the PS3 next firmware update enables voice recognition across all XMB (in and out of the game.) Cool, I wont have to do much to change a song when I'm playing Killzone 2.

There are quite some interesting twist that Natal does, but at its core it really seems like a little better PS Eye with a huge software support. Again, we'll see when this wave of controls come out. If I may state my opinion though, the striking similarities of Eyedentify and Milo are very interesting. To me it seems like Microsoft's motto is hard at work: Microsoft - "We Copy & Paste."

The Gorgeous Ladies of Uncharted 2

As promised by the PS.Blog, the ladies of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves were also interview right after Mr. Nolan. Jeff was lucky enough to meet up with the voices behind Elena Fisher and Choloe Frazier, co-stars of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves along side main star Nathan Drake. I was quite surprised to recognize one of the gorgeous ladies of Uncharted 2. I can safely say, Uncharted 2 packs some big talent. The voices of our female co-stars are Emily Rose and Claudia Black. As previously stated I was quite surprised to recognize Claudia's voice and face, from Stargate SG1. According to Jeff, they both have "some pretty extensive TV resum├ęs." Again, I'm quite impressed!

In this videos the ladies talks about the task they have joyfully done aside from the voice acting. They surely reflect on the characters. Emily talks about how grateful she is that people loved the fact that she was back from the first Uncharted. Check the full interview video here, and don't forget to leave your thoughts

Like Jeff highlights, we can't get over the fact of how much resamblence there is between the actors and the characters in the game. Quite satisfying!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, Nathan Drake

Or at least his voice anyways; meet Uncharted 2's Nolan North. You probably have heard this guy before, and most likely laughed about his jokes. If you haven't you should check out some trailers, he is quite good at it! So who's Nolan? Well from the title, you might have guessed that he is non-other than Nathan Drake, our Uncharted hero.

So the PS.Blog has a video for you to check out with an interview to Mr. Nolan North. The quite humble side of Nathan, I mean Nolan, takes over giving most of the credit to the other people behind the scenes. Along humbly taking this interview, Nolan tells us how much all the actors have brought their own personal touch to the game characters. What Nolan expects you to do is appreciate and love the characters, which we all know we already do!

"Man, we were almost in that!" - but jokes aside, check out the interview in the video here.

OH, one last thing, the PS Blog will have more be releasing another video with the ladies of Uncharted 2 next, so keep on the look out.

CryEngine 3 vs CryEngine 2

So you have known for sometime that CryTek was hard at work with the CryEngine 3 for deploying on consoles, but do you want to know what or how it actually looks? Of course you do! the upcoming Crysis 2 will make its way to the PS3 and the 360 thanks to this engine and so we wanted to know how much did the game suffer by brining this game to consoles?

Not to worry, we have a video here to let you know just how much that change looks. Joystiq closely examined the video and had this to say: "Closer examination reveals how top-end gaming PCs are still capable of rendering better graphics with CryEngine 2." And according to tehdaza on Youtube, "CryEngine 3 running on console hardware is about the same as CryEngine 2 running on 'medium' settings." apparently "The look of the console versions can be recreated on the PC by using low textures, high shaders and object geometry and medium on all other settings," says Joystiq.

For you own conclusions here is the video.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

'Majority' of back catalog PSP games will be downloadable Oct. 1

While you are arguing about the price point of the PSPgo being too high, or if when you open the thing it looks plain out fuggly, you can't deny one thing: you want it; you want it bad. I mean I do?! I don't mind having that piece of hardware with me, specially with the crappy phone I carry around. Regardless, Sony has confirmed that "just about" every PSP game available after October 1st will be available for download. (October 1st being the release date of the PSPgo)

With that said, according to our friend Jeff from the PS.Blog discussed with Destructoid and Joystiq about the availability of the third party titles at that time. Jeff said: "The majority of back catalog PSP games will be made available for download around the launch of the PSPgo." when asked about if he meant strictly about the first-party titles he said "the majority overall."

In other words, the "majority" of previews PSP titles will be downloadable as of October 1st. After Oct. 1st however, all first-party titles will surely be released on the PlayStation Network. And just to keep check with most gaming sites, this means that Resident Evil PSP will be most likely not a PSN exclusive - just saying...

MLB09 The Show, Quantum of Solace movie on New PS3 Bundle

Bundle incoming! There is a new PS3 bundle inbound to release June 14th. The new bundle will include MLB 09 The Show and Quantum of Solace movie one Blu-Ray. The bundle is apparently going for $399. Furthermore, Joystiq contacted Sony for confirmations and this is what they got:

"it appears not to be a Walmart exclusive from initial checks. We also can't confirm that this bundle is the one previously discovered in the Best Buy system, as more detailed photos revealing the UPC don't match up."

So it is unclear whether the bundle is Walmart exclusive, but you get the point. Fire up those wallets because just like joystiq, we know that father's day is right around the corner. Don't let this one slip! Besides, seems quite like the dad's package. So thoughtful of Sony. Let us know if you'll be picking this one up for dad!

Get Your Groove On with VidZone Tonight

SCEE's exclusive on-demand music video service for the PS3, VidZone, is downloadable tonight. Thats right tonight! The free service will allow you to stream music videos on demand by streaming them directly to your system. There is a catch though, as you have read this is a SCEE exclusive, meaning US regions will not see VidZone on the PSN Store.

This free application for the PS3 will give you access to music videos on demand as previously stated. It can be found on the PS Store, and then on you music icon on the XMB. This app gives you the ability to watch single videos, or compose a custom playlist. You can rewind and fast-forward with ease. You can also create playlist with your PSP and have them wait for you on your PS3. VidZone has partner up with a major music labels and indies as well. With artists ranging from: Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, Black Eyed Peas, Glasvegas, Dizzee Rascal, P!nk, Noisettes, Ne-Yo, Armand van Helden, Tori Amos and Akon, to name a few, VidZone has your back when it comes to getting you music videos.

We don't know when or if we will be able to see this coming to the US, but as noted by Joystiq, you could always get it from a friend, or some work around. "Whether or not Sony has put an IP region lock on the software itself is unknown. We'll find out for sure tomorrow."


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sony is 'ripping off' consumers with PSPgo?

It was meant to happen, someone, somewhere, somehow had to hate the PSP Go very, very much, and that someone has talked. Michael Pachter Wedbush Morgan analyst, hates the PSP Go. Well, not the machine itself, but rather it's high price tag. According to Joystiq:

On a recent episode of Bonus Round, Pachter matter of factly states, "$249 is too much. Period." He goes on to say that while the handheld is priced to compete with Apple's $229 8GB iPod Touch, it doesn't deliver the iTunes App Store or downloadable music from iTunes (as conveniently, at least, as the iPod Touch).
Furthermore, he posits the $250 price of the PSP Go is vastly overinflated considering its contents, claiming it costs Sony less to build and ship the PSP Go than the PSP-3000 model, "The $169 PSP-3000 is a profitable device -- the disc assembly, for a UMD, costs more than 16 gigs of flash does. So this new device doesn't cost them as much as the PSP-3000 and they jack the price up $80?" When Keighley presses Pachter as to whether Sony is "ripping off" the consumer or not, he answers, "They're rippin' off the consumer ... they're making a lot more money on the PSP Go than the PSP-3000."

Quite porwerful words there, Pachter. While it seems like the PSP Go will not get a lower price tag anytime soon, Sony might be trying to make it up for some PS3/UMD looses. Let us know your thoughts on your comments below!

Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines better than other portables versions

Interestingly enough aside form Resident Evil coming to PSP, Assassins Creed is also coming to PSP, and yes this title is also not a port but a complete all-new game. How you wonder? Well for starters, the Assassin's Creed franchise was downsized before for the DS and the iPhone. When this happened, the experience changed completely and looked nothing like Assassins Creed. For the most part the DS lost most of the beauty and playability of what Assassin's Creed is, and the iPhone was a step up, but wasn't a great one. The PSP version, however, looks much alike the original version of the first installment.

While we don't exactly know how the game will play out, the pictures shown here hint that the game will in fact be a full 3D experience. As you can see the pictures shows Altair stalking possible enemies for a hidden blade kills, and overlooking the not-so-populated medieval city.

Let's hope this game is rather decent, and that we will see more coming if it is. What do you guys think? Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines better than other portable AC games? Are you buying it? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hot: Booth Babes of E3 09 [Update 1]

This years E3 came back with a vengeance, and to give us all a welcome, Booth Babes have comeback! Let see what they are up to:


Wii Owners Today, PS3 Owners Tomorrow Says New President of SCEE

There is a new chief in town (a new SCEE president that is), Andrew House (like the FOX hit TV show, not that I has anything to do with this post) has wasted little to no time on giving his thoughts on the current generation war. House has apparently made some very high statements telling Edge-Online that he believes that Wii owners will eventually 'upgrade' to PS3. He bases this off of prior figures that pit the life cycle of the PS2 against that of the N64. (Joystiq notes that he probably meant GameCube), he goes on citing Nintendo's console as the "entry level gaming device" and suggested consumers were undoubtably planning to "upgrade to a more powerful machine later in the life cycle when the price point was right for them."

From that we can take that House is looking at this for the long term of the PS3 future dominance. While for many people the price is far from 'right,' that will eventually change perhaps opening an big window. But as Joystiq highlights, House forgot one little factor dubbed the Xbox 360. What is your take?

PSP Resident Evil is complete new title, really

Yup, there was indeed a Resident Evil game announced at E3. This new RE game is coming to a PSP-3000 or PSPgo near you, but why don't you seem to care? There has been a lot of difference zombie games and RE remakes going around so you are in all your right to not care, but hear us out.

According to Capcom's Chris Kramer, the game is "an all-new title created specifically for the PSP platform, with the PSP Go in mind". You see that? He said all-new! Not a spin of from RE1 or 2, but a completely new game with the PSPgo in mind. There was not much said at E3 about this game, but as far as we now know it isn't something you should be yawning about. (Unless you don't like RE games, but that's another fight we'll finish sometime.)

Now about whether the title will be download-only or not, we aren't sure, but to enlighten some of you that didn't get what the fuzz was about, "the PSPgo will not replace the PSP-3000 or the UMD." There will be downloadable options and tangible media for you to choose from, so unless Sony changes its mind we should see this available for all PSPs alike.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

XIK LIVE @ E3 09 Sony Press Conference: The Montage!

As last year, Sony Agent Hunter X was live at this year's Sony E3 Press Conference and got you the scoop on all the news PlayStation. After the big closing of the gaming expo giant, our agent brings the video footage of the on-site craziness. The video is about 20 minutes of pure stuff you most have seen, and some behind-the-scene footage. The experience overall of being there is amazing. The pictures and complete overview of this year's Sony's dominance on the show floor will be up soon after this video post. For now, indulge yourself on this feed alongside out fellow G4 mates. We also like to thank our PS3Center.Net community for letting us host the video on their servers. Go Sony!

PS: As promised, I will be posting my infamous haircut pictures ("breakup haircut"/E309 haircut) on Facebook, so make sure you check this links (when they are updated) if you want to see how I look now (DON'T) (In case no one here knew, I accepted uploading my new pictures once the video was done.)

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