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Aliens vs. Predator Review: Hello My Ragtime Doll

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by James Pikover Mar 5, 2010 1:36 PM CST
filed under features, ps3, reviews

Combining more modes of play than all of our reviewed titles of February, Aliens vs Predator is all about the embodiment of the franchise, doing it justice in the videogame realm. Does it succeed, or does it blunder as many pundits have expected? (more...)

First BioShock 2 DLC Detailed

by Tyler Treat Mar 5, 2010 1:32 PM CST
filed under dlc, news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

2K issued a press release earlier today detailing the first add-on pack for BioShock 2. Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack will be releasing worldwide on March 11 for 400 MS Points or $4.99. The DLC pack will include the following:

  • Rank increase to level 50 with Rank Rewards
  • New playable characters - Louie McGraff and Oscar Calraca
  • 20 new trials
  • A third weapon upgrade for each weapon
  • Five additional masks

More announcements for BioShock 2 DLC will be arriving "in the coming weeks."

FFXIII Visuals on 360 Fall Short of PS3 Standards

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 5, 2010 1:31 PM CST
filed under news, ps3, xbox 360

Square Enix's long awaited Final Fantasy XIII will be released next week but if you are planning to choose the 360 version over the PS3 you may want to reconsider. According to an in-depth analysis at eurogamer.com, between the two versions the quality of the Xbox 360 port doesn't quite reach the visual fidelity of it's PS3 counter part.

"Adequate but a touch disappointing" best sums up the Xbox 360 version. Fine edges lose precision, and while the effect is mitigated thanks to the MSAA along with the multitude of post processing effects the engine has at its disposal, the fact is that the lack of resolution can make the 360 build look sub-par. The clean CG look of the PS3 game in motion is unduly compromised, and while it's still a handsome enough title on Xbox 360, it lacks the pristine presentation of its sibling.

If you're an owner of both the 360 and PS3, and need some help making a choice between the two, this article is a good read. Along with a detailed break down of the visual differences between the two SKU's, the reasons why the downgrade of quality may not have even been necessary is discussed.

Click the link below to see the whole four page report.

Face-Off: Final Fantasy XIII

Shinji Mikami’s New Game to Release This Year

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 3, 2010 1:30 PM CST
filed under news, ps3, xbox 360

Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's latest game, Vanquish, will see release this winter according to an article in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine.

From the details released so far, the game which is being developed by Platinum Games will be a third person shooter that features a cover system and high paced action. Players wear an armored suit with all sorts of high tech armaments and battle it out with robots in a conflicted setting between Russia and the U.S.

The game is slated for release on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and is currently 80% complete through its development cycle.

[via Kotaku]

PS3 Error 8001050F Appears to be Fixed

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 1, 2010 7:22 PM CST
filed under ps3, sony

The PSN error 8001050F which kept PS3 (fat) owners off their systems, by Sony's advisement, appears to be fixed. Forum users around the interwebs are announcing functionality returning to their console, and I myself with my 60 GB fatty have encountered no problem signing into the PSN or playing some Uncharted 2. Things appear to be fine now, although Sony has made no official announcement.

Bet you didn't know your console could be floored by a teensy little clock sync bug, did ya? Let us hope this eventful day is one of a kind and nothing more than that.

Heavy Rain is Apparently the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 12:46 PM CST
filed under news, ps3

This morning we learned that the PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, making it the first PS3 title to do so since Killzone 2. Sony is reporting that shortages for the game might be coming.

"We have been extremely delighted with the demand for Heavy Rain," an SCEE spokesperson told MCV.

"Whilst it isn't out of stock we are aware that supplies are running low. There is still supply in the chain, but I'm afraid if you're hunting for a copy it may require a little extra footwork. There will be more stock arriving next week."

Marketing hype or not, the game's sales have already proven that it's a success. Check back for our review of Heavy Rain soon.

God of War TV Spot Breaks Your Face, Does Not Apologize

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 11:41 AM CST
filed under ps3, videos

It's only a few short weeks away, people. God of War III releases March 16. A new TV spot has released in Europe, and it's pretty intense. Check it out.

Black Rock: Split/Second the Call of Duty of Racing Games

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 11:33 AM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Call him crazy, but Black Rock Studio's Jason Ried, producer of the upcoming racer Split/Second,  likens his new game to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Uncharted 2 more so than the traditional racing game.

"It's a tough one. [Activision's] Blur is obviously competition -- it's racing and it's doing things slightly different as well. But we almost feel we're closer to Call of Duty or Uncharted in what we do than other racing games," Ried told CVG. "Animation-wise, Split/Second is the most ambitious thing that's ever been done in a racing game. So that is where we come down to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2 comparison -- because of these huge set pieces."

Split/Second: Velocity is due out May 21.

Original PS3 Models Face Widespread Bug

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 11:18 AM CST
filed under news, ps3, sony

A bug in the original PlayStation 3 models has left the systems unable to access the PlayStation Network. The issue surfaced last night, suggesting that the problem is related to a calendar bug. Sony quickly issued a statement addressing the widespread outage.

"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network," SCEE said in a statement. "We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."

What's worse is that systems offline are also affected, including PS3 debug kits used by the press and developers. Some PS3 hard drive content cannot be started at all, and titles that synchronize trophies are also unable to launch.

Sony has not yet offered a solution to the problem but says a fix is coming in the next "24 hours."

[via GI.biz]

Heavy Rain Tops the UK Charts

by Tyler Treat Mar 1, 2010 10:48 AM CST
filed under news, ps3

Heavy Rain debuted at the top of the charts last week in the UK with SCEA CEO Jack Tretton saying the game has sold "incredibly well." That might be an understatement though. Data from Chart Track indicates that Quantic Dream's thriller topped Aliens vs. Predator, making it number one in the country.

Check the full top ten list after the break.

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