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Firmware Update 3.30 “Preps” PS3 for 3D Gaming

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 22, 2010 4:47 PM CST
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Sony has already released firmware update 3.30 for Playstation 3 and though it may not let you watch 3D Blu-ray movies you can look forward to some 3D gaming action...well, not yet anyways.

The update itself is said to "prep" the PS3 for 3D gaming which is a feature intended to be introduced in the future as in, you know, not now but later. At least this gives you some time to save up a few bucks for that brand new 3D TV you'll need to play your games with the added illusion of depth perception.

Final Fantasy XIII Sold Twice as Many on PS3 than 360

by Kyle Lehtinen Apr 16, 2010 9:44 AM CST
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Despite some grievances with a linear design and a plodding first twenty hours Final Fantasy XIII is quite a success. According to an NPD report Final Fantasy XIII has sold roughly 1,321,000 copies state side with the PS3 version of the game outselling the Xbox 360 counter part nearly two to one. Since there are some differences between the platforms, mainly the use of multiple DVD's and a lower resolution overall on the Xbox 360 version, its not really all that surprising.

Generally, the likely purchasers of the Xbox 360 version of FFXIII are either those who only own an Xbox 360 or multiplatform owners prefering to throw their support behind Microsoft's console for personal reasons/incentives, such as raising one's gamer score. Aside from these suppositions there is thorough and undisputable evidence that the Xbox 360 version of the game is not of the same quality as the Playstation 3. Sure the differences are minor, but gamers who own both platforms tend to be sensitive to  these differences, preferring to go with the platform the game seems most optimized for.

5 Awesome Things About God of War III

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by James Pikover Mar 16, 2010 12:03 AM CST
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God of War 3 isn’t perfect, but we still love it, even more after our chat with Game Director Stig Asmussen. Summing up its greatness is hard without spoilers, but in this case, spoilers are abound. We'eve already exposed the downsides to God of War 3. Now let's look at the highlights. (more...)

5 Things That Suck About God of War III

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by James Pikover Mar 15, 2010 11:53 PM CST
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God of War 3 is an excellent game. I think it’s, in many ways, the best exclusive PS3 title thus far. But it ain’t perfect, and we're all about finding the best, and worst, in games. As critics, it's our job to point out the extremes on both sides, so here, we discuss the darker side of God of War 3. (more...)

Yes, You Can Beat God of War III in Around 8 Hours

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by James Pikover Mar 15, 2010 11:23 PM CST
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A post by Ken Feldman of Santa Monica Studios, the developer of God of War 3, stated on the God of War forums that it took their fastest tester 12-13 hours to complete the game. As a game reviewer, I don't consider myself privy to special knowledge or skills, especially considered to testers, who literally play games 8-10 hours a day, and more often 6-7 days a week. But this is a false statement, as I completed the game in roughly 8 hours, 35 minutes, including the end credits and cutscenes. This screenshot is of my final auto-save:

Originally, I thought this was the last autosave upon fighting Zeus, but apparently it's the final cutscene before killing Zeus, so thankfully no spoilers there. Video below for non-believers. And just so you all know, there's nothing wrong with 8 hours of brilliance. Nothing at all. And no, I didn't run through the game, I played every bit and never restarted. Beat the game in two sittings. (more...)

Stig Asmussen on God of War III’s Ending

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by James Pikover Mar 15, 2010 9:17 PM CST
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When I’d set out for GDC, God of War 3 was fresh in my mind. I’d just beat the game a few days earlier, and while my brain still today staggers in awe of the grandiose nature of Kratos’ finale, one rotten tart left a sourness only someone who helped make the game could remove. I didn’t intend to find a cure to my ailment concerning the end of the game, which you can read about here, but instead received some important, and somewhat numbing and humbling, food for thought.

It all came from a chance meeting with Stig Asmussen, Game Director on God of War 3. (more...)

New Shank Gameplay Footage Revealed, More to Come At GDC

by James Pikover Mar 8, 2010 7:35 PM CST
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Just released from Klei Entertainment is a brand, spankin' new video of Shank, featuring all gameplay footage. Check it out and enjoy!

Sony: We’re Breathing Down Microsoft’s Neck

by Tyler Treat Feb 3, 2010 11:22 AM CST
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Sony expects to surpass Microsoft in sales very soon, and "it's  not going to take long." Peter Dille, Sony's VP of marketing and head of the PlayStation Network, made the statements, even going so far as to say the Xbox 360 won't be around in 10 years.

"I don't think they'll be around in 10 years, so I'm very confident we'll pass them within that time frame," he told IGN. "I mean, we've got 31 million [units sold] worldwide right now -- they've got 39 million [units sold]. I don't even need to go out 10 years. I'm not going to make any predictions for your interview today other than we'll pass them, but you look at where we are today and where they are today, and they had an opportunity to sprint as far ahead of us as possible when they had the head start. Well, we're breathing down their necks and they can see us in the rearview mirror and it's not going to take too long to pass them."

Those are some pretty ballsy words. Can the PS3 pass up the Xbox 360, or has it been too costly (particularly around its launch) to catch up?

Brits Like Tea, Crumpets and PS3

by Tyler Treat Jan 22, 2010 12:34 PM CST
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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that the PlayStation 3 has sold in excess of three million units in the United Kingdom. GfK Chart-Track data indicated that the system sold about 2.2 million units by July 2009 in the region, meaning over 800,000 consoles were shifted between now and then.

"We'd like to offer a huge thank you to our retail partners in helping us pass the 3 million PS3 milestone," said Ray Maguire, UK MD. "The £249 price point is enabling us to reach a much broader audience and our line up of software, Heavy Rain, and God of War III -- and that's just in Q1 -- should help maintain the momentum."

At this month's CES, Sony president Kaz Hirai said that, during the holiday period, over 3.8 million consoles were sold. The breakdown of that number is unknown however. With the strong lineup of PS3 exclusives, it's no wonder the console is doing well.

Just Cause 2 to Feature Video Capturing for PlayStation 3 Owners

by Evan Volmering Jan 22, 2010 11:19 AM CST
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Square Enix today announced that Just Cause 2 for the PlayStation 3 will ship with a built-in video capture feature, allowing players to record clips of their greatest in-game exploits and upload directly to YouTube.

By activating Just Cause 2’s video capture feature, players will be able to automatically record the last 30 seconds of gameplay directly to the PlayStation 3’s hard drive and upload to YouTube. Also available from the in-game menu is a 10 minute capture feature which allows players to create more detailed and planned presentations. Players will be able to capture and share in-game mission walkthroughs, create online speed-run competitions, direct their own South East Asian-inspired Machinima and more, with the best YouTube videos linked from the official website allowing users to vote on their favourites, with prizes awarded for the best of the best.

Just Cause 2’s video capture and upload feature will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 3. All formats will release in-stores on March 23rd, 2010, in North America and March 26th, 2010, in Europe, Middle East, and Australasia.

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