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2.40 On Wednesday! by Anthony Barlow
June 30, 2008, 9:47 pm
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Whoot! In game XMB is coming on Wednesday (July 2nd) along with the rest of the unimportant stuff in the 2.40 update for the PS3. Eric Lempel hosted video’s on Sony’s PlayStation Blog showing off the new features including the in game XMB and the new ‘Trophy System’.

The first 1st party games that have been announced to feature trophies are: WarHawk, LittleBigPlanet, PixelJunk Eden, PAIN, Super Stardust HD, BUZZ! Quiz TV, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, NBA 09, Resistance 2 and SOCOM: Confrontation.

Games like SSHD, WarHawk and PAIN will have updates coming down the pipeline to add the trophy feature and the other games will have them at lauch. According to Lempel both 1st & 3rd party developers have the tools to patch in the trophies for their games but players will have to play said games again if they want the trophies.

That sounds like a bit of a waste of time but if you think about it it stops people downloading saves and cheating the system. However it does mean that i’m gonna have to play all of my games again to get the trophies and with games like Uncharted, Stranglehold and Heavenly Sword I think a rental is on the cards because i’ve traded them in. That also means that if RockStar decides they want them in GTA i’ll have to play GTA again too. So it’s good and it’s a bit annoying but hey at least we’ve got it now.

The PS3 also gets the ‘internet search’ feature added to the XMB like the PSP has just got in it’s latest firmware (4.00). There has also been an update to the profile screen which now shows your tophies and your “level”, this is all explained in the videos.

I will try and get the videos so you can see the stuff for yourself but in the meantime go to the PlayStation Blog and check em out. You can also see more screens over at Kotaku.

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Rumor: Another Leak Reveals Guitar Hero 4 Playable Rockers by Anthony Barlow
June 28, 2008, 7:26 am
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Yet another music game leak today and it’s from another survey. A Kotaku tipster has provided this leak which shows a survey detailing playable rockers in ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’. Apparently Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Billy Corgan, Travis Barker, Hayley Williams, Zak Wylde and JIMMY HENDRIX will be playable characters in the new game.

There were images of Corgan in a motion-capture suit floating about the interwebs for a few weeks leading people to believe that the Smashing Pumpkins frontman would appear in the game. The survey also mentions that other who are “yet to be confirmed” but where revealed in an Intellisponse leak. Currently unconfirmed artists include Korn, System Of A Down, The Doors and rumored artist Tool are all set to join the Guitar Hero 4 roster.

Here’s the full description from the survey:

“In this new Guitar Hero game, join up with your band mates to form the ultimate super group and rock your way to the top. Shred on lead, rhythm, or bass guitar (three options on one guitar controller), rip on drums, or belt it out on the mic as you rock together on the greatest classic, modern, alternative, pop, and metal hits. 85 songs by artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, System of a Down, Ozzy Osbourne, Interpol, Muse, Tool (at least three songs and a dedicated venue), and dozens more come together to form the coolest set list ever. You can even play as your favorite rock star, choosing from characters like Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Billy Corgan, Jimi Hendrix, Travis Barker, Hayley Williams, and Zak Wylde. If none of these are your style, then you can create your own character, including character construction, instrument creation, band logos and album covers. Then take it to a whole new level by jumping into a fully-integrated recording studio to lay down, upload, and share custom tracks online – for virtually unlimited rock. This game features the most authentic instrument peripherals on the market, including an all-new wireless guitar controller with the first-ever touch-sensitive neck slide, dedicated Star Power button, and ability to palm-mute. Also, the new killer wireless drums have ultra-quiet pressure-sensitive pads, raised cymbals, and are easy to set up and take down. Or, use the microphone to become the ultimate frontman. This new Guitar Hero game lets you rock together and rock for all.”

This new GH is really intriguing me now. If Rock Band dosen’t get some Hendrix it’d be a shame. This game is really tempting me now. Plastic instruments FTW!



Rumor: Another One For Rock Band 2? by Anthony Barlow
June 28, 2008, 7:12 am
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It was announced a few weeks back that Turbonegro would be appearing in Rock Band 2 (amongst others) making them the 1st band to be semi-confirmed for the game. Another leaked survey has revealed some new details for the Rock Band sequel this survey said (i’ve turned into Les Dennis) things about the game having “120 of the biggest rock anthems from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s” which would include “songs from gods of rock AC/DC and many, many others”

The survey also mentioned improved “instruments, character creation and online modes” it was noted that the drums specifically would see an improvement but no details were disclosed.

The description of RB2 also talks about players being able to “develop and personalize artwork and apparel in game, which you can then order as actual merchandise and be mailed to you”

These ‘leaks’ sound quite exciting and you all know how much I love Rock Band but Guitar Hero: World Tour does seem to be getting better daily. I really don’t want more fake instruments in my house.



HL2: Episode 3 @ E3 – Valve Says No by Anthony Barlow
June 28, 2008, 2:20 am
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It was rumored earlier this week that Valve would be showing off some stuff on, the highly anticipated, ‘Half Life 2: Episode 3’ (Leeds United 0 – thanks Yhatzee) at E3. Today Valve have responded to these claims and have denied that the game was to be shown at the show. However it is likely Valve will be at E3 probably showcasing ‘Left 4 Dead’.



This Week In Rock Band by Anthony Barlow
June 28, 2008, 2:13 am
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This week Harmonix and EA have decided to bring us new DLC in the form of ‘The Crüefest Pack’. This pack ‘celebrates’ Crüefest and will feature three of the artists performing at the festival. Of course Motley Crüe are in here.

The tracks are:

  • ‘Down At The Whisky’ – Motley Crüe
  • ‘Time Is Running Out’ – Papa Roach
  • ‘Who’s Going Home With You Tonight’ – Trapt

I’m not expecting anything special with these tracks and that’s the way I like to approach DLC i’ve never heard. I will give these a listen before Thursday but I probably won’t be rushing to get these. Not really into metal but the last Crüe track (‘Saints Of Los Angeles’) surprised me and is actually quite good, but whatever.

Those tracks will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace (Tuesday/Wednesday) and PS Store (Thursday). The tracks are priced at $0.99 each (80 MS points) or $2.99 (240 MS points) for the pack.

Not only are we being given this but Harmonix is releasing ‘Promised Land’ by Vesuvius for free along with the usual paid for DLC on the above days. Nice of ’em that. I will download that song (it sounds terrible) because it’s free and well…why not.



by Anthony Barlow
June 28, 2008, 2:01 am
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  • Sorry for the bad image quality over the past few days. Nothing to do with me or the quality of the images it’s something new WP are doing I hope they go back to the old way, y’know when images looked good.


PS3 ‘Video Store’ Currently Only Sony On Board (Obviosly) by Anthony Barlow
June 27, 2008, 11:52 pm
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Remember the newly announced PS3 ‘video store’ from earlier this week, course ya do. Anyway it turns out that it’ll currently only be supported by Sony. They are in negotiations with other studio’s but nothing is official (yet). The service set for a ‘Summer 08’ release should be out soon after E3 and with Sony Pictures on board it’s not like there’ll be a lack of movies anyway.