Rumor: PS2 Emulator Coming For PS3? by Anthony Barlow
January 10, 2009, 12:24 am
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[By Anthony]

Older PlayStation 3 consoles play PS2 games, newer ones don’t. I have often wordered why Sony took this feature away from those who adopted their black box of joy late, now it seems they might be putting it back in.

The rumor comes from none other than NeoGaf. User Meph apparently spoke to a Sony representative about the issue with backwards compatability and was told that Sony may be willing to buy PS2 emulation software from a third party.

Of course there is no evidence to back up Meph’s claim, but it dosen’t seem too unlikely. I know a lot of people who’d love to see Sony put this back in, if only for games like Persona 4.

Another one we’ll have to wait and see on. It’d be nice if Sony were to do it though.

Sony Announces SingStar ABBA by Anthony Barlow
September 10, 2008, 8:46 pm
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[By Anthony]

Sony have today announced that they’ll be bringing the music of Sweedish pop superstars ABBA to their singstar franchise. ABBA’s music will be coming to both PS2 and PS3 versions of Sony’s popular kareoke franchise. They said:

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with ABBA to bring their tracks to SingStar this Christmas,” said David Reeves, President, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “The popularity of this iconic band continues year after year, and we know SingStar fans will be delighted to add this selection of classics tracks to their SingStar collection.”

The game is set to be released this winter. Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading

PS2 Software Emulation On The Way? by Anthony Barlow
August 25, 2008, 4:07 am
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[By Anthony]

Anything after the 60GB PS3 in Europe won’t play PlayStation 2 games. It’s crap, especially as there’s a ton of great games people haven’t played on that system. The older games might look a bit crappy on a high def television when they’re played on a PS3 but it’s still nice to be able to play games from your collection on one console. Hit the jump for me speculating it up.

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Great News For SingStar Fans by Anthony Barlow
August 21, 2008, 12:51 am
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[By Anthony Barlow]

The PS3 version of SingStar is about to get a massive content update thanks to Sony and a PS3 firmware update. Sony announced today at Leipzig that a new firmware update would allow players to rip songs from the PS2 versions of SingStar and import them into into the PS3 game.

David Reeves didn’t give any info away but it definitely seems like a great step forward for Sony and might make PS2 owners want to upgrade to a PS3 for this sequel. Which has got to be the thinking behind this.

Not of too much interest to me but it’s nice for all those SingStar fans out there.

Rock Band 2 – Tweak Away Harmonix, Tweak To Your Hearts Content by Anthony Barlow
July 16, 2008, 11:10 pm
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Whoo more Rock Band 2 info sweet! Harmonix have said that they’re latest iteration of the franchise is NOT about innovation (what!) it’s about tweaking the existing concepts (few, saved) and adding to them (better) to try and make the Rock Band experience a hell of a lot better (nice!). From the sounds of things these improvements will definitely make the game better.

With the disc content (84 songs) and the rest of the RB1 songs and DLC available that brings the count to a massive 200 songs. Now it’d be a real ball ache trying to find a song but no Harmonix have fixed this with some new sorting features. You will now be able to sort songs by artist, album and decade. Clicking these headers will bring you into a sort of ‘playlist’ kinda thing where you can see everything in that category (i.e. David Bowie takes you onto songs by David Bowie).

Instrument wise there’s no big changes to the microphone (makes sense), but the guitar and drums have both had both had some tweaks done to them. The guitar (as you might have seen) now has a new wooden look to it and now has an auto calibration system to measure the delay and adjust the settings accordingly.

At first look the drums don’t look that different, but when the extras are added they look a lot cooler. The new cymbals can be added and used if you want but they aren’t needed. You can plug in an add-on and make the controller into a fully working electronic drum kit (which, I guess is sweet if you want/need that). Other additions include a better bass pedal and a new ‘drum tutor’ feature which will get newbies (and me) into drumming.

One of the best soundlng new features is ‘Battle Of The Bands’ which basically pits two bands around the world against one another in online challenges. The challenges can range from playing certain songs/setlists or playing songs by certian artists. The challenges will be updated daily and if i could get another two people together then it’d be legen…wait for it…dary (sorry I went a bit Barney Stinson back there).

There have been some tweaks to the ‘Band World Tour’ mode too. The ability to hire staff has been added which will help how much money the band makes and how many fans your band gets which adds a new element of strategy to the main campaign. Not only that but Harmonix have added the new ‘no fail’ mode (pretty self explanatory) and a new ‘jukebox’ mode where you pick the band and the songs and watch it unfold (ok…then it sounds a little meh but it could be cool).

Thanks to Kotaku for the pic of Harmonix’s event.

Sony’s E3 Presser – The Highlights by Anthony Barlow
July 16, 2008, 4:27 pm
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This is for those people who didn’t view the conference, missed the liveblog and can’t be arsed to read/don’t understand the transcription. I’m providing you, the readers, with the highlights of Sony’s 2008 E£ press conference.

Here goes:

  • Some new Resistance 2 gameplay footage was shown along with a new trailer. Tim Price (from Insomniac) talks about the game
  • Jack Tretton uses Little Big Planet’s Sackboy (In Boston Celtics gear) to navigate facts and figures about Sony’s systems.
  • Tretton Announces PS3 ‘Greatest Hits’ line of games coming to America (I think they’re gonna be called ‘Platinum’ over in the UK & Europe). The 1st batch are: WarHawk, Resistance: Fall Of Man, Motorstorm, Uncharted, Need For Speed: Carbon, Call Of Duty 3, Fight Night Round 3, Assasins Creed, Rainbow Six Vegas, Oblivion and Ninja Gaiden Sigma.
  • Tretton talks about PS2 and social games. Says the Singstore has had 1.9 million downloads.
  • New ‘Lego Batman’ PS2 bundle announced – black PS2, Lego Batman Game, justice League DVD
  • Tretton talks about PSN. Announces single sign in service. PSN has had 180 million downloads
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty ‘Announced’. Trailer plays. Announced that it’s gonna be $14.99
  • ‘GT TV’ (Grand Turismo TV) talked about. Top Gear in HD Whoot!
  • Jack talks about ‘Home’. Shows new trailer. Announces that Ubisoft, Lucas Arts, EA and Nike are all interested in Home and some are using the beta. Resistance, Uncharted game rooms within ‘Home’ are shown. They look cool.
  • Video Store Stuff. Major studios content announced. SD & HD downloads/rentals. TV stuff too apparently. Transferable to PSP.
  • Lempel takes the stage.
  • Lempel talks about video store.
  • Video Store announced for tonight. Very sweet!
  • New Ratchet PSP bundle announced – Silver PSP, Ratchet PSP game, Download code for Echochrome, 1GB memory stick e.t.c.
  • Resistance Retribution (Resistance PSP) announced. Trailer. Looks sweet. Released “Spring 09”
  • Super Stardust Portable Teased in montage
  • Life with PlayStation coming at the end of the month.
  • PS3 MMO’s talked about.
  • DC Universe MMO talked about. Trailer plays. Looks great a lot like that PC heroes MMO but better looking.
  • 80GB PS3 to replace 40GB PS3 80GB reduced to $399.99
  • Video plays of developers speaking about how good the PS3 is to work with
  • Snippets of POP, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2
  • God Of War 3 Teaser Trailer – slightly underwhelming
  • InFamous getting talked about now. Really cool looking. Trailer plays – looks like one of the games of the show.
  • MAG announced. 256 player online games and loads of other features.

There you have it folks, the complete guide to Sony’s E308 presser. Remember to check out all of the posts from this years event and the conference right here at XeNonX.

Rock Band 2 – Full Tracklist Revealed! by Anthony Barlow
July 15, 2008, 6:42 am
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The best of the announcements so far at this years E3 (in my opinion at least) was this, the full tracklisting for Rock Band 2. Now you know how annoyed I was at the Madden Soundtrack announcement but, this is a music game the tracklist IS important!

Anyway here it is, the full 84 song tracklist for Rock Band 2:

1. AC/DC “Let There Be Rock” 1970s
2. AFI “Girl’s Gone Grey” 2000’s
3. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” 1990’s
4. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” 1990’s
5. Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man” 1970’s
6. Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy” 2000’s
7. Bad Company “Shooting Star” 1970’s
8. Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want” 1990’s
9. Beck “E-Pro” 2000’s
10. Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl” 1990’s
11. Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I” 1980’s
12. Blondie “One Way or Another” 1970’s
13. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” 1970’s
14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1980’s
15. Cheap Trick “Hello There” 1970’s
16. Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” 1980’s
17. Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain” 1990’s
18. Disturbed “Down with the Sickness” 2000’s
19. Dream Theater “Panic Attack” 2000’s
20. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” 1980’s
21. Elvis Costello “Pump It Up” 1970’s
22. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” 1970’s
23. Foo Fighters “Everlong” 1990’s
24. Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge” 2000’s
25. Interpol “PDA” 2000’s
26. Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” 1980’s
27. Jethro Tull “Aqualung” 1970’s
28. Jimmy Eat World “The Middle” 2000’s
29. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” 1980’s
30. Journey “Anyway You Want It” 1970’s
31. Judas Priest “Painkiller” 1990’s
32. Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” 1970’s
33. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” 1990’s
34. Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” 2000’s
35. Linkin Park “One Step Closer” 2000’s
36. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy” 1990’s
37. Lush “De-Luxe” 1990’s
38. Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen” 2000’s
39. Megadeth “Peace Sells” 1980’s
40. Metallica “Battery” 1980’s
41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go” 1990’s
42. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2000’s
43. Motorhead “Ace of Spades” 1980’s
44. Nirvana “Drain You” 1990’s
45. Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” 1960’s
46. Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon” 2000’s
47. Paramore “That’s What You Get” 2000’s
48. Pearl Jam “Alive” 1990’s
49. Presidents of the USA “Lump” 1990’s
50. Rage Against the Machine “Testify” 1990’s
51. Ratt “Round & Round” 1980’s
52. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away” 1990’s
53. Rise Against “Give it All” 2000’s
54. Rush “The Trees” 1970’s
55. Silversun Pickups “Lazy Eye” 2000’s
56. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” 1990’s
57. Social Distortion “I Was Wrong” 1990’s
58. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” 1980’s
59. Soundgarden “Spoonman” 1990’s
60. Squeeze “Cool for Cats” 1970’s
61. Steely Dan “Bodhitsattva” 1970’s
62. Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me” 1970’s
63. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” 1980’s
64. System of a Down “Chop Suey” 2000’s
65. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” 1970’s
66. Tenacious D “Master Exploder” 2000’s
67. Testament “Souls of Black” 1990’s
68. The Donnas “New Kid in School” 2000’s
69. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” 1980’s
70. The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway” 1980’s
71. The Guess Who “American Woman” 1970’s
72. The Muffs “Kids in America” 1990’s
73. The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)” 1990’s
74. The Replacements “Alex Chilton” 1980’s
75. The Who “Pinball Wizard” 1960’s
Bonus Artist Bonus Song Title Decade
76. Abnormality “Visions” 2000’s
77. Anarchy Club “Get Clean” 2000’s
78. Bang Camaro “Night Lies” 2000’s
79. Breaking Wheel “Shoulder to the Plow” 2000’s
80. The Libyans “Neighborhood” 2000’s
81. The Main Drag “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter” 2000’s
82. Speck “Conventional Lover” 2000’s
83. The Sterns “Supreme Girl” 2000’s
84. That Handsome Devil “Rob the Prez-O-Dent” 2000’s

All of the tracks are master recordings which is sweet, no bad covers!

This looks like a bit of a mix of both of the leaked tracklists from earlier this month. I really quite like it, there’s some good stuff here just a shame there’s no ‘Bad To The Bone’. It’d be some great DLC though. I think the highlights here are Motorhead’s ‘The Ace Of Spades’, Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding Pt. 1’ and The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’ (I wondered why it wasn’t in this months DLC pack). Obviously there’s some other really good stuff plus that rumor about the downloadable disc thing was also true with Harmonix & MTV stating that “almost” all songs from the original  Rock Band tracklist could be transferred. I hope they don’t loose any of the good ones. The press release also goes on to say that to transfer the songs will require some sort of fee to unlock the content. This unlock will apparently be “under $5”, which I guess is ok would’ve been better not to pay though.