Archive for December, 2009

Slim PS3 news: Next-Gen Guilty Gear In The Works

Japanese developer Arc System Works has confirmed to NowGamer that producer Daisuke Ishiwatari intends to developer a new Guilty Gear game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 Slim-PS3.com is updated frequently every day with the latest Free PlayStation 3 news and games reviews.

Posted on December 29th, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: The 2009 PlayStation Picture Quiz

Test your knowledge of the year’s biggest releases with this fun picture quiz.

It’s difficult to believe that it’s been an entire year since America inaugurated a new President and The Lord of the Rings: Conquest came out on PlayStation 3, and 2009 has since provided dozens of fantastic PlayStation games.

The year 2010 is almost upon us, and before you get carried away looking forward to Heavy Rain, God of War III and more, remind yourself of the last 12 months with the 2009 PlayStation Picture Quiz.

Twenty-four pack fronts have been strategically cropped to hide their identity; simply enter the name of the game in the text box below each image and either press enter on your keyboard or click the button to the right of the text box to see if you are correct.

You can click on the Save Progress button at the bottom of the page to store your answers should you wish to return to them at a later date, and you can visit the official PlayStation Forums to get help.

Click here for the 2009 PlayStation Picture Quiz.

Have fun!

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Posted on December 25th, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Hot and Cold: A 3-D Hidden Object Adventure on DSiWare

How many games from the DSiWare platform have you give a go to date? Well, if you’re still scratching your head and wondering whether anything there is worthy of your money and time (don’t worry, that feeling comes to everyone although once you take the plunge, it isn’t too shabby – something like the App Store experience), we have a title to recommend; which is none other than Hot and Cold: A 3-D Hidden Object Adventure.

As the first 3-D hidden object game for Nintendo DSi, Hot and Cold puts players in charge of the Hot and Cold Club that helps neighborhood clients find misplaced items around town. Inspired by the classic children’s game in which players use temperature cues to indicate proximity to an item (i.e. “You’re getting hotter!”), Hot and Cold challenges players to uncover hundreds of missing objects by using the in game Hot and Cold meter as a guide for discovery. Players will search through 50 fully 3-D, indoor and outdoor levels, using their stylus to lift and throw objects out of their path. Hot and Cold includes a Level Creation mode so players can create their own customized levels where they hide objects for their opponents to find. Players can also trade levels or play in four unique multiplayer modes, including Hide n’ Seek, Find The Most, Co-op and Race. In addition, players can grab ‘Focus Shards’ to fill their collection with more than 500 unique items. Hot and Cold includes ambidextrous, and even “Book Mode” controls, that let players turn the Nintendo DSi on its side.

Who would have thought that a variation of a kid’s game could actually be realized in an electronice format? We’re pleased to note that Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure for Nintendo DSiWare has been rated E for Everyone and can be purchased for 800 points.

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Posted on December 25th, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Call of Duty: World at War map pack bundle now out

The latest iteration of the Call of Duty franchise has smashed many records along the way since its release pretty recently, outdoing even movies when it comes to total gross, making some people wonder just which industry would be more lucrative assuming one makes it big, so to speak. But I digress – the Call of Duty: World at War map pack bundle is already readily available in North America, where owners of the Xbox 360 will be able to enjoy it on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 2,000 Microsoft Points, while folks rocking to the Sony PS3 can always get the Call of Duty: World at War map pack bundle for $24.99 over the PlayStation Store.

The bundle from developer Treyarch and Activision Publishing, Inc. features the complete collection of nine multiplayer maps and three co-op Zombie maps from Call of Duty: World at War Map Packs 1-3. Fight through war-torn Berlin in “Nightfire,” battle through the jungle and waterfalls of “Banzai,” and defend an armored island in “Battery.” Zombies and Hell Hounds attack in “Verruckt” (Zombie Asylum), “Shi No Numa” (Zombie Swamp), and “Der Riese” (Zombie Factory). Survive against the onslaught of Zombies with the help of Perks-a-Cola machines, Monkey Bombs, and the powerful Wunderwaffe DG-2.

Expect Call of Duty: World at War map pack bundle to arrive in Europe for our friends across the Atlantic next January 7th, which means they can’t enjoy the title in time for Christmas. What are the video games lined up on your side that you intend to complete during this holiday season?

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Posted on December 25th, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Atari unveils new programs in Champions Online – Console news

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Atari and Cryptic Studios has just announced that they will be unveiling four more new programs in order to celebrate the coming holiday season in CHampion Online, and according to Bill Roper, Executive Producer of Champion Online, “We really wanted to celebrate the holidays by giving our players some really fun gifts. So we’ve cooked up a brand new winter event, and created several new ways to share the joy of Champions Online.” More details on the famous four would be revealed in the extended post.

Champions Online taps into a rich universe of heroes and villains with unparalleled intrigue and adventure. Cryptic Studios has taken the genre to new heights with Champions Online’s fast paced, “real time” action combat and the power of total customization. Through Champions’ unique character customization tool the player can create and individualize every component of their hero: name, back story, costume, powers and abilities can all be modified in countless ways. In addition to allowing players to transform into the ultimate hero, gamers can craft an enemy of the extreme opposite, concoct a villainous history for their ultimate foe and guarantee themselves a truly unique experience.

The first among those would be the Attack of the Misfit Toys. Apparently, the winter holiday season has caused psychotic bad guy Black Harlequin to make deadly changes to all the toys being given out in Millennium City. As with any bad guy worth his salt, he has his very own sidekick – a giant, murderous mecha-teddy known as Clarence, to join in on his heinous “fun”.

Cryptic Studios is also initiating a referral program that enables players to invite a friend to play free for ten days, hoping that during those ten days, the friend of yours will be hooked in some way. The player and recruit will be able to win a rare in-game action figure and bonuses. As an added incentive, each recruit who buys the game will enable the players who roped them in to earn an extra costume slot and 400 Cryptic Points which they can spend as they wish.

Apart from that, Cryptic Studios also invited new players to enjoy a Champions Online demo. Players will be able to check out the tutorial for free, helping defend Millennium City against alien invasion. You can create a couple of fully customized characters and play them all the way up to Level 15 within the tutorial for added effect.

Those who prefer to get their gaming fix in a mobile manner will also be pleased to know that Cryptic Studios has plans for Champions Online mobile thanks to a new iPhone app. Champions Companion can be downloaded for free from the App Store, where it enables players to keep up with the latest game news, view their characters and communicate with friends playing the game.

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Posted on December 24th, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Go wild in Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games has unleashed more details on its wild western. Take up the reins and see what’s fresh on the PlayStation 3 prairie.

Red Dead Redemption is all about choice. Set in the Wild West, Rockstar Games’ newest adult action adventure may well be a story of blood and penance, yet its core gameplay is all about your choices. And in the open environment of Red Dead Redemption, there’s a lot of choice to be had…

Your wild ride awaits

With the advance of technology and government rule, the old West is experiencing an identity crisis, something reflected by John Marston’s dilemma. A former outlaw, Marston has been forced to pick up his guns once more against his wishes. So while the Wild West is struggling for peace under a growing government, Marston’s own peace has been shattered by hostility – and the only way back is by bloodshed.

How much blood gets spilt is down to you. Controlling Marston on his quest for redemption involves travelling through The Frontier, Mexico and the Great Plains, which are subdivided into a number of territories. You take part in missions to progress the story, with objectives such as infiltrating a compound with explosives and defending an outpost from invaders.

However, the world of Red Dead Redemption is a world of opportunity and a place to stamp your mark on, and it goes beyond pushing Marston towards his ultimate goal…

The world is yours

Rockstar Games has created an environment which looks and feels like a Wild West movie, with you as the star. Your decisions affect everything around you, whether you opt to engage in the story missions, take part in a number of side quests or just decide to roam the badlands. In Red Dead Redemption, the people go about their business and it’s up to you whether you interact with them on the way.

Riding along the plains you may come across a firing squad, ready to execute their prisoner – do you save the captive and risk the ensuing gunfight? Sometimes you’ll see a man being helplessly dragged along by a gang of bandits on horseback – it’s your choice to do something about it, and your reward may be useful, or it may just be an unexpected bullet in your back.

Random passers-by will also run up to you for help… do you aid or ignore them? They may only be pretending to want help and try to steal your horse, although that doesn’t mean you have to kill them – scaring them off or shooting the gun from their hand may be enough.

Wild animals might jump in too, as jackals and wolves prowl for easy prey, vultures circle for carrion and grizzly bears lurk with hostile intent. Kill them and sell their skins to a local store, attempt to goad them into fighting each other or try and escape with your life. It’s up to you.

“I’ll make ya famous…”

The savage nature of the Wild West isn’t limited to the great outdoors. Venture into a town and you may find a brutal hanging taking place. Or if the day has turned to night, a trip to the saloon can reap drinking and card games to test your skill for profit, as well as the chance to protect a lady’s virtue if a bar patron is getting a little too rowdy.

You may decide to pick up a sheriff’s wanted poster and hunt down a bounty, with the size of your reward based on how much you’ve injured the target – a cleanly lassoed and unharmed criminal fetches a far greater prize than a dead or injured one, although they rarely come quietly or alone…

Dastardly deeds such as helping bandits or terrorising innocents may even have you wanted by the local authorities, which you can revel in for financial gain or seek a pardon letter to cool things off.

All of these actions influence your Honour and Fame meters, which will alter the way people react to you. If you get a little too famous, expect to be dragged into a few duels by gunslingers looking to make a name for themselves.

Draw, pilgrim

Whether you choose to be a surly bandit or a heroic gunman who likes to ride off into the sunset, Red Dead Redemption lets you take the reins of a fully loaded Western – and you can get some exciting glimpses of it in the trailers right here at eu.playstation.com.

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Posted on December 23rd, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Need for Speed SHIFT arrives on App Store

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EA Mobile, under the Electronic Arts umbrella, has just announced that they will make available another Need for Speed title from the franchise, known as Need for Speed SHIFT, where it is currently available on the Apple App Store. Targeting the iPhone and iPod touch, this aggressive, high RPM game will deliver your relatively small screens with adrenaline pumping driving simulations, pixel perfect cars and a range of pro circuits from around the world. Need for Speed SHIFT will utilize both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for multiplayer support, where among the new features thrown in are expected to offer the most exciting racing experience on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Racers can hop into the driver’s seat in 20 of the fastest, hottest, most powerful cars in the world in Need for Speed SHIFT, and compete on stretches of asphalt in Chicago, London, and Tokyo in up to 28 street and pro racing events. Players can also enjoy upgrade features, such as top speed, handling, acceleration, and nitrous boosts. The all-new driver profile is the ultimate extension of the true driver’s experience, giving each player a unique persona based on their racing skills and style. Driver profiles can impact a player’s overall career progression, even affecting how they unlock cars. In Need for Speed SHIFT, it’s all about being in control while pushing yourself to the edge. How you drive is who you are behind the wheel.

For those who prefer to get their gaming fix on something beefier, you will be pleased to know that Need for Speed SHIFT is also available worldwide on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC and PSP platforms.

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Posted on December 23rd, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Weekend Essentials – Issue 8

Never mind turkey and tinsel: check out all this PlayStation entertainment over the festive season.

Don’t settle for a remote-controlled car this holiday season – download the GT Academy Time Trial, free from PlayStation Store, and launch your own real racing career.

Not only will it give you a taste of the latest Real Driving Simulator on PlayStation 3, Gran Turismo 5, the fastest players in each country will qualify for their National Finals and the chance to get behind the wheel of a real race car at Silverstone. The two most talented drivers will then embark on intensive training and only one will win a seat with the Nissan PlayStation race team in a full European GT4 Cup Season.

While time is always falling away from you on the race course, in Braid, you can rewind time, reverse its flow and wrap it around a single object across six worlds of mind-bending platform puzzles. It’s available to download on PS3 from PlayStation Store.

Table time

Coming soon to PlayStation Store, Hustle Kings brings pool to PS3 in stunning style. It features plenty of game styles, such as nine ball, 14.1 continuous and trick shots; staggeringly beautiful graphics; fun multiplayer modes that let you bet your Hustle King Credits against online opponents; and unlockable chalks, cues and balls to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Quiz fanatics, you can now step out into the wild – Buzz!: Quiz World is available on PSP, both on Universal Media Disc and via download from PlayStation Store. With four single player modes, multiplayer quizzes to get you passing the PSP around and online multiplayer via Infrastructure Mode for the first time in the series, it’s like swimming in a trivia river.

While you’re downloading, pick up a PlayStation Store bargain, courtesy of EA. The publisher is offering much of its digital content, including Battlefield 1943, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade and additional content for Skate 2 and Dead Space, at special prices. Check PlayStation Store for more details and be sure to get in before 7 January 2010 to make the most of these offers.

Party Time

It’s the time of year when families come together, eat and drink well and promptly fall asleep. Keep them all awake with an impromptu post-turkey SingStar party and check out a stack of new songs available to download from the SingStore.

Unwrap the Festive Fun 2 SongPack under the tree and sing along to Cliff Richard’s Saviour’s Day and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Doris Day. If you fancy some funk before dinner, the Jackson 5 SongPack features five hits from one of the greatest family bands to come out of the 1970s. Or, once you’re done filling your belly, fill your lungs for the Il Divo SongPack and belt out five modern operatic classics from the classical supergroup.

If you prefer something more laid-back, then why not get together, draw the curtains and settle in front of a good film. Holiday video treats on PlayStation Store include The Santa Clause, Elf Bowling or, if your idea of Christmas is jumping down a lift shaft, Die Hard.

You can even pick up a seasonal special offer: buy or rent Cars and you’ll be able to watch two bonus Cars cartoons for free.

 

Whatever you do, play, sing, watch and eat over the festive season, have a smashing time!

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Posted on December 23rd, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Metal Gear Solid 4 Art Book on the Way

A few scans have been released from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4 Master Art Works. The book is set to release in Japan just before the end of the year.

The scans suggest that the book – releasing on December 28th for 3,045 yen (about $34), will contain a lot of unreleased art work by Yoji Shinkawa for Metal Gear Solid 4. Import vendors like Play-Asia are already taking pre-orders.

This will be the fourth full art book dedicated to a Metal Gear Solid game and the first released in six years.

The first two games had an art book dedicated to each, but Metal Gear Solid 3 did not, only getting a small back story book called “The Countdown” that contained some art work. The third art book was a 2004 updated version of the one for the original Metal Gear Solid that contained additional assets from the Gamecube remake. Our site is updated frequently every day with the latest gaming news and games reviews.

Posted on December 22nd, 2009 by  |  No Comments »

Now Shipping – 12/21/09 – New Games for the Last-Minute Shopper – Console news

Tuesday, December 22nd:Guitar Hero Van Halen (360, PS2, PS3, Wii)Thursday, December 24th:Herman (360)Friday, December 25th (seriously?):AiRace Tunnel (DS)Saturday, December 26th:Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii) Slim-PS3.com is updated several times every day with all very latest Free Slim PS3 news and console reviews.

Posted on December 21st, 2009 by  |  No Comments »