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Slim PS3 news: No DLC for Final Fantasy XIII?

The latest PS3 news: File under rumor: Final Fantasy XIII (FFXIII) may be a complete retail package, with no DLC.
The Final Fantasy team has said it has no plans to release downloadable content (DLC) for FFXIII. One of the reasons cited? It would delay production… that’s a great answer, really.
Yoshinori Kitase, producer on FFXIII, has said while there are now plans to release DLC for the epic role-playing game, his team has sad that their framework would support it. So they “could” release new content for FFXIII, if they chose.
Being technically able to do something is very different than planning it. DLC is a touchy subject, we all like to have more of our favorite games, but we also don’t want to feel like we are being nickled and dimed for content that should have been included on the disc.

In a way I find this refreshing. With Madden including ads, and Dragon Age having DLC available out of the box, I have to wonder, since when is $60 just an entrance fee to a property? When I buy a film, I expect to get the whole film, the same for a game. Expanding the universe later is one thing, something I’m willing to pay for. But plotting DLC from day one makes me ask, “why wasn’t this on the disc?” It almost feels like we are being charged stand-alone game rates for episodic content.
So kudos to you Square-Enix. You are keeping the DLC door open, but doing what you should be, creating an excellent game. I’m sure Final Fantasy XIII will be so popular that it would be too profitable not to create additional content for the game. And that’s what players ultimately expect from DLC, additional content created by demand, not content you withheld from the original game to charge us for later.
[Source: Andriasang]
No DLC for Final Fantasy XIII? originally appeared on About.com PlayStation Games on Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at 00:20:32.

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Posted on January 31st, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Welcome to the Virtual Revolution – Console news

Technology Guardian’s Dr Aleks Krotoski turns TV presenter tomorrow night for a new BBC series that examines the impact of the world wide web

You may have noticed the absence from these parts – particularly on the Games blog – of our colleague Aleks Krotoski in recent months. That’s because she’s been busy travelling the world for a new BBC series about the history of the world wide web – and finishing her PhD, of course.

The first part of the fruits of her labours, The Virtual Revolution, airs Saturday at 8.30pm on BBC2. Travelling with a team of BBC documentary makers, and accompanied on part of the journey by web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Aleks journeys across four continents and six countries and speaks to more than 50 people who have made the web what it is today – including some rather famous names, such as Bill Gates, Al Gore, Stephen Fry, Jimmy Wales, Arianna Huffington, Mark Zuckerberg, Chad Hurley, Stewart Brand, Jeff Bezos … and the President of Estonia.

For Dr Aleks (as she now insists we call her), the making of the series was a very personal journey: “It was an amazing opportunity to meet the people who have helped to create exactly the things I’ve been writing about and studying for the past decade,” she says. “I managed to meet most of the people I referenced in my PhD thesis, and was able to ask them all of the difficult questions I had been thinking about in my research.

“It really was an extraordinary adventure that allowed me to test a few theories, challenge some of my long-held ideas and to dream up a few more along the way.”

You can find out more about The Virtual Revolution at this article by Dr Aleks in the Observer, or by listening to the Tech Weekly podcast.

And after watching the first episode on Saturday night, please pop back here and give us your thoughts in the comments …

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Posted on January 31st, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Mistwalker’s Mystery RPG Is The Last Story News – Console news

Hironobu Sakaguchi’s next masterpiece has been shrouded in obscurity and even the occasional cryptic tease over the last few months, but now Nintendo has put a name to Mistwalker’s mystery game.

“We are working with Mistwalker in order to seek a new form of RPG by choosing the universal theme of human emotion,” said Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata in a financial report. “Another full-scaled RPG, The Last Story, is planned to come out in 2010 for Wii.”

So, it’s called The Last Story, it’s a Wii exclusive, and it’s due this year.

A new website for the game has also been launched, revealing little more than a logo, although Sakaguchi-san has previously indicated that the game will be fully revealed around spring time. More as we get it…

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Posted on January 30th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

news: Vanquish headed to PS3, may have PSP connectivity

Last night on GameTrailers TV, Platinum Games and Sega revealed their fourth and final scheduled collaboration – Vanquish. The debut trailer was comprised entirely of live action and CG, with no in-game footage or even a specifc platform announced.

We can derive a few more specifics on the title, though, by going back to that leaked Sega document found earlier this year. Slim-PS3.com is updated frequently each day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on January 30th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Jaffe’s New Game Is Looking a lot Less Twisted

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David Jaffe’s latest game has long been rumored to be a Twisted Metal game, ever since a PlayStation 3 ad featured an image of mushroom dust cloud in the shape of clown, leading many to believe it was a hint of a new Twisted Metal game for the PS3.

Now, after Jaffe’s latest comments, it appears we may have been thrown a curveball and EatSleepPlay’s next game will be a completely new IP. Slim-PS3.com is updated several times every day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on January 29th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Metroid: Other M Due For Release This Summer News

According to Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, Team Ninja’s Metroid: Other M will be released on the Wii this summer, pointing to an earlier window for the game’s launch than had previously been anticipated.

This news comes from a financial briefing following Nintendo’s Q3 financial results, although Iwata wasn’t able to specify whether the autumn launch window is limited to Japan or refers to a wider worldwide release.

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Posted on January 29th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: FIFA 10 Ultimate Team is coming

The downloadable mode for FIFA 10 makes its return for the new season with more players and enhanced features.

Fans of Ultimate Team will be pleased to hear that a new instalment for FIFA 10 is coming soon to PlayStation Store. FIFA 10 Ultimate Team boasts 7,000 players from 27 leagues, a refined tournament system and a series of improvements aimed at making the game more authentic.

If you missed it last time around, Ultimate Team is all about collecting packs of in-game trading cards and using them to create your ultimate fantasy football team. You’ll have to manage contracts, deal with injuries and work on tactics, and then take your squad onto the pitch in online and offline tournaments.

Card packs can be purchased using in-game coins, earned by winning matches, and from PlayStation Store, and come in bronze, silver and gold varieties.

In FIFA 10 Ultimate Team, the Team Chemistry system, which rewards you for using players in their preferred positions and playing them alongside their compatriots, has been overhauled. Now, Team Chemistry will be boosted if you use players from the same division or club in similar areas of the pitch. This will be more important than ever as you can now build multiple squads, based around different criteria.

Tournaments have been enhanced, so you can now earn more coins by reaching the latter stages of some competitions. The development team has also promised weekly Featured Tournaments that are only available for a limited time and have higher coin rewards.

FIFA 10 Ultimate Team is coming to PlayStation Store in February 2010. You need a copy of FIFA 10 on PlayStation 3 to use it and you can play a five-match free trial before you purchase.

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Posted on January 27th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Nintendo Download – 1/25/10: Look Out for Numero UNO with New Game Downloads from Nintendo

On the outset, today’s offerings don’t really look like anything special, and that may lead some to feel that Nintendo couldn’t keep up the string of good updates forever, but things aren’t as bad as they seem.

I doubt any of WiiWare’s offerings– UNO, bittos+, or the transparently-titled “Aha! I Found It!” Hidden Object Game will have anyone jumping out of their seats, though DSiWare’s AiRace: Tunnel, Escapee GO!, and NUMBER BATTLE may pique some curiosity. But perhaps the hidden standout amongst today’s offerings?

Ghoul Patrol. It may not sound familiar, but this LucasArts title just so happens to be the sequel to Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and so may be worth a look for those who enjoyed the cult classic.

But while that may be all well and good, I know some people are getting impatient and wondering the same thing as I: where is Cave Story already? Slim-PS3.com is updated regularly per day with all latest gaming news and reviews.

Posted on January 26th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Just Cause 2 on PS3 Will Allow Direct Uploads To YouTube

The PlayStation 3 verrsion of Just Cause 2, Square Enix’s upcoming open-world game, will have an interesting new feature. In order to help you capture those moments of gameplay that have to be seen to be believed, you will be able to upload clips directly to YouTube.

The game will automatically record the last 30 seconds of play to upload those once-in-a-lifteime occurrences, but will also give you the ability to set up 10-minute videos through the in-game menu.

Although the game will release on both PS3 and Xbox 360, only the PS3 version will have this feature.

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Posted on January 26th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

news: PlayStation 3 ‘Arc’ Motion Controller Shipping Fall 2010

After September 22 but before December 21, that’s when you’ll see the PlayStation 3’s spiffy new motion controller on store shelves, says Sony. In a press release issued late last night, the company revealed its wand-based motion control peripheral for the PS3 will ship this fall in Japan, North America, and Europe with ready-to-play software. (Note to Sony: It’s just ’software’, ’software titles’ is technically double-dipping.)

“We have decided to release the Motion Controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users, ” said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kazuo Hirai in the press statement.

“We will continue to work to have a comprehensive portfolio of attractive and innovative games for the Motion Controller, not only from SCE Worldwide Studios but also from the third party developers and publishers, whom we have been working closely with. We look forward to soon unveiling the exciting software line-up that further expands and defines the PS3 platform as the ultimate entertainment system for the home.”

Microsoft’s ‘no controller’ motion sensing alternative, dubbed Project Natal, is due to ship by the end of the year, probably in November, placing it head-to-head with Sony’s product.

As expected, you’ll need the PlayStation Eye camera to use the double-wand system. The Eye’s been available for years, of course, and retails for $40 today. It’s also arguably the most underutilized, prematurely released official Sony peripheral in existence, so unless you’re hip to play Eye of Judgment (a totally decent card game, by the way) I’d wait to pick one up until they’re discounting it later this year, or, you know, bundling it with the PlayStation Arc.

Hold up, the PlayStation Arc? What the heck is that?

If you buy VG247’s claim, raised ‘on good authority’, a Sony insider says that’s what the motion controller’s actually named. You know, Arc. Like the plasma bolts spit from a Tesla Coil.

Interestingly, Sony says–my emphasis–that it will “vigorously promote the Motion Controller as the de facto controller of the PS3 platform along with the DUALSHOCK series controller.”

Translation: The Arc–I mean Tentatively Labeled Motion Controller Wand Duo PlayStation Accessory Thingy–gets to ride up front with the big boys. No lounging in the backseat or huddling in the trunk with neglected peripherals like the Eye, or the forlorn SIXAXIS accelerometer.

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Posted on January 25th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »