Archive for September, 2010

Slim PS3 news: Demo Guide: God of War: Ghost of Sparta

The latest news:

Download the God of War: Ghost of Sparta demo today for a glimpse into the mind-blowing action heading your way on PSP.

With God of War: Ghost of Sparta arriving in November 2010 on PSP, Ready at Dawn Studios has pulled back the curtain on their hugely anticipated game and unveiled a demo on PlayStation Store. Check out this guide to mastering the action available to download for free from PlayStation Store now.

Choose your destiny

The first thing you will need to do is decide whether you want to take the easy route or the hard one by choosing your difficulty setting – Mortal (Easy) or Hero (Normal). If you are an experienced God of War player, then Hero should be your first choice. If you are new to Kratos and his epic tale then why not start out on Mortal and work your way up in preparation for the full game?

Chosen your fate? Now it’s time to unleash your fury on the demonic minions that await your arrival in Atlantis.

Controlling the Spartan

Light attacks are performed by pressing the Square button, while heavy ones are mapped to the Triangle button. You can grab enemies and pummel them by pressing the Circle button when up close and personal during brawls.

If you find yourself backed into a corner in the demo (and you will!) Kratos and his enemies will tussle. Here, you have to tap the L button and R button alternatively in quick succession to win the grapple and smash your opponent. You can also block attacks by holding down the L button, and if you manage to time it correctly you can deflect a hit, stunning your enemy for a moment before allowing you to move in for the killer blow.

One of the most powerful moves in your arsenal is the launch attack, executed by holding down the Triangle button. It hurls enemies into the air, which means you can unleash a deadly array of combo attacks and wipe them out before they even hit the ground. However, it doesn’t work on some of the larger foes you’ll encounter, so be warned, they will require more of a tactical approach.

New moves, new weapons

Kratos has been kitted out with a number of new moves and weaponry including the superb Hyperion Charge, which is performed by holding the L button and pressing the Circle button. The charge allows you to run at an enemy, grapple them to the ground and pound them using a series of light and heavy attacks.

Kratos now possesses the Eye of Atlantis too, a magical weapon you’ll find yourself equipped with a little way into the demo. The Eye of Atlantis is an ancient relic that harnesses the power of Atlantis and hurls lightning bolts at your opponents. It’s extremely useful for when you encounter creatures that require a slick combination of combo attacks and magic blasts.

Alongside this, you’ll also get to wield the Arms of Sparta, which consists of a shield and spear. It’s perfect for blocking long-range attacks and can be used to bash enemies when up close. You can also use it as an attacking weapon from a distance by holding down the R button and pressing the Square button.

Say hello to Scylla

Midway through the demo you’ll encounter Scylla, a skyscraper sized sea creature with huge tentacles and just one of the many gargantuan beasts in God of War: Ghost of Sparta. The tantalising teaser brawl is just one portion of what promises to be a titanic battle between Scylla and Kratos.

Prepare yourself for the return of the Ghost of Sparta on PSP in November 2010.

Download the demo from PlayStation Store now and unleash your inner Spartan warrior!

Slim PS3 is updated frequently per day with the latest Slim PS3 news and hardware reviews.

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

Slim PS3 news: 15 years of PlayStation – the defining moments

Take a journey with through 15 years of PlayStation innovations.

PlayStation has helped define an industry since its explosive arrival on the videogames scene 15 years ago. From the birth of the revolutionary PlayStation games console to the advanced technology of PlayStation 3, there’s always been something that has moved your entertainment experiences to the next level… The PlayStation revolution

1995 saw the European arrival of a fresh-faced machine called PlayStation. The games console sported an attractive design and the ability to play audio CDs. This merging of entertainment – music and videogames – in one system was a baton passed down to PlayStation 2 in 2000, which was the first home games console to offer in-built DVD playback, USB support for a range of handy peripherals and full backwards compatibility with its predecessor. PS2 went on to be one of the most popular videogame consoles ever created, shipping over 145 million units worldwide to date – and still going strong. 

With the seeds of multimedia planted, the stage was set for PSP (PlayStation Portable) to dazzle in 2005, thanks to a combination of powerful portable hardware and the ability to play Universal Media Disc movies, as well as MP3 music, photos and games. PSP also boasted a built-in Wireless Internet connection for web browsing and continued to broaden the creative diversity that PlayStation had become famous for.

Further evolution came in the shapely form of PlayStation 3 during 2007. The world’s most powerful entertainment system brought with it a host of new hardware features to once more alter the videogames landscape. PS3 offered things no other system could, with a built-in Blu-ray Disc player for incredible full High Definition picture quality, connectivity with PSP through Remote Play and a unified online platform – PlayStation Network. This paved the way for downloadable games across PS3 and PSP (something especially significant for the pocket sized PSPgo, which features a large amount of internal memory for downloadable content), along with a number of other advantages for music, films and television. Put the power in your hands

Revolutionary hardware is nothing without precise control, and the history of PlayStation is rife with ergonomically-designed controllers that made sure all your entertainment needs were in hand. The roots for the famous DUALSHOCK controller were established by the original PlayStation controller which boasted four buttons on top of the controller instead of the standard two, giving developers the scope to explore more gameplay possibilities in their titles. This was soon followed by the twin analog stick wielding Dual Analog Controller, and then the original Analog Controller (DUALSHOCK). In 2000 the DUALSHOCK 2 for PS2 introduced vibration function features and pressure sensitive buttons which transformed gaming from a visual and aural experience into a tactile one as well.

In 2007, PS3 signalled the arrival of motion control on PlayStation with the SIXAXIS Wireless Controller and later the DUALSHOCK 3. Tilt sensors, Wireless connectivity and the PS button for accessing the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) user interface became standard, along with all the other advantages of the previous DUALSHOCK controllers.

The simple to use Buzz! Buzzers introduced a brilliantly fun way to play the accompanying quiz series, Buzz!, on PS2 and PS3 in 2005. Featuring big coloured buttons, the controllers make answering quick-fire quiz questions a blast!

In 2010 the latest addition to the PlayStation controller family, the PlayStation Move motion controller, was launched. Placing incredibly accurate motion control technology in the palm of your hand, PS Move changes the way you play games. Working in tandem with the PlayStation Eye camera, PS Move replicates your movements on-screen and puts you right in the action. Suddenly you don’t just have a controller in your hand – you have a mighty sword, a powerful ray gun, a trusty bow and arrow… you have whatever you need for the game you’re playing. Light and Wireless, PlayStation Move represents the epitome of how far PlayStation has progressed when it comes to videogame control.

The birthplace of gaming classics

Many blockbuster franchises started life on PlayStation and have since become household names. Tomb Raider became synonymous with PlayStation thanks to its impressive debut in 1996 which made Lara Croft a lasting and popular videogames figure across the globe. Solid Snake was reborn in the Metal Gear Solid franchise during that same generation, providing a new look for the rugged hero as well as helping popularise stealth based gameplay. And who can forget the birth of the survival horror genre through Resident Evil and Silent Hill, both PlayStation titles originally.

Tried and tested genres also got a welcome shot in the arm with PlayStation systems. Role-playing games found a new way to portray cinematic storytelling thanks to the epic Final Fantasy VII, using the console’s technology to realise narrative techniques which are still used today. Futuristic racing games flew out of the home and into nightclubs with WipEout offering blistering visuals and a dance floor filling soundtrack.

The world-beating likes of Tekken, Ridge Racer, God of War, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Killzone, Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Kingdom Hearts, MotorStorm, Resistance and so many more all became popular series that took off on PlayStation. And the fresh breath of innovation drifted into videogames through titles such as EyeToy: Play, EyePet, Grand Theft Auto 3 and the emotion driven storytelling of Heavy Rain, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

Fans of realistic racing games were put into the driver’s seat with the emergence of Gran Turismo. In 1998, the Real Driving Simulator took Europe by storm by delivering the most stunningly realistic portrayal of racing ever seen in a videogame. Gran Turismo’s sequels on PS2 set the bar even higher, leaving rivals in the dust thanks to a perfect combination of well observed physics, a massive range of selectable cars and a comprehensive career mode.

Critical and commercial acclaim has followed Gran Turismo on the track to success, which looks set to be repeated with the late 2010 arrival of Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation 3. Over 950 stunningly recreated cars, more than 70 track variations and unparalleled realism await, along with compatibility with another innovation – stereoscopic 3D. With a 3D compatible TV, compatible glasses and the PlayStation Eye camera, you can change your field of view as if you’re actually inside your car by moving your head left or right while driving. No other driving game can offer this sort of realism.

With the arrival of the PlayStation Move motion controller and experiences offered by related titles such as Sports Champions, Heavy Rain Move Edition, The Fight and SingStar Dance, PlayStation continues to be the home of memorable and genre changing fun for all ages.

Step into a wider world online

No glimpse through the defining moments in PlayStation history would be complete without a mention of PlayStation Network (PSN). Released in Europe in 2007, the online service took PSP and PlayStation 3 into the wonderful world of free Internet access, where over 50 million users to date now regularly create their own colourful online IDs, play online at no extra cost, browse their favourite sites and use features such as the ever growing PlayStation Store. Offering a colossal range of downloadable content, PlayStation Store is open 24/7 for you to stock up on games, playable demos, themes, trailers, avatars and game add-ons.

PSN took another defining step with the arrival of premium subscription service PlayStation Plus, in 2010, which introduced exclusive discounts, services and content such as early access to beta trials and demos, and free games and downloads.

Snackable titles on both PS3 and PSP became all the rage with minis on PlayStation Store in 2009. Their bite-sized blast of addictive gameplay meant the range of game types and genres instantly increased on PlayStation.

Demand more from your machineWhen it comes to entertainment services, PlayStation is ahead of the game. PlayTV unlocks the potential of your television by letting you watch, pause and record live TV. Planning television programmes around your life is easy with PlayTV and you can even use Remote Play to organise your viewing schedule on PSP, VAIO laptops or compatible Sony Ericsson phones, meaning you also have access to previously recorded programmes wherever you go. And with an increasing range of TV on-demand services, such as BBC iPlayer also at your command, you don’t have an excuse to miss your favourite shows ever again.

If movie madness is your thing, then you’ll find plenty of opportunities for popcorn viewing on PlayStation with MUBI and the PlayStation Store Video Store. MUBI reels in some of the most treasured film masterpieces and puts them on demand for your PlayStation 3 viewing pleasure, while the Video Store is all about the biggest films and newest releases at the touch of a button.

Music maestros aren’t left out either with VidZone pumping thousands of music videos to your PS3 absolutely free. Redefining your music experiences on PlayStation, VidZone lets you create your own playlists from hundreds of artists, with regular updates to keep your tunes fresh. You can even access the service on the move using Remote Play for PSP.

The world of comic books was also unleashed on PlayStation through Digital Comics on PSP, a service which lets you download some of your favourite comics and take them anywhere you go in the comfort of your own pocket. Be social

Fostering communities is something which has helped define PlayStation throughout the years and PlayStation Home is a large social environment which no home console can compete with. Accessed through the PlayStation 3 XMB, this free to explore world has you creating a custom avatar before decorating your own personal apartment. Then you can venture out into PlayStation Home and interact with other users enjoying the constantly growing environments. Want to watch a trailer? Make new friends? Play games and take part in special events? PlayStation Home brings all these elements together for the perfect blend of videogaming and social fun – and it’s only on PlayStation.

3D: A new dimension to home entertainment

It may be relatively new technology, but stereoscopic 3D is already making waves with PlayStation. Both 3D compatible games and movies are available to change your experience. Arm yourself with a 3D TV, compatible glasses and the 3D game or Blu-ray 3D disc movie of your choice and see the future of home entertainment pop out of the screen. If you already have the equipment you can dive into new depths with titles such as PAIN, MotorStorm 3D Rift and WipEout HD, and 3D movies including Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Monster House.

Putting you at the forefront of PlayStation

Even before the arrival of stereoscopic 3D, PlayStation has looked at new and inventive ways of playing games. Augmented reality is one such area, showing a live version of the world around you on the screen and overlaying it with computer generated images which you can interact with. You become part of the virtual world and use your body and surroundings to alter the game.

PlayStation explored this exciting concept as early as 1999 with the announcement of the EyeToy USB Camera for PlayStation 2, pushing augmented reality gaming into the mainstream. Games such as EyeToy: Play thrust you on to your TV screen, while other titles like EyeToy: Kinetic Combat offer the opportunity to keep fit or jump into other activities.

With the clear success of these titles, PlayStation took the concept even further with the PSP camera. Games such as Invizimals give you a taste of what it’s like to find and collect hidden creatures around your home, while EyePet lets you rediscover the world around you with an adorable new friend.

On PlayStation 3, augmented reality is in full flow thanks to a combination of the PlayStation Eye camera, PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D. Titles that use PS Move and the PlayStation Eye camera give you the chance to be on-screen and in the spotlight – Start the Party! and The Shoot are perfect examples of this magical way to play, while EyePet Move Edition adds stereoscopic 3D to really bring it all to life. Augmented reality is a defining moment happening right now – and you can be a part of it with PlayStation.

During its first 15 years, PlayStation has helped the videogames industry move into the mainstream and brought memorable and engaging entertainment into your homes. Where will the next 15 years take you? The journey starts here… is updated regularly per day with the very latest Free Sony Slim PS3 news.

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

Slim PS3 news: DanceDanceRevolution PS3: Finally!!!

There were exactly 417 versions of DanceDanceRevolution for the PlayStation 2. From “DDRMAX 2″ to “Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA” there were more ways to dance twice then revolt than one person could possibly keep up with, much less try to “stay cool” while doing so.

Read Full Post is updated regularly per day with the latest Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on September 28th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: This Week’s PS2 and PS3 New Releases: September 28, 2010

The latest news:
Since both physical and downloadable (via the PlayStation Store) games both release on Tuesdays, it seems more logical to just put the date in the title, rather than next to each game.  Let me know if you like it better this or the old way and I’ll adjust it accordingly.

Read Full Post is updated regularly each day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news.

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

PS3 news: Two for the Road: The Two PS3 Move Launch Titles You’ll Want to Avoid

It’s not that “Racquet Sports” or “Kung Fu Rider” are bad, OK that latter may be bad, it’s that neither of them really show off the PS3 Move or can justify being priced at $39.99.

Read Full Post is updated several times per day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

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

Slim PS3 news: This Week’s PS2 and PS3 New Releases: September 20-24, 2010

The latest Slim PS3 news:
Heck, if people buy the Wii to virtually bowl, one can’t imagine that a PS3 Move version of “High Velocity Bowling” won’t succeed.  Racing and classic Dreamcast Sonic action await.

PlayStation 3 New Releases:

Read Full Post
Slim-PS3 is updated several times per day with the very latest Slim PS3 news and reviews.

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

PS3 news: FirstPlay: See the future of PS3. First. Episode 25

Dead Rising II. Kung Fu Rider, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Alien Breed: Imapct, LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Dragon Age II, Costume Quest, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Episode 25 of FirstPlay will be on the Store this Wednesday and this week we’re giving away an exclusive Joe Danger avatar to brighten up your PSN profile, as well as his and her Top Gun t-shirts for PlayStation Home. We’ve also got reviews of Capcom’s meaty undead massacre ‘em up Dead Rising 2 and PlayStation Move chair combat racer Kung Fu Rider, plus a preview of mucky off-roader Nail’d, and some exclusive new footage of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

And there’s more – in Network Highlights we’ve got a review of arcade blaster Alien Breed: Impact, a round-up of the latest PSP comics and PSN content, and another trio of awesome LittleBigPlanet levels that you can download and play right now. And in screenshot galleries there’s sneaking action in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, very different RPG-ing in Dragon Age II and Costume Quest, and all-out sexiness in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.

All this for just 99p per episode, and don’t forget you can subscribe for 12 weeks for just £8.99, making your weekly fix of HD gaming even cheaper.

We’d also like to remind you that you can stay in touch with all things FirstPlay by following us on Twitter at @firstplay_uk and on our Facebook page. We also have a YouTube channel up and running. And don’t forget you can sign up for the FirstPlay newsletter here to have regular news and content updates delivered directly to your inbox.

Our blog is updated frequently per day with the latest Free PS3 news.

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Zune Pass is coming to UK with £9 per month music streaming

With Windows Phone 7 just around the corner, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is keen to put some kind of music-based infrastructure in place. What is a surprise — and a pleasant one — is that it’s bringing its Zune music and video service to a host of platforms, including Windows PCs and Xbox Live.

There are a couple of new services winging their way to the UK this autumn. Firstly, Zune Marketplace serves as an MP3 store, delivering music that you can listen to on PCs, Windows Phone 7 mobiles or — Microsoft promises — any device that supports the MP3 format. That’s nothing particularly new — Amazon MP3 for example provides a similar service.

What’s more interesting is Zune Pass. This is a monthly music subscription service already available in the US that provides unlimited downloads and streaming access to all the choons Microsoft has ferreted away in its gigantic Zune-shaped servers. It’ll cost £8.99 per month, and means that from the same account you’ll be able to stream music to your Windows Phone 7 mobile device, through your PC’s speakers, or through your TV via your Xbox 360.

From what we know so far, this service is shaping up to basically do the same job as Spotify, except it’s a pound and a penny cheaper per month, and can stream music to more devices. Spotify doesn’t have access to any games consoles, and apart from a few very special (and expensive) speaker setups, is limited to mobile and desktop applications.

We reckon this is going to make Windows Phone 7 devices a darnsight more tempting when they eventually launch later this year. We love the Spotify iPhone and Android apps, though Lord knows they’re buggy, and if you already possess an Xbox 360 or a PC, the thought of streaming music to all three devices under one subscription sounds pretty tasty.

We’d hope too that because these platforms are proprietary Microsoft entities, integration of this new service should be fairly seamless. We acknowledge, however, that Microsoft does have a history of finding creative ways of letting us down.

In terms of labels and studios signed up to help out, Microsoft has Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner Music waiting in the wings as well as ‘thousands’ of independent labels. Zune Marketplace will also be offering movies from the likes of NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and others.

What do you think? Is this another doomed Microsoft project? Or are the software kingpin’s fortunes finally on the up? Let us know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall. is updated frequently each day with all latest Free PlayStation news.

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Put your questions to Andy Serkis

Enter the apocalyptic world of ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West and have your questions answered.

Two lives, two fates, one legendary journey: the time is drawing nearer for you to experience the brand new cinematic adventure from Ninja Theory, the creators of Heavenly Sword. ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West features an original tale co-written by Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later), dramatic cutscenes co-directed by Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and a haunting musical score composed by Nitin Sawhney.

Now you can find out everything you need to know about this epic journey by posing your questions to the game’s star and co-director, Andy Serkis. To get in on the action all you need to do is head over to the official PlayStation Forums at and post your questions. As always, the best ones will be chosen.

Check back to in the coming weeks to see if your questions were chosen and embark on a journey to the West.

Don’t forget to download the demo for ENSLAVED: Odyssey to the West from PlayStation Store today to get a taste of the action. is updated regularly every day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news and hardware reviews.

Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation 3 gets 3D Blu-ray movies in Sony firmware update

3D Blu-ray is go on the PS3. Sony is today pushing out the firmware update that will let you add a dimension to Blu-ray discs on your 3D-compatible television.

You should be offered version 3.50 of the firmware next time you fire up your PS-triple. Download and install the update in the settings menu, don your dimension-hopping glasses and you’ll be getting your mind blown by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in very short order.

Any 3D-compatible telly should work with your PS3, including the Panasonic Viera VT20, Samsung C8000 or Sony’s own Bravia HX903.

If your brains are still intact and your eyeballs still securely located either side of your nose, there are a couple of other features in the firmware update. Games can be integrated with Facebook to pull in friends’ information, and nasty PlayStation Network messages can be reported.

A PlayTV firmware update is also on the way to the PS3 to offer a seven-day programme guide and series link recording, although it won’t be free.

Slim-PS3 is updated several times each day with all very latest games industry news and reviews.

Posted on September 23rd, 2010 by  |  No Comments »