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Video: Heavy Rain Goes Gold, PS3 Demo Coming February 11

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234w ago - SCEA Product Marketing Manager Jefferson Dong has announced today that Heavy Rain has gone gold, and revealed that a PS3 demo is coming on February 11, 2010.

To quote: It's official! Heavy Rain has now gone gold in North America and is off to manufacturing. This PlayStation 3 exclusive, psychological thriller will be available at retail on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (mark it on your calendar).

Don't forget to pre-order your copy now so you will receive the first chapter of [Register or Login to view links] (upcoming downloadable-only episodes for Heavy Rain) at no cost, and you'll be able to download the first chapter once you've picked up your copy of Heavy Rain.

Otherwise, all others will need to pay $4.99 per chapter and won't be able to download until a month later – more info to come on Heavy Rain Chronicles.

In addition, we are also confirming that the Heavy Rain demo will be available in North America on Thursday, February 11, 2010 (mark it on your calendar) for download from the PlayStation Store.

The demo will allow players to play two chapters from Heavy Rain, featuring Norman Jayden, an FBI agent brought in to help local authorities track...
 

3D Dot Game Heroes Goes Retro on PS3 this May

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245w ago - Today Atlus' Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has announced that 3D Dot Game Heroes is going retro on PS3 this coming May and shared a launch trailer (below).

To quote: Many words and terms are frequently thrown around in relation to classic gaming: retro, old school, and so forth.

Often, games will be referred to as throwbacks, praised for their ability to induce nostalgia and capture the magic of the golden era of gaming. But really, what does "retro," or any of those terms for that matter, really mean in reference to a game?

That the game manages to accurately capture the look of a classic title or genre? The sound? The feel? Does it more effectively evoke memories of childhood for the gamer than other games? Does it shun complexity in favor of simplicity?

We ask the question because it's at the heart of our latest game (we're [Register or Login to view links], by the way, publishers of SMT: Nocturne, SMT: Persona 4, and the sleeper hit of 2009, Demon's Souls).





3D Dot Game Heroes for PlayStation 3 is the ultimate love-letter to retro gamers, the definitive homage to the action-adventure legends we all grew up with.

This is in part because...
 

Uncharted 2 for PS3 Goes Gold, Sneak-Peek at Cinema Events

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254w ago - SCEA Marketing Manager Asad Qizilbash has announced today that Uncharted 2 for PS3 has officially gone gold! To quote:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has officially gone gold in North America! That means only 32 days until it hits store shelves. I couldn't be more proud of the teams at Naughty Dog and Sony who have put their lives on hold to make a truly exceptional game.

If you can't wait until October 13th, SCEA and Sony Electronics have partnered to produce four exclusive "sneak peek" events that bring UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to the big screen before launch.

At these VIP events, attendees will join Naughty Dog in a night of food, fun and Multiplayer tournaments with the chance to win lots of cool prizes–including the Fortune Hunter Edition.

Attendees will also have the chance to play UNCHARTED 2 on the ultimate high definition big screen, powered by Sony Electronics 4K digital cinema technology, which provides image resolution four times greater than any high-definition consumer television out there.

Sony Electronics is working with major theaters across the country to create "digital destinations", pairing 4K digital cinema technology with enhanced services and amenities, such as food, sporting events and music, to create an unprecented...
 

Final Fantasy XIV Web site Goes Live, New Screens Available

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259w ago - After the recent magazine leaks, today Square Enix announced that the official [Register or Login to view links] is live.

The battle and job systems will be different than the one previously used in Final Fantasy XI, which utilized experience points, and that the character races and monsters will resemble those found in Final Fantasy XI to allow players to create avatars similar to ones created in Final Fantasy XI.

Group play has been de-emphasized, and now solo and group play have been balanced... while weapon use will alter "character development".

The Web site contains new screenshots, a trailer and details on the game world's storyline, locations and races. There's also a brief overview of the game's mechanics, including the various skillsets a player can specialize in.

For those curious, Final Fantasy XIV will be heading to Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows in 2010.
 

New Tales of Vesperia for PS3 Goes to the Beach with Swimsuits

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263w ago - Yesterday two new playable characters were revealed for the PlayStation 3 port of Tales of Vesperia dubbed Tales of Graces.

Today additional new features appear to be coming to the PlayStation 3 version of Tales of Vesperia, as the latest issue of V-Jump scan (below) reveals new costumes for the main cast.

To quote: Apparently, the game is going to the beach because the main characters are getting in their swimsuits.

The new scans reveal characters like Yuri in an open shirt with shorts and Judith in a two piece. Delightful.
 
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