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Resident Evil 5: Both PS3 and 360 Versions to Look Near Identical

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318w ago - A couple of weeks ago, we got the opportunity to visit Milestone and spend some quality time with the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror series - Resident Evil.

The build we played was the same one that was presented at this year's Tokyo Game Show. The demo featured two short levels and also gave us the first glimpse into the newly introduced co-op mode.

As you may know, one of the biggest changes in Resident Evil 5 is the inclusion of co-op. For the first time in the Resident Evil series (Outbreak doesn't count), you can play through the campaign co-operatively. The second character introduced is Sheva.

The campaign can be played either online, split-screen or via system link. In case you don't have anyone to play with, the game will take control of the second character. The friendly AI that controls Sheva does a wonderful job; she'll constantly heal you, provide you with different items (ammo included) and most importantly, she can hold her own when surrounded by enemies.

Sunlight is not something that you would normally associate with a Resident Evil game, or any horror game for that matter. But Resident Evil 5 changes all that. Both the levels we played took place in an unnamed African nation in broad daylight. According to the producers, sunlight will play...
 

Eight Days Looked Insanely Good, So Why Was It Cancelled?

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319w ago - Eight Days is cancelled. We know that. However, before it's cancellation, we've barley seen any footage on the game, leaving a lot of us wondering what it would have been like.

Jim Jagger, 3D animator for the game, has released a demo reel containing footage of Eight Days, and boy did it look good.

There's some footage of EyePet and Looney Toons in there, but most of it consists of Eight Days gameplay footage.

The cover manuvers looked fantastic and I could not see exactly why SCEE would stop production on this. Even if it lacked multiplayer, they could of just, you know, added it. So take a look see for yourself, what Eight Days could have been.

Video can be seen below. Enjoy!




 

Top 10 Things to Look Forward to in Microsoft's Windows 7

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320w ago - Rumor has it that Windows 7 will drop in the middle of next year, but last month Microsoft released a "preview" tester build of Windows 7. After living in the Windows 7 Preview for a week now, several features and niceties jumped out at me which promise to make Windows a better place to work come 2009.

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to in Windows 7.

10. Ding-dong, the Sidebar is dead.

One of the first things I hunted down and killed in Windows Vista was the Sidebar, which loaded by default and docked Vista's Gadgets to the right side of your desktop. In Windows 7, the sidebar is no more, and gadgets, should you want them, can roam free across the desktop. This time around, the gadgets feel less distracting to me–the CPU meter and calendar gadgets are my favourites, though this screenshot shows many more.

9. Calculator, WordPad, and Paint got overhauled.

It sucks that Windows 7 is stripping the built-in Photo Gallery and movie-making software that you'll find in Vista (even the Windows Calendar is nowhere to be found in the 7 Preview), but a few of their built-in stalwarts did get some attention.

WordPad and Paint both got the Office 2007 ribbon installed, and Calculator now incorporates real world uses into it. At this point only...
 

The PlayStation 3 Games to Look Out for in 2009!

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321w ago - Has 2008 been a great year for Sony? Yes and No, some people have already said why Sony havent had the best of years and I have to agree with them, but theres one thing I didn't do, buy an Xbox 360!

Anyway, was 2008 the year of PS3? No. Will 2009 be the year of PS3? Possibly. The following games are the ones to look out for and could make Sony leader of 2009.

Please note these are PlayStation 3 only games, some of them may not make 2009 (some of them aren't even announced but could be announced soon) but maybe, just maybe.

In no particular order:

- Infamous
- Killzone 2
- God of War 3
- Ratchet and Clank
- The agency (also on PC)
- Gran Turismo 5
- Yakuza 3
- Trico
- Uncharted 2
- Jak 4
- Heavy Rain
- White Knight Chronicles
- Final Fantasy XIII Versus
- Demon's Soul
- MAG
- Wardevil
- Twisted Metal

What games are you looking forward to?
 

Saving XBox 360 Games to the HDD Makes Them Look Better

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321w ago - I have found Microsoft's updated version of Xbox Live to be a mixed bag navigation-wise. And I haven't used a few key features like parties or Netflix yet.

But there's one feature I'm using that is undeniably awesome: Saving games to the hard drive. As soon as I got the NXE (new Xbox experience) beta test, I immediately saved "Fable 2" to the hard drive, mainly because the game is constantly accessing data from the disc and it is loud, even by Xbox 360 standards.

I was hoping I would no longer be distracted by the noise of a disc spinning with such fury it could fly out of the machine and behead me and I was right. The 8 minutes or so it took to transfer the game to my hard drive was well worth it, because the 360 is now virtually silent while I play.

But there was one extra, unexpected benefit: "Fable 2" looks noticeably better. The graphics are sharper and brighter. So much so that it's like the game, or my graphics processor, has gotten an upgrade.

Perhaps someone more familiar with programming can tell me why, but I assume it has to do with the fact that it's easier for the console to access and process all the requisite data, so it has to make fewer compromises to deliver me graphics in real time.

Nobody at Microsoft (or anywhere else) has talked about this benefit...
 
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