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Shoot! Finest Emerging Film Talent to Premiere on PS3 and PSP

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316w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced a new initiative called Shoot!.

Shoot! will deliver series of short films that will be free to download from 13th November via PlayStation®Network for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) or PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable), allowing owners to watch cutting-edge film from up-and-coming directors and experience this unique content.

The films will also be screened across Europe on ShortsTV from January 2009.

Press Release: Six of Hollywood's award winning filmmakers Armendariz, Bruckheimer, Kounen, Rothermund, Vinterberg, Winterbottom have chosen an emerging film director from their own country to mentor for the project. The emerging directors then created a short film, shot in High Definition, based on an open brief, shaped only by one of a number of words that capture the essence of PlayStation: Play, Create, Share, Connect, Discover and Challenge.

The emerging directors will showcase their movies in Berlin alongside the internationally recognized Film Festival in February 2009 and the project will culminate with an award ceremony for the best short film.

"As well as delivering a world-class entertainment experience for film lovers and the fast-growing PlayStation community, Shoot! is a real example of how PlayStation brings...
 

Rumor: New Tales Of PS3 Title to be Announced?

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335w ago - Update: Apparently, something went wrong in translation. The article speaks about them hoping for a Tales Of game for the PLAYSTATION 3. Although, with one being on Wii and one being on 360, a PLAYSTATION 3 game is imminent.

ScrawlFX reports that a Japanese gaming magazine indicates that the PS3 will soon receive its own Tales Of game that will 'take advantage of the system's power".

The scan shows a mysterious title for the PS3, and also for Xbox 360, and Wii... indicating that every console may gets a Tales Of series game.

To quote: A new scan from a Japanese gaming magazine is saying that the PLAYSTATION 3 will soon get it's own Tales Of game that will "take advantage of the system's power". The scan shows Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk for the Wii, Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox 360, and a mystery title for the PLAYSTATION 3, as if every console gets their own Tales of series game.

There is a huge title teasing that the PLAYSTATION 3 Tales Of series game will be announced on "X Day of July". Expect a PLAYSTATION 3 Tales of along with more information on Eternal Sonata that "X Day". We cannot wait.
 

There are Cautionary Tales to Learn from the PSP

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337w ago - Sony's handheld is far from unsuccessful. The little device absolutely destroys in the Japanese market and it provides a nice alternative to the DS here. In the world of handhelds, some consider it a Yin to Nintendo's Yang.

It's the other side of the spectrum, it's the PSP. Capable of playing music, video games and the so awesome UMD, this sucker came to the table loaded with possibilities upon its release several years ago. (/sarcasm)

Even with that, Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, sees Sony's device as a road map of how not to handle a portable.

The PSP is a reasonably successful product at the profit-and-loss level. But as a product concept, there are cautionary tales to learn from it...

While it is good at producing audio, it's not a good music player because it doesn't have local storage (except for flash memory slots). You can't keep your music there. It has a beautiful screen, but you can only get the video under the Universal Media Disc format. That format hasn't been successful.

On a game level, it has done well. But even there, it is mostly PlayStation 2 ports. There isn't much original content..

BOOM! Bach really threw down the gauntlet there. He went on to talk about Microsoft's tactics with...
 

Rumor: Tales Of Vesperia coming to PS3!

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341w ago - Tales of Vesperia for PS3 has been listed in Nacmo Bandai's list of games that will be released in Japan later this year. The Xbox 360 version of the game is set to release in the US on August 19, 2008.

A document detailing Namco Bandai's financials and outlook for the remainder of 2008 was posted on the company's Japanese site earlier today. Interestingly, the PDF contained a release list revealing that Tales of Versperia would be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Obviously, that goes against what Namco has been saying - that Versperia is an Xbox 360 "exclusive." The uploaded document has since been edited, with any mention of Vesperia for the PS3 wiped out. A mistake, or an actual slip up? :P
 

Hands On: Tales of Symphonia

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362w ago - Thirty minutes into the start of the Jump Festa event on Saturday over at the Makuhari Messe just outside Tokyo, lines for the new Tales of Symphonia game reached ninety-minutes, and never looked back. Waiting that long to play a game for a few minutes is usually a drag, but we didn't have too many qualms about getting an early first chance at the sequel to one of the GameCube's biggest RPGs.

Bandai Namco had Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatoskr, as the game is titled over in Japan, set up for play in eight kiosks, using a demo that was specially prepared for the Jump Festa event. Following a brief chat amongst main characters Emil and Malta, we were asked to explore a dungeon and arrive at a boss within five minutes. Five minutes may seem short for a demo, but the counter thankfully stopped when entering battle.

While the dungeon crawling component of the game didn't seem all that different from past Tales games, get into battle and you'll find some dramatic changes. This latest update to the Linear Motion Battle system keeps your character attacking on a single 2D line in a full 3D battle field. You lock yourself into a single enemy, pressing the minus button to toggle targets, then simply press A to make your character attack, or B plus a direction on the analogue stick to perform a special attack....
 
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