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Five Features That Will Make or Break Socom Confrontation

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350w ago - With the recent announcement that EGM's next cover story will feature Socom Confrontation, one can't help but get excited for the game, especially after it seemed to have fallen off the map last winter in terms of announcements and news.

The Socom franchise has been the backbone to Sony's online service since late 2002, providing players with competitive gameplay and extensive clan support. To help fill the void between what's rumored to be Zipper Interactive's next entry into the Socom world, Slant Six has promised to give fan's a chance to relive that classic Socom feel, which was undoubtedly absent from both Socom 3 and Combined Assault, by bringing back old maps such as Crossroads and focusing solely on the online multiplayer aspect of Confrontation.

However to the fan, that's easier said than done. Here are five features that will make or break Socom Confrontation.

1) Ignore Matchmaking

One of Socom's featured perks was always the ability to choose which map, game type and server you wanted to play in at any time. Not only did these options give players the option to play whatever they wish, but it also allowed clans easy access to meet up with each other and begin playing almost immediately. This feature also gave stat fan's the chance of bypassing an easy...
 

New Haze Screenshots for PS3

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350w ago - Haze, Ubisoft's new first-person shooter, is preparing to ship for PlayStation 3 in May. While Free Radical puts the finishing touches on the game, though, they're slowly releasing new in-game screenshots for Haze. You can see the five newest Haze screenshots below.

Quick game overview: Haze is a first-person shooter set in a harsh future where war is never quite what it seems. Gamers play both sides of the same war, either as an armed-to-the-teeth and Nectar-induced Mantel soldier, or as a cunning and think-on-the-fly Promise Hand rebel.

These new Haze screenshots provide a glimpse of playing as a Promise Hand rebel, with rebel-exclusive gameplay mechanics, weaponry and vehicular combat. You can click on any of the PS3 screenshots below to see it in high resolution.

Taking down the Land Carrier will require a full force land attack in a furious effort to strike a major blow to Mantel's presence, pic below and more screenshots can be seen at the link at the top of this article!
 

PlayStation Store Update for March 13, 2008

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350w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Add-on Game Content:
Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.
File size: 100 KB

PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
PAIN can hurt, but be careful - Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.
File size: 7.42 MB

PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
Gimme a P! Gimme an A! Gimme an I! Gimme an N! What does it spell!?!?? Umm...Can someone tell me what that spells, please? Yeah, that's Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.
File size: 4.68 MB

GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy's Track Pack (free)
"Famous for Nothing", "Flannigans Ball", "Johnny", "I Hardly Knew Ya", as performed by Dropkick Murphy's....
 

PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 released!

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350w ago - Update: Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager, PlayStation Blog): In case you were wondering what it's all about, the operating stability of some online PS3 titles has been improved. Hope that clears things up!

It's now official- Sony has indeed skipped a retail release of PS3 Firmware 2.15 (Debug) in lieu of PS3 Firmware Update 2.17 which is out now via Network Update or below!

Download: PS3 FW Update 2.17 (US) / PS3 FW Update 2.17 (EU)

There isn't an official changelog available yet, but it appears to be primarily a bugfix update at this time.

Also, for what it's worth a little birdie told us Sony Devs already have 2.20 so perhaps another quick update will follow soon? :P
 

Analysis: Take Two financials

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350w ago - Take-Two reported a relatively weak quarter, posting a loss in the holiday quarter for the third consecutive year.

While new management is not to blame for the poor results, we think the weak performance reflects the extent of the turnaround required to restore the company to profitability.
Take-Two's bottom line results were slightly better than we expected, with lower than expected R&D and marketing expenses accounting for most of the EPS upside.

On the top line, revenues were higher than expected due to significant contribution from the company's distribution business. The company's margins were slightly lower than we expected due to a higher mix of distribution revenues.

We think that it is important to point out that U.S. industry software sales have grown by over 58% from the November 2005 - January 2006 period through the November 2007 - January 2008 period, while Take-Two's publishing revenues have declined by almost 23%.

This is clearly a company that is losing market share, and as we review the lineup for the balance of 2008 and 2009, we see more of the same type of games we have seen over the last three years. The company's sports lineup continues to underperform, generating only $32 million of sales (26% of publishing revenues) for the key holiday...
 
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