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Rock Band boosts track sales; song price to increase by end of month

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339w ago - It's another success for the music game genre as Harmonix sells more than 2.5 million downloadable songs from their hit game, Rock Band. This success reminds us of the time when digital music sales were also boosted thanks to Guitar Hero III.

According to Harmonix and MTV Games, the best selling tracks from Rock Band (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) are from the Metallica Pack, which features the original versions of "Ride the Lightning", "Blackened," and "And Justice for All."

Other hit downloads include tracks from The Police, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie and Black Sabbath. Paul DeGooyer, MTV Senior VP of home entertainment, music and games, says we'll be able to see album releases "very shortly."

If you're a fan of Rock Band, you probably have until the end of the month to take advantage of their US$ 0.99 per song price tag. According to DeGooyer, the price will only be available for a limited time and will become US$ 2 by the end of the month.
 

Blu-Ray crushing rival DVD format in Japan: study

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339w ago - TOKYO (AFP) - Next-generation DVDs are catching on with Japanese consumers, with sales picking up sharply at the end of 2007 and the Blu-Ray format blowing away the rival HD-DVD platform, new figures show.

In a replay of the VHS-Betamax battle in video cassette tapes in the late 1970s, two different DVD formats are hitting the market offering cinematic quality images and interactive entertainment -- but at a significantly higher price than traditional DVDs.

A major study of 2,300 electronic stores across Japan found that consumers were increasingly buying the next-generation DVD recorders.

The proportion of DVD recorders sold that were next-generation rose from 6.1 percent in October to around 20 percent in November and December, said the study by Japan's Business Computer News think tank released Thursday.

Due to the price difference, next-generation DVDs made up a lucrative 35 percent of the total value of DVD recorder sales in the last two months of 2007, it said.

Blu-Ray, the format created by Sony Corp., accounted for a crushing 90 percent of next-generation DVD recorder sales in the three-month period, the study said.

Blu-Ray is used in Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game machine, but the study only looked at living-room DVD recorders.

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Killzone 2 for PS3

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339w ago - Believe the hype the second time around?

You know what the problem was with Killzone's original release. It was nothing to do with the quality of the gameplay or the much-touted 'startling' never-before-seen level of graphical brilliance.

Killzone was a classic case of a game that couldn't possibly live up to the hype, so it's little wonder developer Guerilla has been content only to drip-feed information, screens and footage of the sequel.

Despite this, we're optimistic that Killzone 2 will deliver everything the original promised - and then some. The war between the ISA and evil Helghast is ramped up several notches with the former taking the fight to the latter's own home world.

That's only the half of it though, as your special forces squad's dropship is quickly shot down by a lightning-firing anti-aircraft cannon the Helghast has rigged up. Their mastery of the weather and the planet's harsh conditions also poses severe problems for your struggling team once you crash-land and set out on foot. It's hell. We really want to play as the ginger-stached badass from the trailer, and the game's blind-fire cover system looks pretty damn kick-ass as well.
 

Burnout Paradise reviewed!

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339w ago - The first thing that hits you is how sprawling Paradise's map seems. Then you realise you can drive from one end to the other in only about four minutes, and around its entire circumference in about ten, and it's a little disheartening. But then you discover just how dense Paradise City is, how much there is to explore away from the main roads and all seems rosy.

Except that, although 120 race events sounds like plenty, it isn't - we uncovered 97 of them within six hours, and although you can only take part in some events with certain cars, a dedicated gamer could polish off the bulk of the action in a couple of days.

But let's rewind a bit, and tell you what most hardcore Burnout fans really want to know - yes, it's fast. Hurtling along with your boost bar at top whack is a rush unsurpassed by any other driving game, and the framerate is perfect. That it can look so beautiful, and shift so much around the screen so quickly (other cars, crash debris, palm trees, road signs, buildings, lakes, mountains) is cause for celebration.

But the new free-roaming structure won't be to everyone's taste - having all the events open from the beginning impacts negatively on your feelings of progression. You don't unlock any new levels; you simply get a mark on your driving license. This rewards...
 

Fifa Street 3 Gameplay Movie

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339w ago - Console Addicted offers us a 6 minute gameplay movie from the upcoming EA BIG title Fifa Street 3.

Vidoe can be seen on this site here, or you can download the clip from here.

Enjoy!
 
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