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No pause option for Dead Space?

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344w ago - In space no one will hear you pause, take a few deep breaths and revive yourself, before continuing. Or at least that's an option EA's dev team is looking at for its upcoming survival horror game, Dead Space.

We've all done it, or at least been comforted by the fact that if the rabid dogs in Resident Evil got a little too much, you could hit pause, calmly cycle through your inventory and ram a few health packs down your throat. You're now able to take a few more bites to the leg before seeing the You Died message. Well done you.

If they weren't so vicious, you could try and pat the nice doggies on the head for stopping their hellish onslaught and allowing you to revive yourself so you have a better chance of killing them. If they could talk though, they'd probably call you a cheater. So would the zombies. Imagine if enemies could pause you and heal themselves.

But after playing EA's very promising Dead Space yesterday, we were surprised to hear the developers talking about omitting that option completely so you won't be able to pause the game, revive, and take a breather.

Dead Space's in-game inventory system has been designed to make everything the player does an activity. As noted, games like Resident Evil allow you to pull up the inventory menu and have a breather to boost your...
 

PS3 and Xbox 360 to fight it out on GTA IV

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344w ago - The console war between the PS3 and the Xbox 360 is heating up daily. And this week Microsoft Game Studios boss, Shane Kim, has come out with some fightin' words with regard to the imminent launch of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. He claims that the launch of GTA IV could be a deciding factor in which console wins the sales battle in the long-run.

Kim told Wired that Microsoft sees the latest GTA game as a key battleground for the two consoles. "We already own it, I believe, from a content standpoint, because we have the exclusive episodes," he said.

"And so Xbox 360 is still going to have the ultimate experience for GTA IV. But we have to make sure the customers know that. Especially if you look back, again, to the role of GTA III and what that played in terms of PS2's development - in Europe as well, because it was huge in Europe.

"That's a great opportunity for us. We need to take advantage of it."

Massive franchise

From what he said, it's obvious that Microsoft is preparing itself for a real battle over the next few months. GTA IV has a very good chance of being the best selling game of the year, partly because the franchise is hugely popular. But also because it's a cross-platform title, and will thus be available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

"[Sony...
 

Gamers Salivate at PS3 2008 Developments

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345w ago - A little earlier this month, the rumors were flying about the impending discontinuance of the 80GB PS3. There is no doubt that in the gaming stratosphere, absolutely anything about the PS3 will spark debate and discussion.

Playstation.blog admits that it spends a great deal of time championing the merits of the PlayStation 3 as the very best, powerful, high-value video gaming console available. And this coming March will be no different, as the EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) magazine cover story will feature a story outlining what can be expected in 2008. Fan commentary is literally salivating at the very thought of the arrival of this issue, which promises to provide detail about what is in store for avid users.

Predictions from the masses for 2008 include: Sony will be dominant, Bluray will win the most recognition, production costs will lower on PS3, the home line up of games will see strong sales overseas in Europe and Japan, and there will be more compelling PSN games on the horizon.
Of course, the cover of EGM seems to indicate that 2007 was less than a stellar year for the PS3. Many gamers beg to differ, citing that as many as 15 games were purchased. Games such as Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Warhawk, UT3, and CoD4, were dubbed "amazing."

Diehard PS fans also include those who...
 

True power of PlayStation 3 to be revealed in 2008

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345w ago - 2008 will be a boom time for the PlayStation 3, say leading developers.

2007 saw the Xbox 360 stealing the software limelight through more than a few critically acclaimed console exclusives, while the Nintendo Wii's ongoing popularity saw it surpassing all of its market rivals in unit sales. But what of the PlayStation 3?

2007 for the PS3 saw a parade of somewhat disappointing software exclusives, repeated delays to eagerly anticipated flagship titles, and a blizzard of confusion and controversy surrounding price reductions and the culling of lower GB hardware models. Along the way it also managed to benefit from the value of its steadily expanding PlayStation Store and the likes of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

That being said, 2007 certainly wasn't the year that Sony and its faithful PlayStation fans were hoping for. Well, saddle up believers, because the videogame development community is indicating that 2008 will be the year that the true power behind the PlayStation 3 comes to the fore. Excited? You should be.

More pointedly, several prominent industry figures have recently been quoted in a Games Radar report as claiming that after a year of the PS3's life cycle videogame developers are finally growing more accustomed...
 

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue preview available!

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345w ago - The world's most realistic driving sim is almost here..

Here is a preview to help celebrate- enjoy!




 
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