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Top 10 Most Anticipated Non-sequels of 2008

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340w ago - The year 2007 was an incredible year for the videogame industry. I'd even be willing to go out on a limb and say that it was one of the best ever. Our year-end awards here at GamerNode weren't decided over tea and crumb cakes - it was more like acid-edged blades and baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire. There were even horses, and a man on fire. Kyle killed a guy (but let's just keep that between us).

Needless to say, 2007 had many great games, but 2008 may very well be set to top it. As a matter of fact, this article started as a list of just about 30 titles. I can't begin to tell you how much difficulty I faced trying to narrow it down to only a third of that, but I probably would never have completed the task without setting some requirements.

1) Unless the game has been distinctly labeled as a 2008 release, it didn't make the cut (or else you know Resident Evil 5 would take the number one spot).

2) The second requirement was imposed late in the article-writing cycle, not only to make things easier on myself, but also because I thought it'd make for a more interesting, less predictable list of games. Original IP only; No sequels! That's right, there go all of my "safe" answers like Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy XIII, GTA IV, or Super Smash Bros Brawl. Not even Star Wars was exempt from...
 

Halo brought to life on PS3 via UT3 Map

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340w ago - Zubren has brought a taste of Halo to Unreal Tournament 3 with the creation of the Halo map named DM-Wizard. However, he states that he has conducted a total re-make and none of the original Halo materials have been used in his version map.

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This was a great close quarters map and I felt it would be right at home with Unreal Tournament 3. This also has full bot pathing so you can play singleplayer without having to find a server with someone hosting this map.

This is a remake from scratch, none of the materials from the original Halo have been used in this map.
 

Owners of Blu-ray players may become frozen out, PS3 is safe

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340w ago - The BBC reports on how owners of already purchased Blu-ray players may effectively find themselves locked out of future developments in the technology as their machines are not upgradeable.

Later on in the year, BD Live will be launched to support features to connect to the Internet and download content but as Internet functionality is not a strict requirement, no Blu-ray players currently on the market will be able to access this feature.

However, there is one small exception to the previous thought and that is the PS3 which should always be able to keep up with the Blu-ray technology updates due to the correct hardware and online access.

To quote: Machines released onto the market since November are called profile 1.1, but none of the standalone Blu-ray players can be upgraded to accommodate this profile.

Films will still play on the machines, but access to extra features is limited.

Later this year the Blu-ray camp will offer profile 2.0, called BD Live, which will allow the players which support the feature to connect to the internet to download related content, such as ringtones, trailers and photos.

But because internet functionality is not a mandatory requirement in current players, none on the market today will be able to access the feature.
 

2008 is the Year of the PlayStation 3

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340w ago - We all know that 2008 will be a big year for Sony's PlayStation 3. With huge promises of what's to come, such as the recent announcement of Resistance 2, your wallet is sure to take quite a beating.

While you wait, please enjoy a video that one member created focusing on the exclusive games that will be coming down the pipeline this year.





Will we be seeing announcements of a new Jak and Daxter, Kingdom Hearts III, or even an Elder Scrolls MMORPG? Time will tell. Please let us know what you're looking forward to!
 

Rumor: Sony has 20 unknown exclusives in development for PS3

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340w ago - In one of those I heard from a friend rumors, a Sony Japan employee has reportedly revealed that Sony's internal studios have over 20 yet to be revealed projects for the PS3.

The only extra bit of information is that ICO is reportedly working on two of these exclusives.

To quote: Yesterday in a heated IM discussion about which of the three console makers is going to have the strongest line-up this year, a friend of mine who works at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan blurted out that Sony's internal studios have up their sleeves more than 20 yet-to-be-revealed projects for PlayStation 3.

Intrigued by this I asked if he could give me some examples. Project Siren (makers of the Forbidden Siren franchise), Team Saru (creators of the Ape Escape series) and Team ICO are three of the studios who're getting ready to reveal their new projects this year. After some more pushing, he told me that all he knows about Team ICO is that the team is working on two games, both for PS3.

My guess now is that Team ICO is indeed working on two games, none of which is for PSP. Most probably one is for PSN (hence the need of staff specialized in networking technology) and the other is headed for a Blu-ray disc release.
 
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