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Saints Row 2 First Look

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356w ago - It's not easy for a company to make an open-world game that stands totally separate form the titan that is Grand Theft Auto. THQ went the opposite direction of other companies and decided to make their first entry into the free-roaming gangster genre what was essentially a re-skinned GTA.

Luckily for the publisher no one had seen GTA on next-gen systems so Saints Row was their only option for a high-def world of free-roaming destruction. Now it's the year 2008, gamers everywhere are gearing up for Grand Theft Auto IV and yet the people at THQ don't seem worried.

In fact, they seem downright confident that Saints Row 2 will be able to woo gamers away from Rockstar's latest. Just last week we got a look at a very early build and while we weren't allowed to delve deep into what the city of Stillwater holds this time around, we can say that the building blocks are once again in place for a rousing open-world thugfest.

As those who played through the first Saints Row know by now, your nameless character was taken out at the end of the storyline thanks to a well-timed boat bomb (like a car bomb, but on a boat). Somehow your kingpin survived the explosion, but not without serious cosmetic damage.

Thus the fact that you begin the new storyline by reshaping your character's physique at...
 

Sony's PlayStation 3 Video Store Sounds Ready To Go

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356w ago - The current PlayStation Store is a bit of a clunker. It's functionally sound, but a bit rough around the edges from a usability standpoint. Compared to the rest of the PlayStation 3's visual design, it's certainly lacking–but that's reportedly going to change come Springtime, as the Store is said to get a new coat of paint.

One aspect of the Store that's been hinted about by reliable publications, like the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal, is Sony's download service, one that president Howard Stringer may be talking about when he refers to the "expansion" of the PlayStation Network.

It may be Sony's best bet in fending off Apple's iTunes for movie and television distribution. And it may be closer than we thought.

Sure, it's been a long time coming, with first reports of the digital download venture hitting in December of 2006, but Sony's been awfully quiet about when it's coming.

According to sources who attended the retailer and publisher focused Destination PlayStation conference last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sony showed off a portion of its video store. It reportedly uses the same SingStore-like interface we talked about in our PlayStation Store revamp post, something we hoped to capture in the mock-up of the video store above.

No specifics on launch...
 

Wal-Mart breaks street date on MLB08 and others

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356w ago - Wal-Mart has broken the street date of MLB 08: The Show as well as Major League Baseball 2K8 and others today according to me, who recently purchased both titles early this morning.

Although it is only 1 day early for the release, Wal-Mart has made a big no no here.

If only they would break Army of Two...
 

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith to feature more bands?

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356w ago - When the first announcements of Activision's Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii) came out, quite a number of people posted comments that the idea of just having one band doesn't quite appeal to them.

Well, it might be good to know that a Best Buy advertisement revealed that the game will also contain songs from Aerosmith's favorite bands.

Further lending credibility to this new tidbit of information, is an article published on the USA Today which stated that the game will contain "some opening acts" and "some special guests." Could we be seeing Run DMC (Walk this Way FTW!) in this upcoming title? We can only hope.

While the addition of other bands in the game looks to be almost certain, we can't say for sure until Activision gives an official announcement regarding this. Still, the odds are pretty good that we'll be seeing other bands aside from Aerosmith in this upcoming video game.
 

SCEE back open game file audio format

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356w ago - The Interactive Audio Special Interest Group has recently revealed a preview a draft of a new open interactive audio file format called iXMF, that has been devised for interactive audio content.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have backed the format saying "We're supporting iXMF in our new audio tools so sound designers can take advantage of the incredible audio processing power of the PS3."

To quote: iXMF is the first open file format to be devised for interactive audio content. It combines MIDI and audio data with scripting logic that defines playback behaviours, encompassing a huge amount features of modern audio engine environments in a non-proprietary format.

It is hoped that iXMF will enhance data exchange between authoring applications and let game audio engineers use the same tools as their TV and film brethren.
 
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