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Hero Showdown: Dante vs. Kratos

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342w ago - Another year, another Showdown. The first Hero Showdown of 2008 kicks off by going to the mats with two titans of the gaming world, guys who have a history of pissing off and picking fights with gods and devils: Devil May Cry's Dante vs. God of War's Kratos.

Last time on Hero Showdown, Homer Simpson took Peter Griffith to the mattresses, and earned a first-place trophy filled with Duff in the process. Sector 7G's "best" employee scored 65.8% of the vote, leaving Quahog's lovable chicken fighter with 34.1%.

The latest installment of HS promises to deliver an ass-kicking of biblical proportions, as the half-devil, half-man-child takes on a former Spartan-turned-deity. And audience participation is encouraged, so check out the profiles below, add a comment or six, and cast your vote in the poll below. Fights don't get any easier than that.

So let's do this:

Dante

The star of Capcom's Devil May Cry series since 2001, Dante is the son of a mortal woman and a devil lieutenant who managed the not-so-easy task of conquering and imprisoning the Devil (Satan, Lucifer, Disney, he has many names...). With an origin like that (and frosted, metro hair) it is no surprise that Dante has some violent tendencies. But what demon-slaying mercenary doesn't?

With twin handguns...
 

Unreal Tournament PS3 mod cooking update coming soon

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342w ago - An update for Unreal Tournament Engine editor, that will allow UT3 mod-makers to cook their mods into the required PS3 format is coming soon. It should be released next week after wider testing.

To quote: We're very close to releasing an update to the Unreal Engine 3 editor, that comes with the PC version of UT3, that will allow UT3 mod-makers to cook their mods into the required PS3 format. We've been doing some internal testing and we're hoping to expand to a wider group tomorrow or Friday.

If all goes well then we should see the update released next week which is what I expect will happen. Obviously the process works, as we put out a few mods before Christmas and people seem to be playing them, but it is the update to the editor that we're testing.
 

Will the new ‘Ultimate’ Xbox 360 eclipse Sony’s PS3?

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342w ago - What a week for rumor mongering. Metal Gear Solid 4 on the Xbox 360, Crysis on the Xbox 360, and now the imminent arrival of the new Xbox 360 'Ultimate.' What will Friday bring, we wonder?

With Mr. Bill Gates expected to launch a departing bombshell during his final keynote as Microsoft chairman at next week's upcoming CES show in Las Vegas, industry commentators have been speculating wildly about exactly what he might unleash.

Well, if today's rumour from Stuff magazine is to be believed, Microsoft's concerted efforts to quell the challenge of Sony in the gaming arena are about to shift into overdrive with the arrival of the all-new 'Ultimate' Xbox 360 console.

Not content with the Core, Premium, and Elite models, Microsoft is apparently preparing the autumnal introduction of its Ultimate edition, a 320GB behemoth that comes equipped with 1080p HDMI, onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, HD audio output, cool-running 65nm hardware, and an almost imperceptible ventilation fan.

Furthermore, it will also be able to take advantage of the Xbox IPTV service, which is expected to be in full flow well before the end of the year. And, if you're presently wondering whether the Ultimate will offer enough oomph to crush the PlayStation 3 beneath Microsoft's stomping corporate boots,...
 

Worst European PlayStation Store Update Ever?

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342w ago - Update: A French Sony representative lets us know that last week was their week off and so they had nothing set up for this week, which is perfectly fine. Therefore, this weeks European update is only what they had hanging around, making our title a tad unkind.

It looks as though the European and Australian stores are going to be pretty empty this week. Their friends across the water had a New Years break, and perhaps it is their turn for a little rest. It certainly looks like it.

Can we blame them? They brought us 3 gems last week - a Super Stardust HD demo and upgrade, The Club demo and a new PSN game, Snakeball.

The Australian Store has already been updated, and reports from the French Playstation forum suggests that the same meager offerings are on their way to Europe also.
 

Preview: Ferrari Championship

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342w ago - The Ferrari Challenge is an annual series based entirely around a particular model of Ferrari, which changes each year, and makes a distinction between professional racers and 'gentleman drivers'.

Ferrari Challenge has a similar dichotomy: it screams 'associated product' from the badge on the box to the track hoardings, but also has ambitions of being a comprehensive simulation within those limits.

It certainly looks the part. Although great-looking driving games are hardly uncommon on the current generation of home consoles, Ferrari Challenge's cars are very well modeled and the tracks are perfect replicas of their real-world counterparts. And there's no point in denying the vicarious thrill in bombing around in a perfectly polished Ferrari that's beyond most wallets.

The handling of the cars is equally faithful, the limits of sticking to one manufacturer's roster overcome by an almost obsessive attention to the differences in handling between the various Ferrari models. In some cases, such as tweaks between variants of the same model, it seems much of a muchness. But beyond that, the cars are distinctive enough that each race (in the Ferrari Challenge, the same cars race each other) has noticeable differences.

Tweaking the handling parameters allows the game to...
 
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