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PS3 Devil will make you CRY with 20 min install time

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359w ago - Devil May Cry 4 is coming to 360 and PS3 this Friday. That's good news mainly for the reason that it's an awesome game. You can look forward to the review later this week, or read this if you can't wait any longer. But there's a little issue of a MASSIVE installation process that forces all PS3 gamers to wait just under 22 mins before they can tuck in to Dante's finest.

You'd think there'd be a benefit after being forced to install nearly 5GB of game data, like shorter or even no loading times during the entire game. Funny thing is though, it doesn't make much difference to load times compared to the 360 version, that you can play straight away.

We clocked the entire install process at 21 minutes, 41 seconds.

Following that the opening load time on PS3 was five seconds against eight on 360. And then three seconds versus four, and four versus five seconds in following load screens, PS3 - 360. As you can see there's not much in it.

So over the course of an eight-to-ten hour game you might get your 21 minutes back over 360 players with ever-so-slightly shorter loading times. But really?

Time to put the stopwatch away and get back to playing the game. Check out in-game footage here.

While we're 'on topic', it's also being reported that (in Japan) the PS3...
 

PS3 Eboot.bin FULLY decrypted via Memory Dump!

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359w ago - We hinted on this in previous PS3 Dev postings, but now it deserves a post of its own. We have successfully obtained the decrypted ELF file from an encrypted SELF that we ran, then dumped using the PlayStation 3.

As you can see in the image below, there is an ELF file, totally decrypted from the retail game disc! This removes BOTH the disc layer of encryption on the EBOOT.BIN, as well as the file layer of encryption.

In other recent PS3 Dev news, we have managed to successfully downgrade a PlayStation 3 without utilizing a previous flash dump backup of the console. Normally to downgrade your PS3 you first need a copy of the original firmware (made with Infectus). However our method does not need any flash backup, as it uses the PS3's updates to downgrade for us.

Keep in mind it's still a work in progress, but expect additional details on this project as they become available. Look for more information coming this week!
 

American McGee Confirms Unreal Engine 3 'Twisted Tale' Project

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359w ago - Spicy Horse co-founder American McGee has confirmed that his Chinese-based studio has a second game in development in addition to the (pictured) episodic American McGee's Grimm.

Though relatively low-profile thus far, the designer has only revealed that the early in production game is a "[Unreal Engine 3] based, big publisher, multi-platform, twisted tale project".

As part of a post on his official weblog, McGee reveals that the Grimm project, being produced for online game subscription service GameTap, is at "the half-way point", commenting: "we're 12 episodes in, with another 12 to go."

He then goes on to reveal basic details on the next project, which is Unreal Engine 3-based and therefore presumably destined for next-gen consoles including Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 - though platforms are unconfirmed at this time.

McGee, who created American McGee's Alice while at Electronic Arts and whom Gamasutra recently talked to about his plans for Grimm ends the call for developers to work on this new franchise by noting that "...an official announcement will come when the time is right".
 

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of February 3rd

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359w ago - Things are starting to look up for the universe now that we've got January out of the way. Devil May Cry 4 makes it's English-speaking debut this week in both the US and Europe.

European gamers also have a few other games to pick from this week, including the potentially alright The Club. Here's the full release list:

US Games:
Devil May Cry 4 (Get a $10 gift card at Circuit City)
Devil May Cry Collector's Edition
Turok (Get a $10 gift card at Circuit City)

EU Games:
NFL Tour
Turok
The Club
Devil May Cry 4
Devil May Cry 4 Collector's Edition
Conflict: Denied Ops

Asian Games:
Transformers: The Game

If you're not sure yet about whether to pick up Devil May Cry 4, then fear not. We'll have a review for you within the next few days tomorrow, along with an interesting feature for those of you new to the entire franchise.

Feel free to import any of the above games for whatever reason. Your PS3 is completely region free. Release dates are subject to constant change, so check with your local retailer before leaving the house. Or just order online. It requires less effort.
 

Can Someone Tell Touchstone Turok Came Out Three Days Ago?

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359w ago - I've received quite a few emails this weekend from people saying they had picked up copies of Turok at their local stores.

While it's not out of the ordinary for a game's street date to be broken by a single outlet, according to Best Buy, GameStop, GameCrazy and Wal-mart the game came out three days ago on Jan. 31.

Apparently no one told this to the game's publisher, Touchstone. The official Turok Web site has a countdown clock that still has a little over two days left on it.

The press materials and game Web sites like IGN and Gamespot also have it listed as a February 5th release.

Is this a matter of a mass mistake on the retailers' part or is Touchstone being sneaky and letting the cat out of the bag early on purpose?
 
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