320w ago - It's 2024, and the Caspian Sea contains the last remaining oil reserves on the planet. In order to secure them, the world's superpowers converge on the oil towns of Turkmenistan with jets, Humvees and tanks. Powering all this military hardware just for a few barrels may seem a bit wasteful, but in the future global economy you'll have to spend oil to earn oil.
In Frontlines: Fuel of War's single-player campaign, you'll use an array of weapons and vehicles to beat back the combined military forces of Russia and China. Various strategic objectives are scattered around the maps, and as long as they're not too far into enemy territory, you can approach these in any order you choose. Dying in the single-player mode doesn't force a reset, either, as you'll simply take control of another teammate at the front.
Leading the charge are over 60 playable vehicles (which, by the way, will never run out of gas). Similar to the Battlefield series, vehicles are scattered around maps two-to-four miles in size, and in either the single-player campaign or multiplayer mode you can hop into a tank or helicopter and fight however you see fit. For example, there's the "battle bus," a Land of the Dead-inspired coach that holds a team and comes with barbed wire barricades and a gunner's nest on the roof.
320w ago - According to Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) the following is now available via PS Store:
Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.
* Folklore "PlayStation Underground" Demo (free) - Dive deeper into the world of Folklore with the new Folklore™ "PlayStation¬® Underground™" demo where you will learn more about the characters and story of the game as you sample the game's animated "comic book-like" cut scenes and play through the Fairy Realm as either Ellen or Keats. [File size: 1.26 GB / ESRB Rated T]
* Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Demo (free) - Get in the drift with Juiced 2 Hot Import Nights, the only place where superstar DJs, smokin' hot models and totally tuned cars come into close contact. [File size: 968 MB / ESRB Rated T]
* Uncharted Tech Dive Video (free) - Sneak peek at the technology behind Uncharted: Drake's Fortune™. [File size: 619 MB (HD)]
* Burnout™ Paradise Steel Wheels Trailer (free) - Rock Paradise City with two and a half tons of heavy metal mayhem! The heavily modified "STEEL WHEELS" Carson GT Concept car was designed specifically for the celebrity with style. Featuring armor-plating and a supercharged V8,...
320w ago - Do you remember when your fake ID couldn't fool the bouncer, leaving you outside sober, cold, and distanced from the girl you were looking to at least play ball with? That's kind of how we're feeling right now, after learning on the latest Kojima Productions podcast that there are no plans to bring a demo of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to the PlayStation Store prior to launch.
Host Ryan Payton stated: "I can tell you, as of right now, we don't have any plans of uploading this demo on the PlayStation Store." And definitely, he added, no plans of "uploading [on PSN] next week." His statements were echoed by Konami's new flak master, Michael Shelling, adding "[E for All] is going to be your one chance to actually play it prior to it launching next year."
Yeah, while this news is certainly a crushing blow to the Metal Gear Solid fan base (many of which help run Joystiq), there was at least a little positive news: Shelling revealed that Konami has gone gold with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+, and is planning to release the game on November 13. That's a little antiseptic to the wound, no?
320w ago - So much for their earlier denial, eh? It's now official. An anonymous Sony official has "confirmed" to Japan's Nikkei that they will sell their advanced computer chip operations to Toshiba in an effort to re-focus on core business. The official announcement is expected later today.
The sale gives Toshiba the manufacturing responsibility for the much hyped Cell processor used in Sony's PS3. Sony, of course, will continue to invest in the Cell chip. Nikkei says the deal is worth some ¥100 billion (about $858 million) and should be completed by March.