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Review: Fallout 3 Looks Like Rubbish on the PlayStation 3?!

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327w ago - Andy Kelly recently reviewed the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout 3 for PSM3. The review has been leaked onto the Web and there has been concern as Andy's review stated that the graphics in the PS3 version compare poorly to its XBox and PC counterparts.

To quote: Our exclusive Fallout 3 PS3 review (from PSM3#107) has leaked onto the Internet and, as expected, a single sentence has been dragged out, beaten and interrogated under a spotlight.

This one; "The PS3 version compares poorly to its Xbox and PC counterparts." Which, in the parlance of the Internet, obviously means; "THE PS3 VERSION SUCKS! XBOX WINS! ANOTHER CRAPPY PORT!" But that isn't the case. The PS3 version just looks SLIGHTLY WORSE than the other versions.

The PC version of Fallout 3 is gorgeous. The colours are vivid, the draw distance is endless, the textures are high-res and the lighting effects are beautifully subtle, especially when you're gazing over the Capital Wasteland at sunset. It's the best-looking of the three.

The Xbox 360 version's textures are noticeably rougher than on PC, and objects in the distance aren't quite as clear. It does, however, boast an impressively solid frame rate. The game is, otherwise, identical.

NOW, the PS3 version looks the same as on Xbox, but things in the...
 

UK Firm Jade Integration to Unveil Wall-socket PC

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328w ago - Containing all the electronics needed to run as a low- to medium-power PC, the Jack PC, as its name suggests, will fit into a standard size wall socket. The entire PC sits on two layered circuitboards. It contains an AMD RISC processor to help reduce power consumption and heat output.

According to Jade Integration's managing director, Andy MacLellan, low power was one of the big breakthroughs achieved with the Jack PC. "A regular PC will use 80 Watts or more of power, and this only uses 5 Watts. That makes a big difference to the cost of running it, as well as other things."

The device was developed by Chip PC Technologies, a company that specialises in what it calls "post-PC technologies". According to MacLellan, Chip PC Technologies created the first Jack PC over a year ago and has been working on perfecting it since then. The University of Northumbria was one of the first organisations to take delivery of the device.

"This can be used as a standard PC on standard power," MacLellan told ZDNet UK, "or it can be used with power-over-Ethernet, and that really makes it efficient."

A basic Jack PC costs £209 without monitor or keyboard. At a low price and...
 

Bleszinski Tells All: GoW 3, The Movie, Design Tips, PS3 & More!

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328w ago - This man wants you to know his name. He is the face of Gears of War and its creator Epic Games and is clearly the most gregarious of the new breed of developers that are taking video gaming to the masses.

Call him Cliffy B, call him Dude Huge, or call him Mr. Bleszinski, he has something to say and he want you to hear it. So read on as we discuss everything from the secrets of great game design to the Gears of War movie, chat about the Xbox 720, the PS3, Gears of War 3, Marcus Fenix starring in a platform game and even discover what weapon he uses to pick up chicks!

Chris Stead: We've played the first Act of Gears of War 2 - everything is bigger, meaner and prettier. Does it all come down to the middleware?

Cliff Bleszinski: I think it comes down to having an extraordinary team. It is a combination of that and having the best tools in the business that enable our designers to rapidly prototype. Lee Perry, our senior gameplay designer, had a rough of the shield mauler boomer in like a day and he had the shield swinging around and he just passed that concept straight to the programmers and they just code it up.

So it is a combination of that and thinking quick on our feet and being well managed, as well as having what I believe are the best artists in entertainment....
 

Call of Duty: World at War Trophies Revealed for PlayStation 3!

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328w ago - Call of Duty: World at War is joining the ever-expanding list of titles that will come packed with Trophies for PlayStation 3 owners to unlock.

Most of these Trophies are attained only through the offline mode of play, and often call for you to play at the hardest difficulty setting. Some of these do contain spoilers, so beware. List is below:

Bronze Trophies

- Get Your Hands Dirty - Complete 'Semper Fi' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Bloody Peleliu - Complete 'Little Resistance' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- The Sword Is Broken - Complete 'Hard Landing' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Architect - Complete 'Vendetta' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- The Hammer Strikes - Complete 'Their Land, Their Blood' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Scorched Earth - Complete 'Burn 'em Out' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Fearless Complete - 'Relentless' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Hell on Wheels - Complete 'Blood and Iron' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- No Return - Complete 'Ring of Steel' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- When It Rains, It Pours Complete 'Eviction' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- One Bad Gato - Complete 'Blackcats' on Veteran difficulty. (Solo only)
- Blowtorch...
 

Capcom Diplomatically Disses XBox Live

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328w ago - Microsoft's Xbox Live boasts an enormous user base, however, many of its users have been nothing short of vocal in criticizing the monthly subscription fee required to fully "jump in."

Supporters of the service often cited the flexible in-game chat capability as its primary edge over the PlayStation Network, but recent updates on the part of Sony have bridged that gap.

The addition of online capabilities to consoles allowed gamers to remotely connect to each other, but more importantly, from a publishers perspective, it created a viable means for digital distribution of content. On that note, both the PS3 and 360 next-gen consoles have infrastructures capable of delivering digital content to consumers, but which format do publishers prefer?

In a recent interview, Capcom's digital content product manager, John Diamonon, discussed the current digital distribution options available to publishers. Diamonon complimented the PSN service, and had the following to say about XBL:

"As far as Microsoft goes-how can I say this diplomatically-there are things I think they'd like to do to promote content in multiple ways, and I think they'll get there eventually... but they're not there yet."

It should also be noted that Sony recently granted Capcom...
 
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