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PS3 Blu-Ray BGA Firmware Pulled!

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351w ago - We have received this image from an anoymous source, of the traces under the PS3's Blu-Ray drives firmware chip.

Our Dev's have been working around the clock for weeks analyzing and tinkering with the firmware, and maybe we will see a solution for backups in the near future!
 

Backbreaker details revealed

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351w ago - Natural Motion have revealed details about their forthcoming American Football game, Backbreaker.

With stiff competition in the shape of Madden and All Pro Football to contend with, the developers boast that the action is never the same and every hit looks and feels as realistic as it does on the field.

The game will use the same groundbreaking technology featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

In perhaps a slight dig at Tiburon's Madden series, Natural Motion also claim that the game will avoid canned animations and repetitious gameplay, and instead focus the game on the powerful mix of technology, biology and a tenacious attitude.

The technology used will use the power of the PS3 to simulate a players nervous system, muscles and biomechanics of the football players, making the game as physically realistic as possible.

Its key selling appoint appears to be that no animation will be repeated and the gameplay won't become stale- we'll just have to wait and see if that's true.
 

Uncharted Developer talks Award System and SPU Usage

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351w ago - In an interview with PALGN, Naughty Dog game designer Evan Wells talked about the Upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive, Uncharted. In the interview, Wells reveals much about the game including its length, quest, and why the game is perfect only for the PS3. Some of the key features revealed are as followed:

- First play-through should last 10-12 hours.
- There will be four levels of difficulty.
- There are 60 little treasures hidden throughout the game to keep the gamer immersed for hours on in, expanding the length of the game's experience.
- Rumble is built right into the game.

"We've also put into the game a medal system, so as you're playing the game if you perform special feats you'll get medals, such as getting a certain number of headshots, getting a certain number of headshots in a row, killing people, doing a special brawl combo, just lots of things along the way that will unlock the medals.

The medals then contribute to your overall medal score and your medal scores then feed into our bonus system which allows all of the unlockables to be unlocked." said Evan Wells.
 

Mark Rein praises PS3 version of UT3

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351w ago - In a recent forum post by Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games, he states that the PS3 version of Unreal Tournament 3 is running top notch and that PlayStation 3 owners will be in for a treat.

"I was playing the PS3 build for a few hours tonight and it is really, really fantastic. Amazingly smooth and solid. I think you PS3 users are in for a huge treat with UT3," said Mark Rein.

One of the best features about the PS3 version is the ability to download user maps created via the PlayStation Network. However without the PC version, players will not have access to a level editor, and must wait for PC users to upload their maps.

In addition, Epic Games has confirmed that the PS3 version will support both a keyboard and mouse and the SIXAXIS/DualShock 3 controller.
 

Rumor: Sony to release Uncharted/Ratchet Bundle in EU

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351w ago - According to recent reports, SCEE is preparing to launch 3 new bundles in Spain and other European countries.

Also mentioned is the release of a new red PSP packaged with both the Spider-man 3 game and movie.

Here are the following RUMORED bundles:

Movie Pack: (40GB PS3 with Spider-man 3 Blu-ray)
Price: 419.99 €
Release: October 31st, 2007

Game Bundle 1: (40GB PS3 with Ratchet and Clank)
Price: 439.99 €
Release: November 15th, 2007

Game Bundle 2: (40GB PS3 with Uncharted Drakes Fortune)
Price: 439.99 €
Release: December 15th, 2007

Red PSP Bundle: (PSP with Spider-man 3 game and UMD movie)
Price: 204.99 €
Release: October 31st, 2007

With no official word from SCEE yet, this is all still a rumor. Expect to hear something soon though. Stay tuned for more information.
 
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