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Konami battling PS3 PES 2008 online lag

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350w ago - Konami is working to iron out severe lag PS3 owners are currently experiencing with PES 2008.

An online notification displayed when gamers enter the PES 2008 lobby revealed that the publisher has uncovered "issues which can affect the online gameplay quality of PES 2008" and is working "full strength to find a solution as quickly as possible".

At the time of writing PS3 PES 2008 is practically unplayable online, with the ball pinging about uncontrollably and players randomly disappearing and reappearing.

Konami is already suffering criticism from gamers who say the PS3 version of the game suffers from frame rate issues and slowdown. You can see why we gave the game seven out of 10 in our review here. You can also see our exclusive gameplay footage here.

In further online notifications, Konami has revealed that between 25 October and 1 November there will be daily maintenance between 08.00 - 09.00 (BST), during which time online play will be shut down. This is in addition to ongoing regular maintenance every Monday between 07.00 - 08.00 (BST).

Here's Konami's notification in full: "Konami Digital Entertainment has uncovered issues which can affect the online gameplay?(sic) quality of PES 2008 on PLAYSTATION 3. We?(sic) are working at full strength to find a solution...
 

Assassin’s Creed, Haze, Rabbids 2 delayed?

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350w ago - Ubisoft is to delay four games until next year, possibly including heavyweights Haze, Rayman Raving Rabbids and Assassin's Creed, the French publisher has announced.

In a financial report put out by Ubisoft, the company announced that, "As a result of the positive trends observed during the first half of the year as well as the positive outlook for the third quarter, Ubisoft has decided to postpone the release of certain games".

The titles in question weren't confirmed, but the report went on to state that, "Six franchises are now scheduled for release in 2007-08 (Brothers in Arms, Far Cry, Rayman Raving Rabbids, The Settlers, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and an unannounced franchise), compared with the previously announced seven."

The report then added: "Three new brands are now scheduled for release in 2007-08 (Assassin's Creed, Haze, Tom Clancy's End War), compared with the previously announced six ... the four games concerned will now strengthen Fiscal 2008-09".

Fiscal 2007-2008 ends on 31 March 2008.

It will certainly be interesting to see which of these games gets delayed. While it's no surprise to see the likes of Brothers in Arms, End War and Splinter Cell (given the latter two had been confirmed as being for 2008 anyway), it's slightly worrying...
 

Playstation Store Updated 10/25

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350w ago - The Playstation Store has been updated and while most of the content relates to the PSEye there are quite a few gems in there also, such as a excellent demo for Ratchet and Clank. The full update is listed below.

Games:
Aqua Vita (£1.99 / €2,99) EyeCreate (free)
Operation Creature Feature (£3.49 / €4,99)
PixelJunk Racers (£4.99 / €7,99)
The Trials of Topoq (£3.49 / €4,99)

Demos:
Tony Hawk
Ratchet & Clank

Content:
Folklore kidnapped pack (£1.49 / €1,99)
MotorStorm Halloween livery (free)

Games Videos:
Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection Online (trailer)
Toy Home (trailer)
Midnight Club LA (trailer)
Metal Gear Online (TGS 2007)
The Eye of Judgment (introduction)

Movie Trailers:
Courage Under Fire (Blu-ray)
Beowulf
Stardust
 

Top Gear on GT5

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350w ago - Our inbox will be relieved at least. Not a day goes by without somebody firing us a note saying either they - or their amazing old Capri - can lap the TG test track faster than Stig. Next year, on Playstation 3, you'll be able to find out.

Top Gear has hooked up with Sony to make our iconic test track part of Gran Turismo 5. And as an office with the permanent distraction of a Playstation 2, race seat, force-feedback wheel and a copy of the current GT4, it's the best news we've had since Alonso missed out on the F1 championship.

The latest iteration of the GT series will also be fully online - and, alongside lapping the TG circuit, players will be able to download classic episodes of Top Gear via a dedicated motoring channel called Gran Turismo TV on the Playstation network.

So, how long do we have to wait? As with previous versions of the game a scaled-down prologue will come first with around 10 tracks and 60 cars. This will feature the Top Gear TV content but not the TG track. There's no official word on when this is due, but we're expecting it to hit the UK around Spring next year.

The full version of the game is due to arrive around Christmas 2008 and, again, details are yet to be confirmed. We have been told to expect around 900 cars and, of course, our track.

We'll...
 

Sony Leaking New PS3 Features With Trademarks

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350w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has began to register many new trademarks for US Patent and Trademark Office called Ember, SkyBlue, Carriage Return, and Race Day.

These new trademarks are going to be for new products which some believe could have an impact on either the PS3 or PSP in some way shape or form. These trademarks go hand in hand with the number of other products which went through the same process prior to release such as the games Snakeball, Operation Creature Feature, and others for the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Eye.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan added a new trademark called the Broadcasting Engine. It is believes that this is an effort by Sony to try and connect consumer products such as cell phones to the PS3 and PSP through the PlayStation Network.
 
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