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Turok Unleashed: PSU Interview with Studio VP John Holmes

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369w ago - Back in the day, one of the best first person shooters to grace the N64 was known as Turok. Based on a fictional comic book character, Turok saw four instalments, the last of which being Turok: Evolution, which hit all consoles including the PC.

Since 2002, the Turok franchise has sit in the shadows collecting dust, waiting for resurrection. Then in 2005, Buena Vista Games announced it had acquired the rights to the Turok franchise and Propaganda Games would develop the first new title using the acclaimed Unreal Engine 3. Not quite the extinct species it was once perceived as, Turok now makes a triumphant to its past glory, releasing on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Our interview is with John Holmes, co-founder and Vice President of Propaganda Games. Covering everything from storyline to multiplayer, this interview provides all new juicy details on the long awaited revival of Turok so enjoy!
 

Devil May Cry 4 dated for Japan

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369w ago - The latest issue of Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu, has revealed that Capcom will be releasing Devil May Cry 4 in Japan on January 31, 2008, putting it slightly ahead of its North American release next February.

Consumers who purchase early will receive a special bonus DVD, featuring either Dante or Nero's likeness from what we can tell, with the actual game retailing for approximately 7990 yen.

Set between the events of the original Devil May Cry and its sequel, Devil May Cry 4 pits players in the shoes of Nero - a dexterous, highly accomplished swordsman and gunslinger.

Clashing with series protagonist Dante in the middle of a demonic invasion of the city of Fortuna, players must guide Nero on a quest for the truth as they make use of his deadly Devil Bringer arm, which gamers can utilize to string together a slew of devastating attack combos.
 

Disney Prez Blasts HD DVD Backers

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369w ago - Bob Chapek, president of Disney Studios Home Entertainment, said yesterday that Blu-ray's victory in the high-def disc format war is "inevitable."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Chapek blames supporters of Blu-ray's rival, HD DVD, for prolonging the format war. Disney is an exclusive backer of Blu-ray.

"Blu-ray's competition's attempts to sell less than the best will inevitably be trumped by what we stated from the very beginning: That the Blu-ray technology is not a half-step format that will sell consumers short, but rather it is a revolutionary technology that will change the way we view movies for the long term," Chapek said at a Blu-ray promotional event.

Chapek's remarks reflect the growing tension between the two sides as they enter what could be a critical holiday shopping season.

While Blu-ray discs have outsold HD DVD by a 2-1 margin this year, neither format has yet to generate significant sales of discs or players. Consumers have been turned off by the format war and high player prices.

However, several retailers, including Circuit City, recently began selling a sub-$200 Toshiba HD DVD player and it's likely that Blu-ray prices will come down soon as well, setting the stage for a holiday showdown.

Chapek yesterday seemed to take a "bring...
 

New Alone in the Dark 5 trailer

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369w ago - This is the new Alone in the Dark 5 trailer showing Central Park, where "nothing is as it used to".

Video can be seen below:



 

'Uncharted' Territory: Capturing Human Emotion in PS3 Games

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369w ago - There will soon come a day when creating a video game will be not much different than filming a movie.

Two games currently in development illustrate the fine line that divides the two processes -- and the actors who were cast for the games, rehearsed for them, and then acted in their "filming" can surely attest to their similarities.

Brand new technologies contributed to the creation of both games: Sony's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune -- expected to be released on Nov. 20 for the PlayStation 3 -- utilizes a state-of-the-art motion-capture process to give the illusion of life-like animated characters, while the martial arts fighters in Creative Edge Studios' Warriors of Elysia don't just seem real, they are real. For possibly the first time, live actors were filmed and their non-animated images placed in 3-D environments and made available for gamers to manipulate in real-time with whatever punches and kicks they choose. Warriors for the PC had been scheduled for year-end release but may be postponed until early 2008.

Sony and Creative Edge both claim that they are creating better games that benefit from being more lifelike because they capture human emotion. It remains to be seen whether gamers will agree when they vote with their pocketbooks.

"Instead of getting the usual over-the-top...
 
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