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PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update released!

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359w ago - As planned, v1.93 PS3 Firmware is now available below which should remedy the Network disconnect issue from v1.92 among other changes. There is currently no official changelog available, and props to both ibleedblue744 and vfxraven19 who let us know of the update!

Download: PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware v1.93 Update (EU)
 

Sony talks Home and user-gen content!

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359w ago - Sony says that the ultimate aim of Web 2.0-style user generated content is to make games more open and accessible.

VP of worldwide studios, Jamie Macdonald, said: "There's a changing landscape out there regarding how people interact with entertainment. People now, out of the box, expect to be able to interact in a connected fashion, and to exchange experiences built around that."

He went on to say: "I think what we're doing with Home, SingStar and LittleBigPlanet is, essentially, providing the environment in which people can create their own entertainment experiences and share them with a much wider circle of friends than they've had before."

Peter Edward, director of the PlayStation Home platform group added: "We're into another area where gaming is not just an interactive experience, but it's an interactive experience with your friends, rather than with the people who made the game."

"Giving people that semi-ownership of the game itself is great for building up the bond between the games and the gamer, rather than it just being a commodity that you use and, once it's expired, you move onto the next thing. It's great, because it gives longevity to games, which was a very difficult thing to do before."

Sony also once again shunned comparisons between its upcoming Home...
 

NHL 2K8 Review

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359w ago - For years now, 2K Sports' NHL 2K series has been the gold standard for hockey games, both in gameplay and depth of content. But over the last couple of installments, a trend has been developing. While certain strides have been made to improve various aspects of the game in each installment, these changes have become less and less significant. Last year, most of the work went into the presentation, which left the fun yet aging gameplay engine much the same as it was in NHL 2K6. In NHL 2K8, the gameplay has been reworked in some key areas, but many of these changes don't really improve the gameplay so much as change it for the sake of changing it.

There isn't the feeling that 2K8 has really moved the series forward in any major capacity, and in some regards, it feels like a step backward. This is a good game of hockey that's jam-packed with features, but it's nowhere near the level of quality the series has previously set for itself.

Most people's first reaction to NHL 2K8 will probably be, "Wait, what the heck happened to the controls?" That's because the controls in 2K8 have been completely reworked, and not necessarily for the better. For example, shooting and passing have been mapped to the bumpers on the Xbox 360 controller, and to the R1 and L1 buttons on the PlayStation 3 controller. On top of that,...
 

PS3 diagnosed with Monster Madness

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359w ago - When Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia launched on the Xbox 360 and PC earlier this year, two major sore points for reviewers were the game's controls and camera. Those are just two aspects of the game Southpeak Interactive is looking to improve with its freshly announced version of the game for the PlayStation 3.

Set for release early next year, Monster Madness EX will bring the game to Sony's console with overhauled controls and a tweaked camera, as well as minigames and other "newly built-in extras." The game is being developed by Psyonix, a North Carolina-based studio that has previously worked on the PC shooter Red Orchestra, as well as Unreal Tournament 2004's Onslaught game type.
 

LocoRoco going Cocoreccho

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359w ago - New quirky creature title--billed as an "interactive screensaver"--coming exclusively to the PlayStation Network.

More LocoRoco goodness is incoming from Sony--this time on to the PlayStation Network. The latest title in the LocoRoco series will be called LocoRoco Cocoreccho in the UK, instead of its Japanese name, Oiedeyo LocoRoco! Boo Boo Cocoreccho! The game will be available from September 20 on the PlayStation Network.

The original LocoRoco game, created by Japanese game designer Tsutomu Kouno and producer Kazuhito Miyaki, was first released in Europe in June 2006 on the PlayStation Portable. The player moved the creatures called LocoRoco through the game using the L and R buttons to tilt the screen, joining them together and splitting them apart again to access different areas. A mobile version of the game has also been spotted in Japan.

The game will cost £1.99 in the UK--international pricing has yet to be confirmed, but will likely be in the region of $4 for the US.
 
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