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'Haze' demo a mess

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379w ago - The year is 2048. The United Nations is no more and in its place stands Mantel Global Industries, a private military corporation. In order to make its soldiers stronger and more deadly, Mantel has begun administering a bio-medical substance called NECTAR.

You control proud soldier Shane Carpenter who comes to realize that Mantel is not the most ethical of all cold-hearted multination corporations focused on global domination, and NECTAR may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I know - I'm as shocked as you are.

It seems NECTAR is being used to control soldiers and shield them from the world's horrifying reality. As a result you switch sides and must battle wave after wave of jacked up super warriors.

Asininely left-wing, derivative dystopian storyline aside, trailer footage showed Haze as the PS3's answer to Halo - offering similar style combat and multiplayer, but with a trippy twist. Unfortunately, the demo I played was a complete mess.

For starters, the game waited until I was already knee-deep in combat to stop gameplay and show a tutorial on the many uses of NECTAR. This is akin to teaching an aspiring boxer how to punch only after the opening bell.

Truth be told though, the NECTAR didn't seem to do much but create colour...
 

The PlayStation 3 Strikes Back

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379w ago - Console price cut leads to near-tripling of sales in the UK.

Simple economics says that when you bring the price of something down, as long as the demand is there, more people will buy it, and that's been proven true by Sony as sales of the PlayStation 3 have jumped after a price cut on the console last week.

On 10 October Sony introduced the £299 40 GB PS3 and simultaneously dropped the price of the 60 GB model to £349. Almost immediately sales rose, by nearly 178 per cent according to figures from Chart reported by MCV.

The influx of new PS3 owners had an effect on game sales too, with three exclusive games - Heavenly Sword, MotorStorm and Resistance: Fall Of Man - storming back up the charts.

More PS3 were sold last week than at any time since two weeks after launch, MCV said. That's quite a turnaround for a console that a month ago had its worst sales week ever.

Exactly which of the two versions of the hardware is responsible for the biggest part of the sales rise is unclear and Sony did not comment on the matter.

The 40 GB PS3 has come in for some criticism because it lacks any support for PlayStation 2 games, though software for the original PlayStation will still work.

The big question now for Sony is whether this the start of...
 

Gran Turismo TV Goes Live!

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379w ago - If you have downloaded the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Demo, you will now see that the GT TV icon is active. You will see a little NEW tag on it, letting you know there is content available.

The first three available videos are in standard definition. They are from Best Motoring, Autobacs Super GT, and D1 Grand Prix. Here is a quick video showing the screens and the download process courtesy of kenvsryu555:




 

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of October 21

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379w ago - The holiday season officially begins this week with the first huge weekly game drop which should continue on through to the beginning of December. Disappointed with the PS3's current lineup? You've come to the right place - the full release list is as follows:

US Games:

  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Clive Barker's Jericho
  • Conan
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Ratatouille

    EU Games:

  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Clive Barker's Jericho
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008

    Asian Games:

  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Imabi Kisou

    We've received word that Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is being shipped early by the online retailer Play.com - and by "early" we mean "now". So if you can't wait until Friday (and we have a feeling a lot of you can't) then what are you waiting for? We're really happy to see Eye of Judgment being released in all three territories during the same week. The cards will be released at the same time in booster packs and preconstructed decks. All together now - "Goodbye moneys!"

    Don't forget your...
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    Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Web site opens!

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    379w ago - Sony has launched the official Web site for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue at www.Gran-Turismo.com today.

    There are new screenshots, videos, info on game content and the new TV feature as well as a first-look at the official box art (pictured below).
     
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