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DiRT Review for PS3

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363w ago - The game already looks phenomenal, but when you combine that with a smooth frame rate, you've got something special.

There have been plenty of driving games of late that have been visually impressive, but very few live up to the visual fidelity displayed by DiRT. This game is a technical achievement in car design, track design, and damage modeling. To begin with, the cars are beautifully rendered, highly detailed models that are as fantastic to look at as they are to destroy. Damage modeling is one of the most impressive aspects of the game; you can lose bumpers or doors, break glass, tear up the paintjob, and roll your ride into a crushed, deformed mess. Tracks are equally beautiful and destructible. From the rain-slick tarmac tracks of Japan and the dusty backroads of Italy to the muddy, gravelly countryside of the UK, DiRT nails every environment wonderfully.

The game also uses lighting to fantastic effect, not just to emphasize how shiny and reflective the cars are, but to give each track an individual atmosphere. Driving around desert mountains in the washed-out haze of late day is an amazing sight to behold, for sure. And if you feel like tearing up these tracks, you can bust through fences, barriers, bushes, and anything else not held to the ground with concrete. All the while, dirt, mud, or gravel...
 

Time Crisis 4: Hands-On with FPS Mode

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363w ago - First, some background. First-person shooter mode in Time Crisis 4 tells a somewhat tangential story that complements the main action found in the game's arcade mode. In it, you'll be playing as Captain Rush, who has been tasked with discovering the source of the so-called terror bites, which are essentially swarms of nasty-looking bugs that pop up throughout the various missions. As Rush, you'll be responsible for blasting your way through 15 stand-alone stages that feature some crossover with the game's main storyline. You might even see some familiar faces. Have no fear, though. Unlike the vaguely Euro-trashy heroes in Time Crisis' main storyline, Rush is a badass by comparison.

Unlike the main mode, FPS mode in Time Crisis 4 gives you a first-person view of the action. In this mode, you're on your own, soldier. No buddy to help you out when stuff hits the fan. Heck, you're even going to have to reload your weapon manually. Think you can handle that?

Now, about your weapon. Yes, it looks like a big, ugly hunk of plastic, but it's actually quite handy once you get used to it. First, notice the two analog sticks, which are used to control Captain Rush. You move with the left stick, and can look all around with the right stick. However, keep in mind that when the time comes to shell out lead, you can unleash...
 

New PS3 SKU at FCC

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363w ago - Helping to 'confirm' rumors of a new upcoming SKU for the PS3 (40GB?) is the fact that SONY currently has a new SKU under testing at the FCC.. Model #CECHG01.

FCC Link: FCC ID 'AK8CBEH1000'

Nothing to indicate what the difference is but this does lend more fuel to the 'new sku' debate.
 

Sony decorates Home- new and improved virtual world!

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363w ago - Sony has been working hard to make sure everything in Home, its PS3 online network of public lobbies and private spaces, is exactly where it should be. And its also been busy preventing the majority of Beta testers from blabbing about the service.

However, a few naughty testers have been snapping screenshots, recording videos and posting their results on the internet for all to see. So, thanks to them, we can now show you just how well the newest version of Home is shaping up.

Check out the shots of Sony's new pad in the gallery.

Video: Playstation Home Beta Upgrade

This latest video takes you on a tour of Home's environments and also visits a number of the gaming areas, which should help to convince you that Sony's bold move into the online social networking community is going to be something rather special.
 

Yakuza 3: First Feudal shots

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363w ago - Out go pole-dancing hookers and in come the look-but-don't-touch Geisha - for the third instalment of Sega's gangland scrapper, Yakuza, the action is shifting to the 17th Century. Set in 1605, Yakuza 3 will take place in Edo. (Learn Something New Every Day department: That's what Tokyo was once called).

Immediately, from the first shots, Yakuza takes a clear break from its Oldboy-influenced action and concrete locales. At first, we mistook it for another Kengo, or a new Way of the Samurai episode. But it certainly looks stunning, and we're not complaining if we can whip a katana around.

Accordingly, there's a change in gameplay too. The Heat moves from the last two, modern-day games are axed in favour of sword lunging one-hit-kills. You'll have four fighting styles, from bare fists to the choice of wielding one sword, two swords or a broadsword.

Currently, Yakuza 3 is billed as a PS3 exclusive. The series has done fantastically well in Japan, which will undoubtedly give Sony a boost in early 2008 when the new game launches in the East. UK or US launches have yet to be confirmed, but we're certain it'll hit during next year.
 
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