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Brothers in Arms breaks cover

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369w ago - Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, the ambitious followup to Ubisoft's squad-focused WWII series, has been off the radar for quite a while. Here, though, is a rationing of new shots that have been recently air-dropped, deployed, etc and so on to us.

We're still awaiting our first proper, in-depth gameplay experience so that we can feel out the new wider environments, super-destructive levels and inevitably cleverer AI. But, once we do, you'll no doubt be reading about it.
 

UT3 - Extra-vehicular activity

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369w ago - The Western world is pretty permissive of made-up violence, though, and Unreal revels in it. Take, for instance, death by Manta, a sort of Everglades airboat with downward-facing fans. "If you land on those blades, it does what logic dictates," says UT3's irrepressible lead producer Jeff Morris. "You get sucked through the meat grinder, and gore paints the terrain beneath."

The grisly outcome is Epic's response to unexpected player ingenuity. "Originally, Mantas couldn't carry flags in UT2004 CTF," he explains. "They're much too fast for that mode." Nonetheless, he found flag carriers jumping onto nacelles -- an evolution of wing-walking exploits that became standard practice in Battlefield 1942.
 

The Future of Sony Online Entertainment?

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369w ago - The next big thing in massively multiplayer online games might very well be the decidedly old school world of card games. Online trading card games to be specific.

Since its August launch inside Everquest and Everquest II more than 4,500 matches of the Everquest-themed online trading card game Legends of Norrath have been played.

SOE president John Smedley told me in a recent interview that more than 30 percent of the MMOs' players are currently playing the trading card game and that they've sold more than 5,000 virtual boxes of booster packs for about $100 a pop.
 

PlayStation Eye Hands-on

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369w ago - The Eye of Judgment is set to ship on October 23 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The game is special in that it requires the PlayStation Eye to play it, though luckily said device will be included in the package. The successor to the PlayStation 2's EyeToy, the PlayStation Eye is Sony's webcam device that will allow you to interact with your games in ways that a standard controller can not, like using your whole body to play a game.

We received a couple builds of The Eye of Judgment in the office today along with a couple PlayStation Eyes for testing purposes. While we've had numerous chances in the past to play the game, we hadn't yet had the ability to run the PlayStation Eye through its paces, so that's exactly what we did.

In practice, the PlayStation Eye works almost exactly the same as the EyeToy does with regards to its settings and whatnot that you'll find on the PS3. In the Accessory Settings under Camera Device Settings, you can view a preview window of what the camera sees and can change between either 50hz or 60hz display settings (to get rid of crawling lines on screens in the background). As of right now there are no options for capturing snapshots or videos directly to the system, but hopefully Sony will add at least rudimentary functionality for this with a future firmware update.
 

PSU attends Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour

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369w ago - PSU.com has recently had the chance to venture to Seattle, Washington and attend Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour, and we are back to tell you of our adventures.

Disney has been touring the United States with the help of Panasonic, and other companies such as Monster Cables, and Sony. There are several stops in major cities across the US, in which a Blu-ray demonstration booth is set up. This booth is loaded with several of Panasonics flat screen HDTV's each hooked up to a Blu-ray player. We spotted two PlayStation 3 consoles hooked up in addition to several Panasonic players.

The tour's target audience is families, with a strong promotion of family friendly titles such as Cars, Ratatouille, and Pirates of the Caribbean being displayed. The tour is not just for children though, a spoken presentation with video integration gives a brief history describing Disney's strive to stay on top of the technology and dedication to entertainment is actually quite entertaining and informative. It is a great way to show the benefits of Blu-ray to people who do not know. However, anyone who already owns Blu-ray will not likely benefit as much from this presentation.

Presentations aside, the displays they have set up are very nice to say the least. Shown at our stop were looping videos promoting Blu-ray...
 
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