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Morello a villain in Guitar Hero III

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359w ago - In addition to a heavy reliance on master recording tracks, Activision and RedOctane have signed on a number of big-name rockers to appear as bosses in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. One of the major announcements coming out of the GHIII camp during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit was that Guns N' Roses thrasher Slash would be doling out his special brand of rock for the rhythm game. Earlier this month, Poison frontman Bret Michaels was named as the second legend of rock to take the stage.

The third epic rocker to lend his signature twang in person to Guitar Hero III will reportedly be Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Morello reportedly confirmed his appearance as a boss character, saying, "Whenever I play Guitar Hero, my opponent always kicks my ass on my own riffs...Now that I'm actually in the game, I hope the digital me will win once in a while!" A RedOctane rep has since confirmed Morello's presence in the game, noting that "track(s) that involve Morello will be announced shortly."

Known for his funk-heavy riffs and synthetic guitar sounds, Morello jammed with politically minded rockers Rage Against the Machine from 1991 to 2000. He and the rest of Rage's instrumentation joined with former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell to form supergroup Audioslave...
 

Ferrari Challenge PlayStation 3 Hands-On

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359w ago - The game itself is called Ferrari Challenge, and it's aiming to offer nothing less ambitious than the entire Ferrari production line since 1947. There's one rather large caveat there, in that it will ship with 30 different models at launch, but System 3 hopes to fill out the rest of the catalog with monthly update. There's no solid information yet on pricing, but System 3 seem keen to take the microtransaction route via the PlayStation Store.

The same will go for tracks in the game, with the 13 available in the boxed copy being expanded with new ones each month (and Monaco as soon as the game launches). In the meantime, there'll be seven from Europe and six from America available at the start, four of which were available in the demo that we played at Ferrari's very own Mugello track in Italy. Sadly, that particular track wasn't on offer this time (it was last seen in Forza Motorsport 2), but Monza, Silverstone, Misano, and Paul Ricard all looked to accurately represent their real-world equivalents.

While the game might not feature Forza's blistering frame rates, it's still looking really good.Graphically, Ferrari Challenge doesn't look to offer the eye-melting detail of Project Gotham 4, nor will it offer the 60 frames per second of Forza 2. What it does offer are some impressively modeled, authentic-looking...
 

Motorstorm patch available for download!

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359w ago - Quote from the source: "Our latest update to the game brings you a range of improvements detailed below as well preparing the game for the MotorStorm™ Revenge Weekend PLAYSTATION®Network download pack that will be available to purchase within days and two additional vehicle packs that will be available later this month.

You will find more information on these in the PLAYSTATION®Store or within the PlayStation Forums at www.playstation.com in the coming days. Here's what the patch brings:

Vehicle Select enhancement - your last-used vehicle in each class will now be presented as the default choice during vehicle selection.

Assigned player colours are now displayed in the lobby to make keeping track of your friends and rivals easier during online races and Eliminator matches.

Further Player-Stat Improvements.

Purchasers of 'Coyote Revenge' can now race this track in Online and Time Attack.

Purchasers of Eliminator Mode will find results from this mode also contribute to their Fame Ranking.

Track Exploits for Grizzly and Raingod Mesa have been addressed.

Headset support - An occasional firewall conflict with headset communications has been resolved.

Headset support - voice comms output now available exclusively...
 

Analysts: 80GB PS3 dropping to $499 by Christmas

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359w ago - Analysts maintain that Sony will drop the price of the 80GB PS3 to $499 once retail supply of the discontinued 60GB model depletes; an announcement could come at the Tokyo Game Show later this month.

$100 PS3 price drop still not enough? "We note that Sony recently acknowledged that it will no longer produce its 60Gb PS3, and we expect the price of the 80Gb PS3 to be reduced to $499 before the holidays," said analyst Micheal Pachter after it was revealed that Sony's internal supply of 60GB had run dry.

Analyst Jesse Divnich agrees. "To remain competitive against the other consoles, the Sony PS3 would have to reduce its 80GB SKU by $100 down to $499. Other options, besides a price drop, could be the bundling of more free software titles, which has always been a popular option during the Holiday season," he said.
 

1.92 Update Features Confirmed

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359w ago - The official Sony website has been updated with the changelog for update 1.92 and simply states:

"Playability status with the PS3 system has changed for some PLAYSTATION2 format titles."
Further fueling speculation is that the update addresses the freezing issue within Warhawk, and contains no other features such as rumoured XMB flash movie backgrounds and faster XMB icon loads.
 
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