PS3 News Public IRC Channel Reopened, Podcast and More!

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242w ago - Just a few things that we normally don't have time to mention during the week... we have recently reopened a public PS3 News IRC Channel for those who wish to idle there and occasionally mingle or swap files with others.

Just click on the IRC icon above each page to join.

Next up, Mexicodude908 has started doing PS3 News Podcasts for those on the go... this way you can still catch up on the latest news!

Finally, we have recently added a PS3 News Facebook and PS3 News Twitter page for those who'd like to follow us that way.

That's about it for now... expect some big news from CJPC sometime this coming week though!
 

Assassin's Creed II - New Gameplay Style Revealed Using 'Toys'

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242w ago - New information has been released on the various gadgets or 'toys' you will be able to play with in the upcoming game from Ubisoft, Assassin's Creed II, as follows:

Coins - Assassin's Creed II will feature an economic system allowing you to apparently pickpocket anyone you see and buy extra knives and other objects throughout the game. Ezio also has the ability to throw some coins into the crowd and watch people scramble to pick them, allowing a very juicy time to escape.

Poison - Ezio will be able to acquire poison to use on his hidden blades. The poison eventually kills the target (after a minute or so), but until such a time, the target goes insane, and will babble with madness, trash around and lash out at people and guards.

Smoke Bombs - These were first seen in a preview the developers of the game created at which time they used them to blind the guards and quickly run away.

The toys can also be combined in various ways. Poison a guard and have a crowd of people gather around to watch the show. Then throw some coins on the ground and watch them scramble to pick them up while crazy-pants beats them to a pulp. This creates a nice little distraction, allowing you to sneak past the guards.

These toys are confirmed as being available, in addition...
 

Video: Ratchet's Rocket: A Crack in Time's New Space Gameplay

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242w ago - Insomniac Games Community Relations Manager James Stevenson has shared a new Ratchet's Rocket: A Crack in Time's Space Gameplay video today on the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: One of our huge focus points on Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time has been exploration and replay value. This focus is highlighted by our space exploration gameplay, which allows you to fly Ratchet's ship between the planets in the game - while landing on spherical moons and completing side quests.

We put together this video with Creative Director Brian Allgeier that will give you a first look at the new space gameplay.

One of our favorite parts of space gameplay is how it really rewards you for exploring. The various spherical moons contain Zoni, which allow you to upgrade your ship's abilities and weapons, and are also required to face-off against our final uber-boss in replay mode (that's right, hardcore fans, a special boss you'll need to get beat to get the last trophy).





There's also a huge incentive to explore in that you can discover new mods for your constructo weapons. We're also really excited because the designers have created some excellent platforming and hoverbooting moons -and some of them, especially later in...
 

Video: CoD: Modern Warfare 2 New Single Player Gameplay

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242w ago - Today a new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video has hit YouTube, featuring Single Player Gameplay.

The footage was apparently shot at the Game Crazy company convention.

To quote from the video's caption:

"Shot this at the Game Crazy company convention on 8/25/09. Really fun to watch with a crowd of game fans."

Those interested can check it out below, courtesy of xrighthandredx. Cheers!




 

Videos: New PS3 Ad Campaign: It Only Does Everything

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242w ago - Today Marketing & PlayStation Network Senior Vice President Peter Dille has unveiled the PS3 console's new ad campaign- It Only Does Everything.

To quote: I'm excited today to unveil our brand new ad campaign for PlayStation 3. This year is going to be a game-changing year for PlayStation.

Last week, we extended an incredible value proposition with the $299 price move and the introduction of a sleek new form factor for the 120 GB PS3. We've coupled this news with a truly unmatched content line up this year with some of the most eagerly anticipated games in our history.

But this is just half the story. Today we are laying down the final puzzle piece with a new marketing campaign for the PS3 and the introduction of its new tagline, "It Only Does Everything."

You may remember our MLB ad from earlier this year where we introduced Dustin Pedroia's "Dear PlayStation" spot and our resident PlayStation expert Kevin Butler.

These new ads, created by our partners at Deutsch LA, birthed a new campaign in which we will have direct conversations with consumers about everything the PS3 can do. And as you'll see below, "It Only Does Everything."

We know many of you would...
 







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