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Yakuza 3: First Feudal shots

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372w 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.
 

Analyst: 'Window is narrowing' for PS3 turnaround

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372w ago - After remaining optimistic on PS3 for close to a year despite slow sales, NPD analyst Anita Frazier acknowledged on Thursday that time is running short for Sony to stage a turnaround in the console industry.

"There is no doubt that the window Sony has to turn this around and bolster their position in the marketplace is narrowing," she told GameDaily Biz.

On Thursday it was reported that PS3 sales had dropped by 21 percent in August, this after a single month jump in sales in July due to the machine's recent $100 price drop.

"With only 4 months left in this calendar year, November and December will be absolutely critical [for Sony] to gain more solid ground with the PS3," Frazier added. "The story is still not fully written, but it's coming much closer to being so."
 

Preview: Kane and Lynch for PS3

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372w ago - Kane and Lynch dropped by the office this week, and what ensued was gruesome, gritty, and fun. We got to learn more about the background on these two killers, and see them in all their gratuitous murdering glory, going hands-on with the first mission of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men.

The first level unveils a lot of background on the main character, Kane. He used to belong to "The Seven," a group of top mercenaries, but the game starts off with him behind bars. Assuming the rest of The Seven died after a botched job, Kane had run off with a mysterious briefcase. He only learns that they're very much alive as they send Lynch to break him out of prison. Now, unless he brings them the briefcase, they're going to kill his wife and daughter.

The story is one of the intriguing parts of the game, and the action has the potential to set it apart. No, it doesn't have all the pretty textures of a lot of the games coming out this holiday season, but it does have a lot of stuff going on. Tons of cops were chasing us, destroying terrain and blowing up gas tanks, their cars screeching to a halt on the street (or crashing through walls), and everyone's bullets were flying. The game tries hard to feel like a heist movie, and in this first level it succeeds with flying colors.

The way enemy snipers work and how...
 

OJ squeezed out $50K for All-Pro 2K8

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372w ago - Never ones to circumvent a controversy, Take-Two ruffled more than a few feathers with the inclusion of exceptionally talented football star and questionably acquitted murder suspect OJ Simpson in All-Pro Football 2K8. The move was made all the more controversial, considering Simpson could be assigned to the fictional Assassins team, knife-wielding mascot and all.

In August, Reuters reported that Simpson was to fork over royalties paid to him for his appearance in the game to the family of Ron Goldman as part of the still-outstanding $33.5 million civil suit judgment against the Juice. However, at the time, it was not revealed, exactly, how much Simpson received, though he was also ordered to turn over any legal documentation associated with the deal.

Sleuthing through the contract between Take-Two and Simpson, TheStreet has discovered that OJ received $50,000 for lending his likeness to the football sim. Simpson was paid in two installments, with $25,000 exchanging hands shortly after signing onto the game in January and the remainder disbursed upon All-Pro 2K8's release in July. The contract also notes that, were it renewed for two more years, Simpson would receive a further $50,000.
 

Preview: Folklore for PS3!

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372w ago - In Folklore the barrier between the lands of the living and dead is far from impenetrable. Living souls that travel between are called "messengers," and Folklore concerns itself with two in particular: Keats, a worldly reporter obsessed with the occult, and Ellen, a young woman with a murky past. Both are lured to the town of Doolin in short order, and the death of one thrusts both on a journey through seven strange realms of the Netherworld.

Each metaphysical neighborhood is shaped by how the living view death, resulting in worlds as diverse as the thoughts that brought them into being. The Faery Realm is a psychedelic wonderland of glowing butterflies and vibrant foliage that feels more like an interactive painting than anything nature might manage. Warcadia, on the other hand, is a nightmarish eternal battlefield where bullets never stop flying and bombers never stop diving.

Whether exploring the watery blue of the Undersea City, or wandering the halls of the Endless Corridor, the beautiful otherworldly visuals can't gloss over the fact that something's not quite right in the Netherworld, and most of the residents aren't terribly pleased to see you traipsing across their property. Over a hundred different monsters, called "Folks," want to take a chunk out of your hide.

Whether you're strafing...
 
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