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UK sales of PS3 and 360 neck-and-neck in 2007

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378w ago - Hardware statistics from ChartTrack show PS3 and Xbox 360 are within a hair's breadth of one another in terms of total calender year sales to date.

Xbox 360 enjoyed a 12-week headstart on PS3 before it was launched on March 23rd, but both systems have near identical sales figures for the first 38 weeks of the year.

However, 55 per cent of all PS3 sales came in the first four weeks after the console's launch date.

Xbox 360 is still benefiting from its price drop and the introduction of the Elite model last month, when it enjoyed a 260 per cent jump in sales. Since then (week 34), it has consistently sold more units than PS3 week-on-week.

ChartTrack director Dorian Bloch believes that the price of Sony's machine and lack of killer app software will see Microsoft's format pull ahead in the closing months of 2007.

"Prior to week 34, it's fair to say that Xbox 360 sales were verging on the unimpressive," he told MCV. "But since Elite was released and the 360 price drop has kicked in, Xbox is outselling PS3 week-on-week."

The consoles are at different stages of their lifecycles, and long-term the sales balance could easily shift. But unless a PS3 price cut comes in - and after Tokyo Games show it looks unlikely - it's difficult to see the 360...
 

Nomura on PS3: PS3 is the only console for Final Fantasy XIII

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378w ago - Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix has confirmed that the PS3 allows his team the freedom to create their vision for FFXIII and Vs XIII, stating that they are near perfect!

"PS3 allows all our visions to come true".
 

Gran Turismo HD to be Removed in Japan

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378w ago - Gran Turismo HD was initially intended as a limited time Christmas present of sorts for early PlayStation 3 adopters, but some nine months later, the free download is still available via the PlayStation Store. However, with Gran Turismo 5: Prologue on the horizon, Gran Turismo HD's days appear to be numbered -- at least in Japan.

GameLife reports that Sony will remove the title from the PlayStation Store in Japan this Sunday, September 30th. No word yet on whether the North American version of Gran Turismo HD will suffer the same fate, but we recommend downloading it immediately (wherever you are) if you haven't already. Along with the removal, the Japanese Gran Turismo website will no longer track rankings for the title, though the in-game leaderboards will continue to function.
 

NBA 08 Review for PS3

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378w ago - There's no question that this year's game is better than last year's, but its gameplay is so laden with problems that it's still not worth your time. For starters, there's not a whole lot to do. There's no franchise mode, only a bare-bones single-season mode. You can't manage a salary cap, draft players, sign contracts, manage team finances, or pretty much anything else basketball games have been doing for the last several years.

You can trade players, but the CPU doesn't bother to veto trades, so you can trade the worst player in the league for the best player whenever you want. There are a few minigames to choose from, though they're nothing new. Own the court is a timed head-to-head shooting challenge that's pretty fun; the three-point contest is entertaining against friends for a few rounds; and skills challenge, where you dribble, pass, and shoot on an obstacle course, is rather lame...again.

If you fancy an online game you can go online, but if your experience is anything like ours, you won't be able to find anyone to play unless you get a second copy of the game and trick a friend into playing. Once we did get someone to play against, the game ran fairly smoothly and the lag didn't affect the timing of the shot meter much at all.

NBA 08's only unique gameplay mode is NBA replay. The...
 

PSN MotorStorm-ed by Sigma add-ons

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378w ago - September began with a deluge of content being loaded onto Sony's PlayStation Network. In addition to five demos, the first week of the month saw add-on packs for MotorStorm and Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Though understandably not as robust, Sony is ending September in much the same way, with add-ons for Ninja Gaiden redux part deux and Phil Harrison's most favorite racer, as well as a pair of demos landing on the PlayStation Network this week.

Tecmo has released its second of three planned add-ons for Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Whereas the Weapon Master add-on tasked players with surviving using a limited set of weapons, the new Speed Master download puts players under a time and power-gauge limit in five survival modes. As with the first, the mode includes leaderboards and is available for $2.99. Fans of Sony Europe's off-road racer now have the Castro Capitano racing truck to cake with mud. As with the four rides released earlier this month, the Castro Capitano costs $0.99 to download.

As reported earlier this week, a trial of Clive Barker's supernatural spooker has been added to the PSN. In the demo, players will attempt to survive in the city of Al-Khali during the Crusades. As the spirit of deceased squad leader Cpt. Devin Ross, players are able to possess the bodies of heavy-weapons expert Sgt. Frank Delgado,...
 
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