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Go! Sports Ski Review for PS3

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382w ago - Created by Yuke's Media Creations, the development house behind the wildly popular and successful SmackDown vs. RAW franchise, Go! Sports Ski is an abomination of a game. Its controls are terrible, the feature set is extremely bare-bones (even for a downloadable title) and some of the options and perks are head-scratchingly stupid.

Let's begin with the control issues. Aside from menu navigation, the game uses the Sixaxis motion controls exclusively. Movement, jumping, tricks and everything else are performed by tilting the controller, and there's no way to change this. While turning works decently, to an extent at least (it can be hard to make extreme cuts in the snow), things like tricks and even just using your poles to push yourself can be frustrating, unresponsive and aggravating.

To push with your poles, you need to twist the controller left and right. This sounds simple enough, but the game will oftentimes think that you're trying to jump. And even when it does work, your dude will usually continue to push after you wish to stop, and you can't turn while pushing, so you're left out of control.

Speaking of control, there are issues with the gear that you're allowed to pick. You have three options for skis - one that turns well but is slow, one that's fast but turns like a boat, and one...
 

Shadow of the Colossus 'sequel' quasi-confirmed

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382w ago - Sony seems to have leaked news of an ICO/Shadow of the Colossus sequel, expectedly for PS3.

After asking the Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) for news regarding Team ICO, which developed ICO and Shadow of the Colossus for PS2, Team ICO Gamers Blog was presented with the following reply:

"We asked Sony boss Kaz Hirai what was going on with Team ICO a couple of months back," alleges OPM. "As he was pleading ignorance, one of the other execs present blurted out, 'I'm pretty sure they're doing the sequel.'"

Afterwards, the room immediately fell silent says OPM.
 

Folklore Review for PS3!

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382w ago - If you had proof that there was life after death, would you live differently than you do now? Would the world change--and not just for the better? These are questions the characters in Folklore wrestle with. It sounds like the setup for a deep role-playing game, but in actuality, this is an action/adventure game with rather few RPG elements that tells an intriguing, convoluted story set in two distinct worlds: modern-day Ireland and an afterlife based on Celtic traditions.

Folklore is an inconsistent game with some minor gameplay and storytelling issues that keep it from reaching its full potential. Nevertheless, even with these flaws, it manages to be an enjoyable journey into the lands of the dead, where our memories take many different forms.

The game is separated into two different regions. First, there is the Irish village of Doolin, where two characters are trying to solve a series of murders. One of them is Ellen, a young woman who's received a mysterious letter from someone claiming to be her long-lost mother, and encourages Ellen to come to the village to find her.

The other is Keats, a reporter for an occult magazine who received a message of his own, one that points to strange goings-on in the same village. The second region is the netherworld, a series of afterlives that are home...
 

Hitachi's 100GB quad layer disc to be PS3 compatible via Firmware update

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382w ago - Hitachi has reportedly confirmed that its new 100GB quad layer Blu-ray disc will be compatible with the PS3 and existing Blu-ray players after a firmware update has been installed. This is promising news for all early adopters as they can sleep safe in the knowledge that they won't get left behind. The 100GB disc will also give Sony and its partners huge bragging rights over the HD-DVD camp who have been touting a 51GB capacity disc.

From the article: Hitachi is now working on improving the signal quality of its quad-layer technology so that it will be ready for market. The company also said that it is working on an eight-layer variant of the technology, which would yield a Blu-ray Disc capable of holding 200GB.

Although no new hardware may be required to read the additional layers of Hitachi's Blu-ray Disc, it is still unclear what costs, if any, would be added onto the manufacturing side of the equation. Should expensive equipment be required to manufacture the discs, movie studios may opt to release their titles across two Blu-ray Discs rather than cram Movie and special feature data onto a single disc.

While the Blu-ray camp has its hopes in Hitachi's multi-layer disc technology, the HD DVD group recently approved a triple-layer disc that is capable of holding 51GB. In order to reach...
 

160GB Playstation 3 model coming?!

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382w ago - Thanks to one of our reliable insiders, [-JuNka-], we have news that Sony is planning to introduce a beefed up 160GB Playstation 3 console. The following post was left by a member on the Pro Evolution Soccer forums:

From inside Sony Computer Entertainment International's Japan offices I present to you leaked information on the new 160gb Playstation 3 model that will be appearing in the near future

Sony PlayStation 3 Code: CECHG06 (SPECIFICATION)

* 160gb 2.5 SATA 5400rpm HDD
* CELL Broadband Engine (65nm process) @ 3.2ghz
* PPU x1, SPE x8
* RSX GPU (65nm process) @ 550mhz
* Blu-Ray Optical Disc Drive @ 2x
* Memory Card Reader- Memory Stick Duo, Compact Flash, Secure
* Digital
* 6x USB 2.0 ports
* 2x HDMI 1.3 ports
* 3x Gigabit ethernet ports
* DUALSHOCK 3 controller

"At the moment the unit is only confirmed for release in Japan. A date has not been fully specified but is expected after November"

If this is indeed true, then hallelujah Sony!
 
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