SouthPeak to freshen up hack-and-slashers with X-Blades

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320w ago - SouthPeak Games is taking on the rather ambitious task of freshening up 3rd person hack-and-slash games with their newly announced X-Blades by putting you in control of a blond little anime-styled hottie named Ayumi, a heroine who is both "stunningly seductive" and "tenacious".

The player will have to make his/her way through a number of locations and bad guys using pistol blades, magic spells, acrobatic abilities and "a healthy dose of cinematic flair."

X-Blades features a special combination of cinematic style, beautiful animation and relentless high-speed gameplay. With full anime-style cut scenes, the story unfolds revealing demonic hordes and spectacular landscapes, all ripe for exploration and frenetic supernatural battling.

SouthPeak CEO Melanie Mroz said the "3rd-person 'hack-em-up' genre needs a fresh perspective and X-Blades is poised to deliver it," and that the "unique anime-style backdrop combined with high-octane, multi-discipline combat gameplay really pushes X-Blades into brand new territory."

The game is being developed for PC and "next-gen" consoles, which we can assume means PS3 and 360, and will be released late this year.
 

Sneak Out: MGS4 Deluge Continues

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320w ago - The wave of MGS4 info comes to a crest today as the official PlayStation Blog posts some clarifying details, Kojima Productions launches teaser sites for MGS4 and MGO and the Kojima Productions Report 81 goes live. I'm here to pull everything together and tie up some loose ends.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Foremost, Ryan Payton solidified June 12, 2008 as the simultaneous, worldwide release date for MGS4 on the most recent session of the KP Report (#81). This marks a first for the series, even though regional release differences have usually been modest with the Metal Gear Solid series in the past (North America and Japan anyway).

Payton also gave some details about the Solid Eye item and the voice track for the game. An equip-able, battery-reliant item, the Solid Eye can provide info on enemies including name and faction allegiance, as well as boss health. Also available is at least one image enhancement, Night Vision. Apparently due to space constraints on the 50 GB Blu ray disc (!), North America will not be getting the Japanese voice track–and likewise the Japanese release will not see the English voice track either.

Updated today, the MGS4 Teaser site shows off the new "Dissolve" image featuring Snake.

On the PlayStation Blog, further details...
 

PSP outsells DS in Japan!

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320w ago - Things are looking up for PSP in Sony's homeland, as it managed to nip ahead of DS in hardware sales figures for last week.

According to Media Create digits for the week ending February 24, Sony managed to sell 53,373 PSP units, knocking the 50,151-selling DS temporarily off its perch.

It seems the several sexy renditions of the PSP Slim and humanity's growing fascination with satellite navigation is working wonders for Sony's handheld.

Wii sales in the territory still dominate, with 63,504 topping the hardware list in the same week, while PS3 only managed 14,060. Poor 360 only grabbed the attention of 2001 customers.

It's great to see both portables selling well - if only it were the same for the console market out there.
 

EA's Top Secret GTA V Screenshot & Tech Demo Discovered

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320w ago - Many of us have been holding our breath since EA made its initial offer to buy Take-Two, and the company's comment, stating that they would wait until the release of Grand Theft Auto IV before discussing the offer any further, did very little to ease that sick feeling in our stomachs.

EA, who has been known to tone down the violent content of their games and splurge on in game advertising (as shown above), is set to destroy our beloved Grand Theft Auto franchise. The top secret tech demo showcasing EA's take on the series is not for the faint of heart.

How could Take-Two ever let something like this happen? The Grand Theft Auto franchise deserves to go down in history as one of the greatest games ever made – remembered for its controversy, not it's excessive in game advertising. The horror!

Ok, you got me, this is an obvious satire piece, however it does offer a potential eerie glimpse into the future. Hopefully this crosses the desk of a few key individuals at Take-Two and makes them think twice before allowing EA to place their thumb print on such a beloved franchise.

Video here:




 

HDD Capacity Capabilities Crucial

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320w ago - Next-gen consoles these days are more then just vehicles for our fast paced gaming adventures. Over the years, they've turned into multimedia storage and playback devices. On the Xbox 360 and PS3, owners have the ability to download TV shows, films, store pictures and music, all of which raise the level of gaming consoles onto some higher level that they have never before reached. They've essentially become miniature PCs, more or less.

With all these good things, however, comes the issue of space and making it affordable. This solution has already been dealt with long ago with personal computers but the question of next-gen storage capacity seems to be going through some growing pains. On the Xbox 360, for instance, the HDD are changeable but range from no or small standard storage to a much larger drive that comes with a $100 price tag. However, it does have to be said that the HDD is preferable to other alternatives and Peter Molyneux, who is currently working on Fable 2, agrees.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Molyneux said that he believed a built-in hard disk drive was to be included with all consoles and that supporting inexpensive hardware for video game consoles in a crucial factor for the industry. "Given the choice," Molyneux told Eurogamer , "I'd obviously choose a hard drive every day of...
 







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