315w ago - Square Enix has officially open the Web site of recently revealed Lord of Vermilion, and while nothing besides the Prologue is there, Famitsu posted the first screenshots and artwork of the game. They have been added to our gallery
315w ago - KOEI has told Eurogamer that futuristic racer Fatal Inertia will be a better game on PS3.
The company is spending more time on it after the 360 version failed to ignite critical fuses when it was released in September. According to a spokesperson for the publisher, they're polishing up technical areas and putting together a more enticing demo than Live customers were treated to.
New content is a possibility, too, although nothing concrete is known at this point.
KOEI US recently offered next spring as an expected date for the title. However, we were told nothing has been decided internally and it is currently "in development for 2008", as it's always been.
Fatal Inertia began life as a PS3 exclusive, but met delays because it was fiddly getting it to work with Unreal Engine 3.
The game lets you zip around interesting courses like canyons and caves in futuristic flying ships, using all sorts of innovative weaponry to hamper the progress of your opponents.
Unfortunately it was let down by a poor frame rate and ill-conceived technical features in the 360 version. KOEI is hoping to iron out those kinks in time for the PS3 release.
Head over to our Fatal Inertia review to find out more here!
315w ago - Sony is being very good to PSP owners right before the Thanksgiving holiday. Not only did the PlayStation Store launch yesterday to allow access from your PC, but the company also decided to plant an easter egg for those curious enough to browse the store. This easter egg came in the form of a new trailer for a game called "Beats" that was hidden by Sony within the PSP game trailers section.
Shortly after releasing the trailer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe launched the downloadable game "Beats" through the UK PlayStation Store with a price tag of GBP 4.99. The game is great for music fans that have their music collection on their PSP. Beats is based almost completely on the playback of your personal music collection, taking any song and turning it into gameplay.
The game is similar to DDR and DJ Max Portable as it uses beat tracking technology to create button-press sequences for each song in your personal music collection. The trailer provides details on two different modes labeled "Jamming" and "Challenge". It also appears that the game will allow a wide array of customization options so that you are able to change your background and visual style.
Multiplayer is available locally for 1-4 players and details on the Official UK page state that the title allows for game sharing (players...
Fixed a critical bug in the iR Shell firmware patch which results in unable to launch UMD in XMB and also causes various incompatibility issues with other homebrew apps & seplugins. Just apply the new patch and all issues will be resolved.
Fixed a bug in Contect Menu which wouldn't allow you to choose "Select" or "Start" menu items.
AhMan has just released a new version of iR Shell that adds support for the PSP Slim, along with various other new features. iR Shell is a multi-tasking shell that allows users to run UMD games and homebrew, among many other things via user-friendly menu interface.
He notes that all existing and new features are the same between the Phat and the Slim with the exception of the Slim not being able to use the Infra-Red remote (since the Slim does not have an Infra-Red port).
316w ago - Oh, Fatal Inertia. Once announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive launch title by Koei, the Unreal Engine 3-powered racer eventually went multi-platform and released on Xbox 360 first, while the company struggled to get the PS3 version up to speed. The recent completion of Unreal Tournament III on PS3 means studios should have an easier time developing on Sony's hardware with Epic Games' engine, but that doesn't help the dozens and dozens of companies who have been attempting to make it work now.
Koei recently issues an updated release schedule to the media, with Fatal Inertia conspicuously absent from the list. When asked, the publisher said there was no formal release date for the futuristic racer, but they expected the PS3 version to arrive sometime in Spring 2008. There's no word on if the PS3 version will include additional content, but given the delays have been technical issues, we wouldn't rule it out.
You can get a taste of the game right now, however, by logging into Xbox Live and downloading the demo.