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Viking: Battle for Asgard Preview!

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333w ago - The recent movie Beowulf seemed to portray Vikings as nothing more than a bunch of blood thirsty, battle-hungry brutes whose sole hobbies included drinking mead and slaying monsters.

Viking: Battle of Asgard doesn't do anything to dissuade this stereotype and we couldn't be happier as the upcoming action/real-time strategy game may even turn the brutality up a notch.

Battle of Asgard is not your typical, run-of-the-mill Viking fable. The title of the game is actually a bit misleading as the story takes place in Midgard (the mortal world) and not Asgard (the heavens). But really, who cares?

What players should care about though is that the Goddess Hel has been thrown out of Asgard by the Zeus of Norse mythology, Odin, and has decided to exact her revenge by raising an undead army to take over Midgard which will, in turn, start Ragnarok (the battle that will destroy the Norse Gods). This is where the hero of the story, Skarin, comes into play as, having been previously killed by Hel's forces, is given a second chance at life by the Love Goddess Freya to defeat Hel's armies.

This objective-based game sees you completing smaller tasks that are appetizers for big fights at the end of each territory. While much of the promotion for Viking is about huge battles between armies of good...
 

Counting Rupees: Take me to your lead platform

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333w ago - N'Gai Croal of Level Up recently pointed to an interesting development factoid from EA CEO John Riccitiello's 3rd quarter earnings call. A Cowen & Company analyst noted that many publishers have had difficulty in completing PS3 titles quickly and asked whether or not EA had made progress in narrowing the development times between PS3 and 360 games.

The answer appears to be that meeting technical specifications is no longer an issue for games where development led on the PS3 - but where development was either parallel or started on the 360, there's still a notable lag in speed and quality.

Croal e-mailed EA with an obvious follow-up question: If that delay can be eliminated by starting with the PS3, would EA consider mandating that development begin there? Director of Communications Jeff Brown responded that no, the company doesn't provide such edicts and that a number of factors are considered when selecting a game's development path. Why might this be the case? I think this decision probably makes sense from a business perspective for several reasons.

First of all, I suspect that some of this difference is probably illusory. It's well-known that the PS3 is more difficult to develop for than other consoles, which means that converting a game from a less complex to a more complex development...
 

Five Features That Will Make or Break Socom Confrontation

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333w ago - With the recent announcement that EGM's next cover story will feature Socom Confrontation, one can't help but get excited for the game, especially after it seemed to have fallen off the map last winter in terms of announcements and news.

The Socom franchise has been the backbone to Sony's online service since late 2002, providing players with competitive gameplay and extensive clan support. To help fill the void between what's rumored to be Zipper Interactive's next entry into the Socom world, Slant Six has promised to give fan's a chance to relive that classic Socom feel, which was undoubtedly absent from both Socom 3 and Combined Assault, by bringing back old maps such as Crossroads and focusing solely on the online multiplayer aspect of Confrontation.

However to the fan, that's easier said than done. Here are five features that will make or break Socom Confrontation.

1) Ignore Matchmaking

One of Socom's featured perks was always the ability to choose which map, game type and server you wanted to play in at any time. Not only did these options give players the option to play whatever they wish, but it also allowed clans easy access to meet up with each other and begin playing almost immediately. This feature also gave stat fan's the chance of bypassing an easy...
 

New Haze Screenshots for PS3

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333w ago - Haze, Ubisoft's new first-person shooter, is preparing to ship for PlayStation 3 in May. While Free Radical puts the finishing touches on the game, though, they're slowly releasing new in-game screenshots for Haze. You can see the five newest Haze screenshots below.

Quick game overview: Haze is a first-person shooter set in a harsh future where war is never quite what it seems. Gamers play both sides of the same war, either as an armed-to-the-teeth and Nectar-induced Mantel soldier, or as a cunning and think-on-the-fly Promise Hand rebel.

These new Haze screenshots provide a glimpse of playing as a Promise Hand rebel, with rebel-exclusive gameplay mechanics, weaponry and vehicular combat. You can click on any of the PS3 screenshots below to see it in high resolution.

Taking down the Land Carrier will require a full force land attack in a furious effort to strike a major blow to Mantel's presence, pic below and more screenshots can be seen at the link at the top of this article!
 

PlayStation Store Update for March 13, 2008

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333w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the PLAYSTATION Store weekly update.

Add-on Game Content:
Toy Home Expansion Pack ($6.99)
The Toy Home Expansion Pack adds even more racing fun to the miniature universe. This pack includes 6 new vehicles and 2 new playrooms, each with 3 separate configurations. Players will now be able to engage in 4-player battle both offline and online and check out their rankings online. Also included are a new set of courses in the single player mode and a free-run mode.
File size: 100 KB

PAIN Character: Nurse, Ginger ($0.99)
PAIN can hurt, but be careful - Sometimes your medical professional is really the one who needs help. Case in point, downloadable character Ginger, our on-site PAIN Nurse.
File size: 7.42 MB

PAIN Character: Cheerleader, Muffy ($0.99)
Gimme a P! Gimme an A! Gimme an I! Gimme an N! What does it spell!?!?? Umm...Can someone tell me what that spells, please? Yeah, that's Muffy, our new downloadable Cheerleader for PAIN.
File size: 4.68 MB

GUITAR HERO III: Dropkick Murphy's Track Pack (free)
"Famous for Nothing", "Flannigans Ball", "Johnny", "I Hardly Knew Ya", as performed by Dropkick Murphy's....
 
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