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Haze Gameplay Questions and Answers on PS3

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334w ago - Haze is the upcoming project from Free Radical, the studio responsible for the beloved Timesplitters series and the underappreciated Second Sight.

In the first of a series of exclusives for this PS3 title, we got to talk with Derek Littlewood, the outspoken project lead for the title. We grilled him about the game's unique gameplay features, as well as details on the cooperative campaign.

GameSpy: Why two sides in a single game?

Derek Littlewood: Because we are frankly insane and doing one game wasn't nearly enough work for us so we thought we'd do two instead!

The idea of playing two very different sides against one another just really appealed to us. The TS games feature an enormous diversity of characters but they all play pretty much the same, apart from basic differences such as speed and height, and that's something you encounter in a lot of shooters. With Haze we thought it would be really interesting to create two very different, yet still evenly matched sides that would allow players to not only take on a different appearance, but also play the game in a completely different way.

GameSpy: Did the decision to have the sides be asymmetrical begin in multi- or single-player design? Or somewhere else?

Derek Littlewood: It was a multiplayer decision...
 

Everyone's A Rat single player takes over 56 hours to finish!

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334w ago - Rockstar has given Grand Theft Auto 4 a simultaneous worldwide release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles on April 29th, 2008. The latest trailer showing CGI and in-game footage was revealed today.

Want to know how many hours of gameplay are in the action-adventure game? Jeronimo Barrera, a senior developer at Rockstar, says it takes testers playing 4 hours a day "a good 2 weeks to get through the whole single-player game." So if they are playing a full week that's about 56 hours total!

Take a look at the "Everyone's A Rat" trailer below:




 

PSP… Potential that's ready to explode!

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334w ago - Since reading the news that PSP sales have increased 85%, I started to do a lot of thinking about the Sony PSP... Here are some things everyone should be thinking about, and may just tip the scales toward you making that purchase of a new shiny PSP.

The PSP was ahead of its time, and is coming into a renaissance.

The PSP has proven to be a different beast than the DS. The DS, like the Wii, is geared mostly to casual gamers, who like the pick up and play quick type games. That is what has made the DS shine. While the PSP has recently started to shine in the wake of very deep, time intensive games more on scale with the PS2 games of the past, while dropping the push for casual games.

This all started with the recent major hits being released such as Monster Hunter 2, FF Tactics, Patapon, GOW, and Crisis Core. There was only few titles as deep and as epic as those games the first 3 years, and all of those hits have been in the last 3-6 months.

I originally thought the PSP was going to be dead weight... After GTA:stories was released, I was actually disappointed in the quality of the 2 games, and thought that was the peak of PSP development.

But after what I witnessed recently with the quality of the above mentioned games, I see that this is probably about the halfway...
 

Sega's Viking gruesomely addictive

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334w ago - Chris Kohler over at Wired reports: For a game that doesn't do any one thing particularly well, why is Viking: Battle For Asgard so much fun?

Put simply, it's because the developers of this Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game understand what turns a player into an addict. Viking's medieval sword-and-axe combat is merely alright, the visuals won't wow you, and the story is barely there. But the game's gradually expanding world ramps up perfectly, constantly teasing you with one more goal just out of reach, then another, then another.

Next thing you know, it's three in the morning and you can't remember how many legions of monsters you've slaughtered.

Viking is the story of a lone warrior tasked by the Norse goddess Freya to beat back the horrific armies of the death-goddess Hel, who has taken over the land of Midgard. To do it, you've got to liberate your fellow warriors and take back key military locations like quarries and lumberyards, so you'll be ready for a series of full-scale, thousand-man assaults on enemy strongholds.

One reason why Viking is so compelling is that it realizes its core competency and sticks closely to it. Although the setup makes the game sound like some sort of military tactics sim, and the open world brings to mind role-playing games like Fable, it's...
 

Rumor: DualShock 3 controller to be released in Europe on May 2

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334w ago - According to the Dutch PSOnly Web site linked above, the DualShock 3 controller will be released in Europe on May 2nd.

The site points to a reliable source giving them the news, but of course nothing specific is mentioned about the source.

To quote via rough Babelfish translation: Gaming Only have learned from reliable sources that the DualShock 3 on 2 May must stretch in European. The DualShock 3 controller will contain, just like the DualShock and DualShock 2, rumble. Moreover the DualShock contain 3 also the trusted Sixaxis sensor.

What the DualShock 3 here will cost, is to have unfortunately not yet confessed. The controller already as from November 2007 in the Japanese shops, and as from April also in America will be available.
 
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