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Sony Previews FirstPlay Episode 33, Arrives Wednesday on PSN

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206w ago - Sony Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has shared a preview of FirstPlay Episode 33 today, which arrives this Wednesday on PSN.

To quote: Episode 33 of FirstPlay goes live on the PlayStation Network this Wednesday, and we've got plenty of gaming goodness to brighten up your dreary November days, including another chance for you to grab the exclusive Premiere Manager demo, and get your hands on our Blacklight: Tango Down theme.

We've also got an electrifying preview of mega-sequel Infamous 2, as well as reviews of Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, Shaun White's Skateboarding, The Sims 3, and The X-Factor, (that's the game, rather than a detailed analysis of Katie's questionable talents) along with our verdict on The Losers on Blu-ray.

Over in the Network Highlights section, we're serving up another helping of our Castlevania boss-guide, checking out the bestest hand-stitched LittleBigPlanet levels, chatting to industry legend Atsushi Inaba about the making of Vanquish, and reviewing the exploits of our favourite bonfire-dodger, with Sonic The Hedgehog: Episode 1.

We're also going super-hero crazy with new screenshots from Batman: Arkham City, DC Universe Online, Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds, and we're uploading ourselves to the internets (no, not in that...
 

Video: Split/Second PSP Arrives, New Features & Launch Trailer

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206w ago - Disney Interactive Studios London Producer Jason Ried has announced that Split/Second PSP arrives this week with new features and a fresh launch trailer!

To quote: Greetings, and welcome to the next exciting installment of Split/Second. I'm happy to say we've managed to cram all of what made Split/Second great onto the PSP.

At Disney Interactive Studios, we're really proud of what Black Rock Studio created and were excited to see what Sumo Digital could add to the PSP version.

As Split/Second was a visual treat, we knew that we couldn't compromise for both the size of the power plays and sheer on-screen excitement. We set out to create a spectacular-looking PSP game and I hope that everyone will agree that this is one of the best-looking racing games on the PSP.





Another vital ingredient was to make sure that the handling and controls suited the PSP. Sumo are very experienced with years of racing experience and so set about creating a new driving model from scratch. The end result should be a fun, quick and skillful driving system that rewards users who push the cars to the max.

To add something completely new to the game we then added four all new Challenge modes which test the drivers in completely different...
 

Video: First L.A. Noire PlayStation 3 Game Trailer Arrives

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206w ago - ANZ Content Services Manager Nino Kalogeropoulos has unveiled the first L.A. Noire PlayStation 3 video game trailer today for fans!

To quote: Rockstar Games today released the highly anticipated first trailer for L.A. Noire, coming to PlayStation 3 in 2011, and it looks to be an absolute 'stunner'.

Developed by Team Bondi, a new Australian based studio founded by Brendan McNamara of The Getaway, in conjunction with Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a dark and violent detective thriller set against the backdrop of Los Angeles in the post-war years of the late 1940s, the most corrupt and violent period in the city's history.

One look at the trailer and it becomes quickly apparent why this game has been so long in development. Movie-quality voice acting and dialogue is combined with what can only be described as some of the most realistic in-game visuals yet seen in a console game (certainly as far as character animation goes).





Based on groundbreaking performance capture technology that goes beyond traditional methods to render every subtlety and nuance of an actor's facial expressions and emotions, L.A. Noire is the first game to truly explore what it means to be a detective, offering players the opportunity to solve crimes...
 

Video: The 3rd Birthday - PSP Action RPG TGS Trailer Arrives

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206w ago - Square Enix Brand Manager Rob Rutter has made available a TGS video trailer today showcasing the upcoming PSP Action RPG title The 3rd Birthday.

To quote: The 3rd Birthday is our upcoming PSP Action RPG title featuring the return of Aya Brea, heroine of the Parasite Eve series.

If you've not heard about it before, check out the latest trailer below which reveals more about the storyline and the Overdive system.

This trailer was shown behind closed doors at Tokyo Game Show, but here it is newly released in English.

We'll have more news on The 3rd Birthday to share soon with you, as well as a release date, but for now if you want to find out more info you can visit the game's Web site at [Register or Login to view links], or follow it on [Register or Login to view links].




 

PlayStation Home 1.4 Update Arrives: Voice Chat, Groups & More!

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206w ago - A few days ago PlayStation Home Client Update version 1.4 was first announced, complete with a changelog and features, and today SCEE's Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has shared some last-minute launch details, as follows:

As we announced last Friday, tomorrow we will be releasing a new version of the PlayStation Home client: 1.4 is here!

In addition to the features already announced - new wardrobe, grouping, and voice chat - there are several other noteworthy improvements and additions.

First amongst those is the new Character Status settings, enabling you to set a status from a variety of new options including Happy, Sad, Busy and more! Even better, many of these status options will adjust your avatars facial expression and idle animations to match.

Other changes coming with 1.4 include improvements to the menu pad and Navigator, which can now be accessed directly by holding down the Start button. With the new cross-game invite support, you can invite your friends to join you in Home more easily than ever before.

The new 1.4 client also brings...
 
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