234w ago - Big Surf Island launched this past Thursday and has been a very fun expansion for Burnout Paradise.
Those who are seeking the Legendary Cars set but don't want to pay for them can get "Toy" versions by completing various tasks around Big Surf Island.
To quote: Don't want to pony up the $8 to download Burnout Paradise's premium "Legendary" cars?
Well, here's a cheaper alternative: buy Big Surf Island for $13, as it includes special toy versions of all four DLC cars.
You can get a cute mini version of the hovering 88 Special, Bootlegger, Manhattan Spirit and GT Nighthawk by completing various tasks around the new Burnout island:
• Toy Hunter Cavalry Bootlegger - Jump from all 15 Island Mega Jumps
• Toy Jansen P12 88 Special - Hit all 45 Island Billboards
• Toy Carson GT Nighthawk - Complete all 24 Island Road Rules (Timed & Showtime)
• Toy Hunter Manhattan Spirit - Hit all 75 Island Smashes
235w ago - Today nDreams Producer David Varella has unveiled news that the PlayStation Xi secret is finally out, as follows:
The mystery behind Xi has finally been revealed. Today, for the first time, all visitors to PlayStation Home can discover the full truth about Xi, Jess and the alpha zones beneath our virtual world.
All the Xi spaces will stay live for a few weeks yet, so if you want to finish off any of the games and puzzles - or if you've never experienced Xi before - you still have a chance to play and explore.
When you've had your fill of mini-game goodness, you can go to the Xi Hub and face the story's dramatic conclusion. Just make sure you've got everything you want out of the game, because once you've seen the ending, there's no going back.
And if you already know how the story ends, no spoilers please! Some of us are still trying to collect those last few butterflies first...
235w ago - Below you will read about many of the secrets of E3; secret in that they did not come with a press release or a screenshot, nor was the information released to anyone walking by.
It was heard whispered behind backs, imparted across beers or was pried out via targeted questioning. Nothing can be considered anything more than a rumor as some of it may never eventuate when all is said and done, or be flat out denied by those involved.
To quote: Perhaps the first big splash of E3 was Kojima getting up on stage at the Xbox 360 conference and announcing Metal Gear Solid: Rising for the console. Some gamers were surprised, although most had seen it coming. Sony, however, was in shock.
It was completely blind-sided by the announcement, finding out about it at the exact moment that the rest of us did: when Kojima walked on stage. My understanding is that a seven hour internal meeting occurred in the higher echelons of Sony soon afterwards.
It rewrote a significant portion of the following day's Sony conference which was to make a big splash about Metal Gear Solid: Rising. I heard a whisper that a 'favor' was called in and Square Enix agreed to air the FFXIV trailer where initially it was to be held off to a Wednesday morning Square Enix showing.
235w ago - Today Pete Lake of Criterion Games has announced that Burnout Paradise's Big Surf Island Pack will be available for download this week.
To quote: Mark June 11 in your diary, your Burnout vacation starts then! The Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island pack will be available to download for $12.99 / £9.99 / €12.99 on the PlayStation Network on June 11 Worldwide!
Big Surf Island is a brand new playground we built from the ground up enhancing and expanding on everything we know you already love about Burnout Paradise. We've included new challenges and events for you to play online with your friends, an exciting new World to discover, the biggest and wildest jumps yet, plus a set of nine new vehicles to experience it all in. Yep... nine!
When you play Big Surf Island you'll get a brand new Big Surf Island license to complete. This means new races, stunt runs, marked man, road rage, and even a brand new type of event, the Island Tour!
Of course there are also roads to rule, smashes, billboards and brand new "Mega Jumps" (even bigger than "Super Jumps", super just wasn't a big enough word to describe them)!
235w ago - It's pretty clear that a lot of Left 4 Dead fans are very upset about Valve's surprise reveal during E3 2009 about Left 4 Dead 2.
The game's new official message boards are full of comments saying basically, "Valve's releasing a sequel too quickly for us; this should be a free content update for the original game."
To quote: As Valve's Doug Lombardi told us during our play time with a build of the game this past week, "This is something new for us." By "new" he meant that this time Valve is not waiting for years to release a commercial follow-up to one of their major games. (Half-Life 2: Episode 3, hello?)
Many fans are not happy because they feel the original game (still a top 10 best selling PC game in retail stores months after release) will be forgotten now with Left 4 Dead 2's announcement.
Again, Lombardi assured us at E3 that is not the case, promising that the first game will still be getting updates and new content (although exactly what they have planned is still a mystery). Lombardi also told Rock Paper Shotgun that any maps made for Left 4 Dead's SDK will work for Left 4 Dead 2.
Finally there's the fact that Valve has made purchasing Left 4 Dead pretty easy since its October...