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2007's worst kept gaming secrets

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354w ago - We knew they were happening. The industry said we were wrong. But we weren't.

There are some things that developers and publishers just don't want you to know. And given the unnaturally high number of game announcements, hardware revelations, industry shake-ups, and all round cool things going on this year, they've wanted you to not know a lot during 2007. Thankfully though, the internet exists, and thus nothing is sacred.

That's the eternal irony of the games industry. It's a business which tries to shroud itself in secrecy, but whose patrons congregate mainly online in the realm that secrecy forgot. If something is happening, the internet will usually find out, and if it can't find out or if something isn't happening, it will spread rumors until it is.

This year has been immense in terms of gaming secrets being broken long before the powers that be wanted us to find out. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have all had their fair share of blown mystique, and internet detective work has been rife on the PC too. Click onwards friends, and we'll show you the most spectacular security failures of 2007.
 

Pachter: Mass Effect may come to PS3

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354w ago - Remember when we did a feature on Mass Effects chances of coming to the PlayStation 3 console? It was a really optimistic feature that highlighted the many reasons why the Mass Effect trilogy could end up landing on the PlayStation 3. PSU is not the only one to think this, as it has been a topic of debate ever since EA purchased Bioware a while back.

Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan Securities Analyst, has taken his stance on the entire situation by stating he believes that Mass Effect will not remain an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Speaking with a panel of others on Gametrailers, Pachter commented, "Trust me, Electronic Arts, when they threw out the 300 million that is multiplatform that is not 360 only." And when asked if it will come to the PS3, he finished with, "It has to, I wouldn't be shocked if Mass Effect 1 came to PlayStation 3."

Currently Bioware still labels Mass Effect as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The first game in what is planned as a trilogy is already released with great reviews. Perhaps when it is time to reveal more on Mass Effect 2, will Bioware be able to talk more freely in relation to ME on the PS3.
 

Playstation 3 DivX Playback Tested

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354w ago - The PlayStation 3 2.10 update is here, bringing with it not only Blu-ray Profile 1.1 support (which adds picture in picture among other things), but DivX and WMV playback as well. Unfortunately, DivX support means DivX support, and doesn't include XviD as some of us hoped according to readers includes XviD support, but the files we have tested don't work at all. We threw our normal battery of files at our PS3, and came to the conclusion that it's not quite as good as the Xbox 360 implementation. Here are our notes.

Update: We've found that XviD playback does work, but only on burned DVDs and external hard drives. See here for an update and a workaround.

DivX and WMV play back fine. Just as they claimed, the PS3 now can play back DivX files and WMV files. No problemo.

XviD does not work. Again, no XviD support at all. You'd be surprised how many of your files are actually XviD and not DivX, especially if you've been "obtaining" TV shows and movies over the years. Often times the files aren't labeled with the codec type in the name, so you'll have to try and play it back to know whether or not it's supported. If it's not, the file name will change to "Unsupported Data." [Some readers are reporting that XviD support works. Others have written us saying that some files work, others don't. Jason...
 

PSU talks Unreal Tournament 3 with Epic Games

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354w ago - With Unreal Tournament 3 available now in stores, PSU.com wanted to get in a quick afterthoughts interview with Jim Brown, lead level designer at Epic Games. The interview touches a few topics such as PlayStation Home, online clans, and mod support for the PS3.

PSU: Unless you go all the way back to the original Unreal title, the series has always been known for its multiplayer action. What were some of the deciding factors in adding a complete single-player experience this time around and what are you doing to make sure that it doesn't feel like offline deathmatch with bots?

Jim Brown: Hey, I had a BLAST playing Unreal 1 multiplayer, too! That's what got me into the industry...

We've found that a huge portion of our player-base never goes online with UT, and we want them to have just as great an experience as everyone else. So, to a large degree, we actually do want the Unreal Tournament 3 single player campaign to play like the online multiplayer experience. Our AI is great, and gives people the ability to have a fantastic experience regardless of their online status. And don't forget that you can play the campaign online as well, co-op with up to four people, so the line between online and offline is definitely (intentionally) blurred.

PSU: What was the main reason...
 

FF Versus XIII to be Mature Rated

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354w ago - As many of us noticed, at one point in the new Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer, the Prince impales one particular soldier with one of his many weapons. This is no new thing to Final Fantasy, but the effect you are all now thinking of is, blood and gore. Click on the screen shots below to see the exact moment in the trailer.

Minor blood has been in Final Fantasy's in the past, like on Sephiroth's face at the end of FFVII and the tiny patch of blood on Cloud's shirt after being stabbed by Sephiroth in FFVII: Advent Children. Those fall under the ESRB Teen Rating for "containing minimal blood" (Click here for the ESRB ratings guide). What is seen in the Versus trailer is in no stretch of the imagination "minimal blood", but easily fits into the ESRB Mature Rating's "contain intense violence, blood and gore" category.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be the first Final Fantasy game to receive a Mature Rating if changes are not made. This may come as a surprise as the creators of Versus are also the team behind Kingdom Hearts, which has only gone as high as an E10+ Rating.

Note, this is not confirmation of a Mature Rating. Although, if the final retail version of Versus still contains this amount of blood and gore it will be.
 
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