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wipEout PULSE Update

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355w ago - To quote from Daimion Pinnock: I'm the SCEA Producer for wipEout PULSE on the PSP. I just wanted to give you a quick update on what's currently happening with the franchise from the very talented SCEE Liverpool wipEout team.

I want you guys and gals out there to know that this will be the biggest installment of the wipEout franchise to be released to date on the PSP.

There are some screenshots below that I'd like you all to see, it will be interesting to know what your thoughts are.

We plan on having a specific website available that will allow everyone world-wide to have access to in order to get different information regarding the different tracks that are available. Also, we will have a unique ship customization tool that will be available for the first time in the wipEout franchise on the PSP. Players will be able to design their own skins, logos and basically give their ship its own unique identity.

We're currently in some of the final stages of development, and I'll be back in a couple of weeks to update you all with regards to some more of the cool features that will be available, and also news on the 8-player Infrastructure Mode.

More screenshots at the link up top!
 

Ghostbusters game plays out third movie

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355w ago - British magazine reveals details about the game based on the hit '80s movies--just don't cross the streams...

If bustin' makes you feel good, then it looks as if there's a treat in store for gamers in the recently announced game being developed by Red Fly Studios for the Wii, reports UK Nintendo magazine NGamer.

The mag has the first firm details of the title, and says that the game will be set in 1991, two years after the events of the film Ghostbusters 2.

The game will have 10 or so single-player levels, including the streets of New York during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, a library basement, a graveyard, and "Lost Island," along with four-player co-op and competitive modes, and a series of minigames.

Multiplayer modes include two-versus-two battle mode, where the team that catches the most ghosts wins, or another where you just damage as much furniture as possible. There is also domination mode, where players have to control a series of artefacts. Minigames will include Shuffleboard, Ghost Trap, and Proton Packs.

The famous, fluffy Marshmallow Man also puts in an appearance, along with the Ectomobile, and the creepy woman in the library from the first film.

Ghostbusters is currently expected to zap in for a Christmas 2008 release, and will...
 

Source: Hudson Lays Off Half of US Staff

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355w ago - Next-Gen has learned that Redwood Shores-based Hudson Entertainment has laid off approximately half of its workforce.

All of the layoffs occurred within the company's mobile division this morning, according to a source who wished to remain anonymous.

"Their mobile division has not been profitable for about the last year-and-a-half or so," the source said. "They've just been having a lot of trouble getting their games onto big carriers like Verizon and Cingular. It's a very competitive market place."

He pegged Hudson Entertainment's workforce at around 50-70 people total, meaning layoffs ranged somewhere between 25 and 35.

The source said that Hudson Entertainment intended to bring original ideas to US carriers as well as port over mobile games from Japan, but those ideas were "shot down."

He said that missteps in marketing and management were also contributing factors that led to poor performance of the mobile division.

Workers laid off will receive two weeks of severance pay. Our source said that there are "lots of unhappy people" at Hudson Entertainment today.

"It seemed like it caught everyone off guard. They didn't see it coming," he said.

A call to Hudson Entertainment marketing director John Lee was unreturned as of press...
 

Madden patch #2 released

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355w ago - The second and more significant patch for Madden 08 has been pushed live by Microsoft. Those with the 360 version will be prompted to download the patch as the game loads up. The PS3 version is expected to receive the patch soon as well. When is dependent on Sony but it is in their hands.

As previously reported the patch addresses the following issues:

Fumble Fix - Reduced fumble chances in certain situations. This has been tested thoroughly and we feel that people will be happy with a more realistic (and more fun!) number of fumbles. This was priority number 1 for us.

DB Reactions- changes to the way that DBs play man coverage. Defenders in man coverage won't be able to react to passes that they cannot see. This should make it easier to throw against man coverage.

Favre "Moonwalk"- I love the names that you guys come up with for issues such as this one. You can rest assured that you won't see Farve (or any QB) dancing toward the sideline anymore.

Hook Zone Flip Bug- I saw a post on a community forum talking about this bug and it turns out the fix was very minimal risk. You can now flip plays with hook zones without the players leaving their zones.

Franchise - Fixed NCAA import issue where players would turn 26

Franchise - Fixed bug...
 

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' proves PS3 is here to play

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355w ago - By the time Nathan Drake – the smooth-talking, treasure-hunting descendant of famed privateer Sir Francis Drake – arrives on a teeny island in the middle of the Pacific, you will agree that the Sony PlayStation 3 has a much-needed holiday hit on its hands.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune really gets going at that point, about two hours into the game, when the agile explorer, accompanied by an attractive female videographer, crash lands on the dangerous isle in search of the legendary El Dorado.

SCREENSHOTS: Check out Nathan Drake in action here!

Best described as Tomb Raider meets James Bond, this PS3 exclusive is played from a third-person perspective in which you control Nate as he swims rivers, jumps chasms, swings from vines and exchanges fire with mercenaries – all without losing his charm while trying to impress his reluctant sidekick, Elena Fisher.

Speaking of fighting, Nate can duck for cover behind boulders, walls and tree trunks by tapping the O key on the PS3 controller, and then twist around to aim (L1) and fire (R1) at enemies using a variety of weapons. Similar to most action games, ammunition and new weapons can be found on fallen adversaries. If you get shot too many times, the screen begins to...
 
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