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SOCOM Tactical Strike Goes Gold!

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373w ago - From the official blog: Hi everyone! I am pleased to announce that SOCOM Tactical Strike for PSP has gone gold! The game is done, and will be on shelves in North America on November 6th. This is Slant Six's inaugural release, and the whole studio is very excited!

This game has been two years of hard work, and we hope that SOCOM gamers and fans of tactical shooters everywhere will give it a try. In addition to playing as the US Navy SEALs, there are eight additional international Special Forces that are playable in Tactical Strike.

Ad-hoc and infrastructure multiplayer for four clients with voice chat is also included, and Tactical Strike can be played at T-mobile WiFi Hotspots here.

All are fully localized with voice and have authentic uniforms and weaponry. If you are a fan of the British SAS, the Australian SAS-R or the Korean 707th Special Missions Battalion, this is your chance to take a team into the field!

Here is a link to the latest Tactical Strike trailer for your enjoyment!
 

Top Gear on GT5

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373w ago - Our inbox will be relieved at least. Not a day goes by without somebody firing us a note saying either they - or their amazing old Capri - can lap the TG test track faster than Stig. Next year, on Playstation 3, you'll be able to find out.

Top Gear has hooked up with Sony to make our iconic test track part of Gran Turismo 5. And as an office with the permanent distraction of a Playstation 2, race seat, force-feedback wheel and a copy of the current GT4, it's the best news we've had since Alonso missed out on the F1 championship.

The latest iteration of the GT series will also be fully online - and, alongside lapping the TG circuit, players will be able to download classic episodes of Top Gear via a dedicated motoring channel called Gran Turismo TV on the Playstation network.

So, how long do we have to wait? As with previous versions of the game a scaled-down prologue will come first with around 10 tracks and 60 cars. This will feature the Top Gear TV content but not the TG track. There's no official word on when this is due, but we're expecting it to hit the UK around Spring next year.

The full version of the game is due to arrive around Christmas 2008 and, again, details are yet to be confirmed. We have been told to expect around 900 cars and, of course, our track.

We'll...
 

Sony Leaking New PS3 Features With Trademarks

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373w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has began to register many new trademarks for US Patent and Trademark Office called Ember, SkyBlue, Carriage Return, and Race Day.

These new trademarks are going to be for new products which some believe could have an impact on either the PS3 or PSP in some way shape or form. These trademarks go hand in hand with the number of other products which went through the same process prior to release such as the games Snakeball, Operation Creature Feature, and others for the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Eye.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan added a new trademark called the Broadcasting Engine. It is believes that this is an effort by Sony to try and connect consumer products such as cell phones to the PS3 and PSP through the PlayStation Network.
 

Rumor: Halo MMO in the works

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374w ago - The Rumor Mill page of EGM's December issue may have just revealed what Peter Jackson's Halo project is all about:

"Microsoft may start a war--word is they're making a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter for 360. Hmm, wonder what Bungie is up to?"

We know for a fact that Bungie isn't done with the Halo universe yet and that the newly independent developer is in on Peter Jackson's Halo project. Since his secret game's genre is still undefined, it's definitely possible that it could be an MMO title. Granted, Microsoft has gone out of its way to refer to Jackson's Halo project as "interactive entertainment" as opposed to a "video game," so this may be an entirely new adventure in the Halo universe. But, having an unlimited amount of Spartans fighting each other is what I would call interactive entertainment, too.

Furthermore, what better way is there to introduce the MMO genre to legions of console gamers than to have Halo spearhead the effort.
 

Legal loophole allows Manhunt 2 to be sold in UK

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374w ago - Gory game Manhunt 2 can legally be sold to UK consumers as a download, despite the refusal of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to grant the title a certificate for sale as a physical product in shops.

The latest twist to the tale of the controversial title is the result of a loophole in the UK's 1984 Video Recordings Act, spotted by Phill Carnell, a lawyer with legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna, and revealed to Register Hardware.

Downloaded games, he said, do not need an age-suitability classification, such as 15 or 18, because the Act, which mandates the BBFC's certification programme and forces retailers to obey the classifications, only covers physical products.

A BBFC spokeswoman confirmed that if Manhunt 2 publisher Take-Two Interactive chose to sell the game online as a download then "that would be legal and not contravening the Video Recordings Act". She added that some games are already sold this way without a BBFC rating, but that most developers choose to have their games classified because selling a physical product is more profitable.

Carnell said the loophole is "ridiculous and dated", but that Take-Two is probably aware of it. However, he claimed the company may choose not to exploit the opportunity because the likes of Sony and Nintendo are likely...
 
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