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TGS '07: Metal Gear Online Hands-On

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357w ago - The core gameplay here will be quite familiar to Subsistence players, as you still run around and shoot in third-person much like in the single-player MGS games. Gone is the stilted, immobile first-person aiming mode, though. In fact, the controls and basic shooting mechanics are lifted right out of Metal Gear Solid 4, the gameplay improvements of which we detailed in our hands-on report yesterday. So here you'll use the triangle button to perform a lot of environmental interactions, like vaulting over obstacles and backing up against flat surfaces to take cover.

More importantly, you've got the new shooting controls in here as well. The auto-aim that we found a little easy and unnecessary against MGS4's AI opponents seemed much more useful in this multiplayer setting, since you can use it to shoot at other players while you're fleeing from them or trying to dodge their shots. Like in MGS4, you'll hold L1 to lock your aim to the enemy most directly in your line of sight, then you can fire at them at will while moving. Also like in MGS4, you can turn the auto-aim off and use the L1 button to go to a Gears of War-esque over-the-shoulder aiming view for precision shots. This makes you move more slowly, so you'll have to use it somewhat sparingly to avoid getting blasted by other opponents due to your sluggishness.
 

TGS '07 Preview: Angel Love Online for PS3

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357w ago - Here's an interesting departure from Q Entertainment's usual: an MMO, co-produced by Shockwave, featuring angels. Talk about getting closer to God! But if you're thinking "Gabriel" angels, you've got it all wrong; in Angel Love Online, angels are actually cute little winged anime girls who run around hitting flowers for experience points.

Stranger still, there are a couple different garden varieties of flowers that are out to get you, including a large drooping white blossom that maybe looks a little menacing... if you squint. Whack these evil flowers, and use some of your freshly granted angel skills to take them down even faster (or heal yourself, should you need to). If you have the correct tools, you can also fish or collect plants.

The animations are pretty simple, and even a little budgety, but they're also somewhat charming in their own way... especially if you like cute little anime girls. The interface is pretty typical of an MMO -- there's even a chat window in place, albeit not yet implemented. Surprisingly, the game is coming to both PC as well as PS3, and there are plans to eventually support a controller rather than the keyboard and mouse set-up we used during our hands-on preview.

It'll be interesting to see how the developers ultimately map all the controls to the Sixaxis,...
 

Joost invites

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359w ago - GigaOM is giving out invites for the Joost online TV program. Joost is a program for watching high quality streaming video from popular networks like comedy central and cartoon network that were previously cable only.

Joost is great if you don't want cable and you apartment company won't let you get satellite. Unfortunately it doesn't work with any game consoles, though it works great with a PC connected wiimote.
 

Metal Gear Online: 7 Minutes of Beta Gameplay!

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360w ago - The following video clip shows seven minutes of gameplay from the Metal Gear Online Beta- enjoy!




 
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