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Reeves: PlayStation 3 to be Dominant in 3 to 5 Years

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294w ago - Outgoing Sony Europe president David Reeves has said that the PlayStation 3 still has a long way to go before it can overtake Microsoft's Xbox 360 on the market, with the exec predicting it could take up to five more years for the console to become the market leader.

Speaking just days before he's due to retire, Reeves said that despite leaving the company after 15 years, he still believes in Sony and its gaming products.

To quote: "I don't think it will be next year, but in three to five years it will become dominant on the market," said Reeves, talking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz.

"The legacy will be that people will see a tortoise and hare situation. In a way, in the end it will be a dead heat. People will say PS3 took a while to get going but it really caught up very quickly and confounded many of the critics from the first year," he said of the consoles position on the market.

"When I see the line-up ahead, when I see what's lined up on the new product side, I'm very, very optimistic for what I see for PlayStation's future in the PAL territories," he added.

Reeves retires from Sony Europe tomorrow. He joined Sony in 1995 managing the regional...
 

Gears of War 2 Update for XBox 360 Mends Wounds

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298w ago - On March 24th, Gears of War 2 received its third title update. It's the biggest update yet and promised to fix multiple exploits, bugs, and other glitches.

The update also includes an overhaul to the matchmaking ranking system as well as brand new achievements to prepare for the Snowblind Map Pack due out on the 31st.

However, the question still remains, "has the online component truly been fixed correctly?" Believe it or not, it has.

As inconsistent as Epic Games is when it comes to fixing their beloved Gears, you have to admire their persistent efforts. The first title update addressed matchmaking issues, allowing parties not at maximum capacity to find a game in a respectable amount of time.

The second update addressed a slew of problems including the Gnasher shotgun fix. But even with such significant upgrades as the previous fixes accomplished, they pale in comparison to what the third has done for the game. You can check the complete patch notes here.

Let's start with the most noticeable change; the reimagining of the ranking system. Before the update, Gears had a ranking system based around five different military decals. The problem was that after you began playing, your bars would never really change at all.

There were instances where...
 

Confirmed: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years on WiiWare & More!

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299w ago - At GDC '09 today Square Enix confirmed that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is heading to Nintendo's WiiWare as well as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.

Press Release: SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES NEW DOWNLOADABLE TITLES FOR Wii

Line-up includes Two WiiWare titles and Final Fantasy series for Wii Virtual Console

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (25th March, 2009) - Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles including Final Fantasy IV: THE AFTER YEARS™ and Final Fantasy CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a Darklord™ for WiiWare™, as well as the FINAL FANTASY® series for the Virtual Console™ for Wii™.

The release of these new downloadable titles represent Square Enix's recognition of the growing demand for online distribution of content/services, and the commitment they have made to provide content/services that match the needs of their customers.

Square Enix will be offering two new releases for WiiWare: Final Fantasy IV: THE AFTER YEARS and Final Fantasy CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord.

FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS, is an RPG that continues...
 

Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 Multiplayer XBL Add-Ons Announced

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299w ago - Now players of Halo 3 and Gears of War 2 will see the multiplayer experiences made even better by great new Game Add-ons.

Press Release: "HALO 3" and "GEARS OF WAR 2" HEADLINE BLOCKBUSTER LINE-UP OF XBOX LIVE GAME ADD-ONS

LONDON 23rd March 2009 - Spring is nearly here, and with it comes new life for some of this generation's biggest, most action-packed games, exclusively on Xbox LIVE. With more than 35 million in combined sales, the "Halo" and "Gears of War" franchises have set the bar for multiplayer games on the console. Now players of "Halo 3" and "Gears of War 2" will see the multiplayer experiences made even better by great new Game Add-ons.

On 31st March, the Snowblind map pack gives "Gears of War 2" players a chance to cool off with four new, winter-themed environments: Grindyard, Under Hill, Courtyard, and a frozen version of the "Gears of War" favourite, Fuel depot. Hot on the heels of Snowblind comes the highly-anticipated "Halo 3" Mythic Map Pack, releasing 9th April with three new maps: Assembly, Orbital and Sandbox. Both Game Add-ons will be available only on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points.

In addition to the exclusives mentioned above, Xbox 360 is the only console where you can extend your play with Game Add-ons from many of the year's...
 

LBP Sackboy Appears in Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for PS3

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301w ago - Today SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda unveiled that LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy makes an appearance in Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for Sony's PS3 console.

To quote: I'm back once again with a special announcement from the fairway: LittleBigPlanet's very own Sackboy has landed on a Hot Shots Golf course near you (and by near you, I mean any of the 8 awesome courses in Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds!).

So now that your bestest wish has been granted, what more could we do for you? Well, for starters, we could also include a couple of cool outfits to dress up your Sackboy.

Obviously your next question is: when can I get my hands on this greatness? Well friends, here's the catch – you'll have to wait until tomorrow. I know it must seem like an eternity to some, but if you factor in eating and a good night's sleep, you are looking at a little over 16 hours of wait time.

Then of course if you consider school/work you're practically down to 8 hours; and take into account commuting and you are down to 5 hours; and let's not forget those 5 hours you spend daydreaming about Hot Shots Golf and clicking through YouTube. So you see, if you factor in all those events, the download is but a few minutes away!

Once today has whizzed on by, you'll...
 
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