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Video: F1 Race Stars Gives The F1 Experience a Karting Makeover

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97w ago - Codemasters Game Designer Simon Berry has posted up a video today showcasing a kart makeover in F1 Race Stars below.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] are well known for creating racing games with lots of depth, and in many ways our brief for F1 Race Stars (out on PS3 November 20th today) was no different.

When designing the game's structure we intended to provide ongoing variety as crucially as the instant appeal you'd expect from a "karting" game.

Firstly, along with the typical race event, we have introduced a host of other modes of racing. There are eight in total, each requiring unique skills and strategy – some will feel instantly familiar to gamers, and some will feel entirely fresh and unique.

For example, we've introduced Refuel mode - based on the principles of fuel strategy in F1, where fuel re-stocks are placed around the track, but carrying less fuel means more speed. Or Trophy Chase mode, a smash and grab event where players collect trophies, found both on the track and stolen from other drivers.

Gamers should feel instantly at home with other modes such as Sector Snatch mode, where players can own sectors of each track by setting the fastest split time though it, or racing in a classic Elimination mode.
 

Dead Space 3 Interview: Sci-fi Survival Horror Multiplayer Make-over

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98w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has shared a Dead Space 3 interview with fans today announcing that the Sci-fi Survival Horror Multiplayer game is getting a make-over.

Below are the details, to quote: Next February sees the release of the third main entry in EA's critically lauded sci-fi survival horror series, [Register or Login to view links].

While the first two games followed very similar templates, the latest installment really mixes things up by introducing full co-op play to the main campaign.

The optional drop-in, drop-out multiplayer lets a second player join in the story as new character Sergeant John Carver. While the game is fully playable as a solo experience, if you play with friend you'll have an expanded story and get to experience a number of extra sequences and set-pieces.

We sat down with the game's producer Steve Papoutsis to find out how - and why - developer [Register or Login to view links] has implemented this new system and what fans of the series can expect from reluctant hero Isaac Clarke's latest adventure.

PlayStation.Blog: What goals did you set yourself when you first started work on Dead Space 3?

Steve Papoutsis, Producer of Dead Space 3: When we started...
 

PS3 Brick-Recovery Procedure from Rogero CFW 4.21 to CFW 3.55

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100w ago - Following up on his Rogero CEX PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) v4.21 release that bricked many PS3 consoles, PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Rogero has now made available a PS3 Brick-Recovery Procedure from CFW 4.21 back to CFW 3.55 using Rogero PS3 NOR Auto Patcher v0.01 as outlined below.

To quote: Brick-Recovery Procedure from CFW4.21 back to CFW3.55

After Testing with some bricked Slim consoles (from updating to CFW4.21) with different friends and testers around the world, I can confirm that Bricked consoles can be recovered back to CFW3.55 even if you didn't have a NOR Dump/Backup.

Requirements are:

1- A Hardware Flasher so you can read/write to the PS3 NOR flash
2- A Dongle with PSgrade payload (any old jailbreak dongle + PSGrade hex will do) used to Enter Factory Service Mode (FSM)
3- [Register or Login to view links]

Recovery Procedure :

1- Dump the current NOR Flash of the bricked PS3 at least 3 times using a hardware flasher (Progskeet / E3 / TEENSY++)
2- Verify that it is properly dumped and you have a...
 

Insomniac Games Lights the Fuse, Formerly Known as Overstrike

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106w ago - Insomniac Games Creative Director Brian Allgeier has announced today that they are lighting the Fuse, a title that was formerly known as Overstrike.

Below are the details, to quote: Hi everyone! After a long journey navigating the sometimes-challenging waters of new IP development, we're proud to reveal Fuse.

Fuse, formerly known as Overstrike, is a third person, four-player cooperative game that centers around a volatile energy source that has fallen into the wrong hands.

The substance, called Fuse, has been acquired by a terrorist organization known as Raven and Overstrike 9 has been hired to track down and stop it from setting off a deadly arms race.

You can play with up to three of your friends, and each member of Overstrike 9 has its own signature Fuse-powered weapon. Play as Dalton Brooks, an ex-mercenary who has a Mag-shield that acts as portable cover and unleashes a devastating blast that liquefies opponents.

Take on the role of Naya Deveraux, who can cloak to flank enemies and fire out mini-black holes that implode its victims. As Jacob Kimble, you can keep enemies at a distance with the Arc Shot and shoot out charged bolts that chain react and fry enemies.

Then there's Izzy Sinclair, who can either launch out med beacons to heal teammates...
 

Hulu Plus PS3 Update, New Improved Navigation and Discovery

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106w ago - Hulu Principal Software Development Lead Daniel Bear has announced today that the latest Hulu Plus PS3 update includes new improved navigation and discovery as outlined below!

To quote: It's been two years since [Register or Login to view links] first launched in living rooms across the U.S. via PlayStation 3 - but we haven't stopped there.

Since then, we've kept our promise to never stop innovating. Our team of passionate engineers in Hulu's Seattle office has been hard at work, taking your feedback to build the latest entertainment experience for your living room.

I'm excited to announce that the new and improved [Register or Login to view links] experience rolls out today on PlayStation 3. Designed to help you get to the shows you watch faster than ever before, the new experience includes larger, more vivid artwork and is easier to navigate.

We've implemented a tray-style format that allows you to scroll through recommendations based on your viewing history, or check out popular shows and movies, the top 100 clips on Hulu Plus, movie trailers and more. We've also included a "Shows You Watch" feature that highlights the content you regularly enjoy, and lets you jump straight to the latest episode.

The updated...
 
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