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Patapon 3 PSP Q&A with Hiroyuki Kotani: More Epic, Multiplayer

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210w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared a Patapon 3 PSP Q&A with Hiroyuki Kotani today, revealing that the PSN title will be more epic with multiplayer support.

To quote: In addition to Patapon 3's better-known enhancements – the tough-as-nails Super Hero Patapons, approximately 80 levels, the Pata-text chat system – the topic of multiplayer gameplay remains something of a mystery.

So while at the Tokyo Game Show, I jumped at the chance to speak with Hiroyuki Kotani, better known as the director of the Patapon series, to touch upon more details for his upcoming PSP rhythm-action game.

I was particularly interested in how the new online multiplayer-centric gameplay would impact the game, as well as what new challenges the Patapons will face in their strange new surroundings.

Sid Shuman: Patapon 3's visual style looks more sophisticated, how have you evolved the art style?

Hiroyuki Kotani, Director, Patapon 3: Along with the more epic theme, we changed the graphical style not only for the Superhero Patapon, but also for the backgrounds. The backgrounds in the previous games looked more flat and two-dimensional. But now in Patapon 3 you can feel much more atmosphere – it's both more fantastic and more realistic.
 

Duke Nukem Forever Playable at PAX, Hits Retailers in 2011

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213w ago - Though the game has been presumed dead so many times you'd need an abacus to keep track, "Duke Nukem Forever" is very much alive - and he's coming to store shelves soon.

Take Two Interactive Software pulled off one of the video game world's biggest surprises Friday, announcing not only that the over-a-decade-in-development first person shooter was nearly finished, but backing that claim up by giving the 150,000 people attending the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle the chance to play the game.

The rest of the world will get its chance in 2011 - on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

To quote: "Gearbox has enabled die-hard key Duke Nukem franchise builders and skilled veteran game makers to stand together and deliver, said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software.

All gamers deserve a happy ending and after all of us gamers feeling the full range of emotions about Duke Nukem Forever, I am thrilled to be in a position with the trust, power and means to make it happen."
 

UK Channel 4 Interested in Bringing 4oD Service to PlayStation 3

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217w ago - A few months back we reported that ITV was in talks with Sony, and today TechRadar.com (linked above) reports that [Register or Login to view links] is interested in bringing their 4oD on-demand service to the PlayStation 3 entertainment system as well.

If 4oD was available on the PS3, fans would be able to view popular shows on demand including Skins, Father Ted and Come Dine With Me amongst others.

An unnamed source from Channel 4 has recenrly revealed to Broadcast Magazine that they are seeking to launch on the PS3 platform.

To quote: "Channel 4 is in talks with Sony to bring video on demand service 4oD to the PlayStation 3 and is also developing an iPad app. A report in Broadcast magazine reveals that talks are already ongoing, suggesting that they are still in the early stages.

Although the BBC iPlayer has already been a huge hit on the PS3 Channel 4's service would be the first commercial arrival. 'We're looking to launch on the PS3,' a source told Broadcast Magazine."
 

Sony Confirms PlayStation Move UK Pricing & Starter Pack Details

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218w ago - A few weeks back Sony announced PlayStation Move PS3 motion controller bundles and pricing for North America, and today they have confirmed UK pricing and Starter Pack details.

To quote from VG247.com (linked above): The Motion Controller itself will be £34.99, while the Sub Controller will be £24.99. The PlayStation Eye will cost £24.99.

There will also be a £49.99 bundle featuring the Motion Controller, the Eye and a starter disc.

PlayStation Move Starter Pack

The disc will contain, as well as an instructional video, the following demos on the disc:

• Sports Champions
• Start the Party!
• The Shoot
• EyePet: Move Edition
• TV Superstars
• Tiger Woods PGA TOUR ® 11 (English only)
• echochrome ii (PSN title)
• Tumble (PSN title)
• Beat Sketchers (PSN title)

Sony's been keen to point out this morning that the Sub Controller isn't necessary to play Move-enabled games: you can use a DualShock instead.

PlayStation Move launches on September 15 in Europe, September 18 in the US and on October 21 in Japan.
 

Sony Announces PlayStation Beta Rooms for UK Gamers

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219w ago - SCEE's Community Leader MusterBuster has has just [Register or Login to view links] something which will give UK gamers an opportunity to try out betas in PlayStation Beta Rooms.

It's an event being held in Vaad Gallery at Birmingham's Custard Factory. Full details are available below, to quote:

"Calling all PlayStation faithfuls, we're inviting you to come and prove yourself on games before they're released, battle it out with the best of the best, win prizes, and speak face to face with your gaming heroes. While other people can only talk about future games, you can be launching yourself into them for real at our first ever PlayStation BETA event in Birmingham."

"So what kind of crumbling apocalyptic cities can you race through and what kind of power struggles can you get caught up in? For a taster of what's about to be unleashed on the market, you can sample all of these at the event: The Fight Move Edition, Kung Fu Rider, Sports Champions, Killzone 3 Dualshock, Motorstorm Apocolypse, GT5, Dead Nation, Eat Them, Heavy Rain Move Edition."

"We'll even stage a Motorstorm Apocolypse tournament. The prize? The champion of...
 
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