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Review: Killzone 2 for the PlayStation 3 Console - 9.9/10 Overall

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289w ago - MEGamers write: Truth is, all my life I've been an ardent PC gamer that scoffed at inferior FPS experiences on the console. My colleagues always teased me for being a hardcore PC fanatic (fancy name for "fanboy").

It's a given fact that PC gamers are much harder to please in terms of quality or gameplay and hence, console FPS ports are always a disappointment.

Throughout the years, being an extremist that I am, console games like Halo 3 only managed a "hmmmm", while few others like Resistance 2 and Gears of War 2 never went beyond the "meh" factor.

After the recent buzz and hype behind Sony's upcoming FPS, I decided to sit down and spend some quality time with the game and I cannot deny the truth... Killzone 2 has made me a believer!

Killzone 2 sees you take the role of Thomas Sev of the ISA, tasked with a nightmarish war on a planet called "Helgan", home to a populace of pissed off half-humans called "Helghast". For those wondering, Killzone 2 is not merely a shoot-em-up title involving big guns and brutal enemies.

The game's story runs deep and the enemies you're fighting against have a long and sorrowful past of torture and repression. The first thing that becomes apparent when you land on Helgan is the beauty of destruction - A...
 

PlayStation Network Video Content Update for January 16, 2009

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289w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen shared this weekend's PSN Video update today as follows:

Hi again! The weekend's here, and that means it's time for your weekly update of new movie & TV shows on the PlayStation Network.

This week we've added the following new HD video content:

• Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
• Damages | Season 2
• The Unit | Season 4
• Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
• The Shootist
• Critical Condition
• How I Met Your Mother | Season 4
• The Unit | Season 4

We've also added the following feature films:

• Along Came A Spider
• Girl, Interrupted
• Jawbreaker
• Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
• Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
• Out To Sea
• White Christmas
• Epic Movie
• Epic Movie UNRATED
• Without A Paddle: Nature's Calling
• Vexille
• Big Momma's House 2
• Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
• Any Given Sunday
• No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
• Hollow Man
• Critical Condition
• Last Action Hero
• Elizabethtown
• Twisted
• And Now Ladies and Gentlemen
• Funny Face

And...
 

Review: Star Ocean: Second Evolution for PlayStation Portable

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289w ago - Although Star Ocean: First Departure just came out this past October, Square-Enix has already cranked out a port of its sequel with Star Ocean: Second Evolution.

Gameplay-wise, the two are absolutely identical, so if you just recently played through First Departure, unless you absolutely loved it to death, we recommend giving yourself a little buffer time so you don't get tired of the formula.

Unlike the first Star Ocean though, at the start you get to choose between two distinct characters: Claude, the Earthling from a technologically advanced space-traveling federation, or Rena, the magically-powered country bumpkin from a small town on an undeveloped planet.

While the parts of the story where their paths converge will be pretty much the same regardless of whom you choose (they're both in your party for a good chunk of the game), there are portions that are completely different depending on the character you pick.

For example, Claude and Rena split up at one point to rescue a bunch of children from bandits, and depending on who your main character is, you'll have a different perspective and fight completely different boss battles.

The real-time battles are on the button-mashy side, with auto- or semi-auto targeting only, and attacks mapped to the X button,...
 

Blame Microsoft for Final Fantasy XIII Delay on PlayStation 3

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289w ago - There is word trickling out of a business meeting today by Square Enix, that Final Fantasy XIII will not be hitting our shores till mid 2010.

This is definitely unacceptable coming from a company known for its stellar RPG franchise. Square Enix is to blame for this mishap, but the blame also falls squarely on Microsoft.

Square Enix has mentioned in the past that the PS3 version was practically finished and going through the final touch-ups for release in Japan this year. So, why is it that the US and Europe will be getting the game one year later? Square Enix execs have made it crystal clear that the game will not hit our shores until the porting/development has finished for the Xbox 360.

In a recent meeting, Square Enix revealed that the earliest US and Europe would see Final Fantasy XIII would be in April of 2010. Originally, the execs at Square Enix hinted that the game would arrive in 2009 for the US territory. However, this all changed after last E3, where the studio heads revealed that a deal has been struck just before the conference with Microsoft, for a simultaneous release on the PS3 and Xbox 360.

When I first heard that there was going to be a delay due to the decision to port over Final Fantasy XIII to the Xbox 360, I was okay with getting a late 2009 release in...
 

XCM Dominator Joystick for PlayStation 3 Available Next Week

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289w ago - Just under a month ago we [Register or Login to view links] the new [Register or Login to view links].

Today, we received an update from the folks over at XCM stating that it will be available next week from their [Register or Login to view links]. Additionally, they have made available some new pictures of it below for those interested.

Finally, to recap on its features: With a normal controller this task is nearly impossible to combine 4-8 different button attacks with the proper timing to pull special moves.

The XCM Dominator Joystick solves this problem, and lets you execute these combos with ease. Just program the keys to a special button and then you only need to press that button to pull off those special moves.

The XCM Dominator Joystick includes 2 very special features: Combo Attacker and Independent Rapid Fire. This will allow you to dominate your opponents with ease. With these 2 features in hand fighting games will never be the same again!
 
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