Sony Confirms PS3 Q1 2010 Lineup: MAG, Heavy Rain & GOW III

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225w ago - Today Sony has confirmed their PS3 Q1 2010 lineup, which will feature Massive Action Game (MAG), Heavy Rain and God Of War III among others.

With these three AAA titles and other exclusives, including White Knight Chronicles and SEGA's Yakuza 3, it appears Q1 will prove to be an expensive time for most PlayStation 3 owners.

According to MCV UK, the 256-player PS3 shooter MAG will be released on January 29, 2009.

The highly anticipated Heavy Rain is due to arrive in February, with a specific date to be announced later, and God Of War III is currently scheduled for a release in mid-March.

Finally, White Knight Chronicles is also slated for launch in February alongside SEGA's Yakuza 3 in March. It's definitely going to be a busy new year for Sony, with Gran Turismo 5, ModNation Racers and of course Final Fantasy XIII all heading to the PlayStation 3!
 

Pre-order Heavy Rain for PS3 and Get The Heavy Rain Chronicles

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226w ago - SCEA Product Marketing Manager Jefferson Dong has announced details on The Heavy Rain Chronicles today, and mentioned that those who pre-order Heavy Rain for PS3 from select retailers will also get the first episode of The Heavy Rain Chronicles!

To quote: I have some great news for those of you anxiously awaiting the release of Heavy Rain. Get ready to place your pre-orders for this PS3 exclusive title because we've got something special for you.

When you pre-order your copy of Heavy Rain at participating retailers, you will receive the first episode of The Heavy Rain Chronicles (valued at $4.99 each episode) titled, "Heavy Rain: Chronicle One - The Taxidermist," which will be available (only to those who pre-order) when Heavy Rain hits store shelves. The Heavy Rain pre-order program begins TODAY!

What exactly are The Heavy Rain Chronicles? Each Chronicle will offer unique, stand-alone, playable short stories featuring one of Heavy Rain's main characters, and a storyline taking place either before or after Heavy Rain's original narrative. Similar to Heavy Rain, each episode will offer a unique journey and different outcomes based on the players' decisions and actions.

Heavy Rain: Chronicle One - The Taxidermist will feature investigative journalist Madison...
 

Heavy Rain PS3 European and North American Box Art is Unveiled

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227w ago - Update: Amazon has apparently posted the official North American box art for Heavy Rain PS3 on their Web site alongside the Japanese box art as pictured HERE.

Last week it was announced that Quantic Dream's adventure game Heavy Rain will be hitting Sony PS3 systems in Japan on February 18, 2010.

Today, pictures of what appears to be the final North American and European box art for the title are available below, courtesy of PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above) and the Examiner.
 

Heavy Rain to Hit PlayStation 3 in Japan on February 18, 2010

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228w ago - Numerous sources, including Famitsu Magazine and Amazon Japan, are now reporting that Quantic Dream's multi-protagonist adventure game Heavy Rain will be hitting Sony PS3 systems in Japan on February 18, 2010.

This means a North American release date will likely be around the same time for those wondering.

To quote: "Multiple Japanese retailers, including Amazon, report Heavy Rain is scheduled for February 18.

Instead of dialing combos, players activate context sensitive commands that are sort of like rapid fire quick time events. Norman can die during the fight and if he does the story continues with another character.

Game Star's product description says the twists and turns lead to over twenty endings."
 

David Cage Confirms Upcoming Heavy Rain PS3 Demo

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232w ago - During an interview with G4TV (linked above), Quantic Dream co-CEO and writer/director David Cage reveals some details of the an upcoming Heavy Rain PS3 demo, his concerns, and why a demo will be important for gamers to try to gain a better understanding of Heavy Rain's concept.

To quote: "G4: Have you considered releasing a short demo via PSN of a scene such as the Norman Jayden junkyard fight, to convey what the game is to gamers who don't follow enthusiast media?

DC: Definitely. We are currently working on a demo, which is a real challenge. Finding one scene that can convey what we are trying to achieve with Heavy Rain is something really difficult. If we show an action scene, some players will think that this is what Heavy Rain is all about, and it is the same thing if we show an exploration scene.

The problem is that each scene of the game offers contextual game play, which is something very difficult to explain and convey in a single demo. Demos are often a double-edge thing: if you don't release one, players may think that you have something to hide. We also know many good games that ended up not being massive hits because the demo could not convey the quality of the game behind it.

Because Heavy Rain is a new concept and since many gamers will...
 







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