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Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of January 25, 2009

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309w ago - Rock Band 2 is finally out now for Europe.. welcome to October, 2008 when North America got it.

At least you don't have to wait for all the downloadable content, that's been kept nicely up to date thanks to its compatibility with Rock Band 1.

In the US two new games are seeing release and, as usual, Japan is playing catch up. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• MLB Front Office Manager
• Afro Samurai

EU Games
• Rock Band 2

Asian Games
• Skate 2
• Tomb Raider Underworld

Don't forget PS3 games are region free, so feel free to go ahead and import any game from this list. The only caveat is that any DLC will need to be purchased from the respective PSN Store, which could be a problem.

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer.
 

Sony to Announce Restructuring Details This Week

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309w ago - The Financial Times reports that Sony is set to announce details of its restructuring plan this week.

Despite up to six plants closing and the cutting of 16,000 jobs, analysts have warned that this not enough and Sony many need more drastic measures.

To quote: Sony Corp will announce details of its restructuring plan this week amid internal company resistance to job cuts in Japan, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.

The maker of Bravia LCD TVs, Cyber-shot digital cameras and PlayStation game consoles outlined plans last month that called for curbing investment, closing five to six plants and cutting 16,000 jobs to save $1.1 billion a year in costs.

But analysts and other industry watchers have said Sony will likely need more drastic measures to fight a crippling appreciation in the yen and a sharp slowdown in demand for electronics as the global recession spreads.

"Sony's not in a position to halt all domestic production but it has to do something that drastic," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Investment Management.
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of January 18, 2009

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309w ago - EA continues its January release schedule with Skate 2 which, no doubt, will be a bit better than Lord of the Rings: Conquest turned out to be. Hopefully.

Asia continues to play catch-up, as ever, with Prince of Persia and WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• Skate 2

EU Games
• Skate 2

Asian Games
• Skate 2
• Prince of Persia
• WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009

PS3 games are region free. Not that it matters this week, but if you're feeling particularly barmy you could always import a version of Skate 2 from abroad. It'll still work.

Though any downloadable content would need to be downloaded from the appropriate region's PSN Store, so it's probably best not to. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so confirm with your local retailer before you leave the house.
 

XCM Dominator Joystick for PlayStation 3 Available Next Week

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310w 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!
 

Resident Evil 5 Demo Hits XBox 360 January 26, PS3 a Week Later

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310w ago - American gamers will finally get a chance to try long-awaited sequel.

Joystiq [Register or Login to view links] that the long-awaited Resident Evil 5 demo is coming very soon.

While it's been out on Japanese consoles for quite a while, American audiences haven't gotten a chance to try the game.

It will come to the Xbox 360 on January 26, and enjoy a week of exclusivity. After that, we assume the following Thursday, the PlayStation 3 will have its turn.

Resident Evil 5 is on the most-anticipated list for a lot of gamers this season, but early previews have some wondering if it's too similar to its predecessor. Luckily, soon players will get a chance to test the game and see how they feel about its similarities for themselves.
 
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