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Skate 2 Demo to Hit PlayStation Network a Week Later than Live

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303w ago - Skate 2 ups the ante in delivering all the grit, creativity and culture of skateboarding. Equipped with double the bag of tricks, players are tasked to rebuild their career and revive the skate scene.

Now with the ability to get off-board and move objects, gamers can create their own epic spots and challenges, which can then be uploaded, shared and experienced by others around the world.

PRESS RELEASE: Get on Board Early With the Skate 2 Demo on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - January 7, 2009 - Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that the Skate 2 demo will hit Xbox Live Marketplace on January 8th and the PlayStation Network on January 15, 2009.

The demo introduces players to the city of New San Vanelona where they can skate with style and individuality via access to the enhanced character customization tools.

Gamers will get a first glimpse of the deep single-player story and exciting challenges in all-new locations. The Skate 2 demo will also feature two of the game's online Party Play modes: Thrasher's Hall of Meat and Spot Battle.

Skate 2 hits retailers in North America on January 21st, and worldwide on January 23, 2009 - making it one of the first must-have games of 2009....
 

Cuboid Coming Soon Exclusively to PlayStation Network

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303w ago - Creat Studios Producer Olga Sokolova shared the following today via PS Blog:

Cuboid is a stunning 3D puzzle game (available soon tomorrow for $9.99) in which players navigate ancient ruins and lush environments, maneuvering a rectangular block through mystical exits.

Cuboid will bend your mind with its addictive puzzles and engage the senses with amazing graphics and soothing music, immersing you in a surrealistic puzzle world. We at [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] are pleased to offer players 66 twisted levels with premium packs coming soon that will include additional levels and a custom level creator.





Cuboid is set in three major mystical places, beginning on the roof of an ancient temple, transporting the player to the inside of a magnificent church and ending up in a mysterious chamber. Within each area are 22 distinct levels, increasing in difficulty and complexity, adding new gameplay mechanics like triggers and special tile types the deeper and deeper you go.

So, if you haven't guessed by now, Cuboid is more than just rolling a block from one end of the screen to another. It requires careful thought and planning to effectively use the environment...
 

Sony: PlayStation 3 is a Better Value than XBox 360 or Wii

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303w ago - While obviously the PS3 is the most expensive console on the market, Sony would like to remind consumers that it provides "the most features and functionality out of the box".

We just received this e-mail from them, comparing the price of the PS3 to the Wii and 360, upgraded to meet the PS3's standards:

The 2008 holiday season was an exciting time for video gaming and the Blu-ray side of the interactive entertainment industry, and 2009 promises to follow suit.

As consumers continue to invest in their entertainment needs this new year, the feature sets of the three multi-functional gaming systems - PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360 and Wii - become that much more important to consider.

PLAYSTATION 3 has always been about streamlining the gaming and entertainment experience by giving consumers the most features and functionality out of the box, there is no immediate need to upgrade anything to get a rich entertainment experience, as the console comes standard with:

- Built in Blu-ray drive for HD movies and mind-blowing games
- Built in Wi-Fi for wireless gaming and Internet access
- Huge hard drives for storing games, movies, music photos and more
- Free online gaming and entertainment access through PSN
- Ten year's of value with a future-proof system...
 

New Video Releases on the PlayStation Store for January 6, 2009

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303w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PlayStation Store) today:

By now, you've probably caught the TV spot for the PlayStation Network video delivery service and checked out the blockbuster movies and TV shows on PlayStation Store.

We went into the holidays with some great movies including The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, Wall-E and your favorite TV shows including The Simpsons and Family Guy.





Some more new releases coming to PlayStation Network today include:

• Babylon AD
• Bangkok Dangerous
• Disaster Movie
• Pineapple Express
• The Wackness
• Episode 22 of Xam'd: Lost Memories

You'll also want to check out the Monty Python Collection - there are 4 features, 7 specials and 3 TV seasons.

Enjoy!
 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves to Max Out the PlayStation 3's SPUs

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303w ago - The original Uncharted only used 30% of the PlayStation 3 console's SPUs, but the team behind the upcoming sequel are confident that their new title will push the SPUs of the PS3 all the way.

Apparently this will allow for better details across the board, to quote:

There was a point where Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was hands down the best looking PS3 game. With lush environments and such vivd and charasmatic animations, it blew away all competitors. Though Uncharted still looks drop dead gorgeous, it has since been eclipsed by other titles like MGS4 and the upcomming PS3 exclusives Killzone 2 and Heavy Rain.

That isn't stopping Naughty Dog from trying to reclaim it's title with Uncharted 2, though. In a [Register or Login to view links], the developer's co-president Christophe Balestra spoke about how they would be utilizing the PS3 to accomplish this.

"Uncharted used 30 per cent of the PS3's SPUs, and this time we're maxing it out" Balestra explained. This will allow for better environmental interactions, as well as more detailed and believable body and facial animations.

To date, no game has maxed the PS3's SPUs, with even the graphical powerhouse Killzone 2 only using 60% of them.
 
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