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First PSP and PlayStation Home Connectivity Details Revealed?

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305w ago - According to a roughly translated Japanese Web page (linked above), it has been announced that Namco Bandai's PSP sim game The Idol Master SP will offer some kind of connectivity with PlayStation Home.

To quote: From what we can make out from the article, it seems that during your play-through of Idol Master SP you unlock "rewards" for use in Home.

It also looks as though Home will import avatars from Idol Master judging from the picture

This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully we will see a lot more PSP/Home integration in the future.
 

Sony PlayStation Home Update: Ninja And Pirate Costumes

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305w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX shared news today of new virtual items at the PlayStation Home mall, including ninja and pirate costumes as follows:

We've got some big plans for PlayStation Home coming up, some of which may involve ninjas and street fighters. We thought that would grab your attention. It did for us at SCEA.

And as we continue to expand upon existing content with PlayStation Home spaces, we've introduced a leaderboard for the Red Bull Air Race in the Red Bull space.

We recently made the most of these new leaderboards with a contest to see who could get the highest scores. Shopaholics rejoice too, you'll find some cool new virtual items at the mall, including ninja and pirate costumes.

As you may have heard, Capcom is set to expand its blockbuster franchises globally with Street Fighter and Resident Evil within PlayStation Home.

Resident Evil 5 fans can launch straight from PlayStation Home into the game. And for the Street Fighter fans, Capcom is bringing Street Fighter IV costumes and additional themed content to PlayStation Home, much of which will be unlocked through in-game actions.

I know that is a lot to digest, but that's not all ... in the next few months, gamers will find even more clothing, furniture...
 

NYCC 09 Preview: Wolfenstein for the PlayStation 3 Console

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305w ago - It's been 8 years since the release of the last real Wolfenstein game. After seeing Wolfenstein last week at an Activision event, JoyStiq debates whether there is any reason to revisit the franchise as follows:

There's a fine line between "classic" and "dated," and Wolfenstein finds itself on the wrong side of the fence. Fighting Nazis was a novel idea back in the series' prime, but it has since become a tired idea.

At first glance, Wolfenstein can only be described as generic. A FPS that has you crawling through World War II shooting Nazis? After dozens of Call of Duty and Medal of Honor games, to call the era overused would be an understatement.

Gameplay and setting aren't the only things dated about Wolfenstein. The visuals are lackluster, undoubtedly hindered by the aging idTech 4 engine (Doom 3 engine). We couldn't help but notice how poor the texture work was and how uninspired the levels looked through the entirety of the hands-off demonstration.

Although the visuals were rather bland, we were taken aback by the shoddy framerate. Yes, the game still has quite a bit of development left ahead of it, but this early look certainly didn't give us much confidence.

The core shooting mechanics don't look fun either. Where's the visceral combat? Where's cover? Where's...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for February 8-14, 2009

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305w ago - This week, retail is celebrating Friday the 13th with lots of scares. We've got F.E.A.R. 2, Destroy All Humans! and Shellshock 2: Blood Trails among others.

Valentine's lovers fear not. You haven't been forgotten. Flower buds on PSN this week, as well.

Retail PS3 Games
•F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin [USA] $59.99 TUE
• Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection [USA] $29.99 TUE
• X-Blades [USA] $59.99 TUE
• Bolt [PAL] £24.99 FRI
• Destroy All Humans! Path Of The Furon [PAL] £34.99 FRI
• Eternal Sonata [PAL] £34.99 FRI
• F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin [PAL] £29.99 FRI
• Shellshock 2: Blood Trails [PAL] £39.99 FRI

PSN Games
• Flower [USA] $9.99 THU

Demos
• TBA

DLC
• Rock Band [USA/PAL] varies THU
• SingStar [PAL] varies THU
 

MLB The Show '09 - True 1080p60 on the PlayStation 3 Console

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306w ago - The biggest improvement to the game comes from MLB 09's native 1080p support. The game runs at an uncompromised 1920–1080 native resolution with no AA.

In this respect, it's identical to the '08 game, but the key difference is that unlike the last game, MLB '09 displays a full 60 frames per second on the 1080p setting vs the 30fps of its predecessor.

The '08 1080p mode had few other losses on visual effects such as depth of field, which is retained and improved in both 720p and 1080p modes on the new game.





To quote: First of all, MLB The Show '09 is running at 60 frames per second at native 720p with 2xMSAA, unchanged from its predecessor. The character modeling and the texture details seem more or less on the same level with '08 as well, but close-in some improvements are evident: check out these shots of the players.

The most significant change however, is the crowd rendering, as it's much more diverse now with visible improvements on the level of detail. This is a great addition to '09, since its predecessor already had some of the best crowd graphics in any sports title, but its one shortcoming was the person duplication which becomes painfully obvious at times.

The one real...
 
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