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PlayStation 3 Left for Dead by Valve

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313w ago - Valve are among the most respected and successful game developers of recent history. With a string of uber-successful titles franchises such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal and in the future the highly anticipated Left 4 Dead.

Add to that what is arguably the most used and reliable digital distribution system, Steam, and you have a very desirable business partner.

Which is a shame for PS3 owners. If you are a fan of any of these games, combining that with a love of the Sony console means that something has had to give. That comprimise has come in the shape of EA. GamerChip examines the implications of this predicament and why poorer versions of these great games are set to continue for Playstation gamers.

Looking at the history of Valve products, The brilliant Orange Box had to be handed over to EA to even get a version for the PS3. A lack of any development team in Valve gives a fairly clear indication of their priorities and resulted in a pretty dissapointing port. While this was appreciated by the consoles owners, the port suffered from unique issues, such as dropped frame rates and inconvenient load times. The polish and talent that created the original games never had the chance to give the PS3 version the spit and polish that is their trademark.

Secondly, Valve have...
 

Level-5 Announces Ushiro for the PlayStation Portable

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313w ago - Level-5, an independent video game developer and publisher based in Fukuoka, Japan has announced a new game called Ushiro for the Sony PlayStation Portable.

According to the latest Famitsu magazine, its release date is scheduled for next year in Japan.

Details thus far:

- Horror RPG where a shinigami clings on behind people that have exhausted their lives to experience their lives.
- As a shinigami you observe, possess, and fulfill the wishes of the person you're attached to.
- There's a scene where you fight a monster that is an embodiment of a person's malice.
 

Limited Edition PlayStation 2 LEGO Batman Bundle Arrives

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313w ago - Per Kristin Neirinckx (Associate Product Manager, SCEA) today:

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the limited-edition LEGO Batman: The Videogame PlayStation 2 bundle is now available at retail. You can find it at all major retailers for $149.99 (MSRP).

We are excited to team up with fun, exciting partners such as LEGO Batman and Justice League to offer a bundle that is perfect for families and comic enthusiasts alike.

The bundle includes:

- The Black PlayStation 2 system
- DUALSHOCK 2 Controller
- LEGO Batman: The Video Game - The fun of LEGO, the drama of Batman and the uniqueness of the combination make for a comical and exciting adventure to save Gotham City. Fight the mayhem as super-heroes Batman and Robin, or spread anarchy as one of the city's many super-villains...all in LEGO form.
- Justice League: The New Frontier (DVD video) - Based on Darwyn Cooke's award-winning graphic novel, this thrilling adventure reveals the origin of the Justic
 

Rugby League 2: World Cup Edition for PlayStation 2 Announced

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313w ago - Home Entertainment Suppliers Pty Ltd (HES) announced today the development of Rugby League 2: World Cup Edition for Sony PlayStation®2, by leading games developer Sidhe Interactive.

The game builds on the highly successful 2005 release of Rugby League 2, bringing updated and new content in time for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.

Press Release: "Rugby League 2 was a massive success and gamers had been asking for an updated version for a long time," said David Robles, Business Development Manager for HES."By working with Sidhe to deliver a new version of the game, with updated features, and rosters, we're giving the fans what they want on the platform they want it most."

Rugby League 2: World Cup Edition includes a host of features and new updates for Rugby fans including:

- All New World Cup Mode
- Squad and Jersey updates for the 2008 NRL, Super League and World Cup International Teams
- Addition of new NRL franchise the Gold Coast Titans including player likenesses
- Stadia updates and five new stadia including Skilled Park (Gold Coast), Browne Park (Rockhampton, QLD), New Craven Park (UK), Twickenham Stoop (UK) and Stade Gilbert Brutus (France)
- New in-game cut scenes
- New Twilight NRL Grand Final Stadia

Rugby League 2:...
 

GC Asia 2008: Crytek Hearts PlayStation 4

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313w ago - The next generation of consoles will be the "catalyst for a renaissance" in gaming graphics.

During yesterday's GC Asia keynote speech on the future of gaming graphics, the president and CEO of Crytek, Cevat Yerli emphasised several times how important the next generation of consoles (i.e. PS4 and Xbox 360 II: Electric Boogaloo) will be to a renaissance in gaming graphics that he predicts will arrive in 2011-2012.

Not only will the company link its technology development with the console cycles, but it sees the PlayStation 4 as the most important machine of the coming generation, with Yerli stating that "frankly, we are linking ourself to what the PS4 will take up as [its hardware] position; that is the console makeup that will drive all our research, so we cannot wait to know what the [machine] will be about. That's probably the most important missing information we have right now in our company."

So, what's this graphics renaissance he's talking about? Yerli believes that - given that the Xbox 360 and PS3 will be around for a few more years - it will be today's technological framework that drives graphics for the next three years, but come 2011-2012 - and new consoles - there will be a huge shift. Sure, processing power and hardware sophistication will increase as they always...
 
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