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Haze given December 14 release

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363w ago - Ubisoft offers up an updated release calendar, confirming Free Radical's FPS for release just in time for Xmas.

Today Ubisoft has announced that the PlayStation 3 exclusive first-person shooter Haze will be released in the UK on December 14. This gives the game just enough time to be snapped up by game-hungry PlayStation 3 owners before the Christmas festivities begin.

The news will be music to PS3 owners' ears, with rumors persisting that the game could well slip until 2008.

Free Radical's FPS will have some competition though, most notably from Activision's Call of Duty 4. Haze has plenty of tricks up its sleeve though, with four-player online co-op throughout the entire campaign, matching the achievement of Halo 3.

Look out for a review at around the time of release and for more information head over to the Haze game page.
 

Sony's Massive Advantage: PS3 Processing Power

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363w ago - If you look at the central processor in Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360 you will see something that can trace its ancestry right back to the Intel 8086 of 1978.

Over its evolution this has forced endless fudges and compromises. An analogy might be trying to build a working supertanker on the plans of a model rowing boat. And the 360 itself owes its architecture to the IBM PC of 1981 and so carries with it the accommodations that this architecture imposes. These factors, ultimately, must impinge on the working of the console.

Compare that to Sony (SNE), who were able to design the processor and the console it is in with a clean sheet of paper. The Cell processor, designed jointly with IBM and Toshiba at a cost of $400 million is the state of the art in processor dessign. It is scalable, highly flexible and excellent at distributed processing.

So it is little surprise that the PS3 now holds the Guiness world record for the most powerful distributed computing network. Or that an astrophysicist has replaced a supercomputer with eight PS3s. This is one very special and very powerful machine and when game programmers eventually work out how to get the best from it we are going to see some spectacular results.

But there has been a price to pay. Whilst the 360 was cheap to develop and cheap...
 

Konami refuses to comment on PES 2008 patch rumor

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363w ago - Internet rumour suggests patch will be out on November 19.

Konami has issued a "no comment" to rumours it has set a November 19 deadline for a PES 2008 patch.

Internet rumours surfaced today suggesting that the Japanese publisher was expecting to make a patch that would resolve the online lag issues available in just a week.

Comments purporting to come from a Konami spokesperson, reported by pesforum.co.uk, said: "We hope to have the patch released within two weeks at the latest, and have set a deadline of Monday 19th November to get this to the public, as we are aware there are a lot of gamers out there that are avoiding a massive part of the game because of the online issues."

The quotes continue: "I would say to all PES fans to be patient with us while we rectify the problems, please be assured that we are working very hard to fix these problems. We hope that everyone will soon be enjoying the online aspect of the game which people will love playing with their friends and fellow gamers."

However, when Pro-G contacted Konami for clarification the publisher told us that no official announcement on a PES 2008 patch had been made.

Many gamers have expressed their frustration at the crippling lag experienced when playing console versions of the game. Last...
 

Rein admits Europe may not see UT3 for PS3 this year

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364w ago - "Europe's a problem because the certification process takes longer," says Epic boss

Epic Games' Mark Rein says that he hopes Unreal Tournament 3 will be released on PlayStation 3 this year but he doesn't think it will make it to Europe until 2008.

"Right now we're very close to a release candidate, and we should have it finished by the end of this week," he told our sitster site Eurogamer.net. "Then we send it off and it's just a matter of what happens from there."
"We think there's a very solid shot we'll get out this year - I don't know about Europe. Europe's a problem because the certification process in Europe takes longer.

"They're testing all these different languages in all these different countries, so I doubt it'll be released this year in Europe. But I don't know. We'll have to cross our fingers and wait and see," he said.
 

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of November 11

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364w ago - Slim pickings for PAL territories and Asia this week, but at least those games that are released are excellent additions to the PS3 software library. It will be intriguing to see how the Japanese sales of Heavenly Sword will be, especially since the 40GB PS3 came out today. Here's the full release list:

US Games
Assassin's Creed
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men
Need For Speed: ProStreet
WWE Smackdown vs RAW
Beowulf: The Game

EU Games
Assassin's Creed

Asian Games
Heavenly Sword

Like we said - not much going on in Europe, but that's possibly a good thing. With Assassin's Creed being the must-have title that it is, other games might not get a look in and you have to wonder how this will affect sales of Kane and Lynch in the US. Regardless of sales talk, however, this is a great week for everyone.

Don't forget that the PS3 is a region free device, so feel free to import any of the games above from abroad. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so make sure you check with your local retailer before wasting a trip down to the shops.
 
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