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The Weekly Recap (July 26th – August 1st)



This week, we had very little actual news, so a lot of the submissions are based on rumors, reviews and the Mockers clan. Sorry my post is a little late today, as it’s been a pretty hectic weekend. Went up to Payson Friday evening and my mom was admitted into the hospital yesterday (her diabetes is out of control). In any case, always try to look on the bright side of things. Here’s what we had going on for the week:

Lets Revive The Mockers Clan.
Thepreppymonk – July 26th

Marvel Costumes Coming to LittleBigPlanet
JimmyMagnum – July 27th

Dead Space Trilogy and Film Adaptation Planned
JimmyMagnum – July 27th

Dante’s Inferno Boss Battle.
Trev – July 27th

Wipeout HD Fury Impressions
Darrin – July 27th

Compare Trophy Cards.
Trev – July 27th

Games to miss the holiday season?
Trev – July 27th

Fat Princess This Thursday
JimmyMagnum – July 27th

Modern Warfare 2 first ever multiplayer footage.
Trev – July 27th

PS3Blogs weekly game.
Thepreppymonk – July 27th

Sony doubling PS3 Manufacture Orders
Darrin – July 27th

Comic-Con ‘09: White Knight Chronicles Preview
fleakitten – July 28th

Trion Hiring PS3 Programmers for SyFy Network MMO
Eddie – July 28th

Square Enix Eidos Confirms GAMESCom 2009 Line-Up
Eddie – July 28th

Uncharted 2 Will NOT Have a Mandatory Install
JimmyMagnum – July 28th

Want an EyePet? Live in the US? You’re in luck.
Trev – July 28th

White Knight Chronicles Sequel Announced
Eddie – July 29th

Infamous Movie In the Works
Eddie – July 29th

Rerun of this killzone game
Thepreppymonk – July 29th

Wipeout HD Fury Expansion Review
Thepreppymonk – July 29th

PS3 Slim Rumors Popping Up Everywhere
Eddie – July 29th

Aliens vs. Predator trailer shows why it sucks to be human
Tosh – July 29th

StarOcean 4 for the PS3 unofficially revealed by GameFly
fleakitten – July 29th

No Western Yakuza 3. Sega = Clueless
Darrin – July 29th

PlayStation Home gets 2 new spaces and a upgraded movie theater
Tosh – July 30th

Sony Financial Results for April-June 2009 (Fiscal Q1 2009)
Darrin – July 30th

PS3 Manufacturing Costs Reduced by 70%?
Eddie – July 31st

Braid to PS3 Says USK
Eddie – July 31st

PSP Go’s First App “SensMe”
Eddie – July 31st

Alrighty, that’s 29 entries this week. As far as the ‘Contributor of the Week’ goes, that goes to, once again, Eddie with 8 submissions. Get a life :P . Also of note, besides the QuickNews posted by Tosh on the PS3 Slim model showing up on the German Amazon, nothing was submitted for Saturday, August 1st.

Anyways, here’s hoping we get some juicy info this week, but don’t be surprised if we don’t. A lot of developers and publishers probably won’t release anything newsworthy until TGS next month. Thank you all for checking this out and all that. Remember, if you would like to see what you missed from weeks past, check out the Weekly Recap Archive.

Published on August 2nd, 2009 under , , , , , ,

The Weekly Recap (July 19-25)



Well, this week seemed a little slow with the news, netting in 28 submissions. Nothing truly spectacular surfaced this week, so it’s just a little dry. We did manage to find a few things though! Without further ado, here’s what we had going on this week:

PSP Go development issues.
Trev – July 19th

Indie Game Challenge
Tosh – July 20th

Reverse Gaming w/ Retro/Grade
JimmyMagnum – July 20th

Lemmings to get a Trophy Patch
Eddie – July 21st

PS3 games MIA.
fleakitten – July 21st

Wand is “two generations” ahead?
Trev – July 21st

Uncharted 2 Release Date Oct. 13th!
Eddie – July 21st

Metalocalypse: Dethgame Announced
JimmyMagnum – July 21st

Street Fighter IV Championship 2009.
Trev – July 21st

Shatter – Retro Brick Breaking Awesomeness
Eddie – July 22nd

Dissidia Final Fantasy Demo Tomorrow on PSN!
Eddie – July 22nd

The ten year life plan, and competition.
Thepreppymonk – July 27th

LittleBigPlanet Reaches Over 1 Million Levels!
JimmyMagnum – July 22nd

John Carmack of id Discusses Blu-Ray Advantage
JimmyMagnum – July 22nd

When It Comes to Cool Collectibles…
JimmyMagnum – July 22nd

No Splinter Cell planned for PS3.
Trev – July 22nd

Castle Crashers Announced for PS3
Eddie – July 23rd

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time Comic-Con Edition
Eddie – July 23rd

New Borderland’s Screens and Interview
Eddie – July 23rd

Comic-Con news: New playable character revealed in Uncharted 2
fleakitten – July 23rd

Konami ID’s Going Away
Tosh – July 23rd

Pixel Junk Shooter – GIANT ENEMY CRABS!!!
Eddie – July 23rd

TGS Sony Keynote Details
Eddie – July 24th

Are Music Games a Passing Fad?
Darrin – July 24th

PS3 to pick up famed 360 exclusive? :Updated info:
fleakitten – July 24th

FIFA 10 + PES 2010 new features detailed.
Trev – July 25th

HD era not ready yet?
Trev – July 25th

Uncharted 2’s new Gold Rush mode.
Trev – July 25th

As you can see, for the most part, nothing truly amazing. We’ll probably be in this dry news spell until maybe TGS (I hope earlier than that, though, because that’s a ways away).

Also, no surprise here, Eddie has gotten ‘Contributor of the Week’ with 9 entries. Maybe I should start doing ‘Everyone but Eddie Contributor of the Week’ haha! In which case, Trev would win that with 7 submissions. I don’t have a Comment of the Week this week because I hadn’t had the time to look through all the responses and pick one. Haven’t been feeling too hot this week either…

Published on July 26th, 2009 under , , , , , , , ,

The Weekly Recap (July 12-18)


Well, last week was rather busy! We had a total of 33 submissions! It was very hard to keep up with the news, especially if you missed a few days. Might have missed out on some stories the may have piqued your interest…

Anyway, here’s what we had going on last week:

Little Big Ghostbusters.
Trev – July 12th

PS3 Slim spotted in the wild?
Tosh – July 13th

French Website Claims to Have Release Dates For the Rest of 2009
Eddie – July 13th

New King of Fighters XII Video
Tosh – July 13th

White Knight Chronicles Fact Sheet
Eddie – July 14th

Quarter 4 Sony Games and Our Poor Wallets
Eddie – July 14th

Sony Unveils New Development Strategy for PSP
Eddie – July 14th

Relentless Software Developing Murder Mystery Game Exclusive to PSN
JimmyMagnum – July 14th

Modern Warfare 2: Prestige Edition comes with working night vision goggles!
Tosh – July 14th

Is this sony’s new way to hype?
Thepreppymonk – July 14th

Fallout 3 DLC update.
Trev – July 14th

Tony Hawk:Ride 2?
Thepreppymonk – July 14th

PC Engine aka TurboGraphx 16 Coming to PSN
Eddie – July 15th

LittleBigPlanet 2 will play nice with old levels and LBP Demo Coming
Tosh – July 15th

Pulse Confirms PSN Summer Sale
Eddie – July 16th

BUZZ! and Fight Night Spaces arrive in PlayStation Home
Tosh – July 16th

Limited Edition Assassin’s Creed Bloodlines PSP Entertainment Pack
Jimmy Magnum – July 16th

Replayability and its fine uses.
Thepreppymonk – July 16th

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker treated as a PS3 game
Thepreppymonk – July 16th

New Content Coming ‘Home’ Today!
JimmyMagnum – July 16th

Kojima explains his unusual countdown site.
fleakitten – July 16th

June 2009 Hardware Sales
Darrin – July 16th

DC Comics and Wildstorm to Run God of War Mini-Series
JimmyMagnum – July 16th

The PSEye:Natal
Thepreppymonk – July 16th

First Mod Nation Racers Trailer
Eddie – July 17th

Gran Turismo PSP Gameplay.
Trev – July 17th

SCEE Confirms 3 Hour Press Conference for GamesCom
Eddie – July 17th

Wipeout Fury HD 23rd July – £7.99.
Trev – July 17th

More Killzone 2 Napalm and Cordite DLC Details
JimmyMagnum – July 17th

An Opinion on Sony’s Face Recognition, the Eye and Marketing
JimmyMagnum – July 18th

Upcoming Yakuza Game May Sport a Well Known Porn Star
Eddie – July 18th

Rage – ID Software’s New Multi-platform Title
Eddie – July 18th

Valkyria Chronicles 2 Announced
Thepreppymonk – July 18th

That’s 33 new articles this week! Last week, we had 18. We totally killed that record! Again, these don’t include store updates, last week’s Weekly Recap or QuickNews. As for other things, I give up! Once again, Eddie receives the much sought-after ‘Contributor of the Week’ title with 10 entries. Good job!

Emrah also get’s the ‘Comment of the Week’, only because he made me laugh so hard. It was a comment left in this article, and read:

First see-through nipple I’ve seen on ps3blog.

If you missed it, the picture used in the original posting was borderline inappropriate. You were able to see through the top she was wearing (though barely), revealing, well, the body part mentioned above. It was a good laugh though!

For past Weekly Recaps, you can view the archive here. You know, in case you missed it and/or you want to see what other stories you missed.

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Published on July 19th, 2009 under , , , , , , , , , ,

The Weekly Recap (July 5-11)


The Weekly Recap
Since we now get a good constant flow of news pouring in daily, I’m going to try to do weekly recaps every Sunday. This one is a bit late, though, so it’s going to be about 3.5 days until I post the news from this week (new idea). I’m not going to include the QuickNews section, since that doesn’t update nearly as often, nor the store updates. I’m aware there is an ‘Archives’ section, but most people only check the front page. Anyways, here goes:

Infamously sexy?
Trev – July 5th

Atlus Spoils Demon’s Souls: Deluxe Edition Details.
fleakitten – July 5th

Sony Patents New Motion Control Technology
JimmyMagnum – July 6th

SOCOM 4 In Development
Eddie – July 6th

Battlefield 1943 this Thursday??
riggins44 – July 6th

Dante’s Inferno Gameplay Footage
Tosh – July 6th

Rumor: PSP2 to Sport a Quad Core Processor?
Eddie – July 7th

Sony’s Eric Lempel on PS3 Updates & Firmware Rumors Part 1 of 2
Eddie – July 7th

Best Buy PS3 Bundle – Includes MGS4 and Killzone 2
JimmyMagnum – July 7th

Bioware “Really Pumped” To Work on the PS3
Eddie – July 8th

Sneak out and get MGS4:LE for $9.89
Tosh – July 8th

MAG Developer Diary – Command and Control System
Tosh – July 8th

Will White Knight Chronicles be overshadowed by FFXIII?
fleakitten – July 9th

Sony BRAVIA HDTV’s gets Netflix streaming, PS3 left out
Tosh – July 9th

Ghostbusters demo impressions.
Trev – July 9th

Uncharted 2 New Trailer is Story Heavy
Eddie – July 10th

Upcoming Killzone 2 Patch and DLC Details

JimmyMagnum – July 10th

PS3 to pick up famed 360 exclusive?
fleakitten – July 11th

Contributor of the week: Eddie – 5 entries

So far, it’s looking like next week’s recap is going to be even bigger…

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Published on July 16th, 2009 under , , , , , ,

Film Adaptation of Uncharted: Drakes Fortune Official


That’s right, it’s been officially confirmed. Would have had this posted on Saturday, but I did leave it in the Community. No word on casting or anything like that, but here’s info from the Official PlayStation Blog:

I am happy to confirm that it is indeed true, Sony Computer Entertainment has signed a deal with Columbia Pictures for a movie adaptation of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and it will be produced by Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner. We have been working with Avi and the folks and Columbia for quite some time and look forward to sharing additional details on the film in the short future. Obviously we designed the game to be a cinematic experience and we too can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

Details are still a bit short, but, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it will take place during the first Uncharted game:

The story follows a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, a treasure hunter named Nate Drake who believes he has learned the whereabouts of El Dorado, the fabled South American golden city, from a cursed golden statue. The search becomes competitive when a rival hunter joins the fray, then is racheted up several notches when creatures — actually mutated descendants of Spaniards and Nazis — begin attacking those hoping to learn the treasure’s true secrets.

We all know the usual happenings when either a game gets adapted into a movie, or a movie into a game, but hopefully we won’t have to witness the same fate for this great series. If done right, considering the cinematic quality of the game, this could potentially be a very good thing. Hopefully they don’t screw it up!

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PlayStation 3’s online social network Home released today


PlayStation Home Screenshot of the Motorstorm environmentPlayStation Home, the long awaited online social networking service for PlayStation 3 users, will launch today, December 11th, in the United States and Europe.

The service has been a long time coming and was first announced at the Game Developers Conference 2007 by Phil Harrison and was supposed to launch that year but suffered several delays and setbacks. But now the service is officially ready to go.

Home will be available as a free download to all PlayStation 3 owners once they connect to the PlayStation Network. If you connect or are already connected the service will automatically download and install. Once that is done, you will see a new PlayStation Home logo in your CrossMedia Bar (XMB) menu.

The service lets users interact and chat with each other through a 3D space via avatars that they create to represent themselves. The looks is similar to The Sims and the avatars work much like the Wii’s Mii system but closer to the Xbox 360 avatars in that they look more realistic and like actual people.

When you are inside Home, you can walk around the various environments as your avatar and chat with others via both text and voice. There is a variety of activities you can do with others as well, including playing mini-games, watching videos (on actual TV screens), listening to music (on actual stereos), visiting clubs and more. Clubs are unique areas created by users with similar interests, where they can come and mingle about whatever subject. So expect there to be clubs for every anime under the sun, for example.

Home is highly customizable, everything from your avatars themselves to your own personal room, or apartment, that you can purchased directly from the PlayStation Store, to your clothes and furnishings for your place. As far clubhouses go, they will be available for anyone who wants to create a club, although you will have to pay a price. Sony did not say how much. They simply stated that “to be a Clubhouse owner, user will need to buy the entitlement to run the club.” So it sounds like it will be a small fee to simply set the club up.

You will also find “regional game-related content” in Home. These are areas that are set-up to advertise certain games. You will find areas, or “spaces” devoted to hit PlayStation 3 titles including Far Cry 2, Motorstorm 2: Pacific Rift, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, SOCOM, Resistance and Guitar Hero among many others that will eventually become available. Initially the Far Cry 2 space will only be available for European users but will be available in North American territories “soon” and it shouldn’t be too long before a whole bunch of them become available. Sony stated that they are actively

Naturally, any company can use Home as a marketing tool by creating their own advertising space within Sony’s Home. Sony already has plans with Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures which involve “dedicated spaces, sponsorship of in-world events, virtual items and exclusive media viewings in the PlayStation Home Theatre.”

The first movie-tie-in event will involve the upcoming film The Watchmen, which will have it’s own space with a selection of virtual Watchmen merchandise. You’ll even have the chance to virtually meet members of the film’s cast and crew in a Watchmen-themed environment in 2009.

The Watchmen promotion follows the previously announced sponsorships with fashion label Diesel and energy drink Red Bull. The latter will offer the opportunity to take part in a virtual version of the Red Bull Air Race, a stunt-flying championship around Red Bull Island. Ligne Roset will provide contemporary furniture, and users will be able to customize items before they buy them.

Published on December 10th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Riddick: Dark Athena debut trailer


The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a game that will expand on the critically acclaimed original game in the series that released for the Xbox and PC in 2004 as The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

The new game not only brings the entire original to next-gen consoles with upgraded graphics, effects and audio, but an entirely new game that’s just as large as the original has been added in addition to numerous gameplay enhancements and features.

Starring Vin Diesel as the titular anti-hero Riddick (who has heightened sensory abilities that allow him to see and hear beyond normal human ranges), you must break out of the galaxy’s most deadly prison in this compelling 1st person action experience. Check out the all new trailer for the game.

Call of Duty: World at War starts Double XP Week


World at War on Xbox 360Activision has started “Double XP” Week for Call of Duty: World At War for those Xbox 360 and PC users who have the Limited Collector’s Edition.

Those who qualify will have the opportunity to earn double the experience points with access to the “Double XP Officer’s Club” playlists. It will end at 11:59AM Pacific Standard Time in the U.S. on Friday, December 12th. So you have the rest of today and all of tomorrow to rack up those points!

Call of Duty: World At War is the latest game in the first-person war series and the 5th game in the franchise. For this title the setting was brought back to World War II after the huge success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was set in modern times. The game recieved great reviews across the board.

It is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at a price point of $60, on the Wii for $50, the PS2 for $40 and the DS for $30. It’s rated M for Mature (Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore).

Here’s the awesome launch trailer for the game.

Scribblenauts revealed for DS by 5th Cell


Scribblenaughts DS Screenshot

Scribblenaughts has been revealed by 5th Cell (who developed Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest) exclusively for DS.

Scribblenaughts is an ambitious project whose premise has you writing words to solve puzzles (collecting “Starites”) on levels. The hook though is that you are supposedly able to write anything and what you write will come to life and be used in the game (the game will automatically know what to do with the object).

Examples in the trailer show the player writing “football”, and then having the football drop into the world and using the football to knock the Starite down from a tree. Alternatively you can write ladder and use the latter to reach the Starite. Or you can write beaver and the beaver will cut the tree down.

It’ll be really interesting to see how far they take this premise and if you can truly use any word. I imagine that there are limitations or words that the game won’t recognize.

Either way, here is a trailer for Scribblenaughts exclusively for DS.

IGN has much more information on the game in their exclusive interview with the developer so be sure to check that out!

NASCAR Kart Racing announced for Wii by EA


NASCAR Kart Racing Screenshot

Electronic Arts has revealed NASCAR Kart Racing exclusively for Wii. Which, correct me if I’m wrong, is EA’s first entry in the “kart-racing” genre that was started by Mario Kart and joined by nearly every other mascot character in existence, from Crash Bandicoot to Sonic to LEGO to Bomberman to Konami characters. I’m surprised it took them so long!

NASCAR Kart Racing has been designed from the ground up for Wii and will allow players to “grab the steering wheel as a famed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and speed through treacherous landscapes, wind around rocky cliffs, jump rivers and dodge falling boulders.”

Multiplayer offers up to four-player head-to-head play via split-screen and lots of licensed, named drivers in addition to original characters created just for the game.

Real NASCAR drivers include: Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Tony Stewart.

New EA characters include: Billy Backfire, Bobby Backfire, Kelly Kates, Linda Leadbetter, Maurice L’Eclair, “Shakes” McDaniel, “Thriller” Tadwell, Monica Torres, Luke Trigger, Terri Windsome.

Like all cart racers, you can collect power-ups as you race along the tracks either solo or with a teammate. Power-Ups include: Boomstick, Gas Can, Oil Slick, Bottle Rocket, Shockwave, Free Pass, Yellow Flag, Ad. Nothing out of the ordinary there, as the power-ups do what you’d expect. The Bottle Rocket seeks someone out like a Red Shell from Mario Kart, the ad covers an opponents screen so they can’t see, the shockwave spins out drivers near you, the Yellow Flag gives you a speed boost to the front of the pack, etc. No word yet on whether or not the game supports the “Wii Racing Wheel” but I’d imagine that it will.

NASCAR Kart Racing has a release date of February in the U.S. for the Wii. It does not yet have a release date for Europe.

Key Features of NASCAR Kart Racing include:

* Fun, Competitive Kart Racing For Everyone
Race as your favorite NASCAR driver and compete against friends and family with four-player split-screen action.
* Stay “In The Zone”
Fill your boost meter to trigger a speed burst or slingshot around the track with the help of your teammate in a race for the checkered flag.
* Power-Up To Make The Pass
Yellow-flag the competition, throw an oil slick, launch a rocket, and more as you work your way past the field.
* Set Your Sights On The Championship
The competition has taken control of all tracks – now it’s up to you and a teammate to beat each duo and take ‘em back.

Check out the trailer above to see the game in action. Looks pretty much like a standard cart racing game to me . . . does anyone else spot anything unique about this? Either way though, cart racers ARE fun and this game looks like it could be a fun, multiplayer racing game just like every cart racer is.

Published on December 10th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

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