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PS3 Exclusive Starhawk Story Trailer + Details Further Revealed by Lightbox

Lightbox Interactive has saw fit to show the gaming masses more of Starhawk. Today we are treated to a brand new trailer revealing more of the Story in the fresh single player mode of this unique war game. With guns in hand, bases to build, and the incredible views of treacherous outer space as the backdrop, Emmit Graves hits the long road ahead of him. Check out the video below:

 

GameGuru further reports:

“Fans will be pleased to know that the game’s Build & Battle mechanics will be fully supported in the story mode which is focused upon the war between the Rifters and the Outcast. It revolves around the fight for rift energy, known as ‘blue-gold,’ which is found on a distant space colony called the Frontier. Protagonist Emmett Grave will be on the lookout of this brother Logan who is leader of an Outcast warband.”

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MLB 12 The Show Review

Spring is here and with spring comes baseball, best of all, the new release of the most authentic baseball game that the industry has to offer – MLB 12 THE SHOW. This series has been at the top of the food chain for four years running. The highly polished franchise holds the premier MLB license that boasts unparalleled detail and compelling features to provide the player with the ultimate game-play experience.

So what has changed since last year? First off they have added full move support, something I feel should have been added in the previous title but better late then never. It has full move support now meaning that you can control every aspect of the game on the field in every mode as well instead of only when you are at bat. Custom meters have also been added on screen to enhance the experience.

MLB 12 THE SHOW has also been released on PS VITA. This will allow you to access all of the core modes including Exhibition, Season, Franchise, Home Run Derby, Road To The Show, even online play taking the show on the road where ever you go. New Vita touch screen controls have been specially programmed the front and rear screen can be used to throw the ball, make pitch commands, and run the bases. Cross platform saves between the PS3 and PS Vita will allow the players to share the files between their PS3 and PS Vita. Users will only be allowed one file per PSN account but can be overwritten as many times as you want.

Some new controls have been added to this year’s release. Pulse pitching uses the “X” button that has an on screen pulsating circle for accuracy and placement of the pitch. I like this new set up it seems to give a more realistic margin for error. There’s also analog zone batting with a combination of previous controls with some new ones. The stick will still be used for stride and swing but using the left stick you can actually control where in the zone you want to swing on the fly. You can also guess where the pitch might end up before hand and if you correct the zone will hint by moving to that zone before the pitch is thrown. I like the new controls I use a combination on the new and the old that’s the good part the old ones are still just a option change away if you prefer them.

Diamond Dynasty is another new addition to the series. It has you controlling everything from team management to player’s progress with online competition. Creating teams with fully customizable logos, uniforms, even the name. Starting out with a hand full of player cards at the creation of the team when they are activated they will appear on your teams roster. Dynasty player has to put in the time the same way the road to the show player does including the training. The players are rewarded with and award/ achievement system. Upon completing a collection of MLB players cards rewards of cards from other users. You may also purchase cards from marketplace. Your budget money is earned from playing ranked online matches or play against the CPU. The system will evaluate your team every five games for placement into one of five divisions spring training, season series, division series, champion series , and my favorite the world series.

There have been a ton of improvements to the mechanics this year. Collision awareness that now helps the other players on the field avoid hitting each other and changes how they react when someone is within their proximity. The tag animation allows the players to proliferate out of any throw animation as well as any tag animation helping to avoid it. True ball physics has also been added this year giving the travel of the ball a more realistic path. Incorporating the proper spin and trajectory when it it comes into contact with anything on the field. Including the ball losing energy as it bounces, rising and sinking line drives, and better choppers. I have definitely noticed the improvements in this department the ball reacts to everything from topspin to tailing away from the outfielders.

I’m not sure if it’s because of said improvements but I have experienced some ridiculous errors while playing. For instance a routine ground ball to the shortstop he scoops it up then throws it five feet over the first baseman’s head. Another example of this is a ball hit right at one the outfielders he drops it then goes to pick it up and drops it again. Now these examples always seem to happen at a crucial time when I have a guy in scoring position or I am in the bottom of the eighth inning of a no hitter. Maybe they added the choke factor as well at least that’s what it seems like to me when it happens.

The graphics are well defined at this stage from the realistic looking fully customizable players faces and bodies to the team specific arenas. Even the dust of the infield gravel comes to life when the players shuffle through it. And as far as the music goes doesn’t matter upload your own music and play-lists under THE SHOW SOUNDS you will be glad once you did. In the practice sessions you get the echo of your music playing in the empty field and in-between where the stock music usually plays.

Before we continue the rest of the review, here is a list of enhancements, improvements, and new features.

  1. Over 500 new Presentation animations
  2. Over 300 new Fielding, Throwing, and Base running animations
  3. Over 150 New Batting Stances
  4. Over 75 New Pitching Animations
  5. Improved load times
  6. Completely new bat, ball and glove sounds
  7. New Bullpen Management options
  8. New player accessories (new sunglasses, protective gear, hat bills, etc…)
  9. New Pick off logic
  10. New player card including advanced baseball stats
  11. New Batter/Pitcher Attribute snapshot OSD (D-Pad Left)
  12. More fluid organic fielder animations from start to end of play
  13. Improved fielder routes on balls off the wall (more variety of pursuit angles)
  14. Dynamic fielding results and reaction (balls can now be dropped or missed by a fielder anytime)
  15. Improved button fielding with difficulty levels
  16. New Pitcher Confidence Logic
  17. Increased and improved conversation among Matt, Dave and Eric.
  18. 14 New umpires
  19. Updated uniforms and stadiums for new and updated teams
  20. Updated jumbo-tron movies and stat layouts (still team specific)
  21. Updated LED Ribbon board art and movies
  22. Focus on interface and display presentation and flair
  23. Uniform select in all modes
  24. Front-end sound preview when assigning audio
  25. New Player Generation Logic
  26. New Trade interface and screen
  27. Improved Lineup Logic
  28. Co-op available in Season and Franchise modes
  29. Road to the Show career begins as a Double-A starter
  30. Move video tutorials
  31. New in-game tips
  32. Did You Knows on Loading screens
  33. Season and Franchise mode Co-op
  34. Base Running Training in RTTS
  35. Fielding Training in RTTS
  36. New Base Runner Awareness
  37. Online Game-play Gets a Boost (better reaction, better experience) (PS3)
  38. www.TheShowNation.com Community Web Site Revamp
  39. Operating System supported Virtual Keyboard
  40. New Online Gamer Card (more information)
  41. Swing Analysis OSD Improvements and Profile Display Options
  42. “Free” 1st inning quit in Online Games removed
  43. Online Profile to use PSN Avatar
  44. PSN Profile utility support on Vita (Friend Requests)
  45. Game History showing XP gain/loss
  46. Play online with your full profile settings (minus negotiated settings)
  47. Challenge of the Week is now free
  48. Online League Schedule improvements
  49. Online League Playoff improvements

I personally enjoy The ROAD TO THE SHOW mode it really helps to build your character to be a well rounded player by training and suggesting goals to achieve in the intern strengthening the otherwise forgotten pieces to the puzzle.

I have to admit I didn’t really expect to see so many improvements nor did I believe that this many remained to be implemented. It only goes to show Sony’s commitment to franchise and the fans to keep it fresh and at the same time continuing to hone in on the realistic values of the sport as well as its surroundings.

Over all MLB 12 THE SHOW continues to reign supreme over any other baseball title. Improving and polishing the core of the franchise while still coming out with original content and adding things like new controls, animations, physics, modes, it’s no surprise that this is the most sought after baseball game in the marketplace and will continue to be for many years to come.

Overall Score: 8/10

This game was provided to the reviewer by the publisher.

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Does something seem familiar here? [ Gameplay Comparison ]

Hey look out for this trailer to upcoming title Death Road…

[If you haven’t heard of Death Road it’s a high tech, future-based racing game coming to the PC and shortly after that the PS3. Death Road is developed and published by Active Zone Group.]

But wait, doesn’t that seem a little familiar? Check out this WipeOut HD video:

Here’s some Death Road screens for comparison:

Does this look familiar to you? Check out this Ridge Racer Unbounded Gameplay Video:

Does something seem familiar here? Maybe it’s me…

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Once Again, DLC Already On-Disc for a Capcom Game…

So the time has come where another game has been plagued by the controversial “on-disc DLC” condition. It shouldn’t come as any surprise being that this is a Capcom game. It was recently discovered, but long foretold that Street Fighter X Tekken has done DLC content that is partially or in some cases may be completely stored on the discs of the games themselves already (thus making unlocking it cost a fee even though you’re unlocking content you already own).

Despite the many complaints alraedy, to me, this isn’t really a big deal, or at least not more so than any other DLC. The fact is most DLC is made while the game is being made, regardless if they put it on your disc or not. At this point though, we all know what the fighting game niche is like and how Capcom treats their fans. If you didn’t see this coming you should get your eyes checked.

Cinemablend reports: “The news is spreading like wildfire, proving that all of the long-term DLC Capcom had planned for Street Fighter X Tekken is already on the disc. New gameplay footage and additional details confirm that the downloadable content on the Street Fighter X Tekken disc is completely accessible with the right tools.”

[CinemaBlend via GameGrep]

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When Will PlayStation 4 Release?

PS4 PlayStation 4

***UPDATE*** The PS4 was announced after the publication of this article. Please check out the Full PlayStation 4 Reveal Show here. You can also find the latest PlayStation 4 news here. The release date is currently scheduled for Holiday 2013.

***UPDATE*** THE POST BELOW IS FROM BEFORE THE PS4 WAS ANNOUNCED:

Many people have been wondering when Sony will announce a PlayStation 4 home console to succeed the PlayStation 3 and usher in the next generation for Sony’s growing number of in-house and affiliated development studios. Although Sony practices the 10 year life cycle with all of their gaming hardware PS1 didn’t stop getting releases and hardware shipments in stores until years after its 10th birthday and PS2/PSP/PS3 are still on the market with new releases and hardware shipments.

Another thing to note is that Sony staggers its hardware deployments. Just because a PS4 releases doesn’t mean that the PS3 will stop getting new releases and hardware shipments, quite the opposite. PS3 will definitely continue to be stocked in stores and have new games releasing for it for years after the PlayStation 4’s release. Eventually the PS4 will overtake it in a great deal of demographics but Sony has proven with PS2 that they can keep a good thing going. Keep in mind, Sony originally invented this formula in an industry where abandon-ware exists. Microsoft and Nintendo are now attempting to implement extended support with their hardware lines as well.

So far what we know about the PlayStation 4 for sure, is that Sony wants the game developers to work directly with the hardware engineers who will be designing the machine and its architecture. This means that somewhere out there, someone knows about the design philosophy for the machine and is perhaps already participating in shaping the system of the future.

It’s also known widely known that Sony has no plans to abandon the CELL architecture. Sony’s quotes will also reflect that they plan to give developers an upgraded version of the same architecture. This will hopefully go a great length to keep the production costs down as well as keep developers happy and making games with ease. All of the breakthroughs made with the PS3 will be able to carry over to PS4 and the evolution will continue from there.

“The PlayStation 1 was first released in late 1994 in Japan and 1995 throughout the rest of the world. The PlayStation 2 hit stores in 2000, giving the PS1 a retail shelf life of 6 years from its Japanese launch. Likewise, the PlayStation 3 came out in 2006, 6 years after the release of the PS2. Following this trend that Sony has established would give us a late 2012 release for the PS4.”

This pattern should mean that the PS4 would be getting talked about already, announced at the previous E3 (or this years’) but many feel that this is not likely to happen. Eyes are on Microsoft to announce something and even then there are plenty of skeptics. Statements made by Sony may indicate that they plan to launch their next generation home console after Nintendo and Microsoft, further squashing hopes to see the PS4 soon.

Here is a compiled list of updates from specialty website PS4 Release Date HQ who has been keeping a close eye on the statements coming from the Sony camp and those who would be the ones to know of any next gen plans:

“Update – January 11th 2012
Sony President Shuhei YoshidaSony President Shuhei Yoshida recently laughed off comments when asked about the possibility of a Playstation 4 launch this year. During a Playstation Vita interview, CVG threw a number of questions at the big man but he shrugged them all off saying “We have no immediate plans for another home console announcement”. This could of course just be a way to create more hype and anticipation for Sony’s E3 announcements or, they may truly have no intention of releasing the Playstation 4 over the next year or two. Only time will tell, we’ll let you know what happens at E3.

Update – January 11th 2012
Sony's Deputy President Kazuo HiraiSony’s Deputy President, Kazuo Hirai, recently made several comments that have trashed rumors about Sony making a Playstation 4 related announcement at E3 this June. He mentioned the fact that the Playstation 3 has always been planned for a 10 year shelf life, although this doesn’t totally squash the possibility of a PS4 announcement as Sony continued to support the Playstation 2 years after the launch of the PS3. He also stated that Sony have yet to take full advantage of the capabilities of the Playstation 3 and they hope to do so using innovative technology such as the Playstation Move. Sony also plan to dedicate a lot more time and resources to the 3-D market “We are definitely, from a Sony perspective, very committed to 3-D,”.

Updates – January 2012
Sony’s Kaz Hirai has stated “we are not making any announcements at E3. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.” Keep in mind the PS2’s life cycle after the PS3 came out leaving the possibility for anything to happen…

Naughty Dogs Co-President Evan WellsIn a recent interview with Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells expressed his concern above developing the next generation of games. During the interview he told Eurogamer that the company suffered “dark times” during the transition to the Playstation 3 but he hopes that the experience and wisdom they gained during that time, has better prepared them for the next generation of consoles.

Uncharted is arguably their most popular title so this pretty much confirms the release of Uncharted 4 on the Playstation 4 but will past ghosts reveal themselves and give Naughty Dog even more issues?

Although the interview didn’t really reveal any juicy gossip, it has confirmed that developers are aware of what will be required for PS4 games, suggesting that they may already have access to the developer tools. Previously, developers have gained access to these tools 1-2 years before the consoles release so using past experiences, we could be looking at a mid 2013 release, assuming we all haven’t burned up in a raging ball of apocalypse by then.

Update – December 2011
During a recent press event in London, head of Sony Europe, Jim Ryan, said that Sony did not want to fall too far behind when releasing the next generation Playstation. During the press conference he made it clear that the release of the upcoming Wii, as well as the rumors of the next Xbox, have spurred Sony on to push the release of their next generation console. The Wii-U will be released later this year and the rumored Xbox 720 is expected to be announced later this year, with a release date of 2013. The Playstation 3 launched a year after the Xbox360 and didn’t really suffer all that much, with the exception of the technical issues.

However, with the current state in the economy and the expected next generation prices to be even higher, can they afford to delay the release a year later than their competitors? The Wii-U isn’t really going to compete with with either the Xbox 720 or Playstation 4 as it’s clearly not designed for the more hardcore gamers but it still leaves you wondering if they can pull something out of the hat.

There has also been concern expressed over the developer tools. Rumors circulated several months ago that the developer tools for the Xbox720 games have already been deployed but there has been no hardcore evidence to suggest the same for the Playstation 4, the last thing Sony need is a bunch of rushed launch titles.

So what do you think? Can Sony afford to delay the launch of the Playstation 4 by a year or will the Xbox 720 capitalize on an extra year of sales?

Update – October 2011
Developers of the Uncharted franchise, one of the most successful to launch on the Playstation 3, made an announcement today in which they state “The Playstation 3 could not sustain another installment of Uncharted”. The announcement went into details about plans the developers had to improve the franchise but the current technological capabilities of the Playstation 3 would not be able to support such plans. This was a shocking announcement to the industry, with many of the experts arguing that the Playstation 3 has yet to be pushed to its true limits suddenly silenced by this information. What does this mean for me or you? The release date for the Playstation 4 is going to come sooner than most people are expecting.

Update – September 2011
Shuhei Yoshida SonyIn a recent interview with Sony’s Director of Global Operations, EuroGamer discovered that Sony are quite willing to discuss the next-gen console, it’s just that they don’t feel there is a need to. In the interview, Shuhei Yoshida went on to explain why Sony are in no rush to pump out announcements about the next-gen Sony console.

It basically boils down to the game developers, while they’re still able to improve their products using the Playstation 3, Sony see no need to develop and release the Playstation 4. Ubisoft and a few other companies have expressed their concerns that current hardware restrictions on the PS3, with the main problem being Ram, are reducing the quality of the games they could develop but industry experts have said a simple Ram upgrade could extend the shelf-life of both the Xbox360 and PS3 by several years but it’s not something we expect to see.

This console generation has seen some real innovative titles hit home consoles, games such as L.A Noire, Grand Theft Auto IV and Mass Effect proved that current generation consoles still have what it takes to give us a great gaming experience but is it the best we could get? It’s inevitable that Sony will release a next-gen console, the Wii-U is a year away, the Xbox 720 a year after that, Sony has been around a long time and is worth an estimated $60 billion, so it is safe to expect them to bring something to the table that can compete with Nintendo and Microsoft.

Sony doesn’t remain one of the most respectable companies on the planet by drawing the short straw, they know what sells and they know how to design it. It’s known that the Playstation 4 has been in development for some time now and it has been said that developers already have access to the SDK tools used to create new titles. Just because the juicy details about the PS4 haven’t been leaked yet, don’t assume they’re not there. With all the information accumulated on here and other PS4 fan sites, it’s confirmed that the Playstation 4 is coming, it’s just a matter of when…

Update – July 2011
A recent article on Digitimes (A highly respectable technology information resource) has claimed that Sony has filed for new components from a Taiwanese component developer. That same developer reported that the new components could be used for a Kinect style motion sensor for the Playstation 4. The article suggested that Foxxconn and Pegatron Technology will be used to create the new parts for Sony, both companies were involved in the making of the Playstation 3.

The article also reported that they will begin production at the end of this year with the hopes of a 2012 launch, some have speculated as much as 20 million Playstation 4 consoles will be ready for time of launch.

Sony has yet to make an official comment, watch this space!!

Update – E3 2011
SCEE Boss Andrew HouseGamers eagerly awaiting a Playstation 4 announcement were disappointed when SCEE boss Andrew House released a statement in an interview with Eurogamer

“From a Sony perspective, we’re very comfortable with PS3 and the way that market’s developing,”

Although they made it clear they have no intention of a Playstation 4 related announcement anytime soon they did show off their new 3D capability as well as the NGP/PSP2 now officially named Playstation Vita. They’ve waited 7 years after the release of the PSP to announce their next generation handheld, we could be waiting a similar length of time for an official Playstation 4 announcement, stay tuned!

Update – May 2011 – According to a recent article in Eurogamer, Sony has confirmed they’re directing finances to an undisclosed research and development project for a “Future Platform”. In the build up to E3, rumors about Project Cafe suggest Nintendo will announce the Wii-2 and developers have reported receiving prototype development tools for a new Microsoft product. Everyone is expecting an Xbox720 and Wii-2 announcement, we can hope that Sony has something as big to announce.

A quote from Sony’s chief Financial Manager Kato stated “For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform – when we’ll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that – but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there.”

Update – June 2010 – In an interview with Gamespot at this year’s E3, Activision COO Thomas Tippl shed some up-to-date, though still quite vague light, on the PS4’s future release. When asked when he expected the next generation consoles to release, Tippl stated that it was unlikely they would see release within the next 2-3 years, as Activision still had no information on any new consoles. With development times for next gen games running 2-3 years on average, it makes sense that if the new consoles will come with third party games at launch (a near certainty), it will be at least 2 years from the time third parties first get the development toolkits in their hands to the point where the console releases. In the meantime all we can do is speculate and continue to wait.

Update – July 2009
Doom and Quake creator John Carmack– In a recent interview, Doom and Quake creator John Carmack speculated that Sony will likely attempt to be first to the dance floor with their new console, before Microsoft launches their next console. As talked about above, there is plenty of rationale in this line of thinking. On the other hand, Sony has long maintained they have a long-term plan for the PS3, and with the lower production costs of the new slim model PS3, and the increased sales of the new version, the PS3 may just be coming into its own. Whether Sony will try to launch before Microsoft (by all accounts Nintendo will actually launch first, but they’re not considered direct competition to the others like Sony and Microsoft are to each other) remains to be seen. Let us know what you think.”

[Updates via PS4PlayStation4]

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God of War 4 Trailer Leaked – Is it Real?

A new trailer has been circulating the web from a supposedly leaked God of War IV PR campaign set to launch in the near future. We have no way of knowing if it’s real or not at this time, and few details exist that can be considered concrete and solid. If you are a die-hard Kratos fan you may be interested to know that the brother of Kratos (Deimos) may be getting some more time in the franchise with the latest entry.

It is very likely that this is a fake video created by the fans, but with the recent Assassin’s Creed III occurrence, who knows? Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself. Here’s to hoping that God of War IV is able to take us by surprise in one way or another and re-ignite all of our passions for the series.

 

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Update: Super Smash Bros Game by Sony is Called Title Fight

It has been the general consensus for a short while now that Sony Computer Entertainment was/is developing a batch of new IPs including a new exclusive fighting game. It seems like the wait has been forever to some of us who have been wondering just what is up Sony’s sleeve. The wait may be over today if we are to believe these test images to be genuine.

The original source for these images was on Twitter and the TwitPic URLs appear to have been deleted. There is a mirror available currently via GamingEverything who suggests a comparison between the upcoming title and the concept of Nintendo’s largely popular Super Smash Bros. franchise.

HipHopGamer has made reference to a game starring Sweet Tooth alone as a character. It merits mentioning that this is possibly a batch of stray test images from that game, and not a set of screenshots from Sony’s new fighting IP. Then again, there’s also the possibility that the two projects are one in the same. Only time will tell at this stage.

Update:

Multiple sources are now reporting that the game is called either ‘Title Fight’ or possibly even ‘Title Bout’ and is indeed an exclusive PlayStation 3 fighting game involving characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted franchise, Sweet Tooth of Twisted Metal fame, Kratos – the God of War, PaRappa the Rapper, Colonel Radec from the Killzone franchise, Sly Cooper, and the infamous Fat Princess.

None of this is official yet but the rumors have been persistent. There has also been a line of code spotted containing Kratos’ name. Take a look at some more photographic evidence to this rumor below from SuperBot Entertainment who is said to be working on the title for Sony:

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