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Square Enix revealed new info on Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 and Xbox 360:

  • The company wants to build the game as unbiased to any specific market as possible
  • Currently only the PS3 version is in development. The Xbox 360 version will begin as soon as the PS3 version is completed
  • The game will run on one Blu-ray disc
  • The Xbox 360 version is not a betrayal to PS3 fans because the PS3 version is not stopped or moved
  • Right now the game is designed specifically for PS3, the team will worry about how to optimize the game on 360 when it's done
  • Scenario of the game is finished, the "Art assets" are 80% completed
  • All the FFXIII games have different directors, but they are all based on the Crystal Mythology and expressed in different ways
  • The game is more futuristic, it is somewhere between FFX's fantasy environment and FFVII's high-tech setting
  • The final product will have a lot more variety of opponents and monsters. There will be more human type opponent in cities, while more beasts & organic type opponents out of town
  • The company is monitoring feedback from each trailer on the Internet, and see reactions to new trailer and images. If something receives positive or negative feedbacks they will adjust the game accordingly.
Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time will be coming to Wii and NDS in North America in winter 2009.

Here are some new images of Square Enix's NDS RPG Dragon Quest IX, when you are in the town or field, if there is something you should investigate, an exclamation sign will appear near it






In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, there is a virtual player option, when you played the game with other players over Wi-Fi connection, the data and play style of each player will be saved. The CPU can simulate the online players even they are not connected. You can store up to 16 virtual players in the game.

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I'm sorry to inform you that I'm going on a short break, mainly due to the fact I'm traveling to another country. I should be back, though, within a week.

LBP Delayed



Recently, a group of Muslim gamers found some offensive material of Qu'ran scripts in a song in LBP. They quickly sent a message to Sony demanding them to remove that offensive material immediately before any unnecessary controversy reach media's attentions. Sony now announced that it's sorry for this slip up and that the game is still on track for release, just a bit later. 27th, October 2008 is the new date for the Top Game of The Year!


I recently found this leaked clip of Final Fantasy Agito XIII that was shown at this year's TGS. So, with further delay, here's the clip:



via (FF-XIII.net)


I found this clip at Gametrailers. It clearly shows the footage shown at this year's TGS. It looks authentic, so here you go:


Changes to PlayStation®Network Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This is the title of the email I received today 15 hours ago. This email clearly states the changes to the PlayStation Network. Here's the email body:

Dear PlayStation®Network user

When you registered for PlayStation®Network, you accepted our Terms of Service and User Agreement and our Privacy Policy. The Terms of Service and User Agreement contains important provisions about your activity in PlayStation®Network and your purchases from PlayStation®Store. The Privacy Policy explains what personal data we collect from you and how we use it.

We have recently made some changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy to improve them and to reflect updates to the services available on PlayStation®Network.

These changes include:

> Information about your PlayStation®Network Online ID

> More details about the information we collect via PlayStation®Network and who we share that information with.

> Information about how we may monitor your activity in PlayStation®Network

> Our rights in user created content uploaded via PlayStation®Network

We encourage you to review our updated Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy at http://eu.playstationmail.com/Key=9261.tGW.j.V.Ctx991. If you have access to the PlayStation®Store, you can also view them via the links at the foot of every page of the PlayStation®Store.

The revised Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy will apply to all future use of PlayStation®Network by you and your Sub Accounts.

Thank you,

PlayStation Network Europe Limited
I don't know what the changes are, but you I thought to post this anyways.


Japanese magazine Shonen Jump has a first look at the battle screen for PSP title Final Fantasy Agito XIII


There has been a flow of news circling the web about official statement from the mastermind, Kojima-san, himself! Well, after some digging, I found out that piece of news dated back to 2005 and only involved the demo version! I also emailed Kojima Productions (not that I'll get an answer) asking if there was in truth in this. If I get an answer, I'll definitly get back to you on that! But until then, MGS4 is still PS3 proberty.


Recently, Microsoft issued a statement regarding the playability of Sony's blockbuster, MGS4. Please note that this followed suit the announcement made by a Konami PR. With more games going multiplatform, they think it's possible. FFXIII is going multiplatform, but that doesn't mean that the X360 can/will handle PS3's quality! With that said, let's see what Microsoft's John Schappert, the firm's corporate vice-president of Live, Software and Services had to say:

I’m certainly in the fan club that would love to see Kojima-san’s masterpiece come our way. It would be wonderful to play Metal Gear Solid on the Xbox. It could become another of the many franchises that started their life on another console that are now coming our way.

I can’t speak on behalf of Konami, but I can shed more light on the fact that we definitely have the power to run MGS4.

There are a lot of recent examples that are in true high-def on our platform and aren’t on PS3. We’ve got an amazing amount of horsepower and graphics power.

I kind of laughed at the last statement,
There are a lot of recent examples that are in true high-def on our platform and aren’t on PS3. We’ve got an amazing amount of horsepower and graphics power.
Yeah, right. Name just one game that's true high-def and better than a PS3 game! This makes you wonder, however, when will Microsoft and their fans put this whole "a good game exclusive on PS3? we'll take it, mind you!" BS?! Only Konami could tell.

Besides, Xbox 360 doesn't have what it takes to run the game! You've got storage issue for one. Also, hardware issues. I mean, who would, in their rightful minds, buy a system that plays russian rolutte on you?! I, for one, wouldn't! I'd happily pay extra bucks and stick with one machine that will rot with me, rather than crossing my fingers in hope it doesn't get infected with RRoD! Oh, and don't forget the whole class action lawsuit!


California , Microsoft sued over Xbox 360 hardware failures.

The outbreak from the "red rings of death" seems to still haunt Microsoft. Now they're facing a class action lawsuit in California.

1up (via Kotaku (via Daily Games News)) is reporting that the lawsuit was filed under California's consumer protection statutes, and alleges that Microsoft knew that the system would suffer a 50 percent failure rate, but concealed the knowledge to compete with the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation 3. The suit cites articles from sources such as VentureBeat and Yahoo! to support its claims.

If Microsoft loses the suit, they will potentially have to implement a refund program in California as well as surrender profits relating to Xbox 360 sales.
I say this serves them justice! All they do is serve us some crappy software and hardware and expects us to say nothing! You go, California! If Microsoft didn't get back in shape, they will surely will face heavy losses!


Since its release, LittleBigPlanet had been reviewed by several sites. Since I don't own the game, nor will I in the near future (lack of money), I can't post my review here. I'll update this post when I do review it myself.

Metarecritic's score is based on 16 reviews (96/100). Other reviews below:

  • PlayStation Official Magazine UK (100/100):
    "There simply isn't anything else like LBP on any system, anywhere. It's a beautifully elegant and powerful creative tool that puts unlimited potential in the palm of your hand."
  • Maxi Consolas (Portugal) (100/100):
    "LBP is a unique game. It disguises itself as a 2D platform game but surprises the players with a set of editing tools and level sharing absolutely amazing. With a distinctive style and an everlasting future potential, we can say that Sackboy already conquered this industry. [Oct 2008]"
  • Gameplayer (100/100):
    "LittleBigPlanet is like a magic trick, and in that respect it feels less like a video game than an incredible concept executed perfectly. LittleBigPlanet is like LEGO (the blocks, not the game), it’s like Monopoly, it’s timeless... it’s lightning in a bottle – and if Sony play their cards right it could well save the PS3, and propel the console into the stratosphere."
  • Total Video Games (100/100):
    "Undoubtedly one of the finest games in recent years, LittleBigPlanet deserves every single shred of a 10. You won't find a more polished or rewarding videogame this year, and for quite some time we'd imagine."
  • GamePro (100/100):
    "There's really nothing I can say other than this: if you own a PS3 and you don't buy LittleBigPlanet, you are robbing yourself of one of the most unique gaming experiences ever designed."
  • CVG (96/100):
    "You'll look for inspiration for levels, mechanical dilemmas or puzzles in every corner of your life. And in your sleep. It will take over your conversations with fellow players. You will become obsessed. You have been warned."
  • IGN (95/100):
    "Media Molecule has created a brilliant platformer, and then given you the tools to recreate the whole thing over again, or better yet, to create your own ideas from scratch. It's not perfect - the controls could be tighter, automatically shifting between planes can be problematic, the editor isn't quite as robust as you might hope - but what's there is nothing short of astounding."
  • Eurogamer (90/100):
    "The promise that anyone could create something simple and fun and personal with LittleBigPlanet hasn't come true. In a way, it's the opposite of Spore, which makes it easy and fun for every single player to have creative input, but doesn't let any of them change the fabric of the game. LittleBigPlanet lets them run wild, with unprecedented results, but it locks the majority out of the creative process, because it's time-consuming and simply not very enjoyable."


With a score like this, it's really a no-brainer when it comes to purchasing this game! But be forewarned, every X360-moron (not saying all X360 are!) will flood the forums crying for a port of the game to that lousy sorry-excuse of a console!
Well, I only say that because I hate blackmailers and lazy-stealing-asses! Yeah, you know I'm talking about M$! They produce lousy consoles (everything-wise) and steal other platforms successful franchises rather than making their own! Also, whenever a console (specifically, the PS3) makes a good feature or addition to their console, M$ steals the idea and implement it in their system. NXE = ripoff Home! Rumors of adaptation of Blu-ray Drives to the X360 = Already implemented PS3's Blu-ray Drives. Also, cheap HDDs = rivaling PS3's mandatory HDDs!

I'll bash M$ when the time warrents it, but now it's all about LittleBigPlanet! :)

TGS '08: Winners


Tokyo Game Show organizer CESA has announced its best of show winners, under the "Future Division" banner, awarded to unreleased titles.

Twelve titles have made the cut -- voted on by attendees -- and they cover all consoles except for the PlayStation 2.

Without further ado, this year's winners are:

  • Idolmaster SP - PSP (Namco Bandai)
  • Gyakuten Kenji - Nintendo DS (Capcom)
  • White Knight Chronicles - PS3 (Sony)
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope - Xbox 360 (Square Enix)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy - PSP (Square Enix)
  • Dragon Quest IX - Nintendo DS (Square Enix)
  • Resident Evil 5 - Xbox 360/PS3 (Capcom)
  • Monster Hunter 3 - Wii (Capcom)
  • 428 - Wii (Sega)
  • LittleBigPlanet - PS3 (Sony)
  • Yakuza 3 - PS3 (Sony)
  • Let's Tap - Wii (Sega)


via Game | Life


Recently, it was announced that PSP's new firmware would be released the same day as the PS3's. As to what new features it will have, PSP store would be the most important. Now, you can access PSP store, ala PS3 store, and download games there.

It was also announced that future PSP releases could all be downloadables rather than UMDs. Sony announced that two of its upcoming games would be downloadables, LocoRoco 2 and Patapon 2.

Square Enix seems to join the ranks as it'll offer its upcoming fight 'em up RPG-style game, Dissida: Final Fantasy. It's unknown if the downloadable version (as it will also be in UMD form) will have a price discount. But for all of you importers out there, the importing part is made easier provided you have a Japanese PS account.

The game will be released on December 18 in Japan.


While at TGS, Konami PR mouthpiece Yoshitaka Arai told Morningstar:

The worldwide demand for an Xbox 360 version (of MGS4) is quite high, and it is something we are currently looking in to.

What does this mean? Well, for one, this certainly isn't confirming anything yet! This could never see the light of daylight after they see the complications they could face when porting the game over. And without standard HDD available on every X360, this could prove troublesome! But if this was done, this could be the kiss of death to Sony's PS3! After all, this game is considered the top seller for the PS3, to date.

Let's hope Konami realizes that this furtile. I hope.

UPDATE:
Eds Note: The original quote has been pulled. There's a new quote from a different Konami PR person (named Chiaki Nakajima) that doesn't even refer to the Xbox 360, but just about how the company was going multi-plat from now on and hoped to take advantage of each platform. Make of this what you will.

As taken from Kotaku, it seems that Konami won't be porting MGS4 but rather go Mulitplatform from now on. It seems as though this is one game M$ can't buy!



It was last week that Microsoft announced that its new NXE upgrade required 128MB of space, excluding arcade owners out. Microsoft promised some kind of solution, and here it is.

www.xboxstorageupgrade.com recommends either clearing some space by removing saved content or entering your Serial Number and Console Id to see if you are eligible for either a free 512 MB memory card or a 20 GB hard-drive for $19.99. This site, as confirmed by Microsoft, is genuine.

Kotaku.com made a post earlier about current generation educational games. With Denise Kaigler, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Corporate Affairs; John Koller, director of hardware marketing, SCEA; and XNA General Manager Boyd Multerer.


Do you think educational games are a good fit for your console either via a standard disc title or downloadable title?
Kaigler
The response of consumers to games like Brain Age for Nintendo DS demonstrated to the entire industry that games with an educational theme were viable. Brain Age remains a top seller, which tells us people are hungry for different kinds of entertainment, including those that stimulate your brain. We have already seen Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree for the Wii console. Wii is a good fit for educational games because the pointing and motion-sensing abilities of the Wii Remote controller allow for more dynamic inputs than simply pressing a button.

Koller
Consoles and handhelds can be a great platform for educational games because they leverage advanced technology while providing an interface that’s intuitive to users. Teens and younger children in particular are familiar with how to interact with games on these systems, so whether it’s for entertainment or education, consoles and handhelds are a natural fit. As far as the medium, both disc and downloadable titles would be appropriate.

Multerer
As part of the XNA team, I don't want to speculate as to the overall strategy of the console. What I can tell you is that with Xbox LIVE Community Games, we're opening the floodgates to the community to create any type of game they want to see on Xbox 360, including educational games. What we've seen through programs like Imagine Cup, Dream-Build-Play, Games for Change and the Community Games beta is that developers are interested in making games that are educational and socially responsible, and we're now giving them a forum to do that and reach millions for the first time on any console.

When Xbox LIVE Community Games launches as part of the new Xbox Experience this holiday, we fully expect to see fun titles that span the entire spectrum of gaming. That means we'll see games that intentionally have an educational focus like "City Rain," "Future Flow" and "Clean Up" which were all created by teams of university students to teach concepts of environmental sustainability.


You can read the rest at Kotaku.com.

TGS '08: Killzone 2

Here's a new gameplay footage of the awesome Killzone 2. Enjoy ;)


That was the gameplay footage shown at TGS. As you can see, the game clearly sucks! But since we're gamers, we shouldn't judge a game by its mechanics! We should rather wait until full release to trash talk it :P

Here's the information I dug on this game (1up.com):

While details are still scant on Demon's Soul, SCE Japan producer Takeshi Kajii described the game to Famitsu as a spiritual successor to King's Field, the From Software-developed first-person RPG that first hit it big on the original PlayStation. "I am a fan of From Software, but naturally that also means there are parts of their games I'm not satisfied with, too," he said. "If this was a new King's Field game, there would be areas we wouldn't be able to touch since they're part of the series; working together like this, we can try to make something really new"...



Demon's Souls takes place in the kingdom of Boletaria, currently enshrouded in a deep fog thanks to its king inadvertently unleashing an ancient monster from his slumber. You, a nameless hero who you're free to customize Elder Scrolls-style, must penetrate into Boletaria and save the kingdom -- but like many US RPGs these days, the game is slated to be extremely open-ended. "You get only the barest minimum of a goal, and there's nothing forcing you to do anything in the game," Kajii said. "People say to you 'Save the world,' but you can ignore them and keep going if you like."






The way Kajii and From Software director Hidetaka Miyazaki described it, Demon's Souls is a bit of a hybrid -- an RPG that uses the PS3's hardware to the hilt while still retaining the challenge and exploration of traditional role-players. Your hero can use a wide variety of weapons, each of which has different attacks and animations depending on how skillful you are or whether you're using one hand or two, and the game's physics system places natural limits on what's possible in any given tactical situation. "We gave a lot of thought to how to make the fun and charms of a classic RPG interesting all over again with the latest technology at hand," Miyazaki noted. "We figured that doing the things that previous hardware ignored -- having long weapons bump into walls, lighting the area in realtime with the torch in your hand -- would make the game that much more fun. We're taking the things you did through menus in Wizardry and letting you carry them out in real life." (Miyazaki also hinted that while Demon's Souls won't have multiplayer, he would still like to "find a way to use the Internet to make the single-player mode more interesting.")


This game generated alot of hype back in the dark ages (pre-TGS time), but what I'm seeing from this new PS3 exclusive action RPG is not very pleasing! Maybe this game will suit From Software fans, but not me :(

TGS '08: Level 5


Level 5 has come to this year's TGS with some good announcements. Starting off, we have 2 PSP games due release sometime in 2009. The first is a PSP RPG horror game with the unusually strange name, Ushiro. Ushiro, which means in Japanese "behind/butt", is a horror RPG game where a shinigami clings on behind (hence the name) people that have exhausted their lives to experience their lives. As a shinigami you observe, possess, and fulfil the wishes of the person you're attached to. Seems kind of a new idea is being developed here. Here's TGS Debut trailer:



The game sure is interesting! I would love to see more of it soon.

As for the second PSP game, Danboru Senki, in which the player takes the role of a small combat robot called LBX, in environments made out of cardboard. The game is due for release in 2009 in Japan.




Also, Level 5 has confirmed 2 DS RPGs in development.

The PS3 exclusive White Knight Chronicles, yet another Level 5 RPG, was announced to feature online content. Think of the online content as some kind of mini-MMORPG. Early in the game, you will be prompted to create an avatar, which is a custom character, to play with. This character won't come into the picture until later in the story. With this character, you'll be able to engage in online play with other players via the Play Station Network.

Level 5, in an effort for balance, has made some restrictions to the kind of quests and items you can get online. It appears that you won't be able to get any item/weapon/armor/accessory/etc... that's above your level. Meaning, you wouldn't be able to overpower yourself early in the game. The same applies to quests, wherein you unlock new ones as you progress. To the right a picture of the online gameplay that wll be present in White Knight Chronicles.

It seems that at any given time, no more than 16 players can gather in town centers and no more than 4 can party up and go questing. Seems a little low on numbers, but for a game that just announced recently its online component, I'd say that's impressive. (Most online FPS' have the same or near that number of players in a single room, so it's understandable). Another picture of two players fighting what appears to be over-grown wisp. As you can see, the online gameplay will be rewarding in so many ways. You can, as well, trade items and stuff with other online gamers.


The story mode, as stated by Level 5's developers, is very long and has a lot of content. Over 100+ hours of gameplay. That's very long for an RPG! But also very suitable, too.

The game will run at full HD resolution : 1080p. So cheer up, full HD screen owners!


Kojima, as he clarified before, won't be taking the lead on any future Metal Gear projects stating that he'd rather let the younger generation handle it. But knowing Kojima, he might actually come back again to work on MGS5 nonetheless! He has alsosaid before that he won't be working on MGS after MGS2, and then again after MGS3 and now MGS4. He said

"I always intend to stay true to these statements, it's like when Hayao Miyazaki says he is not going to do more, and then always ends up doing it. I have other ideas than Metal Gear, and I want to go on to make other new games, but for political, business, or technology reasons, there is always a time when I have to return."

Kojima also talked about the lengthy cutscenes in MGS4 which many fans (and critics alike) hated so much for removing the player from the experience and rendering the gamer to a watcher seat instead.

"Halo, BioShock -- I see their approach, and I think they are brilliant in some ways, but I still feel they lack a kind of deeper storyline or the expression of the feelings of the characters. In MGS4, yes, I put everything in the cut sequences, which I kind of regret to some extent, because maybe there is a new approach which I should think about. I'm always thinking about it -- making it interactive but at the same time telling the story part and the drama even more emotionally."

So Kojima realizes what went wrong with MGS4. Now it appears that Kojima is traveling to "rival" FPS studios, like Infinity Ward and Guerrilla Games. But Kojima has been known to go to studios of the games he likes, so probably there's nothing there. But maybe his next non-MGS game could be a FPS? Who knows, time will tell. Oh speaking of time, Kojima said that he's busy with MGO right now, but also to expect something new on next year's TGS!

"Until the end of this year, I have my hands full with Metal Gear Online, but at next year's show, I think it's okay that I should be able to announce something."

Kojima expressed earlier at TGS that Japan has lost compared to Western games.

"If you honestly compare Japanese games with Western ones, Japan has lost."

During the talk, Kojima compared the western games industry to Hollywood -- they bring the world's best creators together and give them huge budgets for their projects. He went on to call the current disparity "dangerous," particularly when it comes to how far western technological development has come over the last few years. (via 1up.com)


Here's this year's TGS Microsoft's keynote presentation details.
I have not been to the presentation, so sadly I have to copy off someone else's hardwork :( Here's Joystiq take on it.

TGS '08: Bayonetta



Platinum Games, Inc. and Sega's new stylish action game, ala Devil May Cry, had its share on this year's TGS. The game is supposedly from the creator of the original Devil May Cry game hence the obvious similarities.


The game had presence in form of a debut trailer, that's surprisingly full of rather weird shots. Crotch shots, to be precise. The trailer (found below) begins with a shot of a big blue moon followed by the main protagonist of the game, a female witch hunter who's "hunting" angles. That's an interesting story theme, to be honest. Then the protagonist says something cheesy and aweful that was meant to be sexy! She starts off shooting some angels (that strangely resemble some of DMC demons) with the aid of her handy guns. Of course, I'm referring to her "extra" set of guns! Yeah, she's got 2 guns packed down her boots! I don't know how the hell she shoots with those things around, but as I see it, that's the idea.

The trailer continues on with more slice 'n dice action with angels. More cheesy lines and finally some in-game scenes showing the heroine in action. I gotta say, the battle system resembles DMC's battle system alot! Even the scenery is that of DMC4 garden found in the first city!
The game is for release on both X360 and PS3 (possibly the PC, as well).

The trailer is below.





Now that TGS 2008 has ended, I'll begin posting all the new details sprung in it. I'll begin with my personal favorite, Square-Enix.


Note: I'll copy-paste this from Joystiq, since I've obviously not been to TGS this year.


Kingdom Hearts: Coded

System: Mobile

The first two trailers involved Kingdom Hearts: Coded and Kingdom Hearts_Avatar both of which are mobile phone titles and will probably never leave Japan. Avatar seems to be a mini-game collection with unlockable KH music, vids and wallpapers for mobile phones. There's customizable doll-like characters which can be made to look like KH and Final Fantasy characters. It seems like a total fan service title.

As for Coded, the video showed mostly Sora in a mix of classic KH gameplay. There were also spots of puzzle-based mini-games; one such mini-game had Sora pushing crates around a small room to create a certain pattern. We also see Donald and Goofy around in Coded; however it doesn't look like they are playable this time around.


Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

System: DS


The Kingdom Hearts: 358 Days video showed a lot of cut scenes featuring more familiar faces such as Roxas, Axel and Ansem. There seems to be a strong focus on a new, black-haired female Organization XIII member. Roxas is the star of this game, but it looks like she will play a central role in the story's development.

Since this game takes place during the time when Roxas was an Org XIII member and before KH2, all Org members are alive and well and will make appearances in the game (as their appearances in the trailer suggests). They might all even be playable, though we didn't see all of them in the in-game footage. We did see Marluxia, Axel, Vexen and Xal

din as characters that can be used in the game. Speaking of which, most of that in-game footage that was shown off was of the 4-player co-op. It's this mode that will enable gamers to control Axel and company for the very first time.

The title doesn't look visually as great as the PSP KH game, but the co-op mode which lets you play as fan-favorite Org members looks promisingly fun. The game is set for a February 2009 release in Japan.

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

System: PSP

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep takes us to a very different kind of KH game as it doesn't contain any Final Fantasy characters nor does it feature any of the original KH cast. The game focuses on three new characters (Ventus, Tera and Aqua) and is a prequel to KH set in Disney-only worlds. Out of the four KH games shown, this one was the most beautiful looking, and at the same time resembles the original games the most in terms of gameplay and overall design.

The trailer showed off the purple-haired girl, Aqua, in battle for the first time. She uses a spinning attack as her special ability -- she sort of mimics a tornado as she spins around the battlefield. There is in-game battle footage on Tera and Ventus (Roxas' look-a-like pictured above); both of which come from the playable build available at TGS 08. Tera is seen fighting hordes of enemies similar to the numbers found on screen in the regular console versions. There doesn't seem to be a downsizing in that respect. Tera also goes off to fight a large Spindle creature which is based-off the Sleeping Beauty world he's currently in. Ventus is seen fighting the cat from Cinderella in a boss fight -- he'll have to take him out using several timed input events by tapping the triangle button (same system as first introduced in KH2).

Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday

System: PSP

It starts off with a Parasite Eve montage looking back at the first two games. It's a nostalgic feeling hearing the piano solo theme after nearly a decade. The trailer then cuts to a CG scene on a snowy city street. Aya is huddled on the side of the street holding a revolver; she's tired and covered in dirt for some reason -- she appears to be running from something. Some sort of portal opens up in the middle of the street and a multi-legged monster twice Aya's size comes out of it. Aya aims and shoot her gun at the creature.

There is in-game footage for the first time as well; only cut scenes though. The graphics are on par with Crisis Core. A male scientist character with long white hair is revealed and so is a long-haired guy who could be the antagonist. The game is being co-developed by Hexadrive says the end of the trailer. There's no further details or mention of why Aya was in a bride's gown in last year's debut trailer.


Dissidia: Final Fantasy

System: PSP

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a fighting game with an ensemble cast from the first ten Final Fantasy games. It's a classic light versus darkness story pitting the two forces of Chaos (FF villains) and Cosmos (FF heroes) against each other. One hero and one villain from each title will be playable in the game.

The trailer goes through gratuitous, fan service shots of each character, though the most important ones were the in-game models of fan-favorites Terra and Cloud. Their inclusion finally completes the game's roster as all other characters have been revealed previously.

Both characters were shown in in-game battles fighting off against their respective nemesis: Kefka and Sephiroth. Terra commands magic-based attacks and can carry out her Morph ability. Cloud retains his original outfit and not the Advent Children costume.

The rest of the trailer is CG cut scenes showing off the other characters fighting one another. These include other favorites like Squall, Zidane, Tidus, etc. The pre-rendered stuff looks great as always, but the in-game action looks even better. Battles look swift and intense; there's always something going on. The game is out in Japan on December 18, 2008.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

System: Blu-ray

Another trailer for the Blu-ray film due out for Japan in March 2009 appeared in the Closed Theater. It was a showing of about five minutes of the all-new footage for the HD release.

New scenes shown mostly depicted Denzel, Kadaj, and a fight sequence between Cloud and Sephiroth (pictured). The trailer actually started off with a new Cloud flashback where he's seeing Zack on their trip back to Midgar. Cloud and Sephiroth's battle extends with high-impact clashes. There seems to be a lot more footage on the children of Midgar as well which will probably help flesh out their story better than the original film did. The new scenes with Kadaj on his bike and another where he's chatting with Rufus, might point out that a strong focus on developing his character and story has been taken care of (as it was rather lacking in the original film).

Seeing the new version up on the big screen looked amazing. The upgrade to HD and Blu-ray really brings out the detail in the CG work. The trailer ends reminding us that the film will be bundled together with a demo for Final Fantasy XIII.


Final Fantasy XIII

System: PS3

Joystiq already given a full report and impressions on this segment. You can check out the full article here.




Final Fantasy XIII Agito

System: PSP

The Agito trailer was quite impressive. We see the in-game battle system for the first time. The HUD looks very similar to Crisis Core. In fact, it looks like it plays the same way too, but only with the difference of it being multiplayer oriented.

The beginning of the trailer was going over the back story / history of the war that stars the Agito story. Airships are seen flying towards an island nation and then bomb it to kingdom come. A purple crystal inside the bombed island city shatters. We see warriors rise from the ruins to defend the city (the 12 students seen in artwork previously). As they brandish their weapons and are about to attack the invading soldiers, the trailer then cuts to the gameplay footage mentioned in the first paragraph.


Final Fantasy Versus XIII

System: PS3

Joystiq also has already given a full report and impressions on this segment. Check out the full article here.


TGS 2008



You all must've heard about TGS by now! If not, I'd strongly suggest getting a life! Now, TGS's been buzzing with news here and there, and those are of importance to some of you if not all.

I'll try to cover as much as I can from TGS, starting with the titles I like first! Then I'll work my way to those I least like.

Day 1 of TGS has already ended, but that's far from the end! Probably by the time I finish typing this post, day 2 would have ended as well!

Stay tuned!

PSP Plans For LBP


Media Molecule's Mark Healy already revealed possible plans for a PSP port of their upcoming hit, LittleBigPlanet!

"There's definitely scope for a PSP version," said Healy in an exclusive interview with (GamesIndustry.biz) sister site Eurogamer TV, to be broadcast next week. "We've had discussions and talks, [but] nothing concrete at the moment." (Kotaku.com)


Which spells greatness in bold letters! The idea of using the PSP as some sort of extension to the already great PS3 has been floating around lately! Also, with Sony's recent talk about possible PSP MMOs!

"It'd be great to make, for the people who are really into the Create side, some kind of companion products that allow you to create things while you're on the train," he said. "One thing that I'd love to add is the ability to create you're own music, for example, that you can import into the game. That seems like an obvious one to do and it'd be quite easy really."


That's a logical use of the PSP! Hold on now, I'm not saying the PSP isn't great as is, but this addition can't really hurt! Besides, this could really boost PS3 & PSP sales! A couple of these innovative use of the PSP, and Sony is set for this generation's battle!


Recently, Sony of Japan, issued a press release listing all PS3 and PSP games that will be shown at this year's TGS. Don't get your hopes up just yet! because Sony also stated that amongst the games that will make their way to TGS, 14 are new titles that we've never heard of before! Never is the keyword here!

The PS3 listing of secret new games include:


  • 1 game from Irem (R-Type)
  • 1 game from Konami
  • 9 games from Sony Computer Entertainment
The PSP listing :
  • 3 from Sony Computer Entertainment
What does this mean? 12 in total, had never been heard of before?! Sony's been busy, I see! Don't forget that those don't include already announced games ( Resistance 2, anyone? ) but totally new IPs!

Maybe now we could get some light shed on the ICO team's new game! Also, Konami has one game. Could that be MGS5?! But it would be rather too soon for it. Hmm, we'll get to see the full listing of the games once TGS begins, which is in a week ( from October 9 to 12 ).

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Full listing here:

PS3:
  • Guitar Hero Legend of Rock
  • FIFA 09 World Class Soccer
  • Street Fighter IV
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Lumines Supernova
  • Metal Gear Online
  • Way of the Samurai 3
  • Sonic World Adventure
  • PlayStation Home
  • Mainichi Issho
  • Motorstorm 2: Pacific Rift
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Resistance 2
  • WWE 2009 Smackdown vs. Raw
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm

PSP:
  • Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes
  • Dynasty Warriors Multi Raid
  • Orochi Warriors Second Coming of the Devil King
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy
  • Secret Agent Clank
  • Ape Quest
  • Patapon 2
  • Bleach: Soul Carnival
  • Mainichi Issho Portable
  • Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or 2
  • LocoRoco 2
  • Idolmaster SP
  • Mobile Suit Gundam vs Gundam
  • Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2

Here's a new footage of Killzone 2. It shows the game's interface of what seems like the multiplayer aspect of the game. It starts by showing a screen where you can setup some basic options before the match, then followed by the spawn area overview map.

A guy is seen running through an empty map (possibly taken from in-game beta testing) shooting and jumping. Not much can be seen though, the quality isn't that high. But if you're eager to see anything from this game, then this might be just what you needed!

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has revealed to MTV Multiplayer that the company is considering massively multiplayer online games for the PSP.

John Smedley told Tracy John of MTV Multiplayer in an interview at the New York Games Conference on Friday:

I think PSP is something that we’re definitely looking at; 34 million [sold] worldwide really opens your eyes, and they’re all connected

Hear that everyone? Does that mean there will actually be a use for our beloved-stashed-away PSPs? I gotta say, MMOs on PSPs... It's about time! how did they come up with that?! You gotta love their sense of accomplishment, everyone!

Continue reading what Tracy John has to say about this in this link.

PS: I'm sorry I've been away for quite sometime now, but I was quite busy with my game programming learning! I gotta say, it's quite tough to program games, specially when most books give faulty codes!

Remember the post I made regarding AMD's new technology at rendering photo-realistic imagery? Well, apparently, I was wrong! The new technology is a new modeling technology that captures even the tiniest bits of information and then be able to recreate them. A video was apparently made to demonstrate the power of Image Metrics' new technology.

Image Metrics is the team that created the animation in GTA game.

The woman in the video (and the pictures from my previous post) is named Emily. She's completely computer generated! I double dare you to tell she's not real from the first look, or second even!

I don't wanna get into details, so if you want to, you could read the original post here.

Can you imagine what this technology would do in the movie business? Oh, let's not forget about games! Now, we could have real life looking characters! But would that happen this generation? Or in the next generation when the PS4 is out?


In a recent issue of Famitsu, new information was revealed about the Final Fantasy XIII demo. The demo, which ships with the movie Final Fantasy: Advent Children Complete, will be playable preview that will last about 2 hours. The demo will apparently cover the very beginning of the game.

Cinema 2.0, is the name of the new effort by AMD to bring photo-realistic graphics that match those found in real life Hollywood movies!

What might not come as a surprise is the need of new hardware, but that's not it! A trick is involved, (quote from the site I read the news at)

There's another trick: a globe-shaped room that feature rapid high-definition photography from all angles. These cameras can capture surface detail to a level that surpasses human touch. These cameras operate so quickly that to the naked eye, they appear as solid lights, when in fact they are flashing on and off at fractions of a second. The information captured by these cameras can then be interpreted into 3D data.
I guess some pictures are in order? Well, here you are:


Yeah, the 2 women in the pictures are actually 3d CG real-time-rendered renders of AMD's Cinema 2.0! I couldn't believe it at first, but yeah it seems playing with real-life looking models is coming to a near future. AMD suggested some sci-fi applications for its new technology, such as Star Trek's Holodeck! But we'll have to wait and see...

To read the whole post, follow this link (I recommend you read the post!)

Home Restrictions


Sony has done it! With its new announcement about Home region restriction. Sony has made Home access restricted to PS3 native region. Which means, if you have a US PS3, you'll be stuck with US Home citizens for the rest of your life! Unless you import a UK or Japanese PS3, you'll be locked out from the rest of the world! PSN accounts don't factor in for this restriction, so no use making a different-region account! It won't get you nowhere.

The same goes for both Europe and Japan. Supposedly, this initiative was made to optimize advertisements, since that's the whole reason Home is coming to be. Sony wants gamers (or citizens) of the same region to experience and see the same advertisements. Besides, it makes little business sense to show ads related to UK to US gamers! Optimization is the key word here.

Sony must've missed the whole point of its new social network place! I mean, wasn't the whole idea of Home to allow "friends" meet each other in this virtual world? Well, what if I or you had an oversea friend? What if all friends are actually in a different region?! I hope they change this soon, or it will spill disaster!


EA made a publishing deal with Grasshopper Manufacture (No More Heroes developer). The new franchise is to be produced by Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil creator) and directed by Goichi Suda.

The mysterious franchise is to be developed for the PS3, X360, Wii and PC.

A new project was revealed some time ago. City Space is a new project displaying a very impressive render of a 3D virtual world by LivePlace.com.

What's known about this is the WHOIS lists the domain owner as Brad Greenspan, who's one of the MySpace co-founders. This project is running on OTOY, the 3D engine that renders graphics in the cloud. The technology allows relatively weak computers (or even mobile phones) to display incredibly detailed graphics comparable to those seen in Hollywood movies or high-definition games.



The project really has astounding incredibly detailed graphics (I think they even kick PS3 graphics). Also, since the project is using the OTOY engine, all rendering occurs server side, which allows virtually anyone with a working PC to participate. What's amazing about this, is the fact it runs directly from the browser! No plugins to download, no clients to install, no nothing! Which makes this pretty much a fairly tale! But I'm hoping the project pulls through.

My thoughts are that this project (I call it project since I don't know what it is yet!) is the next step in social networking (Hence the title of the post). I think if you connect the dots, you'll find that this is the next MySpace project. Considering that the domain, LivePlace.com, is owned by a co-founder of MySpace's, and it requires no installation (which almost crosses it out as a game), it's the next MySpace SecondLife-style!





Attention everyone! The new promotional Lara Croft is here! Alison Carroll isn't just pretty and sexy, but also used to be a gymnast! Which means, Alison Carroll, got the "curves" to do Lara's rather impossible gymnastic moves. Alison Carroll may not look a lot like Lara Croft, but Lara Croft keeps changing between games that it's hard to keep track of her "real" looks. So I guess it's fair to say that she's pretty and hot in her own regard! Also, she'd make a pretty good Lara!


"This is a fantastic opportuntiy and I am really looking forward to embracing Lara's world. I still can't believe they chose me to take on the role of Lara - and I can't wait to get stuck in. This is my dream job. I have always wanted to be an action hero and hope to be able to use my gumnastic ability to perform all of Lara's stunts."



Here's Alison's BBC interview:






The new Lara Croft game, Tomb Raider: Underworld is due this November for the PlayStation 3.

*For the '08 E3 preview clip, follow this link.

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