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Update: Metal Gear Solid 1 Will NOT Be Ported To The PS2

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Well sometimes it happens.  Yesterday, we presented to you news that Metal Gear Solid will be ported to the PS2 in the upcoming Essential Collection.  Apparently, that information was not accurate due to a mistake from Konami’s rep. 

According to GameAlmighty:

So it looks like there was a miscommunication about the format for the games. I received this note from Konami’s Michael Shelling - ‘…to be clear, MGS1 is not a port; it’s the original game on 2 CD’s not a DVD.’ The original Metal Gear Solid will be appearing on PS1 discs. What this means for saving the game, etc, I am not sure.

My apology for the confusion.

With this new information at hand, we now know that the Essential Collection package will come with 4 discs.  You will probably need a PS1 memory card to play MGS 1 and you will need to swap discs while playing.  It’s a disappointment because it would have been great if they went the extra mile and published at least a PS2 version of it instead of shoving all those old discs into a single box.


New Resistance 2 Screen Shots

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Last month we confirmed the news that a sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man was on the works and now we found some great screen shots and concept art of the new game. 

The Chimera are still there, along with their advanced robotic technology.  So far it looks good.  Perhaps this game may live up to its predecessor.  You can see the images here.


Lost: Via Domus On Shelves Today

Friday, February 29th, 2008

ABC’s mega-hit television show Lost now has a video game.  Lost: Via Domus makes you play as an amnesiac survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 who is trying to get more information about his past. 

In the process of unlocking the mystery of your past, you get to interact with many of the show’s popular characters and get to visit some of the island’s iconic locations. 

This is basically an action-adventure game.  You will have to fight, run or hide your way and survive some of the many hazards found on the TV show from the weird black smoke thingy to the mysterious “others” that inhabit the island.  There are also numerous “easter eggs” that you can find throughout the game.

If you missed some shows or seasons and are afraid of spoilers, be warned that the game follows the first two seasons’ story.  If you’ve watched that much then there shouldn’t be any spoilers.  Some of the locations featured in the third season can be visited as well. 

I’m a fan of the show and the idea of being able to roam the island and explore it really sounds exciting.  I am curious on how they will pull this off.  The show has basically given more questions and almost no answers the past three seasons.  Will the game be like that as well?  I hope that it really is a good game.  Usually TV shows or movies turned into games don’t turn out well. 

The game is made by Ubisoft and Gameloft and is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC.  Chances are I’ll try out the PC version at least.


Steam Expanding To Other Ventures

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Steam has enjoyed a phenomenal success over the years.  With a user base exceeding 15 million users, Valve must be really happy with it.  So what’s the next step now?  Well the only logical move now is to expand and capitalize on their huge userbase.

In an interview at Tom’s Games, Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi hinted on what’s to come from Steam.  He hinted that among things, we might see music and videos really soon.

According to him:

And we’re also looking at other types of content like video and music. We’re definitely having those conversations and meetings, and we’re reaching out to folks with other types of digital entertainment. I think before the end of the year, you’ll probably see some pilot programs with other digital entertainment on Steam.

This is nice.  We might get to see the ultimate multimedia and entertainment online content distribution system.  Imagine a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs.  Sounds good but they have a long way to go. 


Solid Release Date for Mass Effect PC Version

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

BioWare has just announced the release date for the Mass Effect PC version.  It’s on May 6 ladies and gentlemen! 

Some changes have also made its way into the PC version.  Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

  • New squad control interface – Players can now issue commands to individual squad members, providing a new level of depth to the tactical combat.
  • Hot-key functionality – Biotic powers and abilities can be mapped to individual keys, allowing a faster “run and gun” style of gameplay.
  • Re-designed Mako controls – Players can explore alien planets and engage in vehicular combat with an intuitive and fully camera independent control system for the Mako, their all-terrain vehicle.
  • Quick-save – New quick-save button and increased number of save slots.
  • New decryption mini-game – A new decryption mini-game invites players to test their skills as they avoid obstacles and move their icon to the center of the digital mechanism.
  • New inventory screen GUI and functionality – The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor.

Since the game will be released just a week before my birthday, this could make a very good gift for myself.  Hurray!


Metal Gear Solid 4 To Be Bundled With 80GB PlayStation 3

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Yes you read that right!  One of the most anticipated games of this year is coming bundled with the PlayStation 3!  This is probably one of the best marketing moves Sony has made so far.  I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who is just waiting for this game to come out before purchasing a PS3. 

At $499 (MSRP), some of you may say that its a really expensive package.  But when you consider the fact that you get an 80GB PlayStation 3, a full copy of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots and a DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller, its a bargain!  And because you get MGS4, you will also get the promised Metal Gear Online Starter Pack.

The game is scheduled to release sometime in the late 2nd quarter of this year.  If you can’t wait that long to try Metal Gear Online, you can also get a free beta account by pre-ordering MGS4.

[Source: PlayStation.Blog]


Leaked PlayStation Home Screens

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

The PlayStation Home is one of the most awaited features of the PlayStation 3.  Now a beta tester canned the NDA and released some alleged photos of the newest “advanced version” to the net.  They really look good.  I’m sure some of you out there are drooling and really itching to get this game now.  Here they are:


Unreal Tournament 3 Lego Mod

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

The Unreal Tournament games have had some unreal mods in the past and the latest iteration of the game is no exception.  As more people get used to the development tools for the game, we are beginning to see some really cool mods.  Check this one out:

Yes those are LEGO blocks!   It seems like a really well-done mod too.  Look at how the blocks come apart under fire…  It doesn’t look like a mod.  In fact, it looks like a whole new game!

As always, this mod is available to both the PC and the PlayStation 3 versions.  You can download it here.


Cartoon Network MMO?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Yup, and it’s called FusionFall.

"I’ve worked at Cartoon Network for eight years and this game has been my dream for quite a while now." - Chris Waldron, FusionFall executive producer

Looking like a promising MMO game, FusionFall markets their game with Cartoon Network characters with a twist.  Imagine Dexter with a touch of Manga, wielding either a bubblegum machine gun or a parking meter on an environment full of secrets and surprises.  Exciting huh? And even though it’s targeted for ages 8-14, it’s not the usual game where children would just breeze through it. Check this out and see what I mean when the author of the article got his butt kicked when he wasn’t expecting the expected. 

Check out their official page too.

(Source: GamingToday)


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Hello Kitty Online Closed Beta Applications End: 50,000 Users Strong

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Sanrio Digital just closed the application process of the Hello Kitty Online closed beta with about 50,000 sign-ups, that’s a pretty good number of beta testers! 

According to their site:

Thank you very much for your subscription to our Closed Beta!

Thank you very much for your subscription to our Closed Beta! Unfortunately we’ve already reach the maximum limit for the Closed Beta, however, please do subscribe to our mailing list here to keep yourself updated with our game news! Looking forward to see you in the Hello Kitty world soon!

It seems the game’s development is gaining momentum.  The game is expected to officially launch later this year.