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Gran Turismo 5 gets a 2010 release date

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 02:02 PM PDT

Gran Turismo 5 gets a release date. Ha! We never thought we’d get to say that, but here we are. The game’s development cycle was fast becoming as much of a joke as Duke Nukem Forever was until it was put out of its misery, but luckily, Sony swears blind it’s coming out for real this time. Read on to find out when.

At Sony’s E3 keynote in LA today, it was revealed that Gran Turismo 5 will be coming out on 2 November, and will support 3D for anyone with a stereoscopic TV by then, as the 3D PS3 firmware upgrade has already been pushed out.

Gran Turismo 5 has been shown off at almost every E3 since 2006, so while a firm launch date is good news, frankly, it’s about time. Will it have been worth the wait? We’ll soon see. Hopefully. In the meantime, check out the latest trailer below.

Out 2 November | £TBC | Polyphony Digital

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Twisted Metal coming exclusively to PS3 in 2011

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 02:00 PM PDT

Twisted Metal is back and it’s coming exclusively to the PS3 in 2011. We got to see it in high flying, road-skidding explosive action.

As Twisted Metal was shown off it got us reminiscing about the good old days of riddling rival players vehicles with bullets rockets and anything we could get our steering wheel numbed hands on. It looks like those days are back. Twisted Metal for PS3 is just as destructive as we saw in the shown off deathmatch mode. And with kitted up graphics for a new generation it’s looking better than ever.

Online multiplayer was also demoed. One mode in particular had players fighting against different factions. Another has you attempting to be the first to destroy the other team’s airborne statue. The first to take it down using a missile launcher wins. It looks mad fun.

Out 2011 | £TBC | PlayStation

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Portal 2 headed to PS3: Other Valve games on the way?

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 01:42 PM PDT

Well. We knew Portal 2 was on the way, but the mind bending game didn’t seem destined for Sony’s console, what with developer Valve repeatedly slagging off the machine. But lo, either somebody’s taken a bung or they just enjoy the taste of humble pie, because the company just graced Sony’s E3 keynote to unveil the game in a brand new trailer, and for the PS3.

Valve is one of the biggest names in gaming: it created the hit Half Life series, the award winning Portal, and the PC game download service Steam. But it’s steered well clear of the PS3 since Half Life 2, dubbing it “too complicated” to develop for, and even a “disaster”.

That’s about to change with Portal 2. Live on stage at Sony’s E3 keynote in LA, Valve boss Gabe Newell took to the stage to announce the game for PS3 in 2011, and showed off a very brief trailer, which revealed little other than some impressive graphics and the fact that yes, there will be portals to pop through. We’re scrambling for a trailer to show you.

Beyond Portal 2 though, a detente between Valve and Sony means great news for PS3 gamers: Valve also makes the excellent Left 4 Dead series, and we’d love to see it go cross platform too. Will it? Fingers crossed we soon see.

Out 2011 | £TBC | Valve

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LittleBigPlanet 2 DIY games unveiled

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 01:39 PM PDT

Sony’s E3 presentation saw Media Molecule take to the stage to talk up how players will be able to create exciting new games in LittleBigPlanet 2. Creating levels is so 2008.

Shown off were the types of new games players will be able to create to add new levels of depth to LittleBigPlanet 2 long after you’ve finished its single player mode.

The best of them saw an arena where rival Sackboys can shoot up each other with rocket launchers while attempting to score maximum points. We also got to see games created by expert tinkerers especially chosen by Media Molecule proving that players will not only be able to create fantastic new levels but games too! With players able to create almost anything it looks like great fun for aspiring sofa-bound game developers and gamers alike. We can’t wait to see what players come up with!

Out November 2010 | £TBC | Media Molecule

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PlayStation Plus subscription for PS3 announced: details

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 01:23 PM PDT

Sony boss Jack Tretton finally revealed the much speculated upon PlayStation Network subscription service called PlayStation Plus offering paying members exclusive content and offers. Read on for the details.

Chatting about Sony’s new subscription service Tretton said that PlayStation Plus will deliver a set of new features and content especially designed for gamers as well as offering hundreds of dollars of value in additional extras ranging from full PS3 games to themes and discounts, avatars and more on the PlayStation Network. Users will own the content for the duration of their subscription, which sounds like a slight snag to us.

PlayStation Plus will be arriving later this month from $49.99 to $79.99 for premium subscriptions. Games available at launch will include Wipeout HD, Infamous 2 and more. Good deal or not? Let us know in the comments section below.

Out June | From $49.99 | Sony

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PlayStation Move dated for the UK!

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 01:00 PM PDT

Sony’s just announced PlayStation Move launch dates – and unlike Microsoft’s unhelpful bait and switch for the release of the new Xbox 360 – they’re global. Want to know when it hits? Read on and we’ll tell you – we’ve got all the bundle details too!

Sony fully unveiled its PlayStation Move motion control wand for the PS3 back in March, but it’s just announced the launch date at long last. In the UK and Europe, the PlayStation Move goes on sale on 15 September, 19 September in the US and on 21 October in Japan. That early run gives it a full two month head start on Microsoft’s Kinect kit for Xbox 360, seen as a close rival, though it only uses a camera, rather than a remote in combination with one.

Sony also announced pricing for the PlayStation Move, in dollars at least. A PlayStation Move wand by itself will sell for $49.99 (£33.75), but you’ll need an Eye Toy camera already. Sony’s also selling a bundle with the PlayStation Move wand, the camera and the Sports Champions game for $99.99 (£65), while the add on navigation wan will be sold separately for $29.99 (£20).

We’re chasing the actual UK translations of the PlayStation Move prices, so stay tuned.

Will you be buying the PlayStation Move on launch day? Let us know in the comments below.

out 15 September | £TBC | Sony

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Nintendo 3DS poll: What game do you want to play most?

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 12:45 PM PDT

The Nintendo 3DS has had its big reveal, but perhaps as impressive as the screen itself is the sheer number of launch partners and games Nintendo’s sorted for the new handheld. Huge names in gaming are getting involved, but we want to know, which are you most excited about? Vote in our poll!

Nintendo’s official Nintendo 3DS website is now live, and lists some impressive games on the way, as well as showing off a few will look like. Nintendo president namedropped a few particular titles though, and they’ve got us salivating at the prospect.

Capcom will be making a Resident Evil game for the Nintendo 3DS, Resident Evil Revelations, Konami will be making a Metal Gear Solid title, and Ubisoft is priming an Assassin’s Creed title.

That trio of slay and stealth’em ups should keep hardcore gamers appeased on the Nintendo 3DS, as will a return for Kid Icarus, the character created by the studios behind the classic Metroid series of games for Nintendo systems.

But, they’ve all got to take on the mighty, phenomenally popular pet sim Nintendogs, a version of which has also been confirmed for Nintendo 3DS.

Plenty of choice there, but what we want to know is which has you most excited. Which will work best on the Nintendo 3DS’ 3.5-inch screen? And above all, which do you want to play most? Vote in the poll below and shout up with your opinion in the comments!

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 demoed with PlayStation Move

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 12:45 PM PDT

EA Sports has just shown off Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on PS3 using the PlayStation Move controller. Has Sony’s new controller delivered the holy grail of 1:1 movement for virtual golf fans? Read on to find out.

As Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 was demoed using the new motion controller we got to see how players can use the PlayStation Move to achieve precise hits as if they were holding a real golf club.

Moving the golf club upwards gradually results in a pretty accurate on-screen recreation. Players can even use the buttons on the controller to preview their shots and change the angle of their strokes. Of course we can’t say too much about how good it is without testing it out for ourselves, but it’s looking good so far, golfers.

Out Autumn | £TBA | Sony

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Killzone 3 blasts up E3 in 3D!

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 12:18 PM PDT

Sony has just shown off its PS3 exclusive shooter Killzone 3. In 3D! Guerilla Games just took to the E3 show floor to talk up the single player campaign and show off the new enemies we’ll soon be shooting up in anger.

We got to see a scene set in the northern arctic of Helghan. Guerilla Games man Herman Hulst said that players will have access to plenty of weapons and face tougher enemies than before. The crowd got asked to put on their 3D glasses before getting a full on glimpse of any icy level with jetpack equipped enemies. Killing them malfunctions their jetpack to send them whizzing into orbit like a balloon you’ve just let the air out of.

According to Sony earlier some of the levels will be up to ten times the size of those in Killzone 2, reinforcing the sheer scale of things this time around as we got to see. Players will even get to ride in a jetpack themselves as they take to the skies to explore the huge scale levels. Besides the odd set-piece in Killzone 2 the action was a little static. In Killzone 3 the addition of wearable jetpacks adds a new dimension to the action.

Another level saw our hero Sev aiming fire at multiple enemy strongholds while manning a minigun aboard a gunship of sorts in an airborne extravaganza of ammunition and explosions.

Killzone 3 will be available this coming February in 2011 on PlayStation 3. It will be fully compatible with PlayStation Move functionality at launch.

Out February 2011 | £TBC | PlayStation

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PS3 3D: 20 titles promised by 2011

Posted: 15 Jun 2010 12:11 PM PDT

The first PS3 3D games hit the PlayStation Network just last week, but plenty more are on the way. How many more? According to Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai, twenty, and in under a year.

At Sony’s big E3 keynote in LA, the PlayStation boss confirmed that 20 PS3 3D titles will be available by March 2011, so Sony’s not treating this whole stereoscopic gaming thing as a fad. They’re not just casual Wii-style games with mass appeal either – Killzone 3 in 3D was demoed shortly after, and it’s due out in February, so it’s among them.

Of course, you’ll still need a 3D TV to play all these lovely PS3 3D games, and right now, they cost a whole lot more than a PlayStation 3. Try not to get ahead of yourselves, guys.

Out 2010/11 | £TBC | Sony

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