AS we all know, Sony has had a tough few weeks. Whether it's their PlayStation Network being attacked by a hacker and subsequently shut down, or essentially shutting down their Sony Online Entertainment network for fear that there had been an intrusion- this is starting to have some pretty serious ramifications, for instance the numerous DC Universe MMO users currently unable to access their beloved game.
Which is why Sony is giving all DCU players some cool Batman SWAG. The above Batman-inspired mask (players use custom created characters as opposed to the actual characters, hence the "inspired") comes in both male and female versions, the coolest headgear that, well, everyone will be wearing when the SOE is back online.
Speaking of which, Sony is offering current subscribers an automatic 30-day credit for their troubles, and on top of all of that, one free day for every day that the DC Universe Online was down and out.
Please bear with us as the complexities of the subscription server dictate how and when this will be available along with pertinent details. We will be releasing more information this week. Thanks again for your patience!
No, Sony. Thank you.
We all knew this was coming but waiting for 100-percent confirmation is hard and now we're seeing a leak from a voice actor for the current two Modern Warfare titles, Craig Fairbrass. He did an interview with a UK radio station talkSPORT. Craig does the voice of Ghost and Gaz and has let slip that he's currently working on a big game that is costing $200 million to make.
That rounds it down to, well, just one title. Craig said during his interview:
I did Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Gaz and then I did Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, which has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of computer games, which is great. And I've just been out in LA doing something that's going to be announced in May...I've just been out there doing some bits and pieces and one of it's to do with...I can't say too much.
These Brink videos are bringing us very close to release, only a week to go folks! The latest video in the Get SMART series shows off the HUD (Heads Up Display for those who didn't already know). It's looking better and better with each video!
Steam are running EA specials this week and today is Need for Speed day! You can grab 3 NFS titles with a minimum of 50-percent off, insane! The deal starts with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, normal price is $19.99, NFS Day special with 50-percent off brings this down to $9.99.
Next up we have Need for Speed: Shift with an original price of $19.99 an an impressive 66-percent off bringing the price down to $6.80. Finally, we have Need for Speed Undercover and it's original price of $9.99 with an insane 75-percent off which results in a price of just $2.50.
I wonder what tomorrow will bring!
Sony has had a rough few weeks. After repeated outages and system troubles with its PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qrocity services, evidently the target of an online intrusion that revealed secure data like credit card numbers and other user information, Sony is no experiencing issues with its Online Entertainment network (SOE).
A Sony spokesperson told IGN the following:
We had to temporarily take down SOE services during the night. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion of our systems, we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern. We will provide an update later today.
I can only imagine that "an issue that warrants concern" is related to more credit card and user information being at risk. Sony is not at this time providing a timetable for how long the service will be down, but the action affects all players of DC Universe Online, the EverQuest series of MMO's, Freerealms, Star Wars Galaxies, and Planetside, which are all effectively offline until further notice. We might see an update later, so we'll keep you posted.
Well I'll be damned. This was more enjoyable that most of those crazy trick shot videos you see on YouTube all the time. In my opinion, that's because this stuff would be harder to fake (I know that seems counter-intuitive, but just think about it for a second). For all of you that haven't gotten the chance to try out Valve's new installation of the puzzle-solving, viusally-mesmerizing Portal franchise, then this video is a great way to get hooked.
YouTube user Schrobotindisguise posted this video after he, well, got bored (note: this is a very rare occurrence and I cannot even fathom the amount of time one would need to play Portal 2 before actually getting bored. This dude must be a pro. With a lot of spare time):
While i'm waiting for the inevitable challenge chambers and leaderboards, i thought i'd set my own challenges to increase the re-playability of Portal 2......turns out chucking cubes about was sufficient!
As you can see in the video, Schrobot has found a very inventive way of solving the Portal 2 puzzles, trying to ensure that each time he uses one of the stock cubes in the game. Also, don't forget about this summer's DLC, mentioned above!
Sony plans to offer PSN users around the world free downloads of an "unidentified content", 30 days of PlayStation Plus access to new and existing members and finally, 30 days of free Qriocity service. In the same statement, the PSN service is said to be restored "soon".
As for the hacking itself, Sony are guessing that the hackers got into the network through an "application server" and from there, they were able to get into the database servers and start grabbing data. Sony estimates that around 10 million PSN users with active credit cards tied to PSN were at risk. New security measures are being moved into place with the PSN being moved to a new physical data center, new firewalls installed and a new "Chief Security Officer".
EA has released a teaser trailer for an upcoming Need for Speed game dubbed "Need for Speed: The Run". No gameplay footage obviously, but just a tease of things to come from this new game. The description does sound cool though:
It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads.
The DLC will contain new test chambers, leaderboards, challenges, and the ever-intriguing "more". Release to be announced, but it will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Let's hope the PlayStation Network is up by then.
Due most likely to popularity of MMO's like DC Universe and Marvel's own Superhero Squad Online, Marvel and Gazillion Entertainment are banding together to provide what will most likely be an insanely entertaining MMORPG.
From Gazillion's website:
Smash frost giants with Thor's® Hammer. Unbalance Ultron™ by slinging Captain America's® shield. Explore a remote and hostile jungle as Storm™.
Leave behind your everyday life and live as a renowned Marvel Super Hero™ including all of his or her abilities. Become powerful, famous, well-respected, feared by evil-doers, and relied upon by the citizens of a grateful, persistent online world.
Gazillion is already responsible for Marvel Superhero Squad, an online game marketed toward younger gamers and fans of the comic books. Marvel Universe, however, will be more along the lines of traditional, mature online gaming experiences. And unlike its main competition, DC Universe, players will be playing not as custom-created original superheroes, but the Marvel Comics characters themselves. Playable characters already announced include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolverine and Nova, but according to IGN, the game will launch with more playable Marvel characters than any other game in the history of Marvel video games.
Yesterday I posted up the two new videos from the "Get SMART" video series for Brink, titled, The Basics and Objectives. Today, a new video has been released and is dubbed "General Gameplay", the video shows off as the title suggests, general gameplay from Brink. Not long until the release and the steady stream of videos is keeping future Brinkers (am I the first one to use this word??) happy.
Portal 2 has hit the world by storm and it's undeniable that the game is just great, we should have an in-house review uploaded by none other than our great Anthony Garreffa (oh wait, that's me!) within the next few days but for now, we'll swim in some news of the upcoming DLC that will supposedly be announced by Valve next week.
Fast Company interviewed Valve God, Doug Lombardi, whom is Vice President of Marketing for Valve, they asked "There is a comic online, but beyond that, is there more Portal coming? To which Doug replied:
We will be announcing some DLC for it, so folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer. We'll be putting more details out about that in a week or so. We'll support that with more videos or more comics.
This great re-imagining of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System shows just how darn useful a Portal gun can be- in pretty much any situation.
I think it's pretty evident that the addition of a Portal gun into any experience that, you know, didn't revolve around creating portals would be a literal game-changer. But it's fun to imagine some of them, isn't it?
Brink is not far away and now that we're getting close Splash Damage are teasing us with all sorts of new videos showing the game off. These new videos come in the form of the "Get SMART" Series. The Get SMART Series currently has two videos out, the first one called "The Basics" which obviously walks through the baby steps of the game whilst the second video is called "Objectives", I'll let you guess that one for yourself you smart cookie you.
Well, isn't this an amazing find. A non-typical, original game that isn't a COD-clone. "Depth" is a game where you can choose to be the Predator or Thief. As the Predator, you're a 21-foot man-eating shark and your objective is to find and dismember divers. You get "Shark vision" which lets you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the shark's world. Track prey by the disturbances they make in the water or by the sound of their own heartbeat! As the Shark you have the ability of full-body dismemberment, tear off your victim's limbs one by one and let him bleed to death or take him out with the final bite.
As a "Thief" you obviously play a human diver and your objective is to loot wealth in the form of sunken booty on the ocean floor - the only way to do this is to outsmart the 21-foot Shark enemies that are hunting you. Take cover in dense sea-weed, wrecks or stay as quiet as possible while the Shark's are hunting for you.
A new classifications system for computer games that will "increase protection for children and provide parents with clearer guidance" will be supported by the State Government. Attorney-General John Rau has said today that he supports the Federal Government's national push to create an R18+ classification for games but he would abolish the MA15+ classification in SA.
Mr Rau has been quoted saying:
This model will give parents greater certainty about the appropriateness of games for their children.
The Trackmania 2 announcement trailer is out and it is looking mighty fine! The video has some serious amounts of motion-blur added to it, but it doesn't take away the fact that the game looks ridiculously fun. Check out the trailer below!
Nadeo (the group behind the game) are remaining very quiet regarding the release date, with the only form of a release date the following words: "coming soon... very soon".
Not a huge story, but if you've ever played this game you know how awesome it is. PopCap, makers of games like the insanely addictive office favorite BeJeweled, have released their highly successful and original title Plants Vs. Zombies for the Nintendo's handheld.
Basically, zombies are trying to attack your house. Whether it's your front door, your backyard (in which you somehow install a pool halfway through the zombie apocalypse), or your roof, the zombies are out to get you. And they'll attach you day, night, even when it's very foggy and visibility conditions are terrible. Especially when visibility is terrible, come to think of it. And they're in wetsuits, dressed like Michael Jackson from Thriller, riding zambonis and bobsleds, and totally out to eat your brains. The only thing standing between you and them is an arsenal of anthropomorphic plants ready to stop them, literally, in their tracks. From IGN's screenshots, it looks as though the DS version even gets some new levels.
Sony admits PSN is down, also admits your credit card details and other personal info may have been stolen
The Sony Saga is ongoing and while the PlayStation Network is still down, more information is leaking out on just how severe this hack has been for Sony. The intrusion started nine days ago and it [the PSN and Qriocity services] have been down for six days.
Sony have stated they've hired a "recognized security firm" to conduct a complete investigation into what happened and have taken steps to enhance security and strengthen network infrastructure.
I guess Sonic would be a sure thing for the 100m dash. Or you know, any running event. I guess Mario could high jump? The upcoming 2012 London Olympics will welcome the reuniting two of retro and modern gamers' favorite iconic mascots, Nintendo's Mario and SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. These two don't generally play together (miles and miles of red tape), but the Olympics (for some reason) means they're going to be hanging out.
Their suite of special games will be hitting the Wii (probably the Wii 2/Stream/Project Cafe by that point, no?) and the 3DS, so stay posted for more news on this.
Also, do you think the Sonic games will have Olympic rings everywhere? Just a thought.
TOKYO (April 21, 2011) - SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd. today announced that the record breaking partnership of Mario™ and Sonic™ will once again join forces on the Wii™ home video game system and, for the first time ever, on the Nintendo 3DS™ . Over 19 million people worldwide have bought video games from the Mario and Sonic series, and now the much loved duo are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™.A host of exciting new headline events, including soccer and equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce...
If you haven't heard about Nintendo's upcoming next-gen console, you probably live under a rock. Not like the "funny" GEICO commercial kind of living-under-a-rock (because seriously, who gives a damn about saving a measly 15% on car insurance, maybe? Make it 50%, and I'll leave my cave), but you must actually dwell in some kind of subterranean home, because no one can shut up about this. Ourselves included.
Either way, the new system, codenamed / referred to as Project Cafe, Wii 2, or even Stream (seriously? "Stream"?), will be completely playable at the Electronics & Entertainment Expo this June. Nintendo sources told Kotaku "Playable means playable for everyone".
Of course there will probably be mammoth lines and 30-60 second MAX time limits imposed (except for that one little @#$%- there's always one), but hey- still get to play!