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If you read our MSI PC2008 story then you'll already be aware that MSI was planning to release a range of gaming laptops. Well, it seems like MSI had a few more surprises to come as the GX610 was recently announced and it's not a Centrino Duo machine, instead it's powered by an AMD Turion64 X2 processor. The most interesting feature of this particular notebook is the graphics chip, as this is one of the first machines to have one of the new AMD Mbility Radeon HD 2600 graphics chip in it. MSI has fitted 256MB of GDDR3 graphics RAM and thanks to AMD's Hyper Memory technology, the HD 2600 GPU can access the system memory if it needs more.
The GX610 also has a 15.4-inch display with 1,280x800 resolution. The chipset also comes from AMD in the shape of the RX690 northbridge and the SB600 southbridge. Further features consists of up to 4GB of RAM, a 5-in-1 card reader, HDMI and a total weight of 2.6kg with the 6 cell battery. The W, A, S, D keys have been highlighted on the keyboard to make it easier to find the keys for gamers and the GX610 also offers 5.1-channel headphone output. MSI didn't specify the processor speed, but two different SKU's will be available, the GX610 Extreme Edition and the GX610 Professional Edition, where the Extreme Edition is the top of the range model and it should ship with 4GB of RAM as standard.
A 17-inch widescreen model - the GX710 - with otherwise identical specs will also be released, although the screen will offer a higher resolution of 1,440x900.
EA took a big risk in deciding to create a game based around one of the world's biggest series of movies ever, if they were to stuff it up there would've been all hell to pay. But after having released it on pretty much every platform around (bar the PS3) it soon became obvious they'd done their homework and produced a very nicely matched atmosphere with awesome gameplay to boot.
Although late, the PS3 finally gets its turn and boy oh boy does it look the goods. Simon over at TTGamer checks it out in detail for us and quickly discovers that the PS3 version has some more bells and whistles added that none of the other platforms had.
For those who haven't seen the films, The Godfather revolves around Marlon Brando's Don character, head of the Corloeone family, which is one of many mafia families in 1930s New York city. The family has risen to the top and is the number one and most revered mafia family throughout the city, but there are a number of other rivals trying to take over and remove them for good.
EA has changed a few things about the story. First of all, you are you. You name the character, build them in terms of how they look and play through with your creation. The character you play is trying to avenge their father's death which occurs during the prelude to the game. Other than that, those who are familiar with the movies will see some of the most famous scenes play out and the most famous characters appear throughout.
If you've got a thing for decent tennis games you'll no doubt have tried several in the past only to have been let down significantly in the way of repetitive gameplay or general tackiness, chances are you'll take a liking to the latest installment of the Virtua Tennis series on the PS3.
Simon over at TTGamer has checked it out in detail and although it has its shortcomings, overall it looks to be a good solid pick up and play title.
The Dreamcast may have failed for SEGA but it did introduce a number of popular franchises to other platforms which are still going today. Virtua Tennis was one such franchise. It took the sport of tennis, a highly technical game, and turned it into one of the most pick up and play game experiences you will ever come across. SEGA basically skipped a generation from this franchise and while the PSP games have come and gone with success, a new VT has been craved for a long time. It's finally here on the next generation consoles and while it borrows heavily from other games, it still remains a stand out title on both the PS3 and 360.
Some up to date information about Asus next generation of Santa Rosa powered gaming notebooks has leaked out onto the web thanks to an Italian website. The new G1 and G2 gaming notebooks will have some really juicy specifications if this information is correct. Both machines seem to be powered by a new Core 2 Duo mobile T7500 which is clocked at 2.2GHz and has 4MB of L2 cache. This has been paired with 2GB of DDR2 memory and the P965M chipset. Both machines will have a 256MB GeForce Go 8600M graphics card, although no specifics of these cards where mentioned. The G1 will have a 15-inch widescreen display with a resolution of 1,680x1,050 while the G2 gets a 17-inch display with a resolution of 1,920x1,200.
Both machines will have SATA hard drives, the G1 should have a 160GB drive and the G2 a 200GB drive. Sadly it seems like these are only 5,400rpm drives, so not ideal for a gaming system. Other features include 802.11n wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet, 1.3Mpixel web camera, integrated TV-tuner, Super Multi DVD writer, S/PDIF out, DVI, TV-out and Windows Vista Home Premium. It's great to see some decent DX10 gaming notebooks, but it seems like there is still some time before we'll see something really powerful, but it might be worth the wait if you're a serious mobile gamer.
You can find out some more information about these notebooks in Italian here
Yet another game review for the PS3 has been pumped out this week over at our new TTGamer website. Alex has spent a while bashin' it up in the latest addition to the Virtua Fighter series.
Does it hold up to or even surpass its already excellent reputation as one of the top fighting games around? Click here and find out.
There are two types of fans of console fighting games - those that treat them as a fun bit of button mashing, and want as much sparkly stuff as possible, and those who revel in games with strategic depth, learning intricate combination attacks and getting timing down to sub-animation frame times. Virtua Fighter has always appealed more to the latter crowd - while there's some fun to be had pitting a massive wrestler against a seemingly drunk Chinese chap, it's only in the hands of experts that said drunken chap will twirl around on his head, kicking seven shades of brown stuff out of the wrestler. Unless, of course, the wrestler is also being used by an expert, in which case it's anyone's fight.
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Simon over at TTGamer has pumped out a fresh game review this week; he spent some time checking out "Resistance: Fall of Man" which is a first person shooter for the PS3, and it certainly looks to be a real gem too!
When Insomniac Games went PS3 exclusive with its next title it was as much as a surprise as the decision for Sony to publish it - in other words it always was going to happen. However, it was perhaps not what many expected with Insomniac going down a much more mature route with an action game designed for the adult market. Resistance: Fall of Man is the result and despite the fact it's yet another first person shooter set in the world wars, it has enough to differentiate itself to make it one of the better launch titles for the PAL market.
With the constant drive to make console/PC gaming more and more immersive as technology allows for it, we've seen various forms of gaming controllers to help with that such as steering wheels, rumbling gamepads, and even guitars (Guitar Heros II for the 360), but website New Launches have posted up the top 10 weirdest game controllers ever released to try and get you 'into the game', namely a control glove, train conductors controls, and even funnier? a chainsaw!
Innovation has kickstarted a new trend. With every new generation of video game console comes an even more innovative game control. The content of the game is no longer the only criteria; it's the type of game control that you play with that makes all the difference. Sega Mega Drive Controller, NES Zapper and Atari 2600 joystick may be a distant past, but the new generation remotes are equally hip. Today, controllers can connect to consoles through Bluetooth, like the Sony PlayStation 3, or sport motion and tilt sensors, like the Nintendo Wii remote. Here is list of the top 10 Weird Game Controllers; weird cause they are a breed apart!
Nathan over at our TTGamer sister site has just finished an article which delves into the world of gaming on PCs these days and how the PC gaming platform has arguably fallen behind mainstream gaming standards, he also looks into what can be done to at least bring it back up to to par.
Since its inception decades ago, the video gaming industry has become a force to be reckoned with that is growing stronger and bigger every day. It has developed from its humble beginnings to a legitimate multi billion dollar world wide industry, forcing itself into the company of entertainment mediums such as film and television for mainstream appeal and success despite the reluctance from some corners of the private sector, media and government. Hell, we've reached the stage now where some B-/C+ grade movies are starting to base themselves on videogames on a semi regular basis and not just the other way around. However, if you scratch beneath the surface of this industry and its success at least in its more recent years, two distinct stories can be and are being told - the story of the PC gaming industry, and the story of the console gaming industry. Collectively, they tell a story of constant evolution and adapting, but individually, they tell it in two very different ways.
Simon over at our TTGamer sister site has just finished reviewing Ridge Racer 7 for the PS3. If fast-paced arcade style car racing is your thing, this title's definitely worth a look, though it seems to fall short in a few areas bar the very tidy high-definition visuals.
In the words of Kaz Hirai, RIIIIIIIDGE RACEEEEEEEER is back and once again with the release of a Sony console we see Namco's flagship racing title make an appearance. However all is not well with the Ridge franchise - it's no longer a Sony exclusive and the PAL Xbox 360 launch title Ridge Racer 6 was only an ok title which had its share of problems. The biggest challenge for the developers was differentiating this game from the 360 title. RR7 may not be the best PS3 game around, but it's not the worst either.