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PS3 Releases: week of April 28, 2008

May
02

on the shelves

Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition) – mentioning reviews of this seems besides the point. You’ve probably already decided at this point. (I’m passing for now.) FWIW, there are workarounds for the problems people have been having with glitches, but they really need to ship a proper fix ASAP.

Iron Man is actually out today, not Tuesday, probably due to the movie. That also means there’s no reviews for it yet. Maybe I’ll just run this item next week instead since there’s nothing new that week. Maybe I’ll forget. Maybe I should stop my PS3 from Folding all day, download the demo and figure out something for myself? May is the month for Maybes.

in the store

Downloadable Game

echochrome {$10} – this is said to be really good (and has been out elsewhere for quite some time), but I haven’t played the demo yet. It’s playable on the PSP as well, which is unusual for these non-classic downloadable games. It’s much more thinking and less system capabilities.

Add on Content

– Rock Band {$2, singles only}
* “Zero” by Smashing Pumpkins
* “Time-Sick Son of a Grizzy Bear” by the Mother Hips
* “Red Tandy” by the Mother Hips

– Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore {$1.50}
* “(You Make Me Feel Life) A Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin
* “Against All Odds” – Phil Collins
* “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
* “Ain’t Nothing Life the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
* “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – Temptations
* “Alone” – Heart
* “Always Something There to Remind Me” – Naked Eyes
* “American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
* “Born to be Wild” – Steppenwolf
* “Careless Whisper” – Wham
* “Complicated” – Avril Lavigne
* “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen
* “Do I Make You Proud” – Taylor Hicks
* “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” – Culture Club
* “Every Rose Has its Thorn” – Poison
* “Flashdance…What a Feeling” – Irene Cara
* “Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston
* “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
* “I Got You Babe” – Sonny & Cher
* “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
* “I’m Coming Out” – Diana Ross
* “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
* “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel
* “Ladies Night” – Kool & the Gang
* “Let’s Get it On” – Marvin Gaye
* “Love Will Keep Us Together” – Captain & Tennille
* “My Girl” – Temptations
* “New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra
* “On the Road Again” – Willy Nelson
* “Photograph” – Nickelback
* “Proud Mary” – Creedance Clearwater
* “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
* “Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
* “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul
* “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” – Fall Out Boy
* “Taking Care of Business” – Bachman Turner Overdrive
* “The First Cut is the Deepest” – Sheryl Crow / Rod Stewart
* “The Real Thing” – Bo Bice
* “When the Sun Goes Down” – Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker
* “Who Can it be Now?” – Men At Work
* “You and Me” – Lifehouse
* “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen

Game Demos
– Dark Sector

Game Videos
– echochrome (Trailer)
– Battlefield Bad Company (video blog)
– Kung Fu Panda (Trailer)
– Dead Space (2 Trailers)
– Turok (2 Trailers)
– NBA Ballers (TV Spot)
– “Fast Car” by Wyclef Jean (music video, back again)

PS3 Wallpapers
– echochrome (4)
– Kung Fu Panda (3)

over the horizon

05/02: Iron Man

05/06: Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare (game of the year re-release)

05/15: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar
05/20: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
05/27: Hail to the Chimp
06/01: Afrika
06/01: Legendary: The Box

06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots
06/13: Grid

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Beijing Olympics 2008
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Wall-E
06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith
06/29: Soulcalibur IV

06/30: Heist
07/01: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

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PS3 Releases: week of April 14, 2008

Apr
17

on the shelves

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable and in stores) [gamestats] – it actually went live in the store a day or so early, but I still don’t understand why you wouldn’t buy the Blu Ray for the same price. Just to clearify, because I was confused for a quite while – this is a prequel for GT5, with the idea the actual GT5 will be out this time next year. You’re not getting the amount of cars (only 70) or tracks (only 10 unique) you’ll get in GT5, but you’re getting in a year sooner and probably for $20 cheaper.

Highlights are the near-photo realistic quality and up to 16 player online mode. It’s still a long grind to earn money and move up in cars. There’s no visible car damage – I think this is something the car companies have wanted to avoid – but they’re talking about adding it via patch later in the year. Perhaps they’ll work in more tracks and cars thru DLC?

It’s an unfinished game, but a highly rated one. If you enjoy prior GT games, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re on the fence, I’d say to pick up Burnout this year and wait till next to get GT5, but Prologue seems to be a good deal if you go that way.

in the store (DLC)

Download Games

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue {$40 – 1.7 GB}

Add on Game Content
– Warhawk: Broken Mirror booster pack (new vehicle, new battlefield.) This pack alone is $8, and you can get both this and the first booster pack for $12.

– Rock Band
{free}
* “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton

{$1}
* “Sprode” by Freezepop
* “Shake” by Count Zero
* “Rock Rebellion” by Bang Camaro
(they offer these as a 3 pack for $2.99. If you bought them all individually, it’d cost you $2.97. Someone screwed something up.)

{$2, or all 3 for $5.50 “Classic Rock Pack”}
* “Call Me” by Blondie
* “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
* “Message In A Bottle” by the Police

And the two released quietly earlier this week:

– Super Stardust HD Solo {$5} – must own the original Super Stardust HD

– Lair – Dragons and Control Pack {free – improves game functionality}

Demos
– UEFA EURO 2008

Game Videos
– Warhawk Broken Mirror (Trailer)
– Condemned 2: Bloodshot (TV spot, behind the scenes)
– Haze
– This is Vegas
– GTF Prologue(Friendly Fires, Beyond the Apex)

Movie Trailer
– Pineapple Express

Themes
– Warhawk
– Lair (Mokai)

over the horizon

04/21: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/22: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Iron Man

05/06: Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare (game of the year re-release)

05/15: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
05/27: Hail to the Chimp
06/01: Afrika
06/01: Legendary: The Box

06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots
06/13: Grid
06/15: TNA Impact!

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Beijing Olympics 2008
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Wall-E
06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith
06/29: Soulcalibur IV

06/30: Heist
07/01: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

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PS3 Releases: week of April 7, 2008

Apr
11

on the shelves

Nothing game wise, though there are a couple of guitars coming out, including one which claims to work for both Guitar Hero and Rock Band

in the store

Nothing.

Other News

– The next firmware update, 2.30, will go live on April 15th (Tuesday). The Blu Ray sound output will be improved to “DTS-HD Master Audio”, which I don’t know about and don’t really care about but is surely great.

The meat of the update is the revamped Playstion Network store. Sony put a video walk thru on their blog. It looks a lot better and quicker to navigate thru.

It looks like the store will update on Thursday, so you won’t be able to get GT Prolouge or the Warhawk expansion until later the week. I’d guess they want to allow everyone to upgrade ahead of time so the servers do not get killed with people trying to get everything at once.

over the horizon (updated)
04/14: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable and in stores)

04/21: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/22: Monster Madness: Grave Danger

04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Iron Man

05/06: Call of Duty 5: Modern Warfare (game of the year re-release)

05/15: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/19: Top Spin 3
05/20: Haze
05/20: SingStar

05/27: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
05/27: Hail to the Chimp
06/01: Afrika
06/01: Legendary: The Box

06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Bourne Conspiracy
06/03: Kung Fu Panda
06/05: The Incredible Hulk

06/10: Dragonball Z: Burst Limit
06/10: NASCAR 09
06/12: Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots
06/13: Grid
06/15: TNA Impact!

06/23: Battlefield: Bad Company (and Gold Edition)
06/24: Beijing Olympics 2008
06/24: Hellboy: The Science of Evil
06/24: Wall-E
06/29: Guitar Hero Aerosmith
06/29: Soulcalibur IV (pushed back two months)

06/30: Heist
07/01: Rapala Fishing Frenzy

dropping off the schedule
* Fatal Inertia – last listed May 2nd, now showing it came out at February 3 but Amazon isn’t selling any more. Living up to the name?

* Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway – last listed as June 3rd, now listed as 10/31

* Midnight Club: Los Angeles – last listed as 04/28, now listed as 10/31

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PS3 Releases: week of March 31, 2007

Apr
04

on the shelves

Nothing! Unless you import the Nippon Professional Baseball game, which now that I’ve said that, I totally want. Actually, how hard would it be to add another league, FIFA style, to the current MLB games?

in the store

Nothing! They’re in a holding pattern for a couple weeks while they’re readying a new look to the store. The current version is HTML based, the new will be a faster software program, and hey posted new screens instead of the usual update list.

The store will be relaunched on 04/17, surely thru another version update. The idea clearly is to clean up things in preparation for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue’s launch on that day, which will be available in the store. Same price as the physical disc, less video content, but you don’t have to leave your house to get it.

Other News which I care about

– Sony’s dropping the Six Axis controller sometime this summer (as soon as they run out.) This is the standard version of the controller packaged with the system.

A DualShock version (read: “rumble pack”) of the controller went on sale this week ($55 , way too much for a controller.) They haven’t officially announced it’s replacing the old controller but since it does everything the old one does, that seems pretty likely. IIRC, the DualShock wasn’t used due to an dispute about licensing costs, but they’ve put the capability for it in PS3 games for the last year. Some games require a patch to get the rumble working and all new games will have a DualShock3 compatible icon on the box.

– The MTV Multiplayer blog also has an interesting explanation of why some PS3 games require long/big installs: the disc have so much space, the Blue Ray was wasting too much time seeking thru empty areas. Some developers have figured out how to deal with this, some have just installed critical info on the hard drive to get quicker access, and some have just put multiple copies of the same game on the disc just to fill it up.

I’ve got a friend who may end up getting a PS3 this summer and hates the rumble pack, so I’m already trying to figure out a trade.

– Wyclef Jean’s song “Fast Car” and music video “Fast Car” (Wyclef Jean playing Burnout while inside of Burnout) so completely do not work together.

over the horizon
04/07: nothing
04/14: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable)
04/21: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/22: Monster Madness
04/28: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Fatal Inertia
05/02: Iron Man
05/13: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/20: Haze
05/27: Kung Fu Panda
06/01: Soulcalibur IV
06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Incredible Hulk
06/03: Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

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the lull before the prologue

Mar
31

I’ve already noted there’s no new US PS3 games for two weeks. Just announced today is there’s no new PSNetwork updates for two weeks. Sony’s putting the final touches on a new software based store and holding off updates until they’re ready.

This is all a good idea, but what exactly am I going to be writing about on the next two Friday? There’s nothing coming out at all, all I can do is update the release dates. Hmmm.

At least when things get rolling again, there’ll be a lot of stuff. GT4 Prologue and Song From Portal are due out for you, Burnout update is due for me.

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PS3 Releases: week of March 24, 2007

Mar
28

news you can use: SD vs RAW ’08 will have downloadable content. This is one of those things where as soon as it’s mentioned, you’d realize what a vital idea it is and wonder what took so long. This ought to be a simple way to fix the roster problems which happen every single year.

on the shelves

Dark Sector (gamestats) Another slice/dice game. Everyone’s calling it a Gears of War clone but is impressed by the main characters Glaive weapon – a metallic 3 pronged boomerang variant used to solve puzzles when you’re not killing things. Multiplayer isn’t much and neither is the story, but it seems to be a slightly better game than…

Viking: Battle for Asgurd (gamestats) Really neat looking massive battle scenes – 1UP raves about the hundred of characters on screen at once in otherwise very down review – but they’re only a fragment of the game play and the rest isn’t at that level. The story is actively bad and the combat isn’t very deep. The gore is very detailed, if you’re looking for that.

in the store

Downloadable Games

– flOW bundle {$9} – the game and the expansion pack
– Warhawk is cut down to $30 until 04/15. Their next expansion pack is coming out 2 days later.

Add On Game Content
– High Stakes: Poker Edition camera add on {free} – works with the PSEye and EyeToy, may work with other USB cameras

– Unreal Tournament: 3 Map Pack {free} – 3 new maps

– Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore {$1.50}

Konami apparently doesn’t believe in a staggered roll out, or is catching up for the game being pushed back. The full gigantic list:

* “Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson
* “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin
* “Love Shack” by B-52s
* “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies
* “Take my Breath Away” by Berlin
* “She Talks to Angels” by Black Crowes
* “I’ll Make Love To You” by Boyz II Men
* “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
* “Oops!…I Did it Again” by Britney Spears
* “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn
* “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
* “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
* “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry
* “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire
* “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by The Four Top
* “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” by George Strait
* “Hey Jealousy” by Gin Blossoms
* “Crawling in the Dark” by Hoobastank
* “Fame” by Irene Cara
* “ABC” by the Jackson 5
* “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
* “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai
* “Like a Virgin” by Madonna
* “California Dreaming” by Mamas & The Papas
* “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes
* “I Heard it Through a Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye
* “Beat It” by Michael Jackson
* “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
* “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order
* “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
* “Don’t Know Why” by Nora Jones
* “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benetar
* “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
* “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
* “It’s the End of the World as We Know it” by REM
* “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
* “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
* “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations
* “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace
* “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen
* “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon

– Rock Band: Journey Boston Pack #1 {$2 each, 6 for $10}
* More Than a Feeling
* Hitch a Ride
* Peace of Mind
* Rock and Roll Band
* Smokin’
* Something About You

– Turok: Multiplayer Map Pack 1 {$5} – five new maps

Game Videos
– Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: (3) Mars Volta, Thin Lizzy, Weezer
– Warhawk 1.3 Update Trailer
– GTA IV Trailer
– Winner X Games ’08 Play the Pros video
– God of War: Chains of Olmpus (tv commerical)
– “Fast Card” by Wyclef (music video, features Burnout Paradise)
– PURE (Gameplayer Trailer and CG Trailer)

Movie/Blue Ray
– Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox story
– Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Fall 2007 TV Spot

PS3 Theme
– Eye of Judgment Theme

PS3 Wallpaper
– Metal Gear Sold 4: Guns of the Patriots Sneak Out Wallpapers

over the horizon
03/31: nothing (NBA Ballers pushed back)
04/07: nothing
04/14: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable)
04/21: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/22: Monster Madness
04/28: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Fatal Inertia
05/02: Iron Man
05/13: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/20: Haze
05/27: Kung Fu Panda
06/01: Soulcalibur IV
06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Incredible Hulk
06/03: Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

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PS3 Releases: week of March 17, 2007

Mar
20

Updates:
PS3 Firmwire 2.20 should show up by the end of the month. It seems split between updating the Blue Ray ability (where you left on a disc is saved, so it’ll pick up there even if you watch something else in between) and music/photo cross platform integration (playlist sharing with PSP, save files to your hard drive from the internet browser.)

– Rock Band will be adding an in game store, rather than having quit the game and go to PS Network. This sounds/looks much better.

on the shelves

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (and limited edition) (The W at Amazon) (link is for the limited edition) [gamestats] – more than an upgrade from the last game, but not an entire new game. In is the ability to run, out is the four player co-op story (now down to two.) It’s very good, but it is recycled.

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds [gamestats] – arcade golf, and somewhat limited with only six courses to choose from. It sounds like an easy to pick up fun game that takes advantage of next gen for an improved look, though possibly making it’s characters too cute. It’s an easily a step ahead off..

Sega Superstars Tennis [gamestats] – which is dragged down in the category of cute spots by lots of repetitive minis games and feels like a nostalgia purchase, relying on gamers to like the old Sega characters as much as they might for a similar Nintendo game. If you remember who people like Beat, Gum, Ulala and Alex Kidd are, maybe this game is for you.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot [gamestats] – first person horror shooter, very bloody and very violent. Doesn’t sound very long, and the multiplayer isn’t much, but it nails it’s theme pretty well.

Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore [gamestats] – pass.

in the store

Game Demos
– Condemned 2: Bloodshot
– Sega Superstars Tennis

Add On Game Content
– Rock Band: Ear Ache Thrashpack 1 ($2 each, or all for $5.50)
* “Blinded by Fear” by At the Gates
* “DOA” by the Haunted
* “Thrasher” by Evile

– Tiger Woods ’08
* Doral Golf Resort Blue Monster Course ($5)
* Turnberry Golf Resort {free!}
* Maxed Out Player {$2.50}

$5 seems a bit much for a new course, but the timing is pretty good. They should’ve have been releasing things more frequently, but people still seem to be getting the hang of that.

Game Videos
– MotorStorm 2 (Teaser)
– Eye of Judgement (Trailer for Set 2)
– Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (Japan Trailer)
– Ape Quest
– Turning Point
– Soulcalibur IV (Character Reveal – Darth Vader?)
– Condemned 2: Bloodshout (Trailer)

Movie/Blue Ray
– Gattaca
– Sleuth

over the horizon
03/25: Dark Sector
03/25: Viking: Battle for Asgurd
04/01: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/17: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (downloadable)
04/22: Monster Madness
04/28: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Fatal Inertia
05/02: Iron Man
05/13: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/20: Haze
05/27: Kung Fu Panda
06/01: Soulcalibur IV
06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Incredible Hulk
06/03: Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

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PS3 Releases: week of March 10, 2007

Mar
14

on the shelves

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (The W at Amazon) (gamestats). Reviews are varied on this game, which came out in the UK last fall. There’s some improvement here, but it reads like a roster update for a franchise lacking licensed rosters. There’s some major PS3 slowdown issues here, and the online version just makes it work.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot (gamestats) but there’s no reviews out there. This is a equal of a 360 launch title. This week’s twist on a horror/first person shooter: you’ve got to get booze in your system, or you’ll start shaking.

in the store (blog.us.playstation.com)

Add On Game Content
– Toy Home: Expansion Pack {$7} – 6 new vehicles, 2 new rooms, and four player battle. That’s a lot of additions for a downloadable game.

– PAIN: Nurse Ginger and Cheerleader Muffy characters {$1}

– Guitar Hero: Dropkick Murphy’s Track Packs {free!}
* Famous for Nothing
* Flannigans Ball
* Johnny
* I Hardly Knew Ya

– Rock Band: $1 each
* “Shockwave” by Black Tide
* “Beethoven’s C***” by Serj Tankian
* “CrushCrushCrush” by Paramore

Demos
– MLB 2K8 Demo – same teams, same stadium as the MLB ’08 demo

Game Video
– Hot Shots Golf Out of Bounds (2)
– Viking (3)

PS3 Theme
– God of War: Chains of Olympus
– Pain (2, new character)
– Condemned 2: Bloodshot (2)

over the horizon

03/18: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (and limited edition)
03/18: Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
03/18: Sega Superstars Tennis
03/18: Karoake Revolution: American Idol Encore
03/25: Dark Sector
03/25: Viking: Battle for Asgurd
04/01: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/17: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
04/22: Monster Madness
04/28: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Fatal Inertia
05/02: Iron Man
05/13: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/20: Haze
05/27: Kung Fu Panda
06/01: Soulcalibur IV
06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Incredible Hulk
06/03: Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

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PS3 Releases: week of March 3, 2008

Mar
07

on the shelves

MLB 2K8 (The W at Amazon) (gamestats)
MLB ’08: the Show (gamestats)

IGN says Sony’s ’08 is an improvement, not just a patch + roster update. The AI fielding issues aren’t all gone, but they’re a lot better. Visuals have improved, and the Road to the Show career mode is highly recommended. Gametap goes crazy for the quantity and quality of animations.

2K has changed it’s pitching and hitting mechanics, making them too hard according to 1UP. 2K has lesser video on the PS3 version, again. Regardless of the platform, there’s lots of visual issues. The franchise mode is deeper here, including 90 minor league teams and 20 minor league stadiums, though IGN says it’s showing it’s age. The commentary is inferior to the other game.

Army of Two (gamestats) – a two person military shooter, which you probably could tell from the name. Pushed back from a Holiday release, this game has marked improvements from the what it was looking about then. The idea is supposed to be that you can play single player, and the AI playing the other guy will react just like a real person reacting off of you, but the game still doesn’t quite reach that level and you’re mostly directing them around. It sounds pretty fun when you’ve got two actual live bodies.

Rescheduled:
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore – March 18th
Destroy All Humans! – June 16th

in the store (blog.us.playstation.com)

Downloadable Game
– Rocketman: Axis of Evil {$10 and a free demo, though I couldn’t find it last night) –

Add On Content
– Guitar Hero III: Modern Metal Track Pack {$6.25, must buy as a pack)
* Almost Easy by Avenged Sevenfold
* the Arsonist by Thrice
* Hole in the Earth by Deftones
(no)

– Rock Band: Grateful Dead Pack {$10 for 6, or $2 each}
* Casey Jones
* Sugar Magnolia
* Truckin’
* Franklin’s Tower
* I Need a Miracle
* China Cat Sunflower

Game Video
* NBA Ballers: the Chosen One

Movie/Blue Ray Trailers
* Hancock
* 21

PS3 Themes
* Lost Planet

PS3 Wallpaper
* Condemned 2 (3)

over the horizon
03/11: Condemned 2: Bloodshot
03/11: Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
03/18: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (and limited edition)
03/18: Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
03/18: Sega Superstars Tennis
03/18: Karoake Revolution: American Idol Encore
03/25: Dark Sector
03/25: Viking: Battle for Asgurd
04/01: NBA Ballers: Chosen One
04/17: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
04/22: Monster Madness
04/28: Midnight Club: Los Angeles
04/29: Grand Theft Auto IV (and special edition)
05/02: Fatal Inertia
05/02: Iron Man
05/13: The Chornicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
05/19: UEFA Euro 2008
05/20: Haze
05/27: Kung Fu Panda
06/01: Soulcalibur IV
06/02: Civilization Revolution
06/03: LEGO Indiana Jones
06/03: The Incredible Hulk
06/03: Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway

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PS3 Releases: week of February 25, 2007

Mar
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on the shelves

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (The W at Amazon) gamestats (gamestats.com) – came out January 2007 for XBOX360 and last June for PC, and yet there’s still graphics problems with the PS3 version. The reviews vary a bit on this game, seemingly dependent entirely on how much of those graphics problems the reviewer had. IGN is particularly tough on them, also noting problems from those two other platforms were not fixed at all here. It sounds like a interesting concept – an action game on a frozen planet, where your gun power and your ability to stay warm are shared (use all your energy in shooting and you’ll die of frostbite), but you’d better off getting this on another system if you have the choice.

Lost: Via Domus gamestats (gamestats.com) – in the quest to make everything at least conceivable part of continuity, including this very post, this video game takes you on the FRINGES of many major plot events, but don’t actually participate in them. Why? Instead of playing one of the major characters, you’re one of the crowd fillers, they weren’t around for the big scenes, and that’s the important thing here. (I presume they felt playing with the major characters would’ve had you acting on the show, line by line, and they felt that was worse.) To make up for it, you end solving lame/easy puzzles and finding out secrets of the island well before the normal cast did, just like Nikki and Paulo. This game is Nikki and Paulo.

There’s apparently some info about the Island in the last minute of the game (which should only take 4-6 hours to get to), but who knows if the TV show will count it.

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty gamestats (gamestats.com), though it’s really just IGN’s review. Shooter, asking the question “What if the Nazis had invaded the US?”, but not more deeply than “zeppelins over New York.” Very shallow and very linear, and the game play isn’t that great either.

in the store

Add On Game Content
– PAIN: new Scurv Dogg character {$2}

– Rock Band (Nine Inch Nails singles $2, combo pack $5.5)
* “March of the Pigs”
* “The Collector”
* “The Perfect Drug

ALSO, if you’ve bought any of the following Rock Band tracks from the store, you can get free new (patched?) versions of the songs.
* All of the Police Songs
* Brass in Pocket
* Limelight

– Guitar Hero III: No Doubt Pack {$6.25}
* Don’t Speak
* Excuse Me Mr.
* Sunday Morning

(ye…uh, no comment)

Game Videos
* MLB 08 The Show (2, Music Video, Video Blog)
* NBA 08 (Amare Stoudemire – little late, ain’t it?)
* Condemned 2: Bloodshoot (Trailer)
* Lost Planet (Trailer 2)

Movie/Blue Ray Disc Trailer
– Star Trek (teaser)

PS3 Themes
– PAIN: Scurv Dogg

PS3 Wallpaper
– Rocketman: Axis of Evil (4)

over the horizon
03/03: MLB 2K8
03/04: Army of Two
03/04: Destroy All Humans!
03/04: Karoake Revolution Presents American Idol Encore
03/04: MLB ’08: the Show
03/11: Condemned 2: Bloodshot
03/11: Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
03/18: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
04/08: Star Wars: the Force Unleashed
06/28: Grand Theft Auto IV
06/30: LEGO Indiana Jones

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