- Nextgen gaming news, downloads, media & more! Top blog for all your gaming needs. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:15:13 +0000 en PS3 Firmware v2.50 Update Announced /ps3/ps3-firmware-v250-update-announced/ /ps3/ps3-firmware-v250-update-announced/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:15:13 +0000 p0Wer /?p=499 Eric Lempel over at the PlayStation Blog has just posted what’s new in PS3 firmware v2.50, which will be released within the next few days, here’s the updates:

Support for the PS3 Official Bluetooth Headset - we’ve told you about the upcoming Bluetooth Headset and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation Bundle on the Blog. This latest firmware installment enables High-Quality (HQ) mode, which delivers clear and wide-band online voice chat. On top of that, an added on-screen indicator shows battery status, volume level and use of HQ mode.

PlayStation Trophies interface enhancements - I know that many of you are busy collecting trophies and raising your PlayStation Trophy level. This update makes sharing and comparing your trophies with your friends even easier. On 1st part of the profile page you’ll see a symbol under level that represents level and the actual percentage towards the next level along with the existing level meter. The level symbol carries over to the trophy comparison screen where you will now be able to see your level, your friend’s level and the percentage towards the next level for both users along with all of the game by game comparison information you see today.

Friend status – Offline friends on your Friends list will have information below their avatars that will indicate how long it has been since they were last online.

Video – This update adds the Scene Search feature similar to the feature on the PSP. Activating this feature while viewing a video on the PS3 will break the video up into scenes that you can quickly access by pressing the X button. You can break the videos into one, two or five minute intervals. In addition, you can now choose to have all of the videos under the video section of the XMB play in sequence. Go to Settings then Video Settings to turn this option on.

PlayStation Store – We’ve added a redeem codes option right on the store to make it easier to redeem your PlayStation Network Cards and promotion codes. In addition, PlayStation Network Sign Up and Account Management have been redesigned.

Power Save Settings – You can now set your PS3 and wireless controllers to turn off automatically after set periods of inactivity. Go to Settings then Power Save Settings to turn on these features.

Background Downloading - You now have the option to set the PS3 to turn off automatically after a background download or installation of content has completed. This option is available when you turn off the system from the button under [Users] while content is being downloaded or installed.

In-game Screenshots - this tool will allow everyone to capture, share and in other words, immortalize their favorite gameplay moments. This will be supported on a game by game basis. Please check back to find out which games will support this feature.

Resistance 2 - Public Beta /ps3/resistance-2-public-beta/ /ps3/resistance-2-public-beta/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2008 08:56:10 +0000 daniablo /?p=498 Sony have opened sign-ups for the Resistance 2 public beta, but only for a limited time, use your PlayStation Network Account to sign in.

Sign Up Here

Resistance 2 Cover Art

BioShock goes gold, demo avaliable this thursday (PS3) /ps3/bioshock-goes-gold-demo-avaliable-this-thursday-ps3/ /ps3/bioshock-goes-gold-demo-avaliable-this-thursday-ps3/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2008 22:08:59 +0000 p0Wer /?p=497 2K Games have just announced that BioShock has gone “gold” for the PS3. This means that the game is complete, bug checking done, and the game is ready to be distrubuted!

They’ve also announced that a demo will be avaliable for downlod from the PlayStation store this Thursday.

Awesome, thanks 2K Games!

PS3 Bluetooth Headset & SOCOM: Confrontation /ps3/ps3-bluetooth-headset-socom-confrontation/ /ps3/ps3-bluetooth-headset-socom-confrontation/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:49:12 +0000 p0Wer /?p=495 So I was emailed this video, displaying the new upcoming PS3 bluetooth headset along side SOCOM: Confrontation clips, check it out:

Pretty neat huh?

Soul Calibur 4 Review/Summary, PS3 & XB360 /xbox-360/soul-calibur-4-reviewsummary-ps3-xb360/ /xbox-360/soul-calibur-4-reviewsummary-ps3-xb360/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2008 18:44:05 +0000 p0Wer /?p=488 Namco’s latest instalment to the Sour Calibur series - Soul Calibur IV, on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Is it worth the purchase? Read on, and you decide.

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If you’re a Soul Calibur fan, you’ll certainly know that like any other Soul Calibur game you’ve played in the past, the story mode is short and pretty uninteresting. Depending on the character you choose to play as, the story will slightly change; you may fight different bosses or perhaps play in a different arena – that’s all, lets move on.

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The arcade/online modes of the game is what you’ll find yourself playing, pretty much all the time. The newest addition to the arcade section of Soul Calibur IV is a mode called the “Tower of Lost Souls”. This mode replaces the “Chronicles of the Sword” mode which was playable in Soul Calibur III. The aim of the “Tower of Lost Souls” is to reach the top of the so-called “tower” by defeating enemies with characters of your selection. The more rounds you win, the higher up the tower you will go, collecting treasure chests on the way. Obviously the higher up the ladder you are - the harder the enemies will become to defeat. This can be sometimes incredibly frustrating - some enemies seem almost impossible to defeat, so it’s vital to use some big combos and max out on reducing your enemy’s health.

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Online? Yeah that’s right. For the first time in it’s series, - Soul Calibur receives an online gaming mode, and its fun! Select a host, choose a character to fight with and that’s it. You’re ready to battle. As you win a battle, you’ll receive points which will count towards your “Soul Calibur player level”. Like many online games, it can be addicting to level up and the same can be said about the Soul Calibur player level. Level up and show who the boss is!

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The Character Creation feature in SCIV is awesome. There’s 1000s of different combinations you’re able to set for your custom character - literally 1000s. Just simply base your custom character’s fighting style on a current character and off you go! You can customize your characters voice depth, skin tone, armour - you name it, I’m sure you’ll be able to customize it! Oh, and what’s great about creating your own character? You can use him or her online in battles show off your creations - I’ve seen a couple characters from Metal Gear Solid and similar looking characters from anime such as Naruto.

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The only difference between the PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Soul Calibur 4 is on the PS3, you get the bonus character Darth Vader, and on the Xbox 360 you get Yoda (both characters from Star Wars, obviously ;)). As you advance in the game, you’re able to unlock The Apprentice, also from Star Wars whom is available on both systems; PS3 and Xbox 360.

Soul Calibur

Overall we find the game great fun. The Character Creation system, online and arcade play will have you playing the game for hours giving you great value for money. Even if you’re not a Soul Calibur/Fighter game fan we really advise you to check the game out and to wrap up this review we give it a strong 8/10.

LittleBigPlanet PS3 Bundle Revealed /ps3/littlebigplanet-ps3-bundle-revealed/ /ps3/littlebigplanet-ps3-bundle-revealed/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2008 15:39:23 +0000 p0Wer /?p=486 A French Website has recently updated thier online store with a LittleBigPlanet 80GB PS3 bundle up for pre-order.

LittleBigPlanet PS3 Box Art

The price for the bundle is €399 - which is very cheap considering you’re getting the 80GB PS3 including the Dualshock 3 controller, oh - and of course - LittleBigPlanet itself.

Doesn’t the LittleBigPlanet PS3 box art look awesome?!

Dead Space Release Date Brought Forward /xbox-360/dead-space-release-date-brought-forward/ /xbox-360/dead-space-release-date-brought-forward/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2008 00:20:46 +0000 p0Wer /?p=485
Dead Space Box Art

Good, a game which isn’t delayed for once and this time, it’s coming earlier than scheduled. Dead Space was originally set for a Halloween release (31st October), but has now been brought forward to 24th October in the United Kingdom.

EA hasn’t set a date for the US Dead Space release date yet, but you can bet it’ll be around the same date as the UK release.

/xbox-360/dead-space-release-date-brought-forward/feed/’s LittleBigBonus /ps3/playcoms-littlebigbonus/ /ps3/playcoms-littlebigbonus/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2008 23:26:58 +0000 p0Wer /?p=482 Nariko Sack Girl

If you weren’t already aware of LittleBigPlanet’s pre-order character bonuses, you’re aware now! Depending on who you pre-order your copy of LittleBigPlanet with, you’ll receive a relatively recognisable bonus gaming character in Sackboy form to add to your character list in LittleBigPlanet. Pre-ordering LittleBigPlanet at entitles you to a bonus Nariko Sackgirl.

Resistance 2 Leaked Online Gameplay Footage /ps3/resistance-2-leaked-online-gameplay-footage/ /ps3/resistance-2-leaked-online-gameplay-footage/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:20:25 +0000 p0Wer /?p=481 So if you didn’t know already, the Resistance 2 private BETA was recently released to a select group of PS3 users. The clip below shows an online team deathmatch from the Resistance 2 BETA. It sure does look good - check it out below:

Brand New Little Big Planet Trailer /ps3/brand-new-little-big-planet-trailer/ /ps3/brand-new-little-big-planet-trailer/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:00:43 +0000 p0Wer /?p=480 The highly anticipated game, set for an October 2008 release date - Little Big Planet - has had another trailer revealed. Check it out: