(19-25 September) And In Other News…

Despite it getting to ‘that time of year’ and most of the buzz is about new games rather than announcements, the news has picked up again this week. All of the news on the two big shooters are here and the rest is below.

Monday 19th:

  • The organisers of the Tokyo Game Show announced that the event saw record attendances – 222,658 gamers got involved, around 15,000 more than 2010.
  • SCE president Shuhei Yoshida claims Sony found it “shocking” that 3DS now has an add-on for a second circle pad. He also thought that “maybe a Capcom producer told Nintendo that to play Monster Hunter we need [two] analogue sticks” as well as saying he doesn’t think their recent price drop was in response to the PS Vita’s price, but because of Nintendo’s own sales targets.

Tuesday 20th:

  • Ubisoft now have a “special partnership with SCE” – starting with the original Assassins Creed being bundled free with PS3 copies of the upcoming title Revelations.
  • A new novel based on the Uncharted series, named The Fourth Labyrinth, will hit the shelves in the US on October 4th, around a month before the launch of Uncharted 3 to get you in the mood. There’ll also be a series of six comic books following Drake’s adventures – these will start appearing in stores from November 30th. No word on a release anywhere outside the States just yet.

Wednesday 21st:

  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has been delayed until spring next year at the very earliest. The spin-off was previously scheduled to hit the PlayStation 3 this year.
  • PSP and PS Vita will be cross-platform compatible in local multiplayer. Kind of. Well, if you have a PSP title installed on your Vita, you’ll still be able to use the multiplayer features and can play against friends who have the old handheld.

Thursday 22nd:

  • The unlikeliest of sources, an Israeli TV staion has leaked some artwork for Dead Space 3, although EA have declined to comment on a 3rd iteration of the horror series.
  • Harmonix has been sued by its former parent company, Viacom, for almost $132million. The discrepancy relates to earnings being miscalculated for the Rock Band games.

Friday 23rd:

  • Americans will be getting a new Uncharted 3 bundle, coinciding with the game’s launch on November 1st. The $300 package will include the standard edition of the game along with a 320GB PS3 and a month subscription to PS Plus.
  • John Spinale, VP of games streaming service OnLive, believes that the platform will take “at least 5 years” to surpass PlayStation, claiming that gamers will realise the value when they see the $500 price tag of next-gen consoles.

Saturday 24th:

  • Mortal Kombat has received a huge patch; it’s mainly fixes to the gameplay for online play, preventing crashes etc. and also tweaks for each character to correct issues with certain moves.
  • Former developer of recently shut down cash-cows Tony Hawk’s & Guitar Hero, Neversoft, have begun work on an FPS and began to advertise for jobs this week.

Sunday 25th:

  • Warner Bros have sent out the closed beta invites for their new FPS Gotham City Imposters. Did you get one? Let us know below.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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  • Anonymous

    Dead Space 3 . . .  yes please!

    • Raj S.M.

      I’m waiting for a Mirrors Edge sequel too – EA have quite a few good IP’s at the moment!

  • Derek / Beaver6622

    That Uncharted 3 bundle is a damn good deal.  
    Love the lists Raj!

  • Anonymous

    Yeeeeaaaahhhhh (sighs) I think that on live is probably not going to be bigger than playstation considering (and tell me if im wrong) they dont have any first party titles for it.

    • Personally, I don’t think OnLive will even still be around by the time the next generation of consoles launches.

      • It works on tablets doesn’t it … perhaps they may find a niche? That said surely Sony or Microsoft could supply a similar technology if there is a market, potentially though their next gen consoles?

        • Raj S.M.

          yeah, it works on iOS and android at least, not sure about others. there *could* be a market out there for onlive but only if internet speeds dramatically improve quite soon.

          i don’t know though if they can get to a situation where people in all sorts of areas can get to stream 1080p (and higher in a few years) games running at 60fps, everything going smoothly, at PEAK TIMES of the day.

          i very briefly tried it a few days ago but need to test it more extensively before giving a fair opinion. so far though, i played dirt 3 and the 1st time was during the week at around midday – was pretty damn smooth and looked like if you played a PS3/360 on an SDTV. 2nd time though was on the weekend in the evening and it was slow as hell. basically looked like a PS1 title and ran like you were attempting to play crysis on a PC from 10 years ago.

          • Anonymous

            Speeking of internet connection speeds, how fast is the PS Nations crew’s internet speeds? Pass this on to the others. Glenn should do another of those “Tech Week” little sections of the show where the crew talk about something tech related. This weeks topic…..maybe internet connection speeds? How fast they really are, etc.

          • Yeah net speeds are they key that’s true, unless you are lucky enough to
            have one of the fibre connections from BT etc, you’ll likely never be able to
            play peak times… needing such a fast connection makes gaming on mobile
            platforms with Onlive even less appealing.


            Perhaps once the networks mature… I personally don’t see Onlive as a
            serious proposition right now. 

          • Raj S.M.

            i’ve got the fibre optic broadband with virgin media and while it’s generally quite fast, it’s not quick enough to stream 1080p games while doing other stuff in the background/having other devices connected etc.

          • Oh well I’ll shelve the idea of that being added value for tablets. I’m happy with PS3 while at home so there’s no real point in Onlive that I can see … I’m not sure I’d make any friends hogging the net every time I want to play anyway 🙂

          • Raj S.M.

            the idea of being able these aaa games on a tablet seems like a cool idea, but the more i think about what it’s actually be like, it seems to defeat the point of a tablet. you wouldn’t be able to use the touch screen to control it so you’d have to have the tablet in some sort of dock or at least leaning up against something while you play it on the controller. might at well just play on a console on a better screen…

          • I’ve been loaned out 4 days a week to a client deep in the
            wilds of Norfolk so was thinking a tablet would be cool for things like,
            iplayer, movies, second monitor for working … would have been cool if I could
            say pop a Bluetooth controller in my bag and played a few console style games
            too. Hotels get boring quite quick and there is literally nothing to do where I
            am J

          • Raj S.M.

            ah right, yeah it could be useful in a situation like that, much cheaper than a gaming laptop.

  • Anonymous

    How big was the patch for Mortal Combat? Anyone know. I don’t play MK, so I don’t know.

    • Raj S.M.

      there was a lot of tweaks in there but in terms of size, i reckon it would be fairly small. no new game modes or anything were added, it was purely fixes.