Monday 19 June 2006
Whether backwards compatibility is a vital feature of a new console or just a non-essential extra is a hot topic of debate amongst gamers, and now some industry voices have offered their views on the thorny subject of being able to play old games on new consoles.
Capcom's senior director of strategic planning, Christian Svensson, believes that backwards compatibility is just a "security blanket", explaining to industry website next-gen.biz that it makes gamers "feel like
During an interview with Stuff magazine, Xbox UK kingpin Neil Thompson stated that the three biggest advantages the 360 could lord over the PS3 were "proven games experience - including an exclusive online-playable version of Grand Theft Auto next year - the online experience and all the extra multimedia stuff Xbox does." While initially nebulous, a brief word from Microsoft clarified that Thompson was simply reiterating Peter Moore's announcement at this year's E3 that the 360 version of GTA
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will not feature Raiden as a playable character, director Hideo Kojima has confirmed. However, the flopsy-haired agent everyone loves to hate will "play an active role in the story," says Kojima, and we can "expect to learn the reason behind [Raiden's] character design through the course of MGS4's story."
Kojima revealed this info during a staged interview with Show Maybe?, a Konami-created spoof version of the daily newsletter produced for and
Friday 16 June 2006
GAME, the UK's biggest specialist games retailer, is set to abandon its '10 day no quibble' returns policy, according to industry magazine MCV.
GAME's '10 Day Returns' policy currently allows gamers to return a purchased game within that time for a full refund, even if the game packaging has been opened. It really was too good to be true - many a forum-going UK gamer has admitted to using it as a glorified rental service over the past few years.
Which would explain why
Friday 16 June 2006
The Golden Joystick Awards, one of the longest running videogame ceremonies around, will be taking place in London on 27 October, and here's your chance to influence the outcome.
What marks the Golden Joystick Awards out from the crowd is that the winners from each of the 17 different award categories are voted for by you. Not him over there - you.
Remember how annoyed you were when that game you didn't like got to number one in the charts? Now's your chance to put things
Just like every other year, this year's E3 expo was flooded with free pamphlets, flimsy tchotchkes and other cheap junk for attendees to haul around in giant tote bags. But for Metal Gear fans, the must-have souvenir was a copy of developer Kojima Productions' Show Maybe?, a high-gloss parody of the daily E3 magazine Show Daily.
Starting today, anyone who wasn't able to attend E3 can read Show Maybe? for themselves, as Kojima Productions and publisher Konami have made the entire magazine - ads
Thursday 15 June 2006
PS3 game pre-orders have started at $60 (around £32), with US online retailer Best Buy listing a total of nine games including Devil May Cry 4, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Resident Evil 5 and Tekken 6 - all with a 1 December release date.
Best Buy is already selling Wii games at $50 (around £27), with the exact same date. Given that Xbox 360 games also sell for $50, does Best Buy suspect (or know) something that no-one else is admitting: that PS3 games are going
Wednesday 14 June 2006
Sony's PlayStation 3 may be due for a spec reduction after difficulties getting all its components to fit together safely.
The alleged downgrade is due to Sony having trouble squeezing all of PS3's guts, muscles and brains into the console case itself, without risk of overheating. "The current designs, despite having vents all over the place, apparently still can't dissipate the heat to sufficient levels," said an insider
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Wednesday 14 June 2006
Be sure to take the time to watch this new footage of Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Vegas. It's a complete walkthrough of the stage that was used to wow the crowds at this year's E3, and it's dazzling stuff.
The movie opens with the game's anti-terrorist squad sweeping through the sky above Las Vegas in a chopper - a viewpoint nicked straight from Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, but much, much prettier - before following the four-man team
Ubisoft has released a drool-worthy walkthrough of a level from Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, the first military shooter in the series specifically created for the latest wave of consoles. The video takes your team from the top of the Stratosphere Tower to the casino floor, trading gunfire with terrorists. It's so cool, it's worth putting up with the super-serious narrator as he walks you through the mission step by step, telling you what you should be doing at each stage of the conflict.