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The eight most talked about stories of the week (Feb 1-5)

Another week of comings and goings in the world of video games. But why trawl through news sites when you can catch up with all the important stuff right here in one article? These are the stories that got us talking this week.

 

Heavy Rain shows its maturity in the form of titties

On the one hand, you could argue that Heavy Rain is one of the most serious, adult-oriented examples of entertainment gaming has ever seen. On the other hand, you could argue it's a good excuse to towel-dry a naked woman (link NSFW) using a Sixaxis controller.

 

Sonic 4 revealed

We already knew there was a 2D Sonic game on the way, but to see it finally unveiled as Sonic 4 was quite a shock. Of course, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' on PS3 and 360 was the worst of all, so the name itself doesn't do anything to calm the flood of nervous feelings coming from fans of the series.

 

Sony 'thinking about' possibly maybe charging for PSN

In other words, expect this to happen real soon. PSN's always been 100% more free than Xbox Live's subscription service, but obviously that's 100% less money than some money for Sony.

We've already heard talks of a premium PSN package that would give you unlimited PSone games and other premium content, which is a good idea (and one that would particularly benefit PSP Go).

 

Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video

The Duke Nukem Forever saga continues, even though the whole thing has gone past a joke. There are loads of fan-made trailers in existence and there's plenty to suggest this is just the same, what with its clearly recycled logos and soundbites. Ah, except for the fact nobody knows where the new gameplay footage has come from, so it could be at least partially legit.

Either way, there's literally zero chance any game could live up to the expectations that the last 13 years have created. This new gameplay video shows some predictably derivative action, full of antiquated gameplay conventions no doubt left over from build 504.2 from 2006, or whatever. The rights to the franchise apparently rest with Take-Two Interactive, so we might get it one day. But on that day, Satan will be ice skating to work.

 


 

Mass Effect 2 possibly coming to PS3


Or at least it's been in development for it. Some bright spark has examined the source code of the PC version of Mass Effect 2 and found references to talent point and Paragon/Renegade memory files for PC, Xbox and PS3. Either that's just forward planning 'just in case' or there's one of those 'timed exclusives' going on. It's unsurprising, really – just look at BioShock. And the GTA IV downloadable episodes.

  

ESRB calls DOA Paradise 'creepy'... then backpedals sharply

It's not every day you get a ratings board admitting it made a mistake, but that's exactly what happened after the ESRB wrote the following on its website about Dead or Alive Paradise on PSP:

"Parents and consumers should know that the game contains a fair amount of 'cheesy', and at times, creepy voyeurism-especially when users have complete rotate-pan-zoom control; but the game also contains bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want (if given two weeks, paid vacation, island resort)-Paradise cannot mean straddling felled tree trunks in dental-floss thongs."

Reckon that was written by a man? Us neither. Whoever's to blame, the ratings board said that it could indeed be viewed as subjective language and changed the description appropriately. As for us, we're hoping the game's more like the Xbox original than the 360 one, because that was the better videogame.

 

Original Xbox Live closing forever

Much respect to Microsoft for keeping the service going for so long, but the online service for Xbox 1 games will be closed on April 15. That means no more online Project Gotham 2, no more Crimson Skies deathmatches… and most importantly no more online Halo 2.

This includes Xbox Originals being played on an Xbox 360, which will be annoying to people who only just bought them, but it's not as though 360's lacking multiplayer games. The point to all this is to free up the friends list to future development, as the current system had to work for both Xbox and Xbox 360, kind of scuppering development plans. We will miss having Halo 2 there in case we needed it, but you know what they say – there's only one constant in this world, and that is change…

  

PSP Go-ing again

Because somehow, it's failed harder than the failboat. And that was pretty hard.

Currently lounging below both PS2 and Xbox 360 in the Japanese hardware charts, it seems the only person in the world who likes the device is GamesRadar's own Justin Towell.

So Sony is considering relaunching it. Quite how they plan to do that is anyone's guess, apart from a more friendly price-point. Maybe they'll add UMD support? Imagine that - the download-only machine losing its download-only slant. Which would make it… a machine. A machine of games. That nobody plays except Justin.

05 Feb, 2009

18 comments

  • Gameguy94 - February 21, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    The PSP go is sooooo pointless Sony should have just announced that all PSP games were up for download. As for PSN fees well I doubt we'll have to pay to play considering PSN for free is a good reason to buy PS3s but as mentioned Sony might just offer special packages and such.
  • ranivus - February 8, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Pipdream... Epic or Infinity Ward buys the rights from Take-Two and actually makes the game in like 30 days. And as for Heavy Rain's 'mood setting' scene of nudity, is just pure win with only one problem... SHE-a Look-a Like-a MAN!!!!!! Get some japanese programmers to work on her face STAT! She has a body of a nubile 18-year old but a face of a young Indiana Jones. Its one of those instances where you don't know if you should be jumping for joy or cringing in fear.
  • Rayce185 - February 7, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    1. Heavy Rain tits: Great, another FOX story from an angry mom in the making. 2. Sonic 4: Let it die. Just because it was great THEN doesn't mean it will be good NOW. 3. Play$tation Network: It was inevitable. Xbox fanboys will rejoice, PS fanboys will shut up and pay. It's just how things go. 4. Duke 4never: See Sonic. Just let it die. It will stay vaporware and the joke of the industry, or will suck hairy balls when released. 5. ME2 on PS3: What farsided said. 6. ESRB vs DOAP: Emancipation at it's best. Shows that the company is run by soccer moms. 7. Original XBL closing: Halo2 and PGR2 users will have to move on, just like the rest of the world has. Pity about the Original games for X360 though. 8. PSP Go: Don't relaunch it, Sony. The PSP has always sucked compared to the NDS. Casual on-the-go gamers will stay casual, proper gamers buy proper consoles. Stick to the PS3, it's what you do best.
  • 88Meters - February 7, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    I HAVE to get Heavy Rain. RECAPTCHA: verbose United
  • vogler1604 - February 7, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    I'm sick of paying for crap on live.
  • JAMD2506 - February 6, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    'ps3 is better than xbox bcuz its free' i hate those people xboxlive forever
  • Dolan88fan - February 6, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    wooo heavy rain titties thats worth a look
  • Yeager1122 - February 6, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    Im supries they kept the original xbox going for so long wish i had an orginal xbox so i could play halo 2 one last time.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - February 6, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    Come on sony. Your sales are behind microsoft so you are thinking of unfreeing online? thats not going to help you at all. If you do charge for psn ill be PISSED
  • Cyberninja - February 6, 2010 2 a.m.

    first off pleep123 they are thinking of making a premium package meaning the base will still be free if you want extra stuff it will cost you unlike xbox360 that just killed off some of the most fun to be had on the service rip halo 2 you will be missed. also i would buy a psp go if they werent so expensive i liked it from when i got to use one at the sony store at the outlets today but the stuff was a bit small but still it was great
  • pleep123 - February 5, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    HAHAHAHA!!! U SUCKERS WHO SAY PS3 BETTER CAUSE ONLINE IS FREE LOL NOT FOR MUCH LONGER XD now i am gonna laugh until i run out of characters hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahhahahaaaaahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhahhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhahahahahahahhhahahahhahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhlolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololollolololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololoololololololololololololololololololololololololollolllolloloololololololololololollololololololololololololoahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahhahahhaloplololololollololololololololololololololololololololololollolololoolol ok so anybody who has read this far and counted the characters ok so i got bored and only used up 2000 but dont tell the others
  • farsided - February 5, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    christ on a bike. they made it clear that the ps3 code was just a bit that's commonly found on the Unreal Engine 3, and has nothing to do with Bioware inserting the code. Talk about doing a poor job checking for story updates.
  • iKOemos - February 5, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    I really want a good Sonic game again. Come on Team Sonic you can do it! Plus no goddamn gimmicks this time please!
  • GameManiac - February 5, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I honestly DON't like the PSP Go. I don't know why exactly, but I don't...
  • JohnnyMaverik - February 5, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Eh, I'll make a Duke Nukem game oen day if nobody beats me to it. Spoiler: He dies at the end I hate Duek Nukem -_-
  • Eenieboy - February 5, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    I think what we should concentrate on in the Duke footage is, it being real or not, it still looks pretty crap
  • Bossco - February 5, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    Titties you say?
  • GamesRadarWannabe - February 5, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    I really couldn't care less about duke nukem anymore, they were good games but this new one seems pretty dated already from that gameplay footage. Also how authentic is that? Erm....first?

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