Electronic Arts has announced today that Comm & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Ultimate Edition will be heading its way to the Playstation 3 this March. Developers at EA Los Angeles feel that thanks to the extra development time for the Playstation 3 version it will be superior to its Xbox 360 counterpart. Obviously that will be seen when the reviews come in. Either way, EA Los Angeles seems confident in their ability to create what hopes to be a plus for real time strategy genre on the console platforms. At the same time an Ultimate Edition was announced with details on what it will hold...
• Five exciting new multiplayer maps
• Behind the scenes videos and trailers, including Raising the Iron Curtain Documentary, From Pens to Pixels, the Girls of Red Alert 3, Bloopers & Outtakes, the Red Alert 3 Remix and many more!
• PS3 exclusive Command & Conquer TV programming, including PS3-dedicated BattleCast™ PrimeTime and a special episode of Command School focused on tips, tricks and strategies from the development team
• In-depth profiles on all the Red Alert 3 Units
• The official Red Alert 3 soundtrack
Don't forget that Command & Conquer 3 is rated 'T' for "Teen" by the ESRB.
With the official launch date of flOwer hitting the Playstation Network on February 12th, a fact sheet was sent along to confirm some details that you may not have known about the title. Flower comes straight from the developers of Flow. The Playstation Blog even has trouble describing just exactly what Flower is, and they quote "a video game version of a poem"
Simple Gameplay Controls – Accessible controls appeal to both the casual and hardcore gamer and offer simplistic and relaxing gaming. Freely playing as the wind is as easy as titling the SIXAXIS wireless controller.
Lush and Interactive Environment on PS3 – In Flower, over 200,000 blades of grass are simulated and animated simultaneously on-screen, creating an verdant environment not possible on any other platform.
Dynamically Adjusting Experience – Players with differing skill levels and/or moods can intuitively customize their game experience and enjoy the game at their own pace.
Straight from the Playstation Blog comes your weekly update. Source
Games and Demos
GTI Club+ ($9.99)
Magic Ball ($9.99)
Ultimate Ghouls 'n' Ghosts for PSP ($19.99)
Skate 2 demo
GTI Club+ demo
Buzz! Master Quiz demo for PSP
Expansions and Add-ons
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Maikai Kingdom Main Character Pack ($3.99)
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Character: Pram ($1.99)
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice Character: Zetta ($1.99)
Shaun White Snowboarding Mile High Pack - Regular Edition ($9.99)
Shaun White Snowboarding Mile High Pack - Target Edition ($9.99)
Shaun White Snowboarding The Freebie Pack - Regular Edition (free)
Shaun White Snowboarding The Freebie Pack - Target Edition (free)
Brain Challenge Expansion Pack ($4.99)
Guitar Hero World Tour tracks
* “Hillbilly Deluxe” by Brooks & Dunn ($1.99)
* “Me and My Gang” by Rascal Flatts ($1.99)
* “Ticks” by Brad Paisley ($1.99)
* Country Track Pack ($5.49) - “Hillbilly Deluxe” by Brooks & Dunn, “Me and My Gang” by Rascal Flatts, and “Ticks” by Brad Paisley
* “Low (Travis Barker Remix)” by Flo Rida (Feat. T-Pain) ($1.99)
* “Lycanthrope” by +44 ($1.99)
* “What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182 ($1.99)
* Travis Barker Track Pack ($5.49) - “Low (Travis Barker Remix)” by Flo Rida (Feat. T-Pain), “Lycanthrope” by +44, and “What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182
Although despite some anguish over screenshots released the past few weeks, Guriella Games claims that Killzone 2 isn't entirely grey in terms of color scale. So, are we thinking we might see Killzone 2 in Viva Pinata colors? Not quite...
Speaking to CVG, de Jonge said: "The first images that we released were just from one level that was still in early production, and I can assure you that the final game has a very rich and varied colour palette - and still manages to maintain that gritty and realistic look and feel."
Q Games' interesting new title on the Playstation Network, PixelJunkEden will be getting more then a patch this coming year. Apparently it's being described that the game will receive additional content in terms of games. At least according to Ars Technica.
After describing his favorite PlayStation games of the year on the PlayStation Blog, Cuthbert teased "here's to an amazing 2009 for gaming as I am sure it is going to be,what with two or three more PixelJunk titles coming out, right!?" Of course, no details were revealed about the new games, but given PixelJunk's history they will most likely be new genres not yet tackled by the series.
Those looking to dive into the world of Home with your own unique avatars only have to wait until tomorrow. Sony promises that Home will be officially launched before the end of the month, however is looking to cover a beta run first.
“PlayStation Home is truly a promising network community service on the PlayStation platform, made possible with the powerful combination of PS3's overwhelming computational power and PlayStation Network that covers many countries around the globe,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCE. “We are committed to providing PS3 users with exciting gaming experiences with PlayStation Home and together with our partners and users, expand the new world of interactive entertainment as we move forward.”
Check out some of the features of the virtual world below...
The Playstation blog continues its feature of new releases for the Playstation Network and has let loose some details regarding an up coming PSN release of Crash Commando. EPOS apparently is a small almost independent like developer in Sweden with a 5-man team. Here are some nifty features currently in development for the title and a look at the inspiration for it.
The initial idea for Crash Commando was inspired by a lot of different titles over the last two decades. One game that springs to mind is JETPAC on the old Commodore VIC-20. The challenge was to create a fun game that clearly flirts with the retro genre, giving the players the opportunity to play in teams or against each other in real-time, incorporating the depth of a modern game while maintaining the retro core values.
Features at a glance:
Frantic, adrenaline-pumping gameplay with exaggerated, slapstick violence!
Fight on the ground and in the air, using jetpacks or in vehicles!
Choose between several varying weapons, super weapons and stationary weapon systems!
1-12 players online play!
Team-based and deathmatch game modes!
Single-player vs bots game modes!
Online ranking boards!
Player Profile with persistent stats and Duty Records!
Playstation 3 owners hating the fact that you have to replay your games for trophies, may rest easy now. From January 2009 onward, developers must include trophies in all future titles. This coming from Videogamer, who seems to have gotten official word from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Today a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe spokesperson confirmed that this information is accurate, stating: "Yes from Jan 09 all games must have trophies."
This will then eliminate the need for a patch to add in trophies.