No Playstation 3 Digital Distribution Planned

Playstation 3 Digital Distribution
Playstation 3 Digital Distribution

Sony seems to be preparing for the idea of digital distribution as seen as how the PSPGo is starting to go for digital distribution rather than UMD’s. But what about the Playstation 3, how does Sony plan on getting the Playstation 3 to work with digital distribution? Microsoft is all for allowing their games to be downloaded via an on demand service, but the Ps3 seems to be facing some difficulty.

Sure some games are allowed to be downloaded, but Sony isn’t fully behind the idea of making a full service for digital distribution. Mainly because the size of their games. They say that it’s not something they planned for. For Microsoft and their Xbox 360, their discs run on a 9-gig media, so the games could be downloaded in a timely manner. However, with Blu-ray, you can put up to 50 gigs on a dual layer disc,  so while possible, it’d take a while to download and take up quite a lot of space on your hard drive. So after you manage to download all of that, the question is, do you want to keep all of that on your hard drive?

Their reasoning seems to be good anyway, but the games that don’t take up that much space should be able to be downloaded.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising to be on PS3 as well

Metal Gear Solid Rising
Metal Gear Solid Rising

Metal Gear Solid Rising was recently announced, and on the Xbox 360, but wasn’t called an exclusive. Well, that was with reason, because it’s not. Sony’s head of Playstation 3 marketing confirmed that Metal Gear Solid Rising will not be a Xbox 360 exclusive, or even a timed exclusive.

The head of marketing for the Playstation 3 said that they were expecting the game to be available their customers promptly. When asked if on the same day as the Xbox 360, he simply said “Yes, that is correct.”.

Though it was announced at the Microsoft press conference, it will apparently be a multiplatform. He explains that the differences in focus of their press conference is that they were focusing on exclusive games. When a third party came to their stage, it’s because they wanted to announce something exclusive. So, sony fans, Kojima wasn’t abandoning you guys, he was just announcing it where it was wanted, it seems.

Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder Map Pack

Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder DLC Map Pack
Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder DLC Map Pack

Killzone 2’s second group of Downloadable Map Packs is coming out next month, titled as the “Flash and Thunder” Map Pack. In which two of the maps are making a return from the dead, as revamped maps from the original Killzone.

The Killzone 2 Flash and Thunder Map Pack includes two maps from the first Killzone, completely remade to be played on the Playstation 3. The two maps are titled the Beach Head map and the Southern Hills map. Beach Head is a more closed quarters match while Southern Hills is more open ended.

The Killzone 2 map packs are pretty…. small I think. For a map pack that I’m used to getting, that is. But just two maps for one map pack, seems a bit lack luster.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Gameplay

Uncharted 2 Scene
Uncharted 2 Scene

Two Uncharted 2:Among Thieves videos have been released recently. One showing off the co-op/multiplayer capabilities and the other was a 5 minute video of Uncharted 2 single player gameplay. Let me just say that this game is nothing short of amazing. The graphics are the best I’ve seen on a console yet they weren’t playing around when they said that they’re using 100% of the Playstation 3. This game looks visibly better then anything else I’ve seen on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 yet, though may some beg to differ.

The cover system looks great and the stealth mechanics also look well made. I like the fact that you’re able to cimb up terrain and buildings, that adds a whole new sense of gameplay to the mix. Especially in Single Player, as you saw the guy hanging on a sign shooting and using it for cover, on the side of a building. Not only does that add fun, but it adds a sense of mystery as to where to find your enemy. You need to watch literally every spot in sight, because you never know where they may be.

The enemies look quite smart, that’s a great thing. Smart A.I makes the game’s single player great, not even to mention it’s multiplayer. The way you can incorporate stealth to take out your enemies is a simple yet fun mechanic that they put in. I hear the enemies detection system is realistic, making it great for you to great for you to get away from your enemies when you’re trying to hide. The cinematic sequences, such as the part where he was running away from the truck, looks amazing. The graphics were top notch. The little animation touches are admirable too, such as when a bullet whizzes close by him, he cringes a little or flinches. Little touches like that makes the game that much more entertaining and interactive.

Now, not only is Uncharted 2: Among Thieves probably gonna be a Single Player Game of The Year contender, but now it’ll definitely be competing for the Multiplayer Game of The Year award. This game is really something that all gamers need to play. I’m most definitely going to be getting a Playstation 3 sometime soon, and I will own that game once it comes out or once I get my Ps3.

[GameTrailers: Multiplayer Gameplay / Single Player Gameplay

Xbox 360’s Final Fantasy XIII Not To Have Japanese Voice Option

 

Fanmade FFXIII Casing
Fanmade FFXIII Casing

  Final Fantasy XIII fans already know about the spacing dilema between the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The Xbox 360 is obviously not able to hold as much information as the Playstation 3 is. People are worried about what will be cut out and how many discs it will be. Well, one of the things that are apparently going to be cut out is the option to have Japanese Voice Acting in the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII.

Final Fantasy XIII’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, says that it’d be difficult to add extra voice tracks on the Xbox 360 version. They’re thinking of releasing the voices in only English, because the Ps3 has Blu Ray so it’s easier for the extra voice tracks to be added, but for the Xbox 360, that isn’t the case. He asks if there are many people that would like to play with the Japanese Voice Acting anyway.

Honestly, depends on how good the English voice acting is. Though a lot of people prefer the Japanese voice acting regardless.