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Asian version of UNCHARTED: DRAKE’S FORTUNE patched to V1.01, Trophies added. September 18, 2008

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Our Asian version of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune finally receives a patch to version 1.01 on Sept 15. The patch adds the long awaited Trophies (all 48 of them) to the game.

However, you must play the game again to unlock the Trophies even if you have collected all 61 treasures and 1000 medal points in your previous saves.

Happy Trophies collecting!!

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Latest games in MY stores. September 18, 2008

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PS3:

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (EU) – Action

Xbox360:

Infinite Undiscovery (JPN) – RPG
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (EU) – Action
Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (US) – Sim
TNA iMPACT! (US) – Wrestling
Warhammer: Battle March (EU) – RTS

Wii:

Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli (US) – Racing
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All Play (US) – Sports
Mario Super Sluggers (US) – Sports

PS3 Officially Launches in Malaysia, on Sept 20th. September 12, 2008

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Its finally here, Sony Malaysia have announced that PS3 will be officially sold in Malaysia. It will be launched 10am on Sept 20th at 1U at Ground Floor Highstreet New Wing (that’s a popular mall in PJ, locals will know how to get there) and there is even a 24hours Soul Calibur IV tournament before the launch day.

For the launch, Sony Malaysia will be selling a special launch bundle:

80GB PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) Bundle Early Birds Promotion

1 x 80GB PS3™ (CECHK06)
1 x DUALSHOCK 3® Wireless Controller
1 x Soul Calibur IV™ game
1 x Selected PS3™ game (Resistance, Ratchet and Clank Future, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Assassin’s Creed)
1 x Custom made PS3™ Tote bag
1 x Soul Calibur IV™ CD holder
Price: RM 1,799

To sweeten the bundle further, Sony Malaysia have generously added special gifts for the first 120 buyers of the PS3 Malaysian bundle, as detailed below:-

1st – 3rd customer – RM 1,000 Sony Cash Voucher
4th – 21st customer – RM 500 Sony Cash Voucher
22nd – 50th customer – RM 300 Sony Cash Voucher
51st – 120th customer – RM 100 Sony Cash Voucher

To facilate for those who wants to be 1st in line, the queue line will be opened at 8am, so plan your day/night well.

And not forgetting those of you who don’t ever leave the house, Sony Malaysia have generously made the same PS3 Malaysian bundle available as an online pre-order purchase. The first 20 online buyers will get a bonus Blu-ray movie thrown in. However, details on the online purchase, delivery method and the free Blu-ray movie are not included.

All these details (except for the online pre-order deal) are available from here (http://corp.sony.com.my/3/main.asp).

What this means is that Malaysia will join HK, Singapore and Taiwan as the 4th country to officially have the PS3 (Japan is a whole region as far as PS3 distribution, and its not Asian region). All these while, the PS3s in MY stores are simply parallel imports (usually from Singapore) and the warranty is from the country of origin only. With the launch, Malaysian PS3s can be repaired by Sony service centres in Malaysia itself.

Hopefully, this will lead Sony Malaysia to bring in PS3 games directly as well as any PS3 peripherals and accessories, and that the prices will be cheaper than the parallel imports.

Latest games in MY stores. September 4, 2008

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It’s been a while since new games appeared in game stores, but the flood gates for Fall 08 games have started.

PS3:

Vampire Rain: Altered Species (US) – Action
Disgaea 3: Absense of Justice (US) – RPG
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (US) – Sports
Siren: New Translation (Asian) – Horror
Soul Calibur IV (US) – Fighting

PSN:

The Last Guy – Puzzle
Racthet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty – Platformer

Xbox360:

Too Human (US) – Action RPG
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (US) – Shooter
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (US) – Sports
Spectral Force 3 (US) – Strategy RPG
Tales of Vesperia (JPN) – RPG
Soul Calibur 4 (US) – Fighting

Wii:

Order Up (US) – Simulation
CSI: Hard Evidence (US) – Simulation

PSN game: The Last Guy available now. August 29, 2008

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The Last Guy, a highly addictive PS3 game that uses googlesque map and “follow the leader” type gameplay, is now out in Playstation Network for all regions. I have played the demo and absolutely love the concept, simple yet challenging to get everything, especially the hidden VIP on each of 15 levels.

Its retailing at SG13.99 (RM33.00) while its US9.99 and Pounds4.99 for US and EU regions respectively. To buy the game from each region, you will need to top-up your PSN wallet to the currency of that region. For SG, I got the top-up card and bought the game this way.

PS. Am currently playing Heavenly Sword (patched) and it feels very different with vibrations. Even the cutscenes vibrates. Cool.

Metal Gear Online patched to V1.01. June 12, 2008

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Well that was fast. With the game available to the mass market just within one day, Konami have already released a patch for Metal Gear Online. Version 1.01 will help “Lighten the strain the game places on our server” as well as “Adjustments have been made to the character’s moving speed”, as per screen shot above.

You will need to download and install the patch to run the game, via two options given by Konami, namely Peer to Peer (Bit Torrent) or direct http download. It should be a 40-50MB download, based on my speed of download (as described below).

Strangely, I initially used the Konami‘s recommended method (which is the peer to peer Bit Torrent method and supposedly faster) but found it too slow. After few minutes and being at 3% with download speed of averaging 14-20kbps, I canceled it and tried the direct http method. I got the file in 4 minutes. So try both methods to see which works for you.

BTW, I do manage to get 10MB files per minute (thats 150++ kpbs average), that’s how I estimated the patch to be 40-50MBs in size.

Metal Gear Solid 4 for PS3 arrives in MY! June 12, 2008

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Here it is, available on the exact worldwide launch date! Yes, it’s the Asian version (with English and Chinese language options) of Konami‘s Metal Gear Solid 4 for Sony‘s PS3 console. It was available in KL since late last night and with every purchase of the game, you get a free poster (pictured above with the game at the lower left corner). Its very cool to get some freebie especially with a game that’s expected to be sold out very quickly.

The game is actually brought in by a local company (as opposed to importing from SG, which usually means that we get the games few days later after the street dates). Lets hope that this company will continue to bring us the games at such fast pace in the future. Kudos to them.

Note: Asian version refers to Sony Entertainment HK (which that covers territories as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore) – and not Sony Entertainment Japan – which western sites (like Engadget, Joystiq) are referring to as Asian. Lets hope they pick this info up.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition bundle for US official. May 16, 2008

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US gamers can stop hating their Japanese counterparts now. The limited edition gunmetal grey Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 hardware bundle is official for the US market.

Setting your wallet lighter by USD600 (RM1980), the bundle will be available from March 19, 2008 but ONLY exclusively from Konami.com website. The bundle will include a 40GB gunmetal PS3 console, a matching color Dualshock3, Metal Gear Online starter pack, an exclusive blu-ray disc containing “making of documentary” and production team look, and the Metal Gear Solid 4 game disc, of course.

As the set is limited in quantity, better rush to Konami‘s website on March 19 if you want it.

PS3 Firmware 2.20 is available now. March 27, 2008

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SCEH released PS3 Firmware V2.20 via PLAYSTATION Network last night. The firmware is a 121.8MB download and installs into your PS3.
The firmware update enables BD-Live, a feature that enables users to access online contents for Blu-Ray movies. The 2GB file size restrictions for DivX and WMV movies have been removed too.
Also available are updates to playlists (users can copy their PS3 playlist to PSP) and other minor tweaks.
Good times for BD movies buff using the PS3.

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (Traditional Chinese) available for puchase now. March 27, 2008

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For local gamers looking to get their copy of Sony’s much anticipated “demo” Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (Traditional Chinese), you have two options. The game is available for download from Playstation Stores from Sony HK, Singapore or Taiwan, and this option will cost you HK$298 / SG$59.99 / NT$1320 respectively. Alternatively, you can get the Blu-Ray disc version from the same markets at HK$328 / SG$66(tax included) / NT$1490.

The main difference is that the BD (Blu-Ray Disc) version will have the game codes and movies for the Gran Turismo TV (GTTV – featuring motor sports news) while the download version will require additional content download for GTTV after the game’s code is installed.

The download will be approximately 1.9GB in size, so if you dont have a speedy connection and is very impatient to play GT5: Prologue (Traditional Chinese) in your PS3 (like me!), get the BD version as its much easier.