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Dual Shock 3 confirmed. September 20, 2007

Posted by stvchang in Game shows, gaming news, PS3, Sony, tech news.
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In confirmation of “Rumbleaxis”, Sony announced it during its press conference at Tokyo Games Show 2007 few hours ago, and they have decided to name it “Dual Shock 3“.

Looking exactly as the Sixaxis, Sony retained its motion sensing functionality,design and shape while added the rumble feature. This has made the Dual Shock 3 slightly heavier (due to the presence of the rumble motors). And in order to differentiate the Sixaxis and the new rumbled enabled controller (as they look exactly alike), Sony have added an identification line in blue on the Dual Shock 3, above the Sixaxis name (as per picture above, thanks to Engadget).

The controller will launch in November in Japan. America and Europe will get it in spring 2008, but no mention of the price of the Dual Shock 3. These games are also announced as supporting the Dual Shock 3’s rumble: Imabikisou, Dynasty Warriors 6, G1 Jockey 4, MGS4, Metal Gear Online, Devil May Cry 4, Ratchet and Clank Future, uncharted, echochorme, and Toy Home (by SCEE). Burnout Paradise (EA) will also support the rumble, as the Dual Shock 3 is being showed running the game in EA’s TGS 2007 booth.

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Blizzard’s booth at CGA Asia 2007 September 10, 2007

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Blizzard’s booth was rather peculiar, it was not a booth in a traditional sense. They had some rock formation set up like a mountain in an open space. Within the rocks was a LCD screen playing videos of their only game in the show. In a close by area, they had set up a room with several PCs playing the same game:-


World of Warcraft (and its add on, Burning Crusades) – PC

Nokia N-Gage booth at CGA Asia 2007 September 10, 2007

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Nokia’s N-Gage game is being displayed on LCD screens hooked to several N-series handphones. Although the games rather simple in gameplay and are pixelated on the LCD screens, they do show promise for games available on handphones.


Some of the games on show are:-

Hooked on: Creatures of the Deep (fishing game)

Asphalt 3: Street Rules (racing game)

Mile High Pinball (pinball game)

Space Impact: Kappa Base (side-scrolling shooter)

EA’s FIFA 08 (football game)

Codemasters’ Booth at CGA Asia 2007 September 10, 2007

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Codemasters’ had featured only one game in CGA Asia 2007, and its was running on Xbox360. I was hoping to see the PS3 version but it was not there. That singular game is:-


Colin McRae DIRT

Nintendo’s Booth at CGA Asia 2007 September 10, 2007

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Nintendo had a dual purpose booth, the DS and DS Lite on the left, and Wii on the right. I must apologise as I did not venture into the DS side, but there was a new card based game for the DS that’s very interesting. Will feature that in a post by its own later.


Wii games on show in four “rooms” of their own are:-


Wii Sports

Super Paper Mario

Rayman raving Rabbids

Transformers: The Game

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Playstation 3’s booth at CGA Asia 2007 September 10, 2007

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Playstation 3’s presence in CGA Asia 207 is in 6 playable titles:


Warhawk

Lair

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfare 2 (GRAW2)

Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection Online

Super Rub-A-Dub, and

Everybody’s Golf 5.

EA’s booth at CGA 2007 September 10, 2007

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EA had the biggest list of games on show, but it was a different list of titles shown on limited format. Some titles, like FIFA Online, Warhammer Online, Sims 2: Castaway, NBA Live 08, was not in the earlier list, while some titles like Half Life 2: The Orange Box and Rock Band was missing.

Here are the games (and the consoles they appeared on):-

Boogie (Wii)

EA Playground (Wii)

FIFA 08 (Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, DS)

NBA Live 08 (Wii, Xbox360)

Medal of Honor Airborne (Xbox 360)

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (Xbox 360)

MySims (Wii, DS)

Sims 2: Castaway (Wii, PS2)

Need For Speed: ProStreet (Xbox 360)

The Simpsons (Xbox 360)

Skate (Xbox 360)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (Xbox 360)

Crysis (PC)

SimCity Societies (PC)

FIFA Online (PC)

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC)

CGA Games Convention Asia 2007: I was there! September 10, 2007

Posted by stvchang in Game shows, games, gaming news, Microsoft, Nintendo, Nokia, PS3, PS3 games, Sony, Wii, Wii games, Xbox360 games.
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CGA Games Convention Asia 2007 (CGA 2007) was held in Level 6 Suntec City Convention Center, Singapore from 6th till 9th September 2007. I was there and will give you pictures, impressions and hands-on on games that was on display there. There were several big named companies there as well as some local companies plying their local games contents too. My coverage of this show will mainly be on console games.

CGA 2007 is held in two exhibition halls. There are plenty of walking space around each booth, with equally spacious internally within the booths too. EA, Nintendo, Playstation 3 and Asiasoft’s booths are the biggest of them, while the Nokia booths had the most babes. While Microsoft is not there in the form of a booth, EA and Codemasters have that covered by showcasing their games on the Xbox360 rather than the PS3.

CGA 2007 showcases upcoming games that are recently released and soon to be released for the Singapore market. While I am a little disappointed that there were no previews of future games, but the chance to play Warhawk, Lair, NFS ProStreet, DIRT and others soon to be out games are a blast and this is the main idea of CGA 2007, to promote recent games.

I will be posting some pics of the booths, as well as hands-on impressions on the games available on the floor, in the next few posts.