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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

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US Xbox 360 price cuts now official. September 4, 2008

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With the rumors and leaked info being rampant over the past month all pointing to Xbox360′s imminent price cut, Microsoft have finally made it official.

With effect from September 5, Xbox360 Arcade is priced at US$199 (RM650), lesser by US$80. The standard 60GB Xbox360 is now cheaper by US$50 to US$299 (RM1000) and the 120GB Xbox Elite gets the highest price cut, from US$449 to US$399 (RM 1300), a cut of US$150.

Microsoft’s latest move is seen as it’s effort to boost stagnant sales especially with Xmas season coming soon. This effectively makes Xbox Arcade as the cheapest next gen console in the market.Will Sony and Nintendo follow suit? With Wii‘s leader position and sales not seemingly letting up, its highly doubtful, but hey…. anything is possible.

Also, be mindful that prices in Malaysia may not come down so soon as prices in Asia have not been announced and due to existing stock levels.

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

GTA4 patched to V1.02 July 1, 2008

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Last week, GTA4 was patched to version 1.02. The patch is mainly to improve the online multiplayer experience by fixing the following:-

  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to enter or exit vehicles in GTA Race.
  • Fixed an issue where scripted vehicles were causing games to unexpectedly crash.
  • Improved reliability and frequency of PS3 online leaderboard updates.
  • Fixed a rare hang some players encountered when moving from a Race or GTA Race lobby into gameplay.
  • Fixed a hang that would occur when players were switching teams during the countdown in the lobby.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to get ridiculously high scores from Cops ‘n Crooks matches.
  • Changed GTA Race and Race so that the last player remaining always receives a reward of $250.
  • Fixed an issue where spectating players would prevent the game from finishing.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to spectate in Round 2 of Cops ‘n Crooks games.
  • Changed countdown timer in lobby so that it no longer resets when new players join a game.
  • Changed the kick option so that kicked players are no longer brought back to single player.
The patch retrieval is done automatically when you launch the game and is connected to the internet, and the patch is small download at 19MBs only (if you are using broadband).
Now let me get back to MSG4….

Latest Game Titles in MY stores now. June 10, 2008

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Here are the latest games available in MY stores, but obviously the most anticipated and biggest release for the PS3 ever arrives on Thursday, Solid Snake’s first and final appearance on Sony‘s console, and I hope to bring you impressions as soon as I get my hands in it the same day.

PS3

Haze (US) – FPS
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (US) – Adventure
Singstar (game and mic) (US) – Singing

Xbox360

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Conspiracy – (EU) – Action
Ninja Gaiden 2 (EU) – Action
Grid (EU) – Racing
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (US) – Adventure

Wii

Kawasaki Snow Mobiles (US) – Racing
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (US) – Adventure
Wii Fit (US) – Fitness

GTAIV Xbox360 is region locked. April 30, 2008

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A warning for all Xbox360 owners, Rockstar‘s latest humongous game, GTAIV, is region-locked.

This simply means that you have to get the game region that corresponds to your Xbox360. It means that you cant import the game from locations that have released the game (ie. Australian and Asian gamers cant play US or European version of GTAIV, imported or otherwise).

You have been warned.

GTAIV arrives in MY, and along comes problems! April 30, 2008

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The much awaited and anticipated open world game from Rockstar arrives in MY, but only the Xbox360 version for now. Unfortunately, the PS3 versions have not arrive so there will be more waiting for PS3 users, and this means that I could not compare the two versions yet. Even as the game just arrives, the internet boards have lit up with several problems being mentioned.

The biggest problem so far are reports that GTAIV is locking up during or after the FIRST cutscene! This problem appears on both consoles, and Rockstar is working hard to find out the problem. The other problem mentioned is specifically for PS3 players only. It seems that the system is having some problem in connecting to the multiplayer portion of the game. If players try to connect the multiplayer by dialing the option on the phone, users will get the messages: “Cannot connect to game provider, please try again later”. This could simply be due to the massive amount of players trying to connect to the servers, but Rockstar is also looking into this issue.

There you have it, GTAIV finally arrives in MY(even if only the Xbox360 version, so PS3 owners sulk a few more days, like me!), but it seems that there are some bugs that have followed it too. Also note that the PS3 version requires a 3.4GB HDD install while not for the XBox360.

Let me know if the problems happens to you.

Latest Game Titles available in MY stores. April 3, 2008

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PS3:

Dark Sector – (US) Action
Viking: Battle for Asgard – (US) Action
SEGA Superstar Tennis – (US) Sports

Xbox360:

Universe At War – (EU) RTS
Football Manager 2008 – (EU) Sports
Armored Core: for Answers – (JPN) Action Shooter
SEGA Superstar Tennis – (EU) Sports
Viking: Battle for Asgard – (EU) Action
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 – (US) Action Shooter
Dark Messiah: Might and Magic Elements – (EU) FPS RPG

Wii:

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – (US) Sports
Dewy’s Adventure – (US) Platformer
George of the Jungle – (EU) Platformer
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure – (EU) Action
Arctic Tales – (US) Action
Destroy All Human! Big Willy Unleashed – (US) Action
Puru Puru Pack – (US) Mini-games compilation
Cocoto Magic Circus – (US) Mini-games Complilation
My Horse and Me – (US) Pet Sim
Super Mario Galaxy – (US) Platformer
Big Brain Academy Wii Degree – (US) Mini-games Compilation
My Word Coach – (US) Mini-games Compilation
Worms: A Space Oddity – (EU) Action
Baroque – (JPN) RPG
No More Heroes – (US) Action
EA Playground – (US) Mini-games Compilation
Ninja Reflex – (US) Mini-games compilation
The House of The Dead 2 & 3 Return – (US) Light Gun Shooter
Go, Diego, Go! Safari Rescue – (US) Action

Latest Game Titles available in MY stores. March 27, 2008

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PS3:

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (Chinese) – (Asian) Racing [Download or Blu-Ray]
echochrome – (Asian) Puzzle
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 – (Asian) Shooter


XBox360:

Condemned 2: Bloodshot – (US) FPS
Army of Two – (US) Shooter
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – (US) FPS
Lost: Via Domus – (US) Action
Frontlines: Fuel of War – (US) FPS
Lost Odyssey – (Asian) RPG


Wii:

Winning Eleven: Playmaker 2008 – (Jpn) Sports
Pinball Hall of Fame: The William Collection – (US) Pinball Sim
Bully – (US) Action
Balloon Pop – (US) Puzzle
SEGA Bass Fishing – (US) Fishing Sim

Haze is PS3 exclusive? March 19, 2008

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Ubisoft’s Haze is now being mentioned as a PS3 exclusive during a Play.com live event. Initially announced as a multiplatform title for PS3, Xbox360 and PC, it was later hinted as a “timed exclusive” for PS3.
Its now being mentioned as PS3 exclusive, heading for Sony’s console in May 2008. We shall find out which is true by then.