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Top Gear coming to Gran Turismo TV in 2008

A partnership has been announced today between the BBC and Sony, in collaboration with Polyphony Digital. The partnership will allow Polyphony Digital to distribute forty episodes of the hit UK car show Top Gear as part of the Gran Turismo TV service. GT TV will launch on the PlayStation Network in 2008 as an online car television channel for motor enthusiasts.

Not only that, but a new level based on the Top Gear test track will also be included in Gran Turismo 5. Certainly, car enthusiasts should be excited by this announcement. Top Gear is a great piece of entertainment, even if you're not a huge fan of motoring. Having free downloadable episodes for the PS3 sounds great to us.

Gallery: Top Gear on GT TV

Haze demo coming to the EU PSN Store November 16th

Can't speak Spanish? That's ok, neither can we. However, we've been reliably informed (by our mate babelfish) that the official Spanish PS3 website has been updated. A new article states that a Haze demo will be making its way to the European (or at least, Spanish) PSN Store soon. We would expect to see the same demo being released on the US store a week or two earlier, but who knows. Maybe Europe will get it early for once.

Alright, alright - once you're done laughing, we'll get to the meet of the issue. The demo will be from a jungle-based level and will feature up to four player co-operative play. There's no word on whether the Co-op mode will be online for the demo or not. We hope so, but won't be holding our breath. Even so, co-operative play in a demo is definitely something we're excited about - especially with it being such a huge selling point for the game itself.

[Via N4G]

European Guitar Hero 3 release date confirmed

Those of you with your eyes out on the retailer websites will probably have known this for a little while, but Activision have finally confirmed the EU release date for Guitar Hero 3. With a release on November the 23rd, Europeans will have almost an entire month of sitting around and twiddling their thumbs while their American cousins rock out to songs like One by Metallica and Weezer's My Name is Jonas.

Having said that, there's plenty to keep us busy what with the holiday season lineup. At least we're not waiting until next year like another game we won't mention. Those of you who are impatient can import the game, but we're not sure how the downloadable content will work in that case. We're currently trying to find out, so watch this space.

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of October 21

Merry Christmas! Well, not quite yet perhaps - but the holiday season officially begins this week with the first huge weekly game drop which should continue on through to the beginning of December. Disappointed with the PS3's current lineup? You've come to the right place - the full release list is as follows:

US Games
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Clive Barker's Jericho
  • Conan
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Ratatouille
EU Games
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Clive Barker's Jericho
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Asian Games
  • The Eye of Judgment
  • Imabi Kisou
Pro tip time! We've received word that Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 is being shipped early by the online retailer - and by "early" we mean "now". So if you can't wait until Friday (and we have a feeling a lot of you can't) then what are you waiting for? We're really happy to see Eye of Judgment being released in all three territories during the same week. The cards will be released at the same time in booster packs and preconstructed decks. All together now - "Goodbye moneys!"

Don't forget your PS3 is region free for games so put you importing gloves (what do you mean you don't have a pair?) on and do your thing. We certainly have. Release dates are in a constant state of flux so check with your local store before you head out into the Real World.

Dylan Jobe discusses Warhawk 1.1 patch

If you've been keeping an eye on the PlayStation.Blog you will have noticed that Dylan Jobe has recently posted up a nice piece of news regarding Warhawk. Several pieces, actually. To begin with, Warhawk version 1.1 is on its way and will arrive sometime before the end of October (that's this month, by the way). The update doesn't add anything to the gameplay but, instead, is mostly focused on stability and glitch fixing and will work alongside recent stability fixes on the server side. This is great for those of us who still suffer from weird stats errors (we get rank increases almost every time we login) or who still can't make it onto ranked servers. The full patch list can be found after the jump.

The second big announcement involved new Warhawk police - called Arbiters - who will be overlooking the leaderboards and who will be joining games in order to maintain the Warhawk peace. With guns. They have a wide array of punishments at their disposal including kicking, banning and sending harshly worded emails to you and your parents. So if any of you are sneaky cheaters then you'd best watch out - the Arbiters are after you.

Finally, Jobe mentions an announcement regarding update v1.2 coming soon. This will probably be the December expansion we've been hearing so much little about. We'll keep you posted.

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Japanese PSN Store gets two new demos

The Japanese PSN store has been graced with two new demos. GI Jockey 4 2007 and Heavenly Sword have both had playable nuggets placed online for download. For those of you still interested in Heavenly Sword but not ready to actually pay money for it, this new demo may be for you. Featuring Kai, instead of Nariko, the second demo allows you to play through one of her arrow shooting missions - also allowing you a taste of using aftertouch to guide her arrows.

As for GI Jockey, we're fairly certain that if you're not into horse racing then this demo won't change your mind. Keep your eye out for the Gran Turismo Prologue demo - due to drop on the Japanese PSN Store later today.

Rat Race trailer somehow reminds us of the Sims

Rat Race, the newly revealed episodic game exclusive for the PSN, certainly has some potential. The trailer above, however, doesn't exactly fill us with confidence. Whilst watching it we had vague flashbacks to The Sims 2. Despite that, we're excited about episodic gaming coming to the PSN. That's real episodic gaming, by the way. Not Valve-style episodic.

As far as we know, no gameplay details for Rat Race have really been divulged. Until we learn more we're going to reserve judgment. How about you?

Lair enters Japanese charts at number 7

Rise From Lair (you will most likely just know it as Lair) was released recently onto the Japanese market. While the game may have flopped in the US, it seems that Japan has taken quite a shining to it. A few weeks ago, Famitsu gave Rise From Lair a very favourable score (only 1 less than Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core). Now the title has entered the Japanese top 10 at number 7 after selling 22,000 during its first week, according to Media Create.

Could it be that the control issues have been fixed? Or maybe the Japanese don't really care and are enjoying the game anyway. We're intrigued to see how the game will do in Europe once it's finally released on November the 9th. If that is its real release date.

European PSN updates for October 18th

Sony has surprised us. The European PSN update is already live. PS1 fans - prepare yourselves, you're in for a treat. Everyone else, well ... there's always next week. Here's the full release list:
  • Crash Team Racing PS1 game (£3.49)
  • Everybody's Golf 2 PS1 game (£3.49)
  • Syphon Filter PS1 game (£3.49)
  • Dynasty Warrior: Gundam demo (free)
  • Uncharted "The Inspiration" trailer (free)
  • Alien Versus Predator Blu-Ray trailer (free)
We're pretty happy with this update. It's certainly a step up from a couple of months ago. We remember the days when getting a single demo was reason to celebrate. Unfortunately, it would appear the "roadmap" seems to have been false. Having said that, however, it was right on the money with regards to the PS1 games, so we're going to remain optimistic that everything on the list will be available at some point within the next few weeks. We'll keep you updated.

40GB PS3 + 80GB price cut confirmed for the US [Update]

Bet you didn't see this coming. We certainly didn't (that's sarcasm, by the way). SCEA have now confirmed that the 40GB PS3 will be coming to America for only $400 on November the 2nd. Not only that, but the 80GB model with have its price slashed from $600 to $500.

Of course, the 40GB will "suffer" the same "drawbacks" as it does in Europe and Japan. Namely, a lack of backwards compatability, fewer USB ports and no memory card readers. Expect a surge in the sales of the 80GB system. We're just confused as to why Sony is waiting until November 2nd to get this launched. It's almost been out for a week over in Europe.

[Update 1: Price-reduced 80GB systems are now available at GameStop. Also available at]
[Update 2: Images of the 40GB box have been uploaded. Check past the break.]

Continue reading 40GB PS3 + 80GB price cut confirmed for the US [Update]

David Jaffe's Eat Sleep Play logo revealed

David Jaffe's new game development company, Eat Sleep Play, has had its logo revealed on the Level-Up blog. While we were in two minds about the company name (Jaffe Cakes is still up for grabs!), we're even less sure about this logo. Jaffe explains it to the Level-Up crew, drawing parallels between the games he plans on making and ... soda.

This is where the confusion begins. This logo makes us think of beer more than soda. Also, where's the drink? Having Eat Sleep Play on the bottle cap of a drink doesn't make much sense to us. But what do we know? We're no sales gurus. It looks pretty though, right?

PlayStation Fancast 012: Full house edition

Another episode! Within a week of the last one, too. How's that for consistency then? Sure, we promised one in between, but fear not. It's coming. For more information be sure to check out this episode, where we answer a load more of your questions and chat about the games we're playing. We're actually running out of questions to answer, so please send us more to Jem[SPLAT]

Episode 12 features Jem Alexander, Colin Torretta, Nick Doerr and Andrew Yoon. We answer your questions and talk, at length, about the games we're playing (there are a lot of them!). Even though it had been a fairly slow news week, we find the time to address the major things that have happened.

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Sony hosts swag contest

Fancy some Sony swag? Of course you do! Well the PlayStation.Blog has a load of stuff piled up which they weren't able to give out at the various game shows over the last few months. If you want to win some then you'll need to jump through Sony's multiple hoops. The contest is only open to US residents over 13 years old. You have to send in your answers to 10 questions before the end of the month (that's October, for those of you who are temporally challenged).

If you answer all of the questions correctly you will be placed into a prize draw to win a pile of swag. There are only ten piles available. Some of the questions are pretty tough, but we'll give you a hint: Wikipedia. Here's a sample of the ten questions:
  • What was the date of the launch of the first PlayStation in the U.S.?
  • How many power cells and precursor orbs were there to collect in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy?
  • What is the weight difference between the original PSP and the recently announced PSP-2000?

Video: Capcom unveils Street Fighter 4

In addition to announcing a PS3 version of Lost Planet, Capcom has unveiled a brand new game: Street Fighter 4. Street Fighter 4, as you've guessed, is a brand new iteration to the classic Capcom fighting series - the first new Street Fighter in ten years. The game is over a year away, and no gameplay footage has been shown so far. Capcom's other fighter, Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, has been delayed to 2008 as the team has been trying to reduce lag time on the game's online offerings.

The trailer above doesn't mention which platform(s) it will eventually end up on, but we're going to remain hopeful that Capcom will bring it onto the PS3. We've already watched the trailer multiple times - extreme violence + inky aesthetic = guaranteed repeat watching.

Assassin's Creed PS3 skin only at Gamestop

Ever thought your PS3 was a bit ... bland? A bit boring? We're talking about the aesthetic quality of the box itself, not its functions or features. Frankly, we don't find ourselves staring at the machine long enough to really notice, but if you do then there are many ways that you can remedy the situation.

Gamestop is, from November 1st, offering a new Assassin's Creed skin. For a few weeks this will allow you to almost imagine that you have the game. "I have Assassin's Creed on PS3" you'll be able to say, without technically lying. The skin includes stickers which attach to the top and bottom of the PS3, so if you have your console sitting horizontally (as you should, really) then half of this skin just became moot. We're hoping that the stickers don't stay on permanently so that once the Assassin's Creed hype dies down you aren't stuck looking like you're stuck in the past.

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