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PS3 Fanboy reviews: Go! Sports Ski

Go! Sports Ski is the latest title from Sony in their casual Go! series of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, following the Go! Puzzle pack released earlier this year. Dubbed a 'ski simulator' by Sony, Go! Sports Ski offers the usual bundle of features for most of Sony's PSN offerings -- including 1080p support, online leaderboards, and a cheap price (a mere $2.99).

What sets Go! Sports Ski apart from many of the other recent titles is fairly robust online multiplayer support. The game has several different online gameplay modes, including time trials, battle runs and slaloms -- as well as the ability to download the ghosts of the top players in the world. Once you've downloaded the ghosts you can either watch them for tips or compete directly with them in the single-player game. It's a nice little inclusion and I hope that Sony starts offering this level of online multiplayer support for all of their upcoming PSN titles.

Go! Sports Ski's real hook though is that it is controlled exclusively by the Sixaxis motion controls. Yes, like Lair and Super Rub-a-Dub, you control your character entirely via tilting the controller around -- the surprising thing is that it actually works pretty darn well. To move your skier forward, you tilt the controller forward. To turn your character to the right, you tilt the controller to the right. To do a sharp turn, you tilt the controller in the direction you want to turn and tilt it back at the same time. To jump, you simply jump the controller up quickly. While there is a bit of a learning curve (like all motion controlled games), it only takes a couple runs to get comfortable with the controls -- and once you do, you'll be surprised at the precision that is possible with it.

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PS3 Fanboy review: Heavenly Sword

    Sony has recently started up their holiday blitz by releasing three highly anticipated games for the PlayStation 3; Warhawk, Lair, and Heavenly Sword. While Warhawk was released to almost universal praise, Lair was largely met with torches and pitchforks. So where does Heavenly Sword fall? Does it achieve the soaring greatness of Warhawk or is it doomed to languish in the used sales bin at your local videogame store like Lair?

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    American PSN releases for September 13th

    Sony has updated the PlayStation.Blog with the full list of new releases for the North American PlayStation Store. Once again they've pulled out all the stops and have released a pretty damn big update. Check it out:

    Downloadable titles:
    PixelJunk Racers ($6.99) - A single and multi-player slot car racing game, with 32 modes, 10 tracks and online rankings.
    • High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition ($9.99) - Ante up! Play limit or no-limit poker in five different game types. There's single player mode or you can play up to five others online.

    Demos: (free)
    • PixelJunk Racers
    • Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
    • NHL 08
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    • FIFA 08

    Trailers, wallpapers, etc: (free)
    Everyday Shooter trailer
    Warhawk trailer
    Lair Behind the Scenes video
    • Feel the Noise trailer
    • Juiced 2 trailer
    • High Stakes on the Vegas Strip: Poker Edition trailer
    Soul Calibur IV trailer
    • High Stakes: Poker wallpaper
    • 2 PixelJunk Racer wallpapers
    Folklore wallpaper
    Lair music track

    Recommended downloads are High Stakes on the Vegas Strip, the Tony Hawk's Proving Ground demo, and the Soul Calibur IV trailer (if only to check out Taki's latest 'enhancements'). What are you gonna download?

    Monster Madness: EX coming to the PS3 in early 2008

    Monster Madness is one of those games who's exclusivity has gone back and forth for ages before it finally settled on being just a Xbox 360 title. Unfortunately, the four-person party brawler game turned out to kind of suck.

    Well they've brought in a new developer (Psyonix) who is updating the game for the PS3, under the moniker Monster Madness: EX and they've promised to fix many of the issues with the X360 version of the game, including things like tightening controls and the camera, adding in a bunch of mini-games and tweaking the graphics.

    Monster Madness: EX will be released on the PlayStation 3 in early 2008, so people looking for an interesting looking party brawler may want to keep an eye out for it.

    [Via N4G]

    Loco Roco Cocoreccho available next week on the UK PSN for cheap

    According to UK videogame site CVG, Loco Roco Cocoreccho is rolling onto the UK PSN next week for the budget price of just £1.99. This puts it significantly cheaper than the Japanese release, which at 800 yen puts it at almost 2x the cost of the UK release.

    It is assumed that the reason for the cheap cost is that this isn't a full fledged game per se, but some kind of weird bastard child of a Loco Roco game (with full tilt controls evidently) and um, a screensaver. They haven't mentioned HOW it's a screensaver, but considering the title has online leaderboards and actual gameplay so it's going to be a pretty damn in-depth screensaver.

    So with the British and the Japanese getting Loco Roco Cocoreccho next week, where's the American love?

    Sony playing 'Dress'-up?

    Kotaku has dug up an interesting Sony Computer Entertainment trademark in the US Patent and Trademark Office's online database. According to the site, Sony has registered something called Dress (see logo on right). One of the things it was registered for (besides x-ray tubes), was the following:



    Could this be a Home add-on of some sort? It seems like it would fit perfectly into the plans for Home and allow users to create truly unique content -- though it's just going to increase the amount of Second Life comparisons if that's the case ...

    *Updated* GT 5 Prologue's price tentatively announced

    According to IGN, Sony has stated that the 45 Euro price is 'categorically incorrect' and that cost has not been decided yet.

    The Netherlands based site PS3 Only have received pricing information from Sony in regards to the Blu-ray version of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. According to the site, Sony has stated that the retail version of GT5 Prologue will run a slightly-expensive 45 Euros (about $60 American).

    Though it might seem like a lot of money for a glorified demo, Sony was quick to point out that GT5 Prologue really is a full game, with over three dozen cars, five tracks and online play with up to 16 people. Also just announced was a cool new feature called GT TV, where gamers can download auto-enthusiast TV programs along the lines of Top Gear. According to PS3 Only, the programs will also be tailored for different regions -- so Japanese, American, and European gamers will all get localized content.

    The addition of GT TV definitely adds some value to GT5 Prologue, but while it clearly has way more gameplay than GT HD it will be curious to see if gamers are willing to drop that much money on what amounts to GT5-lite. Gran Turismo fans are pretty hardcore though, so it's hard to tell.

    [Via N4G]

    Future Plus teams up with Sony for high-end advertising in the UK

    Sony is continuing their treatment of the PlayStation 3 as the Ferrari of consoles by teaming up with customer publishing agency Future Plus, to produce a 60 page, high-end brochure for UK consumers. The glossy PS3 novella will be distributed by Sony across the British Isles at special events and kiosks scattered throughout the area.

    Over 250,000 copies of the 'lavishly produced' brochure will be handed out to consumers in the pre-Christmas ramp-up period. The publication will be separated into four different sections highlighting the HD capabilities of the PS3, upcoming Blu-ray movie titles and games, as well as the console's robust online features. The hope is that the brochure will provide prospective PS3 owners with all the possible information they need to convince them that Sony's console is the one to choose this holiday.

    It will be interesting to see how well Sony's high-end marketing campaign will work in the UK. The cost of the PS3 there is astronomical (by American standards at least) so embracing the luxury market may be a good idea. At the same time, it might not do much for the actual sales of the PS3. Think about it -- who sold more cars last year? Ferrari or Toyota?

    Full Press Release after the jump

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    High Stakes on the Vegas Strip hits the PSN this Thursday

    SOE's multiplayer poker game, High Stakes on the Vegas Strip will be released this Thursday through the PlayStation store. The title will go for $9.99 and supports a variety of features, now fairly standard for Sony PSN releases. High Stakes will support 1080p resolution, online play with up to six people, audio chat and online leaderboards.

    The game is looking to offer a lot to the hardcore poker fans out there, with five different types of poker, online tournaments and extremely detailed statistics on players. In addition as you play you'll win points to unlock extra content like special items and clothing for your in-game avatar so that you can customize your character to your liking. Supposedly, there will even be 'bling' so that everybody at the table knows what a ballah you are. Any other poker fans out there looking forward to High Stakes?

    Ask PS3 Fanboy: Volume 4

    Welcome to this week's addition of Ask PS3 Fanboy. This week we look at cooling options, Linux install locations and more. Have additional questions that you don't see answered here? !

    Hi guys, just a quick question. My PS3 is in a cabinet among other devices and not long after playing it becomes really hot. I leave the cabinet door open to allow some airflow but i was wondering what is/are the best cooling systems available for the PS3.

    There are a couple solutions, including the Pelican Air Flo and the Nyko Intercooler. IGN gave the Pelican a 7.9 and gave the Nyko a 8.3. Both seemed to work well, and only cost about 30 dollars. If possible though, it's best to move the PS3 someplace more open. It's not always possible with everybody's setups, but overall thats the best way to ensure the health of your PS3.

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    Sony buys a PS3 for the kid who saved his father

    Remember that 9-year-old boy who saved his father's life and felt that he deserved a PlayStation 3 for it? Well Gaming Target is reporting that Sony has come through for the family and have given the kid his very own PS3 with a bunch of games as well as a reward. It's great seeing Sony take some time out from their normal world domination plans and kick down some love to the (very) little man.

    So there you go, if any of you out there cannot afford a PS3, you now know how to get one for free from Sony. Simply save your father from imminent and painful death, score a TV interview saying that you want a PS3, and then bam -- free loot. Easy, no?

    Network issues with 1.92? Sony is aware and trying to fix it

    We've received many, many complaints from PlayStation 3 owners who are complaining that after upgrading to firmware 1.92, they've been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network, the Store, or the Warhawk servers. The problem seems to happen immediately after the upgrade, but for some people (PS3 Fanboy writers included) the issue will crop up randomly days later.

    We contacted Patrick Seybold, Sony's Senior PR manager, about the ongoing network issues and he confirmed that Sony is indeed aware of it and are actively working on a fix. When he gets more details, he said he'd pass it on to us and of course we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

    It's frustrating when a minor firmware patch breaks something major, but it's good to know that Sony is actively researching methods to ease our pain. Put down your pitchforks and torches folks, hopefully we'll all be playing Warhawk again soon.

    PS3 Fanboy review: Warhawk

    Warhawk has gone through a rather bumpy development cycle. Originally slated to be an epic single player game with a strong multiplayer component, rumors started circulating earlier this year that Incognito was experiencing development problems and were unhappy with the single player portion of the game. The murmurings turned out to be true, with Sony confirming just a couple of weeks later that Warhawk had officially become a multiplayer-only PlayStation Store title and that the single player portion of the game had been dropped.

    Though a lot of people took this announcement as a portent of doom for Warhawk (dropping half your game so late in development is never a good sign), a highly successful beta during the summer was able to garner a quite a bit of positive press for the game. This combined with some glowing previews made the public suddenly a lot more interested in Incognito's foray into online warfare. So did they pull it off?

    Continue reading PS3 Fanboy review: Warhawk

    New Haze video shows off rebel gameplay

    Fresh on the heals of the Haze exclusivity announcement, GameVideos has a new developer walkthrough video showing off quite a bit of rebel gameplay. Wandering around a new level titled 'Abandoned Resort,' the graphics look fantastic and the gameplay looks interesting. Seeing the developer dip his knife in nectar and then throw it at Mantel Corp troopers to force a drug overdose is pretty crazy. Especially when one of the troopers opens fire on a buddy and then pulls out a grenade and stands there until it blows them both up. See kids? Drugs are bad, m'kay.

    Lair swoops into stores a day early

    While there was some confusion about just when Lair was actually going to be shipped out, we have gotten confirmation from multiple sources that it's actually in the stores right now. That's right, you can go out and get your dragon on immediately. It's a little odd that it was released on a Thursday since almost all retail games go on sale on Tuesday, but why look a gift horse in the mouth?

    If you do go out and pick up a copy of Lair today, why not come back here and leave your impressions in the comments section? The reviews have been pretty controversial so far, so it would be nice hearing what the fans themselves think.

    [Thanks everybody who sent this in]

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