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  • Rockstar gets brooding and intense with LA Noire

    Review: LA Noire - Detective Phelps cuts a sharp figure in the neon light of Los Angeles. Hunched over the scene of a brutal crime, he pensively inspects each inch of a rusted pipe, stained with the blood of an unknown assailant. Music swells in the background, the crime scene has now been swept for clues. Detective Phelps knows that it is time to move on to the interrogation of the witness. Leaning against a ruby-red barstool, she draws back on a cigarette, looks in the detectives direction and casually blows smoke into his face. With uncannily realistic facial movement,...

  • Electronic Arts merging big games, gadgets

    US videogame publishing titan Electronic Arts is merging blockbuster titles with social play, popular new gadgets and downloadable content in a changing world of interactive entertainment. "Historically, as a publisher, you developed a game, packed it on a disk, shipped it and then started work on your next game," said EA vice president and managing director of Southern Europe, Pascal Brochier. "The Web has helped us expand with multi-player and downloadable content to extend incredible gaming experiences," he continued during an interview at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week in Los Angeles. "Multi-platform enables us to follow gamers where they want to...

  • Ubisoft jumps on Nintendo’s ‘Wii U’

    French videogame titan Ubisoft is throwing its weight behind Nintendo's second-generation Wii U videogame console. Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot and teams working on titles tailored to the new console starred at a Nintendo developers roundtable late Wednesday at the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo. "This is certainly a first during my presidency at Nintendo," Nintendo's global chief Satoru Iwata said as he introduced "a most important partner," Ubisoft. Ubisoft was the first third-party game publisher to have games ready for the original Wii when the consoles that transformed play with motion-sensing wand controls were released in 2006. The company is now pouncing on...

  • Blockbusters rule E3 video game kingdom

    Blockbuster titles and powerhouse consoles will rule as video game makers from around the world meet in Los Angeles this week for the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Hotly anticipated games will build on established franchises with slick play mechanics, film-like graphics and increasing sensitivity to how much people love playing online with friends or on the go with mobile devices. "E3 will be a strange combination of everything from blockbuster retail games like 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' all the way down to apps, social games, and digital downloads," said TechSavvy Global analyst Scott Steinberg. The latest installments of "Call of...

  • Fight Night Champion

    Review: Still boxing, but now with added drama and emotion (and plenty blood and guts) in this Xbox pugalistic sportfest with a boxer's fighting heart. I've long been a fan of the Fight Night series. It's a standard part of our Friday night guy get-togethers, where groups of us would braai, have a few beers and compete for ultimate bragging rights in epic Tyson-Holyfield throwdowns. When I first loaded Fight Night Champion, the latest in EA's boxing franchise, I wondered how they could possibly improve on the last instalment. I was pleasantly surprised. From the moment the voice-over in the opening...

  • E3 2011 gaming conference predictions: the circus starts next week’

    It’s almost time again for E3 2011 and like Christmas, millions of boys and girls (mostly boys) across the globe are preparing to have their expectations calmly blown out of the water as their beloved consoles prepare themselves for an onslaught of new titles. Microsoft, Sony, EA and Nintendo will be the dominating forces at the E3 event and each one will do battle for the hearts and minds of the videogame junkie. From the 7th to the 9th of June at the Los Angles Conference centre, every avid gamer's thoughts will be focused on the events that occur inside...

  • Fallout New Vegas – Honest Hearts DLC

    Review: Travel to the murderous wastelands of Zion in Utah in this PC game that is dark, desolate and a little dreary. Honest Hearts follows you as you travel to the Zion National Park in Utah with the Happy Trails Trading Group. Things don't turn out quite so happy for your companions. They're all killed within the first few minutes of entering the new environment, leaving you alone in a beautiful landscape of canyon and river and (for once!) drinkable water. The painted murals on the bedrock are beautiful and the sporadic rain adds a bit of mystique to the...

  • Ubisoft going online with “Ghost Recon” videogame

    Ubisoft is crafting a free-to-play online version of its popular "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" shooter videogame. "Ghost Recon Online" is a deviation from the French videogame titan's roots making packaged titles for videogame consoles and comes with the rocketing popularity of online "social games" supported by ads or in-game transactions. "The online market is an exciting new frontier for videogames and for gamers," Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot said in a press release. "With 'Ghost Recon Online,' and other major upcoming projects, Ubisoft is creating online experiences that allow our fans to stay connected to their favorite brands and to continually receive...

  • PlayStation Network up and down again

    Sony’s efforts to revive its PlayStation Network (PSN) have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled PSN and its Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber attack that resulted in it being shut down for weeks. “We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an update posted at the PlayStation blog. “Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved,” he explained. “In the process of...

  • PlayStation network only back up by June

    Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services are still down, and full service will probably only by restored by 31st May, says a Bloomberg report. Quoting Shigenori Yoshida, a spokesperson in Tokyo, Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services. After a major hack between the 17th and 19th April, unknown miscreants targeted Sony servers holding customer logins and (potentially unencrypted) credit card details, and heisted upwards of 25 million users' data (a detailed timeline here). Sony quickly shut down a number of online services, and also had to face the music with various governments' data privacy watchdogs, from...