Microsoft’s not about to let Sony have all the price-dropping fun, and its brought the Xbox 360 Elite down to US$315. That puts the 120GB console within spitting distance of Sony’s newest PlayStation, the Slim (at US$355). Both have similar spec, but the Slim’s diminished size and Blu-ray player are mighty tempting. What do you think?
We recently got a chance to run through a hands-on demo of Sucker Punch‘s upcoming PS3 exclusive inFamous at the Playstation PR offices. inFamous is a sandbox 3rd person title a-la Grand Theft Auto that mixes superhero elements with a whole substation’s worth of electrically charged action. Although short, the demo showcased main protagonist (and bike messenger extraordinaire) Cole McGrath’s range of supercharged electricity based powers and fluid parkour prowess as we clambered about the post-apocalyptic Empire City zapping members of a hooded street gang known as the Reapers. Our play session culminated in Cole having to make a choice between sharing a rare food-drop with his fellow citizens or frying them to a crisp and keeping all the spoils to himself – either action affects your in-game karma rating (making Cole out as either a Thug or a Guardian) and ultimately shapes the outcome of the game. And because we are nothing but thorough here at Stuff we tried both and found a slight slant in favour of jolting unsuspecting starving folk in the name of fun and personal gain.
inFamous is set for release in the Middle East on the 29th of May 2009.
In what can only accurately be described as an “awesome” move (yes, we tried to go for another adjective but this seemed the most apt) for fans of electronic gaming the folks at EA have gone and shaved off some serious gold coins from the RRP of a slew of last years triple A titles.
Among the games getting the credit crunch treatment are Battlefield: Bad Company, Facebreaker, FIFA 09, Mass Effect, Mercenaries 2, Mirror’s Edge, NASCAR 09, Need For Speed Undercover & The Simpsons. PS3 & Xbox 360 versions of the aforementioned titles will set you back no more than AED119, PSP & Wii have dropped to AED99 and Nintendo DS & PS2 versions are only a cool AED69.
Definitely a good time to catch up on anything you may have missed during the Huge Christmas Games Rush of ’08.
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Sony has finally gone and done it, putting the final nail in the coffin of its best selling system to date – and what a glorious, bargin-priced coffin nail it is. If you are not one of the 140 million owners of a Playstation 2 then now’s your chance to scoop one up for a song as Sony annouced today on its Playstation blog that the PS2’s MSRP will be dropping to a cool US$99. With close to 2,000 titles available for the system, that’s definitely nothing to sniff at, now we only wish they’d consider something similar for its hi-def sibiling.
UPDATE: The UAE price will be Dhs399, according to our sources. The good old Middle East distro premium strikes again.
Gaming research firm NPD Group has found that PC gaming trumps other systems for multiplayer use. Among the online players surveyed, 87 per cent play PC games online while Xbox Live only accounts for half. The Wii came in third with 27 per cent, and the PS3 fell over the finish last with only one in five. PC gamers can probably thank their 11 million World of Warcraft players for the win, it was their dedication to grinding, levelling and raiding that clinched it.
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