Over the course of several CES shows and major press announcements, we have been eagerly following the PlayStation 3's future evolution into a console capable not only of 3D games, but 3D Blu-ray content. We know that the PS3 is in the official 3D Blu-ray spec, but what has been unclear to this point is when, and how, we'll get that 3D content at home.
This week on preGAME, we're joined by CNET editor Scott Stein as we jump into a LIVE demo of Heavy Rain for PlayStation 3 a whole two weeks before the game hits stores! Joining us over the phone to talk us through the demo is Petro Piaseckyj, the game's managing producer.
Before we fire up our Heavy Rain demo, we discuss the reputation dogging movies adapted from video games. We thought the Prince of Persia Super Bowl ad looked decent, but we remain skeptical.
Want a first look at the new Fallout game? We've got the brand new trailer for Fallout: New Vegas. Watch with us as we examine it live!
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Wouldn't it be nice if you could browse and play back your entire Blu-ray movie collection with the click of a button? For $1,499, the S1Digital 100-disc Blu-ray changer delivers this level of convenience and the flexibility to download metadata and cover art automatically over the Web. All you need is to hook up the jukebox to a Windows Media Center-compatible PC and install its bundled My Movies software to access up to 1,000 Blu-ray, DVD, and CD titles through the intuitive WMC graphics user interface.
By connecting this S1Digital box to a Windows Home server, users … Read more
Dante's Inferno is loosely based on the first book in the classic poem, "The Divine Comedy." In it, you assume the role of Dante, a Third Crusade-era warrior who must travel through the nine circles of hell in order to avenge the loss of his beloved Beatrice.
Much has been made about the game's similarities to the God of War franchise, so let's see if Dante's Inferno stands out by itself. Having been to hell and back, here are our final thoughts:
Jeff: Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in the case of Dante's Inferno it borders on the lines of straight-up plagiarism. To be clear, we're not saying the game isn't enjoyable--far from it--we just can't remember the last time we've seen such blatant carbon copying in a video game. Dante's Inferno borrows so many elements from the God of War franchise that at times we forgot we weren't actually playing the latter. From health, magic, and soul pickups, camera movement and angles, to quick time events and save points, there's not much that separate Dante and Kratos.
Perhaps even more upsetting is that the title's developer is Visceral Games, the studio responsible for 2008's instant-classic Dead Space; a game touted for its survival-horror revival and impressive antigravity gameplay. With such a studio in charge of Dante's Inferno, one would imagine that creative spirit would translate to another new franchise, but whatever original content is present here unfortunately gets drowned out by the similarities to God of War.
Though we have seen attempts like this before, Dante's Inferno is by far the most technically accurate. Yes it does borrow plenty of mechanics from God of War, but it pulls them off very convincingly. Not everything is familiar, though; as you make your way through the nine circles of hell, the game does a great job at making you believe you've really entered the underworld. Plus, there are some enemies and themes here that provide plenty of shock value rarely attempted in gaming. Whether you consider that a "win" is another story. We also enjoyed the unique art style of the animated cut scenes that connect the jump to a new level and the holy/unholy leveling-up system is a nice element that adds a little dimension to an otherwise conventional action game.… Read more
Today's episode of CNET's The 404 Podcast features a pink Ouija Board, the newest Facebook meme, search engine profiling, and Google's latest mapping feature that waves good-bye to your shopping privacy.
The infamous Ouija Board is still just as popular as it was when Hasbro first unleashed it in 1967. In fact, it even got extra publicity with a flaming cameo in last year's horror flick Paranormal Activity, but angry Christians aren't happy about Hasbro's latest idea for a Pink Ouija Board. Who knew that a pink square of cardboard and a magnifying glass could get so much controversy?
First there was Doppelganger Week, then Urban Dictionary Week, and now we finally have a Facebook meme that The 404 Podcast can get behind: Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback? In less than a week since its genesis, the Facebook group already has more than 100,000 members, but it still needs your help to get beat out Nickelback's 1,392,481 (and growing) fans.
This next story might make you think twice before ducking into the back room at your local video store. Google's latest "Store View" is as yet unconfirmed (but not outright denied), but the service will ideally let users check out the inside of any participating retailer through Google Maps. Imagine browsing the Web for a supermarket and then virtually inspecting the interior for the best way to route yourself through a grocery store and you can see why we don't quite understand the point of Store View.
Those stories and more on today's 404, plus a meaty Calls From the Public and more of your sticker picture submissions! Keep sending them to the404(at)cnet[dot]com and we might just feature it on the show! Much thanks to Derrick for sending us a pic of the cubicle dressing you see up top.EPISODE 515 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Following up 2007's game-changing epic BioShock was certainly a daunting task for team 2K. The original game surpassed almost every expectation one could have about the underwater dystopian city of Rapture by including original gameplay mechanics and interweaving a compelling film-quality storyline that carried the title from start to finish. Even if you didn't play BioShock for the narrative, you had no choice but to be consumed by the game's gritty atmosphere and sense of importance.
Two and a half years later, BioShock 2 brings us back to Rapture for a new adventure. But enough teasing, we've been playing the game for quite some time now and here are our thoughts:
Jeff: While BioShock 2 doesn't necessarily continue the story of first title's protagonist, Jack, it does prolong the original game's most likable character, the city of Rapture itself. Perhaps the most satisfying experience overall in BioShock 2 is digging deeper into the mythos of the fictional city. Early on, you're treated to even more Rapture lure that serves as a nod to those who've seen the city before and a crash course for newcomers to the franchise.
The game takes place 10 years after the events of BioShock and Rapture continues to crumble, making it more terrifying and even less functional than before. You play as a Big Daddy named Subject Delta and are tasked with discovering why a monster named Big Sister is kidnapping little girls from the surface. The story is told again through scattered audio recordings, cut scenes, and announcements made over Rapture's public address system.
All of the action we've come to love in BioShock remains intact in BioShock 2, with a few noticeably awesome improvements.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Stewart Butterfield and his business partner Cal Henderson stared at the MacBook Pro in front of them.
For nearly a year, they'd been struggling to figure out what to call the game their start-up was building. Any time a team member loaded a working version, they'd sit through a few seconds of a splash screen with nothing on it but a generic title featuring little more than the name and logo of their company.
But now, the group had finally given their baby an official moniker: Glitch. And this was one of the first times the two … Read more
Editors' note, 4:30 p.m. PST: Netflix now claims that it incorrectly acknowledged 1080p streaming in the company's 2010 development road map. A Netflix representative has clarified that the company plans to bring 5.1 surround and closed captioning to its streaming HD videos later this year, though 1080p Watch Instantly is not on the books for this year. The text below is the original story, based on earlier conversations and e-mails with this Netflix representative.
This week, Dong waxes on the preference differences of women from countries other than the US. Supposedly women in other countries actually like nerds. Hmmm...we'll have to delve deeper.
Also, as for my adventures in snowboarding: yes, I hurt. I'm old--what did you expect?
Finally, Steve Jobs thinks Adobe is lazy. He also thinks its product is buggy. I guess this is his excuse for not implementing Flash in the iPad. Also, my true feelings on the iPad.
Wilson might be the only host on The 404 who watched the entire big game Sunday, so we don't spend too much time talking about the actual game and instead stick to the commercials. Ads this year included Google's first Super Bowl ad. Also, HomeAway revitalized the Griswold family from National Lampoon's "Vacation", and Motorola aired a commercial with Megan Fox selling something...we just don't remember what it is.
We also have a story about Comcast changing its name to Xfinity. Starting next week, its cable television, telephone, and Internet services will feature the rebranded name in 11 markets. In what seems like an effort to give a sharper edge to the brand name, the change is taking heavy fire from sites like The Consumerist, which claim that the new Xfinity name has an X-rated/pornographic/stupid/energy drink connotation.
Finally, we run down a list of the 10 most needlessly perverted mainstream games. Follow along as we chat about some of the most revealing games in console history with titles like Dead or Alive, The Sims, and Bayonetta leading the scandal. Oh my. Speaking of which, we hate to be the ones to report it, but Microsoft is no longer offering online support for original Xbox games like Halo 2 and Counterstrike. Bummer!EPISODE 514 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more