If you are thinking of getting a Playstation 3, now might be the best time.
On March 14, Kratos finally makes his long awaited debut on the PS3 with God of War 3, a game that many believe will be the one to turn the console wars into Sony’s favor.
The game will wrap up the story of its main character and poster boy for chaos, Kratos, who’s been an errand boy of the Greek gods long enough. And judging from playable demo—complete with centaur gutting and decapitation of a sun god, Kratos looks real pissed about the situation.
The game picks off where GOW2 endS, with Kratos and a mob of Titans scaling their way up Mount Olympus eager to give the surviving Greek gods a piece of their minds. The opening cinematics, unlike previous games have now been rendered in real time to showcase the true capabilities of the PS3. So better be ready to wipe off that drool as you watch the blood scatter on battlefield before zooming in to give you a more detailed look of the action.
There is a reason why they are gods, and Zeus, Hades, Hermes, Helios and Poseidon are more than willing to prove it to Kratos and company. Poseidon opens up the gods attack by creating a water minion that would yank down the advancing Titans, and it’s up to you to deal with it and protect Gaia from it as well.
The playable demo was short but it was enough to really get you in the mood and show you what you could expect from the game. It was like a rollercoaster ride of stabbing, punching, goring and using your enemies as weapons—perfect to unleash all the pent up anger of Kratos. Like I said, the visuals do not disappoint. The static environments are gorgeous, and the Titans—living, moving environments in their own right—look stunning. So, if you are above 18 and have a PS3 you simply can’t go wrong with GOW3.
PS2S sold to fund terrorism
Are terrorists using children’s toys to fund their illegal activities? Apparently, the FBI thinks so, after Khaled Safadi, and two other Miami-Dade business associates were arrested for a terrorism-related conspiracy indictment last month. Safadi was accused of selling video-game consoles to a Paraguayan shopping mall designated by federal authorities as a front for a Middle East terrorist group, Hezbollah.
Safadi and two Miami-Dade freight forwarders, Ulises Talavera and Emilio Gonzalez Neira, were arrested
Feb. 18 on conspiracy charges for violating a post-9/11 law that prohibits any person or company from doing business with a US-designated terrorist group. The three supposedly exported a total of $720,000 in Sony PlayStation 2 consoles and Sony digital cameras to the shopping center between 2007 and 2008.
US authorities say the Galeria Page Mall, in Paraguay’s Ciudad del Este, is being used by Hezbollah.
Safadi’s lawyer, Michael Tien, said his client was not a terrorist and had no ties to any terrorist group. He accused the government of ruining his client’s reputation. “It’s a children’s toy,’’ his lawyer said. “He is being accused of shipping a children’s toy to Paraguay,” adding that “it was a shame that the government has pumped this thing up as a terrorism case.”
The FBI, which has been working on the case since 2007, alleged that the PS2 shipments used falsified invoices and fake names to evade detection, and claim payments were bounced through several recipients to hide their origin.
Safadi had no prior criminal record and strong ties to his family and community, and was temporarily freed after posting a $1.55-million bond in a federal court.
Facebook becoming a gaming platform?
In a span of just a few years, Facebook has become so much more than a social networking site. In fact, because of games like Mafia wars and Farmville, more and more people are signing up just to get a feel and try out the social gaming component of the site.
Gareth Davis, a platform manager for Facebook spoke at the big Game Developers Conference and discussed Facebook’s plans concerning social games in general.
He said games have become one of the most popular activities on the site, with over 100 million unique game players each month. He also revealed that traditional game makers are joining the industry like EA buying Playfish. As far as big name gaming franchises is concerned, Davis mentioned that EA’s “Madden Football” is coming to Facebook.com, and Take-Two Interactive said they were creating a Facebook version of “Civilization.”
Davis said they are also excited about Facebook Connect and explained that it enables any game experience to integrate with Facebook.com—on mobile phones, on game consoles and on the Web. Last year, as the game consoles started going social, they integrated into the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as the Nintendo DSi. He said they have been working very closely with the console makers to build better integration, and promises that a lot of the major game franchises will be integrating with Facebook in a really interesting social way. Games like scrabble for example, can be played by one on their iPhone while the other is logged on Facebook Connect. As developers integrate Facebook across all these devices, they will eventually open up a new type of gaming he called “multi-device gaming.” The first version of this is the ability to play a game together no matter which platform you’re on. He said that soon gamers will be able play the same game on different platforms in a way that would be best suited for their specific device.
DATABLITZ PICKS OF THE WEEK
Aliens vs. Predator (XBOX 360)
The next-gen version of this benchmark multiplayer First-Person-Shooter franchise is coming with SEGA’s new Aliens vs. Predator game. From the developer of the series’ first title comes this next big event, with three unique species fighting for supremacy on the battlefield. Play as Predator, Marine and Alien in three radically different single-player experiences that intertwine to create a thrilling story. Jump into cinematic non-stop multiplayer action with a rollercoaster-ride of explosive firepower, horror, stealth and gory fang and claw combat.
Play as a Colonial Marine, Alien or Predator—Play as three different species in intersecting single-player campaigns. Use any of these three factions in multiplayer games and battle for online supremacy.
The Predator—A master of stealth and the art of stalking. Use different vision modes to locate your prey. Use the Predator’s cloaking ability to stay hidden from your victims and sneak in to perform spine-ripping trophy kills with your wrist blades. Use the plasma caster to take out long-range targets.
The Alien—The galaxy’s ultimate instinctual killing machine in the galaxy can use a variety of methods to maim and kill. The ability to crawl anywhere in the environment allows Alien players to tail-impale unsuspecting Marines and ambush Predators for gory head bite kills.
The Marine—Team work is the cornerstone to survival with Colonial Marines. Aggressive battle tactics combined with the use of motion trackers, powerful pulse rifles and smart turrets are the best chance for Marines to survive this all-out horror-action.
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Heavy Rain is a dark, immersive and emotionally engaging experience; one that expands upon the innovative ideas of 2005’s acclaimed Fahrenheit to create a noirthriller where decisions are charged with importance and actions can have drastic and unforseen consequences. Breaking with traditional game conventions where necessary, the gameplay will be based around story, emotional involvement and the player’s decisions and interactions, rather than high-scores, combat and competition. Intuitive gameplay and controls are also fundamental to the experience—ensuring that the game is mature but accessible, and avoiding alienating players with obscure stats and complex interfaces.
In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story—you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions—not cut scenes—and every action has a reaction. The choices you make and the way you interact with other characters have repercussions throughout the storyline. With unprecedented responsibility over the fates of the game’s characters, players will find Heavy Rain an emotional experience unlike any other. It dares to tackle subject matter and themes rarely touched upon in video games, making it a genuinely mature game for a new world of adult gamers.