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  • US Playstation Network services are offline (Updated)

    Sony has confirmed on US PS Blog that some of the Playstation Network functions are currently offline. However the company did not specify the reason for this downtime (maintaince?), and when it will start working again.

    Many users have reported that they are unable to log into PSN from consoles or web pages.

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    According to the reports Australian and European PSN services appear to be online, and its working fine.

    Sony has promised to reveal more details on it soon.

    UPDATE 1: It has been reported just a while ago that PSN access in UK and mainland Europe will be restored just before this evening’s primetime, and North America and other countries shall follow later

    More update on this soon..

    UPDATE 2: It has been officially confirmed that the Playstation Network is down for maintaince. EU Playstation Blog just a while ago wrote on twitter:

    "PSN is currently down for maintenance. We'll update you with timeframes as soon as we can."

    UPDATE 3: A moderator (RabidWalker) on EU Playstation blog just a while ago suggested that the outage may not be over any time soon. On his twitter account, RabidWalker wrote:

    "At this stage not sure how long the PSN outage is going to be".

    UPDATE 4: James Gallagher: EU Playstation Blog Manager said:

    As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable. Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service.

    Our engineers are continuing to work to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers’ continued support.

    UPDATE 5: "Playstation Network is down for a day or two"

    James Gallagher: Blog Manager, SCEE wrote on EU PS Blog:

    we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running.

    UPDATE 6: Anonymous on its official website wrote:

    Submitting credit card details will allow you to use PSN again

    Check out more details of it here.

    UPDATE 7: Sony just a while ago wrote on EU PS blog:

    An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.

    UPDATE 8:

    Finally the actual reason has come out behind Playstation Network Outrage. According to Media Molecule, Playstation Network has been hacked once again. Check out more details regarding this HERE.

    UPDATE 9:

    Anonymous has said in a new statement that their next attack against Sony will take place as soon as PSN is back online. Check out more details on it HERE.

    UPDATE 10: PSN is still under maintenance

    Just a few minutes ago, James Gallagher, Blog Manager, SCEE wrote:

    We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

    We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project.

    UPDATE 11: Anonymous has released a new video footage just a few hours ago for all PSN users, watch the video HERE.

    UPDATE 12:

    In an interview to Electronic Theatre a source close to Sony said that "team currently working on restoring the PlayStation Network are aiming to have consumer access back online tomorrow (TUESDAY). However, there are no guarantees at this point."

    UPDATE  13:

    SCEA's Patrick Seybold, wrote on the PS Blog:

    “I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

    “As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.”

    UPDATE 14:

    It has been reported that Custom Firmware responsible for Playstation Outage, check out details HERE.

    UPDATE 15:

    Sony has issued an "emergency maintenance" warning to all developers, more details HERE.

    UPDATE 16:

    Neil Martin, Database security engineer said that PSN Back Up Wednesday, details HERE.

    UPDATE 17:

    Sony clarifies every issues raised by PSN fans, releases official PSN failure Q&A... Details HERE

    UPDATE 18:

    On European PS Blog, James Gallagher, SCEE Blog Manager, confirmed that Playstation Network accounts will not be reset. Details HERE.

    UPDATE 19:

    Sony just a while ago announced that company's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai will be holding a press conference tomorrow regarding PSN outage, details HERE.

    UPDATE 20:

    Sony just announced that PSN will be restore this week, Check out complete Press Conference detail of Sony HERE.

    UPDATE 21:

    PSN and SOE servers will not be online this Weekend, check out details HERE.

    UPDATE 22:

    Finally, PSN is online.

  • Battlefield 3 demo officially confirmed

    Patrick Bach has confirmed that on Battlefield 3 blog, a demo for the game will be release just before the its November launch.

    However no details was revealed as to when exactly the demo will launch, and what to expect from it (whether a demo will carry a level from a singleplayer or a map from game's online section).

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    What you guys want to see in the demo of Battlefield 3, single player level or multiplayer map?, do let us know your views as a comment to this post.

  • Mass Effect 3 first screenshots arrived

    The first screenshots of Bioware's upcoming action role-playing game title "Mass Effect 3" has arrived on web. These screenshots are the same one that feature in this month issue of Game Informer.

    You can have a look at the screenshots below:

    Mass Effect 3 screenshot

    Yesterday a Spanish magazine revealed some new and interesting information about the game, check out details of it here.

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  • Killzone 3 patch v1.08 available for download

    SURPRISE, Guerrilla Games has released new patch v1.08 for Killzone 3, initailly it was slated to release next week.

    Killzone 3 screenshot

    The patch size is around 58MB, to download it all gamers need to do is start the game. The fixes this new patch includes are as follow:

    • Fix for DLC map rotation – Matchmaking will make the closest possible match based on the maps players have and other players online. All maps will be included in the map voting when rolling over to the next round
    • Fix for a network error (5022) after respawning in Pyrrhus Crater
    • Fix for a crash in Kaznan Jungle at the end of the round
    • Fix for a crash in 16 user Custom Games on Corinth Highway

  • No dedicated servers for Uncharted 3: Arne Meyer

    It has been officially confirmed, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception will not have dedicated servers.

    On Naughty Dog forums, Community Manager Arne Meyer confirmed the news and said, instead of dedicated servers, Uncharted 3 will use peer to peer connection (P2P), as the previous game in the series "Uncharted 2" used before.

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    Uncharted 3 is schedule to launch in North America on November 1, and in United Kingdom on November 4.

  • Dragon Age II patch v1.01 available now for PS3 and Xbox 360

    Bioware has released very first update for PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Dragon Age 2. The most important change this new update make, Auto Attack is now optional. In addition to this, lots of other bugs has been fixed especially quest glitches in the first two acts.

    Dragon Age II

    Check out the list of fixes that developer implemented in this new patch:

    NOTE: Some plot fixes are retroactive, but not all. Players with plot-breaking bugs may need to revert to an earlier save, particularly a save prior to visiting the affected area during the current year in the game.

    GAMEPLAY

    • The effects of various follower talents and item properties are now being
    • properly removed and re-applied when loading and saving.
    • Anders’s default set of tactics will now activate Haste when appropriate.
    • Aveline’s final armor upgrade is now available during “Favor and Fault.”
    • Aveline’s Retaliation talent no longer imposes a delay when activated.
    • The warrior’s Rally talent now functions as described.
    • The rogue’s Lacerate talent now functions as described.
    • Party members who are resurrected during a fight now rejoin combat properly.
    • Hawke no longer gains random spells or talents after using the Maker’s Sigh
    • potion, then saving and reloading.
    • Potions, poisons, grenades, and runes can now still be ordered from the Hawke
    • estate after the main campaign is complete.
    • Various minor gameplay issues no longer occur.

    QUESTS (SPOILER)

    • “Duty” will now appear on the Chanter’s Board even if the player accepted
    • all of the board’s quests before installing the Exiled Prince premium content.
    • The journal for “Duty” will now update if the player left the Docks (Night)
    • area immediately after killing the Flint Company mercenaries.
    • In “Finders Keepers,” the door to Woodrow’s Warehouse will now open if the
    • player steals the location to the warehouse from the harbormaster’s office.
    • In “Finders Keepers,” if the player leaves Woodrow’s Warehouse before finding
    • the crate, it is now possible to return to the warehouse to complete the quest.
    • In “Herbalist’s Tasks,” the varterral’s heart is now available even if
    • the player killed the varterral before receiving the quest.
    • Merrill no longer refers to the aftermath of “A New Path” before the plot
    • has been completed.
    • Varric is no longer confused about which character Hawke has been romancing.
    • Various minor story-scripting issues no longer occur.

    PS3-SPECIFIC FUNCTIONALITY

    • The options menu now includes auto-attack.
    • Armor values now adjust correctly when changing shields.
    • Choosing a target at close range is now easier.
    • The rogue’s Goad and Armistice talents now target party members directly.
    • Hawke no longer gains excessive coin and experience from rapidly and
    • repeatedly completing a single side quest.
    • Icons for the cross and circle buttons now display correctly on PS3 systems
    • in certain regions of Asia where those buttons are reversed.

  • God of War 4 in development, will launch in September 2012: PSM3

    If reports coming out the unofficial Playstation magazine PSM3 is anything to go by then, God of War 3 is currently in development and it will launched in September 2012.

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    PSM3 reports in its latest issue, a reliable source has told them God of War 4 is coming, and will hit in September 2012,"
     
    "Our source works closely with the God of War universe, and let slip he'd be working on a related project at the same time."

  • Mass Effect 3 new details revealed by Spanish Magazine

    A spanish magazine, in his latest issue has revealed some new details related to Bioware's upcoming game title "Mass Effect 3". Before proceeding, we are warning all, SPOILERS AHEAD, for all those who's yet to play previous installment in the series.

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    The new details about Mass Effect 3 is listed below (as translated by neogaf user Lakitu):

    • The reason Cerberus is put against us is explained at the beginning of the adventure.
    • Cerberus troops include: Mechas, Assault units, Shock troops – ninja-style.
    • Reapers: They have different sizes, ranging from 500-600 meters of the smaller ships to the 2km large Herald.
    • New skills for Shepard: Rolling, jumping small holes in the ground. Greater variety of melee attacks. The article specifically mentions “a new class: Heavy Melee”.
    • New skills: Engineer can build turrets.
    • Customizable weapons: Guns, sight – five variants in each section.
    • More items to “loot.”
    • Space Battles? Perhaps, but unconfirmed.
    • Scenarios: Larger. We will see people walking, ships fighting, architecture in greater detail. Searching for the photorealism of sites using new lighting techniques on the stage.
    • Enemies: They now take dynamic damage. The Cerberus mechas, for example, requires that we shoot a weak point, the glass cockpit, in order to overcome them. In other enemies we can cut off the arms, break the head or break various pieces of their armor.
    • Fighting more dynamic, forcing us to move more frequently. The game’s speed is improved by 10 to 15 percent.
    • Exploration: We won’t drive vehicles seen in previous games. The main gameplay is designed without them. This does not mean that there are no vehicles, but they can’t reveal more now. There is a new scanning system.

    SPOILER

    • Locations to visit: New York, London, a moon of ¿Koriana? (maybe they mean Quarian or Krogan) world, a salarian world and Mars, among others. The development of each environment takes about six months.

  • Chris Reinhart: Prey 2 single player campaign 15 hours long

    Human Head, developer of Prey 2 has said that the single player campaign will last 15 hours (average), if and only if they decide to skip exploration and side quests.

    Prey 2

    In an interview to Eurogamer, Chris Reinhart project lead said, “We’re focused on making it a strong, powerful single-player experience,”

    “And we’re tied with Bethesda, which has proven they are the masters of making awesome single-player experiences. It’s an interesting challenge. It makes us change some of the other things we do. The single-player game has to be larger. There’s more player choice. There’s more to do.

    “We’re targeting, for the average player, at least around 15 hours to play through. But because there are so many open world activities you can do when you explore around and find different things, it’s hard to put an upper cap on it.

    “I guess if someone were to haul ass, they might be able to get through it under that. But I could haul ass through many open world games and get through them in a handful of hours.”

  • L.A Noire "Rising through the ranks" trailer coming out tomorrow

    Rockstar on its official website has announced that a new gameplay trailer for their violent crime thriller, "LA Noire" will release tomorrow.

    According to the details on the website, the video "go in-depth on how, as returning WWII veteran Cole Phelps, you will face criminal cases across 5 department desks of the LAPD – from a patrolman to a Traffic desk detective, to investigating grisly homicides and more"

    L.A Noire

    This new gameplay video will go live April 21 t noon Eastern time (BST -5hrs).

    L.A Noire is schedule to launch on May 17 in United States, and in Europe on May 20 for PS3 and Xbox 360.