GamesCom 2009

At GamesCom 2009, Sony premiered this trailer for LittleBigPlanet on the PSP, which shows off some of the level creation as well as some of the game play, as our old friend Sackboy comes to handheld gaming.

Check it out.


LittleBigPlanet PSP GamesCom 2009 Trailer »

They always say Fortune favors the bold. Here's a look at the gorgeous visuals from Naughty Dog's PS3-exclusive adventure sequel Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves GamesCom 2009 Trailer »

Sorry Western World White Knight Chronicles fans, the 4-player Co-Op-enabled RPG has still yet to hit our shores. But feel free to torture yourself further with a new trailer from GamesCom 2009.

White Knight Chronicles GamesCom 2009 Trailer »

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Summer is nearing it's end and no doubt, some of you are breaking out your real, motorized snow vehicles. For the rest of us, (at least PSP and PS2 owners), rest assured that Sony and developer BIgBig Studios has you covered for some ice-treading all your own in MotorStorm: Arctic Edge.

Motorstorm: Arctic Edge GamesCom 2009 Trailer »

Sin. You've all done it (fess up). Join Visceral Games and EA as they pack a bathtub of holy water and jump into the nine circles of hell in Dante'sInferno.

Dante's Inferno GamesCom 2009 Nine Circles of Hell Trailer »


The loss of child. The ways one can cope. Seems like Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain is aptly named for the game's subject matter. Take a look:

Heavy Rain GamesCom 2009 'Love' Trailer »

Free Downloadable Copy Of Gran Turismo With PSP Go Pre-Order...Only In Europe

I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but you were bound to find out sooner or later. See, during Sony’s GamesCom press conference, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Andrew House, announced that anyone who pre-orders the PSP Go between October 1st and 10th will get a free, downloadable copy of Gran Turismo PSP.

The sad news is that, as a Sony rep told us, “Those announcements only pertain to European territories.  We have no announcements for the US just yet.”

Told you I was sorry. Gran Turismo for the PSP is obviously one of the major releases of the year, and being able to christen your brand new PSP Go with a free copy would have been mighty sweet.

On a scale from Gran to Turismo, how bummed are you about this announcement?

An Irishman in Paris? Flogging Molly soundtrack? Here's one hell of a trailer for EA and Pandemic's The Saboteur at this year's GamesCom 2009.

The Saboteur GamesCom 2009 Irishman In Paris Trailer »

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The power of rock rages on as Brutal Legend carries on as a sinister piece of marketing with a new trailer at this year's GamesCom 2009. Yes, you'll still have to wait for Rocktober to grab this on your PS3 and Xbox 360.

Brutal Legend GamesCom 2009 Trailer »

Quantic Dream's David Cage:

Quantic Dream’s David Cage, who made an appearance during Sony’s GamesCom press conference to introduce the fourth playable character in the developer’s upcoming psychological thriller Heavy Rain, recently spoke with Gamasutra about his vision for the future of gaming art.

Cage addressed several issues pertaining to the differences between traditional, toy-like gaming, and the more high-art approach that Quantic Dream has taken with its titles. In a not-at-all subtle throwing down of the gauntlet, Cage explained: 

"I don't want to make toys... I have a lot of respect for Nintendo and what they've done with the Wii, but this is just not what I want to do. I want to create something that's strong and interesting and emotionally involving."

For some reason, this quote just made we want to stand up and applaud. Not because it’s some profound revelation, or because I wish Nintendo any ill will, or because I think all video games need to be emotionally challenging, art fests, but because I like hearing developers firmly defending the artistic potential of the medium. Sure, there’s a place for all manner of games, but there also needs to be a dedicated portion of developers who are constantly pushing game art forward in meaningful ways, and fighting fiercely for it along the way.

Anyone else feel like thanking Quantic Dream for fighting the good fight? Anyone disagree with Cage's characterization of Wii games as not interesting or emotionally involving?


 Amazon Shows Off PlayStation 3 Slim, Offers It Up For Pre-Order

Out of curiousity, I went to Amazon.com to see if the PlayStation 3 price cuts were in effect (they are). I was surprised to find numerous shots of the PS3 Slim, which is available for pre-order through the site. Some of the shots are different from the official photos sent out by Sony. Check 'em out after the break!

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High-Quality PlayStation 3 Slim Pictures Released

Want a good look at the newer, slimmer PlayStation 3? Scope out these high-resolution photos showing off the new model, just released by Sony.

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PlayStation 3 Slim Not Backwards Compatible With PlayStation 2 Games

Given that Sony didn't make a note of it at its GamesCom press conference, most assumed the impending slimmer version of the PlayStation 3 would not have backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games. In the official press release announcing the new hardware, this suspicion has been confirmed: there is no compatibility.

"Note: This product is not compatible with PlayStation 2 games," reads the release.

Does this influence your thinking about the new model at all?

Heavy Rain

I've been waiting for Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream's noir, PlayStation 3 game for grown-ups, since E3 2006, when it was just a tech demo. Now, these many years later, we've finally learned the names of all the game's characters.

At Sony’s GamesCom press conference today, Quantic revealed the last two Heavy Rain protagonists: Ethan Mars, who has only four days to find his son, and Curt Shelby, a detective working on solving the case of the Origami Killer. Mars and Shelby join previously announced characters Norman Jayden (an FBI profiler) and, Madison Paige, a journalist.

Heavy Rain has set its sights high: It's aiming for creating a new kind of game, not based on repetitive patterns and violence. With its unique control scheme, weird thought/action system,  thriller plot without supernatural elements, and a story told through a variety of characters, it just might hit the mark. We need more games that try to expand the genre.

But I'm worried, Dear Reader. I'm worried that You, video game aficionado, are not going to purchase this game when it comes out in 2010, and it will be regarded as an interesting experiment that will not be repeated. So I ask you: Check out the below video, think very carefully, and tell me in our comment section whether you plan to buy this game or not.

Heavy Rain Preview »

Another gem out of GamesCom 2009.

The deadly Russian Spetsnaz are primed and ready to take down a capture point in this brutal cinematic for EA and DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Hold on your butts, this ride's got a bevy of snipers, rockets, tanks and artillery.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 GamesCom 2009 CG Trailer »

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