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Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 Detailed, Now With More Nurburgring

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250w ago - SCEA Producer Taku Imasaki has shared new details on Gran Turismo 5 for PS3 today, which now includes more Nurburgring!

To quote: If you saw our Web site this morning, then you already know about the news.

If you're a true racing fan, you know that Nürburgring is a world-renowned racing complex in Nürburg, Germany.

It's known for being extremely challenging, a grueling testing ground for even the most seasoned race drivers and the most highly tuned performance cars.

It's home of various world-famous races including the Nürburgring 24 Hours race, and used as a testing ground for bleeding-edge performance cars by companies like GM, Dodge, Nissan, Lexus, and Ferrari.

In the words of Mr. GT, Kazunori Yamauchi himself, "For a car enthusiast, the Nürburgring is the equivalent to what places like the "Eiger Nordwand" or "Mount Everest" means to a mountaineer. There is that special allure about it that you just can't explain in words."

Nürburgring is definitely a favorite...
 

Online Pass is Now Required for EA Sports Online Gameplay

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251w ago - Electronic Arts is launching their new one-time online pass registration program to enhance the sales of new EA Sports titles, while offering the pass with used video games for $10.

The move is designed to offer additional downloadable content to members that sign up with the purchase of a new game in the form of exclusive content and matchmaking tournament opportunities.

EA plans on unveiling the Pass with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, and will subsequently release the Pass for all EA sports titles.

To quote: "EA Sports boss Peter Moore spoke highly of the new direction in online subscription-based downloadable content: "This is an important inflection point in our business, because it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhance premium online services to the entire robust EA Sports online community."

Many gamers might look at this and think that GameStop would be against the trend, but even more would be surprised to hear that GameStop is looking at this as an opportunity. "This relationship allows us to capitalize on our investments to market and sell downloadable content online, as well as through our network of stores worldwide," said GameStop president Dan DeMatteo.

While this is not a totally new practice, the information presented gives telling...
 

Video: ModNation Racers PS3 - Your Racing Career Begins Now

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251w ago - UFG Game Designer William Ho has shared a video today dubbed ModNation Racers PS3 - Your Racing Career Begins Now!

To quote: Today, I'm going to reveal some details about the single-player Career Mode in ModNation Racers.

You are Tag, a young graffiti artist turned kart racer who enters the Mod Racing Championship (MRC for short). Tag starts off as a rookie in the Home Tour.

As he wins races, he unlocks more rewards and qualifies for higher-level tours that take him to exotic races all over ModNation. Along the way, you're pitted against the MRC's Elite Racers. Each Elite has his or her unique visual style and driving style suited to their respective home tracks.





The Career Mode is both simple and deep. It's simple in that you can blaze your way to the top of the MRC rankings by placing third or better in most races. We also have "Big Show" races – the finales for each Tour – that require you to finish in first place to qualify for the next Tour. Racking up top finishes also gets you lots of unlocks. You'll win plenty of parts, stickers, bodies, buildings, props and more to use in your custom creations.

But for more dedicated racers, we've also added...
 

2010 FIFA World Cup for PS3 and PSP is Now Available on PSN

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251w ago - Today EA Sports Community Manager Yaw Obiri-Yeboah has confirmed that 2010 FIFA World Cup for PS3 and PSP is now available on PSN.

To quote: The world's biggest sporting event is quickly approaching, but you can get your first taste of the festivities by picking up your copy of 2010 FIFA World Cup, which is now available in stores.

For the first time the world's biggest spectacle will be hosted in Africa and you will be able to experience all of that pageantry and atmosphere by playing the game. There are a host of new features available in the game for everyone to check out.

Captain Your Country

For anyone who played UEFA EURO 2008, I'm sure you enjoyed CYC. So when deciding on game modes for World Cup we knew it had to be included again. Just in case you didn't play the feature before, it's a Be a Pro mode where up to four gamers compete on the same team starting as B-internationals, aiming to get into the first team, qualify for the finals and be appointed the team captain and ultimately lift the trophy.

What's different this time around?

The ranking system is now simply a list of all the eligible players from your country. So you start at the bottom,...
 

Sony is Now Offering 250GB PS3 HDD Upgrade Service in Japan

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252w ago - Today Andriasang.com (linked above) reports that Sony has started a 250GB PS3 HDD upgrade service in Japan for those who are seeking to swap their current PlayStation 3 hard disk drive for a fee.

For the price of 18,000 (~$184), Japanese gamers can to send their PS3 directly to Sony who will upgrade the system's hard drive to a 250GB model, and move all the content of the previous drive across. They'll then send your system (and old PS3 hard drive) back to you.

To quote: "For 18,000 (~$184), Sony will upgrade your current PS3 to a 250 gigabyte hard drive. The cost includes the hard drive and all labor for swapping the drives and moving over your system software and all content from your current hard drive. Sony will even return the current hard drive to you.

The program works with the following PS3 models:

•CECHA00 (60GB)
•CECHB00 (20GB)
•CECHH00 (40GB)
•CECHL00 (80GB)
•CECHQ00 (160GB)
•CECH-2000A (120GB)

For further details, including a step-by-step guide to placing an order and shipping out your PS3, see Sony's hard drive swap service page."
 
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