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PlayStation Home: About Clubhouses, and the Not-PSP Interface

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322w ago - A quick interview with a rep from SCEA clarifies a few things about PlayStation Home. It won't change your life at Home, but it's a good read if you want to satisfy your curiosity.

Early on, Sony presented the virtual PSP as the navigation interface for PlayStation Home, but last month though, they revealed that this was no longer the case. SCEA explains:

We felt that PlayStation Home deserved its own navigation device, so we built a user interface that was dedicated to just that purpose. We have found the new user interface to generally be more intuitive for many of our users.

SCEA also clarified a few things about Clubhouses, in case you didn't already know about how it works:

A PlayStation Home user can be a member of up to five clubs (meaning they can be leaders or members of five clubs).

Every club has one leader (the owner who purchased the club [this costs $4.99]), up to four sub-leaders and up to 32 members.

In functionality, they work similarly to other personal spaces such as your apartment with some additional features such as a bulletin board where the leader, and optionally the sub-leaders, can leave messages for the whole club to read, such as tournament announcements or meeting times.

As with many aspects of PlayStation Home,...
 

Preview: White Knight Chronicles for PlayStation 3

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322w ago - Recently 1UP shared their in-depth impressions of the offline portion of Level-5 and Sony's giant robot/fantasy RPG dubbed White Knight Chronicles as follows:

I don't get the feeling the game is a vibrant masterpiece -not yet, anyway- but it is certainly superior to Infinite Undiscovery, and corrects most of the problems with the deeply flawed Rogue Galaxy. Although WKC will turn out to be enjoyable comfort food for JRPG fans in whatever state it arrives on Western shores, a few simple tweaks here and there could improve it dramatically.

I hope this preview will serve to highlight some of the niggling interface problems I encountered in WKC - those little issues that all too often find their way creeping into otherwise highly polished Level-5 games.

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Despite how Sony has promoted WKC since its announcement at Tokyo Game Show 2006, it is an MMORPG at heart. Indeed, online adventuring is ostensibly half the game: The giant robot fantasy you've been seeing images of for two years, or "Story Part," is but a one-player experience built on a foundation clearly erected to serve the "Live Part," a Final Fantasy XI-lite four-player online RPG.

To serve the Live Part, the game presents you with an incredibly elaborate...
 

PlayStation 3 Guide: Creating and Viewing a PS3 Photo Slideshow

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322w ago - SCEA Associate Product Manager Kristin Neirinckx shared the following how-to guide today via PS Blog:

As you recover from food comas and setting up all of your shiny new toys, you might realize there is a lot you don't know about the latest addition to your living room. So for those of you new to the PLAYSTATION 3 family (or for you old timers who want to learn more), we've put together a series of "How To" videos for a few of the key product features.

These instructional videos take you through each feature, step by step. New videos will be posted each day next week, so you should all be experts by the end.




And we're launching the first video right now – how to create and view a photo slideshow.

So sit back, take a look and let us know how the slideshows come out!
 

How to Get 40 PlayStation 3 Trophies in 60 Minutes

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322w ago - For many of us, try as we might to feign indifference, there's a nagging desire that we secure at least a respectable number of Trophies. So for smarter, time-deprived gamers, we've devised this quick-fix guide to scoring a respectable 40 Trophies in around an hour. Onwards, with dignity!

Burnout Paradise
Time: 15 minutes | Number of Trophies: 7 | Trophy count: 7

And we're off. The pristine, sun-kissed streets of Paradise City is where our Trophy hunt begins and, although each metal mug is quite easy to collect on its own, it's a bit trickier to amass all seven in a tight fifteen minutes. Our advice? Check your map regularly.

Repair your car - Bronze: An easy one to start off. Simply drive through an auto repair for that magic metallic pot. The nearest repair shop is located in Angus Wharf, just a few hundred yards from your starting point.

Perform 3 Takedowns - Bronze: That insipid DJ Atomika making your blood boil? Vent a little fury by barging three opponents into traffic or scenery. The best place to get this Trophy is the Lighthouse Rock Road Rage event.

Power Park your car - Bronze: Find two cars parked closely together - most roads will have them - approach them at about 30 and use the handbrake to swing yourself behind the first...
 

Killzone 2 PlayStation 3 Cover Revealed, Review Codes Sent Out

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322w ago - Today Associate Product Marketing Manager TJ Consunji unveiled the Killzone 2 PlayStation 3 cover via PS Blog:

Hi all, my name is TJ and I'm one of the guys working on the Killzone 2 marketing team. We are, of course, very excited about the game and wanted the PlayStation nation to be the first to see our Killzone 2 packaging. Check it out:

Guerrilla has created some awesome Holiday-themed Killzone 2 PC wallpapers. Check them out on Killzone.com.

Additionally, Sin of NeoGAF has shared several pictures of his Pre-Production review copy... one of which is available below.

Now for the plug: Killzone 2 is looking phenomenal and will be in stores February 27th, 2009. Make sure to preorder your copy now... as it's gonna rock!

But don't just take my word for it, check out PlayStation: The Official Magazine's world exclusive review hitting newsstands soon. Talk to you more in January 2009.
 
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