Dubbed as the Sony Ericsson Xperia (they may as well put a Playstation logo on it now, because when I hear Sony Ericsson my first reaction isn't.... "oh gee, I'd better run out right this second and buy that), we can now catch a first glimpse of an actual commercial sporting the the much anticipated phone.
Already known to be pimping the Android operating system and Playstation compatibility, they wanted to make sure you knew that after watching the green Android guy getting thumbs surgically attached for the much anticipated release.
Creepy, but funny:
As I slowly but surely count down the days until the release of Killzone 3 (February 22, 2011 - mark your calendars before I do it for you), I find myself struggling with shooter after shooter, looking for the one that can satisfy my needs until KZ3 day finally arrives. So early in the year, yet already its being touted as a candidate for 2011 Game of the Year by reviewers... and considering the number of GREAT games that will be announced this year, that is truly the boldest of statements.
I can't wait to get my hands on it, which is why today's news is even better. Starting on February 2nd you can download the Beta version of Killzone 3 for free on the Playstation Network.
All you people who have just been dying to see the disc in your hands can get the chance to play it for 2 weeks before you can buy it... which means all you people sitting on the fence incapable of deciding whether you want to spend the $59.99 on it can also have the chance to check it out and see just how much better than Call of Duty: Black Ops it is (here's a hint, if it doesn't disconnect you 50 times a day, it's better).
Per the Playstation blog:
The Open Beta will offers exclusive early access to the MP05 ‘Frozen Dam’ multiplayer level from Killzone 3, including all three online multiplayer modes: Guerrilla Warfare, Warzone and Operations, along with the offline multiplayer mode, Botzone.
“Frozen Dam” is a sprawling asymmetrical map set in an old dam facility, the playing field in MP05 has been carefully tailored to fit each of the multiplayer modes. Here are the four multiplayer modes included with the Open Beta:
Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
Guerrilla Warfare is a standalone multiplayer mode similar to classic Team Deathmatch: You and your teammates must try to kill as many of the opposing team as you can before the timer runs out. In this mode, only the downstream monitor houses and repair bay are accessible, giving the map a very frantic pace.
Warzone (24 players)
If you’ve played Killzone 2, you may already be familiar with Warzone. It’s a round-based multiplayer campaign that consists of five randomly ordered mini-missions. In this mode, the power house and penstocks directly under the dam are accessible as well, so there’s more room to come up with different strategies and approaches to your goal.
Operations (16 players)
Operations is a new multiplayer campaign which aims to deliver a more cinematic, story-based gameplay experience, similar to that of Killzone 3′s single-player mode. It consists of a sequence of linear mini-missions, in which the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility.
Botzone (one player and up to 15 bots)
Botzone is an offline multiplayer mode ideal for those looking to get to grips with the controls, the weapons or the map layout before going up against live players. Each of the aforementioned multiplayer modes can be played offline, against CPU-controlled opponents.
I'm super excited, and you should be excited too.
So instead of getting mad about Activision screwing us Playstation owners over (yet again), limiting the release of the new Call of Duty map pack only to XBOX 360 users, you can hop on over to the PS Network and play this instead. You almost wonder how many of their players the just turned into Killzone fans by screwing them out of the newest map packs for a month. I almost wonder, who cares? Sell your copies of Black Ops now while they're still fetching $40 used on eBay while you can. That way 2/3 of the better game is already paid for when it does come out.
Sorry to those I misled about a Feb 2nd release date for the Killzone 3 - Beta (bad intel via the post I linked to... which was ironically a Sony site), it's actually set for Thursday February 3rd at 10:00 ET
(which stinks, I so could have enjoyed playing it while snowed in... 34" drifts, yikes!)
Oh boy... this isn't good: Error Code 20002
I played for about an hour on Thursday until I lost connection, and now everytime I try to do a mulitplayer level, it gives me that error code.
A NETWORK RELATED ERROR HAS OCCURRED
You have been disconnected from the Network. Please check network connection. You need to login again after this screen.
Error code 20002
Only thing is, I'm not disconnected, I'm fine... THEIR end is having the issue. Seems to be the same complaints all across the internet, some even calling this the worst Beta testing ever (lol, perhaps if it hadn't been so hyped).
Only suggestion I can think of is to try and try again during off-peak hours.
The poor tool just can't catch a break. First they were shut down by Evony when they were at EvoMap.com, and now it appears their website at XandiumStudios.net is shut down until things can be settled. Per the website:
Taking down Evomap until the issue is resolved. Figured I'd follow rules before being asked to forcefully. 10-14 business days until we get an answer on how things will play out. Until then, development will continue for when we can offer our service once again.
I'm sure they'll be working on it... just stinks in the meantime for all of us Evony junkies (someday I'll quit playing, just not today) who overly-rely on the site and its ability to track down the enemies who just ported away from us non-farmers. If you ask me, Evony's just jealous they didn't come up with the tool first, and figure out some way to make their users overpay for it (like everything else they implement into their game... "free forever").
Stupid Evony... guess I won't be wasting any money on advanced teleports anytime soon.
My brother-in-law and I have been talking about the Playstation smartphone (made by Sony Ericsson) for a while now. It was actually the hot topic at dinner on both Christmas night and New Years Day, as we talked about how we're holding onto our outdated Androids in hopes of pinpointing which companies vie for the usual monopoly of the Sony's sales, much like AT&T has a stranglehold on the iPhone (a primary reason I don't own one).
As a Sprint user I'm hoping it'll make it's way over to that, but I'm certainly open to other providers if it does not... so time to start kissing some ass Mr. and Mrs. Salesperson. That's really all you'll have to do to get my business, since a Playstation smartphone sporting an Android system and slide-out Playstation portable gaming device based off of the PSP Go pretty much sells itself. Like some need oxygen to breath, gamers will need this phone.
So why is it going to be so great? You mean, BESIDES being both a PSP and a phone? Sheesh... fine, here goes... First of it'll sport the Android 3.0 system (also named Gingerbread), which isn't scheduled to release until March of 2011. Since the rumor mill is putting a release of this PSPhone into at least April, it's a safe assumption that I won't be getting a new Playstation phone for my birthday (March 19th... so send me beer instead). This will mean that not only will you be able to download and purchase add-ons from the Sony Marketplace, you'll also have access to the games in the Android Market as well, and for all those games you'll want lots of memory.
Not only will the Playstation Phone be sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip 200MHz faster than the G2) and 512MB of RAM, but it will also be flexing 1GB of ROM, which will come in handy when you're enjoying that 1280 x 760 resolution on an estimated 4" screen. It will still sport the touch screen technologies (making it even better than any Playstation portable device you've ever played before) and full wi-fi. Imagine adding friends you meet online to your contacts and chatting to them while beating them silly on your favorite portable. Still no word on price yet, but it's best to go into buying it assuming it will be high.
The Playstation Phone: Just another reason to celebrate Christmas in July.