NewsSpots: Heavenly Sword, Nitrobike, NASCAR 08, Overlord

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Heavenly Sword swings with 10GB of sound
One undisputed advantage Sony's PlayStation 3 has over its competitors is the built-in Blu-ray player media format, which is capable of significantly more storage space than standard DVD discs. And while rumors continue to circulate that developers of cross-platform games have been hard-pressed to fully take advantage of that space, at least one Sony exclusive seems to be lathering on the extra touches in spades. In an interview with Develop Magazine, Ninja Theory's Tom Colvin and Sony Europe's Garry Taylor revealed that the anticipated action adventure Heavenly Sword contains more than 10GB of sound data--which is bigger than most games in their entirety. The game will reportedly feature approximately three and a half hours of music as well as more than 4,500 lines of spoken dialogue.

Nitrobike boosts to November
During the hemorrhaging of news at this year's E3 Media and Business Summit, Ubisoft revealed that its newest arcade-style racer Nitrobike would be coming exclusively to Nintendo's Wii later this year. Earlier this week, the France-based publisher updated the game's release window, from a broad "holiday season" approximation to a more narrow "November" street date. From the makers of Excitebike 64, Nitrobike features rocket-propelled motorcycles over various courses. The game also includes both single-player and online play.

EA Crafts NASCAR 08 tourney
As noted in GameSpot's review of the game, NASCAR 08 doesn't have much company on the retail circuit. With no rivals hitting the ignition switch for the game, EA is creating its own competition with its recently announced EA Sports Craftsman Challenge. Taking place in 11 different cities spanning the US over the next six months, players compete in NASCAR 08 on the Xbox 360. Registered participants can compete at either select Sears or Kmart retail locations, or online from their own home. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. For more on the contest or to register, head over to EA's official tournament site.

Overlord 360 goes split-screen
Triumph Studio's despotic action adventure will be getting a free download on the Xbox Live Marketplace, which will "soon be available," reveals Codemasters. The new content will let gamers go head-to-head in a new split-screen multiplayer mode for the 360 on all existing multiplayer maps. Overlord was released in June on the 360 and PC, and allowed gamers to play the despot by commanding a small army of malicious minions.

Discussion

81 comments
Goliath40000
Goliath40000

dude overlord splitscreen is gonna be sweet all i have to say is FINALLY

Steelpost
Steelpost

@ ImTheDarkcyde: "please learn the difference between compressed, and compressed. Better yet, go back to doing your visual basic and leave the real game development to people who know what their doing. The end." seriously, are you real? can you even spell let alone type a remarkable thought for the gaming community to understand....the bottom line is that uncompressed sound is better....but you can still go on comparing and learning about "compressed, and compressed".....LOL

Xaovagon
Xaovagon

woop de damn doo!!! who cares!!!! i mean seriously who ever is making Heavenly sword is spending so much time worrying about the sound that they will probably forget about a little thing called "gameplay" and "frame rate" are the factor that will decide if the game will be good. the demo sucked anyways, it was sluggish and the frame rate dipped when something graphically intense like a small sword on the ground was thrown. i'd rather play Ninja gaiden sigma, oh, how long does the bioshock demo take to download, i got a slow internet

MfumeRising
MfumeRising

To actually hear uncompressed sound, you need a new receiver. For people with 5.1 setups, get the Onkyo 605. For 7.1 setups, get Yamaha 661. One HDMI cable from PS3 to either of these receivers will give you glorious uncompressed sounds. You haven't lived until you've heard RFOM in full, spacial 7.1 sound. The Heavenly Sword demo sounded fantastic, with sword clangs that sounded completely real. Uncompressed is the best, those who say otherwise just don't have a audio system. You can find either of those two receivers for under $400...I prefer (and own) the Yamaha 661.

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

heavenly sword is gonna be tight....the little anime videos on psn are cool also.

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

Anyone know if Nitrobike will have the same make your own soundtrack feature as Excitetruck? More games should let you do that.

wando77
wando77

All I know is that I am playing high quality, 1080p games right now with far superior online play(the main thing for me) and at half the price. This surely is better than sitting infront of a gameless machine praying that MGS and heavenly sword will be good(there are NO guarantees they will be). You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out which system to go for.

wando77
wando77

Who cares about bigger storage for games when PERFECTLY good games already come on DVD9. I mean SERIOUSLY....would you rather have half a litre of quality beer or one litre of urine????? Now YOU trust me, the more time they spend on quantity, the less time they have to spend on quality.....FACT.

JTH_22
JTH_22

Well Heavenly Sword makes two games now on the PS3 I'd really want to play (Resistance). It does look sweet. Once more developers learn to take full advantage of the PS3 hardware I might get one. Probably next holiday season.

rockutd
rockutd

Way to go PS3.But we need some great games fast. Heavenly Swords looks mediocre.

captaindavid
captaindavid

heavenly sword is sweet , demo took long to get but it was like strawberries and cream, man that chick is a spicy mashed Potato!

493722
493722

Just remember the blue ray disc can hold up to about 25GB per single disc and the double disc is about 50 GB there are going to become bigger games in the future you'll see

ImTheDarkcyde
ImTheDarkcyde

@steelpost please learn the difference between compressed, and compressed. Better yet, go back to doing your visual basic and leave the real game development to people who know what their doing. The end.

SporkFireXPS
SporkFireXPS

@spasticus162 "10gb of sound is fine but im betting it wont have a memorable soundtrack" Uhh... have you played the demo? If the demo is any indication of what the rest of the soundtrack is going to be like this will be one of the highest/best composed soundtracks in video game history.

fr33_loader
fr33_loader

I have an idea, lets put all data for sound and leave 1 Kb for Nariko's clothes. She would sell millions. Heck, lets use 0 bytes, she'll fly higher and faster with no clothes on. Just a thought.

lovea218
lovea218

10 gb? That is amazing! Whoa. And don't hate on the demo...I liked it

0201693
0201693

i think the Heavenly Sword will be really good as long as it runs at a smooth frame rate, the demo frame rate was quite choppy but the detail on character models during cut scenes were very impressive.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

DullBozer - More than likely, the option will be available to users to cache parts of the game onto the PS3 hard drive, alleviating loading concerns. As to how they can reach that much? Uncompressed sound, of course. They could also be including the full tracks for all the romance languages (as was done in Insomniac's "Resistance: Fall of Man.") One of the great things about Blu-Ray is that all language tracks can be included on the disc, making it much easier to distribute uncompromised versions in every language throughout Europe without having to press separate discs for each country.

DullBozer
DullBozer

Fr33, it wont slow down frame rate but might result in longer loading time. Since i couldn't care less about uncompressed sound i wish we could have the choice.

aaron5829
aaron5829

10GB of sound ?? Thats more than my whole mp3 collection. lol !!

fr33_loader
fr33_loader

I hope it doesnt bog down PS3 and end up with choppy frame rates. PS3 is already slow to start with as compared to 360 with loading times and what-not prolly secondary to blu-ray. I did enjoy the demo but hardly noticed any difference during the demo (is the demo uncompressed too?). But then not everybody has a high-end sound system too notice it. As long as all this uncompressed data does not affect gameplay negatively, guess its OK.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

@vbdevpro ""We" PS3 players have indeed played the demo and it doesn't seem like anything spectacular yet. Seems like another Dark Kingdom like button masher with slightly better graphics. There certainly wasn't enough in the demo to tll if it's going to be "spectacular" or not. the demo lasted all of seconds. Trying to say DVDs are last gen from the fanboy of a system that has yet to produce a game at anything higher then 30 frames per second and 720p is laughable. Sony bragged so much about thier 1080p, yet not a single game released on the PS3 will do more then 720p. Don't let your console decision cloud your logic, dude. The PS3 still has a long way to go. The 360 is kicking it's arse right now, Blue-Ray or no..." first off sigma runs at 60fps and at 1080p. second of all lair will run at 1080p with full dolby digital 7.1 surround sound. nba 07 (i think its this basketball game) runs at 1080p. so you saying that games only run at 720p is a joke

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

Heavenly sword looks like the first AAA title of the Fall gaming season. I can't wait to play this one. In regards to Nitrobike it has to be better than excite truck to warrant a purchase. TNA rules!

jrapczak
jrapczak

Nitrobike will be sweet. Online mode will be a must for that.....

vbdevpro
vbdevpro

"@ ImTheDarkcyde: are you serious, or just that uneducated....uncompressed sound means everything...IT DOES give you better sound, clarity, and wider range of sound.....what you just stated is that an MP3 sounds just as good as the original song? no way....anything uncompressed is better than compressed (video, audio, pictures) is a TIFF/RAW file better quality than a JPEG? yup, you bet it is.....and to think I had to log in to correct your messed up thinking. PS. and we PS3 owners already know that this game is awesome just from playing the demo...the music is amazing as well as the graphics, 50 GB will soon be used up...stop justifying why DVD9s are big enough, cause they are not, that was "last generation" systems" "We" PS3 players have indeed played the demo and it doesn't seem like anything spectacular yet. Seems like another Dark Kingdom like button masher with slightly better graphics. There certainly wasn't enough in the demo to tll if it's going to be "spectacular" or not. the demo lasted all of seconds. Trying to say DVDs are last gen from the fanboy of a system that has yet to produce a game at anything higher then 30 frames per second and 720p is laughable. Sony bragged so much about thier 1080p, yet not a single game released on the PS3 will do more then 720p. Don't let your console decision cloud your logic, dude. The PS3 still has a long way to go. The 360 is kicking it's arse right now, Blue-Ray or no...

GDrey
GDrey

@sharndrill aww, that's too bad you don't like game music. It's about 1/4 to 1/3 of my music collection. Heavenly Sword OST sounds pretty good so far.

shandrill
shandrill

Considering I usually turn the music down....meh. I wish they could use the space for a bigger better game lol although the additional voice dialog will be good. Hearing Martins emotionless wine and Jaffee's Voice over and over again in Oblivion is one of my annoying pet peeves!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Oh snap 10 gigs...Maybe it will have such a large soundtrack that the music will never get boring...

spasticus162
spasticus162

10gb of sound is fine but im betting it wont have a memorable soundtrack.Basically bluerays disk space allows programmers to be lazy and not compress anything.most gamers ears and soundsystems cant pick up the extra quality in sound.Vinyl sounds better than cd but which sells more?Im willing to bet halo 3 will have more interesting music,dialogue etc. power means nothing in the so called console war anyway,just look at the last generartion.ps2 was the weakest but most popular machine. Ps3 is great but to say it has anything worth playing compared to 360 is insane...And in all honesty no one knows what games are coming in 2 or 3 years time the next GTA ,Halo or turismo beater could be in developement right now. Lastly nintendo is kicking everyones arses right now.

GDrey
GDrey

A part of compression is getting rid of sounds your ear can't hear. Condemn has some of the best sound i've ever heard. When i hear developers talk about how many gb they care using on blu ray, sounds like they didn't have to spend time figuring out how to make sure everything fits on the disc. I don't want to say lazy per say, because it saves time to work on other things. However, uncompress sound is really more useful for sound designers. I think it does come down to saving time on management and saving decompression cycles during a load. (future ps3 owner, not gettin a x360..so save fanboy replies)

skm_neon
skm_neon

Heavenly Sword is looking pretty sweet. I can't wait to get a PS3, when I can finally afford one.

ctg867
ctg867

Glad to know people are taking advantage of the Blu-ray disc space. In the future it will be more and more important to have.

mkurts
mkurts

If only Heavenly Sword was multiplatform.

shady_825
shady_825

KotOR was an RPG. This is an action game and it's probably less than 20 hours long. 10GB of sound is insane...and it brings a smile to my face.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

All quantity and no quality.

gmayronne
gmayronne

if you want to get the most out of uncompressed sound you need a decent surround sound set-up first, if you have a basic set-up then your not really gonna notice too much of a difference. im running a 6.1 channel 600 watt yamaha receiver with a JBL 6.1 speak package and it sound pretty loud and crisp to me, but i know im still not getting the "full"effect of uncompressed sound, from what ive heard you need a pretty powerful, up-to-date package to really take advantage of it. so if your only running about 200 to 400 watts out of your surround sound or you have one of those receiver/dvd combo receivers (which suck), then your probably not gonna notice TOO much of a difference.

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's a lot of sound, I just hope the game is good

The_Spoony_Hou
The_Spoony_Hou

And action game with so much dialogue? I hope they won't bore gamers with hours of story. Action games should have action, afterall.

gulamh
gulamh

With all that spoken dialogue, seems like it has a lot more emphasis on story then i had expected, which makes me more interested. And the more gigs of sound the better!