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Sony hints at E3 content; sci-fi RPG gets pics and theme pack; Groening to cameo in cartoon game; PC shooter demo'd, golden; Paradox wargame preorder details.

PlayStation Store gearing up for E3
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its Bringing It Home campaign to deliver E3 Media and Business Summit content to Xbox Live users. And while Sony won't actually be able to bring it to Home until October, the PlayStation 3 maker did tip its hand on a presumably similar effort today. A new banner has been added to Sony's PlayStation Store that reads, "E3: Get Ready for Something New, Santa Monica July 11-13." No content has yet been posted to the space, nor has Sony revealed what it has in store.

Xbox Live feeling Fallout
The mere mention that Bethesda is working on the next installment in Interplay's sci-fi role-playing Fallout series was enough to set most interested gamers aquiver with excitement. But Bethesda is apparently looking to build that hype to a fever pitch before Fallout 3's Q4 2008 release. In addition to last month's teaser trailer, Bethesda has added a Fallout 3 theme and picture pack to Xbox Live this week. The theme pack displays the various bits of concept art, including the wasted Washington, DC scene first revealed in May, and runs for 150 Microsoft points ($1.88). Featured in the picture pack are iconic Fallout 3 images of Vault Boy and the Brotherhood of Steel, and it runs for 100 Microsoft points ($1.25).

Simpsons creator makes cameo
It may have taken nearly 20 seasons and more than 400 episodes, but it appears Homer will finally get a chance to meet his maker. Describing the next installment in the long-running Simpsons line of games to Eurogamer, series creator Matt Groening revealed not only that he would be in the game, but also that he serves as a primary antagonist for his creations to defeat. "It's a videogame about videogames; and I'm in the videogame," he said. "I'm a boss that you have to fight at the end of the game. It was really fun recording a million ways of dying, going 'UGGH, ARGGH, EUURGH!'"

GRAW2 gets single-player sampler, goes gold
Last month, Ubisoft gave PC gamers a glimpse of the squad-based action in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 with a multiplayer demo. Today, the publisher sends word that a single-player demo is now ready for the tactical shooter. In the demo, players will reacquaint themselves with Captain Mitchell in the first level of the game. Ubisoft also revealed that the PC version has gone gold and will ship to store shelves July 17. A highly acclaimed Xbox 360 version of the game was released earlier this year.

Bonus kit for Shock Force revealed
Battlefront.com today announced a preorder package for the next installment in its critically lauded wargame series Combat Mission. Those who order the game in advance will receive $10 off its retail price, as well as a 200-page manual, a mouse pad, and a 14x14-inch map of Syria as portrayed in the alternate-reality simulation. In Shock Force, players will lead a US task force into Syria to restore order after a military coup ousted the country's leadership. Combat Mission: Shock Force is rated T for Teen and is slated to deploy July 27.

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45 comments
GHO5T-464
GHO5T-464

bethesda is the bomb! fallout 3 is gonna be great no matter what anyone thinks, if you read game informer and the other magazines with the game in it, you'll know just how sweet the game's gonna be.

cherrybomb257
cherrybomb257

The only thing Fallout 3 conveys me to do is to vomit in a toilet.

DreFullCircle
DreFullCircle

matt groening's inclusion in the game is genius. it fits in with the show's fourth wall-breaking moments and kicks it up a notch. i'm glad they're taking this latest game in a new direction.

interpolred
interpolred

Hopefully this Simpsons games is good, like Hit & Run was. But hopefully it's not pure driving missions. Some more platforming would be great.

Paul_TheGreat
Paul_TheGreat

I'm glad Sony is doing the same as Microsoft.

abu123
abu123

I hope the simpson game is all about racing like it was before.

Reetesh
Reetesh

IT will be great if the playable demo at E3 for some of the games will be released on PSN!

viliamos
viliamos

Fallout 3 might just be a really good game.. I'm Bethesda is doing it! And Bethesda makes really good games if you ask me!

bigmick07
bigmick07

i really must need to upgrade my graphics card if i need 4 times the amount of vRam.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I will getting that demo

jazilla
jazilla

Downloads should be free for consoles like the ones we get on PC's via patches and modder creations. No offense to console fans, but I don't buy em anymore.

xcollector
xcollector

EA better not screw up the Simpsons game. I'm nervous because EA is doing it. Remember Simpsons Road Rage?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I wish Bethesda would see through the gamers' eyes and put they themes for free like Rockstar and Epic Games did for GTA IV and Gears of War.

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

If Bethesda wants to build up the hype, they should released the picture pack free - especially the iconic Vault Boy! :D

JamesL007
JamesL007

I hope that sony takes a page out of microsoft and does bring it home for the playstation store, I would love to download some new trailers of up and coming PS3 games or listen to the press conference. Peace

ptown58
ptown58

GRAW2 demo ? where, where, ?

Aldebaran91
Aldebaran91

DoctorFu what??? no no johnny bravo and Courage the Cowardly Dog is the best show on the planet.

Darth_Homer
Darth_Homer

Every time I hear more about the Simpsons game I want to play it even more...

nevershort
nevershort

Sounds like Sony's got a few tricks up thier sleeve... bring it, we want it!!!

VfighterX
VfighterX

Lol @ Matt Groening His power attack is like a huge eraser or something. One touch and a cartoon character is gone.

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

great job, and i was just wondering a few days ago if sony would launch some E3 updates on the network.

jacky531
jacky531

when is the sony update going to come can I atleast no what time?

DanC1989
DanC1989

I'm waiting for the store update, Sony..

Simpsonsfan2
Simpsonsfan2

Wow, I would of never expected Matt Groening to be a boss in a game...

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

lots of great news. although the talk of the simpsons final boss fight does kinda sound kinda cheesy

neXtgenisis
neXtgenisis

what a surpirse!!!!!!!!! no other console does alot of things during e3 that i can name!!!......o wait.....nevermind......

santiagochile
santiagochile

Brambler, please stop being envious of the Wii. The fact that you don't like Nintendo doesn't really mean anything to anybody else. Those games will be awesome. Especially with online!

JFrosty
JFrosty

Wait, wait, people need to pay to get pictures of Fallout 3?

Brambler
Brambler

haha metroid, mario and ssbb next gen, that is funny stuff

wizardps2
wizardps2

Sony its doing good more challenging PS3 Rulez!!

fugori
fugori

I'd rather beat up on the new generation of Simpsons writers than Groening himself.

EPaul
EPaul

i wonder what sony has under their sleeve?

santiagochile
santiagochile

"Fallout 3, Bioshock, GTA IV" and Metroid Prime 3, Mario Galaxy, SSBB. Yes the next gen is arriving.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

The Simpsons is the best show on the planet.

psoaddict2000
psoaddict2000

Fallout 3, Bioshock, GTA IV - the next gen is finally on it's way.

santiagochile
santiagochile

"Fallout 3 is hot and sexy" No, it's not. It's a game. You need to get out more if your idea of sexy is playing a video game all day.

spoof411
spoof411

Fallout 3 is hot and sexy

red_x2004
red_x2004

Its Fallout 3 thank you very much.

extrashiny
extrashiny

that sucks that the pc get graw 2 later than us console players

fugori
fugori

If I had my own 360 I would be all over that Fallout 3 content.