PS3 feeling Pain, 360 GripShifts

Idol Minds' slingshot simulator hitting PSN this week, while GripShift invades Microsoft's downloadable service before year's end; Atari classics hitting XBLA "soon."

Most gamers will undoubtedly be rocking out with toy guitars or blasting some manner of alien scum when they're not putting in the requisite family time this holiday season. Luckily, for those idle minutes, or hours, sitting around with relatives, developers are still filling the downloadable channels with a steady stream of quick-fix games.

Pain will arrive this Thursday for the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network. Developed by Idol Minds (My Street, Cool Boarders 2001), Pain is a physics-based slingshot simulator where unfortunate bystanders are flung across highly destructive cityscapes to their most uncomfortable landing. The game offers a number of single- and multiplayer modes, with the developer promising more content to be available for download through the PlayStation Store. Pricing information for Pain has not yet been announced.

Originally released for the PlayStation Portable in 2005, GripShift was remixed and released for the PS3's PSN in early 2007. Now, Sidhe Interactive is again tweaking the formula of its hot-rod puzzler for a newly revamped, "definitive" version of GripShift for Xbox Live. Published this time around by Microsoft Games Studios, GripShift will include updated graphics and controls, as well as new single- and multiplayer content, a deathmatch mode, and leaderboards. While no price or release date was specified, the year-old PSN version ran for $9.99, and Sidhe noted that the game will be available this year.

In other XBLA news, it appears Atari will finally be getting around to releasing Battlezone, Tempest, and Warlords. The arcade classics were initially announced alongside Centipede/Millipede, Missile Command, and Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe in November 2006. With the Asteroids double deal hitting XBLA this week for 400 Microsoft points ($5), the publisher noted that the three remaining games would be "following through this holiday season." As with the first three titles, Battlezone, Tempest, and Warlords will come with classic and "evolved" versions, as well as leaderboards and achievements.

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Thereaper1981
Thereaper1981

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Thereaper1981
Thereaper1981

Well i guess its good but im no fan of Microsoft. But im interested in PAIN

Czenkus
Czenkus

the more XBLA performs, the more happy I get seeing old titles pop up that I'd been hoping for :) go go go arcade!

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

You know I hope all 3 succeed but as of this moment the PS3 still doesn't have that title that makes you go man I have to play that. I would like to play uncharted but there are so many games on the 360 and Wii that I own that I still haven't gotten around to that I don't see me getting a PS3 anytime soon. I probably will get one eventually but I am still waiting for that 1 great game that I can't play any other way.

thekey
thekey

I don't care who wins just as long as the games for both systems get better I really don't care anymore. Both of them have failed with in the year so I don't care(I'm on my 2nd PS3 and my 2nd 360).

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

i am so glad to see so many developers using XBLA, it is really healthy, and good for gaming in general!

livinglegend305
livinglegend305

ManOFsTeeL116 and your point is...its a good thing the ps3 effect your playing experience

ManOFsTeeL116
ManOFsTeeL116

everyone just face it, Ps3 is respected but so far 360 is kicking A$$ because MGS4 isnt out yet and killzone 2 was supposed to come out a year ago. So face it 360 is owning right NOW. im not saying in the future i mean today like NOW.

cybergooch
cybergooch

Loucetios, half of those games listed will be purchased by no one but you. The other half are, *yawn*, spins on old franchises. As APOLLOCJD says, if it makes you sleep better...

APOLLOCJD
APOLLOCJD

To Loucetios - PC/360 games count cause it is still a 360 game NOT on PS3. Plus, that exclusive PS3 list you gave, compared to its poor sales, only tell me that you are desprately insecure about your purchase. If that list makes you sleep better, so be it.

HAAS599
HAAS599

-loucetios good point about the mtorstorm and resistance stuff. I would like to declare "I AM NOT A FANBOY!" I just like to point out everytime I notice gamespot being one.

Loucetios
Loucetios

blackace now give me that list minus any game that is going to PC or will go to PC, then we can talk and if you want a list Killzone 2 Infamous Little big planet MotorStorm 2 Resistance 2/Ratchet and clank (whichever they are working on) Uncharted 2/jak & Daxter(whichever they are working on) Final Fantasy XIII Metal Gear Online Metal Gear Solid 4 Wipeout HD Wipeout Ps3(its a different game) SOCOM Confrontation Heavy Rain Zone of the Enders 3 Free Realms Afrika The Agency BUZZ TV Coded Arms Assault DC Universe Disgaea 3 Driver Eight Days The Getaway 3 God of war 3 (maybe) Gran Turismo 5 Prolouge Gran Turismo 5 Haze LA Noire Lord Of Vermillion(square enix title) nobi nobi boy star ocean 4 tekken 6 WarDevil(its now ps3 exclusive dunno y gamespot says its also on 360) White Knight Story Yakuza 3 NcSoft Title These are games that won't be on 360 OR the PC, with exception of the agency or free realms i think

blackace
blackace

HXCDEW PS3 is kicking 360's a$$ from Europe to Japan. Hell it's outsold the Wii in Japan 4 weeks in a row. It's already selling the same amount as 360 'worldwide'. Just a matter of time it does the same in the US. ******************************************* I own all 3 systems, but I can tell you right now, the PS3 has a long ways to go to catch the XBox 360 and Wii. The main reason the PS3 is selling well now is because of TWO price drops in a row. I don't see Sony dropping the price again anytime soon, but expect M$ to drop their price again either before or at the E3. Can you say $299 Pro and $350 Elite? The XBox 360 will probably go lower then the Wii before 2008 is over. As for games in 2008 (Banjo 3, NG2, Infinite Undiscovery, Cry On, Fable 2, GoW 2, GTA IV w/ exclusive content, Too Human, Lost Odyssey, 2 Days To Vegas, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Left 4 Dead, Halo Wars, Huxley, Unreal III, Far Cry 2, Supremem Commander, World in Conflict, Culdcept Saga, DMC4) and a host of other great titles ready for 2008. XBox 360 fans will have plenty to play in 2008, don't worry about that.

Loucetios
Loucetios

Gamespot failed to mention the new Motorstorm add ons and the new Resistance Map Pack

SemiMaster
SemiMaster

When does PAIN actually hit the store? Noon in Japan, California, London what? Is there a specific time when they are updating the store?

rawndawgie
rawndawgie

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rawndawgie
rawndawgie

"Can Xbox 360 really last until 2011? Just think about it...whats coming out for it in 2008? Ninja gaiden 2, Fable 2....i mean actually good games..dont name some randomness...Halo 4?" Okay, I don't think I need to respond to this. If you think that XBox 360 has only Fable 2 and Ninja Gaiden 2 - say they're the only geat games - then go on to list a whole bunch of mediocre to garbage Sony series... then I have to just say wow. Among having Haze, since it's not an exclusive (and looks like trash anyways), MS doesn't bathe in what they're GOING to have, making their people wait, like Sony obviously has done. Most of the 360s 2008 titles are not announced yet. and what about Gears of War 2? Overlook that, it isn't Sony! Good thing PS3 had recycled year-old games like Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Oblivion to drag their uselessness from the bottom. Oh wait... they're still there. "PS3 is the future" by the time the future arrives, it'd be around that time for another generation console. 2011, are you serious? lol... Wii got the auidences of now, and very effectively - 360 found the middle ground for now and the future. Sony just got way too much on their plate. Enjoy looking to the future with a six-axis controller in your hand.

TTDog
TTDog

Pain looks too much like a Tech-Demo to be worth bothering with, one trick pony of a game.

collaspedasd
collaspedasd

pain seems kool- but another lost xlusive... :(...

Sam_2006
Sam_2006

Anyone got any idea when this pathetic, idiotic, meaningless console war is gonna end ... oh maaaaan , you fanboys are so damn annoying !! xbox360 or ps3 !! who gives a tiny rat's ass , really !! enjoy your consoles and your games and give it a break ladies !!!!!!!

batman17
batman17

Yall still wit that same thing over and over again. I think its true when i say that ,all u fan boys that dont have all the systems or cant afford the systems talk to much and from my point of view why all u playstation fans are happy about. Playstation is loosing all the games that used to be exclusive to them, that should make u wonder if they know something we dont and to clear everything now ,i play my 360 more than my ps3 not because of the games but because of my friends and the network they got going. I dont know but im more of a people person than a game. Ya need to grow up.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

PS3 is kicking 360's a$$ from Europe to Japan. Hell it's outsold the Wii in Japan 4 weeks in a row. It's already selling the same amount as 360 'worldwide'. Just a matter of time it does the same in the US. Anyway, can't wait to play PAIN!

TheMudora
TheMudora

Oooh an update about Arcade games being downloadable! Now is my chance to comment on how one system is better than the other! - Moron

wando77
wando77

FUNNIEST COMMENT EVER - @Settings............................................................................................................. The only thing that makes xbox 360 better then the ps3 is the games or else ps3 is better then 360 in everything else. And the reason you buy a games console again?????

shujikun07
shujikun07

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thinkForever
thinkForever

you guys realize SOME multiplatform games perform better for Xbox 360 because of the era we're in. Xbox 360 games arent built on High Definition technology. So in 2009+ the games are going to look like crap compared to what the PS3 will look like (Blu-ray disc). That's why Blu-ray will deafeat HD DVD. Because everyone who owns a PS3 owns a Blu-ray player. With Xbox 360 you need to buy an add-on which looks ugly. Everything Sony makes is built for the future. For example, Xbox 360's had no problems until about a year later (3 Rings of Death). and PS3 has better games in the 2008 lineup (Haze, Killzone 2, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 4, Eight Days, Final Fantasy XIII, God of War 3, etc.) So far all of PS3's games have been BRAND NEW games. For example, Heavenly Sword, Resistance, Warhawk(re-done), Uncharted, Folklore, Motorstorm. They have not even touched on Sonys TRUE lineup which includes older titles like Gran Turismo, Syphon Filter, The Getaway, Jak and Daxter, Metal Gear Solid, Killzone, Twisted Metal. Can Xbox 360 really last until 2011? Just think about it...whats coming out for it in 2008? Ninja gaiden 2, Fable 2....i mean actually good games..dont name some randomness...Halo 4? 360 is the now. PS3 is the future. -mrjiggaman

ElectroCru
ElectroCru

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ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Ill stick with my PC, still nothing worth the money on either console. Maybe after this winter when 65nm boards are released and the price drops again.

johnnyBgood99
johnnyBgood99

mastertimx: "i hate fanboys, but hey i would be a fanboy too if i was poor. i own all 3, and a pc. BTW i'm getting pain." BTW, no one likes anyone who gloats

shroom76
shroom76

um. pain is basically an episode of jackass in 1080p and to be honest it doesnt look that fun but it looks fun to watch. and is it just me, or did i just read ms is stealing gripshift?! geez try and keep up xbl :)

ManOFsTeeL116
ManOFsTeeL116

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mastertimx
mastertimx

i hate fanboys, but hey i would be a fanboy too if i was poor. i own all 3, and a pc. BTW i'm getting pain.

SilV3RSix
SilV3RSix

"ddt88 Asteroids didn't get an Australian release... Yay, shafted again. Good job we keep paying that annual $80 subscription fee for XBL." Yeah, that $6.67 a month is really a burden. Cry me a river.

juggleJUGGLER
juggleJUGGLER

i dont see the point in arguing over the systems. Sony messed up on the ps3 and they know it. Microsoft messed up and they know it. Nintendo created a stupid system that plays mini games WAY TO GO. the difference is that Microsoft saw the future of xbox and reacted in time to save it and make it the best system. Sony decided that the ps3 would eventually sell but it didn't. they came out with the down graded white one. a bunch idiots keep saying they want one when its not worth it compared to the black one.

ddt88
ddt88

Asteroids didn't get an Australian release... Yay, shafted again. Good job we keep paying that annual $80 subscription fee for XBL.

mattlom03
mattlom03

Wow, fanboys really suck. You know who you are.

footfoe2
footfoe2

i dont know something about pain seems wrong,

LAboy06
LAboy06

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ctg867
ctg867

Pain is cool, Gripshift sucks, and I don't care about Atari rehashes.

Jersey-Gamer
Jersey-Gamer

Pain looks like wacky fun. I'll probably give it a shot. No one should be slagging off GripShift, though. It's a very good game, reminiscent of Super Monkey Ball but with cars driving around tracks. There are LOTS of levels, with multiple goals that'll test your skills. I've got both the PSP and PS3 versions, and they're both great fun. I'd recommend it for any system that you can get it on!

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

LOL did any1 see the Pain preview on On The Spot?? LOL. its a horrible game that gets old in a couple of hours. it looks horrible and no1 should spend money on that trash

Swift18
Swift18

360ers GripShift Sucks just to let you know. Its fun for a bit but gets old quick and people really play the same levels over and over untill they get a time that you can ever beat because its the best posible time you could ever hope to get. So its no fun lol

HAAS599
HAAS599

please find me the guy who has been waiting for gripshift to come out on his xbox. Because I feel sorry for him. I could not have cared less when it came out on PS3 my point was that gamespot felt they had to talk about the XBLA just because a decent game was coming to PS Store. Anyone who thinks gamespot isnt biased need to look at who is writing their checks.

lamprey263
lamprey263

ugh, first Space Giraffe, then a Tempest "Evolved"... come on, just release Tempest 2000 already

oddworld7
oddworld7

i'm really looking forward to pain.

tarmadadj
tarmadadj

This news should be punished with a toss moderation for making flamebates lol :)

Atheno
Atheno

Yeah Extreme thats right, maybe you would like to tell me why almost all Xbox 360 exclusives are on the PC now? Or most of them are going to PS3? Yeah...lets just say that there isn't really a thing called Exclusive. But Uncharted isn't going to the 360, since ND is owned by Sony, thats Naughty Dog just for your info. And id say PS3 performs better with most games, they have had their fair share though. But recently PS3 has been kicking it up a few notches thanks to the CELL.