Gran Turismo 5 Gets Functionality Updates

A new functionality update has been made available for GT5 that all Gran Turismo fans are surely going to love.

The update comprises of :-

Seasonal events has been added to the upper left of the GT Life screen enabling players to participate in official events that are held for a limited time wherein all participants follow the same set of rules and regulations and on completion of the event get rewards and experience.

Hot Car Dealer has been added to the left center of the GT Life screen. This section provides you with all the popular and rarely used cars.

Online Race Rewards and Experience wherein you complete a race in the “Open Lobby” or “My Lounge” and gain rewards and experience.

Driving Distance and Number of Wins in Online Races :- On completing a race in the “Open Lobby” or “My Lounge“, these attributes will affect your stats in the “Profile” and “Garage” sections of the game, which include results from online play too.

Improved Rewards for winning races in both A – Spec and B – Spec which have been increased for a limited time upto January 2011.

Apart from all of these, there are further updates and enhancements arriving in the near future.

EA Producing Movie Based On ‘Madden Curse’

Long time Madden NFL fans would be aware of the ‘Madden Curse‘ – the jinx that hits any player who gets featured on the cover of the EA NFL game. Now recent reports suggest that Electronic Arts is developing a cinematic comedy based on this infamous Madden Curse. According to the website The Wrap, this project is being led by the vice president of EA entertainment, Pat O’Brien even though the site has not mentioned any named source from the company for the information. The film`s story will most probably follow a former Madden video game champion being forced out of retirement as he becomes the subject of a new game`s box art.

No studio or actors have been confirmed for the project as of now. A reality show which is dedicated to the franchise already broadcasts on ESPN2 which is a big hit amongst American fans and athletes. Although this concept might not be able to advance far enough, EA has also been planning for more films based on games such as Mass Effect, Army of Two, The Sims and Spore,etc. But it is worth noting that none of these projects have progressed beyond the planning stages till now.

Mafia Wars Atlantic City For Mobile Phones Launched

Zynga has launched a mobile version of its popular Mafia Wars Atlantic City game. This is the social gaming company`s first ever application to be designed for the mobile web. Well, it just seems like Zynga has a lot to show to its potential investors rather than just sticking to the social games on Facebook. This game makes use of the HTML 5 format which means that it will be able to run on most smartphones.

One advantage that HTML 5 has is that it is not platform dependent like Adobe Flash and other native formats, which is apparently the reason why Zynga chose to build the game in it – Build once, and run on multiple platforms. Zynga makes a significant chunk of its revenues from Facebook and it is likely that the company feels it’s time for them put their hands in the mobile market.

You can play this new Mafia Wars game on your mobile by visiting m.mafiawars.com or download it from the GetJar application store.

Capcom Monster Hunter Portable 3 Sale Records In Japan

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, the PSP game that released just recently, has shipped in almost 3 million copies in Japan thus setting in a new record in that region. The game has become Capcom`s fastest selling game of all time. The role playing based game sold these record number of copies in just 17 days bringing in the worldwide sales of the series to a whopping 16 million. The terrific success of the game is reported to have quadrupled the sales of PSP following the games release.

Consequently, apart from becoming the fastest selling Capcom title, the game has also helped PSP achieve in a new sales record in Japan. Incidentally, the game has not been able to replicate its Japanese success in the UK although Monster Hunter Tri on Wii had  spent in just a week on the UK top 10. Capcom has still not confirmed and is yet to announce whether Monster Hunter Portable 3rd will be released in the UK and Europe.

First Downloadable For Call Of Duty : Black Ops Releasing On February 1

Activision will be releasing the first set of downloadable content for Call of Duty : Black Ops which will be going on sale for the XBox 360 on 1st February and will be costing around $15. This downloadable content comes in the form of a multiplayer map pack comprising of 4 regular levels including one for the game`s zombie mode.

There are 2 regular maps which are based on campaigns for the singleplayer, i.e. Hong Kong and the Arctic Circle while the other 2 take place in the cold war locations – the Berlin Wall and an ice hockey stadium. Apparently, Microsoft has struck a deal with Activision to bring the Black Ops downloadable content first by February 1 on XBox 360 under the title “First Strike” . What this means is that the game is expected to make its way through to the PC and Play Station 3 users only later than that. That’s bad news if you are not an XBox user!

Tomb Raider Trilogy For PS3 Launching Next Year

Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that a Tom Raider trilogy pack is on its way and will be released in the first quarter of 2011. This release includes Tom Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary and Tomb Raider Underworld all on one single Blu-ray disc. It is however worth noting that this trilogy pack had  started to appear in the retail list of Amazon Germany even before developer Crystal Dynamics could confirm the authenticity

Brand director for Tomb Raider Karl Stewart mentioned in his Tweet:

“Yes, it’s official. A Tomb Raider PS3 Trilogy pack is coming in the New Year. Full details coming next week – watch this space.”

This pack will be joining in the trilogy ranks of the Sly Collection which had released on November 9 along with the rumored Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia Trilogy packs. Amazon has revealed that the packs will release on 22nd March, 2011 and also mentions that all the three games will be offering a trophy support with a collectors edition unlocking both male and female Playstation home avatars.

Uncharted For PSP2 May Be Coming Soon

According to new rumors, a new version of Uncharted game could well be in the development stages for the Play Station Portable (PSP) 2. The latest report comes from the Game Informer magazine who tell us that this game is rumoured for a release in 2011.

“The developers we talked to described the PSP2 as a very powerful machine. We’ve even heard that a new Uncharted spin-off – which could even stand in for a full-on Uncharted 3 – is in the works.”, Game Informer magazine.

The magazine further quotes that the possibility of Uncharted on PSP 2 “speaks to how powerful the graphics capabilities are for the handheld”. This is interesting considering that reports in the past few weeks had suggested that the PSP2 could just be half as powerful as the PS3. Of course while this would mean that the games shall also be of comparable lower graphical quality, we would nevertheless look forward to seeing the Uncharted on the PSP.

Crysis 2 Video Demo Unveiled

A new trailer for the Crysis sequel has arrived. The two minute video footage gives us a glimpse of the game with some actual gaming footage in it.

“New York has been ruined after an alien invasion in 2023. Donning the Nanosuit, you will use its strength, speed and invisibility as weapons to exculpate the once flourishing city from its unwelcome visitors.”

This footage has been the best of the single player footage that has been shown so far, showing off both the features as well as the visuals which are really stunning. It’s a trailer totally dedicated to the nanosuit and how it carries off all the activities in a violent style. All die hard Crysis fans will want to watch this trailer of the game.

All these nanosuit powers are displayed in the trailer. Crysis 2 has been scheduled for a release on March 22nd, 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC. You can also pre-order the game for the platform of your choice from Amazon.com

8GB Nintendo 3DS Cartridges Production Underway At Macronix

Upcoming Nintendo 3DS cartridges could be having a memory size ranging between 1 to 8 GB as reported by GamradeMacronix, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of ROM chips for Nintendo is reported to have set up a complete production line of ROM chips ranging from 1GB to 8GB in size, ready to match a wide variety of requirements like the Nintendo 3DS cartridges.

The development of these bulky chips is reportedly in response to market reports concerning 3D game requirements, indicating that the storage for the 3DS will be 1GB or greater. These 8GB cartridges will be increasing the storage capacity of the Nintendo DS by as much as sixteen times. Currently the largest cartridge being used for the DS is 512MB .

There has also been a rumor that Nintendo will be enforcing some sort of a 2GB limit on the 3DS games (well, this is just a rumor). There are very few details regarding this part of the story. Nevertheless, Nintendo is surely showing a significant improvement in their cartridges storage considering that the biggest cartridge for the DS currently  is only 512MB.

Get Access To Gears Of War 3 With BulletStorm Epic Edition

Electronic Arts is offering all those people who are buying the BulletStorm Epic Edition an early access to Gears of War 3. This incentive is being offered to gamers worldwide by Epic Games in partnership with EA and Microsoft.

This Xbox 360 special edition game hits the markets on February 25th along with the inclusion of a special code enabling gamers to access the beta release of Gears of War 3 later this year. Speaking about this, Epic Game`s president, Dr. Michael Capps has said,

“Epic is poised to break new ground in 2011 with Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm. With these two highly anticipated triple-A experiences comes a unique opportunity to do something to really excite players, and that’s what we intend to accomplish with the support of Microsoft and EA. This is for the shooter fans.”

This upcoming edition of BulletStorm will also include a few extra online goodies in the form of armour, new weapons, boots and extra experience points.