New Sony PSP NGP

For all of you who don’t already know, Sony has just announce the new PSP NGP. NGP stands for Next Generation Portable. People have been waiting on this for a long time now and it looks like the fans will not be disappointed. Let’s take a look at some of the features:

-CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)

-GPU: SGX543MP4+

-5 inch OLED screen

-Dual Analog Sticks (Finally)

-3G and Wifi Capable

-Front and Rear Touchpads

-Front and Rear Cameras

-Motion Control

-Three Axis Compass and GPS

Sony seems to be answering a lot of the requests from the gamers. There have also been reports of PS3 like graphics. If this is the case, how will this affect cost? This seems to be a feature rich device but could this possibly cost as much as a Playstation 3? I definitely don’t doubt it. This company has been know for some crazy prices in the past. Maybe they will try to match the prices of the 3DS. It may be a necessity in order to knock the king of handhelds from it’s thrown.

No one knows if the new PSP will have 3D capabilities or if it even necessary. We know that Sony has a hit out for Nintendo but statements have been made about Apple and the iPhone. It seems like we will see a lot of interesting things happening in mobile gaming.

I personally am waiting on a price before I get too excited. What do you all think?

 

First Impression: Bulletstorm Demo (Gameplay Video)

Welcome to the little shop of horrors of video games!  DigitalDpad / STLgamer go through this demo with a semi fine-toothed comb.  That way, those neon brutes feel every tooth!

Bulletstorm for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 will be out on Feb. 22nd.  For now, the demo is available.  For all those people that either can’t get enough of the game that you have to watch while away from your controller, or you don’t have access to Xbox Live or the Playstation Network then you’re in luck!  Look below for our video.

Killzone 3 Beta on PSN Feb. 2nd

Announced today on The Official Playstation Blog, the Killzone 3 OPEN beta will be available for download Wednesday, February 2nd for North America.  The beta will be open from Feb. 2nd – 14th with Playstation Move and 3D support.

The beta will consist of one map, “Frozen Dam” and four multiplayer modes:

Guerrilla Warfare – 16 Player Team Deathmatch

Operations – 16 Player “story-based gameplay….the ISA must try to secure the docks and destroy the dam, while the Helghast must try to protect the dam facility”

Botzone – 1 Player and 15 Bots….enough said

More details about the beta to come soon.  Killzone 3 will be released on February 22nd in North America for the Playstation 3.

Source: Playstation.Blog

Image: Flickr – Playstation.Blog

The DPAD Life Podcast: Episode 1

Since development of our new website (DigitalDpad.com) is taking a little longer to polish to our liking, we thought it would be a good idea to post our first podcast so you can partake in the cast’s musings of gaming.  In our inaugral episode of what we call “The DPAD Life” we talk about the differences of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Medal of Honor, Heavy Rain issues, World of Warcraft, remembering The Matrix Online, Playstation Move, Halo: Reach spoilers abound (timestamp: Part 2 @ 10:40 – 10:50) and much, much, more!

Because of audio issues we had to split the podcast into two .mp3 files, hopefully we’ll fix that in later recordings.

The DPAD Life: Episode 1 – Part 1

The DPAD Life: Episode 1 – Part 2

(both recorded on 12/20/2010)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Coming Next Winter

Square Enix announced that a second story iteration of Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 next winter.  And by the looks of the trailer below, Lightning and her chocobo loving friends are all better and ready for another adventure.  Maybe it will be less linear than XIII.  But on second thought, it would probably come on 7 DVDs for the Xbox version versus 3 for the original.  Guess that means I have about a year to finish up my play through of XIII.  Curse you Chapter 11!!!

Source: US Playstation.Blog

Bulletstorm Demo Coming

EA and People Can Fly announced today that a Bulletstorm demo will be reelased on Xbox Live and PSN.  The demo will be available on January 25th on Xbox Live worldwide and in North America for the Playstation Network.  Europe’s Playstation Network will get the demo on January 26th.

The Bulletstorm demo introduces a slice of Echo mode in which players traverse a collapsed building on the deadly paradise planet Stygia as ex-Dead Echo leader Grayson Hunt. Players will utilize the “Skillshot” system in Bulletstorm as they crush enemies in increasingly creative ways to rack up points using an arsenal of powerful weapons, from a futuristic assault rifle called the Peace Maker Carbine, to the Flail Gun, which fires two grenades linked by a chain, and the Screamer, a powerful revolver that turns enemies into human fireworks.

The Bulletstorm demo will give PS3 fans a chance to try before you buy the Bulletstorm Limited Edition that “will also offer additional bonus content in-game”.  And Xbox 360 fans will be able to have a look at the game before dropping down a pre-order for the Bulletstorm Epic Edition and gain access to the Gears of War 3 Beta.

Bulletstorm releases on February 22, 2011 in North America and February 25, 2011 in Europe for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

Kinect: What’s Next?

I have had my Kinect for a little under a week now and I am loving it. It is a really powerful piece of hardware, but you have to ask yourself: What’s next when is comes to software. Of Course there are games like Kinect Sports and Dance Central that will tide gamers over for a while, but how long will these games keep us quiet. We have heard critics speak about how Kinect is not geared toward the hardcore gamer. With it’s current line up of games, this is completely true. The Playstation Move has been integrated into games already in the PS3′s library and all I see in the current Xbox library is Harry Potter (which had horrible reviews). With this being said, I am still extremely optimistic about what is to come with the Kinect. For now I am satisfied with my experience. What about you? How has your experience been with Microsoft’s entry into the motion gaming race?

Casual v. Hardcore Gamers

I know it has been a while since we have had a chance to update the site but things have been crazy this holiday season. Fortunately things are slowing down and I have had a chance to play some games and listen to some podcasts. I also have the chance to vent a little. Ever since I was a young gamer I have heard people talking about what it takes to be considered a hardcore gamer. In the media we are portrayed as Cheeto eating, Mountain Dew drinking nerds who spend their days alone in a dark room only illuminated by our televisions.In the gaming community some think that you have to own every console and play games dating back to the 70s and 80s. I personally think this is crazy.

All gamers should have a some sort of knowledge of gaming history (depending on when they were born) but having a collection of old consoles and games is not be a reality for all people. When I was younger when something new came out I had to trade in my old games because I was broke. Now that I am older I have to trade in old games because I am broke. Money is a major issue for a lot of people out there. Especially those with children. For those who are able to have these massive collection more power to you, but don’t strip away someone’s gamer card because they can’t do the same.

A casual gamer (in my opinion) is someone who really doesn’t play many games outside of a group or social setting. I would compare them to a casual or social drinker. They play games because they are there or because other people are playing at the moment. Real hardcore “Video Game Nerds” would disagree with me. I have heard SOME of these self proclaimed video game aficionados label those who spend most of their time playing Call of  Duty, Halo, or any sport game as a casual gamer. I can’t get jiggy with this. I feel that if a person devotes a certain amount of time and dedication to a single game and all of its mechanics, that is considered hardcore. I have never heard anyone call a world of WarCRACK player a casual gamer and anyone who can snipe me in the face while spinning off of the top of a building is definitely hardcore.

With that being said, I think that there are many different types of hardcore gamers. There are hardcore gamers that only play one game like Street Fighter or Halo. I cannot justify calling someone who makes a living off of only playing Madden or Unreal Tournament a casual gamer, but in the eyes of many that’s what they would be. A hardcore gamer to me is anyone with a genuine love for games. I don’t have a problem with someone sticking to on genre as long as they are playing games.

Of course, everything that I have said is my opinion. I know that there are those out there that won’t agree with what I say and that’s okay. With that being said…..what are your opinions on the subject?

Bulletstorm Epic Edition $59.99, Early Access to Gears of War 3 Beta

EA announced today that they are releasing a  Bulletstorm Epic Edition that will be available only on the Xbox 360 for $59.99 when the game releases on February 22nd, 2011.  Oh yeah, and the Epic Edition will grant you early access to the Gears of War 3 beta.  Yeah, that’s right.  Double barrel shotguns anyone?

Mike Capps, President of Epic Games, says, “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 Game Studios and EA. This is for the shooter fans.”

I guess this is why Gears of War 3 got pushed back, strategy.  Let’s just hope we don’t have another day one debacle like the Halo 3 beta that was accessed through Crackdown.

Bulletstorm Epic Edition will be limited, so you better go out and pre-order it now if you want access!

Bulletstorm is being developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games  and is published by EA.  The game will be released on February 22nd, 2011 on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC.

New Batman: Arkham City Trailer featuring Hugo Strange

There’s a new Batman Arkham game coming out Fall 2011. I don’t have much to say about the games because I’ve never played them before. But this one looks pretty good and It’s got me thinking of getting the others so I’ll be caught up in the storyline. Maybe Hugo Strange will be the new villian in The Dark Knight Rises too!