Call of Duty 4 is popular

Activision has announced that sales for Call of Duty 4 has surpassed 10 million copies. They didn’t give a breakdown in numbers, but the 360 version is safely leading the pack.

Well, maybe it would be a good idea to just let Infinity Ward handle all future Call of Duty games, don’t you think? I mean, Call of Duty 3 and Big Red One aren’t horrible, but they’re nowhere near as good as 1, 2, or 4. Infinity Ward did 1, 2, and 4, Activision B teams handled the others.

Seriously though, congratulations to Infinity Ward and everybody else involved in Call of Duty 4. It’s an amazing game and I hope it continues to sell like crazy.

EGM grows a pair, delays MGS 4 review

If you’re wondering why the latest issue of EGM is lacking the Metal Gear Solid review, you don’t have to look any further than 1up.com. The site published a statement saying why they’re holding off on publishing the review for another month. They said:

“Metal Gear Solid 4 will hit store shelves shortly after this issue of EGM lands in your hot little hands. And four EGM editors — Matt Leone, Jeremy Parish, Andrew Pfister, and Shane Bettenhausen — have already invested plenty of time in the game. So why don’t we have a full review in this issue? Simply put: We weren’t happy with the limitations Konami wanted to impose on our comments, and rather than publish compromised reviews in the interest of being the first to rate the game, we’d rather wait until next issue, where we can be completely open and thorough with our thoughts. In the meantime, our MGS4 vets sat down for an informal chat about the game (and remember — [once the limitations are lifted] you can find the full review on 1UP.com!).”

Good on EGM and the 1up Network. In my honest opinion, any review coming out before the release date is in part tainted. Maybe the score wouldn’t have changed, but the limitations placed on the reviewers definitely will have shaped the written content.

BioShock officially coming to PS3

Awesome news! I loved BioShock and picked it as my #2 game last year (just a shade behind Super Mario Galaxy), and I’ve been hoping that PS3 fans would get a chance to play through the game. The story, the graphics, the art style, and everything about the game just scream must-have. No word on additional content so far, but EGM is saying that there might be some graphical improvements made when the game makes the leap to PS3.

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PS3 owners, show your appreciation to 2K for bringing this game over and pick it up. Don’t be lame.

LittleBigPlanet’s open beta canceled

LAME!

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The much hyped and often promised open beta for LittleBigPlanet is sadly not going to happen. Sony confirmed to PS3Fanboy at the recent PlayStation Day event that there would be no open beta, despite having promised it repeatedly to eagerly awaiting fans. The game will still see a beta phase (obviously), but it will be handled internally by Sony teams. The game is still slated to release in October, but the news still burns a bit.

GTA IV hype, issues, and controversy

GTA IV is here, and gamers around the globe are having their fun hijacking cars, taking over the streets, and running from cops. Millions of people lined up at midnight last night to pick up preorders or hopefully to snag one of the few extra copies that stores got outside of reservations.

As with every major launch, however, it hasn’t been all singing and dancing. First discovered on the PlayStation Blog forums, it appears that a significant amount of gamers are dealing with freezing and crashing issues. The problem is also being discussed over at NeoGAF, and it appears that both systems are susceptible; although more complaints are pouring in from PS3 owners. As of now, the recommended fix has been to delete the install and save game data and re-install the game (for PS3 owners). Some say it has worked, others say they’re still having problems. Here’s hoping that gets straightened out, because nothing is more depressing than having issues with your most anticipated game of the year.

In a bit of a controversial move, Gamespot seems to have changed their score for GTA. Yesterday a 9.5 score was showing on the site, but it was quickly pulled as whiners piled on. The full written text wasn’t live yet, but the review showed up in the database and it looked as if the score had indeed been decided upon. Hours later, however, the score had been changed from 9.5 to 10 when the full written review hit the site. For visual proof, see below:

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Whether it was an honest mistake or not, it’s probably not the type of mistake Gamespot can afford to make right now with their credibility still in question after Gerstmann’s firing. Forums are already calling foul, even those that were hoping that the game would receive a better score. We’ll await Gamespot’s official response, should they choose to comment.

Sony’s almost GTA IV ad campaign

So for about a day Amazon had a listing up saying that GTA IV was “meant to be played on the PS3.” Now, after some digging around, it was admitted by Amazon PR Manager Tammy Hovey to Joystiq that Sony had actually paid for the promotional language in their product listing. Here’s how it looked:

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Now I’m all for companies advertising the products that they have coming out for their systems, but to speak with such misleading language is incredibly lame. Besides, the Xbox 360 version is going to have exclusive DLC content, so as it stands, it appears that the 360 version is going to be the most complete.

After a small e-riot, the product listing has been changed to a more suitable product listing, and fanboy panties everywhere have become unbunched.

PS3 to get DTS-HD support with April 15 firmware update

YES! Here’s a direct quote from the official PlayStation blog:

I have more good news to report today – the system software update will also add DTS-HD Master Audio output for Blu-ray videos, which means the high-definition visuals of Blu-ray will now be matched with the highest quality audio for the ultimate movie-watching experience on PS3.

DTS-HD Master Audio is literally bit-for-bit identical to the studio master recording and makes movie soundtracks and sound effects truly come to life. The technology delivers audio at the incredibly high rate of 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) on Blu-ray disc, which is significantly higher than standard DVDs. DTS-HD Master Audio also offers 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths, so you’ll be totally immersed in the sound. The firmware update will add DTS-HD High Resolution Audio as well, which is a similar output technology that requires less disc space.

Time to upgrade those receivers and audio setups, suckers. I’ve been keeping my eye on a certain tuner for quite some time, and now it looks like I should make the jump. For companies that were only putting DTS-HD tracks (as far as their HD audio was concerned) on their Blu-ray releases, this is huge. Fox wasn’t including other forms of HD audio, so PS3 owners were forced to revert back to audio quality from yesteryear. Audiophiles, today is a happy day.
Source: Official PlayStation Blog 

The Rock Band Store is Coming This Week – Looks Awesome

Later this week we’ll be getting a big update to Rock Band in the form of the Rock Band store. This will make buying DLC for the game much easier, and provide much more solid details on what individual songs offer. While browsing the song selection, you’ll be able to sort alphabetically by song, alphabetically by artists, genre, and year released. The store will also give you details about how difficult the song is, how each instrument is represented within the track, and more. And most importantly, you will now be able to preview songs before buying! Check out the screens below.

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In addition to the store being released and a few minor bug fixes, Harmonix has also announced that a patch will cause downloaded songs to load up quicker, so you’ll no longer have to wait through that “Loading Additional Content” screen each time you want to jump in and start playing. Pretty nifty, huh?

Oh, and they’ve sold over 6 million songs. Wow.

Capcom semi reveals new Street Fighter IV character

Popping up on Capcom’s Japanese Street Fighter IV site yesterday was a fuzzy image of a new character for the series. The character, currently given the name El Fuerte, looks to be a power type character. Here’s the image that was posted on the site:

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You can’t tell much from the pic, but it appears that the character is wearing a mask. Some are speculating that he’ll be a lucha libre type of fighter, but no specific details have been released as of yet.