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E3 used to be the only show in town when it came to video game industry conventions, but several others have been emerging in the past few years -- most notably the European trade show Gamescom -- which is happening this week in Cologne. Just in case you couldn’t swing a plane ticket to Germany or don’t have the ability to sneak in, Video Games Plus is here to bring you the big news from the show, including a PS3 price cut, the return of FIFA Street and more.
PS3 Gets a Price Cut
If you’ve been holding out on buying a PlayStation 3 so far, now might be the time to pony up. Sony announced at Gamescom that it has dropped the price of the system by $50. The 160 GB model will now sell for $249 and the 320 GB will go for $299. Sony also is unveiling a limited edition “Infamous 2” bundle for $299 that includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of “Infamous 2” and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus.
"While others in the space are losing steam, PlayStation 3 is gaining momentum and giving gamers everywhere more of what they want,” said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton in a statement posted on the official PlayStation blog.
Hey Sony, is there any way you can toss in a free 3DTV too? No? OK, just asking.
3D Confirmed for Arkham City and Gears 3
Speaking of which, Sony has continued to make 3D games for the PS3 (perhaps partly to push their 3DTV’s sales), but almost all Xbox 360 games have continued to be flat, err, 2D that is.
But some of this fall’s biggest titles, namely “Batman: Arkham City” and “Gears of War 3” will both by playable in stereoscopic 3D for the 360. Arkham City, which is scheduled for release Oct. 18, will be appear in 3D for the PS3 as well.
Gears of War 3, exclusively on Xbox debuting Sept. 20, will be the first major Microsoft game to include the feature.
FIFA Street Rebooted
Soccer fans who enjoyed the “FIFA Street” series, it's time to take to the streets in celebration because the franchise is back. During their Gamescom press conference, EA Sports said they are bringing “FIFA Street” to consoles for the first time since 2008. This time, the team working on the soccer title is EA Canada, which develops the annual FIFA Soccer series.
Like “NFL Street” or “NBA Jam,” the “FIFA Street” series has been more about individual style and unique moves than the teamwork-focused gameplay of traditional sports games. The new “FIFA Street” will be powered by the FIFA Soccer gameplay engine and will introduce something called “Street Ball Control,” which EA promises to deliver an arsenal of groundbreaking street dribbling and trick moves to create one-on-one battles within matches. Players will also be able to utilize aerial skills to maneuver past opponents and a one-touch passing system for quick, precision passes.
Available will be stars from the most popular soccer clubs as well as real-life street players competing at more than 35 locations around the world.“FIFA Street” will also be tied to EA's new Season Ticket program, that allows for subscribers to gain access to the game a few days ahead of launch.
The game will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 in early 2012.
New BF3 Trailer Amazes
We already were in love with “Battlefield 3” after seeing gameplay demos and trying our hand at the multiplayer at E3 earlier this summer. Now, after checking out the game’s new features showed off at Gamescom, we’re considering marrying this game.
Developer DICE demonstrated “Battlefield 3’s” new co-op mode at Gamescom as we saw two people working together to extract a prisoner from an apartment building and escorting him out of the city while under heavy attack. We also got a taste of the PC version’s ability to play up to 64 players at once during multiplayer. The crowd was really wooed when the studio showed off the first gameplay footage of Top Gun-style dogfights in the Caspian Border trailer.
“Battlefield 3” launches on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during the week of October 25.
Infamous 2 Gets Bit by the Vampire Bug
“Red Dead Redemption” got a zombie makeover with its Undead Nightmare DLC, now “Infamous 2” is getting its own supernatural monster add-on in the form of the infamous bloodsuckers. That’s right, vampires are coming to New Marais.
What we know about the plot is that vampires have invaded New Marais and “Infamous 2” hero Cole MacGrath has been bitten. He finds himself with only one night to find the vampire leader and kill him. The standalone downloadable game is called “Festival of Blood” and it’s scheduled for release in October on PlayStation Network.
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