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BlackSite online support limited on PS3

BlackSite: Area 51, Midway's upcoming Unreal Engine-powered shooter, is going to have a fairly robust online mode. According to IGN: "With the Xbox 360 version of the game, players will be able to play ranked and unranked matches, and voice support will have constant chatter for teammates while everyone will be able to hear each other if they're close enough, regardless of which team they're on."

Wait, but that's not the case for PS3. Most of these features are being cut for Sony's version. According to a Midway representative: "Basically, the PS3 supports the ability to host, search, and join - that's it. All of the other functionality did not make it to PS3: ranked / leader boards, match making, voice chat, private slots, etc." Essentially, expect a fairly bare-bones online mode for the PS3 version of BlackSite. This seems like a strange omission from Midway, especially considering the robust online features their upcoming Unreal Tournament will have.

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Once again, this is not a duplicate.
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No this isn't a duplicate: the Midway representative's words are not in the source you provided.
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Tommie6055d ago

Free online network service rocks -_-'

sonarus6055d ago

lol i would still rather not pay for online and way to go midway. Midway's best game this yr is gonna be on the ps3 unreal tourney black site will suck jst like stranglehold so i honestly could care less. This is undoubtedly due to ps3 unreal engine issues but there are far too many games coming out to even consider black site

Tommie6055d ago

UT III on PS3 is delayed to Q1 2008 as well, PC version this year.

BloodySinner6055d ago

Unreal Tournament III isn't even a Midway game title. It belongs to Epic Games. :-/

FirstknighT6055d ago

Yup, PSN shows his ugly lil face. This is what you get when you have cheap online service. While a prime online service like Xbox Live gives you top notch online gaming.

Virtual Fighter anyone??? :)

masterg6055d ago

What is it you guys don't get.
This has nothing to do with PSN.
This is a company that desperately want to release their game and choose to use the most time on the console with the most users. Simple as that.

the worst6055d ago

xboxlag service suck
anyway

jackdoe6055d ago

It's basically open platform, like PC gaming(though games for windows is an exception), so it is up to the developers to decide whether they want to deliver the experience or not. It has nothing to do with PSN so don't give me that sh!t.

Proxy6055d ago

Computer games have long had the best online features, and for the most part PC's use free online service. :)

Delive6055d ago

When my 360 is not overheating and lagging out of matches. I'll now add Midway to the list with EA and Capcom.

Game Crazy6055d ago

I think that any of us who has tried both Xbox Live and PSN will agree that Xbox Live is superior. As the saying goes. You get what you pay for. As for this game not supporting PSN as much as it does Live. I figure hosting your own server and having such a wide open service would make things expensive and unattractive for a 3rd party developer wanting to enable online play for a PS3 game.

Bathyj6055d ago

Why are you trolling FirstKnight.

Shouldn't you be jerkin off to Lago 3 with the rest of your class.

I dont know how people who put up with Lag and pay for it can knock a service with decicated servers thats free.

You're not allowed to complain about a free lunch you dumb fuk.

peksi6055d ago

Makes you wonder why the hell they even bothered to make the PS3 version? So much wasted work thrown outta window there.

Making a crippled version to a system just sounds like bad business to me.

marinelife96055d ago

Enjoy paying $250 over the next five years so you can talk to your friends online in one game.

marinelife96055d ago

I don't understand why Midway did this. Most 360 fans are still going to be playing Halo they're not going to stop playing it to start playing what looks to be an average game at best.

Watkins6055d ago

Oh, so you get what you pay for, as you say? Well then the xbox360 is far inferior to the PS3 as well, right? Sigh ..

wageslave6053d ago

@sonarus.

No, this would have nothing to do with the rendering and physics engine.

What this probably has to do is the underlying PSN and memory issues in the PS3.

in order to have cross-game chat, or matchmaking, you have to load libraries into the game. Those libraries take up memory.

The Sony libraries are massive compared to the Xbox 360 version. After they loaded all the supporting-libraries into memory, perhaps the ran out of memory resources?

See these articles, talk all about it:
http://www.innerbits.com/bl...
http://ozymandias.com/archi...
http://www.innerbits.com/bl...

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Lightning Mr Bubbles6055d ago (Edited 6055d ago )

Just a flame post. This isn't a system seller anyway.

While that's true, the PS3 is getting hammered in sales anyway. So It's not like I can defend that. Just hope it does better with the price cuts.

ASSASSYN 36o6055d ago

System seller or not ps3 needs every game it can get. Especially, third-party games.

blusoops6055d ago

most of those functions I can get with Warhawk...so midway isn't making any sense!

actionjackson6055d ago

Exactly. Someone send these people the code to Resistance:Fall of Man and Warhawk. They seriously left this stuff out? I'm baffled.

SmokeyMcBear6055d ago

well whats the point if everyone is playing halo3?

FirstknighT6055d ago

The point is that this is just ANOTHER mutliplatform game better on the 360.