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Blast Factor: Advanced Research Coming Soon!

Andy O'Neil's Avatar + Posted by Andy O'Neil on Jul 31, 2007 // President, Bluepoint Games

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We’ve just put the finishing touches on the Blast Factor: Advanced Research expansion and we’re stoked to see what you guys think of it! We got a lot great feedback on Blast Factor, and we’re implementing a lot of that into Blast Factor: Advanced Research, there’s SO much cool new stuff! Seven new specimens, eleven new types of enemy, two new bosses, monthly online high score tables, new practice mode, remixed sound effects, eight new music tracks and dynamic lighting. Man, we need a vacation!

The new expansion looks amazing, brand new visuals for each specimen, super detailed and each with its own theme. We’ve added dynamic lighting, new water, new particles, new camera, all running at a silky smooth 60fps at 1080p.

New audio too, Steve Johnson at Sony Sound worked like crazy going through every sound effect in the game, tweaking and enhancing each one. Turk Dietrich and Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) created 8 kick-ass music tracks for the levels. You’ll be cranking up the 5.1 for this.

Finally, the gameplay – we’ve taken the enemy and player interactions to a whole new level. There are new enemies that suppress chaining, enemies that create huge explosions for big combo scores. The new BouncerEx_AR and Platelet_ATR enemies (seen in the specimen 6 boss fight video above) really lay the smack down if you’re not smart about using the tipper and repeller. There are cool tertiary enemy interactions and the new BigRepel turns all your abilities against you, chain/tip/repel this guy and he’ll trigger a reaction sending other enemies screaming towards you. It’s a real challenge, and something people have not seen before in shooters.

Blast Factor: Advanced Research will be out in the PSN store soon with a demo so you can check it out. Hope you guys enjoy it!
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+ Madness3120 on July 31st, 2007 at 10:03 am said:

Keep it up!!!


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+ 40cal on July 31st, 2007 at 10:08 am said:

Great stuff. Blast factor is tons of fun. I am looking forward to the new content.


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+ VozrotH on July 31st, 2007 at 10:09 am said:

Another shooter :-(


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+ Jelloed420 on July 31st, 2007 at 10:10 am said:

i want Home :(


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+ killthee on July 31st, 2007 at 10:14 am said:

How much is this going to cost? 9.99? What if we already have BF?


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+ sectionz on July 31st, 2007 at 10:15 am said:

yeah i want home but .. i want this too .. do i have to buy the original then buy this? there should be a special package on the PSN.


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+ sectionz on July 31st, 2007 at 10:16 am said:

FYI Telefon Tel Aviv = Crazy People Music = FUN YAY.


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+ Dubbedinenglish on July 31st, 2007 at 10:25 am said:

Looked pretty good. Good to see you guys are continuing the support for the title.


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+ darkiewonder on July 31st, 2007 at 10:31 am said:

This looks MUCH better than the first one. I can’t’ wait for it.


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+ mustaphadamus on July 31st, 2007 at 10:35 am said:

one of the most addicting games ever. man this is a purchase for me, for sure


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+ lakaihigh on July 31st, 2007 at 10:42 am said:

looks pretty cool from the trailer point of view but I never bothered with the first BF, I bought flOw instead and love that game (only wish there was more on it). Is there anyone out there that bought the first one that could give me any suggestions?


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+ aaquib on July 31st, 2007 at 10:46 am said:

Nice. Thanks for putting a demo out first, too :)


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+ rothgar on July 31st, 2007 at 10:51 am said:

all I want to know is if the bug is fixed where the wave takes 3-5 seconds to happen after I flick the controller. That only started happening after the first upgrade and it made the game unplayable to me.


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+ StuntF50 on July 31st, 2007 at 10:55 am said:

Good to hear, never had Blast Factor but the demo was fun, only reason cause’ no credit card, just gotta wait till the PSN Cards. But this game looks great.

Anyways, I’m required to post this in all my comments from now on. This time I’ll do it once.

THE PLAYSTATION STORE NEEDS MORE THIRD-PARTY DEMOS, THEY ARE LETTING THEM ALL GO TO XBOX LIVE, IT ALSO NEEDS A REVAMP TO MAKE IT EASIER TO ACCESS ARCHIVED CONTENT. SONY NEEDS TO BEAT XBOX, WE MUST MAKE THIS HAPPEN


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+ mtsmylie on July 31st, 2007 at 10:58 am said:

Thanks very much for providing a demo. Sony really needs to make all downloadable games have demos.


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+ coolasj19 on July 31st, 2007 at 10:59 am said:

i was like WHATEVER until i saw that screeen of a NON-hexagon map. Wo0t this is a definate share/buy-in. thanks can youll get some news on snakeball for us while your at it.=) thanks sony and the playstation team.


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+ EvoAnubis on July 31st, 2007 at 10:59 am said:

Good stuff. Thanks for the news.


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+ AssassinXIII on July 31st, 2007 at 11:04 am said:

hey

why the hell lair sucks

EGM rated it

6.0 !!!!


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+ AssassinXIII on July 31st, 2007 at 11:05 am said:

lair sucks

lair sucks

lair sucks


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+ AnubisHades on July 31st, 2007 at 11:06 am said:

YAY


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+ kjeldsen on July 31st, 2007 at 11:07 am said:

Telefon Tel Aviv, worth twice the price.. i hope there is some way to listen to the music without playing :-)

Addon the bought!

Oh and Lair bought as well, if a spammer says it sucks it must be good! :-)


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+ xplosneer on July 31st, 2007 at 11:08 am said:

Assassin:
How do you know? Earlier people rated it 9/10.
You haven’t even played it, so when you get it then rate it.


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+ xplosneer on July 31st, 2007 at 11:09 am said:

Anyways, game looks good. But could we get something else other than these SciFi shooters? We already have 3. I’m not saying it’s bad but we have three, can we get variety?


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+ AssassinXIII on July 31st, 2007 at 11:19 am said:

@xplosneer

here

http://n4g.com/ps3/News-55680.aspx


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+ deadxbabiesxinc on July 31st, 2007 at 11:24 am said:

seriously tho…whats with all the FPS and shooters like this? Can’t we get some PAIN! and Home? Geez…i’m starting to get bored of all these shoot em ups


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+ Darkdrium777 on July 31st, 2007 at 11:35 am said:

Yeah, that looks fun, and stressing too. So many enemies :D


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+ xplosneer on July 31st, 2007 at 11:36 am said:

@Assassin
I know I’ve seen that already.
I was saying how do YOU know it is bad and earlier people gave it 9/10 ratings.


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+ Kratos_ate_Snake on July 31st, 2007 at 11:48 am said:

Wow… I am impressed. this is a true example of a 5 star post.

new content announcement, a video, Pics, and a demo announcement. If half of your posts were this good, this site would be the greatest.


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+ MrCamo on July 31st, 2007 at 12:06 pm said:

This looks great. I love just picking up the controller and blasting through a few levels. I am hoping the developers read this: I have had problems with the tilt wave on the controller as well, with a delay or poor reaction on the controller. I am wondering if they could add an option to not use the tile function. I have had problems with it and it is really frustrating to throw the controller around and blow up, even though you reacted on time. What about a two button combo to go either left or right? Other than that problem i liked the game. I just cannot play it when the tilt stops and drives me crazy. That is when i start up Super Stardust HD nad at least get credit for my reaction time.


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+ AssassinXIII on July 31st, 2007 at 12:08 pm said:

@xplosneer

i don’t know


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+ Razrsharp on July 31st, 2007 at 12:21 pm said:

this looks fun, i might just have to pick this one up. Where are the playstation cards similar to the point cards that xbox live has. I know a lot of people who have been waiting for them because of creditcard issues. This would increase sales because more people would have access to the psn games.


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+ 40cal on July 31st, 2007 at 12:24 pm said:

Off Topic.

I just popped 300 in the PS3 and Wow. It looks so damn good that now the real world around me looks like crap.

As for Lair all EGM did was complain about the controls, instead of informing us about the learning curve and giving people a professional opinion they complained. Still buying Lair on day one and it will be great.


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+ kenji on July 31st, 2007 at 12:28 pm said:

How soon is soon?


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+ MTK on July 31st, 2007 at 12:30 pm said:

– A Suggestion for improving PSN Home

I think incorporating Accomplishments in the Sony PSN Home is a good idea, and should be made standard (standard number of points per game) and mandatory for the Developers for each game released.

While seeing the Accomplishments as Trophies in Home is certainly well worth the while, what would make it better would be to have these Accomplishments worth certain points. Not only that, an added incentive for Accomplishment points might be to have Accomplishment points worth a certain number of PSN dollars, for example, 1000 Accomplishment points = 1 PSN dollar. That way, Gamers can USE Accomplishment points to BUY PSN additional content, downloadable games, movies, music, etc. I think that would be something that your competition hasn’t thought of, although they might be quick to jump on the bandwagon.


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+ I_Love_New_York on July 31st, 2007 at 12:49 pm said:

Hey guys good to see that this game is shaping up I might actually buy it. Anyways the online team at Sony needs to release PSN cards because many people that I know would like to buy things online but their parents won’t let them or their parents won’t let them buy an American Express or Visa card to buy stuff online. Also, there will always be haters for the game Lair. I personally think that this game will be the first great first party game that Sony will be releasing I already have this game fully paid off at gamespot. After this I’m just waiting for Dynasty Warriors Gundam and Warhawk. Also if anyone from Sony is reading my post I have to say that ever since the last update I believe 1.90 many people including me, well our headsets which I believe are wired that use the usb have been acting strange. This may be an isolated insident I don’t know because besides Motorstorm the only online game I have is Resistance and whenever me and my buddies play resistance our headsets work in the lobby and before the game starts but once we get in the game 30 seconds in we can’t talk with our headsets but we can hear. This is happening in the Resistance Fall of Man games and maybe thats why its a little bit quieter. I don’t think that it affects people with Bluetooth headsets I don’t know because me and my other buddies we use Logitech communicator headsets. And the only way to talk is to plug and unplug the USB from the Playstation so we can talk. But then again it cuts out 30 seconds. SO basically they don’t work during online play. Please Sony have you ever heard of this occurance? Also I am not really bitter because I am not spoiled and i am at least happy that I have a chance to play online so I am not angry or upset I’m taking it how it is. Because I know that I’ll just pick up Warhawk and get a free Jabra Bluetooth headset.


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+ djtortilla on July 31st, 2007 at 12:52 pm said:

nice preview video, home it doesnt cost too much,

but yeah enough with the shooters


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+ drtysouf21 on July 31st, 2007 at 1:07 pm said:

Hey guys i don’t post here often. I just have one request. Can someone please put an end to all these Metal Gear Solid 4 Multiplatform rumors. Its like every other day this rumor is put to rest and then reborn again. Everyone wants to know one way or another if its a PS3 Exclusive. I know a few Sony Execs have said their is an exclusive deal in place. But rumors keep popping up and the rumor itself seems to annoy people more then the idea of it going multiplatform. Anyway this is the reason for my request.

http://kotaku.com/gaming/rumor/konami-dates-mgs4-still-considering-multi+plat-284228.php

http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=126368

We want it to stay PS3 exclusive can we get an official ironclad press release stating that it is exclusive to the PS3 so that this rumor can just die. Please. Thanks if your listening.


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+ drtysouf21 on July 31st, 2007 at 1:08 pm said:

Where did my previous comment go?


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+ MID-EAST-ASSASIN on July 31st, 2007 at 1:08 pm said:

Well, they do have that ski game coming soon.


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+ RoAcH2285 on July 31st, 2007 at 1:10 pm said:

Where can I get a Playstation network card….anyone….you…you.


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+ MID-EAST-ASSASIN on July 31st, 2007 at 1:10 pm said:

Yea @ MTK, I totaly agree, ive been thinking of that idea to, That would be a very good idea sony.


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+ PS3_123106 on July 31st, 2007 at 1:12 pm said:

#35 brings up a good point, aren’t the PSN cards already out in Japan? What gives Sony?


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+ K on July 31st, 2007 at 1:32 pm said:

The 80GB PS3 at $599 launches tomorrow, it’s going to bomb so hard…


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+ Savage on July 31st, 2007 at 1:37 pm said:

That’s a great little gameplay video.

@#37: If you read that kotaku article it specifically mentions the franchise and not MGS4 as such. I think that MGS 4 will be a PS3 exclusive, but future MGS titles may be multi-platform. They may continue the story with Raiden or maybe even Vamp :).


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+ Mana Knight on July 31st, 2007 at 1:43 pm said:

I found Blast Factor to be an awesome game. I’m a little worried that this may costs a little too much though. I’ve been impressed with the videos I’ve seen.

Anyway, I can’t wait to play the demo.


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+ drtysouf21 on July 31st, 2007 at 1:43 pm said:

@45 I know i realized that but not everyone else does and those websites like to spin it in the titles making it seem like it pertains to MGS4. And if you read the comments from both of those stories alot of people now think once again that MGS4 will be multiplatform.


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+ Neil on July 31st, 2007 at 1:49 pm said:

Sweet. I’ll definitely check it out!


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+ Neil on July 31st, 2007 at 1:51 pm said:

PS That gameplay video was intense.


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+ SadSkepticalFan on July 31st, 2007 at 1:54 pm said:

When you say it will be out on PSN soon do you mean like soon 6 months or soon like this week? I remember when the map packs were coming soon. And the Darkness Demo. And the Heavenly Sword demo. I also remember hearing that we’d have a Lair Demo in July. You guys have less credibility than the Bush administration when it comes to announcements for PSN


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+ Kedaro on July 31st, 2007 at 2:01 pm said:

Awesome looks amazing, and quite challenging, I look forward to getting blown up by this when it comes out.


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