We’ve had a tremendous response to our last article on the PSP…so much so that we had to write about Sony’s upcoming handeld again. But in the spirit of objectivity, we’re obligated to show you the other side of the coin…the side Sony doesn’t want you to see. As much as the PSP has been praised, we’re not blind to its faults. In fact, people may have more reasons to hate it than to love it come March 24th.
By the way, do you have thoughts on whether the DS or PSP is the better platform? If so, chime in on the forums.
This one is for all you Nintendo fans out there - it looks like the company is planning to open up a Nintendo branded concept store at Rockeffeller Center, NY. A quick look at Nintendo’s jobs page at their corporate website confirms this, as they are seeking a Retail Store Manager to oversee the new project. Obviously, if this goes well, we may see more NIntendo Stores open across the country similar to the way Apple Stores caught on. This is a bold move by Nintendo, as the company has certainly lost some ground in the United States videogame arena to Microsoft and Sony.
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Sony has announced that more than 24 games will launch on March 24th with its latest handheld, Playstation Portable. An additional 23 titles are being developed. At prices as low as $39.99, there something for everyone in this line up.
- Ape Escape®: On the Loose, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- ATV Offroad Fury®: Blazin’ Trails, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Darkstalkers Chronicle™: The Chaos Tower, Capcom
- Dynasty Warriors®, KOEI
- FIFA 2005, Electronic Arts
- Gretzky™ NHL ®, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Lumines™, Ubisoft
- Metal Gear Acid™, Konami
- MLB™, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- MVP Baseball, Electronic Arts
- NBA, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- NBA Street Showdown, E lectronic Arts
- Need for Speed™ Rivals, Electronic Arts
- NFL Street 2 Unleashed, Electronic Arts
- Rengoku™: Tower of Purgatory, Konami
- Ridge Racer™, Namco
- Smartbomb, Eidos Interactive
- Spider-Man 2™, Activision
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, Electronic Arts
- Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix , Activision
- Twisted Metal: Head On™, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade , Sony Online Entertainment
- Wipeout® Pure, Sony Computer Entertainment America
- World Tour Soccer, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Full press release after the jump.
Good news for all you Family Guy fanatics. Twentieth Century Fox announced today that they will allow Take-Two Interactive Software and Airborne Entertainment to produce new Family Guy video games. Take-Two will produce multiple platform video games while Airborne Entertainment will introduce new mobile phone content for enjoyment of the Griffins on the go. The new video game will be a third person action/adventure where players take the role of characters such as Stewie, Brian the Dog, and Peter as they interact with the citizens of Quahog. The expected release will be in 2006. Until we see some updates, we can only assume this will be something like The Simpsons video games as it is a third-person adventure.
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Okay, I know this isn’t the Revolution - but we all know that Nintendo has been talking a lot about how they plan to introduce a new way of playing games with their next generation console. Many a gamer has been scratching their head, theorizing on what exactly the technology would bring to the table. As soon as I saw this video, I thought “THAT"S revolutionary.” Check it out - Total Immersion’s D’Fusion software solution allows for real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects. All you need is a camera, a few sensors, and a HUD. This turns your world into an immersive gaming experience, where you are IN the game…or where the game is all around you. Words cant really describe this, so just check out the video. What do you think?
Edit: Here is another video file (80 MB)
Two big announcements from Sony in just as many days, cool! Sony’s much-anticipated new handheld, the PSP, is coming to the US on March 24th. It’s coming in Value Pack form only, which includes a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, headphones with remote control, battery pack, AC adaptor, soft case and cleaning cloth, movie/music/game video sampler UMD disc. Those who have already pre-ordered are getting an extra treat: The first one million PSP Value Packs will include a special UMD video release of the feature film Spider-Man 2 from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Now, ready for the bummer? The price of the Value Pack is going to be $249.99, almost $50-100 more than many expected it to retail for.
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In what has got to be the most shocking bit of news we’ve heard today, Gran Turismo 4 has been announced for release on February 22 in the United States. Reports had previously confirmed the European release as being next month, so we were wondering what was the hold up stateside. The latest installment of this driving simulation series had been previously scheduled for a release here late last year. Since then, it’s been released in Japan and we’ve waited for what feels like an eternity for additional cars and features to be added. Now we can all go and complain about something else for a change.
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Last month we told you about Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory’s multiplayer mode, but what about the single player experience? Team Xbox brings you the latest screen shots and five movies of actual game play of the actual Xbox version and not some developer’s version on a PC. The newest installment in the Splinter Cell series looks gorgeous and promises to bring many new features, such as throwing enemies off cliffs and using the real-time weather to your advantage. This game is expected to be released on March 29th, however there is a way you can play it before then. Pick up the March edition of Official Xbox Magazine with the extra CD and you will be able to play the demo version exclusively available to OXM.
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This one’s for those folks who can’t afford a new NVidia card every 3 months. For a fraction of the price, you and up to three friends can take part in a board game recreation of last year’s scare-fest from id Software. Included in the game are 6 custom dice, 66 plastic miniatures (HellKnights, Zombies, Marines, etc), a rule book, and a scenario guide. I bet most scenarios involve you being in a claustrophobic boiler room, unable to hold a gun and a flashlight at the same time.
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In a Q and A session John Connors, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft, said the following:
“In terms on the next Xbox, we haven’t announced a release. I think the next period when Robbie and the team will talk about that is at E3 in Los Angeles in May. They’re hard at work on it, but it doesn’t have a summer announce.”
We already know that J Allard will deliver the keynote address at this year’s conference. If we know Microsoft, a top level executive or Bill Gates himself will unveil any news about its next generation technology. Taking that into account, we can be almost 90% sure on some sort of announcement or demonstration at May’s game conference. This year’s E3 will be, without a doubt, one of the best in its history. Sony and Nintendo have already confirmed that they will have demonstrations of their upcoming consoles on the show. The question that remains is will the Xbox successor see a Q4 2005 launch, as EA has led us to believe?
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