New PSP a Go-Go

May 30, 2009

There has been an immense amount of rumour and loads of speculation regarding a new PSP being released by Sony, well it has been pretty much put to bed now. In the new episode of Qore (which has been leaked) the existance of a new PSP has been confirmed and it will be called PSP Go! I guess Sony won’t be too happy about the leak as they would have preferred the news to be a surprise of sorts at their conference at E3 next week but hey at least we can all rest a bit easier now. Below are some of the main bits of information regarding the new PSP:

  • 3.8″ screen
  • 43% lighter than the PSP 3000
  • 16 GB flash memory
  • Bluetooth
  • No UMD drive
  • Memory Stick Micro
  • It won’t replace the PSP 3000
  • Autumn release (probably in America)

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The big point to take from that bit of information is that the PSP Go will have no UMD drive which indicates PSP games could partially be going down the digital distribution route. This would mean Sony would have to set up some sort of PSP store much like the one Apple have for their iPod/iPhone, very interesting.

If that wasn’t enough this new episode of Qore also revealed a few new PSP games which will be shown at E3, one in particular is rather interesting:

  • Gran Turismo Mobile
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Jak & Daxter
  • New Metal Gear Solid

Yes that’s right folks, a new MGS game for the PSP. Is this the game that Kojima Productions have been teasing at for the last few weeks or is that something entirely different?! Well one thing is for sure I definitely won’t be missing the Sony conference next week and I recommend you don’t either.

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I have the need to Sabotage!

May 30, 2009

There hasn’t been much revealed about The Saboteur, it certainly hasn’t gathered much hype in the gaming media but I personally think this is one to watch out for. Set during World War II (no don’t stop reading), you are given the task of taken down German officers/officials and in general just sabotage their plans for world domination. The unique thing about the game though is the use of colour or the lack of it in some ways. The majority of the areas you will play in will be covered in black and white representing the rule of the Germans and it is your task to bring colour back to the environment. Actually I don’t think anyone could do the game justice just talking about, here have a look for yourself.

The Saboteur is due out at the end Autumn/Christmas 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.


Sexy Bayonetta!

May 30, 2009

Is it wrong that I am actually looking forward to getting my hands on Bayonetta?! Yes I know she has the whole cheesy yet sexy Sarah Palin/librarian look about her but the gameplay does actually look pretty good, it has the whole Devil May Cry feel to it. Add in the fact that the talented guys and girls at Platinum are the development team behind the game I can’t help but think my excitement is a little bit justified. Still not with me? Maybe this new trailer will get you on the Bayonetta train.

Bayonetta is due out late 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.


The return of the Shepard

May 30, 2009

Bioware have released a couple of trailers already for the upcoming Mass Effect 2 and one of them hinted that the protagnist, Commander Shepard, could be dead. Well fear not Shepard fans he (or she, totally up to you) is back. Here have a look for yourself in this brand spanking new trailer.

If I don’t say so myself that trailer looks fantastic and it is good to that Commander Shepard will be back as it keeps up the continuity of the games universe. I loved the whole epic sci-fi feel of the original and judging by trailer this will provide us with more of the same. Oh and before I forget folks don’t delete your original Mass Effect save as we are told by Bioware it will actually effect certain events/situtations in the sequel!

Mass Effect 2 is on schedule for a late 2009 release


Sky’s the limit

May 29, 2009

Yesterday morning Microsoft announced an exclusive deal with Sky to bring sports, movies and TV shows straight to the Xbox 360 this autumn. The service will be provided through Sky Player, an on-demand TV service which has been available for a while now to access via your PC or Mac.

Xbox 360 owners who already subscribe to Sky will be able to access Sky Player through their console, in addition to their PC or Mac. If you are not a Sky subcriber though you will be able to sign up for the Sky Player through your 360 which will enable you to watch Sky on your 360 without the need for a satellite dish or a Sky box. No package or pricing details have been announced yet but we expect something soon.

At this press event on Thursday Microsoft also gave us a glimpse of the service, they showed off how users will be able to watch live football with up to seven of their friends from the comfort of their home and Xbox Live. During a match users can get into a party then talk to each other via their headsets throughout the match. If that wasn’t enough all users can enter into a virtual stadium with a virtual stand for everyones avatars to stand or sit down in. Users will also be able to make their avatar cheer if a goal is scored! Awesome!

This service sounds great and Microsoft have done really well to secure this deal with Sky. Hopefully though people without Sky will not have to pay too much for it and it would make sense if some sort of pay-per-view payment scheme is announced. I can imagine quite a few people would just like to watch one football match rather than paying to watch every match in a season. Anyhow we will keep you posted on any new details on this matter as soon as they emerge.


Good, Bad or Shattered Memories?

May 29, 2009

A few months ago Konami announced they are in the process of remaking (or reinvisioning as they like to call it) the original Silent Hill exclusively for the Wii. The game is currently being developed by Climax Studios and is called Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. When I originally heard about this we thought “Why oh why would you do that? Leave the old classic alone!” but then my mind suddenly changed.

  • Harry is moved using the control stick.
  • The Wii remote is used to aim the flashlight
  • No load times
  • When you look at something Harry will vocally respond
  • The Wii remote acts as your cell phone, and the static noise comes out of the Wii remote speaker
  • Combat has been removed from the game, you can only flee
  • When the monsters chase you the Z button will allow you to break through doors, climb fences, through windows etc.

The above details really changed my mind and I thought to myself “Hmm this could actually be decent”. The only gameplay mechanic that made worried me slightly worried was the fact that there would be no actual combat in the game. Then my mind went back in time a little and I asked myself was the combat a huge part of Silent Hill anyway? The answer was no. Besides I know I wouldn’t be standing still and trying to kill nasties on my own in a spooky town like that, I would run away as fast as I could! The imaginative use of the Wii remote is what really got me smiling though, the fact that it would be acting as your flashlight and phone/radio. I mean imagine sitting alone in the dark (best way to play these games) and then all of a sudden getting totally freaked out by sounds coming out of the Wii remote. In theory it all sounds great and hope the developers can pull it off as the Wii certainly needs more games like this. Oh and just for your viewing pleasure here is the first trailer for the game. Enjoy!


EA go big at E3

May 28, 2009

EA have announced a list of their games that will be shown at E3 next week and boy is it one big list. The list includes 26 games which include the likes of Brutal Legend, Army of Two: 40th Day, Dante’s Inferno, Mass Effect 2, The Saboteur and, surprisingly, FIFA 10. Football (or soccer) games are not usually shown at E3 as the event is staged in America so the interest in them is not too high but it seems like EA are going to break the mould and I certainly look forward to it. The full list of the EA games being shown at E3 can be seen below.

  • Army of Two: The 40th Day (PS3, PSP, Xbox 360)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Brutal Legend (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Dante’s Inferno (PS3, PSP, Xbox 360)
  • Dead Space: Extraction (Wii)
  • Dragon Age: Origins (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • EA Sports Active (Wii)
  • EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis (Wii, other formats later)
  • FIFA 10 (DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Fight Night Round 4 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Littlest Pet Shop Online (PC)
  • Madden NFL 10 (PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect 2 (PC, Xbox 360)
  • MySims Agents (DS, Wii)
  • NCAA Football 10 (PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360)
  • NHL 10 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Need for Speed: Nitro (DS, Wii)
  • Need for Speed: Shift (PC, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360)
  • Spore: Hero (Wii)
  • Spore: Hero Arena (DS)
  • The Sims 3 (iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, PC)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360)
  • Battlefield 1943 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
  • The Saboteur (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)