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  • Do you want Assassin’s Creed on your PSP?

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    Would you like to play Assassin’s Creed on your PSP? Well there are a few thousand people out there who would like to! A petition has popped up over on petitions online and so far has over 15000 signatures. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred these petitions never work, but maybe this will be that lucky one that does. Lets hope that Ubisoft is listening, as I personally would love to play the Creed again while on the go.

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  • Kratos is Pleased. New God of War PSP, Metal Gear Bundle.

    Kratos is pleased.

    At the recent Destination Playstation event held by Sony in Arizona two new bundles were announced. The one announcement that peaked my interest was of course, the God of War PSP Entertainment Pack shipping in June. This bundle contains a new blood red PSP and a copy of the God of War: Chains of Olympus game (full package details below). I so want this bundle, but there is one odd thing about it. The bundle hits in June, but GoW:CoO hit the streets on March 4th!? If you can hold off on picking up God of War: Chains of Olympus until then you will be able to play it on this sweet new PSP, but if you wait you’ll end up with a second copy of the game. Also announced was a 80gb PS3 bundle shipping with MGS4 and a Dualshock 3.

    Still cool, but I really don’t understand the method to Sony’s madness on this one. Package details follow from the official press release:

    In June, a new PSP Entertainment Pack will be hitting stores, featuring the famous face of the Ghost of Sparta — Kratos. Here’s what you get in the bundle, which will be available for $199.99 (MSRP):

    • Limited-Edition “Deep Red” PSP with Kratos silkscreened on the back
    • God of War: Chains of Olympus
    • Superbad on UMD video
    • Voucher to download Syphon Filter: Combat Ops from PLAYSTATION Store for free

    God of War: Chains of Olympus still arrives for PSP on March 4, 2008

    Sexay. Kratos is pleased.

  • Phil Harrison Leaves SCE

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    Sony Computer Entertainment have announced Phil Harrison’s resignation. Harrison’s role as President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios will resign from SCE and Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately take his place. Hirai will take his duties and carry on his current tasks.

    “As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry,” said Kazuo Hirai. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors.”

    “The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far,” said Phil Harrison. “I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

    Phil Harrison is responsible for keeping the Sony franchise on target and looking long-term. He helped ‘Home’ into development and pushed it further than we could imagine. We hope that he stays focused on ‘Home’ until it is released as it is in its final stages.

  • EA Makes Take-Two 2 Billion Buyout Offer

    Take-Two InteractiveThe words Grand Theft Auto are synonymous with video games. Few three words have caused as much controversy, or made as much money.

    It hardly comes as a surprise that the world’s largest publisher, Electronic Arts, would make an offer for the franchise’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive. Electronic Arts offered the company the option to Take-two billion dollars, in a proposed deal Take-Two Chairman of Board of Directors, Strauss Zelnick, called;

    “a highly opportunistic offer in an attempt to capitalize on the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto IV.”

    The 2 billion dollar buyout offer was rejected, but Take-Two claims they are willing to continue negotiations with Electronic Arts.

  • New Wipeout HD Screens

    Wipeout HD looks great, we all know that. One thing we didn’t quite realize is how amazingly crisp and detailed the final version will be. The title that will soon be on the PLAYSTATION Store will feature the best tracks from the Wipeout series while maintaining HD quality gameplay.

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    You will be able to control your craft by using either the analogue stick or the amazing new SIXAXIS tilt controls.

    The game runs at 60fps in full 1080p. It is an amazing feat and it may well be close than we expect.

    See after the cut for the track list.

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  • Parental Guidance #1: Curious Villages and Geeks in Disguise

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    After 20 minutes of doing the same puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village, my mother looks up at me with glowing eyes as she tries to suppress shouting “I’ve got it!”. We’ve been on each of our DS’ doing the exact same puzzle about four hours in to the puzzle happy Nintendo DS game for what seems like an eternity. She doesn’t hear me ask “well, what is it?” as she gazes in to her bottom screen, her focus entirely on the cinema bridging the submission of the answer, and the “Hey, dummy, you failed again” screen.

    I hear Luke, that little bugger, apologize for what is no doubt the 50th time that night. “I’ve let you dowwwwwn, Professor…” he moans.

     

    I moan too, as I get fed up with the game, close my polar portable, and head off to bed. I don’t even think she noticed I left, since I didn’t get a response to my “goodnight”. A few minutes later, I hear her head off to bed too, assuming she quit the frustrating brain-teaser like I did. The next day, I get to hear her gloat about how she knows the answer to “that stupid puzzle”, as well as the next four hours worth of them. In one day of owning and playing Professor Layton, my mother has blaster past me in to the fifth chapter, leaving me behind in what still feels like the prologue.

    Not only did she double my play time overnight, she proved to me that she’s a complete and total gaming geek.

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  • Too Human In March-April “Coming Soon” Timeframe?

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    Xbox.com’s upcoming release calendar bared a little tidbit of interest to us this morning. On the main page, eight “coming soon” titles appear above the list, most of which are being released in the this-week-to-April release window.

    The Club, Condemned 2, Bully, MLB 2K8, Frontlines: Fuel of War and Dynasty Warriors 6 and the highly anticipated GTA IV all flaunt their boxart at the top of the page and are being released within the next month, save for the April release of Grand Theft Auto. But something else stuck out, glistening, and shouting for attention – Too Human.

    The cybernetic action title based on Norse mythology has been in the making since 1999, and after almost a decade, it looks like – if this calendar is to be believed – that it’s finally coming out.

    Appearing in xbox.com’s release calendar with a set of games that are either already released or are very close to hitting shelves gives us hope that Too Human will finally have a set release date sometime by the end of April. It would be flat out foolish to compete with the GTA juggernaut, so we’re rootin’ for a May release date.

  • Hands On: XNA – The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

    dead-samurai-xna-2.jpgComing out of GDC today was the release of playable XNA games for the Xbox 360. After over a year, Microsoft has finally brought the software to the public in an easy-to-access download via Xbox Live Marketplace, and while the content is currently limited to trials of seven games, the quality of them shocked us to the core.

    The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, as far as we can tell, is pretty much the most badass human creation ever made. Suplexing super-samurais who partake in gruesome zombie dismemberment and secret agent gun-in-the-face executions are only a taste of what this beautiful stylized 2D action title has to offer.

    Fast paced, hardcore metal helps flare up the crazy intensity of the simple, but surprisingly deep combat. While you’re only ever fighting one or two baddies at a time, don’t expect Dishwasher to be a cake-walk, even if the protagonist is the ultimate example of pure manliness.

    It’s worth noting that James Silva, the game’s creator, did the entire thing on his own. Like by himself. Alone.

    Right on.

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  • Gears of War 2 Announced

    Gears of WarMicrosoft announced that Xbox exclusive franchise, Gears of War, will get a sequel in November.

    The announcement came from Microsoft’s GDC keynote, where Epic Games’ Tim Sweeny showed off the Unreal Engine 3, and Cliff Bleszinski unveiled a brief teaser trailer.

    No gameplay details were revealed at the conference, although the teaser does hint at some hot-as-hell looking chainsaw swordfightin’!

  • Toshiba Cans HD-DVD

    Xbox 360 HD-DVD Add OnToshiba officially announced Tuesday that they’re pulling the plug on their suffering HD-DVD business.

    Sony’s competing Blu-Ray format is now the last one standing in the high definition format wars. Production of HD-DVD players will come to a halt at the end of March, in what Toshiba’s President, Atsutoshi Nishida, describes as “a heartbreaking decision.”

    There has been much speculation that the format was doomed to fail – last week, retail giant Wal-Mart announced that they would no longer offer HD-DVDs.

    Nishida claims the turning point was when Warner Bros announced their Blu-Ray exclusivity. In the last few months, Blu-Ray sales have continued upwards, and the Blu-Ray compatible PlayStation 3 outsold the Xbox 360 for the first time last month.

    Blu-Ray is the undisputed champion, having defeated its sole opponent in the format war.