Let's Fish! Hooked On Aims to Reel in PlayStation Vita Gamers

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84w ago - Wired Productions Product Manager Sean Walsh has announced today that Let's Fish Hooked On aims to reel in PS Vita gamers.

To quote: Being our first, exclusive, collaboration with Sony, we are extremely proud to bring you Let's Fish!

Hooked On, the first full-scale fishing game on PS Vita, coming this autumn. So, being given the opportunity to speak directly to real gamers, we decided to share the game's first screenshots and artwork here.

Let's Fish! Hooked On, which was originally released in Japan, is developed by renowned Tokyo-based studio SIMS, whose games include SEGA Bass Fishing and PSP launch title Ape Escape.

If you hadn't guessed already, Let's Fish! Hooked On also has beautifully illustrated anime style artwork - designed by well-known Japanese artist Poyoyon Rock (whose most recent character design artwork was used for the manga series The World God Only Knows).

The game combines realistic fishing action with fast arcade-style gameplay and comes complete with a full story mode, which aims to make fishing fun for everyone.

Choosing between four different characters, each with their own storyline and unique skills, players are challenged to improve their skills and become World Champion by competing in a host of progressively more...
 

Rumor: British Source Claims PSP2 to Release Holiday 2011

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185w ago - A few weeks ago PSP2 was confirmed by developers, and today according to VG247.com (linked above) a British source claims Sony's PSP2 handheld will be released during Holiday 2011.

To quote: "Developers and publishers have been told that PSP2 will release at the end of next year, a British source familiar with the matter has told VG247.

"We've been told it's coming in late 2011," said our man.

PSP2 is about as badly concealed as a games system can be. It's been common knowledge for much of this year that content is being made for the system, and that dev kits are in the wild. CPU and GPU specs have yet to be confirmed.

Sony has been obviously silent on the chatter, but has gone on the record to say there are "no plans" to include 3D. This tallies with what we've been told in the past month.

The machine has a forward-facing and backward-facing camera, and will come with both touch-screen and physical controls."
 

PSP Comic Store Aims at 500 Comics for Launch in December

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229w ago - Sony has promised a selection of more than 500 comics when its PSP Comic Store arrives in mid-December.

Comic publishers pledging support so far are Marvel (Astonishing X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Amazing Spider-Man), 2000AD (Judge Dredd, Durham Red), Disney (Mickey Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck) and IDW (Astro Boy, Transformers, Star Trek, Wormwood).

Less well-known outfits Insomnia (Burke & Hare, Cages, Cancer Town), iVerse (responsible for Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dabel Brothers, Image & Red 5 content) and Titan (Wallace & Gromit) are also on-board.

Sony's Digital Comics Reader, the application you'll need to read with, will flick through pages and zoom and pan with ease. It is already available, and Sony suggests downloading the latest PSP firmware and installing this to be prepared.
 

GameStop Study Claims Game Downloads Not Viable Until 2014

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252w ago - Retailer GameStop has claimed that digital game downloads will not really take-off until 2014.

Their study also concludes that gamers are only willing to spend $39 per downloadable game.

To quote: In what it claims is the "most thorough study [of its variety] to date," videogame retailer GameStop has found that digital downloads - like those found on Steam, Impulse, Xbox Live Arcade and other such services - won't be making any real waves until 2014. Er, what?

And even once the strange, mysterious stardate of 2014 brings widespread acceptance of things like "The Internet," apparently only 25 percent of customers will "have access to the technology required to download full games."

Also, the study found that, as of now, gamers are only willing to spend $39 per downloadable game, "so publishers will be less incentivized than some in the industry think."
 

Rumor: Inside Source Claims PS3 & PSP Price Cut in Early June

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260w ago - According to an internal 'proven' source of French Web site PS3Gen.fr, it's been unofficially confirmed that both the PS3 and PSP will receive price drops in early June.

This would obviously correspond with E3, which is scheduled to run between June 2 and June 4.

To quote: Although the source didn't reveal the new price for the PS3, it did provide the new price point for the handheld: 169 Euros, down from 189.

Of course, even if accurate, this information may only apply to the European/PAL regions, but we find it hard to believe that Sony wouldn't have this pair of price cuts spread worldwide. Additionally, the mystery source confirmed the existence of the much-rumored PSP 2, which should be available for the end of the year.

We've already received many pieces of evidence for a new PSP model; either the PSP-4000 or a PSP 2, and that includes the theory that it will be designed to compete with the iPhone. It sounds plausible, but with nothing concrete to solidify the claims, we still can't call it anything but "rumor and speculation."

And if you don't already know, Sony's business policy has always been the same: they simply don't comment on rumor and speculation.
 







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