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Shadow of the Colossus for PS2 - Was the hype justified?

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328w ago - Every console has a certain amount of games that are said to be the defining moments of that generation of gaming. Many of us have heard the tales of Space Invaders, Joust, Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy VII.

While some of us have lived those days and enjoyed them thoroughly, there are still quite a few gamers left who chose to sit on the fence and perhaps miss out on an experience like no other. This is why I have started this feature for the readers of PlayStation Universe.

If a game has received some notoriety in the past and has been claimed to be a PlayStation masterpiece in the field of gaming, I'll be checking it out to give you my final verdict.

This marks my first departure into the world of past generation's titles. I hope you guys enjoy it and for those of you sitting on that fence, hopefully you'll now fall to either side. Reviews:

"After playing it for a while and slaying 5 colossi, I tip my hat. This far, I had only heard people mumbling about the masterpiece it was. Maybe it was because I wasn't mature enough to understand all connotations portrayed in this game. The gameplay, art style, story, music, colossi, and everything else not listed. Everything is blended perfectly into a game that should not be considered anything less than...
 

New game similar to Singstar: Lips

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328w ago - Lips is a new game that is pretty much like Singstar. There will be 30 songs you can sing along to, some of which are by well known people, while others are by lesser knowns.

Sue me if I'm wrong, having never played Singstar, but it also brings some new features to the fold like being able to upload your own songs and sing along to them. Plus there will be downloadable songs, too.

30 songs: The songs include a mix of popular songs like Madonna, and local songs specific to the United Kingdom.

2 Wireless Interactive Microphones: Wireless mics are interactive, with lights on the shaft of the microphone that pulse to the rhythm of your voice, and motion sensors that allow you to dance, move or swing to score points.

Use your own music: Take songs from CD or your iPod, and upload them into the game. The game will reduce the vocals so you can sing along and be heard, and score you on whether you're in tune. Lyrics can also be added directly into the song to sing along.

Download songs: Hundreds of music videos with lyrics are available online for a small fee, which you sing and be scored on.
 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.36 Due Shortly

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328w ago - According to various reports, PS3 Firmware 2.36 is slated to hit within a week. One such report is from consoul of NeoGAF, linked above.

Much like the last few PSP updates, nothing too substantial will be added, aside from the usual security enhancements and compatibility fixes.

In case anyone missed it, a video of PS3 Firmware 2.40 in action is HERE.

Let's hope this is the last minor update before 2.40 hits.
 

Analyst: PS3 will keep outpacing 360, price drop at E3

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328w ago - Although the information isn't as solid as if 30 Helens agreed, EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich believes the PS3 is going to keep increasing its sales and that Microsoft will announce a price cut for the Xbox 360 at E3.

He foresees the PS3 gaining momentum and claims Metal Gear Solid 4 will actually have a greater impact on the console's hardware sales than Grand Theft Auto IV did.

Divnich also believes that Microsoft will announce a price cut at E3 next month, speculating the console could also get a new hardware SKU with added features.

He claims if Microsoft does cut the price, Sony will respond with a drop of its own within two months. We're currently gathering up 30 Helens to see what they think.
 

Sony: PSP Firmware 4.00 Update Hitting Soon

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328w ago - PlayStation Network director Eric Lempel has announced that firmware 4.00 for the PSP will be released "soon."

The main highlight of the update, according to Lempel, will be the addition of an in-XMB internet search powered by Google. The search function can retain a history of up to 20 searches.

Additionally, the update will allow users to change the viewing speed of movies played from your Memory Stick Pro Duo. Essentially, you'll be able to slow down or fast forward playback by hitting up or down on the PSP's d-pad while playing a video.

Not a bad update by any means, but we can't help but feel slightly disappointed with the lack of any new major functionality. Where's the built-in PS Store for PSP, Sony? :P
 
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