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Five Games That Need to Come to Sony's PlayStation Portable

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287w ago - With the announcement of some stellar titles arriving on the PSP this year, it would appear that owners of the device finally have a good reason to charge it up again and book a long train journey.

With the idea of creating a cutesy LBP level during rush hour headaches-ville and ripping through Motorstorm's snowy, mountainous terrain while sitting on the toilet firmly processed in our brains, it seems only fitting that we discuss which games should also be brought to the device.

1. Dead Space

Having just been revealed as an upcoming release for the Nintendo Wii, Dead Space is clearly a franchise that EA are taking very seriously. Its blend of horror and action was well received when it was originally released for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2008. The sound was also remarkably well implemented, helping it to be one of the most talked about games of the year.

Its eerie music, snarling monsters lurking around every corner and random spaceship noise had me on the edge of my seat. It would be very interesting to see how the game's intensity could be scaled down for the handheld, while it would represent a superb opportunity to push the PSP's sound capabilities to the limit.

2. Bioshock

As far as I'm aware, FPS games on the PSP haven't...
 

UK Rock Band 2 Dated for Sony's PS3, PS2 and the Nintendo Wii

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288w ago - Rock Band 2 will ship for PS3 and PS2 on March 27 in the UK. The Wii version's releasing on April 24. The game will retail for £49.99 for PS3, £29.99 for PlayStation 2 and £39.99 for Wii.

In addition, Rock Band peripherals got price drops today:

• Stand alone guitars will retail at £39.99
• Stand alone drums will retail for £49.99
• An "Instrument Edition" including drums, guitar and microphone will retail for £89.99

Press Release: MTV GAMES, HARMONIX AND EA ANNOUNCE ROCK BAND®2 COMING TO THE UK FOR PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 ON 27 MARCH AND WiiTM ON 24 APRIL

Rock Band Instrument Edition Bundles Now Available at new Price Points

GUILDFORD, UK - February 27, 2009 - Harmonix, the world's premier music video game development company, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that its critically acclaimed music videogame Rock Band® 2 will begin shipping in Europe for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system beginning the week of 23rd March. Rock Band 2 will also ship for the Wiiâ„¢ home video game console from Nintendo beginning week of 20th April.
 

Video: PATAPON 2 for Sony's PS3: It's Pata-Pata-Pata-ON!

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288w ago - SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda shared a Patapon 2 video for PlayStation 3 today along with the following update:

It was a year ago (plus one day) that millions of spear-wielding, music-loving, monster-fighting, stew-making, desert-crossing, drum-beating Eyeballs invaded homes across America with their hypnotic mind-altering songs.

It was on that day that the skies darkened with spears and arrows; it was this day that Zigoton blood saturated the earth. Many Patapon's fell during the great battle for Earthend... and those who survived... well you know how the story ends.





So to honor this great and momentous holiday, this Day of days, we here at SCEA feel that its only fair to officially announce that the tribal drums of war have started to beat once again... the dark hour of dance-battle is upon us... Patapon 2 is in the horizon! Oh-Yeah!

The team has worked hard to create a sequel worthy for all the Pata-Fans out there. We doubled the missions you play, amped up the number of bosses, added more Patapon troops, and revamped the Patapon evolution system to Darwinian levels.

Oh, and we added Multiplayer. WOO-HOO!!!

I know you all must have millions of questions, so know this: in the coming...
 

Howard Stringer Takes Over as President of Sony Corporation

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288w ago - Howard Stringer, Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Corporation, just received a promotion. He is now going to be taking over as President of the main electronics business, as the former holder of that position, Ryoji Chubachi, will become Vice Chairman in charge of product safety, quality and environmental issues.

From [Register or Login to view links]: "The Japanese can't take decisive actions toward their comrades during hardship," said Yuuki Sakurai, general manager of financial and investment planning at Tokyo-based Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co., which manages $54 billion in assets.

"As a non-Japanese without such loyalties, Stringer is better positioned to conduct the large-scale restructuring that Sony has to do."

It is hoped that the reassignment of the 32-year Sony veteran Chubachi will help clear the way for Stringer to reorganize the company amidst losses, cutbacks, and global recession.

Press Release: Tokyo, February 27, 2009 - Sony Corporation ("Sony" or the "Company") today announced a major reorganization and a new management team. The changes, effective April 1, 2009, will fundamentally reorganize the company's electronics and game businesses to improve profitability and...
 

Sony Clarifies PSP2 Rumors: No New Hardware Dev Kits Available

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288w ago - Sony's head of PSP marketing in North America would only confirm that part of what longtime developer Dave Perry recently said about the PSP's future is true.

The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted today with Sony Computer Entertainment of America's John Koller, the director of PSP marketing in North America.

I originally booked the phone interview with Koller to discuss the stunning line-up of PSP games Sony announced earlier this week, but by the time we talked, there was the PSP2 rumor to discuss that had been churning through the Internet ever since veteran game designer Dave Perry Twittered that a disc-free PSP2 was in the works for a possible fall release.

I'll have a lot more from Koller about the new games and the future of the PSP on Friday, but let's start here by dealing with the Dave Perry rumor. This is how I broached the topic:

MTV Multiplayer: Do you still consider Dave Perry a friend?

John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for the PSP: [laughs] That's a great question! I didn't even know who he was until about a month ago. I heard about [his PSP2 report] yesterday. We've never...
 
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