290w ago - Nothing's official until E3, but that hasn't stopped the Big 3 from showcasing some of their finer wares.
As E3 draws close, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony are surely readying a massive Megaton-style release of Q3 and Q4 games for the storied (albeit shrinking) show. Here's what we know so far.
Sony dropped a few big names last week with its first party exclusives list. The dates are subject to change, as always, and it wouldn't be a surprise given the number of big name delays we've seen in the past six months (the terribly reviewed Haze foremost among them).
- Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 -- PSP (Available June 3, 2008)
- Secret Agent Clank --PSP (Available June 17, 2008)
- wipEout HD --PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- Elefunk -- PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- PixelJunk Eden -- PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- SIREN: Blood Curse --PSN (Available Summer 2008)
- SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Confrontation -- PS3 (Available September 16, 2008)
- LittleBigPlanet -- PS3 (Available October 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PS3, PSP, PS2 (Available Fall 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PSP (Available Fall 2008)
- NBA 09 -- PS2 (Available Fall 2008)
- About BUZZ! Quiz TV-- PS3 (Available Fall 2008)
- BUZZ! Master Quiz -- PSP (Available Fall 2008)
290w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment is none too thrilled over the fact that online retailer King of Swords is selling an unofficial replica of the Beretta M92F gun featured in PlayStation 3 title Uncharted.
According to a company spokesperson, they will be taking "appropriate" measures against the Web site very soon:
The Drake's Gun is not licensed or in any way sanctioned by SCE and one we certainly do not condone.
We are investigating the source of this product and will proceed with the most appropriate action.
It's worth pointing out that this same retailer is also selling a number of unlicensed swords from the Final Fantasy series.
290w ago - Sony America has colored in the remaining blanks on its release schedule for the rest of 2008 and early 2009. The most newsworthy appearance is the addition of Buzz PS3 and Buzz PSP to the line-up, with both versions set to launch this Autumn.
Meanwhile, the first episode of the Siren: Blood Curse PSN series is due to appear this summer. Elsewhere, there was only one first-party release for the PS2 on the schedule. Helps it stay active.
Sony America went on to boast that the PS3 momentum was stronger than ever in 2007 thanks to Blu-ray becoming the sole high-definition disc format, as well as from strong sales from last Christmas and the success of titles such as Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
More than 8 million people have registered on the PlayStation Network now, apparently, and downloaded around 140 million items.
"For the second half of 2008 and beyond, we will see a spectacular line up of triple-A titles and original gaming content that will satisfy PlayStation fans across the board," said Scott Steinberg, Sony US smooth talker.
The entire US line-up is as follows:
PlayStation Network titles
* wipEout HD (Summer)
* Elefunk (Summer)
* PixelJunk Eden (Summer)
* Siren: Blood Curse (Summer)
290w ago - Last year you'll have no arguments that Microsoft's better games line up prevailed over Sony's. You could forgiven Sony and its developers for not having enough time to get used to the new hardware or it could have been that Microsoft just crammed all their five star quality titles into a few months.
Whatever the reason, it leaves 2008 to be more important. With now both Sony and Microsoft preparing great looking line ups for the end of the year. We take a look to find out who's line up looks better on paper.
Sony's heavy hitters are Killzone 2, Resistance 2 & Little Big Planet and to be honest that sounds like enough to fight off anything Microsoft have as Sony are releasing what should be 3 fantastic games.
Although Microsoft will be serving up some Gears of War 2, Fable 2 & Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise to combat Sony's onslaught. At the recent industry press events we got a truck load of information about what both company's will be offering come Christmas time.
Microsoft don't exactly have the massive line up they've had in previous years but come with a few hotly anticipated games. Gears of War 2 is already looking like a suitable follow up to, arguably 2006's Game of the Year. While titles like Viva Pinata & Banjo Kazooie are...