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Video: Valkyria Chronicles II Hits PSP Today - Multiplayer Preview

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207w ago - Sony's Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared a video preview of Valkyria Chronicles II, which hits PSP and PSPgo handhelds today online and via UMD.

To quote: Every time we post anything on Valkyria Chronicles, someone pipes up about how they never got past Chapter 7 in the first game.

That battle threw a late-level boss and a massive (but by no means the game's massive-est) tank at you - at the same time. It separated the men from the boys, if you will, and if you beat that chapter, you probably went on to beat the entire game.

[Register or Login to view links] has heard your pleas. In Valkyria Chronicles II - out today - you can bring a friend or 3 for the ride. I tried out the multiplayer recently, and it didn't behave how I'd expect; even though this is a turn-based Strategy RPG, the you and your colleagues move at the same time, in real time. SEGA's Aaron Webber tells us more:





[Register or Login to view links] is out today, both on UMD and via the PlayStation Store.
 

Angry Birds: Visually Optimized for the PSPgo on PlayStation Minis

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208w ago - Chillingo's Head of Publishing Johnny Coghlan has revealed today that Angry Birds is heading to PSP via PlayStation Minis, and is visually optimized for Sony's PSPgo handheld.

To quote: In Angry Birds, players take control of a flock of different birds as they attempt to retrieve their precious eggs from a fiendish group of thieving pigs.

The pigs have taken refuge within levels containing structures made up of materials such as wood, glass and stone. There are over 100 levels to play through! The object of the game is to catapult the birds into the pigs and their protective barriers, in order to eliminate the pigs and rescue the eggs.

Each level gives the player a certain number of birds to catapult at the pigs using a giant [Register or Login to view links].

There are six different types of bird, each with its own appearance, weight, sound effects and special abilities such as exploding or splitting into three mini-birds for maximum impact! If the birds hit the pigs or knock a piece of material onto a pig, the pig may explode into thin air and disappear.

When all of the pigs are defeated without the player running out of birds to catapult, the level is complete and a new level is unlocked! Players may re-attempt levels as many times...
 

Sony Introduces PSP Essentials for PlayStation Portable Users

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223w ago - SCEE Digital Comics Product Manager Mayumi Donovan has introduced a new range of games titled PSP Essentials to PlayStation Portable fans.

To quote: I want to let you know about a very exciting new range for all PSP users. We are re-releasing a range of must-have games for less called PSP Essentials.

The first games in this new range release on 2nd of June across PAL territories*. These are all priced at €9.99 each and there will be more games to follow.

Available from your favourite games, electronics stores and supermarkets, PSP Essentials can also be downloaded direct to your PSP from PlayStation Store starting on 2nd of June.

For now, here is the list of launch titles to look out for:

• Daxter (platform)
• Everybody's Golf (sport)
• LocoRoco (platform)
• Medievil Resurrection (action/adventure)
• Pursuit Force (action)
• Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (platform)
• Secret Agent Clank (platform)
• WipEout Pulse (racing)
• Patapon 2 (puzzle)
• Buzz! Master Quiz (quiz)
• EA SPORTS FIFA 09 (sport)
• Fight Night Round 3 (sport)
• Sims 2 (simulation)
• Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (adventure/platform)
• Burnout Legends (racing)
 

Rumor: PSP2 Will Be Sony's Big Surprise at E3 2010

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223w ago - There have been countless PSP2 rumors in circulation, from forecasted features to the graphics chip, but according to MCVUK.com (linked above) it appears that analysts may be correct as the PlayStation Portable 2 is rumored to be Sony's big surprise at E3 2010.

To quote: "MCV has been informed of a significant increase in marketing spend at two key publishers for Q4 2010. At a time when the PSP is languishing in Western markets - and its most recent iteration, the PSPgo, is falling flat - it is being speculated that publishers are laying the ground for an offensive on a brand new iteration of Sony's handheld.

Another publisher has also told MCV that it is waiting on a specific announcement from the platform holder before it can reveal of its future PSP plans until, though it did allude to the ongoing development of several unnamed titles behind closed doors.

The PSP is currently in its sixth year on the market, and despite having undergone a number of revisions remains...
 

Sony Wishes PlayStation Portable a Happy 5th PSP Anniversary

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230w ago - Today Sony's Hardware Marketing Director John Koller has officially wished the PlayStation Portable a happy 5th PSP anniversary!

To quote: March 24, 2005 will always be known in PlayStation history as the day we debuted the PSP system in North America. At midnight launches across the country, hundreds of you waited with great anticipation in lines at local retail stores for the PSP system.

With its best-in-class, 4.3 inch high-resolution LCD display, vast library of software titles and built-in wireless communications, the PSP system was the first integrated handheld entertainment system to introduce console-quality gaming and comprehensive entertainment capabilities to the portable market.

Half a decade later, PSP is still going strong and continues to provide the best portable gaming experience and offer incredible value to consumers.

With more than 520 PSP software titles, including God of War: Chains of Olympus, [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links], Resistance: Retribution, and [Register or Login to view links] as well as more than 20,000 movies and TV episodes, "minis," digital comics, original programming, and more than 300...
 
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