Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ships today

Posted on June 26, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

According to EA, the newest Harry Potter game is shipping today to stores, where it will release on June 28th in Europe and the US. The game takes you through the 5th book, where you are creating an army slowly to defeat the users of the dark arts. While the game has a story line, it encourages you to explore all around the school, attending classes is mostly optional in the game.

The game releases for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 ($60 dollars), Wii ($50 dollars),  PS2 and PSP ($40 dollars), and the Nintendo DS, GBA, PC, and Mac OSX ($30 dollars). There will also be a port for cell phone users as well.

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Sony seeks new creativity for the PSP

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Sony is begging calling for more new game development (not just sequels or ports of other games) on the PSP. Currently, the Nintendo DS has outsold the PSP by a long run, leaving Sony in the dust in the handheld market. Even after some 2 years of being sold in the American market, Sony executives state the PSP lacks “the one title that defines the product”. Normally, this “one title” would be released when the console comes out (in other words, a launch title that shows off the numerous features of the PSP) but Sony had forgotten that small little detail, and apparently are hurting because of it.

Recently, Sony issued a price drop on the PSP, however it has had almost no effect on sales (this is amazing for Sony to say considering they tend to over exaggerate their sales numbers).

So, Sony is hoping to look to expand the PSP to other users in the consumer market (in other words, they hope to look for classic gamers and have other game genres on the PSP).

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Manhunt 2 inevitably “suspended”

Posted on June 22, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii.

Yet more Rockstar controversy! After being banned in the UK, getting the kiss-of-death Adults Only rating in the US, getting banned in Ireland, followed up by both Sony and Nintendo saying they will not endorse anything rated AO on their systems. Manhunt 2 has been “temporarily suspended” as said by quote a Rockstar representative. They also said that they believe in creative expression, responsible marketing and will not give up hope for the game.

The only options left for Take-Two and Rockstar would be to edit the game, which will take time and money, and may come at the consumer’s (our) expense, seeing as they’ll be taking away from what they saw as Manhunt now we’ll be stuck with “The-Watered-Down-Version-So-It’s-Not-So-Gory-But-Still-Sorta-Fun-Even-Though-the-Point-was-to-be-Gruesome”…of Manhunt.

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SEGA creating Sonic Rivals 2 for the PSP

Posted on June 20, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Sonic Rivals 2Sonic Rivals, which originally was made for the PSP, is now going to have a sequel on called Sonic Rivals 2 (what a catchy title). Like the old version, it will be semi 3D, with some elements 2D others 3D. Anyways, we assume the story line is like the first one (but SEGA will probably change it to something new).

SEGA released a few screenshots for you to enjoy. Please note that the graphics are pretty much the worst ever (but we expected that being a development version). One big glitch you can see already is the magically floating building that you can see through in the first shot. Click the image in this post to see the slide show.

We will let you know more about the game as we get it from SEGA

Here are the links to the other images if you want to skip to a certain one:

Sonic attacking Knuckles
Silver and Knuckles
Sonic and Tails running through a loop

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Strike Three, You’re Out, Manhunt 2

Posted on by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PS2, PSP, Wii.

You're outta there! In what is probably going to be the final straw for Manhunt 2 (after receiving an “Adults-Only” rating in the States, and being banned in the UK), IFCO has banned Manhunt 2 in Ireland due to a violation of the Video Recordings Act of 1989 which states that “acts of gross violence or cruelty (including mutilation and torture)” will not be allowed for sale or rental.

Manhunt 2 now has a history of being banned in two countries, and being 18+ in the US. And it was on the Wii? Now both Sony and Nintendo will NOT license the game if it maintains its Adults Only rating.
So, Rockstar can edit the game (however now that it’s set for release, it would cost a lot of money [and time] to fix), or give up on it.

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Manhunt 2 gets “I” for Illegal in UK, AO in US

Posted on June 19, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, PS2, PSP, Wii.

Americans above 18, only, pleaseManhunt 2, Rockstar Games’ (of Grand Theft Auto fame) murder sim, has reportedly received an “Adults-Only” rating in the States, followed up by being outlawed in the United Kingdom. Ouch.This comes out of much controversy with Jack Thompson and such, and things don’t look so bright regarding the game. When the target crowd for video games is teens to twenties, outlawing people under 18 from playing the game only points the game in a dark direction, and missing out on an entire country might hurt quite a bit, too. Walmart won’t even sell “M” games, and most chains don’t hold “AO”, either: missing out on Walmart sales is definitely not good. Rockstar can (and probably will) appeal the ESRB’s decision, but it’s not likely to get overturned. The ratings body that banned it in the United Kingdom is the BBFC, whose decision thoroughly annoyed Rockstar. So, all of you hoping to get your murder on and get a mature game on the Wii…not just yet.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron will not be about the clone wars

Posted on May 14, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Taking an odd twist, the new PSP version of Battlefront will not be about the clone wars, instead you are going through the story of Han Solo’s “unknown” army (which makes it seem like he is like Jabba the Hutt or something like that). The army is made up of rouges, and a bunch of bounty hunters. Renegade Squadron will allow you to customize almost everything (in other words, no more predefined classes, you will be able to make your own soldiers [just about everything is customizable about your character]).

The game is supposed to support Wi-Fi (16 players through Infrastructure and 8 Ad Hoc), meaning that you will be able to play the game online against other players. The game’s story goes through Yavin 4 to the Battle of Endor.

Here are other facts about the game:

  •  Several new planets; Ord Mantell, Boz Pity, Korriban, Sullust and Saleucami
  •  Three new space battles at Kessel, Hoth, and the ruins of Alderaan.
  •  You can be a hero in space battles (and fly their craft)
  •  New heros (and 14 old ones): Admiral Ackbar, Obi-Wan Kenobi (old version), IG-88, Asajj Ventress and Kit Fisto (and yes, we do know that Asajj Ventress and Kit Fisto were both in Battlefront 2 as an expansion pack)
  • You can now fly into the enemy’s ship in space battles
  • Infrastructure mode features leaderboards and profile pages (kinda like your global stats page) for the game

The game releases for the PSP in September 2007.

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First PSP Emulator appears

Posted on May 12, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PC, PSP.

The very first PSP emulator for the PC has shown up on the web. The emulator allows you to play PSP games without a PSP (and we are pretty sure Sony is going to have a fit about this). However the emulator isn’t yet to be downloaded into your greedy cheap hands just yet. Currently, all you get to see is a couple of screenshots (but don’t let that disappoint you, as the first PS1 for the PSP homebrew was all screenshots before), but from the looks of things, it looks pretty beta like and it seems to only support a few games as of now. But either way, it’s another addition to the growing list of console emulators.

You can see the screenshots here.

Hey hey hey, get in the taxi and roll away!

Posted on April 27, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, PSP.

Crazy Taxi: Fare WarsSorry for not keeping up to date recently, I have been really busy over the past week. Sega announced that the old classic arcade game, Crazy Taxi, will be having a new game for the PSP. The game, which is called Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars. The game will be going back to it’s roots by using the old game world. We at GameSpotting! love Crazy Taxi, and while it can get overly repetitive, it sometimes cannot be avoided. Sega hasn’t given much more on the details of the game, but by the looks of it, it could just be a direct port. Also, the old Hitmaker (makers of the old game) have not signed on to do development but another company called Sniper Studios is set to do development.

Stay tuned.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Pre-Review

Posted on March 12, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Review, Wii, Xbox360.

The TurtlesRecently, GameSpotting! got their hands on the new TMNT Game for the PC, and I gotta say, it’s pretty cool. The cinema scenes and graphics are well done.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it follows the story that the Ninjas split up and become loners. So, it’s up to Leonardo to bring them all back together. Anyways, the game starts about a year or two after Shredder is defeated.

Now you might be wondering why the whole post is not on the front page, this is because of all the images used. If you want to see the rest of the Pre-Review then click the more button at the bottom of this paragraph.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grab a new movie and a new game

Posted on March 7, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

Okay, so just about anyone could agree that the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles movies were not that great. Well now there is a new movie coming out that will be done in CGI. And because there is some wierd rule about almost every movie that’s not a documentry (and mainly geared to younger viewers) being made a video game, TMNT is getting a game too.

Previous TMNT games were never well recieved and ended up getting poor ratings because they were mostly a rush job. This game is now under the hands of Ubisoft, who generally make pretty good games. The game is about Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo leaving the squad and not being ninjas anymore ($5 bucks that one of the endings puts them all back togther). The graphics are not so “cartoonish” as they were before, and the atmosphere suggests that this time, they aren’t joking around.

Check out the pre-review here.

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