In the News #37 – 2/29/2008

Daily News for February 29th, 2008.

  • SCi Entertainment has announced that it will be cutting a quarter of its workforce, as well as cancelling 14 projects currently in development.
  • Capcom announced today that Rocketmen: Axis of Evil will be made available for purchase through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on Wednesday, March 5th for Xbox Live and a day later on PSN. It is 800 Microsoft points or $9.99.
  • Call of Duty 4 has been patched for the Xbox 360. Additions like Host Migration, kill cams, and better sniper accuracy were some of the changes.

Playstation Network Update (2/28/2008)

Playstation Network Update for February 28th, 2008.

Playstation Store

  • Add-On Content
    • Pain
      • Scurv Dogg Character ($0.99)
    • Rock Band
      • “March of the Pigs” – Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
      • “The Collector” – Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
      • “The Perfect Drug” – Nine Inch Nails ($1.99)
      • Nine Inch Nails Track Pack 1 ($5.49)
      • The following tracks have been readded to the store. If you have previously downloaded these, then you can redownload them for free. If you have never downloaded them, you will have to pay full price.
        • “Can’t Stand Losing You”
        • “Roxanne”
        • “Synchronicity II”
        • “Police Pack 01”
        • “Limelight”
    • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
      • No Doubt Track Pack ($6.25)
        • “Don’t Speak”
        • “Excuse Me Mr”
        • “Sunday Morning”
  • Game Videos
    • MLB 08 The Show My MLB Music Video
    • MLB 08 The Show Blog Video
    • NBA 08 Amare Stoudemire Bio
    • Condemned 2: Bloodshot Trailer 1
    • Lost Planet Trailer 2
  • Movie and Blu-Ray Disk Trailers
    • Star Trek Teaser Trailer
  • PS3 Themes
    • Pain
      • Scurv Dogg Theme
  • PS3 Wallpaper
    • (4) Rocketmen: Axis of Evil Wallpapers

Playstation Store for PC

  • Game Videos
    • Petapon Trailer
    • Secret Agent Clank Trailer

In the News #36 – 2/28/2008

Daily News for February 28th, 2008.

  • “Don’t Speak,” “Excuse Me Mr.,” and “Sunday Morning,”  from No Doubt’s hit album Tragic Kingdom are available now on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store for Guitar Hero III track list.
  • The Wii came out the big winner over in Japan between January 28th and February 24th. The Wii sold 332,000 units to be the best selling console in that time period, with second place being the DS, with 230,000 units sold. PS3 managed to sell 89,000 units over the period, with the Xbox 360 selling 14,000 units.
  • Earlier this week, we covered the story of Metal Gear Solid 4 getting its own Playstation 3 bundle to be released sometime in June. We speculated that it would probably be June 12th. We now official word that the exact release date is June 12th, 2008.

In the News #35 – 2/27/2008

Daily News for February 27th, 2008.

  • A price has been set for Wii Fit in the UK. The price is set at £69.99 in the UK and EUR 89.99 across Europe. It is coming April 25th in these areas, and May 19th in the US.
  • Capcom has announced that Resident Evil Zero is coming to the Wii.
  • Three seperate Metal Gear Solid 4 packages have been announced for a Japan release: The standard edition with the game and Metal Gear Online, the Special Edition which comes with a bonus Blu-Ray disk that has every MGS4 trailer and the making-of footage, and finally the Premium edition which has everything the Special Edition does plus PS3 unit. The Playstation 3 unit for the US is currently the 80GB, but the unit for Japan is being referred to as a “special model” by Famitsu which will unveil the model on March 21st. The Special Edition is currently only planned for a Japan release.
  • Disney has announced Ultimate Band, which is hopeing to be a strong competitor to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Coming this Holiday season.
  • Intel has recently acquired Offset Software, which is currently working on the upcoming FPS Project Offset.
  • The Playstation 3 The Best titles are coming March 19th to Japan. The list includes Resistance, FolksSoul (Folklore), Gundam Target in Sight, and Ridge Racer 7. Even though they are only announced for Japan as of right now, they will probably soon find their way over to the US.

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In the News #34 – 2/26/2008

Daily News for February 26th, 2008.

  • The makers of Dead Rising, Capcom, have been sued. MKR Group, holder of the rights to George A. Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Dead, has filed a lawsuit against Capcom over similarities between the 1979 film and 2006 Xbox 360 game.
  • Haze has been confirmed for a May 2008 release. A new trailer was also released. Read and watch here.
  • Electronic Arts announced today that Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy will be on the cover of NFL Head Coach ’09.
  • A new horror game by EA, Dead Space, has been announced for an October 31st, 2008 release. Gee, I wonder why?
  • Bioware announced today that Mass Effect will be coming to the PC on May 6th, 2008.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming in June 2008; but that’s not all folks. A MGS4 80GB PS3 Bundle is also coming. What? Read more.
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus has sparked a lot of interest in the PSP system. So much interest that Sony has announced a new Red PSP Bundle. It comes complete with a Red PSP w/ Kratos on the back, the God of War: Chains of Olympus game, a UMD version of Superbad, and a voucher for Syphon Filter: Combat Ops. For $199, it will be available in June. See the new Red PSP.
  • The DualShock 3 for the Playstation 3 (complete with rumble) will be released in North America on April 2008 for $54.99. Yay…

MGS4 Release Date, 80GB PS3 Bundle, and more.

Metal Gear Solid 4 has finally been given a solid release date of June ’08. Metal Gear Solid 4 was delayed late last year and we have been waiting for an announcement ever since. We may be going out on a limb, but we are going to go even further and say that it will be out Thursday, June 12th, 2008.

But the release announcement isn’t the only surprising news.

Earlier today at Destination PlayStation, a retailers only conference for Sony products, Sony announced that a Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle pack will be released in Q2 2008. The bundle will include MGS4, an 80GB PS3 and a Dual Shock 3 included for an MSRP of $499.99. It will also include an Metal Gear Online “Starter Pack.”

“Wait a minute….WHAT!?!?! A new 80GB PS3 Bundle!? I thought they were discontinued?”

We thought the same thing. The president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Jack Trenton, had this to say:

“In response to incredible demand, we will be manufacturing more 80GB PS3s for North America and the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 80GB PS3 bundle is an ideal way to offer that continued value to our consumers.”

Want to see the bundle? Just take a look at this:

MGS4 80GB Playstation 3 Bundle

Haze Release Date Announced

Early this morning, Ubisoft made the announcement that Haze will be arriving on the Playstation 3 in May. The Playstation 3 exclusive has a rating of Mature, but who really cares these days?

If this wasn’t enough for you, how about a brand new trailer to calm your nerves until it arrives.

Vodpod videos no longer available. 

In the News #33 – 2/25/2008

Daily News for February 25th, 2008.

  • Phil Harrison, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has announced that he is to be parting ways with the company after 15 years on the job. In a statement released today, Harrison said that his resignation will be effective as of February 29th, 2008.
  • Electronic Arts attempted to buy out Take-Two Interactive over the past couple of days, but Take-Two gave them a final answer of “Not right now.” After all of that was said and done, EA made a new website directly regarding this situation. You can find it at:
  • Microsoft has announced that they are completely shutting down their HD-DVD format. They will no longer build the add-on HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360, but will continue customer support on existing units.
  • It has also been announced that the HD-DVD player add-ons for the Xbox 360 have received a major price drop from $129.99 to $49.99. The package contains the player, an Xbox 360 Media Remote, a USB 2.0 cable and a copy of King Kong on HD-DVD.
  • This doesn’t affect the game industry directly, but Sony has announced several changes to the administration of the company other than Phil Harrison resigning. Robert Dyer will be Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson will be Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan will be Vice President of Human Resources.

The Week’s Releases #14

Video Game releases for the week of February 26th, 2008 – March 3rd, 2008.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
ArmA: Gold – PC
Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship – PSP
Brain Assist – DS
Bubble Bobble Double Shot – DS
Cocoto Magic Circus – Wii
Disney Friends – DS
Fantasy Aquarium – DS
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition – Playstation 3
Lost: Via Domus – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Naratu: Ninja Destiny – DS
Patapon – PSP
Petz Wild Animals: Tigerz – DS
Red Baron (2007) – PC
SEGA Bass Fishing – Wii
The Sims 2 FreeTime – PC
The Sims 2 FreeTime (Limited Edition) – PC
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty – PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty Collector’s Edition – Xbox 360

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Puzzle Guzzle – PSP
Spitfire Heroes: Tales of the Royal Air Force – DS
Triggerheart Exelica – Xbox 360

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Friday, February 29th, 2008
Cabal Online – PC
Magic Online III – PC
Powerboat GT – PC

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Bully: Scholarship Edition – Xbox 360, Wii
Galactic Commando – Echo Squad Special Edition – PC
Let’s Ride! Friends Forever – DS
Major League Baseball 2K8 – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii
MLB ’08: The Show – Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure – PC
Spaceforce Captains – PC
Stranger – PC