Weekly Review #3

Here’s our Weekly Review for the week of February 25th – February 29th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts started off the week by offering to buy out Take-Two Interactive. It didn’t go so well. Read More.
  • 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. He retired on February 29th, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Ubisoft made the announcement that Haze will be arriving on the Playstation 3 in May. Read and Watch More Here.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 has been set for a June 12th, 2008 release. There will be a standard edition and an 80GB Playstation 3 MGS4 bundle. Read More Here and Here.
  • Bioware announced that Mass Effect will be coming to the PC on May 6th, 2008.
  • The DualShock 3 for the Playstation 3 (complete with rumble) will be released in North America in April 2008 for $54.99.
  • 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.  

Also, the Division-Gaming Network has several staff positions open that need to be filled for the release of Division-Gaming version 2. If you want to work on the staff of the all new video gaming network, email us: admin@division-gaming.com.

Weekly Review #1

We are now going to combine our Xbox, Nintendo, and Playstation Weekly Reviews together to form one Weekly Review. Here’s our Weekly Review for the week of February 11th – February 15th, 2008.

  • Now available on the Wii Virtual Console is Harvest Moon for Super NES, and Lords of Thunder for TG-16 CD. Both games were released for 800 points.
  • Electronic Arts Inc. and Maxis have announced that Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7th, 2008. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones. Go here to see IGN’s article which includes the Release Date Trailer.
  • 274,000 Wiis were bought in January.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl was first place in sales again in its second week, having 251,789 copies sold, twice as many as the second place game. Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold one million copies faster than any Wii game before.
  • A multiplayer demo has been released for Frontlines: Fuel of War on Xbox Live. It allows up to 32 players for multiplayer combat.
  • Hironobu Sakaguchi’s newest RPG; Lost Odyssey is now exclusively available on the 360 console.
  • BioWare has announced Mass Effect for PC with added features including: High Resolution visuals, Fully customizable controls, Run and Gun control, new decryption mini-screen and new inventory screen GUI and functionality.
  • Electronic Arts Inc. and Maxis have announced that Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7th, 2008.
  • Call of Duty 4 continues to control all that is Xbox Live. It stays on top as the most played Xbox Live title for last week, followed closely by Halo 3.
  • It’s not an officially official confirmation, but an ‘official’ confirmation of the discontinuation of the 80GB Playstation 3 has been released. Read More.
  • Sierra Entertainment has announced that World in Conflict will appear on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems this fall. Additional single player and multiplayer content is expected.
  • The Guitar Hero saga continues, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith has been announced. It will arrive in June ‘08.

Playstation Weekly Review #3

PSP, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3 Weekly Review for the week of February 4th, 2008 – February 8th, 2008.

  • Electronic Arts is predicting that the Playstation 3 is going to sell 9.5 to 11.5 million units this year. Europe is where the majority sales will take place. Playstation 3 has a predicted 5 to 6 million units sales as opposed to the Xbox 360 with 1.5 to 2.5 million.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that the total number of registered users for Folding@home has reached over one million users since PlayStation 3 started taking part in Stanford University’s Folding@home project back in March of 2007. On average, this is roughly 3,000 PS3 users registering for Folding@home per day or 2 new registered users every minute worldwide.
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced Tuesday that a new “Silver Satin” 40GB PS3 model will be available in Japan on March 6th at regular price. A Silver controller will also be available for purchase, and to our understanding will be included with the system. At this time, there are no plans for a U.S. release of this model.
  • Leading worldwide Publisher Lighthouse Interactive announced Thursday that it has acquired full publishing rights for the PlayStation 2 and PSP system platforms in North America through its signed agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • The Playstation Store has been updated. Read More.
  • The Lost Planet demo, that was released just a couple of days ago on the Playstation Network, has recently been taken down from the store. The demo was removed to “address issues that have come to light,” said Chris Kramer in a post on the Playstation Blog. No time has been given to when the demo is expected to make a return.

Nintendo Weekly Review #3

  Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii Weekly Review for the week of February 4th, 2008 – February 8th, 2008.

  •  For handhelds, the DS has an estimated advantage over Sony’s PSP of around 8 million units. The Wii wins the estimate battle with 12 to 14 million
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl has had a successful launch over in Japan. It has totaled around 700,000 copies sold since it’s release last Thursday.
  • Medal of Honor Heroes 2 may not have multiplayer after all. This feature has apparently been taken out of the game. More details are sure to come soon.

Nintendo Weekly Review #2

Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008.

  • The Cobalt Blue/Black Nintendo DS is official. We reported on this earlier this week and classified it as a rumor; but it has been announced it will be arriving in stores February 10th, 2008.
  • Brand new screenshots were released for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Go here to see them.
  • 1080 Snowboarding (originally on Nintendo 64) is now available for Virtual Console download on the Wii system.
  • John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, confirmed that Rock Band will soon be coming to Wii.
  • Owners of the new Super Smash Bros. Brawl game are apparently having more problems than just the earlier reports of firmware update errors. Nintendo is now getting reports of disc read errors and choppy video playbacks. Nintendo says the problem is being caused by dust and tobacco build up inside the Wii system. It is very difficult for Wii owners to fix this dust problem themselves, so Nintendo is offering to clean the system for free.
    Those who need this service for their Japanese Wii will have to send their system, warranty card, and copy of Smash Bros. Brawl to a Nintendo service center in Kyoto. Nintendo will be paying for the shipping, so there’s no loss for consumers, except for a one week period without Wii. Go to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. error page.

Xbox Weekly Review #2

Xbox 360 Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008. 

  • The Turok demo for North America’s Xbox Live has finally arrived. The demo was released on the Playstation Network and other Xbox Live regions about 2 weeks ago.
  • Ubisoft announced today the release of the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter® 2 Co-op Collection. This download is a new downloadable content (DLC) package for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for the Xbox 360. It is now available on Xbox Live. Read more about the details on IGN.
  • A rumor that was crushed earlier today was that Halo Wars was going to have a port on the PC from the already scheduled Xbox 360 version. This is in fact just a rumor, and Microsoft has confirmed that there is no PC version in development. It is still an Xbox 360 exclusive.
  • A Conflict: Denied Ops demo is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Playstation Weekly Review #2

Playstation 2, PSP, and Playstation 3 Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008.

  • Several sources are saying that the 80GB Playstation 3 is being discontinued. This rumor is accompanied by another rumor saying that a 120GB/160GB Playstation 3 will replace it. Read more.
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is hitting PlayStation 3 consoles on April 17th. The game will set you back $39.99 and will be available via download or disc. It is a Playstation 3 exclusive. Read more on IGN.
  • Sony has been contacted about the 80GB and 120/160GB Playstation 3 rumors, and responded by saying:

    “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation. Any rumors on separate PS3 configurations or package arrangements are just that — rumors and speculation.”

  • Skype is now available in the United States for the PSP; but only for PSP Slims.
  • Another big Playstation Network Store Update has arrived. Read more.