EA have stepped up and at last confirmed the official release dates for the PS3 version of previously Xbox 360 exclusive title Mass Effect 2. The company have confirmed that the game will be available on January 18 2011 in North America and on January 21 2011 in Europe. Read more
After 16 years, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 has been released. The game is being released in parts, so this is Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1. The game will cost 1200 points from Xbox Live Arcade. Alternatively, on the PS3 the game will cost £9.99 to download from the PlayStation Network.
On the Xbox 360 there is also a trial game which, even if you’re a huge Sonic fan, like myself, you may want to download first as 1200 points is a bit steep. The game download size is 191MBs. Read more
Bad news for Nintendo as their Wii console and the DS handheld series seem to have lost their way in the UK gaming market. Both retailers Game and Gamestation are reporting that sales of the Wii and DS are down 40% and in fact, it is reported that Game have dipped into the red in their overall sales and are partly blaming the decline in hardware sales of the Nintendo Wii for their misfortune.
As the news of the potential lack of interest in the Nintendo Wii filters through, news that Nintendo have no intentions of reducing prices on their hardware over the upcoming Christmas period is also appearing. Presumably the company expects the Christmas sales figures, which have historically been highly successful for Nintendo, to be high enough to not need any encouragement from price drops or incentives to customers. Read more
With the upcoming release of Fifa 11, EA spokesman and senior VP Jens Uwe Intat has boldly announced that the FIFA series of games are superior to rival football game series Pro Evolution Soccer (PES).
“Over the last couple of years, FIFA has been an excellent performer and we continue to grow market share over Konami. It also shows that our products do get better – FIFA’s Metacritic scores keep going up. We have a clearly superior product over Konami, which we did not have in the last generation.” Read more
The first game from Sega’s Dreamcast digital download service has gone live. Sonic Adventure is the first game to be ported to both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is available to download on Xbox Live right now and costs 800 Microsoft points, or you can download the trial version. PS3 users will however have to wait a little longer. Sonic Adventure will be made available on PSN from September 22nd and should cost £6.29, 1,000 Yen, or $12.
Both versions offer an enhanced frame rate which renders the the game with twice as many frames as the original Dreamcast release. For the Xbox version, there will of course be achievements but, there will also be avatar items. Where as the PS3 will have PlayStation Home Rewards, as well as Trophies. Read more
As VG247 pointed out, Sony are going to be firmly focusing on the PlayStation Move and 3D aspects of their gaming line-up at this years Tokyo Games Show (TGS) however there will still be plenty of gaming goodness on display at the Sony booth in the form of:
– Trinity Zill 0’ll Zero
– World Soccer Winning Eleven
– Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
– Front Mission Evolved
– Gran Turismo 5
– LittleBigPlanet 2
– MotorStorm: Apocalypse
– Tokyo Jungle
– SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals
– Killzone 3
– Sly Cooper Collection
– Red Dead Redemption
– Tales of Graces F
– Ni No Kuni
Highly anticipated ‘post-apocalyptic’ FPS game RAGE has recieved it’s official release date from the games developer – iD – at Quakecon 2010 in Dallas, Texas.
“We’re going to have the biggest, coolest, most badass launch possible,” Tim Willits – Rage Designer
In the US RAGE will be released on September 13th with release in Europe dated two days later on the 15th of September.
The game was demoed on stage at Quakecon by members of the RAGE team who showed off the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game which has been built using the new Tech 5 engine by iD.
For a limited time only, a “femme fatale” fightstick is available to purchase from GameShark. The fightstick brings in a pink and white casing along with the ladies of Street Fighter IV. Only 1000 are being made, distributed between the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 will receive 350 while the 360 gets 650. The fightstick will work with most fighting games. The 360 version will also work on PC fighting games that support 360 controllers.
The Femme Fatal fightstick is currently retailing for $159.99 from GameShark.