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The ten year life plan, and competition.


To Sony, their “life” for consoles are about ten years. I’m not sure they stop production of that particular console on the exact ten year day or not. (Which in fact would be incredibly funny to me, “well its been ten years, time to shut down.”) But this is more about strategy, marketing and excuses.

Strategy wise- Its smart, because costs go down over the year, parts get smaller and by the end they make some profit.  Even if they aren’t making a profit now, they will later.  That and I have a feeling their not feeling the competition by other competitors. I’m basing this all on the so called price drop that hasn’t came as of yet. If the PS3 Slim rumor is true and it comes out this August, I’ll take back what I said.

Marketing- So-So, In the beginning the advertising has been strong but for their new titles that came out, not really. LittleBigPlanet got little marketing push, gamers such as myself knew about it and bought it. But, none of my family has even heard of such a title. inFAMOUS had a huge marketing push on the internet with ads and such, and commercials for the first 3 weeks after release.

Excuses- How many times have you heard Sony say, “We’re following a ten year life plan, we do not comment on rumors or speculation.” And most of the time the rumor is true? I have. And if they want things to not be “Leaked”, then they should keep a better control on the matter. This is based on the of the Qore episode with the PSP Go revealed and this was their own fault it was “Leaked”

I can’t comment on the PlayStation 1’s ten years, since I wasn’t here for that generation. I was too busy on my Nintendo 64. Sue me :]

PlayStation 2’s Ten Year- In the beginning it started off slow with Ico, and some other titles I can’t remember. And, titles started piling up by the third year in its cycle. That’s when the “word of mouth” came around, and in a way that was marketing. Those who don’t watch television often, this is for them. By the 5th year we had series going on, and it was great. (such as Jak and Daxter, Devil May Cry, Kingdom Hearts, Metal Gear Solid etc.) I believe the Xbox came around the second year and the gamecube the third. And obviously since competition arrived, better titles started coming out. And such, by the end of the 7th year the PlaySation 3 came out. But the PS2’s lineup was still strong with titles like God Of War 2, and Rogue Galaxy. And its still going on till this day.

PlayStation Portable- It began with a huge push, everyone knew about it. People used it as media players rather than using Apple’s Ipod. I hadn’t heard a single bad thing about PSP, except that it can break easily but thats not the point. I’m not going to lie, UMD was a dumb idea. But at the time, what else could they have done? Digital downloads? Not very much people had broadband at the time. The titles that came out on the PSP early on were so-so, some were just ports.  Some were fantastic. By the end of the third year, it was platform for unique games. Such as Patapon and Locoroco. In the middle of its forth year, the PSP Go was announced. Their was a lot of mixed feelings about this. More than half of the gaming community were saying it was a ripoff. But, to me, it feels like the PSP is relaunching. And with great titles to come out too, by the end of this year. This is probably the PSP’s greatest year to come for gamers.

PlayStation 3- The launch of PS3 was a huge success, but with a price. Long lines and $600. The first year started off really slow, just like PS2, or any platform for that matter. Since the Xbox 360 was starting its second year in a couple months after launch. It was going to be hard to catch up with titles. Everything is about exclusivity or not. You couldn’t say PS3 wasn’t playing “catch up” for the first year without lying.  By the next year, The PS3 became distinct and was most unique. The PSN titles differed from Xbox’s Arcade titles, by being actual games worth your money. You could say PSN was playing catch up with Live but, the games on the PS3 didn’t need to anymore. A lot of exclusives on the PS3 were amazing and still are. And that was the year of the PS3 (as the internet would call it). Now we’re in our third year and PSN isn’t playing catch up anymore and became its own service.  And I believe this so far has been a great year and more love to come.

Wooo, that was long. Now tell me if you agree with what I had to say or not. Sound off in the comments.

Published on July 22nd, 2009 under , , , , , , , , ,

Call of Duty: World at War starts Double XP Week


World at War on Xbox 360Activision has started “Double XP” Week for Call of Duty: World At War for those Xbox 360 and PC users who have the Limited Collector’s Edition.

Those who qualify will have the opportunity to earn double the experience points with access to the “Double XP Officer’s Club” playlists. It will end at 11:59AM Pacific Standard Time in the U.S. on Friday, December 12th. So you have the rest of today and all of tomorrow to rack up those points!

Call of Duty: World At War is the latest game in the first-person war series and the 5th game in the franchise. For this title the setting was brought back to World War II after the huge success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which was set in modern times. The game recieved great reviews across the board.

It is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC at a price point of $60, on the Wii for $50, the PS2 for $40 and the DS for $30. It’s rated M for Mature (Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore).

Here’s the awesome launch trailer for the game.

New Ghostbusters game trailer touts Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson


The Video Game HD Screenshot

A new Ghostbusters: The Video Game trailer along with new screenshots has been released by Atari, who will publish the game on six systems (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC and DS) in 2009. Note that the Wii and PS2 version will feature more cartoony looking graphics and characters due to the lack of HD graphics.

The Video Game on PS3Developed by Terminal Reality, who worked closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc., the game will be released to coincide with the 25th anniversary celebration of the original film’s theatrical release with a completely new story that re-unites the original cast members from the film (complete with their voice acting and in-game likeness) in a sequel (Ghostbusters 3, if you will) that seeks to recapture the unique blend of humor, fright and action that established Ghostbusters as one of the most popular and recognizable pop culture sensations in history.

Here is an all-new trailer for the game.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is penned by the original writers of Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and re-unites the original film’s cast, for the first time in 20 years, in Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson with a storyline that takes place two years after the Ghostbuster II film. The game even features fan favorites such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) and Brian Doyle-Muray (Mayor Jock Mulligan).

Sony will also be releasing the two movies on Blu-ray disc for the first time in celebration of it’s anniversary.

Best games of 2008 X-Play Award nominees


X-Play Best of 2008 Awards

X-Play will have their annual Best Games of 2008 Awards on Tuesday, December 9th at 8:00 PM Eastern/Pacific time on G4.

X-Play is the most watched videogame series on TV and has announced the nominees for it’s various award categories for the Sixth Annual Best of 2008 Awards. The categories cover over 20 different sections including Most Original Game, Best Strategy Game, Best New Character and Best Sound Design.

The categories have also been expanded this year to cover some all new ground. These include: Best New Downloadable Game, Best Racing Game, Best Music/Rhythm Game, Best Handheld and Best MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game).

The special episode of the awards will take viewers through each category, revealing the winners and explaining in detail exactly why each game won. It will culminate finally in the highly coveted Game of the Year Award, where players can watch with anticipation in finding out which of this years heavy-hitters will win it all.

Fallout 3 (screenshot) is one of this year's biggest games

Will it be Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic epic Western RPG Fallout 3? How about the intense sequel to one of the Xbox 360’s best games in Gears of War 2?

Or Valve’s latest innovative shooter, the zombie-packed Left 4 Dead? EA’s first foray into the first-person adventure genre with the acrobatic action game Mirror’s Edge? And there’s many others as well, from Will Wright’s latest opus, the creature-building Sims-follow-up Spore to EA’s first gory survival horror game Dead Space to Rockstar and Take Two’s latest epic open-world crime game Grand Theft Auto IV. And don’t forget about Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Fit, Mario Kart Wii and big DS and PSP titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Professor Layton and the Curious Village. There’s lots to choose from and all the awards this year should be really interesting.

“It seems commonplace to expect and find every year to improve on the one before,” says Adam Sessler, Host and Managing Editor, “X-Play.” “But the level of sophistication and depth found in 2008’s standout titles are truly extraordinary.”

“Every year, it gets tougher and tougher to pick the winners,” says Morgan Webb, Host, “X-Play.” “This year was no exception and we had to really challenge ourselves to whittle down the list of nominees to come up with the best of the best.”

The Complete List of “X-Play Best of 2008″ categories and nominees include:

Game of the Year

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Gears of War 2
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Resistance 2

Most Original Game

* Boom Blox
* Braid
* LittleBigPlanet
* Mirror’s Edge
* No More Heroes
* The World Ends With You

Best Gameplay Innovation

* “Level creation/sharing” – LittleBigPlanet
* “AI Director” – Left 4 Dead
* “Objective-based multiplayer” – Resistance 2
* “Voice command” – Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* “Right stick combat” – Too Human
* “Public quests” – Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Best Multiplayer Game

* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Madden NFL 09
* Resistance 2
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* Too Human

Best Action/Adventure Game

* Dead Space
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Grand Theft Auto IV
* No More Heroes
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Sports Game

* FIFA 09
* Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
* NBA 2K9
* NHL 09
* Madden NFL 09

Best Shooter

* Call of Duty: World at War
* Far Cry 2
* Gears of War 2
* Left 4 Dead
* Resistance 2

Best RPG

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Persona 4
* Tales of Vesperia
* The World Ends With You

Best New Character

* The dog – Fable 2
* Niko Bellic – Grand Theft Auto IV
* Sackboy – LittleBigPlanet
* Drebin 893 – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Travis Touchdown – No More Heroes

Best Art Direction

* Fable 2
* Fallout 3
* Far Cry 2
* LittleBigPlanet
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* Prince of Persia

Best Animation

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Left 4 Dead
* NBA 2K9
* Madden NFL 09
* Prince of Persia
* Resistance 2

Best Writing

* Grand Theft Auto IV
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Best Original Soundtrack

* Gears of War 2
* Mirror’s Edge
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
* No More Heroes
* Resistance 2

Best Sound Design

* Battlefield: Bad Company
* Condemned 2: Bloodshot
* Dead Space
* Fable 2
* Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Downloadable Content

* Burnout Paradise – bikes/map expansion
* Call of Duty 4 – maps
* Rock Band 2 – DLC songs
* Team Fortress 2 – class upgrades
* Warhawk – PSN expansions

Best New Downloadable Game

* Bionic Commando Rearmed
* Braid
* Geometry Wars 2
* Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* World of Goo

Best Strategy Game

* Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
* Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor
* Sins of a Solar Empire
* Tom Clancy’s EndWar
* Valkyria Chronicles

Best Racing Game

* Burnout Paradise
* Mario Kart Wii
* MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
* Pure

Best Music/Rhythm Game

* Audiosurf
* Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
* Guitar Hero World Tour
* Patapon
* Rock Band 2

Best Handheld Game

* Chrono Trigger DS
* God of War: Chains of Olympus
* Patapon
* Professor Layton and the Curious Village
* The World Ends With You

Best M-M-O

* Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
* Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
* World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Published on December 6th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 49, 2008


What are the best-selling games in America, Japan, and Europe (UK, France, Germany) this week? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the most popular right now.

Nintendo Wii
The Force Unleashed for WiiNorth America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Namco Bandai), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games).

Japan: 1. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Sega), 2. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo), 3. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. Carnival: Fun Fair Games (2K Games), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega).

Xbox 360
World At War for Xbox 360North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 5. Fable II (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 2. Saints Row 2 (THQ), 3. Agarest Senki: Re-appearance (Compile Heart), 4. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 5. Tales of Vesperia (Namco).

Europe: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Fable II (Microsoft), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

PlayStation 3
LittleBigPlanet on PS3North America: 1. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. Prince of Persia (Ubisoft), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Special Edition (Konami), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 5. MotorStorm II (Sony).

Europe: 1. Resistance 2 (Sony), 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 5. Need for Speed: Undercover (Electronic Arts).

PlayStation 2
Rock Band Special Edition for PS2North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (Square Enix), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World – Special Edition (Bandai), 2. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 3. Real Rode – Kirakira Box (Kadokawa Shoten), 4. Real Rode (Kadokawa Shoten), 5. Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Plus Edition (Atlus).

Europe: 1. SingStar: ABBA (Sony), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. SingStar: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands (Sony), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. SingStar Singalong with Disney (Sony).

Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Spore (Electronic Arts), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 5. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead (Zoo), 2. Fantasy Earth Zero: Equitis Edition (Square Enix), 3. LineAge Episode Re: Premium Kit ver. 2 (E Frontier), 4. Ragnarok Online 6th Anniversary Package (E Frontier), 5. The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Pack (Electronic Arts).

Europe: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Spore (Electronic Arts), 4. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).

Nintendo DS
Elite Penguin Force for DSNorth America: 1. Disney Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 2. Personal Trainer: Cooking (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (Nintendo), 3. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel – Plus Main Theme Music CD (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 2. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 3. Imagine: Teacher (Ubisoft), 4. 42 All-Time Classics (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

PlayStation Portable
Chains of Olympus for PSPNorth America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony), 2. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd (Nihon Falcom), 2. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G – Best Of PSP Edition (Capcom), 4. Patapon 2: Donchaka (Sony), 5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 3 (Konami).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 4. Football Manager Handheld 2009 (Sega), 5. Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory (Activision).

Call of Duty: World at War remains #1 on the Xbox 360 chart. LittleBigPlanet returns to claim the top spot on the PS3 chart again. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also stays on top of the PC chart. Rock Band returns on the PS2 chart. Disney’s Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force is on top of the DS chart. A discount puts Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the Wii chart. And lastly God of War: Chains of Olympus stays on the PSP chart.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” A listing of the top 5 sellers per region, for all systems combined.

North America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Wii), 4. Wii Music (Wii), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (Wii).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (DS), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 3. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Wii), 4. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (DS), 5. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (DS).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Wii Play (Wii), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 4. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (DS), 5. More Brain Training (DS).

For the full lists go to Amazon’s US, JPN (PC) & UK / DE / FR sites.

Why recent Sonic games lost their old running ways


Sonic's Super Speed is the reason we loved him!

If you are a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, chances are that light has been dimming with each subsequent Sonic title, from Sonic Riders to the most recent Sonic Unleashed.

But turns out that there is a clear and deliberate reason why the development team, Sonic Team, keeps on doing what they are doing to “screw” up Sonic, for lack of a better term.

And that reason is actually pretty dry and simple . . . according to them, Sonic is simply so fast that if they made the game a pure running game (like everybody wants, classic Sonic speed), he would go so fast that they would need literally an ungodly amount of “miles” of terrain for him to traverse. So much so, that they have not even attempted to try it, because it would simply TAKE TOO LONG . . .

Very interesting indeed. You can read the exact quote over at indoorheroes.

* Thanks to VGFanArt for the Sonic Superspeed Artwork

Ben 10: Protector of Earth has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide


Protector of the Earth on DSBen 10: Protector of the Earth has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide announced D3P (short for “D3Publisher”, the name of the company) who released the game in October of last year for Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

The game is based on the hit Cartoon Network show of the same name and was developed by 1st Playable Productions (with the DS version done by High Voltage Software).

In the game, players follow the animated show’s star Ben Tennyson as he uses the alien Omnitrix device attached to his wrist, using super powers and changing into alien forms to take on puzzles, challenges, and skirmishes.

“Having our first-ever Ben 10 interactive game be as successful as it has is a huge accomplishment for us and this is another milestone of which we’re very proud,” says Cartoon Network Enterprises’ vice president Christina Miller. “We look forward to continued success as we build the brand’s interactive franchise with a great partner in D3.”

D3P also recently released a follow-up, Ben 10: Alien Force, based on the new Ben 10 show that takes place five years after the original. The sequel was shipped to stores in late October for Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS.

Three new Final Fantasy XI Expansion Packs in development at Square Enix


Final Fantasy XI - The Vana'diel Collection 2008 on PCMore Final Fantasy XI is heading our way thanks to Square Enix, who has announced that three upcoming downloadable “scenario expansions” for both the PC and console versions of Final Fantasy XI are in development.

They are being headed up by Masato Kato, who is the original developer behind the story and scenarios of both the base Final Fantasy XI game as well as it’s first expansion pack, Rise of the Zilart.

The expansions will be available exclusively online via the PlayOnline Viewer for all platforms including the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 where it will be downloadable for purchase for all versions worldwide.

The first expansion entitled “A Crystalline Prophecy: Ode of Life Bestowing” will be released in Spring of 2009. It will be followed by “A Moogle Kupo d’Eta: Evil in Small Dose” and “A Shantotto Ascension: The Legend of Torn, Her Empire Born” (. . . . are they going for some kind of long, confusing, weird name award?) have yet to be dated.

Square Enix’s Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) RPG Final Fantasy XI retains a community of 500,000 subscribers (with 1.7 million player characters) split across three platforms — Xbox 360, Playstation 2 and PC — across which players of all formats can interact.

New video game releases week 49, 2008


Prince of Persia for Xbox 360Here’s a list of this weeks U.S. game releases. Just when you think the overload of fun new games is going to give your wallet a rest, the next load arrives. The most popular games are Prince of Persia on Xbox 360 & PS3, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories on PS2, Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon on Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto IV on PC, and Mushroom Men on Wii & DS. On the downloadable games front we’ve got today’s Wii Shop titles Space Invaders Get Even, Pit Crew Panic, Metal Slug 2, and Banjo-Kazooie on Xbox Live Arcade (updates Wednesday), as well as American McGee’s Grimm: Iron John, Gothic 3 and Kingpin: Life of Crime on GameTap Gold (updates Thursday). No word yet on any PlayStation Network games (updates Thursday).

Chain of Memories for PS2Dairy Queen Tycoon (PC)
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon (Xbox 360)
Emma at the Farm (DS)
Metal Slug 2 – $9 (Wii Shop)
Pit Crew Panic! – $8 (Wii Shop)
Space Invaders Get Even – $5 (Wii Shop)

Animal Boxing (DS)
Cate West: The Vanishing Files (Wii)
Dreamer: Puppy Trainer (DS)
Family Party: 30 Great Games (Wii)
Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (PS2)
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi (DS)
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars (Wii)
Path of the Furon for Xbox 360My Fitness Coach (Wii)
My Fun Facts Coach (DS)
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (Wii)
Prince of Persia (Xbox 360, PS3)
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS)
Shaun White Snowboarding (PC)
SingStar ABBA (PS3, PS2)
Slingo Quest (DS)
The Tale of Despereaux (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, PC, DS)
Wordfish (DS)

Banjo-Kazooie (HD Remake) – $15 (Xbox Live Arcade)

American McGee’s Grimm: Iron John (GameTap Gold)
Gothic 3 (GameTap Gold)
Kingpin: Life of Crime (GameTap Gold)

Shaun White Snowboarding review video


Shaun White Snowboarding for PS3Developed in close collaboration with Shaun White, Olympic Gold Medalist and eight-time X Games Gold Medalist, Shaun White Snowboarding allows players to enter a world of total freedom, where they can create their own experience and choose how, where, and with whom they want to ride.

Bomb down open-world mountain ranges in hot spots across the globe and seek out real-life friend in fully-integrated online runs.

Can everyone’s favorite ginger athlete penetrate the virtual action sports market? Find out in this Shaun White Snowboarding video review.

Game features include:
* Open World Mountains: Choose how you ride in open-world mountains across the world. Conquer extreme peak conditions, create your own paths in the back country, or compete with fellow riders in the terrain parks
* Your Friends Are Always Around: Play in a world where your friends are always around. Do your own runs on mountains populated by real gamers, or join your friends for a quick session from any mountain
* More than Just Snowboarding: Have fun with your friends on and off the board! Throw snowballs, hike to access secret spots, film your friends doing ripping tricks. You can also upload your videos online to share with the world
* Ride Your Way: Express yourself through tricks, riding styles, and highly customizable avatars – both in single-player and in the online world. Use the intuitive dual analog control to pull off a huge variety of tricks that express your style
* Next-Gen Technology: Built on the Assassin’s Creed engine, this game creates a massive world with gorgeous visuals and realistic NPC interactions. This is also the first time a snowboarding game is completely driven by physics instead of animation
* Authentic Snowboarding: Ubisoft has worked closely with Shaun White to infuse the gaming experience with authenticity, personality and humor. Shaun is a friend and mentor in the game, and will help you with your skills. And, if you are deemed worthy, you may even be able to play as Shaun in the game.

To quote the GT video review: “Shaun White Snowboarding could definitely benefit from some more polish and it’s fairly derivative, but its open-ended design and subdued trick system capture the feel of the real sport. Snowboarders will appreciate the ability to play the game how they want, but it’s low on flash, so weekend warriors should buy a three-day lift pass for a test run.”

Design — 7.8
Gameplay — 8.3
Presentation — 7.0
Overall — 7.9

In the Wii version titled Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip you can hit the slopes with the Wii Balance Board. Get yourself into the game like never before by using the Balance Board to control your rider. Control your jumps and tricks with the intuitiveness and fun of having a snowboard in your own living room.

A great example of how to handle the Wii version of a multi-platform game. Find out more in this Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (Wii) video review.

Published on November 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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