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From Accessible Ninjas To Zombie Atom Smashers - News Roundup 24th January 2011

Jonathan Lester
Blendo Games, Games news, L.A. Noire, Ninja Gaiden 3, PSP 2, Rockstar, Sony, Team Ninja, Zombie Atom Smasher
L.A. Noire

Nikkei: PSP2 Has 3G, Will Release This Year

From Accessible Ninjas To Zombie Atom Smashers - News Roundup 24th January 2011

Sony are currently sitting on two of the worst kept secrets in gaming history: the PSP2 and the Zeus 'Playstation Phone' Z1. We've already seen plenty of specs and photographs of Sony's anticipated handheld gaming device, but a new report from Nikkei suggests that the PSP2 will feature 3G support without the ability to... you know... make phone calls. Players will be able to download games and software as well as participate in online multiplayer using this connection, as well as wireless LAN support.

The report also states that a new OLED screen and custom processor will provide cutting-edge visuals.

There's still no hint of pricing, or even an official announcement from Sony yet. However, we believe that it's set for unveiling during a press conference on the 27th. [Nikkei via Andriasang]

Psyched for the PSP2? Or will Sony find it difficult to compete in the glutted portable market? Have your say in the comments!

Rockstar Confirm L.A. Noire Release Date

From Accessible Ninjas To Zombie Atom Smashers - News Roundup 24th January 2011

We recently brought you the news that a leaked L.A. Noire trailer revealed the release date for Rockstar's long-awaited title- and Rockstar have now announced that it's right on the money. However, the May 17th launch window has been confirmed as US-only, with us Brits having to wait an extra three days until May 20th.

This officially ends a long and turbulent development cycle including a press blackout that spanned over four years. The leaked trailer will officially debut later today.

Ninja Gaiden 3 Will Be "More Accessible"

From Accessible Ninjas To Zombie Atom Smashers - News Roundup 24th January 2011

When asked to sum up the Ninja Gaiden series in one word, you can bet your bottom dollar that "accessible" won't trip off the tongue. The franchise is known (and indeed, revered) for crushing difficulty and nuanced combat, but Team Ninja sensei Yosuke Hayashi has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3 will appeal to a wider variety of audiences and skill levels. Apparently it will "provide excitement, which is not only from the difficulty". When asked about the planned difficulty level by Eurogamer, Hayashi delivered the following response:

Not easy, but it will enable more people to play. More accessible. We don’t plan to have Ninja Gaiden 3 only for the really good, skilled people.

Hayashi also plans to make NG3 the "number one 3D action game of the time." With Uncharted 3 and Gears Of War 3 lurking in the wings (along with plenty of current offerings cluttering the shelves), they'll certainly have their work cut out. [Eurogamer]

To be honest, we don't really mind... so long as Ninja Gaiden 3 is much less buggy and broken than its hapless predecessor. More QA this time around, chaps!

Zombie Atom Smasher Out Today!

Blendo Games have announced that their surreal zombie defence title has released today for immediate download. Zombie Atom Smasher tasks players with beating back the undead hordes using satellite-mounted thermonuclear ordnance and powerful mercenary forces.

Excited? You should be. [Blendo Games]

Add a comment3 comments
Gunn  Jan. 24, 2011 at 17:12

Sure many people think the PSP is/was a failure, I still think it sold an impressive number of units for their first handheld. The fact that a PSP2 exists and that it seems to be of high spec surely must show Sony's commitment to handheld gaming.

Matt Gardner  Jan. 25, 2011 at 10:28

Cannot wait for L.A. Noire. The next few months are going to be MASSIVE.

Jonathan Lester  Jan. 25, 2011 at 12:15

True that. 2011 is shaping up to be utterly ridiculous.


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