The usually hyper-objective ESRB let out an uncharacteristic outburst after rating Dead or Alive Paradise in today’s news roundup. New details emerge regarding Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – codenamed Operation Needle Mouse. And lastly, Sony’s financial stats for the last quarter of 2009 yield a mixed bag of results for the corporate giant.
ESRB Apologise for calling Dead or Alive Paradise ‘Creepy’
It appears that the ESRB (Electronic Software Rating Board) were so rattled by the sensual, almost soft-core porn, nature of Dead or Alive Paradise that they’ve been forced to apologise after posting some highly subjective descriptions on their website. Giving the title an M (Mature) classification, the ESRB was then required to justify its decision with a few objective statements, but ended up writing things like ‘creepy voyeurism,’ ‘cheesy,’ and ‘bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want.’ They even added (although this is definitely open to debate) ‘Paradise cannot mean straddling felled tree trunks in dental-floss thongs.’
‘The rating summary for Dead or Alive Paradise was posted to our website in error, and we have since replaced that version with the corrected one,’ said Eliot Mizrachi of the ESRB. ‘We recognize that the initial version improperly contained subjective language and that issue has been addressed.’ According to 1up he then apologized for ‘what some could rightfully take to be subjective statements.’ It’s not hard to see where the ERSB are coming from however, and to check out this bizarre teaser/trailer of Dead or Alive Paradise, follow this link: [1UP]
SEGA announces Sonic the Hedgehog 4
Codename ‘Project Needlemouse’, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 isheading for release sometime this summer as a downloadable title. It seems that Sega - a bit like Nintendo with New Super Mario Brothers – has decided to revert back to Sonic’s 2D origins in a ‘new high-definition 2D platform adventure’ [EG].
Sonic 4 will be the sequel to the Mega Drive edition of Sonic & Knuckles and has been dubbed ‘Episode 1’ by SEGA's Ken Balough who added ‘When SEGA released Sonic 3, ultimately it was the part one of a story that saw its conclusion in Sonic & Knuckles. In that same spirit, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is a bigger story, and this is that first chapter.’ Balough also confirmed that power sneakers, spin dashes and homing attacks will all return for the fourth installment - although Sonic will be the only playable character. [Eurogamer]
Sony sold 6.5m PS3s last autumn
Sony bosses will be digesting a mixed bag of results after the release of their financial statistics earlier this morning. In terms of Playstation 3 console sales, it’s good news for the company as they saw a 44 per cent rise in sales between October and December according to VG247 - with some 6.5 million consoles shifted compared with 4.5 million for the same period in 2008. Unsurprisingly, sales of Playstation 2 consoles slowed with some 2.1 million units sold compared with 2.5 the previous year. However, more worrying for Sony will be the decline in sales of PSPs which, despite the launch of the PSPgo, dropped from 5.1 million units sold to 4.2 million in 2009. [GamerRss]