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From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Final Fight: Double Impact, Games news, Halo 2, Jet Set Radio, Mad Catz, Rock Band, XBLA

Jet Set Radio Grinding onto XBLA?

From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

Recent leaked pics indicate that classic Dreamcast hits Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure may well be headed to XBLA in the near future- but the latest update is that Jet Set Radio may also be hitting the online marketplace in the near future. A french gamer has taken a screengrab of a JSR demo appearing in his 'Recent Games' tab, though SEGA have yet to confirm or deny this as yet.

SEGA had an extremely strong working relationship with Microsoft back in the last generation, and many displaced SEGA franchises found a new home on the original Xbox (including Panzer Dragoon and the splendid Jet Set Radio Future). As a rabid SEGA fanboy, I'm having trouble containing my excitement- with any luck a new generation of gamers will be able to enjoy the cell-shaded rollerblading masterpiece.

Having said that, this is still just a rumour. Watch this space! [Spirit Pixel FR]

What classic franchises would you like to see on XBLA (and PSN)? Drop us a line in the comments!

Diehard Halo 2 Players Refuse to Finish the Fight!

From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

Microsoft removed Live support for original Xbox games 10 days ago- but a small group of diehard fans have refused to quit and and are still playing online! According to a post on the Bungie forums, twenty players simply didn't log out on the 15th and have been playing ever since.

Unfortunately, overheating issues are slowly whittling down their numbers. We wish these brave Spartans the best of luck in their final stand. [Bungie]

Capcom Apologises for Final Fight DRM

From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

We recently reported that the PS3 version of Final Fight: Double Impact contained hidden Ubisoft-style DRM, requiring players to maintain a constant internet connection in order to play. Capcom have now apologised for withholding the information on release.

"Typically, the notification for a required PlayStation Network connection appears in the full game description when a game is downloaded from the PlayStation Store. Unfortunately when populating this content this detail was overlooked."

Apparently the inclusion of this DRM was to curtail "PSN Sharing," whereby multiple accounts could share the same game.

Mad Catz Signs Harmonix Rock Band Deal

From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

Mad Catz have produced a number of third-party Guitar Hero and Rock Band peripherals, but they're now going to be producing the official Rock Band peripherals after signing a multi-year deal with Harmonix. With any luck, they'll be able to improve on the fairly flimsy Rock Band guitars... and include their epic Fender replica peripherals with Rock Band 3.

The agreement grants Mad Catz the rights to create Rock Band controllers "for all future iterations of the franchise - including the forthcoming Rock Band 3." [Gamesindustry.biz]

News Update: New Lean PS3 Hardware Upgrade

From XBLA Grinding to the Spartans' Last Stand - News Roundup 26th April 2010

According to a report by PSU, Sony will be rolling out a new improved graphics chip in future PS3s. This new RSX chip will be smaller, more efficient and cheaper to produce than the current model- meaning that it's better for the environment, lessens the possibility of the dreaded YLOD and will reduce Sony's loss from each PS3 sale. [PSU via VG247]

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Matt Gardner  Apr. 26, 2010 at 18:32

First of all a massive salute to those remaining Spartans, but more excitingly....

....JET SET RADIO FUTURE?! The very hint of a possibility that this might get a Marketplace release is possibly the most delicious news of the entire year. Sod motion control, THIS is pant-wettingly good.

I'm praying for some concrete evidence...

Dan  Apr. 26, 2010 at 20:13

Is it not already playable via backwards compatability, seeing as it's an Xbox title?

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 26, 2010 at 22:58

To clarify, this story concerns the original Jet Set Radio (that was released on the Dreamcast)- NOT JSRF (the Xbox reimagining). My sentence about Microsoft/SEGA working relations was to add weight to the rumours and leaked pics, since they've closely collaborated many times before.

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