Want Western Layton/Ace Attorney Crossover?
Yesterday Level 5 announced that they were assembling a DS Dream Team... but is seems that dreams don't come true as easily as we'd hoped. After dangling the Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright crossover in front of us, Capcom's Jgozno has cruelly snatched it away from Westerners on his blog. Apparently there are currently no plans to bring this title to Europe or America, but a vocal enough fan petition might just swing it for us. A few comments on the blog might be a good start.
We hope this is just a publicity stunt... but just in case, I'd suggest dropping in a comment or seven.
Space Channel 5 & Bass Fishing Headed To PSN/XBLA
SEGA have confirmed that more Dreamcast classics are on the way to a downloadable marketplace near you. Space Channel 5 Part 2 and Bass Fishing will be hitting PSN and XBLA in early 2011; joining Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio. Bass Fishing will be a perfect fit for Playstation Move (go on SEGA, you know you want to), but we're genuinely surprised to see Space Channel 5 Part 2 make an appearance. The second part of the funky rhythm game never made it outside Japan, so it seems an esoteric- if welcome- choice for a revamp.
Whilst it's great to be able to play these classic games again, we hope that SEGA will treat them to more polish than the lacklustre Sonic Adventure port.
Deadly Premonition Hits UK Next Week
Deadly Premonition, the niche Canadian crime mystery that's received incredibly divisive critical reviews, will finally reach British Xbox 360s from Friday 29th October. Billed as the quirky sister to Heavy Rain, many fans have been lobbying for Ignition Entertainment's open world survival horror to receive a European release, and they'll finally have their wish granted. Publisher Rising Star Games has issued the following challenge to fans and critics alike:
It’s been exciting to be publish a controversial release that fans demanded we bring to the UK. It’s been surrounded by contradictory review scores and now it’s time for the fans to decide. Next week Friday, UK gamers will be able to buy Deadly Premonition and come to their own conclusions. - Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games
We certainly will!
Xbox.com Upgrade Delivers In-Browser Avatar Editing
Xbox.com is currently undergoing a major upgrade to bring the browser service in line with the upcoming dashboard update. As well as better integration of friend lists, messages and gamerscore, the new update will allow us to customise our avatar in-browser. Naturally, this will also allow Microsoft to hawk us overpriced avatar gear while we're away from our consoles. Buy Indie games instead, people!
The entire service is currently suffering from limited functionality as the new features are being implemented- which is playing havoc with our XBLA roundups, Deal of the Week and XBL Indie Game of the Week. The disruption should only be lasting for a "short period of time," and we'll let you know when the service is up and running. [Major Nelson]
UPDATE: Life is now returning to Xbox.com. There'll probably be a few housekeeping glitches to iron out, but the marketplace is slowly regaining some semblance of functionality. Keep checking back over the next couple of hours.