Today’s news roundup sees Sony show off a sneak preview of PSP minis before they release on October 1st, Guitar Hero 5 managing to apparently sell four times as many copies as The Beatles Rock Band, and hype suggesting Uncharted 2 could be the first PS3 game to hit five million copies.
Sony Demonstrate PSP Minis At Press Event
Sony recently revealed a few PSP mini games during a press event celebrating the PSP Go. The minis were demonstrated simply to prove they exist, and they’re playable, nothing major. 1UP got the chance to try out two games for themselves. The first was an EA produced edition of Tetris. Since EA have previously worked on mobile versions of the game over the years, the game played smooth enough, although the lack of multiplayer may have left something to be desired.
The other game sampled was Fieldrunners, a tower defence game noted for its popularity of the iPhone. The controls scheme had to be changed of course considering the PSP Go does not cater for touch screen controls, arguably affecting the gameplay. The game plays well, and may provide a cheap alternative to PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, a full tower defence PSP game. Prices weren’t revealed, but the minis will likely be around the same price as the iPhone editions. [1UP]
Guitar Hero 5 Trounces The Beatles Rock Band By Ratio Of 4-1
Nearly a month ago EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich predicted Guitar Hero 5 will manage to outsell The Beatles: Rock Band by twice as many units. This week Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman defied this, announcing better than expected sales for Harmonix developed The Beatles Rock Band. Shortly after, CEO and president of Activision Dan Rosenweig disregarded this, claiming Guitar Hero 5 was walking all over the competition.
When speaking of the The Beatles Rock Band he announced “It did not affect our sales.” Both games received strong reviews from critics, but according to Rosenweig Guitar Hero 5 is managing to outsell Rock Band by a rather incredible ratio of 4-1 in the US. He even suggested the ratio was as high as 9-1 in “other markets.” What these other markets are though he didn’t specify. Activision appear to have won the rhythm war this time. [GameSpot]
Uncharted 2 Touted As First PS3 Exclusive To Break 5 Million Barrier
Uncharted 2 has created a lot of buzz for itself in recent weeks. Earlier this week French PlayStation magazine PSM3 awarded the game an unattainable 21 out of 20. Other reviews may not break score barriers, but they are suggesting Uncharted 2 could be the PS3’s greatest exclusive. So far no PS3 exclusive has sold over 5 million copies, but VgArabia believe Uncharted 2 will break the trend. The original Uncharted managed 2.55 million copies worldwide, a respectful amount for a new IP. With Naughty Dog working on the game 24/7 since its inception, Uncharted 2 may provide an experience great enough to reach the 5 million mark. [VgArabia]