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From Sony Demonstrating Their Minis To Uncharted 2 Hyped As The PS3's Top Exclusive: News Roundup September 19th September

Guitar Hero, News, PSP, Uncharted

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

From Sony Demonstrating Their Minis To Uncharted 2 Hyped As The PS3's Top Exclusive: News Roundup September 19th September

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

From Sony Demonstrating Their Minis To Uncharted 2 Hyped As The PS3's Top Exclusive: News Roundup September 19th September

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

From Sony Demonstrating Their Minis To Uncharted 2 Hyped As The PS3's Top Exclusive: News Roundup September 19th September

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]

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VINCE WONG  Sep. 19, 2009 at 20:05


John McLaggan  Sep. 20, 2009 at 02:30

I don't think comparing RB: Beatles to GH5 sales is really much of a comparison, although the Beatles game is technically self contained and had a lot of effort put into it the game has more limited widespread appeal when compared to GH5. The sales strategy for RB is very different in that they've produced a massive selection of downloadable content whereas GH DLC is more limited and instead most new content is released with a new game.

Abu  Sep. 20, 2009 at 08:13

"PlayStation magazine PSM3 awarded the game an unattainable 21 out of 20" what nonsense is that ?...
Yet ANOTHER bias piece of rubbish

This site is for PS3 fanboys

Going on blocklists................................

Lydia Low  Sep. 20, 2009 at 14:31

@Abu: The magazine that gave that 21/20 score may well be biased & for "PS3 fanboys" but I'm not really sure how you've worked out that the same can be said of dealspwn - not all of us even own PS3s & there's a big variety in which of the platforms each writer favours. Sam is just reporting the news.

Gunn  Sep. 20, 2009 at 17:04

Take it Abu is a frustrated Xbox fan.

Hummy  Sep. 20, 2009 at 18:07

I'm pretty surprised by the poor performance of Beatles Rock Band, specifically it's poor sales in comparison to Guitar Hero 5. I suppose I started to drink the Kool-Aid by Industry Insiders (Listen Up! Podcast) and was convinced it'd be one of the biggest selling games this year.

I guess Harmonix shot themselves in the foot by creating such formidable brand awareness for Guitar Hero that most casual gamers have no idea that they moved on to create Rock Band, while Activision continue to secrete Guitar Hero titles out like nobodies business with neither the love or care that Rock Band instills.

Look at the controversy of the inclusion of Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash in Guitar Hero for instance compared to the beautifully crafted homage Rock Band makes to the Beatles.

Rubisco  Sep. 20, 2009 at 22:07

I'm not surprised in the slightest by the Beatles game flopping. I've been looking forward to the inevitable clearance bargain ever since the game was announced.

There's just not enough overlap between gamers and Beatles fans. This should have been obvious from the start.

If they'd just released the game then it would have been seen as a success, but whoever thought all those overpriced band kits would sell needs their head examined.

Did they bother doing any market research at all?

mustafa  Sep. 21, 2009 at 10:48

For someone to offer a game on their console an "unattainable 21 out of 20" just shows how rediculously bias their reviews are. In other words, they are saying this game is in fact BETTER than PERFECT.

If Uncharted 3 comes out and it's far better than uncharted 2 they wont hesitate to give it 25/20.


Dave M  Sep. 22, 2009 at 11:34

Maybe they need to score the game 19 and retrospectively downgrade all previous games reviewed by 2 points.


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