A round of applause please, folks. After twelve years and nearly ten months, the PlayStation 2 - globally, the best-selling console of all time - has finally had its production stopped by Sony Japan.Click here to read more...
The Vita is almost upon us, packing enough raw power to emulate some of the best titles of the previous generation... if not this one. However, Sony has announced that they have no plans to bring a selection of PS2 and PS3 games to their new handheld in the forseeable future, instead suggesting that players can enjoy entirely new games as well as supported PSP downloads and PSone classics.
"Users can play supported digital PSP titles and supported minis. In regard to PSone classics titles, we will announce further details when they are ready."
"PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point." - PS Vita FAQ
The words "missing" and "trick" come to mind.
SCE UK has gotten itself a new boss in the shape of Fergal Gara and, according to the recently appointed head, the company could use a little bit of sharpening up to ensure they become leader of the pack once more.Click here to read more...
Sony has announced that the original Killzone will be headed to PSN, confirming the news after Game Informer spotted an ESRB listing for the 2004 PlayStation 2 title. Sadly, while you might have expected an HD remastered version, it will only be a straight port... and thus only really suitable for nostalgia value. While Killzone 2 and 3 pushed the bar in terms of PS3-exclusive shooters, the first game was underwhelming to the extreme.
Welcome, fellow Dealspwners. I see you're not celebrating Valentines with a candlelit dinner or romantic stroll; or maybe you are, and you just decided to tune into our daily news roundup? I'm touched if you did. But I am afraid our resident news expert, Jon, is busy today planning and executing all manner of romantic deeds. He puts the rest of us to shame - I'm taking the missus to Krispy Kreme, which is the extent of my romantic ability.
But fret not, as I have swiped Jon's all-seeing videogame orb, a hallowed artifact he gazes into with clairvoyant glee to suss out the day's events. So sit back and enjoy!
Our review for Test Drive Unlimited 2 dropped just this Friday, and already its blazing a trail in the UK charts, usurping last week's victor, Dead Space 2, from the number one spot. Doubling the original Test Drive's release figures, it's also the biggest launch in TDU history and Namco Bandai's first All Formats No. 1 since it gobbled up Atari Europe.
Fans favored the 360 version of TDU 2, with 68% of copies sold on Microsoft's platform compared to the PS3's 28% share and the PC's paltry 4%. Such a successful launch almost guarantees us a Test Drive Unlimited 3, and while I'm not mad for the series I hope Eden Games continue to expand and explore the series' online horizons. It's a much better game when you're free-roaming Ibiza's tropical sprawl with 31 other super cars. [Videogamer]
Now how did this happen? Killzone 3, Sony's premiere shooter, has been leaked onto torrent sites and is probably being downloaded as we speak, two weeks prior to its launch. Weighing in at a hefty 41.4 GB - a rumored non-3D version is only half that size - it's the first time a big PS3 release has found itself leaked online, mere months since George Hotz, aka Geohot, cracked the PS3's firmware, leaving it wide open for rampant piracy.
We don't advocate piracy at Dealspwn. Why would we? We'd be out of a job. And Killzone 3 is shaping up to be a terrific game we wholeheartedly implore you to purchase legally. Why not check out the cheapest pre-order price right here at Dealspwn?[Eurogamer]
The PS2 has just edged past the 150 million mark worldwide. Sony's eleven year old console continues to sell and sell and sell, despite stiff competition from the Wii, the 360 and even its younger sibling, the PS3. It must be making a fortune, when you consider the low production costs and simply gigantic roster of fantastic titles to choose from. Zone of the Enders, how I miss thee.
Sledgehammer Games, who we confirmed would be handling the next entry in the blockbuster Call of Duty series, have - unsurprisingly - revealed they'd like their effort to be quite good. Advertising on their website for a QA Tester, Sledgehammer hope "the candidate will help (Sledgehammer Games) deliver a 95+ rated Call of Duty game, bug free, to meet the high expectations of gamer's today".
It's nice to hear Sledgehammer is intent on delivering a "bug free" experience. Modern Warfare 2, for example, was like an abandoned picnic; simply crawling with game-breaking bugs. I have high hopes for Sledgehammer, actually. I'm hoping they'll attempt to reinvent - or at the very least re-imagine - the Call of Duty franchise, which hasn't really broken from the mold set by Modern Warfare in 2007. [Gamerzines]
The games industry represents an ever-increasing proportion of our economy, with our British studios arguably representing a thriving manufacturing industry in its own right. Gordon Brown's Labour administration originally proposed to extend tax breaks to homegrown UK developers and British-based arms of larger corporations in order to promote growth and foreign investment in the industry... but the current Coalition government recently decided to shelve the plans.
Further to this news, Culture minister Ed Vaizey confirmed that he will likely put these tax breaks on a "three or four year hiatus" during yesterday's Culture Department Select Committee meeting. This essentially means that we'll probably have to wait for the next general election for the issue to be put back onto the table. [Gamespot]
We have no political bias here at Dealspwn (apart from our overt affiliation with the Mushroom Kingdom and our glorious Combine overlords), but we'd love to get your take on the situation. Have your say in the comments!
The quirky veterans at Twisted Pixel have announced that they're working on a sequel to XBLA hit Splosion Man. Titled Ms Splosion Man (an interesting gender issue that I'm not going to touch with a barge pole), it's set for an Autumn 2011 release.
Twisted Pixel CEO Josh Bear confirmed that there was one major difference between the new protagonist and the original adorable maniac.
"Splosion Man has a penis, Ms. Splosion Man has a vagina."
Thanks for the anatomy lesson, Josh. Luckily there will also be new gameplay elements and a fleshed out cooperative mode. TP are also working on a mysterious new franchise with ex-Harmonix dev Dan Teasdale... and would like to revisit Comic Jumper if they "can add more sexist and racist things to it." [Thanks, Joystiq]
Their latest release, Comic Jumper, had an exciting premise yet oddly delivered less innovation than we're used to from the left-field studio. We're looking forward to a return to form.
Our Gamescom preview of Def Jam Rapstar highlighted the impressive social networking aspects of the title that allow aspiring rap stars to upload their videos to be rated by the community. We were informed that numerous competitions for cash prizes and event invitations would be awarded to encourage fresh UK talent... but in a surprisingly epic turn of events, Konami have teamed up with Atlantic Records UK to offer a recording contract for "Britain's Best New Rapper."
Videos are viewed and judged by the Rapstar community- and the highest rated MCs will be invited to compete in "8 Mile style" regional qualifiers. The winners will proceed to a prestigious London final- where the best rapper will receive a recording contract for his first single.
We've seen fourth-wall breaking contests and integrated community functionality before... but with continual support, Def Jam Rapstar has the potential to become something very special indeed. The competition will begin in the new year and we'll keep an eye on the brackets.
Yo, we heard y'all like PS2. So we put one... inside your TV!
Well, on the bottom anyway. Sony has rolled out a new 22 inch Bravia television that includes built-in PS2 hardware. The BRAVIA KDL-22PX300 runs in 720p (though won't upscale), can play PS2 games, is backwards-compatible with the original Playstation... and costs £199.
This is a thing that we want.
I'm going to be honest with you. The PS2 isn't my favourite console of all time - that particular honour goes to my beloved, now crusty and leprous, N64 - but when asked, with a gun to my head, which console is the best console of all time, my answer would be identical every time: it's got to be the PS2. I can hear retro fans crying foul, there will be old school Ninty fans lined up to take potshots with the hackneyed old excuse that if you're not approaching or past the age of 30 you can't possibly remember the NES/SNES heyday, SEGA fans will be bemoaning said company's lack of managerial nous and lamenting their marketing failures. Some PC owners will no doubt scoff at some of this, and perhaps rightly so, but the clue is in the title. You can take your mouse and keyboard elsewhere.
But this isn't about favourite consoles, it's not even particularly about progenitors. Of course the PS2 wouldn't exist without the PS1. Of course the SNES is an amazing console that proved for much of the current critical crop to be a defining item in their childhood. Of course the Dreamcast was ahead of its time and we should mourn SEGA's disappearance from the console battlefield. But this week saw the PS2's tenth birthday and it's about time we all gave it a tip of the cap and proclaimed it to be the greatest console ever made.
For all of you out there who have held on to your PS2s, PS2 Slims, and PSOnes, this is a deal that'll let you get your hands on a pretty cheap dual shock controller that's compatible with all three consoles.
Argos have dropped their price on this useful little peripheral down to £1.99, which makes it a good deal cheaper than the majority of PS2 controllers on the market and should save you a minimum of £5. Be warned though, at the moment you can only reserve them in store subject to stock availability.
The controller features dual vibration motors, so you'll be able to feel the events that are occurring on screen, and it's also got an 8 way directional pad as opposed to the four button d-pad of Sony's official controllers.
Spare controllers are always nice to have lying around in case of an emergency or when a friend drops round for a bit of multiplayer action, and it's even better when you can pick them up for just a couple of pounds.
Thanks to thegroutch @ HUKD
Whilst our recent Game Buzz savagely laid into Kinect's marketing machine and launch lineup, it appears that the potential for half-assed shovelware is getting a few people excited. And the leader of the charge might surprise you. Famed developer American McGee (of Alice and id fame) has spoken out in defence of...well... half-assed shovelware.
"Shovelware plague? If a “plague” brought with it success and riches beyond my wildest dreams I’d hardly deride it."
Nor would I think of altering the plague in hopes of re-creating that success the came with it. If plague equals success, then more plague, please! Makes me wonder… are they launching a platform or an ideal?"
The Wii certainly proved (at least, for a while) that shovelware can shift consoles- but I'm personally unsure about whether following in Nintendo's footsteps is the right idea for Microsoft's exciting new platform. After all, Nintendo already has the target audience firmly in their camp- and it's up to Kinect to cater for a slightly more mature and demanding class of gamer in my opinion. [Now Gamer]
The ball's in your court, folks. After all, your money is going to decide whether Kinect succeeds or falls by the wayside! Is shovelware a good business model? Is it even a good thing? Have your say in the comments!
After several reputable retailers suggested a holiday season release, Nintendo's top brass has spoken out to confirm that the 3DS will be hitting stores next year instead. Whilst we currently believe that Japan will receive the 3DS in time for Christmas, the official line is that Europe and the States will have to wait until March.
However, some fairly solid rumours are still abounding about whether Reggie's actually on the level with his projected 2011 release date. Apparently several Ninty sources are still convinced that the 3DS will be ready for a holiday release. Watch this space! [Gamesindustry]
Sony polled a few regulars while back to see whether we'd be interested in seeing more reskinned and revamped versions of PS2 classics on the PS3. Turns out that yes, yes we would. A thousand times yes. SCE President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that a concerted is now currently in the works.
"So we are looking to continue to do these HD conversions. We are looking into ways how we can deliver the PS2 library to PS3 consumers, but were are not ready to announce anything yet."
Short, to the point and refreshingly free of non-denials and management speak. This is happening. Currently, Sony have announced that The Sly Cooper Collection's in the works... and Team ICO's almost certainly got an HD ICO and Shadow of the Colossus pack in the offing. It's about time. [IGN]
So, what old-school classics do you want to be given a new lease of HD life? I can think of a fair few myself...and please remember that FFVII was on the original Playstation. I'd be happy with Zone of the Enders and a Gran Turismo collection myself...