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SEPTEMBER 2005 NEWS

September 30, 2005

    Games News
    Did you purchase your PSP on September 1st but haven't received your free Spider-man 2 in the mail yet? Apparently you're not alone as many people have been reporting non-deliveries on the official Playstation forums. Afters speaking to Sony today it appears there has been a mix-up given the flood of registrations on the day. If you registered on that day and haven't received it you should give Sony a call with the number which you received on the registration e-mail from them and let them know.

    Koei have confirmed that their Fatal Inertia game, which is in development at their new Canadian studio, will be a Playstation 3 launch title in Japan, putting it's release date somewhere in Spring (Q'2).

    PS2 Reviews
    Burnout Revenge is the fourth game in the series and once again Criterion have developed a stunning title. This game adds even more to this already stunning series including the ability to hit non-racing cars, and a dramatically improved Crash mode. Even if you own a previous title, or three, in the series this is an essential purchase. A stunning game, here's our full review.

September 29, 2005

    PSP Reviews
    Ridge Racer has always been around for a new Sony console launch. It was there for the PSOne, it was there for the PS2, it will probably be there for PS3 as well. In the last couple of weeks Namco released the game on the Playstation Portable, and it's a cracker. Here's our full review.

September 28, 2005

    Games News
    Ubisoft has today confirmed the release of several new titles on PSP in PAL territories. As well as Gripshift and Frantix which will both be released on December 1st the company has confirmed that 187: Ride or Die will be released in early 2006. Perhaps more exciting is the news that Ubisoft will also be releasing Prince of Persia on the platform in December. Developed at Pipeworks the game builds on last year’s console success, Prince of Persia Warrior Within, and features original content such as additional puzzles, new maps and redesigned levels. If that wasn't enough RPG fans will be thrilled to hear that Namco's Tales of Eternia will be published in Europe by Ubisoft and is also expected by the end of 2005.

    Take Two games has confirmed Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Special Edition will be released on October 18th (American date, Australia will be almost identical) and will include on DVD The Introduction and Rockstar’s debut documentary film, Sunday Driver.

      Highlighting the action in the days before the story in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas begins, The Introduction is told from various characters' viewpoints, which are intertwined together to reveal the network of organized crime forces operating throughout the state of San Andreas. In Los Santos, a drive-by shooting in Grove Street Family's territory ignites a series of events to be further explored in the game.

      Sunday Driver is a documentary film chronicling the Compton/Watts chapter of California’s low rider car club, The Majestics. Directed by Carol Strong, the documentary offers an incredible portrait of a community working together to build the ultimate customized vehicles while struggling to legitimize their lifestyle under close scrutiny by the authorities. Sunday Driver will also be released separately on PSP UMD.

    PS2 Reviews
    Eye Toy: Kinetic is a more of a fitness program then a game, but it's superb. Developed with the assistance of Nike Motion Works this program is a fitness/exercise program that keeps track of your improvements. If you have an Eye Toy this is essential purchase, if you don't, it's a great excuse to get one. Sensational.

September 27, 2005

    Games News
    Eidos has confirmed that 25 To Life will not be released in 2005, but has been pushed back into 2006. The company has also previously delayed Hitman Blood Money and Tomb Raider: Legend until 2006.

    PS2 Previews
    Gun is a game to keep an eye out for if only for one simple reason. The developers. You see the game is being developed by Neversoft, the same people that make the Tony Hawk titles. This is their first non-Tony Hawk game on Playstation 2 and early indications are that they are onto a winner. Here's the latest on this wild west title.

September 26, 2005

    Games News
    According to reports version 2.0 of the PSP's firmware has been hacked, well exploited really, to allow gamers to run homebrew applications. Some sneaky devils have discovered that by using certain background images it causes a Buffer Overflow and would then run code such as Pong on the system. We expect this exploit to be blocked in the next PSP firmware update, and at this stage we haven't seen any commercial games running with the exploit, but give it time and who knows.

    PS2 Previews
    Ultimate Spider-man is yet another game from Activision in their Spider-man series. While the Spider-man movies are big business Activision has decided to develop a game which takes inspiration from the comic books rather then the movies. This game is hot and we have the lastest screens and info!

September 25, 2005

    Games News
    According to trade paper Bloomberg Square-Enix has purchased 93.7% of Taito for 62.8billion yen (about $AU738 million). Taito are most well know for franchises such as Space Invaders, Densha De Go (a very popular Train game in Japan) and Bust-A-Move.

    Sony has announced they will be cutting 10,000 jobs around the world. The company has not said which divisions will be affected but the Playstation division as cited as one of the stronger divisions. The job lossess account for approximately 7% of the companies workforce.

    PS2 Previews
    True Crime: New York City sees Activision bring back their action series for a second helping on Playstation 2. The first game was very impressive but this second title looks like setting a new benchmark with stunning visuals, and plenty of promised gameplay enhancements. If the voice cast, including Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne and Mickey Rourke, is anything to go by then this is a moster hit in the making. Check out this preview for the latest screens and info.

September 23, 2005

    Games News
    Sony Pictures has confirmed that their highly anticipated Final Fantasy: Advent Children CG movie from Square will not be released on either PSP UMD or DVD. The movie is now scheduled for released in February 2006. Yes it's a shame but here's hoping they do some great voice work and add some nice extras for us. The movie is available now in Japan, but has no English dubbing or subtitles.

    PS2 Reviews
    Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 is a game which many people were waiting for. While Capcom's online Resident Evil series gets a second outing here in Australia it's actually the first online game as the original wasn't even online here!? Graham gives us his thoughts on this game after playing it online. If you were interested in this game this review is one you should check out.

September 22, 2005

    Games News
    Ubisoft have confirmed that their third Prince of Persia title due out this December will be called Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.

    Sony's latest release schedule indicates a couple of new dates for PS2 titles in Australia (note, dates are subject to change). Here's a list of their PS2 titles due until the end of November:

      Today: AFL Premiership 2005
      September 29: Eye Toy Kinetic, Brave, Everybody's Golf
      October 20: Spy Toy, Stuart Little 3: Photo Shoot
      October 27: Buzz The Musical Quiz, Gengi, Xenosaga II
      November 3: Sly Raccoon 3
      November 10: SingStar 80's, Eye Toy Play 3, Jak X
      November 17: Soul Calibur III
      November 24: Ratchet: Gladiator

    Sony Pictures have updated their PSP UMD Movie release schedule for December and January. Below is a list of the movies due in each month:

      December 7: Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild, Lords of Dogtown, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Robocop, Big Daddy, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Welcome to the Jungle, Kung Fu Hustle, Layer Cake.
      January 25: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl, Stealth, The Longest Yard, White Chicks, Dr Strangelove, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, The Last Dragon, Rollerball, Underworld, Walking Tall.

    I've done a bit of work today and updated each of the release schedules on the site with new dates, new game (or movies) and updated info. Click on the respective links to check them out: PS2 Previews & Release Schedule, PSP Previews & Release Schedule or PSP UMD Movie Release Schedule.

September 21, 2005

    Games News
    Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Acid 2 will be released in Japan on December 8th. No word yet on a release for Australia, but we expect mid-2006.

    PS2 Reviews
    Madden NFL 06 is a game which, even if you aren't too sure about the sport, should be checked out. EA's NFL series is back for the new season and there are several new features to keep you entertained. Here's our full and exclusive verdict on the PAL game.

    Total Overdose is one of the most enjoyable and kick ass games we've seen on PS2. If you like your games loud, with plenty of cool moves and tonnes of style then Total Overdose is for you. Think of a cross between Grand Theft Auto, Desperado (the movie) and The Matrix and you'll have an idea about this game. Here's the review.

    MotoGP 4 is Namco's latest motorbike racing game on the PS2 and is back for a fourth lap around the track. Graham decided to take up the challenge and liked the result discovering a game with good graphics, solid gameplay and plenty of fun. Here's his full review.

September 19, 2005

    Games News
    Well the Tokyo Game Show will be know for several things including the Revolution TV-styled controller, no playable PS3 systems and masses of next generation game announcements. The biggest information and excitement however came from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots which not only looks sensational in the trailer, but also ran in realtime on PS3 hardware (as was proven by Hideo Kojima pausing the trailer and rotating cameras etc). The surprising news, however, is that Hideo Kojima has stated that it was the last game he would work on in the series. Heard that before haven't we? Oh, as for the trailer you can check it out right here!

    PS2 Reviews
    Outlaw Volleyball Remixed is available in stores now - and at a bargain price of only $AU29.95 rrp. Global Star and Hypnotix have released their volleyball game on PS2, complete with adult humour but was the wait from the 2003 XBox game worthwhile? Here's our full review.

    The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is without a doubt the best comic book licensed video game on the Playstation 2. Few video games capture the spirit of their original comic books but we're pleased to report that this game not only delivers everything fans want, but so much more. Here's our full verdict.

September 17, 2005

    Games News
    Plenty more games have been announced at the Tokyo Game Show. PS2 highlights include Namco and Monolith's Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra which promises to conclude the trilogy of games. The game doesn't have a release date, but I certainly wouldn't hold your breath for a PAL release either. Namco has also announced Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War is headed to PS2 and takes place 15 years before the previous title. Square-Enix has announced Front Mission 5: Scars of the War for release this year in Japan. Also set for release in Japan this year, December 22nd to be precise. is the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 2. That same day will see the release of Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence while Sony has announced Siren 2 will be released in February next year.

    Moving onto PS3 and there have been several announcements for Sony's new system - although there were no playable units on the show floor. Still what was there was impressive, particularly with confirmation that unlike E3 many trailers were running on actual PS3 hardware and not pre-rendered. Koei have announced an all new game called Fatal Inertia a futuristic flying hovercraft title due in Spring (Q'2) 2006. Konami have announced they are developing a Gradius game as well as a soccer title (possible Pro Evolution Soccer - but not confirmed) as well as Metal Gear Solid 4 of course while Atari have announced the Stuntman series would appear on the console as well as an all new Alone in the Dark title and a new Driver title. SNK Playmore has confirmed they are co-developing The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 3 with Sony while Nippon Ichi have announced a RPG simulation game called Makai Wars - whether this game makes it to Europe is questionable. Taito have announced two new PS3 titles, Project Psychic and Extreme with no details available on either game. Spike has confirmed that Way of the Samurai 3 will be released on PS3 in 2007. Success has announced Hitsuji Mura a game which will apparently play in a similar fashion to the highly respected farming title, Harvest Moon on PS2.

    As you can see the PS3 is certainly getting the titles, and while information is very thin on the ground other titles have been announced or shown including a game called Project Assassins from Ubisoft which, from the video, showed a knight decked out in full armour running through a street. Another one on Ubisoft's slate is Brothers In Arms while From Software confirmed Armored Core 4.

    Not from the Tokyo Game Show, but probably timed to get as much coverage is the news that Frontier has announced a PS3 title called The Outsider. The game promises a very open-ended story telling, that being you won't be pushed from one mission to the next. We've heard it before, but Frontier are the team behind the classic Elite.

    This Weeks Releases
    Well there's be several quiet weeks, so much so that we neglected to list the titles that came out. This week though sees the flood of Christmas titles commence. Here's this weeks releases:

September 16, 2005

    Games News
    One of the first big announcements from the Tokyo Game Show is that Polyphony Digital's next game won't be a Gran Turismo title but rather a game called Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator which is actually another racing game, but featuring motorbikes. The game isn't being designed by Gran Turismo's Kazunori Yamauchi but rather Takamasa Shichisawa. The game includes motorbikes from the 1990's, and some from the 1980's with all major manufacturers in the game including Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki.

    Sega has confirmed they have signed a deal with Bizarre Creations for them to develop a game on next-generation consoles. At this stage there is no release date, platform nor even genre of game. Bizarre Creation are known for their Project Gotham Racing titles on XBox so a racing game of some kind is a possibility.

    Well Microsoft has announced release dates for the XBox 360. The American system will launch on November 22nd, the European one on December 2nd and the Japanese one on December 10th. Apparenly Microsoft want to help Sony by delaying the launch in Australia until early 2006.

    PS2 Previews
    Drift Racer, which is also known as Kaido Challenge is being developed by Genki and published in Europe by Konami. This racing game focuses on the art of drift racing where drifting around corners is just as important as holding your racing lines. This is shaping up as quite a nice alternative for racing fans.

    Just a quick note that we have updated our preview of X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse with new screens and info.

September 15, 2005

    Games News
    The sky is falling. The Cosmos is coming. What am I on about. Well Namco has confirmed that Katamari Damacy is coming to PSP. According to reports Namco are about the announce the game at the Tokyo Game Show which starts in a matter of days.

    PSP Reviews
    World Tour Soccer Challenge is the first soccer title available on PSP, and is well worth considering if you can't wait for EA's FIFA 06, or Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer - both of which are due out in the coming months. Sony's effort is easy to pick up and play and looks pretty nice too. Here's our full verdict...

September 14, 2005

    Urgent Product Recall
    Well we laughed when it happened to XBox, but it has now plagued the Slimline PS2's as well. Sony have confirmed that slimline PS2's have shipped with faulty AC Power Adapters and have ordered urgent product recalls and replacements for models SCPH70002, 70003 and 70004. If you own a Slimline PS2 it is urgent that you check out this link to get a replacement cable. Note: Older "Fat" PS2's are not affected.

    Games News
    Those of you wondering what is happening to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be pleased to hear that the game has been resubmitted and passed at the OFLC with an MA15+ rating. As yet Take Two Australia haven't announced a re-release date for the game, but it won't be too far off. The revised version disables the Hot Coffee (read: comical cartoon styled sex) mod. Decaf anyone?

    With the release of information of Take Two's superb looking Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories the official web site had a date of October 25th. That date was for America. Take Two has confirmed that the game will hit UK stores on October 28th - three days later. Still no confirmation of the Australian date, however we suspect it will also be October 28th. As soon as we know you'll read it here.

    According to Eurogamer Majesco has confirmed that Jaws Unleashed on PS2 and Infected on PSP have both been delayed until Spring (Q'2) 2006.

September 13, 2005

    Games News
    Now this has us very excited. Sega has announced they will be bringing more Seaman to the PS2. Now before you think I'm off on some pornographic tangent (with a slight typo) I'm not. The game is Seaman 2, the sequel to one of the Dreamcast's highest selling games in which you control a pet fish/man hybrid through a microphone by talking to him. The sequel will include improved voice recognition for phrases rather then single words as in the original. Vivarium are once again on development for the title which is due out next year in Japan.

    QV Software have sent word through that Mercury has been shipped to stores and should be on the shelves in the next day or so. The game is fantastic fun and we certainly recommend it to puzzle game fans. You can purchase the game here from Games Warehouse.

    PSP Reviews
    Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remixis a game that skateboarding fans are going to want to check out on PSP. Not content with just delivering a direct port of the PS2 game the developers have added plenty more to this remixed game on PSP making it even better value. Here' our fill and exclusive review.

September 12, 2005

    Games News
    Well we only put up a preview a couple of days ago for Rugby League 2 which looks utterly fantastic and now you can check it out for yourselves. Simply head on over to www.trublu.com.au click on the link on the right hand side that says "RL2 Movie Out Now" to download the first trailer of the game. Prepare to be suitably impressed. Now if Sony and IR Gurus could get off their asses and show us AFL...

    PS2 Previews
    The Warriors is a game which you are about to hear a whole lot more about. Yes the idiodic family groups will be jumping up and down saying it's not a nice game. It's for adults dickheads - not kids - get over it!. While Rockstar's Bully has been delayed until 2006 this action game based on the late 1970's movie is still on track. This looks brutal but plenty of fun.

September 11, 2005

    Games News
    One of the biggest games set to be shown at the Tokyo Game Show in only a matter of days is Metal Gear Solid 4 on Playstation 3. Kojima Productions has confirmed that a trailer will be shown at the show, but perhaps even more exciting is that it will be running in realtime off an actual PS3. (Collective ohhh please!)

    Not content to tease us with PS3 Metal Gear Kojima Productions has confirmed that Metal Gear Acid 2 (on PSP) will also be shown. Another exciting tidbit was the news of "Solid Eye". Now we have no idea what it is, but let me throw a curveball at you. Who would like to see something to do with a PSP Eye Toy styled camera? It's speculation, but who knows.

    PSP Previews
    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories sees Rockstar's massively popular franchise head to the Playstation Portable. This is certainly the PSP's first killer app but if you thought it was going to be inferior to the PS2 titles in any way think again. Rockstar have finally released official shots and details, and they don't disappoint. Here's our full preview of this certain hit.

    PS2 Previews
    Rugby League 2, in case you are unaware, won't be out in September as planned, but rather a little later in the year. We have just done a massive updated on our preview of Rugby League 2 with two of the first (one being an exlcusive) in-game screens. We've also re-written most of the preview with the latest details and information, once again sourced directly from the New Zealand development team at Sidhe.

September 10, 2005

    PSP Previews
    Gripshift is yet another game on the Playstation Portable sure to get the adrenaline going. Ubisoft have just confirmed that they will be publishing the title in Europe and Australia and with a release set for November this is one preview you'll want to check out with the latest screens and info direct from the New Zealand developer, Sidhe.

    Games News

    Certain to be the biggest PSP release this year Take Two's Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has been awarded an MA15+ rating with the warnings of "Strong violence, Strong coarse language" here in Australia. The game, of which we still don't have any screens to publish online sadly, is due out in October.

    Atari Australia has updated their release schedules. Konami's PSP title, Coded Arms has been moved up from October to September 16th while a PSP version of Ghost in the Shell has been added for release on September 30th.

    On the PS2 side Atari have confirmed that Heroes of the Pacific has been pushed back two weeks from September 9th to September 23rd, while Total Overdose has been pushed back a week from the 16th to the 23rd. We've had the latter game for the last couple of days and an early impression - it kicks ass. Expect the full review close to release.

    UbiSoft has announced that they will be distributing GripShift and Frantix here in Australia. Both games should be released around November.

    THQ has confirmed that they are developing Juiced: Eliminator for the PSP. What's more impressive is that the game isn't a straight port of the PS2 version but is being reworked for the handheld system with many new features - at least nine new cars, eight new characters, two new locations and eight new tracks are promised.

September 9, 2005

    Games News
    If you were looking for AFL Premiership 2005 yesterday your efforts were doomed to fail. As we've been reporting for the last couple of weeks the game would be delayed until September 22nd. Today Sony confirmed the new date via a press release. Only 13 more days folks, we can make it!

    Well we have the first Top Ten Sales chart for the PSP in Australia thanks to GFK Australia, and there are a couple of surprises most notably the abscence of Lumines (C'mon Australia - lift your game) and also Virtua Tennis: World Tour (equally - what gives?). We also suspect some of the games made the Top Ten due to bundle deals at places like Toys R' Us. Still, here's the Top games - although no specific sales numbers have been announced yet.

    News Corp has confirmed they have purchased IGN for a staggering $US650 million ($AU854 million). In the statement it was confirmed that with the acquisition of IGN News Corp will now have around 70 million unique visitors (28 million of which are from IGN) and over 12 billion page views per month! Very impressive, but time will tell if the purchase will mean changes to IGN's coverage. BTW We now estimate Future Gamez worth at $50, so if anyone has some spare change...

    Take Two has confirmed that Bully has been pushed back until their 2nd financial period next year (February-April). The good news for gamers is that The Warriors is still on track for release later this year.

    PSP Previews
    Kao Challengers is yet another original title due out later this year on Playstation Portable. As well as a single player story mode this game promises to have a very strong multi-player component. With a release set for October it was time for a look.

September 8, 2005

    Games News
    Whoever thought the PSP was going to struggle in terms of sales in Europe can now be put back in their place. According to reports Sony has sold a whopping 185,000 units in the UK alone (and another 75,000 units in Germany). The previous record was held by the Nintendo DS with 87,000 units. The most popular game was Ridge Racer with an estimated 37,000 sales in the UK alone. We're still waiting for sales figures for Australia, but they'll be posted as soon as possible.

    Tetsuya Mizuguchi who developed the stunning Lumines for PSP launch recently stated the following in an online chat: "We haven't announced about Lumines 2 yet, but we've been trying out many things for Lumines 2... Well... Sorry... I cannot tell you more than that at this point."

    Sega has announced that Sega Rally 2005 will be released in Japan in January 2006. The game has also (and unsurprisingly) undergone a name change to Sega Rally 2006. No word yet on a PAL release sadly.

    Namco has confirmed that their highly anticipated RPG Tales of the Abyss will be released in Japan on December 15th, as yet no PAL release has been announced.

    QV Software have confirmed that Archer MacLean's Mercury will in fact hit stores around the 14th. The game is tremendous fun so we suggest you check out our review.

    PSP Reviews
    Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is a hack and slash styled RPG which is more then welcome at the PSP's launch in Australia. Despite some annoyances we found the game quite addictive and certainly a change of pace on the system. Here's our full review of the Activision title which is available in stores now.

September 7, 2005

    Games News
    Electronic Arts in America has confirmed that both Burnout Revenge on PS2 and Burnout Legends on PSP have gone gold in America. Both games should be released in late September around the globe.

    Well we missed this one but Ubisoft are set to release Rayman: 10th Anniversary tomorrow. The pack includes Rayman Revolution, Rayman 3 and Rayman M. What's even more exciting is the game will retail for $49.95 here. An essential purchase if ever there was one. Click here to purchase the game from our sponsors at Gameswarehouse.

    PSP Reviews
    Spider-man 2 is one of those games that will sell well simply due to the name. Why wouldn't it; the movies are stunning, the console versions of the game are equally impressive. Now the series has come to the PSP. Great graphics and gameplay, but is it good value? Read our review for the full verdict.

September 6, 2005

    Games News
    Sony have said that they have started to send out copies of Spider-man 2 for people who registered their PSP. They are running out fas so if you bought a PSP make sure you head on over to www.yourpsp.com.au to register your system ASAP. Just remember it will take a couple of days for Australia Post to get them to your letterbox.

    Some people have asked me about the load times on Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition on PSP. Well, we just received the game from Take Two who also confirmed that the European and Australian version has been optimised to dramatically reduce the load times by about half over the US version. We must say the game is pretty awesome after only a couple of hours play. Expect us to have a full review soon.

    PSP Reviews
    Archer MacLean's Mercury is certinaly one of the most original and exciting PSP launch titles. If you like your puzzle games then this is one to check out as you guide liquid metal through a series of 72 increasingly complex mazes. This is actually a fantastic title so check out our full and exclusive review.

September 5, 2005

    Games News
    Sony has let slip a surprise that was meant to be held back until the Tokyo Game Show in a couple of weeks. Sony confirmed that Hudson Soft is working on a sequel to RPG Rengoku for the PSP. The original game is expected in Australia by the end of the year.

    Sony have also confirmed that attendees at the TGS will be able to download a demo of Rockman Rockman to their PSP's. Rock-man is the Japanese name for Mega-man so it's highly likely a game in that series is on the way, but why the double name?

    PSP Reviews
    DarkStalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower is one of the more original titles available at the PSP launch. Capcom have always had a solid background in 2D beat 'em ups and this game is no exception. If anything the smaller screen makes the game look sharper then ever. Here's our full review.

September 3, 2005

    Games News
    OK So this isn't really games news as such, but Toshiba have apparently hinted that they may not release their HD-DVD players until next year. As many of you will be aware the high definition next generation DVD's have been split into two camps - either HD-DVD or Blu Ray, each of which has significant movie studio support splitting the industry in two. Crucially the Playstation 3 will include a Blu Ray player and with HD-DVD likely to be delayed this reduces the possibility of HD-DVD gaining a foothold this year and gives Sony the opportunity to dominate with a large share of early Blu Ray adopters through owning a PS3.

    PS2 Reviews
    Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer is a kids title without a doubt. Having said that Graham has spent quite a bit of time playing this game and discovered this isn't just your half assed budget PS2 game for kids, indeed it was actually fairly good. Here's his full review.

September 2, 2005

    Special Interview
    Michele Garra the Managing Director of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia has spent a bit of time answering some questions about the Playstation Portable and what we can expect from them in terms of commitment to the format in future. The movie business is big business and the PSP is certain to be on key area in future. Check out this interview for news on Seinfeld, Married with Children and other upcoming movies.

    Games News
    Capcom has confirmed through Famitsu that they are developing Extreme Ghouls 'n Ghosts for the PSP. The game is in development at Capcom and as yet a release date has not been announced.

    PSP Reviews
    Lumines is a game most of you have probably already dismissed. DON'T. This is without a doubt one of the highlights of the Playstation 2 launch. Sure it looks like Tetris or Columns but is just so much more. Superb graphics, gameplay and audio make this yet another hit game for Tetsuya Mizuguchi - the same genius mind behind a certain PS2 title called Rez. Check out our review now.

    Virtua Tennis: World Tour is, to put it bluntly, pretty much the perfect tennis game on any console of handheld system ever. There are some small additions from the PS2 and Dreamcast games but this title is all about the gameplay. Here's our full review of this magnificant sports title from Sega.

September 1, 2005

    PSP Launch
    Well it's finally here. The PSP is now available in Australia following a midnight launch at many stores accross the country. By all reports the launch appears to have gone off without a hitch with most games and movies available as soon as stores opened either at midnight last night or first thing this morning. We managed to pick up our Australian system this morning at BIG W and managed to pick up a game for only $36!. If you're wondering how, well they price matched Toys R Us for $68, then $20 off being the first game bought with the system, $10 off for pre-ordering the system two days ago and finally a 5% staff discount. It doesn't get much better then that. Check back during the day as we update with all the latest information and our very first reviews of some of the games on the system.

    I've had a couple of e-mails asking how easy it will be to get systems. Well we can tell you this. Some stores which had large pre-orders such as Electronics Boutique and apparently Harvey Norman are running extremely low on stock. Most major retailers such as K-Mart, Target and BIG W had much lower pre-orders (the BIG W I was at had 9 pre-orders) and there is stock available on the floor. But with 25,000 pre-orders Australia wide and probably around double that shipped to retail if you want a system you may want to get in quick.

    PSP Review
    Dynasty Warriors may not be the biggest title of the PSP launch however the game is certain to gain some attention. The PS2 series is loved by millions the world over and its appearance on PSP is not only anticipated, but also quite an attractive proposition. Over the last week we've put the game through its paces and here's the verdict.


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