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MARCH 2006 NEWS

March 30, 2006

    Release Schedule Pages
    Just a quick note to let you know we've updated the PS2 Preview & Release Schedule Page with plenty of new release dates and titles. Check it out.

    Industry News
    Ubisoft have announced they have secured the rights to the IP (Intellectual Property) Far Cry as well as the engine used in the game. This means the company can (and will) develop sequels on the game. No word on platforms or titles as yet for Sony consoles.

    PSP Reviews
    Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max is a brilliant game - make no mistake about it. If you've frequented the arcades over the last decade or so there's a good chance you've played Street Fighter. This latest game brings it all together as one big package, which you can easily take on the road with you.

March 29, 2006

    PS2 News
    Konami has announced they will release Silent Hill Collection on PS2 in Europe on April 24. The compilation will include Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams, Silent Hill 3 and Silent Hill 4: The Room, but strangely not the first title - no word on an Australian release but we expect it to be announced very soon.

    PS3 News
    According to reports Sony have shipped some 14,000 PS3 development kits around the globe. It was not disclosed if these were all the latest version, or more likely including all versions dating back to last year. PSP development kits are no over 5,000 units worldwide.

    Industry News
    Well we all know that the Playstation 3 will launch in November with Blu-Ray fully supported, and Blu-Ray (the high definition DVD format) will launch in American in May, but we now have confirmation from Sony that the players will start to appear in Australia from Q'3 2006 - a couple of months before the Playstation 3.

    PS2 Reviews
    V8 Supercars 3 is one of the greatest racing games of all time. To put it bluntly Codemasters have created a gem. That's the conclusion that Graham has come to with his review of this game. If you're a racing fan you can't miss this...

March 28, 2006

    PSP News
    SNK Playmore have announced Metal Slug Collection is in development for the PSP. The compilation will include all six games in the series including Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4 and Metal Slug 5. Perhaps more exciting is the news that the games will include a 2-player co-op mode over Wi-Fi. The game is due out in America in November, with a European release still to be announced.

    PSP Previews
    SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo is certain to be one of the PSP's biggest titles this year. SOCOM on the PS2's showed gamers how to play online. Sony will be hoping that this PSP version will be every bit as successful. It looks like succeeding...

March 27, 2006

    PSOne News
    Well we missed this one a day or two ago but Sony has confirmed that they will be ceasing production of the PSOne. The system has been a phenomenal success for the company with over 100 million units sold. The good news is that naturally the games will still be playable on PS2 and PS3 so classics like Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid can be played for years to come.

    PS2 Reviews
    Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast sees Sega's classic racing game coming to Playstation 2 at long last after a great outing on XBox some time ago. We've already previewed the impressive looking PSP version, and now we give you a look at it's older brother which includes online gameplay for up to 6-players. This is one series that will be back in a big way.

March 26, 2006

    PS2 News
    Vivendi have announced that they have put their very impressive looking Starcraft Ghost has been "indefinitely postponed". Vivendi then continued by stating they are looking at opportunities on next -generation consoles and while not announced it is possible that the oft-delayed title may make the transition to a next generation system.

    According to Dengeki Online Final Fantasy XII has sold a whopping 1.817 million copies in Japan between March 13-19.

    PS2 Reviews
    24: The Game is in stores now, if you haven't got it you may want to check out our review. The TV show is one of the most popular at the moment, and Sony are hoping to cash in with this video game. Along the way it answers some Season 2 questions as the events take place between that, and the third season.

March 25, 2006

    PS2 News
    Atari has confirmed that Driver: Parallel Lines has been bumped back a week until March 30th. The game was expected last Friday. No reason has been given for the delay, but we expect it's just down to shipping from Europe.

    PS2 Previews
    50 Cent: Bulletproof is a game which many Australians have been waiting a long time to get their hands on. The developers had to re-work the title after the OFLC banned it, and Vivendi had to make some changes in order to get it passed with an MA15+ rating. Our preview has the latest info, and a last minute look before the release in early April.

March 23, 2006

    PS3 News
    Well today was expected to be another big one for the Playstation 3 with Phil Harrison giving his keynote speech at the Game Developers conference - and it didn't disappoint. While no images or video have made it out yet (perhaps it was closed to cameras) there is certainly some great information.

    • The PS3 will not have region coding on games. That means you'll be able to import and play games from Japan, America or anywhere else in the world without a problem (well, as long as you can speak the languages).

    • One reason for the lack of region coding is that the Blu-Ray discs allow for massive amounts of data (50GB) and multiple versions/languages can be stored on each disc if the developers choose to do so.

    • Phil Harrison showed two new demos. One was of a car getting shot up and destroyed, the other featured the yellow ducks underwater with thousands of fish swimming around, and spectacular lighting from above.

    • Sony announced a new version of Singstar for PS3, which seems to be referred as Songstar. This game will allow you to download new songs from online servers.

    • Warhawk (which will be playable at E3), Resistance: Fall of Man (previously known as I-8), Heavenly Sword, and Motorstorm where shown in real-time form, while a new Ratchet game was announced and shown.

    • Sony will be showing the final controller design at this years E3 show.

    • The PS3 will ship with the 60GB HDD, larger drives will be available.

    • Games will also be downloadable in a similar fashion to Steam services, but through Sony's online service.

    • Most importantly - especially for us - Phil Harrison confirmed that Australia WILL be a part of the worldwide launch in November - no doubt a small dig at Microsoft only launching the XBox 360 here today.

March 22, 2006

    Industry News
    Well midnight tonight is a monumental occasion for gamers in Australia - after numerous delays, including a 4 month delay from the "worldwide" release and a 3 week delay announced only weeks ago the XBox 360 finally launches tonight at numerous stores around the country kicking off the next-generation console wars. Needless to say the XBox 360 isn't a horse we're backing - in fact, even looking at the system from a impartial standpoint the number of ports and/or game rehashes is downright disappointing. Sure, there will be original titles later on, but by then the PS3 launch will be in full swing, and indeed we'll all be playing true next generation games. Still, today is exciting for any gamer in Australia - if only to check out the competition.

    I guess it's somewhat interesting, or somewhat amusing, that Sony's Phil Harrison is set to take the Stage at the Game Developers Conference in America at almost exactly the same time that the XBox 360 launches at midnight here. Naturally that won't be his topic, but he is expected to spill a lot more details about the Playstation 3 and it's launch. Stay tuned tomorrow for all the juicy details which may be simply a rehash of the details announced in Japan last week, or may spill some more info including new games, or even a price.

    PSP Reviews
    Armored Core: Formula Front is a PSP version of From Software's hit console series. The console version has earned a reputation as one of the best mech based games of all time. This PSP version lets you play on the run and we have a full review. Does it stack up?

March 21, 2006

    PS2 Reviews
    Trapt. Developers Tecmo have a reputation for technically brilliant, and very exciting, games. With little fanfare the company releases Trapt a game which sees the hero setting a series of traps in order to brutally kill the approaching enemies. Here's our review...

March 20, 2006

    Release Schedule Pages
    Just a quick note to let you know we've updated our PSP Preview & Release Schedule Page as well as the PS3 Preview & Release Schedule Page with plenty of new release dates and titles listed on each. Check them out.

    Competition
    Just a quick note to let you know that entries have closed for the Black competition. We are very happy to announce the following winners who should received their prizes in the coming days:

      Michael Allison, Dean Lillie, Nick Orr, Adam Wilson, Peter Arvoll, Lachlan Grant, Sim James, Michael Allison, Ben Matthews, Adam Telfer, Eric Lam, Tim Potter, Michael Hutchesson, David Newton, and Jessica Dykes.

    PSP Previews
    Daxter is one brilliant looking game. While seemingly always in the shadow of his mate Jak, Daxter is now getting a game of his own on PSP - and it looks damn impressive. PSP owners must check this preview out before the game hits the shelves in late April.

    PS2 Reviews
    Castlevania: Curse of Darkness sees the return of one of gamings classic series'. This is the second time the series has hit the Playstation 2, and while the previous game was quite good more was expected. Can this second game live up to the potential of the series in 3D? Read oure review to find out...

March 19, 2006

    PS3 News
    According to Game Informer Crytek's next game called Crysis will be heading to Playstation 3 as well as PC and XBox 360. The developers are of course the creators of the extremely impressive Far Cry on PC and their next game, which will be published by Electronic Arts, is highly anticipated.

    Industry News
    Over the last couple of days the Japanese Katamari Damacy web site (available here) posted a countdown clock which expired recently. While some anticipated the announcement of a new game in the series it was quite the opposite with news that there will be no more Katamari games, and indeed that the team has dissolved. The site does mention to look for a new game from creator Keita Takahashi but that there would be no rolling around or creating large things.

March 17, 2006

    PS3 News
    Obsidian Entertainment who developed the impressive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II on XBox has announced that they are working on a new 3rd person action RPG for PS3. No details about the game have been announced.

    Industry News
    THQ has announced they have bought Vigil Games. The company is currently working on undisclosed next generation games.

March 16, 2006

    PS3 News
    Well it looks like Australian gamers will be very happy this November. C&VG had this comment published on their web site:

      David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has added: "We are absolutely delighted that we will be able to bring PS3 to gamers in Europe and Australia before Christmas. This is an exciting first for Europe, and is a huge endorsement and vote of confidence in the strength of the European market and its importance globally."

    PSP News
    After being swept up in the stunning PS3 news yesterday we failed to bring you the news that Sony announced for the PSP. Firstly the system will be undergoing a price cut in America to $US199.99. As yet the price cut isn't confirmed for Australia - but it's almost certain to happen. Secondly Sony have announced and Eye Toy styled camera for the device which will be released around September in America. This will allow Eye Toy: Play styled games, and also video conferencing, and while not announced we'd also expect it to be used like a normal camera as well. Video and VOIP (Voice Over IP) will launch in October with "motion jpg" format chosen for the system. The PSP will also be given GPS capabilities. Flash will be supported in future, as will improvements to RSS feeds, and saving of streaming audio and video. Finally Sony are looking at launching downloadable content (PSOne game for instance) which can be played without the use of a UMD in the system.

March 15, 2006

    PS3 News
    Sony has just completed their Playstation Briefing and it was one hell of an event with major PS3 announcements made. Below are the key points, and before you ask a) no new games were shown or announced and b) there is no price yet.

    • The big news is that the PS3 launch dates have been announced. November in Japan, November in America and November in Europe. That's right folks Sony are going for a simultaneous worldwide launch. Let's just hope that unlike what Microsoft think Australia is also included in the definition of "worldwide". This is a delay from the expected Q'2 launch and Ken Kutaragi put it down to "Blu-ray spec finalization" which, as many of you will know, is due to problems with copyright protection which is only now being sorted out.

    • The initial 2006 launch (Nov/Dec) will consist of 6 million units, with 1 million units per month after the New Year.

    • The system will use a 2.5" 60GB HDD, although larger drives may also be possible. There wasn't a direct confirmation that it was included with the system, but it seemed implied. The drive will run on a Linux system and allow storage of downloadable content and allow the PS3 to act as a media server.

    • PSOne and PS2 games will be playable on the system and the system will convert the images to High Definition.

    • The PS3 will have a full 'Live' styled online service which is being developed by Sony Online Entertainment. Sony confirmed that the service will be 'free', although we expect some sort of fees to be payable on premium content which, if recent rumours are true, will include downloadable PSOne and PS2 games!

    • Final development kits will be shipping to developers this June, this should give them plenty of time to complete games. Earlier development kits started arriving in 2005.

March 14, 2006

    PS2 Games
    Game Informer has leaked information confirming that God of War 2: Divine Retribution is deep into development at Sony America. There's little new information however the game isn't expected to hit the shelves until February 2007 with plenty of news, and a proper unveiling, expected at the E3 show in May.

    Industry News
    Well it was either a massive mistake or a, well massive fake, but Ubisoft America has denied that the release schedule that was released a couple of days ago was real. The schedule, which first appeared on GamePro, is apparently a fake - but in our opinion if it is a fake, it's a pretty damn good one.

    PS2 Previews
    Buzz: The Big Quiz is the second in Sony's new trivia quiz game. The first game, so we felt here at Futuregamez didn't meet the full potential of the concept. This second game involves more variety, new characters and more players. Perhaps this will be the ultimate trivia game - it's certainly heading in the right direction. Futuregamez.net is proud to be among the first to reveal some details.

March 13, 2006

    PS2 Previews
    Guitar Hero was a game which was always under a cloud of doubt about a release in PAL territories, primarily due to the stunning peripheral included with the game - a guitar. Fortunately it is coming, and it looks great. Here an early look at this hot game.

March 12, 2006

    PS2 Reviews
    Black should need no introduction. For months this has been one of the most anticipated games of 2006, and with good reason. This is probably the best looking game on PS2 ever. Is the gameplay also impressive? Check out our full review to find out.

    Competition
    As many of you may have noticed, and perhaps some of you have not, about a week ago I put up a comp to give away 15 demos of Black. If you want to give the game a shot before you buy it then you can't go wrong. Hell, even if you're not going to buy it there's no better game to impress your mates with. Entries close Match 19th.

March 11, 2006

    Industry News
    Ubisoft America has announced a list of major titles for 2006/7. There's some pretty impressive titles in this lineup, with one key aspect being that PS3 titles first appear as November launches in that territory - a date now widely regarded as the launch. Titles include:

    • July 2006 - Enchant Arms (Xbox 360)
    • Nov 2006 - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Revolution, PSP)
    • Nov 2006 - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (PS3)
    • Nov 2006 - Rayman 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Revolution, PS2, PSP, NDS)
    • Nov 2006 - Blazing Angel 1.5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox)
    • Feb 2007 - Brothers in Arms 3 (Xbox 360, Rev, PS2, NDS)
    • Feb 2007 - Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood (PSP)
    • Mar 2007 - Tom Clancy's Firehawk (PS3, Xbox 360)
    • Mar 2007 - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2)
    • Mar 2007 - Naruto (Xbox 360)
    • Mar 2007 - Assassin (PS3, Xbox 360, Revolution, PSP)
    • Spring 2007 - Game 5 (PS3, Xbox 360)
    • Spring 2007 - Ninja Turtles (PS3, Rev, Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, PSP, NDS)
    • TBA - Lumines 2 (PS2, PSP)
    • TBA - Alive (PS3, Xbox 360)
    • TBA - Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PS3, Xbox 360)
    • TBA - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Mission Pack (PS3, Xbox 360, PSP)

    PS3 News
    According to Chinese technology website Mydrivers a source at COMPEQ has stated that the motherboards for Playstation 3 will begin production around June/July this year virtually confirming a delay to the system. While mentioning delays Sony are rumoured, via a leak from Koei boss Kiyoshi Komatsu, to be holding a major announcement on March 15th (next Wednesday). While not confirmed, it's likely it revolves around an updated PS3 launch date especially as this will only be a week before the Game Developers Conference kicks off.

March 9, 2006

    PS3 News
    Namco Bandai president Takeo Takasu has recently stated that the Playstation 3 can not launch in Spring as planned as no pre -ordering is in place as yet and the system is not announced (somewhat obviously). Sony's Howard Stringer also recently confirmed in an interview with Variety that the system is aimed at a Holiday release, meaning just before Christmas. No territories were mentioned.

    PS2 News
    Take Two has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories will basically be a direct port of the PSP game to PS2, but will be released at a discounted price. Expect to hear, and see, more from the E3 show.

    Weekly Famitsu, one of Japan's largest gaming publications has awarded Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy XII a perfect score of 40/40! The game is due out in Japan on March 16th, while PAL gamers still await confirmation from, well, anyone that it's even coming out here. Ohh the agony..

    Namco Bandai (which is the new name for the merged companies) has announced that One Piece: Pirates' Carnival will be released on PS2 and focuses on 4-player party styled games. The game was released in Japan in November last year, will hit America in the coming months, but still awaits confirmation for PAL territories.

    PS2 Reviews
    Devil Kings Sees Capcom back with another PS2 game. Devil Kings is a blend of Capcom's Devil May Cry and Koei's Dynasty Warriors. Does it work? Graham has taken a look and gives us his full verdict. Certainly worth a read if you were considering this game...

March 7, 2006

    PS3 News
    Konami's Silent Hill development team has confirmed that they are working on a PS3 project. While no names have been confirmed it's possible that the title is Silent Hill 5.

    Sega Japan has confirmed they are working on a golfing title for PS3. As yet there are no details, nor even a title. Oh, don't even ask if it will be released outside Japan - it's way too early to tell but we can hope.

March 6, 2006

    PS2 Reviews
    Shadow of the Colossus is a game to sit up and take note of. ICO was a treasure mistreated by Sony, and now that developers second game is being given the royal treatment in all territories. The question remains: Is this game also pure brilliance? You bet. Here's our full review giving you the lowdown on this monster game...

March 5, 2006

    Site News
    Over the last couple of days, and into the early part of this week the site will be moving servers. While the amount of downtime may be minimal there may be a few glitches (such as the news from March 2 disappearing a couple of hours after uploading it!). Anyway please let me know if you see any dead links or similar and I'll get it fixed asap.

    PS3 News
    Midway has confirmed it has grabbed the rights to develop games based on TNA Westling. That's not Tit's N' Ass (although it would probably actually be watched then!) but rather Total Nonstop Action (yawn!). The company has stated the games will be aimed at next generation systems - most likely including PS3 as a result.

    2K games has confirmed they will be publishing a FPS called The Darkness which is due out on PS3 in 2007. The game is currently in development at Starbreeze Studios. The game, which is based on a comic, centers on a mafia hitman by the name of Jackie Estacado. He becomes possessed by the devil and gains supernatural powers.

    PS2 Previews
    Dance Factory is Codemasters take on the dancing craze around the world. Unlike Konami's Dance Dance Revolution games where you are provided with 60-odd tracks this game gives you a library of thousands of songs you are certain to like - as long as you have plenty of CD's in your collection. Confused? Read on...

March 2, 2006

    PS2 News
    It may be some codename coincidence but Electronic Arts have posted an advertisement here which indicates that Spore will be heading to handhelds in future. Spore is Sims creator Will Wright's latest project which allows you to follow the evolution of, well, creatures. To date the game has only been announced for PC.

    As many of you know Electronic Arts' impressive Black was released late last week and should be in stores now. Wondering if you should buy it. Well keep your eyes peeled to the site as over the weekend we will be giving away 15 awesome demos of this game to some lucky readers. Stay tuned folks.

    PS2 Previews
    SOCOM III: US Navy Seals is one of the biggest titles that we've been waiting for in Australia with a lenthy delay in making it to PAL territories. Now we have a date, April 20th (probably). Anyway we have some of the hottest screens and info so make sure you check it out. Hot, hot, hot.

March 1, 2006

    PS2 News
    Sony Europe has confirmed that Tourist Trophy will be released in Europe, and Australia, this May. The game is developed by Polyphony Digital who create the Gran Turismo titles, but this time focuses on motorbikes instead with 180 licensed sports bike models, 35 courses, and 12 manufacturers. Expect more news, and a preview, soon.

    PS2 Previews
    SingStar Rocks is the latest in Sony's hit karaoke series. This time Sony Europe is providing us with a genre pack, and as the title suggests it will be rock music. With tracks from Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand to name a few this game is certain to test your vocal chords. Get ready to party as we bring you the first screens and info on this April release.


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