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FEBRUARY 2007 NEWS

February 28, 2007

    PS3 News
    Sony Europe has announced the release dates for games on the Playstation Network in Europe - and not all games will be hitting launch as we expected. Launch day on March 23rd will see Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection for £5.99, Blast Factor for £3.99 and also Gran Turismo HD which will be free. Super Rub-A-Dub will be out on March 30, flOw on April 6, Go! Sudoku on April 13 and Go! Puzzle on April 20. Calling All Cars, Gripshift and Lemmings don't have dates as yet. It's clear to see that SCEE will be staggering the releases to keep the interest high, and we can also expect game demos and trailers to pop up during these months as well.

    Well it looks like everyone is jumping on the Unreal Engine 3 bandwagon now that Renderware is no more since Electronic Arts bought out Criterion last year. Not only has Square-Enix announced plans to use the Middleware in some upcoming games, but also last week so has Activision. Today Capcom has confirmed that a game being developed in America will use the engine as well. Oh it must be nice to be Epic Games right now!

    PS2 Preview
    God of War II may very well be the last great 'hardcore' game on the PS2. There's also no doubt that this game, despite the next-gen systems being available now, still looks absolutely fantastic. Mark down April 19 folks as you'll be heading to the stores. We take a look.

February 27, 2007

    PS2 Preview
    Buzz! The Mega Quiz is due out this April on the PS2. The greatest quiz show ever to hit video game consoles is back for yet another outing on the PS2 - despite the trivia series being a perfect match to Sony's Network service on the PS3. Can Sony improve on a good, but not great series? They just might this time.

February 26, 2007

    PS3 News
    Atari sent through their latest release schedule today and it looks like Colin McRae Dirt has been bumped back from May as announced last week to June 2007. One thing is certain, it looks awesome.

February 25, 2007

    PS2 News
    Sony has been pushing quite a few titles through the OFLC of late including all their online PS3 games, but another which had the potential to have some trouble was God of War 2 which has thankfully been awarded an MA15+.

    PSP Review
    Every Extend Extra is not entirely an original game as it has acttually appeared on the PC in the past (but simply called Every Extend. Q? Entertainment have put their polish on the title for release on the PSP. If you want some more great gaming from the developers of Lumines then look no further. A review.

February 24, 2007

    PS3 News
    According to this article on SMH Sony Computer Entertainment Australia's Michael Ephraim has confirmed that the 11,000 unit launch figure mentioned in Kotaku is incorrect and that Sony "will ship far, far in excess of that number." In fact current pre-orders around Australia have surpassed 11,000 units already.

February 23, 2007

    PS3 News
    Well today is a significant day for the Playstation 3 - it marks exactly one month until the PS3 hits shelves in Europe and Australia. Given that February is only 28 days long we now have exactly 28 days remaining until launch. Hooray!

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced some very disappointing news for Europe and Australia with regards to backwards compatibility for PS2 games. In short Sony seem to be severely limiting backwards compatibility to certain titles. The press release (in full) is as follows:

      Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces Hardware Specification of PLAYSTATION 3 for Europe

      London, 23 February 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification.

      The European PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine, 60 GB hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation 2 (PS2) titles.

      “PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3 system,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “Games designed for PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”

      Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3 system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be made available through the PLAYSTATION Network, from http://www.playstation.com or via PS3 game discs, with the first update planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2007.

      Users will be able to check whether their titles are compatible with PS3 at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. This site will be available on 23rd March to meet launch day.

      1. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch is required to output 7.1 ch audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI OUT connector.

      2. This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1 Ch audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.

      3. Usability of all storage media types is not guaranteed.

      4. Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform properly on this system. Visit faq.eu.playstation.com/bc for the latest information regarding compatible titles.

    Our guess is that Sony have moved emulation from being hardware based to software based, but that software based emulation isn't providing the same results. Given that we're paying 30% more then Japan and America for the system this truly sucks. We can live with a higher price, but when you start to take away features for some BS excuse that you want to concentrate on new content that's rubbish. Shame Sony, Shame.

    The next issue of EGM will spill the beans about Insomniac's next title which is set in the Ratchet & Clank universe. The game will actually be called Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Expect much more news in the coming months.

February 22, 2007

    PS3 News
    Sony Australia had their official Playstation 3 Media launch today at which they disclosed the final details - most of which had previously been announced. A couple of things to note: Casino Royale Blu-Ray freebie is limited to only 20,000 units which is horrendously low in our opinion, and Firmware 1.5 while confirmed was not detailed. Also, Sony did not confirm the number of systems at launch. The key points announced or reinforced were as follows:

    • PS3 confirmed to retail for $999.95, featuring a 60GB hard drive
    • 30 PS3 software titles scheduled for launch, with Blu-ray disc-based games RRP set from $99.95
    • An array of PS3 peripherals and prices, including a SIXAXIS Wireless Controller ($79.95 RRP) and Blu-ray Disc Remote Control ($49.95 RRP), Component AV Cable ($39.95 RRP), S Video Cable ($29.95 RRP)
    • Gran Turismo HD Concept confirmed to be offered as a free download from the PLAYSTATION Network
    • Australian PS3 to launch with Firmware Version 1.5
    • The first 20,000 Australian PS3 registrants on the PLAYSTATION Network to be rewarded with Casino Royale on Blu-ray Disc
    • PS3 to be sold at all retailers currently offering PlayStation 2 (PS2) and PSP (PlayStation Portable)

    Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia & New Zealand, commented on the impending Australian launch: "On the 23rd March, the PLAYSTATION 3 will revolutionise the Australian living room, delivering the ultimate high definition entertainment experience. The PS3 will provide consumers with a truly integrated and flexible home entertainment computer system that will remain relevant and current for the next decade. It is a highly competitive offering; consumers not only get a first rate gaming system, but also the combination of a Blu-ray Disc movie player, offering full high definition pictures, the option of 7.1 surround sound, a 60GB hard drive to store music, movies, downloads, games and pictures, plus instant connectivity to the Internet. There are now 2.2 million units of PlayStation 2 in Australian homes and we believe that the penetration of the PS3 into homes, as HD TVs become more mainstream, could eclipse these figures, due to the unparalleled all round entertainment experience it offers consumers."

    Ted Price, President and CEO, Insomniac Games, commented on the capabilities of the PLAYSTATION 3: "At Insomniac Games we see the PLAYSTATION 3 as an opportunity to create games like people have never seen, or experienced, before. For a long time we’ve wanted to offer even greater depth and intelligence to our software and now the combined power of the PLAYSTATION 3 and the application of Blu-ray Disc media enables game developers to meet this to full capacity, as demonstrated in our launch title Resistance: Fall of Man. For the games creative community we now have the platform with power and data capacity, it’s up to us to explore it and ultimately exploit it!"

    PS2 Preview
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories is, much like its predecessor, Rockstar's latest PSP exclusive GTA title. The only thing is that it is no longer an exclusive - it's also headed to the Playstation 2. We give you the first batch of screens and some details - and with only 2 weeks until release its a title still shrouded in much secrecy.

February 21, 2007

    PS3 News
    Well I hope you've pre-ordered your Playstation 3 if you live in Australia. According to Kotaku Australia may receive as few as 11,000 units for launch day on March 23rd. We must stress that this isn't confirmed in any way shape or form by Sony (although the company does have its PS3 Media Launch on Thursday where we'll hopefully hear more either way). You can check out the original article here.

February 20, 2007

    PSP Review
    Sonic Rivals is a pretty impressive game. While Sonic has had a hard couple of years with many poor games this latest title on PSP is one of the best in quite some time. Michael gives us his full review of Sonic's latest outing. You won't be disappointed.

February 19, 2007

    PS3 News
    Well there have been rumours that not all games will make the Playstation 3 launch, and now it seems to be coming to fruition. Atari Australia has confirmed that Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire has been pushed back from March 23rd to April 14th. The game has also been renamed to Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight - no doubt to distance the game from the horrendous reviews in America where it was called Crossfire.

    We don't have confirmation from Australian distributers THQ as yet but Sega UK's online PressVault now lists Virtua Fighter 5 as a "Spring 2007" release rather then March or Launch Title.

    Atari Australia has confirmed that Colin McRae Dirt will be released in May. The game had previously been announced for a November release.

    PS3 Preview
    Ridge Racer 7 is, in case you have been living under a rock, due for release in a couple of weeks. Ridge Racer is a series which has appeared at the launch of each of Sony's three consoles to date, and will do the same with the PS3. This game looks pretty spectacular.

February 17, 2007

    PS3 News
    While we updated our entire PS3 Release Schedule and Preview Page with the latest dates, and links for your to purchase the games through our sponsor Gameswarehouse (please click the links - it really helps us!) we noticed that besides Sony's first party titles one other game will be priced with a RRP of $AU99.95 - that being Vivendi's impressive FPS F.E.A.R.. All other third party titles will have a RRP of $AU119.95.

    PSP Review
    Rocky Balboa should need no introduction. With the positively received sixth movie about to hit cinemas in Australia this week we've taken a look at Ubisoft's game tie-in. Have the developers hit a winner? We have a review of this PSP exclusive title.

February 16, 2007

    Industry News
    One of the saddest bits of news in the gaming industry in the last couple of months was Capcom dissolving developers Clover Studio. The company, which was behind the stunning Okami, may be gone but the producers Atsushi Inaba, Hideki Kamiya and Shinji Mikami have formed a new development team called SEEDS - and they have already employed 51 people to develop new titles. Unfortunately there's no word yet on their projects.

    PS3 News
    Namco has finally unveiled Tekken 6. The game will apparently run on a Playstation 3 arcade board and feature (at least) two new fighters named Leo and Zafina. The game will include the largest fighting arenas seen in the system to date and will hit the Playstation 3 during 2007.

    Sega Racing Studios have announced some details about Sega Rally Revo. The game will include over 30 vehicles, 2 players split-screen gameplay, 16-player online duel mode, and a single player Championship mode. The game will also include support for the Sixaxis motion sensing.

    Sony has announced that as well as Gran Turismo HD which is downloadable from the Sony Store Polyphony Digital will be releasing Gran Turismo 5 Prologue this year (which includes an online duel mode) and then Gran Turismo 5 sometime in 2008.

February 14, 2007

    PS3 News
    Id Software has confirmed that Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will be coming to the Playstation 3. The online based first person action game will be released in 2007 and will feature support for up to 16-players online. The game is currently in development at Z-Axis.

    In what can only be seen as a massive boost to Blu-Ray, and the Playstation 3 console as well, JB Hi-Fi have announced that they will only stock Blu-Ray movies, and not the competiting HD-DVD movies. JB Hi-Fi is one of Australia's largest electronics and entertainment retailers and this can only be seen as another major boost to the Blu-Ray movie format.

    PS3 Preview
    Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire is coming to the Playstation 3 as a lunch title - just as it was in Japan and America. While the anime TV series only lasted 43 episodes over a year this game - some 27 years later - was one of the biggest sellers in Japan at the PS3 launch. We've taken a look.

February 13, 2007

    PS3 News
    Sony Europe has confirmed that the first 500,000 people to purchase a Playstation 3 and register their console online will receive a copy of Casino Royale on Blu-Ray via post. Unfortunately Sony Australia have not been available to comment as to whether the deal will extend to Australia. It seems that the news that there would be no pack-in movie which we reported on February 6 were partially correct. Expect more details soon.

    PS2 News
    I've updated the PS2 Release Schedule and Preview Page with plenty of changes. In all there have been about 15 games added to the release schedule, and almost double that with release date changes in the last week or two. Check it out.

February 12, 2007

    PS2 Review
    Ghost Rider is a rather neat third person action game developed by Climax and published by 2K Games. With the movie due out next week it was not surprising to see a game released around the same time but this game doesn't follow the plot of the movie, but instead is is set after the movie and is a great companion piece.

February 11, 2007

    PS3 News
    Sony's Phil Harrison has confirmed that background downloading of applications - one of the most requested improvements to the PS3 will be included in update 1.6 - whenever that may appear. There will be a tonne of other upgrades and we expect this to be the major update for the PS3's launch in Europe and Australia in just over a months time now.

February 8, 2007

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts today re-announced that Half-Life 2 was coming to the Playstation 3. The package will be called The Orange Box and will include Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Unfortunately though the game has now slipped from it's expected Q'2 2007 release until (Australian) Spring 2007.

    Rockstar Games has announced that Manhunt 2 is in development for the PS2, PSP and Wii. The Sony titles are being developed at Rockstar London. The game, which will be rated 18+ in the UK will be out this Summer. Considering the first game was banned in Australia the chances of the sequel making it out here are a bit shakey, but here's hoping.

    SCEA Manager Ryan Bowling has confirmed that Killzone 2 will not be demonstrated at the Game Developers Conference next month - contrary to earlier reports.

    PS2 Review
    Okami. Strange name. Strange game. But it is one of the most entertaining games you'll play on the Playstation 2 this year. Actually this is one of the best games we've ever seen on the PS2. This is a senstational title worthy of every collection.

February 6, 2007

    PS3 News
    According to two seperate sources that contacted me today Sony's sales reps are confirming to retail that the Australian Playstation 3 unit will not ship with a free Blu-Ray movie as was the case in America. We're not sure if this is also the case in Europe, but it's possible. There had been strong speculation that the system would ship with Casino Royale given it's retail release only two weeks after the PS3 launch - but it appears that will not be the case. Sony may have a change of heart - and we certainly hope they do seeing as we're paying about 25% more for our system then America - but we'll have to wait until closer to launch to find out.

    PS2 Review
    Sega Mega Drive Collection is a package for older gamers, but youngsters should also spend a bit of time checking out this title. Retro packages are all the rage these days. Cheap to develop they offer plenty of thrills at a cheap price. This package from Sega is one of the greatest compilations ever.

February 5, 2007

    PS3 News
    Sony has announced that they are now producing the Cell processor using a 65nm manufacturing process, as opposed to the older 90nm process. There are several benefits to having this smaller chip. Firstly it will generate less heat while in operation while the company can also reduce the manufacturing costs. The big question which hasn't been answered is whether the European version will use the new, or old Cell processor.

    THQ has confirmed that Saint's Row will be coming to the Playstation 3. The port is being handled by Violition. It is expected that the PS3 version will have several bonuses or additional content included - although details haven't been announced.

    While sticking with THQ the company has confirmed that a new MX title is in the works, as well as a new Red Faction game. The latter has us most excited as the original Red Faction on PS2 was very impressive - and a next-gen update would be most welcome. Sadly, platforms have not been confirmed as yet, but PS3 seems likely.

February 4, 2007

    PS2 News
    Some great news for Rockstar this week with Japanese sales figure coming in for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Not only did the game shift a whopping 227,261 units in the week of January 22-28, but it was also the number 1 game across all formats. The game sold more then the number 2 game which was Dragon Quest Monsters Joker for the Nintendo DS with 103,706 sales.

    PS3 News
    Sony has confirmed the Playstation 3 shipments to December 31st 2006. While the company expected to ship 2 million units it only succeed in shipping 1.84 million units - 1.03 million went to America and Japan received 0.83 million units. Looking at those numbers we have to say we are quite impressed with their efforts. Missing the target by only 160,000 units - or 8% is pretty good.

    Sega has confirmed that Virtua Fighter 5 will allow gamers to install part of the game to the Hard Drive to reduce load times. No word yet on how much space it will require.

    According to Famitsu From Software's Enchant Arm (or Enchanted Arms as it will be know here) sold 15,000 units in the first couple of days on sale.

    PS2 Review
    NBA 2K7 is a title every single self-respecting basketball gamer must check out. 2K Sports' NBA titles really are the best on the market at the moment, and NBA 2K7 is another stunner in their series. We checked out the PS2 title - it's very impressive. Click through for the review...

February 3, 2007

    PS3 News
    One of the remaining questions about the Playstation 3 launch is the price of the First Party Games (those being Sony's). Well that seems to have been answered with DVD Crave and Topshop both listing Sony's titles (including Motorstorm and Resistance: Fall of Man) as having a $AU99.95 rrp (compared to $AU119.95 for third party titles). DVD Crave have a discounted price of $87.71 while Topshop have them listed for $92.45 each.

February 2, 2007

    PSP Preview
    Driver 76 was surprising due the the fact that the title is, at this stage, a PSP excluive. The Driver franchise had a couple of rough years with the last two games failing to impress. Atari sold the franchise to Ubisoft and there's now hope for a great game on PSP, and a rebirth to what was once a brilliant franchise.

January 31, 2007

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft has confirmed that while Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 won't be released on the Playstation 3 in time for the European and Australian launch it won't be too far off with a American and European Spring launch now being targeted (That's Q'2 2007 for us in the Southern Hemisphere).

    PS3 Preview
    Go! Sudoku is yet another Playstation 3 launch title, and for only a couple of dollars this title is certain to keep you entertained for a long time. The PSP version was very impressive and we expect no less from this game as well. Here's a preview of this classic puzzle title.

January 29, 2007

    PS3 News
    Do you live in Perth? Hell, do you live in Australia? If so then you may want to get to Perth on Saturday March 31st at 4pm as none other then Hideo Kojima will be speaking at the GO3 event. His chat is scheduled to last 45 minutes - and we can only prey that he brings out a couple more details about a current project he's working on - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. That's not all though. On March 30 Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Q Entertainment) will be in attendance speaking as will Rod Fergusson from Epic Games. Sunday 31st will also be very interesting with a presenter from Sony giving a speech from 5.00 until 5.45. There's plenty more too! You can check out the official website here (including pricing). Exciting stuff.

    PS3 Preview
    Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII is yet another of Ubisoft's PS3 launch titles. This World War II flight sim not only looks stunning but makes use of the PS3's tilt functionality in the controller. While the game is already out on other formats, the PS3 version will include plenty of new features. We give you all the details.

January 28, 2007

    PS3 Preview
    Enchanted Arms is a game which XBox 360 owners will probably be familiar with - if only because it's one of the few RPG's on the system. Seeing a RPG at the launch of any new console is a rare event but this will be out at the PS3 launch though Ubisoft. Fortunately there will be many enhancements on PS3. We take an early peek.

    PS3 News
    One of the biggest complaints about the PS3 is that the machine won't scale images leaving some people with 1080i TV's out in the cold. The machine would not scale games up from 720p to 1080i/p but rather downscale the games to 480p (this issue was most common in CRT-based HDTV sets). According to Beyond3D though Sony has just unlocked the scaler in the latest SDK meaning that game developers will now be able to scale thier games properly. There is a catch though. Sony has only unlocked the vertical scaler, and not the horizontal one. This will mean developers can output new resolutions including 960 x 1080 - which will work on the problematic HDTV's, but developers will have to include it in their games. You can check out the full article (which gets slightly technical here). An interesting read.

    Epic has confirmed that Unreal Tournament 2007 has been renamed to Unreal Tournament 3 - but will now also be hitting the XBox 360 as well as previously announced PC and PS3. The game is still due out in 2007.

January 27, 2007

    PS3 LAUNCH THOUGHS!
    Well now that the dust has settled we thought we'd comment on the PS3's launch announcement in Europe and Australia. Here's a couple of topics worth pointing out our opinions on (seeing as my MSN Messenger and e-mail is getting a bit of a pounding of late).

    The Price: The price is the same as announced last May which is fair enough, but Australians will be paying about $AU230 (or 23%) more then Americans for the same system. I really did hope that Sony would have adjusted down slightly given the strong Australian dollar. Having said that it will still be the cheapest Blu-Ray player on the market by about $AU400.

    The Games: We're pretty happy with the launch line-up, although there is disappointment with some titles missing including Lair, Heavenly Sword, Madden NFL 07, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, Rainbow Six: Vegas and SingStar - all previously listed or rumoured as launch titles. They may be added to the launch lineup in the coming two months, but at this stage they're out. The thirty games confirmed for launch promises to be the biggest and best launch line-up of all time and there's several major titles that will keep us entertained.

    System Inclusions: One thing Sony hasn't done is confirmed the inclusions in the pack. We were hoping for a Blu-Ray movie much like America (Where purchasers got Talledaga Nights free). Given that Casino Royale is to be released on Blu-Ray only days before the PS3 launch it seems perfectly suited, but wasn't announced. Perhaps Sony are trying to squeeze even more money out of us by not packing it in, knowing that it would be a big seller on the format. For the love of God Sony, you must realise that this is the kind of triple-A movie with big special effects that could show the format off to millions of people still needing to be convinced that Blu-Ray is the format of choice in the HD war! Besides a free movie no details were given about the cables being packed in.

    Australian Game and Peripheral Pricing: While we know the system price Sony Australia has not announced prices for First Party Games (most third party will be $119.99). We expect that Sony's titles will be $AU99.99 - but even at that price we will be paying the equivalent of $US78 (when first party titles in America have a RRP of $US59!). Sony Australia has also failed to confirm periperhal pricing - although converting from Euros gives us some idea. and we'll be looking at about $79 or $89 for a controller, and $29-49 for cables.

January 25, 2007

    PS3 LAUNCH NEWS!
    Well Sony has finally officially announced the PS3 launch dates for Europe, Australia and New Zealand and as the speculation has been running over the last week or two the date is March 23, the price is as expected, and the launch titles were known. I have copied the entire press release sent out by Sony (with links to games added and developers). The only unknown remains the price of first party games which Sony hasn't announced, and they haven't announced any pack in movies or games (demos) with the system. Still it's a start.

    PS3 to Launch in Europe and Australasia on 23rd March 2007

    Over 30 Titles for Launch Period
    1 Million units forecast for Initial Launch Period

    London, 24 January 2007 (Sydney 25 January) – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 will be launched in the PAL territories of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 at a price of €599 (£425, AUD 999.95, NZ 1199.95).

    Responding to retail and consumer demand, SCEE confirmed that initially only the 60GB model would be available, with the 20GB model to follow later in the year dependent on demand.

    An expected one million PS3 units will be made available during the initial launch period.

    SCEE also announced a stellar launch line-up of over 30 game titles for PS3, including eagerly awaited titles published by SCEE such as Resistance: Fall of Man™, MotorStorm™, Genji™: Days of the Blade, FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION and Ridge Racer™ 7. An exceptional range of titles in every genre will also be available at launch from the world’s leading third party publishers, including Electronic Arts, Activision, Namco Bandai, Sega, Take 2, Ubisoft, Vivendi Universal, and Sony Online Entertainment.

    In addition to games on disc, an exciting range of fully-featured downloadable games will debut on the PLAYSTATION®Network. These will include gaming icons such as Tekken®: Dark Resurrection and Gran Turismo® HD Concept; the fully-featured PS3 debut of the best-selling franchise Gran Turismo, realised with full HD (1080p) visual quality. Created by Polyphony Digital Inc and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, Gran Turismo® HD Concept has been downloaded by more than 350,000 users since it was released in December 2006 in North America and Japan.

    Also available on the PLAYSTATION®Network will be brainteasers such as Go! Sudoku and Go! Puzzle, and innovative games such as Blast Factor™ and flOw™, designed exclusively for PLAYSTATION 3 and delivering on the promise to provide original content created by non-traditional developers and publishers.

    Concurrent with the European launch, a new System Update to further enhance the entertainment potential of PS3 will be issued.

    Announcing the launch details, David Reeves, President of SCEE said, “Following the hugely successful launches of PS3 in Japan and North America, we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring significant numbers of PS3 to the SCEE territories. To be able to launch with over 30 titles across every genre shows that this is our strongest launch line-up in the history of PlayStation, and is what PlayStation fans in Europe have been crying out for.”

    PLAYSTATION 3 LAUNCH TITLE LINE-UP
    Game Name (Preview) Publisher Developer Media
    Blast FactorSonyBluepoint GamesNetwork
    Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWIIUbisoftUbisoft RomaniaDisc
    Call of Duty 3ActivisionTreyarchDisc
    Def Jam: IconEA GamesEA ChicagoDisc
    Enchanted ArmsUbisoftTBADisc
    FEARVivendiDay 1 StudiosDisc
    Fight Night Round 3EA GamesEADisc
    FlOwSonyTGCNetwork
    Formula One Championship EditionSonySCEEDisc
    Full Auto 2: BattlelinesSegaPseudo InteractiveDisc
    Genji: Days of the BladeSonyGame RepublicDisc
    Go Puzzle!SonyTBANetwork
    Go Sudoku!SonySonyNetwork
    GripshiftSony Online Ent.SidheNetwork
    Gundam: CrossfireAtariBandai Ent. CompanyDisc
    LemmingsSonyTeam 17Network
    Marvel: Ultimate AllianceActivisionRaven SoftwareDisc
    MotorstormSonyEvolution StudiosDisc
    NBA 2K7Take TwoVisual ConceptsDisc
    NBA Street: HomecourtEA GamesEA CanadaDisc
    Need for Speed CarbonEA GamesEA Black BoxDisc
    NHL 2K7Take Two2K SportsDisc
    Ridge Racer 7SonyNamcoDisc
    Resistance: Fall of ManSonyInsomniacDisc
    Sonic The HedgehogTHQSonic TeamDisc
    Super Rub'a'DubSonyTBANetwork
    Tekken: Dark ResurrectionSonyNamcoNetwork
    The Godfather: The Don's EditionEAEA Redwood ShoresDisc
    The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionUbisoftBethesdaDisc
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07EA SportsEA CanadaDisc
    Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double AgentUbisoftUbisoftDisc
    Tony Hawk's Project 8ActivisionNeversoftDisc
    Untold Legends: Dark KingdomEASony Online Ent.Disc
    Virtua Fighter 5SegaSega StudiosDisc
    Virtua Tennis 3SegaSega AM2Disc
    World Snooker Championship 2007SegaSegaDisc

    PLAYSTATION 3 Peripherals Available at Launch (Australian Pricing is direct conversion - no pricing has been announced yet)

    SIXAXIS™ Wireless Controller €49.99 ($AU83.20)
    Blu-ray Disc Remote Control €24.99 ($AU41.60)
    HDMI Cable €24.99 ($AU41.60)
    AV cable €16.99 ($AU28.30)
    Component AV cable €24.99 ($AU41.60)
    S Video cable €16.99 ($AU28.30)


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