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Sept. 4 2006
B-Boy - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
12/10/2006SonySonyFreeStyle Games1-2$79.95

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Now that's gotta hurt!
B-Boy is an interesting title. Consider it a game about dance battles. It's a unique concept that Sony will be hoping can provide something fresh for the PSP (and PS2) this Christmas and while there isn't a new controller this game looks like bringing something fresh to gamers - both in terms of gameplay and presentation.

Developed by FreeStyleGames (a company formed in 2002 with this game being their first release), and in collaboration with Crazy Legs and DJ Hooch, B-Boy uses a dynamically controlled fighting system to help you battle the best b-boys on the planet. Over the course of an in-depth “B-Boy Life” mode, players build up a crew and battle against real-life superstar b-boys including in-game host Crazy Legs, the legendary and original b-boy, who worked closely with the development team to ensure the game’s authenticity.

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Bustin moves in the gym.
In terms of controls in B-Boy the D-pad moves your character around the dance floor while the four face buttons are used for the various moves including Power, Top Rock, Footwork and Freeze. The aim is to string as many moves together as possible. In fact, players must learn, develop and master more than 800 motion captured moves as they progress from street battles to the world championships, gaining style and respect as they battle their way around the world, visiting 21 realistic venues.

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Ohh, the windmill.
As their reputation increases they’ll encounter a host of 40 licensed b-boys who feature in the game and represent the pinnacle of the b-boy scene, including Kamel, Ivan “The Urban Action Figure”, Crumbs, Hong10, Lillou and Mouse. 40 rival B-boys appear in the game in total to challenge and battle the player.

Those looking for instant action can head for the arcade modes for battles against rival b-boys or multiplayer face-offs. B-Boy also allows players to create their own b-boy and upgrade and customise their breaker with new moves and clothing. Those looking for instant action can head for the arcade modes for battles against rival b-boys or multiplayer face-offs using PSP’s Wireless functionality.

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Yep, another PSP B-Boy screen.
B-Boy includes more than 40 licensed contemporary hip hop and classic funk tracks, mixed and scratched on the fly by in-game DJs.

B-Boy looks like a unique title which should provide plenty of thrills and spills. Time will tell if it's actually any good but Sony's history with the current generation and introducing new game concepts has had plenty more hits then misses with the PS2 - and now hopefully the PSP. Expect a review upon release in October. Interestinly Sony currently no plans to release the title in the United States, although strong sales in Europe should certainly see a release sooner rather then later...