New Sony PSP NGP

For all of you who don’t already know, Sony has just announce the new PSP NGP. NGP stands for Next Generation Portable. People have been waiting on this for a long time now and it looks like the fans will not be disappointed. Let’s take a look at some of the features:

-CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)

-GPU: SGX543MP4+

-5 inch OLED screen

-Dual Analog Sticks (Finally)

-3G and Wifi Capable

-Front and Rear Touchpads

-Front and Rear Cameras

-Motion Control

-Three Axis Compass and GPS

Sony seems to be answering a lot of the requests from the gamers. There have also been reports of PS3 like graphics. If this is the case, how will this affect cost? This seems to be a feature rich device but could this possibly cost as much as a Playstation 3? I definitely don’t doubt it. This company has been know for some crazy prices in the past. Maybe they will try to match the prices of the 3DS. It may be a necessity in order to knock the king of handhelds from it’s thrown.

No one knows if the new PSP will have 3D capabilities or if it even necessary. We know that Sony has a hit out for Nintendo but statements have been made about Apple and the iPhone. It seems like we will see a lot of interesting things happening in mobile gaming.

I personally am waiting on a price before I get too excited. What do you all think?



Bioware’s New Game Confirmed: Mass Effect 3

Well everyone, our wildest dreams have come true. It has been confirmed that Bioware’s new game is (drum roll please)…….MASS EFFECT 3.

The teaser trailer showed the soldier from the infamous screen shot taking refuge in a clock tower. He is beaten up and wielding a sniper rifle. As the camera zooms out, we see that we are in England with alien spaceship raining down destruction. Wait….what did I just hear…did he say SHEPARD…..yes he did. Towards the end of this teaser trailer we see Shepard looking down upon earth. I know I am excited…how about you? I wonder if it will make it to the PS3. This game is set to release Holiday 2011.

Dead Space 2 Demo Coming to PSN, XBL

What more could you ask for for christmas than a Javelin gun and your trusty plasma cutter, and Zero-G!!!!!

EA and Visceral Games announced today that a demo for their new game Dead Space 2 will be available on Xbox Live December 21st worldwide, and on the Playstation Network December 22nd in North America. Europe will have to wait a day later, December 22nd, to enjoy The Sprawl.

Dead Space 2 will be released January 25, 2011 on the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release

First Impressions: Call of Duty: Black Ops

After a month of running through all of the modes, maps, weapons, attachments, party disconnects and overall carnage that is the Call of Duty Multiplayer, I finally decided to tear through the campaign.

My first thoughts were, “This is definitely a movie in game form.” At the time of this writing, I would presume I’m around ninety percent done with the campaign, and compared to other Call of Duty campaigns I actually have a better sense of what is going on. I haven’t had the big reveal of the plot twist, but I think I can come up with a pretty good estimate of what’s going to happen.

The game starts you, Alex Mason, being interrogated by an unknown person. The interrogator keeps asking you about your past escapades in secret operations and something about ‘numbers’ and a ‘number station’. This is how Treyarch goes about telling the story, placing you in a bunch of flashbacks as missions. You mainly play as Alex Mason and you’re sprinkled as a couple other people in the story later on.

Black Ops has the typical Call of Duty / Modern Warfare gameplay. On the Normal difficulty, enemies take about three shots and their accuracy is on par of a five year-old child. But if you dare turn up the heat to the Veteran difficulty, you’ll find that the enemy AI has the fortitude and accuracy of a T-1000. This is compared to your AI companions that will let enemies run a b-line straight at you from fifty yards and gun butt you in the forehead before they take a shot.

The game mechanics are also similar to past games from Treyarch and Infinity Ward. There are stealth missions that turn into the typical ‘go loud’ and shoot everything that moves missions, the air-supported missions, and TWO countdown missions that end in game-over if you don’t get out in time. So I’m not bored, the game is really good at keeping things fresh.

However, I have two issues with the game so far. The first one is part of a mission that started you off as one of the other main characters in the game trying to get some information out of a doctor. Things go wrong and you have to traverse through the upper levels and roofs of some buildings. About one-fourth through the mission you have to take a jump from the roof of one building to about the fourth or fifth floor from the top of another. I made the jump and so did one of my AI partners. But for some reason, the other AI partner never showed up. So I’m standing there waiting for the AI to move a refrigerator to move through the rest of the game. After a few restarts from checkpoint and a complete reboot of my system and I realized that I had to restart the mission.

My second issue is where the game saves. I wanted to finish this mission before signing off for the night. So I turned off the system halfway through the end-of-mission cut scene, waiting until after I got my achievement but before I saw any details about the next part of the story. Unfortunately when I started up the game again, I started from the beginning of the previous mission. Now before you say anything, I know the number one rule is to ‘save and quit’, but so many games do an automatic save during cut scenes that I have gotten used to that. So you can call that user error, but it was an annoyance to me; especially since I had to do that darn exploding barrel mission over again on veteran.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how the campaign is. Look for more after I finish the Medal of Honor campaign and the DigitalDpad team does their game vs. game discussion that EA wanted so many people to do.

Gran Turismo 5 has a November 24th Release Date

For all those Playstation car enthusiasts, your wait is almost over. Stand up and cheer! Again. Gran Turismo 5 has an updated release date of November 24th, 2010. I say 2010 because if you’ve followed any news about this game, you know not to head to Las Vegas and put your life savings on Polyphony Digital and Sony making this date.

But for those of you that have been holding your breathe waiting for this franchise (sans Gran Turismo 5 Prologue) to debut on the Playstation 3, you might be able to breath again.

However, do note that the countries listed on the post are the following: AE, AU, GB, IE, NZ. Notice anything missing????

Source: Playstation Blog

Playstation Plus Not Needed for Hulu Plus on PS3

If you didn’t like the idea of paying Sony $49.99 for a year of Playstation Plus’s here today gone tomorrow ‘extras’ on top of paying Hulu $9.99 to watch your favorite TV shows, today is your lucky day. Product Director Rob Wong posted today on the Hulu Blog that Playstation Plus is won’t be a requirement to access Hulu Plus on your PS3 next week. Good thing I didn’t take the plunge.

Since we kicked off our preview of Hulu Plus, it’s been our mission to continually add more devices and content to the Hulu Plus service. Over the past few weeks, we’ve added several titles to the Hulu Plus service, including new fall shows like Raising Hope, No Ordinary Family, and The Event, and back seasons of hit shows including Monk, Psych, and Battlestar Galactica. Today, we’re also happy to announce the availability of Hulu Plus on Sony BRAVIA® 2010 TVs, with the service expanding to other BRAVIA devices in the near future.

As we scale our infrastructure throughout the preview period, we want to open the service to a larger subscriber base. To make it easier for people to try out Hulu Plus, you no longer need an invitation to subscribe. In the next week, all PS3 owners with a PlayStation Network account, which is free, will be able to download and subscribe to Hulu Plus. This will also coincide with an updated PS3 application that incorporates some of the feedback we’ve received to date.

As the Hulu Plus preview period continues, we’ll continue to work diligently to expand the service to more devices, add more content and incorporate feedback to improve the service. Happy watching!

Source: Hulu Blog

Playstation Move – Sports Champions (Off-Screen Video)

With the fact that Playstation Move has been out for over two weeks with nothing more than a whisper from Sony PR about sales, I’m going to go out on a limb and say most of you haven’t played or seen Playstation Move. Well, the fine folks at STLGamer have come through in the clutch….well, more like after the game is over and I’m helping you with the equipment, but whatever.

J Deisel and Smoov LT took a stab at Duel, one of the many Wii Sportseque games packaged within the Playstion Move game Sports Champions developed by Zindagi Games. Never heard of Zindadi Games, well, me neither. According to their website, “…we’ve collaborated directly with Sony on the Move tech since its inception all the way through R&D and production. The result is Sports Champions, a collection of 6 fully developed sporting events designed and engineered to showcase the Move controller to the fullest extent of its capabilities.” Unfortunately, I don’t think this particular Move title would be something to hang your hat on. Now this is just my first impression of the move. I didn’t get to play any of the other games within Sports Champions. Nor did I play any of the other Move launch titles. However, I have played the Wii.

I tried moving my sword in a figure eight but my avatar onscreen only made one strike. I tried using my shield but then remembered that there is a button for that. I did like the fact that there were onscreen queues to let you know that you could do something cool. However, if I wanted to play a game where I could only swing my sword the way they wanted me to, I’d go out a by a Wii Motion Plus and get that fix.

The juggling combos, super strike, and the visual fidelity of the game are all great but where is the one-to-one movement that Sony touted at E3? One thing I did notice, if you look at the video, there are a few small tutorial instructions before the match starts. The one that made me laugh was the ‘Multiplayer’ screen that has two players in front of a screen holding TWO motion controllers. We only had one controller per person in our demo. I heard that Sony stated that developers needed to design their games with one move controller as the common denominator (a decision that fellow STLGamer TheImpetuousOne calls ‘a compromise into mediocrity’). So do you need two controllers to get one-to-one movement? I guess that’s why I need a button for my shield.

So in the grand scheme of things, Sports Champions looks great! But the visuals can only go so far. Sony needs to stop touting the visuals of their games. That’s going to come with the system. I would love it if they focused on their gameplay, make sure they deliver on what was said at E3, and do something new to a technology that was just up-resed and made pretty.

Gears of War 3 Pushed To Holiday 2011

Many triple-A titles have moved out of the congestion of the holiday season to the first and second quarter of the next year over the past two years. This time we see a game that purposefully had a release date in the second quarter get pushed back into the holiday rush.

Epic Games, along with Microsoft Game Studios, have announced that the third installment in the Gears of War series will now have a Holiday 2011 realese window. Fortunately, this is not because the game needs more time to finish. Don’t believe me? Well here is a statement from Executive Producer Rod Fergusson:

I know fans are going to be disappointed with the new release date, but rest assured that this is a business decision between partners, and not a quality issue. Gears 3 was on track to be the most polished Gears of War game ever when it released in April, and this additional time allows us to polish it that much more before it hits shelves next fall. Next week we have a major multiplayer press visit at Epic HQ, and I’m really looking forward to the fans seeing and hearing about Gears 3 versus multiplayer for the first time. Lots more exciting news to come.

From a business perspective, I can see why the decision was made. Since Microsoft is publishing the title, I’m sure they would love to give Halo: Reach and their upcoming motion camera Kinect the spotlight that they deserve. But let’s not forget that there could be a few key titles exclusive to the Playstation 3 next fall that Microsoft would want to keep an eye on. One might think that Uncharted 3 could be announced for a fall 2011 release since there development cycle ran two years from their first to their second Uncharted title. However, Insomniac Game’s Resistance 3 is currently set for fall 2011. Resistance and Gears of War went head-to-head back in holiday 2008 with both of their second games in their respective series. Gears of War 2 sold over two million units through its first weekend available while Resistance 2 sold about 900,000 units from November through December. I’m sure Microsoft would love for history to repeat itself.

Now calm down Gearheads, this is not a bad thing. Yes, you’ll have to wait a few more months to chainsaw lambent drones just to toss them off before they explode. However, this will give the developer time to ‘polish’ the game. Hopefully Epic Games would be able to fix some of the multiplayer issues that usually hamper the online experience of past Gears games around launch.

Source: Epic Games

Does your wife or girlfriend hate it when you game??

Hello all, I wrote this in 2007 but the facts remain the same today.

When you and the fellas get going on some Gears of War, NBA Live, Madden. . . people just need to understand, WE NEED THIS.
Ladies we love you but sometimes we need to sit back and be men… so understand we need our time.

In Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” Gabriel Union’s character says she’s looking for “a black man with good credit, who speaks grammatical English and who doesn’t play video games.”

Ok, wow….What’s the problem? That’s like saying I’m looking for a black woman who doesn’t like shopping and/or fashion. Don’t get me wrong I know it can get bad… fellas if you want to play XBOX360, PS3 or Wii more than you want to be with your lady then you need to take a look at your life and get your priorities together. A form of affection should be higher priority than beating the Heat on your NBA Live Season. Please ladies AND men give your loved ones just a few hours to get some gamage in . . .

Yes, ladies game too.

The average age for a video game player is about 30, a number slowly increasing as people that were kids playing the first arcade, console and home computer games continue playing now on current systems. The gender distribution of gamers is reaching equilibrium, according to a 2003 study showing that 57% of gamers are male and 43% female. (ESA report on the sales, demographics and usage data of the industry)

Wow 43 percent, that’s a lot of women. If you’re out there reading this ladies… Will You Marry Me? Haha, I’m just kidding I’m married,  but seriously its just a sign of the times… 20 years ago men got together and had poker night. Now . . . we game. It’s not just another night of the week… it is the very fabric that keeps man sane… the comraderie and competition mends all wounds of the world and act as catalysts to propell the patrons of gamage toward a better mood… a better state of mind so we can deal with the weight of life, work and relationship.

To all my gamers out there, men and women alike, keep gaming. . . Maybe I’ll see u out there on XBOX|Live


NBA Elite 11….errr 12??????

September 27th signified a shift in the world of NBA basketball games that has been inevitable (in some eyes) for the past few years. NBA Elite (previously NBA Live since 1995) has been delayed indefinitely by Peter Moore, President of EASports.

Unfortunately, NBA ELITE 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch. We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience.

EA Sports has put out a NBA product since their 1995 release on the Super Nintendo and Genesis and has had an athlete on the cover since Mitch Richmond was on the cover in 1997. EA has been struggling with product stability over the past few years. EA Sport’s Madden NFL franchise has seen feature cuts in Madden NFL 06 (hear my thoughts about that release), frame rate issues on the PS3 version in ’08, and now these development hiccups have sneaked their way over to their Live, now known as Elite, NBA franchise.

The announcement of the delay comes less than a week before the game’s scheduled release. This just happens to be the same day that 2K Sports’s Michael Jordan covered NBA 2K11 is releasing. Could EA Sports be feeling the pressure of the Jordan clad game? In a word, DEFINITELY. From the minority, possibly becoming the majority soon, 2K’s NBA franchise has been on EA’s heels since the early 2000’s. The only complaint I’ve heard about NBA 2K was its annoying TNT Gatorade .jpg that covered the screen after a highlight. Yes, EA has stated that rosters and their DNA feature will be updated for free for the NBA Live ’10 users that still have their disc (if you don’t have the disc then you will be charged $10 to play online via EA’s Online Pass), but who wants to play last year’s game when they have the chance of playing as Michael Jordan? Yeah, this is the same Jordan who hasn’t been playable, to my knowledge, by other than #23 for years.

Because of their past mishaps I feel somewhat relieved that EASports decided not to put out a broken game. At the same time, I do think they deserve it for previous greed. So tell me NBA fanatics, do you still think that NBA Live is FANTASTIC, or are you hoping to play the ’90s Bulls versus the behemoth known as the 2010-11 Miami Heat in 2K11? Let me know in the comments below.

Source: NBA Elite Delayed