Late Night Consoling

By Alec Matias, Jun 18, 2004 8:00pm PDT

This is definitely what you would call a slow news night, but the sites didn't disappoint in the media category. If you haven't got around to learning about the new portables from Sony and Nintendo, now's a good chance with Game Informer's twin rundowns of the handhelds (NDS, PSP). It's interesting how a couple of each device's main draws can also be their downfall. For the PSP, its "can do everything" attitude, playing music and movies on top of games, is costing it points in the price/battery life arena. As for the DS, while the twin screens are great, the stylus and touch screen seemed to have left some folk at E3 upset, as using the stylus makes holding the system difficult and easy to scratch up the screen pretty quickly. No matter what though, I'll be one of those geeks camping out at a 24/7 Wal-Mart to be the first to own one. I'm weak. =(

PS2 Atlus to Publish Latest Choro Q The quirky mini-sized car racing series will hit the PS2 this fall thanks to a new arrangement between Takara and Atlus. Taking over for Conspiracy Entertainment, Takara will now publish the latest Choro Q in the United States and this time, instead of changing the name, it'll remain true to its Japanese roots. The latest version will feature an RPG-ish story that allows racers to compete in over a 100 events and utilize about 200 vehicles. Screenshots are below in Misc. Media.
PS2 Gungrave O.D. Coming Stateside Mastiff Games announced today it will publish the sequel to Gungrave, Gungrave O.D. in the United States later this fall. According to 1up, Mastiff Games will handle the localization of the game as well as release it under its unabbreviated title of Gungrave: Overdose. The TV series is being released on DVD this summer, so this would be a supple opportunity to piggyback on its sales.
PS2 Xbox GCN Hip Interactive to Publish Stolen I know you guys can't get enough of these publishing stories, so here's another! This one is pretty interesting since no one has any info on this title, yet it has been in development for two and a half years. Stolen, being developed by the UK's Blue52, will be released on all major consoles and will see a release during March 2005. The press release describes the game as a third-person, stealth based title starring a female lead.
Xbox Bungie Weekly Update Hmm, the latest Bungie Weekly Update...I wonder what they talk about? WOA, HALO 2! I think the big nugget of info this week is that not only can the Master Chief wield two weapons at the same time, he can also have a third equipped. That's good stuff right there. Other tidbits are that the water effects have been revamped and that they're wrapping up the cut-scene animations. Also, this update taught me the definition of an "air biscuit."
PS2 Xbox GCN Misc. Q&As/Interviews TeamXbox has an exclusive interview with Mike Gallo and Chris Avellone of Obsidian and they discuss, of course, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Wars. Games Domain chats it up with Spark Unlimited's Scott Langteau, producer of Call of Duty: Finest Hour. HomeLAN Fed speaks with the business director of Bugbear's FlatOut, Jussi Laakkonen.
  Misc. Media/Previews
PS2 You want massive footage of Silent Hill 4: The Room? Then GameSpot hooks you up! They also fix us screenshots for Choro Q and Gungrave: Overdose. 1up treats us to shots of the undeniably odd Gallop Racer 2004 (IGN previews it here). GamerFeed has detailed some hands-on action with Taiko: Drum Master tonight. GameSpy has a decent amount of new images for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Rumble Roses. IGN asks readers, "How does 330 screenshots of Phantom Brave sound? Or how about a hi-res trailer of Jak 3? Maybe a butt-load of info, screens, and footage of Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal? Yea, that's right, baby."
Xbox GamerFeed moves to the beat in their preview of DDR: Ultramix 2. GameSpy punches it into high gear with new shots of Forza Motorsport and a trailer of Fate of Ages. IGN counters with new footage of Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, first video of Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space, and a total blowout of Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (info, screens, movies).
GCN IGN does their weekly Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Friday update, this week hosting a video that shows off a morph ball obstacle course.
GBA The first screenshots of the GBA version of Spider-man 2 are at IGN this evening.
NDS Game Informer follows up their PSP editorial from last evening with a critical look at Nintendo's DS.
PS2 Xbox GCN The first official trailer for GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2, Xbox, GCN) is hosted at GameSpot this evening. Game Informer goes under center to deliver new vids of ESPN NFL 2K5 (PS2, Xbox). GamerFeed takes a look at the combo-pack version of Metal Slug 4 & 5 (PS2, Xbox). IGN goes hands-on with Bugbear's FlatOut (PS2, Xbox) and hosts a new video of The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PS2, Xbox, GCN). Finally, GameSpy has a few player renders from NHL 2005 (PS2, Xbox, GCN).
Console Game of the Evening: AeroBiz for the Super Nintendo. "Who knew an airline simulation game would be fun? Well, I thought it was fun..." (submitted by FrayLo).

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