Late Night Consoling

By Alec Matias, Mar 23, 2005 7:00pm PST Tonight's the night! Across the country, stores are staying open until midnight to sell eager customers plenty of PSP hardware, games, and expensive memory sticks. Over at GameRankings, you can take a peek at the cumulative scores of PSP launch titles. Wipeout Pure is in the lead at 91%, followed by Lumines with 89%. Five titles average 85% or better, which is rather impressive for a launch lineup. Pretty much all the games are garnering above average scores except for NBA and Gretzky (poor Canadians). I think it's important to point out that GameSpot posted their review of Metal Gear Acid and they gave it a much more favorable score than IGN, giving it an 8.2 out of 10. In any case, good luck to those staying out late and I hope you don't buy a stinker! Don't forget to share your impressions.
  • New Spec Ops Game Coming

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    MTV.com talked with Josh Homme of the music group Queens of the Stone Age and in the article the frontman revealed that Rockstar is developing a new Spec Ops game. Homme confirmed that he and bassist Alain Johannes wrote the music for the game. Spec Ops was a series of military action games, once called the "poor man's Rainbow Six" and were published by Take-Two Interactive for the PSone. No details on the new game are available at this time.

  • VU Games Buys Radical Entertainment

    Vivendi Universal Games, publisher of Half-Life 2 and World of Warcraft, announced today that they have purchased developer Radical Entertainment. Radical, which is based in Vancouver, developed The Simpsons: Hit & Run and is currently working on Scarface. "We've had tremendous success working with VU Games over the past few years, and we believe our integration will be extremely positive for the future of Radical," said Ian Wilkinson, president of Radical.

  • SEGA Working with Silicon Knights

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    Sega revealed today that they have a struct a deal with Silicon Knights to acquire and publish a next-generation game developed by the Ontario-based company. Silicon Knights' recent hits were Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and Eternal Darkness. Last year, the company had a mutual break-up with Nintendo, giving them the opportunity to work on whatever console they pleased.

  • Kollon Coming to US?

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    Conspiracy Entertainment sent out a press release stating that they have signed a licensing agreement with Japanese developer CyberFront to localize a PSP game for the North American market. Conspiracy didn't specifically state the name of the game, but the only PSP title from CyberFront is a puzzler called Kollon. The title will release later this year.

  • Namco's Latest Compilation

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    Companies repackaging old arcade titles and selling them as a compilation has been big business as of late. Namco is now doing something different: instead of Dig-Dug and Galaga, they're compiling Tekken, Ridge Racer, Ace Combat 2, Klonoa, and Mr. Driller onto a single PS2 disc. These PSone classics are due out in Japan on June 2.

  • Misc. Q&As/Features

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    GameSpot has a video interview with Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi. They also post a guide explaining how to get video onto your PSP.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2

GamesAreFun sticks up some of the first images of Phantasy Star Universe. IGN posts a playtest of the import version of Phantom Kingdom.

Xbox

GamerFeed spends time with Jade Empire.

Portable

GamerFeed takes a look at Death, Jr. (PSP).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Shenmue for the Dreamcast. "It was one (if not) the first RPG where all the NPCs actually had voices. Pushed the Dreamcast to its limits." (submitted by peppermd).

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  • damnit, I was getting all excited then.. why won't namco re-release the point blank / gunbullet games in a similar fashion already. the originals are getting pretty hard to get hold of now and the decreased lag of the usb guncon2 would really help those games. it's also not like they've aged at all badly, most psx games look really really ugly by now and I'd think anything they did release could seriously do with a bit of an overhaul graphics wise but there'd be no real need for that with point blank. step1:Image the originals onto a ps2 disk and add usb-guncon support, step2: profit!