Late Night Consoling

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So, a lot of speculation and rumor in today's LNC. Hooray for guessing!

  • No PS3 Until 2007?

    [ps2]

    That's what analyst Michael Pachter of respected firm Wedbush Morgan Securities postulates might happen in a very specific set of circumstances. First in this hypothetical scenario, says Pachter, Xbox would be marked down to $99 after Xbox 360 launches. In response, Sony would drop the price of PS2 to $99. With these price points, Microsoft would continue taking a loss on Xbox whereas Sony would not on PS2, which costs less than $99 to manufacture. Another contributing factor might be Sony not having the capacity to meet PS3 demand in 2006, prompting them to wait until enough units could be manufactured. Finally, and most importantly, the decision would hedge on 360's initial performance. If 360 succeeds, Sony will want PS3 out as soon as possible, but if 360 suffers from poor sales and/or launch selection, Sony may want to coast on profitable PS2 sales as long as possible, considering their recent fiscal loss.

  • Wal-Mart Employees Claim 360 for $299

    [xbox]

    Apparently, employees of retail giant Wal-Mart have seen the final price point for Xbox 360, and they're claiming it's $299. These reports are of course unofficial and unconfirmed but also unsurprising. Analysts and news outlets have been speculating for months that the 360 would launch at that general price point to stay competitive with the likely more expensive PS3.

  • More Fake Revolution Renders

    [nintendo]

    As anyone would reasonably have expected, the recent supposed Nintendo "RS" "leaked" "photo" is in fact completely fake. First the Nintendo ON, and now this. Why is it that people on the internet seem to really want Nintendo's next console to be spherical in some way?

  • Resident Evil 5 Details Revealed

    [ps2] [xbox]
    In the most recent issue of the Japanese Famitsu Xbox magazine, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi let loose some pieces of information regarding the next-gen Resident Evil 5. As expected, the gameplay will be reminiscent of that of the acclaimed Resident Evil 4; apparently RE4 director Shinji Mikami received a lot of internal praise at Capcom for keeping the Resident Evil vibe intact while evolving the gameplay. Notably, Takeuchi praised Half-Life 2 and its seamless feel and also mentioned that RE5's gameplay will not be completely linear. The game will also run at 60fps rather than RE4's 30. The story will be a continuation of the main Resident Evil storyline rather than a side story.

    Though he did not indicate a release period for the game, Takeuchi did note that next-gen projects can easily take up to five years of development time. No further details will be released until next year, though the game is Capcom's current top priority.

  • Various Groups Bully Rockstar

    [ps2] [xbox]

    Hey, more Rockstar news. At least it's not about GTA this time. Various entities, including the UK's Bullying Online as well as infamous loudmouth attorney Jack Thompson, are already calling for the demise of Rockstar's schoolyard-simulator Bully. The game is not due to hit shelves for almost three months. The game puts the player in the roll of a schoolboy who stands up to bullies, rather than casting the player himself as a bully, as Thompson and Bullying Online probably assume. So, will Bully ship with Hot Coffee: Child Porn Edition? We'll have to wait and see.

  • Misc. Q&As/Features

    Interviews with Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka, in which details on the 360 version are covered, exist on 1UP and Game Informer.

    Rather oddly, Ubisoft interviews Q Entertainment's Tetsuya Mizuguchi by way of a press release. He talks about Lumines.

    IGN speaks with Treyarch creative director Christian Busic about Call of Duty: Big Red One.

    Gamasutra interviews Nippon Ichi's Jack Niida.

Misc. Media/Previews

Previews!
PS2

1UP has a brief preview but also new videos for SCEI's head-exploding Shadow of the Colossus. They also give impressions of Square Enix's Front Mission Online.GameSpot takes an early look at Square Enix's Heavy Metal Thunder, as well as Tecmo's Trapt. Game Informer previews Naughty Dog's Jak X: Combat Racing.

Xbox

IGN brings us a preview of SNK's King of Fighters '94 Re-bout and Samurai Showdown 5.

GameCube

IGN has some light impressions and many videos of Nintendo's Mario Superstar Baseball.

Portable

1UP takes an updated look at Backbone Entertainment's Death Jr. (PSP). IGN brings us news and screens of a GBA version of The Behemoth's Alien Hominid (GBA). They also have early news of Zen Studios' Flipper Critters (DS), which is apparently searching for a publisher. GameSpot has impressions of Tecmo's appealing Tokobot (PSP).

Multi

IGN brings us a preview of Quantic Dream's Indigo Prophecy (formerly Fahrenheit) (PS2, Xbox). GameSpot previews NHL 06 (PS2, Xbox, GCN, PC). They also have a preview of Radical Entertainment's The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS2, Xbox, GCN). Finally, 1UP has a preview of Bandai's One Piece: Grand Battle (PS2, GCN).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Ghosts and Goblins for the NES. "Great sidescroller where you were naked a lot of the time. What else is there?" (submitted by [fry])

From The Chatty

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    August 2, 2005 8:02 PM

    . . . will Bully ship with Hot Coffee: Child Porn Edition?

    lolled.

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      August 2, 2005 8:22 PM

      Hot Apple Juice.

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        August 2, 2005 8:32 PM

        "You don't drink apple juice, you drink orange juice." "Why?" "'Cause this is junior high."

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      August 2, 2005 8:35 PM

      Hot Chocolate?

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      August 3, 2005 12:15 PM

      I hope they include a 'hot coffee' powerup drink that sends your kid hyper. Would be a nice touch.