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Age of Zombies Review

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by Alex Rubens Mar 8, 2010 10:42 PM CST
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Age of Zombies is a PSP/PS3 Mini developed by Halfbrick Studios in which the player embarks on an adventure through time as Barry Steakfries. (more...)

Sony: PSP to See ‘Big, Big Titles’ This Year

by Tyler Treat Feb 20, 2010 4:27 PM CST
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The PSP hasn't exactly been the most steady platform in the industry, especially with the outright miserable launch the PSPgo experienced. Industry Gamers recently spoke with SCEA Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Rob Dyer, about the current state of the PSP and what Sony is planning to do about it. Dyer explains how piracy has really hurt the PSP but says that they are addressing it. He also promises that "big" games will be coming to the platform this year.

"I think we had a great lineup last year. The biggest problem that plagued PSP was piracy; we have not been able to slow that down," said Dyer. "We think we have some answers going forward, but we're not ready to talk about that publicly at this point. So we're working on fixing that, because that's been a big problem. Publishers, when they put out good games, are not getting the same sales results that they got a few years back. So piracy's been a big issue and we're working on that very diligently to bring about some solutions.

"That said, we still have a very robust lineup this year from third parties on the PSP, starting with Metal Gear Peace Walker," he continued. "I won't go through the whole lineup because I want our third-party partners to make those announcements, but there are some big, big titles coming out this year and you'll see those announcements at GDC, DPS (Destination PlayStation) or E3. We're into the sixth year now on the platform, and that's a long time for a handheld. I think given where we're at right now, we're doing very, very well. But yes, the business has had problems and I think it all stems, candidly, from the piracy."

[via TVGB]

Halfbrick Announces Rocket Racing PS3/PSP Mini Out Later This Month

by Alex Rubens Feb 11, 2010 12:00 AM CST
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Halfbrick Studios have just announced Rocket Racing, a PS3 and PSP Mini that sets players atop raceways up high in the sky. The game has three main modes: Challenge Mode, Grand Prix, and Party Mode. Challenge Mode offers a variety of racing and skill based challenges that the player must complete, while Grand Prix pits players agains multiple AI-controlled opponents, and Party Mode allows players to switch off and pass around the controller attempting to break each others high score, fastest time, etc.

Rocket Racing will be released for the Playstation 3 and PSP minis via Playstation Network for $4.99 later this month.

ModNation Racers Confirmed for PSP

by Tyler Treat Feb 5, 2010 11:17 AM CST
filed under handhelds, news, psp

Sony has confirmed that ModNation Racers will be landing on both the PS3 and PSP. The PSP version will contain all of the same features as its PS3 counterpart as well as six-player multiplayer both ad-hoc and online.

The PS3 version was slated for a release sometime this year, and it looks like the PSP edition will be releasing alongside it.

Sony is Happy About the iPad

by Tyler Treat Jan 30, 2010 2:15 PM CST
filed under handhelds, ipad, iphone, ipod, psp, sony

The iPad presents new opportunities for mobile game developers, so one might wonder if it has any impact on handheld gaming devices such as Sony's PSP or Nintendo's DS. According to Sony, Apple's entrance into mobile gaming has actually benefitted them.

"Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony," said Sony's John Koller, Director Hardware Marketing. "When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP."

So basically they're saying when people get bored of the iPhone or iPad, they'll come to the PSP. That's quite some amazing spin Sony has managed to put on that.

[via Kotaku]

God of War Almost Got a Side-scroller

by Tyler Treat Jan 25, 2010 9:42 PM CST
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PSP developer Ready at Dawn revealed to Industry Gamers its plan, which was later scrapped, to bring the mega-hit franchise God of War into the two-dimensional world.

"There were early discussions of making Chains of Olympus a side-scroller rather than 3D in case the experience couldn't be fully realized on a handheld," said lead level designer Dana Jan. "This really fueled us to prove that it could be done."

Fortunately for PSP gamers, Chains of Olympus took the 3D route, and it ended up being a wonderfully crafted title. "Games like God of War don’t usually translate well when they are brought to handhelds," added Jan. "The gameplay, graphics, animation, sound, etc. have a tendency to 'differ' from their console counterparts.

"We knew from the beginning that God of War had a distinct visual style and an epic scale that had to be recreated on the PSP in order to do the franchise justice. With God of War 2 hitting shelves prior to Chains of Olympus, it quickly became evident that we had an even higher standard to hit with the visuals. It took us some time to reverse engineer the many components that make up the look (it's deceptively complex). The art department faced the huge challenge of fitting all the animation, textures, geometry, and FX into a fraction of the memory available on the PS2. They also had the task of creating expansive environments with incredible detail and many one-off visual set pieces. The God of War franchise was a great opportunity to push ourselves and our technology as much as the PSP hardware."

New Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Info

by Evan Volmering Jan 21, 2010 9:34 AM CST
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Konami has revealed a few new tidbits about the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, set to release this May for the PSP.

The first major reveal is the Mother Base offshore plant, which acts as a hub for items and personnel collected within the game. During the course of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, players can recruit felled adversaries and transport them to the Mother Base sea rig by using the Fulton Recovery System. Recruited soldiers each have unique attributes that allow them to support Snake and other characters in a variety of ways. By gathering more staff, players will be able to expand Mother Base and gain access to new functions. Mother Base also acts as a development area for Snake, where weapons can be upgraded or collated information used to create all-new armaments.

Peacewalker also introduces new AI Weapons – giant unmanned behemoths that Snake must overcome to complete his mission. These include hover, airborne, and tank-style vehicles. Each AI Weapon can talk and even sing during battle using VOCALOID technology, hinting at a surprising level of intelligence and a deeper role in the game’s intricate plot.

Kojima Productions has also confirmed the game will boast extensive multi-player elements, allowing four-player co-operative missions and a 3 vs 3 battle royale, wherein six players can form teams and engage in huge linked battles via the Sony handheld’s Ad Hoc capabilities. Players may also perform CPR on felled colleagues. Further details will be released shortly.

New Metal Slug XX Trailer

by Evan Volmering Jan 11, 2010 4:13 PM CST
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Kid Gets PSP for Christmas, Comes with Free Penis

by Evan Volmering Jan 4, 2010 6:51 PM CST
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Kade Goodman, a ten-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, received a PSP this Christmas from his father. Unfortunately, some prankster decided to show off his short-comings by taking a picture of his penis and setting it as the system's background.

It was discovered shortly after Kaden's brother, who is 13, unwrapped the gift and showed it to his father who became quite angry after trying unsuccessfully to remove the offending image. So, who's to blame (other than the prick who put his on there)? CD Tradepost, who had neglected to check the used system before putting it out for retail.

Thankfully, the store was able to remove the image and gave Kaden a free PSP game.

The Top 5 PSP Games Released in 2009

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by Josh Tan Jan 3, 2010 7:25 PM CST
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2009 was a good year for the PSP, at least compared to its previous years, to me 2009 gave the PSP the kick in the crotch it needed software wise. So for those who want to compare lists or find great games they missed out, the top PSP games of 09:

1. Final Fantasy Dissidia

2. LittleBigPlanet

3. Resistance Reribution

4. Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days

5.Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Honorable Mentions: Tekken 6, Half Minute Hero, Pixel Junk Monsters Deluxe, Motorstorm Arctic Edge

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