Gaming News April 2008

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Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator Review

Think Computers :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“The Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator headset is perfect for gamers of all types. This headset is geared towards gamers, but in my mind, is perfect for anyone looking for a quality headset with a quality microphone, especially those who use voice chat on the PC. Most of the headsets that I have had have been rather uncomfortable for extended periods of time, but the Razer Piranha is different; it provides comfort for extended periods of use. If you’re in the market for a new headset the Piranha is definitely something you should consider.”

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator Review
Big Bruin :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Gaming is where this headset shined. While the Piranha is not a surround sound headset, it did exhibit a great stereo environment. Using Call of Duty 4 as my latest game of choice, I put the Piranha through a long gaming session… I immediately noticed that there were a few details in my game I had been missing.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 – PSP Review
Gamepyre :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
First of all, the game excluded multiplayer mode, and although there are quite a few successful games that include single player mode only, a sports game will not be successful taking that approach. Most of my friends for example will not even glance at a sports game without multiplayer. Konami, further shot itself in the foot by jumping the gun and releasing Pro Evolution Soccer without proofreading the final product (the game has sections that do not function properly or at all, such as the unplayable penalty mode or the completely vestigial snow/dry environments.

HD DVD Fallout: Nukes 95pct of Toshiba’s Profits
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
[QUOTE] Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said its profit plummeted 95 percent in the January-March quarter due to costs of its exit from next-generation video HD DVD business.

In Japan, Toshiba said its profit fell to 1.25 billion yen ($12 million) in the January-March quarter from 26.17 billion yen a year earlier. Revenue fell 3 percent from a year earlier to 2.09 trillion yen ($20 billion).

“Our net profit sharply fell due to the end of (the) HD DVD business,” Toshiba spokeswoman Hiroko Mochida said. Most of the decline came from shutting down assembly lines and dealing with inventory, according to Toshiba. [/QUOTE]

Microsoft Lowers Price on Xbox 360 in 4 Asia Markets *Update*
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
[QUOTE] Microsoft today announced it is lowering the estimated retail price (ERP) for its Xbox 360 consoles in Singapore. At the new ERP of S$499 for the Pro version with 20GB hard drive (previously priced at $620), the Xbox 360 will give consumers more accessibility and opportunity to join the high octane world of interactive digital entertainment from Microsoft.

The prices of the Xbox 360 Arcade and Xbox 360 Elite will be lowered too. The Xbox 360 Arcade is now S$399 (previously $459) and the Xbox 360 Elite with 120 GB hard drive is now $699 (previously $799). [/QUOTE]

Update: Price dropped in Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea too … from money.cnn.com

GTA IV Released
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Well it’s past midnight in europe now so GTA IV is officially released! Here are some pictures of the retail copy I just got. For those who will buy the game … njoy and let’s hope LIVE will be able to handle the load this time and not too many Xbox360s will die ;)

MS CSR Changes Your Identity, Preventing You From Getting Your Xbox
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
From consumerist.com (http://consumerist.com/384354/microsoft-csr-changes-your-identity-preventing-you-from-getting-your-xbox ): [QUOTE] Bryan Carroll can’t pick up his repaired Xbox because Microsoft printed his name on the address label as “Brian Dyranerool.” After he scheduled a repair with a CSR in India, Bryan was assured that he would receive a shipping box within 3-5 days. After 6 days had passed, he contacted an apologetic supervisor who said she would simply email him a shipping label and send out a free wireless controller for his wasted time and trouble. However, the name on his shipping label read, “Brian Dryanerool.” He contacted Microsoft about the error and was told that the problem was corrected. The good news is that Bryan’s Xbox was repaired and shipped swiftly to a UPS customer center. The bad news is that his box was addressed to “Brian Dryanerool,” and he was not allowed to pick up the repaired Xbox. [/QUOTE] Full Story: consumerist.com (http://consumerist.com/384354/microsoft-csr-changes-your-identity-preventing-you-from-getting-your-xbox )

Which Version Of GTA IV Should You Buy?
Xbox Scene :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
From kotaku.com.au (http://www.kotaku.com.au/games/2008/04/which_version_of_gta_iv_should_you_buy_we_compare_the_ps3_and_360_versions-2.html ): [QUOTE] The good news for Grand Theft Auto fans is that whatever platform you have chosen as your own, GTA IV excels on both. They are almost evenly matched, feature for feature. Gamers will have to decide which is more important to them, a slightly more technically sound experience on the PlayStation 3 or downloadable content and Xbox Live integration on the Xbox 360. If this were a personal decision, I’d have chosen the PlayStation 3 edition, mostly based on my preference for the DualShock controller and the performance edge. However, one thing that we have yet to experience is how well the PlayStation Network will handle the online portions of GTA IV, an extremely important consideration. I place less of an emphasis on features like Achievements and Gamerscore, but appreciate how well crafted and important these features are to others. In the end, each version stands on its own, with the only downside to the differences being that those invested in their particularly backed console will expend so much effort focusing on something far less important than the game itself. [/QUOTE] Full Story: kotaku.com.au (http://www.kotaku.com.au/games/2008/04/which_version_of_gta_iv_should_you_buy_we_compare_the_ps3_and_360_versions-2.html )


Release This: Grand Theft Auto IV, Mario Kart Wii Premiere Stateside
Gamasutra Columns :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Release This!” examines a week that brings Mario Kart Wii to retail stores in the United States, as Grand Theft Auto IV sees a simultaneous release in North America and the UK.

Saling The World: The World Ends With You, Persona 3 FES Top Sales in U.S. Debut Week
Gamasutra Columns :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Gamasutra’s latest “Saling The World” charts find Square Enix’s The World Ends With You leading North American Nintendo DS software sales, as Persona 3 FES takes top honors on the PlayStation 2.

Grand Theft Auto™ IV
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko Bellic fresh off the boat from Europe, it is the hope he can escape his past. For his cousin, Roman, it is the vision that together they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and get dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them and a living nightmare for those who don’t. Grand Theft Auto™ IV Special Edition also available.

Grand Theft Auto™ IV: Special Edition
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Grand Theft Auto™ IV: Special Edition will be presented in a customized Grand Theft Auto metal safety deposit box. The box will contain: Grand Theft Auto IV with special packaging The Grand Theft Auto IV Art Book, featuring never-before-seen production artwork from Grand Theft Auto IV Selected soundtrack CD from Grand Theft Auto IV, featuring new material from top artists, only available on this release An exclusive Rockstar keychain for the safety deposit box keys Completing the collection is a limited edition Rockstar duffel bag

SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
SNK brings a collection of classic arcade games to the PlayStation®2.

SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
SNK brings a collection of classic arcade games to the PSP® system.

NBA Ballers: Chosen One
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
NBA Ballers: Chosen One is a unique fantasy basketball entertainment experience featuring one-on-one and two-on-two action with the NBA’s elite players. More than 65 of the NBA’s top superstar athletes come to life as the NBA Ballers franchise continues its legacy as the graphical leader in the sports videogame industry. NBA Ballers: Chosen One will put players up-close and into the action with new “action movie” style game cameras that highlight every move.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story–witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students’ struggle to find meaning in their new lives.

Riding Star
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baroque
Sony Games :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Dark, challenging, and wholly immersive, Baroque is a pure hardcore RPG experience. Intense gameplay comes together with perverse creatures and a haunting musical score to create an addictive dungeon crawling experience that has earned Baroque a devout fan following. A cataclysm has destroyed the empires of Man, and it falls to you to fight your way down through the levels of the Neuro Tower in search of absolution. You will find death in the depths, yet learn that death is not the end of the story; in the twisted world of Baroque, it is only the beginning.

Xbox 360 at the Sasquatch Music Festival
Xbox Live :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Xbox 360 is a proud sponsor of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, and aside from the great music and comedy performers, we’re providing attendees the opportunity to party like a real rock star.