Gaming News June 2007

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Don’t judge consoles by launch software, says Harrison
GamesIndustry.biz :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Sony’s Phil Harrison has warned that it’s “dangerous” to make predictions about the success of a console based on the software released for it at launch.

Panellists announced for Develop quiz show
GamesIndustry.biz :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
This year’s guest panelists have been announced for Never Mind the Polygons, a lively panel and game show discussion of development issues held during the Develop conference.

Acclaim to offer disk versions of online games
GamesIndustry.biz :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Acclaim Games is partnering with SwiftCD.com to offer physical delivery of Acclaim’s multiplayer online games which were previously available only via download.

German officials demand Darkness changes
GamesIndustry.biz :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Officials in Germany have demanded that 2K Games make changes to their game The Darkness before it can be released in their country.

Game Scoop! Ep. 40
IGN :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
A musical salute to Super Rub-a-Dub.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Review
IGN :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)Ryu slices and dices his way onto the PlayStation 3. Find out if he survives the journey.

Game of the Month: June 2007
IGN :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
It was a close race in one of the PS3’s best months so far.

Rainbow Six Vegas Black Edition Map Pack Update
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Today we have learned that Ubisoft’s original intent was to release the Black Edition pack for FREE later this month.

EXCLUSIVE Final HalfLife 2 Orange Box Art
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Remember that ugly Orange Box cover? Well, it wasn’t the final design. We have the final box art for the Xbox 360 version of the Orange Box.

New Condemned 2 Bloodshot Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Don’t watch these before going to bed…

Medal of Honor Airborne Go Anywhere Trailer
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Once you jump out of the c47 in Medal of Honor Airborne, you can land anywhere!

HalfLife 2 The Orange Box E3 Montage
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Take a look at gameplay from each other games including HalfLife 2 Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal in HD!

All Pro Football 2K8 Trailer
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Imagine Rice, Unitas, Butkus, and Singletary. In their prime, on the samefield, or maybe even the same team. Now imagine the best gridiron game coming back for more. Imagine Football Resurrected. This is All Pro Football 2K8.

Eternal Sonata Trailer
Team Xbox :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
The trailer highlights the game’s unique action/RPG combat system, and introduces gamers to a world where the visuals are as vibrant and detailed as the moving storyline.

Urnot Wrex in Mass Effect
Xbox 360 Games :: Saturday, June 30, 2007
The Mass Effect official web site has been updated to shed a bit more light on the Krogan’s background and their history in the galaxy.

The Darkness Xbox 360 Review
Tweak Town :: Friday, June 29, 2007
TTGamer have today posted a review of The Darkness for the Xbox 360. Combining unique gameplay with an interesting storyline, this is one game any FPS fan should check out.

Infernal PC Game Review
Gamepyre :: Friday, June 29, 2007
This game can be run just fine on a mid range system, but you’d miss out on the graphics. Unfortunately, the graphics are a bulk of what this game has going for it. This game looks every bit as good as games like Rainbow Six Vegas, but that’s just to trick you. Past the pretty wrapper you find out what this game really is, and that is just an incredibly repetitive shooter with a pretty lame gimmick. Don’t get me wrong, the ability to take people’s souls into yourself to gain your evil power is pretty cool, but being forced to do it to a room of fallen enemies can get boring as hell. I really wanted to enjoy this title going into it, and I tried very hard to, but for someone like me, graphics do not make the game. I need a game with a solid gameplay concept, and usually a good story to go along with it.

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (PC) preview
YouGamers :: Friday, June 29, 2007
“Order of the Phoenix is graphically capable. The soft shadows and world lighting add to the atmosphere, and each spell has a unique effect. Odd, though, was the dearth of resolution options. Aside from the lowly 640×480, common PC resolutions such as 1024×768 and 1280×1024 are omitted. In their place are four common widescreen HDTV resolutions such as 1280×768. Can’t the PC get a little love with an Xbox 360-to-PC port?”

Saling The World: Zelda, More Brain Training Top DS Charts
Gamasutra Columns :: Friday, June 29, 2007
This week’s Saling The World sales charts feature strong debuts for the DS’ Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei and More Brain Training from Dr. Kawashima, while Lumines receives an unexpected worldwide boost in popularity thanks to a related PSP hardware exploit.

Ubisoft pulls DS game over offensive content
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Ubisoft is pulling DS game Mind Quiz off the market due to comments in the game which have been labelled as offensive.

Sony updates PSP firmware to combat hackers
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Sony has updated PlayStation Portable firmware to version 3.51 after hackers found a way to bypass security in its most recent update and downgrade firmware.

Capcom “actively pursuing” overseas acquisitions
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Capcom has revealed that as part of its expansion plans outside of Japan, it is currently “actively pursuing” partnerships and acquisitions.

Electronic Arts’ UK market share doubled nearest rival in ’06
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Electronic Arts’ market share in the UK was almost 21 per cent in 2006, more than double that of nearest competitor THQ, according to official Chart Track data.


Warner delays dual-format HD disc
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Warner Home Video is said to be pushing back the release of its Total HD dual-format disc until next year, according to VideoBusiness.com.

Sony: PlayStation 3 outselling Wii and 360 in Australia
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Michael Ephraim of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has said that the PlayStation 3 has been outselling the Wii and Xbox 360 in the region almost every week since launch.

Rockstar “proud” of Manhunt 2
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
In a message of thanks issued to its supporters, Rockstar has defended controversial title Manhunt 2 and argued that games should be judged in the same way as other forms of media.

More DS units sold in Japan than all other hardware combined
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Media Create has released hardware sales figures for the week ending June 24, revealing that the Nintendo DS is still far and away the best selling games system in Japan.

In-game ads can be “double-edged sword”, says analyst
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Following up on his report forecasting game advertising to exceed USD 2 billion by 2012, Yuanzhe Cai spoke to GamesIndustryabout the potential consumer response to in-game advertising.

Few console owners using multimedia capabilities, says study
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
According to the Diffusion Group, while 80 per cent of US households own game consoles capable of DVD playback, only 30 per cent were aware of that fact and only 13 per cent of gamers are using them for that purpose.

Game advertising to exceed $2 billion by 2012 – report
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
A report from Parks Associates research and analysis forecasts that game advertising spending in the US will increase from USD 370 million in 2006 to over USB 2 billion by the year 2012.

Nearly 40,000 Americans working in game industry, says new study
GamesIndustry.biz :: Friday, June 29, 2007
A new study from the CMP Game Group has determined that there are more than 39,700 professionals developing or publishing games across the US and 8,100 within Canada.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune UK Preview
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)We get some rough and tumble in the jungle with Naughty Dog’s beard-y Lara.

Go! Puzzle Review
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Go! Puzzle (PS3)Swizzle vs. Scraper — Fight!

Heavenly Sword Developer Diary
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Heavenly Sword (PS3)Producer Mat Hart kicks off the official Ninja Theory Heavenly Sword blog.

NBA Live 08: Own the Paint
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
NBA Live 08 (PS3)Bodies will be bang this fall.

Civ Revolution Trailer
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Civilization Revolution (PS3)Get your first look at the console Civilization title.

Civilization Revolution Artwork
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Civilization Revolution (PS3)Get a feel for the game’s style.

Consoles, Handhelds Become Civilized
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Civilization Revolution (PS3)Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution is the game he’s “always wanted to make.”

Pre-E3 2007: Condemned 2 Developer Interview
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Condemned 2: Bloodshot (PS3)Monolith tells us what to expect at the big show and beyond.

PS3 Firmware Upgraded
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
AVC playback gets a kick in the pants.

Super Stardust Returns to North America
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Super Stardust HD (PS3)The remake of the classic shooter is awaiting download from the PlayStation Store.

PSN Update (06.28.07)
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
GTA trailer, Super Stardust HD and a Dynasty Warriors demo all on one day.

Madden NFL 08 Soundtrack Revealed
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Get ready to rock armchair quarterback style.

GTA IV: Looking for that Special Someone
IGN :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)We bust out the opinon baubles as Rockstar’s latest GTA IV trailer hits the ‘net.

Mass Effect Krogan Battle Master Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Concluding the series of Mass Effect Krogan profiles, we take a look at one of the most notorious Krogan, Urdnot Wrex.

Ace Combat 6 Fires of Liberation Dated
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
NAMCO BANDAI announced today the release date of its highly anticipated flight action title, Ace Combat 6 Fires of Liberation.

“Project Sylpheed” Briefing Engagement
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
We bring you a second “Project Sylpheed” Briefing, this time with the necessary data to engage the enemy.

Assassin’s Creed Box Art
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Ubisoft has released a box art for the UK version of Assassin’s Creed. This may end up being the box cover of the U.S. version.

Fans Submit More than 5,000 Ideas for FIFA 08
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
EA Sports FIFA Football fans have submitted more than 5,000 ideas and comments about the upcoming FIFA 08.

Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Friday, June 29, 2007
Sacred 2 Fallen Angel brings the fantasy world to life. Take a look at the latest Xbox 360 screens.