Gaming News May 2007

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LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga Announced
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
LucasArts and TT Games celebrated today the 30th anniversary of the classic movie series that spans generations with the announcement of LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga.

Lionhead Video Diary Episode One
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Episode One of the Lionhead video diaries will debut on the official Lionhead Studios Website and Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Watch it right here!

Colin McRae DIRT Demo Available
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Codemasters launches the Colin McRae DIRT playable demo, now available to download from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Hour of Victory Demo to Go Live Next Week
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Midway’s highly anticipated World War II FPS title, Hour of Victory, will be live and playable for the first time next week via Xbox Live Marketplace. More info inside.

Ronaldinho Headlines FIFA 08’s Lineup of Superstars
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
EA announced today that twotime FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho will headline a global lineup of superstar athletes to be featured on the front packs of FIFA 08

Nintendo We’ll Sell 35 Million Wiis in the U.S. by 2012
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Nintendo revealed it expects to sell as many as 35 million Wii consoles in the U.S. by 2012.

GameStop Reports Best Ever First Quarter Results
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
GameStop Corp. announced today that its quarterly profit more than doubled, boosted by strong sales of interactive video game consoles.

Madden NFL 08 Fans to Rock with Ozzy Osbourne
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
EA announced today that the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 08 ingame soundtrack will feature Ozzy Osbournes I Dont Wanna Stop single.

CGS Announces First Six Franchise Cities
Team Xbox :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
The Championship Gaming Series (CGS), the first worldwide professional gaming league, announced today the first six franchise cities.

Ubisoft Announces Splinter Cell Conviction
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Ubisoft announced that it is developing Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction exclusively for Xbox 360™ and for Windows® PC. The fifth episode of the Splinter Cell franchise is being developed entirely by Ubisoft’s award-winning Montreal studio and is scheduled to launch fall 2007.

Forza 2 Released, Wireless Racing Wheel Price Drop Announced
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Forza Motorsport 2 will speed onto U.S. retail shelves Tuesday, May 29, and that the price of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel in the U.S. has been lowered to $129.99.

First Fable 2 Video Diary Released
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Episode One of the Lionhead video diaries for Fable 2 is now available on the official Lionhead Studios Website and Xbox LIVE Marketplace, kicking off an ongoing series of video diaries with the Fable 2 team, including Peter Molyneux.

Treit & True: A Word Between Halo 3 Marathons
Xbox 360 Games :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Ryan takes a breather from the Halo 3 beta madness to offer up impressions and insights.

Wireless Racing Wheel Price Drop Announced
Xbox Hardware :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the price of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel in the U.S. has been lowered to $129.99.

New NBA STREET Homecourt Downloads
Xbox Live Marketplace :: Thursday, May 24, 2007
To keep your game fresh, we’ve added lots of free and premium content to Marketplace, now available for NBA STREET Homecourt. Defend your turf with new characters, shoes, and outfits, or grab some brand new courts to show off your game.

Test Drive Unlimited PC Review
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
TTGamer have posted a review of Test Drive Unlimited for the PC. Months have passed by since the Xbox 360 release in 2006, but even so, the PC version hasn’t managed to iron out all its kinks.

Third Life: The line blurs between virutal and reality
Bonafide Reviews :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Virtual Worlds.You’ve probably all seen them before in science fiction in comics. Worlds where jacking in via VR helmet or Neuro Implant send us to some fantastical internet life separate from our real one. It’s quite a dream that’s for sure, except it might not be as much of a dream as we once thought. Though we are decades away from “The Matrix” and gladly so, virtual worlds have existed for sometime now, and are evolving day by day.

Circus Empire Now Shipping
Enlight Interactive :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
World’s First 3D Circus Simulation Now Available to Ringmasters Everywhere

Steam Surpasses 13 Million Accounts
Valve Software :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Becomes a Leading Destination for Millions of Gamers Worldwide

Profits soar for GameStop
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
GameStop has recorded profits of USD 24.7 million (EUR 18.3m), a rise of 111 per cent, and sales of USD 1.28 billion (EUR 949m), up 23 per cent, for the first quarter of 2007.

IGA signs ad deal with Artix
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
In-game advertising network IGA has announced an exclusive agreement with casual gaming company Artix to supply its titles Adventure Quest, Dragon Fable and Battalion Minigames with advertising.

PSP gets video, voice calls and messaging
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sony has signed a four year contract with BT to offer video calls, voice calls and messaging to the PSP.


EVE Online boss questions glut of fantasy MMOs
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
EVE Online boss Hilmar Veigar Petursson has questioned developers that create World of Warcraft clones, suggesting there are plenty of other genres to exploit.

Denki launches on DirecTV
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Dundee-based casual game developer Denki has struck a deal with American satellite TV giant DirecTV to feature its games on its interactive TV service.

Euro Charts: God of War II conquers top ten
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sony’s PlayStation 2 sequel God of War II has taken the top two spots in the Spanish all-formats charts, while also recording strong sales in Italy.

Nintendo bucks seasonal sales trend, says Fils-Aime
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Nintendo claims that its new hardware is managing to break the traditional videogame sales cycle where top titles only sell well during busy holiday periods.

CMP announces consumer-focused PC event
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
CMP has announced a dedicated event targeting PC gaming consumers with support from hardware manufacturers Dell and Alienware.

Nintendo expects to sell 35 million Wiis in US
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Full line-up announced for Hollywood and Games Summit
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The full line-up for this year’s Hollywood and Games Summit has been finalised, with film maker and videogame collaborator Clive Barker delivering the keynote speech.

Ubisoft announces Beowulf movie tie-in
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The conference which kicked off Ubisoft’s Ubidays event in Paris tonight ended with the announcement that the publisher is to produce a game based on new movie Beowulf.

“E3 is only for the US now,” says Ubisoft boss
GamesIndustry.biz :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Yves Guillemot kicked off the two-day Ubidays event in Paris tonight by telling the audience it is Ubisoft’s answer to E3 – which the publisher now considers to be “only for the US”.

Endwar: Real-Time Armageddon
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PS3)An exclusive interview with Ubisoft Shanghai on the war to end all wars.

Brothers In Arms Update
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3)We ride shotgun with Gearbox on Hell’s Highway.

Assassin’s Creed Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Assassin’s Creed (PS3)It aint easy being a fulltime killer…

Blazing Angels 2: First Look
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions (PS3)Ubi cranks up the excitometer on this WWII flyer.

Assassin’s Creed Trailer Impressions
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Assassin’s Creed (PS3)Ubisoft’s newest trailer unfortunately wasn’t all that new.

Haze Co-op Shots
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Haze (PS3)Be nice and play together.

No FFXIII This Year
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)Just in case you were still hoping.

1080p Upscaling for DVD on PS3
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Latest firmware update adds 1080p upscaling for PSone and PS2 games too.

Wireless Axes Confirmed for Guitar Hero III
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Guitar Hero III (PS3)First Guitar Hero III info: new tracks, guitars, online mulitplayer and more.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two Hands-On
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Half-Life 2: Orange Box (PS3)We face Gordon Freeman’s tough new enemy and (barely) live to tell about it.

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters In Need of a Spin-Off
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
These ten are tired of sitting on the sidelines.

Tom Clancy’s EndWar Trailer
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PS3)Tom Clancy blitzes the world of the future in the new title, EndWar.

Haze Preview
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Haze (PS3)Free Radical’s latest shooter has undergone some changes, and we have a feeling we haven’t seen all of them.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Review
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (PS3)We’re at wit’s end.

JoWood Announces Gothic 4
IGN Playstation 3 :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Gothic IV (PS3)Pluto 13 stripped of development privileges.

Tom Clancy’s EndWar Media
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
We have the latest screenshots and the first trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming RTS.

HAZE Media
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Haze, the new AAA shooter from Ubisoft and Free Radical, puts players in the boots of a new recruit in the privately run Mantel army.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
We bring you the first screenshots of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.

New Assassin’s Creed Screenshots
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Take a look at these new screenshots of Assassins Creed, the nextgen game developed by Ubisoft Montreal that will redefine the action genre.

Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 Media
Team Xbox :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Those mischievous bunnies are back! We bring you the first images and trailer of the sequel to Rayman Raving Rabbids.