It's only been a few days since we had our first Skate experience. But we're still thinking about it, still hearing the clack-clack-clack of wheels on concrete, even as we sit here attempting to forge words into meaningful sentences. Activision's venerable Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series certainly pushed its own boundaries with the enjoyable Project 8, but Skate is something altogether different.
In fact, Tony's button mashing franchise isn't even on the same map as Electronic Art's fresh new
Discussion and reaction to Sony's recently-announced PlayStation Home has been rampant at the Games Developers Conference, with most excited and dying to dive into Sony's virtual world, while others are skeptical whether the service goes deep enough (mostly Nintendo and Microsoft employees).
We roamed the GDC halls to get a quick reaction to the PS3 Second Life-alike, and here's what our victims had to say...
Cliff Bleszinski, lead designer, Epic Games:
"I think PlayStation Home is very
Following Sony's much-discussed PlayStation Home announcement earlier this week, Microsoft's Chris Satchell has talked down the service saying that it's "not a very game-centric approach."
The general manager of Microsoft's Game Developer Group told CVG this afternoon: "I think they've definitely taken some concepts that we originated like Achievements, but I think they're pushing in a different direction and we've sort of fundamentally got two different approaches going on here."
Phil Harrison has been speaking at GDC about the lack of third-party exclusive titles for PS3, saying that they will be easier to secure once PS3's install base grows.
Speaking to various bloggers at the conference, Harrison said, "I don't think PS3 has the install base to support Rockstar's investment in GTA IV on its own." And if you think about it he's pretty much right on the
Following Sony's announcement of its new online community software, PS Home, Nintendo has gone on the offensive, deeming the service "an example of Sony's 'Mii-too' approach."
When asked of the company's thoughts on Sony's online plans, Nintendo said: "This is an example of Sony's "Mii-too" approach. But as Mr. Miyamoto states, Nintendo years ago considered and rejected the type of approach Sony is now taking," presumably referring to creating a virtual online world.
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Following Sony's keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Phil Harrison was very much the man of the hour. Leveling a one-two punch at Sony's competitors in the form of avatar-driven service Home and free-form spectacular LittleBigPlanet, Harrison - president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios - earned a thunderous ovation from the hundreds of game developers and journalists in attendance.
Hot off the success of the keynote, Harrison sat down with
EA expects Sony's dominance of the videogame market to slip in the current hardware war, but expects PS3 to still come out on top.
Speaking at an investor conference hosted by Morgan Stanley in the US, Probst said, "We expect that there will be a more level playing field this time around than last time. I think the issue is that (the PS3 is) expensive." He also added the high price should not be a surprise to anyone as Sony said it would cost $600 at last year's E3.
All eyes are on March 23
Lightsaber-loving Star Wars fans looking forward to the impressive physics-based Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will have longer to wait than expected.
Despite being officially confirmed for a November 2007 release, the game's website now deems the game's availability as "TBD," with it now expected to arrive in
Sony is open to releasing a redesigned version of PS3's Sixaxis controller, according to Sony America president Jack Tretton, but it's possible that changes made in the US would not appear elsewhere, as Sony moves to a regional approach to its peripheral production.
"We used to have a narrow approach to controllers. But now we're moving to a regional approach. You will see peripherals coming from Sony Computer Entertainment America that will address the interests of the U.S. consumer," Tretton
Sega is running a poll on its website asking what game or character you would most like to see return.
The choices you're given are:
Streets of Rage
Samba de Amigo