Category: PS2

FIFA 13 announced, promises major changes

FIFA_13Not wasting any time, EA has announced FIFA 13, the next release in the annual football franchise. And this time they’re offering a “revolutionary set of game-changing innovations.”

So, what does this hyperbole translate to? First off, the AI has been improved. They’ve also enhanced the dribbling system and have redone the Player Impact Engine. The career mode has also had some “major changes” in response to fan feedback.

The game is coming out on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii, PSP, PS2 (!), 3DS, iOS, and other mobile platforms. It will also support Kinect and PlayStation Move.

Sony wants Team ICO HD remake as well

shadow_of_the_colossus2bEver since we got to experience Kratos’s first two adventures in high-definition, there have been rumors of HD remakes of other PlayStation franchises which Sony has confirmed. Now, Joystiq reports that Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios President, is aware of the outcry for Team ICO’s games to be collected in a HD collection.

"As soon as we released God of War in an HD collection, there were people that were giving us suggestions," he said. "And ICO and Shadow of the Colossus is on the top of the list. And we are very aware and we want to see and play it in HD with a better framerate as well, so that’s something we are very, very aware of."

That’s a long way off, though. Sly Cooper Collection, the next HD remake, is due out this November.

G-Force Game Announced

Not just any force of guinea pigs is headed our way, as Disney Interactive Studios today announced that they have enlisted an elite force of guinea pigs to star in the upcoming G-Force video game, inspired by the forthcoming Walt Disney film.

Scheduled for release this July on PC, PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, DS and Wii, the action-platform game has guinea pigs use high-tech gadgets and specialized talents to complete dangerous missions. Here’s the scoop:

Players control Darwin, the G-Force team leader, and housefly surveillance commando Mooch. Darwin and Mooch team up with the rest of G-Force to use their unique high-tech gadgets, stealth mastery, and pint-sized teamwork to save the world from a robot army of evil household appliances. G-Force features innovative gameplay with a unique sense of scale and puzzle solving that requires players to manipulate environments or enemies, including evil household appliances like waffle irons, water coolers and vacuum cleaners to complete their mission.

It is being developed by Eurocom, while the DS and PSP versions are being handled by Keen Games.

Rock Band Earns $1B in America

MTV Games and EA today announced that the Rock Band franchise has officially surpassed $1 billion in North American retail sales in 15 months, citing figures by the NPD Group. In addition, over 40 million paid individual songs have been sold via download through the online platform; there are a total of 600 songs available in the catalog.

Rock Band was launched back in November 20, 2007 and has sold millions of units. Its sequel was released earlier last year and built upon the original. The franchise is the first to start full album downloads on PS3 and Xbox 360, which quite a few bands have taken advantage of, including Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Megadeth and Rush.

Alyssa Milano is Love Interest in Ghostbusters

Atari today announced that Alyssa Milano will be the new love interest in the forthcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game. She is best known for her roles in “Melrose Place”, “Charmed” and “My Name is Earl”. Milano joins members of the original cast from the Ghostbusters movies.

Her character will be courted by none other than Bill Murray’s character, Dr. Peter Venkman, who will be going after Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, who is described as a “smart and sassy archaeologist”.

In the game, Milano’s character, Ilyssa Selwyn, is an expert in Sumerian and pre-Sumerian cultures and is visiting New York City as guest curator for the highly anticipated ‘World of Gozer’ exhibition opening in 1991 at the Natural History Museum. In the story line, Gozerian mythology has attracted a wide popular following since the still-unexplained events and attacks that occurred in the city in 1984. Ilyssa is working late at the museum the night before the opening when a cataclysmic force is unleashed and summons an ancient enemy back to New York City. Strange events continue to erupt around her: what secret does she know? It’s up to the Ghostbusters to help Ilyssa find the key and stop the forces of evil that threaten the balance of the universe. That’s if they can keep Peter Venkman from hitting on her every three minutes.

The game is due out in North America on June 16 and worldwide on June 19 to coincide with the 25th anniversary celebration of the film’s original theatrical release. It will be available on PS3, PS2, Wii, DS and Xbox 360.

Devil May Cry Ships 10M Copies

Capcom’s good luck continues, as the publisher and developer has announced that the Devil May Cry franchise has shipped ten million copies.

The series made its debut on the PS2 back in 2001 – the latest sequel hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It should be pointed out that Devil May Cry 4 set a series record by shipping some 2.2 million copies worldwide.

Series creator Hideki Kamiya is no longer working at Capcom, though. He joined up with several other Capcom superstars at Platinum Games where he is working on a DMC-esque action title called Bayonetta.

Traveler’s Tales Working on Two New Lego Games

Long rumored to be in production, Traveler’s Tales is now confirmed to be working on two new Lego games – Lego Harry Potter and Lego Indiana Jones 2. This comes from a staff member at the studio, who revealed it through her online CV, though the post is no longer there.

She also notes that they had worked on a demo to pitch to Peter Jackson for a game based on the upcoming Hobbit films, due out in 2012.

The studio is also known to be working on Lego Battles for release on the DS this year.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Announced, Screenshots

EA today announced Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, the latest in the best-selling golf video game franchise. The game offers the US open, a USGA championship, and the USGA’s Rules of Golf for the first time in franchise history, besides the usual – improved graphics, gameplay, etc.

“No player has elevated the game of golf more than Tiger Woods and we celebrate his return with a game that recreates the atmosphere of the PGA TOUR like never before,” said executive producer Mike Taramykin. “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 continues the long-standing tradition of providing an authentic golf experience that is accessible to skilled and casual gamers alike.”


Also a first for the series will be real-time weather being reflected on every course. There will also be a television broadcast style presentation, which includes instantaneous updates and a new announce team of ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman.

The game will be available on PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii later this year.

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