Just because you couldn’t attend the all exclusive press events from the top three names in the industry doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. Big thanks go to E3Insider and Spike TV for providing the unfortunate public a look at the events. The videos are of the highlights instead of boring you with every single second of the event. These videos are great, because they focus on the most interesting parts of the events and provide a nice look on the inside to the general public. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could provide some goodies to really show the E3 experience? Check out the videos and tell us what you think. We will have our initial impressions of the big three soon.
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Microsoft has finally released an official press release to hype their X360. The company keeps referring to a “new era in entertainment”; stating that their new console will completely change gaming in general. Will the next Xbox really usher in a new era in gaming? Only time can tell, however, the answer lies in the software we’ll soon see.
Crave builds on highly successful brands and breaks ground in new markets
Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced its lineup for 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), to be held May 18-20, 2005 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Crave will showcase its titles at South Hall booth #996.
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer - PlayStation®2 and Xbox®
World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer, the follow up to one of the best selling titles for the first half of 2005, features 7 of the world’s top poker pros including Howard Lederer, Greg Raymer, Paul Darden, Robert Williamson III, Clonie Gowen, Amir Vahidi, Annie Duke, and Matt Savage. Additionally, WCP2 has a much more detailed one player game, where you now have to work their way up the ranks, starting in your mom’s basement. Once you start winning and accumulating money, you can spend your winnings on increasingly better pads, and furnishings. Hit a losing streak, and you may have to hock your stuff to stay in the game.
Exclusive to the PlayStation 2 version of World Championship Poker 2 is support for the EyeToyTM USB Camera (for PlayStation®2), which allows online opponents to see each other as they play, in addition to supporting text chat. The Xbox version of the game supports Xbox Live including Scoreboards, Voice/Chat and Live Aware.
Scheduled for release in Fall 2005, World Championship Poker 2: Featuring Howard Lederer will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox video game system from Microsoft with an MSRP of $19.99.
With the countdown to E3 at 2 weeks, more and more news will continue to come out regarding the event. The most recent news is Eidos has announced their slim 4 game main event line-up. The games being displayed will be Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, Hitman: Blood Money, 25 to Life and Commandos Strike Force. Personally, I’m mainly looking forward to Hitman, with the others being secondary. The Hitman series has always been an entertaining one, with just the right amount of difficulty. The most recent Tomb Raider game was a disappointment, and the series can only go so far based off of Lara Croft’s figure. The game that will be interesting to see is 25 to Life. This was on display at E3 last year and it attracted a lot of attention. The game is mainly for online play for up to 16 players to attack and defend. The basic premise is you can either be a thug/gangsta/bad ass, or you could be every bad guys nightmare, a cop. It’s a modern day cops and robbers game which seems pretty interesting.
“E3 2005 marks the unveiling of the latest installments of three of the industry’s most successful franchises in addition to a first glimpse of two of the most iconic characters, Lara Croft and Agent 47,” said Paul Baldwin, Vice President of Marketing, Eidos. “The Tomb Raider, Hitman and Commandos franchises make highly anticipated returns featuring new engines and dramatically enhanced gameplay features. Additionally, Eidos will be presenting 25 To Life the first to market urban shooter featuring timeless Cops and Robbers gameplay.”
If you were still on the fence about whether that Xbox 360 logo we posted was actually something Microsoft has been considering, check out their press invitation for their E3 press briefing. It it about the size of a CD case, with the front featuring a mirrored background with the multiple green circles. The difference here is that there are about three times as many circles than were in the logo. This thing is so cool that I hope it isn’t something that needs to be turned in to gain access to the Xbox 360 E3 show. Of course, if I do have to part with it to get in, I will do so with glee.
The man who has been a huge part of Nintendo’s history, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has announced that he plans to retire from his management position within the company on June 29th. It is he who led Nintendo into the video game business in the 1970’s, however, in recent years he was lambasted by gaming fans for some of the decisions Nintendo made, including using cartridges with the Nintendo 64. In 2002, Yamauchi stepped out of his role as Nintendo President, allowing Satoru Iwata to step into the role. Yamauchi plans to migrate into a consultant role with Nintendo.
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Sony Europe announced today that the PSP will be released on September 1, 2005. Similarly to the United States release, the European PSP will only be available in a Value Pack bundle, however the Spider-Man 2 UMD will not be included in the box. Instead, Europeans will need to register their PSP online to score Spider-Man 2.
“PlayStation Portable will revolutionise portable entertainment, giving users the freedom to play full 3D games, watch movies, listen to music and connect wirelessly on their terms, wherever and whenever they wish to do so,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “More than ever, today’s consumer demands access to their personal entertainment outside the home, without compromising quality. With more than 100 PlayStation Portable game titles currently in development worldwide, and the ability to download and listen to music, and view feature films with breathtaking screen quality, PlayStation Portable lets users control their entertainment options, all in a single package.”
Read More | Sony Entertainment Europe Press Release
The students at Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television has the unique opportunity to earn either $5,000 or a 4-week internship at EA’s Maxis Studios. The students are to use the video creation tools which are a part of The Sims 2 to come up with the best 3 minute (or so) family-friendly film starring The Sims. You can check out the complete guidelines here.
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With just under a month to go until E3, expect the gaming news to start flowing fast and hard. Last year Square Enix put on a great show, had an incredible booth, and really just did an all out great job. It looks like they are aiming to pull out all the stops yet again. This year they will be showing Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (again), Front Mission Online, Romancing SaGa, Radiata Stories, Kingdom Hearts II, and Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, and Final Fantasy XII. We’re excited to see how this turns out and so is Ichiro Otobe, President of Square Enix:
“This year’s line-up will showcase huge titles from all of our major franchises, making this a particularly unique E3 for us. In addition to titles from our familiar franchises such as Dragon Quest VIII and Kingdom Hearts II, we will have playable demos of many other exciting, new games that will soon be as recognizable on consoles, mobile phones, online and DVD. Compilation of Final Fantasy VII will be a great example of the actual delivery of polymorphic content, our new content deployment model based on the creation of original concepts with interactivity on multiple platforms in mind from the start.”
Read More | IGN Wire
If you haven’t heard by now, GameStop has made the decision to purchase Electronics Boutique for $1.44 billion. This may not seem like that big a deal to the casual gamer, since both GameStop and EB Games stores are often quite interchangable, but the big thing here is what is going on behind the scenes. The merger will create about 3200 GameStop stores nationwide, giving them almost as much video game selling power as the almight Wal-Mart. Check out the online merger announcement webcast from GameStop.
Read More | GameStop-EB Games Merger Webcast
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