The Week in Review news piece is a weekly article that summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week.
At long last, EA finally announced NBA Jam for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Although the game was initially regarded as a Wii exclusive, there have been several rumors over the course of the last month that made it clear it wouldn’t stay this way. However, the catch is that to get the HD console versions of the game you’ll have to purchase a copy of NBA Elite 11. Another potential downside is that these versions may not even be the full game, as they are said to include only three modes to choose from.
Fall is almost upon us again, meaning it is time for a couple new PSP bundles. Sony didn’t disappoint, announcing both a Madden 11 bundle and a God of War: Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack. The Madden bundle is fairly barebones, including only a standard black PSP-3000 and a copy of Madden 11 for $169.99. However, the God of War: Ghost of Sparta Entertainment Pack is a bit more elaborate, with a red and black PSP-3000, a digital copy of God of War Chains of Olympus, a UMD copy of God of War: Ghost of Sparta, UMD Kick Ass film, and a 2 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo for $199.99.
Good news for those who hate when players drop out of online games also came this week. Bungie made it known that habitual droppers will be getting punished in their upcoming Halo: Reach game. Community Director Brian Jarrard stated “We actually have new tools now to detect that and eventually, people who do this habitually will actually be penalised,” continuing with, “We want to be able to remove them from the population so they can’t make everyone else keep having a bad time.”
Fable III also made some news this week, offering players something new and taking away something that was expected. A set of “Fable III Villager Maker” creation tools have been made available on Fable III’s website, which will allow anyone interested to make their own NPC for the upcoming game. However, you will only be able to utilize your creation if you preorder the game, which will net you an NPC import code. Unfortunately, in other news that may dissuade some from preordering the game, Peter Molyneux stated that Fable III wouldn’t have Kinect functionality at launch. While this was initially intended to be a part of the game, apparently whatever implementation they were working towards “just wasn’t up to snuff.”
That’s all for this week, be sure to check back next week.