The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.
Sony got things started off on the right foot this week. First, SCEA announced that the first two entries in the God of War franchise are getting remastered to run at 60 fps and sport 720p HD resolution on Blu-ray disc for the PS3. Called the God of War Collection, box artwork (click HERE to check it out), the release window (Holiday 2009), and pricing ($39.99) have been revealed.
Second, SCEA is going to release a PSP bundle to North American consumers on October 20 th . The brand new PSP bundle, called The Limited Edition Gran Turismo PSP Entertainment Pack, will retail for $199.99. The upcoming bundle will include an exclusive PSN downloadable voucher for a white Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (only available through this offer), a “Mystic Silver” PSP-3000 system, Gran Turismo PSP on UMD, a downloadable movie voucher (title to be announced), a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and a music voucher good for 10 downloadable songs from Sony MusicPass.
Sticking with the handheld front, Rockstar announced that GTA: Chinatown Wars will not only be coming to the PSP, it will also be heading to Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. This also goes for the DJ-inspired music and rhythm title Beaterator.
Starting September 13th, the Nintendo DSi will be available in both White and Pink varieties, joining the Blue and Black versions already on the market. The two new colors are being released to give potential consumers more options in order “to personalize their experiences.” These new color options (click HERE to see them) are coming to the market just in time for consumers to redeem the 1000 Nintendo points offered with the purchase of a new DSi. Nintendo announced on Thursday that 12 pm Pacific on October 5 th the points offer will expire.
Last up for portable gaming, Okamiden: Chisaki Taiyou was officially revealed via Famitsu magazine. The title will be a follow up to the original game, but instead of launching for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, Capcom is bringing it to the Nintendo DS. Okamiden will have players taking control of a new wolf character called Chibiterasu – this new hero is a puppy version of the Celestial Brush-wielding canine of the original, Amaterasu.
Nintendo’s Wii also got some love this week, Frontier announced that the sequel to the “best-selling, award-winning” LostWinds, exclusively for WiiWare, will be coming to the service at an undetermined time in the future for an undefined price. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias will once again use the Wii Remote to have players control Toku and the power of the wind. This time, in addition to controlling the elemental powers of Enril the Wind Spirit to platform around, players will also be able to change the land of Mistralis from Summer to Winter at their leisure, providing new puzzle and platforming elements to master.
Microsoft also got into the mix. Apparently Shadow Complex, the XBLA exclusive action-platformer from Chair Entertainment and Epic Games, sold more than 200,000 downloads in just its first week. That makes Shadow Complex the fastest-selling XBLA title in the service’s history.
Additionally, another Epic Games franchise, Gears of War, has its own beverage. The Gears of War Imulsion Energy Drink is currently being sold on Amazon for $4 to $5 (USD) a can plus hefty shipping fees – more than the price of the of the drink itself!. You’ve got to be a truly hardcore fan to think that’s reasonable. The sad thing is it’s probably a top-seller.
Shifting gears away from Gears, SEGA announced details concerning a contest searching for “aspiring models” to bring titular heroine Bayonetta to life. According to the presser, “The winning contestant will be spotlighted on Maxim.com and receive a Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, a 50 inch Panasonic TC-P50X1 HDTV Plasma TV and a copy of BAYONETTA for the Xbox 360.” Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and all photo submissions must be received by September 30th. Maxim, SEGA, and PlatinumGames will select a handful of possible choices, and readers will get the chance to vote for their favorite on the Maxim website between October 1st and October 23rd. The winner will then be revealed on October 29th.
Last but not least, not only is Turbine about to make D&D Online free to play, but they are getting set to launch yet another expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online. Called Siege of Mirkwood, the next digital expansion will finish the Mines of Moria storyarch, increase the level cap, and introduce a host of combat enhancements.
Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!