Check out this great demo of the just released game, LBP PSP! The game has been nervously anticipated by many - will it measure up to the PS3 version of the game - or be yet another big disappointment?
Well, before we make any further comments, just take a look at the demo:
The Bitfood team are actually quite excited by the game and we are not alone. That hard to please guy over at Sarcastic gamer, for example, also gives it a rave review:
but when I turned the game on, something magical happened. I was looking at LittleBigPlanet. I was looking at it on my PSP. I mean it WAS the game.
As always, a site has been set up for the game with free avatars, wallpapers, and even images and videos to use on the websites Sony just know you all will want to set up and devote solely to the game!!
Sony announced the introduction of Minis at their Gamescom press conference a couple of weeks ago. What we were told was that there would be fifteen games initially, across a variety of genres including arcade-style games, racers, and parlor games — with more than 50 games by the end of the year. But we were left to guess: will they just be iPhone-style Tower Defense and Bejeweled re-runs?
Well, we need wonder no more - at least about four of them.
Icon Games has announced four Mini games it will be releasing soon for PSPs: Arcade Pool & Snooker; Arcade Airhockey & Bowling; Arcade Darts and Stunt Cars.
While the first three of these look like the usual style of addictive arcade games the Stunt car just might be a step above.
Icon Games describe it as:
High-speed competitive stunt racing over fast paced track circuits. With 24 challenging tracks, and Race, Time Trial, Championship & Challenge game modes.
Here is a mini image of the game as it will look on the new PSPgo
Notice something else about these images (all courtesy of Icon)? There is a distinct iPhone-icon look about them!
This may be a sign of things to come from Sony. The App store has bee such a humungous success that it would not be surprising if Sony developed an Apps store rip-off . With all the freebies that iPhone owners get - especially for games (there are hundreds of free games - though most are mini minis!) - this could be a good development for PSP owners.
Sony has made no mention of the price of the minis, but, if they want to set up an App Store clone, it will have to price these minis at a similar price to the games there. Games on the App Store with a price tag, can range from 99 cents to $9.99, and there are thousands available.
BTW, these new “minis” will be available on the 1st of October in Europe and North America as they have been timed to coincide with the launch of PSPgo.
This thing could be hotter than Rockband! If you want to be in the front row for the hands-on demo videos when they get released, we suggest you join the Rockstar mailing list .
Rockstar Games are saying that Beaterator will be released on September 29th, 2009 in North America and on October 2nd, 2009 in Europe, so the demo should be out soon! Rockstar are also saying that they based their PSP game on their popular PC version of Beaterator. So we don’t need to wait to find out what is in store as there is a cool demo version of the PC beaterator that we can check out.
We all know the main sites that keep us updated on the PSP games that are going to be released. But did you know about The PSP Show ? This is a no frills site that provides fast reviews of PSP games - and that has been a huge success. They provide reviews of the latest PSP games via podcasts (they have just celebrated their 100th podcast, so there is plenty of reviews and interesting info to be got from them!).
If you are not sure how to get PSP podcasts (specially video podcast) its all explained in the following video:
Assassin’s Creed Portable is billed as an “exclusive PSP entry into the Assassin’s Creed series” - but will it be essentially the Assassin’s Creed 2 game also due for release for the “holiday” period? Well, if you visit the site then wherever you are in the world you will get treated to the teaser trailer for Assassins Creed 2- but no info to let us know more about Assassin’s Creed Portable. If you visit the home site for the game developers, you can see that the only platforms listed for it are PS3, Xbox360 and PCs.
But the story does not end there, because according to a just-done interview with Sébastien Puel - the producer of Assassin’s Creed 2 - the game will be available on PS3, X360, PC and also on PSP!!
Artwork gives a feel for the setting in Medieval/Renaissance Italy in the 15th century:
And the main character Ezio, has a very sinister medieval look.
In his interview, Sébastien Puel says:
Since a good part of the action takes place in Venice, Ezio is able to dive and swim. . ….Ezio will also have the possibility to blend into any kind of group of citizens in the crowd, making the navigation all the more fun and believable….. The new “climb leap” move gives the player the opportunity to launch himself a couple of meters high in the air while climbing a vertical building to reach a higher ledge that would be inaccessible without this move…..For Assassin’s Creed 2, there will be various new types of gameplay to break and vary the flow of the game and add intense “WOW” moments, one of them involving a certain flying machine that Leonardo Da Vinci conceptualized and developed …….complete interview
Don’t we just love playing the games that go with movies we have watched and loved! And now, it seems that when movie comes out - a game comes with it. And some are great. Will the upcomeing movie -UP - be a movie that will drive us to the game?
Well, we can get a glipse of both as the movie trailer is out (see it below) and the game demo is also out (download it from the link at the bottom of this post)
The Upvideo game, and Disney/Pixar film,is planned for release to PSP, worldwide, in spring 2009. In the game, players have to navigate through treacherous jungle terrains, battle dangerous creatures and trek the slippery slopes of the Amazonian Tepuis. The game can be single player (with three possible IDs - ) or multi player with the game including an epic level that will allow up to four players to compete in aerial combat.
The demo for Up is now available - which is great considering that the site is not really functioning yet - just a one page setup. Let us know what you think of the game in the comments section belwo.
Some recent reports from Europe and others have revealed that Indiana Jones is coming to PSP (the 16+ version, not Lego! version).
But, there is a mystery to all this.
The European rating body ESRB, have clearly given a rating to the game for PSP:
But the recently reported rating of the game supposedly done by PEGI is nowhere to be found on the PEGI site - whether the search is done for “Activision”, “Indiana Jones” or its reported subtitle “Staff of Kings”!!
And no further light is shed on the issue at LucasArts - the game developer. Sure, the game is listed there as TBD - but only for X-box and PS3 - no mention of PSP!
Even Gamespot is speculating about the game! And Activision (rumored distributors for Europe) has no mention of the game on their site. Meanwhile, IGN has it quietly listed along with the release dates for UK
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings Publisher: Activision Platform: PlayStation Portable Release Date: December 31, 2008 Release Region: United Kingdom
But IGN also reveals that it will not be released in the US till the end of 2009!
We will keep you posted - as soon as we know more!
In the meantime, Activision is about to release Spider-man: Web Of Shadows (Fall 2008) for PSP.
Talkman Travel was released in the US today and promises to be an interesting experiment for Sony.
According to the Sony promo, the Talkman Travel
* serves as an interactive pocket tour guide
* provides a list of roughly 150 pre-selected phrases tourists are likely to use on their vacations *contains pre-selected photos archives …accompanied by detailed descriptions of their significance.
Can the functionality of the software impress adult travelers enough to excite them to include the PSP in their “must haves” for travel? Will traveling business Dad’s be tempted to swipe their kids PSP to test this program out?
Hmm … well the “pick up lines” that are included in the program suggests that Sony are targeting the traveling playboy (or playboy hopefuls)…so maybe not.
But the question that we feel compelled to ask is:
Is the jet seting playboy likely to be a PSP-toting traveler? or is Sony hoping to capture a whole new market segment (a la Nintendo Wii)?
These puzzles aside, if the Talkman Travel is as useful as the promotions suggest, it could be well worth trying out - at least, if you are heading for Paris, Rome or Tokyo which are the only cities the software targets.
Frankly the crew at Bitfood all agree that the graphics are disappointingly plain and unattractive. Hopefully Sony will upgrade them if the software proves popular!
During an event in London Bill Ritch, a Sony Computer Entertainment employee, has announced that Folklore will get a PlayStation Portable version as well. We don’t know if this Kouji Okada game is a port of the PlayStation 3 version or a complete new game. Let’s hope that we’ll be getting more info in during the Leipzig Games Convention.