New info on the interactive comic is in! The comic will follow the story of the original Metal Gear Solid with introductions of all the famous characters. I know what you’re all thinking, “But I know that story like the back of my hand!” Well, Kojima has said that this comic will give you the chance to find new interesting clues and secrets about the story that were previously unrevealed. The more I can find out about the story the better I say.
Any time during your viewing of the comic, you will be able to enter a different mode, dubbed Mental Search Mode, and get a closer look at main things in the panel, like weapons, characters, or areas. By selecting certain “Memory Elements” with the large cross hair you control in this mode, you gain them in Memory Builder mode, in which the elements connect other elements such as hearing a man talk about someone would connect the talker to the person they are talking about. This sounds like a very cool system to discover more about the MGS storyline.
The Comic is set for release next month, and will be rated M for blood, mild language, partial nudity, and violence.[via IGN]
Jason from PSPMagazines.com has launched a new site called Perooz.com which will soon replace PSPMagazines.com! Perooz.com has expanded upon the concept of PSP formatted magazines and brings it to the 5th generation iPod and Creative Zen Vision M as well. One of the most exciting new features is the addition of the “Perooz Player” which is a little Flash app that allows you to stream some of the latest hit music while your browsing the site.PSPMagazines.com]
The fine folks over at Buy.com have done it again in satisfying our media storage needs with their 1GB SanDisk Pro Duo memory stick – now available for an insanely low price of US$24.95 (which includes a US$11 mail in rebate courtesy of SanDisk – but hurry, you have until June 4th, 2006 before the rebate offer expires).
It’s great to see the higher range of Pro Duo memory becoming more affordable than filling your gas tank.[via Buy.com]
Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) have confirmed their support as a sponsor for this years Handheld Learning 2006, joining Fujitsu-Siemens Computers and Palm.
Handheld learning is an annual conference and exhibition, about how handheld and mobile devices (such as PSP :p)can be used to enhance the learning experience. It had a huge turnout lastyear and is now officially associated with the UK governments Department for Education and Skills (DfES), who will be supporting this years event.
This year gaming is high on the agenda, see below for an extract;
During the past year more handheld gaming consoles such as the Leapster, Sony PSP and Nintendo DS were sold globally than handheld computers. These devices are highly powered with rich feature sets including video, wireless and Internet access. They are highly desirable amongst the young where they are often the “gadget of choice”. What can we learn from this sector and can these technologies be embraced to deliver educational experiences?
Chris Deering, the former Chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (and now Chairman of Handheld Learning) will be chairing the industry panel during the Conference in October.
This is an exciting turn of events as it demonstrates the overlap between gaming and learning in the home and at School/Uni using the capability of a powerful entertainment device in a learning context. The latest firmware upgrade for the PSP means that its built-in web browser now supports Flash media plus there’s a GPS and camera upgrade just around the corner. It’ll be interesting to see which establishments begin to embrace entertainment devices first and which software developers start to tap into the potential of the education sector.[via Handheld Learning 2006]
One of the guys over at bit-tech.net broke his analogue stick while playing OutRun 2006 so he decided to buy a replacement part from PSP Tree. As you can probably tell, he did a little more than replace the analogue stick. Since his warranty was already void, he decided to replace the original black face plate with an über cool transparent blue face plate. He has written a three page article describing the process to help out any others who wish to do the same.
Thanks to Jakanden for the tip.[via bit-tech.net]
The PSP community shook with excitement when the first PSP mod chip was revealed this week. Today, more information has been revealed about this amazing piece of circuitry including a picture of it installed inside a ceramic white PSP. The Undiluted Platinum will allow PSP users to effectively duel boot your PSP. The chip contains 32MB of its own internal NAND flash that can be flashed with previous firmware versions or custom firmware builds. This could allow users to run homebrew programs and still be able to play the latest PSP games—enjoying the best of both worlds.
The U.P. (Undiluted Platinum) is a flash replacement system for the PSP™ which allows the use of previous flash updates or custom firmware builds, opening up the possibility to run unsigned homebrew code on even the latest PSP systems. The U.P. contains 32MB NAND flash which is programmable from the PC via a high speed USB connection, using our user friendly software. You may boot the PSP from either its onboard flash or the flash contained on the U.P; the flash which is used is determined by a button press as the PSP is powered on (U.P. flash is used by default, hold L1 to use the PSP onboard flash). Since U.P. provides a secondary flash which the PSP can boot from, it can even be used to restore a PSP which has been “bricked”. Every effort has been made to make our flash updater software, which will be freely available for download, both as easy to use and reliable as possible. The software also contains diagnostics which can be used by installers to determine if an installation has been successful or not.
In order to maximise the benefits that U.P. can provide its users, we have decided to take an open source approach with U.P and will be releasing source code for any software we release as well as full documentation for the U.P. hardware interface – including information on how to control U.P. from within PSP programs. This will allow anybody to create software which can take advantage of what U.P. has to offer. We have also sent a few prototype units away to some of the scene’s best software hackers in order to give them a headstart at working on custom flash replacements – cant wait to see what people will come up with!
The package will have everything you need to install the mod chip properly and will be priced at $90 USD and 75 euros.
The only concern I have is that some people will undoubtedly take advantage of this chip and us it to pirate PSP games. Sony hasn’t been making firmware updates because it wants to quash homebrew, they’ve been making firmware patches because they want to stop the piracy of PSP games. If malicious hackers hadn’t created ISO loaders that allow people to play illegal ISOs of PSP games, Sony might have allowed homebrew to stay. Sure, the Undiluted Platinum will open doors for legitimate PSP homebrew developers to create new and amazing homebrew programs and games, but this could also open the door the PSP’s demise.[via MaxConsole]
Ok, things have slowed down now that E3 is over and done with. It’s with that that I bring you a new PG Rewind for your listening pleasure. In this episode I talk about the games announced at E3, new game releases his week, and also what’s been going on lately with the sites(s). Enjoy!
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There’s been an explosion of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII screens and artwork flying around the web. However, none of the screen shots look like they are from actual gameplay. Most of them appear to be from pre-rendered cut scenes.
A mod chip called the “Undiluted Platinum” is slated to be released sometime in the near future. The mod chip is designed to fit inside your PSP and will act as a flash replacement system for your PSP. This opens up the possibility of downgrading to and from any firmware version, and even custom firmware. This means that PSP gamers will finally be able to run all their favorite homebrew apps and still be able to play all the latest games. No price or installation procedure has been released.MaxConsole]
Field Commander generated a lot of hype when it was first announced. Its similarity to Advanced Wars is probably one of the main factors for all the hype. Many gamers loved Advanced Wars for its simple gameplay and cartoon-ish graphics. Of coarse, when all the Advanced Wars lovers such as myself heard that Sony Online Entertainment was going to be releasing a game similar to Advanced Wars for the PSP with beefed up graphics, we patiently waited for it to be released. Field Commander plays very much like Advanced Wars; players take turns attacking each other with their respective armies until one loses. But Field Commander takes this simple concept to the next level with a full 3D battlefield with three planes of battle. Perhaps even more importantly, SOE added infrastructure gaming into the mix. Players all around the world can battle each other and see how they ranked among everyone else. The idea looks good on paper but how does it fair in reality?
Official U.S. Playstation Magazine: 100
Turn-based strategy doesn’t get any better than this. [May 2006, p.97]
It offers enough depth and flexibility to warrant a look from any serious gamer. It blends an engrossing single-player campaign with great production values and a robust set of multiplayer options.
Play Magazine: 90
If it’s combat you crave, Field Commander won’t disappoint. [may 2006, p.59]
Electronic Gaming Monthly: 78
Field Commander isn’t bad. It just lacks “Advance Wars’” energy and verve, leaving you with a game in traditional military drag with solid but uncompelling gameplay.[June 2006, p.118]
One of my favorite series from the PS1 and PS2 was Tenchu. This was the first stealth action series that I was really able to get into, and I’ll be glad to see it make an appearance on the PSP. Not much has been revealed about this title yet, but we do know that it takes place immediately after the PS2 game Tenchu: Fatal Shadows.
The one tidbit that has me really excited was the announcement that this game allows for the trading of user created missions. Even better SEGA has announced that they will be making missions available from their star creative talent like Yuji Naka or Akihiro Hino. Lets hope that SEGA can really take advantage of the PSP’s Wifi capabilities and make this a must own title.
We are proud to announce the launch of our new forums. Since the launch of WiiSpot.com, including a fresh set of forums, I’ve been receiving email from users who would like the Wii board on the PGR forum… or at least their post counts updated across the forums.
So to help stem these emails, and to add value to our visitors we have announced the Button Mashers Network Forums.
If you are a PGR forum user, this move will be nearly seamless. All your posts, threads and the like will be moved over. In fact the only thing missing will be your Avatar, sadly these all died a fiery death in the process. If you are a WiiSpot forum user.. I’m in the process of moving as much over as I can. I’m hoping that you’ll just be able to login, but I might have to scrap that data and make you log in again.
Hopefully all this transfer nonsense will be completed in the next day. Enjoy the new digs!