Games Radar has posted a group of screenshots for the upcoming Monster Hunter Freedom, which is essentially a remake of the PS2 game Monster Hunter G.
Part action, part RPG, Monster Hunter Freedom builds on the world established in the recent PS2 game with an enhanced single-player game to compensate for the fact that you can’t creature-kill online.
This doesn’t mean that you’re not able to hunt in packs, though, as localised WiFi four-player missions are still possible – you just need to find four Monster Hunter-playing mates with PSPs.
The game places you in a fantastical land where huge hulking monsters roam, with you’re challenge to venture out from the safety of a nearby village, then hunt down and defeat these huge beasts. The spoils of the hunt can then be used to upgrade weaponry and armour so your hunter is better equipped to go after larger and more dangerous creatures.
The Monster Hunter series is a huge success in Japan and hopefully it will pick up steam and make it big over here as well as the game looks great and everything I have heard says the series is great as well.
British Gaming Blog has posted some information regarding an upcoming Japan-only PSP game titled Dog Happy Life which is being developed by Yuke’s Media Creations and has a release date of April 27, 2006.
Look familiar? All the people crying for Nintendogs on PSP are getting their wish, assuming the speak and read Japanese of course.
Electronic Arts revealed the soundtrack for the upcoming Fight Night Round 3.
The most highly anticipated boxing videogame of the year is about to enter the ring with style. Electronic Arts today revealed the 12 songs that will score EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3. With cutting-edge artists Obie Trice, Atmosphere and Consequence (Kanye West’s protégé) highlighting the soundtrack, you can be sure this realistic boxing experience will knock your socks off when the game ships on February 20 for the Xbox 360™ system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system.
“EA SPORTS Fight Night is a spectacularly brutal game with bone-crunching gameplay and photo-realistic visuals. We wanted to make sure that the soundtrack is as powerful as the boxer’s punches,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing at EA. “Each song gets your heart pounding and makes you want to move faster, dig deeper and punch harder.”
The music in EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 features:
Title / Artist
Back Again: Dilated Peoples
Crook Dancin: Slic One
Don’t Stop: Roc ‘C’
Itz Nothin: Young Roscoe
Knock Em Down: L.T.D. A.
Never Gonna Get It: Sean Biggs feat. Akon & Topic
Night Night: Consequence
Round One: Kray Twinz feat. D&G
The Arrival: Atmosphere
The Best Out: Dipset
Wanna Know: Obie Trice
For clips from soundtrack, visit: http://www.easports.com/fightnightround3/theater.jsp?media=music
As you can see, they also announced the official release date for all versions which is February 20th.
Fight Night Round 3 will appear on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and the PSP. It will retail for $59.99 on the Xbox 360, and $39.99 on all other platforms.
Next Generation reports that Sony will begin selling DVD-UMD bundles for $28.95. This is a great price considering new DVD’s are generally $20-$25 and UMD’s are around $20.
Benjamin Feingold, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said that the bundles are experimental. “A lot of people have DVD players and also have PSPs, and this way for one price they can get one movie and play it back on both formats,” he told Reuters.
Starting on March 28th, the following movies will be available in these bundles:
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
The following movies will be available on April 25th:
The Fifth Element
As a side note, Sony also put a price on the Blu-ray disc format, stating that new-release movie titles will wholesale for $23.45, 15 to 20 percent higher than new release DVDs. Catalog titles will wholesale for $17.95. This is GREAT news considering analysts were expecting Blu-Ray discs to cost around $30.
This may be finally what prompts me to purchase UMD’s. I am easily willing to pay an extra $5 or so to get a UMD along with the DVD. Out of this list there are already a couple of movies I will be picking up on release day.
The guys over at PSP-OSS made a blog post today requesting some volunteer coders.
We need a few more coders for PSP-OSS.
At the moment we only got 2 active coders, and if we don’t get more, it’ll take ages for us to finish.
Right now, we are doing a complete rewrite of PSP-OSS, and this code will hopefully be a lot cleaner and easier to work with than the previous one.
If you’re interested, please contact elz on:
IRC: #psp-oss @ vgirc.com:6667 (feel free to hang around in this channel, even if youre not a coder. Sometimes we give out betas or previews here)
If you are a coder and willing to devote some time, I suggest helping out. PSP-OSS is a GREAT application and the faster we can get updates the better.
According to Gamers Reports a recent issue of Famitsu states that Namco is looking into bringing the Tekken series to the PSP. No word on if it will be a new game in the series, a port of an existing one or a new direction for the series (ala Death by Degrees).
Tekken is my personal favorite fighting game series of all time. I wasted so many hours at the arcade playing Tekken Tag Tournament that I probably could have bought the Arcade machine itself. I cannot wait to hear more info regarding this game.
Yoyofr has posted a notice regarding Snes9x TYL and Firmware 2.00.
- On 2.0 psp, delete the logo.bmp and replace it with previous version (or a 480×320 8bpp bmp) probably it is related to ram issue. it should work without logo.bmp too.
- Right now it does not work on firmware > 2.0
- 2.0 psp seems to be slower than 1.5 and 1.0, maybe another ram issue, to be investigated
The BMP issue is what is causing Save State issues on Firmware 2.0.
You can download the working BMP here.
IGN has posted their Hands-On preview of the upcoming From Russia With Love for the PSP.
Some of the good that they mention include fast loading times, good controls, and the fact that it is a “sacrifice-free port”. They also talk about the multiplayer game which is apparently turning out very well.
In short, it looks like From Russia with Love should please fans of the console version. But we’ll have to hold off on a final verdict until we score review code.
In addition to the preview, they have posted 4 new gameplay videos of the game for you to check out.
From Russia With Love is due out March 14, 2006.
Gamespot has posted some details on the recently announced Major League Baseball 2K6.
2K Sports hasn’t taken long to make the most of its status as the sole third-party publisher of Major League Baseball games. In addition to making an expected appearance on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, the studio’s MLB 2K6 is also debuting on the GameCube, the Xbox 360, and the PSP. The first details on the PSP version of the game have been released and from the looks of it, it looks to be exactly what you’d expect from a handheld version of 2K’s popular hardball series.
If you are a baseball fan or fan of the series in general, check out the full article for more info.
The website http://www.psp.docspages.com/ is selling software called PSP [Doctor} which they claim is a downgrader for Firmware 2.0, 2.5 & 2.6. Be aware that this is fake. There is NO downgrader for Firmware 2.01 and above (There is a legit one for 2.0 but this is not it).
Just a heads-up warning for anyone who comes across this and is not aware that there is no downgrader for the higher firmware. Thanks to PSP Hacks for the info.
1up has posted some information regarding the upcoming Tomb Raider: Legend multiplayer features.
There are three PSP exclusive multiplayer modes on the way, each only over an ad hoc connection and supporting two-player play: Circuit Challenge, Treasure Hunt, and Raid and Sneak. Circuit Challenge is essentially a race — you can choose three different rooms and stick them together end to end, and then players compete to see who can make it through quicker. Treasure Hunt is also a race of sorts, though instead of just trying to get to the end first players are trying to track down hidden “rewards” in the environment. Finally, Raid and Sneak lets each player hide a reward for the other player to find, and then compete to see who can find the other’s first.
While I am glad that games are starting to make more of the multiplayer functionality, I am still upset at the lack of overall infrastructure support. However, I suppose that Ad-Hoc is better than nothing.
Tomb Raider:Legend is due out for the PS2, Xbox and PC on April 11th as well as PSP and XBox 360 in May.
Gamespot has revealed that publisher THQ is set to release a game based on the upcoming Pixar movie Cars. The game will be a story-based racing game and will be available on all platforms save for XBox 360. You will be able to play one of 10 playable characters in a free-roaming environment and will be able to play in more than 50 races. The film’s cast will reprise their roles as voices in the game.
There is no official word on the release date, but like many movie-based video games, it is likely the game will debut at the same time as the movie which is June 9th.