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Gaming Round Up For 03/08/06

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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories PS2 Port To Cost Lower Than PSP Verion
The first PSP to PS2 port, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, has been announced by Take-Two games to cost lower than $49.99, the current price of the game on the PSP.

Many people have purchased the PSP to play this game, and many have been disappointed at the announcement that Take-Two has made about Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories coming to the PS2, after paying $249 for the PSP system.

Paul Eibeler has hinted that the PS2 version of the game will not be much different than the PSP version. “We’ve delivered unprecedented and tremendous value to the consumer, in terms of the size of the actuality and the scope [of the game],” he said. “We’ve been very, very successful at full price on the PSP, which is a different type of consumer. We’ve delivered a new game for the PSP, that’s a $249 purchase, and we’re looking at lower pricing on Liberty City Stories for the console, which is a $149 or below purchase.”

While the exact price has not been revealed yet, there is some speculation that the price will be some where between $19.99 and $29.99.

Driver: Parallel Lines Goes Gold
Today, Atari announced that development on Driver: Parallel Lines, the upcoming Hollywood-style action driving game, is complete and the title is on schedule to ship to retailers across Europe and the U.S. in March. Driver: Parallel Lines is the fourth installment in the blockbuster Driver franchise that has achieved sales in excess of 12 million units worldwide. Developed by award-winning studio Reflections Interactive, Driver: Parallel Lines will be available for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Parallel Lines offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience and features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge set over two distinct decades in New York City.

Driver: Parallel Lines returns to its original franchise roots with a very heavy focus on driving, including unmatched driving physics,” said Gareth Edmondson, Studio Manager, Reflections Interactive. “With its fast-paced driving, top-notch soundtrack, and a new storyline and cast of characters, Driver: Parallel Lines will be the Hollywood-style action driving game fans have been clamouring for.”

As announced yesterday, the soundtrack will include a mixture of punk, dance, rock, and hip-hop. Artists included on the soundtrack are Blondie, David Bowie, The Damned, Marvin Gaye, TV on the Radio, and MF Doom. Parallel Lines also features several newly commissioned tracks from Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold, Lifesavas and the Audio Bullys – tracks that were created exclusively for the video game.

Parallel Lines tempts gamers to modify and juice up cars while engaging in the most thrilling Hollywood-style car chases ever. The game provides a free roaming, stylized New York City, with over 30 diverse missions and nearly 50 mini-missions that load without wait times. Parallel Lines also has incredibly realistic driving physics, a brand new story and a top-notch soundtrack, It will be a must-have title for action driving fans. Driver: Parallel Lines will be released March 14th.

FOXCONN Announces Official Support for KODE5
FOXCONN, a global leader in the manufacture of PC components, including motherboards, chassis, barebones systems, and coolers, is pleased to announce it official support for the KODE5 Global Gaming Revolution. KODE5 is a global gaming event, which spans 16 countries around the world. Winners from each country become representatives at the KODE5 Global Finals, a gaming tournament that will host the very best PC gamers on the globe. As an official supporter, FOXCONN is proud to show its support for the gaming community, and will be a key partner in developing the official KODE5 Tournament PC.

“We are excited to have FOXCONN join in the revolution,” notes Coco Lee, KODE5 Revolutionary Plotter. “With proven manufacturing and engineering capabilities, we can be sure that the KODE5 PC can stand up to some heavy gaming abuse.”

[ADBLOCKHERE]By using FOXCONN components in the KODE5 PC, gamers can be sure to have a high-performance platform to experience today’s cutting-edge games. FOXCONN’s extensive testing facilities will help ensure that the KODE5 PC can withstand days upon days of constant gaming. At KODE5, FOXCONN will demonstrate its technological prowess to gamers across the globe.

“By working closely with our KODE5 partners, we can better test and verify the performance, stability, and compatibility for the KODE5 PC,” says Christin Wang, Global Marketing Manager of FOXCONN. “FOXCONN is proud and be a part of developing the platform for the Global Gaming Revolution.”

Guided by the mantra “The Art of More,” FOXCONN is dedicated to making it simpler and more affordable for their customers, and to offer superior information systems to consumers and enterprise customers.

With the benefit of over three decades of manufacturing experience and the backing of parent company, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, FOXCONN sets the standard in the industry for reliability, customer support, and value. Part of a global company with sales of $30 billion in 2005, FOXCONN serves an international network of distributors and OEM customers in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

KODE5 masses gamers in 16 countries in a series of regional events to find the best gamers from around the world. The best then fly to an undisclosed location to square off against the world’s gaming elite. With television crews from around the world broadcasting, international media in attendance, and mass crowds rioting for their favorites, the KODE5 Global Finals will bring gaming to the center stage like no other gaming event. KODE5 will take competitive gaming to another level and gain the respect that gaming deserves.

The KODE5 Global Launch will be held at FOXCONN’s CeBIT booth, located at Hall 23, booth C42. With the opportunity to win some fantastic FOXCONN prizes and the chance to meet some of the world’s top gamers, FOXCONN invites all gamers and show-goers to come by the booth to experience the excitement of the Global Gaming Revolution.

FFXII Gets Max Points From Famitsu
Square-Enix’s long awaited Final Fantasy XII is to be released next Thursday in Japan, but the game has already gotten some critical acclaim. Fatimtsu, a gaming magazine only available in Japan, has a rating system where four critics rate the game out of 10. Final Fantasy XII is the 6th game to ever receive a 40 out of 40 – straight 10s from all critics. Soul Calibur, Zelda: Ocarina, Zelda: Windwaker, Vagrant Story and Nintendogs were the previous games to ever receive such a high score.

THQ Gets In-Game Ads
THQ has announced that three of its upcoming titles will utilize Double Fusion’s in-game ad services. THQ has not revealed which titles will include in-game ads, but we do know that it will be on next and current-gen consoles.

“In-game advertising opens up new revenue opportunities for the company, and helps us deliver an exceptionally strong communications channel to our brand and marketing partners,” says Kelly Flock, executive VP of worldwide publishing for THQ. “We feel that Double Fusion has a very compelling offering that will help us reshape the way marketers deliver content and consumers interact with that content during their game experience.”

Game Trust Names Brian Robbins As Director Of Games
Game Trust, casual game publisher/distributor, announced that the company has have hired Brian Robbins, co-founder of the International Game Developers Association’s (IGDA) Casual Games Special Interest Group (SIG), to be the new director of games.

“I am excited to join the Game Trust team, and look forward to growing our reputation as the leader in the casual game industry,” said Robbins. “The casual game space is enjoying explosive growth now and Game Trust is driving that expansion through its high-quality game catalog and through an unmatched distribution network.”

Most recently Director of Online Gaming at Fuel Industries, Robbins was the lead programmer for SWITCH Wakeboarding, which launched last year on Game Trust.

Robbins’ work has earned the following accolades: Finalist for FITC’s 2005 Canadian Developer of the Year; Applied Arts’ Best Interactive Game, Digital Marketing Awards’ Gold for Online Promotional Sites/Gaming (2004) and Finalist for Media, Entertainment and Gaming at MAX 2004. Robbins holds a BS in Computer Science and MBA, both from the University of Denver.

This Week’s Releases
Game Boy Advanced
Let’s Ride Dreamer
Naruto: Ninja Council

GameCube
Naruto: Clash of Ninja

Playstation 2
Cloven Crania Meadow

PC
Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano
Shadow Hearts: From the New World

Playstation Portable
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams
Pursuit Force
Samurai Warriors: State of War

Xbox
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Xbox 360
Burnout Revenge
College Hoops 2K6
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Titles Announced So Far This Week
Contact (DS)
Family Guy (PS2)
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (Xbox 360)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (PC, current and next-gen consoles)

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