METAL GEAR SOLID®: PEACE WALKER NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE PSP®SYSTEM

Written by igcompany.com on Sunday, 20 June 2010 16:24.

Full-Scale Sequel to METAL GEAR SOLID 3 Features New Game System and Original Story by Renowned Game Designer Hideo Kojima

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announcedthe launch of METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Developed by the legendary Hideo Kojima - the mastermind behind the most successful tactical-espionage video game series of all time - this latest PSP system installment picks upwhere METAL GEAR SOLID®3 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974 in a cold war scenario, METAL GEAR SOLID:PEACE WALKER takes the series in an exciting new direction with incredible visuals and aunique design, specifically for the PSP system. A download version of the game and camouflage hardwarePSP system bundles is also be available.

“This stunning new title from HideoKojima and his Tokyo-based Kojima Productions team will amaze both METAL GEAR fans and new gamersalike,” said Shinji Hirano, president of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER is a spectacular stealth titlethat brings the action and thrill of a console game to the PSP system taking aninteresting turn in the METAL GEAR SOLID saga.”

Ablend of action RPG and RTS elements, METAL GEAR SOLID:PEACE WALKER features agripping story that unfolds through the artwork of Yoji Shinkawa and acclaimed comic book artist, Ashley Wood. The game introduces new AI Weapons?giant unmanned behemoths that Snake must overcome to complete his mission - including airborne, tank, andmobile-fortress-style enemies that can each talk and sing during battle using VOCALOID technology. Additionally, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER boasts extensive multi-player elements including four-player CO-OPS (COoperative-OPerationS), and a stunning three-against-three battle, wherein six players can form teams and engage in thrilling linked battles via the Sony handheld’s Ad Hoc capabilities that extend the gameplay experience allowing players to administer medical help to colleagues, share munitions, and provide defense for each other using the Snake formation to cover blind spots.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER begins with Naked Snake training his soldiers and building up his army in Colombia, South America in the shadow ofthe Cuban Missile Crisis. As Latin America became a key to maintaining the power balance between theEast and West, Costa Rica had miraculously managed to maintain its peace and neutrality. However, a mysterious armed force seemed to be engaging in suspicious activities in various regions of thecountry. To preserve peace in this nation without a military, the Snake’s army had to move into action. In time, they would be known as the founders of “Outer Heaven.”

METALGEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER is developed exclusively for the PSP system and is now available for purchase at retailers nationwide for a SRP of $39.99 with a rating of “T” for Teen by the ESRB

Step To The Beat Preview(Wii)

Written by igcompany on Monday, 14 June 2010 14:52.

Game Information

Shed calories as you explore Konami's musical paradise in Step to the Beat on Wii an all-new fitness game concept for the Wii this March, in the toe-tapping form of Step to the Beat.

Step to the Beat charges users with continually moving to explore a vivid island while listening to a host of well-known licensed tracks. The game can be played by holding a Nunchuck and Wii Remote while walking on the spot, or by walking on a DanceDanceRevolution controller mat or Wii Balance Board. Using these motions, keeping the rhythm is key, and the combination of walking, music and exploration results in a varied and fun way to exercise. This simple concept makes Step to the Beat accessible to absolutely anyone, but has been designed to constantly surprise and enchant as players spend longer on the game.

At the centre of Step to the Beat is the colourful locale of Rhythm Island, and players explore the play area via their continued movement and by accepting specific challenges. Users begin by creating an avatar, and the game begins with the player simply keeping moving at all times. By doing so, users will then earn musical notes which allow them to add building, access new items, gain extra music tracks, or open up previously inaccessible parts of the island. Rhythm Island is a place of constant surprises, however, and returning at different points during the day, will reveal additional, unique elements.

Step to the Beat features 120 well-known tracks, with The Black Eye Peas' 'Boom, Boom, Pow' and Demi Lovato's 'La La Land' just two of the tunes that provide the soundtrack to Rhythm Island. Gentle aerobic exercise is a great way for all the family to stay fit, and walking around Step to the Beat's Rhythm Island is a brilliant way to burn off calories while exploring a whole new world! And, furthermore, players can keep track of their physical activity as the game constantly monitors and displays the distance travelled, the steps taken, and the items that have been found!

Features
  • Uniquely motivational. Explore an in-game world where the more you step, the richer your world becomes. Discover new places and goodies every day!
  • Music to get you going! The only fitness-focused game that keeps you in the game with great music! Move to the beat of 120 songs, including 20 favorite licensed tracks, including masters performed by the original artists!
  • Track your achievements. Get a visual feel for how well you're doing through charts and graphs that show burned calories, distance traveled, steps taken and more!
  • Wii Balance Board compatible. Play with the peripheral of your choice! Accepts input from the DanceDanceRevolution Wii Controller, Wii Remote and Nunchuk or Wii Balance Board.

Gradius Collection Preview(PSP)

Written by igcompany on Monday, 14 June 2010 14:43.

Game Information

If you're looking for a definitive collection of the World's best-ever shoot 'em ups, you've reached the end of your search right here. Gradius has been synonymous with top-notch blasting action since 1985 and has been the pioneering authority until today. The Gradius Collection is your chance to own the series in all its perfection, plus bonus features tracing the history of Vic Viper versus the scourge of the galaxies.

With its roots in arcade gameplay, this Gradius Collection is perfectly suited to PSP. Each level can be treated as a stand-alone challenge, and your progress saved at any time. If you're just getting started as a Vic Viper pilot, you will enjoy the challenge of facing each new wave of horizontally-scrolling levels, swarming with enemies and packed with tricky obstacles. In fact, we envy your maiden voyage of discovery! The more experienced players among you will want to better that high score and see how long you can survive without taking a hit.

The basic gameplay involves flying the iconic Vic Viper spaceship, shooting everything in its path, and collecting power-up capsules from certain defeated enemies. Cool new weapons, protective shields, and extra speed can be added to the Vic Viper for improved performance. Another Gradius claim-to-fame is the menu system used to select weapons, adding an element of strategy and greatly adding to the tension.

Gradius is especially famous for its creative design, with some enemies resembling Easter Island heads spitting mouthfuls of lethal spores, giant golden dragons, and monstrous firebirds that try to incinerate you with their wings. Fantastic encounter such as these are the reason most people cannot rest until they've battled all the way through to the end.

Among the games included, Gradius I-IV are perfect conversions of the arcade originals from 1985-1999. Gradius Gaiden was originally released for PlayStation in 1997 but only in Japan, and so this is something we European fans can really treasure. All the games can be played in their original arcade aspect ratio, or stretched to fill the entire PSP screen.

Gradius Collection celebrates its legacy with a Gallery mode that includes movies from the series and audio tracks. Additional options allow purists to disable 'slowdown' making the gameplay faster, smoother and therefore more challenging.

Features
  • 5 of the greatest shoot 'em ups ever, yours to play on the move
  • Features every game in Konami's celebrated Gradius series
  • Gradius Gaiden is a brand new treat for all European blaster fans
  • Celebrates the legacy of Gradius with exclusive multimedia galleries
  • View the action in full-screen PSP mode or in original arcade ratio

Death Jr. 2: Root of Evil Preview(PS2)

Written by igcompany on Monday, 14 June 2010 14:41.

Game Information

The Son of Death returns and once again, DJ and Pandora are up to their old tricks in this newest PSP adventure. The evil Furi, previously cocooned along with all of her evil powers has been awoken by our duo, putting not only their town at risk, but also the safety of DJ?s own father. Now the pair must stop Furi from unleashing her, well, fury on the land.

There have been a host of improvements since the original Death Jr. was released. After listening to feedback from players, the camera angle has been refined and enables players to easily cope with the situations thrown at them without ever losing momentum. The graphics, although some of the most stylish on PSP, have also improved with some impressive new techniques enabling incredibly atmospheric lighting effects and crisp, colourful animations.

Perhaps the biggest addition is the two-player co-operative mode that now been added. Once the host player has selected either DJ or Pandora, the second player can pick from a raft of new playable characters and into the game they go. The beauty of this mode is that the game has been tweaked to incorporate two players, so enemies are tougher as there are two people attacking them! Effectively, it?s almost an entirely different game as you must use teamwork and different attack plans to progress.

The creativity used throughout the game also continues to impress ? there are a huge variety of different levels to play through ranging from your standard forest levels through to a stage made entirely of food. But all of the unusual stages compliment the story completely and the dark sense of humour and evil undertones flow effortlessly through this fantastic game.

Features
  • Fantastic level design and environments
  • New camera angle implemented following feedback from players
  • Two-player cooperative mode acts like a second full game
  • Unusual weapons ? Flaming Toilet Paper Gun and Explosive Hamsters!
  • Top quality soundtrack adds to the experience

Xiaolin Showdown Preview(PS2)

Written by igcompany on Monday, 14 June 2010 14:37.

Game Information

WB Kids and Cartoon Network?s Xiaolin Showdown is another red-hot cartoon license for Konami, transformed into a blistering martial-arts extravaganza for PS2, Xbox and PSP.

In the TV show a young orphaned monk-in-training from a Xiaolin Temple joins forces with street-smart kid from Brazil, a technical wiz-kid from Japan and a cowboy from Texas USA. Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay are chosen by an old temple master to become Xiaolin Dragons, with the mission to find and protect sacred artefacts from forces of evil.

Players must combine the young Dragons? mystical powers against their enemies in environments filled with hazards, enemies, and collectables. The 30 sacred artefacts of ?Shen Gong Wu? imbue the kids with magical kung-fu powers, used to defeat robots and ancient witches controlled by their nemesis: Evil Boy Genius Jack Spicer.

In story mode, players travel the world in search of the sacred pieces, battling enemies on the way to martial arts ?Showdowns? versus formidable ?boss? characters. If they win, they secure another piece of the Shen Gong Wu which increases their strength for the next quest.

Four friends can choose to play as the four Dragons, competing for the coolest artefacts to trigger the most impressive attacks in hectic melee combat. Each character has their own special moves, and players can unlock two of the show?s villains to cause even more havoc.

On the Nintendo DS version, four friends can play as the four Dragons via the wireless connection in combat style mini-games based on themes such as King of the Hill. Winners steal magical Shen Gong Wu orbs from the losers. These ?Showdowns? are ideal for quick burst gameplay on both of the leading handheld formats.

Features
  • Based on the ?WB Kids? animated series on Cartoon Network
  • Six playable characters, all with mystical kung-fu powers
  • Fast-paced 1-4 multiplayer co-operative gameplay modes
  • Fight epic boss characters in winner-take-all arena combat
  • Engage in Showdowns testing martial arts skills to the max

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