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PSP Video Games News
UK Chart: FIFA 12 Scores A Brace At No.1
FIFA 12 has claimed a second week running atop the UK charts following its debut last week, fending off new entries from the likes of id's Rage and From Software's Dark Souls to remain top of Chart-Track's official chart.
Rage and Dark Souls did manage to be the best of the rest though, coming in at No.2 and No.3 respectively to record solid launches. They replace Gears of War 3 and F1 2011, which now sit at No.4 and No.5 as a result.
UK Chart: FIFA 12 Enjoys Meteoric Debut
It won't come as much of a surprise to hear that FIFA 12 has debuted atop the UK chart this week, but what might be a little more surprising is that it's done this while enjoying the third most sales ever in a launch week according to Chart-Track's figures.
With only the previous two Call of Duty games enjoying bigger launch weeks, FIFA 12 replaced Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV as the third biggest launch in UK chart history. Shoot over to our review of the game to find out why.
New FIFA Street, FIFA 12 Details Emerge At Gamescom
EA Sports has spilt a bucket-load of FIFA announcements over at Gamescom this afternoon, including an all-new instalment in the FIFA Street series as well as a demo date and Ultimate Team details for FIFA 12.
FIFA Street is in development at EA Canada for Xbox 360 and PS3 with an early 2012 release currently being eyed for the title. This latest instalment in the series will retain the usual focus on over-the-top skills and 5-a-side matches.
EA Launches Season Ticket Program
EA Sports has announced a Season Ticket programme for the publisher's four major titles: FIFA, Madden NFL Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and NHL Hockey (the first game to use it will be Madden 12, which launches on September 2nd in the UK).
The Season Ticket, which is available for 2000 Microsoft Points (£17) via Xbox Live from today, acts as a yearlong pass for exclusive and discounted content across EA Sports' biggest IPs.
Activision Dates A Trio Of Big Titles
Outside of Modern Warfare 3, Activision titles don't get much bigger than Prototype 2, Spider-Man: Edge of Time or X-Men Destiny over the next year or so, and now (thanks to a trio of announcements at the San Diego Comic Con) we know precisely when each of these games will line-up within that timeframe.
Prototype 2 is now officially down for an April 24th launch (which falls in line with the wide ETA of '2012' that Activision had set previously), while Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men Destiny are scheduled to drop into shops on October 4th and September 27th of this year respectively.
EA Compiles FIFA 11 Goals Of The Season Vid
As the FIFA 11 season comes to its conclusion with the much anticipated release of FIFA 12 at the end of September, EA Sports has compiled a Goals of the Season vid showing the best belters, peaches, and screamers from its loyal fans in FIFA 11 over the last 9 months.
There really are some staggering displays of skills in this vid, but what we particularly like is how all of the goals are tasteful. They're not just some skill-moves obsessed gamer running rings around a novice; there's a real eye for the aesthetics of a great footballing goal instead.
EA Reveals New Commentary Line-up For FIFA 12
Following the public outrage at sexist comments made by long-time FIFA commentator, Andy Gray, which led to his subsequent sacking by Sky Sports earlier this year, EA Sports has now officially announced the commentary line-up for this year's FIFA and, in an unsurprising move, the publisher has ousted Gray from his former role.
Alan Smith (shown far-right) will now take over co-commentary duties alongside Martin Tyler (shown left), who has lent his voice to the FIFA series over its last four iterations. However, this will be the first time that Smith has done commentary voice-over work for a football game.
FIFA 12 Dated
EA Sports has announced a September 30th release date for FIFA 12 in Europe (September 27th in the US), as well as the release of a PC version alongside the previously confirmed Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP and 3DS platforms.
While FIFA 11 on PC was the first version to be developed using a current-gen console build (it was effectively FIFA 10 with updated team info), FIFA 12 on PC will have an identical feature set and build to this year's Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
No Kinect In FIFA This Year
EA Sports' President, Peter Moore made a bold statement of intent at Microsoft's E3 conference this year by confirming that Kinect implementation will be coming to the publisher's line-up of sports games. For EA Sports' flagship FIFA series though, it doesn't look like that will happen until FIFA 13 at the earliest.
"What we've learnt over the years is building anything on a platform just for the sake of it doesn't make any sense," Andrew Wilson, EA Sports' Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Development, told Eurogamer. "So the question is, how can that platform add value?"
Madden, FIFA, And Tiger Woods To Be Kinect Compatible
EA Sports' President, Peter Moore has revealed at Microsoft's E3 press conference that four key EA Sports titles will be Kinect compatible when they launch over the coming year.
FIFA, Madden, and Tiger Woods were all confirmed as Kinect compatible in addition to a fourth unannounced title, although precisely how each game incorporates Kinect was not detailed.
EA Considered Female Assistant Refs For FIFA 12
In January of this year, Sky Sports football presenters, Andy Gray and Richard Keys were sacked from their jobs over sexist comments they made about Assistant Referee, Sian Massey. Suggestions that she was somehow less able to perform her job because of her gender were met with widespread condemnation from the British public and its media.
The debacle was certain to cause problems for EA Sports. Andy Gray has provided more commentary for the FIFA series than any other TV personality and has lent his voice to the game alongside fellow Sky Sports commentator, Martin Tyler over its last four iterations.
Konami Announces PES 2012
Improved AI: it seems to have become the mantra of PES announcement press releases over the last few years, and PES 2012 is no exception - promises of dummy runs on the attacking side of the gameplay, to tweaked hold-up play on the defensive end, all feature in this 11th PES iteration.
While these kinds of promises may have turned out to be hollow ones in the likes of PES 2009 and 2010 though, we're inclined to give Konami the benefit of the doubt this year as PES 2011 did such a good job with its improvements to defensive AI last year.
UK Chart: Zumba Fitness Stays Top
This week's UK Chart has 505 Games' Zumba Fitness at the top of the pile as it once again managed to fight off the likes of EA's Crysis 2 and LucasArts' LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars for the honours.
Zumba Fitness re-entered the charts three weeks ago after a Wii version of the game was released over four months after the original Xbox 360 Kinect iteration.
First FIFA 12 Screen Released
EA has released the first screen for FIFA 12 featuring the Real Madrid and Brazil forward, Kaká, who also featured as one of the cover stars for last year's game.
It's an indication that EA clearly wants to stick with Kaká as one of the series' endorsed superstars despite his injury troubles and struggle back to form since his move to the Bernabéu in 2009.
Joint DS/3DS Release For Next Harvest Moon Game
Natsume has announced that its next Harvest Moon game will be a joint release for both DS and 3DS. The popular farming RPG series has been going since the SNES original in 1996, spawning countless sequels along the way (although the GBA version is widely acknowledged as the pick of the bunch).
“Today we are revealing an exclusive to you, our most loyal fans. We are happy to announce Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for the DS *and* 3DS coming later this year! Fill up your watering can and sharpen your hoe, because it's time for an all-new farming adventure! More details to come in the near future, including some exciting news at E3,” Natsume announced on its official Facebook page.
There are already 6 core Harvest moon games for DS, not including the Rune Factory series (which adds battles and questing to the farming action), or the various puzzle game spin-offs. It’s not clear whether the separate releases of Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns will feature distinct content, or if the 3DS version will simply be the DS version with added 3D.
Spider-Man: Edge Of Time Announced
Activision has announced Spider-Man: Edge of Time for an autumn release; no platforms have yet been confirmed, but Xbox 360 and PS3 as an absolute minimum would be a safe bet (the last Spider-Man game, Shattered Dimensions, was also released on PC, Wii and DS).
The new game sees the Amazing Spider-Man team up with Spider-Man 2099 to correct a timestream gone awry and prevent a catastrophic future caused by the untimely death of Peter Parker. Playing across two distinct time periods, you’ll experience the consequences of your actions in one period as they ripple out to effect the other, sometimes in unexpected ways.