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Weekly Rewind: #1

Welcome to the Weekly Rewind, a new column on PSX Extreme that will look at the week’s big news, the newest releases, sales charts, and whatever else tickles my fancy. To you, the reader, this is the first column, but that’s not actually the case. There was a tragic scenario where the premier column didn’t make it to you – let’s just think of that one as a dry run that will only make this column better. If you’ve got any ideas for the column, feel free to drop us a line at AaronT@psxextreme.com . Now, on to the show…

The week’s big news…

Confirming one of the industry’s most well-known secrets, Capcom today announced that both Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2 are to be released on the Playstation 2 later this year. Viewtiful Joe will be an identical port of the Gamecube version released last fall, with the only known change being the addition of Devil May Cry's Dante as a playable character. While the port isn't being handled by Clover Studio, the crew who did the original Viewtiful Joe, Clover Studio will be overseeing it to ensure a quality job.

Viewtiful Joe 2, on the other hand, is being done by Clover Studio. Joe and his now-superheroine girlfriend Silvia return to kick ass as stylishly as they can. The original came under fire for being too difficult, and as such the team has made Viewtiful Joe 2 more accessible to casual gamers. No worries for the hardcore though, the game is said to be just as challenging. Though those statements seem rather redundant, we expect this means that easy mode will actually be easy this time around.

GameCube exclusive titles hopping to platforms (haha, hopping to platforms…get it?) where they might actually sell seems to be a common trend these days. Viewtiful Joe was an awesome game for the Cube, and is a welcome addition to the PS2 library. The mention that the sequel isn’t going to necessarily induce strokes like the original did is a good thing to hear.

In other news…

Need For Speed Underground 2 was announced this week and will certainly brighten a certain Editor In Chief named Arnold’s day. Sounds like you’ll be able to cruise five different neighborhoods looking for a race, and there are now more than 30 licensed vehicles that can be customized in 70 billion different ways.

Did anyone really ask for this? Backyard Wrestling 2 has been revealed and will feature more of everything that made the first one so, umm, so average.

It’s so purty! PSX Extreme gets a makeover.  The new design is easier to read, more professional, and is no doubt going to get all of us that work here points with the ladies.

Gone gold/ shipped…

Sony Computer Entertainment of America today shipped Siren, their latest survival-horror title. With 10 playable characters and 78 missions, Siren's story occurs over the time span of three days. Much like Tarantino's cinematic masterpiece Pulp Fiction, the missions do not occur in chronological order, leaving players to make sense of the events that occur. Even more mysterious is the voice acting, which features British accents dubbed onto Asian models.

Just what the PS2 needs, another survival-horror game. This one’s got an interesting twist to it, but then again, each one claims to have something new and refreshing.

Also shipping is the latest Eye Toy game, entitled Eye Toy Groove. Dust off that camera and get dancing!

For those of you that want to kill rather than dance, Eidos has released Hitman: Contracts, a dark look back at the career of 47. If you haven’t played the previous games, this game’s not likely to do much for you, but if you’re a fan of the series, there’s no reason to stop liking it now.

What’s hot…

Here are the top selling games from March:

·  MVP Baseball - 316,467 units

·  Bond 007 - Everything or Nothing - 125,042 units

·  Final Fantasy XI - 115,343 units

·  Resident Evil: Outbreak - 113,333 units

·  MX Unleashed - 113,016 units

·  Jet Li: Rise to Honor - 109,998 units

·  Drakengard - 82,160 units

·  Need for Speed: Underground - 80,339 units

·  NFL Street - 70,620 units

·  The Suffering - 66,368 units

·  Mafia - 53,086 units

·  Sonic Heroes - 52,699 units

·  MLB 2005 - 50,942 units

·  NCAA March Madness - 49,775 units

·  NBA Live 2004 - 48,536 units

Six Ea titles amongst the top 15 - they really are the New York Yankees of the gaming industry. 989 Gets some love with the solid and soon to be reviewed by yours truly, MLB 2005. It’s not the best baseball game out there this year, but it’s a big step forward for 989.

In closing…

There you have it, the first/second Weekly Rewind is in the books. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, drop me a line at AaronT@psxextreme.com anytime. Thanks for reading, and see ya next week.

4/23/2004 Aaron Thomas

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