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Weekly Rewind: #2

Welcome back to the weekly rewind, where we take a look back at the week’s big news, releases, sales, and most likely, a bunch of things that annoy me. There was lots of little news this week, but nothing huge, something which will change the closer we get to E3. We’ll be covering the big event from all angles, so look for tons of huge news stories, and lots of pretty screenshots in the coming weeks. If you’ve got any feedback, positive or negative, please drop me a line at aaront@psxextreme.com

The week’s big news…

Sony will drop the price of the PlayStation 2 this May, presumably on May 11th during its E3 press conference.

There, I said it.

Do I have any definite sources for this? No, not really. The signs are everywhere though. This morning, Reuters issued a report saying that analysts have determined that Sony needs to drop the price of the PlayStation 2. It seems that with the Xbox price drop, Microsoft may have sold more units than Sony in the past month. Next month isn't looking too great, either.

Our very own Chris Faylor echoes the sentiments of many that feel that a PS2 price drop is imminent. Will it boost sales? Do you know anyone that’s waiting for it to drop another $30 before getting one? I didn’t think so. The Xbox price drop works because many people are purchasing it as a second system, because they already own a PS2.  I don’t see the drop causing sales to increase in a big way, but it’s nice for those people that have to buy new ones because of the pesky disc read errors

In other news…

Update: Today, Square Enix announced that Chains of Promathia will be released simultaneously in Japan and North America this fall. This would be great news if I didn’t suck so badly at the game that I couldn’t leave the first town. Alas, I suck at the game. Those of you that are spending all of your waking hours on the game will no doubt rejoice at this news.

Hip Games, in an apparent deal with the devil, has announced a Garfield game.  There really doesn’t seem to be any good that can come of this is there? I’m going to call it right here – WORST GAME OF THE YEAR. Prove me wrong Hip Games.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today confirmed that Gran Turismo 4: Prologue Signature Edition, a sort of demo disc containing 46 challenges and 64 cars, will be released in Europe next month. Sadly, that won’t be coming out in the United States. Keep your chins up though! We get a Garfield game before anyone else!

The Coors Light Twins as well as two Playmates will be at E3 this year. There will be more celebrity announcements soon, but this certainly isn’t a bad start. Don’t be shocked to find some pictures of these lovely ladies on the site, courtesy of our fine staff.

Gone gold/ shipped…

Capcom of America shipped Onimusha 3 Demon Siege and it’s got new polygonal environments, which would have been a big deal about 3 years ago. Alas the lackluster second game went a long ways in killing this series.

Activision ships Shrek 2 to stores, game reviewers everywhere pray that they don’t have to review the game. The first games were horrible, regardless of system or genre, so one can only imagine what the sequel has in store for us.

The new Transformers game has gone gold, and believe it or not, it sounds pretty cool, at least it does compared with previous games. You get to control Optimus Prime in this one, which again, is cool, but you might want to keep that quiet around your lady friends.

What’s hot…

     1        PS2-NBA Ballers                
     2        PS2-Hitman: Contracts   
     3        XBOX Splinter Cell: Pandora     
     4        PS2-Need For Speed: Underground                      
     5        XBOX-NBA Ballers                 
     6        PS2-Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3   
     7        PS2-James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
     8        PS2-Mafia                          
     9        PS2-True Crime: Streets Of LA    

10          PS2-NFL Street 

Hitman has a strong debut, and somehow, someway, Mafia is still hanging on to the charts. Who is still renting this game? I guess it’s good that they’re not buying it, but it has been on the charts for months!

PSX Extreme Poll Update…

This week’s poll wants to know how good the upcoming E3 show will be, and it looks like most of you are feeling pretty positive about things.  78% of you feel that the show will be somewhat to much better than it was last year. 9% of you think it will be about the same, and 14% of you are miserable grumpy gamers that think it’s going to stink. I think it’s going to be a little better than last year, if for no other reason than the PSP will be unveiled.

In closing…

What have we learned this week? Shovelware is alive and well with both Shrek and Garfield games coming to a store near you. We also learned there will be Twins and Playmates at E3, which is like 3,432,562 times better than any Garfield game you could possibly make. We also learned that Sony doesn’t like giving us Gran Turismo demos, and that my friends, really stinks. That’s it for this week, drop me a line at aaront@psxextreme and let me know what you think.

5/3/2004 Aaron Thomas

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