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PS Fanboy Week in Review: 10/22 - 10/28

You did enter our Square Enix Store contest on PSP Fanboy right? Of course, maybe you don't want to win a Chocobo plushie (pictured, above). Or, maybe you really don't want a Cloud figurine. Heck, a free copy of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions probably doesn't float your boat. That's okay!

We have tons of winners this week. Congrats to Lars, Deviation and mondomondoman on winning a Ratchet & Clank fan pack, which includes a limited edition poster, t-shirt and concept art. And now, the news:

  • Secret Agent Clank (PSP)
    Exclusive! The first real details on the brand new PSP-exclusive Ratchet & Clank game.
  • PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 8
    Viking: Battle for Asgard wallpapers. For download on PS3 and PSP.
  • Welcome to Helios: a brand new God of War level
    Premiere! Brand new Chains of Olympus screenshots you won't find anywhere else.
  • Warhammer 40,000 Squad Command
    Playable demo for PSP.
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    Review: "Shows his lessened aspirations in a game that's incredibly by-the-numbers."
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    Review: "Casual basketball fans should definitely approach the title with caution."
  • SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP)
    Preview: "An easy contender for Game of the Year on any platform."
  • SWAT: Target Liberty (PSP)
    Review: "Neither tactical enough to be a thinking man's shooter, nor action-packed to be a fun arcade shooter."
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    Includes facial recognition software, and navigation tools.
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    LOL, are the load times gone?

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of October 28

The Christmas season continues this week with another full list of game releases. While not quite as stellar as last week, this week is still a pretty good week for games and next week proves to be even better. Here's the full release list:

US Hardware
  • 40GB PS3 Spiderman 3 bundle
US Games
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (again!)
  • Guitar Hero III
  • Stranglehold
  • Stranglehold Collector's Edition (Includes "Hard Boiled" movie)
  • The Simpsons Game
  • Cars: Mater-National Championship
EU Games
  • Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War
  • Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
  • NBA 2K8
  • NHL 2K8
Asian Games
  • Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
  • GI Jockey 4 2007
Ratchet and Clank's official release is this week, so those of you who haven't been able to find a retailer who got an early shipment won't have much longer to wait. Guitar Hero III is actually available today - as in, right now. So go get it!

Your PS3 is region free so feel free to import any of the above games. Having said that, however, we're intrigued to find out about Guitar Hero III's downloadable content will importers be able to download new tracks without an American credit card? If you know, we'd love to find out.

Nobi Nobi Boy video makes debut, but no sense

The video itself is quite lengthy, but if you want to see what comes after Katamari Damacy for Keita Takahashi, this is the ticket. Nobi Nobi Boy made a screenshot debut a few months ago with little detailed about the game itself. Now we've caught a demonstration of the title and our thoughts can be summed up by: what? This is some cracked out stuff right here. Essentially you'll see the "boy" run around, stretch out, and mess around with various animals as the audience giggles in anticipation for something to happen. Nothing does. Well, it's still too early to see what's really happening, but the ultimate decision is up to you guys: pass or fail?

PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 8

Every week, PSP and PS3 Fanboy will bring you new backgrounds for your Sony consoles, in resolutions up to 1080p. Download them directly to your PS3 by accessing PS3 Fanboy on your system. Download PSP wallpapers directly to your PSP by accessing the site wirelessly at

This weekend, we're focusing on Sega's upcoming PS3 title Viking: Battle for Asgard.

Continue reading PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 8

First trailer for Dead Space unleashed

What's this? Electronic Arts actually stamping their name on a game that looks relatively decent? It appears so, as this trailer for the new title Dead Space finally shows a bit of the game in action and we've gotta say, looks like tossing survival horror in space might have some promise after all. But will the soundtrack go the white noise, ambient suspense route of typical horror movies? Will they toss in an awkward but awesome sci-fi techno/rock for a futuristic spin? It really is the soundtrack that makes these games work, but silence is always an option. It's space, after all.

Magic happens when PS3 is injected with nectar

After realizing that nectar from Free Radical's upcoming Haze FPS would transform an ordinary Sixaxis controller into the rumblelicious DualShock 3, it looks like Mantel Global Industries is back again with even more interesting experiments. What happens when a PS3 is injected with several doses of the bio-enhancing drug? Apparently, the price just keeps dropping and dropping.

While we're pretty pleased with the current price of the 40GB model, we wouldn't have been upset if they gave a few more squirts to knock the price down even more!

Disgaea 3 screenshot extravaganza

If you've been wondering what Disgaea 3 will look like on your HDTV, we've got a gazillion new screenshots to frisbee throw at you. Yep. The sprites are still the low-res generally-recycled stuff from the last generation of consoles, but they do look like they've been softened up a hair. The level design is still quite basic, but totally smooth. NIS isn't taking home any trophies for graphics, but it's always been their gameplay that grabbed us. This will probably succeed in that, so the fact that we privileged PS3 owners get first dibs is icing on the cake.

We've also received word that a release date for the addictive strategy RPG has been set -- January 31, 2008 is the date for Japan, so if you're an import-savvy fellow, there's probably not much you'd miss besides the humorous dialogue. If you've played the previous games, you'd be able to figure this out. Just a few more throwing options and monster fusions. Oh, and be sure not to choke on any pretzels and die. The Netherworld would miss you.

GameSpot hosts Resistance: Fall of Man tournament

Think you're good at Resistance: Fall of Man? Brush up your skills as Insomniac's FPS game is featured in a brand new GameStop tournament. Winners of the tournament will get a Star Wars Battlefront PSP, jacket and more. You must be 17 years of age or older to register. Make us proud, PS3 Fanboys.

Never too stupid: Blu-ray disc battles microwave

It's the eternal struggle of who will ultimately destroy who: the disc or the microwave? While most of you will undoubtedly say "the microwave, you dolt!" there are still a few people who secretly wish the discs would unleash a Limit Break of sorts, shooting lightning back into the microwave and causing an explosion of awesome proportions. Sadly, Blu-ray is not the medium to bring about the end of this microwave oppression. Our only qualms with this video: shaky cam is lame and we really wish he tossed the disc back into the PS3 to see if the PS3 would explode somehow.

Naughty Dog co-president says Uncharted not that similar to Tomb Raider

When you first see Uncharted's beautiful scenery and gameplay, it's hard not to immediately think of Eidos' Tomb Raider series. While many gamers continue to make those comparisons, anyone who's watched a few gameplay videos will realize the two games aren't that similar after all.

Naughty Dog copresident Evan Wells told Gamespot that he understands the comparisons, but the gameplay focus and the lead characters are entirely different. "I think just by the very fact that both Nathan Drake and Lara Croft are treasure hunters, there will be comparisons. But beyond that, they diverge pretty rapidly. From a character standpoint, Nathan Drake is an everyman who struggles to get by, who you can see on his face that he's stressed out as he's flinching from bullets ricocheting off the cover he's hiding behind, while Lara is the more stone-faced acrobat, perfect landing every time," he said. "And then the gameplay, obviously we were very focused on third-person cover-based play, while theirs is more auto-aiming and a little more heavy on the puzzle-solving."

Well said, Mr. Wells. Hopefully, this clears up any misunderstanding anyone has about the two games. While it'd be great if Uncharted reaches the same success as Tomb Raider, we just hope it doesn't follow Lara's downward spiral of mediocrity.

Netflix interested in PS3 video-on-demand service

While Sony is planning a video distribution service through the PlayStation Network, it could have a partner waiting in the wings. In a Q3 earnings call, Netflix executive Reed Hastings alluded that the video rental giant would like to expand its services online through a variety of methods, one being "internet-connected game consoles."

The Netflix president, CEO and board chairman said, "In terms of enabling the viewing of online content on the television screen, we are exploring a variety of options, including Internet connected, high definition DVD players, internet connected game consoles, and dedicated internet set tops, with a variety of partners, trying to understand the best ways to provide inexpensive viewing of online content on the television."

This could be a perfect opportunity for Sony to offer a robust lineup of content right out of the gate with a proven company like Netflix. Who knows, though, if Sony will be willing to share its piece of the pie?

SCEE predicts UK PS3 sales doubling this holiday

Ray Maguire sat down with Edge magazine and talked about the upcoming surge of PS3 console sales this holiday season. Maguire treats this surge like fact -- we all expect it to happen. He's so confident the PS3 will sell this holiday that he believes in the UK, sales of the PS3 will double. That means 1 million PS3's will have been moved off the shelf since launch.

In addition to the sales of the console itself, Maguire believes that games will no longer be an issue this holiday season: "we're in the period of crossover now, where people will start to develop on PS3 as the lead [platform] if they're multiformat ... because of the Cell chip and because it's got a hard disc in every device, the way of generating games - if you start with PS3 - is you can create the optimal, ultimate game. And then you can knock out functionality to put it onto other platforms." Ouch! Well, since we have yet to see those claims bleed over into actual games yet, maybe something like Devil May Cry 4 will cause that statement to become fact. Who knows.

Today's 'LOL it's cheap for a reason' deal of the day

Really? Two PS3 controllers for only $29? What a deal!

Wait ... but they look like these monstrosities. Sure, you could take advantage of this deal, but what will your friends say when they come over to your home? Remember this: most of you have spent $600 on a machine that was built to look sexy. Let's not ruin it with some cheap looking peripherals, okay?

For the cheap and foolish: Available in red. And blue.

[Via CAG]

Penny Arcade takes on Ratchet and Clank

Did you catch today's Penny Arcade strip? Well, hope you did -- it's a fun one, just for Ratchet & Clank fans. Check it out.

Of course, as is usual for the Penny Arcade duo, they have a blog entry detailing their experiences with the game. "The new Ratchet & Clank is a marvel, further proof that Insomniac is the surest thing that platform has going for it. You'll travel to lush, hitch-free worlds where the brutal load times found in other Playstation titles are nowhere to be found. It's something everyone with the system will be playing, and it's executed at a level that should generate jealousy in the non-owner."

We'd have to agree. Check out PS3 Fanboy's review of the game next Tuesday (right before it "officially" ships to stores!).

Toy Home hitting the JPN PSN Store on November 1st

The official site for Game Republic's Toy Home is up and includes a whole host of information pertinent to its release. The game will be downloadable from the Japanses PSN Store from November the first and will cost 800 yen. Toy Home will weigh in at 629 megabytes and will support up to two players. Both of whom can play with Dualshock 3 controllers, if they wish.

There's no word on when this will be coming to the US or EU PSN Stores, but we'd expect to see it arrive sometime before Christmas. Is that vague enough for you?

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