Leipzig Day One – A Summary

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This may not be E3, but that doesn’t mean that Leipzig is not going to produce some really good news, today being the first day has already proved that and has left most anticipating more. While the usual hands on previews have all been released there has still been a lot of announcements being made but many of the big players in the game.

While not much was expected from Sony, they did announce three new hardware products which included a 160Gb Playstation 3 bundle, new psp-3000 bundles and a wireless ps3 keyboard. The 160Gb PS3 bundle will be a limited edition bundle, including Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, a PSN download for PAIN and a DS3 control. It will be released in November for a similar price to the 80GB MGS4 bundle.

The psp-3000 is an upgraded psp with a view towards communication on skype, the psp will ship with a built in microphone which will eliminate the headset previously used for skype communication. There will be two new bundles featuring the new psp. A Ratchet and Clank bundle which will include a silver psp and a 1Gb memory stick and a 4Gb bundle which will be the psp and a 4Gb memory stick.

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Finally, the Bluetooth wireless keyboard which can be attached to the ps3 control allowing gamers an easier way of communicating over PSN, also being released this November

Along with the announcements from Sony came the first looks at Codemasters new games, Overlord II and their newest open-world racer Fuel Impressions. EA also got in on the action with a playable demo of their newest addition to the Need for Speed franchise, NFS: Undercover. EA also announced that they will be releasing a new Tennis Franchise to add to their array of sporting titles which will debut on the Nintendo Wii making use of the control system and will feature the England Lawn Tennis club or the place where Wimbledon is played for those unfamiliar with tennis.

Konami also released information on their upcoming titles, with movies of Enchanted Folk and the School of wizardry for the DS and Castlevania Judgment for the wii. However the interest was generated around Konami’s biggest franchise, the Pro Evolution Soccer series. The game will include new “legend mode”, the crowd, player models and kits have all been revamped and Wembley will be in the game. PES 2009 will be released in October. Another game which Konami focus on, was GTI Club + for PSN which will allow up to 8 players online and will be released in November.

While Leipzig could be considered more as the games convention where everybody gets to play the games they first heard about at E3, the first day has shown that most companies are taking it more seriously and if the first day is anything to go by, the next couple days are going to be just as action packed. If anything is for certain, its that gamers are not going to be disappointed.

Last Updated: August 21, 2008

  • Banana hammock

    Gee, what about the fact that they showed Heavy Rain gameplay? and Lord of Shadows? and gave release dates for LBP? and showed a new trailer for Killzone2 which was incredible? and showed a new trailer of split screen action for WipEout HD? and the new patch for WarHawk which has trophies and in-game music? and the add-on pack for WarHawk which has Jet Packs and a new map, you should see that video… AWESOME!!

  • PO7H3AD

    So many games, so little time
    I must admit that the only thing I’m following coming out of Leipzig is PES 2009 so anything I hear is new news to me.
    Another thing that is interesting is the bundle retailing at the same price of the smaller MGS4 bundle, could that be a precursor to Sony dropping their prices?

  • Fred

    Wow , sounds like Sony stole the show.

  • PO7H3AD

    It was only day one 😉
    Microsoft have released a new control

  • LazySAGamer

    Honestly Heavy Rain looked pretty but the gameplay was not inspiring, to put it nicely.

    I already mentioned the warhawk trophies a wihle back and the add on.

    There is a lot to cover and we are hopefully going to post all of it sometime during the day and week ahead. It very much looks like Sony’s show

  • JimBob

    I think people who didn’t get Fahrenheit are not going to like Heavy Rain, but those that loved it (up till the stage where the story went off the rails) are going to love Heavy Rain, too.

    It’s not a FPS or racing game, so clearly, it’s not for the typical Xbox 360 user. At least in this day and age a grown-up (as opposed to a cussword gore and boobie heavy ‘adult’ title) adventure heavy on narrative, character and atmosphere is unique and welcome.

  • JimBob

    The best preview is the one from IGN:

    http://ps3.ign.com/articles/898/898580p1.html

    “My descriptions can’t properly convey how atmospheric and emotional Heavy Rain (Origami Killer) was. This is a game you need to experience yourself. Sure, at its roots it’s just an adventure game, but its execution is brilliant so far. Cage ended the demonstration by noting that there will be around sixty scenes like that to play through and no matter what happened, there would never be a game over. Even having a character die, the story would continue on and be influenced by your actions.”

  • JimBob

    To be fair, that’s not hard when MS and Nionty didn’t have press conferences. 😛

  • And whose fault is that? 😉

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