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Sony has unveiled the line-up for the American PlayStation 3's "launch window", encompassing the 17th November launch date and the vague period immediately following it.

 

Announced at SCEA's Gamer's Day event in the US on Thursday, the 21-game list is headlined by first-party titles Resistance: Fall of Man and Genji: Days of the Blade, while major third-party titles include Call of Duty 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Ridge Racer 7 and Sonic the Hedgehog. First-party titles will retail for US$ 59.99.

 

Sony also confirmed leaked details of games in development for release through its e-Distribution service, similar to Xbox Live Arcade. Blast Factor, a shoot-'em-up with online options, will be released at launch, while others in development include Go! Sudoku, Go! Swizzleblock2, Criminal Crackdown (from God of War creator David Jaffe), Cash Carnage Chaos and Lemmings 2. First-party e-Distribution games are expected to go for US$ 15.

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The platform holder also revealed that a demo of racing title MotorStorm will be available for download on day one, and that the first 500,000 units sold in the US would include a pack-in Blu-ray movie - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

 

The full launch window line-up follows.

 

* Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac/Sony)

* NBA 07 (Sony)

* Genji: Days of the Blade (Game Republic/Sony)

* Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Ubisoft)

* Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)

* EA Sports Fight Night Round 3 (EA Chicago/Electronic Arts)

* The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

* F.E.A.R. (Day 1 Studios/Vivendi-Universal Games)

* Full Auto 2: Battlelines (Pseudo Interactive/SEGA)

* Madden NFL 07 (Electronic Arts)

* Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Raven Software/Activision)

* Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire (Namco Bandai)

* NBA 2K7 (2K Sports)

* Need For Speed Carbon (Electronic Arts)

* NHL 2K7 (2K Sports)

* Ridge Racer 7 (Namco Bandai)

* Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA)

* Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (Electronic Arts)

* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (Ubisoft)

* Tony Hawk's Project 8 (Neversoft/Activision)

* Untold Legends Dark Kingdom (Sony Online Entertainment)

 

 

PS3 peripherals priced ahead of US launch, with the Sixaxis controller to retail for USD 49.99

 

PS3 Pad battery irreplacable.

 

....but Sony states that they will replace the controllers when the batteries degrade.

 

Sony talks Playstation Network (their online service)

 

Every PSone game in PS3 Store?

 

 

On the replacement controllers front, it's good of Sony to offer this but so many do not take up these kinds of offers when they spring up. Most of the time due to having to fill out some hidden away online forms on their website, like the people that bought the original XBox early yet did not go online and fill out the forms to recieve their free two titles and controller.

 

On the launch line up, it just reads like the 360's really and just a typical launch window. Nothing unusual, and for me that is the problem, theres nothing there to really entice me to import one in, and if that remains the line up for when it hits here next March then I will be sitting on my cash until nearer Autumn time.

 

Price has been moaned enough about already without me needing to throw in my oar, but they really need to ensure their product is watertight as the price still seems extortionate particularly with the launch line up not exactly reading as a bunch of must-have titles, albeit a few interesting ones.

 

But not to be a downer on Sony, their plans for the PS1 emulation sounds interesting, and the possibility of flashing them across to a PSP to play on the go sounds inspired. UmJammerLammy, and Tombi on the tube could yet rival my DS sessions with Kirby and Phoenix Wright.

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Guest Jaycey Baby

Hm, didn't know Oblivion was coming out on PS3 too.

 

Any non-PC gamers picking up a PS3 should definitely get hold of F.E.A.R., great game. Easily the best FPS I've played since Half-Life 2 (although I've yet to check out Black)

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Hm, didn't know Oblivion was coming out on PS3 too.

 

Any non-PC gamers picking up a PS3 should definitely get hold of F.E.A.R., great game. Easily the best FPS I've played since Half-Life 2 (although I've yet to check out Black)

 

Black really isn't all that awesome. Its fun at first, but it get repetitive and its pretty much gun porn.

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Any non-PC gamers picking up a PS3 should definitely get hold of F.E.A.R., great game. Easily the best FPS I've played since Half-Life 2 (although I've yet to check out Black)

 

Black was terrible. There were so many other better FPS games. I agree it was gun porn.

 

F.E.A.R is so awesome and addictive. I like the way its no nonsense good horror and violence

 

Im still critical about PS3s online service. Anyways the only way to find out is to see when it comes out. I also really dont like the whole six axis stuff i was like "oh god" when they announced it.

 

PS3 needs more killer titles though. I pre ordered one before SM vs RAW 2007 was announced for 360(im a big wrestling game fan) so i might still pick it up for the blu ray player(big movie fan and i love the films sony releases), web browser and motorstorm.

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I do agree they could use some more launch titles, but remember, X-Box 360 didn't really have anything that huge when it came out. And they only had like 8 titles too boot didn't they?
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Sony won their case to stop Lik-Sang 'unofficially' importing PSP's to the UK and Europe, and have stated they already intend to prosecute companies whom import PS3's here before March.

 

Their reasoning? To "protect" European consumers "from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards [due to voltage supply differences etc], is not backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software, will not play European Blu-ray movies or DVDs, and will not be covered by warranty."

 

Oh well, its not as if I was going to import early anyways but a bugger for those that were planning to, as Sony's 'reasons' are just no brainers they would have already known and still gone ahead with purchasing an imported console.

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Sony won their case to stop Lik-Sang 'unofficially' importing PSP's to the UK and Europe, and have stated they already intend to prosecute companies whom import PS3's here before March.

 

I saw a little something about this. Isn't the PSP region free?

 

Of course it's good of Sony, really. Making sure their customers don't get stuck with a bit of kit that can't play PAL Blu-ray films.....

 

Dang, my first thought of the reasoning behind it was money. I guess I couldn't be more wrong, right, Sony?.........

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OUT OF BUSINESS NOTICE

 

Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 - Lik-Sang.com, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

 

As of today, Lik-Sang.com will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal.

 

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell Gamesindustry.biz that "ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3's case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty".

 

Lik Sang strongly disagrees with Sony's opinion that their customers need this kind of protection and pointed out that PSP consoles shipped from Lik-Sang contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC Adapters that carry CE and other safety marks and are compatible world wide. All PSP consoles were in conformity with all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

 

Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.

 

"Today is Sony Europe victory about PSP, tomorrow is Sony Europe’s ongoing pressure about PlayStation 3. With this precedent set, next week could already be the stage for complaints from Sony America about the same thing, or from other console manufacturers about other consoles to other regions, or even from any publisher about any specific software title to any country they don’t see fit. It’s the beginning of the end... of the World as we know it", stated Pascal Clarysse, formerly known as the Marketing Manager of Lik-Sang.com.

 

"Blame it on Sony. That's the latest dark spot in their shameful track record as gaming industry leader. The Empire finally 'won', few dominating retailers from the UK probably will rejoice the news, but everybody else in the gaming world lost something today."

 

lik-sang.com

 

Sony must really hate gamers.

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Guest Slim Jim
The tiniest bit of likleyhood of me getting a PS3 at all is now out the window. I've had my PSP since March 2005 from Lik Sang who offer a great service. Sony can now kiss my ass.
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Marketing manager Pascal Clarysse, who has since left Lik-Sang, says that the retailer "spent over a year to vigorously contest the UK court's jurisdiction", despite Sony's claim earlier this week that the retailer made no representations.

 

He also disputes Sony's claim that employees who allegedly purchased import PlayStation Portable consoles from Lik-Sang as early as December 2004 were doing so for "investigatory purposes", as Sony argued on Tuesday.

 

"Oddly enough, all investigatory orders that were revealed by Sony to the High Court in London and to the High Court in Hong Kong started much later than the purchases placed by [sony employees]," Clarysse says.

 

"Further to this, Sony Europe's own Legal and Business Affairs Manager signed a witness statement in the High Court of London that says that Sony Europe 'became aware' of parallel imported PSP consoles in the UK and in the rest of Europe only in March 2005, and the same witness statement presents a trainee solicitor from Sony's lawyers as the one placing such investigatory orders during May 2005."

 

With Lik-Sang now out of business, the situation looks bleak for other importers of foreign hardware, but, says Clarysse, it is the human cost that's being felt most now that the dust is settling on this episode. "Unfortunately for Lik-Sang, the current situation is neither a joke, nor a game: A bunch of people, including two highly pregnant women, have lost their basis for existence because of corporate lawsuits for something that is not only regarded as lawful in Hong Kong, it is considered to be beneficial for consumers (free trade)."

 

Sony declined to comment on Lik-Sang's statement.

 

I heard the babies are not due till March, well in Europe anyway.

 

But anyways, the pregnant women part or not, after reading the complete letter, it seems to me the important message is: Sony lied in their rebuttal note (according to Clarysse).

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