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2005 E3 SHOW

INTRODUCTION
E3 PREVIEWS
Latest previews from E3:
Burnout Revenge
Crime Life: Gang Wars
Commandos Strike Force
I-8 (PS3)
Killzone (PS3)
Eyedentify (PS3)
Gran Turismo (PS3)
Soul Calibur 3
Spartan: Total Warrior
Starcraft Ghost
Matrix: Path of Neo
Need for Speed (PS3)
MOH: European Assault
Madden NFL 06
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Batman Begins
Juiced
Tiger Woods 2006 (PS3)
Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
Okami
Killer 7
Resident Evil 4
Without Warning
Final Fight Streetwise
Final Fantasy XII
The Movies
Fight Night (PS3)
SOCOM III
Madden Next Gen (PS3)
Microsoft premiered their somewhat underwhelming XBox 360 last week and now it's Sony's turn. In what should be the best show every this is going to be a massive event. Expect coverage to start as soon as the Sony conference takes place. As with last year we will put the press releases from the major companies listing their titles (with non-ps2 titles removed) and as we preview the games links will be added.

This coverage is split up into different publishers/developers on the game sides, and as the week progresses more previews and screenshots will be added to each game. Any hardware and price drops being announced will be added into their respective areas as announced. Let the fun begin.

FRIDAY MAY 20, 2005
GAME NEWS
Here's an interesting piece of news doing the rounds at the moment. Apparently Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki would not confirm that Ninja Gaiden was an XBox 360 game. Could it be that the developer, who loves to use the most powerful hardware available, is still considering using the PS3? Here's hoping...

This isn't really Sony news, but it may have an impact on the next generation. At Microsoft's press conference they made some noise about Square-Enix porting Final Fantasy XI to the system. Many expected much improved graphics however it has now been confirmed it will be a direct port with HD resolution, but no major changes. Apparently they had the game running on XBox (1) however the XBox Live service didn't allow the game to run with PlayOnline - the XBox 360's online service will. The question remains - will gamers want to play an obviously inferior game graphically? Will it leave a good impression on the gaming public?

Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Kaz Hirai spoke to CNBC recently and hinted that the PS3 may launch in more then one territory at once. He stated that "We will have to look at development and how things are coming along in terms of manufacture and all the other logistical things to determine which territory or multiple territories go first."

THURSDAY MAY 19, 2005
GAME NEWS
LucasArts has confirmed we can expect a new Indiana Jones game to appear on next-generation consoles in 2007. This is an interesting announcement with Harrison Ford apparently set to don the leather whip once more in a movie possibly aimed at a summer 2007 release. Here's hoping...

Ubisoft have confirmed that a new Brother in Arms title is ni development for the PC and current generation consoles. Titled Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood the game adds new features and game modes. Featuring a new single-player narrative, new multiplayer missions, an all-new cooperative-style game mode, and new weapons and vehicles.

Well the actual E3 convention kicked off a couple of hours ago - well, should have anyway. Problem is that the West Hall where Sony and Nintendo are based had no power for a while. Strangely the South Hall, where Microsoft is based still has power... Perhaps they realised they needed some attention from the press and cut...

Some surprising news with Square-Enix confirming that Final Fantasy XII will not be playable this year despite the fact that it was playable last year on the show floor. New trailers will be shown however the lack of playable code indicates the game is still some time away.

WEDNESDAY MAY 18, 2005
GAME NEWS
OK, I simply had to post a link to this article on IGN which is quoting Japan's Mainichi Shimbun who have said the PS3 will sell for "less then 50,000 yen each", or $US465. This is about $US165 more expensive then most previous console launches. Could this be one of the most expensive systems ever, or were Sony just saying a general number? Time will tell but I suspect the price will be much lower then this in the end and more in line with previous console launches.

How many of you have been franticly downloading the PS3 movies... There's some floating around but there has been some question about the graphics - were they pre-rendered, were they rendered in realtime? Unfortunately we have no answers and it's likely some videos were a mixture of both. Of most contention is the stunning Killzone trailer. It's simply stunning, but seems to show gameplay. Time will tell but it certainly looks stunning and if you have broadband hunt it down (IGN or gametrailers.com would be a start). Perhaps Sony will comment when the show starts.

Some people have asked what happened to PSP and PS2 at Sony's pre-E3 press conference. Indeed neither console was shown - the PSP was mentioned as being able to hook into the Playstation 3 however. Sony wanted to focus on Playstation 3 and in doing so really showed Microsoft, and the game world, just how powerful their system would be. Fear not however as the PS2 and PSP will be the focus for most companies on the game floor.

TUESDAY MAY 17, 2005
PLAYSTATION 3 CONTROLLER
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This is it... PS3 with control.
One of the biggest surprises (and there have been a tonne of them) is the design of the Playstation 3 controller. Gone is the traditional Dual Shock design which existed during the last two systems and in its place comes an ultra-sleek looking design. The button and stick layout seems quite similar to existing controls (on the front anyway) and we can expect analogue buttons once again.

But why change the design? The most likely scenario is that the designers needed space to put in batteries. You see the controllers are wireless and will use Bluetooth 2.0 to connect to the system. While not specifically confirmed as yet the specs (seen below) seem to indicate that up to 7 controllers will be connectable to the system - and interesting number indeed.

PLAYSTATION 3 ANNOUNCEMENT
Sony held their pre-E3 conference today and focused heavily on the launch of the Playstation 3 (which is now confirmed as the official name) - and what a beast it is. Sony Europe have issued a press release saying the system will release in Spring 2006 (That's Autumn in Australia) but it's the power that has people drooling with more then twice the power of the XBox 360, and even better support for hi-definition with 1080p. Here are the spec's (note: these will be updated during the day as more details are announced):

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    This is it... PS3.
    Product name: PlayStation 3
    Logo: PLAYSTATION(R)3
    CPU
      Cell Processor
      PowerPC-base Core @3.2GHz
      1 VMX vector unit per core
      512KB L2 cache
      7 x SPE @3.2GHz
      7 x 128b 128 SIMD GPRs
      7 x 256KB SRAM for SPE
      * 1 of 8 SPEs reserved for redundancy
      total floating point performance: 218 GFLOPS
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    The back of the system...
    GPU
      RSX @550MHz
      1.8 TFLOPS floating point performance
      Full HD (up to 1080p) x 2 channels
      Multi-way programmable parallel floating point shader pipelines
    Sound
      Dolby 5.1ch, DTS, LPCM, etc. (Cell- base processing)
    Memory
      256MB XDR Main RAM @3.2GHz
      256MB GDDR3 VRAM @700MHz
    System Bandwidth
      Main RAM 25.6GB/s
      VRAM 22.4GB/s
      RSX 20GB/s (write) + 15GB/s (read)
      SB< 2.5GB/s (write) + 2.5GB/s (read)
      System Floating Point Performance
      2 TFLOPS
    Storage
      Detachable 2.5" HDD slot x 1
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    Multiple colours.
    I/O
      USB Front x 4, Rear x 2 (USB2.0)
      Memory Stick standard/Duo, PRO x 1
      SD standard/mini x 1
      CompactFlash (Type I, II) x 1
    Communication
      Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 3 (input x 1 + output x 2)
      Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
      Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
    Controller
      Bluetooth (up to 7)
      USB 2.0 (wired)
      Wi-Fi (PSP)
      Network (over IP)
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    The side view...
    AV Output
      Screen size: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
      HDMI: HDMI out x 2
      Analog: AV MULTI OUT x 1
      Digital audio: DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) x 1
    Disc Media
      CD: PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW, SACD, SACD Hybrid (CD layer), SACD HD, DualDisc, DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side)
      DVD: PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
      Blu-ray Disc: PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, BD-Video, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE

Now when it comes to games there were a couple shown. The first was a tech demo for Unreal Engine 3.0 running in realtime. However it was the confirmation that The Getaway was in development, with a tech demo, that started the excitement. Following that was the news that a new Grand Theft Auto was in development for the system. Still not enough, how about a new Final Fantasy game from Square Enix. Want more... crikey, maybe the announcement of Metal Gear Solid 4 will do it... Still not satisfied, can you say Tekken, Formula One, Killzone, Warhawk (that's a welcome return) and Devil May Cry 4! My goodness this presentation puts the Microsoft MTV amateur 30 minutes to shame.

GAMES
Yes Yes Yes... One of the first big surprises of the show has been announced - Capcom are developing a new Final Fight game. Titled Final Fight: Streetwise the game already looks quite fantastic - expect more details and a preview soon!

Another game announced by Capcom this morning is Devil Kings. Capcom describe the title as "Fast-paced action game set against a backdrop of a warring nation as feudal lords battle for land and power. Choose from a selection of heroic warriors and utilize their unique combat abilities to fight on the battlefields and unify the country." Expect more info and a preview soon.

Electronic Arts are still the big boys on the block and this press release demonstrates their commitment to the current generation. It's impressive, nigh spectacular with some massive properties heading to PS2 including Battlefield, The Sims, The Godfather and Batman to name a few. Here's the PS2 games... (note - many EA Sports titles aren't listed in the release for some reason, but expect 2006 versions of all the sports games)

    EA ANNOUNCES 2005 ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO LINE UP
    EA To Debut 26 Current Generation Console and PC Titles

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 11, 2005 -- Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced its robust line-up of videogame titles for the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place in Los Angeles May 18-20, 2005. EA’s 2005/2006 roster of EA SPORTS and EA branded games for the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP handheld entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, PC and mobile phones will be showcased in EA’s booth #1000 in the South Hall. The show also marks the world debut of EA’s next- generation games which will appear both on the show floor and in the exclusive “Next Gen Lab,” by invitation only.

    “What EA is bringing to E3 this year is a culmination of years of innovation, creativity and dedication to making games that consumers want to play,” said Don Mattrick, EA’s President of worldwide studios. “The games we have in development across platforms are unprecedented, especially when complimented by our next generation offering – EA’s lineup truly is a gamer’s dream come true.”

    EA SPORTS branded E3 line-up: EA SPORTS will showcase three of its current generation sports games, all of which feature online* gameplay through EA SPORTS Nation and support online play for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox LIVE and PC.

    NCAA Football 06 - Your quest for the Heisman Trophy begins with NCAA Football 06. In an all-new Race for the Heisman mode, players can start their career as a prep star and lead him from high school summer camp all the way to bowl victories as a collegiate legend. Gamers can act as Impact Players and single handedly break games wide open with highlight reel moves and special animations or take control of a program and make a run for the championship through a revamped Dynasty Mode. With all new Breakaway Controls, in-game analysis, and studio commentary, this is college football like you've never seen or heard. In addition, NCAA Football 06 has the exclusive license for college football videogames, and will be the only game to feature actual teams, stadiums and schools. NCAA Football 06 is scheduled to ship in July.

    Madden NFL 06 - For the first time in 10 years, the Madden NFL Football franchise has revolutionized its passing game—giving Madden NFL 06 the most groundbreaking and innovative offensive arsenal ever created. The new QB Vision Control lets you scan the field, look off defenders, and make perfect throws within your quarterback’s unique field of vision. QB Precision Placement lets you put the ball exactly where you want it. You can also experience the life of an NFL Player with NFL Superstar Mode, where you can earn one of more than 60 Personas ranging from MVP to Movie Star. Madden NFL 06 brings authentic NFL passing to video games in its 16th year of the franchise and now has the exclusive NFL and NFLPA license. Madden NFL 06 is scheduled to ship this summer on the PlayStation 2 and PSP.

    NASCAR 06 - Take command of the biggest teams in NASCAR by building a multi-car dynasty with NASCAR 06. In the first-ever Squad Based Racing experience, you are not alone. Radio to teammates for assistance, while managing on-track partnerships, or take the wheel of a teammate’s car in the middle of a race to fend off rivals. With all-new game controls, including real-time voice command, communicate with your crew chief, spotters, and on-track allies to help punch your team through the pack. As an owner, build your own racing empire or even buy top NASCAR Teams like Hendrick Motorsports. Earn the title of Teammate, Champion, and Hero in NASCAR 06.

    EA branded E3 lineup: EA delivers 14 games ranging from new titles and experiences on award-winning franchises to all-new franchises, making their debut as videogames. EA titles will be available on various game consoles and the PC including Xbox, PlayStation 2 console, PSP handheld system, Nintendo DS, and PC.

    Batman Begins - Launching day-and-date with the film on June 15, 2005, the Batman Begins video game challenges gamers to step into the shadows of Gotham’s perilous criminal underworld as DC Comics’ legendary Dark Knight, and use fear as their ultimate weapon. The game features an all-star cast, including the voices and likenesses of Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard), Katie Holmes (Rachel Dawes), Cillian Murphy (Dr. Jonathan Crane), Tom Wilkinson (Carmine Falcone) and Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), all reprising their roles from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Christopher Nolan. Batman Begins will be available on PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

    Battlefield 2: Modern Combat - The award-winning Battlefield franchise finally explodes onto the PlayStation and Xbox, dropping players into the heat of battle with Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™. In addition to a robust single-player mode, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat delivers the Battlefield franchise’s trademark multiplayer action for up to 24 players in fierce online battles. The game brings the over-the-top action and excitement of the Battlefield series into the modern era with a bleeding-edge arsenal of vehicles and weaponry allowing for the most over the top “Battlefield Moments” yet. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is scheduled to ship in fall 2005.

    BLACK - An explosive first-person shooter from Criterion Software Ltd., BLACK will be shown behind closed doors in the EA booth. The game casts players as an unstoppable, unaccountable and untraceable covert operative fighting a perilous overt war against Terror in Eastern Europe, and delivers unprecedented, intense Hollywood-style action and destruction.

    Burnout Revenge - The sequel to 2004’s racing game of the year, Burnout Revenge reignites battle racing in the fastest most dangerous game on the road. Fight dirty or go down in flames - the only rule is complete automotive anarchy. Built for unprecedented destruction, Burnout Revenge challenges gamers to exact their revenge on rush hour traffic, vindictive rival racers and anything else that gets between them and the finish line. Burnout Revenge ships this September. The Burnout series will also hit the PSP handheld system in September with Burnout Legends, which takes the series’ award-winning speed, action and attitude on the road for the first time, combining the best moments in the franchise’s history with exclusive PSP-only features, gameplay and connectivity.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back! The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire videogame will release in November in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling’s fourth book. Experience the thrilling moments of the movie and put your magic to the ultimate test in co-operative play with up to two friends. In the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Harry is mysteriously selected as the fourth contestant in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament™. Each competitor in the international competition must confront a fire-breathing dragon, rescue friends from the icy depths of the Black Lake, and navigate the twisting mysteries of a vast, dangerous maze. Players can experience the thrills of the movie—from the Quidditch™ World Cup campsite to a heart-stopping duel with Lord Voldemort himself! The game will be available for the PlayStation 2 and PSP.

    From Russia With Love - will be the first game to put players in the universe of the classic James Bond films. Set in the original 60’s Bond era, the game features movie-based missions as well as original, action-intensive sequences, a broad and deep variety of gameplay including create your own Bond, fully-integrated vehicles, social multiplayer experiences, gorgeous women, and classic, upgradeable weapons and gadgetry with modern mechanics. Sean Connery, the original Bond, reprises his role as the dapper Mi6 agent in this innovative, retro-styled and highly anticipated console title from the infamous Bond franchise. From Russia With Love is expected to ship fall 2005.

    Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects - An epic war has struck the Marvel universe and its outcome is in your hands! Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects delivers the most authentic and cinematic Super Hero fighting experience ever seen in a video game while remaining faithful to Marvel’s comic legacy. Pit the most legendary Marvel characters against The Imperfects, a group of Super Heroes created collaboratively by Marvel, EA, and top comic book industry talent, in all-out duels to determine who among them is the most powerful of all. Control a number of characters from Marvel’s library of Super Hero families including Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man. Pummel and ultimately crush adversaries in fully interactive and highly destructible arenas and experience what it’s like to fully posses each Hero’s super powers. Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects will be released this October for the PlayStation 2 and PSP handheld.

    Medal of Honor European Assault – In the latest videogame from EA’s acclaimed Medal of Honor franchise, Medal of Honor European Assault, the story line is the star. Europe 1942. These are desperate hours for Allied forces as the Nazi war machine rages across a devastated European landscape. You are US Army Lieutenant William Holt, hand-picked by William “Wild Bill” Donovan to be the first field agent of the newly formed Office of Strategic Services—the OSS. Medal of Honor European Assault makes you the driving force in the struggle to liberate Europe. Against all odds, the leadership choices you make before and during the heat of battle will define your legacy as a hero in this highly anticipated addition to the franchise. Medal of Honor European Assault will be available for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube in June 2005.

    Need for Speed Most Wanted - Wake up to the smell of burnt asphalt as the thrill of illicit street racing permeates the air. From the makers of the hit Need for Speed™ Underground series, Need for Speed Most Wanted challenges players to become the most notorious and elusive street racer. Combining illicit street racing and tuner customization with the intensity of strategic police pursuit, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be on every gamer’s ‘must-have’ list this holiday season. Out-race rivals, evade cops and exploit hundreds of miles of open road as gamers rise to the top of the Blacklist, earning respect and notoriety in the illicit street racing scene. Developed in Vancouver, B.C. by EA Canada, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available for a next generation console as well as the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, PSP handheld and PC this November.

    The Godfather - After a life of small-time crime you’ve been accepted into America’s most powerful criminal organization—the Corleone Family. Now it’s up to you to carry out orders, earn respect, rise through the ranks, and make New York City your own. Choose your path in the world of The Godfather as you interact with characters and intersect scenes from the movie. Take on a variety of action-packed missions in a fully living New York City—from mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and extortion. Play your cards right and you could become the next, and most powerful, Don. The Godfather will be shipping this fall for Xbox, PlayStation 2 console, PC, PSP handheld, and on a next generation system.

    The Sims 2 - The No. 1 PC game of 2004 is coming this fall completely redefined for all consoles and handheld systems. Directly control your Sims through all of the fully customizable locations unique per platform and create thousands of your own food recipes, clothing designs, potions, inventions, and even personal music tracks and paintings. All games will deliver the classic, open-ended gameplay along with exclusive features per platform. Aspirational driven gameplay and fully customizable content will give players the most authentic Sims experiences ever on console and handhelds. Tell your own stories and directly control your Sims lives to build their worlds, excel in their careers, and fulfill their wants while avoiding their worst fears. Aspirations are the fuel for inspiration – The Sims 2 is everywhere you want to play and will be available this fall for the PlayStation 2 and PSP handheld.

Activision may not release a lot of titles, but they are the kings when it comes to licensed games. Properties such as Shrek, Spider-Man, and Fantastic Four should ensure another monster year for the company.

    ACTIVISION UNVEILS POWERHOUSE GAME SLATE AT 2005 ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

    Line-Up Includes Titles Based On Best-Selling Entertainment Brands and Original Intellectual Properties

    Sydney, Australia – May 13, 2005 -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will showcase a blockbuster game line-up at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 18-20, 2005. The company’s line-up includes titles based on popular entertainment brands like Marvel’s Spider-Man, Fantastic 4, X-Men, as well as, Shrek, new installments in Activision’s best-selling Tony Hawk and Call of Duty franchises, and innovative offerings from some of the industry’s top development houses, id Software’s QUAKE 4 and The Movies from Peter Molyneux’s Lionhead Studios.

    Activision’s PS2 Game Line-Up Includes:

    Call of Duty 2 - The sequel to the 2003 “Game of the Year,” Call of Duty 2 delivers an unparalleled portrayal of the chaos and cinematic intensity of World War II through stunningly detailed graphics, advanced AI, realistic character animations and explosive on-screen action – all powered by Infinity Ward’s brand new proprietary engine.

    Call of Duty 2: Big Red One - Building on the Call of Duty brand’s signature epic, cinematic intensity of war, Call of Duty 2: Big Red One unites players in the chaos of battle fighting as part of a squad in the legendary and decorated “Big Red One,” the American 1st Infantry Division.

    Fantastic 4 - The only game based on Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming feature film, Fantastic 4 is a team-based action-adventure in which players harness the Marvel Super Heroes’ unique and amazing powers through a compelling single-player mode or two-player co-operative gameplay experience.

    The Movies - Developed by Lionhead Studios’ Peter Molyneux, a pioneer in the “life simulation” genre, The Movies lets gamers become Hollywood players, by creating unique movies and releasing them from the studios they build, starring the actors they discover and develop.

    Shrek SuperSlam - Ogre-sized brawling action collides with the hilarious Shrek? universe in Shrek SuperSlam, the ultimate four-player melee game.

    Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland - For the first time ever, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland gives players the freedom to experience continuous skating and BMX biking action without leaving the game or waiting for load times as they explore and choose missions in a massive, living Los Angeles skate world.

    Ultimate Spider-Man - Take on the role of the world’s most famous Super Hero, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and one of his most menacing nemeses, Venom, in an original storyline written and illustrated by the creative team behind the best-selling “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic book series.

    X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse – The sequel to the best-selling X-Men title ever, X-Men Legends, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse is an all new action-RPG that lets players create, customize and control teams of four mutants from 16 all-time favorite X-Men and classic Brotherhood villains from the Marvel Universe.

THQ has a very strong lineup at the E3 show and while we're only highlighting the Sony games their content includes some highly anticipated PC titles as well. Anyway here's what were here for, their press release.

    THQ ANNOUNCES STRONG E3 LINE-UP FEATURING HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ORIGINAL CONTENT FOR CURRENT AND NEXT-GEN SYSTEMS AND WINDOWS PC
    Calabasas Hills, Calif. - May 11, 2005 - Leading independent video game publisher THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced plans to unveil high-profile upcoming releases for current and next-generation console systems, Windows PC and handheld/wireless devices at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles from May 18 - May 20.

    "THQ comes to E3 2005 with an extremely diverse and well rounded line-up highlighted by internally developed titles for next generation console systems and sequels to several of our top-selling licensed and original franchises for current generation systems. Titles like Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault are already winning critical praise from game enthusiast media, furthering our emergence as a leader in the PC space," said Brian Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "At the same time, our continued dominance of the mass-market segment is evidenced by the strong performance of our market leading licensed brands."

    Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers - Pandemic Studios' Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, sequel to the award winning Full Spectrum Warrior, takes the tactical action genre to the next level, delivering the most innovative and authentic military gaming experience to date. Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers combines squad-based combat and real-time tactical action, thrusting players into hostile urban war zones in which your team's new mission is to capture and control the northern city of Khardiman, a city besieged by warring factions. Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for release on PS2 in early 2006.

    Juiced - Juiced immerses gamers in the lifestyle and culture of the street racing scene. Showing off modding and driving skills will earn respect from rival crew chiefs, granting players access to high-profile race events where they will bet against other drivers for cash and race them for pink slips. As notoriety grows, players will form racing teams, opening up never-before-seen crew races where managing your drivers is key to beating rival crews. The game's extensive online options include six-player crew racing and pink slip races where someone will lose their car. Juiced is scheduled for release in June.

    Destroy All Humans! - The plot for world domination by extraterrestrial life begins as developer Pandemic Studios transforms conventional expectations of playing the human defending against an alien invasion to allow them to act as the alien hell bent on infiltrating and taking over all of humanity. Packed with non-stop action, advanced alien weaponry and abilities, and humorous science-fiction mythology, Destroy All Humans! uncovers an open ended world where the player can unleash massive destruction from a UFO or land at any point to walk among humans as the 3rd person alien. Destroy All Humans is scheduled to release in June, 2005.

    Tak: The Great Juju Challenge - With the Tak franchise having shipped more than 2 million units worldwide, Tak is back with another highly anticipated adventure as the top teams from Tak's world come to compete in The Great Juju Challenge. Representing the Pupanunu tribe are Tak and Lok who, for the first time in cooperative gameplay, face great adversity in the form of wild animals and menacing new tribes. This exciting adventure combines unique puzzles, time-based strategies, and a robust combat system allowing players to hone their skills to rise against the toughest competitors and receive the grandest reward ever given by the Great Jujus! Tak: The Great Juju Challenge is scheduled to release for PlayStation 2 this fall.

    SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PANTS! - In the first multiplayer game based on SpongeBob SquarePants, up to four players can engage in classic SpongeBob-style madness. Fans play in both competitive and cooperative gaming environments to win the ultimate chance to become a cast member as one of 10 different character roles in a special episode of "The Adventures of Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy." SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, PANTS! is scheduled to release for PlayStation 2 this fall. An additional SpongeBob SquarePants adventure, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger, will be available for Sony PSP this fall.

    The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer - Following The Incredibles' defeat of Syndrome in the Walt Disney Pictures presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film, a new threat emerges beneath the ground with a diabolical plot to pollute the major cities of the world and rule over humanity from below. Fans will be able to pick up from where the film left off and relive the glory days as Mr. Incredible and Frozone, superhero best friends who team up to tackle a new villain, The Underminer. The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer is scheduled to release for PlayStation 2 this fall.

C'mon Sega. Millions and millions of fans the world over want you to be the powerhouse software developer that you deserve to be. This years E3 lineup is pretty good - but are there any monster hits, I'm not so sure. Still, the company is committing to next generation.

    SEGA Announces game lineup to be featured at electronic entertainment expo 2005
    SAN FRANCISCO (May 13, 2005) - SEGA of America, Inc. today announced its fall and winter lineup of entertainment titles to be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2005. Extending its reach as an independent content publisher, SEGA will feature titles developed for a broad base of home and handheld platforms. SEGA's booth will be located in South Hall, #924, Los Angeles Convention Center.

    "Backed by strong development teams and an exciting lineup of playable content, SEGA is poised to assume a leadership position at the beginning of a new hardware lifecycle," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "And throughout 2005, current-generation systems will play host to a solid lineup of SEGA titles, representing new intellectual properties and some of our most popular established franchises."

    Phantasy Star Universe - This enormous game offers two complete RPG experiences - a single-player action-adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multi-player component. In offline mode, this action-RPG offers more than 40 hours of gameplay, an emotionally engaging story, traditional cut scenes, and strong character development. In online mode, players are given the opportunity to travel with a squad of other adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of players, and build their unique avatars into powerful warriors

    Shadow The Hedgehog - From his first appearance in Sonic Adventure 2 to his most recent role in Sonic Heroes, Shadow has emerged as one of the most popular characters in the Sonic The Hedgehog universe. And now, he is headlining his own game. Shadow The Hedgehog boldly combines the excitement of high-speed action-platformers with the intensity of third-person shooters. Good or Evil? You decide.

    Shining Force Neo - Moving away from the methodical gameplay of prior Shining Force strategy-RPGs, Shining Force Neo is a fast-paced action-adventure. Real-time combat creates a deeper sense of personal involvement in battles, and the presence of more than 90 enemies on screen at once ratchets up the grand scale that the Shining Force games are known for.

    Spartan: Total Warrior - This action epic lets players fight within massive cinematic battles as a fighter known only as The Spartan. Spartan: Total Warrior runs on proprietary software technology that makes it possible to present more than 170 detailed warriors simultaneously engaged in pitched combat.

    Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP) - Virtua Tennis: World Tour features an array of internationally ranked tennis pros, as well as a new make-your-own player option, exclusive mini-games, and original courts. Wi-Fi gameplay is also supported, encouraging up to 16 friends to play together.

One of the big powerhouse companies which has really made a mark in this current generation is French publishers Ubisoft. This years E3 show seems to include a good mix of original titles, and highly anticipated sequels. One interesting thing to note is that Far Cry Instincts is only being listed as a XBox title, not PS2.

    UBISOFT TO TAKE E3 2005 BY STORM
    Lineup Includes Previews of Two Titles for Next-Generation Consoles

    Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, announces its lineup of titles for the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), to be held May 18–20, 2005 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Ubisoft will showcase its titles at booth #1300 in the South Hall.

    Games developed for next-generation consoles by Ubisoft will be shown at E3. A preview of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® 3 (working title) will demonstrate some of the incredible capacities of the new console. Ubisoft will also provide a glimpse of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, being developed for all platforms, including next-generation.

    E3 attendees will also get a sneak peek at AND 1 Streetball, Ubisoft’s first sports game, as well as new installments of our core brands.

    Below is the list of Ubisoft PS2 (and next-gen) titles to be shown at E3 2005:
    AND 1 Streetball - Experience the jaw-dropping moves of genuine streetball legends or establish your reputation by creating your own unique moves and signature style.

    187 Ride or Die - Urban street racing at its grittiest comes to life as you defend your turf.

    Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Experience the must-have game based on Universal Pictures’ King Kong film from Academy Award® winning director Peter Jackson.

    Prince of Persia 3 (working title) - Blending the winning elements from the first two masterpieces to bring a unique and unexpected twist to the award-winning franchise.

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 3 (working title) - Next-generation console technology meets the soldier of the future to revolutionize the classic squad-based shooter.

    Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Lockdown - The ultimate reference in multiplayer experience returns with the all-new Rivalry Mode and Persistent Elite Creation Mode.

    America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier - The most authentic military game to date incorporating true-to-life character progression with an all-new Career mode (displayed at the U.S. Army Booth, #1608 in the South Hall).

    “Ubisoft will show attendees the incredible capacities of next-generation consoles and confirm our mastery of current technology through the quality of the games present on our booth,” said Yves Guillemot, president and chief executive officer of Ubisoft.

Vivendi are a company that has struggled in recent years - but looking at their line-up you wouldn't believe it.

    VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES ANNOUNCES PRODUCT LINE-UP FOR 2005 ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
    Original Properties, Music Artist Tie-ins and Entertainment Licenses Headline VU Games’ Roster For E3

    SYDNEY, May 13, 2005 – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced its multi-platform product line-up for the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). “VU Games’ strategy of releasing fewer games of higher quality based on bigger, better franchises is clearly reflected in our E3 line-up for 2005,” said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. “Blizzard’s masterpiece franchises, StarCraft and World of Warcraft, are a cornerstone of VU Games’ business and will be a major focus for us at E3. We are thrilled to debut 50 Cent: Bulletproof and Scarface: The World is Yours, which will be a first look for both titles. We are also expecting a strong reception for F.E.A.R., Crash, and The Hulk.”

    Listed below is additional game information for the titles on display at VU Games’ E3 booth (#1200) located in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention:

    StarCraft: Ghost - StarCraft: Ghost is a tactical-action console game set in Blizzard’s epic StarCraft universe. In StarCraft: Ghost, players take part in the struggle for galactic domination as Nova, a deadly Ghost operative in the employ of the Terran Dominion. Twenty years of ruthless physical conditioning and techno-psychological instruction have transformed Nova into a being of terrifying potential. As she progresses through a series of story-driven missions, Nova is required to engage in a number of dangerous infiltration operations and deadly planetary battles. To complete Nova’s mission objectives, players must execute intelligent tactical decisions while mastering an advanced arsenal of sophisticated weaponry and Nova’s own psionic abilities.

    50 Cent: Bulletproof - In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 Cent gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses, and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's drug underworld. Teaming up with his G Unit crew, 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city, uncovering an international conspiracy with devastating implications. 50 Cent: Bulletproof is more than a game, it’s a celebration of everything 50. The music, the lifestyle and the gritty look at urban life all come together to create a unique entertainment experience never seen before. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will feature new songs from 50 Cent recorded exclusively for the game, music from Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Massacre, and the soundtrack for his upcoming movie, as well as more than a dozen 50 Cent and G Unit videos along with new original hot beats and scoring from Sha Money XL (G Unit Exec Producer). In addition, the game will offer a sound studio mode in which gamers can mix and match new original freestyles by 50 Cent with new beats straight from the G Unit camp. 50 Cent: Bulletproof is scheduled for release in Fall 2005 for the PlayStation 2, and in Spring 2006 for the PSP portable entertainment system .

    Scarface: The World is Yours - Scarface, the epic film that transcends generations and appeals to contemporary and urban audiences alike is now coming for the first time to game consoles worldwide. In a complex world filled with excess and greed, players can take the role of Tony Montana, one of the most ruthless gangsters ever depicted on film. Highly acclaimed feature screenwriter, David McKenna, has written an original event-driven storyline that leads the player through a sordid and violent underworld. Scarface: The World is Yours will offer a gameplay environment that authentically recreates the historical time period of the film, touching on politics, news items and events of the day. Scarface: The World is Yours is scheduled for release in 2006 for the PS2 and next generation consoles.

    Crash Tag Team Racing - After being humiliated yet again by Crash Bandicoot® at the end of Twinsanity, Dr. Neo Cortex returns to his evil scheming in his dilapidated Iceberg Lair. He hatches a sinister plan to challenge Crash to a seemingly friendly race competition... with plans of crushing the hapless bandicoot under the ruins of the hazardous racetrack! In Crash Tag Team Racing players will be able to fuse two cars together on the fly to form a super vehicle outfitted with a turret gun with the all-new “clashing” technology. Players can continue their adventures on foot with out-of-car action, allowing them to traverse an amusement park-like world where they can interact with other characters, collect items and complete mini-missions. Crash Tag Team Racing is scheduled for release in Fall 2005 on PS2 and PSP.

    The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction - In The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, players can jump anywhere, climb anything and smash everything -- even destroy entire buildings -- as the Hulk, the strongest superhero there is! Based on The Incredible Hulk character franchise from Marvel Enterprises, this non-stop action and destruction-packed game is designed to be the best superhero game ever created. Players will create their own Hulk-powered weapons from almost anything they can rip out of the environment, unlock new moves to battle a variety of huge enemies in epic boss fights and experience deep and varied game elements by exploring free-roaming non-mission and side mission gameplay. The Incredible Hulk™: Ultimate Destruction is scheduled for release in August 2005.

MONDAY MAY 16, 2005
GAMES
Well E3 is only hours away and in the coming days we will be putting up the information from all the companies showing off PS2 products and of course PSP. But there are already a couple of big rumours. The biggest is that Hideo Kojima will be announcing and showing off a new title - and if rumours are to be believed we may be seeing no less then Metal Gear Solid 4 - on Playstation 3! Only a rumour but here's hoping...

Only a couple of weeks ago EA announced SSX On Tour, the fourth game in EA's snowboarding series - which now includes normal skiing, however the game isn't appearing on any of EA's E3 press materials - could it be a no show? Quite possibly... or perhaps it was just announced to late to be included in the pre-show press.