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E3 - 2006 : Preview :: Sony's PS2 and PSP line-up includes Gangs Of London

by Steven Williamson on 5 May 2006, 11:16

Tags: Sony Online Entertainment (NYSE:SNE), Shoot 'em up

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Lemmings, LocoRoco

HEXUS.E3 Lemmings (Available May, 2006 / Rated “E” for “Everyone”) Developed by Team 17, Lemmings delivers the ultimate in puzzle gameplay, perfect for quick, on-the-go gaming on the PSP system. In Lemmings, players will guide a group of cute, but hapless little creatures within each level from an entrance point to an exit point. Fast reflexes and quick wits are necessary to ensure the Lemmings don’t walk to their doom. Disaster is at every step, including the perils of raging rivers, steep cliffs, pits of lava, and mechanical spikes that stand between the Lemming masses and safety of the exit. Lemmings will feature more than 150 levels, including new puzzles exclusively for the PSP system. In addition, the game will host a new mix of music, custom level creation, and wireless capability for players to share newly created levels.

LocoRoco (Available September 2006 / Not Yet Rated)

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, LocoRoco ™ is an innovative 2D platform/action game available exclusively for the PSP system. Featuring unique controls utilizing the “L” and “R” shoulder buttons, players are tasked with controlling via “tilting or bumping” the landscape of the LocoRoco in order to help them navigate through the level and keep out of harm’s way. With more than 40 stages, players control and guide the LocoRoco through vibrant, thriving and lush worlds filled with slippery slopes, swing ropes and more. Featuring six different types of LocoRoco that include their own voices and actions, players will be enchanted by captivating music that communicates the joyous world of these LocoRoco. In addition, LocoRoco features the rewarding LocoHouse, three mini-games, and wireless features.

NBA ’07 – PlayStation2 (Available September 2006 / Not Yet Rated)

Developed by SCEA San Diego Studios, NBA ’07 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system delivers the most detailed and engaging NBA experience both on the court and behind the scenes. Picking up where NBA ’06 left off, NBA ’07 hits the hardwood with new features, enhanced gameplay, and “The Life: Volume 2.” In the sequel to “The Life,” gamers are exposed to the successes and failures of life in the NBA both on and off the court – this time as the league’s star player. An all-new Smart Shot Indicator provides a visual gauge of the impact defense has on shot opportunities, and a new Power Boarding System is now in place to offer a true 3D approach for players to position themselves for rebounds. Additionally, NBA ’07 includes refined core gameplay elements including new mechanics for stealing, passing, and shot selection as well as more intuitive AI.

NBA ’07 – PSP system (October 2006 / Not Yet Rated)

Developed by SCEA San Diego Studios, NBA ’07 for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system brings fast, fluid gameplay and delivers the most engaging portable NBA experience available. Featuring new mini-games, players can participate in an all-new rhythm-based dunk contest as well as carnival-style games including pop-a-shot, skee-ball, and pinball. NBA ’07 also features a new Conquest Mode, where players take a team and challenge NBA squads across the country, as well as a new Pick Up Mode, where gamers can choose from 10 randomly selected NBA players for a full game match-up.

Ratchet & Clank : Size Matters (Available Q1, 2007 / Not Yet Rated)

Developed by High Impact Games, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is an all-new action platformer made exclusively for the PSP system. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters returns the franchise to its roots with hallmark Ratchet & Clank gameplay sure to please fans of the series. Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters features all new gameplay for Ratchet’s brainy robotic sidekick, Clank, who steps out from the shadows to assume a prominent role alongside Ratchet. Capturing all of the humor from previous PlayStation 2 installments with engaging cinematics, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters will allow up to four players to compete in action-packed wireless multiplayer gaming.