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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 Q&A with THQ's Cory Ledesma

While at the event that let us get good look at what WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is all about, we had the opportunity to chat for a bit with THQ Senior Creative Manager Cory Ledesma about some of the specifics of the upcoming title. What follows is a transcript of our talk. Read More

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The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do

One of the most hyped features (somewhere after Netflix and Avatars) of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to install games to the Xbox 360's hard drive. However, as Halo 3 has taught us, it's not quite a perfect procedure. In fact, it would seem that there is a small number of titles which don't really see any improvement when installed, thanks to the way the developers designed them. According to Destructoid, these titles are Big Bumpin', College Hoops 2k7, Pocket Bike Racers, Sneak King, Crackdown, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, and Quake II from the Quake IV Bonus Disc (according to NeoGAF). Or, to put it in a different perspective, it's the three Burger King promo games, an out-of-date basketball game, a game most people bought just to get into the Halo 3 beta, and a game most people probably don't want anyone else knowing they own, anyway. Takes a bit of the sting out of it, I figure. So now we know which ones don't work. But of those that do work, how much space will they take up? This is a question that's no doubt on the minds of many... or at least, however many bought a 360 with a 20GB hard drive. Fortunately, Sean has compiled a list over at NeoGAF which answers that very question, along with a few notes here and there about the reduction in load times. However, he notes "I can't possibly verify all of these sizes/notes, just going off of what people tell me. If there's an error please correct it and be nice about it." For your Kombo Konvenience, the list is posted right after the kut... er, cut. Whew, that was close. Read More

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PlayStation Store Updates: Four New Demos, Add-on Content, and More

The PlayStation Store has added a bunch of stuff, the most noteworthy being the four new game demos which are now available:Game Demos (free) Mirror's Edge Demo - File size: 842 MB WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 Demo - File size: 976 MB Tom Clancy's EndWar Demo - File size: 1.67 MB Alone In The Dark: Inferno Demo - File size: 1.51 MBFind out what else is in "Store" after the cut. Read More

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WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2009 Collector's Edition Exclusive to PS3

Well, here's something you don't see everyday: A multi-platform game with a special edition that's exclusive to only one of them. But that seems to be precisely what's happening with WWE Smackdown! vs. RAW 2009, as THQ seems to be putting the native Blu-ray capabilities of the PlayStation 3 to some use:The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 collector's edition for the PLAYSTATION 3 system features a copy of the game and a disc with exclusive Blu-ray content. Included on the disc is a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the videogame, as well as more than two hours of WWE footage from a variety of popular SmackDown vs. Raw cross-brand matches from 2008. The content is delivered in a unique steel cage package for North America, while fans in Europe and Asia Pacific regions will see their items encased within a miniature ring. "The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 collector's edition for the PLAYSTATION 3 system is a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate with our partners to produce a unique offering for our fans," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "In addition to the great WWE video features, the videogame documentary will allow fans to see all of the work that goes into making their favorite fighting videogame franchise." -- Press ReleaseNot a bad deal... if you're a PlayStation 3 owner. It's a little disappointing that they couldn't have figured out some way to get that stuff into the hands of Wii and Xbox 360 owners. Like maybe a regular DVD? Read More

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Nintendo Releases Second-Half Line-Up of Games

In an interesting twist (I guess, maybe they do this all the time, and I never noticed), Nintendo has released their US game line-up for the second half of 2008 and into 2009... to Europe. Some highlights included on the list are Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Call of Duty World at War, Guitar Hero World Tour, Skate It, Mushroom Men, two Star Wars games, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, Sonic Unleashed, Ghostbusters, and quite a bit more. Better still, Nintendo says that this is an "incomplete" list, meaning more titles could sneak their way into the lineup. Here's hoping more from the Big N themselves. For the full bill of goods (as it stands), both good and bad, click the jump. Read More

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"PSP Needs More Games," Admits SCEE President Reeves

Some might say that the problem exists everywhere, but Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President David Reeves admits that their platform with the emphasis on being Portable is suffering from a lack of games in that region. Even though there are new functions, such as Go! Explore satellite-navigation application and cross-platform functions with the monolithic PlayStation 3, Sony's recent Gamer's Day saw only two games, Echocrome and Buzz! Quiz Master, mentioned during their one and one-half hour presentation. "Hand on heart, would we like more PSP games? Yes, we would. We really would," Reeves told GamesIndustry.biz. PSP-exclusive content seems to be on the downturn, though companies such as Sierra are still developing games for the eight-year old PlayStation 2, with the majority of what's left being larger licenses such as WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2008 and LEGO Indiana Jones (available for all major gaming platforms). Read More

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THQ Wrings WWE License for All its Worth

THQ has reported that they have missed their full-year revenue and profit targets today, but they are looking to the future optimistically as they rely and their cash cow to help them through any tough times. The cash cow I am speaking about is of course their WWE license and their SmackDown vs. RAW series of games. Traditionally these games launch during November each year, with THQ stating they have sold around 6 million copies worldwide of the 2008 edition. With that in mind, the WWE license itself is at its hottest during March, the month of pay-per-view event Wrestlemania. THQ is looking to take advantage of this situation by releasing a new entry in the franchise, titled Legends of Wrestlemania, scheduled for release in March of 2009. While Smackdown is usually available for every gaming platform known to man, Legends of Wrestlemania will be aiming for a very specific audience and will only be releasing on the PS3 and Xbox 360. This title of course is looking to take all of the classic wrestlers of days past and put them together in the ring once again. THQ isn't stopping with WWE however as they also have an Ultimate Fighting Championship title lined up, which has remained dormant since last being seen at E3 2007. UFC has now been set for a spring 2009 release and, just like Wrestlemania, will be released in conjunction to one of the sports key events. Read More