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While the world waits patiently for SingStar Queen, Sony have gone and done the next best thing, and released two Queen song packs onto the PS3′s downloadable SingStore. The ten songs included across the two packs will most probably all be found on the standalone PS2 version, and from the look of them, it’s a highlights reel, with Bohemian Rhapsody, One Vision, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions and I Want It All included.
Oh, and Sony. Whoever made the call on the inclusion of Who Wants To Live Forever…thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Full tracklist follows.
The packs – available right now – include the following:
Ultimate Queen 1:
Bohemian Rhapsody One Vision Crazy Little Thing Called Love Breakthru Bicycle Race
Ultimate Queen 2:
We Will Rock You Another One Bites The Dust Who Wants To Live Forever I Want It All We Are The Champions
Check out these new Famitsu screens of the SEGA published, Platinum Games developed Bayonetta. When our Michael McWhertor checked out the game in August, he said it was the “best looking game” he’d seen at Leipzig. The game features a raven-haired heroine whose long locks of hair double as her clothes and who struts around on a pair of pistol heels. Game looks and sounds hot.
Bayonetta [Wii @ Everyday]
At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Sony Pictures and Capcom will have the world premier of Resident Evil: Degeneration, an all new CG-animated feature film. It’s being produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi (associate producer of Resident Evil: Apocalypse and video game producer of Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry 4) and directed by Makoto Kamiya (special effects director of L: Change The World, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack). For those not attending TGS, the movie will also be shown at the New York City Horror Film Festival on November 13th and at a Fangoria-hosted screening on November 18th. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Yesterday’s British console sales charts showed two things: one, that the Wii is an unstoppable force of nature. And two, that the PS3 is playing tortoise to the 360′s hare, as it starts to play catch-up following its late European launch. So Microsoft will be breathing a sigh-and-a-half of relief today to read that, since their latest round of price cuts, 360 sales in Europe have shot through the roof (up 214%), and the console is now outselling the PS3 across the continent by “more than two-to-one”. Shame we don’t get some hard numbers to show just how awesome that is for Microsoft, but hey, that’s how GfK and ChartTrack roll. Mysteriously.
Forget Wii Fit, try World of Warcraft fit. WoW player Althaea has hooked up WoW to a treadmill. And that’s not all, oh no. Althaea, along with his buff gym buddy, don wigs, plastic ears and carry swords as they jog on the treadmill and cause their in game avatars to break on a sprint. The excercise not only helped Althaea diagnose his sleep apnea and even lose 100 pounds.
TGS is soon! Very, very soon. October 9-12, to be exact, and we’ll be there from October 6 onwards! So get excited, will you? Look, Sega will be there, and they’ll be showing a ton of stuff, big difference between this year and last year being they’re showing a lot of stuff that’s good. Like Yakuza 3 and Bayonetta on the PS3. And Sonic Unleashed. And some awful-looking PC MMO thing. And so damn many RPGs on the handheld systems that I’m not even going to bother highlighting them here. You’ll find them – and everything else on show (and yes, we know, Madworld isn’t there) – after the jump.
Capcom has pictures of an Bionic Commandoprototype figure. Imagine that! Must say that the updated character design has grown on me, dreads and all. And this fig looks rather nice. While the Capcom blog did have pictures, it didn’t have any release or pricing info. Bummer.
Click through to the gallery below.
Bionic Commando Prototype Figure [Capcom]
Yesterday, Wall Street crashed. Took a lot of gaming industry money with it. Today, though, the market’s rebounded, and whaddya know, that rebound took a lot of gaming industry money with it! Blactivision lost $2.26 (per share) yesterday, but clawed back $1.31 today. EA lost $3.63 yesterday, but at the sounding of the bell today, had won back $0.99. The gains weren’t restricted to Wall Street, either; Ubisoft shares were up €7.25 having dropped €12.47 yesterday. Such chaos. Such unpredictability. Lucky we can’t understand choose not to play the stock market!
Game stocks regain ground in market rally [GameSpot]
Finnish developer Remedy will be showing a new Alan Wake trailer at the Finnish premiere of Hollywood flick Max Payne on October 15th says Website Pelaajalehti.com. A Finnish source tells game site VG247< ?a> that this is “100 percent true”. So Finnish readers living in Finland, mark you calenders — October 15th!
When it was still supposed to be shipping in 2008, Capcom forecast that Resident Evil 5 would ship 2.3 million copies in the year. Now that it’s been pushed back to 2009, though, things are looking up! Producer Jun Takeichi has said that while he hopes the game sells 2 million at the “low end of the scale”, he’s really hoping the game does closer to 3 million, because “users in Europe and America will be particularly pleased with the game’s content”. Jun, users everywhere are pleased by zombie dirt bikes.
Developer Interview [Capcom]