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PINOYXBOX - PINOY-N Christmas Party Grand EB Pics and Video

The PinoyXBOX / Pinoy-N Grand EB and Christmas party was held recently on December 28, 2007 at the LPL Condominium in Greenhills, with many of the members of the Pinoyxbox community in attendance. Pinoyxbox setup several 360 gaming areas and provided food and drinks for members of the community. Staff from the PINOY GAMERS show were also in attendance to cover the event for one of their episodes next year.
Here's pics from the party and a video of Pinoyxbox members enjoying ROCK BAND on the Xbox 360!



Video Coverage from the PINOY GAMERS TV SHOW, Makisig Network Channel 76:




Here's the reception desk at the venue, with yahoosoda assisting with registration. Notice the stuff in front of her? Those were all the prizes that were given away at the Grand EB to lucky attendees! A lot of people walked away with some great loot, including the HALO 3 LEGENDARY EDITION, GUITAR HERO 3, and CALL OF DUTY 4, along with other prizes like Xbox 360 Vision Cameras, controllers, and various original …

NEWS FLASH: NAMCO'S TALES OF VESPERIA XBOX 360 EXCLUSIVE (UPDATE - More evidence revealed)

Yet ANOTHER Japanese RPG goes XBOX 360 Exclusive in Japan: TALES OF VESPERIA!

http://namco-ch.net/talesofvesperia/index.php

Apparently the confirmation of this was found on the SOURCE CODE of the website. Since the source was found by some forumgoers on http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=220822, the information has recently been removed by Namco. However, some people were astute enough to take screenshots of the source code, which obviously reveals that the game will come out exclusively for the Xbox 360.

The above screenshot was taken by neogaf forum poster kassatsu. Click on the image to enlarge.This screenshot was taken by the neogaf forum poster cress2000. Click to enlarge.

The news was also verified by neogaf poster toypop, who simply copy pasted the meta tags from the web page source code to the thread. These were done before Namco removed the meta tags from the source code of the page.The game's Xbox 360 exclusivity has been discussed on the Japanese forum 2ch well be…

DEVIL MAY CRY 4 BUNDLES for the XBOX 360 and the PS3 in Japan!

It looks like both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 are getting bundled with Devil May Cry 4 in Japan:




Source Links:
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/843/843147p1.html
http://kotaku.com/336060/japan-gets-devil-may-cry-4-ps3-bundle

Capcom's expecting huge sales worldwide for this release. Thus far, they've done very well with their next generation titles. Both of their recent releases Dead Rising and Lost Planet did well over 1 million copies sold worldwide, which is far better than their other Japanese counterparts Konami, Namco or Sega. Perhaps its thanks to their stellar work in next-generation graphics and gameplay ideas that gamers the world over have been very supportive of them.

Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena (Xbox 360) Early Impressions!

I just got Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena for the Xbox 360....here's some of my early impressions:

Virtua Fighter 5 = extremely satisfying fighting game.

I tried playing it on Xbox Live today, and despite my location [and relatively slow connection] here in the Philippines there's little to no lag in online play! I did get some hitches but the controls were still manageable.

The gameplay in VF5 is slower than Dead or Alive 4 but it feels much more strategic. Doing special moves is a bit easier since it's easier to remember the button combinations to do special moves...they require less arrow presses (and it helps that there are button shortcuts on the 360 controller for those tricky P+K+G combos). There are moves that are really hard to pull off but you only really need a few of them, and it's quite easy to string different moves together. Winning in matches feels less 'random' compared to DOA4 since button mashing won't help you in this game.
Overall my early imp…

MASS EFFECT. Go. Buy it.

Amazing. Incredible. Unbelievable. Game.

Great Ending. Very satisfying. No, EXTREMELY satisfying. There's just that feeling that you saved the known galaxy when you reach the end. And there's also that feeling that there's a lot more coming, there's a whole lot more to explore in the near future!

I'm at a loss for words here.

It has its faults din but the whole package is just superb, definitely a game I'm keeping on my shelf; I'm never selling this one!

Absolutely looking forward to the upcoming DLC and to the sequel. I hope they release it next year.

GOTY material, right up there with Bioshock! Those two games deserve every possible praise and award.....Mass Effect == best RPG from Bioware in YEARS. Best since BALDUR'S GATE II + expansions. Yes, they've finally topped that!!!!!!

For the ones who just HAVE to balance out this commentary with what I found wrong with the game:

1. The inventory system....needs work! I wish it was easier to sort my stuff (lik…

November 2007 NPD US Sales are in!

The sales figures for the month of November are in (courtesy of the NPD Group and this post at Neogaf). Here they are:

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Many thanks to NPD

Hardware Unit Sales

PlayStation 2 496K
PlayStation 3 466K
PSP 567K
Xbox 360 770K
Wii 981K
Nintendo DS 1.53 million

November 2007 Top 10 Video Games Rank # Units
360 CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION (CORP) NOV 2007 MATURE (M) 1 1.57 million
WII SUPER MARIO GALAXY NINTENDO OF AMERICA NOV 2007 EVERYONE (E) 2 1.12 million
360 ASSASSIN'S CREED UBISOFT NOV 2007 MATURE (M) 3 980K
PS2 GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK ACTIVISION (CORP) OCT 2007 TEEN (T) 4 967K
WII PLAY W/ REMOTE NINTENDO OF AMERICA FEB 2007 EVERYONE (E) 5 564K
360 MASS EFFECT MICROSOFT (CORP) NOV 2007 MATURE (M) 6 473K
PS3 CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE ACTIVISION (CORP) NOV 2007 MATURE (M) 7 444K
WII GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK ACTIVISION (CORP) OCT 2007 TEEN (T) 8 426K
360 HALO 3 MICROSOFT (CORP) SEP 2007 MATURE (M) 9 387K
PS3 ASSASSIN'S CREED UBISO…

360 not doing so bad in Japan.

This may seem as a big shock to some people who think that the 360 is dead in Japan. It's not. Far from it, in fact it has already performed much better than the XBOX.



何ですか?!


Now before we get some violent reactions take a look at the figures below:

http://www.n4g.com/News-91672.aspx

Nintendo Wii: Hardware = 3,945,429 through Dec 2/07 (MC)
Tie Ratio = 2.60

Sony PS3: Hardware = 1,440,642 Through Nov 25/07
Tie Ratio = 1.95

Microsoft X360: Hardware = 509,314 through Nov 25/07
Tie Ratio = 3.93

Note that the 360 is practially 1/8th of the Nintendo Wii's installed base and just 1/3rd of the PS3's installed base. Yet despite all that, it remains to have the HIGHEST SOFTWARE ATTACH RATE! Now this is a very big thing for Microsoft Japan. The the hardware may not be selling well, game developers and Microsoft themselves are making money by selling more software than their competitors. Now Microsoft has announced that they are planning on increasing the number of games that get to the Japanese…

On this day, two years ago...

Two years ago, I made a post on this blog stating “Next Gen: Sony has won...”. And what a difference two years can make! In two years time, its quite interesting to note that Ken Kutaragi has 'resigned' from Sony altogether. The father of the Playstation and the man who vowed that he shall crush Microsoft, Ken Kutaragi has finally entered a life of retirements. Although chances are this has more than enough retirement pay to live quite well for the rest of his days.
Do you need to have a degree to be a videogame analyst?Now if we are going to follow some analyst predictions from 2 years ago, the 360 should be lagging behind the console race as of this time. Ironically, those analysts modified their statements just recently stating that by 2011 the PS3 shall reign supreme. That's fine and dandy should the XBOX 360 and the Wii have no good games coming out but sadly for the PS3, they do have some interesting titles coming out. More notably, the new XBOX 360 franchise trilogie…