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Metal Gear Solid 4

Devil May Cry 4

Final Fantasy XIII

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Gran Turismo HD
Plus shocking news of a Gran Turismo without cars

In addition to the information of PlayStation 3’s pre-launch price cut, Ken Kutaragi’s keynote address at this year’s Tokyo Game Show revealed some new facts on Sony’s next-generation console.

 Most should already expect the PlayStation 3 to be backwards compatible with original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software, but the new word is that Sega MegaDrive/Genesis and NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx systems will also be emulated. Certainly, this mimics Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console feature. Pricing structure has yet to be revealed, but we expect something in the $5 to $15 range. 

As was the case with previous PlayStation ramblings, Kutaragi described his long-term vision of the PlayStation 3 being capable of everything from global mapping systems to online shopping and banking.

Of course, actual games were on display at the TGS. All the usual suspects were there, including Metal Gear Solid 4, Devil May Cry 4, Final Fantasy XIII, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and Virtua Fighter 5 (original, risky game ideas to soon follow, we hope). Of particular interest is Gran Turismo HD, which is on demo currently at TGS. 

According to a Beyond3D forum poster with a copy of the latest Famitsu, GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi detailed two different versions of Polyphony’s driving simulator. Gran Turismo HD Premium will include 30 cars and 2 courses, with that number to double eventually with downloadable content. Despite the name, Gran Turismo HD Classic is much more radical – the game is bundled with no cars or courses! Instead, cars are purchased for 50 to 100 yen from a selection of over 750 cars and a course for 200 to 500 yen from over 50 available. Assuming that one manages to purchase/unlock every single car and track in the game, the total costs could be equivalent of up to USD$637.50 for cars and USD$213 for tracks. Perhaps something was lost in translation from Famitsu’s interview, but if not, then Sony’s probably rubbing its hands together at the thought of this cash cow.

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The PS3 is becoming more appealing.
By therealnickdanger on 9/22/2006 10:42:02 AM , Rating: 2
First they announced a price cut, now emulation. What's this about Ninja Gaiden Sigma? It looks like you just play through the same game, but with Rachel?

RE: The PS3 is becoming more appealing.
By solgae1784 on 9/22/2006 10:49:39 AM , Rating: 3
Been reading thru Tecmo forums, and it seems like Rachel will get her own missions. Not sure if it's appealing, since she always got her ass whupped off and get caught in the original story.

By therealnickdanger on 9/22/2006 1:38:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I am a Ninja Gaiden fanboy, so I'm not sure that I'll be able to resist. I'm glad NG2 is coming to the 360, however. I'm assuming Halo 3 will suck as bad as Halo 2, so NG2 can claim the "best Xbox360 game" award like its predecessor did on Xbox (with Halo 1 a very close #2). Keep in mind, those are my own personal awards. ;-)

By AlexWade on 9/22/2006 6:30:31 PM , Rating: 1
I agree! I still have some TurboGraphix games. One of the best games ever made was Ys for the Turbo CD. And I remember Bonk and the original Sonic. So many good memories from these old games. New games can learn a lot from these games, like make a game fun first, then worry about graphics.

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