Checkpoint: Arcade Racing Edition


The 2011 Formula 1 season started today and I missed it all. It didn’t really bother me too much because I’m in that arcade racing mood. I started Blur on Xbox 360 and got myself a copy of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from Direct2Drive.

My history with arcade racers stretches all the way back to the days of Megarace. Unlicensed cars with weapons, electronic music and crazy tracks. It would take another 10 years or so before I’d stumble across another game like that.

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Burnout Paradise Coming to PSN on Sept. 25th

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This coming Thursday is shaping up to be one of the greatest PSN days ever. Not only do we have Wipeout HD and Megaman 9 debuting on that day, we’re also going to receive a full digital version of Burnout Paradise. For how much? $29.99 USD or so.

The first full sized third party game to enter the PSN network. Exciting times.

Unfortunately, I’m going to delay this purchase. Wipeout HD already has my number and it can’t be ignored, but for those who don’t love their Wipeout as much as me, be sure to check it out.

By the way, the demo on the PSN Store is severely out of date and isn’t quite indicative of what the retail product is right now.

Burnout Paradise Coming to PSN Store

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Criterion announced that a downloadable version of Burnout Paradise is coming to the PSN Store for $29.99. That’s incredible. Really it is. It’ll be the first third party full sized downloadable game.

I may just download this game once it is released on the PSN Store just to use some of that 320 GB hard drive I just installed. Even though I disagreed with game at first, I must give kudos where kudos is due: Criterion really knows how to support their games.

Read a snippet of the full press release below:

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January NPDs: Oh Snap, PS3!

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January NPDs were released not too long ago with some shocking numbers as follows:

Hardware Numbers

  1. Nintendo Wii – 274,000 
  2. PLAYSTATION 3 – 269,000
  3. PlayStation 2 – 264,000
  4. Nintendo DS – 251,000 
  5. Xbox 360 – 230,000
  6. PlayStation Portable – 230,000

Software Numbers

  1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) – 330,900
  2. Wii Play (Wii) – 298,100
  3. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Wii) – 239,600
  4. Rock Band (Xbox 360) – 183,800
  5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Xbox 360) – 182,700
  6. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – 172,000
  7. Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360) – 144,100
  8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) – 140,000
  9. Mario Party DS (DS) – 138,500
  10. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS) – 133,000

My comments and amateur analysis below.

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