Next Generation Playstation Portable Announced

Speculation has been running wild lately about a successor to Sony’s portable gaming platform, and today many of the rumors were laid to rest. Unfortunately, a few more questions were raised.

While not officially calling it ‘PSP 2’, the NGP or Next Generation Portable, was trotted out on a Tokyo stage with an army of developers and publishers backing it up.

Past the break, we’ll share the details as we know them.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2010

Over the last month we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on titles we missed, taking notes, and debating the virtues of our favorite titles.

It all culminates in our annual list of worthy titles.

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E3 Video: God of War: Ghost of Sparta Trailer

Another trailer from E3 here, check out what Kratos has gotten him self into this time.

Kratos Returning To PSP In Ghost Of Sparta

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Sony has announced via their official blog a new entry in the God of War series, this time returning to the Playstation Portable.

Chains of Olympus is perhaps the best game on the PSP, and is arguably the best in the series on any platform (okay, I liked it the best).

While the first portable GoW was nothing to scoff, Ready At Dawn and Santa Monica Studios (the teams behind Chains of Olympus) are making some bold claims:

“…we are pushing the limits of what PSP can do with state-of-the-art visual technologies, higher resolution environments, and greater depths of scale. We’re also providing over 25% more gameplay, an improved weapon system, and new magical powers — all enjoyed anytime, anywhere.”

According to Sony PR, Ghost of Sparta will take place immediately after the events of God of War I, detailing the trails of Kratos as he ascends to godhood.

While no release date was given, the title will be playable at E3 this year, and Sony expects to unleash Kratos before the end of the year.

If you haven’t played the first PSP title (and you should) you can get it here:  God of War Chains of Olympus

Product Review: V-Screen

The V-Screen is a hybrid carrying case and visual enhancement.  There are opening for all the input areas like headphones and power ports.  Unfortunately, you will have to pull the system out to do anything with the memory card and to swap out UMDs.

This peripheral is made for older models of PSP (1000, 2000, and 3000) so unless you have a Go!, it will work great.  The V-Screen includes a screen cleaning cloth and a foam insert that fills the extra space if you’re using a Slim model.

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Some of the corners can jab you a little, but I didn’t notice anything that was causing problems playing games.  Another annoyance is the size. The V-Screen adds some bulk to your portable gaming system. If you didn’t like ‘The Duke’ controller from the original Xbox, then you might not like this.V-Screen Back

The visual enhancement/3D maker is awesome, and makes it all worth it.  Many times when I have used a magnifier, it blows out the picture and causes issues with the visual quality.  The V-Screen does not do that. The picture stays clear and smoothly scales your viewing area.  The 3D aspect is very cool,  but you do have to hold it a little closer to your face to see the whole screen.  Rock Band Unplugged in 3D was awesome, but a little hard to play the fast paced button masher in the case because it moved around a bit.

If you are looking for visual enhancement, I would say this is what you want to go with.  You get a case, and it makes the PSP 3D. How can you go wrong?

Drunken Monkey Tech – 2009 Game Of The Year Awards

bastardssmall.jpgIt’s that time of year again. Okay, in hopes of helping you with your holiday shopping, we’re doing it a little early.

Games released before Black Friday (November 27, 2009) were considered. Anything released during the remainder of the calendar year will be considered for our 2010 awards.

If you’d like to hear how we came to our decisions, you can listen in on the entire conversation in Episode #106 of Drunken Monkey Tech Podcast.

Without further ado, our winners.

Best Racing Game
Winner- Need for Speed: Shift
Runner Up – Dirt 2

Best Music Game
Winner – The Beatles: Rock Band
Runner Up – DJ Hero

Best RPG
Winner –
Borderlands
Runner Up – Demon’s Souls

Best Action/Platformer
Winner – (TIE) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time and Batman: Arkham Asylum

Best First-Person Shooter
Winner – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Runner Up – Halo 3: ODST

Best Co-op Game
Winner – Resident Evil 5
Runner Up – Halo 3: ODST

Most Innovative Game
Winner –
DJ Hero
Runners Up – Flower and Dead Space Extraction

WTF?!? 2009
Winner – Noby Noby Boy

Best Portable Game
Winner – Resistance: Retribution
Runner Up – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Best PS3 Game
Winner – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Runner Up – Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time

Best Wii Game
Winner – Dead Space Extraction
Runner Up – MadWorld

Best XBox 360 Game
Winner – Halo 3: ODST
Runner Up – Halo Wars

Game Of The Year 2009
Winner – Borderlands
Runner Up – The Beatles: Rock Band

Gela Skins Custom Skins

Finally the day has arrived that you have been waiting for.

Gela Skins have just launched custom skins for:88GSBOMBGS

  • 24 phones
  • 8 iPods
  • 12 laptops
  • 2 others (Kindles)
  • 8 Gaming (Guitar Hero guitar, Rock Band guitar)

We haven’t got our hands on them yet, but I can assure you we will.  Who doesn’t want their favorite NASCAR driver or their favorite podcast/video game reviewers on their iPod?

The process is simple, pick your product, upload the picture, arrange it on the template, preview, and buy.  Head over to GelaSkins if you want to take a look.