It’s news, Jim, but not as we know it

» A new version of the PlayStation 3 firmware has been released, and do you know what? It’s quite good. Why? Because it enables upscaling of DVDs, PlayStation 2 and PSone games to HD resolutions. And that’s a sensible idea.

» If you own a copy of Pokémon Ranger, then be sure to visit a branch of Game on Saturday 2nd June, because you’ll get a free chocolate PokeBall. How excellent is that? Very excellent. It will contain a code to unlock Manaphy’s Egg in the game, which can then be transferred to Pokémon Diamond or Pearl – released 27th July. This is slightly less excellent. Even less excellent, you’ll also get an A3 poster. And to finish the freeness, pre-order Diamond or Pearl at Game, and you’ll get a ‘special’ stylus. But probably not made of diamond or pearl.

» Sticking with Game – who owe me a load of free stuff after all this plugging – they’re launching Mario Strikers: Charged Football on Friday at their Oxford Street store with Ian Wright! Wright! Wright! I only mention it because the game looks quite good.

» In other mediocre celebrity news, Scissor Sisters will be taking part in the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta next week. Has anyone taken part in one of these Game with Fame events? I’m intrigued by whether they’re entirely pointless or not.

» Special editions are par for the course now, but Grand Theft Auto IV is taking it to the extreme. Coming in a “customized Grand Theft Auto metal safety deposit box”, it contains a specially packaged copy of the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD, a Rockstar keychain for the deposit box keys, and a Rockstar duffel bag. The price? $89.99 in the US, $30 more than the standard edition.

» The Chronicles Of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena is something of a special edition too, albeit a high definition special edition with more single-player content and a multiplayer mode. Which is pretty bloody special.

» Finally, I was disappointed to briefly mistake a press release about MMORPG Knight Online for an announcement of ‘Knight Rider Online’. Wishful thinking.


Jake has been here since the beginning, with hundreds of reviews and countless other guff to his name. These days, not so consistent.

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