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Sony introduces Pain and High Velocity Bowling, analyst says EA sequel is on the way, Sega lets gamers take vehicular combat racer for a test lap, and GameTap goes gaga for Lara Croft.

Sony hits the lanes, plays with rag dolls
At Sony Computer Entertainment America's media event this week, the publisher unveiled two new downloadable games for the PlayStation 3: High Velocity Bowling and Pain. As the name implies, High Velocity is an arcade-style bowling game. A less obvious fact about the game is that it relies heavily on the Sixaxis' motion-sensing abilities to control the bowlers, attempting to offer a Wii Sports-like re-creation of bowling, but with 10 different characters and allies, as well as a trick shot mode.

On the opposite end of the sadism scale (depending on one's feelings about bowling) is Pain, developed by Idol Minds (My Street, Cool Boarders 2001). Described as Burnout's crash mode with innocent bystanders instead of cars, Pain has gamers slingshot an unfortunate person into dangerous situations with the intent of causing as much suffering as possible. Rag-doll physics, monkeys, and cityscapes with signage for businesses like The Manhole, Moon River Proctology, and Hotel Coral Essex (cue Revenge of the Nerds II nostalgia) indicate the particular vibe the developers are aiming for here.

Analyst: Godfather 2 on the way
Nollenberger Capital Partners analyst Todd Greenwald sent out a note to investors this morning recapping a recent visit he paid to the publisher's Redwood Shores location. While Greenwald said the highlight of the day was getting a look at the company's upcoming Simpsons game, he also mentioned that a sequel to The Godfather is in development, although there's no telling when it would see the light of day. According to Greenwald, EA is looking to capitalize on the open-world engine it created for the first Godfather game and is using it in no fewer than five of its franchises, including The Simpsons. EA representatives declined to comment on Greenwald's note.

Full Auto 2: Battlelines gets a PSP demo
Sega has made a demo available for its PlayStation Portable vehicular combat racing game Full Auto 2: Battlelines. Interested gamers can download it from Sony's official PSP site. For more on Battlelines for the PSP, check out GameSpot's review.

Tomb Raider gets GameTapped
Online subscription rental service GameTap will be offering the PC edition of Tomb Raider: Anniversary on its site the same day Eidos' game hits stores, and it has set up a Web site to promote its connection to Eidos' flagship franchise. GameTap is offering a new documentary restrospective on the series and will release 10 animated episodes starring Lara Croft starting July 10. The various animated episodes offer a number of artists' interpretations of the character in stories such as Angel Spit and Pre-Teen Raider.

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90 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

PS3 bowing and Pain -- sound interesting The Godfather 2 -- no real surprise that a sequel is coming Full Auto 2: Battlelines -- not too excited about this game, but it's about high time that the PSP gets downloadable demos and other content; hopefully the PSP will be linked into the PlayStation store one day soon Tomb Raider on GameTap -- a game that I'm really looking forward to appearing for free on my favorite destination for old-school gaming; it doesn't get much better than that!

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

sign me up for Pain and Godfather 2. Pain just looks like it'd be fun to play. lol. see how far i can get the person to fly. Godfather 1 was good. it was fun and true to the material so this one i guess would have to be all new storyline not from the movies right?

McnabbsPHIeagle
McnabbsPHIeagle

godfather 2? well i ove the movies but this one better be good

Kbs64
Kbs64

Godfather 2, that sounds sweet :) I hope its not going to be just a rehash of the same game mechanics with minor differences. They better pretty up the graphics and created a more deeper interrogation option. I'd like that. Playing it over and over got kind of old but I still liked it for what it was. Maybe they could have a slow-mo interrogation option where you can have even more options to put the pressure on the NY merchants. They could even have the option to threaten the merchant's families.

rottenjoe
rottenjoe

ahhh that seems pretty nice.. maybe i will download them sometime

rbranma
rbranma

cartoon @lara croft? Cant imagine that.

88_movement
88_movement

BLiZZaK07 ur correct I went on IGN to check the line up for PS3 and it has loads of quality games.

black_ice23
black_ice23

@ vulpis truer words were never spoken

rogerarmoo
rogerarmoo

I think you should be able to change the sensitivity or can you on motor storm can not remember? Any who! pain looks like fun but might get boring after about 50 plays

Forelli_Boy
Forelli_Boy

I've been able to race in MotorStorm with the Sixaxis in one hand, but it's a tad too sensitive. As for Godfather II, it'd be cool to romp around in NYC and Havana. I miss that place from Driver 2.

Serious
Serious

Pain looks like a lot of fun. And definitely my pick for games for download from the Playstation store.

oboewan9999
oboewan9999

You cannot play Wii Bowling with a Sixaxis. Reason: You have to hold it with both hands.

BLiZZaK07
BLiZZaK07

Vulpis and I wouldn't be so quick to bash Sony at least they update the system frequently and with original games which is more to my liking...and to bash them now with there lineup they have of games coming in the next 5-6 months is kinda funny...PS3 is going to have one killer holiday season there will be tooo many games to choose from for reals.

Vulpis
Vulpis

Oy. So many comments, so little time... First off--GameTap is an online gaming site where you pay a monthly fee for access to a library of games that you then download and play using their front-end program. The titles they have come from many sources, and include arcade ports, old DOS, C-64, and other older computer games, console games ranging from Atari 2600 to all of the Sega consoles except the Saturn (I think..I know they added Dreamcast games recently, as well as some 32X), as well as Windows games of various vintages--including a few *new* ones such as the Sam and Max episodic series, and Myst Online (aka Uru--in simplest terms, Myst as an MMO). Unfortunately, they're still working on their international (in this case, any place outside the US) services, and at present the only thing available outside the US is connection to Myst Online. PS3...kinda sad, really. Sony's in third place and *struggling* to catch up, between everything going multiplatform these days, and the fact that both Nintendo and MS have the jump on them in terms of library this time around, as compared to the incredibly varied libraries that the PS1 and 2 boasted. And speaking of Sony, as compared to Nintendo--the Sony fans shouldn't be bashing Nintendo too much, considering that if it weren't for Nintendo making a rather stupid mistake while trying to develop a CD attachment for the SNES, Sony wouldn't have ever gotten into the gaming biz--instead, the Wii'd be the third incarnation of the Nintendo Playstation... ;-) Tomb Raider...interesting release plan there. I wonder if more companies will take to 'demoing' products on GameTap and similar services, encouraging them to buy the standalone version to get rid of the resource use of the GT front-end. And as far as the animations goes...Pre-Teen Raider, I presume, stars the version of Ms Croft that my family has dubbed 'Jailbait Lara' from the TR Chronicles game. I'm not entirely sure I want to know what 'Angel Spit' is, though...

THE_MAN696996YA
THE_MAN696996YA

LOOKS LIKE I'LL BE DOING SOME MORE DOWNLOADING TODAY

darren05r
darren05r

wot is gametap, peeweeshift, never heard of it, probably because im from UK

Nemesis_x2
Nemesis_x2

Woot..Godfather and i just brought mine PSP few hours ago to,Woot...Lol

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i wish canada could subscribe to gametap. i know many people who would be willing too

chechak7
chechak7

TOMB RAIDER take the lead ,gooo lara :)

Pumpkin-Head
Pumpkin-Head

GF2 YYAY! : D And.. Okay, YAY FOR TOMB RAIDER TOO! ^^ Cheers,

-L-U-I-S-
-L-U-I-S-

Just get me SOCOM Confrontation, Heavenly Sword, Lair, and Warhawk out so I can be even happier Sony!! (I mentioned those made or published by Sony if u didnt notice:P)

skyvader
skyvader

I tried the psp full auto. Too choppy for the game to really flow. It actually feels like playing Urban GT for the DS. PSP can do so much better like ridge racer 2.

davedouble16
davedouble16

PS3 is def. shifting into 1st gear now....September will be a HUGE month for PS3 too

DarknessKilla
DarknessKilla

we need GF 2 cuz if ya liked the moviez, GF 1 was a really cool game...

joeyfine
joeyfine

more games = good for the ps3!

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Well Sony it's time to speed up ... Release the games such as Gran Turismo, Resident Evil, WWE so that i can go and buy PS3 Pronto ... !!!! ITHANGU !!! :D

mcxps3
mcxps3

@ vince956 Oh yeaah the wii owners like myself are having a great time playing gamecube ports with crappy motion control on. They have a good back collection of gamecube game to play... wati no they dont most gamecube games blowed. But at least we can download old games at unfair prices with no added features and if their is a change they take stuff out. Oh and terrible graphics. NO suuport to play music or movies to boot. But at least you have party games. Yeah 360 owners unlike me have a colleciton of games that are mostly M rated sloppy Backwards compatibility, Hvae to pay to play games online, no wifi, no web browser, and no Hi def format. Oh poor me i get to play free online games, in crisp hd, enjoy great ps1 and ps2 games, even dowload some ps1 games for less than the cost of an Snes game and dowload to my ps3 and my psp, reworked arcade classic that run in hd and have new online support, add on content, free demos, a decent selection of games to choose frome ( why do ppl say that their arent that many games to buy like your supposed to go and buy everyone i mean they are 60 bucks a game i only have two and i just got it there are 5 games on shelves now that i want.) Oh no look they just announced more original titles for the psn why did i buy this powerful system. Maybe all this music i can play will calme me down or better yet let me watch Pirates of the Carribean on the winning hi def format.

gautam3
gautam3

godfather 2 is frikin gay godfather 1 blew, why do we need #2?

lukefartedagain
lukefartedagain

slayer1090 i hought godfater was based on all 3 movies combined. What are they doing for this one. I loved the one for wii. No, The Godfather game was based on the first movie. It ended with Michael becoming the Godfather of his nephew, and the four other families leaders being killed. I think if they make a Godfather 2, and have it follow the second film, it would be a sweet game.

slayer1090
slayer1090

Yes, you are so correct, Nintendo invented Bowling and everything else. Shame on me because I live and Nintendo was the one who created life on hearth... I'm stealing them. Sony is the company in the world who more tehnologies develop in the electronic segment, so shut up. Nintendo uses a optical drive for games... oohh wait.... Sony was the first doing that, has nintendo stole the idea? No nintendo hasn't stole that idea, cartriges cost 10x as much as disks and with nintendo producing hundreds of thousands of cartriges every year it cost them alot of money. Besides sony gave them that idea while they were in the snes era. And also technology has evolved. I prefer cartriges becuase they're hard to break, you can't scratch them and there are no load times.

slayer1090
slayer1090

i hought godfater was based on all 3 movies combined. What are they doing for this one. I loved the one for wii.

vince956
vince956

Cool. Gamers that bought a Wii have a good selection of games to play, and a great collection of old games to download. Gamers that bought a 360 have a Massively awesome collection of games to play, video to download, extra content to download, arcade games to download, ppl to chat with, ahivments to unlock, and HD plus way more. Gamers that bought a PS3 have a good selection of blu-ray movies to buy at $30 each. I guess my dicision on buying both a Wii and 360 were just perfect.

pijinio
pijinio

were is home? ps3 right about now is pretty boring

mcxps3
mcxps3

I ve got to admit after gamers day i really need to save up some cash for those awesome ps3 games and all the psn games announced look cool ( can someone say Socom). BUt sadly unless sales pick up real soon in NA and Japan then Sony will be at the base of a climb ths size of MT. Everest. Oh man i cant wati for lair and Heavenly Sword much longer.

red_x2004
red_x2004

Godfather 2 ??? you got to be kidding me hmmm i wonder you must be the DON in this 1 give me a break !

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

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jamalnos
jamalnos

I will start to download them.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

nintendo is so for kids and thats a FACT and motion sensor hasnt been invented by nintendo stop pretending that nintendo fans and go play your shovelware games

atrimus
atrimus

HBV? meh. Pain seems kinda interesting however. and right on to everyone who's bashing that dude who's saying that Sony stole Nintendo's "idea." last i checked bowling was like a million years old, and motion-sensing controllers over a decade old.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

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