Vice City and Mizuguchi - PSP Info and Media Splurge

New GTA handheld info plus Lumines and Every Extend Extra vids inside.

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While there tends to be a pretty much constant stream of smile-inducing good news relating to Nintendo?s hugely successful DS handheld, the PSP scene has to put up with months of relative quiet in comparison, interspersed with golden news showers.

This very day is one of those golden news shower days for PSP gamers. Right here, we have not one but two trailers of the next PSP games coming directly from the genius mind of Tetsuya Mizuguchi, with music-puzzlers Lumines II and Every Extend Extra both looking, we are sure you will agree, like the best reason this year to go out and buy a PSP, should you have resisted the urge to date.

So, as a tasty starter, let?s have a look at those Q Entertainment trailers. Buena Vista Games are the somewhat unlikely publisher for these relatively hardcore gamer?s games, which, SPOnG hopes, marks an interesting new strategy for Disney?s games publishing arm (i.e. publishing good games for a change!).

Get the Lumines II and Every Extend Extra trailers from the links right here:

Every Extend Extra
MPEG4 XviD (11.6MB)
Windows Media (17.0MB)

Lumines 2
MPEG4 XviD (6.3MB)
Windows Media (10.2MB)

That?s not all. Right here, we can direct you to some slightly fuzzy scans of the first screens and details on Rockstar?s forthcoming GTA: Vice City Stories. Over on fansite you can see the first (blurry) scans from an Australian game magazine called Gamepro. Why Rockstar decided to run a world exclusive in Australia is beyond us. But they did. So there.

Over on another fansite,, you can see the full unexpurgated details taken from the Gamepro article, which are as follows:

You'll be playing as Victor Vance - Lance's brother. Vic can be seen in the opening scene of GTA: Vice City, as he gets killed by a SWAT team.

Below are the details on the game taken from the magazine:
? The game takes place in 1984 - two years before GTA: Vice City
? Victor is a 28 year-old US Marine
? Players can now take on the water of Vice City With jet ski's!
? The animations are more life-like and is a ''step-up from previous titles in the series''
? A multiplayer feature similar to the PSP version of LCS is in the game
? VCS is ''much, much bigger than Vice City''
? Some landmarks are half-built or yet to be refurbished to their state circa 1986
? There's new or altered locations and buildings
? All new vehicles and weapons
? You can fly helicopters!
? Radio stations from Vice City make a return
? New weather effects that could include hurricanes
? You can swim in the game!
? Bikes handle better than before
? There's also no more seamless exterior-to-interior gameplay as seen in LCS (There'll be a slight loading time)
? A new addition in Vice City is the chunder-wheel, which you can ride in first-person view!
? Binoculars is in the game
? LCS is ''rookie first-gen PSP title compared to VCS''
? Draw distance is great and is said to be better than Vice City on PS2
? Trip skips make a return (If you die or get busted a taxi will take you back to the location where you received the mission from)
? New animations which give both the lead characters and pedestrians a whole new degree of humanity
? Far richer color palette that brings sunsets to all new levels of beauty, and realism
? Increased density of pedestrians, cars and objects
? Reduction in clumping (where groups of the same model type appear together)
? Far more interiors that its predecessors

So far there's no word on the following features:
? Character customization
? Vehicle Customization
? Wall climbing

Let us know if you are looking forward to all or any of these cracking looking handheld titles in the forums below.


Moschops 2 Aug 2006 21:47
Those Gamepro guys never played LCS then, cause "Trip skips" made the return in that game, not VCS
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