Sony Computer Entertainment Archive


Video Game Ad of the Day: Blasto

Blasto is a third person shooter for the PlayStation that was marketed to death in North America. Sony spared no expense on the project, getting the late great Phil Hartman to provide the character’s voice. Unfortunately, the actual game didn’t seem to be as important as the ad campaign.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Twisted Metal III

Twisted Metal III is generally the most reviled game in the series. Most of the blame is lumped on 989 Studios, who were assigned the game when SingleTrac moved onto other things.


Video Game Ad of the Day: A Bug’s Life

Pixar’s worst film, A Bug’s Life, also happens to be a subpar video game. What a surprise!


Free copy of the original Warhawk with every Starhawk Online Pass

Sony has revealed that players that redeem their online pass for the recently released Starhawk for the PlayStation 3 will receive a complimentary copy of the original Warhawk for the PlayStation.

The original Warhawk was a very early release in the PlayStation’s life – one of the first wave of post-launch titles, in fact. The series was revived with the 2007 release of the multiplayer-only Warhawk for the PlayStation 3. The game was developed by SingleTrac, who also worked on other popular first party Sony titles like Twisted Metal and Jet Moto.

A number of key SingleTrac employees formed Incognito Entertainment, the developer of the latest entries in the Warhawk series.


The Legend of Dragoon sequel was in development

When announcing the PSN release of PS1 Classic The Legend of Dragoon earlier this week, Shu Yoshida (President SCE Worldwide Studios) revealed that a sequel was in development.

Apparently, “Legend of Dragoon 2” was in production after Yoshida left SCE Japan Studio and “ [it] was eventually cancelled for some unknown reason, and the team members moved on to different projects,” He went on to write “Some people still work in the Japan Studio, so we talk about the memories of developing LOD when we see each other at company functions.”

It is a shame that Legend of Dragoon 2 never saw the light of day; it would have made many RPG fans very happy.


The Legend of Dragoon coming to PSN

Shu Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios, has today announced that the much-loved RPG The Legend of Dragoon will be available May 1 as a PSone Classic on the US PlayStation Store.

The Legend of Dragoon was developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, and released in 2000 for North America and 2001 for Europe.

This turn-based RPG sees players take the role of Dart, the spiky-haired protagonist, as he embarks on a heroic journey to save his childhood friend and protect the world. The title has nine playable characters and eight Dragoon Spirits which transform characters into a more powerful form – a Dragoon.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot was one of that games that really helped to change the fortunes of the PlayStation in its early days. The game also arguably made a name for its developer, Naughty Dog, a company which has gone on to become one of the best technical studios in the world. Pity about what happened after Naughty Dog stopped making Crash games, though.


Ratchet & Clank HD Collection incoming?

Amazon France had listed, and subsequently pulled a listing for Ratchet & Clank HD Collection.

The game was listed with a May 16 release date. Precious little else was revealed, however.

Sony has been mum about the subject, but presumably had something to do with the removal of the listing, since it potentially interrupted the PR schedule they had.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Gran Turismo

Changed the course of racing games on consoles forever.

Gran Turismo is exactly what it says on the tin: a realistic driving simulator. You have to admit that the sheer amount of work that goes into the series is impressive, but I guess one’s enjoyment of the game is tied to how much they care about cars.


Naughty Dog reflects on the making of Jak & Daxter

The Jak & Daxter HD Collection is out in the states now, and will be out here next week (we might even have a review for you in the near future), and to celebrate, Naughty Dog and 2 Player Productions teamed up to produce this short documentary on the making of the series.

Pretty interesting stuff. I’ll always wonder what the second game would have been like if they weren’t so heavily influenced by Grand Theft Auto III, however.