The NL issue 879 - Halo, Zelda, MySpace, PS3
Author: Darryn King and Geoff Larsen
Thursday, 4 October 2007
HALO ASCENDS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Halo raked in over six million Australian dollars in the first 24 hours of its release. At the end of the trading day on 25 September, 50 000 copies had been sold making it the fastest selling video game in Australia’s history. The US launch took in $170 million on the first day, breaking records set by Spider-man and Harry Potter franchises the. While everyone is blasting covenant forces rumours have sprung up about Bungie, the developer of Halo, breaking away from Microsoft and becoming an independent studio. Microsoft has yet to comment on this at the time of writing but with the money that Bungie have earned they could definitely afford to. With all the rumours flying around there are many questions about the future of the series but the question we really want answered is: Is Halo bigger than Jesus-
A LEGEND FOR THE DS
Nintendo’s powerhouse series is about to have its latest installment released on the DS. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass puts the player in control of the much loved (by the two of us anyway) cel-shaded Wind Waker Link, on a 3-D quest on the high seas. Utilising the touchscreen, the player will be able to take control of Link in an intuitive way that has previously been impossible. A complete, console-length, Zelda game designed specifically to take advantage of the DS functions, Phantom Hourglass is sure to give the player a stunning adventure to bathe in after working up a sweat in Halo 3. The Legend begins on Thursday 11 October.
PS3 PRICE DROP
Thank Christ. Rumours have it that Sony’s notoriously pricey PS3 will finally be replaced by a cheaper unit, accompanied with a drop in price soon to an almost reasonable $400 USD. This will probably mean it will be around the $600-700 mark round these parts, which, while not being as good as the rate in the US, is slightly less intolerable than it has been, right- With Halo 3 rolling off the shelves and inevitably pulling Xbox consoles along with it, Sony needs this.
MYSPACE, IGN AND THE NEW BLACK
They’ve given you Secret Shows, they’ve given you Black Curtain screenings - now MySpace have teamed up with IGN, the source of all things video gamey, to give you Black Beta preview gaming events. We’re talking gaming demonstrations, hands-on play and video game merchandise - before the game is publicly available! Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 will be being previewed THIS WEEK… Where- When- Befriend myspace.com/blackbetaau to find out!