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Stop torturing us with this Oblivion nonsense!

Can the debacle end? Although the game was never officially canceled, we safely put Oblivion behind our backs, sure that the title will never rise again. Especially because retailers were canceling pre-orders. And trust us -- retailers never want to do that.

CVG thinks differently due to a new Amazon listing for the game, with a ship date of June 30, 2008. Bethesda's response? "[We] still aren't talking about what's up with Oblivion PSP. We'll let folks know when that changes." Really? Can't you tell us if the game ... y'know, exists?

Our souls tire from this debacle. Please, Bethesda. Stop toying with us!

[Via Joystiq]

Metareview: Star Trek Tactical Assault

You guys guessed it! The new Star Trek game on PSP didn't fare too well at all. The series certainly looks like it's on its dying breath: no new movie, no new television series, and no good games. Let's find out why the critics disliked Bethesda's offering for the franchise:
  • G4TV (60/100) - "The actual ship controls leave something to be desired... Since weapons need time to charge between each burst, combat is also rather slow-paced-particularly before your officers reach higher ranks. Overall, the action feels too slow for an action game, yet too arcade-like for a real tactical experience."
  • GameSpot (62/100) - "Star Trek: Tactical Assault is brimming with good ideas that just don't feel fleshed out. It's got a nice strategic concept but doesn't run far enough with it. Even with two lengthy campaigns and skirmish options, it doesn't feel quite complete. The underused license is also a shame because a little Captain Kirk goes a long way. Trekkies will find Tactical Assault worth a look, but there isn't enough Star Trek or strategy to give life to the game's promising concept."
  • IGN (64/100) - "As far as Trek games go, Tactical Assault beats out many of its predecessors. Sadly, that's not too hard to do. It offers a decent mix of strategy and action, though both halves never gel very well. The option to pilot several vessels in two different campaigns is definitely nice, but the story and missions could have used more variety. Lastly, Tactical Assault looks and sounds the part, though Trek aficionados will still find the game's presentation ho-hum."

Bethesda releases new Tactical Assault screens

Bethesda releases new Tactical Assault screens
In the wake of Bethesda's Oblivion heading to the PSP next year, poor old Star Trek: Tactical Assault seems to have been lost in the shuffle. At least it has to most of us gamers, but I'm sure it hasn't to you Trekkies out there.

Well, to said Trekkies, I'm sure you'll be eager to hear Bethesda has just released about a dozen new Tactical Assault screens.

Just in case you didn't know, long-time Star Trek writer, D.C. Fontana, is penning Tactical Assault's script, and the game is a space-based, tactical-strategy game set in the original Star Trek universe. Tactical Assault is set to release Oct. 3.

[Via Bethesda]

Bethesda confirms Oblivion to PSP in Spring 2007

Bethesda confirms Oblivion to PSP in Spring 2007Yesterday, we broke news that 1UP broke news of the Official Playstation Magazine breaking news of Oblivion heading to the PSP and PS3. Did ya get all that?

Well, now we get confirmation right from the source. Yeah, that's right, Bethesda has issued a press release confirming Oblivion is headed to the PSP in spring 2007. In America, the game will be published by Bethesda, while Ubisoft will publish it in Europe.

As if you didn't already know, this is a huge win for the PSP and PS3. I don't think there's anyone in their right mind who would argue that the PSP is the only major handheld system on the market that has enough horsepower to properly handle a game like Oblivion.

It's times like this that help me forget about things like hardware sales charts and focus on the massive amount of great games on the PSP's horizon. It truly is a great time to be a gamer.

[Via Bethesda]

Rumor: Oblivion is, in fact, coming to PSP

Back in April, a supposedly leaked release list from Bethesda Software, showed PS3 and PSP versions of the insanely popular Xbox 360 & PC RPG, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The rumor was squashed when Bethesda commented: "At present, we have no announced plans to bring Oblivion to any platforms other than PC or Xbox 360." Well, the rumors of a PSP version of Oblivion are back, most notably because EBGames now shows a product listing for said rumored product. With the rumors of a PSP version of Half-Life 2 abound, maybe there's a lot more power in the PSP than we could've ever imagined.

[Via IGN Boards]

Oblivion due on the PSP? Fortify Luck!

Thanks to a leaked release list (shyeah, right), word's gotten out that Bethesda, makers of the fine Elder Scrolls RPG for fans of open-ended exploration, is planning to release a version of their mega-popular Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion title on the PS3 and PSP. A portable version of the hardware-hogging game is targeted for release this November 6, 2006.

The air is already atwitter with speculation of whether Oblivion will be Sony's flagship platform to push their PlayStation Network Platform service. It very well could be since the Xbox Live Marketplace has been a hotbed of downloading lust since Oblivion hit the Xbox 360 last month, and it only stands to reason that Sony will want to test out their shiny new online service with a proven test subject. Also, will both the PS2 and the PSP version of the game allow for intregration like Nintendo did with the Gamecube and the Game Boy SP? Chances are we'll find out more when E3 comes around, so feel free to make wild, outrageous guesses in our comments section until then.

[Via Gamer Andy]

UPDATE: Bethesda says "nuh uh". We never did check if the word "gullible" really wasn't in the dictionary.

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