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Patrick Garratt

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PES coming to X360, PSP

New play modes promised.

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 will be out on PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox 360 and DS in January, publisher Konami confirmed at a pre-E3 conference in LA today.

GTA4 for PS3 and X360

Simultaneously.

For those of you wondering why no Grand Theft Auto announcement materialised in Sony's pre-E3 conference yesterday, Microsoft answered the question tonight by confirming the game will ship simultaneously for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Square-Enix's E3 line-up

PS2's final fantasy.

Squenix's E3 line-up was released today, centring rather obviously on the upcoming Final Fantasy XII for PS2 and mentioning nothing of a next-generation release for the franchise other than Xbox 360 and PC FFXI expansion, Treasures of Aht Urhgan.

There are many reasons to hate Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies. There's the dwarf-tossing. Alone, that's unforgivable. There are the myriad, meaningless plot changes. They're far too numerous to mention. But worst, worse than even randomly altering the flow of Tolkien's epic, is the omission of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. For that, Jackson, you go to Hell.

G1 Jockey 4 peripheral pictures

First past the post (etc).

Ever at the front of arcade horse racing field, Koei today showed off a spiffing little controller peripheral to be released with the G1 Jockey 4 around the time of the Grand National in the UK this year, and we've got pictures of the thing up elsewhere on the site.

Mr Dragon Quest: The Cursed King

Yuji Horii shares his fantasy.

The Japanese video gaming myth has largely been dispelled over the past five years. "Facts" and figures about the way games are consumed in the largest Far Eastern console-hungry market have been laid bare. Pokemon really did appear on the side of a Boeing 747. Hundreds of kids in Tokyo did play link-up Neo Geo Pocket outside PlayStation Festival 2000 in an orderly queue. Shops in Akihabra do still sell Dreamcast games. There is a gaming "basement" in Tecmo's headquarters where Tomonobu Itagaki goes to smoke fags, and there really is a guy on the Dead or Alive team that models breasts. And Enix RPG Dragon Quest is the biggest selling game in Japan, PlayStation 2 or otherwise. No, it really is. In the past 20 years it's sold more than 40 million units in Japan alone, dwarfing the likes of Pokemon and Gran Turismo. Sometimes fact is more awe inspiring that fiction.

Speaking at a European launch event for Dragon Quest VIII in London yesterday, project lead and series producer Yuji Horii revealed his excitement about Revolution's controller and hinted at his global ambitions for the top-selling Japanese RPG.

A Civilized man

Sid Meier talks to Eurogamer.

The eponymous Sid Meier and starlet Firaxis designer Soren Johnson are putting a brave face on it. "It's good to travel," says Johnson blearily, "but I think we're really looking forward to getting home."

Natasha Bedingfield: EA's latest Bond girl

Eurogamer meets gaming's new Bond girl, as From Russia With Love gets ready for jetpack-style lift-off.

Natasha Bedingfield is "delirious". Today's been a busy day, apparently, full of radio interviews with ITN and the BBC regarding her cameo appearance in the latest chapter in EA's grinding, yearly grip on the James Bond license, the interactive adaptation of From Russia With Love. Eurogamer meets her in a lower-floor room of a London hotel where she's lying on a leather sofa barking her lines from the game in falsetto posh.

WWE PSP-PS2 link revealed

Rage in a cable.

The latest in the most popular branch of THQ's evergreen wrestling series, WWE Smackdown! Vs. RAW 2006, is to feature full link-up features between the PSP and PS2 versions, the publisher revealed today.

TGS: Next Gen screen bonanza

Truckload of images accompanies date announcement in Japan.

While Microsoft busied itself this morning with announcing dates for the global release of Xbox 360, and the likes of Project Gotham Racing 3 and Ninety-Nine Nights were shown to the press, publishers took the opportunity to release a visual update on the console's software. Pictures, see, and lots of them.