The PlayStation Store update has finally arrived bringing PS3 users a slew of new releases and game demos including Puddle, Syndicate, and the highly anticipated Twisted Metal.
Konami's new title Puddle splashes onto PSN today. In this puzzle-based game, you guide fluid flow to a goal, relying on the physics of water and other fluids in ever-evolving environments. This PlayStation Move compatible game is available for $9.99, but you can always try the demo for free first.
Speaking of demos, two very big demos made their way to PSN today including the Syndicate reboot. In this 4-player co-op demo, you will team up to take down rival Syndicate Cayman Global as you battle for market dominance. (File size: 620MB)
Also available is the Twisted Metal Multiplayer Demo which gives you a hands-on with the games new online multiplayer in classic Free-for-all or the all-new Nuke mode. (File size: 1.49GB)
In addition to game demos, several games have add-on content coming. The free LittleBigPlanet Groundhog Day Costume DLC provides a seasonal exclusive costume for Sackboy.
Some other DLC for games include:
Assorted PlayStation Home Packs x 15 ($2.99 – $4.99)
15 PlayStation Home Packs that include over 300 items combined!
File size: N/A
Dead Island – Ryder White ($9.99)
There are always two sides to a story! Experience the events on Banoi as seen through the eyes of the villain. Are things really as they seem?
File size 1.04 GB
Need For Speed: The Run – Italian Pack ($6.99)
The NFSTR Italian Pack contains the following: 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SV, 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, 2009 Pagani Zonda R, 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, 2005 Maserati MC12, 1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, Italian Motor Racing Playlist, Italian Challenge Series, Italy vs. World Challenge Series, New Trophies.
File size 3.16 MB
The King Of Fighters XIII Unlock Icons ($2.99)
The entire Customize Icon set for personalizing your online match profile is available to purchase. *These icons can also be unlocked by playing the game. With the triumphant return of fan favorite characters like Mai, K’, and Vice, extensive refinement of the core fighting engine based on community feedback, and vastly improved network functionality, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for.
File size 6 KB
Soulcalibur V Customization Equipment 1 ($1.99)
File size 134 KB
Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music 1 -10 ($0.99 each)
File size 136 KB each
Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music Pack 1 ($2.99)
This pack contains the stage music tracks: BRAVELY FOLK SONG, HORANGI ARIRANG, SOUL AND SWORD, THE WIND AND CLOUDS, and WORLD ATLAS COLLAPSED from SOUL BLADE. This content should only be purchased by those who have not already purchased one or more of the background music tracks in this pack.
File size 138 KB
Soulcalibur V Downloadable Music Pack 2 ($2.99)
This pack contains the background music tracks: CHASING DOWNSTREAM, DUELISTS, THE CURSED IMAGE, UNBLESSED SOUL, and WING OF FAITH from SOULCALIBUR. This content should only be purchased by those who have not already purchased one or more of the background music tracks in this pack.
File size 138 KB
Scene It? Movie Night Sci-Fi Movies DLC ($9.99)
Scene It? Movie Night: Sci-Fi Movies takes you across the universe in the ultimate science fiction trivia challenge, packed with film clips and captivating questions from blockbusters to cult classics. Sci-Fi Movies features fourteen different puzzle types to keep the excitement going, and a rapid-fire “Quick Pitch” battle that determines the victor. Play solo, or in lively 2-4 player matches.
File size 1.06 GB
Rock Band 3
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visitwww.RockBand.com.
It's not everyday where we see a Japanese animation studio team up with a car company to develop a unique short based on its vehicles. That's exactly what happened when Toyota teamed-up with Studio 4°C, which is also known for its short in The Animatrix and Tekkonkinkreet, to come up with PES: Peace Eco Smile. Toyota Motor Corporation will be screening the animation at Anime Expo 2012,
which is held at the Los Angeles Convention center, starting from this Friday June 29th and running until July 2nd.
The premises of the shorts are actually quite nice. An alien named Pes comes to Earth and becomes enamored with a human girl, while also being fascinated by our cars, in this case being Toyotas. It's a somewhat silly premise but one that works thanks to its heartwarming story. If there's one thing for sure, it certainly doesn't feel like you're watching an advertisement for Toyota.
Talk about a unique style of advertising. Toyota certainly knows how to cater to their target demographic. If you happen to be at the Anime Expo this weekend, make sure to give PES a look. Not only will you get to see a unique partnership between car company and animation studio, but you're sure to appreciate the amazing animation that Studio 4°C has done.
Tomorrow, on September 25, Sony is bringing another Final Fantasy classic to the PlayStation Network.
Final Fantasy III stars the four heroes Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus and was the first game in the series to feature a job system. The version is playable on the PSP and includes optimized graphics for the 16:9 screen, a gallery, an option for the original background music, and an auto-battle system that speeds up combat.
The game recently released for Android devices. Square Enix is also providing the game on Ouya at launch.
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Nihon Falcom has announced a new game for fans of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.
The role-playing game came out on PlayStation Portable in 2011. This new title is called The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash, and it's coming for Sony's current systems, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Trails in the Flash uses the new Tactic Link battle system, which is faster but still allows players to choose commands. Falcom also added a free camera that rotates 360 degrees and an active voice system, which lets you overhear conversations in town.
The game is set on the familiar Zemuria continent and takes place during the same period as Trails in the Sky. It's expected to release next year in Japan.
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For years, publishers have been looking for ways to offset the losses caused by used game sales. While no statistics have "officially" been revealed, publishers claim "millions" of dollars are lost each year when consumers purchase used games instead of new. To help make up for these losses, publishers have turned to online passes.
These passes are good for a one-time use only and usually unlock the multiplayer portion, or online portion, of a game. In some cases, as with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a portion of the singleplayer game was barred with an online pass. Once the player enters the code it is unlocked for their account only, granting them access to the online component. If someone purchases the same game used, they will not be able to access the online component unless they purchase a separate online pass from the publisher.
Though this practice has been argued by consumers, it seems to be the most widely adopted strategy from publishers. Still, publishers complain this isn't enough to make up for the losses. But it's really the only accepted practice that we have in the industry. Until someone comes up with a better idea it looks like we are stuck with online passes.
Recently, developers have begun speaking out about online passes and possible new ideas to combat used game sales. The latest suggestion comes from Epic Games' outspoken design director, Cliff Bleszinski. In a short, but effective series of tweets, CliffyB suggested what he thinks publishers should do to help undercut used game sales. He suggests a "lite" version of games.
"I wonder publishers don't try a "lite" version of a game without an online pass that one could buy brand new for less, undercutting used," Bleszinski suggested.
"Publishers are always eager to make limited and collector's editions, why not a budget, stripped down version to get the lower end customer?"
He explained, "A "lite" version of the game could be just the SP…or just the MP. If you dig what you bought let you expand to full later via digital DL."
Bleszinski's words actually echo what Saber Interactive CEO Matthew Karch suggested to CVG in response to the possibility that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox might not play used games. Similarly, Karch suggested a digital distribution game for an overall lower price, say $30, with the singleplayer and multiplayer components broken into two separate purchases of $15 each.
The big similarity between both Karch's and Bleszinski's theories is an overall lower price for games. The truth is, $60 for a game is a lot of money for consumers to risk on something they aren't 100% sure of. With all of the overhyped duds released, $60 is a lot to gamble on a game that may not be as great as it's marketed.
While I'll never say "never", this idea seems highly unlikely. As much as I love the idea, I just don't see publishers dropping the price of games anytime soon. Then again, I don't actually know the statistics. If publishers are being hurt by used game sales as much as they say they are, then they might do something as drastic as offering the components separately. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Many consumers purchase games strictly for online play. For instance, a lot of people play Battlefield 3 for its online modes. That doesn't make it less of a game, it just makes the focus something else. In fact, I'd bet those who play BF3 get more gameplay time out of it then those who purchase a strict 8-10 hour singleplayer game with no multiplayer component. Most recently, Twisted Metal co-director David Jaffe said most users will spend the majority of gameplay time with online multiplayer, and suggested those looking for story would be better off renting it. How can you expect consumers to pay $60 when even you admit certain areas in the game are lacking?
The bottom line is that the price of games is just too damn high. And until publishers figure out a way to lower them to a more reasonable price, consumers will continue to look towards the used game market.
By Matt Liebl
Haven't you heard? Square is celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy. We already celebrated the series' fantastic music through Theatrhythm, but this time, Square wanted to make a hub for fans to get together, and chat about their favorite titles.
Celebrating 25 years of over 40 different titles across over a dozen platforms and selling more than 100 million units,this new websitehopes to do a little of what the famed series has done for so many fans worldwide; tell stories.
The new website doesn't offer a whole lot of features, but does give you an extensive look at the entire series' biography, which doesn't go too much in depth of each title, but serves more as a reminder of what each title was about.
The site also introduces Mognet, which is a mail system of sorts where trivia and secrets regarding various Final Fantasy titles will be revealed over time.
If you're a fan of the series, or maybe you once were, you owe it to yourself to go check the site out, and perhaps leave a memory of your favorite Final Fantasy moment?
Sound off and let us know what Final Fantasy title was your favorite?
Capcom's Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City broke up EA's grip on the top four UK sales charts, but didn't perform well enough to dethrone FIFA Street who remained number one for a second straight week despite a 44% drop in sales.
Operation Raccoon City released last week, debuting second in the UK Sales charts. Of its sales, 60% were for the Xbox 360 platform while 40% were for the PS3. According to GfK Chart Track, when Resident Evil 5 launched three years ago, 55% of the units sold in the UK were for the Xbox 360 while 45% were for the PS3.
EA remained strong, however. Mass Effect 3 dropped down to third following a 55% drop in sales. FIFA 12 remained at number four and SSX slipped to fifth.
Activision's Modern Warfare 3 had a boost in sales climbing four places to number six in sales, while Kid Icarus: Uprising was Nintendo's only title to appear in the top 10 following Mario Party 9's drop.
Below are the top 10 titles in UK sales for the week ending March 24, 2012:
FIFA Street (EA)
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom)
Mass Effect 3 (EA)
FIFA 12 (EA)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (Nintendo)
Battlefield 3 (EA)
F1 2011 (Sega)
Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (Sega)
By Matt Liebl
The latest PS3 4.10 update introduced a slew of new titles now available for the PlayStation Vita. While a few PS Vita-exclusive titles were made available on the PS Store, Sony has today announced over 270 PSP and PlayStation Mini titles that will be available for the handheld system when it launches worldwide in just a few short days.
Aside from the 26 launch titles that will be available with the PlayStation Vita on February 22nd, there are a TON of old classics that will also be available for download via the PlayStation Store. Sony confirmed if you've already downloaded a compatible PSP title, you can download it directly onto your PS Vita at no extra cost, though some limitations do apply. It should also be noted that Sony confirmed the Vita UMD Passport program will not be coming to the United States.
Below, Sony noted the ways to get these PSP games onto your PS Vita:
The free demo of MLB 2K12 is now available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3.
The demo allows you to relive the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. The three inning demo, which lets you play as either team, showcases many of MLB 2K12's improved features, including the dynamic tendencies system that adjusts pitcher and batter ratings as the game unfolds; a revamped throwing system; and a new hit distribution system with more varied and realistic hit types.
This will also give baseball fans their first chance to test out the waters for the $1,000,000 Perfect Game Challenge. This year's new competition format will utilize leaderboard that ranks the top eight perfect games thrown. At the end of the competition, the top eight competitors will face each other in a live $1 million tournament.
MLB 2K12 is set to hit shelves on March 6, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, and PC.
By Matt Liebl
I'm going to start a slow, building applause, and you're more than welcome to join in. As a parent and a gamer, when I see the government interferring in the video game world for the right reasons, it makes me very proud. So when I read on the New York Times that the office of the New York state attorney general, Eric. T. Schneiderman, and gaming companies like Microsoft, Blizzard, Disney Interactive Media Group, Sony, EA, and Apple were protecting our kids in the online gaming world, I was nervous at first. I was concerned it was going to be about M-ratings and taxes and what-not.
But it's not about that. It's about protecting kids from registered sex offenders in online gaming. The attorney general's office noted a case where a 19-year-old pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy he met on Xbox Live. It's not a new threat that children could be at risk on the internet, MMORPGs, forums, and any gaming platform's online service in which they interact with other people. So I became very proud that companies are taking this precaution.
The New York Times wrote that "several companies that own video gaming systems have closed more than 3,500 online accounts belonging to registered sex offenders in New York who use the consoles to chat and play video games." And that's where I queue the applause. And don't get on me about second chances and sexual offenders' rights. The moment your sexually assault someone, especially a child, you shouldn't have any more rights.
Video games aren't a right; they're a luxury.
New York state attorney general Schneiderman commented, "We must ensure online video games do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators [...] That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming networks as a vehicle to prey on underage victims."
In the picture above, you can see Mr. Schneiderman standing next to a sign showing tips for parents. It's called Operation: Game Over (yea, it's corny, but at least what they're doing is good). Now, my eyesight is bad and the picture is blurry, but some of the tips are:
Educate children about protecting identifying information
Keep computer or game console in public area of the house
Use game console's parental controls
Choose games appropriate for child's age and maturity level
PC games like World of Warcraft are a little tougher for parents to control every aspect of, but all of this is still an appropriate measure to take.
By Lance Liebl