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February2013

  • News Sony Cuts Losses, PlayStation Sales Tumble

    Ups and downs

    It looks like the appointment of Kaz Hirai has worked wonders for Sony. The recently recruited president promised to decrease losses when he took over the role in April last year, and he’s done a decent job. The company as a whole recorded a net loss of ¥10.8 billion ($115 million) for its fiscal third quarter ending 31st...

January2013

  • Store Update 22nd January 2013 (North America)

    Ice queen

    Namco Bandai’s gorgeous Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the natural standout in this week’s North American PlayStation Store update, but there’s still plenty of other content worth getting excited about. Notable additions include The Cave, Mad Dog McCree, and escapeVektor. Let’s forget about the formalities, and get down to...

  • News Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Haunts Europe Later Today

    Hide behind the sofa

    The genuinely creepy Corpse Party: Book of Shadows will begin terrorising the European PlayStation Store later today, publisher XSEED Games has announced. The PlayStation Portable visual novel – which spooked North America earlier in the month – will set you back €14.99, and will be compatible with the PlayStation Vita at...

  • Store Update 15th January 2013 (North America)

    Arm the clocks

    As the North American PlayStation Store goes through the gears in 2013, there’s one title that’s unmissable this week: Wake-Up Club. The hotly anticipated PlayStation Vita alarm clock is available for the grand sum of nothing, and boasts Trophies in addition to mini-games that somehow involve your PSN friends. Other highlights...

  • News Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Sets a Spooky Date

    Be very, very afraid

    Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, the sequel to the scariest game that we’ve ever played, will haunt your PlayStation Portable and Vita from 15th January in North America, publisher XSEED has confirmed. The nightmare simulator will set you back just $19.99, which sounds pretty reasonable to us. A European launch will follow, but...

December2012

  • Japanese Sales Charts PSP Topples Newer Sony Systems

    You can’t keep a good platform down

    The aging PlayStation Portable has reaffirmed its relevance by outselling the PlayStation 3 and Vita in the Japanese sales charts this week. Sony’s classic handheld sold 65,859 units during the tracked timeframe, and had two titles in the top five. Both One Piece: Romance Dawn and AKB1/149: Love Election sold...

November2012

  • News Embrace Your Inner Hipster with a $99 PSP-3000

    Back to the future

    There may be a new portable PlayStation platform in town, but that doesn’t mean that the previous generation is totally out of fashion. Amazon is currently selling the old-school PSP-3000 for a bargain bin $99 in North America. That represents a $30 saving over the standard retail price, which is excellent value for a system...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Shoots Down Japanese Sales Charts

    Hottin' up

    Japan may be quite introverted with its video game tastes, but it does enjoy the odd first-person shooter. That’s evidenced this week by the surprising sales numbers for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which managed to shift a whopping 197,350 units on PlayStation 3 alone. In fact, it was a good week for Sony’s home console in general,...

  • Store Update 27th November 2012 (North America)

    Double trouble

    Hide behind your desk. This week sees the arrival of awful arcade brawler Sonic the Fighters on the North American PlayStation Store. At least there’s Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, and Men in Black: Alien Crisis to make up for the dire download. Wait a minute... Let's get down to business...

  • News North American Kids Want a PSP More Than a PlayStation Vita

    Stocking fillers

    Children aged between 6 and 12 in North America haven’t given up hope on the PlayStation Portable. In fact, the majority of them want one of the last generation handhelds more than the current PlayStation Vita this Christmas. A research poll conducted by Nielsen revealed that while 18 per cent of kids are hungry for a PSP this...

  • Store Update 21st November 2012 (Europe)

    Playing favourites

    How’s your appetite? We hope you’re starving, because just like overseas, this week’s European PlayStation Store update is overflowing with delicious morsels. Hot snacks include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and Epic Mickey: The Power of Two. The

  • Store Update 20th November 2012 (North America)

    Full of stars

    You might want to grab a seat for this week’s North American PlayStation Store update, because it’s practically bulging with big new releases. Heavyweights include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and the DOOM Classic Complete collection. Other notable arrivals include Sine Mora,

  • Rumour Final Fantasy Type-0's Localisation Was Nearly Finished

    On hold

    According to a group lobbying for the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 overseas, a localised version of the PlayStation Portable exclusive was nearly completed back in 2011. Apparently, publisher Square Enix recorded an English dub for the game at the tail-end of last year, shortly after the title released in Japan. However, despite the...

  • Store Update 6th November 2012 (North America)

    Jammin'

    There may well be heavy hitters such as LittleBigPlanet Karting and When Vikings Attack arriving as part of this week's North American PlayStation Store update – but the undisputed best new addition is ToeJam & Earl. The original SEGA Mega Drive title jives in this week alongside its side-scrolling sequel. Both titles will include...

  • News Sony Reports PlayStation Sales Decrease, Lowers Vita Forecast

    But overall losses reduce

    Sony has revised its annual sales forecast for the PlayStation Vita and PSP for the second time this year. Speaking during its quarterly financial briefing, the company explained that it now expects the handheld systems to sell a combined total of 10 million units by 31st March, 2013. It had previously predicted a tally of...

October2012

  • Store Update 31st October 2012 (Europe)

    Talkin' 'bout a revolution

    You’re going to need a spate of good fortune in order to afford everything on this week’s European PlayStation Store update. Newcomers include Assassin’s Creed III, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Okami HD, Sports Champions 2, and, well, a whole lot more. Let’s get started, shall we? PS3 Games: Assassin’s Cr

  • Store Update 30th October 2012 (North America)

    Hot drop

    We hope you’ve got plenty of spare pennies, because this week’s North American PlayStation Store update is absolutely bursting with content. Over on the PS3 there’s a little game called Assassin’s Creed III, and it's joined by Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Sports Champions 2. The Vita section is no less stacked, with Assassin’s...

  • News Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Spooks PSP This Winter

    Cuddle up

    The sequel to Team GrisGris’ outstanding PlayStation Portable exclusive Corpse Party is coming to the PlayStation Network this winter. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows features a collection of eight self-contained scenarios set in the shadowy Corpse Party universe. “[The sequel is] divided into eight chapters, each of which tells its own...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation 3 Sales Surge

    Like a disease

    A cavalcade of anticipated software – combined with the release of the new Super Slim hardware model – pushed the PlayStation 3's sales over 42k units in Japan this week. The bump still wasn’t enough to topple the unstoppable Nintendo 3DS, but it came within striking distance. Resident Evil 6 was the platform’s biggest new...

September2012

August2012

  • News Vita Firmware v1.80 Adds Touch Controls to PSP Games

    New ways to play

    The PlayStation Vita’s latest firmware update comes bundled with a bevy of hidden features. Amongst them is the ability to assign touch controls to PSP games. We’re not quite sure what the purpose of this addition is, but we suppose someone will find a use for it. After all, more options are always better than less. You can...

  • News PES 2013 Scores Champions League Themed Metallic Cover

    Prestigious

    Pre-orders of PES 2013 in North America will come with a UEFA Champions League metallic cover, publisher Konami has revealed. We suppose it’s a bit strange for Europe’s premier club competition to be featured on the front of a US release, but we suspect that anyone buying PES in North America will be familiar with the competition. If...

  • News PES 2013 Secures Licensed Brazilian Teams

    Hooray?

    Who cares about the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A when you’ve got 20 officially licensed Brazilian teams? That’s the positive attitude Konami’s being forced to adopt for PES 2013, noting that the addition of teams like Corinthians and São Paulo helps to create “the most authentic soccer experience available on the market”...

  • News Sony Adds New Deals to European Summer Sale

    Counting the pennies

    With the school holidays coming to an unfortunate close, Sony has announced the final batch of offers being added to its expansive European Summer Sale. Discounted titles include Alice: Madness Returns, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded and many more. Feel free to peruse the full list of promotions in the space below. And, as always, let...

  • News LittleBigPlanet Smashes 7 Million Stages Milestone

    Dreams can come true

    Anyone that’s contributed to LittleBigPlanet’s gigantic 7 million stage roster should give themselves a humongous pat on the back. Go on, get on with it – we’ll wait. Feeling all warm and fuzzy inside? Good, let’s continue. Media Molecule’s revealed on its official blog that the milestone was reached just as

  • Store Update 1st August 2012 (Europe)

    Slow and steady

    It’s another disappointing week on the European PlayStation Store, with very little to shout about. A demo for Activision’s upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron leads the line, while there’s also the arrival of, er, Rock of Ages and Puddle to look forward to. Let’s-a-go... PS3 Games: Payday: The Heist Wolfpack

July2012

  • Store Update 31st July 2012 (North America)

    Entirely expendable

    There’s not a lot to shout about in this week’s North American PlayStation Store update. Ubisoft’s The Expendables 2 tie-in is the biggest new addition, launching Sony’s latest PSN Play initiative. Other arrivals include popular PS2 title War of the Monsters and Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time on PSP. An “unforeseen...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PSP Hits a Home Run

    Out of the park

    There are eight PSP titles on this week’s Japanese sales chart. The ageing handheld proved that there's still life in its elderly legs by outpacing the Vita by a few thousand units. We’re not sure whether that’s a sign of the PSP’s continued relevance, or the dismal state of Sony's latest platform. Still, despite the sheer...

  • Store Update 25th July 2012 (Europe)

    Brave new world

    There’s not a great deal of new arrivals on the European PlayStation Store this week, but quality always trumps quantity. Fresh additions include Disney Pixar’s Brave, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Foosball 2012. The latter is available on both PS3 and Vita for a single fee. Elsewhere, Sony’s searched through the back...

  • News Mystery Dungeon Shiren 4 Wanders onto PSP

    What a rogue

    Chunsoft's roguelike dungeon RPG Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4 is making the trip over to PSP in Japan this October. The game originally came out on Nintendo DS a couple of years ago, but now it's coming over to Sony's handheld as Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer 4+. That all-important extra symbol is for the three new...

  • News God Eater 2 Is Still in Development for PSP

    Yup

    It’s been a while since we last got a look at Namco Bandai’s Monster Hunter-inspired handheld sequel, God Eater 2. Many assumed that the title had switched platforms to Vita (or 3DS), but according to a feature in this week’s Famitsu magazine, it’s still in development for PSP. There have been a few changes since the game’s last...

  • News Sony Shuts Down More Classic Online Servers

    Unplugged

    If you’re still actively engaged in the Eye of Judgment Legends' online multiplayer community, then you might want to think about saying goodbye to your fellow competitors. Following that, we recommend booking an appointment with your local doctor, because you clearly have serious entertainment taste issues. Sony has announced that...

  • Store Update 17th July 2012 (North America)

    Dyad, zombies and more zombies

    Today marks the arrival of Dyad, an intriguing title with trippy visuals to make your eyeballs pop. There's also some zombie action and a heck of a lot of DLC to choose from, so let's get right to it. PS3 Full Games: Crysis 2 – Maximum Edition (Includes Add-Ons) ($29.99) Aliens are decimating New York City, with a...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Struggles Once Again

    Treading water

    The PlayStation Vita sold just 11k units in Japan last week, despite a minor resurgence the period prior. The release of the crystal white hardware variation had catapulted the relatively new system beyond recent disappointment, but with no new notable titles on the horizon, the portable plummeted back towards below-par pastures. To...

  • News Magic: The Gathering Apparates Atop June's PSN Charts

    Under the spell

    It turns out that people are still rather fond of card games. Sony has announced that the wordy Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 was summoned to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts in June. The enchanted title beat out continued competition from Telltale’s massively popular The Walking Dead...

  • Store Update 10th July 2012 (North America)

    Moons, thrones and lots of DLC

    Much anticipated PSN RPG Rainbow Moon lands today alongside an absolutely mammoth amount of DLC. Here's what's up this week. PS3 Full Games: Game Of Thrones ($49.99) Written in conjunction with author George R. R. Martin, the famed A Song of Ice and Fire universe opens further to reveal a new chapter of the story!...

  • Japanese Sales Charts White Vita Boosts Numbers

    Woah ho ho ho

    The release of the crystal white PlayStation Vita in Japan didn’t do a lot to improve the ailing system’s sales, but it did push the platform back above the 22k units threshold. The handheld was actually the second best selling console of the week, with Nintendo’s 3DS way out in the lead. Pokémon continued its rule of the...

  • Store Update 4th July 2012 (Europe)

    Over the rainbow moon

    It’s a fairly light week in terms of new PlayStation Network content for Europe. SideQuest Studios' ambitious strategy RPG Rainbow Moon leads the charge, and is joined by the Game of the Year edition of Dead Island and digital board game conversion Dungeon Twister. Sadly, there’s no sign of The Walking Dead: Episode 2 just...

  • Store Update 3rd July 2012 (North America)

    Be brave

    It’s a big week for retail releases on the North American PlayStation Store, with no less than six full Blu-ray games squished down into digestible digital form. Spec Ops: The Line leads the charge, while The Adventures of TinTin and Sonic Generations hop along for the ride. Native PSN releases include Bellator MMO Onslaught and

June2012

  • News Sony Announces Duo of New PSP Titles for Kids

    Licensed fun

    Believe it or not, the PSP continues to sell reasonably well in pockets of Europe. Games such as Invizimals have given the handheld a new lease of life amongst younger users, and Sony’s hoping to capitalise on that with the announcement of a duo of new children’s focused games. First up is Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation Vita Dips Again

    Boing boing

    Last week’s exceptional PlayStation Vita performance was a one-off it seems. With the excitement surrounding Persona 4: The Golden now restored to a reasonable level, the handheld plunged to just 13k units. Not horrific, but far from exceptional either. One hypothesis for the Vita’s relatively sluggish week centres on the imminent...

  • Store Update 26th June 2012 (North America)

    Grab your Move

    Not one but two PlayStation Move-compatible games hit the North American PlayStation Store this week, so time to dust off your motion controller and come out swinging. Here's what's up now. PlayStation Plus: Journey — 20% off, $11.99 (from $14.99) [Journey review] Resident Evil Chronicles: HD — 10% off, $24.29 (from $26.99)...

  • News European PlayStation Vita Sale Adds PSP Titles into the Mix

    Pound stretcher

    For the PlayStation Vita to be a success, regular software discounts are a necessity. Sony's European branch seems to understand that, as it’s been running a fairly robust digital sale for the past three weeks now. Writing on the PlayStation Blog, it’s announced the final leg of that promotion this afternoon. As promised, the...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PlayStation Vita Awakens

    Everything's golden

    Earlier in the year, Sony flagged June as a potentially big month for the PlayStation Vita. Following last week’s minor resurgence, it looks like the platform holder was right on the money, as the release of Persona 4: The Golden has propelled the handheld into a promising position for the first time in months. The Atlus...

  • News Unchained Blades Freed on PSP Next Week

    Let loose

    XSEED has announced that the localised version of Unchained Blades will be unleashed on the PlayStation Portable next week. The game – built by a dream team of Japanese developers – will be available from the PlayStation Store for $29.99. Unfortunately, XSEED was unable to confirm whether the game will be Vita compatible. It’s...

  • Store Update 19th June 2012 (North America)

    Tomba in tow

    One of the best and rarest PSone titles comes to PSN this week, courtesy of retro champions MonkeyPaw Games, and PS Vita owners can pick up some LEGO adventures too. Here's the line-up for this week. PlayStation Plus: Full Game Trials: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Full Game Trial Two Worlds II: Velvet Edition Full Game...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Tokyo Jungle Strides to Summit

    Vita sales increase

    Sony’s bonkers PlayStation 3 exclusive Tokyo Jungle roared to the top of the Japanese sales charts this week, beating out fierce competition from Dragon Quest Monsters on 3DS. The baffling post-apocalyptic adventure rounded up sales just north of 110k units to secure the number one spot. Elsewhere, PlayStation Vita exclusive...

  • Store Update 12th June 2012 (North America)

    Viva la Vita

    The excitement of E3 may be a distant memory, but the PlayStation Store’s still firing on all cylinders. It’s an especially good week for Vita owners, with the hotly anticipated Gravity Rush finally hitting digital store shelves. The Japan Studio developed exclusive is joined by the handheld version of the Metal Gear Solid HD...

  • News The Walking Dead Was PSN's Top Selling Game in May

    Catching on

    TellTale’s episodic The Walking Dead series ambled to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts for the month of May. The downloadable adventure was joined by thatgamecompany’s Journey in second and PixelJunk Shooter in third. It was a strong anniversary month for the Q-Games developed series, with no less than four of the...

  • News Final Fantasy III Port in Development for PSP

    We know

    The PlayStation Portable continues to be a prominent system in Japan – perhaps to the detriment of the recently released PlayStation Vita. Furthering the predicament, Square Enix has announced that it is working on a port of Final Fantasy III for Sony’s debut handheld. The PSP port will feature enhanced graphics and the ability to play...

  • Store Update 5th June 2012 (North America)

    The PS Plus motherlode

    You bought your PlayStation Plus subscription before E3, right? Good, because today you get loads of free games. Here's what's available today for North American users. PlayStation Plus: Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown inFAMOUS 2 Little Big Planet 2 Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

May2012

  • Japanese Sales Charts Dragon's Dogma Takes Off

    Flying start

    Dragon’s Dogma got off to a roaring start in Japan, selling a whopping 302,040 units during its first week on sale. The impressive numbers make it the fastest selling new IP of the generation in the region. Sadly, the title did nothing to increase the PS3’s hardware sales. Sony’s home system mustered just 14k units, a minor...

  • News Chill Out with the Ice White PSP-E1000

    Frosty

    There’s life in the old PlayStation Portable just yet. Despite the Vita being readily available worldwide, Sony has announced a new iteration of its cheap and cheerful PSP-E1000 line. The super chilled Ice White system is set to launch on European store shelves in July for a lowly £89.99. For those unfamiliar, the PSP-E1000 is a durable...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Hardware Slump Continues

    Difficult reading

    Hardware sales continued to decrease in Japan this week. The Vita’s fortunes improved by a measly seven units, as it mustered a disastrous 6k sales for the second week running. In fairness, it was another timid week for all of Japan’s major consoles, with PS3 and PSP's overall totals also dropping. Even the infallible Nintendo...

  • Store Update 22nd May 2012 (North America)

    Sorcery, Syphon Filter, Vita AR and more

    We'll admit it: there were times we thought we'd never get Sorcery, yet that day is finally here. There's also some Augmented Reality content for Vita and a stack of classic SEGA games, making this a very good day indeed. PlayStation Plus: Full Game Trial: Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Full Game...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Hardware Sinks, Vita Stinks

    All time low

    It really does feel like Japan has given up on Vita for the time being. At this point, the handheld is guaranteed a fresh wave of negative press every week. And it’s really hard to put a positive spin on the system’s latest numbers, with the console selling just 6,340 units. The one redeeming note is that all hardware fell sharply...

  • Store Update 15th May 2012 (North America)

    Sonic, PixelJunk and massive Ubi sale

    A couple of long-awaited PSN titles come to PS3 today and Ubisoft drops prices across two dozen downloads. Read on and make an informed buying choice. PlayStation Plus: Rock of Ages — 100% discount GoldenEye 007: Reloaded — $29.99 (50% discount) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood complete — $14.99 (40%...

  • News Sony Adds New Backwards Compatible Titles to Vita

    Take a trip down memory lane

    The release schedule for PlayStation Vita may be looking a bit barren right now, but Sony’s hoping to flesh things out until Resistance: Burning Skies by increasing support for legacy PSP software. Starting today, you'll be able to play classics such as Valhalla Knights 2 and Cho Aniki Zero on your hot new hardware. A...

  • News EA Promises "Game-Changing Innovations" for FIFA 13

    Deja vu?

    Now the English Premier League has ended, EA Sports has kicked off the information offensive for FIFA 13, coming to PS3 and PS Vita later this year. The publisher revealed new features it believes will change football games. Again. First up is the new artificial intelligence system, which EA says is its "most sophisticated" AI...

  • News GameStop Pulls PSP Titles from 25% of North American Stores

    Goodnight, sweet prince

    In news that will surprise nobody, US retail giant GameStop has decided to remove PSP titles from around 25% of its stores. The move is designed to maximise “merchandising space in the smallest” outlets. Larger stores will continue to carry the brand, as will GameStop.com. With the Vita now readily available worldwide,...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Drops Below Wii

    Golden weak

    Golden Week did nothing to improve the PlayStation Vita’s fortunes in Japan. Following a minor resurgence last week, the system dropped back down to a familiar position of 10k units sold. To compound the disappointment, the new handheld slipped behind Nintendo's aging Wii for the first time since its release late last year. It was...

  • Store Update 8th May 2012 (North America)

    Datura is here

    A bit of a short week for North America this time around, with one new game for PS3 owners and no new titles for Vita fans. Here's what's available this week. PlayStation Plus: Full Game Trials:Saints Row The Third — Saints Row The Third reviewNeed for Speed The Run —

  • News Unchained Blades Earns Its Freedom This Spring

    Off the hook

    XSEED’s uber-niche first person dungeon crawler Unchained Blades is set to slash its way onto the PlayStation Network this spring. The PSP JRPG – created by a star-studded development team – follows the adventure of Fang, a haughty dragon emperor who loses his powers when the goddess Clunea witnesses his arrogance. The game...

  • News Like PlayStation Access, Grab a Couple of Free Games

    Nice way to end the day

    Sony is giving away a couple of free PlayStation Minis to anyone that “likes” the publisher’s PlayStation Access page on Facebook. Up for grabs are Jewel Keepers: Easter Island and Urbanix. Sure it’s a marketing ploy, but who cares? Free games. While you're there, you should Like Push Square, too.

  • News XSEED Cans Plans to Publish Grand Knights History

    A tragic tale

    XSEED has scrapped plans to publish Vanillaware’s gorgeous PSP role-playing game Grand Knights History in North America. The publisher said that unfortunately the “development resources required to localise the game were not available, necessitating its cancellation”. The publisher continued: We regret not being able to bring...

  • Store Update 2nd May 2012 (Europe)

    Awesomenauts, Skullgirls and free Frobisher Says! included

    It's PSN update day here in Europe with a lot of content for your consideration, some of it free. Let's get started. PS3 Games: Awesomenauts (Trial also available)It’s the year 3587; conflict spans the stars. Huge robot armies are locked in an enduring stalemate. In their bid for galactic...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Enjoys Decent Sales Bump

    On the rise

    After a torrid couple of weeks in Japan, the Vita has finally emerged from its temporary slump. Sony’s shiny new system sold a respectable 12,299 units for the week ending 29th April – a significant improvement over last week’s worrying 8,206 units tally. The boost was no doubt orchestrated by the release of Surge Concerto: Ciel...

  • Store Update 1st May 2012 (North America)

    Awesomenauts, Mortal Kombat, Max Payne and more

    It's time for another PSN Store update, North America, and it's a typically eclectic mix of fun, light-hearted titles alongside grizzly, violent classics. Without further delay, let's get into it. PlayStation Plus: Early Access:Pixel Junk 4am Closed Viewer BetaVelocity (Free PS mini)Free Downloads:Aw

April2012

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Stagnates

    A familiar story

    This week’s Japanese sales charts prove the nation is gripped in 3DS fever. After enduring a tepid start, Nintendo’s handheld has become something of an unstoppable force, dominating the software and hardware sales charts alike. Meanwhile, the Vita continues to lurk beneath the decisive 10k units mark, selling 44 consoles less...

  • News Scratch Your Head over Monster Hunter Puzzle Spin-Off

    For PSP

    When Capcom teased last week that it was going to reveal a new game in the next issue of Famitsu magazine, the Internet was sent into a predictable frenzy. Could it be the long awaited Monster Hunter title for Vita? Well, it is a new title in the Monster Hunter series – just a puzzle spin-off for PSP. Disappointment aside, the game...

  • Store Update 24th April 2012 (North America)

    Skype, Walking Dead, Dragon's Dogma demo and more

    This week's new PSN content is available in North America, so here's what's on offer. Vita owners, you get add-on content and Skype but no games — sorry. PlayStation Plus: Full Game Trials:The Cursed CrusadeBattlefield 3 — Battlefield 3 reviewDiscounts:

  • News First Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 Details Dribble Online

    No Vita version

    We’ll get to dissecting Pro Evolution Soccer 2013’s actual announcement in a moment, but first let’s deal with the gigantic elephant in the room. Despite launching on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2, there will not be a Vita version of PES 2013. We suppose that could change as the game’s autumn release...

  • News Sony Pulls Exploited Super Collapse 3 from PSN

    Play a different brick game

    Mere days after restoring two hacked PSP titles to the PlayStation Network, Sony has had to yank another one. Super Collapse 3 is the latest release to be completely removed from the company’s digital storefront, after hackers found a way to run unsigned code through an exploit in the software. Homebrew junkie Wololo...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Continues Its Decline

    How low can you go?

    Whatever Soul Sacrifice is, it can’t come soon enough. With no new releases to speak of, the Vita continued its decline in Japan this week, selling a paltry 8,250 units. To its credit, it wasn’t the only system to decline. Only the DSi LL managed to post an improved figure, beating its previous tally by a measly seven units...

  • News Pick Up a Bargain with Massive PSP Discounts

    Have a (jungle) party

    The PlayStation Vita might be the hot new handheld on the block, but that’s not stopping Sony from giving the PSP some love. The platform holder’s taken to the PlayStation Blog to announce an extensive list of discounts spanning some of the portable’s most well loved games. Favourites such as Patapon 3 and God of War:...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Dips Below 10k Units

    The end is nigh

    A lot of industry conscious gamers hold a significant amount of faith in Japan’s weekly sales figures. It’s those same commentators that invented the so-called "10k units rule". The fabricated philosophy states that if a system’s sales are above 10k units a week, it’s “alive”. But should the unthinkable happen...

  • Store Update 10th April 2012 (North America)

    Skullgirls, Pinball and more

    Much-anticipated PSN title Skullgirls hits the North American store alongside a true PS2 classic and more. Here's what's on for you North American shoppers this week. PlayStation Plus: Exclusives: The House of the Dead 4 DemoMinis: CanabaltDefenders Of The Mystic GardenFull Game Trials

  • News Journey is March's Best Selling PSN Game

    Act surprised

    Seeing as Sony recently declared thatgamecompany’s Journey to be the fastest selling PlayStation Network title of all time, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see the innovative opus at the top of the PSN charts for the month of March. The evocative quest fought off strong competition from PSN’s previous fastest seller, inFamous:...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Baseball Spirits Hits a Home Run

    Minor boost for Vita

    There was a Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud raining over the Japanese sales charts this week, as Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance cooed its way to the top spot. It was joined by numerous iterations of Konami’s Pro Baseball Spirits series, as the PS3, PSP and PS Vita versions of the latest bat-and-ball entry all...

  • Store Update 3rd April 2012 (North America)

    I Am Alive and more

    Vita owners go home empty-handed today, with no new games or demos on the portable storefront, but there's plenty of DLC and a few much-anticipated games for PS3 owners to sink their teeth into. PlayStation Plus: Free Games: Shank 2Shift 2 UnleashedCanabalt (PS mini)Farm Frenzy 2 (PS mini)Silent Hill (

March2012

  • News Mysterious Namco Bandai Title is for PSP

    Given the PS Vita’s continued struggles domestically, we’re surprised that Sony hasn’t just outright phased out its predecessor. But here we are, reporting on another big PSP announcement for Japan. Remember that mysterious Namco Bandai teaser website we told you about yesterday? Well, it turns out that the title in question isn’t for PS...

  • Japanese Sales Charts Vita Sturdy, Yakuza Spin-Off Strong

    What's hot in the land of the rising sun?

    The PS Vita managed to keep its head above water again this week, with its sales numbers boosting well above the dreaded 10k units mark in Japan. Sony’s new handheld was unable to outsell its predecessor, the PSP, though, which was boosted by the release of the anticipated Yakuza spin-off, Black Panther 2...

  • News MonkeyPaw Kickstarts Class of Heroes II Localisation

    Put your money where your mouth is

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know all about Kickstarter. The crowd funding website has already, ahem, kickstarted the development of a couple of high profile games, and now localisation specialists MonkeyPaw Games and GaijinWorks are hoping to get in on the lucrative action. The companies want...

  • Store Update 27th March 2012 (North America)

    Closure, Resistance AR and MMA

    Vita fans get one game to choose from this week but the free AR monument viewer for Resistance: Burning Skies is well worth taking a look at. Here's what's up and available for you to purchase right now. PlayStation Plus: Spring Fever Discounts:Closure — 20% offSplinter Cell HD — 50% offTom Clancy’s Ghost Recon:...

  • News Everybody's Tennis Pulled from PS Store Due to Piracy Exploit

    Oh no

    Backwards compatibility is a big problem. If a system doesn’t have it, then people complain. And if a system does have it, then hackers instantly get to work looking for vulnerabilities in legacy software. That’s exactly what has happened to the brilliant Everybody’s Tennis, with Sony pulling the colourful PSP sports title off the...

  • News PlayMemories Studio Brings Photo Editing to PS3

    Out this week

    If you’ve ever had the urge to edit photographs on the PlayStation 3, then there's a chance you might have some serious mental health problems. But alas, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone, as Sony has announced that the PlayMemories Studio – originally revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January...

  • Store Update 21st March 2012 (Europe)

    Ubisoft meltdown

    Ubi wants a big ol' slice of your money this week, with Altair, Ezio and Rayman all competing for your digital funds. Here's what's up this week for those with European Store accounts. PlayStation Plus: Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 50% Discount (ends Monday, March 26th)Rayman 3 HD – 20% Discount, 1 week onlyBionic Commando:...

  • Store Update 20th March 2012 (North America)

    Sumioni and Rayman 3

    After the thrill of Journey and other high profile releases in recent weeks, this Store Update might disappoint some, but there's still some quality downloading to be done. Here's what's up. PlayStation Plus: Free Dynamic Theme: Journey Dynamic Theme Spring Fever Discounted Games:Rayman 3 HD (20% off)

  • News EA Announces More Server Closures

    Online pass titles part of the cull

    It turns out that the money raised from online passes is not being put towards server maintenance after all. EA has basically squashed that theory by announcing that it is closing down the online portion of EA Sports MMA – a title which less than 18 months ago required an online pass for multiplayer gameplay. EA...

  • Japanese Sales Charts One Piece Still on Top

    Vita sales up... Just

    Namco Bandai’s rip-roaring PlayStation 3 exclusive One Piece: Pirate Musou has enjoyed a second week at the top of the Japanese sales charts after blowing the doors off the week prior. Despite selling way over 500k units last week, the PS3 release still managed to rustle up another 90,133 sales, bringing its overall tally...

  • Store Update 13th March 2012 (North America)

    Spring fever

    The PlayStation Network has officially caught Spring Fever this week, prompting lots of discounts to be added to the North American PlayStation Store. Elsewhere, vanilla PSN users finally get access to thatgamecompany’s wonderful Journey, while a selection of new PS Vita titles finally launch overseas. Let’s go. PlayStation Plus:...

  • News Yakuza: Black Panther 2 Demo Drops in Japan

    Like a dragon

    SEGA’s released a demo for Yakuza’s second PlayStation Portable spin-off, Yakuza: Black Panther 2, in Japan. The demo, which is exclusive to Famitsu for the time being, features four components, including a sample of the game’s story mode, a chunk of hub-world Osaka to explore, a battle tutorial and a taste of the game’s...

  • Japanese Sales Charts One Piece Does the Business for PS3

    Massive numbers for PS3 exclusive

    One Piece: Pirate Musou – also known as One Piece: Pirate Warriors – gave the PlayStation 3 one of its strongest ever Japanese software debuts this past week, as it topped the charts with a whopping 655,774 units sold. Just to put things into perspective, it outsold the combined total of the remaining 19 titles...

  • Store Update 6th March 2012 (North America)

    Unit 13 ready for deployment

    A free game on Vita and more await in this week's jam-packed Store Update. Let's get to it. PlayStation Plus: Journey Full Game (Early Access – $14.99) — Journey reviewMass Effect 3 Full Game TrialTom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 Full Game TrialQore Episode 46 (Early Access – Free)