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  • News December NPD: Black Ops 2 Dominates Disappointing 2012

    The future's bleak

    Staying consistent with the rest of 2012, December served up another year of decline for the North American video game industry. Despite pulling in a whopping $3.2 billion during the festive window, sales were still down 22 per cent over last year’s $4.10 billion. The year as a whole drooped by a similar margin, scooping just...

  • News Sony Cutting the Ribbon on US Web-based PS Store This Month

    Automatic downloads in the pipeline

    Sony is aiming to launch the web-based version of the PlayStation Store in North America later this month. The platform holder introduced the digital shopping destination in Europe late last year, but now it’s looking to invite overseas gamers to the uber-useful online plaza. Chatting with CNET, Sony Network...

  • News A Connecticut Town No Longer Wants To Buy and Burn Your Copies of God of War

    The town's M-rated games sigh in relief

    Remember when we reported that a Connecticut town was offering $25 vouchers to families who handed over their violent video games to be incinerated in a drive that was due to take place on 12th January? Well, that's not happening any more. A spokesperson from the SouthingtonSOS has told Polygon that the group...

  • News Journey Clambers to the Summit of the PSN Charts

    Magical trip

    Not content with scooping our coveted Game of the Year award, Journey has also climbed to the peak of the North American PlayStation Network charts. The critically acclaimed exclusive brushed aside strong competition from Mass Effect and The Walking Dead to steal the top spot for the month of December. In Europe, the title fin

  • Store Update 8th January 2013 (North America)

    Back in business

    As the first proper update of 2013, this week’s North American PlayStation Store refresh is understandably quiet. The biggest new addition is Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for the PlayStation Vita, though there is also the arrival of the digital version of Demon’s Souls to consume your attention (and patience). Shall we get...

  • News Mega Man Titles Join Brutal North American PS Plus Update

    Toughen up

    You’re going to need skin as thick as a rhinoceros to cope with this month’s North American PlayStation Plus update. Not only will you be invited to brave the brutality of the God of War: Ascension beta, but you’ll also have the option to sample both Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 absolutely free of charge. We suspect that this is a...

  • News A Connecticut Town Wants to Buy and Burn Your Copies of God of War

    Hand 'em over

    A small town in the state of Connecticut has called for families to participate in a drive to rid the area of violent video games following the devastating shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school. The 'Violent Video Games Return Program', instigated by the SouthingtonSOS, urges families to give up their M-rated games, films, and CDs...



  • News Black Friday Propels PS3 and Vita Sales in North America

    Big numbers

    The North American video game market may not belong to Sony in the way that it used to, but that didn’t stop the Japanese giant from recording some impressive sales during Black Friday week (18th to 24th November). The platform holder has announced that it sold a whopping 525,000 PlayStation 3s during the seven day window, and a...

  • 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 New Vita Bundle Includes PS Plus and Unit 13 for $299.99

    Fresh blood

    If you haven’t delved into the wonderful world of PlayStation Vita ownership just yet, Sony has announced a new North American bundle designed to get you on board. The attractive $299.99 package includes a 3G console, a 12 month subscription to PlayStation Plus, a download voucher for Unit 13, and a completely useless 4GB memory card...

  • 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 PlayStation Vita Games Get Discounted on PSN Next Week

    Glad tidings

    Black Friday may be little more than a ruinous memory at this point, but that’s not stopping a fresh batch of discounts from flooding the North American PlayStation Store. Announced on the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast, Sony has revealed that a total of ten games will see their prices slashed as part of next week’s...

  • News Resistance Collection Invades Retailers on 5th December

    All Hale

    Insomniac Games’ stellar first-person series will get another shot in the spotlight this winter, when Sony fires the Resistance Collection onto North American store shelves on 5th December. The compelling compilation will collate all three titles from the alternate history franchise, alongside five different DLC packs. The bundle will...

  • News This PlayStation Vita Deal Is Almost Too Good to Be True

    Jaw dropping

    North American readers might want to take a break from their turkey sandwiches and family rifts, because we come bearing good news. According to Polygon, you’ll be able to purchase a Crystal White PlayStation Vita with a copy of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and a 4GB memory card for a ridiculous $179.99 from later...

  • 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 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,

  • News Buy a Bargain with PlayStation's Black Friday Bundles

    Start queuing now

    We’re too civilised to participate in anything as vulgar as Black Friday overseas – we wait until Boxing Day instead. Still, Sony clearly understands the importance of the day, and, as such, it has collated some of its best holiday bundles on the PlayStation Blog in order to keep you in the loop this year. Unsurprisingly,...

  • Store Update 13th November 2012 (North America)

    Breathing space

    There’s not a whole lot of new content available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – but what is up for grabs is worthy of your attention. In addition to a pre-order option for the digital version of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, there’s also the arrival of Call of Duty: Black Ops...

  • News Solve a Quantum Conundrum with This Week's PlayStation Plus Update

    Headache inducing

    This week’s North American PlayStation Plus update is short but sweet. Following the addition of Resident Evil 5 to the Instant Game Collection last week, Sony has announced that Kim Swift’s mind bending Quantum Conundrum will be joining the party. The first-person puzzler sees you cycling through different dimensions in order...

  • News October NPD: NBA 2K13 Slams, Industry Dunks

    Bounce back

    NBA 2K13 scored a convincing three-pointer in the latest NPD report, as the rest of the North American video games industry continued its downward trend. The sector as a whole earned $755.5 million for the period, a figure which compares negatively to last year’s $1 billion. While the figures aren't especially pleasant, analyst Liam...

  • Store Update 6th November 2012 (North America)


    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 Future US Closes PlayStation: The Official Magazine in North America

    Stop press

    North American magazine publishing giant Future US has announced that it will end production of PlayStation: The Official Magazine later this year. The last issue of the historical publication will hit store shelves in December. The origins of the brand date all the way back to 1997. It caps a tough year for North American print media,...

  • News PlayStation Store Refresh Launches in North America

    All change

    After a fairly lengthy delay, the new-look PlayStation Store has finally launched in North America. The updated digital storefront comes with a range of snazzy features, including improved content filtering, better organisation, and a dynamic search engine. You’ll be prompted to download the glossy makeover when



  • Store Update 25th September 2012 (North America)

    In the jungle

    There’s a ton of content available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update, but only one title lets you play as Pomeranian dog. That’s right, the bonkers Tokyo Jungle has finally made its way overseas – what are you doing still reading this? Pre-Orders: Dishonored ($59.99, $53.99 for Plus...

  • News Watch Sony Unbox a Brand New PlayStation 3 Super Slim

    Same old blood rush with a new touch

    Just in case you’d forgotten, the new PlayStation 3 Super Slim hits North American store shelves today. The system comes equipped with a 250GB hard drive, a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, a voucher for $30 of DUST 514 digital content, and a free 30 day subscription to PlayStation Plus. Of course,...

  • Store Update 18th September 2012 (North America)

    Shoot and loot

    Borderlands 2 is the biggest new arrival on this week’s North American PlayStation Store update. The addictive first-person shooter is the perfect title to have sitting on your PS3’s hard-drive for whenever you fancy a quick blast in the badlands. Other notable arrivals include Jet Set Radio for non-Plus subscribers, and...

  • News PlayStation on Campus Tour Heads Back to School

    Academic activity

    If you thought college was all fun and games – then you’d be absolutely right. Sony has announced a new North American tour initiative that will see the latest and greatest games brought directly to a campus near you. Starting 20th September you’ll be able to get your hands on the likes of PlayStation All-Stars Battle...

  • News LittleBigPlanet Vita Is Already Available in North America

    Smooth sailing

    It seems it’s impossible for Sony to release a new LittleBigPlanet title without some kind of drama. Regular readers will recall the original game being delayed due to controversial lyrics in one of its songs, while the sequel missed out on its initial holiday release date by quite some margin. LittleBigPlanet Vita looked like it...

  • News Counter-Strike Was August's Top Selling PSN Game

    Go, go, go

    Valve’s downloadable multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has stormed straight to the top of the PlayStation Network sales charts in North America. The title – which launched at the end of August – fought off strong competition from fellow PSN Play promoted titles Sound Shapes and Papo & Yo. Telltale’s stellar...

  • Store Update 11th September 2012 (North America)

    The boys are back in town

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update won’t go down in history, but there’s still plenty for you to look forward to. New arrivals include Double Dragon: Neon, Anomaly Warzone Earth and Red Johnson’s Chronicles - One Against All. PlayStation Plus subscribers can also anticipate early access to Jet Set

  • News Sleeping Dogs Surpasses 172k Sales in North America

    Strong start

    Publishers and journalists are constantly pointing out that new intellectual property is a thing of the past, but a game like Sleeping Dogs shreds that theory to bits. The open world adventure – which is currently sitting atop the UK sales charts – managed to sell 172k units in North America during August. That’s a very...

  • News North American PlayStation Plus Goes Beat 'em Up Bonkers

    Crude buster

    If you’re looking for a source of stress relief ahead of the long winter months, PlayStation Plus has got you covered. Sony has announced that button bashers Double Dragon: Neon and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game will be added to the premium service’s Instant Game Collection in North America from 11th September. That means...

  • News More PlayStation Classics Now Compatible With North American Vitas

    Still lagging behind Europe, though

    Sony's 1.80 update for the Vita brought with it a large selection of PlayStation classics for European players, but those in North America were left feeling a little glum by the somewhat paltry selection they received. Thankfully, it looks as if Sony is listening to the complaints, as it has quietly added some...



  • 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...

  • News The Walking Dead: Episodes 1 & 2 Given Away to US Plus Users

    Dead rising

    If you managed to bite your lip through all of the hype surrounding Telltale’s ridiculously popular episodic The Walking Dead series on PlayStation 3 – well done, you’ll be able to grab the first two episodes for free as part of next month’s PlayStation Plus update. Both episodes one and two will be available at no extra cost...

  • News E3 Staying in Los Angeles Until 2015

    Looks like another perfect day

    In an announcement that will mean very little to the majority of you, the Electronic Software Association has announced that E3 will remain in Los Angeles until 2015. A sojourn to Vegas had been rumoured while the West Hall of the LA Convention Center is reconstructed into an epic new Farmer’s Field stadium – but...

  • Store Update 24th July 2012 (North America)

    Malicious foosball

    It’s a fairly hearty week for new PlayStation Network content in North America, with the hotly anticipated action title Malicious leading the charge. It’s joined by tabletop sports simulator Foosball 2012 on PS3 and Vita, which takes advantage of Sony’s “buy one, get both” initiative. Elsewhere, indie darling Puddle...

  • News Become Entranced With Dyad's PSN Demo

    Dig out your tie-dyes and lava lamps

    Get into the groove with ][ Games' latest psychedelic experience, Dyad, now available to try for yourself on the PSN store. The first five levels will be accessible during the demo, but be careful, you might just get hooked. The PlayStation Plus discount for the game will also be continuing this week, so grab it...

  • News PSN Gets Double Dragon Neon on 11th September

    Blood brothers

    Get ready to brawl — Double Dragon Neon is coming to the North American PlayStation Network on 11th September. It'll cost $9.99. WayForward's series revival hurls twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee into an adventure to recover their mutual love interest Marian. The siblings will still be fighting over 2D planes, but the world they...

  • 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...

  • News Ratchet & Clank Collection Arrives in North America 28th August

    Making a Ratchet

    Ratchet & Clank are a decade old this year, and they're celebrating with the North American release of Ratchet & Clank Collection. It's a HD collection featuring the first three PlayStation 2 games: Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. Europe and Japan have had...

  • News June NPD: LEGO Batman 2 Tops, Industry Sales Drop

    Holy great performance, Batman!

    Not content with dominating the charts across the pond, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has also topped the North American best-sellers for the month of June. But while developer Traveller’s Tales will be cracking open the champagne in celebration, the rest of the sector won’t be quite so enthusiastic. The entire...

  • News Malicious Brings Delicious Combat to North America

    Fighting the good fight

    Sony has confirmed that Malicious will finally take the long trip over the Atlantic Ocean later this month. The beautiful PSN exclusive debuted in Europe earlier this year, but has taken a curiously long time to make the jump overseas. Thankfully, if you live in North America, you won’t be forced to wait much longer –...

  • 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!...

  • 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

  • News Atlus Announces Bumper PlayStation Network Sale

    Dollar stretcher

    Niche publisher Atlus has unleashed an incredible sale in the North American PlayStation Store this week, cutting the price of its entire catalogue by an impressive 50%. You’ll be able to snatch up gems such as Persona 3 Portable and Trine 2 for less than $10. Also, Catherine is just $19.99, which is worth every penny – until...


  • News Sony Reveals Scorching Summer PSN Sale

    Why go outside?

    If you’ve been eyeing Europe’s excellent PlayStation Vita sale with envy over the past couple of weeks, then you’ll probably be excited to learn that a brand new promotion is set to launch in North America next week. While it doesn’t feature any Vita titles, the summer sale will allow you to choose from a wealth of popular...

  • 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)...

  • 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...

  • News May NPD: Hardware Collapses, Investors Look Away Now

    Troublesome trends

    Let’s get straight to the point: May was not a good month for video game sales in North America. Hardware sales were down 39% year-over-year, bringing in just $138.9 million compared to $228.8 million in 2011. Software sales also saw a decline of 16%, though the NPD puts that decrease down to fewer releases. Unsurprisingly, PC...

  • 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...

  • 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



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