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March2013

  • News Guacamelee! Wrestles with PlayStation 3 and Vita Next Month

    Free fajitas not included

    Drinkbox Studios’ delightful Mexican wrestler-themed Metroidvania adventure Guacamelee! will piledrive the PlayStation 3 and Vita on 9th April in North America and 10th April in Europe. The title puts you behind the luchador mask of a humble agave farmer named Juan Aguacate, who learns that he has a knack for wrestling...

  • News Divekick Targets PlayStation 3 and Vita This Summer

    Like a bird

    Divekick is inspired by those tense fighting game encounters where you’re too nervous to make a move. With one hit leading to an instant knock-out, the PlayStation 3 and Vita title sees you using two buttons to, well, dive and kick your opponent. It sounds basic, but the high tension gameplay promises an addictive experience. “The...

  • News Flood Your Senses with First Rain Footage

    Journey through the water

    If you’ve ever found yourself at ease aimlessly wandering through a torrential downpour, soggy clothes tugging heavily against your skin, then chances are you’re going to find yourself entranced by this brand new footage of Japan Studio’s intriguing Rain. As detailed in previous posts, the title sees you play as a boy...

  • News Soon Your PS3 Will Be Able to Automatically Download Purchases from the PS Webstore

    Sony flipping the switch on the functionality in May

    The browser-based PlayStation Webstore is a great option for purchasing PlayStation Network content if you’re not near your PlayStation 3. Sadly, any items that you do acquire have to be manually downloaded via the system’s download list, which almost defeats the purpose of the feature in...

  • News So, WayForward's Totally Working on a DuckTales Remake

    D-D-D-Danger, watch behind you

    In an announcement that’s sure to prompt a heartfelt "woo-hoo" from some of you, Capcom has announced that it is teaming up with Disney and WayForward to bring DuckTales: Remastered to the PlayStation Network this summer. The title – which was revealed during a PAX East panel earlier today – promises a...

  • Store Update 20th March 2013 (Europe)

    Right on time

    Alright, we’re pretty late with this update. Still, when we were in high school, rocking up to a party after everyone else had already arrived was the cool thing to do. In fact, our friend network took ‘fashionably late’ so far that sometimes we’d show up to social gatherings the evening after they were supposed to take place...

  • Store Update 19th March 2013 (North America)

    Short and sweet

    You can almost hear the crickets hidden amongst this week’s North American PlayStation Store update. Sure, the likes of Dead or Alive 5 Plus, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, and Hogs of War (remember that one?) are vying for your attention – but there’s not a lot else worth mentioning. As such, let’s get this show on the...

  • News Secret Ponchos Probably Has the Best Name in PSN History

    Switchblade Monkeys serving up a whip-crackin' good time

    After a short spell out of the spotlight, spaghetti westerns are well and truly back in vogue. Following the recent re-reveal of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, new studio Switchblade Monkeys has uncovered its very own venture into the rootin’ tootin’ world of the wild west, confirming the...

  • News Uncharted 3's Free Multiplayer Proves That People Don't Like Paying

    Client has been downloaded over 350,000 times

    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s free multiplayer component has been downloaded more than 350,000 times since it launched at the end of February. The cheap and cheerful client – which gives you complimentary access to online play up to Level 15 – is funded by tiered payment options, which allow...

  • News The Walking Dead: Episode One Stumbles onto Your PS3 for Free

    No excuse not to enjoy the undead adventure now

    In a move that’s absolutely not intended to rain on the parade of upcoming first-person shooter The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, award-winning developer Telltale Games has announced an enormous sale for its own episodic The Walking Dead adventure on the PlayStation Network. Starting from...

  • News Phil Fish Is 'Figuring Out' Fez for PlayStation Network with Sony

    Puzzle platformer coming to Sony's systems

    Polytron’s outspoken founder Phil Fish has confirmed that the studio is currently in talks with Sony about bringing its acclaimed puzzle platformer Fez to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Earlier in the year, the Indie Game: The Movie star confirmed that the former Xbox 360 exclusive would “finally be ported...

  • News PlayStation Plus Subscribers Secure Complimentary Entry into The Cave

    Tekken 6 and lots of discounts also up for grabs

    North American PlayStation Plus members may need to dig out their hardhats and fluorescent tabards, as this week’s update grants you free access to The Cave. The quirky Double Fine-developed platformer-cum-adventure game sees you fill the steel-toe cap boots of seven different archetypes, as you...

  • News Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge Lurches onto PS3 and Vita on 30th April

    Stumbling into sight

    The sequel to Frima Studio’s popular PlayStation Minis release Zombie Tycoon will stumble onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita on 30th April in North America and 1st May in Europe. The human-hungry digital download Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge will come equipped with cross-buy and cross-play functionality, though...

  • News Sony Pours Beautiful New Rain Artwork Online

    Wet and wonderful

    Rain’s announcement left us dripping with anticipation at GamesCom last year, but publisher Sony has failed to drench us with much additional information in the months since. However, a new page on the platform holder’s official website has at least washed up some new artwork, which looks suitably overcast in the best...

  • News PlayStation Network Down for Some, Sony Looking into the Problem

    Service suffering from connectivity issues

    You may want to put that pre-arranged Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 session on ice – the PlayStation Network is suffering from some poorly timed connectivity issues at the present. We’re able to log in without an issue here in the UK, but there are widespread reports of users receiving maintenance messages...

  • News Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Settles Scores in New Trailer

    Downloadable shooter reloads series on PSN

    Would the real Call of Juarez please stand up? Techland has deployed a brand new trailer for its upcoming PlayStation Network first-person shooter Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – and it looks like a real return to form for the underrated Western series. The footage teases showdowns against real-life...

  • Store Update 13th March 2013 (Europe)

    Bits and bobs

    As with North America’s most recent refresh, there are plenty of goodies available as part of this week's European PlayStation Store update. Darkstalkers Resurrection is probably the most notable new addition, alongside WRC Powerslide and a handful of demos. Let’s stop dithering and get down to business. PS3 Games: Atelier...

  • News Lone Survivor Finds Sanctuary on PlayStation 3 and Vita This July

    Survival horror title will launch with exclusive content

    Critically acclaimed indie hit Lone Survivor will spook the PlayStation Network in July, developer Jasper Byrne has confirmed. The upcoming PlayStation 3 and Vita port – in production at Explodemon! developer Curve Studios – was officially

  • Store Update 12th March 2013 (North America)

    All filler, no killer

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update is devoid of any real heavy hitters. Sure, you can look forward to the likes of Quantum Theory, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear, and Kessen II if you like, but they’re not exactly must-have titles, are they? Darkstalkers Resurrection probably comes closest, alongside...

  • News Sound Shapes DLC Honks Its Horn to the Beat

    Baby, you can drive our car

    Sound Shapes is aiming to pump up the volume this week with a couple of downloadable expansion packs. The first – memorably dubbed the Car Mini-Album and Creator Pack – will augment the rhythmic platformer with a couple of pimped out rides, in addition to a number of new campaign levels, a full sound pack, a slew of...

  • News Payday 2 Will Bleed Your Wallet Dry This Summer

    Downloadable shooter planning the perfect heist

    Bloodcurdling masks and carefully staged crime sprees will make a comeback this summer, as Overkill Software applies the finishing touches to Payday 2. The sequel to 2011’s likeable co-op heist simulator, Payday: The Heist, was formally announced earlier today, and promises some noteworthy...

  • News Star Wars: First Assault Is Currently Lost in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Downloadable shooter trapped in limbo

    On the day that LucasFilm has decided to ditch new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Kotaku has used its Jedi powers to unearth information about a brand new downloadable game named Star Wars: First Assault. The first-person shooter –

  • News Joe Danger 2: The Movie Headlines NA PlayStation Plus Update

    Plus, oodles of Ubisoft discounts

    North American PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given the opportunity to star in Joe Danger 2: The Movie this week, when the enjoyable arcade adventure is added to the Instant Game Collection. You’ll be able to download the madcap motorcycle title for free from tomorrow, as well as the recently announced S

  • News Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Wins the Award for Most Overdue DLC Ever

    Online multiplayer add-on out this week

    The oft-delayed expansion for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will finally fight its way onto the PlayStation Store this week. The add-on pack – which was announced all the way back in August – will incorporate online multiplayer and a new playable character named Wallace Wells into the digital download. The...

  • Reaction Urban Trial Freestyle's Success Shows the Demand for Trials Evolution on PS3 and Vita

    Down the dirt track

    You’ve got to give Polish developer Tate Interactive credit. The studio’s recently released Urban Trial Freestyle may not boast the polished chassis of its physics-focused motorcycle compatriot Trials Evolution, but it’s parked itself slap-bang in the centre of a commercial black hole that’s been growing in significance...

  • Interview Giving Our Gobs a Workout with the Developers of Runner 2

    Running rings around Gaijin Games

    When the sequel to the brilliant Nintendo WiiWare title BIT.TRIP Runner was announced for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, we knew that we had to catch up with developer Gaijin Games to find out more – if only to shut up our counterparts over at Nintendo Life who have been banging on about the release at office...

  • News Ubisoft Fires First Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Trailer Online

    We're goin' straight to the wild, wild west

    Polish developer Techland appears to have forgotten about its recent flirtation with the present day, as its pulling the Call of Juarez franchise straight back into the shady setting of the wild west. Despite being disappointingly light on gameplay, this brand new teaser trailer for the upcoming digital...

  • Store Update 6th March 2013 (Europe)

    Hitting homeruns

    The surprise release of MLB 13: The Show on PlayStation 3 and Vita is this week’s major European PlayStation Store highlight, though the addition of Tomb Raider is also worth noting. Other highlights include Germinator and lots of DLC. Don't forget that Mass Effect 3 is now available for free on PlayStation Plus, too. Let get down...

  • News Journey Floats Away with Five BAFTA Awards

    The Unfinished Swan also recognised

    Journey’s unstoppable success has continued with a further five awards at this year’s BAFTAs. The popular PlayStation Network exclusive netted gongs for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Online Multiplayer, Best Game Design, and Best Original Music. Meanwhile, The Unfinished Swan uncovered...

  • Store Update 5th March 2013 (North America)

    Runnin' through tombs

    It’s a hive of activity on the North American PlayStation Store this week, with Tomb Raider, MLB 13: The Show, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance all vying for your hard-earned cash. Other notable additions include Germinator and Bit.Trip Presents: Runn

  • News PlayStation Network Scheduled Maintenance Times Revised

    Disruption for a little longer than expected

    Don’t panic if you’re just signing in to find the PlayStation Network offline – Sony has revised the times of its previously announced scheduled maintenance, bringing it forward to 13:00PM GMT. The construction period will run until 03:00AM GMT tomorrow, but you may still be able to login in the...

  • News PlayStation Network Maintenance Planned for 4th March

    Taking time out

    The PlayStation Network will go under the knife next week, as Sony works through another bout of scheduled maintenance. From 16:00PM GMT on Monday 4th March until approximately 03:00AM GMT on Tuesday 5th March you’ll be unable to access the PlayStation Store, Account Management, and Account Registration. You shouldn’t have a...

  • News Germinator Infects PlayStation Vita with New Footage

    Remember to wash your hands

    Creat Studios’ likeable disease-themed puzzler Germinator is spreading its way onto the PlayStation Vita next week – and, to celebrate, the developer has released the first footage of the portable version. The trailer shows how you’ll be able to use the handheld’s touch screen to line up shots in order to create...

February2013

  • News Retro City Rampage Extracted More Loot from PSN than Xbox and Steam

    Smash and grab success

    Brian Provinciano’s open world love letter to the 8-bit era Retro City Rampage has popped up on almost every platform under the sun over the past six months, but it’s the PlayStation Network version that’s selling the best according to the developer – and, even more specifically, the PlayStation Vita release. "Indies...

  • News Thomas Was Alone Finding Company on PS3 and Vita

    Hello alone

    Popular indie title Thomas Was Alone is making some much needed friends on PlayStation 3 and Vita this year – a fact that designer Mike Bithell is struggling to comprehend. “I made a game about rectangles and friendship in my free time,” he explained on the PlayStation Blog. “I was shocked when a community formed and people...

  • Store Update 27th February 2013 (Europe)

    A godly freebie

    It's that time again, with a host of downloadable goodies being added to your various Sony consoles for your gaming pleasure. PlayStation Plus member get access to a rather well-known HD re-release, while a host of discounts and new DLC options also fight for your attention. Let's get to the details. PlayStation Plus: God of War HD...

  • Store Update 26th February 2013 (North America)

    Plenty to pre-order

    This week’s North American PlayStation Store update is absolutely brimming with pre-orders. There are a slew of retail releases for you to register your interest in, including BioShock: Infinite and MLB 13 The Show. There’s also a demo for God of War: Ascension, as well as big add-ons for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and

  • News Splash Your Cash on PlayStation Network, Get Money Back

    Your own personal PlayStation piggy bank

    Sony’s announced that it’s bringing back its popular cash back scheme, rewarding you with $10 credit for every $50 you spend on the PlayStation Store through 1st April. There’s no limit to the offer – you’ll get $40 if you spend $200, for example – making this year’s promotion more attractive...

  • News BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Sprints onto PS3 and Vita

    Currently jogging through certification

    The audaciously named BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 – Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will run circles around the PlayStation 3 and Vita shortly, developer Gaijin Games has announced. While the studio has told us to expect more details about the handheld port next week, the company has confirmed that the console...

  • News Scoop the Ultimate Loot with Free-to-Play Uncharted 3 Multiplayer

    Complimentary chaos

    Soon you won’t need to spend a penny to waste the day shooting Nathan Drake in the face. Naughty Dog has announced that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception's multiplayer is going free-to-play – though there are some limitations, as you might expect. It gets quite complicated, so make sure you’re comfortable while we relay all...

  • News Yes, You'll Be Able to Download Every PS4 Game

    Assuming you've got enough bandwidth, of course

    Much like the PlayStation Vita – and, let’s be honest, most PlayStation 3 games, too – you’ll be able to download every PlayStation 4 title from the PlayStation Store on launch day. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the tidbit during an interview with The Guardian,...

  • Rumour PS Store Plunders Free Uncharted 3 Multiplayer

    Treasure trove

    It looks like Sony’s separating out Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’s multiplayer component and putting it on the PlayStation Store. Similarly to Killzone 3, the company has revealed that Naughty Dog’s surprisingly compelling online experience is launching as a standalone later this week – and apparently it will be available...

  • News Digital Sales on PlayStation Vita Eclipse PlayStation 3

    Business is booming

    For all of the doom and gloom surrounding the PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed that more digital content is purchased for the handheld than the PlayStation 3. Chatting with Destructoid following this week’s PlayStation 4 unveiling, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained that the difference is down to all of the...

  • Store Update 20th February 2013 (Europe)

    Easy to overlook

    Believe it or not, normal life does go on. While all eyes are undoubtedly on tonight’s PlayStation Meeting press conference, Sony has found time to update the European PlayStation Store. New arrivals include Capcom Arcade Cabinet, Persona 4 Golden, and Urban Trial Freestyle. Let’s get down to business, shall

  • News Check Your PSN Messages, You May Have Free Credit

    Money, money, money

    Sony is currently in the process of dispatching free $10 PlayStation Network vouchers to “loyal” customers, although it’s not entirely clear what warrants a spot in that bracket. There are widespread reports of users receiving the complimentary credit, including a handful of folks in our very own forums. The full message...

  • Store Update 19th February 2013 (North America)

    Tourist trophy

    Turn your attention away from the PlayStation 4 for a moment – there are still games coming out for the PS3 and Vita, some of which you may just be interested in. This week’s North American PlayStation Store update actually features quite an eclectic selection, including Crysis 3, Urban Trial Freestyle, and Capcom Arcade Cabinet...

  • Store Update 13th February 2013 (Europe)

    Anarchy wanes

    Much like in North America, there’s not a whole lot worth getting excited about in this week’s European PlayStation Store update. Anarchy Reigns, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Germinator are all up for grabs on PlayStation 3, while R

  • Store Update 12th February 2013 (North America)

    Take a break

    If your wallet's in need of a breather after the deluge of releases in recent weeks, then you're in luck – there's very little of note on offer in the latest North American PlayStation Store update. New arrivals include the handheld port of Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, the Twisted Metal Birthday Bundle, and PlayStation All-Stars...

  • News Sweet Tooth Celebrates Birthday with Twisted Metal Bundle

    Squashed tomatoes and gloop

    Twisted Metal’s excellent PlayStation 3 reboot is officially a year old this week, and Sweet Tooth is planning to commemorate the event by washing his polka dot pants. Apparently, they’ve got a bit messy over the past 12 months – we’ve told him to be careful where he squirts the strawberry sauce. While the...

  • News Guess Which Game Got the Most BAFTA Nominations

    Yeah, you're right

    In an announcement about as predictable as an episode of Columbo, BAFTA has revealed that thatgamecompany’s stunning PlayStation Network exclusive Journey has topped the nominations list for this year’s awards. The critically acclaimed title is up for contention in eight categories, including artistic achievement, original...

  • News This Is What Happens When Vikings Relax

    Hairy holiday

    Vikings don’t head to the seaside and sip on piña coladas when they want to relax. Instead, they do much the same as they would on a normal day – attack each other. The twist is that they embark on this antagonistic pastime in brand new locations, such as on golf courses, cruise ships, and, er, giant chess boards. Of course,...

  • First Impressions Is Bentley's Hackpack Worth Your Coins?

    Firewall flattener

    Sony’s sneaky Sly Cooper series has always enjoyed a wide array of mini-games. The emphasis certainly became more pronounced in later entries, with Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves dividing fans due to its hearty helping of side content. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – the fourth entry in the series – follows in its...

  • News Closure Illuminates North American PS Plus This Week

    Light the way

    North American PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download Eyebrow Interactive’s intelligent PlayStation Network puzzle platformer Closure for free this week. The title – which sees you manipulating light sources to progress – will be added to the Instant Game Collection when the PlayStation Store refreshes tomorrow...

  • News Journey Misses Out on Prestigious Grammy Award

    The one that got away

    Given the sheer amount of awards that Journey has scooped up over the past 12 months, we suppose it’s about time that the title stopped hogging the limelight. Despite being the first ever video game to be nominated for a Grammy award, Austin Wintory’s scorching score lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ e

  • News Dead Nation 2 Concept Art Stumbles into Sight

    Bullet to the brain

    It seems like a sequel to Housemarque’s popular dual-joystick shooter Dead Nation was on the cards at one point. The official website of concept artist Amar Djouad features three pieces of artwork from the hypothetical follow-up, one of which includes dinosaurs. Sadly, according to the employee’s CGHub portfolio, the...

  • News Journey Is Not Just a Great Game, It's a Life Changer

    Dry your eyes

    Many of us can point to a piece of media that has helped us through a difficult time. For some it may be a song, others a book – but for Sophia, a 15-year-old gamer, it's Journey. Speaking during a panel at DICE earlier this week, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen read aloud a letter that the company had received from the...

  • News Journey Sweeps DICE Awards, Scoops Eight Gongs

    On top of the world

    Journey got no less than eight honours caught up in its scarf at the DICE awards last night. The stunning PlayStation Network exclusive swept up accolades for sound design, innovation, and online gameplay. It also floated away with the coveted ‘Game of the Year’ gong. Telltale's excellent The Walking Dead came closest to...

  • News Capcom Arcade Cabinet Sucks Your Coins from 19th February

    Retro revival

    Put your carefully collected stock of quarters to one side, because you may have a use for them in a few short weeks. The recently revealed Capcom Arcade Cabinet will debut on 19th February, bringing 15 classic titles with it. These releases will be rolled out on a regular basis until 21st May, and buying them all will add two free...

  • Store Update 6th February 2013 (Europe)

    Alien greed

    It’s been a quiet couple of months on the European PlayStation Store, but there are signs that things are starting to pick up this week. In addition to the likes of Dead Space 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, there’s also the arrival of Alien Breed, Wake-Up Club, and Bent

  • News Yes, Bentley's Hackpack Does Include Trophies

    Binary bling

    Seeing as the mini-games from the recently revealed Bentley’s Hackpack are already included on the full retail release of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, we encouraged you to exercise caution before picking up the cheap and cheerful title yesterday. But product manager Cristian Cardona has now

  • Store Update 5th February 2013 (North America)

    Real steal

    There are three new retail releases available as part of this week’s North American PlayStation Store update – and they’re all heavy hitters. New arrivals include Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Dead Space 3, and Fist of the North Star 2: Ken’s Rage. We hope that you’ve been saving up, because this is going to be an expensive week...

  • News Alien Breed Stalks the European PlayStation Store This Week

    Showing its teeth

    Team 17 will pay homage to James Cameron all over again this week, when its Amiga classic Alien Breed fires onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita in Europe. The top-down blaster will set you back just £6.49 for both versions, and will be buoyed by a further 20 per cent discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Those of you in North...

  • News Bentley's Hackpack Breaks Out Sly Cooper's Mini-Games

    Turtle target practice

    One of the best things about Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – as evidenced in our recent preview – is the title’s constant desire for variety. The campaign is practically bursting with different gameplay mechanics, and you’ll be able to sample some of those for yourself courtesy of a new cross-platform application...

  • News Zen Pinball 2 Finds the Force, Loses It Again

    Into the garbage chute

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, developer Zen Studios revealed that it was working on a new batch of Star Wars themed tables for its free PlayStation 3 and Vita application Zen Pinball 2 – but the announcement was yanked faster than the Millennium Falcon in hyperspace. Still, there’s nothing stopping us from...

  • News Guardians of Middle-Earth Free for NA PS Plus Subscribers

    Irkwood

    North America’s slightly less exciting PlayStation Plus offering continues to play catch up to its infinitely superior European counterpart this week with the addition of Guardians of Middle-Earth, the Monolith developed MOBA that stars characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s dreary universe. Maybe if you pretend that you're excited about this,...

  • News Frozen Synapse: Tactics Moves onto PlayStation 3 and Vita

    Planning ahead

    Rounding out a week of great news, LittleBigPlanet Vita developer Double Eleven has announced that it is bringing Mode 7’s popular strategy game Frozen Synapse to the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Frozen Synapse: Tactics, as the port will be called, will release later this year on the PlayStation Network. The title puts you in control...

January2013

  • Store Update 30th January 2013 (Europe)

    Back in time

    It may be discontinued, but the PlayStation 2 is making a comeback. There are no less than ten PS2 Classics in this week’s European PlayStation Store refresh, including Dynasty Warriors 4, Samurai Warriors 2, and, as promised, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Let’s Fish: Hooked On is also out this week on PlayStation Vita, alongside

  • Feature Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

    Secret gardens and synths

    The Unfinished Swan is a blank canvas; an engrossing adventure open to interpretation and debate. It’s a title that’s defined by contrasts, be it the bold blobs of colour that paint your progression through the game’s otherwise vacant world, or the juxtaposed personalities of the protagonist and his counterpart, the...

  • Store Update 29th January 2013 (North America)

    Hooked hitman

    It’s not a particularly packed week on the North American PlayStation Store, but there’s still a string of titles worth your attention. New arrivals include the digital version of Bayonetta, the Hitman HD Trilogy, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. There’s also a little game called Let’s Fish: Hooked On, which we’re genuinely...

  • News Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Strikes North American PS Plus

    Slice and dice

    Sony is rounding out January in style, by giving away copies of Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus to North American PlayStation Plus subscribers. The critically acclaimed PlayStation Vita port – which secured a strong 8/10 in our review – will be available for free from 29th January, so make sure you free up some space on your system’s...

  • News Sleeping Dogs Headlines Explosive Euro PS Plus Update

    It's full of stars

    European PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to rest easy knowing that Sleeping Dogs is set to awaken the service’s bursting Instant Game Collection next month. Sony has announced that the critically acclaimed sandbox crime drama will be available for free from 6th February, leaving you with plenty of change to splash out...

  • News Terraria Digs onto PlayStation Network with New Content

    It's off to work we go

    PC indie smash hit Terraria will up sticks and arrive on the PlayStation Network in February, publisher 505 Games has announced. The creative side-scroller will come with a wealth of new content, including a full tutorial, enhanced controls, and a fresh boss battle. The re-release will also feature a throng of original...

  • News Sony Cuts the Ribbon on North American PlayStation Webstore

    Form an orderly queue

    After a string of promises, Sony has cut the ribbon on the browser-based version of the North American PlayStation Store. The online plaza allows you to peruse and purchase PlayStation Network content without having to wait for the new console application to load. Just think what you could do with those extra 30 seconds –...

  • News Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Turns Back Time on PSN

    Acceptable in the 80s

    Whip out your shoulder pads, eyeliner, and Blondie records, because Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is set to invade the PlayStation Network in a blaze of bad synthpop and fluorescent colours next week. The barebones PS2 Classic will set you back £7.99/$9.99 when it launches on 29th November in North America and 30th November in...

  • News Sony Fined £250,000 Over PlayStation Network Hack

    Chunk of change

    If you thought (or wished) that you’d heard the last of 2011’s infamous PlayStation Network outage, then think again. A UK government body responsible for investigating the hack has issued the platform holder with a £250,000 ($395k) fine, describing the attack as a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act”. The...

  • Store Update 23rd January 2013 (Europe)

    Too hot to handle

    After a couple of slow weeks, the European PlayStation Store is back on form with an overload of content. Highlights include Zombie Driver HD, The Cave, and DUST 514, but there’s plenty more worth getting excited about. It’s also worth mentioning that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to grab The Pinball Arcade for free...

  • 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 Initiate Your Window Wipers, Zombie Driver HD's on the Way

    Road rage

    Zombie Driver HD, the promising isometric undead racing sim from EXOR Studios, is drifting onto the European PlayStation Store today. The title – which was originally due out in late 2011 – finds you “trapped in a city full of walking corpses without any option to escape”. Your only method of survival is driving like a maniac,...

  • News North American PS Plus Members Net Huge Discounts

    Free copies of Foosball 2012, too

    Forget about central heating, Sony’s impressive “13 for ’13” promotion is the real winter warmer this week. The excellent initiative – set to launch later today in North America – will see a slew of PlayStation Network titles discounted for the New Year, with PlayStation Plus subscribers securing...

  • News PayPal Added As PSN Payment Option in North America

    The easy way

    Those of you in North America will now be able to use PayPal to add funds to your PlayStation Network account. To take advantage of the functionality – which launched in Europe late last year – all you need to do is login to the Sony Entertainment Network website, select ‘Add Funds to Wallet’, and click on the conspicuous...

  • News Mad Dog McCree Moves onto PlayStation 3 Next Week

    Yeehaw

    Whip out your cowboy hat and spurred boots, because Mad Dog McCree is moseying its way onto the North American PlayStation Network next week. The iffy FMV sharpshooter will join the previously released Fast Draw Showdown on 22nd January, and will boast full PlayStation Move compatibility, in addition to an “all-new scoring system” and...

  • News Scheduled PlayStation Network Maintenance to Persist Overnight

    Boo

    There’s never been a better time for you to take the shrink wrap off that copy of Wuthering Heights and lose yourself in the (occasionally uncomfortable) love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network’s pre-arranged maintenance period is set to run until the early hours of Saturday morning in...

  • News Scheduled PlayStation Network Maintenance Extended

    Don't panic

    You’ll have ample opportunity to build a snowman, learn to juggle, and trim your toenails today, as Sony has announced that it's extending the PlayStation Network's scheduled maintenance for a few more hours. The period – which had been set to run from 16:00PM to 04:00AM GMT in Europe, and from 08:00AM to 20:00PM PT in North America...

  • News Urban Trial Freestyle Revs Up on PS3 and Vita This Year

    Feather the accelerator

    Seeing as there’s still no port of Trials Evolution on the PlayStation 3, we suspect that you’re going to snap up Urban Trial Freestyle out of necessity. The Tate Interactive developed PS3 and Vita title is due out later this year, and promises a deep arcade motorcycle experience with bombastic visuals and an addictive...

  • Store Update 16th January 2013 (Europe)

    Retro renaissance

    Retro City Rampage makes its long awaited arrival on the European PlayStation Store today. The throwback adventure is joined by a handful of hot titles, including Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable, Orgarhythm, and Sumioni: Demon Arts. Just a quick note for PlayStation Plus subscribers: you’ll be able to a download complimentar

  • News Discover Your Desires in The Cave from 22nd January

    Going underground

    Double Fine’s intriguing PlayStation Network adventure game The Cave will open for exploration on 22nd January in North America, publisher SEGA has announced. European gamers will have to wait an additional 24 hours to uncover their inner fantasies, when the mysterious title arrives on 23rd January overseas. Admission will set...

  • 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 Darksiders Brays onto North American PlayStation Plus

    Apocalyptic addition

    THQ may be on the cusp of commercial collapse, but that’s not stopping the publisher from giving away complimentary copies of the original Darksiders to North American PlayStation Plus subscribers. Assuming you’re a member, you’ll be able to grab the title for free from later today. Other goodies include a 50 per cent...

  • News Journey Strolls Away with Eleven DICE Award Nominations

    In need of a bigger cabinet

    Journey has already won the most coveted gong going, but that’s not stopped it from scooping up an armful of nominations in the 16th annual DICE awards too. The innovative PlayStation Network exclusive received an impressive eleven nods in various categories, including game of the year. The title will duke it out...

  • News PlayStation Store Patch Makes Browsing Snappier

    Well, sort of

    You’ll be able to reinvest your hard earned cash into the PlayStation Store a little bit quicker from now on, as Sony has released a patch for the overhauled online plaza that makes browsing through its menus somewhat swifter. Sadly, the update doesn’t fix the outrageous start up time, leaving you with plenty of opportunity to...

  • News CCP Games Deploys DUST 514 Open Beta on 22nd January

    Just the beginning

    CCP Games’ ambitious free-to-play first-person shooter DUST 514 will fire into open beta on 22nd January, the developer has announced. The news comes just weeks after the PlayStation 3 exclusive merged servers with its companion PC MMO, Eve Online. It’s all rather exciting stuff. "The launch of the Dust 514 open beta is...

  • News Disgaea 2 Cursing PS2 Classics Come 22nd January

    Prinny's pleased

    Popular PlayStation 2 strategy RPG Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is descending onto the North American PlayStation Network later this month, publisher NIS America has announced. The game – which first released in 2006 – will set you back just $9.99 when it arrives on 22nd January. As a straight port of the PS2 original, we’re...

  • News Alien Breed Infects the PS3 and Vita Next Month

    They're coming out of the walls

    Not content with its recent PlayStation Mobile port, Team 17 has announced that its retro run-and-gun arcade blaster Alien Breed is coming to both the PlayStation 3 and Vita next month. The British studio – which is best known for its anthropomorphic annelids – is aiming to take advantage of various cross-platform...

  • News Siren Sets Its Sights on the North American PlayStation Store

    No looking back

    You’ll be able to see the world from a new perspective next week, when Studio Japan’s punishing PlayStation 2 survival horror Siren spooks the North American PlayStation Store. The brutal stealth title – which was actually remade for the PS3 in 2008 – finds you stranded in a remote village named Hanuda, which is infested by...

  • 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 Capcom Arcade Cabinet Turning Back Time in Japan

    Acceptable in the 80s

    We’ve never quite understood the fascination with using modern hardware to emulate ancient experiences, but it’s big business – and now Capcom is looking to get into the lucrative market. Chatting in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, the publisher has revealed Capcom Arcade Cabinet, a free application for the...

  • 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 9th January 2013 (Europe)

    Lights and sound

    Auditorium HD finally makes its debut on the European PlayStation Store this week. The bizarre sensory experience originally launched in North America over two years ago, but now it’s finally available overseas. Other notable additions are few and far between, though you should keep an eye on SCEE’s New Year sale if you're in...

  • 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 Retro City Rampage Pulls Up on the European PSN Next Week

    Heist life

    After what feels like an eternity, one-man developer Brian Provinciano has confirmed that Retro City Rampage will hijack the European PlayStation Network next week. That’s the 16th January if you want to mark your calendars. Go on, we’ll wait. The game boasts an additional month of development on top of the North American release,...

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