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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
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
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...
Store Update 31st December 2012 (North America)
Just before we trundle up to bed with long faces and our hot water bottles, we figured we should share with you the final North American PlayStation Store update of 2012. That’s dedication for you. As you’d expect, there’s not a whole lot worth getting excited about – but free copies of Jetpack Joyride for both PlayStation 3...
News NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Slam Dunks North American PS Plus
If you’re nursing a nasty bout of man flu this New Year’s Eve – the Push Square office is a bubbling pot of coughs, sneezes, and snot this evening – then at least you’ll be able to console your misery with a gallon of Lemsip and a complimentary copy of NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. Sony has announced the next batch of PlayStation Plus...
News Destination PlayStation Pledges First Look at Sony's Upcoming Releases
Sony’s set the date for its 13th annual Destination PlayStation event in North America. The retailer centric conference is scheduled to run between 25th and 28th February, promising plenty of “food, drink, and a first look at all the amazing new releases coming from Sony Computer Entertainment America in 2013”. We'll fetch our...
News NA PS Plus Subscribers Nab Retro City Rampage
Someone notify The Grinch
You may have a large pile of presents neatly positioned beneath the Christmas tree, but that’s not all you’re getting this week. Assuming you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll be able to download a complimentary copy of Retro City Rampage for both the PlayStation 3 and Vita later today. That's a $14.99 value made...
Store Update 24th December 2012 (North America)
T’was the night before Christmas, when everyone stressed – but Sony was still busy, ensuring the PlayStation Store refreshed. In truth, there’s very little worth mentioning on this week’s North American update aside from MotorStorm RC Complete Edition and a bunch of fresh festive discounts. You can read more about those...
Store Update 18th December 2012 (North America)
Remember when we hinted that Bully was coming to the PlayStation 3? Well, it’s here already. Publisher Rockstar Games has unceremoniously dropped a trio of PS2 Classics onto the North American PlayStation Store overnight, with Red Dead Revolver, Midnight Club 3 DUB Edition Remix, and the aforementioned high school adventure all...
News Sony Drops North American PSN Discounts Down the Chimney
Multiple titles take the plunge
Sony has announced the first set of titles available as part of its festive North American PlayStation Network sale. The listed releases can be purchased at 30 per cent off, though PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to up their savings to 50 per cent. Cut price gems include the trippy Dyad, which we awarded an...
News Anomaly: Warzone Earth Targets North American PlayStation Plus
There’s no sign of Batman: Arkham City in this week’s North American PlayStation Plus update – but at least you’ll be able to console yourself with a complimentary copy of Anomaly: Warzone Earth instead. Wait. In truth, the 11 Bit Studios developed tower offence title is one of the most popular entries in the genre, but we...
Store Update 11th December 2012 (North America)
After a barrage of beefy North American PlayStation Store updates, we’re sure you’ll appreciate some quiet time. This week’s refresh is headlined by the appearance of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but there’s also the arrival of Big Sky Infinity and Black Knight Sword to occupy your time. As always, let us know what you’re...
News Super Street Fighter IV Punches North American PlayStation Plus
Following the addition of BioShock 2 last week, Sony has pledged another heavyweight freebie for North American PlayStation Plus subscribers. From tomorrow, premium members will be able to add Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition to their download list without needing to spend a penny. The genre defining brawler will be joined by...
News November NPD: Sales Drop, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Rocks
Bang on trend
The excellent hardware figures for Black Friday week weren’t enough to offset the North American video game industry’s continued decline in November. According to the NPD group, numbers for the period fell by 11 per cent year-over-year, with sales amounting to $2.55 billion, compared to $2.87 billion in 2011. Hardware sales were...
Store Update 4th December 2012 (North America)
We hope you weren’t expecting a slow week on the North American PlayStation Store, because December’s inaugural update is brimming with tasty treats. Highlights include Far Cry 3, former Xbox 360 exclusive Mass Effect, and card-game spin-off Uncharted: Fight for Fortune. As always, let us know what you’re buying in the comments...
News GungHo Resurrects Forgotten PlayStation Classics for PSN
Weird and wonderful
The holiday period may be perfect for big retail releases, but sometimes you need something a little more niche. Thankfully, newcomer GungHo Online Entertainment America has stepped up to the plate – bringing a bevy of bizarre PSone classics to the North American PSN. The six new arrivals include shoot ‘em up compilation...
News North American PS Plus Returns to Rapture with BioShock 2
Up and ADAM
PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America will be able to enjoy an all expenses paid trip to Rapture this month, when BioShock 2 joins the Instant Game Collection. The controversial sequel – which is a lot better than you may have heard – will be accompanied by a 10 per cent discount on the Rockstar Games Collection, which...
News Black Friday Propels PS3 and Vita Sales in North America
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
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)
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
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
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
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 Amazon.com later...
News North American Kids Want a PSP More Than a PlayStation Vita
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)
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
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
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
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
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 30th October 2012 (North America)
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 Plunder One Piece: Pirate Warriors at 40% Off This Week
With the end of October in sight, this week’s North American PlayStation Plus update is understandably lacking in heavy hitters – but there’s still an offer or four to keep subscribers smiling. The service's latest set of savings include a 40 per cent discount on One Piece: Pirate Warriors, dropping the recently released PlayStation...
News Persona 4 Golden Dazzles Europe in February 2013
Not quite set in stone
NIS America is targeting a 22nd February release date for Persona 4 Golden in Europe, according to a report on Joystiq. The website states that while the date has not yet been officially decided, that's the period that the publisher is targeting. Sadly, the re-release is unlikely to receive the slick Solid Gold limi
News Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault Reveals All from 27th November
PlayStation’s most popular Lombax will lay himself bare this winter, when Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault arrives in North America on 27th November. The fun size adventure will be available from both retail outlets and the PlayStation Store for $19.99. It’ll support full cross-buy compatibility, meaning you’ll only need...
Store Update 23rd October 2012 (North America)
Who said there were no PlayStation Vita games? This week’s North American PlayStation Store update introduces five new titles alone. Amongst the fresh arrivals are Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz and Street Fighter X Tekken. PlayStation 3 players have no shortage of new titles to look forward to either. This week sees the release of The...
Store Update 16th October 2012 (North America)
North America might not have a new PlayStation Store to dive into just yet, but it’s still got a whole heap of content to purchase. In truth, this week’s refresh isn’t quite as loaded as previous updates – but we suspect your wallet will appreciate the break. Highlights include 007 Legends, DOOM 3 BFG Edition and, er,...
News Payday: The Heist Is This Week's North American PS Plus Swag
A real steal
North American PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to pinch a copy of robbery simulator Payday: The Heist starting tomorrow, platform holder Sony has announced. The excellent co-operative shooter will be available at no extra cost for subscribers, alongside early access to the
News September NPD: Hardware Sales Jump, Borderlands 2 Explodes
Christmas is coming
Average weekly sales of both the PlayStation 3 and Vita increased in North America throughout September, suggesting renewed momentum heading into the holiday season. As has become a recurring theme, the Xbox 360 was the best selling console for the month with 270,000 units sold. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't share specific hardware...
News Ragnarok Odyssey Strikes North American Vitas on 30th October
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
Anticipated PlayStation Vita action RPG Ragnarok Odyssey will attack on 30th October in North America, publisher XSEED has announced. The game will be available for $39.99 from retail outlets and the PlayStation Store, but a $49.99 Mercenary Edition will also be made available. The latter will bundle a...
Store Update 9th October 2012 (North America)
Forget about the slew of content starting to infiltrate physical shops – the PlayStation Store is the best place to be. This week’s North American update is absolutely brimming with new releases, including highlights such as Dishonored and Retro City Rampage. In truth, we could write a short thesis about the slew of games coming...
News PS Plus Subscribers Score Free Copy of The King of Fighters XIII
Mai to go
North American PlayStation Plus subscribers will get to keep their fingers busy with The King of Fighters XIII this week, when the title is added to the service’s Instant Game Collection. The game promises a wealth of different gameplay modes, a refined engine, and 30 beautifully rendered fighters. And, yes, that monstrous roster does...
Store Update 2nd October 2012 (North America)
It’s another bumper week on the North American PlayStation Store. New arrivals include Resident Evil 6, NBA 2K13, Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS into Dreams. Our ex-editor James Newton is probably screaming with delight as we type. Other additions include
News Spend $100 on PSN This Month and Get $20 Back
The PlayStation Network is on fire at the moment – but that’s not stopping Sony from coming up with fresh ideas to keep you spending this October. The platform holder has announced that if you spend $100 through its digital storefront this month, you’ll get $20 in credit back. That cash will have to be reinvested into the...