PlayStation Store flash sale discounts Braid, Tokyo Jungle and more to just $0.99

Sony's PlayStation Store is holding a weekend-long flash sale featuring 30 games for PlayStation 3, PS Vita and PSP — including Braid, Plants Vs. Zombies, Tokyo Jungle and Everyday Shooter — marked down to just $0.99. Other PS3 titles featured in the sale include Gotham City Impostors, Echochrome 2 and Super Stardust HD. A handful of PS2 Classics and PSone Classics are also just $0.99, including multiple games in the Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and Red Faction series. Some episodic Telltale Games titles, like Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and Tales of Monkey Island, are also part of the sale. For a full list of titles, refer to the PlayStation Blog. The PlayStation Store's flash sale comes to an end on Monday, Apr. 21 at 10 a.m. ET.

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Cel Damage HD out on Tuesday for all PlayStation platforms

Cel Damage HD will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday April 22, according to Sony. The Finish Line Games' cel-shaded vehicle combat game was previously slated for a general spring release. Priced at $9.99, it is a cross-buy title, meaning that purchasers pay once for access to all three versions. Sony is offering a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members during the game's first week on sale. Cel Damage HD puts players in a cartoon racing world featuring 13 levels, with six drivers, 10 cars and more than 30 weapon power ups. The PS4 version also supports four-player split screen multiplayer. Pseudo Interactive originally released Cel Damage in 2001 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. "As longtime developers, we've...

My mother made me a gamer, and gave me the skills to deal with her death

I was born with a controller in my hand.At least, that’s the story my mother loved to tell me growing up. She demanded my father go out and buy her an original Game Boy and a copy of Tetris while she waited to give birth to me in the hospital. That Game Boy would serve as my first foray into gaming, with my mother as my teacher. She taught me to make every life in Super Mario Bros. 3 mean something, to bomb every inch of wall in The Legend of Zelda. She left me with a set of tools I’ve continuously used to explore a hobby I love. These tools would also allow me to cope with her death. It's in the family My mother, Deborah, passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer in 2009. I lost one of the most important figures in my life, but I also lost one of my closest friends. My...
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Splinter Cell Echoes comic coming this summer

Splinter Cell Echoes, the comic book that bridges the gap between Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, will be available as a four-issue series at both digital and at retailers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Echoes, announced in 2012, was released as part of a limited collector's edition of Blacklist. The 88-page comic follows longtime Splinter Cell protagonist Sam Fisher as he travels the world completing missions, but also puts a focus on his personal life and relationship with his daughter. The comic is penned by Nathan Edmondson, who is currently working on Black Widow and The Punisher for Marvel, and will include bonus material with its new edition. Splinter Cell: Blacklist was released last year. For more on the game, check...

Final Fantasy 3 could be coming to PC

Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy 3 could be coming to Windows PC, according to a listing on the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body. The listing for Final Fantasy 3 was registered with the country's ratings board on April 2 by publisher Square Enix. The PC version appears to only have been registered with the German board at the time of writing — similar listings for a PC version do not appear on the European PEGI board or North American ESRB. When contacted, a representative for Square Enix declined to comment on the listing. Final Fantasy 3 was the first numbered entry in the series to feature a job-change system in which characters could switch between and level up different job classes. The story centered on four orphans tasked with restoring balance...

Nintendo 'portable video device' registered with Korea RAA

A registration certificate submitted by Nintendo for a "small video player" has surfaced on Korea's National Radio Research Agency (RRA). The certification was issued today. Few other details are available about the device, aside from its model number and listed country of Japan. The RRA acts as a hub for radio wave research in Korea. According to the site's description, the organization "has selected the development of next generation radio wave resources and facilitation of their efficient utilization ... all employees are putting forth their best effort with change and innovation." We've contacted Nintendo for comment and will update accordingly.

Watch 50-plus minutes of zombie-infested H1Z1 gameplay

Two developers of H1Z1 took to Twitch this week for the first time to show Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming zombie-filled open-world online game in action. Press play above to see game designer Jimmy Whisenhunt and technical director Tom Scheneck walk viewers through H1Z1. The game takes place 15 years after the titular virus appeared, in a world where zombies and other players threaten your existence. In the 54-minute stream, Whisenhunt, who describes H1Z1 as a "hardcore survival game" with permadeath, and Scheneck show off its crafting, day and night cycles and combat as they showcase the wonders and horrors of the apocalypse. H1Z1 is expected to be released for $20 through Steam Early Access sometime in the next several weeks. Sony Online Entertainment president John...
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Skullgirls Encore getting its first male character April 22

Skullgirls Encore — a relaunch of 2D fighting game Skullgirls — will get its first male character, Big Band, for free on April 22, Lab Zero Games CEO Peter Bartholow announced today via the PlayStation Blog. Big Band, formerly known as Ben Birdland, was a beat cop who "got on the wrong side" of a corrupt police force. After a brutal attack, Dr. Avian and the ASG Lab 8 fixed him up and armed him with pneumatic weaponry. According to Bartholow, Big Band is a high risk, high reward character with power and versatility. He's also the only character capable of parrying incoming attacks. Although he'll still take some damage, Big Band's parry allows him to counter-attack his opponents with combos and special moves. "Many of his attacks will leave you vulnerable if you miss or misjudge...

Danganronpa 2 coming West on Sept. 2

The sequel to Spike Chunsoft's mystery adventure Danganronpa, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, will launch for PlayStation Vita on Sept. 2, publisher NIS America announced today. The game will cost $39.99 and will be available at retail as well as downloadable via the PlayStation Network. Players will once again become a high school student from Hope's Peak Academy thrown into a life-or-death situation — one by one, fellow classmates are killed off — on a desolate island that can only be survived through teamwork and careful sleuthing. Each character will have a unique special ability that makes them the "ultimate" example of something. In order to solve crimes, players will have to match up evidence with classmates' stories in order to determine who is lying — and who is a...
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The Elder Scrolls Online's guild bank disabled

The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios disabled the game's guild bank feature today on European and North American servers, according to a post on the game's official forums. The developers did not explain why the guild bank feature was disabled in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game or when players might expect it to return. The halt could be in response to a bug that Reddit user Mistress-Rarity described earlier today. "Some of you may already be aware," Mistress-Rarity wrote, "but a game breaking bug has hit ESO that allows characters to duplicate stacks of materials in their bank. It is so simple, in fact, that it is possible to do it by pure accident. I will not explain this exploit, but it is the first result of googling 'ESO Item Dupe.'" The...
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Fenix Fire launches Kickstarter campaign for arcade adventure Source

Indie developer Fenix Fire launched a Kickstarter campaign for its in-development arcade action game Source, which the studio debuted last week at PAX East. The campaign will end on May 11 and is seeking $50,000 to complete development on the title. At the time of writing the campaign has pulled in just over $8,700. According to the project page, Fenix Fire will use the crowdfunding money to develop the game's soundtrack and bring on an additional concept artist. All funding will go directly in the project, which the studio hopes to launch in mid-2015. Source is set in an alternate dimension in which players must fight back against a growing darkness by taking and using energy from other beings. The game includes puzzle-solving and combat scenarios, and players will have to...
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Chroma Squad gameplay video shows you everything you missed at PAX East

A video from Chroma Squad developer Behold Studios shows off 30 minutes of gameplay featured during the demo at PAX East, which took place last weekend. Chroma Squad is a tactical role-playing game in which players control a Power Rangers-esque squad for a TV show. When the cameras aren't rolling, players will cast actors, purchase equipment and craft Mechas. In the video above, game designer Mark Venturelli walks players through creating a studio, recruiting actors and putting together a squad. Once in battle, Venturelli also briefly touches on the role of the audience, how to take out enemies and more. Alpha access to Chroma Squad is currently available to Kickstarter backers and those that pay $25 through the game's website for the Beta Tester Edition. The game is expected to...

Evolution-based arcade shooter Qualia 3 available today on Steam

Japanese indie developer Doujin Games is bringing its 2D arcade shooter Qualia 3 to Steam later today, the company announced. Players will control an organism called a "Multi Agent" that is constantly evolving and must kill and absorb other creatures to become stronger. Destroying other organisms and taking their energy will unlock new trophies and more powerful forms as players seek to become the most dominant creature in the deep sea environment. There are 26 different body party players can collect from destroyed creatures and then equip for use across eight different stages, each culminating in a final boss. The previous two Qualia games were published in North America as Qlione Evolve in Dec. 2010 through the PlayStation Network. According to a press statement, Qualia 3 includes...

PS3 bundled with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $269 at Walmart

A new PlayStation 3 bundle with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed on Walmart's website for $269. The 500 GB system also includes the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, which is available to watch through Vudu's streaming service. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for an April 29 release in the U.S. on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC. A previously planned Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely. For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with its developers at Beenox from earlier this month.

What makes a good console MMO?

Welcome to Friends List!If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar and Senior Editorial Producer Griffin McElroy ask: What makes a good console MMO? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is DRM good for games? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on...

Doctor Who: Legacy first major update will add more than 20 hours of gameplay

Doctor Who: Legacy, Seed Studio and BBC Worldwide's free-to-play puzzle role-playing game, will receive more than 20 hours of new gameplay inspired by the show's fifth season, the developer announced today. In Legacy, players travel through time to put together a team of characters from the show and solve gem-based puzzles. Doctor Who: Legacy Version 2.0: Rise of the Master, the game's first major update, introduces a new perk system, expert level modes and new abilities, in addition to new allies and enemies. With the game's perk system, players unlock additional abilities for their allies. Players will have access to four more forms of the Doctor: the First, Second, Ninth and War Doctor. "The Season 5 story arc, Rise of the Master, sees the most recent incarnation of the Master, as...

Octodad: Dadliest Catch launches April 22 for PS4

Developer Young Horses' octopus-pretending-to-be-a-man simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch will launch for PlayStation 4 on April 22 in North America and April 23 in Europe, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. In Dadliest Catch, players control an octopus who has fooled the entire world into thinking he's human. Now, with a wife and two children to care for, as well as a suspicious chef on his tail, Octodad must keep up the ruse and navigate everyday tasks like pouring milk and mowing the lawn without giving away his cephalopod identity. Octodad launched for Windows PC back in January (check out Polygon's review) and has since been tweaked based on player feedback for the PS4 version. The latter third of the game, according the post by creative director Kevin Zuhn, has...

Newtown Recovery Project to hold forum on video game addiction

The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project will hold a forum for parents on April 24 to discuss video game addiction, The Newtown Bee reports. The forum will be lead by Mark Augustine, a licensed marriage and family therapist from Wellmore Behavioral Health, Rosa Baldino, who holds a Master of Social Work degree, and Leanne Fuccillo, a school counselor. "The forum will provide information on the definition and criteria for video game addiction, the psychology of video game addiction, signs a child may need help, what makes them so addicting, negative consequences of gaming addiction (physical, social, etc.) and treatment," according to the publication. Formed in the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that ended the lives of 20 children and...

Here's a picture of Rupert Murdoch trying Oculus Rift, he loved it

Business and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, tried out an Oculus Rift headset this week, according to the Murdoch Here Tumblr site. According to Murdoch Here, where 21st Century Fox chief of staff Natalie Ravitz posts behind-the-scenes dispatches from Murdoch's daily adventures, Murdoch visited the New York branch of design and graphics studio Framestore on April 16. Joining him were Ravitz; Paul Cheesbrough, chief technology officer of News Corp.; and Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Framestore is the firm behind the "Ascend the Wall" Oculus Rift demo. In the virtual reality experience, players climb the Wall from Game of Thrones, the HBO TV series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire...
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