By Samit Sarkar on May 29, 2014 05.29.14
Sony is changing up the way it doles out free PlayStation Plus games, with the schedule and number of titles set to become much more regular, the company announced today. From June 2014 onward, Plus subscribers on each PlayStation platform — PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita — will receive two free games per month. Starting in July, all six of those titles will go free on the first Tuesday of the month and will be available free for one month, until the first Tuesday of the subsequent month. Until now, Sony has been drip-feeding free games on a week-by-week basis, and they've been available free for varying periods of time. In addition, said Sony, the games that have lived in the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection for a long time, such as Gravity Rush and the...
The Walking Dead, Uncharted Golden Abyss and more available with new holiday PS Vita bundle for $175
By Emily Gera on Nov 29, 2013 11.29.13
Amazon is now featuring a new exclusive PS Vita bundle for $175. The holiday pack, which comes with a PS Vita and a 4GB memory card and charger, includes game vouchers to digitally download The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Retro City Rampage and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The same PS Vita included in the bundle typically goes for around $217 on the site, while the standard Walking Dead Vita bundle is typically priced at $250.
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 19, 2013 08.19.13
Best Buy is holding a PlayStation sale this week, with deals on the PlayStation Vita as well as the Greatest Hits versions of a variety of PlayStation 3 games. The PS Vita is available for $199.99. That applies to the standard Wi-Fi model, which regularly costs $249, but there's an even better deal: The launch bundle with the 3G model, which usually costs $299, is also on sale for $199.99. That bundle comes with a 3G-enabled PS Vita, an 8 GB memory card and a promo code good for 250 MB of data on the 3G network that AT&T provides for the handheld. (It also includes a code for a free PlayStation Network game, but the voucher appears to have expired in May 2012.) Best Buy is also offering a bunch of PS3 Greatest Hits titles for $14.99 each. The discounted games include Gran Turismo 5:...
By Samit Sarkar on Apr 19, 2013 04.19.13
The UEFA Champions League final is set for the end of May, and Sony, a sponsor of the league, will set up a special area at the four-day UEFA Champions Festival with playable PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles, the company announced today. The free Champions Festival will run from May 23-26 at The International Quarter in London's Stratford City, close to the location of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sony will set up an area called the PlayStation Stadium, giving fans hands-on time with already available and upcoming titles including the PS3 titles Sports Champions 2, Puppeteer and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Tearaway on PS Vita. The space will also feature an actual soccer pitch, so attendees can partake in drills, coaching sessions, penalty kicks and more. Prizes for...
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time character vignette offers a glimpse of in-game action for European launch
By Emily Gera on Mar 21, 2013 03.21.13
A Sly Cooper-based character vignette was released by Sony in time for the European and Australian launch of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on March 29 and March 28, respectively. The game is the fourth title in the Sly Cooper stealth-platformer series. While previous titles in the Sly anthology were developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Thieves in Time is the work of Sanzaru Games, the studio that previously ported Sly PlayStation 2 titles to PS3. Have a look at some of the in-game action that's already been available throughout North America since early February. The PS3 release gained a 6 out of 10 from Polygon in a review that stated: "The bad pacing in level design, the overwhelming mix of things to do without any sense of how to piece them together...
By Philip Kollar on Feb 05, 2013 02.05.13
They've traded globe-trotting for time travel, but the game's structure remains the same As of the end of Sly 3, the titular raccoon had given up on a life a burglary. He's pulled back in at the start of Thieves in Time when pages begin erasing themselves from the Thievus Raccoonus, his inherited book of stealth skills. Sly reconnects with his ex-partners-in-crime, Bentley — a crafty turtle — and Murray — a brawling hippo. Determining that someone is messing up the timestream, the trio embarks on a time-hopping escapade to save the Cooper family line. The team may have traded globe-trotting for time travel, but the game's structure remains the same: In each era, Sly and crew explore a large, open overworld area that feeds into smaller, more linear levels. Each level...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 05, 2013 02.05.13
By Samit Sarkar on Jan 25, 2013 01.25.13
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time developer Sanzaru Games reached out to animation studio Ghostbot for the game's 2D animated cinematics, and Ghostbot created an animated short that was posted on the PlayStation Blog today. Ghostbot co-founder and director Alan Lau, who called himself "a big fan of the original [Sly Cooper] games," discussed the project in the article. "We wanted to make sure our addition to Sly's journey respected the fun and charm of the original games. At the same time, we wanted to push the quality of the art and animation to the next level as well as bring the audience something they hadn't seen before," he said. According to Lau, Ghostbot took pains to ensure that the look of the 2D animation "integrated with what Sanzaru was doing in 3D" in the game, saying, "We...
By Griffin McElroy on Jan 09, 2013 01.09.13
The latest trailer for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time breaks down the process of planning and executing one of the game's many time-traveling burglaries, as seen above. To perfectly execute each heist, players will need to plan out and use each character's strengths for maximum efficiency. Sly, Murray and Bentley all have their areas of expertise, like Sly's ability to skulk, Bentley's engineering prowess and Murray's capacity for violence (and, on occasion, seduction). Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time launches on PS3 and PS Vita Feb. 5.
By Dave Tach on Dec 13, 2012 12.13.12
In a trailer released today for Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, a few of Sly's anthropomorphic cohorts do their best to explain exactly who, where and when Sanzaru Games' titular raccoon will be in the upcoming game. Check out the trailer above to hear about Sly from his co-stars. For a more balanced take, you can read our interview with the game's developers from earlier this year. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is set for a Feb. 5, 2013 release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. It will include Cross Buy support, so purchasing it on the PlayStation 3 gets you a Vita copy as a download.