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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...
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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...
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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.
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Risen 3 teaser trailer is all teeth and swords

A new teaser trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords offers a brief glimpse at one of the enemies sea-faring players will have to face once they step into the game's war-torn world. Risen 3: Titan Lords is the third game in developer Piranha Bytes' pirate-focused role-playing game franchise. Like in previous installments — players will be able to explore the world at their leisure and engage in combat with various foes. The story will focus on a young warrior whose soul is stolen; he then sets out on a revenge quest to reclaim it. The world, "abandoned by all gods" according to the Risen 3 website, is filled with different guilds that the player must align himself with in order to achieve his goals. "Like a carpenter with a hand-crafted piece of furniture, we put together the story, the...
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PlayStation horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation

SCE Japan Studio's survival horror series Siren is getting a manga adaptation, according to a tweet from PlayStation Japan. The manga, Siren: The Call of the Red Sea, will commemorate the franchise's 10th anniversary and will be drawn by horror manga artist Wataru Kamio. The Call of the Red Sea will feature a new storyline set in the Siren universe and is being overseen by series veterans, including longtime director and creator Keiichiro Toyama and scenario writer Naoko Sato. Both Toyama and Sato will have editorial conrtol over Kamio's work. This is the second manga adaptation of the series, the first being Siren: Eternal Siren, which was released in Japan in 2005. The Call of the Red Sea will be released periodically over the next several months, with the first issue launching in...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming drill instructor April 22

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for playing the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, will join the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice cast April 22 on Xbox platforms, according to a video released today on the series' official YouTube channel. Press play above to hear Ermey's voice work in the upcoming Drill Instructor Voice Pack, which will arrive on other platforms after the Xbox Live release. True to his best-known work, Ermey informs players of their major malfunctions with phrases like, "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!" and "When they drop weapons, take them you idiot!" Call of Duty: Ghosts won't be Ermey's first foray into video games. The actor has lent his distinctive voice to games in the Toy Story series, where he plays the army man toy...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...
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The Last of Us PS4 could be discounted for PS3 game owners

The Last of Us is slated for release this summer on PlayStation 4, and it might be offered at a discount to those who own the PlayStation 3 version. The Last of Us: Remastered will include the campaign and the post-apocalyptic game's downloadable content. It is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon for $59.99. In response to a question on the European PlayStation Blog yesterday asking if those who purchased the PS3 version and its Season Pass might get a discount, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli said that the developer is still determining pricing. "We're looking into the business model for all this," he wrote, "and will post about this once we have input from all regions." Monacelli revealed the third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us...
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Sony's PlayStation Now-ready Bravia TVs coming in June

Sony's line of 4K Ultra HD Bravia television sets with PlayStation Now capability are set to launch in June, the company announced on its blog. The Gaikai-powered PlayStation Now cloud steaming game service was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. Through the service, users will be able to stream and play PlayStation 3 games with a DualShock 3 controller directly through their TV, according to the blog post. When the service was first announced, the company noted it would stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PS3 games to PlayStation 4, PS3, PlayStation Vita and other non-PlayStation devices, including ready-capable televisions. The line of Bravia TVs will include nine different models from three different Bravia series of varying sizes. Models will range from...
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Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...
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Alien: Isolation video explores its 'low-fi sci-fi' design, straight out of 1979

Alien: Isolation is designed to look like the "low-fi sci-fi" universe in Ridley Scott's Alien film, and a video released today on the game's official YouTube channel shows how the developers are recreating that aesthetic. Press play above to see how The Creative Assembly is recreating the world of the 1979 movie for the upcoming first-person survival horror game, in which period-limited technology will affect gameplay. "This is a a game set in the future but based on the past," creative lead Al Hope said. "It's a place which we can really relate to. It's also a world where technology won't save you." Alien: Isolation is headed to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC on Oct. 7. For more on the game and its developers, be sure to read our interview with...
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The Last of Us DLC bringing new difficulty, maps, gear and skills

The third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us Season Pass holders will introduce a new difficulty mode, maps, gear and survival skills, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli revealed today on the PlayStation Blog. Each of the four separately priced packs will be free to those who've purchased the game's Season Pass. The $4.99 Grounded Mode DLC will introduce Grounded Mode to the campaign, where the "AI is relentless, smart and brutal, and survival will be near impossible," Monacelli wrote. The $9.99 Reclaimed Territories Map Pack will include four new maps: Wharf, which is set in the docks where Joel meets Robert; Capitol, set in Boston; Coal Mine, set in Colorado; and Water Tower, set in Lincoln, Pa. The $5.99 Grounded Bundle will add new guns and...
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Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...
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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition launches May 16 at retail

The PlayStation 3 version of Mojang's Minecraft will be available on disc at retail May 16 in North America, the studio announced today. It will be released May 14 in Europe. Developer 4J Studios launched Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition on PlayStation Network in mid-December, and has sold more than 1.5 million copies since then. The retail version will include all content updates through title update 14, which was released on PS3 last month; that patch brought Emeralds, Ender Chest, potatoes and more to Minecraft. Update 15, which is the most recent one, is not yet available on PS3. According to Mojang, 4J is still working on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One versions of the sandbox game. The Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft has been available at retail since April 2013....
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Trials Fusion review: back to the future

The first words you hear in Trials Fusion are "Welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The future!" You hear these words in the game's main menu, within a theme song on constantly loop. They're "sung" over a sci-fi, synthy backing track as a way to introduce you to this new, futuristic setting. It's hammy and over the top, but it also feels equally lazy, like it's the easiest way to convey this setting in the fewest amount of words. This is fitting, since in so many words, this is Trials Fusion. It cruises on the legacy of its impressive predecessor, offering up mostly the same motorcycle platforming gameplay in a dull package. Fusion cruises on the legacy of its impressive predecessor Despite appearances, Trials Fusion is a platforming game. If you've never played a Trials game...
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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn registrations exceed 2 million worldwide

The total number of registered accounts for Square Enix's revamped massively multiplayer online game, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, now exceeds 2 million worldwide, the company announced today. Famitsu reported last October that the game reached more than 1.5 million registered users worldwide. However, Siliconera pointed out at the time it was not transparent how many of the figure were active users of the relaunched version. Final Fantasy 14 was originally released in September 2010 and was revamped to address its crippling issues. It relaunched with server congestion problems as A Realm Reborn last August on Windows PC and PS3. A Realm Reborn was released to PlayStation 4 on April 14 following a beta test phase and then a brief in Early Access period on the console. Users...
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Snoop Dogg voice pack coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts April 22

A Call of Duty: Ghosts Snoop Dogg Voice Pack will be available on Xbox Live on April 22, according to a video developer Infinity Ward released. The video shows snippets of voice-over work the rapper provided, including lines like "Rack up points by reaching the enemy portal, you dig," "Squad member active — my brother from another mother," and "Homies out the joint, it's party time." "What interested me most about the project is my voice can be connected with a game that's so hip and so hood," Snoop Dogg said. "It says a lot. It's associated with greatness." The voice pack will be released for other platforms at a later date.
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NHL 14 simulation picks Boston Bruins as 2014 Stanley Cup champions

This spring, the Boston Bruins will win their second Stanley Cup in four years, according to EA Sports' simulation of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in NHL 14. The Bruins, the best team in hockey during the 2013-14 regular season, defeated the San Jose Sharks four games to two in EA's simulation. They eked by the New York Rangers with an overtime victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after taking down the Detroit Red Wings in the first round and the Montreal Canadiens in the semifinals. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask led the way, posting a 1.56 goals-against average and a 16-6-2 record with four shutouts in 24 playoff games. Last year's real-life Western Conference champions, the Chicago Blackhaws, were sent home in the second round by the Colorado Avalanche, who fell to the...
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Dark Souls 2 speedrunner uses glitch to complete the game in just over an hour

Speedrunner and YouTube user Noobest completed a playthrough of From Software's punishing action role-playing game, Dark Souls 2, in about one hour and 15 minutes using the Shrine of Winter skip glitch. The Shrine of Winter skip, which must be done with the game's 1.00 version, allows players to skip gathering four Great Souls before venturing to Drangleic Castle, effectively cutting a large portion of the game. You can watch Noobest fly through the game's levels in the video above; more videos are available on the streamer's Twitch channel. Dark Souls 2 launched for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 last month. The Windows PC version of the game is slated for launch April 25. For more on the game, read our review.
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