Here are the free games for PlayStation Plus in September

Sportsfriends and the PlayStation Vita debut of Joe Danger lead the lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers in September, Sony announced today. As usual, all six titles will be available free as of the first Tuesday of the month, Sept. 2. PlayStation 4 owners will be able to get FuturLab's Velocity 2X and Die Gute Fabrik's Sportsfriends for free. Velocity 2X includes cross-buy support with its PS Vita version, and customers who download Sportsfriends on PlayStation 3 will also receive the PS4 version at no additional cost. The two free titles for PS3 owners are PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale from SuperBot Entertainment and Hoard from Big Sandwich Games. PlayStation All-Stars is a cross-buy title, so PSN users can also pick up the PS Vita version. And on PS Vita,...

Mega Man X4, X5 coming to PlayStation Store as PSOne Classics

Mega Man X4 and Mega Man X5, two PlayStation games that debuted in 1997 and 2000, respectively, will come back in September as PSOne Classics on the PlayStation Store, Capcom said today. Mega Man X4 arrives Sept. 2 and Mega Man X5 hits Sept. 9. Both will be available on the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita Stores, where other Mega Man titles, like Mega Man 9 and 10, the original Mega Man through Mega Man 4 and Maverick Hunter X also are available. Capcom's put six games from the Mega Man back catalog on the Nintendo 3DS eShop back in May.

OlliOlli now available on PS3 and PS4

Roll7's skateboarding title OlliOlli is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe, the developer has announced. The PS3 and PS4 versions are a straight port of the PlayStation Vita original — which launched this past January — includes an upgraded menu system and leaderboards that can be viewed among friends. These leaderboards have also been added to the PS Vita version and will allow players to compare scores. OlliOlli is also cross-buy and cross-save compatible, which will allow those who already own the PS Vita version to pick up and play their game on consoles. "[SCEE strategic content specialists] Shahid [Kamal Ahmad] and Spencer [Low] at PlayStation in London pretty much insisted we did the port after the first day's success, it was totally...

If you thought Dark Souls was hard, try Titan Souls

Death is inevitable in Titan Souls. Playing as a tiny pixel human, players get one arrow and one hit point. If they fire their arrow, they have to retrieve it in order to fire it again. If they get hit even once, they die and have to return to the last check point and do it all over again. Every battle is against a boss — a kind of super enemy that is much bigger than the player. But every boss also has a weak spot. Find the weak spot and the boss can be taken out in one hit. "The process of playing involves dying a lot," says David Fenn, who made Titan Souls with two other developers at studio Acid Nerve. "You need to learn from your mistakes every time you die. You need to really prioritize staying alive as much as you can so you can observe enemy behavior and work out when you're...

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale review: can't go home again

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale has all of the ingredients necessary to pull together an explosive ending. After a second season of dramatic highs and crushing lows, I still felt a strong connection to protagonist Clementine. I've been with her through so much, and I was invested in seeing where she ends her journey (for now, at least). Yet at the end, I was left feeling more empty than anything else. The Walking Dead's Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been. It never stops striving for the depth and emotional impact of the first season, but it also never quite lives up to its own legacy. (Editor's Note: If you haven't played any of The Walking Dead Season 2 and are concerned about spoilers about the direction of this season, it may be best to...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham hits on Nov. 11

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch on Nov. 11 in North America and Nov. 14 in Europe, publisher Warner Bros. announced today. The third installment in Lego's video games featuring DC Comics' iconic heroes will see Batman and friends teaming up to stop the villain Brainiac from destroying the planet. Players will follow the band of heroes across many worlds, working together to thwart Brainiac's plans. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One.
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Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed review: clothing optional

Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed would work better as an anime. Japanese developer Acquire provides an intimate look at otaku culture, the fandom and fervor surrounding Japanese anime, manga, video games and fashion in Akiba's Trip. The graphics may not be the prettiest, but the semi-accurate scenery of real-world landmarks was a powerful nostalgia trigger for my memories of living in Japan. This wrapper is conceptually cool. Akiba's Trip is unapologetic of its weirdness, but the detail put into the game's aesthetic doesn't extend to its tedious combat and mission structure, detracting from some entertaining dialogue and stories about the characters' relationships. Loading screens and lengthy fights make side quests not worth it In Akiba's Trip, players enter the...

Don't Starve: Giant Edition hits PS Vita on Sept. 2

Don't Starve: Giant Edition — Klei Entertainment's macabre humor-laden survival sim bundled with its Reign of Giants expansion — will launch for PlayStation Vita on Sept. 2, the developer announced today in a post on the PlayStation Blog. Giant Edition will cost $14.99 and is cross-buy-compatible with the PlayStation 4 version. Players who already own the title on PS4 will be able to snag the PS Vita version at no extra cost. However, due to Klei having to rewrite Don't Starve's code to optimize it for PS Vita, save files are not compatible across both versions and cross-play is not available. The PS Vita version — first announced back in June — includes two new playable characters, the stage actress Wigfrid and Webber, a young boy who "lives inside the spider who tried to eat him...

This new Titan Souls gameplay trailer is all about staying alive (and failing to do so)

Titan Souls developer Acid Nerve released a gameplay trailer for the action game today, offering a glimpse at its pixelated world and the fearsome titans within. Our hero has to fend for himself with a bow and a quiver with a single arrow, along with a dodge move for defense. Death is a certainty in Titan Souls; what's important is to glean some lessons from it. Titan Souls is set for release in Q1 2015 on Linux, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC. For more, check out our E3 2014 interview with Acid Nerve below.

PSN returns after daylong outage caused by DDoS attack

PlayStation Network is back online in North America following a daylong siege by hackers who even communicated a bomb threat to an airline in order to divert a flight carrying a top Sony executive. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service about 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog said the system was taken offline because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. "We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information," the statement said. Because of the outage, the regular maintenance scheduled for PSN in North America has been postponed. It was to have lasted from about 12 to 7:30 p.m. ET. The outage began sometime in the early morning Sunday; a hacker group claimed...

PlayStation Network is down; hackers claim they did it (Update)

PlayStation Network is offline in North America, a day ahead of announced scheduled maintenance. A hacker group on Twitter is claiming its attack took the service offline. Update: The same hacking group claiming responsibility also Tweeted a bomb threat at an American Airlines flight carrying John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment. It was diverted to Phoenix from its route into San Diego. Users who try to log in to PSN or the PlayStation Store on their PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 consoles are given a message that PSN is down for maintenance. Sony announced Thursday that PSN would be offline for routine maintenance from noon to about 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday. Shacknews reported that the same hacker group claimed it was able to take down servers for Blizzard...

A guided tour of the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

You see a lot of crazy stuff built in Minecraft. With tens of millions of copies sold, the game has spawned a closet industry of builders, hackers and tinkerers. Minecraft communities have reconstructed the mines of Moria. They've placed a steampunk city atop a giant tortoise. Minecraft is even being used to teach. The possibilities inside Minecraft seem endless. One user, Cody Littley, went a step further recently. He made a hard drive inside Minecraft. Without any third-party crafting aides, he built one kilobyte of read-write storage. He joined me for a guided tour.

Sony's secretive division is hoping to find the next PlayStation or Walkman

There was a time when the word 'Sony' wasn't just a consumer electronics brand; it carried meaning about innovation and modernity.But for the last 20 years ago, the company has declined, weighed down by its own success and by the ferocious innovation of competitors in the digital world, like Apple. As management-culture has superseded innovation-culture, Sony has sought to build on the success of brands like PlayStation, without really coming up with groundbreaking new ideas. Japanese newspaper Nikkei has looked into a new unit within the company that is aggressively seeking to create new products. Created by Shinji Odajima it invites ideas and applications from Sony employees. So far, he said, response has been overwhelming. A call for auditions was met with 800 replies. The unit is...
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Caped crusader goes kinda nuts in new Lego Batman 3 trailer

A new trailer for TT Games' Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham today shows Batman in a freaky frenzy over his little buddy Robin. There's no explanation about the dark knight's weird behavior, but we do know that many characters in this game are subverted by evil Brainiac as he seeks to take over the world. It just so happens that this trailer is almost entirely focused on Brainiac and his incredible shrinking device, but we also get a song and dance routine from Joker. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and Windows PC this fall
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Cold War cover-shooting in CounterSpy

CounterSpy isn't afraid to throw game mechanics at the wall in order to see what sticks.There's stealth, platforming, exploration, sidescrolling shooting, cover-based shooting and more — but not every mechanic is firing on all cylinders. For instance, maintaining a mission-long stealth combo is super satisfying, but to have it broken by a roomful of all-seeing grunts is about as frustrating as it gets. For more on what works and what doesn't in CounterSpy, check out the Overview video above.

CounterSpy review: arms race

CounterSpy offers a light-hearted take on the Cold War, but it probably needed some more time to cook. While the Cold War has appeared as the setting for a large swath of games, the conflict is generally portrayed as seriously as it happened. The world was, after all, on the brink of annihilation. It's pretty tough to make light of that. But, rather than playing it straight, CounterSpy goes another way, delivering a goofy, Pixar-esque take on the events that almost brought two superpowers to blows. Unfortunately, despite exemplary presentation values, CounterSpy's frequently-flawed gameplay brings the overall experience into the red. CounterSpy places you in the role of an agent of COUNTER, an apolitical spy organization whose simple goal is to prevent the planet from going...

Tetris wizarding game comes to PS Vita

99 Bricks Wizard Academy, which hit iOS in June, is coming to the PlayStation Vita, developer WeirdBeard Games announced today. In the game, players have to stack falling tetromino bricks onto the roof of their house to build a wizard tower. It sounds an awful lot like Tetris, but there are a couple of twists. The surface you're building on isn't always flat and thanks to the game's physics, pieces don't always fit tightly together. You also can learn spells to do things like disintegrate the last piece you placed. It's a fun iOS game and the developers say they've been working hard at making sure that fun translates to a twin-stick portable console that has a horizontal, not portrait, orientation. No word on price or timing yet. You can see a pic of the end of a level I played from...

Disney Infinity 2.0 comes with AI builders, game makers, interiors and more

Disney Infinity 2.0 brings with it a slew of new options for the open-world, build-it-yourself Toy Box mode of the toys-to-life game, the company announced this week. The new Disney Infinity, due out Sept. 23 in North America on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, includes a host of new options designed around some of the issues with the original game. Fans, myself included, found it frustrating to unlock the toys, pieces and characters they wanted to use in Toy Box mode. In the original game, things were unlocked randomly. In the new game, players can choose what they unlock. But that's the smallest of the changes coming to Toy Box. This time around players can easily control procedurally generated content on a map by simply choosing a theme they like and...
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Rescuing an elephant egg-bird in a haunted water park in Hohokum

Absurd as that headline may be, it is also completely accurate, and an extremely concise summary of The Hohokum Experience.It's a game about exploring almost entirely for exploration's sake — which may not be everyone's cup of tea, as our review details. However, for dyed-in-the-wool explorers, Hohokum is an experience really unlike any other. Case in point: Sometimes there are water parks with customers who will hop astride you, and ride you like a slithering, soaring bicycle. Sometimes those water parks are haunted. Sometimes, in their haunted forms, they house endangered elephant egg-bird monsters. In the Overview video above, Russ and I visit one such water park, revive one such egg-bird ... thing, and then go spelunking with Lucario in a cavernous disco treasure vault.

Hohokum review: all sizzle

Hohokum would be a fucking incredible screen saver. Growing up in the mid-90s, I remember being vaguely fascinated with early Windows screensavers, like that flying toasters thing and the ever-popular 3D maze. They almost looked like video games, and damn it, I wanted to play them. It turns out the dream was greater than the reality. It's a harsh comparison, but Hohokum only has just slightly more interactivity than those looping monitor programs. Developer Honeyslug has teamed up with Sony Santa Monica and artist Richard Hogg to create a game that's absolutely beautiful to look at. I just wish the playing of it would have connected with me on any level. Hohokum doesn't waste time building up context or telling you what to do In Hohokum, you take control of a...
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