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Puppeteer, PayDay 2 and more join PS Plus Europe free game collection April 30

European PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive five free games on April 30 that range across three Sony platforms, according to a post today on the European PlayStation Blog. PS Plus subscribers with a PlayStation 4 can download Zoink!'s action platformer Stick it to the Man. PlayStation 3 users with a PS Plus membership can download Puppeteer, the puppet-infused platformer from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio and Overkill's heist-based shooter PayDay 2. Subscribers with a PS Vita will receive a free download of Muramasa Rebirth, the PS Vita port of Vanillaware's Wii 2D role-playing game Muramasa: The Demon Blade Soul Sacrifice, and golf game Everybody's Golf. Mercenary Kings, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014,Bioshock Infinite, Hotline Miami and MotoGP13 will leave PS Plus...
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Google Maps overhaul leaks ahead of I/O conference

It looks like Google is set to unveil a new version of Google Maps for the desktop at I/O this week. Droid-Life discovered a description on the revised service’s landing page that reveals what’s in store: a “tailored map for every search,” a new UI reminiscent of Google’s recent mobile apps, WebGL-powered overhead views borrowed from Google Earth, Flight Search integration, and the ability to compare multiple modes of transportation on the map itself. Google also hints at Google-Now-like interactions such as your map suggesting restaurants you might enjoy on the way to your destination. While the site has since been pulled, it looks like Google will have a lot to show off during its Maps session at this week’s developer conference.
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within trailer shows Masters of the Force in action

Zen Studios' is preparing to launch the final round of tables for Star Wars Pinball later this month, sharing a trailer today showing the Masters of the Force table in action. Masters of the Force — a table featuring Force-wielding heavy hitters like Yoda, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine — is part of the Heroes Within DLC pack, which launches on April 29 for PlayStation 3, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox 360. The pack includes four tables for $9.99 on console and PC and individual tables will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store. "The past two years of Star Wars Pinball development have been tremendously rewarding," reads a press statement from Zen Studios. "Masters of the Force feels...
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PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD goes free on PS Plus April 22

PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD will become the latest PlayStation Vita game to join the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection tomorrow, April 22, Sony announced today. Ultimate HD is Double Eleven's upgraded PS Vita port of Q-Games' PixelJunk Monsters; it was released last July. As one PS Vita title enters the Instant Game Collection, another is set to leave: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, which arrived in late March on PS Plus, will be available free only until April 29. Mercenary Kings, Batman: Arkham City, Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse have already become free on PS Plus this month. The only game left from Sony's list of free games for April is the PS Vita title Velocity Ultra.
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Tales of Hearts R to launch in North America late this year

Tales of Hearts R, the PlayStation Vita remake of 2008's Tales of Hearts for the Nintendo DS, will release in the west this year, according to this announcement from Hideo Baba, the producer of Namco's Tales series. A specific date was not given but the end of this video says Winter 2014. Tales of Hearts R launched in Japan last year. Gematsu reports that Tales of Hearts R's retail release in North America will be exclusive to GameStop, but it also will be available as a digital download on the PlayStation Store. The original video on Namco's YouTube channel was later set to private, though it remains up elsewhere. Polygon has asked a Namco representative for comment.
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MLB The Show's neatest trick was not as easy as it looks

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball; on it, every player wears Robinson's No. 42, commemorating the anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers, which began baseball's desegregation in 1947. If you're playing MLB 14 The Show's career mode and the calendar rolls around to April 15, you'll see this happen there, too.In a video game, the layperson would assume that only requires changing a value in a database. But pulling it off is not as simple as it sounds. These things rarely are. "It's something that does seem trivial on the surface," Aaron Luke, a designer on the game, told me this week. "We have to put in code that takes a snapshot of the player, showing him as No. 42, and then restore him back to his old number when the game is finished. And if you don't do...
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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 always...
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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 murderer....
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Conception 2 review: bad romance

Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars never really reaches maturity. Children of the Seven Stars is the first and only of two Conception titles to make it out of Japan, and as with its predecessor, it folds a dating sim into a dungeon crawler-heavy experience. Spike Chunsoft is using the same pick-up line role-playing games have all but run into the ground: wanna save the world? But the franchise seeks to earn a name for itself by making things a little — well — risqué by sexually charging its otherwise bland ideas. Conception 2 confuses shock value with interesting gameplay and leans on a skeezy hook to carry it through a 40-hour-plus experience. For all its flashy ideas, Conception 2 delivers an unimpressive, unsatisfying performance. A concentrated dose of dungeon...
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Curses 'N Chaos trailer is goblin-slashing pandemonium

Mercenary Kings developer Tribute Games debuted gameplay footage today of its arcade action title Curses 'N Chaos, showcasing how players will be able to defend themselves against the game's oncoming waves of enemies. In Curses 'N Chaos, players will take on hordes of goblins, ghosts and other nasty creatures, which will run in from either side of the screen. Players will be in the middle, punching, kicking, jumping and scraping by with minimal armor and weapons. The object of the game is to break the curse set on the players — the curse that attracts the monsters to them. Players can also purchase items and craft potions with the in-game alchemist, who can help players create the ultimate potion to help them take down the final boss. Check out our hands-on impressions of the title...
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Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories headed to PS Vita

Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are in development for PlayStation Vita and planned for a European release, Konami announced today. Each game will cost £7.99/€9.95 at its unannounced release date, according to a press release from the publisher. Developer Climax Studios' Silent Hill: Origins was first released on PlayStation Portable in 2007, and a PlayStation 2 port followed in 2008. The series prequel follows Travis Grady, a truck driver exploring a town after saving a girl from a fire. Climax's Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was first released on Wii in 2009 and also made its way to PlayStation 2 and PSP. The game is perhaps best known for its psychological focus and lack of combat. We've reached out to Konami to see if the games are headed to other...
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The Walking Dead Season 2 launching April 22 on PS Vita

The second season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead will arrive on PlayStation Vita next Tuesday, April 22, the studio announced today. So far, Telltale has released the first two episodes of Season 2, "All That Remains" and "A House Divided," and both will debut simultaneously on Sony's handheld. There's no word yet on whether Episode 3, "In Harm's Way," and the two subsequent episodes will launch simultaneously on PS Vita with the other platforms. We've reached out to Telltale to ask, and we'll update this article with any information we receive. Telltale previously said it planned to release the PS Vita version of Season 2 in late March. Season 1 launched on PS Vita in August. For more on Season 2, check out our reviews of Episode 1 and Episode 2.
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Iron Man 3 artist helping to bring MechRunner to PS4, Vita and PC this summer

Spark Plug Games is bringing its robot-centric action game MechRunner to PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Windows PC via Steam this summer, the developer announced today. The studio is partnering with film industry concept artist Josh Nizzi, best known for his work on Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, to develop the game's art style. Spark Plug is also announcing the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to aid in funding final polish on a number of features ahead of its summer launch. Among the Kickstarter backer rewards are limited edition collectible statues and the chance to collaborate with the team to create new game content. The campaign is currently live and will run through May 16.
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Terraria 1.2 update live on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita April 17

Terraria's major 1.2 update hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita April 17, developer Re-Logic announced on the game's official Facebook page. The overhaul to the 2D sandbox, which rolled out to the Windows PC version last October, will be free to all Terraria owners. Update 1.2 for consoles includes the same features that was released to Windows PC, except with a handful of console specific differences. The hefty update introduces a slew of bug fixes, improvements, new recipes and items. Changes to the graphics, NPC, mechanics and gameplay are also included. You can read the full change log on the official Terraria forums. Re-Logic's adventure sandbox game was first released on Windows PC in 2011, and is currently available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS and Android...
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Galak-Z: The Dimensional hits PS4, PS Vita, PC 'late summer to early fall'

The PlayStation 4 version of 17-Bit's Galak-Z: The Dimensional will hit "late summer to early fall," creator Jake Kazdal confirmed with Polygon, adding that it will be "followed quickly" by the PlayStation Vita release and then Windows PC version, respectively. In Galak-Z, players take on the role of a space fighter pilot called A-Tak as he navigates enemy-infested procedurally generated environments. Enemy threats, such as alien spaceships, monsters and giant space mechs, can be disposed of by using rapid fire blasters and lock-on missiles. As demonstrated in our hands-on video from GDC 2014, the fighter ship can also dash, strafe, juke and manoeuvre 360 degrees using its fore and aft thrusters. Inspired by Spelunky's success as a handheld title, 17-Bit officially announced the PS...
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Adult Swim Games bringing stealth platformer Rain World to PS Vita

Stealth platformer Rain World is coming to PlayStation Vita as part of a partnership between developers Joar Jakobsson and James Primate and Adult Swim Games, according to the latest backer update for the game's Kickstarter campaign. Rain World was funded via Kickstarter this past February. The campaign exceeded its $25,000 goal, pulling in $63,255 from over 3,000 backers. According to the backer update, in addition to the previously-announced Linux, Mac and Windows PC versions, Rain World will now launch for "PSN, PS Vita and well beyond." The title also recently passed approval through Steam Greenlight. Rain World stars a slugcat — a slug-cat hybrid — in a retro-themed world searching for food and running from more hostile creatures. Players must be able to sneak through...
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Dead Nation launches for PlayStation Vita April 15

Top-down shoot-em-up Dead Nation will launch for PlayStation Vita April 15, XDEV Studio Europe associate producer Rogan Ogden announced via the Playstation Blog. In Dead Nation, players assume the role of one of two zombie apocalypse survivors searching for a cure. The PlayStation Vita edition was announced at E3 2013 and will be available for $7.99. In addition to online and ad-hoc co-op, it also includes global leaderboards. Dead Nation, originally developed by Resogun creator Housemarque, launched for PlayStation 3 in 2010. An updated version of the game was released for PlayStation 4 last month and includes the game's original campaign mode, as well as The Road to Devastation expansion pack. "Like the PS4 version of the game, the PS Vita version has been developed by our friends...
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Sony Japan's Soul Sacrifice Delta, Freedom Wars, Oreshika coming West

Sony's Japan Studio is bringing three of its PlayStation Vita games to North America: fantasy action game Soul Sacrifice Delta and role-playing games Freedom Wars and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, Soul Sacrifice Delta will launch on May 13, with more details on Freedom Wars and Oreshika slated to drop in the coming months. Soul Sacrifice Delta (trailer above) includes the original 2013 title with a host of improvements as well as an expansion's worth of new content, including a new character with a new mission, improved AI, more character customization options and additional enemies, items and quests. Graphics have also been optimized and some game areas now have structural changes, including new dynamic weather effects. Dystopian...
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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma hits PS Vita June 24

2D fighting game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will launch on the PlayStation Vita as a retail and digital release on June 24, Aksys Games announced. The handheld version features all playable characters from last month's PlayStation 3 release, along with an additional story, an enhanced Abyss Mode and a recap of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.  BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma adds five new playable characters to the franchise's cast, while established characters have been redesigned, rebalanced and given updated moves. It features several modes, such as Arcade, Unlimited Mars, Survival and more. The fighting title also introduces rebalancing updates, updated mechanics and revamped networking capabilities. Originally released to Japanese arcades in November 2012, B...
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Mercenary Kings dev bringing Curses 'N Chaos, Ninja Senki DX to Vita and PC

Tribute Games, developer of Mercenary Kings and Wizorb, will release a pair of games for PlayStation Vita and PC later this year: arcade action game Curses 'N Chaos and action platformer Ninja Senki DX. Curses 'N Chaos is a wave-based action game in which players battle a series of ghosts, goblins and other creatures as they swarm in from the left and right sides of the screen. Playing as either a lightly armored knight or a martial artist, players have little at their disposal in how they can dispatch monsters. You're punching or kicking most of what you see, or double-jumping to get out of the way. Both characters are cursed with an affliction that attracts the game's monsters to them. Their mission is to break that curse. Players will get access to stronger one-time-use weapons,...
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