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CounterSpy hits PlayStation platforms on August 19

Dynamighty's stealth side-scroller CounterSpy is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 19, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The title will cost $14.99 and is available as part of Sony's cross-buy promotion, meaning players can purchase CounterSpy once to obtain copies for all three platforms. CounterSpy is also cross-save compatible, allowing players to save to the cloud and pick up where they left off on any PlayStation platform. CounterSpy borrows elements from the 1950s and 60s Cold War and the ever-popular spy culture mythos. Players will join a rogue spy agency and work on the sidelines to keep the world's super powers from destroying everything. For more details on the title, check out our recent hands-on with the PS4 version and the...
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Find out which experimental games excite Korean devs

Note: A few frames of the above video are not suitable for work. A group of Korean game developers were inspired by GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop to host their own curated games exhibition. The festival, called Out of Index, opened for submissions June 22nd and just a short month later the games were demonstrated at a small party in South Korea. "People say ‘There is nothing new under the sun,'" reads OOI's mission statement. "Does that mean there wouldn't be any new grammar [of gameplay] then? No! "We would like to inspire new energy to the Korean game industry through various experimentation [sic]." The showcase featured 14 games, including Western games like David OReilly's Mountain. Check out the video for the highlights. You can find information, including videos, about...
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Here's what you're in for when Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches this week for PlayStation 4, and developer Just Add Water shared one final trailer today detailing what players are in for. New 'n' Tasty is a recreation of 1997 platform Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, in which the titular Abe embarks on a quest to free the slaves of the Rupture Farms meat packing plant. The PS4 version will be available tomorrow, but those who purchase this version will unlock the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita version through Sony's cross-buy program once they are released. Just Add Water is still working to launch these latter two versions as soon as possible, and other versions are in development for Linux, Mac, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox One. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game in action, as well as some of its...
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This Metrico video explains gaming on infographics better than words

Even Metrico's developer admits that it's difficult to explain the upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive, which Digital Dreams describes as an "infographics action game." Rather than figure out how to convey gameplay in a trailer, the developers spent the last couple of years creating the game. But earlier this week on the PlayStation Blog, level designer Roy van de Mortel revealed not just an Aug. 5 release date but also an official gameplay trailer. Press play above to see what infographics action is, according to those who created Metrico — though van Der Mortel admits that it's still not the best way to truly understand the game. "In the end, actually playing the game, experimenting with all the different forms of inputs and getting direct feedback through playing is absolutely the...
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Data shows that infographic platformer Metrico comes to Vita Aug. 5

Metrico, the "infographics action game" from developer Digital Dreams, will arrive on PlayStation Vita Aug. 5, level designer Roy van de Mortel announced today on the PlayStation Blog. The game, which will arrive Aug. 6 in Europe, will also be released alongside a demo that includes Metrico's first level. "This demo consists of the entire first world," van de Mortel wrote. "In terms of gameplay time, the first world is about 5% of the entire game. Please note that this world merely touches the surface of what we're trying to do with Metrico. More inputs will be added in every world as complexity and difficulty increase. We sincerely hope you enjoy the demo and if you're up for much more exploration and mindbenders, it will only be a few inputs away." For more on Metrico, be sure to...
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With Invizimals, Sony renews efforts for kid-friendly games in US

Sony is bringing the Invizimals series back to North America later this year with Invizimals: The Alliance on PlayStation Vita and Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom on PlayStation 3. The kid-oriented franchise is very popular in Europe, particularly in Spain and Portugal. But it hasn't really taken off here in the states, and Sony is attempting to kickstart interest by launching two connected games at once. The original Invizimals debuted on PlayStation Portable in Europe in November 2009, and arrived stateside in October 2010. It was followed by two PSP sequels, Invizimals: Shadow Zone and Invizimals: The Lost Tribes, but the latter title has yet to be released in North America; both The Alliance and The Lost Kingdom launched last October in Europe. All of the Invizimals games, except the...
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The only way to keep peace in this Cold War game is to KILL

Just because you're gunning everyone down doesn't mean it's not for the greater good.CounterSpy, a side-scrolling action game coming to Sony platforms this summer, is all about preventing the apocalypse. Set during the height of the Cold War, players control an agent of C.O.U.N.T.E.R., a nationless spy organization attempting to prevent total nuclear annihilation. So how do you go about destabilizing unstoppable war machines like the United States and the USSR in the 1960s? Why you steal all their plans, of course. Structurally CounterSpy doesn't really resemble any other game I've come across. While the gameplay feels like a mix between Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell (with a focus on platforming and cover-based stealth), how those missions tie in with one another is incredibly...
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Big Fest puts concert management in the palm of your hands

Upcoming free-to-play PlayStation Vita title Big Fest isn't just entertainment for its players — it's a secret and smartly constructed exposure tool for the unsigned bands whose music features in the game. Big Fest, in development with On The Metal, gives players a shot at managing their own music festivals. It's similar to the Tycoon series of games, but this time the focus is music and propelling your concert venue into the spotlight. Players take on the role of a music promoter, sifting through a library of songs from real-world bands — all of them unsigned — and making them the stars of their shows. All music has been made available in the game through collaboration with digital music platform Jamendo, allowing players to give them real-world air time to both themselves and other...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's Comic-Con panel will feature former Batman Adam West

This year's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham panel features special guest Adam West, best known for his starring role in the 1960s Batman television series, Warner Bros. announced. The Warner Bros. Interactive-hosted panel will also feature game director Arthur Parsons, producer Phill Ring and several members of the voice class, including Troy Baker. The game will also be shown during the event in its first public hands-on. An image of Adam West recording dialog next to a portrait of his own Lego Minifigure was released on the official Lego Batman Twitter account earlier today. You can check that out below. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is due for release this fall. The puzzles-and-combat game will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4,...
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OlliOlli pops onto PC July 22

OlliOlli will land on Linux, Mac and Windows PC July 22, developer Roll7 announced today. The skateboarding game's PC versions will be available for $12.99 in the Humble Store, GOG and Steam and include more than 250 challenges, 120 tricks and grinds and the RAD mode that unlocks after you've mastered all challenges. OlliOlli was released last year on PlayStation Vita and is also headed to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in late July. For more on the PlayStation Vita version of the game, be sure to read Polygon's OlliOlli review.
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Soul Saga development going well despite health complications, dev says

Soul Saga creator Mike Gale has recently had a few health problems, but the game is still "moving along great," according to a recent post on Kickstarter. Soul Saga is a Japanese role-playing game-inspired title that borrows elements from the likes of Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire and Suikoden. It's slated for launch this year. "My personal health took a dip a few months ago when I became bed ridden from a ruptured disc in my spine," Gale wrote. "I have barely been able to walk, and unable to sit for about three months now. The doctor says I will probably need surgery. "But don't worry, I won't do something like that until Soul Saga is done. I want to make sure I get a good game to you as soon as possible. I've acquired a laptop so I can work from bed since I can't sit at my normal...
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Why Sony is courting Wii owners and bringing old games to PS4

If you bought a Wii but not a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, Sony thinks you might want a PlayStation 4. "Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously," Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House told Eurogamer. "Whether it's based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that's what's contributing to the really great sales we've had." Must Read PS4 review According to Nintendo, the company has sold more than 101 million Wii units since its 2006 release. Sony's most recent sales figures date from early April and put the PS4 at 7...
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Watch a swearing streamer beat Spelunky in under two minutes

Twitch streamer Pibonacci set a new record in the world of Spelunky by clearing the game in one minute and 55 seconds. The previous record was set by streamer Samots with two minutes and one second. By using a compass, Pibonacci was able to locate the level exit and move quickly with the help of the teleporter and jetpack. Watch the video above to see him pull off the run. Pibonacci isn't the first Spelunky player to set an impressive record. Spelunky player Bananasaurus Rex baffled the community by completing a solo Eggplant Run — a feat that requires tremendous skill, luck and persistence. Twitch user YamaYamaDingDong, meanwhile, topped out high scores with more than 3 million points in April. For a complete breakdown of the Eggplant Run check out our in-depth explanation.
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Hand of Fate gameplay video - Dealing with Bandits

Hand of Fate landed on Steam Early Access last week, and like many games that have utilized that launch method, it's not quite finished. Still, its combination of ideas from the deckbuilding, dungeon-crawling and action-RPG genres are a fascinating experiment to dabble in. For a glimpse of how Hand of Fate operates, check out the gameplay video posted above. Hand of Fate is also slated to launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, though no release dates for those versions have been announced.
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PlayStation Store offering 20+ games at 99 cents each in weekend flash sale

Two dozen PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games, many of them normally priced around $10 or more, are on sale for 99 cents during a PlayStation Store flash sale. The sale runs until 3 p.m. ET on Monday so gamers have a little longer than the weekend to scan the list and choose. Available titles include Machinarium on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, Papo & Yo (PS3), Thomas Was Alone (PS3 and PS Vita), Dyad (PS3), Tekken 2 (PS3, PS Vita and PSP) and Syphon Filter, Syphon Filter 2 and Syphon Filter 3 (all on PS3, PSP and PS Vita). The full lineup with links to the games' pages on the PlayStation Store, is available at the link.
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