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Super Time Force

Super Time Force lands more PlayStation characters


Coming soon to PS4 and PS Vita with Cross-Buy
Apr 16
// Jordan Devore
Be honest: if you were putting together an intergalactic team of time travelers to help save the universe and also destroy it a little bit, you'd enlist Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. His Twitter game is tha...
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PlayStation

Here's the best picks from the PlayStation Europe Store Sale


Cheap games. Woo!
Apr 16
// Vikki Blake
PlayStation has discounted a metric crapton of games on the PSN Europe Store from now until the end of April. First up, Dying Light stars as the Deal of the Week, available until April 22 for €49.99/ £39.99/AU$69.99 (previously €69.99/£54.99/AU$99.95). Unless you're in Germany. For some reason. Sorry (not my fault. Honest).
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Suikoden III

It looks like Suikoden III is coming to PlayStation 3


PEGI rating foreshadows digital release
Apr 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Suikoden III appears to be on its way to PlayStation Network, as PEGI, Europe's videogame classification board, has issued a rating for Konami's acclaimed PlayStation 2 role-playing game.  Unlike the first pair of S...
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Sup Holmes

Tyler Glaiel is the Doogie Howser of videogames


Get to know the people who make great videogames
Apr 09
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] A few weeks ago on Sup Hol...
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PS Plus

Heads up: Woah Dave! is free with PS Plus again


PS4 and PS Vita
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
We heard about April's PlayStation Plus games earlier this week but here's another late addition: Woah Dave! from Choice Provisions. The penny-collecting, alien-dodging, egg-throwing arcade game was free for subscribers back ...
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From Software

From Software's Shadow Tower hits PSN next week


Bloodborne developer's vintage RPG joins the PSone Classics
Mar 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Before Bloodborne or even Demon's Souls, From Software created Shadow Tower, another dark action role-playing game, which released for the original PlayStation more than 15 years ago. According to the latest episode of the Pl...
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Broken Age

Broken Age Act 2 will be ready for you on April 28


If I'm reincarnated as a tree, I want to look like this
Mar 25
// Jordan Devore
Double Fine has settled on April 28, 2015 as the release date for Broken Age Act 2 on PC and Broken Age (both acts) on PS4 and PS Vita. European console players have to wait a day. There's Cross-Buy on PlayStation, and saves ...
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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes explodes into Aether with Tyler Glaiel


Get to know the people who make great videogames
Mar 22
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Show's over folks! Thanks again to Tyler for hanging out with this. The rerun should be up this week. In the meantime, here is a cute Bombernauts trailer.] Today on Sup Holmes we welcome Tyler Glaiel to the program....
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My Little Pony avatars

My Little Pony avatars available for PS3 at $3.99 each


More expensive than the classic horse armor
Mar 18
// Jed Whitaker
Grown men who feel connected with female ponies from a cartoon aimed at young girls are currently celebrating and throwing money at their TV screens as five My Little Pony avatars are now available for the PlayStation 3 ...
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Jamestown+

Colonial shmup Jamestown+ launches on PS4 tomorrow


Help colonize Mars with your friends
Mar 16
// Ben Davis
The definitive version of Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, a bullet hell shooter set on 17th-century British colonial Mars, was planned to release last summer on the PS4. But as luck would have it, there were some delay...
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PS3

Hey Eurotoid, Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is out now!


It's looking at me, Ray!
Mar 14
// Stephen Turner
As a Brit, I do miss the weirdness that defined the PS2. Play novels, especially, had to make do with the DS. And yes, several years later, I'm still upset about Cing. But fret not, my niche loving console chums! NIS America ...
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PSN discount

UK PSA: 10% off all PSN games and DLC today


Today only discount code
Mar 09
// Steven Hansen
Some of you don't like Twitter and I have no idea why. But I'm always looking out for yous, so when PlayStation UK tweeted out this 10% discount code, I knew I had to cover for my backwards friends. The code -- L5MFCEP358 -- ...

Powers is a cheesy action romp, but I'll still watch it

Mar 09 // Chris Carter
Described as an "edgy, dramatic series" (I'm a sucker for drama, not so much for the edge if it has to be advertised), Powers focuses on two detectives that investigate crimes of a super-powered nature. The show is going for a Hancock-vibe, where those with powers may not have a propensity for being heroic and are a bit more nuanced. Or in some cases, downright criminal. On paper, Powers has a rather impressive cast. It's not front-loaded with Hollywood stars, but pretty much everyone involved has a long history in TV.  That said, lead actor Sharlto Copley is no stranger to the big screen -- just look no further than his meek role in District 9 as Wikus, or his domineering turn as Agent Kruger in Elysium. The supporting cast is also fairly impressive, boasting the always great Eddie Izzard as one of Copley's mysterious old associates, or Noah Taylor as chain-smoking teleporter Johnny Royalle. The production pedigree is also enticing, with comic writers Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming at the helm. Copley plays the role of Christian Walker, a superhero-turned-detective formerly known as "Diamond" who now works to bring down those with abilities who break the law. Much of the narrative is hinged on Walker's struggle to cope with having a normal life due to the loss of his powers, and with Copley's effortless charm, this gimmick mostly works. He has the beginnings of chemistry with partner Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), but I'm far from sold on the longevity of their relationship. Walker kind of just accepts his new younger partner right off the bat, partially through pure apathy. There's no annoying "you don't understand, rookie" hurdle to cross, but there's also a strong lack of emotional attachment both on and off the screen.  Because of this though there's a distinct lack of a dynamic between them, and any and all conflict stems from Walker's own personal struggle. [embed]288658:57639:0[/embed] Powers may be super, but it does operate under the framework of a police procedural -- though it is thankfully shying away from "villain of the week" for now. Noah Taylor is interesting as chain-smoking teleporter Johnny Royalle, and Izzard's character is central to the overarching plot as well as Walker's hero's journey. As most avid TV-watchers know, dramas often have an underlying hook to keep viewers interested week to week, and the producers have attempted to do that with Calista, played by Olesya Rulin. As a "wannabe" who thinks she has latent powers, she's stuck between a rock and a hard place with Walker and Royalle, who try to bend her to each of their wills. Copley's character, ultimately, is my hook. Elsewhere in the show though the lore is worth exploring, like the origin of certain character's powers, and the possibility of learning how said powers are granted or "discovered" in the first place.With the source material running for so long, there's plenty of storylines to draw from. On a macro-level, Powers is also in part a commentary on the current era we live in, from millennial entitlement to the lack of privacy facilitated by the age of handheld technology. Walker notes that "back in his day" growing up with powers, his friends would go on patrol and strive to "be something." Driving through a youth gathering in the present day, he sees them partying and laments the new generation. It's all fairly trite and not particularly "new" given how other programs do it better. The only benefit is the occasional amusing "TMZ-esque" vignette from guest stars like Mario Lopez. While I'm not a fan of the phrase "edge," there is a fair bit of violence, swearing, and sex to elevate it above what would normally be considered acceptable on network TV -- so giving it a home on the PSN is a smart move. On a technical level the effects are practical, and never really border on the level of cheese that the soap-opera drama sometimes achieves. Royale's teleportation effect is clean and amusing (complete with a signature "pop" sound), and there's some impressive CG aerial work.  The balance of effects is spot-on as Powers is not keen to overdo it, but gives you enough of a spark to keep you interested. Each episode is roughly 45 minutes in length, and at that runtime it has a propensity to overstay its welcome if it ends up giving us filler -- though I think we're safe for now. Aging fans of Heroes will have plenty to enjoy with Powers, as they're already used to plenty of soap-storylines. While I wouldn't necessary run out to recommend it to the general public, I will be watching it week to week to see where Copley's character ends up. You can stream the first episode here on March 10, purchase it on the PlayStation Store as each episode debuts, or if you have PlayStation Plus, you'll get it for free as it airs.
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A review of the first three episodes
Powers, an upcoming TV show from Sony, has an interesting debut on the PlayStation Network on March 10 as the PSN's first real foray into original programming. Powers has been in the making since 2001 (one year after the comi...

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PS Plus

OlliOlli 2, Valiant Hearts, Oddworld free via PS Plus


Was Dishonored pulled?
Mar 03
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: The PlayStation Blog and its European sister-site have confirmed thew new additions. Meanwhile, eagle-eyed Twitter user @thebiglouie spotted Dishonored in the latter article's URL, suggesting Beth...
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La-Mulana EX

'Ultimate' version of La-Mulana hits PS Vita next week


Please don't break me, La-Mulana EX
Feb 27
// Jordan Devore
The PlayStation Vita and La-Mulana have long seemed like a good match, but it's taken some time for the two to hook up. Just kiss already! Rising Star Games and Pygmy Studio will have the "ultimate version" of this punishing ...
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From Software

Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB


From Software's first-person roots
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower. Shadow Tower has be...
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PSN Spring Fever '15

Spring Fever '15 might be PSN's best promotion ever


Titan Souls, Shovel Knight, Bastion, Hotline Miami 2, Axiom Verge, and more!
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony is back with its annual "Spring Fever" promotion, and boy howdy is it a good one. Starting March 3, PSN will have eight solid weeks of hot new digital releases, all of which will be available at a discount for PlayStatio...
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Hotline Miami 2

Answer Hotline Miami 2's call on March 10, 2015


$14.99 on Win/Mac/Linux and PS3/PS4/Vita
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
No maybe about it: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will release on March 10, just as the cryptic phone message seemed to indicate. The ferocious overhead action game is headed to Steam and GOG.com (Windows, Mac, Linux), and Pla...
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Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge debuts on PS4 in late March, other versions to follow


The spirit of Metroid lives on
Feb 23
// Jordan Devore
There are plenty of upcoming Metroid-like games, but there is only one Axiom Verge, and it's almost here at last. Creator Tom Happ shared new details in a blog post today including the PlayStation 4 launch date (March 31, 201...
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Vita game sale

Vita celebrates a sad third birthday with a PSN sale


No Parasite Eve
Feb 23
// Steven Hansen
Happy birthday VitaVita it's your birthdayHappy birthday VitaVita it's your birthday Maybe a heartfelt Michael Jackson tune can ease the pain of this sad sale, live tomorrow, commemorating Sony's abandoned system. There's a f...
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Space narwhals

STARWHAL brings neon space narwhals to PS3, PS4 next week


Aim for the heart
Feb 18
// Jordan Devore
When I last wrote about STARWHAL, it still had the subtitle "Just the Tip." That's since been jettisoned. The floppy local multiplayer game about narwhals in space has made it on to Steam proper, and it's hitting up PS3 and ...
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Deals

$349 PlayStation 4 available from NewEgg on eBay


Year of the goat sale, dude
Feb 18
// Dealzon
Here's a random Wednesday morning hot deal. NewEgg is offering the PlayStation 4 for $349.99 with free shipping. We're not sure why it's giving a discount today, but perhaps it's a sale for Chinese/Lunar New Year? (NBD, just ...
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PSN sale

Sony spreading the love with Valentine flash sale


Can you feel the love tonight?
Feb 13
// Robert Summa
Valentine's Day isn't just a day for couples to make up an excuse to slap skin. It's also an excuse for retailers to hold special sales. Sony is no different with this weekend's flash sale. If you're feeling lonely or want to...
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PSN

PSN maintenance coming February 12


No PSN logins for three and a half hours
Feb 10
// Laura Kate Dale
Planning to play your PS3, PS4, or Vita online this coming Thursday? Well, you should probably be aware that there's going to be around three and a half hours of PSN maintenance starting at 9am PST/ 12pm EST/ 5pm GMT. Fear no...
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Better PSN

This tool makes it way easier to keep track of your PlayStation Network purchases


Happy downloading
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Managing game downloads on PlayStation Network is a far greater pain that it needs to be, but I've grown accustomed to Sony's ways. Thank goodness for people like redditor RePod37, then, for coming up with an intuitive soluti...
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PlayStation Plus

Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief coming to PlayStation Plus


Things are looking up!
Jan 29
// Kyle MacGregor
Boy howdy, next month's PlayStation Plus lineup is exciting. Starting February 3, PS Plus subscribers will have access to Transistor and Apotheon on PS4, Yakuza 4 and Thief for PS3, Kick & Fennick on Vita, and Rogue Legac...
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PSN

Breaking: You can now fully copy and paste PSN codes online


No more box breaks
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
Sony's online PSN portal took quite a while to get to a serviceable state. While Xbox.com has had pretty much every bell and whistle you could think of years ago, Sony was very slow to adopt a bunch of great quality of life f...
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PSN flash sale

Wow, this PlayStation Network flash sale rocks


Discounts valid until 9:00am Pacific on Monday
Jan 23
// Jordan Devore
Resogun, Costume Quest 2, and Tokyo Jungle for three dollars each. Shadow Warrior for six! Sony's holding a PlayStation Network flash sale on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita indie games this weekend and you've gotta take a look at this...
10% off with PSN photo
10% off with PSN

Save 10 percent on PlayStation Network purchases this weekend


Promo code good for a single cart transaction
Jan 23
// Jordan Devore
[Update: The 10-percent-off promo codes are live and vary depending on your region. In the US, it's KF56EM5KB3. The UK's code is T6R3KB529K. A bunch more are listed here.] This weekend on PlayStation Network, you'll be able t...
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Splice

Cellular puzzle game Splice now available on PSN


Check out that soundtrack!
Jan 20
// Ben Davis
Splice is a puzzle game from Cipher Prime Studios which has you rearranging cellular strands to make specific structures. It's been out on PC and mobile devices for a while now, but today it became available on PS3 and PS4, m...

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