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Deal North: max discounts on Max Payne and more


PS All-Stars cross-buy for $20!
Dec 05
// Dale North
Max Payne is on sale at Amazon this week, with discounts on all three individual games as well as in an overall bundle. Don't miss that PlayStation All-Stars cross-buy deal if you don't already have the game! Remember the PSP...
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Sony policy update

Sony updates device policy to allow three portables


PSP, Vita, and Vita TV
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
Due to the release of the PlayStation Vita TV device, Sony has updated their policy to allow for up to three portable devices on the same account. Previously, any given Sony account could only support up to two devices (a PS...
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PSN

Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions slinking onto PSN next week


Konami's stealthy minigame collection joins PS One Classics line
Nov 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions is sneaking onto PlayStation Network next week, according to the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast. Originally released as a bonus disc alongside Metal Gear Solid: Integral in Japan, VR ...
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PSN

PSN down for seven-hour maintenance tomorrow


Scheduled period will not disrupt online play
Nov 06
// Alessandro Fillari
On the PlayStation forums, a Sony community manager gave us the heads up that PSN will down for maintenance on Thursday, November 7 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time. "If you've signed onto PSN over the past few days, you'...
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HOT DEALS

XSEED slashes prices on Corpse Party, PSN and 3DS games


The scary good deals continue
Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
XSEED has halved its asking prices for Corpse Party and Corpse Party: Book of Shadows just in time for Halloween, offering the grisly horror adventures for just $10 apiece over the next two weeks.  Th...
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God Eater 2

Namco Bandai vaunts God Eater 2 opening anime


PlayStation Vita and PSP action RPG drops in Japan next month
Oct 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Namco Bandai has released the opening cinematic for God Eater 2, courtesy of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED animation studio Ufotable. It's incredibly stylish and beautifully rendered, so I'm sure it'll look just stunning on t...
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PS Plus Update

Shadow of the Colossus wanders free on PS Plus this week


And a plethora of Activision games are on sale!
Oct 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Shadow of the Colossus is coming to PlayStation Plus this week. Members of Sony's subscription service will have the opportunity to download the high-definition remaster of Team Ico's PlayStation 2 masterpiece for free s...
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PS Plus Update

Ico, Liberty City Stories free with PlayStation Plus


And a discount on Sleeping Dogs
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
Tomorrow's PlayStation Store update will add two games to the Instant Game Library for PlayStation Plus members. The new freebies are Ico and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP and Vita). I'd also point out that...
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XSEED

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky sequel coming in 2014


It's official!
Sep 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Good news, everyone! The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter will be heading West in 2014, XSEED Games has announced. The follow-up to the acclaimed Falcom-developed role-playing game will be release...
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XSEED is a big tease

Is XSEED teasing Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky: SC?


Strange things are afoot at the Circle K
Sep 06
// Kyle MacGregor
XSEED is pure evil. This much is certain. My favorite little publisher is up to no good again. Hot on the heels of teasing a Western release for Senran Kagura Burst, the Marvelous AQL subsidiary is back up to its old tri...
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Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions coming to PSOne classics


PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP compatible
Aug 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
An ESRB listing has revealed that Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions is heading to the PSOne classics category on PlayStation Network. It will be playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable. Sure,...
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Otome Games

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side hits PSP in August


Otome game starring Keiji Inafune's niece drops later this summer
Jul 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Sweet Fuse: At Your Side will arrive on August 27, Aksys Games has announced. In addition to being among the last games join the PlayStation Portable's library, the title's release marks something of a rarity, as otome visual...
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 out on September 24


For North, Central, and South America
Jul 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Rejoice, soccer fans! Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 will be out on September 24 in North, Central, and South America. I'm not one for sports games typically, but I do want to see how PES 2014 performs thanks to it being the first...
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PS Plus Update

Metal Slug XX joins PlayStation Plus this week


Thomas Was Alone DLC discounted
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
The Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus members grows another title stronger with the addition of Metal Slug XX starting tomorrow when the PS Store update goes live. This PlayStation Portable title (also playable on ...
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Jet Set Radio now free to PlayStation Plus members


Plus see what else is new on the PlayStation Store
Jul 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oh yes, it's finally here. Jet Set Radio is now available for free to all of you PlayStation Plus subscribers. The beloved Dreamcast classic is $9.99 otherwise, and you can read our review to see if the re-release still holds...
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PS Plus Update

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward goes free via PS Plus


Sony rolls out another set of deals for its premium service
Jun 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward headlines this week's PlayStation Plus update. The follow-up to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors joins Sony's Instant Game Collection today as a free download on PlayStation Vita for...
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PlayStation Network

PSN will be down for maintenance on Tuesday


Heads up
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
The PlayStation Blog has given us the heads up that PlayStation Network will be taken down for maintenance from 9:30am Pacific to approximately 4:00pm Pacific on Tuesday, June 25. Here's what you need to know: "The PlayStatio...
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PS Plus Update

Saints Row 3, Gods Eater Burst go free on PS Plus today


More irons in the fire
Jun 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony continues to turn up the heat this summer as it follows up a strong showing at E3 with yet another excellent week of PlayStation Plus. Saints Row: The Third headlines this week's free offerings, giving folks who mis...
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PS Plus

XCOM and Uncharted 3 are next for PlayStation Plus


A good month for the Instant Game Collection
Jun 07
// Jordan Devore
Next week, LittleBigPlanet 2, inFAMOUS 2, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will exit PlayStation Plus' Instant Game Collection. Don't wait until the last minute if you want any of them in your library. Do, however, prepare ...
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PES 2014

PES 2014 will use Kojima Productions' Fox Engine


First look at this current-gen title
Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
The latest installment of the Pro Evolution Soccer series, PES 2014, will share the same engine as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Fox Engine gets around! Konami is going all in with hyping this one, stating that PE...
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Class of Heroes 2

Hey, JRPG fans: Class of Heroes 2 is now out on PSN


Playable on PSP and Vita
Jun 04
// Dale North
This news piece is a service to both fellow JRPG fans and the smaller publishers that take the time to localize the games we like to play.  For you, JRPG fan, I'm here to tell you that Class of Heroes 2 is now available...
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PSP

Get in on the Class of Heroes 2 pre-sale


Could be the rarest PSP game yet
May 10
// Dale North
RPG fans, I wanted to point you to the Class of Heroes 2 presale over at Gaijinworks. This digital preorder gets you both a Class of Heroes 2 digital code and physical UMD. We JRPG people have to support these small releases,...
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Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto and GTA 2 rated for PlayStation Network


Thanks for the heads up, ESRB
May 01
// Jordan Devore
Listings for both Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 have surfaced on the Entertainment Software Rating Board's website which point to release on PSN for PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP. How does that sound? Funny h...
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Grand Theft Auto

All Grand Theft Auto titles discounted on PSN


Extra cheaper if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
There's a big sale on every Grand Theft Auto title available through the PlayStation Network today to get people pumped for Grand Theft Auto V. Every title with the exception of the first three games from the PlayStation One...
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PSone Imports

GungHo importing six more PSone Classics from Japan


Grasshopper's new parent company delivers the eastern goods
Apr 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Half a dozen PSone imports are making their way across the Pacific this spring courtesy of GungHo Online. A trio of titles have already arrived on PlayStation Network, with the rest completing their voyage come May 7. First o...
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Black Rock Shooter

Black Rock Shooter game coming to PSN in the US & Europe


Coming out April 23 in the US, April 24 in Europe
Apr 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Black Rock Shooter The Game is making its way outside of Japan. The PlayStation Portable title will hit PlayStation Network on April 23 in the US, and April 24 in Europe. Sadly select countries like Canada, Mexico and more w...
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Toukiden trailer

New Toukiden trailer brings the demons


Dynasty Demon Warriors
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
A new trailer has surfaced for Omega Force's Toukiden, which is set to hit the PSP and Vita platforms later this year in Japan. The video shows off the game's art style, combat, and character designs, alongside a decent amou...
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PlayStation Plus

The Cave and Tekken 6 are free this week on PS Plus


The Walking Dead episode 1 free on European PSN
Mar 18
// Jordan Devore
This week, North American PlayStation Plus members are getting some more freebies in the form of Double Fine and Ron Gilbert's puzzle game The Cave for PS3 as well as Tekken 6 for PlayStation Portable and PS Vita. Elsewhere o...
"Experimenting"

Final Fantasy Type-0 staff experimented with HD version


Meanwhile I'm busy experimenting with not getting to play the bloody game
Mar 15
// Steven Hansen
According to a recently translated interview with Final Fantasy Type-0 director Hajime Tabata, the team "did experiment with" an HD version of the game for consoles. Tabata continues to say that the team felt Type-0, which st...

100% Series Retrospective: God of War

Mar 13 // Chris Carter
Why God of War? I've always been a fan of Greek mythology. I almost took up an additional major of Ancient History in college, as a matter of fact. While I played many Roman-themed action games like Rygar (both of them) growing up, God of War was the first game to truly re-create the insanely violent mythos. Game after game, I would be excited to see who Sony would incorporate next. Icarus? Hephaestus? As loose as these adaptations were, it was still interesting to see how characters would be incorporated, and if possible, how they would meet their end. The fantastic set-pieces were also a major factor in the God of War series' appeal. Riding on top of titan's back that comprised an entire level was one of the greatest moments in gaming, among many other jaw-dropping moments in the franchise. I don't think any of the games are that deep from a pure combat perspective. Outside of the occasional parry (which you don't really need) and pinpoint dodge, you can basically use a few select combos and still best the vast majority of confrontations. But that doesn't mean that they aren't extremely fun, and don't offer some of the most entertaining fights and bosses in the entire genre. If you haven't joined me on my Quests before, the way they work is pretty simple. It's kind of like a retrospective, but rather than just give you an overview of a franchise, I'll generally let you know what I thought of the game when it was released, and what I think of it now. If I didn't provide a complete vision of what the game is like before I replay it, I'll provide an "extended thoughts" section below each applicable entry. I'll update my progress in real time through my blog, and after I finish the entire Quest, I'll share it with you guys on the front page.For this particular Quest, I actually finished everything in rapid succession over the course of a few days, so I skipped the c-blog portion and got right into it. God of War - PlayStation 2 [Owned], PlayStation 3 (HD Collection) [Owned]COMPLETED God of War kind of came out of nowhere. I had just wrapped up my Master Ninja playthrough of Ninja Gaiden (Xbox), and the Dante Must Die difficulty in Devil May Cry 3, when Kratos came along. Can you believe Devil May Cry 3 and God of War came out in the same month? The game mesmerized me with its amazing set-pieces, breathtaking graphics (at the time), and interesting characters. While it wasn't the deepest story in the world, Kratos' tale of revenge was a good enough motivator to keep me going and tear through fight after fight until I came to the conclusion -- then I played it again, and again. The Hydra fight was one of the biggest "holy shit" moments in all of gaming, and developer Santa Monica managed to stuff a whole lot more into the package that kept you entertained and wanting more. I distinctly remember spending an entire evening in college beating the game on the God Mode difficulty just so I could get the final secret -- an actual phone number to a hotline where you could call Kratos. That's pretty much a clear-cut finalist for the "best extra ever" award. Today, the game doesn't hold up nearly as well as some of the others in the series. But at the same time, it's still worth playing, especially with the HD version on the PlayStation 3. God of War II - PlayStation 2 [Owned], PlayStation 3 (HD Collection) [Owned]COMPLETED To date, God of War II is my absolute favorite in the franchise, and one of my favorite action games of all time. Somehow, it contains one of the most well-paced campaigns in the history of the genre, in the sense that it constantly keeps you interested at every waking moment. In fact, if God of War II had half of the boss fights it does, it would still be in the running for some of the best single combat experiences of all time. One of the crazy things about the release of God of War II is that it actually came out a few months after the release of the PlayStation 3. It was one of the better swan songs in recent memory for a console, and really helped send off the PlayStation 2 in an amazing way. I generally dislike the claim that a sequel "is better than the original in every way," but that really is the case here. It has a more compelling story, better bosses, better combat, and more unique abilities. I've played this game so many times that many of the locales and fights are burnt into my memory. Tiny nuances like being able to slide down walls quicker, and a much better learning curve helped cement the game as one of the best starter action games for new fans who wanted to learn the ropes without getting too frustrated. The only major flaw of God of War II is that it doesn't truly innovate -- it just does everything better. In that sense, people who absolutely hated the first game probably won't find solace here. But at the same time, if you truly dislike God of War II, I'd have a hard time finding you a more accessible action game. God of War III - PlayStation 3 [Owned]COMPLETED Plain and simple, God of War III is the only weak spot of the entire series for me. Something about it just didn't sit right, even if, mechanically, it's very similar to the quality of the first two games. Part of the reason is because Kratos has progressed from a sympathetic, somewhat justified tragic figure, to a complete asshole. After the strides that Chains of Olympus to humanize Kratos, God of War III pretty much throws all of that out of the window, and then absolutely crumbles at the end with one of the weakest endings in all of gaming. From a pure action standpoint though, III is pretty much one of the most insane games ever made. In an almost senseless effort to top itself and its predecessors at every waking moment, you basically end up fighting everything left on Mount Olympus, and then some. The graphical upgrades are nice, but the set-pieces just don't really measure up to the first two games. But because of how high it aims, the final confrontation is a complete letdown, and the cliffhanging ending that still hasn't been addressed was a terrible way to treat the franchise. If you must see how Kratos predictably gets his final (?) vengeance with cutting-edge graphics, you should still probably play God of War III. God of War: Chains of Olympus - PSP, PlayStation 3 (HD Collection) [Owned]COMPLETED Chains of Olympus is a quaint little side story that blew people away (at the time), considering the sheer fact that it was one of the first portable games to recreate a faithful home console experience. Taking place before the original God of War, Chains of Olympus deals with Persephone, the reluctant Queen of the Underworld, and Atlas, a titan who appears in other God of War games. The plot is a little by the numbers, but make no mistake: this is still very much a solid God of War game that entertains from start to finish, with no real glaring faults. Playing it on the Vita with a remapped second analog stick or on the PS3 with the DualShock is the best way to experience it, but the original PSP controls are by no means poor. God of War: Ghost of Sparta - PSP, PlayStation 3 (HD Collection) [Owned]COMPLETED Ghost of Sparta is one of the better games in the series. From the get-go, things get fairly personal for Kratos, and this adventure actually has a justification, rather than Chains of Olympus, which was mainly a fluff piece. The gist of Ghost is that Kratos finds out what happened to his brother, who is part of the reason why he is who he is during the course of the games, and the person who inspired his trademark red markings on his face. It gives a bit more meaning to the character before he's ruined in III, and the set-pieces are worthy of the franchise, starting things off with a bang in Atlantis. You finally get to deal with Kratos' family, and see him at his most vulnerable since the brief cutscene where he murders his wife and daughter in a fit of rage. It's also a bit more fleshed out than Chains of Olympus gameplay-wise, featuring new weapons and powers, which puts it on par with the console games in terms of a fully featured experience. If you're looking for a good starting point for the series, playing this in between God of War 1 and 2 is a great idea. God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 [Owned] COMPLETED Ascension is an interesting game, to say the least. It fluctuates from insanely easy to fairly difficult on a whim, and offers up a hefty balance of backtracking and brand new beautiful set pieces. It doesn't really offer anything new story-wise, and honestly, outside of the experience, it's fairly inconsequential to the franchise as a whole. Ok, so we sort of understand how far Kratos is willing to go to beat the odds -- but we get that in spades in God of War III, so it's not really unexpected, after all. If you aren't a God of War fan, this won't do anything to sway you. Still, Ascension is a fairly solid action game through and through, with decent pacing, and some neat weapon mechanics that let you switch elements on a whim (but not mid-combo, sadly). On the higher difficulty levels, the game is occasionally one of the more challenging entries, which made me extremely happy. Whenever the press at large is addressing its concerns over having trouble beating the game, you know it's going to be good!  Oh, and that part that people had a lot of trouble with? Also known as the Trial of Archimedes? I completed it on my third try. I'll have a guide out soon to help out people who aren't able to do it. It wasn't that bad, so don't think the game is impossible or broken or anything -- just power up your blades first and foremost to maximum and you should be good to go, as always. As a general rule, I'm ok with an added multiplayer component if it doesn't interfere with the single-player experience. Thankfully, it doesn't, and online play offers a fairly enjoyable Power Stone-esque experience. While it doesn't blow me away enough to get me addicted like some recent games, I can see myself jumping back in occasionally to beat up some fellow gladiators. I joined the cult of Hades, which allows me to use some of Ascension's trickier abilities and spells, and had a great time. Ascension needed to do something drastically different, as the formula is starting to wear a bit thin. At its core, the game is a prequel to a prequel (Chains of Olympus), which sounds pretty absurd on paper. Sony Santa Monica has tapped this well fairly dry, but apparently, it was still full of just enough spring water by the time they got to Ascension. Collection Photo: Final thoughts:God of War is one of the most consistent franchises I've ever played. Although it doesn't innovate nearly as much as other action series tend to do, you really can't say there's an outright "bad" game in the series, despite my general disappointment in III. Pretty much all of the games hold up, especially considering that Sony has made the entire franchise available on the PlayStation 3 through HD remakes. If Sony treated most of their franchises half as well as God of War, you'd see a lot less failed Sony IPs and closed studios today. They take great care of the franchise, and for good reason -- they're still system sellers, even to this day.
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Carter's Quest
[Read on for a description of every God of War game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.] 2013 is an exciting year. Now that I know you guys enjoy reading my Quests, I'm going to make an effort to d...


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