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PlayStation Plus freebies: Don't Starve (PS4), DmC (PS3)

DMSee you tomorrow
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
Engorged on the blood of holiday sacrifice, PlayStation Plus is back tomorrow with free games and assorted discounts. The two you really need to know: Don't Starve will be free for PS4 users and last year's DmC will be free f...
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PS Plus members get Borderlands 2 this week

Holiday Sale savings too
Dec 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
This week's PlayStation promotions have been revealed and there are some delightful presents Sony is giving out starting tomorrow. First off, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get Borderlands 2 added to the Instant Game Colle...
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PS4 games

Select PS4 games come with a free PlayStation Plus trial

Just like Microsoft
Nov 15
// Chris Carter
Now that you have to pony up for PlayStation Plus to play online on the PS4, it seems as if Sony is packing in free trials with various multiplayer games. Similar to how Microsoft packaged them on the 360, a few of the games ...
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PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus has a shiny new trailer

Get free games for launch day
Nov 13
// Joshua Derocher
If you aren't a member of PlayStation Plus, Sony has released a new trailer to show you the reasons why it's neat. If you are buying a PlayStation 4 on Friday, you should definitely think about signing up for Plus, since you'll need it to play multiplayer, and it gives you some free games.

So you just got a Vita? Here are some recommendations

Sep 20 // Chris Carter
PSOne Classics There are 213 PSOne Classics currently on the PSN, and a lot of them are must-plays. Despite the fact that everything hasn't aged as well as one would hope, there are a ton of amazing games that can be enjoyed on the go with enhanced Vita features. Sadly, not all of them can be transferred to the PlayStation Vita without a PS3, but there's still a decent amount of compatible games in general. For starters, it's important to get Final Fantasy VII, VIII, and IX out of the way, as well as Resident Evil 1-3. Then you have Tomb Raider II (which has aged considerably better than the first game, although you can get the original in the form of Tomb Raider: Anniversary by way of PSP compatibility), Tomba!, Twisted Metal 2, UmJammer Lammy, Vagrant Story (this plays wonderfully on the Vita and takes up hardly any space), Xenogears, Threads of Fate, Silent Hill, Oddworld 1-2, MediEvil, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Jumping Flash!, Dino Crisis 1-2, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Beware of Square Enix-related PSOne remakes such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy V, as they tend to preserve the long load times of the PSOne disc originals. Final Fantasy Tactics PSOne is totally fine however, as it's the PSP remake titled War of the Lions that has a ton of slowdown -- go figure! Mega Man 1-4 are also available by way of the PSOne Import section. PSP games and minis This one comes with another caveat -- PSP games must be purchased from the PSN, meaning UMD-only PSP titles that are not available digitally such as Crisis Core, Mega Man Powered Up, or Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep cannot be played on a Vita. It's a major bummer, but the good news is the amount of direct PSN purchases is much higher than PSOne Classics. Plus, there are still a lot of great PSP games to choose from, and games like Peace Walker PSP can make use of the Vita's second stick (or you could just buy Peace Walker HD!). My personal recommendations include Ape Escape: On The Loose, Capcom Classics Collection 1-2 (requires a PS3), Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, Crash Tag Team Racing (requires a PS3), Daxter (requires a PS3), Disgaea 1-2, Dissidia: Final Fantasy 1-2, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Half-Minute Hero, Jeanne D' Arc (requires a PS3), Knights in the Nightmare, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, LocoRoco 1-2, Me & My Katamari, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Parappa the Rapper, Patapon 1-3, Peggle, Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle, Power Stone Collection, Prinny 1-2, The Red Star, SMT Persona 1-3, Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Phew! There's also a few great PlayStation minis games worth playing, like Where is my Heart?, Canabalt, Mighty Flip Champs! DX, and Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess. The PSN and PlayStation Plus Okay, so we're out of the land of caveats and into the real meat of the PS Vita: the PSN and PlayStation Plus. Yep, that's right -- a little after the Vita's launch, Sony announced that PlayStation Plus would work on both your PlayStation 3 and your Vita, which is a great sign. You'll get a few free games a month, including several solid ones in the Instant Game Collection like Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and WipEout 2048. If you own a PS3, PlayStation Plus is absolutely worth it without question. As for the Vita's PSN itself, there are gems like Guacamelee!, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, Jet Set Radio, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD, Orgarhythm, Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate, Sine Mora, KickBeat, Dokuro, Sound Shapes, and Uncharted: Fight for Fortune. The Vita is also an indie port machine, with high-profile titles like Fez (coming soon), VVVVVV, Thomas Was Alone, Spelunky, Hotline Miami, Retro City Rampage, and many more seeing Vita ports. In fact, playing indie games on the go is probably the one major advantage the Vita has over the 3DS. Retail games My favorite game on the Vita is far and away Gravity Rush. I've torn into nearly every bit of the game, including all of its DLC, and I still wanted more. You can play this by way of PS+, so I recommend you pick up that subscription. If you're not down with subscriptions, you can also pick up Killzone: Mercenary, Muramasa Rebirth, Soul Sacrifice, Persona 4 Golden, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, LittleBigPlanet Vita, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Cross-Buy), Dragon's Crown, Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends (wait until they patch the missing content in though), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (Cross-Buy), Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, and Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention. While I don't consistently play my Vita as much as my 3DS, the fact of the matter is it has a solid library, so don't count it out just because of low hardware sales.
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The Vita has no games you say?
The 3DS had a chance to shine with a recommendations article and now it's the Vita's turn. With the release of Killzone Mercenary and a tidal wave of indie ports on the way, the Vita has quite a few titles under its belt. Wha...

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Check out what's in store for PS+ in this new video

Empire of the Sun gets down in newest Sony sizzle reel
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Sony is gearing up for the PS4's launch, but before then, you can get a quick glimpse into what's in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers. A ton of games headline the trailer, most notably the "free" version of DriveClub&n...

Resogun is a blast, lets you throw humans

Aug 22 // Dale North
Resogun looks great with its sharp edges and its eye popping lighting effects. One of the coolest visual aspects is that the game's world is made up of little cubes. Its fully destructible environment has stray fire busting up walls and flooring. They all do this neat thing where they kind of disintegrate and fall downward. And as you progress through each level, you're actually slowly destroying this world, bit by bit. If you manage to beat the boss the entire world blows up into little cubes. Housemarque says that the game's engine is capable of displaying 500,000 on screen at any time, in full HD at 60 frames per second. They're already working the PS4 hard. There's this nice feeling of accessibility even with all of the bullets flying anywhere. If you're well-versed in shmups, you'll do fine. But if not, there's still hope for you. Some guidance I received after dying a few times had me relying on a refillable forward boost. This move adds temporary invincibility, letting you get out of messes a bit easier. This combined with spread bombs worked as training wheels until I got a good feeling of the game's movement.  Once I got that down, I fell into this pleasant, focused trance. After a clean series of dodges, close calls, well-timed boosts, and clean back shots, I was grinning ear to ear. My score multiplier was climbing and I felt powerful. But just as I got cocky, the game ramped up with several different kinds of attackers, coming from all directions. The trance faded a bit, though I still was having a blast. Resogun throws a small twist in to keep things interesting. One of the control labels has a funny name: "Throw Human." It turns out that you'll look for "the last humans" alive and pick them up. They flail and dangle behind your ship until you can manage to safely take them to transport points. If you happen to be boosting by a transport point, you can actually throw the human in the proper direction. Properly transporting humans away from alien invaders will give you power-ups and other benefits.  It seems they're still sitting on some details for Resogun. Perhaps co-op play? We'll have to wait and see. I was pleased to learn that a title with such great gameplay will be available at launch. Better, it's free with PlayStation Plus. 
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First hands-on with Housemarque's latest
Housemarque's latest, announced at this week's PlayStation press conference at gamescom, is PS4 title Resogun. Any fan of Super Stardust HD or Super Stardust Delta would be glad to hear that this game is a spiritual successor...

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PlayStation Plus gets Battlefield 3 for free

With Jet Set Radio and others to follow
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
Good gosh, it's already July! It's the time of the year when we load up on discounted videogames and neglect to enjoy the nice weather while it's here. Sony is updating the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus members...
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PSN summer sale

PSN Summer Blast sale features scorching deals

The deals are considered hot because they save you lots of money
Jul 01
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft may have just made 4-year old Defense Grid free for Xbox 360 owners, but Sony is doing its best to keep up. Coincidentally, it's time for Sony's annual summer sale, during which you can expect up to 60% off sel...
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Sony offers true F2P

PS4's DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2 won't need PS Plus

True free-to-play on the PS4
Jun 15
// Tony Ponce
[Update: Seems there was a bit of confusion and PlanetSide 2 will NOT be cross-compatible between PC and PS4. DC Universe Online is a still a go for cross play, however.] As amazing as the PS4 conference was, Sony was able to...
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Will Sony fans get used to the idea?
Pretty much the only thing people didn't like about Sony's E3 conference was that tiny little part where they announced that you'd have to pay a subscription fee (PS+) to play games online with the PS4. It was kind of a bombs...

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DriveClub E3 trailer

PS4 launch title DriveClub gets a new trailer, promo deal

Next gen always means racers
Jun 11
// Steven Hansen
DriveClub, what will likely be PlayStation 4 owners hold over until some version of Gran Turismo 6 makes the jump, has a new trailer for E3. More racing, a little less fetishisizing thread counts.Though there is this weird s...
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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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PlayStation Plus

June will be a good month for PlayStation Plus members

Deus Ex, Virtue's Last Reward, and more for free
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Machinarium, Saints Row: The Third, Orc Attack, God Eater Burst, and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward are joining the Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus subscribers this month. And appare...
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Thomas Was Alone up on PS3 and PS Vita with DLC

PS Plus members get SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny
Apr 23
// Jordan Devore
Out this week on PS3 and PS Vita is the lovable platformer Thomas Was Alone featuring Cross-Buy. It's $9.99 (or $7.99 if you have a PlayStation Plus account) as of today in North America, with a European release hap...
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Demon's Souls headed to PS Plus Instant Game Collection

This is a good week for PlayStation Plus
Apr 01
// Jordan Devore
Looking ahead at this month's schedule for PlayStation Plus, we're off to a good start with the arrival of Demon's Souls in the Instant Game Collection on Tuesday. If you happen to be a member, there are officially no more ex...
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PS Plus Update

PS Plus Update: Free Vanquish, Mega Man Maverick Hunter

Well, well. You're on the battlefield now, Sammy Boy.
Feb 18
// Kyle MacGregor
In case Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn't enough action from Platinum Games for one week, PlayStation 3 owners can step up to the plate for a second helping in the form of Vanquish. The high-energy third-person shooter arr...
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PS Plus Update

Closure free on PS Plus tomorrow, Critter Crunch $1.40

Mmm delicious rainbow vomit
Feb 11
// Kyle MacGregor
There's one deal on PlayStation Plus this week that just seems too good to pass up. Starting tomorrow, Critter Crunch will be available for only $1.40. At that price there's almost no excuse not to be regurgitating color...
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PS Plus

PlayStation Plus offers up free Guardians of Middle-earth

Discounts on three other games
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Starting tomorrow, PlayStation Plus members can nab Monolith's console-exclusive MOBA, Guardians of Middle-Earth, for free. A less-than-active community made it difficult for me to play the Xbox Live Arcade version not long a...
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PlayStation Plus Update

Ninja Gaiden, Section 8, Madden dropping on PS Plus

Get it? Section 8 is dropping? Oh, never mind...
Jan 28
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony is currently offering a 15 month PlayStation Plus subscription for the price of 12. But that's an investment for the forward-thinking man. What have they done for us lately? Well, that 13 for '13 sale was pretty nea...
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13 for '13 PSN sale

PlayStation Network sale discounts The Unfinished Swan

Plus LittleBigPlanet Karting, NiGHTS into Dreams, and more
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Sony is gearing up for its "13 for '13" promotion that rolls out today on PlayStation Network and offers some steep discounts, especially for Plus members. As detailed by the PlayStation Blog, the following games will be mark...
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White PS3 bundle

North America is getting a new white PlayStation 3 bundle

Limited-edition bundle with PlayStation Plus
Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
Ten-year life cycle? Why, we're only just getting started. Despite the fact that new consoles from Sony and Microsoft are on the way, if you've got the money now for one of the current-gen systems missing from your collection...
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PlayStation Plus

PS Plus subscribers to get BioShock 2 free

The Instant Game Collection goes back to Rapture tomorrow
Dec 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
PlayStation Store will update tomorrow with new offers for members of the PlayStation Plus service, including the addition of BioShock 2 to the Instant Game Collection of rotating, free titles. Other promotions will...
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Firmware Update

Vita gets PlayStation Plus on November 19

Comes in firmware 2.0 update
Nov 13
// Dale North
PlayStation Plus, Sony's game membership program, will be available on the PS Vita come this November 19 along with the ver. 2.0 firmware update.  To celebrate this new offering, the Instant Game Collection has been upd...

Portal 2 In Motion DLC arrives on PSN next week

Time to dig out the ol' PS Move controller
Nov 01
// Jordan Devore
As announced on the PlayStation Blog, the In Motion content for Portal 2 that was originally playable using the Razer Hydra motion controller will be releasing on PlayStation Network this Tuesday, November 6. You might recall...

PlayStation Plus members get free King of Fighters XIII

Oct 09
// Jordan Devore
The latest PlayStation Plus benefits are an eclectic bunch, but fighting game fans in particular should have a good week in store. As described on the PlayStation Blog, Plus members will be able to nab The King of Fighters XI...

Unfinished Swan dated, hits PSN October 23

PSN+ gets it October 16
Oct 05
// Jim Sterling
Sony has announced that the paint-em-up puzzler The Unfinished Swan will be available to download on October 23. If you're subscribed to PlayStation Plus, you snarf it a week earlier on October 16. The game's a damn inte...

PlayStation Plus perks: Starhawk single-player, discounts

Hell Yeah! and Tokyo Jungle go cheap(er)
Sep 24
// Jordan Devore
PlayStation Blog has a post detailing the latest benefits of having a PlayStation Plus membership, and I think you're going to like at least one of them. Most notably, Plus subscribers will be able to download the single-play...

TGS: PlayStation Plus comes to Vita this November

Sep 19
// Dale North
It was announced today at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show presser that the PlayStation Plus service is coming to PS Vita this November. Members will be able to access the included instant game collection, buy games for a...

Review: Jet Set Radio

Sep 12 // Ian Bonds
Jet Set Radio (PC, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Vita, Xbox Live Arcade [reviewed])Developer: SmilebitPublisher: SegaReleased: September 11, 2012 (PS+) / September 18, 2012 (PSN) / September 19, 2012 (PC, XBLA) / October 16, 2012 (Vita)MSRP: $9.99 (PC, PSN, Vita) / 800 Microsoft Points (XBLA) The concept of Jet Set Radio is fairly simple: street gangs tag neighborhoods and speed about the city on hi-tech in-line skates while avoiding the police and rival gang members. Tagging is done with directional motions on the analog stick, and tricks are performed almost automatically as you grind on rails, wallride, and flip about after jumping. The whole experience is offset by the game's striking cel-shaded visuals and diverse soundtrack of J-pop, techno, and hip hop tracks. On the plus side, the HD visual upgrade is fantastic. The cel-shaded graphics popped back in the day, but the widescreen presentation and updated resolution really help this title shine. When compared to the original, this new version just seems so much brighter. The dark outlines give everything a graffiti quality, not just the art you're so intent on tagging onto walls and the occasional person. The HD coat of paint works well, and series fans will be thrilled to know that, except for two tracks, all the songs from every regional version of the game are included -- to be honest, I don't even remember which ones didn't make the cut). However, when it comes to the gameplay, you'll find not much has changed. This is not necessarily a good thing. While the techniques are simplistic in their execution -- your skates magnetically attach to any grindable object -- you'll find yourself fighting with the camera and clunky movement controls, just as you did with the original. The skaters all perform like bricks on wheels -- not much tight handling -- while the tagging motions are hit or miss in their responsiveness. Tagging is often an analog stick quick time event, and time management in choosing your tagging areas is key, as after a certain number of targets are tagged, stronger police forces are unleashed. The analog controls are actually not as responsive as one would want, which is made all the more difficult when trying to tag while being bombarded by tear gas and gunfire. These were the same issues I had with the original when it was released on Dreamcast, and I was hoping there would be some improved controls in this HD release, as there were in the pseudo-sequel Jet Set Radio Future. While minor camera control is now mapped to the right analog stick, there are still prevalent clipping issues, and the presentation tends to block visuals at the most inopportune times. As the game cuts away to watch the cops frustratingly stomp their feet as you make a daring leap away, you remain in motion, so by the time the view cuts back to you, you have to quickly orientate your character so you don't fall or get caught just as you escape. This is only exacerbated by the lengthy fall or trip animations as you helplessly tumble from heights. It pains me to say it, but I may have been a little blinded by nostalgia on this. I played the original a bit again before playing the new version for review, and while the updated visuals were a stunning improvement, the fact that not much else was expanded upon is a bit upsetting. Jet Set Radio is still a fun title, but also a frustrating one. If you've never played the game before, you may be left wondering what all the hype was about. It may be a good game, but if it had been released for the first time today, many would see it as unfinished.

Oh, the late 90s/early 2000s. In-line skating, graffiti, techno-infused Japanese pop, and the Sega Dreamcast ruled my life, in and out of gaming. It was a better time, a simpler time. However, nostalgia can be a funny thing. ...

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