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Starting this Tuesday (early Wednesday morning locally) and through next week, the North American PlayStation Store will offer 11 Final Fantasy titles at a discounted price (bigger savings if you are a PlayStation Plus member).

Prices listed are normal discounted and PS Plus discounted, respectively.

  • Final Fantasy IX — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy Origins  — $5.99 / $5.39
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition — $35.39 / $32.39
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Standard Edition — $23.99 / $21.59
  • Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy III — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection — $9.99 / $8.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions — $4.99 / $4.49
  • Final Fantasy V — $5.99 / $5.39

So are you picking up anything?

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Not much wow factor in this week’s store update: Zone of the Enders HD is now available digitally, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational gets a PS3 version, and you can do a digital pre-order of Madden 25, brah.

The starring item for this week’s update is the stealthy Persona Sale — hidden among the long list of price changes and discounts:

  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable – PS Vita/PSP Game (now: $9.99 original price: $19.99)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – PS2 Classic (now: $4.99 original price: $9.99)
  • Persona 4: Golden – PS Vita Game (now: $19.99 original price: $29.99)

If you have a PS Vita, then P4G for $19 is a no-brainer.

Oh, and Critter Crunch (PS3) is $0.99. Get it.

Head over to the PlayStation Blog for complete details on the update.

 

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This week there are no free PS Vita games and there are no free PS3 games. What we get is one old PSP game! Huzzah! /sarc

Metal Slug XX (PSP, playable on Vita) will be free for us PS subbers tomorrow. It is basically an enhanced Metal Slug 7 (released on the Nintendo DS).

That’s basically it for this week, except for a few discount offers here and there. And oh, this is the last week to grab Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward on the Instant Games Collection so better get it or be sorry.

 

Source: PS Blog

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A new promo video has been released for Super Robot Wars Operation Extend (SRWOE) today, revealing some new details about the game as well as when it’ll go into retail. Watch the trailer above, then allow me to translate the important gimmicks this game has to offer:

  • OE is separated into 8 downloadable chapters, and each chapter boasts 20 missions (totaling 160 in all).
  • You may pick to play whatever mission you want in a chapter, instead of playing each chronologically.
  • Graphics integrate both 2D and 3D, including beautiful cut-ins from pilots during battle animations.
  • Fully brushed up 360-degree movement and weapon range in maps as opposed to traditional square spaces.
  • Enemies drop materials for crafting upgrade parts, and upgrade parts can be turned into more powerful ones.
  • Replay missions repeatedly as much as you want for farming parts.

OE will only be digitally distributed via PSN and will be released July 18th! The game is playable on both PSP and PS Vita. The first chapter will cost only 500 Yen for a limited time, and when the promotion is over, each chapter will retail for 1000 Yen each.

Next month another SRW game also will be coming out for both the PS3 and PS Vita, SRW OG Saga – Masoukishin III: Pride of Justice. It’s worth checking it out.

For tips on how to create your own Japanese PSN ID as well as obtaining Japanese PSN cards to fill your wallet, read this previous article for valuable links.

 

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Wacky open-world sandboxer Saint’s Row: The Third joins the PS Plus Instant Game Collection (cool kids call it ‘IGC’) tomorrow! That means it goes from the PlayStation Store to you PS3 hard drive even if you don’t have anything in your PS wallet.

PSP hunting game God Eater Burst (compatible with PSP and PS Vita) also goes free for members of PlayStation’s premium service. It teaches us that if you eat a God, your tummy will burst!

No PS+ discounts this week. I guess they’re still recovering from the awesome E3 sale last week.

Source: US PS Blog

 

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HELP

Okay, someone needs to say something about this. I have kept mum about this subject for a while now and I think it’s a good time to air out what I have kept to myself for a long time and screw all this political correctness and being polite. Because I HAVE HAD ENOUGH of this bullshit.

Do people really care about a person’s gender where gaming is concerned? This labeling of “girl gamer” has always bothered me ever since I started seeing it pop up in blogs and forums for the past few years. I always get this tingling, uncomfortable feeling when I see intelligent women label themselves as girl gamers, or when people refer to me as one.

A bit of a background on myself: I have played videogames since I was very little. This was primarily influenced by my three brothers who owned a Famicom back in the mid-80s. I was contented with my Donkey Kong double screen, but when I saw them playing Super Mario Bros. in full color I was forever converted to console gaming. Now, I have played mostly with my brothers and some neighbors (cartridge swapping) since way before, but nobody ever said anything about me being a girl who plays videogames; in fact I think nobody noticed at all. So fast forward to the last five years, why is this “gamer girl” term being thrown around all the time like it’s a novel concept?

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Okay. Granted the number of girls playing games are considerably smaller than the male population, but does it really have to be sensationalized? I feel iffy about referring to myself as a “gamer girl” because I’ve seen it being thrown around by girls who play games and want to be noticed. I don’t know if it’s fair to generalize, but based on what I’ve seen these girls are usually the ones who blog about being gamers but are actually less concerned about games but more of wanting to be shoehorned into this label of being a gamer. Putting up Facebook statuses such as “Just got out of the bath, not even gonna put on clothes because I have a kingdom to save” is just freaking ridiculous (and totally attention whoring). I mean, just look at Instagram’s hashtag of #girlgamer and #gamergirl… you’ll get sick of selfies, cleavages and controller-licking chicks in less than a minute.

Seriously, why?
Seriously, why?

Don’t even get me started about Jessica Chobot as well. That girl is forever on my shit list because I think she paved the way for these gamer girl starlets to start pimping themselves in the internet and think that they are legit gamers just because they posted a picture of themselves licking a PSP. I am forever ashamed of you, Chobot. No amount of XBL online commentary / game review will redeem yourself or undo what you have done.

Another thing I’ve noticed with most of the “girl gamers”, is that they are usually defensive. They are perpetually mad and start imaginary arguments like “I’m a girl but I play Call of Duty / Halo / whatever crappy competitive mainstream shooter you play” in their blogs or social networks. Why is there a need to always say that you can play as well as guys? If you are good at fragging people, then that’s well and good, but what is this need to publicize?

A point I also want to bring forward is the “feminazi” articles that are usually popping up in game blogs to gather clicks from gamer girls and guys who make it their business to be mad for girls. I mean, some of these articles are so ridiculous, it makes me shrink when I read it. If you want examples, I won’t link them here for added traffic but you can visit our favorite Gawker blog and look for a certain author who has PH as her initials.

One good thing I am thankful for is that I am not alone in this observation. I know a bunch of girls who play games and discuss them intelligently (or sometimes salivate at how hot Dante is, let’s be real) and never had the need to call themselves gamer girls or post their cleavages with controllers hanging out of it. Thank God.

Bottom line, I think girls who label themselves as gamer girls are attention-starved chicks who just want to be patronized. Stop being so full of yourselves; let’s just play games and enjoy the hobby like everyone else. Just play and stop marketing yourselves because honestly, nobody cares (unless they are creepy white knights who just want to get in your pants).

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Namco-Bandai Games recently released their first promo video for Super Robot Wars Operation Extend (SRWOE) for the PSP. It’s the first contemporary 3D Super Robot Wars game to be a fully downloadable PlayStation Network title, so there will be no physical items (UMD, manual, box). The game marks the premiere of playable characters and robots from Mobile Police Patlabor, Zoids and Keroro Gunsou, adding to a plethora of notable series veterans such as Macross F, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Code Geass and Gundam.

Although Super Robot Wars (SRW) is entirely Japanese, in 2006 Atlus localized 2 games into English, namely SRW Original Generations and its sequel Original Generations 2 for the Game Boy Advance. Despite the language barrier, a significant population of niche gamers who play SRW actually exist, not only in the Philippines and Asia, but also in USA and Europe. Of course, those that can speak Japanese (and to a certain extent Chinese) have a definitive advantage, but seeing people who can really play and finish a SRW game without any knowledge of Japanese is impressively respectable. I give kudos to their resourcefulness and their willingness to overcome difficult obstacles for the sake of gaming.

SRWOE will be out this summer (in Japan) and will be playable in both the PSP and VITA. The game is split into 8 chapters and will be released in gradual increments (hence the name Operation EXTEND). You can purchase each chapter for 1,000 Yen each or opt to pre-purchase all 8 for 6,480 Yen, though buying everything in advance will not give you the full game content from the start. Its only advantage is you save more money in the long run. However, for a limited time, chapter 1 will be only 500 Yen (50% off)!

Now, most of you will be asking valid questions, like where to get Japanese PSN cards and how to create a Japanese PSN account. Kotaku has got you covered. For the cards, you can hop on to Play-Asia. Google is your friend.

 

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God Eater 2, the PS Vita sequel to 2011’s Monster Hunteresque PSP game has screenshots to show today.

The game has not been announced for a western release yet but since this game targets the same market as Monster Hunter and Soul Sacrifice, it would be wise to time the release of this game carefully.

God Eater 2 will also release with a PSP version but nevermind that garbage. lol

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The PS Store is back to regular schedule after the delayed update last week. We have the usual Day-1 digital multiplatform releases of Dead Island: Riptide and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen which are both stand-alone expansions of their respective core games, Draw Slasher debuts on the Vita today and a Resident Evil Franchise Sale is offered.

Here are the main additions to the store (click the source link for all of the changes this week):

PS3 Full Game

Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII ($19.99)
Blazing Angels 2
You are the leader of Operation Wildcard, an undercover and elite squad of pilots secretly created by the American government. Your mission is to sabotage and destroy the Third Reich’s evil plans to create a weapon of mass destruction. During this mission you and your team discover that the bad guys also have an elite team of their own.ESRB: T // File Size: 12.5 GB
Dead Island Riptide ($49.99)
Dead Island Riptide
They thought they had escaped Banoi, but can’t wake up from this nightmare. Thrown back into the midst of the Zombie outbreak, the fight for survival continues!ESRB: M // File Size: 2.74 GB
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen ($39.99)
Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen

An epitaph speaks of another’s demise…A mysterious island known as Bitterblack Isle appears off the coast of Gransys. Its depths have claimed the lives of many Arisen their voices still haunt the labyrinth that lies deep beneath its surface–a labyrinth ripe with secrets waiting to be discovered.

ESRB: M // File Size: 11.5 GB

Soul Calibur V ($19.99)
Soul Calibur V
The latest entry in the premier weapons-based head-to-head fighting series continues with the epic struggle of warriors in search for the legendary Soul Swords. SOULCALIBUR V brings the best in battles, movement, and visual effects so players can pull off cool, dynamic attacks with ease and battle with complete freedom.ESRB: T // File Size: 6.81 GB
Star Trek ($54.99)
Star Trek
Play as two of the greatest heroes ever — Kirk and Spock – in the award-winning STAR TREK, an original co-op experience worthy of gamers and fans.ESRB: T // File Size: 3.92 GB

PSN

God Mode ($9.99)
God Mode
Do you like running? How about gunning? What if special abilities are thrown into the mix? Upgradable weapons? Let’s say there’re dozens of on-screen enemies to unleash this firepower on, and as your reward for dispatching them you get experience and gold to collect that can be used for character customization and new equipment–all the while playing alongside friends in 4-player cooperative play!ESRB: M // File Size: 1 GB
Thomas Was Alone ($9.99, Cross-Buy with PS Vita)
Thomas Was Alone
Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level.ESRB: E // File Size: 270 MB

PS Vita

Draw Slasher ($5.99)
Draw Slasher
Meet Hanzo. He’s a ninja. While he was training ‘out there’ the Pirate Monkey Zombies – stupid, ugly, smelly, rotten and disgusting creatures – kidnapped his family. Take control of his awesome blade and aid him in the quest to free them.ESRB: T // File Size: 495 MB
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R ($14.99)
Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus
An all new Guilty Gear from the chart-topping 2D fighting game series is finally available on PlayStation Vita system!ESRB: M // File Size: 915 MB
Thomas Was Alone ($9.99, Cross-Buy with PS3)
Thomas Was Alone
Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level.ESRB: E // File Size: 270 MB

Added to PS Vita Store

  • Black Rock Shooter The Game (US only)
  • Ragnarok Tactics

PS2 Classics

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns ($9.99)
Fire Pro Wrestling
The perfect grappler is yours to create! Take your custom-made wrestler and slam them competition to become king of the wrestling circuit.ESRB: T // File Size: 4.39 GB

PSP

Black Rock Shooter The Game (US Only, $19.99)
Black Rock Shooter
Aliens have landed. Earth is overrun. Can you revive your past to reveal the future? Dive head-first into the setting and gameplay of Black Rock Shooter with this in-depth trailer!ESRB: T // File Size: 1.03 GB

Discounts

Spring Fever Sale
Thomas was Alone – PS Plus Price $7.99
Thomas was Alone – PS Plus Price $7.99
Resident Evil 4 – PS Plus Price $9.79
Resident Evil Director’s Cut – PS Plus Price $3.49
Resident Evil 2 – PS Plus Price $2.09
Resident Evil 6 – PS Plus Price $14.69
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – PS Plus Price $2.09
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition – PS Plus Price $14.69
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – PS Plus Price $9.79
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City – PS Plus Price $19.59
Resident Evil The Darkside Chronicles – PS Plus Price $7.34
Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles – PS Plus Price $7.34
Resident Evil 5 Untold Stories Bundle – PS Plus Price $5.94
Resident Evil 5 Versus Mode – PS Plus Price $2.44
Resident Evil 5 Lost in Nightmares – PS Plus Price $2.44
Resident Evil 5 Desperate Escape – PS Plus Price $2.44
Resident Evil 5 Costume Pack 1 – PS Plus Price $0.69
Resident Evil 5 Costume Pack 2 – PS Plus Price $0.69
Resident Evil 6 Predator Game Mode – PS Plus Price $1.74
Resident Evil 6 Survivors Game Mode – PS Plus Price $1.74
Resident Evil 6 Onslaught Game Mode – PS Plus Price $1.74
Resident Evil 6 Stage Map Pack A – PS Plus Price $0.69
Resident Evil 6: Stage Map Pack B – PS Plus Price $0.69
Resident Evil 6: Additional Stage – High Seas Fortress – PS Plus Price $0.34
Resident Evil 6: Additional Stage – Rail Yard – PS Plus Price $0.34
Resident Evil 6: Additional Stage – The Catacombs – PS Plus Price $0.34
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City Echo Six Expansion Pack 1 – PS Plus Price $4.89
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City Echo Six Expansion Pack 2 – PS Plus Price $4.89
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City Weapon Stash – PS Plus Price $2.44
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City USS Wolfpack Uniforms – PS Plus Price $1.39

Source: US PS Blog

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PlayStation Plus members will be playing Malicious (PS3) for free tomorrow. This much anticipated action game from Japan is all about the boss battles. It released in weeaboo land more than a year ago but this is the first time it will see the light of day in the west.

Retro JRPG tribute Dragon Fantasy Book I (PS3 and PS Vita – Cross Buy Enabled) will also debut with the update, discounted for PS Plusers.

There’s also a massive GTA sale going on so if you are catching up for GTA5 then this is a good time to do so.

Source: US PS Blog

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Guacamelee! comes out today along with the knowledge that it’s also cross-buy for Vita. Seriously, I thought it was PS3 only. What a pleasant surprise. Hehe. *BOUGHT*

PS2 Classic Fatal Frame is added to the store as promised and there’s a Borderlands 2 sale going on.

Here are the highlights and be sure to jump to the source link for full details on all the PS Store additions and changes.

PS3 Full Games

Anarchy Reigns ($29.99)
Anarchy Reigns
Battle to become the ultimate survivor as you choose from 16 characters, each with their own unique style, weapon, and signature kill move. Play as Jack or Leo in the two part story-driven campaign mode, then jump into Multiplayer mayhem with modes like Battle Royale, Death Match, Team Battle, Survival Co-op and more.ESRB: M // File Size: 12.9 GB
John Daly’s Prostroke Golf ($14.99)
John Dalys Prostroke Golf
Grip it and rip it with me in John Daly’s ProStroke Golf. With great control and realism, you can shape your shots and bomb down the fairway just like in real golf. Beginners can hit good shots and experienced players can hit great ones!ESRB: E // File Size: 2.2 GB
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. ($19.99)
Tom Clancys HAWX
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X aerial warfare has evolved. As a member of the ultra-secret H.A.W.X. squadron, you are one of the chosen few, one of the truly elite. You will use finely honed reflexes, bleeding-edge technology and ultra-sophisticated aircraft – their existence denied by many governments – to dominate the skies.ESRB: T // File Size: 6.6 GB
XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($39.99)
XCOM Enemy Unknown
Threatened by an unknown enemy, Earth’s governments unite to form an elite paramilitary organization, known as XCOM. As the commander of XCOM, you must create a fully operational base, research alien technologies, plan combat missions, and lead your soldiers in fierce battles against a terrifying alien invasion. The decisions you make will affect the fate of humanity. You are our last hope.ESRB: M // File Size: 7.6 GB

PSN

Guacamelee! ($14.99, Cross-Buy with PS Vita)
Guacamelee
Guacamelee! is an action platformer where YOU take the role of a luchador to combat the evil Carlos Calaca and his hordes of undead minions to rescue the kidnapped El Presidente’s Daughter (the most beautiful girl in the entire world). Also includes chickens.ESRB: E10+ // File Size: 327 MB

PS Vita

Guacamelee! ($14.99, Cross-Buy with PS3)
Guacamelee
Guacamelee! is an action platformer where YOU take the role of a luchador to combat the evil Carlos Calaca and his hordes of undead minions to rescue the kidnapped El Presidente’s Daughter (the most beautiful girl in the entire world). Also includes chickens.ESRB: E10+ // File Size: 327 MB
Table Mini Golf ($1.99)
Table Mini Golf
Tee off in style and polish your putting technique on amazing Table Mini Golf courses that spring into life on any flat surface!ESRB: E // File Size: 149 MB

PS2 Classics

Fatal Frame ($9.99)
Fatal Frame
Miku’s brother has gone missing after visiting the haunted Himuro mansion. Armed with only her Camera Obscura, can she save him from the ghosts?ESRB: T // File Size: 2.6 GB

PSone Imports

Evergreen Avenue ($5.99)
Evergreen Avenue
Help reform the bonds between humanity and the celestial realm by visiting with seven spirits and passing their trials. Part simulation, part puzzle game, Evergreen Avenue has you competing with your rival to determine who is more fit to become the envoy of the spirits.File Size: 317 MB
Favorite Dear – Jyunpaku No Yogensha ($5.99)
Favorite Dear
The sequel to ~Enkan no Monogatari~ , Favorite Dear ~Jyunpaku no Yogensha~ continues to blend RPG and simulation elements while following a brand new adventure.Players control an angel who must raise and train a hero. As the world changes before their eyes, they must seek out the truth and bring peace to the land.File Size: 317 MB
Zero Kara No Mahjong Youchien Tamago-Gumi ($5.99)
Zero Kara No Mahjong Youchien Tamago-Gumi
This is the mahjong game for everyone who’s wanted to learn how to play but just couldn’t find the time! The “Tamahiyo” mode lets players take basic lessons and advancement tests so they can ease into the game. Once the rules are mastered, it’s time to challenge other unique players. The tournament and free modes are perfect for putting players’ skills to the test.File Size: 80.4 MB

Bundles

Borderlands Bundle ($29.99)
Borderlands Bundle
Calling all Vault Hunters! Now is your chance to try the amazingly addictive Borderlands experience from the beginning. For the first time, Borderlands and Borderlands 2 are available for one great price. Play Borderlands, the game that defined the role-playing shooter and continue the experience with four all new vault hunters in Borderlands 2. Mayhem Awaits. Bring Friends.ESRB: M // File Size: 3.3 GB

Source: US PlayStation Blog

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Bioshock Infinite goes Day-1 Digital this week as well as the new Army of Two game. Be sure to pick up the free Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention for free if you are a PS+ subscriber. There is also a hidden gem of a bundle this week — Patapon, Patapon 2, and Patapon 3 all for $15.

Here’s the list of main additions to the store and be sure to click the source link for a full list including price changes, themes, etc.

PS3 Full Game

BioShock Infinite ($59.99)
Bioshock Infinite
Indebted to the wrong people, Booker DeWitt must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned in the sky-city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, they harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia – all to survive the threats of the sky-city and uncover its dark secret.ESRB: M // File Size: 6.4GB
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($59.99)
Army of Two 2
Pure co-op is back! Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel delivers a fun, over-the-top co-op experience. Activate the new Overkill mode to unleash explosive destruction on a lethal Mexican drug cartel. Experience the full action-blockbuster campaign in local split-screen or online co-op!ESRB: M // File Size: 7GB
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 ($59.99)
Tiger Woods 14
Go back in time and step onto the course with Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and more legends in their prime. Overtake each star on the biggest stages in the world of golf using equipment and wearing clothing from that era. Eclipse their legacies and cement your seat at the table of legends with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14.ESRB: E // File Size: 5.8GB
Tales of Graces f ($34.99)
Tales of Graces f
Journey through a vibrant world full of political intrigue and strife, as you explore perilous dungeons and fight your way through fearsome adversaries! Command the tide of battle by freely switching between different fighting stances in real-time action-packed battles! Customize your character’s appearance and skills to truly personalize your fighting experience!ESRB: T // File Size: 6.5 GB
PlayStation Move Fitness ($9.99)
PlayStation Move Fitness
Grab your PlayStation Move motion controllers, step into your own virtual gym and get in shape with over 25 fun, intense exercises and a personal trainer to guide and push you all the way.ESRB: E // File Size: 2.4 GB

PSN

A-MEN ($9.99)
A-Men
Embark on a journey through a series of vividly different worlds, featuring multiple challenges with many ways to pass a level and resolve puzzles. Find all the possible ways to get rid of the lethal A-Droids. Highly tactical, completely addictive, A-Men is immediately easy to play and yet hard to master.ESRB: E10+ // File Size: 284.7 MB
Terraria ($14.99)
Terraria
Welcome to the world of Terraria! DIG, FIGHT, EXPLORE, BUILD! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed sandbox adventure! Over a dozen environments and hundreds of items and enemies! The world is your canvas – make it your own.ESRB: T // File Size: 48 MB
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship ($34.99)
WRC 3
The official game of the FIA World Rally Championship is back with the most complete Rally simulation ever created. Race through all the 13 official Rallies of 2012 season and become world champion!ESRB: E // File Size: 4.4 GB

PS Vita

Machinarium ($6.99)
Machinarium
An award-winning adventure game by Amanita Design, now available for PlayStation Vita.ESRB: E10+ // File Size: 329.2 MB
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship ($29.99)
WRC 3
The official game of the FIA World Rally Championship is back with the most complete Rally simulation ever created. Race on 6 official Rallies of 2012 season and become world champion!ESRB: E // File Size: 687.9 MB

PS2 Classics

Nobunaga’s Ambition: Iron Triangle ($9.99)
Nobungas Ambition
Unite feudal Japan as Oda Nobunaga in an epic strategic campaign. Will you rule through diplomacy, or crush your rivals into submission?ESRB: E10+ // File Size: 2.1 GB

Bundles

Patapon ($14.99 – Available on PSP & PS Vita)
Patapon
Pick up this limited time bundle that includes Patapon, Patapon 2, and Patapon 3 for a discounted price!ESRB: T // File Size:1.1 GB
SEGA Fight Pack Bundle ($9.99)
Sega Fight Pack
In the SEGA Fight Pack, enjoy three fighting games from legendary developer AM2, each with all-new online modes. Sonic the Fighters: join Sonic and friends in battle in this classic arcade game. Virtua Fighter 2: go back to the roots of 3-D fighting with the second title in AM2’s flagship fighting franchise. Fighting Vipers: choose one of nine zany characters and break your opponent’s armor to maximize damage in this classic arcade title.ESRB: E10+ //File Size:208.1 MB
SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl (US & Canada, $6.99)
Sega Vintage Collection
Join aliens ToeJam and Earl in their adventures across space in classic titles ToeJam & Earl and ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron!ESRB: E //File Size:189.6 MB
Tales of Graces f: Knight Edition ($54.99)
Tales of Graces f
The Knight Edition includes the full game and 13 downloadable items to improve your fighting experience.Journey through a vibrant world full of political intrigue and strife, as you explore perilous dungeons and fight your way through fearsome adversaries! Customize your character’s appearance and skills to truly personalize your fighting experience!ESRB: T //File Size:6.5 GBSource: US PlayStation Blog

 

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If you’re like one of our writers here at 30lives who is a PlayStation Plus subscriber and just recently bought Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention for the PS Vita,, then like him you are now hating on this news. Hehe.

Vita port of the 3rd installment in the Disgaea series is downloadable free for members of Sony’s premium service. There are also some new discount offers you might want to check out.

Here’s the full list:

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)

PSN Price: $39.99, Free for PS Plus members

Disgaea 3
One of the kings of strategy RPGs makes its debut in the Instant Game Collection! Take a field trip any time you want with Mao, Raspberyl, Almaz, and the rest of the Evil Academy gang with Disgaea 3 on PS Vita! Offering incredible depth and hours upon hours of strategy RPG goodness, Disgaea fans or RPG fans in general should have this one on their PS Vita, which features 5 new chapters on top of the original’s content.
Square-Enix Sale

55% Discount for PS Plus members on titles listed

Square Sale

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price Plus Price
Just Cause 2 $19.99 $9.99 $8.99
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days $19.99 $9.99 $8.99
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men $14.99 $7.49 $6.74
Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light $14.99 $7.49 $6.74
THQ Sale

Various Discounts for PS Plus members on titles listed

THQ Sale
THQ has provided a legacy of fantastic games that deliver unforgettable experiences. Now is your chance to pick up some of these titles at a great price, including classics like Costume Quest and Stacking, as well as heavy hitters like Red Faction: Guerrilla.

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price Plus Price
Darksiders II $49.99 $34.99 $27.99
MX Vs ATV: Alive $19.99 $14.99 $10.49
Red Faction: Armageddon $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Red Faction: Guerrilla $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Costume Quest $14.99 $7.49 $3.75
Stacking $14.99 $7.49 $3.75
De Blob: 2 $14.99 $7.49 $3.75
Red Faction: Battlegrounds $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Darksiders II: Official Soundtrack $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
escapeVektor (PS Vita)

55% Discount for PS Plus members (Regular Price: $9.99, PSN Sale Price: $4.99; PS Plus Price: $4.49)

EscapeVektor
Vektor has been trapped inside the CPU for what feels like an eternity and you are his only hope of escape. As he travels through the CPU, help him recover his memories and destroy the different enemy types sent to hunt him. But be careful, the further Vektor gets, the more devious the CPU becomes. This title is 50% off for all PSN users, but Plus members see an extra 5% discount.

Last Chance (Leaving on 4/2)

Instant Game Collection:
Spec Ops: The Line (PS3)

Discounts:
THQ Sale
Square-Enix Sale
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Discounts
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Course and Character Pack Discount

 

Source: US PlayStation Blog

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Heyo PlayStation fans!  Here’s what’s new from our friends at Sony!

This week sees the release of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, the latest licensed game from the hit Emmy Award winning TV show of the same title.  Developed by Terminal Reality, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a first person shooter game featuring the show’s bad ass mofo, Daryl Dixon.  You will be able to meet the other characters from the TV series and  shoot the crap out of the walkers… walking after you.  Merle, the annoying older brother, is also in the game but I am not quite sure if he’s a playable 2P or just an AI aiding you in the game.  Who knows with all the embargo going on?  The game is available on the PlayStation 3.

For fans of hypersexualized cartoon toddlers (as our editor in chief lovingly calls them), Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory hits the store shelves this week as well.  This is the third installation to the Neptunia series and we see again lead chick Neptune lead the adventures.  She meets lolis new and old as she is transported back to the retro version of Gamindustri.  Battle system has been tweaked and improved, fights are faster, and characters moe-r.  Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is available for the PlayStation 3.

On the PlayStation Network, we see the début of Dead or Alive 5 Plus, a cross-playable game for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita (see impressions and more deets right here).  Voluptuous maidens of the DOA universe gather again to battle in a simplified experience – either swipe, tap or pinch to execute super moves to finish off your opponents.  If you are undecided, you can download a demo first on the PlayStation Network.

Carnage Heat EXA is now available on the PSN store and is fully compatible with your PSP and PS Vita.  You can get to test drive hulking chunks of metal called Overkill Engines (ahem) and upgrade them with mods to make them truly terrifying on the battlefield.

For the casuals, Dollar Dash is also available for the PlayStation 3.  Do a mad dash and outrun fellow thieves with the dosh by safely depositing them in your getaway vehicle.  Attack using kuh-ray-zee weapons and shenanigans to keep them off your cash.  You can try a few levels by downloading a free demo over at the PlayStation Network.

A new PS One Classic title is added to the growing roster.  Hogs of War is a turn-based game that pits six different nations of Saustralasia for control of the main resources.  You play as one of the nations and are tasked to complete 25 challenging levels or be turned to bacon.

That completes the new games roster for the week.  We highly recommend DOA5 Plus for fighting game fans or even to those who are new to the game.  This is a pretty solid port for the PS Vita and the visuals are stunning.  Also: Boobs.

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Heads up, PS+ members! The Cave (PS3) and Tekken 6 (PSP, compatible with PS Vita) gets added to your Instant Game Collection tomorrw. That means you can play these games for the low, low price of $0.00.

There are also discounts for Rocketbirds: Hardbroiled Chicken (PS3/Vita) and the new Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational DLC Pack.

If you are not yet a PlayStation Plus subscriber and you own a PS3 and/or a PS Vita, I suggest you become one. The ‘free’ games and discounts that Sony has been dishing out for the service more than makes up for the subscription fee. And that’s saying it lightly.

Subscription to the PlayStation Plus service is $18 for three months or $50 for a whole year.

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Nothing in the PlayStation Store update for me this week aside from the free Joe Danger 2: The Movie from PlayStation Plus. Oh wait, there’s the long overdue Scott Pilgrim vs. The World The Game: Wallace Wells Add-On Pack which adds much-needed online multiplayer for the game as well as a new character to use. Other notable game additions include Darkstalkers: Resurrection and Quantum Theory for the PS3.

There’s also a bunch of PSone Imports joining the roster of obscure japanese games that no one cares about like First Queen 5 (Seriously, Sony? Releasing an RPG in japanese on the US PS Store?).

Sony has been dealing out sales for the past few weeks and this week is no exception. There’s a Ubisoft Sale going on but the good ones in the list are ones that I already have. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…

Hit the source link for the full list and details.

 

Source: US PlayStation Blog

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NANA, the popular shoujo anime based on the eponymous manga by Yazawa Ai, has a Japanese PSP game entitled NANA – Subete wa Daimaou no Omichibiki!? (I think it roughly translates to: “Is it all the Demon Lord’s will!?”)

It is mostly a board game featuring NANA characters as well as custom characters (fangirl players) that live inside the world of the anime.  You do not need to know how to read kanji/Japanese to play this game.  The menu is pretty much basic and you’ll probably figure it out eventually upon trial and error.  It’s definitely for the fans as the game will unlock clothes, characters, items and other things relevant to the NANA universe.

Here’s a mini-review by way of screencaps to show what the game is all about:

Intro screen.

A screencap from the opening video.

The fangirl custom mode has only three stages until you finish the game. But the real gem here is that you can play as the NANA characters to unlock more story stages.

Menu. Choose whether to play NANA characters or create your own.

My custom character. She has Sachiko’s clothes!

The AI players / “rivals”. You can choose from 1-3 AI players to join you, but characters are totally random, and they’re all customs.

First stage’s mission: Go to Black Stones’s first live!

Game interface.

The board is the city where Nana and Hachi lives in. So eventually you will be able to…

interact with them! How cute is Ren?!!!

The interaction screenie.

You can trick your rivals by using your Daimaou card.

Be careful though, as it may backfire!

My character, going on to the next board, to buy a present for Nana’s first live! <333

Every seven turns, you get paid for your arubaito. At the eighth turn, you get your expenses bill :3

After you reach the goal and beating all the fangirls to it, you get to see Black Stones’s live!

Yay!

When you’re tired of the board game, visit the shop to buy more clothes and accessories or stuff for your room!

Spiffy! I have a guitar bag too <333

Design your room~

You can even invite your new rockstar friends to your pad!

Waaah! Takumi is just too cute!!!

Chatting up Takumi! XD

Also invited Ren over :3

NANA – Subete wa Daimaou no Omichibiki!? is an avatar-centric game heavily marketed and recommended to NANA fans.  This pretty much reminds me of the Square Enix PSP game featuring Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest characters that also plays like a board game (Itadaki Street Portable), but this is a more simplified game that immerses you to anime.

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Patapon is FREE to all with a Playstation Network account so be sure to put it on your download list today to bind it in your account 5ever.

To celebrate, here is an old-ass review of Patapon from 2008.  If you are new to the game, welcome to the party.

Patapon is a quirky little rhythm game developed by Pyramid and Japan Studio exclusively for the Playstation Portable (PSP).  I haven’t played anything for 10 hours straight since FF8 during college, so it was very surprising that this game kept me interested for a long time (I have very low attention span for games these days).

So what is Patapon? It is a game (released February of 2008) that has got all the elements I look for in a video game. Rhythm / Music game? Check. RPG? Check. Strategy-based? Check. Quirky graphics? Check. Innovative game system? A damned big checkmark here as you haven’t seen anything like it, for sure.

Basically the game works like this. You play as Kami, the deity who guides the Patapons by playing the game’s war drums (played by pressing the X, O, Triangle and Square buttons). Square does the PATA sound, O button does the PON sound, while Triangle does CHAKA and X does the DON sound. Playing songs for 10 consecutive times (sometimes less, if you hit your drums in perfect timing) will make your Patapons reach Fever status. Being in Fever will give your Patapons higher attack rates and enable them to move faster.

There are six different kinds (job classes) of Patapons in the game, and you can fully customize them to suit your game plan (yes, give them equipment and stuff :D).

Tatepons are your melee tankers and are your frontliners (they don’t really have a choice as they’re always positioned at the front). They wield axes and swords and can equip shields. Yaripons are your second-in-line spear attackers. They are your Tatepons’ support group. They are immune to sleep and being burned by your enemies’ fire attacks. Then there’s my favorite — the Yumipons. They are your archers that do incredible damage once your group goes into Fever as they shoot 3 arrows at a time, so if you have 6 in your group = total pwnage at 18 arrows per attack.

There are three special Patapons which I have not used in my game yet (but fully intend to). They are the Kibapons (Patapon with steed), Dekapons (giant club-wielding Patapons) and the Megapons (saxophone users, lol).

Aside from Patapon job classes, there are also different types of Patapon per class. You can make Patapons by offering materials to Mater, the tree of life, and it will give birth to a Patapon depending on what kind of materials you have offered. Materials needed to create Patapons are tree branches or wood, meat or vegetables, and stones or ores. So obviously, the rare materials will net you a Rarepon (high-damage, high-HP) while the not-so-rare materials will birth a special colored Patapon. There are seven kinds of Patapon per job class (Standard is white, Pyokola is orange, Gekolos is green, Mofeel is purple, Tikulee is blue, Mogyoon is the horned rarepon and Barsala is the winged green rarepon).

There are several war drum songs that command your Patapon in doing different things. For example, playing Pata-Pata-Pata-Pon will make your guys charge forward, Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon will make them attack. There are also songs for defending, retreating, charging up and invoking JuJus.

JuJus are godly commands that you (as god) can invoke to grant your Patapons what they wish for when they reach Fever status. Basically, after reaching Fever, the Patapons will sing the Don-Dodon-Dodon (X-XX-XX) chant and call out to you (while doing a funky dance, lol) to grant them the JuJu they need. There are four JuJus in the game — rain, tailwind, earthquake and tornado. The JuJu is a pretty interesting game element that adds challenge to some of the stages that require them.

The objective of the game is to guide your Patapons to Earthend to see ‘IT’ to attain eternal contentment. Apparently, seeing ‘IT’ at Earthend is an ancient legend that Patapons want to accomplish, even at the ire of the Zigotons — your main nemesis in the game. Zigotons are desert-dwellers that have oppressed the Patapons and their great warriors. They will stop the Patapons at all costs from reaching Earthend. Aside from the Ziggies, you will also encounter boss monsters that you can fight repeatedly (while they are gaining levels) to gain rare items and Ka-chings (spiritual money, which aside from materials, are needed to birth Patapons through Mater).

Also, there are five minigames that you can play to farm items. The trumpet game with Pon the Pakapon will give you branches when you help clear Ubo Bon the tree’s itchy crown (dancing tree, lol). The farming game with Fah Zakpon will give you vegetables when you water Pop Bean and revitalize her beauty. Also there’s the xylophone game with Kon Kimpon and Rumble Thump which will give you ores and stones, and (my favorite) the cooking game with Rah Gashapon and Slurp Simmer the pot. Gashapon creates stews that you can bring to battle, and they are really good stat-boosters as the best stew (Divine Stew) will give you a big HP boost and make your attacks fire-based by default. Finally there is Kampon the smith, who can create godly weapons for you when you offer him mithrils.

I was able to finish the game last night by only using the basic Patapons — 6 Tatepons (1 Moogyun and 2 Tikulees, 1 Mofeel, and 2 standards), 6 Yaripons (2 Mofeels, 2 Tikulees and 2 standard), and 6 Yumipons (1 Tikulee, 2 Mofeels, and 3 standards). I have yet to experiment on creating Dekapons, Kibapons and Megapons… and maybe create 1 Barsala for each class. Whew.

My only peeve in this game is that you have to pick up items dropped by your enemies. That’s not really bad, you think, but if you’re playing it and can only move rhythmically, it’s a big pain in the ass especially because the items disappear after a few seconds. Also, boss monsters dropping their rares from the farthest reaches of the screen makes me cry as my Patapons can’t reach them in time when the mission ends. Hopefully, they fix this in the next Patapon game.

If you want to spend 10 hours of your life on a game this Lent (or whenever), I’d suggest you play this. When in your life can you play another rhythm / war strategy game?

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We like playing old games! And some old games deserve a fresh look. Hence the concept of LTTP Reviews. We play older games, and give you our thoughts. It’s that simple!

So let’s get this straight: the first two Ys games have been chopped up, ported, remade (or re-remade, in this case) more times than I’d care to count over its twenty-six years of existence. What has Chronicles going for it, then? Absolutely nothing, put bluntly. Chronicles won’t impress the uninitiated, quell the fears of people who’ve dabbled with and hated the series, nor give hardened vets  anything substantial to chew on. Taken at face value, however, it is a wonderful package: a well-done, portable remake of one of the first and greatest action-RPGs.

The plot remains the same: strapping young lad Adol Christin ventures forth in the land of Esteria to discover the books of Ys, containing the history of a vanished kingdom called Ys, which (spoilers!) he actually gets to explore in the second game. What makes Ys special is its brisk, simplistic, yet elegant combat model. Run into enemies, rinse and repeat: the “bump system” doesn’t get any simpler than that.182640-1-screenshot

Another thing that defines Ys is its wonderful soundtrack, composed by industry legend Yuzo Koshiro. As expected, Chronicles’ OST is nothing short of incredible. Falcom has thoughtfully included the option to play through the game with either the original PC-88 chiptunes, fully redone tracks from the 2001 Windows version this game is based on, or wonderfully arranged tracks exclusive to the PSP release.

The spritework in Ys is crisp, colorful, and—most importantly—faithful to the source material. I’m really impressed by the spritework—everyone from tiny NPCs down to the humongous bosses receives intricate details. The hand-painted backdrops look marvelous as well, and the faint polygonal and particle effects enhance rather than detract from the experience.

Again, I realize this series isn’t for everyone, and anyone who remotely enjoys Ys has already played one of the billion I&II ports out there. But hell, anything Ys-related is worth a look (or two) in my book. Thumbs up, kids.

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Being in the enthusiast press almost guarantees (dooms?) one to a life of cynicism and second-guessing. I’ve enjoyed the better part of the last seven years covering games, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t wish I was doing this thing sometimes. Let me spell it out for you: being in the games press has all but destroyed my formerly-poignant ardor for electronic games. That being said, I’ve decided to tentatively turn a new leaf, so instead of the usual fingerpointing and arm-flapping, let me share a happy story of how I was completely wrong, and how videogames can be enjoyable without that extra layer of vitriol.