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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz Rolls onto Vita

Monkeys in balls rolling through time traversing platforms suspended in space. TLDR Monkeys in space!

Ok now that I got that out of the way… the newest installment of Super Monkey Ball is here for the PlayStation Vita.

There are over 100 levels spanning not only space, but time! Besides the single player puzzles just waiting to be conquered, Banana Splitz has a bunch of local multiplayer options. Fan favorites like Monkey Bowling and Monkey Target join a collection of competitive multiplayer games.

Taking advantage of the Vita’s unique features (rear touchpad, camera, accelerometer and more) players will have a BALL… while they are on roll… on public transportation???

It’s available now for $29.99

Killzone Trilogy and Killzone HD come to PS3

Yesterday, an awesome addition was made to the PlayStation Network Store. Along with the retail release of the entire Killzone Trilogy, The PS2 hit Killzone has been remastered in HD format and is available for the first time on the PlayStation 3.

The Killzone Trilogy bundle is now available in stores for $39.99; Killzone HD is also separately available from the PlayStation Store for $14.99.

To mark the occasion, a Double XP Weekend starts on Friday, October 26th at 9:30pm Pacific, so make sure you mark it on your calendar, and prepare to blast some Helghast!

Super Stardust HD announces a 5th anniversary sale

To celebrate the game’s 5th anniversary, Housemarque studios is having a sale on Super Stardust HD. Available exclusively on the Playstation Network, Super Stardust HD is a 3D, orbit based game that allows you to blast your way through different planets and modes. The sale also comes with all of the available DLC, including the newest “Impact” game mode release. Super Stardust HD offers full 1080p HD game play and supports co-op for up to four players in all of its gameplay modes. Co-op is available in SimulView, which allows each player to see the action from their own 3D point of view. You can compete as a solo play or co-op throughout 7 different global leader-boards. If you are a fan of space shooters and missed out picking this up while it was part of Playstation’s free Welcome Back bundle, this would be a great opportunity to add it to your collection.

Super Stardust HD is available on sale for a limited time from August 8th - September 11th for $7.99 USD. For users in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, Super Stardust Portable is also on sale for 50% off and is free for Playstation Plus members in those countries.

Patent Trolling

If you’ve had your eye on the news today, you will have seen that there’s finally been the dodgy rip-off of the Sony PS Vita emerge from China. Now, coming out of a country that is rife with piracy and plagarism- this is really not a surprise to me. I saw this handheld about a month ago, and a first glance I honestly did think it was the PS Vita…until I looked closer.

It’s really funny how many patents they must have broken putting this console together, to name a few off the top of my head there is:

  • Droid- Motorola patent
  • X360- Microsoft patent
  • Casing shape- Sony patent
  • Dpad- Nintendo patent

Basically, the console is not really a console at all. It’s a Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet squeezed into a ripped-off Sony PS Vita casing. It runs both Chrome and Google Play, which of course means you can play all your usual Android games. But the handheld comes pre-loaded with a bunch of emulators, enabling you to play Nintendo, Sega and other games besides. Fancy playing Golden Axe or Alex Kidd? This is your machine.

Watching videos of the machine on YouTube, it doesn’t look like the built-in touchscreen is much up to snuff- but with the controls that it is equipped with, it almost seems like they expect you to play the emulators on the console. What do I think of the whole thing? I’m not so excited about it, I am a Nintendo fan and bleed red and green with the colours of Mario and Luigi. I’d never buy anything Sony- not even a cheap knock-off version. It’s good for what it is, but as we all know in the gaming world- the Chinese really don’t give two hoots about patent lawsuits so they just blatently steal things from other companies to make a quick buck for themselves.

It’s what they do. But if this has amused you somewhat, go onto YouTube and search for more oddball Chinese consoles. They will make you laugh, I promise you :)

Double Dragon: Neon Gets a Release Date

If you’re one of those most excellent bros (or broetts) that is seriously excited for the release of Double Dragon: Neon, then you’re in luck. September 11 (or 12, for some reason…)

That is correct dude. The official release date of this game has been announced. If you plan on stopping bad guys from punching girls in the stomach on your PlayStation, it’ll be available for purchase on September 11 through the PlayStatio Network. If Xbox 360 is your console of choice, you’ll have to wait an extra day to throw stuff at dudes. But that’s alright. It’ll be 800 Microsoft Points.

Double Dragon: Neon is described as “a love letter to the classic beat ‘em up genre with modern sensibilities and a thick slather of Eighties acid-washed aesthetic,” by the self-proclaimed geniuses at WayForward Technologies.

Check out this sweet video for a quick demo of the kind of radical stuff you can experience while playing bro-op or solo!

 

PSN Play Returns This Month

PlayStation PLAY began last summer as an annual summer program showcasing some of our favorite PSN games and giving players some awesome deals at the same time. It’s back, starting July 24 on PSN, when the first game in the summer PLAY lineup becomes available for pre-order.

As with last year, Sony is also offering all the games on the PLAY lineup at a 20% discount for PlayStation Plus members. This year, however, they are also offering a cash voucher on the PSN for purchasing any two or more of the PSN PLAY games. What does that voucher give you? What games are in the PLAY lineup? Well, take a look!

PSN PLAY 2012

According to PlayStation Blog:

Each of the four PSN PLAY titles in our line-up can be pre-ordered starting a week before they hit the PlayStation Store. Gamers who buy a PSN PLAY game during its pre-order period will receive a PS3 XMB theme of the game. PlayStation®Plus members also get 20% off each title during their pre-order period.


July 31: The Expendables 2 Videogame (PS3) – Leading off the PLAY promotion and launching first exclusively on PSN, the latest and most explosive co-op action shoot’em up title coming to PSN, based on the popular movie franchise this game leads players right into the upcoming The Expendables 2 movie. The story begins when four Expendables (Barney, Gunner, Caesar and Yin Yang) are hired to rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped Chinese billionaire. Featuring vehicular combat, four-player co-op story and challenge modes, and a wealth of exotic locales,The Expendables 2 Videogame offers everything an action-game fan could want. Pre-order The Expendables 2 Videogame starting July 24 for $14.99 ($11.99 for PLUS members) and check out the following trailer.


August 7: Sound Shapes (PS3/PS Vita)  Play, Compose and Share in a unique take on the classic sidescrolling platformer where your actions make the music. Equal parts instrument and game, Sound Shapes gives everyone the ability to make music. Play through a unique campaign that fuses music and artwork into a classic 2D platformer featuring artwork by Pixeljam, Capy, Superbrothers and more, with music by I Am Robot and Proud, Jim Guthrie and Deadmau5. Additionally, Sound Shapes comes to the PLAY program as a cross-platform title, allowing players to play at home on their PS3, or take it on the go with PlayStation Vita. Create and upload your levels on either platform for others to download and remix on their own. Sound Shapes creates an ever-changing musical community for everyone to enjoy, anywhere. Pre-order Sound Shapes starting July 31 for $14.99 ($11.99 for PLUS members).


August 14: Papo & Yo (PS3) – PSN exclusive indie game Papo & Yo tells the story of a young boy, Quico, and his best friend, Monster. Taking place in a dreamlike world inspired by South American favelas, Papo & Yo entices players to explore and solve puzzles as Quico, while simultaneously preventing Monster from eating poisonous frogs, which throws him into an uncontrollable rage. As one of PSN’s most-anticipated indie titles, Papo & Yo is a truly unique and beautiful experience that players can only get on PSN. Pre-order Papo & Yo starting August 7 for $14.99 ($11.99 for PLUS members).


August 21: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3) – One of the gaming world’s most celebrated first-person shooter series makes its way to PSN with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, offering an updated take on the tried-and-true objective-based gameplay. Pitting teams of counter-terrorists against terrorists, Global Offensive features a number of classic game types like Bomb Diffusal and Hostage Rescue, and introduces two new modes: Arms Race and Demolition. Up to 10 players can engage in online matches, and the game also supports PlayStation Move, giving players a brand new way to experience the classic Counter-Strike gameplay. Pre-order Counter-Strike: Global Offensive starting August 14 for $14.99 ($11.99 for PLUS members).

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Reveals Two More Characters

At EVO 2012, fighting game fans got a chance to get their hands on Sony’s version of the mascot brawler: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

In addition to getting some play time with the game, fans were also treated to the announcement of two more characters. Heihachi Mishima from the Tekken series will join the likes of Nathan Drake and Big Daddy, bringing his Electric Wind God Fist to the fight. Sony says that Heihachi will be a close-combat specialist, using long and flashy combos to pummel his opponents.

Also joining the roster is Toro Inoue, the Sony Cat. Toro is Sony’s mascot in Japan, and PlayStation owners that have been playing Street Fighter X Tekken might recognize him from the 2D-Fighter. He uses a unique stance-switching fighting style, allowing him to go from close-range, long-distance, and area of effect specialist on the fly.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has been attached to a October 23rd, 2012 for… you guessed it, PS3.

Come back tomorrow for an analysis of the SuperBot EVO 2012 panel, in which a few of the developers and game balancers discussed the title and answered fan questions!

PSN Summer Sale Starts Today!

Ready for some more summer savings? Hop on over to the PlayStation store and start raking in the savings! From the PlayStation Blog:

On Tuesday, July 3rd PSN begins offering up the hottest deals of the season! The Summer Sale is coming – choose from 11 great titles, all on sale for 30% off and available at a straight up scorching 50% off for PlayStation PlusMembers.

The sale starts today and runs through July 9th, and has some pretty sweet deals, whether you’re a Plus member or not!

Gotham City Impostors
$10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.
A 6 vs. 6 first person shooter, Gotham City Impostors is a multiplayer game unlike any other, giving players the opportunity to pose as their amateur vigilantes or villains. Create your own Bats and Jokerz characters using unprecedented customization options.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
$10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.
HE’S ON FIRE! NBA JAM: On Fire Edition from EA Sports is guaranteed to light up the court as you throwdown the craziest dunks in the history of the basketball. Don’t miss out on this reimagining of the classic arcade game!

Shadow of the Colossus
$13.99. or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.
Experience a majestic journey through ancient lands, on a quest to bring a girl back to life. The only way to save her is to slay sixteen Colossi. Explore expansive landscapes and seek out each gigantic beast in its own natural habitat.

inFAMOUS Festival of Blood
$6.99, or $4.89 for PlayStation Plus Members.
Vampires swarm New Marais, and revered superhero Cole MacGrath has been bitten. To save his soul and city, he has just one night to find and kill the head vampire. Be sure to check out this stand-alone addition to the inFAMOUS universe.

Crysis
$13.99, or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.
Earth, 2019. A team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea. A massive alien ship reveals itself and now the US and North Korea must join forces to battle the alien menace.

Killzone 3 Multiplayer
$10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.
The complete Killzone 3 online experience – enjoy fierce 24-player battles using the latest ISA and Helghast weapons and technology. Utilize the PS3 controller or PS Move to take out your foes during firefights.

Closure
$10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.
In the dark and mysterious world of Closure, only what you see exists. Manipulate lights to phase objects in and out of reality in this multiple-award-winning puzzle game. Don’t miss out on this unique indie title.

Jurassic Park The Game – Full Season
$13.99, or $9.79 for PlayStation Plus Members.
A cinematic adventure 65 million years in the making! Experience a brand new adventure from Telltale Games, and see new areas and dinosaurs in this landmark game set during the events of the first Jurassic Park movie.

Worms Ultimate Mayhem
$10.49, or $7.34 for PlayStation Plus Members.
Worms Ultimate Mayhem is the definitive 3D Worms game! Load your weapons and experience a new dimension in destructive turn-based cartoon action! If you’ve never played Worms, this game will surely hook you.

The House of the Dead III
$4.89, or $3.42 for PlayStation Plus Members.
Run fast. Shoot faster. Straight from the arcades, this fast-paced shooting game is more realistic than ever with enhanced graphics and PlayStation Move motion controller compatibility. Get your Sharpshooter ready!

Real Steel
$6.99, or 4.89 for PlayStation Plus Members.
A boxing-style fighting game featuring robots as combatants, based on the hit film Real Steel.

Vita Sales Plummet in Japan

In the Japanese games charts this week, the PS Vita has taken quite a knock on their overall sales- they’re down to about 14k a week which is a lot less than the Nintendo 3DS sales of 67k. That’s almost quadruple the sales of the Playstation handheld. The high figures on the Nintendo portable can be accounted for the fact that Nintendo Black and White 2 is due for release this week and excitable Pokemon fans may be eagerly buying the machine to play the new game on. But it appears that it’s not only the 3DS which is selling. The DS, DSi and DSi XL are also having good sales, as the Pokemon franchise seems to have rejuvenated the whole of the Nintendo handheld range.

Here’s the hardware chart, as posted by Andriasang:

  1. 3DS: 68,056 (Last week: 61,793)
  2. PlayStation 3: 15,680 (14,673)
  3. Vita: 13,589 (34,459)
  4. PSP: 8954 (9740)
  5. Wii: 6127 (5963)
  6. Xbox 360: 1073 (1084)
  7. PlayStation 2: 1065 (1237)
  8. DSi: 900 (380)
  9. DSi XL: 704 (689)
 In the first week alone, Pokemon Black and White 2 has already moved over a million copies in Japan, which is good to see for both the franchise and the hardware company. It’s not as good as the original Black and White though as that made about two million copies of the game fly out the door in a mere two days. The game looks like it will be another smash for Nintendo. They’re also have massive sales with their other new titles such as Mario Party 9 and Mario Tennis Open.
It’s a shame for Playstation to be once again the red headed stepchild at the handheld party, but maybe someone needs to tell them that they need a lot more than a nice machine to go up against the might of Nintendo. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It’s not the hardware that wins the money and the accolades for Nintendo. It’s the games. They have so many classic franchises that only make games for their systems (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Mega Man, Kirby, etc…) that unless Sony can come up with some Sony-only titles that people will want to buy in their millions like these Nintendo titles- they really don’t stand a chance in heck.

On The Eve of Gotham City…

Are you looking forward to the new Lego Batman game? Do you want to finally kick ass as Wonder Woman or The Flash? Well, now is your chance. It’s currently half an hour away here in the UK from being the 22nd of June and that means it’s almost release day for Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes. The game is being released on multiple platforms, I believe it’s being released on ALL gaming platforms. (checks Nintendo Magazine). Yep. It really is:

  • PC
  • Xbox 360/Xbox Live
  • PS3/ Playstation Network
  • PS Vita
  • Wii
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo DS

Along with being pegged as one of the best Lego games to date (it’s always going to take a lot to beat the Star Wars series in my opinion), it’s the first game other than the up-coming LOTR Lego game with actual voice acting. No more of the mute Lego figures, but hopefully just as much as the slapstick humour. Lex Luther and The Joker team up to become the ultimate super-villian and it’s Batman’s job to take them down with a little help from his friends- The Justice League. Superman AND Batman in the same game? Wow.

How can you go wrong? And c’mon, who doesn’t enjoy a bit of Lego fun in their lives? I’m not sure if the promotion applies in outside of the UK, but for a limited time you can get a free Lex Luthor Lego figure when you buy the game. Awesome. Also, as I found out tonight- the game is already for sale on Xbox Live along with a downloadable demo if you’d like to try before you buy. I’ve got the demo downloaded and primed for review on my Xbox. It’s my day off from REAL LIFE (hurrah!) tomorrow so I shall be shooting you all a review based off the Xbox version. Until then, download the demo and tell me if you’re looking forward to playing this game too!