Category Archives: Press Releases

iOS and Android get a new Final Fantasy

Some time ago, Square-Enix filed a trademark for the title “Final Fantasy Dimenions.” Now we finally know what that means. The Japanese site which just went live earlier has revealed that the game is for iOS and will be released in the summer as part of the series’ 25th anniversary. Special thanks to Siliconera for the information! Below is a statement from Square-Enix:

“Drawing upon the roots of the series with such features as beautiful 2D pixel art, job-driven character growth, additional scenarios in which to inherit the jobs of your adventuring companions, and a classic story of light, darkness, and crystals, Final Fantasy Dimensions delivers the best of Final Fantasy, retro and fresh alike, directly to your smartphone.”

So far, it’s assumed that Dimensions is a re-release or remake of Final Fantasy Legends, an episodic mobile game. This is very similar to how Final Fantasy IV: The After Years got its start, as well. Below is the official press release from Square-Enix.

SQUARE ENIX TO SHOWCASE POWERFUL AND DIVERSE LINEUP
AT E3 2012

Range of Titles Includes HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, TOMB RAIDER, Quantum Conundrum,
25 Years of FINAL FANTASY and More

LOS ANGELES (May 30, 2012) — Square Enix, Inc., the publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced its title lineup for E3 2012. With one of the most powerful and diverse lineups in company history, Square Enix will show off classic franchises and original titles with exclusive footage and hands-on demos including the return of Agent 47™ in HITMAN®: ABSOLUTION™, the engaging puzzle gameplay of Quantum Conundrum™, the open world action of Sleeping Dogs™, and a number of innovative mobile titles.

“At this year’s E3, Square Enix will have one of the most comprehensive and diverse portfolios of titles available in its history,” said Yoichi Wada, president and representative director of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. “Our mission is to entertain and engage a wide range of consumers with the best possible interactive experiences.”

“From fantasy worlds filled with some of the industry’s most identifiable characters to innovative, original content, the lineup from Square Enix at this year’s E3 is one of the strongest in the industry,” said Mike Fischer, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc.

To get a first-hand look at upcoming games from Square Enix, please visit booth 1647 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. E3 attendees will be able to experience exclusive theater presentations for Quantum Conundrum, Sleeping Dogs and HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, and preview and play the following Square Enix titles:

HD Consoles and PC Lineup

Quantum Conundrum
Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft
Developer: Airtight Games
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Available: June 21 for Windows PC, Summer for PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360
From the mind of PORTAL™ co-creator Kim Swift, Quantum Conundrum features engaging puzzle gameplay with the introduction of the Inter-Dimensional Shift Device (IDS), an invention that gives players the ability to shift to and from various dimensions, manipulating the world around them in order to solve puzzles of ever-increasing difficulty.

American Mensa Academy™
Platforms: Windows PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network, iOS, Android
Available: July
American Mensa Academy is a brain training game that will give player’s minds the ultimate cerebral workout. Created in direct collaboration with Mensa, American Mensa Academy is packed with 100+ replayable levels of fun and stimulating mini-games and challenges for everyone, plus for those really looking to test their grey matter, there is a rigorous test designed to calculate your Mensa score, directly inspired by questions faced by those attempting to join the renowned global high IQ society.

Sleeping Dogs
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Windows PC
Developer: United Front Games
ESRB: Rating Pending (RP)
Available: August 14
Sleeping Dogs catapults players into the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world’s most fearsome criminal organizations from the inside — the Hong Kong Triads. As players explore the bustling and crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets and sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Windows PC
Developer: IO INTERACTIVE (Square Enix Group)
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: November 20
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION follows Agent 47, a cold-blooded assassin, who takes on his most dangerous contract to date. Betrayed by those he once trusted — and now hunted by the police — he suddenly finds himself at the center of a dark conspiracy and must embark on a personal journey through a corrupt and twisted world.

Gameglobe™
Platform: Online browser
Developer: Hapti.co (Square Enix Group)
Available: 2012
Gameglobe is a unique browser-based experience that allows players free access to endless game worlds and creative possibilities, all in HD quality. Players can choose to either create their own game or simply play the multitude of levels available at launch.

TOMB RAIDER®
Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Windows PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics (Square Enix Group)
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: Q1 2013
Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, TOMB RAIDER delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

Handheld and Mobile Lineup

DARIUSBURST™ SECOND PROLOGUE™
Platform: iOS
Available: Now
The shooting game hit has arrived! This stunning 3D iPhone game adapts elements from both the critically-acclaimed PlayStation Portable and arcade editions of DARIUSBURST, adding silky smooth touch screen controls and a host of exclusive new features. Climb aboard your sleek Silverhawk fighter and defend your home planet Darius against monstrous fishlike invaders!

RAYSTORM™
Platform: iOS
Available: June
The classic 1996 arcade shooter is back! After a brutal war with rebellious colony planets, Earth is on the brink of destruction. It’s up to you to take control of the experimental R-GRAY fighter and bring the fight to the enemy! To succeed in your mission you’ll need lightning-fast reflexes, advanced weaponry, and no small amount of luck!

GUARDIAN CROSS™
Platform: iOS, Android
Available: July (iOS), TBD (Android)
A creature-based card game that features a fully unique battle system in which players take on the role of “tamers” who capture, raise, and control powerful beasts known as “Guardians.” In addition to quests to unlock the secret of why the Guardians have woken after a millennium of slumber, other features include a coliseum system that allows players to challenge other tamers from around the world in head-to-head combat.

THEATRHYTHM™ FINAL FANTASY®
Developer: Square Enix/indieszero Co., Ltd.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS™ system
ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 or older)
Available: July 3
The first FINAL FANTASY rhythm game, THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY features more than 70 musical scores spanning entire 25 years of the franchise’s history. THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY features music from key events, lush field themes and decisive battle arrangements.

HEROES OF RUIN™
Developer: n-Space
Platform: Nintendo 3DS system
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: July 17
HEROES OF RUIN challenges players to carve their own adventure, either venturing alone or joining forces with other heroes through seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer. Players will enter an ever-changing world where danger waits around every corner. Heroes can explore and fight through wild, varied and dynamic environments, discovering new layouts and routes each time they play.

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance]
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: Nintendo 3DS system
ESRB: E10+ (Everyone 10 or older)
Available: July 31
Celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] features a spectacular story that promises to be a fun backdrop to the colorful cast of Disney characters making their 3D debut on a handheld title. In addition to brand new worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] will also feature never before seen gameplay elements.

DEMONS’ SCORE™
Platform: iOS, Android
Available: Summer
Demons’ Score is a breakbeat action game that seamlessly fuses music and battles. The Unreal Engine 3 is used to deliver thrilling touch-based gameplay through a mind-blowing fusion of stunning graphics and music created by hit songwriters.

FINAL FANTASY® DIMENSIONS™
Platform: iOS, Andriod
Available: Summer
Drawing upon the roots of the series with such features as beautiful 2D pixel art, job-driven character growth, additional scenarios in which to inherit the jobs of your adventuring companions, and a classic story of light, darkness, and crystals, FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS delivers the best of FINAL FANTASY, retro and fresh alike, directly to your smartphone.

KooZac™
Platforms: iOS, Android
Available: Summer
KooZac, the award-winning number puzzler is coming to iOS and Android. Previously released online, the game has been played over 15 million times across 135 countries. KooZac offers three ways to play with the overall objective of positioning the falling blocks on top of each other to make a target number.

Motley Blocks™
Platforms: iOS, Android
Available: Summer
Motley Blocks is a fast-paced, 3D puzzle game. Drag your finger across the screen to connect blocks of the same color as they rotate in a cyclonic pattern. Release your touch to send the blocks to the center of the cyclone and reveal a fun image. Use power-ups to help complete harder levels. In addition to solving puzzles, make your own in the level creator and share them with friends!

Qwirkle™
Platforms: iOS, Android
Available: Summer
Qwirkle is a matching game requiring tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of tiles that share a common shape or color. Use power-ups and add an additional layer of strategy to the game! Play with multiple friends asynchronously in classic or arcade modes.

SolaRola™
Platforms: iOS, Android
Available: Summer
SolaRola stars Wiz and Waz, the game’s blob-like gung-ho duo, tasked with bouncing across a number of challenging planets with the ultimate aim of saving the galaxy. Using whatever comes to hand, the daring pairing must thwart the plans of their nemesis, Ping the Unmerciless who has kidnapped the six guardians of SolaRola’s universe. With each planet inhabited by all manner of enemies and hazards, the player must navigate Wiz and Waz across a number of ill-positioned obstacles including rocks, slime, bombs and trampolines.

Best Press Release Ever

I love Valve.  These guys are just awesome.  they make some of the best games, trailers and release some of the best press releases ever.  Just check this one out.

VALVE ANNOUNCES SHORTEST DELAY IN VALVE HISTORY

Valve today announced that Portal 2 — the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date — will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

For more information, please visit www.thinkwithportals.com

Isn’t that just awesome?  I know I said I would stop posting press releases, but come on, how awesome is that? You can’t help but lol at that.

Borderlands and Duke Nukem Team up

So, Duke Nukem Forever is really coming out after all. Yeah, tell that to all the PC fans who have been WAITING years to get their hands on the game. Anyway, 2K Games had a press release today with all the good information gamers need to know, about their plans for Borderlands and Duke Nuken:

2K Games and Gearbox Software Announce the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club; Included with Every Copy of Borderlands™ Game of the Year Edition

Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club grants members rights to exclusive items, including early access to the playable demo before it is publicly released

New York, NY – October 05, 2010 – 2K Games and Gearbox Software are challenging gamers to the ultimate video game gun-fest with the Borderlands™ Game of the Year edition. Available beginning October 12 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system for $59.99, and for PC for $49.99, this package will come complete with the entire extravasplosive Borderlands catalog and a free membership certificate for the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club. This certificate entitles owners who register their unique key to a wealth of goodies, including early access to a sneak peek of the legendary, long-awaited video game – Duke Nukem Forever.

Entry into this exclusive club will provide fans with the earliest possible admittance to the Duke Nukem Forever playable demo and more. When the demo releases prior to the retail launch of the game, this select group of First Access Club members will be the first to play it and experience the life of the King of All Shooters. Hail to the King, baby!

Membership for the Duke Nukem Forever® First Access Club is included with Borderlands Game of the Year edition, where customers will be able to experience the definitive, value-packed collection of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Role-Playing-Shooter that has captured the imagination and attention of single-player and cooperative gamers around the world. Borderlands Game of the Year edition customers will also receive access to all four explosive downloadable adventures including The Zombie Island or Dr. Ned*, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot*, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx*, and the latest wild adventure – Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution* – where players will join forces in an attempt to suppress the infamous Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap.

Borderlands, rated M for Mature by the ESRB, is currently available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned**, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot**, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx** and Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution** add-on packs are all available separately on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation Network and PC for $9.99.

Duke Nukem Forever will officially make its eagerly anticipated debut for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Windows PC in calendar 2011.

*All downloadable game add-ons are accessed via a redeemable voucher included in every copy of the game, standalone product required to operate.

** Requires standalone Borderlands product in order to be played.
2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

For more information, please visit www.borderlandsthegame.com and www.dukenukem.com.

I still can’t believe I’m reading NEW news about Duke Nukem Forever! Maybe we will see the game in the near future, and lets hope the LOOOOONG wait pays off for gamers worldwide!

Weekly PS Store Update

It looks like Sony was hard at work getting today’s update ready because it’s already online.  Typically we have to wait a little later than that.  All’s good though, so be sure to check out Shank, which has been getting glowing reviews from just about everyone.  I think I’ll wait until tomorrow to download it, as I still have to finish off the latest Lara Croft adventure.  Not only that, but I have to write that Monday Night Combat review.  Ok, so I’m off to write that review now, I promise.

PlayStation Plus

Mushroom Wars (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

2Xtreme (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

Vempires – minis (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

TerRover Demo (Early access to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

Two-year PS3 PlayStation Protection Plan (PlayStation Plus price $44.99, regular price $59.99)

Soldner-X2: Final Prototype + Soldner-X: Himmelstrurmer Bundle (PlayStation Plus price $10.79, regular price $17.99)

Soldner- X2 : Final Prototype (PlayStation Plus price $9.09, regular price $12.99)

Updates

Let’s Golf – Minis – Sale (now $0.99, original price $4.99)

Downloadable Games

Shank ($14.99)
Betrayed and left for dead by the only family he ever knew, Shank is back to get revenge on the underworld’s deadliest assassins for killing his beloved. Armed with his knowledge of gang warfare and weaponry, Shank must battle his way through the criminal underground to destroy those who brought his world crashing down around him.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 1.97 GB

Press Your Luck ($9.99)
BIG BUCKS, NO WHAMMIES!” Press Your Luck is game show fun for your PlayStation 3 system! Just like on TV, 3 contestants compete to win by correctly answering trivia questions to earn “spins” on the Big Board. Whoever ends the game with the highest earnings wins- but avoid the dreaded Whammy or risk losing it all! With a multiplayer mode played on one PS3 or online through PlayStation Network, it has never been so much fun to PRESS YOUR LUCK!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 584 MB

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap ($6.99)
PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap is an addictive slot car racing game that supports 1080p and features single player and multiplayer fun (up to 7 players simultaneously offline!). Intuitive controls, 32 different race modes, and online rankings will provide countless hours of racing mayhem. NOTE: PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap is totally FREE for existing owners of PixelJunk Racers.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 37 MB

MotorStorm 3D Rift ($9.99)
MotorStorm 3D Rift offers a taste of the hit game MotorStorm Pacific Rift, now with full 3D functionality. Choose from 10 detailed and exciting tracks on an exotic island to tear through using a variety of off-road vehicles. Supports both 2D and 3D gameplay. Download the game today!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 1.37 GB

Game Demos (free)

MAG Beta
MAG is a massive action First Person Shooter in an ever-changing global war. As we create and release new downloadable content, your feedback is vital to improve the quality of our post-launch content. Download the Beta today!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 36 MB

Shank Trial
Betrayed and left for dead by the only family he ever knew, Shank is back to get revenge on the underworld’s deadliest assassins for killing his beloved. Armed with his knowledge of gang warfare and weaponry, Shank must battle his way through the criminal underground to destroy those who brought his world crashing down around him.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 1.97 GB

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Network Demo
A tornado of fierce ninja action hits PlayStation 3 with the release of the free Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 demo! Featuring the first boss battle from the game, the demo focuses on refined fighting mechanics and stunning graphics. The full game places the player inside a living manga world packed with dramatic 3D boss battles, including a rich story mode and the first online play ever in the Naruto franchise.
ESRB Rated RP
File size: 250 MB

Add-on Game Content

Mafia II – The Betrayal Of Jimmy ($9.99)
Meet Jimmy, a gun for hire, in this arcade style downloadable pack. Jimmy is the guy the other guys call when they need to finish a job. Loads of new city-based missions will keep you driving and shooting through Empire Bay for hours. A leaderboard system provides extensive replayability as you work your way to the top of the rankings.
File size: 299 MB

Clash of the Titans – Apollo’s Challenge Quest Pack ($1.99)
This downloadable content will allow players to experience the following additional quests: “Sleeping Bull of the Labyrinth”, “Tyrant of the Swamp”, and “Two Headed Wolf”. Obtain new subweapons and rare gift items by clearing this quest.
File size: 127 MB

Guitar Hero
For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com.

  • Hanger 18 – Megadeth ($1.99)
  • Peace Sells – Megadeth ($1.99)
  • Symphony of Destruction – Megadeth ($1.99)
  • Megadeth Track Pack ($5.49) – Downloadable Track Pack featuring “Hanger 18”, “Peace Sells”, and “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading.

File size: 42 – 49 MB (singles), 131 MB (track pack)

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visitwww.RockBand.com.

  • “Another Way To Die″ – Disturbed ($1.99)
  • “Asylum″ – Disturbed ($1.99)
  • “The Animal″ – Disturbed ($1.99)
  • Disturbed Pack 03 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Disturbed Pack 03. This pack includes “Asylum”, “Another Way to Die”, and “The Animal” by Disturbed.
  • “Mountain Man″ – Crash Kings ($1.99)
  • “Seasons″ – The Veer Union ($1.99)
  • “Bury Me Alive″ – We Are The Fallen ($1.99)
  • Universal Motown Pack 01 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Universal Motown Pack 01. This pack includes “Mountain Man” by Crash Kings, “Seasons” by The Veer Union, and “Bury Me Alive” by We Are The Fallen.

Rock Band Network

  • “Buster Voodoo” – Rodrigo y Gabriela ($1.99)
  • “The Great Plains” – Scale the Summit ($1.99)
  • “The Price” – Dappled Cities ($0.99)
  • “The Ultimate Showdown (RBN Mix)” – Lemon Demon ($1.99)
  • “Whatever Happened to You” – Cate Sparks ($1.99)

File size: 18 – 54 MB (singles), 81 – 120 MB (track pack)

PlayStation Protection Plan

PlayStation Protection Plan – 1 Year ($44.99) (PS3 Only, US Only)
The PlayStation Protection Plan ensures continuous coverage for one additional year after the 1 year limited factory warranty expires.

PlayStation Protection Plan – 2 Year ($59.99) (PS3 Only, US Only)
The PlayStation Protection Plan ensures continuous coverage for two additional years after the 1 year limited factory warranty expires.

PlayStation Home

Sodium Starter Pack ($6.99)
Get all you need to make the most of Sodium, the first M.M.O. in PlayStation Home. Full access to the explosive Salt Shooter tank battle is provided via the Sodium Pilot’s outfit. Male and Female variants of popular Sodium clothing with added gaming advantages are included, also giving you every advantage to excel in the world of Sodium!

Game Videos (free)

Brink Developer Diary #3
File size: 117 MB (HD), 194 MB (1080)

Hunted: The Demon’s Forge “Trip” Trailer
File size: 67 MB (HD)

Shank Co-Op Trailer
File size: 66 MB (HD)

Press Your Luck Trailer
File size: 20 MB (HD)

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West – E3 Trailer
File size: 69 MB (HD)

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days – You Think You Can Kill Me Trailer
File size: 62 MB (HD)

Homefront Back Story Trailer
File size: 76 MB (HD)

LittleBigPlanet 2 – Adventure Trailer
File size: 77 MB (HD)

ISF SWC Highlight – Women
File size: 68 MB (HD), 111 MB (1080)

Skate Open Highlight – Skate Park
File size: 59 MB (HD), 93 MB (1080)

Skate Open Highlight – Skate Vert
File size: 62 MB (HD), 104 MB (1080)

2010 Skate Open Highlights
File size: 131 MB (HD), 211 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes

Bees in Bloom Theme ($0.99)
File size: 3.5 MB

Dynamic Smoke Theme ($2.99)
File size: 6.06 MB

M249 SAW Theme ($1.99)
File size: 3.26 MB

Draco Theme ($1.49)
File size: 5.71 MB

Coruscant Theme ($1.49)
File size: 5.23 MB

Sorority Island Girls Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
File size: 4.23 MB

Industrial Revolution Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
File size: 4.27 MB

Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 Theme ($1.49)
File size: 4.11 MB

PlayStation Store for PSP

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Zuma PSP ($9.99)
Discover the ancient secrets of Zuma — now available for your PlayStation Portable with new puzzles and dynamic effects! Fire magical balls from your stone frog idol to make matches of three or more and clear the deadly chain before it reaches the golden skull. You’ll need to think fast and aim smart, or you’ll be history in this action-packed puzzle challenge!
ESRB Rated E
File size: 14 MB

PSP Minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling – Minis ($3.99)
ESRB Rated E
File size: 23.4 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Disney Pixar Toy Story 3 PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 530 KB

Abstract PSP Theme 5 ($1.49)
File size: 383 KB

M249 SAW PSP Theme 1 ($1.49)
File size: 624 KB

M249 SAW PSP Theme 2 ($1.49)
File size: 602 KB

Draco PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 531 KB

Coruscant PSP Theme ($1.49)
File size: 543 KB

Weekly Nintendo Updates

Ok so I know I promised no more press releases, and technically this isn’t the full press release, but there’s no point in rewriting everything Nintendo has written for all the updates they have added to the Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare.  So here are all the games available right now.

WiiWare

And Yet It Moves
Publisher: Broken Rules
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: And Yet It Moves is an award-winning, physics-based platform game in which players run and jump through a world made of paper. To aid in completing its twisted, mind-bending levels, you possess the unique ability to rotate the world at will. Walls become floors, slides become platforms – but a harmless pile of rocks becomes a hazardous threat when turned upside-down. Use the Wii Remote™ controller like a magic wand to tilt the world. Explore beautifully crafted environments. Survive 20 challenging levels filled with strange creatures, traps and puzzles. Unlock bonus levels, competitive play modes and surprising modifications that change the entire game. Turn your world upside-down with And Yet It Moves!

Virtual Console™

UFOURIA: THE SAGA
Original platform: NES
Publisher: Sunsoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Join Bop Louie as he searches for three friends – Shades, Freeon Leon and Gil – to help him complete his mad scramble. It won’t be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way on the journey back to Ufouria. You’ll rely on your friends to survive in this strange, changing world, and you’d better have the right powers for the strange worlds you’ll encounter. As you make your trek through mystical forests, deserts and oceans, you’ll need to seek out and destroy monstrous creatures every step of the way. Will you have the right powers at the right time? Don’t let the mind-zapping colors and stupefying sound effects throw you off.

Nintendo DSiWare

Rytmik
Publisher: CINEMAX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Rytmik is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and composing whole songs. It contains more than 170 carefully selected sound samples of drums, cymbals, percussion, bass and melodic instruments. With Rytmik you can quickly and easily create the basic building block: an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You can arbitrarily combine as many as 128 clips in four tracks to create complex pieces of music. You also have a rhythm library with a varied collection of 16 pre-made compositions that can be used to help quickly compose your own pieces. For the best musical experience, we recommend connecting headphones or a quality speaker system (not included).

G.G Series NINJA KARAKURI DEN
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Jump and slash as a gravity-defying ninja in this acrobatic action game. Control a jumping ninja as he fights his way through a booby-trapped mansion. When your ninja touches a platform, it will automatically disappear and he will jump, making for pretty unstable footing. But where some see obstacles, a ninja sees opportunity. You will be forced to think on your feet, push your reflexes and bend the very rules of physics to conquer your treacherous surroundings. Master the art of the dash, shuriken and sword. Be a ninja.

My Farm
Publisher: BiP media
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: My Farm is a livestock farming simulation game. At the beginning, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single hen. If you feed the hen and take care of it, she will lay eggs that can be sold. With this money, you can buy new animals at the Farmers’ Market and purchase equipment from the shopkeeper. Little by little, as your farm builds up, you will unlock bonuses including a wind turbine, rooster, guard dog and tractor. You will be able to exchange your animals with your friends who play My Farm or My Exotic Farm. There are six kinds of animals to customize, many farm improvements to buy and bonuses to collect.

Absolute Reversi
Publisher: Tasuke
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: This reversi game is for all players at any level. Absolute Reversi takes the classic strategy game and updates it for the 21st century with three modes of play. Free Play mode lets you select one of eight characters with different abilities to play against. In Challenge mode, you are given missions to complete to advance in the game. With the third mode, you can play against a friend using DS Download Play. Additional features include a strategy guide, different ability levels and the “Assistance” function, which highlights all possible moves per turn.

After taking a look through everything, anything interest you?

Tecmo Koei Announces Two New Apps, And Tons Of Bonus Content For Another

Tecmo Koei issues a press release this morning that details informationa bout two new apps, and a whole bunch of bonus content for one of their classic apps.  These are all games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.  You can find all of these apps on the App Store right now.  If any of you decide to pick any of these up, by all means let us know.

Tecmo Koei is bursting with different flavors as it launches its 2 brand new fun innovative apps and one huge batch of bonus content for one of its timeless classics, all at your fingertips on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

Yokohama, JAPAN – August 18th, 2010 – TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. is proud to announce that it will simultaneously release 3 Apps in its lineup for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch on August 18th as it delivers fun for everyone. Be sure to check out all these fun Apps for the ultimate experience of the great Tecmo Koei lineup!

Nobunaga’s Ambition™
The standard-bearer in historical simulation gaming, “Nobunaga’s Ambition” is a strategic historical simulation game set against the backdrop of the struggle for power played out by the mighty warlords of Warring States-era Japan. You will play as one of these warlords (daimyo), among them the revolutionary Oda Nobunaga, the “Tiger of Kai” Takeda Shingen, and the “Dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin, and fight for control of the 50 fiefdoms of ancient Japan, from Ezo in the north to Kyushu in the south.

Genre : Historical Simulation
Store Price : US$9.99/€7.99

For more information access the Nobunaga’s Ambition Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/nobuzen/ip/e/
©1986-2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

KANJI SHAKER
“KANJI SHAKER” is a simple yet unique application which lets you to convert your name or whatever you input in English into Chinese characters. Get addicted as you try and find the best characters which suit your image and personality. Hang out in style as you show off your cool characters to your friends.

Genre : App
Store Price : Free

For more information access the KANJI SHAKER Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/kanji/ip/e/
Ⓒ 2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS™ TOUCH (Add-On)
The classic historical simulation Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a tactical simulation game based on the people and events from the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history (2nd & 3rd centuries AD). Fight against the heroes of legend and unite all of China under your banner. Check out this add-on content for more great features which enhance your current RTK experience!
(*You will need to purchase the full version of ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS TOUCH to use this add-on. You can enable these new features by selecting “Buy additional content” from the game’s main menu. )

Genre : Historical Simulation
(add-on) Price : US$3.99/€2.99

For more information access the ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS™ TOUCH V Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/rotk/touch/
©1985-2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

Valve Allows PaySafeCard On Steam

PaySafeCard appears to be a very popular European way of paying for items online.  Here in North America PayPal is the go-to place for all purchases made online.  Today, Valve announced plans to allow users with a PaySafeCard to use it for all purchases made on Steam.  Those that use their PaySafeCard will also receive a free copy of Portal.  Now that’s a deal I can live with.

Valve Welcomes paysafecard to Steam

August 19, 2010 – Valve today announced that Steam, a leading worldwide platform for PC and Mac games, has added paysafecard to its collection of payment options for customers in many European countries. In celebration, customers who spend 20 EUR or 20 GBP on Steam using paysafecard will receive a free copy of Portal, the ground-breaking title that earned over 40 Game of the Year Awards, when they shop before August 25th.

Supported countries include: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom.

The addition of paysafecard makes it easier than ever to purchase and play any of the 1,200-plus games available via Steam from leading publishers and developers around the world.

For more information about this promotional offer, please visit www.steamgames.com/paysafecard.

About paysafecard group
The paysafecard group, founded in 2000 in Austria and Germany, operate in 25 countries worldwide with offices in Vienna, London, Bern and Buenos Aires. With their successful online prepaid vouchers, the group have established themselves as Europe’s leading provider for prepaid payment solutions. In 2009 the group won awards for being the ‘Leading Prepaid Organisation’ and the ‘Best Prepaid Company outside USA.’ For more information, please visit www.paysafecard.com.

About Steam
The leading online platform for PC games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 25 million PC and Mac users around the world. For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com.

About Valve
Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com.

Microsoft Confirms Early Reports – Windows Phone 7 Series, Kinect Supports, And More

Remember all those reports from early this morning?  Well Microsoft has just got around to compiling a large press release which recaps everything.  Since I already posted this info in a series of posts, this saves me from editing all of the previous posts with the exact same press release copied and pasted a dozen times or so.

Microsoft transforms entertainment at home and on the go with launch of Kinect and new Xbox LIVE experiences on Windows Phone 7 and PC Kinect for Xbox 360 brings controller-free entertainment to Europe from November 10, 2010

COLOGNE, Germany — August 17, 2010 — Xbox will transform entertainment at home and on the go this year with Kinect for Xbox 360 officially launching in Europe, Middle East and Africa  on November 10 opening up a new world of controller-free games and Xbox LIVE entertainment. Xbox LIVE and a blockbuster line up of games on Windows Phone 7 will also launch this holiday and Microsoft announced a new line up of LIVE enabled titles coming to the PC.

Gamescom 2010 is the European premiere of Kinect for Xbox 360, introducing millions more to the intuitive freedom of  being controller-free. The show will unveil new games and experiences demonstrating the depth and breadth of the launch lineup of more than 15 exclusive Kinect titles, including never-before-seen levels, new environments, achievements and characters for “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Adventures,” “Kinectimals” and “Kinect Joyride.” MTV Games and Harmonix will also announce new chart-topping dance tracks for  the highly anticipated “Dance Central”.

Speaking before the show, Chris Lewis, vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Europe said, “We are bringing the Kinect experience to Europe for the first time at Gamescom because this is the biggest show in the region and we’re committed to investing in Europe and the critical role it plays in Xbox’s global success.  When Kinect launches on November 10, it’s not just transformative for our business but it’s set to change how you use entertainment. You become the controller, giving you the choice in how you and your friends navigate entertainment and gaming experiences. We’re already seeing a high level of anticipation in Europe with sales of the Kinect ready Xbox 360 250GB creating an all-time record weekly market share .”

“This is also the year of expansion for Xbox 360; in terms of new audiences, new markets for Xbox LIVE and multiple platforms. With Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 we are bringing the quality, consistence and community of the Xbox experience to gamers on the go. With “Age of Empires Online”, “Fable III” and new games still in development we’re also bringing, social, connected gaming experiences to all new audiences on the PC. When you look at what we are bringing to the market this year with the magic of Kinect, alongside our blockbuster line-up of games, including the biggest game for 2010, “Halo: Reach”, we’re confident that Xbox 360 has something for all the family and will be the gaming and entertainment console of 2010 and beyond.”

More Kinect To Love

New Kinect game experiences which will be unveiled at Gamescom reveal a never-before-seen depth to controller-free games that will keep the casual or the hardcore gamer entertained for hours. The classic kart racing title “Kinect Joy Ride” featuring new modes that will keep gameplay fresh and challenging whether playing alone or with friends will be on show, along with  thrilling new adventures exploring exotic locations, collecting treasures and earning  rewards in “Kinect Adventures”.  A host of cute new animal friends to help you expore the world of  “Kinectimals” and three new events in “Kinect Sports” which are guaranteed to entice the family off the sofa, will also be revealed for the first time at the event.

The Blockbusters Get Bigger

2010 finds all the biggest blockbusters on Xbox 360, with an amazing 3rd party lineup proving that once again Xbox 360 is the best place to play, including the highly anticipated blockbusters “Halo:Reach” and “Fable III” which will be showing off some new features for play at Gamescom.

A New Era in Mobile Gaming

Gamescom 2010 is also the venue for the global unveil of the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 this holiday. Building on Microsoft’s pioneering work with Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7 will be home to a premier, ever-expanding portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles from the most creative minds in game development, including Microsoft Game Studios. From Avatars to Achievements, friends and more, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of your hand.

Reinventing Classic PC Franchises

Microsoft will also unveil the newest addition to the best-selling “Age of Empires” franchise, “Age of Empires Online.” Marrying fresh online features with iconic gameplay,“Age of Empires Online” will offer something for long-time fans, newcomers, and everyone in between. Additionally, Microsoft will announce the development of a new game inspired by the time-honored “Flight Simulator” franchise. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, these new titles, along with the previously announced “Fable III,” fully integrate the free  “Games for Windows – LIVE” online service to deliver compelling, socially-connected gameplay experiences.

Now that everything is compiled here in this one post, what are your Microsoft highlights from Gamescom?

Maverick Has Your Back Goose!

Paramount sent over the following press release which details the launch information for Top Gun.  For anyone growing up in the eighties, Top Gun was the ultimate flight action movie.  It was bloody awesome!  There I said it.  As for this game, well you take it for a flight and let us know what you think of it.

TOP GUN VIDEO GAME LANDS EXCLUSIVELY ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK, NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

Paramount Digital Entertainment’s Top Gun Allows Players to Fly Into The Danger Zone as Maverick and Experience All-New Dialogue and an Expanded Storyline Written by the

Film’s Screenwriter, Jack Epps, Jr.

LOS ANGELES – August 17, 2010Paramount Digital Entertainment today announced that Top Gun the video game is now available for download on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. Based on the iconic film, Top Gun is a free-flying air combat shooter that expands the legend of Maverick, Iceman and the rest of the Top Gun flyers through new dialogue and combat scenarios written by the film’s screenwriter, Jack Epps, Jr.

“Jumping into the cockpit and blasting down bogeys to the classic compositions ‘Danger Zone’ and ‘Top Gun Anthem’ is something every ‘Top Gun’ fan has wanted to do since the film’s release,” said John Kavanagh, senior vice president of video games, Paramount Digital Entertainment. “And with the help of Jack Epps, Jr., we’re excited to offer both intense combat and all-new encounters with the film’s famous flyers.”

As Maverick, players will go up against the best of the best at the Top Gun Academy with their Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), Goose. Following graduation, players will take on the Soviets over the Indian Ocean. While engaging in large-scale dogfight battles, Maverick will test the limits of his plane, his new RIO and his wingman, Iceman. Top Gun also features five multiplayer modes, allowing up to 16 players to battle it out online. Top Gun is available for purchase on PlayStation Network for $14.99. Those who purchase Top Gun in the first eight days will receive a free limited edition flight suit for their PlayStation® Home avatar.

“I’ve always wanted to expand the story of Mav and Ice after graduation. In the film, we got to the ending really fast, but the game gives them a few more missions to compete and challenge each other. The Top Gun game is the perfect place for the two best pilots in the world to continue to answer the question:  Who’s the best pilot? And this time they face the top Soviet ace, Ivan. I think the game is a great extension to the movie,” said Jack Epps, Jr.

As Maverick in Campaign Mode, solo players first learn the ropes at the Academy and then progress to active duty, teaming up with seasoned pilots to take down enemy planes over the Indian Ocean. Players will experience the tumultuous new wingman relationship between Iceman and Maverick as they team up to take on the top Soviet ace pilot.

“We strive to provide the best games exclusively on PlayStation Network,” said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “With seven gameplay modes, including five online multiplayer modes, and a script penned by the screenplay’s original author, Top Gun is incredibly deep for a digital distribution title. It’s a fun, fast-paced air combat game set in the world of an iconic American film, all at a great price.”

It takes a lot more than just fancy flying – Top Gun features seven gameplay modes, two single player and five multiplayer. In addition to Campaign Mode, Top Gun features Horde Mode, where players must show off their flying prowess as they defeat endless waves of increasingly challenging enemies. In online multiplayer, players either enlist in the US Navy or join with their Soviet comrades to go head-to-head with up to 15 other live opponents in five different modes: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Top Gun, Bombing Run and Capture the Flag.

Players will feel the need for speed in a total of six planes, starting with the US Navy’s F-14 and unlocking five more: the F-16, F/A-18, and the enemy’s MiG-29, MiG-31, and Su-27. Each jet has unique strengths and abilities, with varying levels of speed, destruction, agility and durability.

Top Gun was developed by doublesix, the recent award winner of Spike’s “Video Game Awards” for “Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show” category.

Top Gun is now available to download on PlayStationNetwork for $14.99 and is rated T by the ESRB. It will be available for PC and Mac later this year. As a free gift with purchase, players will receive a free limited edition Flight Suit for their PlayStation Home avatar.

Weekly PlayStation Store Update

In what will likely be the final news post for this afternoon, Sony has just updated the PlayStation Store. NHL fans will be quite pleased, and so will Ys fans.  Everyone else, let us know what you download this week.

Updates

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite – Sale (now $14.99, original price $29.99)

Downloadable Games

Top Gun ($14.99)
Top Gun is a free-flying air combat shooter based on the film. In Top Gun, players enroll in the Academy as Maverick with their RIO Goose to go up against the best for top honors. Following graduation, players fly into the danger zone with fellow US Navy pilots, where they shoot down enemy jets, attack bases and engage in large-scale dogfights. Top Gun also features 5 multiplayer modes, allowing 16 players to battle it out online.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 240 MB

Game Demos (free)

NHL 11 Demo
Celebrating its 20th year, the franchise that captured 22 ‘Sports Game of the Year’ awards has raised the bar again with NHL 11. Powered by an all-new Real-Time Physics Engine, NHL 11 lets you create highlight reel moments and experience NHL action with realistic gameplay featuring broken sticks, faster dangles, and big hits unlike any other. Play the NHL 11 demo for a chance to win a free card pack for the all-new Hockey Ultimate Team mode.
ESRB Rated E10+
File size: 1.26 GB

Joe Danger Trial
Download and try the death-defying thrill-ride starring Joe Danger, the Master of Disaster! Race, ride and defy death to thrill the crowd and break world records! Combo, boost and pull ludicrous stunts to fill Stadiums and put Joe back on the podium. Race against your friends or take on your rivals. Play in the sandbox to make and share your own Stunt Spectaculars. Exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 265 MB

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 Demo
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 places you in the shoes of an elite pilot with access to the most advanced and deadliest aircraft ever engineered!

  • Go head-to-head in close-range dogfighting
  • Destroy all enemy aircraft and refuel mid-air
  • Sweat through night precision bombing
  • Take off and land on carriers

ESRB Rated T
File size: 1.96 GB

Add-on Game Content

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel – Hulk ($1.99)
Sackboy doesn’t really get angry, which is fortunate, because if he were to get angry he’d dress up in his Hulk costume. You wouldn’t like Sackboy if he was angry. NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel – Punisher ($1.99)
Armed with nothing more than a Paintinator, Sackboy goes looking for vengeance clad in his Punisher costume. NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel – Green Goblin ($1.99)
When dealing with any meddlesome web slingers, Sackboy is frequently found in his Green Goblin outfit – now all he needs is his goblin glider to be fully equipped! NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel – Magneto ($1.99)
Sackboy may not possess the ability to manipulate metal with his mind yet, but that doesn’t stop him from looking the part in his Magneto costume. NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel – Storm ($1.99)
While he might not have control over the elements, Sackboy is often to be found in all kinds of weather in LittleBigPlanet in his Storm costume. NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet: Marvel Costume Kit #4 ($5.99)
Look out “True Believers”, your favorite Marvel heroes and villains have landed on LittleBigPlanet! Grab this costume pack and you’ll be ready for action with 5 costumes of your favorite Marvel characters including Hulk, Punisher, Green Goblin, Magneto, and Storm! NOTE: to download this costume, you must already own LittleBigPlanet.
File size: 1.04 MB

PAIN – Jolly Character ($0.99)
Put a PAINful spin on the holidays with this downloadable character! Jolly is a little lacking in the festive spirit, so it’s time to knock some cheer back into this disgruntled elf. Definitely more naughty than nice, Jolly will help you start spreading the PAIN all the way up the Leaderboards. Download Jolly today!
File size: 100 KB

Uncharted 2 – DLC Pack 4: Sidekick Skin Pack ($2.99)
Itching for more player skin options in online multiplayer modes of UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves? Lucky you, they have arrived! Grab this pack to get 8 awesome new skins of characters as seen in UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune and UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves.
Download the “UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Sidekick Skin Pack” for the “GAME OF THE YEAR” award winner, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves today!
File size: 312 KB

ModNation Racers: Mouse Trap Mod ($0.99)
Ready to try and fill his belly, Mouse Trap is a clever cat who speeds around in a big wedge of cheese to lure in his next meal! This ModNation Racers Mod includes a fully-designed Mod, as well as several accessories for you to Create with in the Mod Studio. Download this Add-On today!
File size: 100 KB

ModNation Racers: Mouse Trap Kart ($0.99)
Speed around in a big wedge of cheese to lure in your next victim! This ModNation Racers Kart includes a fully-designed Kart, as well as several related parts and accessories for you to Create with in the Kart Studio. Download this Add-On today!
File size: 100 KB

ModNation Racers: Mouse Trap Mod and Kart ($1.75)
Ready to try and fill his belly, Mouse Trap is a clever cat who speeds around in a big wedge of cheese to lure in his next meal! This ModNation Racers Mod and Kart pack includes a fully-designed Mod, Kart, as well as several related parts and accessories for you to Create with in the Mod and Kart Studios. Download this pack today!
File size: 100 KB

Skate 3 – Skate.Create.Expansion ($6.99)
If you’re looking to change up your look and spice up your skate.parks, then the Skate.Create Upgrade Pack has got you covered. With new gear to wear, objects to shred and new lots to build on, this pack takes creativity to a whole new level of fun.
File size: 83 MB

Guitar Hero
For all song credits please visit www.guitarhero.com.

  • “Beverly Hills” – Weezer ($1.99)
  • “Island In The Sun” – Weezer ($1.99)
  • “Pork And Beans” – Weezer ($1.99)
  • Weezer Track Pack ($5.49) – Downloadable Track Pack featuring “Beverly Hills”, “Island In The Sun”, and “Pork And Beans” by Weezer. Please Note: Many songs are available both as singles and as part of a Track Pack, so please carefully consider your purchases before downloading.

File size: 34 – 35 MB (singles), 102 MB (track pack)

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visitwww.RockBand.com.

  • “1983″ – Neon Trees ($1.99)
  • “Animal” – Neon Trees ($1.99)
  • “Sins Of My Youth” – Neon Trees ($1.99)
  • Neon Trees Pack 01 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Neon Trees Pack 01. This pack includes “1983″, “Animal”, and “Sins Of My Youth” by Neon Trees.
  • “I Got Mine” – The Black Keys ($1.99)
  • “Strange Times” – The Black Keys ($1.99)
  • “Your Touch” – The Black Keys ($1.99)
  • The Black Keys Pack 01 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: The Black Keys Pack 01. This pack includes “I Got Mine”, “Strange Times”, and “Your Touch” by Ministry.

Rock Band Network

  • “Blow At High Dough” by The Tragically Hip($1.99)
  • “Hook, Line, And Sinner” by Texas in July ($1.99)
  • “Let The Games Begin” by Anarbor ($1.99)
  • “Mandelbrot Set” by Jonathan Coulton ($1.99)
  • “Unfurling A Darkened Gospel” by Job For A Cowboy ($1.99)

File size: 13 – 34 MB (singles), 65 – 86 MB (track pack)

Avatars

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Avatars ($0.49) (x3)
File size: 100 – 120 KB

Game Videos (free)

Pulse 8/17 Edition
File size: 268 MB (HD), 421 MB (1080)

Resident Evil – Afterlife 3D Trailer (US Only)
File size: 87 MB (HD), 146 MB (1080)

Brink Developer Diary #2
File size: 117 MB (HD), 193 MB (1080)

Dragon Age – Golems Of Amgarrak Trailer
File size: 34 MB (HD)

Vanquish Gameplay Trailer #2
File size: 84 MB (HD)

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days – Focus On The Job Multiplayer Trailer
File size: 48 MB (HD)

Red Faction: Armageddon E3 Trailer
File size: 63 MB (HD)

E3 2010 3D Sizzle Trailer
File size: 201 MB (HD)

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One Trailer
File size: 71 MB (HD), 119 MB (1080)

Dead Nation – Survival Guide Trailer
File size: 58 MB (HD), 97 MB (1080)

inFAMOUS 2 – New Marais Cutscene
File size: 58 MB (HD), 96 MB (1080)

Behind the Scenes with Tony Hawk
File size: 100 MB (HD), 168 MB (1080)

PlayStation Pro Moments – Boston
File size: 51 MB (HD), 83 MB (1080)

Ryan Sheckler – Boston 2010
File size: 85 MB (HD), 148 MB (1080)

Talkin’ with Bastien Salabanzi
File size: 76 MB (HD), 119 MB (1080)

PS3 Themes

Resident Evil Dynamic Theme (US Only) (free)
File size: 3.86 MB

Uncharted 2 – Dynamic Theme ($2.99)
File size: 2.16 MB

Kick-Ass Theme (US Only) ($1.99)
File size: 3.82 MB

Top Gun – Premium Theme ($1.99)
File size: 6.78 MB

PlayStation Store for PSP

Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Ys Seven ($29.99)
The legendary action RPG series returns, this time exclusively for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system. Join Adol and Dogi for their largest adventure ever! Discover the many mysteries sealed away in the vast country of Altago, and awaken the Five Great Dragons to save the world! New Original Story, Same Ys Legacy.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 448 MB

Game Demos (also available from PS3 Storefront) (free)

Phantasy Star Portable 2 Demo
Download the Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo and experience the expanded universe either in single-player or multiplayer ad-hoc mode!
ESRB Rated T
File size: 342 MB

PSP Minis (also available from PS3 Storefront)

Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter – Minis ($3.99)
ESRB Rated T
File size: 36 MB

Add-on Game Content (also available from PS3 Storefront)

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Wild West Costume (free)
Be the best dressed Sackboy in the Wild West with this free Brave costume. NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 1.45 MB

LittleBigPlanet PSP – Wild West Pack ($2.99)
Yeehaw! This rootin’ tootin’ six-gun shootin’ pack is jammed full of stickers and costumes that will help make good, bad or even ugly levels look great! Includes 5 costumes and 12 stickers to make your own Wild West levels! NOTE: Manual Update required
File size: 1.49 MB

Game Videos (free)

Pulse 8/17 Edition
File size: 43 MB

inFAMOUS 2 – New Marais Cutscene
File size: 9.21 MB

PSP Themes (also available from PS3 Storefront)

SCAR PSP Theme 1 ($1.49)
File size: 413 KB

Chey Tac PSP Theme 1 ($1.49)
File size: 528 KB

Sony Says: Get Ready For Much More Storage

At Gamescom 2010 Sony announced a wide range of products, and games.  One of the biggest shockers was Mass Effect 2, but we have much more coming up in just a few minutes.  This press release details the various new SKUs the PS3 will be available in starting later this year.  One SKU even includes the Move, but we knew they were going to do that.  Anyways, read up and let us know what you think.

PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) SYSTEM TO FEATURE NEW HIGHER CAPACITY HARD DRIVES IN NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

New models include a 320GB PS3Featured in the PS3 Sports Champions Move Bundle and a 160GB model PS3 Core SKU; Consumers Will Have 1/3 More Hard Drive Space to Store Games and Digital Content from PlayStation®Network

FOSTER CITY, Calif., August 17, 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system will be offered in North America with 160GB or 320GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD), offering more capacity to download games and entertainment content from PlayStation®Network along with personal digital content, such as music, photos, and videos. The new models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points. This increased HDD space addresses the growing demand for the digital content offered on PlayStation®Network, where more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded as of July 2010.

At $299.99 (MSRP), the 160GB model PS3 system offers tremendous value to consumers and is now shipping to retailers at the same price as the existing PS3 model. As part of the September 19 launch of PlayStation®Move, the new and innovative motion gaming experience that delivers precise, intuitive control, the PS3™ Sports Champions™ Move bundle will introduce the 320GB model PS3 system along with one PlayStation®Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, a copy of Sports Champions, and bonus Blu-ray game demo disc all in one complete package for $399.99 (MSRP).

“With the launch of PlayStation Move just around the corner, we’re expecting many new consumers to join the PlayStation® family. The PS3™ Sports Champions™ Move bundle provides those families with everything they need to get into motion control gaming at a great value, with the 320GB model PS3 system as the centerpiece of the package,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of product marketing. “Also, as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows; these larger storage capacities address that demand and encourage consumers to take full advantage of the complete PS3 experience.”

With more than 52 million accounts registered worldwide, PlayStation Network is fueling momentum for PS3 and providing more value to consumers. An integral part of the PS3 system’s rich digital entertainment offering, PlayStation Network is the premier destination for content, with a compelling library of downloadable games, more than 23,000 HD and SD movies and TV episodes, exclusive programming, and PlayStation®Home, a  social game network where users can meet friends and play games. Key games launching on PlayStation Network this year include PixelJunk™ Shooter 2,  and Dead Nation™, as well as PlayStation Move titles such as echochromeii, Tumble, and Beat Sketcher.

For nearly 15 years, the PlayStation brand has been redefining entertainment, fueling innovation and providing more reasons for families to gather in their living rooms. With the recent introduction of stereoscopic 3D gaming and the upcoming launch of PlayStation Move, the PS3 system is set to revolutionize gaming once again. Those innovations – combined with the relentless line-up of blockbuster games launching this year, the built-in Blu-ray player that will be updated for 3D Blu-ray Disc™ movies later this year, and the expanded digital entertainment options on PlayStation Network – truly position the PS3 system as the entertainment hub of the family room this holiday and beyond.

Retailers Go On High Alert!

Yup, it’s a very cheesy title for a news article, but what else was I going to write?  It was right there in the press release so I just stole it.  I’m an amazing journalist aren’t I?  ;)  So, with that out of the way, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days has been officially released for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC.  If you were a fan of the original, I’d assume you’re pretty excited for this one.  Seeing as I never had the opportunity to give the first one a play-through, I’m asking you all right now, was it any good?

RETAILERS ON HIGH ALERT KANE & LYNCH 2: DOG DAYS ON THE LOOSE

DLC UNCOVERED FOR AUGUST 31

COPENHAGEN (August 17, 2010) — IO Interactive, a part of Square Enix® Europe, is pleased to announce that Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days™ is out now on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC in North America and will be released from August 20 throughout Europe and other PAL territories and August 26 in Japan.

In addition to the highly anticipated release, the studio has revealed details surrounding DLC. Beginning August 31, 2010 three unique packs will be available for gamers worldwide including a Multiplayer Mask Pack, Alliance Weapon Pack and Doggie Bag Pack. Each pack extends the Multiplayer modes by introducing more ‘tools of the trade’ and all-new heist locations.

“Given the history of Kane & Lynch, we expected overwhelming interest, and the initial acclaim solidifies the ever-growing phenomenon and attraction gamers have to the characters and story,” said Niels Jørgensen, general manager of IO Interactive. “And we are proud to be able to extend the experience in the coming weeks with more maps, weapons and toys to heighten the tension and pressure of pulling-off a high profile heist.”

The ground-breaking art direction, relentless action gameplay and innovative multiplayer have received noteworthy praise from the critics worldwide and positions Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days as the standout shooter of 2010.

Please visit www.KaneandLynch.com for updates.

Fable III Wireless Controller Announced

Microsoft just passed along this quick press release, which details information about a gold-colored Xbox 360 controller.  Not much else to get excited about at this point.  I’ll try and grab a picture of the controller, and will update the post accordingly.

The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller Puts the Power in Your Hands

This October, “Fable” fans will get the chance to control their own destiny in “Fable III” with the stunning new “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller for Xbox 360. The golden cloaked controller features one-of-a-kind artwork created by Lionhead Studios and is steeped in “Fable” lore befitting any king or queen in the making. The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller begins shipping to retailers on Oct. 5, just in time for the Oct. 26 launch of “Fable III,” while supplies last. Outfitted in collectible packaging, the controller comes with an Xbox LIVE token for an exclusive in-game downloadable tattoo set to further customize your hero’s appearance.

Feel the power of a monarch in your hands as you reign over Albion with benevolence or utter contempt. The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller is a direct tribute to one of the core ideas behind the latest iteration of the franchise, bringing to life the regal crown of Albion – one of the many incredible pieces of concept art created during the production of “Fable III.” The hand-painted artwork wraps to the contours of the distinctive controller to create the perfect fit as fans journey from rebel to ruler in “Fable III,” whether riding solo in this action-adventure experience or with another revolutionary by your side in dynamic couch co-op or over Xbox LIVE.

“Fable III” sets the stage for an unparalleled action and adventure experience, in which you will be called upon to lead a rebellion against your brother, the tyrant king Logan, and rise up as the new ruler of Albion. Take part in all the action, drama and humour as you’re propelled into a rich and engaging story, featuring a unique cast of characters around you.

“Fable III” will be available in a Standard Edition and Limited Collector’s Edition for Xbox 360, and is available now for pre-order at participating retailers. With the all-new character creator tool at xbox.ca/fable3, called the “Fable III” Villager Maker, fans who pre-order the game can create and bring their personalized villager to life. The in-game villager will deliver to your hero a thrilling new quest and 1,000 gold in fortune.

You’ve got to love the quote about power in your hands. Reminds me of “Now you’re playing with power…SUPER POWER!” Now those were the days.

Breaking: Mass Effect 2 Coming To PlayStation 3

Are you a PS3 fanboy?  Do you yearn for an RPG experience unlike any other?  If you never had the opportunity to check out Mass Effect on the Xbox 360, well you should find a way to remedy that right away.  That game won’t be going to the PlayStation 3 anytime soon as it was published by Microsoft.  That changed with Mass Effect 2.  That means that EA and BioWare are bringing all you PS3 fans one of the year’s best RPGs…no scratch that, best games period, to the PS3.  The PS3 version will include all the downloadable content directly on the disc, so you won’t have any need to download anything.  Just put the game in, and enjoy.  It remains to be seen exactly how the transfer data will work from the original game, but I would assume they’ll just remove that and start from scratch.  Who knows, perhaps the PS3 version will have a recap story or something.  We’ll have much more info in the coming weeks and months leading up to its release.  If you’re a PS3 fan, you should be extremely happy right now.

BioWare’s Action RPG Mass Effect 2 Makes PlayStation 3 Debut

The Highest Rated Game of 2010 Comes to PS3 in January 2011

COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at GamesCom, BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), announced that Mass Effect™ 2, the highest rated game of 2010 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PC*, is coming to the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in January 2011. The PlayStation 3 edition will include the full Mass Effect 2 game and hours of bonus content, making this the perfect introduction to BioWare’s award-winning action RPG franchise.

Mass Effect 2 has already received over 70 perfect scores from media outlets such as the Associated Press, Eurogamer, MSNBC.com, G4TV and the Los Angeles Times, and is the highest rated game in the 15-year history of BioWare and the 28-year history of EA.

The Mass Effect franchise is an epic science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous aliens and mysterious, uncharted planets. In Mass Effect 2, PlayStation 3 players will step into the role of Commander Shepard for the very first time, leading a crew of the most dangerous special operatives from across the galaxy on a mission to save mankind. Featuring intense shooter action, a rich storyline, space exploration and emotionally engaging character interaction, Mass Effect 2 delivers an unparalleled gameplay experience.

Mass Effect 2 will be available for the PlayStation 3 in January 2011. For more information, please visit http://masseffect.bioware.com/ and follow the development team at www.twitter.com/masseffect2 or at http://www.facebook.com/masseffect.

* According to Metacritic.com.

World of WarCraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition Announced

I think this picture says it all.  Read on to find out exactly what will be included in the collector’s edition.

World of Warcraft(R): Cataclysm(TM) Collector’s Edition Announced

IRVINE, Calif., Aug 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for a limited-release Collector’s Edition of World of Warcraft(R): Cataclysm(TM), the third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game,* World of Warcraft. The special Collector’s Edition package, which will only be available at retail stores, will include the following exclusive bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.
  • Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil’ Deathwing will still proudly accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much, much larger counterpart.
  • Behind-the-scenes DVD with over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries, as well as a special Warcraft(R) retrospective examining the rich gaming history of the Warcraft universe.
  • Soundtrack featuring 10 epic new tracks from Cataclysm, including exclusive bonus tracks.
  • Special-edition mouse pad depicting Deathwing menacing the ravaged continents of Azeroth.
  • World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards, including a 60-card starter deck from the Wrathgate series, two extended-art cards, and two Collector’s Edition-exclusive hero cards, marking the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the TCG.
  • The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade(R) and Wrath of the Lich King(R), each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

    The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway. To set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate, please visit the official Battle.net website at http://www.battle.net.

    The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows(R) XP/Windows Vista(R)/Windows(R) 7 and Macintosh(R) at a suggested retail price of $79.99. The release date and other details for the game will be announced in the months ahead. For more information on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, please visit the official website at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm.

    *Based on internal company records, public data, and reports from key distribution partners.