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Here’s A Letter From Sir Howard Stringer (Main Man At Sony)

I thought all of you who have ben suffering from the PSN outage may want to hear what the main man at Sony has to say to all of you.

Dear Friends,

I know this has been a frustrating time for all of you.

Let me assure you that the resources of this company have been focused on investigating the entire nature and impact of the cyber-attack we’ve all experienced and on fixing it. We are absolutely dedicated to restoring full and safe service as soon as possible and rewarding you for your patience. We will settle for nothing less.

To date, there is no confirmed evidence any credit card or personal information has been misused, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We are also moving ahead with plans to help protect our customers from identity theft around the world. A program for U.S. PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers that includes a $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user was launched earlier today and announcements for other regions will be coming soon.

As we have announced, we will be offering a “Welcome Back” package to our customers once our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are up and running. This will include, among other benefits, a month of free PlayStation Plus membership for all PSN customers, as well as an extension of subscriptions for PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited customers to make up for time lost.

As a company we — and I — apologize for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack. Under the leadership of Kazuo Hirai, we have teams working around the clock and around the world to restore your access to those services as quickly, and as safely, as possible.

I know some believe we should have notified our customers earlier than we did. It’s a fair question. As soon as we discovered the potential scope of the intrusion, we shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and hired some of the best technical experts in the field to determine what happened. I wish we could have gotten the answers we needed sooner, but forensic analysis is a complex, time-consuming process. Hackers, after all, do their best to cover their tracks, and it took some time for our experts to find those tracks and begin to identify what personal information had — or had not — been taken.

As a result of what we discovered we notified you of the breach. Our investigation is ongoing, and we are upgrading our security so that if attacks like this happen again, our defenses will be even stronger.

In the last few months, Sony has faced a terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But now we are facing a very man-made event – a criminal attack on us — and on you — and we are working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world to apprehend those responsible.

In the coming days, we will restore service to the networks and welcome you back to the fun. I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are committed to serving you to the very best of our ability, protecting your information better than ever, and getting you back to what you signed up for – all the games and great entertainment experiences that you expect from Sony.

With best regards,
Howard Stringer

What do you think?

Nintendo Releases Official Statement On Wii Successor

Here’s a brief update for you on the story Ahmed posted this morning.  Read the official statement Nintendo released to media publications.

So there you have it, the Wii’s successor will be officially revealed during this year’s E3 expo.  I certainly hope Nintendo didn’t rush this console out simply to please developers.  The reason I say this is because I want top quality launch titles and a robust piece of hardware.  The last thing anyone wants is a recap of the Xbox 360’s launch.  Remember that?  Yuck!  Boy did that platform expand afterwards, but when it originally hit…yeah…let’s not talk about that anymore.

I’ve already talked about several features rumored to be featured in the next Nintendo console, but as always I’d love to hear what you all think.  Now’s the time for rumors and speculation, and one of you needs to convince Ahmed to make his predictions as he’s almost always right or very close to what the companies actually announce.

We’re waiting to hear from you, Ahmed!

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.

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

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.

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.

    Ys SEVEN Now Available For The PSP

    XSEED now has the exclusive rights to release Ys all across North America and they’re starting with Ys SEVEN.  Over the next few years the entire series will be making its way to the PSP, in either UMD or digital download format.  I’ve got the full press release from XSEED below.  I’ve also forwarded a request for a review copy so I’ll let you know what they say.  We really shouldn’t have a problem as we’ve been good friends with XSEED for four years now.

    Ys SEVEN from XSEED Games Now Available for PSP

    First Title in Famed Ys Action RPG Series Created Exclusively for PSP Arrives in North American Stores and the PlayStation Store

    TORRANCE, CA (August 17, 2010) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, has announced today the arrival of Ys SEVEN, the first title in the legendary Ys series of Action RPG games to be created exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Ys SEVEN has started shipping to retailers across North America and will also be available starting today for purchase as a digital download from the PlayStation®Store. Developed by one of Japan’s most highly-regarded and longest running development studios, Nihon Falcom, Ys SEVEN marks the first installment in the popular and long-running Ys series that XSEED will publish under a multi-title agreement with the prominent Japanese studio.

    Eagerly awaited by fans and awarded the prestigious Gold rating from Famitsu magazine in Japan, Ys SEVEN has garnered a number of other accolades, including:

    · “Best PSP Game of E3 Nominee” – 1UP.com

    · “Best Overall RPG of E3” – RPGFan

    · “A very fast-paced, well-balanced, and simply fun title.” – RPGamer

    Ys SEVEN marks the first new Ys game to be released in North America in over four years, and is designed to take full advantage of the PSP hardware. Ys SEVEN features an action-based real-time battle system where players can swap between any of the three-member battle party on the fly and engage enemies in a richly detailed 3D environment with virtually no load times. Ys SEVEN includes nine playable characters, each with their own fighting style, special abilities, and variety of unique weapons. Four difficulty levels allow players of all backgrounds to experience the exciting action in beautifully rendered widescreen 3D environments. The game’s more than 30 hours of addictive gameplay span the tale of “Five Great Dragons” who must be awakened by two wandering adventurers, Adol and Dogi, and their newfound allies in order to save a war-torn kingdom from destruction by long-forgotten ancient forces.

    Ys SEVEN has a suggested retail price of US$29.99 on both UMD and as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, and is rated “T” for Teen. In addition to the standard edition, a Limited Collector’s Edition of Ys SEVEN that includes a soundtrack CD, 60-page art book, and a large cloth map highlighting the expansive world of the Ys series is available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 through Amazon.com, GameStop, and other fine retailers.

    For more information, visit the official game website at www.worldofys.com.

    Massive EA Report From Gamescom 2010

    EA announced a whole bunch of interesting news today.  Instead of posting a bunch of different posts with boring press releases, I figured it would be more logical to just compile them all together into one long boring post with a bunch of press releases ;)  Truth be told, there’s some interesting stuff in here like being able to be a goalkeeper in FIFA Soccer 11, or the fact that David Beckham is now an EA brand ambassador, whatever that means.  They also revealed the ship date for Dragon Age 2, and announced a couple of special editions for their bigger releases for later this year and next.  Give everything a quick read through and let me know what you think of the news.

    Now Fans Can Play as the Goalkeeper in EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 11

    All 22 Players on the Pitch Can Be Human Controlled in Online Team Play

    COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTSTM has developed a new feature called Be A Goalkeeper for FIFA Soccer 11 that will enable fans to experience the thrill of playing as the keeper, and for the first time in a soccer videogame, will place control of all 22 players on the pitch in human hands. The new feature will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system when FIFA Soccer 11 is available in stores September 28 in North America and October 1 in Europe and Asia.

    Chelsea FC and Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Čech has been signed as the spokesperson for Be A Goalkeeper and will be featured in advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns.

    Be A Goalkeeper is a completely new way to play—instead of thinking as a player out in the middle of the pitch, you have to think and react as the goalkeeper. Experience the thrill of the one on one battle, making the great save from a free kick, punching balls safely out of danger, the pressure of the corner, and most importantly, keeping a clean sheet. Be A Goalkeeper features three levels of accessibility with varying degrees of AI assistance—assisted, semi-assisted and fully manual. Fans will be able to compete as the goalie in Career Mode and enjoy a 15-year career or create themselves as the goalie in Virtual Pro 2.0 to learn the position, track stats, complete achievements and test themselves against the best players in the virtual world.

    With control of the keeper now in human hands FIFA Soccer 11 will deliver an authentic replication of soccer online with 11 vs. 11 Online Team Play that locks people into the role of a single, fixed player the entire game. Now up to 11 friends on different consoles will be able to select and take control of their own individual players on the same team to compete against up to 11 rivals of another team.

    “The phenomenal growth of online gaming and the desire of our fans to be able to play as the goalie was the driving force behind this innovation for FIFA Soccer 11,” said Kaz Makita, Executive Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “Friends can play alongside each other in their pro clubs with all 11 virtual players on the pitch human controlled. We have finally replicated football in the virtual world.”

    Over 750 million online connected games have been played since FIFA Soccer 10 launched last October and over 350,000 pro clubs have been created that enable friends to compete alongside each other against rival clubs. Pro Clubs is one of the most popular online game modes in FIFA.

    FIFA Soccer 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every position on the pitch with Personality+, and introduces new Pro Passing where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Plus, experience true freedom in man-to-man interactions with 360° Fight for Possession that transforms physical play from just lateral jostling to full 360° collisions.

    Visit http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa to join the EA SPORTS FIFA Facebook group or visit WWW.FIFA.EASPORTS.COM for more information about the game. New game modes and innovations will be revealed later this month. Screenshots are available at http://info.ea.com.

    FIFA Soccer 11 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and mobile. It will be available on the Wii in North America on Oct. 4. FIFA 11 is developed under the EA SPORTS brand by EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. The game has not yet been rated.

    EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers experiences that ignite the emotions of sport through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA ELITE basketball, NCAA® Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

    For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

    David Beckham Named Brand Ambassador for EA SPORTS Active 2

    Global Icon to Endorse New Interactive Fitness Program in Europe and Australia

    GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, EA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), announced the signing of global football superstar David Beckham as brand ambassador for EA SPORTS Active 2, an innovative line of interactive fitness products that feature personalized, customizable workouts. Beckham will act as the franchise spokesperson and will be featured in advertising and retail material across Europe and Australia. EA SPORTS Active 2 focuses on improving muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as improving cardio; it will combine a heart rate monitor and motion tracking data to deliver a fitness experience that achieves authentic, measurable results. EA SPORTS Active 2 will be available on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3, Wii™, iPhone® and iPod touch® in Europe and Australia on November 19.

    “David has always worked hard to stay in excellent shape and has inspired people around the world to make fitness a priority,” says Jens Uwe Intat, Senior Vice President & GM of European Publishing, EA. “We’re excited about this collaboration with David as the high value he places on fitness makes him a perfect fit for EA SPORTS Active 2. We are looking forward to working with him to motivate people everywhere to get active.”

    “EA SPORTS Active is impressive and includes many elements that I have seen throughout my football career,” says David Beckham. “I’m excited to collaborate with EA SPORTS who have a great track record in developing authentic and credible sports products and games over the years.”

    EA SPORTS Active 2 will ship with the Total Body Tracking system that combines a heart rate monitor and motion tracking data to ensure a workout with accurate tracking and measurable results. Using heart rate data that is displayed on-screen throughout the workout, users will be able to capture the intensity of their workout, allowing them to optimize their performance and reach their fitness goals quicker. Additionally, users will now also be able to track both their workout and heart rate data on the new EA SPORTS Active 2 online* hub; allowing users to track their progress over time and stay motivated. Motion tracking data will provide complete freedom of motion for a deeper workout experience. EA SPORTS Active 2 will make working out simple, effective and will go with you wherever you are.

    EA SPORTS Active is currently the number one rated interactive fitness program for the Wii on the market**. EA SPORTS Active 2 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and is rated “E” by the ESRB, “0” by USK and “3” by PEGI, it has an MRSP of €99, £79, $99.95 USD and $149 AUD. For more information please visit www.easportsactive.com. Media can find photos of the product mentioned here at http://info.ea.com.

    EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers experiences that ignite the emotions of sport through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA ELITE basketball, NCAA® Football and NCAA Basketball, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, and EA SPORTS Active.

    For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

    * Internet connection and EA account required

    ** According to Metacritic.com, August, 2010

    EA Wields Its Magic Adding Kinect Mode to Its Upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Videogame

    COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™- Part 1 videogame will have an exclusive KinectTM for Xbox 360® experience with unique challenges that puts more power into players’ hands.

    With all of the action taking place outside of Hogwarts for the first time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 sees Harry on the run with a horde of merciless enemies on his tail. Players will find themselves in unknown territory, far from the safety of the school grounds, fighting for survival at every turn. The new game engine, built specifically to leverage the technology of HD consoles, ensures high definition graphics and intense action gameplay on all platforms while the Kinect experience on Xbox 360 offers exclusive challenges, for either single player or two player co-op, playing as Harry, Ron or Hermione.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is non-stop action with Harry defending himself against a host of menacing enemies,” said Jonathan Bunney, Vice President and Head of Production at EA Bright Light Studios. “Our Kinect challenges allow players to literally cast magic from the palm of their hand, completely controller free, to enhance and deepen the overall play experience; and, even better, we have enabled a special co-op mode with Kinect allowing two people to fight Death Eaters side-by-side for the first time in any Harry Potter game.”

    The Kinect experience in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 gives players the ability to get closer to the action than ever before, using physical gestures to cast magic through the screen and defeat their deadly opponents. In co-op mode, the fluid targeting system and leaderboard scoring add a competitive edge to the excitement.

    Under development by EA Bright Light Studio, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be available this autumn on Kinect for Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PC, and mobile devices.

    About the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 film

    Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

    Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.

    Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

    Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

    Experience a Blood-Soaked Rise to Power When BioWare Launches Dragon Age 2 on March 8, 2011

    Watch the First Dragon Age 2 Trailer “Destiny” and Pre-Order the Highly Anticipated Action RPG Today

    COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), announced today that Dragon Age2 will be available on March 8, in North America and March 11, 2011 in Europe. Dragon Age 2 is the sequel to the 2009’s “RPG of the Year”, featuring faster-paced action, striking new art direction and an updated method of storytelling that will allow gamers to experience the rise to power of one of the most important characters in the Dragon Age universe. The game’s first trailer, “Destiny”, is available for viewing now at www.DragonAge.com.

    “The Dragon Age franchise got off to a tremendous start. With Dragon Age 2, we are building on the outstanding RPG fundamentals the original delivered while taking the franchise in a new direction with faster, more responsive combat that will allow players to think like a general, but fight like a Spartan,” said Mark Darrah, executive producer at BioWare. “We are giving the franchise’s gameplay a shot of adrenaline. We can’t wait to get the game in people’s hands so they can feel the difference.”

    Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a refugee who survives the destruction of his homeland and becomes the Champion of Kirkwall. The lore around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor and is the driving force behind this all-new story spanning 10 years in the Dragon Age universe timeline. Players will uniquely experience how this legend unfolds by gathering the deadliest of allies, making tough moral choices, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history.

    For more information on Dragon Age 2, please visit www.DragonAge.com, follow the game at www.twitter.com/dragonage and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DragonAgeOrigins.

    EA and Crytek Unveil Two Special Editions for Crysis 2

    Special Editions Unlock Bonuses for Crysis 2 Multiplayer at Launch in March 2011

    COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Crytek GmbH, Europe’s leading independent video game studio and award-winning developers of the critically acclaimed Crysis® franchise, today announced two special editions for the highly anticipated first person shooter Crysis 2; the Crysis 2 Limited Edition and the Crysis 2 Nano Edition. Both editions feature premium packaging and special unlocks in the Crysis 2 multiplayer game. The Limited Edition and Nano Edition are available for pre-order now in limited quantities*. EA and Crytek also announced today a closed multiplayer beta for Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system starting this fall.

    The Crysis 2 Limited Edition will be available for no additional cost, while supplies last, and features four must-have in-game unlocks for the ultimate multiplayer experience:

    • Bonus XP – Players will jump into multiplayer battles with an edge by starting with enough experience points to gain early access to all 5 preset class load-outs.
    • SCAR Hologram Decoy – This special attachment to the SCAR will project a hologram image of the player, allowing them to confuse their opponents with the decoy.
    • SCAR Weapon Skin – This digital camouflage skin will allow players to add a personalized touch to one of the more popular assault rifles in the game.
    • Platinum Dog Tag – This special one-of-a-kind dog tag is one of over 250 that will be collectible in Crysis 2 multiplayer, helping to separate you from the rest of the field.

    The Crysis 2 Nano Edition is designed for the ultimate Crysis fan and will include the Limited Edition housed in a steel case plus an 11” / 28 cm statue of the game’s hero “Prophet” on top of a New York taxi cab, a high-quality art book, all packaged inside a backpack modeled after the Nanosuit itself. Not available in stores, the Nano Edition is available in extremely limited quantities via pre-order only for $149.99 / £119.99 / €129.99.

    Crysis 2 is one of the most anticipated games of 2011, coming out of last June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo with 25 nominations and 12 awards including “Best Shooter” from GameSpy.com and “Best Graphics” from Gamespot.com. The game’s multiplayer is being developed by Crytek’s specialist multiplayer studio, Crytek UK. Just like the gripping single-player campaign, Crysis 2 multiplayer will grant players the superhuman powers of the Nanosuit, allowing them to be the weapon as they utilize their powers against each other across, above and below various locations and landmarks throughout New York City.

    Built on Crytek’s new state-of-the-art multiplatform game development solution, CryENGINE®3, Crysis 2 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC in 2D and 3D** on March 22, 2011 in North America and March 25, 2011 in Europe.

    For more information on Crysis 2, please visit http://sosnewyork.com, http://www.mycrysis.com or follow the game on Twitter at www.twitter.com/crysis or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crysis.

    * Restrictions and conditions apply. See back of pack for details.

    ** Additional hardware and accessories, not included with game, may be required for full 3D effects.

    EA Announces Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition

    COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Criterion Games, a studio of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced a Limited Edition version of Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit, this holiday’s hottest action racing game. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is bringing the intensity of cops vs. racers to the connected generation. The Limited Edition features six of the world’s fastest cars that players can use to race and chase their friends, right out of the box. Available at participating retailers at the same price as the standard version, the Limited Edition packs added value for speed junkies, while supplies last.

    The Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Limited Edition delivers six exotic cars; Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, Ford Shelby GT500, Audi TT RS Coupé, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Porsche Cayman S and Dodge Challenger SRT8. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Ford Shelby GT500 are only available in the Limited Edition – and will not be available at any other time. For those players who miss the opportunity to pick up the Limited Edition, the Audi TT RS Coupé, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Porsche Cayman S and Dodge Challenger SRT8 can be unlocked by leveling up in the game.

    These high-powered racing machines give players a day-one advantage when they compete – and beat – their friends on the open road. Whether playing in real-time live multiplayer or challenging and comparing races with friends offline, Limited Edition owners have an edge over their friends – an especially important benefit since the game is all about the connected social experience. At the heart of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is a groundbreaking network called Autolog that tracks cop and racer performances and uses those statistics to generate fierce competition between friends by dynamically changing the way they play the game. By having the fastest cars on the road, players can challenge their friends, destroy their times and bask in the glory of their humiliation.

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit recently won the prestigious ‘Best Racing Game’ award at the Electronic Entertainment Expo from the Game Critics Awards. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will be available on Nov. 16, 2010 in North America and on Nov. 18 and 19, 2010 in Europe on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will also be available on the Wii™ and is being developed by Exient.

    For more of the latest news about the game, visit http://www.needforspeed.com. Or become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed and follower at http://www.twitter.com/needforspeed.

    Now that’s what I call a post!  Is there any one thing you’re looking forward to in all this?