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PSA: PlayStation Store Gets a Makeover, Now Live in Europe [Update]

PlayStation Store Redesign

Update: The new overhauled PlayStation Store’s launch is postponed in several territories, including North America. This news follows reports of a cancelled UK launch as well, and apparently even though the Store is up and going in other places (such as Turkey and Greece) it’s running in a less than satisfactory state. I’ve half a mind to think this new PS Store doesn’t exist at all.

It’s about damn time. A quick glance at a comments section somewhere and it’s clear PlayStation 3 gamers have been clamoring for some kind of aestestic change for ages. They’re tired of the constant blue that plays background to the endless list of menus and sub-menus, incomprehensible categories and rudimentary search tools. Looking across the pond to see Microsoft, altering their virtual playground as often as possible, doesn’t help either. But now they too have their change.

In Europe, the PlayStation Store has been updated with a new look. The new design adds a ‘What’s New’ page, new feature categories and new search options. It displays store items, similarly to the Xbox 360 dashboard, within a collage of images that will highlight feature content, as opposed to the uniformed list-based set up of before.

The full transformation will not take effect in North America until next Tuesday on October 23.

Source: PlayStation Blog EU

The Unfinished Swan Hits PSN October 23, Earlier for PlayStation Plus

The Unfinished Swan

The Unfinished Swan might have one of the more unusual concepts we’ve seen this year – an all-white world in which the player, controlling a floating paint brush, splatters color all throughout, giving life to an otherwise dull and lifeless place – but it’s a concept we’re nonetheless intrigued by.

Developer Giant Sparrow are attempting to pull the curtain back just a little before launch, which they’ve just announced the release date to on the PlayStation Blog, along with a developer diary.

The Unfinished Swan will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation Network in North America on October 23, and a week earlier for PlayStation Plus members on October 16. In Europe, the release will happen on October 24 and October 17, respectively.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Playstation Store Update for September 25th

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It was rumored last week that Grand Theft Auto III would be making its way to the Playstation Store tomorrow, and it turns out those rumors were spot on. There are several other games that will also be available for your purchasing pleasure after the update tomorrow. These are the games you can expect to find:

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Dead or Alive 5

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

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LittleBigPlanet

FIFA Soccer 13

Okami HD TGS 2012 Trailer Paints In 1080p For PS3

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Okami HD, the 1080p rerelease on PS3 has a gorgeous trailer at Tokyo Game Show 2012. The PSN exclusive digitally drops October 30th for $19.99. If you’re keeping track, that just so happens to be the same day the new nip/tucked PS3 systems and a certain Revolutionary War related assassin game.

I know, it’s a tough choice, but if you’re looking to play one of the most beautiful and innovative games ever released in full HD, you’ve got to check this one out. It will feature PlayStation Move capabilities and of course, a full compliment of trophies. This is one of the Capcom HD rereleases looking like it will be done right.

Grand Theft Auto III Comes to PSN (eventually)

GTA 3 Box Art

According to a product listing on PlayStation Asia’s website; Rockstar’s gun-toting, gangster shooter Grand Theft Auto II will arrive on PSN for PS3 users on September 25th.

The PlayStation 2 original was intended for release on July 31st; however, it was delayed for unknown reasons. No Rockstar representatives have commented on this recent turn of events. It is strongly believed that GTA III will be with us next week and will set you back $10.

The re-release will be a standard port of the original and will not include PS Trophy support, visual updates or any gameplay changes. It will be downloadable direct from PSN, taking up approximately 1.5gb of space.

The Walking Dead: Episode 3- Long Road Ahead Review- Storytelling Perfected

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Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Platform: PSN, XBLA, PC, Mac, iOS
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ESRB: M- Mature

When it was first announced that Telltale Games was going to make an episodic game set in the universe of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, I was understandably hesitant. However, I decided that I would give at least the first episode a chance when it released, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. After playing episode one I was surprised, after playing episode two I was hooked, and now after playing episode three the only word I can think of to describe how I feel is enthralled.

As I sat down last night to play episode three, I was already excited to see where this entry was going to take Lee and the other survivors. During the following three hours I laughed, cursed at people on the screen who regrettably couldn’t hear me, felt genuine sadness, and sat in absolute stunned silence after experiencing one of the most shocking moments I have seen in a video game in a long time. Everything in this episode was paced to perfection, never once becoming boring or tedious.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC Round-Up – I Hear The Beaches on Pulse are Lovely This Time of Year

Final Fantasy XIII and its offspring have been the subject of quite a fair amount of debate, and have split fanbases down the middle in many cases. Say what you may about the games, there’s no doubt that they continue to push the envelope in terms of including features and designs that no other Final Fantasy game has before them. FFXIII-2 now stands as the first in the series to receive a healthy helping of downloadable content support, and new releases are still being announced. And, in traditional FFXIII style, the value of each DLC release is creating more and more arguments, such as “why spend money on this”, “do you really like playing dress-up with your JRPG characters”, “$1.59 is too much for a digital bikini”, among others.

PSN Having Sale On Various Ultimate Editions

PSN Ultimate Editions

Ultimate Editions of games feature the game along with all of its existing DLC. The Playstation Network will have nine of these on sale from today through June 4th. The Ultimate Editions will be 30% off for normal PSN users, and 50% off for Playstation Plus members. Check out a full list of available titles below.

Red Dead Redemption (including Legends & Killers, Liars & Cheats, and Undead Nightmare)- $27.99 ($19.59 for Playstation Plus Members)

Infamous 2 Complete Edition- $33.99 ($23.79 for Playstation Plus Members)

Bioshock 2- with Exclusive Character Pack, Minerva’s Den, The Protector Trials, Rapture Metro and Sinclair Solutions- $27.99 ($19.59 for Playstation Plus Members)

Motorstorm Apocalypse- $50.49 ($35.34 for Playstation Plus Members)

Call of Duty: Black Ops- with First Strike, Escalation, Annihilation, and Rezurrection map packs- $66.49 ($46.54 for Playstation Plus Members)

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition- $27.99 ($19.59 for Playstation Plus Members)

Mafia 2- with Betrayal of Jimmy, Greaser Pack, Jimmy’s Vendetta, Joe’s Adventure, Renegade Pack, Vegas Pack and Hero Pack- $20.99 ($14.69 for Playstation Plus Members)

Just Cause 2 Ultimate Edition- $20.99 ($14.69 for Playstation Plus Members)

Mortal Kombat- with Warrior Bundle and Klassic Skins Pack 1- $34.99 ($24.49 for Playstation Plus Members)

Source: Playstation Blog

No Tubes, No Sprint, and NO FUN – Battlefield 3′s Dedicated Servers Nigh Gone

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According to Venturebeat the number of actual DICE-run servers for Battlefield 3 is getting smaller and smaller for both console platforms. You might recall that a couple of weeks ago EA revealed that they’d be allowing console gamers to rent out servers for a hefty chunk of change. While this was certainly something that the players were clamoring for it has had a negative impact on the amount of dedicated servers which EA/DICE take online – the average number of them being under ten a day. In response to Venturebeat’s original article EA informed us that these servers aren’t being removed but rather more and more gamers are renting them out – leaving the dedicated pool rather dried…

The Walking Dead: Episode One – A New Day Review

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Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure
Platform: XBLA, PSN, Mac OS X, iOS, PC
Release Date: April 24th 2012 (A New Day)
ESRB: M- Mature

Today marked the release of the very first episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic series of the same name this five-part “season” follows the story of Lee Everett as he, much like everyone else in Kirkman’s world, attempts to survive the zombie apocalypse. Coming off of a couple of mediocre releases, fans were a bit concerned when it was announced that Telltale would be taking the wheel for the game. However after playing through the first episode A New Day I can honestly say that the developer has never been at their finest…