Thursday, December 24, 2009

Shadow Complex on sale now!

This week only you can pick up shadow Complex on Xbox LIVE for 33% off the list price, which makes it a low low 800 MSP.

If you haven't gotten this game by now- you no longer hae any excuse. Forget about downloadable GOTY- Complex is a legit contender for game of the year.

A very special PSN holiday update...

A very nice PSN update bashes us all to pieces this week and reminds us to spend lots and lots of PSN dolla's over the Christmas break this week.

Wing Commander IV (PSOne classic) is now available as well as the MGS Peace Walker demo. A bunch of games are on sale too so check it out after the you know what.

Sack, sack, sack...

The PSN has a bunch of new Little Big Planet content up for your mandatory infusion of sack.

There are some new LBP avatars for your perusal as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean level pack that intro's the 'water' gameplay element that went up last week. Oh, and just a little tip: LBP is a great game in either flavor (PS3 or PSP). Makes a good solid last second gift if you're in need. But you finished all of your Christmas shopping already... right?

Check out all the sacky details after the break.

Have nothing to do on Christmas Day?

Here are some helpful tips from your good friends at Microsoft.

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You’ve wrapped your gifts, put the finishing touches on decorations, and created your version of frosty the snowman in the front yard. Whether you’re spending the Holidays with your (crazy?) extended family, close friends, or just that special someone this year, Xbox LIVE has lots to keep you entertained (and sane) at home during the Holidays. So grab a blanket, a hot cup of cider, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

The Gift of Holiday Knowledge
There’s always that one know-it-all in every family, so challenge Aunt Connie or Cousin Johnny to a special Holiday trivia showdown. Tune into a special “1 vs 100 Live” Holiday episode on December 26 at 6:00 pm PT which will feature Holiday-themed trivia, a decked out set, and laughs with Chris Cashman. Didn’t get an Xbox LIVE Gold membership in your stocking this year? No problem. From December 24, 9:00 am PT – December 28, 9:00 am PT, Xbox LIVE Silver members in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France and Germany can enjoy the “1 vs 100” premium entertainment experience reserved exclusively for Gold members. If you enjoy making your Avatar bust a move, you can also cast a vote for your favorite dance in the “1 vs 100” Dance Contest ( from now until December 26. The winner will be notified on January 4, and have their moves immortalized as an Avatar dance in “1 vs 100.” And, to ring in 2010, tune into another special “1 vs 100 Live” episode on January 1 at 7:00 pm PT, which will test your knowledge of the New Year.

The Gift of Rocking Out
Sick of caroling? Do the jingle bell rock! The new Xbox LIVE Music Games Stores open December 22 making it easier than ever to find and choose from more than 1300 tracks for your favorite music games: “Rock Band” (MTV Games), “Rock Band 2” (MTV Games), “The Beatles: Rock Band” (MTV Games),“Lego Rock Band” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), “Guitar Hero® 5” (Activision), “Guitar Hero® World Tour” (Activision/Red Octane), “Band Hero™” (Activision), “Lips” (Microsoft Game Studios), and “Lips: Number One Hits” (Microsoft Game Studios). There’s no need to argue between Metallica and the Beatles – search, sort, and preview clips from songs in one convenient place on the new Music Marketplace on Xbox LIVE.

The Gift of Fame

With so much entertainment to keep your Holiday merry and bright, remember to dress your Avatar to the nines (or in an ugly Holiday sweater) and check out Major Nelson on Twitter from now until December 31 as he unveils daily deals that will be sure to bring you cheer.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Gamestop is returning your money! No really...

If you're looking for a little extra dough to spend on yourself this holiday season, you might want to check out this website.

What you'll find is a form to fill out that will get you back any unused deposits that you might have left on games that you neglected to pick up in the form of a printable giftcard. The idea is that Gamestop is supposed to call you (Ms. Computer-voice that is) to let you know that you have these unused deposits and that you should head over to the site linked above.

With that said, I would encourage anyone who has preordered regularly at Gamestop to try their luck with the form even if you didn't get a phone call. In my own experience, I had to use a cell phone number that I don't have any more to get my cash back- it was a great surprise too- turned out to be $20.00!

You can read the whole story at Kotaku. Thanks for the twenty guys!

Celebrity & Entertainment gift guide is out -

- And it's on shelves right now.

 Highlighted in the Spark this month is my take on the PSP Go that I've been promising everyone- it's in there
with my top five giftables for this Holiday season. You'll have to pick up the magazine to see where it ranks.

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves title update

Interested in some 'clan tags'? No? Well too bad because that's what has decended onto Uncharted land on this fine day. That and a bunch of other stuff.

Nothing major though so don't get too excited- although decreased loading time is always nice.

PSN Update -- 'Hmmm, not that much' edition

Not a lot at all, we've got Final Fantasy VIII, the Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker demo, and that Gran Turismo time trial thing.

Not much else. I'll definately get the Peace Walker demo but I was never all that into FFVIII.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Playstation Home gets an infusion of good ideas...

Well, only one good idea so far actually. And it has an odd name.

MMO style games to play with your Home-y. Very cool- The first offering is a hover-tank blaster/racing thing called Sodium One. One issue I have though, is that you're charged for playing past the first five levels. I'd rather pay a fee per year (a la LIVE) than be nickel and dimed for vehicle upgrades and new levels.

Official Scuttle after the break.

Club Nintendo unleashes new rewards!

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Club Nintendo is offering some cool new exclusive Rewards to members who like their correspondence to have a little Nintendo flair. New stationery items, including greeting cards, folders and bookmarks, have been designed exclusively as Rewards for Club Nintendo members. The new items include:
  • Two sets of greeting cards. The sets each feature three different designs of beloved images from the Super Mario Bros. and Nintendogs series. Each set of 12 greeting cards is available for 300 Coins.
  • Three different sets of folders featuring designs from the Super Mario Bros. series. The sets contain three different folders and include three matching bookmarks. Each set is available for 250 Coins.
Club Nintendo has also rolled out a series of bonus surveys designed to give members the chance to provide feedback about the club – and earn even more Coins. That makes it easier than ever for members to get their hands on the Rewards they want.
Club Nintendo lets consumers earn Coins for registering and answering surveys about Nintendo products. Coins can then be redeemed for exclusive Rewards items from Nintendo. For more information about how to join Club Nintendo and earn Rewards, visit

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I know it's dopey, but I love the folders.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Crackdown 2 stuff!


You saw it first at the SPIKE Video Game Awards on Dec. 12, now relive the explosive moments from the first official “Crackdown 2” gameplay trailer. Fans eager for the ultimate adrenaline rush will find their home in “Crackdown 2,” releasing exclusively on Xbox 360 in 2010.

In the trailer, Pacific City’s new generation of Agents takes to the streets with obliterating force. In an explosive ballet of destruction, Agents work in tandem to bring down the Freaks and any others who threaten Pacific City by any means possible. Both seasoned and newer Agents should be on the lookout for important details hidden in the footage to get better prepared for the upcoming rumble.

“Crackdown 2,” the sequel to 2007’s action blockbuster, will redefine multiplayer action with its 4-player co-op and 16-player competitive multiplayer combat over an immense playground of vertigo-inducing verticality: Pacific City.

Been out of commission or never experienced the first “Crackdown”? Don’t fret. Head on over to Xbox LIVE and download “Crackdown” via Games on Demand for only 1,600 Microsoft Points. The “Getting Busy” Game Add-on for “Crackdown” is also available for 400 Microsoft Points.

Your Agent is back online. Get to work.

I love this series, glad it's continuing. It would have been all too easy to have written it off completely since it came with the Halo 3 demo. 

Halo Reach official trailer

It's not really much in the way of gameplay (even though it's all 'in engine'), but for what it is, it looks very, very good- check it out after the jump.

Nintendo Download - 'Oh right, it's Christmas' edition

 Time to release a few goodies to spend all of those Wii points on the you're going to get in your stocking.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beatles Rock Band is fab at the sales totals

The Beatles rock Band haas topped $1Million in sales, a phenominal figure (IMO) as the game is a bit niche even though the Beatles are still extremely popular with lots and lots of people.

Anyway, MTV games is pretty pleased with it's performance and I guess that's a good thing for all as it probably means that the DLC will continue-a-flowin'- in fact, Rubber Soul should be out relatively soon which should make everybody happy. I personally enjoyed the hell out of this game, didn't buy any of the downloadables yet but I probably will at some point.

You can read the whole story on Edge

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bioshock 2 walkthrough for PS3

You might want to watch even if you'll be picking up B2 for the 360 or PC. Ahhh Rapture, can't wait to get back to your soggy halls...

PSN update - Merry Merry edition

Season’s Greetings Collection
Lacking holiday spirit? The PlayStation Store Season’s Greetings Collection can help. We’ve put together lots of seasonal titles and content to winterize your gaming experience!

PlayStation Store post 12.10

Multi-touch is gonna be history real fast...

The folks at MIT have cooked up an advance in LCD technology so fantastic that they made a promotional video for it!

Watch it here on Gizmodo

At about 4:40 in, it really begins to shine, it (as Giz points out) does seem like Natal might be able to do some of this stuff (pleasepleaseplease), but that light sourcing stuff is amazing. I hope somebody picks up on this and actually does something with it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

MAG INFO for YOU (and the box art too)

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We’ve been exceedingly grateful to those of you who participated in our MAG beta tests over the last several months and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.
Naturally, with the end of our beta cycle, comes the countdown to our final release on January 26, and what better way to start that countdown than to reveal the final, “official” box art that you’ll find in the United States and Canada. Have a gander!
MAG Packfront Final!
Pretty sweet isn’t it? Yeah, we like it too.
Now that you know what to look for in the future, let’s go back to the past for a moment and talk about some interesting information we gathered over the last month.
  • More than 42,000 matches were played over the course of the full public beta (August 17 – December 5).
  • During October’s beta period alone nearly 534,000+ miles were traveled in-game by MAG players each week.
  • During the final month of the Beta 4 and 4.5 periods (November 9 – December 5):
    • Of the more than 65,000 players that logged on, 17,000 of them qualified for Squad Leader, 3500 people qualified for Platoon Leader, 1100 folks made it all the way to OIC, and 206 dedicated warriors made it all the way to the level 60 experience cap.
    • Nearly 18 million kills were made and an excess of 700 million shots were fired.
    • The Top 3 most played maps all belonged to the Sabotage mode. They were, in order, Syr Darya Uplink, Darien Network, and Copper Hills Relay.
  • You can check out some of our dedicated Beta tester all-stars over on the Official MAG Blog
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Like the box art? I do, very cool. Not very intersted in the game itself though. Anyone who reads ths site regularly knows that I really don't like Multi very much, and MAG is all multi. Meh...

Xbox Live DLC & Games for the month of Jingle

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If the weather outside is frightful (or blistering hot in the Southern Hemisphere), take a break indoors and check out the endless entertainment Xbox LIVE offers you and your family this December.

Fight the urge to sneak a peek at your presents from the family and let Xbox LIVE Marketplace fill your December with holiday surprises. Starting December 18 through December 31, enjoy limited time, one-day discounts on select Xbox LIVE Marketplace content every day – games, movies, blockbuster game add-ons, holiday themes, you name it! Available to all Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members, everyone can celebrate the countdown to the New Year with a special offer from Xbox LIVE! 

Even your Avatar Gets a Tacky Holiday Sweater
On December 10, get your Avatar in the holiday spirit with specialty items including an ugly holiday sweater and even a free holiday gift for your Avatar to unwrap! And make sure they’re dressed to impress with signature tokidoki gear too, including an assortment of trademark tees and a pair of tokidoki themed rain boots. Wishes really do come true during the Holidays! Dress as a pretty Disney princess or classic villain when “Disney Classics” (Disney) releases on Avatar Marketplace December 24.

Here comes Santa Claus with Unbeatable Deals of the Week…
Deal of the Week continuously delivers more fun to Xbox LIVE Gold Members for less points, so take advantage of these supreme deals each week in December.

Week of December 7:
Fallout® 3 Operation Anchorage” Game add-on (Bethesda) | Japan: 560 Microsoft Points, rated M for Mature by the ESRB

Week of December 14:
Lips: Coldplay Track Pack (Microsoft Game Studios) | Worldwide except Japan and India: 240 Microsoft Points, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Pinball FX” (ZEN Studios) | Japan: 400 Microsoft Points, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Week of December 21:
Shadow Complex™ (Epic/Chair Entertainment) | Worldwide: From the producers of Gears of War comes “Shadow Complex,” a modern and masterful side-scrolling shooter. Winner of nine ‘Best of E3’ awards, “Shadow Complex” combines the quality and depth of a retail title with the accessibility you love, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade. December 21 through December 27, get “Shadow Complex” for 800 Microsoft Points, a 33% savings. “Shadow Complex” is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Week of December 28:
The Maw” (Twisted Pixel) | Worldwide: 400 Microsoft Points, rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

Make your holidays bright with Xbox LIVE Arcade!

Xbox LIVE Arcade delivers quality downloadable games at the best value to light up your holidays.

Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1)” (Team 17) | December 16 | Worldwide: The game features incredible fidelity and attention to detail throughout, awesome audio effects and an engaging single player narrative. The pulsating story takes the game's hero through an intense ride through a stricken craft, onto a mysterious, ageing hulk ship and beyond. In addition to the explosive single player story, the game also offers a relentless, action packed, two-player co-operative battle mode for online and offline local action with a number of difficulty modes to challenge all skills. Available for 800 Microsoft Points, “Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1)” is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

Trials HD BIG PACK!” (Redlynx) | December 23 | Worldwide : Fans of “Trials HD,” one of this summer’s hottest downloadable games, can get ready for more fun and insane challenges with the add-on, “Trials HD BIG PACK!” Rev your engines with 35 new racing and skill tracks, over 50 new crazy physics objects, tournaments, new achievements worth 50 extra gamerscore, and more. “Trials HD BIG PACK!” releases December 23 on Xbox LIVE Arcade at 400 points and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  Fasten your helmet and prepare for serious bruises!

Chestnuts, cocoa, snowflakes…and plenty of titles to choose from on Games on Demand
Games on Demand titles are available for quick, convenient download 24x7. Check out some of this month’s top titles to add to your collection.

Crackdown” (Microsoft Game Studios) | December 1 | Worldwide except Germany, Japan and Korea: Prepare for the upcoming release of “Crackdown 2” by revisiting the award-winning predecessor, “Crackdown.” You’ll take on the role of judge, jury and executioner as you restore peace by any means necessary in Pacific City, a crime-ridden urban center primed to explode and ready for you to explore. Enter the vast and fully explorable world as you clean up the streets the only way you know how. Your way.

Disney Bolt (Disney) | December 8 | North America and Europe: Join Bolt and Penny as they travel the globe on a dangerous mission to save Penny's dad from the evil Dr. Calico.

 “Viva Piñata: Party Animals” (Microsoft Game Studios) | December 15 | Worldwide except Japan: Compete in a variety of zany battles and races in the social party game Viva Piñata®: Party Animals. Control the fame, fortune, and destiny of all your favorite characters from Viva Piñata: Fergy Fudgehog, Paulie Pretztail, Franklin Fizzlybear, and Hudson Horstachio. It's party time!

Lost Planet™: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition” (Capcom Entertainment, Inc.) | December 22 | Worldwide except Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and India: Lost Planet™: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition provides explosive action for both offline and online players, and allows cross-platform play between Xbox 360 and PC, all in time to prepare for the anticipated release of the upcoming “Lost planet” sequel.

Devil May Cry® 4” (CAPCOM Co., Ltd.) | December 22 | Worldwide except Japan: “Devil May Cry 4” immerses you in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with a familiar hero. As the new leading man Nero, unleash incredible attacks and non-stop combos using a unique new gameplay mechanic with his powerful "Devil Bringer" arm.

Gears of War” (Microsoft Game Studios) | December 29 | Worldwide except Japan and Germany: “Gears of War” fans, check out the original title that started it all! Developed by Epic Games, “Gears of War” thrusts gamers into a deep and harrowing story of humankind’s epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Players take on the role of Marcus Fenix, a disgraced war hero who seeks personal redemption as he leads his fire team against the Locust onslaught. “Gears of War” unites breathtaking visuals with classic, emotional storytelling and a revolutionary tactical combat system, engrossing the gamer in a horrifying epic story of war and survival.

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I might have to get the Santa hat... and I see I'll finally be getting Operation Anchorage too. Nice.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Home-y Holidays!

People still use Home? Anyway, Home is getting a holiday season facelift along with some new Motorstorm and Uncharted content. Honestly though, this stuff could have been up for months- I used Home once when it was beta'd and that was it. So it's all new to me!

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Happy holidays Home-people!
We here on the PlayStation Home team are pleased to announce that we are kicking off the holiday season in a big way come this Thursday, December 10th. We have quite a few surprises lined up for you, and I don’t want to give away too much too soon, but it’s safe to say that this year’s festivities will run for the remainder of the month and will include some very surprising developments.
That is, of course, assuming the entire community works together to solve the puzzles (and collect the rewards) associated with the huge Festive Tree, coming to Central Plaza this week. Peep the picture below (smuggled out of the developers’ offices by yours truly) for a sneak peek of what’s in store for you. And make sure you log in every day throughout the holiday season to solve puzzles, unlock rewards, and help transform PlayStation Home into the premier party destination for the New Year.
PlayStation Home Holiday Tree
In other holiday-related news: We are releasing a ton of additional festive items that will help you celebrate the holidays properly in PlayStation Home, no matter what your personal style may be. Included in this new batch of items is a free menorah, for all of our community members that want to celebrate Chanukah in-world (free items for those of you who want to celebrate Christmas, Xmas, Kwanzaa, and even that holiday “for the rest of us” are currently available in the Mall). You’ll also find the Dead Space 2 Miner outfit (for guys and gals) in the Costumes store, along with a heap of other costumes bundled at prices that simply can’t be beat.
MotorStorm fanatics will find yet another addition to their collection awaiting them in the Estates store this week. The MotorStorm: Pacific Rift personal space is a perfect retreat for you and your friends after a day (or night) or racing around the 16 destructible tracks that make up the off-road mayhem of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Show the world that you are a true road warrior by customizing this unique beachfront locale with the MotorStorm-themed virtual items available in the Furniture store, and then invite your friends over to launch into multiplayer matches of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Check out this hot new personal space in the pics below.
Home MotorStorm Apartment 1 Home MotorStorm Apartment 2
This Friday, December 11th, we will be throwing a scavenger hunt event to celebrate the release of Hudson Entertainment’s Diner Dash. Those of you that log in between the hours of 12:00pm and 5:00pm PST (3:00pm and 8:00pm EST) will find segments of a voucher code scattered throughout PlayStation Home. The first 50 users that assemble and redeem the code will receive one free download of Diner Dash on the PlayStation Network. So if you’re reading this now, it’s time you get into PlayStation Home and start searching high and low. These codes are guaranteed to go fast!
Last but certainly not least, our development team has managed to resolve the Z(7,-104) error that a small number of users had been encountering when logging in to PlayStation Home. In order to resolve this problem we will be rolling back the last reward item received on all affected accounts. This will fix will be deployed during this week’s regularly scheduled downtime (please note that due to the extra work required this week, the maintenance period will be extended).
Once this rollback is complete, users previously affected will once again be able to log into PlayStation Home with all of their other rewards and items intact. Of those previously affected, a very small number of users may find that their rewards have been rolled back further than the previous item in order to permanently fix this issue. This was done on a case-by-case basis, to ensure that all of you could get back into Home.
As always, stay tuned to this blog for more info about the season’s upcoming content and events (including another chance to win the UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition. There’s so much cool stuff set to release over the coming weeks and months that we are sure you will keep coming Home time and time again.

Home MotorStorm Apartment 3

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Playstation Firmware Update 3.15 is now available-

Yes it's still annoying. I hate these things, it's always when I want to play something! Updateupdateupdate-

Anyway, here's the official word on what to expect when it finishes and you can get back to your game.

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Hi everyone, PlayStation 3 (PS3) will receive its next system software update shortly – v. 3.15. This is an optional update, and it enables existing PS3 owners who purchase a new PS3 system (perhaps as a second unit for the household) to transfer their content from their current PS3 to the new system. Content such as games, game save data, and videos downloaded from PlayStation Network can be transferred to the new PS3 system and deleted from the current PS3 system. Other content, including personal media files (photos, music, videos), can be copied onto the new PS3 and remain on the current PS3 system.
Here’s a quick primer on how the Data Transfer Utility works.
Data Transfer Utility
  1. Turn both the current PS3 (A) and new PS3 (B) on and connect them with a LAN cable; PS3 (A) should be connected to the TV. Please note, firmware (v3.15) must be installed on both systems.
  2. On the XMB of PS3 (A), scroll to the Settings category and select [System Settings] and then [Data Transfer Utility]
  3. Follow the instructions on-screen and transfer data
  4. After transferring the data, follow the instructions on-screen, and then connect PS3 (B) to the TV to view the XMB
  5. If content that was downloaded from PlayStation Store was transferred as part of this operation, you must activate PS3 (B) before you can use the data. Log in to the PS3 system as the user who owns the content, and then select (PlayStation Network) > (Account Management) > (System Activation) to activate the system.
More details on Data Transfer Utility will be available here once the firmware update is live.
The 3.15 update also enables “minis” to be played on a PS3 system. As we’ve reported here before, “minis” launched on PlayStation Network this fall in conjunction with the launch of PSPgo. These bite-sized games offer a more casual experience and are ideal for shorter gameplay sessions. Now PS3 owners will be able to play “minis,” and those who own both a PS3 and PSP system will be able to play on either platform. “minis” for the PS3 system will be available for download on PlayStation Store in the coming weeks. If you’ve purchased any “minis” already for your PSP and the title becomes available for PS3, you’ll simply need to download the title to your PS3.
As always, we look forward to your feedback.

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The data transfer is a nice touch. Long overdue but a nice touch nonetheless. Playing the mini's on a PS3 is a great idea- I have yet to get one but this is sure to bump sales a bit, and maybe get more developers to hop on board. Nice job with that one Sony.

Forza 3 moves 1 million disc's- now how about some more cars?

For a fee of course...

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‘Tis the season… to drive some of next year’s dream cars in this generation’s highest-rated racing game, only on Xbox 360. Just over a month after the title’s momentous launch, “Forza Motorsport 3” has sold more than one million units worldwide. Now Turn 10 is spreading the holiday cheer with the “Hot Holidays” Car Pack, available today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points.

The “Hot Holidays” Car Pack features some of the world’s most anticipated super cars and purpose-built race cars of 2009 and 2010, including first-ever virtual test drives of the new Ferrari 458 Italia and the latest Nissan GT-R Spec V. The complete “Hot Holidays” Car Pack list includes:

1.                   2010 Ferrari 599XX
2.                   2010 Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss
3.                   2010 Lamborghini LP6700-4 SV
4.                   2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo
5.                   2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
6.                   2010 Jaguar XFR
7.                   2010 Audi S4
8.                   2009 Aston Martin #007 AMR Lola
9.                   2009 Audi #2 Sport Team Joest R15 TDI
10.               2010 Nissan GT-R Spec V

After selling more than one million units in its first month at retail, “Forza Motorsport 3’s” community and fan base is more active on Xbox LIVE than ever. The Forza community has collectively logged over 6.6 million man hours playing online in more than 64 million connected sessions while driving over 590 million miles (952 million kilometers) in the game to date. That’s equal to more than three trips from the Earth to the Sun and back!

While the December “Hot Holidays” Car Pack is great news for the Forza community, car lovers can expect yet another car pack to coincide with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early next year. Racing onto Xbox LIVE Marketplace on Jan. 12, 2010, this new pack will add more of the latest and greatest cars to the ever-growing “Forza Motorsport 3” roster. For more information on what “Forza Motorsport 3” has in store, stay tuned to as we reveal each of the January cars via exclusive community spy shots.

Finally, true car aficionados won’t want to miss the Limited Edition Fanatec® Porsche 911 Turbo S racing wheel – the perfect complement to the realistic “Forza Motorsport 3” simulation experience. For more information, visit:

“Forza Motorsport 3” is rated “E” for Everyone and is now available globally. To access and download the new “Hot Holidays” Car Pack gameplay video and screenshots, or other in-game assets, visit the Forza Motorsport 3 FTP or

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It looks like MS made the right choice to go with Forza over Project Gotham for it's premier racing franchise. Gotham was great but Forza 3 is amazing. 

Nice touch with the Holiday Car Pack too. And all kidding about microtransactions aside, that's a lot of extra cars for 400 points. Though, selling them seperately would have been a nice touch- if you only wanted, say, that Aston Martin... *cough*cough*

Monday, December 7, 2009

And now a word about a game you're probably going to get anyway:

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One of the year’s biggest adventures is fired up and heading down the tracks. Today’s launch of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the hand-held Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi video game systems marks a fun new chapter in the historic franchise. For the first time, heroic Link teams with Princess Zelda, who accompanies him on an original quest to save Hyrule from ruin. This unforgettable saga has Link navigating perilous dungeons and commanding a customizable train. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks features challenging puzzles, wide-ranging exploration and a deep storyline.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks builds upon the dynamic touch-screen control interface established in 2007’s The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, making it easier for players to perform advanced maneuvers and guide Link through an engaging series of adventures and challenges. An active participant throughout the entire game, Princess Zelda can take control of powerful Phantom characters to help Link make his way through obstacle-filled dungeons. New items include the Whirlwind and the Spirit Flute, which allows players to perform music that has magical effects on objects and events in the game by blowing into the built-in microphone of the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi.
While controlling Link’s customizable train, players can take on special missions in which he transports people and valuable cargo across the game world. The train offers players the opportunity to explore the world of Hyrule, taking more challenging routes to reach new areas as they acquire new parts and equipment.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks includes a new head-to-head multiplayer mode that lets up to four players compete via a local wireless connection with one game card. In this mode, players explore six unique areas in search of valuable Force Gems. Traversing these areas and attempting to possess the most Force Gems at the end of each session, players must also avoid patrolling Phantoms, while setting off traps and using hidden abilities to foil their opponents.
“During the holidays, people are striving to find entertainment options that offer hours of fun, and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks delivers,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “For more than 20 years, audiences have been captivated by the storyline and sense of exploration offered by these beloved games. The plot twists and seamless controls of this latest installment will engage existing fans of The Legend of Zelda series while introducing new players to the series’ magic.”
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is the 15th game in this internationally renowned series. Since its inception in 1986, more than 59 million games in The Legend of Zelda series have been sold worldwide.
For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, visit

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I love Zelda games, such a sucker...

Nintendo download- 'Stweet-ta-Fighta... Alpa... due and finally a real game on DSiware' edition

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Maybe the holiday season has you grinning from ear to ear, or maybe you’re already stressing out about choosing the right gifts for everyone on your list. Either way, you’d be wise to take a look at this week’s new downloadable games from Nintendo. The latest Nintendo DSiWare releases include the original Rayman® – perfect for prolonging your jubilant mood or providing a respite from the season’s hustle and bustle. Speaking of stress relief, this week’s new WiiWare games include Stop Stress: A Day of Fury, which offers a truly unusual way for players to unwind. And Virtual Console fans now have two more classic titles to liven up their game libraries: the Super NES gem Street Fighter® Alpha 2 and the legendary SEGA arcade title Shinobi. All told, you’ll find 11 new games added to the already stellar selection on the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or a loved one, don’t forget that you can also use the Wii Shop Channel to download five free game demos and try before you buy.
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Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The legendary first Rayman adventure is now available from the Nintendo DSiWare service. Play as Rayman and try to save his amazing world from the evil Mr. Dark. Discover a charming universe with colorful landscapes and meet funny characters who’ll help Rayman through his quest. Experiment with his abilities as you punch, hang or fly in the air and choose between two difficulty levels. Take advantage of new features in the Nintendo DSi version, such as the Nintendo DSi Camera, map selection on the touch screen and the ability to play against time to win bonuses.
Ball Fighter
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Ball Fighter is a puzzle game in which you take aim and blast groups of dropping spheres to create matches and clear the board. You can make chains to earn additional points or to make the game more difficult for an opponent. When you destroy spheres in a multiplayer mode, they will be added to the opponent’s board, making his or her task more difficult. You can find special bonuses like a Brush, a Rocket Launcher or a Bomb, which can be used to destroy spheres or to paint a line of them with the same color. You’ll find a variety of single-player modes, including Arcade, Survival, Brain Breaker and Player vs CPU, plus the unique multiplayer mode, all playable on one Nintendo DSi system.
Pop Island
Publisher: odenis studio
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Discover a joyful universe where playing is always a pleasure with Pop Island. Colorful and fun, Pop Island is an action-packed capture-the-flag game. Pick a team to join, then run, jump and spin your way around the island in an attempt to collect the priceless flags hidden throughout it. Become a surfing penguin, a flying fish or a waterskiing crocodile as you go all out for victory, unlocking 12 more joyful animals as you rack up points across eight different planets. You might even end up competing as a skateboarding mammoth. Playing alone is plenty of fun, but the madcap action reaches a new level when your friends get involved. By sharing the demo of the game via DS Download Play, up to seven more people with their own Nintendo DSi systems can use a local wireless connection to join you for some head-to-head or cooperative action. With plenty of power-ups, you’ll need to concentrate on capturing more than just the rival team’s flag to claim victory.
Publisher: MINDSCAPE
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Army Defender is an action shooter in which players must defend their base against enemy attacks by controlling a machine gun tower designed to eradicate enemy waves. As the player levels up, the enemy becomes more and more numerous and well-equipped. Attackers include soldiers, tanks, paratroopers, helicopters, jet fighters, bombers and elite commandos. Depending on the enemy type (red or green), players must switch between ammunition colors. The machine gun tower will fire where the player taps the touch screen. Power-ups are made available on a regular basis when a super bomber delivers them onto the base. When a power-up is retrieved, players will be able to upgrade their tower for a limited amount of time. Upgrades include flamethrowers, rocket launchers or concussion grenades that will help contain enemy progression.
myNotebook: Red
Publisher: Nnooo
Players: 1
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: myNotebook allows you to take notes wherever you are. Just pop open your Nintendo DSi system and jot down your thoughts. Make a list and cross it off, or even play your favorite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalize your notebook by drawing on the cover and changing the paper type with 18 unlockable squared and lined paper styles. Use the pen or pencil to make your notes or doodles, then erase the bits you don’t like. With five ink colors, you’ll always be able to make your notes and doodles look stylish.
My Dolphin
Publisher: T&S Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: You are a dolphin trainer. Use the magical stick (Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers) to perform in lifelike dolphin shows. Teach your dolphin tricks and have fun watching your dolphin swim and play elegantly with different scenes, music and angles. This game lets you train your dolphin, compete in dolphin shows and watch your dolphin swim freely. Using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play, you can become friends with other dolphins that have different colors and personalities. You can also buy new toys such as rings and balls for your dolphin to play with.
Publisher: YULLABY
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: MAGNETIS is all about attraction. Connect the magnets to create electric explosions. Solving this frantic puzzle will require quick thinking and foresight. Anticipate connections in order to generate massive chain reactions to win the highest number of points. To get rid of blocks and score points, you must create lines by connecting left and right magnets of the same color by using conductor blocks. The longer the line, the more points you’ll get. Team up with as many as three friends in cooperative mode or play against them in battle mode and compete for the highest score.
Stop Stress: A Day of Fury
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Jack’s dreams have become a nightmare, and only you can help him to get out. Climb into the skin of the most stressed-out man in the world, grab the baseball bat and prepare to let off more steam than ever before. Destroy everything around you, beat a path through traffic or at the office, and face off against incredible hallucinations. How far will a day of fury take you?
Publisher: Nocturnal Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: While our heroine Follie is traveling to meet her auntie with a cargo of mystical Flowerworks seeds, her ship is pulled off course and crash-lands in a particularly dull area of the planet Elilia. Explore with Follie and help her recover her seeds to transform the world from drab to fab. You’ll encounter strange inhabitants, some of whom will help Follie in her quest. Others, such as naughty garden gnomes, will hinder it. Flowerworks is a single-player adventure which combines blooming flowers, colorful fireworks, exploration and a whole lot of fun. The game will have the whole family immersed in no time, but be warned: Becoming a Flowerworks master is not for the faint of heart. Flowerworks includes Adventure, FreePlay and Tutorial game modes, with three difficulty settings in a 20-hour adventure.
Virtual Console
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Capcom USA
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Street Fighter Alpha 2 explodes with lightning-fast game play and amazing innovations. Quick Move Reversals, Alpha Counters and the incredible Custom Combo System create a new standard for all games to fight by. Push your talents to the limit as you discover new hidden moves and reversals for every character. Neutralize opponents’ attacks with high and low Alpha Counters and execute incredible Custom Combos to create your own rapid-fire assaults. All your favorite warriors are back for more. Previously hidden characters Dan, Akuma and Bison are joined by five new fighters: Rolento, Gen and Sakura, plus classic favorites Dhalsim and Zangief.
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Here’s a bit of helpful advice to all you criminal organizations out there: If you’re going to hatch an elaborate plot that involves kidnapping children, don’t kidnap children who have ninjas for parents. That was the big mistake that a group called Zeed made when it went after the offspring of the Oboro clan. Now Joe Musashi is on the hunt to rescue the young hostages and take out Zeed’s leaders, the Ring of Five. As you scour each stage, leave no children behind – Joe can’t proceed to the next level without freeing them all. With an unlimited supply of shuriken, his sharpened katana and his deadly fists and feet, Joe will show Zeed why you don’t mess with family.

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Hooray, hooray, hooray for Rayman! More like this Nintendo. I'm definately not the only one calling for it, but if you put some Virtual Console type stuff on the DSi- the sales would blast through the roof.

I know I'd buy them. If Alpha 2 was on there I'd buy it right now-

Saturday, December 5, 2009


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With the holidays almost upon us, this week’s Sack it to Me has a little bit of everything for those who didn’t find their LBP goodies over the weekend shopping rush.
What’s New?
Are you ready for some team building?
This week we just released an update that includes the eagerly awaited “Online Create” mode, allowing you to create levels, objects and more with your online friends. Check out this update page on the NEW for all the info.
New on the PlayStation Store
We just updated the PlayStation Store with some great LBP items, including the coveted Assassin’s Creed II costume. Now you can scale walls and jump from rooftop to rooftop in style as “Ezio” Sackboy.

Sackboy Assassin's Creed II EzioAnd don’t forget to check out the limited-time release of the Festive Pack, Santa Gear and Santa Hat/Beard.
LBP Santa SuitLBP Santa Hat and BeardLBP festive pack

User Spotlight
We’ve heard some great “LittleBigStories” about LBP being a part of everyone’s lives – so much that we decided to create a few videos to document them. Take a peek at “Family Fun,” then let us know your own stories. We just might start telling your stories/videos in upcoming Sack it to Me posts!

For the Weekend…
If you want to hang out with us and possibly get your hands on some free swag (like these cool window clings, first come first served), come by to a participating SonyStyle and visit our PlayStation team tomorrow, December 5th between 2 – 5pm. Drop by, create something with us and have fun. PLUS, purchase any PlayStation gaming unit and receive two of ten select titles for FREE (up to $120 value) – give a game as a gift, keep one for yourself!
LBP window clippings 2 LBP window clippings

If you’re interested, check out this link to see if our LBP teams are at a SonyStyle location near you.
Looking for Sackboy goodies for the holidays?
Check out some of our officially licensed merchandise:
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That's a lot of Sack... that didn't really come out right did it?

Friday, December 4, 2009

PSP Go takes a beating from Travellers Tale's Boss

Read the piece on Joystiq

Excellent points. I'm very happy that I didn't sell my PSP 3000 personally- and I'm very close to selling my Go.

I was in love with the thing when I bought it and I still am, but the pricing structure is just flat broken. I had always thought that the game downloads would be at a discount over UMD's but they're exactly the same. If that's the case, then I'd rather just buy the disc's and take advantage of all the holiday sales.

Ain't no buy one get one half off on the PSN.

PSN update - now with more COD

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Call Of Duty Classic ($14.99)
Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB.

* For the first time ever, Infinity Ward’s 2003 award-winning game that launched a franchise comes to consoles
* Relive the original Call of Duty experience in HD
* Online multiplayer on PSN, including Leaderboard support
* Winner of over 80 Game of the Year Awards and 50 Editor’s Choice Awards

ESRB Rated T
File size: 941 MB

Call Of Duty Classic – French Version ($14.99) (Canada Store only)
Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB.

* For the first time ever, Infinity Ward’s 2003 award-winning game that launched a franchise comes to consoles
* Relive the original Call of Duty experience in HD
* Online multiplayer on PSN, including Leaderboard support
* Winner of over 80 Game of the Year Awards and 50 Editor’s Choice Awards

ESRB Rated T
File size: 943 MB
PSone Classics: PS3/PSP

Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation ($5.99)
Utilize clandestine activity, forbidden weapons, and disavowed tactics in a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy. Now you must decide the ultimate fate of the conflict between the Allies and Soviets.
ESRB Rated T
File size: 703 MB

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis ($5.99)
Join Jill Valentine, the heroine and amazing survivor of the notorious disaster at the mansion, as her nightmare continues. The next terrifying drama from the blockbuster Resident Evil Series. This unique adventure intricately reveals more of Umbrella Corporation’s nightmarish plot and picks up just hours before the events from Resident Evil 2.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 366 MB
Game Demos (free)

Bayonetta Demo
The demo version of Bayonetta, a cinematic, stylized action game from the creative mind of renowned game developer, Hideki Kamiya (creator of the Devil May Cry series) featuring a stylish and sexy heroine poised to become the next video game icon.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 1.63 GB

Fairytale Fights Demo
Check out the Fairytale Fights White Room Demo and sample some deliciously outrageous Hack ‘n’ Slash blood splatting action from Playlogic.
ESRB Rated M
File size: 434 MB
Add-on Game Content

LittleBigPlanet LBP Santa Coat and Trousers (free)
Try on our Sack-sized Santa Coat and Trousers and keep nice and warm this holiday.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet LBP Santa Hat and Beard (free)
Try on our Sack-sized Santa Hat and Beard for the holiday.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet Festive Pack ($2.99)
Get your hands on a grab-bag full of holiday themed goodies for your Pop-it tool to create your holiday themed levels.
File size: 1.04 MB

LittleBigPlanet LittleBigPlanet Assassin’s Creed II Costume ($1.99)
Dress Sackboy as Ezio from Assassin’s Creed II!
File size: 1.04 MB

BUZZ! Question Pack: Rock Idols ($7.99)
Are you ready for a solo? Show the competition how much you know about some of the best rock acts in music with the BUZZ! Rock Idols quiz pack, featuring over 500 new questions about rock music to play in your favorite BUZZ!: Quiz TV and BUZZ!: Quiz World game modes. Download this quiz pack today and turn your party into the ultimate trivia showdown. Challenge friends and family with new questions and “Show ‘em Your Trivia!”
File size: 56 MB

Fight Night Round 4 Champions Pack II ($9.99)
Download the Champions Pack II – Bundle and receive three of the greatest boxers of all time; Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Sonny Liston, two brand new game modes; Ring Rivalries, and Old School Rules (Offline and Online )…all for one low price.
File size: 100 KB

Fight Night Round 4 Ring Rivalries ($1.99)
Relive some of the best fights in boxing history by downloading the Ring Rivalries game mode. Included are over 20 classic match-ups each with unique boxer ratings reflecting the boxer’s status at the time of the fight. Change history or recreate it…it’s up to you in Ring Rivalries.
File size: 100 KB

Fight Night Round 4 Old School Rules ($3.99)
Fight like the champions of the past by downloading the Old School Rules game mode. Available for use Offline and Online. Old School Rules simulates the common rules of boxing prior to the establishment of the Marquis of Queensbury Rules.
1-2 Players
Offline and Online
No Ref stoppages for Cuts or Swelling
Round stoppages after knockdowns only
File size: 100 KB

Fight Night Round 4 Bernard Hopkins ($1.99)
Download boxing legend Bernard Hopkins. Known as the Executioner he holds the longest successful title defense streak in boxing history. Seemingly ageless Bernard can mix it up or outbox you … he is the complete package. Available for use offline and Online.
File size: 100 KB

Fight Night Round 4 Evander Holyfield ($1.99)
Download boxing heavy weight legend Evander Holyfield. Few in boxing history “brought it” like the Real Deal did. He is a multiple world champion in multiple divisions. Available for use offline and Online.
File size: 100 KB

Fight Night Round 4 Sonny Liston ($1.99)
Download boxing legend Sonny Liston. This former heavy weight champion of the world was one of the most powerful punchers in the history of the sport. Available for use offline and Online.
File size: 100 KB

Operation Flash Point: Dragon Rising Skirmish Pack ($4.99)
Download the essential ‘Skirmish’ pack to extend the unique Operation Flashpoint experience with 4 new multiplayer maps and 4 new Fire Team Engagement (FTE) missions featuring solo and 4 player co-operative play.
File size: 8.86 MB

Tekken 6 Samurai DLC Pack (free)
Download Tekken 6 Samurai DLC Pack! With an official Cardboard Tube Samurai outfit designed by Penny Arcade exclusively for Yoshimitsu, you can turn the legendary samurai into the dual-cardboard-tube-wielding warrior as featured in Tekken 6. Plus, get limited edition Samurai Battle Banners with which to transform your favorite characters.
File size: 3.29 MB

Guitar Hero 5
For all song credits please visit

* “A Classic Case of Transference” by The Fall of Troy ($1.99)
* “Panic Attack” by The Fall of Troy ($1.99)
* “Single” by The Fall of Troy ($1.99)
* The Fall of Troy Track Pack ($5.49) – Downloadable Track Pack featuring “Panic Attack”, “A Classic Case of Transference”, “Single” by The Fall of Troy. 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 sizes: 33 MB – 48 MB (singles), 116 MB (track pack)

Rock Band
Build your Rock Band library by purchasing these song game tracks. For song credits, visit

* “New Fang”— Them Crooked Vultures ($1.99)
* “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”— Night Ranger ($1.99)
* “(You Can Still) Rock in America”— Night Ranger ($1.99)
* “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”— Night Ranger ($1.99)
* Night Ranger Pack 1 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Night Ranger Pack 01. This pack includes: “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” by Night Ranger.
* “Come As You Are (Live From MTV Unplugged)”— Nirvana ($1.99)
* “Lithium (Live at Reading)”— Nirvana ($1.99)
* “Smells Like Teen Spirit”— Nirvana ($1.99)
* Nirvana Pack 2 ($5.49) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Nirvana Pack 2. This pack includes: “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are (Live From MTV Unplugged),” and “Lithium (Live at Reading)” by Nirvana.

File sizes: 21 MB – 35 MB (singles), 90 MB – 99 MB (track packs)
Game Videos (free)

Pulse 12/3 Edition
Join host Christina Lee for PULSE presented by the PlayStation Network. This edition features the latest addition to the PixelJunk family, PixelJunk Shooter; retro titles Call of Duty Classic and Frogger Returns; the fun and fast-paced experience of Madden NFL Arcade; and the high-kicking demo for Bayonetta. Video releases include Funny People, Four Christmases, Terminator Salvation and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
File sizes: 254 MB (HD) 467 MB (1080)

Gravity Crash Dev. Tutorial Video
File sizes: 143 MB (HD) 246 (1080)

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – Behind the Scenes Video 7
File sizes: 113 MB (HD)

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – Behind the Scenes Video 8
File sizes: 385 MB (HD)

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – Behind the Scenes Video 9
File sizes: 484 MB (HD)

Bikini Nurse Girl Hook-Ups Theme ($1.99)
File size: 6.65 MB

Catfight Girl Hook-Ups Theme ($1.99)
File size: 6.64MB

Super Cop Hook-Ups Theme ($1.99)
File size:7.56 MB

Santa’s Sexy Helpers Theme ($1.49)
File size: 5.51 MB
Wallpaper (free)

topatoi: Wallpaper 4
File size: 225 KB (SD) 1.10 MB (HD)
PlayStation Store for PSP
Downloadable Games (also available from PS3 storefront)

Beta Bloc ($4.99)
Prepare your paddle for brick-breaking RPG action! 7 Dooms exist in this world, with legendary monsters waiting for your challenge! Turn your system on its side and operate the dragon paddle to fight through 120 challenging stages of brick-breaking action. Earn experience points and increase the strength and spell powers of your paddle as you take on a totally unique gaming experience mixing classic brick-breaking gameplay with RPG elements.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 30 MB

Super Pocket Tennis ($4.99)
Become a tennis superstar as you serve, smash, lob and volley your way to the top! Super Pocket Tennis gives you fun and exciting tennis action on-the-go as compete in singles or doubles matches with one of 20 unique characters on a variety of court types including clay, grass, hard and carpet. Hone your skills with fun mini-games and then take the action to your friends with wireless play for up to 4 players.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 62 MB

MX vs ATV Reflex ($29.99)
Grip tight and hang on! Think fast and hang on to your ride as you take independent control of the rider and take the ultimate test of mettle. Dual controls let you tear it up with death-defying tricks and high-flying freestyle action.
ESRB Rated E
File size: 231 MB
Game Videos (free)

Pulse 12/3 Edition
File size: 50 MB

Gravity Crash Dev. Tutorial Video
File size: 24 MB
PSP Themes

Bikini Nurse Girl Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
File sizes: 393 KB

Catfight Girl Hook-Ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
File sizes: 435 KB

Santa’s Sexy Helpers PSP Theme ($0.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
File sizes: 371 KB

Super Cop Hook-ups PSP Theme ($1.99) (also available from PS3 storefront)
File sizes: 364 KB

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I'll pass on the Call of Duty, but Res 3 is pretty tempting- it's the only 'Evil' I've never beaten.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December's Qore is up on the PSN

The December Episode of Qore features no fear of heights, a fearsome knight, fighting Nazis at night, and part two of our visit with Industrial Light…and Magic.

What do aliens, Nikola Tesla and the Bermuda Triangle have in common? They’re all tied together in Capcom’s Dark Void. We’ve got an in-depth preview of the story, weapons, and world of this vertigo-inducing game that literally takes the third-person shooter to new heights!
From Japan, the land of the RPG, comes the latest epic title from Dark Cloud developer Level-5 Inc., White Knight Chronicles. Qore examines the combat system, storyline and online components that are sure to impress when the game hits the US early next year.
The story of an Irish racecar driver who gets caught up in the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Paris sounds unbelievable, but EA’s The Saboteur is based upon a historical figure. Veronica Belmont talks with the developer about the havoc you’ll be able to wreak as you take on the German forces behind enemy lines.
Last month, we visited Industrial Light & Magic’s Presidio campus to see their movie making magic firsthand. In part two of this feature, Audrey Cleo gets to demo some very cool digital cinema technology that’s produced some of the most eye-popping special effects of 2009.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage of ModNation Racers in November’s Episode 18, because now it’s your turn to drive! Every current Qore subscriber on or before December 15 will receive a voucher code to access the ModNation Racers Beta Test. The voucher will be sent to the e-mail address tied to your PSN ID. Check the ModNation Racers website for the official Beta Test start time. Enjoy!
This episode also includes an exclusive White Knight Chronicles PS3 theme to go along with this month’s lead feature, and another theme based on a classic PS2 title, The Mark of Kri, for subscribers as well as single-episode purchasers. So check out this episode’s download center.

Want some Lips updates?

Who needs the lyrics? You know them by heart; everyone knows them by heart … more or less. They are the songs that get us out of our seats and into the moment, they get the party started. Microsoft Game Studios and iNiS will capture the magic of these songs in “Lips: Party Classics,” the newest title to join the “Lips” singing sensation exclusive to Xbox 360. Available worldwide in spring 2010, “Lips: Party Classics” will let party goers experience their favorite tunes from their beloved karaoke venues right in their own living rooms.

Let the festivities commence with the wide selection of 40 peppy, festive, dramatic and exhilarating songs included in “Lips: Party Classics.” These are the songs you love to sing even if the singing itself is so bad it’s good – these tunes will unite friends and family with fun and spontaneity.  Just a glimpse of the full song list includes favorites such as:
·         “Love Shack” by The B-52's
·         “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
·         “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
·         “Rock And Roll All Nite” by KISS
·         “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
·          “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
·         “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People

Lips Jukebox extends the “Lips” fun

Right now, make your Facebook photos sing with the new Lips Jukebox. Available now for free at , this easy-to-use online tool puts a pair of singing lips on your photos transforming them into a mini music video starring you and your best friends and family. Choose from classic tracks such as “Barbie Girl” by Aqua or “Love Fool” by The Cardigans.

“Lips” December Game Add-ons bring the holiday cheer
For those not-so-silent nights, invite your loved ones over and give them the gift of song with “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations, “Right Round” by Flo Rida, “Think” by Aretha Franklin, “Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes and more.
Then while you’re stringing up your garlands, don’t forget to add a variety of great holiday tunes including “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, “Santa Baby” by Kylie Minogue and “Hanukkah Blessings” by Barenaked Ladies to your “Lips” collection that are sure to light up your nights with fun!  For the full list of December Game Add-ons and festive songs, please visit 

“Lips” songs for everyone

Following the fall releases of “Lips: Number One Hits” worldwide, and “Lips: Deutsche Partyknaller” and “Lips: Canta En Español” in select regions, the “Lips” library is as diverse as the imagination, so that everyone can find the perfect songs to perform. These new titles coupled with the original “Lips” and the extensive library of “Lips” Game Add-on songs available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the in-game Get Music Store, are sure to keep the singing going until dawn.

Avatar and Xbox LIVE features add personal touches the singing experience with Avatar integration and Avatar Awards that allow singers to perform as their virtual selves in the game.  With “Lips: Party Classics,” players can earn fashionable Avatar Accessories through in-game accomplishments to customize their wardrobe and flaunt their unique style to friends on Xbox LIVE. More information on “Lips” is available at