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Video: Zen Studios Unveil KickBeat, PS Vita Music Combat Game

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140w ago - Zen Studios Creative Director Neil Sorens has officially introduced PS Vita music combat game KickBeat today alongside a debut video trailer below!

To quote: Hello, PlayStation fans! I'm very excited to tell you about our new game: KickBeat.

It's a music game; it just doesn't look like one. Check it out, and then after the jump I'll tell you about how it works and some of the development history.

Music games have a long tradition of innovation. From the peripheral-based games like Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution to controller-based ones like Frequency and Patapon, these games allow us to experience music in new and often unexpected ways.

KickBeat follows in the tradition of this type of music game. Although its beat-matching mechanic is not complex and will be familiar to fans of the music game genre, KickBeat does a couple things that make it different from anything else you've played...





And with publishers afraid to do anything except sequels to dance games, what better time than now to give the genre a kick in the pants?
 

Sony Introduces Music Unlimited Service for iPhone & iPod Touch

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141w ago - Today Sony's Greg Belloni has officially introduced the Music Unlimited Service for iPhone and iPod Touch users with details below, as follows:

You love the Music Unlimited service because you can access your music across multiple devices - from listening at home on your PS3, at work via the PC app, traveling with PS Vita or your Android tablet.

But you're an iPhone user and you want that all-access pass without bringing along another device.

Well, get ready: the Music Unlimited service app for iPhone and iPod touch is set for release to the Apple App Store this coming Friday, May 25, 2012!

The free app will let you access the Music Unlimited service's cloud library of millions of songs and browse new releases, get recommendations, view top songs and more.

Users of the Music Unlimited service will be able to access their entire library as well as playlists and Basic and Premium channels. You'll find helpful recommendations throughout the app, both on the Home screen and in an artist's Discography, which displays "More Like This" suggestions.

Installing the app is easy:

•On Friday, launch the Apple App Store then type "Music Unlimited" in the search box.
•Tap the "Install" button and provide your iTunes account...
 

New Sony Music and Video Unlimited Releases for May 18, 2012

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141w ago - Sony Entertainment Network Marketing Manager Jeff Safran is here with this weekends new Music and Video Unlimited releases below, as follows:

This week, Music Unlimited features [Register or Login to view links] from Adam Lambert, Tenacious D, and Best Coast, as well as new singles from Pantera, Santana, Beach House, and Godsmack.

Also, to celebrate the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, we've launched the [Register or Login to view links], which is stacked with hits from the finalists and performers.

New to the Video Unlimited Video Store this week is the mind-bending Chronicle. Also, The Devil Inside is available in Movies, and The Grey arrives in Rent Now.

The Avengers and other comic book superhero animated features are available for just five buck in this week's Own $5 Films.

Also, don't miss the Collections & Sales section where you'll discover [Register or Login to view links] - yep, 10 minute previews of movies for free!

Get...
 

Video: The Making of Sorcery for PS3: The Music Behind the Myth

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142w ago - Sony's Sorcery Creative Director Brian Upton at Santa Monica Studio has shared some video footage today spotlighting the making of Sorcery for PS3: The Music Behind the Myth!

To quote: In this installment of our "Making of Sorcery" video series, we turn our attention to the music and sound design in this upcoming PlayStation Move title.

It was very important to have a Celtic inspired score for this game, but we wanted to do something a bit unusual with Celtic music, almost stretching the use of the instruments where possible in an effort to give the world of Sorcery its own unique sound.

As you'll notice, we have drums, flutes, and other instruments that give the music somewhat of a medieval feel, but at the same time we didn't want to be limited to that.

We wanted to bring in as many other sounds as possible to create a wider palette.





The result is a fusion of traditional Celtic music with more contemporary instrumentation and sound effects that boost the feeling of immersion you get by casting spells with the PS Move controller.

Here's a look, and don't forget Sorcery will hit stores in North America on Tuesday, May 22nd!
 

New Sony Music and Video Unlimited Releases for May 11, 2012

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142w ago - Sony Entertainment Network Marketing Manager Jeff Safran is here with this weekend's new Sony Music and Video Unlimited releases today, as follows:

This week, the Music Unlimited Service welcomes new releases from Silversun Pickups, Karmin, and Keane. Other featured titles include Pitbull, Dee Snider, Shaggy, M83 and Barenaked Ladies.

It's spring so the Video Unlimited service gives a nod to love, welcoming The Vow to the Video Store. If you're not a romantic, head over to Rent Now and experience Kate Beckinsale's butt kicking Underworld: Awakening.

In this week's Own $5 Films, it's time to stock up on the thrillers – for only 5 bucks, own great SD titles including Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, The Happening, and many more. Plus, catch up on season finale of The Office and Parks and Recreation, and check out our Focus Features' 10th Anniversary Sale in Collections & Sales.

Hurry up though - the sale ends on 5/14! Get the full details on this week's highlights [Register or Login to view links].





Love is in the air as we welcome The Vow to the video store. The film depicts the real-life story of a newlywed...
 
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