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Video: Shank 2 Coming to PSN with Sharper Graphics, New Co-Op

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168w ago - Today Klei Co-Founder Jamie Cheng has announced that Shank 2 will be coming to PSN complete with sharper graphics and new co-op functionality.

To quote: I'm here to talk a bit about our newest PSN title – Shank 2! Honestly, it's been a fantastic journey. We bet everything on the first game, and the fans both supported us and gave us meaningful feedback on the game.

The encouragement has not only allowed us to survive and thrive, but gave us a huge reason to take a look at the game and make big improvements. I'm here to talk a bit about what we've been working on.

Let's start with the art. As you may know, our entire art team consists of professional animators and painters from the 2D animation industry, and again Jeff Agala directed the visuals. The goal here was to blow away our previous fidelity and set a new bar for ourselves.

To do that, we doubled the resolution of all the source character art to push the graphic novel style, adding a huge amount of extra detail to the environment and even doubling the amount of animation in the game.





We've also worked hard on making environments are far more interactive – collapsing ceilings, crumbling floors, fiery environments, barrels and other large objects that...
 

New Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Free 2.0 Updates, DLC and Price Drop

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169w ago - Polyphony Associate Product Marketing Manager Brian Dunn has revealed today details on new Gran Turismo 5 PS3 free 2.0 updates, PlayStation 3 DLC and a price drop below!

To quote: If you have been keeping up with GT5, you know [Register or Login to view links] has been very diligent about releasing free updates to improve the game, especially the online racing mode.

Ever since the launch, Kazunori Yamauchi and his team have been carefully studying posts on forums, reading comments on PlayStation.Blog posts and across Twitter, talking to fans at events, and more. The game has evolved a lot since last November, thanks in part to the dedicated GT fans voicing their opinions.

Now I'm here to share with you some very exciting news about the biggest FREE update yet, releasing in the next few weeks. It will add new features and even more functionality to your GT5 experience.

Polyphony learned that a lot of fans out there love driving using the game's interior view, and has given some serious thought to it. With this new update, all cars in the game will now have interior views.

Although the level of visual details will vary based on what car you choose, you can now race from behind the wheel of any car in the game. In addition,...
 

Video: Sony Introduces Only On PSN for New PS3 Exclusive Games

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169w ago - PlayStation Network Senior Director Susan Panico has shared a video introducing Only On PSN today, which spotlights new PS3 exclusive games throughout October, 2011.

To quote: We're excited to announce a new program called "Only On PSN," which features brand new games that are exclusively available on PlayStation Network throughout October.

Every week starting tomorrow, October 4, you will find new titles, unique to PSN that are part of this program - games that you've likely read about, or seen during our showing at E3 2011.

You may recall our announcement a few months ago about investing $20 million in exclusive PSN titles, and the Only On PlayStation Network program showcases two titles spawning from this investment: Eufloria and Okabu.

We can't wait for you to get your hands on the Only On PSN games yourselves, so we're giving you a few special offers throughout the course of the program. First, to sweeten the deal, we'll be offering PlayStation Plus subscribers a 20% discount on each game during the first week of its availability.





Additionally, users who spend $60 or more out of their PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network wallet through the month of October will get $10 back in November.
 

New PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of October 3, 2011

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169w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with this coming weeks new PS3, PSOne and PSN releases today!

To quote: The PS3 brings a ridiculously awesome week of gaming on Blu-ray when Dark Souls delivers another hellish and notorious challenging adventure. From the engineering benches of Doom and Quake, creators id Software brings another technological phenomenon to the PS3 with Rage.

On the digital front, Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, Crysis, and Eufloria come to PSN.

Travel through time when Chrono Trigger comes to PSone Classics (I double pinky promise) and here's your friendly reminder to grab your Subway footlong and UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer code and gain full access to the U3 Multiplayer experience a month early. 

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Dark Souls - The spiritual sequel to Demons Souls, the action RPG Dark Souls is set in a rich, dark fantasy universe. Intense action within the dungeons, encounters with terrifying enemies and innovative online features combine for a unique gaming experience.

Dark Souls' world breaks down barriers with a fluid design encourages exploration and promotes an adaptation experience. At a time when the players come face to face with terrifying enemies and find new areas, the infallible...
 

Video: Sideway: New York - A New PSN Dimension to Street Art

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169w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has posted up a video and interview with Scott Simpson of Playbrains today on Sideway: New York - a new PSN dimension to street art.

To quote: Sony Online Entertainment is really making its mark on PSN this fall. Rolling out alongside the excellent Rochard and the highly-anticipated PAYDAY: The Heist, Sideway: New York brings an impressive visual flourish to 2D platformers.

Painted protagonist Nox keeps switching planes in 3D as he hugs the walls and jumps from building to building. Take a look at the trailer below.

At last week's Fantastic Fest in Austin, I caught up with Scott Simpson, director of Canadian developing studio [Register or Login to view links] (and blog comment-reply record holder with a 100% reply rate!).

While he's answered most of the questions out there, Sideway still holds few more details yet to be revealed, including bite-sized, intra-level time trials to earn collectables and "birds that poop bombs." I recorded our conversation as we played through some of the game's early levels.





PlayStation Blog: Where did your character Nox come from?

Scott Simpson, Playbrains: You are Nox, a graffiti...
 
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