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Sony European PSN Game Store Updates for May 2, 2012

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116w ago - Sony's Jawad Ashraf of the PlayStation Store Team has posted up this weeks European PSN Game Store content updates today, as follows:

Gran Turismo fans, start your engines! Back again for 2012, we're happy to release the new Gran Turismo Academy (released Tuesday 1st May). Take on your friends and GT fans across Europe for your chance to train as a real-life racer.

Featuring new challenges released over regular intervals, the Top 16 drivers at the end of the final round will go on to compete in the individual National Finals events, with the best then selected for Race Camp at Silverstone - where they will drive a real Nissan sports car.

Skullgirls, an all-new 2D beat 'em up from Konami, is finally here to add even more spice to the fighting game community. Created with tournament-level play in mind, Skullgirls is a fresh new game giving the player a colourful cast of characters with some zany gameplay!

Frobisher Says! A new free app that'll make your head spin. Filled with crazy mini-games utilising the many features of the Vita system, take on Frobisher's challenges on your own or pass around your Vita with 8 people to see who can get the highest score. Mini games include poking dogs using the touch screen or searching for a bird with the Vita's motion sensors...
 

Video: Sony Announces GT Academy 2012 Begins Today, Promo

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116w ago - Sony Associate Product Manager Ken Chan has announced that GT Academy 2012 officially begins on PlayStation Store today alongside a Season 2 promo video below.

To quote: It's the moment aspiring race drivers have been waiting for: GT Academy 2012 is available now! If you think you have what it takes, go to PlayStation Store and download the free demo of GT Academy 2012 right now.

That's right - you don't need to have a copy of Gran Turismo to play and compete!

This national competition, designed to turn the best Gran Tursimo players into real-life race drivers, welcomes players of all experience levels. Each participant will compete in a series of virtual trials, piloting Nissan cars, over an eight-week period in 40 different events.

Each round features five events that players can retry as many times as they want. Only the fastest lap times will be recorded and ranked. Rounds 1 and 2 are the first set of trials to open, and Polyphony Digital will release subsequent rounds every two weeks.





Here's a list of rounds and when they will be available:

Round 1 and 2 (Registration not required):
5/1 (Tue) to 6/24 (Sun)

Round 3 and 4 (Registration not required):
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for May 1, 2012

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116w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below, as follows:

Hi Everyone - It's a banner week for the PlayStation Store with the debut of great new titles, an out of this world PlayStation Plus update, the return of some treasured classics and much more.

Make your first stop this week with Awesomenauts. PlayStation Plus subscribers know from last week's May preview that this title is free this month starting today!

This colorfully action packed 2D online multiplayer battler with split-screen gameplay drops you in frantic online environments.

Unlock loads of new abilities and characters for your arsenal, get in on the co-op action and storm the online arenas in Awesomenauts! Read up more on the game in PlayStation.Blog's post with tons of info and screens from the game.





Then power up your PS Vita and download Mortal Kombat.

Featuring the same over the top combat and fidelity from the console release, this version brings all-new PS Vita exclusive content (kontent?) like 150 new Challenge Tower missions that incorporate the DLC characters (like Freddy Krueger!), while also integrating the front touchscreen and accelerometer in ways that...
 

Video: Sony Announces Free Realms PS3 Three Year Anniversary

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116w ago - Today Sony Producer Jose Araiza has shared a new video announcing Free Realms PS3 three year anniversary with details below!

To quote: It's been three years since Free Realms first came out, and what better time for a reminder of all the fun to be had in [Register or Login to view links] than... our third birthday!

Yes, that's right folks - Free Realms officially turned three this weekend. Can you believe it? No? Neither can we! Time flies when you're having fun!

As the first massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) for the PlayStation 3, it has been an exciting journey for us thus far and we have been beyond thrilled with the response we have gotten from the community and media.

For those that haven't jumped into the action, Free Realms is a free 3D online world for all ages where you can do whatever you want, whenever you want.

From building and decorating your own house, to inviting your friends over for a dance party, the fun is limitless in Free Realms.

As the go-to place to join up with friends, you and your friends can do everything together including battling enemies throughout the year, searching for lost treasure, dueling with other players, cooking up meals, or racing cars.



 

New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of April 30, 2012

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116w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with the new PS3, PS Vita and PSN releases for the upcoming week today!

To quote: This week's The Drop returns with a gang busters of games on PS Vita, PSN and PS3 - including PSone and PS2 classic gems. Mortal Kombat on PS Vita brings the PS3 experience and uppercuts it straight onto the palm of yours hands.

Packed with an exclusive PS Vita challenge tower, classic character costumes and all four DLC kombatants.

Hardcore FPS fans will be served with a three main entrees of destruction with Battlefield 2: Bad Company, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Both Call of Duty titles come fully packaged with DLC content, and all three FPS juggernauts are PS3 digital downloads.

On a special note, make sure to return tomorrow morning at 8 AM PST, and join God of War: Ascension game director Todd Papy, and our very own Jeff Rubenstein for a special [Register or Login to view links] event, straight from Sony Santa Monica Studios. Enjoy this week's The Drop.


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