Video: A New Era for PlayStation Network Begins with Journey

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110w ago - PlayStation Digital Platforms Senior Director Jack Buser has posted up some videos today proclaiming that a new era for PSN officially begins with Journey!

To quote: It is an incredibly exciting time for PlayStation Network and PlayStation Plus.

This week we not only saw a midnight launch of Mass Effect 3 on PlayStation Network, day and date with the retail release, but we offered access to one of the best games of the year and one of the best downloadable games ever- Journey- a whole week early to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Every month PlayStation Plus subscribers are getting more and more great content out of their subscriptions, and this week's early access marked a new milestone.

PlayStation Plus now not only offers gamers early access to demos and betas but also to full downloadable games, in addition to the tons of free and discounted content and extra exclusive features like online storage for game saves and automatic updates.

That's why we are so excited to be able to deliver Journey, one of the most highly-anticipated games of the year, to our most die-hard fans, our PS Plus subscribers, a whole week early so they can experience it before everyone else.





Journey...
 

Video: Balancing Control and Combat in Wheels of Destruction

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110w ago - Lead Designer Peter Porai-Koshits has posted up a video trailer today showcasing the balancing control and combat in Wheels of Destruction for PS3 below.

To quote: That perfect balance of smooth vehicle control and weapon mastery was always our most difficult and most important task. It's so easy to do them separately:

Here's your car control - drive wherever you want; here's your weapon control - fire at will. However, putting them together is a bit of a puzzle.

At the beginning, our weapons were at a fixed crux to always shoot forward as the car moves. As a result, you could either shoot while at a standstill, or shoot in every direction, when rotating the car or chasing someone. Everything became a merry-go-round where 'A' chased 'B' and shot at him, while 'B' was chasing 'C' who in turn was chasing 'A'.

We knew we needed another approach. The tried-and-true approach is the have the left stick control the vehicle and the right stick control the camera and the direction of weapon fire.

This immediately resulted in lower game speed. It's rather difficult to drive somewhere while watching from the side, or backwards. You're driving into a wall within seconds. Ultimately, everyone ends up standing in their own corner, shooting at everyone....
 

Sony European PSN Game Store Updates for March 7, 2012

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110w ago - Sony's Jawad Ashraf of the PlayStation Store Team is here with this weeks European PSN Game Store updates today, as follows:

Trine 2 is finally here. After a long wait I'm happy to say the game many of you have been waiting for is finally coming to the PlayStation Store today. If you hadn't seen Ross' previous Plus post then you won't know the current offer we're going with as an apology for the delay. I quote the good man himself:

Trine 2 is coming this Wednesday with a 30% launch discount for the first two weeks by way of apology for the delay in SCEE. Even better though, if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, it comes with a cool 100% discount, making Trine 2 our PlayStation Plus Game of the Month.

So that's the big deal for today. We also have Mass Effect 3 coming to the store this Friday, 9th March to coincide with the retail release. 

Tee-off with the most comprehensive swing mechanic revamp in over a decade and connect with your personal swing via Playstation Move in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13!

The demo also introduces several more ground-breaking features such as Online Country Clubs, Coins, Pin Collections, Tiger Legacy Challenge mode and more. Also, return to Augusta National Golf Club to compete against the world's best players at...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for March 6, 2012

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110w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below, as follows:

This week, we see two big gaming experiences land on PSN, great PS Vita and PS3 content, and a wealth of free content on PlayStation Plus.

To start, if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can now download Journey and play it today!

Not a PlayStation Plus subscriber? Sign up today and you'll be able to access it from the moment you purchase the subscription. Otherwise, you can still pre-order Journey and snag an exclusive PS3 theme.

Mass Effect 3 makes a landing as you can now download this epic game. Earth is ground zero in the war to save the galaxy- and how you wage that war is entirely up to you.

Groundbreaking interactive storytelling drives the heart-pounding action in which each decision you make could have devastating and deadly consequences.

It's a great week to have a PS3 and a PS Vita with Motorstorm RC being available in the PlayStation Store for both platforms. To make it even sweeter, thanks to our friends at Scion, you can download the PS Vita version free for a limited time!

With leaderboard challenges between friends and cross-play across both PS Vita and PS3, it's never been easier to beat your friends, no matter...
 

Plastic Studios Introduce Datura, PSN Game for PlayStation Move

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110w ago - Plastic Studios Game Director Michal Staniszewski has officially introduced Datura today, an exclusive PSN game for PlayStation Move.

To quote: I'm Michal Staniszewski from Team Plastic (Plastic Studios) - yep, the same creators of Linger in Shadows.

Two years ago, we were asked to closely investigate possibilities of the PlayStation Move motion controller, which was still deep in its prototype phase.

Today, we are proud to present you with Datura, which uses the controller in a quite innovative way.

Finding yourself in a mysterious forest, you will navigate your way through the game by controlling your character's hand using Playstation Move technology.

From here, you are immersed into the game's unique experimental narrative and original way of interaction, which enables you to experience the world not only visually, but also empirically – an illusion that you can actually touch trees, faces, and other objects.

While taking inspiration from film-like narratives, Datura is a story you get a chance to physically participate in. As you travel through the game, you will encounter choices and face your consequences. It is through these puzzles that Datura explores an element of anxiety: was it a right choice or a wrong choice?

Without...
 







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