Patapon 2 PSP Demo Arrives on Sony's PlayStation Network

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259w ago - SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda has let us know on the PlayStation Blog that the Patapon 2 PSP demo has arrived today.

To quote: The long-awaited much-anticipated PlayStation Network Patapon 2 Demo has been released for mass consumption (i.e. everyone!), so set your PSPs to download and get ready for the war-tastic ethereal musical bliss known as Patapon 2.

What you get, get, get with this fantastic free download is five levels of pure greatness full of Hero Patapon, Patagate, Mater the Tree of Life and all the evolution you can shake a Darwin-sized stick at.

So let's rewind a bit: back in the glorious days of Patapon 1, this majestic perennial (above) was the birthing (and reviving) spot of all Patapon warriors. If you had a couple of rare items and coffers full of ka-ching, you could grow yourself some Rarepons...but it was a bit of a gamble.

Enter Patapon 2, and introducing Mater 2.0, now with Evolution System! It's Patapon creation and reanimation minus the guess work! With the new Evolution System you can clearly see your Patapon's potential and work towards getting him there.

The Evolution System can be simplified into two separate portions: transformation and brawn. The transformation portion is fairly straightforward and linear.
 

Introducing .deTuned for Sony's PlayStation 3 Console

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259w ago - Today Sony Santa Monica Studios Sr. Producer Rusty Buchert introduced .deTuned for Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

To quote: I'm here to talk to you about another experiment from the demoscene that will be coming down the pipeline later this year. This one is called .deTuned and is made by .theprodukkt, who has been involved in the demoscene for quite a while now. They have done some interesting pieces, which includes .kkrieger, an FPS that is all done with one 96k file.

.deTuned is a bit of an odd beast that offers an abstract and surreal interactive experience like nothing else. It is not exactly a game or an art piece like Linger in Shadows.

It allows you to create your own visual to accompany your favorite music tracks on the XMB, and using the SIXAXIS™ Wireless Controller, you will be able to manipulate the given scene by interacting with and modifying a man and his world. It even lets you tweak your music as you play with it.

Check out some of the photos below. It's all in your hands!
 

Sony PlayStation Store Update for April 30, 2009

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259w ago - PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen brings us yet another PSN Store update today as follows:

Hey, everyone. It's time again for the weekly PlayStation Store update.

Fighting fans, be sure to check out this week's free MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 Demo, exclusive to PSN!

Add-on Game Content
Killzone 2 Steel & Titanium Pack ($5.99)
Killzone 2 expands the multiplayer experience with the release of it's first DLC: "Steel and Titanium pack." The pack contains two brand new multiplayer maps with new gameplay elements and strategic twists, sure to test even the most skilled players.
File size: 144 MB

LittleBigPlanet Egyptian Mini Pack ($2.99)
Walk like an egyptian in LittleBigPlanet with these new costumes and stickers.
File size: 1.04 MB

Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers ($9.99)
Introducing Cops and Robbers, an incredible online team game that pits Cops vs Robbers. Buy it now!
File size: 100 KB

Disgaea 3: Action Prinny ($1.99)
This package file adds a new custom character called action Prinny from Prinny: Can I Really be the Hero?
File size: 1.22 MB

Disgaea 3: Mid-Boss ($1.99)
This package file adds a new custom character called Mid-Boss from Disgaea.
File size:...
 

Confirmed: Sony's New PlayStation Portable is the PSP Go!

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259w ago - Today 1UP (linked above) has published a report on the new PSP, indicating that the new, UMD-less hardware will ship this Fall in Japan and North America, with Sony bringing 100 PSP titles to the PlayStation Store.

Below is also also has an artists' rendition of what the new PSP Go! may look like.

To quote: Sources confirm the next PSP will gain an internal flash drive, ditch UMD, and nix the rumored second analog nub.

Rumors of a major PSP hardware redesign have repeatedly bubbled to the surface over the last several months - some claiming the removal of the system's UMD disc drive, and others pointing to a second analog stick and sliding screen.

According to sources directly involved with the new system, we have learned that Sony will quell those rumors by unveiling their revamped PSP at this year's E3 conference in June.

Many have speculated that the update would be called either the PSP 2 or PSP-4000, but our sources claim Sony will forgo a numerical moniker in favor of a subtitle.

We've heard various rumored code names for the project (including PSP Slide, PSP Flip, and PSP Go!), but given that Sony has introduced the Go! brand of add-ons...
 

Sony: Xi is Growing in PlayStation Home for PS3 Users!

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260w ago - Yesterday we reported on some PlayStation Home Alpha Zone 2 Images that were leaked, and today some official details are available from PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star, as follows:

Xi - the world's first console-based ARG, exclusive to PlayStation Home - just got bigger. The eagerly-awaited second Alpha Zone has opened up today, and there's plenty of fun stuff awaiting you. Can you escape the Fish Tanks of Good & Evil...?

There are a few numbered screens on the walls, promising more games and puzzles to come. The yin-yang symbol on the floor suggests there's a "light'n'dark, good'n'evil" theme to this place. But is everything as black and white as it seems? We're guessing not.

Given that this game has already included a giant jigsaw puzzle on billboards across Europe, a shiatsu massage game, flying cows, and a pair of classic text adventures, we're not quite sure what to expect next.

If you want to find out for yourself, fire up PlayStation Home and head for the Xi logo tagged on the wall in Central Plaza.
 







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