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24 Caret Games on Retro / Grade: How to Play a Reverse Shooter

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129w ago - 24 Caret Games Co-founder Matt Gilgenbach has outlined today how to play a reverse shooter as part of some new Retro / Grade tips below.

To quote: We recently announced that Retro/Grade, the first game played entirely in reverse, would be releasing exclusively on PSN on August 21st.

Understanding and developing a game that is played in reverse is tough, so I want talk about how it all works.

Firstly, how did we design a game played in reverse? We worked backwards of course! We started with the idea that it'd be cool to play a game where time is flowing backwards, but we didn't have any ideas on how to pull that off. We did a lot of brainstorming - time reversing is a hard concept to wrap your head around.

We figured for gameplay purposes, undoing your actions would be the best fit for that theme. When undoing, you have to match both the timing and the position of previous actions.

When matching timing, music is the best way to achieve that, so we thought rhythm gameplay would be the best mechanic to build the game around. We figured a 2D game where your motion is constrained to a few discrete lanes would make it easier to match the positions.

A 2D spaceship shooter seemed like a great fit for the theme, so we tried to incorporate elements from...
 

Super Stardust HD Turns Five, Celebrate with a Stellar PSN Sale

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129w ago - Housemarque Games Designer Petsku has announced today that Super Stardust HD is turning five, and to celebrate they are offering a stellar PSN sale for fans!

To quote: It's amazing that we've come this far since Super Stardust HD first came on the scene.

Five years ago, the top-selling and award-winning PS3 game blasted you on a breathtaking tour through the galaxy full of epic sights and scenes.

Everyone here at [Register or Login to view links] has been honored to be a part of the journey in creating five years of action-packed entertainment on PSN.

From Super Stardust HD to Super Stardust Portable to Super Stardust Delta on PS Vita, we've always pushed ourselves to deliver the best possible arcade experience.

To celebrate the game's fifth anniversary, and to thank you all for your support, we've launched a spectacular offer - Super Stardust HD + all three DLC add-ons, including last year's stellar new "Impact" game mode, in one cosmic bundle for only $7.99. This deal won't last forever though - the offer will only be valid from August 8th to September 5th.

With each new DLC pack, we've aimed to dazzle by adding even more fun and innovative features to the core Super Stardust HD experience. Here are four features...
 

Video: Papo And Yo: The Adventure Begins on PSN Next Week

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129w ago - Creative Director Vander Caballero at Minority has posted up a video today announcing that the Papo and Yo adventure begins on PSN next week.

To quote: It's hard to believe that Papo & Yo is so close to launch!

This story has been in my heart for a long time, but thanks to the hard work of the whole team at [Register or Login to view links] you all will finally be able to experience it next Tuesday, August 14th.

To celebrate the upcoming launch, we wanted to share something special with all of you. Although we are a small indie studio, we are lucky to have been able to work with the experienced filmmakers at Rezolution Pictures and talented Montreal director Alfonso Maiorana.

They have created an amazing cinematic launch trailer for our game that not only shows the start of Quico's story, but also the inspiration behind Papo & Yo's fantastic world. We hope you like it!

Since we are part of Sony's PSN PLAY promotion this year, PlayStation Plus members can pre-order Papo & Yo starting today for $11.99, and non-subscribers can do the same for $14.99.





You can also get part of that money back if you buy some of the other wonderful PSN PLAY titles from our fellow...
 

Sony European PSN Game Store Updates for August 8, 2012

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129w ago - Today Sony's Jawad Ashraf of the PlayStation Store Team is here with the European PSN Game Store updates for this week below!

To quote: Hey everybody. It's really quiet this week with just a small selection of digital conversions and DLC trickling in.

The King of Fighters XIII, the latest in the long running KOF series has made its way onto PS Store.

Choose your team from a variety of classic characters including Terry, Kyo or Mai and play through a number of game modes including Story, Challenge and of course, Online. Who will be in your line-up?

On the DLC front, there's a new addition to Mass Effect 3 in this week's Gun Pack, more quests for Dragon's Dogma and more tracks for Rock Band 3 to jam to.

The Summer Sale continues, with new offers including the PSOne Classic Metal Gear Solid and the HD remaster of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Trilogy. Get full details in Andy's recent Summer Sale update.

PlayStation Network New Content

Content may be added or removed, or move dates - please stay tuned to your weekly Store Update for the most up to date listings. Listed savings are approximate, based on SRP excluding Special Offer pricing and should be considered as a guide only.

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Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for August 7, 2012

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129w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below today, as follows:

PS3 Full Games

Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 ($49.99)
Return to Gamindustri and help Nepgear free the captive Console Patron Units from the clutches of ASIC! Meet the other CPU Candidates from around the world and put a stop to Arfoire's designs!

ESRB: M-Mature
File Size: 3.8 GB
The King of Fighters XIII ($29.99)
With the triumphant return of fan favorite characters like Mai, K', and Vice, extensive refinement of the core fighting engine based on community feedback, and vastly improved network functionality, The King of Fighters XIII represents the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for.

ESRB: T-Teen
File Size: 2.18 GB

PSN Games

Sound Shapes ($14.99)
Equal parts instrument and game, Sound Shapes gives everyone the ability to make music. Play through a unique campaign that fuses music and artwork into a classic 2D platformer. Create your own unique musical levels with all of the campaign content and share with the world. Sound Shapes creates an ever-changing musical community for everyone to enjoy at home or on the go. Purchase the PS3 version of Sound Shapes and receive the PS Vita...
 
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