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New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of April 9, 2012

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124w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez is here with the new Sony PS3 and PSN releases for the upcoming week today, as follows:

Leave your quarters at home or take them on the go when playing your favorite pinball machine for the zillionth time, or discover an acclaimed pinball classic for the first time, with The Pinball Arcade.

Its also equipped with the added bonus of "Cross Purchase," you can buy the PS Vita version and get the PS3 version for free, and vice versa.

The cast of long-awaited 2D fighter Skullgirls prepare to pummel PSN players, the Sour Patch Kids make their platformer debut in World Gone Sour, and match-3 goes free-to-play with Treasures of Montezuma Blitz for PS Vita.

Enjoy this week's The Drop.

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Skullgirls - Set in the Canopy Kingdom, Skullgirls tells the tale of eight female warriors as they fight to reclaim a wish-granting artifact known as the "Skull Heart" from the monstrous Skullgirl.

As legend has it, every seven years this enigmatic Skull Heart grants a wish to a young woman... but this power can come at a terrible price. If her heart is impure, her wish will be twisted and she herself will be transformed into a Skullgirl.

Developed by newcomer...
 

PS Plus Grants Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Access

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124w ago - PlayStation Network Community Manager Morgan Haro has announced today that PS Plus members will be granted first access to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier on April 10, 2012.

To quote: Releasing in May, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier not only promises an engaging single-player campaign, but bone-rattling battlefields to storm in multiplayer.

And now, PlayStation Plus subscribers will have first access to the multiplayer beta come April 17th.

The beta will be published on April 17th in the PlayStation Plus section of the Store. If you've elected for Automatic Downloads as a subscriber, the beta will also be automatically pushed to your PS3 when it's released! Otherwise, you can download it when you're ready and hop in the multiplayer action.

It's important to note that the beta itself starts on the 19th of April. So while you'll be able to download it on 4/17, the action can't be accessed until Thursday, 4/19.

If you're not in on the PlayStation Plus action, click here to snag your subscription, or head to the PlayStation Store to unlock immediate access.
 

Video: Skullgirls Hits PSN on April 10th, Full Demo Details Arrive

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124w ago - Today Community Manager Peter Bartholow at Reverge Labs has announced that Skullgirls will be hitting PSN on April 10th alongside sharing a video trailer complete with full demo details below!

To quote: Now that I'm finally able to answer the two questions everyone's been asking, the PlayStation.Blog has graciously allowed me to address you again. Without further ado...

Skullgirls will (finally) be released in North America on PSN on April 10th for $14.99, with a European release in the following weeks. While that sinks in, check out the trailer for our eighth playable character, the disturbing Double.

Ready? Good. Now, just think about it...

A fully-featured fighting game... With endless hours of online, genre-refining gameplay by a tournament champ... With an amazing cast of characters, realized with stunning and smooth high-resolution 2D animation... For $14.99.





Of course, for any lingering skeptics and fence-sitters, we've prepared a great trial version to highlight Skullgirls' real, honest fighting.

The trial version features:

• Two Characters, Filia and Cerebella
• An abbreviated Arcade Mode, with three AI battles
• Local versus play,...
 

Court Sides with Sony on PSN Terms, LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty

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124w ago - Recently a Northern California district court [Register or Login to view links] with Sony (PDF) on their TOS change requiring disputes to be resolved through arbitration, while LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

To quote from TechDirt.com (linked above): "Some folks were not at all happy about this and sought to file a class action lawsuit against Sony for the change -- but that lawsuit has been (pretty quickly) [Register or Login to view links] by the court, suggesting that the main guy suing failed to show evidence of any harm.

In an interesting move, the court found that the fact that you lost access to the network if you didn't agree to the new terms isn't evidence of any harm, but rather a choice."

Also from [Register or Login to view links] on the LulzSec Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking last year,...
 

Sony European PSN Game Store Updates for April 4, 2012

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124w ago - Today Sony's Jawad Ashraf of the PlayStation Store Team is here with this weeks European PSN Game Store updates, as follows:

I Am Alive, Wheels of Destruction and two bundles of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire are this week's main PlayStation 3 titles.

I Am Alive, is a believable post-apocalyptical tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces the permanent insecurity of a now decaying and hazardous world and humanity's darkest inclinations. Will you hang on to your humanity and help strangers or are you ready to sacrifice others in order to survive?

Keep it going with your rage fits in Asura's Wrath's new Episode 15.5 DLC or, if getting angry isn't your thing then, how about strutting your stuff in some new Trials for Ninja Gaiden 3? New customisations and a new weapons all see release for Ninja Gaiden 3 today.

Dampierre finally becomes available to the wider public for Soul Calibur V so now you too can prance around with your curly mustache (not to be confused with the other game that refers to a curly mustache).

Check out the complete list of all the DLC and other content below. For Plus content click here and don't forget, the Spring Savings continue on, with new titles added this week - check them out here.

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