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Sega on Bringing Collaborative Play to Sonic 4 Episode II for PS3

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124w ago - Sega Digital Campaigns Manager Mike Kebby has shared details today on collaborative play in Sonic 4 Episode II for the PS3 entertainment system below.

To quote: As you're no doubt aware, Sonic 4 Episode II will be upon us in due course. I'm just here to give an overview of one of the features we're most proud of in the upcoming game - Collaborative Gameplay between Sonic and Tails.

Sonic can now team up at any point in the game with Tails, by utilising one of three combo moves in order to progress through some of the more challenging parts of a level.

Firstly, we have the Copter Combo (fans of the earlier Sonic titles will remember this from Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles) which allows players to take control of Tails to lift Sonic up and over objects or onto previously unobtainable platforms.

Secondly, the Submarine Combo allows players to overcome Sonic's big weakness, his inability to swim. Tails can now pick up Sonic and swim through the water scuba style, meaning that Sonic now has a way to speed through the underwater parts of a level.

Meaning that whilst you still need to collect those all-important air bubbles to stay alive, you're in much less of a hurry thanks to Tails support.

Finally, the Rolling Combo combines Sonic and Tails into a...
 

New Sony PS3 and PSN Releases for the Week of April 16, 2012

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

Taking advantage of some of PS Vita's unique hardware features and bringing exclusive content, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention brings two new characters, new story chapters and quests, new bosses, and new unique GPS positioning functionality.

Also on PS Vita as a PSN release, StarDrone Extreme puts you in the pilot seat of an always-in-motion spaceship through 60 diverse cosmic environments, where you're tasked to survive, destroy, and collect items.

Dropping this week in the form of a full PS3 digital download is Dead Rising 2: Off The Record, which sees Willamette survivor and photojournalist Frank West take center stage as players experience a very different interpretation of events in this re-imagining of the Fortune City outbreak. Enjoy this week's The Drop.

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (Also on PSN) - Disgaea 3 is a sequel to Disgaea, a hardcore, turn-based strategy RPG. The game follows the exploits of Mao, the most honored student at Evil Academy, a school where the tardiest, laziest, and rudest demons receive the highest marks.

The son of the school chairman, Mao...
 

Sony Announces PSN Scheduled Maintenance for April 16, 2012

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124w ago - Sony Senior Manager Matthew Harper of PlayStation Digital Platforms has announced that they will be performing PSN scheduled maintenance work tomorrow on the network.

To quote: My name is Matthew Harper, and I'm part of the recently-formed PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Management team.

Our mission is to keep you better informed about everything that is going on in the wide world of the PlayStation Network, to make your voice heard within the company, and to ensure that you, the gamer, are at the heart of every development across PSN.

Together, we will help guide the future of this platform.

I'm here today to let you know that we will be performing routine scheduled maintenance on the network on Monday, April 16th, starting at approximately 6:00 am PDT / 9:00 am EDT. This maintenance will last roughly 13 hours, concluding around 7:00pm PDT / 10:00 pm EDT.

During much of this time, users won't be able to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, Account Management or play online. PSN enabled websites will not be able to service users, including this one.

We will continue to provide as much information as we can regarding any future maintenance we need to schedule.

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Sony Goes Hands-On with Starhawk Campaign: Wild Wild West

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125w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman goes hands-on today with the Wild Wild West Starhawk Campaign with details below!

To quote: Though legions of bloodthirsty PSN warriors have plunged into Starhawk's multiplayer beta, the single-player campaign has remained stubbornly cloaked in shadow.

Until now: At a media event in New York City this week, Lightbox Interactive finally gave a peek under that cloak, showcasing a series of frantic battles and lush cinematic sequences from the game's story-driven campaign.

As Emmett Graves, an interstellar mercenary infected by a priceless but mutagenic resource dubbed "Rift energy," you'll use the game's dramatic Build and Battle combat system to call down turrets, walls, vehicles and structures from outer space.

Your objective is to defend the frontier town of White Sands from marauding Outcast invaders – including your Rift-possessed outlaw brother Logan.

Starhawk's Western-tinged story is told through lavishly illustrated cut-scenes that weave in and out of the gameplay, seamlessly connecting the action sequences and, better still, cutting between-mission load times to the bone.

I sampled several minutes of the campaign and was pleased to discover a fast-paced yet strategic sandbox shooter that...
 

New Video and Music Unlimited Releases for April 13, 2012

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125w ago - Sony Entertainment Network Marketing Manager Jeff Safran is here with this weekend's new Video and Music Unlimited releases today, as follows:

This week, the Music Unlimited Service welcomes new releases from Monica, Alabama Shakes, and the motion picture soundtrack from Think Like a Man. Other featured titles this week include Florence + The Machine, M. Ward, Bonnie Raitt, and Wilson Phillips.

New to the Video Unlimited Service is the Icelandic thriller, Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckingsale. Other new titles include The Darkest Hour in Movies and all 76 episodes of the classic 90's X-Men animated series in TV Shows.

There's more comic book action in this week's Own $5 Films as heroes and villains battle it out. For just 5 bucks, own great flicks like Ghost Rider, Kick-Ass, and Ultimate Avengers in SD.

Get the full details on this week's highlights [Register or Login to view links].

The votes are in and the final "Theatrical Throwdown" went down to the wire with Immortals pulling out the victory. The movie will be available to rent this weekend in Rent Now for just $0.99 in SD or $1.99 in HD starting at 2 pm PST today through the weekend. Thanks for everyone's...
 
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