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PS Mobile Update: Defend Your Base With WW2: Hills of Glory

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46w ago - Sony PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Paul Sullivan is here with this weeks PS Mobile update, which invites fans to defend their base with WW2: Hills of Glory.

To quote: Every Tuesday, there are new games, apps, and updates added to PlayStation Mobile.

WW2: Hills of Glory by AMA launched this week. There are also updates to 0War, Hyper Reminder, and Mononoke Slashdown. We also have a few price drops this week on two games.

New Releases

WW2: Hills of Glory by Advanced Mobile Applications Limited ($1.99)
Note from the developer:

We are bringing something totally different to you this week; an action-oriented tower defense game called World War 2: Hills of Glory. We have included a little treat for our PlayStation Mobile fans... an exclusive character: Hattori Heinze, the creator of tomato sauce, and also a bloodthirsty ninja in his spare time.

We have also added other exclusive content for PlayStation Mobile users. More characters, weapons, and special powers to help you in some of those wild and crazy battles!

Have fun defending your bunker with over 24 unique weapons (including a nuke!) that we have included in the game. There are over 20 battles to engage in and many interesting characters to unlock and...
 

New Flash-based 12GB PS3 Console Hits US and Canada for $199.99

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49w ago - Today the previous PlayStation 3 rumors have been confirmed as a new flash-based 12GB PS3 console has been spotted on retailer shelves in both the US and Canada for $199.

Below are the details, to quote: "Following its release in Europe last year, the heavily rumored Flash-based PlayStation 3 is now on sale in the United States and Canada, The Verge has confirmed.

Sony's first low-storage model of the venerable console is now on shelves at Best Buy selling for $199.99. It's also available for sale at Canadian retailer Future Shop.

Sony had resisted selling a lower-capacity console in light of its emphasis on digital game and media downloads, even though Microsoft has always offered a low-storage Xbox 360. Both systems support adding additional storage through USB."

Finally, from Sony Hardware Associate Brand Marketing Manager Crystal MacKenzie:

At PlayStation, we want to provide the best place to play. That’s why today, we are pleased to announce the North American launch of our brand new PS3 12GB System for $199.99 (MSRP). This new 12GB system is the perfect way to play exclusive titles found only on PlayStation*, and to get access to the entertainment services offered through...
 

Bloober Games: Behind Basement Crawl for PS4 / PlayStation 4

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52w ago - Bloober Games Creative Director and Vice-President Peter Bielatowicz goes behind Basement Crawl for PS4 / PlayStation 4 today with details below, as follows:

Hello fellow gamers! I wanted to give you some information about a game we are currently developing for the PS4 launch window - Basement Crawl.

Gameplay-wise, Basement Crawl is a maze-based action game with some strategic elements. Our main inspirations were old classics like Spy vs. Spy and Bomberman, and gameplay revolves around setting up traps (self-detonated or activated by characters approaching it or stepping on it without noticing) to hurt other players.

It's focused on multiplayer, but basic single player campaigns with bots to fill in for missing characters will be available too.

While our inspirations go back to the retro classics, we are making a game up-to-date with the competition. It goes from the audio-visuals - Basement Crawl will be 2.5D game with dynamic cameras - to the game modes, characters and mechanics.

We felt that many games nowadays are dependent on character development or luck and randomness, so we designed Basement Crawl to exclude the luck factor and remove the dependence on leveling-up characters.

We want to make Basement Crawl as skill-based as possible...
 

Sony Patents Method to Award PS3 Tophies Based on Disc Access

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71w ago - Today an online Sony [Register or Login to view links] has surfaced that outlines a method to award PS3 Trophies based on disc access, possibly to be used with the upcoming PlayStation 4 / PS4 console as well.

Below are the details, as follows: Called "Method and Apparatus for awarding trophies", the patent explains a way to award trophies, even for games that don't natively support them...

"A method and apparatus for adding trophy support games that do not have trophies without modifying the original game," the patent states.

"The method and apparatus are used to detect particular disk access, use the detected disk access as potential trophy triggers in games, and recognize the triggers while a game is played. Trophies are awarded based on the triggers, and the awarded trophies are stored."

The diagram below also gives an idea of how it works:

"A method for assigning one or more trophies to a user, comprising: accessing media content; defining one or more trophies; defining a trigger associated with the media content; detecting the trigger during media content access; and assigning the one or more trophies to a user account that is associated with the...
 

Sony Launches Official PSN / SEN Web-based Online Store

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86w ago - Today Sony has launched their official PSN / SEN Web-based online store, accessible from Internet browsers (although Linux users [Register or Login to view links] they are blocked) in several territories with more expected to arrive soon.

Those interested can check it out [Register or Login to view links], simply select your language region (such as [Register or Login to view links] one) and wait for the page to load a selection of games, deals and offers including PlayStation Plus.

To quote from [Register or Login to view links] Fred Dutton (via GameChup.com linked above):

“We are testing a new web store, which we look forward to announcing and launching to the PlayStation/Sony community shortly.”

Also from Jemal Alexandar, ex-marketing manager for Square Enix, who revealed how important this was for Sony:

“Web based store for PSN is pretty huge, though. I remember being in many meetings with publishers who wanted to see it happen. 3 years ago.”

Jem Alexander (@[Register or Login to view links])...
 
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