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Video: Hitman: Absolution Sniper Challenge, PS3 Release Date

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137w ago - IO Interactive Community Manager Nick Price has posted up a video today introducing the Hitman: Absolution Sniper Challenge and a PS3 release date as well!

To quote: Excitement around Hitman: Absolution has been building at an impressive rate over the last year.

In fact, today it's exactly one year ago we came out and announced that we were working on Absolution and we've had a great ride.

From sharing the first gameplay at E3 2011 and releasing the full 16 minutes for everyone to see afterwards to showing off the gorgeous orphanage level, revealing the fate of 47's long-time handler Diana, showing off new features like Instinct and introducing exciting new gameplay series of videos called 'Introducing', we can safely say the fans have been with us through quite a ride thus far.

And now it's time to kick it up another level. Today, we announce two new things. One is the Hitman: Sniper Challenge pre-order bonus and the other is the release date of Absolution. Let's start with the release date - November 20th, 2012 is the day the game will hit PS3.

So get your behind to Mars, er, GameStop and [Register or Login to view links]. Why? Well, that's where this Sniper Challenge comes in.



 

Video: The Making Of Sorcery: A Hero's Journey for PlayStation 3

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137w ago - Sorcery Creative Director Brian Upton at SCEA Santa Monica Studio has posted up a video showcasing the making of Sorcery: A Hero's Journey for PlayStation 3 fans.

Top quote: In this installment of our "Making of Sorcery" video series, we take a look at the fantasy surrounding the spell-casting gameplay and tap a few members of the development team (including myself) to discuss the origins of the story.

Our key leads at The Workshop and our Santa Monica Studio were able to provide some great insight into the relationship between the main characters, the motivation of our villain, and the inspiration for the world we created.

As you know, Sorcery brings the world of magic and wizardry to life using the PlayStation Move motion controller. To give you a quick refresher on the story and gameplay...the Nightmare Queen has broken the ancient pact with mankind and threatens to cover the land in eternal night.

As a young sorcerer's apprentice, it is up to the player to master the arcane arts and fight back the foul creatures of this magical realm. Sorcery puts the power in the players' hands letting them conjure and command powerful magic as they brave the dark world of the Faerie Kingdoms.



 

Video: Papo & Yo PlayStation 3 Dev Diary: Fantastic Realities

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137w ago - Minority Creative Director Vander Caballero has made available the first in a series of PlayStation 3 developer diaries spotlighting Papo & Yo dubbed Fantastic Realities below.

To quote: Hello again! Last time I was here I talked about the redesign of Monster - now I want to give everyone an even closer look at the creative and design process for Papo & Yo in our first-ever dev diary.

Please take a look - you'll get a glimpse of Minority's office, some new ways you can interact with Monster, and even see the first prototype I designed for the game!

If you've been following [Register or Login to view links]'s development, you know that the game was inspired by my childhood in South America and my relationship with my father.

But I don't want that to be the only thing that people see when they get to play the game. Papo & Yo is also about a child's imagination, and experiencing "fantastic realities" - transforming the real world into a special world that can both help and challenge you.

I feel such joy when I play with my boy and see him imagining his toys coming to life - I hope that everyone will feel this when they play Papo & Yo.



 

Video: Starhawk Out Today, MLG Tournament, All Map Packs Free!

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137w ago - LightBox Interactive President Dylan Jobe has announced that Starhawk is officially out today alongside details of the MLG Tournament and confirmed all PS3 Map Packs are free!

To quote: May 8th is finally upon us and Starhawk is now available in stores all over North America!

The team has put a lot of work into this game and we hope you all enjoy it! To celebrate the release of Starhawk, here's a look at our launch trailer...

But, as I mentioned in my last post, the release of Starhawk is really just the beginning of our ongoing support for our international community. And to support our online multiplayer community we have some really great announcements for you all today.

First, we're honored that Major League Gaming has taken a strong interest in Starhawk with its blend of shooter and strategy gameplay, and they're kicking things off right with a tournament worth $20,000 in prizes so get over to [Register or Login to view links] and sign-up!





And if you missed it last night, be sure to check-out the live stream that we did for the MLG Starhawk exhibition with pro gamers Tsquared, Hastr0, and GoldenBoyFTW! We cover...
 

Video: Pulse 5/8 Edition - Starhawk, Max Payne 3 & PixelJunk 4AM

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137w ago - Sony PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi is here with the Pulse 5/8 Edition video today, which features Starhawk, Max Payne 3 and PixelJunk 4AM.

To quote: It's Emmett time. That's Emmett Graves, the new hero of Starhawk who kicks off this edition of PULSE as we celebrate the release of this space western from LightBox Interactive and Santa Monica Studio.

While many enjoyed the beta earlier this year, it's now time to check out the full Starhawk universe with all the cool vehicles and the innovative Build and Battle gameplay.

With next week's release of Max Payne 3, PULSE also previews the new multiplayer action along with the new bullet time and 'shootdodge' game play. For PlayStation Plus subscribers, Trine 2′s physics-based puzzles of fire, water, gravity and magic is free.

Check out the new Trine 2 world that's now enabled with online co-op. PULSE also takes a look at the latest Q-Games. PixelJunk 4 AM is very different than any other in the series.

Utilizing the PlayStation Move, their new title is a virtual audio canvas allowing you to create music, mix tracks and create live performances in PixelJunk 4 AM.





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