113w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has revealed some of the darkest demons in Dark Souls, which will officially be hitting the PlayStation 3 entertainment system today!
To quote: "All the monsters I design, from Demon's Souls to Dark Souls, are beautiful to me no matter how gruesome their appearance."
Dark Souls Director Hidetaka Miyazaki shared this bit of insight with me earlier this year in an interview and the quote has bounced through my brain for more than six months.
Since then, I've been wanting to get a closer look at the game's stunning creature designs, all of which are plucked from the further reaches of Miyazaki's fevered imagination.
Luckily, today's the day. For the viewing pleasure of readers, From Software and Namco Bandai have collected a host of rare concept artwork accompanied by design notes from Miyazaki himself. Miyazaki also wanted to pass along a greeting just for readers:
"I am hoping all of you experience meaningful deaths many times in the game. I know that the game is challenging, but I want you to keep trying to overcome any difficulty you face in the game. And please feel a great sense of achievement when overcoming a difficulty!"
Read on for the full gallery. If you do pick up Dark Souls, keep...
113w ago - Today MonkeyPaw Games Marketing Manager Ray Almeda has shared some video trailers of 3 games that will be leading the new PlayStation Network Import Section launch!
To quote: Japanese retro fans, get ready! You are about to be immersed in a sea of PS one Japanese gems that never made it to European shores.
MonkeyPaw Games is proud to announce the release of the first three titles to the all new PlayStation Network Import section. We will feature direct-from-Japan PS one imports and Classics, including infamous shooter Cho Aniki and the super smooth Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special.
These shooters have been imported in their original Japanese form. Help can be found at www.monkeypawgames.com
MonkeyPaw Games is also proud to release the first game in the Arc the Lad series, one of the longest-selling RPGs of the PS one era. This classic is in English only and will be the start of many RPGs to come to the PlayStation Network Classic section. Join us as we bring you a taste of Japanese gaming that you've never experienced.
Relive the Origins of Tactical RPGs with Arc the Lad.
Japanese RPGs are on a level by themselves. One that is sure to steal your sleep is Arc the Lad. The game stormed onto the RPG scene...
113w ago - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) Executive Director of Business Development Chris Sturr has confirmed today that Payday: The Heist is set to launch later this month on PSN.
To quote: Word on the street is that to pull off the biggest score, a heist must be planned and outlined to the very last detail with perfect team members, unbeatable weapons and unrecognizable disguises.
That being said, SOE & OVERKILL Software need a little more time to assemble the ideal squad and attack strategy for our highly anticipated adrenaline-pumping first person shooter, PAYDAY: The Heist.
With this in mind, SOE and the talented OVERKILL team have decided to push PAYDAY's official launch day to later in October, ensuring the overall game quality and potential score for all heist team members.
Not a PAYDAY crew member yet and hoping to get in on the loot? SOE has extended PRE-ORDERS - which have been excellent to date - to gather an even larger body of potential crew to co-operate with at launch!
For our established crew members, PAYDAY will still be awarded to those who purchased all four PSN titles in our inaugural PlayStation Network PLAY event, according to the terms of that program.
113w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with details on the PlayStation Plus subscriber offers for October, 2011 as follows:
It's another good month to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber with some amazing free games and discounts for October!
Leading things off is Costume Quest; Double Fine Productions' stand-out adventure RPG where your Halloween costumes act as conduits to become a force to be reckoned with! With charmingly hilarious characters and story, you'll want to snag this one soon as it will be available free from Plus for two weeks starting October 4th.
New release Elemental Monster is also available free for Plus subscribers starting October 4th and going through the month. Build your deck (featuring the stunning illustrations of Yoshitaka Amano), and battle online to determine who's got the best tactics. At the same time you can enhance your game with seven different Booster Boxes, available at 50% off ($2.50) for Plus subscribers.
Action RPG fans, keep your eyes out for new release Dungeon Defenders later this month. Plus subscribers will be able to get access to free DLC for this awesome blend of Tower Defense and co-op action! The DLC will grant you access to 4 'familiars' in the game that will help you in your adventure.
113w ago - Trendy Entertainment Designer and Marketing Director Phillip M. Asher has shared a new video today announcing that Dungeon Defenders will be hitting PS3 via PSN and PlayStation Move on October 18 in 3D!
To quote: We can finally and officially announce our launch date for Dungeon Defenders on PSN. Ready... October 18th!
For those of you who might not know, Dungeon Defenders is a four-player co-operative Tower Defense action-RPG. You can create heroes from four distinct classes to defend the land of Etheria.
Throughout your journey you can customize and level your heroes, forge equipment, gather epic amounts of loot, collect and raise pets, play through multiple difficulties, and more.
But that's not all! Today we're also debuting our next developer diary video. This third of the series goes into all the details one of the most important and most FUN parts of the game - the Combat phase.
This is where your strategies, tower and trap placements, upgrades and approach (and those of up to three of your friends if you're playing local or online co-op) will be tested by wave after wave of baddies that are hell-bent on destroying your Eternia Crystals.
The Combat phase is not only about testing out your...