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Video: Sonic 4 Episode II Brings Metal Sonic to PSN May 16, 2012

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139w ago - SEGA Digital Campaigns Manager Mike Kebby has shared a video today of Sonic 4 Episode II, which brings Metal Sonic to PSN on May 16, 2012.

To quote: We're extremely pleased to be able to announce that Metal Sonic is making a return to the Sonic universe. 

Not only is Metal Sonic returning to wreak havoc in the boss battles of Sonic 4 Episode II, but he's making a star appearance in exclusive content for owners of both Episodes I and II! In other words, now you can play as Metal Sonic.

In the same way as Mega Drive owners who owned Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles got additional content if they 'locked on' one cart onto the other, so too do gamers who own both Episode I and Episode II. 

Simply put, gamers who own both Episodes get exclusive access to Episode Metal as part of Episode II.  This is an exclusive zone telling the story of what Metal Sonic was up to during the first episode, following his mysterious revival. 

Set in the world of Episode I, you can play stages that have been rearranged for Metal Sonic.





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

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140w 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...
 

Video: Qore March Episode Features Starhawk, Raccoon City, ACV

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146w ago - Sony PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi has posted up a preview video of the Qore March episode today which features video game titles including Starhawk, Raccoon City, Armored Core V and a peek at Parkour below!

To quote: March's episode introduces us to fights in space and against zombies.

Jesse Blaze Snider kicks off March Qore with a tour of Starhawk. From Austin, Texas, he visits LightBox Interactive to meet with Dylan Jobe, Lars Devore and Josh Sutphin for a fast and furious flight around the world of [Register or Login to view links].

From jetpacks to the transforming 'hawks, along with the heavily promoted build and battle system, you definitely want to see this comprehensive extended preview of this May release.

While mechs are definitely part of Starhawk, for the hardcore mech-head, Armored Core V is stomping up with the next installment featuring persistent online war and plasma swords!





And it's time for another T-virus outbreak with Resident Evil: Raccoon City Outbreak jumping back to an earlier era of the franchise. But, this time Slant Six and Capcom have joined forces to shoot up this staple of the survival horror genre....
 

Video: Sony Unveils PlayStation Access Episode 20 Preview

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150w ago - Sony Community Manager MusterBuster has unveiled PlayStation Access episode 20 today, which features details on WipEout 2048 among other gameplay footage that can be seen below.

To quote: Speeding you into the weekend this Friday is Access TV episode 20, now available on [Register or Login to view links] and featuring shiny Vita racer Wipeout 2048 as Game of the Week.

There's a ton of new gameplay footage showcasing Studio Liverpool's gravity-bothering blockbuster, including a look at the innovative 'touch & tilt' control functions.

Also worth checking out is footage from the recent Glasgow [Register or Login to view links], where Sony's new handheld was on public display.

There's plenty of reaction from the Access Community (that's you), plus guest appearances from Glasgow Rangers hotshots Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya. Not only that, rap ace Lethal Bizzle drops in for a performance - don't miss it.





Elsewhere the team brave an interview with UFC hard-man Brad 'One Punch' Pickett, as he reveals what he really thinks of his nose, plus tells us which PlayStation character he'd most like to have a brawl with in real...
 

Video: Sony Introduces The Tester 3 Premiere - Episode 1

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150w ago - PlayStation Network Executive Producer Kevin Furuichi has introduced The Tester 3 Premiere Episode 1 today for fans with the video available below.

To quote: The time has finally come: it's premiere day for The Tester 3!

We hope you've enjoyed getting an inside look at this exciting season: we've introduced our diverse group of contestants, panelists, and special guests, provided a sneak peek at the first episode, and gone behind the scenes at  the future workplace of the season 3 winner.

To celebrate the start of season 3, we've brought our past two winners of The Tester here to the PlayStation.Blog to talk about their experiences. Both season 1 winner Will Powers (Cyrus) and season 2 winner Matthew Brown (Gaymer) have gone on from their experience on The Tester to full-time careers at Sony. We spoke to both of them recently, and below, they've given us their thoughts on being a part of the show, and where it has taken them.

Here's a look at the first minutes of the season premiere of The Tester 3:





Will Powers, Associate PR Generalist, SCEA

Because of the nature of The Tester, upon winning I was exposed to various media interview requests, all of which had to be...
 
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