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Flower for PSN Priced, Has Seven 'Not All Sunny' Levels

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287w ago - In a press demonstration today, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen gave us a sneak peek at the latter half of Flower, addressing some of our curiosities, while adding a few new mysteries.

Back in December, we got to play through the first three levels of the PSN title, which has you flying around in the dreams of flowers, collecting petals and beautifying the environment. You can read our impressions [Register or Login to view links] and watch us talk about it on [Register or Login to view links].

But, like many of you out there, we were curious what came next - the first two levels are quite similar in nature, with the third just hinting at things to come. Will Flower have more than four levels? Do you get to do more than fly around in the sunshine? Now we know the answer.

Flower will have seven levels, which Chen estimates will take first-time players approximately two to three hours to play through - a length deliberately chosen to mimic the film-watching experience, complete with the emotional ups, downs, and eventual climax. At the demo, all levels were present, except for the last. And as a bit of a teaser, Chen let us in on a twist: The final level won't be a flower.

The sixth level, perhaps unsurprisingly,...
 

Noby Noby Boy to Hit PSN in Europe on February 19, 2009

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287w ago - Namco Bandai confirmed the updated release date of Noby Noby Boy today, putting a low $5 price tag on the PlayStation 3-bound game.

Due on February 19th, the PlayStation Network release will allow players to stuff the BOY with everything in the game world, letting him stretch to incredible lengths.

Recorded gameplay videos can be uploaded to YouTube from within the game, and players can collaborate online to unlock new stuff.

Press Release: Cergy-Pontoise, France (January 23 2009) - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S, today announced that NOBY NOBY BOYâ„¢ will be available for download from the PlayStation®Network for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in the PAL territories on February 19th for a price of 3.99€.

The latest game from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, NOBY NOBY BOY lets players expand their imaginations as they stretch a creature named BOY to incredible lengths across the playground-like planets of the solar system.

Offering a unique play experience from one of the video game industry's most creative minds, NOBY NOBY BOY gives players complete freedom to create gameplay suited to their tastes. As BOY, players can eat and spit out nearly everything they encounter in the game, from...
 

Video: Final Fantasy Tactics: Crystal Defenders Coming to PSN

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287w ago - A new Final Fantasy title will be heading to PSN, XBLA and WiiWare.

Titled Final Fantasy Tactics: Crystal Defenders, it will be an updated port of this game which is already available on the Apple iPhone/Touch platforms.

Courtesy of UnamedKing comes a video via YouTube of it, with the caption stating:

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Stop and Smell the Flower on PSN on February 12, 2009

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287w ago - Today Kellee Santiago shared the following news via PS Blog:

Hi! I am really happy to finally let the internets know the official launch date for Flower. Hooray for releasing games (It's really my favorite part)!

Flower is a tough game to describe. We like to think of it as a video game version of a poem; an exploration into the tension between urban bustle and natural serenity. Players accumulate flower petals as the onscreen world swings between the pastoral and the chaotic.

In honor of the announcement, we've got some gameplay footage for you below.





But even at E3 this year, a lot of the responses in the press were "it's tough to describe... you just have to play it." Because it's not fair to only ask game journalists to try and describe such a different game, I've also asked all the people here at [Register or Login to view links] to describe.

To keep things even, they could only use 10 words - we've had more time to think about the game:

Nick Clark (Game Designer): A windy journey that lets you flOw in 3D.

Martin Middleton (programmer extraordinaire): We hope you enjoy our flowers.

Matt Nava: Flower's simple concept conceals grander themes...
 

Sony Justifies Pre-Order-Only Killzone 2 Demo, Dates PSN Version

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288w ago - Sony has attempted to justify its policy in North America where gamers will only get the KillZone 2 demo if they pre-order the game.

MTV Multiplayer received this response from Scott Steinberg, vice president of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America:

Offering a playable demo to motivate preorders speaks to our confidence in the appeal of a game such as Killzone 2. We take this approach when we are convinced that the experience will cement a consumer's interest in purchasing.

Retailers will then merchandise those demos within their stores and online to maximize their visibility. Through this process, consumers are often times able to reserve their copy of the final game, which provides an incentive to purchase and helps seal the deal.

We also offer demos on the PSN, which we have done in the past with great success, and will continue to make that available. Killzone 2, for example, will have a downloadable demo launch in North America the week that the game is launching, for consumers who prefer that option.

And what if you don't pre-order "Killzone 2″ but want to try the demo? It's slated for release as a download from the PlayStation Network on PS3 for Thursday, February 26, a day before the game's official release date. That...
 
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