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Sony Encourages Buying PSN Content Over XBox Live Subscription

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289w ago - Sony continues to play the value card in its fight against the Xbox 360. This time, instead of focusing on hardware, the company shows you what games you could buy if you weren't paying for Xbox Live.

During CES, Sony gave press the argument that the PS3 was actually a great deal... considering all the features that came with the system. That only works if you want those features, and a $400 system is a hard sell even if it comes with an Eva(n?) Longoria love-doll.

Sony has now made a second argument that makes much more sense: look at what you can buy for the cost of Xbox Live.

Microsoft's online service costs $50 a year, if you don't find a card on sale, and Sony wants to show you what you could be buying with that money if you were online with your PS3. You have to give it to them: $50 on the PlayStation Network gets you some pretty great stuff.

"Rather than paying a $50 subscription fee that competitors charge for on-line services, PlayStation Network users could put that money towards a variety of content," the company claims. What could you get?

• PAIN ($9.99)
•Elefunk ($4.99)
•Guitar Hero Classic Rock Track ($6.25)
•LittleBigPlanet™ Metal Gear Solid - Level Kit ($5.99)
•Episode of Afro Samurai | Season 1 ($1.99)
 

Magic Ball, Cuboid & Mahjong Tales PS3 Themes Coming to PSN

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289w ago - Creat Studios Director of Communications Michael Robinson gives us a heads-up on upcoming add-on content for Magic Ball, Cuboid, and Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom for PS3 today:

Booster Packs will be available soon and will include tons of new levels, additional themes, level editors, more trophies, and lots of other exciting gaming goodness!

So be on the lookout for those Booster Packs, and producers from Creat and Tik will be coming atcha soon with more juicy details with some action-packed blog posts.

But in the meantime, as a token of our appreciation for the tremendous response we have received from our recent releases on PSN, and since we are in such a giving mood, I'm happy to announce the release of FREE Themes for your PS3 available tomorrow on the PlayStation Store!

So, instead of starring mindlessly into some wacky swirling color mass on your XMB, why not be the envy of all your family and friends by downloading a FREE Theme from one of your favorite Creat/Tik PSN games?

How can you go wrong? Check out some screenshots for the Themes below, and remember, friends don't let friends have boring XMBs!
 

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Demo Hits XBox Live & PSN This Week

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289w ago - Today Ubisoft announces that an official Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X™ demo will be available for download for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on Xbox LIVE online entertainment network beginning on February 11, 2009 and for the PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system on the PLAYSTATION network beginning on February 12, 2009.

The demo will be also available for Windows-based PCs beginning on February 26, 2009.

Press Release: TOM CLANCY'S H.A.W.XTM DEMO AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11 ON XBOX LIVE AND FEBRUARY 12 ON PLAYSTATION NETWORK

In this demo, players will dominate the skies for the first time and battle planes, tanks and amphibious assaults and have the opportunity to dogfight with other elite pilots in a stunning panoramic boss scene.

Key features of the H.A.W.X demo:
• Co-op enabled for up to 4 players- Jump in/Jump out
• Gain experience points and unlock up to three real, licensed planes in the demo:
o F-16A Fighting Falcon
o SU-35 Super Flanker
o AV-8B Harrier II
• Choose between two different game modes:
o Normal- Default control type
o Expert- Allows full control over the aircraft in"Assistance Off" mode
• Two heart-pounding missions:
o Operation: Off Certification...
 

Battle Fantasia May See US Release as PSN Download for PS3

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289w ago - Arc System Works' quirky 2D fighter, Battle Fantasia, saw a US release last year as an Xbox 360 exclusive, although the game is available on PS3 in the rest of the world (Europe and Japan).

However, it looks as though American PS3 owners may be getting a new chance at playing the game.

Siliconera (linked above) discovered a recently-appended entry to the ESRB listing for Battle Fantasia. The ratings board has the game covered on PS3 and "PSN via PS3."

To quote: It looks like there is a chance the PS3 version of Battle Fantasia could come to North America in a rather peculiar way. The ESRB re-rated Battle Fantasia as an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and "PSN via PS3 game".

So, Aksys is planning to distribute a retail PS3 game as a PlayStation Network download? We've seen this happen before with games like Warhawk, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, and Siren: Blood Curse which unlike the rest of the world was only a PSN download here.
 

Video: Flower Hits PSN This Week, Go Behind the Scenes Now

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289w ago - The President and Co-founder of [Register or Login to view links] Kellee Santiago shared a 'behind the scenes' video of Flower today. To quote:

Hello PlayStation blogees! We here at thatgamecompany are so stoked that this week "Flower" will be out of our hands and into yours.

A lot of people ask us what it's been like to work with Sony, so you may have heard us answer this before - working with Sony is a treat. They truly support their developers and their games from start to finish.

I wanted to mention this as a way to introduce to you this developer diary, where SCEA's Eric Koch and I talk about the ideas behind Flower, and show you how the gameplay works. We hope you enjoy it!




 
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