Rush N Attack: Ex-Patriot Available on PSN with Systema Combat

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160w ago - Konami Associate Brand Manager Pearl Lu has announced today that Rush N Attack: Ex-Patriot is now available on PSN with Systema Combat.

To quote: Bringing a game like this back into something accessible and interesting to a modern audience presented some unique challenges.

After all, the primary attack mechanic from the original 1985 game was quite literally a "stab-stab-stab" motion from side to side across the screen, which you can see from some gameplay footage here:

So how did we update this? The answer we found was Systema.

Systema ("The System") is a form of martial arts practiced by the Russian secret service (Spetznaz). It is characterized by hand-to-hand combat and knife fighting with a goal toward merciless takedowns that are brutal and brief.

Incidentally, the developer for this game is Vatra, a studio based in the Czech Republic, a former Eastern Bloc country, and they just so happened to have some people in-house who were intimately acquainted with "The System."

Jan Sedlacek and David Sykora, are Systema masters, and functioned as consultants and motion capture performers for this game. So yes, these are actual moves.

Now for how it all fits together. In Rush'N Atttack: Ex-Patriot - now available on PSN...
 

Sega Mega Drive Classics Are Coming to a PSN Near You

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160w ago - Sega Digital Campaigns Manager Mike Kebby has announced today that Mega Drive Classics are coming to Sony's PlayStation Network.

To quote: So I'm not going to pretend that this is news to you as it's already been announced that we have six Mega Drive titles - Classics, if you will - coming to PS Plus users for free.

Did you know however, that non-subscribers will also be able to get hold of them too?

Starting with the well loved Sonic the Hedgehog, which is coming to you via PlayStation Store this Wednesday 30th March, to then be followed over the next few months by five more titles. Those other five titles you may well ask? Well, they would be Sonic 2, Streets of Rage 2, Golden Axe 2, Altered Beast and Comix Zone.

At the moment we've got a release schedule in place, and unless some unruly badniks get into the system and damage our code, you can expect the titles to release as follows:

• Sonic 2 - free for PS Plus users on April 6th, released onto PS Store on April 20th
• Streets of Rage 2 - free for Plus users on May 4th, released onto PS Store on May 18th
• Golden Axe 2 - free for Plus users on June 1st, released onto PS Store on June 15th

As yet we can't confirm the release dates for Altered Beast and Comix...
 

Video: Free Realms on PSN Today, Voice Chat and PS3 Trophies

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160w ago - Sony Online Entertainment Lead Designer Stephen Bokkes has made available a video announcing that Free Realms hits PSN today and includes Voice Chat and PS3 Trophies.

To quote: Today, as a PS3 gamer, you should ask yourself only one question: where can I race a demolition derby car against my friends, build a fun house for my friends to come play in, battle monsters as a stealthy ninja, own a parrot and talk like a pirate, raise a dragon pet that poops hot coals, and ride a rainbow unicorn off into the sunset?

Starting today, the answer is Free Realms! That's right, Sony Online Entertainment's popular online virtual world makes its way to the PlayStation Network today and you can all play it for FREE.

Free Realms is the first casual, free-to-play MMO ever to be offered on the PlayStation Network and definitely has something for everyone to play, adventure and experience.





Players can take on endless amounts of roles including ninjas, warriors, or wizards, while participating in a variety of activities such as adventuring for treasure, playing a soccer game, decorating their player house,...
 

Video: PlayStation Network Launches 2011 MLB.TV, New Features

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160w ago - PlayStation Network Director of Marketing Brandon Stander has announced today that 2011 MLB.TV is launching today, which includes new features for opening day as well.

To quote: The Major League Baseball pre-season is coming down the home stretch, and with Opening Day of the 2011 season just two days away, we're excited to announce 2011 MLB.TV for PS3 is now available on PlayStation Network.

For the 2011 MLB season, the MLB.TV team is introducing significant advancements, including an improved user interface, more integration and more sophisticated tools for live streaming. Check it out as our own Jeff Rubenstein walks you through the highlights:

Some of the new 2011 upgrades include:





• Highest Quality HD Streaming - Speed detection technology gives users ultra-HQ video access (NexDef 4.5 mbps) depending on available bandwidth.
• Enhanced Audio - In-game alternate audio selection allows users to overlay the home or away team's broadcasters over the live video or use the "Park" option to include the ballpark's natural sounds.
• Quick-Access Stats - View player cards with full career stats, league leaders,...
 

Video: Moon Diver Launch Trailer, Hits PSN on March 29, 2011

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160w ago - Square Enix Associate Product Manager Charles McCarter has unveiled the official launch trailer for Moon Diver today, which hits PSN on March 29, 2011.

To quote: We showed the first video for Moon Diver at E3 last year. And, although all we had on the floor was a video, the response was overwhelming.

People wanted to know when they would be able to get their hands on "that game that looks like Strider." Well, that time is fast approaching, as Moon Diver is part of the PlayStation Network's Spring Fever promotion.

Moon Diver puts you in the role of one of five elite warriors who have been given orders to reclaim the Earth after a horrible catastrophe. It's a tough job, to be sure, which is why you don't have to go it alone. Up to three friends can join you in either local or on-line coop as you hack, slash, jump, and slice your way to saving humanity.





Working together, you're stronger, and nowhere is that more evident than in the powerful combos called Moonsault Combinations that you and your friends can execute together. Sure, the enemies are really bad. And some are really big. But with a little hard work,...
 







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