European PSN Game Store Updates for June 22, 2011

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148w ago - Today Ross McGrath of the SCEE PlayStation Store Team has detailed the new European PSN Game Store updates for the week, as follows:

Speed freak will be happy this week, as not only do we have a Sonic Generations demo for you, (although you'll have to wait until tomorrow to snag it) but also the full Blu-Ray release of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit explodes onto the Store for digital download.

Speaking of Sonic, the blue one celebrates his 20th Anniversary tomorrow and to celebrate our pals at SEGA are bringing you a great deal on Sonic content with the 20th Anniversary bundle - Sonic, Sonic 2, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sonic Adventure (and DX add-on), and the Sonic 4 dynamic theme are all available at a reduced bundle price for only 20 days, so if you're a lover of the speedy little hedgehog then nab it while you can.

Heaps of DLC this week, including content for big hitters like LA Noire, Mortal Kombat and LBP2 in the mix - check below for the full list.

You'll be hearing more from me on Friday this week, so I'll see you then.

PlayStation Store (via PS3, PSP and Media Go)

Full Games (PS3)

Akimi Village (£7.99/€9.99)
Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All locales
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (£23.99/€29.99)...
 

Full PS3 QA Flagging Method Revealed - Button Combo and Token

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148w ago - Following up on the previous article, today the full PS3 QA Flagging Method has been revealed including the button combo and token alongisde a PS3 QA Tutorial from Slynk.

To quote: A few weeks ago, several steps were revealed in the process of unlocking a special Quality Assurance (QA) mode on your PS3 console. The mode unlocks a special mode, which is typically only meant for official Sony testers.

Unfortunately, the steps revealed were only part of the process. Developers were scrambling to figure out the button combo that unlocked the special QA mode. In addition, developers still needed to figure out what to change in the QA dummy token. These two mysteries prevented developers from unlocking the mode.

Today however, the Quality Assurance mystery comes to an end. An anonymous and reputable source exclusively revealed to us the two remaining steps. The secret button combination that unlocks the hidden QA mode was revealed to us as being L1+L2+L3+R1+R2+dpad down. Furthermore, the anonymous source told us that users need to change byte...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSP Updates for June 21, 2011

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148w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

It's the first day of summer and the PlayStation Store has some great updates for everyone today.

More "Welcome Back" offers from EA are available in PlayStation Plus, and they include great discounts for 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, Madden NFL Arcade and The Masters Eagle Pack for Tiger Woods 2012.

Alien Zombie Mega Death, available for $7.99, is the new PS3 downloadable game this week. And for those of you with PlayStation Move and/or a 3D-enabled television, you'll want to try the Virtua Tennis 4 demo (which supports both Move and 3D!).

There's tons of great add-ons to your favorite PS3 games, including DLC for Marvel vs Capcom 3, L.A. Noire, Killzone 3, Rock Band 3 and more.

As a reminder, there are less than two weeks left to get the Welcome Back offers of the free PS3 and PSP games and free 30-day access to PlayStation Plus. Visit the PlayStation Store today!

PlayStation Plus

Discounted Games

• 3 on 3 NHL Arcade (PlayStation Plus price $3.00, regular price $9.99)
• Madden NFL Arcade (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
• Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters Eagle Pack (PlayStation...
 

Shadows of the Damned: A New Vision of Hell Hits PS3 Today

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148w ago - Electronic Arts Senior Producer Steve Matulac has announced that Shadows of the Damned: A New Vision of Hell hits PS3 today.

To quote: In my 20 years in the industry, I have never had an experience like the one working on Shadows of the Damned.

First off, I spent the majority of last year living in Japan and onsite with the developer; Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture. It was a great experience living in Tokyo and working alongside the great team at Grasshopper Manufacture.

The concept of light and dark as a metaphor for good and evil is an old one, but the Light and Dark gameplay in Shadows of the Damned takes it to a whole new level. It is less literal, but rather metaphorical, in the pain and torment that is caused to our hero.

As for gameplay, the player should not take the approach of "shoot anything that moves". Each environment and enemy will require a thoughtful approach in order to progress. Usually, darkness is lethal to the player, but sometimes may be required in order to expose an enemy's weakness.

Each situation is different and the player must build upon the earlier concepts encountered in order to defeat the tougher enemies deeper in the game. Shadows of the Damned is the thinking...
 

Video: Need for Speed: The Run Unbuckles the Seatbelt on PS3

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148w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Rey Gutierrez has shared some video footage from this year's E3 Expo spotlighting Need for Speed: The Run on the PS3 entertainment system.

To quote: Sid, Jeff and I have this recurring debate on how to keep a gaming franchise fresh and new over multiple iterations. We've discussed everything from and removing the football from Madden to taking BioShock out of the deep blue sea (oh wait.)

These may sound like little more than preposterous game pitches, but with the latest iteration of Need for Speed, it seams like the dev team at EA eavesdropped on one of our many heated debates. Need for Speed: The Run takes the driver out of the car and into the underbelly of the city streets.

Executive Producer Jason Delong joined us on our E3 livestream and presented a radically different vision for Need for Speed – one in which you're not always behind the wheel.





I've always been a huge fan of all things fast, and Need for Speed has been a long time favorite racing franchise of mine, so when Jason walked us through The Run, I was skeptical at first – but by the end, I was sold on the newest Need for Speed.

Check out the video above for a full in-depth walk-through.
 











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