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Video: Skullgirls Hits PSN on April 10th, Full Demo Details Arrive

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133w ago - Today Community Manager Peter Bartholow at Reverge Labs has announced that Skullgirls will be hitting PSN on April 10th alongside sharing a video trailer complete with full demo details below!

To quote: Now that I'm finally able to answer the two questions everyone's been asking, the PlayStation.Blog has graciously allowed me to address you again. Without further ado...

Skullgirls will (finally) be released in North America on PSN on April 10th for $14.99, with a European release in the following weeks. While that sinks in, check out the trailer for our eighth playable character, the disturbing Double.

Ready? Good. Now, just think about it...

A fully-featured fighting game... With endless hours of online, genre-refining gameplay by a tournament champ... With an amazing cast of characters, realized with stunning and smooth high-resolution 2D animation... For $14.99.





Of course, for any lingering skeptics and fence-sitters, we've prepared a great trial version to highlight Skullgirls' real, honest fighting.

The trial version features:

• Two Characters, Filia and Cerebella
• An abbreviated Arcade Mode, with three AI battles
• Local versus play,...
 

Sony Announces Silent Hill: Downpour Comes Full Circle on PS3

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146w ago - Today Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has announced that Silent Hill: Downpour is coming full circle on the PS3 entertainment system in an interview below.

To quote: I'm a sucker for horror games, so I jumped at a recent opportunity to watch a short demo of [Register or Login to view links] upcoming PS3 survival-horror epic Silent Hill: Downpour.

In a development applauded by series fans, Downpour strongly emphasizes creeping psychological horror over the twitchy action of recent entries like Silent Hill: Homecoming.

You play as Murphy, a maximum-security inmate with a deeply troubled past. You awaken on the fringes of the cursed town of Silent Hill after your prison transport bus crashes.

True to Silent Hill form, you'll spend the rest of the game evading the town's monstrous denizens while piecing together Murphy's deepest secrets – including the dark truths that brought him to Silent Hill.

I spoke with Producer Devin Shatsky, who answered some key questions while playing through the first section of the game. If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to get you answers!

PlayStation.Blog: From an interface perspective, how is Downpour different from the last game in the series, Homecoming?
 

Video: PlayStation's 3D Display Hits This Weekend, Full Tour Demo

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154w ago - Today Sony Senior PR and Hardware Specialist Abby Reyes has made available a full video tour demo of PlayStation's new 3D display that is arriving this weekend!

To quote: It's officially dark at 6pm and the crisp, woodsy smell in the air lets me know that the holidays are just around the corner. With so many great 3D-compatible titles, such as UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception, Batman Arkham City, and Assassin's Creed Revelations, recently launched and coming, there's no shortage of 3D entertainment on the PS3 system this holiday season.

That being said, the 3D Display is sure to be a hit under the tree, so we thought we'd give you all a personalized tour of the product.

Featuring a luminous 24" LCD screen with full HD 1080p 3D presentation, the 3D Display delivers an incredible high-definition stereoscopic 3D experience, offering best-in-class visuals in both 2D and 3D for all of you gamers.

As our first official gaming display, the 3D Display is enhanced for gaming with SimulView, a special feature that allows you to view individual, unique, full-screen images of gameplay in two-player mode.





We're very excited to be able to deliver a comprehensive 3D package at an affordable price. ...
 

Battlefield 3 Assaults PS3 Today, Full PlayStation 3 Trophy List

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156w ago - DICE Junior Product Manager Tommy Rydling has announced that Battlefield 3 assaults PlayStation 3 today, and has outlined the complete PS3 Trophy List below as follows:

The team at DICE is super excited to get Battlefield 3 into the hands of our PS3 fans. And, if initial reactions are anything to go by, you are equally excited....

Don't forget: you will be able to purchase, download and play the upcoming expansion pack Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand one week early exclusively on PS3. And hey, don't miss your chance for everlasting fame and glory - or at least being included in the in-game credits for Back to Karkand.

All you have to do to be in the running is to enter our [Register or Login to view links] and submit your suggestion for our new control point on the redesigned Gulf of Oman map. But don't wait - the challenge closes on October 28th!

But today is all about the launch of the base game. Before I leave you, I just wanted to let you know what Trophies are lying in wait for the skilled and dedicated gamers we know you are. And with that, I hope you enjoy the game. Looking forward to hear from you, here or on [Register or Login to view links]!
 

Video: Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken: Flash to Full 3D on PS3

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158w ago - Ratloop Head Programmer Lucas Pope has shared a video today of Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken going through the transition from flash to full 3D on the PS3 console below.

To quote: Our upcoming PSN game, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, got a few upgrades on the way to PS3, and I'd like to dive into some of the technical details of that transition.

Hardboiled Chicken is a vastly expanded and improved game based on our earlier Flash release, Rocketbirds: Revolution.

In going from Flash to the PS3, we added better controls, more screens, more chapters, more weapons, more enemies, and more gameplay modes. And we seriously upgraded the visuals. In this article, I'll talk about some of those visual upgrades and how we did 'em.

Rocketbirds

If you haven't seen or played Rocketbirds, it's a non-scrolling 2D game with a strong visual style. Think of classic 2D action-adventure games like Flashback, Oddworld, or Blackthorne. It could be considered a platformer, but there's no scrolling and each screen is revealed whole-hog when you walk off the edge.

2D Like We Mean It

For the original Rocketbirds: Revolution, we kept things simple. Each screen had a static foreground image and a static background image that were composited...
 
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