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Blur Offers Double XP All Halloweekend, Developer Play Session

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208w ago - Activision Social Media Manager Dan Amrich has announced today that Blur will be offering Double XP all Halloweekend along with a PS3 developer play session.

To quote: In [Register or Login to view links], when you hit level 50 in the multiplayer system, you have opened up all the cars, activated all the mods, unlocked all the game modes, and hopefully have a decent strategy for all the tracks, from the tight turns of Hackney to the one-way trip down Mount Haruna.

And when you reach level 50, well, there's nowhere else to go. Except around the track, of course. Preferably very quickly.

And then, much like Modern Warfare 2, you face a decision: Do you keep playing with all the big toys, or do you challenge yourself by hitting a Legend rank and building up your reputation and garage again, based on pure skill?

As I write this, I'm level 40 or so. I'm going to get some more racing time in this week. And this weekend, the Blur developers at [Register or Login to view links] are offering a little Halloween treat - double XP from Friday the 29th through Sunday the 31st.

These are the perks when your studio's logo is a jack-o-lantern. That means for every race, you get twice as many fans, which means ranking up twice as fast,...
 

Sony Offers a Preview of FirstPlay Episode 28, Arrives Wednesday

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211w ago - Today Sony Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has offered a preview of FirstPlay episode 28 today, which arrives on the PSN store this Wednesday.

To quote: We've got another packed episode this week, with an exclusive PSN trial of the brilliantly bloodthirsty side-scrolling RTS Swords & Soldiers, and our last bit of PlayStation Home Top Gun attire - the one you've been waiting for, Maverick's helmet.

Show me the way home. Home! I've been waiting weeks to say that.

We've also got another strong line-up of games, with reviews of EA's rebooted blockbuster Medal Of Honor, and muddy-as-hell puddle sim FIA World Rally Championship.

We've also got a behind-the-scenes preview of EA Sports' MMA, and a round-up of other releases featuring Jon Daly's ProStroke Golf, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

And there's more - a huge hands-on multiplayer preview of Call Of Duty: Black Ops, including interviews with developer Treyarch, our top ten list of the best weapons you can build in Dead Rising 2, and a look at your latest skin-tearing Skate catastrophes.

On top of all that we've got a review of Swords & Soldiers - luckily, it's not rubbish - and another round of screenshot galleries, this week featuring Batman Arkham City, Ratchet...
 

Sony Offers a FirstPlay Episode 27 Preview, Arrives Wednesday

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212w ago - Sony Associate Editor Nathan Ditum has shared a FirstPlay Episode 27 preview today, which arrives this Wednesday via PSN.

To quote: We've got a big, big episode of FirstPlay for you this week. Firstly, we've got more things to give away - extra Top Gun stuff for your PlayStation Home avatar and an exclusive FirstPlay dynamic theme, built with our own occasionally fair hands.

Then we've also got a stellar line-up of games. Two of the year's epicest adventures are given the full HD review treatment - Enslaved: Odyssey To The West and Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow. If you're a fan of Uncharted, or God Of War, or just good games, you'll want to take a long, hard look at what this pair have to offer.

We've also got a verdict on the slightly less stellar Quantum Theory (funeral march should be playing right about now) and a reviews round-up including HAWX 2, the actually very decent RUSE and Madden NFL 11.

On top of that we've got the best of the PlayStation Network, this week featuring an online review of [Register or Login to view links], a look at the latest minis, and reviews of Blade Kitten and the Move and 3D-enabled Flight Control HD. Land. LAND YOU IDIOTS!

And on top of all that we've...
 

JustInCaseGames Arrives, Offers Video Game Cases and Manuals!

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215w ago - A few months ago Forum member tripellex posted a debate on what to do with a plethora of video game cases he acquired, and today he has unveiled [Register or Login to view links]!

Here is what he has to say about his new Web site, to quote:

I'd like to invite all of you to join us at Just In Case, the Web's premiere place for original, factory replacement game cases and manuals! We carry original, OEM cases and manuals for PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox/Xbox 360, GameCube game, and more!

Our prices are extremely competitive, and far below sellers on eBay and other auction sites. Our server is SSL-enabled for your safety and security, and we utilize both PayPal and Google Checkout for fast, friendly checkout!

If you have ever lost or broken a case and need a replacement for a specific game, come visit us! As a special bonus, the first 100 PS3 News members who purchase any of our cases can use the code PS3NEWS10 and receive 25% off their first purchase of $5 or more (limit 1 per customer).

We also offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $20! Visit us today!
 

GameStop Offers $200 Trade-In Credit on Used PS3 Systems

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225w ago - The eagle eyes at JustPushStart.com (linked above) spotted a limited time [Register or Login to view links] promotion on trade-ins today, which offers up to $200 in store credit on used PS3 entertainment systems.

For those who aren't worried about losing OtherOS functionality, you can now trade in your old PlayStation 3 console for $200 credit towards a less-shiny new PS3 Slim model... just be sure to do so before the offer ends on July 18, 2010.

To quote: "By trading in a PS3 with one controller and the AV cables, GameStop will offer you a big $200 bucks (store credit). It doesn't matter if you have the fat or the slim PS3s. The store will gladly give you a store credit of $200 regardless of what model. Just make sure it works though!

Trading it towards something else is a great idea for this deal. Don't miss it! It only last until July 18th."
 
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