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Close Out the Winter with PlayStation Network's Spring Fever

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284w ago - We have spring-like weather here already today, and in tune with that comes PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen with the following PSN Update via PS Blog:

Even though the Punxsutawney Groundhog [Register or Login to view links] six more weeks of winter, PlayStation Network has already caught Spring Fever.

To help spread our excitement, we're launching "PSN Spring Fever" on PlayStation Store to celebrate the exceptional PlayStation Network games and exclusive content on tap to launch in the next few months. And unlike the "official" Groundhog prediction, Spring for us starts tomorrow with the launch of Flower from [Register or Login to view links].

In addition to current PSN exclusive hits like PixelJunk Eden, PAIN and flOw, you can look forward to several other highly anticipated games such as Flower, Noby Noby Boy, Burn Zombie Burn and The Punisher: No Mercy to name a few.

And with these exclusive blockbusters launching on a weekly basis, we'll offer the best downloadable games lineup around. A few of the titles include:

• Flower
• Noby Noby Boy
• No Gravity
• Wheel of Fortune
• Burn Zombie Burn
 

Rumor: God of War III for PlayStation 3 Details Leaked!

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284w ago - This GameFAQs [Register or Login to view links] claims to have info on God of War III from an upcoming Game Informer feature.

Official details are embargoed until this Friday, with a press event taking place for the game in LA last night.

This lot doesn't sound amazingly far-fetched, to be fair:

• Unlike God of War 1 and 2 where there are only 15 enemies on screen, there will now be around 50 this time.
• You can ride monsters like the Cyclops and "control".
• Kratos on the PS2 used 5,000 polygons, now he uses 20,000.
• They made the weapons "better" so it adds more variety. Like with a different weapon, you don't get just a couple different attacks, but a whole different play style.
• The lion gauntlets are called Cestus.
• Enemy AI's are a lot smarter. Some of the enemies will be "commanders" and control the other grunts.
• Enemies will look different, even if they're the same type. Like, even though the skeleton soldiers are in the same category, they will have varied looks, so it's not like everyone looks the same.
• More boss fights than GoW 1, but less than GoW 2.
• No multiplayer.
• Hades boss fight confirmed.
 

First PSP and PlayStation Home Connectivity Details Revealed?

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284w ago - According to a roughly translated Japanese Web page (linked above), it has been announced that Namco Bandai's PSP sim game The Idol Master SP will offer some kind of connectivity with PlayStation Home.

To quote: From what we can make out from the article, it seems that during your play-through of Idol Master SP you unlock "rewards" for use in Home.

It also looks as though Home will import avatars from Idol Master judging from the picture

This is a step in the right direction, and hopefully we will see a lot more PSP/Home integration in the future.
 

Sony PlayStation Home Update: Ninja And Pirate Costumes

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284w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager CydoniaX shared news today of new virtual items at the PlayStation Home mall, including ninja and pirate costumes as follows:

We've got some big plans for PlayStation Home coming up, some of which may involve ninjas and street fighters. We thought that would grab your attention. It did for us at SCEA.

And as we continue to expand upon existing content with PlayStation Home spaces, we've introduced a leaderboard for the Red Bull Air Race in the Red Bull space.

We recently made the most of these new leaderboards with a contest to see who could get the highest scores. Shopaholics rejoice too, you'll find some cool new virtual items at the mall, including ninja and pirate costumes.

As you may have heard, Capcom is set to expand its blockbuster franchises globally with Street Fighter and Resident Evil within PlayStation Home.

Resident Evil 5 fans can launch straight from PlayStation Home into the game. And for the Street Fighter fans, Capcom is bringing Street Fighter IV costumes and additional themed content to PlayStation Home, much of which will be unlocked through in-game actions.

I know that is a lot to digest, but that's not all ... in the next few months, gamers will find even more clothing, furniture...
 

NYCC 09 Preview: Wolfenstein for the PlayStation 3 Console

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284w ago - It's been 8 years since the release of the last real Wolfenstein game. After seeing Wolfenstein last week at an Activision event, JoyStiq debates whether there is any reason to revisit the franchise as follows:

There's a fine line between "classic" and "dated," and Wolfenstein finds itself on the wrong side of the fence. Fighting Nazis was a novel idea back in the series' prime, but it has since become a tired idea.

At first glance, Wolfenstein can only be described as generic. A FPS that has you crawling through World War II shooting Nazis? After dozens of Call of Duty and Medal of Honor games, to call the era overused would be an understatement.

Gameplay and setting aren't the only things dated about Wolfenstein. The visuals are lackluster, undoubtedly hindered by the aging idTech 4 engine (Doom 3 engine). We couldn't help but notice how poor the texture work was and how uninspired the levels looked through the entirety of the hands-off demonstration.

Although the visuals were rather bland, we were taken aback by the shoddy framerate. Yes, the game still has quite a bit of development left ahead of it, but this early look certainly didn't give us much confidence.

The core shooting mechanics don't look fun either. Where's the visceral combat? Where's cover? Where's...
 
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