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PSN Play: Last Chance to Download Some Great Games and More!

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100w ago - Sony Senior Community Specialist Kristine Steimer has announced today that this is the last chance for PSN Play fans to download some great games and get money back!

Below are the details, to quote: The clock is ticking - our summer PSN PLAY promotion is coming to a close very soon, but there's still time to take advantage of it.

Purchase titles from our PLAY lineup through August 27th and you'll be eligible for PSN vouchers of varying amounts, depending on how many you get. Buying two games nets you $3, three games, $6 and if you grab all four titles you get $10 back in your PSN wallet.

The game offerings are quite enticing - there's our new No. 1 selling PSN game for PS Vita, Sound Shapes (which comes with its PS3 version at no additional charge), indie darling Papo & Yo, fan-favorite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the action-packed Expendables 2 Videogame.

As an added bonus, PlayStation Plus members can still nab Counter Strike: Global Offensive for 20% off the retail price. To learn more about PSN PLAY and the rest of the games available on PlayStation Network, click here.

If you want more information on the games included in the promotion, look no further:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3)

One of the gaming world's...
 

24 Caret Games on Retro / Grade: How to Play a Reverse Shooter

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103w ago - 24 Caret Games Co-founder Matt Gilgenbach has outlined today how to play a reverse shooter as part of some new Retro / Grade tips below.

To quote: We recently announced that Retro/Grade, the first game played entirely in reverse, would be releasing exclusively on PSN on August 21st.

Understanding and developing a game that is played in reverse is tough, so I want talk about how it all works.

Firstly, how did we design a game played in reverse? We worked backwards of course! We started with the idea that it'd be cool to play a game where time is flowing backwards, but we didn't have any ideas on how to pull that off. We did a lot of brainstorming - time reversing is a hard concept to wrap your head around.

We figured for gameplay purposes, undoing your actions would be the best fit for that theme. When undoing, you have to match both the timing and the position of previous actions.

When matching timing, music is the best way to achieve that, so we thought rhythm gameplay would be the best mechanic to build the game around. We figured a 2D game where your motion is constrained to a few discrete lanes would make it easier to match the positions.

A 2D spaceship shooter seemed like a great fit for the theme, so we tried to incorporate elements from...
 

Sony Announces Instant Play Streaming Video for PS3 is Here!

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103w ago - Sony's Greg Belloni has announced today that Instant Play streaming video for the PS3 entertainment system is officially here!

To quote: The wait is over - you can now immediately watch the movies you rent from the PlayStation Video Store on your PlayStation 3!

It's all pretty simple, really - just get the popcorn ready, find the flick you've been dying to see and make the rental like you have for other titles.

Now, however, there's no waiting - just select the option to "Stream" after the download screen and you're on your way. After the service makes sure your internet connection has enough bandwidth the feature will start immediately.

Remember though, once you start the stream, you have 24 hours to watch the movie. Enjoy!

Instant Play

Instant Play is your ticket to instant entertainment. With Instant Play, you no longer need to wait for movies to download, and a growing library with thousands of movie titles including Hollywood's hits and select classics are available for instant playback.

Simply log onto PlayStation Store, select the movie you want to rent, and play instantly on your PlayStation 3 device. So, what are you waiting for? Log in and start watching today!

Further details can be found [Register or Login to view links]
 

The Expendables 2: The Videogame Arrives on PSN Play Today

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104w ago - Ubisoft Producer Adam Sarasohn has confirmed for fans that The Expendables 2: The Videogame will be blowing the top off PSN Play beginning today.

To quote: The Expendables 2: The Videogame will be kicking off the PSN PLAY program today, giving PlayStation gamers the first chance to play this explosive shooter.

Following the critically acclaimed action movie series by Lionsgate and Millennium Films, The Expendables 2: The Videogame put gamers in control of four of the world's top mercenaries - Barney Ross, Hale Caesar, Gunner Jensen and Yin Yang - as they embark on a rescue mission for a kidnapped billionaire.

Each mercenary will have a distinct play style giving you the choice to tackle enemies up-close or from afar. Here's a quick breakdown of each of the characters weapons and abilities:

Barney Ross: As the leader of the Expendables, Barney is a solid all-around character with no particular weaknesses. His dual pistols or Colt revolver make short work of weaker enemies, while a well-timed grenade toss can take out turrets, tanks, and whatever else the game throws your way. And if someone gets a little too close, Barney's brass knuckles will send them flying back where they came from.

Hale Caesar: Hale is your explosives expert. His weapons are...
 

Video: PSN PLAY: Pre-order The Expendables 2 Starting Today

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105w ago - Digital Distribution Senior Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced alongside a video that as part of PSN PLAY fans can pre-order The Expendables 2 starting today.

Below are the details, to quote: PSN PLAY is just starting to heat up, and starting today, you can pre-order the first game in this year's line-up.

The Expendables 2 is the first title available for PSN PLAY, and it's launching first exclusively on PS3!

The Expendables 2 is a co-op arcade-style shoot 'em up, and takes place just before the events of the upcoming movie of the same name.

Up to four players can join up to take part in an action-packed rescue mission spanning a number of exotic locales. If you missed the announcement trailer, be sure to check it out below.

The Expendables 2 hits PSN on July 31 for $14.99, and PlayStation Plus members can nab the game for $11.99 (20% off) during launch week. Pre-order the game now for a free theme based on The Expendables 2.





Come back next Tuesday for another post with more info on The Expendables 2, and don't miss out on our special cash voucher savings by purchasing titles in the PSN PLAY line-up.

We'll have more information on the rest of the PSN PLAY...
 
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