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XBlaze Code: Embryo - Visual Novel Set in BlazBlue Universe for PS3

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45w ago - Aksys Games Editor Mike Engler revealed today that XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel set in the BlazBlue Universe that is coming to PS3.

To quote: Hello... again... and again... Aksys Games, purveyors of quality digital entertainment, is pleased to announce that we will be releasing Arc System Works' latest tour de force, XBlaze Code: Embryo!

Taking place almost two centuries before the events of BlazBlue, XBlaze tells the story of Touya Kagari, a mostly unremarkable high school sophomore with a remarkable past, and his transformation from a typical teenager into the target of secret organizations, renegade mages, homicidal maniacs, and curry-obsessed co-workers.

And though XBlaze touches on the origins of some of the more important elements of the BlazBlue mythos (The Azure, Black Beast, and Takamagahara spring immediately to mind), its story stands on its own as an epic tale of disparate groups all fighting for control of the power responsible for the creation of the universe.

As for the game itself, XBlaze is a visual novel with a number of twists on the formula. One of the biggest differences is that, unlike most games in the genre that simple use static character images during conversation scenes, story scenes in XBlaze are more akin to an animated feature, complete...
 

Rumor: PS Vita Slim Set for Release in Europe and North America?

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47w ago - IGN reports that Sony has invited press to an exclusive breakfast briefing with PlayStation next Thursday, January 30th, where it is rumored that they will unveil a PS Vita Slim (or perhaps a PS Vita TV international release) for Europe and North American regions.

The invitation (below) reads, to quote: "You are invited to an exclusive breakfast briefing with PlayStation.

Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest.

When: Thursday 30th January 2014 | 09:00-11:00"

The PS Vita Slim is already available in Japan, and is 20 percent thinner than the existing model, as well as being 15 percent lighter.

It does away with the OLED screen for a 5-inch LCD display, which helps the battery to supposedly last up to an hour longer. The Japanese one is available in six different colors too, though we've yet to see if that's replicated in the west.

Of course the announcement could be about something else entirely, but the Vita Slim seems to be the sensible option, especially given the new appeal the handheld has thanks to the PS4's remote play functionality.

Having only just launched the PS4, it's exceedingly unlikely that Sony would announced a slim version of the console right now as they traditionally...
 

Fez Set to Melt Minds on PS4, PlayStation Vita and PS3 Platforms

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70w ago - Polytron Producer Marie-Christine Bourdua announced today that Fez is set to melt minds on PS4, PlayStation Vita and PS3 platforms!

To quote: Hi there! My name is Marie-Christine Bourdua, producer at Polytron, and I'm here today to announce that Fez is coming soon to PS Vita, PS3 and PS4. Making Fez happen has been such an incredible journey, and we are truly thrilled to see our game come to PlayStation platforms.

Fez development started six and a half years ago with Phil Fish's ideas and Renaud Bedard's programming skills. The Montreal-based studio was (and still is) very small, but very ambitious.

Only 100 days into development, we submitted a Fez prototype to the 2008 Independent Games Festival, and were awarded the Visual Arts award, which was a huge public awareness and morale boost. But we still had a whole game to make!

We failed to meet a million deadlines and had to overcome financial obstacles, but met amazing collaborators along the way, like the game's composer, Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace), and outstanding pixel artist Paul Robertson.

The game was taking shape, had a unique atmosphere and aura of mystery that we knew would find fans. As we were wrapping up development, James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot (makers of the Sundance-nominated...
 

PlayStation Plus Update: Jet Set Radio Free for PS Plus Members

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75w ago - Sony PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Morgan Haro announced today as part of their PlayStation Plus update that Jet Set Radio is free for PS Plus Members.

Below are the details, to quote: There's a lot to dig into today, including a new addition to the Instant Game Collection - the acclaimed Jet Set Radio on PS3 will be free for PS Plus members!

We're also rolling out some fantastic discounts on sweet games including Ducktales Remastered (pre-order is live tomorrow along with the PlayStation Store PLAY lineup, game releases 8/13), the charming and super fun indie platformer Cloudberry Kingdom (game releases July 30th), and discounts on some of the best PlayStation Move titles like Datura and Sorcery.

July 16th PlayStation Plus Update

Jet Set Radio (PS3)
PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Fight for control of Tokyo-to, mark your turf with graffiti, tag walls, billboards, and even rival gang members! Perform tricks and flips on magnetically driven in-line skates, but watch out for the local police force!

Ducktales Remastered (PS3)
20% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $14.99; PS Plus Price: $11.99)

(PREORDER, game releases August 13th for PS3) DuckTales: Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful...
 

Handsome Platformer Teslagrad is Set to Charm on PS3 This Year

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75w ago - Sony Santa Monica Studio Designer Quentin Ramsey confirmed today that handsome platformer Teslagrad is set to charm on PS3 this year.

To quote: Hello there! This is Peter Wingaard Meldahl, co-founder of single player campaign, The Whirlpool of Alecto features a giant leviathan whose sole purpose is to unleash Alecto's fury in the form of physical pain onto any unsuspecting warrior careless enough to venture into its domain.

The level also features elevated terrain sections for knocking over, slamming, and stunning your opponents.

The best part is that these features are all free, right now! Praise be to the Gods for hearing our cries!

The team at Sony Santa Monica would like to give a special thanks to the thousands of Championsworldwide supporting the team, and playing God of War: Ascension multiplayer.

Update: It's also coming to PlayStation Vita, according to [Register or Login to view links] of Rain Games, to quote:

Beautiful puzzle platformer Teslagrad is coming to PS Vita

Find out how Rain Games is bringing its forthcoming PS3 title to the handheld...



 
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