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Video: Unit 13 Takes Shooters Social on PlayStation Vita

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134w ago - Sony Senior Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared an interview and video tour of Unit 13 today, which takes shooters social on PlayStation Vita!

To quote: There's no sense mincing words: The next game from SOCOM creator Zipper Interactive represents a fairly radical rethinking of the competitive shooter genre.

The game doesn't include a traditional single-player story or a conventional multiplayer battleground, instead focusing squarely on bite-sized, highly replayable scenarios that can be played alone or with a friend.

In dropping the well-worn ways of the past, Unit 13 is positioning itself to be on the forefront of an entirely new way to think about multiplayer. The game will track and report your virtual exploits and broadcast them to friends both far (via PSN) and near (via...Near).

To get a handle on this brazen new approach to shooter design, we asked Creative Director Seth Luisi to outline Unit 13's feature set and functionality in a video tour.





Afterwards, we looped in with SCEA Producer Ara Demirjian to get answers to our burning questions. If you have any burning questions of your own, be sure to leave them in the comments!

PlayStation.Blog: In your...
 

Video: GaiaSeed: Smooth and Silky Shooter Hits PSN Imports

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140w ago - MonkeyPaw Games Marketing Manager Ray Almeda has shared a video today announcing that their smooth and silky shooter GaiaSeed hits PSN Imports today.

To quote: Japanese retro lovers have a special attachment to the shooting genre. Remember the days when shooters ruled the skies?

So many great games came from that era but not all were shared with the West. Here's one you might enjoy.

GaiaSeed is for the pure shooter enthusiast. When you get your hands on this one, you'll be taken back to that era. Supremely smooth with a silky techo backbeat, GaiaSeed is one of those lost gems that should have become a classic. The game is guaranteed to satisfy, again and again.

This horizontal scrolling shooter from Techno Soleil has solid control, precise bullet collision, and a simple power-up system. With six stages, it's not the longest game on the block, but the massively scaling 2D backgrounds and variable difficulty make up for that.





But the real beauty of GaiaSeed lies in its subtlety. The technique and effects used will give shooter aficionados a work of art to go back to for multiple exposure. The soundtrack stands out for its techno/ambiance mood and adds to the subliminal nature of...
 

Video: Dust 514 Interview: Changing Console Shooters Forever

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144w ago - Today SCEE Manager James Gallagher has shared a video trailer and interview with Dust 514 on how it will change console shooters forever below!

To quote: We haven't heard a great deal about DUST 514 since it was shown at E3 2011, other than that it's a first-person shooter connected to the vast sci-fi universe of PC MMO EVE Online, and that it's coming exclusively to PlayStation 3.

When developers CCP made the trip from Iceland to London to outline their vision for this new addition to their immensely popular EVE universe, I came out of the meeting amazed at the scale of the project. Suffice to say, DUST 514 is not just another shooter.

After the meeting, I interrogated Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer at CCP, to find out exactly why PlayStation 3 owners should be getting excited.

PS.Blog: With EVE Online, CCP already has a huge, engaged community. Why are you now trying to break into the console FPS market?

Brandon: EVE Online is an incredibly deep MMO and, for better or worse, that comes with a typical perception that it is complicated. The common joke is that you have to overcome a 'learning cliff' to get involved.

Part of the thinking behind DUST 514 is to address those preconceptions; we accept that there is a barrier...
 

Why First and Third Person Shooters are Not Popular in Japan

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318w ago - An eight page Famitsu article called "Shall we shoot a little?" and featuring a bikini lady holding a gun tackles first-person and third-person shooters was featured recently.

The magazine polled readers to see what experience they have with FPS or TPS games. 74.8 percent have played these types of games, while 51 percent of those said they'd like to play FPS or TPS games again.

Reasons for disinterest didn't include the stereotypical FPS-games-make-Japanese-nauseous, but did include these responses from Famitsu readers:

"I'm not interested."

"The games seem difficult."

"I don't know what the point of these games is."

"I'm worried about playing them because I'm a beginner."

And so RPGs march valiantly on and on...
 
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