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This Week in PlayStation Home: Novus Prime 1-Year Anniversary Event, Holiday Specials, ...

GlassWalls's Avatar + Posted by GlassWalls on Nov 30, 2011

This Thursday, November 30th, join the PlayStation Home community as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of PlayStation Home’s exclusive multiplayer space combat shooter Novus Prime. To kick start this special event, Nebulon and Experience boosters will be absolutely free for all players (available for a limited time only)! Each booster lasts for 24 hours and increases gains by 150%. To top things off, select Novus Prime items will be on sale for 50% off. This deal won’t last forever, so report to the Novus Prime space station this Thursday and join the fight!

Snow has begun to fall in the Lockwood Publishing Showcase, transforming it into a magical winter scene. Visit the Lockwood Publishing Showcase this Thursday to dance with Timmy the Gingerbread Man, marvel at the new festive Stitchkins and get a sneak peak at what Figment and Iron Fusion have in store for the future.

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Exclusive Look At New Characters In New Yakuza: Dead Souls Trailer

Kellie Parker's Avatar + Posted by Kellie Parker on Nov 30, 2011

You may have heard that Yakuza: Dead Souls is coming to PlayStation 3 in March 2012. Like Yakuza 4, the game will let you play as four characters, including two never-before-played fan favorites: Goro Majima and Ryuji Goda. It’s a Yakuza experience like none other, because this time, you’ll be fighting a horde of blood-thirsty zombies.

The undead are multiplying and filling the streets of Tokyo’s red light district. The area is quarantined quickly, but degenerates into a district full of terror, panic and devastation. Survivors try to flee the city, but four men rise up to protect those they care most about. If you think zombies are bad, meet the Yakuza.

Playable for the first time in Yakuza: Dead Souls, Goro Majima is nuts about zombie movies. He’s so excited to be killing off zombies that when you’re playing as Majima, you’ll be picking fights with zombies, instead of just merely defending yourself. Now that’s bad ass.

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Exclusive Best Buy PlayStation 3D Display Offer

Tim Bender's Avatar + Posted by Tim Bender on Nov 30, 2011

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and are excited for what’s in store this holiday season. As you know, the PlayStation 3D Display officially launched last week and our friends at Best Buy are offering a new promotion to celebrate. While supplies last, customers who purchase a 3D Display will be able to purchase a PS3 for only $100. A fantastic offer for those wanting to experience 3D gaming and entertainment right out of the box.

Just in case you missed it on Sunday, the new promotion was announced in a new TV commercial that aired for the first time nationally during the Falcons/Viking football game and it features everyone’s favorite executive Kevin Butler.

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PS3 System Software Update (v.4.00)

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Nov 29, 2011

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A new system software update (v4.00) will be released this week. In preparation for the launch of PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) in Japan, this update will prepare PlayStation 3 (PS3) to serve as a content management device. It will allow users to copy their digital content such as games, music, photos, and videos between PS Vita and PS3, back up PS Vita game games including save data to your PS3 hard drive, and update the system software for your PS Vita system using the network features of your PS3.

Other changes to take effect with this update include:

  • PlayStation Plus members can now choose to enable or disable each automatic update feature
    • Game patches
    • System software
    • Recommended games and videos
    • Sync trophy information

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PlayStation Store Update

Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Nov 29, 2011

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It’s a great week to be a Sly Cooper fan. This week the Sly Cooper Collection hits PlayStation Network in a big way. Fans can pick up the entire collection in the PS3 Full Game section of the PlayStation Store for one low price. You can also pick up each game individually as well. Remember, each classic Sly Cooper game has been lovingly upgraded with HD visuals and Trophy Support. If you never had a chance to experience these PS2-era gems, hop on these titles and get set for Sly’s new PS3 adventure in 2012!

Other new releases this week include new PSN game Voltron: Defender Of The Universe. Fight against King Zarkon’s evil forces in a journey across the Voltron universe in an epic journey featuring classic moments from the series. A trial is also available to download as well. The PS3 Full Game library continues to expand as well with the aforementioned Sly Cooper Collection, De Blob 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Also, don’t forget to check out DLC to download including the Legends Showcase for NBA 2K12

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Developer Origins: Irrational Games’ Ken Levine

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Nov 29, 2011

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After introducing gamers to one of the most talked-about games in a console generation — BioShock — Ken Levine became something of a big deal in the game industry. By infusing his games with socio-political overtones, sympathetic characters, and ambitious art direction, the Irrational Games president and creative director earned a reputation for creating smart games for smart people, influencing a generation of video game developers in the process. And now, the Boston-based developer is deep into development on BioShock Infinite, a game that has already earned widespread attention for its focus on weighty themes such as xenophobia, American Exceptionalism, and civil unrest.

I know Ken pretty well, as far as these things go, but I’ve always wanted to learn more about his background: where he came from, what it was like for him growing up, and how he came to be an unabashed lover of geek culture (which manifested itself in a spirited defense of geeks in the pages of Game Informer magazine). I recently caught up with the man to delve further into these topics and, hopefully, catch a glimpse of what makes him tick.

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inFAMOUS 2: How to Create Your Own UGC Graphic Novel Cutscenes

Collin Moore's Avatar + Posted by Collin Moore on Nov 29, 2011

It’s been a great month for inFAMOUS! inFAMOUS 2 user-generated content continues to grow at a tremendous rate: we are seeing missions that use UGC in ways we never could have imagined and the community continues to amaze us with some truly creative missions. Second, we want to thank everyone for making inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood the fastest-selling PSN game in history!

A couple of weeks ago we released an update for inFAMOUS 2 that included the 2D Cut Scene tool that was in packaged inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood. This update allows you to create your own comic book-inspired cut scenes for your missions, giving you tons of control over the types of stories you tell.

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NBA 2K12 Brings the Legends Showcase DLC Today

Ronnie Singh's Avatar + Posted by Ronnie Singh on Nov 29, 2011

Hey all! Several weeks after launch, everyone is still talking about the NBA’s Greatest Mode where we ask fans to play and debate the greatest NBA teams of all time. Some remarkable reviews have been pouring in, including a 9.5 out of 10 score from one IGN critic who said that NBA 2K12 “takes everything I love about last year and makes it better. Then it takes nearly all the parts I didn’t like and turns them awesome. Hey, other sports games, you just got schooled. Again.” For those of you who don’t have a copy of NBA 2K12, this is the perfect time to get in and take advantage of the all new DLC – Legends Showcase.

All the conversation about the greatest team of all time made us wonder about matching up the greatest players of all time, even taking that wonderfully fun My Player mode (which, as you can see from my stats, I can’t get enough of) and facing off against the likes of our NBA 2K12 cover athletes Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird along with current greats like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, and more.

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