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Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Jan 31, 2012

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This week, the folks at Konami are excited to bring you the new PSN Release Puddle! Relying on the physics of water and other fluids (hot magma anyone?) in ever-evolving environments, you’ll need to guide the fluid flow with precision to get to the goal. While it seems like a simple concept, the gameplay requires a fun puzzle-focused mentality where you must tilt the entire environment, balancing the push of each fluid’s unique properties with the pull of environmental factors of gravity, friction, and obstacles. With PlayStation Move compatibility, and a demo available as well, Puddle is set to make a big splash on PlayStation Network.

You may have seen EA’s news predicting the Super Bowl winners with Madden NFL 12. If you haven’t picked up this year’s edition yet, you can set up your own Super Bowl match yourself as it’s now available in the PS3 Full Games category. Joining it is also Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, its predecessor Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, and Mini Ninjas. PlayStation Plus subscribers will have access to a 1 hour rental of all of these via Full Game Trials as well.

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Twisted Metal Multiplayer Demo Coming to PSN Today

Chad Cox's Avatar + Posted by Chad Cox on Jan 31, 2012

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We know your appetite for destruction is growing as we draw closer to Twisted Metal‘s Valentine’s Day release (2/14), so we’re pleased to announce that the Twisted Metal Multiplayer Demo goes live on the PlayStation Store this afternoon!

Once the demo hits the Store, you’ll get a taste of Twisted Metal’s online play with:

  • Eight vehicles to choose from, each with their own unique special weapons
  • Two multiplayer modes: Classic free-for-all Death Match, and team-based Nuke mode—a Twisted take on Capture the Flag that’s brand new to the series
  • Challenge mode, where you can practice with each vehicle to hone your destructive skills

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The Tester 3: Premiere Episode Sneak Peek

Kevin Furuichi's Avatar + Posted by Kevin Furuichi on Jan 31, 2012

With only one week until the season 3 premiere of The Tester on February 7, it’s time to give you a sneak peek at what you’ll be seeing in the first episode of the season, and a taste of what’s to come in future episodes. We have a lot in store this season, and we don’t want to ruin any surprises, but today’s preview should give you a good idea of what challenges this season’s group of contestants will be tackling as they vie for a chance to work as a Production Associate at Santa Monica Studio.

With hissing cockroaches, brutal obstacle courses, and much more standing in their way of the grand prize, our contestants this season will have their work cut out for them.

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PULSE 1/31 Edition Featuring Soulcalibur V

Kevin Furuichi's Avatar + Posted by Kevin Furuichi on Jan 31, 2012

This edition of Pulse concludes a busy, busy January with a look at the new Soulcalibur V that returns to the 17th century with lots of new characters including Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. Christina Lee also previews the upcoming PSN shooter Gotham City Imposters that pits vigilantes dressed up as Batman against criminals dressed up like the Joker. Predictably, mayhem ensues!

In other dress-up news for you digital fashionistas, PlayStation Home‘s got a new game coming called Wardrobe Wars where you can dress to impress and let the community vote for who’s got ‘it’ and who does not.

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PlayStation Plus February Preview: Free The Simpsons Arcade Game, Far Cry 2, Final Fant...

Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Jan 31, 2012

February is nearly here, so it’s time to have a look at what’s coming to PlayStation Plus.

To start, we’re excited to bring new release The Simpsons Arcade Game as a free offering for PlayStation Plus subscribers! Releasing on February 7th, subscribers will be able to relive this classic title remastered in HD, complete with the online four-player cooperative play it’s famous for. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Plus subscribers will have access to download a bonus PS3 full game – Far Cry 2.

You’re also going to want to check out the other free games coming throughout the month, including Square Enix’s PS one classic Final Fantasy V, two PlayStation minis, six additional PSN games, and the SEGA Genesis Bundle.

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Welcome to the PS3 Demo of Syndicate, Coming to PSN Today

Andreas Gschwari's Avatar + Posted by Andreas Gschwari on Jan 31, 2012

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Syndicate, as you probably know by now, is an FPS set in the classic universe first established by Bullfrog in 1993. We have taken all the great story elements from the original game – the setting, the mood, the agents and above all the chips – and transferred into a much faster-paced and visceral game. Syndicate is not just your average FPS, though. We did this by creating a gameplay mechanic called “Breaching,” which effectively simulates an agent using his embedded military-grade DART 6 chip to interact with other chips in the world – whether they are located inside objects or human beings.

But it’s not all about the chips. No FPS can do without providing the player with an arsenal of bad-ass weapons, and we had access to some excellent examples to work with from the original games, fortified with some ideas of our own. You will find the usual suspects like sniper rifles, assault rifles and pistols, although you shouldn’t expect them to be anything like you are used to from contemporary shooters. Some of the upgrades you are able to get will transform these seemingly standard weapons into something else entirely:

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Sack It To Me: 6 Million Thank You’s, The Muppets, The Sackies, and More

Mark Valledor's Avatar + Posted by Mark Valledor on Jan 31, 2012

The LittleBigPlanet franchise now has over 6 USER-GENERATED MILLION GAMES & LEVELS!!!
Something magical recently happened in the world of LittleBigPlanet – thanks to our awesome community, the LBP franchise now has more than 6 million user-generated games and levels that have been created by fans and uploaded online to the PlayStation Network! As always, we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone contributing, whether you’re creating, sharing, or just playing. Here are a few nuggets we found over the weekend (see above video).

SPEED CREATE by Mnniska
A new fan-created video series called SpeedCreate. Love the new approach and helpful tips/ideas passed along to the rest of us. Thanks!

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Oscar’s Lobster Mania Comes to PlayStation Home + Weekly Update

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Jan 30, 2012

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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and marvel at the wondrous, bizarre game of crustacean-based skill known as Oscar’s Lobster Mania! This exclusive PlayStation Home personal space/game releases this Wednesday, February 1st and will be available in both the VEEMEE and Estates stores in the PlayStation Home Mall. Judge the distance, set the power, take aim and fire away! The more lobsters you can get into Oscar’s mouth, the higher your score and the further you’ll progress through the levels. Added bonus: Owner’s of Lobster’s Oscar Mania unlock rewards at every level (12 levels total), so be sure to pick yours up when it releases this Wednesday.

To celebrate the recent launch of Novus Prime: Vindication in PlayStation Home, our friends at Hellfire Games are offering zero-gravity Spacewalking for free inside the Novus Prime space station. Simply warp to Novus Prime from the Action District starting today, activate Spacewalk at the center of the station, and float around weightlessly indoors (and outside in space) for free until February 5th. While you are there, be sure to check out all the fresh content and free rewards in the newly released Novus Prime: Vindication expansion!

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