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  1. It's an unfortunate truth that most services usually increase their prices over time (but understandable given the ever-increasing cost of things), and PlayStation Plus is no exception from this rule. Sony announced earlier today that the digital service will be seeing a $10 price hike in the 12-month plan from the current $49.99 rate, making it $59.99. As for the three-month plan, it'll increase to $24.99 USD/29.99 CAD, and the monthly plan will remain at $9.99 for the US while increasing to $11.99 in Canada. Unfortunately, there has been no mention of any added benefits to the service in exchange for the price hike, making it seem as if the higher rate is simply to keep up with growing expenses in maintaining PS Plus. The new prices will officially go into effect on September 22 (current users will experience the new change when their current membership runs out and has to be renewed), so if you want the lower $49.99 price, be sure to pick up a subscription card or two before the deadline! Source: PlayStation Blog What are your thoughts on the PS Plus price hike?
  2. Today's headlines bring a mix of good news, bad news, and... interesting news, to say the least. If you're into either Hyrule Warriors or Street Fighter V, there are some new announcements regarding each, and Sony has finally announced the PlayStation Plus free titles for April. Read on to see the rest of the headlines below! Link's Awakening's Marin will be the next DLC character coming to Hyrule Warriors Legends With Hyrule Warriors Legends, it seems Omega Force is really trying to pull characters from just about every Zelda title out there (well, ), and this rings especially true with the next playable DLC character that's on the way: Marin (from Link's Awakening). She'll be part of the second DLC pack coming this Summer, which also will include a new weapon for Linkle, 16 more My Fairy costume pieces, a new adventure mode map, and two new adventure mode scenarios. The final two DLC packs are said to be based on Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, respectively, but it'll likely be a little longer before we find out which characters will be in each of them. Source: Game Informer Street Fighter V gets its first DLC character today: Alex If you've been waiting for Capcom to roll out the DLC for Street Fighter V, today is your day. Well, for one character at least. Alex (from Street Fighter III) is officially the first DLC character to make his way onto the Street Fighter V roster. You'll be able to use Fight Money (money earned in-game) in order to purchase or him; otherwise you'll need to use real money on a season pass in order to play as the grappler. And if you don't have the money? No problem - Capcom is allowing players to take him for a test run during a limited trial period, so get to it! Source: Destructoid n-Space shuts down More unfortunate news about studios closures today as it was revealed that n-Space, the developer behind games such as Nintendo's Geist and Square Enix's Heroes of Ruin -- has officially shut down. The news was announced by former n-Space artist Ben Leary. Sword Coast Legends was the studio's final game, though it looks like it wasn't enough to keep the studio going, which had been around for some 21 years before its closure. Source: Nintendo World Report David Hayter's got 'no love' for Kojima In some more surprising news, David Hayter -- the original voice of Metal Gear Solid's Snake -- revealed on a recent episode of The Game Informer Show podcast that he isn't crazy about series creator Hideo Kojima, despite having worked with him on all but one of the games. It turns out that Kojima had wanted to replace him early on with Kurt Russell, but the Hollywood star turned down the role when he was offered the part of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid 3. In turn, Hayter was forced to re-audition for the role (which he ultimately won back again). However, he was left out in the cold when it came to Metal Gear Solid V, and found out that he had been replaced only when he ran into a producer on the game at a recording studio. Needless to say, this didn't sit well with Hayter, who wasn't even formally contacted about it, prompting him to admit on the podcast that he's got "no particular love for Kojima" and that he probably would never work with him again. Yikes. If you'd like to listen to the whole podcast, you can check it out at the source link below. Source: Game Informer (via PlayStation Universe) PlayStation Plus April 2016 lineup revealed Not a day too soon, Sony has finally revealed what PlayStation Plus free titles we can expect to see in April. Dead Star and Zombi appear to headline the bunch, with the usual indies and one other AAA title from last-gen. Here's the full list: PS4 Dead Star Zombi PS3 I Am Alive Savage Moon PS Vita A Virus Named Tom Shutsumi What are your thoughts on Marin joining Hyrule Warriors and Alex being a DLC character for Street Fighter V? Are you surprised that David Hayter holds no love for Kojima? And what do you think of the PS Plus lineup for April? Let us know in the comments!
  3. GP Daily returns with some fairly big news in tow! Today, a big announcement was made regarding the next Pokemon generation, Nintendo cuts its own forecast for the fiscal year, Resident Evil is getting more remasters, and more! Read on below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qBHfd2NtJs Pokemon's Seventh Generation kicks off with Sun and Moon It's official: The Pokemon Company has announced that Generation 7 is coming with Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon when it releases on 3DS in Holiday 2016. Not much else was revealed about the games other than their logos and the fact that they'll be available to play in nine languages, but expect to hear more in the near future. We also got some new information regarding Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, which are launching tomorrow. Apparently, you'll be able to use the Pokemon Bank app on 3DS to bring any Pokemon from the 3DS version of those first three games over to Sun and Moon. No word on support for X/Y or ORAS, however. For a more detailed breakdown of this information, be sure to check out Jonathan's latest Individual Values today. Rumor: Nintendo and EA might rekindle their relationship for NX; sports games a central topic surrounding this Remember EA's "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo back when Wii U was going to launch in 2012? We all know how that turned out in the end, but it looks as if both companies are ready to give the relationship another try if the latest rumors are correct. Reportedly, talks are in place coming up over the next month or two between the company that will determine what level of support EA will be giving to Nintendo's next platform, codenamed 'NX.' The rumors indicate that EA is looking for major support from Nintendo regarding its sports titles and how they plan to cultivate an audience of sports fans that they can sell to. EA also apparently wants hardware bundles with their games, and for Nintendo to start promoting their hardware and software during high-profile sports events. It's too early to say what will happen for sure, but stay tuned for this year's E3, in which we'll likely find out whether Nintendo was able to secure EA's support once again or not. If they do, they could be a key player in keeping NX afloat in subsequent years thanks to the popularity of their games. Source: Nintendo Life Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 coming to PS4 and Xbox One Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster might have just released but Capcom is just getting started with Resident Evil remasters. The company recently announced that Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are all coming to PS4 and Xbox One over the course of 2016. The first game to release will be Resident Evil 6 in March, followed by 5 during the Summer, and 4 during the Fall. Fortunately, all of RE6's add-on content will come with the game, in case you were worried that they would make you buy it again. Source: Gamespot Alan Wake may be getting a new game If you're a big fan of Remedy's Alan Wake series, you might be getting a new game at... some point -- apparently a trademark for "Alan Wake's Return" has been spotted. What might "Return" allude to? Is it a remaster of the first game for Xbox One, or might it actually be a full-blown Alan Wake 2? We'll have to wait and see. Source: IGN March PS Plus Games Announced Sony has announced what games you can expect to see as part of the March PlayStation Plus free games lineup, and they are... Broforce, PS4 Flame Over, PS Vita Galak-Z, PS4 The Last Guy, PS3 Reality Fighters, PS Vita Super Stardust HD, PS3 For the most part, it really looks to be a mish-mash of indie games this time around, with the excellent Super Stardust HD thrown in (which somehow has never come to PS Plus until this point). Broforce and Galak-Z look to be the highest profile games aside from SSHD, so be sure to check them out if you have a PS Plus subscription once March arrives. Source: PlayStation Blog And that's it for today's news. What are your thoughts on Pokemon Sun and Moon? And did any of the other news strike your fancy?
  4. PlayStation Plus' newest promotion, Vote to Play, has officially opened for voting today, and three games have been revealed to be in the running. As mentioned before, the game that wins the vote will be selected as a PlayStation Plus Instant Game for September, with the two runner-ups receiving special discounts. The first nominee is Armello, a tabletop-inspired, turn-based strategy RPG from developer League of Geeks, who describe it as "Kung Fu Panda meets Game of Thrones." Next up is Grow Home, a platformer from Ubisoft Reflections in which you play as a robot who literally must "grow" his way home using a plant that will tower toward the atmosphere (and his ship) under your direction. Along the way, you'll explore floating islands, encounter strange plants and animals, and more. Finally, Zombie Vikings is the newest game from Zoink, the indie studio behind last year's Stick it to the Man!. It's a 1-4 story brawler that features 30 levels, 40 unlockable weapons, and presumably plenty of zombies and vikings. So how do you vote? First of all, you'll need to be a PS Plus member. Then, simply log on to your PS4 with your PSN account, and then access Vote to Play under “What“s New,” “Notifications,” or visit the PS Plus section of the PlayStation Store, where you“ll find details for Vote to Play. Source: PlayStation Blog Which game will you be voting for?
  5. http://www.destructoid.com/sony-is-hiking-ps-plus-subscription-prices-in-the-uk-and-europe-303030.phtml Looks like Sony is raising the price of PS Plus in Europe, starting in September. The good news is that they're only raising the single and three-month subscription prices while the year-long subscription is supposed to stay the same. But for how long? I have to imagine Sony will raise the annual price eventually (most likely out of necessity), so if it goes from, say, $49.99 to something like $59.99 or $69.99, would that be a deal breaker for you? How high would be too high for you to subscribe to PS Plus? This largely depends on how much you use it, and whether you're a big multiplayer person on PS4, I suppose. For me, anything more than $49.99 is just too much, considering that I have rarely played any PS Plus games as of late. What about you? Would you be out at the first sign of a price increase?
  6. Jason Clement

    PlayStation Plus Vote to Play Coming Soon

    Being a PlayStation Plus member certainly has its perks, such as being able to download a number of PSN titles each month for free. Unfortunately, members have never quite had a say as to what free games would appear for free — that is, until now. Sony has announced that an upcoming "Vote to Play" promotion will enable PS Plus members to vote for the game they want to see as a free PS Plus game in one of the upcoming monthly lineups. Of course, the game with the most votes will have that honor, and in the first promotion, players will be able to get the runner-ups for a discounted price. More details about this promotion are forthcoming, but it sounds like this will be an ongoing thing from now on, which is great to hear for PS Plus members. Source: PlayStation Blog Are you glad to hear that you'll be able to vote for a game to appear in future PS Plus lineups?
  7. In a strange move for PlayStation, the March PlayStation Plus free games were announced today, the actual day of their debut as opposed to a week before when they are usually announced. Still, there is a bevy of excellent titles available for download this month, and they include the following: Abe's Oddysee—New 'n' Tasty! (PS4) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment (PS3) OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS Vita, PS4) CounterSpy (PS Vita, PS4, PS3) Some of the big standouts include Valiant Hearts, which was a Game of the Year contender on many sites in 2014; Papo & Yo, a poignant yet heartfelt game about a boy using escapism as a means of dealing with his father's alcohol addiction and abusive nature; and Sherlock Holmes: Crime and Punishment, an investigation game in the Sherlock Holmes series of games by Frogwares which released in the latter half of last year. Abe's Oddysee—New 'n' Tasty was also very well-received by our own Marcus Estrada in his review, and OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood represents the debut of the title, being one of the few PS Plus games to debut with its release. Source: PlayStation Blog What do you think of the March PlayStation Plus lineup?
  8. Jason Clement

    PlayStation Plus Games for October Revealed

    Another month, another set of new PlayStation Plus Instant Games for subscribers to play. This month sees a few big games hitting the lineup, including one of the first big exclusives on PS Plus for PlayStation 4 owners. Here's what you can expect to download and play in October- PS4 Dust: An Elysian Tale (to read our official review, click here) Spelunky (Cross-buy) DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition PS3 Batman: Arkham Asylum Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara PS Vita Pix the Cat (PSV/PS4) Rainbow Moon (PSV/PS3) (to read our official review, click here) It's worth noting that DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition features unrestricted access both online and offline to 11 tracks of India and 10 cars for your garage, according to the PlayStation Blog. However, if you want all the content, you'll have to purchase the full game. Check out the video below for more info/footage on the games. http://youtu.be/nqJwE7_nIpY Source: PlayStation Blog Are you interested in any of the PlayStation Plus lineup for October? Which do you plan to play?
  9. [uPDATE] Sony has clarified via twitter that those who upgrade the PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will not lose access if their PS Plus subscription expires. The tweet reads, "UPDATE> If you have #DRIVECLUB PS+ Ed & upgrade, we'll ensure you keep full game access even if your PS Plus runs out" Certainly a smart move on Sony's part. Original story: Last week we reported that DRIVECLUB had finally received a release date and now we have another tidbit of news to share. As you may know, a content-limited version of DRIVECLUB will be available for free to Playstation Plus members. Jamie Brayshaw, Community Development Manager at Evolution Studios, announced today what exactly that version would include. The PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB will give players access to "one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes." Brayshaw added, "You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DRIVECLUB community." From the sounds of it, Playstation Plus members will get a substantial taste of the game before having to decide whether or not to make the full investment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss--cO6ZnZA The news was not all good, however. Playstation Plus users will be able to upgrade to the full version for $49.99. According to the announcement, "This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events," and here's the bad news, "as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active." This means that despite spending $49.99 for an upgrade, players do not actually own the content. This is contrary to the standards set with all other purchased PS Plus content. If you purchase anything, even at an extreme discount, you own it whether or not you subscribe to PS Plus in the future. After a loud negative response from fans, Paul Rustchynsky, DRIVECLUB's Game Director, announced on twitter that he is "seeking clarification." Since it is addressed in the announcement video as well, this does not seem like a miscommunication. At the end of the day, the game is still available for $59.99 at retail on a Blu-ray disc. For updates on the developing DRIVECLUB PS Plus fiasco, keep it at Game Podunk. Would you upgrade DRIVECLUB on PS Plus if a subscription is required to keep it? Source: Playstation Blog
  10. Jason Clement

    PlayStation Plus Instant Games for April Revealed

    It's that special time at the end of the month where the PlayStation Blog gives a sneak peek at what we can expect to see on PlayStation Plus next month, and boy what a month it's going to be. The big game that's coming for PS3 users is Batman: Arkham City, and it serves as a great jumping-on point especially for those that may be curious about the recently-announced Batman: Arkham Knight. Aside from that, the Metal Slug-inspired Mercenary Kings will be available as an Instant Game for PS4 owners, so be sure to keep your eyes out for that. Here's a full list of everything you can expect to see on PS Plus during April- PS4 Mercenary Kings PS3 Batman: Arkham City Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse (check out our review here) Stealth Inc. PS Vita Velocity Ultra Pixel Junk Monsters Ultimate HD Are you looking forward to playing any of these titles?
  11. You might recall that PlayStation held a 13 for '13 sale on PSN last year (which consisted of 13 games on sale in honor of 2013), and now it looks like they're set to continue the themed sale tomorrow with 2014. The 14 for '14 sale includes some pretty huge discounts on recent popular games, with the normal sale price being 50% off, and PS+ sale prices being as much as 75% off. Check out the full list of PS3 games below getting the sales treatment. Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - $3.75 (PS+ price), $7.49 (sale) Crysis 3 - $5.00 (PS+ price), $9.99 (sale) Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut - $13.49 (PS+), $14.99 (sale) Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition - $5.00 (PS+), $9.99 (sale) F1 2013 - $21.99 - (PS+), $29.99 (sale) Far Cry Blood Dragon - $3.75 (PS+), $7.49 (sale) Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Cross-buy) - $5.24 (PS+), $7.49 (sale) Pool Nation - $2.25 (PS+), $4.49 (sale) Puppeteer - $7.00 (PS+), $13.99 (sale) Rain - $3.75 (PS+), $7.49 (sale) Rayman Legends - $35.99 (PS+), $47.99 (sale) Tales of Xillia - $10.00 (PS+), $19.99 (sale) The Wolf Among Us Season Pass - $13.49 (PS+), $14.99 (sale) Thomas Was Alone (Cross-buy) - $2.50 (PS+), $4.99 (sale) There are also also 14 Vita games on sale as well, including big games like Killzone Mercenary, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Soul Sacrifice, and The Walking Dead. You can find their prices on The PlayStation Blog. Recommendations: Puppeteer, Rain, and The Wolf Among Us received some of the most highly acclaimed games when they were reviewed last year on GP; they're all more than a bargain for the price they're going for in this sale. Tales of Xillia is hard to pass up for $10 as well, if you have PlayStation Plus.
  12. PlayStation Plus members have had a great year in 2013, with big titles ranging from XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, and more hitting the service for free at one time or another, and now Sony is upping the ante in January 2014 with even more huge titles from 2013. The biggest Instant Game coming is inarguably Bioshock Infinite, which has been a huge Game of the Year contender for many sites. DmC: Devil May Cry is another big title from earlier in the year that many players may not have gotten around to yet, and the critically acclaimed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is also making its debut as an instant game. In all, it's slated to be a huge month for PS+ users, with six Instant Games on the way. You can check out the full list of games below: Don't Starve (PS4) Bioshock Infinite (PS3) DmC: Devil May Cry (PS3) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3) Worms: Battle Island (PS Vita) Smart As... (PS Vita) Which PS+ game are you looking forward to playing the most?
  13. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Contrast

    Developer: Compulsion Games Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Platform: PC (Steam), PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 Release Date: November 15, 2013 ESRB: T for Teen A download code was provided by the publisher for this review At one point, the PlayStation 4 was set to bring Driveclub to PS Plus members after they hooked their new system up. However, that ended up not being the case, and instead PS4 owners were granted two titles - Contrast and Resogun. Contrast is not a PS4 exclusive, and can in fact be found on multiple platforms. In any case, the PS Plus promotion served Compulsion Games with an incredible opportunity to show their game to millions. Does Contrast prove itself to be deserving of such attention? As unfortunate as it is to say - no, Contrast is not a particularly good game. But that ignores all the obvious dedication that went into creating the product. You see, the periphery of the game is quite nice. Here we have the story of a young girl named Didi who is living through some very turbulent times with her parents. Living with her mother, she has two men in her life. One is her “real” father, while the other is currently trying to win back the mother. With all this taking place in the ”20s, there“s a distinct vibe about it too. Gangsters, magicians, and cabaret are all intertwined, creating an unique atmosphere. Gameplay itself is handled via a mix of 2D and 3D platforming. Although the story revolves primarily around Didi and her family, you play as someone else - someone named Dawn that only young Didi can see. This woman has the special ability to exist not only in the main dimension, but also go into shadows. For example, if machinery is casting a large shadow along the wall, she can go up to the wall and then walk atop said shadows. It is this mix between planes that sets the stage for a variety of puzzles. Often, the player needs to make changes to the real environment so they can platform across the shadows. Sometimes, all you have to do is leap across pre-existing shadows, though. On other occasions, you“re required to bring objects in and out of the shadow side with you in order to trigger solutions. All in all, it is a pretty simple concept that works, although most puzzles aren“t challenging. When they are, it can take some trial and error to get through. Puzzle sequences aren“t usually too exciting, although there are some moments that stand out as really innovative. It“s a shame that this couldn“t have been the case more often. Unfortunately, for all that Contrast does right in setting the scene, it just isn“t polished. For one, the narrative feels like it begins at a slow pace, only to suddenly unleash copious hints and a reveal on you in the last chapter. The game seems to take most anywhere from 2-4 hours, although for me it was closer to the 4-5 range. This was not for my complete lack of puzzle skill (although it felt like it at times) but due to butting heads with tons of glitches. It must be noted that not all players experience issues during their playthrough. My experience on the PS4 was not this lucky. There were multiple times when attempting to go into the shadows would somehow fling my character across the room. Often, I found myself stuck in the game“s walls and objects. This could usually be fixed by hammering the jump button or boost enough, but that in turn often made me inadvertently fling Dawn into an abyss, or at least to an area that wasn“t where I intended to be. The amount of times I saw the main character go into a default 3D modeling pose with arms outstretched was sky high, and that“s not something you“re really supposed to see in any game. Of course, these aren“t game breaking as much as they are annoying. There was one incident that did require restarting from the previous save. It happened to be in the middle of the last puzzle of the game and, of course, the save takes you back to the start. Having fought with Contrast many times leading up to that point, it was hard to get motivated to play through the whole puzzle sequence again. Thankfully, the proper trigger occurred the second time around, but this is just the tip of the glitch iceberg. Others have reported ways of skipping past puzzles entirely, or warping into new areas and cutscenes. Elements like these can be utilized for speed runners, but average gamers are likely to be annoyed by frequent problems. Compulsion Games have committed toward patching the game (which they admit launched with more serious glitches than they had hoped). PC players will be the first to receive patches, with them filtering out toward consoles soon afterward. At the time of this review being written - a week after launch - there is currently no patch available to address glitches. If there were no glitches, would it be a more presentable game? Certainly, but Contrast simply doesn“t compel even if it was played in more ideal circumstances. Didi is a smart kid who provides an interesting protagonist, but her world is not particularly charming. It feels dull rather than creative (even with the ”20s perspective and shadows!). The story itself is unique in the game medium but even then doesn“t get players tremendously interested in the lives of each character. The game plainly references famous films, but without any real concept of how to create something great itself. This is perhaps the greatest tragedy of Contrast - it simply isn“t interesting. Pros: + Story concept is unique, focusing on a young girl and the struggles of her family + Lovely soundtrack + It is "free" for most PS4 owners Cons: - Glitches and bugs all over the place severely hindered my enjoyment - Story feels ham-fisted and trite, then ends suddenly - Puzzles barely evolve from the original concept and are rarely fun - A few standout moments show that Compulsion Games had the ability to do so much better Overall Score: 3.0 (out of 10) Poor Contrast is the kind of game that normally would be free to sink into obscurity. However, being the forerunner of PS Plus titles on PS4, it will instead be remembered by many players for its poor showmanship.
  14. Jason Clement

    November PS Plus Instant Games Revealed

    Ah, the end of the month. That time when we can all look forward to what next month brings, especially in the way of new content on PlayStation Plus. Fortunately, November looks slated to be a solid month for new Instant Games, and with the likes of the PS4 launching in just a few weeks, we'll also get our first look at the initial PS4 Instant Game offerings. Here's what you can look forward to seeing on the Instant Game Collection roster over the course of November. PS4 Resogun Contrast PS3 Ibb & Obb Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Binary Domain PS Vita Soul Sacrifice Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD Don't know what to make of some of them? Check out our official reviews for Ibb & Obb and Binary Domain. Marcus and I agreed that the former is a great experience worth checking out while Brittany thought that Binary Domain was relatively good. Are you excited to play any of these titles?
  15. Marcus Estrada

    PS Plus Brings Puzzle Platformer Dokuro to Vita

    In just a few days it'll be August! But for now we're still situated in July which means there is one final PS Plus update for the month. As always, there's a free game along with it and a few special discounts. This week Dokuro has been added to the Instant Game Collection. If you're unfamiliar with the game just check out our review (it scored an 8). The game is a 2D puzzle platformer with a wonderful art style and some tough puzzles. Definitely check it out on Vita if you need a new game to play during breaks. Two games are also getting discounts for the week. Max Payne 3 on PS3 has two discounts: one for the regular game and one for the Ultimate Edition. These cost $7.99 and $11.99 respectively. Then there is the newly released PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD on Vita which is getting a 20% discount to $11.99. Oh, yeah, and Battlefield 3 exits IGN tomorrow.
  16. Marcus Estrada

    PS Plus Brings Metal Slug XX to PSN

    So you might be disappointed about Steam's sale but at least those with a PS Plus subscription will continue to be able to reap the reward of free games with their subscription. The weekly PS Plus post went live on PS Blog today which reveals that not much is actually happening right now. The newest Instant Game Collection inductee is Metal Slug XX. This is the PSP version which came out in 2010. As with other PSP PSN games, you can download and play it on Vita. Without PS Plus, you'd be spending $20 on the pixelated mayhem. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward leaves the service shortly so definitely pick that up if you had been waiting. Thomas Was Alone fans can also pick up Benjamin's Flight DLC at the discounted $1.74 price. Beyond that there's no other sales to speak of. Of course, the PLAY event also goes live this week which probably explains why the PS Plus update is so bare.
  17. Marcus Estrada

    Nab Jet Set Radio on PS3 with PS Plus

    It's the start of another week which means PS Plus subscribers are about to get a brand new game for the Instant Game Collection! Well, kind of, this time around. A while ago Jet Set Radio was added to IGF for Vita only and has since been removed. Alongside the PS Store update tomorrow we'll see Jet Set Radio for PS3 making the rounds instead. Normally the game costs $10 on PSN but PS Plus members can enjoy defacing public property and grinding on rails for free! On the opposite side of events, Germinator will make its exit from IGC tomorrow. Beyond the "new" game, there is also the upcoming PLAY sale. Even though that is quickly upcoming, discounts have also been placed on the following games for PS Plus users: Carnival Island (PS3) - $5 Datura (PS3) - $2.50 Draw Slasher (PS3) - $3.19 Sorcery (PS3) - $5 Do you think it is a good use of IGC to release the same game at different times for different platforms? Should Sony just release PS3/Vita versions together?
  18. It was during E3 2010 that Sony unveiled their subscription service titled PlayStation Plus. At the time, they touted the new addition would grant exclusive discounts, access to betas, Qore subscription, as well as the Full Game Trial that allowed users to play a complete game for an hour, rather than trying a specially-made demo. There were even free games granted to users to try and lure in new customers. However, at the beginning, there wasn“t a hugely compelling reason for anyone but PS diehards to subscribe. The service has trucked along from June 30th, 2010 until now. Of course, it wasn“t until E3 2012 that Sony revealed the true show-stopper. Instant Game Collection was announced as a part of PS Plus that would grant users access to a slew of new games each month to download at no extra cost. Gamers were enticed by the availability of first party titles such as inFamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. It seemed like this might be the start of Sony having a truly competitive service. PlayStation Plus“ Instant Game Collection (IGC) has been around for a year now. How has it done? As was promised, Sony has continued to bring new titles to the collection every month. Sometimes the choices might not be great, but other times they are fantastic. Either way, it seems they are skilled at selecting a variety of games for all tastes. Subscribers no doubt feel they have gotten their money“s worth from a $50 a year subscription. Have you ever been curious to know exactly how much the games would have cost otherwise, or how much space they all take up, or even how long IGC games generally remain a part of the collection? We“re about to answer all of these questions and more. First, let“s discuss the most exciting component of the IGC. When Sony revealed PS Plus they stated that users “will receive more than $50 worth of content”. While that may have been debateable near the start, it is 100% true now. In fact, it is astonishing to add up the prices of the 64 games that were made available in the first year of IGC. Valuing every game at its current cost on the SEN Store, IGC has brought exactly $1,049 worth of games to subscribers. This works out to an average per game cost of $16 (with $5 and $40 being the cheapest and most expensive game prices thus far). A $50 yearly subscription seems downright measly in comparison. Of course, you“re only accruing that value if you download every single game. It“s likely that most subscribers do not do this, but let“s imagine that you are someone who is a digital hoarder and has been doing so. If you downloaded all 64 games then you would be looking at approximately 188.6 GBs of game content. Due to how Sony handles game downloads on PS3, this would lead to doubling of size for many games.To be safe, let“s just say you would need at least 400 GBs across your PS3 and Vita to store them all. The average size of a game download is about 2.94 GBs. Thankfully, it“s not difficult to buy a cheap external hard drive and stuff it into the PS3. For the long term subscriber and hoarder, a hard drive exceeding 1TB is suggested (retail value $70+). The same is not the case with Vita. So far, approximately 13.08 GBs of PSP and Vita downloads have been made available to PS Plus users. As such, you might be able to squeeze buy with a 16GB card, but to really keep as many games as possible, you“re definitely going to have to invest in a pricey 32 GB card (retail value $100) and likely another down the road. The main reason to save IGC games and not delete them is because once they leave the collection they will not be accessible for free downloads in the future. On average, if you remove the first month of PS Plus, each month offers 11.52 GBs of content. This is not important to many of us, but others have data caps to worry about. Data caps are imposed by some internet providers and, once reached, may slow down a person“s internet a great deal if not turning it off completely, or charge them extra per GB over. These individuals need to be aware of what they download at all times. While 11 GBs might not seem much to you, it may to these people. With data caps in the United States being around 50 GB per month though hopefully PS Plus does not cause any detrimental effects. Exactly how long do games get to stay on IGC anyway? This is unfortunately not easy to tell because until 2013, Sony did not specify which games would be leaving IGC and when as they do with current entries to the PS Blog. Gathering from what information is available it was shown that 35% of games are only have a month long window in which to download them. The second biggest section is fourth months at 22%. Of course, a few of the games which were inaugural editions lasted the full twelve months, only now finally being switched out in July. More lately however, there is a trend of games lasting only a month on ICG to make room for new faces. Many PS Plus subscribers out there are now reticent to buy PSN games because of the ever-present possibility it will be added to IGC in the near future. So is this something really worth worrying about? Analysis must then be done on the time between when a game originally launched and when it is made available on IGC. As it turns out, 50% of games on IGC were launched within a year of their arrival on PS Plus. This is both incredible and detrimental, because it does cause many to choose to avoid purchasing new titles on PSN. Although only 13% of games on IGC are three or more years old, the amount of aging games coming to IGC is increasing. In fact, a bigger issue may be with which games Sony chooses to add so shortly after their launch. If you guessed that indie games would be the majority for this trend then you are right. Although only 38% of IGC games could be classified as “indie”, they are disproportionately the titles that come to IGC within the first six months of their launch. The trend benefits Sony by keeping IGC continuously stocked, but is likely detrimental to these independent teams who find their games getting great press but low sales. Let“s not end on a downer, though. The first few months of IGC were PS3 specific before the addition of Vita games in November. Since then, we have seen an uptake in Vita game availability on IGC and the trend seems to be pushing Sony toward equal representation for both systems. Of course, we“ll have to see how the PS4 factors into this. For the first year though we see that the PS3 dominates with 69% of IGC titles while Vita trucks along with 31% representation. Unfortunately, a chunk of that is PSP games that have been brought to Vita rather than Vita exclusives. What does the future hold for PS Plus and the Instant Game Collection? If they continue along this trend, then they“ll be offering thousands more dollars of gaming content to users every year. So far, the subscription works for Vita and PS3, and is said to carry over to PS4 as well. Unless Sony nixes IGC or splits PS Plus up into different system-based plans then it will likely continue to thrive. If you“re a PS Plus subscriber then hopefully you“re making tremendous use of the subscription by collecting as many fabulous IGC titles as possible!
  19. Marcus Estrada

    PS Plus Version of DriveClub is Incomplete

    Although we don't know everything about how PS Plus will function on the PlayStation 4, we do know that it is definitely coming. So far, it will even be a part of the same subscription cost alongside Vita and PS3. Sony previously revealed that launch title DriveClub would be the first free game for PS4 PS Plus users. But is this version as complete as the other existing Instant Game Collection titles? Unfortunately, no. An interview was conducted by PlayStationer with Evolution Studios which helped explain what is missing: "The PS Plus version will be the exact same as the full version, except that it may be missing a few assets such as cars or tracks, that will be found in the full version. However the online multiplayer, the asynchronous challenges and the single player campaign will all be present in the PS Plus version. The PS Plus version gives us to the biggest open community, day one." This means that you've got the full multiplayer experience but certain items are going to be kept from PS Plus users. They may choose to upgrade the free copy to the "full" digital version by, well, purchasing it. Apparently there is no way to simply buy the few items that are missing as DLC on their own, only the entire game. Perhaps we will see this parceling out of the game into free and paid versions more with PS4 PS Plus.
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    PS Plus Adds Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD

    With the regularly-scheduled PlayStation Plus update just a day away they have done the usual thing of posting about what's coming next. This week's update includes one additional game in the Instant Game Collection and it is Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD for PS3. You can of course still buy the game if you don't have PS Plus, but it'll cost you $10. It's a bit funny to consider how few games you would need to buy to equal the cost of a year of PS Plus, but there are definitely reasons both for and against the service. Enough of that though, let's get onto the second order of business. The second week of the Summer Blast sale is also underway. Of course, if you need to see what's available you can check out the official blog post. This week will also take The Cave (PS3) off of IGC so grab that adventure title if you are at all interested.
  21. Today's PS Store update has either already gone live or will go live in the next few hours. What is up for grabs with the weekly Tuesday update? Well, there's a few things going on. First is the Summer Blast Sale which we talked about yesterday. Of course that's not all there is to check out. PS Plus subscribers can start the month of July off with a hefty download of Battlefield 3 on PS3. At 11.6 GBs, this is one of the larger digital additions to the Instant Game Collection. If PS2 Classics are more your style then it looks like an actual "classic" of sorts is now available. Warriors Orochi can now be purchased for the normal price of $10. Gran Turismo fans can check out the newly opened GT Academy 2013 which serves as a demo for Gran Turismo 6.
  22. Marcus Estrada

    PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection Stats 4

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    PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection Stats 3

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    PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection Stats 2

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    PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection Stats 1

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