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  • October PlayStation Plus Free Games Lineup Finally Revealed

    ps plus gamesAfter a two week delay, Sony have finally revealed the next lineup for the monthly free PlayStation Plus games, and for October, PS Plus subscribers are in for a big treat.

    Firstly, DRIVECLUB has now been released, and players can pick up a free copy of the game with a limited amount of features - whilst DRIVECLUB has debuted this month, it will remain free for PS Plus subscribers forever.

    The PlayStation Plus version of DRIVECLUB is fairly limited. For example, PS Plus subscribers who do not pay for the game will only get access to 10 different cars and 11 different tracks to race on. In essence, the PS Plus version of DRIVECLUB is more like an extended demo.

    As for the actual October PlayStation Plus games, The PlayStation 4 has Dust: An Elysian Trail and Spelunky available for free this month.

    On PlayStation 3, Batman Arkham Asylum has been put up for free, and players can also grab Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystaria. Finally, for the PS Vita, both Pix the Cat, a new intense arcade game, and Rainbow Moon, a JRPG style game, have been put up for free.

    I'd say October looks like a good month for PS Plus subscribers, and if I don't get a chance to try any of the games released this month, I'll definitely be giving DRIVECLUB a go at some point. Besides DRIVECLUB, Batman Arkham Asylum may be the best offering this month, but all of the other titles are worth trying too.

  • PlayStation Plus September Games Announced

    ps plus september gamesThe new game lineup for the PS Plus games on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita have now been announced, and whilst it's lineup may perhaps be the weakest it's been for a few months, there's still a decent amount of free games to delve into. As usual, the lineup spans six games across all three current PlayStation consoles.

    For the PlayStation 4, PS Plus subscribers will be able to get their hands on Velocity 2X, a fast paced side scrolling platformer that has a wide range of cool shooting, teleporting and other great sci-fi mechanics. The second PS4 title is Sportsfriends, which is a great party game filled with all sorts of quick arcade and puzzle games that people can play together on the same console.

    On the PlayStation 3, All Stars Battle Royale has been put up for free - this is a great game that pits together all of PlayStation's best known video game characters and sticks them in the same arena for a Super Smash Bros' style fighting experience.

    Hoard, which is the merge of both a real time strategy game and a dual stick shooter, is the second PS3 game available this month.

    As for the PS Vita, Joe Danger, an action packed racer/platformer has been put up for free, along with TxK, a really colorful arcade shooter. All of the new PlayStation Plus subscriber games were put up for free on September 2nd, and will remain there till the start of next month.

  • Tomb Raider and Dead Nation Part of March's PS Plus Instant Game Collection

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    Sony have always been fairly generous with their PS Plus loyalty features, but the most appealing feature that has given many gamers a reason to subscribe is the access to the monthly PS Plus Instant Game Collection.

    The Instant Game Collection is a rotation of video games that players will be able to download for free each month. At the end of the month, a new set of games is put on the rota, and the other games are no longer available for those who hadn't already redeemed them.

    This month, the most recent Tomb Raider title will be put up for free for all US PlayStation Plus subscribers. The game will be the last gen version, and not the new definitive version. However, there certainly isn't any complaining to do, because Tomb Raider was a very amazing game that was released quite recently.

    For PlayStation 4 owners, players will be treated to Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition. These two games will be available for the first half of the month, whilst later in the month, Thomas Was Alone, Lone Survivor: Director's Cut, and Vita exclusives Unit 13 and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite will be put on the Instant Game Collection rota.

    Despite the PS Plus subscription working out as a monthly subscription, many gamers have got more than their money's worth out of the loyalty programs, and the Instant Game Collection alone proves to be a great way to save money on recently released titles.

  • Next Month's PS Plus Games Announced

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    Despite PS Plus now being a requirement for online play on the PlayStation 4, Sony aren't stepping down in any way when it comes to freebies and extra loyalty programs for PS Plus subscribers.

    I've been a fan of PS Plus ever since the monthly free game rota was added, and since then I, along with many other PS Plus subscribers have picked up quite a few great titles for our PlayStation 3's and Vitas.

    The details for February's PS Plus games have now been announced, however details aren't clear on whether these games will be strictly for Europe PS Plus subscribers, or whether North American PS Plus subscribers will get the same free games as well.

    For PlayStation 4, the indie horror game Outlast that takes cues from games like Slender will be made available for free next month, but if that doesn't take your fancy, the roster for February's PlayStation 3 games should certainly get you excited.

    Starting January 29th, PS Plus subscribers will be able to grab Metro Last Light for free, along with Bioshock Infinite. Both of these games are among the top titles for 2013, so if you haven't managed to play either of them yet, your PS Plus subscription will give you the chance to next month.

    For PS Vita, Dynasty Warriors Next and Modnation Racers: Big Road Trip will be available starting on January 29th as well. It's definitely a pretty good lineup, and a great way to start off the new year.

  • December Free PS Plus Lineup Revealed

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    Since Sony announced the free monthly PS Plus content, I've always got excited to find out what new games became available at the start of each month. This month, things are still worth getting excited for, and Sony have packed December with a bunch of great games just in time for Christmas.

    The biggest free game on the list this month is Borderlands 2- this game has been out for a while now, but a recently refreshed GOTY edition shows that there is still value to the game, so being able to get it free this December is quite nice.

    Next up on the list is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the PS Vita. Not a game I'd spend money on, but seeing as it's up for grabs for free this month, I may find myself playing it in my free time. If you're not at all interested in Sonic Racing, you'll also be able to play GRID 2 on the PS3 this month for completely free too.

    The final PS3 game is Dyad, although this one would probably be more suitable for a PS Vita port- unfortunately if you want to play this musical arcade game you'll have to play it on the big screen.

    Finally, Urban Trial Freestyle has been made available for free on the PS Vita - Playstation's best attempt at matching the unrivaled Trials HD on Xbox Live Arcade. (it's free though, so you can't complain.)

  • Injustice: Gods among Us Ultimate Edition for PS4 and Current Gen Consoles Revealed

    Despite not being released that long ago, Warner Bros. has unveiled the new Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition this week.

    The Ultimate Edition will include all of the current available DLC, along with a copy of the original game.

    The Ultimate Edition will also have a wider release than the original version, and will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. The release dates have been set for November 12 in North America and November 19 in Europe.

    The extra content will include previously added characters such as Batgirl, General Zod, Zatanna, and Martian Manhunter.

    There isn't any information on any improvements for the PlayStation 4 version, and it seems as if Warner Bros. have not taken the opportunity to release it for Xbox One.

    The PS Vita version will be a slightly downgraded version to the console version, however the development studio behind the handheld port, Armature, is putting a lot of effort into making the PS Vita version as similar as the current gen versions as possible.

    The game will be available for $60 on consoles, and $40 on the PS Vita.

  • Sony Gives Information on Brand New VitaTV

    Sony has pushed through with its Vita branding and it has managed to make success out of a seemingly dead market. To improve the Vita name even more, Sony has pushed once again, and this time they have come out with something called the VitaTV.

    The VitaTV is a streaming box that will be able to be purchased for just $100. However unlike other streaming boxes, it will allow owners to connect it to their TV and play PS Vita games, PS One Classics and PSP games on the big TV with a standard Dualshock 3 controller.

    Amazingly you'll also be able to stream content straight from the PlayStation 4 as well. This will open up new routes for the PlayStation 4. For example, you could play split screen games across the house on multiple displays but with just one PS4 console, or easily play your PS4 games in any room in the house without having to move the console.

    We'll most likely hear more about the VitaTV at TGS, and hopefully hear about a release date and whether we'll be able to get hold of the device in the near future.

    Another thing to consider is that seeing as TGS is a game show in Japan, there may be a chance that we don't see the device hit North America or Europe. Hopefully though, Sony will distribute it worldwide.

  • World Rally Championship 4 Announced for Current Gen Consoles

    Despite being moved over to a new publisher, the developers of the World Rally Championship series don't expect to stop developing any time soon. In fact, Bigben, the new publisher for the series, has recently revealed that World Rally Championship 4 will be making it's way to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and PS Vita this October.

    World Rally Championship will include all of the rallies included in this years FIA World Rally Championship calendar, on top of all the leading teams and drivers.

    The 4th game in the series will be improved upon in many other ways as well, including a brand new high graphical redesign with bran new real life in-game sounds for the vehicles and the environments they drive on.

    World Rally Championship 4 will also include a brand new career mode that will allow the player to play as a rally driver in the 2013 championship, and according to Bigben, "Realism and immersion are two of the most important pillars of the development, with impressive 3D environments and an HDR system that will grant the best in-game performance."

    The game will also include a multiplayer online mode that will allow players to compete against each other. No mention has been made about a next-gen release so it looks like WRC4 will be for this generation only.

  • Could this be a New God of War Game for PS4 and PS Vita?

    A new image has circulated around the internet showing what looks like a snap shot of a promotional poster for a new God of War game. Named God of War Redemption, the poster shows the game will be supported for both the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita.

    With the great success from God of War: Ascension on PlayStation 3 earlier this year, it only makes sense that Sony Santa Monica try harder to push for a God of War release for PlayStation 4.

    However, it seems a little strange to see promotional material so early on, even if it is leaked. There are two possibilities to this story- either the poster is a real poster that has leaked on to the internet, or it's a fake poster that has been made by someone who has a great attention for detail and maybe a little too much time on his hands.

    What I don't get though is whenever we see leaked material like this, we never get a proper image- there are always parts missing or the image ends up being grainy and of-centered. Is it really that hard to take a decent photo of an inanimate object guys?

  • No DRM On PlayStation 4?

    With news from Microsoft about the whole used games fiasco, there's no doubt that we're all a little worried that Sony will take a similar route with the PlayStation 4. Many gamers and PlayStation fans took to twitter to hash tag the phrase #PS4NoDRM, which stands for PlayStation 4 no Digital Rights Management.

    As you can guess, many gamers do not want Sony to make any more restrictions on the way we play games, especially when it comes to selling, buying and trading used video games.

    So far we haven't got a straight-up answer from Sony about the issue, but instead, we have the president of Sony, Shuhei Yoshida, trolling everybody involved.

    How did he do this? With this tweet-

    "Death Ray Manta" coming to PlayStation Vita! #DRMPSVita

    Whilst this doesn't straight up guarantee the fact that DRM won't be as big of an issue as it is on the Xbox One, it wouldn't look good for Sony if they did release a similar used games policy on their PlayStation 4 after Yoshida posted this.

    What rules the PlayStation 4 will have are unknown, but it's pretty likely it won't be as restrictive as the Xbox One.

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