Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials – Issue 28

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Fancy winning some tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in South Africa? Or being transported to worlds of cowboys and princes? Then read on…

Hit the World Cup as a finalist

The glorious multinational football tournament of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is nearly here, and what better way to celebrate the excitement than wining tickets to the final? Well here’s your chance – head over to playstation2010fifaworldcup.com and take part in a competition which challenges you to identify the football legends as recreated using ModNation Racers’ fun mod creation tool.

Go for your guns, padner

Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption offers all the thrills of the Wild West, courtesy of PlayStation 3, complete with wonderful High Definition visuals and addictive rough and ready open world gameplay. Take the role of former outlaw, John Marston, as he struggles to bury his bloodstained past, one man at a time. Or saddle up with friends online for a roaming adventure across the frontier.

Make your PS3 and PSP princely

The Prince is back – and his regal journey is more dangerous than ever before. Coinciding with Disney’s film adaptation of the classic PlayStation 2 title, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on PlayStation 3 and to download from PlayStation Store on PSP returns to popular storyline established in the Sands of Time.

It only takes a second

Drive your PS3 to the limit with Disney’s Split/Second: Velocity, where the city you race around isn’t just the course – it’s a weapon to be used against your opponents. Speed through Hollywood style action extravaganzas where your actions can change the course to make each lap a different prospect. And if you want to make sure you’re ahead of the competition, download the Time Saver’s pack from PlayStation Store to unlock some of the vehicles and tracks from the game.

It takes a nation…

Have you jumped into the whacky racing fun of ModNation Racers yet? Create your own karts, characters and tracks, and then go online to race and share your creations with the world. ModNation Racers is all about you, and now you can download a demo of the PSP version from PlayStation Store, as well as buy the full game.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a PSP system – the game is also out on PlayStation 3 to enjoy as well, with the Van Man downloadable pack available from PlayStation Store to help spruce up your creation options.

Dodge this

New to PSP is the addictive fun of Coconut Dodge, an arcade style minis title which has dodging coconuts, weaving through airborne mazes and playing beach ball kick-ups to collect giant, shiny treasures. Perfect for some summer time fun, download it from PlayStation Store and go for gold.

Taking you to PlayStation Home

A new event has taken off in PlayStation Home – a two player duel brought to you courtesy of the bite-sized, downloadable minis range. Taking place on the top level of The Observatory space, this event lets you challenge an opponent to a game of memory. Match up the identical tiles (each based on a minis title) from a giant square board to win – but beware, the board contains traps as well as bonuses. Points can be stolen from you or your foes, so keep your fingers crossed and your wits about you.

Winners can gain a minis neon light for their personal space, while this minis related space gives you the chance to play futuristic pool game FreezeBall and purchase and download the latest minis titles for PS3 and PSP.

Take a peek into eu.playstation.com for prizes and more…

There are prizes for the taking in a large number of competitions on offer this week at eu.playstation.com/competitions, with chances to win a signed PS3 in the UFC Undisputed 2010 competition or a Street Fighter IV Arcade Stick controller in the Super Street Fighter IV competition.

If you want to get your creative juices going, then you can also enter the brand new THE EYE OF JUDGMENT LEGENDS competition, which challenges you create your own ultimate creature card, inspired by the game’s fantastic artwork. If your design impresses the title’s developer, Yusuke Watanabe, then you could win a specially created figure of a character from THE EYE OF JUDGMENT LEGENDS, a PSP-3000 system and even a large-scale copy of your designed card.

Keep an eye on PlayStation Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com for the latest PlayStation news as it happens.

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