Archive for September, 2012

PlayStation news: Fun for all the family with PS3 Essentials

Find out more about the greatest gaming experiences at the best value with PS3 Essentials.

Your PlayStation 3 is home to an amazing selection of incredible games, and now you can get even more value for your money with PS3 Essentials: a diverse range of critically-acclaimed games at pocket friendly prices. Whether you’re searching for a bargain, aiming to fill the gaps in your games collection or looking for the ideal gift, you’ll be able to find the perfect title for your needs. Here’s a look at 10 games which will liven up any family occasion.

For sports fans:Sports Champions

Grab your PlayStation Move motion controller and try your hand at Archery, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Table Tennis, Disc Golf and Gladiator Duel. Are you good enough to take the top spot in the Champions Cup?

For dance floor divas:DanceStar Party

Pump up the volume of any social occasion with the funky moves of DanceStar Party. With an amazing track list of 40 top songs including hits from Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Jessie J, you can groove to the beat and test your fancy footwork. Make sure you record your smooth moves with the PlayStation Eye camera so you can relive every step via video playback and then share your world-beating performances with the DanceStar Party community, your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

For the young at heart:Start the Party!

This madcap game puts you in the centre of the action on your TV screen in a variety of fast paced and light-hearted party games. The whole family can get a piece of the action using the PS Move motion controller to slice, smash and swing to victory in over 20 crazy challenges, including Bug Bash, Picture This and Piñata.

For creative minds:LittleBigPlanet

Journey with Sackboy through the wonderful world of the Creator Curators to explore the inventive landscapes of LittleBigPlanet. Then build your own levels by cleverly combining stickers, decorations, springs, elastic, metal, cardboard, string, sponge and many more materials – glue them all together then upload your level via PlayStation Network to share it with the world… or play someone else’s level and rate their creativity.

For racing fans:ModNation Racers

If creating your own games in LittleBigPlanet has inspired you, ModNation Racers is the perfect way to spice things up even more with the ability to build your own karts, tracks and characters and race them online. You can also share your masterpieces via PlayStation Network so everybody can enjoy your spark of genius, or you can get some friends around to have a race in the local multiplayer modes – it’s all par for the course in ModNation Racers.

For those in need of a good workout:Move Fitness

How about a little fitness kick? Grab two PS Move motion controllers and step into your own high-tech gym without leaving the comfort of your home. Work out to a personalised training programme, burn calories and get into shape with exercises including jump squats, sparring and dodgeball.

For brave little soldiers:Medieval Moves

Prince Deadmund desperately needs your help – his castle has been overrun by the evil Morgrimm and his skeleton army, so pick up your PlayStation Move motion controller and wield it as a mighty sword, explosive dynamite or pinpoint bow and arrow to defeat Morgrimm’s troops and save the kingdom. And if your courage falters, team up with a friend in co-operative battles via PlayStation Network.

For animal lovers:EyePet & Friends

EyePet & Friends is a refreshingly different type of game where you nurture and play with two cheeky EyePets who materialise in your living room using the magic of the PlayStation Eye camera. Use the motion controller to create and customise EyePet toys, outfits and more, and then share your furry friend’s adventures via PlayStation Network.

For the thrill seekers:MotorStorm

Go off-road in a variety of vehicles, including agile motocross bikes, rugged ATVs, powerful racing trucks, lightning-quick rally cars, sturdy mudpluggers and unstoppable big rigs in the craziest festival on earth.

For space explorers:Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction

Massive weapons, awesome gadgets, dastardly villains and intergalactic adventures are all in a day’s work for Ratchet and Clank, so strap yourself in for an unforgettable space-bound voyage to the Polaris galaxy at the end of the universe…

These are just a few of the games in the PS3 Essentials range – there are even more unmissable titles at a great price to get your hands on. Which one will you get next? Head out to your nearest shop or online to PlayStation Store and snap up a bargain now.

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Posted on September 30th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials 145

Win a trip to Silverstone, take to the pitch in FIFA 13 and rock out with Rocksmith on PS3 this weekend.

Alive and kicking

Stick the boot into your friends this weekend with FIFA 13 on PlayStation 3. The new season features up to date team sheets, an expanded career mode and the ability to use the PlayStation Move motion controller for defence-splitting passes.

If you’re on the move, you can also buy FIFA 13 for PlayStation Vita to get your football fix wherever you go.

Pick up the definitive Real Driving Simulator

Gran Turismo 5: Academy Edition roars into shops this weekend, packed with special updates, extra cars, additional courses and exciting new features. Pick it up and head over to PlayStation Store to buy three brand new cars for your garage and settle back for hours of four-wheeled bliss. Plus, enter the exclusive GT Academy Challenge competition to earn a day of intensive driver training at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit – find out more including full terms and conditions at

Rock on

Mix real life with video games via the incredible Rocksmith on PS3. Plug any real guitar directly into your PS3 and learn how to master the axe like a pro. Develop at your own pace and enjoy a variety of mini-games that hone specific skills such as scales and finger dexterity. Strum your way to the top with Rocksmith this weekend.

Are you a fighter?

Tecmo Koei’s popular beat ‘em up series has stepped back into the PS3 ring with some familiar faces as well as characters from SEGA’s iconic brawler, Virtua Fighter. DEAD OR ALIVE 5 lets you fight it out across spectacular locations around the world without leaving your living room.

Help Victor Ludus and win

Have you lent a helping hand to the mysterious Victor Ludus yet? He’s building the ultimate LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita level and setting a variety of challenges for you to join in on via Twitter and Facebook. Your creative suggestions will help shape the level which will be built by developers Tarsier Studios and Double 11 and made available to download to LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita.

The most creative suggestions for selected challenges will be rewarded with exclusive prizes, so make sure you visit to get started and keep an eye on @VictorLudus and Facebook for the latest challenges.

It’s a PlayStation Store games bonanza

It’s a bumper week of games this week on PlayStation Store. For PS3 you can download PlayStation 2 classic Grand Theft Auto 3, unique survival adventure TOKYO JUNGLE (with 20 per cent off if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber), space-bound thriller Starhawk, the refreshingly original Mirror’s Edge and realistic racer F1 2012.

Want more? Then make sure you sink your teeth into inFAMOUS Collection, which contains inFAMOUS, inFAMOUS 2 and inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood. If you’re champing at the bit for some stealth action, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD is also available to download. Magical platformer Page Chronica makes its debut this week as well, while the Medieval Madness pack launches for Pinball Arcade, which is also compatible with PS Vita.

Speaking of the portable powerhouse, you can also download PS Vita title New Little King’s Story, a colourful strategy role-playing game with intuitive touch based controls. PSP isn’t left out either, with FINAL FANTASY III launching this week on PlayStation Store for instant role-playing game goodness.

Demos galore on PlayStation Store

Thought we were finished with PlayStation Store? There’s even more for you, with some delicious demos to download. On PS3 you can get a taste of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and NBA 2K13, while PS Vita horror fans can send a shiver down their spine with the Silent Hill Book of Memories demo.  

More for your games

Treat yourself – and your current games collection – with a variety of great add-ons on PlayStation 3. Whether it’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Darksiders II, Rocksmith, ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS, TRANSFORMERS: The Fall of Cybertron or Spelunker HD, there’s something to get the most from your games this weekend.

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Posted on September 29th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Playstation 3 Marvel Vs Capcom Origins Has 13 Fewer Achievements/Trophies Than Xbox 360 Version

STFUandPLAY’s Romudeth writes:

“So my friend IMs me with something VERY interesting. Apparently the Playstation 3 version of the recently released Capcom fighter Marvel vs Capcom Origins has fewer trophies (achievements on the Xbox) than the Xbox version.” Slim PS3 is updated several times each day with the latest Free PlayStation news.

Posted on September 28th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: Sony Computer Entertainment President says new consoles won’t come out every few years anymore

SCE President Andrew House told Japanese Business paper Nikkei that the ‘business model of switching to a new console’ every few years is gone. Slim PS3 is updated regularly per day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on September 27th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Grab these essential games for your PSP

If you’re looking to stock up your PSP game collection with great titles at an even better price, look no further than PSP Essentials.

PSP Essentials opens the door to hours of fun-packed gaming on the go thanks to its fantastic selection of high quality gaming treats at a price to suit every pocket. Combine them with the brilliant value PSP-E1000 and dive into a world of immersive entertainment on the go.

EyePet Adventures

Bond with your adorable EyePet as you care for him and head out on a fantastic augmented reality adventure together.

Invizimals: The Lost Tribes

Grab a PSP Camera and join the Invizimals hunters as they set out in search of mysterious and undiscovered tribes of weird and wonderful creatures.

Disney•Pixar Cars 2

Join Lightning McQueen and the gas-guzzling cast of Disney’s Cars series in a race around the globe that never slows down.

Geronimo Stilton in the Kingdom of Fantasy The Videogame

Embark on an epic journey as you help Geronimo Stilton tackle puzzles, brain-teasers and action-packed challenges.

Check out the PSP Essentials range at then head in-store or visit PlayStation Store to add these great games to your collection.

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Posted on September 25th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Access TV Episode 50

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Available to download from PlayStation Store now

If for you the soundtrack to Sunday afternoon is the shriek of tyres, the gunning of engines and David Coulthard pronouncing Vettel’s name all wrong, then you’re in for a treat on PS3 this week. F1 2012 finally hits the shelves, and also hits Game of the Week in Access TV episode 50.

LittleBigPlanet fans (that’s all of you, surely?) have also got lots to look forward to, as the Access crew head to London for a special developer day with Xdev, Tarsier and United Front – the clever folk behind LittleBigPlanet PSVita, LittleBigPlanet Cross-Play and LittleBigPlanet Karting. Suffice to say, the future is looking bright for our happy-jumping hessian friend.

There’s also coverage from the British GT Championships at Silverstone, as GT Academy champ Jann Mardenborough looks to bring home the bacon (and a trophy) for the folks at Nissan. It was also his 21st birthday. Many happy returns, Jann!

There’s also a look at the FIFA 13 demo in your PlayStation Store roundup as well as info on how to vote for this years Golden Joystick awards in PlayStation Briefing.

Access TV is available on the PlayStation Store every Wednesday, free to download for all UK PSN users.

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Posted on September 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 Slim news: Weekend Essentials 144

Join Sackboy on a magical portable adventure, return to Pandora in Borderlands 2 and buckle up for a thrilling ride in F1 2012 on PS3 this weekend.

Play with everything

Lovable PlayStation icon Sackboy is back for a brand new adventure in LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita. The fair has come to town and captivated the residents of Carnivalia, yet away from the fun and games, all is not as it seems. With a shadowy figure known as The Puppeteer pulling the strings for his own devious ends, it’s up to you to help Sackboy foil his dastardly plans and restore joy to the planet. Along the way, you’ll discover a cast of memorable characters, brand new gadgets and unique ways to play, create and share using the PS Vita system’s intuitive controls.

A new era of shoot and loot

Pick up Borderlands 2 in-store or download it from PlayStation Store directly to your PS3 and immerse yourself in a massive new world of creatures and enemies as you hunt down evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Playing as one of four new vault hunters, go on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption as you strive to free the unpredictable living planet from the clutches of the brilliant, charismatic and utterly despicable CEO of the Hyperion Corporation.

Race to the front of the grid

Featuring all the cars, stars and circuits of the 2012 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, F1 2012 on PS3 is your chance to see how your driving skills stack up against the world’s elite. Tackle a full season of action, measure yourself against the greats in Champions Mode and challenge the world via PlayStation Network. Plus, get it now to try out the brand new Circuit of The Americas before the real-life drivers head there for the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in November 2012.

New to download

PlayStation Store is brimming with a fresh selection of games to suit all tastes: take to the high seas and defeat hordes of invaders in ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS on PS3, grab a slice of retro gaming action on PS Vita with the remastered Jet Set Radio and embark on a heroic adventure from the comfort of your sofa in R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War.

From the vaults

Take a trip down memory lane as Klonoa: Door to Phantomile arrives on PlayStation Store. Download this PS one Classic and uncover the mystery of the legendary Moon Pendant as you set out to save the singer, Lephise, from the clutches of the evil Ghadius in this imaginative and enthralling platforming adventure.

More for your games

Fancy picking up five more crime-busting characters for LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES on PS3 including the brand new Robin, Bruce Wayne’s son Damian? How about playing as the Archenemy and taking on three rivals in Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012? You’ll find these great add-ons and more in PlayStation Store, along with some fantastic offers on a wide range of selected content.

Read all about it

PlayStation hit the headlines this week, with a slimmer and lighter PS3 system announced and more details about PlayStation Plus for PS Vita revealed at the Tokyo Game Show. Catch up with all the news over at PlayStation.Blog and let us know what you think in the official PlayStation Forums at

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Posted on September 21st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Minecraft: Xbox Edition – how future updates are being shaped by the community

4J Studios has revealed details and videos of the next Xbox update, and tells us it’s taking on new ideas from the growing fan base

It’s coming, but developer 4J Studios won’t say when exactly. The Scottish studio tasked with converting PC phenomenon Minecraft to the Xbox is currently working on update 1.8.2, set to be the biggest addition to the game since it arrived on the console back in May. And with over three million fans now waiting for the refresh, the studio is teasingly releasing new details over Twitter and YouTube.

Among the key features to arrive next will be a host of extra mobs, the living creatures that inhabit Minecraft’s procedurally generated worlds. The rare yet dangerous Cave Spiders, the sneaky silverfish and the dark, sinister Endermen will all be roaming the environment. There will also be a bunch of new foods, including apples, melon and fresh chicken – for the farmers among you. Animal breeding, however, is unlikely to be a part of this build, while enchantment and XP – the elements of the PC version that have given it more of an RPG feel – will also be arriving later.

The most keenly anticipated feature however, will be the long-awaited implementation of the Creative Mode, which gives players total freedom to zoom about the landscape building vast structures from limitless resources. PC owners have utilised this option to build immense marvels of virtual architecture, including the Starship Enterprise. The Xbox version will include the Superflat landscapes that facilitate easier construction.

Talking about the conversion process, Paddy Burns, CTO of 4J Studios, told us about how console gamers are now helping to shape the update process. “We are getting great suggestions from Xbox players both on Twitter, and on the forums,” he says. “Sometimes their ideas are so obviously right that we can’t figure out why we didn’t think of them! We have been changing various features within the game based on their feedback, and adding new features and options that have been suggested and debated between lots of forum users. Every now and then we even pitch in on the forums just to let them know we are following all the discussions and suggestions on there!” The big question now, is when we can expect to see the update. “We’re still finishing things off, and fixing bugs the Microsoft testers are finding,” says Burns. “It won’t be too much longer before we’re ready to hand it over to the Microsoft Certification Testing team, and they have a turnaround time of up to 10 days (so long as no serious problems are found), so not too much longer! We will be letting people know when we’ve handed over to the Cert Test team, and then we all wait with our fingers crossed…”




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Posted on September 20th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Sony announces new super slim PS3

Smaller, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 console to be available in 12GB and 500GB models

Sony is to launch a new smaller, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 console.

Half the weight and volume of the original machine, the update will be available in two specifications: one with a 500GB hard drive, which launches on 28 September, and the other, a budget version, arriving on 12 October with a 12GB flash memory.

Originally launched in 2006, the PS3 was redesigned in 2009 and has now sold in the region of 66m units worldwide.

The new version retains the curved styling of its predecessors and once again features a Blu-ray drive for playing high definition movies as well as games.

Owners are also able to use the hard drive to store photos and videos as well as digital games. Buyers of the limited 12GB flash version will be able to attach an external hard drive to boost capacity if needed.

Like Nintendo, Sony will allow stores to set the retail price for the new super slim consoles. However, the 500GB model is expected to match the current 320GB model (around £310), while the 12GB option, which is exclusive to Europe, should come in at the same price as the 160GB machine (£189-199).

Sony will also be making a range of bundle deals available in the run up to Christmas featuring titles such as Fifa 13 and Assassin’s Creed 3, as well as the company’s Wonderbook augmented reality reading peripheral.

Launching a refreshed machine with an “entry-level” option just before Christmas will suggest to many in the industry that this is the seven-year-old console’s last hurrah before the announcement of a follow-up at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles next June. Rival manufacturer Microsoft is also expected to reveal its successor to the Xbox 360 at the same event.

Sony announced the new machines at its press conference proceeding the Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday night.

The company also confirmed that its PlayStation Mobile platform will launch on 3 October. The service offers PlayStation certified games on compatible Android handsets and tablets.





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Posted on September 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Sleeping Dogs Review – Chaos Hour

Sleeping Dogs is the latest open world adventure game from Square Enix and United Front. It throws players neck deep into the slums surrounded by Hong Kong’s worst villains and gangs. However is running with the criminals as fun as it sounds or is this game the perfect lullaby. This site is updated frequently per day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on September 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »