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Three years ago this month, Sony launched the PlayStation Vita in North America. Happy birthday, PlayStation Vita! To celebrate the milestone, Sony is launching a birthday promotion through which PS Vita owners are getting free stuff and can save on "essential" games.
Beginning tomorrow, all PS Vita owners can download the following items for free:
As for the PS Vita sale, it begins February 24 when the PlayStation Store refreshes. The games listed below are on sale through March 2. Note that PlayStation Plus subscribers will save the most, up to 80 percent for some games.
|Game||Platform||Plus Price||Sale Price||Original Price|
|Angry Birds: Star Wars||PS Vita||$9.60||$14.80||$39.99|
|Atelier Meruru Plus||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Atelier Rorona Plus||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Atelier Totori Plus||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Ben 10 Galactic Racing||PS Vita||$3.00||$5.00||$9.99|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified||PS Vita||$10.00||$15.00||$49.99|
|Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles||PS Vita||$7.49||$8.99||$14.99|
|Deception IV: Blood Ties||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z||PS Vita||$7.50||$12.00||$29.99|
|Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable||PS Vita||$12.00||$20.00||$39.99|
|Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd||PS Vita||$19.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Home -- A Unique Horror Adventure||PS Vita||$2.49||$3.49||$4.99|
|Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Jak and Daxter Collection||PS Vita||$8.10||$13.50||$26.99|
|Jet Set Radio||PS Vita||$4.99||$5.99||$9.99|
|Let's Fish! Hooked On||PS Vita||$3.00||$5.00||$9.99|
|Monster Monpiece||PS Vita||$11.99||$17.99||$29.99|
|Muramasa Rebirth||PS Vita||$7.50||$12.50||$24.99|
|New Little King's Story||PS Vita||$9.99||$11.99||$19.99|
|Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD||PS Vita||$4.99||$6.99||$9.99|
|PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS Vita||PS Vita||$5.40||$9.00||$17.99|
|Putty Squad||PS Vita||$9.99||$14.99||$24.99|
|Ring Run Circus||PS Vita||$2.00||$3.50||$9.99|
|Silent Hill Book of Memories||PS Vita||$14.99||$17.99||$29.99|
|Sumioni: Demon Arts||PS Vita||$3.00||$5.00||$9.99|
|Sword Art Online -Hollow Fragment-||PS Vita||$15.99||$23.99||$39.99|
|Tales of Hearts R||PS Vita||$19.99||$27.99||$39.99|
|The Amazing Spider-Man||PS Vita||$9.60||$14.80||$39.99|
|Tiny Troopers Joint Ops||PS Vita||$3.99||$5.59||$7.99|
|Urban Trial Freestyle||PS Vita||$0.70||$1.75||$6.99|
|Valhalla Knights 3||PS Vita||$6.00||$10.00||$19.99|
|Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward||PS Vita||$7.50||$12.50||$24.99|
|Cel Damage HD||PS4, PS3, PS Vita||$2.10||$3.00||$9.99|
|Gods Eater Burst||PSP, PS Vita||$6.00||$10.00||$19.99|
Amazon has the best new deal of the day, offering the Xbox One Assassin's Creed bundle with Wolfenstein: The New Order and a second controller for $350. You can find the deal here.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform:
Best Buy has a PlayStation 4 with a free copy of The Last of Us and a PlayStation TV for $400.
The PlayStation Store is holding a Critics' Choice sale, offering Child of Light for $7.50, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition for $34.79, and many more. As an added bonus, anyone who spends more than $100 between now and February 24 at 11:59 PM Pacific will receive a $15 credit. You can find the full list of discounts on the PlayStation Blog.
Get a $50 PSN gift card for $40 from Ebay.
From now through to March 1, GameStop shoppers that trade in a PlayStation 3 (120 GB or greater) or an Xbox 360 (250 GB of greater) toward the purchase of a new PS4 will receive $125 in store credit. That means you can pick up a standard $400 PS4 for only $275.
Other PS4 games deals:
Microsoft has launched its "Ultimate Game Sale," offering Alien: Isolation for $24, The Crew for $40.19, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $29.99, and many more. You can find the full list of discounts included in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale here.
Other Xbox One games deals:
Microsoft announced this week's deals for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. Now through February 23, anyone with an Xbox Live Gold subscription can get Duck Dynasty for $25 and Grand Theft Auto V & Free Bull Shark Cash Card for $59.50. Find the full list this week's deals for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners here.
Paying $15 for The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 will get you eight games from the publisher, including Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Theme Hospital is free on Origin.
You can get 20 percent off at Green Man Gaming with the code: KPMN32-6VRM69-6INRND.
Other PC games deals:
Sony is celebrating three years of the PS Vita with a sale on the PlayStation Store that includes Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD for $7, Limbo for $5, and more.
Woot is having a big sale on Razer keyboards, mice, and other accessories.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
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As part of the latest Inner Circle podcast, Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg teased Microsoft's plans for this summer's E3, what he called the "Super Bowl of gaming."
In short? Expect the unexpected.
"Expect a lot of surprises," Greenberg explained. "Expect us to talk a lot about games. And if you're an Xbox owner, I think you're going to leave really, really, really happy in the investment you made. And if you're undecided, we hope that you will look at what we deliver on games and want to buy an Xbox."
Greenberg went on to say that Microsoft's E3 planning is already well underway, and that the company feels "really good" about how things are coming together.
"We have some ideas to do things different at E3 this year that we haven't done before" -- Aaron Greenberg
Perhaps more interesting is another E3 tease Greenberg made, saying Microsoft plans to take something of a different approach to its showcase this year.
"We have some ideas to do some things different at E3 this year that we haven't done before," he teased. "I think we're going to take a little bit of a different approach to E3 this year. But I feel really good about it. It's been really exciting."
He didn't elaborate further on this new approach, saying those details will come later. Microsoft's E3 events usually involve various game developers, executives, and sometimes celebrities coming up on stage to talk about future games, products, and services.
Greenberg said Microsoft's overall ambition for E3 this year is to go "multiple steps" beyond what it did last year. Outside of Microsoft's E3 briefing itself, Greenberg teased that the company is also looking at new ways to reach out to and engage with fans at the show, though none were named outright.
Also during the podcast, Greenberg spoke about how Microsoft plans to make the Xbox One a better console every month by way of monthly updates that introduce new features, such as Screenshots, which are coming in March.
"We truly believe that we have the opportunity to innovate and add new features and we've been doing that with our monthly updates," he said, adding that the Xbox Feedback website has been instrumental in letting Microsoft know what fans want to see the most.
"That's definitely influencing what we're doing," Greenberg said. "And we're going to be pretty relentlessly innovating. You can expect us to continue to invest in Xbox Live as the premium online network; continue to see us invest with more apps, more capabilities; people ask for screenshots, you saw that come through in the preview."
"We've just been month after month delivering what's been high on people's lists, and we're going to continue to do that," he added. "The team has a long list of things that they're still working on as well. Hopefully people that buy an Xbox One realize it gets better every month, and a year from now, the product that they have is going to be substantially better."
"That's our commitment; to continue to innovate and continue to make it better."
Greenberg also reminded gamers that we're less than two years into a console cycle that could last for a decade or longer. As such, he said gamers can expect better-looking, more feature-rich Xbox One games in the future.
"We're still very early in this generation; we're still really just starting to really showcase the power and the graphic fidelity of the platform," he said. "And we're just really starting to put together to innovate some really cool things with Xbox Live. Some of the stuff we're doing on the server side with Azure and the cloud and innovating that into the way games are designed is very, very cool. There's just so much opportunity to innovate."
"I'm excited. I've seen a little bit of the future, and I've seen some of the farther future stuff which is pretty awesome, too."
Greenberg is a Xbox marketing executive, so it's not too surprising to hear him hype new games and features without delivering specifics. All the same, it's clear Microsoft is working hard to improve the overall Xbox One experience month after month. The company's lineup of high-profile upcoming games is quite extensive, too, not to mention HoloLens.
What do you make of Greenberg's statements? Let us know in the comments below!
Halo 5: Guardians, the upcoming Xbox One game from Microsoft, is shaping up to be "jaw-dropping" and a game that developer 343 has "dreamed of making."
That's according to Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg, who says as part of The Inner Circle podcast that there are more than a few reasons to be excited about the game.
"Halo 5 is gonna be huge," he said. "One of the biggest entertainment releases of the year if we do our job right. And I think what we've got with Master Chief and Locke, it's just kind of a marketer's dream."
Locke is the mysterious Spartan who will play a major role in Halo 5. He'll even be a playable character for portions of the game, according to Mike Colter, who played Locke in Ridley Scott's live-action Halo series Halo: Nightfall.
Though Microsoft has opened the floodgates about Halo 5's multiplayer mode, we still don't know much at all about its story mode. Expect those to come relatively soon, as the game is due out in under a year.
Greenberg said he is so enthusiastic about Halo 5 because it pushes new gameplay boundaries in ways that are blowing people's minds, he said.
"The game is super innovative and this is really a title I think 343 has dreamed of making," Greenberg explained. "And they're innovating in ways that...our jaws are dropping. We want to be able to step up and deliver the type of quality products and marketing to match the quality of the game. And so that's the challenge on us. But we have no doubt that the product they're making is going to be pretty amazing."
Halo 5 launches this fall exclusively for Xbox One. At the end of 2014, Microsoft held a three-week beta for the game, which attracted 1 million players. 343 is making a number of key changes to the final game as a result of feedback from the beta.
The PlayStation 4 owner accused of remotely deleting a stranger's Destiny save file has protested his innocence, after a video of the misdeed went viral and triggered a wave of threats against him.
On Friday, footage emerged showing how one player, who goes by the online handle "Cuckooknight HD" had used the PlayStation 4's SharePlay feature to connect with a stranger named "KirmitTHEfrog", hoping that he would help assist on Destiny. What the video showed, however, was that when Kirmit was granted access to the PS4, he chose to not help but instead delete two of the game save files and wipe other data from the game.
The video shows Cuckoo, who had stepped away from the TV while his files were attacked, return to his seat and begin to sob after realising what had happened. The footage quickly circulated online after it was discussed by the game's developer, Bungie, and was subsequently covered by numerous media outlets. Many in the games community expressed outrage, resulting in a surge of hateful and threatening messages sent to KirmitTHEFrog's PSN inbox.
"We were not aware as people stopped by to visit him to see how he was doing that anyone was, as he says, 'messing with his gaming account.'"
However, the mother of the unnamed 23 year-old who owns that account has claimed to Game Informer that it was not her son who committed the act.
The report repeats claims from the gamer's mother that he was "unaware of what was happening on his PlayStation account." This is because, the report suggests, that the man accused had a recent car accident and was recovering in bed while his friends were using his PS4. No evidence has emerged proving this specific claim, though police reports do show the player had been in a car accident.
In an email, the mother writes: "At the beginning of November, [my son] was hit by another driver head-on; the next couple of months he spent time recouping and finally returning to work where he spends a great deal of time to make up for lost wages and bills that piled up.
"Gaming was not on his mind. We were not aware as people stopped by to visit him to see how he was doing that anyone was, as he says, ‘messing with his gaming account.' His PlayStation was sitting there, kids played games, others watched movies; no one assumed one of them was 'having a good time' at my son's expense. And perhaps no one would have known if it did not horribly go viral."
The accused player himself has also spoken about the incident too. Speaking with Game Informer, the anonymous person said: “I wish I knew who it was. I don't. I was so sleepy half the time from pain medication. Why would someone do that? I guess you have to be pretty stupid or just don't give a damn about people to do that. Glad I don't know who it is. I am so mad and stressed for what he did to me by using my account."
Axiom Verge, the Metroidvania-style platformer developed by a single person, will launch for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on March 31 for $20. It supports Cross-Buy, meaning one purchase gets you the PS4 version along with the PS Vita edition. The game is also coming to PC.
Developer Tom Happ revealed the release date in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
"It's been the greatest experience of my professional life creating this game," he said. "I really hope you enjoy it even half us much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for your support."
Axiom Verge--which was one of the best indie games we played at E3 last year--sees players taking on the role of Trace, a scientist who awakens after a lab accident in a hostile, alien world. Just like classic games such as Super Metroid, Contra, and Blaster Master, gameplay involves a mix of exploration, powerups, alien creatures, and boss battles.
Happ has also revealed some of Axiom Verge's powerups. These include:
Nova: A gun that should be more lethal than others, as it has a option to detonate its projectiles mid-air, splitting them into six pieces. This allows you to shoot at targets that may not be in your direct line of sight.
Drill: Rewarded to players after defeating the first boss, the drill lets players dig through the world to find health upgrades and new weapons.
Address Disruptor: A "glitch ray" that corrupts the environment around you. Every enemy can be "glitched," meaning they'll respond in different ways. "This opens up a lot of new puzzle ideas for people to explore by glitching every enemy to see what it does," Happ says.
For more on Axiom Verge, check out some images in the gallery below.
Marvel Entertainment and mobile game developer DeNA on Monday announced Marvel Mighty Heroes, what they're calling a "real-time co-op brawler" that stars heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. The game will launch "soon" for iOS and Android devices.
In Marvel Mighty Heroes, gamers will choose from a deep roster of Marvel characters and build a "dream-team" of heroes and villains. Some of the available characters include Iron Man, Groot, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Spider-Man, as well as "dozens" of their allies and nemeses.
Each character has their own skillset and special abilities. Marvel Mighty Heroes also supports multiplayer (up to four players) and features online leaderboards that will track how you stack up against friends and the world.
Marvel Mighty Heroes will be a free-to-play title when it launches later this year for iOS and Android devices. While you wait for the game to arrive, you can visit its newly launched website to vote for Hulk or Rocket Raccoon to receive as a free special hero at launch.
For more, check out the trailer above.
In the wake of a major corporate shakeup at Sonic publisher Sega, which comprises job losses and the closure of the company's San Francisco office, former Sega of America chief executive Tom Kalinske has weighed in with his own thoughts about what went wrong.
Kalinske, who was CEO at Sega of America during the company's heyday in the 1990s, says in a new interview with GamesIndustry International that he was shocked to learn the company was closing up shop in San Francisco. He went on to say that Sega could have competed against Sony and Microsoft--now heavyweights in the video game industry--had it not been for two decades of poor decision-making.
"It was not inevitable," Kalinske, now a vice chairman of edutainment company LeapFrog, said of Sega's struggles. "It could have been avoided if they had made the right decisions going back literally 20 years ago. But they seem to have made the wrong decisions for 20 years."
Kalinske went on to say that one of the main reasons he quit Sega in 1996 was because the board rejected his idea for a Sega-Sony collaborative game console. As part of this arrangement, which was first revealed in 2006, Sega and Sony would have shared the development costs (and initial losses) of the system, but benefit from software sales.
"You have to really make a lot of mistakes to kill a strong brand" -- Tom Kalinske
"We went to Sony and they agreed, 'Great idea,'" Kalinske said. "Whether we called it Sega-Sony or Sony-Sega, who cared? We go to Sega and the board turned it down, which I thought was the stupidest decision ever made in the history of business. And from that moment on, I didn't feel they were capable of making the correct decisions in Japan any longer."
Still, Kalinske said he doesn't see the Sega brand going the way of Atari anytime soon. It could be revived, he said, and Kalinke knows a thing or two about comeback stories. As GamesIndustry International points out, Kalinske--a former Mattel executive--helped revitalize the Hot Wheels and Barbie brands, and he also popularized Flintstones vitamins.
"You have to really make a lot of mistakes to kill a strong brand," he said. "I do think some great brands obviously have been destroyed, Atari being one of them. Why didn't that survive? I think there's a lot of bad decision making involved in killing brands like that. I hope Sega isn't the same thing."
Sega is in a position of transition. Just last week, the company announced it had acquired BioShock and Mass Effect co-developer Demiurge Studios and also made strategic investments in two other Western game developers.
In 2013, Sega paid $26.6 million to acquire developer Relic Entertainment and the Company of Heroes franchise. Going forward, Sega will focus on PC and mobile games, while its future for console game development remains unclear.
The release date for Forza Motorsport 6 has been confirmed for holiday 2015, the Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg has confirmed.
A release this fall has been expected since the Xbox One game was announced in January, but this is the first time Microsoft has actually officially stated when the game will launch.
Greenberg mentioned the release window as part of the latest Inner Circle podcast. Other Xbox One console exclusives for this holiday from Microsoft include Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends (which is also coming to PC), Halo 5: Guardians, and Quantum Break.
This list could grow further still, as Microsoft is known to announce new projects at its summer shows such as E3 and Gamescom.
Microsoft officially announced Forza 6 in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The game is in development at series steward Turn 10 Studios and will feature the all-new Ford GT (above) as its cover star. For a closer look at the Ford GT, see the image gallery below.
Forza 6 will also feature other Ford muscle cars, including the Shelby GT350 Mustang (the car from the Aaron Paul Need for Speed movie) and the F-150 Raptor.
Microsoft's Forza 6 announcement was light on details, but the company promises it will offer a worldwide gameplay reveal at E3 in June.
2015 is a big year for the Forza series, as the racing franchise celebrates its 10th anniversary. The first Forza Motorsport was released for the original Xbox in 2005.Click the thumbnails below to see full-size versions
A thirty-minute leaked video has provided a world-first look at Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun, a AAA action game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 believed to have been canceled in 2012.
Footage and images of the axed project were brought to light on the games forum NeoGAF, published by a user going by the username "Mama Robotnik." Among the tranche of data and details, the post claims that Dead Sun was developed by the independent UK dev Climax Studios for about three years before it was shelved.
"The game was not projected to meet Square Enix sales projections, and was scrapped, to the enormous disappointment of staff who had dedicated a lot of work to the project," the NeoGAF poster claims.
"One source recalled that staff came in at weekends to continue working on the game, while higher-ups already knew it was canceled."
It is said that the game featured an online deathmatch mode that was disconnected from the main campaign. "This was the only part of the project to survive the cancellation, and has now been heavily expanded upon and released as Nosgoth," the post read.
The area shown in the video is said to be called The Wetlands; a hub world featuring expansive dungeons housing huge bosses. "Think if HBO did Zelda," one alleged source said.
Meanwhile, the NeoGAF post also claims that the project was initially envisioned as being somewhat small, expanding into a AAA-sized Xbox 360 and PS3 game.
"In its final form, the game was strongly considered to be PlayStation 4 launch title," the post adds. GameSpot has contacted Square Enix for comment.
Images of the game (low resolution) can be found below:Click on the thumbnails to view in full screen