A surprisingly strong week for PlayStation news: Ubisoft revealed that
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Trilogy is bound for the PS3 with 3D in Blu-ray and PSN flavors, David Jaffe confirmed Twisted Metal’s October 4th release date, Sucker Punch Productions unveiled a potent new inFAMOUS 2 video focused on Cole’s new ice and oil powers, and we announced that specially marked copies of SOCOM 4 would include access to the upcoming Resistance 3 Open Multiplayer Beta. Not bad!
In other news, the tension is steadily building for April 19th, which sees a quartet of eagerly awaited PlayStation releases:
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals, Mortal Kombat, and Portal 2 for PS3 and Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for PSP.
What game are you most looking forward to?
Meet the Monsters of Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon for PS3 — Sample a succulent selection of angry, aggressive arthropods from this July’s Insect Armageddon.
Qore Episode 35 Tomorrow Features Portal 2, Valve Studio Tour, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs, Brink — My favorite part is the rare behind-the-scenes look at Valve Studios. Check out those hydraulic desks!
ModNation Monday: New DLC, Spotlight on Scary Creations — More top community creations for this crowdsourced online racer.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes Has Puzzles, Battles, Critter Crunch Connections — Capy Games’ puzzle-RPG Clash of Heroes includes some strong similarities to Critter Crunch, though we haven’t seen any rainbow-colored vomit (yet).
Update on PSN Service Outages — Read the latest info here.
PULSE 4/5 Edition Featuring Moon Diver, StarDrone and Novus Prime — PSN exclusives are in Christina Lee’s spotlight this week.
DC Universe Online Free Update Brings Two-Face, New Bat Cave Raids — The new Bat Cave raid is aimed at level 30 characters. Have any PlayStation.Blog readers reached 30?
SOCOM 4: Open Beta Schedule (April 5-13) –Only a few more days for free SOCOM 4 Open Beta access. Have you played it yet?
Mushroom Wars Online DLC Hits PSN Today, Developer Tournament Coming Soon — Robust new multiplayer options for this fast-paced RTS game, including offline and online matches.
Red Faction: Battlegrounds Hits PSN Today With 3D — Volition Games’ destructive vehicular combat game is live on PSN.
PlayStation Store Update — Spring Fever introduces PSN exclusive StarDrone (with PlayStation Move support), free Sonic 2 for PS+ subscribers, Red Faction Battlegrounds, new ModNation Racers DLC and more.
MLB 11 The Show Challenge of the Week: Win a Nike Huarache TR Low Pack — Can you beat Joe Mauer?
LittleBigPlanet 2 Crowdsourced: Your make.believe Adventure Is Live — The first crowdsourced LittleBigPlanet 2 game yields interesting results. Queue it up on your LBP.me playlist here!
This Week in PlayStation Home: LOOT Space Station, Sodium Update and Tons of New Games… — Protip: One of the games is available for a limited time.
Dungeon Siege III Brings Accessible Controls, Bountiful Co-op to PS3 — Diablo diehards will want to take a look at Square Enix’s action-RPG, coming to the PS3 in June.
Digital Comics Store Update — Resident Evil Vol. 2, Runaways from Marvel, Voltron, Doctor Who Vol. 2 and more.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Trilogy Coming to PS3 With 3D — These PS3 remasters are based off the PC versions for enhanced visual quality and extra features. Oh, and 3D!
New Resident Evil revealed in PlayStation: The Official Magazine — Suspenseful squad-based shooting in Operation Raccoon City.
inFAMOUS 2: The Quest for Power — “Half as long, twice as bright.”
Killzone 3 Steel Rain DLC Coming April 12, Free for Plus Members! — Don’t have Plus? Get the Steel Rain DLC for a low, low five bucks.
Did you want those 7 million songs for here or to go? — Cloud-based Music Unlimited comes to PSP with a free 30-day trial period of premium service.
PlayStation Network Video Content Update — Tron Legacy in HD and 3D, plus the original Tron, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, free new TV shows and more.
EyePet is back! And this time he’s got company… — Two fuzzballs for the price of one! EyePet & Friends adds co-op augmented reality play and a host of new features.
Resistance 3 Public Beta: Get Early Access With SOCOM 4 — Early copies of SOCOM 4 come with a Resistance 3 Public Beta key for later use — don’t lose it! Look for the badge on the front of the box.
From EyeToy to NGP: PlayStation’s Augmented Reality Legacy — Augmented Reality isn’t just kid’s stuff, and PlayStation’s eight-year legacy will culminate in the NGP. Watch Rey’s new video to see a glimpse of what’s to come!
David Jaffe Speaks: Twisted Metal launches October 4th and much more! — David Jaffe addresses PlayStation.Blog readers in a new video from the set of Twisted Metal’s live-action short films.
Virtua Tennis 4 Demos Are Only On PS3 — Don’t skip the second demo; it will include PlayStation Move and 3D support.
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs Full Deployment Edition Unboxing — If you’re looking to score a full PlayStation Move sharp shooter setup, this is money-saving bundle is worth a look.
Courtesy of Jeremy Dunham and Chris Roper
Zipline Podcast – Episode 34 — This week we’re joined by SOCOM 4 lead multiplayer designer Kevin Schmitt and core systems designer Ryan Fedje to talk about the ongoing SOCOM 4 multiplayer beta.
Patch Notes: SOCOM 4 Beta v1.02 — With our open beta of SOCOM 4 in full swing – and plenty of player feedback to go along with it – we wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to experience some of the changes we’ve already implemented to the both the beta and the final game because of your testing.
Test the New SOCOM.com — We’re especially proud of the statistical options. In addition to raw numbers for everything from kills and deaths to per-weapon hit percentages, you’ll see a color-coded character hit map that shows you where on the enemy you’re focusing your fire, while a color wheel shows your “kills” breakdown on a per-weapon basis.
Courtesy of Arne Meyer
“The Lab” – April 2011 Schedule — We’re looking forward to “The Lab” in April – we’ve got a new gametype that hasn’t been seen outside of Custom Games and we’re capping off the month with a one of our favorite past episodes of “The Lab.”
Gamers Heart Japan – support Red Cross relief efforts for the people of Japan — Check out the video to see Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells’s submission and even a special guest appearance from Nathan Drake, Victor Sullivan and Elena Fisher.