The PlayStation Recap – 4000 Posts and Counting Edition

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The dog days of summer have begun, but it’s still been a solid week for PlayStation news. Killzone 3 celebrated the launch of the new From the Ashes Map Pack with a triple-XP weekend; PlayStation Move Ape Escape and Beyond Good & Evil HD announced PSN release dates; and the PlayStation.Blog officially hits 4,000 posts as of right now. We couldn’t have done it without you guys!

The quiet days of summer are usually a great time to catch up on games, so I’ve doing my part by shredding through Shadows of the Damned (a great ride, particularly if you liked Resident Evil 4’s shooting mechanics) and Outland. Next up: inFAMOUS 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum (my secret shame), and Assassin’s Creed II (my other secret shame).

What are you playing this weekend?

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: Killzone 3: From the Ashes Trailer

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • PlayStation Store Update — Alien Zombie Mega Death expands upon the hit mini for $7.99; Killzone 3 adds four new multiplayer maps for $4.99; Castlevania: Lords of Shadow continues with the Resurrection add-on for $9.99; L.A. Noire gets a new case with “Nicholson Electroplating”; Sonic Generations and Virtua Tennis 4 get free demos and more.
  • Coming to PlayStation Plus: UNCHARTED 3 Beta, Bomberman ULTRA and Special Offers — Mark your calenders! This coming Tuesday, June 28th sees the launch of the UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Beta for PlayStation Plus members! The following Tuesday, July 5th, will see the full release for all PSN members. Get the full skinny here.
  • Amy is Survival Horror Evolved, Coming to PSN This Summer — I’m a sucker for horror games, so the gameplay premise here grabbed me right away. As you guide Amy through decrepit environments teeming with monstrous foes, you’ll sneak past threats fight with clumsy, improvised weapons ala Silent Hill. But your young ward has a few surprises that might turn the tide in your favor.
  • inFAMOUS 2 Now Available on PSN as Full Game Download — A shocking (sorry) turn of events! Cole’s epic struggle against anti-mutant vigilantes is now available as a full game download from PSN. If you’ve got PlayStation Plus, you can play 60 minutes of the game for free.
  • Hitman: Absolution Developer Interview — Much like the new Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution is going to great lengths to expand its core premise in new and intriguing ways. One example is the introduction of social stealth, which sees Agent 47 bluffing and role-playing his way through nerve-wracking close encounters.
  • Introducing Dyad for PSN — I had the pleasure of meeting creator Shawn McGrath at this year’s PAX East. At that time, Shawn had rigged Dyad to a motorized platform chair that tilted and rocked as the player soared through the game’s swirling vortex of sights and sounds. Bonus points for name-dropping the Large Hadron Collider (LINK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider) in the trailer!
  • KZ3 Edge Challenge Open Next Week, $40K Up for Grabs — KZ3’s new multiplayer tournament will open for business on Monday, June 27th — and $40k in prizing is no laughing matter. Get full details on this online ladder here.
  • ModNation Monday: PS Vita, DLC Update and More — This especially monstrous ModNation update touches on the upcoming PS Vita game, best user creations, and a mountain of new track parts and mod options.
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse: Free “After Party” Update Hits PSN Today — The “After Party” update also includes a host of improvements to online performance and adds weekly racing events. Steering wheel support, a game mode editor, and “several more surprises” are said to be in the works for a future update, so stay tuned.
  • Shadows of the Damned: A New Vision of Hell Hits PS3 Today — Full disclosure: I’ve been playing Shadows of the Damned all week long and it’s a breath of fresh air. The survival-horror combat is similar to Resident Evil 4, though Garcia is much faster and nimbler than Leon Kennedy. I also adore the chilling soundscape produced by Akira Yamaoka (LINK: https://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/06/24/shadows-of-the-damned-sound-director-akira-yamaoka-talks-audio-influences/), whose audio work you remember from the Silent Hill games. Have you played it?
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    • Congrats on the 4,000 posts Sid, Rey, and Jeff!

      I’m playing: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and Tomb Raider HD Collection.

      I’m watching: Zombieland, various E3 trailors, and Harry Potter to refresh my memory for the Deathly Hallows part 2.

      I’m reading: Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series.

    • I agree , Solid week with Hitman interview :D

    • apexPR3DATOR1984

      I’m playing gears of war 1 and 2

    • GCXtreme_Boombox

      I’m waiting for Episode 5 of Back To The Future: The Game.

    • i got back into kz3 with the new maps. yay triple xp, boo for having responsibilities.

    • So any word on if Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath HD is still coming out?

      Last I heard was spring then……nothing. Is it delayed or still due soon?

    • playing: prince of persia, killzone 3, portal 2,condemned 2, mirrors edge,chronicles of riddick, and god of war 3

    • What I really thought was impressive was the fact that Infamous 2 was added so quickly into the Playstation Store. Most of the games in the store are out-dated and are missing a parts. For example, the Assassin’s Creed Series. Where is Brotherhood? I only see part 1&2. :l
      In my opinion, if the newest games were added to the Playstation Store, PSN would be making tons more money, as well as, pleasing their customers. :P

    • What is up with the Turtles game? After u guys take it down from the PSN will I still be able to down load it from my list? Not cool if I can’t, I mean u sell me a downloadable game but take it down due to licensing.

      If I change my system I keep my account and purchased titles, so what the word on that?

    • Also Duke Nukem forever was good, the people who gave it bad reviews need to stop comparing everything to Call of Duty, I prefer BF myself.

    • More Arkham City please.

    • And Skyrim, always could use more of that. Congrats on 4000 posts.

    • Good luck on AC2! Pretty awesome! My second game I’ve Platinumed!

      Playing AC Brotherhood MP and Da Vinci DLC and Star Wars The Force Unleashed(my secret shame)

      Zombieland was better than I thought! Tallahassee FTW! Hope to watch Hangover 2 soon!

      Reading All Quiet on the Western Front for HS. Freshmen(freshmeat lol next year!

    • Duke Nukem Forever Demo wasn’t THIS bad, I guess it is normal that I might like it since I am a huge fan of their other games! really hope to hear more about Duke! Imagine how EPIC Duke Nukem would be on Playstation Vita!

    • I can’t wait for the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta next week, and I’m glad that so many of my friends now have access to PlayStation Plus through the Welcome Back program…. It’ll make the experience a lot more fun!

      I’m playing: Sonic Adventure, Uncharted 2 Multiplayer, League Of Legends
      I’m watching: House, Wimbledon (The tennis tournament, not the terrible film!)
      I’m reading: Doctor Who: Nuclear Time by Oli Smith

    • how much are the map packs i want atleast one since i play more ac brotherhood COD and Socom more but what is the best map pack i can get for this game?

    • i’m playing :ffiv
      i’m reading: this blog
      i’m watching:death note
      i wonder how many posts may i have.since i have been here since the beginning of the blog :)
      anyways, congrats for the 4000 posts.lets go for another 4000 more!

    • YES!!!!!!! UC3 Beta FINALLY!!! & Infamous 2 on the PS Store!! ^__^
      Very exciting news Sony, thanks!!
      Congrats on 4,000 posts too!!!

    • How are you liking Duke Nukem Forever sid

      the campaign is ridiculously fun. and the multiplayer is great too.

      • I liked it! I’m an old-school Duke Nukem 3D fan, of course, but I enjoyed the campaign. The miniaturized puzzles were quite memorable.

    • Finally 4,000 posts! :-) thanks for letting me know Sid! Over the past year I thoughtand thinks that playstation.blog is the best source for everything playstation. Right now I am:

      Playing: COD MW2, Black ops, Homefront, and Modnation Racers

      Watching: Battle LA, 2012, and Terminator Salvation

      Reading: Still waiting for my library card so nothing!

      Thanks Sony!

    • A little Facebook-ie, but I may as well contribute:

      Currently Playing: AC Brotherhood Multiplayer (Gotta get those last two trophies to get the Platinum before Revelations comes out and people stop playing), Littlebig Planet
      Currently Watching: The Immortal Yi Soon Shin (A Korean show with subs)
      Currently Reading: “They said ‘what book are you reading?’ and I said Bwahahahahahahaha”

    • It’s awesome that the Uncharted 3 beta is very close!

    • congrats on the 4,000 posts
      Im playing SOCOM 4, crysis 2, and COD 4

      Im watching Battle LA

      And im reading game informer

    • im back to show some love to the best blog in the world i havent had time to comment much but i do read all the blog post let see if im remember by ya.also great news on ps vita but no one had said if the 3g is free or if we had to paid for it and if we did have to pay how much is it?hopely i get a response

    • u guys at sony may not know but ur update version 3.66 miss up some people ps3 systems, so what will you do to fix this. its all in the blog with 800 comments on it. And its on the forms of playstation, there facebook page about it and its been report to the news ch too.

    • LA Noire, Red Dead Redemption (yeah I know….), Duke Nukem Forever. Then it’s on to Rage: Anarchy Edition and Dead Island when they come out in the fall.

    • Been on outland f tactics mvc2 have mvc3 coming on Monday and dungeonhunters ghostbuster SOS prob more just can’t think of it. Iv been busy.

    • PlayStation is awesome! Got a question for PSN full game trials, if i were to play Infamous 2 or Mass Effect 2, i know the trophies dont sync until after i purchase the full game, if i were to buy the retail copies, will it transfer the trophies from the PSN download? Thanks

    • Great week Sid!
      What do you think of Shadows of the Damned? I’d love to see some Damned content on the PS Store, like avatars and Themes! It’s one heck of a stylish game.

    • So it looks like LulzSec is disbanding. True honest gamers FTW!

    • I’m practicing for the KZ3 tournament that starts on Mon, got a team and doing skirmishes. Wish me luck!

    • yay im happy 4 you means your doing a good job

    • So when our they adding the Little Big Planet 2 MotorStorm Apocalypse Minipack DLC that was suppose to come out when MotorStorm Apocalypse came out that Europe got back in March?

    • You’re just now getting to Arkham Asylum? Sid, I am disappoint.

    • Don’t forget Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th anniversary 2 days ago.

      • Yes! I remember when Sonic was first coming onto the scene — I think I was in 5th grade. During recess we were debating whether Sonic would be as cool as Mario, and nobody thought so…until a few years later :)

    • Solid-Snake-Eyes

      I just noticed that in my Canadian Playstation Video store most of the trailers are playing in French, but the movie info says English. What’s going on?

    • CONGRATS!!!! So Glad i have been a part of PSN since the beginning..We have come a long way despite a few set-backs :)

    • Congrats on the 4000 Sid.

      I’m playing Battlefield BC2, Killzone 3, Portal 2 and Dungeon Siege III

      I just watched Battle for LA (which was solid, but nothing to write home about) am currently watching through Eureka and Game of Thrones, and aim to watch Super 8 and Adjustment Bureau soon

      And I’m reading game informer and George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings

      Also, am I the only one (I’m a recent Battlefield convert) that thinks an alien invasion game using the weapons and engine from Battlefield would be totally legit?

      • I would looooove a sci-fi Battlefield/Call of Duty-type game. I think it would be important to make it feel truly futuristic — i.e. laser rifles and plasma — versus assault rifles that fire blue bullets. Did you ever play Battlefield 2142? Great game, but I always felt they didn’t go far enough with the futuristic setting. It still played a lot like BF2.

    • Feel sorry for you to be play Duke Nukem Forever. I’m playing the game too and it’s a REALLY BAD GAME probably the WORST GAME OF THE YEAR.

      • Whether you enjoy DNF probably depends on what you’re looking for from it. :) I wanted a sequel to Duke 3D, so in that regard, I was satisfied.

    • Zombieland 2 FTW!

      Cant wait!

    • Can you tell Sucker punch to make a dynamic theme with cole doing lightnings like when you start infamous 2 please.

    • Thanks for reading my post and responding Sid! I was wondering when will the PlayStatin 3D Display come out I’m so getting that! Also will there be a major update any time soon do ps3 to have 3G? Finally, when will the PS Vita come out? I know it’s around Christmas but what is the exact date? Thanks! :-)

      • Sure! No word yet on the 3D Gaming Display release date but we’ll keep you posted here on the Blog! Ditto for the PS Vita launch date and 3G details.

    • if PlayStation is so great and awesome, why did its update version 3.66 cause my PS3 to start freezing up so much? NO its not hardware caused it how do i know? It was working so fine until Sony release that update out to the whole world. Now i wish i never update my poor PS3 Slim with that 3.66 version and now Sony wants me to being it in to get repair for money. That cause it so why do i pay for something there did? There need money to make for lost time and rumor has it that Sony will be going down soon just like some other company while back. First the hacking into the PSN and now my PS3 Slim and not just my mind but there are others too.

      I been with sony sense my birth and you fail me worst then anything could, i am shame of you sony. You Sony will never get back my trust until you fix what you cause and say you are sorry for your PS3 Slim model being affected by are software update version 3.66.

    • There is going to be a sequel to Zombieland? AWESOME !!!! Congrats for the 4,000 posts btw. =)

    • 4000? Nice! But now, can we get OVER 9000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      …Sorry, i had to. :O

    • 4000 is awesome , I’ve been a sony video game fan since the Ps2 even though I did play the Ps1 also.

    • So far I have played MUA : 2 , Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars , Burnout Paradise , and Sonic Generations demo this weekend. I watched Cool Dog and I read some blog posts on trueachievements today.

    • @Sid Shuman

      When will the PlayStation Blog go Mobile again?

      I love reading the blog on my Mobile phone but I really miss the speed of the Mobile Version.

      I replied to Jeff R. around E3 he said when he gets back in the office he would look at it. It’s been a few weeks since E3 2011 and I’m a little worried something went wrong when the new security changed it messed with the mobile version of the Blog

      • Yeah we’ve been asking our tech team about it. I expect it back soon — I think they temporarily disabled it to reduce stress on the server during E3. We were getting insane traffic!

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