The PlayStation Recap – Full Circle Edition

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Lots to discuss this week, with a long-overdue update (our bad) on White Knight Chronicles II’s North American release date (tentatively scheduled for September!), a new behind-the-scenes Starhawk video and a Comic Con update, a slew of inFAMOUS 2 tutorial videos that will help you get started with the game’s extensive user-created mission tools, a new look at the visually stunning El Shaddai, and a first look at a new PlayStation Move title with Fast Draw Showdown.

Otherwise, I’ve been having an absolute ball with Batman: Arkham Asylum, despite being two years late to the party (d’oh!). And with my little brother in town to visit, I’ve been giving the PS3 a workout with co-op-friendly games and a copious stream of Netflix shows and movies. Not a bad week at all!

What have you been playing?

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: Resistance 3: ‘Full Circle’ Dev Diary

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • PlayStation Store Update — The PSN Summer Sale is live! Save 30% on 11 games (PS Plus subscribers save even more: 50%). New releases this week include Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Golden Axe, new demos for Catherine, Dead Nation, and PixelJunk Shooter 2’s Online Battle mode and more.
  • Incoming: Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Maps Hit PS3 July 28th — Black Ops: Annihilation brings four new multiplayer maps — Silo, Hangar 18, Drive-In and Hazard — plus the booby-trap-riddled Zombies map Shangri-La. And Activision wanted PS3 owners to know the news first! Read on in the comments for responses from Activision’s blogger Dan Amrich.
  • The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Extended Cut – Hunt Mutants With PlayStation Move in 3D — THOTD: Overkill Extended Cut joins the ranks of excellent PlayStation Move shooters such as Dead Space Extraction and Time Crisis: Razing Storm. You’ll get two new scenarios and more with this PS3 exclusive.
  • PSN to Invest $20 Million in Exclusive Game Portfolio — Upcoming PSN exclusives such as Eufloria, Okabu, and Papo & Yo are just the beginning. PlayStation Network’s Director of Marketing explains why retaining top developers is a key goal for PSN in the months and years to come.
  • Wary of Long-Term Commitment to Catherine? Try the Demo First! — This oddly alluring adventure game explores the male subconscious, and the results aren’t always pretty. Read up on what Atlus’s Aram Jabbari calls an exploration of the “psychology and horror of relationships, commitment, and love.”
  • Hideo Kojima Talks Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Peace Walker HD, PS Vita — Metal Gear mastermind Kojima answers our questions about the upcoming HD Collection re-releases of Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS3 and MGS: Peace Walker, drops hints about his upcoming FOX Engine, and waxes poetic about the future of cult favorite Snatcher.
  • UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Beta Concludes, Is Largest PS3 Beta Ever — Stats freaks, this post is for you! 1.53 million UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Beta players racked up 1.9 billion kills, 1.4 TRILLION dollars in Cash, and fired 48 billion shots over two weeks. Read on to learn what’s next for UNCHARTED 3 — starting with San Diego Comic Con gameplay!
  • Resistance 3: “Full Circle” Dev Diary — Here, “Full Circle” refers to two concepts: Resistance 3’s weapon wheel and also the game’s return to its Resistance: Fall of Man roots. Get deeper insight into Insomniac Games’ goals for Resistance 3 with Rey’s latest video documentary.
  • UFC Undisputed Comes to PlayStation Home + Weekly Update — The new UFC Octagon public space include training games, trivia, and special rewards. Or, if you’d rather keep your fisticuffs clandestine, check out the new UFC Undisputed personal space and and UFC virtual items including historic UFC posters, fight gear and furniture.
  • Section 8: Prejudice Drops into PSN July 26th With Extra Weight — The good people of TimeGate Studios wanted PlayStation.Blog readers to see this news first! This sci-fi shooter is loaded with extra content for its PSN launch, and also has a special bonus for the first 1000 PlayStation Plus purchasers — a free copy of the original Section 8. Get a full tour of Prejudice here!

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  • Uncharted 3 beta was awesome! Looking forward to a Section 8: Prejudice demo.

  • I just discovered that the episodes to Qore have downloadable games and content in them. I have been a plus member for a year now. How the hell did I just noticed now ? And the real question is, does anyone really care ?

    • To get the extra Qore content you can subscribe to it separately, though you get individual episodes with your Plus subscription.

  • Excellent week.

  • The beta was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait till 11-1-11!

    • Glad you liked it! I liked the co-op mode quite a bit — I can see some long nights with Co-op Adventure :)

  • is there any word on a jak and daxter hd collection yet from naughty dog

  • I am playing Just Cause 2, awesome game.

    I am watching Torchwood,Eureka, warehouse 13.

    I am reading….Hamlet for my college English class.

  • Can’t wait for Resistance 3, I’m trying to stay on a media blackout for it now, especially after that seven hour demo disc was released :P

  • @5: I know, right?

    Great week this time ’round! The U3 beta was fun, but I really didn’t like the treasure sets being linked to the customization. Really disliked it.
    This was also my birthday week [was on Thursday]! Great birthday. Got Mortal Kombat and teh Tomb Raider Trilogy!

    I’m playing: Alice Madness Returns, Mortal Kombat, The Tomb Raider Trilogy [Legend]
    I’m watching: Harry Potter 7 Part 2 tomorrow
    I’m reading: The Lost Hero

  • I wish they would remaster kingdom hearts 1 and 2 but giving us the final mix versions probably will never happen but would be really cool to play and see :)

  • Seeing_Red_Again

    Hey Sid, do you know when we’ll be hearing more details about Resistance for PSVita?

  • Got Pixel Junk Shooter 2. Loved the 1st, I was just waiting for the inevitable price drop. For the price of a coffee (almost) I got a sweet game.
    I’m also brushing up on Borderlands while I wait a few more days until the $15 bundle. I only have the core disk. What a bundle man.

    • I looooved Borderlands. Be sure to move your character to the New Game Plus mode, too — that’s where it gets really fun. :)

  • Cant wait for the battlefield 3 beta in september

  • Not sure wats goin on but keep getin booted form socom4 and keeps tellin me lost connection to gaming universe. i can stiil play other games with ease.

  • any news about burn zombie burn 2nd add-on content

  • I’m Playing: LittleBigPlanet (multiplayer), Vanquish, Dragon Age II

    I’m Watching: Nothing because that’s what’s on TV.

    I’m Reading: Nothing video game based, just Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (summer reading) and Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (summer reading).

  • Hey Sid, any new PsOne Classics for next week’s PStore Update?

  • It was a good week, right now i going through my back log of 29 games one at a time. I watching X Men first call on DVD. And I.m reading To Aru Majutsu no Index (Novel).

  • *Edit* X Men First Class(unofficial version)

  • Im playing MW2, Dead Nation, AC Brotherhood MP, and Battlefront 2 on PSP.

    watching Due Date, South Park

    Reading Fahrenheit 451 for High School

  • Is downloading demos from the store, super slow for anyone else, I have 30 m.b.s download speeds, the store has never ever been this slow for me EVER, its not my internet or my ps3 connection settings checked them both.. I mean a 1000MB ( 1 gig) demo doesn’t take 5000 plus minutes like it is saying….normaily 5-10 minutes for me

  • Awesome end of the week for PlayStation!

    I’m playing: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Prince of Persia.

    I’m watching: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and that wondrous The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer.

    I’m reading: Claymore Manga volumes 16-18.

    P.S. We will be getting a Blog post about everything Sony will be showing at Comic-Con. I’m going so I would like to adjust my schedule :)

  • Sids response to 15 has me excited. Usually they ignore questions like that. I think parasite eve 2 is coming, which is cool, but really hoping for ff5 or ff6.

  • I’m playing Black Ops, LittleBigPlanet 2, Gran Turismo 5
    Watched Shrek the 3rd
    Reading Nothing

    I won a Blu-Ray of the Green Hornet on the PlayStation site, so I have something to watch soon :)

  • When is Borderlands going on sale?

  • Sid, you should definitely play Just Cause 2.

    Probably the most under-appreciated game of this generation.

  • This Christmas-PS Vita, PS 3D Display!

    I’m playing: MW2, Black Ops, COD World at War, COD 3, COD Classic, Force Unleashed 2

    I’m watching: 2012, the day after tomorrow

    I’m reading: Star Wars episode 3 novel

    P.s. When will more PS vita and PS display imformation be coming out? Totally looking forward to it.

  • I’m playing: Dead Nation, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Medal of Honor: Frontline

    I’m watching: 24

    I’m (about to) read: Star Wars: Death Troopers

  • Watching: Invasion, I Love Phillip Morris (which is funny, but you know…)
    I”m playing Alice (both games) and enjoying some CoD.
    @25 A friend gave me Death troopers for my birthday. Probably gonna start reading it too. Not big into Star Wars, but I was told it has zombies.

  • Im playing: Uncharted 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (ps one classic) and AC Brotherhood

    Im watching: 2012, Battle: LA, and Fast Five

    Im reading: Playstation Blog

  • Just beat Arkham Asylum on hard. Good luck to you Sid if that’s what you’re trying it on!

    Good update this week. The R3 videos are getting me pumped. Been playing a lot of R2 multiplayer and about to try to beat the campaign on Superhuman for my third play through. Any news on the Resistance 3 beta or if Twisted Metal is getting a beta?

    Thanks Sid!

  • I’m Playing: Warhawk and inFamous 2

    I’m Watching: 24

    Will Section 8: Prejudice have a platinum trophy?

  • I’m Playing: LittleBigPlanet 2, Mortal Kombat, F.3.A.R., and Midnight Club Los Angeles. Just beat Batman Arkham Asylum!!!

    I’m Watching: Nothing as of now dont really watch tv just game! lol

    I’m Reading: Ratchet and Clank comics just got em’ :D

  • LOL When he said “Uncharted 3 Beta concludes” my eyes played a trick on me I thought said “Uncharted 3 Beta Continues” guess that’s because I really didn’t want it to end :(

  • Also I’m playing: Mass Effect 2, LittleBigPlanet 2. Never played Black Ops. COD SUCKS!

  • why are you not working on your website game updates………. REALLY. you need to get the forgot my password change my password and create an account back up. maybe someone was able to hack someones account and change their pass after they did. now i cant change my monthly spending limit thanks to this cut the crap on the game updates and work on your dang website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • i’m playing: dragon quest
    i’m watching: canaan,moonlight mile, sekirei
    reading: this very blog

  • I’m barely started playing Resident evil 5, Dead Space, and Singularity. Haha im always late to the party!
    @GeneralChaz9 Fahrenheit 451 pretty good book!

  • Just cause 2 is fun too. It took a while to adjust to the gameplay at first but then it is amazing. It is like mercs 2 and pursuit force rolled into one and done right. The open world is huge, and it never glitches. So that path engine is something else. It proves open world can be done, I love fallout, but what is up with all the bugs.

  • In a world filled with energy weapons, I’ll still take the Bullseye any day. The way it chugs when it fires 3 at-a-time just makes me smile. It’s a beautiful sound and it really does sound like an echo of a fully automatic .45 or similar weapon. Just firing a large caliber gun at targets is in itself a violent and beautiful experience. If you’ve never fired a gun (Yo, Californians and New Yorkers) you are missing out, fo sho!!!

  • Yo Sid, if you read this tell the creators fro insomniac, Eat sleep play, and Naughty Dog that they are doing excellent jobs at making their new games. You guys are making it hard for me to choose which games to get…… anyways good luck on whatever your doing. :D

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