The PlayStation Recap – Fantastic Fest Edition

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A respectable week for news and announcements, with a 50% discount on Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD for PlayStation Plus users, a fascinating creative dissection of PSN sidescroller Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, an HD reinvention of PSP classic Mercury Meltdown, a Speed Channel TV premiere for GT Academy, a hefty Blu-ray-only bonus of Assassin’s Creed Revelation on PS3, an Austin meetup for PlayStation.Blog readers, new reading material for UNCHARTED fans, and a new milestone for The Tester Season 3 – get those votes in!

In other news, I really need to find the time to dive into Dead Island before the ICO & Shadow of the Collossus Collection steals my soul for the next few weeks… but I’m all tangled up in Resident Evil 4 HD and Burnout Crash! Help! We’re not even in October yet!

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection: Behind-the-Scenes Preview

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • PlayStation Store Update — A robust lineup of games this week, including Resident Evil 4 HD, Burnout Crash!, Cubixx HD, Saints Row 2 digital, the NBA 2K12 demo, Fallout: New Vegas – Lonesome Road DLC, Persona 2: Innocent Sin for PSP and more.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC Brings 5 New Zombie Maps Tonight — I’m a huge fan of the co-op Nazi Zombies mode in Black Ops, so scoring five more maps (four of which are my personal favorites from World at War) is a major coup. I know what I’ll be playing this weekend…
  • DC Universe Online for PS3 Is Going Free-To-Play — This announcement sparked vigorous discussion, for understandable reasons. Luckily, Sony Online Entertainment did a nice job breaking down the consequences of going free-to-play — and how it’s going to benefit all DCUO players.
  • Battlefield 3 Expansions to Hit PS3 First, Open Beta on PSN 9/29 — Lucky PS3 owners get a Battlefield 3 Open Beta next week and a head start on all upcoming major DLC expansions.
  • NEW PlayStation 3 UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle Coming Soon — If you’re in the market for a PS3, this is a steal. Your $299 gets you a high-capacity 320GB PS3, a copy of UNCHARTED 3, and a month of PlayStation Plus. It’s like getting UNCHARTED 3 for free!
  • Sack It To Me: Still PlayStation Move-ing — A handy Move Pack FAQ, new user creations, and a job opening highlight this week’s LittleBigPlanet news.
  • Ruin for PS Vita: Lairs, Relics, and the Social Web — I enjoyed writing this in-depth survey of Ruin’s ambitious social plan. Pulling contextual storylines out of multiplayer interactions sounds so cool, doesn’t it?
  • ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection: Bonus Content, Trophies Revealed — This remastered collection finally arrives on PS3 this Tuesday, and includes several behind-the-scenes videos showcasing early prototypes and even discussion of canceled multiplayer game NICO.
  • Hey Canada: An Epic UNCHARTED 3 Contest Just For You — Entries are closed. But this contest caught my attention because the winning Canadian will compete in an adventure against other finalists in the Arabian Desert. Now that’s a contest!
  • Burnout Crash! Explodes onto PSN Today — This new PSN game transforms the series’ fan-favorite Crash mode into a full-blown arcade-inspired experience. If you’ve tried the demo or the full game, let us know what you think!
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    • Great week!

      The UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception PS3 Bundle looks amazeballs.

      I’m Playing: Resistance 2, and Resistance 3.

      I’m Watching: Nikita Season 2! Star Wars Blu-Ray Collection (SO GORGEOUS!).

      I’m Reading: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight and Season Nine by Joss Whedon.

      I’m Listening to: Lacuna Coil’s new song “Trip the Darkness.” “Dark Adrenaline” comes out Jan 24th 2012 Woot!

    • The day news comes that the Playstation 3 will undergo a XMB revamp with less text is the day I’ll scream like a little girl.

      Until then, keep up the good work. :)

    • I am playing RE 4 (even though it is just upscaled; like playing a DVD in a up converter)

      I am watching: Doctor Who (tonight)

      I am reading the PS Blog

      I want: Resident Evil Zero and the Resident Evil Remake to hit the PSN. That would make the 15 years feel great. How better to celebrate 15 years then releasing a real remake!!!!!!!!

    • Hey Sid my good man. Any word on the patch that was announced that is suppose to fix the completely broken and almost unplayable Mortal Kombat Kollection?

      • Ed Boon has said on Twitter (@noobde) that it’s coming, so I can only assume they’re testing and finalizing it for release. Follow his Twitter account for the latest and greatest news out of MK.

    • I am playing: Dead Island (Great Co-Op by the way) Beyond Good & Evil HD (Amazing remake)
      I am watching: “The Office”
      I am reading : The Hunger Games by Susan Collins
      I’m hoping to find a good Co-Op Online Beat Em’ Up on the PS Store

    • i’m playing Black Ops
      i’m watching MTV
      i’m reading OPM

    • vita release date please !!!!

    • I’m playing: Gran Turismo 5
      I’m watching: N/A
      I’m reading The Golden Bug by Edgar Allen Poe for my schoolwork

    • Hi, Sid, average week, & that’s mostly for news updates. Starting next week should be awesome, with the Ico/SotC collection.

      I’m playing ME 2 & RE4 which is barely HD.

      I just watched Green Hornet. Really bad, & Seth Rogan is mostly unamusing.

      Reading Star Trek.

    • Playing: Xenogears
      Watching: Drive, NFL

    • I’m playing: Plants vs Zombies (Love this game!!)
      I’m watching: college football (several games on TV today!!)
      I’m readhing: nothing right now. I need a suggestion.

    • I’m playing: Dead Island, CODBO Zombies moon map
      I’m watching: Doctor Who, Family Guy
      I’m reading: Google News

    • I’m playing: inFAMOUS
      I’m watching: Star Trek
      I’m reading: Alice in Wonderland

    • I’m playing god of war hd about 5 years late. What an epic game!! resident evil 4 hd and Disgaea 4! I’m watching breaking bad on netflix and football. Go Raiders! I’m reading gaming and football magazines.

      • It’s great stuff. My personal favorite is God of War 2, but they’re all fantastic. What’s your favorite boss fight so far?

    • All this, and it’s not even October? Mad I tell you! It’s a maaad wooorld…

      I’m playing: Limbo, LittleBigPlanet 2: Rise of the Cakeling Move Pack, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
      I’m watching: Television! Where’s the On-Demand Deadliest Warrior “Vampires vs. Zombies”?…
      I’m reading: Neverwhere

    • please answer

      hey did sony made a partnership with dice of battlefield 3 dat psn gets early map expensions early just like wat xbox and call of duty are doing

      • Can’t speak to the business side of it — I’m not privy to it, I only know what’s been released publicly. But it is an exclusive arrangement

    • currently watching : requiem of phantom
      i’m playing: disgaea 4
      reading: nothing,just browsing this blog and a few game forums

      i’m happy that this week atelier totori will be released at my local retailer.as a nisa fan i cant wait to play this game but first i hafta beat disgaea 4.too much games so little time XD

    • @16

      Yes it was announced here on the blog and the article is linked above .PSN gets the dlc a week earlier .

    • I’m playing: GT5
      I’m watching: The 3rd season of Deadwood…. David Simon sucks for not finishing the show.
      I’m reading: N/A

    • Great week for PSN and PS+ indeed. Yeah RE4 is barely HD but still fantastic to have on my ps3! At a GREAT steal too, $10!! Playing that, BF Bad Company 2, Resistance 3, and waiting on Chrono Cross!!!!! Watching SNL, Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, The Office. Also Sid, when are we going to get the free Portal 2 DLC that Valve promised? And is there any word on Home’s major update?

    • Lovecraft eh? Your reading material is always interesting.

    • They save the best for last. They are going to release the ICO & SOTC collection and then DARK SOULS, then COD MW3.
      Man this is going to be a BLAST (literally).

    • I don’t see why people hate the XMB so much. I personally like how it is laid out and don’t have a problem waiting until the PS4 for a new interface.

    • Maybe when Stranger’s Wrath comes we’ll get a Oddworld PS1 sale too.

      Since I don’t have Plus I went the RE classics for now. Skipped right to Nemesis my favorite of the PS1 titles. Whats your favorite PS1 RE?

    • What happened to Chrono Trigger??

      • There was a mistake last week and the wrong date was given; we’ll let you know when the date is settled (it is coming, and soon)

    • All I would like to do is sort my games better. How hard is it to just let me move it up or down. That way I can group games like Back to the future, MK Kollection with my MK II, my street fighters, etc….

      I want RE Zero and the RE Remake….. Come on Capcom and Sony

    • Being able to sort your games would be very nice. Now that I have quite a few games downloaded it is just kind of annoying scrolling through the whole list.

    • oh sid i wanted to ask you , i really want to buy the playstation 3D TV to play Motorstorm Apocalypse with my brother , does it work with Resistance 3 too ? i mean simultaneous screens?

      • That is a question I’ve been hoping to get answered myself! I am working on an article that will address this, so stay tuned.

    • Hey Sid, any update on that Elder Scrolls Skyrim interview? =)

    • I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while…

      I noticed on my PS+ content that expiration dates are different. I subscribed a week or so after PS+ was first launched and got the 12 + 3 month deal. So my initial subscription would have lasted until 10/17/11. I know we were given a bonus two months plus about 10 days or so because of the downtime, and so all my content downloaded since then has an expiration of 12/26/11. But all the content that I downloaded prior to the downtime still lists the old expiration date.

      Does that sound right? I figured the expiration dates on the old content would have updated based on my new subscription end date. Is that going to be an issue, or can I just disregard the expiration date?

    • Waiting for battlefield 3 oh yes baby ;)

      Playing god of war 3.

      Reading gamers magazine.

      Watching transporter 3

      Did I mention I’m waiting for battlefield 3 lol

    • I am Playing Black-ops
      I am Watching Anime
      I am reading Chemistry textbook for a freaking test on monday!

      But I always play PS3 no matter what. Relaxes my mind!

    • Its been a week and my avatar hasn’t changed & my Plus is not displayed?
      Is there a waiting period before it shows?
      Joined plus about a week.

      Sid, help please.

    • Playing: Sly Collection (Sly 3), Resistance 3, MLB 10 The Show, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

      Watching: Atlanta Braves Baseball (trying to will their slumping selves to the playoffs!), X-Men (Animated Series on my PS3 via netflix), Atlanta Falcons football.

      Reading: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and also reading about this new 3D tech you boys and girls at Sony are making which sounds amazing. Too bad it’s gonna be 800 dollars though. Will have to wait until I’m rich to get that. If that ever happens….

    • I am playing Dead Island and Mafia 2
      I am watching Family Guy
      I am reading Playstion daily Blog

      Saints Row the Third is gonna be sick !

    • Playing Uncharted 2 multiplayer (same as the last 100+ weekends lol)

      Watching Family Guy

      Reading all the news I can find on Uncharted 3

      Counting the days to UC3 multiplayer Subway promo!

    • Hello everybody i’m here to ask a question does anybody on here play blackops??? Since that new zombie add on came out my connection has been crap it just keeps laggin hardcore.

    • I’m kinda disappointed that FFVI and Chrono Trigger were a mistake. Hope it comes out this week. XD

      Playing: Killzone 3
      Watching: Arriety and Spirited Away
      Reading: PS Blog?? lol, Veronica decides to die

    • Oh my god i cant wait for ico and shadow

      wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      awsome awsome AWSOME

      oh by the way can you guys do a update to ps3 slim users?

      sometimes the ps3 freezes when we open multiple web pages on the internet or when we press x quickly on the ps store

      it always freezes then i put my ps3 off then it says send report to sony etc you guys need to fix this i cant contact customer support they wont help me proparly

      oh also

      playing infamous, infamous 2 for trophy

      watching, Family guy and simpsons

      Reading, Assassins creed books

      btw £20 in uk please?

      and jak and daxter trilogy + ratchet & clank trilogy

      reply to me about the slim system please

    • @ 1 the ps3 bundle looks “amazeballs”? Its a regular old ps3 packed in with Uncharted 3………nothing amazing about that, its not like its a special edition console or anything, I’m sure the game will be amazing, but nothing amazing about the bundle, just a regular old nothing special bundle. Seriously Sony, why is there no special edition ps3 bundles like they did with psp, there was always so many unique psps released, I myself got the big boss psp from gamestop last year.

      • Well, it’s nice because you’re effectively getting the game for free — with the high-capacity 320GB HDD. Not a bad deal at all!

    • I’m playing: Resident Evil 4 HD
      I’m watching: TV
      I’m reading PS blog

    • playstion vita ortable

    • I’m playing: Resistance 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Resident Evil 4, and Star Wars Force Unleashed 2.

      I’m watching: Family Guy

      I’m reading: GameInformer, The Lost Symbol, and the blog

      The Ico and Shadow of Colossus Collection is looking pretty nice

    • DON’T BUY A PS3 YOU WILL BE SORRY AFTER A FEW MONTHS IT WILL STOP WORKING AND YOU WILL HAVE TO SEND IT TO SONY. THEY SEND YOU BACK AN OLDER MODEL THAN WHAT YOU HAD. I DON’T WANT SOMEONES OLD REFURBISHED CONSOLE. SONY SUCKS I AM GOING TO BUY MY X-BOX RIGHT NOW. SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE AN X-BOX AND NO PROBLEMS AT ALL

    • @44 lol i feel your pain. I’ve had my ps3 60gb fail on me twice. But guess what? The games are so worth my time that i can’t imagine not having a ps3. That being said i also have an xbox. You can search on internet for places that can repair your ps3 for less than what sony charges and you get your ps3 back.

    • @44 Ive gone through 12 xbox’s.Ive upgraded to every “new” model they came out with and still had lights and hardware fails.So the grass is not always greener on the other side.Plus with my xbox’s i had 30 day plus waits in the mail after sending in a new one to get an old refurb.So all companies have there issues.

    • Looking forward to trying out DCUO and the BF3 beta soon! :D

    • About to try out RE2 and RE3, I got RE4 too and I like it, although the controls will take a while to get used to again. I’m so glad I got PS+ again! :)

      I’m playing: Resident Evil 2
      I’m watching: TV and my brother playing
      I’m reading: Playstation Blog

    • Playing — Resident Evil 3, 4 HD and 5 / MYST

      Watching — Rat Race / LOST: Season 1

      Reading — The Secret Crusade: Oliver Bowden / Mockingjay: Suzanne Collins

      Anticipating — Battlefield 3 / LittleBigPlanet 2: Collector’s Edition / Assassin’s Creed: Revelations / Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD and Operation Raccoon City / Need For Speed: The Run

      News — Neutrinos faster than Light: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424053111903703604576588422968704078-lMyQjAxMTAxMDIwMzEyNDMyWj.html

    • TOO. MANY. GAMES. :O

      :P

      Seriously though, keep ’em coming. My backlog is starting to get immense though. Just finished Resistance 3, and I already have RAGE, Batman: Arkham City, and Battlefield 3 preordered. I’m picking up the Ico / Shadow of the Colossus Collection Tuesday and possibly downloading Crysis and Rochard as well. On top of this, I still haven’t picked up Dead Island or Deus Ex: Human Revolution and I want Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One as well. Blah. So many games…so little time.

      I’m playing: Resistance 3, Resident Evil 4 HD.
      I’m watching: Dexter: Season 5, Tosh.0, Citizen Kane (need to watch again).
      I’m reading: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World by Bryan Lee ‘O Malley (just finished Vol. 2, need Vol. 3), Irredeemable by Mark Waid.

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