The PlayStation Recap – EVO 2012 Edition

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The PlayStation Recap – EVO 2012 Edition

This weekend marks one of my favorite times of the year: The EVO Championship Series set in sun-drenched Las Vegas! It represents a chance for the greatest international fighting game competitors to gather and settle their differences, but it’s also rapidly evolving into a showcase of the future of fighting games. This year, Namco Bandai Games, Capcom, NetherRealm Studios, Atlus, and our good friends at SuperBot Entertainment have gathered to give the tens of thousands of attendees some hands-on play with the next wave of fighters: Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4 Arena, and of course PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale“>PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale are all here and playable, months ahead of their releases.

Of course, the world finals remain EVO’s biggest draw — luckily, you can watch the action live right here. Who are you rooting for?

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale handily dominated the headlines this week with its announcement of an October 23rd release date for PS3 and PS Vita, the reveal of new characters Heihachi and Toro, confirmation of hands-on play at EVO, and word of exclusive alternate costumes for those who pre-order. In other news this week, the LittleBigPlanet Karting beta was confirmed to launch on July 10th, Sony Santa Monica Studio gave us an inside look at God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer behemoth Polyphemus, the creators of the ultra-addictive PSN gem The Pinball Arcade revealed August launch plans for four new DLC tables, SOE launched a half-off sale on all items in the DC Universe Online PS3 marketplace, and a new Pulse that details upcoming PSN releases Rainbow Moon and Zen Pinball 2. Not a bad week, all in all!

What are you playing this weekend?

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: Transformers: Fall of Cybetron Megaplex Trailer

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • New Games Coming to PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection — Gotham City Impostors, Renegade Ops, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, a ton of new discounts and more.
  • Today: 50% Off Atlus Games in the “HOJAEFJAAM” PSN Sale — Atlus has a winner! This deep discount for PSN users garned a ton of eyeballs this week.
  • Pre-Order Bonuses and Release Date for PlayStation All-Stars — Mark your calendars for October 23rd! Check out some of the pre-order-exclusive alternate character costumes here.
  • A Message from Sony Santa Monica Studio’s Newest Employee — Seth Killian sheds a bit more light on his new role as lead game designer at Santa Monica Studios.
  • Meet Metroplex: Exclusive New Trailer for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron — This walking city figures prominently in High Moon Studios’ upcoming action epic.
  • PlayStation Comic-Con 2012 Panels Detailed — PlayStation is all over San Diego Comic-Con, with panels for Beyond, The Last of Us, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and The Unfinished Swan.
  • EVO: Go Hands-On With PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — Are you at EVO? Then come on down and go hands-on with Heihachi, Toro, Parappa, Drake and the rest of the gang.
  • PlayStation All-Stars EVO Reveal: Heihachi and Toro — The first character reveal of many for PlayStation’s upcoming PS3 and Vita fighter. Watch first video here!
  • Celebrate Independence Day in PlayStation Home — Lockwood Fireworks, $15k in prizes for The Midway Ca$h Carnival, new X7 exclusives and more.
  • Kratos Conquers PlayStation: The Official Magazine’s August Issue — Hot cover artwork for this month’s PTOM. Check out the high-res image here!
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    • StealthReborn--

      All dinosaurs having feathers…who would’ve thought?

    • When are we gonna get the ratchet collection release date? In may ted price said,”info on the release date and north american surprise will be here in a couple weeks” Yesterday i got the reply “in just a few weeks”…COME ON ALREADY!

      • It’s soon! I know that plans are in the works to talk about it in….wait for it…a few weeks. Hang in there!

    • Sid, can I borrow your copy of PlayStation All-Stars?

    • Other than the Rainbow Moon discount, will there be any Plus content in the upcoming update? Also, imagine a Apatosaurus / Brontosaurus with feathers.

    • i cant wait for rainbowmoon this next tuesday.anyhow,why you guys havent talk about firmware 4.21? i just download it yesterday night and i thought there were going to be a blog about this but nada so far…


      I’m pretty sure the Transformers trailer should say “Metroplex” not “Megaplex” ;)

      As far as PS All-Stars BR goes, I’m getting kind of excited for it. Like Super Smash Bros for a slightly older, more seasoned gamer. I love the idea of cross-play with the Vita version as well. Can you comment on perhaps a bundle with the PS3 & Vita version for say $80, rather than $100 to buy both separately?

      This Cross-Play concept is neat, but if it’s going to cost us $100 per game(s), the neatness will wear off very quickly.

    • Small complaint, but it would be great to get a different version of trailers for the PS Vita. It is extremely lame that the PS Vita gets trailers that feature a PS Vita in the trailer to show that the game is for the PS Vita and not PS3. I understand why its done for PS3 users, but it isn’t necessary for PS Vita owners and on PSN there are Vita specific versions anyway so I don’t think it would be too much work.

    • Hi Sid,

      Will Sports Champions 2 have online multiplayer? That was the only negative to the first one. Well, maybe better split-screen functionality/performance.

      Playing: Dead Nation (beat it on Morbid Co-op!), BioShock

    • ” Paleontologists now say all dinosaurs probably had feathers” OOH right in the childhood… first pluto now this

    • Playing: Batman: Arkham City GOTY, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic Park
      Watching: Emergency!
      Reading: The Walking Dead
      Listening to: Not much at the moment, but I sometimes turn on some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

    • quirowekjefhgekr

      i am playing gravity rush (finally got it wednesday, infact i beat it today) getting costume packs for it tomorrow and tuesday.
      i am listening to the playstation blogcast episode 32.
      i am reading manga (im not saying what because its inappropriate(not the title) and i dont want young ones to look at it)
      i am watching anime (same thing as above)
      my opinion on gravity rush, i think its well worth the money. i just loved it. different with everyone though.

    • Playing: Rainbow Moon (Been playing since I got it on the 1st and cant stop!!)
      Watching: Family Guy on Netflix
      Reading: Behold a Pale Horse and FINALLY other reviews of rainbow Moon now that mine is finished.
      Listening to: ME3 EC Soundtrack

      Sid do you have the price of Game Of Thrones digital? 2nd question: What is that price sir!! Keep the rpgs coming!!

    • I am really looking forward to PlayStation All Star Battle Royal. I really think the game is in good hands. I really hope we get a huge roster from the start. I am hoping 10 1st Party Characters from each system (maybe 5 from PSP and Vita), and maybe a total of 10 3rd Party Characters. I don’t mind DLC Characters along the way as long as we have a good roster from the beginning. I have already pre-ordered this for the PS3 and the Vita before the pre-order bonuses were announced, because it was my favorite game I played at E3. I hope after SDCC we get info on the game at least once a week with new characters, and how the game is coming along with the development on the blog. I just don’t want to be in the dark after SDCC and not know who else is going to be in the game. I hope the FINAL BOSS will be EPIC like they say and making it to be. I also wish we can have a list of potential FINAL BOSSES so we can vote on the BLOG. But I think Superbot knows what they are doing….

    • hey, dont know if anyone else noticed, but i need to say thanks for the newer 1.69 update that allowed me to play the escape plan demo for the ps vita. (just to let everyone know, i was able to get a new 1.69 a couple of days ago, even though i had already gotten the original, day 1, 1.69 update)

    • playing: treasures of montezuma blitz
      watching: how it should have ended videos on my youtube ps vita app
      reading: my cereal box
      listening: the noise my vita makes when i type stuff

    • Is there gonna be a post showing this weeks discounts on the PS Store like there was last week for the summer sale? Please :(

    • I know it’s completely off topic, but I got to post it.

      Microsoft will release an 99$ Xbox 360… With a 2 year contract of Xbox Live… At 14.95$ per month…
      Early cancel fees can go up to 250$ within 3 months.

      How dumb do Microsoft think people are? They think that all people are morons and this scam will increase sales and revenues.

      Hell, why should anyone in their right mind even pay 60$ of Gold just to access Netflix when you can access it for free on PC, PS, hell, even the Wii has it.

      They whole point of Gold is to pay for something that usually should be free.
      More so, Microsoft is worth 280 billion dollars. And downloading 1Gb of content usually cost 0.01$ cent. Online play takes less than that and they wouldn’t go bankrupt making it free.

      What a bunch of greedy *** ******* *******.
      When Bill Gates was at Microsoft, he would’ve never let it be this bad.

    • So,PASBR will have a demo ?

    • Vita love it! We need flash support for the browser.

      I want a Pandora app. Anyway we could get this?

    • O yeah a Amazon video app like the ps3 has as well. I love it on my ps3 would be great on my vita as well.

    • Apokiliptic_Kaos

      The live stream doesn’t even work on the PS3 web browser, a lot of stuff you guys put in the blog doesn’t work on the PS3 web browser. Any chance we can get an update for that anytime?

    • @17 wow thats awful.. im surprised thought when relase a console that has more fialed units than anyother console inhistory of man including a pc what do you exepect.

      @21 it use could stream , they took it off after the incident..

    • I’m Playing: Not a lot right now. I’m waiting for Rainbow Moon tomorrow! :)

      I’m Watching: Law & Order: Criminal Intent & Twilight Zone on netflix, American Pickers, Closer, Eureka, Falling Skies, Longmire, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice

      I’m Reading: Bone by Jeff Smith.

      Can’t wait to play Rainbow Moon tomorrow. Looking forward to it a ton!


      @17 – I also read about the $99 Xbox 360. First it’s the crappy 4 GB one. So you download 2 demos and you’re screwed. But unlike the PS3 where you can buy ANY hard drive of any size, standard or solid state, you’re stuck buying Micro$haft’s proprietary, over-priced hard drives. Not to mention paying $15 per month for Xbox Live. $60 per year is already insane enough and you’d think people would know this, but you’d be surprised at the lengths some people will go to in order to play CoD or Halo online on what they’ve been told is the superior platform for online gaming.

      I think the new PS3 super-slim will be $149.99 with a slightly smaller 120 GB HDD than the current $199 slim with its 160 GB HDD. THIS will be a much better strategy in terms of reaching out to all of the holdouts still playing PS2 or people who have a Wii and/or a 360, but have always wanted to check out Uncharted and God of War among others.

    • playing: my psvita
      watching: the screen of my vita
      reading: ps blog
      listening to: the washing machine

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