PSN Update: Summer Blast sale starts today, Gran Turismo 6 demo, BF3

PSN Summer Blast Sale 2013The highlight of today’s PS Store update would be the kickoff of the PSN Summer Blast sale, a multi-week event that discounts games all across the network. A wide selection of games have been discounted up to 60% for regular members, and up to 80% for the same items for PS Plus subscribers.

As for the store update, two new full PS3 games, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War ($19.99) and Tour De France 2013 100th Edition ($49.99), are now available. MLB The Show: Home Run Derby is now on the PSN for $5.99. And there’s even more. Catch the full update here.

Catch the full lineup for the Summer Blast sale after the break. Continue reading

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First-year Black Ops 2 sales could be down by 15%, says analyst

Although Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 raked in over $500 million on launch day, Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia claims that the game’s sales during its first year “could ultimately be down 10 to 15% year-over-year.” In an industry note, the analyst noted:

“Our checks show initial sales of CoD: Black Ops 2 at some retailers were down as much as 20%. Subsequently, it appears sales of CoD did pick up a bit over the Thanksgiving holiday. We think the current sales curve suggests unit sales in its first year could ultimately be down 10 to 15% year-over-year.

 

If we are right, this would be the second year in a row this critical franchise will have seen units decline. We estimate CoD generates 40 to 45% of the company‚Äôs EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) on an annual basis and it goes without saying that weakness in this franchise is a cause for concern.”

If you’re having a hard time believing this, you’re probably not alone. The analyst does offer up two good reasons for the future decline: Halo 4 and customers waiting for the holiday sales to start rolling out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer takes you to Nuketown 2025

See “the homes of the future” in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2‘s latest trailer, showcasing the futuristic Nuketown 2025 map. Guns are blazing, people are dying, explosions are exploding, and the mannequins are taking some a lot of casualties. Nuketown 2025 is only available for those who pre-order the game or pick up either the Hardened or Care Package editions. Catch the trailer below.

Gamescom Mega Post: All the Black Ops 2 news, right here

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2In a closed door conference at gamescom, Treyarch gave a lot of details on the upcoming Black Ops 2, from the new leveling system, to the new score streak system, and also revealing the full weapons and perks list. Interested? Yeah you are, because Treyarch’s really changing the game up. Hit the jump for all the details. Continue reading

Black Ops 2 multiplayer trailer has knife fights and drones

Treyarch has released a new trailer for Black Ops 2, showing off multiplayer, which is chock full of drones, knife fights, and tomahawk fights. Black Ops 2 will infiltrate store shelves on November 13 for PS3.