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

Reminder: PSN undergoing maintenance today from 12:30PM to 7PM

PlayStation NetworkJust a heads up. Routine PSN maintenance will be carried out from 12:30PM EST (9:30AM PST) to 7PM EST (4PM PST). The PlayStation Store, PS Home and account management will be inaccessible during the time period, but online play will still be available ONLY IF you sign in before maintenance starts (so sign in, now).

Hotline Miami release date announced, coming this Tuesday

Hotline MiamiAfter giving a general time frame yesterday, the official Twitter account of Hotline Miami has announced that the game will be arriving on the PSN on Tuesday, June 25. The game will have new features, including a new mask, “Russel the Bull,” which turns the world black and white with the exception of the tons of red blood, leaderboards, Trophies and touch screen targeting (Vita version).

Hotline Miami will support Cross-Buy, so make sure you pick it up when it goes live.

BUMMER: Countries without PlayStation Store access can’t use online multiplayer

eu-ps-blog-ps-plus-multiplayer-questionIt’s already known that the PS4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to use online multiplayer for purchased games. But what about players in countries that don’t have access to the PlayStation Store? Romanian user “gennosuke11” asked the question on an official European PS Blog post, and received the following (unfortunate) response:

“Unfortunately at this time gamers in countries which do not have a Store cannot access online multi-player features. However, we are considering every measure to offer PlayStation Store services to these territories as soon as possible. To clarify, the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”

It is a bummer. As Analog Addiction pointed out, however, the EU PlayStation Blog only focuses on European countries, so there may be users in other countries who will be facing the same problem. Of course, the problem can be “fixed” by creating a foreign account to access the PlayStation Store and purchase a PS Plus subscription to access multiplayer, but it’s an (unnecessary?) inconvenience.

PS Store Update, Aug. 07 2012 — Sound Shapes, UC3 Tournament Tickets, Firefight and more

EDIT: This is the August 7th update.

PS Plus and the PS Store have been updated for North America, bringing Sound Shapes to the PS3 and Vita, a Darksiders II Season Pass, Uncharted 3 Tournament Tickets, and two free episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead for PS Plus subscribers. Catch the full rollout after the jump. Continue reading

God of War Saga and inFamous Collections hitting the PS3 this month

 

Sony has confirmed that the God of War Saga and inFamous collections will be coming to the PS3 on August 28th for $29.99. Following launch, the games will also be on sale individually on the PSN if you don’t want to buy the whole collection — but you will miss out on some extras.

God of War Saga Collection CoverGod of War Saga

  • God of War
  • God of War II
  • God of War III
  • God of War: Origins Collection (which includes God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta)

Exclusive Bonus Content

  • Voucher For 1 Trial Month of PlayStation Plus
  • Remastered for HD
  • DUALSHOCK Control
  • Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support
  • 3D (Supported only in God of War III and God of War: Origins Collection.)

inFAMOUS Collection CoverinFAMOUS Collection

  • inFAMOUS Collection
  • inFAMOUS 2
  • inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood

Exclusive bonus content

  • Extra missions
  • Additional character costumes, power ups and weapon styles

 

Metal Gear Solid 4 trophy patch now available

After tweeting the file size of the Metal Gear Solid 4 trophy patch first, Konami then posted a pack shot of the original MGS4 release. They then went on,

“The download will be automatically implemented the next time you login to PlayStation Network with Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece, and adds 34 Trophies to the game. The trophies reward players for skilled play and for finding easter eggs such as using a drum can to knock down enemies. There’s never been a better time to revisit one of the PlayStation 3′s most acclaimed titles.”

The patch will also be bundled with the Metal Gear Solid 4 re-pack edition coming this September to Japan. Hit the jump for the full trophy list. Continue reading

PS Plus subscribers get 2 episodes of The Walking Dead Episode free (and more!) in August

The Walking Dead

(Image Credit: PC Gamer)

PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to get the first two episodes of The Walking Dead (A New Day and Starved) for free starting August 7. Non-PS Plus subscribers can get them for $4.99 each. In addition, PS Plus subscribers will get 20% off The Expendables 2, the shooter based on the movie, available tomorrow.

Next week PS Plus subscribers are eligible for 20% off SoundShapes for PS3 and Vita, and will be able to pre-order Papo & Yo with a 20% discount plus an exclusive theme.

Grand Theft Auto III and War of the Monsters hitting the PSN next week

Grand Theft Auto 3Good news everyone! On the latest Official PlayStation Blogcast it was announced that Grand Theft Auto III will be coming to the PlayStation Network next week on Tuesday, July 31 in North America. $9.99 will get you the game in its original PS2 version (that means no Trophies or upgrades). GTA 3 is in-arguably one of the best games released on the PS2, and during it’s time (heck, even now) helped set the bar for the games we play today.

Also, the PSP versions of GTA: Chinatown Wars and The Warriors will soon be made Vita compatible. Plus War of the Monsters, a 3D fighting game in which Godzilla and King Kong-like monsters take on each other in urban settings. I haven’t played the game before, but apparently this PS2 hit is definitely worth checking out.