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

Proteus, the award-winning pixelated adventurer, coming to PS3 and Vita this fall

ProteusProteus, the award-winning PC indie game will be making its way to the PS3 and Vita this fall. Curve Studios, working with the original developers Ed Key and David Kanaga, made it possible for the game to make the jump from the PC to console.

Described as “unique,” Proteus is “all about exploration, mystery, color and sound,” and “getting immersed in a dreamlike world.” The first-person pixelated adventure game is procedurally generated, meaning the game is different each time it’s played.

ProteusThe experimental game takes you through all four seasons of the island to the end — if there really is an “end,” in the traditional sense: it’ll be nearly impossible to see everything the game has to offer with one play through. Plus, the simplicity of it all is what makes it amazing: there are no scores, leaderboards, or checkpoints. So sit back and enjoy the world, and the music and sounds, which is what makes the game so special.

Curve Studios Marketing Manager Rob Clarke also noted that they’ve “been working with Ed to make the PS Vita and PS3 versions even better than the original, and over the next few months we’re going to have more information on how we’re using the power of PS3 and PS Vita to bring the absolute best Proteus experience to you guys.”

Proteus will be a Cross Buy title, and will be arriving in the coming months. If you can’t wait, it’s available on Steam for $10.

Contrast screenshots and artwork look pretty sweet

Contrast Artwork #1Compulsion Games’ platformer Contrast has gotten a little more familiar with the release of screenshots and artwork.

In Contrast, users take up the story of Dawn, an imaginary friend of Didi’s, as she assists her in “reuniting her parents as she uncovers truths and drama.” Also, Laura Ellis features in the game’s amazing jazz-based soundtrack.

Contrast will reach the PSN later this year.

Sony issues 4.46 patch for 4.45 locked PS3s

ps3-updated-se7enA fix for the bonked 4.45 update last week that effectively locked users’ out of their PS3s has been issued. The fix involves downloading the 4.46 update to storage media or a USB device, activating safe mode, and manually installing the update.

See the full notice here.

Watch Dogs “WeareData” site activated, it’s a “hyper-connected experiential website”

Watch Dogs WeareData LogoRemember that mysterious WeareData site for Watch Dogs that was discovered a couple of days ago? Well now it’s live. Turns out it’s “an experiential website designed to gather and graph the publicly available data that govern people’s lives in a single location.” Continue reading

Ride to Hell: Retribution released today in North America

Ride to Hell: RetributionRide to Hell: Retribution is now available for North American PS3 users. European users won’t get to see the biker until June 28. In the meanwhile, check out the launch trailer after the break. Continue reading

Graphic designer accused The Last of Us devs of stealing artwork

The Last of Us Transit Map

Image Credit: Kotaku / Gawker Media

Graphic designer Cameron Booth today berated The Last of Us developers on his blog for using his work in the game without permission. The work in question: the conceptual redesign of the Transit Map of the Boston subway system.

After first demonstrating is “frustration” on his blog, the Internet and all it’s Last of Us fans descended upon his blog, slamming him for berating Naughty Dog in the open before attempting to resolve it privately, telling him to be thankful that someone uses a “map of a map” he created, and that he should be glad that his “work is good enough for someone to actually want to use and shut the fuck up.”

He then updated his site after speaking with Naughty Dog, saying, “I’ve just spoken with Naughty Dog over the phone in a very constructive conversation. Can’t say more at the moment, but it seems as if matters will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction shortly. I can say that they do acknowledge their error in using my map and were very apologetic for it. I likewise apologized for my initial vitriolic post.”

This also comes after Ellen Page expressed her dislike of the use of “her personality” as Ellie. Rough week for Naughty Dog.

Amazon Gold Box: $250 320GB PS3 Uncharted 3 bundle

Amazon Gold Box: 320GB Uncharted 3 PS3 BundleWith the release next-gen consoles looming in the near future, it’s expected to start seeing some pretty sweet deals on current-gen systems. You can catch one today from Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, which features a 320 GB PS3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and a 30-day PlayStation Plus subscription all for $250 (that’s $50 off the normal price).

Not interested? Well keep up with the deals as they’re revealed, as you’ll likely find something you’ll like (like Dead Island Riptide for $24.99, right now).

Gran Turismo 6 demo launching next Tuesday

GT Academy 2013If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Gran Turismo 6, then get excited for a hands-on as the game’s demo will be released next Tuesday, July 2. And guess what? The demo is free and doesn’t require that you’ve owned any Gran Turismo product.

Also, if you happen to live in a GT Academy region, then you have a chance at racing with a real Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO.

“GT Academy in the United States, along with Russia and Germany, will each have standalone qualifying contests to designate the countries’ top Gran Turismo drivers. Europe’s 2013 Academy includes France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) and CEE (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia). The winners of each of the GT Academy competitions will then be put through an incredibly intensive and thorough Driver Development Program, rated among the best in the world, in order to qualify for the ultimate competition prize – a full season racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO in a top-level championship.

‘GT Academy is testament to why Gran Turismo is the true racing simulator,’ said Asad Qizilbash, senior director of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. ‘The PlayStation community has proven time and time again that Gran Turismo’s racing mechanics translate to the real world of race car driving, with racers who first cut their teeth racing in Gran Turismo now competing on the world stage. We encourage gamers of all skill levels to enter the contest, not just to be among the first to play Gran Turismo 6, but also for a chance to turn their driving passion into a career in the race world.'”

The contest ends on August 31, but the demo will still be available after that.

You guys ready?