Aug 27, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review Week of: 8/27/11

PlayStation Week in Review Week of: 8/27/11

Summer has come to its end and the typical mid-season games drought was largely apparent this year. Thankfully this week has brought starved PS3 owners some new games to play. A couple announcements were also made concerning future releases. So without further ado, here’s the PlayStation Week in Review.


 

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution launched this week for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Published by Square Enix and developed by Eidos Montreal, Human Revolution is the long-awaited third installment in the critically revered sci-fi RPG series. Human Revolution casts new protagonist Adam Jensen in a quest to uncover the conspiracies surrounding cybernetic human augmentation in 2021. The game combines first and third-person shooting action with stealth, exploration, and hacking to create an immersive experience that hinges heavily on player choice. Controversy over the game’s PC release erupted when retailer GameStop was found to be removing OnLive voucher codes  from PC copies. GameStop has since announced an apology offer. You can read more about this story here. Be sure to come back  next week for our review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  • In an interview with Gaming Union, Creative Director for Insomniac Games Marcus Smith stated that Resistance 3 may be the last Resistance game that Insomniac develops. When asked where the franchise fits in the company’s future plans, Smith replied, “We’ve done Resistance 3 and we’re really into it and proud of it, but we’re not currently slated to do a Resistance 4 . . . We’ve got a lot of different places for the universe to go, so I could certainly see the series going to another developer. I’m sure Sony would want to find a high caliber developer to do a good offering. I don’t think they’d hand the franchise over to somebody who is going to screw it up.” Resistance: Retribution was previously developed for the PSP by Sony Bend, and the upcoming Resistance: Burning Skies for PlayStation Vita will be handled by Nihilistic Software. Resistance 3 will be released in North America on September 6.

  • After being delayed to early 2012, Twisted Metal has been given a concrete release date. David Jaffe, co-founder of developer Eat Sleep Play, has announced via the official PlayStation Blog that the game will be released on February 14, 2012. Valentine’s Day is an ironic choice for a game that deals in automotive destruction and mature themes of violence. As Jaffe himself proclaims, “There’s nothing more romantic than blowing your significant other up with a maniacal demonic ice cream truck.” Before its delay to 2012, the game was slated to release on October 4 of this year.
  • A major redesign for PlayStation Home has been announced. The overhaul, which will occur this Fall, will focus on turning the social networking service into a much more game-oriented experience. Players will be able to take on quests with branching narratives and access games and other content through themed districts that represent different genres. For example, the district Sportswalk will feature different sports-related games and promotions while updating players with the latest real life scores and highlights. In addition, a central Hub will offer  an interface for players to organize community events and check out the latest additions to Home. Finally, the technical aspects of Home will be streamlined to allow players to access their favorite areas and content faster. Stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for more on this renovation, including our impressions.

  • Two new games have been released on PlayStation Network this week. First off, Street Figher III: Third Strike Online Edition is out on PlayStation Store for $14.99. This remake of the third Street Fighter installment kicks off the PSN PLAY program, which made its debut this summer. The game has so far received rave reviews from the gaming press. Meanwhile, the 2000 sequel to cult classic Parasite Eve has finally come to the PlayStation Store. Parasite Eve II recasts female star Aya Brea in a desperate struggle to fight another mitochondrial outbreak. The sequel is known for adopting more survival horror conventions than its predecessor, including tank-style movement and fixed camera angles. You can pick up this PSone Classic for $5.99.
  • A slew of Singstar song packs arrived on the PlayStation Store this week. Jenny Barbour, Associate Producer of Singstar, detailed the full array of DLC via the official PlayStation Blog. Each pack includes five songs and retails for $6.99. The choices include music by Billy Joel, Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, No Doubt, Lady Gaga, Duran Duran, Coldplay, The Jackson 5, and many more. If you’re a fan of Singstar, be sure to check out the full list to see if there’s any new music that intrigues you.

  • Finally, Sony has announced that a new color scheme for the DualShock 3 controller will be arriving in November. Check out the full story here. The Urban Camo design sports a green and grey digital camouflage, and will debut right around the release of this season’s two biggest shooters: Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. No word yet on pricing, but expect the controller to retail for the same price as the rest of the DualShock 3 lineup. The question is, which game will you playing with it?

 

That’s all for this week’s recap. The possibility of Insomniac Games leaving the Resistance franchise is a sad revelation. Combined with the news that their upcoming game Overstrike will be a multi-platform release, I worry that we may never again see exclusive Sony development from the studio. Thankfully all the grapes aren’t sour. Some new games are rounding out the season and they join a few other notable PS3 summer releases. Make sure to come back sometime next week for my review of RPG blockbuster Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Let us know what you think of these headlines, and any headlines we missed, in the comments below. Be sure to come back next week for another PlayStation Week in Review. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out James’ weekly Xbox news roundup for all your Xbox news of the week.

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