Sep 24, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 9/24/11

PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 9/24/11

If you haven’t felt the holiday game squeeze yet, you’re about to. October is almost here, and with it comes a ton of big releases. This week, we’ve got some great news for PS3 owners on three of the year’s biggest titles, so buckle up for another PlayStation Week in Review.

  • Battlefield 3 is going to be vying for the top crown of multiplayer shooters when it launches on October 25. For PS3 owners, the choice just got a bit easier. Tommy Rydling of DICE announced via the official PlayStation Blog that all Battlefield 3 DLC will arrive on PlayStation 3 one week before other platforms, starting with the “Back to Karkand” expansion pack later this year. “Back to Karkand” will feature four multiplayer maps re-imagined from Battlefield 2, new weapons, and additional dog-tags. Rydling also reminded gamers that the Battlefield 3 Open Beta will begin on September 29th.

  • If picking up a PS3 makes you hesitate, Naughty Dog and Sony are bringing you a special Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception bundle to sweeten the deal. On the game’s launch day, you’ll be able to pick up a 320 GB system, Uncharted 3, and a month of PlayStation Plus for $299.99. The 320 GB model is currently priced at $299.99, so this is a great way to get in on the action and enjoy what will surely be one of the greatest games of the year.
  • The PS3 is getting exclusives this year, and Battlefield 3 DLC is only the beginning. Gabriel Graziani of Ubisoft announced via the official PlayStation Blog that those who purchase early copies of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will get the original Assassin’s Creed included on the Blu-Ray disc. No word yet on whether the original will offer Trophy support, but I’d wager not. Graziani suggests pre-ordering to make sure you don’t miss out on this bonus.

  • Shortly after Homefront’s release last Spring, publisher THQ announced that it was closing developer Kaos Studios, but that the series would continue. We now know that developer Crytek will be taking the reins. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli stated, “We believe that bringing our level of quality, creativity and production values to the next Homefront title, creates an opportunity for both THQ and Crytek to deliver a truly blockbuster game.” Look for the Homefront sequel in the Spring of 2014.
  • With the Diablo III beta in full swing, anticipation for the dungeon-crawler has never been higher. It seems that developer Blizzard, famous for their long development schedules and PC focus, may be bringing the game to consoles. Director Jay Wilson told PC Gamer that the team has been experimenting with gamepads for some time and have found that the game plays well on an analog controller. However, if ported to a console the game would likely retain keyboard and mouse support. Check out the full story here.

  • Now it’s time for – you guessed it – more Vita news. Ruin is an action-RPG being developed for Sony’s upcoming portable. Back at E3, the game’s cross-compatibility with PS3 was shown on-stage. More details have come to light via Travis Williams, Ruin’s senior producer. As players advance through the game, they’ll be able to customize a personal Lair that serves as both their home base and social status symbol. Everything from physical layout to enemy population can be tweaked, and the enchanted relics stored inside serve as tempting targets for other players. As you play, you’ll find these relics that can be planted in your lair to boost your stats or grant new weapons and armor. If another player wants to take a relic or item from you, you can choose to bet it against one of their items. Then, the player who can do the most damage to the other’s lair in 24 hours claims the loot. Ruin’s social features go well beyond lairs to encompass other competitive aspects and cooperative play. For the full story, check out the original article here.
  • Finally, those itching for more news on Metal Gear Solid Rising are in for a treat. The game will not only utilize Hideo Kojima’s new “Fox Engine,” but will also debut on the PS Vita alongside PS3 and Xbox 360 releases. Rising will star controversial series character Raiden on a  journey that’s more about action than stealth. A teaser poster from Tokyo Game Show 2011 also confirmed that the game is on track for a 2012 release.

That’s all for this week’s PlayStation Week in Review! If big releases like Resistance 3 aren’t doing it for you, there’s awesome stuff ahead for PS3 owners and hesitant buyers before the end of the year. As always, hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think of these headlines and any that we missed.

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.

*PlayStation Week in Review is a feature article that recaps the most interesting PlayStation news of the week. We also run Xbox Week in Review for all your Xbox news of the week.