Oct 8, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 10/8/11

PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 10/8/11

After a brief absence, PlayStation Week in Review is back to bring you all the biggest stories of the week in the world of PlayStation. Your most anticipated game may have already released, or it may be right around the corner. Either way, before long your favorite games and franchises may fall victim to the latest disappointing trend in gaming. Thankfully, there’s good news this week as well, so let’s get started!

  • Three big games found a home on the PlayStation 3 this week. Rage, the latest first-person shooter from id Software, challenges you to face the perils of a post-apocalyptic world while facing off against mutants, bandits, and more. Stay tuned for our review. If you grow tired of FPS games, you may want to give Dark Souls a try. The spiritual successor to 2009 action-RPG Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls is billed as one of the most difficult games of all time. Gamers looking for an extreme challenge in a deep fantasy world may want to check this one out. Finally, if you aren’t growing tired of FPS games, developer Crytek has ported PC juggernaut Crysis to consoles. This 2007 classic features innovative open-world gameplay and combat that makes full use of your Nanosuit powers. The game looks fantastic on consoles, so if you missed this one a few years ago, now’s your chance to experience it with a DualShock 3.
  • Earlier this week, Sony introduced the “Only On PSN” program that would highlight a variety of PSN releases during the month of October. Every Tuesday will bring new games to the PlayStation Store, and Plus members will get 20% discounts during the first week of release. October will bring such releases as Okabu and inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood, and five PS2 Classics have already been uploaded. Be sure to visit the store frequently this month to check out these releases.
  • Of all the classic PlayStation franchises that gamers wish to see revived, Syphon Filter is often brought up in the conversation. It seems that good things come to those who wait: Official PlayStation Magazine UK reports that Sony Bend, the studio responsible for Resistance: Retribution and the upcoming Uncharted: Golden Abyss, may be working on a Syphon Filter game for PS3 and/or Vita. However, this report is only a rumor for now; Sony Bend has yet to comment on any future releases. Thanks to IGN.

  • Online passes that grant multiplayer features to new game buyers are on the rise. Resistance 3 was saddled with one, and we’ve learned that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will also require the purchase of a pass if the game is bought used. Sony has announced that all future games published by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios that feature an online component will also ship with an online pass. This announcement is the latest from a group of publishers that have included EA and Ubisoft. Thanks to Destructoid.
  • More details have surfaced on the PlayStation Vita’s ability to connect with your PS3. Shuhei Yoshida of Sony Worldwide Studios demonstrated the Vita’s ability to remotely control PS3 games at TGS, and has now revealed that Sony is working diligently to make tools that will allow developers to make PS3 games compatible with Vita remote play. Shuhei also stated that the Vita can be used as a “sub-monitor” that works in tandem with your PS3, offering a way to receive extra information or interact with your games differently. Thanks to Game Informer.
  • After the mysterious teaser released by Kevin Butler last week got us set for a big announcement on October 5, the reality of a viral marketing campaign was a bit disappointing. Still, the full-length video offers a tribute to the gamers who have helped Sony and their franchises get to where they are today. Plenty of PlayStation references can be spotted in the ad, which will be airing on national TV. The video kicks off Sony’s “Long Live Play” campaign, the goals of which remain to be seen. Check out the full ad here.

I’m personally excited to check out inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood and Odin Sphere as a PS2 Classic. Still, I was hoping that online passes would be relegated to only the biggest PS3 blockbusters. Instead, it seems like we’re all going to have to come to accept them very soon. Be sure to let us know what what you think of these headlines and any that we missed in the comments below.

That’s all for this week’s PlayStation Week in Review! Be sure to come back next week for another round. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out James’ Xbox Week in Review 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.