Nov 5, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review: 11/5/11

It’s that time of year – every platform is inundated with a stream of blockbuster games, and it’s all we can do to keep up with the onslaught. One of the year’s most anticipated titles hit on Tuesday, and if the looming threat of new Elder Scrolls, Zelda, and Assassin’s Creed entries wasn’t enough, there’s even more to look forward to. Let’s take a look at the week’s biggest news in the world of PlayStation.

  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, the latest action-adventure title from acclaimed developer Naughty Dog, launched on Tuesday for the PlayStation 3. Uncharted 3 casts series star and treasure hunter Nathan Drake in a desperate quest to find the “Atlantis of the Sands” before a shadowy organization can unlock its power. While following up 2009′s Game of the Year Uncharted 2: Among Thieves seemed like a daunting task, Drake’s Deception has so far garnered universal praise from critics. Our own Eric Galaviz gave the game a 9.5 – check out his review here, and be sure to enter our contest for a chance to win Uncharted 3 and other swag!
  • The long-awaited follow-up in the Grand Theft Auto series was announced last week, and Rockstar’s reveal trailer on Wednesday was all the industry needed to enter a GTA fervor. The trailer, which runs for about a minute, showcases the sun-baked streets and sandy beaches of Los Santos, along with glimpses of mountains and crop fields in the surrounding countryside. The footage is narrated by a character we assume to be the main protagonist, but no clear glimpse of the man is given. Meanwhile, in-game footage looks great and you can expect Rockstar to let more details slip in the coming months.

  • ┬áIf you’re a PS3 gamer hungering for some classic RPGs, you’re in luck. Square Enix is bringing Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy V, and Final Fantasy VI to the PlayStation Store in the next month, highlighting what the company has dubbed the “Winter of RPGs”. The fun begins with Chrono Cross on November 8, and continues with FFV on November 22 and FFVI on December 6. No word yet on pricing, but you can expect these games to run between $5.99 and $9.99.
  • In a controversial move, Sony has announced that they are decreasing the number of possible activations for game content from five to two. On and after November 18, all PSP and PS3 games purchased from the Store can only be used on two different systems. The change is good news for publishers that are looking for copyright protection, but bad news for gamers and journalists with multiple devices. Check out the full story here.

  • To celebrate the release of Uncharted 3, Naughty Dog and Sony have made the complete official soundtracks for all three Uncharted games available on the PlayStation Store. The soundtracks for Uncharted and Uncharted 2 can be purchased for $5.99, while Uncharted 3′s will run you $9.99. The physical Uncharted 3 soundtrack can be found in-stores after November 15.
  • Heavy Rain made a strong case for gaming as a storytelling powerhouse in 2010, and developer Quantic Dream has seen fit to put together a re-release for this holiday season. Heavy Rain Director’s Cut will retail for $29.99 and offer Heavy Rain Chronicles: Episode 1 – The Taxidermist, 8 “Making Of ” videos, the game’s official score, built-in Move support with a new menu, three dynamic themes, and more. Make sure to check this one out if you’re interested in a compelling game for a good price.

That’s all for this week’s review! Make sure to hop on over to our Uncharted 3 contest and nab your chance at winning the game or some fun prizes. Let us know what you think of these headlines and any that we missed in the comments below, and come back next week for another PlayStation Week in Review!

*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.

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