Next Wave of Battle Royale DLC On Its Way

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Despite its somewhat underwhelming start, the developers have been consistently supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale with new DLC, first with SuperBot Entertainment and now with Sony’s Santa Monica Studio. The first wave included two new characters, Kat and Emmett Graves from Gravity Rush and Starhawk, respectively.

Now, Sony is ready to release a new wave of DLC for All-Stars players this March. The new piece of DLC will include Issac from Dead Space and Zeus from God of War, as well as a new stage inspired by The Unfinished Swan and MediEvil. Like its predecessors, the two new characters will be offered for free for the first two weeks after their release, though the new stage will not be free for anyone. These new characters will be given a full set of single-player campaign and training coverage, just like the original 20 included in the original game.

Keep an eye out on the PlayStation Network store to grab this new All-Stars content this March!

The V Podcast: Episode 2 – PS4 Announcement, Killzone: Mercenary Discussion, Wii U Sales and Much More!

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As a change of pace from the site’s Radio Xtreme podcasts, I guest starred in a podcast with Vengeful Torture in his newly debuted, The V Podcast, on YouTube. Within the 80+ minutes, we discuss a variety of topics that vary between the Wii U sales talk and why it’s not doing as poorly as people make it seem, Killzone: Mercenary’s announcement, some upcoming DLC for games like Battlefield 3 and PS All-Stars, the possibility of a Resident Evil “reboot”, and of course, the inevitable PS4 announcement and leaked Uncharted 4. Sit back, grab a drink and tune into this special podcast!

More Layoffs in the Gaming Industry Shows Signs of the Times

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SuperBot Entertainment, the studio known for the Sony-themed fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, was just the latest in a continuing trend of layoffs this past fiscal year of 2012-13. In 2012, Sony Computer Entertainment had to lay off a whopping 10,000 employees in a single month in order to financially secure their stock and earnings. Earlier this week, Atari of America closed their doors and filed for bankruptcy after 25 years in the business. THQ, a company well known for their wrestling games and highly-popular franchises, Saints Row and Darksiders, also filed for chapter 11 this past week. The list goes on and on for gaming developers who have shut their doors for good. Here is a list of just some of the names to leave the industry:

  • BigBig (Sony)
  • Sony Liverpool
  • Monumental Games
  • Zipper Interactive
  • Rockstar Vancouver
  • EA Bright Light
  • Multiverse
  • Visceral Australia (EA)
  • Hudson Entertainment
  • Propaganda Games (Disney)
  • 7 Studios (Activision)

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It is unfortunate to hear about another gaming company losing employees on such a large scale. The nature of the industry is certainly changing everyday, and we can only hope that business will grow again, and companies and consumers will prosper accordingly. Pictured above is a chart displaying a clear indication of just how tough the market has become for all gaming companies.

On a positive note, despite the layoffs at SuperBot entrainment, they will still be releasing the first character pack DLC for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal on February 12th. The DLC will include Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk.

For more news on this or anyother topic be sure to keep it locked onto Gamers Xtreme, and as always, “Game On!”

PlayStation All-Stars Studio Hit with Layoffs

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What began as a rumor is now a confirmed fact for beleaguered Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment. According to Mike Birkhead of Insomniac Games, about 20 employees were let go earlier today. Sony Computer Entertainment America confirmed this statement, though they did reassure that SuperBot and SCEA will remain committed to supporting PlayStation All Stars.

Despite Battle Royale’s critical acclaim, sales figures failed to meet expectations, but it’s still too early to judge the game’s success, especially with hints of more character download packs down the road.

PS Vita Essential Games Guide

Back in August of 2011, I wrote up an article for the 3DS when it received its price drop, specifying the best games to grab for Nintendo’s portable console at the time for the respectable genres. In similar fashion, I felt it was time to give the PS Vita the same respect I gave the 3DS by providing an essential buyer’s guide.

Sony’s latest portable device has been out for almost one year now, with it also being nearly a year since we’ve gotten our hands on it back at PlayStation Blog’s Community Meetup Event held in NYC. When we first got our hands on the device, we were immediately impressed with how the system felt. The overall design gave it a sleek and downright sexy look, while providing for an incredibly solid build.


With the console approaching it’s one year anniversary in the US, I look back at all the Vita games I’ve played in the various genres and provide my personal favorites that pertain to each category.

Best Action/Adventure: Gravity Rush

When it comes to the most refreshing, unique experience available for the Vita that also takes full advantage of the console, Gravity Rush shines above every other game. Back when it was shown during the Vita’s unveiling in 2011 (when the device was known as “NGP”), the game seemed very intriguing. The art style and mechanics truly stood out amongst the pack of titles announced for the console. Upon finally playing this game, my expectations actually exceeded, as I was floored by how stunning the game was. Rich environments, unique gameplay mechanics, interesting story and the best visuals to ever grace the Vita, Gravity Rush is a game that I truly can’t recommend enough to any Vita owner.

Best Third-Person Shooter: Uncharted: Golden Abyss

When the Vita launched, THE title to own was Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Being Sony’s flagship IP this generation, there was good reason for fans to be excited about the title’s first portable installment. Instead of being developed by series creator Naughty Dog, Sony Bend (Syphon Filter, Resistance: Retribution) took the helm and tackled the gargantuan task of translating a much beloved series on the PS3 to the PS Vita. The end result was proof that Uncharted can translate onto Sony’s new portable and still feel exactly like that of the console editions.

Best First-Person Shooter: Resistance: Burning Skies

With the PS Vita having two analog sticks built into it, many were eager to see how FPSs would translate to the portable device. While we haven’t seen many of these on the console yet, one developer has brought two FPSs within six months of each other: Resistance: Burning Skies and COD: BO: Declassified. This one was a mixed bag to pick from, but ultimately, the final decision wasn’t all that difficult for me to determine. Resistance: Burning Skies was released in May of 2012 and provided for a solid experience from developer Nihilistic. The setting was well done, the controls were solid, the visuals were pretty good and the campaign was entertaining. Multiplayer was a bit on the laggy side unfortunately and while there’s some fun to be had with it, there wasn’t much lasting appeal. The game does have the easiest platinum trophy to earn on the Vita at the moment, if that’s an extra incentive for you. COD: BO: Declassified, also developed by Nihilistic, was a herculan attempt by the developer since they were only given less than six months to develop it. However, with a campaign that was less than an hour long, and a buggy mess of a multiplayer, it’s impossible for me to recommend that over Resistance: Burning Skies…especially when it’s the priciest game available on the Vita for $49.99.

Best Racing: WipEout 2048

The Vita has its share of racing titles. Between WipEout 2048, Modnation Racers: Roadtrip, Asphalt: Injection, Motorstorm RC, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Ridge Racer, there are a good amount to choose between. Out of the available titles, WipEout 2048 is the game that has the edge over any of the other racing titles. Visually, WipEout 2048 is an absolute beauty to see in action. Replicating visuals from the console version (with the switchoff of 30 fps), the game looks stunning. The lengthy and challenging campaign will keep you busy for quite some time, the Multiplayer Campaign adds a fresh twist to the multiplayer component of the game and the Cross-Play between the Vita and PS3 “WipEout HD” is an outstanding demonstration of asymetrical gaming. It really is unfortunate that Studio Liverpool shut its doors…especially with a knock-out title like this.

Best Fighter: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

The Vita has a large amount of fighters to pick from. Between Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Blazblue, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Reality Fighters, and Street Fighter X TEKKEN, the Vita isn’t exactly short handed on fighting titles at the moment. However, out of all those titles, the one game that really stood out as a proper game on-the-go was PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. First off, utilizing the Cross-Buy feature of purchasing the PS3 version and getting the Vita version (digital) free is an excellent incentive to pick it up. The game itself was called a “Super Smash” ripoff and I’m going to be 100% honest, I was on the fence about the game when it was announced myself. However, finally getting my hands on the game, it was an absolute blast to play. The amount of fan service Superbot Entertainment has incorporated into this game is astounding, with only more that could be added to the game in the near future. The gameplay is fast-paced frentic fun and having to buildup your Special meter before actually eliminating your opponent for a point is a very strategic and intense twist to the genre. Couple that with Cross-Play support to play online amongst both PS3 and PS Vita owners and you’ve got a robust game that you’ll be returning to for quite some time.

Best Sports: Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition

Another genre that hasn’t seen the short end of the stick are sports games. There are quite a good selection of them, between MLB ’12, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Virtua Tennis 4, FIFA Soccer and FIFA ’13 (yes, there were two editions within a year). While any of your choices here would do you well, especially pertaining to which is your favorite sport, I was torn between two particular titles: Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational and Virtua Tennis 4. Ultimately, Virtua Tennis 4 had the slight edge for me for various reasons. If you’ve never played VT4 before, it’s one of the most refined, yet easy to pickup-and-play tennis games ever made. Visually, it’s incredibly impressive that SEGA was able to cram the entire console version into the portable format without any loss in quality, while also adding Vita-specific content. It even ran at the 60 fps the console versions did.

Best RPG: Persona 4 Golden

The PlayStation brand was built on a plethora of JRPGs back with the PS1 and PS2. Fast-forward today and JRPGs have dwindled their way down in numbers. However, Atlus aims to revive the genre a bit for Sony’s latest portable with Persona 4 Golden. P4G is an enhanced version of the PS2 title, Persona 4, but with completely redone visuals and some extra content. Speaking of content, Persona 4 Golden is an immensely deep game that will keep you busy for tens, if not hundreds, of hours tackling everything the game has to offer. Whether you’re interacting with people to form friendships, working side jobs, attending school, or dungeon-crawling through the “TV World” (where missing people vanish to from the real world), P4G offers hybrid RPG/Simulation gameplay mechanics. If completing the game wasn’t enough, there’s a New Game+ to dive into, further extending the longevity.

Best Platformer: LittleBigPlanet Vita

In terms of carrying a platforming title on-the-go, LittleBigPlanet Vita is hands-down the choice to go with. LittleBigPlanet has picked up a huge fan base since Media Molecule’s first release on the PS3, and more so with the sequel. The PS Vita edition wasn’t developed by Media Molecule, but rather, Tarsier Studios. While fans can be wary when their franchise is later developed by a different studio, Tarsier Studios absolutely nailed bringing the experience to the Vita. Taking full advantage of the Vita’s features, creating levels has never been easier thanks to the touch screen implementations. Naturally, a big part of LBP is the user-generated content and playing other people’s creations is a huge portion of the fun. There’s some really innovative stuff that people have created and the developers incorporated filters to ensure you come across the best stuff every week. Additionally, one of the best features is the compatibility with DLC between the PS3 and Vita versions. Almost every DLC costume you own for the PS3 is accessible for download on the PS Vita version, at no additional cost. While Rayman Origins is another great platformer, LittleBigPlanet Vita is one that feels more like a tailored experience for the PS Vita (due to the fact that it was developed specifically for the Vita).

Best PSN Download: Retro City Rampage

There is a pretty wide assortment of PSN titles available for download on the PS Vita at this point of the system’s lifecycle. However, there’s one that particularly struck solid gold for me: Retro City Rampage. When I reviewed RCR back in October, there wasn’t enough praise I could give the game. Essentially an 8-bit “GTA” style game, you’ll tackle an insanely wild adventure that packs a rich amount of content. While I won’t go crazy in-depth here (read the full review for that), Retro City Rampage is simply a retro throwback with countless nostalgic moments that has me coming back day after day.

It’ll be almost one year since the PS Vita released in North America and the console has expanded over that course. At launch, the system wasn’t backwards compatible with many PSP games and/or Minis, and had zero PS1 Classics compatibility. Over time, we’ve seen the backwards compatibility library of PSP and PS Minis expand dramatically, while PS1 functionality finally gave old-school fans the ability to play their favorites on the stunning OLED screen. The Vita has also seen the inclusion of PlayStation Mobile content, as well as some neat apps, with more surely to come.

There you have it PS Vita owners. These are my personal picks for you to look into getting and while I’m not telling you that you have to buy these, I’m strongly recommending them. Enjoy!

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Raiden Enters PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

As the title states, Raiden from the Metal Gear franchise has entered the fray and will be donning his Metal Gear Rising suit and combat style. Check out the trailer below to see him in action!


The more characters that keep getting revealed for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the more interest it seems to be garnering. We’re still a few months away from the game’s November 20th release date for the PS3/Vita so we can certainly expect more surprise announcements until then.

Are you excited for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale? Which characters would you like to see added into the game? Sound off in the comments below!

 

GamesCom 2012 PlayStation Conference Recap

Sony sets the bar high when it comes to its press conferences, and GamesCom 2012’s was no exception. The conference was streamed live on PlayStation Access’s site at 1 PM EST, and in case you missed any of it, here are the major details. Brace yourself; Sony belted out a LOT of info.

  • LittleBigPlanet Vita will be available as a solo game and also in a new Vita bundle, which includes the system.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale gameplay footage with Dante, Spike, Nathan Drake, Big Daddy, Sweet Tooth, PaRappa the Rapper, Ratchet & Clank, Fat Princess, Sackboy, and more is shown. CrossBuy announced as a planned, recurring feature – buy the game for PS3 or Vita, get the version for the other console at no additional cost.
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet & Clank: QForce announced.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Liberation will make use of the touch features of the Vita; Front screen used for “Touch to Kill” feature, while the rear pad is used for context-sensitive movements.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified details revealed:
    • Single-player campaign set between the events of Black Ops 1 and 2.
    • Will feature 4v4 multiplayer over WiFi on brand-new maps, including Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed game modes.
    • Will be available as a solo game or in a bundle with the Vita system.
  • Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider free for PlayStation Plus members starting August 20th.
  • Tear Away, a new Vita IP from Media Molecule, features paper as a central element.
    • Players can use front and rear touch pads, as well as the gyroscope and microphone to manipulate the game environment and fight enemies.
    • Fingers (representing the player’s) will actually pop out of holes punched in the game world.
    • Augmented Reality features, such as taking a picture for an in-game character to wear as a coat.
  • Killzone Mercenary, a new chapter in the IP for the Vita. Touch gestures enable different melee finishing moves.
  • PlayStation Mobile announced. Seemingly similar to the Apple App Store and Google Play, offers “Bite-Sized” games to be played on PlayStation-approved mobile platforms and the Vita.
  • PlayStation 3 Essentials series revealed – a selection of iconic PS3 games at a bargain price (20 Euros). First games in the series are Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Infamous, and LittleBigPlanet.
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 to receive “CrossController” DLC, featuring levels in which players use both the PlayStation 3 and the Vita.
    • Gameplay demo showed Vita being used as a second screen, providing extra information and level control.
    • Touch screen and rear touch pad used to manipulate the environment and objects in it.
    • Jumping into a pipe marked with the Vita icon changes the level’s perspective to the Vita screen, reminiscent to the cross-platform functionality of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.
  • PlayStation Plus to receive many great improvements soon.
    • Red Dead Redemption will be a free Plus title in September.
    • Cloud storage increasing to 1GB, from 150MB.
    • Plus service coming to Vita “soon”.
    • 25% discount on Plus subscriptions from September 5th – 19th for European customers.
  • Wonderbook:
    • Book of Spells will have head-to-head multiplayer.
    • Two new titles announced for the Wonderbook line-up:
      • Diggs Nightcrawler – a noir-style detective story. Retells the story of Humpty-Dumpty as a murder conspiracy.
      • BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs will allow players to select dig sites, use a virtual chisel to dig up fossils, and interact with dinosaurs and see them in action.
      • Disney will also be contributing to the Wonderbook lineup, though no specific details were given.
  • FIFA 13 will make extensive use of the PlayStation Move controller.
    • Players can mark opponents, draw movement paths for their team to follow automatically, and take shots by flicking the Move controller – even add spin by twisting the controller.
  • Until Dawn, a new game inspired by teen horror movies. Players will control seven characters whose relationships with each other evolve over the course of the game’s story.
  • Rain, a new Sony IP about a boy who can only see in the rain. No further details given.
  • Puppeteer has players control a character who can swap heads to gain different powers. A pair of magical scissors is central to the story, and allows the character to fight enemies and traverse the environment. The presenter stated his inspiration for the game was his desire to exercise his son’s (and his) imagination.
  • A new The Last of Us trailer – Ellie makes Joel a mix tape, and Joel admits that he’s seen events “from both sides”, implying he wasn’t always a good man.
  • The event closed with further Black Ops: Declassified multiplayer footage.

It was certainly a lot to take in, but Sony certainly revealed a lot of exciting developments in such a short time since E3 in June. You can see all of the trailers and footage seen at the event below; be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!











PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Announcement Trailer

Super Smash…er…PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale was just confirmed to be in development last night and the PS Blog showed off the first trailer of the game. Essentially, it’s exactly like Super Smash Bros. but with Sony characters, which should provide for some interesting match ups. Drake vs Kratos? Fat Princess vs Sweet Tooth? Check out the trailer below to see SuperBot Entertainment’s game in action!

What are your thoughts on Sony’s Smash Bros. clone? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!