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PS Store Today: Walking Dead S2 Ep4, Oddworld: New N Tasty, Entwined, more

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Welcome to another PlayStation Store weekly update. This week, Telltale Games has released the fourth episode of their second Walking Dead adaptation, The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins. It is available to download on the PS3 and the Vita starting today.

Also available today is Oddworld: New N Tasty, the PS4 remake of the PSone classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. The world is much more receptive to quirky platformers in 2014 than it was in 1997, so I predict big things for the return of Oddworld. The game is also in development for the PS3 (and the PC and the Xbox One and the Wii U), though no release date has been announced.

But speaking of multiplatform releases, a pair of games from this week’s update are available on both the PS3 and the Vita (though neither are Cross-Buy compatible). Entwined brings its bird/fish flying to the PS3 and the Vita after a successful PS4 launch during the E3 Expo and Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland is a remake of the 2010 PS3 RPG of the same name (sans the Plus).

More details about all of these titles (as well as a few others) can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Store (don’t forget the PS Store Play pre-order promotion starts today too). (more…)

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2014 PS Store Play promotion includes Rogue Legacy, The Swapper, Hohokum, CounterSpy

Sony has announced that their annual indie games promotion, PlayStation Store Play, will begin next week with the release of Rogue Legacy. It will be followed by three more releases throughout the month of August: The Swapper (August 5), Hohokum (August 12), and CounterSpy (August 19). Best of all, every PS Store Play title is Cross-Buy, so all four games will be playable on the PS3, PS4, and Vita.

As in years past, purchasing multiple games will net you a rebate from Sony. If you buy two PS Store Play titles, you’ll receive a code for a $3 credit in September. If you buy three titles, your credit will double to $6. And if you purchase all four games, you’ll receive a $10 credit.

One final announcement… if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can pre-order any of the PS Store Play titles at a 20% discount. So go play!

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Media Molecule showed off a “trippy sequence of colourful nonsense” from their next game

With LittleBigPlanet 3 in the hands of Sumo Digital, Media Molecule has moved on to a super secret PlayStation 4 project that they’re not ready to share yet. However, a recent rendering test resulted in the “trippy sequence of colourful nonsense” you see above. The developers also wanted to let us know that the trailer also include a “familiar face” from their tech demo from the PS4 announcement.

Personally, I think it looks like Fitz and The Tantrums’ “MoneyGrabber” music video..

Whatever it is, let’s hope that Media Molecule plans to announce their first PS4 project soon.

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Sheik, Darunia, Ruto join Hyrule Warriors as Link wields the Ball and Chain in latest trailer

Link is a one man wrecking machine in the latest Hyrule Warriors trailer released by Koei Tecmo Japan. Everyone’s favorite elf has bulked up thanks to the Power Gloves and the Ball and Chain. The Power Gloves increase his strength and allow him to throw around massive boulders like they’re basketballs. Meanwhile, the Ball and Chain is an awesome weapon that bashes through hordes of enemies like a wrecking ball. Boom!

Also on the Hyrule Warriors news front, Famitsu (via Computer and Video Games) has revealed that a trio of characters from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have been added to the hack and slash adventure. Sheik (who is actually Princess Zelda in ninja garb), Darunia (leader of the Gorons), and Ruto (Princess of the Zoras) will all be playable in Hyrule Warriors.

I’m sure we’ll get new trailers showcasing all three characters soon enough as Hyrule Warriors will be released in Japan on August 14. The North American launch of the Wii U title will follow on September 26.

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Daily Scoop: July 21, 2014 – Creating a home in Terraria

When Anthony Amato and I started dating, we played a little bit of Terraria. Well, he played a lot – I played a little. Now that we have much better computers, we’ve started playing it again. We had some connectivity issues (boy can it be a butt to play multiplayer on PC!), but I think we’re ready to start building. Or rather, Anthony has built a lot, and I think I’m ready to move in. :D

There’s a new Humble Flash Sale – get it while it’s hot! It’s the Humble Flash Re-Bundle Simulators. Pay what you want for Bridge Project, Trainz Simulator 12, Euro Truck Simulator, and Wildlife Park 3. Pay $6 or more to unlock Agricultural Simulator 2013, Agricultural Simulator: Historical Farming, Pool Nation, and Professional Farmer 2014.

At the Humble Store, they’ve got Awesomenauts for $2.49 and Awesomenauts: Starstorm for $6.29. And at Steam, the Daily Deal is Syberia II for $0.99. Scoop ‘em up!

Let’s check out some t-shirts, shall we?

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Mighty No. 9′s monthly trailer blitz includes a look at Call

Keiji Inafune and the development team at Comcept have gotten into the habit of unveiling a new trailer for Mighty No. 9 every month. For the July trailer, the team has given us a sneak peek at Mighty No. 9′s sidekick, Call. The developer has also shone a spotlight on the dash mechanic and the many transformations at Mighty No. 9′s disposal.

Mighty No. 9 will be released for the 3DS, PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.

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Dance Central Spotlight busts a move on Xbox One on September 2

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First announced during the E3 Expo last month, Harmonix has confirmed that Dance Central Spotlight will be available to download on September 2. The Xbox One-exclusive game has been priced at $9.99 and will include 10 tracks to start with:

  • Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
  • Cher Lloyd – “I Wish”
  • David Guetta (featuring Sia) “Titanium”
  • Jason Derulo (featuring 2 Chainz) – “Talk Dirty”
  • Kid Ink (featuring Chris Brown) – “Show Me”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • Rihanna – “Diamonds”
  • Will.I.Am (featuring Justin Bieber) – “#thatPOWER”

More than 50 additional tracks will be available to download on launch day including Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound,” Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me,” Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” the “Cedric Gervais Remix” of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” and The B-52s’ “Love Shack.” Harmonix is also hard at work on making add-on content from the first three Dance Central games compatible with Spotlight. Those tracks will be able to be downloaded separately and will be available as a free download if you previously purchased them on the Xbox 360.

Dance Central Spotlight will be part of the Xbox Lounge during this week’s San Diego Comic-Con, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes if you want to play it.

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Doom 4 likely won’t be shown to the public until next year

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Doom 4 (I know, I know, it’s actually just Doom) made its debut at this weekend’s QuakeCon, but it sounds like the rest of us won’t get a peak at the next game in the beloved series until sometime in 2015. Speaking to PC Gamer, Bethesda’s Pete Hines revealed that that’s because development is still in the early going and that the game isn’t quite ready for a public reveal just yet:

“I try really, really hard for this to be a dev first, dev-lead thing,” said Hines, and id Software isn’t ready for a worldwide reveal of Doom. “We’re working with them to say, ‘How does this work? What do we want to show?’ And they’re like, ‘Look, we don’t want a stream to go up for a game that isn’t at the point where we would formally show it to the world, and now that thing is getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death, when normally we wouldn’t be showing this to anybody at all.’”

So if Doom 4 is still so rough around the edges, why show it at QuakeCon at all? According to Hines, it was to get the Doom name back out there and show that id Software’s troubles are behind it:

“I really wanted to put something out there that, in a strong way, said, ‘id is working on something that we think is really cool,’” said Hines. “And we wanted … to show something to [id Software fans] that gives them the confidence that it is still a viable studio that’s doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want.

“And now we’re going to go away and go back to making the game, but to be able to counter other people talking about us and we’re sort of just sitting here staying silent, or operating from this negative space of like, ‘Oh, it got rebooted, oh it’s in trouble.’ All of that stuff just bothered the hell out of me.”

It looks like those of us who couldn’t attend QuakeCon 2014 are just doomed to wait.

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