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MLB 15: The Show slides home on March 31 with Yasiel Puig on the cover

Sony’s MLB: The Show series is the only game in town when it comes to baseball simulations and the publisher has announced that MLB 15: The Show will be released for the PS3, PS4, and Vita on March 31, 2015. Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ eccentric outfielder, will serve as the game’s cover athlete.

According to the PlayStation Blog, MLB 15: The Show will have “enhanced visuals, new gameplay features, and an improved online experience” over previous editions of the game. And in a first for the franchise, MLB 15 will include licensed equipment just like the pros use.

You can check out the game’s debut trailer above, as well as a behind-the-scenes video with Puig after the break. (more…)

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Shovel Knight will pledge fealty to PS3, PS4, Vita in 2015

Shovel Knight was one of this year’s best surprises and now the world’s weirdest knight is making the move to PlayStation platforms. At the PlayStation Experience today, Yacht Club Games announced that Shovel Knight will be released for the PS3, PS4, and Vita sometime in 2015.

With new platforms comes new features and the retro-inspired side-scrolling game will receive a variety of platform-specific features including back touchscreen implementation, Twitch TV integration, cross-save, and more. But all three PlayStation versions of the game will be home to Kratos, the God of War. Before he takes his new-generation bow in the just-announced God of War 4, Kratos will battle Shovel Knight as either the boss of his own castle or as one of the game’s Wandering Knights.

So… Shovel Knight on PlayStation platforms, can you dig it?

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Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin spins onto 3DS, Vita in Spring 2015

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Warner Bros., TT Games, and The Lego Group celebrated International Ninja Day yesterday in an adorable way: by announcing the new Lego Ninjago game, Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin. It will be coming in Spring 2015 to the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. You’ll be fighting a new enemy named Ronin, as well as his “army of dark samurai.” The Ninjas lose their memories to the Ronin’s Obsidian Glaive weapon, and they have to find the weapon to get their memories – and powers – back. For those of you familiar with the TV series, you’ll be visiting a lot of familiar places, like the Ice Temple, the village of Spinjago, and the Toxic Bogs.

Tom Stone, Managing Director at TT Games, said, “Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin will be the most expansive adventure game through the Ninjago universe that we have ever made to-date… Kids will get a kick out of playing as their favorite Ninja warriors battling a new enemy with an exciting array of cool vehicles, mechs and even dragons!”

You can find more information about Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin at the game’s official site.

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Resogun will reach the PS3 and Vita on December 23; PS4 expansion announced

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For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded from a PlayStation 3 to a PlayStation 4, you’re in for a treat – Resogun is coming to PlayStation 3 and Vita December 23 for just $14.99. Not only that – the game will be Cross-Buy, so if you already own it on the PS4, you can download it for free on PS3 and Vita. It will have cross save between the PS3 and Vita versions as well. Righteous!

Climax is the developer on these versions, and the studio has been working closely with Housemarque to make this happen. The developer wrote in a post on the PlayStation Blog: “[T]he biggest technical difference is that the PS Vita and PS3 games run at 30 instead of 60 frames per second. This was a very difficult decision to consider, but a very necessary one to allow the team to focus on what was possible and to make the best game possible for both of these platforms. The framerate is locked, so you can expect solid performance even under a big storm of voxels.”

Despite that, it also has a lot of great things going for it on the Vita: “The PS Vita version also has ad-hoc co-op so that you can team up with a friend. It also makes use of the touch features so you can fully customize the controls, using either the face buttons or the touch controls for any action possible. You can even throw humans with a swipe of your fingers on the rear touch pad!”

That’s not all. Sony also announced an expansion pack for Resogun, titled Resogun: Defenders, which will be available in early 2015. It will cost just $4.99, and is included in the Season Pass. The expansion will include two new game modes, new ships, and new planets. There will also be a free “major content patch” called “Challengers” which will add in “new challenges and feats stretching across all existing game modes and will let you earn challenge points to increase your rank as a Resogun pilot.”

Resogun: Defenders will be playable this weekend at the PlayStation Experience.

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The Crew, Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice, Secret Ponchos, more added to PS Store

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Even the PlayStation Store slows down in December as Sony has added eight new titles to their digital storefront.

Leading the way is Ubisoft’s coast-to-coast racer, The Crew (PS4), which is available in both a standard edition and a “Gold Edition.” Also available this week is the first episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones (PS4) adaptation, Iron From Ice. Both games are joined by Secret Ponchos (PS4), Switchblade Monkeys’ Old West arena shooter (which is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers).

More information about all three of these games (as well as a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Insert Quarter: Unreleased Games and the People Who Trade Them

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Unreleased games will always be of interest to gamers. Who among us wouldn’t be interested in Nintendo’s 64DD version of Mother 3 or Free Radical’s late, lamented Star Wars: Battlefront 3. But these games have managed to live on thanks to a shadowy network of collectors and archivists who trade and preserve the neglected pieces of gaming history. Kotaku UK’s Leon Hurley sought out some of these amateur historians to get the complete story on the trading of unreleased games:

You’ve probably seen videos of unannounced or cancelled games. Not necessarily the older retro stuff, but more recent things like Star Wars Battlefront 3 or Stranglehold 2. Did you know there’s a keen, and occasionally zealous, culture of collectors and traders passing these things around?

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There are many levels to all this. Some simply collect and play the games, others code and and hack, extracting fresh info from old files or reinstating missing features. There’s even a community quite happily extracting and modding Halo maps. For others it’s about preserving the often transient world of video game history.

The full article is available at Kotaku UK.

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Insert Quarter: Remembering the Best Instruction Booklets Ever

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Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.

Creating a beautiful and engaging instruction booklet has become a lost art in today’s go-go world of downloadable games and extensive in-game tutorials. Some, like Yacht Club Games and their awesome booklet for Shovel Knight, are attempting to keep the practice alive. But it seems like a foregone conclusion that the instruction booklet will have breathed its last in the not-too-distant future.

Thankfully, Jason Dafnis of Game Informer took some time out of his day to honor ten of his favorite instruction booklets, manuals, and strategy guides:

Let me spin you a yarn. Times were, you’d open that brand-new cardboard (or plastic) box and there, nestled right next to your cartridge (or disc), would be a booklet. Yes, a booklet – paper pages stapled together that told you how to play the game (and sometimes more). Remember those?

Now the left (or right) side of your game case sits bare or thinly veiled with tie-in ads or DLC codes. Those clippies that once held your booklet are all but obsolete. Booklets might not be completely extinct, but they are on the way out. Here are ten of our favorites in no particular order.

The full article is available at Game Informer.

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PS Store Today: Geometry Wars 3, Tales From the Borderlands, Speakeasy, more

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Most of this Fall’s biggest games have been released over the last few weeks, so today’s PlayStation Store update is home to just a handful of new games. But a few of them are definitely big in their own right.

For example, Sierra and Lucid Games have joined forces to bring Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions to the PS3 and PS4. The twin-stick shooter sequel adds three-dimensional levels, drones partners, and several new game modes. Also available this week for the PS3 and PS4 is Zer0 Sum, the first episode of Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands episodic series.

A complete look at all of this week’s new releases (including the 1920s-styled fighter Speakeasy and the PS4 launch of Thomas Was Alone) can be found after the break. And a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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