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Here’s what’s new in this week’s PlayStation Store update…
Saints Row: The Third (PS3 Full Game) - Years after taking Stilwater for their own, the Third Street Saints have evolved from street gang to household brand name, with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobble head dolls all available at a store near you.
Need For Speed: The Run (PS3 Full Game) - It’s called The Run. Three-thousand miles of unforgiving asphalt from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. Armed with just his guts and instinct, Jack battles a field of the most notorious drivers ever assembled.
Datura (PSN Game) - In Datura, the player will experience an incredibly unique scenario. As you play Datura, you find yourself in a forest. As you explore this environment, you will be presented with different scenarios in which you have to make a choice, which will determine your end result.
But more importantly, the PixelJunk series has been discounted to $1 apiece in anticipation of next week’s release of PixelJunk 4AM. Scoop ‘em up!
Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest week of new releases has finally arrived. More games are released in the third week of November than at any other time of the year and, once again, the publishers have come through with an amazing array of titles including:
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the first Zelda game created exclusively for the Wii.
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), the conclusion to the Ezio trilogy.
- Saints Row: The Third (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), the wildest open world crime game, ever.
- Need For Speed: The Run (3DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), a game about an illicit cross-country road race, which is just how we like our cross-country road races and our racing games.
- Rayman Origins (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360), the return of Rayman and there’s not a rabbid in sight.
- Jurassic Park (Xbox 360), Telltale’s take on one of the greatest films of all-time. Hold on to your butts.
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii), more multi-sport shenanigans with Mario, Sonic, and all their friends.
- Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic, Cooking Mama brings her culinary skills to the 3DS for the first time.
- Shinobi, Sega’s favorite ninja also comes to the 3DS for the first time.
- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, Namco Bandai’s fight sim comes to the 3DS for the first time as well.
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, Xbox 360), the ultimate crossover fighting game.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases, which numbers close to 70 games, after the break. (more…)
EA gave Michael Bay the chance to cut a commercial for Need For Speed: The Run because… well, why the hell not? Bay is known for making movies with fast cars, fast (and scantily clad) women, and lots of explosions; and that’s just what we get in this trailer. There’s also plenty of slow motion, a few car crashes (also in slow motion), and a rousing score (while main character Jack punches out a cop in slowmotion). Yup, this is a Michael Bay-directed trailer all right.
Need For Speed: The Run will be available in stores on November 15.
The last time EA Black Box handled a Need For Speed game, it was the poorly received Need For Speed: Undercover. The product was such a bust that Electronic Arts gave the long-time series developer a lengthy break, placing the future of the franchise in the hands of folks like Criterion, the makers of the Burnout games, and newcomers Slightly Mad Studios. In the time since Undercover, titles like Need For Speed: Shift and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit have restored the legacy of the once-popular brand. However, while all this was going on, Black Box has been hard at work on this year’s Need For Speed game, dubbed Need For Speed: The Run. Due about a month from now, The Run is a departure from past games in the series, but at the same time, it matches the kind of “storyline-based” racing experience that the developer has been playing at since the days of Need For Speed: Underground. (more…)
Before “Castle,” Nathan Fillion starred in “Drive,” a TV show about an illicit cross-country road race. Today, EA has announced that his “Firefly” nemesis, Christina Hendricks, will star in Need For Speed: The Run, a game about an illicit cross-country road race.
Hendricks, who also stars in “Mad Men” and the recent Ryan Gosling filck Drive, will be joined by Sean Faris (Ben from “The Vampire Diaries”) in the game.
Sean Faris is Jack Rourke, one of the best drivers around. Jack’s cockiness and arrogance has led him into a debt he can’t repay. The mob has put a price on his head, and it’s a lofty one. Christina Hendricks stars as Sam Harper, a woman with ambition, street smarts and a penchant for lightning fast cars. Sam is the only person who can help Jack. Sam fronts Jack’s buy-in for The Run, a cut-throat coast-to-coast race from San Francisco to New York with a prize of $25 million. With Sam as his eyes and ears, all Jack needs to do is win.
A demo of Need For Speed: The Run was just added to the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store. The full game will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on November 15.
If you’re hard up for some Porsche action, the Limited Edition versions of Need For Speed: The Run will give you access to the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S. The game will feature an “illicit, coast-to-coast race from San Francisco to New York”, according to its website. With 500 horsepower and 800 lbs of torque, not to mention those sexy contours, you’ll be tearing up the country’s virtual asphalt in style. It’s probably the next best thing to owning the actual car. And at $49.99 for PC and $59.99 for PS3 and Xbox 360, a copy of Need for Speed: The Run is slightly more affordable.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S will be exclusive to the Need For Speed: The Run “Limited Edition,” which is actually the only version of the game available on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, so pre-order now (or not) and live out your Porsche dreams on November 15, 2011.
Sony and EA announced a string of exclusive partnerships at the PlayStation press conference tonight. SSX will provide the exclusive Mt. Fuji pack, Battlefield 3 will include a free copy of Battlefield 1943 on the disc, and Need For Speed: The Run will have exclusive cars on PlayStation 3, including the Bugatti Veyron.
That’s right. For the first time in the series, Need For Speed: The Run will have sequences when players actually exit the vehicle. These segments complement the characteristic chase sequences of the series well, as they look mostly like action-packed cutscenes where quick time events determine whether or not you get away safely (and into another car). At EA’s press conference, a live demonstration showed the player getting out during a crash, running through stairwells and across buildings before commandeering a police vehicle. Later on the player had to kick his way out of the car’s window in order to escape an oncoming train.
In order to bring the action to life, The Run will also be utilizing DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine, the powerhouse currently running Battlefield 3‘s impressive visuals. Expect more info on DICE’s latest military shooter as EA’s press conference continues.