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House of the Dead 4, StarDrone Extreme, more lumber onto PS Store

It has taken seven long years, but The House of the Dead 4 has finally come home, courtesy of the PlayStation Network. The light gun shooter features both DualShock 3 and PlayStation Move support, so you get to choose how best to dispatch the zombie menace.

If blasting zombies isn’t your thing, a few other PlayStation Store titles are new this week including StarDrone Extreme, a Vita release that promises “a mix of arcade action, pinball, breakout, physics and collect-the-objects,” and Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, a Vita remake of the formerly PS3-exclusive strategy RPG. Two new full PS3 games are also being added to the store this week: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record and NHL 12.

For more details on all of these titles, hit the jump. And for a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons, shamble over to the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Madden NFL 12 blitzes the September NPD list

Boom! After taking the month of August off thanks to the NFL lockout, the debut of Madden NFL 12 has reclaimed its rightful spot at the top of The NPD Groups’s monthly rankings.

The football sim was joined at the top of the charts by other big new releases: Gears of War 3 chainsawed the second spot and Deep Silver’s Dead Island landed at #3 (behold the power of hype, folks). EA Sports claimed the rest of the top five with FIFA Soccer 12 at #4 and NHL 12 a spot below. Resistance 3 at #7 and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine at #10 round out the bevy of new releases on this NPD list.

Holdovers from previous months include Deus Ex: Human Revolution (#6), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (#8) and Call of Duty: Black Ops (#9).

The complete top ten can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Releases: NHL 12, God of War: Origins, White Knight Chronicles II, More

Welcome to another week of new games! This week EA Sports is lacing up their hockey skates, Kratos is coming at you in 3D and D3 Publisher has bundled together two RPGs for twice the fun. Also, the Bit.Trip series is getting collected in two separate compilations and the insane geniuses at Twisted Pixel are putting out a game starring an undead marionette bent on revenge.

  • The ice skates belong to this year’s only hockey sim, NHL 12 (PS3, Xbox 360).
  • Kratos will go 3D thanks to the stereoscopic 3D mode found in God of War: Origins Collection, a PS3 remake of his two PSP adventures.
  • D3’s double RPG is White Knight Chronicles II, which also includes a free copy of the first White Knight Chronicles game.
  • The Bit.Trip series will be coming to the 3DS as Bit.Trip Saga and the Wii as Bit.Trip Complete.
  • Finally, Twisted Pixel’s The Gunstringer proves once again that the developers are a happily demented bunch.

Check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)

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EA Sports Season Ticket now available

Leave it to Electronic Arts to take the “online pass” idea to places you never thought it would go. Today, the publisher launched the EA Sports Season Ticket, a new service that’ll provide “premium benefits” in five EA Sports titles (Madden NFL 12, NHL 12, FIFA Soccer 12, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 and NCAA Football 13).

The Season Ticket carries an annual fee of $24.99 on the PlayStation Store (or 2000 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live), subscribers will receive four benefits: the chance to download an EA Sports title three days before the retail disc version is available for sale, a 20-percent discount on in-game DLC, premium web content and membership recognition (a small icon next to your username in the game).

So after EA separates you from your $25, you’ll have access to discounts, a snazzy icon for your PSN username/Gamertag and web content like the premium Creation Center packs for FIFA Soccer 12. According to EA, “these packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Center to build your own teams and tournaments.”

But the real meat of the program appears to be the ability to download an EA Sports game three days before the regular folks who have to wait for the disc version. But buyer beware, according to EA, the downloadable version of the game will cease to work after the disc version is available in stores.

Come on EA, what is the point of that?

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Steven Stamkos skates onto NHL 12 cover

After holding a massive multi-week tournament to decide the Madden NFL 12 cover athlete, EA Sports has used the 2011 NHL Awards to announce the spokesman for NHL 12.

EA has chosen Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost to the Boston Bruins in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, as this year’s cover athlete. The 21-year old was a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award (Stamkos lost to Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks) and he sounds very excited about his selection:

“I’ve grown up playing EA Sports NHL video games so it’s an honor to be chosen for the cover this year,” said Stamkos. “I love how authentic the game is and thought it was great when I scored a one-knee, one-timer goal as myself in NHL 12!”

NHL 12 will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 this September.

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More from EA at E3 including Insomniac’s Xbox 360/PS3 game

Electronic Arts already unveiled the majority of their E3 2011 lineup earlier this month. But the megapublisher wasn’t done and has a few more titles to add to their expanding slate of games.

The big news, confirmed by the developer’s Twitter feed, is that Insomniac’s PS3/Xbox 360 game will make its worldwide debut during EA’s E3 press conference (Monday, June 6 at 3:30 PM Eastern Time).

A trio of other games will also be on hand at this year’s E3 Expo including The Sims 3: Pets (3DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360); Curt Schilling’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PC, PS3, Xbox 360); and NHL 12 (PS3, Xbox 360).

More information on these games (and a full listing of EA’s E3 lineup) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Winter Classic leads NHL 12’s new features

EA Sports is bringing a ton of new features to NHL 12 when the hockey sim faces off on the PS3 and Xbox 360 this Fall. You can check ’em all out right here, straight from EA…

Full-Contact Physics Engine: Real-time physics technology goes into overtime! Shatter the glass with helmet-popping hits along the boards, knock rivals over the boards and into the bench, and significantly impact the play of the goalie with screens and collisions as he fights through traffic to locate the puck. Game on!

All-New Dynamic Goalie Interaction: Stonewall your opponents with awe-inspiring desperation saves from your goalie as he covers every possible angle and works through screens and flying bodies in front of the net. When the action gets heated, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with a hated rival during melees and fights.

Play in the Winter Classic: The NHL package jumps to life with the addition of the NHL Winter Classic, the league’s premier outdoor hockey event on New Year’s Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh’s Heinz field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration by cheering you on while donning Winter Classic gear.

Be a Pro Revamped: Playing as your created pro, earn every shift on the ice with stellar play, big hits, and spectacular goals. Simulate the action to your next shift so you’re always on the ice as you play out your entire career gunning for the Stanley Cup

NHL 12 will be released on September 13. Starting today, you can pre-order it at the EA Store.

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