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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 gets a Move bundle

If you’re a sports fan with a PS3, and you haven’t picked up the PlayStation Move yet, now’s a pretty good time to do so. Sony is bundling Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters with the PlayStation Eye and a PlayStation Move controller, everything you need to hit the links and get going.

Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but I’d recommend checking out last year’s excellent John Daly’s Prostroke Golf; Lord knows, it’s a lot cheaper.

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Mortal Kombat decapitates the competition in April NPD report

It’s no secret that the video game community has responded to NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat reboot with a resounding “I love it.” But like Shao Kahn taunting a clearly inferior kombatant, the game also emerged on top of The NPD Group’s April 2011 sales report. And according to a tweet from Kombat creator Ed Boon, the game sold over 1,000,000 copies during the month. Flawless victory indeed.

April 19′s other big release, Portal 2, teleported its way to the top of the list with a strong #2 showing. Of course, it’s important to point out that a good portion of Portal 2′s sales were digital downloads through Steam, which isn’t counted by the NPD.

But the biggest surprise from last month’s top ten might be the absence of Sony’s SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs. The online shooter was also released on April 19th, one day before hackers took down the PSN. The service has yet to return and its offline status definitely contributed to SOCOM 4′s lackluster sales.

Hit the jump for the complete top ten of April’s bestselling games. (more…)

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New Releases: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, 3rd Birthday, WWE All-Stars, More

While the impending release of the 3DS still dominates the coming soon lists, there will be plenty of new games available when the calendar skips to the week ahead.

Fresh off Tiger Woods’ victory on Morning Drive, his namesake game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, will be available in stores this week for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360. It’ll be joined by Square Enix’s long-awaited PSP sequel to Parasite Eve, The 3rd Birthday.

More sports action dominates this week’s new releases including the arcade wrestling title WWE All-Stars (PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 and PS2!) as well as a pair of racing games: Shift 2: Unleashed (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) and NASCAR 2011 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360).

Finally, everyone’s favorite hack and slash series returns for another round of ancient Chinese warfare. I refer, of course, to Koei’s Dynasty Warriors 7 (PS3, Xbox 360).

The full list of the rest of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Tiger Woods wins Morning Drive Showdown

Tiger Woods appeared on The Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” this morning to talk a little bit about Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters and also to challenge co-host Gary Williams to a single hole showdown. After being embarassed by Jimmy Fallon in a similar showdown on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, golf’s greatest player was able to redeem himself by shooting a par-4 to Williams’ quadruple bogey on the 10th hole at (a virtual) Augusta National.

Playing online over the PlayStation Network (though not using the new PlayStation Move functionality), Tiger even managed to talk some trash after Williams repeatedly missed the hole. After Williams’ fourth putt, he commented, “I have been practicing for literally three days on this game.”

Woods’ response was a playful “I can see.”

You can view the whole interview/showdown at The Golf Channel’s website. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will be released for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on March 29.

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Morning Drive host challenges Tiger to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 match

Tiger Woods will hook up with “Morning Drive” host Gary Williams this Thursday, March 17, for a two-hole showdown in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. Williams and Woods will square off on holes 12 and 13 at Augusta National, better known as “Amen Corner,” thanks to the wonders of online play (Woods will be in New York during the interview).

While the winner won’t be donning a Green Jacket, this is not Tiger’s first time being challenged at his own game. In 2009, he battled Jimmy Fallon in two holes of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10… and Fallon stomped him. Of course, Fallon is practically a professional gamer, so maybe he’ll have better luck against Williams.

“Morning Drive” airs live on The Golf Channel every weekday from 7:00 to 9:00 AM. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will be released for the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on March 29.

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PlayStation Store update takes us back to Outworld

March 8 was Senior Editor Nicole Kline’s birthday and PlayStation must have taken notice as the PS Store’s update was pretty strong all around.

The Demos section is the star of the show here, with the anticipated Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Plus subscribers and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters for everyone. Sports fans should definitely check out the latter as it’s doing some really interesting things.

A lot of killer DLC has also arrived, with new content for Dragon Age II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and that Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: The Porsche Unleashed pack we’ve been talking about. Even our (not so) beloved Mindjack got an add-on.

Lastly, you might want to be watching the sales, as the PSN Gamers Choice winners have been announced and these excellent titles are half off for PlayStation Plus subscribers and a third off for regular users. Hit the jump for the highlights and head to the PlayStation Blog for the full list. (more…)

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Tee up on March 8 for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters demo

If you have a fetish for green jackets, you might want to check out the demo for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, coming March 8 to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

The demo includes “Play Now,” where you play as Tiger on the last hole on the last day of the tournament, at the Augusta National’s par-4 18th hole. “Road to the Master’s” mode lets you play five holes, at the new TPC San Antonio Oaks course, appearing for the first time in the series. As EA likes to do with their demos nowadays, you can already start earning XP for the full game by sharing the demo with your friends, and completing the five holes allows you to bypass the EA Sports Amateur Tour and go straight to the National Tour. In addition to San Antonio Oaks, the demo showcases a couple other new features for the game, including the voice talent of Masters announcer Jim Nantz and True View mode, where you swing in first person, much like last year’s definitive John Daly’s ProStroke Golf.

It’ll be interesting to see if EA can top ProStroke’s highly immersive combination of first-person gameplay and PlayStation Move. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will be available March 29 for Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with full PlayStation Move support.

Oh, and my right arm’s just a little longer than my left…

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Tee it up at The Masters with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

EA Sports wants players to prepare to chase the most coveted prize in golf, The Green Jacket, as they’ve announced a special Masters edition of Tiger Woods PGA Tour is in the works.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters recreates the famed Augusta National Golf Club in a project that’s been three years in the making at EA Tiburon. Players will be able to tee it up at the virtual Augusta on March 29, a week before the pros tackle the real Augusta.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 will be available in two versions: a PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 standard edition and a PS3-exclusive Collector’s Edition that will include five additional courses. Both PS3 releases will also include PlayStation Move support.

For The Masters, EA Sports utilized a new laser scanning technology at Augusta National Golf Club to scan every hole featured in the game. According to the developer, this will ensure that “every tree, every azalea and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail.”

Other new features players can look for when the game releases on March 29 are “Masters Moments” (Play through memorable Masters moments), “Tiger at the Masters” (see if your score can measure up to Tiger’s best performances) and an all-new Career Mode.

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