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As has been their custom all Summer long, Sony dumped another massive amount of games onto the PlayStation Store yesterday.
This week, PS3 gamers can download digital versions of Madden NFL 13 and Record of Agarest War Zero. Several previously bundled HD remakes can also now be had separately from the store including Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD, Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
Wait, we’re not done yet! Also available this week is Harmonix’s controller-based rhythm game Rock Band Blitz, The Walking Dead: Episode 3 – “Long Road Ahead” from Telltale Games, Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and the PlayStation Move party game Lights, Camera, Party.
Sony also added a lone PS2 Classic to the store yesterday, Double Fine’s psychotic platformer, Psychonauts.
Finally, Vita owners will also get a chance to download Madden NFL 13 and the PSone Classics on Vita patch is now live, but it’s not exactly perfect. Vita support has officially been added to just thirteen PSone games.
Microsoft’s annual Summer of Arcade promotion begins today with the addition of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD to the Xbox Live Arcade.
Combining some of the “best elements” of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, this high definition re-release can be yours for just 1200 Microsoft Points ($15):
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a downloadable title for Xbox Live Arcade that takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans’ muscle memories, the gameplay returns to controllers and focuses on the satisfaction of linking sick tricks for maximum points. Combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless. The game was rebuilt and polished by Robomodo using Neversoft’s original code and includes the best seven levels from THPS and THPS2 (Warehouse, School 2, Mall, Phoenix, Hangar, Marseilles and Venice). There is a combination of new school and old school pros (Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Riley Hawk and Tony Hawk himself) and the soundtrack is half classic THPS tracks and fresh ones. Multiple online multiplayer modes round out the action!
We already knew that Deadlight, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and Wreckateer would be included in this year’s Summer of Arcade. But now, thanks to Major Nelson, we know the promotion will begin on July 18 as well as the release schedule and how much each game will cost.
Ready? Here we go…
- July 18: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD (1200 Microsoft Points)
- July 25: Wreckateer (800 Microsoft Points)
- August 1: Deadlight (1200 Microsoft Points)
- August 8: Hybrid (1200 Microsoft Points)
- August 15: Dust: An Elysian Tail (1200 Microsoft Points)
Microsoft has announced the games that will make up this year’s Summer of Arcade and the fifth iteration of the annual promotion is already looking like a contender as one of the best:
Deadlight (Tequila Works/Microsoft Studios): Deadlight is a puzzle platformer, where the player must take advantage of the main character’s agility to solve obstacles, and dodge zombies, manipulating the many interactive elements of the scenery. With more walking corpses than bullets, the feeling of danger is constant.
Dust: An Elysian Tail (Humble Hearts/Microsoft Studios): As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past in a gorgeous hand-painted world.
Hybrid (5th Cell/5th Cell): Hybrid is a pioneering third person shooter set in the near future, where global conflict exists between a species known as the Variant and a rebel human faction known as the Paladins. 5TH Cell strives to give players a completely new gameplay experience never seen before in the genre.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD (Robomodo/Activision): Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans’ muscle memories, and combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless.
Wreckateer (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios): Wreckateer uses Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, travel the land and destroy 60 castles using six magical projectiles, and explore the infinite ways you can wreak havoc with Wreckateer’s fully-dynamic destruction.
A release schedule wasn’t announced yet, but Microsoft typically starts the Summer of Arcade by mid-July. As in years past, if you purchase multiple Summer of Arcade titles, you’ll receive a bit of a rebate. This year, players who purchase three or more Summer of Arcade titles will receive 400 Microsoft Points.
Hit the jump to see the funky Summer of Arcade 2012 trailer. (more…)
If you caught this weekend’s Spike TV Video Game Awards, then you know Tony Hawk is returning to the virtual halfpipe next year with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Today, Activision dropped a few more details on the game.
Developed by Robomodo, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD won’t be a straight remake of the original game. Instead, it’ll actually be a high definition remix of the first two Pro Skater games. It’s also being planned as a $15 downloadable title for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
In addition to the remixed original content, Tony Hawk HD will update the gameplay to match where skateboarding is today. At least, so says The Birdman himself: “We’ve updated many elements [of the game] to reflect today’s skateboarding scene as well. Long-time fans of the series will appreciate the huge amount of polished content at a very low price.”
As always, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will feature a wide variety of skateboarding pros including Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (Pastrana), and Tony’s son, Riley Hawk (who was just six years old when the first THPS was released).
If you missed the debut trailer for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, you can check it out right here.
If you’re Activision, what do you do after thoroughly running a beloved franchise into the ground? You remake the original of course? Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is being developed by Robomodo (the team also did Tony Hawk: Ride and Tony Hawk: Shred) and that’s really all we know at this point.
Activision has already announced plans to reveal one game, The Amazing Spider-Man, at this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards, but it looks like they may have another announcement in the wings.
Tony Hawk (who is actually 43!) took to Twitter to reveal he has a big announcement coming this Saturday… the same day as the Spike TV Video Game Awards. Here’s what The Birdman had to say about his big news:
I’ll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.
The last game in the Tony Hawk series was Tony Hawk: Shred, released by Activision in 2010. I’d say this is confirmation that a new one will be available in 2012.