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Daily Scoop: November 25, 2014 – And so it begins
Recent Articles: Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for their 2013 Writers Guild Awards, and with them, the nominees for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing.”
To be eligible for consideration, this year’s nominees include games that were released between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012 on featured on-screen writing credits. This year, the Guild has continued their love affair with Ubisoft and the Uncharted series by bestowing nominations on Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Other nominated games for 2013 include Halo 4, 007 Legends, and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
The 2013 Writers Guild Awards will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2013. A complete list of the nominated writers and editors can be found after the break. (more…)
Vita owners will finally get the chance to make use of Sony’s PlayStation Plus program on November 19. The premium service will be expanded to include the handheld as part of the Vita’s next system update (2.00).
As previously announced, the popular “Instant Game Collection” will come to the Vita in a big way with six games available for download in the first month. The initial “Instant Game Collection” includes Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, Wipeout 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!, as well as the PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.
Even with the inclusion of Vita games to the “Instant Game Collection,” a PlayStation Plus subscription remains $17.99 for the three-month plan and $49.99 for a year.
Besides the addition of PlayStation Plus, additional functionality will be added to the Vita in the 2.00 update:
- Email: Check read and send email directly from PS Vita
- Content Management: Wirelessly transfer content between PS Vita and PC in addition to browsing folders on PS3/PC and copying them to PS Vita
- PSone Classics: Now assign controller buttons to touchscreen, rear touch pad and buttons with select games on the PS Vita system
- PSone Classics: Custom screen mode option for flexible screen size adjustment
- Web Browser: Ability to “Tweet” web page addresses
After last Fall brought us Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, it seems like it’s too soon to enjoy a new Uncharted game. That’s where you’re wrong, jerks! Because SCE’s Bend Studio (with Naughty Dog’s help) has gifted us with the wondrous experience that is Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita. Not only does it shimmer almost as much as the PS3 titles have, but the new methods of gameplay make this a refreshing experience both in the realms of Uncharted and in handheld gaming. (more…)
With the Vita First Edition Bundle now available in stores, Sony has flooded the PlayStation Network with games and content for the handheld system.
A total of sixteen Vita games are now available for your playing pleasure including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Lumines: Elecronic Symphony, Wipeout 2048, and many, many more. PlayStation Store exlcusives Escape Plan and Super Stardust Delta are also now available to download.
But don’t think Sony has forgotten the PS3 (or PSP) just because the Vita is vying for your affection. A Move-compatible version of The House of The Dead III and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem can be had for your PS3 while Hakuoki: Demon of The Fleeting Blossom is available for the PSP.
And let’s not forget that demos for Mass Effect 3 and Binary Domain can be downloaded today as well.
Are you counting down the days until the PlayStation Vita is available? For those not keeping track, it’s 12 days for the First Edition Bundle and 19 days for the standard package.
But if you must get your hands on Sony’s next handheld right now, head on down to your local GameStop as they’ve announced they’re the first retailer to offer Vita demo stations. 3,300 GameStop stores have constructed the demo stations, which contain the following eight games:
- Escape Plan
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- Little Deviants
- FIFA Soccer
- ModNation Racers: Road Trip
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
- Wipeout 2048
To further entice you to purchase the handheld, GameStop plans to sweeten the pot by giving an additional $25 in credit when you trade-in a DS, 3DS or PSP system towards the purchase of a Vita.
With the launch of the PlayStation Vita exactly two months away, Sony has released a detailed outline of the handheld’s launch plans including day one games, launch window games, and prices for every announced peripheral.
As you know, the Vita will be available in three different packages. A “First Edition” bundle will be released on February 15 (which is less than two months away) that includes a carrying case and Little Deviants. February 22 is the official launch day, which will see the release of a Wi-Fi model available for $249.99 and a 3G/Wi-Fi model available for $299.99. All Sony-published launch games will be available on the 15th to support the “First Edition” bundle.
In addition to the system itself, every Vita system includes six Augment Reality Play cards and one voucher to download a handful of augmented reality mini games from the PlayStation Network.
Hit the jump for the complete list of every launch day and launch window game. (more…)
Sony has released a new trailer for Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the NGP prequel to the popular series, that is chockful of great gameplay and great insights from the development team.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be on display at next week’s E3 Expo and will likely be in stores this Holiday season alongside the portable’s launch.
While the gaming world will be centered on Los Angeles for the next week, the European PlayStation.Blog has the scoop on the biggest games Sony plans to bring to their Next Generation Portable (which may or may not be called the Vita).
Head over to the blog post for interviews with many of the developers behind these games and check out more information on each title after the break: (more…)