Archive for June, 2010
< When I first heard of PlayStation Plus, I thought, "Oh, they are renaming/rebranding Qore. Who cares...". What really surprises me, is how many people are offended by this and have somehow interpreted this to mean that PSN is now a tiered service, is not completely free, and who knows what kinds of terrible roads this will lead us down in the future, etc, etc...
Let's break this down for a second.
For the past two years, the "Qore" service...
- Required a yearly subscription
- Provided free games
- Provided lots of early access to demos and betas
- Included the Qore e-zine
- Is completely optional and not-required for all other regular PSN use.
OK, that’s basically the same exact description of the new PlayStation Plus service. I wonder if they will convert Qore subscriptions over or not? The only difference is that they are making vague hints about expanding the service in the future and they also plan to have more free games that you can only access with an active subscription.
So bottom line, nothing is changing so far except the name and branding of the Qore service. Other things may change down the line, and they are kind of hinting at that, but as of now, this is non-news.
If you’re looking for a fun local co-op game to play with friends, and you’re already tired of Joe Danger (no, you’re not!), EA and Hothead Games are bringing the most awaited and funniest game of all PSN, DeathSpank (a lot of exclamation marks).
If you are one of the 4400 and did not know what I am talking about, one name: Ron Gilbert! No? This dude is the ONE behind The Secret of Monkey Island series! You know, those games with LeChuck and Guy FreeWould, Threepbrush, Threepshrub, whatever… He directed this new piece of hack’n'slash action-RPG, kinda like Diablo meets Monkey Island, where you must find an ancient artifact named… Artifact!
So, start saving now! You’ll have until July 13th to get $14,99 (I hope PS+ users get a discount), and make sure to invite me to play at your house. I’ll bring a spare controller ! Oh, and cookies! Nah, I’ll bring the beer!
Want to know more? Follow me!
From now until July 12th Naughty Dog has added sixteen new skins to Uncharted 2. The sixteen skins represent the nations that successfully progressed to the second round of the World Cup. Those nations include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Germany,Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay,Portugal,Slovakia,South Korea,Spain,United States & Uruguay.
Apparently Drake and Flynn are the only soccer fans of Uncharted because those are the only two who can wear the temporary World Cup skins. If your favorite World Cup team is one of sixteen listed be sure to represent them online in Uncharted 2 before it’s too late.
Starting July 7th, for four weeks, LBP DLC will consist of official Marvel comic costumes. There will be five different costumes in each of the four packs. There will also be a Marvel Level Kit, which will include four levels allowing you to collect “Marvel-themed music, objects, materials, stickers, and a special “Rooftop” background” so you can create your own Marvel themed levels. The costumes will consist of the following:
So, no surprise here, there was a little bit of a drop off in activity since E3 ended almost 2 weeks ago (2 QuickNews and 19 articles), but there was actually still a bit of activity on the community side of things, with contests and, finally, game night announcements (which can be found in the ‘Community News‘ and ‘Play With Us‘ tabs respectively). So, what are the highlights?
Ace showed off some multiplayer for Twisted Metal, which has been in development for 18 months already. Trev got to check out FIFA 11 at EA. And Sony has released more information for PlayStation Plus, which launches tomorrow.
As for other articles, Demerson has another Red Dead Redemption Chronicle to read (and details of a contest that ends in a couple days, which you can read more about in the Community News tab). Darrin has his take on Sony and Microsoft with 3D, and with that, be sure to watch Jimmy Fallon’s reaction to Killzone 3 in 3D.
Alright, busy community week, that’s for sure. To start, there were a few contests going on, and winners to one of them were announced. The E3 week giveaway ended early last week, and the winners were:
Congratulations to the other two! Currently, there is another contest being held, by one of the other members here. It’s a RDR Chronicle writing contest! This one comes courtesy of Demerson. If you are one of the two winners, you’ll receive a $20 PSN Gift Card.
Going back to E3, the ‘Best of E3‘ voting has completed, and you can read the results here. Though it’s not surprising to see Sony make it out on top (given the site and everything), there were still some surprises to be had. Anyway, here’s this week’s recognitions:
Contributor of the Week
- Sakinah – 4 Entries
QuickNews Contributor of the Week
- Oly1Kenobi and Sinlock – 1 Entry
- Jay – More In-Depth PlayStation Plus Info – 7 Likes
- Jay – More In-Depth PlayStation Plus Info – 23 Comments
PES 2011 E3 Trailer
Trev – June 20th
Twisted Metal multiplayer gameplay
Ace – June 21st
Red Dead Redemption DLC Trailer
Trev – June 21st
Twisted Metal Has Been in Development for 18 Months
Sakinah – June 21st
3D: Sony vs. Microsoft
Darrin – June 21st
FIFA 11 Hands On
Trev – June 21st
Prepare to Battle – Onslaught Mode Due To Hit Your Consoles
Madagasca – June 22nd
DC Universe Online Price Details
Demerson – June 22nd
Tekken 6 Fighter Gets Cel-Shaded For Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Sakinah – June 22nd
Deal of the Day! Dead Space for $9.95!
Eddie – June 22nd
New Final Fantasy Versus XIII Info and Scans
Eddie – June 23rd
Another Red Dead Redemption Chronicle…
Demerson – June 23rd
Ninokuni (Miyazaki!!!) PS3 Screens
Eddie – June 24th
Inafune: “It’s a dark time for Japanese Games Industry…”
Demerson – June 24th
More In-Depth PlayStation Plus Info
Jay – June 24th
Sony Already Falling Behind Microsoft When it Comes to Marketing Move
Sakinah – June 24th
Hulu May Be Coming to PS3
Jay – June 24th
2D/3D with Jimmy Fallon and Herman Hulst
Luke – June 25th
Platinum Games: “PS3 Kind of Like a Sports Car”
Sakinah – June 26th
$20 off any order of $40 or more at EAstore.com today only
Oly1Kenobi – June 22nd
World Cup Avatars!
Sinlock – June 23rd
Right now, there aren’t any planned Game Nights, but given that we’re starting to do them again, this would be a good section to keep an eye on them. We did have two this past week, and assuming you didn’t have connection problems like Oly and I, you probably had some fun. So which Game Nights did we do?
We had a Medal of Honor Game Night, which I had missed unfortunately (well, both of them ).
And a Red Dead Redemption Game Night, which I tried to connect to, but couldn’t (and once I fixed the problem, everyone was leaving ).
Though I posted results based on what was available last Saturday, the official results are up now.
As for this week, the question is “Which are you looking forward to getting your hands/eyes on more?” with your choices between Move, #d, Both and Neither.
Thanks for reading and, hopefully, I’ll get the next one in this Saturday. This week, PS+ starts up, with FW v3.40, and, hopefully, some cool news.