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PSN Play (or how the Xbox 360 Summer of Arcade has changed into the Fall of Fun on Sony’s console) |

Sony has decided it is time to take a page from Microsoft’s playbook and they have now created a new program called “Playstation Network Play”, an annual event where specific games are in the spotlight so you can actually notice them before their eventual release date AND they can get huge sales numbers to report back to papa bear.

What does this program consist of? Here’s all the info:

August 23: The PLAY program kicks off with Capcom’s highly-anticipated Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition, available to pre-order through August 18, 2011. This action-fighting title features 20 playable characters, HD graphics, more than 200 pieces of unlockable content, more than 100 trials and more than 100 challenges When Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition is purchased during the PLAY promotion, purchasers will be able to unlock GILL, the self-proclaimed god, without having to beat the game with every character, as day-one DLC. All pre-orders will also receive a Capcom-produced theme. Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition will be $14.99.

August 30: Hothead Studios’ The Baconing will be available to pre-order through August 25, 2011. This action-RPG title is the third in the popular DeathSpank series. Attempt to defeat the Anti-Spank and his army of Cyborques, before they cast an evil shadow over Spanktopia. Discover exciting new worlds and battle hordes of enemies as you search to unlock the secret within the Fires of Bacon. When The Baconing is purchased during the PLAY promotion, purchasers will receive an additional co-op character, Roesha – One Bad Mutha. All pre-orders will also receive a static theme, exclusive to PLAY. The Baconing will be $14.99.

September 6: Majesco Entertainment’s BloodRayne: Betrayal will be available to pre-order through September 1, 2011. This 2D side-scrolling platformer features 15 bloodthirsty levels where Rayne attempts to infiltrate a treacherous castle, take out a fiendish horde and stop an evil vampire massacre. When BloodRayne: Betrayal is purchased during the PLAY promotion, purchasers will receive a BloodRayne: Betrayal virtual item for their PlayStation Home avatar and an exclusive dynamic theme. In addition, all pre-orders will also receive a static theme exclusive to PLAY. BloodRayne: Betrayal will be $14.99.

September 13: The SEGA title Renegade Ops will be available to pre-order through September 8, 2011.This top-down, driving shooter from SEGA features a huge variety of vehicles, guns and endless enemies. The game features Sandbox-style missions, so there are many different ways to play. When Renegade Ops is purchased through PLAY, purchasers will receive a Vehicle & Character Pack with two new vehicles and special weapons. All pre-orders will also receive a static theme, exclusive to PLAY. Renegade Ops will be $14.99.

Bonus gift: PAYDAY: The Heist. This gritty, first-person shooter from Sony Online Entertainment lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next “big score.” A voucher code for PAYDAY: The Heist will be provided as a bonus gift to PSN users 18 years and older that purchased all four PLAY titles, for redemption when the game releases. The game can also be pre-ordered separately starting September 20, 2011, and all pre-orders will receive a static theme. PAYDAY: The Heist will be $19.99..

Get ready because PlayStation Network PLAY pre-orders start next Tuesday, August 9. Getting all 4 games with a PS+ discount would put it at a total of $47.97 (rounded up from 0.968 before anyone says “it’s 0.96 hahaha newb”) AND a free $19.99 game which, in theory, brings down total cost to only $27.98… $6.99 for each of the four games you’d pay for!

  • Can’t say I’m remotely interested in any of these games, personally. Hope they have a better selection next year.

  • @Paranoimia: Have you played any of the Deathspank games? The Baconing is basically part 3 of the series. Street Fighter III Online is something I’d get as well and Bloodrayne: betrayal is a 2D take on the series being worked on by WayForward, masters of the awesome 2D game. Renegade Ops and the free game are the only two ones that don’t scream “must have!” for me at the moment.

  • I also had not heard about any of the titles besides Baconing, so I’m guessing this addition is welcome.

    This way we can all get to know more games and hopefully help some great developers to get their work out there!

  • Scratch that, Renegade Ops looks fun (reminds me of Jackal on the NES) so that could mean I’d get all of the above and my free game with PS+ discount!

  • I have never heard of Baconing, Renegade Ops or pay day but they do look interesting. I will probably pick up street fighter and bloodrayne though

  • @mowwow: Deathspank is a very fun “like Diablo” series (so you get a quick idea of what to expect) with a great sense of humor. Renegade Ops I hadn’t heard much about but after seeing a video of it over at the Sega website I’m looking forward to playing the demo and seeing what it feels like.

  • *sniff sniff* Anyone else smell some BUULLLSHIT? I mean it’s good bullshit like the bull ate a bunch of Bacon and all you can smell is Bacon. But still what an idea-steal XD WOOOOO SF3!!!!

  • I watched the videos renegade Ops looked very interesting to me. I never played the Deathspank series before but the demo that was showed looked fun. Hack n slash with a sense of humor is always good. Definitely will try the demos if they come out

  • @mowwow: I got both Deathspank games on sale for $7.50 each so at that price they were an even better purchase. Currently playing Costume Quest by Double Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiineeee which is also fun in it’s own way (the DLC for it is on sale right now).

  • Bloodrayne is now delayed ><. I wonder if they will replace that game with another. If DS goes on sale again i'll probably buy it after seeing baconing

  • @mowmow: Delayed on PSN till september 6th… which is the date I’ve reported. It’s delayed until october on XBLA and my guess is that has to do with this new promo event.