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Holiday Essentials Sale – Week 2

PSN began it’s Holiday sale last week with titles like Catherine finally reaching the $20 price point digitally, Retro/Grade in it’s first sale dropping to $4.90, I Am Alive hitting $7.35 and may more discounts. Even for non-PSN Plus Members. The Essentials Sales continues for a second week with the following sales:

Update: Showing that Sony is capable of adapting the Playstation Blog lets us know that the store has been updated with a few features

It’s also worth noting that a couple things have been updated in the PS Store navigation. We’ve incorporated some of your feedback and you can now filter Add-ons by game title and the Weekly Deals section has been placed more prominently. We hope these changes will help you find what you’re looking for.

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  • Duke Nukem Forever (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Galaga Legions DX (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita (Sale: $12.49, PS Plus: $8.74, Regular: $17.99)
  • Journey (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Killzone 3 Multiplayer (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Mafia II (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition PS3 (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS Vita (Sale: $24.49, PS Plus: $17.14, Regular: $34.99)
  • Mortal Kombat (Sale: $20.99, PS Plus: $14.70, Regular: $29.99)
  • Papo & Yo (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage PS Vita (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Simpsons The Arcade Game (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Starhawk (Sale: $27.99, PS Plus: $19.60, Regular: $39.99)
  • Unit 13 (Sale: $18.49, PS Plus: $12.94, Regular: $26.99)

Some decent titles. Long time members of PSN Plus will already have Simpsons The Arcade Game, showing what is in my opinion one of the more minor annoyances with the membership. We’ll lose the game after our subscription expires and there’s no way to participate in this sale if we’re really big fans of the arcade port (which is actually quite excellent if you haven’t tried it).

Journey is an interesting choice though I still recommend you save your money and buy the triple game collector’s edition that includes Fl0w and Flower. Pacman DX was a fantastic title that holds up even now. I haven’t heard similar praise for it’s brother in DX arms Galaga Legions. Still the demo was fun and it’s likely the only game I’ll be picking up this week. As I already own Duke Nukem ($2.50 in stores) and Metal Gear Solid Trilogy HD ($1.00 Door Buster). Quest for Booty is a great game and if I didn’t already have it on my UK account from the PSN Blackout I’d happily pick it up for $8. It’s short, it’s a touch linear, but it looks fantastic, controls great, and wasn’t over priced.

Are there any titles you plan to pick up or would like to suggest? How was Papa & Yo. The demo was interesting but not quite compelling enough to make me bite at $8 with my backlog. Care to try to convince me otherwise?

Source: Playstation Blog

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[PSN Review] Retro/Grade

What happens when you a take side scrolling shooter, throw in a little Guitar Hero, and play it backwards? Well, you basically get Retro/Grade. Developed by 24 Caret Games, the premise behind Retro/Grade is that a temporal anomaly is tearing apart the space-time continuum after your pilot, Rick Rocket, defeated the the final Exnorian fleet boss, thanks, in part, to the destruction you caused. In order to save the universe, you have to go back in time and undo everything you did, from the aforementioned boss all the way back to chapter 1.

Basically, the game looks like a shooter, but it plays like a rhythm game. Everything is color coded, so if you’re good at hand and eye coordination or color association, you’ll likely be able to pick up and play this game relatively quick. What is really cool about it is that you aren’t confined to just using a regular controller, either. You know that old Rock Band or Guitar Hero controller you have sitting in the corner, collecting dust? You can use that, too.

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Retro/Grade and PAX Contest

Matt Gilgenbach (Co-founder, 24 Caret Games) stopped by the Sony Blog to share some neat news about the upcoming PAX contest that will allow you to be forever immortalized in the games credits. The contest will be a high score contest; you can pre-register HERE and get a customized Pilot ID card as well.

Retro/Grade combines a rythm game with a side scrolling game and is shaping up to be something truly unique. Here is a look at what you can expect in this unique game, which can also be played with a guitar controller!

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Reverse Gaming w/ Retro/Grade

“What the heck is Jimmy talking about?” you’re probably asking. I’m asking that myself as well. There is a game coming to the PSN called Retro/Grade, and it’s a reverse side-scrolling shooter so to speak, and everything is played in reverse…

Yeah, I got lost too, but apparently, it’s more a rhythm game than a shooter. The game is being developed by 24 Caret Games, and this is their first title. According to Matt Gilgenbach, one of the company’s co-founders, this is the premise:

Retro/Grade stars ace fighter pilot Rick Rocket who has just saved the universe. Unfortunately, the massive destruction he left in his wake has caused a temporal anomaly that reversed the flow of time. You must assume control of Rick’s spacecraft and fight through the epic space battle… in reverse!

What’s even weirder, since it all plays in reverse, is the way you play it:

Rick must undo his actions exactly the reverse of the way he performed them in the first place. That means he has to get in the appropriate space lane from which his shot was fired and press the shoot button at the appropriate time. As well, he must avoid blocking the path of the enemy shots as they return to the enemy’s guns. If he blocks their path, it creates a paradox since he is stopping the shot before it was ever fired.

I don’t know about you, but this is one of the weirdest games I’ve heard of, and it’s nice seeing this kind of creativity in the world of over-populated run-of-the-mill genres we’ve become familiar with, and I’m hoping to see this game succeed, because we need this kind of ‘forward’ thinking to keep games from becoming stale. Not to mention, the game was also one of the finalists for the Independent Games Festival. You can check out their official site for a few more videos and information. Original news story from the Official Blog. No word on release date or anything yet, but they said you can follow them on Facebook for news and updates on there as well. What’s your opinion on this?

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