Posts Tagged ‘PSN

09
Jun
11

playCAST Episode Eight: E3 2011 Special

All the major E3 2011 press conferences have occurred, and it’s time for your boys at playWISE to editorialize and grade how each company did. Spoiler: Ubisoft blew us away, and their conference should be used as a template for all following press conferences until the end of time — Mr. Caffeine FTW!  The show line-up is as follows:

  • 01:07 — EA presser shows off “Mass Effect”
  • 07:33 — Ubisoft presser with Mr. Caffeine
  • 11:38 — Microsoft presser with our thoughts and grades
  • 37:17 — Sony press conference with our thoughts and grades
  • 51:12 — Nintendo press conference with our thoughts and grades
Music Credit: Andrew Wade

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04
Jun
11

E3 2011 predictions and dreams: Sony

Sony E3 11 Prediction - playwisegaming.com
Sony hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to its recent press conferences. The company is going to need to showcase more than just numbers if they want to overshadow the major console announcement Nintendo has and beat the odds after its recent PSN debacle. Keep reading to see what playWISE thinks will, should and won’t happen at Sony’s E3 2011 press conference.

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04
May
11

playCAST Episode Seven: Kill Osama for yourself

PlayCAST is back after a brief hiatus. We get a little political in this edition, albeit rather briefly.  The show line-up is as follows:

  • 00:45 — 3DS impressions and headaches
  • 05:14 — Wii 2 speculation and rumors
  • 16:22 — PSN down along with SOE
  • 24:17 — The Witcher 2 excitement
  • 29:36 — Mass Effect 3 details,  novels, comic books, DLC and more
  • 46:00 — Crysis 2 thoughts and lack of servers
  • 53:46 — Portal 2 thoughts on singleplayer, co-op and “sequel-ness”
  • 64:22 — Osama bin Laden’s effect on games, and how you too can kill him
Music Credit: Andrew Wade

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02
May
11

Sony offers free services but announces yet another hack attack [Update]

Kaz Hack - playwisegaming.comSony will be reinstating a limited number of PlayStation Network services within the next week and offering free PlayStation Plus subscriptions to users affected by their recent hacker-induced loss of service, Sony announced in a press release.

However, earlier this morning, Sony announced that the Sony Online Entertainment branch of their Internet services was also hacked, causing the release of 24.6 million additional users’ information and more than 12,700 credit cards. “EverQuest,” “Free Realms,” “DC Universe Online,” several Facebook games and other online titles are all currently unplayable due to this attack.

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30
Apr
11

Free Portal 2 DLC coming soon

Portal 2 DLC - playwisegaming.comThe first downloadable content, creatively labeled “DLC #1,” for first-person puzzler “Portal 2” will be free and is arriving this summer, developer Valve announced via press release yesterday.

The free pack will include the expected additional test chambers along with leaderboards, a challenge mode for both single and multiplayer and more. What the “more” portion of “DLC #1” actually is remains a mystery.

21
Apr
11

PlayStation Network down for the next two days

If you’ve turned on your PlayStation 3 recently, you may have noticed the inability to access any features of the PlayStation Network.

Official word from Sony’s blog is that the outage, which is affecting North American, Australian and Asian regions, may last for about two days.

There has been speculation that hacker group “Anonymous” had a hand in this outage due to a previous attacks on Sony’s services. However, a member of the group claimed that “Anonymous” has no connection to the outages.

“ATTENTION: For everyone coming here complaining about the PSN or inquiring about it, We Do Not Know What Happened,” a member wrote on the group’s Facebook wall. “This is not the work of Anonymous.”

So, kiss those dreams of “Portal 2” online co-op goodbye as you stare at the 80710A06 error mocking you from your television screen.

UPDATE: There is still no official word on when the service will be running again. However, the Sony blog now states that an “external intrusion” was the cause of these outages. Who or what caused the attacks is still unknown at this point. This may be a good time to play a few single-player games.

21
Mar
11

“The Arrival” — Mass Effect 2 DLC confirmed

Mass-Effect-2-DLC-BioWare-Unveil-3-ArrivalThe final “Mass Effect 2” DLC, titled “the Arrival,” was confirmed by EA on March 18 and will be ready for download on PSN, XBLA, and PC on March 29. If you have been itching to get back into the Normandy, or if you want to discover more about the reaper’s conspiracies, then you don’t want to miss this next expansion.

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17
Feb
11

PlayStation Phone is Xperia Play, requires repurchasing PSN content

This week, Sony finally unveiled its PlayStation phone, called Xperia Play.  According to a Sony Ericsson press release, “XperiaTM PLAY combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.”  While the list of features is extensive, Xperia Play does have one disappointing feature.

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06
Feb
11

Castle Crashers gets cute and compassionate new character

Move over, guys, there’s a new knight in town, and fair warning: he’s precious.  The adorable Pink Knight will be available for “Castle Crashers” on Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with proceeds going to help fund Breast Cancer research.

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31
Jan
11

Dungeon Defenders console release delayed, NGP development planned

Destructoid is reporting that the PC, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions of “Dungeon Defenders,” a title receiving accolades for its Android and iPhone iterations, has been delayed according to a recent tweet from Gainesville-based developer Trendy Entertainment.

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27
Jan
11

PSP2 blowout: All the info on Sony’s Next Generation Portable

PSP2-NGP12 - playwisegaming.comSony officially announced the successor to the PlayStation Portable at a Japanese press conference today. The device, which is codenamed Next Generation Portable or NGP, has no official release date other than holiday 2011 and no set price point.

However, there are plenty of other details including the hardware specifications, a new interface and several games.

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18
Jan
11

Portal 2 for PS3 will include cross-platform play

portal2 - playwisegaming.comYou have an awesome gaming PC, but your best friend has a PlayStation3.  Will you be able to play “Portal 2” together?  Yes, you will.  According to IGN, developer Valve has confirmed cross-platform play will be available on the PS3 version of the game.

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17
Jan
11

Japanese demo for Catherine available next week

Catherine - playwisegaming.comGame publisher and developer Atlus’ most recent game, “Catherine,” will be receiving a demo on the Japanese PlayStation Network and Xbox Live next week. Anyone who wants to try the game out simply needs to set up a Japanese PSN or XBL account in order to download the free demo.

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23
Dec
10

Trendy Developer Diary — Dungeon Devenders First Wave (iOS)

This is the first in a series of videos playWISE will be producing documenting the features of several games by Gainesville-based developer, Trendy Entertainment.

This video is a brief look at the mobile version of their latest action-RPG tower-defense title, “Dungeon Defenders: First Wave.” Let us know what you think of our video in the comments. Thanks for watching.

11
Dec
10

New Trailer for Journey


With a fully orchestrated backtrack and stunning visuals, thatgamecompany smacks us in the face with a beautiful new trailer for their latest PSN exclusive downloadable title, “Journey.” If this trailer is any indication of the final product, “Journey” will be quite a departure for this avant-garde development studio.

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