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Vita YouTube app updated, adds new features

The PlayStation Vita YouTube has been updated, and now features a number of improvements. The app now has added channel and subscription support, improved controls, the ability to create playlists and support for closed captions, continuous playback and search filters.

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PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale Review

PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, I guess, is the result of one of our weirdest gaming fantasies of all times. A fantasy of seeing our beloved PlayStation hunks and stars battling, punching and taking down each other over a single screen! Developed by SuperBot Entertainment in association with SCE Santa Monica Studios, the game rolls out for the PS3 and VITA consoles. So, let’s further checkout how ‘battlicious’ the game actually is.

Ready for Battle?

No, you’re not! At least not until you scroll through the entire roster and zero in on your favorite character. Now, this is the beginning of the tougher phases to come because the game boasts of an excellent array of characters in the roster. With many characters emerging out directly from Sony’s earlier original ventures, the game also includes some characters borrowed or rather adopted from other platforms and developers. This fusion of platform crossover is bound to offer some confusion as there are characters like Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Cole McGrath from Infamous, Kratos from God of War, Raiden from Metal Gear and other famous protagonists from various popular video games. Seeing Stars?!

Behind this bewilderment lies a great game and hasty-action-packed sequences. The game is comprised of some beautifully crafted arenas and battle zones, which add to the game’s overall excitement. The game is developed in such a way that it forces you to try out some furious battles with every playable character, before you select the final one. With distinction and uniqueness infused into each character, the game leaves you confused – block 2! The puzzle is fun too, as you are given a chance to play with almost every character included in the roster and learn their unique moves and combos. Even if you feel you’ve selected the one you are going to proceed with, it is suggested that you check out the game with every single superstar. It’s total fun!

The combat system and the representation of the game is what makes the title stand out from the rest. Ditching the traditional health bar system, which has been prevailing in fighting games from time unknown, comes the AP that stands for All Star Points. The game allows you to score points based on your combat skills and when you reach the maximum momentum, you are allowed to perform a super move. Wait – Are you going to use your super move for the current level or save them for forthcoming levels? Decide as you play!

Fighting ain’t easy, pal!

It sure isn’t because of the game’s complexities that surprisingly turn out as a favor. Apart from the regular punches, kicks and throws, the game offers several additional combat moves such as finishers, roll, crouch, dodge and throws. These moves can be performed with the help of the direction keys and the analog controller.

The game may even turn out to be a challenge for the gamers, thanks to its intense yet racy combating style. So keep aside your pride in winning other free-hand fighting style games as the game is challenging for a newbie and for a pro alike! But that’s what fun is in the entire title. All the effort that you put in mastering a particular character or the combat mechanics is really rewarding. Also, it is better not to skip that tutorial that plays on initiating game can take you miles. Skip it and you’ll end up losing every single time! The game also includes several engaging gaming modes that help in reducing the linearity of the game.

The Verdict:

This title is more of a fanfare, a celebration of the past years of PlayStationing than a regular fighting title. So, go for it and enjoy the great lineup of characters that fight for you to offer seamless fun!

This is a guest post by Jena Branch of Buycox.com, a site that offers savings and current information on cox communications.

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Is an Xbox 360 or PS3 a better media hub?

People don’t just use video game consoles to escape to a virtual reality world and fight bad guys. Modern systems connect users with other media platforms, to stream and enjoy different content all through one device.

Though the Xbox 360 is over seven years old and the PS3 will be six soon, both systems have recently seen new versions and improvements. These devices do have significant differences in how they connect and with regard to what content is available from each. Options are never a bad thing, as they allow users to decide which console offers a better experience.

Sports streaming

Microsoft found one of the biggest partners possible to bring sports to the Xbox 360 when it paired with ESPN in 2010. The downloadable app gives viewers access to ESPN 3 and live broadcasts from the sports network.

The PS3 may not be able to stream content from ESPN, but still features plenty of apps to watch some of the most popular sports including apps from the NBA, NHL and NFL on Sony’s console. Users may not be able to access highlights and recaps, but some may enjoy having more live games available.

Movies & TV

PS3’s can stream content from Hulu Plus, Amazon, and Netflix. The device also features a Blu-ray player, so movie lovers that don’t subscribe to any services can still watch their favorite films in the highest possible definition.

While the Xbox 360 might only have a DVD player, it matches the PS3’s services for streaming movies. Also, HBO Go is an Xbox Live exclusive, allowing any HBO subscriber to access the channel’s programming and movie library.

Games

Even though both systems use different hardware, gaming experiences are very similar, according to CNET. Considering that some of the most popular games, like the Madden football series and Call of Duty, are available on both, there isn’t a lot of space for the consoles to differentiate themselves.

Going online

The PlayStation Network is completely free, so PS3 users can access all of the device’s content as long as they have subscriptions to those services. Xbox Live requires a subscription, but it is discounted based on the length of a consumer’s plan.

Microsoft and Sony have added so many partners and services to their gaming consoles, making the decision between the two more difficult for shoppers. When you’re looking at a new media hub, what features attract you? Are ESPN and HBO reasons enough to buy an Xbox 360, or is the free PlayStation Network too budget-friendly to pass up?

Summary: People don’t just use video game consoles to escape to a virtual reality world and fight bad guys.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Release Confirmed

Grand Theft Auto 5 is confirmed to launch worldwide this coming spring for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rockstar Games announced Tuesday.

Created by Rockstar North, the company’s Edinburgh, Scotland-based subsidiary, the latest GTA game takes place “in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.”

According to its official website, GTA 5 is “the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond — from the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean.”

As of next week on Nov. 5, GTA 5 will be available for pre-order. Rockstar will also release more information about the game next month.

Rockstar said, “We’re currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.”

Are you going to buy it? Let us know in comments.

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Gaming this Christmas

So, Christmas is right around the corner, you have a slew of family and friends to shop for, and you have no idea what to get anyone? Not to worry! From the most high-tech of gaming systems to inexpensive plug and play TV games to time-killing apps and games for cellular devices, there are endless (and highly entertaining) possibilities for everyone of every age group on your shopping list.

Nintendo has outdone themselves this holiday season by announcing that they will be releasing the Wii U right before Christmas. This game console is truly unlike any other in existence, using a hand-held touchscreen controller with the console itself to provide a unique experience. The touchscreen controller, or GamePad, is compatible with the Wii Remote Plus, Wii Balance Board, and Wii Nunchuck. The GamePad can be used on its own or to supplement a game on the television. It can also be used for voice and video calls, as a drawing pad, and so much more. Wii U is compatible with all your Wii games, like Wii Fit, Lego Batman, and Super Mario Galaxy.

PlayStation released the PS Vita, a strictly handheld device, earlier this year. With two analog sticks, a directional pad, and a set of classic PlayStation buttons, this device has the familiar feel you’ve grown to love, but with a new twist. It features a rear touch pad, stereo speakers, front and rear cameras, a microphone, and motion detection. The battery lasts three to five hours which is perfect for the kids or for long journeys. It is compatible with a ton of amazing game titles, and is backwards compatible with PlayStation Portable games.

If buying a system isn’t in your budget, never fear! Plug and play devices are a very frugal Christmas gift that offer the same entertainment for a fraction of the cost of an expensive console. Simply put, a plug and play game is a controller that contains games, so by plugging the controller in to your TV you’re able to play without a console. One of the most popular options for plug and play devices is Retro Arcade by Namco, bringing over a dozen old-school titles straight to your TV. If musical games are your thing, check out Guitar Fever, another plug and play title.

Another inexpensive gamer gift option is a Google Play gift card which will allow Android users to purchase games, applications, themes, and music from the Google Play store. For iPhone users, an iTunes gift card will do the same.

Everyone loves gifts in the form of entertainment, and you can rest assured that by providing such modern and fun presents, you’ll be everyone’s favorite Santa!

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Vita homebrew hack underway, won’t allow users to pirate retail games

Homebrew developers without access to a PlayStation Vita development kit may have something to look forward to, as independent developer Yifan Lu has purportedly found an exploit that allows retail systems to run native, homebrewed Vita code. Lu is seeking other developers to help with the project, though neither an expected release date nor information regarding how the exploit functions have been made public.

What we do know, however, is that Lu’s exploit is being developed for the sole benefit of the homebrewing community, as opposed to purposes more suited to blacker hats. “No tool I will make will benefit piracy,” Lu told PlayStation Lifestyle. “This tool, in fact, cannot be used for loading backups/pirated content even if I want to because of the physical limitations of the exploit.”

Specifically, the exploit is “userland” and is incapable of decrypting or running retail games, Lu says. Though Lu is aware that releasing his exploit could lead to deeper analysis of the system and subsequently a more nefarious full-kernel hack, he would feel guilty if he “found something that could benefit the community (running homebrews and letting developers who can’t pay the license to develop/test games)” and kept it under wraps.

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Rock Band Weekly: Matchbox Twenty

Next week’s Rock Band DLC twists time through Matchbox Twenty’s career. The first track, “Bent,” comes from the band’s early years and off their second album. “How Far We Come” is from 2007, and “She’s So Mean” is from their latest album, North.

Xbox 360 / Wii / PS3
Available: September 11, 2012

Matchbox Twenty Pack 01 (440 MSP / 550 WP / $5.99) “Bent” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
“How Far We’ve Come” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)*
“She’s So Mean” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
All tracks feature keyboard support.

*Pro Guitar/Bass expansion available (80 MSP / 100 WP / $0.99)

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Free ‘Treasure Park’ Vita app out now

Treasure Park, one of three free apps confirmed for the Vita, is available now in the PlayStation Store in North America and Europe.

Treasure Park allows players to create their own grid-based puzzle sheets with hidden objects and bombs, and share them with friends via the Near app.

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This Unfinished Swan story trailer is delightful

This trailer for The Unfinished Swan from PAX 2012 delves into the Sony-published, Giant Sparrow-developed game’s mysterious plot. While no specific release date has been revealed for this PSN-exclusive game, the game’s official site indicates it will launch some time in 2012.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 will have new challenges and content every month

While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to . While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to sample ? a new wave-based co-op mode where players hunt down targets in the environment and take them down, and the more traditional four-on-four team-based mode, respectively.

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