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Poll: Have You Been Spending More Time on PS3 or PS4?

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When it comes to consoles, the Xbox vs. PlayStation debate is the obvious go-to. But which PlayStation console do you prefer? Let us know your thoughts in our poll!

Should You Buy ‘Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair’ for the PlayStation Vita?

PS_Vita_ Danganronpa_2_Goodbye_DespairThe original Danganronpa was published by NIS America and originally released here in North America on February 11, 2014. It is easily one of my favorite games of the year (Check out my review here). Shortly after its release, it was announced that its sequel would be coming out a short seven months later.

Just like the original game, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a visual novel with a murder mystery twist. Unlike the first game where the characters are trapped in a high school, this time all of the characters (again a set of students from Hope’s Peak Academy) are trapped on the tropical Jabberwock Island.  Does Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair live up to the high quality of the original? Keep reading to find out!

PlayStation Plus Content Announced for September 2014

PlayStation_Plus_CloudAre you ready for more information about free games? If so, you are in luck because the PlayStation Blog has announced all of the free games that North American PlayStation Plus users will be able to download during September.

Each platform will receive at least two games and some platforms will receive even more if a game is cross-buy between multiple systems. One game PlayStation 4 users can look forward to receiving this month is the brand new addicting Velocity 2xPlayStation 3 users will receive the very fun PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale along with several other titles thanks to cross-buy. PlayStation Vita gets a great this month with both TxK and Joe Danger.

As you may know Sony has recently changed their release schedule for PlayStation Plus games and members will now have access to all games on the first Tuesday of each month. However, the free games are only available for one month so do not delay in claiming your free games! Make sure you’ve picked up the free games from August if you haven’t already!

Keep reading to see a full list of free games available for September!

Optional PS3 Firmware 4.65 Now Available

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You haven’t forgotten about the PlayStation 3, have you? Sony certainly hasn’t, as you can now download an optional system update. Specifically, the PS3 firmware 4.65 brings minor tweaks with it and addresses system bugs that help the overall PS3 stability.

PlayStation Store Update (08-26-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 26, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now take on the role of Fetch in the standalone title inFamous First Light. Madden NFL 15 comes to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today as well.

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy the very entertaining OlliOlli. There is also a sale going on this week to celebrate PAX that includes titles for all 3 systems. Some of the highlights include: Child of LightTransistor, and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut (see our review here).

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week users can also enjoy deeper discounts on the PAX sale.

PSN Attackers Threaten Plane Carrying Sony Online Entertainment President With a Bomb

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The “Well, that escalated quickly” meme does not begin to describe what’s transpired in the past 24 hours. For those unfamiliar with the events that began early Sunday morning, I highly advise you to read our article that described the attacks (not hacks) that were directed at Sony, Blizzard, and Riot Games to name a few. Shortly after the attacks on PSN, the group responsible for the DDoS attacks sent a bomb threat to American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley.

 

More after the jump.

Understanding Today’s PSN Attack

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As you might be aware, the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) were attacked early this morning after the responsible group had already attacked Blizzard (World of Warcraft), Grinding Gear Games (Path of Exile), and Riot Games (League of Legends). Some sites have reported that PSN among others has been hacked which is quite unfortunate because the reason for today’s outages among these different gaming platforms is due to a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) and not a hack. This is an important distinguishing factor as a ‘hack’ would mean that those responsible were able to gain access to Sony’s networks and infiltrate them which could possibly lead to your information being compromised.

From Sony:

 Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The good news from all of this is that no personal information has been taken. Unfortunately, gaining access to PSN is still a bit shaky though things have improved dramatically since this morning. After the jump, some more thoughts and details about the attack that took place.

Poll: Do You Prefer to Play First Party or Third Party Games?

First Party vs Third PartyWith so many options to choose from when you’re browsing the PlayStation Store, which do you reach for? Are you a first party gamer, or do you love third party games? Cast your vote in our poll below!

How To – Accept a Friend Request on the PlayStation 4

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With so many wonderful multiplayer games available now and coming soon to the PlayStation 4 (like Destiny), you may have received a friend request from someone you met while playing. Luckily it is very simple to accept a friend request and with the maximum amount of friends being set at 2000 you will have plenty of room for everyone you meet! Keep reading to see our step-by-step guide to accepting a friend request on the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Store Update (08-19-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 19, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy the violent mayhem of Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-Buy), fight for more loot in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Also available for PS3), and get lost in the beauty that is The Last Tinker: City of Colors.

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase CounterSpy as part of the 2014 PlayStation PLAY Program.  Tales of Xillia 2 also comes to the PlayStation 3 this week along with Kung Fu Rabbit (See our review here). PlayStation Vita owners can now purchase the quirky Gravity Badgers.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week users can enjoy discounts on games like Hotline Miami, The Last Tinker: City of Colors, and Crimsonland.

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Went Xbox Timed Exclusive to Answer ‘Uncharted 4′

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Much has already been written about Rise of the Tomb Raider becoming a timed exclusive on Xbox One. While exclusives or timed exclusives are nothing new to the industry, what made this matter a bit more surprising was that the last iteration of the game which was a reboot of Lara Craft was already multi-platform and rarely do multi-platform games go exclusive unless the studio is purchased by one of the console makers. In fact if you look at global sales of Tomb Raider from 2013, you can see the shocking difference between PlayStation and Xbox owners who purchased the game.

  • PS3 – 2.22 Million
  • 360 – 1.71 Million
  • PS4 – 0.46 million
  • Xbox One – .17

Looking at these numbers, it’s still a head scratcher that Square Enix decided to offer Rise of the Tomb Raider as a timed exclusive on Xbox One but that’s what a truck load of money will do. However, there seems to be another reason that Microsoft wanted the latest Lara Croft adventure on Xbox One and it has nothing to do with snubbing PS4 fans and more to do with fear of Uncharted 4.

PlayStation App to Get a Complete Redesign

PS4_PlayStation_App_iOSThe fact that the PS4 launched with a PlayStation on iOS and Android was a brilliant move by Sony that added a much needed functionality to the PS4. Simply put, typing on PS4 got a whole lot easier and the consoles experience extended beyond the need to be using it in person. You could now chat with friends, shop for games on PSN, and have all be ready by the time you got on your PS4 again. Still, there is no denying that the app itself is extremely basic in design and functionality. Seeing how fluid apps can be today, the PlayStation App mostly reminds me of how PSN was on PS3 when it first launched. Functional, but dated in its design language.

To drive that point home, the app launched on iOS device without support for Retina displays or the iPad which are fairly standard affairs. Sony would eventually update the app for iPad though Retina support is still lacking. Luckily for us, it seems that a redesign is on the way.

Should You Buy ‘Kung Fu Rabbit’ for the PlayStation 3?

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Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer that first premiered on iOS and Android devices in 2012. Since then it has released on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and most recently on the PlayStation Vita.  Next week it will come to the PlayStation 3 as a digital title.  This title from Neko Entertainment was highly acclaimed and received several awards as a mobile title. Does Kung Fu Rabbit maintain this quality as it jumps to the PlayStation 3? Keep reading to find out!