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PlayStation Plus: Sleeping Dogs Joins the Instant Game Collection

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95w ago - Sony PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Morgan Haro is here with this weeks PlayStation Plus update which includes Sleeping Dogs joining the Instant Game Collection.

To quote: Welcome to the PlayStation Plus preview for May! Read on to see what's coming to the Instant Game Collection this month, as well as this week's discounts.

Please extend a warm welcome to Square-Enix's thrilling crime drama Sleeping Dogs, joining the Instant Game Collection tomorrow!

You'll also find a sweet discount on the award-winning indie, Papo & Yo. There's more where that came from, so read on. As always, let us know what you think in the comments.

May Preview

The following games are slated to be free to PS Plus members through the Instant Game Collection in the month of May.

Sleeping Dogs (PS3)
PSN Price: $49.99, Free for PS Plus members




Welcome to Hong Kong, a vibrant city whose exotic locations hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads. You play Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside.

Heralded on several Game of the Year lists, this version of Sleeping...
 

Video: The Last of Us: Meet the Infected on PlayStation 3

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95w ago - Social Media Manager Sid Shuman is here with a fresh video today showcasing The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 which introduces the infected below.

To quote: I'm ready for The Last of Us. This morally grey gem from the brilliant minds at Naughty Dog combines exploration, scavenging, and brutal hide-and-seek combat against hordes of deadly Infected that prowl the remains of a ravaged United States. June 14th can't come soon enough!

Not long ago, we asked The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley to give us an intimate tour of the game's sights and sounds.

Among many other topics, our new interview details the disturbing origins of the game's Infected, an idea which sprouted from nature documentaries.




Our discussion also plunges deeper into the turbulent but vital relationship between Joel and Ellie, as unlikely a pair of game protagonists as you're likely to find.

Please watch, and then leave your thoughts in the comments below!
 

Video: Watch_Dogs PS4: PlayStation 4 Development Detailed

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95w ago - Ubisoft Community Developer Nik Schmidt shared a video today detailing PlayStation 4 development on Watch_Dogs for Sony's upcoming PS4 video game console.

To quote: Today we're pleased to debut a Watch_Dogs developer diary as part of PlayStation's "Conversations With Creators," an ongoing series that focuses on PS4 game development with some of the most accomplished game studios in the world.

In this video, you get to meet two of the driving forces in the Watch_Dogs dev team: Dominic, our senior producer and Jonathan, the creative director. Together, they discuss the vision of Watch_Dogs and ultimately, some of the development details for the PlayStation platforms.

By working in close collaboration with PlayStation, the team is working to harness the full power of the PS4. This gives them the opportunity to create a truly no-compromises experience with high-resolution environment textures and advanced special effects. The game experience, much like the city you'll get to play in, will be rich, deep, and detailed.




As Jonathan and Dominic explain in the video, connectivity is at the heart of the Watch_Dogs experience. We already know Aiden is connected to his own environment, but we also want...
 

First PlayStation 4 (PS4) / Orbis Products Spotted via PSN by SKFU

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95w ago - Today German PlayStation 3 hacker SKFU has Tweeted that the first PlayStation 4 (PS4) / Orbis products have been spotted via PSN.

While there aren't many details available yet besides the picture below, here is what he states:

PS4 - PSN preparations began. Time to start research

First PS4/Orbis products already spotted via PSN, getting interested

From Wololo (via wololo.net/2013/05/03/ps4-test-data-and-upcoming-content-spotted-on-psn-by-hacker/): PS4 Test Data and upcoming content spotted on PSN by hacker

PS3 scene member SKFU is known for his habit of sniffing and manipulating networks packets (in particular he likes to tinker the stuff Sony doesn’t necessarily want you to see when communications happen between your home network and the PSN). Today he spotted some content on the PSN that seems to be test data for the upcoming PS4.

Using what is apparently a private tools of his (interestingly named “psnsss” a.k.a. PSN Store Secrets Search), SKFU has found some test products related to the PS4, on the PSN. He revealed his findings with a simple screenshot that can be found below.

From what I can see on the screenshot, the test data is not...
 

Fatal Frame: Behind the Lens of the PS2 Horror Classic on PS3

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95w ago - Series Director Makoto Shibata has gone behind the lens of the PS2 horror classic Fatal Frame on PS3 today.

Below are the details, to quote: With the recent release of Fatal Frame on PSN as a PlayStation 2 Classic, we reached out to Fatal Frame series director Makoto Shibata to share some thoughts on the inception of one of gaming's tensest, most atmospheric series.

The initial project kicked off under the "Project ZERO" codename when the PlayStation 2 development tools were first made available, back at the time.

Before the Fatal Frame project, I worked on the "Deception" series (aka Tecmo's Deception) which focused on coming up with a new, yet complex game system in order to broaden player experiences. This led us to transcending traditional game genres by combining the best parts of different game systems: action, adventure, puzzle and simulation genres, just to name a few.

When the PS2 hardware came out with dramatically improved graphical capabilities, we took a different approach by keeping the game system and play experience simple. We tried to emotionally reach out to players and get them to feel things they cannot actually see on screen.

As a result, we selected the horror genre, which was an area aligned with my personal interests since I tend to...
 
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