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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 caught in PS3 bundle's web

Sony announced a new PlayStation 3 bundle via Twitter today, boxing up the latest Spider-Man game with a 500 GB console. The $270 package is available for pre-order through Walmart and includes the Activision-published game The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as well as the The Amazing Spider-Man movie. The bundled movie is available via the movie streaming service Vudu.

Developed by Beenox Studios, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows the next adventure for the web-slinging hero from the upcoming film, and features supervillains The Kingpin and Kraven. The PS3 bundle is expected to ship on Tuesday, April 29, the same day the game launches.

While it will stick its landing this month on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS and PC, Activision postponed the launch of the game on Xbox One yesterday.
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Big Band, Skullgirls' first male character, joins the fight next week


Though Skullgirls Encore has always been defined by its distaff roster of pugilists, the 2D fighter is about to get a shot of gender equality in the form of Big Band.

As his name makes plainly clear, Big Band is an oversized character who relies on musical instruments to beat down his opponents. Developer Lab Zero Games describes Big Band as a "high risk, high reward" character capable of dealing out massive damage, just as long as his attacks don't miss. Alternately, if you prefer a defensive playstyle, Big Band is the first Skullgirls character with the ability to parry incoming attacks. Most notably, Big Band's Blockbuster attack allows players to perform wildly damaging custom trumpet solos, such as the surprisingly well-orchestrated tune in the above video.

As Big Band's development was funded by the massively successful Skullgirls Kickstarter, the character will debut at the attractive price of "totally free." Simply download the addition once it appears on your platform of choice and Big Band's musical fisticuffs are yours to command.
[Image: Lab Zero Games]

PlayStation 99-cent sale discounts Tokyo Jungle, Super Stardust, more

The PlayStation Network Store is hosting a flash sale for dozens of games this weekend, each discounted to 99 cents. The sale spans PS3, Vita and PSP games as well as both PS2 and PSOne Classics, such as the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon series.

The sale features standout gems like PopCap's Plants vs Zombies, Jonathan Blow's Braid, Sony's own Tokyo Jungle and Housemarque's Super Stardust HD. It also includes full seasons of episode Telltale-developed games Back to the Future and Jurassic Park as well as the adventure studio's five-game Tales of Monkey Island bundle. The full list of games included in this weekend's sale can be found after the break.
[Image: Sony Online Entertainment]

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Get Even, Dead Synchronicity among 75 games Greenlit for Steam

Steam's Greenlight community gave 75 more games the thumbs-up for distribution on the PC platform this week, adding a few familiar titles to the mix. Among the games that can begin start selling on Steam is Get Even, a first-person shooter from Polish developer The Farm 51.

Unlike other first-person games, players jump into the memories of Get Even's main characters to make decisions that impact their personality traits as the game's story progresses. The developer spoke at length in March on films and games that explore players' perceptions of reality, which the Painkiller: Hell and Damnation developer set as a goal.

Other games greenlit for distribution include pretend dogfighter Cult of the Wind, dystopian 2D point-and-click adventure game Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow comes Today and Pivvot, which brings minimalistic arcade-style action to Steam. Pivvot achieved over 2.65 million downloads on iOS and Android and comes from Whitaker Trebella, a Chicago-based developer that shifted from music composition to programming in 2010; though he still crafted tunes for more recent games like Nimble Quest and Super Stickman Golf 2.
[Image: The Farm 51]

Car combat comes to PlayStation next week in Cel Damage HD

Classic car-combat game Cel Damage will hit modern PlayStation platforms next Tuesday with the launch of Cel Damage HD, developer Finish Line Games announced today.

Released alongside the original Xbox back in 2001, Cel Damage will return on the PlayStation 4, PS3, and PS Vita on April 22 as a Cross-Buy game that includes all three versions with a single purchase. Cel Damage HD boasts 13 maps and six playable characters, and the console versions will feature split-screen multiplayer.

Cel Damage HD will premiere at $9.99, with a 10 percent discount available for PlayStation Plus members.
[Image: Finish Line Games]

King crushes trademark dispute with Banner Saga, CandySwipe devs

Candy Crush Saga developer King settled trademark disputes with The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and CandySwipe developer Runsome Apps, according to updates from both studios.

"Stoic is pleased to have come to an agreement with King regarding Stoic's The Banner Saga trademark, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks now and in the future," Stoic Studio wrote, referring to the ongoing tension between the two developers over the term "saga." King said in January that it wasn't against The Banner Saga's name, though its legal opposition to Stoic's own trademark filing remained. At the time, Stoic said it would make another "saga" game regardless of King's trademark.

Runsome Apps wrote that it is withdrawing its opposition to King's trademark for "candy," and the Candy Crush Saga developer is pulling its counterclaim against Runsome Apps. "I have learned that they picked the Candy Crush name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away," the developer wrote. "Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players." King withdrew its application to trademark "candy" in the U.S. in February, and saw opposition to its European trademark for the word in March from Cut the Rope developer ZeptoLab.

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Sony Pictures registers BioShock movie domains

The on-again, off-again BioShock movie adaptation appears to be on the move again, as Sony Pictures has registered three domains seemingly related to the ethereal film.

As Kotaku points out, Sony Pictures now holds the rights to bioshock-movie.com, bioshock-movie.net and bio-shock.net. None of those URLS bring up any sort of content, suggesting a preemptive move to lock up the domains in the event that Sony Pictures has need of them later.

While this does not necessarily mean that the BioShock movie has entered production, it should be mentioned that this isn't the first time we've heard about this project in recent months. An IGN report from March 13 claims that Courtnee Draper, the actress who lent her voice to BioShock Infinite heroine Elizabeth, has been badgering BioShock maestro Ken Levine for the same role in the event of a movie adaptation.

This is especially intriguing, given that Levine claims to have killed the BioShock production that Universal Studios was attempting to mount with Gore Verbinski in the director's chair. If Levine is still kicking around the idea to the extent that he's discussing the movie with a potential lead actress, maybe he hasn't entirely turned his back on the idea.

Our attempts to reach BioShock publisher 2K Games for more information were met with a boilerplate "no comment."
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Housemarque might be teasing local multiplayer for Resogun

Developer Housemarque tweeted the above picture yesterday, likely hinting that a DLC co-op mode is in the works for its PlayStation 4 game, Resogun.

Available at the PlayStation 4's launch last year, Resogun is a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up in the vein of the arcade classic Defender, challenging players to rescue human survivors as they blast waves of enemy ships. The game premiered as part of the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, emerging as an early favorite for Sony's new platform.

Currently, simultaneous co-op play in Resogun is limited to online multiplayer sessions. Housemarque notes that the content featured in the teased image is the "first of many things to come" with regard to future Resogun DLC.

[Image: Housemarque]

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition out now on Android

BioWare's classic PC role-playing game, Baldur's Gate, is now available for Android devices in an enhanced port developed by Beamdog studio division Overhaul Games.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition adopted a variety of enhancements and new features during its transition to mobile platforms, and originally launched for iOS platforms in 2012. Enhanced Edition includes all content from the original 1998 Baldur's Gate and its expansion Tales of the Sword Coast, along with The Black Pits arena mode and other new quests available via in-app purchases.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is priced at $9.99.

[Image: BioWare / Beamdog]

Super Joystiq Podcast Special: Games for Change & Star Citizen interviews

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The Super Joystiq Podcast specials just keep coming. Today, we have two interviews focusing on very different parts of the industry. First up, Anthony talks to Games for Change President and CEO Asi Burak, SoundSelf developer Robin Arnott, and Gigantic Mechanic's Gregory Trefry about the Games for Change initiative, and how video games can push for social change and be more than just entertainment.

In part 2, Xav checks in on Star Citizen from PAX East with Chris Roberts and Erin Roberts. The Roberts Space Industries duo discuss the progress on Star Citizen, how crowdfunding has changed their approach to development, feature creep, and how games can provide more freedom and artistic opportunities than Hollywood.

Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Relevant links are available after the break.

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Atari, Human Head resume development of shooter Minimum


Atari has partnered with Prey developer Human Head to resurrect Minimum, a free-to-play online shooter presumed lost following the closure of its creator TimeGate Studios.

Announced last year, Minimum is a third-person shooter with strategy and progression elements, featuring competitive gameplay bolstered by a weapons-crafting mechanic. Gameplay is partially similar to Respawn's Titanfall, as players can equip traversal-enhancing jetpacks and summon gigantic Titans during battle.

A beta version of Minimum will launch for PC platforms this spring.

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Origins headed to PS Vita

Konami has announced plans to bring a horrifying duo to the Vita via the PlayStation Network. Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are both planned for European release, with a date to be announced shortly.

A press release from the publisher confirms the games will be available for £7.99/9,95 Euro each.

Silent Hill: Origins, originally released for the PlayStation Portable, acts as a prequel to the horror franchise. It follows protagonist Travis Grady's search for information regarding a girl he rescued from a fire. The search leads to the mist-covered town of Silent Hill where all forms of hell break loose.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories eschews combat in favor of running away from terrifying monsters as player-character Harry Mason searches for his missing daughter. Shattered Memories first launched for the Nintendo Wii, and reimagined the original Silent Hill's twisted story.

Joystiq has contacted Konami to ask about release plans in other regions and will update this story if additional information becomes available.
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Final Fantasy 3 rated for PC in Germany

Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy 3 to PC, according to a German classification for the game. The USK, Germany's entertainment software regulation body, published a rating for the game earlier this month with the platform PC attached to it. The organization rated the game USK 6, approving it for children aged six and above. Square Enix previously ported other games in the series to PC, including both Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8's appearances on Steam in July and December, respectively.

Final Fantasy 3 originally launched on Famicom in 1990 and didn't arrive in North America until its 2006 3D remake on DS. Since then, Square Enix republished the game on WiiWare in 2009, iOS in March 2011, Android in June 2012, PSP in September 2012 and Windows Phone this past December. The North American classification board ESRB does not have a rating for the game's PC version. We've reached out to Square Enix to see whether the PC version of the game will come to North America.
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GameStop Easter Weekend sale offers 'Buy 2, Get 1 Free' on used games under $20

GameStop is celebrating spring with an Easter Weekend event, offering a "buy 2 get 1" on a select stock of used games. The promotion begins today at all GameStop retail locations across the United States and online. The deal comes with certain stipulations, however: only games priced under $20 are eligible, with the free title coming at equal or lesser value.

Though the promotion undoubtedly means PS4 and Xbox One titles are off the table, previous generation software is up for grabs. According to GameStop, the company "has recently reduced a large percentage of games from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 libraries to $20 or less."

The promotion ends on Sunday, April 20.
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Portabliss: Trials Frontier

Hi, my name is Earnest and I have a motorcycle problem. It started small, a few races here and there, a couple minor upgrades, but before I knew it, I was standing on a street corner, panhandling for enough cash to make it through just one more run. Don't pity me though. It's too late for that. Instead, take a lesson from my struggle. Remind yourself each morning that no matter how much the withdrawals hurt, no matter how hard it is to cope with your demons, spending $5 on virtual gas for your fake motorcycle is an awful investment.

That fanciful scenario was brought to you by developer RedLynx and its new iOS (and eventually Android) entry in the Trials series, Trials Frontier. If you've played any of the prior Trials games, you can likely commiserate with my addiction, but, unfortunately, the microtransactions present in the mobile game are a glaring dark spot on an otherwise glowing pedigree.

Don't let that ominous introduction scare you, though. From a design perspective, Trials Frontier is one of the most engaging iOS games available. It offers a short race structure – almost every event can be completed in under a minute – which is perfect for portable play, but more critically, RedLynx made some very intelligent choices when designing Frontier's controls.

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Sony details video editing suite included with PS4 1.70 update



A post on the PlayStation Blog has detailed the updated suite of editing tools coming to PlayStation 4 in the 1.70 hardware firmware. With the new SHAREfactory, budding video editors can splice together multiple clips and personalize them with special filters, transitions, and themes. PS4 users can also use their PlayStation Camera for picture-in-picture video commentary and import original music to give videos a custom soundtrack; though there's no word how that feature will work considering the PS4 still cannot read audio CDs or MP3s.

When you're finished Spielberging your favorite gaming moments, the latest update allows players to save their creations to a USB key for easier sharing or online uploading.

Also coming in the update is the option to disable HDCP; allowing for direct feed video capture as well as the ability to auto-download and pre-load games that have been pre-ordered; reducing the wait for downloaded games on release day.

Although there's no official date for the firmware update's release, the blog post (and comments) promise it will be soon.
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Sci-fi RTS Salvaged takes two screens to play on PC, tablet


Opposable Games recently showed off Salvaged, a real-time strategy game that requires a bit of multitasking from its players. The tactical sci-fi game is played using two screens, one on any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone (as the controller) and the other being a monitor via PC, Mac or Linux.

In Salvaged, players act as one of many operators for a Remote Interstellar Salvage Crew (RISC), boarding wrecked ships to locate loot and retrieve each ship's black box recorders. The touchscreen in players' hands offers a top-down view of the frantic, squad-based action, allowing players to issue commands to their team and assess alien threats as well as interact with the wrecked ships themselves by hacking terminals, downloading data and restoring power and lighting. The second screen on players' PCs shows the operation in real-time through the squad's shoulder-mounted cameras.

The UK developer cited classic games like Captive and the 1993 version of Space Hulk as well both the original XCOM and XCOM: Enemy Unkown as inspirations for the game, though players may recall FTL: Faster Than Light and Spelunky when it comes to the game's replayability. Salvaged's crew, environments, enemies and spoils are all procedurally generated, and like the aforementioned roguelikes, once a crewmember dies, they will be gone forever.

The developer is seeking $125,000 by Thursday, May 15 to fund the game, of which it is just scratching the $10,000 mark as of this writing.
[Image: Opposable Games]

Pinball Arcade Season 3 tables coming to PS4 April 22

FarSight Studios will launch a pair of new tables for the PlayStation 4 version of Pinball Arcade next week, bringing it up to speed with recent PlayStation 3 and PS Vita table releases.

Williams' Fish Tales and Bally's Black Rose are next in line to join Pinball Arcade's PlayStation 4 lineup on April 22. Both games were previously released for mobile platforms, arriving as the inaugural tables in Pinball Arcade's third season of content.

The upcoming release skips over Pinball Arcade's second season of content, which isn't yet available on the PlayStation 4. A release date for Pinball Arcade's missing tables on the PlayStation 4 has not been announced.

[Image: FarSight / Williams]

Game Atelier apps go free to promote Flying Hamster 2

French developer The Game Atelier has discounted its digital games catalog to spur backer support for Flying Hamster 2, releasing many of its previous games for free via iTunes.

Through the end of the month, the iOS versions of The Game Atelier's cute-'em-up Flying Hamster, arcade-style gardening sim SunFlowers, and grocery-scanning action game Crazy Market are free to download from the App Store. The PlayStation Vita versions of all three games also get a round of steep discounts, dropping SunFlowers, Flying Hamster HD, and Crazy Market's DLC packs to 49 cents each in North America.

Flying Hamster 2's Kickstarter has earned nearly $30,000 toward a funding goal of $150,000, with 16 days remaining in the campaign.

[Image: The Game Atelier]

Dynasty Warriors 8 bug reports requested for PS4, Vita versions

Tecmo Koei has issued a public request for feedback from players experiencing bugs within the newly launched PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition in an effort to fix widely reported issues.

The publisher is specifically targeting online connection issues in the PlayStation 4 version of Dynasty Warriors 8 and framerate drops on the PS Vita. Tecmo Koei asks affected players to report "where, [with] which characters, [in] which stages and when" the bugs occur, along with regional details via its Facebook page.

Tecmo Koei additionally revealed that a Steam version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition is due to launch in May.

[Image: Tecmo Koei]

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