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Great news fight fans, Sleeping Dogs, one of our favourite games of 2012 is finally coming as a free download to PlayStation Plus subscribers this month. Usually Sleeping Dogs costs about $59.99 at retail and on digital download on PSN but if you’re one of the increasing number of PS Plus subscribers, you’ll be able to download the game (along with 11+ titles) free of charge.
Developed at Vancouver’s United Front Games, Sleeping Dogs casts you as as Wei Shen, a badass undercover cop straddling the line between loyalty to his criminal family and to the badge. You’ll be traversing a fully-realized and open city of Hong Kong, playing through a mature, well-written storyline, and fight using brutal hand-to-hand techniques.
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You might remember a few months ago I wrote an Indie Spotlight on this first-person haunted house simulator called Paranormal; a truly scary game that cast you as an unassuming guy with a camera who decides to document the hauntings in his house. The game featured random frights and and a pervasive atmosphere that kept you on the edge throughout your stay. I love it because it’s genuinely scary and even got me screaming like a little kid (or like Pewdiepie); but I love it more because it got horror right.
Where big budget horror titles empowered you through powerful weaponry, Paranormal keeps you helpless throughout the entire game. There’s no gun that will save you, it’s up to you to survive long enough and solve the house’s mystery. Isn’t that what true horror is all about out? Check out my interview with the developer here for more info on the game.
Anyway, great news for Paranormal fans; developer Matt Cohen has just begun his Kickstarter to help back development for Paranormal’s first FREE expansion. Titled Paranormal: The Town, the expansion will act as a kind full-on new adventure (with a bigger play space) featuring a brand-new storyline, improved gameplay, and even new mechanics to spice up the scares. More info on Paranormal: The Town and its Kickstarter after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Fans of Far Cry 3 rejoice! According to IGN and an Xbox.com listing, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is indeed coming to XBLA, PSN, and PC as a standalone game. That means you don’t need to own a copy of Far Cry 3 to play Blood Dragon.
Now, I loved the origninal Far Cry 3 (check out our review) for it’s open-world, satisfying combat, excellent story, and memorable characters. It looks like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will be going with what worked with the original; but instead of a brutally realistic story that dealt with the darkest corners of human psyche, Blood Dragon will instead take a page from the 80′s school of action.
Hit the jump for more on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon including screenshots after the break.
Yet again, it seems like the video game industry’s taken slow step forward and two quick hops back when it comes to equality in the work place. And this time, it led to the IGDA facing public resignations of a number of their prominent industry members.
This week many game industry professionals and hopefuls are attending the largest video game professional focused event in the world: Game Developers Conference. This event, better known as GDC, features panels, workshops, networking events and in the evenings, industry sponsored parties.
Last night at the International Game Developers Association event sponsored by YetiZen, a company specializing in funding social and mobile game development, attendees were treated to more than just food and alcohol, but also scantily clad dancers. More on this story after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Montreal-based Minority Media announced this week that their award-winning Papo & Yo is coming to Steam this April. Originally a PlayStation 3 exclusive, the Steam version of Papo & Yo is reported to include a number of updates, improvements, and additions for its PC release.
If you’ve been following JTM over the last year or so, you’ll notice that I’ve covered the game extensively, as Papo & Yo has (in my opinion) one of the most personal and socially relevant stories in the last few years. The game is a semi-biographical/metaphorical story of Creative Director Vander Caballero as he dealt with issues such as his father’s alcoholism and abuse. As the title alludes to, Papo & Yo deals with a not-so-good father and son relationship. Its world is a fantasy world in which Quico creates in order to escape from his traumatic past.
See what Vander had to say about Papo & Yo’s upcoming Steam release (plus screenshots of the game) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Those of us (myself included) who have been pretty vocal about the PS Vita’s lack of games in 2012 have been on the receiving end of exciting game announcements this week. Not only are massive amounts of indie developers bringing their games to Sony’s handheld, Square Enix also stepped up and announced that two PS2 RPG classics, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster are coming both to the PS3 and PS Vita.
More info on both Final Fantasy HD Remasters (and full trailer) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Okay, one of the biggest stories coming from PAX East is that Capcom and Disney’s DuckTales Remastered, is indeed coming to 360, PS3, and Wii U this summer. I have only good memories of playing the original DuckTales back in the early 90′s and it looks like the developers at WayForward are bringing that same respect and care for the source material; they’re taking levels and layout from the 1989 NES game and expanding on them to bring gameplay and graphics to modern gaming standards.
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Earlier this week, Gazillion Entertainment finally announced that Marvel Heroes will launch on June 4, 2013. Marvel Heroes is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG created by David Brevik (the creator of Diablo 1 & 2). Marvel Heroes casts a large number of Marvel characters in an action-rpg MMO that allows players to play solo or team up others online and take up arms against Dr. Doom and his villainous allies in battles that take place at iconic locations in the Marvel Universe.
More on Marvel Heroes (and the playable character list) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re one of the PS Vita faithful who checks the PSN every Tuesday, then you may have noticed a new downloadable pack for Silent Hill on the PS Vita. Konami recently released the Debut Download Pack for Silent Hill Book of Memories that added series heroes James Sunderland (Silent Hill 2) and Heather Mason (Silent Hill 3) and eight other playable characters to the Vita-exclusive dungeon crawler.
In addition to James and Heather, the DLC also features a host of new goodies including outfits, weapons, artifacts and even packs in a few new trophies for you trophy hunters out there.
For a more detailed list on what’s included on Silent Hill Book of Memories‘ DLC after the break. Read the rest of this entry