It’s another stellar line up for PS Plus subscribers. The standout title here for many would be Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3. At less than 12 months old it’s impressive to see such current titles released.

In summary
Leaving PS Plus:
25th September: Assassin’s Creed 3
25th September: Saints Row the Third
25th September: Payday: The Heist
25th September: Urban Trials
25th September: New Little Kings Story

Entering PS Plus:
25th September: Far Cry 3
25th September: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
25th September: Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
25th September: Street Fighter X Tekken
25th September: Touch My Katamari

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Unit 13 is Zipper Interactive’s latest console title. Available now on PS Vita it gives you most of the benefits of a solid full console game with the advantages of a portable console. Many may argue that a tactical shooter on a portable console defeats the purpose of a ‘gaming on the go’. But it’s been design exclusively with that in mind and delivers bite sized action for those with limited time. Plus there’s plenty to keep you busy if you have the time to invest and want more.

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F1 3 As the only ‘sim like’ racer available at launch I had high hopes for F1 2011. Producers Codemasters have handed the development of the game to Sumo Digital. They developed F1 2009 on the PSP so their back ground in Formula 1 games is decent. Being a portable game it’s safe to assume it’ll have limited capabilities compared to the full console versions. Which is true, but it’s not that limited.

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I have fond memories of the original Twisted Metal on PSone. It was a smack talking couch combat regular with friends. The game play was basic but fast paced and exciting. Purely named ‘Twisted Metal’ is the first iteration for the series on current generation consoles. Having not played Twisted Metal on PS2 or PSP I was eager to get my hands on the new title. First impressions? I’m way out of practice.

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“From February 8, 2012, “PlayStation®Network accounts” will be renamed “Sony Entertainment Network accounts” or “SEN accounts”. This change will take effect at the same time as upcoming PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita* system software updates. After you update the system software on your PS3™ or PS Vita , you will notice that “PlayStation®Network accounts” have been renamed “Sony Entertainment Network accounts”. This change will not affect the naming of “PlayStation®Network accounts” when viewed on a PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. *PlayStation®Vita will launch from 22nd February, 2012.
This account change is a change in name only. You do not have to do anything and your username and password will not change.
This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation®Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network”. This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.
Your Sony Entertainment Network account also enables use of Sony’s non-game services such as Music Unlimited, Video Store of PlayStation®Store and PlayMemories Online (previously called Personal Space) across a variety of network-connected devices.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during this transition
For FAQs and more detail on this change please visit http://eu.playstation.com/support orhttp://en.support.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/
Sincerely,
The Sony Entertainment Network Team”

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Racing games don’t get much bigger than this. Almost two years to the date since the well received Forza Motorsport 3 launched we have its successor. Forza Motorsport 4 (FM4). It has been taunted as the biggest, best and most feature packed assault on the racing genre to date. Breaking tradition with most review formats I’m going to come right and say it. Forza Motorsport 4 is easily the best and most enjoyable racing game I have ever played. Now it’s not perfect, but it’s the closest to it I have ever seen.

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Now this may appeal more to our friends in Australia but EB Games will be holding the biggest gaming event in Australasian history. To be held on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of October, EB Games EXPO will showcase the hottest new release and upcoming titles playable for the first time in Australia plus exciting live presentations from international game developers spanning across 10,000 square meters at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), Gold Coast, Queensland. Full press release past the break.EB Games Expo LOGO

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Now the the full details for the PSN Welcome back package is out in the wild, PS3 punters now have to choose two titles from a list of five. To make life easier I’ve complied the links to all the Buttonmasher reviews or interviews of the games in question. Have a look back and see which ones are for you.

Infamous: Game review

Dead Nation: Game review

Wipeout HD: Game review, excluding Fury add-on

LittleBigPlanet: Game review

Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty: “Developer interview only”

Have a quick look, hopefully it can help in making that all too hard decision.

Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you’re once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.

Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.

All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:

Two PS3 games from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Infamous*
  • Wipeout HD/Fury
  • Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
  • Dead Nation*

For those with PSP accounts, you will also be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet PSP
  • ModNation PSP
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation*

– 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PS Plus subscribers*

– Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given 60 days free subscription.

– For existing Music Unlimited subscribers, you will be given 30 days free subscription.

– We are working on a Welcome Back offer in PlayStation Home and will share that when it is confirmed.

I would like to thank all of the developers and publishers involved in this programme for their support in making this happen. We certainly couldn’t have done it without you.

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