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Sony Announce CrossPlay For PS All-Stars Battle Royale

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Matt Gardner
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Big Daddy, E3 2012, Fighting Games, Nathan Drake, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sony Press Conference, Trailers, Videos

Demonstrating the multiplayer carnage of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale on the floor at their press conference last night, Sony also revealed that the game will support complete CrossPlay functionality. The demo saw PS Vita players squaring off against PS3 players, detailing the Smash Bros.-esque brawling gameplay, and littering conversation with the word "SUPER" every five seconds

Watch the full demo after the jump...

Massive PS Plus Update Goes Big On Freebies

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, Freebies, Fuck yes!, Playstation Plus, PS Plus, PSN, Sony, Sony Press Conference

It's a bit late, having been up for 21 hours at 4am this morning my laptop became an impromptu and thoroughly uncomfortable pillow, but news roke during last night's Sony press conference that Playstation Plus subscribers are in for a real treat this month.

There are some differences in the deals between EU and NA regions, so here's both of them for your delectation.

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PSOne Classics Coming To Vita This Month

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Matt Gardner
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Crash Bandicoot, E3 2012, Final Fantasy VII, Playstation, PS Vita, PSOne, PSOne Classic, Sony Press Conference, Twisted Metal

PSOne Classics Coming To Vita This Month

YES! This is what we wanted to hear, and it's about damn time. Sony have confirmed that PSOne Classics will be making their way across to the Playstation Vita later this month, offering an expansive (and expanding) range of title from the mid-90s glory days that include the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Twisted Metal, Silent Hill, and the adventures of a goofy Tasmanian mammal.

LittleBigPlanet Karting Gets Fresh E3 Trailer

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Media Molecule, PS3 gmaes, Sackboy, Sony Press Conference, Trailers, United Front Games, Videos

Sony didn't make a huge amount of noise in their presser about LittleBigPlanet Karting, more's the pity, but they did drop a new E3 trailer for the Sackboy-led arcade racer.

United Front and Media Molecule are working together on the title, and it's expected to launch before the year is out.

God Of War: Ascension Gets March 2013 Release, New Trailer

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, God Of War: Ascension, Kratos, PS3 games, Sony Press Conference, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Videos

God of War: Ascension looks like it will give us more of the same when it comes to Kratos' bloodthirsty adventures, which is no bad thing. In the e3 demo from last night's Sony press conference, Kratos was seen tearing the limbs and hads off of churlish goat-men, giving the elephant Man a taste of cold, hard steel, and rippin the tits off of a kraken.

It's out on March 12, 2013, and you can check out the video above.

Assassin's Creed III To Feature Naval Battles, PS3 Gets Exclusive DLC

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Matt Gardner
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Assassin's Creed III To Feature Naval Battles, PS3 Gets Exclusive DLC

Ubisoft popped up at Sony's E3 2012 presser last night to show off more footage of Connor in Assassin's Creed III, only this time instead of hopping across trees, or shanking Brits, he was marshal ships in combat, and repelling cannonfire.

Although we're pretty excited for the prospect of Assassin's Creed: Pirates!, we hope that Ubisoft aren't over-extending themselves with this game, as it was almost a case of too many cooks very nearly spoiling the broth with the last AC game.

Sony also announced that there'll be a new PS3 console bundle that will launch alongside Assassin’s Creed III on October 31th, bearing a bunch of exclusive free DLC.

Check out the naval footage after the jump...

Ironside Not Playing Sam Fisher In Blacklist

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Matt Gardner
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Eric Johnson, Michael Ironside, sam Fisher, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Toronto

Ironside Not Playing Sam Fisher In Blacklist

We called it in the our analysis of the Ubisoft presser yesterday, but the publisher has now confirmed that Michael Ironside will not be returning to the role of Sam Fisher, with the character being played by Eric Johnson - who'll be providing full motion capture, facial design, and voice work, all recorded and processed simultaneously on a mocap stage.

Hit the jump for further info, and a dev diary with Ironside...

E3 2012 | On Location At...Sony

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Matt Gardner
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Assassin's Creed 3, Beyond, E3 2012, God Of War: Ascension, jOn Location, On Location, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, PS Vita, PS3, Sony, Sony Press Conference

E3 2012 | On Location At...Sony

The PlayStation Media Briefing is infinitely more than a mere press conference. Part massive party, part corporate boondoggle, this epic conflagration of fans, hacks and suits never fails to impress... despite plenty of embarrassing moments over the years.

The free beers help. They always help.

I wouldn't have minded one to tide me through the massive self-congratulatory opening montage, but we're in Sony's house now. It's their show. Tretton started the proceedings with a huge nod to the fans and comparing the presser to the Superbowl; every namedrop accompanied by a whoop and cheer from the breathless crowd. There's nothing like the Sony presser, and whether or not you're a fan, you can't help but appreciate a bit of pomp and circumstance.

E3 2012 | On Location At...Sony

Wow. First game, big guns, both barrels. Quantic Dream's David Cage sauntered out to reveal Beyond: Two Souls, a true epic that promises to guide us through 15 years of a character's life, free to live through the eyes of Jodie Holmes. Or is that Ellen Paige? Either way, while Quantic has swapped Kara's futuristic trappings for paranormal drama, Beyond is going to become a staple of our news coverage over the coming months. We can't wait to find out 'what lies beyond.'

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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference Hub – 02:00 BST

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, God Of War: Ascension, Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PSN, PSP games, Quantic Dream, Sony, Sony Press Conference

E3 2012: Sony Press Conference Hub – 02:00 BST

There's two main things we want from this presser, and that's Vita news and the Quantic Dream announcement. We expect Kratos to make an appearance, alongside some further news on LBP Karting and Playstation All-Stars, but the biggest thing in this presser? It's likely to be the cloud gaming partnership.

Click here for the live feed and news bulletins from the presser...

Ubisoft Upping Their eSports Credentials With ShootMania Storm

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, eSports, FPS games, PC games, ShootMania Storm, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft Upping Their eSports Credentials With ShootMania Storm

Ubisoft announced in their E3 press briefing that thye would be looking towards a renewed focus on competitive gaming, using the upcoming ShootMania Storm to demonstrate how the publisher hopes to get in on some eSports action.

After some abysmal banter that nearly ruined the show, Ubisoft pitted two team of three eSports champions and pro-gamers against one another in a mode that sees a lone wolf with one-hit kill rail guns against three players with two-hit kill rockets.

We're not sure we were convinced, but you can check it out for yourselves after the jump...

Ubisoft Announce ZombiU, Features British Zombies

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Matt Gardner
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Braiiiiiiins, E3 2012, Trailers, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Press Conference, Videos, Wii U games, ZombiU

I thinking Ubisoft might have it in for us Brits, you know. First off Connor goes all Nightwolf on a bunch of Redcoats who had the audacity to sip some Earl Grey in Assassin's Creed 3, and now it looks like zombie hordes are coming to the streets of London in upcoming Wii U launch title - first person-survival horror game ZombiU.

Actually demoed last year as Killer Freaks from Outer Space, the game has since undergone a fair bit of reshuffling. The title apparently evolved over the last year of development and now looks rather more mature than its origins might have suggested.

Rayman Legends Will Be Wii U Launch Title, Demos Gamepad

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, Rayman Legends, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Press Conference, Wii U games

Ubisoft's Michael McCullick strutted his stuff at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, and what stuff it was, as he and his team came onstage to show off Rayman Legends on Wii U.

Using the Wii U's gamepad, and the Pro Controller, the demo illustrated how the touchscreen may be used to control a new character, with up to five players working co-operatively to complete levels.

You see Nintendo? All you have to do is show us a proper game! That's it!! It's really, really easy!!! We like games. And now I want a Wii U.

Far Cry 3 Has Boobs, Burning Beasts, And Bullets

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"Last year, you were very much the lost and the hunted. Now, however, you are the hunter!" announced Ubisoft as the publisher unveiled a whole new side to its insanity-ridden FPS at its E3 2012 press conference earlier.

The extended demonstration went big on boobs, burning tigers, vicious take-downs, male pole dancing, acid-trip aesthetics, and a whole lot more.

The E3 trailer is up top, and you can watch the longer cut from the presser itself after the jump...

Warfighter Demo Reminds Us That It Still Exists

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Danger Close Games, E3 2012, EA Games, EA Press Conference, FPS games, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Videos

Warfighter Demo Reminds Us That It Still Exists

Like so many of the spots in EA's press conference today,Medal of Honor: Warfighter's moment to shine seemed to be a time for treading water as much as anything else. A new trailer, some more gameplay footage, a fresh chance to ogle the tweaked Frostbite 2 engine...and dear god it's a tasty-looking game.

In the extended video shown today, Tier 1 Operators land in Somalia's Pirate Town in an effort to bring order to the country's southern region.

This game continues to confound me by appealing to me in terms of concept and aesthetics, and then completely boring me in terms of execution. Hmmm.

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E3 2012: Ubisoft Press Conference Hub – 23:00 BST

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E3 2012: Ubisoft Press Conference Hub – 23:00 BST

Will we see a return for Mr. Caffeine and his dooblies? We're expecting Ass Creed 3, Far Cry 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist to feature, but what else have Ubisoft got hiding up their sleeves? Rayman Legends probably.

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Crysis 3 Gets Shiny New E3 Dam Trailer

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Crytek didn't stick around long at EA's E3 2012 press conference, but Cevat Yerli did have time to show off the latest Crysis 3 trailer. Check it out above.

SimCity To Release In Feb 2013, SimCity Social Announced

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E3 2012, EA Games, EA Press Conference, Facebook games, Maxis, PC games, SimCity, SimCity Social

SimCity To Release In Feb 2013, SimCity Social Announced

EA Maxis’ Lucy Bradshaw announced at the EA E3 2012 press conference today that the upcoming SimCity would be launching in February next year, along with its glorious multiplayer components, so don't spend all of your Christmas money in January. In fact, just see if you can get your folks to do the present thing in March, that'd be way easier.

Needless to say, there was absolutely no talk of the controversial internet requirement, just a breezy trailer that has made us want the game more...if that was even possible.

Bradshaw also confirmed the existence of SimCity Social, which will be bringing the SimCity experience to Facebook with the tagline "More City, Less Ville". I'm not ashamed to say that I'll probably play the shit out of it.

There are trailers for both below...

There are trailers for both after the jump...

Dead Space 3 Getting Feb 2013 Release

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Matt Gardner
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Dead Space 3, E3 2012, EA Games, EA Press Conference, Horror games, Isaac Clarke, Survival Horror Games, TPS games, Trailers, Videos, Visceral Games

Visceral Games showed off the first gameplay footage of Dead Space 3, confirming that the game will incorporate drop in-drop out co-op, and showing off a gameplay video that seemed far more concerned with rattling off rounds than blowing the limbs off of creatures that have just made you poo your pants.

Hmmm.

The E3 trailer can be found after the jump, the presentation is above...

Battlefield Premium Finally Confirmed By DICE, PS3 Gets A Week Headstart

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Battlefield Premium Finally Confirmed By DICE, PS3 Gets A Week Headstart

We knew it was coming. The most poorly kept secret in gaming this year has finally emerged, as Peter Moore and Patrick Bach took the stage at EA’s E3 press conference to announce the launch of Battlefield Premium.

Click here to watch the trailer for Battlefield Premium...

Microsoft Unveil SmartGlass, IE Coming To Xbox

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, IE For Xbox, Internet Explorer, Media, Media Molecule, Microsoft Press Conference, music, SmartGlass, TV, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox SmartGlass

Aside from the usual bit of media company name dropping, Microsoft unveiled their plan for cross-platform media domination...and it's called SmartGlass.

Marc Whitten, the head of Xbox Live, revealed that the service will connect your tablets, phones, and console together. A demo showing how you can send a movie from platform to platform, whilst receiving further information was shown at the Microsoft press conference today.

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