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PlayStation Plus Update (EU) — 01/08/12

Sony announced their line-up for PlayStation Plus for the next two weeks via PlayStation Blog. Highlights include Dead Space 2 and Rock of Ages.

The next  PlayStation Plus Update is due this week and Sony haven’t failed to keep us entertained. Getting the ‘free goodies’ bonus are Dead Space 2 and Rock of Ages. Dead Space 2 is a third-person survival horror game developed by Visceral Games and published by EA. It’s a large AAA title, with the third outing due to arrive next year in the first quarter. Accompanying Dead Space 2 is a full range of its downloadable content, all reduced at half price.

ACE Team’s Rock of Ages — published by Atlus — is a tower defence game with a twist as the gameplay involves the rolling ball mechanic with the rock itself. Recently released just barely over two months ago, this makes a pretty good haul for PS+ subscribers as well. Of course, it might be a tragedy to many early adopters as well considering just how recent the title is.

As standard, a range of free avatars and themes will be included in the PS Plus package this month. Also, to warn readers, free titles Darksiders and Renegade Ops have two weeks remaining before their 100% discount disappears forever. If you’ve yet to grab them, I suggest you do it now.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Demo Release

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Demo Released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live

The new Transformers game is available on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. It features two missions, each with a different character, and multiplayer modes. Details after the jump.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, is the sequel to 2010’s Summer third-person shooter hit Transformers: War for Cybertron, which was heavily credited as the best Transformers game to be released. It ultimately earned developers High Moon Studios praise. Fall of Cybertron seeks to address the few flaws that its predecessor had.

Fall of Cybertron’s demo will feature the opening mission of the campaign in which Bumblebee fights to rescue his allies who are suffering from a heavy attack. Vortex, a brand new character to High Moon’s series, also stars in his own non-linear stage where he may swap between flight and ground combat at will. Furthermore, players will get to experience the title’s multiplayer through the form of both Deathmatch and Conquest modes.

Deathmatch involves fighting every other player to the death, with the victor being the player who collected the largest number of kills. Conquest, a more strategic team-based mode, is a pretty standard capture-the-flag fare, but it was done well in the previous title and was my favourite mode. I’m looking forward to trying both, but I’m also looking to see just how High Moon improve upon their customization even more so.

The demo was launched yesterday on Xbox Live and the US PlayStation Network, with it appearing on the other country’s own service some time today. The launch date for the full release is slated for August 24th on PlayStation 3, Xbox Live and Windows. It is also already available for pre-purchase on Steam.

UK Charts Are Out; Let’s Take A Look

So, the charts for video game sales during the week ending on the 28th of July has been detailed and released. There appears to be a big shift in the arrangement of the top ten titles, with Fifa 12 returning into the top ten after being 12th last week. As expected, the charts are comprised mostly of sport and superhero titles which reflect the Olympics and current trend in Hollywood movies. Full list after the jump.

1. London 2012: The Official Video Game (2)
2. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (1)
3. Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games (8)
4. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (3)
5. Batman: Arkham City (7)
6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (5)
7. The Amazing Spider-man (4)
8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (10)
9. FIFA ’12 (12)
10. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (6)
11. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
12. Max Payne 3 (9)
13. Mario Kart 7
14. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (13)
15. Dead Island GOTY Edition (11)
16. Battlefield 3
17. Pokémon Conquest
18. Call of Duty: Black Ops (17)
19. WWE ’12
20. Super Mario 3D Land

The number in the brackets serves as to display the previous ranking from last week and the colours signify whether they have moved up or down.

I can’t say I’m too surprised by these rankings. Superheroes have been particularly big lately, and the UK has always loved its Fifa and Call of Duty. Is there anything here you didn’t expect?

Skyrim 1.7 Patch!

Skyrim concept art 1.7 patch

Bethblog today has stated that the latest 1.7 patch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now gone live for all PC users via Steam powered. Simply open Steam in online mode and it will download the free update automatically for you. For a list of bug fixes, read after the jump.

BUG FIXES
  • General memory and stability optimizations
  • Fixed crash related to new water shaders
  • Fixed rare crash related to dragon landings
  • Fixed logic error with loading screens from add-ons (Xbox 360)
  • Using vampiric grip and swimming no longer prevents swimming animation from playing afterwards
  • Improved recognition with Kinect voice commands (Xbox 360)
  • Kinect-enabled dragon language shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish work properly (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue with Dawnguard Kinect-enabled dragon shouts for French, German, Italian and Spanish (Xbox 360)

The patch has been sent out to console manufactures (Sony and Microsoft) for approval. Console users can expect to download 1.7 within the next two weeks.

Thankfully, this patch should not conflict with the majority of user-made mods as it does not add or take away as many records as the previous patches. If you’re still feeling unsure, you can check out the official Bethsoft forums under PC technical support as to determine whether 1.7 will destroy your save game or not.

You can read further, detailed, information about patch 1.7 by clicking here.

Ubisoft DRM is a Security Risk

A word of warning to our readers: it appears that Ubisoft’s DRM service — ‘Uplay’ — has a backdoor that enables malicious individuals to access your machine. This backdoor takes the form of an exploitable browser plugin that’s installed without user permission.

The issue has apparently been fixed in an update Ubisoft launched for Uplay just earlier today, but we cannot guarantee whether this works. We recommend that you remove this plugin via the tools or preferences options in your browser. The exploit also affects any Uplay based games. You can read the list of games that have been affected after the jump. Please note that this is a PC gaming issue only.

Assassin’s Creed II 

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood 

Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy 

Assassin’s Creed Revelations 

Assassin’s Creed III 

Beowulf: The Game 

Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 

Call of Juarez: The Cartel 

Driver: San Francisco 

Heroes of Might and Magic VI 

Just Dance 3 

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 

Pure Football 

R.U.S.E. 

Shaun White 

Skateboarding 

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic 

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier 

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction 

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

(Rock Paper Shotgun - Warning: Big Security Risk In Some Ubisoft PC Games)

Krome Studios Tease Brand New Ty the Tasmanian Tiger

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger announced 10 year anniversary

Australian developers, Krome Studios, have just recently teased a brand new entry in their Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series. An image was posted to subtly announce a brand new Ty game for their 10th anniversary. The image can be seen after the jump.

The first three Ty the Tasmanian Tiger was released on PlayStation 2, Gamecube and Xbox as a three-dimensional platformer. Both games were met with mild reception, being cited as fairly uninspired titles. Due to the lacklustre success, the third title wasn’t even released in Europe back when it launched in 2005, and that was the last we saw of the character.


The teaser below was taken from the official website for the developer

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger teaser 10 year anniversary