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#751 iamsmart

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:16 AM

I'm glad to hear that P3FES is coming to PSN, although I am slightly disappointed. I was really hoping Atlus would give us some HD remasters for the SMT games.

Is the PSP version of Persona 3 worth the extra $10? I think I'd rather play it on my Vita.


I think so. Personally I would always prefer the portable RPG because it's easier for you to grind while doing other things, but even putting that aside I think the portable version is probably my favorite iteration. You don't get the extra story that came with FES but I never found it to be very endearing anyway and as a sort of compensation they do offer you the ability to play as a female character (which has its own slight story changes). There are some technical sacrifices: the small handful of animated scenes are gone (but you can just youtube those if you feel so inclined), and instead of moving your character around in 3D worlds in the daytime segments you now just slide a pointer around in pre-rendered environments. IMO that's an improvement since it lets you move around faster and, well, these places weren't exactly that big or exciting in the first place so its not like you're losing some real sense of freedom.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:48 AM

I'm glad to hear that P3FES is coming to PSN, although I am slightly disappointed. I was really hoping Atlus would give us some HD remasters for the SMT games.



I think so. Personally I would always prefer the portable RPG because it's easier for you to grind while doing other things, but even putting that aside I think the portable version is probably my favorite iteration. You don't get the extra story that came with FES but I never found it to be very endearing anyway and as a sort of compensation they do offer you the ability to play as a female character (which has its own slight story changes). There are some technical sacrifices: the small handful of animated scenes are gone (but you can just youtube those if you feel so inclined), and instead of moving your character around in 3D worlds in the daytime segments you now just slide a pointer around in pre-rendered environments. IMO that's an improvement since it lets you move around faster and, well, these places weren't exactly that big or exciting in the first place so its not like you're losing some real sense of freedom.


That actually makes me want the PS2 version. I'm all about having extra story parts and cutscenes, even if they're not that big of a deal. I thought the PSP version had all that.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:59 AM

That actually makes me want the PS2 version. I'm all about having extra story parts and cutscenes, even if they're not that big of a deal. I thought the PSP version had all that.


If you're into the extra story parts, then the PSP version is the one you want. Granted you lose some cutscenes, but you can play as a female character and that changes a significant chunk of the story. And, to be honest, the battle system in Persona 3 and FES is kinda bad because you can't control your ally characters, only the main character. The AI likes to go completely stupid sometimes, which can get you killed easily, especially on the higher difficulties. P3P is definitely the version to pick up.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:59 AM

The thing that makes the PSP version better than either of the PS2 versions is full control of the party in battle, as you have to make do with the AI controlling party members in FES or the original and they're spotty at best from what I've read about them. They got the battle system right in Persona 4 and P3P brings that game up to the standard.

#755 SgtWiggles

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:09 AM

Damn next week is gonna be an awesome week, getting Skullgirls and P3:FES for sure. Also that Disgaea and FFXIII-2 DLC (Though i wonder which ones it is)
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#756 ChunLiBarbie

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 05:44 AM

SKULLGIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!

And, why is Canabalt listed as 4/10 in the OP? They're releasing a 2nd one?

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#757 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:02 AM

It came out this week instead.

#758 JaytheGamefan

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:14 AM

I really wish I'd waited to buy The Pinball Arcade for PS3, because it's a far better value on the PS3 than 360.

#759 gospelman

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

Is the PSP version of Persona 3 worth the extra $10? I think I'd rather play it on my Vita.


Yes if you have to choose only one, get the PSP version.

Personally I have both P3:FES (PS2 disc) and P3P (download on vita).

As mentioned, the PSP version has a lot of extra content as well as control of party members in battle. Although not controlling them in FES was really just part of the challenge. Playing P3:FES on Hard on my very first playthough was probably one of the most challenging gaming experiences I've had.

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#760 Backlash

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

But as others have said, wait for something you want. I want Shank 2 and I'm finally going to actually pay for the thing, but I'm going to wait until near the end of the month.


Just played Shank 2 for the first time last night. That is an extremely well-polished, solid game. Controls are tight, art direction is cool, music fits - overall just a really good game. Not amazing, but very solid and I had fun. (Never played the first one).

#761 pharmacrest

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Just played Shank 2 for the first time last night. That is an extremely well-polished, solid game. Controls are tight, art direction is cool, music fits - overall just a really good game. Not amazing, but very solid and I had fun. (Never played the first one).

The first was the same. Very solid title. Especially for free with plus membership. I was going to buy the game as soon as it went on sale anyway.

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#762 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

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Justice League: Doom won the Theatrical Throwdown for this week and will be available to rent for $0.99 this weekend starting at 2 PM PST today.

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Here are the best-selling games from March 2012:

It’s pretty clear that March was a banner month for PlayStation Network. As you may already know, Journey was recently proclaimed PSN’s fastest-selling game. It should come as no surprise to see that it’s also March’s top selling PSN game! Our hats are off to thatgamecompany for making a truly unique experience that you can only find on PSN. We also saw the debut of the free-to-play Killzone 3 Multiplayer, Motorstorm RC and Mass Effect 3. All of them proved to be big movers and shakers as they all made their debut in the top 20.

Also of note is Escape Plan’s second month in a row in the #1 spot on the PS Vita lists! Can Lil and Larg go for a third month in April? Or will the releases of new PS Vita content like Disgaea 3 and The Pinball Arcade shake things up a bit?

Check out the full lists below for all the details from March. Did you help get Journey to the top spot? What are your predictions for April’s top PSN Game? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 20 PSN and PS3 Full Games

1) Journey – A true gem; Journey surpassed expectations with many gamers. Be sure to pick up the soundtrack when it drops on April 10th.
2) inFAMOUS Festival of Blood
3) Resident Evil 4
4) MotorStorm RC
5) Killzone3 Multiplayer
6) Mass Effect 3 – Debuting on the PlayStation Store the same day as it was available at retail, Mass Effect 3 took PSN users by storm.
7) Gotham City Impostors
8) Grand Theft Auto IV
9) Mass Effect 2
10) The Simpsons Arcade Game
11) Rayman 3 HD – Part of Spring Fever, Rayman 3 HD brought 3D platforming goodness in style!
12) NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
13) Warriors Orochi 3
14) The House of the Dead III – PlayStation Plus armed subscribers with a day-one discount that many felt was too good to pass up.
15) Limbo
16) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
17) Real Steel
18) Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
19) Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
20) Sonic CD

Top 10 PS Vita Games

1) Escape Plan – The free Bakuki’s Lair level for Escape Plan hits users on April 10th!
2) Unit 13
3) Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
4) Super Stardust Delta
5) Plants vs. Zombies
6) MLB 12 The Show
7) Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
8) Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
9) Rayman Origins
10) Hustle Kings

Top 5 PS3 Add-Ons

1) MLB 12 The Show Road to the Show Training Points (6,000) – Boost your Road to the Show player’s stats instantly.
2) Mass Effect 3: From Ashes
3) Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand
4) MLB 11 The Show Road to the Show Training Points
5) Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Sazh: Heads or Tails?

Top 5 PSone Classics

1) Final Fantasy VII – The king returns, along with Square-Enix’s other PS one Classics to take over the top 5.
2) Final Fantasy IX
3) Final Fantasy VI
4) Final Fantasy VIII
5) Chrono Trigger

Top 5 PSP Games

1) Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – This classic may be benefitting from new life as a downloadable on PS Vita.
2) Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection
3) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
4) Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy
5) Mega Man Maverick Hunter X



#763 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:27 PM

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The Ghost Recon Future Soldier beta will be available for Automatic Download or download from the PS Store on April 17 for PS+ members and will be open to play on April 19.

#764 Kazaganthi

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:52 AM

1) Journey – A true gem; Journey surpassed expectations with many gamers. Be sure to pick up the soundtrack when it drops on April 10th.


Journey soundtrack coming out on April 10th? Hmm, ok now I'm hoping for a bundle!


#765 ChunLiBarbie

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

Canabalt is fun! Just gotta stop running into chit so I can go FASTTT!!!:roll:

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#766 gravel

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Canabalt is fun! Just gotta stop running into chit so I can go FASTTT!!!:roll:

I'm glad that made it free for Plus. I've played it for iOS and it's great.

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#767 ChunLiBarbie

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 08:54 PM

I'm glad that made it free for Plus. I've played it for iOS and it's great.


iOS. Hmmm... Thanks for the tip.

Since you like this on iOS, I think you might enjoy Gravity Guy and Rat On A Scooter. If you don't, already, have them.

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#768 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:08 PM

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The Drop for this week:

PlayStation Network

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City – Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games based on the world of Liberty City. Both games — The Lost & Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony — offer expansive, story-based experiences inside this wild and dangerous city. The package does not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

The Lost and The Damned — Johnny is a veteran member of The Lost, a notorious biker gang. Johnny has been creating business opportunities for The Lost in Liberty City, but his first loyalty must be to the patch he wears on his back and to Billy Grey, the club’s President. However, when Billy returns from rehab hell-bent on bloodshed and debauchery, Johnny finds himself in the middle of a vicious turf war with rival gangs for control of a city torn apart by violence and corruption. Can the brotherhood survive?

The Ballad of Gay Tony – Grand Theft Auto IV’s second downloadable episode injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka “Gay Tony”), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Skullgirls – Set in the Canopy Kingdom, Skullgirls tells the tale of eight female warriors as they fight to reclaim a wish-granting artifact known as the “Skull Heart” from the monstrous Skullgirl. As legend has it, every seven years this enigmatic Skull Heart grants a wish to a young woman… but this power can come at a terrible price. If her heart is impure, her wish will be twisted and she herself will be transformed into a Skullgirl.

Developed by newcomer Reverge Labs, Skullgirls is a fast-paced 2D fighting game. Starring a cast of feisty female warriors, Skullgirls is a multi-layered fighter featuring all-new game systems for veteran fighting game fans while also making the intimidating genre enjoyable and accessible to the casual gamer.

Sour Patch Kids: World Gone Sour – In Sour Patch Kids: World Gone Sour, gamers will take on the miniature role of a lost Sour Patch Kid, guiding the hero through the sticky floors of a movie theater, across the counter of a concession stand, and other unique and oversized environments.
Joining forces with fellow lost Sour Patch Kids, players will use a combination of jumps, twists and puzzle-solving to negotiate and overcome larger than life obstacles. Along the way, they will battle unusual candy enemies, escape from deranged humans, and face-off against bizarre creatures including one very angry wad of sticky chewing gum.

The Pinball Arcade (PSVita / PS3 Cross Purchase) – From the makers of Pinball Hall of Fame comes the ultimate pinball machine collection — step into The Pinball Arcade and you’ll have access to many of the all-time greatest tables from Williams, Bally, Stern Pinball, and Gottlieb! Players build their pinball collection by purchasing and downloading the tables they want to play, each powered by a realistic pinball simulation that re-creates pinball gameplay with accuracy and authenticity. Leave your quarters at home and just enjoy playing your favorite pinball machine for the zillionth time or discovering an acclaimed pinball classic for the first time.

Vita Games

Treasures of Montezuma Blitz (PS Vita) – Completely free for life to download and play! Treasures of Montezuma Blitz is a stunning shiny new puzzle game, using the featuring the unique abilities of PlayStation Vita System to deliver to you a fresh experience of the new-age fun! With both Front and Rear Touchscreens at your fingertips, there will be no limits to your speed, and Motion Sensor for gravity adds even more spice to the fast-paced rounds of the game.

PS3 Demos

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PlayStation 2 Classics

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES — Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story–witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students’ struggle to find meaning in their new lives.

A spin-off of the RPG Persona, Fes (or “Festival of Persona 3″) consists of Persona 3′s content along with 30 hours of additional gameplay. The new gameplay comes primarily in the form of the “Gojitsudan,” a story sequence that comes after the original’s ending, with new cinematic sequences in addition to the added gameplay. While the main storyline is the same, it’s been tuned up with new events. Gameplay has been updated as well, with a new “hard” setting (the original had just easy and normal), 23 new Personas, a weapon synthesis system and a system for changing your characters’ clothes.



#769 jay_remedy

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:41 PM

I'm interested in seeing how the Montezuma game works with the freemium and if we can earn 100% trophies without buyin anythin.

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#770 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:06 PM

I don't think it has any trophies.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:11 AM

Wow nice free title. What's the reason? Lack of software?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:20 AM

All over Pinball Arcade, Montezuma, and Persona 3 FES.

So is Pinball going to be 10? And will P3FES get $10 also?

#773 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:53 AM

Wow nice free title. What's the reason? Lack of software?

It's a freemium title, so there are certain parts of the game that they charge for:

http://www.pocketgam...ews.asp?c=36618

What elements will you charge for via IAP?

SPL: There are three elements.

Lives - the number of tries player has for continuous play. We limit the number of attempts a player can have in a row without pausing for balance purposes. They refill gradually over time, but players can refill them instantly for a small price (cost 99c).

Scratchcard - an additional try at the daily bonus mini game. Players are given one for free on a daily basis, but further attempts cost some money (99c).

Crystals - the game's virtual currency, which is used to rent various bonuses and buy upgrades. These come in various packs from 3,000 Crystals for $2.99 to 100,000 Crystals for $19.99.

All over Pinball Arcade, Montezuma, and Persona 3 FES.

So is Pinball going to be 10? And will P3FES get $10 also?

Yes and yes.

#774 anotherpoorgamer

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:57 AM

Not a bad price on Persona 3: FES. The game costs about $30 at Gamestop. Hope Persona 4 is added there too!

I'd pick up P3FES if I didn't get it from Sears for about the same $10 price.

#775 Trace17

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:59 AM

Journey soundtrack coming out on April 10th? Hmm, ok now I'm hoping for a bundle!


I doubt it is bundled when it releases, probably down the road though. For what it's worth, I think the composer said it would be on iTunes this week too.

#776 Waggles

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:22 AM

since my slim ps3 wont play ps2 games like my old phat did, i'll probably pick up P3 FES. 10$ is a steal for either this or the fourth if it gets released at the same price.

#777 jay_remedy

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:19 AM

If Montezuma doesn't have trophies, I'll more than likely skip it. Never was a huge fan of Match 3 games.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

Just played Shank 2 for the first time last night. That is an extremely well-polished, solid game. Controls are tight, art direction is cool, music fits - overall just a really good game. Not amazing, but very solid and I had fun. (Never played the first one).



THIS. I had never even considered playing Shank 2 until it went up for free. I tossed it in the other night just to see what it was like and I LOVED it. Beat it already on normal and I'm planning to play it again on hard...and I rarely play through a game more than once because of my insane backlog. I nearly downloaded the first game as soon as I finished the second one.

#779 TheHelix

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:50 PM

I'll still get the Montezuma game. Free is free. P3 for $10 is tempting, but I already got a 50+ hour game on my hand in the form of DW Gundam 3.

#780 Barry Burton

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

i like the first shank more than the 2nd