Warner Bros. Interactive Announces Gauntlet: Slayer Edition for PlayStation 4

Warner Bros. Interactive announced today that they will be bringing their dungeon-crawling Steam brawler Gauntlet to the PlayStation 4 under the name of Gauntlet: Slayer Edition. It is currently up for pre-order on the PlayStation Store now, awaiting your $19.99 as we move towards its August 11th release date. Those who do will receive codes for the in-game items “Mordok’s Screaming Hammer” and “Reaper’s Visage Helm” for Thor the Warrior.

Unfortunately, their trailer for this release missed a huge marketing opportunity:

Not a single Slayer song anywhere. Maybe at launch?

On a personal note, I think it’s great that this is coming to consoles, as I quite enjoyed the Steam version, which you can read all about in my review here. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming to PlayStation 4 only, however, though one can hope this is simply a timed exclusive. I’d love to review it myself, but I lack the hardware. Of course, by clicking the banner at the bottom of this post, maybe you can help me overcome that?

The ESRB has rated Gauntlet: Slayer Edition M for Mature due to “Violence, Blood, and Gore.” However, thanks to an option you can toggle in the game, you can disable the gore if you so desire. The violence and blood, not so much it would seem.

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Fan-Expo-SaleAfter a week and a half away, I’m back! And no worries about further absences for the time being– I think all my vacation days are used up for the next while, so expect your regular Mario’s Hat programming and reviews to begin coming through once again.

Kicking things off, I’ve received a hot tip from Roto13 that Sony has announced on its PlayStation.Blog that they are celebrating games made in Canada with their FanExpo sale, which begins Tuesday, August 20th. Everyone has a chance to get up to 50 percent off, but PlayStation Plus members will have the opportunity to save up to 75 percent on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles shown below.

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playstation4Whoops, forgot to post this one after I finished it late (early?) yesterday morning. Following my thoughts on Microsoft’s 2013 E3 press conference, you can now see what I think of Sony’s. Put simply: They knocked it out of the park, and look like they’re ready to leave the Xbox One in the dust.

Stay tuned, as I have news from Nintendo coming up, as well as my own impressions of their E3 Nintendo Direct.

PSN-logo2It was recently announced that a settlement has been reached in the May 2011 class action lawsuit filed by Canadian citizen Natasha Maksimovic against Sony Computer Entertainment over the breach of security and potential exposure of user data brought on by the hacking of the PlayStation Network. Despite reaching an agreement, however, it must still be approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which will hold a hearing regarding the matter on June 10th, 2013.

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I meant to get this one up yesterday, but in any case: If you’re interested in supporting the efforts of independent game developers from Canada, then you might be interested to know that the Toronto-based DrinkBox Studios has just released their newest title, Guacamelee! However, if you don’t own a PlayStation 3 or a PlayStation Vita, then your interest may wane a bit, as the game is exclusive to those two platforms.

This Metroidvania-styled game is available as a Cross-Buy for both platforms at a price of $14.99, and features same-screen multiplayer, a melee combat style (as the name suggests), and even a dimension-hopping mechanic. As you can see in the trailer above, it’s been receiving rave reviews.

To learn more about Guacamelee!, be sure to visit the official website.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, thanks to a new life given by new owner Nickelodeon. There’s a great new cartoon, an accompanying toyline, an unrelated but nevertheless good new comic book from IDW, and an upcoming film produced by Michael Bay which leads to cringing whenever something is said about it.

Well, you can’t win them all.

Naturally, a revival wouldn’t be complete in this day and age without a new video game to go with it, and that’s where Activision steps in.

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Oh my, so much to talk about today. For starters, $59.99 will get you one PlayStation 3 game in Far Cry 3, or a bunch of games in Mass Effect Trilogy or the Rockstar Games Collection Edition 1. Other PS3 releases include the original Mass Effect for $14.99, Shaun White Snowboarding for $19.99, or Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition for $29.99.

PlayStation Network-only titles include Guardians of Middle Earth and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus for $14.99 each, and there is also Rotastic for $9.99 and the oddly-priced Page Chronica for $10.99. Chulip joins the PlayStation 2 Classics library for $9.99, while PSOne Classics have added Art Camion Sugorokuden, Finger Flashing, Lup Salad, Makeruna Makendo 2, Vehicle Cavalier, and Zanac X Zanac for $5.99 each.

If you have a little money to spend on PlayStation Vita, you can get UNCHARTED: Fight for Fortune Card Game for $4.99. Or if you have a lot, DJMax Technika Tune is available for $44.99. Plus, Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition has been added to the Vita Storefront, but no other details are given.

Finally, we have bundles… EA Sports bundles, to be precise. FIFA Soccer 13 Bonus Edition, Madden NFL 13 Bonus Edition, and NCAA Football 13 Bonus Edition are each available for $49.99, while Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Bonus Edition commands a premium at $59.99. Each comes with its own bonuses, so check the details below for more information on these, and all the other PlayStation Store releases this week.

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Just a quick note: After this week, I’m putting the updates to the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace on hiatus. The holiday season is picking up a bit, and I find that doing them tends to interrupt the flow of my work. Read on for details and, if you’re interested, how you can help.

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Can any PlayStation Store update which features Ratchet & Clank truly be a bad one? I think not, which means that this week’s is a winner with the inclusion of the $19.99 Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault as the headliner for this week’s full PlayStation 3 games. It’s joined by Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, which is also $19.99, and Men in Black: Alien Crisis, which runs for $39.99.

SEGA dominates the PlayStation Network this week as we get three new releases from the AM2 collection: Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, and Virtua Fighter 2. With new online options and features, these will cost you $4.99 each.

On the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable, you can have the best Summer day ever right at the end of November with Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. Save the Tri-State Area from the alternate-universe version of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz while on the go for $19.99.

Finally, there are two new bundles available for purchase on the PlayStation 3. With the Ace Combat Assault Horizon DLC Bundle, you’ll get the game and the following downloadable content, all for $29.99: Online Map Pack, ASF-X Shinden II, F-15S/MTD, Su-37 Terminator, and Ka-50 Hokum. There is also the Dead or Alive 5 bundle, which gives you the game and the Gym Class, Uniforms, and Special Set 2 costume packs from their third round of downloadable content. 12 in all, plus the game, for $59.99.

Of course, there is much, much more to be had. Read on for all the details.

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Full PS3 games are all the rage to kick off this week’s PlayStation Store update. Available for $59.99 each are PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. F1 Race Stars is now available for $39.99, while Tom Clancy’s EndWar is $19.99 and DOOM Classic Collection is $14.99.

On the PlayStation Network, you’ll find two new releases. Clan of Champions is $39.99, while Sine Mora is only $9.99. PlayStation Vita also gets Sine Mora for $9.99, as well as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for $35.99. There is also Persona 4: Golden for $39.99, Jet Set Radio for $9.99, and Elminage Original for $14.99. Then there are the PS Minis, including the Break Quest Bundle for $4.49 and Jet Pack Joyride for $3.99, and the PlayStation Portable gets a surprise addition in Elminage Original for $14.99.

In addition to all this, there are several more bundles available and “ultimate deals,” which are 60 percent off the regular price (plus another 20 percent for PlayStation Plus subscribers). Read on for all the details.

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This week’s PlayStation Store has finally been rolled out. Topping the list is the pre-order for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal, which will cost you $59.99.

In PlayStation 3 Full Games, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is now available for $49.99, and you can get SingStar Digital for free. On the PlayStation Network, there’s a shooting gallery game in Wicked Monster Blast! HD for $9.99, and a strategy title in Planets Under Attack for $14.99. On PlayStation Vita, there’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for $49.99, and the painting App Colors! for $6.99.

There is also a new App in Crackle, which is used to view television shows and movies, but that’s for the U.S. only.

For everything else available this week, read on.

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Today’s PlayStation Store update is both fast and furious as LittleBigPlanet Karting arrives as a full-game PlayStation 3 download for $59.99. It’s joined by the first-person puzzle-adventure Portal 2 for $19.99, and the sci-fi shooter Vanquish for the same price.

Things get funky on the PlayStation Network with the release of SEGA’s ToeJam & Earl and its sequel, ToeJam & Earl in Panic On Funkotron for $4.99 each. The adventure title When Vikings Attack is also available for $9.99, and includes both the PS3 and PlayStation Vita versions. PID is the same price, but only works on the PS3. Additionally, there is the racing game Absolute Supercars, but for some reason, this one is for the U.S. only.

Along with When Vikings Attack, Ragnarok Tactics has been added to the PlayStation Vita store for $24.99. For $2.99, you can get the PS Mini Enchanted Cavern, and the PS2 Classic Rygar: The Legendary Adventure can now be had for $9.99. And if you’re looking for a bundle, look no further than Saints Row The Third: The Full Package and Sleeping Dogs: Digital Edition, each $49.99 and full of downloadable content goodness.

For further details on these and everything else out today, read on.

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Do you like assassinating people? I sure hope so, because there is a lot of Assassin’s Creed III going on in the PlayStation Store this week. Assassin’s Creed III ($59.99), Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition ($89.99), and Assassin’s Creed III Gold Edition + ACIII Liberation ($119.99) are all available for the PlayStation 3, while the PlayStation Vita gets Assassin’s Creed III Liberation ($35.99).

There’s lots of racing afoot as well, with pre-orders opening for LittleBigPlanet Karting ($59.99) and the newfound availability of Need for Speed: Most Wanted ($59.99), as well as something a little more vehicularly-combative in Twisted Metal ($39.99) on the PS3.

Rounding things out are Sports Champions 2 ($39.99) and Toy Story Mania ($39.99) for the PlayStation 3, Okami HD ($19.99) on the PlayStation Network, and Ragnarok Odyssey ($39.99), LEGO Lord of the Rings ($39.99), and Smart As… ($29.99) on PlayStation Vita. Plus, you can get the PS2 Classic Nobunaga’s Ambition: Rise to Power ($9.99), PlayStation Portable titles NBA 2K13 ($19.99) and I Am An Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Haneda ($19.99), and NBA 2K13, SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2, and SOCOM Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 on the PSVita Store.

Read on for everything else to come out this week.

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The moment has finally arrived, and the winners of the Retro City Rampage contest have been determined! After meeting the qualifications set forth in the contest rules, the following were chosen at random.

Our first winner, Kyle A., will get the opportunity to ironically wreak some 8-bit-styled havoc with a pseudo-Zapper on the PlayStation Network version of the game. On Steam, it will be David C. who will get to hijack Doc Brown’s DeLorean (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) and go on a crime spree across Hill Valley Retro City. And don’t worry about a mix-up, guys: No one else who entered has those initials.

With that settled, I’ll now e-mail the winners their prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered and helped spread the word!

It’s PlayStation Day here at Mario’s Hat (just let the irony of that one sink in… finished? Good)! And kicking things off is a look at the latest update in the PlayStation Store.

New to the PlayStation 3 are Full Games of Medal of Honor: Warfighter and The Darkness II. In addition, PS3 owners get to start playing catch-up with their PlayStation Vita brethren with the beta version of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a free download which lasts until October 30th. In addition, the PlayStation Network has a single-player only Starhawk experience, Killzone HD, and The Unfinished Swan.

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