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Dota 2 plus ESPN2 equals televised 2014 International

Valve has announced that streaming service ESPN3 will broadcast the Dota 2 International 2014 this weekend, adding yet another route through which fans and newcomers alike can catch up on the tournament. Valve also announced that ESPN2 will host an…
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PS Plus subscribers get free Powers in December

The PlayStation Network will be bitten by a radioactive crime drama series later this year; Powers, a live-action adaptation of the comic of the same name, will be available via the PSN starting in December, with the debut episode available for free….
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Super Joystiq Podcast 104: Star Citizen, Alien Isolation, Divinity Original Sin, PlayStation Plus

This week’s Super Joystiq Podcast is thinking about bringing a classic theme song back as a pre-order bonus.

Real, true, big games. Sorry Willy Beamish. Ludwig, Xav, Alexander, and Sinan convene to cover the week’s big release, classic-style…
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Have you been downloading your free PS Plus games?

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida recently discussed the continued dissonance between the audience’s perception and reality of independent games and AAA titles. In particular, he mentioned the download rates of games available for free…
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PSN Tuesday: Sniper Elite 3, July’s PS Plus freebies

PSN this week gets a bunch of goodies for PS4, PS3 and Vita, and a sneak peek at the free games heading to PS Plus in July. PS4 gets Sniper Elite 3, Puddle and Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition, and PS3 has Sniper Elite 3, ConstantC, Dynasty…
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War Thunder Latest Free-To-Play Offering PlayStation Plus Starter Pack

Gaijin Entertainment’s free-to-play dogfighting title War Thunder is now available on PlayStation 4. Following in the footsteps of Warframe and Blacklight Retribution, Gaijin will be offering something special for PlayStation Plus members.

Beginning July 1, those with an active membership will receive a special aircraft with a bit of history. The P-36A that Plus members can fly is modeled after that flown by 2nd Lieutenant Philip Rasmussen.

Rasmussen earned a Silver Star defending Pearl Harbor from the surprise Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 (apparently still wearing his purple silk pajamas from being woken up so suddenly).

He survived the battle, though his plane took approximately 500 hits. Two 20mm shells and a number of machine gun rounds hit the radio behind his seat, saving his life. 

Expect to see a number of these P-36As flying next week. The title is cross-platform with PC, so don’t be surprised to run into some aces as you soar the skies.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I like the concept of the PlayStation Plus starter packs as an incentive to get players to try something new (and free). I’m also pleased that Gaijin provided the history of the craft, as it makes its inclusion in the game that much more meaningful.

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PS Plus in July: Towerfall, Muramasa, Dead Space 3

July is soon to arrive, and with it comes six games for PlayStation Plus subscribers to freely download. Falling in line with the program’s rule changes introduced in late May, the six games are split evenly among PS4, PS3 and Vita, though some are…
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Terraria on Vita goes free for PlayStation Plus members this week

The PlayStation Vita version of 505 Games’ Terraria is this week’s featured addition to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, launching tomorrow as a free download for service subscribers.

Inspired by Mojang’s Minecraft, Terraria presents…
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Sony switches up PlayStation Plus, with 2 free games per platform a month

Sony has revealed that starting in June, each platform it currently supports with PlayStation Plus — PlayStation 4, PS3, and Vita — will get two free games a month. …


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Battlefield 4 PS3 20-hour trial lauches today for Plus members

20 hours of unpaid access to Battlefield 4 is today’s unusual serving of PlayStation Plus for PS3 owners in North America. The new initiative grants full access to the DICE shooter on Sony’s last-gen console, including single-player and multiplayer….
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