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This probably should have been obvious sooner, but the ensemble roster in Sony's PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a perfect fit for Robot Chicken's playful brand of humor. The minds behind the TV show stepped in to devise a TV ad for the newly released PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita game, and you can check out the results up top.

The ad made its on-air debut during last night's 10pm block on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, which... you know... makes sense. The ad's big surprise? Kratos is a fan of bagels, apparently.

Word of Uncharted: Fight for Fortune leaked earlier this month thanks to a couple of prematurely posted content rating, but Sony now has the PlayStation Vita game officially confirmed for a December 2012 release. A PlayStation Blog post describes it as "an action-adventure turn-based card game featuring the heroes and villains from the Uncharted universe."

Personally, I had kind of hoped that the "casino/card game" descriptor from the earlier ratings leak meant we were getting some kind of Uncharted-themed casino game. Alas, that isn't the case. Fight for Fortune seems to instead take a page from Magic: The Gathering, with both campaign and asychronous multiplayer options. Check out the announcement post at the source for a more specific rundown of how the game works.

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation

Aveline de Grandpré is the star of the new PlayStation Vita title Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation. Does the first female lead in an Assassin's Creed game live up to expectations? Find out in our review. Here's a taste:

In action, Aveline moves fluidly up and across buildings, and unleashes carefully choreographed attacks capable of killing multiple enemies with just a few simple button taps. Performing these vicious takedowns is made even easier thanks to the new “mark and execute-ish”, multi-kill feature which lets you freeze the action and tap on up to four enemies in the heat of battle and automatically dispose of them in worry-free, cinematic fashion). The combat never really reaches the point where you feel like you need this kind of assistance, but it’s quite a sight if you remember to use it.

For more, read our full Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation review.

Sony promised that PlayStation Plus would come to the PS Vita sometime in November 2012, and that promise becomes a reality starting next week on November 19, 2012. The upcoming firmware v2.00 update for the handheld adds PS Plus support, including the very popular Instant Game Collection feature.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipEout 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack are all going free, along with the PlayStation Portable title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. The firmware update also adds an email app and the ability to make wireless data transfers between Vita and PC.

This is pretty clever. Sony's upcoming 2D arcade brawler PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale features a story mode, and that story ends with a boss fight featuring none other than... Polygon Man! You guys remember Polygon Man, right? No? Figures. He wasn't around for very long.

Sony used Polygon Man as a mascot for the first PlayStation prior to its release in North America. He featured into various ads for a time, but was eventually dropped and replaced with characters from actual games. The snub has apparently simmered over the past decade-plus, and so now Polygon Man is back in PlayStation All-Stars to put the smackdown on Sony's more popular present-day lineup (plus a few of their third-party friends).

Get your first glimpse in the newly revealed opening cinematic. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale hits stores on November 20, 2012.


More Uncharted 3 Details, Screenshots Released

It all started with a mysterious ratings classification in Australia for Uncharted: Fight for Fortune (via All Games Beta). The listing confirms that One Loop Games is working on a Sony-published Uncharted game that features very mild amounts of violence and drug use.

Intrepid NeoGAF users took this news and scoured the Internet for more info, eventually coming across yet another ratings classification, this time in Brazil. The translated page reveals that Fight for Fortune is bound for the PlayStation Vita and that it's a casino/card game.

Sony has yet to make any official announcements, but I'd say that a tweet from company executive Shuhei Yoshida about Fight for Fortune is pretty concrete confirmation of its existence. One Loop's website mentions two upcoming projects, one of which is already complete. Could that be the Vita-bound Uncharted game? We'll have to wait and see.

PS Vita Ad In France Is Freakishly Bosomy

Sony has always taken a rather... let's call it avant-garde approach to its ad campaigns, but this latest French magazine ad for the PlayStation Vita seems like it was made to generate headlines like the one you see above (via All Games Beta). Good show on that then, Sony. Your freakish, four-breasted, no-headed woman is doing what she's supposed to.

Wait-- the purpose of this ad is to sell more PS Vitas? Oh. Well. That's probably not going to work out too well. Pairing that terrifying image with the ad copy "Two touch screens. Twice the sensations." is clever (and brazenly objectifying), sure, but it doesn't really scream "This is a kickass gaming platform."

Hey, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, and Ragnarok Odyssey all come to Vita this week and they all bring quality experiences to the platform. Maybe it would've been better to highlight that growing catalog. Then again, here I am talking about those games. Maybe the ad worked after all.

Sony wants to remind you of the epic franchise match-up that will highlight the upcoming 2D fighter PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. A newly released live-action trailer (via All Games Beta) that appears to have been inspired by 2011's award-winning "Michael" ad pits various faces that you know against one another.

The 20-strong roster is filled out by pretty much any Sony character you can think of, from Parappa to Cole MacGrath, along with a handful of popular third-party faces from the likes of BioShock, Tekken, and more. Look for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale in stores for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on November 20, 2012.

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation is coming, people, and it puts the intricate and awesome would of Assassin's Creed right in your Vita.

Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse into our heroine's tale and discover the events that led her to become an assassin in this story trailer for Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation.


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G4 Extra Life Charity Drive - We Need You!

Extra Life, a charity-drive dedicated to Children's Miracle Network hospitals across North America, begins this Saturday, October 20th.  G4 is proudly participating, and in the spirit of giving, we will run a live-streamed 'telethon'-style event, starting Friday, 12pm Pacific at G4TV.com. We need you to contribute!

We'll play games, and you'll tell us what to play and how to play it. Some games we'll be running through: Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Dance Central 3 and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron... and some surprises! If you have some suggestions for us, leave them in the comments.

We'll give you video games, swag, collectibles and more when you donate money to Extra Life. Giveaways will include:

  • Metal Gear 25th Anniversary collectibles, autographed by Hideo Kojima and the Platinum Games team
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Care Package, autographed by the Treyarch team
  • Dance Central 3, includes new game, t-shirt, cap and more plus Dance Central 2, signed by the Harmonix team
  • SEGA's limited edition Sonic collectibles, The Cave puzzle, Jet Set Radio cocktail shaker and more
  • Halo 4 collectible book, t-shirt and a McFarlane Toys' Halo: Reach Warthog
  • An EA Games bundle which includes Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, and Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
  • The Walking Dead season passes, Pinball FX 2 Marvel tables, Microsoft Xbox Summer of Arcade hits and much, much more on the way...

Be sure to donate now to be in the running for all this sweet swag, and definitely stay tuned for Friday, 12pm Pacific to see how you can get your hands on even more exclusive video game merchandise!

In this Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation developer diary several of the folks working on the game go in to the details behind the title's story and how they brought pivotal moments in human history to life. They even go in to why they chose a woman for the main character in Liberation, and how Aveline de Grandpre's adventure will bring her face to face with Conner from Assassin's Creed 3.

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Retro City Rampage

Brian Provinciano's NES-style, open world action game Retro City Rampage is finally ready to go for release, with the game hitting PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PC next week on October 9, 2012. The confirmation comes from the latest PlayStation Blogcast, which also reveals that the WiiWare and Xbox Live Arcade version should arrive before the end of 2012.

Retro City Rampage will set you back $14.99 no matter which platform you grab it for. The Sony release is a cross-buy game, meaning one purchase gets you versions for your PS3 and Vita. PC purchases, on the other hand, include a DRM-free game download plus either a Steam or GOG product key.

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Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified

Nihilistic Software has some new information to share about Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, the PlayStation Vita-exclusive CoD that should be arriving sometime in fall 2012. Little has been shown of the game outside of its Gamescom reveal, though studio boss Rob Huebner tells PlayStation Blog that the visuals have improved dramatically since that initial showing.

Huebner also revealed a few facts about the game, including the presence of multiplayer maps Range (possibly a nod to Black Ops' fan-favorite Firing Range) and Nukehouse, inspired by the 2010 Treyarch title's Nuketown map. The multiplayer portion of the game features the same sort of progression system that the console games do, with a few changes.

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The PS Store accessible from your PlayStation Vita just got a lot bigger thanks to a long list of newly available PSOne Classics as well as Sony's launch of the PlayStation Mobile initiative. These are two very separate things, but together they serve to strengthen Sony's latest portable platform, something that I can't imagine any Vita owner taking issue with.

PlayStation Mobile is comparable in some ways to Microsoft's own Xbox Live Indie Games service, only with a few standout differences. For starters, PS Mobile is considerably more visible and easy to sort through in the Vita store than XBLIG is on your Xbox 360. PS Mobile is also meant to be a multi-platform offering, meaning that you can access your own content on any PlayStation Mobile-certified device, a list that includes Sony products as well as various Android smartphones from other manufacturers.

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Getting Move Support; Not Coming To 360

PlayStation Vita owners won't have to wait much longer for Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD, as developer Just Add Water confirms that the HD remake should be arriving by mid-November 2012 (via Eurogamer). The final date hinges on when the game is sent off to be certified for release by Sony, something which studio boss Stewart Gilray says should happen in two weeks.

Unfortunately for Xbox 360 users, there's still no movement on the possibility of an Xbox Live Arcade release for Stranger's Wrath HD. While the new 2GB cap for XBLA games is just above what the Oddworld game would require -- a previous point of contention between Just Add Water and Microsoft -- there are now other factors preventing an Xbox release. Gilray isn't exactly clear on what those factors are, but series creator Lorne Lanning suggests that it relates to the way third-party publishing works on XBLA.

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