God of War: Ascension Goes Digital

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Aaron Kaufman, Community Strategist, Santa Monica Studio, has announced the digital and multiplayer updates for God of War: Ascension. Since the release of God of War: Ascension last March, there has been a lot of support for Multiplayer with a vast amount of DLC — from new weapons and maps, to a brutal 1v1 mode, a fan-driven cape contest, new marks, and more. Even the Gods could not have predicted the level of popularity and impassioned connection to our Multiplayer mode driven by the PlayStation Nation.

As of today, there will not be any more DLC content (maps, weapons, armors, marks) for God of War: Ascension Multiplayer. However, Aaron confirmed that this is not the end of support for God of War: Ascension Multiplayer. Here’s what’s going down:

  • Upcoming Balance Update – The Designers have plowed through mountains of gameplay feedback and are currently working on balance improvements that will tune-up all the Allegiances. They are aiming for this balance update to release later this month. Rest assured, things like the Ares Olympus Armor -20 (PR) is being heavily diagnosed.
  • Dedicated Online Support – They will be monitoring online 24/7 and any new major balance exploits discovered in the weeks or months ahead, they will assess for fixing.
  • PSN Digital Release in October – This month, they will be releasing the digital download version of God of War: Ascension to the masses that have yet to experience the beginning of Kratos’ journey and the Ascension Multiplayer. The digital version will be released on October 15 for North America, with other regions to follow soon after. 
  • All DLC items will receive special pricing options upon digital version release in their region (NA pricing options released on October 22, 2013).
  • The God of War: Ascension Soundtrack will be made available as a free download for all on PSN for a limited time only.
  • Double XP Weekend returns October 18 to October 21 worldwide.

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Bioshock: Infinite Confirms No Multiplayer

Answering a question regarding multiplayer in BioShock Infinite, creative director Ken Levine has confirmed the game will not feature multiplayer. This follows reports from early August claiming two multiplayer modes originally planned for BioShock Infinite had been cancelled.

No multiplayer was ever announced or confirmed for BioShock Infinite. The universally acclaimed original BioShock, still the second highest-rated Xbox 360 game on Metacritic, also featured no multiplayer.

Crysis 3 Multiplayer

The new heart-pounding Hunter multiplayer mode is featuring five two-minute rounds, Hunter mode is 2 vs. 10 on console (2 vs. 14 on PC) and starts off by pitting 2 Hunters against CELL Troopers. Outfitted with enhanced Nanosuits and armed with the all-new Predator composite bow, Hunters must stalk CELL Troopers, systematically taking them out one by one. The twist is that once a CELL Trooper is killed, they respawn as a Hunter, slowly tipping the balance until the round ends or there are no CELL Troopers left.

Crysis 3 fans that pre-order the game today can obtain the tactical multiplayer advantages of the Crysis 3: Hunter Edition. You’ll be granted the lethal, cloaking friendly Predator Bow, a unique weapon skin for the bow, and the all-seeing Recon Arrow on day zero. You’ll start multiplayer at level 5, letting you evolve faster than your prey. You’ll get immediate access to the silent & deadly “Hunter" Nanosuit module, a powerful perk perfect for the included Predator Bow. Finally, you’ll be able to experience Crysis 3 and the original Crysis together at launch when you preorder, but only for a limited time!

Happy Wars - Free Multiplayer Mayhem!

Happy Wars is a multiplayer Arcade game that everyone can enjoy. With a cute, cartooney presentation and a variety of different classes, weapons and power-ups, it's a fun multiplayer brawl with up to 30 players battling for supremacy across a variety of different maps. It is now available FREE for all Gold members. 

Classes and Customization

The Warrior is your basic brawler, with a shield to deflect attacks. The Mage fires ranged attacks and can summon environmental attacks like hurricanes. The Cleric can heal other players and construct weapons for team members to use.

You can customize your character with a range of options including appearance, hair style, weapons, armor, shields, and other accessories. As you play through the campaign or multiplayer battles, you'll unlock even more cool accessories for your character.

If you really want to go all out, you can purchase Happy Tickets with Microsoft Points and redeem them for special weapons, armor, and other upgrades. You don't need to spend real dollars to build up your character, there are tons of upgrades to be unlocked by just leveling up your character and collecting star points. It's an option for players who don't mind dropping a few bucks for a cool weapon or helmet. FREEmium FTW.

Castle Crashing

There's a campaign mode (which you can also play co-op) that sends you off on a series of quests to rescue a kidnapped princess in a heavily defended castle, but the real action is in the multiplayer mode, which drops you into a big 15 vs. 15 battle fighting for supremacy across large and varied landscapes.

In general, as you fight your way across the battlefield you can construct respawn towers (and destroy those of the enemy) working your way to their castle stronghold. There are many ways across the map, and many weapons you can utilize. Perch behind a crossbow and take out enemies from afar, or join up for a combined assault of Warriors, Clerics and Mages against a heavily defended area.

Team Up for Victory

With a game this big, there are always a lot of randoms running about during the battles, but it helps if you have a core group that can band together for combined assaults, especially when trying to breach a castle. It's like watching a fairy tale come to life as the smoke of battle fills the air.

With bright and colorful characters, detailed environments, a deep leveling-up and ranking system, it's a great way to pass a few minutes (or a few hours) engaged in medieval melees.