Love racing games? Then race (pun intended) over to the PlayStation store, because Sony’s got a flash sale going on right now for PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. You can score over 25 racing games for up to 75% off. It’s a steal, because most are less than $10. Snag games like Cel Damage HD, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GRID Autosport, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Act fast! The Flash Sale ends at 12:00PM PST on September 22nd.

The full lineup:

Title Sale Original
Asphalt: Injection (PS Vita) $6.49 $26.99
Burnout Crash! (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Cars 2: The Video Game (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Cel Damage HD (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Cel Damage HD (PS4) $2.49 $9.99
Cel Damage HD (PS Vita) $2.49 $9.99
Crazy Taxi (PS3) $2.49 $9.99
Driver ’76 (PSP) $4.99 $19.99
Fast & Furious: Showdown (PS3) $9.99 $39.99
GRID 2 (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
GRID Autosport (PS3) $12.49 $49.99
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
ModNation Racers (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (PS3) $3.49 $13.49
MotoGP 13 (PS3) $9.99 $39.99
MotoGP 13 (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
MotorStorm Apocalypse (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship (PS3) $8.49 $34.99
MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
Need For Speed Carbon (PSP) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed Most Wanted (PS Vita) $4.99 $19.99
Need for Speed The Run (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
ATV Pure (PS3) $3.99 $14.99
Ridge Racer 7: 3D License Ver. (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Ridge Racer (PS Vita) $5.99 $24.99
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS3) $9.99 $29.99
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS Vita) $9.99 $29.99
Split Second Digital (PS3) $4.99 $19.99
Tour de France 2013 – 100th Edition (PS3) $7.49 $29.99
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship (PS3) $8.49 $34.99
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship (PS Vita) $7.49 $29.99
WRC 4 – FIA World Rally Championship (PS3) $15.99 $39.99
WRC 4 – FIA World Rally Championship (PS Vita) $15.99 $39.99
Zombie Driver HD Complete Edition (PS3) $2.99 $14.99
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Square Enix announced yesterday that the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy will be heading to PC, with the first of the three launching on October 9th, 2014. Just less than a month away!

The game will be available for download via the Square Enix online store and Steam for $15.99. Right now, the game is up for pre-order through Steam, with a pre-order bonus of 10% off.

There’s also a promise of trading cards for the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy, which players can collect and trade. Sounds exciting!

While I haven’t played any games in the Final Fantasy franchise, this particular trilogy has been widely successful, with over 11 million units shipped worldwide.

I think it’s time to jump on that bandwagon!

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I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of anime. I’ll hear people chatting about it, and I’ll smile and nod like I care, but I don’t. I do not like anime.

Then a friend introduces me to this, FINAL FANTASY. Number 15th. Fifteen, you say? That’s kinda long. Very long, in fact. And that fact in itself kinda had me skeptical. But when I watched the trailer for it, FFXV seemed, in short, epic. Relatedly, the trailer for FINAL FANTASY 14 looks absolutely horrid, and I doubt I’ll be playing that one anytime soon.

Here’s the trailer I watched the other day:

Then this beauty was revealed yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show, and suddenly, December 2015 can’t get here fast enough. But seriously, 2015? DECEMBER? Gah.

I know a ton of people have dabbled in the FF franchise: which ones have you played? Are you excited for this one? (You better be!)

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Horror movies, horror shows, horror books, and now horror games. I’ve been subject to so many horror things. And by subject, I mean that they’ve been dangled in my face, and as much as I desperately want to reach out and watch/read/play them, I won’t.

Because I’m too scared to. I’m afraid of seeing these things in the dark when I’m waiting for sleep to claim me at night. I’m a full-fledged chicken when it comes to horror stuff.

I know they aren’t real… but that doesn’t stop the fear, does it?

Here are two games I really, really, really want to play. It looks like one is less scarier than the other, and I’m trying to gather up the courage to at least snag the less-scary-seeming one: The Last of Us, soon. Here’s the trailer for it, in case you haven’t played/heard of it yet!

And if you’re the type of person who likes the ultimate scary, TGS (Tokyo Game Show) just released the trailer for The Evil Within yesterday. This is the thing of nightmares, people! Imagine the game. *shudders*

There you have it! Do you play horror games? Or are you a chicken, like I am?

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Murasaki Baby just released (yesterday, 9/16) exclusively for PS Vita—Playstation’s handheld device—and I never thought I would say this, but… I like the look of it.

Who knew I would like a game where you lead a little girl with a heart-shaped balloon who has a mouth on her head? I’ve also heard it’s more unique than her mouth being on her head: you can manipulate the background as a way to advance through levels. The game sounds very, very weird. Which is a good thing, in this case, because it makes me very, very interested. What can I say? I like weird things. And dark things. And this looks pretty dark. Gothic, even.

Directly from the Playstation store:

Use your wits to guide the girl through paths full of dangers and teach her the difference between right and wrong in a bid to keep her smiling… and alive. Think fast and move even faster as danger lurks everywhere in this truly unique side-scrolling puzzle adventure.

A HELPING HAND
• Use the touchscreen to hold Baby’s hand as you lead her along your journey together – your guidance will influence her behavior, character, self-judgment and perception of danger.
• Discover new ways to solve puzzles with the rear touch pad by unlocking – and switching between − unique “mood” backgrounds.
• Meet a host of bizarre characters trapped in their own tragic state, such as the little boy eaten alive by a huge bunny and a young girl enslaved under her own hair’s control.
• Murasaki Baby is all about the emotional bond you’ll develop with Baby. So clear your schedule, switch off your phone and lose yourself in this incredible adventure.

And, PlayStation®Plus members can grab the game at a discounted price! Will you be getting this for your PS Vita?

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I’ve never owned a Nintendo 3DS, mostly because I’ve just never wanted one. But after seeing this gems popping up everywhere, I’ve been rethinking that decision. Now, I mostly want one just so I can look at it, because these are gorgeous.

Just last week, Nintendo announced the GameStop exclusive Nostalgia 3DS XL, which looks amazing. And maybe a tad bit ironic—a new piece of technology with an old-school look?—but amazing all the same. The NES controller modeled edition is up for pre-order at just $199 with a launch date of October 11th. GameStop believes the stock won’t last long.

The NES Edition 3DS XL will hit GameStop on 10/ 11/14 for $199.99.

That’s not all! Just in time for the holidays, Nintendo will debut two more custom handhelds!

The Persona Q Edition Nintendo 3DS XL: GameStop launches on November 25th, along with the ATLUS role-playing game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. While the game is not included, the gorgeous exterior design is a steal on its own. It will retail for $199, as well.

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Rumored to be launching on September 19th, the Super Smash Bros. Edition of the 3DS XL, available in red and blue, will celebrate the upcoming October 3rd release of the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. I think this edition would be my favorite of the group, but it’s so hard to choose!

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The XL a little too big for you? Over on the other side of the world, Japan’s Pokémon Center stores will sell Pokémon-themed Nintedo units on October 11th for just $177 (or ¥19,000) each, available for both the 3DS and 3DS XL. In suede. That’s right, the pair—Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire—will feature suede faceplates emblazoned with Groudon and Kyogre. They’re stunning, to say the least. The handhelds will debut on the same day as the games, but will not include the games themselves. A small price to pay, isn’t it?

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So many gorgeous editions—which one is your favorite? Are you a Nintendo 3DS user to begin with, or have you been converted?

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Out Now is a weekly feature, where you’ll find the week’s gaming releases, all in one place. Will you be picking any of these up? Which one are you most excited for?

September 16th

ArcheAge for PC | Find it Online

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About the game:

Adventure in an open-ended MMORPG freed from predefined paths and progression. Build massive castles and lay claim to lands whose riches fuel a deep, player-driven economy. Band together to protect your fortune in epic siege battles and naval combat – or live the life of an outlaw, prying glory and coin from foes left in your wake.

September 16th

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit! for Nintendo 3DS | Find it on Amazon | GameStop | BestBuy

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About the game:

The original kitchen diva that created the cooking genre is set to school you with 60 brand new mouth-watering recipes and over 30 household mini-games. Cook your way through classic fare, exotic cultural dishes and sweet treats to delight the palate! Fun stylus-based activities will keep you busy around the house and prove to Mama that you’ve got the culinary chops to play in her kitchen!

September 16th

Fairy Fencer F for PS3 | Find it on GameStop | Amazon

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About the game:

Long ago, a dreadful war was fought between the Goddess and the Vile God. Because they were equally matched, they both created a vast number of special weapons imbued with their godly energy, each containing the life force of a fairy. Armed with these weapons, the deities continued their conflict until they finally sealed each other away into the great unknown. A long time has passed since this ancient conflict, and the weapons created by the Goddess and the Vile God have since been scattered across the world. These weapons – now known as “Furies” – are highly sought after by warriors who call themselves “Fencers.” It is said that whoever collects a Fury will be granted one wish. When a young man named Fang decides to rashly pull a Fury from a stone, he inadvertently becomes a Fencer himself, forever altering the course of his destiny.

September 16th

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution for Xbox 360, PS3, PC | Find it on GameStop | Steam | BestBuy

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About the game:

A ninja’s battle is never finished. There is always another skirmish on the horizon, another technique to practice and master. New people, friends and foes alike, to meet and form bonds with. New and diverse environments to explore. Enter the world of Naruto and stand at the ready, eager to prove you have what it takes to succeed.

Return to the realm you’ve come to know and love, and engage in epic ninja battles with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution. Original animation heightens the bold experiences as you take on your opponents, utilizing a vast array of new techniques and enhanced gameplay mechanics with Combined Ultimate Jutsu. Choose from more than 100 playable characters, including those that have never been seen before — such as Mecha-Naruto — and witness new, exciting transformations. Plunge into heated combat with three other fighters in Ninja World Tournament mode. Learn more about the Creation of the Akatsuki, The Two Uchiha and more with new, revealing stories that pull you deeper into this intriguing world. Enjoy more than 50 minutes of all-new animation from Studio Pierrot. Master your martial art and stand and fight with honor and bravery.

September 16th

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call for Nintendo 3DS | Find it on GameStop | Amazon

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About the game:

A sequel to the first FINAL FANTASY rhythm action game released in 2012, THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL expands on the original in every way with new gameplay modes, over 200 songs, and 60 playable characters. Featuring music that spans the full breadth of the storied FINAL FANTASY franchise, players tap along to the memorable beats and harmonies as the adorable, stylized characters battle and quest through their worlds. The music of over 20 titles is brought together in one package, fusing together the moving scores, cinematic visuals, and role-playing elements the series is known for.

September 18th

Roundabout for Windows, Mac, Linux | Find it on Steam

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About the game:

Roundabout is a ’70s B-Movie game where you drive a constantly revolving limousine! Pick up passengers, find secret collectibles, take on dangerous missions, and fall in love in an open world puzzle adventure. Roundabout is the debut title from No Goblin, a studio founded by designers of games like Destroy All Humans!, The Gunstringer, and Rock Band!

In Roundabout, you need to pick up passengers and drive them to their destinations. The catch: your limousine is constantly spinning in circles! To move around in Roundabout, you need to time your limousine’s movement with the constant rotation in order to curve around obstacles, buildings, and more.

Set in 1977, Roundabout tells the rise to fame story of Georgio Manos, arguably the world’s most famous revolving chauffeur. While driving players around the town of Roundabout, players will learn about the dizzying highs, terrifying lows, and secret loves of a revolving limousine driver. You’ll experience the seventies in the only authentic way possible: with full motion video set in the interior of a limousine.

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The world’s first next-gen consoles in gold are set to be unveiled at Gamer14, the Middle East’s largest gaming convention, which runs until tomorrow, September 13th. If you’re a gamer with a ton of money lying around—$13,699 or Dh49,999, to be exact—now’s your chance to waste use it.

“With the Middle East gaming market estimated to be worth over $1billion according to Gartner, events such as Games14 play a crucial role in connecting game developers, console manufacturers and vendor-partners with end-users, and help to leverage the growing potential of gaming in the region,” said Nadeem Khanzadah, Head-Retail at Jumbo Electronics.

“We are particularly excited to be launching the most unique and valuable gaming consoles in the world at Games14, specially created by Gatti. Available to both Xbox and PS4 fans, the high-end materials and exquisite detailing of the gold consoles make it a great collectible item for gamers who love luxury.”

No word on how many have been made, but the special consoles feature a rose gold case created by renowned Italian jeweler Gatti, and will be available for sale at the gaming show.

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Well, there’s that. While many of us can’t afford the ‘cheaper’ version of the PS4/Xbox One, they’ve amped up the price by more than 3000% and something tells me they’ll sell however many of these they’ve made. Sure, the price is for the gold, but is something this ridiculous really necessary?

Source: Emirates 24/7
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If there’s one game I’m vehemently against, it’s Grand Theft Auto. Simply because I find it… disgusting. For various reasons I don’t care to share.

That said, I saw the above shot and just had to share it, because that car looks glorious.

Rockstar Games just announced that the newest version of the game, GTA 5, will release in about two months. On November 18, to be exact, with the PC edition to follow by the end of January, 2015.

Anyone who pre-orders the game will earn $1,000,000 in-game bonus cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K each for your Story Mode and for your GTA Online in-game bank accounts).

Pretty exciting, even if I’d never pick it up myself. What about you—have you played GTA, before? What are your thoughts on it?

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According to Vulture, Paul McCartney composed a score for Bungie’s Destiny.

For free.

Why? Because people like you and me, who may have heard of his name, but (probably) never actually listened to his music, will find themselves introduced to it. He was in it for the creativity.

While he didn’t get a check for it, the contribution, called Hope for the Future, was pretty much free advertising for him, to a powerful niche that probably wouldn’t have known about him otherwise.

But Bungie did have a team of composers who scored the game, putting in a ‘lot of work’, according to Eric Osbourne, Bungie’s Community Manager. McCartney just did one piece.

One thing is certain: Destiny’s reach is wide, very wide. Ads are popping up everywhere, even in front of those who never even play video games. Recruiting Paul McCartney for a score was a line into the music world, too.

Marketing-wise, Destiny has been dipping fingers far and wide—perfume, anyone—but whatever their tactics, I’m glad they’ve worked, and I’m glad the game is selling well.

Because it rocks.

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