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Cambridge-based developer Fire Hose Games took over the PlayStation Blog yesterday. Along with a blog post about their recent release, Slam Bolt Scrappers, the developer included a short video The video is narrated by “Fire Chief” Etian Glinert and details the genesis of the studio and its first game.

The video is really interesting and is definitely worth a watch, especially if you have a penchant for documentaries or indie development. Slam Bolt Scrappers landed on the PlayStation Network this Tuesday for a cool $14.99.

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In case you missed our previous coverage, Slam Bolt Scrappers is an fantastic-looking puzzler / fighter that we previewed back in September. Its fun and frenetic gameplay was instantly striking and made it one of the most memorable titles on the PAX show floor.

If you’ve been looking forward to Fire Hose Games’ first title, the wait is finally over. After two and a half years in the oven Slam Bolt Scrappers is finished and has made its way to the PlayStation Network. Both the full game and a free demo are now available to download at your leisure.

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God. That name is surely the spawn of some foul nether creature. Anyway Square Enix just announced that Dissidia duodecim prologus Final Fantasy will be will be available for download exclusively on the PlayStation Network beginning March 15, 2011.

Of course the question remains: What the hell is a Dissidia duodecim prologus Final Fantasy? Hit the jump for more details. Read more… »

Toronto-based indie studio ][ or “Right Square Bracket Left Square Bracket” just released the first footage of their new PSN title Dyad. Little is known about the title other than that it “is an abstract racing/shooter/puzzle hybrid where players move forward by manipulating other vessels on the track”.

It’s fairly reminiscent of WiiWare title Art Style: Light Trax, if that game was rendered with three dimensional high-definition graphics, which is a pretty exciting prospect. Dyad should be landing on the PlayStation Network at some point this year.

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If you’ll be attending PAX East, be sure to check out Fire Hose Games’ Slam Bolt Scrappers. Make your way over to booth 1133 on the show floor with some friends for a fun puzzle-fighting time. While you’re there you’ll have a chance to win a free copy of the game – just make sure you’re wearing a funny hat.

Everyone else is going to have to wait until next Tuesday to pick the game up on PSN. Until then, check out this awesome new trailer.

It’s Spring Fever on the PlayStation Network! Gamers voted and the good folks at Sony are delivering fan favorites at discounted prices. During the promotion PlayStation Plus members will net 50% discounts on the winning titles from the PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards, while standard users will be able to net discounts up to 30%.

Offers go into effect today and last until March 14th, at which point they will be replaced with other titles as Sony’s Spring Fever promotion continues. The full update awaits after the break.

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“Konami and Saber Interactive team up to create an immersive First Person Shooter experience based on the Columbia Pictures upcoming feature film Battle: Los Angeles.”

That’s exactly what we need right now! Another movie video game tie-in! Hit the jump for more details. Read more… »

Last Fall, I wrote a preview for an awesome little game called Slam Bolt Scrappers.  I had the opportunity to play the game and meet Massachusetts based developer Fire Hose Games. I remember them distinctly from all the developers on the PAX ’10 Showfloor because they wore firefighter helmets. That, and one of them heckled me to get me to play his game.

I’m glad I he did. When I wrote my preview, I likened the game to a cross between Super Smash Bros. and Tetris. I think its fantastic when genres collide, and this puzzler/fighter definitely peaked my interest. Today, over at the PlayStation Blog, Fire Hose Games announced that Slam Bolt Scrappers will be hitting PSN on March 15th.

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ifun4all aims at the ground just between their feet. In an attempt to make ‘the worst game ever’, the European collective managed to make a fun iOS title, Crap of Defense, that garnered a number of good reviews. Snapping their fingers and hoping to get a harsher reception from the more hardcore handheld crowd, they ported the game as PSP mini Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder. Again much to their despair, they receive high marks. So, when other developers are shooting for the stars today with the likes of Bulletstorm and Killzone 3, ifun4all is limbo-ing under the bar with the Playstation Network version of the game, crap-tastic graphics in tow.

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Today Sony announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting some free Sega Genesis games. On top of being free, subscribers get these retro games before they are available to the rest of the PlayStation audience. Be warned though, they will only be available for a limited time.

The games that will be available include: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe 2, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, and (my favorite game ever made) Streets of Rage 2.

To see the full release windows for both PlayStation Plus subscribers and non subscribers, hit the jump. Read more… »

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Gamer Limit Review: Explodemon!
By: | February 10th, 2011

For a sub-genre that never really existed before a few years ago, explosion platformers have really taken off. Between ‘Splosion Man, MaXplosion, and the recent Explodemon!, there are more than enough excuses to get out there and start blowing stuff up.

At first glance, it would seem like Explodemon! is trying to capitalize on ‘Splosion Man’s success. However, most people aren’t aware that Explodemon was actually in development years before ‘Splosion Man was ever announced. Because of this misconception, I’m sure it will get some undeserved flak: which is a shame, because it’s a pretty fine game, and actually quite different in concept. Read more… »

From Twitter “@TimOfLegend: I think in the last shot you can see a reflection of Greg naked.” Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer jokes after watching a video made by Greg Rice, also of Double Fine. The video in question is a stop motion animation promoting Double Fine’s latest title, Stacking, released Tuesday on Playstation Network, Wednesday on Xbox LIVE. Gamer Limit lets you know why this video does more than just add to the nifty nouveau nature of the puzzle adventure.

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