PSN gets MAG beta, Savage Moon PSP

PlayStation Store Update: Client arrives for online shooter and portable tower defense title debuts as Sony slashes prices on an array of downloadable titles.

This week's retail release list for Sony systems is embarrassingly light, consisting entirely of Guitar Hero: Van Halen for the PlayStation 3. However, the PlayStation maker is compensating with an assortment of new releases and seasonal deals on its downloadable storefront.

MAG is almost here.

Leading off the weekly PlayStation Store update is an offering gamers actually won't be able to play for a little while yet. Sony is letting users download the client program for the MAG open beta right now, although the actual testing period won't begin until January 4. Sony has the beta period slated to end the night of January 10, with the final retail release of MAG set for January 26.

PS3 owners looking for more immediate gratification have a number of new options at their disposal, starting with the fighting game Battle Fantasia from Arc System Works ($19.99). Although this marks the game's domestic debut for the PS3, Battle Fantasia was originally released on the Xbox 360 last year and on both platforms internationally.

The PlayStation Store is also adding the new PS3 block-based puzzler Polar Panic ($9.99) to its catalog, as well as a $19.99 PixelJunk bundle that includes the developer's first three games: PixelJunk Racers, PixelJunk Monsters, and PixelJunk Eden.

Sony is also padding out its selection of original PlayStation games with the 1997 port of the space combat game Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom. It turns out The Price of Freedom is $5.99, which buys a version of the game playable on the PS3, as well as the PSP, and features a cutscene-intensive storyline with live-action footage featuring the likes of Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell. The game's emphasis on video can be seen in its 2.25GB file size (nearly twice the size of Battle Fantasia).

Gamers on the go for the holidays can also check the PlayStation Store for new PSP releases, led by a portable edition of the tower defense game Savage Moon. The $9.99 download lets players protect a mining colony from vicious buglike creatures with the strategic placement of defenses. The PSP catalog is also bolstered by the arrival of Me & My Katamari ($19.99), Football Manager Handheld 2010 ($23.99), and Aedis Eclipse ($9.99).

Sony is also getting into the holiday spirit with price breaks throughout the PlayStation Store until January 7. Sega and Electronic Arts in particular have cut prices on many of their offerings, from add-on packs to full game downloads for both PS3 and PSP. A full list of the week's deals, new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, and add-on content is available on the official PlayStation Blog.

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219 comments
UltimoIce
UltimoIce

I have been in the beta when it has been available the past couple months, and as a person that normally hates FPS since they are repitive, I have to say this has finally sold me. The graphics are decent (although most of us oldschool gamers don't really care about that), the response time is beyond excellent, and the maps and carnage are extremely nice. MAG doesn't take too many cheapshots by giving people ridiculous perks or "I WIN" abilities. You have your gun, your levels, and player skill. It won't be for everyone...but will be for people that love a challenging game in an unforgiving environment.

Wapniak
Wapniak

MAG have so many bugs that i can't play this game, u can't climb on objects, the way u have to climb the ladder sucks also, i got lvl 10 so i could play domination cause someone write its better then sabotage and it is little better but its a chaos on a map, i like the thing about the game that its big but somethimes i don't even know who shot me MW2 RULEZ

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

@Wapniak dude BC2's (online) (hVent played the single player)gameplay suckz, n omg i cant see the ppl n letters, they are so tiny lol n even by puttin the stick sensitivity at maximum idk its still so slow idk.. BC1 was way better /: but w.e my list of games 2 buy on 2010 is(can change): MAG, Lost Planet 2 (cant wait!!), n maybe God of War 3 (i dnt like alot single player games but its vry possible ill buy It lol)

Wapniak
Wapniak

what are u ppl blind, graphic is ok i got nothin to it but the gameplay SUCKS there can be like even 500 ppl playin at the same time but if the gameplay is like in this game i will stay with mw2 cause it is the best shooter now and its better to spend some money on bc2 then this ****

efunk25
efunk25

@Elfrancorifle I'm not necessarily saying the game sux just that my first experience with the game sucked. I like the concept of Team based missions but if everyone doesn't play as a team then the experience is lame. And that fact that someone from my team just camped behind the respawn point and killed me and everyone else over and over again until someone was able to get back to him and take him out gave me a bad first impression. Also the lack of people using headsets is lame as well.

gdrx
gdrx

first of all this game is sick..... for ppl that are sayin only 64 ppl..well get to lvl 10 and higher and u unlock other game modes that can support 256 ppl....and jus found out you can spend ur skill points for new guns...Raven pride

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

@efunk25 lol dude u suck i get like 48kills n like 19deaths n that was on domination (256players) i guess wat u played was sabotage(64players) lol dude if ur sayin u die a lot in sabotage well dnt enter domination XD but i gotta say this ive played with real a-holes in my team that cant kill -.- n start killin me or other team mates cuz we are killin or got alot of points... But w.e oh n i think the rank system is 2 easy /: anyway ima buy the game i got bored already of MW2, its an awesome game but i got bored (im awesome in MW2 lol) my PSN: XxT_I_K_IxX_PR Dnt add me got my friendlist full lol but if u see me in the games plz kick my ass lol or at least try :) Im a S.V.E.R. Child ORANGE BLOOD LMAO XD

zachmagik
zachmagik

MAG is a great game. Do NOT judge based on graphics, this game is 256 players. Because of this, it cannot have graphics on par with cod or Crysis. Once you get into the swing of things, this game is perhaps the most satisfying team-based experience I have played on consoles. It gives you reason to play for your specific team and is pure enjoyment to work together.

stocko2k
stocko2k

I really dont get why people are saying this sucks i've not had a bad game on it yet, no spawnkilling by teammates no lag and for a console shooter it plays really nicely. I'm still a fan of BF2 on pc and don't think any console shooter has lived up to the gameplay of that yet including MW2 but MAG is a decent attempt of a BF2 style game on console that does what it sets out to do

efunk25
efunk25

This game sux! I wasted a night of gaming to download this beta only to spend all night last night getting killed over and over again at the respawn point by my own players. I can see this being somewhat fun if the people playing actually make a effort to complete objectives but everyone seems to just want to run and gun like COD and this game doesn't work like that.

shoelaces-4-all
shoelaces-4-all

if they just fix the animations and make it so you can climb up some stuff that should be climbable and get rid of some of the annoying invisible walls in the middle of the levels and so on and make lobbies maybe for people will ing to communicate... or something... I dont know, they need to make the gameplay good enough to sacrifice the intense visual and audible detail of BFBC2 and MW2 which is definitely better. Before playing the beta I was thinking "well I do prefer better gameplay over better visuals" but at this point it seems that it doesnt have better of either. Just bigger maps and player count. I can go and buy BFBC2 when it comes out and have big maps and lots of players that respawn enough to make it seem like the whole place is packed so umm... give me somethin here Zipper! oh and on a positive note, i thought the visuals were better when I played than what I percieved from veiwing vids online... and there was relatively no lag.. that was nice..

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

Oh n it surprised me :O no LAG!!! Omg ok i got lag but it lasted like 1 sec n got another 1 like 30mins later of the same amount of time :D so i got 8 hours of gameplay im at lv 25 so lag is no prob in this game :) well thats me idk u ppl lol

Elfrancorifle
Elfrancorifle

the game is cool, Idk wats the prob with u guyz but yea i got the lost connection thing but not as much as u guyz said /: n i got 512kb of internet n i imagine u got like 5mb so thats a ***** lot!! lol n the gameplay reminds me of BC2 (beta) but better :) S.V.E.R. pride :D Orange Blood!!! lmao

Wapniak
Wapniak

i agree the beta suck the only thing good about it is that there can play 64 players at once and there's no lag but the gameplay sucks really bad, cod and bc are much better

stocko2k
stocko2k

the beta is pretty awesome only had a few 64 player games so far havent found a 256 game but really cant complain best console shooter ive played in a long time

HavocV3
HavocV3

Jakesta7 Posted Jan 3, 2010 5:49 pm GMT I guess those people are cool tht say this game looks terrible. come on fanboys, stop. I dont have an xbox, but i admit a ton of you exclusives are awesome. 256 players, no lag, doesnt sound awesome? ____ No lag....? I lag in 8-player games that have dedicated servers, there is no such thing. Huge battlefields with a moderate number- 16-24 or more players on dedicated is about the same as a small map with: 16 or less players on P2p.

JohnnyDrama8
JohnnyDrama8

I can not play the training mission. Can someone explain how to activate it or do I have redownload the beta? Also when do you pick what class of soldier you are and can you change your class? Someone please pm me with the answer. Thanks

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

connection seems to have improved abit since launch, my only problem is communication, i haven't a clue where the player is who's shouting or calling for backup

dsbvusdbo
dsbvusdbo

Yea. I had it not want to connect at all to any of the networks (Valor, Raven, or S.V.E.R) for a little while and then an hour later no problems at all. But yes @kargion it did say it might be under maintinance and of course during beta testing times it is subect to that at odd moments. Still it wasn't long before it got up and working again so I don't have a problem with it. And does anyone think that the game needs a seperate grenade button where you can cycle through just grenades and throw them were the hairline of your gun is aiming? You go down so fast of course that it's a hassle to want to throw a grenade and put away your main gun even though you can get an enemy that's around a corner or behind something.

Racer850
Racer850

Apart from the connection issues, i'm loving the beta

kargion
kargion

Um why are you guys all pissed off the beta is down, they are having server issues its why its called A BETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Down times and unexpected down times and connection issues are expected. Is this the first time you guys have ever been in an open beta? Lord guys, give them time to fix it. I'm glad they are finding these problems now rather than on game launch day.

NECROMONGER223
NECROMONGER223

this is the most poorly done beta ive ever seen i cant even connect most of the time

FOB616
FOB616

This is ridiculous, I can't play at all. Loses connection everytime I try to do something. Hurry and fix the damn beta already.

FoolWaywardLone
FoolWaywardLone

Having played the MAG beta well its a alright game. Having earned experiance you use it to purchase skills as it were. So say you like being a medic you can unlock abilities to heal others as well as yourself and finally bring wounded soldiers back into the fight. Be it you like your assault rifle you invest skill points in customizing it like giving a pistol grip or tactical sight. Movement is not really that bad it doesn't feel blocky like most FPS but its not quite like MW2 ether. I just hope their is more maps in the final release. Oh and a final note you need a good team I have entered a few games where allies were shooting each other in the back rather then the enemy.

dean0586
dean0586

and another thing i thought we was supposed to have 256 players on the same battlefield without being blocked off

dean0586
dean0586

im playing the open beta now and i must say i was expecting more, the graphics aint that good, and the way your characters move makes me laugh it seem a bit dated.. ill still play it though

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@ ohjtbehaaave well FPS suits this game much better than TPS would have and I like them both and only about 2 hours and 30mins left until it starts

godoo
godoo

i feel as though fps are dieing, i just want killzone 3 and resistance 3 and then im done with them forever

skleb4753
skleb4753

@ whoever responded to me : The game does have 256 players, you just don't get to play with all of them at the same time. Think of it as 5 call of duty mw2 maps combined, but blocked off from one another where everyone fights.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

@TevoxZi : Well, so it is, lol. Even so, it was not when I posted that.

battlemen
battlemen

you mean MAG or mass effect 2? Well it depends, i have both systems and i love the first mass effect, at first i didnt like it, but i recently had time to play it more this winter break and its really fun. Even though i did not beat it, it was really fun so far and the story is excellent. MAG is a completly different type of game that i also want. Its a shooter, think Call of duty.. times 5. BUT idk, if i were you i would get both... but if i had to choose i would choose Mass effect only because Bioware is known to be excellent in all their games, i mean look at dragon age, that was a great game. MAG is made by the people that made socom, also another great game. BASICALLY get both cause its a hard decision lol.

ascalon94
ascalon94

Should I get this or Mass Effect 2. And dont say one or the other cause its an exclusive

BrainedMyDamage
BrainedMyDamage

This is actually the game that finally set my eyes on the PS3. I have held a strong hatred towards the Playstation since the first one came out. But, now I proudly have the PS3 in my house, waiting for this game, as well as all of the amazing others coming!

Jakesta7
Jakesta7

I guess those people are cool tht say this game looks terrible. come on fanboys, stop. I dont have an xbox, but i admit a ton of you exclusives are awesome. 256 players, no lag, doesnt sound awesome?

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

FPS = BOO!!! They should have went 3rd person like they did with SOCOM! I Pass!

kamizuka
kamizuka

this game looks great! if your really into online you should totally get it! and yea Graphic Wise it looks better than MW2. you dont need to compare this to killzone2. KZ2 is famous on graphics and Mag is famous for the biggest number of online player a game can achieve

donmega1
donmega1

the closed beta was trash. i wont waste my time.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@VXLbeast Well, "next year" has already started. :)

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

@ash2197: Lol, considering none of those games you mentioned are ven out yet, you should probably stop laughing, since everyone is laughing at you.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

@SalFlame: Thats how alot of people are, I know a couple Xbox users who have bought a PS3 because of the lack of 360 software. If you get one, make sure to add me! As far as 360 games next year, there is Mass Effect 2, but thats all I have heard of yet (besides crack down 2, which looks retarded, IMO). Next year is looking good for the PS3 as well, with Heavy Rain on its way.

nukeforbinladen
nukeforbinladen

i say we should support innovation such as this. a game with 256 individual players is an incredible feat. sure its not the mona lisa of games on a graphics scale, but if we don't allow a game like this a fair chance, we will be stuck with boring games that are copies of one another (COD6)

nohabs
nohabs

From what I've read and seen.....same old

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@ PS3burritoman yes they can make changes to the game play though patches and the beta is for anyone in the world

Radmind
Radmind

@sanozsuke I've downloaded the MAG client and did the update. I live just outside Toronto Ontario, Canada so I'm doubting it's US only.

sanoxsuke
sanoxsuke

Also, it may just be in the US ONLY. since some guy said he cant find it in the SEARCH.