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Best Buy is currently throwing a back to school sale, with the idea being that it'll help prepare the student in one's family for the fall by equipping him or her with the latest tech.

And true, one can see a brand new laptop or cell phone becoming a valuable aide in class, but for whatever reason, video games are thrown into the mix, which seems a tad bit counterproductive.

But who cares; the most important thing is that it's a chance to score some decent games on the cheap. The entire selection can be found on Best Buy's website. Though standouts include God of War: Ascension, Ni No Kuni, Modern Warfare 3, and the Walking Dead, each for just $20.

Though act fast; the deals are only valid till this Saturday. At that point, it leaves you exactly one month to beat everything until classes officially start.

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"Gran Turismo" is one of Sony's most important high profile franchises for the PlayStation. Yet, all things considered, other than games themselves, plus various bite sized, downloadable editions, there hasn't been much else.

You'd think that at least one of its numerous rides would have made the cast of "PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale" (Sega's Daytona USA stock car was actually a character in their mascot brawler, Fighters Megamix, many moons ago), but that never happened, nor anything remotely similar.

Well, the venerable series may finally be pimped out in an ill-advised manner soon enough. Because a Gran Turismo movie is in the works. And the best part? It's being produced by the same folks behind the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation as well.

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was to be Sony's answer to Nintendo's mascot driven brawler. The original plan was for the game to be supported with a steady stream of DLC, either new characters or new backgrounds, both tapping into Sony's rich back catalog.

But because the brawler ended up being a bust, those plans never materialized. Sony ended up cutting ties with developer SuperBot Entertainment earlier this year, and it was announced that their Santa Monica studio would take over, but there hasn't been anything from them since.

So what exactly was SuperBot Entertainment working on? Well, by the looks of two leaked images that were posted by someone who was working on the game, there was at the very least going to be a stage that combined Journey and Gravity Rush.

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The trophies that one can earn while playing PlayStation games are beloved by many (the same goes for Microsoft's Achievement Points), though reviled by plenty as well.

Most complaints can be simply boiled down to "they're just a waste of time." But those who are fond of PSN trophies nonetheless (and who theoretically has more than a few that they call their own) can finally put them to use. Sorta.
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Hotline

Sony's on a roll at the moment; many believe they've been making all the right moves. Like the direction they chose to go with the PS4, in terms of used games, DRM, and various other matters of policy.

Their support of the indie scene has also gotten plenty of thumbs up. Which is nothing new really; thatgamecompany provided one of the very first high profile PSN releases, Flow, and would later produce the universally celebrated Journey.
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Sony has just released a video that directly compares the original Final Fantasy X, which came out in 2001 for the PlayStation 2, and the upcoming high definition re-release, part of the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster package, slated for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later this year.
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by Joseph Leray

Proteus

The easiest way to introduce a little-known game to an audience is usually to start off with the developer's name and some basic genre information. For example, if this were 1987 I might write, "'Super Mario Bros.' is a colorful platformer developed by Nintendo."

"Proteus" is ... well, it was developed by Ed Key and David Kanaga, and it's coming to the PlayStation 3 and Vita this autumn.

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by Joseph Leray

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

Just Add Water, the British studio developing a handful of Oddworld Inhabitants projects, are the first studio to publicly throw their names into Hideo Kojima's hat following yesterday's news that he was actively seeking third-party developers to remake "Metal Gear Solid" using the Fox Engine.

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by Joseph Leray

Last week, we reported that the release of Dennaton Games' pixelated, 80's-drenched beat-'em-eup "Hotline Miami" on the PlayStation 3 and Vita was imminent. The official PlayStation Blog has since confirmed that the game will be available on the PlayStation Network tomorrow, June 25th, for a modest $9.99.

The PlayStation port of "Hotline Miami"  was handled by Dutch outfit Abstraction Games, and they've left their own bloody fingerprints on the ultraviolent cult title: Russell the Raging Bull is a new, equipable mask exclusive to the PS3-slash-Vita version of the game.

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by Joseph Leray

Hotline

According to the official "Hotline Miami" Twitter account, Dennaton Games' bloody beat-'em-up will " most likely," "probably" be available on PlayStation 3 and Vita next week. The salient tweets came in response to fans asking for a status update on the Abstraction Games-helmed port, announced back in February.
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