BloodRayne: Betrayal

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Download Games Roundup

Download Games Roundup

LeedMees! Ugly! BloodRayne! Kaleidoscope! Skydrift!

There's a lot to be said about the way download gaming has dramatically broadened the types of games you can now buy. Rather than just producing cheap-and-cheerful versions of the most popular genres, most developers have headed down the path less travelled.

The consequence of this is that we've ended up the best of both worlds, where the most treasured ideas of the past are revived, while new ideas get boldly premiered - sometimes in the same game.

It feels like developers have managed to get their creative confidence back in a way that simply wasn't possible only a few years ago. Not everything will work, of course, but the most important thing is that there are a hell of a lot more interesting and original games doing the rounds now, and that can only be good for the health of a risk-averse 'blockbuster' sector that seems intent on focusing solely on safe sequels to ride out the rest of the generation.

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Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Free Resi, Plants vs. Zombies, too.

PlayStation Plus members get exclusive first entry into the Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One online beta this week.

Botanical tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies and the PS one Resident Evil: Director's Cut are also available free.

This week's PlayStation Network Play release BloodRayne: Betrayal comes 20 per cent off, while popular PSN sidescroller Explodemon! is now half price.

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EU PlayStation Store update 7th Sept

EU PlayStation Store update 7th Sept

BloodRayne: Betrayal! God of War demo!

Downloadable PlayStation 3 title BloodRayne: Betrayal headlines this week's list of new downloadable content on the PSN Store.

The game is a 2D sidescroller featuring half-vampire series star Rayne. It's out on Xbox Live Arcade today too, although when bought through the PlayStation Network Play promotion gamers get a BloodRayne: Betrayal avatar item for PlayStation Home.

PS3 gamers can nab a demo of God of War Collection: Volume 2, which features PlayStation Portable Kratos adventures God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta remastered in HD and 3D compatible.

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Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Sony announces Summer of Arcade rival

Meet PlayStation Network Play.

Sony has just announced a rival to Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion, called PlayStation Network Play.

Similar to the XBLA offer, it contains four games released on Wednesdays at weekly intervals. Buying all four nets you a fifth, free.

Play begins on 24th August with the launch of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition. 31st August brings DeathSpank threequel The Baconing.

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Bloodrayne Betrayal release date

Bloodrayne Betrayal release date

Out next month on PSN and XBLA.

2D side-scroller Bloodrayne Betrayal launches on the PlayStation Network on 30th August and Xbox Live Arcade on 31st August, developer Wayforward has announced.

30th August is a Tuesday, the day the PlayStation Store updates in the US. Presumably the game will go live on the EU PlayStation Store alongside our update a day later on Wednesday, 31st August.

The game sees Rayne reluctantly recruited by the vampire hunting Brimstone Society for one final mission. Apparently you'll team up with a mysterious new friend to stop "an evil vampire massacre".

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BloodRayne: Betrayal announced

BloodRayne: Betrayal announced

2D side-scroller for PSN/XBLA.

Majesco's dormant BloodRayne franchise is back, with a new 2D side-scroller just announced for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

Due out this summer, the game sees Rayne reluctantly recruited by the vampire hunting Brimstone Society for one final mission. Apparently you'll team up with a mysterious new friend to stop "an evil vampire massacre".

The game is being developed by 2D specialists Wayforward Technologies the same team behind the Wii A Boy & His Blob remake and recent DSiWare effort Shantae: Risky's Revenge.

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