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Dead Nation PS4 free with PS Plus in March

Brothers and Tomb Raider on PS3.

Free with a PlayStation Plus membership from 5th March will be Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition on PS4, Tomb Raider and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on PS3, and PixelJunk Monsters and Smart As on Vita.

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition confirmed for PS4

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition has been revealed to be in the works for PlayStation 4.

The game popped up on Sony Computer Entertainment Asia's PlayStation Blog (via NeoGAF) as one of four games that form March's PlayStation Plus offering.

The existence of a new Dead Nation comes as no surprise given Finnish developer Housemarque, which created eye-catching PS4 launch title Resogun, had teased a return to the top-down zombie shoot 'em up in the video below.

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Dead Nation DLC announced

Dead Nation DLC announced

Roads of Devastation coming soon.

Downloadable zombie shooter Dead Nation will be expanded via upcoming DLC pack Road of Devastation, developer Housemarque has announced.

The additional levels are set after the events of Dead Nation and add at least three new areas.

The DLC supplements the game's bestiary of zombie types and adds more weapons to players' arsenal.

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EU PlayStation Store update 13th July

EU PlayStation Store update 13th July

LA Noire: Reefer! Free MotorStorm DLC!

It's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store. Sony's Welcome Back offer has ended and the company has now caught up with the backlog left by the PSN downtime.

There are no new PS3 or PSP games to download, but a few decent dollops of DLC.

A day after its launch on Xbox 360, PS3 owners can now investigate Rockstar's final L.A. Noire episode. The Reefer Madness vice case pits Cole Phelps against a city-wide dope ring and is free for those who own the Rockstar Pass.

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Dead Nation voice chat patch incoming

Dead Nation voice chat patch incoming

You can pick each other's brains soon.

Somewhat bewilderingly, there's no voice chat option in PlayStation Network's multiplayer top-down zombie blaster, Dead Nation. Happily, that's set to change soon.

Developer Housemarque took over the PlayStation Blog to announce that it's working on a patch that will add in voice chat for the game's online co-op mode.

"It's regrettable that voice chat did not make it into the final game straight away," explained Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen.

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Dead Nation

Dead Nation

Happy entrails.

A top-down twin stick shooter filled with zombies, the only way Dead Nation could be less original is if developer Housemarque found a way to squeeze some space marines and a dropship in there. It's the definition of a Ronseal game, offering exactly what you expect and not a pixel more.

Do you like shooting zombies? Lots of zombies? Have you not had your zombie-shooting itch scratched by Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare and every other game with "dead" in the title? Or by The Walking Dead on TV? Or by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was a book and is now being made into a film? Zombies, rather appropriately, are bloody everywhere and it's sadly inevitable that Dead Nation's no-frills approach leaves it suffering from a severe case of over-familiarity. That's a pity, since there's a solid and satisfying shooter engine under the tired memes, and it's delivered with admirable attention to detail.

It seems redundant to explain the plot but in the interests of review etiquette: zombie outbreak, you survivor, reach safety. What matters is what happens next, as you advance through 10 levels of undead mayhem, exploding thousands of heads along the way. Starting out with basic armour, an assault rifle (with infinite ammo) and a linear path ahead of you, the action quickly establishes a rhythm of cautious progress punctuated by sudden influxes of zombie hordes that send you back-pedalling down the street, firing into their scrabbling mass. Every now and again you'll be sealed into a small area, and only allowed to leave when every zombie is splattered.

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Online co-op confirmed for Dead Nation

Super Stardust HD creator Housemarque's confirmed online co-op for its upcoming PlayStation Network-exclusive zombie kill-em-up Dead Nation.

"Originally, online co-op wasn't going to be included as a launch feature as the schedule and resources didn't allow it," wrote CEO and co-founder Ilari Kuittinen on the EU PlayStation Blog.

"However, after many late night testing sessions and long talks with Sony, we decided that this was a must-have feature and it would be unfair on you if we launched without it. At this point our coders went from 12 hour working days to 16 hour days, as well as weekends. Fortunately, I think what we came up works really well."

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