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20 Apr 2012
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Take a first glimpse at the new God of War® adventure, become a chess master on PS Vita, try your hand at rewriting sporting history and take to the skies on PS3 this weekend.

Discover the origins of Kratos

God of War fans rejoice; infamous Spartan warrior Kratos is preparing to return to PlayStation®3. This exclusive trailer marks the official unveiling to the world of forthcoming title, God of War: Ascension™. The most ambitious God of War adventure in the series so far, God of War: Ascension takes us right back to where it all began. Discover the origins of Kratos as he takes his first steps on a now legendary quest for freedom.

Make your move

Following the release of Pure Chess on PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita version of the game is available to download from PlayStation Store this week. Grab it now for your chance to experience the classic board game in stunning detail on the go, plus take on up to seven of your friends via PlayStation Network using innovative turn-based gameplay.

Are you a grandmaster in the making? Find out now by picking up Pure Chess from PlayStation Store.

Hit the ice

You can master moves of a different nature in NHL 12, available to download to your PS3 from PlayStation Store this weekend. Stellar play, big hits and spectacular goals mean you can experience the glory of becoming the next ice hockey star as you set out to shatter the records of some of the greatest to ever play the game.

Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe... you? Become the next legend of the ice by downloading NHL 12 from PlayStation Store this weekend.

Sky high

Strap in, grab the stick and get a taste of what it feels like to take part in the most important aerial battles from World War II. The Birds of Steel demo is available at PlayStation Store this weekend, meaning you can lift off in the Grumman F4F and battle your way through Wake Island, pilot the nimble Japanese Zero in the attack on the Lexington or hold on in the Spitfire Mk V through the Siege of Malta.

Answer the call

Earth stands on the brink of nuclear disaster in House of the Dead 4 on PS3 this weekend. So if you think you've got what it takes to save the planet before it's too late, grab your PlayStation Move motion controller and head to PlayStation Store to experience this arcade shooter featuring an intense single player campaign as well as co-operative play for two players.

More treats in store

Also available from PlayStation Store this weekend: get the complete edition of Renegade Ops, which includes the main game as well as the Reinforcements Vehicle and Cold Strike packs; pick up three new missions for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City in the Spec Ops DLC Missions 2-4 pack; and, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans can download Special Ops missions for the very first time along with four maps in the Collection 1 pack.

Here be treasure

A PlayStation icon returns to PS3 later in 2012 in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time as the sneaky raccoon embarks on a daring journey to protect the precious secrets of the Cooper clan. You can get in on the action by taking part in our fantastic competition to design a treasure that developer Sanzaru Games could bring to life in Sly's latest adventure. Head over to on a PC to find out more and you could win a PS Vita system as well as having your creation immortalised in the game itself.

FIWC Grand Final 2012 is heading to Dubai

The FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is heading east to Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel, providing a luxurious setting for the eighth FIWC Grand Final, taking place from 21-23 May 2012, following Barcelona in 2010 and Los Angeles in 2011. FIFA and Presenting Partners EA SPORTS™ and PlayStation® will be flying the 24 finalists of the world's largest online gaming tournament, including Samuel Liberato representing Australia, to Dubai for a once in a lifetime experience and the chance to be crowned FIWC champion.

Crytek takes aim with Crysis 3

Electronic Arts and award-winning developer Crytek announced Crysis® 3, the premier sandbox shooter experience of 2013. Powered by Crytek's proprietary CryENGINE®, Crysis 3 advances the state of the art with unparalleled visuals and dynamic shooter gameplay.

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