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Sony offers big lineup for 2011

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2011's going to be a banner year for Playstation 3 and PSP fans.

How do we know? Shortly before Christmas we had the pleasure of touring Sony's Santa Monica studios, where a bewildering variety of upcoming titles were in the process of being translated, cleaned up, and generally prepared for their North American releases. Games like Twisted Metal, Uncharted 3, Killzone 3, and The Last Guardian will be the ones grabbing the headlines, but there's more to Sony's slate.  Read on!

LittleBigPlanet 2

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LittleBigPlanet 2 - Sony

2008's critically-acclaimed user-content-fest is back in a big way — as is its lovable hero, Sackboy.  The sequel features greatly enhanced level-creation tools, allowing would-be designers to craft more than just platform levels: puzzles, racing, and role-playing are now all in the cards.  What's more, the game features new cutscene-creation tools, and a fully-functional musical sequencer that will allow truly ambitious users to compose elaborate soundtracks.  The first of this lineup to be released on North American shores, LBP2 is available now, having hit stores on January 18th.

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Beat Sketcher

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Beat Sketcher - Sony

Looking for something to to take advantage of your Playstation's new Move controller?  A combination rhythm game and art game, Beat Sketcher encourages players to draw shapes with the Move — either in timed challenges corresponding to certain musical beats, or in a free-art mode that allows players to scribble to their heart's content.  A low-key game meant to foster gentle creative expression, Beat Sketcher is surprisingly robust as an art program — get the hang of it and you can create some very pretty pictures, all of which can be shared with friends over the Playstation Network.  Best of all, Beat Sketcher can already be downloaded on PSN.

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Patapon 3 (PSP)

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Patapon 3 - Sony

The beloved rhythmic real-time strategy game series returns!  If you've ever tossed and turned at night with the chant of "pata-pata-PON!" ringing incessantly in your ears, you'll know why this is a big deal.  There's no other game quite like Patapon, and the third entry promises a continuation of the series' well-honed gameplay.  The story this time involves a mysterious box, which, when opened, releases evil spirits that turn many of the Patapons to stone.  In endeavoring to cure this plague you'll learn more about the Patapons, where they come from, and where they're going.  Patapon 3 is set for an April 2011 release.

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Pixeljunk Shooter 2

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PixelJunk shooter 2 - Sony

The retro, two-dimensional action of Pixeljunk Shooter is back in this PSN download title.  New game modes include a head-to-head contest in which two players vie to rescue trapped scientists while thwarting their opponents' attempts at the same.

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