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Multiplayer action has been heating up the past few weeks with the release of the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta. Whether racking up kills on Team Deathmatch or capturing plenty of loot in Plunder, lots of people have enjoyed the game modes offered in anticipation of the game's release this November. One question that gamers have in the case of any online multiplayer is whether or not the game will feature dedicated servers., and on Naughty Dog's Twitter page, that idea has been shot down.
For those of you who had early access to the Uncharted 3 beta, you'll notice a slight change has occurred. Two game modes went missing - Three Team Deathmatch and Co-Op Arena. Now that we are headed into the second phase of the beta, Naughty Dog is replacing those two game modes with something else. Those new game modes happen to be Team Objective and Co-Op Hunter Arena. If you were already impressed with the beta thus far, these two new modes will do a little more impressing for you!
Before the world caught the World of Warcraft fever, many gamers spent their time playing a completely different MMO, and that would be Star Wars Galaxies. The Star Wars franchise has commanded arguably the most loyal fanbase of all time, capitalizing on their loyalty with books, comics, and even video games, outside of the 6 major film releases. Though Star Wars Galaxies has been running strong for 8 years, Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts will be pulling the plug on the game later this year as they move onto greener pastures.
In the past few days, I looked at each major company's E3 press conference and gave my overall impression of each one, elated at some of the things that were announced as well as growl at others. But now, it's time to take a look the big picture. What overall tone did E3 set for the industry? From what I saw, it seems that the industry relied too much on sequels to get things done, not taking enough risks with new IPs to pave the future for each company.
With Microsoft kicking off E3 in disappointing fashion, it was up to Sony to try to get things back on a happier track with a press conference that would feature better games and other content. Sony had a lot on its plate at E3. They suffered a network outage that lasted over a month due to it being hacked, leaving many PS3 owners upset. Plus, they had a new piece of hardware to show off. Things started to go their way as the Playstation Network was back in full force before E3. Did Sony capitalize on its momentum and blow us away with a great press conference?

When you add together the number of gaming consoles and sub-divisions within Sony, they appear to take up the most booth space of any company at E3.  I could be wrong, but it sure does appear that way.  

For about the last month and a half, Sony has been all over the news and in many blogs posts due to the PSN outage. It was a troubling time for the company, but they managed to overcome the obstacle in the end and get things back to the way that they should be. Now, Sony will be featured in the news with the announcement of the PS Vita at their E3 press conference. Along with the new hardware, Sony also detailed plans for a new 3D TV lineup set to come out this fall.

The E3 2011 Sony Press Event started off with an apology for their recent Playstation Network outages, but by the end of the night there was no need to repent for anything. The day started with tons of free food truck grub (and beer) and ended with a free-for-all of live game demos and a surprise performance by Jane's Addiction (also more food and beer). Below you'll find a selection of highlights from throughout the night: the new games, the PS VITA, Kobe Bryant, the ballerinas(?), and Jane's Addiction...

After the Playstation Store went back online yesterday, the next big question is when will the Welcome Back program kick in? Everyone has been eager to get their hands on some free games, but haven't had the chance to. That all changes today as Sony has made the Welcome Back program go live. However, the Playstation Store is having some connection errors, so you will have to wait a little bit before claiming your free goodies.
 Though you may have gotten used to calling Sony's new handheld the NGP, that may not be the case when it is officially unveiled at E3. Rumors have been floating around that the device will instead be named the Vita. Images have also popped up that appear to be a manual that does indeed say it's the PS Vita. But did Sony make the right move naming it the Vita, or was it better off being called the NGP?
 With the whole Playstation Network hacking debacle, Sony has a lot of ground to make up after incurring an estimated loss of $170 million. The question is, how do they get back all of that money? Probably one of the easiest ways to do it is to charge everyone to use the network, much it's rival's XBox Live service. Though that could easily remedy the situation, I think that wouldn't be the best move for Sony, as it would alienate its fanbase.
 Today was meant to be the day PS3 owners wake up and turn on their systems to see that the Playstation Store has returned. Many people either wanted to claim their free games from the Welcome Back program or download their L.A. Noire DLC. Sadly, that won't be the case. In a recent blog post on the PS Blog, PS3 owners will have to wait at least until the end of the month.
 A little while ago, I had done a series of previews for E3, making predictions on what the Big 3 will have in store for us, as well as take a few guesses at what games we might see. From the specifics of Project Cafe to the impact of the NGP, I pitched in my ideas as to what this year's show will look like. With that out of the way, I wanted to compile a list of what I think will be the top 5 games at E3 this year, but with the chance of some surprises along the way, I've decided to play it safe and only used games that have been confirmed. Without further ado, let's take a look at the top 5 confirmed games at E3.

 It's been pretty much a month since the PSN has been down, but now it is finally coming to an end as it slowly gets back up to speed. This past week, online matchmaking has come back into the fray, leaving the Playstation Store, Qrocity, and Playstation Home left to get back into the mix. Once all is done, everyone will be entitled to some free games that they can keep forever. After reading the details, I think this is a much better welcome back than I anticipated.