The Last of Us Pack ShotEveryone loves a good dystopian world where you have to scavenge for food along with the rest of the survivors of a population-decimating plague among cities that have been reclaimed by nature. . . . or at least we love playing games that are set in that environment. As mentioned in our PlayStation Store Update, The Last Of Us focuses on two survivors – Joel and Elle – who are stuck in just that environment with the military determined to get Elle back. Why? Well, that’s for you to find out as you play this highly-anticipated game.

Also released this week is the official soundtrack from Gustavo Santaolalla, now available on the Music Unlimited service. The Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning composer has been recognized with those honors for his work on the soundtracks to the films Brokeback Mountain and Babel , but this is his first foray into the video game world. With such a rich story line, it feels like a natural transition for the musician, who carefully designed the game’s hauntingly minimalistic score. Hear more about his history and the creation of the album in the video below.

After all the buzz from E3, The Last of Us game and soundtrack are a great way to top off an exciting week. Enjoy!

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SupermanFacebookSuperman explodes back into theaters this weekend with the greatly anticipated release of Zachary Snyder’s Man of Steel. The hero, played by Henry Cavill, gets another origin story with a star-studded cast including Russell Crowe as Superman’s Kryptonian father, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as his adopted Earth parents, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Michael Shannon as the evil General Zod. Watch the trailer here!

Before you fly to the theaters faster than a speeding bullet check out our Top 10 Awesome Animated Adventures of the Man of Steel currently available on the Video Unlimited service:

  1. Superman Unbound: Based on the 2008 comic story, Superman and Supergirl face off against Brainiac to stop the artificial intelligence from bottling the city of Metropolis and destroying the Earth.
  2. Superman Vs. The Elite: Superman has to stop a group of rogue “heroes” whose tactics are much more lethal than his.
  3. Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor is the President? That’s the premise of this story but despite Luthor’s popularity the two heroes don’t quite trust that he’s put his villainous ways behind him.
  4. Superman: Doomsday: An adaptation of the classic “Death of Superman” comic story, this film has the Man of Steel dying at the hands of Doomsday and Lex Luthor wreaking all sorts of havoc in his absence.
  5. All-Star Superman: Based on Grant Morrison’s landmark story, Superman faces challenges unlike anything before as he seeks to stop Lex Luthor, keep the sun alive and more.
  6. Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: When Supergirl arrives on Earth it’s up to Superman to teach her not only how to fit in but also how to use her powers for the good of her adopted world.
  7. Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam: It’s going to take a team-up of the Man of Steel and the World’s Mightiest Mortal to defeat the evil magic of Black Adam.
  8. Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Based on the animation style of Superman: The Animated Series this feature-length story has Superman fighting against Brainiac and Luthor, who have teamed up to destroy Superman.
  9. Science of Superman: This film interviews the experts and uses highlights from comic books, television and film – including scenes from the 2006 summer blockbuster, “Superman Returns” – to examine the science behind the Man of Steel’s extraordinary powers.
  10. Look, Up in the Sky!: The Amazing Story of Superman: In an amazing, thrill-packed story of the legendary hero through the years: from comic books to cartoons to TV to movies, this featurette includes awesome see-it-first, see-it-now footage of 2006′s Superman Returns.

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The biggest video game event of the year, E3, has been happening this week in Los Angeles, featuring the newest and most exciting developments in gaming (hello PS4!) Following tradition, PlayStation Home has taken the actual schematics of this year’s physical PlayStation booth and recreated it, right down to the finest details. In it, you can participate in the E3 Quest, stopping at various booths to get cool prizes including access to the Killzone: Mercenary beta & 30-Day PlayStation Plus Trial and of course, some sweet swag from the Music Unlimited service.

There are step-by-step directions as you start your quest, but here’s a sneak peak of how to gather the goodies from the Music Unlimited service:

1.       Scroll to the PlayStation Network icon on the XMB, drop down to What’s New and click the PlayStation Home Virtual E3 Banner.

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It’s been a busy week at PlayStation with E3 and the latest updates on the upcoming PlayStation 4. That means there’s also a lot to look forward to on the PlayStation Store this week.

New this week exclusively for PS3 is the anticipated new adventure survival game The Last of Us (Releases 12:01 AM PDT on 6/14). The game focuses on the two survivors, Joel and Ellie, as they trek across a post apocalyptic United States, facing dangers that include infected humanoid creatures who want to spread the infection, surviving scavengers on the fringe and the military that are determined to get Ellie back no matter what.

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Also new this week for PS3 is Aliens: Colonial Marines, which pits players against the universe’s ultimate alien killing machines, the Xenomorphs, in claustrophobic environments guaranteed to produce blood curdling thrills.

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The follow-up to the 2010 hit Final Fantasy title, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is also new on PS3 this week. When Serah’s town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her. Together, the two set off to find Lightning who has disappeared without a trace.

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Don’t miss the latest news from PlayStation during E3 2013. Check out everything that’s going at the expo and any new updates here.

Find the full list of new games and deals in this week’s update here.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is shown in the first trailer of the second part of the epic trilogy. Plus, more dwarves, more elves and more Middle-Earth action.

More Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the Kin

Insidious Chapter 2: The horror continues right where we left off as this haunted family’s attempt to be normal again hits a supernatural speed bump.

Watch the original on the Video Unlimited service: Insidious

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The Powerful Oz, the Incredible Wonderstone and the famed Phantom are taking over Video Unlimited New Release Recap. Be one of the first to get a rundown of the new releases happening this week!

The fantastical adventure of Oz The Great And Powerful follows James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. When Diggs is hurled away to the vibrant Land of Oz, he puts magic to work against three witches who are not convinced as him being the greatest wizard that everyone anticipated. Reluctantly drawn into epic problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. See how Oscar transforms himself into the great Wizard of Oz, now available on Video Unlimited service.

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NewReleases611Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums & singles below.

Highlights:

  • Gustavo Santaolalla’s epic score to the highly anticipated PlayStation®3 exclusive, The Last of Us.  
  • Black Sabbath’s first album since 1995 and the first to feature Ozzy Osbourne since 1978.
  • Another outrageous set of songs from SNL’s comedy trio, The Lonely Island, including “YOLO.”
  • The 8th studio album from beloved emo revolutionists Jimmy Eat World, featuring “I Will Steal You Back” & “Damage.”

New Albums Available This Week [6/4/13]:

Gustavo SantaolallaThe Last of Us (Video Game Soundtrack) 
Black Sabbath13
The Lonely IslandThe Wack Album
Jimmy Eat WorldDamage 
Big Time Rush24/seven
The Goo Goo DollsMagnetic
Surfer BloodPythons 
Harry Connick Jr.Every Man Should Know
The AlmostFear Inside Our Bones
Children Of BodomHalo of Blood
Various Artists - 20 Feet From Stardom – Music from the Motion Picture
Court Yard HoundsEP
Pacific AirStop Talking
MatrimonyMontebello Drive
Everything EverythingArc
Prodigy & AlchemistAlbert Einstein
Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live
CelldwellerCelldweller 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Teen DazeThe House on the Mountain

New Singles Available This Week [6/11/13]:

Jack Johnson – “I Got You”
Five For Fighting – “What If
Mike Posner – “The Way It Used To Be
Grouplove – “Ways To Go
The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away”

Coming Up Next Week [6/18/13]:

Kanye WestYeezus
J. ColeBorn Sinner
Kelly RowlandTalk A Good Game
Mac MillerWatching Movies with the Sound Off
3OH!3 - OMENS
Empire Of The Sun - Ice On The Dune
Sublime3 Ring Circus – Live At The Palace [Live At The Palace]
HansonAnthem
Sigur RosAgaetis Byrjun
SoundtrackThe Bling Ring: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes (Encore)
Victoria Justice - Victoria Justice (Digital EP)
Primal Scream - More Light
Falling In ReverseFashionably Late
The Mowgli’sWaiting For The Dawn
Woodkid - I Love You
Valient ThorrOur Own Masters
TripwiresSpacehopper
Matthew Dear - Beams (Expanded Edition)
Roberto TapiaLo Mejor De

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Just in time for summer, PlayStation Plus members can get a whole year’s worth of music at a substantial discount.  Starting today for a limited time, a 12 month Premium subscription to the Music Unlimited service is just $41.99 for PS+ members – a discount of over 65 percent from the regular monthly price.  Those who don’t have a PS+ membership can also take advantage of a special rate of $59.99 for the 12 month Premium subscription.

Get more information about this amazing offer at PlayStation.Blog.

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MU_ArtsAndCraftsCustomChannel_US_FB-WallThis Saturday, the Toronto-based Arts & Crafts will be officially celebrating their 10 year anniversary at Field Trip Music & Arts Festival at Fort York and Garrison Common. We’ve sent one lucky winner up to enjoy the festival and we will be on site all day catching sets from the bands that defined the influential record label, including Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan and Broken Social Scene (performing You Forgot It In People in its entirety! Eeek!)

While Field Trip is the “senior prom” of the year-long celebration, A&C has been commemorating the occasion with a series of albums compiling their marquee artist’s iconic songs and original collaborations, including Feist x Timber Timbre, Amy Millan x Dan Mangan, Chilly Gonzales x Stars and more. We’ve gathered these anniversary tracks in the Arts & Crafts: 2003 – 2013 Channel, available now in the premium channels section of the Music Unlimited service.

These artists not only made Arts & Crafts what they are today, but have made a significant impact on the indie rock scene worldwide. Listen to it now and keep an eye out for more from the festival this weekend!

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It took some plotting and planning but Identity Thief was able to steal it’s way to the number one spot on our list of top movies purchased on the Video Unlimited service this week. But with the hit comedy combo of Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is anyone really surprised?

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Looking for a weekend movie to keep you on the edge of your seat? Our number two film for the week, Dark Skies, should do the trick. Or if you’d rather have some heart pumping action, there’s always Parker and A Good Day to Die Hard, the next two films in our top 10 films of the week.

Check out the rest of our Top 10 below:

  1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter
  2. Jack Reacher
  3. Mama
  4. Warm Bodies
  5. Beautiful Creatures (2013)
  6. The Last Stand
  7. A Good Day to Die Hard
  8. Parker
  9. Dark Skies
  10. Identity Thief (Unrated)

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