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  1. We have now ended an unforgettable year for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition with the champion officially being crowned for Capcom Cup 2018! We’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone who has made this possible, from all the tournament organizers, volunteers, professional players, and especially the community. Our year of mayors, presidents, and kings would not have been possible without you! But on to the future, as all the lights from Capcom Cup 2018 have created a shadow in the form of Kage, the newest character in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and the beginning of the next season. Kage, meaning “shadow” in Japanese, is the physical embodiment of the Satsui no Hado, an evil force rooted in humanity’s obsession with power. Those who have control over this force, like Akuma, carry immense strength, but at the cost of their humanity. Ryu is one such being who knows the Satsui no Hado exists within him and has been struggling to keep it at bay. Hypothetically, if Ryu let the Satsui no Hado consume him, the being known as Evil Ryu takes over and begins a path of destruction. However, after the events of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Ryu has been able to overcome the Satsui no Hado’s influence and be at peace…until the force decides to have a mind of its own. Kage rises in order to prove to Ryu that his true power comes from the Satsui no Hado. Seeing as how Kage has ties to both Ryu and Evil Ryu, his move set takes inspiration from both of them. Kage has the iconic Hadoken and Shoryuken, though the former does not act like a projectile unless used in the air. Kage also has Evil Ryu’s Shakunetsu Hadoken, a red fireball that goes full screen, and Ryusokyaku, a wide arcing axe kick. Finally, Kage has access to two Critical Arts, Ryu’s Metsu Shoryuken and the Shun Goku Satsu, commonly known as the Raging Demon. Both of these Critical Arts feature a background of crimson red to show the stark difference between Ryu’s serene blue. Kage is available for MSRP $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money on December 16! Along with Kage, the latest balance changes to the rest of the 32 characters have arrived! Five of the characters – F.A.N.G, Vega, Chun-Li, Abigail, and M. Bison – received brand new moves to enhance their playstyle. Head to training mode to see how your favorite characters have changed! Finally, we have officially confirmed the Capcom Pro Tour will be returning in 2019 to offer another year of vigorous competition and gasp-worthy moments. Stay tuned for more details regarding the Capcom Pro Tour and Capcom Cup 2019! Once again, thank you for an incredible 2018. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned in 2019! View the full article
  2. Ashen has a distinct look and its landscapes are imaginative, but no level of creativity can hide the fact that it is a shameless Dark Souls clone. New Zealand-based developer A44 fully embraces this inspiration to deliver almost identical combat, exploration, and a risk-based currency of souls. While feeling overly similar to From Software’s body of work, Ashen pumps out excitement and fun, and manages to carve out a hint of something new with how it handles cooperative play. I died five times in a lengthy dungeon and began thinking I would never get through it. On my next life, I was joined by a player who complemented my style of play. We marched through this challenging gauntlet and made short work of its boss; I lucked out in finding a partner that could help me. This type of passive cooperative play is where Ashen establishes a somewhat unique and powerful pulse. If another player is at the same point in the story, you may be joined up together. As I illustrated, this can be a boon. Having someone draw the attention of enemies away from you completely changes the difficulty pendulum from an enemy’s advantage to yours. The cooperative play is designed similarly to Journey’s, in that you can’t communicate with the other player or try to become friends with them. They are with you for your current objective, and will vanish as soon as die or attempt fast travel. While there were players I wish I could have played the entire game with, the feeling of losing a helping hand is a part of what makes this experience tick. It’s a crushing loss, but at the same time, that person likely helped you reach a new milestone. You created that one awesome memory with them. Sure, there are players I played with that, well, sucked, and ended up wasting my time, but that’s all part of the luck of the draw. If another player isn’t around, you’ll be paired with an A.I.-driven teammate that can be reliable, but won't go out of its way to truly up your chances. If you don’t trust random players or the computer, 4AA implemented an oddly complicated system that allows friends to journey together. I know this sounds like the preferred way to play, but it ends up being a pain given how many hoops you have to jump through to connect with a buddy. You are forced to change a couple of options, enter in a code that you must share with a friend, and stand in the same spot in the world. You then need to press up on the directional pad to summon your friend. In my play sessions, this technique sometimes would work without a hitch; other times we had to redo everything a few times before my friend would show up. We also ran into attempts where he wouldn't show up at all. If you fast travel or die, you must repeat all of the steps. I had great fun playing with friends, but every session ended with us questioning why it was designed this way. We found we were better off playing with randoms for the sake of time than trying to enter each other’s worlds. https://www.youtube.com/embed/pqvDr7P6OL0" width=""> No matter who you are paired with, you enter the world of Ashen at a point of unrest. For thousands of years these lands have been blanketed in darkness. The awakening of the Ashen god has brought a glimmer of light and the hope of peace. You are tasked to help the light expand, and must protect it from forces that want the world to remain blanketed in darkness. Yes, this story boils down to the overdone light-versus-dark motif, but has a nice mythological undercurrent to it, and introduces several interesting characters along the way. They end up having decent stories to tell. As you complete missions for each character, they offer you a wider assortment of items and remedies, and you watch their home grow. It feels good to help them out, even if most of their missions are of the fetch-quest variety. The journey embraces exploration and venturing off the beaten path to uncover secrets – even if it means risking all to leap across bottomless pits. The jumping mechanics are solid, and the environmental puzzles are designed nicely – offering a clear path to the loot once you discover it. The journey you are on is challenging, but fair. It pushes you to complete all the side content to stand a better chance as the difficulty escalates. While players have a variety of weapon, armor, and talisman types to choose from, combat is sadly the most derivative part of the experience. Alternating between light and heavy attacks, dodge-rolling, and keeping an eye on your stamina meter at all times are just some of the ways it feels familiar. You even heal up in the same way. Your journey will bring you to the chambers of five bosses, each is clever in design and can down you in seconds. None of the techniques you use to fell them rise above the standard hack-and-slash mix. The combat is functionally sound and reliable, but doesn’t stand out in any way. Ashen is at its best when you and a stranger are standing victorious over the corpse of a giant creature. You want to say “thank you,” or exchange a high five, but the only thing you can do is spin around in a circle or jump frantically to simulate a sense of glee. Even with so much of the experience feeling similar to something else you’ve played, Ashen delivers a great sense of wonder in its world, and ends up being a fun journey to undertake. View the full article
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    Borderlands 2 VR Review

    When we dream of replaying our favorite traditional games in virtual reality, what are we really envisioning? In the case of Borderlands 2, the beloved looter-shooter from Gearbox, you might imagine looting and shooting with newfound immediacy, flinging yourself headlong back into the vibrant world of Pandora to delight in its distinctive hand-drawn environments first-hand. What you are probably not picturing is an awkward, unwieldy, often defective-seeming port, which reimagines the nimble action classic as a sluggish and clumsy slog for the PSVR. So much of what made Borderlands 2 great has been stripped out of its VR version that it feels as if it’s been ransacked by Vault Hunters. The most conspicuous absence — and one that changes the experience in a fundamental way — is cooperative play. Borderlands 2 does work in single-player but it was always intended to be enjoyed with up to three friends, yoked together in frantic bouts of madcap chaos. Racing to snag coveted loot before it’s whisked away from under you is an essential component of its popularity, and for many people accustomed to its whirlwind pace, Borderlands VR is bound to seem lonely. It’s the kind of feature whose omission is frankly unforgivable. Continue reading… View the full article
  4. Prepare to smash, slash, and burn your way through throngs of bloodthirsty enemies in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Developed by Fatshark, this intense first-person game takes place during the desperate End Times of the iconic Warhammer world. The vicious Chaos army and Skaven horde can be a lot to handle for one fantastical hero, which makes exterminating scum with up to four friends in co-op a great way to play. Prepare thy hammer, sword, pyromancy, and more for a dark and bloody fantasy battle. Keep reading for a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week. Enjoy The Drop! Atari Flashback Classics PS Vita — Digital (Out 12/19) With all-new Trophies, Rankings and multiplayer support bringing players together, combined with an amazing archive of classic artwork make Atari Flashback Classics the most complete Atari collection ever seen on a hand-held device! Battle Princess Madelyn PS4 — Digital (Out 12/20) Battle Princess Madelyn is a game that follows the journey of a young knight in training, Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog, Fritzy. They set out on a journey to save her kingdom and her family from the clutches of an evil wizard. Beats Fever PS4 — Digital Beats Fever is a VR rhythm game where players enjoy stylish music and catch incoming notes. With licensed tracks from renowned music agencies, easy and intuitive gameplay, high quality graphics and immersive environments, this title is for players of all age groups. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! PS4 — Digital The highest selling and most intense restaurant sim ever made is back! Deceptively easy to learn but incredibly difficult to master, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is your journey of being the best chef in the world with your small but humble restaurant. Dreamwalker PS Vita — Digital Arrange Dreamland’s maze of clouds to shepherd Walker peacefully to Sunrise, while avoiding sleep-robbing Alarm Clocks, Early Birds, and Night Mares. Enjoy 50 unique levels, hours of play, two bonus games, and a rich soundtrack. Gun Club VR PS VR — Digital Take to the range with an arsenal of the world’s most powerful weapons in Gun Club VR. Addictive gameplay and unsurpassed realism combine to make Gun Club VR the ultimate virtual weapon simulator. The only thing missing is the smell of the gunpowder. Hellfront: Honeymoon PS4 — Digital (Out 12/19) Hellfront: Honeymoon is an intense twin-stick action strategy game, to be enjoyed with friends over a six-pack of fruit juice. One screen, one winner! Short, intense matches. Play solo or co-op missions or go all out Deathmatch! London Detective Mysteria PS Vita — Digital Her Majesty’s birthday was to be the heiress of House Whiteley’s debut into high society, but an inquiring mind begs for more than parties as she stumbles into London’s darkest corners and sharpens her instincts as a detective. Nippon Marathon PS4 — Digital (Out 12/17) Stretch your muscles and embark upon the ultimate marathon of Japan in a crazy party racer! Hurdle barrels, outrun Shiba Inu and dive out of the paths of bicycles – all while throwing fruit at your opponents and dashing across planks precariously balanced over waterfalls across Japan! One Word By Powgi PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy) The word search puzzle with a difference – there’s only one word to find! Complete each series of puzzles to reveal the words that complete a quote. There are more than 600 puzzles to complete, and 120 popular, funny and inspirational quotes. R-Type Dimensions EX PS4 — Digital (Out 12/19) Fight through all 14 Bydo-infested stages of the R-Type & R-Type II arcade classics! Choose between retro 2D graphics and audio or fully reimagined 3D graphics with revamped music tracks. Power up and strike down the evil Bydo Empire! Razed PS4 — Digital (Out 12/19) Sprint through dynamic neon levels in the quickest time possible, employing skills such as super-speed boosts, mega-jumps, drifts, stomps and strafes to bypass obstacles and uncover shortcuts to propel yourself up the online leaderboards. But there’s a catch… Scintillatron 4096 PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy) Scintillatron 4096 is a compelling highscore shooter. It fuses retro gameplay origins with modern, pulsating visuals and a mood-setting electro soundtrack. As you battle for glory in the world rankings, combo building is everything. VR Apocalypse PS VR — Digital (Out 12/19) Beat the clock and squash the alien scum in this frenetic VR shooter. As a contractor for NextGen Games in 2027, it’s your job to pilot a remote telepresence drone via your trusted VR headset. Fortunately, work has picked up due to an alien invasion. The fate of the world is in your hands. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 PS4 — Digital Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically renowned Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. In this epic 4-player co-op game, you fight together with your friends against the forces of Chaos and Skaven in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world. The information above is subject to change without notice. NBA ESPN Playlist Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Soundtrack Kodak Black – Dying to Live Venom Bad Times at the El Royale Bao Catch the college bowl game action starting Saturday, December 15 live on ESPN PlayStation Vue has your favorite sports, news and must-watch shows. The information above is subject to change without notice. View the full article
  5. The Warframe community blew us into another solar system last week with their detailed and spirited shares, pushing us to go back for another round of spotlights. Luckily this week also saw the launch of Warframe’s latest expansion Fortuna. Warframe players set out to the frigid frontier of Venus to share more action-packed shots using #PS4share and #PSBlog: @TheFashionFrame takes a dramatic walk in white. @AliRasoulAja shared this gleaming moment. @Frieza1989 share their Tenno looking intense and well lit. @YtSpectre shared their Tenno striking a heroic pose. @ahmed_u5man shared this galactic shot of their Tenno. @cinammonsugar01 shared their fiery action shot. Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Theme: Share of the Year 2018 may nearly be over, but there are already so many stunning moments to remember this year in gaming by. Next week we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane to highlight some of our favorite Share of the Week entries. Do you have a favorite? Let us know using #PS4share and #PSBlog! View the full article
  6. Smash Hit Plunder is out in the US regions! You can play the game single-player, but you can also play together with friends and family with local co-op and vs. multiplayer gameplay using the TV screen. Single Player & Co-op Smash Hit Plunder has a full single player campaign, with plenty of story and levels to go through. It’s really important for a game to give you a sense of progression, to make it feel like a “full game” rather than a demo. In Smash Hit Plunder, we have a various ways of feeling like you are progressing through the game and getting better at it. There is the story — with a start, middle and end — and it feels like a complete game by giving both context and an aim to the game. You have signed a contract with Mordred, the loan shark, to agree to take on the family castle debts. You have to pay back your mortgage to be able to recover the castle, and keep Mordred happy. Of course, there’s also the ghostly conclusion… You are scored for each level, and by collecting more loot you are awarded more crowns. As you get more crowns, new levels, story and game modes unlock. By unlocking new levels and game modes you get new tasks to do, places to explore, things to discover and new challenges. You’ll be tested in navigation, exploration, efficiency, speed, accuracy, observation and even teamwork. All your skills are tested in different ways and amounts, in differing levels and modes — and it’s this mixture and pacing that makes you feel like you are getting better at the game, self-learning new ways of doing things, and feeling like you have something you can improve on as you progress. There are three different game modes to play in each level: Treasure Rush: Smash, burn, and pillage everything and collect as much loot as possible within the time limit. Your timer is always ticking down so you will end up finding your most profitable route through a level, much like in the Katamari series. Scavenger Hunt: Now it’s time to find the item most wanted by Grandma. Look in your book, recall where that item is in the dungeon and race to get there! Try not to disturb the ghosts on your way! The time limit ticks down, but everytime you find and collect the right item you get loot and extra time to find the next. Rather like Crazy Taxi, the quicker you find that next item the larger the score and the more the bonus time. Freeplay: Do away with a time limit and have unlimited health, and explore at your own pace. Find the best sources of loot, see where all the secrets are hidden, and scout out your path to riches. Of course you can just mess around if you wish; I quite like building and balancing the biggest pile of objects all around the level into one tall tower, then smashing or burning the lot in one go. This mode is also perfect for people new to VR, allowing them the freedom to get used to the experience before the serious competition begins. All three of these game modes are single-player, but at any time you can have someone join you while you are in VR by using the TV screen and another controller. The TV player will join as a friendly Goblin! They can either start alongside by joining in the level-select area, or drop into a game in progress. If you don’t wish them to be there anymore, they can leave at any time. This means you can either play through the whole campaign co-op if you wish, or just have someone join you quickly for that one room full of ghosts or to help with that one object you can find in Scavenger Hunt. We don’t penalize you in any way for getting co-op help, but you can see a breakdown at the end of who got what as well as your combined score. This allows similar sort of feel to that of Zelda: Four Swords: you can work together to complete the dungeon if you like, but you can also compete for the highest score! Smash Hit Plunder does have online leaderboards you can compete in, but typically most people ignore standard leaderboards unless they are in the top 100 or so players. It’s also pretty boring scrolling through a long list of names which mean nothing to you. In Smash Hit Plunder we have come up with a new system that uses the leaderboard data in a really interesting way, so that it gives you realistic goals based on your abilities, and if you complete those goals you get rewarded. We call these Trials. We generate a fresh Trials for you automatically at the start of each level — each Trial different from the last. You may have one based on how many items your friend has smashed in a level, perhaps one based on how far you ventured into the level last time, or perhaps if you are in the top 10 then telling you how much you have to score to get the top rank in the world. It gives you a great immediate goal and a reward if you have improved your skills last time you tried a level. The system both gives you a sense of progression, and always tests your own skill level. Having that extra friend coming in really helps you nail those top spots! VS. Multiplayer While you can fight each other in co-op if you wanted to, a more arranged competition is really fun. Now you can have one VR player and up to three TV players playing against each other in either of our two vs. modes in our bigger dungeons. Jewel Duel: Grandma has lost jewelry boxes full of treasure in each of the dungeon rooms. Follow Grandma to the room she’s in, smash up the room and discover the box. Now come the brawling action as you have to be the first to give the jewelry box to Grandma to win its precious prize! Throw anything you can find at the player with the box to get them to drop it. The team with the most treasure wins! Poltergeist Panic: This is one is special, as it really only works because of the different views the VR and TV players have. It’s a little like hide and seek, but with much more action! The VR player is a Poltergeist — a ghost that cannot be seen but can interact with the living world and move objects. The Poltergeist has to destroy the dungeon and get enough gems to unlock the trapped ghosts in each room. The TV Goblins have to stop the VR Poltergeist, but how do they do that if they cannot see the player? They have to look for clues, for the trail of destruction and try and catch the Poltergeist in action. When they think they have found the Poltergeist, they can use their Torch to reveal them. The Goblins also have a bit of their own magic which charges up over time. When ready, a Goblin can cast a spell over the dungeon which reveals where the Poltergeist is hiding. Throw objects at the Poltergeist, whether they are hidden or revealed, in order to dispel them and stop them from freeing the ghosts. If the Poltergeist runs out of time or health, the Goblins win, but if the Poltergeist frees enough ghosts, they win! In conclusion, I hope you can see how much there really is to do in Smash Hit Plunder — either by yourself or with friends and family. Go and enjoy Smash Hit Plunder today. View the full article
  7. PlayStation Store’s biggest downloads last month have been revealed, with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 swiping the top spot from previous chart champion Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Elsewhere, WWII shooter Battlefield V sparred with survival horror adventure The Forest, and Farming Simulator 19 also ploughed its way into the PS4 top 20. On PS VR, the rhythm action of Beat Saber trumped all-comers, while Fortnite continued to dominate the competition in the DLC charts. See the full list below! PS4 Red Dead Redemption 2 (2) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (1) FIFA 19 (3) Battlefield V (New) The Forest (New) Marvel’s Spider-Man (7) Fallout 76 (New) God of War (8) Spyro Reignited Trilogy (New) Grand Theft Auto V (6) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (4) Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Re-entry) Need for Speed Payback (10) Rocket League (RE) Farming Simulator 19 (New) The Crew 2 (New) Shadow of the Tomb Raider (RE) EA Sports UFC 3 (11) Detroit: Become Human (15) Overwatch (RE) PS VR Beat Saber (New) Astro Bot Rescue Mission (1) Farpoint (RE) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (RE) Superhot VR (RE) Firewall Zero Hour (8) Robinson: The Journey (RE) Batman: Arkham VR (3) Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (RE) Job Simulator (5) DLC Fortnite Battle Royale – The Summit Striker Pack (New) Fortnite Battle Royale – Deep Freeze Bundle (New) Fortnite – Standard Founder’s Pack (2) Fortnite Battle Royale – The Ace Pack (1) Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City that Never Sleeps (3) ARK: Extinction (New) Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist (5) Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Black Ops Pass (6) Destiny 2: Forsaken (4) Destiny 2: Forsaken Annual Pass (RE) The post Red Dead Redemption 2 was the best-selling game on PlayStation Store in November appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  8. Howdy! Rockstar’s open-world outlaw epic Red Dead Redemption 2 is the big winner for November, handily securing the top PS4 spot on the PlayStation Store download charts. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Fallout 76 rounded out the top three there. Beat Saber claimed the #1 spot on the PlayStation VR list, followed by Survios’ newest knockout Creed: Rise to Glory and PS VR mainstay Job Simulator. As we close out another year and get ready for 2019, which games do you think will sit atop these humble charts come December 31? PS4 Games 1 Red Dead Redemption 2 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 3 Fallout 76 4 Battlefield V 5 FIFA 19 6 Spyro Reignited Trilogy 7 God of War 8 NBA 2K19 9 Marvel’s Spider-Man 10 The Last Of Us Remastered PS VR Games 1 Beat Saber 2 Creed: Rise to Glory 3 Job Simulator 4 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 5 Doom VFR 6 Astro Bot Rescue Mission 7 Moss 8 Firewall Zero Hour 9 Superhot VR 10 PlayStation VR Worlds Free-to-Play Games 1 Fortnite Battle Royale 2 Warface 3 H1Z1: Battle Royale 4 Brawlhalla 5 Warframe 6 Paladins 7 DC Universe Online Free-to-Play 8 3on3 FreeStyle 9 Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Lite 10 Trove PS Vita Games 1 God of War: Collection 2 Jak and Daxter Collection 3 Minecraft 4 Stardew Valley 5 The Bit Trip 6 Need for Speed Most Wanted 7 Dragon Quest Builders 8 Persona 4 Golden 9 Borderlands 2 10 Undertale PS4 Themes 1 The Last of Us Part II Ellie Theme 2 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – New Dynamic Theme 3 Tetris Effect Yours Forever Dynamic Theme 4 Lightning Night Sky Dynamic Theme 5 Legacy Dashboard Theme 6 Aurora Borealis Wolf Theme 7 Skeleton Dance HiQ Dynamic Theme 8 Undertale Dynamic Theme (Ruins) 9 Friday the 13th: The Game Theme 10 Tropical Skeleton Dance HiQ Dynamic Theme PS Classics 1 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2 The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga 3 Bully 4 Tomb Raider 2 5 Tomb Raider III 6 Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 7 Tomb Raider 8 Star Ocean Till The End Of Time 9 Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 10 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City View the full article
  9. We’re little more than a month away from the release of Kingdom Hearts III! The hotly-anticipated return of Sora, Donald and Goofy as the three friends team up with iconic Disney and Pixar characters in an attempt to defeat the darkness and save the universe. To celebrate the action adventure’s release on 29th January, we’re proud to announce a limited edition PS4 Pro Kingdom Hearts III bundle. The bundle includes a very special 1TB PS4 Pro and Dualshock 4. The PS4 Pro is furnished with an intricate patterning that features the Kingdom Hearts emblem and features a leather-texture finish. The matching gloss black Dualshock 4 controller includes ornate detailing on the touchpad. Check them out below! Of course this bundle wouldn’t be complete without a copy of Kingdom Hearts III, and the PS4 Pro bundle comes with the Deluxe edition of the game, featuring an exclusive Sora pin, steelbook and full-colour hardback artbook. So enjoy the action-packed return of the fan-favourite action adventure with the special PS4 Pro and enjoy the experience of Kingdom Hearts III with sharper resolution*. What world or character are you most excited to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below. *Games and entertainment streaming services can output up to 2160p; PS4 Pro upscales lower resolutions to 2160p. HDR not supported by all games and entertainment streaming services. 4K/HDR TV required for 4K and HDR.​ The post Announcing the Kingdom Hearts III PS4 Pro limited edition bundle appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  10. It’s just about a month until we embark on another spectacular journey with Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy in a magical array of Disney and Pixar worlds in Kingdom Hearts III. In anticipation, we’re pleased to announce that the Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro bundle will be launching in the U.S. and Canada alongside the game on January 29, 2019. This bundle includes a fully customized 1TB PS4 Pro system with a special design that features iconic Kingdom Hearts elements, a matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, a copy of Kingdom Hearts III on Blu-ray disc, and access to PS4 exclusive digital content. On PS4 Pro, both 4K TV and HD TV owners will benefit from enhanced resolution for a stunningly sharp and detailed look of Sora, his friends, and iconic Disney-Pixar worlds, when compared to a standard PS4 system. The Limited Edition Kingdom Hearts III PlayStation 4 Pro bundle will be available exclusively at Gamestop in the U.S. and at EB Games in Canada for $399.99 USD (MSRP) / $499.99 CAD (MSRP), while supplies last. Pre-orders start today. Fight the darkness in Kingdom Hearts III with this special edition console. Let us know what you think of the system in the comments below! View the full article
  11. Round three. FIGHT. PlayStation Store is back for its third and final round of Christmas weekend discounts for you to enjoy this weekend. Swing through New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man, explore Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, execute the perfect kill in Hitman 2 or survive the nuclear apocalypse in Fallout 76. Sports fans can go head-to-head with strong MMA fighters in UFC 3, play basketball with LeBron in NBA 2K19 or hit the race track in Need for Speed Payback and The Crew 2 The promotion lasts until Monday 17th December, so check out the list below and head over to PlayStation Store today. Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey – DELUXE EDITION Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey – GOLD EDITION Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey – ULTIMATE EDITION Destiny 2: Forsaken Destiny 2: Forsaken – Complete Collection Destiny 2: Forsaken – Digital Deluxe Edition Destiny 2: Forsaken – Legendary Collection Destiny 2: Forsaken + Annual Pass EA Sports Bundle EA SPORTS™ UFC® 3 EA SPORTS™ UFC® 3 Deluxe Edition Fallout 76 Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Hitman 2 Hitman 2 – Gold Edition Marvel’s Spider-Man Marvel’s Spider-Man Digital Deluxe Edition NBA 2K19 NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Need for Speed™ Payback Need for Speed™ Payback – Deluxe Edition Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy The Crew® 2 The Crew® 2 – Deluxe Edition The Crew® 2 – Gold Edition *Please note, some titles may not be available in your region The post New Christmas weekend discounts are live on PlayStation Store appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  12. Email us at blogcast@sony.com! Subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here This week, the gang takes an early stab at some Game of the Year nominations, Sid reveals his first impressions after going hands-on with Resident Evil, and more. Enjoy! Stuff We Talked About Resident Evil 2 Celeste Astro Bot Rescue Mission Assassin’s Creed Origins & Odyssey Our early Game of the Year thoughts What makes Dead Cells so great The Cast Sid Shuman – Director of Social Media, SIEA Justin Massongill – Social Media Manager, SIEA Kristen Titus – Social Media Specialist, SIEA Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music. [Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.] View the full article
  13. Big-budget, triple-A experiences have never been better, but modern games have no shortage of long cutscenes and hand-holding tutorial sequences. In contrast, Dusk is a nostalgia trip that strips away modern expectations and delivers distilled FPS thrills. Dusk doesn't mess around with leveling mechanics or a sprawling narrative; it hands you a shotgun and lets you loose on a demon army. This simplicity is Dusk’s greatest strength, because this no-frills shooter is an excellent crash course in basic game design. Dusk doesn't hide its homage to '90s corridor shooters like Doom and Quake. These straightforward, boxy levels are relatively short and filled with colored keycards and hidden monster closets. But, given its graphical constraints, Dusk’s environments are incredibly well-realized. Animated scarecrows stumble out of cornfields while rundown barns teem with hooded cultists and demonic goats. Each level features its own twist on folk horror, seemingly inspired by films like The Wicker Man and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With sparing detail, Dusk establishes an ominous tone that completely sucked me in from level one. One of the biggest reasons to explore every nook and cranny of Dusk’s short levels is to gain access to powerful weapons. Early on, I fell in love with dual-wielding shotguns, but another favorite go-to became the rivet gun, which fires off super-heated construction rivets that explode like miniature missiles. Unlike many classic FPS games, I constantly rotated through Dusk’s arsenal thanks to each weapon’s specialization. For example, the hunting rifle is a long-range tool that packs an incredible punch, while the crossbow fires magical green arrows that rip through multiple enemies and even fire through walls. Each weapon is incredibly satisfying, and thanks to an ample supply of ammo scattered on the ground, my magazines rarely ran dry. Mastering Dusk’s arsenal is important, because the action is frantic. Every firefight feels like a dance as you rotate through insanely powerful weapons and strafe dozens of incoming foes. Most enemies do little more than stand and shoot or run straight at you, but given the sheer number of foes and the fact that different projectiles move at varying speeds, I was constantly on my toes. Dusk is a shooter with no reloading, no cover, and no nonsense, so every skirmish is an absolute thrill ride. Dusk’s intensity also pairs well with its oppressive atmosphere. You rarely have time to think about the horrors you’ve witnessed because the game is continually tossing enemies at you and letting you burn off that nervous energy in combat. Dusk is at once nerve-racking and cathartic. After you finish the extensive single-player campaign, you can jump online for 16-player multiplayer mayhem. While the online action remains fast-paced, deathmatch is the only multiplayer mode, and it only has a handful of interesting maps. I had no trouble jumping into online matches, but I did have trouble getting a full 16-player match going. An in-game link to a community Discord channel helps coordinate play sessions, but this feels like papering over a problem rather than providing reliable and robust matchmaking. Given online multiplayer's lack of options and intentional lack of progression, this mode feels more like a novelty. Fortunately, the single-player campaign is more than worth the price of admission. The first-person shooter has evolved a great deal since Doom popularized the genre in 1993, but, in spite 25 years of innovations, Dusk proves that many of the old tricks still work incredibly well. Dusk might look and feel like a Quake mod, but it's so polished it feels modern. Anyone with even a hint of nostalgia in their bones for classic shooters should dive headfirst into Dusk. View the full article
  14. England: March 20, 1912. Alistair Rhodes, elusive patriarch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Chaos storyline, hosts a sumptuous gala at his manor in the countryside. Friends and acquaintances, dressed to the nines, join the revelry alongside an impressive display of Alistair’s relics, artifacts and luxurious artwork. That is, until a mysterious force takes hold of the party, transforming all but four guests into zombies. Those remaining: a phony psychic, a disgraced stage-show gunslinger, a retired brigadier general and Alistair’s loyal butler. This unlikely crew of heroes must unite and get armed if they wish to make it through the deep, dark, “Dead of the Night.” Photo Gallery The newest Black Ops Zombies Experience, “Dead of the Night” is a spine-tingling prequel to the “Voyage of Despair” map for the Chaos storyline. It introduces players to Alistair Rhodes, Scarlett’s estranged father, along with a star-studded cast: Madame Mirela, Gideon Jones, “The Brigadier” and the Butler, Godfrey, each portrayed by an iconic celebrity talent. Though our newest crop of heroes is privy to wall-buy weapons and grenades galore, it’s shaping up to be the longest night of their lives — and there’s no telling what fate lies in the cards for these four. A dramatic map of grandiose design that mixes an art nouveau sensibility with gothic aesthetics, “Dead of the Night” boasts an impressive estate with staircase-lined grounds, a dark surrounding forest, a ghastly greenhouse and one invariably haunted cemetery (among other areas too terrifying to mention). Dotted throughout the palatial landscape are various mechanisms that beg to be tinkered with, and hidden traps teeming with diabolical zombie-stopping-power (which will take guts and coordination to unlock!). Besides the mysterious map layout, “Dead of the Night” hosts many more types of nightmarish ghouls and monsters. You will face undead partygoers, Catalyst Zombies, powerful werewolf mini-bosses and swooping vampire bats who transform into light-footed, Nosferatu-like creatures. Beyond the existence of these otherworldly enemies lies unimaginable secrets and clues to Alistair’s past, present and future, just waiting for a keen player’s discovery. But never fear: players are well-equipped to face the challenges of this devious map, with the introduction of an all-new wonder weapon of unforeseen power. If you have what it takes to unlock this mystifying tool, you may — just may — make it through the night. Don’t miss this harrowing, exciting adventure against the undead: pick up your copy of Black Ops Pass to play “Dead of the Night,” available now! Not only will you gain access to the wildest and spookiest party in 1912 England, you’ll gain even more content for Black Ops 4. That includes Elevation and Madagascar, two new Multiplayer maps; classic, bonus characters for Blackout like Shadowman and Reaper; and “Classified,” the beautifully re-imagined Zombies “Five” map from Black Ops. So, send in your RSVP to Alistair’s fabulous gala and get Black Ops Pass today. The post Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new Zombies expansion, Dead of the Night, features an all-star cast appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  15. England: March 20, 1912. Alistair Rhodes, elusive patriarch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Chaos storyline, hosts a sumptuous gala at his manor in the countryside. Friends and acquaintances, dressed to the nines, join the revelry alongside an impressive display of Alistair’s relics, artifacts and luxurious artwork. That is, until a mysterious force takes hold of the party, transforming all but four guests into zombies. Those remaining: a phony psychic, a disgraced stage-show gunslinger, a retired brigadier general and Alistair’s loyal butler. This unlikely crew of heroes must unite and get armed if they wish to make it through the deep, dark, “Dead of the Night.” Photo Gallery The newest Black Ops Zombies Experience, “Dead of the Night” is a spine-tingling prequel to the “Voyage of Despair” map for the Chaos storyline. It introduces players to Alistair Rhodes, Scarlett’s estranged father, along with a star-studded cast: Madame Mirela, Gideon Jones, “The Brigadier” and the Butler, Godfrey, each portrayed by an iconic celebrity talent. Though our newest crop of heroes is privy to wall-buy weapons and grenades galore, it’s shaping up to be the longest night of their lives — and there’s no telling what fate lies in the cards for these four. A dramatic map of grandiose design that mixes an art nouveau sensibility with gothic aesthetics, “Dead of the Night” boasts an impressive estate with staircase-lined grounds, a dark surrounding forest, a ghastly greenhouse and one invariably haunted cemetery (among other areas too terrifying to mention). Dotted throughout the palatial landscape are various mechanisms that beg to be tinkered with, and hidden traps teeming with diabolical zombie-stopping-power (which will take guts and coordination to unlock!). Besides the mysterious map layout, “Dead of the Night” hosts many more types of nightmarish ghouls and monsters. You will face undead partygoers, Catalyst Zombies, powerful werewolf mini-bosses and swooping vampire bats who transform into light-footed, Nosferatu-like creatures. Beyond the existence of these otherworldly enemies lies unimaginable secrets and clues to Alistair’s past, present and future, just waiting for a keen player’s discovery. But never fear: players are well-equipped to face the challenges of this devious map, with the introduction of an all-new wonder weapon of unforeseen power. If you have what it takes to unlock this mystifying tool, you may — just may — make it through the night. Don’t miss this harrowing, exciting adventure against the undead: pick up your copy of Black Ops Pass to play “Dead of the Night,” available now! Not only will you gain access to the wildest and spookiest party in 1912 England, you’ll gain even more content for Black Ops 4. That includes Elevation and Madagascar, two new Multiplayer maps; classic, bonus characters for Blackout like Shadowman and Reaper; and “Classified,” the beautifully re-imagined Zombies “Five” map from Black Ops. So, send in your RSVP to Alistair’s fabulous gala and get Black Ops Pass today. View the full article
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