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Welcome to the Vanguard, recruit! Consider this your field guide to surviving the intense bullet-hell action of Evasion, which launches October 9 on PS VR.
Even if you are a grizzled FPS veteran, there’s plenty of challenge in store for you when you square off against the Optera. The development team assembled these tricks and tips to give you your best shot at survival. Good luck out there.
Essential Tips For Surviving Your First Mission
Move or Die: Standing still in Evasion is a death sentence, especially as the game escalates in difficulty. We made sure there’s a locomotion option for every playstyle, so it’s worth going through the tutorial to find the one that suits you best. Get to Cover: The Optera are relentless and will come at you from every direction, from both land and sky. Find cover early and take advantage of that crouch function. Max out your Blaster’s Energy Level: Your blaster has three energy levels. You want to hoover up those power cores so you can be at max level as much as possible. Not only will your blaster pack more punch, but you will have access to powerful finishing moves called Surge Attacks that can wipe out swaths of Optera in one go. Watch Your Health: Get in the habit of regularly checking your health, which is displayed on the top of your blaster, and the health of your teammate during major encounters. Perform Surge Attacks on enemies to increase your odds of extracting a health core, and when it activates, make sure you are standing inside the healing pool. Turn It Up: In addition to getting to hear some fun banter and the game’s epic soundtrack, many enemies can be heard before they can be seen, which will give you a definitive tactical advantage. Use That Tether: The tether can be used to heal teammates, as well as perform class-specific buffs. But it can also be used against Optera to perform a tether lash, which is a great way to finish off an enemy and guarantees a core drop. Review the class selection panel in the main hangar for a detailed description of each classes tether ability, then try them out in the shooting range to find the one that you like best. Mix and Match: Find a friend and strategically pair your classes to make you into an unstoppable destructive force. The Surgeon and the Warden make a classic healer/tank duo, for example. The Striker and the Engineer are also an effective pair. Unleash Surge Attacks: Each hero class packs a unique and devastating Surge Attack that can be activated once your energy level and health are maxed out. Boss encounters and digging the enemy out of entrenched fortifications are ideal times to deploy a Surge Attack; however, your weapon’s energy level will steadily deplete as you unleash an attack, so you want to use them strategically. If you heed these tips, you will have a fighting chance (even in the Survival challenges!) when the Optera descend on October 9. We also highly recommend trying Evasion out with the AIM controller; holding the rifle in your hand really lets you feel the kickback from each shot.
Got a question about Evasion’s gameplay, classes or locomotion options? Drop us a comment in the space below. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Nickelodeon Kart Racers is a kart racer featuring characters and slime-filled tracks from iconic Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and more) that’s meant to be accessible for younger kids while also remaining a challenge for nostalgic, older players. It’s a classic kart racer, but has quite a few innovative features that have been fun to work on and are even more fun to play.
Though our team had not worked with these characters before in a game, our whole team knows and loves them. Our group ranges from 22 to 45 years old, so we all have fond memories of the same iconic characters.
Did You Know?
Double Dare introduced the first messy Slime-y physical challenges to kids and families in 1986!
This game is a mixed-universe game and that kind of game needs something to glue the different IPs together (pun intended)! A great symbol of Nickelodeon’s irreverent humor and crazy antics is the iconic green slime. I remember seeing someone slimed for the first time, during the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Watching celebrities get unexpectedly slimed is one of the most exciting parts of the show and how can that not be a great game mechanic?
Nickelodeon shows have featured slime for over 30 years and it has never lost its popularity and appeal. My eight-year-old daughter was watching slime-making videos on the internet before we started on this game. It jumped out at us as a way that the game could scream Nickelodeon, have a super fun device for game mechanics and attract a younger audience that loves slime.
Did You Know?
In 1990, Nickelodeon Studios opened in Orlando, Florida. Visitors are greeted by a Slime Geyser that erupts with Slime every 15 minutes.
Bright green slime is a great visual and it shows up throughout the tracks, making them interesting and varied, while still being intuitive. Slime fills your kart’s turbo meter, which can activate a speed boost so getting slimed can really determine who wins the race. The karts can even sail like a jet ski on top of slime pools! That creates a change in mechanics and visually looks awesome. Slime pickups and triggers give players secondary objectives and, of course, in true Nickelodeon fashion, you can’t stand on the winners’ podium without your racer getting covered in slime! The Vector Unit game engine supports water racing, so we saw that as a great opportunity to introduce a different racing experience. Your kart will transform into a jet ski and it’s easy to get turbo charged when sailing on slime. Plus, the areas are wide open, so you can go really fast.
Did You Know?
In 2010 Katy Perry received one of the most epic Slime-ings in history while presenting at the Kids Choice Awards. The pressure of the blast was so high; it knocked her off her feet.
The important thing that kids have quickly figured out in play-testing is that slime helps the player; in their feedback, they’ve given the slime more importance than any other feature. They enjoy how it looks, behaves and is used in the game which makes us feel great because that’s what we have strived for.
We were super worried that slime would be a big challenge to technically embody so we used Nickelodeon’s special slime recipe to make a few gallons of slime for real, which was a lot of fun. Kids are no fools and they know the difference between slime and green water, so we had to study every element of the goo to truly capture the slime in-game.
Our FX and graphics programmers spent a crazy amount of time perfecting the virtual slime. There are over ten different kinds of slime art, including wavy slime pools, puddles, pipes, spray, splashes and more. Most are done with a mix of procedural particles, shaders and textures, sprites and UV maps. The extra effort was worth it; we’re really proud of the result.
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Today, we’re excited to announce the Red Dead Redemption 2 PlayStation 4 Pro Bundle, launching alongside Rockstar’s highly anticipated game on October 26.
This bundle includes a 1TB Jet Black PS4 Pro system, a DualShock 4 wireless controller and Red Dead Redemption 2 on Blu-ray disc. This bundle will be available across the U.S. and Canada for $399.99 (MSRP) / $499.99 CAD (MSRP). Pre-orders start today.
On PS4 Pro, 4K HDR TV owners will benefit from enhanced graphics and optimized performance for a stunningly sharp and detailed look (when compared to a PS4 system), as you live, ride and fight to survive as an outlaw in a notorious gang. HD TV owners will benefit from increased image clarity through the PS4 Pro’s Supersampling Mode (you can turn on Supersampling Mode in the PS4 Pro system settings menu). Meanwhile, if your TV supports high-dynamic range (HDR), you’ll experience the picturesque scenery of Red Dead Redemption 2 with an even more vibrant and dynamic range of colors (HDR features also available on PS4 system).
If you have yet to experience everything the most advanced PlayStation system has to offer, Red Dead Redemption 2’s epic tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age provides a great opportunity to get a PS4 Pro. Be sure to check out the Red Dead Redemption 2 PlayStation 4 Pro Bundle, launching next month!
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FIFA 19 delivers a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch.
Developed by EA Vancouver, FIFA 19 introduces a number of new gameplay innovations such as Timed Finishing, Active Touch, Dynamic Tactics, and 50/50 Battles. The UEFA Champions League, the biggest club competition in world football, has been interwoven throughout the game. Also, experience the dramatic final chapter of Alex Hunter’s story.
For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week, read on. And enjoy The Drop!
Air Missions: Hind PS4 — Digital (Out 9/26) Air Missions: Hind is an action combat flight simulator based on the Russian Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter. Equip the weapon of your choice and use those weapons to tear up the sky in single player and multiplayer modes. The Cat and the Coup PS4 — Digital Play as the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. Coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off shelves, scattering his papers, and scratching him. Catastronauts PS4 — Digital (Out 9/28) Can you deal with unrelenting disaster and hold your ship together long enough to destroy the enemy invaders? Gather your friends and join the illustrious Space Fleet in this fast-paced party game! Creed: Rise to Glory PS VR — Digital, Retail Do you have what it takes to become a champion? Follow the ascent of boxer Adonis Creed as you go toe-to-toe with the world’s top opponents in an intense boxing experience that lets you train, fight, and win like a Creed. Cryptract PS4 — Digital Cryptract is a free-to-play online fantasy RPG with turn-based battles, in which Lords can form contracts with Mystical Beasts to fight together. Combine strengths with your newfound allies and form your own ultimate army! Dakar 18 PS4 — Retail Dakar 18 is a realistic simulation of the world-famous annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) in South America, and features stunning visuals and many vehicles including motorcycles, cars, trucks, quads and SxS. Dark Eclipse PS VR — Digital (Out 9/26) Dark Eclipse is PS4’s first ever VR MOBA. Command a team of three Leaders, each with their own unique characteristics and abilities, and battle for supremacy in the post-apocalyptic dark fantasy world of Oldus. Deployment PS4 — Digital Deploy your troops and get ready for epic battles in Deployment, the new competitive top-down shooter game by the creators of We Are The Dwarves! FIFA 19 PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 9/28) FIFA 19 delivers a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch. Led by the prestigious UEFA Champions League, FIFA 19 offers enhanced gameplay tools that allow you to control the pitch in every moment with unrivaled ways to play. Freaky Awesome PS4 — Digital (Out 9/28) Freaky Awesome is a highly dynamic roguelike where you’ll gain mutations by contact with the remains of your enemies. Play solo or co-op with your friends! The Grand Museum VR PS VR — Digital This virtual museum environment contains 82 models of real-world ancient works of art, originating from many ancient cultures of Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. Investigate the archives and discover the history of the art pieces. Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition PS4 — Digital Descend into the world of Hollow Knight, the award-winning action adventure of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes. Battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs. Jack N’ Jill DX PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) Once upon a time, Jack and Jill, went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water. It didn’t particularly end well for them, and to be honest, things aren’t exactly great for another Jack and Jill either. 140 levels and a bunch of minigames! Life Is Strange 2 Episode 1 PS4 — Digital (Out 9/26) The long-awaited sequel to award-winning Life is Strange returns. Two brothers, aged 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident, while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power. Metal Max Xeno PS4 — Digital, Retail Metal Max Xeno is a post-apocalyptic RPG. Collect and customize tanks to battle mutated creatures and robotic enemies. Perception: Remastered PS4 — Digital (Out 9/27) An award-winning narrative thriller about a blind woman’s journey to uncover the truth about the mansion from her nightmares or become one of its victims. Using sound as sight, Cassie explores Echo Bluff, desperate to unravel its sordid history. Pilot Sports PS4 — Digital (Out 9/27) Pilot Sports is brilliant gaming fun for the whole family! Split screen mode and unlockable courses for up to four players, over 50 different courses, a variety of aircraft and thrilling challenges provide for all sorts of gaming enjoyment! Pitterpot PS4 — Digital PitterPot is a 3D platforming adventure game. Play as PitterPot, a magical potted plant, use abilities to explore levels, collect seeds, defeat the weeds, and save the garden! Punch Line PS4, PS Vita — Digital Punch Line is the newest visual novel adventure from the creators of Zero Escape and the Science Adventure series! Revenant Dogma PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) Revenant Dogma is a fantasy RPG featuring stunning 3D battles! Caine enters a ruins site in search of a relic and meets a mysterious girl in a mask, kicking off a grand scheme that will change the worlds of humans and therians. Think of the Children PS4 — Digital Little Bobby’s dead, the BBQ is on fire, Jen’s eating poisonous berries and the birthday cake still needs icing. Just another wonderful day out with the kids in Think of the Children, a frantic parenting simulator for up to four players. This Is the Police 2 PS4 — Digital, Retail Interpret the law as you see fit! Run the sheriff’s department, manage your cops, make tough decisions – and try to keep out of prison yourself – in this story-driven mixture of adventure, strategy, and turn-based tactical combat. Timespinner PS4, PS Vita — Digital Timespinner is a beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. Timekeeper Lunais is on a quest to avenge her slain family, using time-bending powers to explore an interconnected world. Toon War PS4 — Digital (Out 9/24) Your mission is to liberate peaceful villages from evil forces, eliminate enemies and win over dangerous bosses. Toon War is a twin stick shooter game with colorful and vivid graphics. Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 — Digital, Retail Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight for freedom in the desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory. The information above is subject to change without notice.
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Starting today at PlayStation Store, save up to 40 percent on games like BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Deluxe Edition, Dark Souls: Remastered, Star Wars Battlefront II and more!
Check out the full lineup of titles below, but don’t wait too long – this flash sale ends September 24 at 8 a.m. PT.
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Platform Title Sale Price Original Price PS4 ADVENTURE TIME PIRATES OF THE ENCHIRIDION $29.99 $39.99 PS4 BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE $34.99 $49.99 PS4 BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE DELUXE EDITION $48.99 $69.99 PS4 DARK SOULS: REMASTERED $27.99 $39.99 PS4 EARTHFALL $22.49 $29.99 PS4 EARTHFALL DELUXE $29.99 $39.99 PS4 EXTINCTION $17.99 $59.99 PS4 EXTINCTION: DELUXE EDITION $20.99 $69.99 PS4 FAIRY FENCER F: ADVENT DARK FORCE $5.99 $29.99 PS4 FAR CRY 3 CLASSIC EDITION $17.99 $29.99 PS4 FAR CRY PRIMAL $14.99 $49.99 PS4 FAR CRY PRIMAL – DIGITAL APEX EDITION $16.49 $54.99 PS4 FIGHTING EX LAYER (LIGHT VERSION) $27.99 $39.99 PS4 FIGHTING EX LAYER (STANDARD VERSION) $41.99 $59.99 PS4 HASBRO FAMILY FUN PACK $15.99 $39.99 PS4 HELLO NEIGHBOR $22.49 $29.99 PS4 HERO DEFENSE $17.99 $29.99 PS4 LUMINES REMASTERED $11.24 $14.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 ALL STAR EDITION $24.99 $49.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $39.99 $79.99 PS4 MONOPOLY FAMILY FUN PACK $5.99 $19.99 PS4 MOTOGP 18 $29.99 $49.99 PS4 NEW GUNDAM BREAKER $44.99 $59.99 PS4 PURE FARMING 2018 $23.99 $39.99 PS4 PURE FARMING 2018: DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $29.99 $49.99 PS4 SEGA GENESIS CLASSICS $22.49 $29.99 PS4 SONIC MANIA: ENCORE DLC $3.74 $4.99 PS4 SPACE HULK: DEATHWINGS $23.99 $39.99 PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II $9.99 $39.99 PS4 STEEP – WINTER GAMES EDITION $14.99 $49.99 PS4 STEEP – WINTER GAMES GOLD EDITION $20.99 $69.99 PS4 STREET FIGHTER 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION $29.99 $39.99 PS4 SURF WORLD SERIES $8.99 $14.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS $23.99 $39.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS – DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $29.99 $49.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS – FIRST COLONY EDITION $37.49 $74.99 PS4 SYBERIA 3 $14.99 $49.99 PS4 TACOMA $7.99 $19.99 PS4 THE CREW ULTIMATE EDITION $12.49 $49.99 PS4 UNRAVEL YARNY BUNDLE $20.99 $29.99 PS4 VAMPYR $40.19 $59.99 PS4 WIZARD OF LEGEND $12.79 $15.99 PS4 YAKUZA 6: THE SONG OF LIFE $35.99 $59.99 Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change.
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