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  1. Hey campers, rise and shine! Raul Rubio here, Creative Director and CEO of Tequila Works. I am so excited to say that I’m directing Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, published by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR) and produced by SPVR and MWM Immersive, to be released later in the year at PS Store. In Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, you’ll play the charming but arrogant Phil Connors Jr., who grew up in the shadow of his father — a man who spent a lifetime repeating a single day until he had made it perfect. But for Phil Jr., today is the worst day of his life. He’s trapped back home in Punxsutawney, the small town he thought he’d escaped — where he can’t even get a decent cappuccino — and he’s going to have to repeat the day over and over until he learns the true value of friends and family. At Tequila Works, we have been looking into VR since its beginning. We released The Invisible Hours in 2017, our first step in developing what we call Spherical Narrative. By following several simultaneous stories in real time, the player can find clues and discover the mysteries hiding in plain sight. For this VR project, we wanted to go a step further by making the player an active, disruptive element in the story, giving them more narrative choices to have a key influence on the storyline. Not only will the player have a much stronger sense of physical interactivity, but a deeper emotional connection to the non-playable characters. When we got the opportunity to work on Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, it looked like the perfect scenario to create a unique experience of intertwined stories, with the player fully embedded in timeline choices. After all, time loops are like being trapped in a videogame! This game contains a time loop mechanic with multiple branching narratives, as well as individual meaningful stories that we can build upon. It also includes the same dark humor of the original film, letting us play around with the inherent instinct of every VR player to mess with everything around them. James Siciliano of Rick and Morty and Joshua Rubin of Telltale lent their expertise to help us build this original story from the world of the beloved movie. We have developed an ever-changing experience through deep branching narrative gameplay and full interaction with all NPCs. Because what would you do with eternity if there were no tomorrow? Like we did in The Invisible Hours, we are working with talented facial and motion capture artists to create a unique, immersive experience. Using our dedicated VR tools and the support of SPVR and MWM Immersive, a leading creator of high-quality VR and AR experiences, we have been able to create gameplay that is accessible and highly engaging. We’re so excited to bring this game to PSVR, you can’t imagine how much it hurts biting our tongues for so long! So please enjoy Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecast and we hope you are as excited as we are to share what we’ve been cooking up! Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is coming out later this year. Enjoy the teaser and stay tuned for more! View the full article
  2. Email us at blogcast@sony.com! Subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here 2019! It’s already been quite the year, but there’s more where that came from. Join Kristen, Sid and Justin as they look ahead to some of the biggest games coming to PlayStation in the next few months. Stuff We Talked About More Mortal Kombat 11 impressions Kingdom Hearts III FutureGrind February’s PlayStation Plus lineup & Storage Upgrade The biggest games coming out in Q1 2019 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
  3. They say the Aragami are untouchable. They say it’s too late. They say humanity is doomed… but they haven’t met you. Wield devastating weapons derived from the cells of those who’ve been built to destroy in God Eater 3, a long-awaited action-RPG sequel coming to PlayStation 4 on Friday, February 8. The future of the planet is in your hands. Read on for the rest of the week’s new releases, and enjoy The Drop! Access Denied PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy) Access Denied is a puzzle game where personal data is locked away in protected boxes. Calling all safe-crackers and puzzle game lovers! From rotating dials, inputting numbers and other commands, your work will be cut out for you. Ages of Mages: The last keeper PS4 — Digital The kingdom is under attack and the princess has been taken! Ages of Mages: The last keeper is a TPS beat ’em up game for up to four players local co-op. Can our four mages assume the responsibility of Guardian and reinvigorate the ages of the mages? Away: Journey to the Unexpected PS4 — Digital Welcome to a feel-good FPS! A colorful adventure combining action, negotiation and rogue-lite elements. Befriend and play a large variety of quirky characters, all against the backdrop of the anime-themed soundtrack by Kazuhiko Naruse! Crisis VRigade PS VR — Digital Crisis VRigade is a virtual reality action filled first person shooter that lets players take on the role of a SWAT trooper and deal with a hostage situation in a bank robbery. You got the highest rates at the academy, it’s time to prove it! Elk Simulator PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6) Challenging elk hunting taken to another level! Hunt in one of three world venues to include the United States, Canada or New Zealand in search of trophy elk. Who’s going to be the next Elk Hunting Legend? Evoland Legendary Edition PS4 — Digital Evoland Legendary Edition brings you two unique RPGs, with their graphic style and gameplay changing as you progress! Full of humor and references to classic games, the Evoland series brings a truly epic and extraordinary adventure! Fear of Bugs – The Fear Experience PS VR — Digital (Out 2/7) Our laboratory conducts various researches on fear. This research is fear resistance to cockroaches. You are exposed to the fear of various cockroaches in a closed space. Can you bear the fear of cockroaches until the end!? Glass Masquerade PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6) An artistic puzzle game inspired by Art Deco and stained-glass artisans of the 20th century. Combine hidden glass pieces to unveil clocks and themes exhibited by various cultures of the world at an interactive electronic show. God Eater 3 PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 2/8) Set in a post-apocalyptic setting, it’s up to your special team of God Eaters to take down god-like monsters devastating the world. With an epic story, unique characters, and all new God Arcs and Aragami, the latest evolution in action is here! The Mage’s Tale PS VR — Digital The corrupt wizard Gaufroi has kidnapped your master, and only you have any hope of saving him! Explore ten deadly dungeons, decipher mind-bending puzzles, avoid terrifying traps, and vanquish hordes of vicious monsters… in breathtaking VR! Melbits World PS4 — Digital The cooperative puzzle-platformer game that will equally charm and challenge your friends and family. Communication and coordination are the key to success in the Melbits mission! Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 2/8) The official Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship game is back! Live the life of a pro with the updated career mode, test yourself in the Compound, manage your events, and attract new sponsors to earn fame and unlock new content! Pipe Push Paradise PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6) Pipe Push Paradise is a challenging, plumbing-based puzzle game. You’ve arrived on a lonely island faced with a hero’s calling. Rise to the occasion (push pipes around) and restore this paradise to its former glory. Pro Fishing Simulator PS4 — Digital, Retail An authentic sport fishing simulation for both beginners and avid anglers. Explore the most beautiful fishing spots in the world and reel in the best catches by combining technique and the best official equipment. Rage Room PS VR — Digital (Out 2/4) Welcome to Rage Room. Leave your day behind, let loose and release your rage, every last bit of it. With over 50 weapons to fuel your fury, our test dummies won’t know what hit them, or at least until they gain sentience. Riot: Civil Unrest PS4 — Digital, Retail Riot: Civil Unrest is a riot simulator that places the player in the heart of some of the world’s most fractious clashes. Shanky: The Vegan’s Nightmare PS4 — Digital Shanky is a joyful meat grinder and mince is its movement force. Swallow up everything you can and collect Meat-Cola to stay on the move. And remember: there is never enough mince, so keep grinding! Spike Volleyball PS4 — Digital, Retail Spikes, blocks, floaters… Master the skills and tactics of indoor volleyball! With 50 men’s and women’s national teams, Spike Volleyball draws you into the realistic action of one of the most complex and spectacular team sports played today. The information above is subject to change without notice. Metal Kingdom Disturbed Playlist Halftime Hits Playlist Metallica – Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic Overlord (Plus Bonus Features) Robin Hood The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Watch live Sunday, 2/3 at 3PM ET on Animal Planet PlayStation Vue has your favorite sports, news and must-watch shows. The information above is subject to change without notice. View the full article
  4. It’s finally time to get hands on with Anthem. The Anthem Open Demo is from February 1-3 and it’s your chance to jump into a javelin and explore the beauty and chaos of the world you’ve heard so much about. If you’re wondering what the Open Demo experience is like, take a second to check out these four things you can expect from the Anthem Open Demo. 1. You’ll Get to Visit Fort Tarsis The demo starts in Fort Tarsis, the walled city that you call home in Anthem. It’s your hub for everything you’ll need between missions — it’s also a space where you are protected from dangerous forces that torment the outside world. In Tarsis, you can visit the Forge and customize your javelin with loot you pick up on missions. You can also head to other locations in Fort Tarsis – like the Enclave, the Bar, and the Arcanist Lab. This will be where you get to know the characters of Anthem, and many of them will be around to chat, though their contracts (special in-game missions) will not be available. 2. You’ll Get Your Own Javelin to Personalize (Two of Them, Actually) In the Open Demo, you’ll start out as a level 10 pilot with a fully equipped javelin of your choice. You can unlock a second javelin of your choice (either Ranger, Colossus, Storm, or Interceptor) at level 12. Your level will be capped at level 15 for the Open Demo. Since you have access to the Forge, you’ll also be able to personalize your javelins and change your loadouts to equip any new gear or weaponry you get on missions. The earn rates on XP, Items, and Coin have been adjusted to give you a full Anthem experience over the relatively short timeframe of the Open Demo. You’ll also be given some Coin in the demo so you can have the chance to purchase and equip cosmetics. 3. You’ll Embark on Expeditions In the demo you can head out into the world, completing missions and discovering some of the secrets it holds. You’ll meet the Arcanist Matthias, part of an order of researcher-monks charged with unlocking the mysteries of the world, who will send you on a three-part expedition to track down a shaper relic with mysterious powers. Explore, fly, and swim in Freeplay and take on emergent challenges as you travel through a section of Great Falls Canyon and some of the surrounding areas. You’ll even get to delve into one of the Strongholds, high-level dungeons that require a full squad of Freelancers to complete. 4. You’ll Encounter Unfriendly Wildlife Whenever you venture into the world of Anthem you can be sure that you’ll encounter beautifully dangerous wildlife. You might be hoping for a grabbit sighting but don’t let your guard down — there are living, moving threats that can come from all angles. These creatures don’t care if you’re in the midst of a Mission or casually exploring the world in Anthem’s free-roaming mode Freeplay, they’re poised to make you have a no good, very bad day — and cause major damage while they’re at it. You may encounter wyverns, vicious flying creatures, will attack anything they come across, raining fire on their prey from above and leaving you desperate for a way to douse the flames and regain your health. Oh, but if you think that’s terrifying, just wait until you meet an Ursix. This Open Demo will give you an amazing look at the full Anthem experience, so mark your calendars for February 1-3, and get ready for the full game’s release on February 22! View the full article
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    Share of the Week: All That Glitters

    Last week, we asked you to shine a spotlight on the moments in gaming that glitter and shine using #PS4share and #PSBlog. Here are the entries that shone the brighest: Aloy stands in the center of a glittery holograph in this moment from Horizon Zero Dawn, shared by @kaytanaa. No one glitters quite like Fetch from inFAMOUS Second Son, shared by @Vexx663. Kassandra glows in the dark of this ancient tomb in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, shared by @ilikedetectives. At last, Sora sees the light from the world of Tangled in Kingdom Hearts III, shared by @oversoul53. Tyr’s Vault is alive with sparks in this God of War share from @ArcanaLegacy. Rey’s lightsaber glows against the night sky in this Star Wars Battlefront II share from @screenmaniiac. Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week? Theme: Kingdom Hearts III Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, February 6 Grab your Keyblade, next week we head to the many worlds of Kingdom Hearts III. Share your best Sora selfie using #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured. View the full article
  6. Valhalla! What comes to mind when you think of this word? Most people will think of the grand hall in Norse mythology, where great warriors gather after their death. A few of you, however, will have flashbacks of being heel-stomped to death by a masked angel with metallic wings. This article is dedicated to you! My name is Denny Yeh, Senior Staff Combat Designer here at Sony Santa Monica Studio. I worked on many of the enemies and boss fights in the latest God of War. Today, I’d like to talk about one of my favorites: The Valkyries. WARNING: Heavy spoilers and nerdy combat design theory talk ahead. What is a Boss Fight? There is no single formula for making a good boss fight in video games. Every fight serves a different purpose. The best fights are the ones that embrace that purpose, without getting bogged down by lofty ideas about what a good boss fight needs to look like. For example, let’s compare the Valkyrie boss fight to the Baldur boss fight. The Spectacle Boss The Baldur fight is all about spectacle and story. It’s there to remind you how brutal and over the top God of War fights can be. Since it was the first fight in the game, we couldn’t make the combat very hard. If we did, many players would get stuck and be unable to enjoy the rest of the game. It did not have the deepest gameplay mechanics, though, because that’s not what players needed one hour into the game (when they were still getting used to the new camera and controls). Baldur’s attacks were simple and straightforward, encouraging players to experiment with their defensive options. The fight focused on memorable action moments, from Kratos shattering a giant boulder with his shield, to the ground splitting in two beneath his feet as he locked arms with Baldur. It was a fun, fast-paced roller coaster that players of all skill levels could play through and they could feel awesome while doing so. The action moments helped get the blood pumping, but rarely did they put the player at true risk of dying. This is because the purpose of the Baldur fight was not to challenge the player. The purpose of the Baldur fight was to make the player feel like the god of war, Kratos, fighting against a seemingly invincible opponent that felt no pain. When Baldur first punches Kratos over the roof of the building, the players are just as surprised as Kratos. When Baldur comes back to life and throws the giant monolith at Kratos, the players are just as tired of his crap (the fight is maybe a tad long). And when Kratos finally snaps Baldur’s neck and sends him plummeting down the chasm, players are just as relieved that the ordeal is over. The Baldur fight focuses on selling the emotional beats of the narrative through spectacular action moments. The Combat Boss The nine Valkyrie fights are on the opposite end of the boss fight spectrum. They’re end-game content, so we could assume players are accustomed to the game’s controls by then. They’re optional, so we didn’t have to worry about players getting stuck. Also, unlike the story-focused Baldur fights, the narrative of the Valkyries are done pre and post-fight, without combat dialogue. This meant that the Valkyries had the freedom to focus entirely on combat. Imagine the game as one long class that teaches you the basics of each subject. The subjects are the combat mechanics, such as block, dodge, parry, axe throw, son arrows, runic attacks, etc. Some players may excel at certain subjects more than others, but no one should fail at any of them. In this analogy, the nine Valkyries are the final exams of each subject. If you’re the kind of player that always relies on rolling around like a polar bear to dodge everything, the Valkyries will hit you with an undodgeable attack so that you start appreciating the importance of blocking. The Valkyries’ purpose was to push God of War’s combat mechanics to their limits. The Valkyries encouraged (and sometimes required) players to master mechanics that they may have neglected previously. They were an opportunity for players to improve their own personal combat skills and challenge themselves if they wanted more after completing the main story. Attacks with a Purpose Like the boss fights themselves, all of a boss’ attacks also need to have a purpose in mind. We designed each of the Valkyrie’s attacks to enforce a different behavior from the player. When designing enemy behavior, the important question isn’t “What can this enemy do?” it’s “What can this enemy make the player do?” For example, let’s look at two of the Valkyrie’s ranged attacks: Multi Chakram Throw: The Valkyrie holds her arms out horizontally and then tosses a spread of medium speed chakram projectiles. If you try to dodge this, one of the outer chakrams will hit you. Instead, you’re better off blocking. Heavy Chakram Throw The Valkyrie holds her arms up vertically and then tosses a fast unblockable chakram straight at the player. If you try to block this… well, it’s unblockable. To avoid this, you must dodge sideways. These two attacks are designed to complement each other. The player action that beats one will get you killed if you try it against the other. As a result, you have to watch the attack animations closely and answer with the proper move. This is how we keep the fights engaging. Paying attention in class is fun! Flexible Difficulty We gave some attacks multiple answers, allowing the player more freedom to express their individual skills. For example, the Valkyrie has an attack where she flies up, summons a giant mace and then slams it into the ground. You can’t block or dodge this attack, so you must knock her out of the air before she completes it. Knocking her down with the son’s arrows is the easiest option, but it doesn’t stun the Valkyrie long enough to follow up with additional hits. If players want to deal more damage, they must use the slower and riskier axe throw instead. This kind of design gives the Valkyrie a more flexible difficulty level. If you’re not confident in your axe throw abilities, you have the option of just using the son’s arrows. However, it won’t be as effective. Side note: On the hardest difficulty (Give me God of War), the arrows won’t knock her down at all. We demand perfection from anyone bold enough to choose the difficulty level written in bright red text! Challenging but Fair It’s sometimes surprising to people when I tell them the Valkyries were designed to be beatable by a level 1 Kratos without taking any damage. Sure, they’re supposed to be the hardest enemies in the game, but we also wanted them to be completely fair. This meant putting the outcome of the fight entirely in the hands of the player. Every single thing the Valkyrie can do has an answer. Every time you die against a Valkyrie, you know there was something you could have done differently to prevent it. This is the most important thing to keep in mind when designing a challenging boss. It must be fair. If a boss hits you with an instant speed attack that automatically kills you, it feels like you’re just rolling the dice. That is a bad type of challenge. Players need to be confident that if they play properly, they will succeed. This the unspoken trust between a player and a game. If we break that trust, we run the risk of players feeling like the fight was cheap rather than challenging. Some players will of course still say the Valkyrie fights are cheap or unfair, but that is usually due to lack of knowledge. Maybe they didn’t realize you could interrupt their mace quake attack, or they didn’t know you had to dodge an attack a certain way. Because of all the effort we put into fair gameplay, we could confidently give tips on how to succeed next time. Watch for the Valkyrie to pull out her scythe and time your parry, or throw your axe at her when she flies into the air, or make sure to dodge three times in a row when she tries to stomp you. There is a solution for every death. It’s like papa Kratos always said, “Do not be salty… be… better.” Nine Unique Personalities There are nine Valkyrie fights in total scattered throughout the game. We wanted each one to feel unique, even though they shared many similar moves. To achieve this goal, we had to be smart about how we chose each Valkyrie’s move set. Each one needed a defining theme to make them stand out among the others. In addition, even though players could fight the first eight in any order, there was a rough intended progression based on how easily accessible their location was. We used this to help ease players in to the more complex Valkyrie fights. Some of the earlier Valkyries are designed to teach you mechanics that will be necessary to defeat the later Valkyries, and eventually the queen. Gunnr – The Tutorial Valkyrie Gunnr is the first Valkyrie most people fight, so we purposely kept her as the simplest. She only has three damaging attacks: Wing swipes into a double scythe swipe Flying downward scythe chop Dashing scythe spiral As you can see, all of these attacks involve the scythe weapon. The Valkyries have three weapons available to them, which they can instantly summon when needed: Scythe, Mace and Chakram. To help with keeping each Valkyrie memorable, we were careful about which weapons we allowed each Valkyrie to use. Gunnr was limited to the scythe to keep her straightforward. The scythe is the least punishing of the three weapons, since it can both be parried and dodged with good timing. Regardless of which defensive mechanic the player preferred, it was always effective against Gunnr. She didn’t counter any specific playstyle. Her attacks tested the player’s timing rather than demanding the correct answer. The question wasn’t “What are you gonna do” it was “When are you Gunnr do it.” Sorry. Eir – The Defender Valkyrie Eir tested the player’s offensive capabilities, specifically the ability to interrupt her attacks. She introduced a new defensive cocoon ability, testing the player’s ability to break her guard. She also used the flying mace quake ability mentioned previously, which required the player to knock her out of the… Eir… using projectile attacks. The rest of her arsenal was rounded out by primarily slow and unblockable mace attacks. All of this, combined with her high health total, made her feel like a heavy tank compared to Gunnr. Also, while Gunnr encourages you to simply answer her attacks as they came, Eir forces you to pro-actively stop her attacks before they can hit you. Imagine that annoying kid in class who shouts out the answer to a question before the teacher could finish asking. That’s who Eir teaches you to become. Geirdriful – The Ranged Valkyrie Geidriful doesn’t like you. Maybe she thinks you smell. Or maybe she doesn’t like the way you chew your food. Whatever her reasoning, she does her best to stay far away from you and shoot you down with her signature chakram projectiles. This tendency of hers already gives her a different feel from Eir and Gunnr, who prefer to charge toward you. Geirdriful tests the player’s ability to close the distance safely. Players have to navigate her many different projectile types to reach her and do damage. She also tests the player’s patience, especially on harder difficulties where you can’t knock her out of the air. Kara – The Summoner Valkyrie Kara is very different. You might even say she’s the most unique “Kara-cter” among all the Valkyries. She is much weaker than her sisters, but has the unique ability to summon minions to fight for her. Whereas other Valkyries test the player’s mastery in a one-on-one duel, Kara tests the player’s ability to deal with crowds. The Kara fight is an interesting one to watch people play, because there are many different strategies you can employ. Some players will utilize their big-area runic attacks to clear multiple minions at once, while others will use their high damage single target runic attacks to try to burst Kara’s low health down. Players also have the option of using the environment to their advantage, instantly killing minions by knocking them into the pit below. Each of these are valid strategies that players can employ during other group encounters, so we made sure Kara supported them all. Kara is well positioned as one of the middle Valkyrie fights players usually encounter. She serves as a reminder of how different each fight can feel. Olrunn – The Quick Valkyrie Olrunn is the fastest Valkyrie. She uses no weapons, relying only on her tricky movements and her razor sharp wings. She tests the player’s ability to control the camera and keep track of the target. Her signature move is her circle evade, in which she breaks lock on and dodges behind the player. She encourages the use of an often neglected mechanic in our game – the quick turn (default down on d-pad). Olrunn’s attack behaviors make her feel like a trickster. By cherry-picking specific attacks from the Valkyrie’s arsenal, we’re able to give her a personality that’s communicated entirely through gameplay. This is an example of how powerful a cohesive combat loop can be when designing boss fights. Olrunn’s purpose is to feel slippery, so we focused on giving her attacks that let her Ol-runn away quickly. Rota – The Grappler Valkyrie Rota loves Valhalla…almost as much as she loves stomping on Kratos’ face. Rota’s theme was that she focused on dealing high damage with her grappling attacks: the heel stomp and the swoop. Rota is an example of how enemy characters can share attacks, but use them in completely different ways. While other Valkyries do have these moves in their repertoire, Rota had the ability to chain them up to three times in a row (five times in new game plus). She also had tricky ways to combo into them from her non-grapple attacks. We also designed Rota before we implemented the game’s lock-on ability. This meant that every time she swooped past you, you had to use quick turn or manually spin the camera to dodge her next swoop. This made Rota originally one of the hardest Valkyries for most players. Once lock-on was implemented, she became more manageable. In the end, her repeated screams of “Valhalla!” every single time she leapt into the air made her memorable as the “crazy one.” Gondul – The Fire Valkyrie Unlike the previous Valkyries, Gondul was themed around an elemental affinity to fire. However, that alone isn’t enough to make a fight feel different. A lot of things can be fire based. If she just shot fireballs, for example, that wouldn’t feel any different than Geirdriful’s chakrams. We had to find a way to communicate that fire affinity through gameplay rather than just visuals. We prototyped a few different fire based attacks for her, but ended up going with only one: her fire meteors. She can summon these by leaping into the air or dashing back and casting a spell. The meteors fly in from the sky and leave behind dangerous hazards on the ground where they land. This was a good signature move for her because it changed how the player interacted with her other attacks. The rest of Gondul’s attacks feel different because players must now be careful about which direction they dodge into, lest they roll right into a burning pyre and find their health bar suddenly gone… dul. Despite this meteor attack being her only fire themed move, Gondul still felt like a fire Valkyrie because of how important it was to her combat loop. Hildr – The Ice Valkyrie Hildr is a product of her location. You fight her in Niflheim, meaning that you have a time limit (due to Niflheim’s poison mist). Also, unlike the other Valkyries, if you die to her, you have to run through a few rooms of Niflheim to try again. All of these things combined make her potentially the most frustrating Valkyrie to face. We were very careful to take this into account when balancing her. The nice thing about the other Valkyrie fights is that it was easy to learn their attacks by repetition, because you could retry the fight very fast after dying. Hildr did not have this luxury, so we purposely kept her fight less complex. There aren’t many new mechanics to learn when fighting Hildr, so players are free to focus on beating the time limit imposed by the poison mist. Oh, and she has a sweet ice barrage attack, but really, that did not have as big an impact in making her feel unique as everything else surrounding her. She turned out to be less of an “Ice Valkyrie” and more of a “Niflheim Mist Valkyrie.” Sigrun – The Valkyrie Queen In reality, all of the previous Valkyrie boss fights were just tutorials to get you ready for the true final boss fight against Sigrun. Sigrun is the culmination of everything you learned while facing her sisters. She has almost every attack. In fact, she originally had so many attacks in her decision tree that the game engine could not handle it. We had to trim down her movelist a bit to fit her into the game’s limits for an AI character. This still resulted in over 25 attacks, in addition to many combo chains and variations. She is the final exam that assumes you’ve been paying attention all semester. During one of our playtests, a player started fighting Sigrun in the late morning. I remember leaving for lunch and coming back to find this same player still fighting her a few hours later. When he finally beat her, we interviewed him about the experience. I expected him to be extremely frustrated, since that’s usually what happens when someone spends three hours on a single fight. You might even say I expected his day to be… Sigruined. Instead, he said that fight was his favorite part of the game. What we didn’t see during those three hours was how he was improving with each try. Every time he died, he would remember what he did wrong and make a mental note of what to do next time. Each time he retried, his muscle memory got better along with his knowledge of the fight. He was mentally engaged in learning the fight throughout that entire three-hour session. When he finally defeated her, the satisfaction of the win was even greater because he knew it was his own built up experience that paid off. This is the kind of fun that Sigrun aims to give players: the fun of leveling up your own skills as a player to overcome an immense challenge. That kind of personal leveling is always more rewarding than just leveling up your in-game avatar. Conclusion There are so many more things that went into designing the combat for the Valkyries that I could talk all day about them. But I won’t, because this is already getting too long. And I want to cut some slack to whoever is editing or localizing this (sorry!). If you’d like to read more about the Valkyries from an art perspective, you can check out our article on that here: https://godofwar.playstation.com/stories/creating-valkyries Or, if you’re interested in reading about a different flavor of boss fight, you can find our article on Baldur here: https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/08/16/fighting-a-god-behind-the-scenes-of-god-of-wars-first-boss-battle/ Thank you for sticking with me through this long combat-focused dive into the creation of the Valkyrie boss fights. We had a blast making them and thoroughly enjoyed watching everyone fight, struggle, and eventually overcome them. The next time you run into a Valkyrie, we hope you’ll appreciate the deeper meaning behind everything they do to teach you to become a better player. Remember, when a Valkyrie tries to step on your face or chop off your head with a scythe, she’s really just saying “I value your education.” God of War is on sale now for $25.99USD ($32.49 CAD). Hit the PlayStation Store to experience a new beginning. View the full article
  7. Alright 2019, you’ve made your point. Judging by the new games we’ve seen so far this year, it’s gonna be a good one. We’ve already got an awfully diverse lineup with survival horror masterpiece Resident Evil 2, the long (long) awaited Kingdom Hearts III, and action flight sim Ace Combat 7, not to mention smaller hits like Futuregrind, Megalith, and Wandersong. But enough talk… have at you! And by you, I mean the polls. Get in there. How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year. What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Shadow of the Colossus and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will. How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted. Players’ Choice: What Was January 2019’s Best New Game? View the full article
  8. Greetings, PlayStation Nation. Hope 2019 is off to a great start for you all! Before we get to this month’s line up, we have news to share about cloud storage for PS Plus members. In early February, we will be expanding our cloud storage space from 10GB to 100GB for PS Plus members — giving PS4 owners even more space to keep all those game saves. With cloud storage, you can save your game progress and character profiles on one PS4 system, and then continue the game on another system later without losing progress. Be sure to check it out next month. Now, let’s take a look at the free games next month, available starting on February 5, 2019. First up, we have For Honor, the melee action game from Ubisoft. Experience the chaos of war and choose between Viking, Knight, and Samurai factions to find your perfect fighting style. Featuring 18 different PvP maps, this game will be sure to entertain you. Next up, we have Hitman: The Complete First Season. Take on the role of Agent 47, the world’s ultimate assassin. Travel the globe to eliminate your targets in traditional and less traditional ways. From sniper rifles to expired spaghetti sauce, use the weapons at your disposal to become the master assassin. This month’s PlayStation Plus lineup also includes: Divekick, PS3 (Cross-Buy with PS Vita) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PS3 Gunhouse, PS Vita (Cross-Buy with PS4) Rogue Aces, PS Vita (Cross-Buy with PS4) This month’s PS3 and PS Vita games will be available for a few extra days, until March 8, 2019. PS4 games will be available until March 5, 2019, when the next monthly games lineup hits. As a reminder, after March 8, 2019, PS3 and PS Vita games will no longer be offered as part of the PS Plus monthly games lineup — so be sure to download them while they’re available. Any PS3 and PS Vita games you’ve already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8, 2019 will still be part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member. For PlayStation VR fans, we’ve just announced big discounts on top PS VR titles, exclusively for PS Plus members. This includes 50% off Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Gold Edition, 25% off Borderlands 2 VR, and 20% off Astro Bot Rescue Mission. This sale runs until February 5 so don’t miss out. View the full article
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    Hands On With Mortal Kombat 11

    Beautiful, but oh so brutal, Mortal Kombat 11 deals out bone-snapping, wince-inducing strikes with the speed and ferocity of a card shark. The detail (and sheer inventiveness) of the fatalities will cause you to flinch, but equally you’ll feel the conviction of a fighter’s intent in their facial expressions alone. Take Sub-Zero’s ice-cold fury at meeting old foe Scorpion in their match-up intro, for example. Even with the mask covering half his face, it had us catching our breath. Mortal Kombat was always a genre heavyweight graphically, but every inch of MK11 — character movement, those heavily-detailed stage backdrops, even loading screens — pack an inarguable level of polish that deserves to be appreciated. There’s plenty fresh with MK11: new combatants who fit flawlessly into the ever-expanding mythos, reinvigorated move-sets, refined systems, additional modes. MK11 feels like the product of teachings learned not just from its predecessors but the critically-acclaimed Injustice 2. But for a title that’s so intent on not coasting on past glories in terms of mechanics, it is a game that has a thematic fixation with time. Both to its manipulation and in context of the franchise’s history. The time-traveling twists of its story MK11 is a continuation of a story beat that was core to the 2011 series’ reboot. There, the story told across the 1992 original and its two sequels was changed due to a warning sent back through time to Raiden. The message came from a future version of himself, in the hope that foreknowledge would alter events and prevent his defeat at a later date. Subsequently characters, events and more were changed — but not all for the better. The fallout of that intervention will be dealt directly in MK11, with the reveal of new big bad, Kronica. She’s “the boss of bosses,” director Ed Boon explains. “She’s been staging all the events since MK1 to MKX.” And thus, a time travel caper forms the spine of the MK11 story. “We’re taking all the events of MK1, MK2, and MK3, and folding them on top of the current timeline,” Boon continues. “We have time quakes, characters meeting their former selves…[for example], young Liu Kang meeting revenant Liu Kang. It’s so cool.” The reexamination of the series’ 26-year history could be a compelling hook for longtime fans. Imagine Looper with martial arts rather than bullets. Or a gory spin on Back to the Future. Time manipulation bleeds into gameplay, too. Newcomer Geras can tamper with time as part of his move set. Learn him and you’ll be able to undo damage by rewinding a few seconds, resurrect yourself or subtract seconds off the round timer. It’ll be fascinating to witness two pro-players who’ve fully come to grips with his potential. And that’s the great thing about Mortal Kombat 11. If you’re not concerned with its story and character politics, you can just enjoy its highly polished fighting mechanics. The rebuilt fighting system NetherRealm Studios is clearly not content on incremental updates. Even on first hands-on, Mortal Kombat 11 is a different beast from its predecessor. Combo focus seems to be weighed towards shorter, more brutish displays of power (and muscle memory) that arguably feel welcomingly old-school compared to the lengthy juggle strings of MKX. As for special moves, Scorpion’s yo-yo-like spear twirling, Sub-Zero’s ice shuriken and axe are early highlights. From a purely visual standpoint, the creativity behind Skarlet’s weaponized blood and the fearsome, new-gen look to returning fan-favorite Baraka promise plenty of new showstopper combos. Even the classics get an overhaul: Raiden’s famous ‘superman’ can be stalled on deployment. Let the mind-games begin. Character customization is a major new advancement seemingly influenced by Injustice 2, fusing aesthetic preference with moveset partiality to better tailor your MK main to your preferred fight style. Couple that with collectable attribute points to spend as you wish to shape the strengths of your chosen kombatant, the degree of variation and gameplay depth increases massively. Mortal Kombat 11 seems eager to bring something different to a genre it’s helped define over two decades. “Change… I always feel like changing the game up is important,” says Ed Boon when asked about the franchise’s longevity, suggesting it is a careful balance of the old and new. Of taking a fresh approach to the best history has to offer. “There’s a nostalgia itch,” he continues, saying that as much as everyone remembers where they were when they heard a particular song the first time, you always remember your first fatality. “If you can scratch that itch, and add something new… I think that’s one of the variables that allows us to keep it at this level.” View the full article
  10. Humble’s first mixed-publisher bundle of PlayStation games is here, and this time, it’s indie. A great lineup of developers is teaming up with PlayStation for the Humble Indie PlayStation Bundle 2019, a limited-time promotion available at HumbleBundle.com. The bundle will feature over $239 worth of games, all for PS4 (SIEA regions only). Like all Humble Bundles, it’s a brief offering, available only from 11 a.m. PT on January 29 until 11 a.m. PT on February 12. If you’re not familiar with how Humble Bundles work, you pay what you want for your bundle, with higher tiers unlocking more games. No matter what price you choose, you can allow the default split of your payment or you can choose where the money goes: between the developers and publishers, Humble Bundle, and/or charity. In the “Humble” tradition, the Humble Indie PlayStation Bundle 2019 contributes a portion of the proceeds to charity. When you purchase the bundle, you can support GameChanger, Save the Children, the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and/or a charity of your choice from Humble’s list of over 30,000 organizations. The following games are included in the bundle: For $1 or more, you get: Grim Fandango Remastered: This epic story of four years in the life (or death) of Manny Calavera, travel agent to the dead, has been remastered to look, sound, and control even better. Grim Fandango still stands as a classic of the genre, with unforgettable characters and unique combination of film noir and Mexican folklore. The Bard’s Tale: Take on the role of the Bard, a sardonic and opportunistic musician and adventurer. You can choose the Bard’s responses toward other characters, and each choice changes the course of events in the game. InnerSpace: An exploration flying game set in the Inverse, a world of inside-out planets with no horizons. Soar through ancient skies and abandoned oceans to discover the lost history of this fading realm, where gods still wander. “Beat the average” price (at least 1¢ more than the current average bundle payment), to also get: Layers of Fear: A first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Standard Edition: Deck out your Ranger squad with the most devastating weaponry this side of the fallout zone, test the limits of your strategy skills, and bring justice to the wasteland. The choices are yours, but so are the consequences. The Talos Principle: A philosophical first-person puzzle game. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world. Broken Age: A timeless coming-of-age story of barfing trees and talking spoons. Vella Tartine and Shay Volta are two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives and dealing with the unexpected adventures that follow. Pay $15 or more to get everything above plus: Killing Floor 2: The outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate them. Killing Floor 2 ramps up the gore with a proprietary, high powered persistent blood system. Shadow Warrior 2: Wield a devastating combination of guns, blades, magic and wit to strike down the demonic legions overwhelming the world. Battle alongside allies online in four-player co-op or go it alone in spectacular procedurally-generated landscapes. Visit https://www.humblebundle.com/games/indie-playstation-bundle-2019 to purchase! View the full article
  11. We sat down with Steve Kuroki, VP of Creative at nWay, to learn more about Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, up for pre-order at PlayStation Store starting today. What is Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid? Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a brand new console fighting game featuring the Power Ranger heroes and villains where players fight head to head in online and offline battle modes. The game uses traditional fighting game inputs that players are familiar with. Players create a team of three warriors of varying play styles and roles to battle their friends or other players online. How is this game different than other fighting games out there? First, this is the only Power Rangers fighting game on the PS4. We have given each character’s animation a lot of TLC to make sure they stay authentic to the source material — details that the biggest Power Rangers fans will care about. This will also make the game not only fun to play, but also fun to watch. Also, we are adopting an online-first model. This means that we want the game to feel alive and have longevity. We plan to do this by regularly rolling out new content — new characters and new stories — as well as host special events, missions, and online tournaments. To support a healthy online competitive community, we are lowering the barrier to entry with a starting price of $19.99, allowing more people to join the matchmaking pool. We just celebrated the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers — what characters do you plan on featuring in the game? We have shown Tommy, Jason, Gia and Lord Drakkon thus far. We plan to announce other fan favorite characters in the roster as we get closer to launch, so stay tuned! Pre-order at PlayStation Store What type of battle mechanics can we expect to see implemented in Power Rangers: BFTG? The controls are similar to a traditional fighter — something like a Dragon Ball FighterZ or Marvel vs. Capcom series, so you can expect battle mechanics in the team-based fighting genre. What was the development process like? What engine is the game built on? We use Unity. We have a lot of experienced developers with a fighting game background on our team, so we can do a lot of fast development, get it into the hands of the designers and playtesters, and iterate on combat very quickly. We’ve also brought onboard Justin Wong to consult and help tune our game. With Justin’s experience as one of the most decorated fighting game pros, he’s helping us make sure this game stands on par with the other top competitive fighting games out there. What game modes will be available at launch? At launch, the game will feature online Ranked and Casual matches as well as a Story Mode. We will have more to share about the story in Story Mode later, as I know the Power Rangers fans would want to know. Are there plans to add any DLC to the game? If so, what kind of content will be available? Absolutely! We have 25 years of Power Rangers history to tap into and every fan has a different favorite Ranger, so we want to keep adding more and more warriors to the roster. We really want this game to have a long life, so in addition to new warriors, we also want to add new stories to play in the arcade mode. When can fans expect to get their hands on this game (and for how much)? Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid will be coming this Spring. The Standard Edition is $19.99 and the Digital Collector’s Edition is $39.99. View the full article
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    Kingdom Hearts III Launches Today on PS4

    Hello, Kingdom Hearts fans! I can’t believe this day is finally here! We’re extremely excited to launch Kingdom Hearts III on PlayStation 4 today. Sora and his friends have grown a tremendous amount since his story first began in Kingdom Hearts. As we head into the launch of Kingdom Hearts III, he’s become an incredibly strong and bright character supported by his trusty companions, Donald and Goofy, and his many friends he’s made over the course of the series. Sora’s journey is really a tale of the power of friendship, and how friends can come together to overcome hardship, support each other through difficult times and spread positivity within a dark world. As you get started in Kingdom Hearts III you’ll be able to adventure through an array of new worlds and make new friends from iconic Walt Disney Animation Studios films like Frozen and Pixar Animation Studios films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and more. You’ll also be able to enjoy a variety of new and exciting features like the Attractions which build on the series iconic gameplay. Personally, I hope that fans will enjoy the updated Gummiship gameplay — I’m having a blast building new ships! It has been an honor to be a part of this series from the beginning. To think that it all started from a conversation in an elevator when Square Enix Japan was in the same building as Disney! I have so many fond memories surrounding Kingdom Hearts, from working on the games to meeting fans around the world at events. As I mentioned earlier, Kingdom Hearts has always been about the power of friendship, and the passion and positivity of the series’ fans demonstrates that it is a message they have taken to heart. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support and for following along on Sora’s incredible journey. We hope you enjoy what we’ve created for you! In closing, I’d like to leave you with my favorite quote: “My friends are my power!” Sincerely, Executive Producer, Shinji Hashimoto View the full article
  13. Discover The Creators is a PlayStation Store curation program in which we’ve asked some of the biggest names in the biz to pick their favorite PS4 games in order to help your find your next game to play. What I love about video games is how they can achieve a type of magic by combining art with technology to create powerful new experiences. But I don’t really consume a ton of different games. Instead I find a few each year that really move me, and I obsess about them — first immersing myself in the experience, and then trying to figure out how they work. From playing games as a little kid to leading a dev studio, it’s always been the same exercise: if a game casts a powerful spell over me, maybe if I learn how they did it, I could create magical new experiences for others? Here are some games that in their own ways captivated me — as a player and as a developer. Browse Casey’s Full List at PlayStation Store Inside I loved Playdead’s Limbo so I was really looking forward to Inside, and it exceeded my expectations. What impressed me so much about Inside is how it so seamlessly weaves clever gameplay mechanics and dramatic visuals to create a thought-provoking narrative. There are some particularly powerful instances of this, like a sequence where you must conform your movements to the behavior of a group to proceed. It has some moments of visual storytelling that will stay with me forever, and when it was all over Inside left me wondering about the higher meaning of what I experienced. Until Dawn I don’t play many survival horror games, but a friend recommended Until Dawn and I really enjoyed it. It’s scary, but not excessively gory or manipulative, and it builds an immersive story experience through interesting character moments and atmospheric tension. And yes, it scared the hell out of me more than a few times! It’s tough to evoke fear in a player without resorting to cheap scares, and I think Until Dawn does it well, through consistently strong execution — from the art direction and acting performances (including Rami Malek) to its novel approach to visualizing player decisions through the butterfly effect. It’s a game that I still come back to now and then, when I’m playing in the dark late at night and want to see if it can still creep me out. Grand Theft Auto V I’ve played every GTA and enjoyed them all, but never played very far into the story. I just had fun with them as open-world sandboxes. At first I did the same with GTAV, but the world itself was so huge and well-executed, I wanted to get the most out of the game and started pursuing the storyline. It’s the first GTA that I ever finished, and I think it doesn’t get enough credit for the quality of storytelling and narrative innovations it delivers. Even now, it’s still my go-to game for when I just want to relax and escape to a digital world. Thimbleweed Park For me this one captures a different kind of magic: nostalgia. As a kid I played a lot of point and click adventure games, so I was excited to play a new one by a legend of the genre, Ron Gilbert. It’s got lots of quirky puzzles, and tons of memorable characters with funny writing and great voice acting. But what makes it really special is how it recreates the best elements of the genre while subtly introducing new design and creative elements that make it feel contemporary. Unravel 2 I played through all of Unravel 2 with my 10-year old son, and it was probably the most rewarding co-op game experience I’ve ever had. Its clever yarn-swinging mechanic provides some really challenging puzzles, but they’re so well-tuned that we never got stuck. We figured out how to proceed by experimenting cooperatively, and the experimenting itself was fun to do. Much of what I loved about the game was the problem-solving chatter it provoked between my son and I. And in between the tougher challenges we appreciated the joyful movement system and gorgeous artwork. Unravel 2 got us talking about the symbolism of the experience and the topics it subtly explored about childhood (bullying, siblings, loneliness…) and it’s one of my favorite examples of the power of games as an art form. Head over to PlayStation Store now to browse Casey’s list as well as picks curated by Cory Barlog, Yoko Taro, Ed Boon, and more. View the full article
  14. Today, we’re excited to introduce the officially licensed Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 systems. The new Game Drive gives PS4 gamers an extra boost in storage, with amazingly simple portability that allows you to carry your games with you. Seagate Game Drive for PS4 | More Photos Our new Game Drive for PS4 has been rigorously tested and is optimized for PS4 systems. It features a small sleek design and branding that pairs well with your PS4. Most of all, the large increase in storage capacity lets you hang on to your favorite older titles and add-ons while still leaving room for new games. With a hefty 2TB capacity, you can free up space on your PS4 system’s internal drive and consolidate approximately 50* games into a single location. (Do note, once content is stored on the drive, the content can only be accessed by the account that transferred the content.) The Seagate Game Drive enhances the players’ gaming experience with easy installation, and direct connection via USB cable. Setup is easy, since the PS4 automatically recognizes your Game Drive and helps get it up and running in approximately three minutes. Here are some of my favorite benefits of the Seagate Game Drive for PS4: Instantly adds 2TB for approximately 50 more games* Full-speed gaming, just like playing from the PS4 system’s internal drive Optimized to work with every model of PS4 (requires system software version 4.50 or greater) Easy to bring to a friend’s place to play your games on another PS4 system (do note, once content is stored on the drive, the content can only be accessed by the account that transferred the content) Truly plug-and-play; doesn’t require additional cables Doesn’t need to plug into the wall — USB powered The new Game Drive for PS4 is available next week in North America for $89.99 USD (MSRP) / $119.99 CAD (MSRP) — look for it at your favorite retailers and online. Check out Seagate.com for more details. *Based on an average storage requirement of 39GB for PS4 games published on or before June 2018. View the full article
  15. Hey, True Believers! Christos Gage here, one of the writers of Marvel’s Spider-Man, available exclusively on PlayStation 4 – and more than a few Spidey-related comics like the recent Spider-Geddon event which our web-slinger starred in. If you’ve seen all the Easter Eggs in the game, you’ve probably surmised that I, like the rest of the team, am a gigantic and longtime comic book fan. Which is why I was so excited by Marvel’s tease on January the 8th that the fabulous Fantastic Four are back in the spotlight – and back in Marvel Games – as part of Marvel’s “World’s Greatest Week.” To celebrate, we’ve been working with Insomniac Games to include some fantastic content, available in today’s patch 1.14 for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PlayStation 4! “But what do the Fantastic Four have to do with Spider-Man?” you may ask. Or maybe you don’t – because you know that Spidey has a long history with the Fantastic Four, going back to 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, when our rookie wall-crawler tried to join the team – only to end up fighting them! That was just the beginning of many years of adventure (including the 2010 Spider-Man/Fantastic Four miniseries written by yours truly and drawn by Mario Alberti) that has led us to today, with the new Fantastic Four comic written by longtime Spidey-scribe and game story contributor Dan Slott. There have been too many cool Spidey/Fantastic Four moments to count, but one of the most memorable in their illustrious history was in Amazing Spider-Man #258, when Spidey swung by the Fantastic Four’s headquarters for help with the alien symbiote he was wearing as a costume (that’s right, it later became Venom). The Fantastic Four got it off, but then Spidey was left in his underpants (we’d never do something that silly in the game…wait, I’m being told we did). So Spidey borrowed a Fantastic Four costume…but they don’t have masks! So, to conceal Peter Parker’s secret identity, his frenemy, the Human Torch, gave Spidey a grocery bag to wear on his head. As The Thing might say, what a revoltin’ development! Another chapter in their shared story came when Spidey actually joined the Fantastic Four, then calling themselves the Future Foundation, and they all wore cool black and white costumes. Hey, Dan wrote many of those issues, and I scripted one or two myself! That suit was awesome looking because – but you don’t want to hear me yap, look for yourself! How sweet is that? The Bombastic Bag-Man and the Future Foundation suit – and they can be yours to use in the game simply by downloading patch 1.14 for the game by connecting online to the PlayStation Network. But what’s that you say, web-heads? You want to see how they actually look in-game? Well I have some good news for you! At 2pm Pacific today, you can check out Insomniac Games’ livestream where they will be playing the game with both of the new suits! Just go to www.twitch.tv/insomniacgames at 2pm Pacific. And once again – THANK YOU from all of us at Marvel, Insomniac, and PlayStation for the unbelievable reception you’ve given our game. It was a labor of love, made by fans for fans and we hope you enjoy this special new content! If you haven’t picked up Marvel’s Spider-Man yet, make sure you pick up your copy today, available exclusively on PlayStation 4. Looking forward to seeing your #PS4Share in the new suits! View the full article
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    PlayStation Blogcast 318: Kingdom Kombat

    Email us at blogcast@sony.com! Subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here Welcome back! It’s a Sid and Justin show this week, and we’ve got some fun stuff to talk about: Sid has played Mortal Kombat 11, Justin is playing Kingdom Hearts III, and you — yes, you! — can play Capcom’s stunning remake of Resident Evil 2 right now. Enjoy the show! Stuff We Talked About Mortal Kombat 11 Kingdom Hearts III Resident Evil 2 Firewall Zero Hour The Cast Sid Shuman – Director of Social Media, SIEA Justin Massongill – Social Media Manager, 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
  17. PlayStation Store is back at it with big discounts on must-have titles during our two-week long PlayStation Essentials Sale! Build up your library with savings up to 50 percent on games like Dead Cells, Persona 5 Dancing, Battlefield V, FIFA 19, Destiny 2: Forsaken, and South Park: The Fractured but Whole. PS Plus members save 60 percent. Scroll down now for the full list, then head to PlayStation Store before PlayStation Essentials ends February 5 at 8 A.M. PT. 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  18. Email us at blogcast@sony.com! Subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here It’s Game of the Year time, baby! Join us as we run down the winners of 2018’s PS Blog GotY awards. Spoiler: Y’all really liked God of War. Stuff We Talked About Game of the Year 2018! … and, by extension, God of War Resident Evil 2 Wandersong A Fisherman’s Tale Ace Combat 7 Days Gone DJ Hero 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
  19. Party like it’s 1998! Unfortunately, in this case it’s Leon S. Kennedy’s welcome party to the Raccoon City Police Department, and it was canceled on account of zombies. The long-awaited Resident Evil 2 remake shambles onto PS4 next weekend, set in the late ’90s just like the original PlayStation release. Capcom announced the Resident Evil 2 remake way back in 2015, sparking years of anticipation with horror fans. The new take on the survival horror classic swaps the fixed camera angles of the original with a modern, over-the-shoulder camera evocative of the beloved Resident Evil 4. Now that the game is finally here… are you truly prepared to return to Raccoon City? Catch up on the rest of next week’s releases coming to PlayStation below! A Fisherman’s Tale PS VR — Digital Bend and twist reality in A Fisherman’s Tale, the mind-bending VR puzzle adventure game in which being turned upside down and inside out is not merely a play on words. At Sundown: Shots in the Dark PS4 — Digital At Sundown: Shots in the Dark is a stealth-driven, top-down multiplayer shooter in which up to four players compete in both online and local deathmatch. Only the best will dominate each round and survive the ultimate challenge to rise to the top at sundown! Futuregrind PS4 — Digital Grab your bike and hit the rails in FutureGrind, a stylish stunt-racer all about tricks, skill, and speed. Think you have what it takes? Test your limits while grinding to the bass pounding beats of an original soundtrack by bignic. Heroes Trials PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy) After the banishing of the previous defender of your island, the community needs new heroes. The long training of siblings Elia and Zoel takes them to the last trials to become the new local guardians. Rising to the top will not be an easy feat! JackQuest: Tale of the Sword PS4 — Digital (Out 1/24) A fast-paced fantasy action platformer with quick combat and steady progression, JackQuest guides players through a single-interconnected world full of secrets, collectable gems, and hidden challenges. Realm Royale PS4 — Digital Be the last Champion standing in Realm Royale! Choose a class, then loot deadly weapons and powerful abilities to create your own Champion. Explore a fantasy world from horseback, and craft game-changing legendary gear. Resident Evil 2 PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 1/25) A deadly virus engulfs the residents of Raccoon City in September of 1998, plunging the city into chaos as flesh-eating zombies roam the streets for survivors. An unparalleled adrenaline rush, gripping storyline, and unimaginable horrors await you. Witness the return of Resident Evil 2. Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal PS4 — Digital, Retail Experience the original Senran Kagura Burst like never before! Tackle the classic ninja brawler from a whole new perspective in gorgeous, fluid HD, with new features and mechanics throughout! Wandersong PS4 — Digital A musical adventure where you use singing to save the world! Play as a silly bard who embarks on a globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, said to prevent the universe’s imminent end. It’s up to you to sing your songs, unlock the world’s secrets and make new friends! The information above is subject to change without notice. Hikaru Utada x Kingdom Hearts Playlist Mid90s Playlist Future – Future Hdnrxx Presents: The WIZRD Once Upon a Deadpool Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Widows New episodes premiere Sunday, 1/20 only on Showtime PlayStation Vue has your favorite sports, news and must-watch shows. The information above is subject to change without notice. View the full article
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    Share of the Week: Joy

    Last week, we asked you to find some joyful moments in gaming that put a smile on your or the character’s face. We had a wonderful time scrolling through the delightful entries tagged with #PS4share and #PSBlog. Here are this week’s joyous highlights: Aloy enjoys the freshly fallen snow in this sweet Horizon Zero Dawn share from @aloy3021. @TantFuriosa shares moment of laughter between Atreus and Kratos (thanks to God of War’s Photo Mode). It’s time to dance in this bright Yakuza 0 share from @VideoGameShelf. Delsin is all smiles in this inFAMOUS Second Son share from @a.k_gamer. Ellie shares a quiet smile in this touching moment from The Last of Us, shared by @danielcarrapa. Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week? Theme: Fear Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, January 23 Next week, we turn to the scenes that terrified us the most. Share a moment from the game of your choice that sparked fear using #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured. View the full article
  21. If you thought 2018 was a great year for games, hooo boy! We’re just days into 2019, and it’s starting with a bang. From the zombie-infested police station of Resident Evil 2 to ancient Japanese villages teeming with lethal swordsmen in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — these are some of our most-anticipated games of Q1 2019 (January through March). Resident Evil 2 January 25 Are you ready to return to Raccoon City? It’s almost time to revisit one of the most terrifying and beloved horror sequels ever. Capcom is rebuilding Resident Evil 2 from the ground up to breathe new life into the unforgettably entertaining nightmare. Iconic characters like Leon, Claire, and Ada reprise their defining roles in this visually stunning recreation of the Raccoon Police Department and the festering underbelly of Raccoon City. Over-the-shoulder gunplay modernizes the experience, evoking memories of Resident Evil 4’s intense encounters. Count your bullets and hoard those First Aid Sprays — Umbrella’s monstrosities are deadlier than you can remember. Kingdom Hearts III January 29 The word “anticipation” doesn’t quite capture Kingdom Hearts fans’ excitement for this sequel — it’s more like a mounting eruption of enthusiasm. Kingdom Hearts III invites Sora and the gang to explore beloved Disney worlds including Andy’s Room from Toy Story, the Kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen, and more. Square Enix authentically incorporates the film worlds represented in the game, like Donald turning into an cuddly cyclopoid version of himself in Monsters, Inc., or Sora becoming an articulated action figure in Toy Story. Keyblades even transform to evoke the magical kingdoms as combos progress, such as a toy hammer turning into a drill in the aforementioned Toy Story setting. Get ready for an memorable adventure, whether you’re a longtime Kingdom Hearts fan ready to take on the darkness or a Disney-loving newcomer ready to visit your favorite lands. Far Cry New Dawn February 15 Who said the post-apocalypse had to be dreary? Ubisoft’s bespoke follow-up to Far Cry 5 — set 17 years after a nuclear catastrophe — transforms the scorched Montana countryside into something vivid and beautiful. A natural “superbloom” effect causes gorgeous flora to saturate Hope County, and colorful graffiti from those who survived mark the ruins of civilization. Despite the beauty, all is not well. A violent group called the Highwaymen and their vicious twin leaders — Mickey and Lou — are more interested in dominating the county than they are in peacefully rebuilding. The intriguing antagonists, captivating visuals, and inventive makeshift weaponry make Far Cry New Dawn one to prep for in 2019. Metro Exodus February 15 The post-apocalyptic survivors eking out their bleak existence within the husk of Russia’s subway system believe in life beyond the Metro. In 4A Games’ Metro Exodus, protagonist Artyom begins a quest to break out beyond the dank, desperate tunnels of the Metro in hope of finding life outside. On the way, he’ll fight through mutated monsters, hostile survivors, and the elements. Seasons change in the game, meaning you might have to fend off vicious winged Demons in the frigid winter, or face a mutated bear in falling foliage of autumn. Metro Exodus combines the new environments with the series’ history of satisfying stealth gameplay and bullet-counting tension, promising an intense journey. Anthem February 22 Who doesn’t want to hop into a rocket-powered armor suit and earn loot with friends? Bioware’s foray into online, cooperative-focused multiplayer suits players up in customizable Javelin exosuits and empowers them to soar through the skies, dive underwater, and defend their homeland. You’ll need firepower like missiles, flamethrowers, and more to exterminate deadly threats such as giant, cave-dwelling insectoid creatures. Players can select unique Javelin loadouts to strategize their approach to missions and maximize the team effort. If you and your crew are looking for a new online adventure to look forward to, Anthem could be a great fit. Devil May Cry 5 March 8 Dante, Nero, and a slew of colorful characters reunite in Capcom’s continuation of the Devil May Cry storyline. The DMC series originally put the “stylish action” genre on the map, fusing high-flying melee combos with flashy, long-ranged gunplay. The latest entry is looking to outdo itself, including bonkers implements of destruction like Dante’s new motorcycle – which can split into motorized saw blades for dual-wielded destruction. Dante is just one of three larger-than-life playable characters who join the battle against demonic forces. You can also suit up with Nero’s weaponized prosthetic arms or wield volatile magic as the mysterious V. The gameplay variety, bonkers action pedigree, and over-the-top spectacle should keep Devil May Cry 5 on your short list. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 March 15 The collapse of civilization — sparked by a Black Friday pandemic and subsequent quarantine — has spread to Washington D.C. and threatens the nation. Ubisoft’s follow up to The Division calls agents back to the field to team up with friends and protect the capital. Historic landmarks and entire city blocks have been meticulously modeled in a stunning 1:1 recreation of the city, though it’s much more dangerous than the real-life tourist destination. Enemy factions, like the power-hungry True Sons, aim to seize control amidst the tumult. A new seasonal vibe comes with the shifting locale — say goodbye to the whitewashed New York winter and hello to summertime in D.C. You’ll be able to gear up and save D.C. with friends soon. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice March 22 The talented sadists at From Software are crafting another challenging quest to test your skill and resolve. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice transports players to a dark and fantastical ancient Japan, filled with powerful brutes, nimble assassins, and more. The hero — called “the one-armed wolf” — must outwit his deadly foes by harnessing his cunning and mastering the intense, deliberate swordsmanship From Software fans have grown to love. In addition to a trusty samurai sword, the main character also has a mechanical prosthetic arm that includes a grappling hook and other outlandish customization options. The ability to grapple adds a layer of enticing verticality to the stealth gameplay, which when combined with From Software’s best-in-class combat makes Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice unmissable. MLB The Show 19 March 26 Celebrate the beginning of baseball season with the authenticity of MLB The Show 19. Prepare yourself for head games — one of this year’s highlights focuses on the tense, mano y mano showdown between batter and pitcher. Dive into a deep RPG baseball experience as you grow your team to one day take home the pennant. What is your most-anticipated title of Q1 2019? What’s Your Most-Wanted Game of Q1 2019 (Jan – March)? View the full article
  22. Playstation

    Flash Sale! Deals Under $20 at PS Store

    The new year is in full swing and we’re jumpstarting 2019 with a Flash Sale at PlayStation Store! Savings up to 75% kick off tomorrow with deals on killer titles like Street Fighter V Arcade Edition, Life is Strange Complete Season, Hollow Knight Voidheart Edition, and a ton more. Take a peek at the full lineup below, then head over to PS Store starting January 18 to stock up. But don’t delay – Deals Under $20 end January 21 at 8 a.m. PT. 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NOIRE $19.99 $39.99 LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS $5.99 $19.99 LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS – SEASON PASS $2.49 $9.99 LARA CROFT GO $3.49 $9.99 LEGO CITY UNDERCOVER $8.99 $29.99 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD $5.99 $19.99 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS $5.99 $19.99 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES $5.99 $19.99 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 $17.99 $59.99 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES BUNDLE $17.99 $59.99 LEGO MOVIES GAME BUNDLE $14.99 $49.99 LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS $5.99 $19.99 LEGO THE HOBBIT $5.99 $19.99 LEGO WORLDS $8.99 $29.99 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM $5.99 $19.99 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM DELUXE EDITION $10.49 $34.99 LEGO HARRY POTTER COLLECTION $5.99 $19.99 LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS DELUXE EDITION $8.99 $29.99 LEGO MARVEL’S AVENGERS DELUXE EDITION $8.99 $29.99 LET THEM COME $4.79 $7.99 LICHTSPEER $2.99 $9.99 LICHTSPEER: DOUBLE SPEER EDITION – OST COMBO $3.89 $12.99 LIFE IS STRANGE COMPLETE SEASON $5.99 $19.99 LIGHT TRACER (VR) $5.99 $14.99 LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM COMPLETE SEASON $6.79 $16.99 MAD MAX $4.99 $19.99 MAD MAX $4.99 $19.99 MANHUNT $8.99 $14.99 MASTERS OF ANIMA $4.99 $19.99 MAX PAYNE $8.99 $14.99 MCDROID $2.39 $7.99 MEGADIMENSION NEPTUNIA VII $14.99 $29.99 MERCENARY KINGS: RELOADED EDITION $6.79 $19.99 MORDHEIM: CITY OF THE DAMNED $9.99 $39.99 MORDHEIM: COMPLETE EDITION $12.49 $49.99 MOTOGP 17 $11.99 $39.99 MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT $3.99 $19.99 MUSYNX $8.99 $29.99 MXGP3 – THE OFFICIAL MOTOCROSS VIDEOGAME $13.99 $39.99 NINJA SENKI DX $0.99 $4.99 OASIS GAMES HORROR VR BUNDLE $7.99 $19.99 OASIS GAMES SHOOTER VR BUNDLE $9.99 $24.99 OCTAHEDRON $7.79 $12.99 OH MY GODHEADS $10.49 $14.99 OMEGA QUINTET $8.99 $29.99 OVERRIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL $19.49 $29.99 PARTY HARD $3.89 $12.99 PHANTOM TRIGGER $4.49 $14.99 PINEVIEW DRIVE $10.19 $29.99 PIXEL GEAR (VR) $4.39 $10.99 PIXEL HEROES: BYTE & MAGIC $5.99 $14.99 PLAGUE INC: EVOLVED $4.49 $14.99 PLANET OF THE EYES $2.99 $9.99 PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION – THE SIMULATION $14.99 $29.99 PROFESSIONAL FARMER 2017 $13.59 $39.99 PROFESSIONAL FARMER: AMERICAN DREAM $19.49 $29.99 PROFESSIONAL FARMER 2017- CATTLE & CULTIVATION $2.86 $6.99 Q.U.B.E: DIRECTOR’S CUT $2.99 $9.99 RAW DATA VR $15.99 $39.99 REALMS OF ARKANIA – STAR TRAIL $19.59 $39.99 REALMS OF ARKANIA: BLADE OF DESTINY $13.59 $39.99 RED DEAD REVOLVER $8.99 $14.99 RENTO FORTUNE $6.99 $9.99 RIPTIDE GP BUNDLE $6.49 $12.99 RIPTIDE GP: RENEGADE $4.99 $9.99 RIPTIDE GP2 $3.49 $6.99 RISK $5.99 $14.99 RISK URBAN ASSAULT $5.99 $14.99 RIVE $3.74 $14.99 ROAD TO BALLHALLA $4.49 $14.99 ROCK OF AGES 2 $5.99 $14.99 ROCK OF AGES 2: COMPLETE BUNDLE $9.99 $19.99 SÉBASTIEN LOEB RALLY EVO $7.49 $29.99 SALARY MAN ESCAPE $6.39 $15.99 SEASONS AFTER FALL $4.99 $19.99 SHINESS: THE LIGHTNING KINGDOM $7.49 $29.99 SKY FORCE RELOADED $7.99 $9.99 SKYLAR & PLUX: ADVENTURE ON CLOVER ISLAND $7.49 $14.99 SLIME RANCHER $9.99 $19.99 SPEEDRUNNERS $2.99 $9.99 SPEEDRUNNERS DELUXE BUNDLE $5.09 $16.99 STAY $8.39 $11.99 STREET FIGHTER V – ARCADE EDITION $19.99 $39.99 SUPER DUNGEON BROS $4.99 $19.99 SUPER KIDS RACING $1.49 $9.99 SUPER MEGA BASEBALL 2 $11.99 $29.99 SUPERBEAT: XONIC $8.99 $29.99 TABLE TOP RACING: WORLD TOUR $2.99 $14.99 TEARAWAY UNFOLDED $9.99 $19.99 THE FALL $1.99 $9.99 THE FALL PART 2: UNBOUND $6.79 $16.99 THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF VAN HELSING $4.99 $19.99 THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF VAN HELSING II $3.74 $14.99 THE JACKBOX PARTY PACK $9.99 $24.99 THE JACKBOX PARTY PACK 2 $9.99 $24.99 THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME $14.99 $49.99 THE TECHNOMANCER $9.99 $39.99 THE UNKNOWN CITY (HORROR BEGINS NOW…..EPISODE 1) $1.49 $9.99 THE WARRIORS $8.99 $14.99 THIEF $4.99 $19.99 TIMBER TENNIS VERSUS $1.39 $1.99 TINY TROOPERS JOINT OPS $2.39 $7.99 TOKI TORI 2+ $3.74 $14.99 TOKYO TWILIGHT GHOST HUNTERS DAYBREAK: SPECIAL GIGS $14.99 $49.99 TOREN $4.99 $9.99 TOUR DE FRANCE 2015 $4.99 $19.99 TOUR DE FRANCE 2016 $7.49 $29.99 TOUR DE FRANCE 2017 $9.99 $39.99 TRANSPORT GIANT $14.99 $29.99 TRIVIAL PURSUIT LIVE! 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HOOKED ON $2.39 $7.99 LICHTSPEER $2.99 $9.99 MARY SKELTER: NIGHTMARES $11.99 $39.99 MERCENARY KINGS: RELOADED EDITION $6.79 $19.99 MUSYNX $8.99 $29.99 NINJA SENKI DX $0.99 $4.99 NINJA USAGIMARU: TWO TAILS OF ADVENTURE $5.99 $11.99 NORN9: VAR COMMONS $15.99 $39.99 PERIOD CUBE: SHACKLES OF AMADEUS $15.99 $39.99 STAR WARS PINBALL PACK UNLOCK $3.99 $9.99 SUPERBEAT XONIC $5.99 $19.99 TEARAWAY $9.99 $19.99 TINY TROOPERS JOINT OPS $2.39 $7.99 TOKYO TWILIGHT GHOST HUNTERS DAYBREAK SPECIAL GIGS $11.99 $39.99 WINDJAMMERS $7.49 $14.99 YS ORIGIN $9.99 $19.99 ZERO ESCAPE: THE NONARY GAMES $11.99 $39.99 Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change. View the full article
  23. Playstation

    Game of the Year 2018: The Winners

    And here we are. With hundreds of thousands of votes (thank you!) across 15 different categories, PlayStation.Blog readers have curated a series of gaming experiences from 2018 that exemplify the best the medium has to offer. Longtime PlayStation fans will likely be pleased to see which title raked in the most overall votes, but many will be surprised by the degree by which it dominated. Popular categories like Best Narrative and Best PS4 Game showcase how last year’s polls became a battleground for titans. There are also some fun surprises in there, too, such as the stylish winner of Best PS VR Experience, Best Independent Game, and more. If you’ve followed our Game of the Year festivities in previous years, you’ll notice one big difference: This year, we split our Editors’ Choice writeups out into their own posts, which ran over the holiday break. Here’s our take on 2018, with each nomination hand-picked by members of PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store: Editors’ Choice 2018 As Selected by PS Blog and PS Store Staff Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Astro Bot Rescue Mission Beat Saber Celeste Dead Cells Destiny 2: Forsaken Detroit: Become Human God of War Marvel’s Spider-Man Monster Hunter: World The Persistence Red Dead Redemption 2 Spryo Reignited Trilogy Tetris Effect Browse Editors’ Choice picks at PlayStation Store But you didn’t come here to read what we think. Let’s get to the exciting part! Game of the Year 2018 As Voted by PlayStation.Blog Readers Best Narrative God of War Kratos. Arthur Morgan. Peter Parker. Some of the most impactful stories in video games were told last year, featuring some of the most memorable characters. The voters have spoken — the familial tale of Kratos and Atreus conquers the category. Honorable mention to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, and A Way Out, which received noteworthy support as well. Red Dead Redemption 2 Marvel’s Spider-Man Detroit: Become Human Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out Best Multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Call of Duty this year was all about multiplayer, so it’s fitting that Treyarch’s trio of industry-standard competitive and co-op modes captured the category. Even though the trail-ridin’ beta for Red Dead Online didn’t launch until late in the year, Red Dead Redemption 2’s multiplayer mode still ranked high. The narrative co-op adventure, A Way Out, as well as Destiny 2: Forsaken deserve honorable mentions for the support they received. Red Dead Redemption 2 Battlefield V Monster Hunter World Honorable Mentions: Destiny 2: Forsaken, A Way Out, PUBG Best Sports Game FIFA 19 PlayStation fans worldwide showed up to show support for the planet’s most popular sport, securing FIFA’s dominating victory here. While they didn’t break the top four, MLB The Show 18 and Madden 19 also got strong support. NBA 2K19 WWE 2K19 Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 Honorable Mentions: Madden NFL 19, EA Sports UFC 3, MLB The Show 18 Best Graphical Showcase Red Dead Redemption 2 From the wondrous, sprawling lands of Midgard to the spectacularly detailed streets of Marvel’s New York, the games of 2019 teleported us to some stunning locales. Rockstar Games’ jaw-dropping interpretation of the Wild West in Red Dead Redemption 2, with its rolling prairies and meticulous interiors, captured the most votes this year. God of War Marvel’s Spider-Man Detroit: Become Human Honorable Mentions: Battlefield V, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Destiny 2: Forsaken Best Art Direction God of War Graphical fidelity doesn’t mean much unless you have a compelling art direction to focus that power. The fans have chosen God of War as the reigning deity of this category, with its vivid imagining of mythological realms from Norse myth. Whether you were stunned by the otherworldly design of the massive World Serpent or were sucked in by the ornate décor of Tyr’s Temple, developer Santa Monica Studio packed Kratos and Atreus’ journey with beauty. Red Dead Redemption 2’s devilish details – from intricately furnished homes to elaborately designed general store catalogues – also placed it high in the running. Red Dead Redemption 2 Detroit: Become Human Dragon Ball FighterZ Honorable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Destiny 2: Forsaken Best Sound Design God of War Expert sound design is one of those hidden pillars that separates great games from the fantastic. God of War cleaned house in the category, from the weighty “whump, whump, whump” of Kratos’ spinning Leviathan Axe to the rumbling bass of the World Serpent. Red Dead Redemption also receives recognition for recreating a convincing Wild West soundscape, down to the way Arthur whistles for his trusty steed. Red Dead Redemption 2 Marvel’s Spider-Man Battlefield V Honorable Mentions: Detroit: Become Human, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken Best Soundtrack God of War Bear McCreary’s epic score earned God of War the top spot here. The musical backing of the father and son’s journey perfectly underscores the game’s adventurous bombast and quiet moments of bonding. Red Dead Redemption 2’s driving rhythm and country twang earned high praise, too. Fans also showed a groundswell of support for the sounds of Beat Saber and Destiny 2: Forsaken. Red Dead Redemption 2 Marvel’s Spider-Man Detroit: Become Human Honorable Mentions: Beat Saber, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Spyro Reignited Trilogy Best Ongoing Game Fortnite This was Fortnite’s category to win, and it did so handily with nearly a quarter of all “Best Ongoing Game” votes. It was a tight race otherwise, with Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and Monster Hunter World separated by just a few percentage points each. Rocket League and newcomer PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also mustered strong support. Rainbow Six: Siege Overwatch Monster Hunter World Honorable Mentions: Destiny 2, Rocket League, Final Fantasy XIV Best Independent Game The Forest The indie space hosted one of this year’s most competitive races, with survival game The Forest leading the pack and PS VR hit Beat Saber coming in a close second. Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee! 2 were narrowly edged out… and Dream Daddy: Dadrector’s Cut saw strong support, too. Beat Saber Celeste Tetris Effect Honorable Mentions: Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Guacamelee! 2 Best PlayStation Console Exclusive God of War A high-impact combo of stellar titles made 2018 a banner year for PlayStation exclusives. The web-slinging fantasy of Marvel’s Spider-Man exceeded fans’ expectations and Detroit: Become Human delivered an impressively intricate story — but God of War garnered the most votes, landing it the Platinum Trophy for this category. What an incredible time to have a PS4. Marvel’s Spider-Man Detroit: Become Human Shadow of the Colossus Honorable Mentions: Yakuza Kiwami, Astro Bot Rescue Mission Best Performance Christopher Judge – Kratos, God of War In a year defined by larger-than-life performances, Christopher Judge’s nuanced take on world-weary Kratos won over voters. Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler) and Benjamin Byron Davis (Dutch van der Linde) also fared well, proving the value of Red Dead Redemption 2’s sprawling ensemble cast. Roger Clark – Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2 Yuri Lowenthal – Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man Bryan Dechart – Connor, Detroit: Become Human Honorable Mentions: Alex McKenna (Sadie Adler, RDR2), Darin De Paul (J. Jonah Jameson, Marvel’s Spider-Man) Best PS VR Experience Beat Saber PS VR was built for transportative experiences like Beat Saber, giving players one-to-one freedom to slash to the rhythm in a visually entrancing world. To that end, Beat Games’ musical hit ran away with the number one spot. These titles showcase how amazing last year was for PS VR, and Star Trek Bridge Crew – the Next Generation nearly joined the winner’s circle as well. Borderlands 2 VR Astro Bot Rescue Mission Tetris Effect Honorable Mentions: Star Trek Bridge Crew: The Next Generation, Creed: Rise to Glory Best PS4 Game God of War PlayStation fans showed huge support for the Santa Monica Studio-developed God of War across all categories, so of course its huge victory in the Best PS4 Game category was no exception. Quantic Dream’s narrative-driven sci-fi thriller Detroit: Become Human also notably secured a place among the winners. This category also received the most write-ins, with Fortnite having the lion’s share (though not enough to squeeze in among the winners). Red Dead Redemption 2 Marvel’s Spider-Man Detroit: Become Human Honorable Mentions: Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyseey Most Anticipated Game Kingdom Hearts 3 Voters are amped up for 2019, which this competitive category conveys. Years of anticipation for Kingdom Hearts 3 earned it the winning spot with Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima also faring well with support. The Last of Us Part 2 also raked in a ton of write-in votes, but as we noted before, Naughty Dog’s hotly desired sequel wasn’t eligible since it won Most Anticipated in 2016. Resident Evil 2 Mortal Kombat 11 Death Stranding Honorable Mentions: Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Anthem Studio of the Year Santa Monica Studio The tightest race of the year, with less than 1% of votes separating Platinum and Gold. Santa Monica Studio ultimately took the top spot over Rockstar Games, but just barely. Toys For Bob (Spyro) and Quantic Dream (Detroit: Become Human) saw noteable write-in support. Rockstar Games Insomniac Games Epic Games Honorable Mentions: Ubisoft Quebec, Capcom, Bungie View the full article
  24. The VR experience of Hikaru Utada’s concert, “Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018 – ‘Hikari’ & ‘Chikai’ – VR” was filmed on Wednesday, November 7, at Yokohama Arena. The equipment for filming the VR scenes was brought in the day before, followed by elaborate rehearsals and the recording of two songs: “Simple and Clean” (the theme song of Kingdom Hearts) and “Don’t Think Twice” (the ending theme song of Kingdom Hearts III). This VR experience makes you feel like you’re right there in the arena. You can see her perform the two songs from multiple angles; watch her singing enthusiastically right in front of you, or from further away, giving yourself a wider view of the whole venue. In order to make the experience feel more real, three different cameras and shooting styles were used for recording both “Simple and Clean” and “Don’t Think Twice.” First, they shot with a 4K stereo/3D crane camera while approaching and backing away from the front. Then the same crane camera was used to film all around the left and right of Hikaru Utada. Finally, 6K · 180 degree cameras were used to shoot from far away, medium distance, and zoomed in at the same time. Every scene was shot with the latest equipment from Sony PCL. These three shots were filmed separately and edited into one VR video later. Direction was handled by Robot Communications, a company that is famous for producing movies, TV commercials, music videos, and VR images. The director is Wataru Takeishi, who has been filming music videos and tours since Hikaru Utada was 16 years old. After a final adjustment of equipment and one last sound and lighting check with the band members and string players, Hikaru Utada finally took the stage in a long black dress. They filmed “Simple And Clean” first. Regarding effective movement in virtual reality, Director Takeishi explains: “As you approach the camera from a distance, the audience feels that Hikaru Utada is coming closer to them. When she’s looking at the camera, they will feel as if she is regarding them. As they reach out, they feel like she pops out toward them because of the spatial effect. I gave her this kind of advice about emotional movement in VR. ” In “Simple And Clean,” there is one part where Hikaru Utada moves down the stairs to approach the front of the stage, and moves downwards and turns around. Before recording, the team confirmed that scene first and carefully checked the timing for her to start walking. After the timing and the speed of walking were decided, they were finally ready to go. As filming began, the director donned the PlayStation VR headset underneath the stage. He checked how the image looked in PS VR in the same environment the user would experience. Almost 20 staff members concentrated on Hikaru Utada’s performance at once. They controlled crane cameras, checked the images with a VR headset, and watched the monitor. However, things stopped as soon as they began. There was some discussion regarding when Hikaru Utada should sing the song’s chorus while looking at the camera, but the shooting would progress smoothly as long as they could decide when she should start walking. Filming with the first camera finished successfully in one take! The director attributes this to her wonderful facial expressions. The shooting went well until the last scene, which was filmed with the high resolution 180 degree camera. They filmed “Don’t Think Twice” next, after Hikaru Utada changed into a black-and-white dress. “Simple And Clean” was shot on the main stage, but this song would be filmed on the island stage in the center of the arena. This song was also recorded from three angles with different cameras. The director advised her that it would look better if she adjusted her movements and the angle of her face. Since the score division of the song is very unique, her rhythmic gestures would look nice in VR. This VR shoot adopted a one-cut method: when the song started, the camera would just keep moving around without cutting until the end. In other words, if something went wrong, the entire thing would need to be filmed from scratch instead of re-shooting from the middle. Nevertheless, Hikaru Utada’s concentration was rock-solid. She looked forward with overflowing emotion, her face dipping into shadow when she dropped her eyes. Even the filming crew had to take a breath to steady themselves from the shiver this performance evoked in them. The final shot continued using the different cameras and was also finished in one take. The filming of both songs for VR wrapped after about two hours. After shooting, we interviewed Director Takeishi and Chief Producer Yoshimasa Takahashi, who both work at Robot. Please tell us about the shooting concept of these VR videos. Takeishi: The concept was to reproduce “Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018” perfectly. For that reason, we made sure everything — including the stages, lighting, direction, and costumes — was exactly the same as the live performances. Takahashi: The biggest draw is allowing you to watch Hikaru Utada’s concert from the comfort of your own home, in a super special seat. Can you tell us about the role of each camera and the techniques you used during filming? Takahashi: The first camera was the one approaching and backing away from the subject. As the camera slowly approaches, you enter the world of the stage. This is meant to evoke a sense of immersion. The second camera was for shooting Hikaru Utada three-dimensionally, by wrapping around her left and right. The last one was for shooting the subject from a far distance, a middle distance, and zoomed in at the same time. The director’s version is the one that takes the best cuts from the first and the second camera and splices them together. Additionally, users can view the film however they wish by changing the camera angle. During shooting, Director Takeishi checked the videos while wearing a VR headset, right? Takeishi: Yes, I was checking what the users would see. The videos you watch with the PS VR headset have a different impact after all — the user feels like Hikaru Utada is singing just for them. Please tell us about any distinctive challenges of this project. Takahashi: The biggest challenge was moving the camera. That’s because it is considered taboo to move the camera for shooting a live-action VR image; the theory is basically to keep the camera stationary and have the performer move. However, we experimented with moving the camera this time. We discussed with Director Takeishi about how it wouldn’t be that interesting to shoot her performance as a 360-degree video. We decided to test a lot of things because we wanted users to watch unique, special VR videos. As a result, we thought that moving the camera while also having Hikaru Utada herself move or look at us would be innovative and challenging. Therefore, after cooperating with SIE on several tests, we thought it might work, so we decided to try something new. Additionally, we implemented 3D stereoscopic viewing with a binocular camera. This was another unique challenge. What kind of effect is produced by moving the camera? Takeishi: We aimed for an effect that draws the audience into the video while watching Hiakru Utada’s performance, and have her get close to them without them realizing. However, if the camera moves fast, it can be uncomfortable for the user. We aimed for the fine line where users can only just see Hikaru Utada getting nearer, without causing any discomfort. Takahashi: In past VR videos, the users themselves had to move to see what was happening on the whole stage. However, this time we are moving the camera, so if they just watch Hikaru Utada then all the stage sets come into view. They can enjoy Hikaru Utada’s performance as well as the concert’s production value. Speaking of VR images, it is common to have a 360 degree view. However, this content is not like that. Takeishi: You may think that VR video equals 360-degree video, but I do not think it is necessarily the case. It is less than 180° that you can see in this video, and if you look behind you, you only see black. But when people watch a concert, they don’t usually look behind themselves. We challenged ourselves to make realistic images in the viewable range rather than making a 360-degree video. Takahashi: Also, most people use PS VR at home sitting down. Looking back becomes a chore for the user. Rather than have them turn around, I thought that it would be more pleasing for fans if we focused on Hikaru Utada approaching or gave them a stereoscopic view. What do you think is unique to VR videos? Takeishi: Hikaru Utada is amazing; the feeling she puts into her songs, her facial expressions when she sings, and her gestures. In virtual reality you can really see the great care singers put into their work and these subtleties of emotion up close. VR users can experience much more than they would be able to just watching a concert or a music video, since they can see exactly what sort of expression the artist uses when singing certain lyrics. Takahashi: You can see things that you cannot see normally, such as where the artist is looking or what gestures she is making. That’s the charm of VR. Takeishi: I have been filming Hikaru Utada for a long time, but I was struck by her talent all over again during this VR shoot. I think that it would be interesting if VR video becomes the standard for artists — I felt great potential for that during this shoot. View the full article
  25. Traveling the abandoned highways of the Farewell Wilderness is deadly. You’ll pass through thick forests of ponderosa and pine (filled with wolves), venture into naturally formed lava tube caves (filled with Freakers), ride up steep trails to snow-covered peaks offering spectacular vistas (mind the Marauders — and Freakers — and cougars). Riding the broken roads through Days Gone offers landscapes that change quickly and dramatically, a living, breathing world — filled with things trying to kill you. The breathtaking natural beauty of Oregon’s High Desert, scarred by ancient volcanic activity, shaped in modern times by a dubious history of mining and logging, has long been a recreational area for outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike, camp, fish and backpack. During the pandemic that killed the world, tens of thousands of survivors fled into the wilderness not realizing that it was no safer than the homes, cabins, truck stops, saw mills and small towns they left behind. Freakers, drawn to mass graves dug throughout the Farewell Wilderness, were everywhere. Swarms of Freakers, Hordes of Freakers — all looking to feed. Throw in marauding groups of human enemies looking to rob and pillage everyone in their path, wildlife — infected or not — starving for food, and crazed cultists terrorizing anyone who won’t join them — and our love letter to the region begins to sounds more like a eulogy. Today, in the first of a series of three videos, we offer you a look at the Farewell Wilderness, the setting for Days Gone, a unique landscape that is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Keep an eye on the PlayStation YouTube channel over the upcoming weeks for more videos highlighting other key features in Days Gone. Pre-Order Bonuses Head over to your favorite retailer and pre-order the game now. At launch you’ll receive a voucher to unlock for the Drifter Crossbow and upgrades for your drifter bike’s Nitrous, Gas Tank, and Shroud early in the game which will help you survive as you ride the broken road. As an added bonus, pre-order from PlayStation Store and you’ll receive a Days Gone Sawmill Dynamic Theme immediately after pre-ordering. Check out the video below to see these bonuses in action. Special Editions In addition to the standard edition of Days Gone, we are proud to offer a Collector’s Edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition. The Digital Deluxe Edition features a digital mini artbook, digital soundtrack, three additional drifter bike skins, and an additional early skill unlock and theme. The Collector’s Edition features everything from the Digital Deluxe Edition and a Collector’s Edition Statue, set of patches, six pins, four Decals, a Steel Book, physical soundtrack and a 48 Page Mini-Art Book by Dark Horse Comics. View the full article