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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

PlayStation Now Adds For Honor and 50 More Games

Ubisoft's medieval fighting game For Honor and 50 more PS4 games are added to Sony's game-streaming service PlayStation Now library.

We are going through a series of holiday season on this time of the year and Santa Claus will be arriving at the end of the month. Before he does, the PlayStation Now library is unleashing 50 more PlayStation 4 games and some amazing discount deals for the subscribers.

This month, medieval action fighting game For Honor from developer/publisher Ubisoft is added to the PS Now catalogue along with many other fan-favorite games and making the overall collection number more than 700 for streaming PS2, PS3 and PS4 games.

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PlayStation Now Adds For Honor and 50 More Games

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For Honor is Ubisoft's epic combat game that takes place in a post-apocalypse fantasy setting where players picks a fighter from different factions and they have several classes based on their weapons, skills and fighting styles.

Choose and customize your heroes to enter a solo or a co-op story campaign or just simply brawl your enemy into PvP mode. Multiplayer modes are there to challenge your skill set in battle and you don't even need a PS Plus membership to play online.

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The path of a warrior is not an easy one and therefore we urge you to take a brief look at the challenge the game holds for you.




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Open-world Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, 2D platformer Dandara, JRPG title Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, classic Super Star Wars and many other games have joined the fray of a huge lineup that took place this month.

In November, the most popular PlayStation Now games were Fallout: New Vegas, Mafia III, NBA 2K16, Payday 2 Crimewave Edition, Red Dead Redemption, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, Sniper Elite 4, Steep, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and WWE 2K16.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in November 2018

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Starting from today, PlayStation Now is bringing three of their subscription offers that will last until January 8, 8 AM PT. You can start your first month with PS Now for only $9.99 but this offer is only applicable to new subscribers.

You can also sign up for a 3-month offer that will cost you only $29.99 and considering the regular price, you will be saving $15 on the deal. Of course you can save $20 if you just take the 12 months subscription offer for only $79.99 or just head to the 7-day free trial for now.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Death Stranding Rumored to Announce Release Date?

Rumor has it that Sony will announce a release date for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding at The Game Awards 2018.

It all begin at the E3 2016, when former Digital Entertainment president of Konami, Hideo Kojima took the stage to reveal his upcoming action game project Death Stranding from his studio Kojima Productions and people who know of his work lost their minds.

He also revealed that the game is going to be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and will be a PlayStation 4-exclusive. No official release date has been given so far for the game but rumors are suggesting an announcement on that with new footage is on the way.

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Death Stranding Rumored to Announce Release Date?

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After shooting down the possibility of attending E3 2019, Sony opted out from this year's PlayStation Experience claiming they don't have enough to show off even though they have both Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima in development.

According to Brazilian website Combo Infinito, they have learned from someone close to Sony Brazil that Sony may showcase trailers for the above-mentioned titles at The Game Awards 2018 and reveal release dates for the games.

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None of these buzz brings any absolute evidence to the table but it's not like Sony ever made such big announcements during a show like this and given the relationship Geoff Keighley of The Game Awards has with Kojima, it wouldn't be shocking if Sony does so.

From the very moment of revealing back in 2016, Hideo Kojima has kept the story of Death Stranding as a mystery to everyone. However, that never stopped people from theorizing about it. Do you really think that Sony would announce the game's official release date at The Game Awards 2018?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

Turf Wars DLC comes to Marvel’s Spider-Man with three brand-new suits for Spidey and the villain Hammerhead.

Developer Insomniac Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has been doing a great job fleshing out the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man with the first chapter of their DLC series Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps – The Heist, which offers us an all-new adventure quest.

One of his classic enemies, Hammerhead is going to be part of the second DLC for PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title. It also has new story missions to explore, crimes to stop, challenges to complete, trophies to earn and three new suits to try out!

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

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If you can spare a moment to take a look at the official teaser released for the next chapter, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars, you will get the idea.




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Hammerhead is an organized crime boss who made his first comic-book appearance back in 1970 on the pages of issue 113 of The Amazing Spider-Man monthly ongoing series. As the main villain of Turf Wars, he starts a war against Dons of the Maggia.

With his surgically enhanced skull and equipment from Sable International, he is seeking to restore his mob glory years by hammering down on anyone who will come in his way. Spider-Man joins team with Yuri Watanabe to put a stop at his ventures to keep the streets of New York safe.

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Turf Wars DLC Spidey Suits

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Since brand-new suits are one of the most beloved features of the game among fans, the new chapter introduces three great new suits. There is the Iron Spider suit from "Civil War" crossover event because many wanted the comic-book version.

The second inclusion is the Spider-Clan Suit, taken from the pages of Marvel Mangaverse and designed in animated-style. You will also have Spider-Armor MK I, which may prove useful to use against Hammerhead in a fight.

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New Version of Iron Spider Suit

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Now that "The Heist" is released and "Turf Wars" is revealed, you are left with the final chapter Silver Lining from The City That Never Sleeps series and it will launch later on December 2018. A new piece of art for the newest chapter was shared by artist Adi Granov as well.

Turf Wars post-launch DLC content is coming on November 20 and will be available to purchase for only $9.99 or you can just go for the entire bundle priced $24.99 only. You can also get the Digital Deluxe Edition of Spider-Man PS4 for only $79.99, which gets you the whole package with the base game.

Friday, November 9, 2018

God of War Prequel Comics

Dark Horse writer Chris Roberson comes up with a prequel story for Kratos, God of War with artist Tony Parker.

The newly rebooted run of mythology based action-adventure game God of War from developer Santa Monica Studio was undoubtedly one of this year's biggest games. The saga is moved from Greek mythology to Norse mythology to establish a new run.

Although that seemingly worked out pretty well for a new setting of this game, there was void left behind that needed to be filled. So, after releasing God of War: The Official Novelization for the title, a four-issue prequel comic series is in works now.

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God of War Prequel Comics

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When comic-book writer Chris Roberson (Aliens – Fire and Stone, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. – 1953) from Dark Horse Comics handled the project of creating a prequel this year's PS4 blockbuster, he was intrigued and intimidated at the same time.

Roberson was aware of the new setting of Kratos that has been moved from his previous roots and it surely was a huge task. A story that takes characters from one era or genre and places them into another has opportunities for a lot of development.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #1

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A world filled with ice giants and trolls itself is vast enough to throw different obstacles at Kratos in his way to encounter every now and then. Then again, handling such a recognizable and well-established character with a huge fan-following is quite challenging.

To add more to his backstory, both Santa Monica Studios and Dark Horse Comics decided to go with a direct prequel to the new game that will maintain continuity. To start with that itself is a herculean task itself and also an honor.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #2

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The story premise follows Kratos after he has left his history with Olympus behind and builds a new life in the remote Norse wilds. Destiny would still find a way to use his rage for fuel of destruction and thus he entangled into troubled he didn't wanted.

When he was trying to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a monstrous bear in the woods, he unintentionally gets into beef with a mysterious cult. Since the former Ghost of Sparta always gets punished for his good deeds, this time seems not to be any different than his bloodied past.

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Collaborator and artist Tony Parker was a great help to Roberson as well as game director Cory Barlog. During their first conversation, he pitched the basic outline of the plot and then it took some time to eventually bring the story to life.

The first issue from the series is going to be released on November 14, 2018 and the prequel story nicely ties to the emotional journey Kratos go through in the new God of War game. All of this hard work will only pay off when readers will see it for themselves and enjoy the extended take on the saga.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

Celebrating the first anniversary of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Guerrilla Games sat down to talk about creating one of the in-game creatures, Fireclaw.

Last year, around the same time this week, developer Guerrilla Games has released The Frozen Wilds expansion for their action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4, which added brand-new chapter for Aloy to explore new grounds and complete quests.

Of course, the world of HZD is full of dangerous machines everywhere that she would come across during her journey and hunt them down. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expansion, developers Richard Oud and Pinar Temiz talks about one such fierce character known as Fireclaw.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

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Initially they came up with the idea of creating a machine hybrid creature for HZD that resembles to a bear but due to time constraints, that idea was scrapped. So, when they were back at developing The Frozen Wilds, the idea of bear came back.

The team then immediately delved into development with design documents for making the bear concept into a machine. Animation department were provided the 3D models and they started testing with its attack and other movements.

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The Bear Essentials

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Some of the designs were implemented and some are tested but then left out when they thought some of its moves may come as difficult for players to get a read on. The design and animation team worked on it to come to a solution eventually.

Now that they established a better set of movement for the creature, AI department started putting the bear into the game and senior sound designer Pinar Temiz started working on its sound effects and vocalizations.

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Fireclaw is a huge bear-like machine that had move set comprised of lava-based attacks but it still has some similarity with other machines from Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a starting point for Pinar to work with an idea of not making it too clunky.

Check out his take on the idle movements of the beast from the game in the clip below when it is not engaging into a fight and just simply minding its own business.




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When the animation team was done making the basic movements and walking set for Fireclaw, they decided to add reference nature of grizzly bears from video clips. However, they moved to polar bears simply due to the fact that they are of a bit more authoritative figures and have slightly different features.

Since the idea of the creature came from bears, it makes sense when the studio took a round on variety of their races but wouldn't it sound completely crazy if they start looking up to Red Pandas? That is what happened and they got what they needed from YouTube.

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Polar Bear Refurrence

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Though looks quite cute, Red Pandas actually use their body weight to put their opponents down in a fight and the way they simply drops and rolls is amazing. Looks like the creators of the famous Kung Fu Panda franchise has taken their inspiration for the series from the same source.

After a few processing and development of layering those sources, the second stage of performance came out next.




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Pinar studied bears grunting, other animals that has an intimidating sound of being grumpy and the solution came from walruses and seals. These grunts mixed with synthetic movement sounds slowly helped him achieve the right mark he was looking for.

Now that he came to a stable state with the desired vocalization of Fireclaw, all they wanted was not to make the motions and sounds repetitive. All animators and sound designers worry about falling into this dilemma very often.

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Over time, this can be a problem when player will notice that it seems artificial and forcible on them. This has to be avoided at any cost but the studio didn't have enough resources to spare or much time at hand to keep working on it.

Therefore, the studio of Guerrilla Games came up with a system that will pick randomness and then mix it with their finite resource pool to bring variation. They even had this repetition issue on the early stages as well when Aloy used to ride her mount.

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Bipedal Movement Animation

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Fortunately, their solution worked and different variations were achieved from random cycles to provide a non-repetitive, natural look. The team even delivered different layers of sounds for both front and back footsteps.

Another issue that troubled them was when Fireclaw and Frostclaw stood on their two legs; it felt like a guy in a metal bear suit, which is awkward. So, more footage of reference came to play until they finally came to a convincing bipedal stance.

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Distinct Frostclaw Model

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What many people may not have known is that the studio used human performances among the mix of machine vocalizations but getting it right was the tricky part. So, human voices were pitched down and blended with other sounds.

Aside from these work, both Fireclaw and Frostclaw has their unique models and sizes to work with. They even have distinct attack animations, many of which taken reference from various CGI portrayals of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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These up close development phases and videos clearly depicts how much coordinated team work it takes to create one of these creatures to come alive into the game environment and that is definitely a lot harder than defeating them in-game.

Developer Guerrilla Games have obviously taken a lot of effort to create these individual machines to add to their game and Horizon Zero Dawn became so great because of their dedicated hard work towards this project.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PlayStation Now Adds Mafia 3 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Sony's game-streaming service PS Now has added Mafia III and Battle Chasers along with more than 230 games.

Halloween is gone, Thanksgiving is coming soon and we are in the endgame (of the year) now getting readied for some new exciting games to the PlayStation Now lineup. The cloud-based gaming service of Sony Entertainment just added 11 new games.

Subscribers of PS Now are in luck as the newly added feature to download games from a huge library of over 200 titles on PS4 and PS2 on-demand makes it all better than ever. Not only are you allowed playing them locally, DLC and add-on support is also available once you purchase them separately.

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PlayStation Now Adds Mafia 3 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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The first one from the newly added games for PS Now is action-adventure game Mafia III from developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games. It follows the journey of Lincoln Clay, who returns to returns to New Bordeaux to build a criminal empire back in 1968.

Clay came back seeking revenge on the mafia gang that wiped out what he considered as a family and left him to die. Set in a third-person open world, you can either stream the game or just download the game to your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro.

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We offer you to take a look back at the game trailer to freshen up on what Mafia III is all about before you jump into action.




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Other highlighted games from the list are turn-based RPG title Battle Chasers: Nightwar, anime fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, puzzle platformer title LocoRoco Remastered, extreme sports game Steep and dungeon crawler Vikings: Wolves of Midgard.

Also includes in the lineup are racing game Baja: Edge of Control HD and action adventure title World to the West. Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2 from THQ alongside Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland hails from PlayStation 2 platform.

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On top of the download and local play feature, PS Now has assorted their huge library into Collections, where members can browse from nearly 700 games that are all grouped together based on their genres, platform and themes.

If you are not signed up yet, then you can try out the 7-Day Free Trial for PlayStation Now on PS4 and PC to get access to a vast collection of games to download and play most of the PS4 and PS2 games or stream all of them as much as you like.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

PlayStation Plus free games lineup has picked up Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami for the month of November 2018.

Hope you are having a blast this Halloween whether trick or treating or just lazily sitting around playing video games, which is probably your favorite thing to do, right? We are at the endgame of the year 2018 and November seems to be very promising (for now).

Last month, not everyone was impressed with survival horror title Friday the 13th: The Game and futuristic sports game Laser League. So, a new free games lineup of this month for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been carefully chosen this time.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2018

Before we just jump into the PS Plus lineup, let's take a quick look at the short clip below showcasing all the titles for November 2018.




The very first game we got our hands onto is a first-person shooter titled Bulletstorm from People Can Fly and Epic Games that Electronic Arts had the Publishing rights to. You can play it in both solo and co-op mode in a 26th century setup.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition gets you all the exclusive content of the game for a definitive experience. Players will take the role of Grayson Hunt, who runs a black ops team called the Dead Echo and on a mission to either seek payback or survive.

Next up is a remake of the first game from the acclaimed action-adventure Yakuza series, Yakuza Kiwami from Sega and Deep Silver. Originally released on PlayStation 3, the game was later launched on PlayStation 4 in 2016 and now is visually enhanced for 4K.

The game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, who is known as the Dragon of Dojima and he takes the fall for a murder of a crime boss at the hands of his friend. When he finally comes out ten years later, he discovers himself in the middle of a mess.

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Yakuza Kiwami on PlayStation Plus Free Games

Some more free games from PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of November 2018 is still there and let's take a quick look at the list below.

  • Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PlayStation 3)
  • Arkedo Series (PlayStation 3)
  • Burly Men At Sea (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)
  • Roundabout (Cross Buy with PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4)

If the Battle Royale genre interests you and you don't mind playing H1Z1 (because this is clearly not PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, nor even Fortnite) then we recommend you get the PlayStation Plus Blueshift Pack with goodies for free until November 13.

Hopefully, Bulletstorm and Yakuza Kiwami will be able to sustain you for the month or long enough till games like Battlefield V, Fallout 76 and Spyro Remastered Trilogy comes out and makes you completely forget everything else.

MediEvil PS4 Announcement Trailer

The unlikely hero of Gallowmere returns this Halloween with the first trailer for MediEvil remake on PS4.

When the initial announcement was made for classic action-adventure hack and slash game MediEvil to come back as a remake at last year at PlayStation Experience, it just blown away the fans of the series and made many '90s kids excited as hell.

After two long decade, SIE Worldwide Studios is bringing the game back to PlayStation 4 with lot of memories. The official PS4 announce trailer for MediEvil has picked the night of Halloween 2018 and they couldn't have chosen any better time than this.

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MediEvil PS4 Announcement Trailer

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Before we talk spookier, let's take a quick look at the first footage of MediEvil and see what's in store for us.




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Though the game was originally pitched as a remaster project but then we noticed most recently that the description has been changed to a full remake and boy, you can tell by the trailer footage that how much work they have put in to rebuild the whole thing.

The graphics of the game is completely reworked in terms of animations, character design, movements and surrounding areas. What once was a collective mess of polygonal shapes running around has come out as freshly carved out living pieces.

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For those who don't know, MediEvil follows the story of Sir Daniel Fortesque or better known as Sir Dan, who was a champion of his people but unfortunately he died quickly in a battle against evil wizard named Zarok, who went into hiding afterwards.

When Zarok resurfaced a century later to take over the kingdom of Gallowmere with his resurrected army of undeads, he unwittingly revives Dan as well. Now, reduced to a skeletal corpse, Sir Dan takes the chance at redemption by opposing the evil sorcerer.

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Return to Gallowmere

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The formula of re-releasing of classic titles from fan-favorite series like Crash Bandicoot as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, collecting the first three games has met with immense success and prompt Spyro the Dragon to be branded as Spyro Reignited Trilogy, currently in bound for PS4 and Xbox One on November 13.

We are pretty sure that this remake will do great upon release and hopefully the developers and publishers will be convinced enough to do the same treatment with its sequel, MediEvil 2 up next if they haven't thought of it already.