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Monday, June 1, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

Naughty Dog is pushing "Survivor" difficulty for The Last of Us Part II to be an experience of violent brutality.

Despite a massive story leak earlier, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are focused to deliver an unforgettable gameplay experience through upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II.

Regardless of which difficulty levels are you going to take to play The Last of Us sequel, your playthrough will be tensed. If someone ends up choosing Survivor difficulty, Ellie will be forced to rely on brutal methods of survival more often.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Survivor Difficulty Will Be a Brutal Experience

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Sony showcased an extended TLoU2 gameplay footage in recent State of Play episode, which highlighted on many in-game aspects. However, details on available difficulty setting have not been explored in official video commentary.

If you decide to pick up highest difficulty setting "Survivor", expect every threat around you to be dialed to eleven. Ellie will be in life-or-death situations so frequently that there will be no time for moral judgment over her own survival.

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When playing on regular difficulty levels, players will have a list of choices for taking down an enemy or avoid killing them altogether. In Survivor mode, you barely get a chance to choose whether to pick melee weapons or use firearms.

A previous gameplay demo had a statement from developer team that players are not required to kill guard dogs to make progress but "Survivor" setting most likely will force you to choose between you or a rabid canine after your life.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Story Trailer

In her playthrough section in Seattle, protagonist Ellie would come across a number of WLF members looking for her. You can either employ stealth or engage in combat to find out that enemy AI will reach much faster than typical.

Ellie has now learned how to swim and can impressively hold her breath underwater for 16 seconds. Swimming into basement of an enemy camp, she meets a guard playing Hotline Miami on her PlayStation Vita, whom she kills afterwards.

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Stabbing her throat is just a beginning of a killing-spree of WLF associates she will encounter in next enemy spawn positions. Having enough ammo and supplies at your disposal will allow you to use throwable items like molotov cocktails.

You can plan on sneaking up on someone without anyone noticing and hide behind grasses but beware of them having looking back. One wrong move is made and you are about to get your head blown or getting chopped by machete.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Story Leaked

A detailed preview of The Last of Us 2 gameplay on "Survivor" difficulty is shown by reviewer Griz Gaming.




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Naughty Dog added a fresh take on survival horror genre with original The Last of Us in 2013 with people turning into zombie-like creatures from viral outbreak in a post-apocalyptic setting and intends to double down for a follow-up.

The Last of Us Part II has been accused of heavily spotlighting brutal violence to push content boundaries. You are only weeks away from finding out if its gameplay and story-telling aspects have eventually worked out for you or not.

Guerrilla Games Devs Teased Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel

More deleted Tweet from Guerrilla Games hints at upcoming reveal of PS5-exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.

Several reports suggests that a sequel to open-world action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn is currently in works by developer Guerrilla Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment to be released on PlayStation 5.

In anticipation for upcoming "PlayStation 5 Reveal" event, recent posts from Guerrilla Games developers on Twitter have hinted at a possible next-gen showcase for a long-awaited sequel of HZD, which they quickly deleted afterwards.

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Guerrilla Games Devs Teased Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel

RELATED: Guerrilla Games May Have Teased Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel

Horizon Zero Dawn senior quest designer Blake Rebouche has apparently shared Sony's official post on PS5 showcase event quoting, "Join Us". Lead Animator Richard Oud has followed him soon as well by sharing that same official Tweet.

Oud states that PS5 will be future of gaming and told fans to mark their calendars before deleting it shortly after that. Sony most likely wants Guerilla Games to keep things under wraps until they announce Horizon Zero Dawn sequel.

Now-Deleted Tweet by Blake Rebouche

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After an accidental confirmation by voice actor Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood) last year, a now-deleted job listing posted by Guerrilla Games made a strong case for Horizon Zero Dawn 2, currently awaiting confirmation.

Horizon Zero Dawn has been one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games, selling over 10 million copies by February 2019. At this point, players expect to see Horizon Zero Dawn 2 being officially revealed for PS5 with a 2021 release date.

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan claims The Last of Us Part II outselling Marvel's Spider-Man pre-orders in Europe.

Though there is a series of controversies that developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are dealing lately regarding upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive The Last of Us Part II, fans are still excited for its launch.

Sony had to postpone release of The Last of Us sequel last month only to make it available once again with a new release date of June 19, 2020 and according to report, pre-orders for TLoU2 in Europe have already surpassed Marvel's Spider-Man.

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The Last of Us Part II Outsold Marvel's Spider-Man in Pre-Orders

RELATED: State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

Sony's PlayStation division President and CEO Jim Ryan states demand for The Last of Us 2 is more than 2018 super-hero game at this point. Marvel's Spider-Man was also a PS4-exclusive and sold over 13 million units by August 2019.

Ryan believes post-apocalyptic survival game TLoU2 could be a defining experience for current- generation and without confirming a visually updated version, he assures same version of the game will run on next-gen Sony console as well.

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Even though compared in estimate sales numbers, Spider-Man game on PS4 and The Last of Us sequel are from different genre. Insomniac's super-hero adventure was for teenager audience and TLoU2 is targeted for mature demographic.

Naughty Dog has implied and heavily marketed their most ambitious project yet as brutally realistic and full of violence. Also, they have many suggestive themes that may be a matter of concern to many parents and sensitive players.

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Despite many are waiting for this holiday season to see release of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, players have a lot to look forward to in terms of exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II from current-gen consoles.

Ahead of The Last of Us Part II release next month, Sony has planned for a PlayStation 5 reveal event on June 4, 2020. TLoU2 may get a small promo on stage alongside expected showcase video for upcoming new PS5-exclusive titles.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup for June 2020 adds Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Ahead of their regular schedule, Sony Interactive Entertainment has unveiled one of their free PlayStation Plus games from upcoming June 2020 lineup earlier to celebrate annual Memorial Day and promised to reveal more afterwards.

Sony is adding first-person shooter title Call of Duty: WWII and action shooter game Star Wars Battlefront II of 2017 for members of PS Plus. Starting from June 2, you can download and start playing these two titles until July 6, 2020.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2020

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CoD: WWII was announced earlier for its World War II theme to contrast with federal holiday that honors military personnel for their bravery. It features a decent story campaign, engaging multiplayer mode and return of Nazi Zombies.

A sequel to 2015 rebooted series entry, Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the most controversial Star Wars titles in years to come. Though riddled with loot box issues at launch, EA DICE worked hard to overcome their shortcomings eventually.

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There has been rumor of Sony giving away Marvel's Spider-Man to PlayStation Plus members this month, which they already added to PlayStation Now monthly streaming service earlier and will be leaving PS Now library of games in July.

Few days ago, Sony has sent out codes to PS Plus members for two-month of free subscription to FUNimation Premium as compensation for free games of May; Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19, still available until June 1, 2020.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

Naughty Dog offers an extended look at The Last of Us Part II gameplay and story in latest State of Play broadcast.

Arguably one of the most talked-about games of 2020; upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is in less than a month from its anticipated release.

Following recent showcase for Ghost of Tsushima a few weeks back, Sony has revealed a brand-new State of Play episode today featuring in-depth gameplay preview for The Last of Us sequel, which premiered earlier on Twitch and YouTube.

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State of Play: The Last of Us Part II Showcase

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TLoU2 game director Neil Druckmann breaks down gameplay details and story experience in an extended video.




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State of Play broadcast begins with a flashback to previous events and then moves to previously shown footage from The Last of Us 2. A couple of years after first game, Ellie have moved with a community of survivors in Jackson, Wyoming.

They were able to find peace and safety behind town walls from horrors of a global pandemic. Ellie has grown up to be on her own and even found love within her community until everything was ruined all of a sudden by a tragic event.

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She begins her latest journey looking for justice and revenge, which takes her to unforeseen parts of outside world, voyaging though various weather conditions and different seasons that were not explored before in 2013 predecessor title.

Part II has added new traversal mechanics that will allow Ellie to climb, jump over gaps and even use ropes to scale or swing over. This way, she can access to new areas for a greater exploration, find resources or avoid threats.

RELATED: Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

She can cover a most part of a vast open-world on horseback and sometime she requires riding a boat to go past flooded streets. In her quest to seek retribution, she would come across human enemies, guard dogs and infected creatures.

A huge part of story premise takes place in Seattle, which was formerly a quarantine zone and has now become a warzone for its former residents. Members of two surviving fractions are constantly fighting over control of land and resources.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Story Trailer

One of these groups is a militia force named Washington Liberation Front or simply known as WLF for short. They fought military occupation in early days of pandemic and were able to gain control over Seattle but still wary of trespassers.

Then there is a fanatical religious cult calling themselves Seraphites or Scars, also fighting for territory and living among themselves. These guys are brutal in their ways, prefers to be very stealthy when they go out and roam in groups.

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Alongside these murdering sects, the deadly threat of Cordyceps infected creatures is still out there to take you out if you are not ready. Aside from Clickers, Runners and Stalkers, TLoU2 introduces a new enemy type called Shamblers.

These heavily armored beings are overly mutated threats that will spread out corrosive spores that can burn you. Druckmann mentions of one more lethal enemy class in his narration that has been kept in reserve to discover upon launch.

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More details on various gameplay mechanics such as combat, crafting, listen mode, skill tree development, senses, stealth and other aspects that were discussed in early videos are given a through breakdown by game director himself.

Hiding under tall grasses is an easy cover but enemies can easily find you when they are in close proximity. If you get surrounded, running away is a better way to avoid being mobbed and then slowly establish cover to come up with new plan.

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Otherwise, Ellie can choose to fight back as she is more agile than most enemies and has a number of weapons to defend herself. She can place a perfect shot or use any throwable items to stun them before finally taking them down.

Although she can take care of herself, Ellie will be backed up by her lover Dina or friend Jesse in few of her missions. In presence of multiple types of enemies, you need to come up with new strategy of approach or pit them against each other.

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In an extended gameplay sequence, Ellie explores around Seattle by swimming and ends up in a WLF territory. She sneaks up on a girl from enemy camp playing on her PlayStation Vita and kills her shortly afterwards by stabbing in her throat.

On her way to enter nearby compound she kills a bunch of guards, displaying previously discussed features. She even drops a molotov cocktail on an unsuspecting WLF member and her guard dog, potentially burning them both alive.

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It appears that previous 4Chan leak claiming The Last of Us sequel would be a "Revenge Story" against a cult was accurate on a few things about Seraphites and WLF but fans will have to wait till its release to see if all those rumors were true.

Throughout 23-minutes long State of Play episode for The Last of Us Part II deep-dives into many gameplay elements that largely emphasize on a unique playthrough experience that can still interest of many players despite early leaks.

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Banned in Middle East

Shortly ahead of launch, The Last of Us Part II has been banned from release in several Middle Eastern countries.

Only less than a month away from release on June 19, 2020, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment are still facing trouble regarding launch of upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive title The Last of Us Part II.

A recent post on Reddit by user Ghostechful reveals that The Last of Us 2 has apparently been banned by and will not be officially released on a few select countries in Middle East, most notably in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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The Last of Us 2 Banned in Middle East

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PS4 players can still purchase avatars and dynamic themes for TLoU2 on regional PlayStation Store but looking up for The Last of Us Part II only shows original PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us and its 2014 PS4 remaster in search result.

PlayStation Support stated, any game not appearing in a regional store means it is banned by authorities of the country. However, Twitter account for PlayStation Arabia is still promoting upcoming State of Play episode focused on TLoU2.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Gameplay Details

Regions in Middle East are known for being less tolerant LGBT themes compared to Western countries and many works of art often gets banned. Recently, Disney/Pixar fantasy-adventure film Onward got banned for a gay relationship reference.

Although no apparent reason for banning was revealed by authority yet, many are assuming that TLoU protagonist Ellie being openly a gay character, her relationship with Dina and having some LGBT themes overall could be a major reason.

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The Last of Us II is rated by ESRB for having "Nudity and Sexual" content but so does upcoming long-anticipated action RPG title Cyberpunk 2077, which is still available on stores for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates right now.

Given both of these titles features adult elements that are somewhat similar in themes; nudity was never an issue for this ban. The Last of Us heavily centers on LGBT representation, whereas CP 2077 lets players to choose their orientation.

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Ever since gameplay reveal trailer for The Last of Us II came out during E3 2018 event, people in KSA and UAE were shocked seeing the lesbian kissing scene between Ellie and Dina as many of them were not aware of Left Behind follow-up DLC.

Players in Middle East were expecting a ban from Saudi Arabia authority GCAM (General Commission for Audiovisual Media) but it will not have any effect to many since they can simply import copies of the game from other countries.

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Only affected parties are those who rely on digital purchase from local PSN stores and major official retail outlets. Small shops can still import enough stock from nearby gulf countries though or even from Europe and United States.

Naughty Dog and Sony is taking enough fire from fans already for ruining their experience of The Last of Us Part II following a disastrous story leak, which may hurt sales to a greater degree and now they are slammed with a regional ban.

PS Plus Reveals Call of Duty: WWII Free Games for June 2020

Sony reveals Call of Duty: WWII joining PlayStation Plus free games on June 2020 for Memorial Day.

Though full official lineup of PlayStation Plus free games for June 2020 is yet to be revealed, Sony Interactive Entertainment has taken the liberty of announcing one of them earlier this month to celebrate Memorial Day this year.

Starting from May 26, members of PS Plus can download 2017 first-person shooter title Call of Duty: WWII. Additional details on whether or not people can start playing right away or should wait until June are to be revealed very soon.

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PS Plus Reveals Call of Duty: WWII Free Games for June 2020

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Call of Duty franchsie has its deep roots in World War II related themes that started in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War. In 2007, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brought the series in present day and Infinite Warfare took to future.

When developer Sledgehammer Games and publisher Activision decided to return back to second World War era in CoD: WWII, it became highest-selling console game of that year and earned over $1 billion in revenue the same year.

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Call of Duty: WWII offers an engaging experience through its campaign story mode and beloved multiplayer. It features classic Nazi Zombies mode that follows a narrative-driven approach in four-player co-op mode against hordes of undead.

WWII is a very unique entry in entire Call of Duty series that both casual and seasoned players can enjoy due to its balancing aspects. PS Plus members who never got to play the game before can get their shot at it now on annual Memorial Day.

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Following a heavy backlash from PS Plus subscribers last month for adding two niche titles, Sony is most likely adding a big title like Call of Duty: WWII to have a better response from all of their active customers and avoid another mishap.

Sony usually announces their upcoming slate of PlayStation Plus free games for members on last Wednesday of each month. If you are a member, you can still pick up Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 before June 1, 2020.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sony Offers FUNimation Premium for PS Plus Subscribers

Long-time PS Plus subscribers are to receive two-months of free subscription to FUNimation Premium.

Earlier this month, Sony Interactive Entertainment added Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 to latest free games lineup for PlayStation Plus members and they were heavily disappointed as both of these titles are niche simulation titles.

In a bid to make up for May 2020 freebie mishap, Sony is currently giving away two-month of free subscription to FUNimation Premium for all active subscribers, shortly ahead of PS Plus free monthly games official reveal for June 2020.

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Sony Offers FUNimation Premium for PS Plus Subscribers

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Sony is sending emails to select PS Plus members who have been subscribed to the service for long and those who opted in to receive PlayStation promotional material are getting a voucher code for free FUNimation Premium subscription.

You can watch a wide variety of anime series like Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, My Hero Academia and One Piece on FUNimation. This subscription will auto-renew after two months and redeem period for voucher code expires on June 7.

RELATED: Ghost of Tsushima to Feature One Piece Voice Actor

PS Plus service was introduced for players on PlayStation 4 to experience online multiplayer via a monthly membership. FUNimation started their journey back in 1994 and Sony owns 95% of their company stake following a joint venture in 2017.

If upcoming PlayStation Plus lineup improves its content, then June will be a great time to sign up. In addition, Sony is bringing back Days of Play annual sale to offer discounts on a wide array of PS4 games, which kick-starts on June 3, 2020.