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Uncharted 4 Nominated By Writer’s Guild for “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing”

The US Writer’s Guild has announced its nominees for 2017’s Writer’s Guild Awards, and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has earned a nomination alongside Ubisoft’s Far Cry Primal and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Here’s the full list: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEO GAME WRITING Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Written by Brian Bloom; Activision Far Cry Primal, Story by Jean-Sébastien Décant, Ian C. Ryan, Kevin Shortt; Lead Writers Ian C. Ryan, Kevin Shortt; Writers Lynne Kamm, Susan Patrick; Narrative Designer Navid Khavari; Additional Narrative Designer Paul Dobson; Ubisoft MR. ROBOT 1.51exfiltratiOn, Story by Adam Hines, Kor Adana; Written by Adam Hines; Night School Studio Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Written by Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr; Additional Writing Tom Bissell, Ryan James; Naughty Dog The awards will be held on Sunday, February 19. Back in December, Great Britain’s Writer’s Guild Award nominees were announced, with FIFA 17‘s The Journey, Virginia, and Fragments of Him making the cut. A winner will be announced on Monday, January 23. [Source: Writer’s Guild Awards (US, UK) via Gamasutra] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Uncharted 4, Dishonored 2 Among 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced its nominees for the 15th annual VES awards, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Dishonored 2 among games that made the cut. Under the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project category, nominees include: Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareBrian HortonKeith PopeDavid JohnsonTobias Stromvall Dishonored 2; Crack in the SlabSebastien MittonGuillaume CurtDamien LaurentJean-Luc Monnet Gears of War 4Kirk GibbonsZoe CurnoeAryan HanbeckColin Penty Quantum BreakJanne PulkkinenElmeri RaitanenMatti HamalainenVille Assinen Uncharted 4Bruce StraleyEben CookIki Ikram Dishonored 2‘s Clockwork Mansion was also nominated under “Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project” whereas Infinite Warfare‘s Omar received a nomination for “Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project.” Elsewhere, Titanfall 2‘s Become One and Ubisoft’s upcoming For Honor were nominated for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial.” The awards will be held on February 7. [Source: VES] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Final Fantasy XV Narrative Showcase Earmarked for GDC 2017

Square Enix will be in attendance at the 2017 Game Developers Conference, and we now have word that the Japanese publisher will host a narrative showcase of Final Fantasy XV. Designed to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative process, Dan Inoue, Lead Writer and Localization Director, will host the event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. There’s currently no mention of an exact date and time, but we understand Inoue plans to divulge how a “fantasy based on reality” came to exist, including all of the many nuances involved in crafting a cohesive and, crucially, compelling story. Here’s a primer from the folks behind GDC: “So come learn how the fantasy came to life — you’ll walk away with techniques for bringing realism into a fantasy world, insight into the challenges of maintaining a cohesive narrative across companion projects and promotions, and strategies for turning the universe to your advantage, all with a unique AAA JRPG spin.” Final Fantasy XV touched down late last year and has already shipped upwards of 6 million copies. GDC 2017, meanwhile, begins on February 27 and will continue through until March 3. [Source: GDC] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

CES 2017

Kaz Hirai Acknowledges That PSVR Could Do With Some Improvements

Following his talk at CES 2017 this week, Sony President Kaz Hirai spoke to Daily Star about the company’s virtual reality device, acknowledging that it could do with some improvements in the future. During the interview, he was asked about some of the issues that players have been reporting with their PSVR devices, in response to which Hirai said that the device “probably” needs “a lot of improvement where it makes sense.” He then said that the current PSVR device is a “first version,” later noting “PlayStation is a business that is known to iterate and to evolve hardware products.” New and improved PSVR hardware doesn’t equate to higher price tags, however. Hirai explained: [Improvements] have to be balanced with cost considerations as well, because it is a consumer product for gamers so we don’t want to say it’s lighter, whiter or whatever, but it’s going to cost triple. That’s not going to happen. What improvements do our readers want to see in PSVR? [Source: Daily Star] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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CES 2017 – Nyko Debuts PSVR and PS4 Accessories Including Data Bank Pro for PS4 Pro

Third-party manufacturer Nyko has unveiled a new line of accessories for PlayStation VR, PS4 and PS4 Pro at CES 2017. While Sony’s VR device has received two new charging accessories, the new PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro both get a Data Bank Pro add-on. You can find the press release with details below. Charge Block for PlayStation VRCharge Block is a simple, sleek drop and charge solution for PlayStation Move Motion controllers. The block plugs into any wall outlet or USB port for rapid recharging and can also connect to multiple Charge Blocks from different platforms to create a clean, universal charging system for all your gaming needs. Charge Block for PSVR will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $19.99. Charge Link for PlayStation VRCharge Link is a 10-foot USB Y-shaped charging cable that enables simultaneous charging of both PSVR controllers. The extra-long length and flexible Y-shape give users ample room for uninterrupted gameplay while charging. The Micro-USB cable is universal and can charge any device that uses a standard USB port. Charge Link for PSVR will be available in 2017 for an MSRP of $14.99. Data Bank Pro for PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro Data Bank READ FULL…

SMITE Players Can Get Rewards by Watching Hi-Rez Expo 2017 on Twitch

Hi-Rez Studios is hosting their annual Hi-Rez Expo event in Atlanta, Georgia this week, and are giving fans a good reason to watch the action unfold on Twitch. The developer announced today that fans who watch the SMITE and Paladins championships on Amazon’s popular streaming service will be able to get special loot drops. To be eligible, players will have to link their Hi-Rez and Twitch accounts over on the studio’s official website. Twitch Prime subscribers will also be able to get an exclusive skin for one of SMITE‘s most popular Gods. Players that pony up for a Twitch Prime subscription will be able to claim an exclusive JT-6000 skin for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. That’s not all, as the studio is also planning to give subscribers “additional rewards to be announced at HRX that will become available later in January.” Here’s the full line-up of events that will be going on at the Hi-Rez Expo 2017 (description courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios): WORLD-CLASS ESPORTS: This year’s Hi-Rez Expo rings in the new year with more competitive esports than any previous Hi-Rez event. Twenty-two teams from across the world converge in Atlanta to determine the SMITE PC World Champion, the…

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Dragon Quest X & XI PS4 Gameplay & Info Released at Jump Festa, Dragon Quest XI Launching in 2017

Jump Festa was a treat for Dragon Quest fans this year as Square Enix not only showcased gameplay from the PlayStation 4 versions of both, Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time, but it also revealed details about the latter including its release window. First things first, Dragon Quest XI will be releasing in Japan in 2017 for the PS4 and 3DS. A Nintendo Switch version is also in development. As expected, a Western release hasn’t been announced for the single-player RPG but here’s hoping it’ll eventually happen. In the meantime, here’s some footage alongside details released thus far: Opening Movie [embedded content] Camus Introduction [embedded content] PS4 and 3DS Gameplay [embedded content] Character details courtesy of Gematsu: Protagonist A young man who lives in the calm village of Ishi. He was brought up soundly by the people of the warm village. The curtain opens on his adventure on the day he turns 16. Camus A reliable partner. He is a blue-haired thief that the protagonist encounters on his journey. Although there is a rude side to his behavior and speech, he possesses a strong sense of duty and a warm heart. As a partner used…

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PSX 2016 – EVE: Valkyrie Gatecrash Update Preview – PS4 Pro-Upgraded (PSVR)

Virtual Reality had a massive presence at Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience event. One of the most obvious examples of this was CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie booth. Sporting lines upwards of three hours, it was also one of the most popular, even if the game has been out for a bit (peep our review here). We managed to get some head-on time with the game running on the latest patch and PlayStation 4 Pro while at the event, and have a preview ready below. Cool Setup, CCP! EVE: Valkyrie definitely had one of the more unique booth setups at PSX. There were several cockpits on either side of the booth, separating teams out automatically. Each booth was itself a mockup of the cockpits of one of the actual ships from the game. Inside the cockpit was everything you needed to play – a PS4 Pro, Camera, VR headset, and DualShock 4. Once an attendant wiped down the VR headset and assisted you with setup, you were off in one of the coolest gaming setups seen in quite a while. Alright, so, admittedly, the typical gamer’s setup won’t be so elaborate. But the basics of the game could be picked up easily…

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PSX 2016 – Orcs Must Die! Unchained Preview – Prepare Your Traps (PS4)

If you like tower defense games, but want a little bit more to do while waves of enemies are coming at you, Orcs Must Die! Unchained might be the game for you. We took a look at the tower defense action game while at Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience event, and have a hands-on preview ready for you. New for PlayStation Orcs Must Die! Unchained is the first entry in the series to be released on a PlayStation console. The first game released on the Xbox 360 and Windows, while Orcs Must Die! 2 released on Windows only. A shift in graphical engines may account for the sudden inclusion of the PS4 – it’s now running on the Unreal Engine 3. While this isn’t the latest-and-greatest version of the graphical engine, for the game’s smaller, focused maps, it is more than adequate. Dozens of enemies would fill up a room, and the game hardly broke a sweat. For our demo, I was placed in a melee character’s role, and a team of three was formed. Our goal was to defend our base’s core against ever more difficult waves of enemies. Prior to most waves, we were given ample time to set…

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PlayStation Awards 2016 Livestream

[embedded content] Set to commence in just a few short minutes (3 a.m. ET), the annual PlayStation Awards will be livestreamed by Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, and will give props to the best games and top-selling titles released in Asia and Japan. You can watch the PlayStation Awards 2016 in the video above, but those expecting reveals, don’t. The PlayStation Awards mostly focus on just that — awards, so announcements aren’t expected. What tickled the fancy of Asian PlayStation fans? You’re about to find out today. Speaking of awards, PlayStation LifeStyle has started our “Best Of” game awards for the year! You can catch all the categories we’ve awarded winners for so far, here. [Source: PlayStation Blog (Japan) via Gematsu] Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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PSX 2016 – Games of Glory Preview – Brought to You by Synarchy (PS4)

While a lot of attention has been paid to the larger games exhibited at Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience convention, there is still a lot of fun to be had looking at all the games being developed by smaller teams. Lightbulb Crew’s upcoming Games of Glory is one such example, and it’s free to boot! We went hands-on with the game while at PSX 16, and have all the details available in our preview. Glorious Mashup Games of Glory is a top-down MOBA-like mashup of a few different genres. For starters, the game’s combat controls in a twin-stick manner, where you use the left analog stick to move around, and the right analog stick to aim. Powers are mapped to the shoulder and face buttons. There will be over 50 weapons to choose from, which are non-character specific. Upgrades are purchased via in-game currency, which will no doubt be where some of the monetization for this game will come from.While each character in Games of Glory can use any weapon, they have unique powers which vary in strategic, offensive, or defensive use. You’ve got a standard mix of classes to choose from, with tanks, support, scouts, and other more specialized classes,…

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PSX 2016 – The Church in the Darkness Preview – A Mystery to Solve (PS4)

Nestled away near the corner of Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience sat Paranoid Productions’ booth. They showcased their upcoming “action-infiltration” game, The Church in the Darkness. We went hands-on with the game while at PSX 16, and have our preview of this intriguing game below. Inspired by Reality In The Church in the Darkness, you play as Vic, a retired law enforcement officer. Your sister’s son has become tied up in a cult which has moved all its inhabitants to the jungles of South Africa, where they are attempting to create a socialist utopia. If this sounds like the story of Jonestown, well, you wouldn’t be that far off. Then again, perhaps everything is just fine, as your nephew claims in the postcard he sent his mother. Either way, it’s your job to find out what’s really going on. The Church in the Darkness is played from a top-down perspective, zoomed out quite a bit so that you can really take in your surroundings. While you can pick up weapons such as rifles and pistols, it is probably in your best interests to not use them unless absolutely necessary, because the community is rather militant. The fun and challenge will really…

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PSX 2016 – Super Mega Baseball 2 Preview – Tricky Curveballs (PS4)

We all know MLB The Show is the King of the Diamond when it comes to simulation baseball games. But what if you want to have a more laid-back virtual baseball experience? While MLB The Show 17 is going to come with a Retro Mode, Metalhead Software hopes to woo you over with Super Mega Baseball 2. Announced back in September, we were able to get some hands-on time with the game during Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience. Take a read to learn more about this arcade title. Easy Controlling Streamlining is the name of the game with Super Mega Baseball 2. Controls are pretty easy to figure out, even if you don’t have a controller diagram in front of you. Batting consists of moving your reticle to approximately where the ball is coming, and pressing a button to hit for contact, hit for power, or bunt. It all basically comes down to timing when you’re batting. Pitching involves using the left analog stick to choose pitch location, and the right analog stick for pitch type. Base running and fielding use the left analog stick and face buttons. Super Mega Baseball 2 has a very simple control scheme which should prove to…


PSX 2016 – Dreadnought Preview – Full Power to Weapons (PS4)

A surprise announcement for some during Sony’s PlayStation Experience 2016 was that of Dreadnought coming to the PlayStation 4. For those who may not know, Dreadnought is a tactical action game, where you fight with massive spaceships in battles of epic proportions. We managed to play the game while at PSX, and have a preview ready for you below. Not Your Typical Dogfight When most people think of spaceship combat, they probably envision what we’ve all come to know from movies like Star Wars: intense dogfighting requiring hair-trigger reflexes between combat ships screaming along at hundreds or thousands of miles per hour. But much like real-life war, there are much bigger fish to fry, and larger-scale fights to be had, with large battleships. This is where Dreadnought makes its niche. In this game, you play as the commander of a large warship, where battles are won and lost not just by applying overwhelming force, but also by cunning tactics. Strategic positioning of your ship can become a significant advantage, as can the loadout of your team. There were several different classes of ships to choose from, varying in size, shape, and use. The Dreadnought class included powerful weapons and defenses,…