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PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of January 24, 2017 – PS Essentials Sale

The first themed sale of 2017 on the North American PlayStation Store is the PS Essentials Sale, which discounts titles on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita, with PlayStation Plus members saving even more. Here’s the games on sale this week through the PlayStation Store, with many offers ending on January 31 at 8am PT/11am ET: PSN Essentials Sale (Sale Price, PS+ Price) PlayStation 4 Air Conflicts: Double Pack – $19.99, $15.99 Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers – $6.99, $4.99 Among the Sleep – $10.49, $7.49 Ape Escape 2 – $6.99, $5.99 ArcaniA: The Complete Tale – $9.99, $7.99 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – $27.49, $22.49 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition – $38.49, $31.49 Axiom Verge – $11.99, $9.99 Batman Arkham Knight – $11.99, $9.99 Batman: Return to Arkham – $34.99, $29.99 Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 1 – $3.99, $3.49 Batman: The Telltale Series Season Pass – $17.49, $14.99 Battlefield 1 – $41.99, $35.99 Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition – $55.99, $47.99 Battlefield 1 + Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle – $89.99, $74.99 Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition – $110.49, $97.49 Battlefield 4 – $13.99, $11.99 Battlefield 4 Premium Edition – $41.99, $35.99 Battlefield Hardline – $13.99, $11.99 Blue Estate – $5.19, READ…

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Capcom Producer Reflects on Resident Evil 6 and the Ensuing Fan Feedback

With Resident Evil 7 Biohazard fast approaching, GameSpot recently interviewed a host of developers involved in the creation of Capcom’s horror revival, including Producers Masachika Kawata and Jun Takeuchi. When asked about the early days of development on Biohazard, the latter reflected on the launch of Resident Evil 6 and the fan feedback that ensued. While Takeuchi-san concedes that many fans took issue with the sequel’s action sensibilities, the Capcom executive told GameSpot that “a lot of fans loved” Resident Evil 6 because it represented a “dream team collaboration of all their favorite heroes working together.” “After our sixth [Resident Evil] we got a lot of feedback from fans. I think a lot of fans loved that game. It’s a dream team collaboration of all their favorite heroes working together. At the same time, we know there’s feedback that people thought we’re going too far down the road of action horror rather than survival horror. That was great timing because internally we also felt this is the time for us to just take a step back and re-evaluate what survival horror and Resident Evil means to us. It was really just the fact that the timing of what the fans wanted and we READ FULL…

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Yakuza 0 – Everything You Need to Know

When Final Fantasy XV hit these shores back in November, Square Enix’s long-in-development RPG was pitched as a Final Fantasy for fans and first timers alike. By the same token, Yakuza 0, a prequel to Sega’s sprawling saga, represents a welcome point of entry to the seedy underworld of crime syndicates and warring mob bosses. The year is 1988, and you’re placed into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu — one of two playable characters in Yakuza 0 after Goro Majima — a low-ranking yakuza framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Maijma-san, on the other hand, spends his days on the fringes of Osaka’s crime scene as a club owner hoping to one day get back into the game. It’s this dual narrative that anchors Yakuza 0 and without straying into spoiler territory, our review of the western port highlighted the nuanced, authentic story as one of the game’s many highlights. And so, in anticipation of its long-awaited western launch on January 24, we’ve scoured the four corners of the Internet — and the PSLS archives — to compile Everything You Need to Know about Yakuza 0. Yakuza 0 graces these shores on January 24 — and not a moment too soon. READ…

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Activision: Call of Duty Was the #1 Console Franchise of 2016

With the NPD declaring Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare the best-selling game of 2016 in the United States, Activision sent out a statement today adding that it was “the #1 top-selling video game on console in the U.S. for 2016 based on total revenue and units sold from physical and digital sales (excluding hardware bundle sales).” Activision also said Call of Duty was the #1 console franchise in the US for the eighth consecutive year, and was the #1 console franchise worldwide for the seventh time in the last eight years, based on revenue. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said: We’re thankful to our players for once again putting Call of Duty on top, and we recognize how rare this is – to do year after year. That’s why we push to deliver innovations and incredible gameplay that are worthy of the best fans in the world time and again. And we have an exciting year ahead in 2017. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the #8 best-selling game of 2016 in the US (and #1 in 2015), and it was still the top-selling game of this generation as of August 2016. The first DLC pack for Infinite Warfare, Sabotage launches on January 31 for PlayStation 4. Leaderboards will READ FULL STORY…

January 2017 PSN Flash Sale Is Live, Here’s What’s Being Offered

January 20, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning The January 2017 PlayStation Store Flash Sale has begun in North America, offering a variety of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita games for under $5. Running until Monday, January 23 at 8am PT/11am ET, here’s all the deals in this month’s PSN Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store: PlayStation 4 Games 140 – $3.19 Asemblance – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia – $3.99 Assault Android Cactus – $4.94 Awesomenauts Assemble – $3.99 Bard’s Gold – $1.99 Bastion – $4.79 Boggle – $3.99 Brick Breaker – $3.99 Catlateral Damage – $3.99 Child of Light Ultimate Edition – $4.94 Dark Cloud 2 – $4.94 Ducati 90th Anniversary – $3.99 Emily Wants to Play – $1.99 Game of Thrones Season Pass – $4.99 Gauntlet: Slayer Edition – $4.99 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – $4.94 Goat Simulator – $3.99 Grow Home – $2.39 Guns, Gore and Cannoli – $3.99 Handball 16 – $4.79 Hitman GO: Definitive Edition – $3.19 I am Bread – $3.89 Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition – $4.99 Journey – $4.94 Knack – $4.99 Lara Croft and the…

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2016 NPD: Infinite Warfare Beats Battlefield 1 as the Best-Selling Game of the Year

The NPD has released their full 2016 report for the games industry in the United States, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has come out on top as the best-selling game of the year. Right behind it was Battlefield 1, with The Division, NBA 2K17, and Madden NFL 17 rounding out the top five. Total spending for the year came in at $30.4 billion, which is up slightly from 2015’s $30.2 billion. By category, software was up 6% to $24.5 billion, while hardware fell 24% to $3.7 billion. “Unfortunately the release of the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro did not generate dollar spending growth,” NPD analyst Sam Naji said. “Although the combined ARP for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems decreased by 15 percent, consumers bought 7 percent fewer units.” Here’s the top 10 best-selling games of 2016 (January 3, 2016 to December 31, 2016) in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that Battle.net sales weren’t included for Overwatch: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Battlefield 1 The Division NBA 2K17 Madden NFL 17 Grand Theft Auto V Overwatch Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 FIFA 17 Final Fantasy XV In 2015, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the best-selling game of READ FULL STORY…

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Destiny Xur Location and Items for January 20-22, 2017 Listed

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Destiny Xur location and item post here on PlayStation LifeStyle. This weekend players can spend 23 coins on the Mida Multi-tool scout rifle. Hunters can grab the ATS/8 Arachnid helmet, Titans can pick up the Helm of Inmost Light helmet, and Warlocks can purchase the Obsidian Mind helmet for 13 coins. Xur is also selling Exotic Legacy Heavy Weapon Engrams for 31 coins. For this week, Xur – Agent of the Nine can be found opposite the Speaker in Tower North. In other Destiny news, hotfix update 2.5.0.1 is now live, addressing patrol missions and weapon stability. If you’ve not yet picked up the latest DLC, Rise of Iron, we’d advise checking out our full review of the final expansion. Also, Bungie has confirmed that it will be playtesting new Destiny content after the holidays, saying that “Destiny is never finished.” Join us again next Friday for details on Xur’s location and his Exotic supplies. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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PSN Data Isn’t Protected by Fourth Amendment

It’s not a good idea to have incriminating information stored on your PSN account (or at all) as it’s not protected by the Fourth Amendment. A Kansas judge recently ruled that Sony can take the information without a warrant as it wasn’t “unreasonable search and seizure.” This came up during a court case regarding child pornography where Michael Stratton, who went by the PSN handle of Susan_14, messaged multiple users asking if they were interested in child pornography. After being reported to Sony several times for these infractions, Sony decided to view his PSN data. After doing so, they found several images of child pornography that was downloaded by Stratton and sent to other users. Afterwards, Sony shared the information with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who then contacted the FBI. This led to Stratton getting arrested, and his PlayStation 3 seized after a warrant was given. Stratton’s defense argued that their client was protected under the Fourth Amendment, and that Sony couldn’t share his information without having a warrant first. This argument was shot down in court by Judge Daniel D. Crabtree, who said that the PlayStation Network’s terms of service “explicitly nullified its users READ…

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EA Play 2017 Runs From June 10 to 12

Electronic Arts has announced that EA Play 2017 will run from Saturday, June 10 to Monday, June 12 at the Hollywood Palladium. Those attending EA Play this year can expect hands-on gameplay, live entertainment, and more. If you can’t attend in person, EA will be hosting live broadcasts on EA.com, where you’ll find “livestreams, deeper looks into EA’s upcoming games and experiences, and content from some of the best creators in the community.” EA adds, “For players, content creators, media, industry partners and more, EA PLAY 2017 will deliver a network of experiences to celebrate a world of play.” More EA Play 2017 details, such as attendance and ticket availability information, will be revealed in the coming weeks and months. You can sign up for the newsletter over here. If EA Play 2017 is anything like EA Play 2016, expect a press conference to happen on day one. The EA Play keynote last year included Mass Effect Andromeda, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and more. Beginning right after EA Play ends, E3 2017 will run from June 13 to 15, 2017. When Sony and the other companies announce their E3 plans, we’ll let you know. [Source: EA] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Sony’s New Third-Party Relations VP: We’ll “Continue to Focus on Indie Games and Unique Partnerships”

In an article on GamesBeat, former Harmonix COO Florian Hunziker has revealed that he’s taking over the position of Vice President of Third-Party Relations at Sony Interactive Entertainment, where he’ll work with third-party publishers and developers. The position was previously held by Adam Boyes, who left SIE last summer to return to games development. As Hunziker explains, his early focus will be placed on two key areas. The first is making sure their partners – big or small – get support to easily develop for PlayStation platforms and get rewarded for creating great experiences. The other is making sure gamers know they were correct in choosing PlayStation: I will also focus on making sure our fans know they made the right choice when they chose PlayStation. Its incumbent on us to make sure we’re doing everything we can to maintain a diverse gaming library. I think it is important to provide vibrant and diverse content to PlayStation fans. We want to focus on both huge IPs and smaller developers who are willing to take risks to bring something new and innovative to PlayStation. The industry will thrive from a varied and vibrant development community delivering games that engage and amaze gamers. In READ FULL STORY…

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Guitar Hero Live Developer FreeStyle Games Is Now a Part of Ubisoft

In a new blog post announcing industry veteran Richard Blenkinsop as Managing Director of Ubisoft Reflections and the new Ubisoft Leamington, Ubisoft revealed that Guitar Hero Live and DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games is now a part of the company: Richard will also serve as Managing Director for new members of the Ubisoft family joining from FreeStyle Games, previously an Activision studio, located in Leamington Spa. The FreeStyle team is known for their work on the DJ Hero series and last year’s Guitar Hero Live. The studio will be renamed Ubisoft Leamington and will work in close collaboration with Reflections and Ubisoft’s other International studios to develop AAA games. Commenting on Ubisoft Leamington, Blenkinsop said, “We’re thrilled to have their expertise within the group, and the team at Reflections are looking forward to creating great things together!” Pauline Langourieux was the former Managing Director at Ubisoft Reflections, but she left at the end of 2016 to pursue a more hands-on production position at the studio. Blenkinsop’s previous experience in the industry includes working as producer, senior producer, and executive producer on titles like Call of Duty 3, Rome: Total War, and Blur while at Activision and Codemasters. He joined Ubisoft Reflections in 2012 and has worked on The READ FULL STORY…

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Now Loading… Which PlayStation Exclusives Would You Like to See Make a Comeback?

With the Nintendo Switch release date info announced last week, most of us here agreed that it’s nostalgia for Nintendo’s first-party franchises that will get the system selling. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey will start the system’s launch year, and we’re certain we’ll see other first-party game announcements in the near future. PlayStation has their own system exclusive gems, but not all have followed the brand through its iterations. We’re definitely pleased with what we have, but there are some older games from older generations that could use some comeback love (one of which we’ve mentioned yesterday in our Top 5 Tuesday video). I poised the question to my fellow PlayStation compatriots, asking what PlayStation exclusives they would like to see make a comeback. As you can see, big fans of Resistance over here. Which PlayStation exclusives would you like to see make a comeback? Got a suggestion for Now Loading or something you want the staff to answer? Hit us up via email or Twitter and we might feature it next! Now Loading is a recurring staff-driven feature where PlayStation LifeStyle discusses anything video game-related under the sun (yes, even non-Sony platforms. Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT…

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Japanese Sales Chart: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8, Danganronpa V3 See Strong Debuts

Putting an end to the Nintendo 3DS’s recent win streak in software, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PlayStation 4 debuted in 1st place, moving 138,000 copies. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony was right behind it in 2nd and 3rd on PlayStation Vita and PS4, respectively, selling a combined 116,000 copies. Despite the big new releases, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita sales plummeted week-over-week (they fell by 40,000 and 20,000 units, respectively), but PS4 still managed to remain in 1st place. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from January 9 to 15, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – 137,797 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PSV) – 76,166 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4) – 40,006 Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 31,656 (3,071,241) Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (3DS) – 23,845 (914,683) Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 23,192 (608,398) Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon! (3DS) – 16,732 (261,089) Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (PS4) – 10,066 (245,418) Final Fantasy XV (Limited and Bundled Editions Included) (PS4) – 10,004 (917,772) Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PSV) – 8,890 (1,083,384) SG/ZH School Girl/Zombie Hunter (PS4) – READ FULL…

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FIFA 17 Update 1.05 Is Live on PS4 & Xbox One, PS3 & Xbox 360 Update Coming Soon

[embedded content] Previously released on PC, FIFA 17 update 1.05 (aka Title Update 4) is now available to download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players are reporting that it’s 949MB on PS4. Here’s the full list of patch notes: Addressed the Following in FIFA Ultimate Team Displaying correct kit on the player in the kit select screen. Players will no longer be able to set custom player positions in Team Management during gameplay. An issue in Squad Building Challenges where switching a higher rated player with a lower rated player resulted in the overall squad rating going up. Removed Est. Date, Crest and Squad Name from the FUT Champions matchup screen. Changed the latency bar graphic to give more detail on connection quality. Addressed the Following in Career Mode An issue where the current weekly wages from the budget tab do not properly reflect the actual weekly wages. Visual/Presentation Changes Improved camera selection for slow motion goal replays. Addressed EATV buffering. Addressed audio balance of French commentators. Gameplay commentator language for The Journey now defaults to language selected in Game Settings. Addressed the Following in Gameplay Adjusted the defensive line position for low pressure tactics. Addressed an issue where a READ…