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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

Marvel Games Won’t Be Restricted by Current Canon

Marvel doesn’t want developers to be shoehorned by current or former comic storylines. Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann told IGN that they want developers to have freedom in their storytelling. He also stressed that it’s important to allow creative teams to have the ability to craft their own spin on established characters. “We want to give [developers] freedom to tell their story and we want to make it an original story,” said Rosemann. “We want to give our partners…freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them. It’s a bit like we’re saying, ‘Hey you’re the chef, you’re going to make this meal. Here’s all of the ingredients. You pick the ingredients that you like and make a new meal.” Marvel Games currently have four announced projects at the moment, which includes collaborations with Insomniac Games (Spider-Man), Capcom (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite), Telltale (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series), and Crystal Dynamics (The Avengers project). It’s great to know that these talented developers will get the chance to see their own vision come to life instead of having to use somebody else’s creation entirely. While video games are becoming a more important part READ…

BioWare

Mass Effect Andromeda Weapons Get the Spotlight in Latest Video, Game Has Gone Gold

[embedded content] While we just got a new Mass Effect Andromeda video yesterday, we have yet another one today and I’m not complaining! For this one, BioWare gives us an overview of the Mass Effect Andromeda weapons players will be able to wield at launch. First off, all classes can now equip any kind of gun type, so that alone is a major step up compared to past Mass Effect titles. In Andromeda, there are four kinds of guns: pistols, shotguns, assault rifles and sniper rifles. As for melee weapons, we see in the video that there’s three kinds: the sword  Asari sword), a Krogan hammer and what looks like an omni blade that seems to be similar to the one Commander Shepard used in the trilogy. Weapons aren’t the only things that can decimate enemies, of course. There are different kind of abilities available to cater to every play style. Finally, the video gives us a quick look at Andromeda’s mobility system that’s a big departure from the old games in the franchise. This time, players will be able to hover, dash to the side and evade. Additionally, the official BioWare Twitter account has tweeted that Mass Effect Andromeda…

Insomniac Games

Insomniac Games Discusses Sunset Overdrive’s Future

Insomniac Games has a close relationship with Sony, as they’ve developed the Ratchet & Clank series exclusively for Sony platforms in the past. That’s why Sunset Overdrive, an Xbox One exclusive open-world game, came as a surprise from the studio. The game ended up being well received by critics and consumers, yet surprisingly there hasn’t been a sequel announced. Here’s what Ted Price had to say when asked about a possible sequel by Game Informer: You’d have to ask Microsoft. We are passionate about that franchise, and we own it, so you may see more Sunset in the future from us. No promises, and no timeline to speak of, but it is something that represents our willingness to create unexpected experiences. While it’s pretty baffling that Microsoft hasn’t pulled the trigger on a sequel to one of Insomniac’s best games, it’s good to know that the series has a chance at staying alive regardless. Since Insomniac owns the property, it means that PlayStation fans might get to experience the zany fun of Sunset Overdrive after all. Insomniac Games are currently developing Spider-Man exclusively for PlayStation 4, and launched a reboot of Ratchet & Clank last year. Details are currently scarce READ FULL STORY…

DLC & Patches

First Details Emerge About Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer

New details surfaced on Final Fantasy XV‘s Episode Gladiolus DLC yesterday, and now information on the game’s upcoming multiplayer mode have come to light. Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata talked to Jeremy Parish over at Polygon about the game’s future, and how the multiplayer will tie into the main game. Here’s what Tabata had to say about the exciting new offering: There are a lot of things I can’t really say about the multiplayer future just yet, but it will tie into the game — the main game — at some point in the story. And for the multiplayer feature, we are less focused on playing as the four main characters but rather as an avatar that the user creates themselves. So rather than having you and your friends play as these four guys and experience their journey again together, it’s more about the journey that you and your friends have together with each other in this world. While Tabata was light on specifics, there is a lot to unpack here. The big news is that players won’t be playing as one of the main characters, and will instead be controlling a user-created avatar. It also sounds a lot like Final READ FULL STORY…

DLC & Patches

March 2017 PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases in North America and Europe

March is filled with big releases, including Horizon Zero Dawn (in Europe), Mass Effect Andromeda, NieR: Automata, Ghost Recon Wildlands, MLB The Show 17, LEGO Worlds, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3, Toukiden 2, DLC for Final Fantasy XV and Dark Souls III, and much more. The March 2017 PlayStation Plus games will likely be announced on Wednesday, March 1, before going live on Tuesday, March 7. As of right now, here’s everything scheduled to release next month; for an up to the minute list, head over to our March 2017 release dates page, which we keep up to date: PlayStation 4 Games North America A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PSN) – March 1 WRC 6 (Retail & PSN) – March 3 Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ghost Recon Wildlands (Retail & PSN) – March 7 LEGO Worlds (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Loot Rascals (PSN) – March 7 NieR: Automata (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Retail) – March 7 2Dark (PSN) – March 10 Danganronpa 1&2 Reload (Retail & PSN) – READ FULL…

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Blizzard Continues to Tease New Overwatch Character

Blizzard is continuing to drop clues about who will be Overwatch‘s next playable character. Recently the Diablo and World of Warcraft developer profiled a new character named Efi Oladele who happens to be an 11-year-old science prodigy. This spurred conversation that she would be the next character to be added, but the company then clarified that she wasn’t playable. Now they’re back with a fictional news report that they posted on their official Twitter account. Blizzard attached the image seen above that depicts a recent airport attack in Numbani. Here’s what the tweet says: [BREAKING] OR15 defense units destroyed in confrontation with unidentified assailant at Numbani airport. No civilian casualties reported. If Numbani sounds familiar, that’s because it’s one of the first-person shooter’s maps. It’s also where the Doomfist exhibit is located, and where the rumored character’s gauntlet is displayed. This has naturally led to speculation that the tweet could be teasing Doomfist as the next character, but who really knows at this point. It’s clear that Blizzard is having fun teasing the community, and they’ll most likely continue to expand the universe with additional posts soon. Other fan speculation involves a four-legged robot called Anchora, who has appeared in the background READ FULL STORY…

DLC & Patches

The Division Update 1.6, Last Stand Expansion Release on February 28

During yesterday’s State of the Game livestream, Ubisoft announced that The Division will be getting Update 1.6 and the Last Stand DLC on Tuesday, February 28. Because there’s no exclusivity period with Last Stand, it will be available at the same time on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Full Update 1.6 patch notes are expected on Monday, but for now, you can see some of the previously revealed changes over here. On the State of the Game, Ubisoft said you can also expect further server fixes and optimizations, as well as some PS4/PS4 Pro improvements, including better performance, a higher resolution, and improved upscaling. The Division Twitter account adds that Update 1.6 will be 11.5GB on PS4, and around 8.5GB – 9GB on Xbox One and PC. Last Stand is the final planned expansion for The Division, but Ubisoft says this is not the end of the game, and they’ll “keep bringing you updates moving forward.” [Source: The Division (1), (2), Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Capcom

Resident Evil 7’s Not a Hero DLC Sees the Return of Chris Redfield

Capcom has confirmed that the free Not a Hero DLC for Resident Evil 7 will star Chris Redfield. “Chris Redfield returns in the free Not A Hero DLC for #RE7 this Spring. Who or what is he chasing? Find out soon in this separate story,” Capcom wrote in a tweet yesterday. Polygon made in image comparing Resident Evil 7’s Chris Redfield to RE5’s and RE6’s: In terms of paid DLC, Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 are available now. An “Additional Story Episode” is also coming, but Capcom hasn’t revealed any details yet. According to the Season Pass product page, the additional story episode will be released by December 31, 2017. The stats page for Resident Evil 7 (only counts those who have enabled the in-game data transmission option) says there are 1.54 million players, and 145,000 of them are VR users. The amount of in-game time spent by players is nearing 2,000 years, and the amount of kills is nearing 110 million (as the site points out, the population of Japan is approximately 126 million). [Source: Resident Evil (1), (2), PlayStation Store, Polygon] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Features

Guerrilla Games Talks Horizon Zero Dawn – Mystery and Discovery

Horizon Zero Dawn is almost upon us and while our review is already up, our coverage doesn’t stop there. At a preview event for the game held in Manila, Philippines, we got the chance to try out its retail build as well as speak to Guerrilla Games Lead Concept Artist, Roland Ijzermans, to ask him a few questions about the game’s origins and the studio’s transition from Killzone to a completely new IP, and lots more. PlayStation LifeStyle: Given how big the focus was on multiplayer for Killzone, why didn’t Guerrilla include multiplayer in Horizon? Was this ever considered? Roland Ijzermans: That is a difficult question to answer. The scope of the project was so big, we already had to postpone from Christmas until now to get it to the quality and the content that we wanted there. So multiplayer is not one of the features that was in that initial sculpture. We had enough trouble finishing the game. Not trouble, challenges finishing the game as it currently is. PlayStation LifeStyle: What was the motivation to do something so vastly different from Killzone? Roland Ijzermans: This came from within the studio. When we were making, at the end of READ…

DLC & Patches

Gravity Rush 2’s Free Raven Story DLC Arrives on March 21

[embedded content] On Tuesday, March 21, Sony will release the free The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice DLC for Gravity Rush 2 in North America, Europe, and Japan, the company announced. Raven’s Choice was originally expected to be paid DLC, but when Gravity Rush 2 was delayed from late 2016 to January 2017, Game Director Keiichiro Toyama announced that it would be free. “This DLC features a brand new story for Gravity Rush 2 focusing on Kat’s partner, Raven,” Sony says. “Alone, Raven must battle to save the Lost Children who were left trapped inside the Ark at the end of the first Gravity Rush.” The Japanese PlayStation Blog adds (translated by Gematsu) that the DLC will also bring some enhancements to the main game: the highest level of the Devool Trench Mine will raise from 30 to 50, and the rarity of Talismans will also increase. You can read our review of Gravity Rush 2 over here. Will you be downloading the free DLC next month? [Source: PlayStation Blog, PlayStation, PlayStation Europe (1), (2) via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

kingdom hearts

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Come With a PS4 Theme

Square Enix has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix for PlayStation 4 will be available digitally in both North America and Europe. Pre-orders are currently live in North America, and will go live in Europe on February 28. By pre-ordering 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, you’ll receive this theme: Receive a #KH 1.5+2.5 stained glass #PSN theme by pre-ordering from @PlayStation: https://t.co/i0M990De8M! Coming to EU on 28 Feb! pic.twitter.com/DYAodJOuiM — Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) February 23, 2017 According to the North America PlayStation Store page, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix has a “50GB minimum save size,” and the digital version will unlock at 12am PT/3am ET on Tuesday, March 28. Here’s what’s included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix releases on March 28 in North America and March 31 in Europe. [Source: PlayStation Store, Kingdom Hearts] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Everything Wrong With

Everything Wrong With For Honor

[embedded content] In what’s quickly becoming a tradition here at PlayStation LifeStyle, another game is getting all its flaws pointed in yet another episode of our Everything Wrong With video series. For this episode, we take a look at Ubisoft’s latest new IP, For Honor. While the game itself is a breath of fresh air in a crowded multiplayer market, it does have its fair share of flaws. And before anyone asks, yes, we talk about the network issues still plaguing the title up to this day. What else did we find wrong with it? Hit play in the video above to see Everything Wrong With For Honor! Agree with our complaints? Did we miss anything? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments and let us know. Want more original video content from us? Then be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content you can only find here, and of course, the latest game trailers. Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winners Revealed, Overwatch Takes Home Game of the Year

At the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards last night, Overwatch took home Game of the Year, beating out Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Pokemon Go, Battlefield 1, and Inside. It was still a good night for Uncharted 4, as Naughty Dog’s title took home four awards, including Adventure Game of the Year. Elsewhere, Inside won Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Steep won Sports Game of the Year, Street Fighter V won Fighting Game of the Year, and Dark Souls III won RPG/MMO Game of the Year. Here’s a look at many of the winners from the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (winners in bold): Game of the Year Battlefield 1 Inside Overwatch Pokémon Go Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Battlefield 1 Inside The Last Guardian Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Game Design I Expect You to Die Inside Overwatch Owlboy Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay Battlefield 1 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Overwatch The Division Titanfall 2 Outstanding Achievement in Animation Inside Overwatch Street Fighter V The Last Guardian Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Character Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Nick Reyes Firewatch – Delilah Firewatch – Henry The Last Guardian – Trico READ FULL STORY AT…

DLC & Patches

Horizon Zero Dawn Update 1.02 Detailed, Launch Trailer Released

[embedded content] With just a few days left until launch, Sony has released the launch trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, which runs for three minutes but doesn’t include any actual gameplay. “In a world where Machines dominate the earth and mankind lives on in primitive tribal societies, one woman sets out to find her destiny among the remnants of the ancient past,” the trailer’s description says. “As Aloy, you must brave the Machine-infested wilderness and unearth secrets that lie buried deep within the earth. Will you embrace your calling… or pass into oblivion unsung?” To find out what reviewers (including us) think of Horizon Zero Dawn, check out this accolades trailer: [embedded content] The day one Horizon Zero Dawn update (versions 1.01 and 1.02) is beginning to roll out, and as PSX-Sense reveals, it’s a 227MB download. Here’s what’s included, according to the PS4’s Update History: 1.01 Added options to switch graphics mode and HDR rendering Multiple crash fixes and progression Various performance improvements 1.02 Multiple crash fixes and progression Various fixes to avoid getting stuck player Updated visual settings Performance improvements Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe. [Source: PSX-Sense] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!