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NieR: Automata – Everything You Need to Know

It’s going on seven years since Square Enix introduced the video game world to Nier, a melancholic oddity that toyed with expectations through cryptic, often bizarre storytelling and multiple endings. Hatched as a spinoff to Square’s fantastical Drakengard series, the action RPG eventually spawned a cult following, and that fanbase has long voiced its desire for a full-blown sequel. Turns out those prayers have been answered in the form of Nier: Automata, a current-gen follow-up coming by way of PlatinumGames. Bayonetta 2 notwithstanding, it’s fair to say the developer hasn’t been firing on all cylinders of late, and the cancellation of Scalebound was enough to leave Xbox One owners (and PC players, too) lamenting what could have been. When it comes to Automata, Platinum has committed to delivering a sequel worthy of the Nier title. So, you’re ready to take a deep dive into Platinum’s proxy war? Not so fast! In anticipation of its NA launch on March 7, we’ve scoured the four corners of the internet — and the PSLS archives — to compile all the necessary information you could ever need pertaining to the studio’s über-stylish RPG. Following its Japanese debut on February 23, Nier: Automata will make a beeline READ…

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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!

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PSLS Help Desk – How to Manually Remove a Stuck PS4 Disc

No matter how great our technology is, there’s always a possibility that something will go wrong, even if the tech isn’t necessarily broken. In the case of PlayStation 4 consoles, it’s rare for a disc to be stuck in the tray, and it doesn’t always mean that the disc tray itself is broken or needs repairs. These things happen, and fortunately, there’s an easy way to safely remove the PS4 disc stuck in your tray. Below are how-tos for manually ejecting a stuck disc for the launch PlayStation 4, later versions, the PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro. You will need the following before starting: a small Phillips-head screwdriver (a jeweler’s screwdriver is ideal), a small flashlight, a well lit room, and a table. Removing a PS4 Disc from the CUH-1000 and CUH-1110 Series Turn off your PS4 if you haven’t done so already. Unplug all cables from the back of the machine as well. Slide the HDD Bay Cover off. It should come off rather easily. You should see two sets of vents lining the outer left edge (see image below). Follow the slot from the front to locate the first single slot not grouped with any other slots READ…

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Now Loading…Have You Pre-Ordered a Nintendo Switch?

Here at PlayStation LifeStyle, we’re a fan of all forms of gaming believe it or not. While we’re primarily a PlayStation-focused site, we do follow multiplatform gaming news and happenings. As some very well know, one of these big happenings is the Nintendo Switch’s retail release which is happening next week, March 3. If you pre-ordered one back when the name, price and other details were announced, there’s a chance you will get one. But for those who didn’t or haven’t, well, prepare for to wait in super long lines, or for some price gouging shenanigans. But we’re not here to talk about whether you’ll be able to get a Nintendo Switch at launch, but whether what Nintendo has shown so far has convinced you to pre-order one. In this week’s Now Loading, the PSLS crew shares whether they pre-ordered a Nintendo Switch or not, and why. Are you pre-ordering or have pre-ordered a Nintendo Switch? Why or why not? Same as before, we look forward to hear what you have to say in the comments. 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…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – February 21, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update February’s PlayStation Plus Lineup PSVR Games Mervils: A VR Adventure ($19.99) Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin ($19.99) PS4 Games Berserk and the Band of the Hawk with Bonus ($59.99) Chime Sharp ($9.99) Clouds & Sheep 2 ($9.99) DiRT Rally® PLUS PLAYSTATION®VR BUNDLE ($69.99/PS+ $37.09) Ghost Recon Open Beta (Free) The Jackbox Party Pack ($59.99) Malicious fallen ($29.99) Malicious Fallen Deluxe Edition ($39.99) Night in the Woods ($19.99) Sky Ride ($14.99) Starry Nights : Helix ($3.99) Toki Tori 2+ ($14.99) Two Tribes Pack: RIVE & Toki Tori 2+ ($26.99) Typoman ($12.99) Vaccine ($9.99) Warhammer Quest ($19.99) Ys Origin ($19.99) PS4 Add-on Content 3on3 FreeStyle – PlayStation®Plus Bonus Pack (Feb) (Free for PS+) Berserk and the Band of the Hawk DLC Costumes ($3.49 and up) Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare Remastered C.O.D.E. Brass Pack ($4.99) DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours Capcom DLC Pack ($11.99) DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours Progear ($4.99) READ FULL…

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Horizon Zero Dawn – Everything You Need to Know

January is so often a quiet corridor for new releases but thanks to Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Resident Evil 7, players have been treated to a handful of enticing titles to break up the annual lull. Toss in the recent release of Team Ninja’s tough-as-nails Nioh and it would seem that 2017 is off to a strong start — and things are only going to get better. Case in point: Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla’s bold and indeed beautiful new IP that’s on the verge of becoming the first PlayStation heavy-hitter of 2017. Originally scheduled to launch late last year, the studio postponed Aloy’s grand adventure in order to ensure that the dev team was given the necessary time to deliver on its ambitious vision. And what a vision it is. Providing you haven’t spent the past 18 months hunting robo-dinos out in the wild, you’ll know that Horizon is rooted in a lush, post-post-apocalyptic world, one in which humanity is no longer perched at the top of the food chain. In our stead, a new species has taken over the planet, and their existence is seemingly crucial to the mysterious plot of Zero Dawn. But let’s not spoil things ahead READ…

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Versus – PS4 vs PS4 Pro Boost Mode

[embedded content] With confirmation that PlayStation 4 firmware update 4.50 will bring a “Boost Mode” for the PS4 Pro, we’re naturally curious how this new feature sizes up compared to the games performance of the original PS4. In this Versus episode, PlayStation LifeStyle pits the PS4 vs PS4 Pro Boost Mode gameplay experiences from what we know so far. While it’s obvious that the PS4 Pro’s Boost Mode will understandably fare better on a technical level, we take a look at it whether it’s worth upgrading your original PS4, or how valuable this new feature is. Curious? Yeah, you should be. What do you think? Will this PS4 Pro Boost Mode feature give a significant upgrade to old games? And will it be as big of an improvement as some people assume it’ll be? Want to see more Versus episodes? 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. Versus is PlayStation LifeStyle’s recurring video series where we pit a game, franchise, basically anything game-related against another and pick a winner. Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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PSLS Help Desk – Managing PS4 Notifications

Sometimes you want to know what’s going on on your PS4, when your friends sign on, messages that are coming in, and when downloads and installs are complete. Other times you want a peaceful evening in binge watching Netflix without any distractions. Fortunately switching notifications on and off, in addition to tailoring which notifications you want to see when they are active, and this week’s PSLS Help Desk is going to be all about managing PS4 notifications. Please note that as the PS4 firmware gets updated, Sony may change and add notification settings. This guide current as of February 2017, so if you see any differences in our listed settings, you may be on a later PS4 version. How to Access Notification Settings To access the PS4’s notification settings, go to [Settings] > [Notifications]. Turning Notifications On and Off The first option [Display Pop Up Notifications] allows you to completely turn on or off all pop up notifications on the PS4. Are you playing an intense online game or watching a movie? You may not want notifications popping up, so uncheck the box to disable them. If you want to tailor exactly which notifications pop up, continue reading for each READ…

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Now Loading…Will PS4 Pro Boost Mode Convince You to Get One?

With Sony confirming that the PS4 Pro is getting a “Boost Mode” with firmware update 4.50, it’s understandable that this might be something that tips over people on the fence whether to get one or upgrade from the original PS4. In this week’s Now Loading, the PlayStation LifeStyle staff weighs in on whether PS4 Pro will boost (heh) the PS4 Pro’s sales and if people will see it as enough of a reason to upgrade from the original PS4. Just what do we think of the PS4 Pro Boost Mode? Check out our responses below. Are you considering upgrading to a PS4 Pro just for the Boost Mode? Or do you think it will be enough to sway some people to buy it or upgrade? Same as before, we want to discuss this with you in the comments. If you have a topic for Now Loading that you want the staff to discuss along with the readers, hit us up via email! 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 PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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PlayStation Store Global Update – February 14, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update February’s PlayStation Plus Lineup New Pre-orders Horizon Zero Dawn ($59.99) Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99) Lego Worlds ($24.99) Night in the Wood ($19.99/PS+ $17.99) Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin ($19.99/PS+ $17.99) PSVR Games Joshua Bell VR Experience (Free) PS4 Games Battle Islands: Commanders (Free) Flywrench ($6.99) For Honor ($59.99) For Honor Deluxe Edition ($69.99) For Honor Gold Edition ($99.99) iO ($7.99/PS+ $6.39) Monster Loves You ($9.99/PS+ $7.49) MX Nitro ($19.99) Ride 2 ($59.99) Semispheres ($9.99/PS+ $8.99) Sniper Elite 4 ($59.99) Sniper Elite 4 Deluxe Edition ($89.99) Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found ($14.99) Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($6.99/PS+ 5.59) PS Vita Games Bridge Constructor ($9.99) iO ($7.99/PS+ $6.39) Uncanny Valley ($12.99) Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($6.99/PS+ 5.59) PS4 DLC Assetto Corsa Porsche Pack Vol.3 DLC ($6.99) Battle Islands: Commanders Bonus Supply Drop (Free) Nugget of Gold ($.99) Bag of Gold ($4.99) READ FULL STORY AT…

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For Honor – Everything You Need to Know

Cast one eye over Ubisoft’s 2017 slate and you’ll no doubt be able to pinpoint a familiar melange of big-budget shooters (Ghost Recon Wildlands) and RPGs (South Park The Fractured But Whole), but it’s fair to say that in 2017 — or any year, for that matter — you won’t find a Ubisoft game quite like For Honor. Not only is does it herald the publisher’s first foray into the realm of action-strategy, For Honor is a new IP bursting at the seams with potential, and Ubisoft have stressed their desire to support the medieval actioner long after launch — not unlike the approach to Rainbow Six Siege. Slotting into the same release window reserved for Far Cry Primal in 2016, Ubisoft Montreal’s budding franchise-starter is an always-online experience wherein players are forced to swear allegiance to one of three warring factions: The Legion, The Warborn, and The Chosen. Apollyon is baying for blood, and before you pick up arms as either the Vikings, Knights, or Samurai, we’ve pulled together a guide designed to ease you into combat. Ready to set foot on Ubisoft’s war-torn battlefield? Not so fast! In anticipation of its PS4 launch on February 14, we’ve scoured the READ…

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Everything Wrong With Nioh

[embedded content] With Team Ninja’s action-RPG Nioh now out on the PlayStation 4, we here at PlayStation LifeStyle decide to take a look at just what we think people might have a problem with on the game. Given how it’s made in the same vein as From Software’s Souls (and Bloodborne) games where everything can and will kill you, the difficulty and overwhelming enemies didn’t really factor in as some people might have thought. Of course, that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing to nitpick! Check out our Everything Wrong With Nioh video feature to see what else we had an issue with when it and don’t worry, there’s no spoilers here. 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!

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PSLS Help Desk – Troubleshooting Problems Redeeming PlayStation Codes and Network Cards

It’s frustrating trying to redeem a PlayStation code or a network card only to find that it won’t work. It’s especially frustrating if you do so on your PlayStation console itself instead of copying and pasting into the PlayStation Store online. The PlayStation App makes it easier to redeem codes on the console, but that only works for the PlayStation 4. If you’re still using a PlayStation 3, you have to manually enter every letter/digit with the d-pad and on-screen keyboard. A good time is rarely to be had from this method, even if the code works the first try. There are several things you can do to troubleshoot the issue with redeeming the code, but first, start with a simple process of elimination: Make sure you are entering the code correctly. Unless you are copying and pasting directly to the PSN Store via a PC, it’s way too easy to make a mistake when entering in a code manually. Double-check that the code is still valid. Sometimes codes, such as preorder DLC codes, have an expiration date. Wait a few minutes and try again later. If there are any network hiccups, the code has a high risk of READ…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – February 7, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update February’s PlayStation Plus Lineup PlayStation 4 Games 8Days – $9.99 Doodle God, Doodle Devil & Doodle Kingdom – $14.99 How to Survive 2 – $14.99 Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker – $11.99 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™: Ultimate Ninja® STORM 4 ROAD TO BORUTO – $49.99 Nioh – $59.99 Nioh Digital Deluxe – $79.99 So Many Me – $14.99 Super GunWorld 2 – $7.99, N/A, $4.79 The Onion Knights – $14.99, $10.49, $8.99 Uncanny Valley (cross-buy) – $12.99 Watch Dogs + Watch Dogs 2 Gold Editions Bundles – $99.99 Watch Dogs + Watch Dogs 2 Standard Editions Bundles – $69.99 PlayStation VR Games VR Ping Pong – $14.99 PlayStation 3 Games Doodle God, Doodle Devil & Doodle Kingdom – $14.99 PlayStation Vita Games Uncanny Valley (cross-buy) – $12.99 DLC Battlefield 1 Premium Pass and Deluxe Edition Upgrade Bundle (PS4) – $49.99 DC Universe Online ‘Episode Pack IV’ (PS3) – $39.99 Fate/EXTELLA READ FULL…