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PlayStation Store Global Update – March 28, 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 March’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-orders Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition ($50.99)(out 4-7) Cosmic Star Heroine ($14.99/PS+ $11.99)(out 4-11) Toukiden 2 with Bonus ($59.99)(out 4-3) Yooka-Laylee ($39.99)(out 4-11) PSVR Games Fated: The Silent Oath ($9.99) Korix ($19.99) PS4 Games Anoxemia ($7.99) Digerati Indie Darling Bundle ($10.19) Harvest Moon®: A Wonderful Life Special Edition ($14.99) Has-been Heroes ($19.99) Heroes of the Monkey Tavern ($7.99) Horse Racing 2016 ($12.99) KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 +2.5 ReMIX ($49.99) MLB The Show 17 ($59.99) MLB The Show 17 MVP Edition ($69.99) MLB The Show 17 Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call ($9.99) Old Time Hockey ($11.99) Rain World ($19.99) R.B.I. Baseball 17 ($19.99) Resident Evil Super Bundle ($51.99) Skyforge: Early Adopter Pack ($14.99/PS+ $11.99) Snake Pass ($19.99) Tom Clancy’s The Division® Premium Credits Edition ($65.99) Vikings-Wolves of Midgard ($59.99) We are the Dwarves ($13.49) Zero Eszcape: The Nonary games…

BioWare

Everything Wrong With Mass Effect: Andromeda (No Spoilers)

[embedded content] After 5 years in the making, Mass Effect: Andromeda has now launched. It’s a new adventure set within a familiar universe, and welcomes both hardcore fans and those new to the franchise to explore the Andromeda galaxy. Unfortunately, the game has experienced a rather rocky release, with review scores varying wildly. It scored a 6.5 out of 10 in our review, placing it between a rating of “Decent” and “Good.” While the game does do a lot right, it also does plenty wrong, and that is our focus today. Note that we won’t be diving into story details, as we’re avoiding spoilers. Do you agree with our list of negatives, or you disagree? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments down below. 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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Now Loading…Thoughts on Mass Effect Andromeda Reception

With Mass Effect being one of the most critically and commercially successful new IPs launched last gen, it’s understandable that EA would want to continue BioWare’s sci-fi RPG this generation. Given how successful the original trilogy was (Metacritic: ME1 at 85, ME2 at 94 and ME3 at 93), safe to say, fans were expecting a certain kind of quality that’s usually associated with BioWare’s RPGs. Unfortunately, Mass Effect Andromeda seems to have stumbled a bit out of the gate critically (currently averaging a 75 on Metacritic), which is surprising given its five-year development cycle and excellent pedigree. Related Reading: Is it a case of a new studio (BioWare Montreal) faltering under its first AAA game? Internal politics as some have reported? Rushed and unrealistic deadline for release? We don’t know for sure just now, but what we do know is how we feel about it. Check out the gallery below to see what the PlayStation LifeStyle crew thinks of the Mass Effect Andromeda reception and whether we think the franchise will — or need to — be put on hibernation for a while. Agree with what the staff thinks? Why do you think Mass Effect Andromeda failed to live up to the hype READ…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – March 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 March’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-orders PaRappa The Rapper™ Remastered ($14.99/PS+ $11.99)(out 4-4) PSVR Games Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse ($6.99) PS4 Games 4-in-1 Bundle ($23.99/PS+ $7.19) ACA NEOGEO SENGOKU ($7.99) Avante Garde Bundle ($44.99) Banner Saga Complete Pack + Survival Mode ($37.99) Berserk and the Band of the Hawk ($59.99) CHAOS CODE -NEW SIGN OF CATASTROPHE- ($19.99) Classic PS4 Bundle ($19.97) Escape Plan Ultimate ($10.04) Everything ($14.99) Freedom Planet ($14.99) Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse ($6.99) Goat Simulator: Waste of Space Bundle ($13.99) Kona Bundle ($19.99/PS+ $17.99) Mass Effect: Andromeda ($59.99) Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe Edition ($69.99) Mass Effect: Andromeda Super Deluxe Edition ($99.99) Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight ($9.99) Rayon Riddles – Rise of the Goblin King ($11.99/PS+ $8.99) The Rhythmic Bundle ($10.07) Royal Defense ($6.99) Royal Defense Invisible Threat ($6.99) Super Dungeon Bros MEGA Bundle Pack ($22.99) SMITE: The Victory Adventure Bundle ($11.99) Touhou Double Focus READ FULL…

BioWare

Mass Effect Andromeda – Everything You Need to Know

Five long years after the launch and subsequent fallout from Mass Effect 3 — for many, that original ending still leaves a sour taste in the mouth — BioWare is gearing up for the launch of Mass Effect Andromeda, the latest (and greatest?) installment in the spacefaring series that heralds new planets, new vehicles, and a whole new cast of characters. It is, without question, one of 2017’s pixelated heavy-hitters — the kind of video game launch that ostensibly forces the entire industry to stand up and take notice. March 21st is the official due date, though EA Access and Origin members will be able to enjoy a 1o-hour spell in Mass Effect Andromeda from March 16th. The review embargo, meanwhile, lifts on Monday, March 20 at 12 am PT/3 am ET, when PSLS’ resident Mass Effect expert Keri Honea will turn in her verdict of BioWare’s galaxy far, far away. But the status of our review is but a small tidbit to feature in the gallery below, wherein you’ll find a wealth of info for Andromeda just in time for release. So, you’re ready to blast off into the dark recesses of space? Not so fast, Pathfinder! In anticipation of its North American launch READ…

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Now Loading… What Motivates You to Finish Games?

While a lot of people here on PlayStation LifeStyle are fortunate enough to actually be paid to finish games, that doesn’t mean it’s super cushy job. And by “finishing,” I don’t mean getting the Platinum, but just actually getting to the very end. For every Chandler Wood that gets all the Trophies from a single game, there’s someone like, well, me, that has a hard time finishing every game that lands on their console. Why? It depends on the individual, but for this Now Loading, I asked the PSLS crew to chime in and share what motivates them to finish games. Curious? I know you are! Check our responses below. What’s your motivation for finishing video games? Is it because you spent money on it? Just pure joy at getting through to the end? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s get this discussion going! Got a Now Loading suggestion? Let us know via email or in the comments and it might be featured in the next Now Loading. 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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PSLS Help Desk: How to Set Custom PS4 Wallpaper From USB

Update 4.50 for the PS4 brought a few long requested features, including the ability to use an external hard drive, which we detailed earlier this week. It also brought the ability to do custom backgrounds for your PS4, and while this is a perfect use of all those photo mode screenshots you’ve been taking, there are ways to get custom wallpapers onto the system that aren’t part of your capture gallery. It just requires a small bit of technical know how and either a connection to the internet or a USB thumb drive. Before we get into custom wallpapers that aren’t part of your capture gallery, we should detail how to set a custom image as your PS4 wallpaper. Setting the PS4 Background Image Go to [Settings] > [Themes] > [Select Theme]. At the bottom will be an option that says [Custom]. Press [Select Image] and choose a screenshot from your capture gallery to set as your background. You can also set an image as a PS4 background directly from the capture gallery by pressing [Options] and then [Set as Background] while on the image that you want. Note that this will override any music, icons, and sound effects from READ…

Trophy Theory: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Online Trophies

[embedded content]If there is one type of trophy that tends to elicit a strong reaction from the community, it’s online trophies. Of course, by reaction, I’m talking specifically about a strong unfettered hatred towards these accomplishments that can range from the mundane “play 10 games” to the ridiculous “reach the top of the leaderboards.” There is certainly an argument to be made in favor of online trophies hidden deep beneath that loathing many PlayStation gamers feel towards them, but there is a mountainous pile of reasons why online trophies will sometimes turn players entirely away from a game, as they feel they have no chance at proper completion. The rest of us who put up with them do so through gritted teeth, while making sure that our complaints are heard in every forum post and comment board that will listen (or not. Doesn’t really matter, we just feel the need to get these things out). What better platform to bitch a bit about every trophy hunter’s bane than Trophy Theory? In high school debate, I was taught that to properly argue your own side, you need to fully understand the opposition, so let’s take a step back and look at the…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – March 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 March’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-orders Call of Duty: MWR Variety Map Pack ($14.99)(out 3-21) Dark Souls III: The Ringed City DLC ($14.99)(out 3-28) Everything ($14.99/PS+ $11.99)(out 3-21) Kingdom Hearts HD – 1.5+2.5 Remix ($49.99) (Out 3-28) Rain World ($19.99/PS+ $15.99)(out 3-28) Snake Pass ($15.99)(out 3-28) PSVR Games Dying: Reborn Ultimate Bundle ($24.99) Leave the Nest ($12.99) Star Trek Bridge Crew PS4 Games 2Dark ($29.99/PS+ $23.99) Blue-Collar Astronaut ($9.99) Danganronpa 1•2 Reload ($39.99) Death Squared ($19.99) Dying: Reborn Ultimate Bundle ($24.99) Eekeemoo – Splinters of The Dark Shard ($4.99) Leave the Nest ($12.99) NeuroVoider ($13.99) Siralim 2 ($14.99) Styx: Shards of Darkness ($49.99) PS4 Add-on Content 3on3 Freestyle PS+ March Bonus pack (Free) Battlezone Bobbleheads ($.99 each) Battlezpne Tank Skins ($.99 each) DOA5LR Mash-up Characters ($2.99 each) Homefront: The Revolution – Beyond the Wall DLC ($12.99) Industry Giant 2: 1980-2020 DLC ($9.99) Paladin Crystal packs ($4.99 and READ FULL…

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Trophy Theory: Purchasing Trophies in NieR: Automata

[embedded content] Last week my first Trophy Theory column published, and from the moment I first proposed the idea, I’ve been pondering about writing a recurring trophy narrative without overly repeating myself or the column becoming boring. I’ve got a slew of ideas (thanks to those of you that have written to me. I’ll get to those ideas soon), but where do I go next? Are there building blocks that need to be set up to tackle future subjects, or can we jump right into the deep end? As I deliberated over which aspect of PlayStation trophies to visit next, NieR: Automata dropped this one right in my lap. There’s no delicate way to say this, so let’s just get it out there: NieR: Automata lets players purchase trophies using in-game money, instead of legitimately unlocking them (except that purchasing them is fundamentally part of the game, so is it technically a false unlock if the game itself is designed to allow you to do that very thing?). Unconventional as this intended feature may be, it’s baked into the game design, and is causing quite a stir among gamers. From trophy hunters to those that couldn’t care less about them, it seems everyone has something…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – March 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 March’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-orders Mass Effect™: Andromeda ($59.99) (Out 3-21) Mass Effect™: Andromeda Deluxe Edition ($69.99) (Out 3-21) Mass Effect™: Andromeda Super Deluxe Edition ($99.99) (Out 3-21) Rayon Riddles – Rise of the Goblin King ($11.99) (Out 3-21) PSVR Games Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class Trial Demo (Free) Darknet ($14.99) Unearthing Mars ($14.99/PS+ $11.99) PS4 Games ACA NEOGEO NAM-1975 ($7.99) Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey +Bonus ($59.99) Clicker Heroes (Free) Darknet ($14.99) Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival ($9.99/PS+ $7.99) Disc Jam ($14.99/PS+ Free for March) Gem Smashers ($12.99) Lego Worlds ($29.99) Limited Time Only! DOA5LR: Core Fighters + Hitomi (Free for PS+) Loot Rascals ($14.99) NieR: Automata ($59.99) Pineview Drive – Joe’s Diner Horror Bundle ($39.99) Shift Happens ($14.99) Sublevel Zero – Redux ($19.99) Talisman: Digital Edition ($29.99) The Sun and Moon/Three Fourths Home Bundle ($10.99/PS+ $3.73) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands READ FULL…

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Ghost Recon Wildlands – Everything You Need to Know

We’re only three months into 2017, and the heavy-hitters just keep on coming. We’ve had quirky sequels in the vein of Gravity Rush 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn, a wildly ambitious franchise-starter from a studio that spent more than a decade largely confined to corridor shooters. Turns out there really was light at the end of the tunnel — a radiant light that illuminated Aloy and a post-post-apocalyptic RPG that is arguably PlayStation 4’s greatest exclusive yet. But if Horizon stands as March’s first tentpole release — for those in Europe and other PAL regions, at least — then the industry’s attention will soon be drawn toward NieR: Automata and Ghost Recon Wildlands. We’ve already recapped Everything You Need to Know about the former RPG, so let’s shift the spotlight over to Ubisoft’s tactical shooter. Held up as the publisher’s biggest open world title to date, Wildlands is situated in South America — Bolivia, to be specific, where an elite team of Ghosts are ordered behind enemy lines to shatter the alliance between the cartel and a government that’s fallen prey to corruption. So, you’re ready to venture out onto the open plains of Bolivia? Not so fast! In READ…

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Versus – Nintendo Switch Launch Titles vs. PS Vita’s

[embedded content] In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t care about gaming that much (then, what are you doing here?), then you might have overlooked that Nintendo’s next big console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch, is out today. While we already compared the Nintendo Switch’s reveal to the PlayStation Vita (since we’re treating the Switch as a handheld more than a home console), we’re now pitting the Nintendo Switch launch titles against that of the Vita’s. Why? Well, no other reason than because we can, and we want to. Hit play in the video above to see whether we preferred the Nintendo Switch launch games or that of the Vita’s. What do you think? Which handheld’s launch lineup is more impressive? Share your thoughts in the comments. 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!