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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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2017 Indie Games Worth Anticipating on PS4

We recently previewed what games Sony will be delivering this year, and 20 Vita games to look forward to, but that is only a tiny bit of the awesome looking games that are releasing this year. Some of the best and most innovative games that come out each year end up being indie titles. Sometimes they seemingly come from nowhere, and other times they take years to produce (hello, Owlboy). Nonetheless, they make sure there is never a dull moment in gaming from January to December. Since there seems to be an amazing amount of 2017 indie games on PlayStation 4 this year, we decided to give the spotlight to twenty titles that deserve a closer look. These might end up being some of the best games period of 2017, so check out the list below. As always, release dates are forever in flux when it comes to game development so some of these titles will likely get pushed back. That being said, we did focus on games that are currently announced for this year. Check out the list of 20 2017 indie games worth anticipating below: That is a pretty stellar lineup for 2017, and it doesn’t include the many larger READ…

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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Yooka-Laylee Multiplayer Mode Detailed

[embedded content] Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic Games announced today that their upcoming platformer will support multiplayer play. The game will feature an interactive arcade in-game called Rextro’s Arcade (which can be seen in the trailer above), where players will be able to play eight modes specifically designed around multiplayer. These can also be played solo, or with up to four friends locally. Here’s how the studio described Rextro’s Arcade: Compete in the Glaciators brawler arena to collect the most quills, race to the finish line in Kartos Karting, fight for the flag in Blag the Flag, blast away the enemies in shoot-em-up Gun-let Run and traverse both Jobstacle Course and Hurdle Hijinx, plus more! These are just some of the exciting games you can expect to find in Rextro’s Arcade. On top of the arcade mini-games, Yooka-Laylee will also allow for a second player to play the game’s main campaign. A second player can control the Bee Team, who can then “grab quills and collect and store butterflies for when Yooka and Laylee are really in need of health or energy boost.” This cooperative experience seems like it would be a good fit for parents, who want to help READ FULL…

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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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PSLS Help Desk – How to Control Trico in The Last Guardian

Anybody with a pet knows that getting them to do exactly what you want to do is a thankless chore. They’ve got minds of their own, and no matter how much you point, shout, or make silly noises at them, they just won’t go put your dead DualShock 4 on the charger and bring you a fresh one. The minds behind The Last Guardian made Trico’s AI much like a pet; frustrating at times, but endearing and adorable at the end of the day. This week’s PSLS Help Desk is taking a software direction and giving you some assistance in the latest PS4 exclusive. Whether you’ve already played it and want to go through it again, or have yet to even pick it up, we’re here to help you get the most out of your journey with Trico in The Last Guardian. Trico has a mind of its own, and the game doesn’t exactly do a great job of telling you how to get Trico to do what you want. It’s not a complaint, as part of the charming nature of the game is discovering your bond with the creature, but if you want a nudge in the right READ…

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Horror Game Perception Stars a Blind Protagonist, Coming to PS4

Indie studio The Deep End Games announced on the PlayStation Blog that they are working with publisher Feardemic to bring their debut horror game to PlayStation 4. Called Perception, the game puts players in the shoes of Cassie, a heroine that happens to be blind. Players will have to use her sense of hearing to unravel mysteries, and deal with a “mysterious force” that is haunting the mansion. Here’s what the game’s creative director Bill Gardner had to say about the gameplay over at the PlayStation Blog: Cassie finds her way by tapping her cane and can “see” via echolocation. She needs to avoid detection and uses ambient sounds of the house to help her navigate or uses objects to create distractions. Every sound creates a visual. But there is a cost…sound will attract your enemies and reveal your location. But you’ll also need to match wits with the Presence, a mysterious force that haunts the mansion. When playing, you must carefully weigh the risk of making too much noise against the possibility of being discovered. Once spotted, your only hope is to run, hide, and pray that it doesn’t find you. Cassie can also use the ambient sounds READ FULL…

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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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The Flame in the Flood Review – Float On (PS4)

[embedded content] Survival games rarely clicked for me in the past, as I often found myself running around without any sort of goal. Sure, I needed to constantly keep my vital meters filled, but I was often left without any sort of progression. That lack of direction always hurt my enjoyment, as I could only get lost in Don’t Starve so many times until I eventually gave up on braving the harsh world that was generated specifically to kill me. Thankfully, The Flame in the Flood has a very direct goal that is easy to understand. The player is attempting to get to the bottom of the river that they (they travel with a cute dog named Aesop) call home, as they live in a massively flooded area that is reminiscent to the central US. To do this, they’ll have to live off the land as they float down the dangerous river and try to avoid the dangerous weather that has already altered their lives to such a degree. This also separates the game into two distinct sections: on foot and rafting. The former is exactly what people expect from a survival game, as players will navigate the small environments they dock at. These READ…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – January 17, 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 January’s PlayStation Plus Lineup New Pre-orders Injustice 2 Deluxe Edition ($79.99) Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition ($99.99) PS4 Games 2064: Read Only Memories ($19.99) ACA NEOGEO FATAL FURY ($7.99) Dead Effect 2 ($11.99) Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star ($49.99) Instant Indie Collection ($23.99) Joe’s Diner ($19.99) Letter Quest Remastered/Paranautical Activity Bundle ($16.99/PS+ $13.59) Life of Black Tiger ($9.99) Planet 2000 ($9.99) Quest of Dungeons ($8.99) RWBY: Grimm Eclipse ($19.99) RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Team JNPR Bundle ($22.99) Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle Launch Pack ($14.99) Siegecraft Commander ($19.99/PS+ $13.99) The Flame in the Flood: Comnplete Edition ($11.99) Sylvio ($12.99) PS Vita Games Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea ($39.99) Fate/EXTELLA — Early Bird Exclusive Digital Bundle ($39.99) Supermagical ($4.99/PS+ $2.49) Next Page: European Update » Pages: 1 2 3 READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of January 17, 2017

Although it’s another week without a themed sale on the North American PlayStation Store, you will find deals on The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition, Siegecraft Commander, and Supermagical, as well as free demos for Watch Dogs 2 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Here’s the games on sale this week through the PlayStation Store, with some offers ending on January 23 at 8am PT/11am ET: New Release Deals (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price) Instant Indie Collection Vol. 4: Hue, The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition & Dear Esther (PS4) – $23.99 Letter Quest Remastered/Paranautical Activity Bundle (PS4, PS Vita) – $15.29, $13.59 Siegecraft Commander (PS4) – $13.99 (PS+) Supermagical (PS Vita) – $2.49 (PS+) The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4) – $11.99 Other Deals (Sale Price, PS+ Price) Aqua Moto Racing Utopia (PS4) – $9.89 No Man’s Sky (PS4) – $39.59 Pillar (PS4) – $1.59, $1.19 Randal’s Monday (PS4) – $4.89, $4.61 SteamWorld Dig (PS4, PS Vita) – $1.99 SteamWorld Heist (PS4, PS Vita) – $9.99 Watch Dogs 2 (PS4) – $40.19 Watch Dogs 2 Deluxe Edition (PS4) – $41.99 Watch Dogs 2 Gold Edition (PS4) – $59.99 Zenith (PS4) – $14.99 New Freebies MilitAnt Demo (PS4) – 637MB Rise of the Tomb…

SuperData: PlayStation Plus & Xbox Live Generated Around $3 Billion in 2016

Following the Nintendo Switch presentation last week, video game tracking firm SuperData released their take on the upcoming system. Discussing Nintendo’s online plans for Switch, which include a paid subscription with free access to select virtual console games for a month, SuperData revealed just how much money PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live memberships generated in 2016: […] the combined earnings for the subscription service for Sony and Xbox – PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, respectively – generated around $3 billion in revenues last year, and has proven a key component in transitioning consumers to the higher-margin side of the business in digital distribution. Total earnings for digital downloads on console last year, including full game downloads and micro-transactions, was $7 billion, worldwide. SuperData estimates that the digital console market will reach $7.8 billion in 2017. Back in June 2016, Sony revealed that there were nearly 21 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, as of April 2016. Back in October, Microsoft reported 47 million monthly active Xbox Live users in the first quarter of this current fiscal year. As for console sales, SuperData says Sony is “dominating with an install base of almost 55 million” (PlayStation 4 sales were at 53.4 million as of…

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PS4 & PS Vita New Releases This Week: January 17, 2017 – Gravity Effect

2017 is about to get turned upside down, as Gravity Rush 2 launches on PlayStation 4 this week. European gamers will be able to play it on January 18, while those in North America will have to wait until January 20. You can read our review of Gravity Rush 2 over here, where we gave it a 7.5/10. Gravity Rush 2 isn’t the only highlight this week, as you can also expect Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, The Flame in the Flood, and more. *All games/content are releasing in North America and Europe, unless otherwise noted. PlayStation 4 Games 2064: Read Only Memories (PSN) Dead Effect 2 (PSN) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Retail & PSN) Gravity Rush 2 (Retail & PSN) Joe’s Diner (PSN) – NA Quest of Dungeons (PSN) Road Redemption (PSN) RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PSN) Siegecraft Commander (PSN) The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PSN) PlayStation Vita Games Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (Retail & PSN) Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Retail & PSN) Supermagical (PSN) – NA DLC WWE 2K17 ‘Future Stars Pack’ (PS4, PS3) *Keep in mind that all release dates are subject to change, and more games/DLC will likely be added READ…

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Destiny’s Iron Banner Returns Next Week, Features Clash

Destiny is getting two significant updates starting next week, one of which will see the return of the game’s most beloved events and another that will fix some issues that have cropped up ever since The Dawning launched on December 13. January 17 will see the release of both of these updates, with the returning event being the Iron Banner. This time around players can play Clash from January 17 through January 24 to earn loot. Level advantages are enabled for this mode. As far as the Hotfix goes, Bungie is looking to release version 2.5.0.1 of the game at 9:30 AM Pacific Time on January 17. Here’s what it’ll fix (and what issues are still being worked on) courtesy of Bungie: Destiny Hotfix 2.5.0.1 Some Patrol missions in the Plaguelands are not reliably causing enemies to drop their respective objective items Xûr’s “Curio” inventory varies on a weekly basis, due to a limitation of his inventory space Weapon Stability on the Nova Mortis and Abbadon Exotic Machine Guns is inconsistent Destiny Update 2.5.0 Known Issues Rounds may not end as expected when all players on a Fireteam have been defeated in Elimination Game Types Skeleton Keys may be removed READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!