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Friday the 13th: The Game Review – Favourite Worst Nightmare (PS4)

[embedded content] A good slasher flick is sure to have a lot of blood, plenty of violence, and a lot of laughably dumb moments. All of that is definitely found in Friday the 13th: The Game, a multiplayer horror game that has players trying to escape in one piece from Crystal Lake. The concept is a great one, which is why IllFonic’s latest game was able to nab the license to one of horror’s biggest franchises and have a very successful crowdfunding campaign. Now that it’s finally out, potential doesn’t mean much, as backers are now forced to look at the monster they helped fund into existence. My initial experience with the multiplayer-only title wasn’t a positive one, as I attempted to get into a match for over 10 minutes to no avail. When restarting the search amounted to nothing, I eventually gave up on trying to get into a match. When I returned a few hours later there was a patch out that nearly doubled the size of the game, so I thought that my problems were over with. That wasn’t the case, as my nightmare of glitches, loading times, and crashes was just beginning. Once I installed the first of…

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Bungie Talks Destiny 2 With Urk – Striking Up the Reveal

[embedded content] The Destiny 2 gameplay reveal is behind us now, and at the event we had a chance to talk with Bungie’s Head of Community Eric Osborne, aka “Urk,” about the thinking behind some of the core changes to Destiny’s sequel like subclass reworks, weapon systems, and massive areas with tons to discover. He tells us how Bungie answered the call of the community to not only make Destiny 2 a worthy sequel, but also a familiar game for the millions of fans that have played for the last three years. PlayStation LifeStyle: You just revealed Destiny 2— Eric Osborne: We did! We totally did! PSLS: That’s kinda a big deal! EO: It’s pretty exciting, pretty exhilarating. It’s also really humbling to see everybody. You never know what to expect, to hear cheers and everything, it’s awesome. PSLS: Let’s get the bad out of the way first. Obviously people are excited, but what are some of the criticisms you are hearing about the game? Things that could be changed or balanced before Destiny 2 releases in a few months? EO: To be totally honest I’ve been doing interviews, so I haven’t really had time to digest or spend any time poking…

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RiME Review – Love, Loss, and Letting Go (PS4)

[embedded content] Washed up on a beach, a young child in a tattered red cloak surveys the world around them. A bright and sunny island greets them, and their focus is inexplicably drawn to a large tower in the center. This is where Rime (stylized RiME) starts, and without saying a word, you set off to explore the unfamiliar, yet nonthreatening surroundings. Rime immediately asks a series questions that incite a search for answers. What is this island? What is the tower? Who is this child in the red cloak and why were they lying face down on a beach? Those answers are discovered, and yet throughout Rime, nary a word is spoken. Rime’s story is presented simply and effectively, using visual cues to fuel the search for answers and to encourage an emotional connection with the narrative. It’s paced in such a way that it never feels like there are long, dull stretches without intrigue. The pseudo open world has a variety of nooks and crannies begging for exploration, and certain elements in the environment won’t become clear until a second play through. Changes to the setting are frequent as you solve puzzles and move forward, keeping a particular…

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PSLS Help Desk – Aim Controller FAQ and Troubleshooting

Farpoint and the Aim Controller for PlayStation VR released last week. While we thought that Farpoint was a passable experience, it was really there to highlight the capabilities of the incredible Aim Controller, which we couldn’t be much happier with. Sony’s PSVR gun controller goes all in to make sure that you get full immersion with 1:1 tracking in the virtual reality space. With new hardware peripherals comes new things you need to know, so we’re here to give you a rundown of the Aim Controller FAQ and to help troubleshoot any problems you might be having with your Aim Controller. Aim Controller Features Before you can troubleshoot your Aim, it helps to know all of the features that it has. Motion sensing and light tracking technology Two handed ergonomic controls Full DualShock 4 controls Vibration feedback Rechargeable battery Operation The PlayStation Camera is required for the Aim to function. It will not work as a standard DualShock 4 controller, and at this time is intended only to be used with PSVR games that have compatibility. The light orb must be visible to the PlayStation Camera in order for it to pick up tracking. The Aim Controller can be READ…

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PlayStation Store Global Update – May 23, 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 May’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-Orders Dirt 4 ($59.99)(out 6-6) The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind ($59.99/PS+ $53.99)(out 6-6) The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Collector’s Edition ($79.99/PS+ $71.99)(out 6-6) The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Collector’s Ed. Upgrade ($59.99/PS+ $53.99)(out 6-6) The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind  Upgrade ($39.99/PS+ $35.99)(out 6-6) PS4 Games Black & White Bushido ($12.99) Chroma Squad ($14.99) Deliriant ($.99) Digerati Bundle 2 Pack Part 7 ($8.59) Embers of Mirrim ($17.99) Eternal Ring ($14.99) Furi – Definitive Edition ($21.99) Overwatch GOTY Edition ($41.99) Portal Knights – Sapphire Thrtone Edition ($19.99) Pox Nora (Free to play) Puzzle Showdown 4K ($9.99/PS+ $7.99) SAMURAI WARRIORS: Spirit of Sanada with Bonus ($49.99) Shadow Warrior 2 ($39.99) Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island ($9.74) Smuggle Craft ($14.99) Spellspire ($9.99) Star Ocean til the End of Time ($20.99) Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception ($49.99) PS4 Add-On Content Birthdays The Beginning Avatar Ornament Set READ FULL…

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Next Spend $100, Get $15 Back PlayStation Store Promo Starts June 9, 2017

Sony has revealed that the next Spend $100, Get $15 Back promotion on the North American PlayStation Store will run from Friday, June 9 through Tuesday, June 20. By spending $100 using your PlayStation Network wallet between June 9 and June 20 at 11:59pm PT, you’ll receive a $15 promo code on or before July 5 through your PS4, PS3, PS Vita, or email address. The code expires on July 18, and only one $15 code can be earned during the promotion period, regardless of how much you spend over the initial $100. Here’s Sony’s terms on the promo: Promotion is available to legal U.S., Canada, and Mexico residents with a Sony Entertainment Network account (“Account”) registered in their country of residency who are 18 or older and who have spent $100.00 or more using the PSN Wallet between June 9th, 2017 12:01AM PT and June 20th, 2017 11:59PM PT. Each Account may only accrue a total of $15 in PSN Wallet credits pursuant to this promotion. It’s worth noting that E3 2017 takes place during the promotion period, and the June 2017 PSN Flash Sale will likely happen on Friday, June 16. Be sure to check READ FULL STORY…

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PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of May 23, 2017

This week on the North American PlayStation Store, you’ll find an Extended Play Sale, which discounts games, Season Passes, and game + DLC bundles, with PlayStation Plus members saving extra on select titles. Here’s the games on sale through the PlayStation Store this week, with many deals ending on May 30 at 8am PT/11am ET: Extended Play Sale (Sale Price, PlayStation Plus Price) PlayStation 4 7 Days to Die ‘The Walking Dead Skin Pack Bundle’ – $1.49, $1.19 ARK: Survivor’s Pack – $43.99, $41.24 Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Season Pass – $12.89, $9.89 Batman: The Telltale Series Season Pass – $14.99, $12.49 Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition – $90.99, $77.99 Battlefield 4 Premium – $19.99, $14.99 Battlefield 4 Premium Edition – $23.99, $17.99 Battlefield Hardline Premium – $19.99, $14.99 BioShock: The Collection – $35.99, $29.99 Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle – $20.99, $17.49 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $23.99, $19.79 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – $59.99, $49.99 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass – $29.99, $24.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition – $59.99, $39.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition – $29.99, $19.79 Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass – $29.99, $24.99 Dark Souls II: Scholar READ FULL…

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Sony: There’s 26 Million PlayStation Plus Subscribers & 70 Million Monthly Active PSN Users

In Sony’s IR Day 2017 presentation today, they revealed that there were more than 70 million monthly active PlayStation Network users at the end of Fiscal Year 2016 (ended March 31, 2017). By comparison, Microsoft reported 52 million monthly active Xbox Live users across Xbox and PC during their latest quarter. Also in Sony’s slideshow, they said there were 26.4 million paid PlayStation Plus subscribers at the end of 2016, which is up from 20.8 million at the end of 2015. For the end of 2017, they hope to grow this number. As part of their strategy for this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018), Sony wants to “maximize profit during the “harvest” period” in the PlayStation 4 ecosystem, “further expand PS VR as a game and entertainment medium, incubate new content ecosytem,” deliver the best-in-class viewing experience in the OTT TV market with PlayStation Vue, and develop a new audience by creating a new mobile content opportunity in the Japan/Asia region. To maximize their PS4 profit, Sony hopes to get sales up to 78 million by the end of this fiscal year, enhance the game lineup (Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo Sport were the two games mentioned), and READ FULL…

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PSN Maintenance Today, May 22, Will Last For One Hour

From 10pm PT to 11pm PT today, Sony will be doing some “routine maintenance and improvements for PlayStation Network.” This will affect the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and website. If you already have a PSN account, you can sign in, play games, and use most applications during the PSN maintenance. However, you won’t be able to access Account Management, Gaming and Social, PlayStation Store, PlayStation Music, and PlayStation Video during the maintenance. After giving their usual reminder to activate your PS4 as your primary console (go to Settings > PlayStation Network/Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS4), Sony says, “We strive to ensure that PlayStation Network services are available at all times, but occasionally we must take PlayStation Network offline to perform essential maintenance and implement feature enhancements. We are working hard to reduce the duration of each maintenance.” [Source: PlayStation Network] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Destiny 2 Opening Campaign Mission Hands-On – Sense of Loss (PS4)

[embedded content] I’ll be the first to admit I got a little emotional at the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal. Destiny is a game that I’ve spent well over 1,000 hours in, making tons of friends along the way and having some of the most memorable gaming experiences of the last three years. As Destiny 2 opens with loss, it was hard not to get a bit misty eyed watching the home that I’d come to know and love approached by the menacing fleet of Red Legion ships. Within moments it’s a pile of rubble and there’s a very clear feeling that I won’t be coming back here anytime soon to decrypt engrams or find where Xur is hanging out for the weekend. Last year I asked Steve Cotton, Bungie’s World Design Lead, when the Cabal would finally have their day. His coy reply was “Perhaps the Cabal will have the biggest day of all.” That day is here. The Tower is gone. And it’s because of the Cabal. Not only does Destiny 2’s opening show this moment, it lets you play in the first mission, Homecoming. Emerging where I’ve so often spawned in to grab bounties, I’m greeted by flames, rubble,…

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Destiny 2 Inverted Spire Strike Hands-On Preview – Same Old Destiny (PS4)

[embedded content] While a lot of changes are coming, there’s a lot about Destiny 2 that will remain familiar to players. Strikes are making a return, and for all of you who haven’t played Destiny, just think of a Strike as a tougher side mission culminating in a difficult boss fight. Strikes in Destiny started off fairly dull in year one, walking through waves of enemies until you are met with a bullet sponge boss. Later strikes sought to change the formula and really make them fun to replay, adding in various obstacles, challenges, and objectives to complete. Many came to think of them as a good Raid precursor as they utilized some of the same mechanics that might be involved in Destiny’s grand end game content. At the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal, I was able to go hands on with a new Strike in Destiny 2 called The Inverted Spire. Unlike changes to the Crucible, Strikes remain three-player fireteam affairs. It gave me a chance to get a feel for Destiny 2’s new world Nessus, which is a lot like Venus in that it has been taken over by the Vex to be turned in to one of their machines…

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Destiny 2 Crucible Hands-On Preview – Competitive Arena (PS4)

[embedded content] One of the primary complaints that players have had regarding Destiny is the state of the Crucible. Destiny’s player versus player (PvP) competitive mode has rarely struck the perfect balance, tending to fall into specific metas were one tool shines above the rest, whether it’s pulse rifles, shotguns, or sticky grenades. Balancing never really leveled the scales, usually swinging the pendulum in the opposite direction and creating just another power pocket for players to get used to. With the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal came the announcement of some rework to the Crucible, and we got to go hands-on with a new mode to see just how it feels. Playing with all of the new Crucible changes alongside the new game mode, Countdown, makes it hard to reconcile what was because of one or the other, so I am going to do my best to separate them out. Crucible is now a purely four versus four affair. No more six on six Rift matches, No more three player per team Salvage matches. This allows Bungie to avoid some of the mass chaos present in the six player modes, but gives a bit more team freedom than the very precise and…

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PSLS Help Desk: Injustice 2 Brainiac – How to Unlock Without Paying

The biggest gaming release this week is NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice 2. The superhero fighting game features all of the biggest names from DC Comics’ vast library of characters, but it also features a lot of lesser known heroes and villains like Firestorm and Captain Cold. In all, the game features a roster of 29 playable characters on-disc (the first DLC character—Darkseid—is already available as well). Every single character is unlocked from the get go, except for Brainiac. This week’s PSLS Help Desk will tell you how to unlock Brainiac in Injustice 2. In total, there’s two different ways to unlock Brainiac. The quickest is to go into the game’s Extras menu, and purchase the powerful villain from the PlayStation Store for $5.99. That’s the same price as Darkseid, who was a bonus character for those that pre-ordered NetherRealm’s latest. If you don’t want to spend money, you’re in luck, as it’s pretty easy to unlock Brainiac without spending a dime. To unlock Brainiac for free, players will want to play through the entirety of Injustice 2‘s story mode. Brainiac appears as a major antagonist in the cinematic story, and once the player completes the mode they’ll unlock him for use in READ…

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PlayStation VR Aim Controller Hardware Review – Right on Target

[embedded content] A peripheral for a peripheral; the PlayStation VR Aim controller is entering a tough market and doesn’t just need to pass muster, but prove itself as yet another necessary add-on as it sits at the far point (pun totally intended) of the buyer’s mind. Sony first needs to convince people to get a PlayStation 4. Then it needs to sell them on PlayStation VR. Then, somehow, they’ve got to say that this PlayStation VR gun peripheral is worth purchasing to enhance the experience. It’s already a limited playerbase that will even be considering the Aim, and it surprisingly proves itself as a worthy accessory to heighten the already impressive virtual world, something that every PSVR owner should seriously consider. Let’s get the looks out of the way. Alright, so the Aim controller isn’t an AR-15 lookalike. In fact, yes, it looks like a bunch of PVC piping stuck together, but I’ve come to appreciate the Aim’s minimalist and modern design. It appeals to all users and uses, meaning that although its design is that of a gun, other developers can utilize it for their games without feeling the need to only use it as a “gun.” It can…