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Bandai Namco Entertainment

Little Nightmares Review – Dream Catcher (PS4)

Tarsier Studios isn’t a novice when it comes to puzzle-platformers. The studio previously did work on the LittleBigPlanet series, as well as another puzzle-platformer called Tearaway Unfolded before announcing their first IP which they initially called Hunger. The studio took its experience with puzzle-platformers and mixed it with a new and horrific story to create what would finally be called Little Nightmares, a horror puzzle-platformer akin to the likes of Limbo and Inside. In Little Nightmares, players take on the role of a little girl trying to escape a placed called The Maw. While the girl’s name, Six, is mentioned on the game’s website and in its promotional materials, it and many other of its elements aren’t blatantly revealed within the game itself. There is no dialogue or text in the game but it instead unravels its story and setting completely through its environment and its fairly few cutscenes, of which it does excellently. While the game is fairly short, around six or so hours across five chapters, its puzzles and challenges as well as the unexpectedly horrifying twists and turns the story takes help make the game feel more robust and meaningful. The game’s five chapters each have READ…

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition Game Giveaway!

[embedded content] It’s another week, and that means, it’s another game giveaway here on PlayStation LifeStyle! For this week, we’re giving away one of the best RPGs to come out last year along with all three expansions, Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition! Thanks to the fine folks at Bandai Namco, we’re giving away five (5) physical copies of Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition! All you have to do to win one is enter via the widget below, and if you’re picked, we’ll reach out to you for your shipping address and the game will be sent directly to your doorstep by Bandai Namco. Simple, right? Unfortunately, with shipping involved and all that, this is open to US only. a Rafflecopter giveaway The draw ends this week, and we’ll reach out to the winners in order to get their shipping address. Again, this is open to US people only. We don’t have codes to giveaway, nor can Bandai Namco ship internationally. In case you’re on the fence whether to enter or not, here’s our review of Dark Souls III, where our own Paulmichael Contreras said: This is a game that forces you to learn its intricacies READ…

Top 5 Games Telltale Should Make and Why

[embedded content] With Telltale Games’ take on Guardians of the Galaxy now a reality, we here at PlayStation LifeStyle decided to vote on the games we think Telltale Games should make next. As you can expect, these titles are based on movie or TV licenses, which is Telltale’s forte these days, no? Given the kind of games the studio makes, almost every IP can be turned into a Telltale game, but we’ve rounded out the top five which we think make the most sense. Hit “play” and watch this week’s Top 5 Tuesday video to see the games we want to get the Telltale treatment! What would be your top five games that Telltale should make? Let us know what they are in the comments. Enjoyed this video? Don’t forget to subscribe to the PlayStation LifeStyle YouTube channel for your weekly dose of top five videos, as well as for other original content. Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dragon Quest Heroes II Review – Life and Soul (PS4)

[embedded content] Dragon Quest Heroes II makes one hell of a first impression. Within minutes of booting up the sequel, I was greeted with an open plain to explore. One that was filled with groups of slime and other familiar foes from Enix’s legendary role-playing franchise. This sense of open space and grandeur is an impressive departure from the original, which didn’t have any sort of connected world, but rather had the player using an airship to go to specific locales. This felt more like the Dragon Quest that I knew, and the seeds of an interesting continent to explore was quickly implanted into my brain. This shakeup felt as if Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force had responded to the criticism of the original in a major way. After a few additional minutes of exploring, I had stumbled across a nearby town. Called Accordia, the town was filled with kids running about and shops looking to sell me all sorts of weaponry. Since it was located smack dab in the middle of the world, there were also a series of branching paths that led to each of the seven areas that make it up. I was instantly giddy with excitement, and it felt as if this was…

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Outlast 2 Review – Sinister Transitions (PS4)

The original Outlast impressed many with its expertly-crafted ambiance, and nerve-wracking moments in a game where your only choices for survival are to run and/or hide. Over three years later, Outlast 2 sets out to take everything that terrified players in the first game, and amplify it with a new setting, new characters, and new chances to scare you silly. Time to find out if the wait was worth it in our review. A New Frontier In Outlast 2, You play as Blake Langermann, an investigate journalist and cameraman, who finds himself and wife Lynn en route to an extremely remote section of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States. Naturally, this story taking place in the Outlast universe means things quickly go south. Your helicopter crash-lands, and you are treated to an incredibly hostile welcome by the locals. It’s a completely different location, and completely different characters, and yet, the gruesome new area feels vaguely familiar. One major change in Outlast 2 is that Blake talks, quite a lot. However, he is only really vocal during cutscenes. Most of the game revolves around you hiding and pacing your escape from various areas, and during these sections Blake READ…

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Now Loading…Should Sony Release a PSOne Mini?

With last week’s news that Nintendo was purportedly planning on releasing a SNES Mini later this year, and given how fantastic the NES Mini was received by fans, we got to thinking: should Sony jump on the bandwagon and release a PSOne Mini? In this week’s Now Loading, that’s the question the PlayStation LifeStyle crew answers. And yes, we all know that if Sony does indeed do it that it’s copying Nintendo, so please spare everyone the sermon or whatever since most of us won’t care if Sony copies Nintendo if that means we’ll get to play our fave classics in one convenient package. So should Sony release a PSOne Mini? How many games should it include and at what price point? Also, should Sony include Trophies to rope in Trophy collectors? Let us know what you think in the comments 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!

Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest Heroes II – Everything You Need to Know

Two years ago, Square Enix vowed to bring more Dragon Quest games west on one condition: Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, the genre mash-up from Omega Force, had to leave a lasting impact on North American and European audiences. With a healthy one million sales under its belt as of July, 2015, Dragon Quest Heroes spawned a sequel in Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End and, following its Japanese debut in May of 2016, its on the verge of its worldwide launch.  April 25 is the date for your diaries, and if you’re curious to know how Square’s sequel stacks up, be sure to have a gander at Heath’s review of the PS4 import. So, you’re ready to step foot in the Seven Realms? Not so fast! In anticipation of its North American launch on April 25, 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 Omega Force’s RPG. Dragon Quest Heroes II will launch for North America and Europe on April 25 and April 28, respectively. A Switch version is coming to Japan, though Square is yet READ…

Everything You Need to Know

Outlast 2 – Everything You Need to Know

Four years ago, investigative journalist Miles Upshur stepped foot in the twisting, blood-drenched corridors of Mount Massive Asylum to uncover a mystery — a dark, spine-chilling mystery that involved nine kinds of homicidal patients and a mad doctor run amok. The end result was a modern horror classic by the name of Outlast, one told through the lens of a temperamental camcorder. Perhaps the one element that ensured Red Barrels’ blistering debut became such a runaway success was the crippling sense of player vulnerability, as players tip-toed around the creepy, dilapidated environments without so much as a weapon to defend themselves with. Instead, you were forced to rely heavily on your trust camcorder, picking up spare batteries as you scurried away from the horrors that lurked in the shadows. It didn’t take long before Red Barrels’ released a console port for Outlast, which itself spawned the Whistleblower DLC in 2014. Now, we’re teetering on the verge of Outlast 2. So, you’re ready to venture forth into the most remote community in the United States? Not so fast! In anticipation of its launch on April 25, we’ve scoured the four corners of the internet — and the PSLS archives — to compile READ…

Everything Wrong With Persona 5

[embedded content] For this week, we’re taking a stab at something quite hard, and that’s pointing out everything wrong with Persona 5! As most of you know (if you don’t, shame on you!), Persona 5 is one excellent game — so much so, that we think it’s going to be one of 2017’s Game of the Year contenders. However, same as with other excellent games, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing in it that could have been done better. And let’s face, most of our Everything Wrong With videos do nitpick a lot, and it’s not so different for Persona 5. While the JRPG lived up to the hype and then some, we still put it to task! Here’s Everything Wrong With Persona 5! Agree with our “issues” with Persona 5? Did we miss anything? What didn’t you like about the JRPG? Sound off in the comments below! Enjoyed this video? Don’t forget to subscribe to the PlayStation LifeStyle YouTube channel for your weekly dose of top five videos, as well as for other original content. Essential Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Cryptic Studios

Neverwinter: The Cloaked Ascendancy Unicorn Mounts Giveaway

[embedded content] It’s another week, and that means yet another giveaway here on PlayStation LifeStyle. For this week, we’re giving away Unicorn Mounts for Neverwinter’s latest (11th) expansion, The Cloaked Ascendancy for the PlayStation 4! The Cloaked Ascendancy brings a new campaign, dynamic skirmish, the return of the Spellplague Caverns as a high-end dungeon, new artifact gear and more. Thanks to Perfect World Entertainment, we have 50 Unicorn Mounts to giveaway, which can only be obtained by media and community giveaways. How to get one? Super simple, just nab one from the widget below! It’s first come, first served, so go get one right now before the lot is all gone. Mount Details: These are Uncommon Quality mounts, which grant 50% mounted move speed and two Insignia slots to gain additional power. About the Cerulean UnicornsThese majestic beasts live to protect the forests where they dwell. In honor of these powerful creatures, the forest dwelling fey groom them and adorn them with bright flowers staining their pure white coats with vibrant color. These uncommon mounts grant 50% increased mounted movement speed and two Insignia slots to gain additional powers. PlayStation®4 (SCEA only) Redemption Instructions:1. Open a Sony Network Entertainment account READ…

Demon's Souls

The Best Sony-Published PS3 Games

Sony’s first-party output on PlayStation 4 is starting to finally hit its stride. Within the past year, the Japanese powerhouse has put out great games such as Nioh, Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, Horizon Zero Dawn and Gravity Rush 2. It has been quite an impressive offering from Sony, and gamers have to look back into the PS3 days to see such a string of great releases. The early development struggles on PS4 seems like a thing of the past, and good riddance to that. So, while gamers are currently drowning in amazing releases on PlayStation 4, we figure it’s never a bad time to look back at the amazing games that gamers might have missed out upon. That’s why we have come up with a list of the 20 best Sony published PS3 titles. In order to showcase as many amazing games as we could, we limited the list to including just one entry per series. That means that Ratchet & Clank won’t make up half the list despite having an amazing run on PlayStation 3. With that out of the way, check out our list below of 20 Sony published PS3 games that you need to play! We hope you enjoyed our look at the 20 best Sony published PS3 games. READ…

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Top 5 Reasons Why Star Wars Battlefront II Might Already Be Better Than the First

[embedded content] In case you weren’t paying attention to video game stuff over the weekend, EA and DICE have unleashed our first look at Star Wars Battlefront II! While we didn’t see actual gameplay, or witnessed an actual multiplayer match, it seems DICE is amending a lot of the complaints fans had with the first Battlefront — at least on paper. Obviously, we don’t know how the game actually plays (duh!), but based on what we do know so far, it does seem like DICE has listened to the fans, and will add a lot of stuff the first DICE-developed Battlefront lacked (yes, a full-on single-player campaign is one of ’em). Don’t believe us? Check out this week’s Top 5 Tuesday video to see what new stuff have been confirmed that makes us believe Battlefront II will indeed be better than the first one. Agree with our list? Did we miss anything from the early info that EA revealed so far? Let us know what you want to see in Star Wars Battlefront II in the comments. Enjoyed this video? Don’t forget to subscribe to the PlayStation LifeStyle YouTube channel for your weekly dose of top five videos, as well…

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Now Loading…Will Sony Follow Xbox’s Digital Games Refund Policy?

With Microsoft now testing refunds for digital games on the Xbox One (and Windows 10), the PlayStation LifeStyle crew got to thinking: should Sony offer PSN refunds on digital games? Why or why not? And with that discussion, this week’s Now Loading kicks off! While some might think the obvious answer is a pro-consumer “yes,” it’s not that cut and dry, and some staff members are quite opposed to it due to the negative side it might do to studios and games in general. Check the responses before grabbing the pitchforks alright, everyone? What do you think? Should Sony offer PSN refunds soon? Should they not due to it being abused? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And remember, we’re discussing the pros and cons here, and not trying to pee in each others’ soup or anything. 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). Related Reading: READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Criterion Games

Star Wars Battlefront II Dev Panel Recap – Understanding Iden & The Empire

In an accidental leak seen around the world, Star Wars Battlefront II was revealed in its first game-engine-powered cinematic trailer. Electronic Arts invited us out to the Star Wars Celebration for a special presentation of the game, and we’ve got the details ready for you below. Filling in the Pieces While the original (rebooted) Star Wars Battlefront was a solid game, it was missing quite a few things. The biggest among them would easily be the lack of a single-player campaign. Battlefront II gives players that, and then some. You play as a new hero as a part of official Star Wars canon, but she’s a hero of a different kind. Battlefront II takes place immediately after the end of The Return of the Jedi. The Death Star 2 has been demolished. You play as Iden Versio, member of an elite unit known as the Inferno Squad in the Imperial forces. With no Emperor to follow, others look to you to lead. You are now tasked with picking up the pieces of a shattered regime and enacting revenge. The Dark Side’s Society Now, while the Dark Side of the Force has certainly been looked at in past Star Wars READ…