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Horizon Zero Dawn Gets Detailed Technical Analysis Outlining Strengths and Weaknesses

[embedded content] Following some initial impressions, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry has released its full, comprehensive technical analysis of Guerrilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn ahead of the game’s release, outlining its strengths and weaknesses from a graphical standpoint. Echoing its initial impressions, the outlet concluded that “Guerrilla’s level of technical accomplishment is sensational.” However, as with other major releases, the team also outlined some areas of improvement. It finds that the AI can be a little unrealistic at times, lip syncing can be a little off, there are some camera positioning issues, and some anisotropic filtering issues on the standard PlayStation 4, among other minor problems. That said, Digital Foundry notes that the achievements far outweigh the areas in need of improvement, which can be fixed. You can check out the full analysis in the video above or alternatively, follow the source link below for a detailed write-up. Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28 and March 1 worldwide. [Source: Eurogamer] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Gravity Rush 2’s Free Raven Story DLC Arrives on March 21

[embedded content] On Tuesday, March 21, Sony will release the free The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice DLC for Gravity Rush 2 in North America, Europe, and Japan, the company announced. Raven’s Choice was originally expected to be paid DLC, but when Gravity Rush 2 was delayed from late 2016 to January 2017, Game Director Keiichiro Toyama announced that it would be free. “This DLC features a brand new story for Gravity Rush 2 focusing on Kat’s partner, Raven,” Sony says. “Alone, Raven must battle to save the Lost Children who were left trapped inside the Ark at the end of the first Gravity Rush.” The Japanese PlayStation Blog adds (translated by Gematsu) that the DLC will also bring some enhancements to the main game: the highest level of the Devool Trench Mine will raise from 30 to 50, and the rarity of Talismans will also increase. You can read our review of Gravity Rush 2 over here. Will you be downloading the free DLC next month? [Source: PlayStation Blog, PlayStation, PlayStation Europe (1), (2) via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Update 1.02 Detailed, Launch Trailer Released

[embedded content] With just a few days left until launch, Sony has released the launch trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, which runs for three minutes but doesn’t include any actual gameplay. “In a world where Machines dominate the earth and mankind lives on in primitive tribal societies, one woman sets out to find her destiny among the remnants of the ancient past,” the trailer’s description says. “As Aloy, you must brave the Machine-infested wilderness and unearth secrets that lie buried deep within the earth. Will you embrace your calling… or pass into oblivion unsung?” To find out what reviewers (including us) think of Horizon Zero Dawn, check out this accolades trailer: [embedded content] The day one Horizon Zero Dawn update (versions 1.01 and 1.02) is beginning to roll out, and as PSX-Sense reveals, it’s a 227MB download. Here’s what’s included, according to the PS4’s Update History: 1.01 Added options to switch graphics mode and HDR rendering Multiple crash fixes and progression Various performance improvements 1.02 Multiple crash fixes and progression Various fixes to avoid getting stuck player Updated visual settings Performance improvements Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe. [Source: PSX-Sense] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Nioh Update 1.05 Goes Live as Worldwide Sales Cross One Million

Released on February 7 for PlayStation 4, Nioh has sold more than one million copies worldwide, Koei Tecmo announced. As the Nioh website points out, this is the combined total of physical copies shipped and digital copies sold. To celebrate the milestone, Team Ninja included the Golden Nioh Armor in today’s Nioh update, version 1.04. After downloading 1.04, access the Boons menu from a Shrine to obtain it. Fextralife translated the patch notes for update 1.04, and you can read them below: Adjustments A new menu is added to the Hidden Teahouse. It will allow players to readjust points Items such as arrows and other consumables will now be sent directly to the storehouse if the player’s carry max is reached Added an “Other” menu to the “Play Record” window The following has been altered in the Game Settings menu under System Menu: Added a weapon type tab; Added an armor type tab; Added a small items tab; Autmatic projectile replenishment at mission start; Center the camera when guarding Title screen will now show application version Weapons and armors may now be sorted by category The Itokuri Guardian Spirit will now give priority to weapon attributes regarding paralysis protection. Bug Fixes Fixed an issue where…

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Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Epic Launch Trailer Released

Today, publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment and developer Guerrilla Games released the launch trailer for their hotly anticipated action RPG, Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is set to launch on February 28, 2017 in North America and on March …Read More The post Horizon: Zero Dawn’s Epic Launch Trailer Released by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Gravity Rush 2’s Free Raven DLC Coming on March 21st: New Characters Revealed

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that Gravity Rush 2‘s previously revealed free story DLC The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice will launch on March 21st. …Read More The post Gravity Rush 2’s Free Raven DLC Coming on March 21st: New Characters Revealed by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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Guerrilla Games Explains Why They Did Something So Different From Killzone

[embedded content] In our interview with Guerrilla Games Lead Concept Artist Roland Ijzermans (going live very soon), he explained the motivation behind doing something so different from Killzone: This came from within the studio. When we were making… at the end of Killzone 3, the company said, ‘Okay. Everybody can make a pitch. What is the new thing that we’re gonna to make? We made Killzone. What is the next big thing that the studio is good in, that will match our profile, and something we can make?’ So a lot of ideas came from that and one of these ideas was Horizon. It was too ambitious. So we started to [do] other ideas first. We worked on that for half a year. But everybody gravitated towards Horizon in the sense that that had so much appeal for the team to work on. So I think it’s a love child of the studio in a sense that it came from our company art director Jan-Bart van Beek, [who] pitched this idea. His idea, some of those pillars are still here today. Most of the pillars. But it was mostly a storytelling thing. What if humans are no longer like the dominant READ…

Kojima: Death Stranding Is an Open-World Action Game “With a Lot of Freedom”

Sitting down with PlayStation Australia at RTX Sydney earlier this month, Hideo Kojima said Death Stranding is an open-world action game where the players has lots of freedom: I can’t really speak on [the gameplay] right now but in a word, it’s an action game – an open world game, with a lot of freedom. You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. If you’re not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can’t really say much more, but it’s an open-world, action game that’s very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we’re hoping there’s something there you’ve never seen before. While most action games give players a gun and team them up with others to take down a stronger opponent, Death Stranding will offer something different. “In this game you can do that but I wanted to go a little deeper beyond that with something that doesn’t focus on a weapon like a gun and that’s what has a connection to the strand…

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Sony Presents NieR: Automata Boss Fight Gameplay; YoRHa 2B Costume for Gravity Rush 2 Announced

Check out a boss battle of NieR: Automata played by its designer, and rejoice at the coming of 2B’s dress as a Gravity Rush 2 costume. …Read More The post Sony Presents NieR: Automata Boss Fight Gameplay; YoRHa 2B Costume for Gravity Rush 2 Announced by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

Latest Horizon Zero Dawn Trailers Focus on The Combat & Building the World

[embedded content] Sony continues to bring out new trailers for Horizon Zero Dawn ahead of next week’s launch, and in the two most recent ones, Guerrilla Games discusses Building the World and The Combat. [embedded content] “We’ve always attempted to create benchmark visuals for PlayStation,” Managing Director Hermen Hulst says in Building the World. “We wanted to do this, but then with an open world game.” Game Director Mathijs de Jonge later adds, “If you’re just exploring the world and running around, sprinting, going into underground places, there’s never a loading screen. It’s all seamless.” Mid-way through the video, Art Director James-Bart Van Beek talks about how facial animation in RPGs “isn’t necessarily of the highest quality.” While people traditionally use procedural animation where they “do a lot of mouth flapping” that gets generated by the sounds, Guerrilla decided to “mo-cap almost 15 hours of dialogue that we have in the game and see if we can do it at a higher quality.” At 0:50 of The Combat video, Guerrilla talks about how Aloy’s arsenal includes different ammo types, including explosives, fire arrows, and stun arrows. To find out which weapon and ammo type is best for each machine, you just need to…


Sony’s GDC 2017 Lineup Includes Farpoint, Gran Turismo Sport

At the 2017 Game Developers Conference next week, Sony will have a number of playable PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation VR games at their booth (1202 in the South Hall), including Farpoint, Gran Turismo Sport, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Here’s the full list: PSVR Farpoint Dino Frontier Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin PS4 Pro GT Sport Horizon Zero Dawn RiME PS4 Pyre Full Throttle Remastered Everything Nex Machina Gang Beasts Cosmic Star Heroine Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Nidhogg 2 Sundered Rain World EITR GNOG Gran Turismo Sport is scheduled to release later this year. Farpoint’s release date is TBC. Sony will also have some tech kiosks at GDC 2017 where you can try out the PlayStation VR Aim Controller with Farpoint, listen to the 3D audio in Uncharted 4, learn about PSVR game engines, and more. Additionally, Sponsored Sessions will focus on competitive gaming, the PSVR Aim Controller, 3D audio, and more. You can see everything Sony’s planning for GDC 2017 over here. According to an article from Games Industry, a 10ft x 10ft booth at GDC 2017 costs $1,660 USD per day, while a 50ft x 50ft booth costs $41,500 USD per day. On Wednesday, March 1, the READ FULL STORY…


10-Hour PSN Maintenance Scheduled for February 26, 2017

In a new update on the PlayStation Network Status Page, Sony has announced that the PSN will be undergoing 10.5 hours of maintenance beginning at 5pm PT/8pm ET on Sunday, February 26. It’s expected to end at 3:30am PT/6:30am ET on Monday, February 27. During next week’s PSN maintenance – which affects PS4, PS3, PS Vita, and the online store – you’ll be unable to access Gaming and Social, PlayStation Music, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Now, and Account Management. You should still be able to log in to your PSN profile and use most applications during the maintenance. Sony didn’t explain why they’re doing such a lengthy maintenance this time around. As always, Sony suggests activating your PS4 as your primary console before the maintenance begins by going to Settings > PlayStation Network/Account Management > Activate as Your Primary PS4 > Activate. They add, “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.” If Sony releases PS4 update 4.50 during the maintenance, or if they add any new features, we’ll let you know. [Source: READ…


Horizon Zero Dawn Review – Guerrilla Games Has Finally Delivered its True Masterpiece

Horizon Zero Dawn lives up to its massive hype, and possibly exceeds expectations, delivering a memorable new IP with engrossing gameplay and gorgeous visuals. …Read More The post Horizon Zero Dawn Review – Guerrilla Games Has Finally Delivered its True Masterpiece by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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Xbox Boss Asks Fans to Celebrate “Good” Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn

Since the release of Horizon Zero Dawn‘s reviews, there has been a lot of conversation about the current lineup of exclusives for both, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some fans took to Twitter to press Xbox boss Phil Spencer on the topic following the lifting of Horizon Zero Dawn‘s review embargo, which comes not too long after the high profile cancellation of Xbox-exclusive, Scalebound. In response, he said that “good games shipping are a positive for the industry” and that we should “celebrate them.” “Forza Horizon 3, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Civilization 6, Horizon Zero Dawn, Overwatch etc all make gaming better,” he continued. Elsewhere, Spencer expressed confidence in Microsoft’s first party studios, stating that the company will continue to work hard to deliver. Horizon Zero Dawn releases worldwide next week. The game has earned a high level of praise (our review here) from critics across the board. [Source: Phil Spencer (Twitter)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!