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Gravity Rush 2’s Free Story DLC Is up to Five Hours Long, Says Director

[embedded content] As an apology for Gravity Rush 2 being delayed from December 2016 to January 2017, Game Director Keiichiro Toyama announced in October that they’d be releasing the planned story DLC for free. In an interview with Famitsu recently (translated by Gematsu), Toyama explained what you can expect from Another Story: The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice, which lets you play as Raven, when it launches in March: It will depict what happens to ark left over at the end of the previous game and the children. At first we wanted to put it in the main story, but we decided to cut it since those who didn’t play the previous game wouldn’t understand it. Taking your time playing it will take about five hours. If you’re planning on picking up Gravity Rush 2 when it launches this week on PlayStation 4 (18th in Europe, 20th in North America), there shouldn’t be a day one update. Discussing the future of Gravity Rush, Toyama said he would want it to be something new: It’s still a blank slate, but I feel like I’ve put my all into it this time, so if I make a sequel, I want it to be something new. For example, READ FULL STORY…

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Gravity Rush 2 Download Size & Trophy List Revealed

[embedded content] With the pre-load now available through the European PlayStation Store, it’s been revealed that Gravity Rush 2 is a 17.13GB download. To start playing Gravity Rush 2, you only need to have 6.31GB downloaded. By pre-ordering Gravity Rush 2 in Europe, you’ll receive a unique white costume for Kat, a PS4 theme, and the Director’s Choice soundtrack. As one user on Reddit notes though, both the theme and soundtrack are locked until launch day (January 18 in Europe). If you live in North America and pre-order Gravity Rush 2 through the PlayStation Store, you’ll instantly receive 10 exclusive avatars. You’ll also receive the 9-track soundtrack and the white costume for Kat on launch day. Gravity Rush 2 will unlock at 12am ET on Friday, January 20 in North America. Thanks to early copies of Gravity Rush 2 going out, the Trophy list has been revealed by Power Up Gaming. There’s two hidden Trophies, a Platinum (titled Ultimate Shifter), and over 30 total Trophies. Here’s some of the highlights (no story spoilers): Gold Gem Collector – Collected 60,000 precious gems Gold Medalist – Completed all challenge missions with gold or better Lifetime Service Award – Completed all side missions Silver Power Kat – Raised all of Kat’s powers to the maximum READ…

Gravity Rush 2 – Everything You Need to Know

Few titles understood the PlayStation Vita quite like Gravity Rush. Japan Studio’s mind-bending adventure game was released at a time when players were still getting to grips with Sony’s flagship handheld — the gyroscope, the accelerometer, that damned rear touchpad — but by embracing said quirks, Gravity Rush became an early showcase of Vita’s capabilities, and it’s fair to say that the PlayStation faithful quickly took a shine to Kat and her astral feline, Dusty. Sony wasted no time in announcing a sequel, but it was only after the PS4 launch of Gravity Rush Remastered that the platform-holder confirmed Gravity Rush 2 to be real. There is one small caveat to the follow-up: Kat and Dusty have officially left PS Vita behind in favor of the PlayStation 4. Creating Gravity Rush 2 solely for PS4 allowed for a bigger and more ambitious title, it seems, and Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida believes fans will understand exactly why Japan Studio skipped PS Vita come release. And so, in anticipation of its PS4 launch on January 20 (January 18 for those in Europe), we’ve scoured the four corners of the Internet — and the PSLS archives — to compile Everything You Need to…

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Gravity Rush 2 Runs at a Near Constant 30fps on Both PS4 & PS4 Pro, Video Analysis Shows

[embedded content] Gravity Rush 2 isn’t releasing until next week, but Digital Foundry has already taken a look at the upcoming title, measuring the frame-rate and comparing the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro versions (beginning at 0:52). In terms of performance, Gravity Rush 2 runs at a near constant 30fps on both PS4 systems. You will notice minor dips at rare moments when there’s lots of dust, smoke, and other objects on-screen, but it never goes below 27fps. All in all, Digital Foundry says, “The majority of the experience is a completely locked 30 frames-per-second on both consoles” and the game suffers from “no noticeable performance or visual flaws.” With the resolution, regular PS4 owners will find a native 1080p. On PS4 Pro, it runs at a full 2160p on a 4K screen and 1080p on a 1080p screen with downsampling, resulting in cleaner edges and finer distant detail. Although Gravity Rush 2 is at 2160p on PS4 Pro, Digital Foundry adds: Closed pixel counts suggest a full 2160p here, but when looking at the scene as a whole, it doesn’t look as clean as a native 4K image would actually suggest. Essentially, it looks more as if the geometry pass is handled entirely at a native READ…

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Here’s 90 Minutes of Gravity Rush 2 Gameplay

January 10, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning [embedded content] Now that the review embargo has lifted on Gravity Rush 2 for PlayStation 4 (our review), tons of gameplay videos have been uploaded. You’ll find one from us featuring over 13 minutes of gameplay above, and one from Eurogamer showcasing 90 minutes of Chapter 2 footage below: [embedded content] Additionally, PlayStation Access detailed the map from top to bottom, GameSpot offered up a boss fight, and Push Square took a look at the Prologue: [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] On Twitter, Sony Japan’s Yasuhiro Kitao revealed that “Gravity Rush 2 will support 4K on the PS4 Pro.” However, “it won’t support 60fps.” The Gravity Rush 2 demo is now available to download through the PlayStation Store. The game itself launches next week on January 18 in Europe and January 20 in North America. Will you be getting Gravity Rush 2 next week? [Source: Yasuhiro Kitao (Twitter) via Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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PlayStation Japan Creators Tease Their 2017 Plans

In 4Gamer’s year-end creator interviews, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida said 2016 felt like the year of hardware with the releases of PlayStation VR, PlayStation 4 Pro, and the slimmer PS4. Looking ahead to next year, he hopes to make it a year that delivers “amazing software” to take advantage of the new hardware. Other Sony creators were interviewed by 4Gamer (translated by Gematsu), including Creative Director Keiichiro Toyama (Gravity Rush), who looks ready to start a new title after Gravity Rush 2 ships next month: As soon as preparations for the start of a new title begin, it will likely be a busy year again. Outside of that, I will be promoting various things, so please keep an eye out in the future! Sony Japan Studio Producer Teruyuki Toriyama (Bloodborne) wouldn’t say what he’s currently working on, but he did offer up this teaser: While I can’t say any details yet, we’re also moving forward with the creation of ambitious new titles and new title concepts at the same time, so please continue to support Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio in 2017. SIE Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne) also wouldn’t say what he’s working on, but he hopes to show something next year: Since behind…

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Gravity Rush 2 Demo Now Out on PS4, Is 6.2GB

[embedded content] A 6.2GB download, the free Gravity Rush 2 demo is now available to download on PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store (North America, Europe). Featuring two paths – one for newcomers to the series and one for experienced players, with each containing unique content – here’s what to expect from the demo: Try out new gravity-defying powers across the streets and skies in this high-flying demo. Join gravity shifter Kat as she returns to battle a fearsome enemy threatening to unravel the fabric of the universe. Experiment with unique Jupiter and Lunar powers to fight waves of Nevi and soldiers across the bustling markets and docklands. And then unite with former rival Raven to unleash deadly tag team attacks as you come face-to-face with a secret weapon… As the description in North America adds, “Please note that this code was produced during the middle of game development, and is not representative of final game quality.” Sony revealed yesterday that the downloadable demo is the same one shown off at E3 and other events. PlayStation Europe wrote some demo tips on the PlayStation Blog, providing more details on the two different paths in the process: Right at the demo’s start you’re asked…

The Last Guardian Update 1.03 Is 167MB, Includes Improvements & Fixes

A 167MB download, The Last Guardian update 1.03 is now available on PlayStation 4. According to players, the PS4’s Update History just shows the same patch notes as the previous updates: “Various other improvements and fixes have also been made.” Although the patch notes are vague, Reddit user LackOfLogic says, “The Last Guardian update seems to have removed those annoying button prompts.” They followed up that statement by adding, “Confirmed – after approaching the barrels the ‘pick up’ button prompts are no longer present, and all the other prompts seem to be gone now.” Another Reddit user, melodyinthemist, thinks the camera deadzone has been tightened up, and the frame-rate might even be smoother. Sony hasn’t confirmed any of these reported changes yet. If you’re having trouble with The Call of Nature Trophy in The Last Guardian, this video gives you an idea of what to look out for: [embedded content] Did you notice any other changes in today’s update? [Source: NeoGAF, Reddit (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Gravity Rush 2 Demo Drops Tomorrow, Anime Hits YouTube Next Week

[embedded content] Starting tomorrow, December 22, in North America and Europe, you’ll be able to download the Gravity Rush 2 demo for PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store. Sony’s Nick Accordino says, “There are two paths through this demo — one for those who are new to Gravity Rush, and another for those that are more familiar with Kat’s powers — so no matter your level of gravity-defying experience, please be sure to give it a shot!” Accordino replied to a comment and confirmed that this is the same demo from E3 and kiosks, “but now playable from the comfort of your own home without any restrictions.” On December 26 at 8am PT/11am ET, Sony will release Gravity Rush Overture [The Animation] on YouTube. This original production bridges the gap between Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2, and you can see a teaser in the above video. Gravity Rush 2 releases on January 18, 2017 in Europe and January 20, 2017 in North America for PS4. In March, Sony will release a free piece of DLC that lets you play as Raven. [Source: PS Blog (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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The Last Guardian PS4 vs PS4 Pro Comparison Shows Improved Performance on PS4 Pro

[embedded content] Taking The Last Guardian for a spin on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, Digital Foundry discovered that PS4 Pro owners running the game at 1080p will experience a smooth 30 frames-per-second, while regular PS4 owners and those running it at 4K will see frame-rate drops. Starting with the standard PS4, Digital Foundry says it runs at native 1080p, but the frame-rate ranges from 20fps – 30fps, delivering the worst performance among all three options. On the plus side though, there aren’t any frame-pacing issues at 30fps. Running on PS4 Pro at 4K resolution gets you a native 1890p image and a slightly higher frame-rate than PS4, but “performance can struggle in this mode in more taxing scenes.” At 1080p on PS4 Pro, you’ll get the same image quality as a standard PS4, and “PS4 Pro reallocates its resources in this 1080p mode by simply making it run at a much smoother frame-rate than is possible otherwise.” “From a performance perspective, the bottom line is this,” Digital Foundry adds. “The only option available to PlayStation gamers in getting a regularly smooth 30fps is to use PlayStation 4 Pro, running at 1080p.” [embedded content] If you have a PS4 Pro, there aren’t…

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The Last Guardian Trophy List Revealed, Platinum Requires Speed & Caution

Featuring 24 Trophies in total, The Last Guardian Trophy list has been revealed by Exophase. To unlock the Platinum Trophy in The Last Guardian, you’ll have to beat the game in under five hours, beat the game without dying, hear every hint, give Trico every single barrel, make Trico put his head in every hole, and more. The Trophy list doesn’t appear to have too many blatant story spoilers, but you should still avoid it if you don’t want to know anything about The Last Guardian before playing it later this week: Platinum The Last Guardian – Collect all other trophies. Gold Lightning Emissary – Reach the end of the game in 5 hours or less. Untouchable Emissary – Reach the end of the game without a game over. Lock, Stock, and Barrel – Give Trico every single barrel. Losing Their Minds – Defeat 10 or more suits of armor by removing their heads. The Call of Nature – Catch Trico…in the act. Keep On Running – Avoid Trico for 3 minutes or longer when he goes wild in an antenna room. Intensive Care – Remove all spears from Trico as quickly as possible. Silver Fleet Emissary – Reach the end of the game in…

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The Last Guardian Update 1.02 Is 1.1GB, Adds HDR Support & Fixes Issues

[embedded content] Ahead of The Last Guardian’s release this week, it’s been revealed by players that update 1.02 is around a 1.1GB download. According to players, The Last Guardian update 1.01 went live last week, weighing in at around 1GB. Then, on Sunday, update 1.02 was made available, clocking in at 175MB. The PlayStation 4’s Update History says “various other improvements and fixes have also been made” with both patches, while 1.01 added HDR support. Although there’s no mention of PS4 Pro support in the patch notes, Eurogamer confirms that The Last Guardian currently utilizes Sony’s new console. Since there aren’t any in-game settings for PS4 Pro resolution, you’ll have to choose between 1080p or 2160p in the system’s video settings. 2160p will get you an 1890p resolution with some frame-rate issues in the more taxing moments, while 1080p will get you a 1080p resolution with a smooth 30 frames-per-second. The Last Guardian review embargo has lifted, and you can expect our review later today. [Source: NeoGAF, Reddit, Eurogamer via PowerUp Gaming] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

The Last Guardian Pre-Orders Are Exceeding Sony’s Expectations

[embedded content] With less than a week to go until The Last Guardian launches for PlayStation 4, Sony product manager Joe Palmer has revealed that pre-orders are exceeding their expectations. Speaking to MCV, Palmer said, “I can’t comment with specific details, but I can say that pre-orders for The Last Guardian are exceeding expectations.” He adds that they’ve seen a “really positive response to the Collector’s Edition in particular, which despite its higher price point proves there’s a huge appetite for the game.” Touching on the lengthy development cycle for The Last Guardian, Palmer said, “We’ve tried to avoid fueling the hype by playing on the fact that people have been waiting a long time for this. We want people to be excited because the game looks incredible, not because of its complicated development story.” Palmer didn’t say how many pre-orders they still have for the cancelled PS3 version, though we do know at least one belongs to PewDiePie. If you’re picking up The Last Guardian next week, the physical version will take up at least 15GB of space, while the digital version is around 12GB. [Source: MCV] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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The Last Guardian Download Size and Install Size Revealed

With some players beginning to receive their copies of The Last Guardian ahead of next week’s release, it’s been revealed that the physical version’s install size is 15GB. If you’re planning on getting The Last Guardian digitally, the PlayStation Store has updated to reveal that it’s an 11.9GB download in North America and 12GB download in Europe. If the update adding HDR support, 4K PlayStation 4 Pro support, and minor performance improvements becomes available before The Last Guardian launches, expect the download size to be higher than what’s listed. The digital version of The Last Guardian unlocks at 12am ET on Tuesday, December 6 in North America, and pre-ordering gets you a theme and mini soundtrack. Pre-ordering the digital version in Europe gets you two dynamic themes. On the back of the retail box for The Last Guardian, it says: From The Makers of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, a young boy and his gigantic feathered companion must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust. The Last Guardian review embargo lifts on December 5. In a message included in the press kit, director Fumito Ueda said “you definitely won’t want to miss…