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Patapon Remastered Launches on August 1 for PS4, Pre-Order to Save 20%

[embedded content] Now available to pre-order through the North American PlayStation Store, Patapon Remastered is releasing on August 1 for PlayStation 4, priced at $14.99 USD, Sony announced today. By pre-ordering Patapon Remastered, you’ll receive these PS4 Avatars: Kibapon, Tatepon, Warrior, Yaripon, and Yumipon. Additionally, any PlayStation Plus member who pre-orders will save 20% off the regular price. Patapon Remastered will unlock at 8am PT/11am ET on Tuesday, August 1. Taking full advantage of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, here’s the description for Patapon Remastered: Patapon is a rhythm-based 2D platform/action game marching to PlayStation 4 with revitalized graphics output in 1080p and 4K resolution on compatible displays. For years the Patapon tribe has lived in the desolate frontier, driven from their home by the evil Zigoton army. Behind the Patapons’ cute exterior, lies a fierce warrior spirit that can only be commanded by the beat of their God’s war drum. They wait for the day that the ‘Almighty’ will return, to lead them against their enemies and bring them back to their homeland. Finally, their wait has come to an end as the drums of war are heard once again. Sony also put up a product page for LocoRoco 2 Remastered, revealing that it will…

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Sony Drops the Price of Gravity Rush 2 to $39.99

Six months after launch, Sony has dropped the price of Gravity Rush 2 for PlayStation 4 to £34.99/$39.99 USD/$49.99 CAD. The new price is live on the PlayStation Store, and is beginning to go live at several retailers. If you want to try Gravity Rush 2 before buying it, a free demo is available on the PlayStation Store. Other free digital content includes the NieR: Automata Costume Pack, Dark Angel Costume, PSO2 Collaboration Pack, and story DLC The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice, which features Kat’s partner, Raven. If you’re new to the series, you can pick up Gravity Rush Remastered on PS4 for $29.99 USD. In our review of Gravity Rush 2, we said, “Gravity Rush 2 lacks quite a bit in the story department, even with the side missions, but the improved combat and series-unique exploration make it difficult to put the game down.” Other PS4 game price drops on the PlayStation Store within the last few days include: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens to $19.99 USD, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition to $29.99 USD, LEGO City Undercover to $49.99 USD, and Mortal Kombat XL to $29.99 USD. Will you be getting Gravity Rush 2 now that it’s $40? [Source: PlayStation Store via Wario64, PSPrices] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Cerny: Knack 2 Is Happening Because the Team Had “A Whole Lot of Ideas” Leftover

[embedded content] The first Knack released with the PlayStation 4 in 2013 and has since gone on to sell over a million copies, but the critical reception was low and it’s currently sitting at a 54 on Metacritic. Speaking with IGN recently, Creative Director Mark Cerny revealed that they’re making a sequel because the team at Sony Japan Studio had many more ideas leftover: Well, the reason we are making a sequel to Knack is just that the team had a whole lot of ideas that they just didn’t manage to get into the first game. So, in a very real sense, what you’re seeing with Knack 2 is the items that ended up on the cutting room floor. Lead Level Designer Kenji Sakai added that they really love Knack, and after completing the first game, “we knew there were so many things we could have done with this unique character made of parts, so we did all of these experiments. Some of those ideas were really great, and we wanted to share those experiences with users. That really motivated us to keep going with Knack 2.” In fact, they were so excited to work on a new Knack that “work started even before READ FULL…


Patapon Remastered Is Out in Summer 2017 for PS4, Here’s Some Gameplay

[embedded content] Patapon Remastered is releasing in summer 2017 for PlayStation 4, and it was featured during the PlayStation LiveCast at E3 2017. In the above video, you’ll get to see several minutes of gameplay (best look begins at 2:45) as Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida talks about the upcoming remaster. A rhythm-based 2D platform/action game, Patapon Remastered features 4K resolution support on PS4 Pro, 1080p resolution support on PS4, and more: An iconic PlayStation game, players are tasked with leading the colorful Patapons, a brave and noble tribe, through a series of epic battles against opposing armies and gigantic monsters. In a distinct gameplay twist, action and rhythm are intertwined as players utilize drumbeats to march, attack, and defend, ultimately leading the Patapon tribe to victory. 2160p Resolution – 4K and 1080p resolution offer the smoothest lines and textures possible for output to modern televisions. Rhythm and Action Collide – Master up to six different drumbeats to command the Patapon troops to march, attack, defend, power up, retreat, and use magic.  Combine the various chains of drumbeats to address each unique level, leading the Patapons to victory over the Zigoton enemy forces. Strategic Gaming – Patapon delivers a strong element of strategy READ…


Here’s 15 Minutes of Knack 2 Co-Op Gameplay

[embedded content] The PlayStation LiveCast team was able to play Knack 2 yesterday, letting you see the drop-in/drop-out co-op in action. You can watch the full video featuring platforming and combat above, but if you’re just interested in gameplay, skip ahead to 0:57. Creative Director Mark Cerny explained how easy it is to change your size in Knack 2: Similar to the first game, Knack grows in size as he picks up parts, he can be anything from human sized to many times larger than that – but now the player has some control over Knack’s size, just tap R1 and he shrinks down to two feet tall! This leads to gameplay with a rather different feel, whether it be squeezing through tight gaps in a platforming section, or scaling a cliff using narrow ledges, or even using Knack’s discarded parts as a counterweight in a puzzle. Here’s a rundown of what else to expect from Knack 2: Classic Platformer Action – Knack’s size-shifting ways comes into play with classic platforming action, allowing players to take advantage of his abilities in order to move past revolving platforming sequences. Co-Op Mode – Join in on the fun with an engaging two player READ FULL STORY…

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Yoshida: Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 Is a Remake, “All the Assets Are Being Remade”

Answering the biggest question surrounding Shadow of the Colossus for PlayStation 4, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida clarified that it’s a remake, not a remaster. Speaking with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), Yoshida explained that developer Bluepoint Games (Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Gravity Rush Remastered) is remaking all of the assets, but keeping the content the same as the PS2 version: It is a remake. The game content is the same as the original version, but all the assets are being remade. I figured we could use such tech to make if we’re going to make Shadow of the Colossus in the PS4 era. Bluepoint is the development company behind the PS3 remaster versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. So we know them rather well. While all of the content is the same, Yoshida says to expect modern controls: [The content is the same as the PS2 version], but player preferences for controls and such change over time, so we’re working on implementing a more modernized way to play. And of course you can play with a feel of the original version, but what we’re doing is showing how great the original work is, using today’s technology. READ FULL STORY AT…


Knack 2 to Launch September 5, 2017 on PlayStation 4; New Trailer


Mark Cerny Talks Knack 2, Says There Isn’t a Moment Where the Second Player Isn’t Involved

[embedded content] Speaking with Polygon recently about Knack 2, which is releasing in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Director Mark Cerny talked about why the varied platforming sections and combat of the sequel weren’t in the original Knack: As a launch title, it’s hard to find the time to put all the things in the game, especially those that only a subset of the audience would see. Also, I didn’t appreciate how may [sic] people liked and expected to see that much platforming. With Knack 2, you’ll find more checkpoints than in Knack, with Cerny saying, “We’re finding challenges in other places than successfully completing lots of consecutive platform jumps before reaching a checkpoint.” Cerny says there are no “floating platforms,” and Polygon’s preview adds that there are three different difficulty levels in Knack 2, there’s a palace you must travel through that requires stealth and shifting between Little Knack and Big Knack, and there’s a tank level that can be played solo or co-op. Elsewhere in Polygon’s preview/interview, as well as Glixel’s, they say Knack 2 enemies stay the same size (even when switching back and forth between little and big); combat includes chain maneuvers, dodges, special moves, grapples, a shield, and weapons; upgrade trees allow READ FULL…

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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!


The Playroom VR Now Available For Free From the PlayStation Store in Europe

[embedded content] PlayStation VR isn’t out until October 13, but you can already download The Playroom VR for free from the PlayStation Store in Europe. A 2.1GB download, it requires PlayStation VR and the PlayStation Camera, and any of the additional players (up to four) just need a DualShock 4 to play. The Playroom VR is still listed as coming out on October 13 in North America. When it goes live, you can grab it from the PlayStation Store by following this link. The Playroom VR comes with six VR games, most of which are built for multiplayer. If you want to play solo though, Robots Rescue and VR Bots can be played with one player. Here’s the details on all of the games: VR Bots is a welcome lobby that places the user inside a room filled with adorable interactive robots. Monster Escape is a competitive party game for up to five players (1 VR player vs 4 players on TV). The player in the PS VR headset becomes a huge monster destroying a miniature city. One to four additional players use their DualShock 4 controllers to fight the Monster in a fun and epic battle. Cat and Mouse is a competitive party game for…

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Gravity Rush 2 Release Date Delayed to January 20, 2017

Despite production “proceeding smoothly,” Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that Gravity Rush 2 for PlayStation 4 has been delayed to January 18, 2017 in Europe and January 20, 2017 in North America. Since giving the previous November/December 2016 launch date earlier this year, “the landscape for that release date has changed dramatically,” with titles like Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Steep, and more crowding up the holiday schedule. As a result, Sony has decided to delay Gravity Rush 2 to 2017, with Game Director Keiichiro Toyama explaining: In July, we announced a release date for Gravity Rush 2 that we felt most appropriate for the title. Since then, though production is proceeding smoothly, the landscape for that release date has changed dramatically. Gravity Rush 2 is the conclusion of Kat’s journey, so we want players to have enough time to dive deep into her story. In addition, as a lot of work went into online features that allow for asynchronous player interaction, we want as many people as possible playing the title at the same time. Thus, after careful deliberation, we have decided to change the release date. Gravity Rush 2 will now launch on January 20, 2017. After apologizing for making players wait longer…

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Extended Gravity Rush 2 Gameplay Takes Flight, ESRB Rating Emerges

[embedded content] In the aftermath of EGX 2016 a new and extended gameplay demo has emerged for Gravity Rush 2, the mind-bending sequel in the works at Sony Japan Studio and Project Siren. Hailing from PlayStation Access, the 11-minute snippet comes hand-in-hand with news of the game’s ESRB rating, confirming that Gravity Rush 2 will be rated T for Teen when it touches down for PS4 come December. Citing “blood, fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, partial nudity, and use of alcohol,” you can find a comprehensive overview of the ESRB’s reasoning below. “This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a woman (Kat) searching for the origins to her gravity powers. From a third-person perspective, players explore environments, perform missions, and battle enemies using melee attacks and perspective shifts. Players mostly punch and kick enemies while flying through the air; some enemies use machine guns or knives to attack civilians or other warriors. One cutscene depicts a man stabbing another in the back; a credit sequence shows images of a man impaled on a spike with blood on his clothes and mouth. In a handful of scenes, a fantastical character is depicted partially nude (no nipples…