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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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The Playroom VR Update Today Adds the Free Toy Wars DLC

A free download from the PlayStation Store (North America, Europe), the Toy Wars DLC for The Playroom VR lets you jump into a turret and defend the bedroom from an alien invasion. “The name is Toy Wars,” Sony’s Nicolas Doucet said. “It’s a four-player, cooperative, tower defense style game set in a base under the bedroom of our hero. You must shoot and smash waves of enemies coming at you without the VR player getting hit a single time. And as with other games in The Playroom VR, you can play Toy Wars alone in VR or with up to three extra friends helping you on the television. The player wearing the VR headset has different goals and objectives to those playing on the TV.” The person wearing the VR headset becomes a classic action hero placed on a swivel chair, and uses the DualShock 4 as a Gatling gun to fire soft plastic bullets at the aliens. Everyone else playing on the TV becomes a big mech that uses punches and a charge attack to fight off the invasion. Sony also released a new The Playroom VR update today, which brought support for the new DLC and various improvements to the main game. Since the READ…


The Last Guardian Price Drops to $39.99 USD/£29.99

Less than two months after launch, The Last Guardian for PlayStation 4 has already seen its first price drop. Released in early December for $59.99 USD, The Last Guardian now has a regular price of $39.99 USD/$49.99 CAD/€34.99/£29.99 on the PlayStation Store. If you’d prefer a physical copy of The Last Guardian, retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop have already dropped the price to $39.99 USD. Sony hasn’t said how many copies The Last Guardian sold, but it debuted in 7th in the UK and 4th in Japan. In the United States, it failed to crack the December top 10. Digitally, The Last Guardian didn’t finish in the top 20 PS4 games for December in either North America or Europe. In our review, we said, “The Last Guardian was every bit worth the wait.” Back in October, Sony dropped the prices of Ratchet & Clank, MLB The Show 16, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to $20. Will you be getting The Last Guardian at $40? Do you think it should have launched at $40, like Ratchet & Clank did? [Source: PlayStation Store (North America, Europe) via CheapAssGamer, Wario64] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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!


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…