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Sci-fi Fantasy Adventure Elex Launches Tomorrow on PS4

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:00

Science-Fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world – a mix of genres, a curse or a blessing?

In celebration of tomorrow’s PS4 release of Elex – and since the final days of a project always make us a little emotional – we thought we’d look back at the early days of the project and give you a little insight into the thoughts and ideas that went into the design of Piranha Bytes’ biggest project to date.

When we started the project, before we even thought about story, characters or game mechanics, we asked ourselves two questions: What are the expectations for a new Piranha Bytes game of fans of our previous game trilogies – Gothic and Risen – and what are our own expectations? What do we want to work on, and how can we surprise ourselves and the gaming world? We quickly came to the conclusion that we have to go back to our roots and make a huge, seamless game world that invites players to explore for dozens, or even hundreds, of hours.

But what setting should we pick? We’ve been making fantasy role-playing games for what feels like an eternity (close to 20 years), so we needed something fresh, something new. And we wanted something bold. Something with science-fiction. Maybe something post-apocalyptic. But we also didn’t want to alienate our fantasy fanbase. So we came up with this new setting: a science-fantasy world in a post-apocalyptic setting. Elex was born. On paper this sounded great, bold and fresh. What we didn’t expect was how hard it would be to bring all these pieces together to make a believable world. Here are two examples of the challenges we’ve faced.

One of the most basic questions we had to answer was how the player would move through the world. Simply on foot like in our previous titles, or maybe in a vehicle or something that can fly? Answering this question was very important, since it has so many implications on the design of the game world.

Elex

Vehicles and aircrafts have the problem that you travel very fast, and you always end up with interesting hot spots in the world and lots of space in between. But we wanted to make one big continent, where every spot would offer something interesting. So we had the idea for the jet pack. It gave us the ability to make the game world believable with high mountains, deep valleys and a lot of hidden spots that make you want to explore every inch of the world. The jet pack immediately felt right – and was also a good fit for our setting.

But of course, having a jet pack also created a lot of challenges, especially for combat situations. Players could just use it in whenever they’re attacked and avoid enemies on the ground. Therefore, we had to limit the time the hero can be up in the air, and enemies also needed some countermeasures. We also needed fresh ideas for the world design, because walls were no longer an obstacle for our hero. There’s a reason why we have a ‘Domed City’ in the game, that has a force field above city grounds to prevent people from avoiding the town guards by just flying in.

Elex

A very important part of our games are the characters. We want people to either love them or hate them – either you want to hug them or smack them in the face. Plus, our setting should have Fantasy characters in it, who use bows and swords, but also tech freaks, who use plasma weapons and robots. And both groups should live in a believable game world! How can these groups compete with each other? With magic! With Elex, the central substance in the game. An enchanted bow, soaked in Mana, can fry any robot’s circuits! And that gave us a way to balance the science-fiction and the fantasy part.

Having such vastly different factions in the game also gave us the opportunity to differentiate the characters through use of language. If a character is surrounded by high-end technology all day she or he will use different words than a character who lives in a wooden hut and practices magic. This makes the world of Elex so interesting and diverse, and never lets things get boring, but was also a huge challenge for our writers. As a side note – in the end we had so many dialogs, that the recordings took twice as long as planned. We had to book over 40 actors for three months to bring this new world to life.

Elex

The development of Elex has been a great ride with many challenges and obstacles, but also with many great moments and breakthroughs. Looking at the final game, we’re proud that we’ve managed to create something fresh and new that still stays true to the Piranha Bytes tradition of role-playing games.

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Introducing Two Star Wars Battlefront II PlayStation 4 Bundles

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:00

Star Wars Battlefront II is just about a month away, and I’m thrilled to introduce two PlayStation 4 bundles featuring the highly anticipated game.

First off, we’re launching a Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront II PS4 Pro bundle that includes a customized PS4 Pro system, matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, and a physical copy of Star Wars Battlefront II Deluxe Edition. The special PS4 Pro – a first of its kind for North America – has a mirror finish and is decorated with the iconic Galactic Empire and Resistance emblems, as well as the emblem for the Inferno Squad, an elite Imperial task force featured in the single player campaign of the game.

Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront II PS4 Pro Bundle

If you look closely at the matching DualShock 4, you can spot different logos from Star Wars imprinted in the touchpad. The included Deluxe Edition of the game lets users play three days earlier than the Standard Edition, and also comes with premium digital content, including upgraded versions of all four trooper classes and instant access to elite hero and Starfighter epic Star Cards.

We’re also introducing a Star Wars Battlefront II PS4 bundle that includes a Jet Black 1TB HDD standard PS4, DualShock 4 wireless controller and a physical copy of Star Wars Battlefront II Standard Edition.

Star Wars Battlefront II PS4 Bundle

The Limited Edition PS4 Pro bundle will hit shelves across the U.S. and Canada on November 14, 2017 for $449.99 USD (MSRP) / $549.99 CAD (MSRP). The Standard Edition will be available on November 17, 2017 for $299.99 USD (MSRP) / $379.99 CAD (MSRP). If you want to make sure you get your hands on one of these, pre-order your bundle starting today.

Eager to know more about the Inferno Squad and Iden? Tune in for more from our friends at EA on October 19. Here’s a sneak peek.

Star Wars Battlefront II

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Flash Sale! Save Up to 60% on Games that Celebrate Competition

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:15
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Happy October everyone! Put on your game faces and get ready to crush your opponents. This month, PlayStation Store has wrestled together a dog pile of titles that celebrate the spirit of competition. Starting today, you can climb the leaderboards, be the envy of your friends, or simply take a beating while giving it your best shot, all in good fun of course. At up to 60 percent off, you’ll be sure to find a title in the array of games that will bring out your inner champion.

Head to PlayStation Store this weekend and pick your battle with games like Street Fighter V, Wipeout Omega Collection, and For Honor – just to name a few.

Race on down to the full lineup below – Playstation Store’s Competition Flash Sale holds its closing ceremony October 16 at 8 a.m. PT.

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Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change.

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The Drop: New PlayStation Games for 10/17/2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:00
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For 20 years the Gran Turismo series has pushed the boundaries of racing. Now, the series continues on PS4 with Gran Turismo Sport.

Meticulously crafted by the renowned developers at Polyphony Digital, Gran Turismo Sport features the awe-inspiring visuals the series is known for alongside a renewed focus on competitive racing. Drive on tracks around the world with everyday rides and exclusive concept cars. Customize your car of choice with a robust paint and livery editor, and go beyond traditional photo mode with new ways to capture the perfect moments in automotive design.

For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation, read on. And enjoy The Drop!

The Drop

New Releases: Week of October 17, 2017
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/20)

Abyss

Discover and investigate a forgotten underwater city built in an intriguing Art-Deco style. This former utopia hides many spine-chilling secrets and supernatural forces, the remains of which still lurk in every corner.

Bokosuka Wars II
PS4 — Digital

Bokosuka Wars II

Free your allies and lead your armies to invade the Basam Empire! More than 30 years ago Bokosuka Wars captured the minds of 80’s game enthusiasts across the globe. Now, an official sequel is finally here for PS4.

Chaos;Child
PS4, PS Vita — Digital

ChaosChild

It’s been six years since a massive earthquake leveled the city of Shibuya. Now, in October 2015, while researching a number of recent murders, Takuru Miyashiro realizes a horrible truth…

Dungeons 3
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Dungeons 3

Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair.

Elex
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Elex

Elex is a vast open-world RPG set in a science fantasy world full of freedom and choices, where magic and technology are fighting for dominance.

Gran Turismo Sport
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Gran Turismo Sport

Welcome to the future of motorsports. Gran Turismo Sport is the world’s first racing experience to be built from the ground up to bring global, online competitions sanctioned by the highest governing body of international motorsports, the FIA (Federation International Automobile).

Hex: Card Clash
PS4 — Digital

Hex Card Clash

Hex can do things a paper TCG can only dream of doing. We can socket gems in cards to give them additional powers, use card powers to transform them into different cards mid-match, and play with gamespace to produce never before seen designs.

The Jackbox Party Pack 4
PS4 — Digital

Jackbox Party Pack 4

The biggest and fourthiest addition to this storied party game franchise is here. Use your phones or tablets as controllers and play with up to 16 players, plus an audience of up to 10,000!

Megaton Rainfall
PS VR — Digital

Megaton Rainfall

Become an indestructible interdimensional superbeing in this first-person superhero game, and save Earth from an alien invasion.

No Heroes Allowed! VR
PS VR — Digital

No Heroes Allowed VR

Become the God of Destruction in a unique real time strategy game utilizing PS VR. Breed monsters to invade human territories, seen in a diorama-like view through the eyes of the God of Destruction.

Real Farm
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/20)

Real Farm

Pull on your boots, fire up your tractor, and cultivate success in Real Farm, the most immersive agricultural simulator around.

Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/16)

Realms of Arkadia Blade of Destiny

Blade of Destiny is a faithful remake of the 1992 original, adored by a generation of RPG fans and one of the most successful RPG’s of the 1990’s.

Rogue Trooper Redux
PS4 — Digital, Retail

Rogue Trooper Redux

A pioneering tactical shooter and landmark comic book adaptation, Rogue Trooper is back, remastered and revitalised in true high definition.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
PS4 — Digital, Retail

South Park The Fractured But Whole

From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a sequel to 2014’s award-winning South Park: The Stick of Truth. Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid and join South Park favorites Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in a new hilarious and outrageous RPG adventure.

Spiral Splatter
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (10/20)

Spiral Spllatter

Spiral Splatter is a brain-bending arcade puzzle game that will push your hand-eye coordination to the limit with nonstop, mind-boggling puzzles!

Summon Night 6: Lost Borders
PS4, PS Vita — Digital, Retail

Release date updated.

WWE 2K18
PS4 — Digital

WWE 2K18

The biggest video game franchise in WWE history is back with WWE 2K18! With hard-hitting action, stunning graphics, drama, excitement, game modes, match types, creation capabilities, and everything you’ve come to love from WWE 2K, WWE 2K18 promises to bring you closer to the ring than ever before.

PlayStation Music Logo

  • Beck – Colors
  • Wu-Tang Clan – The Saga Continues
  • Pink – Beautiful Trauma

PlayStation Video Logo

  • The Dark Tower (plus bonus features)
  • Kidnap (2016)
  • Annabelle Creation

PlayStation Vue Logo

  • Liar- October 18 at 10/9c (Sundance TV)
  • 13 Nights of Halloween- October 19-31 (Freeform)
  • The Walking Dead- October 22 at 9/8c (AMC)

The information above is subject to change without notice.

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Every Scream, Shout, and Gasp Counts in PS VR’s Stifled, Out October 31

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:55

Hey there! I’m Justin Ng, Managing Director of Gattai Games, a game development studio based out of sunny Singapore. Today we’re excited to announce that Stifled, a game we’ve been working on for the past three years is coming out for PS VR on October 31.

You may have read about the game already when it was revealed at this year’s ChinaJoy, but to give you a quick overview: Stifled is a VR and mic-enabled sound-based stealth thriller. The pitch black world is illuminated by the sounds you make, which allows you to see the path ahead and items you can pick up. But sound also highlights your location to the enemies who lurk in the darkness.

Stifled

So that’s the premise. But what the origin of the game? For that, you’d have to rewind time to 2013 when Lurking, our student project that would eventually become Stifled, spawned.

That summer, the team and I chanced upon an animation of a blind girl finding her way around the world using sound, with the visuals reflecting the mood she was in, an animation that served as a springboard for us develop a “sound-based” game.

VR was on its way to becoming more mainstream at that time, and we thought since we were developing a sound-based game, why not find a way to integrate the widely available microphone as an input for some kind of immersion? And with those ideas in mind, we started production of Lurking.

Stifled

The initial idea for Lurking revolved around the use of pitch and volume to explore your surroundings and solve puzzles. Wanting audio to take center stage, we kept our visuals to a simple black and white look, and built a few prototypes testing the mechanic of having boxes in a dark room “light up” when sounds “touched” them. After a few iterations and in a moment of genius, Bryan (Audio Director on both Lurking and Stifled) said: “This is perfect for a horror game.”

The team agreed.

With the pivot from an innocent audio exploration game to a horror game, we had to rethink our design and features. Sound was no longer just a tool, but also a method that could attract enemies. Enemies could track you through your microphone if you squeal in real life. It’s one thing to control your use of sound in game, it’s another to physically stifle yourself.

We completed and released Lurking in March of 2014 and it went on to do pretty well, bagging a bunch of awards and nominations. We saw potential in the idea and decided to pursue it as a full-fledged game; in the August of 2014, pre-production of Stifled began.

Stifled

With the microphone input of Lurking proving a success, we wanted to take Stifled to the next level with VR. And that’s exactly what we did when we heard the announcement of PS VR. We reached out to and obtained PS VR development kits from the Sony Interactive Entertainment team in Singapore.

Stifled

So, three years in and after a lot of learnings and discoveries, we are ready to put Stifled out with the support of SIE. It’s been a long and crazy ride, and we hope you will be there with us at the finish line.

Probably best to try and keep sound to a minimum though, they can hear you…

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All 60+ Games Coming to PlayStation VR Through Early 2018

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:15
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PlayStation VR launched exactly one year ago today, and it’s already delivered well over 100 unique experiences, ranging from the delightful to the horrifying and just about everything in between. As we celebrate PS VR’s first birthday, we wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain. Below, you’ll find a list of all the games currently announced to be coming to the platform through the end of the year (and into early 2018).

With virtual reality, you have to put on the headset and feel what it’s like to get the full experience. Head to your local retailer and strap on a PS VR headset, then come back here and let us know what you think in the comments.

Thank you for an excellent first year of PlayStation VR; we can’t wait for you to experience what’s next.

Coming in 2017

Bravo Team

SIE WWS

Supermassive Games (Tumble VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood) is creating an intense first-person shooter for single player or online two-player co-op*. The setting is a fictional Eastern European city, and after the president is assassinated, teamwork will be essential for you to survive. Bravo Team will make you feel like you’re in an action movie.
* Active PS Plus membership required.

Doom VFR

Doom VFR
Bethesda

id Software’s classic franchise levels up to give players a fully immersive experience. You’re the last known survivor of a demon attack on a Martian research facility. Well, you’re the last human survivor… and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet some of the other survivors. Can you take back control of the outpost and send the beasties back to… uh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks?

Gran Turismo Sport

SIE WWS

Each release in the Gran Turismo series becomes the new benchmark in realistic auto-racing games, and that bar is about to be raised — big time. With PS VR, you’ll feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, increasing the immersion to new heights. Learn more here.

Megaton Rainfall

Megaton Rainfall
Pentadimensional

Ever dreamed of being an indestructible superhero with the ability to fly at supersonic speeds? Ever fantasized about saving Earth from an alien invasion? Well, it’s time to wake up and get to it. Take on the attacking aliens — who can morph into various forms, including buildings — and evolve your superpowers. But be careful… you may leave more than a little mess behind while you’re defending humanity.

Moss

Polyarc Games

One of E3 2017’s brightest stars was Quill, a young mouse who awakens an ancient magic and sets off on an epic journey to save her uncle. The world of Moss is a gorgeous expanse filled with myth and magic, but there’s little time to savor the view. You’ll need to explore your surroundings and literally manipulate the world as you do whatever you can to assist Quill on her adventure.

No Heroes Allowed VR

SIE WWS

In this immersive real-time strategy game, you play the God of Destruction. You ultimately seek world domination… but first you’ll need to find, feed, and breed monsters who’ll do your bidding. Invade human bases, fortify your defenses and carefully build your beastly ecosystem, and soon you may conquer all!

Obduction

Cyan

From the creators of Myst comes a science-fiction adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and discovery. You find yourself transported off Earth to an alien world…but one that’s populated with pieces of Earth from various locations and times. Don’t spend too much time admiring the beautiful landscapes, though, because you need to find a way back home.

PixelJunk Dead Hungry

Q-Games

It’s well-known that zombies are always on the hunt for human flesh… but that’s only because they don’t know how to cook a juicy burger and whip up a frosty shake on their own. As a fearless food-truck cook, you’ll need to use your kitchen magic to save the world from disaster and distract the incoming zombie horde with nutritious noms.

Stifled

SIE WWS

Stifled is a unique horror game where you can only reveal your surroundings by creating sound waves–either by throwing nearby objects or speaking into the headset’s built-in mic. Keep in mind, however, that any noise you make may also reveal your location to the grotesque creatures that are lurking in the darkness…

 Skyrim VR

Bethesda

One of the most popular and ambitious open-world action RPGs ever made will now be even more immersive, thanks to a reimagining in PS VR. You’re the Dragonborn, and you’ll need to master swords and spells to survive the many threats you’ll encounter. Skyrim VR includes the critically acclaimed core game as well as the official add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, as well as multiple controller options.

The Inpatient

SIE WWS

The premise is the stuff of nightmares: You’re a patient in the Sanatorium and suffering from amnesia, so your main goal is to unearth your memories–to discover who you are and why you’re there. However, you’ll also reveal a conspiracy at the facility that complicates your efforts to get your life back. Multiple endings up The Inpatient’s replayability, too.

Other Upcoming 2017 Titles
  • Anamorphine
  • Ark Park
  • Brain Voyagers
  • Chernobyl
  • CoolpaintVR
  • CubeWorks
  • Discovery
  • DragonBlast VR
  • Dream Angling
  • Drunkn Bar Fight
  • DWVR
  • End Space
  • Everest VR
  • Fishing Master
  • Flatline: Experience the Other Side
  • Ghosts in the Toybox
  • Hex Tunnel
  • Honor & Duty
  • Hopalong: The Badlands
  • Justice League VR
  • Light Tracer
  • Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV
  • Nothin’ But Net
  • Prana
  • Quar Infernal Machines
  • Radial-G: Racing Revolved
  • RadianVR
  • Rec Room
  • Run Dorothy Run
  • Sculptrvr
  • Serious Soccer
  • Shooty Fruitie
  • Snow Fortress
  • Stardrone VR
  • Super Amazeballs
  • The Rabbit Hole
  • The Solus Project
  • Virtual Engagement Confronting Fears
  • VirtuGO
  • VR Apocalypse
Coming in 2018

Golem

Golem
Highwire Games

Golem, a PS VR exclusive, places you in a storybook world where you see through the eyes of and take control over stone creatures in order to discover the connection between your family and the mysterious Endless City you’re in. Along the way, you’ll find hidden treasure and valuable artifacts, while honing your melee skills to battle the Silent Watch, a band of hostile golems.

The American Dream

The American Dream
Samurai Punk Pty Ltd.

The American Dream is billed as a satirical VR trip through a 1950’s World’s Fair where guns are a part of the daily routine, including flipping burgers on the grill and assembling them for customers at your job; opening a can for a drink; and even watering plants, weeding and landscaping around your beautiful home; and other activities.

Torn

Torn
Aspyr

Torn, a mystery inspired by such classics as The Twilight Zone, is set in the Vermont forest where you discover a house full of secrets. What you find in there are numerous experiments, inventions, gear and documentation that reveal a lot about the doctor who lived there–however they’re also remnants of a man who’s been missing for 64 years.

Xing The Land Beyond

White Lotus interactive

Right out of the gate, this first-person puzzle-adventure title tells you that you’re dead. Guess you’re off to a bad start, right? From there, you go at your own pace in an entertaining trek through the afterlife, with the story revealed mostly through poetry. It promises to be a unique game suitable for new and veteran VR adventurers alike.

Other 2018 Titles
  • Alvo
  • Ariel
  • Blasters of the Universe
  • Chainman
  • Cold Iron
  • Dead Secret
  • Dragonflight VR
  • Drone Fighters
  • Dungeon Chess
  • End of the Beginning
  • Knockout League
  • Penn & Teller VR: Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary and Underhanded (including Desert Bus)
  • Pixel Ripped 1989
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PlayStation VR Turns One: One Million Gamers and Counting

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 14:00

One year ago today, the team at PlayStation was proud to introduce a thrilling new gaming experience crafted with a single goal in mind: pushing the boundaries of play.

PlayStation VR was designed to open a doorway into thrilling and captivating new worlds that electrify our senses. We are confident that virtual reality is that next step in the evolution of the videogame medium, with a collection of more than 100 gaming experiences designed to make your synapses fire, your heart race, and your muscles twitch.

But we’ve been learning a lot about this medium along the way. Building the future of VR is a lot like creating a new language. Or maybe even an entirely new alphabet! With traditional videogame development, we can draw from nearly 40 years of experimentation, trial and error.

VR is a little bit different. Of course we’re still drawing from the long, proud history of traditional videogames development — but VR’s unique capabilities mean developing entirely different levels of artistry and engineering. Making VR a mainstream sensation will require the full efforts of our very best and brightest.

And as Chairman of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, let me tell you – the best and brightest are extremely excited about this powerful new medium. The biggest game developers and innovative independent developers have helped establish a rapidly growing PS VR game catalogue that rivals PS4’s at the same point in its lifespan.

So what’s next? For starters, I can tell you the best is yet to come.

More than 60 new PS VR games will launch through the end of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018.

Blockbusters like Skyrim VR, Bravo Team and The Inpatient will join the ranks of Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, and Batman: Arkham VR. New innovations like Moss, Starchild, and Rec Room will join Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Job Simulator, and Superhot VR.

The future is bright. And as we celebrate today, I want to give my sincerest thanks to the adventurous teams who helped create, shape, and build PlayStation VR. We are equally grateful for the one million-plus gamers who have taken the plunge into virtual reality with us. We’ll have a lot more to share with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

So again we ask, “what’s next?” And the answer is simple: the extraordinary! We want to be your guide. Are you ready to explore?

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Origin Story: Kazunori Yamauchi & Shuhei Yoshida Look Back at Gran Turismo’s Inception

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:00

Kazunori Yamauchi wasn’t meant to be making Gran Turismo. When he began his work on PlayStation’s landmark racing game, little did he know that he was breaking ground on a series that would stand right alongside PlayStation, right up to the latest entry in the series, Gran Turismo Sport.

Back in 1993, over a year before PlayStation was launched in Japan, Yamauchi was a producer for Sony Music Entertainment’s small videogame development team. And one day he met a young business planner called Shuhei Yoshida, who had just joined the PlayStation development team led by Ken Kutaragi.

“I remember I was very impressed with his knowledge, passion and drive to learn how to make games with real-time 3D graphics technology,” says Yoshida, who heads Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios today.

Yoshida was tasked with helping to form the software line-up for SIE’s first console, and he found Yamauchi a great source of help. “He had a lot of ideas and made input into the design of PlayStation and the original PlayStation controller,” Yoshida says. “I remember he even offered to playtest prototype PlayStation controllers using students of his father’s school.”

Why Yamauchi wanted to make a game for PlayStation

Yamauchi was very interested in the hardware capabilities of the PlayStation console. Having cut his teeth making 2D games for the 16bit era, he saw a chance to make something in which he’d been interested for many years.

“I first took interest in realtime 3D when I was around the third year in junior high school, probably around 1983,” he says. “At the time, personal computers were brand-new and my hobby was to make games on them. It was really just wireframe graphics, but that was the time when I first really took an interest in 3D graphics.”

What he really wanted to do was to make a realistic driving simulator. “But back then it was a radical concept and it was hard to convince executives to give it a go,” he says, so he pitched 100 game ideas of all kinds of different genres.

Why Yamauchi-san made Motor Toon Grand Prix

He was right. The executives didn’t take him up on the driving simulator, but Yamauchi had a plan. “What I did was to start a project in the racing game genre that was easier to understand for the executives,” he says. “We secured the budget for creating Motor Toon Grand Prix and we pushed the project forward, but in the background we’d actually already started the development of Gran Turismo.”

But that didn’t mean Motor Toon Grand Prix was half-baked. Releasing in mid-December 1994, two weeks after PlayStation’s Japanese launch, it was a colorful karting game but its cartoon stylings were powered by sophisticated 3D graphics and physics. It soon gained a strong following and, predictably, there were calls for a sequel.

“I was able to secure the trust of the executives to create games on my own, and that’s when I presented the Gran Turismo project to them and development officially started.”

Gran Turismo

Building the Gran Turismo team

“I remember how he approached coders working on 3D graphics and car physics engines who had regularly written articles in a specialized magazine, and convinced them to join his team to build his dream project,” remembers Yoshida, who ended up joining the Gran Turismo team as studio manager and co-producer. “He had a charm and charisma to make people believe that he and the team can accomplish an impossible-looking task at that time.”

Gran Turismo wouldn’t be released in Japan until December 1997. In total, it took Yamauchi and his team five years to complete, a development span that at the time was almost unheard of.

In the beginning, the team was only five-strong, including Yamauchi, and even at the end of development, less than 20 were working on it. “That made it so that the responsibility of each team member was very big and the workload was very big as well. So it took a long time to develop,” he says.

“I always found him and his team members sleeping under the desks when I came to the office in the morning,” remembers Yoshida.

“The atmosphere was sort of like a college club room,” says Yamauchi. “I would wake up in the morning and there would be a leg in front of my head.”

Why Gran Turismo felt so real

Gran Turismo’s car physics were extraordinary. The way tyres rode the camber of a road and bumped over curbs was a level of simulation that hadn’t been achieved before, certainly not on a home console. And each of the cars in its huge 140-strong roster handled differently and would change as you tweaked or added new components, such as spoilers and suspension.

“The system was able to accept detailed parameters in order to make the simulation,” says Yamauchi. “For certain cars in the game we had very detailed data, the design data and also the measured data from the cars, so we could model them in very high detail. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always available. Some manufacturers were not willing to part with that level of data, so in those cases we had to make educated guesses. But usually it wasn’t far off, accurate enough that we get the proper character of each of the cars.”

But while its simulation was finely detailed, Gran Turismo was also friendly to new players. While Yoshida didn’t have a great deal of creative involvement in the game, he was able to offer his view as a non-car enthusiast to help tune the physics engine for people like him.

“I remember in a playtesting session during the tuning of the title, Kazunori watched 20 or so play testers crashing into the wall when they were not able to apply the break early enough before going into the tight corner,” he says. “Kazunori was like, ‘OK, I see it, we will make the handling easier for the regular players!'”

Gran Turismo

Just how real is ‘The real racing simulator’?

“For myself, driving a real car is not supposed to be hard; it’s often easier than driving inside a simulator,” says Yamauchi. “People are able to naturally know to counter-steer when the car is sliding, so I’ve always had this conviction that if I can get the physics to be very accurate then the driving in the game would not be difficult, because in reality it’s not that hard to drive cars.”

During development, Yamauchi learned to drive racing cars. But it wasn’t until he fully learned to drive well that he fully realized that Gran Turismo’s physics had managed to capture the feeling of race driving. Today he’s an accomplished race driver with various events under his belt, including regular placements in the annual 24 Hours of Nürburgring race.

Gran Turismo

While Yamauchi has focused heavily on Gran Turismo’s balance of realism and accessibility, he’s also proud of the subtle things. “The other thing that’s really very important is the light,” he says. “When somebody asks me at a restaurant what type of work do I do, sometimes my answer is that I work with light. That’s something I give a lot of attention to.”

The way the first Gran Turismo captured the ambience of different places and times of the day was stunning, but you might also remember how realistic the cars looked. It’s certainly something that struck Yoshida. “I remember one morning when I came into the office, Kazunori and several of the team members were in one corner of the office, and he said to me, ‘Yoshida-san, take a look at this!’ On a programmer’s screen was a car rotating in the menu, with the light reflecting realistically on its surface as the car rotated. I had seen nothing like that moving in realtime in my life, we were all blown away by the potential.”

It was all showcased in a spellbinding replay mode which played when a race was completed and used dramatic camera angles to follow your gleaming car’s progress.

Adding RPG elements to a racer

Gran Turismo was not all about technology. It also managed to present a whole new way to race cars by introducing mechanics from a completely different game genre: the RPG.

As you race in Gran Turismo Mode you win money and use it to buy faster cars or invest in new components for your existing cars, from suspension and tyres to superchargers and spoilers. It gave racing a compulsive new dimension when you earned enough to buy the machine that would get you through the next tournament, or fitted a component that helped your favorite ride shave a couple of seconds off your best lap time.

Where the inspiration come from? “I think back in the 80s I was a big PC gamer,” Yamauchi says. “There were a lot of really good role-playing games out in the US and also in Europe, games like Wizardry and Ultima. PC game culture is something I grew up with, so I didn’t have much experience with console games or arcade games.”

Launching Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo was hotly anticipated from the moment it was first revealed. “When game footage of Gran Turismo was secretly inserted in a mash-up trailer of upcoming PlayStation titles at E3 1997, people were eager to know what that unbelievably realistic looking racing game was,” says Yoshida.

But for Yamauchi and his team, its launch felt strange. That day, December 23, 1997, he went to major game retailers, Yodobashi Camera and BIC Camera, and saw the long lines of people waiting to buy copies. “I just kind of watched in disbelief as people bought our game,” he says. “I think at the time, there was no room left to feel accomplishment. We were happy, but we just couldn’t believe it. Because we worked on the first Gran Turismo for a very long time, it really felt like the game belonged to the team. We held on to it and held on to it, and nurtured it until the very last possible moment. That’s when the Gran Turismo that was our very own suddenly wasn’t ours anymore.”

With Gran Turismo’s success, Yoshida helped Yamauchi form his own studio, Polyphony Digital, and they soon went into development on a sequel, featuring far more cars and tracks, and which came out almost exactly two years later. The series had truly kicked off, and it went on to set new standards for racing games over and over again.

Gran Turismo has developed greatly since its launch 20 years ago. But right up to its latest incarnation, Gran Turismo Sport, it has maintained its core values to the letter: that blend of realism and fun, its lifelike looks, and a love of cars and of racing itself that’s proved so infectious that it has inspired a new generation of racing drivers.

Gran Turismo

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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds – Explore the Northern Wasteland of the Cut

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:00

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is an expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn that takes place in the Cut, a boreal wasteland to the north that separates the Banuk homelands from the rest of the world. It is a place where none but the most skilled hunters dare venture, and those that do must survive against dangerous new machines and freezing temperatures.

The latest trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds highlights some of the environments you will explore in this expansion to the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, including Banuk camps, frozen lakes, icy caves and more. Watch the trailer at the top of this post.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will be available from PlayStation Store on November 7th, but you can pre-order your copy today to receive an exclusive PS4 avatar. Keep an eye on PlayStation.Blog and on Guerilla’s Twitter and Facebook pages to stay up to date on all the latest news surrounding Horizon Zero Dawn and The Frozen Wilds!

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Bundle Up with Cities: Skylines – Snowfall and More, Coming to PS4

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:00

Hi, Mayor-Players! We have some pretty cool news to tell you today. It’s so cool, in fact, that it’s making all of your residents unreasonably cold and driving up electricity demands across town as everyone cranks up their heaters. Today, the Paradox team and I are excited to let you know that the weather-centric “Snowfall” expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines – PlayStation 4 Edition! Not only that, but Snowfall is just the first of many — we’re announcing an entire season (not just Winter) of DLC for our city-builder, all coming to your town in the near future.

Since the launch of Cities: Skylines in August, we’ve been hearing a lot from PlayStation fans. Everyone has had great things to say, but one thing we’ve heard often is a desire to expand the core experience with some of the other features that Cities players have come to expect from the game. From the stylish street-level architecture of the Art Deco Pack to the high-flying blimps of Mass Transit, there’s enough customization and new features coming to the PlayStation 4 Edition to make your town as attractive, efficient, or completely-on-fire as you’ve ever wanted.

 Skylines - Snowfall

If you’ve already tried out Cities: Skylines but you’ve been hungry for more, we’re going to offer a Season Pass that includes seven pieces of DLC. Or, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to run for the Mayor’s Office, we’re also introducing the Cities: Skylines – Premium Edition, which will come with the base game (and After Dark) plus all the content from the Season Pass as it becomes available.

The season kicks off with Snowfall, which will add a weather system to the game, plus Winter-themed towns where you’ll need to plow the streets and pipe in heating to keep your residents warm at night. Oh, and streetcars — a personal favorite of ours at Paradox!

 Skylines - Snowfall

Following that, the Season Pass will include seven additions in total, each optimized to run on PS4, with features ready to add to your town using a controller. You’ll get:

  • Snowfall (full expansion)
  • Natural Disasters (full expansion)
  • Mass Transit (full expansion)
  • High Tech Buildings (content creator pack)
  • Art Deco (content creator pack)
  • Relaxation Station (radio station DLC)
  • Rock City Radio (radio station DLC)

 Skylines - Snowfall

Snowfall, the Season Pass, and the Premium Edition are all coming on November 14. We can’t wait for PlayStation players to discover all that Cities: Skylines has to offer!

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Fishing Master Comes to PS VR October 24, Free Demo Out Today

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:55

Are you a big fan of fishing, but don’t want to wait for hours for a fish to take the bait? Fishing Master, a fishing sim that releases exclusively for PlayStation VR on October 24, has a free demo that launched today, and it’s sure to reel in gaming enthusiasts big and small.

Fishing Master skips the worst parts of fishing—waking up early, being really cold, sitting around doing nothing for long stretches of time, third-degree sunburn—and focuses instead on the best part: the battle of man versus fish.

The PlayStation Move Motion Controller feels just like a fishing rod in your hand while you play, but after you’ve hooked a fish, it also then jerks and shakes with the fish’s attempts to get free. You’ll feel the fight from head to toe as you wear your foe down, so you can bring it into the boat (before snapping the line or breaking your fishing rod). You might think the game is simple, but it’ll require intense concentration, fast reflexes and your utmost patience to net these elusive swimmers.

Once you get your catch in the boat, you’ll be able to transport it to your personal aquarium. There’s no better display of your fishing skills than a tank filled with your many conquests.

If you really want to test your skills, take part in one of the multiplayer tournaments that will be held to pit you against other anglers across the globe. Can you beat out the world to catch the biggest fish?

The PSVR headset immerses you in your locale. Not only will you feel like you’re in a boat on the water, but you’ll also be able to take in the incredible scenery of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. (The full game offers 12 different sites, including such classic locations as the chilly waterways of the Arctic and the pristine waters of Lake Geneva in the Alps.) Fishing Master offers incredible photorealism and draw distance — you’ll see for yards in every direction around you with everything looking like it does in Northern California.

We’re sure that you won’t be able to resist the lure of the Fishing Master demo, which provides up to an hour of gameplay. Jump into a boat and take to the waves in search of large prizes. There’s no doubt after playing the Fishing Master demo, you’ll be hooked.

Watch the full gameplay trailer for Fishing Master here.

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Tequila Works Explains ‘Spherical Storytelling’ in The Invisible Hours, Out Now for PS VR

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:00

At Tequila Works, we have been interested in VR from very early on. As a studio, our mantra is Create with Gusto, and as such we needed to figure out how can we create an experience that is unique to VR, that can carry a strong storyline with adapted gameplay session and replayability.

This made us think that we needed to think about a new approach to tell stories in VR. This is when we met with Rob Yescombe, a well-recognized game and movie writer and started to work on The Invisible Hours, 2 years ago.

One of the best things about games, is that each player can have different experiences of the same moment. These kinds of contrasting experiences are great at generating word-of-mouth and replayability. This is easier to achieve in games where the focus is on ACTION; where there are lots of variables that can be generated by physics and mechanics. But it’s harder to create this kind of organic-feeling contrasting experience in a game’s STORY.

The Invisible Hours

In the effort to create contrasting experiences in a game’s story, the common solution is to use a branching narrative: choose the left door or the right door; be nice to a character or be nasty to them; save someone or let them die.

This works pretty well. It creates variables between players, but it feels a bit mechanical. This is actually because those games place the player at the top of a narrative pyramid – where he is the most important thing in the world. Nothing matters until the player shows up.

With VR, we thought we could build a world like the real world, that is to say a world that would go on existing without me.

But here is the weird thing about real life:

Right now, I am the hero of my story. And you are just a supporting character in my story. While at the exact same moment in time, you are the hero of your story – and I am just a supporting character in it. And all these people – they’re just background characters in both of our stories.

While at the exact same moment in time, each of them is the hero of their own story – and we are both just background characters in them.

That’s the narrative structure of real life.

Real life isn’t the pyramid. It’s a sphere. Where we all share equal importance at the exact same time. This is what we called spherical narrative.

The Invisible Hours

Here’s where the experience of real life really differs from entertainment media:
Our opinion of people and events changes depending on when we started looking. Two people can have completely different perspectives of the same person.

In life, in the sphere, we don’t always see everything in each other’s lives. The degree to which you think a character is a good or a bad guy has tons of possible variables based on the combination of good and bad behaviors that you may or may not observe.

And that got us wondering: what if we structured a story in VR in the same way real life is structured?

Imagine yourself in a dark theatre. Imagine you’re there to watch a murder-mystery play. And on the stage is a huge Agatha Christie style mansion – split right down the middle and opened up, so you can see all the floors and all the rooms.

Now imagine two characters in one of those rooms, discussing who they think the killer might be.

At the end of that scene, one of those characters will go down to the cellar. The other will sneak up to the attic.

But now imagine getting up out of your seat and walking onto the stage; into the play – into that dusty old mansion and following one of those characters to see what they do next.

But here’s the thing: whoever you follow, the other character’s story will still be happening at the exact same time in the other location. You could even run back and forth between them if you want.

Simultaneous stories. But now imagine this play has eight characters. Eight unique stories. All interconnected. All interdependent. All simultaneous. Just like real life. You can move freely between all of them, any time you choose.

This is The Invisible Hours.

The Invisible Hours

The core of that experience, is: What you see is what you believe – but that may not be the whole truth.

This is our first attempt at this kind of narrative experiment, so right now you’re not a character in this world. You don’t change the story – but your story experience changes completely depending on who you follow and when. That means that you and I could reach different conclusions about who the killer is – just by virtue of how we observed the exact same content in different ways. It is the feeling of a narrative sandbox.

Let’s say you follow the Detective from the very beginning – well then the story will look like a detective story. If you suddenly decide to look the other way, and follow someone else for awhile, you might start to think you’re in a love story not a detective story. But then if you follow someone else, you might start to think you’re in a science fiction story, or maybe a horror story, or even a comedy.

So not only will your understanding of the core mystery change depending on how you explore; your perception of the actual genre of the story itself will change completely organically – based purely on who and what you’re looking at, at any given time.

It makes a story in Virtual Reality feel like it’s virtually reality.

We are developing an experience, we have to focus on the narrative, animations and characters but this time we also have a different player, one that will be intriguing.

The VR device goes everywhere. You can´t hide anything. What if the player decides to jump? And what if he/she decides to lie on the floor? For this feature we need to make collisions for every asset. And this collision will also be related to the teleport feature.

The Invisible Hours

Unlike the characters in the story, the player is not restricted by time.

Time Rifting is a powerful 4D tool that also allows the player be the Director and play the part of the detective. The more power we give players, the more likely they are to create a unique experience. The player can revisit any location at any time to slowly complete the jigsaw. In essence we want the player to be the Watcher of this story, the only being with the ability to gain omniscience and omnipresence. The players are compensating their cognitive limitation in 3 dimensions by controlling the 4th.

With the Time Rifting players can:

  • jump around any character’s timeline
  • revisit any scene and explore it in a different way
  • or just rewind a few seconds to catch a line of dialogue they missed.

Or let’s say you find a document burning – you can rewind time to see what that document said, then maybe rewind some more to see who burnt it, why, then maybe forward time again to see if they lie about it later.

Doing things like this can organically create moments of ‘dramatic irony’ that you would’ve experienced differently if you had watched the events in a different order.

We expect a lot of our players to be very active in their pursuit of the story – but of course, not everyone can do that.

What about your Grandma? Maybe she loves old re-runs of Murder She Wrote, but asking her to go from simple TV to something this complex would be too much.

But we want her to play too, so we needed a system that would hold her hand. We created a special mode that allows the player to get connected with one character and to follow all along the game the story of this single character.

We hope that you’ll enjoy playing The Invisible Hours, and getting into this totally new experience of spherical narrative in VR.

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PS VR Celebration Sale: One-Year Anniversary Brings Big Savings

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:01
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PlayStation VR’s one-year anniversary is right around the corner, and we’re celebrating here at PlayStation Store with our biggest VR-exclusive sale to date.

Starting now, save up to 40 percent on games like Farpoint, Statik, Dirt Rally, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and more. PlayStation Plus members save up to 60 percent.

Check out the full lineup below – but don’t wait too long. It’s back to reality next week – our PS VR Celebration Sale ends Monday, October 17 at 8 am PST.

Games Platform Title Sale Price PS Plus Price Original Price PS4 100FT ROBOT GOLF $10.00 $6.80 $19.99 PS4 ACE BANANA $7.50 $3.00 $14.99 PS4 ANCIENT AMULETOR $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 APOLLO 11 VR $10.19 $8.39 $11.99 PS4 ARCHANGEL $25.49 $20.99 $29.99 PS4 ARIZONA SUNSHINE $27.99 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 BANNED FOOTAGE VOL.1 $6.99 $5.99 $9.99 PS4 BANNED FOOTAGE VOL.2 $10.49 $8.99 $14.99 PS4 BATMAN: ARKHAM VR $15.99 $13.99 $19.99 PS4 BATTLEZONE $25.99 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 CARNIVAL GAMES VR $9.00 $5.00 $19.99 PS4 CASTLESTORM VR EDITION $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 CATLATERAL DAMAGE $5.00 $3.00 $9.99 PS4 CHESS ULTRA $11.04 $9.09 $12.99 PS4 CRYSTAL RIFT $7.79 $5.19 $12.99 PS4 DARKNET $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 DEXED $5.00 $2.50 $9.99 PS4 DICK WILDE $11.24 $8.99 $14.99 PS4 DIGITAL DOMAIN’S MONKEY KING (VR EXPERIENCE) $5.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 DIRT RALLY PLUS PLAYSTATION VR BUNDLE $48.99 $34.99 $69.99 PS4 DONT KNOCK TWICE $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 DRIVECLUB VR $10.00 $7.00 $19.99 PS4 EAGLE FLIGHT $27.99 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 FANTASTIC CONTRAPTION $16.99 $13.99 $19.99 PS4 FARPOINT $39.99 $29.99 $49.99 PS4 FAT CITY VR $7.50 $3.75 $14.99 PS4 FATED: THE SILENT OATH $6.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 GHOSTBUSTERS VR – NOW HIRING $4.89 $3.49 $6.99 PS4 GUNJACK $5.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 HARMONIX MUSIC VR $8.24 $5.99 $14.99 PS4 HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT DIVA X $34.99 $24.99 $49.99 PS4 HATSUNE MIKU: VR FUTURE LIVE – 1ST STAGE $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 HATSUNE MIKU: VR FUTURE LIVE – 2ND STAGE $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 HATSUNE MIKU: VR FUTURE LIVE – 3RD STAGE $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 HATSUNE MIKU: VR FUTURE LIVE SEASON PASS $27.99 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 HEADMASTER $12.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 HERE THEY LIE $10.00 $7.00 $19.99 PS4 HEROCADE $13.49 $11.99 $14.99 PS4 HOLOBALL $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 HUSTLE KINGS VR $10.00 $7.00 $19.99 PS4 I EXPECT YOU TO DIE $14.99 $9.99 $24.99 PS4 INFINITE MINIGOLF $12.74 $10.49 $14.99 PS4 JOB SIMULATOR $19.49 $16.49 $29.99 PS4 KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES $10.49 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 LOADING HUMAN: CHAPTER 1 $23.99 $15.99 $39.99 PS4 MERVILS: A VR ADVENTURE $12.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 MOONSHOT GALAXY $6.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 MORTAL BLITZ $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 MOTO RACER 4 $20.00 $12.00 $39.99 PS4 MOTO RACER 4 – DELUXE EDITION $30.00 $18.00 $59.99 PS4 NBA 2KVR EXPERIENCE $6.00 $3.00 $14.99 PS4 NEBULOUS $6.00 $3.75 $14.99 PS4 NEPTUNE FLUX $6.79 $5.59 $7.99 PS4 PASSENGERS: AWAKENING VRE $6.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 PERFECT $6.49 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 PINBALL FX2 VR $9.74 $7.49 $14.99 PS4 PINBALL FX2 VR: SEASON 1 PACK $16.24 $12.49 $24.99 PS4 PINBALL FX2 VR: THE WALKING DEAD $3.89 $2.99 $5.99 PS4 PING PONG VR $7.50 $4.50 $14.99 PS4 PIXEL GEAR $5.50 $2.20 $10.99 PS4 PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS $10.00 $7.00 $19.99 PS4 PSYCHONAUTS IN THE RHOMBUS OF RUIN $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 RACE THE SUN $5.00 $2.00 $9.99 PS3 RACE THE SUN $5.00 $2.00 $9.99 VITA RACE THE SUN $5.00 $2.00 $9.99 PS4 RESIDENT EVIL 7 BIOHAZARD $35.99 $29.99 $59.99 PS4 RESIDENT EVIL 7 BIOHAZARD DELUXE EDITION $53.99 $44.99 $89.99 PS4 RESIDENT EVIL 7 BIOHAZARD SEASON PASS $26.99 $23.99 $29.99 PS4 REZ INFINITE $20.99 $17.99 $29.99 PS4 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER: 20 YEAR CELEBRATION $30.00 $24.00 $59.99 PS4 ROLLERCOASTER DREAMS $10.00 $5.00 $19.99 PS4 SMASHBOX ARENA $15.00 $6.00 $29.99 PS4 SNEAKY BEARS $10.00 $5.00 $19.99 PS4 SOUL DIMENSION $4.24 $3.49 $4.99 PS4 SPARC $17.99 $14.99 $29.99 PS4 SPECIAL DELIVERY $8.49 $6.99 $9.99 PS4 STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW $34.99 $24.99 $49.99 PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT ULTIMATE EDITION $12.00 $5.10 $29.99 PS4 STARBLOOD ARENA $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 STARSHIP DISCO $5.00 $2.50 $9.99 PS4 STATIK $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 SUPER STARDUST ULTRA VR $10.00 $7.00 $19.99 PS4 SUPERHYPERCUBE $17.99 $14.99 $29.99 PS4 SURGEON SIMULATOR: EXPERIENCE REALITY $10.00 $8.00 $19.99 PS4 TEKKEN 7 $47.99 $35.99 $59.99 PS4 TETHERED $13.74 $9.99 $24.99 PS4 THE ASSEMBLY $15.00 $10.50 $29.99 PS4 THE BELLOWS $4.24 $3.49 $4.99 PS4 THE BROOKHAVEN EXPERIMENT $13.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 TIME MACHINE VR $19.49 $14.99 $29.99 PS4 TINY TRAX $16.99 $13.99 $19.99 PS4 TRACKMANIA TURBO $18.00 $14.00 $39.99 PS4 TUMBLE VR $5.00 $3.50 $9.99 PS4 UNEARTHING MARS $7.50 $4.50 $14.99 PS4 VEV: VIVA EX VIVO VR EDITION BASIC BUNDLE $6.99 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 VEV: VIVA EX VIVO VR EDITION $3.49 $2.49 $4.99 PS4 VEV: VIVA EX VIVO VR EDITION COMPLETE BUNDLE $11.19 $7.99 $15.99 PS4 VIRRY VR $7.99 $5.99 $9.99 PS4 VOLUME $10.00 $6.80 $19.99 VITA VOLUME $10.00 $6.80 $19.99 PS4 VR INVADERS $12.59 $8.99 $17.99 PS4 WADDLE HOME $7.49 $4.99 $9.99 PS4 WEREWOLVES WITHIN $20.99 $14.99 $29.99 PS4 WINDLANDS $12.50 $10.00 $24.99
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Orcs Must Die Unchained: Wu Xing Battles Expansion Out October 24

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:00

Attention, War Mages! Harmonia here to share some exciting Orcs Must Die Unchained news. Chaos Trials are now available with today’s update! This new game mode for one to three players brings a whole new level of chaos to Unchained’s Survival gameplay. Just when you think your killbox is under control, Chaos Trials will make you rethink every orc-gibbing and ogre-smashing strategy known to War Mages as you adapt to the ever increasing challenges.

Let’s Get Chaotic

Chaos Trials are accessed with Chaos Keys earned while playing matches in all other game modes, awarded through daily logins, and purchased with gold or gibs. Each key will select one map as well as several random, additional modifiers to comprise the challenge for that Chaos Trial. Increased trap cost, team dance on mercenary kill, permanent barricade rubble, and extra mana pickups are just a few examples of potential modifiers!

Every time a challenge is defeated the Chaos Key will upgrade by selecting a new map, increasing in difficulty, and adding additional modifiers into the mix. Each time a challenge is failed, one of three Chaos Key lives will be lost but the challenge can be retried. After three failures or twelve successes, the key is destroyed and the Chaos Trial ends. High tier Chaos Trials are no joke!

With Great Challenge Comes Great Rewardability

Each Chaos Trial has an associated challenge level from Apprentice through Rift Lord and also awards chests of the same challenge level for every victory. You heard me right: every victory! Put yourself to the ultimate orc-slaying test with up to 12 challenging tiers per key. That’s 12 opportunities for victory chests and to prove you’re the baddest War Mage around.

But Wait, There’s More

We’re thrilled to announce that the Orcs Must Die Unchained Wu Xing Battles update will be launching on October 24 for PS4! This massive update contains three new maps, a brand new faction of enemy invaders, the powerful new hero Yi-Lin, and much more!

New Maps
Hordes of never-before-seen enemies are invading the White Tiger Empire on three brand new maps and it’s up to us War Mages to defeat them. Defend the White Tiger Empire’s beautiful Water Gardens in Survival mode and hold the Castle Gates in Survival and Endless! Both locations offer strategic challenges with open layouts and not much room for wall traps. The Midnight Market is a popular nighttime location and is under heavy attack in both Survival and Sabotage game modes!

New Enemies
The new Wu Xing invaders are on the march and they bring fresh skills and tactics into the mix! Being masters of the five elements, even the common Wu Xing soldiers and archers have magic armor. Their massive Terracotta Giants do not attack players directly, but slow any nearby players and march faithfully to the rift on their mission of destruction. The “Red” Pandas are real tricksters, casting powerful speed boosts on their allies, and the Elemental Mages throw bouncing orbs of elemental energy. Last but definitely not least, the Water Dragon hunts players, but unlike other enemies of this type it casts an area-of-effect splash attack.

You can get your first look at the upcoming content on the Designing Yi-Lin Insider Access stream this Thursday at 3 pm Central on OrcsMustDie.tv, followed by a reveal stream every Thursday until the update.

Join us as we preview what’s to come with the Wu Xing Battles update!

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Halloween Scream Begins Today

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:00

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Willard Wyler’s Halloween Scream! That might seem like a lot to scream when you’re terrified, but you can’t argue with the master of the macabre when it comes to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Beginning on October 9, this event is designed to unleash pure terror with new game modes, Double XP, and free Halloween-themed loot. Just pray you survive long enough to enjoy it!

Undead Big Bosses Await

The most challenging part of Willard Wyler’s zombie experiences are always the big bosses, and the brand-new Boss Battle mode will zap you straight into the fight with the Big Boss at the end of each zombie experience.

Starting with Zombies in Spaceland, and eventually spreading to Rave in the Redwoods, Shaolin Shuffle, Attack of the Radioactive Thing, and The Beast from Beyond, you can head straight to the ultimate zombie encounter to see if you can take down these undead monstrosities.

Survive The Post-apocalyptic Wasteland Of Carnage

Carnage is one of the Multiplayer maps from the fourth Infinite Warfare DLC Pack, Retribution. This post-apocalyptic wasteland is also the home to one of Call of Duty’s deadliest environmental hazards: The Burninator.

Devious players will punch the button and activate the fire trap just as their opponents enter a barbecue they wish they’d never been invited to. Carnage will be free to play on its own playlist from October 12 through November 1, and will also offer up Double XP.

Treat Yourself To Some Sweet Loot

During every week of Halloween Scream, players who log into Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will receive a free Halloween-themed Supply Drop, except for the last week, which will drop an extremely cool item during the final week that you won’t want to miss. These Supply Drops can contain weapon variants, camos, a Calling Card, or even a new Rig skin.

Players can also get a free cosmetic item every Friday during Halloween Scream, and the Quartermaster will have Halloween Hacks every week, so make sure you log in often to stock up on these sinister surprises.

To receive the free items during Halloween Scream, players need to log into Multiplayer between Monday and Friday morning while online and visit the Quartermaster. The Supply Drop will be available between Monday morning and Friday morning, Pacific Daylight Time, while the cosmetic items will be available between Friday morning and Monday morning, Pacific Time. Exact times may vary, so be sure to follow @CallofDuty on Twitter for more information.

Gesture Warfare Returns

Infinity Ward is also bringing back Gesture Warfare as part of Halloween Scream, which will allow you to get kills with nothing more than the power of gestures. So you can Flick, Crush, Bang Bang, and Boom your way to victory in this new game mode, full of tricks.

Let The Nightmares Begin!

With new modes, free loot, and straight-to-the-boss-battle modes throughout Willard Wyler’s Infinite Warfare zombie experiences, there’s a lot to scream about. What are you waiting for? Get out there, soldier. The tricks and treats start right now.

For more intel about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, be sure to visit CallofDuty.com/infinitewarfare and follow @CallofDuty and @InfinityWard on Twitter.

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 16:00

Calling all “Chosen Ones!” You’ve been granted first access to Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online. The game is available tomorrow on PS4!

With nine classes to choose from, it can be challenging to pick one. Check out tour new player’s guide to help you choose your class and dive straight into the world of Alsgard!

What is 4 Goddesses Online?

4 Goddesses Online is an MMORPG game within the game Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online! So what does that mean exactly? You’re playing as characters playing an MMORPG.

Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online isn’t an MMORPG, but it’s a hack ‘n’ slash action RPG with gameplay elements like job classes and a chat system. There’s even a multiplayer mode that allows you to team up with other players in your region if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Nine Character Classes

The world of Alsgard was created by The Four Goddesses. They have defended Alsgard from the Demon King Jester, and since that infamous battle, one thousand years of peace have passed.

But an ancient evil threatens to rise again…

Choose a character, each with her own unique job class, and fight to save Alsgard!

Goddess
Combat Type: Tank, Damage
Available Weapons: Swords, Axe, Lance, Rapier

Not only do they look Goddess-tier, they are Goddess-tier when it comes to beating baddies left and right. They lack support skills, but this all-rounder class makes up for it with offensive power and a strong defense. The greatest of Chosen Ones may someday call upon the Goddesses’ power…

Paladin
Played by: Neptune
Combat Type: Tank, Support
Available Weapon: Sword

Melee attacks and magic are the Paladin’s middle name! Because of their healing abilities, this is a well-balanced class for starting players or for those who fight to defend others.

This is a class descended from the ancient knights who fought alongside the Goddesses themselves. If you wish to pursue the Paladin class, prepare to use your own life as a shield!

Black Knight
Played by: Noire
Combat Type: Damage
Available Weapon: Spear

Clad in jet-black armor, these fearsome Black Knights charge headfirst into battle to strike the enemy first! Great for close-combat, they can deal damage quickly and with ease.

Black Knights are a class of warriors who lost their loved ones in the war against the Demon King Jester. To become a Black Knight, you must channel the hatred held in your heart into your blade!

Priest
Played by: Blanc
Combat Type: Support, Ranged Magic
Available Weapon: Staff

Priests are vital to any adventuring party. They provide unending support from the rear and must balance dodging enemy attacks and healing their party.

If you are drawn to the call of priesthood, steel yourself against all evils and you will become the light that saves your allies!

Enchanter
Played by: Vert
Combat Type: Elemental, Healer
Available Weapon: Rapier

Enchanters bend the power of nature to their will to buff up their party or heal their allies. As divinators of both magic and healing, they’re an incredible asset to any party. They’re the only class able to imbue the party’s weapons with elemental abilities.

Those enchanted by the Enchanter class can look forward to juggling quick, close-combat swordplay and long-range support!

Mage
Combat Type: Ranged Magic
Available Weapon: Staff

Mages wield powerful magic to exploit enemies’ elemental weaknesses and gain the upper hand. Long-range offensive skills are a mage’s expertise — use it to annihilate enemies!

Simple magic existed in Alsgard until the monster witch Merlin developed magic to its highest potential. Now, spellcasters wield this dangerous magic to their advantage!

Thief
Combat Type: Ranged DPS
Available Weapons: Pistols

Quick to the draw with their pistols, thieves scurry about on the battlefield and catch enemies off guard. High speed and long-range attacks make them great damage-dealers.

Hailing from the Thieves Guild, thieves are only interested in firearms, treasure hunting, and finishing their enemies off quickly!

Samurai
Combat Type: Tank, Damage
Available Weapon: Katana

The swing of a samurai’s katana is beautiful to witness and impossible to predict. A samurai’s offense and defense is controlled with calculated and swift swordplay, making them a perfect tank.

Samurai are descended from knights who learned to wield the katana. Master the ancient art of the katana and you can carve out your own fate!

Ninja
Combat Type: Damage
Available Weapons: Ninjutsu

Lurking in the shadows, Ninjas are swift assassins who can deal multiple attacks with a quick sleight of hand. With their arsenal of attacks, they are best suited for mid-range combat.

Ninjutsu was passed down from the Beast clan whose descendants were scattered after the war. Should you wish to enlist in the Ninja Guild, you must control your spirit to unlock your body’s special abilities!

Party System

Acting as party leader, you can have up to three other AI-controlled members in your party. However, you can switch the lead character whenever you want in a dungeon to try out different classes and skills!

As the party leader, you’ll be able to instruct your party members’ AI with different Tactics. Tactics like “We’ll Nep them up!” are particularly useful when you’re adventuring through a lower-leveled dungeon, for example.

Skills

Characters learn Skills as they level up, and these Skills differ according to her class. Set skills to an action button in the menu, and then you’ll be able to unleash them during battle!

You also have an Awakening Gauge, which fills up when you attack or take damage. Once the bar is full, you can activate your Awakening State and unleash a massive amount of damage with your Skills!

Customization

There’s even a customization mode, so you can dress your party up! With the ability to equip up to five different accessories and attach them to various body parts, each party member can rock her own style!

Conclusion

Even though it’s not actually an MMORPG, there’s an online multiplayer mode so that you can complete special quests with friends. These quests challenge giant boss battles and more, so choose your class wisely for a balanced party!

Which class are you most interested in playing?

You can get Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online Day 1 Edition on launch day for early access to the following:

  • Four (4) PS4 system themes — Decorate your home screen with the Goddesses Advent Theme, Pixel Theme, Chosen CPUs Theme, or Chosen CPU Candidates Theme!
  • Twelve (12) PSN avatars — Nep up your PSN profile with your favorite Goddess! Choose from 12 different avatars of the CPUs or CPU Candidates.

This content will be available for all to purchase after October 24. The free Neptune Special Theme and free Catsuit DLC will be available to download from the PSN store on the day of release.

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Darth Vader Joins the Fight in Star Wars Battlefront II

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:00

The Dark Lord of the Sith is coming to PS4.

Gleaming helm, sweeping cape, glowing red lightsaber: Darth Vader’s imposing presence is so purely menacing that few dare stand before him. In Star Wars Battlefront II, you will wield the full arsenal of Lord Vader’s vast powers against the enemies of order.

Anger fuels the dark side of the Force, and Vader’s rage is nearly boundless. By drawing from his potent fury, Vader can periodically increase both his durability and his damage output, becoming stronger as a battle unfolds. Vader is always dangerous, but when he calls upon his anger, he is nearly unstoppable.

Vader can also attack at range with his lightsaber with a powerful throw, sending the red blade of energy scything through enemy ranks and then returning it to his hand. This allows him to make potent strikes at a distance.

And of course, Darth Vader wields his iconic Force choke, punishing his enemies with a telekinetic attack that lifts them off the ground as it weakens them. The crushing grip of the Sith Lord holds victims in the air, then drops his enemies at a place of his choosing (like a nearby cliff).

Players can also customize Vader’s abilities with Star Cards to suit their play style. Regardless of the configuration you choose, you’ll be delighted by Darth Vader’s ability to effortlessly cut down opponents within reach of his lightsaber, and impressed with his durability.

Darth Vader is just one of many heroes and villains you’ll be playing in Star Wars Battlefront II when it arrives everywhere November 17.

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The Drop: New PlayStation Games for 10/10/2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:00
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The Gravewalker returns to continue the war with Sauron and his dark forces. Rally behind the Bright Lord’s banners and press the attack in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which launches October 10 on PS4.

Set after the events of its predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War once again follows the skilled warrior Talion and the fearsome wraith Celebrimbor. Stalk the fortresses of Mordor, hone Talion’s skills, and build an army of loyal soldiers to wage war within a refined Nemesis system. Nearly every aspect of the original game has been expanded in Shadow of War for a deeper, more spectacular quest of vengence.

For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation, read on. And enjoy The Drop!

The Drop

New Releases: Week of October 10, 2017
Alteric
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Out 10/11)

Alteric

Jump through boiling lava, run from perilous traps and saw blades, glide and climb through catacombs, fall into the abyss, and overcome gravity. And don’t forget to switch to a parallel dimension in time, because it’s Alteric!

PS4 — Digital

Always Sometimes Monsters

Out of money and out of luck, you find yourself heartbroken and on the verge of collapse. Your landlord’s taken the key back, you can’t finish your manuscript, and your beloved is marrying someone else. With no choice but to handle whatever life throws at you, you set out on the open road on a mission to win back the love of your life.

Bad Apple Wars
PS Vita — Digital, Retail (Out 10/13)

Bad Apple Wars

After a sudden car accident on her first day of school, the protagonist finds herself in the afterlife, standing before a strange school for lost souls. The confounded protagonist attends the school’s opening ceremony. Then, chaos strikes…

Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online
PS4 — Retail

Cyberdimension Neptunia

Stock up on your Net bull, because Vert’s inviting you on a dungeon raid! In this hack ‘n’ slash adventure everyone’s favorite four Goddesses enter an online fantasy game world inspired by… themselves!

PS4 — Digital

Echo

After a century in stasis the girl En arrives at her destination: a palace out of legend, a marvel of the old civilization eons gone, still awaiting its first human occupants. Out here, using forgotten technologies, she hopes to bring back a life that shouldn’t have been lost.

The Evil Within 2
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/13)

Evil Within 2

Detective Sebastian Castellanos has lost everything, including his daughter, Lily. To save her, he must descend into the nightmarish world of STEM. Horrifying threats emerge from every corner, and he must rely on his wits to survive.

PS4 — Digital

Fort Defense

All hands on deck! Pirate armada dead ahead! Take part in an uncompromising struggle repelling freebooters’ assaults.

Friday the 13th: The Game
PS4 — Retail (Out 10/13)

Friday the 13th The Game

From the most storied franchise in slasher history comes Friday the 13th: The Game, a love-letter to a date synonymous with horror. Players will get to live out the movies as they take on the role of Jason Voorhees for the very first time in gaming history!

PS VR — Digital

Invisible Hours

The Invisible Hours is a complex murder mystery in VR, in which players freely explore an intricate web of interwoven stories within a sprawling mansion.

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Middle-earth Shadow of War

Immerse yourself in the epic war for Middle-earth as you confront the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths. Forge a Ring of Power to dominate your enemies and command your followers as you experience a unique, personal story brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System.

Miko Gakkou Monogatari: Kaede Episode
PS4 — Digital (Out 10/11)

Miko

In a world where humans and youkai coexist, uppity second year shrine maiden student Kaede Yamabuki finds herself in a pinch as the winter recess starts. A pair of strange glasses found in the woods leads her to her toughest challenge yet: falling in love.

PS VR — Digital

Radial-G

Climb into the cockpit of a futuristic race craft and tear up the anti-gravity track. Offering single and multiplayer action, Radial-G delivers full immersion combat racing featuring gut-wrenching twists and jumps.

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Raid World War II

Raid: World War II is an action-packed, tactical four player cooperative shooter set during World War II.

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Raiden V

Arcade hit Raiden first left its mark on the shooting genre 25 years ago. The easy to learn, hard to master series comes to PS4 in its most modern and advanced form yet!

PS VR — Digital

Raw Data

Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action combat gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the surreal environments of Eden Corp.

PS4 — Digital

Revolve

Revolve is a physics-based action platformer. You have no direct control and need to use boosts, gravity, and momentum to escape a dystopian world.

PS Vita — Digital

Semispheres

Semispheres is a meditative parallel puzzle game. Its unique single-player, split-screen mechanic challenges your brain by putting you in control of two characters at the same time.

PS Vita — Digital (Out 10/11)

Son of Scoregasm

Only you can destroy the evil space baddies and rescue the King of the Earth’s beloved biscuit tin! Blast your way through 28 varied levels full of enemies, traps, lasers, and explosions.

PS Vita — Digital

Squareboy vs Bullies

Squareboy vs Bullies is an old school beat ’em up by Rohan Narang that follows the titular Squareboy and his quest for Justice!

PS4 — Digital

Stereo Aereo

Stereo Aereo is an action rhythm space arcade shooter that is inspired by the pop-culture influences of the 80’s.

PS4, PS Vita — Digital (PS4 at Retail)

Touhou Kobuto

Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a bullet-hell battle game that takes place in the Touhou universe. Take control of one of nine Touhou characters and eliminate your opponent using bullet-hell patterns, melee attacks, or spell cards!

PS4 — Digital (Out 10/13)

White Noise 2

Be a part of the investigator team, or take control of the creature and devour them! White Noise 2 offers a four-on-one asymmetric horror experience that won’t leave anyone unmoved.

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Try PlayStation VR at Retailers Nationwide

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:00

We’re bringing back our in-store demo program for PlayStation VR. Starting today through the holiday season, experience the magic of virtual reality first hand. Our portfolio of PS VR games has grown significantly to more than a 100 games as of September 2017, and we wanted you to get a chance to try out the latest content first-hand.

Play PS VR at more than 200 Best Buy and GameStop locations across the US. Click here to find out demo locations, dates, and times. We’re going to kick off this program with demos of Gran Turismo Sport, Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Superhot VR, Dino Frontier, Raw Data, and Voltron.

More game demos will be added and continue through the end of this year, so keep an eye out for any updates here on PlayStation.Blog. And for Canadians, the mall tour and in-store demos that have been running the past couple months will also continue through the holiday season.

Our lineup of PS VR games continues to grow with even more amazing experiences that showcase the magic of this new medium. Let us know which PS VR titles you’re looking forward to playing this year!

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PlayStation Store: September’s Top Downloads

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:00
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Welcome back! We’ve got some fresh, pipin’ hot charts for ya — the US PlayStation Store top downloads for September 2017, specifically.

Looks like Destiny 2 was a popular choice for PS4 players in September, with a triple-attack of new sports titles (NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18) just behind it. The surprise announcement and immediate availability of Final Fantasy IX on PS4 helped it round out the top 5.

CCP’s Sparc made a strong debut at #2 on the PS VR charts, but it wasn’t quite enough to dethrone the super-cool Superhot VR. Finally, Undertale fans are determined to keep Toby Fox’s quirky RPG masterpiece at the top of the PS Vita chart, and they did so handily.

As always, you can head to PlayStation Store to snag any hot titles you may have missed, and you can visit our pals over at the EU PlayStation.Blog if you’d like to compare the regional results. See you next month!

PS4 Games 1 Destiny 2 2 NBA 2K18 3 FIFA 18 4 Madden NFL 18 5 FINAL FANTASY IX 6 EA SPORTS NHL 18 7 Grand Theft Auto V 8 Rocket League 9 Bloodborne 10 STAR WARS Battlefront Ultimate Edition 11 The Last Of Us Remastered 12 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE 13 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition 14 Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 15 Need for Speed 16 NBA LIVE 18: The One Edition 17 Friday the 13th: The Game 18 UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy 19 Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite 20 Batman: Arkham Knight PS3 Games 1 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2018 2 Grand Theft Auto V 3 FIFA 18 Legacy Edition 4 Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition 5 Dragon Ball Xenoverse 6 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution 7 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 8 Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 9 The Last Of Us 10 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 11 Fight Night Champion 12 Call of Duty: Black Ops III 13 Life is Strange Complete Season 14 Need for Speed Most Wanted 15 The King of Fighters XIII 16 Borderlands 2 17 Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion XL 18 NCAA Football 14 19 Catherine 20 Devil May Cry HD Collection PS4 Add-ons 1 Destiny 2 – Expansion Pass 2 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE – Year 2 Pass 3 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass 4 Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombies Chronicles 5 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – DLC4 Retribution 6 Black Ops III – The Giant Zombies Map 7 Rocket League – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack 8 Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer 9 DARK SOULS III – Season Pass 10 Injustice 2 Fighter Pack 2 PS VR Games 1 SUPERHOT VR 2 Sparc 3 Batman: Arkham VR 4 Job Simulator 5 Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul 6 Arizona Sunshine 7 Manifest 99 8 DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles 9 Apollo 11 VR 10 Until Dawn: Rush of Blood PS Vita Games 1 Undertale 2 GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst 3 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z 4 Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony 5 Ys: Memories of Celceta 6 God of War: Collection PS Vita 7 TOUCH MY KATAMARI 8 Jak and Daxter Collection 9 Gal*Gun: Double Peace 10 Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition PS Classics 1 Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy 2 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 3 Bully 4 Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition 5 The Warriors 6 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy 7 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 8 FINAL FANTASY IX (PSOne Classic) 9 Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland 10 FINAL FANTASY VII
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