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All-New PlayStation Plus Game Subscription Service From Sony Interactive Entertainment Launches in North and South America Today

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today the launch of its all-new PlayStation®Plus game subscription service in North and South America, providing more flexibility and value for gaming fans. The newly enhanced PlayStation Plus offers a compelling, high-quality game catalog* across a diverse content portfolio. With the all-new PlayStation Plus, players can discover and engage with more content than ever before and deepen their connection with the PlayStation community through shared experiences. Today’s launch in the Americas will be followed by Europe and Australia in late June, completing the global roll-out that started in Asia in late May.

“The global launch of the all-new PlayStation Plus represents a massive evolution of our game subscription service offering, and we are pleased that fans worldwide can now enjoy hundreds of fantastic games available in the PlayStation Plus catalog,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The high caliber of content is what sets PlayStation Plus apart, and the service will continue to grow with new monthly game offerings that include some of the most celebrated titles on PlayStation platforms. We are truly grateful for the passionate support of our PlayStation community over the years.”

Below are the benefit options of the all-new PlayStation Plus.

PlayStation Plus Essential

  • Benefits:
    • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as PS4 and PS5 monthly games, online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and more. There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this plan and pricing remains the same.
  • Price
    • United States: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
    • Europe: €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
    • United Kingdom: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

  • Benefits:
    • Provides all the benefits from the Essential plan and adds a catalog of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®5 (PS5™) games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra plan are downloadable for play.
  • Price:
    • United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
    • Europe: €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
    • United Kingdom: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly

PlayStation Plus Premium**

  • Benefits:
    • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra plans and adds up to 340* additional games, including:
      • PlayStation®3 games available via cloud streaming***
      • A catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation®, PlayStation®2 (PS2™), and PlayStation®Portable (PSP™) generation.
    • Adds cloud streaming access*** for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games.
    • Time-limited game trials is also offered in this plan, so customers can try select games before they buy.
  • Price:
    • United States: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
    • Europe: €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
    • United Kingdom: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly

The new PlayStation Plus game catalog will include breathtaking titles from dozens of talented studios across the globe, including PlayStation Studios developers such as Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch, and third-party partners such as Rockstar Games, Square Enix, WB Games and more. At launch, the PlayStation Plus game catalog will include titles such as Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, NBA 2K22, and Red Dead Redemption 2. The hundreds of games available in the PlayStation Plus games catalog will continue to refresh and evolve over time, so there is always something new for gamers to play.

Classic games coming to PlayStation Plus include beloved hits such as Ape Escape, Syphon Filter and Tekken 2. Some of these classic games will show improved frame rates and higher quality resolution than its original launch versions. Additionally, select games from the original PlayStation and PSP generation will include a new user experience with menus that allow players to save their game at any time, or even rewind the game to replay a specific section.

At each regional launch, the current cloud-based subscription game service, PlayStation®Now, will transition into the new PlayStation Plus service. As a result, current customers will migrate over to PlayStation Plus Premium with cloud streaming access until their current subscription expires – with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch. Additionally, 11 markets*** in Eastern Europe will launch with cloud streaming access in June, for a total of 30 markets with cloud streaming access.

Currently live in select Asia markets, including Japan, this all-new PlayStation Plus builds upon more than 25 years of SIE’s expertise in gaming innovation and strong legacy in network services. PlayStation Plus initially launched in 2010 and was the first console membership service to provide a regular refreshed library of monthly games. PlayStation Now launched in 2014 and was the first game console subscription streaming service. With the newly enhanced PlayStation Plus, SIE is taking game subscription services to the next level by delivering even greater value to gamers.

For more information, please visit: https://www.playstation.com/ps-plus/

Dying Light Grand Finale: Techland Closes 7 Years of Support with New ‘Definitive Edition’ June 9

Dying Light has been a fantastic journey and we are grateful to the community for supporting the game with us during these last 7 years. However, we also understand the sheer number of updates and DLCs released for our game might be daunting for new and returning players. We don’t want you to miss out on any part of the full Dying Light experience.

That’s why we are proud to introduce Dying Light: Definitive Edition! This ultimate edition will premiere on June 9 for a massive discount of up to 70% off!

Dying Light: Definitive Edition will be available on all platforms as a digital release. The Nintendo Switch version will release at a later date as both a digital and retail release.

The Definitive Edition consists of the base game and all 26 DLCs (including skin bundles and expansion packs). It’s the best way to experience the amount of content and love we have poured into this game over 7 long years.

That’s not all! We couldn’t be happier with the awesome community that fully embraced their experience in the city of Harran and kept motivating us to aim ever higher. To thank you for allowing us to spend all these great years with Dying Light, we would like to present everyone with a free DLC – Harran Tactical Unit Bundle for a limited time—2 weeks after the Definitive Edition’s premiere. This offer will be available on Steam, the Epic Games Store, GOG, the PlayStation Store, and the Microsoft Store on Xbox.

If you already own the Platinum Edition of the game, you will be automatically upgraded to Definitive Edition for free! You will be able to enjoy 5 new bundles at no additional cost.

Join Aurora in her journey to find her missing father in a side-scroller shooter for PlayStation 4 and Steam

Sony Interactive Entertainment España (SIE España), Gammera Nest and The Not So Great Team announce that the side scroller Aurora’s Journey and the Pitiful Lackey has reached gold phase, and will be released later in 2022 on PlayStation 4 and Steam. Players can already wishlist the game on both platforms and will also have the chance to play the game’s demo on the Steam Next Fest, that will be held on June 13-20. You can watch the game’s first trailer below.

The year is 1927, Aurora Aylesworth is a young astronomer that lives with Lackey, a member of a robotic race of alien creatures known as the Robotos, who arrived on Earth 19 years ago. But everything changes when, one day, Aurora receives a mysterious note with information about her missing father, who disappeared four years ago while researching Eureka, the Roboto spaceship. Aurora will set on a journey following the clues her dad left in an old journey with the help of Lackey.

KEY FEATURES

  • Travel around the world with Aurora and Lackey in a side scroller adventure with shooter and platforming elements
  • Investigate the whereabouts of Aurora’s father by talking to friends and strangers and unravel the mystery of Eureka
  • Use devices and gadgets designed by Aurora’s friend, professor Rachmaninoff, that will help her along the way while facing countless enemies and other dangers

Stray Launching on July 19, 2022

Today at the Sony State of Play, publisher Annapurna Interactive and developer BlueTwelve Studio announced that Stray, a third-person cat adventure game, will launch on July 19, 2022 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.

In Stray, players take the role of a stray cat who must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten cybercity amidst the detailed neon-lit alleys and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Along the way, the cat befriends a small flying drone, known only as B12. With the help of this newfound companion, the duo must find a way out.

For all the latest updates on the game, follow Annapurna Interactive and BlueTwelve Studio on Twitter.

RiffTrax: The Game Review – PlayStation 4

About a year ago, Wide Right Interactive released the party game What the Dub?!, which was widely referred to as the videogame version of the classic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K).  For those who don’t know MST3K, the show that ran from 1988 – 1999, featured three hosts wisecracking an endless string of jokes overtop old B-movie dialog. I cannot claim to be a huge fan of MST3K back in the 1990’s – most likely because I was in college for the better part of that decade and wasn’t about to swap beer money for cable TV – but if I happened to stop at a friend’s house and MST3K was playing, I would often find myself enjoying an episode or two.

What the Dub?! was released in April of 2021 and allowed gamers to play a little MST3K of their own.  The gameplay consisted of the playing of a snippet of a particularly awkward/cringey scene from a B-movie with a portion of the dialog muted, and a roomful of gamers would be encouraged to come up with a funny quip or quote for the character to say during the muted section.  Each player or team could interact with the screen via a personal phone or tablet browser using the 4-digit room code generated at the beginning of the game.  The responses would then be played one by one with the text converted to surprising-authentic sounding speech, with the players/teams blind voting for the best responses.

Just a little over a year later, Wide Right Interactive is back at it with the follow-up to What the Dub?! titled Rifftrax: The Game.  Again, I have to admit that while the Rifftrax name and logo looked and sounded familiar, I had no idea what it was referring to – so I did a quick internet search and lo and behold Rifftrax is the online subscription-based on-demand incarnation of MST3K. It seems Wide Right Interactive joined forces with the very folks who influenced their original game to come up with the new and improved version we have with Rifftrax: The Game. This official MST3K licensing definitely lends credit to a game that was initially considered a somewhat of a conceptual rip-off.

Rifftrax: The Game plays exactly like its predecessor, What the Dub?! – with the gameplay broadcast on the console screen, players join in using a personal phone or tablet to enter the game code into their browser.  The admin can select the number of rounds, the maximum time for writing or selecting a “riff” to go with each scene, and the maximum voting time at the end of each round.  Once in the game, a short scene is played with a muted section rife for a riffing, and the gamers either type in a custom response (Write a Riff mode) or select from a list of six “professionally written” riffs that were randomly assigned to each player at the start of the game (Pick a Riff mode).

After all riffs are entered, the game replays the scene multiple times, inserting each player’s riff via text-to-speech, including any selected sound effects.  At the end of each round, players vote on which riff they thought was the most entertaining.

If Rifftrax: The Game sounds fun to you, then I can say you’ll really enjoy it, and you certainly can play single-player just for fun, but to get the maximum entertainment value really requires a large group of people – like the six (6) allowed to play simultaneously, either in-room or online with an active PlayStation Plus membership, as well as 12 additional audience members.  Rifftrax includes cross-play and voice chat to really make things fun when the party is going to be purely online.

The Write a Riff mode is pretty straightforward and as I mentioned earlier, I was quite pleased with how authentic the text-to-speech comes across when reading typed answers.  Of course, I had to throw a few curse words for research purposes, and the game delivered them straight-up with no caption censorship or verbal bleeping.  I did find that you have to mess with commas and periods to add natural pauses to the cadence, as sometimes the speech came out a bit robotic in flow.

The Pick a Riff mode is really quite interesting, as it assigns each player with six pre-written riffs at the beginning of each game.  With each round, once a riff is selected and used, it is replaced with a new riff.  Once and only once during a game, a player can reshuffle the riffs to get six new riffs from which to choose.  Much like Cards for Humanity, the riffs at hand often have nothing to do with the scene presented, leaving gamers up to making interesting decisions on how best use their riffs.  Thankfully, unlike Cards for Humanity, Rifftrax: The Game’s riffs are all fairly family friendly, so the gamer won’t be left having to decide how to tastefully lay out Harry Potter’s sexual proclivities with aquatic animals and the resulting STD’s that might ensue.  Of course, they are free to do such in the Write a Riff mode, but that would be on their own conscience.

While it’s certainly not as fast-paced and engaging as some of the Jackbox titles, Rifftrax: The Game is every bit as clever, and party-gamers can hardly go wrong with the mere $10 sticker price, especially given the ability to play online with up to 18 others.

Sifu’s PS5 and PS4 retail editions are now available

Studio Sloclap and publisher Microids are pleased to announce that Sifu’s retail versions for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 (Vengeance Edition) as well as PC (Deluxe Edition) are now available. Following their multiplayer hit Absolver released in 2017, Sloclap’s second game Sifu is an artful and true-to-combat Kung Fu game exploring themes of revenge and redemption!

The Vengeance Edition includes:

  • An exclusive SteelBook® case
  • Sifu’s standard edition for PlayStation®5 or PlayStation®4
  • ‘The Art of Sifu’ artbook
  • The original game score (digital)
  • 3 lithographs

>PC players can also purchase the retail Deluxe Edition*. It includes 3 lithographs, as well as a download code that gives access to the game’s PC (Epic Games Store) version, ‘The Art of Sifu’ digital artbook and the digital soundtrack.

*Retail PC Deluxe Edition available at select retailers. Check your local retailers for availability in your territory.

About Sifu

Featuring the gripping intensity of classic Kung Fu films with realistic and raw combat, Sifu tells the story of a young Kung Fu student who has spent their life training for a day of reckoning after the brutal murder of their entire family by a mysterious assassination squad.

Sifu’s unique gameplay sits in the crossroads of two established and popular genres, mashing the intensity and timeless thrill of beat’em up with the gripping design of 3D action games. Set against a detailed backdrop of a fictional Chinese city, you will uncover an ancient mystery via a series of difficult confrontations that will test your skills to their limit! To overcome the odds that are heavily stacked against you, you’ll need to rely on your mastery of Kung Fu and on a magical pendant that will revive you after death. The cost of magic is dear, however, and you will age significantly every time you come back to life. Time is the price you will pay for your revenge.

The game’s exquisitely hand-drawn art style pays tribute to Kung Fu film classics where themes of revenge and redemption are timeless tales, all perfectly blending with Sloclap’s martial arts gameplay expertise.  Sifu offers a unique approach to martial arts and its themes, making this game a true initiatory journey.

‘Slaycation Paradise’ Reveals Physical Retail Version

Merge Games and developer Affordable Acquisition are pleased to reveal that upcoming inter-dimensional twin-stick shooter, Slaycation Paradise, will be available in a physical retail version for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

Time for a getaway? Our expert team of travel agents nestled deep in the heart of the galaxy are ready and waiting to warp you away to the alternate Earth action scenario of a lifetime. Explore beautiful and chaotic holiday destinations with an all inclusive arsenal of bizarre and brutal weapons for that fully loaded firepower feeling! Kick back and slay all your worries away with Slaycation Paradise!

FEATURES:

  • Twinstick shooting & Tower Defense! – Taking the best of each genre to create an engaging and addictive gameplay loop where hordes of bloodthirsty enemies are waiting to welcome you to the party!
  • Apocalypse a-plenty! – Discover alternate Earths all going through crazy End-of-Days type scenarios perfectly designed for the best in family vacation entertainment.
  • Weird & Wonderful Weapons! – Enjoy an apocalypse-proof weapon selection from the classic pump shotgun and flamethrower, to the weird and wonderful cat-launcher, magic wands and many more.
  • Tailor your very own Tower Defense set-up – Free to all visitors is the simply swell Construction Assembly Turret (C.A.T. kit), providing custom defense structures anywhere you like. Perfect for all your defensive needs against those pesky zombie hordes! Your C.A.T. kit will provide you and your loved ones with a heightened level of security and ensure you enjoy every moment of your stay at the end of days.
  • Earn Slaycation Club Member’s Rewards – We like to give back to our members here at Slaycation Paradise. While touring with us, you’ll earn Slaycation Club Rewards, allowing you to unlock crazy new weapons and wonderful upgrade perks. Only the best will do for our valued customers!

TAPE: Unveil the Memories Review – PlayStation 4

There has been quite an influx in indie games coming out of Spain lately as part of the PlayStation Talents initiative.   As with most indie games, you have to look at them with a different eye than you would with a marquee release given the budgetary and staffing limitations.  We often find ourselves giving a little more weight toward the developers’ overall intentions of the game, while maybe giving them a little leeway on the overall execution.

That being said, Madrid-based BlackChiliGoat Studio, put a lot of heart into Tape: Unveil the Memories, delivering a fairly well-written story with solid presentation and innovative concepts, only to be weighed down with less-than-optimal gameplay mechanics that leave things a bit frustrating.

Tape: Unveil the Memories tells the story of a young girl named Iria who lives with her mother in the town of Antumbria in the 1990’s.  One night when Iria’s mother is working late, the girl discovers a mysterious VCR tape with instructions for her to play it.   On the TV she sees a grainy imager of her father – a famous horror movie director who has been missing for some time – pleading for her help.  This begins a twisted nightmarish journey in Iria’s mind where things aren’t always what they seem to be.

There’s no question that BlackChiliGoat are fans of classic horror films given the eerie B-movie style FMV scenes, and the plethora of vintage slasher VCR tapes and Fangoria-like magazines to be found amongst the scenery of the abandoned hospital in which most of Iris’ story takes place.  Tape: Unveil the Memories is an undeniable homage to the golden age of 70’s and 80’s slasher film culture, and it really provided me with feeling of nostalgia for something and sometimes I didn’t realize I was even nostalgic for.

Most of the gameplay consists of exploration – looking for clues that might lead Iria to her father.  These clues are hidden amongst the notes, photos, and items that Iria uncovers as she wanders the empty hallways and rooms in the large hospital.  Each area has a series of puzzles to be solved to move to the next area, many of which require the use of Iria’s father’s Super8-style camera that has the ability to manipulate time in three ways – pause, fast forward, or reverse.

The camera is generally used to move certain objects that for some reason or another have been deemed movable by manipulating time – which is indeed kind of confusing as to why some objects are movable and not others, but that’s exactly what we have here.  Thankfully the game highlights any objects that can be manipulated within the camera’s viewfinder. The camera can also briefly pause movement – keeping automatic doors open or freezing the game’s one and only enemy: The Monster.

The monster is this massive laser cyclops-like creature that lumbers around certain rooms on the hunt for our heroine.  Sensitive to sound and movement, and pretty much indestructible to any attack, Iria must be completely still and silent whenever the monster slunks into in the room.  If spotted, Iria’s only defense is to run like hell and try to put as much distance as possible between her and the monster, hoping to have him lose interest (which he will).  It’s a tense situation for sure, that is made only more tense by the stiff and wonky control mechanics that make maneuvering Iria a real pain under pressure.

Tape: Unveil the Memories plays from a first-person viewpoint, and the controls just don’t seem like they were polished for play using a controller.  You ever had a nightmare where you’re being chased and you can’t run, or you can’t pick up a weapon or open a door?  Well, welcome to Tape: Unveil the Memories.  Movement just feels too stiff and plodding, and simple tasks like grabbing door handles and picking up objects requires precise character alignment that the game’s controls often make difficult to achieve.  And even when you do line up correctly, the animations for grabbing objects are painfully slow.  All of this only seems to get worse when the monster is hot on your tail.   Thankfully this doesn’t happen all that often and most of the time the controls aren’t that critical.

Like I mentioned earlier, we tend to give a little leeway to indie game developers because their projects are generally infinitely more personal to them than the big-budget blockbusters are to their army of developers.  It is more than apparent that BlackChiliGoat put a lot of heart and effort into Tape: Unveil the Memories, and the result is a solid survival horror game that delivers a good narrative despite the wonky controls.

Of all the PlayStation Talents games that have come across my desk in the past few months, Tape: Unveil the Memories definitely sits toward the top of the list.

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SpellForce III Reforced is coming to PlayStation and Xbox on June 7th

SpellForce III Reforced is coming to PlayStation and Xbox on June 7th. Compared to the original version released on PC in September 2017, the Reforced edition is not only a complete overhaul but also adds new features to the game, one being the Journey Mode.

The Journey Mode allows you to create your own hero and offers more than 20+ hours of unique content with a lot of replay value while paying tribute to the much-beloved “free game mode” from the original SpellForce 1. Players can also compete in custom Journey Skirmish matches against each other, which allows them to bring their powerful Journey Heroes to battle.

SpellForce III Reforced is already available on PC and will be coming to PlayStation®4, Xbox One™, PlayStation®5, and Xbox Series S/X™ on June 7th, 2022.

SpellForce III Reforced Console Edition Overview

SpellForce III Reforced is a unique mix of an epic RPG storyline blended with accessible real-time strategy elements, designed to offer a riveting console experience to fans and newcomers alike.

It is the year 518. The rebellion of the renegade mages, known as the Mage Wars, has been quashed by the Crown. However, it was a Pyrrhic victory: Whole regions have fallen into anarchy, refugees roam the lands in search of shelter, and a mysterious, deadly plague called the “Bloodburn” has arisen and is spreading rapidly.

Features:

  • Innovative Mix: Unique gameplay blending RTS and RPG naturally together
  • Streamlined for consoles: Intuitive gamepad integration and tailor-made UI to smoothly control a strategy/RPG mix with complex mechanics
  • Create & Customize: Create your own hero and choose between distinct skill trees
  • Single-player campaign: Featuring the dark, enthralling story of the long-misunderstood Trolls and their battle for survival, with a playtime of around 20 hours
  • Build to Fight: Raise your own army and fight epic mass battles
  • Epic Storyline: Immerse yourself in a rich world – Unravel the secrets behind the current situation in Nortander. Explore Eo, a fully realized world filled with interesting characters and heart-wrenching stories.
  • Make new friends – assemble your party from a diverse cast of companions that not only complement your skills in interesting ways but also have an impact on the narrative. Manage their skills and equipment to ensure victory on the battlefield.
  • Choose your side: Strengthen and command one of three factions – Elves, Orcs and Humans. Prepare your troops and fight the mother of all battles. Play strategically, taking advantage of terrain, troop formations, visibility, scouting, etc.
  • Experience an epic tale: Enjoy a fully-voiced 30+ hour campaign on your own or with friends in the campaign coop mode. Face opponents of all skills in the online battles.

On June 7, 2022 SpellForce III Reforced will be playable on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™ and PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series S/X™ at an SRP of $39.99/€39.99/£34.99. In addition to the SpellForce III Reforced base game, both expansions will also be available on June 7, 2022. “Soul Harvest” and “Fallen God” will each be sold separately at an SRP of $19.99/€19.99. Both expansions feature their own single-player campaign with 30+ hours of gameplay, as well as new units and more. The whole package, called SpellForce III Reforced Complete Edition, is also available at an SRP of $59.99/€59.99.

Preorders for all editions are available now.