PlayStation Drops Prices On Sony Exclusives

Sony’s latest set of deals on the PlayStation Store, the “Only on PlayStation” sale, offers discounts on, you guessed it, exclusive to Sony platforms.

Discounts of up to 80 percent are available on games for every Sony system, from the original PlayStation all the way up to the PlayStation 4. In all, more than 100 titles are on sale. Highlights from the sale include deals on all three of thatgamecompany’s games —Flow, Flower and Journey — and on fan-favorite Sony franchises like Uncharted, Infamous, God of War and Sly Cooper. Here’s some specific game deals below. None of these deals require a PlayStation Plus membership, although there are deeper discounts available in some cases for subscribers.

 

  • God Hand – $2.49, 75 percent off
  • Twisted Metal: Black – $2.49, 75% off
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves GOTY Edition – $4.99, 50% off
  • God of War Collection – $3.74, 75% off
  • Journey Collector’s Edition – $12.49, 50% off
  • Tokyo Jungle – $3.99, 80% off
  • Ratchet & Clank Collection – $7.99, 60% off

The Only on PlayStation sale runs for one week, from now until 11 a.m. ET on March 28.

 

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PlayStation 4.5 Update Now Available

This week, Sony put out the PlayStation 4.5 system update that brings a good amount of new features to the console.

As of yesterday, you’ll now be able to connect an external hard drive to the system and expand the storage. This is good news for anyone with a 500GB HD version of the console. And if you’re looking for a bit of customisation, you can now add in-game screenshots as wallpapers to the PS4’s menu.

If you’re playing a game in PS VR and you return to the PS4 home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks a bit lower than normal on the TV Social Screen. With this update, the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode. The resolution of cinematic mode on PSVR will improve and if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.

Sony is adding voice chat when using remote play on a Windows PC, Mac or a mobile device. You can now switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the tool bar of the remote play app.

The PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select games that have not been patched to the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU. Boost Mode provides a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. Of course, not all games will be compatible with the new mode

 

 

Free Is Always Better. March’s PlayStation Plus Free To Play Games

Here’s the full list of the Free To Play that will be available from March 1st to the 30th on PlayStation Plus.

Lumo: PS4/PS Vita

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Witness the rebirth of a genre in Lumo – a classic isometric adventure with a modern twist for gamers young and old alike! With over 400 rooms across four unique zones, six hidden mini-games and all kinds of secrets to uncover, Lumo is a true voyage of discovery. How much you discover just depends on how hard you look…

Tearaway Unfolded: PS4

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Tearaway Unfolded invites you on a journey to help your plucky messenger make a very important delivery. Reach into your TV with your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to unleash gusts of wind to unfold hidden areas, confound enemies and ride a paper plane. Use your new powers to catch objects thrown out of the TV screen and hurl them back into hard-to-reach places or at enemies, and guide your messenger through scary places by shining the light bar at the screen.

Disc Jam: PS4

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Disc Jam is a new arcade sports game being developed by former Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and Tony Hawk developers. Relive the intense competitive action of an old coin-op classic, but in a modern package complete with online play and ranked leagues. Jump in with 2-4 players and compete 1v1 or 2v2 in a unique combination of air hockey and tennis. Every character is unique; find the one that matches your playstyle

Earth Defense Force 2025: PS3

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Eight years since the defeat of the alien invasion and the destruction of the Mothership, civilization recovered most of the prosperity it once had. In 2025 a new state of emergency arises as giant aliens and insects are discovered deep underground. The Ravagers have evolved, and are stronger than ever. The Earth Defense Force must now stand up to these terrifying creatures to save humanity once more!

Under Night: In-Birth: PS3

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From the companies behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue comes Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, an all-new 2D fighting game for the PlayStation®3! UNIEL strikes the perfect balance between accessibility and depth, offering an experience that both fighting game veterans and those new to the genre can enjoy! Choose from 16 unique characters and join them in their perilous journey through the Hollow Night.

Severed: PS Vita

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Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha, wielding a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world in search of her family. Swipe-based touch controls will let you solve puzzles, find secrets, and do battle with a host of disturbing monsters.As the journey goes on, you’ll unlock new abilities, ascend an RPG-style upgrade tree, and tease apart the mysteries of the dark fantasy universe Sasha finds herself in.

For Honor Lacking Reviews

There are only a few For Honor Reviews online with most of the major websites waiting longer to give their final thoughts on the latest release.

The reason to the shortage of reviews is the game being unavailable to review ahead of its release date which was a move made by Ubisoft due to the massive importance of online gameplay. Attack of the Fan Boy provided the first look at For Honor following the closed and open betas earlier this year.

“The story is kind of a confusing mess, presenting you with a world that saw some sort of calamity a thousand years ago. This caused the globe to become embroiled in conflict for that thousand years, with peace only becoming a reality in the last few years. The three groups in these conflicts are the ones you choose from in multiplayer: knights, vikings, and samurai. Why they’re in the same region? Who knows. What we do know is that a new warlord named Apollyon is trying to bring back the wars that just now ended. You play as alternating characters, with a specific chapter for each faction. You’ll work for and against Apollyon, trying to figure out what is happening in this world, and maybe how to avoid plunging the globe back into endless combat.”

AOTFB gave For Honor a 4.5/5 review, also saying “For Honor is heavily focused on the multiplayer components, but it has a surprisingly strong single player campaign.”

Are you upset about the lack of reviews about the game? Do they influence your decisions to by a game?

Free Is Always Better. February’s PlayStation Plus Free To Play Games

Here’s the full list of the Free To Play that will be available from February 1st to the 28th on PlayStation Plus.

LittleBigPlanet 3: PS4

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In LittleBigPlanet 3, you can discover a world of endless creative surprises as you explore all corners of the Imagisphere. Meet the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and face the nefarious Newton in this rich, vibrant world.

Not A Hero: PS4

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Professional assassin turned amateur campaign manager, Steve is charged with cleaning up the city by an anthropomorphic rabbit and mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord.

STARWHAL: PS4/PS3

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This Digital Entertainment Object for Home Console Hardware is all about love, respect, and ALL-OUT MAYHEM. Inspired by countless couch-gaming gatherings over the decades, Breakfall developed something competitive, creative, and immediately fun. STARWHAL is the number one local multiplayer couch gaming experience featuring marine mammals in outer space.

Ninja Senki DX: PS4/PS3

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Ninja Senki DX is a fast-paced platformer featuring the blue ninja Hayate, lots of shurikens and revenge! Hayate faces a band of evil ninjas and several mythological Japanese creatures in his quest to avenge the death of his beloved. This game is made for players who enjoy challenging 8-bit action. Ninja skills are required.

TorqueL: PS4/PS3

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Torque up! Hat on! Roll, tumble and extend to get over magma, high walls, and myriad other obstacles in this puzzle game. TorqueL is a unique 2D ‘rolling’ & ‘extend’ platformer/action/puzzle game. Including a total of 50 chambers, and 7 basic routes. Can you discover it all?

Anna – Extended Edition: PS3

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Set in an abandoned sawmill nestled high in the Italian mountains, Anna challenges the player to uncover horrific clues and use them to solve puzzles related to your character’s dark past. The player’s behavior does not only determine the mental health of the main character but can also change locations and unveil new secrets leading to one of eight possible endings.

 

 

Nioh Comes Out Today On PS4 And The Reviews Are Already In

The Japanese action-RPG Nioh finally came out today for the PS4.

Early reviews and looks at the game from game play videos have gotten critics saying that it looks similar to Bloodborne or Dark Souls, but the early community says Nioh is it’s own game. It may borrow a few similar structures from those games, but the story gives it a “lighter” feeling to the game while still bringing a fast-paced combat-style and a deep system of loot and moves.

Some of the big names in the gaming community are saying about the new release:

Jimquisition: When you mix in gorgeous looking artwork, as well as console graphic options that allow for adjustable framerate, you’ve got a game that really does go all out. This is backed up by terrific music, sound effects, and immersively diverse voice acting that crosses linguistic lines.

Nioh got attention for its similarities to other titles, but it deserves to be remembered as its own special game, one that sees and raises the efforts presented by its inspirations. With fast and uncompromising combat, an engrossing economy of loot, and a mesmerizing artistic style, action-RPGs have rarely been this refined or this captivating.

IGN: Nioh could well take over 100 hours if you set out to master its many side missions on top of its tough campaign, but it’s a challenge well worth taking. The way it builds on its most obvious inspirations with a highly refined combat system and an unexpectedly charming, yet gritty style all its own allows it to boldly carve out its own identity, standing as a shining example of what action RPGs can be.

Destructoid: With its emphasis on challenging combat and light storytelling elements that are at times bordering on parody (in a good way), Nioh feels like a true successor to the Ninja Gaiden series and fills a nice void that Souls left behind. Did Team Ninja ever leave? Whatever the case might be, it’s back.

Usgamer.net: Nioh is Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja taking a more measured approach to what they do best, and is a surprisingly feature-heavy and battle-focused heir to the Soulsborne method. But it ultimately stands on its own, and is a worthy addition to any Action RPG library.

Will you be picking up Nioh?

Overwatch Director Wants Players To Use A Controller

It looks like some Overwatch faithful on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 think that the use of the keyboard and mouse on the consoles is a big no no.

The multiplayer shooter phenomenons fan base on the respective consoles have claimed that since high-level players of the game on consoles use a keyboard and mouse, with a majority of players using a controller, it could be seen as cheating due to the precision increase by a mouse compared to an analog stick.

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan stated that the company “objects to the use of mouse and keyboard on console” on the official Overwatch forums.
“We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for first-party console manufacturers to either disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices or openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for players.”
The PS4 supports the keyboard for using the internet browser games such as Final Fantasy XIV while Microsoft has pushed convergence of its console with Windows 10 with the Play Anywhere program, it seems unlikely for either platform holder to comply despite Overwatch being a massive draw on consoles.
While Blizzard hasn’t traditionally supported the notion of a cross platform multiplayer in the past, maybe they should think about taking a page out titles like Rocket League‘s book and at least toy with the idea.
Do you use a controller when you play? Is using a keyboard and mouse unfair to other players?