Newest God of War Could Take Another Chance At Multiplayer

The new God of War installment could bring back one unexpected feature from God of War: Ascension.

The Sony Santa Monica Studio website has a job listing for a senior multiplayer programmer, calling for somebody who wants “all players to have the best possible shared experience”. The listing reveals as much detail about this theoretical multiplayer feature as you would expect; none. Game director Cory Barlog reportedly said that God of War would not include a multiplayer mode in the weeks after its big reveal at E3 2016.

That leaves us with three scenarios: either the initial reports were inaccurate, the studio has changed its mind, or the listing is related to another game that isn’t related to God of War.

Another thing to think about is many signs point to God of War being released this year. The senior multiplayer programmer listing was posted near the end of February, which would not leave the studio with much time to implement such a typically complex feature. Though it may just be filling a gap from a previous employee leaving, rather than staffing up an entirely new position.

God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer portion let players create their own mythological Greek heroes to slay monsters in competitive and cooperative modes. It did well enough bringing multiplayer to a series that had always been about narrative-driven, single-player monster slaying, but it didn’t make that big of a splash. The new God of War has a very different design from previous games, with an over-the-shoulder camera instead of a fixed, floating perspective, for example. So if it does indeed have a multiplayer, don’t expect it to share much in common with Ascension’s.

 

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.

 

PlayStation Now Bringing PS4 Games To PC

What a time to be alive.

Sony is making it to possibly get PlayStation 4 exclusives like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered on your PC. The PS4 is bringing it’s game catalog to its streaming game service PlayStation Now, the company said today in a blog post. The announcement is light on details, but we know that every game in the service, including PS4 games, will be part of a single PS Now subscription.

Last month, Sony said it’s dropping PS Now support on every platform except PC and PS4, so it can focus on building a better user experience. That list includes the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia TVs, Samsung smart TVs and Sony Blu-ray players. The service will stop functioning on those platforms on August 15th.

This move seems like a rebuttal after Microsoft unveiled its own “Netflix-for-games” service called Xbox Game Pass, which offers about 100 titles from the Xbox 360 and Xbox One libraries for $10 a month. Unlike PS Now, it lets you download and install games onto your hard drive. It will launch sometime in spring.

 

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

 

 

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?

For Honor Beta Is Now Live.

The For Honor closed beta is officially live worldwide for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Emails when out to anyone who received a beta key saying that the For Honor beta will start at 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 6am PST today, January 26, ending in the early hours of Jan 30. Here’s the full details for each major time zone:

  • 2pm GMT, Jan 26 – 1am GMT, Jan 30
  • 3pm CET, Jan 26 – 2am CET, Jan 30
  • 9am EST, Jan 26 – 8pm EST, Jan 29
  • 6am PST, Jan 26 – 5pm PST, Jan 29
  • 1am AEDT, Jan 27 – 12pm AEDT, Jan 30

Basically, you’ve got Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy it in whatever time zone you’re in.

Here’s what you’ll get to play in the beta:

  • Three game modes:
    • Dominion – 4vs4 and the main game mode of For Honor.
    • Brawl – 2vs2, a quicker, more fight-orientated mode.
    • Duel – 1vs1 in a tiny arena which is as deadly as your opponents.
  • Six maps:
    • As far as we can tell, these are split across the game modes.
    • For example, there is at least one duel map, a couple of dominion ones, etc, not six maps playable in every mode.
  • Nine heroes:
    1. These are evenly split across the three factions, fulfilling streotypes for each.
    2. Samurai:
      • Orochi – Defensively minded and prime for counter-attacking.
      • Kensei – Long-ranged (for a man with a sword) and adaptable to fighting different kinds of opponents.
      • Nobushi – The longest attack range in the game on the end of a large polearm offers great zone control.
    3. Vikings:
      • Raider – They’ve got a massive two-handed axe and like to disarm people with it. Do huge damage.
      • Berserker – Dual-wielded hand axes make for a quick fighting style.
      • Warlord – Short range and wielding a shield, Warlords are as defensive as Vikings get.
    4. Knights:
      • Conqueror – With a shield and mace, able to hold a great defensive position.
      • Warden – Subscribe to the ‘hit them with a big sword’ style of thinking, making them adaptable but unspecialised.
  • Peacekeeper – Quick, assasin-style characters with two swords.

Good luck to anyone enjoying the beta and good luck to anyone trying to get access!

Story trailer drops for Injustice 2.

Bane, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Darkseid (as the pre-order come-on) all cameo in the latest story trailer for Injustice 2. 

There will be a new character revealed next week (Jan. 24). All of the heroes and villains seen in this trailer have been confirmed so far. Injustice 2 is coming May 16 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It looks as though the story picks up right after 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, in with Superman and Batman fighting (shocking) over who gets to be Earth’s numero uno hero.

The trailer shows some allies of the heroes at odds against one another. Supergirl seems to be having family issues with her cousin and Robin (Damian Wayne in this series) is sick of daddy’s sh*t. It also seems as if Batman is talking to some old foes to form a team against the son of Krypton. 

Here’s the trailer. What do you think?