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Heavy Rain and Absolver Highlight July PS Plus Free Games

In a post to the PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced the free games that will be coming to PlayStation consoles in July. Highlighting the list is Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain and the online martial arts fighting game Absolver. Check out the rest of the list of games coming in July below:

Additionally, Sony announced a discounted price for three months of PlayStation Now.

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Proven News-Wrap Up: 4/13

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1) Radical Heights Joins Battle Royale Party

With the continued success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, the potential of a surge in of games diving into the Battle Royale genre was always in play. Boss Key Productions, the makers of Lawbreakers are next to step into the ring with Radical Heights. Radical Heights takes the typical formula for battle royale, but adds in its own features to make it stand out. Most notably, collecting cash to buy weapons and other items. This cash will carry over from game to game, giving players a “bank” that they can make withdrawals from if they need some quick dough. Radical Heights also separates itself with its game show style presentation, giving a context to gameplay that other battle royale games don’t have. Radical Heights is in Early Access on Steam and is free-to-play.

2) Billy Mitchell Banned From Competition and His Scores Removed

For those who don’t know the name, Billy Mitchell is a competitive gamer who made a name for himself on arcade games such as Donkey Kong. Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks and gaming high scores and records have concluded that some of Mitchell’s scores on Donkey Kong were done using an emulator, thus breaking the rules. The result, Twin Galaxies has removed the scores and also banned Mitchell from future competitions. In the world of high score video game competitions, this is a big deal. To play on anything other than an original arcade setup immediately brings any high scores into question. Good on Twin Galaxies for performing a thorough investigation and taking action.

3) Shovel Knight Hits Two Million Copies Sold

Shovel Knight is widely considered as one of the most successful Kickstarter games of all time. The 2-D platformer has found success on every platform it has come to (which is pretty much every platform you can think of) due to its old-school platforming and challenging gameplay. One of the most impressive things about Shovel Knight has been its continued success. Since its initial launch, the game has had multiple DLC expansions (with another one coming) and guest appearances in games such as Blaster Master Zero and Yooka-Laylee. Of all of the platforms, PC and 3DS lead the way, accounting for 48.3% of sales. Behind that, the Switch sits in third at 17.6 percent.

Did we leave out any of the big stories of the week? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank Highlight March PS Plus Games

Sony has announced the free games coming to PlayStation platforms on March 6. Highlighting the list are two major games from Sony’s exclusive library. Bloodborne and Ratchet and Clank, the remake of the PlayStation 2 game will be coming to PlayStation 4. Check out the full list of games coming to PlayStation consoles below:

  • Bloodborne, PS4
  • Rachet and Clank PS4
  • Legend of Kay, PS3
  • Mighty No. 9, PS3 (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Claire: Extended Cut, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Bombing Busters, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

 

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Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition Highlights December’s Free PS Plus Games

In a post to the PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced the free games that will be coming to PlayStation Plus Members for the month of December.

Highlighting the list is Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition. This version of the game comes will all DLC and graphical updates. Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends is the other game to PlayStation 4 this month. This game sees the characters of the Kung Fu Panda universe battle in four-player, Smash Bros. style combat. Check out the rest of the list of games coming this month for free below:

  • Syberia Collection PS3
  • Xblaze Lost: Memories, PS3
  • Forma.8, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Wanted Corp, PS Vita

Additionally, it was announced that a beta for Monster Hunter: World will run from December 9 to December 12. Check out the full post from Sony by clicking here.

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Worms Battlegrounds and Bound Highlight PlayStation Plus Free Games for November

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced the free games that will be coming to PlayStation Plus members starting on November 7.

Highlighting the list of games are Worms Battlegrounds and Bound, coming to PlayStation 4. Along with these two games, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, the PSVR arcade shooter will also be free to download as a bonus game. Click here to see the full blog post,  and check out the full list of games below:

  • Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
  • Bound (PS4/PSVR)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR Required)
  • That’s You! (PlayLink)
  • R-Type Dimensions (PS3)
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (PS3)
  • Dungeon Punks (PS Vita & PS4)
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse [Ep. 1 & 2] (PS Vita)

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Metal Gear Solid V Highlights October Free Games for PS Plus

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced the games that will be available for free for PlayStation Plus subscribers for the month of October.

Highlighting the list is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, coming to PS4. Originally released in 2015, MGSV was the final game that Hideo Kojima worked on before leaving Konami. The action game reviewed incredibly well after release and won best action/adventure game at the 2015 Game Awards.

Next up, the horror bundle Amnesia: Collection will also be coming to PS4. The pack includes both The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs. Check out the rest of the games for PS Plus users, as well as a trailer for MGSV below:

  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds, PS3
  • Hustle Kings, PS3
  • Hue, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4 & PS3)

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Infamous Second Son Highlights September PS Plus Games

Sony has announced the free games for PlayStation Plus members coming in September. Highlighting the list is Sucker Punch’s Infamous Second Son. In addition to Second Son, five other games will be making their way to the PlayStation platform. Check out the full list of games below:

  • inFamous: Second Son, PS4
  • Strike Vector Ex, PS4
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds, PS3
  • Hustle Kings, PS3
  • Hue, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4 & PS3)

Along with the free games, RIGS Mechanized Combat League will be free to PSVR users from September 5 to November 7. Check out the full blog post from PlayStation by clicking here. Take a look at a trailer for Infamous Second Son below:

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Windjammers Available Now For PlayStation 4 and Vita

After being announced at PSX in 2016, the return of Windjammers is finally upon us. The Frisbee game, which originally launched in 1994 on NEOGEO is available now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game is cross-buy and will have online play for the first time. Along with ranked online matches, the following modes are available:

  • 5 game modes: Arcade, Infinite, Local Versus, Online Quick Match and Ranked Match
  • 6 unique characters with their own special skills and super throws
  • 6 playable environments, from sunny beach to a crowded stadium
  • 2 unlockable mini-games: Dog Distance & Bowling
  • New HD menus

Check out the launch trailer for Windjammers below:

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Sony Reveals Secret of Mana Remake for PS4 and Vita

Today Sony revealed a ground-up, 3D remake of Secret of Mana — something that I don’t think any of us expected.

To quote the Official PlayStation Blog:

One of the greatest RPGs of all time, Secret of Mana, is coming back to life in 3D! Secret of Mana will come to PS4 and PS Vita digitally, on February 15, 2018 worldwide.

Secret of Mana holds a special place in many hearts here in the office, so we could not be more excited for new fans to experience the time-honored classic for the first time, and for existing fans to dive back into the fun fantasy adventure that they know and love.

The remake boasts local multiplayer and a newly arranged soundtrack, as well as fully voiced characters.  If you pre-order Secret of Mana, then you get three exclusive suits when the game launches on February 15th, 2018.

I loved this game growing up but never had the patience to finish it.  I’m excited to dive back into Secret of Mana early next year!

You can watch the trailer below and head over to the PlayStation Blog to check out all the details.

 

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Until Dawn and Game of Thrones Coming to PlayStation Plus in July

Horror, decisions, and storytelling will highlight the free games coming to PlayStation Plus in July. Sony has announced that Until Dawn and Game of Thrones will be coming to PlayStation 4, highlighting the July free games lineup. The horror game Until Dawn was released in 2015, and quickly became a hit for its storytelling and decision making style gameplay. Game of Thrones will include all six episodes. Check out the full list of free games for next month below:

  • Until Dawn, PS4
  • Game of Thrones, PS4
  • Tokyo Jungle, PS3
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection, PS3
  • Element4l, PS Vita
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot, PS Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)

Additionally, from July 4 to October 24, That’s You, one of the launch games for PlayLink, will be available to PlayStation Plus members. Finally, members will also get access to the closed beta for Orcs Must Die starting on July 18.

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Life Is Strange Highlights June PS Plus Games

In a blog post earlier today, Sony has revealed the free games coming to PlayStation Plus users in June. Killing Floor 2 and Life Is Strange highlight the titles and will be coming to PlayStation 4. Killing Floor 2 is a multiplayer shooter. Players will drop into Europe in up to groups of up to six to save humanity from a zombie outbreak. Life Is Strange is a five-part, episodic game from Square Enix that puts players in control of Max Caulfield. Max discovers she has the ability to rewind time to change the past, but her decisions can have a major impact on the future.

The full list of games for PlayStation Plus this month can be found below. Also, be sure to check out the trailer announcing next month’s games as well.

  • Killing Floor 2, PS4
  • Life is Strange, PS4
  • Abyss Odyssey, PS3
  • WRC 5: World Rally Championship, PS3
  • Neon Chrome, PS Vita (crossbuy with PS4)
  • Spy Chameleon, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4)

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SHU PS VITA RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED AND FREE DLC COMING TO ALL PLATFORMS

After the successful launch of Shu on PS4 and Steam last year, Coatsink are pleased to announce their carefully crafted, hand-drawn platformer will be coming to PS Vita on May 23rd 2017, with free DLC available for Steam and PS4 throughout 2017.

On April 28th, the first DLC update will be launched on Steam, including the following three new levels: Beneath the Ruins, No Turning Back, and Depths of Discovery.

On May 23rd, a further three levels will be launched on Steam, alongside the release of all six levels on PS4 to coincide with the highly-anticipated PS Vita launch of Shu. As well as including the all-new DLC levels, the PS Vita version will also include the exclusive trophy area: The Refuge.

About Shu

Set in a scenic mountain village, Shu combines charming character design, beautiful hand-crafted visuals and fast-paced platform action as Shu and companions battle to save their friends while being pursued by a monstrous and unrelenting storm.

Can you outrun the end of the world?

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Dragon Quest Builders Partners with Langers Juice

 Square Enix, Inc. today announced that DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS, the fun-filled block-building role-playing game (RPG), is collaborating with Langer Juice Company, Inc. for a limited time promotion.

From now until January 31, 2017, all specially-marked Langers Juice bottles will offer a $5.00 discount coupon towards the purchase of DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS at any physical retail location where the game is sold.  This promotion is limited to customers in the United States.  More information on this promotion is available at langers.com.

Available for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and PlayStationVita handheld entertainment system (digitally), DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS launched on October 11 to wide critical acclaim for its unique blend of block-building gameplay and role playing elements:

  • TIME, (4.5 out of 5)
  • Forbes, (9 out of 10)
  • IGN, (8.9 out of 10): “Totally, thoroughly engaging
  • Destructoid, (9 out of 10): “balance that innate sense of pride in building your own creations with the traditional thrill of JRPG exploration.”
  • USgamer, October 2016 (4.5 out of 5):  “it’s excellent.”
  • GamesRadar+, October 2016 (4 out of 5): “Rewarding and breezy fun.”

In DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS, players use their creativity to gather materials and craft unique items to rebuild the ruined realm of Alefgard. Featuring an immersive DRAGON QUEST story and world, the title provides a brand-new sandbox gaming experience, the first for the franchise, with an intuitive control system that will have players building the towers and castles of their dreams in no time.

Check out the launch trailer for Dragon Quest Builders below:

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World of Final Fantasy Free Demo to be Released Next Week

SQUARE ENIX announced that on October 17 fans can preview the upcoming family-friendly title WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY™ via the free playable demo available for download at the PlayStationStore.

The playable demo will allow players to experience heroes Reynn and Lann in their Lilikin and Jiant forms, meet various different Mirages and encounter a selection of iconic FINAL FANTASY® characters along the way, including Cloud, Lightning and Squall. Completing the demo allows players to battle and capture “Magitek Armor P” at the coliseum in the full version of the game.

The full-length animated opening cinematic for the title was also revealed, showcasing two distinct animation styles. It depicts Reynn and Lann, as they set foot into the magical world of Grymoire, battling menacing Mega Mirages and fighting alongside legendary FINAL FANTASY characters.

The Opening Cinematic Footage can be viewed below:

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505 Games to Publish Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Publisher 505 Games, the company behind the first-person narrative driven adventure Virginia, have announced their partnership with Koji Igarashi to publish Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night; The spiritual successor to the PlayStation One darling Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  Working as a series producer for the Castlevania series from 2001-2010, Igarashi parted ways with Konami to launch a kick-starter for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night in attempt to recapture the hearts of fans who have longed for a proper sequel to the beloved Castlevania series. Recent screenshots and gameplay trailers have depicted the fidelity of the Castlevania games rooted within the core mechanics. Gothic environments and horrific boss battles will aim to set the tone as you explore a dark castle in classic 2D, “Metroidvania” style fashion.  Despite the game’s delay due to budget issues, the game is still slated for release in 2018 for the PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita, Wii U, and PC.

To view the partnership announcement between Igarashi and 505 Games, click the video below!

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Hand-Drawn Platformer, Shu, Available on PS4 and Steam

Developer Coatsink Software have announced their hand-drawn and carefully crafted platformer, Shu,  has launched digitally today for PS4 and PC (via Steam) priced at £9.49 / $11.99 / €11.99. The game will also be launched on PSVita in Q4 2016, and will support Playstation’s cross buy feature.

Shu will challenge and delight players with an engrossing 2.5D world, filled with collectables, obstacles and threats. Adventure across the land with the help of hand-drawn characters and their unique powers, forever pursued by a monstrous and unrelenting storm. Shu harkens back to old school platforming classics, but also adds its own unique flavour to the formula, boasting a large cast of characters and variety of fast-paced gameplay, optional time-trials and online leaderboards.

Can you outrun the end of the world?

View the launch trailer below!

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Dragon Quest Builders Demo Available Today on the PlayStation Store

Beginning today, fans can try their hand at building and battling with the new DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ demo available on the PlayStation Store. In this introductory chapter of the game, fans can explore a large open island, restore a town and battle hordes of monsters all while completing exciting quests.  This game is sure to peak the interest of fans of Minecraft and JRPG’s.

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS will arrive on October 11 for the PlayStation4  and PlayStationVita (digital only) at North American retailers and the Square Enix Online Store. Fans who pre-order the Digital Day One Edition of DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS through the PlayStation Store or participating retail stores will receive exclusive in-game items to enhance their block-building adventure.

View the gameplay trailer for Dragon Quest Builders below!

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Stylish JRPG, Akiba’s Beat, Receives New Full-Length Trailer

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today unveiled a brand new, full-length trailer for Akiba’s Beat, developer ACQUIRE’s highly-anticipated satirical JRPG headed to PS4 and PS Vita. The trailer comes as a follow-up to seven character-specific videos recently released via the XSEED Games YouTube channel, and highlights the game’s Akihabara-centric narrative and gameplay while showcasing the game’s uniquely challenging party-based action battle system.

A spiritual successor to Akiba’s Trip: Undead & UndressedAkiba’s Beat is a modern-day satirical spin on a classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality.

Akiba’s Beat is scheduled to release in North America in Q1 of 2017.

View the new full-length trailer below!

 

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New “World of Final Fantasy” Trailer Revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2016

At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, SQUARE ENIX® released a new WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY trailer that follows the journey of siblings Reynn and Lann as they enter the world of Grymoire. Bound by prophecy to lead the world to salvation or ruin, they encounter a multitude of familiar FINAL FANTASY® beasts and characters, including Faris and her pirate moogles™ (FINAL FANTASY V), Rydia and her companion mist dragon (FINAL FANTASY IV) and the young summoner Eiko (FINAL FANTASY IX). The trailer also features the opening theme song “Innocence2” performed by Mizuki.

The Day One edition of the game is available now for preorder through the Square Enix Online Store and at participating retailers for $59.99. The Day One edition includes extra digital content including an exclusive Sephiroth summon and the Japanese voice-over option add-on. The Collector’s Edition, presented as a physical pop-up book containing an 80-page hardbound artbook, three mini-figurines, Sounds of the World soundtrack CD, extra digital content and more, is also available in limited quantities exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.

WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY will arrive on October 25 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.

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Koei Tecmo America Reveals Western Title and Release Date for Upcoming Game Based on Popular Manga and Anime Series

Follow the Daring and Heroic Life of Guts and Crew from the Renowned Manga and Anime Series’ Popular ‘Golden Age’ Arc Through the ‘Falcon of the Millennium Empire’ Arc in ‘Berserk and the Band of the Hawk’


KOEI TECMO America was thrilled to reveal new information regarding the North American release of developer Omega Force’s most brutal Warriors title to date alongside a batch of new assets featuring characters from the series’ universe. Based on the iconic manga and anime series Berserk by Kentarou Miura, the game will be released in North America as Berserk and the Band of the Hawk on February 21, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, digitally for the PlayStation®Vita handheld system and on Windows PC via Steam®.

A brand new trailer plus a selection of new screenshots and artwork released today introduce Guts’ companions Casca, Judeau, Serpico and Schierke – all of whom will be playable characters within Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk follows the compelling tale of the famed mercenary group The Band of the Hawk, focusing on its diverse cast of characters and their struggles as they fight to achieve their dream of owning a kingdom. Berserk fans and newcomers alike will experience the series’ popular Golden Age story arc, which depicts the meeting between the leader of The Band of the Hawk, Griffith, and the legendary Black Swordsman, Guts, as well as the gripping Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc, in which players will experience the group’s most brutal and devastating battles against humans and demons alike.

About Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is based on the world-renowned series Berserk by Kentarou Miura, and blends the signature ‘one versus thousands’ style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of Berserk. Players will follow the daring and heroic journey of Guts, Griffith, Casca and the Band of the Hawk as they slash and smash their way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.

View the official trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016 below!