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The new PS4 4.50 beta is being released to beta testers soon. It was a quick turnaround from beta to live last time. New features inlcude

- External hard drive support (up to 8TB)
- Custom wallpapers
- Improvements in the Quick Menu and to notifications



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The new PS+ games are up

New Store Update

8Days - PS4 — Digital - "The world has been dominated by dark forces since the beginning of human history." (this blurb doesn't seem especially well written)

How to Survive 2 - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6)- "The zombie infection has turned into a worldwide pandemic."

Kitty Powers Matchmaker - PS4 — Digital - "a hilarious dating simulator with a difference."

Nioh - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "grueling encounters await around every corner in this action RPG"

The Onion Knights - "Defend the kingdom from an endless swarms of enemies."

Ping Pong VR - PS VR — Digital - "experience the thrill of playing Table Tennis with PlayStation VR."

So Many Me! - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/6) - "a mind bending puzzle platformer with the added bonus of robust blobby cuteness."

Super Gunworld 2 - PS4 — Digital - "Explore GunWorld and battle monsters to find hidden secrets, gold, and earn valuable experience points."

Uncanny Valley - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "an unsettling, story-driven survival horror where nothing is as it seems"

Other Highlights
- For Honor: Open Beta (Feb. 9 to Feb. 12)
- Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday (new content launch) is coming 2/14
- World of Tanks: 1 Year Anniversary on PS, everyone receives a special tank, emblems and bonus XP – starts 2/10, ends 2/27
- Honor and Duty: New patch adds multiplayer functionality



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
This week's new releases

ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/16) - "a golf game released by SNK in 1996"

Battle Islands: Commanders - PS4 — Digital - "an explosive, head-to-head combat game!"

Bridge Constructor - PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "Become an appraised bridge engineer and architect"

Flywrench - PS4 — Digital - "a frenetic action game ... about piloting an aerobatic ship through the depths of space."

For Honor - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Enter the chaos of war as a bold Knight, brutal Viking, or deadly Samurai"

iO - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "a physics platformer in which you control a ball."

Monster Loves You! - PS4 — Digital - Monster Loves You! - "making decisions that affect the world of Monsters and Humans in this story-book adventure"

MX Nitro - PS4 — Digital - "a world of thrill-ride motocross racing"

Ride 2 - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Discover, transform, and test out the fastest and most iconic motorbikes"

Semispheres - PS4 — Digital - "a unique 2D puzzle game that places dual realities"

Sky Ride- PS4 — Digital (Out 2/15) - "a player will ride on a high speed bike and defeat a large group of approaching enemies."

Sniper Elite 4 - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "the largest and most advanced World War II shooter ever built."

Starry Nights Helix - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/16) "retro-style, side scrolling shooter"

Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found - PS4 — Digital- "Metroidvania style action-platformer that takes you back to a world made from the nightmares of your
childhood."

Vertical Drop Heroes HD - "a procedural platformer RPG hybrid"



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
Do you use Playstation Now? No, probably not. Soon, you won't be able to if you use any of these devices



    PlayStation 3
    PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV
    All 2013, 2014, 2015 Sony Bravia TV models
    All Sony Blu-ray player models
    All Samsung TV models



Service will be discontinued on those devices as of August 15, 2017. Sooner if you own a Sony Bravo TV.

The service continues on PS4 and Windows PCs and nowhere else, I think. I suspect the TVs and BluRays weren't being used much, but losing it on the PS3 & Vita seems like a big pain point.

(edited by thecubsfan on 15.2.17 1601)


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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.43
If you have friends but not PS+ and can't play online multiplayer, PS is giving away that ability for free for a week. It starts tomorrow.

(I'm sorry if you have no friends)



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this week's releases. There's also a Flash Sale. Might get King's Quest, add it to the games I've had but haven't got time to play.

A Pixel Story - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/24) - "A tale of platforms and perils"

ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/23) - a golf game

Beserk and the Band of the Hawk - PS4 — Digital, Retail -"Behold the fierce blend of Warriors and Berserk!"

Chime Sharp - PS4 — Digital - "a music puzzle game with an addictive, ambient heartbeat"

Clouds & Sheep 2 - PS4 — Digital - "Let’s become the best shepherd in the world!"

Malicious Fallen - PS4 — Digital - "Experience the thrilling finale of the Malicious saga, remastered, enhanced, and expanded for PS4."

Mervils: A VR Adventure - "With merely a sword and a few coins"

Night in the Woods - PS4 — Digital - "College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs"

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin - PS VR — Digital - "into the mysterious and paranormal world of the Psychonauts for the first time in more than ten years!"

Typoman - PS4 — Digital - "2D puzzle platformer."

Vaccine- PS4 — Digital - "a new approach on survival horror inspired by those of the 90s."

Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch - PS4 — Digital (Out 2/24) - "a turn based strategy game set on the edge of Imperial space"

Warhammer Quest - PS4 — Digital - "Lead your group of brave adventurers through the perilous dungeons of the Warhammer World in the search for wealth and glory!"

Ys Origin - PS4 — Digital - "As a mighty warrior or a cunning mage, you must seek the Goddesses in Devil’s Tower."




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I played thru Firewatch this weekend! Spoiler box for a year old game


Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
Everyone talking about how the game has a iffy ending stretch made totally convinced that they were swerving the storyline into scifi, and I spent like an hour just waiting for the jump scare alien or mutant or whatever to do a jump scare none of that to happen because it's not really that game. That was an odd experience.

The ending fit with the theme of the game - the main character can see the problems but can only just endure them from a distance, not stop them - but it felt more like a book than a game, if that makes any sense. The natural conversations feels like something that's going to be borrowed from many games going forward - not it hasn't been done before, but there was something about that made it feel right - but done more complete that people will be less impressed by this game five years from now when it's cited as being Really Important.


It was a good way to spend an afternoon but not something I'd recommend for everyone.





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You're totally right that it won't age well. Although a Firewatch 2 would make sense in a few years time when VR is more commonplace and the conversation mechanic is improved.

A large part of the appeal of the game is the mystery of what's going on in the forest, but also the mystery of what's going to happen with Delilah. On a second playthrough, I'm not sure how much of that mystery sustains the experience.

I remember enjoying it when I played it last year. Now, I'm struggling to remember all the details. Maybe I should play it again.





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This week's releases. Horizon Zero Dawn is getting good reviews.

A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/1)- "this game features retro-style visuals centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming."

ACA NeoGeo Nam-1975 - PS4 — Digital (Out 3/2) - "Nam-1975 is an action game released by SNK in 1990."

Dying: Reborn - PS4, PS VR — Digital - "Fans of movie series such as Saw need look no further: a mysterious fish-head nemesis, a grudge, a series of never-ending trials, and a shocking ending will satisfy all your needs."

forma.8 - PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) - "a unique take on the Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore"

Ghost Blade HD - PS4 — Digital = "an intense bullet-hell shoot ’em up game with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay"

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride - PS4 — Digital - "on the other side of the forest, there lies a seemingly bottomless pit, known as the Abyss. It is the place the villagers of Ravenbrook fear most…"

Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "an exhilarating new open-world action RPG exclusively for PS4"

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - PS4 — Digital - "Be Van Helsing, monster-hunter extraordinaire and save the day with your charming and beautiful companion, Lady Katarina (who happens to be a ghost, by the way)"

Stranger of Sword City Revisited - PS Vita — Digital - "Enjoy the tried and true fundamental charms of the Dungeon RPG"

Suikoden IV (PS2 Classic) - PS3 — Digital - "A prequel to the acclaimed role-playing series Suikoden"

Torment: Tides of Numenera - PS4 — Digital, Retail - "Explore Earth one billion years in the future in the science-fantasy setting of Numenera"

The Walking Dead — The Telltale Series: A New Frontier - PS4 — Retail - "Telltale’s award-winning series returns with its third season: A New Frontier."

WRC 6 = PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 3/3) - "WRC 6 puts you to the test: fog, mud, punctures, night racing, engine breakdowns… you have to deal with it all."




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