Category Archives: PS4/Vita

Disney Infinity 2.0: Collector’s Edition is Exclusive to PlayStation

Following up on PlayStation’s E3 2014 Press Conference, Disney has announced and detailed the Disney Infinity 2.0 Collector’s Edition, re-confirming that it will in fact be a PlayStation 3 and 4 exclusive.

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It will include everything in the original Starter Pack – a copy of the game, the Infinity Base, Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor. It will also included the other three Avengers – Captain America, Hawkeye and Hulk – and to top it all off it comes with a collector’s diorama stand suited for all six avengers, featuring a Frost Beast enemy. Hulk will not be available until 30 days after launch, except in this Playstation exclusive starter pack. All of this will be available on launch, 09.23.2014, for 179.99 MSRP. Hit that follow button if you enjoyed this article, and keep it locked at DS90’s for more on Disney Infinity 2.0!

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– Caleb Stiles

Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect – SDCC Panel 2014

San Diego’s Comic Con 2014 is just around the corner, and many panels have been earning their confirmation over the last couple of weeks. BioWare has announced their Mass Effect 4 Panel, Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect. BioWare’s panel is going to discuss the making of this next Mass Effect, and hopefully give us plenty of new information on the next installment of this blockbuster franchise.

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Still Shot from EA Press Conference: E3 2014 (Mass Effect)

Other than the original reveal, N7 Day concept art, and the short teaser from EA’s E3 2014 Press Conference, not much has been revealed about Mass Effect 4, but some details have been confirmed. We know that Commander Shepard will not be the star or primary role and that the game is going to share many “core features” of Dragon Age Inquisition. This most likely refers to “under-the-hood” development that won’t reflect the game’s combat, HUD, dialogue, etc. Lastly, the developers have stated that ME4 is going to take place in whole new area of Space, so it would be great to learn more on that.

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Still Shot from EA Press Conference: E3 2014 (Mass Effect)

The panel is going to consist of the community manager, the senior artist, two producers, and the game’s lead animator. SDCC 2014 runs July 24-27, so in just a few more weeks we should a lot more about the next Mass Effect. We will follow up on this article at that time, so enjoy the Con and check back often for everything Mass Effect, right here at DS90’s!

– Caleb Stiles

A New Challenger Appears!

HEY DUDES THANKS,
FOR RESCUING ME.
LET’S GO FOR
A BURGER….
HA! HA! HA! HA!

-President Ronnie Reagan (Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja)

Hello, Game Nerds Friends! My name is Chazen Smith, and I’m now an author on this site. Alongside my dear friend and stuffed gorilla, Bunk, I will be bringing you reviews of handheld and console games that I have both enjoyed and hated. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on games with you, and I hope you’ll share your thoughts and ideas with me as well!

 

Thanks, Gamerillas!

-Chazen Smith

Should You Get Metro: Redux – A Slight Update or a Next-Gen Overhaul?

4A Games recently announced Metro: Redux with a release date of August 26, 2014. Is Metro Redux going to be nothing more than a slight update, or is 4A going to completely overhaul the world of Metro, making it worth a second go for returning fans? Let’s look at what we know so far.

The screens we’ve seen so far for Metro: Redux are absolutely stunning, and an absolute improvement from not only Metro: Last Light; but the 2010 game that started it all, Metro: 2033, is going to get the most noticeable improvement. Check out the gallery below to see the improvements for yourself!

4A Games is determined to get gamers back into Metro, and the best way to do that, is to listen to the players. 4A acknowledged that the Metro series needed gameplay improvements, listened to the fan requests, and made the necessary changes to drive the Metro series forward. Players can now check their watch to keep up with the time, an emphasized feature in Metro, and players can also check their inventory on the fly, a small but crucial improvement that will ease the frustration of playing on harder difficulties. Metro: Redux will run on 60FPS on both the PS4 and Xbox One, but the PS4 will boast a resolution of 1080p compared to Xbox One’s expected 720p.

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Metro Redux seems impressive and improved enough, but nobody wants to pay a new release $59.99 MSRP on a collection of two remastered games, and 4A games was ready to not only approach that, but they have acknowledged and fulfilled that expectation. Metro: Redux contains completely remastered versions of Metro: 2033, Metro: Last Light, and every DLC released between the two games (also remastered) for only $49.99. Only want either Metro: 2033, or Metro: Last Light? 4A’s got you covered because those individual “Redux” copies will be digitally available for only $24.99 each!

The bottom line is that 4A Games has exceeded the standard tradition of remakes and remasters, brought new fan requested features to the franchise, produced eye-popping visuals, and offers the world of Metro in flexible options, all of which are below a traditional MSRP. Should you get Metro Redux? Whether you are a returning fan, an interested onlooker, or a fan of great story-driven games, Metro: Redux will not let you down.

– Caleb Stiles

Destiny’s Achievements/Trophies Revealed and Detailed

Bungie released a detailed list of 40 Destiny Achievements and Trophies in their Weekly Update yesterday, and it seems hardcore completionists will feel right at home (that definitely includes me). Destiny will be available on Xbox One and PS4 on 9.9.2014. Check out the full list below, keep it locked at DS90’s for everything Destiny, and hit that follow button at the top of the page (bottom of the page if on mobile device) if and only if you enjoyed this article!

– Caleb Stiles

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E3 2014 Press Conference Review: Sony – Strong Points Dragged Out

PlayStation had some of the best announcements this year at E3, like Hello Games’ No Mans Sky, GTA 5 Next-Gen reveal, Uncharted, and the White PS4 Destiny Bundle, but numbed the excitement of these strong points by including too much filler in the show. Here’s our review!

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The thrill of the PlayStation shone best through the first part exclusives, from HD remasters to brand new IP’s. Insomniac Games is re-imagining the very first Ratchet and Clank to be beautifully rendered in HD on the PS4, a very unique move considering Insomniac’s current close ties with Xbox One through Sunset Overdrive. Here’s what Insomniac had to say about the Ratchet and Clank Project.

In 2015, we have the rare (actually, for us, unprecedented) opportunity to expand Ratchet’s universe simultaneously in two forms. We’ll continue our involvement with the Ratchet & Clank feature film. And we’re excited to announce that we’re also developing a game that shares the film’s vision of Ratchet’s origin story. As featured in Sony’s press conference, the game re-imagines the original Ratchet & Clank, with updated gameplay and completely new visuals built from the ground up for the PlayStation 4.

The Order: 1886 had an awesome stage demo, showing the dark and vulnerable side of the game, but was quickly dismissed as the show went on. Entwined entered in PlayStation’s strong indie presence with another on-stage demo, but did not capture the excitement PlayStation needed to bridge the briefing. Bloodborne, a very dark and inclusive RPG exclusively to PS4 also fell short of the expected limelight, but Bloodborne is very early in progress, so I expect it to have a much larger stage presence at next year’s presser. LittleBigPlanet is getting its third installment, introducing brand new “sack” characters like Toggle, Swoop, and OddSock.

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Wrapping up first party, the Infamous universe continues to grow with a brand new digital title, Infamous: First Light. First Light follows the story of Abigail “Fetch” Walker, a fan favorite character introduced in Second Son. Nearing the final moments of the conference, Sony unveiled one last 1st Party Exclusive that fans have been absolutely waiting for, check out the teaser below to see for yourself!

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One of the bigger moments of the conference was the unveiling of the Destiny PS4 bundle, that comes with retail’s first ever White PS4.

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Destiny (easily E3 2014’s most hyped game) also had a huge presence at the Sony conference, with a rather extensive trailer showing off some new details about Bungie’s new FPS. Check it out below.

The HD remastering trend was industry wide this year, and PS4 has some of their own exclusives to contribute, like the aforementioned Ratchet and Clank, and The Last of Us: Remastered. Sony also had the privilege of dropping the bombshell everyone has been waiting for, the announcement of GTA V for current-gen consoles! GTA V looks amazing on PS4 and Xbox One, here’s a comparison image to show you  just how good it looks on PS4, compared to PS3.

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Last but not Least

Sony didn’t miss the chance to champion their close relationships with indie developers either – Broforce, Not a Hero and Titan Souls all got their debut at the show, but the Hello Games’ exploratory sci-fi game stole the show, and almost the entire expo.

Hello Games’ No Mans Sky is a “science-fiction game set in an infinite procedurally generated universe”. Here’s what Hello Games’ has to say about their upcoming game.

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Whether a distant mountain or a planet hanging low on the horizon, you can go there. You can fly seamlessly from the surface of a planet to another, and every star in the sky is a sun that you can visit.

Where you’ll go and how fast you’ll make your way through this universe is up to you. It’s yours for the taking.

Explore uncharted solar systems and catalogue unique new forms of life. Every planet’s landscape is different from the next, and populated by species never before encountered. Find ancient artifacts that could reveal the secrets behind the universe.

Choose whether to share your discoveries with other players. They’re exploring the same vast universe in parallel; perhaps you’ll make your mark on their worlds as well as your own. Every solar system, planet, ocean and cave is filled with danger, and you are vulnerable.

Your ship and suit are fragile, and every encounter can test your skills to the limit. From dog-fighting in space to firstperson combat on a planet’s surface, you will face foes ready to overwhelm you. And one mistake could see you lose everything. In No Man’s Sky, every victory and every defeat has lasting consequences. Whether you want to explore and see things never before discovered, or directly set course for the centre of the galaxy, how you play No Man’s Sky is up to you. But you cannot take your voyage lightly. You’ll need to prepare. Collect precious resources on the surfaces of planets and trade them for the ships, suits and equipment that will take you to your destiny in the stars.

So far, I’ve explained everything that Sony did right in their media briefing. Based on the above content, they had a chance to blow away the crowd, and ultimately “win” E3 2014. But they didn’t capitalize on all of this amazing content – they dragged out the conference to a whopping 105 minutes, including unnecessary filler and/or poorly expressed content. For example, PlayStation Now is an innovative service to bring some of “yesterday’s” best games to the players of today, but instead of building on that excitement, they shot down the thrill with an extended and almost unnecessary speech. PlayStation TV and the upcoming show, Powers, unfortunately suffered the same treatment.

Ultimately, Sony missed their chance. Crowd winners like GTA V for PS4, Uncharted, the White PS4, and No Man’s Sky were some of the best announcements across the industry this year, but Sony injected far too much filler, and lost the thrill somewhere in the mix.

Score: 7/10

– Caleb Stiles

Wall Street Journal Claims Titanfall 2 Is Coming to PS4

Wall Street Journal, an obviously credible source, claims to have some insider information on Titanfall 2. Here’s the snippet:

         Microsoft has benefited from the Xbox-exclusive shooting game     “Titanfall” from Electronic Arts Inc., which was the best-selling title of March and April in the U.S. But its follow-up game, which is in the planning stages, also will be available for the PS4, a person close to the development effort said.

BppKO2sCcAA2OBpSeveral other sources, along with Wall Street, reached out to EA for official comment, but EA refused to say anything. So while this news is far from confirmed, I’m betting Wall Street’s inside sources are some of the more credible ones out there. Take everything with a fair grain of salt however, as it is only a matter of time before E3 2014 gives us all the answers! Head to our E3 2014 page to get live twitter updates of each conference, and LIVE show floor coverage in the coming days at the E3 Expo!

– Caleb Stiles