Sony PlayStation News Bits

Ghostbusters 2016 game

With the Ghostbusters film set to release on July 15, Activision has two ghost-busting filled games to bring the experience home, or on the road. For PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers the Ghostbusters game will be a third-person action RPG, supporting up to four local co-op players. The unique abilities of each character will make for some Gauntlet-like ghost hunts. This current-gen console and PC release of Ghostbusters will be available starting July 12 and takes place after the events of the new film.

In Ghostbusters: Slime City, for iOS and Android gamers, Ghostbuster gamers team up for “asynchronous co-op.” Watch for proton pack crafting, HQ upgrades, rewards, leaderboard challenges and more. Ghostbusters: Slime City is targeting a July release for mobile devices. 

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PS4 Remote Play

Sony has released a feature-packed update for the PlayStation 4 today. Half a step-up to the big 4, PlayStation System Update 3.5 brings some great new (and old) abilities to your PS4. A stealth option is now available for gamers with the “Appear Offline” feature. Good for quiet, undisturbed, and secretive gameplay moments! Counter to that is the “Friend Online” option, where you can enable a notification when a friend appears online (with the exception they’ve gone stealth with the “Appear Offline” feature). Now that it may be harder to track you or your friend, you may want to take advantage of the new “Create Event” feature so you can schedule some gameplay with your buddy or gaming gang. Check for it under the “Events” tab.

Probably most exciting is the new “Remote Play” feature with computers. Once only reserved for a few games and on the PlayStation platform, the new Remote Play feature enables you to use your PS4 through a Mac or PC, using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller. You can download the free PS4 Remote Play app here: remoteplay.dl.playstation.net

Check it out, get social (or not) and go play some PlayStation 4 on your laptop now!

Source: blog.us.playstation.com

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PlayStaiton VR Launch Bundle

Amazon’s pre-orders for the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle went out in a flash on Tuesday. If you were among the left out, you have another chance (and a few tips) on pre-ordering this afternoon. Amazon sent out emails and posted on its Amazon Games Twitter page that another set of PlayStation VR Launch Bundles will be available for sale at 2pm PST today. Below are the details sent from Amazon.com:

“Thank you for your continued interest in ordering PlayStation VR from Amazon.com! We understand that many customers were disappointed that we sold out so quickly, and we have good news for you. We’ve received additional allocation and the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle will become available to pre-order again starting today, Thursday March 24, at 2:00 PM PST.

Purchases are limited to 1 per customer. Please make sure you’ve updated your credit card and shipping information to help you move quickly through the checkout process.

Quantities are still very limited so please act quickly for your best chance at reserving your PlayStation VR.”

Besides having your credit card and shipping information ready to quickly check out, some customers reported they had quick access from the Amazon mobile app to purchase. So you may want to have that option ready too. Here is the link, so get your itchy gaming finger ready for 2pm PST (5pm EST!) today:

Pre-order the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle here from Amazon.com.

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PlayStation VR

Sony begins taking preorders on its PlayStation VR today. Starting today at 10am EST, gamers will be able to pre-order the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle (once known as “Project Morpheus”) from retailers like Amazon.com. The PlayStation Virtual Reality bundle will include the following items at a $499.99 MSRP:

– PlayStation VR headset
– PlayStation VR cables
– Stereo Headphones
– PlayStation VR Demo Disc
– PlayStation Camera
– 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers
– PlayStation VR Worlds game disc

For PlayStation gamers who already own the PlayStation Camera and a pair of PS Move controllers, a PlayStation VR Core package will be available for pre-order next week on March 29, at a $399.99 MSRP. Pre-orders for the PS VR Core set will be available from retailers beginning at 7am PST.

PlayStation VR

Some of the available PlayStation VR games will include:

  • Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Golem
  • Harmonix Music VR
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League

Ready to jump into virtual reality gaming? PlayStation VR will launch in October 2016, but try to secure your pre-order of PS VR soon! Sony is expected to offer another wave of pre-orders of PlayStation VR in Summer 2016 if you are unable to pre-order this March.

Pre-order PlayStation VR here from Amazon.com.

PlayStation VR

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Day of The Tentacle RemasteredWith the limitations of graphical power back in the day, a great story delivered deep gaming experiences. And if it was funny, twisted and weird – even better. Leave it up to Double Fine Productions to take us back to revisit an old, odd gaming friend – Day of the Tentacle. Double Fine Productions treats gamers this week to a revisiting of the 1993 release with Day of the Tentacle Remastered. The Double Fine/LucasArts classic is a follow-up to one of the fondest gaming memories back in the day, kicked off by Maniac Mansion. If you missed out on it, no worries. There is a built in playable version of Maniac Mansion should you seek it. And if you played it (or like me, have foggy memories with age), there are sweet upgrades to be found in Day of the Tentacle Remastered. Day of the Tentacle Remastered remains true to its core, crazy self while offering bonuses and fun to make it worth the trip in time.

Day of The Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle centers around a cast of quirky characters out to save the world from the devious plans of a rouge Purple Tentacle. Purple Tentacle sets off for world domination following a new found awareness after drinking toxic material. The player takes on the roles of Bernard, Hoagie and Laverne with the aid of Dr. Fred Edison. Each character is cast off in a different period of time, following a freak time traveling accident with Dr. Fred’s “Chron-o-Johns”. To reunite the gang, and foil Purple Tentacle, the player must solve riddles across the different periods of time. And so ensues a colorful comic adventure with crazy logic. It’s very Back To The Future-esque, where changes in one time period affect another. Being a LucasArts game (RIP!), there are some fun Star Wars references you will find, along with other references to Double Fine Productions graphic adventure games. Undoubtedly fun little nods throughout (and you may get a little bit of historic schooling from The Revolutionary era!).

Day of The Tentacle Remastered

Players have the option of using the old school SCUMM interface (pick up, pull, give, etc.) or using the icon based wheel menu.  Being that this was originally developed for computer platforms, the environment interaction was mouse-controlled point and click. On the PS4, interaction works with a crosshair controlled by thumbsticks. It worked better than I had anticipated, although it was hard to let go of the more obvious old school way of clicking on verbs.

Day of The Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered takes you on an instant gaming time-warp. On the PS4, with a press of the TouchPad, the graphics and audio dynamically change back to the 1993 pixel version of Day of The Tentacle. It’s fun to see how the original pixel art graphics compare to the smooth, cartoony version of the remaster as well as how the music changes (yes, there was a time where we had to deal with SoundBlaster audio card upgrades).

As for bonus features, Day of the Tentacle Remastered is packed with behind-the-scenes goodies. There is an optional audio developer commentary (warranting at least a second play through!) and tons of unlockable concept art.  For the PlayStation release of Day of the Tentacle Remastered, it is a Cross-Buy game so you can enjoy the crispy, color tentacles on the PS4 and PS Vita.

Day of The Tentacle Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered still stands out on its own for its twisted characters, quirky humor, challenging puzzles and unique art style. It is a change of pace from many of the games out there today and definitely worth revisiting in this new release. Whether you are too young, or too old, to remember, Double Fine Productions delivers a beautiful remake that even Purple Tentacle would want to get its newfound mitts on. Recommended retro-remake fun! Take the trip.

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