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Video: Inside the Creation of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell's Music

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3w ago - Creative Director Steve Jaros posted up a PS4 video today taking an inside look at the creation of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell's music on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: Music has always been an important part of the Saints Row franchise:

• Saints Row was inspired by over-the-top hip-hop music videos.
• Saints Row 2 introduced sing alongs.
• Saints Row: The Third showcased the sing alongs as a bonding moment between characters, as well as key licensed tracks to enhance emotion.
• Saints Row IV added dance into the mix (originally we wanted to end with a Bollywood dance number but scope reduction transformed it into the soul train line).
• How The Saints Save Christmas ends with a Christmas montage (originally set to "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey).

So when we decided that Gat out of Hell was going to be Saints Row's take on a Disney-esque fairy tale, we knew pretty early on that a musical number was essential to the experience.





This was exciting to me for two reasons: First, the introduction of a musical number wasn't going to be just some gag, it (like all musicals) was going to convey central plot points and character motivation just like any cutscene.
 

Ex-Sony Engineer Kazuya Sakakihara Left His Name Inside Every PS4

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6w ago - Today Kotaku reports that Ex-Sony Engineer Kazuya Sakakihara left his name inside every PlayStation 4 console, and requires no PS4 decryption to see it because it's written as a text string.

Below are the details, to quote: "Kazuya Sakakihara spent ten years working at Sony as a senior software engineer, helping bring both the PS3 and PS4 to the world. He's no longer at the company (parting ways in early 2013), but before he left he made sure his name quite literally lives on inside the code of pretty much every PlayStation 4.

As you can see here, in this snippet sent in by [Register or Login to view links], Sakakihara has left his name inside the PS4's HDD code. Now, coders leaving "calling cards" is nothing new, it happens all the time, but it's usually left in the "[Register or Login to view links]", the parts where humans leave human messages for other humans. And even then, it's often in the form of initials. Sakakihara's full name is lying there in the actual code, and doesn't require any kind of decryption to see it.

Sure beats scrawling it on the bathroom wall on his last day at the office.

Interestingly, his name also has a typo. I wonder if that was just that, a typo, or whether it was a concession...
 

Video: The Legend of Korra: Inside Elemental Combat Detailed

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10w ago - Activision Lead Producer Robert Conkey shared a video today which delves inside Elemental Combat in The Legend of Korra below.

To quote: We're back with the second and final installment in our behind the scenes video diary for The Legend of Korra - produced in partnership with Nickelodeon and developer PlatinumGames.

Part two takes us deeper into this incredible world of elements and spirits, beginning with a more personal look at the Avatar herself, Korra, who struggles with her own powers and the weight of the decisions she's made between Books 2 and 3 of Nickelodeon's animated TV series.

We also get to see PlatinumGames' new combat and progression systems in action, which faithfully recreate Korra's unique mastery of nature and the martial arts for some potentially devastating combos and finishers.





The full adventure includes opportunities to ride Korra's polar bear dog companion, Naga, in high-speed gameplay scenes through Republic City and beyond, as well as a separate game mode in which Korra and her allies take on the competitive challenges of the pro-bending league arena.

And if you missed it, be sure to check out [Register or Login to view links],...
 

Video: Inside the Story of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4

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24w ago - Monolith Productions Community Manager Andy Salisbury shared a video that goes inside the story of middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4 and PS3 with details below.

To quote: From the very beginning, all of us here at Monolith Productions knew we had to go to great lengths to make Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4 and PS3 as authentic as possible.

From the landscape, to the weapons, to the inhabitants, to the architecture - everything required extreme attention to detail, and our main story was no exception.

To make the story of Talion and the mysterious Wraith he's connected to a reality, we worked with Lead Designer and Writer Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption).

And to bring our Ranger of The Black Gate to life, we could think of none better than the esteemed Troy Baker (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City). Together, we're shaping this new tale set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.





Check out our latest trailer above, which shows a glimpse of what it was like on set, and look closely for the first glimpse of a beloved Middle-earth character, and a few new faces.

Both Troy and Christian had a tremendous impact on...
 

Drakengard 3: Inside a Mature Story, PS3 Pre-Order Details Arrive

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42w ago - Square Enix Senior Product Manager Sakura Minamida shared PS3 pre-order details today for Drakengard 3 which takes fans inside a mature story.

To quote: Time is ticking down to the launch of Drakengard 3, coming exclusively to PS3 on May 20th. As of today, we've entered wave 2 of our pre-order bonuses, and fans of the developer's previous work should not miss what we're giving out.

Pre-ordering any time between now and April 9th gets you the Nier costume pack, bringing a little bit of that game's fantastic and beautiful weirdness to Drakengard 3.

You can equip Zero in the costume of everyone's favorite, foul-mouthed warrior, Kainč, or don the Replicant version of the game's protagonist. Your dragon is not forgotten either, as he can wear the awesomely creepy-faced Emil hat.

The Nier costume pack expires on April 9th, and if you pre-order by then, don't forget that you also get another bonus that we'll reveal on that day - [Register or Login to view links]

Of course, if you pre-ordered before today, you've already got the Nier costume pack included.





Secondly,...
 
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