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Sony PlayStation App for PS4 Detailed by President Shuhei Yoshida

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55w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton announced that further details on the upcoming PlayStation App for PS4 are available from President Shuhei Yoshida today.

To quote: Did any of the early birds among you stay up the week before last to watch the Tokyo Game Show keynote?

If you did, you'll have seen Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida take to the stage to unveil the new PlayStation App, launching alongside PS4 later this year.

In general terms, the new app allows you to take the PlayStation experience with you when you're away from your PS4. You can stay in touch with friends, compare Trophies, view friends' activity (such as recorded or live-streamed gameplay), and access all the latest news.

I caught up with Yoshida immediately after the show, and asked him to expand on exactly what gamers can expect from PlayStation App later this year.

"It's an application that anyone can download for free on iOS and Android devices," he explained.

"There are a variety of things you can do with it. You can connect to your PlayStation profile and send messages - even voice messages - to friends between...
 

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is Coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita in 2014

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55w ago - WayForward Creative Director Matt Bozon confirmed that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita platforms in 2014.

To quote: Next year, [Register or Login to view links] is bringing the highly animated action adventure series [Register or Login to view links] to PS3, PS4, and PS Vita in the form of a brand new game: [Register or Login to view links]!

Since there's a good chance you're hearing about Shantae for the first time, here's a bit of background. Shantae is the name of the half-genie main character who carves through enemies with her destructive ponytail, and belly dances to transform into mythological creatures, animals, swords... and well, pretty much anything. There aren't many games that include the art of sensual dance as a main game mechanic, but Shantae pulls it off nicely.

The gameplay is best compared to Super Metroid or Castlevania Symphony of the Night, but with the visual styling of WayForward's own Ducktales: Remastered. WayForward puts its traditional feature film style animation in the front row along side rock solid gameplay, which has its roots firmly planted in the 8 and 16 bit era of classic gaming. WayForward's engine moves the...
 

Hands-on with Deep Down on PS4: Ambitious Dungeon Crawling

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56w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton went hands-on today with Deep Down on PS4, which he states offers some ambitious dungeon crawling!

Below are the details, to quote: Tokyo Game Show was arguably a little light on big, never-before-seen new games this year.

Sure, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Resogun, and the like were all present, correct, and looking very shiny. But if you were after something truly fresh out of the oven, pickings were slim.

There were a handful of exceptions, of course: Yakuza Ishin from Sega (as yet unconfirmed for a Western release), the very sexy looking Soul Sacrifice Delta on PS Vita, and Deep Down - Capcom's ambitious PS4 exclusive.

Along with Yakuza, Deep Down was the game that scored the biggest queues at the show, and my very first port of call. On the face of it, it looks like something gamers will have played more than a few times before.

You step into the sabatons of an armour-clad knight as he explores a dimly-lit dungeon, crawling with hideous creatures, and armed only with a lance. So far, so Dark Souls. However, there are three aspects to the Deep Down experience that set it apart as something entirely different.

Firstly, all its dungeons are procedurally generated. As with, say,...
 

Win a Sony PlayStation 4 Before PS4 is Released from Taco Bell

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56w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing Guy Longworth announced today that fans can win a PlayStation 4 before PS4 is released on November 15th from Taco Bell!

To quote: I have exciting news for PlayStation fans! I know you all have been eagerly waiting to get your hands on PlayStation 4, the best place to play.

I'm happy to announce that PlayStation and Taco Bell are joining forces to give away PS4s before they hit stores on November 15th. One winner will be selected every 15 minutes starting September 26th through November 10th!

You have six weeks to head over to your local Taco Bell for your chance to "Play the Future First." Taco Bell will mark their $5 Buck Boxes- which include a Crunchwrap, Crunchy Taco, Burrito Supreme and medium fountain drink - with a special code that you can text in for a chance to win a PS4 prize pack.

The prize pack, which includes one PS4, a copy of the PS4 exclusive launch game, Knack, and a one year PS Plus membership, will be shipped on or around November 12th.




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Killzone Shadow Fall PS4 Q&A: The Black Hand on PlayStation 4

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57w ago - Killzone Community Editor Victor Zuylen posted up a Killzone Shadow Fall PS4 Q&A today dubbed The Black Hand on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: Following our recent [Register or Login to view links] on the Black Hand, we've asked Art Director Roy Postma and Assistant Art Director Dan Calvert to tell us more about the creation and design of the radical Helghast subfaction from Killzone Shadow Fall.

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Why do the Black Hand look so different from any of the foes seen before in the Killzone universe?

Dan Calvert: We're dealing with the universe-changing consequences of the demise of planet Helghan, plus the jump in time between Killzone 3 and Killzone Shadow Fall. We'd already started to see the Helghast fragment in Killzone 3 after Scolar Visari's death, and the loss of their home and a vast part of their population only furthered this.

The Helghast maintain their identity and their ideals, but their goals are now splintered. The Black Hand are the most divergent Helghast subfaction we see in Shadow Fall; they're not a regular army, and...
 
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