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Sony Goes Hands-on with Strider PS4 on PlayStation 4, Details

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44w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements went hands-on today with Strider PS4 on PlayStation 4 with details below.

To quote: The wintry streets of Kazakh City are teeming with soldiers, automated sentry turrets, and terrified citizens.

This striking blend of Russian architecture and dystopian elements set the stage for [Register or Login to view links], which launches for PS3 and PS4 next month. When we first saw Strider running last year, we enjoyed an early look at the PS3 version. This time the PS4 version took the spotlight.

Set in an alternate future of Earth, the world is ruled by the mysterious Grandmaster Meio. Hiryu, the youngest recruit of the Strider program, accepts the mission to eliminate Meio and end his tyrannical supremacy. Hiryu arrives in Kazakh City and is quickly engulfed in conflict.

At its core, Strider is a side-scrolling action game with breathless combat and a near feverish pace. Players explore Kazakh and earn upgrades and powers along the way, which in turn enable them to access more areas of the map.

All the action revolves around Hiryu, who blazes across rooftops, over wires, through buildings, and down walls with an absolute dominion over fear. Anything that stands in his way gets sliced...
 

Sony Goes Hands-on with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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45w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements went hands-on today with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Below are the details, to quote: The heroine of Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning, has faced insurmountable odds to fight for what she believes in. She's challenged the power of the divine, sailed across time, and now stands on the brink of the apocalypse, overlooking a decaying world with lingering memories urging her onward.

In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the developers at Square Enix prepare to conclude Lightning's story with an RPG that, more often than not, defies expectations.

Lightning Returns is a radically different quest than its two predecessors. Both its story and its play mechanics stride forward with little regard for the constraints binding the games before them, and the tropes that govern other Japanese RPGs.

When we first meet Lightning, our rose-haired warrior has been granted the title of "Savior" by the god of light, Bhunivelze, about 500 years after the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2. The world is crumbling under the seething weight of Chaos, and an ageless suffering has plagued its people.

Bhunivelze has decided to fashion a new world and populate it with souls. Lightning must save these souls from the dying world so they might...
 

Sony Goes Hands-on with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3

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45w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements went hands-on today with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3.

To quote: Editor's Note: this article contains plot spoilers for the original Lords of Shadow.

Since time immemorial, light and dark have waged war - each side bolstered by heroes and fiends of immense station. In the Castlevania series, the Belmont family has long fought the forces of evil and sought out the end of Dracula by any means necessary.

But in the first Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Konami and the developers at MercurySteam redefined the history of the Belmonts in a surprising twist. Gabriel Belmont's tragic story will come to a conclusion in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, which launches for PS3 on February 25th.

Producer Dave Cox described Lords of Shadow 2 as a "strategic hack 'n' slash." It places players in command of Dracula and his otherworldly arsenal of whips, swords, and gauntlets. With potions and relics in abundance, players will traverse a modern-day city in an effort to end Dracula's immortal suffering.

But Lords of Shadow 2 invites players to develop much more complex battle tactics than the quintessential "mash Square to win." Dracula has a rotating set of three combat styles that can be used to flow from one battle to...
 

Sony Goes Hands on With PlayStation Now Game Streaming

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46w ago - Following up on the initial CES 2014 announcement, today Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman has gone hands on with PlayStation Now Game Streaming for those interested!

To quote: It works! That's the biggest compliment you could pay the newly revealed PlayStation Now game streaming service formally unveiled at CES 2014.

Set to roll out this summer on PS3 and PS4 - followed by PS Vita and an array of internet connected devices such as 2014 BRAVIA TVs - PS Now will enable users to stream a library of PS3 titles in real time over the internet.

Update: Want more information on PS Now? Watch these new video reports filed by PlayStation's community blogger team straight from CES.














At the show, gaming media went hands-on with PS Now across two devices, a 2014 BRAVIA TV and a PS Vita. The test drive featured four titles - Beyond: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, and Puppeteer....
 

Hands-on with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4

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46w ago - Sony Social Media Specialist Ryan Clements is back with a hands-on peek with Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PlayStation 4 below!

To quote: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is not a simple, upscaled version of last year's critically-acclaimed adventure. It's a colossal effort, soaked in visual enhancements and technical optimizations. Just when we thought Lara Croft hit her peak, she keeps on climbing.

One of the first challenges Crystal Dynamics faced was Lara herself - even though the team had smashed expectations with the impressive original game. A new head and face model have been implemented in this portrayal of Lara, bringing new life to the legendary heroine.

Among the torrent of improvements made, the developers worked with subsurface scattering technology on Lara's skin. This means light will actually pierce the top layer of her skin and diffuse, giving it a realistic glow.

Lara's equipment has also been given abundant attention. Her bow and pickaxe clatter, bob, and move with her body, giving her entire character a renewed sense of authenticity. She sweats and bleeds like the best of us when put under extreme duress, and the remarkable animation and voice work continue to instill Lara with life.

There was no slowing down for Crystal Dynamics after...
 
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