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Sony on How Real-life Conflict Inspired Far Cry 4 for PlayStation 4

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1w ago - Sony's Tom Wallis revealed details today on how real-life conflict inspired Far Cry 4 for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the upcoming first-person shooter from developer Ubisoft Montreal.

Set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat, this nation torn apart by war draws heavily from real-world locations to make the game feel authentic.

We caught up with Mark Thompson, narrative director, and Alex Hutchinson, creative director, to find out how visiting Nepal to meet people who actually fought in the civil war helped to inspire the development of Far Cry 4.

"One of the first things we did was to write down a list of different animals to include in the game," Mark told us when we met up with the team at Ubisoft recently in Montreal.

"We also made a list of environment features we wanted. From that we looked at locations where the two would make sense, and we came to the Himalayas. We needed to find somewhere that had a history of conflict - somewhere that could be politically unstable - the kind of place that you would go to that was on the edge of the map. Places that are referred to as 'failed states.'"

The difference...
 

DriveClub PS4 Could Be Most Realistic Sounding Racing Game Ever

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14w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton proclaimed today that DriveClub on PS4 could be the most realistic sounding racing game ever!

To quote: If you've been keeping track of our recent DRIVECLUB videos - in particular the 4TheSense clip above - you should hopefully have twigged that developer Evolution Studios is hell-bent on delivering the most technically sophisticated console driving game on the market.

Its visuals and gameplay systems obviously play a huge part in achieving that goal, but there's another, less-trumpeted area in which the team are achieving some extraordinary things: audio.

Squirreled away in a corner of the sprawling Evolution complex outside Runcorn in the north of England, Audio Manager Alan McDermott and his team have been hard at work building an enormous library of sound effects for the forthcoming PS4 racer. And unlike most games in the genre, every single one of them is 100% bespoke.

"We did initially look and see if we could buy samples in, and approached manufacturers," McDermott tells me. "But it just wasn't good enough for us to do what we wanted to do."

Instead, his team has spent the last two and a half year travelling the globe painstakingly recording the sounds of every...
 

Video: Promote Real Music in BigFest on PlayStation Vita

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16w ago - Sony Associate Project Manager Nick Accordino invites PlayStation Vita fans to promote real music in BigFest on PS Vita in a video trailer below.

To quote: Revealed at Gamescom 2013 for PS Vita, BigFest is about building your own festival that will promote real, unsigned bands. Players will go on a journey with the bands with the goal of building their own thriving festival and becoming the most successful promoter in the world.

Do you have what it takes to discover the next big thing, and take them to the top of the charts?





Before you take a band to the top, you'll need to give them a platform, and that means building the best festival you can. Starting with a small stage in a field, it's up to the player to build their festival their way.

Choose the basics from shops and stalls to earn money and use that money to enhance your festival by installing the right speakers, lights and video screens, increasing the "vibe" as you go.

The levels themselves are run as Festival "Posters," with headliners and support acts. Some Posters will let you play whatever music you want while others will have specific needs to succeed. Visitors to a rock festival will have different needs to those at a dance...
 

Video: PS4 Project Morpheus: Five Minutes of Impressive Virtual Reality

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17w ago - Following up on the previous update, today PS4's Project Morpheus was demonstrated at SVVR 10 (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Meetup) with five minutes of of impressive virtual reality action below!

To quote: "Sony's Project Morpheus team attended the 10th Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Meetup and gave a demonstration of the headset using the Castle demo, and YouTube user [Register or Login to view links] posted a great clip showing [Register or Login to view links] as he tries it out.

The video is really interesting, as the camera angle lets us catch a very good glimpse on the headset's tracking capabilities when paired with PlayStation Move, and what we see is definitely impressive.

You can check out the video for yourself below."





From the video's caption: SVVR 10 Surprise guest, Sony's Project Morpheus team, prepared an amazing demo for the SVVR crowd. Our own Cymatic Bruce got a go at it, and that's always when things get interesting.


 

How to Get Rich in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4

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17w ago - Square Enix Community Project Manager Hergen Thaens shared details today on how to get rich in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4.

To quote: Hello, everyone! It's been two weeks since the PS4 launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and by now a lot of you have found your way into the world of Eorzea.

You've started on your path to becoming a hero among heroes, and soon you'll discover that even the citizens of Eorzea have to make a living.

The currency they require for this is called Gil. Equipment needs to be bought and occasionally repaired, food and potions are required, and teleporting is so damn comfortable, yet expensive

Because I can relate all too well, I thought that the best solution would be to present you with the top seven ways to make some good Gil in Final Fantasy XIV. Please note that these are just rough pointers - every server is different, so you'll still have to do some research on your own!

Quests

Quests are the lifeline of every adventurer who brings his first class up in these harsh environments. A lot of quests not only reward Gil, but also give you the choice of choosing another item - often among them are Allagan Pieces, which can be exchanged for Gil. Make sure to check if you can't get the equipment...
 
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