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Sony’s Play at Home initiative gives you four stunning PS4 games for free

Do your bit against COVD-19 and play four of the greatest PlayStation 4 games for free as part of Sony’s Play at Home initiative.

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Do your bit against COVD-19 and play four of the greatest PlayStation 4 games for free as part of Sony’s Play at Home initiative.

It’s funny how things work out, isn’t it? For years, governments, charities, major organisations like the World Health Organisation and even Prince Harry have been quick to demonise video games. Specifically, it’s the length of time people spend indoors (and primarily not exercising) that causes consternation and cries of “addiction”.

Now, with most of the world under some degree of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staying inside and playing video games is all of a sudden a very good idea. Even the World Health Organisation agrees.

Video game publishers and platform holders are doing their bit, too. From massive sales to free game giveaways, it makes it that little bit easier to stay indoors. Today’s new entry, the Play at Home initiative from Sony PlayStation, is a particularly good example of the oeuvre.

Why is Play at Home so good? Because it contains four of the greatest games ever released on the PlayStation 4, for free. You get to keep them forever. And you don’t need to have a PS Plus subscription to do it.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection PS4 Play at Home

The Nathan Drake Collection is the remaster of the first three Uncharted games – Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception – that were originally released between 2007 and 2011 on the PS3. Like Naughty Dog’s other PS3 classic, The Last of Us, the original Uncharted trilogy received a welcome remaster for the PS4 in 2015.

There are so many great moments in the Uncharted series, but the set pieces in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the brilliant desert sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception stand as some of the finest of the modern era.

Journey

Journey PS4 Play at Home

Speaking of beautiful deserts, like Uncharted, the brilliant moments in Journey are countless, but for different reasons. Instead of big-budget, scripted cinematics, Journey lives in the moments you create for yourself and – more importantly, during this time of isolation – in the moments you create and share with others.

Journey is a game of wandering, longing, discovery, and extraordinary kindness from strangers. That’s something we all need more of right now.

Both (all four?) of the games in the Play at Home initiative are available to download right now, for free, for everyone, through to Wednesday, 6th May at midnight BST. As we mentioned before, they’re free to keep, forever, for everyone. You can’t argue with a generous offer like that.

Do keep in mind that downloads from the PlayStation Store are slower than usual at this time, however. Sony, like Netflix and other content providers, is throttling transfer rates to preserve global network bandwidth while so many of us are working remotely.


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Save up to 90% on Xbox One games in three new sales

Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

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Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold lineup include the breezy retro racer Horizon Chase Turbo, isometric RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and strategy hit Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. If you’re excited for the upcoming Watch Dogs Legion, you can catch up with the series so far with big discounts on its first two games.

Our picks from a new sale of games themed around the ocean are Subnautica, The Flame in the Flood, and Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition. Spotlight sale highlights include future racer Redout and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

This week’s Xbox One deals are available until October 5, 2020. Here’s a quick rundown of the best deals. Each game is available from the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft web store.

Xbox One Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aery – Broken Memories – 33% off
  • Book of Demons – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 75% off
  • Deployment – 70% off
  • Desert Child – 50% off
  • Disintegration – 50% off
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac – 50% off
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon – 80% off
  • Horizon Chase Turbo – 70% off
  • Lumini – 50% off
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – 75% off
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition – 20% off
  • Rebel Cops – 25% off
  • Relicta – 20% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 45% off
  • The Division 2 – Warlords of New York Edition – 67% off
  • Tower Of Time – 33% off
  • Waking – 30% off
  • War Tech Fighters – 50% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 65% off
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship – 75% off
  • Wreckfest – 30% off

Xbox One Spotlight Highlights

  • 1971 Project Helios – 30% off
  • 8-Bit Armies – 90% off
  • A Knight’s Quest – 50% off
  • Aborigenus – 35% off
  • Battle Worlds: Kronos – 67% off
  • Bleed – 70% off
  • Castle Of No Escape – 20% off
  • Color Symphony 2 – 80% off
  • Doug Hates His Job – 40% off
  • Earth Atlantis – 60% off
  • Element Space – 40% off
  • Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles – 50% off
  • Redout – Lightspeed Edition – 50% off
  • Rogue Stormers & Giana Sisters Bundle – 75% off
  • Sine Mora EX – 75% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – 67% off
  • We Are The Dwarves – 70% off

Deep Sea Sale Highlights

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – 90% off
  • Aqua Moto Racing Utopia – 50% off
  • Beyond Blue – 20% off
  • Black Desert: Conqueror Edition – 50% off
  • Captain Cat – 50% off
  • Chaos On Deponia – 65% off
  • Close To The Sun – 33% off
  • Death In The Water – 50% off
  • Deep Ones – 60% off
  • Deponia Collection – 55% off
  • Depth of Extinction – 33% off
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing – 67% off
  • Dread Nautical – 50% off
  • Euro Fishing: Ultimate Edition – 60% off
  • The Flame in the Flood – 75% off
  • Fishing: Barents Sea Complete Edition – 33% off
  • Freediving Hunter: Spearfishing The World – 20% off
  • Hydrophobia – 80% off
  • Legend of the Skyfish – 40% off
  • Maneater – 35% off
  • Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones – 80% off
  • Outbuddies DX – 50% off
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition – 35% off
  • Purple Chicken Spaceman – 70% off
  • Radio Squid – 40% off
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens – 20% off
  • Stranded Deep – 25% off
  • Submerged – 90% off
  • Subnautica – 30% off
  • Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition – 67% off
  • Super Volley Blast – 50% off
  • Surf World Series – 40% off
  • Swim Out – 30% off
  • Swimsanity! – 30% off
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator – 30% off

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Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon western release date revealed

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up gets a release date in the West.

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Japan got the latest in the epic street-brawling Yakuza series in January, but we haven’t long to wait for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up. 

Sega today announced a simultaneous release in the West for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows 10, and Steam on November 10, 2020. This comes after Japan saw its usual head start on the series with a release in January.

If you’re wondering about a particular next-gen omission in that list, Sega’s playing a longer game with the PlayStation 5. The PS5 release has been pushed to March 2 2021. As with the Xbox consoles’ “Smart Delivery” upgrade path, PS4 owners will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version upon release. As usual, a digital PS4 purchase permits a digital upgrade only.

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon is a departure from other games in the series, featuring an entirely new turn-based RPG combat system. It’s been out in the wild for a while now given its delay in reaching our shores, so we already know it’s ace. Japanese review site Famitsu gave the game an excellent combined score of 38/40 and over 400,000 copies have already been sold in Japan and across Asia.

If that’s not enough Yakuza for you, it has also been announced that Sega has joined forces with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content so as to realise a live-action Yakuza film. It will feature the series’ popular original protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.

Whilst I hope a Yakuza film will also be forty hours long and mainly consist of mini-games and side-distractions, I suspect I’ll be disappointed.


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Release date revealed for Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

The remaster of the prequel to Nier: Automata is the Japanese version unseen in the West.

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The remaster of the prequel to Nier: Automata is the Japanese version unseen in the West. (And yes, that is its full title.)

2017’s wildly popular and critically lauded Nier: Automata is getting its prequel remastered for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on April 23, 2021. No word on next-gen consoles for the moment.

Complete with a risible subtitle, Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is the “modern re-telling” of one of the Japanese versions of Nier, which originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2010 and was never released in the West.

You might be more familiar with Nier, which was the Xbox 360 version of Nier in Japan – called Nier Gestalt – and featured entirely different protagonists. Nier is itself a spin-off and sequel of the Drakengard series. Confused yet?

Whilst Nier Gestalt featured a father in his 40s and his daughter, Yonah, Replicant has Yonah repositioned as the sister to a teenage Nier. Apparently, despite some dialogue accommodations, the versions were more or less entirely the same. A baffling example of game localisation and console platform distinctions for sure.

Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is due to be a significant overhaul with visuals and designs from Nier: Automata character designer, Akihiko Yoshida, gameplay, and even the plot due a remaster treatment. Or as the studio itself refers to it, “more than a remaster,” but not quite a remake. More of a “version up,” apparently.

You can also expect a newly recorded soundtrack from the original composer, Keiichi Okabe. It fits my definition of a remake.

Although the action perfectionist studio PlatinumGames – known for the Bayonetta series, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Astral Chain among others – isn’t fully involved this time, a senior game designer at Platinum will be “overseeing the action sequences,” at least.

Square Enix also confirmed Nier Reincarnation, a mobile game for both Android and Apple iOS devices, is coming to North America and Europe. No release date has been announced yet.

NieR Replicant White Snow Edition

If you’re mad for everything Nier, you can also invest in the White Snow Edition, which sells for a mighty £149.99. Along with a pin set, two-disc collection of the soundtrack, steelbook case and a collectors box, you also get seven books of the complete spoken script of the game complete with cover art. That might just clinch it for you, eh?


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Mafia and Mario dominate the UK video games chart

Two Mafia titles debut in the UK video games chart top ten, but Super Mario 3D All-Stars on to the top spot.

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Two Mafia titles debut in the UK video games chart top ten, but Super Mario 3D All-Stars holds on to No.1.

The Mafia franchise’s spirited attempt to bring down Super Mario might have failed, but publisher 2K Games will surely be pleased with two top ten entries. The well-received Mafia: Definitive Edition enters the chart at No.3, and Mafia Trilogy lands at No.6. Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Marvel’s Avengers remain in first and second place.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe continues its impressive run by holding steady at No.5, but the excellent Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remake slips four places to No.8.

Further down the chart, WWK 2K Battlegrounds tumbles from No.6 to No.11 and the eFootball PES 2021 season update drops from ninth to No.34.

Next week should bring some significant changes at the top with new releases including Star Wars Squadrons and Crash Bandicoot 4 expected to do well.

Here’s this week’s full GfK video games chart top ten.

GfK Entertainment Software Charts – WE Sept 26, 2020

  1. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  2. Marvel’s Avengers
  3. Mafia: Definitive Edition (NE)
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
  6. Mafia Trilogy (NE)
  7. Minecraft Dungeons
  8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  9. Minecraft (Switch)
  10. Grand Theft Auto V

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New Xbox One releases (September 28-October 2, 2020)

Crash Bandicoot, Star Wars and FIFA (sort of) headline this week’s list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

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Crash Bandicoot, Star Wars and FIFA (sort of) headline this week’s list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

Do you know which Star Wars games are the absolute best? No, it’s not that new one with Archie Andrews off Riverdale as a Jedi, nor is it Episode I: Racer, or even Knights of the Old Republic. It’s the classic PC flight sims, the ones that came on half a dozen floppy disks: X-Wing, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

With that in mind, we are perhaps most excited about Star Wars: Squadrons, a Star Wars space combat flight sim with all the pew! pew! you’d expect. Squadrons has pedigree, too; it’s developed by EA’s Motive Studios, the crew behind the brilliant Star Wars Battlefront II. (That’s the modern, multiplayer Battlefront II with lots of cool ships to fly, not the middling shooter from 2005.)

The other big name on the Xbox One Releases this week is Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Developed by Toys for Bob, the company behind the excellent remasters, publisher Activision hopes that the return of its mascot platformer will emulate the successful return of its other late-90s icon, Tony Hawk.

There’s one other big game this week, but it’s not for everyone. Literally. If you don’t have EA Play, you won’t get to play FIFA 21 on October 2; you’ll have to wait until October 9 like everyone else. But if you do have EA Play – and remember, it’s now included with Xbox Game Pass – you’ll get to try out EA’s big footie sim, FIFA 21, a week before your mates.

Other games of note include Feather, a zen exploration game with beautiful flight, Commander ’85, an intriguing cold war mystery, and Inertial Drift, a racing game with an innovative twin-stick control scheme.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft web store. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions to the lineup.

New Xbox One releases: September 28-October 2, 2020

Monday, September 28, 2020

  • No games for you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

  • Bartlow’s Dread Machine
  • Projection: First Light
  • Re:Turn – One Way Trip

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

  • Birthday of Midnight
  • Commander ’85
  • Feather
  • Inertial Drift
  • Swordbreaker

Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • FIFA 21 (EA Play First Trial)
  • Orangeblood

Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Dragon Lapis
  • Warsaw

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