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The Witcher 3 New Game Plus Rolling Out To PC, Consoles Now

The final piece of free The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt DLC is hitting PC and consoles now. If you’ve completed the game and are waiting to dive back in, New Game Plus should be available to all by tomorrow, August 18.

Community Manager Marcin Momot shared the news on his personal Twitter account. He also reminded fans that New Game Plus only gives you one more playthrough (though with how big The Witcher 3 is, that will still take you a while). If you want to take advantage of it again, you’ll need to start a whole new game.

For more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, head over to our review. You can also read a full rundown of what you can expect from your second time through Geralt’s third adventure.

[Source: Marcin Momot on Twitter]

 

Our Take
On the surface, a single additional playthrough doesn’t seem like much… and then you realize just how massive The Witcher 3 is. I’m sure there are more than a few people that would play it ad infinitum, but for most, this is more than enough.

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PlayStation Plus ‘Vote To Play’ Polling Opens Thursday

Last month, Sony announced that it will let PlayStation Plus users choose a game to be offered as part of the Instant Game Collection. Polling opens Thursday, with three worthy contenders in the first batch.

The choices are digital board game Armello, open world exploration game Grow Home, and Zoink Games’ Zombie Vikings. The game with the most support will be included in September’s free-with-membership game lineup. The others will be offered at a discount for PlayStation Plus members.  

In order to vote, you’ll need to log into PSN on PlayStation 4. Vote to Play will appear under “What’s New” in the “Notifications” section. You can also navigate through the PlayStation Store to the PlayStation Plus section, where you’ll be able to make your choice.

Voting opens at 8:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, August 13, and closes on Monday, August 24, at the same time.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I’m curious to see how the developers involved choose to motivate their Twitter and Facebook followers. It will be fun to see if this becomes a monthly heated debate.

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PlayStation Plus Members Get 10 Additional Rock Band Songs With Pre-Order

If you haven’t yet decided to dust off your Rock Band instruments, Harmonix is trying to convince you to get out the Endust. The studio has announced a pair of pre-order bonuses for the PlayStation 4 version.

All customers who place a digital pre-order will get a Rock Band 4 theme, available immediately at checkout. PlayStation Plus members will get an additional 10 free songs. These will only be available at launch via this offer.

The additional tracks include:

  • All That Remains – “Divide”
  • Blitz Kids – “Run For Cover”
  • Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”
  • Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”
  • Duran Duran – “The Reflex”
  • Janis Joplin – “Move Over”
  • Of Mice & Men – “Would You Still Be There”
  • Oh Honey – “Sugar You”
  • Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell (Live from Monsters in Moscow Festival)”
  • Seastick Steve – “Summertime Boy”

Rock Band will be out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 6. For more, check out our previous coverage.

 

Our Take
The battle of the bands is heating up as Activision and Harmonix rekindle the plastic instrument war. Regardless of your choice this fall, music will be in the air. I’m interested to see how long this resurgence lasts.

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You’ll Be Able To Vote On Upcoming PlayStation Plus Games Soon

Yesterday, Sony’s European arm announced plans to let PlayStation Plus members vote on upcoming Instant Game Collection titles. North America will get in on that action, too.

When voting begins, the game with the most support will automatically be added to a future month’s lineup. For the first vote, the titles that aren’t selected will be available at a member discount.

More details, including poll timing, process, and which titles are under consideration will be available soon. We’ll have more details when Vote to Play begins.

[Source: Sony]

 

Our Take
This is a clever way to engage with members while teasing future lineups. I suspect this will give Sony a bump on social media as fans debate and lobby for their picks. 

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PlayStation Plus In August Brings You Mellow Music And An Angry God-Killer

Sony has announced the six-game lineup of PlayStation Plus titles for next month. The varied lineup includes critically acclaimed indies, bloody murder, and the most musical blob you’ve ever seen.

Here’s the full rundown by platform:

PlayStation 4

  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • Limbo
  • Sound Shapes
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones

PlayStation 3

  • Castlestorm
  • God of War: Ascension
  • Sound Shapes
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones

Vita

  • Castlestorm
  • Sound Shapes
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones

This lineup will be available starting next Tuesday, August 4. You have until then to grab July’s games. The full list of those titles can be found here.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Will Get New Game Plus For Repeat Adventurers

Have you finished The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but want to start over with a powered-up Geralt? CD Projekt Red will be delivering it as part of its free DLC offerings, though you won’t be playing it this week.

The developer announced the news on its Facebook page, suggesting that the execution is still under way. “Stay tuned for more info regarding the release,” CD Projekt says. “It won’t happen this week though – we need a little bit more time to finish it.”

We’ll share details as soon as we have them. For more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, check out our review.

[Source: The Witcher 3 on Facebook]

 

Our Take
Fans have requested this inclusion, and whether this was always in the cards or a reaction to the community, it’s a good move. I suspect that a number of people will be diving back in once this becomes available.

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Now Over Eight Months Late, Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition Finally Arrives

Sony has finally made good on its promise to deliver a PlayStation Plus version of its 2014 racer, Driveclub. The title was originally supposed to launch alongside the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, but faced a number of delays and, eventually, a rough release in October.

Now, eight months after the full game's release (and nineteen months after it was first due), the PlayStation Plus edition is finally available. It includes all features from the full game, including multiplayer, solo mode, events, customization, and photo mode.

You can create your own races on the 13 tracks in India, which is one of the game’s six locations. You can also have 15 cars in your garage, and access to the entire set of trophies.

In order to get 40 additional cars, the full 65 tracks, and the single-player campaign, you’ll need to purchase the full version. For more on Driveclub, check out our review.

[Source: PlayStation Store]

 

Our Take
It would have been very easy for Sony to cut its losses and tell fans that the PlayStation Plus version wasn’t coming at all. While this will likely have minimal impact on sales and low uptake by users, it is a promise fulfilled.

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PSA: Today Is Your Last Day For May’s PlayStation Plus Games

If you've neglected your six PlayStation Plus titles for May, quit procrastinating. You're running out of time.

Today is the final day to grab May's games. Tomorrow begins a new month of offerings, including Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. You can check out what's ahead here.

May's titles include Ether One, Hohokum, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, The Unfinished Swan, Race the Sun, and Murasaki Baby. 

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Leads June 2015 PlayStation Plus Offerings

PlayStation Plus members will have plenty to keep them busy in the month of June, including four titles on PS4 alone.

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All of the following games will become available free for PS Plus members starting June 2. Don't forget to pick up this month's Plus games before that time.

PlayStation 4

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition  
  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe

PlayStation 3

  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Cloudberry Kingdom

PlayStation Vita

  • Super Exploding Zoo
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe 

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If You Grabbed Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty PS4 With PS Plus, You Will Get The Vita And PS3 Versions Free

Developer Just Add Water originally planned for Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty to only be cross-buy compatible for copies of the game purchased after its PS Plus window, but it has changed its mind.

Writing on its website, the developer talked about changing its mind due to fan feedback:

Developing the other versions of the game is not a simple, cost-free process, and takes time, money and considerable effort. That said, numerous factors (including fan feedback) have prompted us to change our stance on this particular matter. So, if you downloaded New ‘n’ Tasty for PS4 during the PS Plus period, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game will be free for download for you on release.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was available for PS Plus subscribers in March on PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 version of the game released on April 21. The game is also available on Xbox One and PC, and is currently in development without a solid release date for Vita and Wii U.

For our review of New 'n' Tasty, head here.

[Source: Oddworld]

 

Our Take
Vita is actually my platform preference when it's an option, so this is good news for me. I never played Oddworld back during its original release, but it has always seemed like the kind of game I would like. I look forward to playing it on Vita.

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