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Invisible Inc., Stories: Path of Destinies Headline December PS Plus Titles

Sony has revealed the last set of PlayStation Plus games for the year., featuring a host of well-received indie titles. Thanks to Sony's cross-buy functionality, the PS4 is the real winner this month, picking up five new titles. Here is December's full lineup, which will be released on December 6:

PlayStation 4
Invisible Inc.
Stories: Path of Destinies

PlayStation 3
Hyper Void (cross-buy on PS4)
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops (cross-buy on PS4 and Vita)

PlayStation Vita
Color Guardians (cross-buy on PS4)
VVVVVV

Don't forget to snatch November's PS Plus titles before they expire on December 6.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I've been wanting to try Invisible Inc. but haven't picked it up yet because I'm not good at rogue-likes. Those kinds of questionable purchases are perfect for PS Plus and other comparable services, as they get players to take the plunge. Also, VVVVVV is great and you should play it. It's short, cute, and fun – just like me on a Saturday night.

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Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture And Dirt 3 Are November’s Free PS Plus Games

Sony announced its PlayStation Plus free game line-up for November 2016. Here's the full list:

PlayStation 4
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
The Deadly Tower of Monsters

PlayStation 3
Dirt 3
Costume Quest 2

Vita
Letter Quest Remasterd, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
Pumped BMX+, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS3)

Don't forget to grab October's games before the month is up, which includes Resident Evil HD And Transformers: Devastation among others.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I'm especially interested in The Deadly Tower of Monsters. It's a strange looking game from a company that has historically made strange-looking games like Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages, and it passed by me when it originally released.

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Latest Pokémon Go Update Improves Plus Functionality, Adds Notification Filters

Although it's hard to find due to its massive popularity, the Pokémon Go Plus accessory could use some work. It doesn't notify you of Pokémon you haven't seen before, and it can sometimes be difficult to catch more rare Pokémon you've already seen, since the device doesn't do a great job of distinguishing PokéStops from Pokémon, or Dragonites from Pidgeys.

The latest update to Pokémon Go doesn't fix all these issues, but it makes it easier to stratify what you're running around for. After this update, Pokémon Go Plus users will be able to specify whether they want to receive notifications for only Pokémon, PokéStops, or both. This means that if you're only interested in loading up on Pokéballs during your morning jog, you can make it so all the Rattatas that would usually pop up will now fly under your radar.

The update also improves the connection to the Plus by making sure the device stays connected even after entering the Pokémon encounter state, or while interacting with gyms.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

 

Our Take
This should address many people's issues with the Plus, though it doesn't address other, more important issues like not being able to catch new Pokémon. They also need to fix the issue where I still haven't been able to find one of the dang things.

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Pokémon Go Update Shows You Where Pokémon Were Caught, Makes Incense Compatible With Pokémon Go Plus

The latest Pokémon Go update makes it easier to map your journey as a Pokémon Go trainer across the world, while making Pokémon Go Plus a bit better.

The update adds the city a Pokémon was caught to the bottom of their information screen, along with the date. It also allows players to catch drop an incense item (which attracts Pokémon to their location) and catch any Pokémon who approach using the Pokémon Go Plus accessory.

Finally, the update fixes a few minor bugs, including one which would get some players stuck at the game's loading screen.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

 

Our Take
Adding a Pokémon's location is a relatively minor update, but for people who travel regularly (or move from location to location frequently), it's a pretty cool feature. And I would love to use incense and catch Pokémon while jogging every morning, if I could find and buy a damn Plus to do it with.

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Pokémon Go Update Brings More Stability To Pokémon Go Plus

Niantic recently released an update (1.7.1 on iOS, 0.37.1 on Android) for Pokémon Go. Albeit being a smaller update, it nonetheless adds some improvements, mostly related to Pokémon Go Plus.

The wearable accessory that notifies you of nearby Pokémon and PokéStops became available as of last week. However, some users had problems pairing their device to the game, while others were receiving errors related to the device without actually owning one. This update aims to fix those issues.

You can read the patch notes below:

  • Pokémon GO Plus stability improvement
  • Added quick help when first connected to Pokémon GO Plus
  • Minor text fixes

You can read about the previous update, which introduced the Pokémon buddy system, here.

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Pokémon Go Plus Is Available As Of Today

The anticipated Pokémon Go Plus is available today at several retailers. The wearable accessory, which pairs with the popular Pokémon Go iOS and Android app, will notify you about nearby PokéStops and Pokémon.

Whenever one of these is nearby, the device will flash and vibrate. It is currently purchasable for $ 34.99 at stores such as Amazon. GameStop also has a listing for it, but it may already be out of stock online as its labelled as "not available."

You can read more about Pokémon Go by checking out our round-up of the craziest news stories, or how the game had a huge impact on editor Andrew Reiner's life.

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The Pokémon Go Plus Arrives Next Week

The device was originally meant to launch in July, but got pushed back to September. We now exactly when it will be available.

Pokémon Go Plus will be available next week, Friday, September 16. If you're unfamiliar with exactly what the device does, Niantic outlined its functions on its blog post announcing the release.

As you pass by a PokéStop, Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and light up and alert you to the location. You’ll even be able to collect new items just by clicking the Pokémon GO Plus. If there’s nearby Pokémon hiding in your area you’ll be alerted with lights and vibrations; catch the Pokémon with a button on Pokémon GO Plus and then continue on your way (later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught).

Yesterday, during Apple's keynote announcing the iPhone 7, it was revealed that Pokémon Go would be receiving substantial Apple Watch compatibility. You can learn more about that here.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

 

Our Take
The Go Plus is still an attractive piece of hardware for preventing you from staring at your phone while playing Pokémon Go, but after yesterday's Apple Watch details, I think I am more interested in going that route.

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The Pokémon Go Plus Arrives Next Week

The device was originally meant to launch in July, but got pushed back to September. We now exactly when it will be available.

Pokémon Go Plus will be available next week, Friday, September 16. If you're unfamiliar with exactly what the device does, Niantic outlined its functions on its blog post announcing the release.

As you pass by a PokéStop, Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and light up and alert you to the location. You’ll even be able to collect new items just by clicking the Pokémon GO Plus. If there’s nearby Pokémon hiding in your area you’ll be alerted with lights and vibrations; catch the Pokémon with a button on Pokémon GO Plus and then continue on your way (later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught).

Yesterday, during Apple's keynote announcing the iPhone 7, it was revealed that Pokémon Go would be receiving substantial Apple Watch compatibility. You can learn more about that here.

[Source: Pokémon Go]

 

Our Take
The Go Plus is still an attractive piece of hardware for preventing you from staring at your phone while playing Pokémon Go, but after yesterday's Apple Watch details, I think I am more interested in going that route.

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September’s Free PS Plus Games Bring Demons And Deserts

PlayStation Plus members can get ready for some new games next week. Journey is the headlining title, but fans of the Dark Souls series might find something to like in Lords of the Fallen.

According a post on the PlayStation Blog today, those two games are just two of six games being made available soon. Journey is a meditative trek through a desert, and Lords of the Fallen is an action/RPG with an emphasis on deliberate melee combat against demonic beasts. You can read our original review of Journey here, and our review of Lords of the Fallen here.

Here's the full September lineup:

  • Lords of the Fallen, PS4 
  • Journey, PS4, PS3 
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, PS3 
  • Datura, PS3 
  • Badland, PS Vita, PS4, PS3 
  • Amnesia: Memories, PS Vita

PS Plus games release on the first Tuesday of the month, so keep an eye out for these next week. 

[Source: PlayStation Blog

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PlayStation Plus Pricing Is Going Up On September 22

Sony has announced it is hiking the price of PlayStation Plus one month from today. The timing is set to go up as the company enters the crucial holiday season.

Prices are going up by $ 10 for annual memberships to $ 60. This amounts to a 20 percent price hike for the service, which hasn’t seen an increase since its launch in June 2010.

Three-month memberships are increasing from $ 18 to $ 25 (39 percent). Monthly memberships are staying at $ 10 for a 30-day subscription.

Sony suggests that the price increase brings membership fees into alignment with “current market conditions.” If your service expires after the September 22 price jump, you’ll be assessed the new fee amount when your membership renews.

[Source: Sony]

 

Our Take
While the price increase percentage seems steep, this is the first hike in more than six years of service. I suspect that some people will have a strong reaction to this, and if the value isn’t there for you anymore, be sure to cancel before you’re assessed the new fee.

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