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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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Spotify Arrives On PlayStation Today, No Plus Required

Sony has announced that Spotify will launch today on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. You don't need PlayStation Plus to use it, and it sounds like you don't need a Spotify premium membership.

Spotify's paid program removes the ads, improves audio quality, and gives users access to music offline on mobile devices. If you want to try premium ($ 9.99 per month), there are a couple of ways to get a free trial. If you had a Music Unlimited account active as of March 29, you get two free months of Spotify premium. If you've never used a trial of the service, you can get one month for free.

Using the iOS or Android app, Spotify users can control their music on the console. This allows you to add custom soundtracks without pausing.

The service is available in 41 markets and Sony is calling the partnership "exclusive."

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
It's a shame we're paying for custom soundtracks, a feature that was available on last-generation consoles by default. I can't imagine using the free version in that capacity, as the last thing I want to hear when playing Bloodborne is a Geico ad. If you're already a premium member, this seems like a good extension of your existing membership, though.

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Where Is The March PlayStation Plus Games Announcement?

You might have noticed that we’re in the final week of February (leaving us just a few days to collect this month’s PlayStation Plus games). Normally by this point, we know what’s on tap for the following month.

Unfortunately, we may not know until next week, as a Sony representative stated on the PlayStation Europe blog. “Sorry to keep you good folks waiting,” writes Sony’s Fred Dutton. “I appreciate you’re all really keen to see the line-up and that it’s frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we’re still not quite ready to make the announcement. I can’t give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we’re working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage.”

This is also a good time to make sure you’ve downloaded February’s games. They are scheduled to rotate out when the store is updated on Tuesday, March 3.

[Source: PlayStation Blog via Gamespot]

 

Our Take
We want to know what next month’s games are just as much as you do. However, even if the titles are announced after Tuesday, we still have most of the month to nab them.

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PSA: Sony Announces 8-Week PlayStation Plus Spring Fever Celebration

Sony has announced the 2015 Spring Fever sale, featuring eight new digital-only games. Along with the sale announcement comes release dates for a number of upcoming titles.

Each of the titles carries a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members. The deal extends through the first week of launch.

Here’s the lineup:

  • March 3 – Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 10 – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 17 – Jamestown+ (PS4)
  • March 24 – Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • March 31 – Axiom Verge (PS4)
  • April 7 – Bastion (PS4)
  • April 14 – Titan Souls (PS4, Vita)
  • April 21 – Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Helldivers, Hotline Miami 2, Metal Slug 3, Titan Souls, and Shovel Knight are cross-buy. Bastion and Axiom Verge will be launching later on Vita and will retroactively be part of the cross-buy program.

Additionally, there will be movie and game franchises on sale during each of the weeks. They are:

  • March 3 – Lego (games), The Hobbit (film)
  • March 10 – Saints Row (games), X-Men (film)
  • March 17 – Assassin’s Creed (games), Transformers (film)
  • March 24 – God of War (games), Spider-Man (film)
  • March 31 – Batman (games and film)
  • April 7 – Dragon Age (games), Lego (film)
  • April 14 – Grand Theft Auto (games), Planet of the Apes (film)
  • April 21 – Call of Duty (games), Taken (film)

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[Update] Sony Recommits To Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition

Update: While Sony Computer Entertainment America has yet to respond to us, it seems that our European colleagues were able to make some headway. Following yesterday's equivocal quotes from PlayStation's European boss, Jim Ryan, Sony decided to be a bit more concrete.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony says that server capacity is still standing between PlayStation Plus members and the free, scaled down version of Driveclub. No release window has been mentioned.

Original Story:

Fall 2014 had a surprising number of games release with significant problems. The problem touched third-parties, as well as Sony and Microsoft directly. One such title was Sony’s Driveclub.

The title was originally slated for release alongside the PlayStation 4 in November 2013. It was delayed for nearly a year, and finally arrived to market on October 7.

Despite the delay, Sony still assured that the promised PlayStation Plus version was en route. That plan was pushed out once massive problems with Driveclub’s performance were revealed.

Now, PlayStation Europe president Jim Ryan is pulling back even further. In an interview with Metro, Ryan declines to commit that the free version is still coming.

When asked if the PlayStation Plus version is coming, Ryan says that it’s “still being looked at.” When pressed for a restatement of the guaranteed release, Ryan hedges. “I can’t say anything at this stage,” he says.

We’ve reached out to Sony Computer Entertainment America in hopes of getting a more comprehensive statement. President of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida commented directly on Driveclub’s problems and may have more to offer on the situation.

[Source: Metro via Polygon]

 

Our Take
At this point, delivering the PlayStation Plus version of Driveclub is about fulfilling a promise made in 2013. It likely won’t fulfill the goal of driving many additional sales at this point (at least not with out a strong marketing campaign to invite people to try it again). 

What this could mean though, is that the full version of the game may arrive on PlayStation Plus sooner than it might otherwise have. This helps Sony by incentivizing DLC purchases, even it means forgoing full game purchases. Sony could save resource investment on the free version and go beyond fulfilling its original promise.

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