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Ascendant: Side-scrolling Roguelike Brawler Hits PS4 August 25th

I’m Benjamin Crocker, from Hapa Games, and I am proud to announce that Ascendant will be released on PS4 August 25th! Ascendant is a side-scrolling roguelike beat ‘em up where you’ll take on the role of a demigod in a war against your rivals. As you make your way through this brutal realm, you’ll find an assortment of weapons, armor, spells, and Blessings that will help you battle to supremacy and your divine throne. We loved making Ascendant, we have a blast playing it, and you should try it out.



One of the main features in the game is the Blessings system. Blessings are boons granted to the demigods that dramatically change and improve their abilities as they battle through each realm. They can be slotted into either your weapon, armor, or spell and provide a distinct power-up depending on which Blessing has been placed there. A good example is from an early-game Blessing you can find called The Blessing of Agni. Agni, as the Hindu god of fire, is a fire-based Blessing. If you slot it into your weapon, you will have a chance to apply a fire damage-over-time effect to your enemy with each melee strike. If you slot it into your spell, your spells will now explode on impact. Slotted into armor, Agni will explode every time you take damage.



There are over twenty Blessings just like this one to find, unlock, and improve the demigods. Some examples include a double jump, poison spells, a berserker rage, and a giant shark that eats wounded enemies.

Here is a little insight into the game’s development.



Ascendant started as a kernel of an idea while we were graduate students at FIEA. We were finishing up our large-scale capstone projects and were trying to figure out what to do next. At the time, there was a huge influx of incredible (and sometimes less incredible) roguelikes from the indie scene and we played all of them. Many of us grew up playing old-school brawlers, so blending these two genres into our own vision was natural. We would brainstorm game mechanics over pints in downtown Orlando, and imagine potential art styles in the the school’s hallways between classes. Our last semester gave us the chance to turn all of our ideas and concepts into a real game. We started up Hapa Games, and then it was a non-stop sprint. We went from starting production in August 2013 to graduating in December with a strong prototype, a small following, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a burgeoning Steam Greenlight page.



After graduation we moved into the Garage. This is where the magic (and a lot of hard work) happened. Some of the original team split off to pursue their own path, but seven of us remained to finish the project. We set up a studio in that hot, muggy Garage, with Ascendant as our flagship. We had secondhand whiteboards, a dirty grey carpet, $40 desks from IKEA, monitors bought from a garage sale, a clattering AC unit, and a dart board. It wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t swanky. But it was perfect; our own private indie mecca. We couldn’t have had a better place to create Ascendant.



Obviously, there were challenges. With the freedom to do anything we optimistically gave ourselves a very short amount of time to release. We added some exciting features while others had to be cut or drastically reduced in scope. There was a sense of personal responsibility for every dev; if I don’t complete this thing, no one else will. Days and weeks started to blend together. Our abhorrent sleep schedules became a running joke. There were disagreements, but emotions were as high as our hopes and our motivation was steadfast. Triumph and hardship were doled out together, driven by adrenaline to get this thing done. However, as rapidly as we iterated and as demanding as our work became, the core of Ascendant – brawler roguelike dungeon crawler – never left focus.



And then suddenly, the game was out. It was glorious.

Now we’re a month away from releasing on PS4. It’s been a weird, incredible journey so far. This is Ascendant. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we did making it.

Source: Playstation Blog



Until Dawn Gets 9 Minutes of New Footage

The interactive horror story game Until Dawn is less actual game than most horror games. In the same general vein as games like Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn has players interacting with the game the most at certain parts of the story where they will make a decision in the plot. Otherwise, it is a matter of watching the game, driving the characters forward and pressing a button prompt every once in a while.

That said, Until Dawn therefore needs a very convincing cast. The character models look great for something running in real time, and with the exception of the shaders on the characters’ eyes, they can look very realistic too. The characters also move pretty well, and the environments are detailed and convincing. With the tech behind the game looking pretty solid, it will come down to how well it’s written and how interesting the story can get.

Take a look at the Preview Code gameplay below. Until Dawn is due out August 25 this year for PlayStation 4.



Source: HardcoreGamer



Pre Order Exclusive: Play as The Terminator in WWE 2K16

Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reprising his role as the T-800 model Terminator in WWE 2K16.

According to a press release from publisher 2K, Arnold will represent two playable T-800s - one from the original 1984 film, and another from 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Both will be available exclusively to those who pre-order WWE 2K16 from retailers such as Gamestop, Amazon, or any other major retailer accepting pre-orders.

While we haven't gotten any shots of what he'll look like in-game yet, here's a neat video of Arnold recreating a famous scene from Terminator 2 with various WWE Superstars:



WWE 2K16 comes out on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in North America on October 27, followed by its international release on October 30.

Source: IGN



N++ (PS4) Trophy List

N++ is a fast-paced, action-packed puzzle platformer set in the distant future. You play as a ninja -- darting through obstacles, narrowly evading a slew of inadvertently homicidal enemy robots, and collecting gold in a minimalist, sci-fi world. You know, traditional ninja stuff.

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Platinum++
You are literally a ninja

You Suck But That's Okay
Die during the solo introduction

Practice Makes Perfect
Die 100 times

More Practice Makes More Perfect
Die 1000 times

Perfection is Overrated Anyway
Die 5000 times

Achieve Enlightenment
Explore the Options menu

Perseverance
Explore the Options menu

Death from All of the Above
Die in every possible way

Using Your Head
Die by hitting the ceiling too hard

Tutorial Master
Get all the gold in the Solo Introduction

Novice
Beat the entire top row of Solo Episodes

Adept
Beat the entire middle row of Solo Episodes

Master
Beat the entire bottom row of Solo Episodes

Ninja
Beat the entire expert row of Solo Episodes

No-Death Novice
Beat a Solo Episode from the top row without dying.

No-Death Adept
Beat a Solo Episode from the middle row without dying

No-Death Master
Beat a Solo Episode from the bottom row without dying

All-Gold Novice
Earn an All-Gold Badge in a Solo Episode from the top row

All-Gold Adept
Earn an All-Gold Badge in a Solo Episode from the middle row

All-Gold Master
Earn an All-Gold Badge in a Solo Episode from the bottom row

Co-Operation Makes It Happen
Beat an entire column of Co-op episodes.

Speedy
Beat an entire column of Race episodes.

Rocket Murder Time
Kill another player using a rocket 5 times in a single MP Race episode.

Memories
Beat an entire column of Race Legacy episodes.

Nostalgia
Beat an entire column of Solo Legacy episodes

Good Times
Beat an entire column of Co-op Legacy episodes.

Voyeur
Watch a highscore replay.



Hulk Hogan Removed from WWE 2K16


WWE has parted ways with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) after reports emerged of the wrestler making racially insensitive statements.

"We embrace and celebrate individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide. As a result of Hulk Hogan's comments, his contract has been terminated with the company".

2K Games has also confirmed that they are removing Hulk Hogan from WWE 2K16 in the wake of his recent leaked comments.

"We are highly respectful of the way that our partners choose to run their business and manage our partnerships accordingly. We can confirm that Hulk Hogan will not appear in WWE 2K16."

Hogan was suppose to appear in the game alongside other legends such as Triple H, The Rock, and Andre The Giant.

Source: ShackNews & BleacherReport


Silent Hills' Kojima, Del Toro Still Plan to Work on New Project

Even though Silent Hills has been cancelled, Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro still intend on working with each other in the future.




Del Toro says "I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be [Silent Hills]."

Del Toro also explained what Silent Hills could've been as they were in the early development stages of the game:

"We were in the planning stages, and it’s a shame it’s not going to happen," del Toro said. "We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head. One of the great moments in Metal Gear [Solid] was Psycho Mantis. The idea that a game can actually interact with you, and stuff like that."

Source: IGN


NBA 2K16 Soundtrack Revealed

2K Sports signed three collaborators to assist in the soundtrack for NBA 2K16, Legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier, renowned producer DJ Khaled and super-producer DJ Mustard. The tracklist has been revealed, and it's comprised of 50 songs broken up into six in-game playlists.



The soundtrack spans a wide range of genres, including hip-hop, electronic, pop, rock and alternative, from throwback tracks from the ‘70s through today’s Top 40. Gamers will also have the opportunity to listen to all-new instrumental tracks created by each producer, which will be available in-game at various points during the MyCareer and MyGM experiences.

A special playlist has been created on Spotify , which features 44 of the 50 tracks that will be featured on the upcoming game.

DJ Premier Playlist

Custom Track: Papoose Prod. By DJ Premier, “Hold the City Down”
Gang Starr (feat. NYGz, H. Stax), “Same Team, No Games”
Nas, “Made You Look”
Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”
Jeru The Damaja, “You Can't Stop The Prophet”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Premier, “Bum Bum Bum”
Ramones, “Blitzrieg Bop”
NYGz, “Policy”
DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “More Levels”
PRhyme, “U Looz”

DJ Khaled Playlist

Custom Track: DJ Khaled (feat. Ace Hood, Vado, Kent Jones), “365”
DJ Khaled (feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby, Lil' Wayne), “We Takin' Over”
Ace Hood, “Hustle Hard”
Rick Ross (feat. T Pain), “The Boss”
Jay Z, “Where I'm From”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Khaled, “Black Rims”
Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”
Ace Hood (feat. Future & Rick Ross), “Bugatti”
Nas, “Represent”
DJ Khaled (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross), “All I Do Is Win”

DJ Mustard Playlist

Custom Track: DJ Mustard (feat. RJ), “You Don't Want It”
J Cole, “Rise and Shine”
Fergie, “L.A. Love (la la)”
Imagine Dragons, “I'm So Sorry”
M.I.A., “Y.A.L.A.”
Custom Track (Instrumental): DJ Mustard, “Ball at Night”
MGK, “Till I Die” (Cavs Version)
Drake, “0 To 100”
Iamsu!, “I Love My Squad”
Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

Around The World

Rael, “Vejo Depois”
Calvin Harris (feat. John Newman), “Blame”
Zedd (feat. Selena Gomez), “I Want You To Know”
Emicida & FeFe, “Bonjour”
Ana Tijoux, “Vengo”
Major Lazer (feat. MO & DJ Snake), “Lean On”
Club Dogo (feat. Arisa), “Fragili”
AM444, “Lies” (Jay. Soul Truth Remix)
Bag Raiders, “Shooting Stars”
Dynamic Duo & DJ Premier, “Aeao”

2K Classics Mixtape

Gnarls Barkley, “Going On”
Friendly Fires, “Skeleton Boy”
LCD Soundsystem, “Time to Get Away”
Santigold (feat. Spank Rock), “Shove It”
OneRepublic, “Everyone Loves Me”
RJD2, “Clean Living”
ZION I, “Ride”
The Flaming Lips, “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)”
Hogni, “Bow Down (To No Man)”
The Chicharones, “Little By Little”

NBA 2K16 releases on September 29, but if you pre-order, you will get the "Early-Tip Off Edition" which will give you the game 4 days before it releases.

Source: SportingNews


Street Fighter V Beta Suspended Indefinitely



The Street Fighter V Beta has gone offline due to pressure by players across the world. Due to this, maintenance went underway in the early morning (PST) and has been down since with no word of when it will be back on.

Capcom UK just released a statement:

"We apologise for the ongoing issues that users have been experiencing with the SFV beta test. In order to allow us to fix the issues as quickly as possible, we are going to initiate a period of extended maintenance, during which time the beta will be unavailable to all users.

We will let you know the date on which the closed beta test will re-open once all problems have been fixed. We sincerely apologise for having to bring this unfortunate news to you. Thank you for your patience. Please stay tuned for further updates."

Capcom will extend the beta to make up for lost time.

Source: Twinfinite


Galak-Z: Mech Mode Revealed

Hey kid! You wanna hear a secret? Because, friends, we’ve been saving a juicy one for a long time now…

Anime enthusiasts inevitably ask when they see the game, “So… can you turn into a mech?” And we always respond with, “Oh man! That would be cool!” Well, guess what?

You can freaking turn into a mech in Galak-Z!



What is this “Mech” blasphemy you keep ranting about?!

The Mech mode is a whole new way to play Galak-Z. Get up in an enemy’s face, slice him in two with your sword, or grab him with your extending arm, smash his guts, then throw his scrapped remains into an oncoming bad guy for a double-explosion fireworks show.



You needn’t worry too much about taking damage either, as your huge Directional Shield will deflect and absorb even the most deadly attacks when timed right. Plus, the deadly environment is now your best friend, as you take and fling what you need from it — asteroids, spikes, explosives — relentlessly at any enemy stupid enough to appear in your sights.

So what? How is this different than Ship gameplay, Mechman?!

Rather than fighting from afar whilst dodging like a pro, the Mech is all about turning the tables and pressuring the bad guys instead. One on one, especially versus smaller zippy enemies, the Mech is vicious. It can grab an enemy even from a distance, pull them close and beat them to death without resistance or mercy.

Against many enemies, what it lacks in missiles it makes up in the ability to throw the explosive elements of the environment, or can dispatch multiple enemies at once with charged sword attacks that sweep in a great arc.

Defensively, the Direction Shield gives extra damage absorption on top of regular shields, and like with the Juke, more skillful players will be able to use their timing to negate attacks altogether by deflecting them. Best of all, the Mech requires no upgrades to use all of the skills listed above, making it your weapon of choice at the start of a Season when your Ship is still thin on awesome upgrades. Of course, switching between the two when desired is the most effective.

But…you probably limit how much I can switch between the Ship and the Mech, right?

Actually, the player can transform from Mech to Ship, and back again, with the touch of a button! Unlimited transforming means you can unleash a barrage of missiles to obliterate shields then speed in sword raised for the kill, or perhaps just pluck an unwary foe from the circus of smoke and explosions and beat him to a pulp.

If things get too much, use your Directional Shield to take the brunt of damage and then transform to Ship form and fire as you reverse-boost away to safety and victory at once. The possibilities are endless!

The full might of the Galak-Z is yours to discover, as both Mech and Ship form, on August 4th.

Source: Playstation Blog


Submerged Surfaces on PS4 August 4th

G’day from Australia! Ed Orman here again, and I’m very excited to be able to finally announce that Submerged is coming to your PS4 on August 4th! And to kick things off, for a limited time PlayStation Plus members will receive a 20% discount on the game starting at launch.



Submerged is a third-person, combat-free game in which you explore a mysterious, flooded city and discover the beauty of desolation in vast outdoor environments. You take on the role of Miku, a young girl who has brought her wounded brother to the city in their small fishing boat.
Navigate the flooded city streets by boat, scale the drowned buildings, and use your telescope to scour the city for the supplies needed to save your dying sibling. As you explore the city at your own pace, you encounter the habitat that flourishes in this colorful place and discover hidden objects that piece together the story of a broken world and a broken family.



Submerged won Best Audio at this years Freeplay Festival, largely due to the beautiful musical score provided by BAFTA-Award Winner Jeff Van Dyck. And Unreal Engine 4 lets us make the game visually stunning, so we’re really looking forward to finally having it in player’s hands.

See you in August!

Source: Playstation Blog



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