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PlayStation Plus Game Catalog  & Classics for July: It Takes Two, Sniper Elite 5, Twisted Metal

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Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog for July 2023. All games will be available on Tuesday July 18. Let’s dive in. 

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium | Game Catalog

It Takes Two | PS4, PS5

Embark on the craziest journey of your life in It Takes Two, a genre-bending platform adventure created purely for co-op. Invite a friend to join for free with Friend’s Pass* and work together across a huge variety of gleefully disruptive gameplay challenges. Play as the clashing couple Cody and May, two humans turned into dolls by a magic spell. Together, trapped in a fantastical world where the unpredictable hides around every corner, they are reluctantly challenged with saving their fractured relationship.

Master unique and connected character abilities in every new level. Help each other across an abundance of unexpected obstacles and laugh-out-loud moments. Kick gangster squirrels’ furry tails, pilot a pair of underpants, DJ a buzzing nig

Prepare for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone Season 04 Reloaded, out July 12

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“You’re not the only one who wants payback.” – Billy Butcher, The Boys (Ep. 306)

The members of Task Force 141 remain in captivity, Vondel is under constant attack, and the appearance Supes from of The Boys adds a new superpowered element to the fight.

It’s about to get wild in Season 04 Reloaded for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone, launching July 12 on PlayStation 4 and PS5. Read on for a glimpse at the new content coming to all three modes in the midseason update.

Prepare for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone Season 04 Reloaded, out July 12

Warzone brings Battle Royale to Vondel, plus a New Gulag and more

Following Vondel’s debut with Resurgence mode at the start of the season, the midseason update brings the classic Battle Royale experience with support for up to 72 players.

New Gulag: Fight for reentry to the map in a new Gulag that’s exclusive to Vondel. Inspired by a certain prison complex showers, this wine cellar and dungeon beneath the Castle features a three-lane design with a circular center suited for 1v1 combat.

New Resurgence Playlist Rotation: Starting with Season 04 Reloaded, a map rotation system will go live in Resurgence Playlists, switching between Vondel and Ashika Island to add variety to your play sessions.

New Event — Occupation Scan: This in-match event is coming to Vondel. When the event activates, go prone or dive under the water to avoid being scanned. Operators who fail to do so in time will be identified and marked for all to see on the Tac Map and minimap for a limited time.

The Special Ops Raid Finale, new 6v6 Core Map

Multiplayer brings the action to cooperative and competitive modes with the finale to the Special Ops Atomgrad narrative and introducing a new 6v6 Core map.

Special Ops Raid Episode 04: The members of Task Force 141 have been captured and imprisoned by Al-Qatala asset Hadir. In this epic conclusion to Atomgrad, it’s up to you and two other Operators to get out and finish what you started.

Vondel Waterfront (6v6): Deploy to the southwestern portion of Vondel in a small-sized 6v6 map optimized for Multiplayer matches. Battle in and between the various pontoon homes, including the major Red and Blue House power positions facing each other across the center of the

Synth Riders celebrates 5 years with free songs and a retrowave retrospective

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This week, with the launch of Synthwave Essentials 3 on PlayStation VR & PlayStation VR2, we’re celebrating five years of riding the rails in Synth Riders, our freestyle dance rhythm game. Join us as we look back at the biggest development milestones, and reveal the special birthday gift for all the players.

Synth Riders celebrates 5 years with free songs and a retrowave retrospective

Synth Riders was the brainchild of Creative Director Abraham Aguero and Lead Developer Jhean Ceballos and is a “love letter” to Synthwave music and rhythm games like the Hatsune Miku series all wrapped up in a retrowave art style to match.

With constant feedback and support from the community, we’ve delivered many gameplay improvements and new features with cross-platform at the heart:

  • In 2020, Synth Riders was the first mainstream VR rhythm game to offer cross-platform multiplayer for up to 10 players and was also the first VR rhythm game to offer cross-platform multiplayer at launch on PlayStation VR2.
  • Always looking for ways to put a new spin or twist on our gameplay, we’ve added features like Power-Ups for Multiplayer and Spin Mode in 2020 and Spiral Mode in 2021.
  • We aimed to explore the potential and make good use of special features of the PlayStation VR2, such as headset feedback for wall collisions and improved haptics for notes and rails. Thanks to its inside-out tracking, we were also able to bring the full 360+ Spin Mode to PlayStation VR2 with Synth Riders Remastered.
  • Taking advantage of our cross-platform leaderboards, the PlayStation VR 2 community has joined the global Synth Riders ranks, with more than half a million personal best scores recorded by PlayStation VR2 players since launch.

We’ve come a long way with the amazing Synth Riders community on a five-year journey of music discovery, from indie artists to industry heavyweights:

  • From humble beginnings with just 13 songs in 2018 reflecting a single music genre, the game’s soundtrack has expanded to more than 125 available tracks (68 included plus 57 Add-Ons) from indie artists and labels, introducing players to a wide variety of genres, including synthwave, EDM, electro swing, pop, rock, funk, ska, k-pop, and punk.
  • The Add-On music packs paved the way for Synth Riders to attract incredible artists to the game – such as Muse, The Gorillaz, Bruno Mars, The Offspring, Parov Stelar, Lindsey Stirling, Caravan Palace, and more.

Here are th

Introducing fully customizable Origin character The Dark Urge in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Everything you do in your playthrough of Baldur’s Gate 3 affects the course of your journey. And it starts at the character creation screen.

Each class, race, background, and Origin character has rippling effects on the world around you, triggering subtle permutations that change the Forgotten Realms in big, small, good, bad, exciting, and sometimes very bad ways.

What is an Origin character? They’re essentially playable heroes, each with their own stories, desires, and attitudes toward the world around you. If you don’t play as them, they each become companions, who you may (or may not) recruit throughout your journey.

You may have already met Shadowheart, Wyll, Gale, Astarion, Lae’zel, and Karlach – heroes with their own tales to tell, driven by your choices as the player. Of course, you can also customize your character and create an entirely new avatar, weaving their story through your actions with the same amount of depth & reactivity.

Today, however, we’re looking at an entirely new way to play Baldur’s Gate 3. The Dark Urge. A completely new customizable Origin, The Dark Urge can be created as any of the 11 races you’d like, but with their own Origin-like Dark Urge story as the backbone of your adventure.

Bringing forth a trove of malevolent reactivity to Baldur’s Gate, let’s talk about The Dark Urge.

Become The Dark Urge

The Dark Urge embodies the darkest recesses of the moral spectrum. With alabaster skin and a hulking dragonborn frame, The Dark Urge’s preset design is an imposing one, glaring back with the piercing gaze of a predator. However, this is also a fully customizable character. Its class, appearance, species, and gender are completely up to you. After all, evil can reside within anyone, irrespective of how they appear.

If you’ve been following our community-driven murder mystery Blood in Baldur’s Gate, you’ll be familiar with the Dark Urge’s simple but effective modus operandi: to murder brutally and indiscriminately. The Dark Urge is driven to commit some of the most lurid acts of violence that you’ll encounter in the game, and playing as this character, you’ll either indulge your most depraved impulses or resist them. We hope this character will whet the appetite of horror fans and those who seek a more sinister character to inhabit during their playthrough.

Stepping into the role of the Dark Urge, you begin Baldur’s Gate 3 with your memory lost after an unfortunate encounter between a parasitic tadpole and your brain. Now all that’s left is an insatiable urge. An urge that makes itself known in your subconscious, through your deepest thoughts, and in your dialogue options. Dark Urge gives players the opportunity to explore their dark side and let their subconscious urges bubble to the surface in the form of sinister responses and permutations.

The Dark Urge customizable Origin holds many secrets, but it’s for you to discover what they are and where this brutal new darkness hails from.

Share of the Week: Final Fantasy XVI

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Last week, we asked you to share epic moments exploring the epic world of Final Fantasy XVI using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s eikonic highlights: 

AlexGustyII shares Ifrit rushing forward with an attack.

crisg_art shares a portrait of Joshua.

whitememories_8 shares Torgal chasing a butterfly through a flower field.

KenKenVega1 shares Clive shrouded in fire, yelling.

Dario_OtherEyes shares Garuda screeching with a grin.

marka_game shares Jill in a graceful attack stance.

Search #PSshare #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in the next Share of the Week? 

THEME: Heroes

SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on July 12, 2023

Next week, heroes take the spotlight. Share epic moments highlighting your favorite gaming hero using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

MLB The Show 23 Season 3 brings All-Star content and rewards, live today

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MLB The Show 23’s Season 3 Rewards Program starts today* and brings brand-new content and amazing rewards, including All-Star Game and Home Run Derby player items. With the 2023 MLB All-Star Game (ASG) and Home Run Derby (HRD) kicking off in just a few days, right now is the prime time to get your mitts on some great rewards for use in MLB The Show 23. 

MLB The Show 23 Season 3 brings All-Star content and rewards, live today

Earn Retro ASG and HRD rewards available in Team Affinity Season 3 featuring some of the greatest players from past games, such as ASG Series Vida Blue, Joey Gallo, and Trea Turner, as well as HRD Series Troy Glaus, Paul Konerko, and Jesus Aguilar. In addition to these fantastic player items, add ASG and HRD players from the 2023 season to your Diamond Dynasty squad. There’s no better time to get in on the action in MLB The Show 23.

New Legend Mike Cameron

Speaking of All-Stars, New Legend Mike Cameron makes his debut today in MLB The Show 23. One of only 18 players to complete “baseball’s greatest single-game accomplishment” by hitting four home runs in a single game, New Legend Mike Cameron is a must-have for any Diamond Dynasty squad in Season 3. New Legend Mike Cameron can be earned by progressing through the Season 3 XP Rewards Path.

New Mini Seasons Challenge – Righty Tighty

Build a squad of right-handed batters and pitchers, or common players, then win the championship to earn All-Star Game Series Starling Marter in the all-new Mini Seasons Challenge – Righty Tighty coming to MLB The Show 23 July 21.

Bring the All-Star Game action home and batter up in MLB The Show 23. See you on the field!

*Internet connection required for Season 3 update and rewards.

(For Southeast Asia) Essential Picks promotion comes to PlayStation Store

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The Essential Picks promotion is now live on PlayStation Store, bringing with it discounts off up to 75% on a wide variety of titles for a limited time*. That includes 75% off Resident Evil 3, 50% off God of War Digital Deluxe Edition and 67% off Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

Many more games are included in the promotion. Head to PlayStation Store to find out your discount.

*The Essential Picks promotion is live on PlayStation Store from Wednesday July 5 until Wednesday July 19.

8 ways Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate reimagines the time-traveling adventure for PS VR2

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Buckle up time travelers, as we’re ready to share further exciting details on Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate, coming to PlayStation VR2 in 2024.

8 ways Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate reimagines the time-traveling adventure for PS VR2

The technology that PlayStation VR2 offers, along with the power of PS5, has allowed us to explore some bold and exciting new ideas to truly elevate player presence, create more lifelike interactions and build richer worlds to explore. Let’s dive into these features a bit further.

Stunning new visuals

Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate has had a stunning art makeover. Completely overhauled visuals for PlayStation VR2 creates worlds that are richer and more beautiful, elevating our visuals to new heights. This includes an all-new lighting system and a complete overhaul on all our NPCs, which have been lovingly recreated and crafted to offer more realism and look better than ever.

Full body avatars

World-class full-body avatars allow you to embody characters through time – seeing yourself as these characters for the very first time. We’ve created a state-of-the-art player avatar system that doesn’t just accurately portray hand and head movement, eyes, and eyelids thanks to PS VR2’s new eye-tracking function. We’ve also created an AI system in which your legs respond to the context the player is in and portray the relevant required movement (climbing, hanging, falling, leaning, crouching etc). Player avatars can now have ‘strength’ based on being physics-driven. This is bound to our new ‘physics interaction framework’ and means player avatars can vary in regards to how strong they are when interacting with the virtual world around them.

Not only are we creating more immersion and better-functioning characters, but they’re also visually stunning as we’ve created a bespoke system that leverages the beauty of Epic’s Meta-humans.

Adventure platforming

Our brand new physics-driven platforming takes action adventure to a whole new level, giving players the ability to explore and interact with our worlds in new and creative ways. Swim, jump, crouch, climb, zipline, and swing your way through a variety of rich worlds in true adventure

First details on Helldivers 2 co-op and combat gameplay

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Greetings, future Helldivers. It’s Katherine, Arrowhead’s social media and community manager, back again to bring you new Helldivers 2 gameplay details: a more in-depth look at our cooperative play* and combat. 

First details on Helldivers 2 co-op and combat gameplay

Gearing up

After your Helldiver defrosts on your ship, you and your squadmates must prepare for a mission by customizing your armor, your weapons, and your stratagems together. 

Creating your loadout feels like part of the mission prep: changing your weapon to suit not only your appetite for destruction but the mission and enemy types you might encounter. Your greatest aids as a Helldiver are stratagems: powerful tools that can be summoned with short button combinations. Everything from airstrikes to Hellpods containing bigger, badder weapons to defensive gear and extra supplies are at your fingertips.

When selecting stratagems, it’ll be essential to coordinate with your team to select the best possible load-outs for the enemies and mission type. If you’re going up against armored enemies, like the Terminid Charger, you or a squadmate can equip armor-piercing weapons, like the AT-48 Recoilless Rifle or the AC-8 Autocannon, which feature a teammate-assisted reload to keep battles even more chaotic.

But don’t sleep on those defensive stratagems either. While one Helldiver is handling the heavy fire, another Helldiver can call down a shield generator to protect teammates as the enemies push back. In a four-person team, you’ll be able to select a mix of stratagems and weapons that will lead to a unique victory every time.

Ready for action

Once your Hellpod lands on a planet, you can start calling in support stratagems, which include more powerful weapons, shield generators, and supply backpacks.

Each member of your squad can play according to their own style: some of you will charge into the fight, others will call down a sniper rifle stratagem and maintain a safe distance while picking off the enemies. You can even sneak past encounters if your team moves carefully. You’re all free to decide how you want to spread Managed Democracy: up close and personal, or with tactical o

Naraka: Bladepoint’s new take on battle royale is coming to PS5 on July 13

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Hello! My name is Yongcheng, the Lead Producer of Naraka: Bladepoint PS5 version. We have been working hard on what we feel is the best version of Naraka: Bladepoint so far, and we’re really excited to finally bring our mythical, melee-focused martial arts battle royale game to PlayStation 5.

Naraka: Bladepoint’s new take on battle royale is coming to PS5 on July 13

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Naraka: Bladepoint, it’s the ultimate up-to-60-player PVP action combat experience, where players will engage in a unique battle royale experience that focuses on mastering fast-paced melee action in order to survive.

In the world of Naraka, everything begins with the endless war between 2 ancient gods: Sunwing and Moonbane. The Immortal Mask, created as a result of their battle, will grant mighty power to those who possess it. The game focuses on the subsequent war among mortals, including the blind blademaster of Yushan, Viper Ning, the great monk from another land, Tianhai, the Grey Wolf of the grassland, Temulch, and many more. In total, we now have 16 playable heroes, and the roaster keeps expanding. These heroes are all equipped with powerful skills and, as far as we’re concerned, are also some of the best-looking character designs we’ve made. Not only can you destroy your foes with master skills, but also do it in the coolest way.

We also created a vivid and multi-functional battlefield. There are ancient Eastern architectures you can climb and grapple around. Temples and cities, mines, waterfalls, wildflowers, butterflies…all these details in the environment work together and build a world you can literally immerse yourself into.

The core mechanism that makes Naraka so unique is the ‘rock-scissor-paper’ combat system.  When you click L2/R2, you will initiate normal attacks. And when you long-press L2/R2, you will charge a Focus attack which is unable to be disrupted by normal attacks and will cause higher damage.  Finally, we added a special gesture called Counter, which can beat Focus attacks and send your enemy’s weapon flying. But Counter does nothing