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Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 396: Where To Begin

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The gang’s all here with early thoughts on Returnal and Resident Evil Village. Plus, we play an inaugural game of Box Art Trivia.

Stuff We Talked About

  • Resident Evil Village
  • Returnal
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  • Disco Elysium
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Cast

Sid Shuman – Senior Director of Content Communications, SIE

Tim Turi –  Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Brett Elston – Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Apex Legends Legacy update: A look at 3v3 Arena mode, the highflying Valkyrie, and more

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Respawn Entertainment has much in store for fans with the Apex Legends Legacy update, coming to the free-to-play battle royale on May 4. We’ve got the lowdown on a new round-based 3v3 mode called Arena, a jetpack-equipped Legend named Valkyrie, the Bocek Compound Bow, as well as an update to the Olympus map. 

Apex Legends Legacy update: A look at 3v3 Arena mode, the highflying Valkyrie, and more

A close look at the Legacy update: Trails of Heroes

The new Arena Mode

In this new 3v3 mode, players compete against each other on a close-quarters map.

How it works

Each round is decided by eliminating the enemy team (of course), with the final victory decided by winning at least three rounds and gaining a margin of victory of at least two rounds. Sudden death decides the final winner on the 9th round when both teams are deadlocked at four wins each. That means that each game has a minimum of three rounds and a maximum of nine.

Buying Phase

Each round begins with a buying phase, which lets players arm themselves with weapons, consumables such as healing items, projectiles, and even abilities — just make sure you have the materials to pay for it. Get ready for a big departure from dropping into the map and collecting gear as you go.

Weapons start out in their basic form with no add-ons, and by purchasing additional upgrades, you can go up from level 1 to level 3 and add a scope of your choice. However, weapons cannot be carried over to the next round, and must be repurchased with each buying phase.

You’ll only be allowed to use Tactical Abilities and Ultimate Abilities in each round. Tactical Abilities start with a limited number of rounds, but you can stock up on more charges during the buying phase. Unspent abilities carry over to the next round.

Materials required for purchase are provided as round bonuses, and can also be earned by extracting them from devices or by killing enemies. The round bonus also increases as the fight progresses, giving you more options for more powerful weapons, upgrades, and ability charges.

The choices you make in the buying phase play a huge role in overall strategy. In the first round, you only have enough materials to buy your best weapon type and one recovery (you start equipped with armor and helmets). The more you earn in round bonuses, the more you can buy as the game progresses. Yo

Share of the Week: Days Gone – Second Anniversary

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Earlier this week, Days Gone turned two! To celebrate, we asked you to share your favorite moments riding alongside Deacon using #PSShare #PSBlog. From portraits of Freakers to Deacon’s looking endlessly cool on his bike, here are this week’s highlights: 

SindyJ_B shared Deacon riding off into a gorgeous mountainside view.

justinphotomode captured Deacon up close and personal.

Unhappyclappy1 shared Deacon riding through that Pacific Northwest weather.

makfi78 shares a detailed portrait of a snarling Freaker.

MostlyVp captured a Freaker bear sneaking up behind Deacon.

thiagofm33 could resist doing some donuts on Deacon’s bike.

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: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition

SUBMIT BY: Wednesday 9 AM PT on May 5

Next week, Aloy takes the spotlight to celebrate Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition being available as part of the Play At Home program. Share your best moments fighting machines and exploring Aloy’s world using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.


Want to share more of your epic photo mode moments? U.S. players can enter the Red Bull Capture Point competition* for the chance to win some thrilling prizes. See full details at redbull.com/capturepoint.

*Red Bull Capture Point Official Contest Rules:

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Test your skills and reflexes in the brand new Sackboy: A Big Adventure Knit-Speedrun Challenge

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Salutations, fearless daredevils! Starting May 1, you’re invited to compete in the new Sackboy: A Big Adventure PlayStation Tournaments series on PS5. The Sackboy Knit-Speedrun Challenge is part of a new PlayStation Tournaments series that is available through the PS5 Challenge activity cards in the title’s Game Hub area.

Test your skills and reflexes in the brand new Sackboy: A Big Adventure Knit-Speedrun Challenge

A total of five never-before-seen monthly obstacle courses will be available every other month starting this May until January 2022, where you’ll need to navigate through the obstacle courses as quickly as possible, setting the fastest times you can to climb the leaderboards. We’ll track your progress in online leaderboards so you can also see how your friends are doing.

Additionally, if you reside in the following countries or territories, you’ll have a chance to win exclusive in-game prizes throughout the whole challenge:

Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Prize Tiers are split into five categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

  • Bronze: collectibles for everyone who takes part.
  • Silver: a costume piece for the top 50% of entrants.
  • Gold: a costume piece for the top 30%.
  • Platinum: a costume piece for the top 15%.
  • Diamond: a costume piece for the elite 5%.

You’ll earn prizes from your current tier, and from every tier below at the end of each of the five trials. See if you can collect all the different costume pieces from each trial and create all-new outfits for Sackboy!

See the Challenges activity cards in the PS5 Game Hub, or the Knitted Knight Trials in-game to take part. Good luck! Check out this Competition Center page for more details: http://playst.cc/sackboy-challenge

Need more competition? Check out our lineup of Open Series monthly tournaments on PS4 at the Competition Center – the home of all PlayStation competitive gaming content. The tournaments are open to all eligible participants in participating countries.

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Returnal gameplay: Dev details and more in nearly 30 minutes of new footage

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In less than 24 hours, PlayStation 5 players will be able to step into the hostile and mysterious world of Returnal. From unsettling alien creatures to haunting musical themes, Selene’s journey through Atropos is one you won’t soon forget.

But what exactly is the flow to this cyclical adventure? You may have seen trailers and other gameplay clips that show a hectic run and gun, arcade-style adventure, while other footage looks a bit slower-paced and focused on exploration. The short answer is, Returnal is all of the above – and hopefully today’s deep dive from developer Housemarque helps drive this point home.

Returnal gameplay: Dev details and more in nearly 30 minutes of new footage

Mikael Haveri, along with narrative director Gregory Louden, and game director Harry Krueger narrate a handful of typical “runs” through Atropos, where modular aspects of the levels change but certain progress persists. This video picks up still fairly early in the process, where Selene has unlocked a melee weapon and made some initial inroads into the ruins. From there we get a glimpse of the first real “boss,” and then onto the Crimson Wastes, the second region of the game.

As you’ll see in the video, you can get back to certain areas even after dying and starting a new cycle – but given how tough some of the enemies can be, do you want to rush back, or take your time powering up your weapons and consumables? The choice is yours, which helps reinforce the whole “is it a shooter or is it an adventure?” question above. Take your time, or rely on fast reflexes to survive… up to you!

Returnal lands on PS5 April 30, which may very well be “today” for many of you!

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