Players’ Choice: Vote for April 2022’s best new game

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You know what they say: April showers bring May… polls. Is that right? I know it’s something like that.

Which new game do you think deserves the Players’ Choice crown this time? Cast your vote below, then make a case for your pick in the comments. See you next week with the winner!

How does it work? At the end of every month, PlayStation.Blog will open a poll where you can vote for the best new game released that month. Soon thereafter, we’ll close the polls, tally your votes, and announce the winner at PlayStation.Blog. PlayStation Store will also showcase some top Players’ Choice winners throughout the year.

What is the voting criteria? That’s up to you! If you were only able to recommend one new release to a friend that month, which would it be? In keeping with our long tradition in the Game of the Year Awards, remastered or re-released games won’t qualify. Ambitious, larger-scale rebuilds and remakes like Demon’s Souls and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will.

How are nominees decided? The PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation Store editorial teams will gather a list of that month’s most noteworthy releases and use it to seed the poll. Write-in votes will be accepted.

A first look at free Eldest Souls expansion Depths of the Forgotten

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Eldest Souls is a critically-acclaimed soulslike action-RPG available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Today we’re releasing the major expansion, Depths of the Forgotten, which adds approximately 30% more content and even more brutally-challenging bosses all for free. Packed with a heap of content you’ll discover new locations, bosses and weapons in addition to finding new lore about the history of this world.

You are mankind’s only hope, together with your greatsword of pure Obsydian, you are tasked to take on the Old Gods, who have unleashed a great desolation upon the world as a final act of vengeance.

A first look at free Eldest Souls expansion Depths of the Forgotten

New Zones to Explore

With the Depths of the Forgotten expansion, it’s possible to explore what’s behind the door in the Enchanted Forest. As the name suggests, you will be descending far below the Citadel to new and undiscovered areas using a mysterious elevator. These unexplored locations are home to some of the toughest bosses you’re yet to face. Are you up to the challenge?

The Rejected Daughter

The first of three new bosses is a monstrous outcome of mixing human and godly genes into a single being. The Rejected Daughter was Eksyll’s failed hope of a worthy heir. Instead of putting the creature out of her misery, Eksyl decided to keep her locked away, deep within the depths, and the years have not been kind…

Zylad, Lord of Steel

Zylad, Lord of Steel, is a result of his battle-strewn past. Zylad was always a fierce adversary, but thanks to Eksyll’s enhancements, soon gained powers akin to Godhood. Leading the legions that invaded the Citadel, Zylad’s newfound strength caused him to act above his station, eventually leading to his discharge and imprisonment within the Depths.

The Rotten Crown

The corpulent King Otto swore he would not perish alongside his crumbling Kingdom, and sacrificed a great deal to a winged saviour for the gift of eternal salvation. Unfortunately for His Majesty, the supposed Saviour didn’t feel like parting ways with his new Royal play-thing and instead locked him away for his own twisted amusement.

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Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 430: Elden Lords of the Ring

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This week the team gets excited for Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodhunt, and continue to dive deep into Elden Ring.

Stuff We Talked About

  • Trek to Yomi
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
  • Warframe
  • Justice Sucks
  • Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin
  • Elden Ring

The Cast

Sid Shuman – Senior Director of Content Communications, SIE

Tim Turi –  Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Brett Elston – Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Share of the Week: Powerful

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Last week asked to see powerful characters and moments from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s powerful highlights:  

JRPyznar shares Aloy firing off a plasma blast in Horizon Forbidden West.

crisg_art shares their Tarnished casting a spell in Elden Ring.

scottoka1 shares a powerful spirit from Kena: Bridge of Spirits.

TheFourthFocus shares a formidable foe from God of War.

creideiki_earth shares Tifa launching into an attack in Final Fantasy VII Remake.

lunar9p shares powerful mage companion Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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: Yellow
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on May 4, 2022

Next week, we’re turning yellow. Share moments where the color yellow shines brightest using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Sci-fi adventure Exo One comes to PS4 & PS5 this summer

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Hi folks! I’m stoked to be able to tell you all that Exo One will be landing on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 this summer. Exo One began five years ago with a relatively simple idea about using gravity as a movement mechanic, and gradually grew into something strange and special, inspired by my love for sci-fi cinema and games that moved me emotionally. I’m super excited to see it find a new audience and reach new technical heights with this PS5 port.

Sci-fi adventure Exo One comes to PS4 & PS5 this summer

In Exo One you’ll embark on a journey beyond the solar system, discovering everything from terrestrial deserts to dreamy gas giants as the pilot of an alien probe. Glide and roll across the landscape, controlling gravity itself to reach colossal speeds and exhilarating heights.

You’ll ride thermal updrafts into boiling cloud formations, careen down hillsides, and launch off mountain tops, all the time drifting toward the shining blue beam on the horizon.

I designed this game as a sort of meditative focus on traversal. There’s no timer measuring your progress, monsters, or enemies to fight. It’s really about the atmosphere and the blend of speed and stillness, like a flowing roller coaster.

Immersive PS5 Experience

PS5 players with high refresh rate TVs or monitors will have the option to experience the game at its smoothest and most responsive, thanks to the 120fps support we’ve added. We’ve also managed to add some extra features for the DualSense wireless controller, with haptics that reflect the terrain and weather of each planet, creating a more immersive experience than ever before.

There’s wind resistance in the game, which makes flying more challenging. Thanks to the PS5’s haptics, you’ll feel the resistance on the trigger while going into gliding through winds and updrafts.