New Dead Island 2 skill cards revealed, out April 21

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HELL-A can be dangerous since the zompocalypse happened and the locals got so bitey. Luckily, Slayers in Dead Island 2 have their own customizable skill decks to help level the playing field against the undead Angelinos trying to feast on them.

But, “what exactly is a skill deck, and how is it going to help me maximize my zombie slaying potential?” you ask. Well, first, we need to talk skill cards.

Skill cards

Gained from leveling up, found hidden around the city of LA and scavenged from slain zombie foes, skill cards are collectible items that, once equipped, grant Slayers special powers, abilities, and boons to aid them in combat situations.

Some of them make you faster, more agile, or stronger; some reward you with buffs each time you pull off that perfect decapitation, and some will set fire to zombies you drop kick, turning them into flying, flaming sacks of rotten flesh. No, we aren’t kidding; there is a card that does that.

Whether you’re out to pump up your stats to become the ultimate slaying machine or want access to an arsenal of acrobatic attack move so you can slaughter zombies with maximum style points, there’s a skill card to suit your needs.

We want you to have total freedom in how you play, regardless of which of the six Slayers you choose to battle through HELL-A. That’s why we’ve made the vast majority of skill cards applicable to everyone.

New Dead Island 2 skill cards revealed, out April 21

The right deck for the job

The skill deck is where you can browse your collection of skill cards and choose which ones you want to equip.

Say you’ve come across a zombie posing a bit more of a challenge than the typical shambling husk – maybe they look like they’ve been hitting the gym and eating their greens. Or they have blades coming out of their arms, yikes.

It’s time to make sure you’re working with the right skills to get the job done, which is why we made the skill deck in Dead Island 2 fully remappable, at any point.

If you wish to tweak a single card or completely change your playstyle – say from a tanky brawler to an agile assassin — you can do so at any given moment with total ease.

Part of the magic of building your skill deck is experimenting with all the different perks and abilities skill cards grant you to find wickedly fun and effective synergies that suit your playstyle.

But, to help get you started, here are a couple of the Team at Dambuster’s favorite combinations.

Coming in hot

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PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for March: Battlefield 2042, Minecraft Dungeons, Code Vein 

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Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for March. As announced at last week’s State of Play, the Monthly Games lineup of Battlefield 2042, Minecraft Dungeons and Code Vein will be available to PlayStation Plus members on Tuesday, March 7 until Monday April 3. 

Let’s take a closer look at each of the games in turn. 

Battlefield 2042 | PS4, PS5 

Battlefield 2042 is an exhilarating first-person shooter that marks the return of the iconic all-out warfare the franchise is well known for. Set in a near-future world transformed by disorder, you’ll have to adapt and overcome dynamic battlegrounds with the help of your squad and an arsenal of cutting-edge weapons and vehicles. With support for 128 players on PlayStation 5*, Battlefield 2042 brings unprecedented scale on vast battlegrounds across the globe. Participate in massive experiences, from updated multiplayer modes like Conquest and Breakthrough to the all-new Hazard Zone.

*Up to 64 players supported on PlayStation 4.

PlayStation and LeBron James team up on limited edition PlayStation 5 accessories

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At PlayStation, we always relish the chance to collaborate creatively with cultural leaders who redefine what it means to play – and live life – without limits. That’s why we recently unveiled our new PlayStation Playmakers program, which you can read more about here. Today, we’re humbled to announce a limited edition PlayStation 5 console cover and DualSense wireless controller collaboratively designed with PlayStation Playmaker, sports icon, philanthropist, entrepreneur (and part-time God of War), LeBron James.

These specially-designed PS5 accessories, which feature elements inspired by LeBron and his love for gaming and community, will be available as a limited release in select countries globally. As a PlayStation Playmaker, LeBron co-designed the PS5 console cover and DualSense wireless controller with personal imagery and adages that have been meaningful throughout his journey.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice

Here’s a word from LeBron about what this collaboration means to him:

“It’s still crazy to think a kid from Akron who grew up playing games is getting to create something like this. Designing a console cover and controller with PlayStation that gives a nod to my I Promise students and where we come from is a pretty cool thing. I hope it’s something that continues to inspire everyone who touches it, and that they have a little fun finding meaning in every detail.”

– LeBron James

From his record-breaking achievements in basketball to his extraordinary efforts to lift his community, LeBron is an inspiration to many of us at PlayStation. We couldn’t have asked for a more ideal partner to be the first-ever collaborator to design limited-edition PlayStation products. It was great to see LeBron’s vision for the design come to life and showcase his passions for gaming and community. We hope PlayStation fans will love this design as much as we enjoyed helping create it.

Fans in select markets will be able to preorder the accessories exclusively through later this year. 

Players’ Choice: Vote for February 2023’s best new game

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February has come and gone, and with it came some spectacular new games, including new PS VR2 releases. Which new game will take the Players’ Choice crown? The polls are open now, place your vote below to help decide! 

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.

Mega March promotion comes to PlayStation Store

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PlayStation Store’s Mega March promotion commences March 1. For a limited time* enjoy discounts on a wide range of PlayStation games, including The Callisto Protocol, FIFA 23 and Dying Light 2 Stay Human.