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Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite Online Mode Free For PlayStation Plus Members This Weekend

Posted on November 23, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Battle For Online Survival Begins! 

Capcom’s latest fighting game is getting a free weekend taking place tomorrow, November 24th through Monday the 27th.  To take part in this online-only trial run of Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite players must have an active PlayStation Plus subscription. 

Here is the official announcement as it was made on the Capcom-Unity blog: 


For those wanting to try Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we have some great news for you! We’re hosting a free versus demo weekend from November 24 at 8am PST to November 27 at 8am PST, only on PlayStation 4 for PS+ members. All 30 launch characters will be available in this demo! 

Alongside the announcement of the free trial multiplayer weekend was confirmation that Venom, The Winter Soldier, and Black Widow would be joining the roster of fighters on December 9th. Each of these new combatants also has their own unique alternate costumes Anti-Venom for Spider-Man’s nemesis, James Barnes Costume for The Winter Soldier and Cosmonaut outfit for Black Widow.  



Monster Hunter World Getting PS Plus Exclusive Beta On December 9th

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Monster Hunter World – the first console Monster Hunter game released in North America since 2012’s Monster Hunter 3G on Wii U – will have an exclusive beta for PlayStation Plus members on PS4 & PS4 Pro.  Monster Hunter World’s beta will run from December 9th through the 12th and will feature 3 different quests that can be completed either solo or with a friend.  It will feature the regions of the Great Forrest and Wildspire Wastes. 

Also announced by Capcom during the Paris Games Week PlayStation presentation was an event quest that will see Aloy from Sony’s Horizon Zero Dawn enter the prehistoric world of Monster Hunter. Players will be able to obtain Aloy’s familiar armor from Horizon as well as her bow for use inside MHW. The crossover quest is expected to be release sometime after Monster Hunter World launches on January 26th, 2018. 

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PlayStation Plus Games For July 2017 Include Until Dawn and Game of Thrones

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Following up from June’s offerings of Kill Zone 2 and the first season of Life is Strange, PlayStation Plus brings us yet another pair of AAA games for Sony’s flagship console alongside a solid couple of older games for the PlayStation 3 and two gratis indie titles for the PlayStation Vita.

Direct the actions of 9 teenage friends as they try to survive a horrific encounter with a deadly creature in this unique survival horror / b-movie simulation. Designed with a unique Butterfly Effect mechanic, Until Dawn challenges players to make split-second decisions that alter the course of the game’s narrative – ensuring that you’ll never see all the content the game has to offer in one playthrough.

Also joining Until Dawn is Telltale Game’s full season of Game of Thrones-  based on the popular A Song of Fire and Ice universe by J.R.R Martin. Set between the third and fifth seasons of the television series, this original work focuses on the family members of House Forrester. Like other Telltale titles Game of Thrones allows players to make a number of dialogue & action choices that can have an impact on the game’s narrative. This six episode fantasy tale was so successful that a season 2 is currently in development.

PlayStation 3 owners can indulge in one of Capcom’s underrated fighting series that time has somewhat forgotten with Darkstalkers Resurrection. This collection includes up-rezzed and online-enabled versions of Night Warriors: Darkstalker’s Revenge and Darkstalkers 3 with the same net-code developed by Iron Galaxy Studios that was used for Street Fighter III Third Strike Online.  Owners of Sony’s longest support console can also enjoy the quirky animal platformer Tokyo Jungle as well.

Vita owners might not get a steady supply of content from Sony 1st party developer these days (considering that Sony has referred to the handheld as a “legacy platform”) but two games are coming to Sony’s portable – Element4I and Don’t Die Mr. Robot.

Here’s the full line-up as posted by the PlayStation Blog:

Full Lineup

Until Dawn, PS4
Game of Thrones, PS4
Tokyo Jungle, PS3
Darkstalkers Resurrection, PS3
Element4l, PS Vita
Don’t Die, Mr. Robot, PS Vita (Cross Buy on PS4)



Xbox Game Pass Takes On PlayStation Now To Become The Netflix of Gaming

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Microsoft has announced that Xbox Games Pass, its’ monthly subscription based games library service will launch today for Xbox Live Gold Members and will be available to the general Xbox Live population regardless of subscription status on June 1st.

Xbox Games Pass is the company’s attempt to compete with Sony’s PlayStation Now Service which offers PS4 owners a digital library of streaming titles to their PS4 and PC for a fixed monthly price. Games Pass offers subscribers over 100 Xbox 360 games that are backwards compatible on Xbox One from both Microsoft first party devs and third parties. Also included with the subscription are a limited number of Xbox One Games. The delivery method for Games Pass differs greatly from PlayStation Now – instead of streaming the video feed and uploading user inputs, Game Pass downloads games directly onto the users’ hard drive.

The two services also differ in terms of price – PlayStation Now is currently priced at $19.99 USD or $44.99 USD for three months and offers access to over 450 titles. Xbox Games Pass will be priced at 50% the monthly rate of Sony’s offerings at $9.99 USD per month but offers only approximately 1/4th of the number of games.

All of this brings to question: “What is the proper price range for a Netflix-like all you can play game subscription service?”. Both services offer a good variety of titles across a number of genres but in terms of quantity, it is clear that PlayStation Now has the upper hand. There is also the caveat that PS Now requires a very solid & stable internet connection for the product to be delivered. Whereas with Xbox Games Pass it doesn’t matter how fast your connection is as long as the download completes you’ve got access to your game until you unsubscribe.

Key to the success of either Games As A Service platform is the quality of the titles on offer and the continued delivery of new games to keep subscribers engaged. In a sense Xbox Games Pass and PlayStation Now are also competing with Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus – if GWG or PS+ are offering quality games that are duplicated on Now or Game Pass, why subscribe to both complimentary services?

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.


October’s PlayStation Plus Games Look Amazing: Resident Evil, Transformers & More

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

After introducing a price hike that rose the price of PlayStation Plus as much as 30% in Canada, Sony had to something to show PlayStation owners that the extra $10 – $20 a year is justified. Sony’s surprise for subscribers? Two AAA titles for PlayStation 4, a pair of interesting looking visual novels and some sports action for PlayStation 3 players.

Transformers: Devastation | Current Price: $59.99 CDN

Platinum Game’s take on the Transformers universe was well received when it was released last Fall across multiple platforms. PS4 owners can try out this fusion of transforming giant robots and fast paced action until the end of October!

Resident Evil HD | Current Price: $19.99 CDN

Capcom’s 2002 reimagining of the original Resident Evil is widely regarded as one of the best survival horror tiles the genre has ever seen. Featuring graphics that still stand-up today, re-done backgrounds and a much needed bump in resolution Resident Evil HD is probably the best way to experience this classic. We have seen it on sale recently, as part of the $15 Capcom humble bundle but that shouldn’t deter folks from grabbing it on PS4 if they missed last month’s bundle.

Other titles available throughout October for PS Plus members:

  • Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth – (PS Vita)
  • Actual Sunlight (PS Vita)
  • Mad Riders (PS3)
  • From Dust PS3)

All in all this looks like an absolutely solid month of offerings from PlayStation Plus. I thought last month’s selection of Journey and Lords of the Fallen was going to be hard to beat but Sony has one upped themselves. If you own a Vita don’t discount the two visual novels – from what I’ve read around the PS Vita community they come highly recommended but I can’t personally vouch for them.

All titles listed in this article will be available until the end of the month.


PlayStation Now Comes To Windows PC

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony has brought their previously PlayStation device exclusive streaming service PlayStation Now to compatible Windows PC & devices the company has announced.

PlayStation Plus allows subscribers to access more than 400 PS3 games that can be streamed directly to either a PlayStation or Windows device as long as it meets the minimum requirements. If you’ve always wanted to sample previously PlayStation exclusives like Heavy Rain, Uncharted. Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us and a wide variety of third party games and don’t own a PS4 this is pretty much your only option.

Windows PC owners (and presumably users of Surface devices that match the minimum specs) can start their streaming experience for as little as $19.99 USD a month. After installing the PS Now client you can hook up a Dual-shock 4 via Micro-USB cable to get started or wait until the wireless USB dongle is released on September 8th.


PC  Minimum Specifications: 

Windows 7 (SP 1), 8.1 or 10.

3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz

AMD A10 or faster.

300 MB or more;

2 GB or more of RAM.

Sound card; USB port

Alongside today’s release of PlayStation Plus on Windows devices Sony also added six new titles to the PlayStation Now line-up including:

  • Mafia II
  • Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
  • Heavy Rain
  • Borderlands: Ultimate Edition

Castlevania will also be coming to PlayStation Plus just in time for October:

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair — Dracula returns in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Featuring the classic fast paced 2D, side scrolling action the series is known for, fan favorite vampire hunters from across the series will join forces to return Dracula, the Lord of Darkness, to his eternal slumber.”

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Canadian PlayStation Plus Price Increase Is Anti-Consumer

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

North American gamers are facing the first price increase for PlayStation Plus in the services history the company stealthfully announced today. In a notice emailed to members whose memberships are about to lapse, including one on our staff, Sony outlined that the price of the service will be increasing on September 22nd in the North American region.

On the PlayStation Blog an updated post read:

Starting on September 22, 2016, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships will change to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD for twelve months and $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD for three months. The monthly plan will change to $11.99 CAD in Canada, and remain $9.99 USD in the U.S. If you are a current member, the new prices will take effect if your membership renews on or after this date.

Prices will increase by $10 USD in the United States and an absolutely shocking $20 CDN in Canada. While many have pointed out that this price increase brings the services’ price in line with Microsoft’s Xbox Live offerings it actually makes PlayStation Plus $10 CDN more per year when compared with Xbox Live.


Is this price increase anti-consumer as some have pointed out? Hell yes it is. I’m not saying that Sony can’t price their product at a similar rate to the competition but that isn’t what they’ve done in Canada. Not only is their product now more expensive than Microsoft’s but according to Statistics Canada the CPI (cost price index) inflation value for the past 5 years that Plus has been active for comes out to roughly 10.5%.  Septembers price increase on PS Plus is equal to 33% or 3x the rate of inflation. Sony clearly just wants more of your cash without providing any additional benefit to the end consumer.

It is highly advisable that Canadian gamers either renew their PS Plus through their consoles before the September 22nd deadline or pick up a redeemable card at retail before they are phased out. Below are a few retailer links that will guide you to discounted cards:

PlayStation Plus launched in 2010 and provides subscribers with “free” games in the form of timed rentals tied to the owner’s subscription expiry date. The service generally provides two games per PlayStation platform – PS3, PS3 and PS Vita per month. In addition PlayStation Plus is required for online multiplayer on PlayStation 4 and for the use of the PlayStation Cloud game-save service.

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Table Top Racing: World Tour Now Live For PS Plus Members

Posted on May 4, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Playrise Digital, the developers behind the brand new indie release Table Top Racing: World Tour have released their game for free as part of this month’s PlayStation Plus line- up on PS4. Alongside Table Top Racing Playrise has also made the game’s first optional DLC add-on, “The Super Charger Pack”, available for $8.49 USD. The Super Charger Pack adds one new track 4 ultra cool cars 3 brand new circuits and 16 additional special events.


Table Top: World Tour is the brain child of Nick Burcombe, one of the co-creators of the WipeOut franchise. Originally released as an indie mobile title, Table Top: World Racing features micro sized vehicular combat with 12 cars and 24 tracks included in the base game.

For a complete list of May’s PlayStation Plus line-up make sure to check out our previous coverage. If Table Top Racers fills your need for vehicular mayhem that series like Twisted Metal and Vigilante 8 have left in your heart, let us know in the comments section.

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Here Is March 2016’s PlayStation Plus Line-Up

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

With just five days left in the month Sony has finally revealed the PlayStation Plus line-up for next month. PS4 owners will get two titles – the shoot’em up Galak-Z and 2D patriotic action title Broforce while PS3 owners receive 2008’s The Last Guy and 2007’s Super Stardust HD. Trailing the pack is the absolutely disappointing vita line-up of Reality Fighters (seriously this game looks like hot garbage it is has a Metacritic of 54) and the hopefully more enjoyable Flame Over.

Full Lineup

  • Broforce, PS4
  • Flame Over, PS Vita
  • Galak-Z, PS4
  • The Last Guy, PS3
  • Reality Fighters, PS Vita
  • Super Stardust HD, PS3

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PlayStation Plus’ Feb 2016 Line-Up Is Here

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

February is the month of live and the team at PlayStation have decided to bring six brand new titles to the Instant Games Collection next month.

Helldivers, a futuristic twin-stick shooter published by Sony Computer Entertainment America will make a hard landing on all three platforms. Nom Nom Galaxy and indie game that blends platforming, base construction and tower defense will also come to Sony’s latest console. On the PS3 side we’ve got last year’s Persona 4: Ultimax from Atlus USA and Codemaster’s GRID Autosport – the third title in the GRID franchise.

Here’s the full trailer and line-up as provided by the PlayStation Blog:

Full Lineup:

  • Grid Autosport, PS3
  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back , PS4, PS3, PS Vita
  • Lemmings Touch, PS Vita
  • Nom Nom Galaxy, PS4
  • Nova-111, PS Vita
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, PS3

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Here Are The PlayStation Plus Games You Can Download This Tuesday

Posted on January 1, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Welcome to a brand new year, 2016, and with a brand new year comes a whole slate of new free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

PS4 owners can start off 2016 with either a remastered classic adventure game from the late 90s Grim Fandango or a modern take on vehicular combat with Hardware: Rivals. PS3 players can explore EA’s last Medal of Honor title, Warfighter, for free or relive the first Dragon Age title from 2009 for free this month. Vita owners will receive the strategy title Legends of War Patton and Nihilumbra.

Alongside the reveal of all of these free games Sony also released a brief trailer if you’d like to get a feel for how these games play before committing your bandwidth. All six games are expected to go live on January 4th – that’s next Tuesday.

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This year was great, but when can I play all of these games?

Posted on December 31, 2015 by Chelsea Richards

Let’s be real, 2015 was a fantastic year for gaming. Of course, there were some misses like the monetization for Battlefront and EVOLVE, and… whatever the hell happened to the PC release of Arkham Knight. But, stepping away from those, it’s after Christmas, so let’s look at our definite hits that we have, and enjoy 2015’s gifts to us.

We were rewarded with not-one-but-two solid MMO expansions, through Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, and Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, both building significantly on the groundwork by their previous launches and content updates. Keeping in the multiplayer line, we were graced with StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, and Nintendo’s smash hit of Splatoon.Read More


No PlayStation Plus IGC Announcement Until Dec 30th

Posted on December 24, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

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If you’re hitting F5 repeatedly on the PlayStation Blog hoping for Sony to announce a Christmas Miracle in the form of January 2016’s Instant Games Collection you can probably stop because it looks like we won’t find out about next month’s free games until December 30th.

On Twitter PlayStation’s EU community manager Fred Dutton was asked by a fan if we would see the IGC announcement and here is what he said:

Are you a little disappointed that we won’t know which games will be free until two days before the new year? It should also be noted that this past weeks PlayStation Store Update is the last update until the new year as well.


PlayStation Plus Review: November 2015

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Kenny Keelan

This month provides a little bit of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly on the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection front, this month, and I’m here to provide you a little insight on what you’re getting, this month, in case you didn’t rush out and get the games already or missed out on them.


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