Share of the Week: In Bloom

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Last week we asked to share the game of your choice in full bloom using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s blooming highlights:

M_Joe_Hort shares some lupines in front of a wolf in Red Dead Redemption 2.

fotoxbox shares a Tallneck circling a field in bloom in Horizon Forbidden West.

coalabr14 shares Jin moving through a field of flowers in Ghost of Tsushima.

Sefwick zooms into a bloom from Gravity Rush 2.

Defalt368 shares a car parked under blooming cherry blossoms in Gran Turismo 7.

yuxi_noir shares a blooming decoration from Monster Hunter World.

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: Macro
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on May 18, 2022

Next week, we’re getting up close and personal. Share detailed macro shots zoomed in to the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Tips for surviving and slaying in Evil Dead: The Game, out tomorrow

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Evil Dead: The Game serves up some delightfully gruesome violence and over the top moments that make for a bloody fun time, but it’s not all scream and no substance: there are many layers to the game and strategies to keep in mind. Whether you’re playing as the heroic Ash Williams and his friends, or as the vile and powerful Kandarian Demon, we’ve assembled our top tips to make sure that you get a helping (severed) hand. 

Top tips for Survivors:

For Survivors to win, it takes cunning strategy, synergistic teamwork and always being on your toes. You’ve got to keep a cool head and your eyes on the Necronomicon prize, all while your teammates are being possessed, Deadites are projectile vomiting at you, trees are swinging at you, and much more. Here are some tips for success:

Play as a team: A crew of four Survivors sticking together are much stronger than any single player going off on their own. They can also distribute the loot that they find between each other. They’re also less prone to being scared, and that’ll help keep your fear levels low!

Don’t forget to use the ping system to mark objectives, items, and locations to your teammates!  Whether you’re on voice chat or playing without it, communication via the ping system is key for success.

Choose your battles well: If you are together, you can go all in against Deadites and bosses and stand a chance to take them down. But if you are alone and the team is separated, it may be better to run away and live to fight another day.

Stealth is your friend: The Kandarian Demon can see you when your fear levels are high, when you enter a car, and when you shoot.  Preventing the demon from finding you quickly will enable you to advance in the early game without major issues.

  • High fear levels allow the Demon to see the Survivors on the minimap. This means it can get close to you and start the carnage.
  • High fear levels also allow the Demon to possess Survivors, controlling them and turning them against each other.
  • Find sources of light, like lamps or bonfires, and light them up to reduce your fear. 

Kandarian Demon Tips

Playing as the Kandarian Demon can be a lot of fun. You are an incorporeal evil entity – able to spawn Deadites, frighten Survivors and possess them, set traps, and lots of other diabolical deeds. But to consistently win as the Demon, it will take time and talent to master. Here are some key tips to put you on the path to demonic domination:

Learn the map: Knowing the key points of the map makes it easier and faster for you to find the Survivors.

  • The Cleaver County map is huge. Focus on key points to search for Survivors. The center of the map, called Dead End, is a great place to start.

Divide the group: A single survivor dies easily. Scare them and bring them closer to your traps.

  • Evil Trees are a great way to slow down one of the Survivors and separate them from the group. Place traps or possess the Survivors, correctly timing the attacks to create distance between them.

Deathloop update includes new accessibility options, photo mode, and more

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Deathloop’s third major update is available today on PlayStation 5! Game Update 3 introduces a brand-new Photo Mode, added accessibility options, unique PlayStation 5 avatars and more, all for free. 

Read on for highlights on Photo Mode and the new accessibility options, with insights from members of the team at Arkane Lyon. 

Photo Mode 

Express yourself with a wide variety of filters, stickers, poses and other customization options in Deathloop’s brand-new Photo Mode. Available only in single-player, Photo Mode is accessible through the Pause menu in any map or by activating the Photo Mode shortcut. To enable the shortcut on PS5:  

  • Options > Controls > ‘Controller’ tab > Photo Mode Quick Access > Yes   
  • Once in-game, double tap the Create button (button to the left of the touchpad) on your DualSense controller to open Photo Mode 
Deathloop update includes new accessibility options, photo mode, and more

“This Photo Mode is such a great way to allow our players to get creative by using the unique art and levels of Deathloop,” says Producer Jeremy Leulier. “The only creative limitations are defined by our players’ imaginations. We’re very excited at Arkane to see how deep the players will dig into all of the different options and what they will come up with.” 

In addition to being able to select your filters and angles like a photography pro, you can swap between Colt and Julianna, change out your outfits and weapons (including the specific weapon variation and skin), and drop into over a dozen share-worthy poses. 

“One of our biggest challenges was to adapt Photo Mode for a first-person shooter where your character isn’t displayed apart from the hands and weapons,” explains Leulier. “We wanted to offer the best possible experience for this mode and took the time to playtest it thoroughly and even asked for insight from players who are experts in using different Photo Modes in games. We took so much pleasure testing Photo Mode that we added a lot of relevant options for the player to make it even more fun and funnier to use.” 

“Each time we release a game, Photo Mode has been one of the most requested features by the players,” adds Studio Director Dinga Bakaba. “Seeing how virtual photographers were able to make incredible shots in

Surreal deep-sea adventure Silt dives onto PS5 & PS4 on June 1

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Hi everyone! I’m Dom, programmer at Spiral Circus, and I’m really excited to share the news that our surreal underwater adventure Silt is coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on June 1.

Surreal deep-sea adventure Silt dives onto PS5 & PS4 on June 1

Silt is a puzzle-adventure set deep within a harrowing ocean abyss, where you play as a lone diver searching the deep and exploring dangerous waters to uncover long-forgotten mysteries. But the diver has a secret. Harnessing an unusual power, you’ll be able to possess sea creatures that roam the ocean void, discovering new creatures and using their unique abilities to solve puzzles, traverse the environment, and make your way deeper into the darkness.

With the game only a few weeks away, we wanted to share one of the processes we’ve developed to bring our artist Tom’s traditional ink-on-paper art from still imagery into an interactive game world.

From pen-and-ink drawings to game assets

Getting Tom’s artwork into the game would be the biggest technical challenge for us. It was essential that the game looked like one of Tom’s paintings and not like his art had been transplanted out of context into something else. The idea was to give Tom near total control over the look of the game right from inside the drawing program. This means control over composition, camera framing, tonal contrast, lighting, shadow, texture, fog, all the stuff he would just draw naturally if he were working on one of his pieces. 

We had to find a way to let Tom do all this, while retaining the ability to reconstruct the whole thing in the game engine and make it interactive. We used layers in the drawing program to keep logical elements separated from each other, then wrote a script to churn through the layers and convert them into something the game engine could process.

Bringing co

PlayStation Store: April 2022’s top downloads

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Nine movies’ worth of content packed into one game? No wonder Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga sits comfortably atop the PS5 download charts for April. MLB The Show 22, Elden Ring, and Cyberpunk 2077 put up a fight, though, filling out the top three in the US/Canada and EU lists.

Where did your favorites land last month? Any big surprises? Let us know in the comments!

PS5 Games

1LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaLEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
3ELDEN RINGCyberpunk 2077
5Tiny Tina’s WonderlandsWWE 2K22
6NBA 2K22Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
7Cyberpunk 2077F1 2021
8GRAN TURISMO 7Grand Theft Auto V
9Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesAmong Us
10Madden NFL 22It Takes Two
11Mortal Kombat 11Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
12Horizon Forbidden WestNBA 2K22
13Call of Duty: VanguardKena: Bridge of Spirits
14Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderHorizon Forbidden West
15It Takes TwoMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
16Ghost of Tsushima DIRECTOR’S CUTFAR CRY 6
17Among UsMetro Exodus
18Grand Theft Auto VCall of Duty: Vanguard
19Kena: Bridge of SpiritsFIFA 22
20The Elder Scrolls OnlineThe Elder Scrolls Online

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PS4 Games

1MLB The Show 22LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
2LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker SagaGrand Theft Auto V
3Batman: Arkham KnightMinecraft
5Grand Theft Auto VRed Dead Redemption 2
6NBA 2K22Tekken 7
7MinecraftF1 2021
8WWE 2K22Little Nightmares
9Red Dead Redemption 2Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
10Injustice 2The Crew 2
11Little NightmaresThe Last of Us Part II
12Tiny Tina’s WonderlandsNBA 2K22
13Call of Duty: VanguardAmong Us
14The Last of Us Part IIHorizon Zero Dawn
15Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi StrikerA Way Out
16EA Sports UFC 4Need for Speed Heat
18Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarMonopoly Plus
19Mortal Kom

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