Immortals of Aveum hands-on – new gameplay details

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Arriving July 20 on PS5, Immortals of Aveum takes the fast-paced FPS action of military shooters and blends it with fantastical, spell-flinging elements.

This new IP from Ascendant Studios focuses on a lore-rich, single-player campaign where you play as Jak, an orphan turned Magnus battle mage, who strives to save his home Lucium from the tyrannical forces of Rasharn, a superpower that seeks to control all magic across Aveum.

The colors of spell-casting

Early on you’ll be exposed to three colors of magic that power your primary Strikes: Blue Magic, Red Magic, and Green Magic.

Blue Magic powers the Shrikebolt attack – effective at long range and good at causing critical hits to enemy weak spots. This was one of my favorite attacks, as leveling enemies from afar felt a lot like deploying the precision of a sniper-rifle.

Red Magic powers the Breachfire attack – wide bursts of sorcery that do high damage at close range. Think shotgun blasts of energy that prove optimal against bunched up foes.

Green Magic powers the Stormshards attack –  a spell that launches homing projectiles and is best used at medium range against fast-moving targets. This spell worked well for peppering opposition while on the move.

Striking isn’t the only category of spells these colors power, there’s also Control, Augment, Fury, and Dominion spells that provide a wide arsenal of ways to manipulate and defeat your opponent.

Magic in the details

From gradient oranges that fill the sun-soaked skylines of Yltheum to the worn and weathered design of Jak’s Sigil – a device equipped to shape your magic spells, much like a wizard’s wand – the world is thoughtfully crafted allowing for true immersion into the extensive lore. 

You can get lost exploring the expanses of Aveum to find hidden areas that contain puzzles, currency, and even some of the best gear to aid you in your journey, or get swept into the furious grasp of a massive Howler, a flying war beast whose dragon-like skin and aura is on full display when it snatches you up in its wrath.

UI encourages frenetic gameplay

Immortals of Aveum’s UI design contributes to the overall immersion of the game. Navigating the menu is straightforward, as the most relevant information is easily accessible without overloading the player with excessive screen clutter. 

While there’s more than 25 Spells and 80 Talents to unlock or upgrade in the game, the tasks of upgrading gear and acquiring Talents felt intuitive. 

Ascendant Studios made the choice to skip the traditional FPS weapons wheel, instead creating the Fury Spell tray signified by a compact symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

“We really wanted to focus on the frenetic gameplay… a lot of times when you implement a wheel you have to think about slowing things down, it creates a tactica

PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for June: NBA 2K23, Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Trek to Yomi

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Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for June. The Monthly Games lineup of NBA 2K23, Jurassic World Evolution 2 and Trek to Yomi will be available to PlayStation Plus members on Tuesday, June 6 until Monday, July 3. 

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

NBA 2K23 | PS4, PS5

With best-in-class visual presentation, up-to-date rosters and historic teams, the game has never felt more real and complete than it does in NBA 2K23. Compete as your favorite NBA and WNBA teams and stars and experience the pinnacle of true-to-life gameplay. Prove yourself against the best players in the world and showcase your talent in MyCAREER or The W. Pair today’s All-Stars with timeless legends in MyTEAM. Build a dynasty of your own as a GM or lead the league in a new direction as the Commissioner in MyNBA. PlayStation Plus members also get access to exclusive monthly MyTEAM packs in-game. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is coming to PC on July 26

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Hey everyone, the intergalactic adventurers Ratchet & Clank are making their debut on PC this summer! At Nixxes Software, we are all very excited to announce our next project in collaboration with Insomniac Games.

The Ratchet & Clank franchise recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. We are thrilled and honored to bring this iconic franchise to a new audience. If you haven’t played a game from this series before, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an excellent one to start with. The game is a visual spectacle that is perfectly suitable for newcomers thanks to a standalone storyline and the introduction of two brand new characters: Rivet & Kit.

We can’t wait for you to meet these intergalactic heroes and start your multidimensional adventure when the game launches on July 26. Today I can share the first details on the PC features for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart that our team has been working on and tell you more about the pre-purchase bonuses.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is coming to PC on July 26

The PC version of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart features ray-traced reflections with a variety of quality levels to choose from and newly added ray-traced shadows for natural light in outdoor areas. This enables realistic shadows with natural gradients in softness*.

We know many PC gamers enjoy playing on ultra-wide monitors. For those, we added support for 21:9, 32:9 and up to 48:9 resolutions for triple monitor setups. Both gameplay and cutscenes are optimized for ultra-wide screens. This is possible thanks to our engineers, artists and QA team who have analyzed the game and adjusted all cinematics to ensure compatibility with panoramic aspect ratios.

Bend Studio celebrates its 30th anniversary with new official merchandise

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This year, we are celebrating an incredible milestone of 30 years at Bend Studio! Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun. Since 1993, we’ve had the privilege to develop video games for three decades in beautiful Central Oregon. From the early days of puzzle games to the iconic Syphon Filter series, Resistance: Retribution, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Days Gone, we are motivated to continue the evolution of Bend Studio with our next game to go another 30 years and beyond.

Before we reveal our new official merchandise to celebrate our anniversary, read a few words from various members of our studio that have played a critical role over the years in creating the games we all know and love. To every past and present developer that contributed to a Bend Studio game, thank you for your hard work:

“As we celebrate Bend Studio’s 30th Anniversary, I am filled with a profound sense of accomplishment and pride. Reflecting on the remarkable journey over these past three decades I am truly grateful for the opportunity to witness the growth and success of the studio that has allowed me to work with an incredibly talented cast of team members that have all, in their own individual way, created the formative DNA that is the foundation of Bend Studio today.”

– Christopher Reese, Head of Bend Studio

“From Syphon Filter to Days Gone, Bend Studio has always excelled at creating compelling adventures in realistic worlds.  Bend Studio applied vision, grit, ingenuity, and technical innovation to bring a city to life around the subway station in the original Syphon Filter, and that same alchemy produced an entire ecosystem in Days Gone. I can’t wait for the world to see what this ambitious team has in store for us next.”

– Connie Booth, SVP Head of Internal Production, PlayStation Studios and Executive Producer, Syphon Filter

“As much I love the games that I’ve been fortunate enough to work on, Bend Studio to me has always been about the people I’ve met on this journey.”

– Darren Yager, Manager, Design

“I have been at Bend Studio for 19 years now, and while it has tripled in size, and some of the faces have changed, its strength remains in the talent and passion of its developers. We have accomplished more than anyone could have expected from a team our size, and it’s because we love what we do and we have a fierce desire to make memorable experiences for our players.”

– Darren Chisum, Tech Director, Gameplay

“After shipping titles on PSP, such as Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow and Resistance: Retribution, we rose to the challenge of adapting the Uncharted series to PS Vita as

(For Southeast Asia) Days of Play 2023 sale kicks off on June 2

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Hi everyone! Days of Play is back this week and we wanted to give you a quick look at some of the deals you can find across PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Store, and with additional offerings available at participating retailers.

Days of Play 2023 will begin on June 2 at 12:01AM until June 12 at 11:59PM local time in each region. Our official Days of Play site will be updated with more information later this week, so be sure to check the site for the latest details. Please note that offers may vary by region and are available while supplies last.

Here are some of the upcoming deals to look out for:

Save on PlayStation Plus memberships

Start, renew, or extend your PlayStation Plus membership during Days of Play at a discount. Get access to quality titles, from Monthly Games, to Game Trials, to the compelling Game Catalog and Classics Catalog with hundreds of blockbusters and classics to choose from – depending on the plan you choose.*

For both new and current PlayStation Plus members, all 12-month plans will be offered at 25% off – this includes Essential, Extra, and Deluxe.

Current PlayStation Plus Essential and Extra members can also receive 25% off a 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month membership when upgrading to a higher tier plan – it’s a great time to try PlayStation Plus Deluxe.

Offers on select digital games available on PlayStation Store

This year, save on a variety of digital games and add-ons on PlayStation Store. Offers vary by region, so head to PlayStation Store when Days of Play begins to view the full list of local deals.

There will also be additional deals on PlayStation accessories and games during this year’s Days of Play from participating local retailers; offers and availability may vary by region.

“Days of Play” Sales Offers

From 2nd June till 12th June 2023, customers can enjoy various offers upon purchase of the below products. Details as followed:

1. DualSense™ Wireless Controllers


DualSense Wireless Controller*1Special Price
White / Midnight Black / Cosmic Red / Starlight Blue
Nova Pink / Galactic Purple / Gray Camouflage
SGD 72.90


DualSense Wireless Controller*1Special Price
White / Midnight Black / Cosmic Red / Starlight Blue
Nova Pink / Galactic Purple / Gray Camouflage
IDR 989,000


DualSense Wireless Controller

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